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.

Savannah State University National Alumni Association set to kick off Homecoming 2016

Wright Bust
SAVANNAH, Ga. — To kick off alumni activities for Homecoming 2016, the 150th anniversary of that historic walk will be celebrated with a commemorative walk at 8 a.m. on Thursday, October 27, from T. A. Wright Stadium to the bust of Major Richard R. Wright, Sr. on the Savannah State University campus. Photo by A. Kent, Used with permission.

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Savannah State University National Alumni Association’s 2016 Homecoming theme is “186 Miles: A Journey to Excellence”. Savannah State’s first president, Richard Robert Wright, Sr. and his mother walked these miles from their home in Cuthbert, Georgia for him to attend the Storrs School in Atlanta, Ga. This walk was an initial step to a life of scholarship, political and social activism, leadership and entrepreneurship. The walk ended on Christmas Day 1866.

To kick off alumni activities for Homecoming 2016, the 150th anniversary of that historic walk will be celebrated with a commemorative walk at 8 a.m. on Thursday, October 27, from T. A. Wright Stadium to the bust of Major Richard R. Wright, Sr. on the Savannah State University campus. The public is invited to walk with the alumni, students, faculty and staff of SSU. There is no cost to participate.

Later on Thursday, October 27, at 5 p.m., the 2016 National Alumni Queen, Ms. Cassundra Huntley (class of 1995), will be crowned in the Asa H. Gordon Library.

President Richard Robert Wright, Sr. was a teacher, inaugural President of Georgia State Industrial College for Colored Youths, a Major in the U.S. Army during the Spanish–American War, the founder of the Citizen and Southern Bank and Trust in Philadelphia, and advocated for the first Black postage stamp (Booker T. Washington) in 1940. These are only a few of President Wright’s accomplishments.

Come help the SSU Alumni kick off SSU Homecoming 2016.