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Black airline pilots again honor Tony Dennis

Sept. 11, 2006

KALAMAZOO--For the second consecutive year, Western Michigan University's Tony Dennis has been honored by the Organization of Black Airline Pilots for his work in helping to build a more diversified work force in the airline industry.

Dennis was named the recipient of OBAP's 2006 Distinguished Service Award when the group met in August for its annual national conference, in Phoenix. Dennis, who just completed a term on OBAP's board of directors, was lauded for his service to the board, his work in innovative youth programming and volunteerism.

At OBAP's 2005 conference, Dennis was honored with the organization's Gold Star Achievement Award for Leadership for his work in higher education initiatives that have helped OBAP expand its capacity through mentoring programs and community outreach efforts. Dennis was the founding coordinator for a national consortium of historically black colleges and universities linked to universities like WMU with aviation programs.

A WMU employee since 1993, Dennis was a student services director and student recruiter for WMU's College of Aviation before being appointed to his current role in 2005 as associate director for diversity recruitment in the WMU Graduate College.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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