Morgan State University


October 21, 2001|By Sloane Brown

As the 1000 guests entered the lobby of Martin's West, they were greeted with the sweet, cool tunes of the Morgan Jazz Ensemble. Bouquets of orange and blue balloons led the way to the ballroom, where tables were covered in more of the Morgan State University colors. Naturally. After all, this was the MSU "Gala XVII."

In a room nearby, some of MSU's biggest supporters gathered for a pre-gala VIP reception, catching up with old friends and sampling appetizers like fried shrimp, chicken marsala and vegetable quesadillas. And the festivities were only beginning. Ahead -- a performance by the MSU Choir, dinner and dancing.

Among those in the convivial crowd: Martena Wylie Clinton, event chair; Calvin and Tina Tyler, event honorees; James Waddy, Beverly Booth Brown, Lawrence Montgomery, Denise A. Smith, Barbara Hill and Mozelle Smith, event committee members; Dr. Earl Richardson, MSU president; Dr. Hilbert Stanley, Morgan State University Foundation chair; Frank Edmonds and Marty Resnick, MSU board of regents members; Stephen Russell, MSU National Alumni Association president; Jim Gillian Jr., Wilmington, Del., attorney; Hon. Robert M. Bell, Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge; Lorraine Holmes Settles, The AFRAM Group president / CEO; Phil Johnson, Social Security Administration computer analyst; Johnny Clinton, Park Heights Barber Shop owner; Lynn Edmonds, Xerox Corporation senior vice president; Jannette Witmyer, Morgan Magazine editor; Charles Robinson, MPT-TV associate producer; Sandy Jibrell, Annie E. Casey Foundation community initiatives director; John Griswold Jr., retired EEO consultant; Stan Stovall, WMAR-TV news anchor; T.C. Newman, president / CEO of Mill Cove Golf Club, Jacksonville, Florida; Roslyn L. Smith, Northrop Grumman human resources manager; and Earl Graves, Black Enterprise Magazine publisher.

The gala raised about $100,000 for Morgan State University.

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