On Saturday, March 24, 2012 history was made. HBCU Buzz presented the first awards show showcasing and celebrating the accomplishments of students at historically black colleges and universities across the nation.
Hosted on the campus of Howard University, the award show drew a diverse crowd. Parents, professors, student attending HBCUs, student not attending HBCUs, family members, HBCU faculty and prospective students all watched as more than 20 plaques and trophies were awarded.
The night began with a reception. As guests arrived they were greeted with refreshments and a cozy atmosphere. After an opportunity to mix and mingle, guests were moved to the ballroom. Beginning with an inspirational message from Dr. David Greenfield, the atmosphere in the ballroom was lightened. Hosted by students and for students, the atmosphere was heavily considered. “Of course we spent time planning for the logistics but there were a lot of times when we stopped the meetings to consider how it will contribute to an overall positive ambiance,” said Michael Livingston, Editor--In--Chief at HBCU Buzz. For the next two hours host Jae Murphy and performances including violinist Lauren Peterson and musical production For Colored Men entertained attendees.
The twenty--six awards given were divided into six categories: Academic, Entertainment, Leadership, Greek, Russell Athletic, sponsored by Russell Athletic, and miscellaneous. Over 150,000 students nominated and casted votes online at www.hbcuawards.com. The winner’s circle of the first HBCU Awards includes Fuze the MC from Howard University, Willie Bema from Florida A&M University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Student Government Association, Wykevin Bazemore from Winston-Salem State University, Alpha Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and Sonique O’neal from Albany State University. The Full results can be seen at http://hbcuawards.com/2012-results/
The 2nd Annual HBCU Awards will take place in Spring 2013 in a different city. Sponsors and aspiring nominees are encouraged to begin efforts early.
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