MVSU Alumnus Ronald Kirklin C’87 Promoted to General

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By Shelby Mertens
Staff Writer
Posted Dec. 9, 2014 @ 2:01 am

FORT LEE — Col. Ronald Kirklin is now brigadier general of the Quartermaster School at Fort Lee, making him the 53rd Quartermaster General of the U.S. Army.

Kirklin’s promotion ceremony took place at the Lee Club on Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. in a room packed with Kirklin’s family, friends and fellow soldiers.

“I want to start first, Ron, by congratulating you … it’s a privilege to be standing here with you on this momentous occasion,” said Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons. “What’s really the most impressive to me, is the hundreds of people in the audience that represent every single assignment that Ron Kirklin has served in, from Hohenfels (Germany) to his current day assignment, more than a dozen states, and I have to say your presence here today speaks volumes, and way more than I can ever say in my remarks today.”

Kirklin was presented with the general officer belt, pistol and flag during the ceremony. In his remarks, Kirklin thanked a long list of Army comrades and leaders, mentors, friends and family from all stages of his career.

“I believe success is not obtained (solely) by the individual. You don’t get there alone. For every successful person or organization, there’s so many people who have played a major role in helping you get there, so I want to spend my time this morning thanking the entire team, leaders, all civilians and military soldiers, friends, community and family,” Kirkin said.

Kirklin has served the U.S. Armed Forces for 27 years. After graduating from Mississippi Valley State University as a distinguished military graduate, Kirklin joined the 11th Armored Cavalry as a platoon leader in Fulda, Germany from 1987 to 1991, during the end of the Cold War.

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MVSU Basketball Courtside Seats on Sale

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The Mississippi Valley State University Department of Athletics is currently selling luxury courtside seats for the 2014-15 basketball season. Reserve your courtside seat for all nine SWAC games for just $250. Get an up close look at the exciting action and get access to the hospitality room. Click here for the order form.

Seats can also be purchased for just $40 for non-premium games and $50 each for premium (Alcorn State, Jackson State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff) games.

MVSU employees also have the convenient option of having the amount payroll deducted. All SWAC games will be played at the Leflore County Civic Center in Greenwood, starting Jan. 10, 2015. To view the full schedule, click here.

For more information, call 662-254-3550 or 662-254-8378. ​

Mr. Jeffrey Huddleston Class of 1985

Jeffrey huddlestonThe Office of Alumni Affairs at Mississippi Valley State University is sadden to announce the passing of our dear alumnus Mr. Jeffrey Huddleston, C’85. Jeffrey was currently serving as the Director of the Jazz Studies Program at Overton High School in Memphis, TN.

Hawkins C’97, Receives NASPAA Spotlight Award

valeria hawkins 2On Nov. 5,  MVSU Alumna Valeria Hawkins of Clarksdale, Miss.,  was recognized with a Spotlight Award at the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration’s (NASPAA) conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. NASPAA is an organization of nearly 300 graduate programs in public policy, public affairs, public administration and public/nonprofit management.

Hawkins was recognized for her  work as the Mississippi Program Manager with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program for her efforts to help reduce the epidemic of childhood obesity in the Mississippi Delta. The Alliance is a national nonprofit founded by the American Heart Association and W.J. Clinton Foundation. Valeria is one of 10 award winners in the Spotlight Award category, which was given out during NASPAA’s annual awards luncheon. The recipients were chosen for outstanding contributions toward solving public sector problems.

Member schools were asked to nominate alumni or faculty from all levels of government, as well as the nonprofit and consulting sectors for this award. The recipients were selected by the Spotlight Award Subcommittee, a part of NASPAA’s Marketing Committee and chaired by George Dougherty, Jr., of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

Congratulations Dr. Chresteen Friday-Seals, C’58

Dr Seal_school boardDr. Chresteen Friday-Seals, recently won the November 4th election to represent District 4 on the Cleveland School Board District in Cleveland, MS.


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