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                                                                                                                                                    Vol. II Issue 1V              C O P P I N              S T AT E            U N I V E R S I T Y                                     January 2008

   Still going Strong
                                                                    2008 Mid EastErN athlEtic
   The Alumni Ambassador Chapter, established in                    coNfErENcE BaskEtBall tourNaMENt
   March 2006 is entering its third year of planning
   activities for young adults. Led by president Torri
   Carter ‘97, and vice president Donnell Scott ’98, the
                                                                    March 10 - 15, 2008                                                             Produced by the Office of Alumni Relations; the Centerfold is a news supplement that keeps you informed about Coppin Alumni activities and events.

   group has 30 members.

   AAC started out hosting an event a month, but this
   year the group decided to host an activity every other                                                                                                  We hope your holiday was filled with everything                             The Homecoming schedule is inside. But please
   month, since the following has grown.
                                                                                                                                                  joyous and merry. As we usher in the year 2008, Cop-                         remember; alumni make Homecoming what it is. Make
   Elections will be held in March 2008 for the offices
   that will assume positions on the executive board
                                                                   rBc cENtEr                                                                     pinites think of Homecoming. This year’s theme: The
                                                                                                                                                  Great 08 Homecoming! It’ll be a celebration of Coppin,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               sure you’re there to celebrate another year, to mingle with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               our students and to cheer on our teams. That’s what keeps
   in September. If you are interested in joining the              raleigh/Wake county, North carolina                                            the good times, the memories, the impossible professors                      us going…that’s what makes it great.
   chapter and/or running for office, contact the Office           “United We Jam…Together As One”                                                and that illustrious degree you earned in the end.                           Enjoy!
   of Alumni Relations.
                                                                                                                                                           Join us for the Great 08! On the roster of ac-
                                                                     Call the Office of Alumni Relations for a list of hotels and entertainment   tivities this year; the traditional step show, concert and
                                                                     or visit                                                   happy hour. But there is something new; an Eagle Ball                        Tara K. Turner ‘99
                                                                                                                                                  for the whole Coppin Family. This year’s homecoming                          Director, Alumni Relations
                                                                                                                                                  is going to be a blast.
                   To Contact the Of fice of Alumni Relations call 410-951-3812 or email

OFFICE OF ALUMNI RELATIONS                                                                                                    Non-Profit
Coppin State University
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dr. lavania lee rice-fitzpatrick received a master’s degree in Education in 1970. dr.
fitzpatrick has been dedicated to education for many years holding various positions
within the Baltimore Public school system. although she retired from coppin in 2001,
she is still serving as an adjunct professor in the Graduate division at coppin, and as a
supervisor in the Master of arts teaching Program at Johns hopkins university school
of Education.
                                                                                                         *Alumni Assoc. Mtg.
                                                                                                         Alumni Day at the Basketball
                                                                                                         Game 2pm Women/4pm Men
                                                                                                         Coppin Eagles vs. Bethune Cook
                                                                                                                                                   S                  ix Alums Honored at Annual Event
                                                                                                                                                          The 2nd Annual Vision Award Celebration held on
                                                                                                                                                   November 17th honored 10 individuals and organiza-
                                                                                                                                                   tions. Among them, six Coppin alums received special
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Other honorees were technology company, Presi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                dio, the corporate honoree and Rev. Julius Jefferson of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Heritage United Church of Christ, also in the faith based
dr. kevin M. Brown graduated in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in applied Psychology.                     (Coppin Center)                           recognition for their dedication to the mission of Cop-                      category. In the Friends of Coppin category, The Most
he also earned a master’s in special Education from coppin in 2003. kevin, a Board                                                                 pin. James ’51 and Florine ’58 Camphor, affection-                           Worshipful Grand Master, Shelton D. Redden of the Ma-
Certified Holistic Practitioner trained through a program at Columbia University, is                                                               ately know as Winky and Peaches received the highest                         sonic organization, and Dwayne Ashley, CEO and Presi-
a health counselor and provides information through his website
. He is recognized as a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer and has over seven years          FEBRuARY                                           award as our Distinguished Honorees. Other alumni                            dent of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund in New York
                                                                                                13       *Alumni Assoc. Mtg.                       included T. Michael Peay ’68, international lawyer and                       both received honors.
of experience in emergency medical services and sports medicine. kevin is also an
                                                                                                17       Doo Wop Concert
assistant clinical social worker for Johns Hopkins Hospital, he does field research for                                                            foreign affairs diplomat and Joan Stevenson ’54 edu-                                The honorees were recognized at an invitation
                                                                                                         (James Weldon Johnson Auditorium)
harvard university, and he teaches incarcerated youth in Washington, dc.                                                                           cator, community fundraiser and fine arts advocate                           only reception prior to being entertained by the incom-
                                                                                                         Sponsored by the Alumni Assoc.
2006                                                                                            21-24 Homecoming 2008                              who received the Alumni award. Pastor Linwood and                            parable Nancy Wilson and funny man Bill Cosby at the
Jenna M. davis graduated in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal Justice.                                                                     Rev. Dr. Karen Bethea, ’80 and ’82 respectively, lead-                       Lyric Opera House. We would like to congratulate our
she currently coordinates services for the Maryland developmental disabilities                                                                     ers of Set the Captives Free Outreach Center received                        fellow Coppinites for being recognized and we thank
administration in the service coordination division. she also opened a fashion                  mARCH                                              the award in the faith based category.                                       them for continuing the legacy of great alumni.
boutique in Glen Burnie, Md called honey dip. You can visit her website at www.                 12    *Alumni Assoc. Mtg., to learn more about her boutique. Jenna will offer a 10%                  11-15 MEAC Basketball Tournament
discount to all coppin alums with their membership card.                                              (Raleigh, North Carolina)
                                                                                                30    5th Sunday Afternoon of Jazz
                                                                                                      (Location TBA)
Zanes cypress graduated in 2006 with a degree in Management science. he was
recently recognized by associated Black charities with the Marion c. Bascom
leadership award for his philanthropic awareness in the community.
Zanes, who currently lives in seattle, Washington and works as the special assistant            9        *Alumni Assoc. Mtg.
to the cEo of the Port of seattle, started Will Work for change, a philanthropic                25       Outdoor Movie Night 7pm
advocacy organization based in Baltimore. he also formed a fund in the same name                         (MOVIE: TBA)
in association with associated Black charities. the fund provides a paid Philanthropy
internship for Baltimore city 11th graders and a summer Youth Philanthropy Workshop             *The Alumni Association meetings are open to
for 8th graders.                                                                                all Coppin State graduates. The Executive Board
                                                                                                meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month in
                                                                                                the Tawes Center Executive Conference Room
                                                                                                5:30 pm. The Board does not meet during the
                                                                                                months of June, July, and August. Please call
                                                                                                the Office of Alumni Relations to inform us that
                                                                                                you will be attending. Dates, times and loca-
                                                                                                tions are subject to change.

