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Table of Contents Readings and Features 13 UNCF Gala Raises Money for Student Scholarships 19 Lolia Kienka Receives CIAA Woman of the Year Award 28 William Stubbs Invests in Our Youth as Principal of Kennedy Charter School 29 You Saw The Best In Me: Shaw Alumnus Evingerlean Blakney ‘09

4 Message from the President 6 University News 20 Athletic Highlights 24 Class Notes 28 Alumni Spotlight 32 Dates to Remember

President Yancy poses with Reverend Dr. Haywood T. Gray, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc. and member of the Shaw University Board of Trustees during the University’s annual Baccalaureate Service on May 10, 2013. Dr. Gray presented President Yancy with a $75,000 donation to the University during the service.

Pr es i d e n t’s MESSAGE

The SHAW GAZETTE is published for alumni, and friends of Shaw University.


Dorothy Cowser Yancy, Ph.D.



Pr es i d e n t’s MESSAGE


Odessa Hines


Reneé Saddler


Greetings Shaw University Alumni and Friends:

We have completed another successful semester at Shaw and our achievements

are chronicled in this special Commencement Edition of the Shaw Gazette.

Evingerlean Blakney, Virginia Bridgers, Sherri Fillingham, Avion Wallace


Audray Bullock, Anthony Farrell, Sherri Fillingham, Odessa Hines, Laura Ramsdell, Jeffrey Smith, Robert Willett, Steven Worthy

As with each issue, we highlight the tremendous accomplishments of our students,

faculty, staff and alumni. I encourage you to read closely the stories of Princeanna Brooks


and Avery Upshur, two of our outstanding students who are contributing to our campus, our


community and our world with your help. Another outstanding student, Lolia Kienka, received the 2013 CIAA Woman of the Year Award. She enrolled at Shaw at the age of 16, received numerous athletic and academic awards as a member of our tennis team and graduated with a 3.9 grade point average and two degrees. In the fall, Lolia will attend the University of St. Andrews in Scotland to pursue a graduate degree in international business - she is simply an exceptional Shaw Bear! We are truly proud of all of our young men and women who represent the legacy of this great University.

While we celebrate our accomplishments, we continue to need your help. We

encourage all University alumni and friends to consider making a donation to our annual fund by June 30th. Your donations help provide financial assistance to students like Princeanna, Avery and Lolia. They help upgrade our facilities to attract the best students, faculty and staff. Your donations also help maintain the beauty of our historic campus. Additionally, we continue to need your help with recruitment, one of our most pressing needs.

Thank you for all you do for Shaw University. With your support, we will continue to

graduate successful students who will make lasting contributions to our society. Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable summer.


Dorothy Cowser Yancy, Ph.D. President


Randolph Bazemore Joseph N. Bell, Jr. Thomas F. Darden George C. Debnam Carolyn Ennis David C. Forbes Willie E. Gary John I. Kester Wilson Lacy H. Donell Lewis John H. Lucas Ol’Bunmi Peters James Thornton Guthrie L. Turner, Jr. David Walker Ida Silver Wiggins A. Hope Williams Lorenzo Williams Sean Woodroffe


Audrey Battle Linda Bryan Haywood Gray Wilberforce Mundia Howard W. Parker James Shaw Diamond Pennington (SGA)


Stanley Alexander Thomas J. Boyd Geneva B. Chavis Melvin Clark Chancy R. Edwards W. B. Lewis


Evander Holyfield

Don King


Seddrick Hill Director of Alumni Relations & Planned Giving Shaw University 118 East South St. Raleigh, NC 27601 919.719.8850

President Yancy poses with Commencement Speaker Dr. Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr.


Dr. Audrey P. Battle, President of the Woman’s Baptist Home and Foreign Missionary Convention of North Carolina, receives an honorary degree from Shaw during the University’s 2013 Commencement Ceremony. From left to right: Dr. Marilyn Sutton-Haywood, Vice President for Academic Affairs; President Yancy, Dr. Battle, and Dr. Joseph N. Bell, Jr., Shaw University Board of Trustees Chairman.

U ni v e r s it y NEWS

Shaw Signs Agreement

With SBA By Virginia Bridges

aspiring minds,” Butts said. The agreements give the schools access to SBA resources and staff, while raising awareness about the federal program that seeks to help small businesses.

“It will be another activity in the business program

that students can engage in,” Yancy said. “It will be a community outreach too, between Shaw University and small businesses in this area, and people who are interested in entrepreneurship.”

In addition to Shaw, the first historically black

university in the South, the SBA also plans to partner with Barber-Scotia College in Concord, Fayetteville State University, Livingston College in Salisbury, Winston-Salem State University, Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. Central University in Durham, St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, and Bennett College in Greensboro.

This fall, the SBA will host a conference to explore

extending alliances to schools across the nation, Butts said.

Each school can create their own custom program

to develop entrepreneurial skills by providing access to SBA literature, programs and staff, along with mentors and other resources, Butts said. President Yancy signs agreement with SBA Administrator Cassius Butts

The U.S. Small Business Administration and Shaw University are joining forces to help educate current and future small-business owners at the school and in the community.

The two-year partnership is one of 59 that the

SBA plans to establish with historically black colleges and universities in the Southeast, and the first of 10 with North Carolina schools.

Cassius Butts, the SBA’s Southeast Regional

administrator, and Shaw President Dorothy C. Yancy formally signed the agreement in a ceremony Thursday morning in the campus’ Estey Hall, built in 1874 as the first brick, fourstory dormitory for black women in the United States.

“It is very appropriate that we have this signing in this

room,” Yancy said. “If this country is to survive and do well, we have to make sure that our minority students do well, and that they are put in the limelight so they can do what we all know they can do.”

The free program evolved after Butts had a

conversation with Yancy a few years ago, and Yancy pointed out that about 60 percent of the country’s historically black colleges and universities are in his region.

“I thought to myself what can I do to help young,


Shaw officials plan to spend the summer developing

the program and open a small-business center on Blount Street this fall. The center will be open to students and the community, Yancy said.

“I think it gives students another opportunity to be

engaged in the real world,” she said. “People have dreams, but when you can see the possibilities and you can touch and feel, it is a different thing.”

Mma Kalu, chair of Shaw’s Department of Business

and Public Administration, said the school doesn’t offer a small-business program, but has some entrepreneurcentered classes. The SBA alliance, Kalu said, would bridge the gap between what students learn in class and what is being done in the real world.

“It’s huge for me,” said Cassandra Burney, a

rising senior at Shaw majoring in accounting and business management. The center will help bring about 400 business students together, and address a struggle to identify professional development and internship opportunities, Burney said.

“I am just looking forward to working with SBA and

other business professionals in the RTP and the Raleigh area to help take Shaw to the next level,” she said.

Shaw Receives

$100,000 Grant From Cannon Foundation Shaw University received a $100,000 grant from the Cannon Foundation. The funds will be used to make repairs and renovations to the Fleming Kee and Dimple Newsome campus residence halls. Both residence halls house predominately first and second year students.

Dimple Newsome Residence Hall. Dimple Newsome is a nine-story residence hall that houses a maximum of 415 female students.

“This grant provides a tremendous opportunity to enhance our campus environment and enrich the quality of living for our on-campus students,” said Dr. Jeffrey A. Smith, Shaw University Vice President for Student Affairs and Administration and principal investigator for the grant. “It will enable us to improve our infrastructure and reduce the number of building repairs needed on an annual basis. We are thankful to the Cannon Foundation for their assistance” The Cannon Foundation was established in 1943 by the late Charles A. Cannon, President and Chairman of Cannon Mills Company for more than 50 years. Historically, the Foundation has awarded principal grants in the healthcare and education fields, especially to independent liberal arts colleges in the Piedmont and Western regions of North Carolina. The Foundation makes grants for capital purposes, including new construction, renovation and

Fleming Kee Residence Hall. Fleming Kee is a nine-story residence hall that houses a maximum of 375 male students.

expansion projects and programs.

President Yancy Receives Dr. Dorothy I. Height Leadership Award

Chair of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc.; and Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee among others. Height, who had been chair and president emerita of the National

Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy, president

Council of Negro Women, was at the forefront of the civil rights

of Shaw University, received the Dr.

movement and worked closely with the movement’s major

Dorothy I. Height Leadership Award

leaders including Dr. King, Roy Wilkins and A. Philip Randolph.

at the 22nd International Salute to

She shared the platform when King delivered his “I Have a

the Life and Legacy of the Rev. Dr.

