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MAAC continues affiliation with the AHBCU Alumni Alliance

The Atlanta HBCU Alumni Alliance (AHBCU) is a non-profit community-based organization that consists of Historically Black Colleges & Universities’ Alumni chapters in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. The organization’s primary purpose is to support college students at HBCU’s through fundraising for college scholarships/ financial aid. The MAAC joined the AHBCU in 2014.

As a member of the AHBCU, the MAAC is required to provide volunteers, donors, sponsors and participants for two marquee events each year – the Atlanta HBCU Alumni Alliance Scholarship Mixer and the Atlanta HBCU Alumni Alliance 5K/10K Run/Walk.

Atlanta HBCU Alumni Alliance Scholarship Mixer
MAAC at HBCU Run/Walk The Scholarship Mixer is an annual event held on the last Friday in January. It precedes the Honda Battle of the Bands, which is held the following day, which is Saturday. This event consists of food, music, entertainment, acknowledgments and lots of fun!

The 2017 scholarship mixer was held on January 27 at the Georgia International Convention Center. and it is the most successful for the MAAC thus far. The theme was "Motown Celebration in Atlanta". The MAAC, as well as other Metro-Atlanta Alumni chapters, were dressed in their favorite Motown-themed attire. The MAAC had two tables seated with a total of 24 alumni and friends. This year's scholarship mixer sold over 700 tables to Metro-Atlanta Alumni chapters overall. In the table theme decoration contest, the MAAC was honored as the 3rd Place winner with a gift prize gift card. The visionary and decorator for for the MAAC tables was MAAC member, Natasha Wilson.


Atlanta HBCU Alumni Alliance 5K/10K Run/Walk
The 5K/10K Run/Walk is an annual race held on the last Saturday in June at Piedmont Park. The 2016 Atlanta HBCU Alumni Alliance 5K/10K Run/Walk includes runners from across the country with over 500 plus participants. During the 2016 event, the MAAC registered 90 ASU runners and walkers that resulted in raising over $2,200 towards financial assistance for ASU students.

In addition to fundraising for student scholarships and financial aid, the Atlanta HBCU Alumni Alliance provides an opportunity for HBCU alumni chapters in the Metropolitan Atlanta area to network, market, promote and support other chapter events. It’s important to remember that the proceeds from these events go toward the ASU MAAC scholarships and financial aid. Therefore, your continued and consistent support is needed with the Atlanta HBCU Alumni Alliance events. The ASU MAAC Representatives for the Atlanta HBCU Alumni Alliance are Millie Johnson and Natasha Wilson. For more information on the Atlanta HBCU Alumni Alliance, visit

MAAC at HBCU Run/Walk


MAAC increases student recruitment efforts

For the second consecutive year in 2016, the MAAC’s ASU Recruitment Committee, spearheaded by Dr. Benjamin Moore, continued its collaborative efforts in partnership with Alabama State University’s Office of Admissions and Recruitment. Dr. Moore and his committee actively assisted the university with recruiting qualified high school students throughout the Atlanta Metropolitan Atlanta Area to attend ASU.

The MAAC’s Recruitment Committee’s purpose is to serve as an extension of the university at various events in setting up recruitment tables to further the cause of educating students. During the year, the committee participated in College Fairs at North Clayton High School, College Park; Forest Park High School, Forest Park; The National College Resources Foundation & Black College Expo., Cobb Galleria Mall; The Honda Battle of the Bands College Fair, Georgia World Congress Center; North Atlanta High School; The WNBA (women’s professional basketball) Atlanta Dream College & Career Fair, Phillips Arena; Henry County High School College Fair/Parent Night; Towers High School, Decatur; and Miller Grove High School, DeKalb County. Committee members include Lamuriel Adams, Barbara Calhoun, Kyana Cannon, Dr. Cecelia Floyd, Frederick Graham, Tina Lowe, Tyrone Matthews, Ethel Pacley, Warren Shaw, and Vicky Thomas. The MAAC recruitment committee estimates more than 500 students from the Metropolitan Atlanta Area have enrolled at ASU over the past two years as a result of the recruitment partnership with the ASU Admissions & Recruitment Office.


