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African American Reunion set for April 7

A Legacy of Determination, Courage, and Inspiration:
Pharmacy African American Reunion,
Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Legacy of Determination, Courage & Inspiration is the theme for the College of Pharmacy's African American Reunion scheduled for Thursday, April 7.

Dr. Carolyn Brown, professor of pharmacy administration, who serves on the planning committee for the event, said that the day-long observance marks the first time the college has sponsored a reunion activity specifically focused on African American alumni.

The event features two key gatherings-a lunch presentation and an evening reception/dinner.

Dr. Wanda Nelson, special assistant for academic diversity initiatives and pre-college youth development, will begin the day with a historical perspective of African Americans at The University of Texas at Austin. A panel of speakers will respond to her comments with their own experiences as students and alumni of the university.

Dr. Nelson oversees a group of programs that offer a continuum of services from elementary school through graduate school. Services help first-generation and low-income students in preparing for university-level academic work, in successfully transitioning to the university campus and in finding support systems that allow them to succeed academically, develop leadership skills, explore diverse experiences in a safe environment and ultimately graduate.

Dr. Nelson received her Ed.D. from Northern Illinois University, her Ed.S. from Louisiana State University, her master of arts from Ball State University and her bachelor of arts from Grambling State University.

Dr. Leonard Moore, associate vice president for academic diversity initiatives and pre-college youth development, will deliver the evening address. Dr. Moore supervises the UT Outreach Centers, Neighborhood Longhorns Program, Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence, TRIO Programs and the Pre-College Academic Readiness Programs. Additionally, he is a professor in the Department of History.

Prior to coming to the University of Texas, he spent nine years as a professor and administrator at Louisiana State University. His teaching and research interests include African-American urban history, civil rights, Black nationalism and hip-hop and American culture.

He earned his Ph.D. in American History from Ohio State University in 1998. He received his bachelor's degree in history from Jackson State University in 1993.

In addition to Dr. Brown, other members of the planning committee include Dr. Jamie Barner, associate professor of pharmacy administration (Class of 1991); Dr. Benee Brown, regional medical liaison, Sanofi-Aventis U.S. (Class of 1997) and Dr. Charles E. McPherson III, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice, University of Illinois at Chicago (Class of 1997).


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