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BUBAA presents awards, names conference room

BUBAA Recognition Award winners pictured left to right: Marcus Belin '10, Cheryl Procter-Rogers '80, Judge Sybil C. King Thomas '72, Beverly Coley '74 and Stephen C. Lewis '72.

The Bradley University Black Alumni Association (BUBAA) hosted its inaugural recognition awards banquet Saturday, April 20, in Chicago.  Nearly 100 alumni and friends attended the event. Recipients, shown from left, are Marcus Belin ’10, Distinguished Young Alumni; Cheryl Procter-Rogers ’80, Distinguished Professional Achievement; Judge Sybil C. King Thomas ’72, Distinguished Leadership; Beverly Coley ’74, Distinguished Entrepreneur; and Stephen C. Lewis ’72, Distinguished Community Service.

On March 30, BUBAA members gathered at the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center on campus for a ceremony to honor the late Dr. Gene Young. The group raised funds to name a conference room on the lower level of the Alumni Center in Dr. Young’s honor.

Dr. Young was director of black studies at Bradley from 1977 to 1984 and mentored many black students during his tenure on the Hilltop. He was instrumental in establishing the Dr. Romeo B. Garrett Center, the Dr. Romeo B. Garrett scholarship dinner and the Black Panhellenic Council.

After his passing in 2011, Omega Psi Phi fraternity brothers initiated a fundraising campaign to name a room in the alumni center in his honor. The campaign was introduced at the 2012 Black Alumni reunion, and the funds were raised less than a year later.

BUBAA members are in the process of planning their next event, a comedy show at Jokes & Notes in Chicago this summer.