Friday, March 21, 2014

Wildcat Dreams Vol. 1, No. 12

Friday, March 21 , 2014 • Vol. 1, No.12

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. 


Dr. Govind Kannan was named this week to the USDA's National Agricultural, Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board.

Agriculture Secretary names Kannan to top board

Dr. Govind Kannan, Fort Valley State University’s interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, is joining the exclusive ranks of a federal advisory board that helps set national agricultural policies.

This week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack appointed the FVSU official to the National Agricultural, Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board. Kannan will serve a two-year term on the board from 2014 to 2016.

“To be appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to serve on the national advisory board is a great privilege,” Kannan said. “It is a significant recognition for me, not only as a professional, but also for our institution, which provided me opportunities for growth.”

The 25-member NAREEE Advisory Board’s primary objective is to form policies that will shape federal agricultural research, education and economics programs. Board participants include a broad range of stakeholders from land-grant institutions, national nutritional science societies, national human health associations, American Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, national farm associations, and other groups.

“This important appointment is a personal tribute to Dr. Kannan’s recognized expertise and leadership on the national agricultural landscape, in its instructional, research, and policy components,” said Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, president of FVSU. “It also testifies to the importance of our university in the practical and policy aspects of the agricultural enterprise.”

Learn more here.

A large screen announces the FVSU Day at the Capitol on March 12, 2014.


 FVSU President Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith and administrators pose with the invite resolution.

FVSU supporters gather for a group photo on steps of the Georgia State Capitol. 

Georgia House and Senate declare FVSU Day at the Capitol


Fort Valley State University recently celebrated a major historical milestone by being hosted at the Georgia State Capitol.

The Georgia House and Senate honored the land-grant institution with its inaugural FVSU Day at the Capitol on March 12, 2014 in Atlanta. Wildcat supporters visited the Georgia Capitol Building to celebrate the occasion.

FVSU supporters gathered on the second floor of the rotunda area inside the State Capitol building and greeted various state representatives, including Calvin Smyre (D-Columbus), Patty James-Bentley (D-Reynolds), and Senator Freddie Powell-Sims(D-Albany), among others. The group also visited the fourth floor to witness lawmakers acknowledge the institution and several university leaders on the House floor, including FVSU President Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, Vice President for External Affairs Dr. Melody Carter, Vice President of Student Success Lynn McCraney and Senior Director of Career and Alumni Services Clara Braswell, and Vice President for Career and Collaborative Programs Dr. Isaac Crumbly.

James-Bentley formally introduced the group to fellow lawmakers and announced FVSU Day at the Capitol, prompting applause from the gallery.

Learn more here.

Joseph Nesbit, a senior FVSU agricultural education major, is the recipient of a first place award at the Emerging Researchers National Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Conference in Washington D.C.

Future researchers attend conference in Washington, D.C.

Scholarly research in agriculture has helped an FVSU student earn a top award at a national conference in Washington D.C.
Joseph Nesbit, a senior agricultural education major, received the First Place Poster Award in the Ecology, Environmental and Earth Sciences category at the Emerging Researchers National Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Nesbit was among 800 undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members in attendance.

The purpose of the ERN Conference is to help undergraduate and graduate minority students improve presentation and communication skills. The conference also aims to provide guidance for students entering the workforce upon graduation.

Nesbit’s winning poster reflected his research on the topic, “Can Land Applying Spent on Iron and Water Treatment Residuals Decrease Nutrient Runoff from Poultry Houses?”

The 22-year-old said having the opportunity to travel to the ERN Conference in Washington D.C. was a wonderful experience.  “Not only did I have the opportunity to meet with other undergraduate and graduate students from other colleges and universities, I also had the chance to visit exhibits with college graduate recruiters,” Nesbit said.  He said this exposure has increased confidence in his presentation skills.

In addition to Nesbit, 21 FVSU students also attended the conference.  Seven FVSU students presented posters and three provided oral presentations.

“I went for the experience,” said FVSU senior horticulture major Dasia Harmon. The Milwaukee native said she was able to network and meet with students and advisors from graduate schools. As a result, Harmon has selected Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. After graduation in May, Harmon plans to obtain a graduate degree in environmental or agriculture science. She said this conference helped her make that decision.

