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Black College Fund

Date 14 May 1996 15:08:41

"UNITED METHODIST DAILY NEWS" by SUSAN PEEK on Aug. 11, 1991 at 13:58 Eastern,

Note 2959 by UMNS on May 14, 1996 at 16:06 Eastern (4633 characters).

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CONTACT: Linda Green                           245(10-31-71){2959}
         Nashville, Tenn. (615)742-5470               May 14, 1996

Fifteen students interpreting Black College Fund 
at annual conference sessions

     NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) -- Fifteen students attending eight
of the 11 historically black United Methodist-related institutions
of higher education will itinerate in approximately 40 annual
conference sessions this summer promoting the churchwide Black
College Fund.
     The students, all members of United Methodist congregations,
will travel across the United States as 1996 Lina H. McCord
interns and ambassadors to raise awareness of the fund and the
role of black colleges and universities in education and the life
of the church. 
     Entering its 24th year, the Black College Fund is supported
by local church apportionments. 
     The internship program, named in honor of retired Black
College Fund executive Lina H. McCord, promotes the fund that
supports the 11 historically black institutions.
     The eight interns will speak at annual conference sessions,
local churches, youth rallies, United Methodist women's groups and
United Methodist men's groups to interpret the fund and personally
thank people for paying their apportionments. Six ambassodors of
good will are former interns who will help to train this year's
interns or appear at special events on behalf of the Black College
     The interns and ambassadors will offer a glimpse into how
their lives have been changed by the fund and will speak on behalf
of the more than 15,000 students attending the schools. 
     On special assignment to promote the fund, the students will
interpret the vital role the Black College Fund plays in the
success and vitality of the historically black institutions.
     Typical of this year's interns is Kevin Wilson, a sophomore
at Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Fla., who will travel
to the  Wisconsin, West Ohio and South Indiana annual conferences
to talk about the Black College Fund and tell of his aspirations
to become a minister and evangelize throughout the world. 
     A member of Palm Coast (Fla.) United Methodist Church, Wilson
is majoring in religion and philosophy because of his "concern to
help others improve themselves biblically, spiritually and
     Other 1996 interns are Richard L. Abrams, an education major
at Paine College, Augusta, Ga.; Gabrielle G. Mallory, a junior at
Bennett College, Greensboro, N.C.; GiShawn A. Mance, a junior at
Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Fla.; Lavicia A. Peterson,
a junior elementary education major at Claflin College,
Orangeburg, S.C.,; Kamilah A. Moon, a junior English major at
Paine College, Augusta, Ga.; Sterling Norris, a 1996 graduate of
Wiley College, Austin, Texas; and Elliott J. Ricks, a senior at
Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Ark. 
     The six ambassadors are: April Jones, a senior music
education major at Wiley College; Cedric D. Scott, a 1996 graduate
at Dillard University, New Orleans; Kevyn J. Amos, a senior
American studies and religion and philosophy major at Claflin
College; Brandon P. Brown, a junior at Paine College, Augusta,
Ga.; Roderick F. Miles Jr., a 1996 graduate of Philander Smith;
and Chastic I. Steele, a 1995 graduate of Rust College, Holly
Springs, Miss.
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NOTE TO EDITORS: Following is a list of annual conferences and
events to which the interns and ambassadors will travel this

     Kevin Wilson: Wisconsin, West Ohio, South Indiana.
     Richard L. Abrams: Texas, Kansas East, New York, Baltimore-
     Gabrielle G. Mallory: South Carolina, Florida, North Alabama,
     GiShawn A Mance: Oregon-Idaho, Pacific Northwest, Rocky
Mountain, California Pacific.
     Lavicia A. Peterson: Southwest Texas, Missouri West, Missouri
East, Northern Illinois.
     Kamilah A. Moon: Nebraska, Minnesota, Southern Illinois, 
     Sterling Norris: Alabama-West Florida, Peninsula-Delaware,
New England, West Virginia.
     Elliot J. Ricks: Kentucky/Louisville, Mississippi, New
     April Jones: Wiley College, Central Pennsylvania Conference. 
     Cedric D. Scott: Student Forum (Oklahoma City University).  


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