Nearly 50 students from Sulphur Spring Independent School District will be honored Wednesday, Feb. 18, during Hopkins County African American Leadership Conference’s 2009 Black History Month Program.
Dr. Dan R. Jones, who took up the reigns as president and chief executive officer at Texas A&M University-Commerce when Dr. Keith McFarland retired in July 2008, has been asked to be the keynote speaker.
“We are honored and pleased to have Dr. Dan Jones,” said Dr. M. LaVelle Hendricks, president of the local African American Leadership Conference.
The organization asked the principals from each SSISD campus from Early Childhood Learning Center through Sulphur Springs High School to select at least five students from their campus for an award based on the student’s academic excellence, school attendance, overall improvement, athletic abilities, involvement in theater, music, art or other activities.
The forum will be held at Mitchell Chapel Church of God in Christ, located at 504 South Jackson St.
Students selected include:
- Mariah McCord
Jumierquai (Jaime) Davison
- Sammie Nguyen
“Our desire is to encourage our students with awards during our annual Black History Month Program,” said Dr. Hendricks.
The African American Leadership Conference Black History Month Program begins at 7 p.m. and is expected to be over by 8:20 p.m. Refreshments will be provided for all in attendance.
There is no admission charge. Honorees are encouraged to bring their families and friends. School administrators, faculty, staff and classmates of recipients are also invited to attend and show support for these outstanding young people.
Dr. Jones, the speaker, came to TAMU-C from Texas A&M International University in Laredo, where he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M International from 2003-2008.
From 1985-2002, Dr. Jones was at University of Houston-Downtown, serving as dean of the University College, interim dean of student affairs, associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and acting chair and assistant chair of the English department. From 1982-1985 he was an instructor and student publications advisor at Casper College in Wyoming.
Jones lists among his memberships the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, American Studies Association, American Studies Association of Texas, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, Far West Popular Culture Association, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, South Central Modern Language Association, Texas Council of Chief Academic Officers, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Popular Culture Association, Texas International Education Consortium and Rotary Club.
He also has served on such community boards as the Chamber of Commerce, United Day School and Project MEND (Medical Equipment Network for the Disabled).
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