COMMUNICATIONS STUDENTS RECEIVE BLACK EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Two students in the School of Communications were honored as the outstanding seniors during Elon's Phillips-Perry Black Excellence Awards banquet on April 22.

Raechel Hester, a corporate communications major from Manteo, N.C., was recognized for having the highest GPA among senior females.

Philipe Charles, a broadcast and corporate communications major from Wake Forest, N.C., was recognized for having the highest GPA among senior males.

The Black Excellence Awards celebrate the academic success of full-time black students at the university and serves as an inspiration to all black students to excel academically. More than 90 students received awards for a fall 2005 GPA of 3.2 or higher, or a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. Special plaques were presented to the male and female students in the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes. Hester and Charles both have cumulative GPAs of 3.8 or higher.

Steve Walker, a 1993 Elon graduate who is currently a financial manager with the Department of the Navy, presented the keynote address. President Leo M. Lambert, President Emeritus J. Earl Danieley, and Multicultural Affairs Director L'Tanya Richmond shared remarks with the group.

The Board of Trustees recently approved naming the banquet the Phillips-Perry Black Excellence Awards banquet in honor of Glenda Phillips, the first black student to attend Elon in 1963, and Eugene Perry, the first black student to graduate from Elon in 1969.



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