May 27, 2004
By United Methodist News Service
NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Eighteen students representing
the United Methodist Church’s 11 historically black colleges and
universities are spending most of their summer traveling to annual
conferences to promote awareness of their schools.
year, students enrolled in the schools are selected on the
recommendation of their college presidents to serve as good-will
ambassadors to promote and interpret the Black College Fund throughout
the church’s five jurisdictions.
The 32-year-old program is
supported by local church apportionments and promoted by the internship
program, which was named for former fund executive Lina H. McCord. The
Black College Fund and Ethnic Concerns section of the United Methodist
Board of Higher Education and Ministry sponsors the program.
18 interns and ambassadors -- former interns who serve as mentors for
interns and promote the fund on short-term assignments beyond the annual
conference --will travel to 32 annual conference sessions, visit with
local churches and United Methodist men’s and women’s groups, and attend
college and youth events.
students, all church members themselves, will thank people for paying
apportionments and describe how the fund has changed their lives. More
than 15,000 students attend the church-related historically black
schools and universities.
The 2004 Lina McCord summer interns and their itineration schedules are:
- Esaunta Buncomb, Claflin University, Orangeburg, S.C.—South Carolina, North Carolina.
- Erin Grimes, Dillard University, New Orleans—special speaking engagements throughout Nashville, Tenn.
- Lillian Ferguson, Huston-Tillotson College, Austin, Texas—Student Forum, Texas, Iowa
- Kenia da Silva Guimaraes, Clark Atlanta University—Wisconsin, North Georgia
- Chris Washum, Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Ark.—North Indiana, South Indiana, West Ohio, East Ohio
The 2004 summer ambassadors and their itineration schedules are:
- Kevyn Amos--Red Bird Missionary, Alabama-West Florida
- Goumah Bass--Florida
- Llewon Felder--Student Forum, Oakland, Louisiana
- Frank Miller--New York. Missouri
- Audrey Morehead -- Student Forum, North Texas, Illinois Great Rivers, Harambee
- Kenneth Neat—New England, Eastern Pennsylvania
- Erica Newman—Mississippi, Southwest Texas, North Alabama
- Kamari Odai--Kansas East, Central Pennsylvania
- Janet Campbell Rogers-- Tennessee
- Dorrett Rozier--Peninsula-Delaware
- Jeffrey Thomas--Rocky Mountain, Pacific Northwest
- Rubert Thomas--Arkansas
- Roberta White--Baltimore-Washington
For more information, visit http://www.gbhem.org/bcf
on the Web or contact the Black College Fund, Division of Higher
Education and Ministry, P.O. Box 340007, Nashville, TN 37203-0007;
phone: (615) 340-7378.
News media contact: Linda Green · (615) 742-5470 · Nashville, Tenn. · E-mail: email@example.com