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MEP Banquet Highlights

2017 MEP Minnie M. McGee Recognition and Awards Banquet Video

On Thursday, April 13, the Minority Engineering Program hosted its 38th Annual Minnie M. McGee Recognition and Awards Banquet that brought students, family, friends, alumni, faculty, staff, and corporate partners together to celebrate academic achievement and commitment to excellence. Approximately 290 individuals attended is wonderful event at the Blackwell Inn and Pfahl Conference Center, here on OSU main campus.

Our 2017 banquet theme was titled “#BuckeyeStrong: Engineering a Culture of Inclusive Excellence” to highlight the outstanding academic excellence among our African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian students. Dr. Cullen R. Buie, former PREFACE and Lambda Psi Honorary alumnus, was our keynote speaker. Dr. Buie shared several stories including former Assistant Dean Minnie McGee’s impact on his life, his many experiences that strengthen his pursuit of academic excellence, and a few humorous moments that connected with our students.

After the 2016 banquet, MEP Alumni took on an amazing fundraising challenge that materializes into two endowment scholarship funds: The Minnie M. McGee Endowment Scholarship Fund and the BUEC/NSBE Alumni Endowment Fund. Their strong fundraising efforts resulted in one student receiving $5,000 scholarship and three (3) students receiving $1,000 scholarships, respectively. In addition, we had seven (7) engineering departments help provide $250.00 scholarships to fourteen students. This year, two (2) engineering graduate students received awards for their outstanding research and services in the COE community.

Both ArcelorMittal and Ashland received our 2017 Diversity Corporate Partner Award for their ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.