Day: November 24, 2015

BAS: Shades of Ebony 2015

Photographer: Ryan Versey The Black Alumni Society and the Black Alumni Society Scholars presented the 9th Annual Shades of Ebony event on Thursday, November 12 at the Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House. The theme for the event was “An Unknown Royalty”. SOE was created by Dr. Demetrius Richmond, MA ’04 and Quantrell Willis BA ’05, MED 07, undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Richmond and Willis wanted to create an event that was non Greek affiliated where students could come together, connect, engage, “dress up” and celebrate their African American heritage. Dr. Richmond and Willis presented the idea to Angela Mosley Monts, who at that time was the assistant director for the Arkansas Alumni Association. Over time SOE has evolved and is now a signature program for the Black Alumni Society Scholars along with BAS. The Scholars plan and present SOE to the University of Arkansas students, alumni, faculty and staff. Breana Allen, Black Alumni Society Scholars’ president gave the welcome. Toreia Harris and Chassidy Hurst, BAS Scholars served as the 2015 SOE chairs and mistresses of ceremonies. Micah Minter, BAS Scholar song the Negro National Anthem. Alumni Reflections were given by John L Colbert, BAS Immediate Past President, Melanie Watson and Imani Smith, SOE 2014 Chairs. Musical selections were provided by Jason “Wavy J” Howard, U of A student and Kimberly Williams, alumna, U...

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BAS Alumni Spotlight: Randy Coleman

Randy Coleman is the General Manager of the Fayetteville Baymont Inn & Suites (formerly the Quality Inn & Suites) and the proud father of Brandy and Scotty. He is currently the only African American GM of a hotel in the Northwest Arkansas area. As a GM, Randy ensures that the Baymont Inn & Suites supports the community through silent auctions, donations, and sponsorships for minority groups, Greek affiliations, and various charities. Due to his leadership and focus on guest and customer satisfaction, Randy was named the 2014 Hospitality Hero of the Year by the Fayetteville Visitors Bureau. And under...

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BAS: November President's Letter

As we continue the season of thanksgiving, I wanted to thank you for all that you do to enable our students on campus.  I was speaking to an alumnus recently who truly lives a life of service to others in a various different ways.  He said to me that you don’t always need a reason or a return on investment but one should just “do” and “give” because it is the right thing to do.   As I reflect on recent events on campus that culminated with the “Shades of Ebony” program hosted by the Black Alumni Society and presented...

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