ACU receives award at black leadership conference


For Immediate Release
Feb. 22, 2000

Five Abilene Christian University students attended the 12th Annual Black Student Leadership Conference at Texas A&M on Jan. 20-23.

The students were officers of Essence of Ebony, an organization designed to represent African American culture on campus.

The conference taught leadership techniques during a weekend of workshops that focused on topics related to black college students.

Out of the 60 schools present, three colleges - ACU, Prairie View A&M University and Amarillo College - received awards for school spirit and leadership potential.

Travis Smiley, host of Black Entertainment Television and the conference's main speaker, encouraged student leaders to initiate action and take chances. He called for students to be pro active in both their communities and campuses.

"The conference taught us to be focused, organized our thoughts and how to project information into other students," said Dave Merrill, coordinator for student multicultural activities and special projects. "We learned to stop waiting for others and to be leaders."

Merrill, who is also the club's adviser, was informed of the conference through a visit to the multicultural enrichment department at Texas Tech University. He and the club leaders represented ACU among the 60 universities that attended the conference.

Students say the weekend inspired them, and they returned to the campus rejuvenated and ready to lead.

"I came back ready to do something more for the community and the campus," said Maisha Ballard, senior political science major from Harker Heights .

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