EBN Annual Meeting 2016

The EBN Annual Meeting allows OHIO alumni to catch up after years of distance, as well as encourages fundraising for the Urban Scholars Program.

Photographer: Megan Johnson

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Ebony Bobcat Network hosts a spirited weekend in Columbus for annual meet


For years, the Ebony Bobcat Network (EBN) has extended, preserved and promoted the legacy of African American accomplishment. Its yearly conference allows the alumni group to further their mission.

This year, the EBN Annual Meeting will run from Aug. 10 through Aug. 13 at Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbus. Attendees can choose to attend any events throughout the busy weekend, but some especially notable events include the Awards Banquet, the Celebrate Ohio University Black Authors Luncheon and the Annual Meeting portion of the weekend.

“If you’re looking to catch up on what’s going on in the black alumni world, share memories with old friends and to fellowship, this is the conference for that type of person,” said Miles Davison, BSC ’91, recording secretary for the EBN National Board. 

The EBN Awards Banquet will be held from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 12. Although the event has an added cost, it will help to fundraise for the EBN Urban Scholars Endowment Program. According to EBN’s website, the Urban Scholars Program “was created to provide academically qualified students with the financial resources and the support system” to flourish at the college level.

“EBN is tied to the Urban Scholars Endowment Program, and we aim to provide funding for that scholarship,” Derek Collins, BS ’80, co-chair of EBN Columbus, said. “It was the brainchild of outgoing president, Roderick McDavis, and we have taken on the charge and the challenge of endowing that fund.”

The Celebrate Ohio University Black Authors Luncheon will be held Aug. 11. Several successful OHIO authors, including Rita Fuller-Yates, will be presenting at the luncheon. Each author will have the chance to share how OHIO made an impact on their life and their experiences as an author.

The EBN Annual Meeting on the morning of Aug. 12, allows members to reminisce on the past year, brainstorm fundraising efforts and more. This year, a panel of young alumni will be present at the meeting to give feedback on how to engage the current and upcoming generations of young alumni.

Because EBN hopes to expand into more cities in the future, there will be members in attendance who are looking to begin new affiliates throughout Ohio. Also, some members of the more than 40-year-old OHIO choir, Gospel Voices of Faith, are expected to attend the weekend’s events.

“We’re excited that OHIO has such a phenomenal organization like EBN and that we can push forward with EBN Urban Scholars,” Lori Peterson, BSJ ’87, co-chair of EBN Columbus, said. “We enjoy getting together to see what legacy we can leave behind on Ohio University.”

Click here for the weekend’s schedule and to register for the events.