AAAC Reunion

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Join us for Reunion Weekend, April 19-22!

VCU Alumni’s African-American Alumni Council cordially invites you to join us as we affirm our connections to one another and to our university during the 2018 Reunion Weekend. This year, the AAAC is proud to help celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Theta Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and the Phi Delta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

Register now. Please note that all registrations are final, no refunds.

Lodging: This year, NASCAR is in town, too. As a result, hotel room availability is dramatically affected. If you need hotel rooms, take advantage of the AAAC’s room block at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Richmond Downtown (formerly the Crowne Plaza) and reserve your room early at the $140 per night discounted rate. The room block is expected to sell out. The reservation deadline is Friday, March 30.

Thursday, April 19

Diversity and Inclusion Networking Reception
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Includes hors d’oeuvres reception followed by a program.
Where: Rodney’s Lounge at Shafer Court Dining Center810 Cathedral Place, Richmond
Cost: Free

The Division for Inclusive Excellence, with support from the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, hosts the third annual Diversity and Inclusion Networking Reception to engage members of VCU’s diverse alumni organizations — African-American Alumni Council, Jewish Alumni Association, Latinx Alumni Council, Asian/Pacific Islander Alumni Chapter and Rainbow Rams — and to encourage the creation of similar groups to help foster an inclusive community that welcomes and supports those historically excluded or underrepresented in higher education. Come enjoy food, music and drinks.

You can stay informed about VCU’s inclusive excellence initiatives by visiting the division’s website.

Friday, April 20

AAAC Golf Outing
When: 9:30 a.m.
Where: Providence Golf Club, 1160 S. Providence Road, Richmond
Cost: $54 (pay on-site), refreshments available for purchase on-site

Alumni and friends are invited to participate. Please register by Thursday, April 19, and arrive promptly to prevent interference with other groups. For additional information, email Nicole Carter (B.S.’01/H&S; M.S.’06/AHP).

Ronald J. Peters Ph.D.Ronald Peters, Ph.D., Reception and Lecture
When: 4:30 p.m. (reception), 5:30 p.m. (lecture)
Where: Academic Learning Commons, Room 1102, 1000 Floyd Ave., Richmond, VA
Cost: Complimentary

VCU alumnus Ronald J. Peters, Ph.D. (B.S.’91/AHP; M.S.’93/AHP), author of “Crossing Farmers Boulevard – A journey to Oneness in a Polarizing World lectures,” addresses “The Effects of the Eugenics Movement on African-American Mental and Physical Health: How to Break the Chains of Systemic Pathology.” The event includes a prelecture reception.

This event is co-sponsored by the AAAC and the VCU Department of African-American Studies.

Late-night hospitality
Check back for details on late night hospitality arrangements.

Saturday, April 21

Alumni basketball
When: 9-11 a.m.
Where: Cary Street Gym, 101 S. Linden St., Richmond
Cost: Free

Enjoy a morning of fun and recreation. Identify yourself at the gym’s entrance as a VCU graduate attending Reunion Weekend.

Mocktails and Choreo
When: Noon-2 p.m.
Where: Cary Street Gym, 101 S. Linden St., Richmond
Cost: $10 (separate registration here)

Join VCU Alumni-owned business UnlockingRVA, Studio4 Dance Co. and alumnus Jameson Deloatch (B.S.’08/MC) for mocktails and choreography featuring YOU! Learn a dance routine taught by a Studio4 instructor, sip on some refreshing mocktails with a musical soundtrack provided the one and only DJ Rayvon. A portion of the proceeds supports the AAAC’s scholarship program.

Mentoring Circle Mocktail Party
When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Cabell Library Lecture Hall, 901 Park Ave., Richmond
Cost: Free
Register to either be a mentor or observer at the mocktail party.

Alumni are invited to participate in this year’s AAAC Mentoring Circle. The Mentoring Circle connects current VCU African-American undergraduate students with VCU African-American alumni who share common professional aspirations and interests. Mentors are asked to promote and to encourage academic excellence, to provide guidance on how to socially navigate the collegiate community experience, to model networking and proper social etiquette and to offer advice on career success. The yearlong mentoring relationship is sustained through monthly exchanges via email, phone and, when feasible, face-to-face interactions.

Old School/New School Block Party
When: 1-5 p.m.
Where: Park Plaza (behind Hibbs Hall), 900 Park Ave., Richmond, VA
Cost: Free

Join fellow classmates, friends, family and Rams of all ages for our third annual block party! Enjoy music and tailgating by various organizations. Alcohol strictly prohibited.

AAAC dance picReunion Weekend Dance
When: 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
Where: The Delta Hotels by Marriott Richmond Downtown, 555 E. Canal St., Richmond
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
Attire: Semiformal

Join us for the return of the AAAC Reunion Weekend Dance! The event features hors d’oeuvres, music by DJ PBleezy and a cash bar. The alumni of Theta Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and the Phi Delta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. co-host the event in celebration of their 45th anniversaries.

Sunday, April 22

Until We Meet Again: Breakfast and Fellowship Program
Where: The Delta Hotels by Marriott Richmond Downtown, 555 E. Canal St., Richmond
When: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free

Join us for a perfect way to end the weekend and remember classmates who are no longer with us with the return of the Sunday morning fellowship program. Thomas “TJ” Johnson provides remarks. RSVP early, space is limited.

VCU Institute for Contemporary Art Opening
Where: ICA, 601 W. Broad St., Richmond
When: Noon-6 p.m. (special AAAC presentation at 2 p.m.)
Cost: Free

The Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU is a noncollecting institution that will showcase a fresh slate of changing exhibits and programs ranging from innovative visual and performing arts to various forms of design and film. Part exhibit and performance space, part laboratory and incubator, the ICA will be a place to explore new ideas, providing an open forum for dialogue and collaboration across the region and the world.

Admission is free, but advance registration is required. The AAAC has arranged for a block of reservations. At 2 p.m., Joseph H. Seipel, ICA interim director and dean emeritus of the VCU School of the Arts, provides a special welcome to the AAAC visitors.

The ICA’s inaugural exhibit, “Declaration,” explores contemporary art’s power to catalyze change and features painting, sculpture, multimedia works, site-specific installations and time-based performances by emerging and established artists. 

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Community-service project

During Reunion Weekend, give back to the VCU RamPantry, which supports students experiencing food emergencies. Last year, the AAAC and SunTrust Mortgage collected more than 950 pounds of food items for RamPantry. Let's exceed that total this year. Suggested items for donation include:

The AAAC will collect items at the following events:

If you have any questions, contact Larry Powell (B.S.’85/H&S) at (804) 828-8194 or wlpowell@vcu.edu. Check this page and our Facebook page regularly at for updates on Reunion.