Saturday, May 7, 2011

Message from Megan, 2010-2011 Chair

GEBS Family,

It has been an honor to serve you this past academic year. The organization is making great strides, and in order to continue we must remember the vision established in the conception of CBE and GEBS. For those of you who were unable to attend, I invite you to read the following which can be found on CBE's page on Garrett's website:


"Garrett's black faculty and students have not conceived of nor designed a plan for creating two racially distinct communities within the seminary. Our concern, consistent with the faith which roots in the gospel, is to prompt, to prod, to engage us all in a uniquely different approach to the shared goals of an inclusive community. To call it by another name, what we seek is a healthy and legitimate cultural pluralism which allows for a black presence at Garrett which is not defined (and thus delimited) by whites and which confirms the justice of group equality and not simply individual equality. The goal is not new. What is new --and very likely the focus of much, if not most, of the anxiety now felt-- is the initiative of black faculty and black students who insist that the goal must begin to become a reality in the life of the school, that the old definition of community in Garrett is invalid and deserves to be discarded, and that the structures of valid community can emerge only out of the agonies we are experiencing" (1971).

It is important for us to understand this vision and not lose sight of it. This is a vision that we must communicate to others.

I bow now humbly and take my leave as your Chairperson. 


Megan Dean

GEBS Brunch 2011

An online album of 103 pictures is available until August 6, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Our graduates who will be honored Saturday @ the brunch!


Grant Tyler Crusor
Master of Divinity

Cherida Gary
Master of Divinity

Shonda Nicole Gladden
Master of Theological Studies

Shazetta Thompson Hill
Master of Divinity

Henry D. Williams, Jr.
Master of Divinity

Virgil Maurice Woods
Doctor of Ministry

Troy Venning
Master of Divinity

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Election Results and Saturday's Brunch!

2011-2012 G-EBS OFFICERS

Samuel Green, Co-Chair
Kentina Washington, Co-Chair
HaLana Thompson, Secretary
Carl Johnson-Downs, Chaplain

The official installation of the new officers is part of the Brunch program on Saturday. Thank you to the 2010-2011 Nominating Committee for doing an excellent job!

See you there, and spread the word!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Updates 4/19

You have until tomorrow, Wednesday, April 20th to pay your dues ($30) to be eligible to vote in the 2011 elections. The slate presented by the nominating committee is as follows: 2011 GEBS Slate Announcement[1].jpg
The administrator of the online elections process, Grant Crusor, has informed: 

Those persons already eligible have been sent a notice and unique voting code. For those that will be eligible on Wednesday, they can register to vote here:

There will be a meeting TOMORROW in room 207 at 12:30 PM. You will be able to pay your dues then, if you have not. We will also hand out flyers and tickets for the brunch. Remember, if you pay your dues by tomorrow, it will pay for your brunch ticket and you will be eligible to vote. If you pay after April 20th, your dues will only cover the cost of your brunch ticket. 

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GEBS 2011 Brunch Flyer copy.jpg
Saturday, May 7, 2011, 11am at the Hilton Garden Inn

At present, program will include the following components:
  • Honoring our 2011 GEBS Graduates
  • Remembering / posthumous honoring of Bishop Edsel A. Ammons
  • Bidding farewell to Dr. Drew Smith, current CBE director
  • Musical gifts of peace, unity, and love from Dr. Vena's Ensemble and the Korean Student Choir
  • Installation of the 2011-2012 Officers
If you will not be able to attend the meeting to pick up tickets and flyers (we ask each member to try and sell at least two additional tickets), please print the flyer (click here, or the "Upcoming Events" tab above) for your advertisement as collection needs. Keep a list of any individuals interested, as well as those who wish to pay before you are able to give them their ticket(s). 

Per the suggestion of one member, if the need is high enough, we may be able to arrange off site childcare.

You may purchase your ticket from any GEBS member OR contact one of the officers via email to reserve your brunch ticket(s). A table is $400. Please feel free to donate beyond your ticket costs if you wish. If your office would like to contribute items to the gift bags for our graduates, please contact Megan at

Grant Crusor, Cherida Gary, Shonda Gladden, Shazetta Thompson, Troy Venning, Henry Williams, and Virgil Woods

Please e-mail Katrese ( with a picture of yourself, and brief biographical information that includes your plans after graduation. She must receive this information by April 29th if you wish to have it included in the program.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Update April 6, 2011

Thank you to all of you who were able to attend the meeting today and pay your dues. Meeting materials  by clicking the “Meeting Materials” tab. Please take a moment to review today's meeting materials if you were not present.


We are approaching that time of year when the officers for the 2011-2012 academic year are to be elected.

Please take a few moments to review the constitution. It is available for online reading, as well as download as a PDF by clicking the "Constitution" tab above.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011, 12:30 PM Room 207
The agenda will also include up to date information regarding the brunch. 

Dues for the 2010-2011 year are $30 and may be paid to our Treasurer, Reginald Burke. If you have not done so, please do this as soon as you are able. If you do not normally run into Reggie, please send him an email so that he can arrange a time to meet you ( To be an “active member” eligible to vote, dues must be paid by election day, APRIL 20th. Dues paid after April 20th will be credited to the purchase of your Brunch / Luncheon ticket only.

Your membership fee covers the price of your student ticket to the GEBS Brunch / Luncheon which will be Saturday, May 7th at 11:00am at the Hilton Garden Inn. Tickets $30 students and children (3-12), $40 all others. Tickets and flyers are forthcoming. Information on secured entertainment also forthcoming. The overall theme is two fold: remembering our history while moving forward, as well as interrelationship/inclusiveness. We are working out the “knicks” in title and design.

GRADUATES: please e-mail Katrese ( with a picture of yourself, and brief biographical information that includes your plans after graduation. She must receive this information byApril 29th if you wish to have it included in the program.

CBE Phonathon is Monday, April 11th from 9:00-11:30am. If you are available to participate, please email Cherida for more information at
Do you have free time next 
Monday, April 11th?
If so, consider volunteering for 
CBE Phonathon
9:00 am - 11:30am
Contact Cherida for more info: