With the Classes

With the Classes


Class of 1973

Kudos to Margaret Counts-Spriggs, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Clark Atlanta University's BSW Program.  In May 2017, Dr. Counts-Spriggs received notice of a three year, $99,052 award for the CAU GLS Campus Suicide Prevention initiative from the U. S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The project begins in September 2017 and will continue through August 2020.



Class of 1940

Lavesta Pearson Rutland was joined by a cadre of friends and family on October 29th to celebrate her 100th birthday. The event was held at Maggione’s Restaurant in Atlanta where gifts and tributes were presented including a resolution from the College


Class of 1964
Doretha Wynn Edgecomb retired from Hillsborough County Public Schools (Tampa, FL) after 52 years of service. A celebration of her legacy at Middleton High School in Tampa on October 13th was quite the gala event.


Class of 1968

Dr. Joe Lee, Vice President of TCNAA, was featured guest on a radio program, “Making Inspired Choices with Coach Linda”. Show host, Linda Stephens-Jones, class of 1979, interviewed Dr. Lee on the topic: What have your challenges prepared you to do? The link to the June 29th show is www.lindastephensjones.com.


Class of 1968
Dr. Kenneth and Mrs. Priscilla McLeod Robinson, of Charleston, SC both class of ’68, have a daughter, Lisa who is a transplant patient and has had many subsequent health challenges. The “GoFundMe’ page for Lisa (“Lisa Needs Your Help”) is available for your support.


Class of 1970
After having devoted 46 years of service as a teacher at Forest Hills Elementary School, Mary Hobley retired from teaching in the Hillsborough County Public School System (Tampa, FL). She plans to spend time with her sister, niece and nephew, and other family members. Ever the educator, Mary says she will continue to offer education as a tutor at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.


Class of 1973
Rickey Powell of Birmingham, AL celebrated the first anniversary of his kidney transplant in June 2016!


Class of 1975

Chester E. Fair Jr celebrated an excellent report from his prostate cancer specialist in August, 90 days following his last radiation treatment. He learned that his PSA number was well within the desired range. Chester is on the mend and claims victory over disease.



Class of 1974 and 1976










Angela Baughman Bowie ‘76 and David Bowie ’74 celebrated 40 years of marriage on November 27, 2016! Their daughters wrote "Thank You God and Talladega for bringing our parents together!" Click here for more photos.


Class of 1980

Reuben Sparks has published his first book. One Cowrie Shell, is available at www.amazon.com and www.luniverse.com/Bookstore.



Class of 1992

Robin E. Bennett is in need of financial support for a heart transplant necessary for her survival. A single mother of two, Robin hopes to raise a minimum of $10,000 so that Emory University Hospital, Atlanta will go forward with the procedure. She recently underwent emergency surgery to strengthen her heart as she waits to be placed on the list. You can assist through Robin’s Team of Faith Go Fund Me page. For those who don’t make electronic payments, feel free to provide payment at any Wells Fargo Bank branch – Wells Fargo account 5122293078 or mail your donation to Team Heart of Faith – Robin Bennett, P.O. Box 21, Seale, AL 36875. Be sure to include Acct # 5122293078 in the memo line.



Class of 2006

Seddrick T. Hill Sr. was named National Director of Alumni Engagement for Inroads, Inc. The mission of Inroads is to develop and place talented, underserved youth in business and industry, and prepare them for corporate and community leadership.



Class of 2008

Grace E. Brown has experienced complications with Multiple Sclerosis and, as a result has mounting set-backs in keeping up with medical bills and in trying to maintain some semblance of independence. She lost her job when health issues wouldn’t allow her to get to work regularly. Grace has established a Go Fund Me (Grace Medical Funds) page to help keep bill payments current and to catch up on hospital bills, the cost of doctor visits and medication.



Class of 1964


Dr. Robert “Piano Man” Perry enjoyed Mardi Gras 2016, participating in an impromptu jam session at the home of Dr. Lowell Theard in New Orleans. Dr. Perry has volunteered his musical talents during various celebratory events around the country.


