Nominations sought for Humanitarian Service Award

December 01, 2008

University Park, Pa. -- The Forum on Black Affairs (FOBA) is seeking nominations for its 2009 Humanitarian Service Award, created in 1985 to honor a person who has provided outstanding service to African-American citizens of Pennsylvania, especially at Penn State and in Centre County. Such service includes leadership of offices, program or organizations that develop or implement policies impacting African-Americans.

To nominate a candidate, submit a letter of not more than two pages in length that describes the nominee's credentials and qualifications for the award, and attach any relevant supporting materials such as newspapers or magazine articles. Nominations must be sent no later than Dec. 19 to: Steve Hayes, Assistant Manager, Diversity Recruitment & Outreach, 526 James Elliott Building, University Park, PA 16802. For information, call (814) 865-2885 or e-mail

FOBA will present the award at the 34th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Banquet, Thursday, Jan. 15, President's Hall at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

This year's banquet theme, "Make a Career of Humanity" was chosen by the MLK Student Committee.

Ticket order information is available by contacting Beverly Wilson at (814) 865-0461. The order form must be sent to 108 Shields Building along with a check made payable to FOBA; names and meal selections for individuals also must be included.

The cost is $35 for adults, $15 for children age 12 and under, and $350 for a reserved table of 10. It is recommended that tickets be purchased early.

For additional information, contact banquet chair, Suzanne Adair, 863-1663 at or FOBA treasurer Beverly Wilson (814) 865-0461 or at by email.



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Last Updated March 19, 2009