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Class of 1976 Chapter 2019-2020 Scholars Selected

Congratulations to:


Aaliyah Buckholts                                       $1,500

Emmanuella Martin                                   $1,500

Briana  Byrne                                                $1,000

Taneya  Heath                                               $1,000

5  Chapter Members Obtain SSUNAA Life Membership Status


Congratulations to:


Bernard D. Adams, James Brown,  Mary Allen Mack, Dr. Barbara Cornelius Thomas, and Marsha Brown Twiggs).

Chapter President Charles Young leads 2019 GYF Memorial Scholarship Weekend! (See Community Service)

Classmate Donnie L. Cochran Receives 2019 Regents' Hall of Fame Award!

Evans James Participates in 2019 SSUNAA Southern Region Conference

Our 2019-2020 Chapter Queen:

Dr. Luthenya Conyers Wright










We are Honored!

SSUNAA Chapter of the Year 2019-2020

Evans James, Alumnus of the Year!

A Job Well Done!

Interim President Dr. Kimberly Ballard-Washington,  Awardee Evans James, and SSUNAA President Clyde Newton

The Scott-West Family of the Year

Interim President Ballard-Washington, Awardee Pat West, and President Newton


Our upcoming March 21, 2020 fundraising event has been cancelled to comply with state and local restrictions due to COVID-19!

Be safe and prayerful during this challenging pandemic.

Moving forward:

Scholarship Competition  Deadline: March 31, 2020

Class of '76 Chapter Awards $5,000 in Scholarships

L to R President Ballard-Washington, Briana Byrne, Taneya Heath, Emmanuella Martin, and Scholarship  Chair Evans James come together at the Scholarship Recognition Program of the SSU foundation on August 24, 2019. 

When the Fall 2019-2020 academic year kicked off,  four undergraduate students benefited  from a significant boost to fund their education at Savannah State University.  They were recognized by the SSU Foundation in a ceremony on Saturday, August 24, 2019. Below is a brief profile of each recipient. Aaliyah Buckholts and Emmanuella Martin are repeat awardees  with a $500 bonus because they met or exceeded their 2018-2019 GPA's. 

Aaliyah Buckholts  of Riverdale, GA is a senior Mathematics Education major with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

She holds many hats, including that  of the Miss SSU elect to be crowned at Homecoming 2019 and a Board of Regents Honoree.  She is the daughter of Mrs. Alyssa Zachery. For more on this outstanding scholar, please see this story from

Emmanuella Martin is a continuing freshman making strides in forensic science. She comes to us from Dublin, GA and maintains a 4.0

   GPA in the Honors Program. She is the daughter of Mrs. Yalonda Martin.

In her application essay Emmanuella writes, "I will continue to strive to turn my dreams into reality, my goals into achievements, and my passions to keep burning."

Briana Byrne is an incoming freshman to SSU from Antiqua, West Indies with aspirations of specializing in forensic genetics. Although she is active in the International Students Association and the Student Government Association (SGA), she is a Class of '76 scholar with a 3.71 GPA. She is the daughter of Mrs. Wanda Byrne. In her application, Briana writes, " I am growing as an 
individual thanks to some of the organizations and programs at the university." 

Taneya Heath of Augusta, GA is the final awardee for the academic year as a continuing freshman biology major. With a 3.4 GPA, she is the daughter of Mr. Tony Carl Heath, Jr.

She is an active member of the Freshmen Academy and maintains listing on the Honor Roll.

Congratulations to all and best wishes for a successful Tiger year!

Scholarship Committee:

Classmates Evans James, chair, Audrey Conyers Rhodes, Charles Young, Mary Allen Mack, and Prof. Pat West

Current Officers

President-- Charles Young

Vice President--Evans James 

Secretary-- Audrey C. Rhodes

Corresponding Secretary-- Patricia Ann West

Treasurer-- Willie Roberson

Financial Secretary--Mary Allen Mack

Chaplain-- Rev. Thomas Williams

2019 Queen Mary Mack

Donnie Cochran Inducted in Georgia's Alumni Hall of Fame 

Regent Don L. Waters with Donnie Cochran
(Photo credit USG Foundation)

The outstanding achievements of retired Commander Donnie L. Cochran, Class of 1976, were recognized by the University System of Georgia on Feb. 8 during a black-tie gala at the St. Regis Atlanta.

According to the USG website, the purpose of the award is to "recognize distinguished alumni and friends for outstanding achievements in their professional lives, personal integrity and stature, and dedicated service to a University System of Georgia institution."

View the video salute presented during the gala and also available online. Congratulations, Donnie! We appreciate all you do for our chapter and our Alma mater, Savannah State University.

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