Centre to host Black Alumni Weekend, April 10-12

Posted by Centre News in Alumni, News 09 Apr 2015

Postcard LargePostcard LargeAn enriching opportunity to reconnect, reflect and celebrate the history of the African-American experience at Centre College will take place this weekend during Centre’s Black Alumni Weekend. Events will include presentations exploring the College’s last six decades through the lens of diversity, including a review of integration in light of the 50th anniversary of America’s civil rights movement.

This year, Centre is introducing two new panel discussions to the weekend line-up. Panel conversations led by Admission Counselor Greg Chery ’11, Director of Financial Aid Kevin Lamb, and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Bob Nesmith ’91 will feature information about recruitment, retention and financial aid. A second panel discussion led by Assistant Vice President and Associate Professor of Education J.H. Atkins, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Stephanie Fabritius, Dean of Student Life Randy Hays and human resources specialist Ben Nelson will explore Centre’s ongoing diversity efforts.

Atkins, who was integral in planning this year’s event, says he is most pleased with watching networking opportunities between former and current students during past Black Alumni Weekends held at Centre. Ultimately, he hopes even more efforts toward staying connected and communicating about College activities will be emphasized throughout the weekend.

“I am excited about the potential for continued growth of this group, its connections and support of our current students, as well as the opportunity for alumni and current students to discuss their Centre experience across several decades,” says Atkins.

The weekend opens with a reception Friday evening, April 10. A full day of campus presentations and discussions will take place Saturday, April 11, along with a dinner Saturday night.

To learn more about Black Alumni Weekend, visit the complete schedule of activities and registration information.

by Amy Clark Wise