Friday, September 20, 2013

Wildcat Dreams, Vol.1 No. 4

Friday, September 20, 2013 • Vol. 1, No. 4

Wildcat Dreams is Fort Valley State University President Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith’s biweekly e-newsletter. As an additional resource to stay connected to FVSU, Wildcat Dreams highlights various campus activities and updates about new initiatives and programs. Readers are encouraged to share the newsletter with friends and family. We welcome your feedback. Please send comments to Thank you and happy reading!

Read more news on the FVSU Review. 


Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Odessa Hardison McNair

Dr. Odessa Hardison McNair is a living legend on the campus of Fort Valley State University. Every time a special occasion–like Founders Day—takes place, students, faculty and staff members sing the university's alma mater, which is written, in part, by McNair.  This month, the university is honoring McNair as one of its featured alums.

FVSU professor and biology students conduct research at Department of Energy lab

This summer, a Fort Valley State University professor and two biology scholars took a road trip to conduct scientific research at one of America’s top governmental laboratories. Dr. Devin Horton, an assistant professor of biology; Miguel Thomas, a biology senior, and De’Marcus Wolfork, a recent FVSU graduate, conducted research at U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, located on Iowa State University’s campus.

Issa Rae speaks to FVSU students at first JWDLS of the semester

This week, Fort Valley State University’s John W. Davison Lecture Series kicked off with an actress and producer of a popular, award-winning comedic series on the web. Issa Rae, star of “MisAdventures of Awkward Black Girl,” spoke to students about the launch of the show, the politics of hair, and her childhood experiences on Sept. 18 in the C. W. Pettigrew Center. The actress recently inked a deal to write her own comedy series with HBO, where she will star in the lead role.

FVSU Wildcat Battalion enters to Pettigrew Center Auditorium to present colors

Community first responders --Terry Deese, Peach County sheriff (left); Lawrence Spurgeon, Fort Valley Public Safety director (center); Campus Safety Chief Ken Morgan (center right) and Rahman Grimes, FVSU Officer and Ret. U.S. Military (far right) --  hold hands to chest as a FVSU student sings national anthem.

President Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith presents speaker Ret. Major General Charles M. Hood with an award for his appearance.

Dr. Ed Hill, College of Education dean; Terry W. Deese, Peach County Sheriff; Lawrence Spurgeon, Fort Valley Public Safety director; First Lady Francille Griffith; FVSU President Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, Lauren Mitchell; Miss FVSU 2013-2014; Marlon Griffin, Mr. FVSU 2013-2014; and Rahman Grimes, FVSU officer and U.S. Military, retired.

FVSU honors Sept. 11 victims and unveils its new USA Square

Last week, Fort Valley State University and local Peach County first responders marked the 12th anniversary of a terrorist attack that claimed 3,000 victims and forever changed America. The university honored first emergency responders, service personnel and terrorist attack victims during the 9/11 Observance Day on Sept. 11. During the occasion, the university also unveiled the future location for its U.S.A. Square.

Animal science professors assist sheep industry with educational webinar

 A recent webinar conducted by Fort Valley State University animal science professors may help sheep farmers and producers sustain and expand North American wool and lamb industries. On Aug. 27, Dr. Thomas Terrill, an FVSU assistant professor of animal science, and Dr. Will Getz, professor and retired extension specialist, conducted a webinar entitled, “A New Approach to Parasite Management in Sheep.”

Participants of the recent AGMUS Research Symposium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, pose for a photo. (From L-R): Dr. Sarwan Dhir, professor and director of FVSU’s Center for Biotechnology, (middle) Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, president of Fort Valley State University, and Dr. Juan F. Arratia, director of the Universidad Metropolitana’s Model Institutions for Excellence program (standing on the far right) at the Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Plant Science-Biotechnology Undergraduates Win Awards at Research Symposium in Puerto Rico         

Two Plant Science-Biotechnology major seniors’ undergraduates recently won awards for their poster presentations at the AGMUS 2013 Research Symposium, hosted by Ana G. Mendez University System, in San Juan-Puerto Rico, September 13-15, 2013.

Jamil Basket won first place in the Environmental Science category for his poster presentation titled “Epifluorescence Microscopy of Temporal Interactions of Enterobacter cloacae and Onion Bulbs (Allium cepa L.)”. He conducted his research under the guidance of Dr. Brenda Schroeder at Washington State University, Pullman in the Department of Pathology.

Derrick Smith ((Research and academic Mentor/Advisor: Dr. Max Feldman and Dr. Dhir) research also won top 1st place in the Biology category for his poster presentation titled “Identifying Relationships of Soil Characteristics and Genotypes of Natural Seteria viridis Populations”, he conducted his research at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO.

Twelve students presented at the conference along with more than 350 other undergraduate and graduates from twenty-two institutions throughout the country. Undergraduate student poster presenters and graduate student oral presenters are recognized for their outstanding research presentations. Recognitions are determined based on scores provided by mentor-judges and the collective recommendations of all judges within each sub-discipline.

Click here to see images from FVSU's inaugural Celebration of Scholarship Day, held Friday, September 20, 2013. More news to come on the FVSU Review!

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