‘Off The Record Day Party’ Welcome Home ASU Alums

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By Hazel Scott/ASU

Alumni in town for Alabama State University’s Homecoming Week stopped by The J. Garrick Hardy Student Center Amphitheatre on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, to party liked they did when they were on the yard during a Welcome Back “Off the Record Day Party.”

Hosted by the Bama State Society, the ticketed experience was one of ASU’s Homecoming Week’s premier events.

The  “Off the Record Day Party,” which is Alabama State University's Official Alumni Homecoming Welcome Day Party, is a lively experience celebrating all that’s wonderful about calling The Alabama State University home, and the ways alums bring the feeling of home wherever they go.

“The Society’s goal is to throw an experience as a way to welcome our alumni back home in conjunction with the University. We want the alums to … rekindle their flame for the University while engaging in a fun atmosphere with other alums,” said Dr. Travis C. Smith (2012), one of 10 founding members of the Bama State Society, a group of young alums that are passionate about the University who are looking to connect alums back to the University.  

“Off the Record” featured fun, food, laughter and shared memories. Noted DJ 7Tre livened up the party playing live on the ones and twos with some of yesteryears and today’s hottest soundtracks.

Fashion, pride and style were front and center at the event. Guests could be spotted clapping their hands, tapping their feet and dancing to the music while wearing fashionable day party chic.

Smith, a professor at the University of Florida and a former SGA president at ASU, noted guests were partying with a purpose -- all the proceeds from “Off the Record” will go directly to Alabama State University to support its initiatives.  

Although “Off the Record” was hosted by Bama State Society, it was executed by Elle and powered by the ASU Foundation.   

The in-person event observed the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and ASU’s Covid-19 guidelines, such as social distancing and wearing masks. A Covid-19 negative test or proof of vaccination were required to attend the Day Party.