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Presidential Perspective —Dr. Earl S. Richardson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Morgan on the Move —Bernard L. Jennings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Senator Clarence W. Blount —Educator, Soldier,


Statesman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

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Remembering —Dr. Winfred O. Bryson Jr. . . . . 5

Art Director David E. Ricardo Photographer (cover) P. A. Greene


Cheerleaders —Capture MEAC Championship . 6

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New York Giants Draft —MSU Tight End . . . .9

Editorial Staff Editor Jannette J. Witmyer Contributing Writers Connie Harold Leonard Haynes IV

Korean War —Veterans Honored . . . . . . . . . .10

10 New Horizons —The Campaign for Morgan . .14

Morgan Magazine is published by the Office of University Advancement of Morgan State University for alumni, parents, faculty, students and prospective students.

Donor Profiles —Absolut Spirits Company, Dr. Carolyn Atkins and Dr. Leslie Holcombe . . .16

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MORGAN On the Move

Dear Friends and Supporters of Morgan: Morgan State University is indeed on the move, as reflected by the abundance of dynamic activity taking place on campus. We have shown that the university is alive, well and in touch with the times through the progress of our Capitol Projects, Political and Military Involvement, Capitol Campaign advancements, presence as a Cultural Venue, accomplishments in Athletics, Academic Growth and involvement in Baltimore's Economic Growth and Development. Capital Projects Walking across Morgan's campus, the signs of progress are clearly visible in the university's changing landscape. There are plans for growth, and over the next two to three years, Morgan will complete construction of a new communications building, library, student center, science building and Morgan View, a residential development of student apartments. Military Involvement Many of our students and graduates have been involved in the recent military conflicts in The Middle East and Iraq, and that is to be expected. With a reputation for excellence in our ROTC and military science programs, Morgan has produced 10 U.S. Army generals, second only to West Point.



Capital Campaign Last year, we kicked off our first-ever capital campaign. Today, because of your generosity, we have achieved 86 percent of our $25 million goal within the first year. Cultural Venue Since opening its doors last year, the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center's Gilliam Concert Hall has set its stage for the sold-out productions of plays, concerts, lectures and debates. From the extremely popular play, "Madea's Class Reunion," to the much-anticipated Cornel West lecture, the caliber of events held at Morgan has rivaled that of the area's major concert halls and like venues. Athletics Members of our Morgan Bears Football Team and Lady Bears Cheerleaders have also strutted their stuff. The 2002 MSU Bears gave us our first winning season in more than two decades, and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe was selected by the New York Giants in the NFL Draft. The Lady Bears successfully defended their fifth consecutive title in the Ninth Annual Mideastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Cheerleading Championships. Based on their all-around performances, two of our cheerleaders, Natasha Brown and NaShanta Ellerbe, were chosen for the MEAC All-Star Team.


Academic Growth We have grown as a Ph.D. granting institution, with many of our programs offering studies in areas where minorities are under-represented. Baltimore's Economic Growth and Development With plans underway for a new biotech park, centered around east Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital, we are actively engaged in determining what Morgan's role will be and how we will engage our intellectual assets. Members of our administration and faculty are active participants in the planning phases, and we are poised to take on the enterprise with the city, Hopkins and other stakeholders. On campus, there is excitement in the air, and we want our alumni to share that excitement. Get engaged in the life of the university in as many ways as you can. Of course, we want your financial support. But we also want to know where you are and what you're doing. Visit us. Come to the campus, see it, attend events and breathe in its energy. Be a part of the life of Morgan on the Move. Sincerely,

Bernard L. Jennings, Vice President University Advancement

Senator Clarence W. Blount:

Educator, Soldier, Statesman – (1921–2003)

He became a legend in his own time. The son of a North Carolina sharecropper, the late Senator Clarence W. Blount applied an unyielding determination and tireless work ethic to his life's challenges and became Maryland's first African American Senate majority leader. His contributions to Morgan were so significant that he will be declared the university's 2003 Alumnus of the Year, posthumously. Senator Blount was 81 years old at the time of his death in April 2003.

—Senator Clarence W. Blount Portrait by Simmie Knox

“His character was such that he would not want to be honored for the wonderful things he accomplished in his life, but for the lives he may have been able to touch and change through scholarships he provided to deserving young people to attend college.” —President Earl S. Richardson by Ferdinand Mehlinger

Morgan State University President Earl S. Richardson said of Senator Blount, "His character was such that he would not want to be honored for the wonderful things he accomplished in his life, but for the lives he may have been able to touch and change through scholarships he provided to deserving young people to attend college."

African American students received 1.5 million scholarships under Senator Blount's watch. As a Morgan alumnus, he became one of the university's strongest proponents for continuous growth and development. Senator Blount was successful in securing 19 bond bills for African American churches and creating day care projects and extended programs for the elderly and Head Start.

Blount entered the Baltimore school system at the age of 10. Despite the obstacles created by his limited education and interruptions caused by war and family obligations, he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Morgan State College and a law degree from The Johns Hopkins University.

Memorial Services for Senator Blount were held at the Gilliam Concert Hall of the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University. "Blount Towers may have his name, but all of modern day Morgan is a monument of his life work," said President Earl S. Richardson at Blount's memorial service, "He loved his alma mater. His love for Morgan State was unconditional."

Blount dedicated 24 years of his life to working in the Baltimore City

Senator Blount was laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Blount Residential Towers Named after the late Maryland State Senator Clarence W. Blount, the facility is located on the south campus and provides Morgan students with modern campus housing arrangements. Blount Towers was completed in 1991 and houses 600 students.


Public Schools, where he rose from teacher, to department head and eventually principal of Dunbar High School. He later turned his attention to politics, entered the Senate in 1971 and became majority leader in l983, going on to become the first African American chairman of a Senate committee, the Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee in 1987.


