The board of directors of the Reading and Speech Communication Institute of Savannah, Inc., presented Savannah State University (SSU) with a $2,500 check on Nov. 12, 2012, to support the university’s mass communications department.
The institute board recently decided to disband the non-profit organization and chose to donate its remaining funds to Savannah State. Four of the seven board members made the check presentation at Hill Hall on the SSU campus: founding president and 1960 alumna Jacquelyn Stephens, Ph.D.; former education professor Stephen Agyekum, Ph.D.; 1977 alumna Patricia
M. Anderson; and 1972 alumna Elizabeth C. Fields.
“Thank you for your dedicated service and the commitment each of you has made,” said SSU Pres. Cheryl Dozier, who accepted the check alongside Charles Elmore, Ph.D., interim chairman of the Department of Mass Communications and professor emeritus. “Mass communications is a valuable degree program and this contribution will help to ensure students in the department leave the university with their degree in hand.”
The mass communications program at SSU is one of only two programs in Georgia accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). Students choose from concentrations in print journalism, radio and television and public relations and advertising.
Established in 1890, Savannah State University is the oldest public historically black college or university in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah. The university’s 4,600 students select majors from 25 undergraduate and five graduate programs in the School of Teacher Education and three colleges: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology.