Alumni Challenge: Can you name all of the figures



Alumni Challenge: Can you name all of the figures
Alumni Challenge: Can you name all of the figures from Cheyney University’s Rich History?
Throughout the more than 175 years since first this historic American institution opened its doors, the students of each iteration of the school have spread out around the world, expanding the
legacy of education and service. Those shown on the opposite page with extremely abbreviated descriptions below are offered as a only a representative sample from those distinguished ranks.
1 - Craig Welbourn, (1971, Secondary Education and Social Science) whose family’s company owns 28 McDonalds restaurants, which puts them in the top 1% of all McDonalds owners worldwide.
2 - Robert Traynham (1996, Political Science), Comcast CN8 Washington D.C. Bureau Chief and host of “Roll
Call TV with Robert Traynham.” Prior to Comcast, Traynham worked in the U.S. Senate, served as an associate
professor at The George Washington University, and is a member of the Board of Trustees at Cheyney University.
3 - Keith Singletary, Sr., (1982, Business Administration/Accounting) owner of Chick-fil-A franchises in Largo
and Capitol Heights, MD, has worked in business operations, finance/accounting, and auditing for over 25 years
with firms like Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Marriott, and the EPA, and in each, managing budgets over $120 million.
4 - Joseph M. Segars (1961, Education) taught school before joining the U.S. Foreign Service. His assignments
included Vienna, (as the first Black assigned there), Jamaica, Nigeria, Tanzania, Liberia/Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe/
Lesotho/Swaziland. Segars was among the first African-Americans assigned to strife-torn apartheid South Africa.
5 - Dr. Gladys Styles Johnston (1963, Social Science) currently director of the internationally-renown Millennium
Leadership Initiative, served as Chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Kearney (1993-2002). Prior to University of Nebraska, she rose from Provost to Executive VP at DePaul University in Chicago, and served as Dean of
the College of Education at Arizona State University.
6 - Michael J. Horsey (1975, Secondary Education), also attended Antioch Law School, Penn State University,
UPenn, and Harvard. After classes in law and criminal justice stirred him to press for greater social equity,
Horsey ran in 1994, won, and for 10 years, served as PA State Representative for the 190th Legislative District.
7 - Dr. Wade Wilson (1936), after graduating from Cheyney, earned a Masters degree from Penn State University
in 1937, and a doctorate from New York University in 1954. After service as an instructor in the Army Air Corps,
Wilson resumed teaching Industrial Arts at Cheyney in 1947, became chairman of the department, Director of College Development, and the 6th president of Cheyney State College.
8 - Maxine and Roland Coleman (1965 and 1966, respectively) – Roland started at ACME in management training, which soon evolved into personnel and labor relations. After 17 years, he was recruited into the gaming industry and worked
for Caesars for 18
years. Starting as the
Director of Employee
Relations, Roland rose
to lead Caesars-Hilton’s
efforts to advance gaming worldwide as Corporate VP for Human Resources. Maxine served
as director of SmithKline’s
Organization Development Group. After
17 years, was recruited to M&M Mars as
director of the Personnel Group, and
soon became VP of Human Resources after one year.
9 - Caroline Still Wiley Anderson (c. 1864), daughter
of William Still, a prominent abolitionist who
aided the Underground
Railroad, attended the
ICY and, at sixteen,
went on to Oberlin
College. After graduation, Still taught at
Howard University,
where she chose to
become a physician.
She transferred to the
Women’s Medical College of PA, and became
one of the state’s first
black female doctors.
10 - Octavius V. Catto
(1858, Class valedictorian),
taught English Literature, Math,
and Classical Languages at the ICY.
His reputation was so strong that he was
offered principalships of schools in New York, and a
superintendency in Washington, D.C. Catto was influential in the passage of the 15th Amendment, which enabled
black men to vote. He recruited 11 regiments of black volunteer troops and was a major in the U.S. Army. He successfully pushed to desegregate Philadelphia streetcars, and founded the first black baseball team, The Pythians.
11 - James M. Baxter, Jr., graduated from the ICY in 1864, at eighteen, he received a call to Newark, N. J., to take
charge of its only colored public school. As its head for 46 years, the school grew and became among the best in
the city, producing graduates who attained great distinction for many generations.
12 - Edward R. Bradley (1964, Education) began reporting at WDAS-FM in the 1960s. From this, he landed a job at
the CBS-owned New York radio station WCBS. In 1971, he moved to Paris and covered the Paris Peace Talks. The
following year, he transferred to cover the Vietnam War. After returning to the U.S., Bradley, became the first black
TV correspondent for the White House. In 1978, he moved to CBS Reports as principal correspondent, and then to
60 Minutes, where he won 20 Emmys, a Peabody Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award Grand Prize.
13 - Julian Francis Abele (c. 1896), graduated from the ICY and gave the Commencement address. Abele then
attended evening classes at the PA Museum and School of Industrial Arts
and the University of PA where he became the first Black architecture graduate in 1902. Abele designed or was lead designer for some 250 buildings,
including Harvard’s Widener Memorial Library, Duke University Chapel, and
The Philadelphia Museum of Art.
14 - Mary Elizabeth Bowser (c. 1856), a former slave in Richmond, chose
to stay with the family as a servant and was rewarded with an education at
the ICY. During the Civil War, Bowser was hired as a servant for Confederate
president, Jefferson Davis. Seen as ignorant and illiterate, Bowser collected
military plans intended for Davis only. In 1995, she was inducted into the Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame for her pivotal work in ending the war.
15 - Randy Monroe (1987, Magna Cum Laude, Recreation Administration)
Current head coach of University of Maryland, Baltimore County men’s basketball team. Monroe had previously served as assistant coach at Vanderbilt University (1993-94), LaSalle University (1988-1993) and his alma mater, Cheyney University (1985-87). Monroe was inducted into the Cheyney
University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
16 - Rebecca J. Cole (1863) became the 2nd black woman doctor in the U.S.
when she graduated from the Women’s Medical College of PA in 1867. From
historical records, her thesis was entitled “The Eye and Its Appendages.”
17 - Dr. James R. Dumpson (1932), taught elementary school for two years
before moving to New York to work for the Children’s Aid Society as a case
worker. In 1955, as Director of the Bureau of Child Welfare and in 1959 became the only African-American commissioner in the U.S. Dumpson also
served2as Chairman to the UN Economic Commission on Asia and the Far
East. Closer to home, he led a contingent of 2,000 Welfare Department
employees in the “March on Washington” in 1963. As an advisor to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, Dumpson
served on various U.S. advisory commissions. In 1990, he served as New York City’s Health Service Administrator and Chairman of the Health and Hospitals Corporation. Dr. Dumpson’s many awards include a named Professional Chair at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, the Keystone Award for Distinguished
Service in Social Welfare, and Fellowship at the New York Academy of Medicine.
18 - Samuel J. Patterson (1982, Computer Science), President and CEO of Veridyne, Inc., began as a Programmer Analyst at the E.I. Dupont Company, where he designed and implemented various database management and
accounting systems. As a Marketing Analyst for IBM, he developed unique marketing programs. Patterson also has
an MBA in Marketing from the University of PA’s Wharton School and graduate of Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School’s
Minority Business Executive Program. he has received “Entrepreneur of the Year” award from Ernst and Young,
“Minority Small Business Person of the Year” from the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Eberly Award
for Community Service from PASSHE. He is a member of the Council of Trustees at Cheyney University.
