SSUNAA provides an update on the “RISE UP” Campaign to raise $130K in 130 days

SSUNAA "Rise Up" Campaign Ad

SAVANNAH, Ga. — On July 1, the SSUNAA kicked off its “Rise Up” campaign to raise $130 in 130 days. After seven weeks, the association announced that more the $90,000 dollars have been raised.

In May, Clyde Newton, the national president of the SSUNAA, convened a fundraising team of alumni to help develop strategic plans to raise much-needed funds for Savannah State Univesity, thus evolved the SSUNAA “Rise Up” Campaign.

“No matter what obstacles are placed before us, SSUNAA has always positioned itself to support our institution,” said Newton in a message to the organization. “This is evidenced by the outstanding financial support that we are realizing with our 130th Anniversary “Rise Up” Campaign.”

Chapter presidents eagerly jumped on board to help raise $130K in commemoration of the 130th anniversary of SSU and to raise it in 130 days (July 1 — November 8). Funds raised will be allocated to student scholarships.

“SSUNAA, SSU Community Boosters, alumni, the community and friends of SSU have answered the call to provide funding to provide merit and need-based, athletic and band scholarships,” said Newton. “This campaign will ensemble many students to continue their pursuits of achieving a quality education. Please know that your kindness is greatly appreciated and that you are truly impacting the lives of our students in a positive way.”

Alumni across the country are encouraged to “Rise Up” to help make the 130th Anniversary campaign a great success. This campaign is an incredible way to amplify our voices in support of our beloved alma mater SSU.

Check out the Savannah State University National Alumni Association’s website at for donation information and/or make your donation at You can also give by mailing a check made payable to SSU to SSUNAA, PO Box 22843, Savannah, GA 31403.

Registration now open for the 2020 GAAHBSU Legislative Conference

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Registration for the 2020 Georgia Alumni Association of Historically Black State Universities (GAAHBSU) Legislative Conference is now available by mail or online at The 35th annual conference will be held January 28-30, 2020, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta Airport (3400 Norman Berry Drive, Atlanta, Ga.).

Registration is $130 if postmarked before January 17, 2020 or $145 if postmarked after January 17, 2020 and may be purchased by registering online or completing the 2020 GAAHBSU Registration Form. The registration includes all meals registration materials, and access to the conference hospitality. Registration without meals may be purchased for $35. Single event tickets include the Student Recruitment Luncheon ($55), the Awards and Recognition Dinner ($68), and access to the hospitality suite ($25). Registrations can be purchased by completing and mailing the registration form available at or purchasing online via PayPal at

GAAHBSU, a consortium of the national alumni associations of Albany State University, Fort Valley State University, and Savannah State University, was organized to advance the missions of Georgia’s state-funded historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to help ensure their futures. The annual legislative conference provides a forum for alumni and university officials to dialogue with elected officials and key state leaders to address common goals and concerns.

Established in 1890, Savannah State University is the oldest public historically black college or university in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah. The university’s 3,600 students select majors from 30 undergraduate and five graduate programs in four colleges ‐ Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration, Sciences and Technology, and Education. Savannah State University’s mission statement is “develops productive members of a global society through high quality instruction, scholarship, research, service and community involvement.” To learn more visit

The purpose of the Savannah State University National Alumni Association is to promote the progress and the development of Savannah State University and to assist in advancing the mission and goals of the university’s administration.

SSUNAA Macon-Metro Chapter sponsors bus trip for SSU vs FVSU

Metro-Macon Bus Trip Flyer

MACON, Ga. — The Savannah State University National Alumni Association Macon-Metro Chapter will sponsor a bus trip to Savannah on November 2 for the SIAC football game as the Savannah State Tigers host the Fort Valley State Wildcats at 5 pm in Savannah.

The bus will depart at 12 noon on November 12 from the Roses parking lot on Shurling Drive in Macon. The cost is $70 per person for round trip travel and a game ticket.

To register or for additional information contact Ann Callaway at (478) 731-7562 or Elsie Ridley at (478) 396-0202.