Honors and Awards

Thomas H. Epps III, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Delaware will receive the 2011 Gerard J. Mangone Young Scholars Award from the university’s Francis Alison Society. The award, which will be presented on November 2, is given to an accomplished and promising young scholar at the university.

Dr. Epps has been on the faculty at the University of Delaware since 2006. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MIT and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota.

Michael “Doc” Woods, professor of music at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, was honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers for creative contributions to American music.

The author of more than 600 musical compositions, Dr. Woods holds a master’s degree from Indiana University and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.

The University of Arkansas has announced that Ernest G. Green Jr. will receive an honorary degree at commencement exercises on December 17. Green is one of the “Little Rock Nine,” the black students who integrated Central High School in 1957. Green went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Michigan State University.

From 1968 to 1977, Green was the director of the A. Philip Randolph Education Fund. He then was appointed assistant secretary of labor by President Jimmy Carter. After government service, Green entered the field of investment banking.

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  1. Congrats are in order for civil rights icon Ernest G. Green, Jr. as one of the Little Rock Nine. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Arkansas. Always a leader, he was a founder of the Sigma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. at Michigan State University where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

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