125th Anniversary Gala
A Night of Inspiration Starring Leslie Odom Jr.
Black Star

Winner of the Tony Award for
Best Actor in a Musical
for his role as Aaron Burr in Hamilton, 2016

Author of Failing Up: How To Take Risks, Aim Higher and Never Stop Learning

Leslie Odom Jr

Friday, October 4, 2019
6:00 p.m.
Michael J. Adanti Student Center
Grand Ballroom
Southern Connecticut State University

Dinner · Cocktails · Performance
Black Tie Optional


The event is sold out.


Sold out!

For questions, please contact Judite Vamvakides, Associate Vice President, Alumni and Donor Engagement.

Our Sponsors

Presenting "Visionary" Sponsor

Barnes & Noble

Platinum “Dream” Sponsor

SCSU Alumni Association

Gold "Hope" Sponsor

President Joe Bertolino and Dr. Bil Liepold
Mia’s Bridal Boutique
Archie Tracy
Black Student Union Alumni
Class of 1985
Class of 1987
Class of 1992
Class of 1997

Silver “Inspiration” Sponsor

Classic Turf Company
People’s United Bank
Raise the Bar
Yale New Haven Health

Bronze “ Empower” Sponsor

New Haven Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Borajkiewicz
Cornell Scott Health Center
Crosspoint Federal Credit Union
Dominic and Sue Rapini
Jodi Bove Hot Glass
Central Connecticut Coast YMCA
Connecticut Food Bank
M & T Bank
Patricia and Raymond Cormier
Kaoud Rugs
Michael & Barbara Schaffer and Family
Gateway Community College
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce

“Imagine” Sponsor

Yale University
McBride Carpet
Citizens Bank

All proceeds from this event benefit the SCSU Food Insecurity Fund, which will support the creation of a Campus Student Food Pantry and an Associated Social Service Referral Center.

While the 125th Anniversary Gala celebrates the culmination of our 125th year, it also solidifies the university's commitment to social justice by addressing food insecurity among our students. All proceeds will go to support the creation of a student food pantry on campus, and an associated social services referral center.

Woman with collected food

Nearly a third of SCSU students are classified as food insecure, but food insecurity among college students is also a national issue that’s been covered by publications such as the New York Times, The Atlantic, and NPR.

Our students are often forced to make the decision to forgo one or two meals a day in order to pay for other necessities. Several studies equate food insecurity with a greater likelihood of missing class and dropping a course altogether. College students who don’t have enough to eat are likely to have lower grade point averages, or to report higher rates of anxiety or depression than food secure students.

With your help, Southern's 125th Anniversary Gala can help support our students with the most basic of needs – hunger.


Official Website: Leslie Odom Jr.