Dream” speech at the 1963 March on Washington. Height

Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 by

Celebration in Washington, D.C. on

President Clinton and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.

January 20, 2013. This annual event recognizes leaders around the world who embody the spirit and teachings President Yancy with Finland’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ritva Koukku-Ronde

of Dr. King and the legacy of civil rights activist Dorothy I. Height. Previous recipients of the Height Award include Sharon Pratt,

President Yancy Participates in NYU Symposium on Minority Education President Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy, was one of five Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) presidents selected to participate in a special symposium on

former mayor of Washington, D.C.; Dr. Thelma T. Dailey,

the campus of Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii on

former President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Vice

January 15, 2013. SPRING 2013| 7

U ni v e r s it y NEWS Shaw Wears Red to Fight Heart Disease By Avion Wallace

Shaw University students, faculty and staff wore red to help raise awareness about cardiovascular disease in women during the American Heart Association’s “National Wear Red Day” day on February 1, 2013. During the event, attendees received free online assessments and information to increase knowledge about the deadly disease. According to the American Heart Association (AHA),

Shaw employees from left to right: Rochelle King, LInda Sledge and Melissa Thomas

emotionally it’s difficult trying to make sure she eats what she is supposed to eat and taking her to doctor appointments, said

cardiovascular disease claims the lives of nearly 500,000

Bowens.” Bowens plans to reduce her risk for heart disease by

American women each year and it is now the number one killer

eating healthy and exercising.

of women. On the first Friday in February, millions of women and

Ebony Johnson, Director of Student Activities and Greek Life,

men come together with the AHA to wear red and to commit to

described the importance of the event. “It’s very important for

fighting heart disease.

women to know that they are at risk,” said Johnson. “They also

Many in the Shaw community participated in the event to

need to know how to identify the signs of the disease and how to

honor family and friends affected by heart disease. Student

deal with the emotional issues as well. It’s also important for men

Denaysha Bowens described the difficulties her family faced

to be aware.” Johnson plans on hosting more community events

after her mother survived a heart attack. “Financially it’s a

in the future.

problem because we cannot afford to pay for her medication and

Shaw Faculty and Staff Selected to Participate in NYU Seminars Seven members of the Shaw University staff were selected to

educational experience. The following faculty and staff have been selected by the NYUFRN to attend the competitive Network Summer Seminars 2013:

participate in the New York University Faculty Resource Network (NYUFRN) Summer 2013 Seminars. The Faculty Resource Network (FRN) at New York University

Vonda Reed - Evidence-Based Biology Teaching

Renata Dusenbury - Play, Games, and Education in the Digital Age

is an award-winning professional development initiative that sponsors programs for a consortium of over 50 colleges and


universities. The Network hosts lectures, symposia, and intensive seminars, all of which are designed to improve the quality of

James Kirkley - Understanding the New Europe:

Carmen V. Walker - Understanding the New Europe: Immigration

teaching and learning at its member and affiliate institutions. Shaw University has been a member of the consortium for two

Rochelle King - Contemporary Black Women Writers


Jeffrey Smith - Reframing Gender: Men, Women, and the State

Each summer, more than 200 faculty members from FRN and affiliated institutions converge on New York University’s Washington Square campus for intensive seminars or independent research residencies that enhance and revitalize their teaching and scholarship. Within each program of study, a special emphasis is placed on teaching methodologies that will have a direct impact on the undergraduate curriculum and 8 | THE SHAW GAZETTE

Marilyn Sutton-Haywood - Leadership in Fundraising

Shaw’s Carter Named To CIAA Hall of Fame Shaw University Dean of Students and former Athletic Director Alfonza Carter was named to the 2013 Class of the John

attended the White House Briefing on Gun

announcement was made by the CIAA

Violence in Washington

in conjunction with the CIAA Executive

D.C. this semester, for


a national convening

“I am deeply honored to have been

and briefing on the faith

selected as one of the CIAA’s 2013 Hall

response to gun violence.

of Fame inductees,” said Carter. “Many

Organized by the People

others have worked and played tirelessly

Organizing to Change

in this great association, so to be officially

Communities (PICO)

acknowledged and listed among men and pride and respect to the CIAA is personally

Dr. Cheryl Kirk-Duggan Attends White House Briefing on Gun Violence Shaw Professor Dr. Cheryl Kirk-Duggan

B. McLendon, Jr. CIAA Hall of Fame. The

women who excelled and brought victory,


Lifelines to Healing Dr. Alfonza Carter

quite humbling.” Carter, a Martinsville, Virginia native, earned his BS and MS degree in Health and Physical Education from North Carolina A&T State University and has served at Shaw University for over three decades in a variety of roles, including Head Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coach, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Director of Admissions, Interim Dean of Enrollment Management, and currently as Dean of Students. During his tenure

Dr. Cheryl Kirk-Duggan

Campaign Clergy, the gathering included representatives from President Obama and Vice President Biden’s offices and other interfaith, interracial clergy and religious leaders.

Dr. Izzo Presents at Teaching Writing Symposium Dr. David Izzo, English Professor in the Shaw

as Athletic Director, Shaw University won 33 (out of 48) CIAA Championships,

University Humanities Department, presented

7 NCAA Regional Championships, 4 National Black College Championships,

“Setting a Foundation for College Composition:

and 1 NCAA Division II National Championship (Women’s Basketball, 2012).

The Cardozo High School Writing-Reading-

Carter has held several positions in the conference including Past President

Literature Program” at the fifth annual North

of the Athletic Directors’ Association, Eastern Division Vice President, CIAA

Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing at

President, CIAA Secretary, and CIAA Basketball Tournament Committee

North Carolina State University. The conference

member. Carter was named CIAA Athletic Director of the Year (2002) and

examined how writing teachers reach beyond

presented with the Jeanette A. Lee Achievement Award (2001, 2002, 2004)

their physical and virtual classrooms to participate

and the Loretta Taylor Award (2003). In 2011, Carter received from Shaw

in their communities and how they build bridges-

University the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.

-bridges across classrooms, pedagogies,

During his tenure as Athletic Director, the men’s basketball program

disciplines, institutions, levels, spheres, genres,

advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, the women’s basketball program reached

media, technologies, modes, languages, cultures

the Final Four, the men’s tennis team won seven straight CIAA tennis

and time.

championships, and countless student-athletes matriculated and received their degrees. A total of six individuals and one team comprise the 2013 induction class were enshrined on Friday, March 2, 2013 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Dr. Izzo has published 17 books and 65 essays of literary scholarship, as well as three novels, two plays, short fiction and poems. He has also presented 18 papers at conferences since 2005.

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U ni v e r s it y NEWS

Shaw Hosts Student Research Symposium Shaw University hosted the Second Annual Student Research Symposium during the Spring Semester. The symposium showcased ongoing undergraduate and graduate research from students enrolled at Shaw, St. Augustine’s and North Carolina State Universities. Topics presented included analyzing the health behaviors of Jamaican prostate cancer patients; genetically transforming the stevia plant for mass production; and analyzing the effects of microgravity on the skeletal system. The symposium provided an opportunity for Shaw students, faculty

and staff to learn about research being

student presenters for the symposium

conducted on campus and at neighboring

increased from five oral presentations to

universities; to exchange ideas with fellow

20 oral and poster presentations. A variety

faculty and students; and to network.

of academic fields were represented,

Shaw students from the Natural Sciences

including biology, biomedical engineering,

and Mathematics, Education and Mass

chemistry, early childhood education,

Communications departments presented

engineering and mathematics.

their research and internship experiences.

The symposium concluded with marks

The day included both oral and poster

from Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy, Chair of


the Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Shaw students initiated the idea for

Department and Dr. Moses Goldmon,

the symposium. They had participated in

Interim Director of the Institute for

the National Institutes of Health Minority

Health, Social, and Community Health.

