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Alcorn gathers over 2500 participants for its High School and Community College Day 2013

Alcorn State, Miss. (September 16, 2013) – A record crowd of over 2,500 participants attended Alcorn State University High School and Community College Day 2013 on Saturday, September 14. High school students and their parents from all over the state of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee came to Alcorn to experience what the University has to offer to its perspective students.

The day began the students and their parents reviewing displays from each academic department, support services and Greek organizations. Administrators, faculty, staff and students were on hand to answer all questions concerning admission, scholarships, financial aid, academic programs, extracurricular activities and residential life.

The program continued with a general assembly presided by Admissions Director Katangelia Tenner. Dr. Carl Cunningham, Alcorn’s new vice president for Student Success and Enrollment Management greeted the audience, “On behalf of the “Alcorn Family”, its students, faculty, and staff, welcome to the historic campus of Alcorn State University, a premier land-grant institution and 2012 HBCU of the Year!” Following Dr. Cunningham’s greeting, Carmen Gibson, Miss Alcorn State University 2013-14, and Avery Ford, SGA President 2013-14 introduced the members of Alcorn’s Student Government Association. The entertainment was provided by DJ T-Money, Alcorn State University cheerleaders, Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite drumline, Greek organizations, and Alcorn students and employees. Participants also toured the campus and attended the Braves vs. Mississippi Valley football game.

“This is definitely a successful event. There are numerous students here experiencing all things Alcorn. We have received positive comments from the students and their families,” stated Katangelia Tenner. “We are also elated that our alumni took an active part in the event bringing students to Alcorn and sharing about their great experiences here.”

Adrienne J. Allen ’99 ’02, high school teacher from Memphis, Tennessee, and president of the Memphis Alumni Chapter, brought with her 50 students from Memphis high schools to experience “all things purple and gold”. She shared, “Alcorn has been so good to me, it gave me an opportunity to earn two degrees and become a successful professional. Today, I brought my students here because I want them to experience all the great things Alcorn has to offer. Three of them already told me they plan to study at Alcorn.” Harrell Neal ’81 from Clinton, Mississippi, brought his daughter Maia to his alma mater to continue the family tradition. “I really look forward to coming to Alcorn,” said Maia. “I want to major in elementary education here and join the choir.”

Shennelle Robinson of Murrah High School in Jackson, Mississippi, has her future mapped out for her. She fell in love with Alcorn when she came here with her school’s band last year. “I really liked the University and have decided to join Alcorn’s biology program after I graduate. Also, Alcorn’s band is awesome and, hopefully, I can become a part of it.”

Franklin County High School juniors Marquize Cain and James O’Quinn are serious about the process of choosing their future college. They came to Alcorn from Meadville, Mississippi, with their school to see what Alcorn has to offer and compare it to other colleges they have visited. “So far, Alcorn is the best one I’ve seen,” stated Cain. O’Quinn agreed with him and added, “I spoke with Advanced Technologies Department here as I am interested in engineering. I am really looking forward to the football game. I love football, I am a part of the football team at my school.”

For next preview day or additional enrollment information, contact the Office of Admissions at 601.877.6147 or 1.800.222.6790.

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Alcorn State University is a premier comprehensive land-grant university that develops diverse students into globally competitive leaders, and applies scientific research through collaborative partnerships that benefit the surrounding communities, state, nation, and world.