Published on January 31st, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


DiPasalegne named Director of Events and Special Projects

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – Joslyn DiPasalegne was named the director of events and special projects for the Division of Institutional Advancement at SC State University. DiPasalegne is a public relations and special events professional whose experience encompasses sales, advertising, media relations, special events and marketing.

“I am thrilled to be at South Carolina State University. To be in a position to impact the future by helping to raise money for scholastic achievement is wonderful. And, to make an impact here is awesome and humbling,” stated DiPasalegne.

Among her responsibilities as the director of events and special programs, DiPasalegne will work closely with existing event committees and alumni chapters to assist in their event planning activities; establish a new call center to reach out to existing and potential donors and establish a new awards program to recognize supporters of the university.

Vice President of Institutional Advancement Sunya Young is delighted to have DiPasalegne as a member of the institutional advancement team.

“We are delighted to have Joslyn DiPasalegne join SC State University and the institutional advancement team. She brings a wealth of experience executing successful fundraising events and initiating programs designed to increase donor participation in the academic arena.”

DiPasalegne’s corporate experience has taken her from area sales manager for the FMC Corporation to national Yellow Pages sales manager with Ameritech Publishing.

DiPasalegne translated her success in the corporate world to the entrepreneurial environment of the Chicago Defender newspaper, a weekly African-American newspaper published in Chicago. DiPasalegne is the great niece of the founder, Robert Sengstacke Abbott. There she aided in the transition of the family-owned business into a news enterprise. She led the planning and execution of the events surrounding the Chicago Defender’s Centennial Celebration including the WTTW Chicago Public Media documentary, “Paper Trail: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender.” She also served as a member of the management team that plans and executes the world renowned Bud Billiken Parade.

DiPasalegne held the position of development officer and events coordinator for the Chicago Theological Seminary where she coordinated the inauguration of the 159-year-old institution’s 12th president. She also launched the Institute for the Study of Black Faith and Life as well as the Center for Jewish, Christian and Islamic Studies.

In addition to her professional endeavors, DiPasalegne serves the community through several organizations including: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Gamma Pi Sorority, Top Ladies of Distinction and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Ill.

DiPasalegne earned her Bachelor of Arts in communications from the National College of Education and has completed coursework towards a Master of Science in administration from Central Michigan University.

Founded in 1896 as a land grant institution with a mission of providing service to the citizens of the state, South Carolina State University has evolved from a small teachers’ college into a major University center of learning and research. Located in Orangeburg, S.C., with a student population of some 4,500, South Carolina State offers more than 50 different fields of study on the undergraduate and graduate levels. South Carolina State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools.



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