SSUNAA Washington DC Chapter Members Participate in DC Area HBCU College Fair

OXON HILL, Md. — Members of the Savannah State University National Alumni Association Washington DC Chapter were on hand during the 2018 Alfred Street Baptist Church HBCU College Festival.

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Washington DC Chapter members among wreath laying crowds

ARLINGTON, Va. — For a second year, volunteers from the Savannah State University National Alumni Association Washington DC Chapter were among the more than 75,000 volunteers who braved the cold weather conditions and heavy traffic to lay more than 245,000 wreaths during the Wreaths Across America Day at Arlington National Cemetery this past Saturday.

Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization that also places wreaths at cemeteries across the country. The event has been going on for 26 years at Arlington National Cemetery and is designed to honor the men and women who’ve served in the U.S. armed forces. The tradition began when Maine wreath maker Morrill Worcester donated 5,000 wreaths to Arlington Cemetery. Donations from individuals and corporations have helped the wreath laying tradition continue.

SSUNAA Washington DC Chapter continues support for Wreaths Across America

WASHINGTON — For the second straight year, members of the Savannah State University National Alumni Association Washington, DC Chapter will participate in the Wreaths Across America program at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, December 17.

The chapter will be part of a larger group of capital-area alumni associations, corporate groups, and individual volunteers that aim to place 500,000 wreaths on veterans’ graves this year. Wreaths Across America’s mission — Remember, Honor, Teach — is carried out annually thorugh wreath laying ceremonies at veteran cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states, through ceremonies at sea, and at 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil. To learn more about Wreaths Across America locations near you or to donate to the program visit wreathsacrossamerica.org.

SSUNAA Washington DC Chapter celebrates 60th Anniversary

LARGO, Md. — SSU President Cheryl Davenport-Dozier, SSUNAA DC Chapter founders William Weston, Eloise Alston, and James O. Thomas, Jr., and SSUNAA DC Chapter President Zelmar Gordon pause for a group photo during the chapter’s 60th anniversary celebration banquet.

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 chapter also presented a special scholarship presentation to Cheryl Davenport-Dozier, the 13th president of Savannah State University.

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.

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Chapter set to host the Scholarship Dinner on April 7

WASHINGTON — The Savannah State University National Alumni Association Washington DC Chapter will host its annual Scholarship Dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 7 at the Trinidad Baptist Church in Northeast.

Proceeds from the dinner will go to the District of Columbia Alumni Chapter of Savannah State University National Alumni Association Scholarship Award which provides financial assistance to attend Savannah State University to deserving, graduating high school seniors and college students residing in the Metro-Washington, DC area. Continue reading “Chapter set to host the Scholarship Dinner on April 7”

Alumna Spotlight: Eloise Edwards Alston

By Willie Roberson
Member, SSUNAA Washington DC Chapter

WASHINGTON — Seldom does an official or group from Savannah State University come to the Washington, DC area without stopping by to talk with Eloise Alston. The retired civil service employee is well known for her numerous financial and personal contributions to the university including establishing the SSU Penny Fund which continues to provide funds for current student enrollments and registrations to help them stay in school. These days at the age of 96, the great-great grandmother is still well known throughout the association for her unique skills in planning and organizing activities to raise money for the university. Continue reading “Alumna Spotlight: Eloise Edwards Alston”

Alumna Spotlight: Local Alumna Pens Book to Help Support Busy and Overwhelmed Moms

HANOVER, Md. — Busy and overwhelmed moms can create focused and productive lives according to Tamara Robinson in her new book Live and Love Out Loud: 7 Tips to Transform Your Life from Busy and Overwhelmed to Focused and Productive.” Robinson says the book is designed to help busy moms rediscover their inner dreams, desires and goals and pursue them without guilt. In the book, she shares her life story and the actions she took to transform her own life, creating a more focused and productive life. Continue reading “Alumna Spotlight: Local Alumna Pens Book to Help Support Busy and Overwhelmed Moms”

Applications available for the SSUNAA DC Chapter 2017 Scholarship Program

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia Alumni Chapter of Savannah State University National Alumni Association Scholarship Award is provided annually to deserving, graduating high school seniors and college students residing in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, in need of financial assistance to attend Savannah State University. Continue reading “Applications available for the SSUNAA DC Chapter 2017 Scholarship Program”

SSUNAA Washington DC Chapter members participate in the National Wreaths Across America Day

ARLINGTON, Va. — Wreaths of remembrance placed by volunteers during the 2016 Wreaths Across America Event at Arlington National Cemetery.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Volunteers from the Savannah State University National Alumni Association Washington DC Chapter were among the more than 44,000 volunteers who turned out in the icy, cold and rainy weather conditions to help lay 245,000 wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery on December 17, during the Wreaths Across America remembrance event. Continue reading “SSUNAA Washington DC Chapter members participate in the National Wreaths Across America Day”

Chapter set to host annual Holiday Social

WASHINGTON — The Washington DC Chapter of the Savannah State University National Alumni Association will hold its annual Holiday Social on Saturday, December 10, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. This annual event serves as an opportunity to celebrate the season with friends, Savannah State alumni and students, and university supporters from the local community. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided. Continue reading “Chapter set to host annual Holiday Social”