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Black Alumni Reunion 2025
Thursday, April 10, 2025 - Sunday, April 13, 2025

Black Alumni Reunion

Black Alumni Reunion (BAR) is a reminder of the rich history and deep commitment of our university’s Black graduates and friends — starting 200 years ago when John Newton Templeton first stepped onto campus as Ohio University’s first Black student.

This one-of-a-kind alumni celebration dates back more than four decades and welcomes all alumni to come together every three years to celebrate the Black alumni community for what is the university’s largest alumni gathering outside of Homecoming.

The 2025 planning committees will be creating a reunion weekend full of formal and informal opportunities to connect and engage on behalf of the university’s students, faculty, programs and places.

Check this website often for updates and details as they become available.

We can’t wait to see you in 2025!

  • Your BAR 2025 Alumni Committee

    • Jillian Causey, '13, Co-Chair
    • Terry Frazier, '99 & '00, Co-Chair
    • Valerie Biggs-Hill, BSC '78
    • Kylie Bridgeman, '26
    • Seaira Christian-Daniels, '14
    • Reynell Frazier, '74
    • LaWanna McKinley-White, '65
    • Alisha Milbry, '04
    • Valerian Riddle, '17
    • Damon Scott, '90
    • Aaron (A-Roc) Thomas, '01
    • Byron Ward, '89


    • Ashley Ferguson, BSJ '06, Immediate Past Co-Chair
    • Dell Robinson, BSPE '88, Immediate Past Co-Chair
  • Your BAR 2025 Campus Committee

    • Russell Morrow, '12 & '14, Co-Chair
    • Jenn Bowie, '94 & '99, Co-Chair
    • Kylie Bridgeman, '26
    • Joy Cobb
    • Kelly Davidson, '92
    • Nancy Edwards Grady, '87
    • Lisa Flowers-Clements, '92 & '04
    • Seth Malloy Flynn
    • George Howell, '21
    • Tia Jameson, '08 & '19
    • Laurie Lach, '92 & '18
    • Erica Lipscomb
    • Bose Maposa, '09 & '10
    • Lewatis McNeal
    • Nikki Ohms, '96
    • Rebecca Prater, '12

Alumni Committee News and Updates

The Alumni Committee has identified the following principles to guide their work as well as the work of the Campus Committee and the Ohio University Alumni Association in reunion planning:


  • Facilitating connections between alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the community


  • Providing meaningful experiences for all reunion participants

Communication and Transparency

  • Clear, timely, and open communications

Influence and Advocacy

  • Celebrating accomplishments and contributions


  • Connecting alumni and friends across generations and experiences
  • Alumni Committee Goals

    Reconnect with one another and OHIO

    Celebrate amazing alumni

    Connect with and mentor current students and one another


    Bobcat Network Group

    You can also join the Black Alumni Reunion group on The Bobcat Network to connect with fellow alumni and BAR attendees! The Black Alumni Reunion group on The Bobcat Network is the official place we’ll share all the updates on events, guest speakers, and happenings for BAR 2025.


    Templeton 200th

    Ohio University is celebrating the 200th year anniversary of John Newton Templeton's enrollment and graduation from Ohio University by commemorating the past, present, and future of his influence. Look for the JNT table at BAR to get your Story Packet.






Call your Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) at 740-593-4300 or email