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CU's Collegiate 100 Visits the Nation's Capitol

Geri Vital

April 8, 2013

Shown meeting with alumnus extraordinaire Mr. Craig T. Welburn '71 (center) are founding officers and members of the Collegiate 100 of Cheyney University: (from left) Mr. Rashaad Washington, Mr. Rashad Buckson, Mr. Anthony Towns, Mr. Basil Stewart, Mr. Maurice Polite, Secretary Chloe Fontenot, Vice President Thomas McRae, Jr, President Ahn-yea Graham, and Mr.Tyrik Thorn.

Shown meeting with alumnus extraordinaire Mr. Craig T. Welburn '71 (center) are founding officers and members of the Collegiate 100 of Cheyney University: (from left) Mr. Rashaad Washington, Mr. Rashad Buckson, Mr. Anthony Towns, Mr. Basil Stewart, Mr. Maurice Polite, Secretary Chloe Fontenot, Vice President Thomas McRae, Jr, President Ahn-yea Graham, and Mr.Tyrik Thorn.

On Friday, April 5, 2013, nine members of the historic Collegiate 100 of Cheyney University embarked on a full day journey of exposure to culture, history, and inspiration at the Nation's Capitol. The trip was one of the experiences that will be made available to Cheyney's Collegiate 100 organization in the pursuit of the 100 Black Men of America's initiative, "Mentoring Across a Lifetime." 

The trip included a visit to the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art, whose director is Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, former president of Spellman and Bennett Colleges. The museum houses an expansive collection of African-American sculpture, paintings, and mixed-media art that gives visitors a glimpse of the vast aesthetic and cultural contributions of the African continent. 
 
Collegiate students then visited the Washington Monument before enjoying a "power lunch" with Cheyney University Alumnus extraordinaire, Craig T. Welburn at his Marriott franchise hotel nearby. Mr. Welburn '71, and his family base their successful business practices in strong faith and fairness with educational and business development opportunities for employees. 
 
Clearly impressed with the CU students, Mr. Welburn shared many facets of his story and his motivations with students as well as providing his exceptional business insights not included in business classes. Reiterating that in his approach to business, "No" responses are simply not acceptable, he reminded students that they must be willing to brush aside disappointments and setbacks, and persist until they get to the successes they choose for themselves and for those whom they care about. 
 
The visit concluded with a visit to the stirring Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The massive sculpture was encircled by several of Dr. Kings's most famous quotes which are still as profound and timeless and relevant to local, national, and international affairs as they were when they were first spoken. For many of the students, this was their first opportunity to see the monument. One thing that stood out was that it was not only African Americans who were there, but people from all parts of the world who came to connect with the memory and values of Dr. King. 
 
Currently sponsors are being sought to send Cheyney Collegiate 100 students to the 100 Black Men National Conference where they can engage in development workshops, panel discussions, and talk directly with legislators, scientists, doctors, celebrities, and top executives of multinational corporations. Any who wish to support this experience for Cheyney students can contact Mr. Vital at gvital@cheyney.edu or through the Office of the President. Contributions dedicated to CU students can be 100% tax deductible when accepted through the local 100 Black Men Chapter.