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Sharing the vision of our education

CBAA Returns to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater “You don’t just see an Alvin Ailey performance, you feel it.” - ESSENCE Magazine

CBAA President Anika Daniels-Osaze joined other Cornell alumni during the pre-theater reception cosponsored with BIAL

The Alvin Ailey fundraiser has been one of CBAA’s major events for several years. It continues to be successful for many reasons: the camaraderie, the cause and the excellent performance. This year we raised funds for the James and Janice Turner CBAA Scholarship Endowment, a scholarship named for two of Cornell’s most beloved community members. Alumni had an opportunity to celebrate the night with the scholarship namesakes. Dr. James Turner, a retired professor of Africana Studies and founder of the African Studies and Research Center and Dean

Janice Turner, a retired associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences have dedicated a combined nine decades of service to students at Cornell.

We were excited to cosponsor the event with the Black Ivy Alumni League (BIAL) whose group was instrumental in organizing a private pre-performance reception located in the lobby of the grand mezzanine. Alumni were able to network across all of the Ivies. We were able to meet with Calvin Hunt, the Senior Director of Performance and Production and one of our own, Monique McCloud’94, Human Resource Generalist for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. CBAA will work with them to expand the Alvin Ailey fundraiser to

Inside this issue: Membership


other cities.

Regional Events


Approximately $3,000 was raised from ticket sales for the scholarship. Since its inception, the endowment has over $200,000. We would like to give special thanks to the following people for their generous support: Benefactor: Dr. Abel-Bey Geddis ’77; Patron: Mr. Kwame Richardson ’02; Supporter: Ms. Angela Celestin ’92; and Reception Co-sponsors: Deborah Arrindel ‘79 and Ruth Trezevant-Cyrus’79.

Alumni Spotlights


On The Hill






Jamal King Gift Fund


Funds from this scholarship will be awarded to several African American students per year in order to help pay for their Cornell education. If you would like to donate to the James and Janice Turner CBAA Scholarship Endowment, please visit https:// and indicate account number #0007165. Thank you for your support!

OFFICERS President Anika Daniels-Osaze, Arts ‘96 Treasurer Darien Ward, ILR ‘90 Secretary Sharon Foretia, ILR ‘11 VP Membership Carol McIntosh, MD, Arts ‘83/ WCMC ‘87 VP Programming Jade Dean, Hotel ‘08 VP Fundraising/Scholarship Ebony Ray, ILR ‘10 VP Student Relations Cynthia Cuffie, MD, HumEc ‘74

New Year || New Website In collaboration with our web designer, Malik Mack Arts ‘12, CBAA has launched a new website that

This user-friendly site now features a special login section for all paid CBAA members who will have

at! If you’d like to learn more about Malik’s services, please email him at

will keep you up-to-date on all our latest happenings.

access to special discounts, and our live-stream. Visit us

Click an icon to visit our page


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Why be a Paid CBAA Member? Since 1976, CBAA has promoted the professional development of and provided giving opportunities to its members, supported black students at Cornell through endowment of scholarships and development of other resources, and provided assistance in recruitment efforts.

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lifetime member dues of $325 (onetime payment).

Ability to vote at general body

Join now and get 5 months free… membership is good until June 2014! To register and pay dues online (via Paypal), please visit our website. An

Network with Alumni across all decades and disciples

alternative to Paypal is sending a check or money order payable to CBAA to the following address:

Connect with friends and former classmates

Access to special discounts (The

Carol McIntosh, VP of Membership

Buyers Club)

Discounts to CBAA events

Access to job announcements via

Ability to advertise your own business on our website

meetings and elections

As of September of 2012, CBAA reinstated its dues-paying membership status per the approved vote of the general body. To be considered an active member, you must have either paid your individual dues of $35 or

What the advantages are of being a paid CBAA member?

PO Box 376 Mount Rainier, MD 02712 For any inquiries regarding memberships please reach out to Carol.

the members-only section

Join a Committee

Welcome Our New Secretary CBAA would like to welcome its newest appointed board member, Sharon Foretia, ILR '11, as our new Secretary. Welcome aboard, Sharon and con-

We’re always looking for participation in the following areas:

gratulations to Zachary Murray on his new career opportunity. Thank you for your service to CBAA! To find out more about our officers, please visit the website.

Cornell Portraits Below are some of the extraordinary students that Cornell has profiled as part of its Portraits initiative. Learn more about these students and others on the site. L to R: Chioma Enweasor, WCMC ‘16; Stephen Breedon, Hotel ‘14; Nicholas Booker-Tandy, CALS ‘12; Jacqueline Perkins, Hotel ‘12; Reginald Covington, Arts ‘12 All photos are courtesy of Cornell.



