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31st Black Family Conference Examines Technology
March 10, 2009

The Hampton University School of Engineering and Technology will host the 31st Annual Conference on the Black Family on March 18th-20th. This year’s focus, “Sustaining our Communities: The Impact of Technology and Design on Our Future,” will discuss sustainability and technology in the African-American community. The Black Family Conference is free and open to the public.

As new advances in the field of engineering and technology emerge, the need for more conversation on the issue within the African-American community has increased. School of Engineering and Technology faculty and staff utilize the most advanced technology and research to support students as they prepare for various industries. Coupled with the success of Hampton University’s use of technology, including a mention as one of America’s top colleges for wireless capability in 2005, the School of Engineering and Technology will bring in speakers and panels to address the issue with the community.

The Conference will begin with an opening session on March 18th in Ogden Hall at 7p.m. The opening session will feature keynote speaker, retired Army Brig. Gen. Robert Clear, a noted general who led Task Force Hope, one of the largest disaster recovery operations in the history of the Army Corps of Engineers. As commander, Gen. Clear was responsible for supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) response to Hurricane Katrina. The opening session will also acknowledge this year’s Honored Black Family, a tradition of the conference.

A closing luncheon will be held March 20th at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Cost to attend the closing luncheon is $25 per person. For additional information or to register for the conference, call the School of Engineering and Technology at (757) 727-6970; send emails to

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