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.
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.
Ramada Plaza Hotel
450 Capital Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30312
Phone: (404) 591- 2000
Hotel rate before January 3, 2017: $119
ARLINGTON, Va. — Volunteers from the Savannah State University National Alumni Association Washington DC Chapter were among the more than 44,000 volunteers who turned out in the icy, cold and rainy weather conditions to help lay 245,000 wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery on December 17, during the Wreaths Across America remembrance event.
Low temperatures, sleet and freezing rain caused the program organizers to cancel the pening ceremony for the event, but the conditions did not stop the volunteers who placed the more than 400 truckloads of wreaths that were transported from across the country by volunteer drivers using donated trucking and diesel.
2016 marked the 25th year that wreaths have been placed by volunteers at Arlington National Cemetery. The program grew to be a nationwide event to honor and remember fallen veterans and their service. In 1992, Morrill Worcester , a wreath maker from Maine, had 5,000 extra wreaths, and decided to bring them to Arlington National Cemetery to honor fallen veterans. Worcester brought 5,000 wreaths to Arlington without any fanfare for 13 years, but in 2007 the not-for-profit organization, Wreaths Across America was formed. This year, according to Wreaths Across America, volunteers conducted wreath-laying ceremonies and placed 1.2 million remembrance wreaths at 1,228 veterans cemeteries and various other locations in all 50 states.
The theme for this year’s event was #SayTheirNames. This year after placing a wreath, volunteers were encouraged to pause to read the headstone and to say the veteran’s name out loud to honor the memory of that military member.
WASHINGTON — The Washington DC Chapter of the Savannah State University National Alumni Association will hold its annual Holiday Social on Saturday, December 10, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. This annual event serves as an opportunity to celebrate the season with Savannah State alumni, students, and university supporters from the local community. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided. The Savannah State University National Alumni Association promotes the welfare of Savannah State University and to assist in advancing the mission and goals of the university’s administration. Established in 1957, the SSUNAA Washington DC Chapter provides support for the Savannah State University community in Washington, DC, northern Virginia, and southern Maryland through a variety of networking, social, athletic, and family-friendly events. For information on becoming a member of the District of Columbia Chapter, call Mrs. Zelmar Gordon at (301) 292-4172 or visit dcchapter.ssunaa.org.
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.