Alcorn State University and the City of Natchez have been closely connected for many years. The University operates its nursing school and MBA program in the historic city, many ASU students and employees reside in Natchez, and many graduates find internship and employment opportunities in the city and Adams County. Alcorn State University recognized its continued partnership with the City of Natchez and is committed to strengthen ties with the city by ho sting Natchez Day on its main campus on November 4, 2010.
Members of the Natchez community including representatives of the Mayor’s office, Chamber of Commerce, Business and Civic League, Miss-Lou Regionalism, Adams County Board of Supervisors, Co-Lin College, Cultural Heritage Tourism, school superintendants, ministers, leaders of private schools, and heads of agencies along with Alcorn administrators, faculty, staff and students filled the Gold Room of the Clinton Bristow Jr. Dining Facility. The program included a welcome by ASU Interim President Norris Allen Edney, presentations by the deans of Alcorn’s five schools, director of Admissions, athletic director, vice presidents, associate vice president for facilities management, special assistant to the president for off-campus development and president of the Natchez Alumni Chapter.
“It was Dr. Edney’s idea to bring the leaders from Natchez to take a tour of the main campus and see what we have,” shared Ruth Nichols, special assistant to the president for off-campus development. “We also plan to hold a similar event for Vicksburg in the near future.”
“This event was designed to bring together the city of Natchez and Alcorn State University, and utilize the resources that both partners have,” stated Dr. Edney. “We are anticipating this great relationship to expand.”
“We really enjoyed the event,” shared Donnie Holloway, Natchez city clerk. “It was very informative to tour the main campus and see all the changes and renovations going on at the University, and learn about the classes that are being offered here.”
“There is a need for growing the relationship between Natchez and Alcorn State University that will make both partners prosperous,” says Darrell S. White, director for cultural heritage tourism and the Natchez Museum of African-American Culture. “I thoroughly enjoyed Natchez Day and look forward to reinforcing relationships in the years to come.”
The event concluded with Dr. Edney presenting resolutions in recognition of the committed partnership between Alcorn State University and its Natchez partners and the deep commitment and service of both to the City of Natchez.
ASU Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Brandon Robinson, Fine Arts Department, performed at the event.