We have come far, but we have far to go. Together we can set new priorities for the coming years. We, as Alcornites, must join hands as partners in working toward a thriving university. We must stand and speak for what is true — true to ourselves, true to our God, true to our alma mater, and true to our fellow man.
Each of US can make a positive difference for Alcorn, but there are even greater differences that only we as a group can make. Truly, “Alcornites must pull together because together we got more pull.” “We the people” gives a message that is much more powerful than “I the person.”
“Alumni support is built on the conviction that being good is not enough…on the certain knowledge that legislative money is a foundation on which to build not a cushion on which to rest.”
If Alcorn has not succeeded in persuading its alumni to give after four years of experience on its campus, after having been subjected to the whole educational program of the institution, it has failed in its mission. If Alcorn trains its students to “get” but fails to train them to “give”, it really has no good reason for existence.
It must be the hallmark of the alumni that they are “giving” people. As Alcornites that applies to everything about you — your vocational service, your family life, your church activity, and your community relations. Giving should be evidenced also in your relationship to your alma mater, Alcorn. It is in teaching people to give — of themselves, their efforts, their devotion, and their means — that universities like Alcorn really have their mission.