MVSU Alumna Named District Superintendant

Dr. DixonThe Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education announced that Dr. Talisa Dixon has been named as the next District superintendent.
Dr. Dixon currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent: Teaching & Learning for the Saginaw Public School District in Saginaw, Michigan. Dr. Dixon will take over the position of Superintendent from Dr. Nylajean R. McDaniel who will retire on July 31, 2014.
“We were very fortunate to have a selection of extremely qualified candidates, but in the end, Dr. Dixon was the clear choice for us,” said Board President Ron Register. “She has the experience and leadership abilities we were looking for to improve our instructional programing and tie those concepts in with our upcoming facility renovations. We are looking forward to Dr. Dixon’s leadership for years to come.”
Dr. Dixon comes to the CH-UH District very familiar with Ohio. She began her professional career as an instructor at The University of Akron. She later taught high school social studies prior to serving as an assistant principal for Akron City Schools. She also served in two principal roles in the Columbus Schools.
A graduate of Mississippi Valley State University with a B.A. degree, Dr. Dixon also holds three M.A. degrees and an Ed.D. from The University of Akron.
The CH-UH Board of Education chose Dr. Dixon after a thorough and exhaustive selection process, which included a national search with the help of a search consultant and substantial community input.
Dr. Dixon was among three finalists who each spent a day in the District last week. They each toured several school buildings, met with staff and students and later participated in a question and answer session with community members. The other two finalists for the position were Zheadric Barbra, Executive Director of School Turnaround of the Syracuse, New York School District, and Fred Bolden, Director of Business and Personnel of the Solon City Schools.
“It is an honor to be chosen as the CH-UH School District’s next superintendent,” said Dr. Dixon.  “I am excited about the opportunity to meet and work with the Tiger Nation staff, students and community. Together we can create a school community that provides meaningful partnerships for the academic success for all children. This is an exhilarating time to join the CH-UH School District and I am committed for the long haul.”

Vote for Miss MVSU in EBONY Magazine’s HBCU Campus Queens Contest


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EBONY Magazine has launched its annual HBCU Campus Queens online competition, and Miss MVSU Maritza Kenita Johnson, is vying to be featured among 54 other HBCU queens. Voting ends May 16.
Winners of the campus queen competition are selected based on popularity votes and the queen’s overall character and involvement in the community.
“My platform as Miss MVSU focused on empowering young people and women,” said Maritza. “Ultimately, as Miss MVSU, I plan to continue evoking change by actively involving myself in the community to help make it a better place for the present generation and generations to come.”
Maritza is a native of Prentiss, Miss. She will graduate from MVSU on May 10 with her bachelor’s degree in social work. At MVSU, she is a member of the University Ambassadors, Talented Tenth Student Leadership Institute, Women’s Institute for Excellence, Student Support Services Coalition, Orlando Moss Choral Music Society, Baptist Student Union, Perfected Praise Gospel Choir, Wesley Foundation, Social Work Club, Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority and The Academic Hill.
Upon graduating from MVSU, Maritza plans to pursue a master’s degree in clinical social work and become a licensed social worker. After earning her master’s degree, Maritza will pursue her doctorate degree in family and marriage therapy. Maritza’s goal is to start her own practice.
To vote for Ms. Johnson, click here. Voting is unlimited.

General Body Meeting slated for the MVSU National Alumni Association, Inc.


To: ALL Mvsu Alumni

RE: General Body Meeting
The Mississippi Valley State University National Alumni Association, Inc. will hold its April General Body Meeting:

WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 2014

TIME: 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Mississippi Valley State University

Business Education Building


14000 Hwy 82. West

Itta Bena, MS 38941

All chapter presidents, chapter members, and MVSU Alumni are encouraged to attend this meeting. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Mr. John Johnson, President of the MVSUNAA by calling 662-254-3348 or via email at

We look forward to seeing you there!


MVSU featured among 50 colleges and universities across the U.S.

V_State logoMississippi Valley State University is featured among 50 colleges and universities across the United States.  With the rising cost of tuition, students who would otherwise like to go away to college, are kept close to home due to the prohibitive costs of out-of-state tuition. The Best College’s list shows these students that affordable options for studying as a non-resident do exist.

To view MVSU on the list, follow this link :​



Leflore Co. Alumni & MVSU Students Particpates in First Annual Clean-up Day

The Leflore County Alumni Chapter of the MVSU National Alumni Association, Inc. recently hosted a “Clean-up Day” at the MVSU Devera Ball Alumni House in Itta Bena, MS. 

“Clean-up Day”, served as an opportunity for alumni to foster meaningful and professional relationships with current students, in addition to sharing the importance of giving back to the community and their future alma mater. During this event, students assisted with sorting and organizing inventory, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, in addition to dusting.

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Mrs. Gladys Fant’75 served as the organizer for this project.

For additional information regarding this project or to see how you can host a Clean-Up Day in your area, please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs by calling 662-254-3579.

MVSU Alumnus Participates on National Championship Team in Law School Competition

David Flecther_2012David Fletcher ’12, second year law student at the University of Mississippi, participated on a national championship team at the National Professional Responsibility Moot Court Competition hosted at Indiana University – Indianapolis – School of Law.  The three member professional ethics team triumphed. The group also received the award for Best Brief Respondent.
“We worked extremely hard preparing for this (competition) and we took down the number one team in the country — Florida Coastal for the win, arguing in the Indiana Supreme Court,” said Fletcher. “It was an experience – to say the least.”
Fletcher was the captain of the Mississippi Valley State University Mock Trial Team. He attributes some of his continued success in law school competitions to his training and experience at the Valley.
“One of the standards for our moot court board is to perform without any notes,” said Fletcher. “This sets winning teams apart from the rest. Having this exact same standard from years of participation on Valley’s mock trial team has helped immensely in my preparation for this tournament. I can’t adequately express my appreciation to Dr. Larry Chappell for helping me gain those skills.”
Fletcher served as a judge and assistant coach this past year for the Valley Mock Trial Team.
“Our team is truly grateful that David is willing to give back his time and energy to his alma mater,” said Dr. Chappell, Mock Trial Coach. “It is difficult to find words for how proud I am that he has won the highest awards so quickly as a law student.”

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