Onyx & Ruby
Onyx and Ruby Gala attendees

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Kingsgate Marriott
151 Goodman St
Cincinnati, OH 45219

Celebrate and recognize the academic, professional and civic achievements of University of Cincinnati African American alumni, students, faculty and staff.  


J. Phillip Holloman

J. Phillip Holloman ’78
Georgia E. Beasley Legacy Award

Recognizing the contributions of alumni 30 or more years removed from graduation who have made sacrifices, shared their experience and expertise, and enhanced the quality of life at UC and in the community.

After earning his UC degree in civil engineering, J. Phillip Holloman rose steadily through the business ranks of Procter & Gamble (his co-op employer) and Cintas, where he became the company’s first African American senior manager. He proceeded to lead the engineering and construction of 37 new North American plants, and soon applied his growing management expertise to ever larger leadership roles and eventually became Cintas’ president and COO. He retired in 2018, leaving a legacy at Cintas for tremendous corporate growth while embedding the broadest principles of diversity into the company’s operations and culture.

Michael Wright, Esq.

Michael Wright, Esq. ’93, ’96
Linda Bates Parker Legend Award

Recognizing alumni for their professional accomplishments and active development of those around them.

An influential attorney in Cincinnati and Dayton and one of America’s top trial lawyers, Michael Wright focuses his work in the areas of catastrophic injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, product liability, nursing home neglect, and personal injury. He has provided matching funds to help establish an endowment for future UC Law students who serve as president of the college’s Black Lawyers Student Association.

Dr. C. Keith Melvin

Dr. C. Keith Melvin ’80
Pillar of the Community Award

Recognizing alumni who support their communities by sharing their time, talents and treasure.

A widely respected doctor of internal medicine, Dr. Keith Melvin has turned his own personal history as a cancer survivor into the motivation to lead the work of the Black & White Cancer Survivors Foundation, which donates generously to help others meet cancer’s many challenges. He is active in many civic organizations, serves as a mentor to aspiring medical students, and offers personal support and counsel through the American Cancer Society “Man to Man” educational initiative.

Cheryll Dunn, PhD

Cheryll Dunn, PhD, ’66, ’68, ’69, ’77
Tower of Strength Award

Recognizing a UC faculty or staff member for shaping students’ personal and professional development.

A natural mentor, relationship-builder and consistent favorite professor among her students, Dr. Cheryll Dunn has been a standout among UC faculty for nearly 40 years. Teaching chemical engineering technology within the College of Engineering and Applied Science and serving as a devoted academic advisor, she was the college’s only African American female professor for many years. Dr. Dunn started her own scholarship endowment and nurtured its growth to nearly a half million dollars. Her reputation for helping to shape her students’ emerging career paths is legendary.

Anndrea Moore

Anndréa Moore ’10
Emerging Leader Award

Recognizing alumni from within the last decade who are rapidly becoming new leaders, with significant talents and contributions that actively enhance their communities and fields of endeavor.

After graduating in 2010 with honors and receiving the Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence, Anndréa Moore earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, then embarked on a professional career that has taken her from Google to Apple to Facebook, where she serves as Global Product Marketing Manager. She is also founder and CEO of Black Tech Women, which cultivates African American women to leadership roles in the technology field.

Alberto Jones

Alberto Jones ’19
Student Trailblazer Award

Recognizing current UC students who embody leadership qualities, are extremely involved in the campus community, inspire their fellow students, and blaze the trail for ongoing progress.

Already widely known and highly regarded in the UC community, journalism student Alberto Jones has overcome significant life challenges to become a rising star, UC ambassador and inspiration to others. Among many activities and accolades, he relaunched UC’s student chapter of the Association of Black Journalists, has worked closely with the AACRC, organized and moderated a Black Media Panel, and was appointed by Ohio Gov. Kasich as a student representative on UC’s Board of Trustees.

2019 Onyx & Ruby Gala Sponsorship Opportunities

Onyx & Ruby Sponsor - $1500:

  • Mentioned as an “Onyx & Ruby Sponsor” in all Onyx & Ruby communication; includes email to 19,000 African American alumni, social posts and printed materials
  • Opportunity to present one of our 2019 award recipients
  • Branded table at the event as well as tickets for eight (8) to the gala ($600 value)
  • 1 full-page ad in the Onyx & Ruby program book ($200 value)

Red & Black Sponsor - $750:

  • Mention as a “Red & Black Sponsor” in all Onyx & Ruby communication; includes email to 19,000 African American alumni, social posts and printed materials
  • Branded table at the event as well as tickets for eight (8) to the gala
  • 1 half-page ad in the Onyx & Ruby program book ($150 value)

    Inside Cover Sponsor - $250

  • Full-page ad in the inside back cover of the Onyx & Ruby program book

Fountain of Eternal Youth Sponsor - $200

  • Full-page ad in the Onyx & Ruby program book

Rock of Truth Sponsor - $150

  • Half-page ad in the Onyx & Ruby program book