Willie J. Lovejoy, Jr.
2015 William Hooper Councill Service Award: Awarded to an alumnus who has made significant achievements in his/her profession, community, church, and who has generously supported Alabama A&M University.
Willie Lovejoy is a 1997 graduate of Alabama A&M University. Mr. Lovejoy was appointed treasurer in 2013 and is currently serving his 2nd term as an elected officer. He issues timely and accurate financial reports and oversees the financial policies of the Chapter. Willie worked with the Chapter’s first memorial scholarship effort which resulted in more than $10,000 being collected in 10 weeks. He recently spearheaded the effort in which the Metro Atlanta Chapter hosted the Marching Maroon and White during the Honda Battle of the Bands weekend. More than 300 band students and staff were fed and welcomed to our city.
In addition to his role as treasurer, Mr. Lovejoy is the chapter representative for the Atlanta SWAC and HBCU Alliances. Willie is the heartbeat of the Metro Atlanta Chapter ensuring financial obligations are met.
2014 Alease S. Sims Leadership Award: Presented an individual providing leadership that contributes to the
growth and progress of the Association, Chapter and/or the University.
Keshia Appkins is a 1997 and 2002 graduate of Alabama A&M University and is a Life Member of the Alabama A&M University Alumni Association, Inc. At the start of her tenure as President, Keshia Appkins sought to revamp the Chapter’s scholarship program which resulted in a increase in scholarship awards and a hardship policy for existing Alabama A&M students who may experience unusual financial difficulty. She implemented the Alabama A&M Alumni Mixers designed to encourage former students and graduates of the University to gather in various localities of the Metro Atlanta area. Incentives for joining the Chapter are given and members are encouraged to bring non active alumni to these events. Chapter membership has increased approximately 20 percent.
Keshia Appkins is doing an outstanding job working to support Alabama A&M University, the National Alumni Association and the Metro Atlanta Alumni Chapter.
2015 Thomas M. Elmore Award: Presented to the region and regional vice president whose region makes the most significant progress while fulfilling the objectives of the Association during the year.
Bivian Woody Paige is the outgoing Region 2 Vice President of the Association. She has served successfully in this capacity for 2 terms. Her efforts in Region 2 resulted in 2 new chapters being created and significant growth of existing chapters. Bivian held regional calls to assist chapter leadership with carrying out the Association’s goals and objectives, in addition to attending chapter meetings throughout her region. She is working closely with the Charlotte Chapter to host the biennial conference in her region this summer and works on the scholarship committees at both the chapter and national levels.
Bivian is a cheerleader for the Metro Atlanta Chapter, the Association and Alabama A&M University. Mrs. Paige is a 1991 graduate of Alabama A&M with a degree in Telecommunications and Marketing. She is a Life member of the Alabama A&M University Alumni Association, Inc.
Trina T. Nkhazi
2013 William Hooper Councill Service Award: Awarded to an alumnus who has made significant achievements in his/her profession, community, church, and who has generously supported Alabama A&M University.
Trina Nkhazi received a B.S. degree in Communications in 1994. She is the immediate Past-President of the Metro Atlanta Alumni Chapter. As President, she worked tirelessly to facilitate the many projects offered by the Chapter. During her tenure, she was instrumental in ensuring that the Chapter met or exceeded its financial and attendance goals for the Annual Heritage and Legacy Scholarship Gala and the annual summer golf tournament. Bringing her organizational and leadership skills to her position, she initiated the development of comprehensive standard operating procedures (SOPs) to facilitate consistent application of Chapter rules and guidelines.
Over the years, she has also served as Vice-president and chairperson of a number of committees.
She never declines to work on behalf of the University.
Metro Atlanta Alumni Chapter
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Price, House, Gibbs Chapter Achievement Award:
Awarded to an alumni chapter for significant achievement while fulfilling the objectives of the Association during the year.
2014 William Hooper Councill Service Award: Awarded to an alumnus who has made significant achievements in his/her profession, community, church, and who has generously supported Alabama A&M University.
Brandon Brown is a 2011 graduate of Alabama A&M University. Mr. Brown accepted the role of Vice President in 2014 and chairs the Program/Events Committee. During his first year as Vice President, he has been instrumental in ensuring the success of the Chapter’s major fundraising activities. He co-chaired the High School Senior Day bus trip. Student interest in the trip was larger than in the last several years. Brandon Brown has been an avid supporter of new events the Chapter has initiated. He worked with the ATL Students Homecoming Reception and the Alabama A&M University Choir Concert.
Brandon Brown has been influential in bringing in new alumni members and bridging the gap
between alumni of all generations.
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