Oakwood University Begins the Holiday Season  
Visit https://youtu.be/g_0Oq4TkdfQ to view the holiday greetings video from President and First Lady Pollard and Oakwood University.
Administrators, faculty, and staff at Oakwood can't get the image of #GivingTuesday out of our minds. Alumni calling alumni, faculty and staff calling friends and family, students asking students to support the one thing that connects us all...Oakwood. You won't believe it, but everyone who gave, and wanted to give, counts among our most generous supporters.

Our shared history exhibits our survival because when a fellow Oakwoodite is in need, we always answer the call. When the call was given on November 28, 2017 - #GivingTuesday -- you answered by donating and pledging $25,956.70 for the benefit of current Oakwoodites.

It is with the fullness of our hearts we say -- Thank You!


Reginald Mattison
Development Officer
Oakwood University

PS:  This holiday season, if you're moved to make a difference in the life of a fellow Oakwoodite, you can make your tax-deductible gift online at OUgiving.com. 

Adventist Health West Visits the School of Business
by Genae Darville, sophomore Finance major

Early last month (November 9-10), representatives from Adventist Health West, a non-profit healthcare organization based in Roseville, California, breezed through the School of Business at Oakwood University. John Olaore, Executive Talent Advisor, and Jeff Mock, Manager of Performance Analytics, started their event-filled two-day stay with a brief information session in our AC221 Principles of Accounting I and FN321 Money, Banking & Capital Market classes. They targeted sophomores, juniors, and seniors in an effort to provide more information about their organization.

Following these information sessions, students had time to sign up and participate in one-on-one interviews where they were able to showcase their talents and ask questions. Deciding to try something new, 15 lucky students were chosen to attend a private, relaxed dinner at 1892 East Restaurant with Mr. Olaore and Mr. Mock. This dinner was filled with laughs and great food, and provided a perfect opportunity for our students to network with each other, as well as the representatives from Adventist Health West.

As a business student, I personally commend our Dean, Dr. Hyacinth Burton, along with the faculty and staff of the Business Department for providing many beneficial opportunities to business students so that we may continue to excel in our future endeavors. The School of Business would also like to thank Mr. John Olaore, Mr. Jeff Mock, and Adventist Health West for investing into our students and providing them with the critical skills they need to excel for their futures in the business world.
The 15 students, Business faculty members Dr. George Charles (Finance) and Richard Blanco-Topping (HealthCare Administration), and department secretary Samantha Champagne, enjoyed a relaxed dinner at 1892 East Restaurant in the "Five Points" area of Huntsville. Standing (l-r): J eff Mock, John Olaore, Daniel Hill, Jarell Williams, Justin Williams, Justin Watson, Earl Watson, Ronel Wilson, Richard Blanco-Topping, Kamahni Kinley, Dr. George Charles.  Seated (l-r): Samantha Champagne, Genae Darville, Ashley Seymour, Chidinma Nwakia, Kemi Adesoba, Sierra Ford, Carlette Mckenzie, and Mackenzie Maddox.
Oakwood's President to Address Alabama A&M Graduates

Dr. Pollard's topic to the A&M graduates is: Beginning at the End--Identifying What Matters Most."
Dr. Leslie N. Pollard, President of Oakwood University, will present the graduation address at the 142nd Fall Commencement Graduation Services of Alabama A&M University, on December 8, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.    

The Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, is a land-grant University organized in 1875. Its first principal and president, William Hooper Councill, an ex-slave, visited the Board of Trustees during the early years to plead for mercy for a student who had violated the terms of his enrollment at Oakwood. This close working relationship blessed Oakwood in its early days.

Alabama A&M opened on May 1, 1875, as the Huntsville Normal School with 61 students, and two teachers. By the time Oakwood was founded in 1896, the name had been changed to the "State Normal and Industrial School at Huntsville." 

Ellen G.White and the founders of Oakwood were influenced to place Oakwood in Huntsville because of the presence of Alabama A&M in Huntsville created a more conducive climate to the education of the "colored youth."  When some urged the sale of Oakwood, Ellen White objected by observing, "Our school in Huntsville is in a good location, and the large State Normal school for the training of colored teachers, which is carried on not far from there, by those not of our faith, has created an influence in favor of educating the Negro, which our people should appreciate."  Special Testimonies, Book 11, pg. 7.
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