Disparities (NIHMD)-funded “Shaw in

Presenters were recognized and received

Jamaica” internship and wanted a medium

a certification of participation.

through which they could showcase their research. The first Shaw University Research Symposium was held in the

View slideshow of the Symposium at

spring of 2012. This year, the number of

CSD Students Perform Free Screenings Students from Shaw University’s Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) department participated in CSD Day, hosted by the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA). The students performed free speech, language and hearing tests for the local community including children from a childcare facility. Founded in 1972, NSSLHA is the national organization for graduate and undergraduate students interested in the study of normal and disordered human communication. NSSLHA is the only official national student association recognized by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). 10 | THE SHAW GAZETTE

Shaw Students Participate in Voting Rights Act Rally

Dwayne Seegars Jr. Receives Internship with KPMG Dwayne Seegars Jr., a senior accounting

Nine students from the Shaw University

major from Charlotte, NC, was selected

NAACP Chapter participated in a rally in

for an internship with KPMG. His

Washington, D.C. last month to protect

internship begins June 13, 2013 in the

Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Raleigh KPMG office.

The event was held outside the U.S. Supreme Court. In collaboration with the North Carolina State Conference NAACP and the National NAACP, the students arrived in Washington on the day the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing arguments in Shelby County vs. Holder, which challenges Section 5. The students walked to the U.S. Supreme Court to attend the rally where numerous human/civil rights organizations and leaders peacefully demonstrated and spoke in support of Section 5 and all other aspects of the Voting Rights Acts. Speakers included NAACP President Benjamin T. Jealous,

Dwayne Seegars

“I’m thrilled to receive this

opportunity,” said Seegars. “I really want to thank my accounting professors Mr. Bugg and Mr. Beckwith because I could not have received the internship without them. I really enjoy the accounting department here at Shaw because the classes are small and you’re learning from the best.” KPMG is one of the largest professional services companies in the world and one of the “Big Four” auditors, along with Deloitte, Ernst & Young (EY) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Seegars is the first student from Shaw to receive an internship with the accounting firm.

Chairwoman Rosalyn Brock, and North Carolina NAACP President, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II. Other speakers included national civil rights figures such as Martin Luther King, III, Rev. Al Sharpton, Dick Gregory, and Rev. Jesse L. Jackson. The following Shaw students participated in the event, Aaron Banks, Reece Britt, Isaiah Daniels, Ashley Hughes, Russell Jones,

Travis Judkins Presents Paper at Christian Life Conference Travis Judkins, a student in the Shaw

Mizellore Lexima, Jasmina Paris, Xavier Skinner, and Unique

University School of Divinity, was selected


to present his paper titled “Ecumenic Pluralism as Transforming Catalyst in the 21st Century,” at The Holy Spirit and

Social Work Students Volunteer at Local Head Start Social Work students from the Shaw University Greenville CAPE Social Work Association, recently collected school items for pre-kindergarten (pre-k) students for their “Hearts for Head Start” service project. The pre-k students received the items in gift bags for Valentine’s Day and the project was featured on Greenville television station WITN.

Travis Judkins

the Christian Life Conference hosted by

the Regent University Center for Renewal Studies. The conference took place March 1-2, 2013 at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Judkins is currently completing his Master of Divinity degree. A native of Newport News, VA, Judkins currently serves as the 15th Senior Minister of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Windsor, NC. He is listed in the 2012 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” and is a member of the Vidant Bertie Hospital Director’s Council (Windsor, NC), Generations Community Credit Union Advisory Council, and Mount Olive Community Enhancement Corporation Board of Directors. Judkins is an adjunct professor of Religion and Humanities at Halifax Community College in Weldon, NC.

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U ni v e r s it y NEWS Wake County Commissioners Honor Women’s Basketball Team The Wake County Board of Commissioners honored the Shaw University women’s basketball team with a resolution recognizing their “outstanding accomplishments” at the Commissioners’ meeting in April.

Coach Curtis reviews proclamation with Board Chairman Joe Bryan

The Proclamation of Recognition presented to Head Coach Jacques Curtis, the assistant coaches and players by Board of Commissioners Chairman Joe Bryan noted the team’s record, tournament successes and the fact that “Shaw University’s student-athletes have maintained a high academic standard.” He then read the proclamation aloud, concluding “Shaw

The Lady Bears finished their season 25-5, after claiming the CIAA tournament title and earning a berth in the NCAA tournament where Shaw lost its opening round game to Glenville State. Shaw finished the season ranked 21st in the USA Today Sports women’s basketball poll.

University and its student-athletes provide inspiration, motivation and a standard for excellence for the youth of Wake County, Shaw University and its academic and athletic programs.”

Shaw Selected as a Flagship Campus for NYU Project Shaw University has been selected as a Flagship Campus for the project “A Network for Understanding the New Europe” at New York University (NYU) the University announced. The University and 19 other Flagship Campuses will sponsor faculty members to serve as Institutional Ambassadors for faculty development seminars. Shaw faculty members Dr. James Kirkley (Religion and Philosophy) and Dr. Carmen Walker (Political Science/ International Relations) will participate in the seminars. At the center of this project are three faculty seminars, each focusing on an issue of crucial importance in

with the opportunity to learn more about the history, structure, and politics of the

Augustine’s, North Carolina A&T and

European Union while residing briefly in

Fayetteville State Universities met local

an EU country. The third, scheduled for

legislators to discuss college affordability.

June 2014, will focus on Europe and its

They received training on how to prepare

role in the world economy. These three

and meet with lawmakers to express their

seminars will provide participants with a strong foundation from which to build public programs on Europe in their own communities. The project began in January 2013 with a competitive process to select institutions from FRN membership that were committed to becoming Flagship Campuses in the project.

Shaw Students Participate in HBCU Legislative Lobby Day

contemporary Europe. The first seminar,

Eighteen Shaw University students

to take place in June 2013, will examine

participated in the HBCU Legislative Lobby

the question of immigration, and its

Day this semester. This annual event,

socioeconomic and political effects on

hosted by Common Cause NC, trains

the whole of Europe. The second, which

students from local HBCUs to effectively

will take place in Athens, Greece in

lobby their state representatives on a

January 2014, will provide participants

legislative issue.


Students from Shaw, Saint

Shaw students speak during HBCU Legislative Lobby Day

concerns regarding the cost and quality of higher education in NC. The students from the private institutions discussed how state funding for financial aid has diminished, negatively impacting a student’s ability to remain in school, while students from the public institutions discussed budget cuts and tuition increases made by the General Assembly.




haw University’s UNCF “A Mind

Pastor Emeritus and Founding Pastor

Scholarship. Both students expressed

Is” Annual Giving Banquet and

of Christian Faith Baptist Church, Inc.,

their gratitude for receiving UNCF

Gala honored several outstanding

is a long-time educator and teacher.

scholarships and how such funds enabled

community and national leaders for

Forbes has been awarded three honorary

them to continue their education. During

their commitment to excellence in

degrees. Hilda Pinnix-Ragland has been

the 2012-2013 academic year, Shaw

education. Held on Saturday, March

an officer for Progress/Duke Energy since

students received more than $112,000 in

23rd on the Shaw University campus,

1998 and serves on several boards,

UNCF scholarships.

the event recognized Progressive

including the North Carolina State Board

Business Solutions President, Albert

of Community Colleges and the National

(Tim) Catlett; Shaw University Board of

Parks Foundation. Joyce Robinson

Trustees Member, Dr. David C. Forbes;

opened The Happy Face Preschool

Duke Energy Vice President - Corporate

in 1993 with six staff members and 40

Public Affairs, Hilda Pinnix-Ragland; The

children. The school now enrolls more

Happy Face Preschool Founder and

than 80 students and employs a staff

Owner, Joyce Robinson; and Former

of 14. Dr. Maria F. Spaulding currently

Deputy Secretary of the North Carolina

serves as a human services management

Department of Health and Human

consultant, community volunteer and

Services, Dr. Maria F. Spaulding.

organizer after spending several years in

This year’s honorees represented leaders in the corporate, education

View a slideshow of the UNCF Gala at

All in the Family

Do you know this couple?

the human services industry. In addition to recognizing the

and government sectors. Tim Catlett, a

evening’s honorees, the gala also

graduate of Johnson C. Smith University,

featured remarks from Shaw junior

has been in the printing business

Aaron Banks and senior Lolia Kienka.

