SC State alumni to converge upon Orangeburg campus for 18th annual national convention

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

ORANGEBURG – SC State alumni will converge upon the Orangeburg campus for the 18th Annual South Carolina State University National Alumni Convention, July 26-29, 2007.

SC State has approximately 26,000 alumni. Most of them (18,388) live in South Carolina, and collectively earn an estimated $207 million in additional as a result of education and degrees obtained at SC State.

This year’s convention is hosted by the Orangeburg County Alumni Chapter under the theme “Our University, Our Responsibility.” Registration for the 18th Annual SC State University National Alumni Convention is still available on the SC State University National Alumni Association (SCSUNAA) Web site – www.scsunaa.org.

“Having the convention on campus during a period of transformation for the University is so timely and appropriate. Under the umbrella of the Association’s mission and vision statements, this year’s theme definitely expresses the overall goals and objectives which we outline yearly,” said SCSUNAA President Patricia B. Lott, ‘63.

“I applaud our national president, Patricia Lott, on a very successful term and for her leadership on behalf of the alumni convention,” said Lillian Adderson, ‘81, assistant vice president for alumni and community relations at SC State. “Her ability to bring alumni and friends together to obtain information and share ideas certainly gives meaning and provides support for the convention’s theme, ‘Our University, Our Responsibility’,” she added.

Alumni will have an opportunity to reside in the new $42 million Hugine Suites student housing complex during the conventionAlumni who register for the convention will have an opportunity to stay on campus in the Andrew Hugine Suites, a new $42 million 755-bed student apartment-style housing complex. Reservations to stay in the facility should be directed to Mildred Johnson in University Housing at (803) 536-8560 or mjjohnson@scsu.edu.

On-site convention registration will begin on Thursday, July, 26, at 11 a.m. in The State Room and will continue throughout the weekend. The convention’s opening session begins at 2 p.m., followed by a series of workshops and a 6 p.m. reception at the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium. The evening’s activities conclude with the 8 p.m. “Show Stoppa” event at the Fine Arts Center.

On Friday, July 27, additional workshops will be held, followed by a 12 p.m. convention luncheon and a 4 p.m. town hall meeting, which is open to the community. At the event, SC State President Andrew Hugine Jr. will deliver his State of the University address.

Friday evening’s activities conclude with the “Bulldog Sip-N-Groove,” a music festival featuring SC State alumni, students and other South Carolina musicians. The festival, sponsored by the Orangeburg County Alumni Chapter, will begin at 8 p.m. at Buck Ridge (Tourville Lodge), a private resort and nature reserve located just outside Orangeburg.

On Saturday, July 28, a Life Member Luncheon will be held at 12:15 p.m., and at 2 p.m., alumni will have an opportunity to tour the campus to see new improvements and enhancements. The convention banquet will be held at 7 p.m. in the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.

The convention will conclude on Sunday, July 29, with an ecumenical breakfast on the campus.

SC State’s notable alumni include six college presidents; 113 athletes who have entered the ranks of professional sports, including three enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame – Harry Carson, David “Deacon” Jones and Marion Motley – and two first round Major League Baseball amateur draft picks – Gene Richards and Willie Mays Aikens; 1,997 minority officers for the U.S. Armed Forces, including 13 who have achieved the rank of General Officer; nine members of the South Carolina General Assembly; Sixth District Congressman Jim Clyburn, Majority Whip for the 110th Congress; and Judge Don Beatty, newly elected Justice on the Supreme Court of South Carolina.