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Contents Director’s Message..........1 Alumnus of the Year........1 Chapter of the Year .........2 Chapter and Class News .2

In the News .....................3 Alumni on the Move .......5 Football Schedule............6 Necrology ........................6

See you at the 2014 Alumni Day Luncheon!

Choir Schedule ................7 Alumni Calendar..............7 Homecoming Calendar....7

Director’s Message

Greetings, Alumni.

Another year! Another fellowship! Another reunion! What a great opportunity to welcome you home to your beloved alma mater, Morgan State University. We hope you make plans to join us at our 74th Annual Alumni Awards and Class Reunion Luncheon, which will be held on Friday, May 16, 2014. During the luncheon, we will honor and present awards to our distinguished alumni honorees and pay homage to the esteemed Class of 1964, our 50th Anniversary Class. How quickly the time has passed. Whether it’s been 5, 10… or 60 years, what a blessing and a privilege it will be to return to Morgan to celebrate with your friends and classmates. There are those whom you may not have seen for years, and, for many, some you may not have seen since the day you walked across the stage to pick up your degree, some you bid farewell to from afar, some with whom you shared loving tears and hugs, and others whom you thought you might never see again. And as you departed, you may have taken a glance over the campus that left you with so many indelible, fond memories. You know life is too short to dwell on the “I wish I had,” “I wish I could,” “I wonder what happened to…,” and “I wonder if I would recognize…” I hope you will seriously consider 2014 as the year of no excuses to return and participate in your class reunion. Life is full of regrets. Let us not make failing to reunite with your classmates and friends during your reunion year be one of them. Memories are precious, but there is nothing like basking in the present. So, start pulling together that special outfit. And if you’re worried about losing a few pounds, you have time to do that, too. To all members of the reunion classes ending in “4” and “9,” make your reunion one for the books. We are planning a wonderful event in your honor, and we look forward to seeing you. “It’s All About the Journey, and the Friends You Meet Along the Way.” Welcome home! Sincerely,

Joyce A. Brown MSU Director of Alumni Relations

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ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR Carl W. Turnipseed, ’69

Carl W. Turnipseed, a native of East Baltimore, received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Morgan in 1969 and later earned his M.B.A. from New York University Graduate School of Business. He also graduated from the Executive Management Program at Columbia University and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Mr. Turnipseed recently retired as the Executive Vice President in charge of the Financial Services Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He was the first and is now the only African American to attain the level of executive vice president at the New York Fed and to serve on its executive committee. During his career, Mr. Turnipseed always found time to coach and mentor New York Fed employees and young professionals in the financial service industry, and to give back to his community. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of Classroom, Inc., a program designed to teach criti-

cal thinking skills to middle school and high school students through the use of computer-based business simulations. He serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the University of Buffalo’s School of Business and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Morgan State University Foundation, Inc. He recently led a task force that produced the Foundation’s first strategic plan and now serves as the chairman of the Foundation’s Development Committee. Mr. Turnipseed is a life member of the MSU National Alumni Association and an inductee into MSU’s Hall of Fame. Mr. Turnipseed has been married for 43 years to Joyce (Hill) Turnipseed, who is also a native of East Baltimore and an alumnus of Morgan (Class of 1970). They are proud parents of their daughter, Danielle, who is an attorney in Washington, D.C. The couple has established the Alice and Willis Turnipseed Endowment, in honor of his parents, to provide scholarships to deserving Morgan students from East Baltimore. Carl W. Turnipseed exemplifies Morgan’s excellence, and the MSU National Alumni Association is proud to name him Alumnus of the Year.

Honorary Alumnus John L. Walters

The MSU National Alumni Association is honored to name Baltimore business owner John L. Walters as the recipient of this year’s Honorary Alumnus Award. Walters is owner and president of Walters Relocations, Inc. (WRI), a full-service residential and commercial moving and storage company established in 1988 and headquartered in Baltimore, Md. Walters started in the moving industry as a laborer for North American Van Lines. Walters, through his years of committed generosity and service, has proven time and again his love for the University. Over WRI’s 25 years of existence, the company has provided summer employment to more

than 200 Morgan students. WRI now employs four MSU graduates on its management team. Walters is a longtime supporter of the MSU Gala, the MSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Howard L. Cornish Alumni Chapter’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast. Walters is a member of Groove Phi Groove Fraternity, Inc. He was chairman of the Grooves’ 50th Anniversary celebration, and he led the charge for their $50,000 donation to the MSU Foundation, Inc. The key to success, Walters believes, is to help others succeed.

Special Achievement Award Honoree Irma Gorham, ’74 and ’76

Irma Gorham is this year’s recipient of the MSU National Alumni Association Special Achievement Award. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in community development and regional planning in 1974 and a master’s degree in urban policy planning and policy analysis in 1976, both from Morgan. She also attended Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Gorham has more than 40 years of experience in housing development, management, strategic planning, land use planning and private public joint venture initiatives. Today, she is the Executive Director of the Paterson Housing Au-

thority, the third-largest public housing authority in New Jersey and the largest landlord in the city. She interacts with all government entities to facilitate redevelopment efforts that enhance the quality of life in Paterson. Aside from property management and construction, Gorham advocates for programs that provide support services to assist all residents in becoming self-sufficient. Gorham has received many certifications, awards and honors and is an active member and supporter of a number of community organizations and volunteer groups. She is a member of the MSU National Alumni Association New Jersey Alumni Chapter and a Life Member of the MSU National Alumni Association.

Special Contribution Award Honoree Maj. Gen. Thomas L. Prather, Jr., U.S. Army (Ret.), ’62

Maj. Gen. Thomas L. Prather, Jr., U.S. Army (Ret.) is this year’s recipient of the MSU National Alumni Association Special Contribution Award. Maj. Gen. Prather received his commission and a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Morgan in 1962. In 1974, he earned a Master of Science degree in contracting and procurement from Florida Institute of Technology. During his military service, he held a variety of command and staff positions in the U.S. and abroad. Maj. Gen. Prather completed 33 years of active military service upon his retirement in 1995. He has been a member of the ROTC Enhancement Team for the past 15

years and has chaired the team for the past 10. As chair, he provides advice to the Department of the Army on all matters pertaining to the Morgan ROTC Program. Morgan has benefited directly from his leadership, through a sustained level of ROTC scholarship awards to Morgan ROTC students, through his development and implementation of the highly successful ROTC Mentorship program and in many other ways. Maj. Gen. Prather is a Life Member of the MSU National Alumni Association and the ROTC Alumni Chapter.


Join the Bears in the Meadowlands!

The Morgan Bears football team will take on the Howard Bison on Saturday, September 20, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J. Look for more information, to come!