Dr. Sarwan Dhir, professor of biotechnology and director of FVSU’s Center for Biotechnology, said seeing our students present their research is always a rewarding experience. “Conducting and presenting research at the undergraduate level is vital to the success of students in graduate or professional school. I am very proud of each of our students and will continue to encourage them in their academic careers,” Dhir said.
For more information about the biotechnology program at FVSU, contact Dhir at (478) 825-6887 or send an e-mail to

Read the full story  on the FVSU Review.

Assistant professor of criminal justice Preston Martin presents FVSU alumnus Dr. Theophilus Herrington with the "Distinguished Alumnus in Academic Service Award" at the 2013 Banks-Pierro-Rutland-Bellamy Colloquium.

FVSU to host social sciences colloquium

Fort Valley State University students will present their social science research next month at the Banks-Pierro-Rutland-Bellamy Colloquium (BRBP) on Friday, April 25. FVSU Wildcats will present social science research papers, while competing for cash prizes starting at 9 a.m.

The event will culminate with a BRBP scholarship luncheon and awards banquet at noon in the Student Amenities Building.

Dr. Fred van Hartesveldt, chair of the Department of History, Geography, Political Science and Criminal Justice, said the colloquium was launched in 1979 at the suggestion of Donnie D. Bellamy, who was serving at the time as the chairman of the university’s social sciences division. He suggested that FVSU should have regular lecture series named after the three men who started the social sciences division: sociologists Drs. W.S.M. Banks II, Earl Hamilton Pierro, and political scientist Dr. Stanley Edward Rutland.

At the time that Bellamy proposed the colloquium, the three men had students go on to state and national prominence and at least 20 earned doctoral degrees,” van Hartesveldt said. “Initially, the colloquium was designed to bring these students back to their alma mater to honor their mentors and to be recognized for their own achievements.” The first colloquium was held April 25-26, 1980.

In 1995, the colloquium’s committee voted to add Donnie Bellamy’s name as an honoree. His name was officially added in 1998.

For details, contact (478) 825-6230.

Student presenting at last year's FVSU Research Day.

FVSU to hold fourth annual Research Day

Wildcat students will showcase their latest research and scholarship in the sciences, social sciences, and liberal arts areas at an upcoming conference on Fort Valley State University’s campus. The Fourth Annual Research Day conference will take place April 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the C.W. Pettigrew Center.

The Quality Enhancement Plan Office of Enhancing Critical Thinking (ECT), and the Office of Undergraduate Research are sponsoring the event. The day will be a student-focused event for future researchers to demonstrate poster and oral presentations, and make creative art performances. Students can submit proposals by visiting: The registration deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 25.

The Research Day Committee will review the proposals and provide each student researcher with feedback relating to acceptance. For more details, contact Dr. Ian Toppin,, or (478) 822-6991 or contact Dr. Andrew Lee, associate director of the Office of Undergraduate Research,, or (478) 822-6708.

Scholars attending the 2013 Honors Convocation.

FVSU to hold 63rd Annual Honors Convocation

Fort Valley State University will honor more than 500 student scholars as part of its 63rd Annual Honors Convocation. The event will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 20 in the Health and Physical Education Complex.

To be recognized at the event, Wildcat students needed to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Honorees will include students elected to membership in regional, national and international honor societies, and recipients of special scholastic awards and departmental honors.

According to Dr. Meigan M. Fields, founding director of the FVSU Honors Program, upperclassmen outnumber freshmen and sophomore honorees.

Read story here.

Sporty vehicle shown during last year's Wheels in the Valley Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show.

FVSU to hold Wheels in the Valley Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show


In April, motorists will crank up their engines to show off their flashiest wheels and slickest rides at a car show on Fort Valley State University’s campus. The university will hold its 8th Annual Wheels in the Valley Car, Truck and Motorcycle show on Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Wildcat Stadium Parking Lot. Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Georgia Heartland and FVSU Student Scholarships.

During the competition, car enthusiasts from across the Southeastern region will travel to FVSU to participate in the car show, according to Brian Byrd, assistant director of Campus Life, and a coordinator for this year’s car show.

“All sorts of makes and models are shown during the car show,” said Byrd, who says that there will be awards given to the top 100 vehicles entering the competition. The Corvette Club from Warner Robins will be conducting the judging. Specialty trophies will be awarded to original and modified classes.

In addition to the car competition, the event will feature family events, including an aqua massage machine and make your own T-shirt booth. For the kids, there will be inflatable slides and other child-friendly entertainment.

