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Junious Ricardo Stanton (1969)

Junious Ricardo (Ricky, Rick) Stanton the only child of Junius Langley Stanton and Elsie Mae Stanton was born on February 18, 1948. Ricky’s father died when he was three years old but he was raised and nurtured in a loving extended family and community. He attended Philadelphia public schools, graduating from Germantown High School in June 1965. In the fall of ‘65 he matriculated to Cheyney State College enrolling in their Liberal Arts program. In December of 1966 he was initiated into the Gamma Omega Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. At Cheyney, Ricky was involved in numerous social activities including Student Government and The Black Student League. He graduated from Cheyney State College with a BA in English in 1969 and entered the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Fine Arts where he earned a Master’s Degree in City Planning in 1971.

After graduating from Penn, Junious worked for a few months as a substitute teacher, a security guard, milk delivery man and Assistant Recreation Leader before beginning a thirty-two year career as a Juvenile Probation Officer with the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania.

In 1972 he affiliated with the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi and became a life member of Grand Chapter in 1974. Over the years Rick has served on numerous committees and elected offices.

Outside of Kappa, Rick was active in the community as a basketball coach in Lawnside New Jersey for two years, as a certified high school and college basketball and soccer referee for almost twenty years, a volunteer instructor with the Pan African Community Education Program for six years, sixteen years on the Lawnside Planning Board, two three-year terms on the Lawnside Borough Council, an independent WHAT radio host for ten years.

In 2000 he became a pioneer in Internet talk radio by helping launch The Black World Today’s Internet radio talk channel. Junious has produced and hosted talk and music programs on five different Internet radio stations. He has been a magazine writer, a freelance writer and syndicated columnist for the National Newspaper Publishers Association with his writings being carried in over two hundred African-American newspapers. He also is an Internet blogger and an Internet TV producer.

He retired from the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania Court in 2004. He remains active in Kappa Alpha Psi. He also continues to volunteer as a member of the Grace Temple Baptist Church Community Development Corporation, President of the CASA of Camden County Board of Trustees, and as Vice President of the Cheyney University National Alumni Association a member of its Philadelphia Chapter and as a member of the “C’ club.

In 1970 he married Sonjia Elaine Harmon and they have an adopted son named Kefe.

Craig T. Welburn (1971)

Entrepreneur Craig T. Welburn (1971) is one of Cheyney University’s distinguished alumnus. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from CU where he majored in secondary education and social science, Craig went onto attain a master's degree in management from Central Michigan University.

Welburn’s early career included ten years in management at New Jersey Bell before purchasing his first McDonald's restaurant in Philadelphia in May of 1983. By June of 2001, he purchased twenty-five McDonald's restaurants in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area and is currently the owner/operator of twenty-eight restaurants.

Welburn and his family are the largest African-American McDonald's franchise owners in the world. Their franchises have an annual gross sales of $60 million per year and serve over 11 million customers per year. They are in the top one percent of all McDonald's franchisees in the United States.

Welburn presently employs over 1,500 people. He is extremely proud that three of his former managers are presently owner/operators of McDonald's restaurants. Mentoring is serious business for Welburn as is his desire for his employees to attain the highest education level they can. Welburn offers college and book scholarships to his employees in order to achieve their career goals.

Serving in many McDonald's leadership positions, such as Co-op vice-president, OPNAD representative, on the National Leadership Committee and as Chairman and CEO of the National Black McDonald's Owner-Operator Association, Welburn has helped increase the number of African-American owned restaurants in the McDonald's system by 40%. He also aided in the number of African-Americans becoming suppliers, purveyors and contractors in the McDonald's system.

Welburn has also served on the board of directors for the United Way, Boy Scouts for America and a host of other community based organizations. He has received the very prestigious McDonald's Ronald Award and has received the Business of the Year Award in Philadelphia and Dale City, Virginia. He was twice named the Council of Spanish Speaking Organization's "Honorary Citizen of the Year." In addition, Welburn makes the time to be a devoted husband, father of four, and grandfather of two beautiful girls and a little boy. 


Jim Vance (1964)

NBC NEWS-4 Anchorman Jim Vance is a veteran of more than 40 years reporting with the station. His career with NBC NEWS-4 has been an illustrious one which has gained him increasing prominence in the Metropolitan Washington Area. Currently, Vance co-anchors Channel 4 NEWS LIVE at 6:00 P.M. and 11:00 P.M. with Doreen Gentzler.

Vance Joined NBC NEWS-4 as a general assignment reporter in 1969 and within a year was named a weekend anchor. In 1972, he became co-anchor of Channel 4's weekday news at 6:00 P.M. and 11 P.M. Since that time he has been a mainstay of NBC NEWS4's news operations.

A multi-talented journalist known for his incisive reporting and thoughtful commentaries,Vance has been an integral part of NBC NEWS-4. Vance frequently anchors from the field on major stories. In addition he provides special reports on a wide variety of issues, those reports having taken him as far away as El Salvador, South Africa and Vietnam. Vance also has traveled to Miami, New York, Dallas, San Francisco and Atlanta to co- anchor the station’s coverage of political conventions.

Vance began his career in Philadelphia as a reporter for the Philadelphia Independent newspaper and part time reporter for radio station WHAT-AM while also teaching in the public school system. In 1968, he accepted a position as a reporter for WKBS-TV in Philadelphia.

Vance has earned numerous awards and honors. In 2007, the National Association of Black Journalists inducted Vance into its Hall of Fame. Other honors include 17 Emmy Awards, induction into the Journalists Hall of Fame and membership in the Silver Circle of the Washington Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. He also holds the Ted Yates Award for outstanding community service and has been honored as a "Washingtonian of the Year." Mr. Vance was inducted into the National Alumni Hall of Fame of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania in May 2, 2008.

A native of Ardmore, Pa., Vance holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Cheyney University in Cheyney, PA.

Vance lives in Washington.