Archive | May 2014

Congratulations Percious Person-Johnson

Percious Person_Johnson2Congratulations, Precious Person-Redmond, for being named Star Teacher for the 2013-14 school year in the Greenwood Public School District!

Precious holds a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration and a Master’s in Elementary Education from Delta State University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in English Education from Mississippi Valley State University!


MVSU Alumna Receives National Honor

Trina George

Trina N. George is the recipient of the Unsung Hero Award, which recognizes outstanding work in rural development. A graduate of Grenada High School and Holmes Community College, George serves as the state director for Rural Development. She was recognized earlier this month by OPEDA, or the Organization of Professional Employees of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. George, who also holds a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi Valley State University, and a master’s degree from Mississippi State University, was one of 15 employees honored nationwide and the only one from Rural Development. OPEDA supports members in their public service as well as protects and advances employee interests.

Congratulations to Dr. Emmitt Riley III, C’08

Emmitt Riley photoEmmitt Riley, III recently earned his doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Political Science at the University of Mississippi. 

Riley’s dissertation examined the factors that permit race to be an influence in the behavior and attitudes of white Americans. One of the reoccurring themes of his work investigates the degree to which experience with African-American leadership can either enhance or alleviate white negative views toward African-Americans generally.

When asked to expound upon his future goals since obtaining a Ph.D., he replied, “My goal is to secure a tenured position at an institution of higher learning, preferably my alma mater Mississippi Valley State University.  

Dr. Riley earned his B.A. in Political Science and English Literature from Mississippi Valley State University in 2008, and a master’s degree in Political Science from Jackson State University in 2010.

Highlights from the MVSU Alanta Metro Chapter’s Alumni Recruitment Luncheon

On Saturday March 1, 2014, the MVSU Atlanta-Metro Alumni Chapter hosted a “Valley Alumni Recruitment Luncheon on Saturday, March 1, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at Malone’s Bar and Grill, 1258 Virginia Ave, in Atlanta, GA.

atlanta metro photo 1Pictured from left to right: Elizabeth Ruffin, Program Chair, Dr. William Bynum, Jr.-President MVSU, Latacha Davis-Manager of Alumni Affairs MVSU, Min Oscar Stokes, Jr. President

The purpose of the luncheon, according to Elizabeth Ruffin Program Chair, was to recruitment  alumni in the surrounding area and galvanize support for Mississippi Valley State University .  

photo 2 atlanta metroPictured: (Atlanta Metro Alumni Chapter Members, Dr. & Mrs. William B. Bynum, Jr.-President of MVSU)








MVSU Alumnus Appeared in stage play

Christopher Thompsom
Mississippi Valley State University Alumnus Mr. Christopher Thompson’12  appeared  in the stage play  entitled “Rumors” by Neil Simon at Greenwood Little Theater in Greenwood, MS. The play was about four couples who arrive at the townhouse of a deputy New York City mayor and his wife to attend a party celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary. However, the four couples soon discovered that there are no servants, the hostess is missing and the deputy mayor has shot himself in the head (it’s only a flesh wound).
Christopher is currently employed at his alma mater as an Financial Aide Counselor. He is also a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.