Oakwood Students Present Award-Winning Research at National Conference 
by Steven Lai Hing, Ph.D., associate professor of Chemistry

Students from Oakwood University attended the national Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABCRMS) meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, November 1-4, 2017.

Sixteen students presented posters of their research in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Psychology. Kiera Yankson, a Junior Biology major, won $300 for her poster presentation on her summer research conducted at Mayo Clinic. The title of her research, in the Cancer Biology category, was "Biological Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery to the Brain."

Most of these Oakwood students are part of the Increasing Minority Admission to Research Institutions (IMARI) program, funded by the NIH/RISE. Our students were actively recruited to graduate and professional schools during the conference, and valuable networking and contacts were made. Oakwood University was well represented by a stellar group of young researchers.
Oakwood's Music Dept. Chair Conducts Honor Choir

Dr. Jason Max Ferdinand was invited by the Madison County Choral Directors Association to be the conductor of the Madison County Honor Choir on October 24th. The mixed choir was comprised of 106 enthusiastic young people, a record number of participants. During an intense two days of rehearsals, Dr. Ferdinand got a chance to share about the academic offerings at Oakwood University.  The concert was received with great excitement.  "I was very pleased with the work taking place in Madison County as it pertains to the music programs. The teachers are very dedicated. We had an awesome time presenting great music to a full capacity audience in the amazing fine arts facility," Ferdinand said.
J.L. Moran Arts and Lectures Series Kickoff 
by Ramona Hyman, Ph.D., associate professor of English

Dr. Jerry Ward engaged with students, faculty and community guests during his poetry reading and lecture in Moran Hall.
The Department of English & Foreign Languages inaugurated the naming of the J.L. Moran Arts and Lectures series this year with a poetry reading/lecture by the internationally recognized scholar, poet, theorist Dr. Jerry Ward, Jr.

He presented an intellectually engaging poetry reading and lecture on October 23, 2017, entitled "Terms of Engagement." The following day, Dr. Ward spoke with English majors about careers in the academy, integrating the academic discipline of English with other fields, and the importance of being consciously responsible for one's career.

"My exchanges with the bright, enthusiastic undergraduates were stimulating; they did much to assure me young folks are better prepared to shape a future than one might conclude from the evidence provided by unreliable mass media. Your students reminded me of some of the best I taught. . . ."

The program was sponsored in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. This is the second year that the Council has supported the arts and lectures series.
Dr. Ward's visit with English majors was captured by Chandra T. Mountain, Ph.D.
The Career Path to Washington, D.C. 
by Preston Foster, assistant professor of History & Political Science

The Brookings Institution. Carnegie Mellon Heinz School of Policy, Howard University Law School. American University School of Public Affairs. The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Georgetown University Law School. The US Senate -- in session.

On October 30-31, 2017, Oakwood University Public Policy and Pre-Law students visited Washington, D.C., to link with leading edge policy and law schools, think tanks, and government agencies.
The purpose of the trip was to create career paths for students by exposing them to some of the best opportunities in the field and connecting them to Oakwood alumni mentors presently working in the law and policy arenas.

The first stop was to the Washington DC Public Defender's Office, led by OU alumnae Attorney Avis Buchanan and staffed by OU alumni Attorney Kevann Gardner. Drs. Buchanan and Gardner explained how Seventh-day Adventist Christians use their legal training to advocate for the accused and protect poor from the systemic racism in criminal prosecution. Later OU alum Michael J. Reed (pictured, right), Chief of Staff to Congressman Sanford Bishop (D-GA), told students how the Oakwood experience and Seventh-day Adventist values prepared him for public service.

Recent OU grads now in graduate school and related internships, and seasoned alumni now in senior leadership, shared their career experiences, forged mentoring relationships, and inspired current OU undergraduates. The exposure to high-level practitioners helped de-mystify the fast-paced nation's capital for many students. The trip has already paid dividends: OU is now a Brookings Institution Internship Partner.

"This trip helped me clarify my career plans and allowed me to envision myself operating at the highest level," said Anton Dormer, Jr., senior Pre-Law major. Senior Da Nia Henry says, "Hearing poised attorneys talk about living their faith while working in one of the most powerful places on earth assured me that it is God's plan that I work in the field of law."

"Having our students in the halls of Congress, the White House, in courthouses and other arenas of influence is core to the Adventist mission of advocating for social justice, religious freedom, separation of church and state, and advancing the Adventist prophetic interpretation of the Three Angels' Messages. This trip did a great deal to advance that objective," said Professor Preston Foster, Director of OU's Public Policy program. "God blessed."
UNCF Women's Leadership Tea

The Division of Advancement & Development invites you to  purchase your ticket for the Annual UNCF Women's Leadersh ip Tea, on Sunday, November 12, at 3:00 p.m .

This annual event, held in the Ballroom at The Ledges of Huntsville, promises to provide an afternoon of  delightful conversation, inspiration, delicious goodies, beautiful art and music. 

As a part of the program, Mrs. Jacquelyn K. Kanion of Kansas City, Missouri, will receive an award for her philanthropic support of students at UNCF member institution, Oakwood University.
For more than 70 years, the UNCF -- the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization -- has raised more than $4.7 billion to help more than 445,000 students attend and graduate from college.

To purchase a ticket to the tea ($50/each, $25 for students), and for more information about the annual UNCF Gala in April, visit www.ougiving.com/uncf; contact (256) 726-7201; or send an email to  uncf@oakwood.edu.
Alumni News  

Las Vegas native Naomi Coggs, '16, is an intern at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Media and a min or in Political Science at Oakwood University. Naomi covered university and local events as a student reporter for OUBN (Oakwood University Broadcasting Network). She served as the Politics Team Leader for United Collegiate Black Scholars, and managed a think tank for policies on African American issues. Naomi is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Broadcast Journalism Student of the Year and Who's Who Among Students Honor. She currently serves in the office of Senator Catherine Cortez Masto.

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