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April 2013 E-Newsletter


Real Facts ... No April Fooling

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How often have you heard the following said:

  • “You can’t get a good education at a HBCU”
  • “The HBCU experience doesn’t measure up”
  •  “Why go to a HBCU, the world is not all Black”
  •  “Howard may be good, but it’s not that good”
  •  “Bison support Howard better than other alumni at their schools”


No doubt, you have heard any or all of the above, and probably already had your responses all lined up, but the last statement might stop you in your tracks. FACT: we as Howard alumni do not support Alma Mater the way we should and certainly not better than any other alumni group.  This is my point, since we, as Howard alumni, do talk about the fact that we are better than any other alumni group out there.  Here’s another FACT: our alumni giving rate is only around 10%.


So who’s more foolish?  Us, for believing we are better? Or Congress, for supporting Howard when we don’t...? Did I touch a nerve? I hope so, and, that is my other point.  This is not about shaming us for our past but encouraging us, from this point onward, to do better than what the best alumni groups are doing because we are better than the best alumni groups anywhere. So we say, now we must prove.


If we, as Bison, are not willing to step up for our own University, whom are we fooling?


Howard Trustee, Renee Higginbotham-Brooks, said it best during the 146th Charter Day Convocation: “we as alumni, must own the responsibility of Howard University.”  The Board of Trustees Chair Emeritus, Frank Savage, echoed that sentiment with his own words: “The world needs Howard at its best.”


That is my charge, and as President of the Howard University Alumni Association, I therefore charge you to take this opportunity to enroll with HUAA, donate to the University, and let’s show the world that Howard Bison are no fools.  The Time Is Now.

Chris Washington, President


The Great Debate

Howard alumni and Howard Debate Team at the Great Debate In Harlem. From left: HUAC NYC President - Samantha Wilson; HUAA President - Chris Washington; the Howard Debate Team; HUAA Immediate Past President - Kimberly C. Singleton; HUAA Vice-President of Administration - Akil Kamau.

HUAA Awards Emergency Scholarships to Students


During Charter Day weekend at Howard University, HUAA Elected Leadership posed outside of Howard Hall with current students from Springfield, MA and Atlanta, GA who were recently awarded HUAA Emergency Scholarships. From left are: Kristen M. Clark - HUAA Region I Chair, Moriah Wilkins, Margo Bouchet - HUAA Vice-President of Membership, Dawn Cooper - HUAA Vice-President of Finance, Chris Washington - HUAA President, Akil Kamau - HUAA Vice President of Administration, Hazel Robinson - HUAA Recording Secretary, Audrey Watson - HUAA Region III Chair and Krystal Gilbert.

HBCU College Fair in Denver

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Jabari Smith, second from left, representing for HUAA and Howard University at the HBCU College Fair at Denver East High School on March 16th, 2013.

Greater Memphis Club host Potluck & Mixer for ASB Kickoff

Greater Memphis Potluck

On March 10, 2013, HUAC of Greater Memphis hosted a Potluck & Mixer to kick off HU Alternative Spring Break (ASB) in Memphis for it's inaugural year! Pictured above is HUAC GM Secretary, Fatina Caldwell, middle, with Howard students enjoying the potluck. Over 50 students were greeted by HUAC GM members at Lipscomb and Pitts conference center for a Bison welcome to the Bluff City. Congratulations to Memphis native and Howard sophomore Ayanna McFarland and HUAC GM Vice President, Jan L. Mitchell for their hard work adding Memphis to the HU ASB sites! We're excited about next year!

Region 1 To Host Sip 'N Save Fundraiser


Region I HUAA has been approached to collaborate with three other HBCU's for a team to walk in the New York AIDS Walk in May 2013. We will implement this as a Region I, Bison in Action initiative. The region and individual clubs were asked to implement at least one Bison in Action activity. These are Public Service and Advocacy activities (From awareness to action). The walk falls in line with this. 

Brendan Francis '12, Region I Campus Connection Director, has agreed to spearhead this effort on behalf of the region. To promote the walk and to raise funds towards our collaborative team, Region I will co-host a Happy Hour in April 2013. The event is called Sip N Save. Please forward the following to alumni and share your personal FB pages.  We are soliciting Howard University alumni walkers for the team. Use this link to sign up. 

Come to Sip N Save on April 18, 2013 from 6-9 p.m.!! Please join us in this Region I  ~Bison in Action~ Initiative as we collaborate with other HBCU's to raise AIDS awareness. Please share this with other Howard University Alumni. Here is the RSVP link.