Registration will take place from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and an awards ceremony will follow at 3:30 p.m. For details, contact the FVSU Office of Campus Life at (478) 825-6290 or e-mail

Dr. Barbacar M'Bow will speak on Tuesday, April 8 during the next John W. Davison Lecture Series. 

Art scholar scheduled for next John W. Davison Lecture Series

Fort Valley State University’s next John W. Davison lecturer will provide a scholarly look into art as it deals with shared African diaspora memory. Dr. Babacar M’Bow, an independent researcher and art scholar whose work focuses on bridging academy and community knowledge, will present African Diaspora Memory in Motion on Tuesday, April 8, from 5-7 p.m. in Founders Hall. Pieces of the cited collection also will be presented during a week-long art exhibition in Huntington Hall on the main campus. The exhibit is in conjunction with the upcoming inauguration activities for FVSU President Dr. Ivelaw L. Griffith. The ninth president will be inaugurated on Friday, April 11.

The John W. Davison Lecture Series provides the opportunity to showcase individuals like M’Bow who have become successful in their chosen fields of endeavor.

Of the art exhibition, M’Bow said it’s the first time the selected pieces will be shown in the United States. M’Bow selected Huntington Hall as a “living art” exhibit where pieces will be featured throughout the historic campus building.

“It is a beautiful building and art will combine with history here,” M’Bow said. The native of Dakar, Senegal who currently resides in Miami, Fla. has been widely published on African Diaspora Memory, Modernity, Postmodernity and Philosophy of interpretation and culture. M’bow served for 11 years as the Broward County Libraries Division Programs and Exhibits Coordinator. He is the Director of Multitudes: The African Diaspora Center of Miami.

Read story here.

President Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith (center right) and students stands before a poster featuring Benjamin Mays on the Walls of Wisdom unveiling ceremony.

FVSU holds first Walls of Wisdom unveiling

In spite of pelting rain and cold temperatures, the mood inside the Academic Classroom and Laboratory Building remained warm, when Fort Valley State University unveiled its first Walls of Wisdom on Thursday, March 6. A half hour before the ceremony began, the campus bells chimed “Ode to Joy” on campus, signaling the unveiling of the first wall.

 President Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith said the ACL building will showcase first of 70 Walls of Wisdom on campus. Honorees for the initial wall include Oprah Winfrey, Rabindranath Tagore, Barack Obama, Aristotle, Benjamin Mays and others great thinkers. See additional photos from the unveiling here.

FVSU Fulbright and Louis Stokes Scholars off to Nigeria

Two Fort Valley State University professors recently traveled overseas to teach Nigerian entomologists and students how to protect against harvested crop damage and losses from insects as well as the best methods to deliver crops to market.

Drs. Dwayne L. Daniels, chair of FVSU’s chemistry department, and George Mbata, chair of the university’s biology department, spent two weeks in Nigeria lecturing at the Federal University of Technology of Akure (FUTA). The pair will remain in Nigeria until March 21. The trip was sponsored by the Fulbright organization and the National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation, a undergraduate program that supports science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs for minority and underrepresented students.

Mbata, who is a Fulbright senior specialist and entomologist, gave a university-wide lecture entitled “Agricultural Transformation for Nigeria: Role of Food Storage Technologies.”

Read more here.

Students complete admissions forms at a 2014 Open House.

FVSU to hold Spring Open House

Future Fort Valley State University Wildcats will get an opportunity to learn all about the historic land-grant institution during an upcoming open house for prospective students.

The Spring Open House is scheduled for Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the C. W. Pettigrew Center. In addition to showcasing academic, research and mentoring programs, visitors will get a chance to meet and greet current students, faculty and staffers. Also scheduled is a Greek fraternity and sorority exhibition, academic bowl, basketball game and a special presentation for the 2014 FVSU Wildcat basketball players and coaches.

“The Open House event is an extraordinary opportunity for FVSU to showcase its Wildcat spirit,” said Sha-Ron Jones, FVSU’s director of recruitment and admissions. Jones says the program will give prospective students time to meet personally with college deans and professors in different academic disciplines.

Read more here.

Juone Brown

FVSU professor is the new president-elect of a USG council

A Fort Valley State University faculty member is making history by becoming the first FVSU professor to lead an important University System of Georgia council. On Feb. 28, Juone Brown, director for the university’s Women’s Center, was voted in as the president-elect for the USG’s faculty council.

