Whataburger Helps Students with Resource Room!
ASU President, Dr. Quinton T. Ross. Jr., speaks at the grand opening of the ASU Student Resource Room in partnership with Whataburger (photo credit: David Campbell/ASU).
Grand Opening of ASU's Student Resource Room in Partnership with Whataburger
By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU
All of the speakers agreed that student success is what Alabama State University's "Student Resource Room in Partnership with Whataburger" is all about as several people addressed the fully-masked group of attendees at its grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony that took place on Sept. 1 in the huge foyer of ASU's Patterson Hall, which is just outside of the room's location.
The gala event began with a news conference with remarks given by ASU President, Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr. He was joined by a myriad of guests, including Board of Trustee members Judge Tiffany McCord and Delbert Madison; Whataburger executives; and ASU staff and faculty, which included the organizer of the Resource Room, Dr. Denise Davis-Maye, chair of the ASU Social Work Department.
"We educate and provide the wings and the wind for our students to fly, and this ASU Student Resource Room in Partnership with Whataburger, will contribute to our student's success," Davis-Maye said with a voice filled with emotion. "This has been a labor of love for many of us working closely with Whataburger and others. We all had lots of hard work to accomplish, and we pulled everything together to see the Student Resource Room open today."
ABOUT THE STUDENT RESOURCE ROOM
The Student Resource Room is located inside Patterson Hall in room 104 with ancillary rooms supporting its operation. The overall purpose of it is to provide enhanced student access to perishable and nonperishable foodstuffs, and also offer other items that benefit student health and life, explained President Ross.
"I am excited about today and our pushing forward for student success as we open this new Student Resource Room through the help of Whataburger and with the guidance of Dr. Davis-Maye. We have been proud to provide a food pantry for our students for the past few years; yet, this new Student Resource Room takes that effort to another level,” said Ross. “This room will be specifically dedicated to providing food, toiletry items, cleaning supplies and other resources to those students who find themselves in need of those items. We appreciate the partnership with Whataburger and other community partners in making this resource available to ASU students.”
WHATABURGER MOTIVATED TO HELP STUDENTS FIGHT FOOD INSECURITY
"Whataburger is proud to partner with Alabama State University to provide enhanced access to food products and toiletries through the opening of the Alabama State University Student Resource Room powered by Whataburger," Cox said. "With the help of partners like the Montgomery Area Food Bank, students will have year-round access to nutritious food options at no cost to them."
Cox said that the enhanced Student Resource Room is made possible by Whataburger’s three-year commitment of support as part of the Whataburger Feeding Student Success program to help students succeed on their college journey.
The Alabama State University Resource Room powered by Whataburger is the first of its Resource Rooms to open in Alabama and its third to open in the nation.