Still Time to be Part of the "Blue & Gold Challenge" 


Join us in the Blue and Gold End-of-the-Year Challenge by making a gift to the Oakwood Annual Fund by midnight, June 30, 2014. Our goal is to increase the annual giving participation rate of our alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends.


Your participation at any level is valued, appreciated, and counted! Annual Fund donors will be listed on the OU Donor Roll in the Oakwood Magazine as a sign of our appreciation. The challenge has begun!


For your convenience, you may give online at, or you may send a check, payable to Oakwood University (Annual Fund), and mail it to the Office of Advancement and Development by midnight, June 30, 2014.


Your commitment, demonstrated through your tax deductible charitable gift, is important to our students, faculty and staff, and the advancement of "our dear Oakwood." 


Together, we can make a difference! Thank you for your generosity!

Faculty and Staff News    


This week, Victoria Joiner Miller, '87, Ph.D., (back row, 2nd from left) assistant professor of communication, presented research at the National Association of African American Studies' International Research Forum on the campus of Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, Mexico. Dr. Miller is one of nine scholars (pictured) that were chosen to present. Her topic was about governmental seizures of Black-owned land in the Tennessee Valley area.

Alumni Notes 

Dr. Timothy Nixon, '82 (right), is the new executive secretary of the Lake Region Conference, elected this past weekend by delegates in a regular constituency meeting. Other Oakwoodites elected to office were Treasurer Yvonne Collins, '87; and Public Affairs/Religious Liberty Director Edward Woods III, '93.


Additional elected Oakwoodites include: ASI - Debbie Young; Children's Ministries - Pamela Daly; Communication - John Sconiers, Community Services - Debra Davis-Moody; Men's Ministries - William Lee; Ministerial - Michael Horton; and Women's Ministries - Doris Gothard.



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Pollard's Places  


Usually during my travels, I am sharing with others about the great things that are happening at Oakwood University. This past Sabbath, I had the opportunity to stay close to home and speak for Children's Church at the First Seventh-day Adventist Church in Huntsville, Ala., where Debleaire Snell is senior pastor. This was great fun and deep joy for me. During my days as a pastor, I used to teach in children's Sabbath School just to stay in touch with this segment of the church. Many of our future leaders come from this and many other churches across North America. During my time with the children, I spoke with them on the theme of "O Taste and See." I used a three taste-based object lessons to assist in the 15-minute sermon. At Oakwood, we believe that we must let our children know early that the Lord is good and He cares about everything that we do.

OU Picture of the Week


Construction Update - The Peters Media Center is well underway. Contruction workers are pictured here working on steel beams for support. If you'd like to make a donation to the Peters Media Center, please click here(Photo by Anthony Chornes, II)
About Oakwood 


Oakwood University, a historically black, Seventh-day Adventist institution in Huntsville, Alabama, has as its mission to transform students through biblically-based education for service to God and humanity.

In This Issue - 5/21/14
Still Time to be Part of the "Blue & Gold Challenge"
Faculty and Staff News
Alumni Notes
Pollard's Places
OU Picture of the Week
Calendar of Events




19-22      Faculty/Staff

               Think Tanks



12-21   South Central
            Camp Meeting

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