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Southern University Alumni Conference underway in Baton Rouge - Friday, July 01, 2011
The 2011 Southern University National Alumni Conference continues through July 10 in Baton Rouge. This year's conference, "Bringing it Back to the Bluff," marks the return of the annual meeting to Baton Rouge, for the first time in 16 years.
 
"I am excited that hundreds of SU alumni, known as Southernites, are expected to arrive from across the globe to reconnect, reminisce, and renew the time-honored tradition of a great university and to recommit to strengthening its future," said Dennis S. Brown, national president of the Southern University Alumni Federation.
 
The conference is headquarted at the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel in downtown with some events happening on the SU campus. 
 
'The University community is looking forward to the conference and the opportunity to have alums returning home. The planning committee has worked hard to plan a meaningful and enjoyable experience," added Robyn Merrick, SU System director of Alumni Affairs. 
 
On Friday, July 8 the East Baton Rouge and Home chapters of the SU alumni host, Red Stick Rocks, a fusion of the generations with live entertainment by Fuel Ent and DJ Incredible at The Lyceum on 124 Third Street at 7 p.m. Admission is $20 at the door.
 
On Saturday, July 9, the 8 a.m. Golf Outing: Jags on the Green offers a hometown outing for golf enthusiasts. The Coaches Corner, at 9 a.m. in the F.G. Clark Activity Center, is an alumni conference first that gives participants a chance to hear from all of the Jaguar athletic coaches in one setting as well as an athletics overview of Southern University at New Orleans, and a sneak preview of this year’s Bayou
Classic and Atlanta Football Classic followed by a tour of the A.W. Mumford Field House. The session includes a special video presentation on the life of A.W. Mumford.  The cost for this event is $35 per person. 
 
Following the Coaches Corner session is a campus tailgate at A.W. Mumford Stadium Parking Lot at noon. RVs, trailers, trucks, and tents for a summer version of a Jaguar tailgate are welcome. The campus activities continue with SU Open House from 1-4 p.m. 
 
The Summer Soireé Closing Gala begins at 7 p.m. at the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel. This semi-formal gala culminates the conference with dinner and dancing, awards, recognitions and surprise guests and entertainment.  The cost for this event is $75 per person and $750 for a table of ten.
 
The conference closes on Sunday, July 10 after worship at the Mount Zion First Baptist Church on East Boulevard at 11 a.m. followed by brunch at D'Jon's at 5255 Florida Boulevard.
 
Conference organizers say hotel reservations at a group rate can be made by calling 1.800.266.2692 the group code is SU Alumni. 
 
For more information, contact the Southern University Office of Alumni Affairs at 225-771-4200 or visit us online at www.sualumni.org.