Howard University Alumni Club of Atlanta Welcomed ASB Students to the A-T-L

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The Atlanta Club hosted a dinner for the Alternative Spring Break students their first night in Atlanta.The students seemed to appreciate words of advice from alumni Carlton Lockard and Shawntel Hebert (pictured). Many thanks to alum Erica Lewis for organizing this wonderful evening.

We were thrilled to have the Baby Bison join us at our Charter Day Awards Dinner later in the week.  They "stole the show"! After a busy week in Atlanta, the chance to bust a move on the dance floor is just what they needed. 

We deeply thank these extraordinary students for their service to the Atlanta community! We look forward to welcoming the 2014 ASB students to Atlanta!

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Howard University Alumni Club of New Jersey Presents:

Meet Frank Savage!

Howard University's

2013 Charter Day keynote speaker.

 Book signing & QA session.

Read the book & come ready to engage in enlightening conversation on

Saturday, April 6, 2013.


An HBCU alumni reception will immediately follow.  Admittance only for those that RSVP by April 1 at


HUAC-PGC Family Movie Day

Saturday, April 13th

"42" (the Jackie Robinson story)

starring Howard alum, Chadwick Boseman

Regal Bowie Stadium 14

15200 Major Landsdale Blvd.

Bowie, MD 20716

For more information e-mail

Howard University Alumni Club of Greater Los Angles Club Tackles 5K Run Fundraiser

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Howard University Alumni Club of Greater Los Angeles participated in a 5K Run Fundraiser. From left: Cheryl Bland, Centrina Jackson, Lawrence Huley, Dana Huley, Janet Haley, Pamela Daves and Pamela Huley (Event Chairperson).

Howard University Alumni Club of Prince George's County Sharing in Bison Love

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Members of the Howard University Alumni Club of Prince George's County gathered for a pre-Valentine's dinner at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, Maryland on Wednesday, February 13th, to mix, mingle, and renew memberships as well as celebrate the best kind of love around--Bison love!


HUAC-PGC Assists Office of Admissions

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Members of the Howard University Alumni Club of Prince George's County assisted the Office of Admissions on Saturday, March 23rd, with sorting and filing student applications. Earlier in March, HUAC-PGC Special Events chair, Deborah Walker, organized a luncheon for the Office of Admission's staff as well in appreciation for all of their hard work throughout the year.
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Howard University Alumni Club of Houston Reads Across America

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On March 21st The Howard University Alumni Club of Metro Houston collected over fifty children's books of all levels to donate to the Nehemiah Center, a safe haven in which children are motivated, inspired and equipped to realize their God-given potential. Members read with the children during their after-school program as well as helped them with their homework. It was a great and rewarding event and we plan on returning frequently.

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Baltimore Alum Hosts Dinner For 50 ASB Students from Howard

On March 11, the Howard University Alumni Club of  Baltimore hosted dinner at New Psalmist Baptist Church for 50 Alternative Spring Break students from Howard.  The students were in Baltimore for the first time for ASB 2013 where they addressed gang violence in the city. 

Pictured with the students are HUAC Baltimore President, Donyale Smith; Vice President, Brian Hall, and alumni Natalie Frazier.


HU Symphonic Band Comes to  Grace Episcopal Church

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Grace Episcopal Church presents the Howard University Symphonic Band and St. John's University "Voices of Victory" will perform at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432 on Saturday, April 20th, 2013 at 7 p.m. Suggested donation of $20; children, High School and College students with valid ID are free.

HUAC Baltimore

Howard University Alumni
Club of Baltimore's presents

2013 Annual Day at the Races 

Saturday April 27, 2013

Pimlico Race Course
(Jockey Room)
5201 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215

Tickets are still on sale for HUAC Baltimore's Day at the Races. As HUAC Baltimore's signature event, we look forward to dining and socializing with friends and family as we raise funds for our Mamie Carroll Woodford Scholarship Fund. Last year we raised over $1,200 for the scholarship fund and we know we will surpass that this year with your support! 

To register and pay for tickets, click here:

Please contact Club President Donyale Smith at or 410-914-8222 for more information.





MAY 15TH, 2013
           6:00PM – 9:30PM   

A one-night art exhibit and fundraiser inspired by the work of Howard University artists. A portion of the proceeds from ticket and art sales will go to benefit the HUAC-GWDC student scholarship and club programs. 

