On April 4, the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education presented
the 2009 NAFEO Distinguished Alumni Awards to alumni from the nation's Historically
Black Colleges and Universities. The award recipients from ECSU included:
Dr. Steven Gilchrist, class of 1999
Mr. Elston Howell, class of 1988
Dr. Kim Luckes, class of 1979
Dr. Gary N. Harvey, class of 1972
Dr. Linda Hayden, a professor in the ECSU Mathematics and Computer Science Department
and the director of the Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research,
was the recipient of the faculty award.
NAFEO recognized several honorees from the nation's Historically Black Colleges and
Universities during the 40th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon. The
recipients were nominated by their alma maters for distinguished contributions in
their professions, their communities, our nation, or the world. The Signature Distinguished
Alumni Awards Luncheon was held on April 4 at the Renaissance Concourse Hotel in Atlanta,
Georgia. This event was a highlight of the National Dialogue on Blacks in Higher
Education from April 1-4, 2009.
NAFEO was founded 1969 to provide an international voice for the nation's HBCUs; to
place and maintain the issue of equal opportunity in higher education on the national
agenda; to advocate policies, programs and practices designed to preserve and enhance
HBCUs; and to increase the active participation of blacks at every level in the formulation
and implementation of policies and programs in American higher education. For more
information on NAFEO or the conference, see http://www.nafeo.org/community/index.php.