Black Alumni Reunion set for June 5-7 on Athens Campus

Panel discussions, a banquet, music and a student variety show will be part of the Black Alumni Reunion at Ohio University June 5-7. "Holding on to Our Heritage, Building for the Future" is th e theme of the event sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations.

The reunion, which will include both African-American and Latino/Hispanic alumni, will take place on the 170th anniversary of the graduation of John Newton Templeton, the university's first African-American graduate, in 1828.

The 1995 Black Alumni Reunion attracted 500 participants, the largest turnout for an alumni reunion on the Athens campus.

Board of Trustees member Patricia Ackerman, BA '66, will serve as keynote speaker at the reunion banquet on Saturday, June 6. Ackerman is executive director of curriculum and instruction for Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools and a member of the Greater Cleveland Black Alumni Chapter of the Alumni Association.

"Minority Issues in the New Millennium," a panel discussion featuring some of Ohio University's leading graduates in education, media and entertainment, will begin Saturday's events at 1:30 p.m. It will be followed by a student variety program, a reception hosted by President Robert Glidden and his wife, Rene, and an evening of live music at Zachary's in Uptown Athens.

A 10 a.m. concert on Sunday by the local Gospel Voices of Faith will precede a religious celebration along the Hocking River.

Registration for the reunion begins at 4 p.m. Friday, June 5, and a soul-food cookout will take place along the riverbanks at 5 p.m.

Registration forms were expected to be mailed to alumni in March and the registration deadline for the reunion is April 27. Those attending need to make their own overnight accommodations by calling the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 878-9767; Ohio University Inn at (740) 593-6661; AmeriHost Inn at (740) 594-3000; or Days Inn at (740) 592-4000. Ask for rooms reserved by the Alumni Relations Office for Black Alumni Reunion participants.

Alumni can stay up to date on reunion details by checking the alumni Web page at www.ohiou.e du/alum/reunion.html.

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