AAAC SANKOFA HOMECOMING 2018
The AAAC’s 2018 Sankofa Homecoming weekend begins a year-long celebration, “Fifty Years of Pride, Progress, and Partnership” spanning 2018-19. During Homecoming 2018, the AAAC will celebrate the founding of the Black Action Society (BAS) in 1968, as well as the IMPACT Engineering Program (now the Pitt EXCEL program); the former University Community Education Project (UCEP); Project A; and other programs that proved vital in advancing progress over the past 50 years for African Americans on campus and beyond.
Recognizing the significance of campus activism in the late 60’s, Homecoming 2019 will focus on the 1969 Computer Center takeover and other significant events that launched a new era of African American campus and community life at the University of Pittsburgh.
For more information about Pitt's Homecoming 2018 celebration, go to http://alumni.pitt.edu/Homecoming.
SANKOFA Homecoming Registration - Registration for the SANKOFA Homecoming events will take place on Friday, October 5 from noon - 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 6 from 9 a.m. – noon at the William Pitt Union (WPU), near the Jazz Hall of Fame Gallery. For more information, please contact Marlene Mahoney at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tina Randall at email@example.com.
To register for Sankofa Homecoming 2018 and to make hotel accommodations, follow this link.
Friday, October 5
AAAC 13th Annual Apple Seed Community Service Project with Pittsburgh Public Schools
8 a.m. – Noon
Various local school sites
Giving to others is a basic, spiritual principle that enriches one’s life. The Apple Seed Community Service Project is designed around the need to provide an opportunity for the University of Pittsburgh family to give back to the community by establishing an educational partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools. By promoting reading and writing skills, and reinforcing the values of a strong education, Apple Seed volunteers will plant the seeds of hope and inspiration in the lives of students to nourish the mind and to open a new world of possibilities through books, presentations, and discussions.
Volunteers of the Apple Seed Project may participate in the program in one of two ways:
Elementary School Levels
• read to students and encourage them to write or discuss the book
• art, music, or computer lab activity
• assist an instructor in the classroom
Middle & Secondary Levels
• share career and educational options
• panel discussions
• mock interviews
• motivational presentations/discussions
Participating in the Apple Seed project can be personally rewarding. In exchange for sharing their time and talents with students, Apple Seed volunteers will be enriched by the experience and will gain a greater appreciation for the educational needs of students. They will feel personal satisfaction from giving back to the community and sharing a small piece of self that will be personally gratifying and inspirational to the students with whom they interact. The Apple Seed Project aims to make a difference by touching the lives of students in a small, yet, significant way.
Contact: Valerie Njie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hallowed Grounds Walking Tours
Noon – 4 p.m. | Tours begin every hour
Meet at Alumni Hall
Take a walking tour of key African American historical locations and points of history located on campus including the African Heritage Room.
Black Action Society History Display
Noon – 6 p.m. | Tours begin every hour
Jazz Hall of Fame Gallery
William Pitt Union
Enjoy a display of Black Action Society documents and various memorabilia held by individuals and the University.
Hillman Library Debut of the Bebe Moore Campbell Memorial Collection
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Pitt alumna and world-renowned author, Dr. Bebe Moore Campbell, whose campus activism underlined her writings, made a powerful impact in the literary world. Her poignant, passionate, and often riveting writings in her books, plays, and articles are as powerful today as they were yesterday. The Bebe Moore Campbell Memorial collection honors this author’s achievements and accomplishments, and will be debuted this Homecoming by the Archives and Special Collections within Hillman Library.
Panel Discussion: The Black Action Society (BAS): Its Relevancy Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
3 – 4:30 p.m.
William Pitt Union
Given the rich history of the Black Action Society since its founding 50 years ago, the question remains, is it still relevant today? During this discussion, panelists will present a historical context of the BAS's founding, its journey in the intervening years, and its prognosis for the future.
Student/Alumni Meet Up, Networking, and Reception
5 – 6:30 p.m.
William Pitt Union
Alumni and students will create, build, and solidify relationships while exchanging Pitt life experiences. Alumni from the various schools and organizations (including BAS, AOS, NSBE, SOGC, and Black Greeks) and students from the Bradford campus are welcome to attend.
National Society of Black Engineers Student/Alumni Mixer
5 – 8 p.m.
