Lott: Debate gives SC State opportunity

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Reprinted from The Times and Democrat

As president of the South Carolina State University National Alumni Association, I along with the thousands of alumni wish to take this opportunity to salute Dr. Andrew Hugine, the faculty, staff and student body on an excellent job of showcasing our university to the world.

It has been said that South Carolina State is the “Best Kept Secret” in South Carolina. Fortunately, our university is no longer a secret. Because of the pride U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn has in his alma mater, he planted the seed of interest to then-S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Joe Erwin to give exposure to our university through the Democratic debate. The rest is history. Our thanks and appreciation in no way can stop here.

Orangeburg County, the City of Orangeburg, The Times and Democrat, WIS-TV, NBC, MSNBC, all other international, national, state, local media, and the many sponsors, are to be applauded for their efforts in assisting to bring exposure to the university.

As Dr. Hugine expands upon the horizons of opportunities that the debate gave the university, each alumnus must assist in his endeavors to open new doors for the university and especially the student body. As alums return to the university July 26-29, 2007, for the National Alumni Convention, with the theme “Our University – Our Responsibility,” they can certainly be an inroad to participation in the growth and progress of the university.

From the loyal sons and daughters of South Carolina State University, we say congratulations to our alma mater and thank you for making us proud.

Patricia B. Lott, President
S.C. State University National Alumni Association