19 - Robert W. Bogle (1973, Urban Studies), after attending Cheyney State College, he attended the University
of PA’s Wharton School of Business and Finance studying marketing and economics. Since 1989, Mr. Bogle has
been president and CEO of The Philadelphia Tribune, the nation’s oldest and the Greater Philadelphia region’s
largest newspaper serving the African-American community. Before this position, he has held other high-level
positions that of advertising director, director of marketing, and executive vice president/treasurer. Mr. Bogle has
also served as president of the National Newspaper Publisher’s Association (NNPA), on the Board of Governors
of the United Way, and board member to the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 2000 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters degree at Drexel University, and in 2002 he was appointed to the Presidential Commission
to serve as a member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Commission. Mr. Bogle is
Chairman of the Hospitals and Higher Education Facilities Authority of Philadelphia, Commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority, and Chairman of the Council of Trustees at Cheyney University.
20 - Charles Grantham (1965, Social Sciences) served as CEO of the National Basketball Players Association
during the largest growth period in the history of pro basketball. Grantham negotiated visionary collective bargaining agreements and expanded financial, personal, health and career protections previously unknown by players.
A Cheyney University Basketball Hall of Famer,
Grantham has served on the board of directors and selection committees for
USA Basketball’s Dream
Teams I and II,
Memorial Hall of
Fame, the Basketball Alumni
Foundation, among others.
21 - Thaddeus Kirkland (1991,
Communications) is a staunch
advocate for improved education for the students in the City
of Chester, the PA State Representative for the 159th district in
Delaware County is Democratic
Chair of Tourism & Recreational
Development Committee, and
Pastor of Community Baptist
Church, Chester, PA. He also attended classes at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
22 - Although James O. Ellis
(1972, Math) has taught mathematics in the Philadelphia
School System, he is internationally-renown as an olympiccaliber swim coach and as
the inspiration for the motion
picture “Pride,” which describes Ellis’ triumphant response
to the segregation
of the 1950’s. Ellis founded the
P.D.R. (Philadelphia Department
of Recreation) Swim Team, based at the Marcus Foster Recreation
Center, and is the source of the popular CU athletic chant, “This is OUR
HOUSE!” Among other awards, Coach Ellis has received the Presidential
Honor Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
23 - Bayard Rustin (Enrolled c. 1937) civil rights and gay activist, author, mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
helped organize the first of the Freedom Rides, and helped engineer the March on Washington and frame the
Montgomery bus boycott. Rustin, along with A. J. Muste, leader of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and A. Philip
Randolph, the head of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, met with President Roosevelt and compelled
him to issue the Fair Employment Act, which banned discrimination in defense industries and federal agencies.
24 - James “Big Cat” Williams (1990), played professional football for the Chicago Bears throughout his 12-year
NFL career. He was known as one of the top kick blockers in the NFL due to his 6.5 ft. height. Williams was a
Pro Bowl offensive lineman and enjoyed a 12-year career with the Bears, and from 1994 through his final game
in 2002, Williams started an amazing 134 games at right tackle and received the Brian Piccolo Award in 2002.
25 - Mercer Redcross, III, (1971, Economics) owns and operates The October Galleries with his wife Evelyn, at six locations: two in Philadelphia;
one each in Cherry Hill, Echelon, and Burlington, NJ; and in Washington,
D.C. Continually redefining the promotion, teaching, and celebration of
African-American art, in addition to the extraordinary displays of AfricanAmerican crafts, fashions, and local businesses, their Art Expos have
featured world-class plays and concerts and generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for needed community service and Cheyney University.
26 - David Rivers (1967, Education), with his partner, Donna Allie, lead the
award-winning Team Clean, Inc., one of the largest minority-owned and
minority-hiring janitorial services companies in the Greater Philadelphia
region. The quintessential business team, Rivers is the CEO, and Allie is
the founder and president, who began it on a shoestring budget.
27 - Eleanor Dickey Ragsdale (1947) was one of the most distinguished
activists, educators, and entrepreneurs in Arizona history. After graduation,
she moved to Phoenix to teach, but soon became engrossed in business
opportunities and civil rights struggles. A charter member of the Phoenix
NAACP, the Phoenix Urban League, and the Greater Phoenix Council for
Civic Unity, she was influential in desegregating Phoenix public high schools.
28 - Lieutenant General Ronald S. Coleman (1973), Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs for the United States Marine
Corps, Coleman received his third star in 2006. He is only the second
Black Lieutenant General in the history of the United States Marine Corps.
For his leadership role in support of Combined Joint Task Force Haiti,
the French government awarded him the Gold Medal of French Defense.
Coleman has also served in Vietnam, Okinawa, Kosovo, Operation Iraqi
Freedom, and many other vital deployments.
Greetings Alumni, Faculty,
Students, Staff, and Friends of
Cheyney University,
This year we celebrate the 175th anniversary of the
beginning of higher learning for African descendants in America. As the first such institution in
America, the story of Cheyney University begins
with Quaker Richard Humphreys, and chronicles
a long and arduous journey that reflects aspects
of American history and American s/heroes by
whose sheer force of will we have moved forward.
This anniversary also honors the courage and
perseverance of all historically black colleges and
universities, which, in spite of staggering odds,
improved the futures of countless citizens over the
19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries.
The most important aspect of the legacy of
Cheyney University is that it is a story about
people and the value they have brought to the
Commonwealth and the nation. These visionaries and beacons of hope have included the faculty,
the mentors, the alumni, the administrators, the
supporters, and the hundreds of families who were
drawn to The African Institute, the Institute For
Colored Youth, Cheyney State Teacher’s College,
Cheyney State College, and finally Cheyney University, with hopes for a better tomorrow.
There are many stories of triumph that are less
known about Cheyney University such as its ability to generate a very high percentage of students
who have gone on to complete doctoral degrees.
Our graduates are surgeons, physicians, attorneys, scientists, entrepreneurs, political analysts,
teachers, and serve as responsible and contributing citizens in a host of roles that serve America.
Each of them bring the experience of a university
education back to their families and communities,
demonstrating the range of possibilities for others.
We hope that this 175th Anniversary edition of
Cheyney University Magazine will bring credit to
some of the s/heroes who have created the legacy
of Cheyney University.
It is important for us as Americans to ensure that
creativity and genius continues to emerge in all
segments of America. We also hope that stakeholders will invest in the next generation of leaders by helping to raise merit scholarships for talented and deserving students, thereby continuing
this legacy of access, opportunity, and excellence.
CU’s new LEED-certified residence hall
opened for the fall 2012 semester boasts
well-appointed living suites, modern
meeting facilities, and casual areas.
M ichelle R. Howard-Vital, Ph.D.
President, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
•Letter from the President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
•Letter to alumni from the president of the
Cheyney University National A lumni Association . . . . . . . . . . . 4
•CU’s A mazing A lumni: Where Are They Now? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
•Cheyney University Legacy Award Honors the Highsmith Family . . 5
• NEW at Cheyney University: New R esidence H all Opens, New Science
Center and R estoration of Humphreys H all Move A head . . . . . . 6-7
Commencement 2012
•World -shaping civil rights leader, Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. is joined by
award -winning actor, musician, cancer research advocate T errence
Howard in reminding graduates of their roles in the world . . . . 8-11
An Evening with Dr. Maya Angelou
•The Marian Anderson Music Center is blessed with the magical presence
of the Phenomenal Woman herself, Dr. Maya Angelou . . . . . . . . . . 12
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•Focus On Success:
Meet Brittany Fox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
•CU Success Stories: What Did You Do
Over the Summer? Students Travonya K enly
and Ryan Robert Explore the World . . . . . .
