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  • Home away from Home

    Whether it's been one or 30 years since you've been back to campus, we can't wait to welcome you "home" for Reunion.

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  • Connection

    Reconnect with Davidson and classmates and celebrate 30 years of the Davidson Black Alumni Network, which exists to support, inspire and engage Davidson's Black students and alumni academically, professionally and socially.

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  • Fellowship

    Join us February 16-18, 2018 for a weekend of education, fun and fellowship with your fellow Black alumni.

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  • Legacy

    Discuss the Black alumni legacy at Davidson and learn about the Black student experience at Davidson today at our 2018 Black Alumni Reunion.

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  • What's New

    Throughout the weekend make sure to visit our new and renovated spaces on campus, like the Multicultural Center in the Alvarez College Union.

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Schedule of Events

Online registration has closed. Alumni and guests interested in late registration should visit the check-in table The price is $50 per person, $65 for those staying through Sunday brunch. We are still finalizing some details for the weekend schedule, including some speakers and locations. Stay tuned here for updates! Please note that as of Friday morning, February 16, the alumni-student lunch on Saturday is at capacity. Please visit check-in with questions.


2 - 8 p.m.
Check-in open
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union

3 - 4:15 p.m.
Africa Shoots Back: Alumni Class
Chambers Building, Room 2164

Hear an update on the Africana Studies department at Davidson then go "back to school" by participating in a sample class. 

  • Caroline Fache, chair of Africana Studies and associate professor, French and Francophone Studies and Africana Studies 

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Diversity at Work: Career Panel and Alumni-Student Networking Event
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room
Light bites and non-alcoholic beverages provided

Panelists will share insights regarding challenges, opportunities, and strategies they have employed as they have navigated their careers, reflecting on ways to navigate personal and professional spaces post-Davidson. Facilitated by Tiffany Waddell Tate, associate director of the Center for Career Development. 

  • Keneya Edwards '12, senior human resources generalist, Cigna
  • Andre Kennebrew '82, senior manager, Chick-fil-A
  • Kristal High Taylor '04, owner/president, Digicon Ventures

Alumni and students will transition to the 4th floor of the Alvarez College Union directly following the panel (approximately 5:20) for open networking around industry cluster.

6 - 7 p.m.
NPHC Alumni-Student Meetup
R. David & Pamela Sprinkle Room, Alvarez College Union
Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, and Kappa Alpha Psi. Light bites and non-alcohol beverages provided. 
Meet up with student and alumni members of Davidson's four National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations for an update on NPHC life at Davidson, mingling and music. The gathering will extend past 7 p.m., but you may wish to leave at 7 to get dinner.

6 - 8 p.m.
Dinner around Town or on Campus
Alumni are welcome to have dinner around town or campus on Friday evening between 6 and 8 p.m. Vail Commons is open between 5 and 7 p.m. (dinner $13 per adult, $6.50 per child 2 - 12). Davis Cafe in the Alvarez College Union will be open. Dinner at Davidson, a student-organized event benefiting the Davidson Trust, will also be held on Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. (tickets are $50 and must be purchased separately and in advance). We will have a list of area restaurants available at check-in.

8 - 10 p.m.
Alumni Gathering
Summit Outpost, Patterson Court
Chips and salsa provided; flatbread pizza and beverages (including beer and wine) available for purchase

BSC Walk-Through
Take a walk down memory lane! The BSC House is located next to Summit Outpost and will be open for walk-throughs from 8 to 10 p.m. The BSC will have yearbooks available for perusal.

10:15 p.m.
Black Panther Showing
Our Town Cinemas, 227 Griffith Street, Davidson

It is opening weekend for the much-anticipated Marvel Studios movie Black Panther! We have a theater reserved for 75 registered reunion attendees. Note that the film will also be shown at Our Towns and other local theaters Friday night and throughout the weekend. All 75 tickets has been claimed as of February 8, but please still fill out this form to be placed on a wait list. Direct questions about the movie showing to Yolanda Gilliam, assistant director of alumni and family engagement, at or at check-in throughout the weekend. 

12:45 a.m.
Cards and Conversation
Homewood Suites, Davidson
Night owls are welcome to gather with committee chairs, alumni and guests in the common area of the Homewood Suites for cards and fellowship. The bar will be open until 2 a.m. 


8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Check-in open
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union

9 - 10:15 a.m.
Campus Tours
Meet your student tour guide in the 900 Room. Tours will leave at 9 a.m. Tour new and renovated spots on campus, including the E. Craig Wall Academic Center, Lula Bell's Resource Center, the Spencer-Weinstein Center for Community and Justice, and the Multicultural Center in the Alvarez College Union.

10:15 - 11 a.m.
Alumni Meet & Greet
Atrium of the Alvarez College Union (1st floor)
Light breakfast items, coffee and juice provided
Informal time to connect and reconnect

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Morning Session
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union

  • Welcome: Committee Chairs Janet Stovall '85 and Charlie Shaw '01
  • Conversations with President Carol E. Quillen
  • Davidson Today: Campus Perspectives
    Panelists: Allen Rigby, assistant dean, Office of Admission and Financial Aid; Byron McCrae, dean of students; Caroline Fache, chair of Africana Studies and associate professor, French and Francophone Studies and Africana Studies; Jim Murphy, director of athletics. Moderated by Marya Howell '91, director, Office of Alumni and Family Engagement.

12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
Alumni-Student Lunch and Social
Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers Building
Alumni and students from the Black Student Coalition (BSC) will have lunch, then participate in the card game Trading Races. Facilitated by Karin Douglas '88 and Janet Stovall '85.