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Dues Renewal Begins July 1, 2014

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Chapter of the Year

Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area Alumni Chapter The MSU National Alumni Association’s 2014 Chapter of the Year is the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area Alumni Chapter. Having reached the 65th anniversary of its founding in 2013, the chapter has a long and storied history of supporting Morgan. The Chapter began 2013 with continued and ardent work for the constructive resolution of matters relating to the governance of the University and its trajectory of continued growth and development. Towards this end, chapter members journeyed to the state capital to demonstrate Fifteen of the approximately 80 members of the MSUNAA Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area Alumni Chapter their commitment to alma mater and to Sr., his family established a scholarship in his memory to rally elected officials to Morgan’s cause. benefit MSU students majoring in biology. Chapter memThe Chapter donated funds to the University Memobers donated generously to this fund. rial Chapel restoration. Chapter members also responded The Chapter played a significant role in the recruitto Morgan President David Wilson’s appeal to help stument initiative of the Office of Undergraduate Admission, dents whose parents were adversely impacted by changes and chapter members also participated in the 2012–2014 to the Parent PLUS federal loan program. In addition, the Mentoring Program of the Office of Student Success Chapter reached a milestone when it celebrated its 30th and Retention. Anniversary Scholarship Crab Feast, which was attended In these and numerous other ways, the Washington, by more than 800 persons and netted nearly $20,000 for D.C. Metropolitan Area Alumni Chapter continues to uphold the chapter’s Vestah Blye Scholarship Program. Upon the and demonstrate its commitment to “Fair Morgan.” death of longtime chapter member Harold D. Blackwell,


Will Your Class Win the Top Award for Giving in 2013?

Did you encourage your classmates to make a contribution, in any amount, to the MSU Foundation in 2013? We look forward to presenting your class with the Chairman’s Award, for the class with the highest alumni giving rate, at the 74th Annual Alumni Awards and Class Reunion Luncheon. The President’s Award, for second place, and the third place honor, the Dean’s Award, will also be presented during that time. We hope to see you there!

Columbia/Howard County Alumni Chapter Gets the Word Out

The Howard County Alumni Chapter has already participated in three college recruiting fairs this fiscal year. The chapter says it is very serious about getting the word out to students in the local area to attend Morgan State University. The chapter adopted two basketball games this past season in the Adopt-A-Game Program and received large applauds from the crowd. The chapter often makes appearances at events in Howard County to publicize Morgan, and it is also gearing up for its two major fundraisers, which will help fund scholarships for new and continuing Morgan students.

Detroit Alumni Chapter Partners with the Pistons

Morgan alumni in the Michigan area participated in a fundraiser sponsored by the Detroit Pistons and Palace Entertainment. The pregame event, Pistons Power Hour, provided an opportunity to meet other HBCU students and alumni, including former Piston’s power forward Rick McHorn, an HBCU graduate. Each school that purchased more than 10 tickets received $10 per ticket for its alumni fund. Andre Moore, ’83, has already attended 12 college fairs in the area recruiting students for Morgan. Please follow Michigan Morganites on Facebook, created by Larry Thompson, ’96.

Howard L. Cornish Alumni Chapter Hosts 700 at the Annual MLK Breakfast

Seven hundred guests helped the Howard L. Cornish Metropolitan Baltimore Alumni Chapter celebrate its 29th Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast, at Martin’s West. The breakfast, an annual event, raised more than $25,000 in scholarships. Five students received laptop computers, and scholarships were awarded to 25 Morgan students. Morgan President David Wilson and Jacqueline L. Lawson, ’75, President of the MSU National Alumni Association, spoke at the event. Patrice Sanders, morning news anchor for WBFF-TV 45, was Mistress of Ceremonies. The program was highlighted by honors from the chapter to four persons and two organizations for their accomplishments. Larry S. Gibson, Professor at the University of Maryland School of Law and author of “Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice,” was guest speaker.

M.B.A. Alumni Chapter Gets Off to a Strong Start

The newly formed M.B.A. Alumni Chapter held its first annual holiday fundraising gathering at the Bahama Breeze Restaurant in Towson, Md., in December. The chapter acquired toys, gifts and gift cards for needy families during the event. The chapter also participated recently in two community service activities in Baltimore: cleaning up a neighborhood park with the Rebuilding Johnston Square Neighborhood Association and volunteering to serve food with “Our Daily Bread,” a hot meal program. A “Then and Now” panel discussion hosted by the chapter brought together recent and past Morgan M.B.A. graduates in a networking environment in which the graduates and current M.B.A. students received professional advice and guidance. The panel discussion turned out very well and proved to be very rewarding for all who participated.

Band Alumni Chapter Marches On

The MSU Band Alumni Chapter is proud to announce the launch of its new website. The website will have information about upcoming events, including fundraisers; membership information; photos of chapter members, and more. Visit the website at The chapter also hosted its annual MSU Homecoming tailgate in October, where current and former members and their friends came together to meet, greet, socialize and share stories about the past. The chapter also participated in the Annual MSU Band Show in December. Former band members from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and 2000s had the opportunity to practice and perform with the current MSU Band. The chapter also held its first annual holiday ornament event and T-shirt sale to raise funds for scholarships.

New Jersey Alumni Chapter Donates to Educational, Charitable Causes

The New Jersey Alumni Chapter made a recent monetary donation to the Franklin Township Food Bank in Somerset, N.J., and performed volunteer work for the food bank. The chapter also donated funds recently to the Great Blacks in Wax Museum, in Baltimore, toward the completion of a statue of renowned historian, the late Benjamin A. Quarles, Ph.D. Dr. Quarles was a longtime Professor and Chair of the History Department at Morgan. In honoring its commitment to higher education, the chapter actively participated in and donated to the Black Doctoral Network Conference. The chapter also seeks to increase children’s educational opportunities. Toward that end, the New Jersey Alumni Chapter donated new book bags and clothing to two elementary schools in Dutch Komenda, Ghana.

New York Metropolitan Alumni Chapter Makes Christmas Merrier

For the second consecutive year, the New York Metropolitan Alumni Chapter donated toys to the Kianga House Shelter in Brooklyn, N.Y., at Christmastime. The Kianga Continued on page 4

IN THE N E WS Virgin Islands Alumni Chapter Hosts Paradise Jam Reception

The Morgan Bears were in the Virgin Islands recently to take part in the 2013 Paradise Jam basketball tournament. Carol Callwood, ’89, President of the Virgin Islands Alumni Chapter and voice of the Paradise Jam, was instrumental in having The Honorable John P. de Jongh, Jr., Governor of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, host a reception at the Government House on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2013 in honor of the MSU Men’s Basketball Team and its coaches. Those in attendance dined sufficiently on the exquisite menu that was provided by the Governor. In addition to the basketball team, many Morgan alumni who live in the Virgin Islands also attended, as well as a delegation of Morgan alumni, administrators and staff from the U.S.

Alumni Day 2014 Classes Ending in ‘4’ and ‘9,’ It’s Reunion Time!