Fine Art

Bernard Brooks 

Summer Brown, Jay Durrah, Eddie Fonto, James Jones & Richard Waldo Wilson


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AUGUST 21-25

Black Male Initiative - College Readiness Series

HUAC GH BLK MALE INITIATIVEThe Howard University Alumni Club of Greater Hartford in partnership with the GHMYLP, hosted a seven session College Readiness series for their Black Male Initiative(BMI) The Seven workshops were: College is for YOU if you want it - Overview; Calling Cards: A Good Resume Opens Doors;   PSAT/SAT/ACT tips, Study Schedule for Success and Charting Your Course; Get Paid to Learn: Scholarships Searching & Requirements, Work-Study, Letters of Recommendation; The Real Cost of College: Fees, Food and Borrowing to Pay for College - Taking the Fear out of FAFSA; College Credit: Get SMART!; and Career Readiness: What Color is Your Parachute? for Teens.  Alum Nyema Pinkney, HUACGH BMI Chair poses with a BMI participant and a BMI volunteer/parent.

HUAC of Greater Hartford Reads Across America

Read Across AmericaThe Howard University Club of Greater Hartford implemented its annual Read Across America(RAA) campaign. The club’s event chairs Glen and Elka Spencer developed Raising Readers to Become Leaders Barnes and Noble Bookfair, a six day on-line book donation opportunity for alum to support the RAA campaign. For the second year, books were donated to Metacomet Elementary School Library and the school hosted a Read Across America day.  The event chairs worked with the Metacomet school's principal to develop a wishlist of books. The Metacomet School Choir is pictured at the in-store kick off event at the Manchester, CT Barnes and Noble Bookstore, where the event netted books and raised funds that were directed to the school's library. The event chairs also hosted three in person book donations and a Friends and Family fundraiser at Ruby Tuesdays during the HUAC Greater Hartford's 2013 Charter Week Celebration. Kudos to Glen and Elka for taking the club's Read Across America to the next level!!

Howard University Pharmacy Alumni Association


Annual Alumni Gala Weekend

April 12-13, 2013

Greenbelt Marriott

6400 Ivy Lane, Greenbelt, MD 20770



President Bill Clinton to Deliver 2013 Commencement Address

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We are proud to announce President Bill Clinton will deliver this year's Commencement address at Howard University on Saturday, May 11, on the Upper Quadrangle of the main campus.

“We are thrilled that President Clinton has agreed to deliver this year’s Commencement address,” President Sidney Ribeau said. “As a preeminent leader, humanitarian and advocate, his extraordinary global work and commitment to public service will inspire the class of 2013 as they prepare to make their mark on the world.”

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Howard University is once again competing in the Home Depot “Retool Your School” grant competition to revitalize the campus with an eco-friendly project. The University is competing with other HBCUs for a $50,000 award.

To vote and review project descriptions, visit You may vote for the University once every day until voting closes on April 15.

Toyota Green Initiative Campus Promise Drive

Howard is participating in this year’s Toyota Green Initiative Campus Promise Drive, a competition to get the most students and university community members to promise to live sustainable lives on behalf of their school. The school with the most promises at the end of the contest will win a $1,000 scholarship endowment and $4,000 toward building a new (or refurbishing a) Green House on campus. Get your friends and family involved so Howard can win!

Visit for the pledge. The competition lasts until April 7. Follow the Office of Sustainability on Twitter at @GreenBison1867, and on

HUAC-GH Charter Week Recap 2013

This year marked the 2nd annual 2013 Charter Week celebration for the Howard University Alumni Cub of Greater Hartford.  This Region I Initiative encourages Region I clubs to raise the awareness of Howard University within local communities with a series of events to engage the public, students and alumni.  This year HUACGH participated in a Black History Month Celebration, worshiped in the church of an alumni pastor, reached out to Bison throughout the nation, collected book donations for the club's Read Across America campaign, implemented a social media campaign as well as hosted a fundraiser with a local restaurant.   "The club has implemented a number of activities within the Greater Hartford area and the community is taking notice. Charter Week is an additional opportunity for us to raise the profile of our beloved Howard University in Connecticut." reports Kristen M. Clark, HUAC Greater Hartford President. 

Howard Univ. Named School of the Month

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The Tom Joyner Foundation is recognizing Howard University in Washington, DC, as the March 2013 School of the Month.

The foundation, formed by the nationally syndicated radio personality, chose Howard as part of its on-going effort to assist these institutions in broadening and strengthening their efforts to raise money to help keep students attending HBCUs.

As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’, each school will be promoted by the Tom Joyner Morning Show and receive those funds raised from listeners, alumni and other interested parties that month.  The show, aired in 115 markets around the country, reaches nearly eight million listeners every week.

Cick here to donate to Howard University.

