Black alumni from around the world will gather at Rutgers University, New Brunswick on Saturday, October 25 at the Hyatt Hotel to celebrate the induction of the 2014 Hall of Fame members.
The daylong event includes campus tours, a reception for the inaugural 2014 Black RU Arts Showcase of Alumni and Students that will take place at the Hyatt in New Brunswick from 3 p.m.–6:30 p.m., all culminating in the Hall of Fame (HOF) dinner banquet at the Hyatt. The 2014 HOF dinner marks the 11th anniversary of the event and this year’s celebration is themed is “Shoulder to Shoulder” in recognition of the respective roles for alumni and current students in forging the way for generations to come.
2014 Hall of Fame: Mr. Emmet Dennis Jr., Dean James I. Plummer, Dr. Eve Remsen Sachs, Dr. Frederick Tyson, Dean Deborah Walker McCall
This year’s Hall of Fame class spans the spectrum of origins and achievements.
Emmet Dennis Jr., bringing success as a business executive and a long legacy between African America and continental African history with his Liberian ancestry. With a degree in Economics with special concentration in Philosophy and African-American Studies from Rutgers College (Class of 1986) Emmet served as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Business Development for Sean “P. Diddy” Combs at Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group. It was during his tenure at Bad Boy that Emmet emerged as an urban marketing mastermind. While overseeing the strategic business development and brand entertainment initiatives at Bad Boy, Emmet leveraged their unique access, understanding and proximity to urban, African-American and youth culture to create highly successful campaigns. He is currently Chief Marketing Officer and partner of Sundial Brands and remains actively committed to mentoring future executives in the entertainment and marketing field and serving on a number of advisory boards for community organizations.
James I. Plummer entered Rutgers College in the late 1960’s, a turbulent time in America as a member of the first large class of black students (121) at Rutgers College. After graduating from the Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work (Administration, Policy, and Planning) he became one of most important faces on campus for all students at Rutgers University during his nearly thirty year career, culminating as Dean of Students, University College-Newark.
Eve Remsen Sachs, another long-time figure in the Rutgers community, who served as EOF Director, Associate Dean of Rutgers College for over twenty-five years before retiring. Most recently, she was recruited to return to Rutgers in October 2007 to coordinate the launching of the Rutgers Future Scholars Program now supporting 1400 bright and deserving Scholars in grades seven to sophomore year of college who, though successful participation in rigorous RFS college preparation have earned guaranteed Rutgers tuition scholarships.
Frederick L. Tyson exemplifies the legacy of Paul Robeson as a scholar-athlete. In 1972 he was recognized by the Essex County Chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame as one of the top high school scholar-athletes in New Jersey. He is an active member of the Rutgers University Football Letter Winners Association, having participated on both the Rutgers Lightweight and Varsity Football teams and graduated Cook College in 1977 with a BS in General Biology. He obtained his PhD in Zoology (Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics) under the mentoring of Dr. Francine B. Essien from The Rutgers University Graduate School in 1983. While at National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in North Caroline, Dr. Tyson established landmark research programs addressing public health, environmental justice and health disparities in underserved populations in the US, leading a trans- NIH effort in establishing eight Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities at universities across the nation.
Deborah Walker McCall is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the Academic Foundations Center (AFC) and the Director of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program at Rutgers University-Newark campus. She is the past Assistant Dean/Director for the College of Nursing EOF (CN-EOF) program and the past Di- rector for the Rutgers College of Nursing Minority Nurse Leadership Institute.
The Rutgers African American Alumni Alliance (RAAA), Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It is an association of African-American, Afro-Caribbean and African Alumni encompassing all of Rutgers University’s undergraduate and graduate schools. RAAA, Inc., an all volunteer organization, operates independently of the University to support educational programming, cultural awareness and is primarily dependent upon membership dues, corporate and private donations to fund all programs and events.