African American Alumni Association Dinner & Award Presentation

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African American Alumni Association Dinner & Award Presentation
presented by
Dr. Aliya and Mr. Reginald M. Browne, '93

The African American Alumni Association was established to foster good will and camaraderie among its members, to promote the interests and general welfare of La Salle University, and to maintain and advance the cause of higher education.

La Salle University’s African American Alumni Association proudly presents a student scholarship and a professional award in memory of Warren E. Smith, M.D., ’54.

The Warren E. Smith, M.D., ’54, Scholarship supports full-time African American La Salle University students who demonstrate financial need, meet or exceed academic standards, make significant contributions to the community, and serve as outstanding examples to their peers. This endowed scholarship is a natural outgrowth of this event and was made possible by the generosity of Dr. Smith’s family and former La Salle University Board of Trustee members Leon Ellerson, ’56, and Walter Lomax, M.D., ’53.

The Warren E. Smith, M.D., ’54, Award recognizes an outstanding African American leader in the community. The Association presents this award to someone who has achieved success in his or her profession, has demonstrated a commitment to traditional Lasallian values, has made significant contributions to the community, and has served as an outstanding example to all La Salle students.

This year, the African American Alumni Association will honor Richard Mshomba, Ph.D. ’85, Professor of Economics at La Salle University.  In his over 20 years at La Salle, Mshomba has taught and conducted extensive research in the areas of international and developmental economics with an emphasis on Africa. In 2000, he published Africa in the Global Economy (Lynne Rienner Publishers), which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Book. He followed up on the success of his first book with Africa and the World Trade Organization (Cambridge University Press), published in 2009.

Mshomba’s contributions in education reach far beyond La Salle’s Northwest Philadelphia campus. For example, he has taught in La Salle’s MBA program in Basel, Switzerland. Since 1993, he has been a frequent guest analyst on Voice of America, an international radio broadcasting service run by the U.S. government. Speaking in his native Swahili, Mshomba provides commentary on various topics including U.S. presidential elections. Dr. Mshomba, his wife, and their three children travel regularly to his village in Tanzania, where they are engaged in educational and developmental initiatives.

Warren E. Smith, M.D., '54, was one of the first African Americans to graduate from La Salle University's pre-med program.  He served as psychiatrist to the La Salle community for 15 years before retiring in 1984.

Dr. Smith was revered as a highly principled man who was deeply sensitive to the problems of the students he served.  Always available to those in need of his services, Dr. Smith was an advocate for the rights and care of many.  He died on Sept. 13, 1990.  So highly regarded was Dr. Smith by the La Salle community that both a scholarship and an award were named in his honor.

Proceeds from this annual event will be utilized to build upon the The Warren E. Smith, M.D., '54 Scholarship Fund and thereby benefit future generations of African American students at La Salle University.
Contact Information
Candy L. Hagamin, '07, MA '11
Assistant Director, Class & Affinity Programs
La Salle University Office for Alumni Relations
1900 West Olney Avenue, Box 830
Philadelphia, PA  19141
Phone: 215.991.3629  Fax: 215.951.1542

Date & Location
Date:Friday, October 25, 2013 
Time:Cocktail Reception
6:30 p.m.
 Dinner and Presentations
7:30 p.m.
Location:La Salle University, Union Ballroom
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