Posted: Saturday, March 6, 2021. 10:48 pm CST.
By Ruben Morales Iglesias, Belize City: Albany State University (ASU) has high words of for Candice Pitts on her appointment as Belize ambassador to the Republic of China (Taiwan).
The Albany Herald published a story today in which it says ASU is proud of its alumni that are making a difference all over the world and that Belizean Candice Pitts (’04) is one of them. The Herald said Pitts, who is a Belizean educator, politician and diplomat, graduated from ASU (summa cum laude) with a bachelor of arts degree in English,
“Serving as an ambassador is a high honor,” ASU President Marion Fedrick said in an ASU news release. “I am confident Dr. Pitts will excel in this responsibility. I am incredibly proud she chose Albany State University as an international student. What a privilege it is to know that ASU is where she built the educational foundation that prepared her for this incredible journey.”
The Albany Herald quoted Ambassador Pitts reportedly saying: “ASU was the first academic institution I attended in the USA. I was 18 years old and studying abroad for the first time in my life. ASU had a number of international students. One became my college best friend, Ayana from Guyana. I met students from all over the world. At ASU, there were teachers and students who looked like me and with whom I shared cultural commonalities. They were very welcoming and supportive. ASU became my other home and my teachers and fellow students, my other family.”
In response, her friend and also ASU alumna Ayana Drake Campbell (’03) spoke highly of Pitts, according to the Albany Herald: “In our over 20 years of friendship, Dr. Candice Pitts has matured into an outstanding individual that we all admire,” Campbell said. “She exemplifies what we would like future generations to depict. From a child who sold johnnycakes on the streets of Belize to the completion of her doctorate and much more is just the tip of the iceberg.”
The Herald goes on to say that Pitts went to ASU on a basketball scholarship from Belize and that “During her time at ASU, she served as president of the International Student Association; was Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society queen; ASU newspaper club, assistant editor, and was always on the dean’s list.”
The Herald said ASU head women’s basketball coach Robert Skinner remembered Pitts as a very intelligent, disciplined, and professional. Skinnier said to the Herald: “Candice transferred her classroom skills, where she maintained a very high grade-point average, to the basketball court, where she was very dedicated and unselfish as a student-athlete. I really remember her contagious smile each day she came to practice. I wish her the best with her new career.
Pitts friend Campbell added: “Her greatest achievements stemmed from concepts she brought to ASU and still practices today.”
The Albany Herald said that after graduated from ASU, Pitts “earned an M.A. from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from Howard University. She is a 2013-2014 Preparing Future Faculty Fellow, Department of English at James Madison University. Pitts is an award-winning literary scholar with work published in several scholarly journals. She is an often-requested presenter at conferences and conventions across the globe, including the Women in Foreign Affairs forum held at the United States White House.”
The Albany Herald closes its story quoting the Belize Ambassador to the Republic of China (Taiwan) Candice Pitts: “Believe in yourself; set grand goals. The only real obstacle between you and success is your willingness to set grand goals and your preparedness to work hard to realize them.”
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