“He Took Us to a Higher Level.” —Dr. Mildred Glover, Assistant Dean, School of Business & Management, Morgan State University

Dr. Winfred O. Bryson, the "Father of Black Banking," overcame racial barriers to financial equity.

Dr. Wilfred O. Bryson Jr. will be remembered as a key architect in raising the bar of Morgan State University's School of Business. As chairman of Morgan's department of economics and business from 1947 to 1969, and 1971 to 1972, Dr. Bryson influenced an entire generation of business graduates, including Earl G. Graves Sr., founder and publisher of Black Enterprise Magazine and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Earl G. Graves, Ltd. Among one of Dr. Bryson's many achievements was the founding of a major financial institution that began in a West North Avenue row house as Advance Federal Savings and Loan Association (AFSL) and grew to become a mainstream financial underwriter for African American businesses and churches, Advance Financial Savings Bank. Dr. Bryson established AFSL as a remedy for Black churches and homeowners who were financially marginalized by most lending institutions in Baltimore. Advance, starting from its humble beginnings on North Avenue, met the needs of African American churches and businesses that were shut out from mainstream financial institutions.

He also tackled the racial disparities perpetuated by life insurance companies against people of color. Dr. Bryson, through his research and appearance as an expert witness before a federal investigative committee, helped remove financial inequities in the life insurance industry after proving that large insurance companies would not write the same kinds of policies in the African American communities that they did in white communities.Born in Chattanooga, Tenn., Dr. Bryson earned a bachelor's degree from Morehouse College, a master’s degree from Atlanta University and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, and he wrote and published numerous scholarly articles. He served on the boards of the Afro American Newspaper Company, North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company and Maryland Savings and Loan Service Corporation and in a host of other positions. Dr. Bryson was 87 at the time of his passing in Baltimore, Maryland. The passing of his wife, the former Prima Lee Woodall, a former director of business education at Morgan, occurred in the previous year. 

After a distinguished, 47-year career as a professor and chair of the economics department at Morgan State University, Dr. Bryson retired in 1984.


Dr. Winfred O. Bryson Jr. (1916–2003)

by Ferdinand Mehlinger SPRING





MSU Cheerleaders


Capture MEAC Championship by Leonard Haynes IV and Jannette J. Witmyer

Cheerleading has come a long way since the rah! rah! rah! days of the past, and Morgan State University's (MSU’s) very own Lady Bears are paving the way for other historically Black institutions to take the national spotlight. On Saturday, March 15, 2003, the MSU Cheerleaders made history as they successfully defended their fifth consecutive title in the Ninth Annual Mideastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Cheerleading Championships, held at the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond, Virginia.

The MSU squad took first place in the All-Girl Cheer Division and finished as MEAC's Grand Champions. Seven cheer squads participated in the competition that required the performance of a combination of stunting, dancing and gymnastics. Squad members Natasha Brown and NaShanta Ellerbe, from Clinton and Randallstown, Md., respectively, were selected to the MEAC All-Star Team for their all-around performances.

Members of the Morgan State University Lady Bears Cheerleading Squad Seniors: Lauren Johnson - Captain Meisha Casey - Captain Danielle Chandler - Captain Erika Jackson Karissa Jones Natasha Brown Ebony Jackson Juniors: Danielle Scott Taneesha Matthews NaShanta Ellerbe

“Being a cheerleader means that you have to be physically fit and ready to perform with consistency. Our cheerleaders add to the whole idea of competition, sportsmanship, and they bolster the image of the university.” —Kimberly Ross-Watkins, Assistant Coach




Sophomores: Laurie Smith Eboni Queen Cara Marbury Tiffany Banks Alana Bates Freshmen: Dawn Hedgepeth LaTrisha Perkins Krista Weaver Janesia Simmons Tamica Tanksley Rochelle Logan Brooke Price

Coach Theresa Gibson stated, "This is our third, first-place finish this year, and we have one more competition coming up later this month. We've asked a lot of our ladies to step up their performances this year, and they've really come through for us. As a coach, this win really meant a lot to us as a team. It really showed our young ladies that hard work really does pay off. We're very proud to bring the MEAC championship back to Morgan State, and I'm glad we have continued to set the bar for our other historically Black colleges and universities." The Lady Bears have been displaying their talents and skills throughout the season and have dominated the competitions in which they have participated. Earlier this year, they traveled to Temple University and captured the Cheer Tech Northeast Regional Championship in the All-Girl Division. They followed that winning performance by dominating the All-Girl Division in the American Cheer Express Harbor Classic at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and walked away with that title, also. "Our goal heading into the MEAC Championship was to be more aggressive in our stunting," said Assistant Coach Kimberly RossWatkins. "We worked on our formations, spacing and transitions, and it really paid off." "Many people look at cheerleading as just jumping around and yelling for our team, but it's much more. It takes a lot of hard work, time and dedication to reach the level that we have achieved at Morgan State," said Sports Information Director Leonard Haynes. "These ladies are raising the bar for cheerleaders throughout the nation." "Being a cheerleader is not an easy thing to do," suggests RossWatkins. "Being a cheerleader means that you have to be physically fit and ready to perform with consistency. Our cheerleaders add to the whole idea of competition, sportsmanship, and they bolster the image of the university." 

