Dallas Chapter News
Huston-Tillotson University International Alumni Association
~ June 2016 ~
Editors: Katharine Williams-Hunter & Berna Dean Steptoe
Oh what a wonderful season! It was a joy seeing so many alumni at Reunion weekend! Being surrounded by excellence and dedication strengthened my pride in being an alumnus of Huston-Tillotson University. I was inspired, to say the least. The drive from Austin to Dallas gave me time to reflect, as a collective I want to find new ways to support the university that did so much for us. We would not be where we are had it not been for the influence and relationships formed during our college years.
Dr. Burnette, president and CEO of Huston-Tillotson, spoke of the need for growth in our traditional enrollment as well as financial support for students. It is with this that I propose, we, the proud alumni of Huston-Tillotson University (Huston College, Tillotson College, Huston-Tillotson College) bond together to support the recruitment and retention of students at our alma mater. Many question the relevance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in this day and age- it is our call as beneficiaries of a HBCU experience to support our institutions in a variety of ways. I realize that many of you make annual contributions to the university and for that I am grateful.
I am proposing that as alumni we attempt a 7 in 7 campaign. For the last 7 months of 2016 I am asking every alumni, ex-student, friend, community partner, and supporter for $10. Yes, $10 a month ($2.50 a week, 35 cents a day) for 7 months with the intent of raising $7,000 – thus the 7 in 7. The sole proposal for these funds will be to purchase recruitment materials for and increase the amount of alumni scholarships that can be given through our chapter.
I realize that we all have obligations that seem to drain us financially but I ask that you and your network please consider contributing to this campaign. I believe that anything is possible and any donation would be greatly appreciated.
We thank you in advance for your support; no donation is too large or too small. All donations will be managed by the Dallas chapter of the Huston-Tillotson University International Alumni Association. Thank you for your trust and please share this within your network. If you have additional questions feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.O. Box 764742
Dallas, TX 75376
In Union Strength-
Matthew L. Morris, Dallas Chapter President
Class of 2008
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Reunion Weekend 2016 Highlights
Our Alumni meeting was held on Friday, May 6th and had a full agenda. A nominating committee for next year’s elections was elected. They are Gwendolyn Bendy (Chair), Bevelia Curley, Judy Taylor, Carolyn Hunter, and Frank Breedlove. The alternate is Mary Helen Frazier.
During the Friday Luncheon, “Women Making a Difference” from all chapters were recognized. Congratulations to Dr. Maxine Boles, Kathryn Strickland Page, Charlotte Frederick, and Berna Dean Steptoe who were honored from the Dallas Chapter. In addition, during the Awards Banquet on Saturday night, Dallas Chapter carried away the National Awards for ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: Dr. Rosie Sorrells; OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS: Kathryn Strickland Page; OUTSTANDING YOUNG ALUM: Matthew Morris.
Huston-Tillotson University’s 2016 Commencement Convocation was completed with historical significance. Master’s degrees were conferred for the first time; the 189 graduates represented the largest graduating class to date, including 17 W.E.B. DuBois Honors Scholars; and President and Chief Executive Officer Colette Pierce Burnette presided over her first HT convocation before a record crowd of more than 3,000 with Austin Mayor Steve Adler rendering the convocation address.
The Golden Class of 1966 was well represented during Reunion Weekend. At the banquet, each of them introduced themselves, including what they recalled as their most “memorable moments” at HT. This produced a lot of laughter and old memories of the great times on “the yard”. This type of introduction was very well received. Finally, once again, we have to salute Charlotte Frederick for once again volunteering to help host the “hospitality suite” on Dallas’ night, Saturday.
THANK YOU for sending in you PLEDGES to the university and being dedicated to making sure that today’s students have access to a great educational experience. With your commitment and generous contributions, the Dallas Chapter reported donations of approximately $191,500.00 this year!
On behalf of Ruth Robinson and the Pledges Committee, we give kudos to every alum and friend who contributed! It’s what we all to “together” that makes the difference!
This year, we designated $500 of the amount donated from our Dallas Chapter’s Treasury towards a “Brick” recognition for the chapter, simply reading “Dallas Chapter – 2016”. Brick donations are treated as regular unrestricted donations to HT for use as they deem necessary.
The $50 includes both national ($35) and local ($15) dues. Make checks payable to Dallas Chapter - HT Alumni. P.O. BOX 764742, Dallas, TX 75376
Finishing the Last Mile Annual Fund
Please keep all of our homebound and ill members in your thoughts and prayers: Barbara Sweet Williams, Emma and Robert Greene, Dr. Maxine Boles, and German Anderson. Sick and shut-in, add Mildred Bell, who is sick. Paula and Robert Brown remain on the sick and shut in list. They will be celebrating a grandchild's graduation and will be hanging up another degree in their living room, as is their family tradition! Floyd and Millie request your prayers for continued healing and blessings. Barbara Williams request your continued prayers and blessings.
Remember to advise Millie Ferguson if you know of any additions or updates needed (214-943-1885). “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16).
SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO MILLIE! Once again, she has shown her faithfulness and dedication to her job of tending our sick and shut in’s and guiding our prayer corner. As newsletter editors, we thank Millie for continually being a member who responds to our requests for newsletter articles, year after year, month after month. Millie, we love and appreciate you and Floyd!