Four Juniata Alumni Return to Campus to Reflect on Change, Diversity
(Posted October 13, 2014)
HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Four Juniata alumni will take part in a discussion panel dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the formation of the African-American Student Alliance, a student club on campus, to talk about changes at Juniata and in the wider world, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Sill Boardroom in the von Liebig Center for Science on the Juniata campus.
The panel is free and open to the public. The panel discussion is part of the college's Beyond Tolerance series, sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In addition, the event also is scheduled to coincide with Juniata's Homecoming events, which will run from Friday, Oct. 17 through Sunday, Oct. 19.
The four returning alumni are:
--Rejane Frederick, a 2007 graduate, is assistant program manager for CommonHealth ACTION, a Washington, D.C-based organization that helps communities and individuals find equal opportunities for all people to have optimum health. Frederick has worked as a program associate or project manager for CommonHealth ACTION or a related organization, the Institute for Public Health Innovation, since December 2011. Previously she worked as a special assistant for the National Urban League and as a legislative aide for Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio.
--Paul Berry, a 2005 graduate, was a dual sport athlete participating in both football and baseball. After Juniata, he earned a master's degree in exercise science at George Washington University.
Before returning to graduate school, Paul worked with athletes on a variety of grade levels and in different capacities. He had his first experience as an intern in exercise science at Howard University in 2005. As director of strength and conditioning at National Cathedral School from 2006 to 2009, Paul focused on ways to make training enjoyable, to reduce stress, to encourage lifelong wellness.
While at GW as a graduate student from 2009 to 2011, Paul worked in facility operations, personal training coordination, and as a faculty member. Paul was also the assistant strength and conditioning coach at GW from 2011-2013 where he coordinated programs for women's basketball, volleyball, men's rowing, and baseball.
Currently, back at National Cathedral School as the director of strength conditioning since 2013, Paul takes pride in encouraging students, faculty, and staff to make training enjoyable. Paul is also a board member at the Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Development Center for homeless families in Washington, DC.
--Marissa Gunn, a 2005 Juniata graduate, is a supervising attorney with the Children's Law Center in Washington, D.C. She earned a law degree from Howard University Law School in 2009. After graduation, Gunn joined Americorps and worked at a nonprofit providing social services to low-income and indigent individuals and families in Washington, D.C.
After graduating from law school, Gunn was a law clerk for the National Partnership for Women and Families for five months starting in 2007. In 2009, she joined the Children's Law Center, where she represents children and third party caregivers in custody adoption and guardianship matters, and supervises other attorneys.
--Denique Conner, a 2005 Juniata graduate, earned a self-designed bachelor's degree in perspectives on social justice. She is finance director of the nonprofit organization Daystar for Medically Fragile Children, located in Rochester, N.Y.
Juniata College is one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation, specializing in experiential learning, science research and education, and personal attention for all students. Juniata offers a college experience that emphasizes a student-alumni-faculty community extending beyond graduation.
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