The speakers for the Black Alumni Reunion Panel are (L-R): Ada Woodson Adams, BSED ’61, David Butcher, Kaliq Carr, Charlee Cobb, Dr. Lisa Phillips, PhD ’05, Dr. Harold Thompson and moderated by Allison Hunter, BSJ ’89 and MSJ ’14. The speakers talk about their experience living in the Athens area. / Photo By Jorge Castillo-Castro
Scripps College of Communication hosts Black Alumni Reunion reception, panel
By Sydney Otto
ATHENS, Ohio (September 20, 2016)—On Friday, Sept. 16 the Scripps College of Communication welcomed Black Alumni Reunion attendees to the college for a reception and hosted a panel entitled “Black in Athens”. Alumni from all colleges were in attendance and were able to socialize in the Schoonover lobby before the panel began.
“I’m so proud that Scripps is contributing to this reunion,” said Kyle Bowser, BSC ‘80. “It’s always good to come back here.”
Reynell Frazier, BSED ‘74, was talking among old friends, “It’s very nice to reconnect with everyone.”
WOUB asked alumni to share their OHIO experience for a video achieve of interviews. Individuals were asked about their experiences at Ohio University, the impact their education had on their future and any advice that they’d want to give current students.
Sybil Felton, a 1989 organizational communications major, said, “My major was a relatively young disciple at the time, but it gave me a good foundation to go into the business world and become a successful consultant.”
“It’s like everything has come full circle. To go away, have a career, become a mother and now to come back here,” Darlynn Linton, BBA ’87, said. “I’m having an amazing time.”
The panel commenced with opening remarks from Editor-in-Chief of WOUB, Allison Hunter, BSJ ’89 and MSJ ’14. She kicked off the event by asking the members of the panel what their experience of being black in Athens was. Panel members included Ada Woodson Adams, BSED ’61, David Butcher, Kaliq Carr, Charlee Cobb, Dr. Lisa Phillips, PhD ’05, and Dr. Harold Thompson.
Some of the impressions included the prominence of the KKK in the early 1960s, the overwhelming amount of white people, but most importantly how Athens can grow on you. The panel continued, discussing the different experiences that black individuals have had throughout the years, coming to Athens and learning to adapt to the different environment while still remaining true to themselves.
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