Former SSU Booster President Dies
Vivian Mitchell Brannen, a longtime member of the Savannah State University Community Booster Club, died on July 3, 2021 at Hospice Savannah. She was 72.
Brannen held an office in the booster club from 2012 until her death. She served two terms as president and before that was the organization’s treasurer. At the time of her death, she was chair of the Sunshine Committee.
Charles Young, a member of the Savannah State University Foundation, said that Brannen became a member of the SSU Foundation when she was elected president of the booster club.
“While serving as a Board Director, she was appointed to serve on the SSU Foundation Athletics Committee, where she co-directed, under the leadership of then Athletics Committee Chair, Dr. William T. Simmons, the SSUF’s efforts to increase the number of season ticket sales and the implementation of a new summer school funding initiative for SSU athletes,” stated Young. He went on to add “Ms. Brannen was inducted into the SSU Foundation Hall of Fame in August 2016, for her exemplary service in Athletics. We are grateful for her generous support and service to Savannah State University Foundation, Inc.”
A Savannah native, Brannen was also active in the community as well as her church. In her early years, she was a member of the Unique Dolls Socio Civic Club and served with the Savannah Inner City Night Shelter as the chairman of the board.
As a longtime member of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, she was involved in many ministries such as Sunday School, choir, Stewardess Board, Women Missionary Society, Trustee, Young People Department Director and financial secretary.
A 1967 alumnae of Johnson High School, Brannen also attended Albert Merrill Computer Programming School as well as Savannah State where she studied accounting. She was a long time SSU employee where she worked as a payroll coordinator. Brannen worked at Savannah State for nearly three decades. After retiring from SSU, she spent five years working as a bus monitor from the Savannah Chatham County Public School System.
During her funeral services, which took place on July 10 at St. James AME Church, Melvin Ashley, James Green and Yvonne Pryor all gave expressions of how they remembered Brannen. Rev. Anthony Scott gave the eulogy. Interment was at Hillcrest Abbey East.
Savannah State Places Two On MEAC All-Time Softball Team
Savannah State had two former standouts named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference All- Time Women’s Softball Team which was announced by the conference on June 28 in celebration of its 50th anniversary.
The team is presented by The Home Depot and comprised of 50 outstanding student-athletes throughout the conference’s history.
Representing SSU on the team is Amber Hallman and Torrian Wright.
Hallman was the 2012 MEAC Rookie of the Year. She also was a twotime First Team selection in 2012 and 2015.
During the 2012 season, Hallman led SSU in batting (.397), runs (37), hits (60), home runs (7), RBI (33) and slugging percentage (.583). She also had five doubles and one triple.
Georgia native topped Savannah State in hits with 49 in 2015 and was second on the team in runs (39), doubles (8), home runs (13), RBI (46) and slugging percentage (.821) while batting .419.
Wright was the 2013 MEAC Rookie of the Year. She was also named MEAC Player of the Year three times in 2014, 2015 and 2016 in addition to earning All-MEAC First Team honors in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The McDonough, Georgia native led SSU in batting, slugging percentage and walks all four years.
As a freshman, Wright led the team in batting (.384), hits (53), home runs (16), slugging percentage (.797), walks (24) and RBI (51). She was second on the team in runs (37) and third in doubles (9). During the 2014 season she led Savannah State in batting (.346), home runs (13), RBI (41), slugging percentage (.757) and walks (35) and was second on the team in runs (31).
In her junior season, Wright was third on the team in runs (43) but led the Lady Tigers in batting (.566), runs (43), home runs (17), RBI (50), slugging percentage (1.22) and walks (56). As a senior she led SSU in batting (.434), slugging percentage (.771) and walks (55) while being second on the team in home runs (6) and third in doubles (10).
Wright led the MEAC in batting her first three seasons, led the conference in walks as a sophomore, junior and senior and had the top slugging percentage her sophomore and junior seasons. Also as a junior, she led the league in batting and RBI..
More than 3,000 total votes were cast, with fans, media representatives, institution sports information contacts and others taking part.
To be considered on the ballot, student-athletes must have been named to the All-MEAC First Team, MEAC Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year or Pitcher of the Year, holder of any MEAC single-season record or inducted into the MEAC Hall of Fame.