Monday, November 18, 2013

Wildcat Dreams, Vol. 1, No. 8

Friday, November 15, 2013 • Vol. 1, No.8

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: Robert Ross 

This month, Fort Valley State University's alumni spotlight features Robert Ross, the former president for the Fort Valley State University National Alumni Association, Inc. He is also the campus official photographer, capturing memorable photographs of all of the major events at the university.

FVSU featured keynote speaker Monique C. Walker delivered advice to ROTC students.

Program participants gather after the end of the Wildcat Battalion's Veteran's Day ceremony.

FVSU honors troops during Veteran’s Day Ceremony

Our nation’s troops continue to serve our country in theatres of war across the world. To commemorate these brave individuals, Fort Valley State University honored service men and women during the annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony held in the C.W. Pettigrew Center on Nov. 7. The event, sponsored by the Wildcat Battalion, featured keynote speaker Monique C. Washington. 

Thurgood Marshall College Fund CEO Johnny C. Taylor tells students to be proud of their alma mater at annual Founders Day event.

Founders Day Ceremony  features Thurgood Marshall College Fund CEO

 Every year, Fort Valley State University honors the visionary individuals that gave the campus its during the annual Founders Day celebration. At this year’s convocation held in the Health and Physical Education Complex on Nov. 7, students learned of their responsibilities to keep FVSU thriving from keynote speaker Johnny C. Taylor, chief executive officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Dr. Linda Noble, interim provost of FVSU, officiated this year’s ceremony.

 Jemellah Coes, 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year, will be the keynote speaker at FVSU's annual teacher induction ceremony.

  FVSU to hold induction ceremony for future teachers

 The majority of the country’s best and brightest scholars, scientists, researchers and politicians received their educational start inside of a classroom. There, inspiring teachers challenged these future leaders to pursue knowledge, overcome challenges and develop their gifts to become extraordinary leaders that could alter the world. Next week, educators will take the center stage when the National Education Association celebrates American Education Week, from Nov. 18-22. Fort Valley State University’s College of Education will honor a future class of new educators during its annual teacher induction ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Pettigrew Center Auditorium. A separate pinning ceremony will take place in the Pettigrew Center Auditorium at 10:45 a.m. just prior to the induction ceremony.

This year, the program will feature a special keynote speaker.

“The highlight of the ceremony will be our guest speaker, Jemellah Coes, a young educator who has been selected to represent Georgia educators as the 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year,” Watson said. “Miss Coes is a Special Education English Language Arts teacher at Langston Chapel Middle School in Bulloch County.”


Ebony Magazine recently named Dr. Cheryl Swanier, a Fort Valley State University associate professor of computer science, to its Power 100 List for 2013.  

FVSU Professor named to Ebony Magazine Power 100 

 This month, a Fort Valley State University computer science associate professor is receiving high recognition from one of the nation’s most influential Black publications. EBONY Magazine recently named Dr. Cheryl Swanier to its Power 100, a list of African-American movers and shakers that have made significant achievements and contributions to the world. Swanier was named one of EBONY’s Power 100 for her contributions and mentoring efforts in the area of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She is featured in the December 2013 issue available on newsstands now.

Fort Valley State University seniors Shanice Honeycutt and Anthony Dwayne Boynton, both English majors, were invited to present papers at Paine College's 2013 Harlem Renaissance Conference. 

FVSU English Students present at Harlem Renaissance Conference 

Two Fort Valley State University seniors majoring in English literature are one of 22 international scholars who presented papers at conference spotlighting a heyday period of African-American intellectual life. Anthony Dwayne Boynton II and Shanice Honeycutt traveled to Paine College in Augusta, Ga. for the16th annual Harlem Renaissance Conference, from Nov. 6-8. The year’s conference theme is “Midwives and Mavericks: Architects, Artists and Critics of the Renaissance.” The pair presented articles on the New Negro, a concept first drafted by African-American Rhodes Scholar Alain Locke, a principal architect of the Harlem Renaissance.

Health care vendors explain benefits to university employees at FVSU Benefit and Wellness Fair on Nov. 11.

FVSU holds Benefit and Wellness Fair 

 With the adoption of America's new Affordable Care Act, University System of Georgia employees have a choice of new insurance providers for 2014. The Office of Human Resources explained the new voluntary benefits and additional health care options to Fort Valley State University employees during a Benefit and Wellness Fair on Nov. 11 in the Pettigrew Center. Vendors who attended the fair included Eye Med, AFLAC Insurance Company Delta Dental, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Perry Chiropractic.

President Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith speaks to students about the changes that will be taking place at the Fall 2014 Commencement. 

President Griffith speaks to a student after the event.

FVSU President meets with students to discuss commencement

 Fort Valley State University President Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith talked to graduating students about the state of the university and the new requirements at the 2013 Fall Commencement during a the Senior Meeting on Nov. 5 in the C.W. Pettigrew Center. Griffith told graduating seniors that they will given 10 tickets per student for friends and family for this year's commencement.  Current Wildcat students can enter commencement free with an FVSU ID.

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