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Black Alumni Weekend
April 4 - 6, 2008

The cost for the weekend is $75 per person, or for those who graduated in 1997 - 2007, just $50. This includes Friday and Saturday night dinners, Saturday breakfast and lunch and Sunday brunch.

Local lodging fills quickly. We recommend you make reservations as soon as possible. 


Please check back frequently for updated information.

Friday, April 4, 2008:
All Day   

Visit classes.
A list of open classes will be available, along with registration materials, at the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs.
Smith House, Hitchcock Road 

3 p.m.

Development of Manganese Nitrosyl Complexes and Materials for the Light Controlled Release of Nitric Oxide
Amherst Summer Science Program graduate A. Alegra Eroy-Raveles '01, a graduate student in chemistry at the University of California Santa Cruz, will speak. Presented as a part of the Amherst Summer Science Program Reunion.
Lecture Room 4, Merrill Science Center

6 p.m.

Welcome Reception
Gerald Penny '77 Black Cultural Center, The Octagon

7 p.m.

Friday Night Fellowship
Amherst Christian Fellowship presents guest speaker Julian Michael '04.
Chapin Chapel

7:45 -
8 p.m.
A History of the Charles Drew '26 Black Culture House
Sara Ruddick-Harris '09 and Timnet Gedar '08 will present a brief look at the 20 year history of this cultural center. Presented by the Charles Drew '26 Black Culture House committee.
Gerald Penny '77 Black Cultural Center, The Octagon

8 -
8:30 p.m. 
The Octagon Mural: Unveiling New Faces
The Octagon Mural was created by Kevin Saltou '01 to honor those who came before us, and to teach current students about the history of Amherst black alumni. Nine former members of the Amherst community are now represented on the mural and three are being added this year. To be followed by a soul food dinner
Gerald Penny '77 Black Cultural Center, The Octagon
8:30 p.m.

Sister Talk
Marissa Horne '00 and the Black Women's Group.
Babbott Room, The Octagon

  Brothers Speak
L'Quentus Thomas '97, Amherst College Wade Fellow, and the Black Men's Group.
Gerald Penny '77 Black Cultural Center, The Octagon


Saturday, April 5, 2008

7:30 -
10  a.m.

Your breakfast ticket is included in your Black Alumni Weekend packet
Valentine Dining Hall

10 -
11 a.m. 
Breaking Barriers - Alumni Career Panel
  • Kimberlyn Leary '82, PhD, associate professor, Harvard Medical School, director of psychology training, Cambridge Health Alliance, Amherst College Wade Fellow
  • Marissa Horne '00, sales operations manager for the Northeast District of Microsoft
  • Stephen Jackson '92, Digital Kidz, Inc. 
  • Dr. Marvalyn DeCambre '91, pediatric urologist
    Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115) Fayerweather Hall
11:15 a.m. - noon

Arts of Africa and the African Diaspora at Amherst
Director and Chief Curator Elizabeth Barker will introduce the Mead's growing collection of African art, formed with generous support from Herman Copen, Gilbert and Roda Graham, Ambassador Ulric St. Clair Haynes '52 and Yolanda Toussaint Haynes, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Marks '56, Barry D. Maurer '59 and Drs. James and Gladys Strain and Jamie Strain '90.
11:30 - Noon
Curator of European Art Carol Solomon Kiefer will discuss the special exhibition The Third Space: Cultural Identity Today with two of the featured artists: French Algerian Zoulikha Bouabdellah (artist in residence) and Ghaniaian-German Daniel Kojo (Copeland Fellow).
Mead Art Museum

Noon - 1:30  p.m.

Your lunch ticket is included in your Black Alumni Weekend packet
The Mezzanine, Valentine Dining Hall


1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The All Volunteer Force vs. the National Draft*
Author, Boston University professor of international relations and former U.S. Army Colonel Andrew Bacevich will debate the history and future of the national draft with author, 2004 presidential candidate and retired four-star U.S. Army General Wesley Clark. To be followed by Q&A and book signing. This event is a part of the Amherst College Colloquium Series presented by the Office of the President.
Johnson Chapel


3:15 -
4 p.m. 

A Conversation with President Anthony W. Marx
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall


4:15 p.m.

Race, Place and Amherst: A Glimpse of Black Student Life at Amherst College from Past to Present
Moderated by Blair Taylor '85, Amherst College trustee

  • Ameerah Phillips '10
  • Denicia Cadena '10
  • Stephanie Sneed '08
  • Dionne Thomas, Esq. '98
  • Jean Fugett, Esq. '72
 Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
6 p.m.

Lewis Sebring Dining Commons, Valentine Hall

6:45 p.m.

Black Alumni Weekend Banquet
Reservations are required. Alumni of the Summer Science Program will be joining us. Speaker: Demisha W. Lee, associate dean of admission and director of diversity recruitment.
Lewis Sebring Dining Commons, Valentine Hall

Sunday, April 6, 2008:

9 -10:30 a.m.

Your breakfast ticket is included in your Black Alumni Weekend packet
Valentine Dining Hall 

10 a.m.   Black Alumni Discussion and Planning Session
All those interested in being involved in future Black Alumni events are invited.

1 p.m.

Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Worship Service
Hermenia T. Gardner, former Amherst College ombudsman and affirmative action officer will speak. The Founder's Award will be presented. Sponsored by the Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Christian Worship Series.
Chapin Chapel


2008 Planning Committee Chair:
Anthony Jack '07; Natashia Hines '07

Please assist us in getting the word out to other interested alumni!
Encourage them to contact any of the committee chairs above, or  Marcy Larmon, director of programming, Alumni & Parent Programs at 413-542-8235 for more information.


Upcoming Events

Northern California - NESCAC Spring Happy Hour
April 17, 2014 | 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

New York - Cabaret
April 17, 2014 | 8:00 p.m.

Virtual Lecture - Prof. Austin Sarat
April 24, 2014 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Southern Connecticut - Reception with President Biddy Martin
April 24, 2014 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

New York - NESCAC Alumni Happy Hour
April 24, 2014 | 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Philadelphia - RESCHEDULED Evening of music by the Chamber Music Society
April 24, 2014 | 8:00 p.m.

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