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Fall 2012 - Volume 1, Issue 3

Date Released: 27 August 2012

President's Message

It is with great pleasure that I address students and alumni in this issue of the newsletter. I welcome the incoming freshman class of 2016 to Case Western Reserve University. I also hope that all returning students had a wonderful and fruitful summer filled with fun, relaxation, and meditation on what this year will hold. Here’s to an outstanding year for all of our students!

The Alumni Association has had a busy summer planning the events scheduled to take place during Alumni Weekend 2012. We hope to see all alumni and current students then.

I encourage everyone reading this article to get involved and invite other alumni to join. We would love to have your input on the programs and other activities that our association supports. Contact current officers through to find out more about the African American Alumni Association. This year and years to come will not be the same without you.

I look forward to catching up with alumni from previous classes and meeting new alums and students.

Come join our journey. Continue to grow with us. Leave a legacy. Create a vision.

Alicia Graves (CWR '05), Interim President, African American Alumni Association

Welcome, Class of 2016!

The largest, most diverse, and most academically accomplished class in Case Western Reserve University history arrived the weekend of August 17, 2012. This class of nearly 1,400 members is comprised of more than 12 percent underrepresented minorities, including approximately 100 African-American and 100 Latino first-year students. Nearly three-quarters of the students come from states outside of Ohio, and about 80 students come from other countries.

The African American Alumni Association welcomes the class of 2016. We’re excited that you’re here!

Alumni Weekend is Almost Here!

Alumni WeekendGreetings!

The African American Alumni Association Reunion Committee has been busy planning an exciting Alumni weekend. We truly want you to be part of the festivities.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
THINK forum, Diversity 360: Social Justice, Activism, and Advocacy- Then and Now 
Panel discussion and luncheon 
Thwing Center

Friday, September 28, 2012 - 6 to 11 p.m.
AAAA Welcome Reception, Game Night, and Candlelight Vigil
Alumni House

Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 9 to 11:30 a.m.
AAAA Membership Meeting Important updates and election 
Mandel Center

Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
AAAA Dinner Dance. Elegant dinner and live entertainment
Alcazar Hotel
Group Picture will be taken at 7 p.m.

Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 9 to 11 a.m.
AAAA Inspirational Breakfast. Music, message, and memories. 
Alcazar Hotel

Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 4 to 5:30 p.m.,
Stephanie Tubbs Jones GospelFest. Concert and celebration
John Hay High School

We hope to see you at these events and at the many other spirited activities planned by the university and the CWRU community. Register today at


Michelle S. Felder
Program Chair

Reach Back… Raise Up! The African American Alumni Association Unveils Its Bold New Proposal at Alumni Weekend!

For many of us, Homecoming season evokes fond memories of our years as Case Western Reserve University students. Our recollections are of the relationships we made, the experiences we shared, and the fun we had. We appreciate the quality education we received. Many of us were only able to create these memories and attain this education because we were scholarship recipients.

The African American Alumni Association is launching a pledge drive to benefit CWRU scholarship funds for minority students. We will solicit donations from members and friends to increase the endowment for these scholarships. The Michael Fisher Scholarship, The Doc Kelker Scholarship, and The Minority Diversity Fund are three of the scholarship vehicles available to students. We hope to expand them and solidify their ability to support the legacy of African-American achievement.

The pledge drive will be launched September 29, 2012, at the AAAA Dinner Dance, and will begin accepting donations in November. Our goal is to have 100% membership participation and to raise $2,000,000 over the next five years. Imagine how many students will benefit from our successful efforts!   Be on the lookout for emails, ads in alumni newsletters, and other notices highlighting our progress. Please join us in celebrating our past and investing in their future. Support this worthy and ambitious effort. Reach back, raise up!

Board of Directors: Habari gani - What’s the news?

BabyOn July 28, 2012, Joanne (Stewart) Brogdon (FSM ’75) welcomed to the family first grandchild, Lila Christine McCullough. 

Send your good news—weddings, births, achievements, etc. to

Love leaves a memory no one can steal: In Memoriam

RoseBill Mayfield
Rev. Robert Stephens, husband of Marquita Winston-Stephens (WRC ’74)
Notices may be sent to

Upcoming Campus/Community Events

Welcoming Reception for Underrepresented Minorities
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm
Inamori Center- Crawford Hall

77th Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards 
Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 6 pm
Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square

Case Western Reserve University
24-30 September 2012

The Social Justice Institute and Olivet Institutional Baptist Church present Renowned Author of ‘The NEW Jim Crow’, Michelle Alexander
Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 6 pm
At the church, East 89th & Quincy

What would you like to see highlighted in future newsletters? Your ideas are appreciated. Contact us at