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Judson University Honors Alpha Coles Blackburn with Honorary Doctorate

GLAM Award Final  (ELGIN, IL – Sept. 9, 2019) Judson University recognized renowned architect, fashion designer, television host and community leader Alpha Coles Blackburn with an honorary doctor of Humane Letters during the 10th anniversary G.L.A.M.M.Ys fundraising event held on Sept. 5 in Indianapolis.

Blackburn is the retired president and CEO of Blackburn Architects, a firm that has received many honors to include serving as lead architects of the National Underground Freedom Center in Cincinnati. As the owner’s technical representative and co-coordinator for art for the Indianapolis Airport, Blackburn led the selection, commissioning and installation of their art collection. She is a national award-winning fashion designer and former TV host.

For the past two years, Blackburn has been working with Shanel Poole, president of Guidance Life-skills And Mentoring (GLAM, Inc.) to provide opportunities for young women to attend Judson University and major in architecture, art or graphic design.

“Alpha Blackburn uses her professional expertise to help the next generation of young women study and enter the creative fields of architecture, art and graphic design,” said Judson President Gene Crume. “We are pleased to recognize her exceptional contributions to the arts. She is a trailblazer in her field and has demonstrated her commitment to giving back and shaping others’ lives. This is also Judson’s mission of shaping lives that shape the world.”

Blackburn’s dedication to her community is reflected by her service on more than 60 boards and committees. She is the recipient of the State of Indiana Governor’s Civil Rights Legacy Award (2018), the Chancellor's Medallion at Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis (2017), the Indiana Minority Business Magazine Golden Laurel Professional (2017), and the G.L.A.M. (Indianapolis) ICON Award (2017).

Since its founding 10 years ago, GLAM has assisted more than 350 girls through programming that focuses on self-esteem, education, professional development and healthy choices. According to the GLAM website, the organization has helped at-risk girls who normally have only a 35 percent probability of graduating from high school, graduate at a rate of 97 percent.


Judson President Dr. Gene Crume is pictured with Alpha Coles Blackburn, GLAM President Shanel Poole, and Judson Trustee Dr. Darryl Jenkins at G.L.A.M.M.Ys fundraiser on Sept. 5 in Indianapolis.

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