Society of Black Alumni Updates – Albright College

Society of Black Alumni Updates

The Society of Black Alumni (SOBA) has been very active on campus this Fall Semester. On October 14, we partnered with the Office of Alumni & Donor Engagement to host a panel discussion for the Empowering Albright Voices event. The panel discussion included Black alumni across several decades who spoke about how national movements and contemporary culture influenced their experiences on campus.

In October and November, Dr. Teresa Gilliams led a two-part, online discussion of the novel “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead. Members enjoyed seeing Dr. Gilliams and the in-depth conversations about the Pulitzer-Prize winning book.

On November 18, SOBA joined the Black Women’s Leadership Association for a game of Family Feud. This event allowed students to connect with alums, network, and have fun.

We look forward to seeing you in 2023 for our Black History Month Talent Showcase and Dinner on February 24, on March 3 for Empowering Albright Voices, and on April 22 for our Alumni Weekend VibeFest.

 

The Society of Black Alumni (SOBA) is looking forward to the opportunity to connect with Black students and alumni this academic year. During the summer, the SOBA Steering Committee worked on programming to engage students and foster deeper alumni relationships. To that end, SOBA will be doubly visible on campus for Homecoming Weekend 2022! Join us on Saturday, September 17 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to hand out merchandise to students at the street fair. From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. we invite you to socialize at our tailgating spot.

Please save the date, Friday, October 7, for an impactful panel of alumni across generations sharing their unique experiences at the Empowering Albright Voices event, “A Living History of Empowerment from the Voices of Albright’s Black Alumni.” Register for the event here. In the interim, if you have any additional questions, please reach out to soba@albright.edu.

After a year of virtual events, the Albright College Society of Black Alumni (SOBA) is excited for the opportunity to host on-campus events this year. In collaboration with Office of Student Involvement and Leadership SOBA participated in Welcome Weekend where alumni were able to engage with incoming freshmen on topics ranging from networking opportunities to internships. The society also hosted a basketball free throw tournament during Homecoming Weekend the John Scholl Life Sports Center.

Additionally, in July SOBA elected Adrie Neal ’09 as Vice President of SOBA, who will work in conjunction with Andre Ezeugwu ’10, president, and Tomesha Campbell, secretary, of SOBA to further our mission through four annual events:  Welcome Weekend, Homecoming, Black History Month and Alumni Weekend.

If you’re interested in learning more about SOBA or participating in future events, please contact us at soba@albright.edu.