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Voice of our Leader

Greetings UAPB/AM&N Alumni!

Ms. Tanesha Washington Thompson

Greetings UAPB/AM&N Alumni!

Your UAPB/AM&N National Alumni Association started and is still going STRONG with our “UAPB Everyday: 365 Platform”. This endeavor is not for the weak or half-hearted because I have invited the Board of Directors and YOU (our alumni members) to consider Dear Mother EVERY SINGLE DAY of the year! Yes, I realize you are busy with your career! Yes, I realize some of you are winding down to retirement. Yes, I realize so many of you are out in the community connecting through service organizations, your church, and in politics. However,  as an alumni group, we have to stop only loving on or paying attention to Dear Mother when we are together celebrating a classic weekend, during homecoming or when we are in the news. There is SO MUCH work to do, we need YOU to ask yourself EVERY SINGLE DAY: “What can I do to make our university better, create opportunities for our students, and leave a legacy as an alumni member?”

Your UAPB/AM&N National Alumni Association, Board of Directors, and staff are committed EVERY SINGLE DAY in addressing the following:

Student Recruitment & Retention: Through the board, there is a committee dedicated in working with the Office of Recruitment to train chapters in learning the skills to effectively recruit students within their own cities. This connection with the Office of Recruitment also allows the association to become ambassadors in supporting all alumni in developing new relationships within their communities to guide students in making UAPB their school of choice.

Alumni Voice: The Alumni Association, Board of Directors, staff, and I and need to hear from you! We want to address your concerns, we are here to answer questions, and we want to put your suggestions in place. Which brings me to my next point: Our Board of Directors and staff are inviting our alumni to partner with us to be SOLUTION BASED in our communication and direction. Continue to reach out to us with questions and/or concerns, but do so with a solution in mind. This is OUR association and it takes ALL of us to find the answers!

National Alumni Center Campaign: Have you heard that we are STILL dedicated to our biggest project in the history of our formation? YES! We are STILL working extremely hard to raise $2.8 million to construct a masonry and glass l 0,000 square foot state of the art Alumni Center! This facility will include an alumni hall, meeting rooms, a board room and much more. This campaign provides a tremendous opportunity for all alumni to unite to support the building of this new event center that will be a service to students and alumni for years to come. Please contact the Alumni Association Office to find out how YOU can be a part of history.  There are giving levels and giving opportunities for every budget level.

Alumni/University Connection: The Alumni Association continues moving forward in its purpose of fostering an ongoing partnership between the alumni of UAPB and the University itself that ultimately gives our students the support they need to complete their education and then use what they’ve learned to make the world a better place. By doing so, we are also mentoring young alumni in chapter service work in an effort to have them lead chapters in their communities.

Giving: First, I want to invite all our alumni to read our UAPB Alumni Voices ROAR Newsletter, follow us on social media and look out for updates on our website. Collectively, the Board of Directors and local chapters are working to get the word out about events, ways to support, and membership. Secondly, the association supports two staff that handle the day- to- day operations of running a network. Our association is the liaison to the university’s leadership and alumni. We also directly support students in mentoring, volunteer opportunities, networking and scholarships, including the Dire Needs Scholarship.

Scholarship Challenge:  Under the 365 Challenge, we are asking YOU to donate what you can under this theme whether it is $36.50, $365, or $3650. I need you to show up and show out with your desire to pay it forward and help students fulfill that dream of walking across the stage to obtain their degree!

Homecoming/Membership: we are EXCITED about Homecoming as we do Homecoming like no other HBCU! You are invited to the Alumni Awards Luncheon where we will crown the 2023 Alumni Queen, recognize our 2023 Hall of Fame Inductees, and acknowledge AMAZING individuals and chapters While we want you to enjoy seeing old friends, making new connections, and celebrating at all the festivities; we also want you to use this time to SUPPORT the association. You can still join at the base investment of $50 for the 2023 year or increase your membership level (Silver Life, Gold Life, Platinum Life or Diamond Life) and/or  pay in advance for the 2024 year.

I am grateful and honored to serve as your president because this university set a beautiful foundation in my life.

Serving with PRIDE,

In Service and Support,

Tanesha Washington Thompson

President and Chair

Please contact Dr. Helen Johnson ([email protected]) to place chapter or class announcements in the newsletter.


Did You Know?

The power of our alumni, as a collective voice, has been consistently demonstrated throughout the past 150 years. The Alumni Association marks its sesquicentennial; reflecting over the first century and a half of the University’s service to students, parents, communities, fellow alumni and the Nation shows just cause for celebration.

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Alumni Chapter: A Beacon of Success and Community Engagement

In the heart of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, a remarkable group of individuals regularly devote their time, talent and treasure as members of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Alumni Chapter. Under the leadership of Chapter President Dr. Hazell Reed, this flagship organization has become a shining example of what can be achieved when a community works together with dedication and purpose.

Dire Need Scholarship Fund

The Dire Need Scholarship Fund was designed to help UAPB students who have a critical financial need.  Students who have exhausted all means of financial aid, student loans and family support and do not have the capability of paying their outstanding college balance can apply for this scholarship. 



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Issue: Fall 2023


Dr. Helen Johnson

Ruby Bridgeforth

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Contributing Writers

National and International News

Ruby Bridgeforth

Dr. Helen Johnson

Chapter News

Kim Jones Sneed

Arden Jones

Sport News

Phillip Williams

Volunteer Opportunities

Jessie Varando

UAPB/AM&N Alumni Center Capital Campaign

Phillip Williams


Dr. Helen Johnson
Ruby Bridgeforth