Friday, August 23, 2013

Wildcat Dreams, Vol. 1 No. 2

Guyanese Delegation visits FVSU

A special, international delegation recently traveled to Peach County to learn about Fort Valley State University and support its new president, Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith. The Guyana Association of Georgia, Inc. visit the university’s campus on Saturday, Aug. 18 to learn about the university’s academic programs, their facilities and fundraising initiatives during a daylong visit.

Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith  with Dr. Cheryl Dozier, president of Savannah State University, and Dr. Emmet Dennis, the president of the University of Liberia, at a luncheon in Atlanta on August 13, 2013 to welcome Dr. Dennis and discuss the possible expansion of the University Consortium for Liberia.  

President Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith and First Lady Francille Griffith (second, from right) attend services at Central Union Baptist Church. The president and first lady are pictured with church's pastor, the reverend K. Daniel Dawsey, and his wife, Elaine.

Research project aims to increase food security in Belize

Nuts growing from trees in the tropical climate of Central America may soon leave the Caribbean breeze on a journey to Fort Valley State University’s research labs for a unique study. FVSU’s research scientists will analyze the nuts in a project that aims to increase food security and assist with economic development in Belize.  Dr. Nirmal Joshee, FVSU associate professor of plant biotechnology, and Dr. Bharat Singh, director of the FVSU Office of International Agriculture and Development, are collaborating with Leslia Lee, a North Carolina farmer who works for a prospective non-government organization in Belize on the Maya Nut Project. The Maya Nut Project is a study of the Maya Nut Tree, a potentially threatened tree species found in Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Thus far, the plant is used as a food source among natives and as fodder for animals just to name a few. Lee said she wants to investigate the nutritional and medicinal properties of the tree, determine the endangered status of the tree and develop conservation plans.  Read more at:


Workshop shows proper techniques, opportunities in aquaculture

Currently, domestic aquaculture production meets five percent of seafood needs in the U.S. according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That total could change as more farmers and individuals turn to aquaculture.  Georgia residents looking for assistance with aquaculture projects can contact Fort Valley State University’s Cooperative Extension Program which houses the Georgia Center for Aquaculture Development (GCAD). Dr. Pat Duncan, director of the center, hosts several workshops during the year, including the “Introduction to Small Scale Recirculating Aquaculture Systems” workshop July 18.  Read more at:

Warrior re-elected as Georgia Association of Educators
Student Program president
A Fort Valley State University student earned a major leadership position with Georgia’s leading organization for educators. FVSU middle grades education senior Tiffany Warrior was recently elected, for a second term, to serve as president of Georgia Association of Educators' student program and on its GAE Board of Directors.  Warrior was re-elected during GAE’s Professional Development Student Conference.  Warrior and her fellow officers coordinated the event with the assistance of Michael Sears, the Student Program Advisor.  Read more at:

FVSU picked to finish second in SIAC Eastern Division

At the 2013 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Football Kickoff Luncheon on Aug. 6, the Fort Valley State University Wildcats were picked to finish second behind Albany State in the SIAC Eastern Division by the SIAC Football Coaches. Both the preseason all-conference picks and predicted order of finish were announced in Atlanta, Ga. at the Holiday Inn Perimeter. The Wildcats finished the 2012 season with an 8-4 overall record and a 6-2 SIAC record. The team captured a first-place finish in the SIAC East. They lost to Tuskegee University in the SIAC Championship Game and their first-round Division II playoff game to Lenoir-Rhyne University.  Read more at:

FVSU student gets scholarship from U.S. Congressman
Congrats to Fort Valley State University student Aaron Coleman. The rising senior will receive a little help from a U.S. Congressman to pay his way on campus. Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., and his wife, Afredia, have awarded Coleman a scholarship that will cover his college tuition. The Wildcat scholar, who is majoring in political science, is earning an overall 3.76 GPA. The Stockbridge native is the only student from Henry County receiving a scholarship from the Scotts. He is a graduate of Stockbridge High School, which has been traditionally active in the congressman's scholarship program. Earlier this year, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation selected Coleman for its Emerging Leaders Internship Program. In the spring, the 20-year-old flew out to Washington, D.C. to complete a internship program. Coleman is only the second Fort Valley State student selected for the CBCF’s ELIP: the first was his mentor and close friend, alum Glorie Chiza, who completed his internship in 2012.