Last night, the Newcomb Hall Ballroom was the home of the 2010 Image Awards at the University of Virginia, presented by the Black Student Alliance, the Black Leadership Institute, and the UVa Chapter of the NAACP. The third annual ceremony was hosted by Erica Obebe (UVa ’10), who currently serves as the publicity coordinator for the Black Student Alliance.
As stated in the ceremony program:
The University of Virginia’s Image Awards was created by the UVa Chapter of the NAACP and the Black Student Alliance to recognize the dedicated efforts of University community members’ work towards uplifting the Black community. There are many supporters of the Black community: students, faculty, and staff, and we would like to recognize and award them for their commitment to service.
Aside from the awards, however, the ceremony also contained musical performances by Nureya Anthony (UVa ’11) and David Hudson (UVa ’10… wait, that’s me!), along with a dance performance by Perfect Praise. The keynote address, entitled, “Legacies and Anticipations of the Future,” was delivered by Ervin L. Jordan, Jr., author and research archivist at UVa’s Special Collections Library.
But, without further ado, here’s the list of the Image Awards and their winners:
- Student Awards
- Stand-out First Year: Jared Lamar Brown
- Silent Inspiration: Iberedem Nsikak Ekure
- Student Humanitarian: Iman Gabrielle Lyons
- Outstanding Mentor: Tracey Nicole Fetherson
- Excellence in Cultural Programming: switch.
- Outstanding Student Leader: Jerome Dieu Donne Meyinsse
- College Career: Lauren Ashley Boswell
- Faculty Awards
- Faculty Humanitarian: Deborah E. McDowell
- Black Community Advocate: Scot A. French
As you can see above, alongside all of the other excellent winners and nominees, switch. won the “Excellence in Cultural Programming” award! Although we take great pride in our work, we know that we would be nothing if it wasn’t for the support of our amazing fans and readers. So, for that, we want to thank you all so much, and we hope to continue our excellence this semester and beyond.
Congratulations to all of the other award winners and nominees, and many thanks to the Black Student Alliance, the Black Leadership Institute, and the UVa Chapter of the NAACP for organizing such an excellent awards ceremony!