NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Members of the Bethel College African-American Alumni Association held a planning meeting in Grand Prairie, Texas, April 22-23. The group heard student and staff reports, reviewed current minority life staffing at the college, considered changes to the AAAA charter and initiated a scholarship fund to benefit future African-American students at Bethel, with 100 percent of those present making a financial commitment to the project.
The weekend also included reminiscing over meals, socializing in the home of Hope and Curtis Lee, attending a concert by Little River Band and Kool & The Gang and holding host family reunions.
Participants included Kim Clark ’92, Grand Prairie; Chad Willis, sophomore from Duncanville, Texas; Jason Baker, junior from Dallas; Demario Smith, senior from Tucson, Ariz.; Orlando Rayfield ’04, Fort Worth; Curtis Bonds ’82, Virginia Beach, Va.; Sylvia Kelly, Newton, host parent for African-American students; Sammie Simmons ’89, Newton, host parent and Alumni Council member and vice president of the association; Phebia Williams, Newton, host parent; Hope Lee ’80, Grand Prairie, alumni associate with the Bethel College Office of Alumni Relations; Cynthia A. Doyle Perkins ’77, Indianapolis; William McClain ’80, St. Louis, president of the association; and Jackye Alexander ’00, Fort Worth; Chris Clark ’94, West Palm Beach, Fla.; James Ward ’76, Sarasota, Fla.; and Dave Linscheid ’75, North Newton, Kan., director of alumni relations.
AAAA conducts planning meetings and reunions on alternating years. The group scheduled its next reunion for Friday, Sept. 30, to be held in Newton in conjunction with Bethel College’s Fall Festival. AAAA will hold its next planning meeting in the Kansas City area in spring 2006.