Soldiers & Sailors
The Pitt chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and the Pitt EXCEL Program invite engineering alumni to join us for our annual Student/Alumni Mixer. Come interact with us, network, and help us carry out our mission of increasing the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.
Contact: Alaine Allen at Allen@pitt.edu
Film Screening: Blue Gold and Black: From Doorway to Distinction
8:30 – 10 p.m.
Alumni Hall, Room 120
“Blue Gold & Black: From Doorway to Distinction” is a documentary that was produced by Pitt’s Office of Public Affairs (today University Communications) in 2009. The film tells the story of the 180-year experience of Black men and women at Pitt. Through their persistence and intelligence, they broke down barriers and took their rightful place in the classrooms, on the playing fields, and in Pitt history.
Contact: Linda Wharton Boyd at email@example.com
Homecoming Fireworks and Laser Show
The Pitt Program Council presents an amazing display of fireworks and lasers timed to music as Bigelow Boulevard and the Cathedral of Learning are lit up in celebration of Homecoming. The Homecoming court finalists will be announced at the conclusion of the show!
University Club, Ballroom B
Join your fellow alumni and Pitt's Department of Theatre Arts for a late evening of music and fun. A cash bar and a special late-night menu will be available for purchase.
Friday Meet-Up Hosted by the "Divine Nine" Sororities
10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Burn by Rocky Patel | 346 North Shore Drive | Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Reconnect with college friends at this social reception hosted by the "Divine Nine" Sororities of Pitt (Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, and Sigma Gamma Rho). Catch up with old acquaintences as you party the night away. This event is open to everyone.
Contact: Helen Bowers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome Back Reception Hosted by the Pitt Alumni Association
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Cathedral of Learning
Saturday, October 6
Pitt African American Alumni Council Annual Board and Membership Meeting
8:30 - 11 a.m.
AAAC executive officers and board of directors will hold their annual meeting. National President, Dr. Vaughn Clagette, will present his annual State of the Council address which summarizes the progress and achievements of the past year and outlines the direction for the future. Board committee chairs and affiliate presidents will present their goals and objectives for the coming year.
Contact: Christina Royster at email@example.com
Pitt Pregame Festivities
Panthers Village Homecoming Pregame Event sponsored by the Pitt Alumni Association
Pregame Event: 10 a.m. | Kickoff: 12:20 p.m.
Heinz Field, Great Lawn | white tent next to Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36 and adjacent to the North Shore Riverfront Park
100 Art Rooney Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Meet representatives from Pitt schools, colleges, and regional campuses, including the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Pitt Business, Pitt Law, the School of Computing and Information, the School of Education, the School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy, the School of Social Work, the Swanson School of Engineering, and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. The price for this event is $35 per person, and children 10 and under are free. Space is limited, so please note that walk-ins cannot be guaranteed admission to the event.
Parking Link: http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com/tickets/fbparking.html
Game Day Central: http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com/gameday/pitt-football-2016.html
Sankofa Awards Banquet: "50 Years of Outstanding Leadership: Honoring the Black Action Society, IMPACT Engineering Alumni, Former UCEP Project A Students, and Other Diversity Programs"
Cocktail Reception: 6 – 7 p.m. | Dinner: 7 – 9 p.m.
Meet at Alumni Hall
The AAAC issued the call for BAS leaders, IMPACT Engineering alumni, and UCEP Project A students to return to Pitt and be recognized for their leadership.
After Banquet Overflow hosted by the "Divine Nine" Fraternities
10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Bridges Restaurant and Lounge | Wyndham, University Center
Join the "Divine Nine" Fraternities of Pitt (Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, and Iota Phi Theta) after the Sankofa Awards Banquet for a social gathering and a night to remember.
Contact: Helen Bowers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, October 7
Sunday Morning Ecumenical Memorial Worship Service
9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
End the weekend on a spiritual note through praise, song, and worship. A special candlelight moment during the service will be dedicated to honoring members who have passed. Music will be performed by Some of God's Children Gospel Choir.
Annual Worship Service and Sankofa Sunday Brunch Recognizing the Former University Community Education Program (UCEP) Project A Students and Community Partners
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
In 1968, the University Community Education Program (UCEP) administered a program dedicated to enriching the learning environment increasing the minority presence at Pitt. The first cohort of 50 students to enter the University through the UCEP program were called Project A.