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 Metro-Atlanta Chapter set to launch the 2017 Tigers Care Initiative

by Roxy D Hall Williamson
Member, SSUNAA Metro-Atlanta Chapter

ATLANTA — What a beautiful morning to be a Tiger! As the summer comes to an end and we begin the countdown to Homecoming 2017, please consider donating items to the SSUNAA Metro-Atlanta Chapter’s #TigersCare initiative.

Items will be collected every week, beginning August 21, until the first weekend in October, on Mondays and Thursdays between 3 pm and 7 pm at the East Point Library parking lot area and after September 2 on Saturday evenings and all day Sunday before and after the mass services at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Catholic Church in Decatur, Ga.

Items needed for donation include soaps, lotions, shaving items, laundry detergent pods, dryer sheets, linen, non-perishable food items, sanitary supplies, all forms of school supplies, or other items appropriate for college students. Cash donations are also welcome.

Arrangements may also be made to pick up donations in the metro-Atlanta area by emailing or calling (404) 482-5961.

For individuals in the metro-Savannah who wish to make a donation, please contact Kenneth Wilson in the Savannah State University Office of Financial Aid for info on where to drop your donations.

Established in 1960, the Savannah State University National Alumni Association Metro-Atlanta Chapter operates in support of Savannah State University and build fellowship among the university’s metro-Atlanta community. The chapter supports the university academically by assisting with the recruitment of Atlanta-area students and funding scholarships to attract the best students from Atlanta-area high schools and promotes fellowship and professional development of the local university community through events that connect alumni and university supporters.

The Savannah State University National Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) organization whose primary purpose is to promote the welfare of Savannah State University and to assist in advancing the mission and the goals of the university’s administration. The SSUNAA is a membership-based organization with chapters around the United States representing more than 22,000 alumni worldwide.

Deadline for SSUNAA Candidate Nominations moved to August 15

by Carolyn Huntley
Chairman, SSUNAA Nominating Committee

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The members of SSUNAA Nominating Committee welcome and encourage alumni who are interested in becoming an officer in the National Alumni Association to click on the SSUNAA website to view the Application for Candidacy form. This form outlines the criteria and qualifications required to run for a national office.

September 30 is listed as the date to submit applications, however the committee needs the applications submitted by August 15 so that applications may be verified prior to the SSUNAA Business/Information Session during Homecoming. This change was necessary because 2017 Homecoming is early (October 7).

SSUNAA Metro-Macon Chapter set to host 2017 Summerfest

MACON, Ga. — The Savannah State University National Alumni Association Metro-Macon Chapter will present the 2017 Summerfest July 14-15. The annual Scholarship Dance will take place on July 14, beginning at 8 p.m. at the LaPiada Conference Center (4295 Interstate Drive, Macon). The chapter’s Bid Whist Tournament will be held at the Tatnall Square Park pavilion from 11 am until 1 p.m. with the Annual Chapter Picnic in the Park beginning at 4 p.m.

The annual Scholarship Dance is the chapter’s opportunity to celebrate the academic achievement of Macon-area students. Each year the chapter awards scholarship to students from the Middle Georgia region who plan to attend Savannah State University. Tickets for the dance are $25 per person and a cash bar will be available.

The Bid Whist Tournament is an opportunity to socialize with members of the chapter and the community and a prizes will be awarded to the tournament winners. The team entry cost for the tournament is $10. The Annual Chapter Picnic in the Park promises an afternoon of fun, games and food. Admission to the picnic is free.

Hotel accommodations for the Summerfest weekend are available at the Comfort Inn & Suites West (5000 Harrison Rd, Macon). The special discount rate is $85 (plus taxes) per night.

Contact any active member of the SSUNAA Metro-Macon Chapter for additional information or for tickets.

SSUNAA Charters the SSUNAA San Diego Chapter

SSUNAA San Diego Chapter chartering participants
SAN DIEGO — Participants in the March 31 SSUNAA San Diego Chapter chartering included Marcus Stallworth ’11, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Walter Gaskin ’74, Sameca Globe ’07, Christana Johnson ’15, Rickey Hereford ’74 (Chapter Vice President), Chantel White ’15 (Chapter President), Clyde Newton (National President), Dian Burroughs ’90, Joseph Burroughs ’89, Judy Days-Dee (National Vice-President), and Tellis Fears ’01.

by John Lang
SSUNAA Midwestern Region Vice-President

SAN DIEGO — The Savannah State University National Alumni Association San Diego Chapter was officially chartered on March 31 at the Alpha Center in San Diego. Clyde Newton, the SSUNAA National President, administered the chartering of the chapter and installed the chapter’s new officers.

The chartering ceremony included remarks by Lt. Gen. Walter Gaskins, who urged those in attendances to support Savannah State University spiritually, physically and financially. In attendance at the chartering ceremony were the SSUNAA’s National Vice President, Dr. Judy Days-Dee, and the SSU Director of Alumni Relations, Barbara Myers. Members of the San Diego HBCU Alumni Association from Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Clark/Atlanta University were present along with other friends and family members of the charter members.

The installed chapter officers were the chapter president, Chantel White (’15) and the chapter vice-president, Rickey Hereford (’74). Other charter members are Joseph Burroughs II (’89), Dian Burroughs (’90), Torry Butler (’16), LaShawn Charles (’16), Tellis Fears (’01), Sameca Globe (’07), Jameila Grant (’16), Christana Johnson (’15), Shawn Smith (’16), and Marcus Stallworth (’11).

The SSUNAA San Diego Chapter is currently the only alumni chapter in the SSUNAA Western Region and west of the Mississippi River. For additional information about the SSUNAA San Diego Chapter or to join, contact Chantel White by email at