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ASU Breakfast Celebrates ‘CommUniversity”

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Author: Timothy C. Ervin

Release Date: Nov 21, 2017

“Celebrating CommUniversity” was the topic of discussion for several hundred Montgomery-area business leaders and community members who gathered to share breakfast and kick off the 2017 Turkey Day Classic.

Alabama State University held it’s Business and Community Breakfast at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel today as part of its annual Turkey Day Classic events. With emphasis on the connection between the University and community, the theme was “Celebrating CommUniversity.”

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange was excited about the activities being held during the 94th annual Turkey Day Classic.  He told the audience that it is always a great time to be a hornet!

“It is always a great time to be a hornet, but the time is now,” Strange said. “ASU is such an important ingredient to the fabric to our community. With Quinton Ross at the helm and the Board of Trustees that supports him; the administration and the students that are there, our best times are ahead of us.”

ASU President Quinton T. Ross celebrated two milestones at this morning’s breakfast - - today is his 50th day as president, and its 25 years since he first graduated from ASU in 1992. Ross spoke to the attendees and emphasized the strong community ties between Montgomery and ASU.

“Today is the business and community breakfast because we want to honor and recognize you. We appreciate the support that you give to Alabama State University; but today we’re calling it “CommUniversity” because it takes this community to help hold this university together, and we want you to understand that you play an interoperable part in doing that here in the city of Montgomery in helping us be the beacon of light.” 

Ross said that community partnerships with ASU have existed since ASU moved to Montgomery, but said they need to be renewed.

“The time is now because there is so much work to be done,” Ross said. “It is no secret of the economic impact that ASU has in the city of Montgomery. It is no secret of the economic impact that it has for the state of Alabama. It’s a crown jewel here in the city of Montgomery, but it takes all of us to make sure that it maintains its shine in the world. And I stand here as president committed to do that. We’re open for business. The buzz is back at Alabama State University.”

Dwayne Farrior, a strong supporter of ASU and owner of Dwayne Farrior/Farmers Insurance, thought the breakfast was empowering and said it was great to see the bond between ASU and the community being renewed and reenergized.

“The breakfast was awesome and I really loved the phrase CommUniversity,” Farrior said.  “There is definitely a bond there between ASU and the River Region as a whole. It seems like the president has taken his vitamins and is ready to go.” 

Tolya Morton, an ASU alumna (’03), said she was fired up after Ross’s speech and is ready to go to work.

“Today’s breakfast was very inspiring,” Morton said. “It was great to hear Dr. Ross speak and really motivate us to get involved with ASU. I am so excited to see him in this position and the things he will bring to the University.” 

For Miss ASU 2017-18, Sha’Diamond Mayfield, the breakfast was an opportunity to thank the community for supporting ASU.

“It is because of you that I get to stand up here, not just as Miss ASU, but as a student,” Mayfield said.  “It is because of the alumni, faculty, staff and the donors -- especially the donors. I just want to encourage each one of you to continue to be a service to ASU anyway you can, whether it’s just being a friend, empowering each other and remember to remain forever ASU.”

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