Class of 1968
Dr. Joe Lee, Vice President of TCNAA, was recently the featured guest on a radio program, “Making Inspired Choices with Coach Linda”.  Show host, Linda Stephens-Jones, class of 1979, interviewed Dr. Lee on the topic: What have your challenges prepared you to do?  The link to the June 29th show is www.lindastephensjones.com.


Class of 1970
After having devoted 46 years of service as a teacher at Forest Hills Elementary School, Mary Hobley has decided to retire from teaching in the Hillsborough County Public School System (Tampa, FL).  She plans to spend time with her sister, niece and nephew, and other family members.  Ever the educator, Mary says she will continue to offer education as a tutor at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.


Class of 1973
Rickey Powell of Birmingham, AL celebrated the first anniversary of his kidney transplant in June!


Class of 1980
Reuben Sparks has published his first book.  The book, One Cowrie Shell, is available at www.amazon.com and www.luniverse.com/Bookstore.

 
Class of 1992

Robin E. Bennett is in need of financial support as she raises money for a heart transplant necessary for her survival.  A single mother of two, Robin is hoping to garner a minimum of $10,000 so that Emory University Hospital in Atlanta will go forward with the procedure.  She recently underwent emergency surgery to strengthen her heart as she waits to be placed on the list.  You can assist through Robin’s Team of Faith Go Fund Me page.  For those who don’t make electronic payments, feel free to provide payment at any Wells Fargo Bank branch – Wells Fargo account 5122293078 or mail your donation to Team Heart of Faith – Robin Bennett, P.O. Box 21, Seale, AL 36875.  Be sure to include Acct # 5122293078 in the memo line.

 
Class of 2008

Grace E. Brown has recently experienced complications with Multiple Sclerosis and, as a result has mounting set-backs in keeping up with medical bills and in trying to maintain some semblance of independence.  She lost her job when health issues wouldn’t allow her to get to work regularly.  Grace has established a Go Fund Me (Grace Medical Funds) page to help keep bill payments current and to catch up on hospital bills, the cost of doctor visits and medication.


Class of 1962


Dr. Ann Taylor Green, was honored on August 27, 2015 when one of Bethune-Cookman University’s (B-CU) historical buildings was renamed, the Ann Taylor Green General Studies Building.  The building, at the corner of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Boulevards was formerly the McLeod Hospital that served students of the former Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School for Girls (now B-CU) and African-American residents in Daytona Beach. (see Alumni News)



Class of 1978

Charles Matthews has been named President of Peoples Energy and member of the Board of Directors of its subsidiaries, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas.  (
see Alumni News)



Class of 1991          

Rev. Rinzee L. Stansberry, Sr. was installed as Pastor of New Enoree Baptist Church in Newberry, South Carolina , April 12, 2015. 



Class of 1953

Enid Pinkney, founding president of the Historic Hampton House Community Trust and long-time champion of the restoration effort, celebrated with the Miami community the grand re-opening of Hampton House on May 1.  Once the gathering spot for Black celebrities and activists in the Miami area, the motel fell into disrepair and was scheduled for demolition in 2006.  Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article20557536.html#storylink=cpy


Class of 1961

Art Bacon recently addressed a class at the American Studies Center of the University of Warsaw Poland on “The U.S. Civil Rights Movement through the Performing and Visual Arts” and has been invited to participate in an ongoing relationship with the University of Warsaw.

Professor Emeritus of Natural Sciences and Humanities, Dr. Bacon will receive the Augusta Savage Award in Art in October, 2015 at a gala in West Palm Beach, FL where some of his paintings will be on exhibit.  Additionally, as the Faculty Resource Network at New York University observes it 30th anniversary, Art was asked to provide two paintings to be exhibited.

 
Class of 1993

Tamyra Jennings Walton gathered college paraphernalia for her daughter, Cheyenne, who was  a 4th grader at West Newton Elementary School in Covington, GA.  All 4th graders were to prepare a display representing the HBCU of their choice in observance of Black History Month.  Miss Cheyenne Walton took 2nd place with a display depicting Talladega College. (See her picture in the Photos section of our website).


Class of 1973

S. Rickey Powell is the recipient of a kidney after more than 15 years on dialysis.  The surgery was performed at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA.  Rickey lives in Birmingham, AL