Recently Deceased Alumni                                                                                       Deployed Alums
Rosalee D. Jenkins ’58- October 2007                                    Captain Sean Gibbs ’01 bachelor’s degree in General Science
Calvin Carrington ’48- October 2007                                        and has been serving in the military in Iraq for three years.
Frances L. Murphy , II ’58- December 2007
Delores C. Hunt ‘30-December 2007                                       Mark Howell ’99 bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts is currently
                                                                                                              serving in Afganistan.

DO yOu knOw OF Any COPPIn ALuMnI wHO ARe CuRRentLy FIGHtInG In tHe wAR ?                                                                                                     (first row l-r): Joan Stevenson, James Camphor, Florine Camphor, Karen Bethea, Linwood Bethea
                                                                                                                                                                           (second row l-r): Dwayne Ashley, Rudie Casasola, Shelton Redding, T. Michael Peay, Julius Jefferson.
                         we would like to list their names in the next edition of the Alumni Centerfold.
                                            Please send their name and APO or FPO address.
                                                                                                                               Arena Players Return to their Roots
                                                                                                                                       The Arena Players, Inc., the oldest Black                           Pearl Cleage that deals with the pressures imposed on
                                                                                                                               community theatre in the nation, returns to the place                       the private lives of freedom riders in the south during the
                                                                                                                               of their birth. Founded by a group of eight thespians                       early days of the civil rights movement, will be the first
                                                                                                                               which included Coppin alum Sam Wilson’43 in 1953,                           production held in the temporary location (at Coppin)
                                                                                                                               the playhouse’s current address is 801 McCulloh                             starting on February 8, 2008.
                                                                                                                               Street and has been their since 1982. A series of                                  The Arena Players look forward to a new and
                                                                                                                               major renovations has begun and caused the Arena to                         improved, bright and culturally rewarding playhouse.
                                                                                                                               move a portion of its season to Coppin’s auditorium.                        They will move back to their location on McCulloh Street
                                                                                                                                      “Bourbon at the Border”, a drama written by                          in March 2008. See the full schedule below.

