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New Mexico State University to honor black scholars

The New Mexico State University Department of Black Programs will honor 221 black scholars at its annual Clara Belle Williams Award Ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, in the university's Corbett Center Ballrooms.

emony honors the memory of Clara Belle Williams, the university's first black graduate in 1937. To be recognized, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

The students being honored this year represent a record 53 percent of the fall 2001 black student enrollment at the university. The number of students being honored is a 14 percent increase from last year and represents a steady upward trend over the past 15 years.

The ceremony will feature guest speaker Bill Leftwich, who served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for equal opportunity in the Clinton administration. A reception will follow the ceremony.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact New Mexico State University Black Programs at (505) 646-4208.

Erin Waldron
March 13, 2002