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Suel award, Powell scholarship, presented at Women of Color luncheon

Bessie Rome and Deloris Rome Hudson are recipients of this year’s Jennie Elder Suel Distinguished Woman of Color Award. They were recognized at the annual Women of Color luncheon March 4.

The award honors Jennie Elder Suel, who was active in local church and community organizations for close to three decades.

Since Bessie Rome and her husband Clevel moved to Oxford in 1953 she has been an active member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. As president of the lay organization she has assisted church youths with receiving scholarships and bonds for their college education. She is a retired manager of food services at Miami.

Rome Hudson (Miami ’71), a niece of Bessie Rome, teaches at Hamilton High School in the Job Development Center. She requires all of her students to do something for their school and community. In addition to holding leadership positions in local, state and national education associations, she has served Miami in many ways, including as chair of the black alumni advisory committee and past member of Miami’s alumni board and the Miami University Hamilton advisory council.

Elizabeth Gannon, a junior microbiology/pre-med major, received the Myrtis H. Powell Scholarship. The continuing scholarship honors Miami’s former vice president of student affairs, who co-presented the award. The scholarship recognizes a student who has promoted unity and displayed leadership in creating a welcoming climate for all members of the Miami community. Gannon participates in undergraduate research and is a resident assistant in Ogden Hall.

Date Published: 03/11/2004
Volume: 23   Number: 28

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