for more than 30 years. He started

Banks is the recipient of the UNCF Intel

Progressive Business Solutions in 1988

Scholarship and Kienka is the recipient

with his wife Sonya. Dr. David C. Forbes,

of the UNCF Sara Lee Foundation

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Shaw University students waved and smiled as they walked into Dorton Arena for the start of the University’s Commencement Convocation on May 11, 2013. Joining the students were hundreds of parents, family and friends as they watched the soon-to-be graduates become the University’s newest alumni. Following hymns from the Choir, the University awarded Dr. Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr., President of Voorhees College, and Dr. Audrey P. Battle, President of the Woman’s Baptist Home and Foreign Missionary Convention of North Carolina with honorary degrees. The graduating students then heard remarks from Dr. Sellers who provide an inspirational testimony of triumph against tremendous odds. After the ceremonial turning of the tassel, President Yancy presented degrees to 312 Shaw students. Student Ashley N. Mabry was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and Senior Class President Avion Wallace encouraged her peers to live by faith to persevere through life challenges. The ceremony concluded with Shaw President Dorothy Cowser Yancy reciting the African proverb “when you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help.” She reminded the graduates to not forget the help they received on their journey to graduation. View the Commencement slideshow online at www.shawu/edu/2013Grads SPRING 2013 | 15

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER Dr. Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr. ‘75 President, Voorhees College


2008, Dr. Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr. was named the eighth president of Voorhees College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Shaw University, a master’s degree from Harvard University and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During his presidency, Voorhees has been nationally recognized for its debate team and by the South Carolina State Commission on Higher Education as the only HBCU to receive the 20082009 Service Learning Award. A native of Denmark, SC, Dr. Sellers attended Voorhees when it was still a high school and graduated in 1962. Following graduation, he became active in the civil rights movement, organizing a sit-in protest at a Denmark lunch counter and working on Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) voter registration drives in Mississippi. Dr. Sellers is most recognized for his involvement in a protest on the campus of South Carolina State University. On February 8, 1968, approximately 200 protesters gathered on the campus to protest the segregation of a local bowling alley. A violent struggle between police and protesters left three men dead and 27 wounded, including Dr. Sellers. The incident, later known as the “Orangeburg Massacre,” would result in the acquittal of the police officers involved and Dr. Sellers convicted and imprisoned on rioting charges (Dr. Sellers was the only person involved in the Massacre to be arrested and receive a prison sentence). He received a full pardon 25 years after his conviction. A prolific writer, Dr. Sellers is the author of six publications: Rebellion in Black and White. Southern Student Activism in the 1960’s (2013); Preface, Camera Man’s Journey (2002); Freedom is a Constant Struggle: An Anthology of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement


President Yancy and President Sellers

(1996); River of No Return (1990); “Education in Our Community” The Carolina Peacemaker (1987); and “Why Historically Black Colleges Should Offer Courses in Gerontology and Geriatrics” Share (1974). His awards include the 2009 “Preserving Our Places in History” Lifetime Achievement Award from the South Carolina African-American Heritage Commission; the 2009 Freedom Flame Award from the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute; the 2009 Legacy Award from the United Negro College Fund; the 2007 Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scouts of America; and the 2003 I. DeQuincy Newman Trailblazer Award, USC Chapter of NAACP. Sellers has been married to his loving wife Gwendolyn for 38 years, and they have three children: Nosizwé Sellers, M.D., Rev. Cleveland L. Sellers, III (Lumumba), and S.C. Representative Bakari Sellers. Read Dr. Sellers’ entire commencement speech online at

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uring the 2012-2013 academic year, more than 800 Shaw students received $3.7 million in private and institutional scholarships. Your donations matter. Meet two of Shaw’s brightest students that have benefited from the generosity of our donors.

Social Work Student Achieves with NAA Scholarship A senior from Baltimore, MD, Princeanna Brooks never gave up on her dream of earning a college degree. After going back to community college to finish an associate’s degree she started in 1983, Brooks decided to attend Shaw to major in social work and uphold the legacy of the University’s founders. “My choice of Shaw University Brooks, right, with NAA Financial Secretary is now a part of my legacy Hazel S. Gibbs ‘78. and it is imperative that I solicit my community and the world to continue to make choices for the greater good of the community,” she said. “My decision to attend Shaw has led me to a healthier and fulfilling life and a much brighter future.” At age 48, Brooks has embraced her second time as a college student. “As a non-traditional student that resides on campus, I knew I would make a great impact on the lives of the students and vice versa,” she noted. “Shaw has allowed me to see a new generation up close and personal and make a difference in the lives of some young people I would have never met if not for this great opportunity.” With a 3.7 grade point average, numerous academic awards including membership in the Alpha Chi National Honors Society, Phi Alpha National Honor Society and the Shaw University Honors College, Brooks is destined to fulfill her calling as an advocate for at-risk, underrepresented communities. However, she credits her $1,000 scholarship from the Shaw University National Alumni Association (NAA) with helping her to succeed. “Receiving the NAA scholarship helped to alleviate the financial burden in order for me to continue my studies at Shaw University,” Brooks mentioned. “It also has kept me motivated to excel at becoming the best student I can be.” She was especially grateful to all of the Shaw alumni who donated to the scholarship. While staying busy with coursework, Brooks also finds time to volunteer with local non-profit organizations, including Interact, Our Daily Bread and Roberta’s House. Following graduation, she plans to enroll in graduate school to obtain a dual degree in social work and law. As she thinks about her future, Brooks is certain she is on the right path. “This has truly been a faith walk for me,” she said. “Only God knows the plans he has for me, and I don’t know why 18 | THE SHAW GAZETTE

He chose me to take this journey, but I’m so glad He did.” n

Richard Brown ‘77 Memorial Scholarship Helps Shaw Student Succeed Avery Upshur, a junior from Norfolk, VA, firmly believes that Shaw is where he was meant to be. “I really don’t believe I chose Shaw, I believe it chose me,” he said when asked why he decided to attend the University. Discouraged when he did not receive an athletic scholarship from any colleges, Upshur thought he would not be able to afford or attend college. Upshur with Dr. Cynthia Brown ‘81, However, a phone call from Charles Brown, Director of the widow of Richard Brown ‘77. University Band, inviting him to Shaw, changed his course. The rest, he says, is history. Since his arrival, Upshur, a kinesiotherapy major with a 3.4 grade point average, has immersed himself in campus life. He is a member of the Platinum Sound Marching Band, the baseball team, the Delta Gamma Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and the Alpha Chi Honor Society. He is also a peer mentor with the University’s First Year Programs. “There are many things that I enjoy about Shaw,” said Upshur. “I like the small campus because it affords me the opportunity to really get to know my professors and build relationships with administrators, faculty and staff, and of course Shaw alumni. It has also allowed me to develop as a leader. Here at Shaw, I don’t feel like a small fish in a big pond. It’s been a great experience.” While Upshur has enjoyed all that Shaw has to offer, he was truly pleased to be the recipient of the Richard Brown ’77 Memorial Scholarship. Created in honor of Shaw alumnus, the late Richard Brown, the scholarship provides $1,000 to be applied toward academic expenses. Upshur was surprised and relieved to receive the scholarship noting, “It will definitely help me meet my financial obligations.” Additionally, Upshur wished he had the opportunity to meet Brown. “I know that we have much in common,” he said. “I know that he [Brown] would have inspired me to do greater things for myself and Shaw.” A well-rounded student, Upshur was name to the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” list and received the “Most Improved Player” Award as a member of the baseball team. He plans to earn both a master’s and a doctorate degree after graduation and credits the following Muhammad Ali quote with keeping him focused and helping him to achieve his goals: “I hated every minute of training, but I said, don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

Lolia Kienka Receives CIAA Woman of the Year Award Lolia Kienka’s athletic achievements as a member of the Shaw University Tennis Team are a mile long: CIAA Women’s Tennis Player of the Year in both 2010 and 2012 as well as tournament MVP during those two seasons; three-time member of the All-CIAA Women’s Tennis Team; and member of the 2010 and 2012 CIAA Women’s Tennis Championship teams. In addition, she claimed CIAA Women’s Tennis Rookie of the Year honors in 2009 and received the conference’s Female Student-Athlete Scholar of the Year Award in 2012. However, it is Kienka’s academic accolades, leadership and community service that make her a truly outstanding Shaw Bear and the 2013 CIAA Woman of the Year. The Award recognizes a student-athlete who has distinguished herself throughout her collegiate career in academic achievement, athletic excellence, community service and leadership. Kienka, a native of Lagos, Nigeria, began her studies at Shaw at the age of 16. During her time as a student-athlete, Kienka was the recipient of numerous awards, including: the Shaw University President’s Award for Superior Academic Achievement; the Female StudentAthlete Highest GPA Award; the 2012 Business Department

Lolia Kienka

Student of the Year and the 2013 Student of the Year for the

having participated and experienced all that I have been blessed

Social Sciences Department. Additionally, she was a member of

to, I honesty do not know if I would have believed,” said Kienka.

the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Shaw University Honors

“I have been privileged to serve my peers and younger ones as

College, recipient of the UNCF Sara Lee Foundation and

a leader, confidant, mentor and spiritual guide; more significantly,

National Sales Network Scholarships and listed among “Who’s

my experience with others - at the daycare with my kids, as

Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”

captain of my team, as president of our international students

In addition to success in the classroom, Kienka stood out as

- has allowed me to learn and to grow. They have taught me to

a campus leader, serving as the President of the Shaw University

be humble, patient, to listen attentively, appreciate the power of

International Students Association, as well as President of the

compromise, see the value of putting others first and understand

Shaw chapter of Working to Educate, Build and Develop. She

that love should be given unconditionally.”

was Secretary of the Shaw Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Kienka, who served as a Student Assistant Coach for the

for three years and Vice President for the Shaw University

Shaw Tennis program, graduated summa cum laude from

Honors College Association.