Natasha Brown and NaShanta Ellerbe Named to All-star Team! MORGAN MAGAZINE


New York Giants Draft

MSU Tight End

by Leonard Haynes IV

On Saturday, April 26, 2003, the New York Giants chose Morgan State University tight end Visanthe Shiancoe as their third pick in the NFL Draft. Shiancoe was the 91st selection in the third round. Although he had been targeted by NFL scouts for selection on Day Two of the draft, Shiancoe's stock rose soon after his impressive performance at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. His caliber of play made it too difficult to resist selecting a player his size with 4.6-forty speed. "Shiancoe proves the point that hard work, discipline and character pay off," said MSU head coach Donald Hill-Eley. "This is one great step for him and one giant step for the program." Shiancoe will likely be developed to complement last year's top pick by the Giants, Jeremy Shockey, one of the NFL's premier tight ends. While working with Shiancoe, Giants head coach Jim Fassel will discover that he has, in this 6 foot 4 inch, 250 pounder, a player with speed, great hands and a tremendous upside. Along with a record that includes 26 receptions for 502 yards from last season at MSU, Shiancoe also carries a strong work ethic.

held it for 13 seasons. An excellent downfield blocker and classic pass protector, Rosey was selected All-NFL eight straight years, from 1956 to 1963. He played in nine Pro Bowls and was selected as the 1956 NFL Lineman of the Year. After his playing career, Brown continued his Giant affiliation as a coach before being appointed a scout in 1971. Rosey was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1975. "The Giants will be getting a future NFL ProBowler who will be coming to uphold the tradition set by NFL Hall-of-Famer Roosevelt Brown," said Hill. "Brown has been with the Giants for 50 years, and this situation will be similar to a passing of the torch." Shiancoe, a Silver Spring, Md. native, averaged 19.3 yards per catch and scored five touchdowns as a senior for the Bears. He helped lead MSU to a 7-5 record last year, the school's first winning season in 23 years. He was named First Team All-Conference and also earned Black College All-American honors. Through the years, the Bears have had a number of players move into professional football and gain the kind of prominence that led to their induction in the Football Hall of Fame. Len Ford, '45, Leroy Kelly, '64, and Willie Lanier, '67, were enshrined in 1976, 1994 and 1986, respectively.

“The Giants will be getting a future NFL Pro-Bowler who will be coming to uphold the tradition set by NFL Hall-of-Famer Roosevelt Brown…”

The young player joins the Giants, following in the footsteps of Roosevelt Brown, '52, one of Morgan's first-ever Small College All-Americans in 1952. Brown, known as "Rosey," joined the New York Giants in 1953 and has been a member of the organization ever since. He joined the team as a 27th round draft choice and was regarded as one of the greatest "sleeper picks" of all time. He won a starting offensive tackle position during his initial season with the Giants and



Prior to Shiancoe, the last MSU player selected in the NFL draft was Mike Holston, drafted in 1981 by the Houston Oilers as a wide receiver. Holston was the Oilers' first pick in the second round. Leonard Haynes IV is Morgan State University's Sports Information Director. 


—Visanthe Shiancoe

Franklin R. Robinson (retired) 24th Infantry Regiment, Decorated Combat Medic and Sergeant First Class Laurence D. Hogan (retired)

Corrine H. Alpert, U.S. Navy (retired), Brooklyn, New York and Ms. Edna Gibbs, U.S. Navy (retired) Tulsa, Okla.

Captain Lee Sykes, (retired) 503 Field Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division, was held prisoner of war for 32 months and 10 days during the Korean War.

Commander Robert William McCoy, Life Member Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Purple Heart: Chapter 222 Andrews AFB, Md.



Morgan Hosts First Conference Honoring African American Korean War Veterans In April 2003, Morgan State University made history once again by hosting its first conference honoring African American men and women who served during the Korean War. Themed, “No Longer Forgotten: African Americans in the Korean War, 1950-1953,” the fourday event drew more than 300 veterans, scholars, authors and decorated heroes from across the country to MSU's campus in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Korean War. The conference, sponsored by the Morgan State University Department of History and Geography, the James E. Lewis Museum of Art and more than 50 other contributors, focused on the role and unique contributions of African Americans who served in the United

Photo courtesy of Technical Sgt. Gerald Eldridge, U.S.A.F. (retired)

by Ferdinand Mehlinger

States Armed Forces in Korea. Scholars, veterans, researchers and special guests paid tribute to the nation's African American veterans through panel sessions, interpretive tours of historic sites, exhibits, historical dramatization and a special U.S. Department of Defense awards ceremony. General Larry R. Ellis, Commanding General, U.S. Armed Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Ga. was keynote speaker at the ending ceremonies. General Ellis, a native of Maryland, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Morgan College in 1969. General Ellis is the fourth African American to attain the rank of Four-Star General in the U.S. Army.

Morgan graduate General Larry R. Ellis, Commanding General, U.S. Armed Forces Command, Fort McPherson, GA, was the keynote speaker for the closing ceremonies.



Members of the Han Pan Korean Cultural Center, Baltimore, Md., performed a traditional Korean Pungmel folk drumming during the conference's opening ceremonies at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art. —Korean War Veterans Conference photos by Ferdinand Mehlinger SPRING



(Left) Master Sergeant Raymond V. Haysbert (retired), USAF, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, with Major Robert E. Greene (retired), U.S. Army, biologist, teacher, inventor and author of 25 books. Greene served in Korea in 1955 and 1971. He is the former Director, U.S. Army Race Relations School, Germany.

Rear Admiral Lillian E. Fishburne (retired), U.S. Navy poses next to her portrait on display at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art. Fishburne was a conference keynote speaker.

Corporal James McEachin (retired), U.S. Army, actor and author, autographs his book, "Farewell to the Mockingbirds," for two Morgan students attending the conference. McEachin, a Purple Heart veteran of the Korean War, is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is well known for his film roles and performances on television shows such as "Perry Mason," "Matlock," "The Rockford Files" and "Columbo." He was one of the first Black actors to have his own TV series, "Tenafly."

The Cost in Lives—Through the three-year course of the Korean War, almost 37,000 Americans lost their lives, another 100,000 were wounded, over 8,000 went missing and were never found, and 6,877 were taken as prisoners of war. African American casualties were especially heavy, totaling over 5,000.