“I am honored to be chosen for this position by my peers in the USG,” said Brown. “I hope to represent our university and the system faculty well through my leadership.”

The USG Faculty Council is an advisory body for the chancellor of the University System of Georgia. The organization, which meets biannually, represents the 31-member institutions within the University System of Georgia.

For details, call Brown at (478) 825-6387.

Dr. Meigan Fields

Fields appointed to National Honors Committee

The National Collegiate Honors Council recently appointed a Fort Valley State University professor to serve on one of its national committees. Dr. Meigan Fields, founding director of FVSU's Honors Program, was selected to serve on the organization’s Small College Honors Committee.

The committee serves four-year institutions with a size of less than 4,001 undergraduates or a program size of fewer than 76 students. The group works with the executive director to actively recruit small colleges to the NCHS, and integrating the interests and concerns of small college programs with the NCHC organization’s operations. The committee also contributes to NCHC periodicals and occasional publications materials focused on small colleges.

Read more here.

Dr. Erika Styles (left), a Fort Valley State University assistant professor of agricultural economics, and Terrence Wolfork, FVSU’s assistant administrator for Communications, Conferencing and Technology, participated in the Lead21 professional development program. 

Styles and Wolfork in leadership training program

A national leadership development program recently selected two Fort Valley State University employees to join its ranks.

Dr. Erika Styles, assistant professor of agricultural economics, and Terrence Wolfork, assistant administrator for communications, conferencing and technology, participated in Lead21, a program that focuses on developing leaders at land-grant universities.

To be selected for Lead21, Styles and Wolfork submitted an application and 500-word essay to the Lead21 board stating their goals and reasons for wanting to participate. They are among more than 70 participants.

Read more here.

FVSU President Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith meets with Ambassador from Nigeria, the Hon. Geoffery Teneilabe.

Campus visits extends spirit of cooperation both near and far

Fort Valley State University is currently hosting campus visits with dignitaries from far and near that aim to provide opportunities for joint ventures, student recruitment, research endeavors and even cost-saving initiatives.

Donavon Coley, FVSU special assistant to the president for the Office of Strategic Initiatives, said the enhanced visits are intended to eliminate FVSU as a “best kept secret” both locally and globally.

Some recent visitors have included an ambassador from Nigeria and local leaders from Peach County,  the City of Fort Valley and the City of Perry.

“The purpose is to expose the community and international visitors with all that Fort Valley has to offer and develop better relationships and collaborations,” Coley said. “We want them to result in new initiatives, joint ventures and enrollment assistance as well as fundraising opportunities. We are seeking to expose our campus to everybody we can.”

Doris Nyaga, FVSU pre-awards coordinator, who recently hosted the honorable Geoffrey Teneilabe from Nigeria during a luncheon at the FVSU Agricultural Technology Conference Center, said such initiatives are extremely important to campus growth. Teneilabe serves as the current Counsul General for the Republic of Nigeria in the United States. He was joined by FVSU alumni and current students from Nigeria.

“Dr. (Ivelaw L.) Griffith is trying to establish a relationship with various countries. The luncheon marked the beginning of a relationship between the university and the Republic of Nigeria, with efforts to create joined initiatives that will enhance the academic and research capacity and achievements of both the university and Republic of Nigeria,” Nyaga said.

Nyaga said Teneilabe also was invited to join the president’s Global Initiatives Council. The president established the GIC in October 2013 as part of a global agenda, to help leverage the talent, treasure, and time of individuals and organizations that can facilitate programmatic, resource, and research partnerships with FVSU.

Dr. Christine Lutz accepting an award at the 2013 Georgia Association of Historians 
annual conference.

FVSU professors present papers at annual Georgia Association of Historians conference

Four Fort Valley State University professors recently presented at the 2014 Georgia Association of Historians Annual Conference in Athens, Ga. held at the University of Georgia’s Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library, Feb. 27 – March 1.

The GAH is a professional organization for trained historians working within the state and nation. Group members include junior college, college and university professors, high school teachers, archivists, librarians, journalists and graduate students.

In order to participate in the conference, the organization approved papers that would be presented at the annual meeting.