Shaw on May 11 with a Bachelor of Science in Business

Active in the community, Kienka participated in a variety

Administration, a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and

of engagement activities, including campus clean–up projects,

a minor in Accounting. She finished her studies with a 3.9 grade

a Make-A Wish Foundation fundraiser, as well as performing

point average.

community service hours at Shaw’s Center for Early Childhood

Kienka will attend the University of St. Andrews in Scotland

Education, Development and Research. She also participated

this fall to pursue a postgraduate degree in international

in drives by the National Bone Marrow Association and the Red


Cross. “If someone had told me that I would be where I am today, SPRING 2013 | 19

A t h le t i c R O U N D-UP



While the men’s tennis team fell just short of their ninth straight CIAA title, the Bears still excelled both on the court and in the classroom. On the court, the men swept through the CIAA, going undefeated despite being one man short throughout the season. Not only did they not drop a match in conference, but they lost just three contested games during the season. For the ninth straight season, the Bears made the NCAA Tournament. All five members of the team were named to the All-CIAA team and Charles Silva was named the CIAA Men’s Tennis Player of the Year. He went 16-1 during the regular season, 12-0 in the CIAA. Juan Sanchez, Andre Monti, Sergio Cuartes, and Samuel Padilla all joined him on the All-CIAA Team. In the classroom, Sanchez was awarded the President’s Award for the Shaw male student-athlete with the highest GPA. Three Bears - Sanchez, Silva and Monti - were named to the prestigious CIAA Commissioner’s All-Academic Second Team. The Commissioner’s team recognizes 20 student-athletes from all sports and all schools who have excelled on the field of competition and who have at least a 3.2 grade point average (GPA). Not surprisingly, given the success of those three young men, the Shaw men’s tennis team won the CIAA Academic Award for the highest team GPA among men’s tennis teams with a sterling 3.64 cumulative GPA. Not only did they top the men’s tennis field, but their cumulative GPA was the highest of all CIAA sports. To cap the season, Shaw head coach Sunday Enitan was named CIAA Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year.

The women’s tennis team not only swept through the CIAA regular season undefeated, but claimed their third CIAA Tournament Championship in four years and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament. They finished their season with a strong performance against regional power Indiana (PA), dropping a 5-3 nail biter that came down to the final two games. Claudia Silva - playing number one singles for Shaw - was named CIAA Women’s Tennis Player of the Year. She was undefeated in both singles and doubles in conference play, and dropped only one game all season. She was joined on the All-CIAA Women’s Tennis Team by Jessica Medina and Gislaine Farias. Medina finished the regular season 20-0 while Farias dropped only a single match during the regular season, finishing 19-1.



Baseball - Infielder Marcquise Phillips was named to the All-CIAA Baseball Second Team.

Marcquise Phillips

Football - Darnell Evans was named the Shaw University Male Student-Athlete of the Year. Derrick Herring was named Shaw University Rookie of the Year.

Softball - Infielder Erica Lafrades was named Shaw’s Female StudentAthlete of the Year, and Cortnee Kelly was named to the All-CIAA Softball Second Team, having led the team in home runs, hits and Cortnee Kelly runs batted in. Two freshmen, Jamel Manley and Shanice Anderson, were named to the All-Rookie Team. Track and Field - Darian Brown was named All-CIAA in the men’s 110-meter high hurdles, Morgan Moore for the women’s discus throw, and Marquise Brown Marquise Brown for the men’s long jump. Volleyball - Michelle Oliver claimed the President’s Award for highest GPA.

including West Liberty University in West Virginia, Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and Bowie State in Maryland. Kimberly Miller, Shaw University’s Assistant Athletic Director and Head Softball Coach, created the event to promote the softball team and raise funds for the athletic department. “I tossed out the idea of hosting a softball challenge to a few coaches I knew,” said Miller. “The idea grew from there and I was pleasantly surprised at the great turnout we had.” However, the weekend was not just about softball; it was also about community involvement. Before the Challenge began, 11 teams participated in a community service clinic by teaching girls 14 years and younger the skills required to play softball. The Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department sponsored the youth clinic. “We reached out to local middle schools and posted the information about the clinic on our reclink website,” said Toni Moyer of the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department. “It was important for Raleigh Parks and Recreation to get involved to show the girls that we work with local, collegiate fast pitch softball teams in the area.” The Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance (GRSA), a division of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, also sponsored the Challenge. “The Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance was thrilled to be a local partner and sponsor of the inaugural Shaw University

Even more importantly, 35 student athletes crossed the stage and received their diplomas in May. Eight of the studentathletes graduated with honors. Lolia Kienka (tennis), Caleb Reid (football) and Ataide Suca (tennis) all graduated summa cum laude, finishing their college careers with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 or above. Graduating magna cum laude - a final cumulative GPA of 3.50 to 3.74 - were Desiree Bell (tennis) and Sammara Green (track/cross country). Akeem Banks (track), Erneisha Cooper (softball) and Vimbai Mawisire (tennis) graduated cum laude with a GPA between 3.25 and 3.49. Youth Clinic participants

INAUGURAL SOFTBALL CHALLENGE A SUCCESS During the spring season, the Shaw University softball program hosted the first Shaw University Softball Challenge at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex in Raleigh, NC. In conjunction with the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department, the challenge drew 25 teams from across the country, Kim Miller

Softball Challenge,” said Jason Philbeck, Sports Marketing Manager for the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance. “With 25 NCAA Division II teams participating from across the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., this event offered a great opportunity to showcase and promote Shaw University and its softball program.” According to Philbeck, the GRSA “estimated that the event generated approximately $225,000 in direct visitor spending, which helped to boost the local hospitality industry.” “The impact that these teams had on the Raleigh economy along with the spectators that came had a significant economic impact,” said Moyer. With such a high response from participating schools, there is no surprise that teams want to sign up for next year’s challenge. SPRING 2013 | 21









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There your legacy at DATEare many OPPONENT ways to leave LOCATION TIME September 7 UNIVERSITY OF CHARLESTON DURHAM, NC 1:00 P.M. September 14 Virginia Union University Richmond, ? VA 7:00 p.m. Shaw U…which will you choose September 21 CAPE FEAR CLASSIC** Wilmington, NC 1:00 p.m. Univeristy of North Carolina-Pembroke ENDOWMENTS n BEQUESTS n MEMORIAL GARDENS For more information on how to make an investment in Shaw, please contact Seddrick Hill, Director of Alumni Relations and Planned Giving at or 919. 719.8850.

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Alumni HIGHLIGHTS Class Notes Chapter News Alumni Spotlight In Their Words

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Thomasina Williams was recognized for 20 years of service as a board member for the Selective Service System during a ceremony in Arlington, VA. Williams was elected to the board in 1991 by thenPresident George Bush. She is also the co-founder and first president of the Arthur D. Phillips Scholarship Humanitarian Awards and past vice president of the National Council of Negro Women.


Edward Mason was named to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s (NCHSAA) “100 to Remember: Administrators” list. The list recognizes 100 of the top athletic administrators in NCHSAA history, going back to the founding of the organization in 1913. Mason was recognized for his distinguished career of over 40 years in high school athletics as both coach and athletic director.


