A Legacy of Determination, Courage & Inspiration was the theme for the College of Pharmacy's African American Reunion on April 7.
Dr. Carolyn Brown, professor of pharmacy administration, who served on the planning committee for the event, said that the day-long observance marked the first time the college has sponsored a reunion activity specifically focused on African American alumni.
The event featured 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, began the day with a historical perspective of African Americans at The University of Texas at Austin. A panel of speakers responded to her comments with their own experiences as students and alumni of the university.
Dr. Leonard Moore, associate vice president for academic diversity initiatives and pre-college youth development, delivered 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.
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).