Dallas Chapter News

Huston-Tillotson University International Alumni Association

~ May 2016 ~

Newsletter Editors: Katharine Williams-Hunter and Berna Dean Steptoe

President's Corner

Greetings HT Family and Friends! Spring is here- what a wonderful time of year! As we move into this new season, it is my prayer that we all continue to walk in strength. The time is drawing near to complete our pledges and submit our donations to the university. We recognize that the contributions of alumni assist in making the experiences of current students just as good, if not better, than our own. As always, we are grateful for your support through your time, talents and treasures. Please continue to encourage any high school students you know that have not committed to a university to consider joining our Huston-Tillotson University family in the fall. Last, be sure to mark your calendars for commencement and register for Alumni weekend, details are included. We are looking forward to connecting in May, thank you for your continued support.

In Union, Strength

-Matthew L. Morris, Class of 2008

2016 Pledge Reminder


I am taking this opportunity to contact chapter members to follow up on finalizing Pledges that were received during our PLEDGE BRUNCH in November. Let me THANK YOU for your continued support of the university and being dedicated to making sure that today’s students have the same access to a great educational experience as we did. Without your commitment and generous contributions, these opportunities would be lost.

To complete our 2015-16 Pledge process, everyone is reminded to send the amount of your pledge or the balance of your pledge to the University by April 30, 2016 (or as soon as possible thereafter). Please submit the payment of your Pledge payable to “Huston-Tillotson University.” Be sure to note on your check that your donation should be credited to the Dallas Chapter.

Mail your payment to: Huston-Tillotson University, Office of Institutional Advancement

900 Chicon Street, Austin, Texas 78702. Phone: 512-505-3073 or 3074.

Email or Call Me: Finally, would you send me an e-mail (rrobin1@sbcglobal.net) or phone me (214-212-2869) to let me know that your pledge has been sent? This will assure that our reporting to the university is accurate and complete. NOTE: If you don’t make the April 30 due date, please still send your pledge or donation of any amount; it will still be counted for this year although not in the amount we report at the Reunion Alumni Awards Banquet.


MAY 5 – MAY 7

Go online to HTU.edu “Alumni and Friends”, or HTIAA.com “News and Events” to print out the form or to register online. Please note payment deadlines and other details as displayed there. The correct date of the Awards Banquet is Saturday, May 7, 2016. Total registration cost BEFORE 4/22/16 is $150.00. The cost rises to $160.00 after 4/22. The convention hotel is again Holiday Inn Midtown.

On-Campus Activities

Honors Day Convocation – Friday, May 6 at 10:00 a.m. (King-Seabrook Chapel, HT Campus)

Commencement - Saturday, May 7 at 8:30 a.m. (HT Athletic Field with Reception following)

2016 Commencement DVD -- You may order a DVD for yourself or as a gift for $19.95. Place "Commencement DVD" in the memo line of the online form at www.htu.edu.


May 5, 2016 at 8:00pm

Holiday Inn Midtown- Austin, TX

Reception honoring Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette our new president at Huston-Tillotson University

Women Making a Difference

May 6, 2016 at 12:30pm

Holiday Inn Midtown- Austin, TX

The 2016 HTIAA Luncheon Committee is proud to announce the Honorees for the luncheon this year from the Dallas Chapter.

Dr. Maxine Boles

Ms. Charlotte Fredrick

Mrs. Kathryn Page

Ms. Berna Dean Steptoe

Thank you,

Carolyn Thompson

Luncheon Chairperson

RAM Casino Night

May 6, 2016 at 8:00pm

Holiday Inn Midtown- Austin, TX

Vegas style casino with games and prizes. Food, Dancing and Cashbar on hand.

Commencement Convocation

Austin, Texas Mayor Steve Adler will render the Huston-Tillotson University Commencement Convocation address on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. The ceremony will held on the Huston-Tillotson University athletic field, located at 900 Chicon Street.

Commencement Convocation occurs in conjunction with Huston-Tillotson University’s Honors Convocation and Reunion Weekend 2016 activities. Honors Day Convocation, recognizing students who have earned high academic honors, is scheduled on Friday, May 6 at 10 a.m. in King-Seabrook Chapel.

