Greetings Alumni and Friends,

It is my pleasure to serve as President of the Bethune-Cookman University Orange County Alumni Chapter (OCAC). OCAC is on the move from embracing the latest in technology to exceeding our fundraising efforts; we are indeed a force to be recognized.

Mary McLeod Bethune left a legacy of generosity and service to our nation and across the globe. The B-CU motto "enter to learn; depart to serve" are words of wisdom that are as appropriate today as any time in our history. What makes Bethune-Cookman University great? I believe it is the alumni, living the mission and vision of our beloved institution. The alumni association provides an opportunity to renew relationships and update our alums on the work and successes of our University.

These are exciting times at Bethune-Cookman University. We are in a time of great transition having graduated the largest class in the university history. The expansion of campus facilities has huge potential in a multitude of ways and will assist the University in drawing the best prepared students to a variety of programs and experiences. The future plans for the University are creative and ambitious and we can take pride in the quality of instruction, guidance and overall preparation our students receive on a daily basis at B-CU.

We are in tough economic times and our University needs us as alums to step up and assist in every way we can to provide assistance for the students in need. OCAC major fundraising efforts are all geared to support the university and students within Orange County as they continue their educational thrust. It is crucial that each of us do all we can to assist our University as much as we can whenever we can.

I am looking forward to increasing membership within our association and ask each alumnus to reflect on their own journey. Where would you be without Bethune-Cookman University? Think of the education, the experiences and the friendships that have come directly and indirectly from your attending and graduating from this premier place of learning. With that in mind, I ask you to get involved with the university and alumni association with whatever level of time and commitment you are able. Spread the word of how your profession allows you to excel. Recruit and mentor others into your field. I encourage each alumnus to participate in any way they can to assist the students of today with your gifts of time, talent and treasure.

Keep our Community Growing - Continue the Tradition of Excellence-Promote Bethune-Cookman University.

You Alumni are our Best Ambassadors!

In the Spirit,

Cynthia Walker-Bland-President