Wouldn’t you like to reconnect with your classmates, reminisce about the good old days at “Fair Morgan” and take a stroll across the campus after a scrumptious meal? Yes? Then make your reservations NOW for the 74th Annual Alumni Awards and Class Reunion Luncheon! This event, hosted by the MSU Alumni Relations Office and the MSU National Alumni Association, will take place on Friday, May 16, 2014 in the Calvin and Tina Tyler Ballroom of the University Student Center. The luncheon will be preceded by a reception from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. This year, we will celebrate the reunion classes ending in “4” and “9,” 1949–2009. Special recognition will be given to the Class of 1964, which will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Classes of 1963 and earlier will be recognized as the Emeritus Class. Morgan President David Wilson will be in attendance to bring the alumni up-to-date with the "State of the University.” The cost of the luncheon is $55. You may register online at the MSU Alumni Online Community by going to, clicking on “Alumni,” clicking “Pay Online” then scrolling down to the green box titled “Special Events.” Clicking this box will take you to the Registration form. Or, you may call the Alumni Relations Office at (443) 885-3015 to make your reservation(s). You may also make a check payable to “MSU National Alumni Association” (“MSUNAA”), and mail it to the Alumni House, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21251. See you there, and bring a family member and a friend!!

Morgan Regent Is 2014 MEAC Distinguished Alumnus

Gen. Larry R. Ellis, U.S. Army (Ret.), ’69, a member of Morgan’s Board of Regents, was honored as MSU’s Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Distinguished Alumnus for 2014. He received the honor during the MEAC Basketball Tournament in Norfolk, Va., in March. Gen. Ellis is Chief Executive Officer of Atlanta, Ga.-based VetConnexx, LLC, which provides jobs and other career opportunities for veterans and their spouses through fulfilling teleservices requirements for the corporate and government sectors. Before retiring as the Commanding General of U.S. Army Forces Command, he served in senior staff positions at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Gen Ellis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Morgan and a graduate degree from Indiana University. He also serves on the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia.

Morgan State Graduates 12 Ph.D.s from The PhD Project

Two decades ago, there were only 294 African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans at the front of the classroom in U.S. business schools. Today, that number has more than quadrupled to 1,230, due largely to the work of The PhD Project. Further, 336 are now enrolled in doctoral programs and will take a place at the front of the classroom over the next few years. Twelve of these PhD Project professors graduated from Morgan State University. One of them, Dr. Jan Williams, ’06, was the first person ever to receive a Ph.D. in business at Morgan. All of these professors are now role models and mentors to the next generation of business leaders. The PhD Project, a 501(c)(3) organization founded by KPMG Foundation in 1994, recruits minority professionals from business into doctoral programs in all business disciplines.

Morgan Graduate Gives a Gift of Life

An article published last December on the website of the University of Maryland Medical Center told the inspiring story of MSU alumnus Akil Parker’s vital donation to his father. Parker’s father, Brian Morrison, Ph.D., had been diagnosed with hepatitis C and was in dire need of a liver trans-

plant. When his oldest son, Akil, a math teacher in Philadelphia, learned of his father’s need, he immediately asked whether he could donate part of his own liver. Parker lost more than 15 pounds over the summer, at doctor’s orders, to prepare himself for the surgery, which took place last Dec. 17. Father and son are both doing well: Morrison recuperating in Baltimore and Parker back at work in the classroom. “My father raised me to be the type of man who would step forward to help someone else. NOT to do it wasn’t an option,” said Parker, who earned his Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Morgan in 2003. You may read the full text of the article here:

Morgan Grad ‘Grows the Future’ in China

Danny Evans, ’12, is making a strong positive impression on students in the People’s Republic of China. Evans was a marketing major at Morgan with a minor in political science. After earning his bachelor’s degree, he joined an organization named “WorldTeach,” which was created by students from Harvard University to teach English in China. Today, at age 23, he is living and working in China’s Hunan province, as a volunteer teacher at a model high school named Chang Jun School. In an essay, Evans’ students described him as “a ray of sunshine from the United States…a black teacher who embodies our school motto: Simple, Sincere, Honest, Profound and Resolute.” Evans asks his students to call him by his Chinese name, Wang Gang, and the young people like and respect his determination to learn Chinese language and culture. “As (HBCU graduates and African Americans), we are unrepresented in areas of business and education in China,” Evans wrote to Morgan President David Wilson in January. “As a teacher, I dedicated myself to change the stereotypical views (toward) Americans, especially (those) of African (descent). I am not only educating students about English but (about) becoming world leaders.”

Statue Will Honor Morgan Great

A statue of the Right Rev. John R. Bryant, ’65, will be unveiled on Morgan’s campus this spring. After the unveiling, the wax likeness of the Right Rev. Bryant, Senior Bishop and Presiding Prelate of the Fourth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will join those of more than 100 other greats of African ancestry amidst other historical exhibits, at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, Md. The unveiling will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Murphy Fine Arts Center’s Gilliam Concert Hall. Bishop Bryant, a social reformer and social activist as well as a clergyman, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Morgan.

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Trust Endowment Benefits Nigeria

Morgan graduate Bareehu Olugbenga Ashafa, ’78, a Senator in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, reports that more than 394 million naira ($2.4 million) has been channeled through his ’Gbenga Ashafa Trust Endowment (G.A.T.E.) Fund as of March 2014, to benefit the citizens of his district in the areas of education, sports and youth empowerment, agriculture, health, and infrastructure development. Sen. Ashafa, who was born in Lagos Island, Nigeria, has represented the Lagos East Senatorial District of Lagos State since June 2011. During his tenure, it was reported, he has sponsored 12 bills and two motions and was instrumental in the execution of Federal Constituency Projects worth more than 584 million naira ($3.6 million) in his district between June 2011 and January 2014. Sen. Ashafa earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Morgan and his Master of Science degree in public health administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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25th Annual Golf Tournament, Coming in May!

Now celebrating its 25th successful year, the MSU Foundation’s Annual Invitational Golf Tournament is one of the oldest tournaments held at the prestigious Turf Valley in Ellicott City, Md. The event is also an important fundraiser, supporting the MSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. This year’s Invitational Golf Tournament will take place on Friday, May 2. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m., and the tournament starts at 9 a.m. A three-hour golf clinic tees off at 9:30 a.m. The start time for the tournament’s Luncheon and Awards Ceremony is 2:30 p.m. Features of the tournament will include a Modified Florida Scramble, prizes for men and women, Super Ticket, a 50/50 Raffle, a Million-Dollar Hole-In-One, Beat the Pro, perks for all contestants, and food and drinks after play. The registration fee is $150 per person, or $35.00 per person to attend the Luncheon and Awards Ceremony only. The fee for the golf clinic is $120 per person and includes the luncheon. Visit to register and pay online, or contact Shonae Francis at (443) 885-3535 for more information.

Gala XXX Friday, October 17, 2014 VIP Reception & Gala

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. $250

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8:00 p.m.–12:30 a.m. Buffet Dinner at 8:30 p.m. $150

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Morgan Couples Celebrate Their Bond

The University Memorial Chapel hosted a “Morganites Who Met and Married a Morganite” jazz brunch on February 16, 2014, in the Calvin and Tina Tyler Ballroom of the University Student Center. The attendees witnessed married couples celebrating their lives together, which began during their Morgan days. The event recognized the couples by their year of marriage. The longest-married pair had been wedded for 67 years. The proceeds of the event were used to support the restoration of the University Memorial Chapel. Many of the more than 200 attendees said they are looking forward with great anticipation to next year’s event.