Dr. Charles Johnson Jr., associate professor and conference chairperson, MSU, being interviewed by Hun-Jeong Song, staff writer for the Korean Daily newspaper, Washington, D.C.. Dr. Johnson served in Korea as Captain in command of the 545th Military Police Company, 1st Calvary Division, and the 2nd and 7th Infantry Divisions. He retired from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel.

(Left to right) Corporal James McEachin (retired), U.S. Army, author and actor, with Philix Chung, Korean Liaison for the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods, and The Honorable Clarence Davis (retired), U.S. Army, professor, departments of history and geography, MSU.

Constance A. Burns, Curator - Military History, U.S. Army Center of Military History, Fort McNair, Washington D.C., holds a painting honoring Korean veterans that was presented at the conference. Ms. Burns served as co-chairperson, planner and publicity director for the conference.

During his interview, Dr. Johnson said, "This conference would not have been possible without the support of Delegate Clarence ‘Tiger’ Davis, Mr. Peter Angelos, CareFirst, BlueCross, BlueShield and Diageo of North America. We are very grateful to all of our sponsors for making this a very successful event."

A Soldier’s Play As a part of the Korean War commemorative event, the Morgan State University Department of Fine Arts performed a special presentation of "A Soldier's Play" in the Turpin-Lamb Theatre of the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center. Charles Fuller's 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a riveting story, set in a segregated backwater U.S. Army camp in Louisiana, 1944.

Corlis Hayes, Ph.D., Theatre Coordinator for the Department of Fine Arts, Morgan State University, directed the production of A Soldier’s Play at the Turpin-Lamb Theatre on Morgan’s campus. Dr. Hayes was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Theatre Alliance. SPRING



Aaron Androh (foreground) plays Private James Wilke and Daniel Carter plays Sergeant Vernon Waters, in a scene where Private Wilke recalls being the perfect soldier.


New Horizons: Campaign Steering Committee Mr. James H. Gilliam, Jr. and Dr. Linda G. J. Gilliam, Campaign Co-Chairs

Dr. Clara I. Adams Ms. Shirley Marcus Allen LTC (R) Joseph C. Bozeman Mr. Frank B. Coakley Mr. Paige Davis Mr. Bert Hash Mrs. Marsha Holmes Mr. Willie Lanier Mrs. Monica McKinney Lupton Mr. Joe McIver Dr. Cecil Payton Mr. Martin Resnick Mr. William Roberts Ms. Roslyn Smith Mr. Floyd E. Taliaferro Mr. Stanley Tucker Mr. Calvin Tyler Jr. Mr. James P. Wilson, Esq. General (R) Johnnie E. Wilson

Morgan State University Board of Regents

Mr. Dallas R. Evans, Chairman The Honorable Francis X. Kelly, Vice Chairman Ms. Shirley Marcus Allen, Secretary The Honorable Elijah E. Cummings Rev. Frances M. Draper Mr. Frank Edmonds Dr. Charles W. Griffin Mr. Neal M. Janey Dr. Shirley Malcom The Honorable Kweisi Mfume Mr. Martin R. Resnick Mr. William Roberts Rabbi Murray Saltzman Ms. Ashika Severin, Student Regent General (R) Johnnie E. Wilson


Scholarships and Need-Based Financial Aid

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Unrestricted Endowment

$ 8 million

Athletic Programs

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Alumni House

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What a Will Can Do for You There are at least seven things a well-crafted will can do for you. 1. A will can let you close the books on your earthly stewardship responsibilities. You've made careful decisions to conserve your estate during life and you naturally want to do the same at death. Through your will, you can wrap up your affairs and "put your house in order." 2. A will can help you express your love and thoughtfulness to others. When a person dies without a will, those who are left behind must sort out the estate and make difficult decisions. Uncertainties arise. Disagreements develop. The grieving process is compounded by frustration. What a difference when the bereaved are left with funeral instructions, an inventory list and a well-crafted will! 3. A will can remind your loved ones of your basic beliefs and commitments. The preamble can affirm not only your guiding principles but also your aspirations for those who are left behind. Your words can provide comfort and encouragement. The way you distribute your estate can also express your commitments. Will you care for your family in an honorable way? Will you affirm worthy charitable organizations? Your will can be an inspiration. 4. A will can ensure that your desires are fulfilled. If you have dependent children, you can designate who will care for them. You can specify the person who will handle the closing of your estate. You can select the trustee to oversee one or more trusts. You can time the distribution of gifts to children and grandchildren. You can designate the giving of specific items to family members and friends. You can make provisions to support charitable organizations. A will puts you in the driver's seat and allows you to make decisions according to your concerns and commitments. 5. A will can conserve your assets, ensuring that more is available to meet your objectives. In many states, a will not only reduces the administrative costs of probate, it can reduce, delay or even eliminate estate taxes. Wise stewardship means making sure your assets go as far as possible. 6. A will can let you ensure the pattern of your lifetime support of Morgan. As you know, we depend on the regular giving of our many friends. In effect, we can't afford for any of these faithful donors to stop giving. That's why it means so much to us when we learn of thoughtful stewards who use a will to fund an endowment that will provide perpetual income for our ongoing needs. 7. A will can provide peace of mind. You can relax in the knowledge that your temporal affairs are in order. You have cared for those persons and those concerns close to your heart. Your will can also bring a sense of peace and security to others. With all the benefits, one might expect that every person would have a will. But the opposite is true. Of the 1.5 million persons who die each year in the U.S., less than 50 percent have a will. And many of those wills are defective. 




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For most people, making a will is like preparing a tax return – they put it off as long as they can. You may recognize some of these excuses: "It's too expensive . . . I can't handle the decisions . . . My estate is too small . . . It will hasten my death . . . I don't have time . . . I don't know who to name as my executor or as a trustee or as the guardian for my children . . . I don't know where all my records are . . . I'll do it later."

