By Tommiea J. King
The Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc., (JSUNAA) and the New Orleans Metro Alumni Chapter will host the 8th Biennial Conference in New Orleans, June 2-5, 2011. The theme for the conference is, “Renewed Alumni: Preserving the Legacy, Embracing the Future.”
The purpose of the conference is to: 1) provide enlightening and engaging workshops, panel discussions, banquets and other activities for over 200 conference attendees from across the U.S.; 2) encourage stimulating conversation to obtain feedback on ways to strengthen and enhance Jackson State University; 3) transact the business of the JSU National Alumni Association; and 4) provide opportunities for fellowship and networking while fostering “esprit de corps” in a major tourist destination – New Orleans.
Highlights of the conference include a keynote address by CNN analyst Roland S. Martin, who is a national award-winning journalist and commentator for TV One Cable Network. Martin is host of “Washington Watch with Roland Martin” and was named one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
“The 8th Biennial Conference is going to be one of our best conferences ever,” said Terry Woodard, president of the JSU National Alumni Association. “The Steering Committee is coordinating a series of empowering sessions for younger and older alumni while including fun activities such as exercise, golfing, a tour of the city, a parade of the JSUNAA regions, and more. I’m looking forward to networking with Jackson State administrators, students, faculty, staff and alumni from all walks of life.”
The conference will also feature a panel discussion regarding the health of African Americans and a discussion regarding the future of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
“These issues will empower everyone to think more proactively regarding our health and encourage us to develop innovative strategies to strengthen our alma mater,” says Tarita Davis, conference co-chair.
The conference will include alumni business meetings, workshops, an awards banquet, a scholarship golf tournament, and a check presentation. Tickets are $125 for the golf tournament and $75 for the banquet, which features Martin of CNN. Early bird registration is $150 by March 31, 2011; late registration is $175 from April 16 until May 26. On-site registration is $225 after May 29. Interested persons may register online at http://www.jsunaa.com.
The 8th Biennial Conference offers various sponsorship levels and souvenir booklet advertising opportunities for the business community. For more information, or to serve as an event sponsor, contact Gwen Caples, JSU director of alumni and constituency relations at 601-979-6944.