AADC February 2020 E-news & Douglass Alumnae Highlights
Alumnae Highlights: Emma Andrews Warren, Class of 1949
Honoring Black History Month

The Associate Alumnae of Douglass College (AADC) was honored to have Emma Andrews Warren ’49, pictured, return to campus to talk with alumnae gathered at the Ruth Schilling Hennessy Alumnae Center to share her experience as one of the first African-American undergraduates at what was then the New Jersey College for Women (NJC). The AADC Black Alumnae Network (BAN), created nearly 40 years ago, hosted Emma, who was accompanied by her daughter, Lorraine Warren ‘86, in observance of Women’s History Month in March 2018. Emma is believed to be the oldest known living African-American Douglass alumna. She recalled her undergraduate years with gratitude and acknowledged a sense of “working harder” and staying the course for the times as one of the first African-American undergraduates to live on Douglass Campus. She also noted her classmate and roommate, another trailblazer, the late Evelyn Sermons Field ’49, as well as having followed in the footsteps of her late sister, Constance Andrews Lambert ‘45.

Last year, Emma returned to campus to celebrate her 70th reunion at AADC Alumnae Reunion Weekend 2019 along with two classmates. She relished the memories and created new ones at the Vanguard Reunion Luncheon and again the next day as she joined in the celebration with other Milestone Reunion Classes as they processed down the center of Voorhees Chapel. She was greeted with awe and admiration by decades of alumnae who felt privileged to meet her.

In recognition of Black History Month, the AADC salutes Emma and the many women of color who have made an impact on our Douglass alumnae sisterhood.

“As an African-American alumna, it has been an honor to meet someone who overcame a lot of obstacles and became a pioneer as she made history. Emma paved the way and serves as a role model for all alumnae, especially for alumnae of color,” says AADC Executive Director Valerie Anderson ’81.  

In addition to Emma, the AADC honors alumnae like the late Julia Baxter Bates ’38, who was inducted into the AADC Society of Excellence. AADC BAN established the Julia Baxter Bates Fellowship through the AADC in her name as the first known African-American graduate of the New Jersey College for Women. She was also prominent in the Civil Rights Movement and a role model. The fellowship is for an African-American graduate pursuing an advanced degree who exhibits community involvement and leadership skills.        

We are grateful for the involvement and leadership of countless African-American alumnae who share their time and talents with the AADC and through transformative BAN programs such as the Jewel Plummer Cobb Sisters Conference and the Evelyn Sermons Field '49 Literary Society. Notable African-American alumnae who have been inducted into the AADC Society of Excellence include: Inez Phillips Durham ’57, Bernice Proctor Venable ’62, Diane Holmes Barbour '63, M. Wilma Harris ’66, Dr. Carol Sampson-Landers ’69, C. Maxene Vaughters-Summey ’70, Hon. Paulette Sapp-Peterson ’71, Joyce Wilson Harley ’72, Jewel V. Thompson-Chin ’73, Linda Caldwell Epps ’73, Julane W. Miller-Armbrister ’74, Linda D. Jackson '74, Margaret A. Gillis ’75, Lezli E. Baskerville '76, Cheryl A. Washington ’76, Hon. Greta Gooden-Brown '82, Jennifer Lewis Hall ’85, Shireen K. Lewis ’86, Justice Cheri L. Beasley ’88, Gwendolyn R. Keyes Fleming ’90, Phuti Mahanyele ’93, Rochelle I. Brown ’93, and the late Julia Baxter Bates ’38, Evelyn Sermons Field ’49, Yolanda Jones Mapp ’53, Brenda Frazier-Clemons '60, Dr. Leah Gaskin Fitchue ’63, Hon. Golden E. Johnson '65, and Karen Predow '70. 
AADC Celebrates Founders Day Celebration and Alumnae Awards Luncheon on April 18

Join us as we honor this year's AADC Alumnae Award recipients at our   AADC Celebrates Founders Day Celebration and Alumnae Awards Luncheon   on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at 12 noon in Trayes Hall at the Douglass Student Center. Our featured keynote speaker will be  Flora Buchbinder Cowen '59, former AADC President and Chair of the AADC Oral History Committee, who will share the history of the AADC. Register

2019-2020 AADC Alumnae Award Recipients
Margaret T. Corwin Award:  Ann Darby '77
Alumnae Recognition Awards:   Helen Galt '69, Janet Pegg '78, Jennifer Bender '93
Young Alumna Mabel Award:   Tracy Ng '15
AADC Medal:  Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt '42
*Vanguard Service Award:  Isabel Goll Drzewiecki '61

*Vanguard Service Award will be presented at AADC Alumnae Reunion Weekend 2020 Vanguard Luncheon on Friday, June 5, 2020 .
Register today f or AADC Alumnae Reunion Weekend 2020, June 5 to June 7, 2020. We will herald the Vanguard 50th Class of 1970 and Milestone Classes of years ending in the 0s an 5s. Planning is underway with Class Officers and classmates from the Milestone Classes. All alumnae are welcome! Events, including Saturday morning’s popular Champagne Jazz Brunch and the evening's Alumnae Cocktail Party, sell out quickly. Click here for Reunion 2020 schedule of events . Many volunteers are needed for Reunion. Get involved by reaching out to AADC Reunion Planning Committee Chair Elena Anastasiou Rossi ’78 at lecgrossi@comcast.net .
Margaret "Marty" Gillis '75 to Receive 2020 New Jersey Women of Achievement Award 

On behalf of the AADC Board of Directors, congratulations to Marty Gillis '75 on being named a recipient of a 2020 New Jersey Women of Achievement Award sponsored by the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC and Douglass Residential College. An AADC Society of Excellence member, Marty is a dynamic businesswoman and trailblazer as the owner and operator of some 11 McDonald’s Restaurants in New Jersey. Marty established the Gillis Prize through the AADC that benefits Douglass Residential College students. She serves as a member of the Rutgers Board of Trustees and continues to strengthen and have an impact in the African-American community and throughout the state.

