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 Click here to view. Black Alumni Reunion at Alumni Weekend 2013
The Miami Black Alumni Group and the Black Alumni Advisory Committee invite you to join alumni and friends for the Miami Black Alumni Quadrennial Reunion to be held at Alumni Weekend 2013, June 20-23. A variety of events is being planned for this year’s Quadrennial Reunion, so make plans to return to Oxford this June!
Auction Donations Needed
Nellie Craig, class of 1905, was Miami’s first African-American graduate, and the Black Alumni Advisory Committee needs your help to honor her by naming a room on her behalf in the new Armstrong Student Center.
Do your part for the Nellie Craig Room by donating a silent auction item for Casino Night! In an effort to begin the fundraising process for the Nellie Craig Room, all alumni and friends are encouraged to donate items for the silent auction to be held during Casino Night on Friday, June 21, 2013.
We are off to a good start and currently have donations of several original pieces of art, sports memorabilia, and gift baskets, but are still in need of more items to make the auction a success!
By donating an item, you will be making a tax-deductible contribution that will bring us one step closer to achieving our fundraising goal. All donors also will be listed in the Casino Night program,
and all merchandise donated will be on display throughout the event.
To make a donation, please contact Jon Reardon at jon.reardon@MiamiOH.edu.
Please note these items do not have to be Miami-related, but gift baskets and any type of memorabilia are encouraged.
Black Alumni Quadrennial Reunion Schedule
In conjunction with the Miami University Alumni Association, the BAAC is sponsoring the following events in celebration of this year’s Quadrennial Reunion (asterisks indicate ticketed events):
Friday, June 21 | 8-11 p.m.
Shriver Center Multi-purpose rooms
Cost to attend is $50, which includes entry and food. All proceeds will go toward funding the
Nellie Craig Room in the Armstrong Student Center. Also features a silent auction!
BAAC Annual Meeting
Saturday, June 22 | 10 a.m.
Murstein alumni Center
Saturday, June 22 | noon
Goggin Ice Center Club Room
Cost to attend is $20; space is limited. Event will honor notable Black alumni in the field of coaching including guests of honor Charlie Coles, Tirrel Burton, & Ron Hunter.
Sorority & Fraternity Open Houses
Saturday, June 22 | 2-4 p.m.
Evening Black Alumni Reception
Saturday, June 22 | following Miami Fest
45 east bar & grill (aka attractions)
From Upham Arch to Slant Walk and beyond, these were your Miami Moments!
This June, join Black alumni and friends for new Miami Memories.
Register today » MiamiAlum.org/AlumniWeekend 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
A 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. Continued...