Weldon Seaboard Alumni Chapter Makes Donation Elnora M. Linton attended the 85th birthday celebration for Dr. Maya Angelou in Winston-Salem, NC this spring. Guests included Oprah Winfrey, Donnie McClurkin and Nikki Giovanni.


James Ford received his 10th Emmy Award at the 27th Annual MidSouth Emmy Awards held in Nashville, TN. Ford is the regional vice president for The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences NashvilleMidSouth Chapter and News Production Manager for WRAL-TV in Raleigh, NC.


Dr. John R. Jones, Chairman of the Northampton County Economic Development Commission, participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally open the Enviva Pellets Northampton facility in Gaston, NC. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and Enviva Chairman and CEO John Keppler joined Dr. Jones for the ceremony at the plant.

Sean N. Woodroffe has been appointed senior vice president and chief people officer of National Life Group. In this role, Woodroffe is responsible for National Life Group’s human resources team and oversees recruiting, training, performance management and compensation programs. Previously, he served as the vice president of human resources for Sun Life Financial U.S.



Barbara Baylor was selected by the American Public Health Association as a Brookings Institution Congressional Legis Fellow. She is currently working as a House Congressional Legislative 24 | THE SHAW GAZETTE

regarding working with students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms. Dr. Royster is an inclusion curriculum ELA instructor, department chair and school leadership team chair at William R. Davie Middle School in Roanoke Rapids, NC. She is also an AdvancEd Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS/CASI) external reviewer.

Dr. Otelia A. Royster published her first book, Effects of an Inclusion Professional Development Model on Inclusion Knowledge and Perceptions of Regular Middle School Educators (Xlibris). The book details her research

Members of the Weldon-Seaboard Alumni Chapter traveled to Raleigh to present $6,000 to President Yancy. The money represents the year’s fundraising efforts by the Chapter through the Annual Shaw Day. “We are pleased to support Shaw in financial giving, student recruitment and other volunteer efforts,” said Chapter President John R. Jones.”We know the value of education and are aware of the needs of private institutions. Shaw has been there for so many (students) since 1865, and as alumni we do all we can to keep the doors of this outstanding institution open for others.”


George Haigler III is executive director of Seeds of Hope Ministries, Inc. a non-profit specializing in academic youth mentoring, tutoring, youth advocacy and educational life coaching. Founded in 1998, the organization sponsors five HBCU college fairs each year.


Carl L. Farmer accepted a position as an EPA Non-Faculty Human Resources Consultant in the Office of Human Resources – EPA Non-Faculty Division at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In this role, Farmer is responsible4

for the overall coordination of EPA non-faculty personnel policies, guidelines and procedures.


Dr. Marjelo Mines was selected as a 2013 Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellows by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. As a Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellow, Dr. Mines will receive a $30,000 stipend to complete a special intensive master’s program at John Carroll University that will prepare him to teach math and/or science in a high-need Ohio school.


Dr. Donald Mitchell Jr. received an “Outstanding Faculty Member ” Award from Grand Valley State University. Currently, Dr. Mitchell is an assistant professor of higher education at Grand Valley State. Additionally, Dr. Mitchell received honorable mention in the Outstanding Doctoral Research Award category during the 2013 American Association of Blacks in Higher Education annual conference in Atlanta, GA.


Cheryl M. White established the Sisters Under the Anointed Vision of Excellence (SUAVE) non-profit. SUAVE provides life skills organization for young ladies between the ages of 12 and 21. Its mission is to enhance the lives of young ladies by establishing the importance of moral values, self-discipline, self-respect and character through inspiration, motivation and elevation.


Elisa Wiah launched an online boutique called Bohemia Coulee. The web store will feature custom-blended body products, organic and natural beauty products, custom jewelry and vintage clothing.

IN MEMORIAM Dr. Luna Byrd Abernathy ‘59 Cecil “Nick” Alexander ‘78 Jud. George R. Greene, Sr. ‘52 Solomon “Dukes” Layton ‘69 Barbara S. Mclean ‘87 Jake Rogers ‘78 Barbara Shaw ‘78 William H. Sherrill, Sr. ‘54 Rev. Johnnie Smith Sr. ‘80 Earl Staton ‘51

Trustee Dr. David C. Forbes ‘62 Inducted into Raleigh Hall of Fame Reverend Dr. David C. Forbes, Sr., member of the Shaw University Board of Trustees, will be inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on Monday, October 7, 2013 in the Raleigh Convention Center. Forbes is Pastor Emeritus and founding Pastor of Christian Faith Baptist Church, Inc. in Raleigh, NC. Forbes came to the gospel ministry after a career in elementary school teaching, counseling, Photo: Ramsdell social program administration, university teaching and consultation. In addition to the ministerial role, he was Assistant Professor and Director of Admissions at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Social Work for twelve years. From 1979 to 1984, Forbes served as pastor of St. Peter Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. From 1983 to 1990, he served as Senior Minister and Pastor of Martin Street Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. Additional inductees to the Raleigh Hall of Fame include: Katherine B. Boney (“Kit”), Henry L. Kamphoefner, Claude E. McKinney, James Gregory Poole, Jr., George D. Williams, Richard Peyton Woodson, III, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and The Salvation Army of Wake County.


Shambulia Sams ’08 (left) and Joyce Robinson ’75 (right) pose with their awards during the UNCF National Alumni Conference on February 15, 2013 in Atlanta, GA. Sams received the “Outstanding Young Alumnus” award and Robinson received the “Outstanding Alumnus/Hall of Honor” award.

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Raleigh–Wake Alumni Chapter Makes 2nd Alumna Hosts Sorority Graduation Dinner $10,000 Donation Shirley A. Hinton, Shaw alumna class of 1966 and former

president of the Shaw University National Alumni Association, hosted a graduation dinner for seniors of the Alpha Rho chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. on May 9, 2013. Held at the Capital City Club in Raleigh, NC, Hinton hosted the event for the second consecutive year. A member of Delta Sigma Theta since 1966, Hinton provided each sorority sister with a gift bag filled with books, memorabilia and a personal note. During the dinner, the graduates discussed their future plans and what they would miss most about their time at Shaw.

Members of the Raleigh-Wake Alumni Chapter pose with President Yancy

Members of the Raleigh-Wake Alumni Chapter presented $10,050 to President Yancy. This is the second $10,000 donation the Chapter presented this semester. “I am especially excited about our efforts as this donation came from actual chapter members giving to the University without hosting fundraisers such as dances,” said Chapter President Dr. Mack Sowell. “We are not just alumni; we are alumni investors, investing in the University because it’s the right thing to do. If we invest in Shaw, we all benefit.” They are currently collecting donations as part of another effort to raise an additional $10,000 to meet their $30,000 chapter giving goal. Additionally, the Chapter hopes to meet President Yancy’s challenge for every Shaw alumni chapter to give a quarterly donation.

National Alumni Association Officers PRESIDENT James L. Shaw ‘88, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Vivian McCoy, ‘82, RECORDING SECRETARY Helen Best, CORRESPONDING SECRETARY Delphine Parker, FINANCIAL SECRETARY Hazel S. Gibbs ‘78, TREASURER Mitchell Gibbs ‘77 , PARLIAMENTARIAN Cynthia Williams Brown ‘81, williamsc21@ CHAPLAIN Rev. Frederick Terry ‘55,

National Alumni Chapter Presidents ASHEVILLE Betty Irvine’59, BALTIMORE Garland Brown ‘59, BRUNSWICK COUNTY Lena Butler, Interim, irene_hankins@bellsouth. net BURLINGTON-GRAHAM Alice Joyner’54,


Members of Delta Sigma Theta from left to right: Ellen Nathan, Ashley Agnew, Shirley Hinton, Tamika Jenkins, Erica Lafrades, Jamie Kearse

DUPLIN COUNTY Helen M. Newman ‘60,

RALEIGH-WAKE Dr. Mack Sowell ‘64,

DURHAM Cindy Brooks-Parks, Cindy1stclass@sister. com

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY Gerald Courts ‘78,

FAYETTEVILLE-CUMBERLAND Wilson A. Lacy ‘70, wilson@bjlconstruction. com GOLDSBORO-WAYNE COUNTY Greg Batts, BGX04@DOC.STATE.NC.US

ROCKY MOUNT/KELLY BRYANT Diane Cordell Wright ‘95, wrightm68@yahoo. com ROWAN/DAVIDSON/DAVIE/CABARRUS Sherlyn Edwards ‘01,