Scholarship and Fundraising

Campus and Student Relations


Secondary/Graduate Schools

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Spotlight || Agents of Change On October 18, Frank Dawson ’72 and Abby Ginzberg ’71 held a Kickstarter Campaign at Orrick in Manhattan to fund their documentary called

during the 1960s that led to the successful struggle for black studies. Highlighted are the well- publicized events at San Francisco State in 1968 and the

pelling film.” --Harry Edwards, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley. For more information and to support the film, visit

Agents of Change, Black Students at the Transformation of the American University. The film screening included a panel discussion with prominent professors from various universities.

takeover of Willard Straight Hall at Cornell University in 1969. “This film brings to light the sacrifices and commitment of thousands of students across the country who fought to

Agents of Change is a story about the intersection of race, culture, and the American university. The film examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses in the country

change the conditions on college campuses for future generations, as well as for themselves. The challenges they faced, the obstacles they overcame and the gains that were achieved will be illuminated in this important and com-

Recent Regional Events December 2012

Alvin Ailey Show co-sponsored with the Black Ivy Alumni League

Young Alumni Party co-sponsored with Office of Alumni Affairs, CAA, CALS, CJA, CUGALA

January 2013

DC, Ohio, Los Angeles; partial cosponsorships with MOSAIC

Student-Alumni Networking Events: Detroit, Atlanta, NYC,

Inauguration Mixer at La Tasca, DC

Please check the website for upcoming events in your region. We are looking for more Regional Representatives. Please contact Jade Dean if interested.

King-Shaw Hall:The ILR Conference Center On October 25th, 2012, Cornell and the ILR School dedicated the ILR Conference Center Building as Patricia G. and Rubén Jose King-Shaw, Jr. ILR

On October 25th, 2012, Cornell and the ILR School dedicated the ILR Conference Center Building as Patricia G. and Rubén Jose King-Shaw, Jr. ILR

'83, Hall. King-Shaw has been an avid supporter of ILR initiatives, exemplifying the spirit of a dedicated alumnus. Read more about this momentous occasion in The ILR News Center. You

'83, Hall. King-Shaw has been an avid supporter of ILR initiatives, exemplifying the spirit of a dedicated alumnus. Read more about this momentous occasion in The ILR News Center. You

can also find video coverage of the event on Cornell’s website. Photo is courtesy of Cornell.

can also find video coverage of the event on Cornell’s website. Photo is courtesy of Cornell.

In The News The EZRA Update highlighted Yusuf Abdullah Muhammad, MPS '03, on his contributions to the Cornell community, being a driving force for Brooklyn students to attend Cornell. The Cornell Chronicle showcases Katrina James, Arts ‘96 and chair of the Cornell University Council, wearing a design from Matilda Ceesay, HE ‘13, at the Cornell NOW banquet.

Support the Endowment CBAA created the Dr. James and Janice Turner Scholarship Endowment in 2010 to honor the Turners who have a combined nine decades of service to Cornell. The endowment provides scholarships to qualifying African-American students and has raised over $203,000 and provided over $8,000 in scholarships to students. Your contribution will help sustain the endowment. Consider making a tax-deductible donation today!


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Where Are Our Students Headed? Recruiting season is off and running. The job market is more competitive than it’s ever been but through all the resumes, cover letters, and rounds of interviews, our students are making strides. Several seniors have already secured full-time positions postgraduation and more are on the way. See below for a couple of highlights on where some of our students are headed: Karim Abouelnaga, Arts: Decided to forego his Blackrock offer and pursue his education organization Practice Makes Perfect (PMP) full-time. He’s in talks with the NYC Department of Education and is working on a PreCore Development Partnership with Teach For America. PMP will be located out of the Teach For America

office in midtown starting in June and is projected to serve 500 kids citywide this summer. Brianna Pollard, ILR: United Technologies Corporation's Climate Controls & Security as an Associate within its Human Resources Leadership Development Program (HRLDP) The following were selected to join the 2013 Teach for America corps: Whitney Holman, ILR: Middle School math, Dallas

tion for K-6, Houston Christine Cummings, Arts: Middle School math or science, Atlanta Antoinette Gayle, Hum Ec: Middle School science, Newark Congratulations to these seniors and we look forward to hearing more good news in the future. Alum: If you’re in any of these fields, do not hesitate to reach out to our students and be a mentor. Pay it forward.

Khamila Alebiosu, Arts: General Education, NYC Olivia Jackson, Arts: General Educa-

ON THE HILL Check out some of the upcoming campus events. Our students can always use our support!

