Alcorn salutes 19 retirees at luncheon

After years of service to Alcorn State University, some of the University’s most dedicated employees were saluted for their transition into retirement.

Alcorn faculty, staff and students assembled to celebrate 19 retirees at the 2015 Annual Retirees Luncheon Monday, June 1 in the Dr. Clinton Bristow Jr. Dining Facility, Gold Room. The collective years of service among the retirees spanned nearly 380 years. The retirees received a gift at the end of the program.

President of the staff senate at Alcorn, Donna Hayden, congratulated the retirees on their latest milestone.

“You all have been a great inspiration to us all and we will like to follow in your footsteps one day,” said Hayden. “We all are happy to have worked with you and hope to continue our relationship after your retirement. Thank you all and we will miss you.”

Vice President of Institutional Advancement Marcus Ward, who also serves as Executive Director for the ASU Foundation, Inc., thanked the retirees for their dedication to Alcorn and the advancement of its students.

“This is a time to reflect and a time to renew,” said Ward. “You have given Alcorn a lot of your time and we are grateful. You have also given your treasure through your donations to the Alcorn foundation. We are thankful for your support that has allowed a number of students to matriculate here at Alcorn. Your support has made an incredible difference.”

Alcorn President Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr. echoed the sentiments of the other speakers.

“Your commitment and dedication to Alcorn should be applauded,” said Rankins. “We thank you all for a job well done.”

After listening to the applauds and encouraging words of their peers, the retirees mingled and talked about their new life after years of hard work. Ella Anderson, who has worked in Alcorn’s School of Business for 48 and a half years, expressed her love for the University.

“I love Alcorn,” said Anderson. “I love what I have done for the students. I also enjoyed traveling around the country to compete against other schools in different capacities.”

Isiah Starks, who has worked in Facilities Management at Alcorn for 22 years, plans to continue to persuade students to attend Alcorn while traveling.

“I’ve enjoyed my time working for Alcorn,” said Starks. “I feel good about retiring. After I retire, I plan to travel with my wife and contribute to the University by encouraging students to attend.”

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