Victoria Daniels | Contributing Writer
On Sunday, Jan, 29, Ogden Hall should hum with life as students and faculty gather to celebrate Hampton University’s 124th Founder’s Day. The keynote address will be given by Allison Seymour, 1988 Hampton alumna, and WTTG-TV Fox 5 News morning anchor in Washington, D.C.
Seymour’s journey through the journalism world is paved with accomplishments. After finishing with a Bachelor’s in Mass Media Arts at Hampton, she went to work at ABC News in Washington the fall after graduation . After earning a graduate degree in communications from the University of South Carolina and landing a job at WUTR- TV in Utica, New York, Seymour went on to become an anchor for the FOX 5 morning show in the nation’s capital.
“The confidence I gained at Hampton helps me every day” said Seymour during a telephone interview. She also said her campus experience helped her navigate through everyday situations such as conducting interviews and dealing with difficult people in her field.
“Because of Hampton, I have a better sense of who I am, where I belong, and my overall worth,” said Seymour. Being that she is a minority in the work force, it is important that she understands her sense of self and how to stand confident and tall in her work place.
In 2012, Seymour was inducted into the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Hall of Fame.
This week word spread throughout social media outlets that Seymour would be speaking Sunday. The Hampton University Twitter account received a special “I am so honored” reply from Seymour. The Gamma Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. also devoted a tweet to her welcoming her back to her Home by the Sea, as she pledged in the spring of 1986.
Sydney Bland, a spring 2016 initiate of the Gamma Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., said she is looking forward to hearing Seymour’s words of wisdom.
“To say that I am excited is an understatement. Soror Seymour is an inspiration to many in the industry” said Bland, a senior journalism major from New Jersey. “I am sure soror Seymour’s words will leave a lasting impression on the student body.”
Seymour said she firmly believes in the line from Hampton’s Alma Mater, “Let our lives do the singing”and in her address she intends to encourage students to let their lives do the singing and cherish their Hampton experience.
“The real world is not the same as the warm Hampton environment” she warns, however, her four years at Hampton thoroughly prepared her for the past 28 years in journalism.