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Black Alumni Reunion brings memories and friends back to Athens [PHOTOS]

Second-largest alumni group participates in "Through the Decades" reunion


Ohio University’s black alumni returned to Athens Campus for the 2013 “Through the Decades”-themed triennial event Sept. 26-29. The Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) the Ohio University Ebony Bobcat Network (EBN) and other groups hosted events throughout the weekend, giving alumni myriad opportunities to celebrate their ties to the University and reconnected with one another. The much-anticipated triennial event is OHIO’s largest formal alumni reunion.

The photo essay below captures some of the moments alumni enjoyed throughout the weekend. Please click here to see more photos from the weekend.

Alumni take in the “Dawn of Mourning” photo exhibition created by alumnus Ken Steinhoff, a 1970 graduate in fine arts photography, and the Athens County Historical Society & Museum.

Alumni take in the “Dawn of Mourning” photo exhibition created by alumnus Ken Steinhoff, a 1970 graduate in fine arts photography, and the Athens County Historical Society & Museum. The exhibition was sponsored by Sigma Gamma Rho and featured what Steinhoff saw on April 7, 1968 at Ohio University as students participated in the National Day of Mourning to mourn the April 4 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Photo by Stephen Reiss

Alumni members of the Gospel Voices of Faith and Anointed Ministries reconnect and share photos at a reception in Baker University Center Friday afternoon as part of the 2013 Black Alumni Reunion weekend of events.

Alumni members of the Gospel Voices of Faith and Anointed Ministries reconnect and share photos at a reception in Baker University Center Friday afternoon as part of the 2013 Black Alumni Reunion weekend of events. The event was hosted by OUAA.
Photo by Karissa Conrad

Beatrice Selotlegeng

Beatrice Selotlegeng, right, Director of OHIO’s Cardinal Health Junior Executive Business Program, spoke with senior accounting student, Keirra Barclay, at the Black Owned Business Owners Networking Reception in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium Friday. Alumni, faculty and students attended the event, which was sponsored by OHIO’s College of Business, the Voinovich School or Leadership and Public Affairs, and the Center for Entrepreneurship. Selotlegeng stressed how important networking is for students so they can discuss career options and their future with alumni. “Engagement is born at events like this.”
Photo by Karissa Conrad

Alumni enjoy food and fellowship at the 2013 Black Alumni Reunion Welcome Reception at Baker University Center Friday.

Alumni enjoy food and fellowship at the 2013 Black Alumni Reunion Welcome Reception at Baker University Center Friday. The reception officially kicked off a weekend of events that brought over 450 alumni back to Athens to celebrate their ties to Ohio University.
Photo by Stephen Reiss

President Roderick J. McDavis, a 1970 graduate from The Patton College of Education and OHIO’s first black president, spoke at the Welcome Reception, saying, “OHIO, at its core, is about people.

President Roderick J. McDavis, a 1970 graduate from The Patton College of Education and OHIO’s first black president, spoke at the Welcome Reception, saying, “OHIO, at its core, is about people. You are the story of OHIO.” On a personal note, McDavis thanked the attendees for their support during his decade of service as OHIO’s president and credited the institution for his success. “This place helped me find the leader inside me that I didn’t know was there.” The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and OUAA sponsored the event.
Photo by Stephen Reiss

Dr. Francine Childs, OHIO’s first tenured African American professor, spoke to a standing room-only crowd of alumni and current students at “Hats Off to Dr. Francine Childs,” an event in her honor, Friday night at the 2013 Black Alumni Reunion weekend.

Dr. Francine Childs, OHIO’s first tenured African American professor, spoke to a standing room-only crowd of alumni and current students at “Hats Off to Dr. Francine Childs,” an event in her honor, Friday night at the 2013 Black Alumni Reunion weekend. Audience members enjoyed an evening of entertainment by alumni and current OHIO students.
Photo by Stephen Reiss

Alumni members of the Delta Sigma Theta step team captivated the audience with their performance at the “Hats Off to Dr. Francine Childs,” event.

Alumni members of the Delta Sigma Theta step team captivated the audience with their performance at the “Hats Off to Dr. Francine Childs,” event. Hosted by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, the event was a fund raiser for OHIO’s Urban Scholars program.
Photo by Stephen Reiss

Col. Frank E. Underwood speaks at the EBN’s Welcome Breakfast on Saturday where he received the 2013 Ebony Bobcat Network’s (EBN) Trailblazer Award.

Col. Frank E. Underwood speaks at the EBN’s Welcome Breakfast on Saturday where he received the 2013 Ebony Bobcat Network’s (EBN) Trailblazer Award. Underwood was recognized for being one of the first two African American students in the history of Ohio University to receive an athletic scholarship to attend OHIO and for his leadership in organizing reunions for 1950s OHIO graduates, known as The Soulful Bobcats. Underwood was also presented with a painted portrait, “Trifecta”, by his son, Frank Underwood, Jr. The event at Walter Hall Rotunda was sponsored by OUAA.
Photo by Olivia Wallace

Black Alumni Reunion alumnus George Wilson, a 1977 graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences, reconnects at the “Through the Decades Cookout” at Grover Center Atrium Saturday afternoon.

Black Alumni Reunion alumnus George Wilson, a 1977 graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences, reconnects at the “Through the Decades Cookout” at Grover Center Atrium Saturday afternoon. The event, sponsored by OUAA, was part of the 2013 Black Alumni Reunion.
Photo by Liz Held

Carl Walker, right, a 1956 graduate of The Patton College of Education, talks with Doug McCabe, curator of manuscripts in Alden Library’s Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections.

Carl Walker, left, a 1956 graduate of The Patton College of Education, talks with Doug McCabe, curator of manuscripts in Alden Library’s Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, about, Soulful Bobcats: Experiences of African American Students at Ohio University During the 1950s, published by Ohio University Press and co-authored with Betty Hollow. The Saturday event Authors@Alden Webcast at Alden Library was part of the 2013 Black Alumni Reunion weekend and was broadcast live via The WOUB Center for Public Media.
Photo by Tyler Stabile