House provides shelter, food, career training, employment assistance and job searches for pregnant mothers and women with children who need special assistance. The donations surpassed expectations because of the chapter’s partnership with the Garden House School in New York. “Teamwork made this all possible, and we were able to save the holidays for those kids and families that needed joy in their lives,” said Chapter President Roger Rojas, ’01. The chapter also participated in several college fairs in the New York area to recruit students to attend Morgan. Last, but not least, the chapter reports that it has established an annual scholarship fund in the name of a chapter member’s mother who recently passed.

Class of 1964 to Celebrate Its 50th at Commencement

Class of ’64 members are invited to join in a once-in-alifetime celebration as the acknowledged class, at the 50th anniversary of their graduation! On May 16, 17 and 18, 2014, there will be fellowship, fun and food as we reflect, remember and rejoice!!! If you have not received a letter and telephone call, please contact one of our Class Agents: Laura Phillips Byrd, (443) 506-0294,; Anita Turks Hunter, (410) 922-9107,; Delores Couser Cooke, (410) 833-8668,; Ledonia Ward Kimball, (410) 448-9164,

Prince George’s County Alumni Chapter Bowls for a Purpose

The Prince George’s County Alumni Chapter held its First Annual Midnight Bowling Bash, “Bowl for a Purpose Fundraiser” in February of this year. The event was held at the Greenway Bowl in Odenton, Md., and was well-attended by alumni, family, friends and supporters of Morgan State University. Everyone had a great time, whether seasoned bowlers or just beginners. The joy of just being near people who love Morgan was very fulfilling. The DJ played music that took attendees back in time and brought people to the floor for line dancing. The Prince George’s County Alumni Chapter has done a good job of branding this event: alumni look forward to attending the outing every year.

Northern Virginia Alumni Chapter Spotlights Morgan with the Deltas

Class of 1969 Prepares 45th Reunion Activities

MSU’s Northern Virginia Alumni Chapter (MSUNOVAAC) set up and staffed a Morgan State University table at the 29th Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration and the 24th Annual Youth Oratorical Contest, a program sponsored by the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. MSUNOVAAC members took the opportunity to highlight the University and provided handouts, brochures and information during the program, which featured extraordinary middle school and high school students who delivered original speeches based on a thought-provoking theme. The program garnered participants from across Northern Virginia and was held at the Hylton Memorial Chapel in Woodbridge. Participation in the event typically exceeds 1,500 persons.

The Class of 1969 extends a special thanks to all who attended its 2013 annual Homecoming Brunch and Hospitality Gathering and/or donated to its Scholarship Endowment Fund. At the brunch, the class presented Dr. David Wilson, Morgan President, with a symbolic $15,590 check for the Class of 1969 Endowment Fund. The class looks forward to having classmates gather on May 16, 2014 at the 74th Annual Alumni Awards and Class Reunion Luncheon, which officially begins the 45th Anniversary celebration of the group’s graduation. Contact MSU Alumni Relations at (443) 885-3015 to make a reservation and for details of this great event. Be sure to ask for seating at one of the Class of 1969 tables. The Reunion Committee is led by Erica Fry Cryor, Chair and Jesse J. Bennett, Co-chair. Our Class Agent is Nellie Shields Maskal. Please contact her at for details regarding the 45th Reunion activities. See the calendar of events for upcoming Class events on page 7.

Philadelphia Chapter Members Tell Their Morgan Stories

MSU National Alumni Association’s (MSUNAA’s) Philadelphia Chapter had a busy February 2014, attending the Morgan vs. Delaware State basketball contest as part of MSU’s Adopt-A-Game Program, and holding a MEAC International College Fair to introduce local students to MEAC schools. The chapter was also honored by the Office of Admissions for its participation in college fairs in the Philadelphia area. Another item of note: the Chapter President, Dr. Wesley Alford, ’79, kicked off an “If It Hadn’t Been for Morgan” series, in which chapter members told brief stories about how Morgan has influenced their lives. The series proved to be very exciting and motivated chapter members to reconnect with their Morgan experience.

Southern Maryland Alumni Chapter Hosts ‘Blue and Orange’ Fundraiser

The Board of Commissioners of Charles County, Md., presented certificates of recognition to distinguished honorees at the MSU Southern Maryland Alumni Chapter’s eighth annual Blue and Orange Scholarship Dinner Dance and Awards Program, on Saturday, September 14 at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, in Waldorf, Md. Proceeds provided scholarships for deserving students who will attend Morgan. The funds also enabled the chapter to continue to engage in numerous community service projects.

South Jersey Alumni Chapter Represents Morgan at College Fairs Dr. Willie Maddox, ’66, one of the South Jersey Alumni at Cumberland County College, this past October

The South Jersey Alumni Chapter sought new Morgan students at a college fair at Cumberland County College in New Jersey, last October. The chapter also represented Morgan at an event hosted by Young Men in Charge Foundation, Inc. (YMIC) and will attend the HBCU Fair at Mercer County Community College in Vineland, N.J., in November.

Class of 1949 65th Reunion

The Class of 1949 will celebrate its 65th Anniversary Reunion during Commencement Weekend 2014. A committee has met several times to plan an exciting reunion. Classmates and family members are invited to attend the 74th Annual Alumni Awards and Class Reunion Luncheon. Class members have been working hard to establish an endowment for scholarships and to encourage donations. Checks may be made payable to “Morgan State University Foundation” and mailed to 201 Truth Hall, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21251. Please place “Class of 1949” in the memo section. The class hopes you will make every effort to participate. Continued on page 6