HUAC Baltimore Scholarship Committee

The Howard University Alumni Club of Baltimore are in need of volunteers to serve on the Scholarship Committee for this year.  The committee will review applications and select awardees for the Mamie Carroll Woodford

Endowed Scholarship.  If you are interested, please contact

Memorial Service for Bro. Worsham 'Chuck' Caldwell

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A Memorial Service for Bro. Worsham 'Chuck' Caldwell will be held on Saturday, April 13th, 2013 at Washington Metropolitan AME Zion Church, 613 North Garrison, St. Louis, Missouri at 4 p.m. An Omega Service for Chuck is being planned...more details to follow. Dress Code for Brothers...Black Suit, Purple Tie and White gloves.

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Artist Open Call!

The Howard University Alumni Club of Greater Washington DC  will host a one-night only artist exhibit featuring HU artists in May 2013. Actual date is TBD. They are holding an open call for HU undergraduate, graduate and alumni artists. You must be present for this event. All inquiries can be sent to Natalie Rance, HUAC-GWDC President, at attn: Signature Event Inquiry.

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Upcoming Alumni Events

The Howard University Alumni Club of South Florida will be co-hosting the South Florida HBCU Alumni Happy Hour and Networking event on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 from 6-9 p.m. at Bar Louie in Midtown, 3201 N. Miami Avenue, Suite 106, Miami, FL.

The Howard University Alumni Club of Prince George's County will hold its next General Body meeting on Thursday, April 4th and May 2nd, 2013 at NGEN, LLC, 1101 Mercantile Lane, Suite 100, Largo, MD 20774, from 7-8 p.m.

The Howard University Alumni Club of Prince George County will hold a General Body Meeting on Thursday, April 4th, 2013 from 7-8 p.m. at NGEN, LLC, 1101 Mercantile Lane, Suite 100, Largo, MD, 20774.

The Howard University Alumni Club of New Jersey will sponsor an afternoon book signing with Frank Savage on Saturday, April 6th, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Hilton East Brunswick, 3 Tower Center Boulevard, East Brunswick, NJ 08816.

The Howard University Alumni Club of Nashville will hold an interest meeting on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 at 6 p.m. at Cohen Learning Center, 4805 Park Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209. The process of becoming a new club and new requirements instituted by the university will be discussed.

The Howard University Alumni Club of Prince George County will a spring mixer on Thursday, April 11th, 2013 at Peachez Cafe & Lounge, 5010 Brown Station Road, Upper Marlboro, MD, from 6-9 p.m.

The Howard University Alumni Club of Baltimore is planning a movie day for "42" starring Howard Alum Chadwick Boseman on Sunday, April 14th, 2013. For more information, contact

The Howard University Alumni Club of Greater Memphis will be volunteering at Target House for Craft Night (6:30-8:30) and Movie Night (5:30-8:30) on April 17th and 30th. Please email for more information and to sign up. HUAC-GM will hold its General Body Meeting on April 22nd, 2013 at 6 p.m. at The Assisi Foundation, 515 Erin Drive, Memphis, TN 38117.

The Howard University Alumni Club of Richmond will hold a General Body Meeting on Saturday, April 20th, 2013 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Dumbarton Library, 6800 Staple Mills Road, Henrico, VA 23228. Please plan to attend and hear about the initiatives including the Freshmen Student Reception.

The Howard University Alumni Club of Cleveland will hold its next General Body meeting on Sunday, April 21tst, 2013 at 6 p.m.

The Howard University Alumni Club of New York City will hold a General Body Meeting on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at The Children's Aid Society, 150 East 45th Street, 4th Floor, between 3rd Avenue and Lexington.

The Howard University Alumni Club of Pittsburgh will hold a Happy Hour/Meet and Greet on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at AVA Lounge, 126 S. Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15206. Open Mic begins at 9 p.m. Come out and meet fellow alumni in an effort to organize a formal HUAC-PGH club.

The Howard University Alumni Club of Greater Hartford, along with GHMYLP, will hold Module 3 of its Black Male Initiative: Leadership in Sports & Advertising on Saturday, April 27th, 2013, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Metropolitan Learning Center, 1551 Blue Hills Avenue, Bloomfield, CT.

The Howard University Alumni Club of Prince George County, presents, Christmas in April Service Project on Saturday, April 27th, 2013 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Renovated location TBA. For more information, e-mail

The Howard University Alumni Club of Baltimore will hold its next General Body Meetings will be held Saturdays, May 4th at 11 a.m. at the Reisterstown Road Branch of the Enoch Pratt Library, 6310 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21215.


• Bison In New Orleans for Essence Music Fest - July 4-7
• Bison On The Vineyard "Seventh Heaven" - August 21-25th, Martha's Vineyard, MA
• Nation's Football Classic, Washington, DC - September 7th
• Big Apple Classic at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY (December)


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