MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
A Fresh Start
It’s August and in two
weeks another freshman class will walk through the Black gates at Howard Place
and Sixth Avenue and start Living The
Bison Life. As the Class of 2017
#HU17 embarks on their journey, I stop to reflect on the start of my Bison
Freshman week 1986, the
joy and amazement just to be on the campus of Howard University. Move In Day, Drew Hall (4th
floor), the Campus Pals, my first party, my first Homecoming, love; it makes me
a tad jealous of what awaits this year’s freshman class.
Fast-forward some 20
years, and you know what, I am still enamored with Howard University. Every trip home takes me back to my years at
The Mecca – growing, loving, learning; and I KNOW it has the same impact on
As we welcome the Class
of 2017 to our Bison legacy, I hope you take a moment to stop and reflect to
your freshman year and your time on The Yard.
How much of an impact could alumni have on our Baby Bison? Consider this, YOUR opportunity, to get
involved with the Howard University
Alumni Association (HUAA) as we roll out new student initiatives in
conjunction with the Howard University Student Association (HUSA53).
This month HUAA will
also hold our FIRST Town Hall Conference Call on Wednesday, August 7th. Information about the call is in the
newsletter. And, from August 21st
– 25th, we invite you to join HUAA and friends on Martha’s Vineyard,
MA for BISON ON THE VINEYARD 2013 “Seventh Heaven.” Last year, our signature event raised $10K,
which HUAA donated to the University to support the Howard Library System. This year will, once again, be nothing short
of legendary, as we gather for a good time for a good cause.
Remember, despite all
that has been said, written or talked about, over the last couple of months,
one thing remains the same; if the Bison herd keeps together as a family,
nothing can break us up.
One goal – One Mission –
One Alumni Association – One HOWARD UNIVERSITY for the freshman in all of us.
Chris Washington, President
Howard University Alumni Association
HUAA 2013 Constituent Unit of the Year
Our apologies, last month we forgot to include a picture of the HUAA 2013 New Constituent Unit of the Year - The Howard University Alumni Club of Charlotte
Pictured from left: Elgin Wells, President, HUAC Houston; Monique Martin, President - HUAC Charlotte; Akil Kamau, HUAA Vice President of Administration; Jean Humphrey, HUAA Awards Chairperson
Howard University Alumni Club of Charlotte's Held Its New Student Reception
From left, Monique Martin, HUAC of Charlotte President, unnamed student,
Alexis Shaw, Tremecia Demby, Winston McGriff, Ronnie Gipson, Ayana
Caldwell, and Charlotte member Gloria Chambers
Howard University Alumni Club of Charlotte hosted its new student reception July 20, at VBGB-Charlotte. There were over 50 people in attendance and the club welcomed seven new students. Alumni, students, and graduates talked about their time at Howard. The event was a major success.
Sending Off the Class of 2017
Howard University Alumni Club of Westchester and Rockland held its freshman Sendoff on August 3rd. From left, Samantha Wilson, President of the New York City alumni club, The Legendary Chris Washington, President of HUAA, and Jackie Warner, President of the Westchester and Rockland alumni club.
New Yorker's Unlimited Club along with HUAA President Chris Washington, Vice President Akil Kamau and New York City Alumni Club President Samantha Wilson, along with alumni and current students, held a Freshman Send-Off BBQ in St. Nicholas Park in Harlem, NY for the Class of 2017.
HUAA/Essence Festival Takeover
HUAC of Dallas Fort Worth Elects New Leadership
On June 29, under the leadership of President Dulani Musamini, the Howard University Alumni Club of Dallas Fort Worth held their general elections and honored one of their own. Effective July 1, the following alum have served as officers for the Club:
- Evan Brunson; President
- A'Donna Corbin; Vice President
- Kimberley Camps; Vice President
- Cheryl Benson ‘93; Secretary
- Myra McIntosh 96; Treasurer
In addition to the election, the club announced the modification to the existing award program from Most Valuable Member Award to the Dr. Clarence Brooks Award. A proclamation of the award’s name change was presented to Dr. Clarence Brooks as recognition of the club’s appreciation for all his contributions to the HUAC of Dallas Fort Worth Club. Muriel Hatcher was acknowledged at the meeting and was the first recipient of the Dr. Clarence Brooks award. Muriel is a former HUAC-DFW President and will now serve as a HUAA Region V representative.
