Black Educators Honor Seattle Businessman and WSU Recruiter

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington Alliance of Black School Educators will honor two
supporters of the Future Teachers of Color Program at Washington State University. The pair
will receive awards during the WABSE state conference at the Bellevue Hilton on Saturday,
March 20, according to conference chair Gloria Mitchell.
Seattle businessman, philanthropist and WSU regent Ken Alhadeff is the recipient of the 1999
Community Service Award. WSU College of Education recruitment director Milton Lang will
receive the 1999 Educators Award.
The awards will be presented at the scholarship ceremony, 8:15-10 a.m. Saturday morning at
the Bellevue Hilton.
Alhadeff has supported the Future Teachers of Color recruitment and retention program at
WSU’s education college since its inception in 1994. Alhadeff offered scholarship support to all
interested students present at the 1998 and 1999 recruitment events on WSU’s Pullman campus.
His scholarship pledge is the largest individual gift for minority teacher education ever offered in
the Pacific Northwest.
Lang will be honored for creating and directing the Future Teachers of Color program, which
involves outreach and mentorship activities to encourage minority students to attend college
and become teachers. More than 60 minority students are presently enrolled in the Future
Teachers of Color Program at WSU.