FVSU scholars who presented papers were:

  • Dr. Fred. R. van Hartesveldt, chair of FVSU’s Department of History, Geography, Criminal Justice and Political Science: “Pestilence in the Mid-State: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 in Middle Georgia.” 
  • Dr. Christine Lutz, FVSU assistant professor of history: “The Woolfolk Murders, 1887: ‘Psycho Killer, Qu-est-ce que c’est?’” 
  • Arthur Wacaster, recent alum from FVSU master’s in history program: “Macon Militia in the Spanish-American War” (paper accepted, not presented due to illness) 
  • Mark A. Smith, FVSU associate professor of history: “Responsibility and Accountability: Joseph G. Totten and Political Activities of the Antebellum Corps of Engineers.”

Lady Wildcats 2014 team.

Lady Wildcats named to 2014 SIAC Women's Basketball All-Academic Team

Congratulations to the Fort Valley State University Lady Wildcats Basketball Team for being named the 2014 SIAC Women's Basketball Team All-Academic Champions.

Name  School   Class.   Hometown   GPA Major
D'Ambria Thomas FVSU Junior Pelham, Ga. 3.82 Business Admin.
Ciara Ingram Lane Senior Marion, Ark. 3.61 Mass Comm.
Shytina Harley FVSU Senior Tampa, Fla. 3.52 Business Admin.
Carmenonique Dawson FVSU Junior Thomasville, Ga. 3.47 Infant & Child Develop.
Destani Burton Paine Sophomore Charlotte, N.C. 3.44 Psychology
Jamesha Watkins Stillman Senior York, Ala. 3.40 Health & Phys. Ed.
Kedeemya Cooper Albany State Junior Thomasville, Ga. 3.40 Health & Phys. Ed./Rec.
Crystal Rayford Lane Junior Byhalia, Miss. 3.38 Business Admin.
Shayla Moore Kentucky State Senior Detroit, Mich. 3.38 Psychology
LaShonda Canty Paine Junior Blythewood, S.C. 3.36 Sociology/Criminology

Wildcat player makes the jump shot.

Wildcats Coach and players receive top SIAC honors & named to All-Conference team


The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference recently announced its 2014 SIAC Men's and Women's Basketball All-Conference Teams, as voted by the SIAC Basketball Coaches Association.

Men's Coach of the Year is Sammie Jackson of Fort Valley State University. The Wildcats led the conference in total rebounds (43.1), offensive (14.7) and defensive (28.4), while ranking second in total defense (70.9). The Wildcats finished the 2013-14 regular season with a 19-8 record and the Eastern Division title after posting an 8-18 record last season.

The men's team is led by 2014 SIAC Player of the Year Brandon Davey of Fort Valley State University. Davey ranked second in the conference in scoring (18.9), rebounds (8.7) and three-point field goals per game (2.6) for the Eastern Division Champion Wildcats.

Men's Defensive Player of the Year was awarded to Josh Davis of Fort Valley State University.

Read the story on the FVSU Review.

Wildcat players on the field.

Fort Valley State releases 2014 football schedule

The Fort Valley State University Athletics Department announced its 2014 football schedule on Monday, March 10. The Wildcats' ten-game schedule includes five home games and three non-conference games against teams from the Gulf South Conference, Mid Eastern Athletic Conference and Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference

The Wildcats open the season at home at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, with Delta State from the GSC; then travel to Savannah, Ga. on Sept. 13, to take on MEAC foe Savannah State at 2 p.m.

The Wildcats will host Limestone College out of the CVAC at 2 p.m. Oct. 18. On Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m., the Wildcats will welcome the Lions of Paine College to the Valley for Homecoming matchup.

For a full listing of games, read the story on the FVSU Review.

 Inauguration events

Fort Valley State University’s ninth president Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith assumed the helm of campus seven months ago in July 2013. Since then, Dr. Griffith has instituted a whirlwind of changes designed to encourage scholastic excellence on campus for students’ continued intellectual growth.

Next month, the campus and the University System of Georgia will officially celebrate Dr. Griffith’s inauguration as Chief Wildcat during an Investiture Ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, April 11 in the Health and Physical Education Complex.

Preceding the inauguration, the campus will host a week-long celebration with events that illustrate dreaming and doing in scholarship and professional pursuits.

The celebration kicks off on Sunday, April 6, with an ecumenical service at Founders Hall from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The event will be led by Pastor Donavon O. Coley, worship leader for Forrest Park Baptist Church. During the service, two community church leaders will expound upon the ideas of dreaming and doing in sermons.

