Kellea Tibbs; Greg Moore; Noreen Roderick; Gary Nickerson; Jennifer Neubauer; Beverly Reilly Tatum; Stella Antwine; and Ron Woodson gather at the Alumni Leaders Awards Banquet where EBN received the 2014 Outstanding Society Award.
Photo courtesy of: Sarah Barclay
EBN aims to honor the heritage and contributions of preceding and present generations of persons of color who attended or are attending Ohio University, as well as to generate financial support for the Ohio University Urban Scholars Program.
Graphic courtesy of: Ebony Bobcat Network
Jul 28, 2014
By Jennifer Bowie
The Annual Alumni Weekend and Meeting hosted by Ohio University’s Ebony Bobcat Network (EBN) will take place Aug. 14-17 at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center in Mayfield Village, Ohio.
This year’s weekend marks the 4th anniversary of this special event and includes activities for students, faculty, alumni and friends.
A wine-tasting reception and book signing begins at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 14, and features the author, Carl H. Walker, and contributors to Soulful Bobcats: Experiences of African American Students at Ohio University, 1950-1960. Walker is a 1956 graduate of OHIO’s Patton College of Education. His book is a collection of oral histories from OHIO’s African American students during the postwar years.
Friday, Aug. 15, decade conversations and mini-reunions begin at 9 a.m. for classmates from the 1950s through the 2000s. The “Sip and Soul” Show Your Colors Dance – an opportunity for guests to sport their favorite Greek, school or pro-team colors – begins at 8 p.m.
EBN’s Annual Meeting and Breakfast kicks off at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 16. Then, EBN hosts its annual Scholarship Gala beginning at 8 p.m. to honor the 2014 Trailblazer Award recipient and to raise funds in support of OHIO’s Urban Scholars Program, a need-based scholarship program that benefits graduates of urban school districts in Ohio. Hilton Smith, Cleveland NAACP president, will deliver the keynote address during the Gala.
Sunday, Aug. 17, the weekend wraps up with a Farewell Coffee hour beginning at 9 a.m.
“The weekend is a chance to reconnect with fellow Bobcats and introduce ourselves to the younger group, which I am really looking forward to,” said Noreen Roderick, 1986 graduate, Urban Scholar committee co-chair and EBN event committee member. “We are interested in keeping the spirit of EBN alive and youthful by connecting with the younger crowd to let them know that there is a strong network outside of Athens.”
Attendees can participate in all of the weekend’s events or attend individual activities as their schedules permit. The weekend’s individual event costs range from $20 to $65.
For more information, or to register for EBN Alumni Weekend, visit ebnevents.org or contact Kellea Tibbs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-593-4300.