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April 20, 2005
Contact: Tony Daniels, KU Athletic Corp.,(785) 864-7928, or Marshall Jackson, Academic Achievement and Success Center, (785) 864-4064.

KU Black Alumni Organization to offer reunion programs, dance April 22-23


LAWRENCE -- Members of the University of Kansas Black Alumni Organization and of KU's Black Faculty and Staff Council have planned reunion events at KU to coincide with the KU Relays Weekend, KU Black Alumni Week and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reunion also this weekend, April 22 to 23.

KU Black Alumni Week activities will include career enrichment programs, a student reception and a dance featuring live music and disc jockeys.

Black Alumni Week activities begin with "professional career preparation" from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 22, in Kansas Union Governor's Room. The event provides alumni an opportunity to meet with KU students.

Black alumni will include Bernice D. Thomas, social worker with the Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth, and Jill M. Hall-Boykin, president of the Kansas City-area alumnae Delta Sigma Theta sorority chapter. They and others will discuss the advantages of good grades, the importance of leadership and participation, the difficulty of the job search process, the value of diversity in the workplace and the benefits of internships and cooperatives.

A reception for Black Alumni Organization members and current KU students will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 22, in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, 145 Strong Hall. The reception will allow KU students to meet with alumni to discuss experiences at KU and in the "real world."

Members also are invited to attend the 78th annual Kansas Relays at Memorial Stadium's Jim Hershberger Track on Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23. This year's relays will offer the Gold Zone from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, featuring Olympic gold medalists such as Maurice Greene, Marion Jones and Allen Johnson, all black athletes, with 36 other world-class Olympians.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council for black fraternities and sororities will host its annual step show from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Lied Center. Reunion events will conclude Saturday, April 23, with a dance at Abe & Jake's Landing, 8 E. Sixth St. Doors will open at 9 p.m.

Entertainment will include the band Hot Sauce, comprised of KU students and alumni. The band won the 2003 Student Union Activities Day on the Hill live performance award. Caribbean/reggae music with DJ "F," Fritz-Gerald Charlemagne Esperance, KU senior from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, will be performed in a separate room, and DJ Scottie will perform on the main stage with an after-party at 10 p.m.

The Black Alumni Organization, which was established in 1976, encourages black alumni to help KU continue to be not only a premier research institution but also an institution that promotes a diverse and inclusive academic environment. For more information about the association, visit www.kublackalumni.org.

KU's Black Faculty and Staff Council is host for the Black Alumni Organization reunion events.

For more information about the reunion, call Anthony "Tony" Daniels, special events coordinator for KU Athletics at (785) 864-7928; Marshall Jackson, Black Faculty and Staff Council alumni relations, at (785) 864-4064; or Teresa Clounch, president of the Black Faculty and Staff Council, at (785) 864-2800.

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