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Black Alumni Weekend 2011 "Students Today...Alumni Tomorrow: Moving Forward, Reaching Back"

Friday, April 1, 2011

9a.m.-4 p.m.

Open classes
Campus Wide

A list of open classes will be available, along with registration materials, at the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs, 22 Snell St.

9a.m-1:30p.m. and 2-6 p.m.

Alumni Registration
Keefe Campus Center Atrium

Students will be tabling during the afternoon for alumni to pick up their registration packets and answering any questions that you might have.

4 p.m.

Campus tour/Drew House tour

Meet at Admission, 220 S. Pleasant (next to Alumni Gym)

Haven’t been to campus in awhile? Come get a tour from of the campus from student tour guides. Next, visit the Charles Drew Memorial Culture House (Black Culture House) and learn about recent and upcoming House projects.

4 p.m.

"The Biology of Race and Races: A New Look at an Old Idea"
Prof. Richard A. Goldsby, Thomas B. Walton Jr. Professor of Biology

Merrill Lecture Room 1

Although for many a tarnished and discredited notion, conceptions of race still influence the way we view others and ourselves. Some have sought to avoid the mischief that has arisen from the idea of race by denying its reality, indeed dismissing it as a social construct without grounding in biology. This lecture explores diversity in human populations, noting in some instances the origin and medical implications of some of the observed differences. The difficulty of establishing a relationship between race and behavior will be highlighted by examining some facets of the long running race-IQ controversy.

7 p.m.

Brother Talk/Sister Speak
The Gerald Penny Center, The Octagon

One of the most exciting events of the weekend, Brother Speaker/Sister Talk is an opportunity for black alumni and current students to get together and talk about any all topics meaningful to them in an intimate setting. Students and alumni will be led in separate male and female by the current Black Men’s Group (BMG) and  Black Women’s Group (BWG) chairs—Joshua Greer ’14 (BMG Chair), Crystal Williams ’13 (BWG Sr. Chair), and Allyson Leach ’14 (BWG Jr. Chair)

10 p.m.

Open hours at the Gerald Penny Center and at Drew House

The Octagon and Drew House common room will remain open following Brother Speaker/Sister Talk as a time for alumni to socialize with each other

Saturday, April 2, 2011

10 a.m.

Pick-up basketball
LeFrak Gymnasium

Whether you are old school All Star high-tops or new school Jordans, meet up at the LeFrak Gym to take other alumni and current students to school!

10 a.m.

Dance class
Studio 1, Webster Center

Interested in the latest dance moves? Want to brush off those oldies but goodies? Join Dexter Padayachee '13 in Studio to get your groove back then show off those moves at the Mixer in the evening. 

10 a.m.

Blackademic Quiz Bowl
O'Connor Commons, Charles Pratt Dormitory

Think you know everything there is to know about black history? Test your wits and show us what you’ve got at this friendly, but competitive, trivia contest. 

10 a.m.

Dr. Harold C. Haizlip ’57 Lecture
Gerald Penny Center, Octagon

Dr. Haizlip and his wife Mrs. Shirlee Haizlip will speak about their amazing lives both during and after college. Dr. and Mrs. Haizlip co-authored the book In the Garden of Our Dreams: Memoirs of Our Marriage

Dr. Haizlip is the founder ASAP (After School Arts Program) at Los Angeles’ BEST (Better Educated Students for Tomorrow). Mrs. Haizlip is the author of numerous books which include The Sweeter the Juice: A Family Memoir in Black and White, Finding Grace: Two Sisters and the Search for Meaning Beyond the Colorline, and Not Without Laughter.

12 p.m.

Administration address and Q&A

Johnson Chapel--Lunch provided

  • Paul Murphy ’73, Amherst College Legal and Administrative Counsel; Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Allen Hart ’82, Dean of Students and Professor of Psychology
  • Tom Parker, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
1 p.m. Panels
  • Education (1 p.m.)
    Pruyne Lecture Room, Fayerweather Hall

             Panelists: Bob Bellinger ’77, Travis Bristol ’03, Ellis Moss ’79, Nikki Scott ’97, and Junius Williams ‘65

  • Business/Media/Sports (2 p.m.)
    Johnson Chapel

              Panelists: Ongel Duncan '80, Kempton Ingersol ’89, Tarasai Karega ’09, Levan Moulton ’07,                                  Patrice Peck ’09, and Mark Robinson ‘78

  • Law (3 p.m.)
    O’Conner Commons, Charles Pratt Dormitory

             Panelists: Everett Jenkins ’75, Haywood McDuffie '78, Sheila Newsome Maddox '80, Dermond Thomas ’98, Dionne Thomas ‘98, and William Parker '77

  • Healthcare (3 p.m.)
    Porter Lounge, Converse Hall (Third Floor)

              Panelists: Everton Edmondson ’76, Adam Jones ’08, Allison McGill ’10, Claude “Randy” Williams ’78, and            Adrienne White-Faines ‘82

Light refreshments will be served at all of the panels

4-6 p.m.

BSU Now! Lecture
Gerald Penny Center, Octagon

What is the BSU doing now? What is the vision for the future? Come here the answer to these questions and more from the current BSU E-board members:

Sr. Chair: Ashley McCall '12

Jr. Chair: Emeka Ojukwu '14

Treasurer: Millicent Gordon '13

Social Chair: Lorraine Thomas '14

Five College Rep: Shayonna Cato '13

Alumni Liaison: Larissa Davis '13

Secretary: Kristen Harris '14


BMG Chair: Josh Greer '14

BWG Sr. Chair: Crystal Williams '13

BWG Jr. Chair: Allyson Leach '14

6 p.m.

Professor Andrea B. Rushing Retirement Reception
Charles Drew Memorial Culture House Common Room

Come celebrate Professor Andrea Benton Rushing's 33 years of service and retirement with Blacks Studies and English Department faculty, alumni, students, and the Five College and Amherst communities.

7:30 pm Keynote Dinner *REGISTRATION REQUIRED*
O’Connor Commons, Charles Pratt Dormitory lower level
  • Performance by Andrea Wise '11
  • Keynote speaker Richard Ammons ’74, Co-founder of Amherst College Black Alumni Weekend; Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations at Duke University
  • Special Recognition for Mr. Harold Haizlip ’57 (Black Students Union)
Following Dinner

Alumni-Student Mixer featuring DJ Kempton Ingersol ’89
O’Connor Commons, Charles Pratt Dormitory lower level

It's time to Paarr-taay! End the night right and party with alumni and current students to the cross generational mixes of DJ Kempton Ingersol ’89. It’s sure to be a fun night!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

10 a.m. Sunday Morning Memorial Service: Remembering Those Who Have Passed
Memorial Hill
Chapin Chapel (Rain Location)
11 a.m.

Amherst Black Alumni Book Club: The Sweeter the Juice: A Family Memoir in Black and White

Sterns Dormitory, First Floor Common Room

Join author Shirlee Haizlip and black alumni to discuss her book, a "a meditation on the meaning of race, color, ethnicity and family. And as such, it is a quintessentially American story."--NY Times

1-4 p.m.

Bi-Semester Worship Service
Chapin Chapel, Chapin Hall

Affirmations: An African-American Worship Series is designed for and by students to provide an on-campus Christian worship experience that affirms African-American religious traditions. The uniqueness of the African-American religious experience lends itself to the renewal of our deep spiritual feelings and to the uplifting of ourselves and our community. The entire college community is warmly invited to come share with us in the worship service and the reception. (from the Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Worship Series Committee)

4 p.m. Soul Food dinner following Bi-Semester Service
Chapin Lounge, Chapin Hall

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