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Scripps College of Communication hosting Black Alumni Reunion Reception, Panel


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Allison Hunter, WOUB News editor-in-chief, will moderate a panel discussion “Black in Athens” Friday, September 16 during Ohio University’s Black Alumni Reunion weekend.

The panel will include the voices of community members who have long-term ties with the area, representing multiple generations and perspectives.

According to Hunter the panel will be an opportunity to educate students, alumni and community members on the racial history of Southeast Ohio and discuss celebrations and challenges of being black in Athens.

The event is sponsored by the Scripps College of Communication, with support from the Ohio University Association of Black Journalists and will begin with a reception in the lobby of the Schoonover Center (9 E. Union Street) at 1:45 p.m. and the panel discussion will follow at 2:30 p.m.

Members of the panel will include:

Ada Woodson Adams, BSED ’61, was born and raised in Nelsonville Ohio and is a 1961 graduate of Ohio University’s Patton College of Education. She serves as president of the Multicultural Genealogical Center in Chesterhill, Ohio, as well as holding other volunteer board roles.

David Butcher attended Federal-Hocking High School and studied at Hocking College. Currently employed at Suncoke Energy, he has been involved in uncovering the racial and familial history of Kilvert, Ohio, once known as Tabler Town.

Kaliq Carr attended Athens High School and is a current student in Ohio University’s College of Business. He is currently a peer mentor in the College of Business’ Office of Career Management.

Charlee Cobb attended Federal-Hocking High School and is a current student in Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She is currently a resident assistant for Campus Housing.

Dr. Lisa Phillips, PhD ’05, is dean of students at Marietta College. She obtained her Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication, School of Communication Studies.

Dr. Harold Thompson is assistant professor of emergency medicine at Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has practiced emergency and family medicine and served as Athens County Coroner from 2008-2014.

WOUB Public Media will be collecting interviews from alumni during the event to document the impact this area and Ohio University has had on their lives.

Find additional information about the Black Alumni Reunion at this link.