Excitement Surrounds the Kickoff of ASU’s 2020 President’s Tour
ASU President Quinton T. Ross Jr. (left) and ASU Director of Admissions & Recruitment, Freddie Williams Jr., pose with Greene County High School scholarship winners.
By Hazel Scott
If there’s one word to describe the kickoff of the 2020 President’s Tour in Greene County, its excitement.
According to the Greene County High School counselor and ASU alumna, Tamika Pearce Thompson, the students and administrators were over-the-top excited that ASU President Quinton T. Ross Jr. brought the tour to their school.
“The tour coming to our school is important because these Black Belt students need to see the excitement and see what an outstanding HBCU looks like,” said Thompson. “So, Alabama State coming to our campus is a big to do.”
The annual tour, which is Feb. 5 and Feb. 24-March 7 this year, kicked off in Greene County, one of eight stops on the tour. In the next two weeks, the tour will share an up-close look at ASU in an effort to recruit some of the best and brightest students in towns and cities across the state of Alabama and into the state of Georgia.
“It’s a an excellent opportunity for prospective students that have an interest in becoming part of the Hornet family to get an intimate look into the University’s exceptional degree programs and engage in student life on campus,” said Ross.
When the bus rolled into Greene County High School in Eutaw, Ala. on Feb. 5, members of the tour were greeted with cheers, high-fives, fist bumps and handshakes. Greene County High School principal, students and teachers, as well as Greene County ASU alums and a member of the Greene County Board of Education were on hand to welcome the Hornet family.
During the program, ASU’s Visual & Performing Arts student gave a dance performance and the school’s principal and ASU alumnus, Willie Simmons, gave a musical presentation.
ASU continued its hallmark of giving scholarships to deserving students. Students attending the tour had a chance to qualify for scholarships and some were awarded on-the-spot scholarships.
Three Greene County High School students (Ashanti Harper, Lataraus Jones and Elouise Edwards) were surprised when they received their scholarships, and another student (Tyleshia Porter), whose grandmother is an ASU alumna, knew and already accepted her scholarship to attend the University in the fall.
Thompson, a die-hard ASU fan who “loves” the university, said for students who are trying to make a profound decision in attending a college, ASU is the answer.
“As a school counselor, it’s a thrill to give my students an opportunity to see firsthand what it means to be a Hornet,” Thompson said. “I recall when I was a student at Livingston High School, an ASU recruiter, Kamala Kennedy, came to our school and she talked about all the great things happening at ASU and then I had the opportunity to visit the ASU campus. After those two things, I knew I should be part of the Hornet Nation.”
Thompson, who has attended the ASU Classics since seventh grade, said she had several students to enroll at Alabama State University.
“One student became Miss Senior,” Thompson said. “In 2017, my top-performing students decided to attend ASU. One student in that class is at ASU now serving as a Golden Ambassador and we also have another student in theater. We have students doing wonderful things at ASU.”
Ross noted that the aim of the tour, whose theme is “Moving ASU Forward with Hornet Pride, is to tell ASU story, connect with students and parents from multiple high schools, host college fairs and alumni receptions and sign historic agreements with area community colleges.
“We are looking forward to welcoming all the individuals who are choosing to become Hornets and be part our Hornet family,” Ross said.
The next stop on the bus tour is Atlanta on Feb. 24. The last leg of the tour will end with a Hornet Extravaganza on March 7. For day-by-day updates, follow the tour on ASU Facebook page (alabamastateuniversity) or visit the University’s website at www.alasu.edu/asu-presidents-tour-2020