Fort Hays State University's first Ethnic Minority Academic Awards program was held Sunday, Nov. 17.
The awards served as recognition for students of an ethnic minority who have had strong academic performance in the classroom for the 2001-2002 academic year. All minority students -- African American, Hispanic American, Asian American and Native American -- earned an award if their cumulative GPA was above 2.5.
The highest category was "honor roll," for students with a GPA of 3.5 and above, followed by "honorable mention," for students with a 3.0 or better, and "honor track," for students with a 2.5 and higher.
"The purpose of the non-traditional 'honor track' category is to get those students on track to becoming 3.0 students by recognizing their GPA in front of their peers," said Coronda Hoy, admissions counselor.
Dr. John Heinrichs, assistant professor of geosciences, was the speaker for the evening, speaking on embracing diversity and learning from one another. Forty-five people were in attendance, 30 of whom were award winners. A short cake and punch reception followed.
"I'd say it was a success," said Hoy.