May 14, 2010
Don P. Jason III
The 2010 Black Alumni Reunion weekend will take place May 21-23 and the schedule is packed with activities.
The weekend begins on Friday with a welcome reception in the Ohio University Inn Ballroom before an opening dinner that starts at 6 p.m. at Grover Center. The dinner will feature remarks from Ohio University President Roderick McDavis and Executive Director of the
Alumni Association Graham Stewart.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council will host its annual step show at 6 p.m. in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.
"The Black Alumni Reunion reinforces the historical importance of the African-American presence at Ohio University," said Vice Provost for Diversity Access and Equity Brian Bridges. "This gathering of alumni from several decades past reminds us of OHIO's long-standing commitment to promoting educational access."
Saturday has some intriguing programs scheduled, including a Town Hall Meeting at 10 a.m. in the Baker Multipurpose Room (240/242). McDavis and Bridges will talk about the current and future state of the university and take questions from the audience.
"The Alumni Association began planning for this weekend last fall and we expect over 1,000 alumni to return to Ohio University. We have every indication that this will be an amazing weekend for the alumni as well as the entire Ohio University Community," said Stewart.
From 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, there will be a Black Writers' Corner at Little Professor Book Center on Court Street where author B. Edward Swift will sign books from his Aha Jones children's book series.
The Black Alumni Dessert Special, which is sponsored by the Black Student Cultural Programming Board, is 1 to 4 p.m. on the first floor of Baker University Center along with the National Pan-Hellenic Council Block Party, which will occur outside of the first floor of Baker University Center from 2 to 5 p.m.
The Athena Theater will show a documentary called "Come Walk in my Shoes" at 1:30 p.m. The film by OHIO alumna Robin Smith chronicles Illinois U.S. Rep. John Lewis' experience in the Civil Rights Movement.
Also on Saturday, a Soulful Wine and Cheese Tasting Reception will take place in the Ohio University Inn's Galbreath Room at 4 p.m.
The Templeton- Blackburn Black Alumni Gala starts at 7:15 p.m. in Baker University Center Ballroom and will feature comments from President McDavis and university trustee Yvette McGee Brown, who is a democratic candidate for lieutenant governor. The event also will honor Francine Childs, a recently retired African American Studies professor for her more than 30 years of service to the unit.
"As this is my first Black Alumni Reunion, I look forward to joining with alums to sustain the legacy begun by John Newton Templeton and continued today," Bridges said.
On Sunday, student group Divine Covering will host a worship service at 11 a.m. in Galbreath Chapel. The worship service will be officiated by Jeremy Wright, an ordained minister and 2009 alumnus.
From 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, a benefits concert at Athens Community Center featuring Dr. Feelgood, Donny Boggs, R and B Station and the Kay Carter Band will be held to benefit the National Federation of the Blind of Ohio.
For a detailed listing of Black Alumni Reunion events, click here.