2006 Celebration of Diversity & Recognition Banquet Recognizing the Service of YSU Students in the U.S. Military Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2006 Time: 5:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Jay Williams, Mayor Youngstown, Ohio Youngstown State University 2006 Celebration of Diversity & Recognition Banquet • 5:00 PM • Meet and Greet YSU Student Diversity Council • 5:30 PM • Opening Ceremony • Presentation of Colors by YSU Honor Guard • Occasion William J. Blake, Director Student Diversity Programs • Welcome Dr. David Sweet, President • 5:45 PM • Readings and Blessing of Food Maggie McClendon, Coordinator • Undergraduate Admissions Office • Dinner is Served Ms. Debbie Picchiottino • Catering Director - Sodexho • 6:10 PM • Recognition of YSU Veterans Cheryl Levy, Financial Aids • Major Daniel Jones, US Army • 6:20 PM • Introduction of Speaker Scott R. Schulick, V. P. of Investments & Business Development • Butler Wick Trust Company & • • 6:25 PM Jay Williams, Mayor • City of Youngstown, Ohio • 7:10 PM • Presentations Diversity Management Class & • YSU Student Diversity Council • 7:15 PM • Closing Remarks William J. Blake Diversity, Community, 2010! “Embracing diversity doesn’t involve surrendering your identity or core beliefs, but you have to be willing to go beyond your comfort zone when dealing with others who are different than you.” Jay Williams, Mayor Youngstown, Ohio 2006 The Banquet Recognized the Service of YSU Students in the U.S. Military Ms. Cheryl Levy, of YSU’s Financial Aid Office led the recognition of 29 men and women who have been deployed in the U.S. military. Currently, YSU has 251 Veterans enrolled. Branches represented were the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, U.S. National Guard & U.S. Marines. The students have served in places such as Iraq, Kosovo, Southwest Asia, Africa, Haiti, Germany and Korea. Recognizing YSU Students with service in the United States Military • U.S. Air Force U.S. Navy • Jermeko Sola Cassel Dalene Marie Scott • Nickolaus Joseph Lockard Charles Gregory Sydney • Gretchen Paige Smith Jeff Vutech • Cherub Taylor • U.S. National Guard • U.S. Army John Josep Chupa • Jason Robert Ashton Jacob Douglas Hostetler • Derek Caffey Sean William Druckenmiller • Chase Callion • Sean William Druckenmiller U.S. Marines • William Charles Haug Josef Frank Venerose • Jeremy David Hill Craig Matthew Stre • Charlene Victoria Joseph • Anthony James Lawrence • Shakir Bernard Perkins • Travis Phillips • Anthony Spirito Jr. • U.S. Army Reserve • Brian Allen Montogomery • Joseph M. Smaldino • Kelly Ann Cruz • Carlos Jones 2006 Celebration of Diversity & Recognition Banquet On behalf of the Diversity Banquet Committee, students, faculty and staff of Youngstown State University we salute you for your meritorious service to the land of the free and home of the brave. Thank you for your defense of the stars and stripes and may they forever wave. YSU Foundation $500.00 Minority Scholarship Challenge Grant All those in attendance were urged to make contributions to the YSU Foundation Minority Scholarship Fund. There is currently a $500,000 Challenge Grant in place. People Gather Before the Start of the Diversity Banquet Sandra Martin, a non traditional freshman and a member of the Student Diversity Council remarked, “that she would like to see more participa- tion from everyone.” 2006 Celebration of Diversity & Recognition Banquet The banquet was sponsored by the YSU Office of Student Diversity Programs, YSU Partners for Workplace diversity, the YSU Foundation, the YSU Equal Oppor- tunity & Diversity Office & the YSU Student Diversity Council. 2006 Celebration of Diversity & Recognition Banquet One of the features of the evening were two Desert Tables on both the East and West walls of the Chestnut Room. The Social Work Department had over 20 seats at the dinner. “Diversity needs to be defined in a three dimensional sense, with equality and fairness being as much a part of the equation as racial differences.” Jay Williams, Mayor Youngstown, Ohio March 22, 2006 2006 Celebration of Diversity & Recognition Banquet Students, faculty and staff mingled throughout the evening. 2006 Celebration of Diversity & Recognition Banquet Seen in the forefront is a PowerPoint presentation of the different diversity represented throughout campus. Representing the Office of Student Diversity is Mr. William J. Blake, Director. William Blake remarked after the speech, “that it was simply fantastic. He believes that Williams was the right man for Y-town.” “…Diversity requires involvement and commitment.” Jay Williams, Mayor In his speech Williams admitt- ed that though he is a proponent of diversity, he is by no means an expert. But he said he wanted to share his diversity experiences from working with the 2010 plan and in his mayoral campaign.