A Message from the Chair
Janine Smith '84

Good Afternoon Alumni!


As we approach year-end, I reflect on how amazing the year has been for our alma mater! The university leadership has shared that Fisk will receive a clean bill of health for its 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation, which is a testament to Fisk's commitment to excellence


Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson '85, President of Auburn Seminary, delivered a powerful message for Jubilee Day. Homecoming was the first in-person homecoming since 2019. It was enjoyable, with performances by the marching band, exciting women's and men's basketball games, and an inspiring demonstration by the women's gymnastics team. Alumni enjoyed the tent parties, building open houses, and other activities.


Thanks to all alumni who contributed to the "Cozy Coat Drive"! We distributed 43 coats for international students (primarily from Nigeria and India) who were unprepared for Nashville's winter weather. The students were grateful for the coats. Thanks to SGA alumni liaisons Connor Joseph and Aiyana Keys, who brought this need to GAAFU's attention. Congratulations to student Henry Alumona for winning the Alumni Engagement contest. Henry was awarded a $500 scholarship for winning the contest.


The "Chat with Trustees" event was engaging. Trustees Juliette Williams Pryor, Esq. '86 (Board Chair), JoLinda Herring, Esq. '85 (Chair, Presidential Search Committee), and Frank Simmons '74 (Alumni Trustee) participated. I am appreciative of the trustees' willingness to have an open dialogue.


The Fisk University gymnastics team will have its competition debut in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 6-7, 2023. We encourage alumni to support our gymnasts' team when they compete in a city near you (Schedule Link).  


Congratulations to new GAAFU regional leadership. The southwest chair and vice chair are Dr. Susan McClure Johnson '73 (Austin, Texas)  and Rhonda B. Reece '02 (Dallas, Texas). Shelia Hill '78 (Los Angeles) is the farwest chair, and  Melanie Johnson Davis '77 (St. Louis, Missouri) is the interim midwest chair. The alumni trustee nominees webinar will be held on Tuesday, 12/20/22, @ 8PM CST. As a reminder, GAAFU paid members are allowed to vote.


I wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year. I'm thankful and appreciative of your support of Fisk.

Fisk Forever!

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