IU Neal-Marshall Alumni Club staging reunion; W. Kamau Bell to perform

  • Oct. 16, 2013


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- "Let's Stay Together" is the theme for the Indiana University Neal-Marshall Alumni Club's Reunion XXI, scheduled for Oct. 18 to 20 in Bloomington.

The reunion will feature a TGIF "Evening Groove" at Coaches Bar & Grill on Friday, Oct. 18. Other events on Saturday, Oct. 19 include an alumni/student empowerment brunch and networking mentoring sessions and a Motown Soul Symposium with Charles Sykes, executive director of the African American Arts Institute. Sykes teaches a course devoted to the study of Motown. The afternoon will also include an alumni sock hop.

Comedian and satirist W. Kamau Bell, star of FX’s "Totally Biased," will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at Whittenberger Auditorium in the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St. The public is invited to this free performance. After the concert, there will be a reception and more entertainment beginning at 8 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave. That event will feature Word of Mouth Productions, a professional theater company, and the Downstroke Band playing favorite old-school R&B tunes.

The reunion’s student-engagement brunch at 11 a.m. on Saturday will feature alumna Lori Wilson, news anchor for Indianapolis WISH-TV, and alumna Nancy Streets Lyons, the first black Miss IU. Club business will be conducted Sunday at a national meeting and election, according to national Neal-Marshall Alumni Club President Vernon Williams.

"We expect a cross section of IU graduates from every decade," Williams said. "And we are excited about the unprecedented level of student-alumni engagement planned, which better connects NMAC to its purpose and mission."

To attend the entire reunion, register online or contact Clarence Boone at nmac@indiana.edu. Cost is $75 for Neal-Marshall members, staff and board members and $100 for nonmembers. Early registration deadline is Oct. 14. The cost increases by $10 after that date. Lodging will be available at the Hilton Garden Inn. Call 812-331-1335 to reserve a room using the group code IUA.

The Neal-Marshall Alumni Club was founded in 1980 to meet the needs of IU African-American alumni and increase their participation in local and national IU alumni groups. Membership in the Neal-Marshall Alumni Club is open to all African-American IU alumni who wish to stay connected and promote the awareness of the history, traditions and legacy of African Americans at IU.

The IU Alumni Association is dedicated to serving the university and its diverse alumni, students and friends. As one of the nation's largest alumni organizations, serving more than 580,000 graduates worldwide, the IUAA provides many programs and services to its members, nonmember alumni and the university.

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