SAVANNAH Thaddeus Hodges ‘75, thad.hodges@xerox. com

GREATER ATLANTA Frank Bradley ‘72,

SOUTH JERSEY, William Waller,


TRIAD ALUMNI Vernor D. Tukes,

HAMPTON ROADS Lambert B. Logan,

TRI-COUNTIES NC Hazel Pierce ‘88,

METROPOLITIAN WASHINGTON DC Dedglan D. Freeman ‘94, Dedglan_freeman@

VIRGINIA TRI-CITIES Patricia Locket-Ross ‘86, plross1986@hotmail. com

NORTH JERSEY Ivan Donavan ‘71, bear.essentials@verizon. net

WELDON-SEABOARD Dr. John R. Jones’66, rmwjones@embarqmail. com

PHILADELPHIA Anthony Jackson ‘77,

WILMINGTON Joselia M. Davis ‘76,

PITT COUNTY Mildred Council ‘71, councilwomancouncil@

WINSTON-SALEM Lloyd Gravely ‘84,





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All in the Family

Julius and Gertrude Cromwell met at Shaw University in 1954, graduated together in the class of 1958, and were married February 11, 1959 just prior to his Army transfer to Munich, Germany for an 18- month tour of duty. Upon his discharge from the Army in 1961, he and Gertrude settled in New York, first in Manhattan for two years, and then in Brooklyn for 43 years where they raised their five children. They became active members of the New York alumni chapter and were founding members of the Brooklyn Shaw Club in 1977. At Shaw, Julius lettered in football and track, and was co-captain of the football team his junior and senior years. During his senior year, he was also elected Basileus of Delta Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and Gertrude was selected as the campus Omega Queen. Gertrude and Julius Cromwell

Julius has held several administrative positions in the field of health care, including foster care, mental health, hospital administration and nursing home administrator. Gertrude’s professional career included hospital dietary supervision, junior high and high school teacher, high school assistant principle and owner/operator of two early childhood learning centers. Julius and Gertrude moved to Raleigh following their retirement. The Cromwells have five children and 10 grandchildren ranging in age from 6 years to 23. SPRING 2013 | 27

Alumni SP O TLI GHT Aaron McCoy ’06 Brings His Love of Music to the National Stage Aaron McCoy’s love of music came from his father’s family. His father played the bass guitar and the lead guitar, and his father’s brothers and sisters all sang and played instruments. Raised in the church, McCoy can remember being at service and sitting on his dad’s knee Aaron McCoy while he played the bass. “You know how in church you see the kid with the broken sticks trying to play the drums?” laughs McCoy. “I was that kid.” He took his love of music to Shaw. He played tuba in the concert band and saxophone in the jazz and pep bands and would later become pep band director. Mentored by his professors, McCoy eventually started his own band composed of Shaw students. Called “A Touch of Jazz,” the band played for campus events, local jazz clubs, birthday parties and weddings. “When I got to Shaw, I knew for certain that music is what I wanted to do and this was going to be my profession,” he said.” “Shaw really helped to nurture my talents.” The band would later change its name to “Mixed Water” and played gigs across the region. Following graduation, McCoy, in his words, was a “starving musician.” He played wherever he could, at nightclubs, parties and receptions. Eventually, through his connection with Shaw Trustee Willie E. Gary, he went on tour with the O’Jays. From 2005 to 2010, McCoy’s band continued to do well, but his freelance work increased, so the band members went their separate ways. McCoy began working with national artists such as Coco McMillian, and with this exposure, received an intriguing phone call at the start of 2011. “A good friend, Archie Logan, called and said someone would be calling me,” recalled McCoy. “Six months go by and I get the call. At the time, I didn’t know it, but it was for a job with the Michael Jackson Tribute Tour.” He began with the tour in October 2011 and is still currently on tour. “The tour was in the making before Michael Jackson’s death, but after his passing, the tour took off like wildfire,” said McCoy. “It [tour] was supposed to last for only a year, but we continued to get requests so we haven’t stopped.” While McCoy is keeping busy on tour, he is also planning to release a solo CD this Christmas. He attributes his success to his days at Shaw. “My experience at Shaw was wonderful,” McCoy noted. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything or ask for a better blueprint. My training at Shaw helped catapult me to the place I’m at today and prepared me for the national stage.”

Principal William Stubbs ’02 Invests In Our Youth Growing up in Rochester, NY in a single parent household and being raised by a young mother who was often not at home, William Stubbs never realized he was an at-risk kid. Instead, 28 | THE SHAW GAZETTE

with the help of Shaw University, he defied the odds. He was the first grandchild out of 30 to go to college; he was selected for the highly competitive “Teach for America” program; he earned a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has excelled as principal of Kennedy Charter School in Charlotte, NC – increasing test scores by 32 percent. “With the structure and support I had at Shaw, said Stubbs, I always felt prepared in any setting.” Stubbs enrolled at Shaw intrigued by the school’s history and Christian affiliation. Once there, he became involved with both on-campus and off-campus activities, including performing with the Shaw Players dramatic group; serving as a teaching coordinator and then dean of students for Summer Bridge, a program designed to increase academic opportunities for underserved middle school students and to develop educational leaders; creating a campus men’s ministry called “Ready to Fly”; and working as a counselor for the City of Raleigh’s Parks and Recreation Department. In 2001, Stubbs was elected Student Body President. With a degree in English in hand, Stubbs was selected to participate in the Teach for America program, and began a two-year commitment that allowed him to teach high school English in Halifax County, NC at Southeast Halifax High School. During his time there, he designed an AfricanWilliam Stubbs American Literature Program for the county school system that still exists today and started a tutoring program for students at a local restaurant. “We fed the kids and gave them the extra help they needed,” said Stubbs. “In such a rural community, we had to meet the kids where they were.” Following positions with KIPP Schools, Reedy Creek Middle School in Cary, NC and Kestrel Heights School in Durham, NC, Stubbs was named principal of Kennedy Charter School, a school threatened by low performance and school closure. “I don’t like situations where I can be complacent or where I’m not growing,” said Stubbs. “I really feel like I’ve been able to affect change here.” Since his arrival, the school has experienced a decrease in student attrition by 3%; an improvement in schoolwide test scores from 12% to 44%; an improvement in student enrollment by 70%; and the addition of a rigorous athletic program. Stubbs is most excited about the school’s partnership with Johnson C. Smith University, where the school will move to the university’s campus. Stubbs believes that education is his calling and his experience at Shaw has prepared him to meet any educational challenge. “My professors were connected and invested in me and you don’t get that from traditional schools,” said Stubbs. “They had high expectations and I took that into the classroom. Shaw gave me the academic edge that I needed. I was happy to be a part of a network and community that looked out for its own and cared about me.”

You Saw The Best In Me: Alumna Evingerlean Blakney ‘09 Evingerlean D. Blakney, known to many as Eve, is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Shaw and in the summer of 2011 she earned a Master’s of Education in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. Currently, Eve is pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education Administration and is a Coordinator in the Department of Residence Life at the University of Southern Mississippi. Here she shares what it means to be a Shaw Bear. At the age of 26 I am working on a third degree, which is a PhD in Higher Education Administration. What is the irony? I have yet to pay a dime for my education. Why is that important? Well, it all connects back to what Shaw University did for me. As a first-generation college student from a low-socioeconomic background, I arrived at Shaw University, the first HBCU in the South, for a campus visit by train and I was alone. On the day of my visit, all I had was prayer and a dream; a dream that came true after I was accepted into Shaw. Shaw gave me everything that there was to give. In fact, I was granted

a presidential scholarship that covered my education for the course of my undergraduate endeavors. While other institutions limited me to a standardized test score and GPA to determine my worth for a scholarship, Shaw University took those same scores and GPA and invested in my potential because somehow she believed that my ability to perform and exceed the highest of expectations was possible. Shaw taught me to be bold, strong, and confident. No one ever held my hand, but if I fell there was always someone there to pick me up and push me to try again. I entered dear old Shaw U as a clueless teenager; yet, I was embraced and groomed to be a beautiful and wellrounded young woman. I was mentored, loved, and cared for each and every day of my college years. Most important, I learned one thing that has carried me thus far: Don’t sit around and wait for things to happen because you have to make things happen. As a result of going to Shaw University, all of my experiences be it personal, professional, or educational led me to believe in myself so much that I have been able to create a life that I never thought I would have. To this day, I am the most educated person out of four generations of my family and I am still the only one with a degree of any kind.

