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      A MESSAGE FROM THE
      GAAFU, INC.  CHAIR

 

 


Hello Fellow Alumni,


I want to welcome you to the inaugural issue of “Good Afternoon Alumni“ (GAA), the official newsletter of the General Alumni Association of Fisk University, Incorporated, that will be published four times a year.  In these communications, you can look forward to the education on how to get involved as an alumnus, information on the upcoming plans of the association, and the celebration of alumni nationally and internationally.
 
A special thank you to George Midgett ’02, for the thoughtful design of the newsletter template. In addition, I am appreciative of all the efforts that have gone into making this effort a reality.
 
With that, the association’s committees are hard at work moving the alumni agenda forward, in concert with the university. We want all alumni to be active participants. If you have a desire to give back with your time and talent, I encourage you to email me and let me know of your interest(s). I am confident the Alumni Association has a role for you to play.
 
Take a look at what’s been happening thus far.
 
 
WHERE WE’VE BEEN
 
We had a busy 2020. Even though there have been challenges, both planned and unplanned, we seem to have made the best of each situation. I am proud of the engagement we have initiated and will commit to sustaining. The pandemic has required us to pivot and discover innovative ways to navigate difficulties.
 
Your Alumni Association continued to focus on our three main areas: recruitment, membership and fundraising. Today, please choose to get involved at the local, regional or national level.
 
We  also conducted our Annual Meeting virtually in June 2020, sponsored a virtual forum on getting out the vote, celebrated both  a virtual Jubilee Day 2020 and Homecoming 2020 which included a virtual tailgating and concert sponsored by HYUNDAI and featured Doug E Fresh and En Vogue. As if these were not enough, we have been laying the groundwork for amending our Bylaws (which will be voted on at our Biennial Convention in October 2021).
 
 
WHERE WE’RE GOING
 
Many alumni have inquired about the plans for Reunion Weekend 2021. The Association is moving forward with a 100% virtual weekend, which is currently set for May 21-24, 2021. We are in the process of reviewing virtual platforms that will accommodate our needs for the various online activities. Stay tuned for more as we are striving to have a robust weekend of engaging and creative events.

Karriem A. Dean '96 chairs the Alumni Association's Recruitment Network. This network works hand-in-hand with the University's Office of Recruitment. We are asking that each alumnus help us add one new student to the Fall 2021 class. You can send the information for new student recruits to GAAFU.recruitment@gmail.com. We need all hands on deck! 

The next Class Agent Network meeting will be held via zoom on March 4, 2021 at 7pm (Central)/8pm (Eastern).  We welcome Ekumene M. Lysonge '98 who has ageed to serve as the chair. As of January 31, 2021, alumni giving stood at $955,165 with participation 18.8%. The top five classes leading the participation are 1986, 1984, 1995, 1974 and 1987. Click here to view Top 10 Clases in participation and giving (through January 31, 2021).

 
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT NEXT
 
In December 2020, we held elections for GAAFU leadership. In light of the pandemic, ballots were distributed both electronically and via the U.S. Postal Service. The results from the election are in, and I would like to welcome your GAAFU leaders. On the national level, Lela Wingard Hughes ’77 has been re-elected as an Alumni Trustee and has begun her second three-year term (Jan. 2021-Dec. 2023). On the regional level, Angela “AJ” Nealy, M.S. ’83 was elected as the Midwest Regional Chair and Ayo Thomas ’11 was elected as the Midwest Region Vice Chair; each will serve a two-year term starting January 2021.
 
Don’t forget to stay connected to official alumni news on social media by liking our Facebook page and subscribing to our YouTube channel. These are external information sources that are rooted in facts and can be trusted with the most up to date alumni information.

Four words - Vote Retool Your School. We have until March 15th. You may vote via the web (Click Here), Twitter and Instagram. You may vote as many times as you wish via the web. Using your public Twitter account, tweet as often as you can using the hash tag #Fisk_RYS21. Using your public Instagram account, append #Fisk_RYS21. This year the pot is richer: up to $75,000 to the winning school. Invite famiy, friends and neighbors to vote for Fisk.

Remember to practice safe distancing and wear your face masks.
 
Fisk Forever!
 
Janine Smith '84


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