Homecoming 2020 Was a SuccessPublished Friday, March 06th, 2020
A recap of Coppin State University's 2020 Homecoming.
Coppin State University had a homecoming to remember this past February. Alumni returned home to connect with old friends and celebrate the centeventenial anniversary, “120 year of serving the educational needs of citizens of Baltimore,” said Interim President Dr. Mickey L. Burnim. At every turn, there were alumni in t-shirts, hats, hoodies, jackets, or all the paraphernalia at once, displaying their Coppin Pride, and all alumni events were sold out which speaks to the popularity of the celebration. “We started homecoming some twenty years ago,” said Winky Camphor, ’51 and ‘57, Alumni president emeritus, also known as Mr. Coppin. “It started out as a tailgate and has evolved into a major event.”
“Homecoming is an opportunity for alumni to become re-energized. It reminds us what it is we love about Coppin, and hopefully alumni continue to be engaged,” said Tara Turner, Assistant VP Institutional Advancement and alum class of 1999. “HBCU homecomings are uniquely special because of the music, Greek organizations, step shows and other traditions,” she continued. “Homecoming is important because it brings people home to reconnect,” shared Dr. Ahmed El-Haggan, Coppin’s VP/Chief Information Officer.
Homecoming events kicked off with a Happy Hour as alumni, administrators, faculty, staff and friends of Coppin filled the Talon Center Atrium. The place buzzed with friends reminiscing and enjoying hors d’oeuvres and spirits. “Homecoming is the one opportunity for people across the campus to get together. We have current students, faculty, staff, alumni, administrators everybody getting together and celebrating Coppin, sharing history,” said Provost & VP of Academic Affairs, Dr. Leontye Lewis.
Friday evening alumni put on their finest blue and gold attire. The glow of the chandeliers in Martin’s West paled by comparison as everything from glitter to fur donned the banquet hall. The food was delectable. The cocktails flowed and the DJ rocked the house. It was hard to determine who did the most sweating—the glasses on the tables or the people on the dance floor.
Saturday, alumni assembled for the Annual National Alumni Meeting. Dr. Burnim requested two things of them, “Continue to tell the story of what CSU has meant to you and what a difference it has made in your lives. Then second as you move about the community, city, state, nation, the world, tell people about Coppin State and what a wonderful place it is; and toot your own horn. Make it a part of your mission.” He reminded them that gifts to the university are always needed. The meeting ended with a check presentation from University System of Maryland Alumni Association-International (AAI) by Cheryl Bailey Solomon, Coppin alum and immediate past president of (AAI).
Many HBCUs were founded in churches, so it was fitting that Homecoming weekend culminated with Sunday morning worship. “It is a part of our heritage and culture,” said Kevin Carr,”alum class of 2004 and 2006. The Jazz Brunch immediately followed the worship service, and was a crowd pleaser as usual.