20th Black Alumni Weekend

April 27, 2010
by Michael E. Ware '11

On March 26, 27, and 28, the Minority Student Union celebrated the 20th Black Alumni Mentorship Reunion Weekend.  This is always a very big event on the Hampden-Sydney College campus, when Black alumni come back to celebrate the past and the future with the student members of the Minority Student Union.  The reunion weekend gives students a chance to get to know, on a personal level, their older brothers of MSU and gives alumni the opportunity to interact with students and to learn about current activities at Hampden-Sydney.

The weekend began with a cookout on Friday at the MSU house.  During the cookout the alumni met and mingled with students and enjoyed a great meal.

The following day began with an alumni-panel discussion in Crawley Forum about making the transition from college to the real world and the connections between Hampden-Sydney College and the corporate world.

After this we  moved to the Commons where we enjoyed lunch and talked informally.  Questionnaires were handed out concerning such issues as which African-American males preferred to be called: African American, Black, or Negro and what we as Black men want to do in the future.  We discussed these topics for an hour.

After lunch there was a break before the Alumni vs. Students Basketball Game, which the students won for only the second time in ten years.

A reception  hosted by President and Mrs. Howard at Middlecourt was followed by a dinner in Snyder Hall.  There were four speakers at the dinner: Dr. Robert Rogers (left), former faculty advisor to The Brothers which preceded the MSU; Randy Williams '96, Dean of Students at NC Weslyen College; President Christopher Howard, and Jeffery Harris '90, who organized the first Black Alumni Reunion.  These men urged us to be the best that we can be and to have pride in our place in the strong family of Hampden-Sydney College.

Jeffery Harris (left) was awarded a recognition plaque by the students.  Charles Wesley '10, Anthony Johnson '10, Orlander Fleming '10 , and Jamar Lovelace '10 presented all the speakers with gifts.  Finally the students and alumni moved over to Crawley Forum to enjoy the annual MSU party held on Black Alumni Weekend.  This gave the alumni and students a chance to let loose, have fun, and communicate with one another before the weekend came to a close.

On Sunday morning, Tony Moore '07 led the worship service at the College Church.  A number of alumni and students were there for this closing event.