UF black alumni gather for weekend


Published: Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 1:19 p.m.

"The Legacy Lives On" as black University of Florida graduates gear up for Black Alumni Weekend 2011.

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BLACK ALUMNI WEEKEND

What: The University of Florida Association of Black Alumni Black Alumni Weekend 2011.

When: Friday-Sunday.

Where: Emerson Alumni Hall, 1938 W. University Ave., and Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, 1714 SW 34th St.

Cost: $75 for members, $100 for non-members; $20 for old-school party.

Information: Call 352-846-3580.

And area black University of Florida Alumni Association members and those who are not members still have a chance to participate in this year's activities.

Jasmin Robinson, associate director of Alumni Reunions and Special Events, said Gainesville residents can register for the weekend-long festivities by calling her by 5 p.m. Thursday at 352-846-3580.

The cost is $75 for alumni association members and $100 for non-members; however, the cost does not include tickets to the UF vs. Florida Atlantic University football game, which takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

As of Tuesday morning, the association still had 10 game tickets that will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $45.

"Traditionally, we have not received a high rate of participation from local black alums and we really want people in town to come out and participate in the activities," said Robinson, adding that the UF Association of Black Alumni is open to anyone who wants to support black students on campus.

Activities will kick off from noon-4 p.m. Friday at Emerson Alumni Hall, 1938 W. University Ave., with registration, followed from 3:30-5 p.m. with a meet-and-greet and from 6:30-11 p.m. with a welcome reception featuring Danita Nias, executive director of the UF Alumni Association, as the keynote speaker.

Entertainment will be provided by Tampa-based comedian Rahn Hortman, winner of the Tampa Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Jokers Wild Contest, and R&B artist Latraia Savage & The All Starz Band. Known as "The Voice," Savage has opened concerts for Chris Brown and Alicia Keys.

On Saturday, activities will be held from 9 a.m.-noon beginning with a Champagne Brunch and Multicultural Student Groups' Showcase at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, 1714 SW 34th St

The brunch will feature a keynote address by Yolanda Cash Jackson, a government attorney with the law firm, Becker & Poliakoff in Ft. Lauderdale.

The musical guest will be Bill Rogers of Miami, a veteran trumpet player who has performed concerts worldwide.

There will also be a performance by the Hip Hop Collective, an organization of students from the University of Florida and Santa Fe College.

The day will conclude with a post-game social and old-school party from 7-11 p.m. featuring DJ Saxwell of Orlando, also at the Hilton.

Organizers want those attending to wear attire from the ‘70s and ‘80s to the party.

The cost will be $20, cash only, for those who don't register for the weekend.

All proceeds will benefit the Black Alumni Association's scholarship fund.

The weekend will conclude with a farewell brunch from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at The Reggae Shack Café, 619 W. University Ave.

"We have 125 people who have registered and we are going to have a good time," Robinson said.

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