Coming Back and Looking Forward
Celebrating 25 years of the African-American Alumni Council at
Franklin & Marshall College
The African-American Alumni Council (AAAC) of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on March 28-30, 2014, is hosting a three-day program: Coming Back and Looking Forward. This milestone event is being held to honor, commemorate, and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the AAAC.
The F&M African-American Alumni Council has a long history of engagement with the College. The AAAC has sponsored nineteen breakfasts on Commencement weekend to welcome and celebrate graduating African-American alumni. This year, the Council will host the third annual Sydney N. Bridgett '51 Awards, honoring African-American alumni who have distinguished themselves in their profession. Sydney Bridgett, the second African-American alumnus of F&M, is a role model for all graduates of the College and continues to be shining example of alumni achievement and commitment to F&M . Throughout the years the African-American alumni of the college have experienced meaningful growth, intellectually and substantively in the U.S. community, as doctors, lawyers, scientists, educators and scholars. Most credit their F&M experience as a significant contributor to that success, by providing an educational base that supported the further growth and development we see today.
The Coming Back and Looking Forward program will include a series of panel discussions: the AAAC calls fellow alumni to Come Back to F&M – renew their experience of the campus, the faculty and administration, and the students. Then contribute their wisdom and commit to continuing to build the learning traditions of F&M for the students of today and tomorrow by Looking Forward and helping to ensure that others have the same and better opportunities. The AAAC is working to better understand people – and especially African American alumni’s – sentiments about and engagement with the college and their F&M experience. Thus armed, the AAAC will work with F&M leadership to plan and implement programs and activities to increase affinity, engagement, and support for the college.