Brian Johnson, a student in the Communications Media and Instructional Technology (CMIT) PhD program at IUP, was recently awarded the Jennie Carter Leadership Award at California University of Pennsylvania.
Elizabeth “Jennie” Carter Adams was the first African-American graduate of California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U), and the university honors her birthday each October 9 by celebrating “Carter Day.” The Jennie Carter Leadership Award, in its fifth year of existence, is given annually to one recipient.
Brian was nominated for this award by LaMont Coleman, associate dean of Multicultural Programs at Cal U. Coleman, a committee of students, and a representative of the Carter family selected Brian as the award recipient for his outstanding record of university involvement as student at Cal U, his current professional work as a writer and educator, and his involvement in the local community.
At the awards ceremony on October 9, 2012, Brian had the opportunity to meet Bill Carter, Jennie's great-grandson. Bill told Brian that he and his great-grandmother were definitely kindred spirits in their commitment to academic excellence and social justice and diversity.
Brian is currently a full-time student in the CMIT PhD program, a faculty member in the Department of Developmental Instruction at Bloomsburg University, and director of Bloomsburg’s Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence. Brian is a film reviewer for Christian Spotlight on Entertainment, and also serves as a youth pastor at Revival Tabernacle in Watsontown, Pa. If you would like to know more about Brian, check out his website.
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