SC State Alumni Break Record in Reunion Giving

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – SC State University alumni announced they have raised over $1.2 million, their highest reported collective contribution since 2014. Alumni were awarded for their contributions during the Alumni Weekend Honors and Awards Banquet in May.

Brig. Gen. Twanda YoungAwards were given to each class that raised $5,000 or more. The classes of 1959, 1969 1974 and 1979 exceeded their financial goals. The largest contribution, over $700,000, was raised by the class of 1959.

Retired Lt. Col. David R. Doctor received the Lewis A. Berry Alumni Philanthropy Award, which is awarded to a graduate who gives the largest individual gift during the previous fiscal year. Doctor was inducted into the Thomas E. Miller Society in 2018 for giving at least $100,000 to the university.

The funds donated during Alumni Weekend will substantially support university efforts, such as the advancement of the Department of University Computing and Information Technology Services, previously endowed scholarships and the Marching 101 Band. Funds will also benefit the Department of Athletics’ Lift a Bulldog initiative, which provides summer funds for the football team and the R.I.S.E. initiative, which will provide fuel nutrition stations for athletes.

“I feel that this event is important because it keeps alumni connected and engaged with the university,” said Iva Gardner, director of Annual Fund and Alumni Relations. It is also a time for giving back and when alumni stay connected and engaged, they come and relive their time on campus together. They just have a good time celebrating with each other and giving support to SC State.”

The SC State National Alumni Association (SCSUNAA) gave special recognition to alumni for their accomplishments. The Alumnus of the Year Award was given to Angela Katrina Fairwell from the class of 1995. Young Alumnus of the Year was awarded to Shawn Marcia Blake from the class of 2008 and Frances Massey Harley, from the classes of 1973 and 1975, was crowned Queen.

Two major generals and one brigadier general from the Class of 1969 returned for their 50th-year reunion. They are Brig. Gen. Julius J. Lawton, Maj. Gen. George F. Bowman and Maj. Gen. Clifford L. Stanley.

The class of 1954 was recognized as the eldest class to participate, celebrating their 65th-year reunion. The classes of 1964, 1975, 1984, 1989 and 1994 also donated and attended the reunion./p>

“SCSU Bulldogs are some of the most loyal sons and daughters and generous people anywhere,” said John J. Funny, president of SCSUNAA. “Because of them, we’re reaching new levels of fundraising success and engagement. Their giving helps raise South Carolina State University’s profile and supports our university’s many accomplishments. Together, we are making exciting progress, and we are thankful for every member of our donor community.”

Alumni Weekend is held annually during the same weekend as Commencement and includes various events for alumni, friends and supporters of the university.