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Dr. Baloubi and Tara Gibbs Receive Lawrence M. Clark Awards

Baloubi and GibbsMarch 11, 2014 – Dr. Désiré Baloubi, chair of the Shaw University Department of Humanities and professor of English and Linguistics, and Tara Gibbs, a graduate student in Shaw’s Divinity School, were selected to receive the Lawrence M. Clark Award. Presented by North Carolina State University’s African American Cultural Center, the award recognizes outstanding contributions made by current higher education faculty and students.

Baloubi is the recipient of the Lawrence M. Clark Faculty Excellence Award, which honors the achievements of faculty who have demonstrated excellence in the following arenas: research; engaged scholarship; engagement in developing, improving and building culturally competent communities locally and nationally and/or; international engagement on the African continent or within the disciplines encompassed by Africana Studies.

Gibbs is the recipient of the Lawrence M. Clark Student Achievement Award, which celebrates student achievement in academics, in the dedication of time, talent and resources in order to transform the campus and/or local community and in demonstrating leadership in social justice initiatives. 

Baloubi and Gibbs will receive their awards at the 2014 Lawrence M. Clark University Community Dinner on March 25, 2014 at the NC State McKimmon Center for Extension & Continuing Education in Raleigh, NC. This year’s theme, “Opening Doors” recognizes the humanitarian leaders, faculty and students for academic excellence and engaged scholarship.  

Dr. Lawrence M. Clark joined NC State’s administration in 1974, serving in dual roles as a professor in the Department of Education and as the Associate Provost.  Along with Dr. Augustus Witherspoon, he created a number of initiatives that made NC State more diverse and that continue to transform the campus and our community.