•CU’s Powerful Series for Entrepreneurs . . . .
•CU’s A rts & Lectures Series Feature
World -Class Performers . . . . . . . . . . . . .
•Scott-Bagley Devoted Life to CU Theatre . . 18
•The honor Roll of Donors . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
CU Athletics on the MOVE
•Wolves Win “Battle of the Firsts”–Again . . . .
•Freshman Wolves Set R ecords in Track . . . . .
•C-Club Sets New High at Wade Wilson Classic
•Cheyney Wolves:
2012 Football Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2012 Basketball Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Greetings Cheyney Family!
I hope this message finds you in
great health and spirits. Since
our beloved institution’s inception one hundred seventy-five
years ago, tens of thousands
of bright-eyed, talented and
ambitious students have passed
through the various facilities and locations that became
the materialization of Richard
Humphreys’ dream. We are all
the beneficiaries of Humphreys’
vision and the tireless efforts
of stalwart keepers of the flame
like Octavius Valentine Cato,
Junious R. Stanton, ’69
Fannie Jackson Coppin, Dr.
Lesley Pinkney Hill, Dr. Wade Wilson, and our current president, Dr. Michelle R. Howard-Vital.
This is both a time of celebration and reflection for us as
alumni. The Institute for Colored Youth was unique because
Richard Humphreys’ vision of training students of African
descent so they would in turn teach others and prepare our
people for a place of responsibility and leadership in what at
the time was a rigid color and class caste system.
The ICY/Cheyney survived the nineteenth and twentieth
centuries with its racial animus and socio-economic turmoil,
made it into the twenty-first century prepared to face new
challenges and forge new opportunities. This is the legacy of
ICY/Cheyney, providing opportunities primarily for students
of African descent, and it has been doing it well for one hundred seventy-five years.
We know that times are tight, the economy is tenuous and,
like all HBCUs, Cheyney needs our financial support. Each
one of us has prospered immensely because of Cheyney. We
made life-long friends here. We were prepared for graduate
school and subsequent success in life because of Cheyney. It’s
time for us to give back liberally. There are numerous ways
we can do this: direct contributions, bequeathing gifts, establishing scholarships in your name or a classmate’s or a family
member’s name, and by spreading the word about the good
things happening at Cheyney.
In recent years, alumni have stepped up and greatly increased
our giving. We are extremely close to achieving our goal of
raising one million dollars for scholarships in three years. We
are proud of this, but we know we can do more, and we have
to do more, given the economic tenor of the times.
This is our time to celebrate a very special milestone! I urge
you to be mindful of the role Cheyney played in your lives,
take an inventory of your abundance, then do all you can to
keep the ICY/Cheyney legacy strong.
Enjoy the fellowship and festivities!
Junious R. Stanton
Junious R. Stanton, ‘69
Cheyney University National Alumni Association Board
The Cheyney Living Legacy Society
There are many ways to contribute to Cheyney University:
You can always make a cash, check, or credit card gift in
support of annual funds and scholarship programs, you can
sponsor special events, or become a volunteer. But are you
aware there are more options?
Planned gifts offer you the flexibility of enjoying your current income while making a substantial gift to the University in the future. Here are a few of the most common types
of planned gifts:
• Wills or Trusts–In this more popular and easy way to
make a long-term gift to Cheyney University, you include a gift in your will by:
1) Indicating a specific dollar amount or property
2) Giving a fixed percentage of your assets, or
3) Providing a gift to Cheyney University from
any funds that remain after providing for loved
• Life Insurance–You can name Cheyney University
as the beneficiary of a new or existing policy. You can
also donate a paid-up policy and designate Cheyney
University as the beneficiary.
• Charitable Remainder Trust–You can place funds or
valuable assets into a trust and receive payments from
Cheyney University for a specified period.
If you would like to discuss making a planned gift, or if
you already plan to include CU in your estate plans, please
contact Ms. Nancy L. Jones, Vice President for University
Advancement & External Relations at (610) 399-2714 or
[email protected]
All planned giving donors will be recognized and honored as members of Cheyney University’s Living Legacy
CU’s Amazing Alumni:
The Cheyney University Legacy Family
Award for 2012 went to the Highsmith Family
at the President’s Legacy Breakfast with President Michelle R. Howard-Vital. Progenitor of
the legacy, Dr. Charles A. Highsmith, Sr. ’43,
graduated with honors, served as president
of his class and played football. He has been
recognized previously with the James H.
Duckrey Service Award and a Distinguished
Leadership Citation for Public Education
Management from Cheyney University. As
President of the Cheyney University National
Alumni Association (CUNAA), Junious Stanton, noted, “Charles was truly an administrator’s administrator, to be looked up to because
of rank, yet stood shoulder-to-shoulder because he was always a co-worker.”
True to a legacy family, more generations of Highsmiths were recognized for following the example set by Dr.
Highsmith. Purnell White-Lawrence, president of the Class of 1944, was a Cheyney University First Scholar.
Magnolia White-Highsmith ’46, is the founder of The Highsmith Family Scholarship. Dr. Ann Gillis-Waiters,
’61–a school superintendent herself–holds a doctorate in elementary and urban education and was inducted
into the CUNAA Alumni Hall of Fame in 2012. Renee Lawrence-Harrison ’68, is continuously among the
Honor Roll of Donors. Charles A. Highsmith, Jr. ’71, who completed a double major in Elementary and Special Education, was a lead member of the CU Choir. Diane Cogbill-Highsmith ’77, vice president of her class,
graduated with honors and earned a BA in elementary education with a minor in Early Childhood Education.
Carly Highsmith ’04, represents the third generation of Highsmiths. Carly, a Keystone Honors Scholar and
president of her class, earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. She works with Teach for America.
Dr. Kenneth Williams, ’84,
is a podiatric physician
and owner at Comprehensive Foot Care & Wellness
Center in San Antonio, Tx.
After graduating from CU,
Dr. Williams completed
his pre-med studies at the
Temple University College
of Podiatric Medicine in
1990, specializing in the
treatment of the diabetic
Dr. Patricia A. Joseph, ’75,
has served as interim
Dean and distinguished
professor of Sociology and
Anthropology at Lincoln
University since 1985. She
earned her B.A. in Social
Science from Cheyney
University, and her M.S.W.
and Ph.D. from the Bryn
Mawr College Graduate
School of Social Work and
Social Research. Dr. Jo-
seph served as chair of the
Department of Sociology
and Anthropology from
2001 through 2010 and as
Co-Chair of the Middle
States Self-Study Committee. Dr. Joseph is also
on the Advisory Board for
West Chester University’s
Social Work Department.
Barry L. Stanton, ’85 has
been named Deputy Chief
Administrative Officer for Public Safety of
Prince George’s County,
Maryland. Stanton was
Director of Prince George’s
County’s Department of
Corrections prior to serving as county manager
of Frederick County, Maryland. Stanton is a graduate
of Cheyney State University with a bachelor’s degree
in sociology.
We want to hear from you!