It Keeps Giving and Giving and Giving The little figure in the commercial promoting long-lasting battery power reminds one of the enduring character of an endowment fund. Once established, it just keeps paying out money year after year after year. But unlike the battery that eventually runs down, the endowment fund lasts in perpetuity. And perpetuity is a long time.

We encourage you to call your attorney and make an appointment to have your will prepared or updated. Please do it today.

The permanence of an endowment is exactly what attracts some of our donors to this means of supporting Morgan. They like the idea that the principal of their gift will stay intact while the income, or at least a good part of it, will be used for a worthy cause. They realize that someday they will be gone and their outright annual gifts will no longer be available to help meet current needs. But through an endowment they can keep making their annual gifts.

For more information on other planned giving options or to notify us that you have included Morgan in your will, please call the Development Office, at 443-885-3040, or e-mail us at

Some endowment donors are attracted to the opportunity an endowment gives to memorialize a loved one or other respected person. They use this perpetual giving arrangement to bring honor and recognition.

Three Ways to . . . Make a Difference

Other thoughtful donors want to establish an endowment in their own name as a means of placing themselves on permanent record as persons who believe in and support a particular program or cause.

1. Create an endowment. You can do this now with cash or stock, or later with an estate gift. Your fund will make a lasting difference by producing income every year for the stated purpose.

An endowment can be created during life, or at death through a bequest or trust remainder. It can be restricted to specific needs or unrestricted for general use. You can create your own endowment or contribute to one that already exists.

2. Leave a bequest. Designate an amount or percentage of your estate for a specific purpose or for unrestricted use. Such gifts provide encouragement and always make a difference.

Endowments can be made at once with a single gift or established over time with repeated gifts. Endowments can originate from a single source or through the efforts and support of many persons.

3. Give "obsolete" insurance. You may no longer need the protection of a life insurance policy and can transfer ownership to the Morgan State University Foundation, Inc., thereby making a significant difference down the road and providing yourself with an income tax charitable deduction now.

Endowments are especially useful in drawing other family members into the giving arena. For example, grandparents who establish an endowment in the family's name are providing their children and grandchildren with a continuing tie with Morgan as well as a means for them to enjoy the satisfaction of seeing "their" annual endowment grant benefit a worthy cause.

For free, no-obligation materials on these and other ways you can make a difference at Morgan, call the Office of Development, at 443-885-3040, or visit our Web site at and click on the Ways to Give link. 

There are other good reasons for tapping into the endowment opportunities at Morgan. You owe it to yourself, and your family, to consider this charitable option. The MSU Foundation has developed sound policies for creating and managing our endowment funds. For this and any other information about creating an endowment call the Office of Development at, 443-885-3040, or email us at 

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The Absolut Spirit of Giving by Jannette J. Witmyer

—Absolut President and CEO Carl Horton, '67

When the Morgan State University Annual Golf Tournament got under way on May 12, 2003 at the Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center, it largely owed its success to a generous contribution made by The Absolut Spirits Company. In its 14th successful year, proceeds from the tournament support the Morgan State University Intercollegiate Athletics Scholarship fund. According to Joe McIver, MSU's assistant athletic director, "Absolut's support is making this tournament a success. We are well over our gross amount [of contributions] from previous years. Absolut's president and CEO, Carl Horton, '67, is pleased to be able to help but doesn't feel that the amount of the contribution is, using his word, "germane." "We made the contribution because we felt it was a worthwhile thing to do," says Horton. "The amount is not the issue, as far as I'm concerned." Horton, who graduated from Morgan with a degree in history, planned to attend Howard University's School of Law, but those plans were altered when he was drafted into the U.S. military during the summer of 1967. Once he fulfilled his military obligations, a married man with little time for three

—Lt. Governor Michael S. Steele plays MSU’s annual golf tournament



Major Gift Supports Success of MSU's Annual Golf Tournament years of law school and bar exams, Horton followed the suggestion of a friend, applied to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and went on to earn his MBA. He credits his experience at Morgan with providing a strong foundation and preparing him to "carry on and do a lot of other things." He says, "There was an emphasis on making sure that people who attended the school could read, write, speak, spell and count, the basics. [Morgan] made me believe in myself. That was the important piece." As Absolut's former vice president of marketing, Horton recognized that his product had a large multi-cultural following. Now, as founding president and CEO of the third largest distilled spirits brand in the U.S., selling approximately 4.6 million cases per year, he feels that it is important to reflect the interests of the various components of the company's consumer franchise. So, Absolut gives. Horton says that this is not Absolut's first contribution to Morgan and that he gives, individually, to his alma mater. He encourages others to give and says, "If donations continue to enable the school to produce the kind of productive individuals that it has in the past, then it's definitely worthy of the support of the alumni community." 

$10,000 Gift Fulfills Dream of Giving As Dr. Carolyn Vaughn Atkins, '51, wrote her check, donating $10,000 to Morgan State University, her head was full of Morgan memories. She remembered her father's friend, Dr. Robert L. Gill, a Morgan professor, telling them about the school. And, she remembered how badly she wanted to transfer from Fisk University to attend and how happy she was when her father agreed. She remembered how friendly everyone on campus was on her first day, unlike many of the students at her former school, not hesitating to exchange greetings. She also remembered meeting all of the members of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity on her first day and learning how to play pinochle before getting into her dormitory room. Dr. Atkins recalls, "Morgan was like a coming out for me. I was a very shy person."

