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 participates in annual GAAHBSU Conference

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Alumni from Albany State, Fort Valley State and Savannah State universities gathered January 24-26 in Atlanta for the annual GAAHBSU Legislative Conference. The conference theme was “Envisioning Our Future, Embracing Our Legacy and Expanding Our Horizons.”

During the conference, a series of workshops provided a mechanism to enlighten alumni on critical issues at the universities. Art Dunning, the president of Albany State University, conducted an information session outlining the consolidation of Albany State and Darton College. The University President’s Roundtable session was designed to offer the alumni in attendance a direct, focused and specific issues relating to each university. In the conference wrap up session, Gregory Hylick, former National Alumni President of Albany State University and Chairman of the Albany State University Foundation, Inc., assumed the role as Executive Committee Chair of the GAAHBSU. Hylick was elected in 2016 to replace longtime chairman Roy L. Jackson, the former National President of the SSUNAA. Alumni attending the conference were also afforded the opportunity to engage with state legislator during a visit to the State Capitol.

During the weekend, the GAAHBSU continued its longstanding effort to recruit students from the Atlanta area to attend the universities. Students and recruitment teams from each university participated in recruitment fairs in 10 Atlanta area high schools.

The GAAHBSU, a collaboration effort between the state’s three historically Black universities, was created 32 years ago to foster a collective effort to ensure the continued existence, growth and advancement of these three unique higher education institutions.

The Fort Valley State National Alumni Association served as the host for the 2017 GAAHBSU Conference.

2016 GAAHBSU Legislative Conference Registration Now Availalbe

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

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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


Washington, Jackson and McGhee selected as SSU homecoming parade marshals

By Absolon Kent
Special Contributor to

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.

Savannah State University National Alumni Association announces 2016 Savannah State University Homecoming schedule

By Absolon Kent
Special Contributor to SSUNAA

SAVANNAH, Ga. — One of the Savannah State University National Alumni Association’s most honored traditions is Homecoming Weekend which brings hundreds of alumni back to the campus of Savannah State University to rekindle college memories and celebrate with old friends. Each year alumni and friends are welcomed back to campus to reconnect with classmates and faculty, attend special events, and create new memories.

The SSUNAA and Savannah State University will celebrate Homecoming Week from Sunday, October 23 to Sunday, October 30 on and near the university campus in Savannah, Ga. This year, SSU will honor and welcome the Class of 1966, the Golden Tigers, and the Class of 1991, the Silver Tigers, back to campus for their 50th and 25th reunions respectively. Other  homecoming honorees will include SSUNAA’s Life Members and the classes ending in 6’ and 1’s. The official theme for the week long celebration is “186 Miles: A Journey to Excellence” in honor of the 150th anniversary of “The Walk.”

SSUNAA Official Events

SSUNAA-smallAmong the planned activities sponsored by the SSUNAA are the 186 Miles Commemorative Walk, the crowning of the National Alumni Association Queen, the annual Homecoming Gala, and the SSU High Society Little Black Dress Affair.

The 186 Miles Commemorative Walk is a special event this year, designed to honor the university’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of “The Walk”. In 1866, a 10-year old Richard R. Wright and his mother walked from Cuthbert, Ga. to Atlanta to receive an education at the newly formed Storrs School, an institution founded by the American Missionary Association (AMA) to educate the children of the freed people. Richard and his mother walked 186 miles so that he could receive an education. Wright would go on to become the first president of Georgia State Industrial College for Colored Youth, the institution today known as Savannah State University. During this year’s walk alumni, students, and friends will walk 186 steps on the SSUNAA campus.

SAVANNAH, Ga. — SSUNAA National President Clyde Newton (l) and 2014 SSUNAA National Queen Pamela Yancy-Holmes (r) present the official sash to the 2015 National Queen, . photo by Absolon Kent
SAVANNAH, Ga. — SSUNAA National President Clyde Newton (l) and 2014 SSUNAA National Queen Pamela Yancy-Holmes (r) present the official sash to the 2015 National Queen, Beauty Baldwin. Photo by Absolon Kent

Prior to the the university’s crowning of Miss Savannah State University, the SSUNAA will hold the coronation ceremony for the National Alumni Queen at 5 p.m. in the Savannah State University Archives section of the Asa H. Gordon Library. The National Alumni Queen is selected annually based upon chapter participation in national programs and activities. Also, during this ceremony the SSUNAA will recognize the parade Grand Marshal and the Homecoming Honorary Marshal.

