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Michael Lewellen to address Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter
Oct. 9, 2007 -
The Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter, a division of the ASU Alumni
Association focusing on African-American alumni and friends of the
university, will host Michael E. Lewellen, a 1983 graduate. He is
currently Vice President of Public Relations for Universal Orlando
Resort in Florida, and is former head of corporate communications for
Black Entertainment Television (BET) Networks. Mr. Lewellen will speak
at S-TAC's Gussie Turner Memorial and Linual Cameron Scholarship
luncheon in the Student Union's Centennial Hall on Saturday (Oct. 13) at
12:30 p.m. The luncheon will also honor this year's scholarship
recipients and outstanding alumnus, who will be announced at the event.
Lewellen is responsible for Universal Orlando's external media
communications, theme park and attractions publicity, and crisis
management. He serves as Universal Orlando's primary media
At BET, based in Washington, DC, he was the network's top communications
executive in charge of media and public relations for the company's
cable television, wireless services, home entertainment, Internet and
international business units, as well as past ventures in publishing,
restaurants and feature films. Prior to joining BET in 1999, Lewellen
held a number of strategic communications and management roles
throughout his career for such companies as FOX Sports Network, Turner
Sports, Nike and Southwestern Bell Telephone.
Lewellen holds a degree in journalism from Arkansas State University,
and served as sports editor of The Herald, ASU's student newspaper. He
is an accredited public relations practitioner with the Public Relations
Society of America and the International Association of Business
Universal Orlando Resort houses innovative theme park attractions based
on some of popular culture's most compelling films and stories. There
are two theme parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure as well
as Universal CityWalk, a 30-acre restaurant, shopping and nighttime
entertainment complex, with three themed on-site Loews hotels, including
the Hard Rock Hotel. Flagship features in the theme parks include "Shrek
4-D," "Dr. Seuss Landing," "Jurassic Park River Adventure" and "The
Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man."
The Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter was formed at Arkansas State University
in 1982. The chapter is named after the late Walter Strong and Frederick
Turner, the first African-American graduates of Arkansas State
University. Mr. Strong graduated with a degree in chemistry in 1959 and
received a master’s degree in education from ASU in 1971. Lt. Col.
Turner was a 1960 graduate in education who received a master’s degree
in education from ASU in 1972. He is the father of 1986 ASU graduate Dr.
Debbye Turner, who was Miss America 1990. The Strong-Turner Alumni
Chapter was formed by a group of African-American alumni to meet the
needs of African-American alumni.
S-TAC has many activities planned for this year's Homecoming at ASU. On
Friday, Oct. 12, the Strong-Turner golf outing will be at Sage Meadows
Golf Course at 1 p.m., with a S-TAC social that evening at the home of
Marlon and Ruby Henderson, 3403 Bolt Blvd. in Sage Meadows, at 9 p.m.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, S-TAC will hold a business meeting in the ASU
Student Union Osage Room, followed by the luncheon with Mr. Lewellen in
Centennial Hall at 12:30. At 10 p.m. Saturday evening, the S-TAC alumni
dance will be held at the 501 Club in Jonesboro.
For more information on the Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter or on
activities scheduled for Homecoming 2007, contact the ASU Alumni
Association at (870) 972-2586 or e-mail
For more information and the full schedule of Homecoming events, contact
the ASU Alumni Association at (870) 972-2586, e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or see the Alumni website at
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