Black Alumni Group

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Welcome to the Miami University Alumni Association’s Black Alumni Group. Our group connects alumni, parents, and friends who are a part of the Miami Black Alumni community. As you browse our Web site, we hope you connect with friends and consider registering or volunteering for an upcoming event.

Miami's African-American alumni have organized and conducted focused activities since the mid-1980's under the leadership of the Black Alumni Advisory Committee. The BAAC projects include a quadrennial Black Alumni Reunion within Alumni Weekend, annual Homecoming events, scholarship and awards programs recognizing African-American students, and selected local events.

If you’re interested in helping with the group in any way, please contact Andrew Sander `02 at or 513/529-5111.

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Gwen White `86
Vice President
Rochelle Shields '06
Renita (Gomer) Peck '89
Social Networking
Kimberly Bugg '01
Damon Stafford `92 

Black Alumni Advisory Committee
Doug Banks `81 
Kimberly Bugg '01
Corrine Carthell '03
Ozie Davis '89
Bob Hart ’63
Deloris (Rome) Hudson '71
Alvin Mathews '84
Renita (Gomer) Peck '89
Rochelle Shields '06
Yvette Simpson '00
Jerald Tillman '74
Tina Watkins '82

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Black Alumni Connection Spring 2013 Newsletter
In this issue:
• A Letter to Miami Black Alumni
• Black Alumni Leadership
• Alumni Weekend/Miami Black Alumni Quadrennial Reunion Information
• Remembering & Honoring Nellie Craig 100 Years Later
• Auction Donations Needed for Casino Night
• Other Upcoming Events for Year 2013
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Kappa Delta Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Scholarships
Kappa Delta Chapter at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio celebrated the year of the fraternity’s 100th anniversary by recognizing ten deserving minority upper-class students with $1,000 scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year. The chapter worked hard for many years to raise $35,000 in scholarship money. An endowed scholarship has been established in the name of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity for $25,000 that will ensure that scholarships are awarded every year to deserving minority students. In order to commemorate the centennial year of the fraternity, the chapter had to raise an additional $10,000 to recognize the achievements of the fraternity’s ten founders by awarding ten individual scholarships for $1,000 each.

The chapter awarded the scholarships in Oxford over the weekend of April 15-16, 2011 with alumni and undergraduate brothers in attendance. The scholarship recipients were treated to a lunch and a formal program was provided. Brother Dr. John Smith, a 1957 initiate of Beta Eta chapter and a 1958 graduate of Miami University, was the keynote speaker for the lunch. Brothers Russell Betts, Bruce Edelen, and Bruce Jackson, chapter founders, were instrumental in the chapter having a successful scholarship weekend. Kappa Delta brothers are committed to helping the endowed scholarship fund to grow and providing financial assistance, in the form of scholarships, to minority students at Miami University. Awarding of scholarships in the future will coincide with Kappa Delta Chapter’s Charter Day weekend, which celebrates the chapter’s charter date of April 26, 1980.

Alum improves graduation rates among black men
Walter KimbroughA program initiated by Miami alumnus Walter M. Kimbrough to improve graduation rates among black men at Philander Smith College, a historically black institution in Little Rock, Arkansas, was featured recently in the publication Inside Higher Ed.

Black Alumni Reunion - June 14-16, 1985

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Alumni Weekend 2010

Tony Mason '88 Addresses Black Alumni Luncheon
Miami University’s Black Alumni group did its part in keeping up with the theme of a ‘Super’ Alumni Weekend, hosting Tony Mason ’88, Senior Vice President of the Indianapolis Super Bowl XLVI Host Committee, as the featured speaker at its annual luncheon.

Quadrennial Reunion

One word says it all… Wow! 

What a great weekend.  Amidst the heat and humidity, there was laughter, amazement, re-acquaintance, hugs, and rekindled camaraderie.  This was our Alumni Weekend, and the Black Alumni Quadrennial Reunion.

Beginning Friday, our welcoming committee greeted our returning black alumni with smiles and information on the weekend's events.  From lectures and storytelling, engaged conversation, food, fun and family, an evening uptown at 45East to fellowship with Bethel AME; black alumni from as far away as Phoenix, Arizona, enjoyed themselves on many levels and venues.

During our Black Alumni luncheon, we introduced incoming first year student Jarrett Chance and his parents and celebrated alumna Myldred Boston-Howell, who returned for her 60th reunion.  Yes, I said 60!  Dr. Michael Dantley inspired alumni luncheon attendees to get involved with current students and the university in various activities.  The Pioneer Award was presented to both the Delta Upsilon chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Zeta Mu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc for breaking new ground.  Alumnus Wayne Dancie and Gerald Yearwood received the Sallie Smith Service Award for their service to the African American students on campus.

Our black alumni were even represented in setting the Guinness Record of Miami Mergers.

On Sunday, Bethel AME welcomed black alumni for continental breakfast and fellowship.  Black alumni presented the church with a donation for the summer camp for children with incarcerated parents—the first camp of this nature in Ohio.

Did you come back to campus this past weekend?  If so, we’d like to hear from you. Visit our social networks, we’re on Ning: Miami Black Alumni Network and LinkedIN.    Share your thoughts and pictures from this past weekend.

If you missed this weekend, you were missed!  We encourage you to also join the social networks noted above and return to this webpage and view the pictures.  Upcoming posts to the webpage will include future events and programs the BAAC will be coordinating.  We invite you to participate in these activities as well as come back to campus next year for Alumni Weekend 2010 (June 17-20)

We are looking for everyone to embrace our theme for coming events is “Each One, Bring One”. 

Kim Bugg ’01, MBA, PMP
Chair, Black Alumni Quadrennial Reunion
President, Black Alumni Advisory Committee

Black Alumni Awards

The Pioneer Award
Established in 2005, the Pioneer Award recognizes those who have broken new ground and prepared the way for other African American Students. Myldred Boston Howell ’49, the first African-American allowed to live in a university residence hall was the first recipient.
2009 Winners are the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

The Sally Smith Service Award
Established in 2005, the Service Award recognizes and acknowledges the invaluable services rendered to the African American students of Miami University. May be an individual or a group. The Bethel AME Church was the first recipient.
2009 Winners are Wayne Dancie and Gerald Yearwood

Mission Statement and Goals

Mission Statement

The mission of the Black Alumni Advisory Committee of Miami University shall be to serve to promote the interests, needs, and relationship of black alumni and students at Miami University; and shall serve as a source of ideas, recommendations, and information to the Board of Directors of the Miami University Alumni Association relative to the well-being and progress of black alumni and students at Miami.


  • Provide programming based on the needs of black alumni
  • Increase engagement of black alumni with one another, with current students, and with others at Miami
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the mission, values and goals of the Alumni Association

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