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Sunday, April 8, 2001

Banquet fetes black students, faculty

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Kansas University students and faculty were recognized Saturday for their contributions to the black and university communities.

At the Black Student Awards Banquet at the Kansas Union, eight KU students were awarded $500 scholarships for their achievements. A special ceremony recognized Shyra McGee, a black student leader who died in a Feb. 4 car accident.

About 150 people attended the event.

Robert Page, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Black Staff and Faculty president, said holding the Black Student Awards banquet was like recognizing family members.

"This gives us an opportunity to recognize outstanding individuals that have influenced our community, meaning the African-American community," Page said.

Four undergraduate and graduate KU students were presented the Black Faculty and Staff Council Student Achievement Awards. Four more received the National Pan-Hellenic Council's LaTina Sullivan Leadership Award.

Three staff members were named recipients of the Hobart Jackson award for their contributions to KU's black community.

The School of Fine Arts was also recognized for exceptional minority recruitment and retention efforts.

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