'Penn State's Award-winning Black Alumni'

"Penn State's Award-winning Black Alumni," an exhibition featuring photo images, press releases and books from the Penn State University Archives and University Libraries collections, is on display in the cases across from the circulation desk, in Pattee Library, through March 12.

Penn State's Alumni Association recognizes excellences among its alumni with three awards: Distinguished Alumni Award, Alumni Fellow Award, and Alumni Achievement Award. The first alumni award, the Distinguished Alumni Award, was established in 1951. In 1971, the University recognized Benson Dutton, class of 1933, College of Engineering, as the first black recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award. Fifty-four black alumni have been recognized since 1971.

This exhibit, from the Penn State University Archives, documents many of these award-winning black alumni.

Additional information about the exhibit and/or the photographs can be obtained by contacting Jackie Esposito, University Archivist, 122 Paterno Library, (814) 863-3791.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009