HU Alumni Club of Prince George's County Celebrate Scholarship Fundraiser Success
The Howard University Alumni Club of Prince George's County held its 5th Annual Crabaret (Crab Feast & Cabaret) Scholarship Fundraiser at La Fontaine Bleue in Lanham, Maryland on June 14th. In addition to a night of "crab cracking," dancing, silent auction bidding, and shopping vendors, the club introduced its three Prince George's County high school scholarship recipients, who each received $1,000 scholarships to apply towards their Howard University expenses. (Scholarship recipients standing in the rear with the HUAC-PGC executive committee and scholarship chair).
Increased Activity Describes 2013 for the Howard University Alumni Club of Columbus
Going into the new year, many of the club’s member supported
the Lady Bison basketball team as they took on Ohio State at the Schottenstein
Center in December. Though the game was a loss for the team, alumni from the
club embraced them and welcomed them with open arms.
In July, the Howard University Alumni Club of Columbus also
hosted a networking mixer for alumni in the Columbus which brought new faces
and new ideas to the table. The event also served as a way to introduce the
alumni club to an annual event in one of Columbus’ dominant African-American
communities, the King Arts’ Complex Heritage Concert series.
BISON IN THE NEWS
Howard University Alum, Miss DC United States Candiace Dillard, Wins 2013 Miss United States
Representing the District of Columbia, Candiace Dillard is the newly crowned Miss United States 2013. The pageant was held from July 2-7, 2013 in Washington, DC. Dillard had served as Miss District of Columbia United States since May 5, 2013.
The pageant included contestants from 50 states, DC, Virgin Islands and Guam. Each contestant was reviewed by a panel of judges including Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron, Mrs. United States 2012 Aquilla Q Vang, and The Pageant Planet’s Steven Roddy. The final pageant was emceed by 2010 Miss United States Jessica Black and Project Runway’s celebrated fashion designer Johnathan Kayne.
Dillard is 26 years old, a graduate of Howard University and a DC resident. As Miss United States, Dillard will travel the country in partnership with the American Cancer Society. Dillard also intends to promote her platform “My Sister’s Keeper” to create after school programs of encouragement for young girls. Throughout her reign she will appear as the spokesperson for the Miss United States Organization and its sponsors at a variety of fashion events, social activities and in the media.
“I am blessed and humbled,” said Dillard after the crowning. “I could not be more honored to represent the Miss United States Organization.”
While the Miss United States title is the most high profile of the organization, a unique aspect of the pageant is the inclusion of several age groups from 8-55.
Additional District of Columbia titleholders placed in their respective divisions, including Ms. DC Erika Thomas Top Ten and Miss Teen DC Colby Muhammad Top Ten. The Miss DC United States Organization is directed by a former national titleholder, Laura Eilers Clark – 2011 Ms. United States (Virginia), who also oversees Maryland and Delaware pageants.
“The organization could not have asked for a more qualified individual to fill the shoes of Miss United States 2013,” said Clark. “She represents all things we value in this system: character, beauty, poise, intelligence, not to mention she has a fierce walk! This is just the beginning for Candiace Dillard.”
Bison Athletics Receives Major Academic Recognition from NCAA and MEAC
Howard University student athletes rank among the best in the nation.
Both NCAA and the MEAC have recently announced major academic honors
for high-performing athletes at Howard.
