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One ASU Alumni Roundup Tour Makes Stop in Marion

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Author: Timothy C. Ervin

Release Date: Jun 21, 2017

ASU representatives visited the University’s birthplace, celebrating the University’s 150th anniversary as part of the One ASU Alumni Roundup Tour.


Excitement was in the air Wednesday, June 21, as Alabama State University Interim President Leon C. Wilson and a team of faculty, staff and recruitment advisers arrived in Marion, Ala., for “A Day with ASU.”

The trip to Marion was the first of several stops, on the One ASU Alumni Roundup Tour, designed to spread the word about the many great things happening at ASU.

During the stop in Marion, a crowd of alumni, friends and high school scholars got a chance to take a closer look at ASU.

Marion, the original birthplace of ASU in 1867, is always a major stop when it comes to recruiting students. Several students from the area currently attend the university. This One ASU visit had special significance because ASU is celebrating its sesquicentennial.

“This is our 150th year of existence and in this very spot is where it all started with nine brave people who decided that they were going to start an educational institution,” Wilson said. “We are so happy we can come back here and celebrate our anniversary with those who live here and who are the legacy of this institution.”

Zillah M. Fluker, vice president for Institutional Advancement said it is always a great opportunity to “come back home.”

“What we try to emphasize on visits like this is we definitely like to celebrate our alumni. We definitely like to spend time with you and talk about the great things and experiences we all have at ASU; but what is most important to us is where we are going and continuing on this journey of changing lives,” Fluker said.

Marion Joins the NAA

Just 150 years after the birth of ASU, the alumni in the Marion / Perry County area announced today that a Marion Alumni chapter has been formed. Albert Nelson Sr., an ASU alumnus, said he was always asked why the birthplace of ASU did not have an alumni chapter, so he decided to change that.

“We reached out to ASU alumni here in this area and then reached out to ASU and followed the process to form the chapter,” Nelson said. “ASU is a great institution and a lot of the students in our area will benefit from their recruiting efforts here in Marion.”

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