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Wildcats... It’s Better in the Bahamas!

Nassau, Bahamas -- This week, from June 16-19, the Bethune-Cookman University National Alumni Association (NAA) hosts the 43rd Annual National Alumni Convention in a very special place.

B-CU alumni, administration and staff are hopping on jets and heading to Nassau, Bahamas to gather together, celebrate Wildcat pride and focus on important issues at hand.

The Bahamas may seem like an unusual place to host a convention for a university located in Daytona Beach, however NAA President A. Ray Brinson says it was not chosen at random. In fact, it was chosen because the Bahamas B-CU alumni chapter recently reactivated after being dormant for nearly 20 years.

“We thought this would be a great boost for the approximately 300 alumni that live there,” said Brinson. “So far, we think it’s going to be well attended – the numbers are looking good.”

Among the many events scheduled for the convention, which will be held at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, there will be a welcome reception, local tours, an awards banquet and workshops for the alumni.

In an effort to both energize and educate the alumni, the workshops will focus on two topics that the NAA consider key to the health of the institution – fundraising and recruitment.

“This will be the launch pad for alumni giving,” said Brinson. “In a festive atmosphere in one of the top vacation spots in the world, we will use this opportunity to get the attendees all fired up.”

The idea, according to their leader, is to gain the attention of the alumni and then ask them to bring the energy back home and keep the work going.

“We have to give first, then get others to give,” he said. “I think the biggest thing alumni can do is get together and get committed to giving and then we need to help the university recruit quality students.”  

Brinson emphasizes the value of the face-to-face contact with not only alumni but administration at the annual convention. B-CU President Trudie Kibbe Reed will give a State of the University Address at a luncheon to update alumni and spend time afterwards talking to the group.

“This year, we’ve asked her to spend a little extra time with us,” he said. “It will be great to have an opportunity to ask questions.”

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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