May 19, 2015 - In This Issue:
Welcome to the premiere issue of the "Alumni Pulse"- a newsletter with a more in-depth perspective and comprehensive communication for alumni of Lincoln University.

Our annual Founders' Day celebrations throughout the country were an incredible success! On March 21 more than 25 DC-area alumni attended the event at the fabulous Eatonville Restaurant. We congratulate the Washington DC Alumni Chapter and Chapter President Mary Rogers ('91) for making that celebration a memorable one. LU President Dr. Kevin Rome energized those in attendance as the registered guest speaker while Special Assistant to the President for Fundraising/Executive Director of the Foundation Willie Jude and Director of Alumni Affairs Sylvia Wilson ('83) presented.

Founders' Day weekend on April 17-18 saw the gathering of Lincolnites from the Greater Kansas City Area Alumni Chapter at the renowned Juke House for a social mixer with Dr. Rome entitled, "Lincoln Nights". The following Saturday brunch brought more than 150 area alumni, family, and friends to Kansas City Marriot Country Club Plaza. U.S. Congressman & Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Emmanuel Cleaver appeared on program and introduced guest speaker, Clyde McQueen. McQueen, who serves as President and CEO of the Full Employment Council-Kansas City, delivered an inspiring message that encouraged more collaboration between the community, alumni, and university.

In addition Chapter President Bob Coleman ('65) awarded the first-ever Blue Tiger Awards to Dr. Cortez Bradley ('50), Sen. Yvonne Wilson ('50), and Gates BBQ President Ollie Gates ('54). Also participating in both events for the university were Special Assistant to the President for Fundraising/Executive Director of the Foundation Willie Jude, II; Director of Alumni Affairs Sylvia Wilson ('83); and Special Projects Coordinator Christopher Jones.  

A special thank you to Zandra Rucker and the South Florida chapter for hosting Dr. Rome and Willie Jude, II. Through effective recruiting initiatives and high school visits they were able to obtain over 100 fall applications for Lincoln University.   
Your continuous support is greatly appreciated. We look forward to bringing you up-to-date information about events, alumni spotlights, and news specifically catered to those affiliated within the alumni association. If you have any questions please contact me at 573-681-6107 or 

Best Regards,

Sylvia Wilson
Director of Alumni Affairs 
Lincoln University

A Legacy Cemented 
Oldest Living Alumnus Receives Honorary Degree

Ms. Alice Bingham, a 1950 graduate of Lincoln University recently received an honorary degree from the Jefferson City Institution on Saturday, May 9. With an impressive career in education, Bingham who celebrated her 104th birthday this past December, is one of the university's most senior living alumni. Lincoln University President Dr. Kevin Rome and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Said Sewell drove two and a half hours from Jefferson City to Kansas City, Missouri to personally present the Honorary Doctorate of Education to Bingham at the Corner Brook Assisted Living retirement home. While Bingham received her degree on May 9, she will be honored as part of the Class of 2015 during Commencement for exercises on the Lincoln University campus on Saturday, May 16, represented by her nephew Dr. Dewain Whitmore.  

Leading By Example
Congressman Awarded for Public Service

Class of 1974 graduate Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer was awarded with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree during Lincoln University's Commencement on Saturday, May 16. Elected in 2008 to represent the former 9th Congressional District of Missouri and now representing the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri since 2013, the Congressman currently serves on the House of Financial Services Committee and is the sub-committee chairman of Housing and Insurance. In addition he is the vice chairman of the House Small Business Committee, as well as a fourth-generation farmer and small businessman.

Lincolnite Spotlight
Blue Tiger Prepares for Vice Presidency at WSU

Winona State University announces the appointment of

Denise Lloyd McDowell  ('81) to the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Life, effective July 13, 2015. As vice president, McDowell will lead enrollment management at WSU, addressing recruitment and retention, as well as access and opportunity for underserved populations. She will also direct student life services, including housing, student conduct and student wellness.

Lincolnite Spotlight
Alumni Steps Up for Fraternity

Michael Boyd  ('91)  is the new district director-elect for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in the State of Illinois. There are 32 chapters in the Illinois District making it the largest district in the Midwestern Region of the fraternity, which is comprised of 12 states. Mr. Boyd is currently the director of Children & Adolescent services for the Amanda Luckett-Murphy Hopewell Center.

What Ever Happened To.....?

There are many Lincolnite stories to share. If you or someone you know has done or is doing great things to represent OUR alma mater, please drop a line to We may feature the story in the next edition of, THE ALUMNI PULSE.

Road to Sacrifice
Late Educator Awarded Street Dedication

A section of a city street in Alton, IL was dedicated May 2 to the late educator, first black elected alderman and first black Alton comptroller James M. Bailey Sr('39), marking a century after his birth.  Unveiled were burgundy, "James M. Bailey Sr. Memorial Way" signs with white lettering at two ends of Salu Street - on the east side of Washington Avenue and across Humbert Street to the west. Salu Street in that area runs south of James H. Killion Park at Salu. 

Fairway Fete
Annual Golf Tournament Honors Fallen Alumna

The 8th annual Ida Ballard Simon Memorial Golf Tournament was held April 25 at North Creek Golf Course in Southhaven, MS. This tournament was established to commemorate the legacy of  Ida Ballard Simon ('71) ; a former Miss Lincoln University who later served as Vice President for the Office of Advancement until her death in 2004. Established by friends and siblings of Ida to maintain her love and influence in academia, the tournament was sponsored by The Ida Ballard Simon Memorial Scholarship Fund  The Ida Ballard Simon Memorial Scholarship Fund assists students needing scholarships and financial assistance wanting to attend college. Specifically limited to graduating senior(s) from the city of Memphis, Tennessee public high schools interested in Lincoln University; this endowed scholarship is funded with designated charitable, tax-deductible donations received from businesses and individuals. Administered by the Lincoln University Foundation, Inc. scholarship recipients are selected by a scholarship committee and friends of Ida. 
  • Atlanta Chapter: 5th Annual Golf Tournament & Scholarship Fundraising Weekend, June 4-7
  • Homecoming 2015: October 16-18
Rest Well Lincolnites
  • Arthurine Reason Litiskas (Class of '50)
  • Albert Stanley "Blue" Miller (Class of '72)
  • Loretta Merriweather (Class of '79)
The Office of Alumni Affairs wishes all Lincolnites born in April & May a very  Happy Birthday!

LUAA Membership
Regular membership is up by more than 61%. Are you in the number?  If not, do so today! Joining the LUAA is easy as 1,2,3:

1.) Call 573-681-5573, ask for Sandy Griffin
2.) Pay your dues by credit or debit card
3.) Pay dues online and join the LUAA online today by clicking "Join LUAA".

Want to pay dues by payroll deduction?  Call Sylvia Wilson at 573-681-6107 or email to find out how.

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