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2018 Otterbein Diversity Alumni Awards

2018 Otterbein Diversity Alumni Awards


The Otterbein Office of Alumni Relations will hold the Diversity Alumni Awards at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9. During the dinner, Otterbein will honor the 2018 Diversity Alumni Awardees, Kyle Williams ’07 and Melica Hampton ’04, as well as the 125th anniversary of the university’s first African-American graduate, William Henry Fouse, class of 1893. Alumni RSVPs are needed by Feb. 6.

Kyle Williams ‘07
Kyle Williams graduated from Otterbein University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in music with an emphasis in voice. He earned his master’s degree in science in educational leadership with a concentration of higher education-student affairs from Old Dominion University in 2009.  In 2017, he received his doctorate of education degree in higher education from Texas A&M University- Commerce.

While at Otterbein, Williams served as an Orientation Leader, was active in the University Gospel Choir and Concert Choir, and was a leader with the African American Student Union. His interest in student affairs began as a student worker in the Office of Ethnic Diversity at Otterbein, where he worked with the Diversity Educators Scholars Involved in Reaching and Educating (D.E.S.I.R.E) and Visions of You programs.

This interest led him to become a member of the Minority/National Undergraduate Fellowship Program in the National Association of Student Personnel and Administrators and to participate in the Summer Leadership Institute (now Gwen Dungy Institute) at Texas A&M University. He also completed a summer internship at Stonybrook University.

Following his degree at Old Dominion University, Williams worked as a residence director for the Sophomore Year Experience at The College of New Jersey. In 2012, he joined Texas A&M University-Commerce as the area coordinator for the Department of Residential Living and Learning. In addition, he was the co-director of the Minority Males Matter (M3) Program and director for the African American Male Mentorship Program, which assists retention efforts for African American males at the university.

Currently, Williams is the assistant director of student conduct at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU), Missouri, and adjunct professor in the Masters in College Student Personnel Administration program at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE). At WashU, his roles include investigating and adjudicating complaints of violation of the University Judicial Code; advising students; creating programs to educate students, staff and faculty on the judicial code; and more. At SIUE, Williams is a professor for the Legal and Ethical Issues in Student Affairs course. He is also a financial member and advisor for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

In 2006, Williams was recognized by the Ohio College Personnel Association as an Undergraduate Student Leader for his dedicated work. Williams was awarded the National Pan-Hellenic Council Advisor of the Year for Fraternity and Sorority Life at Texas A&M University- Commerce in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Melica Hampton ‘04
Melica Hampton was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, and now resides in New Jersey. She graduated from Otterbein University in 2004 with a major in health promotion and fitness and holds a master’s degree in science administration with a specialization in health services and human resources from Central Michigan University.

Hampton is a certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner and is currently employed as a human resources recruiter for Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services Inc., in Union, New Jersey. Previously she was a supported education specialist in career services with Bridgeview.

Her work has included preparing students for higher education programs by helping them identify funding options for their continued education and counseling them on interviewing techniques. In 2017, Hampton was nominated for the New Jersey Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association Honoree of the Year for her impactful work with at-risk or disadvantaged youth.

Hampton is also a published author and the CEO of Hampton Publishing House LLC. She published her first book, Dead Wrong, in August 2010. Since 2010, Hampton has published over 16 books. Her books range from poetry, drama and mystery to children’s literature.

She is also involved with an organization called Conscious Connect in Springfield, Ohio, which helps people in low-income areas have access to children’s books in libraries, barbershops and around town. Hampton also helped found an annual children’s book festival in Camden, New Jersey, serving disadvantaged youth, introducing them to authors, and engaging them in literacy- related activities with adults who serve as role models.

 
Otterbein Alumni are encouraged to RSVP before Feb. 6 to reserve their place at the Diversity Alumni Awards. For more information or questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 614-823-1650 or alumniinfo@otterbein.edu