The shy young woman made some good, lifelong friends while attending the school and never had to apologize for the education she received. That's why after two master's degrees (M.A. in counseling and guidance and M.S. in criminal justice administration), a Ph.D. (in public policy analysis and administration), 20 hours earned toward a second Ph.D. in psychology and her retirement after teaching for 18 years at Lincoln University, Dr. Atkins wrote a check for $10,000 to help support the financial needs of Morgan students.

—Dr. Carolyn Vaughn Atkins, ’51

"I always said that when I got a little money I would make a contribution to Morgan," she says. "My retirement made that possible."

the trip from Jefferson City, Mo. to MSU's campus to attend a scholarship luncheon for donors, where she met the recipients of her bequest.

Dr. Atkins wanted her contribution put to use immediately, and as a result, five students received $2,000 in scholarship money. In April 2003, Dr. Atkins made

"When I met those students," Dr. Atkins says, "I got a feeling that the world would be all right."

$10,000 for SCMNS Student Development Recently, Dr. Leslie Holcombe, '87, donated $10,000 to Morgan State University's School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences Student Development Program, a program designed to improve student advisement and increase retention, graduation and overall student success rates.

participate in New Horizons: The Campaign for Morgan State University by her former professor, Dr. Roosevelt Shaw.

Dr. Holcombe's donation will be used to hire undergraduate, peer mentors/tutors and to assist students with their studies and other aspects of their academic experience. The goal of these relationships is to contribute to and support the total education of students by creating a nurturing environment and providing the faculty with greater direction in advising and mentoring students.

Crediting the encouragement and help she received at Morgan with her success, Dr. Holcombe remembers the personal attention and investment of her teachers' time, energy and wisdom as a priceless experience.

—Dr. Lesile Holcombe, ’87

“We should always remember where we came from and give, regardless of the size of the gift.”

Dr. Holcombe earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry at Morgan and went on to become a doctor of chiropractic. Her facility, the Jefferson Spine Center in Alexandria, Va., is a chiropractic, holistic and natural health care practice. She was encouraged to

“Morgan is my heart,” said Dr. Holcombe.

"We should always remember where we came from and give, regardless of the size of the gift," said Dr. Holcombe. "Any amount will help some student, and it sets an example for future students to give back." Dr. Holcombe and Dr. Shaw want to see alumni give to the Student Development Program and various other departments so the school can provide more scholarships. 





The poster, "Convergence," depicts images from the three areas of the exhibit, a mask from the Dan people in Cote d'Ivorie, a painting by abstract painter Sam Gilliam entitled "Blanket of Fir," and a lithograph by Elizabeth Catlett entitled "Lovely Twice."

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Launching a Living Legacy in Art by Connie Harold and Jannette J. Witmyer On December 14, 2002, Morgan State University's (MSU) James E. Lewis Museum of Art thrust opened its doors and received an enthusiastic throng of guests, there to celebrate the museum's eagerly anticipated gala opening reception in the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center. Cosponsored by The Pierians, Inc., a national organization established by African American women in Baltimore devoted to the purpose of promoting and encouraging the study of fine arts, the event featured an inaugural exhibition as its highlight. "Convergence: The Vision of

James E. Lewis," unveiled 200 artworks from the museum's collection to a captivated audience of over 800 Morgan alumni, patrons and public officials. Proudly bearing the name of the late James E. Lewis (1923-1997), founding director and Henry O. Tanner Scholar Emeritus, the museum's collection represents his legacy in art, a result of 37 years of untiring devotion to creating a Baltimore institution of international prominence. Established in 1951, the James E. Lewis Museum of Art is celebrating its 52nd anniversary

Professor James E. Lewis (1923–1997)

“With this exhibit we feel we can reach people and teach African Americans the cultural heritage that was taken away from them when they were brought here.” —Gabriel S. Tenabe, Museum Director

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Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and Dr. Hilbert Stanley, Chairman, Morgan State University Foundation, Inc., admire Elizabeth Catlett’s sculpture "Pensive." SPRING


Patrons study the museum’s collection of black and white photographs on exhibit during the opening festivities.


at Morgan State University. The museum's name was officially changed in 1990 to honor its founder. Lewis, an internationally renowned sculptor, was also an archeologist and art historian. One of his works, a statue of Frederick Douglass, graces the entrance to MSU's Holmes Hall. "Convergence" features African American and European paintings, drawings, photography and prints in realistic and abstract styles along with traditional African and Oceanic arts. The exhibition represents some of the most compelling pieces in the museum's collection. Featuring significant works by African American artists and photographers like Romare Beardon, Elizabeth Catlett, William T. Williams and Gordon Parks, it traces the development of a broad visual aesthetic based on European and African cultural forms. Selecting and assembling works for the inaugural show from the over 4,000-piece collection required more than a year's work. Covering periods and styles from the 16th century to the present, guest curator A. M. Weaver sought to reflect the core of Lewis' multi-cultural vision.

James E. Lewis was commissioned by the Maryland Educational Association in 1953 to sculpt the eight-foot bronze statue of Frederick Douglass. Completed in 1956, the statue stands at the entrance of Holmes Hall, on Morgan’s campus.

"With this exhibit we feel we can reach people and teach African Americans the cultural heritage that was taken away from them when they were brought here," stated Museum Director, Gabriel S. Tenabe. Ceremonial Mask, Sepik Region, New Guinea (gift of Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Steinberg, 1997) Not much is known about the use of this mask except that it may bear relationship to ancestor worship.

