Alumni News and Events – Shorter University

2020 Little Black Dress Ta

Support Student Scholarships by attending
the 4th Annual Little Black Dress Tea
hosted by First Lady Mrs. Teresa Dowless

Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 2 p.m. 

Price Learning Center, Shorter University

Register Today!


Alumni Board Invests in Student Scholarships

Alumni board members present check to Dr. Dowless

The Shorter University Alumni Association Board wants to do its part in helping students move forward into a promising future. Representing the alumni board, Shorter graduates Darrell Black and Rick Hunt presented a $25,000 check to Shorter President Dr. Don Dowless during Saturday’s Homecoming football game. The gift is part of the university’s SU Forward initiative and will fund student scholarships. “As we look forward to celebrating our 150th anniversary in 2023, we are encouraging our alumni and friends to increase their support for the university and our students,” Dr. Dowless said. “We are grateful for the lead gift our Alumni Board has made and appreciate our alumni generously investing in our mission of Transforming Lives through Christ. This gift will positively impact students for generations to come.” The Alumni Association annually awards three scholarships. The Carol Williams Kirby Alumni Scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated service to Shorter. The Alumni Leadership Scholarship is presented to students who demonstrate leadership qualities. The Dr. Wayne W. Dempsey Memorial Alumni Legacy Scholarship is awarded to students who have a parent or sibling who holds a degree from Shorter.


Saluting Our 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Dr. Scott Shepherd (left) and Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipient Freddie Hart (right) were presented awards by Shorter University President Dr. Don Dowless (left center) and Alumni Association Board President Darrell Black (right center). Also pictured are Alumni Board member Rick Hunt and Abbey Jacks, Shorter’s Director of Alumni and Community Engagement. Not pictured is Distinguished Alumni Service Award recipient Sheri Hamiter Ransome, who was unable to attend. Read more about these outstanding graduates.


Congratulations to 1996 Shorter graduate Lt. Col. Scott H. Starr on being promoted to be Commander of the 205th Military Intelligence Battalion!

The Cleveland, Tenn., native played baseball at Shorter. He is married to Jennifer Bojo Starr, also a 1996 graduate of Shorter, and they have four children.

According to its Facebook page, the 205th Military Intelligence Battalion conducts continuous multi-disciplined intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations in order to enable supported commanders with timely, predictive and actionable intelligence and mitigate foreign intelligence collection in the PACOM AOR.

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Let’s Connect

Shorter University is excited to connect with alumni in fun and creative ways. If you’d like to host or help arrange an event in your area, contact Abbey Jacks, Director of Alumni & Community Engagement, at 706-292-3905 or