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Hopkins Named President of Clayton State Alumni Association
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Hopkins Named President of Clayton State Alumni Association

The Clayton State University Alumni Association Board of Directors has announced its new slate of officers for 2011-2013. For the upcoming term, the new officers will be: Ben Hopkins, president; Lanelle LaRue, vice-president; Sandra Hill, secretary; and Dina Swearngin, treasurer.


Hopkins is currently employed at Clayton State and serves as the operations coordinator for the Student Activities Center (SAC). He supervises the day-to-day operations of the SAC, supervising the game room, custodial, and student building manager operations, as well as acting as the liaison to the University’s Office of Facilities Management and to external contractors.


While a student at Clayton State he participated in several student organizations, serving as a student orientation leader, an ambassador, a reporter for the Bent Tree newspaper staff, a delegate with the Student Government Association, a member of Sigma Pi Fraternity and a member of the Clayton State Theatre program.  He also spent a term as an intern in the Office of University Relations.


Hopkins graduated in 2006 with a B.A. degree in Communication and Media Studies and is pursuing a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at Georgia Southern University.


Originally from Tenaha, Tex., he currently lives in Morrow, and enjoys do-it-yourself projects, technology and professional wrestling.


The vice president for the upcoming term will be no stranger to the Association Board. A charter member of the Board of Directors in 1991, LaRue served as president in from 1997 to 1999. She has also served as vice president and treasurer over the years. 


LaRue, who graduated from Clayton State in 1985 with a degree in Business Administration, lives in Lake City, Ga., and is retired from the Atlanta Airport Marriott in College Park, Ga.


Hill, who graduated in 2005 with a degree in Communication and Media Studies, will take over the secretary position for the next term. She works for IBM as a security analyst and her job entails researching and writing security vulnerabilities.


Originally from Atlanta, Hill and her daughter live in the Sandy Springs area. She loves sports and is an avid Chicago Bears football fan. She also enjoys U.S. History and African-American literature.


Another longtime member of the Board, Swearngin will take over the Treasurer role. She served as the Board’s president from 2005 to 2007 and also as the Board’s vice president and secretary in the past.


She currently works as a nursing professor at Clayton State in the University’s College of Health. Before employment at Clayton State, she worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at both DeKalb Medical Center in Decatur, Ga., and at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.


Swearngin holds three degrees from Clayton State, graduating in 1997 with a B.S. in Nursing after receiving her Associates in Nursing in 1993.  She completed her Masters in Nursing in 2009. She and her husband, Geoff, have two children and reside in Tyrone, Ga.


The Clayton State Alumni Association was founded in 1991 and has a dynamic alumni base of more than 17,000 graduates, most of who reside in the metropolitan Atlanta area. The Alumni Association is a non-profit organization, supporting the mission and traditions of Clayton State University.

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