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March 5, 2014
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Bulldog Nation celebrates, reconnects at CIAA Tournament

The 2014 CIAA Tournament in Charlotte, N.C. was a time to celebrate our Bulldog basketball teams and connect with Bowie State University alumni, students and supporters.

On Saturday, the President’s Breakfast brought together the Bowie State community, including Delegate James Proctor (D-MD 27A), a Bowie State alumnus. John Ridgeway, of corporate manager with Toyota Financial Services, presented a $2,000 donation from Toyota to President Mickey L. Burnim. Ridgeway also pledged a $1,000 personal donation that Toyota will match with an additional $1,000. View photos from the President’s Breakfast.

Part of the donation will fund the Male Initiative ($1,000), the mentoring and empowerment program for male students established by President Burnim. The remainder will fund the Bowie State National Alumni Chapter ($500) and the student emergency fund ($500).

Earlier Saturday, the Golden Girls cheerleaders performed in a CIAA exhibition at the Time Warner Cable Arena, scoring loud applause from the crowd. View photos from the exhibition.

On Friday, Bowie State alumni reminisced on their college days at an informal breakfast hosted by the Southern Alumni chapter. Flipping through old yearbooks, they retold stories of their student activism. Many of the alumni who attended the breakfast participated in a 1968 sit-in protest at Bowie State to fight for better campus facilities and increased state funding. View photos from the breakfast.

In the basketball tournament, the Lady Bulldogs’ tournament run was ended on Feb. 26 with a 73-53 loss to Virginia Union University in the quarterfinals. The team entered the tournament as the second seed out of the Northern Division and ended the season with an 11-14 record.

The men’s team lost 81-77 to the Johnson C. Smith University Golden Bulls in the quarterfinals Thursday. The Bulldogs were the top seed in the Northern Division and ended their year with a 17-12 overall finish. View photos from the game.

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