Black Alumni Reunion Weekend at the University of Illinois Black Alumni Reunion Weekend at the University of Illinois Black Alumni Reunion Weekend at the University of Illinois University of Illinios logo Black Alumni Reunion Weekend at the University of Illinois

Continuing the Legacy and Bridging the Gaps

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Black Alumni Reunion/Project 500 Commemoration

Celebrate history. Celebrate Illinois.

The reunion will be held November 6–9, 2008.

This is an event not to be missed. Please check this site for updated information which will be posted as it becomes available.

The purpose of the Black Alumni Reunion is to stimulate the interest of all black alumni of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, so that further educational, professional, and social interests of black alumni can be addressed, individually and collectively, by:

  • Developing a wider acquaintance and fellowship among the members of the Black Alumni Reunion;
  • Providing a clearing house for the presentation of problems pertaining to education and requests for services to the mutual benefit of the black alumni;
  • Creating a networking opportunity, both socially and professionally, for black alumni;
  • Establishing an informational base through which specific communication regarding campus diversity programming and activities can be disseminated to constituents;
  • Encouraging a unified continuing regard among black alumni for the total scope of opportunities offered at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
  • Promoting and nurturing academic excellence among all stakeholders;
  • Enabling black alumni to identify with current black students and prospective black students and provide support on an ongoing basis to these students and the University;
  • Promoting a positive environment which reflects and enhances the values of a global, multicultural and ethnic society.

William Smith

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W. W. Smith, the first African-American graduate of the University of Illinois

From the Broadlands, IL area, Smith graduated with a A.B. in 1900 and a B.S. in civil engineering in 1907. After graduating with his B.S. he worked for some time in South America, particularly Argentina, with grain elevators and structural steel. He also changed his name to William Smith Oglesby at some point after receiving his B.S.

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Honor our Past. Celebrate the Present. Look to the Future.

June 18, 2008

AON Center 200 E. Randolph @ Mid-America Club—80th Floor
advanced reservations required
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