Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
members attend conference; win coveted spirit stick
Miss. – Three Mississippi University for Women students
and their sponsor recently attended the Association of
Student Advancement Programs District 3 Conference in
Orlando, where they won the coveted spirit stick award.
SAA President Rachel Kent
of Southaven and members Valerie Morgan of Hattiesburg
and Calli Turner of Siloam Springs, Ark., won the award
at the daily role call for their enthusiastic
performance of “Old Maid’s Gate.” This was the first
time MUW won the spirit stick at a district conference.
37 schools participated in the conference held at the
University of Central Florida in March.
District 3 ASAP members
include colleges and universities from the Southeast
region of the United States. The four-day conference is
held annually at one of the member institutions.
provide an opportunity for student alumni groups to come
together and share information about their programs
including things that have worked well and those that
have not. All schools and students benefit from
gathering new ideas to promote school spirit, student
involvement and alumni-student networking.
alumni relations secretary and SAA sponsor, also
attended the conference in Orlando. Newell has served as
the sponsor for more than 20 years.
founded in 1978 to serve as a liaison between alumni and
students. There are currently 35 members. Annual events
include Freshman Serenade, Senior Convocation,
Homecoming, graduation and the Student Happy Gift bag
Fundraiser. SAA also helps with various alumni chapter
events and scholarship days with admissions.
ASAP is an
alliance of student organizations formed under the
Council for Advancement and Support of Education, a
professional organization for advancement professionals
in the alumni relations, communications and development
fields. ASAP member organizations are provided with
resources and networking opportunities as well as