ALUMNI ON THE MOVE Frederick K. Adams, Jr., D.V.M., ’64, has retired from the private practice of veterinary medicine after 35 years in Silver Spring, Md., and has joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dr. Adams is now stationed in Milford, Del., where as a Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian, he is responsible for enforcing federal meat and poultry inspection procedures before slaughter. The Morgan family has a new Councilwoman/Alderwoman on the City Council of Annapolis, Md. Rhonda Pindell Charles, ’76, was elected to represent the city’s Ward 3 last November and was inaugurated on Dec. 2. Ms. Charles received Morgan’s 1976 Outstanding Achievement in Business Administration Award in her graduation year and went on to earn a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1979. Craig Cornish, Jr., ’13, first made national news as captain of Morgan’s national champion Honda Campus All-Star Challenge teams in 2012 and 2013. Then, last December, he was in the national spotlight, again, as a two-day winner on the TV quiz show Jeopardy. Cornish, who is now pursuing a graduate degree at Princeton University, earned $46,800 on the show. Track and field great Josh Culbreath, ’55, has been inducted into the Montgomery County (Pa.) Coaches Hall of Fame. Culbreath helped complete a U.S. sweep of the 400meter hurdles with a bronze medal performance at the 1956 Olympic Games. In the late 1980s, he became the men’s and women’s track and field coach at Central State University in Ohio, where he was named Coach of the Year six times over eight years. He has received many other accolades during his career, including induction into the MSU Hall of fame in 1975. Christine Custis, Ph.D., ’13, has joined the faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology, Saunders College of Business. Dr. Custis is a faculty member of the Information Systems Doctoral Students Association of The PhD Project, a program established to create a more diverse Corporate America by increasing the number of African-American, Latino and Native American business professors. Dr. Custis began with the PhD Project by attending its 2007 conference. With her new position, she is one of only 46 female, African-American information systems business school professors in the U.S. Elwanda D. Ingram, Ph.D., ’69, is the faculty recipient of the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Building the Dream Award at Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, N.C., where she is a professor of English. She received the award this past January at a joint banquet hosted by Winston-Salem State and Wake Forest University. The award is given to a person who exemplifies the qualities that Dr. King epitomized and who actively exercises them in his or her community. Dr. Ingram is a member of the North Carolina Alumni Chapter of the MSU National Alumni Association and is a lifetime member of the Association. Ronn H. Johnson, Ed.D., ’91, Superintendent of the Lawnside School District in Lawnside, N.J., was recently appointed President of the Camden County Superintendent’s Roundtable. Dr. Johnson earned his Bachelor of Science in business administration at Morgan, an M.A. in school administration at Rowan University and his doctorate in innovation and leadership at Wilmington University in New Castle, Del.

The Morehouse School of Medicine has approved a grant written by Tina Jordan, Ph.D., ’00, ’10, entitled “Behavioral Health Capacity Expansion Grant.” The grant will assist several Master of Social Work students who received field practicum stipends in behavioral health care settings in Delaware. Dr. Jordan earned a B.S.W. at Morgan, an M.S.W. at the University of Maryland – Baltimore and her doctorate at Morgan’s School of Social Work, where she was the first student to receive a Ph.D. A new book by Lolita A. Kelson, ’81, “It’s Not Personal, It’s P..You Know What It Is: Real Men Feel,” attempts to give women a revealing look into the minds and hearts of men. In her volume, Kelson sets out to give a voice to men who have trouble expressing their feelings. The men she writes about open up about their relationships with women. The book is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Ann Koger, ’72, Head Coach of Women’s Tennis and Associate Director of Athletics at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, was featured in the Summer 2013 edition of NCAA Champion Magazine. The article covered Koger’s pioneering role in women’s — and men’s — tennis during the civil rights era, her controversial tenure as a news reporter, her work as an educator and her long, award-winning career as a coach. Also, Koger’s longtime Assistant Women’s Tennis Coach at Haverford, Louis Bolling, ’02, has graduated from the NCAA Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. The institute provides tailored programming conducted on NCAA member institution campuses to assist participants in strategically mapping and planning their careers. The Gary/Chicago International Airport Board has appointed B.R. Lane, ’95, as its Interim Director. Lane most recently served as Chief of Staff to Gary Mayor Karen FreemanWilson. Lane, who was also featured as one of The Times of Northwest Indiana’s “20 Under 40 Class of 2013,” was an undergraduate at Morgan when she began working for Freeman-Wilson’s law office during summers and became her protégé. Lane also has a law degree from Harvard University. Maysa Leak, ’91, earned a 2014 Grammy nomination for her song “Quiet Fire,” a record from her latest album, “Blue Velvet Soul.” The nomination, in the category “Best Traditional R&B Performance,” was Maysa’s first in a 22-year career that has taken her from collaborations with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Incognito and Angela Bofill to her current work as a soloist. Chinor M. Lee, Sr., ’98, is now a Senior Employee Development and Training Specialist for New Jersey Transit, responsible for overseeing and administering Microsoft Office training for the agency’s 12,000-plus employees and for facilitating classes in Dynamic Presentation Skills. Lee earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Morgan and received a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2013. MSU Director of Business and Auxiliary Services Vinetta Paige McCullough, ’76, ’81, has received the Certified Auxiliary Services Professional (CASP) designation from the National Association of College Auxiliary Services. The designation recognizes proficiencies in management and leadership, business relations, marketing and student development within auxiliary operational areas on campuses.

U.S. Deputy Chief Immigration Judge Michael C. McGoings, ’65, has become a member of the Senior Executive Service, continuing to directly supervise the Assistant Chief Immigration Judges and the 58 field courts. Judge McGoings earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at Morgan and began his career with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1987. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania bars. Wilfred N. Ndifon, Ph.D., ’03, an expert in the application of immunology and mathematics to the study of the mechanisms and dynamics of infectious diseases, is visiting the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, South Africa, as a research fellow. Dr. Ndifon was born in Cameroon and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Morgan. William Redmond, ’08, was featured in an article titled “Recruited by NAVAIR,” in US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine. Redmond is an electrical engineer with the Core Avionics Division of NAVAIR (Naval Air Systems Command), where he provides engineering support and technical recommendations to program management for the communications systems on the U.S. Marine Corp’s H-1 helicopter. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Morgan. A memoir by Phillip B.J. Reid, ’75, titled “Three Sisters Ponds: My Journey from Street Cop to FBI Special Agent — From Baltimore to Lockerbie, Pakistan and Beyond,” has been published by AuthorHouse. The book covers Reid’s 36-year career in law enforcement and discusses pursuing dreams and setting challenging and aggressive life goals. Reid earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Morgan. MSU Head Volleyball Coach Ramona Riley-Bozier, ’89, ’11, already the winningest head coach in Morgan history, gained her 400th career win last fall, when the Lady Bears defeated Delaware State. Bozier has claimed five Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championships, five MEAC Coach of the Year awards and four MEAC Tournament Most Outstanding Coach honors and has guided three teams to the NCAA Tournament. Her 1997 team was the first HBCU squad to earn a trip to the NCAA Division I Tournament. Former MSU Cheerleader Amanda Ross, ’13, has been crowned Miss Maryland 2014 and will represent the state in the Miss United States Pageant in Washington, D.C., in July. Ross, who earned her Bachelor of Science degree in physical education at Morgan, is now a Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader and a gymnastics instructor at the YMCA in Baltimore City. John W. Ruffin, Jr., ’63, was recently honored as a Distinguished Community Leader by the Ancient Spanish Monastery Foundation. He received the honor during the foundation’s Legacy Gala, which was held at the monastery, in North Miami Beach, Fla. Ruffin has a B.A. in geography from Morgan. Albert E. Sweets, ’94, has received a 2014 Black Engineer of the Year Special Recognition honor from Career Communications Group (CCG). Sweets has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Morgan and is CEO of Innovative STEM Solutions, LLC (iSTEMS), an organization that seeks to build sustainable relationships between academia, government and private companies. In giving the award, CCG noted his long history of community service.

