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ASU Kicks Off 2012 President’s Tour in Selma and Gadsden

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Author: Timothy C. Ervin

Release Date: Apr 16, 2012

ASU President William H. Harris and his team of traveling ambassadors hit the road this weekend to share the University’s story of transformation with high school students and their communities.

Alabama State University completed the first leg of its third annual “It’s a Great Time President’s Tour” with stops in Selma and Gadsden, Ala., on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15.

Alumni, high school students, community members and friends welcomed ASU’s traveling band of representatives with open arms.

Judge Marvin Wiggins, an ASU Board of Trustees member and alumnus, said he was delighted that the University kicked off the tour in Selma, which is 31 miles from ASU’s birthplace in Marion.

“It’s always exciting to return to the region where ASU was born,” Wiggins said. “So, it’s very important that ASU comes to the Black Belt because often our students don’t get to see the real impact of where ASU has come from to where it is today.”

At each stop, supporters attended a reception, where they met with ASU President Harris and representatives from the University’s various colleges and learned about the diverse academic programs and degrees available at ASU. Attendees also viewed a new video about ASU’s Vision 2020 Transformation Plan, which detailed current and future changes taking place on the campus.

Other University officials joining Harris on the tour included Danielle M. Kennedy, vice president of University Relations; Cherise Peters, associate provost and vice president for Enrollment Management; and Freddie Williams, director of Admissions and Recruitment. The group presented scholarships to 13 high school students over the weekend.

Cadedra Williams, a senior from Greensboro High School, was thrilled to receive an academic scholarship.  She said she plans to major in biology and one day enter the medical field.

“It feels so good to receive this scholarship,” Williams said. “I was surprised; I didn’t know I was going to get it.”

Dr. Ronald D. Peoples, president of ASU’s Dallas / Selma Alumni Chapter, said he hopes the Tour entices alumni to reengage with their respective chapters.

“This Tour does help tell the community that ASU is alive and well in Selma, and we hope the Tour will encourage alumni to join the chapter,” Peoples said. “We realize that alumni support the University in many other ways, but we also encourage them to become active members of their local chapters.”

John Jacobs, president of the Gadsden Alumni Chapter, shared similar sentiments. He said it means a lot for the community of Gadsden to be a part of the Tour. 
“Bringing the Tour to Gadsden means ASU is concerned about our chapter and helping it grow,” Jacobs said. “We certainly need this boost. And with President Harris being here, it certainly gives a boost to our alumni and students.”

The “It’s a Great Time President’s Tour” continues on Monday in Mobile and then travels to Birmingham, Atlanta and Columbus / Phenix City.

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