Plan now to attend the biggest Ball State Black Alumni Reunion yet! Festivities begin Friday evening, August 2 and conclude Sunday noon, August 4, 2013. Highlights include the addition of Greek entertainment and programming at Friday’s reception, with chapter strolls, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails, from 7 - 11 p.m. at the Alumni Center. Saturday morning starts with two informative discussions related to this year’s topic: "Ready to Learn, Work, and Serve.”
Bid on new items throughout Saturday's silent auction! Winners will be announced Saturday night, and may pay by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard. Proceeds will benefit BACS student scholarships and programs.
Relax with a delicious buffet luncheon at noon Saturday. Corey Brooks, BS91, the dynamic pastor at Chicago’s New Beginnings Church, will speak. Take a guided bus tour and learn about Ball State’s beautiful campus from 2 - 3 p.m., enjoy free time, or if applicable, meet with your Greek brothers and sorors from 2 - 4 p.m.
A cash bar reception takes place from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. and a reunion group picture at 6 p.m. The print will contain names of participants, and is optional on the order form. Delicious dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with award presentations and remarks from Hollis Hughes, BS65 MA72, president of the Ball State University Board of Trustees. Dance to music from a variety of decades until midnight.
Black Alumni Constituent Society Board
2013 BACS Board of Directors: Pamala Morris, ’69 MAE71, president; Teresa Jeter, MUR95; Renee Akins, MA09; vice presidents; Tammy Robinson, MUR97, parliamentarian, Michael Chisley, ’73, Alumni Council Representative; Phil Anderson,’95; Nathan Boyd, '02, Frederick Cox, Jr., ’74; Jarod Crowley, ’01; Jarrod Dortch, '03 MA09, Dee Dee Gray, ’99; Alivia Johnson, ’10; Obie LeFlore, '01 MBA03; Charmaine Powell, ’75; Carl Radford, Jr., ’87; Keith Robinson, ’95; Allen Williams, ’73; Charles Payne, faculty representative; Hollis Hughes, ’65MA73, ex officio; Sue Taylor ,71 and Laura Waldron, '98 MPA00, Alumni Programs.
9 -11 p.m.
Everyone will enjoy a program designed by Ball State’s "Divine 9:"
Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Iota Phi Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho and Zeta Phi Beta. If you're Greek, wear your colors or paraphernalia.
It's going to be a blast and you don't want to miss it!
Ready to Learn, Work, and Serve
Visit friends over breakfast at your hotel and arrive at the Alumni Center by 10 a.m. for the first of two great panel discussions. At 10 a.m. Tanya Bell, president and CEO of Indiana Black Expo, will provide highlights from "State of Our Black Youth Report." The first panel, “Ready to Learn and Work,” moderated by Carl Radford, '87, HR manager, Navistar, features Clara Blackmon Thigpen, '95 MAE96, Gary School Corporation administrator; Dori Armstead, '95, Associate HR Director, NCAA, and Karin Sarratt, '92, Vice-President, Talent Management, Chief Diversity Officer, WellPoint.
The second panel, “Ready to Serve,” includes panelists Kyle J. Williams, '00; clinical sales consultant, Thermo Fisher Scientific; Ursula Douglas, ’97, contract specialist, US Department of Veteran Administration Affairs and Kyna Lee Willis, '99 MA02, consultant and former marketing manager, Goodwill Industries. The discussion will be moderated by Tammy Butler Robinson, MURP97.
Buffet lunch, 12 - 1 p.m. Program 1 - 2 p.m. with Corey Brooks, BS91, Chicago’s “rooftop pastor and Newsmaker of the Year.”
On the menu: grilled chicken with sundried tomato mustard, grilled pork with raspberry chipotle barbeque, veggie burgers, three salads (roasted corn & tortellini, broccoli raisin, potato & green bean), assorted breads, cookies, and beverages.
Silent Auction, all day
Would you like to publicize your business by contributing an item for the auction? Contact Alumni Programs, 1-888-IGO-4BSU (1-888-446-4278) by July 12 to be included on the donor sign. New items valued between $20 and $200 are requested. Contact Alumni Programs about options for delivering your item to the Alumni Center.
Guided Bus Tour, Free time, or Greek Gatherings 2 - 4 p.m.
Three options for this hour: Shuttle through campus with Dr. Charles Greenwood, '56 MS61, assistant dean, Extended Education, or enjoy free time on your own, or if applicable, meet with your Greek brothers and sorors from 2 - 4 p.m. in the Alumni Center.
Cash Bar Reception 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. and the alumni group picture at 6 p.m. Prints will contain names of participants, and mailed fall semester to those who purchase.
Dinner - 6:30 p.m. followed by program.
Outstanding Black Alumni Awards will be presented to Jenell Joiner, '65, Paranita Sherard Bratton, '78, Shawn Wright Browner, '88, and Roland Wiley, BAR79. Black Alumni Awards of Achievement will honor Doriel Armstead, BA95, Corey Brooks, '91, Jason Riley, '02, and Nikki Woodson, '97.
Remarks from Hollis Hughes, '65 MA72, president of the Ball State University Board of Trustees; presentation of BACS Alumni Awards, and then dancing from 9 p.m. until midnight.
On the menu: your choice of grilled chicken with a Morrocan sauce, garnished with sliced carrots and vegetable pearl couscous, or sea bass with white wine sauce, a warm potato salad and sautéed vegetable medley, or
vegetarian walnut loaf with mushroom ragout smashed potatoes, and vegetable medley. Each meal includes a salad, dessert, roll, butter, coffee, decaf coffee, tea and water.
Sunday, August 4 Jazz Brunch 9:30 a.m.
Bring your umbrellas and beads and march into the Mardi Gras farewell brunch. Live Jazz performed throughout the event. Mike White’s photo disk of all the reunion events will be available to you to pick up if purchased.
On the menu: Brunch salad with herb vinaigrette with roasted tomatoes, white cheddar and spiced pecans, fresh melon and berry platter, miniature crab cakes with remoulade, Cornmeal catfish with black eyed peas and Andouille sausage,
Creole beef peppers, onions and stone ground grits, Eggs Benedict with English muffin, ham and roasted yellow pepper hollandaise, blanched asparagus with champagne vinaigrette, bread basket with butters and fruit compote, profiteroles with chocolate sauce, bread pudding with whiskey caramel sauce, coffee, decaf coffee, tea and water.
Parking and Location
Reunion activities are scheduled in the Alumni Center, adjacent to the Scheumann Football Stadium at Bethel and Tillotson avenues. Free parking lot is just north of the Alumni Center
Hotel rooms are blocked at two locations this year, and special room rates are available by calling them directly.
The Hampton Inn (765-288-8500)
$107, per night, plus taxes Call Before July 19
After deadline, rooms and rates are no longer guaranteed.
Holiday Inn Express (765-289-4678)
$75 rooms, per night, plus taxes Call before July 22
After deadline, rooms and rates are no longer guaranteed.
Baymont Muncie (765-284-4200)
$69 for one person, $74 for 2, Call before July 31
$79 for 3, and $84 for 4
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306-0075
Questions? Call Alumni Programs, (765) 285-1080 or 1-888-IGO-4BSU, or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
You will receive a reservation confirmation and directions.
To see who has made reservations, visit: www.bsu.edu/alumni/blackalumnireunion
Complete the information below and on next panel. Prepaid reservations are required and due by Friday, July 26 2013. Cancellations will be honored if received by July 26. Meal prices include taxes and gratuities.