Retraction! A news item on page 5 of the Fall 2013 issue of MSU Alumni News, in the “Alumni on the Move” section, mistakenly identified Tisha Edwards, who had just been appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Baltimore City Public Schools, as a Morgan State University alumna. In fact, Ms. Edwards’ son attended Morgan, but Ms. Edwards did not. Ms. Edwards received her Bachelor of Social Work degree in 1998 from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga., her Master of Social Work degree in 2000 from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore, Md., and her Juris Doctor in 2001 from the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore, Md. We sincerely regret the error and hope that Ms. Edwards accepts our deepest and sincerest apologies for her mistaken inclusion in MSU Alumni News.

Reserve Space Now at the 2014 Homecoming Host Hotel!

Discounted room rates for MSU alumni and friends are available for booking now at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel, this year’s official Homecoming host hotel. The hotel is located at 903 Dulaney Valley Rd., Towson, MD 21204. The Homecoming rate for Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 through Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 is $129 per night, which does not include Maryland State and hotel occupancy taxes. To receive the discounted rate, you must specify that you are with the “Morgan State University Homecoming Group” when you call to make reservations. This room rate is for single, double, triple and quad room accommodations. Please make your reservations by calling (410) 321-7400 or 1 (888) 627-7147 or by visiting the website: 402281029&key=AC304. The cutoff date to make reservations at the discounted rate is 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.

Donate to the Professional Career Closet

The MSU On-Campus Alumni Chapter is seeking year-round clothing donations for its Professional Career Closet. The program provides free professional apparel for male and female students seeking internships and/or jobs. The program also helps students who can’t afford to purchase these items and are attempting to enter the workforce. The chapter is seeking men’s business suits, women’s business suits, professional shirts, blouses, slacks, belts and ties. All items should be cleaned and on hangers. All donations may be brought to Earlene Goodson at the MSU Center for Career Development Office, Montebello Complex, C224. Or, call her at (443) 885-3111.


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Class of 1974 Plans Its 40th Homecoming

The Class of 1974 is celebrating 40 years as graduates of Morgan. A committee was formed to plan events to celebrate the Class Reunion during the Fall 2014 Homecoming Week. The tentative scheduled 1974 Class Reunion activities are as follows: • Class Reunion Party/Morgan Memories: Saturday, Oct. 18, MSU Student Center, 7 p.m.–4 a.m.


• Memorial Service: Sunday, Oct. 19, University Memorial Chapel, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. See calendar of events on page 7 for additional activities for the class of 1974.

Tickets for the Gala XXX “Forever Morgan” can be purchased from Angela Gaither-Scott. She can be reached by phone at (410) 382-1704 or by e-mail at We have also arranged for the Class of ’74 tables to be placed together. To visit members of our class via social media, join us on Facebook at “Morgan State University Class of 1974.”

Legacy Meet Returned in April

The 11th Annual Morgan State University Legacy Track and Field Meet brought nearly 40 men’s and women’s events to Hughes Stadium on April 18–19, 2014. Contributions to the event benefited the MSU Athletic Department.

Lee Hull Named MSU Head Football Coach Morgan has a new head football coach. Lee Hull, former assistant coach at the University of Maryland,CollegePark, was introduced to the Morgan family on Jan. 9, 2014 by Morgan Athletics Director Floyd Kerr. Hull, 48, the 19th head football coach in Morgan history, brings an impressive resume to the job. The Vineland, N.J., native spent the past six seasons at Maryland as wide receivers coach. During his time there, he helped coach a number of players to NFL careers, among them, Torrey Smith of the Baltimore Ravens and Darrius Heyward-Bey of the Indianapolis Colts. He also built one of the most talented receiving corps in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013. Before coming to Maryland, he coached at Oregon State University and at his alma mater, the College of the Holy Cross, where he was a standout wide receiver and earned his bachelor’s degree in economics. Hull also has a master’s degree in secondary education from Worcester State University. After his graduation from Holy Cross, Hull gained experience as a professional player, in the Canadian Football League. “I want you to know that my No. 1 goal as head football coach is to help our student-athletes graduate from Morgan State University….” Hull says. “I want you

Aug. 30, 2014

at Eastern Michigan

Ypsilanti, Mich.

Sept. 6, 2014

at Holy Cross

Worcester, Mass.

Sept. 13, 2014

Bowie State

Hughes Stadium

Sept. 20, 2014


*The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, N.J.

Sept. 27, 2014

at Norfolk State

Norfolk, Va.

Oct. 4, 2014

at Florida A&M

Tallahassee, Fla.

Oct. 18, 2014

North Carolina Central Homecoming

Hughes Stadium

Oct. 25, 2014

at Villanova

Villanova, Pa.

Nov. 1, 2014

at Hampton

Hampton, Va.

Nov. 8, 2014

at North Carolina A&T

Greensboro, N.C.

Nov. 15, 2014

South Carolina State

Hughes Stadium

Nov. 22, 2014

Delaware State

Hughes Stadium

Home games are in boldface.

*Stay tuned for information on the Bus Trip to the Meadowlands football game on September 20, 2014.

to know that we want you to be involved with the program…. You have an open invitation to stop by the football offices and meet me and the coaching staff. I would love for you to talk to the team so that they can begin to understand and appreciate the history and traditions that many of you were a part of creating.” Hull and his wife, Stacey, have two sons, Alexander and Jordan, and one daughter, Laila.

Support the Adopt-A-Game Program

We are moving into the third season of the MSU National Alumni Association’s Adopt-A-Game Program. The goal and objective of the program remain the same, and that is to get our alumni chapters to come out and support MSU Athletics. We hope this will encourage other alumni to come out and support the athletic programs here at Morgan. For details about how your chapter can participate in this program, please contact the Rev. Dr. Charles D. Fletcher, Jr., ’70, First Vice President, MSUNAA Board of Directors, at or (302) 678-2862. Remember to wear your ORANGE and BLUE to all athletic events!

Alumni Giving Is on the Rise!

Morgan’s alumni participation rate has risen for the third consecutive year! We ended calendar year 2013 with an alumni giving rate of 16.52 percent, which is a 19 percent increase over 2012 and a 155 percent increase in the rate of alumni giving since 2010.


As an alumnus, your annual gifts are particularly valuable, because:

• Giving back to your alma mater says to the world, “I value the education I received at Morgan State University.” • Alumni giving helps provide scholarship support to ambitious students who desire an opportunity to flourish. • Corporations and foundations look at alumni giving to gauge the strength of the University and determine whether they’re going to support our efforts. Their sometimes unspoken question is, “If alumni don’t support Morgan, why should I?” • U.S. News & World Report looks at alumni giving as a key indicator in its college and university rankings. Parents and students, in turn, compare these rankings when making enrollment decisions.

One gift, every year, in any amount, strengthens Morgan’s ability to attract institutional dollars, experienced faculty and outstanding students.

Go Bears!

