UC4A News - Spring 2017
The quarterly update from UC's African American Alumni Affiliate
In this issue:
Update from the Chair
This edition of the newsletter is full of updates from our recent events, important announcements and recognition, as well as some important dates you’ll want to save on your calendar right away. While we have a lot of good things to look forward to, I want to take a moment to reflect.
Over the last three years, Dr. Nicole Ausmer, Taurean Johnson and I, along with a number of other volunteers, have been fortunate to help organize the efforts of 4A. We have had tremendous support from our alumni in this process, and as a result we have accomplished great things. In the last three years, we have hosted over 50 events that have helped us reconnect with more alumni and encouraged more of you to contribute your time, talent and treasure to help effect change in our community. During this time we have had great student leaders who have engaged with us on their issues. We have reestablished signature events such as the Onyx & Ruby Gala and the State of Black UC. As a result of these events, we have started a scholarship to be funded for at least the next five years. We have also been a voice at the table for major university and community discussions such as search committees and monitoring/reform of the UC Police Department.
As proud as we are of these accomplishments, we have certainly seen things that must continue to improve. In the last three years, we witnessed the tragic shooting of Mr. Sam Dubose by a former UC police officer, we saw student leaders call out the underrepresentation of African American students and faculty through their mobilization of The Irate 8 movement, we sought insight about administrator dismissals, and we have continued to hold the university accountable for being a great (not just good) member of the community.
So our work is not done. As the current leadership team starts the process of taking on new roles, we need everyone to find their place where they can get more involved. Whether it be on the Executive Board or on a committee, we need you. And if you are somewhere other than Greater Cincinnati, we need your involvement in our alumni networks in your area so that we can continue to grow.
Marcus Bethay II, Bus. ’06
UC4A Board of Volunteers
2017 Onyx & Ruby Gala Deemed a Historic Success
The African American Alumni Affiliate celebrated excellence and toasted the next generation at its 2nd annual Onyx and Ruby Gala, held at Sharonville Convention Center on February 18. The committee perfectly embodied the evening’s theme of philanthropy and celebration with alumni, students, and guests in the ballroom. During a sold out event, we celebrated five exceptional University of Cincinnati alumni and one student for the 2nd year in a row.
Georgia E. Beasley Legacy Award – Diane Jordan-Grizzard, A&S ’77, CECH ‘87
Emerging Leader Award – Sean Walton, Esq., A&S ‘07
Pillar of the Community Award – Majorie Moseley, A&S ‘82
Tower of Strength Award – Ewaniki Moore-Hawkins, Bus ’02, Bus ‘06
Student Trailblazer Award – Mitchell Phelps, Bus ‘17
Linda Bates Parker Legend Award – Claudia Abercrumbie, Bus ‘85
Humanitarian Award – Rep. Christie Kuhns, A&S ’01, Law ‘06
The evening started with an opening reception and live music from Deuces Musik and a kick off by student leaders, Mr. and Miss Kuamka. The dynamic emcees Douglas Ealy and Mary Wineberg made the crowd feel at home with commentary that acknowledged the past and celebrated the future. During this celebratory event, the inaugural Shani Scholarships were, which seeks to support African American students who desire to study abroad. Three $500 scholarships were awarded to:
Satra Taylor – Gaborone, Botswana
Marquez Jones – San Jose, Costa Rica
Niyah Jackson – Morocco
The annual benefit gala is the single largest fundraising event that 4A holds. This year, we raised more than $8,000 and we look forward to putting that money towards making undergraduate dreams come true. We will see you in February 2018! The official date will be released in the coming months.
To view photos from the 2017 Onyx & Ruby Gala, please visit our Facebook page.
Jackson, Marshall Bestowed Highest Alumni Awards at DAC
Each year, the UC Alumni Association hosts the Distinguished Alumni Celebration to recognize and celebrate the many contributions and overall excellence of UC alumni in countless fields of endeavor, throughout the world. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, April 20 from 6-9 p.m. at the Campus Recreation Center – UC Uptown Campus. Our own Jerome Jackson, Pharm ’89 and C. Bleuzette Marshall, PhD, A&S ’92, CECH ’01, ’09 will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni and Mosaic Awards, respectively.
Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available.
2017 Alumni Weekend Events Unveiled
2017 Alumni Weekend Events Unveiled
Alumni Weekend is our annual spring gathering for all UC alumni and friends. Check UC4A’s list of activities below, as well as information on free Campus Recreation Center access, discounts on FC Cincinnati Tickets and hotel rooms at Fairfield Inn & Suites and Kingsgate Marriott. The full UCAA lineup of events can be found online.
