MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello African-American Alumni Association will induct 11 former students as Alumni Elite 2017 during UAM homecoming activities.


At 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, Alumni Elite will be recognized during the African American alumni breakfast/reception at the John F. Gibson Center Capitol Room. The breakfast is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. Participants may pay at the door.


The Alumni Elite were nominated by their peers and certified by the planning committee board, according to a news release.


Honorees are Dr. Brenda Jacobs of Monticello, Jonathan Brasfield of Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Theodus Luckett of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, Karen Luckett of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, Shenna Garrard of Monticello, Larry Gragg Jr. of Pine Bluff, Vickey Jacobs of Monticello, Xavier Broughton of El Dorado, Tommy Brasfield of North Little Rock, Gvonna Turner Sr. of Crossett, and Donald Harris of Little Rock.


Barbara Blanks Gathen, the first African American graduate of Arkansas A&M College at Monticello (now UAM), will also be recognized.


A memorial tribute will be presented in honor of the Rev. Ronald “Shay” Gillespie, a UAM trailblazer, organizer and outstanding supporter of the UAM/Monticello community.


The following 2017 scholarship recipients will also be recognized at the event: Classie Jones Green Nursing Scholarship — Tylar Hendricks of Monticello; Shay Gillespie Phi Beta Sigma Scholarship — Deavon C. Smith Collins of Fayetteville; and Al Peer Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship — Gideon Brewer of Little Rock.


Alumni and others may donate to the Louis Dunlap Mathematics Scholarship and the Lionel Moss Omega Psi Phi Scholarship Endowment.


This will be the 17th year for the African American alumni coordinating activities during UAM Homecoming weekend.


The kickoff of the homecoming football game, UAM vs. Southern Nazarene, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Convoy Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium.


Following the game, there will be a “Back on the Yard” Old School Jam with food, old school music and games at Timberlodge Lanes bowling alley. The cost to enter is $10. Details: Alicia Smith, 870-723-4462.


“We look forward to homecoming 2017 where we meet and greet alumni that we have not seen in decades, where we promote our scholarship endowments for future students and acknowledge outstanding achievements of alumni,” a spokesman said.


“We like to express that each and every one of us is proud that UAM has played a valuable role in our lives. We invite everyone to come home and see the beautiful campus and all the progress that has been made at UAM.”


Details: Classie Jones Green, 870-556-0527.