Please send information to be included in the coming issues of CU Magazine to: Office of Alumni Relations
Cheyney University, 1837 University Circle
P. O. Box 200, Cheyney, PA 19319-0200
Spencer B. Seaton, Jr. ’80,
won a fourth term as Magisterial District judge in
Delaware County District
Court, which includes
Chester’s 9th, 10th and 11th
Wards. When he graduated
from Cheyney University,
Seaton worked at a funeral
home and taught at Chester
High School before becoming district judge in 1993.
He has been an assistant
basketball coach at Chester
High and coached in the
Police Athletic League.
Seaton also serves as the
chairman of Chester Community Charter and sits
on the board of trustees at
Lincoln University.
Naomi Hale ’11, has been
accepted for graduate
study at Birkbeck College.
Hale will be studying
Japanese specifically at the
Birkbeck Languages Unit
and will purse a career in
Michele Stafford, Cum
Laude ‘09, is on a mission
to help others through
a pilot program at the
Senior Citizens Council
Career Pathways where
she serves as senior career
counselor. The 8-month
program helps low-income
individuals interested
in healthcare careers to
obtain their GED, Certified
Nursing Certificate, and
Patient Care Technician
Certifications, concurrently. Stafford, who expects to
diversify the program, says
“Ultimately, we want to
uplift the communities and
the families within.”
Dr. Clarinda Burton-Shannon, ’80, specializes in
obstetrics & gynecology
at Women’s Wellness of
Lebanon in Tennessee. After excelling in studies at
Meharry Medical College,
she completed her residency there with rotations at
Vanderbilt Medical Center
in maternal-fetal medicine,
oncology and infertility
and training in laser surgery at Westside/Centennial Women’s Center.
staying connected
Where Are They N ow?
New at Cheyney University,
Lounges with flat-screen TVs are on each of the four
floors as well as in several multi-purpose rooms.
New Residence Hall Opens
Cheyney University proudly opens its ultra-modern
residence hall with Living and Learning Communities
he class of 2016 began arriving on campus on August 22, 2012.
For them, the day was filled with “firsts”–their first time away
from home for many, their first day of college, and the first occupants of a newly-constructed LEED-certified residence hall–the first
one on Cheyney University’s campus in over 30 years.
All rooms have high-speed internet access and cable
TV service. Security cameras monitor public areas.
The split-level, stone-faced building, located adjacent to the Historic
Quad of America’s first HBCU, fits right in with the solid-stone buildings
lining the nearby Quad’s green lawns. The state-of-the-art facility offers
a premier suite-style Living and Learning Community (LLC) to support
the development of students’ holistic learning and experiences. Students
who share common acapacious
demic interests live together
i v i n g on a suite-style wing or floor.
They participate in activities together and they are also
enrolled in a group of related
In addition, the LLC provides
out-of-the classroom interactions between students, staff,
and their faculty in common
areas conducive to quality
studying, informational meetings, lectures,
and collaborative
projects–all located within the
residence hall.
Air-conditioned single, double, and quad suites provide private and semi-private
room6accommodations for 400 residents. Amenities in each room include; private
bath, furnished kitchenette with mini-refrigerator, microwave oven, and sink.
For more information,
contact CU Student
Affairs at 610-399-2217
New Science Center
heyney University’s science,
technology, and
Construction has begun on the
mathematics (STEM) programs are about to take
state-of-the-art facility
a quantum leap forward
next year when a new
state-of-the-art science
center is completed (fall
2013). Located across
from the Duckrey Social
Science Center, the facility will house multiple
laboratories and research
areas, as well as a new
planetarium. Not only
will the facility serve as
An artist’s rendition of what will be the future home for CU’s science, technology, and math programs.
the new location for the
biology, chemistry, math,
and computer science departments, but its unique design was also awarded LEED Silver Certification, based on the
energy conservation techniques used in its construction and the efficiency of the facility’s operations. The building utilizes a recycling system that is designed to reduce water usage in and around the structure by using rain water collected
from the roof to water the outside planting areas and further reduce water usage inside the building’s plumbing system.
In addition, a portion of the “green” roof contains soil with low-maintenance native plants that, in essence, will help
keep the building cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, both lowering CU’s energy costs and offering energy
conservation learning opportunities for science students.
Humphreys Hall
Nearing Completion
Will serve as new residence hall for
Humphreys Scholars
umphreys Hall, named in 1906
for Cheyney University’s founder, Richard Humphreys, has been
a lasting presence on the Historic QuadHumphreys Hall will soon
offer all of the modern amerangle. The recent restoration project has
nities that today’s students
preserved the building’s exterior charm
expect from a university
residence hall. Pictured to
and elegance, while completely transthe far right is Humphrey’s
forming its interior into a modern resiHall (circa early 1900s) with
Emlen Hall to the left.
dence hall. Humphreys Hall will soon
offer a living and learning center for
Cheyney University’s Humphreys Scholars, a small number of high-achieving honor students who qualify for the Humphreys Scholarships. The restoration project and scholarships were achieved through the generous contribution of the
Friends Fiduciary Corporation, an organization that, along with the Richard Humphreys Fund Distribution Committee,
governs financial awards to Cheyney University honor students. This truly is a lasting legacy of Quaker philanthropist
Richard Humphreys, who, as outlined in his will, desired to create an educational institution for African descendants.7
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania celebrates academic
n May 12, 2012,
Cheyney University
celebrated its 175th Anniversary
Commencement and welcomed the
American legend, hero, international diplomat,
U.S. Presidential candidate, and civil rights leader,
Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., who gave the keynote address, and the Academy Award-winning actor,
musician, and colon cancer screening spokesman,
Terrence Howard, who stopped by to extend heartfelt
advice and congratulations to CU graduates.
Although approximately 240 students were graduating, nearly 3,000 family members and well-wishers
attended the 2012 commencement ceremony. As the
Reverend Jesse Jackson moved towards the stage,
it was clear that his contributions to civil rights and
humanitarian causes were enthusiastically appreciated by the applauding thousands who had gathered to
celebrate the accomplishments of the CU graduates.
The love and admiration shown to Reverend Jackson
was not only gratitude for the years he has dedicated to
effecting needed
changes in America, but also for his
current work in
energizing tomorrow’s leaders.
Many parents approached Reverend Jackson respectfully and thanked him for participating in the 175th Commencement
activities, hundreds more took pictures with their iPads, phones, and
cameras to memorialize the special
moment on the Historic Quad of
Cheyney University. A part of this nation’s history himself, the Reverend
Jesse L. Jackson welcomed
the opportunity to address graduates on the
Historic Quad at Cheyney
achievement with a ceremony graduates will never forget
With remarkable candor
and passion, Terrence
Howard congratulated
the Class of 2012 and
challenged them to keep
up with changes they
encounter in life.
While acknowledging that the
moment was a
time for great
celebration of personal and familial
triumph, Reverend
Jackson reminded graduates of the
need for them to continue to assert
themselves and take action for their
families and their communities.
He asked graduates and everyone
present to repeat after him: “If my
heart can believe it, and my mind can
conceive it, I can do anything in this
“Stop the violence! Save the children!
Never surrender! And keep hope alive!”
Terrence Howard, who made a special appearance to
commemorate the 175th Anniversary of CU, was a
welcomed surprise to students and their families––as
was evidenced by the excited screams that often follow
a motion picture celebrity of his magnitude. Howard,
who portrayed the Cheyney State College alumnus,
Jim Ellis in the movie, Pride, addressed the thousands
gathered with profound candor and insight that were
appreciated by graduates and families alike. Howard, who received the Presidential Award for
Distinguished Service at the ceremony, stressed that
the graduates are already magnificent in their own
right, but that they must be ready to adapt to change.
