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October 21, 2013

Homecoming 2013 demonstrated, once again, the commitment and dedication Cheyney University alumni have for the transformative educational and personal development that CU offers for students and their families.

Homecoming 2013 demonstrated, once again, the commitment and dedication Cheyney University alumni have for the transformative educational and personal development that CU offers for students and their families.

Homecoming 2013 demonstrated, once again, the commitment and dedication Cheyney University alumni have for the transformative educational and personal development that CU offers for students and their families.

As I read the various tweets and Facebook comments leading up to Homecoming, it became clear that alumni wanted to return to campus to rekindle, once again, the relationships and memories that had transformed their lives.  As I walked with my husband through the thousand of alumni gathered in the stadium, on the Quad, and tailgating on “The Hill,” numerous alumni would relate how Cheyney University had “steered them in the right direction,” “saved them,” or “made them into what they are today.”

Each year at Homecoming, I learn more about the evolution of Cheyney over the last 100 years.  One year, I was allowed the privilege of putting on a blue and white beanie to wear that all freshman had to wear when entering the college.  This year, I learned that one fraternity had rented horses to ride around the edge of campus during the weekends to entertain themselves and others.

Each year, I am more and more impressed with the alumni’s investment in the future success of the students of Cheyney University.  To me, these alumni have demonstrated their belief in the words of the Cheyney Alma Mater,

“Hear the pledge thy children offer
Strong of hand and clear of brain,
When thou callest, Alma Mater,
Never shalt thou call in vain…”

At Homecoming 2013, we received numerous checks for scholarships for Cheyney University students including $50,000 from the CU National Alumni Association from President Junious Stanton which represented the proceeds from the 175 Gala.  An additional $25,000 from the Gala has already been distributed to students for “last dollar” scholarships.  The campus community thanks the alumni for this generous gift.  Just recently, the CU National Alumni Association also surpassed their $1,000,000 pledge.  Realizing the need is even greater, the CU National Alumni Association is now working on a $2,000,000 pledge for scholarships. Without a doubt, these funds will change lives.
                                                                                                                                                     
Additionally, during Homecoming 2013, there were numerous individual checks put in my all-accepting hands such as the $5,000 check from Alumnus and NBC Washington News Anchor Jim Vance for a scholarship in honor of Alumna Vivien Vance Cherry—the oldest living CU Alumnus.  Ms. Vivien Vance Cherry graduated from high school in 1929, enrolled in West Chester State Teacher’s College, and returned to college in 1956, at the age of 42, to complete her degree at Cheyney University. Ms. Vivien Vance Cherry is also the aunt of Chief of Staff Sheilah Vance who is also contributing to the scholarship in her honor.  

The University community also thanks the Cheyney University Foundation for helping to support athletics, the band, and the cheerleaders with contributions of more than a quarter of a million dollars.  We thank David Alston for his leadership and stewardship.  

It is the University’s plan to use these precious scholarship dollars to attract the most talented students to Cheyney University who will persist and graduate.

It is important to note that where there is sacrifice and generosity, there is also responsibility.  Faculty, staff, and students, we must demonstrate our commitment also to the mission, strategic goals, and future success of the students and families associated with Cheyney University.   Each day we can add to the forward movement of Cheyney University by raising the bar on our personal performance and professional practice.   We must work together as an effective, efficient, and evidence-based team (remember “team work makes the dream work”) to provide the best quality education, the best support for the teaching and learning environment, and the best customer service to the next generation of leaders.

Michelle.

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