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Campus community mourns loss of residential coordinator

Ghanaian became known for his smile and friendliness 
Feb 24, 2010
By George Mauzy

The Ohio University community is mourning the loss of West Green Residential Coordinator Collins Annin, 38, who died on Monday afternoon in a Columbus, Ohio, hospital after a brief illness stemming from a hereditary condition.

A two-time graduate of OHIO, Annin earned his doctorate in cultural studies in June and a master?s degree in international development in 2005. He had been employed in residence life since 2004 and was responsible for James Residence Hall at the time of his death.

His friend and fellow residential coordinator, Mike Boakye-Yiadom, said Annin will truly be missed.

?Collins was a great friend who was reliable and very committed to his family, friends and work,? Boakye-Yiadom said. ?He always encouraged people to develop their potential and had a special interest in women empowerment and social justice. He also was a good Christian who was dedicated to his church.?

Student Affairs staff members met with James Hall staff and students on Monday evening to inform them of Annin?s sudden death and to offer on-the-spot grief counseling to the approximately 380 residents.  

Vice President for Student Affairs Kent Smith wrote in an e-mail that ?It is impossible to think of Collins without remembering his captivating smile and wonderful attitude.? He added that Annin was an exemplary member of Residential Housing and Division of Student Affairs teams.

Associate professors of cultural studies Jaylynne Hutchinson and Najee Muhammad agreed that Annin?s smile was memorable.

Hutchinson said Annin ?was a young man that we all loved with his infectious smile,? while Muhammad said he had an ?infectious smile that could literally light up a room.?

Annin?s academic adviser, Francis Godwyll, an assistant professor of cultural studies and a native of Ghana, said he had known him since 1996, when he served as one of his instructors at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana.

Godwyll said Annin was a hard worker and capable communicator and teacher who was dedicated to research and scholarship. He also described him as having a pleasant personality and a high level of intellectual disposition, professionalism and tactfulness.

?Collins was not just a student to me, he was a close friend,? Godwyll said. ?His goal was to teach at a university and he was close to securing a job as a lecturer at a university in Ghana. The shock and grief I am experiencing now are beyond expression.?

A native of Kumasi, Ghana, Annin is survived by his wife, Ohio University alumna Phyllis; 5-year-old daughter, Ayeyi; and infant son, Nkunim. His wife and son, who live in Ghana, will travel to Athens in the next few days.

Residential Housing is accepting monetary donations at its cashiers? windows in Chubb Hall to help the Annin family with travel and burial expenses. Funeral arrangements have not yet been determined.

Students can call Counseling and Psychological Services 24 hours a day/seven days a week at 740-593-1616 to speak with a counselor. Walk-in counseling services are available at Hudson Health Center from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Published: Feb 24, 2010 8:47 AM

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