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Jan 25, 2013 8:15 AM by AP

4 awarded emeritus titles at Nicholls St.

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Nicholls State University has awarded four retirees with "emeritus" titles, honoring them for decades of accomplishments, professional contributions and service to the university.

Those honored include O. Cleveland Hill, Nicholls' first black student athlete, who had a record-breaking collegiate basketball career and went on to become dean of the College of Education.

Marilyn Kilgen, who taught biology at Nicholls for 41 years, was honored, along with Betty Kleen, a nationally known microbiologist and seafood safety scientist, and Deborah "Raz" Raziano, who served for 32 years as Nicholls' director of alumni affairs.

Hill, Kilgen and Kleen were named professors emeritus, while Raziano was granted the title of director emeritus of alumni affairs.

The awards were made at the first spring faculty meeting.

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