Armstrong’s Collegiate 100 Receives National Honor
(May 26, 2011) The 100 Black Men of Savannah's Collegiate 100 Chapter of Armstrong Atlantic State University received national honors as the runner-up Collegiate 100 Chapter of 2011 by the 100 Black Men of America. The award is based on the Collegiate 100's accomplishments in the areas of community service, academic excellence and serving as campus role models.
Armstrong's Collegiate 100 Chapter president, Kwame Phillips, and Immediate-Past President, Oluwayomi Adeyemo, will represent the chapter at the 25th National Conference of the 100 Black Men of America in San Francisco, Calif. on June 10, 2011, when they will receive the award, which includes a $1,500 grant. Their travel is made possible by the combined support of the Savannah 100, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Delta Airlines, and individual members of the Savannah 100.
In making the announcement, Lloyd A. Johnson, president of the 100 Black Men of Savannah, Inc., stated, “As the percentage of African-American male college graduates declines, these outstanding men have combined academic excellence with community service and contributed to the betterment of Savannah. They deserve our highest praise for the honor which they bring to themselves, the Savannah 100, Armstrong Atlantic State University – but particularly the city of Savannah as well.
A sampling of Armstrong's Collegiate 100's community service projects included:
• Freshmen 101: Helping freshmen adjust to college life and move into residence halls
• Promoting student alcohol awareness
• Breast cancer awareness event
• First annual Collegiate 100 Winter Ball: A Black Tie Affair
• Study Hall: Striving for academic excellence
• Donated dog food to Savannah Humane Society
• Scholarship awards
The Collegiate 100 also participated in Memorial Health's nonsmoking video, “Nip It In the Butt” which has been viewed by over 30,000 people nationwide.
Armstrong's Fernando Foster, network administrator in Information Technology Services and a member of the 100 Black Men of Savannah, serves as advisor to the Collegiate 100 Chapter of Armstrong and liaison with the Savannah 100.
“Receiving this recognition from the National Collegiate 100 is a huge honor because we are a very young chapter,” said Foster. “The recognition speaks to the caliber of the young men we have on campus. It is very difficult to achieve both academic excellence and be devoted to community service at the same time, but our young men have achieved this, and I am proud to be associated with them.”
Armstrong's chapter of Collegiate 100 has 16 active members. The organization's core mission is to provide mentoring to young African-Americans in the region, maintain academic excellence in the classroom and support the region through community service projects. Like its parent body, the 100 Black Men of Savannah, the Armstrong chapter concentrates its efforts to provide mentorship, health and wellness awareness, academic excellence and economic empowerment. Wayne Johnson, Armstrong associate professor of engineering, serves as academic adviser to the group.
“Dr. Johnson's support has been vital in helping these students develop a culture of academic excellence, pushing them to do their best and prioritizing their time so that academics come first,” said Foster.