THE SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY ALUMNI CONFERENCE HITS HOUSTON!

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The 2014 Southern University National Alumni Conference is scheduled for July 9-13 in Houston, Texas. This year’s conference, “Links and Lineage – Continuing Our Legacy of Greatness,” commemorates the celebration of Southern University and A&M College’s 100 Years on the Bluff.

Hundreds of SU alumni, known as Southernites, are expected to arrive from across the globe to reconnect, reminisce, and renew the time-honored tradition of a great University and to recommit to strengthening its future.

The Houston Chapter of the Southern University Alumni Federation is excited to host the five-day conference that will be headquartered at the Westin Galleria Hotel on West Alabama Street.

The alumni conference kicks off with a casual Welcome Reception for alums, at the Westin Galleria, featuring the flavor of Houston. Alumni will be wearing their favorite SU attire for an evening of fun and friends!
The Opening Session will feature the conference charge and appearances from fellow HBCUs –Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M University. The Life Members Luncheon follows where the accomplishments and milestones of alumni will be recognized. This year’s luncheon is a special one as we rename this signature conference event in honor of longtime alumni director, Donald C. Wade.

The State of the University Luncheon is a highlight event of the biennial conference where University leadership may discuss key issues facing the University with its stakeholders. This session is a comprehensive look at the entire Southern University System and adds an opportunity to meet with System and campus leaders.

The National Alumni Conference also offers two days of workshops to further strengthen alumni chapters throughout the country as well as professional development for individuals. This year’s workshops include: Nation Building, Engaging Diverse Alumni, Special Events Planning, Student Recruitment, Licensing and Branding, Career Development, and Fundraising.

While the days of the conference are filled with working sessions, the evenings are more relaxed with the introduction of the Jazz Soiree’ & Art Exhibit on Thursday. This event showcases beautiful and historic pieces normally housed in the Southern University Museum of Art, and the sounds of jazz music performed by the SU student ensemble and alumni musicians.
The Friday night entertainment will be led by the Houston Chapter as they host the Battle of the DJs. This event promises to be memorable as DJ’s from four decades will have alums remembering their time at Southern University through song and dance. Headlining DJs are alums DJ Cruz, DJ Nick T, DJ Al, and DJ Marquis.

Saturday morning, the Houston Chapter will host a Golf Tournament beginning at 8 a.m. for golf enthusiasts. The Coaches’ Corner, highlighting Southern University Athletic Programs will begin at 9 a.m. with SU coaches who will display their respective championship trophies. Also, SU student leaders will host recent high school grads and seniors from the Houston area during the “SU Day in Houston,” recruitment event in the Galleria Ballroom from 10 a.m. – noon.

The conference culminates with the Blue and Gold Gala complete with dinner, awards, recognitions, surprise guests, and entertainment featuring the reuniting of the Scott Gertner Band and music by alum, DJ Keith Bynam.

The conference closes on Sunday with a Worship Service at The Fort Bend Church pastored by SU alumnus, the Reverend Byron Stevenson.

Sponsorship packages are available for the entire conference or event specific sponsorships. Packages include opportunities for signage, presentations, workshops, conference amenities, and exposure at other annual Alumni events.

For more information, contact the
Southern University Office of Alumni Affairs at 225-771-4200 or visit us online at www.SUALUMNI.org.