The Cuttington University Association in the Americas (CUAA) will on Saturday launch its first black-tie fundraising dinner honoring graduates and former students for academic achievements and social and community accomplishments in Liberia and abroad.
The event is named in honor of Jeremiah Sulunteh, Liberia’s former ambassador to the United States and vice standard bearer for the Alternative National Congress, headed by presidential aspirant Alex Cummings.
The recipients of the first Jeremiah C. Sulunteh Hall of Fame Awards include former Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, Dr. Bennie Warner—1977-1980 (class of 1960); Dr. Melvin Mason, former president of Cuttington University (class of 1952); Dr. Elwood Dunn (class of 1964), Liberia’s former minister of state for presidential affairs with extensive research and teaching credentials at major U.S. institutions including Seton Hall, Fordham University and Essex College; Dr. Stephen Kaipha (class of 1975), an economics professor at Morris College in the United States; Dr. Herman Browne (class of 1986), former dean of Trinity Cathedral and current president of CUC; Dr. Evelyn Kandakai (class of 1970), one of Liberia’s leading educators and a former president of CUC; and Dr. Ansu Mason (class of 1980), who has worked extensively in instructional systems and design in Florida and Georgia in the United States.
Dr. Kandakai won’t attend Saturday’s event, but she was recognized April 12, when Mrs. Glendy Junius Reeves, president of the alumni association, met with Cuttington alumni members in Liberia to talk about the CUAA’s efforts to support Cuttington University. The event was held at B.W. Harris School auditorium.
Dr. Kandakai said she was pleased to be recognized by her alma mater.
“I am quite surprised, but honored to be recognized,’’ she said.
Other honorees include: Dr. James Teah Tarpeh (class of 1963), former ambassador to Nigeria and vice president of the University of Liberia; Dr. Charlotte B. Steward Stubblefield (class of 1987), pediatrician at John F. Kennedy Hospital; Rev. Dr. Wilfred Manyango (attended Cuttington from 1988-1990), founding pastor of Covenant Community Fellowship Church in Garland, Texas; Counselor Betty Kolleh Smith (class of 1989), practices law in the Washington, D.C. area; Dr. Rudolph Bropleh, economics professor at Shepherd University in the United States; Dr. Kondeh Greaves (left Cuttington in 1990 during the height of the war), practices obstetrics and gynecology in Northern Virginia, U.S.A; Dr. Sam Ngovo (class of 1989), an adjunct professor for African diaspora and world history at Morgan State University in Maryland, USA; and Dr. Joe Baysah.
Baysah’s education at Cuttington was interrupted during the war. He furthered his education in the United States where he earned a master’s degree and doctorate from the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering at the University of Binghamton University in New York. He has worked for several Fortune 500 companies including Deutsch Bank and Merrill Lynch.
In addition to honoring Cuttington graduates, two individuals will receive community service awards. The honorees include: Dr. Rev. J. Edwin Lloyd, a veteran of Armed Forces of Liberia and former president of the Liberia National Red Cross; Rev. Dr. Abba Karnga, a religious leader and educator, who sent five of his 13 children to Cuttington University. Karnga is known for his lasting contributions to the people of his native Grand Bassa.
Reeves, CUAA’s president, said her goal is to unite the alumni associations in Liberia and in America, so that they can work collaboratively to build their alma mater.
“We are one,’’ she said. ‘’If we don’t build Cuttington, who will? ‘’