University has a tradition of academic excellence,” said Howard
University Director of Athletics Louis “Skip” Perkins. “We are very
proud of the recent recognition from the NCAA and MEAC Commissioner.
These represent the hard work, commitment and dedication of our student
athletes, coaches and athletics staff.
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference recently named Howard University the
top institution in the conference for producing academic all-stars.
MEAC named 101 student-athletes from Howard to the 2013 Commissioner’s All-Academic Team.
The Howard total beat all other institutions in the 13-member
The Bison women’s cross-country team was recognized recently by the NCAA for producing an Academic Progress Rate (APR)
in the top 10 percent nationally for their respective sport in
2011-12. The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success
each semester by tracking the academic progress of each
student-athlete on scholarship.
Howard University Team Wins Innovation Contest
The thorny issue of transportation efficiency in the Washington, D.C.
region could be solved by broadening bicycle sharing to include a pod
car system, which would feature automated vehicles operating on a
network of guide ways.
That solution, which is a long way from
being put into place, was good enough to win a team from Howard
University first place in the 2013 Partnership for the Advancement of
Collaborative Engineering and Education (PACE) Collaboration and
The team will travel to the 2013 PACE
Annual Forum held July 21-26 in Pasadena, Calif. to present their
winning project and accept the award.
“I am elated about this win
because the engineering students worked extremely hard on this project,”
said Sonya T. Smith, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering,
who participated on the team.Read More >>
Alumnus McMurray Attracts Film Spotlight for ‘Fruitvale Station’
Alumnus Gerard McMurray (B.A. ‘04) has gained greater recognition for his role as associate producer of Fruitvale Station
. McMurray’s success comes as a number of other young alumni are steadily winning awards and gaining appreciation.
The critically acclaimed feature Fruitvale Station
tells the true story of Oscar Grant, the unarmed African-American man
who was fatally shot by a transit officer in Oakland, Calif., on New
Year’s Day. McMurray told The Washington Post that he and like-minded filmmakers have drawn inspiration from 1990s-era Black filmmakers.
Read More >>
BISON ON THE YARD
Prayer Vigil for Trayvon Martin
More than 200 students, community leaders, and supporters met at the
flagpole on Howard's main campus for a prayer vigil in honor of Trayvon
Martin, sponsored by the Howard University NAACP chapter.
Lorraine Fleming, Ph.D., Named Interim Dean of College of EACS
Provost and Chief Academic Officer Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D., MBA,
today announced the appointment of Lorraine Fleming, Ph.D., as the
interim dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer
Sciences (CEACS). She succeeds James Mitchell, Ph.D. The appointment is
effective August 1, 2013. The University will begin a search for a
permanent dean this fall.
commend Dr. James Mitchell for his decanal leadership and his
dedication to enhancing the STEM research environment at Howard
University. He also played an instrumental role in the renovation of
Downing Hall and the centennial celebration of engineering and
architecture programs at Howard," Frederick said.
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Howard Univ. Alumni Club of Charlotte Participate in College Workshop
HUAC of Charlotte participated in the Campus Connections Fifteenth Annual College Workshop at Mount Carmel Baptist Church July 20, 2013. We were visited by over 60 students and parents. We had 44 students turn in information cards, transcripts, and portfolios. Three members of HUAC of Charlotte manned the information table. It was a wonderful experience to talk to prospective students.
HUAC Greater Hartford to Host Summer Social Series
2013 marks the 2nd annual Summer Social Series for the Howard University Alumni Cub of Greater Hartford. This HUAC-GH Initiative seeks to raise the awareness of Howard University within Connecticut with a series of events to engage the public, current students and alumni. "The club has developed a series of events that allow for fellowship among a diverse cross section of people. Last summer our Rooftop Rendezvous series was a HUGE hit!! We are hoping year two brings event greater networking opportunities," reports Kristen M. Clark, HUAC Greater Hartford President.
Additional information around these events can be obtained by contacting us at HUACGH@gmail.com.
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