He stated, “How you deal with change will determine
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how well you succeed,” he told the graduates. Earlier
in his life, he recalled that when he saw a flower lose
its petals, he had tried to put the petals back on the
flower and restore it to it’s original beauty. In retrospect, Howard said he eventually learned he had to
adapt to that and other changes in his life. “Let the
petals that fall to the ground, fall to the ground. Make
room for the new. You can’t go back in time. Keep
moving forward.”
The graduates showed appreciation to the faculty of
Cheyney University at numerous times during the
graduation ceremony. As a special appreciation for
her dedication to excellence in teaching and student
advocacy, Professor Teresita Fernandez was awarded
the Lindback Teaching Award for 2012. The 50th anniversary of the Class of 1962 was also acknowledged
during the ceremony. It was this class that donated
two beautiful stained glass panels to the University
that currently hang in the windows at Biddle Hall.
Valedictorian Peter Hughes ended the graduation ceremony speeches with words of wisdom for his fellow
graduates given in the eloquence expected of a CU
Many in attendance remarked that the 2012 CU commencement was the best ever because of the quality of
the speakers and the accomplishments of many of the
graduates. Amid brightly-colored balloons and roses,
the importance of the milestone was easily discernible
on the faces of the college graduates and their families.
During the ceremonial exit processional, many tearful mothers and beaming fathers witnessed the first
in their families to graduate college. This graduation
represented years of hard work and sacrifice by family members, with expectations for a better life for the
new college graduate and the community.
Reverend Jackson captured the importance of commencement by saying that the degrees issued were a
symbol that the graduates now have the preparation to
capably engage in the struggles ahead.
“Graduation is a milestone, not an end zone,” Jackson
said. “Heal the land.”
Experiencing a Legend with a Smile
by Danielle Perry, Keystone Honors Academy Alumna
There she sat, wearing a brilliant shade of red and
preparing herself to speak. But for a second, she broke
her concentration to turn to us and to smile and wave.
Although the space between us was less than a few feet,
her smile and wave proved that her spirit came from a
much greater distance to greet us. On March 22, 2012
Maya Angelou smiled at me.
I remember the days leading up to seeing Dr. Angelou,
mentally preparing to meet a heroine of mine. Dr. Angelou has served as a surrogate mother to every poem and
story I have written. Her words nurtured my intellectual
and literary growth. Whether the next generation of
writers, readers, and lovers of the word realize it or not
we all owe much to this woman with the tender smile.
Our preparation for this grand event was understandable, we were hosting a world-renowned poet, author,
teacher, and much more. Beyond her titles, awards,
and acclamations was her smile. In one smile, she conveyed her sweetness, nurturing spirit, wit, and curious demeanor, which I imagined got her through her
journey of silence as a young girl after finding out that
“words could kill.”
Dr. Angelou’s speech was a reflection of her being,
her own experiences, good and bad, and how she and
the audience could be rainbows among the clouds.
She even recited from her own works and others. This
magical brew of ideas, and lessons, and love is what I
saw in her smile.
March 22, 2012 will be a day I will treasure for the rest
of my life. The Phenomenal Woman sparked a flame in
me and others, but most importantly, she smiled at me
and reassured me that I am a rainbow among the clouds!
An Evening with Dr. Maya Angelou
M ajestic stature,
classic wisdom,
Beauty bronzed by the sun
Wondrous woman,
Strong woman
All rolled into one!
Gestures so lyrical
Though others may scorn,
All the jazz even Louie
couldn’t fit in his horn!
Such nerve to be sassy!
P rose worthy of song!
Surely Langston or Weldon
had written her one!
M aya is her name,
Dr. Angelou, the same!
Endless rainbow of triumph
F or list’ners to claim!
P henomenal Woman,
You’ve touched us
and “rainbows” we will be,
We thank you and love you...
P henomenally!
by Angelitta Anderson, Member of the Keystone Honors Academy
Dr. Angelou represents, for me, all the possibilities that
I could be. Her life’s work inspires me to be everything
and anything my soul desires. She is the reason I began
to write poetry, and she inspires me to pursue my educational endeavors. She, like me, has experienced great
hardship and she recounts in her work that she was told
early in life that she wouldn’t amount to much. Against
all odds and despite stigmas she encountered, Dr. Maya
Angelou rose above her circumstances and became the
celebrated Renaissance Woman who we love and admire.
An accomplished poet, educator, historian, best-selling
author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer,
and director, Dr. Angelou has an impressive resume!
On top of all of this she has studied modern dance with
the likes of Martha Graham, danced with Alvin Ailey,
recorded an album, performed Off-Broadway, and lived
in Cairo and Ghana. Dr. Angelou has mastered French,
Spanish, Italian, Arabic and the West African language
of Fanti. She has met Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr., and was friends with novelist James Baldwin.
The Pulitzer Prize nominee has also been awarded the
Presidential Medal of Arts, the Lincoln Medal, and she
has received three Grammy Awards, and President Clinton requested that she compose a poem for his inauguration. What an unbelievable life!
There is great power in the affirmations in Dr. Angelou’s poetry–her work is both personal and empowering.
Langton Hughes’ poetry already has a melodic flair, but
Dr. Angelou’s mesmerizing rendition of Hughes’ “Harlem Sweetie,” made his words leap off the page into the
hearts of her Cheyney audience. When she recited one
of her own poems, “The Health-Food Diner,” which always makes me laugh, I shivered with delight.
What an incredible night!
eet Brittany Fox . . .
Keystone Honors Academy, Class of 2008, Bachelors of Art; Earned a
Master’s in International Affairs and currently working toward a Ph.D. in Sociology at Columbia University.
Brittany Fox is an accomplished young woman who has never had the favor of excessive privileges. She is a firstgeneration college graduate, and from low socio-economic status. Lacking these resources, Brittany has achieved
by relying on her own talents, drive, and abilities—and she has done so with tremendous grace. Brittany attained an exceptional
educational portfolio while a student at Cheyney University. This includes experiences in West Africa and in England, publication in a scholarly journal, and participation in the Maryland Leadership Institute at the University of Maryland where she studied
graduate-level coursework in public policy. Brittany’s academic credentials stand out, as she maintained a 4.0 cumulative grade
point average at Cheyney University, earning her the highest distinction of valedictorian of her graduating class. Additionally,
upon her graduation, Brittany was named a recipient of an award from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, recognizing her as one of the top two graduates within the entire State System. As a result of her consistently strong academic performance, Brittany was the recipient of several academic-based scholarships and awards. Amongst her many accomplishments, she
was the first Cheyney University student to receive the U.S. State Department’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to
study abroad at Cambridge University. She took on many leadership roles while an undergraduate student, including serving as
the President of the Senior Class, President of the Keystone Honors Society Council, and President of the Pre-Law Society.
Brittany has achieved a well-rounded foundation for her career. Her direct cultural and international experiences have inspired her
to dedicate herself to women’s development
in the African and Caribbean regions. Her professional work with HSBC (financial services)
and her studies through Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) have equipped her
with a financial and policy background. While
balancing academics, and professional experiences, Brittany remains well-grounded by her
engagement in community service: She is a
member of the board of directors for the Morton Educational Center (MEC), a Philadelphia
Urban League Young Professional, and a part
of HSBC’s, serving as
a certified financial literacy trainer.
