Inaugural Black Alumni Gala, Town Meeting headline weekend's festivities
May 11, 2007
By Jennifer Bowie
Ohio University's rich tradition of African-American heritage will be on display this month with the much-anticipated celebration of the 2007 Black Alumni Reunion. The triennial event, which is expected to draw hundreds of African-American alumni and other guests to campus, will be held the weekend of May 18-20.
The 2007 Black Alumni Reunion features a variety of unique events, including the annual Black Alumni Town Meeting and Brunch with campus leaders and the inaugural Templeton-Blackburn Black Alumni Gala, both on Saturday, May 19.
At the town meeting and brunch, which will begin at 11:30 a.m., attendees will participate in an open dialogue with campus leaders regarding the vision and direction of Ohio University. The Alumni Gala, which will begin at 6 p.m., is a black-tie affair and the weekend's centerpiece. Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis, who earned his bachelor's in education from Ohio University in 1970, is the event's keynote speaker.
"I am honored to have the privilege to participate in my first Black Alumni Reunion as president of Ohio University," said McDavis. "This celebration of diversity is an important component to what makes our university such a special place."
Festivities on Friday, May 18, include an opening dinner (6 p.m.), Greek Alumni/Student Step Show (8 p.m.) and Black Alumni Reggae Dance Party (10 p.m.).
Other festivities on Saturday, May 19, include an Alumni/Student Golf Scramble (7 a.m.), African-American Heritage Campus Tours (9 a.m.), Alumni Education Session (9:30 a.m.), Heritage Wall Gathering and Inaugural Black Alumni Walk (11 a.m.), International Street Fair (1 p.m.), Black Alumni Pride Rally and Dessert Reception (1:30 p.m.), Soulful Wine Tasting and Cheese Reception (4 p.m.) and Black Alumni Old School Dance (9 p.m.).
For more information regarding the 2007 Black Alumni Reunion, please visit the Ohio University Alumni Association's Web site at www.ohioalumni.org or call the Alumni Association at 740-593-4300.