The names, faces and achievements of more than 45 outstanding alumni of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff now adorn the lobby of Caldwell Hall.

The names, faces and achievements of more than 45 outstanding alumni of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff now adorn the lobby of Caldwell Hall.

Those honored are shining examples of the graduates that the university produces and represent an enduring legacy, said Calvin E. Booker, UAPB/AM & N National Alumni Association president.

“The alumni are the foundation of our university,” he said. “They present our past, our present and our future. It’s fitting that we are portraying them in Caldwell Hall, the oldest standing building on campus.”

Booker spoke at the unveiling and dedication of the UAPB/AM&N Alumni Hall of Fame Friday evening, saying that it would be a “beacon of tradition and a bright new shining light for current students, future students and the community.”

Hall of Fame members were inducted in 2008-2011. They include government, military and academic leaders as well as a Grammy Award winning gospel recording artist.

Classes of 2011 members are: Vannette Johnson, Paul G. Williams, John M. Kilimanjaro, Francis Harris-Waddell, Lawrence A. Davis Jr., Bishop George D. McKinney, Nathan and Wanda Garrett, Doris Wallace, Brigadier General Aundre F. Piggee and Isaac J. Crumbly.

Honorees from previous classes include Carol F. Blakely (Class of 2009), Pine Bluff Mayor Carl A. Redus Jr. (Class of 2010), gospel singer W.R. “Smokie” Norful Jr. (Class of 2010) and Congressman Danny Davis (Class of 2008).

Several members, including Lawrence A. Davis Sr. and O.R. Holiday, were honored posthumously.

A new group of honorees will be named during the Alumni Fellowship Breakfast set for 8 a.m. Sunday at the L.A. Davis Student Union. More than 150 people attended Friday’s Hall of Fame ceremony which is part of the week-long 139th Founders’ Celebration at UAPB. The theme is “Planting Seeds for a New Generation: Imperatives for UAPB.”

Several Hall of Fame inductees told the crowd that they appreciated the honor and realize they have a responsibility to assist future graduates.

“We have a big job ahead of us,” said Jesse Mason (Class of 2010). “A lot is expected of us. But knowing us, we are up to the task.”

Booker said the alumni association has been working diligently to support the university.

“We gave over $80,000 to help in student recruitment and retention,” he said. “We’ve helped over 100 students stay on this campus.”

He added that the association had input into the selection process for the interim chancellor and plans to have some input during the search for a permanent chancellor. (Chancellor Lawrence A. Davis Jr. announced recently that he will retire effective May 25.)

Greg Robinson, vice president of UAPB Student Government, thanked the alumni association for its continued support.

“I say to the honorees, thank you for your service,” he said. “We stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us. It makes us proud to look on the wall and say, ‘they are UAPB and we are UAPB’.”