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Deceased MSU Alumni, Faculty, Staff & Students. “Gone But Not Forgotten” Donald E. Angeletti, ’75 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7/30/2013 Margaret T. Barton, ’57 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6/11/2013 Barbara Baden Bentley, ’50 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1/6/2014 Letitia R. Batey, ’76 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9/1/2013 Vestah W. Blye, ’39 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10/30/2013 Hazel Brandon-Palmore, ’68 . . . . . . . . . . . . .8/20/2013 Evelyn Lorraine Brodie, ’65 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1/15/2013 Virgil J. Brooks (Former Staff ) . . . . . . . . . . .12/24/2013 Anthony Brown, ’87 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3/6/2013 Edward Buckson, ’60 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9/18/2013 Yvonne C. Butler, ’78 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2/22/2014 Eric Leewood Byrd, ’72 (Former Staff ) . . . .1/19/2014 Mary E. Carmichael, ’56 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10/2/2013 Krystal M. Charles, ’88 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11/3/2013 Eleanor Brown Colvin, ’43 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9/13/2012 John Conquest, ’64 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7/12/2013 Walter J. Cottman, ’65 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8/10/2013 Clifton J. Cox, ’93 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12/14/2013 David Davis, ’55 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11/30/13 Dr. Thomas H. DeLaine (Former Faculty) . .2/24/2014 Jack Dennis,’76 (Former Staff ) . . . . . . . . . . .12/7/2013 Russell E. Doehrer, Sr., ’76 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8/7/2013 Linda Doyle, ’76 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7/31/2013 Mary Bruce Earle (Former Faculty) . . . . . . .8/18/2013


Minetta Gaylor Eaton, ’36 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12/21/2013 John A. Edmonds, ’52 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7/1/2013 Yvonne J. Edwards, ’59 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2/10/2014 Norma Brown Ford, ’63 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2/2014* Dr. Mary A. Franklin (Former Faculty) . . . . .7/22/2013 Erta Willford Franks, ’72 (Former Faculty) . .12/10/2013 Pearl Celeste Thompson Furey, ’52 . . . . . . .11/19/2013 Martin A. Goins (Former Faculty) . . . . . . . . .9/15/2013 Louise Gregg (Former Staff ) . . . . . . . . . . . .3/2/2011 Philip Ray Hall, ’57 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11/3/2013 Verner Henry, ’35 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8/28/2013 Henry L. Higgs, ’77 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8/15/2013 Barbara Fleming Hill, ’64 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4/25/2013 Doris P. Holtsclaw-Shuford, ’48 . . . . . . . . . . .12/17/12 Brenda Howell, ’65 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9/23/2012 George B. Jefferson, Jr., ’54 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2/18/2013 Aaron A. Johnson, ’62 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2/14/2014 Barbara A. Johnson, ’75 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12/7/2013 Darius H. Keene, Jr., ’53 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1/21/2014 Ruby Patterson Kirton, ’48 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9/22/2013 Janis M. Leftridge, ’69 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6/8/2013 Kenneth L. Lewis, ’72 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7/27/2013 Beverly Rae Lipscomb, ’66 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1/8/2014 Joan M. Martin, ’84 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8/16/2013

Herschel McDowell, ’57 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1/19/2014 Dr. Joshua R. Mitchell, III, ’51 . . . . . . . . . . . .9/10/2013 Jacqueline Wilson Muldrow, ’85 . . . . . . . . . .3/21/2013 Lt. Arthur T. Mumford (Former Staff ) . . . . .11/2013* Regina C. Robinson, ’81 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4/7/2013 Barbara Haskins Royster, ’64 . . . . . . . . . . . . .11/25/2013 Sylvia M. Sartor, ’64 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12/13/2013 Timothy D. Sturdivant, ’84 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10/10/2011 Fran V. Tartar, ’69 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3/5/2013 Delores Bowers Thomas, ’61 . . . . . . . . . . . .4/16/2013 Maxine R. Thompson (Former Staff ) . . . . . .9/2013* Carole E. Johnson Todd, ’64 . . . . . . . . . . . . .11/24/2013 Steve Weddington, ’94 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11/19/2008 June Welcome-Canty, ’72 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11/24/2012 Dr. Robert White, ’63 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1/23/2014 Kendall E. Whitfield, ’76 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2/16/2014 Acie L. Williams, Jr., ’13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12/7/2013 Jerome C. Williams, ’66 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12/19/2012 John M. Williams, ’50 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12/17/13 Dr. Pamela Joyce Williams, ’62 . . . . . . . . . . .1/31/2014 Leah Catherine Hill Wright, ’56 . . . . . . . . . . .1/29/2014 George L. Yik (Former Staff ) . . . . . . . . . . . .6/10/2013 Hubert M. Zachary, ’66 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7/1/2013 * Date Not Known

MSU ALUMNI CALENDAR Alumni Events, Spring/Summer/Fall 2014

April 26 Columbia/Howard County Alumni Chapter 27th Annual Fundraising Event, The Spring Fling, Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia, MD 21044, 8 p.m.–12 a.m., $30. For more information, please contact Clarence Jeffers, III at (410) 963-7092 or Dr. Iantha Tucker at (410) 730-5325. May 1

New York Metropolitan Alumni Chapter, evening of wine tasting, poetry reading, auctions and raffles, The Madelyn, 82 West 3rd St., New York, NY, 10022, 5:30 p.m.–10 p.m. For more information, please contact Chapter President Roger Rojas at (347) 623-4223 or Free admission.

May 4

Annapolis/Anne Arundel County Alumni Chapter, First Annual Mother’s Day Jazz & Cocktail Sip Scholarship Fundraiser, Mt. Olive Community Life Center, Annapolis, MD 21401, 2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m., $25. For more information, please contact Sandra or Mike Stump at (410) 626-0111 or

May 16

Alumni Day, University Student Center •Welcome Back” Reception, 2nd Floor Lobby, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon. •74th Annual Alumni Awards and Class Reunion Luncheon, celebrating classes ending in “4” and “9,” Calvin and Tina Tyler Ballroom, 12:00 noon. Price: $55.

May 16

Class of 1964 Welcome-Back Happy Hour, Inn at the Colonnade, 4 W. University Pkwy., Baltimore, MD 21218, 5 p.m.

May 17

Morgan State University 138th Commencement, Hughes Stadium, 10:00 a.m.

May 17

Class of 1964 Afternoon of Fellowship, Inn at the Colonnade, 4 W. University Pkwy., Baltimore, MD 21218, 1:00 p.m. Fun and food immediately after Commencement.

May 18 Class of 1964, Worship and Memorial Service and Reception, University Memorial Chapel, 11:00 a.m.. The Class of 1964 will join the Morgan community to honor and remember deceased class members and to fellowship during the reception. June (TBD)

New Jersey Alumni Chapter, All Class Reunion Picnic, at the home of Donald Johnson. For more information, please contact Chapter President, Joan BrunnerTimmons at (786) 897-8765.

