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BISON BEAT A Monthly N e ws l e tte r f r o m the O f f i c e o f the P res i d en t MARCH 2014 VOLUME 2 ISSUE 3 INSIDE CONVOCATION 2 CHARTER DAY DINNER 3 ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK 4 EXCELLENCE AT HOWARD 5 AROUND CAMPUS 6 Dear Howard University Community: During our recent Charter Day celebration, alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends paused to celebrate our institution’s rich past and promising future. Convocation orator, Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, challenged our students and lauded our University for its distinctive role in advancing education and social change in the United States. The gala was one of the largest in its 90-year history with 1,800 guests. Special thanks to Howard alumna, board member and award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad for serving as the Mistress of Ceremonies. I was pleased to announce $8.9 million in gifts to the University. I would like to once again thank Arthur Reynolds and Robert McLeod for awarding the University a $4.9 million gift from the Dr. Richard Francis Jones Trust. Additionally, I would like to express sincere gratitude to Alfred C. Liggins for his gift of $4 million in honor of his mother, Radio One chairperson/founder and Howard alumna, Cathy Hughes.The gift will benefit the School of Communications. Congratulations to our 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients: Dr. Patricia E. Bath, Ms.T. Eloise Foster, Dr. James H. Johnson Jr. and Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall Jr. Special commendation to Mrs. Nesta H. Bernard, who received the inaugural Capstone Service Award. There are many sources of excellence at Howard University, including the Howard Gospel Choir. I recently had the opportunity to hear them perform at the Howard University Alumni Club (HUAC) of Atlanta Charter Day celebration. They were truly uplifting! I thank the HUAC of Atlanta for hosting me. Howard University’s unparalleled commitment to service sets us apart. Approximately 400 Howard students spent spring break conducting a variety of service projects in six U.S. cities and Haiti as part of our Alternative Spring Break program. I was honored to participate in the send-off ceremony as well as visit volunteers in Washington and Baltimore. Without question, our future is strong and these young men and women are changing the world around them. In Truth and Service, Wayne A.I. Frederick Interim President

President's Bison Beat March 2014

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