Four Black Scholars Selected to Receive Notable Awards

joanne_eppsJoAnne Epps, dean of the Beasley School of Law at Temple University in Philadelphia, received the 2016 Spirit of Excellence Award from the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity of the American Bar Association.

Dean Epps has led the law school since 2008 and has served on the faculty since 1985. She is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and Yale Law School.

Caples2Virginia Caples, who served as interim president of Alabama A&M University on two occasions, was recognized by the board of trustees with the naming of Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute in her honor. Dr. Caples has been associated with the university for 38 years and has served as Distinguished University Professor and provost.

Dr. Caples is a graduate of Alcorn State University in Mississippi. She earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in home economics education from Iowa State University.

Julia Bryan_ppJulia Bryan, associate professor of counselor education at Pennsylvania State University, has been chosen to receive the 2016 Extended Research Award from the American Counseling Association. She will be honored at the association’s annual conference in Montreal this April.

Dr. Bryan is a native of Barbados and a graduate of the University of the West Indies. She earned a master’s degree at the University of Southern Mississippi and a Ph.D. in counseling and counselor education from the University of Maryland, College Park.

watsonCharles A. Watson, assistant director of minority recruitment in the College of Engineering at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, has been chosen to receive the Minority Engineering Program Director of the Year from the National Society of Black Engineers. He will be honored at the group’s 42nd annual conference in Boston on March 26.

Watson is a 1993 graduate of the University of Rhode Island.

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