PULLMAN, Wash. — A reception to honor Charlena Grimes, academic coordinator for the Washington State University College of Engineering and Architecture, will be held June 21.
The reception is set for 3-5 p.m. in the
Grimes was one of nine individual (and five institutional) recipients nationwide invited to the White House last month to receive the 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. The award recognizes people who have mentored underrepresented students in science, mathematics and engineering. Grimes is thought to be the first-ever WSU recipient.
Grimes, with the
During her time at WSU, the number of African-American, Hispanic and Native American students in the college has more than doubled, and she has had an effect on the lives of more than 1,000 underrepresented students, said Bob Olsen, associate dean of undergraduate and student services for the College.
She has received numerous awards, including the WSU Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award, WSU President’s Employee Excellence Award, the Council of Minority Student Presidents Award and the Finer Womanhood Award, presented by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, an African-American fraternity.