Alfred L. Bright, an internationally renowned artist and trail-blazing African American educator, is the featured speaker at Youngstown State University’s summer commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, in Beeghly Center.
Angela Cameron of Mineral Ridge, who receives a master’s degree in Education in counseling, is the featured student speaker.
The ceremony also marks the first commencement under the leadership of Randy J. Dunn, who became YSU’s eighth president on July 15.
Bright earned a bachelor’s degree in art education from Youngstown University in 1964 and a master’s degree in painting from Kent State University in 1965. He was the first African American full service faculty member at Youngstown University in 1965. Bright also was the founding director of the Black Studies (Africana Studies) Program at YSU, a post he held from 1970 to 1987. In that role, Bright developed an interdisciplinary program of study and coursework that brought curricular diversity to the university and the greater Youngstown area.
Bright has had more than 50 solo art exhibits, including shows at the Butler Institute of American Art, Stanford University, Kent State University and the Canton Art Institute. His work also appears in permanent collections, including those at the Butler Institute of American Art, Kent State University Gallery, Roanoke Museum of Fine Arts, Northeastern University, the Harmon and Harriet Kelly Collection of African-American Art and the Canton Museum of Art. A 2012 performance on Super Bowl Sunday at the Akron Art Museum, in which Bright painted “Portals In Time” to live music by the Jesse Dandy Jazz Trio, drew the largest crowd the museum has ever seen in its 90-year history.
Among Bright’s awards/honors/listings are: Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in Black America, three YSU Distinguished Professorship Awards, Phi Kappa Phi National Artist Award Nominee, and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Bright served a five-year term on the Ohio Arts Council, and is on the Junior Achievement Foundation Board of Directors.
Angela Cameron earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Ohio University before enrolling in the YSU Beeghly College of Education’s Department of Counseling, Special Education, and School Psychology graduate program for counseling.
During her graduate work, Cameron presented research at the All Ohio Counselors Conference in 2011 and 2012, the School Psychology Summer Institute in 2012, the Educational Research Exchange in 2013 and the American Counseling Association’s National Conference in 2013. She was inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa honor society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Chi Sigma Iota international honor society. Cameron also was very involved in Chi Sigma Iota and served as president of the Eta Chapter. She was also nominated by faculty and peers for Chi Sigma Iota’s Outstanding Entry Level Student Award. She is a member of the American School Counselor Association, American Counseling Association, Ohio Counselors Association, Ohio School Counselors Association, Ohio Afterschool Association and National Afterschool Association.
Cameron has worked as the children services coordinator at the Jewish Community Center, director of the Youngstown Afterschool Alliance, and a research associate/evaluator at YSU. Most recently, she completed her school counseling internship at Lordstown and Warren City schools, and she completed her clinical mental health counseling internship at Meridian Community Care in Youngstown. Throughout her career, she has been awarded over $6.5 million in grant funding for various programs.