CU’s Own Food Network Stars Cook for Annual Fund/SECA Drive

October 25, 2012

Cheyney University’s own students in the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) program cooked tilapia, green beans, homemade cole slaw and potato salad, cornbread, peach cobbler (served with ice cream) and pound cake to benefit the 2012-2013 CU Annual Fund Drive and the State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA).  In just three hours, $5,818 was raised and the event was sold out.  The tilapia came from CU’s Aquaponics Research and Education Laboratory.
HRTM Program Coordinator Dr. Ivan Turnipseed remarked, "This was a chance for our students to showcase their talents and hone their skills. We used 100 pounds of fresh fish from the Aquaponics facility.  This is a dress rehearsal for the spring 2013 semester, when the Cheyney Grill will re-open for lunch on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons."
Under the direction of Turnipseed and Professors Dr. Herbert Black and Dr. Krystal Peters, students including Aaron Yancey, Heaven Leigh Montgomery, Jameel Jefferson, Kendell Thomas, Mamexaali N’Diyae, and Shaun Williams prepared and served an elegant "fish fry”.  The signature beverage, the Leslie Pinkney, in honor of the first president of Cheyney Training School for Teachers (later, Cheyney University)—a delicious concoction of pink lemonade and iced-tea—was a big hit.
“The Office of University Advancement & External Relations’ first annual fish fry was a big success.  We have to thank our students in the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program, Dr. Herbert Black, Dr. Ivan Turnipseed, Dr. Krystal Peters, Ashley Henderson, Marsha Depte, Facilities and all the students, faculty and staff who participated,” stated Nancy L. Jones, Vice President for University Advancement & External Relations.
It is not too late to give to Cheyney University’s Annual Fund and the State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA) before the end of the year for your tax deduction.  Please contact Ms. Marsha Depte, 610-399-2109 or  We especially need the funds for student scholarships.