Two intricately carved wooden doors adorn the entrance to the museum. Divided into three distinctive panels carved from the hard mahogany wood of the Iroko tree, they were created by Nigerian artist Lamidi Fakeye. A gift from The Pierians, Inc., in memory of founder Annette C. Johnson, the doors' carvings depict elements of the African Diaspora, ranging from "what we collect" Carved Doors, Lamidi Fakeye , 2002, Wood, to various aspects of religion 82" x 35" x 2", (gift of The Pierians, Inc. in memory of Annette C. Johnson, founder, and myths. Dec. 14, 2002)

James E. Lewis' support of established and emerging African American artists provided one of the few venues available to them to exhibit their work when many mainstream galleries and museums would not. For his students, Lewis' acquisition of important and diverse artwork provided a unique teaching tool, giving them a broad understanding of the creative streams of Western Art and an opportunity to develop their own unique work based on European and American traditions. From 1975 until 1986, the university offered a graduate program in museology, museum studies, but suspended it due to budget cuts and a lack of student interest. According to Mr. Tenabe, the university plans to revive the program next year, offering undergraduate and graduate students, as well



“Mt. Calvary I,” William H. Johnson, oil on canvas, 30 5/8” x 33” (Long term loan) William H. Johnson began his career in the 1920s in France. This widely acclaimed artist is best known for his work using flat surfaces, vibrant colors and simplified figures that would mark his mature style.

Year-Round Youth Art Institute students making art.

as individuals working in the field, the opportunity to participate in a degree or certificate program with a focus on preservation.

Four original posters were created to celebrate the Museum's opening, showcasing artwork from each of the different areas of the exhibit. The poster, "Convergence," depicts images from the three areas of the exhibit, a mask from the Dan people in Cote d'Ivorie, a painting by abstract painter Sam Gilliam entitled "Blanket of Fir," and a lithograph by Elizabeth Catlett entitled "Lovely Twice." The image of a mask from Zaire is featured in "20th Century Kuba Helmet Mask," another poster. "Archimage on Red," an abstract painting by Sidney Gross, and "Pensive," a bronze sculpture of a woman by Elizabeth Catlett, are depicted on the others. The *posters are available for sale through the museum. 

"The program will be open to every student, even those who are not art majors" says Tenabe. "Chemistry majors will be able to take art classes and then attend the University of Delaware to study restoration, bringing the art back to life." With the opening of "Convergence," the James E. Lewis Museum of Art takes an honored place in Baltimore's cultural landscape alongside the other venues of the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center, the Gilliam Concert Hall and Turpin-Lamb Theatre. Along with its cultural presence, the museum already enjoys a community presence by housing the YearRound Youth Art Institute, an opportunity for students to create art and become familiar with the various aspects of operating a museum, sponsored by the Baltimore City Public School System.

Additional information regarding the museum, inaugural exhibition posters and/or the art institute may be obtained by calling 443-885-3030. *(See posters on back-inside cover)

Bamileke Pot, Bamileke, Cameroon, clay, 21 3/8” x 22“ (gift of William B. Simmons, 2001) Among the Bamileke of the Cameroon region, pottery-making has a highly developed arts tradition. This terra cotta vessel with a decorative frieze representating frogs was probably used to store palm wine.

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MSU Faculty Exhibition: May 5 – May 31, ’03 Student Exhibition: May 5 – May 23, ’03 “Untitled,” ArtScape 2003: July 19 – Aug. 15, ’03 21

Morgan in the Political Spotlight

There has never been a time in Maryland history that Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) received more attention than during the election campaign of 2002. From candidates for governor, to those vying for seats in the State Senate and House of Delegates, the talk on the campaign trail increasingly turned to Maryland’s Black colleges.

HBCUs Take Center Court in 2002 Maryland Election

"It is something anyone running for statewide office in Maryland could not avoid, simply because the State of Maryland entered into an agreement with the U. S. Department of Justice to increase funding to its HBCUs," said Dr. Max Hillaire, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Morgan State University. Dr. Hillaire believes Morgan can take much of the credit for the increased attention from the candidates after hundreds of its students descended on Annapolis last April to protest threatened legislative delays in constructing Morgan’s new library. "The fact that the students went down to Annapolis and got a lot of press coverage about the library funding issue really highlighted the plight of HBCUs in Maryland, and Morgan in particular," he says. Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Ehrlich was among the first to speak out on the issue. His campaign released a statement of support for the students and for Morgan’s new library.



Morgan students protest at the Statehouse in Annapolis.

By the closing weeks of the primary election battle, many of the candidates for statewide offices in the Baltimore area were finding themselves at the receiving end of voters' questions about their commitment to Morgan and other HBCUs. A number of candidates visited Morgan for well-publicized campus tours.

And it got better. Once the primary campaign was over and the candidates started focusing on the General Election, there began talk of debates between the two opponents for governor – Republican Bob Ehrlich and Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. At the conclusion of negotiations between the two camps, however, there would ultimately be just one gubernatorial debate during the 2002 campaign. It would be held on September 26th, and it would make history. For the first time in the history of Maryland elections, a gubernatorial debate would take place at one of the state’s HBCUs – Morgan State University. Sponsored by the Baltimore City Chapter of the NAACP, the debate played to a packed Gilliam Concert Hall in the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center and was televised live by most of the television stations across the state. "I think the debate showcased the university in a positive light," according to Morgan Political Science Professor Max Hillaire.

"Those who didn't know of Morgan, at least the wonderful institution we know we have, got a chance to see firsthand what the campus was like. And, of course, given that the debate was held here, sort of raised the profile of the university and brought some very good visibility, although there was some negative press caused by some people booing Ehrlich. But I think most people knew that those were not Morgan students in the audience who were booing, and so the candidates could not really take that personally. Taken all of those together, I think it sort of put Morgan in a good position within the state," added Dr. Hillaire. And there was still more. On October 7, 2002, Democrat Charles Larson and Republican Michael Steele, both candidates for lieutenant governor of Maryland, faced off in a debate of their own. It too was held at Morgan and was broadcast live on the university's radio station, WEAA-FM. Bernard L. Jennings, Morgan's vice president of University Advancement, moderated the program, and, in a departure from the usual, the debate continued following the formal broadcast in the form of a town hall-style conversation between the candidates and those who were a part of the auditorium audience. The exchange between the candidates was often informative, never confrontational and always dignified.



