Applications available for the SSUNAA DC Chapter 2017 Scholarship Program

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia Alumni Chapter of Savannah State University National Alumni Association Scholarship Award is provided annually to deserving, graduating high school seniors and college students residing in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, in need of financial assistance to attend Savannah State University.

To qualify for this award, students must qualify for financial aid from Savannah State University and have at least a C+ average during their high school/college career. Financial assistance up to a maximum of $2,000.00 per year will be awarded to entering freshmen. For a returning student a maximum $1,500.00 per year will be awarded. An additional $500.00 maximum will be awarded to students maintaining a 3.5 or higher GPA, and/or scoring a combined math and verbal (critical reading) score of 1000 or above on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), or a composite score of 21 or higher on the American College Test (ACT). Continuing college students must reapply for the scholarship by March 31 of each year.

Visit dcchapter.ssunaa.org/scholarship/ for more information and to download an application.

SSUNAA Washington DC Chapter set to participate in the Wreaths Across America 2016

WASHINGTON — Members of the Savannah State University National Alumni Association Washington, DC, Chapter will participate in the annual Wreaths Across America program, an event that aims to place 500,000 wreaths on veterans’ graves this year. The SSUNAA will be part of a larger group of capital-area alumni associations, corporate groups, and individual volunteers that are laying wreaths on grave sites at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, December 17. For more information about the event visit dcchapter.ssunaa.org.

 

 

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.

SSUNAA selects Huntley as 2016 National Alumni Queen

By Absolon Kent
Special Contributor to SSUNAA.org

Official SSUNAA photo by D. DuPont
Official SSUNAA photo by D. DuPont

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Savannah State University National Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 2016 National Alumni Queen and attendants.

Cassundra Huntley of the SSUNAA Jefferson County Chapter was recently announced as the 2016-17 National Queen and Lillie Hobbs of the SSUNAA Dublin-Laurens County Chapter and Carolyn Price of the SSUNAA Savannah Chapter were announced as the 2016 National Attendants.

The SSUNAA Royal Court will be presented at the SSUNAA Coronation Ceremony on Thursday evening, October 27 at 5 p.m. at the University Archives in the Asa H. Gordon Library at Savannah State University along with the parade marshal and grand marshal.

Huntley, a Diamond Life member of the SSUNAA, received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Savannah State in 1995 with a minor in Chemistry. She is a third generation Savannah State alumnae and a long-standing member of the SSUNAA Jefferson County Chapter where she previously served as the chapter’s Events Coordinator and was the chapter’s queen in 2011. She also serves as the National Recording Secretary for the SSUNAA and was a 2015-2016 attendant to the SSUNAA National Queen. She is a proud member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was initiated into Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., in 1990 (Eta Xi). As a student at Savannah State, she was a member of the SSC NCAA tennis team, winning the SIAC Doubles championship in 1991 and was Miss Zeta Phi Beta Sorority in 1991.

Huntley is employed by SAFEBuilt, Inc. as the Code Compliance Manager and is currently the only African-American woman in management. She also serves on SAFEbuilt’s Advisory Board for software (Meritage) and on the Safety Committee. An active volunteer with a several organizations in the metro-Atlanta, Ga. area, she is eager to serve inner city youth and support social justice causes.

Huntley Homecoming 2015
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Huntley as a Queen’s Attendant during the SSUNAA Homecoming 2015 Coronation Ceremony. Photo by A. Kent

“Being selected as our SSUNAA National Alumni Queen is an honor as it represents servanthood, prestige and legacy’” said Huntley. “Serving our alumni, our beloved institution, my local Jefferson County chapter and following in my mother’s footsteps is indeed humbling. I’m forever grateful for the opportunity and will proudly serve as 2016-2017 SSUNAA National Alumni Queen.”

All Savannah State families, friends and alumni are invited to attend all of the 2016 Homecoming events. This year’s homecoming theme is “186 Miles: A Journey to Excellence.”  The SSUNAA activities officially kick off with the 186 Miles/Steps Commemorative Walk on Thursday, October 27, at 8 a.m. at T.A. Wright Stadium.

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.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was updated on October 18, 2017 to add information on Order of the Eastern Star and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority memberships and Savannah State student activities.