Brittany Fox’s accomplishments as an honors
student at Cheyney University has provided her
with a strong foundation as she continues to
grow in her professional career.
The Keystone Honors Academy at Cheyney University
offers scholarship opportunities to high-achieving
To learn more about this successful
program, contact the Keystone Honors Academy
at 610-399-2386, or visit
Travonya Kenly (Sophmore)
studying a medieval castle.
Students in the Keystone Honors Academy often participate in internships, conduct research, and study abroad, but in summer of 2012, two Cheyney students did all three! Ashley Benjamin and Travonya Kenly participated in the PASSHE Honors Summer Study Abroad Program, “There and Back Again: Medievalism, Modernity, and the University.” The program
explored the city and colleges of Oxford, England, and, through architecture, history, and artifacts, examined the history of
academic institutions and how history, culture, and myth is reflected in literature. The program followed medieval history,
and how it is interpreted and rewritten over the years by authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling. Ashley and Travonya were competed and won the scholarships to participate.
Upon returning from the study abroad program, Ashley began a research internship at Drexel University in the area of neural anatomy/virology. Ashley is a junior and member of the Keystone Honors Academy at Cheyney University. She is majoring in biology in preparation for admission to medical school.
A sophomore biology and chemistry major, Travonya began a research internship the day following her return from England, studying alternative diets in zebrafish at the University of Maryland. These two students serve as excellent examples
of honors students at Cheyney University, and they continue to work hard to develop multifaceted educational portfolios.
aving the Piping Plover
from Extinction
By Ryan Robert (Junior Biology Major)
I spent my summer in Maine working with the Fish & Wildlife Service stationed at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife
Refuge. This turned out to be a summer experience that I will
never forget. To be honest, I was really nervous about the situation. I’ve never been an outdoors type person, so to enlist for
something of this caliber was really outside my comfort zone.
But at the end of the day, I’m glad I did this. I mostly worked
with Piping Plovers, which are an endangered species that
breed in Maine. I helped protect their habitats from predators
by building and maintaining an electrical fence. I spent nights
sleeping on the beach to maintain a human presence during
hatching. I pretty much did everything I could to protect the
Plovers. I was even so familiar with them that towards the end
of my internship, I no longer needed binoculars to locate them.
I could find them by just hearing their call.
I found that being the only African American at the refuge
was difficult at times, but instead of accepting that feeling, I
pushed through it by forging relationships with my co-workers. I was surprised at how much of their cultures rubbed off
on me! The people I met this summer were great, from fellow
interns to mentors who helped us through the process. From
that, I relearned the lesson to ”never judge a book by its cover.” The interns and the mentors were all so diverse, I never
would have thought we were all so interested in the same goal,
which is to better the environment. I learned so much from an
academic standpoint, but I learned even more about myself.
Ryan Robert (Junior, Biology Major) dedicated his summer to an up-close study and
protection of an endangered species; the
North American shore bird, the Piping Plover.
T student
wo culturally-enriching
programs which offer a series of
Partners blah, blah, blah
informative, entertaining, and educational special events:
• The Entrepreneurial Leadership Center
• Lecture Series and the Arts and Lectures Series.
Entrepreneurial Leadership Center
Lecture Series
ound advice from successful business leaders!
Ashton Hall
Founder/Owner of Excel Fashion
Valerie Mason-Robinson
CEO of Eden Organix Boutique and Spa
Daymond John
Star of ABC’s Shark Tank
and Founder of FUBU Clothing
Key Dates (Marcus Foster Auditorium)
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 @ 6:00pm
“Crowd Funding”– A revolutionary new
way of funding startups, presented by
David Marlett, Founder/Executive Director
of the National Crowd Funding Association.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 6:00pm
“Micro-Lenders/SBA” – Exploring small business16financing options by Barbara Anne Gardenhire-Mills, Small Business Association.
rom rags-to-riches success stories, to business, marketing, and financial advice for up-and-coming young
entrepreneurs, Cheyney University’s Entrepreneurial
Leadership Center Lecture Series gives audiences an opportunity to learn and gain insight from some of today’s most successful and brightest business leaders.
For 2012, the series has provided informative business topics like obtaining small business loans, developing business
plans, and how small/micro business enterprises are necessary
for a strong US economy. Audiences have heard motivational
lectures from such industry professionals as Daymond John,
who turned a small hat company operating in his home, into
a global clothing company–FUBU–that made over 30 million
dollars in 3 months. For more information, call 610-399-2683 or
Lectures S eries
Cheyney Choir blah, blah, blah
Music Art
Dance Poetry
Black Violin
Three Mo’ Tenors
Kúlú Mélé
Arts & Lectures Series
The 2012-2013 season for the Arts & Lectures
Series is an eclectic offering of classical and
hip-hop music, performance art, opera, folk
art, and thought-provoking lectures.
Featuring extraordinary artists such as
Black Violin and Three Mo‘ Tenors, the series
continues into the spring of 2013 with a wide
array of art and lectures - something for everyone!
anonymous bodies
2012-2013 Schedule
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 7:30pm
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Marian Anderson Music Center
February 7 - March 30, 2013
Wendell George Brown Exhibit
Biddle Hall Art Gallery
Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 1:30pm
Dr. Terry Rodenberg, guest lecturer
The Negro Leagues and the Desegregation of Baseball
Vaux-Logan Auditorium
Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 7:30pm
Adrienne Danrich, soprano
Marian Anderson Music Center
Christina Chan
The William George Brown Exhibit
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 7:30pm
Christina Chan, actress
Dudley Theatre
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 7:30pm
After their stellar performances in concert at the Kennedy Center, CU talents Douglas Carson and Janina Jones
share a relaxed moment with Cheyney Concert Choir
Director, Professor Marques Garrett (center).
Kúlú Mélé
Adrienne Danrich
African American Dance & Drum Ensemble
Marian Anderson Music Center
For more information, call 610-399-2365 or visit
Scott-Bagley Devoted Life to CU Theatre
Edythe Scott (1924-2011), was born in Marion, Alabama
and graduated from high school as the school valedictorian. Her strong academic performance won her a scholar-
in the form of a theater program
and The Cheyney Players, now
directed by Professor Jan Ellis
Scruggs. Professor Bagley retired from Cheyney University
in 1996.
with protégé
and current
theater professor, Jan
Edythe Scott-Bagley, a close
confidante of her younger sister, Coretta Scott-King, is the
author of Desert Rose: The Life
and Legacy of Coretta Scott
King–an intimate biography of
her sister and her life with Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.–which
was completed just prior to her
passing and published posthumously this year.
ship to Antioch College in Ohio—becoming one of their
first black students. She eventually transferred to The
Ohio State University where she completed her bachelor’s
degree. She continued to earned her master’s degree in
English at Columbia University and taught at Elizabeth
City State Teachers College in North Carolina. It was
there that Edythe met her future husband, Arthur M.
Bagley, who was chairman of the Industrial Arts Department. The two were wed in 1954.
Explaining how she came to Cheyney in 1971, ScottBagley said that her path changed within minutes of leaving to go to work at Michigan State University. “I received
a telephone call from Cheyney’s Vice President,
Mr. D. Jack Moses, informing me that he had
an opening for a person in theatre arts, whose
assignment would be to develop a theatre arts
major.” Mr. Moses persuaded her to apply and
gave her the position immediately. ScottBagley further recalled “I wanted to accept
Cheyney’s offer because it appeared to be
exactly what I wanted in that stage of my life:
doing theatre with black college students.”
