Alumni Milestones – Congratulations to:
Ro'chelle D. Williams '14, TCNAA Board Secretary and Hall of Fame Chair, is TCNAA-UNCF Young Alumnus of the Year-2020
Cornell Lynch '08, TCNAA Board Vice-Chairman, is TCNAA-UNCF Young Alumnus of the Year-2019
Doris Browne, M.D., MPH, 118th President of the National Medical Association
Shirlethia Franklin, J.D., Elected TCNAA Alumni Representative to the Tougaloo College Board of Trustees (term 2017 - 2020). Also Howard University School of Law Sesquicentennial Rising Star Award Recipient 2019.
Hope Goins, J.D., 2017 - 2018 TCNAA Alumnus of the Year.
Joan Trumpauer Mulholland '64 - National Civil Rights Museum 2015 Freedom Award Recipient
WATAC 2016 40 Under 40 Award Recipients
Terralon Cannon Knight, MD '98, Marshala Lee, MD, MPH ‘07, Colibri, Jenkins, MD ‘01, Shirlethia Franklin, Esq. '04, John L. Baker III, Esq. "Trey" '06, Hope Goins, Esq. '02, Dr. Zeita Merchant '98, Dr. Chazeman S. Jackson '01, Rukia Lumumba, Esq. '01, Waikinya Clanton '08 Not pictured LeMia Jenkins '10, Amanda S. Mims '07, Ro'Chelle Williams '14
WATAC MAKING GREAT STRIDES
Each year WATAC strives to do more and give more. We are continually growing and attracting dedicated alumni who are following the lead of our committed and stalwart founding alumni family members. We seek to fortify the foundation that they created by increasing participation, membership, partnerships and sponsorships for our beloved Tougaloo College., Every Year is the Year of the Eagle Queen!!!, From 1992 to present, Mississippi on the Potomac has been our signature event contributing over $600, 000 to the Tougaloo College General Scholarship Fund. We sincerely appreciate the sponsorship and participation from our Tougaloo family, friends and supporters. ., Additionally, WATAC awards scholarships annually to seven WATAC Scholars, selected by the WATAC Scholarship Committee. A scholarship of $1, 000 is awarded to each of the scholars who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership and community service. WATAC is excited to congratulate the 2019-20 Scholars:
Class Year: Junior, Major: Elementary Education, Home Town: Lexington,MS
Class Year: Junior, Major: Chemistry/Mathematics, Home Town: Portland, Jamaica
Class Year: Sophomore, Major: Biology, Home Town: Terry, MS
Class Year: Junior, Major: Biology, Home Town: Portland, Jamaica
Class Year: Freshman, Major: Biology (Pre-Med), Home Town: Clinton, MS
Class Year: Junior, Major: Psychology, Home Town: Shaw, MS
Class Year: Junior, Major: Sociology/ English, Home Town: Shaw, MS
Shopping at the WATAC Store.
Thanks to many of you, the Woodworth Chapel Tapestry Throw continues to be a WATAC “treasured keepsake.” The Woodworth Chapel Clock is “a must” to keep you on schedule whether in the dorm room or on the office desk. Also at the store are: The Woodworth Chapel Ornament, The ArtLot (Mirian Gibson-Bowden), the MOTP Golf Shirt and more.
WATAC proudly offers the DVD, “An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Tougaloo Alumni Joan Trumpauer Mulholland” by Loki Mulholland. This is an amazing true story of one white Southern woman’s courage to choose her convictions and join the Civil Rights Movement. Joan is an active member on “team WATAC”.
The restored Historic Robert O. Wilder Building…”The Mansion” is forever memorialized as a Tapestry ! It has been a delight to hear the stories of “this is where I met my sweetheart for life” or “my first job was at the Mansion”. Capture those remembrances…. The Mansion Tapestry Throw, available in the WATAC Store.
CALLING ALL GOLFERS!!! …And NON- Golfers!
Want to take off a day from work?? Check out the WATAC Golf-A-Thon/Marathon at https://watacgolf-a-thon.com. Make this event your annual pilgrimage to Tougaloo or Golf at home or golf on the course of your choice….Say you’re not a golfer, at all but you want to support our prolific golfers? Contribute, donate by the hole or give a flat amount. This is a great way to have fun, participate and/or support for a worthy cause! This fundraiser was started in 2011 and has resulted in raising over $100,000!
Over the years, WATAC has been an active member of the Washington Inter-Alumni Council/United Negro College Fund, participating in the Annual Commemorative Breakfast honoring the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In January 2010, WIAC/UNCF recognized WATAC’s Chazeman Jackson, as the first recipient of the Grace Walker Phillips Youth Leadership Award. WATAC member, Gregory Johnson, Esq. was honored as the 2012 Grace Walker Phillips Youth Leadership Award recipient. Congratulations to Hope Goins ’02 for being named Tougaloo College Young Alumnus of the Year 2012-2013. Gregory Johnson ’08 was recognized as 2014 Tougaloo College Outstanding Young Alumnus. Shirlethia Franklin was honored as the 2015 Young Alum of the Year. In 2016, Hope Goins was named the 2016 Grace Walker Phillips Youth Leadership Recipient. WATAC young alums continue to SOAR!!!
WATAC is encouraged by the participation of our area Young Alums as they engage with the chapter to strengthen ties and build bridges. We welcome their continued and increased efforts towards WATAC being a true intergenerational organization contributing to the stability of our beloved alma mater. This year, not only are the young alums pictured on the WATAC Yearbook section of our website but several are honored to be a part of the 2nd Annual “40 Under 40” Banquet held on the Tougaloo College campus , October 2017. We are proud to feature last year’s inaugural 40U40 class on our WATAC Home Page
*In 2010, WATAC joined with local Mississippi HBCU Alumni Chapters to rally the involvement of alumni from Tougaloo College, Jackson State University, Alcorn State University and Mississippi Valley University with the formation of TJAM. The tradition continues with the 2018 TJAM Ball in April at Martin’s Crosswinds, Greenbelt, MD. It is our intent that this effort strengthen the HBCU ties on a broader scale by actively participating in the TJAM event, the Washington Inter-Alumni Council- UNCF organization and the DC- HBCU Alumni Alliance. It is hoped that this partnership encourages a kind of unity that will benefit each of our institutions both fraternally and fiscally. For more info on the DC HBCU Alumni Alliance, visit http://www.dchbcu.org/index.htm. June 2019 WATAC was recently tented and represented Tougaloo with runners, walkers and volunteers in the 5th Annual DC HBCU Alumni Alliance 5K RUN 2K WALK. We are again calling for all runners, walkers and volunteers to participate in the 6th Annual DC HBCU Alumni Alliance RUN/WALK to be held Saturday, June 23, 2018. Tougaloo WINS when we RUN or WALK!
July 2019 at Mississippi On the Potomac XXVII we reaver our hands in the air, Luke we just didn’t care in the 100+ degree weather and cheered for our golfers at Presidential Golf Course in Fairfax, VA on Friday; Saturday, we basked in the summer breezes at the Catfish Buffet Outing on the Potomac at Bretton Woods, while listening to and singing “oldies but goodies” with “the Young Bucks”. To close our weekend on Sunday, we enjoyed a “laid-back” afternoon of jazz performed by Collaboration with Esther Williams at the downtown Rosa Mexicano. It was a joyful, festive and exhilarating afternoon with great food and hospitality! Whew! Can’t wait ‘til July 2020! Mark your calendar now for July 16-19, 2020!