Roanoke Times and World News
May 18, 1985

Tech Minority Campus Ministry Awards Given

BLACKSBURG - Outstanding students and community leaders were honored in the second annual Ethnic Minority Campus Ministry Program banquet held on the campus of Virginia Tech Friday.

Honorees were recognized for academic excellence, campus leadership, athletics and community service.

The Ethnic Minority Program Advisory Committee was established in 1983 to plan and develop programs for Tech minorities and international students. The group also strives to enhance student relations with surrounding communities.

Communication studies major, Symea Price, 21, of Richmond was recognized for her academic achievement. Price will graduate cum laude in June.

The campus leadership award was presented to 22-year-old Brian Roberts, a senior in urban affairs from Washington, D.C. Roberts is past president of the campus chapter of the Nation Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Black Organizations Council and Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

Peter Ewing, from Cameroon, Africa, and a doctoral student in agriculture education, was recognized as the outstanding international campus leader. Ewing, 28, served as this year's president of the African Student Association.

The outstanding athlete selected was Perry Young of the Virginia Tech basketball team. Young, 21, a first team all Metro Conference player, led Tech in rebounding and averaged 18.6 points per game. He is a native of Ellicott City, Md.

Those honored for community service included leaders from business, education and civic organizations.

Nannie and John T. Hairston, 63 and 64, of Christiansburg were recognized for their service in the Montgomery County branch of the NAACP. John Hairston is the chairman of the local chapter.

Seymour Kalison, 70, was recognized for his work on the advisory committee. Kalison is a retired professor of veterinary medicine who taught at Tech for 25 years.

Business leaders recognized included:

Rae and Burrell Morgan, both 76 of Christiansburg. The now-retired Morgans owned and operated Burrell's Restaurant and Taxi Service. The two were in business for about 60 years.

Senior Barrett Morgan, owner and operator of S.B. Morgan Cafe and Taxi Service in Christiansburg.

Betty and Vernel Alexander, owners and operators of Claytor/Alexander Funeral Home in Radford since 1979.

Margaret and Edgar Claytor were owners and operators of Claytor Funeral Home in Radford for 35 years. They retired in 1979.

Mable and Wallace Lester, owners of a dry cleaning operation n Christiansburg.