“Rise Up ~ Restore the Dream” theme of annual Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon on Monday

Dr. Cedric B. Howard

“Rise Up ~ Restore the Dream” is the theme for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon to be held on Monday, Jan. 16. The event sponsored by the Northern Chautauqua County Juneteenth Celebration Committee and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon Committee will be held at the Moose Lodge, 296 Lake Shore Drive West, Dunkirk.

The committee will also present the Janice D. Slaton, Esq. scholarships. The Juneteenth Celebration in the city of Dunkirk will celebrate its 22nd anniversary on June 17 and 18.

Guest speaker for the luncheon will be Dr. Cedric B. Howard, who assumed the duties as the new Vice President for Student Affairs at the State University of New York at Fredonia on Aug. 1, 2016.

Prior to Fredonia, Dr. Howard served as vice chancellor for Student and Enrollment Services at the University of Washington at Tacoma, a position he had held since 2007. In that role, he led student enrollment services, including admissions, financial aid, registrar, career development and student fellowships and merit awards; student engagement, including the campus activities board, student organizations and government, conduct, housing, volunteer services, student leadership development, and recreational and fitness centers; student success, including the counseling center, health center, disability support services, and support to international students and veterans; management, including strategic planning and budget management, and student research and effectiveness; and campus traditions, including Commencement, New Student Convocation, and a MLK Unity Breakfast.

Dr. Howard has also served as the director of Student Affairs at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg; dean of Student Affairs and Chief Student Affairs officer at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee; director of the Diversity Center and Student Programs at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah; and coordinator of Student Support Services at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has worked with the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound.

Dr. Howard is licensed and certified as a girls’ basketball official at the varsity level and also for military and IAABO (International Basketball Federation) basketball. Dr. Howard was the recipient of the Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education (NASPA) Region V Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Dean in 2014 and the Washington Student Achievement Council’s College Bound Champion Award in 2015.

Dr. Howard holds a B.S. in psychology, M.Ed. in educational administration, and doctoral work in both higher education and theology.

He is married to Thais Howard, with whom he has two children: CeDrice, age 18 and a sophomore at D’Youville College and Cedric II, age 14, a freshman at Fredonia High School.

The costs are: adults $20 luncheon only; $40 luncheon and NAACP membership. Adult entrees: half roasted chicken; roast beef and gravy; adult chicken finger platter; vegetarian vegetable delight. Youth 10 and under: $10 luncheon only; $20 luncheon and NAACP membership. Youth entree: chicken finger platter. Attendees need to indicate meal choice when making reservations.

For more information and reservations, contact Loretta Slaton Torain at 363-1102.