Reunion Weekend activities begin on Thursday, May 5 at the Holiday Inn Midtown and continue through Saturday. Registration and packet information is online at http://htu.edu/alumni/reunion-weekend-2016. In addition to the ceremony for the 2016 graduates, HT’s 50th year Class of 1966 will be honored at the graduation program and throughout the weekend festivities in addition to members of classes ending in 6s and 1s.

Awards Banquet

May 7, 2016 at 7:00pm

Holiday Inn Midtown- Austin, TX

The Awards Banquet will also honor our Golden Class of 1966. All classes ending in "6" are encouraged to attend.Our chapter also submitted the following award nominations:

Dr. Rosie Sorrells, Academic Achievement – This honor is for an alumnus who have excelled in the academic arena or made a significant impact in education. Thanks to Bobbie Waring for coordinating this submission.

Kathtyn Strickland Page, Outstanding Alumnus- This honor is for an alumnus who has worked diligently and has made an impact on the local chapter. Her attributes exceed that of the average Chapter member. Thanks to Matthew Morris for coordinating this submission.

Matthew L. Morris, Young Alum – This honor is for an alumnus who is not over 32 years of age and has been or is active in a local chapter. He has worked to promote Huston-Tillotson University and to contribute to the success of the chapter and or Huston- Tillotson University. Thanks to Donnellia (Dee) Simmons for coordinating this submission.

Kristina Page, Non-Alumnus – Golden Leaf –This honor is for a non-alumnus who has provided assistance to an Alumni Chapter, National Alumni Association, or the University in recruitment, financial support or community service. Thanks to Kathy Williams-Hunter for coordinating this submission.

Chapter of the Year – We highlighted events and programs that we felt showed how outstanding the Dallas Chapter is and how we have affected our local community and Huston-Tillotson University.Thanks to Frank Breedlove for coordinating.

These nominees are all highly qualified for these awards, and we believe that each one brings strong competition to the selection process. Please join us at Reunion Weekend/Awards Banquet so we can show support for our nominees!


Once again, we congratulate members of the Golden class of 1966 who are originally from Dallas. The Dallas Chapter will purchase an AD recognizing them. They are:

1. T.C. Alexander

2. Gwendolyn Johnson Chance (Austin)
3. Doris Grant Furlough

4. Carla Warrior Hoxie (Austin)
5. Geraldine Hurd Price
6. Ronald McDuffy
7. Verna Brown Mitchell
8. Barbara Williams Swift (Cedar Park)
9. Rev. Preston Weaver

Join us for tea..

Participate in our annual stay-at-home tea! Please email htdallasalumni@gmail.com if you did not receive your tea invitation in the mail. We are requesting as many donations as possible to aid our local chapter as well as HT. Thank you for your continued support!



Please keep all of our homebound and ill members in your thoughts and prayers: Barbara Sweet Williams, Paula Brown wife of Robert Brown, Emma and Robert Greene, Dr. Maxine Boles, and German Anderson. Ruth Robinson is much better and back on her Dallas Chapter job as our Financial Secretary and Pledges Chair.

Bobbie Waring reported that Dallas HT alum, Ruby F. Hall McLean was funeralized on Saturday, April 23rd. Bobbie delivered a card to the family on behalf of the Dallas Chapter. She also reported that our President, Matthew Morris, lost an uncle and that Minnie Grimes Morgan is still taking weekly treatments. Let’s keep all of these alum on our active prayer list. Special thanks to Millie Ferguson, who, even in times of personal illness, has continued to coordinate our benevolence efforts. Remember to advise Millie 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).

Join Us-

Our membership drive continues! If everyone who receives a Newsletter would consider paying their $50 dues, we would more than exceed our membership goals! If you are not sure you have already paid your dues, please contact Financial Secretary Ruth Robinson.