Through her efforts, the theater program
flourished, yielding many productions like William Inge’s Bus Stop, James Weldon Johnson’s The Creation, Dr. Pinckney Hill’s Jethro, and Loften Mitchell’s
Tell Pharoah, a theatrical tribute to Dr. King, Jr.
Many faculty, staff, and students remember the energy
and creativity of Professor Scott-Bagley. Her legacy as a
pioneer in theater and the arts lives on in Dudley Theater
Edythe had been an active
member of the board of directors for the Atlanta-based
King Center since it was founded in 1968, as well as taking leadership roles in the Women’s League for Peace
and Freedom, the American Association of University
Women, and the NAACP.
Faculty and staff and many theatre patrons owe a great
deal of gratitude to the hard work of Professor Edythe
Bagley. Her dedication to her art still shines on in the
theatre arts productions at Cheyney University. The
Cheyney Players, a faculty-directed student drama organization, produces three productions each season. Performances are held at Dudley Center for the Performing
Arts and are free to students. Professor Jan
Ellis-Scruggs, an accomplished actress in
her own right, now directs and leads The
Cheyney Players in campus and community
Professor Edythe Scott-Bagley once commenting on the value of working at Cheyney
in theater arts, stated, “How grateful I feel for
all that was accomplished during that period
for Cheyney and for the liberation of the human
spirit–which is what the arts are all about!”
Sisters through
thick and thin,
Edythe Scott
Bagley shares
an intimate
moment with
her “little sister,” Coretta
Honor Roll of Donors
This Honor Roll reflects only those donations coming directly to the University between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. We gratefully acknowledge the support of many of our leaders and friends whose generous
support of Cheyney University is provided through our affiliated organizations (the Cheyney University National Alumni Association, the Cheyney
Foundation, and the “C” Club) or through external donor-advised funds.
Those organizations receipt and acknowledge such donors. Please know
that no matter how your support comes to the University, it is needed and
treasured! Every gift is important!
$100,000 and above
The Richard Humphreys
Fund of Friends Fiduciary
$25,000 to $99,999
Delores M. Andy
Cheyney Foundation, Inc.
Cheyney University ‘C’ Club
The Charles E. and Shirley S.
Marshall Charitable Trust
W. W. Smith Charitable Trust
Estate of Dr. Wellington
$15,000 to $24,999
Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith
Memorial Fund
Maxine and Roland Coleman
KBR Foundation
Clarence Schock Foundation
Wells Fargo
$10,000 to $14,999
East Coast Volleyball, INC.
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
Verizon Foundation
$5,000 to $9,999
Elizabeth A. Berry-Holmes
Robert W. Bogle
Cheyney University Alumni
Chapter of Philadelphia
Cheyney University National
Alumni Association
Class of 1956 of Cheyney
Exelon Generation
Magnolia Highsmith
Independence Foundation
Michele Lawrence
Team Clean, Inc./David L.
Rivers and Donna Allie
$1,000 to $4,999
Shirley S. Adams
American Honda Motor
Company, Inc.
AmeriHealth Mercy
Ducky Birts Foundation
Hermine O. Burris
Dorcas A. Carter
Cheyney University
Montgomery County
Alumni Chapter
Cheyney University North
Carolina Alumni Chapter
Ronald S. Coleman
Comcast Corporation
Delaware County Alumni
Delaware State Alumni
Anna A. Dorsey
R. Blake Edmonds
Enon Tabernacle Baptist
Lawrence Green
Harcum College
Renee L. Harrison
Janice Y. Henry
Michelle R. Howard-Vital
and Geri Vital
Ruth Ellen Johnson
Robert L. Jones
Wilma H. Jones
Tom Joyner Foundation
Kraft Employee Involvement
Purnell W. Lawrence
Alfred W. Lee
Craig S. Lewis
Gaynelle T. Lewis
Christian R. and Mary F.
Lindback Foundation
Main Line Chamber of
Carolyn R. Manning
Mother Bethel A.M.E
Sylvester Pace
Deidre Patterson
Samuel Patterson
Jacqueline L. Peace
Pennsylvania Convention
Center Authority
Julius Reeves
Elsie M. Robinson
Saint Luke Missionary
Baptist Church
Karen E. Shanks
Peter M. Shannon
Shiloh Baptist Church
Marion G. Shumake
William C. Shumake
Keith N. Singletary
Carolyn L. Smith
J.M. Smith
The Mount Moriah Baptist
The National Black
College Alumni Hall of
Fame Foundation
Susan A. Thomas-Holder
Pamela Tiller-Reeves
Edward Tomezsko
Robert L. Traynham
Urban League of
Catherine J. Wade
Keith M. Wall
Sharon R. Washington
Carolynn S. Watson
Ernest Watson
Gertrude S. Williams
Gloria J. Williams Harley
Sallie J. Wilson
Gary Wood
$500 to $999
Eric R. Almonte
Bethel A.M.E. Church
Darlene I. Branch Smith
Aileen H. Casey
William O. Casey
Cheyney Legends
Cheyney University Washington DC Alumni Chapter
Norman C. Clark
Roland H. Coleman
Maxine S. Coleman
Craig’s Images Photography
Barbara Daniel Cox
Benjamin J. Dent
Joanne D. Fortson Willams
Sonia R. Frazier
Joewana M. Freeman
Kenneth A. Gee
Norma E. George
Eva I. Hanson Douthit
Henry C. Harper
Robert A. Jackson
Jacqueline A. Jackson
Maxine G. Johnson
Rosalind Jones-Johnson
Velma C. Lester
Delrio A. Ligons-Berry
Marlen Livezey
Janine R. Maddox
Janet B. Manspeaker
Warren McMichael
Robert E. Murray
Jane C. Nelson
Sylvia Pilgrim
Marie B. Prattis
Wendy L. Realer
Evelyn O. Somerville
Ardelia C. Stewart
Ronald L. Stewart
Thornbury A.M. E. Church
Sylvia F. Washington
Western Delaware Valley
Lions Club
Carl M. Williams
Dr. Emmanuel Witherspoon
$250 to $499
Patricia J. Ackah
Erick K. Acolatse
Eleanor A. Barnes
Gregory Benjamin
Andrea H. Boseman
Clarence K. Boseman
Myrna Bridges
Charlie Brown
Cecelia S. Brown-Cannon
Dessie D. Burgess
Elisabeth A. Burton
Wilhelmena M. Calland
Betty H. Camper
Ronnie H. Collins
Nora P. Cowell
Robert L. Crawford
O’Jetta C. Croswell
Joan B. Davidson
Vivian D. Davidson
Louis L. De Vaughn
Myrtle C. Engs
Connie F. Fain
Herbert S. Fain
Bette R. Few
Doris C. Fletcher
Edythe Ford-Bush
Chris Hanlon
Joan A. Harris
Jeanne R. Holmes
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Layna Holmes-Butler
Clarence C. Hoover
Theresa D. Hoover
Jacob L. Hopper
Gwendolyn Hoye
Lionel S. Hoye
Carolyn D. Jackson
Russell A. Jackson
Jethro Memorial
Presbyterian Church
Rosalyn T. Jones
Yvonne J. Jones
Patricia V. Kaiser
Audrey G. Keels
Charles L. Keels
Dr. Tara Kent
Steven J. Lane
Mary G. Lightfoot
Orlando B. Lightfoot
Charles Logan
Clarabon Logan
Casper Lonesome
Maccs Health Services, LLC
Shirley Maith Stewart
Dwayne Maultsby
Elisha B. Morris
Jacqueline B. Mosley
Doris A. Murray
Adrienne N. Owens
Pacifico Marple Ford/Lincoln
Philip Pagliaro
Sara M. Pettiford
Derrick S. Portalatin
H. L. Reddy
Beatrice Y. Rice
Renee M. Richardson
Delores R. Shelton
James L. Shelton
Marcellus Strothers
Henrietta J. Stukes