40th Anniversary Black Bio-Medical and Technical Association (BBMTA) Conference Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 Africana Studies and Research Center Contact: Desirree Pizzaro,

Festival of Black Gospel (FBG) March 1st – March 3rd, 2013 Ithaca, NY Contact: Cameron Younger, To donate to FBG, please visit

145th Commencement Schoellkopf Stadium Sunday, May 26, 2013 Homecoming September 20-22, 2013

Slope Day Friday, May 3rd, 2013

BBMTA Annual Conference || Save The Date! Celebrating 40 Years. The theme for this year’s conference is Innovations in Healthcare: An Assessment of Our Healthcare System from 1973-2013. Our conference will be held on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 in the Africana Studies and Research Center at 310 Triphammer Rd on Cornell University’s campus in Ithaca, New York. It is an all-day affair, beginning at 9am and

ending at 5pm. The format of the conference will include our keynote speaker, Dr. John Mitchell, followed by a morning panel centered around

part on Sunday, February 3rd, 2013. If you have any questions, suggestions, or requests, please contact Janice Turner at, our conference

exploring and analyzing innovations made in healthcare within the last 40 years. The topics for our panel and workshops will focus on research and development, policy, and the quality of

co-chair Desirree Pizarro at, or Deborah Rose at

care from a global perspective. Finally, we are planning to have guests arrive on Friday, February 1st and de-

Again, BBMTA would like to express our deep appreciation for your willingness to be a part of this year’s annual health conference!

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Dear CBAA Family, The success of Cornell students is important to CBAA. Beginning with this newsletter, we will highlight different Black student organizations so that the CBAA family can learn more about the exciting things these organizations do

and how the CBAA family can support them. Our first student organization, Scholars Working Ambitiously to Graduate (SWAG), exemplifies how the collective family can come together to address student needs. I am confident the CBAA family will support

these organizations in extraordinary ways. These students need your time, talent and money! Sincerely, Cynthia Cuffie, MD (HE ‘74) Vice President of Student Relations

Scholars Working Ambitiously to Graduate (SWAG) Mission Statement Scholars Working Ambitiously to Graduate (SWAG) is a retention program for Black men at Cornell University. Our goal is increase the graduation rate for all Black men to 90% by the year 2015. At the same time, we hope to strengthen our campus’ community of black men by fostering a collaborative and supportive environment, consequently promoting the highest levels of educational attainment on campus. Achieving these goals will put us at par with nearly every other racial demographic on campus. We want to make sure that SWAGmen are not only graduating, but also are excelling, thriving, and serving as a model of success during their collegiate careers and beyond. Our long-term goal is to make Cornell a national model of black male undergraduate retention and achievement and to expand the program to colleges across the country. SWAG is interested in forming an Alumni Advisory Board. We feel it is essential to be in constant communication with Alumni to hear their feedback and to leverage their experiences in programming. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please reach out to Kendrick Coq at There is not a single organization that

became successful without the support of those who paved the way for it. We at SWAG understand that principle, that our success is carried in the womb of our predecessors. Our goal is to ensure that Black men at Cornell walk away from the university with good grades and even greater experiences. The only way that goal can be achieved is if we have as much support as possible. CBAA can help SWAG by donating their time, talents, and treasure. Time. Alumni can donate their time by offering to make guest appearances and talks during workshops and/or networking events. Talent. This can be achieved by providing our members with opportunities to learn about their occupations and find their desired paths in life. They can do this by offering internships and externship experiences, conference trips, and scholarship opportunities. Treasure. Your generous donations allow us to secure guest speakers, transportation for service trips, academic resources and so much more. To donate, please go to this link. Together, SWAG and CBAA can help steer the future of our nation by providing society with the most equipped and knowledgeable black male talent in the country.

Highlights of Recent Activities

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2012 S.W.A.G. Matching Ceremony covered by the Cornell Chronicle for effective mentorship strategies Successfully registered 100 members, including undergraduate and graduate students Front page of the Cornell Daily Sun for University support of our mission to increase retention rates Sent members to “Halloween at Southside” in Ithaca to play with kids in the community, providing a safe and free environment Built camaraderie and strong teamwork skills among black men at the SWAG Bowling Event Officers

Stephen Breedon, Treasurer Kendrick Coq, Co President Jeremy Freeman, Treasurer Aaron Hancock, Recruitment Coordinator Kamaal Jones, Logistics Chair Channing McNeal, Outreach Coordinator Thaddeus Talbot, Co President Brandon Dennis, Freshman Representative


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SNAPSHOTS: Where Has CBAA Been? Past CBAA Events Include:


1. DMV | Alumni-Student Send Off 2. NYC | Young Alumni Labor Day Cookout 3. NJ-Philly-Delaware | Family Cookout 4. DC | General Body Meeting 5. Chicago | Rising Ivy Breakfast with BIAL & Google 6. Ithaca | Homecoming












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SNAPSHOTS: Where Has CBAA Been? 1

Past CBAA Events Include: 1. NYC | WCMC Diversity Mixer 2. NYC | Alvin Ailey Fundraiser with BIAL 3. NYC | Young Alumni Party @ Hudson Terrace with Office of Alumni Affairs, CAA, CALS, CJA, CUGALA 4. NYC | Networking Event with Cornell MOSAIC 5. DC | Inauguration Happy Hour












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CBAA UPDATE: Volume 1, Issue 2  

This is the second issue of CBAA's newsletter.

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