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MSA Wins PACME Award!!!

 

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Pictures from the Awards Ceremony:

 

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As many of you may have noticed in President Trani's email to the university, our MSA has been chosen as the 2002 Student Winner of the Presidential Award for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME). It is indeed an honor to be recognized for this, and it is something that we share with each and every student and faculty member that has helped MSA throughout the year. This is the first time a student organization has received this special award. The awards ceremony is scheduled for April 11th at 11:00 AM in Commonwealth Ballrooms A and B. You are all welcome to attend. This is truly OUR award so come share in the moment.

 

The following is the email sent out by Felicia Keelen to all student organizations:


Please join me in congratulating the Muslim Student
Association for winning this year's Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME) student award.

The PACME ceremony was created to recognize members of the Virginia Commonwealth University community who have contributed to the University's commitment to diversity and cross-cultural relations.

This year's ceremony will take place Thursday, April 11, 2002, at 11:00 a.m. in the Commonwealth Ballrooms A and B of the University Students Commons, located at 907 Floyd Avenue.

Other PACME Award winners for this year are Richard Toscan, administrator award; Cesar Kanamori, faculty award and Fae Loraine Cordova, staff award; The Riese-Melton Award, the PACME capstone award, will be given to one of these outstanding individuals or group of individuals during the ceremony.

Felicia Keelen
Associate Director for Student Activities

 

The following is the email sent out by President Trani to all students at VCU:

 

To the University Community:

Please join Provost Roderick McDavis and me for the annual Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME) ceremony on Thursday, April 11, 2002, at 11:00 a.m. in the Commonwealth Ballrooms A and B of the University Students Commons, located at 907 Floyd Avenue.

The PACME ceremony was created to recognize members of the Virginia Commonwealth University community who have contributed to the University's commitment to diversity and cross-cultural relations. During this program, we will have the honor of presenting awards to recognize a faculty, staff, administrator, and student who excel as role models in multicultural issues.  Joining us for this year's ceremony is the Black Awakening Choir.  A reception will follow the ceremony.

This year's PACME winners are Richard Toscan, administrator award; Cesar Kanamori, faculty award; Fae Loraine Cordova, staff award; and the Muslim Student Association, student award.  The Riese-Melton Award, the PACME capstone award, will be given to one of these outstanding individuals or group of individuals during the ceremony.

If you are available to join us, please call 828-3836 to confirm your attendance.  I hope to see you at this important University event.

Best regards.

Sincerely,
Eugene P. Trani
President

 

Comments by Other members of the VCU Community:

 

Dear Members of the Muslim Students ASsociation:
I am thrilled with this wonderful news and heard about it earlier!
Individually and collectively, each and everyone of you are worthy of
this wonderful honor and well-deserved award.  This has been a
difficult 6 months in our country and having students like you to
build bridges has been vital to our healing process.  I am proud and
honored to know so many of you and to have had the privilege of having
so many of you in my classes.  You are always so helpful with
information about Islam (willing to share in an honest and helpful
fashion).  I appreciate your tolerance and your commitment to your
faith and to your fellow students.  You are an important part of our
lives here at VCU.
AGAIN, congratulations with all of my heart.
All the best,
--Helen Ruth Aspaas, VCU Professor

 

(Email to the MSA President)

Sohaib, I got the Tranigram this am about the multicultural awards for
VCU.  It's really good that the Muslim Student Association got the
student award.  You're activists, and you act together; it's good that
the group as a whole, not a single person, got the award.
--Mary Ellen Mercer, Editor for VCU Alumni

 

(Email to the MSA President)

Congrats for all your work to bring understanding to this campus and
for planting the seeds of peace.
--Tim Reid, Director of Student Activities

 

(Email to the MSA President)

Congratulations on winning the Presidential Award. You certainly have
earned it with all the wonderful work that you have done on campus to
educate everyone about Islam and issues related to life for Muslims.

--Mark Wood, VCU Professor

 

 

This page was last updated by Ali Hanif on July 18, 2002

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