Claflin University alumni from around the world will assemble in Augusta, Georgia April 12-15 for the 38th Annual Claflin University International Alumni Association (CUIAA) Convention.
A staggering 45 percent of Claflin University’s alumni contributed to the Orangeburg, S.C. institution last year – which is the highest alumni giving rate among all Historically Black Colleges or Universities in the nation. The University has more than 200 alumni from the CRSA who continue to support Claflin.
CUIAA President Liz Zimmerman Keitt expects the forthcoming convention to elevate that excitement through team building activities, workshop sessions and a menu of entertainment options.
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.
“We always look forward to the Claflin University International Alumni Association Convention every year,” said Col. Willie L. Frazier, ’75 president of the CRSA alumni chapter and an Augusta native. “It is a fantastic opportunity for alumni across generations to reconnect and forge a path forward for supporting our beloved institution.”
Shirley Canty, ’72, the mother of star NFL player Chris Canty from the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, will deliver the keynote address to open the Convention. She is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church who worked as counselor for at-risk youth.
The theme for this year’s Convention is “Claflin’s Visionaries Mastering the Future.” It is being sponsored by the Central Savannah Area Alumni Chapter of the CUIAA. The host hotel is the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center, located at 2 Tenth St. in Augusta.
On Thursday morning, a golf tournament to benefit the Coach Don A. Brock Scholarship Fund will be held at The Rivers Golf Club in North Augusta. Brock is a 1966 graduate of the University. His former players at the Academy of Richland County High School in Augusta where so positively influenced through his coaching that a group of them started the scholarship fund in 2010 to benefit basketball players at their alma mater.
Registration for the Convention is $170, which includes a souvenir booklet, a ticket to the Presidential Luncheon and Orange & Maroon Dinner/Dance and an ID badge. For more information on the Convention or media requests, please contact Marcus Burgess, director of alumni relations/annual fund, by phone at (843) 389-5144.
Schedule of Events
Thursday, April 12
1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Coach D.A. Brock Scholarship Golf Tournament, The Rivers Golf Club, 307 Riverside Blvd, North Augusta
6:30 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting
Friday, April 13
8 a.m. Corporate, Community and Friends Breakfast
9 a.m. Convention Opening
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Business Session and Workshops
8 p.m. A White Attire Party
Saturday, April 14
9 a.m. Memorial Service
10:15 a.m. Business Session
12:30 p.m. Presidential Luncheon
2:30 p.m. Group Picture, Vote for CUIAA Officers
7 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting
8:30 p.m. Orange & Maroon Dinner/Dance
Sunday, April 15
8:30 a.m. Farewell Ecumenical Service