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African-American Students Honored With New Award For Four Years Of Academic Excellence At U.Va.

May 7, 1999 -- Seventy African-American students at the University of Virginia were honored recently at an awards dinner for their outstanding achievements in academics, leadership and athletics. The fourth-year students, nearly 24 percent of the African-American students graduating this year, received the Longevity of Excellence Award for achievements exhibited throughout their years at U.Va.

M. Rick Turner, dean of African-American Affairs, said the award was created this year to acknowledge African-American students who have excelled throughout their college careers. Faculty and staff nominated students who had maintained grade point averages of 3.4 or above for four years.

In remarks to the students Turner said, "You must continue to challenge yourself and to excel as you move forward in your life. You are well prepared to take the initiative in creating your own opportunities."

According to enrollment statistics, U.Va. posted an 85.4 percent six-year graduation rate among African-American undergraduates who entered the school in 1992, one of the highest in the country. African-American students make up about 10 percent of U.Va.'s undergraduate enrollment.

The Office of African-American Affairs programs and services include the Peer Advisor Program, the African-American Student-Faculty Mentoring program, personal counseling and advising, academic monitoring and outreach, leadership development, academic workshops, referral services, the Luther P. Jackson Cultural Center, student advocacy and the Parents Advisory Association.

For more information, contact M. Rick Turner at (804) 924-7923.

Contact: Katherine Jackson, (804) 924-3629.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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