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Paul Quinn College Takes Top Honors At Annual HBCU Awards

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Dallas South News Wire

Paul Quinn College claimed top honors at the annual HBCU Digest and the Center for HBCU Media Advocacy Awards held in Bowie, Maryland, last weekend. Paul Quinn, which was the reigning 2011 HBCU of the Year going into Friday’s ceremony, can now lay claim to the 2012 awards of HBCU Male College President of the Year and Student Government Association of the Year.

The earning of the awards comes after a rousing year that forged a new path in servant leadership in the city of Dallas. PQC President Michael J. Sorrell and student leader Dexter Evans, who attended the awards ceremony, led the Quinnite Nation on a continued quest to better the landscape and level the playing field for all citizens of Dallas.

Paul Quinn President Michael J. Sorrell

The year began with trumping a proposal to turn a neighboring landfill into the largest garbage dump in the southwest and is ending with a fight for justice against castle law injustices that affect the nation as seen in the Trayvon Martin tragedy. These recent awards speak to the culture and ethos of the Quinnite Nation, a call to choose the harder right over the easier wrong, and has awakened a spirit of unity and community in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

“I am so proud of our students,” President Sorrell said. “Their win as HBCU SGA of the year confirms that there is a national audience for the students of Paul Quinn College and our institutional mission of servant leadership.

“Personally, I am humbled by my selection as the male HBCU president of the year. It represents the payoff of five years of collective hard work and faith, by my staff and our students, in the belief that we can become one of America’s great small colleges.”

The good news doesn’t stop at these awards. The Quinnite Nation is coming off of the heels of the most successful College fundraiser to date in “A Community Cooks,” held the day before the awards were announced. The College will also host the entire Dallas Symphony Orchestra by kicking off the 2012 DSO Community Concerts series on May 23. For more information on events at Paul Quinn College visit

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