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 selects Huntley as 2016 National Alumni Queen

By Absolon Kent
Special Contributor to

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.

SSUNAA leaders participate in the 2016 SSU Athletics Summit

SAVANNAH, Ga. — On June 17, alumni, SSU staff members, and supporters gathered in the New Student Union Building on campus for the second SSU Athletic Summit, hosted by the SSU Athletics Department.

Dr. Will Simmons, Chair of the SSU Foundation’s Athletics Committee, explained the occasion. Greetings were extended by SSU’s Head Men’s Basketball Coach Horace Broadnax. The Keynote speaker, Lynn Thompson, was introduced by SSU’s Director of Athletics, Sterling Steward, Jr. Thompson, the Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics at Bethune-Cookman University, shared challenges and successes with their athletic program at his university. Several points Thompson that asked the attendees to consider included — protect the legacy of your program; respect your program; connect your team (reach out to former team members); and project your brand by telling your story.

Representatives from the SSU Community Booster Club, the Savannah State University National Alumni Association, and the SSU Foundation Athletics Committee reiterated their respective organizations’ unwavering support of each of the sports within the SSU athletics program.

SSUNAA Holds Installation of National Officers

SSUNAA_May15_-311by Absolon Kent
Special Contributor to

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Savannah State University National Alumni Association held its installation of officers on May 2, during the 2015 National Conference in Savannah, Ga. Newly installed officers during the ceremony were Clyde Newton (President), Dr. Judy Days-Dee (Vice President), April Dobbs (Southern Region Vice President), Cassundra Huntley (Recording Secretary), Florine Baker (Corresponding Secretary), Harold Washington (Treasurer), and Rev. Clarence Williams (Chaplain).

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