Back-to-School!: Summer Recap

Ahh yes! It's about that time of year. Football season is around the corner, the weather will be getting cooler, and the leaves will be changing soon. A new class of Bison have been greeted by the festivities of Freshmen Move-In; meanwhile, Bison of classes past have already begun to plan out their homecoming.

While we enjoy the last bit of summer, let's tell you what we've been up to during these last few humid months. Ok, so it's been a while since we updated you. We'll take fault for that. Sorry. You forgive us right? It's still all #BisonLove right? Is that a smile we see creeping across your face? Yes? All is forgiven? Ok! Now that we've gotten all of the formalities out of the way, let's get down to business.

This year's Day at the Races went off without a hitch. The event takes place annually at Baltimore's famous Pimilco Racetrack. The Home of the Preakness. Day at the Races serves as a fundraiser for the club's Mamie Carroll Woodford Scholarship. Furthermore, it's a great networking event for alumni across the DC, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area. The tickets were sold out with over 65 people in attendance. The group enjoyed food, drinks and line dancing. Billy Mickens of Spirit Feet had people out of their seats, learning all of the latest line dances!

The success of Day at the Races meant plenty of funds for our 2015 Mamie C. Woodford Scholarship winners. Yes, plural! This year we named more than one winner. We know what you're thinking. How many winners? Who were they? Stay tuned! We'll reveal the winners right here at a later date.

Next, came the Incoming Freshman Cook-Out. HUACB personally welcomes Baltimore-area Howard Freshmen by hosting a cookout annually. On Saturday, July 18th, we headed out to Belmont Park in Parkville, MD for food and fun. Club members also revealed the winners of the Mamie C. Woodford Scholarship during the cookout. There we go again, mentioning those scholarship winners. We're going to tell you, we promise!

That brings us to present day. The club's first Fall meeting will take place Saturday, September 12th at the Enoch Pratt Library Free Library, 6310 Reisterstown Rd. Baltimore, MD 21215. We'll have plenty to discuss! Our new administration will be taking the reigns as we prepare for The Nation's Classic and Homecoming among other things. We look forward to seeing you!

Speaking of the Nation's Classic... Howard University takes on Hampton Institute University Friday, September 18th, 2015 at RFK Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30pm and we plan to be there! Are you coming with us? We'll keep you posted with the details. Email us or join our mailing list to stay in the loop with all things HUACB!


Happy (Belated) New Year!

Ok, so we're almost a month late. Sorry! We've just been busy in the community. The Howard University Alumni Club of Baltimore (HUACB) has already gotten 2015 off to a strong start and we hope you did too. Let's get all caught up.

New Year, New Council. HUACB elected new officers who have already gotten the ball rolling.

President- Brian Hall
Vice President- Subrena Utley
Treasurer- Neil Alvanzo
Recording Secretary- Keisha Porter
We couldn't be more excited for all that they have in store for 2015!
Their first order of business in the new year was the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Members of the club headed out to McElderry Park and Oliver Community to help distribute information on fire safety. They were also invited to attend a live performance from The Story Tree Gang.

The Story Tree Gang performs skit about disaster preparedness
The HOPE worldwide Story Tree Gang engages teen and campus students in a mentorship program that gives young people a creative opportunity for dialogue on social issue relevant to them. Combining  music, dance, puppetry and comic story telling, the Story Tree Gang present social topics in a Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) form.  Conflict resolution, gang violence, healthy eating and literacy are all topics woven delicately together to reach, teach and invite dialogue with pre school and elementary school children as well as family and community members.
Recording Secretary Keisha Porter
hangs fire safety literature
Club members pose in front of mural
in McElderry Park


Now that we're all caught up, MLK Day was just the beginning. We have plenty of events throughout the year including: Dr. Wayne Frederick's President Inauguration (March 6th), Charter Day (March 7th), and A Day at the Races. Let's make 2015 great together!

Join the Howard University Alumni Club of Baltimore. Our next meeting is Saturday, March 14th at 11:00am. Meetings are held at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 6310 Reisterstown Rd.

For more info, Email us. There are multiple ways to contact us. Including our Facebook and Twitter. Don't be shy, like and follow us while you're there. We look forward to seeing you in 2015!


A Night at the Movies

Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Univeral Pictures' Get On Up (PG-13), In theaters August 1st, 2014.

Heeeyyyy (In our best James Brown voice).. that guy looks familiar. If that's what you find yourself thinking as you look at the picture above, you have good reason. You might recognize Chadwick Boseman from his critically-acclaimed portrayal of Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013). If that's not it, you may recognize Boseman from seeing him around Howard's Campus. That's right, Chadwick Boseman ate in The Punch Out just like the rest of us. He is a proud Howard University Alumnus.

For that reason, the Howard University Alumni Association is supporting his latest role as the legendary James Brown in the biopic Get On Up. If that's not a good enough reason, there's a bigger picture for you to see here. Get On Up is the latest in a modern-wave of Hollywood films that are driven by a majority African-American cast. The Best Man Holiday, Think Like a Man Too, and About Last Night are few of the latest examples that hit it big at the box office. Let's make sure that Get On Up is the next.

In the 90s, movies and television depicted everyday characters in a full spectrum of brown complexions. Somewhere along the way we lost that. Now's our chance to get it back. Howard University has always stood at the helm in the betterment of the African-American community; let's continue that legacy.

Join the Howard University Alumni Club of Baltimore for Movie Night! Feel free to bring a friend or the family with you.

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
4:15 pm
AMC Owings Mills 17
10100 Mill Run Cir,
Owings Mills, MD 21117

You can purchase tickets early here. See you at the movies!


