Savannah State celebrates Founders Day

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SAVANNAH, Ga.  Savannah State University hosted the annual Founder’s Day observance on November 16 to celebrates the history of the institution and those who have contributed to its success.

The university presented the Cyrus C. Wiley Distinguished Alumni Award to Wilburn Joe Eason, a 1973 graduate for his extraordinary support and loyalty to SSU. Dr. Margaret C. Robinson, a 1952 of Savannah State, and retired U.S. Navy Capt. Donnie Cochran, a 1976 graduate, were the recipients of Richard R. Wright Award of Excellence. Continue reading “Savannah State celebrates Founders Day”

SSUNAA announced as host of the 2018 GAAHBSU Legislative Conference

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Savannah State University National Alumni Association is host organization for the Georgia Alumni Association of Historical Black State Universities (GAAHBSU) 2018 Annual Legislative Conference in Atlanta in January.

The Legislative Conference is an opportunity to meet, share, and learn from legislators who represent areas of the state’s three public historically black universities (Albany, Fort Valley and Savannah State universities). In addition to the conference sessions, students will host recruitment fairs in ten Atlanta-area high schools on January 24.

Savannah State alumni are encouraged to support and attend.

SSUNAA participates in annual GAAHBSU Conference

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Alumni from Albany State, Fort Valley State and Savannah State universities gathered January 24-26 in Atlanta for the annual GAAHBSU Legislative Conference. The conference theme was “Envisioning Our Future, Embracing Our Legacy and Expanding Our Horizons.”

During the conference, a series of workshops provided a mechanism to enlighten alumni on critical issues at the universities. Art Dunning, the president of Albany State University, conducted an information session outlining the consolidation of Albany State and Darton College. The University President’s Roundtable session was designed to offer the alumni in attendance a direct, focused and specific issues relating to each university. In the conference wrap up session, Gregory Hylick, former National Alumni President of Albany State University and Chairman of the Albany State University Foundation, Inc., assumed the role as Executive Committee Chair of the GAAHBSU. Hylick was elected in 2016 to replace longtime chairman Roy L. Jackson, the former National President of the SSUNAA. Alumni attending the conference were also afforded the opportunity to engage with state legislator during a visit to the State Capitol.

During the weekend, the GAAHBSU continued its longstanding effort to recruit students from the Atlanta area to attend the universities. Students and recruitment teams from each university participated in recruitment fairs in 10 Atlanta area high schools.

The GAAHBSU, a collaboration effort between the state’s three historically Black universities, was created 32 years ago to foster a collective effort to ensure the continued existence, growth and advancement of these three unique higher education institutions.

The Fort Valley State National Alumni Association served as the host for the 2017 GAAHBSU Conference.

2016 GAAHBSU Legislative Conference Registration Now Availalbe

FORT VALLEY, Ga. — The 32nd Annual GAAHBSU (Georgia Alumni Association of Historically Black State Universities) Legislative Conference will be held on January 24 – 26, 2017, at the Ramada Plaza Atlanta Capital Park Hotel (Downtown Atlanta). The registration fee for the conference is $130. You can download the registration form now at ssunaa.org/documents/GAABSU_brochure_2017.pdf.

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Fort Valley State University National Alumni Association, Inc. is the host Association for GAAHBSU 2017.  The theme for this year’s conference is “Envisioning Our Future, Embracing Our Legacy, and Expanding our Horizon”.

GAAHBSU is a consortium of the National Alumni Associations of Albany State University, Fort Valley State University, and Savannah State University. It is organized to advance their missions and to help ensure the futures of these historically significant institutions. The legislative conference provides a forum for alumni and officials of Georgia’s Historically Black Public Universities to dialogue with elected officials and key state leaders to address the universities’ common goals and concerns.

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Ramada Plaza Hotel
450 Capital Avenue
Atlanta, GA  30312
Phone: (404) 591- 2000
Hotel rate before January 3, 2017: $119

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Washington, Jackson and McGhee selected as SSU homecoming parade marshals

By Absolon Kent
Special Contributor to SSUNAA.org

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Savannah State University recently announced the 2016 homecoming parade grand marshals, Clemontine Washington, Ed.D. (‘66) and Cyrus Jackson (‘77). The honorary marshal is Barbara McGhee (‘66). The parade will begin at 9 a.m. on October 29 and follow a route through downtown Savannah. This year’s homecoming theme is “186 Miles: A Journey to Excellence.”

Washington earned her bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation. The retired educator, administrator, and coach is currently the mayor of Midway, Ga.

Jackson received a bachelor of business administration degree (marketing), the first Savannah State student to earn that degree. In 1992, the Savannah native launched Professional Products Unlimited, Inc., a hair care products company.

McGhee is a retired school teacher and currently serves as a tutor coordinator at Savannah Technical College.

The Savannah State University National Alumni Association is a national organization whose primary purpose is to promote the welfare of Savannah State University and assist in advancing the university’s mission and the goals. The SSUNAA is a membership based organization with chapters around the United States representing more than 22,000 alumni worldwide.