Alcorn: The Magazine, Coach Montez Robinson amongst Alcorn’s four nominations for the 2017 HBCU Awards

Alcorn State University continues to build its reputation for producing excellence.

The University is nominated in four categories in the seventh annual HBCU Awards that will be held in Washington D. C.’s Gallup Building Friday, July 14. Alcorn is nominated in the following categories: Alcorn: The Magazine for Best Alumni Publication, Montez Robinson for Male Coach of the Year, Ariel Walker for Awards in Individual Achievement and the Honor Student Organization for Best Student Organization.

Alcorn: The Magazine has received high praise this year. The magazine won the Grand Award in the Print and Electronic Media Category at the 2017 College Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM) Awards Ceremony in May. The Magazine also won first place in CPRAM’s Special Publications Category.

Head Men’s Basketball Coach Montez Robinson was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Coach of the Year in March. During the 2016-2017 season, Robinson led the Braves on an 11-game winning streak that would result in the team clinching a number two seed in the SWAC Tournament in Houston, Texas. He also led the Braves to the Men’s SWAC Championship Game.

Ariel Walker, a Detroit, Michigan native who earned a bachelor’s degree in biology/pre-medicine in May, was presented with the Award of Excellence at Alcorn’s 2017 Spring Commencement Exercise. Walker gained valuable experience on her internship at the Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, Maryland where she conducted research that focused on equipping soldiers’ boots for battle and explosions. She received the internship through the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF).

Alcorn’s Honor Student Organization is one of the University’s most active student-led groups. The organization held numerous community service events that include donating school and cleaning supplies to the Jefferson County Library, cleaning at the Christian Volunteers Service Center in Port Gibson, Mississippi and volunteering at the Mississippi Cultural Crossroads, which is also located in Port Gibson.

Created by HBCU Digest Founding Editor Jarrett L. Carter Sr. in 2011 and crowning winners in the fields of leadership, arts, athletics, research, and community engagement, the HBCU Awards is the first national awards event to recognize the influence and impact of HBCUs on American culture.

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