By Sue Ellen Christian

A School of Communication student fielded questions from local grade schoolers as part of the children’s Career Day assembly on Jan. 28, 2010. Journalism major Eric J. Woodyard from Flint, Mich., spoke to the school-wide assembly about what life as a WMU Bronco is like. The students had watched a 12-minute video prepared by Associate Prof. of Journalism Sue Ellen Christian that featured Woodyard talking about what made college worthwhile and fun. The purpose of Career Day was to inspire elementary students in this elementary, which is part of the Kalamazoo Public School system and just a mile from WMU, to be “college ready.” With Woodyard is Winchell Principal Michael Hughes, who emphasized the uniqueness and value of the Kalamazoo Promise, the scholarship of up to 100 percent of tuition at any of Michigan’s state colleges or universities, including WMU. Students asked Woodyard a variety of questions, such as whether his homework was hard, how manyclasses he could take during one semester, and what happened if he was late for class.
 
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He’s been honored by the President, he’s been praised by ESPN, and now he’s a household name.

By winning the 75th Heisman Trophy, Mark Ingram Jr. was nationally recognized as the best player in college football last season, but for the people in his hometown of Flint, Mich., nothing he does surprises them.

“His grandfather was great, he’s great, his dad was great,” former NFL wide receiver, Andre Rison said about Ingram in Atwood Stadium on Saturday afternoon. “The Rison family and Ingram family roll together and they ride together like the Tide roll together.”

On Saturday, May 22nd, the city of Flint honored Ingram at Atwood Stadium by sponsoring a free event for a chance to once again recognize all of his achievements on the collegiate football level. Here are some of the photos of what went down…

Ingram's high school, Flint Southwestern Academy, honored him with this billboard.

Mark Ingram Jr. awaits for the celebration begin on the stage.

Andre Rison, Mateen Cleaves, Andre and Anthony Dirrell, as well as other notable Flint athletes praise the star.

A special photo of Ingram is unveiled to him for the first time.

As the ultimate accomplishment, Atwood Stadium unveils their new Ingram billboard over the scoreboard.

Ingram delivers his final speech on how pleased he is with the outcome of the event.

Photos of Nike LeBron VII!

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The Box!

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A Masterpiece!

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*All Photos were taken by Eric Woodyard at the Crossroads Mall in Portage, Michigan!

This summer I attended my very first convention for the National Association of Black Journalists! It was in Tampa, Florida at the Convention Center from August 5-9. I had a blast and here are some of the sights from the event. Some of the guests included: Stuart Scott (ESPN), Roland Martin (CNN), LeBron James (NBA), Chris Rock (Comedian), and Nia Long (Actress).

Here are the photos:

Sports Seminar including David Aldridge (far right) from TNT

Sports Seminar including David Aldridge (far right) from TNTESPN sponsored dinner

Me and Stuart Scott (ESPN)

Me and Stuart Scott (ESPN)

ESPN sponsored breakfast

ESPN sponsored breakfast

King James

King James

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Roland Martin (CNN)

Roland Martin (CNN)

Tiki Barber (former NFL player)

Tiki Barber (former NFL player)

Stuart Scott (ESPN)

Stuart Scott (ESPN)

The ‘Heroes For Kids’ golf outing was held today in Saginaw, Mich.  Hosts of the event were Saginaw natives Lamar Woodley (Pittsburgh Steelers) and Clifton Ryan (St. Louis Rams).

Woodley didnt attend the event because of prior engagements (cough, cough…ESPYs) but Ryan picked up the slack by inviting several athletes from Michigan State University as well as the University of Michigan. The two schools were able to put their in state rivalry aside for one day.

Some of the athletes included: Blair White (MSU wide reciever), Kirk Cousins (MSU quarterback), Nick Sheridan (U of M quarterback), and Laval Lucas Perry (U of M baller).

I snapped a few photos of the event before my camera died:

Kirk Cousins (MSU Quarterback)

Kirk Cousins (MSU Quarterback)

MSU Reciever, Blair White, in conversation...

MSU Reciever, Blair White, in conversation...

Blair White

Blair White

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U of M Quarterback, Nick Sheridan, preparing for interview

U of M Quarterback, Nick Sheridan, preparing for interview

Sheridan and ABC 12's Ryan Slocum

Sheridan and ABC 12's Ryan Slocum

White and St. Louis Rams' Clifton Ryan

White and St. Louis Rams' Clifton Ryan

Here are some of the pics that I snapped from the camp (…the lighting in the gym sucked!)

Mo Pete telling insight

Mo Pete telling insight

pumping up camp!

pumping up the camp!

Camp Counselor/TCU standout, Corey Santee!

Camp Counselor/TCU standout, Corey Santee!

Mateen leading the way

Mateen leading the way

Flint Northwestern High School

Flint Northwestern High School

Cleaves getting air time!

Cleaves getting air time!

Camp Jerseys

Camp Jerseys

Lamar Rice (NBDL), Camp Counselor

Lamar Rice (NBDL), Camp Counselor

Motivation

Motivation

Here are the photos took from the event! (…all photos done by Tony Towns)

Cleaves Outside of Berston

Cleaves Outside of Berston

 

Cleaves, Burress, Peterson, and Jon Conner

Cleaves, Burress, Peterson, and Jon Conner

Cleaves and Plax

Cleaves and Plax

Andre Dirrell, Dejuan Wiley, Kelvin Torbert

Andre Dirrell, Dejuan Wiley, Kelvin Torbert

Plax giving knowledge

Plax giving knowledge

It's all about the kids!

It's all about the kids!

Mo Pete getting in on the action

Mo Pete getting in on the action

Promoting the Event!

Promoting the Event!