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

First Tuesdays

The Huston‐Tillotson University International Alumni and Ex‐Students Association is a 501‐c3 organization that is bound together in order to maintain contact with the University, and to enhance the financial and numerical aspects of the University to maintain contact with the University. Our Association meets each 1st Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Center for Community Cooperation at 2900 Live Oak St., Dallas


Acura Raffle

You can be among only 1,000 ticket holders to win a luxury 2016 car. Your $100 purchase supports Huston-Tillotson University’s greatest need areas. Stop by the Institutional Advancement Office, Room 208, in the Anthony and Louise Viaer-Alumni Hall on the campus at 900 Chicon Street or look for Institutional Advancement staff at upcoming events such as Homecoming and Reunion Weekend to purchase a ticket. Drawing will be held during the Commencement celebration on May 7, 2016. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 512.505.3073



We announced and listed all of our nominations for HTIAA Alumni Awards this year in the March newsletter. All five of our nominees are highly qualified for these awards, and we believe that each one brings strong competition to the selection process. In addition, the following Dallas Chapter members will be honored at the Alumni Luncheon on Friday as Women Making a Difference: Dr. Maxine Boles, Ms. Charlotte Frederick, Mrs. Kathryn Page, and Ms. Berna Dean Steptoe. Please join us in Austin to show our support!

Membership Update


Remember, if you receive our Chapter Newsletter, please renew your dues each year to help our Chapter to continue growing, and to help defray Chapter expenses. Since Dallas Chapter dues are only $15.00 that is all that we retain from the $50 membership dues that you pay. As promised, an updated membership list with corrections from the last one is included with this newsletter. Please contact Charlotte Frederick at 214-223-0746 or G. Bendy at 972-475-9424 if you have any questions about the membership list. We are still trying to reach that goal of 100 members!

1. Alexander, Mae

2. Anderson, German

3. Anderson, Stephanie

4. Anderson Gooden, Rev. Betty

5. Arceneaux, Phyllis

6. Barree, Lola

7. Bell, Mildred

8. Bendy, G. Taylor

9. Blackmon, Mable

10. Bolden, Beverly

11. Bolden, Hervey

12. Boles, Dr. Maxine

13. Bowie, Janice

14. Breedlove, Dr. Donnie

15. Breedlove, Frank

16. Brembry, Nancy

17. Brown, Dr. Robert

18. Camp, Linda

19. Carey, Thelma

20. Clark , Gwendolyn (recently deceased)

21. Cole, David

22. Collins, Bert

23. Collins, Carolyn

24. Cooper, Natashia

25. Costello, Seraphine

26. Cox, Newell

27. Dubra, Charlotte

28. Ferguson, Millie

29. Gray Fields, Brenda

30. Fowlks, Dr. Willie

31. Fowlks, Wilma

32. Frederick, Charlotte

33. Harris, Michelle Moorehead

34. Harrison, Carolyn Kemp

35. High, Monica

36. Holmes, Carrie

37. Holmes, Rev. Zan

38. Hunt, Lois

39. Hunter –Mooney, Linda

40. Jackson, Kayla (2015 Grad)

41. Johnson, Brendolyn

42. Lowe, Carl

43. Mack, Opal

44. Malone, Rai Cole

45. Matherson, Dr. Thalia

46. Maull, Betty

47. Mayberry, Eddie

48. Mayberry, Rev. Lynda

49. Roberson, Macy Mays

50. Mitchell, Verna Brown

51. Montgomery, Billy

52. Morris, Matthew

53. Mymbs, Ethel Anderson

54. Nunn, Irene

55. Page, Kathryn Strickland

56. Page, Kristina (Esq.)

57. Powell, Wilma

58. Rice, Yvonne

59. Robinson, Dr. Burtis

60. Robinson, Elayne

61. Robinson, Ruth

62. Simmons, Donnelia

63. Smith, Clarice

64. Smith, Dallas

65. Sorrells, Dr. Rosie

66. Steptoe, Berna Dean

67. Tanner, Joyce Spurling

68. Taylor, Charles

69. Waring, Bobbie

70. Weaver, Barbara

71. Weaver, Rev. Preston

72. Williams, Ada

73. Willliams, Barbara

74. Williams-Hunter, Katharine

75. Wright, Ida Mooney

If your name was omitted or wrong, please let us know. Call or text Charlotte Frederick at 214-223-0746 or phone G. Bendy at 972-475-9424 so that we can correct any errors! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!