Sophomore English Writing major produces winning Black History Month video

Samantha Ennis (Pittsburgh/City Charter School), a sophomore majoring in English Writing at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, was the winner of the 2012 Media Competition held in February to celebrate Black History Month. She is the daughter of Geraldine Ennis and Daniel Ennis.

Dr. Jacqueline Horrall, Dr. Sharon P. Smith, Carol Mohamed, Samantha EnnisThe contest, sponsored by the President’s Advisory Committee on Diversity Affairs, is open only to currently registered Pitt-Greensburg students and provides a prize of $300. This is the third year that the media contest has occurred.

The topic for this year’s competition was “Black Women in American History.” Ennis’ video was titled “Mae Jemison: More Than Just an Astronaut” and shared the accomplishments of Mae Jemison, the first black woman to travel in space, as well as the obstacles she had to overcome in order to become a medical doctor and a NASA science mission specialist on the September 12-20, 1992, STS-47 Space Lab-J cooperative mission between the United States and Japan. Among the other interesting tidbits shared in the video is that Jemison was the first real astronaut to appear in an episode of Star Trek.

Carol Mohamed, director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion, was the keynote speaker at the screening of the winning video and the final event held February 29 celebrating Black History Month. She spoke about the importance of commemorating the history of and the contributions of African Americans and Blacks through a month-long celebration, especially since so many American history books and programs continue to ignore important aspects of how the history of minorities affects the overall history of the United States.

Other events held on the Greensburg campus included:

• “Love is a Revolution: The Political Theology of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” presented by Beverly Gaddy, PhD, associate professor of political science at Pitt-Greensburg.

• A Soul Food Dinner, funded in part by the Student Government Association, and offered free to the Pitt-Greensburg Community.

• An African American Literature Potluck that shared selected readings from African American Writers presented by students and traditional home-cooked food.

• A viewing of the movie, “The Help.”

Jacqueline Horrall, PhD, associate professor of Economics, is the chair of the President’s Advisory Committee on Diversity Affairs. The committee defines diversity to include peoples of all racial, ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds as well as genders, ages, abilities and sexual orientation. This statement is in line with the mission of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg to provide educational opportunities to both traditional and nontraditional students through curricular and co-curricular experiences. The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is also committed to a program that will broaden students understanding of the human experience and the fundamental skills necessary for academic success and learning throughout their lifetimes.

Founded in 1963, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is a publicly assisted, four-year, liberal arts college in southwestern Pennsylvania. A regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh, which is celebrating its 225th anniversary, Pitt-Greensburg offers 24 baccalaureate degree programs, including new majors in Education and Spanish, as well as 19 minors. More than 13 percent of Pitt-Greensburg’s full-time faculty—the highest percentage of any University of Pittsburgh campus—have received the prestigious University-wide Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

 

 

Publication Date

Monday, March 5, 2012 - 9:12am

Summary

Samantha Ennis (Pittsburgh/City Charter School), a sophomore majoring in English Writing at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, was the winner of the 2012 Media Competition held in February to celebrate Black History Month. She is the daughter of Geraldine Ennis and Daniel Ennis.