Rust alums raise funds for UNCF


Students at Rust College received assistance this month from alumni in Tupelo and Lee County. 

The Tupelo/Lee County United Alumni Club presented President Dr. David L. Beckley with a check for $16,500 in support of the United Negro College Fund. 

“We appreciate the Tupelo/Lee County UNCF continuing their effort to support the joint UNCF campaign of Mississippi,” said Beckley. “Because of that support, needy students are able to attend Rust, Tougaloo and the other 37 UNCF schools across the country. We are delighted they have bought into the concept.” 

Rust also received an additional $2,000 from the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in support of the Tupelo UNCF effort, bringing the total contribution to $18,500. The group recently concluded its 2006 campaign with its 16th UNCF Banquet held at the Summit Center in Tupelo. The theme for the banquet was “UNCF Colleges: An Oasis for Transformation and Empowerment.”   

Dr. Wesley McClure, president of Lane College in Jackson, Tenn., was the guest speaker. The Tupelo/Lee County UNCF dinner also included several musical selections from the renowned Rust College A’Cappella Choir. 

The Holly Springs/Marshall County UNCF Annual Banquet is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Shaw Cafeteria of the Brown Mass Communications Center on the Rust campus. Bev Johnson, WDIA personality, will be the guest speaker.   

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from the Rust Office of Public Relations, the Office of Alumni Affairs or from any Holly Springs/Marshall County UNCF committee member.