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ALANA Celebrates 25th, Welcomes Co-founder

One of ALANA's founding voices will contribute to the 25th annual celebration of diversity as keynote speaker this month.

Tyrone Holmes

The African, Latino, Asian and Native American Student Leadership Conference welcomes business and athletic consultant Tyrone Holmes M '89 as part of a week of festivities beginning Sept. 18. This year's program includes a "peace walk" from Oswego City Hall to campus, "Day of Expression" talent show and a festival of dance performances.

"It's about students gaining knowledge in terms of leadership and diversity," said Maggie Rivera '92, student involvement coordinator at The Point. "It's about educating the campus community and the Oswego community about diversity."

The conference has come a long way from its humble beginnings as one day of workshops.

Author, speaker, competitive cyclist and coach Holmes will bring some ALANA history with him as well as his varied background owning Holmes Fitness Coaching in Scottsdale, Ariz., and writing such book titles as Write Your Way to More Business and Income.

A former assistant director of Hewitt Union, Holmes earned his master's in business management at Oswego and co-founded the ALANA Conference during his tenure. He also holds degrees in rehabilitation education and a doctorate in counselor education.

Students from more than 20 colleges around New York state are expected to attend the conference and Central New York alumni are invited to attend any of the events, especially on the occasion of the 25th anniversary.

"It brings people from all different walks of life and backgrounds together," Rivera said. "It's a sense of pride for everyone on campus that we have this here."

— Shane M. Liebler

Tyrone Holmes M '89 will be the keynote speaker at this year's 25th edition of the ALANA Leadership Conference.

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