Thirty-three members of the Johnson C. Smith University Concert Choir performed in Opera Carolina’s production of Aida in the Belk Theatre at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in October. Some of the performances were during Homecoming Week.
JCSU senior Rhonda Ieasha Wright was crowned Miss Johnson C. Smith University 2013-2014 during the Coronation Ceremony held on Oct. 24. The ceremony theme “Continuing the Legacy… A Showcase of Leadership, Royalty and Pride,” was held in the Jack Brayboy Gymnasium. She was crowned by Yolanda Babb who served as Miss JCSU 2012-2013, SGA President Shaquana Jackson and Louisa Taylor, Miss Senior.
Most fans at JCSU’s tailgating section cook for a few friends at football games. But Russell Ransom of Richmond, Va., along with his cousin Travis Gleaton and wife, Belinda of Greenville, S.C., cook to feed the Golden Bulls football team, including son and senior player Cameron Ransom.
The weather was cool, but the food was hot in the tailgating lot during Homecoming 2013. As the smoky smell of charcoal filled the air, hundreds of people enjoyed fellowship, music, dancing and food underneath the colorful tents. For those who dared to put their grilling and frying skills to the test, the heat was on in the competition to reign as king of the grill.
Alumni from the Class of 1967 were all hugs and smiles as they reunited for a reception and dinner at Mosaic Village during Homecoming. It had been some 46 years since many of the alumni had seen one another. Grover Jackson of Stone Mountain, Ga., organized the event and encouraged his classmates to stay at Mosaic Village for the weekend.
The Health and Human Performance Department added to the activities for Homecoming with a 5K Golden Bull Run on Friday, October 25. The event was sponsored by the Health and Human Performance Club, Willingdon Wealth Management, the JCSU Office of Institutional Advancement, OrthoCarolina, Old School 105.3, the JCSU Bookstore, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, and the Department of Health and Human Performance.
For the second year, more than 50 National Alumni Association officers, local chapter presidents and class agents met at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Charlotte during Homecoming for a day of leadership training. The group ranging from the class of 1948 to the 2000s represented Virginia, Tennessee, the Carolinas, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York, Miami and Chicago.
Jessica “The Girl Next Door” Williams ’04 of Power 98 radio had the crowd on their feet at the JCSU pep rally. Students and friends cheered on the Luv-a-Bulls cheerleaders, International Institution of Sound marching band, Miss JCSU and the entire football team in anticipation of the big game.
Alumni returned to “Dear old JCSU” to reconnect with classmates, friends, faculty and staff. In addition to attending the parade, Festiville, tailgating, football game, and numerous parties, many alumni found time to come together and relive the old days on the basketball court, tennis court, cheerleading squad, in band and in other activities.
JCSU opened to the community for a family-oriented event featuring games, rides and entertainment at the annual FestiVille following the parade. Retail and food vendors , local radio stations and businesses spread from The Block to the Golden Bull Fan Zone near the stadium to celebrate Homecoming. After the game, many people came through FestiVille “to see and be seen” as they caught up with old friends.
JCSU Homecoming festivities started at West Charlotte High School, where community members lined up to march down Beatties Ford Road to perform for neighbors, family and friends in our traditional parade. JCSU participants included our Luv-a-Bulls cheerleaders, Golden Attraction dance team, International Institution of Sound marching band, the Royal Court, and the Student Government Association. A float also featured President Ronald L. Carter and members of the Board of Trustees.
More than 200 guests enjoyed the annual Big Hitters reception in the VIP tent during the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 26. The Office of Institutional Advancement sponsored the event to thank alumni and friends who have given $2,000 or more to the University during the past year. Guests also included members of the 1867 Society, which includes those who have given more than $10,000 since the year 2000.