Mamie C. Woodford Scholarship 2014- Meet Our Winner: Ambe Sennon

Ambe Sennon with his sisters Asiyah, 14 years old and Saidah, 8 years old.

What is fondly known as the “Bison spirit” is what made Mamie Carroll Woodford become the namesake of this scholarship. She achieved the high goals she set for herself and remained diligent to her passion for higher education. Her dedication made her an asset to Howard University, Baltimore City and the Howard University Alumni Association. We see this same type of dedication in our 2014 recipient of the Mamie Carroll Woodford Scholarship, Ambe Sennon.

Determination, laser-beam focus and, as oxymoronic as it may sound, the ability to see the bigger picture were the qualities that made Ambe a stand-out. Although he will be a Freshman in Fall 2014, he already possesses the type of tenacity that we have seen throughout history amongst Howard University students. On paper, both Ambe and his mentors painted the portrait of a young man with the resilience of someone beyond his years. In conversation, it quickly becomes obvious that this is the core of Mr. Sennon’s being.

Howard University does not support White Supremacy.” This is not the type of phrase that comes to mind when you think of a welcome banner, but that’s exactly what Ambe’s welcome banner read. Perhaps we should explain.

While in the 11th grade, Ambe watched the tragedy of Trayvon Martin unfold. Ambe, along with Baltimoreans from all walks of life, participated in the 300 Man March. The 300 Man March was one of the many rallies that took place nationwide calling for justice for Trayvon. Howard University caught Mr. Sennon’s eye when he saw a picture of Howard students protesting for the same cause, holding a banner that read: “Howard University does not support White Supremacy.”

 “I needed to be there,” said Ambe.

His visit to the campus the following April confirmed that need.

“It felt so welcoming,” Ambe says as he reflects on the visit.

The campus is a big change from his Greenmount Avenue neighborhood. His peers deal with violence on the regular. As Ambe describes his neighborhood, the local news is on television in the background. It tells the story of a crime involving guys that are probably his same age. “It is time for a change,” He says.

Now that the destination was set, the journey began. For Ambe, applying for scholarships seemed harder than applying for admission. At one point he was applying for two scholarships a day. The Mamie C. Woodford scholarship was one he applied to after it was suggested by his school advisor. Ambe had applied to so many scholarships without so much as a thank-you-for-applying email in response. Little did he know, The Mamie C. Woodford Scholarship would be different.

“Wow! You never know what can happen,” was the thought that Ambe says came to his mind once he found out he won. The win has only added fuel to his fire. “Once I say something I have to prove to myself I can do it. I know in the long run it will really help me out so I don’t complain.”

Ambe also sites his mom and his two sisters as his motivation. He says his future success will be just as much for them as it will be for himself.

In the Fall, Ambe will be majoring in Marketing. After a summer job piqued his interest in the field, he plans to use that experience to excel in the School of Business. He is also looking forward to the diversity of Howard University. The backgrounds of the students that walk the campus of Howard will span even further than those that walked the hallways of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Ambe’s new alma mater. While on campus, he even hopes to get in touch with his Trinidadian culture.

Howard University is the perfect place to get better acquainted with the African diaspora. The Bison Spirit is demonstrated again in that desire to want to learn more. We hope Ambe finds all that he seeks. The Howard University Alumni Club of Baltimore is happy to have Ambe Sennon as our 2014 Mamie C. Woodford Scholarship recipient.


Day at the Races 2014

It's that time of the year again!  The 2014 HUAC Baltimore Day at the Races will take place on Saturday 5/24/14 in the Exclusive Jockey Room at Pimlico Race Course.  Tickets are $60 per person and include valet parking, lunch, and program.  All proceeds benefit the Mamie Carroll Woodford Endowed Scholarship Fund.  For more information, click here.


Mamie C. Woodford Scholarship 2014-2015

Let's be honest, Howard can be expensive. We know. Money shouldn't hurt your relationship with the university we know and love. We're here to help. The Mamie C. Woodford Scholarship awards $2,000 scholarships ($1,000 per semester) to Howard University students from the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Do you go to Howard? Are you from Baltimore? Then, what are you waiting for? Here's your chance to get some financial relief. Applications are due on May 15th, 2014. Good luck!

Click for scholarship requirements and application.


Alternative Spring Break 2014- Baltimore

ASB- Baltimore 2013 at New Psalmist Baptist Church
How did you spend your Spring Break when you were in college? Don't worry, we're not judging if you can't remember (wink, wink). Some students choose to forgo beaches and bathing suits for a bigger cause. For the past 20 years, Howard University has offered the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program. Each year, hundreds of students choose to volunteer their time in various cities during their break.

In recent years, ASB has added Baltimore to their list of cities. The participants will tackle the issue of gang violence. Students will be doing a variety of activities throughout the city. The Howard University Alumni Club of Baltimore appreciates all that ASB will be doing in order to combat this prominent issue amongst Baltimore youth. To show our appreciation, we will have a dinner welcoming them.

On Tuesday, March 11th at 7pm the ASB dinner will take place at New Psalmist Baptist Church. Bishop Walter S. Thomas is gracious enough to open the doors of his congregation to us. Bishop Thomas is a graduate of the Howard University School of Divinity.

We would love for you to join us for dinner! Consider this your formal invitation. It's a great chance to redeem yourself for those past Spring Breaks we promised we're not judging you for (just kidding, we're still not judging though).

BONUS: The club will sponsor a few current students who would like to come as well. So if you're a Howard student or alumni in the Baltimore area and would like to join us for dinner next week, email us at huacb1@hotmail.com. There are limited seats available.

For more information on Howard University's Alternative Spring Break, visit www.howard.edu/asb

For more information on New Psalmist Baptist Church, visit www.newpsalmist.org

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