June 21 Baltimore County Alumni Chapter, Annual Scholarship Dance, Pikesville Community Hall, 40 East Sudbrook Ln., Pikesville, Md., 8 p.m.–1 a.m. Includes line dancing and hand dancing lessons. For more information, please contact Mike Carrington at (443) 253-8745 or Michael Bishop at (410) 262-4086 or (410) 922-1493. Price: $25. June 21 MSUNAA Board of Directors Meeting, Alumni House, 12 noon. June 25 Class of 1950, Annual Crab Feast and Shopping Trip, held on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Grasonville, Md., and Queenstown Outlets, $65. For more information, please contact Helena J. Johnson at (410) 945-5506. Aug. 3

Washington D.C. Alumni Chapter, 31st Annual Scholarship Crab Feast, Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood Rd., Baltimore, Md., 2 p.m.–6 p.m. All you can eat steamed crabs, and hot and cold buffet. $60 per person. Advance sales only. To contact the organizers, visit

Aug. 30 Public Health Alumni Chapter, Inaugural Scholarship Benefit. Morgan State University, University Student Center, Calvin and Tina Tyler Ballroom. An evening of elegant jazz, dinner, auction and cash bar. General admission: $125, taxdeductible donation (limited number of tickets sold at $100); VIP Table (seats 10): $1,000, tax-deductible donation. For more information, please contact Public Health Alumni Chapter at This is a black-tie affair. Sept. 13 Southern Maryland Alumni Chapter, 9th Annual Blue and Orange Dinner Dance, Semiformal, Jaycees Community Center, Waldorf, MD 20601, 7 p.m.–11 p.m., $55. For more information, please contact Denise Chapman Barnes at (301) 502-6479 or

Sept. 17 Cut-off Date for Discounted Homecoming Host Hotel Room Rates for Morgan Alumni and Friends, 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Reservations for the Sheraton Baltimore North in Towson, Md., can be made by calling (410) 321-7400 or 1 (888) 627-7147. Sept. 27 Class Agents Meeting, Alumni House, 10 a.m. Sept. 27 MSUNAA Board of Directors Meeting, 12 noon Nov. 2

Columbia/Howard County Alumni Chapter, Annual Scholarship Dinner Show Fundraiser, “Memphis,” Toby’s Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Way, Columbia, MD 21044. Doors open at 5 p.m. Buffet opens at 5:25 p.m. and closes at 6:30 p.m. Show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: $55. For tickets or additional information, please call (410) 730-5325.

Homecoming Oct.16

And Again!!! Congratulations! To the Morgan Cheer Bears, Winners of the MEAC Cheerleading Competition for the FOURTH Consecutive Year!

Class of 1974 Pre-Homecoming Happy Hour, Marriott Towson, 10 Burke Ave., Towson, MD 21204, 6 p.m.–11 p.m.

Oct. 17 Annual Homecoming Business Meeting, University Student Center Theatre, 12 noon. Repast immediately following the meeting in the Ballroom. Homecoming Gala, Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood Rd., Baltimore, MD 21244. Pre-Gala Reception: 7 p.m., Gala: 8 p.m. Oct. 18 Life Members Reception, University Student Center, Ballroom B, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Admission is free with a Life Membership Gold Card. Homecoming Game, MSU Bears vs. N.C. Central Eagles, Hughes Stadium, 1 p.m. Morgan Memories Party, Calling All Morganites!!! Have your class, sorority or fraternity reunion, departmental party or gathering for family and friends at this event. Special anniversary requests and announcements and table reservations are accepted. University Student Center, Calvin and Tina Tyler Ballroom, 10 p.m.–4 a.m., $35. For more information, please contact the University Student Center at (443) 885-3120. Class of 1966, Annual Homecoming Brunch, University Student Center, Calvin and Tina Tyler Ballroom A–F, 9 a.m.���1 p.m. For more information, please contact Beverly Booth at (410) 358-8445. Class of 1969, Annual Homecoming Brunch Celebration, University Student Center, Room 212, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., $25. For more information, please contact Nellie Maskal at or (301) 445-1433. Class of 1974 Brunch, Celebrating 40 years, University Student Center, 9 a.m.–12 noon. For more information, please contact Angela Gaither-Scott at (410) 382-1704. Public Health Alumni Chapter Homecoming Brunch, University Student Center, Room 316, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Society for Advancement of Computer Sciences Annual Alumni Brunch, University Student Center, Rooms 204 and 208, 1 p.m.–6 p.m. School of Education and Urban Studies Annual Homecoming Brunch, University Student Center, Room 210B, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. School of Global Journalism and Communication Annual Alumni Homecoming Brunch, University Student Center, Calvin and Tina Tyler Ballroom C, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. MSU Fraternity and Sorority Members Who Pledged in 1974, 40th Anniversary Boat Ride, aboard the Baltimore Spirit Cruise Line, Homecoming night. Boarding starts at 10:30 p.m. at Baltimore Inner Harbor Light Street; sail from 11 p.m.–2 a.m. Tickets are $60 per person before July 1, 2014 and are only available online by credit card through Eventbrite. Dinner buffet, dancing (DJ) and a cash bar. Parking available for $6 at Royal Sonesta Harbor Court, 30 East Light Street. For more information, please contact Maureen Dodson at, or go to the “Fraternities/Sororities 1974 Reunion” Facebook page. Oct. 19 Annual Homecoming Candlelight Memorial Service, University Memorial Chapel, 11 a.m. Honoring recently deceased alumni, faculty, staff and students. For more information, please contact the Alumni Relations Office at (443) 885-3015.


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April 25–26Morgan State University Modern Dance Ensemble Annual Concert Dr. Glendora Mills, Director; 8 p.m. Tickets: $5.

April 27

May 10

May 24 June 7

Morgan State University Symphonic Band Concert Melvin N. Miles, Jr., Conductor, 6 p.m. Tickets: $5.

Morgan State University Jazz Ensemble Concert Melvin N. Miles, Jr., Conductor, 7 p.m. Tickets: $5.

Dance Theatre of Harlem, 7 p.m. Tickets $25, first balcony only.

National Great Blacks in Wax Museum Unveiling Ceremony, “Uplifted by Faith,” 1 p.m., Ticket Prices: TBD. Schedule is subject to change.



Philadelphia Alumni Chapter Concert When: Sunday, April 27, 4–6 p.m. Where: Bethlehem Baptist Church, in Penllyn, Pa. Tickets: $30 for limited VIP seating, $25 for general admission. For more information, please contact John Griswold at (215) 927-4733.

Annual Spring Concert When: Sunday, May 4, 4–6 p.m. Where: Gilliam Concert Hall, Murphy Fine Arts Center

Performance for U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica Pamela E. Bridgewater When: Thursday, May 15, 6–7 p.m. Where: The James E. Lewis Museum of Art Tour of the Middle East When: May 18–30, 2014

Tour of Montenegro When: June 25–July 6, 2014

“Star-Spangled Spectacular” National TV Event on MPT When: Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, 4 p.m.–10 p.m. Where: Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Md. Concert at James Madison When: Sept. 23–25, 2014, 7 p.m. Where: James Madison University, 800 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22807, (540) 568-6211 New Shiloh Concert When: Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, 6–8 p.m. Where: New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Monroe St., Baltimore, Md.

Annual Christmas Concert When: Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, 4–6 p.m. Where: Gilliam Concert Hall, Murphy Fine Arts Center


Alumni News Spring 2014 Issue