Claflin University alumni internationally will assemble in Columbia April 4-7 for the 39th Annual Claflin University International Alumni Association (CUIAA) Convention.
Kevin Marsh, chairman and CEO of SCANA Corporation, will deliver the opening keynote address at the annual Corporate, Community and Friends Breakfast on Friday, April 5 at 8 a.m. The breakfast is a forum to show gratitude for corporate and individuals donors who contributed over the past year.
Marsh has been with SCANA since 1984, serving in a variety of high level positions with the energy company that has more than one million customers in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.
The convention has long been a key event serving as a venue in which alumni and friends can reconnect with former classmates; and the University can cultivate relationships with alumni to collaborate with them on how to most effectively work together to advance the mission of Claflin University.
The University also takes this opportunity to recognize the achievements of Claflin graduates and former students who have made notable contributions to the world and to their alma mater. Currently, nearly 500 alumni work and reside in the Columbia area.
Such notables can be seen in the fact that an impressive 43 percent of Claflin’s alumni contributed to the Orangeburg, S.C. institution last year. This achievement has gained national attention for Claflin as the U.S. News & World Report has recognized Claflin for having the highest annual alumni giving rate among all Historically Black Colleges or Universities in the nation.
CUIAA President Liz Zimmerman Keitt, ’70, expects the upcoming convention to be instrumental in strengthening relationships among Claflinites and fortifying the already strong ties between alumni and the University. “This convention will certainly elevate excitement through team building activities, workshop sessions and an exciting line-up of entertainment events and activities,” said Keitt.
From the fun of the Orange & Maroon Dinner/Dance to hearing the harmony of the University Concert Choir, alumni who attend can expect a weekend of school pride and fellowship.
“As we prepare for the convention I am filled with promise – a promise of the things that are yet to be accomplished,” said Charles Gary, ’70, president of the Columbia Alumni Chapter. “We have a charge to keep in helping Claflin University realize her destiny of becoming a premier teaching and research university.”
The theme for this year’s Convention is “A Capital Vision of Excellence.” It is being hosted by the Columbia Alumni Chapter of the CUIAA. The host hotel is the Embassy Suites Columbia-Greystone, located at 200 Stoneridge Drive.
On Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m., a four man captain’s choice golf tournament will be held at Linrick Golf Course. For more information on the tournament, contact Mr. Gary by phone at (803) 318-0109 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for the Convention is $160, which includes a souvenir booklet, a ticket to the Presidential Luncheon and Orange & Maroon Ball and an ID badge. For more information on the Convention or media requests, please contact Allen Jackson, director of alumni relations/annual fund, by phone at (843) 543-3789.
Schedule of Events
Thursday, April 4
1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Four Man Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament, Linrick Golf Course, 356 Camp Ground Rd.
5:00 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting
Friday, April 5
8 a.m. Corporate, Community and Friends Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Convention Opening
9:45 a.m. – 6 p.m. Business Session, Workshops and Tours
8:30 p.m. Panther Mixer
Saturday, April 6
9 a.m. Memorial Service
10:15 a.m. Business Session
12:30 p.m. Presidential Luncheon
2:45 p.m. Group Picture, Vote for CUIAA Officers
8:30 p.m. Orange & Maroon Dinner/Dance
Sunday, April 7
8:30 a.m. Farewell Ecumenical Service