Students, Young Alumni honored at 2007 Scholarship Gala & Tribute

Sunday, February 25, 2007

ORANGEBURG – South Carolina State University alumni, friends and supporters gathered in black tie on Saturday, Feb. 24, to raise resources to support the University’s general scholarship fund, which provides financial assistance to many of SC State’s 4,000 undergraduate students.

The 2007 Scholarship Gala and Tribute was held on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center on the SC State campus. The gala wasfollowed by a special concert by The Original Manhattans, featuring Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett.

“For nearly 111 years, SC State has created a legacy of excellence by providing a nurturing educational environment that has produced global leaders including six college presidents,” said Valerie M. Dinkins, interim vice president for the Division of Institutional Advancement and executive director of the South Carolina State University Foundation.

“Institutional milestones accomplished by SC State and its graduates would not be possible without the sincere support, commitment and encouragement of alumni, friends and supporters who contribute to the foundation,” she added.

At this year’s gala, SC State and its Foundation celebrated the achievements of current students and young alumni of South Carolina State University.

Alumni honorees at this year’s gala include:
Jameel Allen, MBA, ‘01 – Member of SC State’s Board of Visitors
Michael Asbury, ‘02 – Only Physician Assistant in South Carolina in Dermatology
Aundrie Blanchard, ‘06 – First graduate of SC State’s Nuclear Engineering Program; Associate Engineer, Savannah River Site
Nicholas Cluster, MAT, ‘01, ‘03 – Former SC State faculty member; University of Georgia doctoral student
Sam Davis, MD, ‘01 – 2006 graduate, Wake Forest School of Medicine; Second-year Orthopaedic Surgery resident, Duke University Medical Center
Joelle Dick, ‘05 – MBA candidate, Rice University
Damian Duncan, MBA, ‘01 – Associate, Alternative Assets Group, Merrill Lynch & Co., NYC; MBA, Harvard Business School
LaTonya Durant, MA, EdS, ‘97 – Consolidated School District Three Teacher of the Year; 2006 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award recipient
Chatavie M. Newton, ‘06, ‘06 – Gates Millennium Scholar; Candidate, Master’s in Engineering Management, Duke University
David T. Williams, ‘01 – Fourth-year medical student, University of Louisville School of Medicine; National Association of Medical Minority Educators’ Southern Region Scholar Award recipient.

Student honorees include:
William Bright, sophomore biology major
Robert Caldwell Jr., sophomore mechanical engineering technology major
Portia Gifford, junior chemistry major
Amid Hamidi, sophomore chemistry major
Latisha Jefferson, senior civil engineering technology major
Candace H. Payne, senior chemistry major
Demar Roberts, junior political science major
Samuel Sojourner, sophomore biology major

Established in 1971, the goal of the South Carolina State University Foundation is to encourage voluntary private support of SC State from a variety of sources by upholding the values and traditions that embody SC State and American higher education. The Foundation solicits, receives, and manages private support for SC State. The annual Scholarship Gala and Tribute, created in 1996, is the signature fundraising event for the Foundation.