The election is history now (Bob Ehrlich and Michael Steele won.), but the political pundits are still analyzing the results and their impact on future campaigns in Maryland. What role all of the increased focus on Morgan and other HBCUs in the state had on the outcome of the election will be the subject of debates and coffee table conversations for years to come. Some see hope for the elimination of funding inequities between the state's historically Black institutions and majority colleges and universities. Others, like Dr. Max Hillaire, do not. "Given the budget crisis [in Maryland], I think higher education as a whole will suffer. So, whatever funding is coming to HBCUs will be reduced, and much of what will come [in the immediate future] will be more likely to go to certain institutions viewed as neglected in the past," says Dr. Hillaire. "The budget picture just doesn’t look very good for higher education in Maryland." It seems apparent, though, that Governor Ehrlich and Lt. Governor Steele intend to try and live up to the pledge they signed during the closing hours of the campaign in which they promised to do more to bring about improvements at Maryland's HBCUs. When the governor unveiled his first Capital Budget since taking office, there were two stated priorities: the environment and funding for the state's Historically Black Colleges and Universities. 


Donors Recognized at Second Annual Scholarship Luncheon On Thursday, April 10, 2003, 200 guests gathered in the Alice Parham Ballroom of Morgan State University's (MSU) McKeldin Center to attend the Second Annual Scholarship Luncheon. Organized as a way to thank donors who have provided scholarships of at least $1,000 during the current academic year, the annual luncheon also provides them with the opportunity to meet the students who benefit from their generosity. In addition, it gives students the opportunity to thank their benefactors in person.



(Left to right) Gwen Jackson, General Manager Air Traffic Management Division, Lockheed Martin, Dr. Earl S. Richardson, President, MSU, Deanna Bailey, recipient, Chris Horne, Vice President, Air Traffic Management Division, Lockheed Martin

(Left) Joel Unverzagt, President, Environmental Systems Products, and Bernard Jennings, MSU Vice President of University Advancement, Executive Director of MSU Foundation, Inc. Each semester, as a result of scholarships that have been made available by donors, the MSU Foundation, Inc. assists hundreds of students. Expressing the importance of the donors' support, MSU President Earl S. Richardson wrote in his welcome letter, "Your donations are critical in helping bridge the gap between our tuition and fee requirements and the funds available from the state and from student fees. Without your generosity, some of these students may not have been able to continue their studies." Donors in attendance included individuals, corporations, foundations, alumni chapters and community groups. Several corporate donors made additional contributions to the MSU Foundation, which included $12,000 presented by Chris Horne, vice president of air traffic management, Lockheed Martin, and Gwen Jackson, general manager of air traffic management, Lockheed Martin; $20,000 presented by Marcia Tuck, senior vice president, SunTrust Bank; and $50,000 presented by Joel Unverzagt, president, Environmental Systems Products.

(Left to right) Grace Olabasi, recipient, President Richardson, Marcia Tuck, Senior Vice President, SunTrust Bank, Ashlee Kirkland, recipient

Other donors attending the luncheon included HewlettPackard, T. Rowe Price Associates, State Street Bank, MBNA Bank, Anne Arundel County Alumni Chapter, Howard L. Cornish Alumni Chapter, Philadelphia Alumni Chapter, MSU Class of 1957, Wilbert Walker, Cecil Flamer, and Dr. Roland McConnell. One donor, Dr. Carolyn Atkins, made the long journey from Jefferson City, Missouri to meet her scholarship recipients. All donors had the opportunity to be photographed with their scholarship recipients and President Richardson. The MSU Foundation Board of Directors is grateful to Merrill Lynch for sponsoring the luncheon and extends thanks to all donors for their support. For information about establishing a scholarship through the foundation, please call the Office of Development at 443-8853040 or e-mail your request to 



(Left to right) President Richardson, Tracey Farrar, recipient, Dr. Carolyn Atkins, Damilia Clark, recipient, Sasha Bailey, recipient



Gala NFL Hall of Fame Honorees Willie Lanier, ’67, Roosevelt Brown ’52, Leroy Kelly, ’64, and the late Len Ford ’45, were celebrated during Morgan’s Gala XVIII, 2002, held at Martin’s West, in Baltimore.


Home Turf Victory! —The Morgan State University Bears beat the Delaware State Hornets (35-28) during sudden-death overtime at Hughes Stadium. Visanthe Shiancoe played tight end for the Bears and went on to be drafted by the New York Giants (story on page 9).

Game SAVE THE DATE–HOMECOMING 2003 Friday, October 17—GALA XIX Saturday, October 18 Howard University vs. Morgan State University Bears MORGAN MAGAZINE



WEAA Celebrates 25 years of Broadcasting Billed "A Hometown Jazz Extravaganza," the concert was the first-ever gathering of local, all-star jazz talent of this scale to be held on MSU’s Northeast Baltimore campus. The fes-

tive event was hosted by weekday, on-air personalities Sandi Mallory, "The Morning Journey," 5:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.; Melanie, "The Midday Jazz Café," 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; and Gary Ellerbee, "Sets and Sessions," 2:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.


The emotive sounds of jazz filled the air in the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center's Gilliam Concert Hall on November 30, 2002, as 1,200 music lovers joined WEAA-FM in its celebration of 25 years of broadcasting.

Performances by Cyrus Chestnut, Winard Harper, Gary Bartz, Donate Winslow and Ruby Glover delighted the crowd, in a lineup that also included local talents Michael Austin and Miss Terri Kee, winner of the 2002 Billie Holiday vocal competition award. Baltimore native and international jazz celebrity Gary Bartz received an especially warm welcome home from members of the WEAA family and attendees.

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