The Savannah State University National Alumni Association annual Gala will take place on Friday, October 28 at, 6:30 p.m., at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront Hotel. During this annual event the SSUNAA celebrates its partners and members who support the organization’s mission. During the evening the association will present its annual awards which are designed to encourage and promote leadership, chapter membership, chapter activities and contributions to the university. Among the awards to be presented are the SSUNAA Chapter, Alumnus, Prestigious Young Alumnus, Entrepreneur, and Family of the Year, as well as the Distinguished Community Service Award and the Presidential Medallion of Excellence Award.

High-Society-LBDAdded to this year’s schedule is the High Society upscale alumni party. The “LITTLE BLACK DRESS” affair will take place in the Marriott Savannah Riverfront Ballroom on Saturday night. This premier homecoming event will feature a live band and music by V-103’s DJ Cowboy. Advance event tickets are available online at

Savannah State University Official Events

Savannah_State_UniversityA complete list of the university sponsored events will be announced at a later date, but previously announced events include the second annual Blue and Orange 5K, the SSU Foundation golf tournament, the homecoming parade, and the homecoming game.

Blue-and-Orange_5k-Fun-Run_Logo_160x100The second annual Blue and Orange 5K will take place Friday, October 28, from 6–9 a.m. This year’s 5k will feature costumes and treats as the runners complete the course around campus. The event will begin and end at T. A. Wright Stadium. Part of the mission of the 5K fun run is to promote health and wellness to students and the community and proceeds will support the newly established Blue and Orange 5K student scholarship endowment. Participants are welcome to run or walk. Registration is open at

The annual homecoming golf tournament will tee off on Friday, October 28, with a 8:30 a.m. shotgun start at Crosswinds Golf Course. The tournament, sponsored by the non-profit SSU Foundation, is designed to fund scholarships for deserving students as they pursue their education at Savannah State University. Individual player and group registrations for the tournament are available online at Tournament sponsor information is available online at

The Homecoming Parade will be on Saturday, October 29, at 9 a.m. in downtown Savannah, followed by the annual Homecoming football game at 2 p.m. against the Howard University Bison. Game tickets are $20-$30 and are available for purchase at

Official Registration, Lodging and Sponsor Information

The cost of alumni registration is $200 and includes a registration gift, a ticket to the Homecoming Gala, and invitation to a special pre-game reception, and admission to the Tiger Cabaret dance. Early registration is available at $175 for all registrations postmarked by September 30.

Registration Form     Sponsor AD Form

The official SSUNAA Homecoming host hotel is the Marriott Savannah Riverfront Hotel. Located in historic downtown Savannah, the Marriott Savannah Riverfront is steps from the city’s famous riverfront. Many of the hotel’s rooms feature scenic views of the riverfront and the casual restaurant and bar overlook the river. The special Homecoming nightly rate is $169 (double/king) with upgrades available at additional charge. The hotel registration deadline is September 27. A group reservation rate is available at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront Hotel at $169 per night (plus tax) for individuals who reserve their rooms before Sep. 27. Reservations can be made by calling (912) 233-7722 and using the group rate code of “SAVANNAH STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI.”

Business and individual ads for the SSUNAA Homecoming Souvenir book can be purchased by contacting Daisy Williams at (912) 692-1327 or by email at

Tailgate, RV and vendor spaces for the homecoming game are available for purchase online at under the Ticket Info tab, on a first-come, first-served basis. Tailgate space for the homecoming game on Oct. 26 are available for $125 per space and RV spaces are available for $200 per space. Vender spaces are also available for $400 per space for non-food vendor and $500 per space for food vendors. Vendors must be licensed to use the university’s name, initials, tagline and/or logos on retail merchandise. For licensing information, visit

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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 4,900 students select majors from 27 undergraduate and five graduate programs in three colleges — Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology — and the School of Teacher Education.

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.