She will receive the award at the Federation's dinner reception and ceremony at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City on May 4. Marty is one of four women to be honored. Congratulations to the 2020 award recipients: Mary Ellen Brock, President of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs; Loretta P. Finnegan, M.D., Executive Officer, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Inc.; and Dr. Felicia E. McGinty, Rutgers University Executive Vice Chancellor of Administration and Planning. Visit NJSFWC.org for event information.
Financial Support for Graduate Studies — Apply by March 1

Each year, the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College awards fellowships to alumnae for pursuit of graduate work in a field in which the graduate has achieved academic excellence and has identified sound career objectives. To apply for an alumnae fellowship, please complete and return an application by March 1, 2020 . You will be considered for all fellowships for which you are eligible. If you have questions regarding alumnae fellowships, please email Susan Sturgill. Completed applications may be returned to Susan Sturgill at ssturgill@douglassalumnae.org or faxed to the AADC at (732) 932-2883.
For more information, visit  www.douglassalumnae.org/alumnae/fellowships
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Upcoming AADC Events & Programs
Saturday, February 22, 2020
AADC Smart Talks: "Your Time, Your Goals: The Most Valuable Assets You Have!," Presented by Ikecia Lenese Mapp ‘01
Ruth Schilling Hennessy Alumnae Center, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Register

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Vision Board Party Hosted by Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 Workplace &
Professional Development Symposium Planning Committee
Ruth Schilling Hennessy Alumnae Center, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Register

Saturday, March 7, 2020
AADC and Rutgers Alumni Association (RAA) Co-Host An Evening at the Theater Pre-Show Reception to see "Destination Motown" at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center Register 

Sunday, March 8, 2020
AADC Annual Zagoren Lecture Featuring Attorney Caprice Jenerson '90
Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer, New York Legal Assistance Group
Access Justice for Those Experiencing Poverty: Historical View and Perspective for the Future
Douglass Student Center, 2:00 pm. Register

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
An Invitation to Connect with Douglass Alumnae at Prudential
for Alumnae enjoying careers at Prudential, Prudential Tower, Newark Register

Saturday, April 4, 2020
AADC Smart Talks: “Why Compost?: The History, Benefits and Techniques of Home Composting,” Presented by Esther Schachter Barcun ‘63 & Varsha Manjrekar
Ruth Schilling Hennessy Alumnae Center, 10:30 am to 12 noon.

Saturday, April 18, 2020
AADC Spring Alumnae Council
Douglass Student Center, 8:30 am
Registration will be available soon.
Meetings of the Council shall be held at least twice each fiscal year and are open to all active members of the Association. Alumnae who have contributed a minimum of $40 to the AADC are considered “active members” in the fiscal year in which the contribution is made and for the following fiscal year, as defined in the AADC Bylaws.

Saturday, April 18, 2020
AADC Celebrates Founders Day: AADC Alumnae Awards Ceremony & Luncheon
Featuring "History of the AADC" Keynote by Flora Buchbinder Cowen '59
Douglass Student Center, 12:00 pm. Register

Saturday, April 25, 2020
AADC Open House: Rutgers Day
On the Patio at the Ruth Schilling Hennessy Alumnae Center, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sunday, April 26, 2020
Annual Event to Honor AADC Benefactors
By invitation only , Douglass Student Center

Sunday, May 3, 2020
AADC NYC New Jersey Regional Connection Group
"TINA - The Tina Turner Musical" Luncheon & NYC Theater Outing

Saturday, May 16, 2020
AADC Matinee Performance of "A Walk on the Moon" at George Street Playhouse with Reception Hosted by Sharon Matlofsky Karmazin '67
New Brunswick Performing Arts Center Register

Friday, June 5 to Sunday, June 7, 2020
AADC Alumnae Reunion Weekend 2020
Douglass Campus Register

Saturday, September 12, 2020
Annual Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt '42 Workplace & Professional Development Symposium
Douglass Student Center

For More Event and Program Information,

AADC Alumnae Travel
If you would like to be included on our mailing for travel, please email lmartinez@douglassalumnae.org .
Morocco: Land of Enchantment: March 27 – April 5, 2020 (sold out)
Iceland Cruise: The Land of Fire and Ice:  June 22 – July 6, 2020
Portugal: Romance of the Douro River: October 13, 2020, 11 days
Verona, Italy: August 28, 2020, 8 days
Make New Friends & Connect as a Volunteer

The AADC needs alumnae to help bring our vibrant event and program offerings to fruition. To get involved as a volunteer, click here for more information about committees . Please email the AADC or call (732) 246-1600.