2:30 - 4:45 p.m.
DBAN College: Alumni-Led Concurrent Sessions

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (select one):

New Vistas: Innovation and Entrepreneurship with Davidson
R. David & Pamela Sprinkle Room, Alvarez College Union

If you are you ready to innovate--transform, have a breakthrough, find a new method, or take action on your revolutionary idea to change your lifestyle, livelihood, or legacy--we invite you to join us for an engaging journey through the innovation process. Alumni are encouraged to both learn about and share their own experiences with innovation during this workshop. Davidson student Lorena James '21 will speak about her innovation project and how alumni and Davidson's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative have supported her. Davidson staff will also provide an update on I&E at Davidson, including resources and engagement opportunities for alumni. 

  • Michelle Serrano-Mills '90 and Linsey Mills '92, founders, The Callinz Group
  • Liz Stevens '16, fellow, Davidson Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative
  • Lorena James '21, current student

Iron Sharpening Iron: Helping Davidson's Next Generation
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union

Experience is a great teacher, but shared experience is a better one. Enlightening, empowering or both, your Davidson experience combined with your professional experience can make you an invaluable resource to current students. Alumni will speak about ways that they support the Davidson student experience, whether through time, talent, or treasure, and share ways that you can get involved.

  • Tiffany Hollis '04, assistant professor, Spadoni College of Education, Coastal Carolina University
  • Donnie Johnson '00, director, Wells Fargo Securities
  • Rusty Lindsey '76, co-founder of Emergence Scholarship and applications sales manager at Oracle
  • Obai Kamara '17, first Emergence Scholarship recipient and analyst, Augur Consulting
  • Moderator: Mitzi Short '83, co-founder and managing partner of New Season Coaching & Consulting Group LLC 

3:45 - 4:45 p.m. (select one):

We Strike Straight: Telling Black Stories in non-Black Spaces
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union

Zora Neale Hurston said, "There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” In this session, Davidson Black alumni writers explore what it means to be both inquirer and inquisitor in a time where Black voices most need but are less likely to be heard. The multidisciplinary panel spanning journalism, academe and corporate America will discuss such key issues as how we insert and assert messages that matter and empower, and the nature of communication in the new-to-some, but familiar-to-us, environment of fake news and suppressed protest. Note: Ike Bailey '95 is no longer able to join us for this session.

  • David Dennis '08, freelance writer and Adjunct Professor of English/Journalism, Morehouse College
  • Janet Stovall '85, executive communications manager, UPS
  • Moderator: Yu-Jay Harris '99, co-author and subject of Liberia's Son: A True Story of Hope, Courage and Resilience and senior client relationship manager at Accelerant Research

The Soul of the Giver: An Insiders' Look at Black Philanthropy
R. David & Pamela Sprinkle Room, Alvarez College Union

Despite a deep racial wealth gap, African Americans have a long history of philanthropic commitment. Not surprisingly, Davidson alumni are deeply committed, actively involved and effectively leading in philanthropy at all levels. In this session, three Black alumni offer unique perspectives on philanthropy—what it means for African Americans, the empowerment it enables and why African American giving is more important now than ever. 

  • Karin Douglas '88, senior consultant, Georgia Center for Nonprofits
  • Jamela Peterson '13, founder, SocialPreneur Lab
  • Kwame Som-Pimpong '09, manager, Africa Business Fellowship
  • Moderator: Virgil Fludd '80, senior advisor, Dentons

Reminder: If you parked in the Belk or Stowe parking lots adjacent to the Baker Sports Complex, you must move your car by 5 p.m. due to parking restrictions for the men's basketball game. See parking information on the General Info page for more information on parking for the dinner and late-night party. 

7 - 9:30 p.m.
Alumni Cocktail Hour and Dinner
Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers Building
Show up on time for the group photo! 

  • Welcome: Committee Chairs Janet Stovall '85, Charlie Shaw '01, and Kaneisha Gaston Arhin '13
  • Invocation: Sterling Freeman '92, project director, African American Denominational House at Chautauqua Institution
  • Remarks: Dylan Glenn '91, president-elect of the Alumni Association Board and managing director, Guggenheim Partners
  • Reflections: Ernest Jeffries, associate dean of students and director of judicial affairs, Davidson College
  • Slideshow: Leah Davis Rapley '12

9:30 p.m.
Late-Night Party with DJ
Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers Building
Light bites provided; cash bar

Post-Late Night Party
Cards and Conversation
Homewood Suites, Davidson
Night owls are welcome to gather with committee chairs, alumni and guests in the common area of the Homewood Suites for cards and fellowship. The bar will be open until 2 a.m. 

Note that there is a home Men’s Basketball game vs. UMass on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Alumni who elect to attend the game instead of the dinner can purchase a ticket individually by calling the ticket office at 1-800-768-CATS. Alumni who do not attend the dinner are welcome to join us for the late-night party.


10:30 a.m. - Noon
Gospel Brunch featuring Rebecca Essah '01
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union
Invocation delivered by Rev. Brenda Tapia, first Black female chaplain at Davidson College

Noon - 1 p.m.
Future of DBAN Discussion
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union
Alumni who are still in town following the gospel brunch are welcome to join fellow alumni and Yolanda Gilliam, Assistant Director of Alumni and Family Engagement and the Davidson staff liaison for DBAN, to reflect on the weekend and discuss the future of the Davidson Black Alumni Network.