Ashley Offutt, associate director for diverse retention at Eastern Kentucky University, will speak to the Maryville College community on Mon., Jan. 15, during the College’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observances. Offutt will speak at 11 a.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. The title of her presentation is “In the Noonhour.”
“Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on Jan. 15, 1929,” Offutt said in the description of her topic. “He entered this world at noon. It is known, and appreciated, that Dr. King made an impact on this world. What steps will you take to make an impact? What will you do when the noon hour approaches? (On Jan. 15, 2018), I want to work with you to develop your intrinsic motivator. What mark will you leave?”
A first-generation college graduate from Louisville, Ky., Offutt earned her bachelor’s degree in communication studies and her minor in African/African-American studies from Eastern Kentucky University. Upon graduating, Offutt was hired as an admissions counselor at Berea College. During her time at Berea, the college saw a 62 percent increase in applications from diverse areas. At the conclusion of her time at Berea College, she transitioned to a role at Eastern Kentucky University as an assistant online coordinator for EKU Online. During her time in the role, she implemented the data files to effectively engage with underrepresented minorities within online programming. Outside of academia, she serves at her local church and spends time mentoring youth.
The MLK Day event, which is sponsored by Maryville College’s Multicultural Center and Black Student Alliance, is free and open to the public. Voices of Praise, Maryville College’s gospel choir, will perform during the event, and Maryville College students will give readings.
Following the program, a “soul food” lunch menu will be served in the Margaret Ware Dining Room of Pearsons Hall. The cost is $8.50 for members of the public, payable at the door.