Savannah State celebrates Founders Day

Awardees Photo

SAVANNAH, Ga.  Savannah State University hosted the annual Founder’s Day observance on November 16 to celebrates the history of the institution and those who have contributed to its success.

The university presented the Cyrus C. Wiley Distinguished Alumni Award to Wilburn Joe Eason, a 1973 graduate for his extraordinary support and loyalty to SSU. Dr. Margaret C. Robinson, a 1952 of Savannah State, and retired U.S. Navy Capt. Donnie Cochran, a 1976 graduate, were the recipients of Richard R. Wright Award of Excellence. Continue reading “Savannah State celebrates Founders Day”

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.

SSU football season tailgate, RV, and vendor spaces available for purchase

SSU Alumni

By Absolon Kent, Special Contributor to

2015 Savannah State Homecoming Tailgate
SAVANNAH, Ga. — An overhead view of the Savannah State Homecoming tailgate area during the 2015 Savannah State University Homecoming game against North Carolina Central University. Photo by Absolon Kent
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Tailgate, RV and vendor spaces for the 2016 Savannah State University football season are now available for purchase from the Savannah State University Athletics Department. The tailgate space rental rate is $50 for each regular season home game excluding Homecoming on October 29.  Homecoming game spaces are $150 per space. Regular season home game RV space rentals are $100 for each regular season game and $250 per space for Homecoming.

SSU will host home football games this season on September 24 against Bethune-Cookman University (Greek Night/Parents Weekend/Open Campus Day), October 8 against Morgan State University (The Pink Game/Military Day), October 29 against Howard University (Homecoming), and November 5 against Norfolk State University (Community/High School Band Day).

Each Homecoming tailgate space purchase includes one parking pass and four tailgating wristbands. Additional Homecoming tailgate area wristbands can be purchased for $5 in advance or on game day. Tailgate area wristbands will be required for all individuals 7 years or older entering the designated tailgating area. Homecoming tailgate spaces will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and payments must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, October 14.

Tailgating and RV customers are not allowed to sell items, but may purchase a vending space instead. Additionally, due to Game Day interference, tailgaters are not allowed to use any wireless speakers or microphones in the tailgating area.

Non-Food vendor spaces are available for $475 for regular home games and $400 per space for Homecoming. Vendors who desire to sell clothing and/or other paraphernalia with Savannah State University’s name, initials, tagline and/or logo must purchase a non-exclusive license from Learfield Licensing Partners available at Vendors selling food items must pay the vendors fee of $500 and must provide proof of a Chatham County Health Department food vending application. All food vendor spaces must be purchased by September 1.

Payments may be made to the SSU Athletics Department by money orders or cashier’s check payable to “SAVANNAH STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS” or online at Cash payments can only be made to the SSU Cashier’s Office, located in Hill Hall.

For additional information, contact Marissa Campbell at (912) 358-3449 or by email at

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.

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