Alcornites for Change: Forward Ever; Backwards Never

Members of the ASU Chicago Chapter (Dr. Grady C. Jordan, President, is 3rd from right and Mary L. Smith, Vice President, is 2nd from right)

JANS – The Alcorn State University Family extends thanks to Dr. Grady Jordan, president, Chicago Alumni Chapter; Bernice Wayne Maxwell, conference chairperson, and all the members of the Chicago Alumni Chapter for hosting the 34th Annual Mid-Winter Conference in Oak Brook, Illinois, February 24-27, 2011. The conference was a huge success!Several Alcorn graduates facilitated exciting and informative workshops aimed at strengthening the various alumni chapters. A variation of topics were discussed, including strategies for marketing alumni chapters, tips for recruiting students to ASU, fundraising and obtaining a 501 (c)(3), developing a web presence, and photography. The facilitators were Anthony Neal ‘91, Cynthia Bell ‘93, Taunya Smith ‘93, LaKeisha Myers ‘06, and Robert Lee ‘90. The general business session included the adoption of the ASU National Alumni Association’s By-Laws and Constitution; a presentation from Stephen L. McDaniel, CFRE, and Clara Ross-Stamps of the Development and Marketing team at Alcorn State University; a presentation by Samuel Washington ‘89 on alumni association re-organization; and the necrology program.Alcornites had the opportunity to converse with the 18th President, M. Christopher Brown, II, during the Dialogue with the President session. After his impressive remarks Alcornites left with the assurance that we now have the “right fit” for Alcorn. Dr. Montrell Greene ‘96, CEO of Empowerment 360, a Mississippi-based consulting company that specializes in professional development and motivational services, was the keynote speaker at the Gala Banquet. Dr. Greene gave an entertaining and enlightening presentation that encouraged the alumni to “Get on Fire for Alcorn State University.” Following his presentation, Calvin R. Rhodes ‘35 did just what Dr. Greene asked. He gave a passionate speech that charged the alumni to financially support the University. As a response to Rhodes’ request, $3,989 was raised at the gala to support Alcorn State University. A grand total of $66,485 was donated to the Alcorn State University Foundation.