Archie Wade, a longtime professor in the department of kinesiology at the University of Alabama, was honored for his contributions to the university as part of the educational institution’s Through the Doors festivities, a year-long celebration commemorating 50 years of racial integration at the University of Alabama. A plaque honoring Dr. Wade’s contributions to the university will be hung in the conference room of Moore Hall.
Dr. Wade was a professional baseball player and coached basketball and baseball at Stillman College. He was then hired as a recruiter by legendary Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. While working for Bryant, he earned his doctorate and later joined the faculty and taught at the university for 30 years.
Adriel A. Hilton, assistant vice president for inclusion initiatives at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, was selected as the recipient of the 2013 Michael A. Powell Service Award from the National Black Graduate Student Association.
Dr. Hilton is a graduate of Morehouse College. He holds a master’s degree from Florida A&M University and a doctorate from Morgan State University.
John Idowu, an agronomist for the Cooperative Extension Service at New Mexico State University, was named Organic Educator of the Year by the New Mexico Organic Farming Conference. His research focuses on soil health for optimal crop production and conservation agriculture.
Dr. Idowu is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. He holds a master’s degree in agronomy from the University of Gottingen in Germany and a Ph.D. in land management from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom.