Voice of our Leader
Greetings UAPB/AM&N Alumni!
Ms. Tanesha Washington Thompson
Yes, UAPB “Everyday”! That is the vision being amplified by me and the Board of Directors of the UAPB/AM&N National Alumni Association. I want the alumni to appreciate, believe, and commit to UAPB “Everyday”! In 2023, this began with the UAPB 365 Campaign, where I first challenged the National Alumni Board to recruit 365 new alumni members and later extended the challenge to all alumni members via our social media platforms. And we will achieve this goal of UAPB 365 through SERVICE and SUPPORT.
As the Association, we are our first customers. We should be in service to and with each other by attending and participating in alumni meetings, conferences, and special emphasis events. No longer can we afford to simply wait on our alumni to join the local chapters or the Association, but we must invite and encourage them to join this wondrous band and implement ways for all alumni to participate. We must support all alumni activities, our University, our students, and our communities. We seek your support through various fundraising activities at the local chapter and Association levels. Immediate ways to support the Association include increasing the number of alumni memberships (local and national), donating to the Dire Needs Student Financial Request Fund, the Alumni Center Capital Campaign, and advocating for the University.
Since graduating in May 1997, I have worked diligently in service and support to “Dear Mother” as a member of the Greater Kansas City Alumni Chapter (2007-present), as an elected and appointed member of the National Alumni Association’s Board of Directors (2012-19, 2022-present), and as a former Miss Alumni Queen (raised over $37,000). Having a passion for recruitment and retention of both UAPB students and alumni members, has afforded me the privilege to interact and network with generations of alumni who range from legacy Golden Lions to first generation college graduates of Arkansas Agricultural Mechanical and Normal College and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
As I credit “Dear Mother” and her children with playing an important role in my personal, professional, and social development, I’m sure I share this same sentiment with many of you. Professionally, I am a Family and Community Partnership Coordinator for a Head Start Program. Socially, I am the President of my local alumni chapter and an active member of the Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated where I’ve served on all levels of both organizations. Yet my absolute FAVORITE duty is being the mother to an equally active 8-year-old little girl (Brennyn Grey) that swears she is ALREADY a Golden Lion!
So please join me and the Association in our efforts to say yes to UAPB “Everyday”!
In Service and Support,
Tanesha Washington Thompson
President and Chair
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“Dear Mother” has been selected to play in this historic 34th SHC football game against Tennessee State University. Kickoff is scheduled for 6pm Saturday, September 9, 2023 at Simmons Bank/Liberty Stadium, Memphis TN. The Memphis Chapter is currently selling tickets.
The Phillips County Alumni Chapter is working on rechartering the Phillips County Club, which would be a student-governed "hometown club" organization under the Office of Student Involvement.
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We are striving to raise the $2.8 million for the construction of the UAPB/ AM&N Alumni Center. We need you help!
The Partner’s Program is a creative way for alumni to help raise funds for the Alumni Center while creating credits toward their desired donation amount.
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