TABPHE to Host Awards Ceremony

The Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) will host an awards ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 6 in the Rayburn Student Center to recognize and honor faculty for their accomplishments in teaching, service and research.

TABPHE represents all levels of higher education and serves as a platform and voice for black faculty, students and administrators to ensure a positive and successful educational system for all. They offer opportunities for professional development which improve and enrich the quality of professional growth and higher education personnel.

The Texas A&M University System Regent Bill Mayholmes will be present for the event and Jim Talbot will serve as the keynote speaker. Talbot is the President of J.P. Talbot Companies Inc., and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education from A&M-Commerce, formerly East Texas State University.

“TABPHE provides opportunities that greatly improve the chance for career advancement.  The organization focuses on the improvement of higher education for African Americans in the state of Texas,” said Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, vice president of membership for TABPHE and associate professor of psychology, counseling and special education.

The A&M-Commerce chapter of TABPHE will give several awards in honor of pioneers from the institution including leadership, service and teaching awards, to name a few.

The program committee for A&M-Commerce consists of Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, Dr. Chuck Arize, Dr. Julia Ballenger, Dr. Kriss Kemp-Graham and Dr. Willie Edwards.

TABPHE assures that the higher educational system offers equal opportunities for African American personnel throughout the state of Texas. Their vision and association uphold a positive environment for students to engage successfully.