Season's Greetings  from Oakwood University

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Vote for Miss Oakwood

Miss Oakwood 2016-17 Courtney Buckhanon is asking everyone to vote -- students, alumni, family and friends!
EBONY's 2016-2017 HBCU Campus Queens online competition started today at 12:01 a.m., and ends at midnight on January 15, 2017.

To cast your vote for Miss Courtney Buckhanon, visit . You're allowed to cast three (3) votes in a 24-hour period.

We are asking that you help us spread the word AND keep coming back to vote every day. EVERYONE can share the information on their social media platforms as well.

Each reigning beauty was elected by her peers and/or school officials to represent those standards for her institution of higher learning. Oakwood University commits to the values of respect, compassion, integrity, excellence, service, innovation and collaboration.
To cast your vote for Miss Oakwood, visit

EBONYCampusQueens2016 is the official hashtag of the competition and should be used as much as possible on all posts.
120 Most Influential Oakwoodites

As Oakwood's 120th year comes to an end, we are in search of nominations for a list of 120 Most Influential Oakwoodites.

Nominees will be presented during Alumni Homecoming Weekend 2017.

We are looking for names of those Oakwoodites who were either influential here at Oakwood -classroom, church, dormitory, basketball court, etc. -- or an individual who has positively influenced your life, or has transformed lives through his/her service following their time at the Oaks.

We need the following information:

Your name ___________

I nominate  _______ as an Influential Oakwoodite because _____   **

Date(s) nominee attended ________and/or graduated ___________

Please include a high resolution photo (300 dpi or higher).

Email to -- OR mail to:

Office of Integrated Marketing & Public Relations
Oakwood University
7000 Adventist Boulevard
Huntsville, Alabama 35896

**All submissions subject to editing for space.

Deadline: Midnight, January 31, 2017
Alumni News

Rhonda K. Mason, '92, was appointed by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback to replace retiring Johnson County District Judge Gerald Elliott. Kansas court officials said she is only the second African-American woman to be named a judge in the state. In a written statement, the governor said he was pleased to make the appointment. "Ms. Mason's experience well qualifies her to serve the citizens of the 10th district (Johnson County)" Brownback said.  MORE

Paul McNeil, '11, received his Ph.D. from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee, during graduation exercises on December 10.  He is a graduate of TSU's Computer and Information Systems Engineering (CISE) doctoral program with a concentration in Computer Communication and Networks. His dissertation, entitled: "SCREDENT: Scalable Real-time Anomalies Detection and Notification of Targeted Malware in Smartphones," was successfully defended on July 6, 2016. McNeil said, "God blessed, allowing me to finish the program at the age of 26 and in just three years." He  recently founded ScrappyLock, a multi-factor authentication software development company, with the goal to make current enterprise login practices less burdensome on its users. 

Editor's Note :
  • Offices at Oakwood University will be closed for the Christmas holiday on Thursday, December 22, at 12:00 p.m. and will reopen Tuesday, December 27.
  • Offices will also be closed for the New Year's holiday on Monday, January 2, and will reopen Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
  • The next issue of  insideOakwood  will be published on Wednesday, January 4.
 On behalf of the Division of Advancement & Development,
we wish you a safe and blessed holiday season. 
About Oakwood 


The mission of Oakwood University, a historically black, Seventh-day Adventist institution, is to transform students through biblically-based education for service to God and humanity.

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