Tuesday, February 19                   Wednesday, February 20                          Thursday, February 21                   Arena Players, inc.                                                         february 8-22 Bourbon at the Border by Pearl Cleage
                                                                                                                                                                                                           March 1-22 Green Book by Calvin Ramsey

                                                                                                                               2007-2008 Season 55
•Mister & Miss Coppin Coronation 8pm   •Pep Rally 2 pm                                 •Happy Hour at The Den 5 pm 9 pm
•Coronation Ball 10 pm                 •Comedy Show 8 pm $15                            Drink & Appetizer Specials                                                                                         March 28-april 20 The Pastor’s Anniversary by Robert Russell
                                                                                        3327 St. Paul Street                                                                                               april 25- May 11 The Church by Duane Rawlings
                                                                                        Baltimore, Maryland 21218                                                                                          May 23-June 8 Stepping Out (Musical)
                                                                                       •Concert (Entertainment TBA)
                                                                                        JWJ Auditorium General Admission $25   Subscriber Information: 1 Subscription ($65) 2 Subscriptions ($120) *Subscriptions include 6 plays* Call 1-877-460-8750 ext. 7 for information
                                                                                       (call 410-951-3926 for info)

Friday, February 22                    Saturday, February 23                           Sunday, February 24
•Step Show 8 pm
 Greeks $12
                                       •Parade from Walbrook Junction 8am
                                       •Pre-Game Party 11 am
                                                                                       •Eagle Ball 6 pm
                                                                                        Hiram Grand Foundation Center          DEPARTmEnT oF ViSuAl AnD PERFoRming ARTS
 General Admission $10                 •Hampton University vs. Coppin Eagles            Helen V. Benton Ballroom
                                        Ladies 2pm Men 4pm
                                       •Victory Party at the Delta Community Center
                                                                                        1207 North Eutaw Place
                                                                                        Baltimore, Maryland 21217
                                                                                                                               February                                                                                                                 Spring 2008
                                                                                                                               4–18 “Coppin Student Art Exhibit”
                                        BYOB-Free Set Ups                               Semi Formal Attire                           CSU Art Gallery
                                        2501 Springhill Avenue
                                        Baltimore, MD 21215
                                                                                        Alumni $40
                                                                                        Students $20                           18     Reflective Discussion: “Coppin Student Art Exhibit”
                                                                                                                                      CSU Art Gallery, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Arts Calendar
                                        General Admission $10
                                                                                                                               25     Opening Reception: “Living the Dream – I Was, I Am, I Will Be”
                                                                                                                                      CSU Art Gallery, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                               “Living the Dream – I Was, I Am, I Will Be”

                                                                    5th Sunday
                                                                                                                                     CSU Art Gallery
                                                                                                                                     February 25 – April 7

                                        Afternoon of Jazz
                                                                                                                               The Peacemaker
                                                                                                                                    James Weldon Johnson Auditorium
                                                                                                                                    February 29 – March 1
                                                                                                                               7      Reflective Discussion: “Living the Dream – I Was, I Am, I Will Be”
                                                                                                                                      CSU Art Gallery, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                               14     Opening Reception: “Luke A. Shaw and Carey Beth Cryor: A Decade in Remembrance”

                                                       Sunday, march 30, 2008
                                                                                                                                      CSU Art Gallery
                                                                                                                               “Luke A. Shaw and Carey Beth Cryor: A Decade In Remembrance”
                                                                  The Forum Caterers                                                CSU Art Gallery
                                                                                                                                    April 14 – May 19
                                                          4210 Primrose Avenue, Baltimore, MD
                                                                           3 pm | $25 per person                               Dance on Widow’s Row
                                                                                                                                    James Weldon Johnson Auditorium

                                                                              Great food and cool jazz!
                                                                                                                                    April 30 – May 4
                                                                   4                                                    3      19     Reflective Discussion: “Luke A. Shaw and Carey Beth Cryor: A Decade in Remembrance”
                                                                                                                                      CSU Art Gallery, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                               For times of theatre performances, details, and additional events, visit and click on “Calendar” and “Newsletter”

Doo Wop Concert
the dynamic superiors
the Johnny Mason clovers
the swallows
the Mighty Persians
the Blue lights
rudy McPhatter from the dominoes

Sunday, February 17, 2008 1 pm
James Weldon Johnson Auditorium
Brought to you by CSU Alumni Association and WLF Productions
Tickets are $25 (Call 410-951-3812 to purchase tickets)

Outdoor Movie Night
The Office of Alumni Relations and the CSU National Alumni Association will
host an outdoor movie night for both students and alumni on April 25. This is
our way of bringing current students together with former students to network
and enjoy each other’s company in Coppin spirit.

Stay tuned for more information.

Heads Up!
The Office of Alumni Relations has contracted Harris Publishing Company to
produce our 2008 Alumni Directory. We want you to be aware that the company
will be collecting data via printed and emailed surveys and phone calls. The data
collection will take place over a period of several months.

If you would like to have your contact information included in the directory, please
be sure to respond to Harris’ requests. The directories will be available for sale by
September 2008.

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