NAA Convention 2015

Nine MAAC delegates were among the more than 140 delegates of ASU alumni from across the nation who returned home to Alabama State University for the 33rd Biennial Convention of the ASU National Alumni Association in July 2015. The theme for the convention focused on “Moving Onward & Upward: Building a Stronger NAA.” Attending and representing the MAAC were Jeannine Brown, Barbara Calhoun, Kyana Cannon, Nancy Hope, Tamara Lovejoy, Carolyn McDaniel, Janet Sutton, Marian Wiles, and Erick Wright.

The MAAC also received a third-place award for the selling of NAA raffle tickets.

Lovejoy & Wright elected NAA Officers

During the three-day convention conducted July 30 – August 1, 2015, delegates elected new NAA Officers for the next two years. MAAC Treasurer Tamara Lovejoy was re-elected (by acclimation) the NAA’s Financial Secretary, and MAAC President Erick Wright was elected the First Vice President. Lovejoy and Wright will be joined on the NAA’s Executive Board with President Vanessa Dickens, Dothan Chapter; LaTanya Dunham, 2nd Vice President, Jefferson/Shelby County Chapter; Shannon Cloman, Treasurer, Washington, DC Chapter, and Jocelyn Travis, Recording Secretary, Cleveland Chapter.

Four new Life Members

The MAAC increased its life membership list by four during the NAA’s Biennial Convention. Receiving life membership plaque certificates and life pins were Tamara Lovejoy and Erick Wright. Vickie Tellis and Johnnie Royster became the chapter’s 14th and 15th life members, and they will receive their life membership certificates and pins at the NAA’s Mini Conference at Homecoming 2015. (Visit photo gallery to view additional photos).


Coaches Caravan visits ATL

The Metro Atlanta Alumni Chapter (MAAC) hosted one of five stops on May 3, 2015 for the ASU Coaches Caravan at the Three Dollar Café in downtown Atlanta. More than 75 alumni, fans, supporters and friends of ASU came out to meet and listen to ASU Coach Brian Jenkins speak of “The SWARM & STING” 2015 upcoming football season.

Athletic Director Melvin Hines addressed the audience and shared the good news of the ASU athletic teams are on the verge of capturing a second-straight SWAC Championship Trophy for all-around athletics. Hines also encouraged the attendees to get involved with supporting the men and women programs in giving to Hornet Nation 365. Jenkins introduced his coaching staff and he continued his request to challenging alumni to get more involved in university activities by joining alumni chapters, and supporting university programs.

The MAAC pledged an additional $1,500 from its Scholarship/Financial Assistance Program to aid the ASU Athletic Department in raising needed funds to support ASU athletes. (Visit photo gallery to view additional photos).


Jenkins challenges alums to “Take Action with A Purpose”

The Metro Atlanta Alumni Chapter (MAAC) held its signature Black & Gold Scholarship Gala to raise scholarship funds on April 25, 2015, and the speaker’s message was to “take action with a purpose to invest in our students.” Alabama State University Head Football Coach Brian Jenkins was the speaker and Jenkins challenged the 120 attendees to get back to the old ways of doing things by caring about one another with students needing us (adults) and we needing students.

ASU and all HBCU’s are under attack and alumni, supporters, and fans must be willing to give a little bit, and little bits add up to a lot of bits that can go a long way. Jenkins challenged the audience during his speech to give a little more, starting with himself, to donate additional funds starting at the $100 level down to $5. Within 30 minutes, attendees rose to the challenge in contributing over $2,000 towards additional scholarship funds.

Chapter awards were presented, a silent auction was conducted, and a good time was enjoyed by all attendees. (Visit photo gallery to view additional photos).


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