MONTGOMERY, Ala., July 14 -- Alabama State University issued the following news release:
Alabama State University'sTheatre Arts Department has again been named the nation's "Best Fine Arts Program" at the annual HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) Awards ceremony.
Dr. Tommie "Tonea" Stewart, dean of ASU's College of Visual and Performing Arts, accepted the award on July 11 at Dillard University (New Orleans). This year's honor marks the second consecutive national recognition bestowed on ASU in this category by the HBCU Awards committee.
"It is humbling and exhilarating to have Alabama State's theatre fine arts program named the very best one in the nation at our HBCUs," Stewart said. "So many of our faculty and staff have contributed their all and more in making our program such a far reaching and top-notch program for our student-actors and for the public that watches our actors perform in the Tullibody Theater," she added.
The honor comes on the heels of a recent benefit held in New York City's Carnegie Hall honoring ASU's theatre program and recognizing the five ASU Theatre Department alumni who currently are performing in Broadway plays.
Stewart said she hopes ASU's two back-to-back awards will advance the interest of prospective students who wish to attend college and study theatre and fine arts.
"We are humbled and appreciative by the applause and recognition we receive as thespians, especially from such high recognition as this most recent HBCU Annual Award," Steward said. "It reflects a positive light on our incredible student-actors and on our dedicated staff."
The complete list of schools winning awards is as follows:
Best Marching Band - Southern University Human Jukebox
Best Choir - Oakwood University Aeolian Choir
Best Student Government Association - Prairie View A&M University
Best Student Organization - Fisk University HCASC Team
Best Student Newspaper - Morehouse College Maroon Tiger Newspaper
Best Alumni Publication - The A&M Magazine, Florida A&M
Best Research Center - Hampton University Minority Men's Health Initiative
Best Fine Arts Program - Alabama State University Department of Theatre Arts
Best Business Program - Morgan State University Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management
Best STEM Program - Johnson C. Smith University College of STEM
Best Nursing Program - Dillard University College of Nursing
Best School of Social Work - Clark Atlanta University School of Social Work
Male Faculty Member of the Year - Greg Carr, Howard University
Female Faculty Member of the Year - Ayoka Chenzira, Spelman College
Male Coach of the Year - Dawson Odums, Southern University
Female Coach of the Year - Dawn Brown, Prairie View A&M University
Male Athlete of the Year - Dray Joseph, Southern University
Female Athlete of the Year - Jazzmin Parker, Texas Southern University
aEurosMen's Team of the Year - North Carolina Central University Men's Basketball
Female Team of the Year - Hampton University Women's Basketball
National Alumni Association of the Year - Florida A&M University
Male Alumnus of the Year - Michael Strahan, Texas Southern University
Female Alumnus of the Year - Cynthia Butler-McIntyre, Dillard University
Male Student of the Year - Kelcey Wright, Albany State University
Female Student of the Year - Priscilla Barbour, Prairie View A&M University
Male President of the Year - Dr. Walter Kimbrough, Dillard University
Female President of the Year - Dr. Carolyn Meyers, Jackson State University
HBCU of the Year - Hampton University
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