Archive | March 2014

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.”

Congratulations, Dr. Patricia A. Wilson Higgins ’75

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Dr. Patricia Ann Wilson Higgins’75 is a nominee for the 2014 Bluegrass Alliance for Women Impact Award.  These awards are granted annually during the Legacy Awards Luncheon to one woman from each of the seventeen Bluegrass Area Development Counties in Kentucky, who has proving themselves as an exemplary role model committed to improving the lives of women and girls.

This event took place on March 25, 2014 12:00 noon-1:30PM at the Clarion Hotel in Lexington, KY.

MVSU East and West Lakes will Open for Fishing

Mississippi Valley State University will open its East and West Lakes to the public for fishing Friday, March 14 from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  The public is invited to fish every third weekend of the month from March 14 through August 16.
Each resident of the State of Mississippi ages sixteen (16) to sixty-four (64), fishing in the fresh or marine waters of Mississippi, including lakes and reservoirs but NOT to include privately owned ponds and streams, shall be required to buy a fishing license.  Any person sixty-five (65) or older, or any person otherwise exempted from obtaining a fishing license, must have documentation with him/her at all times while fishing.
For additional information, contact the Department of Facilities Management at 662-254-3584.

Chicago Area Alumni Chapter recruiting students in the “Windy City”

The Chicago Area Alumni Chapter recently participated in the Percy Julian High School High College Fair on March 4, 2014.Chicago College Fair 3chicago College Fair 4

Mr. Ralph Nash, President of the Chicago Area Alumni Chapter, said, “Approximately 150 students attended this event, and several completed applications with hopes of continuing their education at MVSU.”

The Chapter also participated in the PUSH HBCU Black College Summit sponsored by the Rainbow Coalition Office in Chicago, IL on February 22.  The Summit focused to identify the most prominent issues facing African American institutions of higher education and to develop viable action plans to address them.

PUSH HBCU FairAdministrators, representative, personnel, and alumni traveled to Chicago to take part in the summit to display their support on key issues, voice their grievances, and provide helpful course of action. The summit included breakfast, three panel discussions involving principal personnel and administrators from HBCUs and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) from across the country, and a live web broadcast where Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. discussed key issues.

Chicago Area HBCU PushRepresentatives from HBCUs and PBIs  included : Florida A&M, Howard University, Morehouse College, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Alcorn State University, Benedict College, Alabama State University, and Chicago State University.

(pictured from Left to Right: Ralph Nash-Chicago Area Alumni Chapter President, and his Grandson)