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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 15, 2017

Black employees association selling tickets for scholarship banquet

By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant

Dr. William A. Hedge

Dr. William A. Hedge

The Northwest Missouri State University Association of Black Employees (ABE) will host its Inaugural Scholarship Banquet at 6 p.m., Friday, March 10, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

Dr. William A. Hedge, a Northwest alumnus and former faculty member, will deliver the keynote address. Hedge served as assistant professor of educational leadership at Northwest and was a member of the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 1974, a master’s degree in secondary education in 1977 and an education specialist degree in 1989, all from Northwest. He also has a Master of Divinity from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in 1994 and earned a doctorate of education degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2005.

He serves on the Northwest Missouri Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center Advisory Board, the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Greater St. Joseph and is a board member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He is a former board member of the Community Action Partnership Board.

Tickets are $50 per person or $350 per table. To purchase tickets, contact Gabrielle Hawkins, annual giving and donor relations specialist in Northwest’s Office of Alumni Relations, at 660.562.1248 or Funds raised during the banquet will go to ABE’s scholarship fund in hopes of awarding scholarships this fall. Cocktail attire is encouraged.

“With the increasing cost to obtaining a college degree and the insufficient amount of resources available to marginalized student populations, our organization believes that through our collective efforts we can help reduce the financial burden on our students and their families to obtain a quality education,” Kevin C. Hawkins Jr., a university police officer and ABE president, said.

ABE was founded at Northwest by nine black employees in the spring of 2015 and has grown to 28 members. Its mission is to empower black employees in a rural higher education environment such as Northwest’s to be successful in and outside the university, and to provide support and encouragement for our marginalized students.

Gina Smith, multicultural specialist in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, serves as vice president. Alisha Greene, a dispatcher in University Police, is treasurer, and Dr. Augustus Hallmon, assistant professor of recreation, is secretary.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468