Juanita L. Taylor
Mildred H. Thomas
Raymond F. Truehart
Aaron Waller
Tonya A. White
Darlean C. Williams
Edward Williams
Etta R. Williams
Tammy J. Williams
Wilmington Job Corps
Alice G. Wootson
Stephen Zimniski
$100 to $249
Dr. Adedoyin Adeyiga
David B. Alston
Kathryn L. Anderson
Clarice H. Archer
Romella J. Arnold
Eve Atkinson
Delores B. Axam
John A. Axam
Patricia D. Baker
Wanda L. Baker-Smith
Kathleen E. Bakley
Etta G. Baldwin
Cherri M. Banks
Diane R. Beeson
John M. Beeson
Bruce S. Bell
Inez R. Bell
Ruby T. Bell
Linda Bell-Powell
Betzaida R. Benjamin
Charlotte A. Beverly
Donna J. Blatch
John W. Borders
Shirley R. Borders
June C. Boswell
Mabel Bounds
Germaine J. Branch
Deborah Brooks
Yvonne W. Brooks
Evelie J. Brown
Julius H. Brown
Rochelle 0. Brown-High
Mamie Bryan
Bradley J. Buchner
Ernestine H. Buck
William M. Bush
Clara C. Jones
Eggerton A. Campbell
Shari L. Campbell
Sharon L. Cannon
Ann W. Carter
Elaine Carter
Herman L. Carter
Patricia L. Chappelle
Ary Chavez-Sloane
Marianne J. China
John Choice
Avery R. Church
Church Musicians Services,
Jerry H. Clark
Leonard Colston
Kamerron Cooper
Bernice E. Covert
Pamela J. Daniels
Albert G. Davis
Devera Davis
James Davis
Anthony L. Dent
Larry S. DeWalt
Melvin D. Dinkins
George H. Dixon
Florence A. Dockins
LaVerne Dumas
Beverly C. Epps-Dickens
Julianna L. Ferebee
Joan D. Flynn
J. B. Flynn
Sandra A. Foehl
Mary B. Foley
Margaret K. Francis
Robert E. Francis
Stanley B. Franklin
Gwendolyn M. Freeman
David A. Frisby
Clayton D. Furlow
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For the second time in as many years, the Cheyney Wolves defeated the Lincoln University Lions in the 2012-13 football
season opener, “The Battle of the Firsts.” This year the Wolves prevailed 34-21, spoiling the long-awaited opening of the
new on-campus athletic stadium at Lincoln.
As was done last year, the Wolves quickly marched over the Lions’ defense to jump out on top, scoring an unanswered
27 points early in the game. The Wolves posted touchdowns on their first two possessions and used their ball control
option offense for most of the contest. Sophomore running back Justin Watkins (#22) capped off a 73-yard drive with an
8-yard rush around end for his first collegiate touchdown and the first-ever points scored in the new Lincoln University
After the Wolves Khalil Neal (#34) forced a fumble on the Lions’ first possession, Jay Journigan (#29) found the endzone on an off-tackle run of three yards. With the second quarter winding down, the Wolves chose to punt. Senior Tyler
Wilkinson (#90) launched a 45-yard kick that was misplayed by Lincoln and recovered by Shannon Burch (#11) on the
Lions’ 18-yard line. After two consecutive rushes of nine yards by Marcus Jones (#4), the Wolves boosted their lead to
20-0. Jones completed the game with 85 yards on 21 carries. Blaze Wasserleben (#12), a first-year senior quarterback,
rushed for 72 yards on 12 carries and completed 3-6 passes for 22 yards.
“This was a great win for our team and school,” stated Head Coach Ken Lockard. “Both teams played with a lot of emotion, and you kind of expect that in a rivalry game. It probably accounted for the inordinate number of penalties that
were called.” The Wolves and Lions were whistled for a combined 39 penalties for 393 yards.
Since Lockard’s arrival, he has coached four All-PSAC defensive players and eleven athletes to compete in the D2/D3
All-American Bowl in Minneapolis. “This is a great opportunity for me and our staff to continue the progress that has
been made here over the past couple of seasons,” added Lockard. “We just need to continue to build upon that success.”
The strong Wolves defense forced an impressive five turnovers and collected five sacks. Shannon Burch (#11) and Isaiah
Fleming (#33) were each credited with eight tackles, a fumble recovery, and a quarterback hurry. Burch also had an interception and a pass break-up, with Thomas Stewart (#3)
strongly powering the Wolves’ defense with seven tackles,
a sack, and an interception return of 45 yards.
The Lions finally stepped up to defend their home turf late
in the third quarter, climbing onto the scoreboard after
Tyahir Mitchell picked up a fumble on the 32-yard line and
scampered 68 yards for Lincoln’s first points in the opener
for their new stadium. The Lions posted two fourth-quarter
touchdowns, sandwiched around a Khalil Neal 62-yard
fumble recovery for score, to bring the final score to 34-21.
Freshman Wolves Break School Records in Track
Christian Beard set a new Cheyney University record
running the 5-mile course at the Belmont Classic in
Philadelphia in 34:04.72. Beard placed 24th to lead the
Wolves to an 8th place finish on the demanding Fairmont Park course.
out them I wouldn’t have had what I needed to go fullforce. I love to run and I love Cheyney. I expect this to
be the first of many records that I break.”
Beard and Edward Draughn led the Cheyney University Men’s Cross Country to a 14th place finish at
the Philadelphia Metro Championships. Beard and
Draughn finished the loop at Fairmont Park’s Belmont
Plateau in 38:45 and 38:46.
Kevia Delorme led a Cheyney women’s cross country
team to a fifth place finish at the Belmont Classic as
she set a new school record. The freshman toured the
6,000 meters in 23:55.07 and ranked as the fourth fastest freshman of the day and the 12th fastest overall.
Jasmine Pitts also had a strong showing finishing just
outside the top twenty.
“To me, setting a school record means you really
worked hard and just pushed a little harder,” stated
Beard. “I am very excited because I think of myself
as a sprinter, not a cross country runner. I’ve run the
Belmont Plateau since high school. It felt good to
come home and break the record. I want to thank my
coaches, James Williams and Brianne Liebold. With-
“Being a freshman and breaking a school record is a really great feeling! It’s so early in the year, and being able
to break the record at our home course, the Belmont
Plateau, is truly a great honor. I’ve been running on the
Belmont Plateau since I was five years old and broken
many records, and I’m glad to see that I can continue to
do that now that I’m in college,” stated Delorme.
C-Club Sets New High for Athletic Scholarships
CU Vice President for University Advancement & External Relations Nancy L. Jones (left), Board of Trustees Member Larry Skinner, CUNAA
President Junious Stanton, Joe DeVane, C-Club President Bobby Hunter and the C-Club members present Athletic Director Ruffin Bell and CU
President Howard-Vital with an unprecedented check for $50,000 to support athletic programs, the band, and the cheerleaders.
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