Later in the day, the campus will host a Gospel Fest from 5 to 7 p.m. in the C. W. Pettigrew Center. Featured performers include the Macon County High Chorus, and FVSU’s Blue Note Singers and Baptist Student Union. For more information, contact (478) 825-6315. After the concert, a reception will be held.

On Monday, April 7, the university will host a “Day of Reading and Reflection.” Wildcats will be invited to read -- or complete the reading of-- their favorite books, and continue reading favorite works throughout the month of April. Additionally, faculty, staff, students and alums are encouraged to submit selfie photos to depict themselves reading their favorite books. For more information, call (478) 825-6253.

The festivities continue on Tuesday, April 8, when Dr. Babacar M’Bow, chief curator of the Florida Africana Studies Consortium, headlines the John W. Davison Lecture Cultural Celebration of Excellence Engagement. During the event, M’Bow will deliver a keynote address on the work of Haitian artist Philippe Dodard. There will be a week-long art exhibition of Dodard’s paintings in Huntington Hall during inauguration week. For more information, contact (478) 825-6959.

On Wednesday, April 9, the campus will hold its inaugural “Dreaming and Doing” Lunch Gathering and Spirit Day in the Lottie B. Lyons Student Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. FVSU students are encouraged to show their school spirit by wearing their best blue and gold university gear. The cost for Spirit Day is $10; the cost of the inauguration is $60. Packages are also available. Please call the FVSU Foundation, Inc. at (478) 825-6474 for additional details.

On Thursday, April 10, the FVSU community will hold its Inaugural Day of Community Service. Wildcats will be asked to volunteer individually or with an organization in areas that address homelessness, housing, the environment, hunger and health care. For more information, contact (478) 825-6629.

Later that evening, the university will sponsor a Community Forum entitled “Engaging Students in the 21st Century to meet the Global Demands” at Peach County High School. The first session, facilitated by Superintendent of Peach County Schools Joe Ann Denning, will examine individualized learning and support.

Following the first forum session, there will be a panel discussion entitled “Adult Education: Retooling Generation X to Engage in the 21st Century.” At 6 p.m., President Griffith will host an hour-long panel discussion entitled “Higher Education in Georgia and Globally.” For more information, call (478) 825-6315.

On Friday, April 11, the university will hold the official investiture of its ninth president in the HPE Complex.

The inauguration processional will begin gathering at 8 a.m. and the inauguration ceremony itself will commence at 10 a.m. There will be a post-inauguration reception .

Following the investiture ceremony, there will be an inaugural gala held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the HPE Complex. Formal attire is required.

The week-long festivities will end with a soccer exhibition at the Wildcat Stadium on Saturday, April 12, starting at noon.

For more information, contact FVSU's Office of Marketing and Communications at (478) 825-6319 or visit

List of events

Sunday, April 6
Ecumenical Service
9 -11 a.m. • Founders Hall Auditorium
Gospel Concert
5 - 7 p.m. • C. W. Pettigrew Center (Reception Immediately Following Concert)

Monday, April 7
Day of Reading and Reflection

Tuesday, April 8
John W. Davison Lecture Series Cultural Celebration of Excellence Engagement
5 - 7 p.m. • Founders Hall (Week-long Art Exhibition in Huntington Hall Gallery)

Wednesday, April 9 
Inaugural “Dreaming and Doing” Lunch Gathering and Spirit Day 
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. • Lottie B. Lyons Student Center

Thursday, April 10
Inaugural Day of Community Service
Join members of the FVSU community in volunteering one hour of service in honor of President Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith’s inauguration.

Community Forum: "Engaging Students in the 21st Century to meet the Global Demands"
5 - 7 p.m. • Peach County High School 900 Campus Drive, Fort Valley, GA 31030

Friday, April 11
 Investiture Ceremony
10 a.m. • Health and Physical Education Complex (Processional Begins at 9 a.m.)
(Reception Immediately Following Ceremony)

Campus Tours
1 - 3 p.m. (Beginning at the Health and Physical Education Complex)

 Inaugural Gala
7 - 9 p.m. • Health and Physical Education Complex Formal Attire

Saturday, April 12
Soccer Exhibition
Noon • FVSU Wildcat Stadium

1 comment:

  1. Lots of interesting information on what is going on at FVSU