Dr. Carl Pettis, interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, brought greetings on behalf of ASU President Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr. He explained to the room of excited students the value of a college degree.
“For success in the world today, a college degree is something you are going to have to have,” Pettis told students in the student center theater. “So exposure to college should start earlier rather than later.”
Pettis offered insights of his personal journey of self-discovery and educational attainment as an ASU student.
Pettis said at one point of his college life he contemplated quitting because of several challenges that he faced.
“You will have challenges in life. This is a family here at Alabama State. I had several people at ASU to help guide my steps. Sometimes I didn’t want them stepping on my feet but they needed to do so and that is the kind of things that ASU can do for you.”
The students’ eagerness to be part of this special day was highlighted as they celebrated that "Ole’ Bama State Spirit " by being led in several ASU chants, including “AS-AS-AS-AS-U!’
EDUCATION & SPORTS GO HAND-IN HAND
Delegates from ASU’s Athletic programs (football, track and field, men’s and women’s basketball and soccer) were part of ASU’s welcome wagon to the Birmingham students.
Their message to the students was resounding -- education and sports must go hand-in-hand and supplement one another.
“Education is as essential for sports, as sports is for education. Sport teaches you many valuable lessons, but paired with education, it gives you the edge to succeed in life,’ said men’s basketball coach Freddie Jackson.
TRUSTEE LUMZY SAID COLLEGE EXPOSURE IS KEY
Trustee Lumzy said that touring colleges is an integral part of preparing middle schoolers for the next step in their life.
The students also were introduced to ASU's dual-enrollment program, which allows high school juniors and seniors to take college courses at ASU while still in high school.
Lumzy offered words of encouragement to his college-bound hopefuls.