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 Washington DC Chapter celebrates 60th Anniversary

LARGO, Md. — SSUNAA Washington DC Chapter President Zelmar Gordon presents a scholarship donation on behalf of the chapter to Dr. Cheryl Davenport Dozier, President of Savannah State University.

LARGO, Md. — Members of the Savannah State University National Alumni Association Washington, DC Chapter marked the chapter’s 60th anniversary with a celebration banquet on October 13.

During the event, the chapter honored James O. Thomas, Jr., Raymond Knight, and William N. Weston who were all original founders of the chapter in 1967 and Eloise Alston, an honorary chapter founder. The keynote speaker was Jimmie Jackson, a former national president of the SSUNAA and the Savannah State University Foundation. The chapter also presented a special scholarship presentation to Cheryl Davenport-Dozier, the 13th president of Savannah State University.

DC Chapter Installation Ceremony
WASHINGTON — Members of the SSUNAA Washington DC Chapter during the chapter’s installation of officers ceremony in 1957. Photo provided by W. Robinson from the SSUNAA Washington DC Chapter archives.

The SSUNAA Washington, DC Chapter was officially established on November 10, 1957 and was the first SSUNAA chapter organized outside of the state of Georgia. The chapter currently serves the Savannah State University community in Washington, DC, northern Virginia, and southern Maryland and participates in a variety of support, networking, athletic, and family-friendly events and activities throughout the year.

For additional information and to see photos from the event, visit the chapter’s website at

SSUNAA Presents $10,000 during Connor’s Temple “SSU Day” Program

SAVANNAH, Ga. — On Sunday, February 12, the SSUNAA national president, Clyde A. Newton, presented a $10,000 check to Dr. Cheryl Dozier, the president of Savannah State University, during the SSU Day program at Connor’s Temple Baptist Church of Savannah. The SSU Day program is a special worship service hosted annually by the church. Newton was the keynote speaker for the event.

The $10,000 donation represented funds collected from alumni and supporters during the first half of the fiscal year. The funds have been designated to provide support in several areas including scholarship, athletes summer school, the SSU President’s Gala, and the SSU Penny Fund account.

The members of Connors Temple Baptist Church also made a donation to the university.

The Chairperson for the event was SSU alumna Virgnia Parham and other members of the committee included SSU alums Bernard Conyers and Alfred Brown. Reverend Terrence Burrell is the pastor.

SSUNAA East Atlanta Suburban Chapter presents 2017 Spring Concert

MCDONOUGH, Ga. — The public is invited to join the members of Savannah State University National Alumni Association East Atlanta Suburban Chapter for the third annual Spring Concert featuring the Savannah State University Wesleyan Gospel Choir. The proceeds from this event will benefit the Hilda P. Willis Memorial Scholarship Fund. Continue reading “SSUNAA East Atlanta Suburban Chapter presents 2017 Spring Concert”

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.