Friday, October 18, 2013

Wildcat Dreams, Vol. 1, No. 6

Friday, October 18, 2013 • Vol. 1, No.6

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. 


The Hon. Kenny Davis Anthony, prime minister of Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia's Prime Minister will be FVSU commencement speaker

The second-in-command of the Caribbean’s eighth-largest economy will deliver sage wisdom and leadership advice to Fort Valley State University’s latest graduating class. On 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, The Hon. Kenny Davis Anthony, prime minister of Saint Lucia, will be the keynote speaker during the 2013 Fall Commencement in the Health and Physical Education Complex. During the ceremony, the dignitary will also receive an honorary degree from FVSU.

University president, Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, says he is looking forward to the visit from this top government official.

Grand opening of the Stallworth Biotechnology Addition

 Fort Valley State University President, Dr. Ivelaw L. Griffith, and the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology cordially invite you to the grand opening of the Stallworth Biotechnology Addition and the groundbreaking ceremony for the Family and Child Development Center.

Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to 11a.m.

Fort Valley State University
1005 State University drive
Fort Valley, GA 31030

Across the street from Wildcat Stadium at
The Houston Stallworth Agricultural Research Building.

Visit or
to learn more about activities planned for Homecoming 2013.
Tuesday, Oct. 22
11 a.m.
Homecoming Convocation
John W. Davison Lecture Series
w/ Dr. Cardinal Warde, MIT Professor
Topic: "The State of STEM in the Black World"
Pettigrew Center • Free and Open to the Public

Thursday, Oct. 24
9 a.m.
Parade of Nations
Historic Quadrangle

Darryl Turner, 1984 Wildcat alum

FVSU Alumni Spotlight: Darryl Turner 

Located in the international city, Warner Robins, is one of the state’s largest employers: Robins Air Force Base. At this facility, a Fort Valley State University alum is leading one of the base’s more instrumental programs in support of our nation’s defense. This month, Darryl Turner, a 1984 Wildcat graduate is our featured spotlight alumnus. Turner is currently the lead contracting official for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) program.

 Bishop Martha Edwards

FVSU Women’s Center Kicks off Speakers Series

At Fort Valley State University, an upcoming series will give students a unique opportunity to learn the secrets and strategies in becoming sophisticated women of purpose. The university’s Women’s Center is launching its Fall 2013 Versatile Woman Speakers Series. The inaugural keynoter for the Versatile Woman series is Bishop Martha Edwards. She will speak to students on campus at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 in the C. W. Pettigrew Center.

President Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith introduces two-time Super Bowl Champion Tyrone Poole.

President Griffith and Super Bowl Champion speaks to students

 Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, president of Fort Valley State University, held his first presidential address before the student body to motivate and encourage students to become successful leaders and alums. To piggy back off his encouraging words, Dr. Griffith brought in Fort Valley State alum, Tyrone Poole, a two-time Super Bowl Champion and College All American football player.

Students gather to commemorate domestic violence victims on Fort Valley State University's campus.

FVSU students take a stand against domestic violence

Alpha Beta Chapter of Fort Valley State University hosted a domestic violence forum called “Take Back the Night, Shatter the Silence,” on Oct. 8 in the Student Amenities Building to promote its social justice and human rights initiatives. The event encouraged students and the community to stand up against domestic violence and shatter the silence. The chapter collaborated with Hodac (Houston Drug and Action Council) and the FVSU Peer Educators group to ensure the message reached its target audience.

Peach County High School

FVSU to start School of the Month award

Next month, Fort Valley State University is spotlighting phenomenal high schools that have proven instrumental in the continued growth of the campus. Starting in November, the university will award its first School of the Month honor. Peach County High School in Fort Valley, Ga. will be the initial award recipient. The high school campus will be highlighted on university’s homepage, with a link to its homepage. for an entire month.

According to Sha-Ron Jones, FVSU’s director of admissions and recruitment, the town and gown relationship remains an important one for the university. He says that the school wanted to show its appreciation of the hard work of high school counselors, teachers and administrators who play a major part in recruitment for FVSU’s campus.

“This is an opportunity to recognize high schools who have produced many enrolled students at FVSU in recent years,” said Jones.

Lady Wildcats fight to block a goal.

FVSU Lady Wildcats Fall to Columbus State 0-3

The Fort Valley State University Lady Wildcats volleyball team went down in defeat 0-3 (10-25, 15-25, 16-25) to Columbus State University at Lumpkin Center on Tuesday, October 9, 2013 before a crowd of 150.

FVSU overall record is 5-20 and 5-6 in the SIAC, while Columbus State improves to 11-6.

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