Friday, April 21
Sunday, April 23
Campus Recreation Center
- Free access to alumni and their families. Mention at the Member Services desk that you are visiting for Alumni Weekend.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Cincinnati
- $122 for UC Alumni Weekend discounted room rate, April 19 – 23. Minimum 2-night stay
- $156 UC Alumni Weekend discounted room rate, April 19 – 23. Reservations must be made by March 29
Alumni Spotlight: Anndrea Moore
Name: Anndrea Moore
UC College and Grad Year: Lindner College of Business, Class of 2010
Employer, Title: WW Growth, SMB Digital – Apple Inc. ; Founder – Black Tech Women
Current city of residence: San Francisco Bay Area, California
Campus involvement: Transitions, BASE (Brothers And Sisters Excelling) Mentor, College Of Business Ambassador, The Lambda Society, Miss Kuamka, CWEST, Sigma Phi, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc Omicron Chapter, Resident Advisor, Alpha Lambda Delta
What led you to attend the university of Cincinnati?I fell in love with the campus and culture when I visited for the Images of Color program, an annual diversity recruiting day the university used to host. I saw the AACRC Choir perform, completed a tour of the campus, and learned about the co-op program and majors in the Lindner College of Business. I even met Taurean Johnson, who was working for the AACRC at the time and recruiting candidates for Transitions. It was an amazing day, and I left feeling like I could see myself at UC.
You have degrees from UC and Harvard. What are the benefits of continuing your education for African American students, women in particular? Before graduating from UC, I decided that one day I would return to school to get my MBA. Back then I thought getting an MBA would open additional opportunities along my career journey and would help me hone my leadership skills. I met with Jeri Ricketts who recommended that I work 3-5 years to be a more competitive candidate for top programs. She was absolutely right as most top programs I applied to required significant work experience.
An MBA isn't required to be successful in business or any other industry, but I see it as a part of my long-term strategy of navigating what potentially may be multiple careers. Unfortunately, there's still a lot of bias against Black people, especially women, given our underrepresentation across a number of industries. I feel that having my MBA has added another layer of credibility to my skills and background. Attending Harvard Business School specifically has led to conversations with many companies and executives who I likely would not have had access to otherwise. It's also expanded my thinking about different industries and functions. Networking has taught me how to be an even better problem solver.
If you could offer any advice to freshman on campus, what would it be?
- GET INVOLVED. Being involved in different organizations on campus will teach you leadership, organizational skills, strategy, budgeting, programming, etc. These are skills that I continue to leverage in my job.
- TRAVEL ABROAD. Exposing yourself to different cultures is so important as our world becomes increasingly connected. I traveled abroad for the first time as a pre-junior and have now been to more than 25 countries.
- FIND A MENTOR. Having a mentor is very important as you go through the undergraduate experience. I was lucky that I had upperclassman and staff that I could talk to about ideas, ask for letters of recommendation, and more. I also found ways to support them so the relationship was mutually beneficial.
- MAKE AN IMPACT. Challenge yourself to think of at least one way you can have an impact on campus.
Remember, companies and graduate admissions are looking for well-rounded candidates who can balance coursework, leadership and community service.
Was there a faculty or staff member who had a lasting impact on your undergraduate career?Multiple! Ewaniki Moore-Hawkins, Arthur Walton, Professor Mary Gorman, Terri Hurdle, and many more. They shared in some of my most amazing memories, pushed me to go after leadership roles, and gave me tons of feedback along the way. These relationships were so important during my time at UC.
When you weren’t studying, what was your favorite place on campus to hang out?The AACRC and Ethnic Programs and Services were my favorites. If the weather was nice, the stairs on Mainstreet near TUC and Subway
In all of your travels, both in the US and abroad, what have you learned about yourself?Traveling abroad is often about learning new things about yourself. Are you willing to try new foods? What will you do if you get lost in a new city? What will be your approach if you don't know the language? I learned that I actually like being put in these situations and having to navigate through it. Meeting new people and exploring the history and culture of different cities has added to my world view. It's one thing to read about a city or culture and another to experience it in person. I highly recommend traveling as much as possible!
Student Spotlight: Tyler Adams, A&S ‘19
Name: Tyler Adams
UC College, Major, and Anticipated Grad Year: College of Arts and Sciences, Communication and International Business, April 2019
Hometown: Born in Akron, OH and raised in Cincinnati, OH at the age of 4
What students group do you participate in? Vice President for Black Arts Collaborative, Creative Director for UC Fashion Syndicate, Resident Advisor, Irate8, AACRC Choir Core Team, Mr. Kuamka 2017
You were a young boy when you mother Kim was a UC student, singing in the AACRC choir. What are some of your earliest memories from those times? Some of my earliest memories were watching the concerts come to life, and being backstage and learning all of the songs. I would try to dress up in the same color as the students, like I was going to go sing with them, but that didn't really go into fruition just yet.
What ultimately led you choose to continue your education at the University of Cincinnati? Having a full ride to the University of Cincinnati ultimately led me to continue my education here. Prior to UC, Morehouse was my first choice, but it was not where God intended for me to be. UC also felt like home and the right choice to make.
How has being crowned the 2017 Mr. Kuamka changed your student experience? Being crowned Mr. Kuamka has definitely opened up a plethora of doors for me in terms of growth, development and opportunities. My peers now ask me for advice, allowing us to form personal and unbreakable relationships.
What are your career goals? I am still trying to figure out my career goals, but I have dreams of becoming an actor and being on the big screen.
What makes you proudest to be a Bearcat? The thing that makes me the proudest to be a Bearcat is the abundance of support from not only my peers, but also the staff and faculty. It is certainly a blessing to see and work with people who are cut from a different cloth and who lift others up as they continue to climb.