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"Community's" Yvette Nicole Brown To Be Honored by UA

By admin Published: August 25, 2010

Brown, who plays Shirley on the NBC comedy, will receive a distinguished alum award from the University of Akron and will speak with students. "Community," by the way, begins its second season on Sept. 23. The official word:

The University of Akron’s Office of Multicultural Development will recognize the contributions of outstanding student leaders, distinguished alumni and community leaders at its eighth annual Scholarship Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 25 in the Student Union Ballroom.

UA alumna Vivian Celeste Neal will receive the Legacy, Leadership and Excellence Award. Neal recently retired as program director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a position in which she was the primary grant-making official for the Akron and Fort Wayne, Ind., communities. Prior to her position with the Knight Foundation, she earned a reputation as one of Akron's leading educators, having served with the Akron Public Schools for 36 years as a teacher, principal and administrator, as well as with UA as special assistant to the senior vice president and provost in the area of educational outreach.

Yvette Nicole Brown and Samuel DeShazior will receive distinguished alumni awards. Brown, who stars in the NBC prime-time comedy Community, earned a bachelor of arts degree in communication from UA in 1994. She also has had roles in programs such as Entourage, The Office, That's So Raven, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Half & Half, Sleeper Cell, House, Two and a Half Men, That 70's Show, Boston Legal and Nickelodeon's Drake & Josh. DeShazior, the City of Akron’s deputy planning director, graduated from UA in 1993 with a master of arts degree in urban planning. Prior to his position with the city, he was senior director of business development with the Greater Akron Chamber, where he was instrumental in coordinating economic development and urban planning initiatives throughout the region.

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A reception and silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner following at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $75 per person and proceeds benefit the UA Office of Multicultural Development’s scholarship endowment. For tickets or more information, call 330-972-8133 or e-mail

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