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The Ohio State University African American Alumni Society



“Invited Student Organizations”

Black Student Association

National Society of Black Engineers

National Pan-Hellenic Council

Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. Work-Study Students


     Event:      Friday, October 9, 2015

Location:      The Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center

       MLK Room
       154 West 12th Avenue
       Columbus OH 43210-1389
       Phone: (614) 292-0074


Time:           12:30 pm to 3:30 pm/Pre-registration Required

      (12-12:30 pm/Check-in/12:30-2:30 pm/Speed           Networking/2:30–3:30 pm/Closing remarks)


Dear Alumni!


The Ohio State University African American Alumni Society (OSUAAAS) is excited to host its first “Speed Networking Event”!  This event is not a career fair or job recruitment opportunity, it’s an opportunity for students to connect and initiate communication with successful African American OSU Alumni.


Speed Networking is an event with an accelerated twist.  The program is specifically designed to allow students an opportunity to introduce themselves and make contacts in their potential field of interest.  Students will meet with Alumni and provide a resume and/or business card.  Students will come prepared to ask 3-4 questions for Alumni to answer, provide business cards and inform students of preferred follow-up after the Networking event.

Our Students have been consistently asking about “their” alumni and here is an opportunity to come back to campus, meet students and share your experiences.



Topics for Alumni to prepare:

  • Area of expertise
  • What can you offer the student/recruitment opportunities
  • Introductions to other potential contacts
  • Quick history of career path
  • Recruitment opportunities for students/What are you or your company looking for
  • Prepare an introduction that provides a snapshot of your professional background
  • Be prepared to accept resumes
  • If you have brochures, handouts please bring at least “50” to handout!
  • Remember this is a “no fear of rejection” atmosphere – we are here to help our students!
  • Inform students of how they should follow-up with you after the event, LinkedIn connections, etc.
  • Bring business cards to share with students AND fellow alumni!



Majors: (seeking all disciplines)

Arts, Media & Communications

Education, Social Services, Behavioral Health

Engineering, IT, Mathematics

General Management, Logistics, Business, Sales, Marketing, Financial Services, Pre-Law

Government, Public Policy, International Affairs & Development

Science, Healthcare, Pre-Med


Format of the Afternoon:

The MLK room will be set up with tables and this round robin format that will move briskly. Each table seats 10, goal is to put alumni from similar fields of study together.   The Alumni remain seated at their table, the students will move around, rotation occurring approximately every 10 minutes. The format will get more finalized once we have final counts on participation.

We hope that you will be able to assist in the kick off of the “first” Speed Networking Event. Also, this is Homecoming Weekend so there will be plenty to do around campus!  The Society will also have its yearly general membership meeting and will be supporting with the Black Millennial Group and the Black Greek’s Alumni Group, more details to come soon!

To assist students prepare for the event, we will notify them of the participating alumni, job title, degree. This is a 3 hour event, if you available for the entirety or part of time, please notify of commitment.


Please RSVP to me by Wednesday, September 16th with the following information:



Cell ______________________________________________________

Email _____________________________________________________



Attending the entire Speed Networking Event ______YES _________NO

If No, what hours are you available_______________________________ 





Looking forward to your support and hope to see you in October!



Pam Tapscott-Lassiter

Vice President, The Ohio State University African American Alumni Society


If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

~ African proverb


Hale Director Named as
University Distinguished Staff


Congratulations to Larry Williamson!!!!


After returning from a trip to the White House where President Obama welcomed The National Championship Buckeye football team, Larry Williamson, Jr., had another honor waiting for him: the 2015 Distinguished Staff Award.

Larry, who has been the Director of the Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center for over 22 years, was named as one of only 12 Ohio State employees selected to receive the university’s Distinguished Staff Award. In addition to serving as director of the Hale Center, Larry also serves on the National Board of the Association for Black Cultural Centers, and coordinates numerous events with the Alumni Association, Student Life, Columbus State, Kings Arts Complex, the Urban League, United Way as well as many other community entities. Larry is also the advisor of three student groups: African American Voices; the Black Graduate and Professional Student Caucus (BGPSC); and Iota Phi Theta and serves on a number of university-wide committees. In addition to his work in Hale Hall, Larry is the curator of the Bricker Hall exhibits.

Larry is a staff member who clearly loves what he does and does it with passion and purpose, always operating with the Hale Center’s, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s, and our students’ best interest at heart. Throughout many years, Larry has brought quality, compassion, and dedication to his work. “Mr. Williamson places an emphasis on the well-being of each student and reminds us of the importance of our roles in continuing the legacy started by Dr. Frank Hale,” said Edwin Lee, the current student president of the BGPSC – and there are many more Buckeyes out there who would readily affirm this assessment.

Then, on Monday, May 4, 2015, Larry, along with the 11 other honorees, was presented his Distinguished Staff award by President Michael Drake and Provost Joseph Steinmetz.

Left to right: Larry Williamson, III; Larry Williamson, Jr.; vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion Valerie Lee; Pamela Burdette-Williamson


Congratulations, Larry, on this well-deserved honor.

The Distinguished Staff Award recognizes 12 staff members, who have had five years of continuous service, for exceptional accomplishments, leadership, and service to the university community by significantly improving or enhancing the quality of worklife in ways that make a substantial difference for their colleagues; contributing to outstanding and sustained improvements in customer services; and developing creative solutions to problems that result in significantly more effective and efficient university operations.

Archie Griffin is bidding a fond farewell
to his role as President and CEO
of The Ohio State University Alumni Association  

The Ohio State University Football Team is honored at the White House

President Barack Obama 
April 20, 2015

Welcome to The Ohio State University African American Alumni Society's website. It is our hope that you will join fellow African American alumni to show your support and commitment to current and future students. There are exciting changes happening within the university and it is important for us to support the school, our new president Dr. Michael Drake, and his administration.

As we usher in this new era at Ohio State we invite you to visit our member sign-up page and become a member of the Ohio State University African American Alumni Society so that you may receive updates and information on our events as well as keep up with other alumni living from coast to coast and beyond. 

Let us also thank Archie Griffin, President and CEO of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, for his continued support of the African American Alumni Society. We are excited about the future of our organization and our impact on the university.  We are proud alumni of one of the finest universities in the world. From the words of our beloved Carmen Ohio, “How firm thy friendship” O-H-I-O! Become a member and reconnect TODAY!

Vaughn Broadnax, President

The Ohio State University African American Alumni Society



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OSU African American Alumni and University of Maryland Black Alumni

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