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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events Planned at Mount Union College

December 19, 2008

abercrumbieMount Union College will feature a variety of events in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The keynote address was held Thursday, January 15 at 7 p.m. in the Mount Union Theatre. The address wasgiven by Dr. Eric Abercrumbie, director of the African American Culture and Research Center and Ethnic Programs and Services at the University of Cincinnati and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of African and African-American Studies in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.

Abercrumbie earned bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from Eastern Kentucky University as well as a doctoral degree from the University of Cincinnati. His academic and professional expertise is focused on issues concerning black males in America. He is the originator of the Black Man Think Tank, which has re­ceived national acclaim and is highly rec­ognized in his work with cultural diversity. He serves as a racial/human relations consultant to corporations, community groups and educational systems.

A diversity panel will be held on Monday, January 19 at 10 a.m. in the Campus Grounds of the Hoover-Price Campus Center (HPCC) moderated by Dr. William Coleman, assistant to the president for diversity affairs and professor of communication.

Following the panel at 11:30 a.m. in the Solarium of the Kresge Dining Commons of HPCC, the annual awards luncheon will be held. During this luncheon, individuals will be recognized who have carried out the dream of Dr. King by making it a reality on campus or in the community. Nominations for this award are being accepted and are due by January 9. Nominations should be directed to the attention of Debbie Fink, secretary for the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Mount Union College, 1972 Clark Avenue, Alliance, OH 44601, finkds@mountunion.edu or (330) 823-7288. Tickets for the luncheon can also be purchased through the office for $5.00.

ponderronThe speaker for the luncheon will be Ron Ponder, a radio personality at WHBC 1480 AM, owner of PonderSystems Me­dia and Marketing and an independent television producer of programs for PBS affiliates, network affiliates, cable systems, corporate clients, television programs, commercials, documentaries and the weekly program The ESPN2 Lo­cal Sports Break.

Ponder attended The University of Akron and Kent State University and has served as a speechwriter for various national personalities. He also served as the publisher and part owner of The Stark County Advantage newspaper and served as a columnist for The Canton Repository.

Ponder is the chairman of the board of Coming Together Stark County (formerly Town Hall on Race Relations) and a mem­ber of the board of the President William McKinley National Presidential Library.

A Tunnel of Oppression will be held in the East Room of HPCC on Monday, January 19 from 1-3 p.m., Tuesday, January 20 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Wednesday, January 21 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The tunnel confronts the stereotypes that overwhelm individuals on a daily basis with the goal of increasing awareness and dispelling myths. It leads to a Room of Enlightenment designed to reinforce new ways of thinking. For additional information, contact Deborah Minton, assistant director of residence life for training and development at (330) 829-2762.

A variety of planned service projects will be held Monday, January 19 from 2-6 p.m. giving participants the opportunity to improve the lives of others. These events are being organized by the Office of Service-Learning and Community Service. Volunteers will be at the Alliance YMCA, Alliance Neighborhood Center, Alliance Domestic Violence Center and Alliance Franklin Headstart to name a few. To register to participate, contact Shana Blazer Hruby at blazersb@muc.edu. For additional information, contact Amanda Espenscheid-Reilly, director of service-learning and community service at (330) 829-8168.

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