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Walter E. Massey ’58 Honored With the 2016 Public Humanities Award WALTER E. MASSEY ’58, a renowned scientist and president emeritus of Morehouse College, was recently honored with the 2016 Public Humanities Award. Illinois Humanities presents the award to individuals and organizations that make significant contributions to the civic and cultural life of Illinois through the humanities. Massey recently retired as president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. “Walter is a beloved figure in Chicago,” said Angel Yasguirre, executive director of Illinois Humanities. “The respect that he has earned from the cultural, civic and corporate leaders of this city is a testament to his belief in the importance of the humanities to the strength of our civic life and the need for providing

Walter E. Massey ’58

access to all people.” As president of the Institute from 2010 to 2016, Massey increased student scholarships and further diversified the campus through

initiatives like the Walter and Shirley Massey Chicago Fund and the College Arts Access Program, both of which provide opportunities to Chicago Public School students. “As an undergraduate at Morehouse College, my focus was in physics and mathematics, but some of my fondest memories are of studying music, literature and ‘art appreciation’ with my faculty mentors. I actually was a musician and briefly contemplated a career as a jazz saxophonist. Indeed, despite having spent much of my professional life in theoretical physics, I have retained a passion for the arts and humanities that has nourished and inspired me in ways that are perhaps difficult to describe, but that I nevertheless know to be true.” n

Marcus Noel ’08 and Jason Crain ’09 Named to “Forbes 30 Under 30”

Kenneth Newby ’96 and Boston Chapter Win Top Alumni Honors

MOREHOUSE MEN Marcus Noel ’08 and Jason Crain ’09 have been included in Forbes Magazine’s 2016 “30 Under 30” listing, which highlights 600 of the world’s brightest young entrepreneurs, breakout talents and change agents in 20 different sectors. They were chosen because of their game-changing quotient, along with dimensions such as impact, use of cutting-edge technology or creativity, scalability or adaptability, number of people reached and dollars raised/generated. More than 15,000 people were nominated. Finalists were Jason Crain ’09 Marcus Noel ’08 vetted by a panel that included notables such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Carmelo Anthony and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Noel was chosen in the field of education. He founded Heart of Man, a social venture that empowers young people to think like creators instead of like students. Crain was nominated in the manufacturing field as he and a partner co-founded Partpic, a firm that simplifies the search and purchase of replacement parts using visual recognition technology. It eliminates inefficiencies caused by unknown part numbers and streamlines the purchasing process from start to finish. n

KENNETH NEWBY ’96, director of the Morehouse College Forensics Program and assistant professor of communication, was named Alumnus of the Year during the Morehouse College National Alumni Association’s Annual Reunion Banquet in May 2016. The Boston Chapter took home the honor for Chapter of the Year. Newby coaches the Morehouse College Debate Team, which was ranked sixth Kenneth Newby ’96 among the nation’s parliamentary debate teams in 2016. This year, his team won the World’s Division of the Pi Kappa Delta Nationals, finished first overall at the Southeast Regional Debating Championship, and finished first overall at the Georgia Parliamentary Debate Association’s State Championship. The debate team again was the only HBCU to compete in the World Universities Debating Championships, held in Greece in December 2015. The Boston Chapter is one of the National Alumni Association’s most active chapters and has a history of promoting alumni engagement. The chapter has donated more than $1 million to the College, with its More Better Gala consistently raising funds for scholarships. The chapter also hosts a Young Men’s Leadership Conference, an annual “Day On for Service” project to celebrate the King Holiday. Ryan Willingham ’07 is the chapter’s president. n

MOREHOUSE MAGAZINE

44 WINTER 2017


Morehouse Magazine Winter 2017