Wildcat Dreams is Fort Valley State University President Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith’s triweekly 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 with friends and family. We welcome your feedback. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and happy reading!
FVSU president gives special Father's Day greeting
Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, president of Fort Valley State University, delivers a special
Happy Father's Day Message to Wildcat Fathers. Watch his message at this link.
Derrick D. Schofield, an FVSU alum, currently serves as the
Tennessee Department of Corrections Commissioner.
FVSU Alumni Spotlight: Derrick D. Schofield
This month, the Fort Valley State University Alumni Spotlight is featuring Wildcat alum Derrick D. Schofield. Schofield currently serves as commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC). He oversees 14 prisons, a training academy, 45 probation and parole offices and headquarters. Additionally, he is responsible for 109,000 inmates, a staff of 6,800 employees, and a $950 million operating budget.
Schofield holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from FVSU. He first learned of Fort Valley State as a teenager in Middle Georgia in the 1970s.
"I remember (Fort Valley State’s) band coming to Macon for the Christmas parade, and the people talked about how great the school was back then. They (told) me to go to Fort Valley State University."
FVSU alums give back, according to U.S. News and World Report
The U.S. News and World Report found Fort Valley State University ranked in the top ten list of HBCU alumni that donate the most back to help their alma mater. The university ranked number seven in the nation, and number three in the state on the U.S. News Short List for alums that give the most money. Claflin University, Spelman College and Morehouse College were ranked in the top three.
The publication decided to examine a short list, separate from the overall school rankings, to magnify the individual data points of the report, in order to provide parents with a way to find undergraduate or graduate programs that excel, or have room to grow.
According to the report, financial contributions to colleges in the U.S. rose nine percent in 2013. Of the $33.8 billion donated to higher education institutions in 2013, 26.6 percent came from alums according to the 2013 Voluntary Support of Education report by the Council for Aid to Education.
Fort Valley State University will offer a new online degree starting Fall 2014.
FVSU to offer new online degree in organizational leadership
Starting fall 2014, busy professionals can advance their career goals thanks to a new online bachelor’s degree program available at Fort Valley State University.
On May 20, 2014, the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents approved the university’s proposal to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational leadership. The new program is designed for adults, nontraditional students, veterans and transfer students.
In the organizational leadership bachelor’s degree program, students will study the practices, theories and issues of leading an organization or business.
Instead of traveling to FVSU’s campus daily, students can fit their online courses into their busy schedule. The program is part of FVSU’s USG-eMajor affiliation with Valdosta State University and Dalton State College.
Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, FVSU's president, left, signs Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with City of Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms.
FVSU inks new agreement with the City of Warner Robins
Fort Valley State University criminal justice students will receive on the job, professional experience in law enforcement thanks to a new partnership the university has launched with the City of Warner Robins, Georgia.
On May 30, FVSU President Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith and Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms inked a new articulation agreement that will allow FVSU students to give future law enforcement officers real-life experience with the city’s police department. It will also help with the city’s efforts to recruit more officers and bring in more minority workers.
The idea for the new agreement came about from an FVSU alumnus who is connected with the City of Warner Robins.
Interns will work within the police officers, see different divisions within Department, and have an opportunity to ride along during patrols.
Additionally, the agreement allows university students to work within any city department.
To see news coverage of the event, click here.
Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith signs agreement with Georgia Military College
allowing its students to seamlessly attend FVSU.
Fort Valley State University pens articulation agreement