Dr. Cynthia Brown ’81 Honors Her Late Husband with a Scholarship When Dr. Cynthia Williams Brown ’81 came to homecoming in 2003, she wasn’t expecting to find love. Although both she and Richard Brown ’77 attended Shaw for one semester together, they did not meet until that fateful homecoming. They were introduced through a mutual friend and as Cynthia recalls, “we hit it off instantly and by July 2005 we were married.” Active with the Winston-Salem, NC Alumni Chapter, Richard generously gave of his time and money to his alma mater and helped Cynthia give back as well. “He was a proud Shaw Bear,” she said. “I was always impressed because he would give every year, and at that point, my giving was sporadic. He always maintained a connection to the University.” Thinking about attending a few homecoming activities in 2009, Richard and Cynthia made plans to go to the football game. Unfortunately, a day before the start of homecoming weekend, Richard died of a heart attack. After the death of her husband, Cynthia was having a difficult time coping. “The grieving process was very hard,” she noted. “While reading books to get through the process, I read

Shaw gave me tools for life and to this day Shaw University is still doing for me. Each time I take on a new endeavor in my life, Shaw extends congratulations and continues to offer support no matter how big or small the pursuit may be. I cannot think of a single endeavor related to school or work that Shaw has not influenced in some kind of way. I am still in touch with mentors and professors who continue to write letters of recommendation or who are willing to lend an ear when I need a friend. Shaw also gave me some of the best friends of my life. While many of us are far apart from each other in distance, we are close in heart. There is not a single day that goes by that I do not talk to someone from my beloved alma mater. I love, love, love my HBCU and I’m so glad Shaw chose to see the best in me. Evingerlean’s testimony is one of 27 stories in the inaugural HBCUSTORY Symposium’s #MyHBCUMyStory Campaign. For more on the work of HBCUSTORY, please visit www.

that providing some sort of memorial or legacy would help. So knowing how important Shaw University is to me and how important it was to my husband, I decided to put together a scholarship in his honor that would create a lasting legacy and provide students with an opportunity to complete their degree.” The Richard Brown ’77 Memorial Scholarship was established in 2011 and Avery Upshur, a junior from Richard and Cynthia Brown Norfolk, VA (see story on page 18) was the first recipient. “I think Richard would have been so proud of the scholarship,” said Cynthia. “In school, he was a member of the band and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, so to have the scholarship go to someone in both of those organizations, I think he would have been elated.” Cynthia hopes to grow the scholarship to make sure it is endowed. She’s planning a big fundraiser this September during the Cape Fear Classic football game in Wilmington, NC to raise additional funds.

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In Their Words… Shaw alumni share memories and fond times of their days at Dear Old Shaw U

William A. Bland - Class of 1970 I’ve always been impressed by the power of words. I think I liked school in the early years because some of the teachers were encouraging. But I was not mentored, and prone to act out. My subject grades were pretty good, but my behavior grades, not so good. By God’s grace, I got a chance to go to college and happily enrolled at Shaw. I’ve always been drawn to jobs and activities involving public service. While at Shaw, I had been a volunteer tutor and developed a liking for work with youth in need. Once back in New Jersey, I

Fletcher G. Bazemore - Class of 1945

became a probation officer where I strove to keep people out of jail. Years later, ironically, I became a police officer,

I entered Shaw University in 1941 and graduated in 1945.

where my focus was to stand with the innocent against the

I was interested in majoring in library Science, but this was

predatory elements of our communities. As a detective, I

not offered at Shaw, so I elected to major in English and

was blessed to successfully close numerous homicides and

history, and also minored in French. I lived in Estey Hall, a

other major crime investigations. I retired as a sergeant,

four-story building for women. The dean of the ladies building

having been awarded numerous commendations throughout

was Dean Yeargin. It was shortly before the United States

my career. After 35 years of devotion to community service

entered World War II when I entered Shaw University. Most

while working in the criminal justice system, I renewed my

of our guys were drafted into service and when we had

interest in writing which had taken root while I was at Shaw. I

social events, Shaw’s president invited nearby servicemen

completed an adult-education writing course and after many

to dance with us. I met my first true love, James Wallace

hours of labor and research, completed and self-published

Hopson, whom I later married, when he came to one of our

a novel (Crosscurrents) and a book of rhymes (Food For

dances which were held in the Tupper Memorial Gymnasium.

Thought) which are now available for sale. A recent widower,

I enjoyed attending Shaw University. This is where I met

I attended Shaw’s 2010 Homecoming and reunited with a

loads of friends and had excellent teachers whom I admired,

long-lost friend (Beverly Wells). We discovered our paths had

especially Mr. Cook, my French teacher. I’d talked about

crisscrossed for years without our meeting, but now we are

Estey Hall for so long that my two daughters and second

determined to never part again and will soon marry.

husband, Lenwood Bazemore, were excited to see it, and the rest of Shaw’s campus. They were able to see the campus for the very first time when they traveled with me to Fall Homecoming in 2010. The campus had changed a lot in sixty-five years and the visit brought back many wonderful memories.


Mildred A Council - Class of 1971

CaShawn D. Parker – Class of 2011

My LOVE for Shaw University started when I enrolled in the fall of 1967 and continues forever. God has richly blessed me with good health and SHAW U transformed my life with an excellent education and outstanding leadership development skills. The communities that I served as City Council Member, Mayor Pro-Tem, Pitt County Alumni Chapter President, current school board member, adjunct CAPE Social Work Faculty Member and Volunteer Leader for numerous organizations such as 4-H, Greenville Youth Council, Ladies of Distinction, Association of Black Social Workers and providing numerous

I graduated from Shaw University in May 2011 with a

scholarship opportunities for youth has benefited many. I am

Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a minor in Vocal

one of my alma mater’s success stories - a successful wife,

Music. A few months after graduation, I enrolled in

mother of two successful sons.

Concordia University Online Cohort Master’s program and now I am currently working towards a Master of Curriculum

Benjamin M. Bynum – Class of 2010 My years at Shaw University will never be forgotten. Shaw gave me a chance when other schools would not. I retired from the United States Navy in December 2006 and enrolled in Shaw in May 2007. The professors in the sociology department at Shaw University taught me the tools I needed to not only be successful at Shaw, but to go on to graduate school where I was a member of the Social Work Honor Society. Thank you Shaw University! After graduating, I took a year off from school to relax and enjoy my family. I have returned to school and I’m currently enrolled at North Carolina Central University

and Instruction with a concentration in The Inclusive Classroom: Special Education and Reading Specialist program. I’m currently a Curriculum Assistance (Behavior Support) Teacher Assistant at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh, NC. While at Shaw University, I was a member of the Thomas J. Boyd Gospel Choir, and the Shaw University Concert Choir. Under the direction of Dr. L. Cornwall, I’ve had so many great opportunities. It was with the choir that I was exposed to different genres of music, composers, and different cultures. It was with the choir that I took my first flight out of the country to Europe where we toured in Prague and Budapest. This was a life-changing experience and was something that will stay with me forever. Not only was Dr. Cornwall a big help through my tenure at Shaw University, Mr. George Hatcher, department chair, played a successful role as well. When I first arrived at Shaw University in 2006, Mr. Hatcher was my first advisor when I was a music major. He was willing to help anyway that he saw fit, willing to answer questions, give advice, and rehearsal when needed.

working on my master’s degree in social work. I plan to work with the VA after graduation, working with military members with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and I would also like to pursue my LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker).

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DATES TO REMEMBER SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 Fall Convocation Shaw University Raleigh, NC SEPTEMBER 22–24, 2013 Bessie Boyd-Holman Lecture Series on Ethics and Values Shaw University Raleigh, NC OCTOBER 5, 2013 30th Annual Shaw University Divinity School Women’s Conference Shaw University Raleigh, NC

OCTOBER 13, 2013 Homecoming Opening Worship Service Shaw University Raleigh, NC OCTOBER 18, 2013 Founder’s Day Convocation Meymandi Concert Hall Raleigh, NC

OCTOBER 19, 2013 Homecoming Football Game Shaw vs. Livingstone Durham County Stadium Durham, NC OCTOBER 20, 2013 Homecoming Closing Worship Service Shaw University Raleigh, NC

The Shaw Gazette  

The magazine for Shaw University Alumni and Friends. Spring 2013

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