Monday, November 11, 2013

Wildcat Dreams Vol. 1, No. 7

Friday, November 1, 2013 • Vol. 1, No.7

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!

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 Founding members of Fort Valley State University’s Global Initiatives Council: Hon. Consul of the Kingdom of Denmark Christopher N. Smith, FVSU President Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith and Judge Bryant Culpepper. 

FVSU holds UN Day to increase its international influence 

 Last week marked a new chapter for Fort Valley State University, an historic, 118-year-old university located near miles of beautiful peach, pecan and walnut orchards in Peach County. To expand its teaching and research mission, FVSU is expanding its push outside of the Southeastern region to attract a wider, international audience. To commemorate United Nations Day, the university hosted “Parade of Nations” on Thursday, Oct. 24. Honorary Consul of Denmark Christopher N. Smith served as the keynote speaker. On that occasion, the university unveiled the future home of its new Global Village, and the launch of its Global Initiatives Council.

Dr. Sarwan Dhir (right), professor of plant biotechnology and director of Fort Valley State University’s Center for Biotechnology, shares data with (L to R) Milton Williams, Derrick Smith and Ashley Norris, all honored as National Role Models at the 14th National Role Models Conference Sept. 27-29 in Washington, D.C.

Fort Valley State students earn award for research efforts

Three Fort Valley State University plant science majors concentrating in biotechnology received the National Role Model Award at the 14th annual National Role Models Conference.  Ashley Norris, Derrick Smith and Milton Williams received honors in Washington, D.C. during the conference that was held Sept. 27-29.

The National Role Models Conference recognizes institutions and individuals who help promote diversity and support minorities of color in science and technology fields.
Dr. Sarwan Dhir, professor of plant biotechnology and director of the FVSU Center for Biotechnology, nominated the students for the award. 

Fort Valley State University President Dr. Ivelaw Griffith cuts the ribbon for the new Stallworth Biotechnology Building Addition Oct. 21. Faculty from FVSU’s College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology, FVSU administration and student leaders attended the event. The building is located adjacent to the Houston Stallworth Agriculture Research Station on Carver Drive. 

President Griffith and FVSU administrators break ground on the future site for the Family Development and Quality Child Care Center Complex Oct., 21 on Carver Drive.

Groundbreaking, ribbon cutting ceremony kick off homecoming week

Fort Valley State University’s annual Homecoming festivities are not the only cause for excitement during the annual event-filled week.

On Oct. 21, more than 70 faculty, staff, students and local public officials celebrated the addition of two new facilities with a groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremony on Carver Drive.

The groundbreaking took place for the new Family Development and Quality Child Care Center Complex. The 10,000-plus square foot complex will house an auditorium, residential setting for family and consumer science students and a model child care center. It is scheduled for completion December 2014.

A photo of Wildcat Battalion members at the 2012 Veteran's Day Ceremony.

FVSU to hold Veteran’s Day Ceremony
Our nation’s military personnel help protect American shores by bravely answering the call to serve. Next week, Fort Valley State University will honor these courageous servicemen and women during an annual Veteran’s Day ceremony at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 in the C.W. Pettigrew Center. This year’s keynote speaker will be Monique C. Washington, an award-winning Retired Master Sgt.

FVSU alums donate checks during Homecoming

Nov. 1, 2013 - Fort Valley State University Wildcat alums are passionate about helping their alma mater continue its mission to advance education, help its local community and the world. During the Homecoming half-time celebration, big checks were delivered to help the university reach its goals. Alums and organizations donated more almost $210,000 to the campus.

FVSU Alum Spotlight: Chizu Hirata

This month, Fort Valley State University spotlight is featuring an Wildcat alum who traveled across the world to make the university her home. Chizu Hirata, a professional counselor who works in the university’s Valley Behavioral Health Services Center, is this month's featured alum.

A session from the Grantsmanship Institute Training Conference.

FVSU to hold Grantsmanship Institute Training Conference 

 In academia, grant money is vital to funding essential projects that spur innovation and research within the world. The process of obtaining a grant is highly competitive, but those who have the skills to write exceptional proposals have an edge. On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Fort Valley State University’s Office of Sponsored Programs is holding its annual 2013 Grantsmanship Institute Training Conference, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the C. W. Pettigrew Center. This conference will feature informative sessions designed to provide grant seekers with the tools and motivation they will needed to craft winning proposals. This year’s theme is “Thriving on Change."

Homecoming Week Finishes on a High Note 

 Homecoming Week is a special time on Fort Valley State University’s campus. It’s not only a time to showcase the best the university has to offer, it’s also a time for alums to reconnect with former classmates. It’s also a time for students to take a break from their rigorous classes, let loose and have a good time. Last week, the university celebrated its Homecoming week in style on Oct. 20-26. Read more:


MIT Professor speaks about the state of STEM in America during convocation 

Last week, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist delivered a sobering lecture outlining the current climate in academia facing students from underrepresented groups seeking science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related degrees. During Fort Valley State University’s Homecoming Convocation on Oct. 22, Dr. Cardinal Warde, a professor of electrical engineering at MIT, spoke about the challenges facing students who pursued STEM degrees and what colleges could do to keep them in their chosen path.

President Griffith Celebrates his 100th Day in Office 

This week marks a historic milestone for President Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith. The university leader celebrated his first 100 days in office on Wednesday, Oct. 30. The Fort Valley State University family recognized Dr. Griffith’s benchmark with a special luncheon ceremony in the Presidential Conference Room. Deans, university administrators and students came out in support. In his brief tenure at the university, the president is already making impressive changes.

FVSU's Founders Day to feature Thurgood Marshall College Fund CEO

In 1895, eighteen men petitioned the Superior Court in Houston County to launch a public school or children. On Nov. 5, 1895, the court granted the petition. The school, which was named Fort Valley High and Industrial School would later become Fort Valley State University.  Next week, the campus will honor the visionary men that gave the university its start during the annual Founder’s Day ceremony on  Thursday, Nov. 7. This year’s keynote speaker will be Johnny C. Taylor Jr., president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. In 2011, Ebony Magazine named Taylor to its Power 100 list, of the most influential African-Americans in the country.

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