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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon Jan. 22

Released: 01/09/2007

Dr. Brenda J. Allen, communication department chair at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, will be the guest speaker for LSU Alexandria’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. luncheon on Jan. 22.

The luncheon is set for Monday, January 22 at 11:30 a.m. in the LSU Alexandria Barbara Brumfield Caffey Annex.

LSUA will remember the lives of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta King at this year’s luncheon. The luncheon also serves as a benefit for the LSUA Ebony Endowed Scholarship.

The event is open to the public. LSUA faculty and staff tickets are $10, and LSUA student tickets are $2. Lunch will be provided by Outback Steakhouse.

Make reservations by Wednesday, Jan. 17 by calling Dessie Williams at 473-6473. Checks should be made payable to LSUA. They can be mailed to Dessie S. Williams, LSUA, 8100 Highway 71 South, Alexandria, LA 71302-9121. Tickets are also available in Auxiliary Services.

After completing her undergraduate studies in Speech Pathology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Allen continued her education at Howard University in Washington, D.C. by earning a master’s degree and a doctorate in organizational communication. After teaching at Howard University for a number of years, Allen began teaching at University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2001, she transferred to the Denver campus, and since 2005, she has been a full professor at the university.

Allen’s areas of expertise include organizational communication, diversity, group communication, and computer-mediated communication. Allen often presents keynote speeches and conducts workshops for various groups on a range of topics, including diversity, presentational speaking, teamwork, and self-empowerment.

Allen has received numerous awards and accolades, including the Francine Merritt Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Lives of Women in Communication from the National Communication Association (2004), and the first Annual Ally of the Year Award from the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance at the University of Colorado, Boulder (2002). Most recently, in January 2006, she won the first Award for Outstanding Achievement for Commitment to Diversity at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center.

The Hinds Jubilee Singers will also be featured at the luncheon. This group is directed by Dr. Bobby Cooper, the person responsible for reactivating the group in the late 1970’s, which originated in 1921 at the Utica Institute, now the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College.

As ambassadors for the Utica Campus, the choir has performed at major events throughout the United States as well as in Italy and France.

For more information, contact Williams at 473-6473.