Atlanta Event Raises Funds for Science Departments  

by Cheri Wilson, development director


More than 50 people gathered at the home of Demont and Laura Davis in Atlanta, Ga., this past Sunday to meet and greet with President and First Lady Pollard and to raise funds for Oakwood University. Guests were met at the door with a warm welcome by the gracious hosts, aroma of delicious food, and the smooth sounds of guitarist, Roland Gresham.


The fundraising event concept, "OU Atlanta 100" was developed by Laura Davis and Emile Parker, both members of the class of 1983, who invited their friends to participate in the initiative that raised over $100,000 in pledges and donations. "We hope to be the catalyst for more events like this in other cities," said Parker.


Funds raised will be donated to the Biology and Chemistry departments for science lab equipment. Thank you OU Atlanta 100 and the Davis family for your generosity and for investing in the students of Oakwood University. 

To make a gift to the OU Atlanta 100, you may visit Please select Departmental Gift in the "Select a Campaign" field and write OU Atlanta 100 in the comments section.

Religion Department Hosts Summer Evangelistic Efforts  


Annually, Oakwood's Department of Religion partners with the Southern Union's Ministerial Department, to host a student summer evangelism program. Ministerial students are selected and assigned to pastors/evangelists throughout the Southern Union territory. Last year, there were a total of 133 reported baptisms. 


Currently, 13 students are concluding their summer efforts in the following cities: Avery Blockman in Conway, SC (Pastor Kaggia Scott); Lexius Breny in Pembrook, FL (Pastor Luciouis Hall); Tyler Buford and Jonathan Morris in Tampa, FL (Pastor Patrick Vincent); Marcus Clark in Decatur, AL (Pastor Troy Brand); Sean Calliard and William Washington in Orlando, FL (Pastor Dennis Ross); Fred Edouard in Winter Haven, FL (Pastor Byron Wells); Evenson Etienne in Plantation, FL (Pastor David Noel); Gregory Hines and Tresia Lyons in Decatur, GA (Pastor Gregory Saunders); Wilfredo Montalvo in Pembroke, FL (Pastor Lucious Hall); and Patrick Petitmot in Cape Girardeu, MO (Pastor Cory Douglas).


- Information supplied by Mervyn A. Warren, PhD., DMin

Oakwood Student Witnesses in Tennessee


Photo by Jason Reynolds

Nadege Innocent, a native of Haiti, and a senior at Oakwood University, has been selling books in Tennessee from the publisher of "The Bible Story," a blue evangelistic book that has been around for years that you may have noticed in doctors' waiting rooms.


Innocent said the most enjoyable part of her summer experience has been meeting people every day and finding people who need to hear about Christ. Even when people decline to buy a book, Innocent offers to pray for them.


After she graduates with a major in psychology and a minor in biology, Innocent hopes to open a sanatorium for physical and spiritual healing.  

Academic Calendar Available Online 


The 2014-2015 Academic Calendar is now available online.  Each month features an academic program with a hashtag, where students, alumni and friends can share their Oakwood stories related to a specific theme.


July's feature is the LEAP program, with the hashtag #OUsecondchance while August's feature is the nursing program, with the hashtag #ounursingfuture

Sustaining Our Mission in Challenging Times


Faculty and staff are preparing for the school's annual Colloquium scheduled for August 4-7, under the theme, "Sustaining Our Mission in Challenging Times."


The intention of this year's theme, according to President Leslie Pollard, is to review and understand the challenges of our day, but to stay focused on the premise of "motivating our faculty and staff to remain true to the mission of Adventist higher education and Oakwood, which is to transform students through biblically based education for leadership service to God and humanity."


Guest speakers this year include Debleaire Snell, senior pastor of the First Seventh-day Adventist Church in Huntsville, Ala.; Dr. Paul Brantley, vice president for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists; Dr. Ivory Toldson, Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs, and Dr. Colwick Wilson, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, School of Behavioral Health, Loma Linda University.


Reports and presentations on specific direction and targeted purposes for the new academic year will be presented by the president, deans and vice presidents. Particular attention will highlight aspects of the newly developed Strategic Action Plan, updates on infusing Biblical Foundations in the curriculum, and progress on implementing critical thinking across the curriculum as specified in the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). 

Legal Notice  
Special Meeting of Members


Notice is hereby given that a special meeting of the constituency of Oakwood University, Inc., a corporation organized and existing under and by virtue of the laws of the state of Alabama, will be convened in the auditorium of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, Maryland, on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. (EDT) for the transaction of business that may come before the Corporation. The purpose of the meeting is to approve amendments to the Articles and Bylaws of the corporation and to transact other matters related thereto.


Dan Jackson, Chairman

Leslie N. Pollard, Secretary

Alumni Notes  


The Greenville Utilities Board of Commissioners announced the appointment of Joel Butler, '75, to a three-year term. Butler is the chief external affairs officer at Vidant Health, and is the President of Vidant Health and Vidant Medical Center Foundations. He is a member of the Academy of Health Care Executives. Butler has worked in the health care field for 38 years. 



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Faculty & Staff News Notes


Olivia D. Beverly, Ph.D., '75, has been appointed the director of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Prior to this, Dr. Beverly was an assistant professor in the Education Department. She follows Dr. Jeannette Dulan, who is retiring. 


The QEP is the component of the accreditation process that reflects and affirms the commitment of the Commission on Colleges to the enhancement of the quality of higher education and to the proposition that student learning is at the heart of the mission of all institutions of higher learning.


By definition, the QEP describes a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well-defined, focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning. Oakwood's topic is: "critical thinking developed through writing." 

OU Picture of the Week


Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle congratulates Oakwood University representatives (l-r) Sabrina Cotton, Vice President of Financial Administration; Irvin Raphael, assistant director of Grounds; and Carlos Cole, director of Grounds. (Photo: Anthony Chornes II)


Congratulations to Oakwood University's Grounds Department for being awarded the Huntsville Beautification Award. The hard work of the "grounds crew," under the leadership of director Carlos Cole, maintains the legacy that Oakwood's campus is a place "where loveliness keeps house."


Oakwood is among 365 properties throughout the city that were awarded this year. Oakwood has won this award for the past 14 consecutive years, has made the Honor Roll for 9 years, and was awarded the Mayor's Award in 2010.  

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 - 7/30/14
Atlanta Event Raises Funds for Science Departments
Religion Department Hosts Summer Evangelistic Efforts
Oakwood Student Witnesses in Tennessee
Sustaining Our Mission in Challenging Times
Legal Notice
Faculty & Staff News Notes
OU Picture of the Week
Calendar of Events




4      LEAP Interest Meeting

4-7   Colloquium
        "Sustaining Our Mission
        in Challenging Times"

4-7   Oakwood-to-Oakwood
        Campaign Kickoff

7-9    Student Leadership
13-19   New Student

15    Freshman Consecration

18    Registration

20   Instruction Begins

21   First Chapel

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