Local VSU alumni celebrate 100 years

Published 9:44 pm Friday, April 25, 2014

The Tidewater Alumni Chapter of Virginia State University will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a luncheon Saturday at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

Proceeds from the event help the chapter give scholarships, said Tanya Knight, a chapter member.

The chapter was formed in 1976 by consolidating several local alumni chapters in the area, some of which had existed as early as 1914, making this the new chapter’s 100th birthday even thought it is officially somewhat younger.

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Suffolk businessman LaTroy Brinkley, owner of Serendipity Hair Salon, will be among the VSU alumni honored at the event.

Brinkley obtained his bachelor’s degree from VSU in 2000, majoring in political science. He continued on to Hampton University’s Master of Business Administration program and also attended New Horizons Career and Technical Education Center in Hampton to become a licensed cosmetologist.

These days, he is a master stylist at Serendipity, is part of the Influence Circle for Soft Sheen Carson/L’Oreal and serves on the city’s Substance Abuse and Youth Council as well as the Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee. He is a member of First Baptist Church South Hill in Chesapeake and has one daughter.

Today’s event will be hosted by Regina Mobley, a WVEC anchor. Nicolette Miller, the First Lady of Virginia State University, will be the keynote speaker. The theme is “The Legacy Continues.”