Archive | October 2014

Alumnus appointed to the State Food Distribution Advisory Council

Edward Hill2Edward H. Hill C’02, Director of West Bolivar County Consolidated School District’s Child Nutrition Program, was recently appointed to serve on the State Food Distribution Advisory Council.  The National School Lunch Program regulations contain a requirement for the State educational agency to oversee a State Food Distribution Advisory Council which meets periodically and provides recommendations on the commodity program.  Council members are appointed for three-year staggered terms; in addition, members must represent a variety of schools and administrative levels. The Food Distribution Project Director is a member of the committee, but is a non-voting member.  The council conducts a food-preference survey and gathers information; the council reports findings to the State Office of Child Nutrition.  The state, in turn, informs USDA of the council’s recommendations.  Activities of the council are vital links in the State information network.  Recommendations by the council have often resulted in documented programs improvements.  Hill will serve the following counties in Mississippi:  Desoto, Marshall, Tunica, Tate, Coahoma, Quitman, Panola, Lafayette, Bolivar, Sunflower, Leflore, Tallahatchie, Yalobusha, Grenada and Carroll.

Edward earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) in 2002.  While attending MVSU, he served as the Pre-Alumni Club President for two consecutive terms. In addition, Mr. Hill is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and “proud” active member of the MVSU National Alumni Association, Inc., and the Bolivar County, MS Alumni Chapter.


MVSU Alum Recognized by Oprah during the ‘Life You Want Weekend’ in Washinton D.C.

Jas Boothe ’99 of “Final Salute” Recognized for Her Outstanding Commitment to Provide Housing for Homeless Female Veterans
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Amy Purdy (far left) with Jas Boothe (middle), founder of Final Salute, Inc, recipient of the Toyota “Standing O-Vation” Award; and Oprah Winfrey (far right)
 Photo Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc. / George Burns
Los Angeles – “Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend,” Oprah Winfrey’s eight-city arena tour and transformational weekend, announced the third Toyota “Standing O-Vation” award recipient on Saturday, September 20 in Washington D.C. The Toyota “Standing O-Vation” recognizes extraordinary people who are making positive changes in their communities and  inspiring others to do the same.  Oprah Winfrey and Team Toyota brand ambassador Amy Purdy honored Jas Boothe of Final Salute, a Washington, D.C.-based organization Boothe founded to help homeless female veterans in the United States  by providing them and their children with transitional housing.  As a recipient of the  “Standing O-Vation” award, Final Salute  will receive a $25,000 grant from Toyota in support of their outstanding commitment to supporting homeless female  veterans in the local Washington D.C. community. 
Click here to see Jas Boothe’s story (with embed code):  
After losing her own home and belongings during Hurricane Katrina, and overcoming a devastating cancer diagnosis, Jas Boothe faced homelessness and the loss of her job firsthand. Once back on her feet, Boothe recognized the availability of helpful programs for male veterans, and the lack of such services for women.  She knew she had to help meet this desperate need for female veteran housing programs. Today, Final Salute has three homes in Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio, and has helped more than 300 female veterans and their families from 15 states and territories.  For more
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“Today was one of the proudest moments of my life, standing on stage with Oprah Winfrey and Amy Purdy to receive a standing ovation for the work we do at Final Salute,” said Jas Boothe.  “I’ve made it my life’s mission to give back to the brave women who have fought for our country, and this grant of $25,000 from Toyota will allow us to help even more homeless female veterans.” The driving force behind The Toyota “Standing O-Vation” stems from the automaker’s commitment to fostering women’s interests. While reflecting the kind of stories that define the brand, The Toyota “Standing O-Vation” is an opportunity to celebrate remarkable women who are not only making the world a better place, but also motivating others to spark their own journey of personal change.
“Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend” will include additional presentations of Toyota’s “Standing O-Vation” awards during the following tour stops:
Sept. 26-27      Newark, New Jersey       Prudential Center
Oct. 17-18        Houston, Texas               Toyota Center
Oct. 24-25        Miami, Florida                  American Airlines Arena
Nov. 7-8           Seattle, Washington        KeyArena at Seattle Center
Nov. 14-15       San Jose, California        SAP Center at San Jose
About “Oprah’s The Life You Want” Weekend:
“Oprah’s The Life You Want” Weekend is an eight-city arena tour and transformational weekend featuring Oprah Winfrey and a team of special guests, sponsored by Toyota and Olay.  Each tour stop spans two days. On Friday nights, Oprah takes the stage, bringing her personal story and insights to life in a one of a kind intimate evening.  Then on Saturdays, Oprah leads a day-long gathering of thousands with handpicked thought leaders and pop culture icons including Iyanla Vanzant, star of OWN’s  hit series “Iyanla Fix My Life,” regular O Magazine contributor, best-selling author and spiritual life coach; best-selling author of Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert; and one of Time 100’s Most Influential people, Pastor Rob Bell. Additionally, world-renowned author and pioneer in mind-body medicine Deepak Chopra will take the stage in select cities. “Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend” is
produced by Harpo Studios, 
O, The Oprah Magazine, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and WME Live, and is presented by Toyota and Olay.
For more information on the tour, please visit and follow on Twitter/Instagram @LifeYouWantTour #LifeYouWantTour.

Congratulations Timothy Lampkin C’08!

Timothy lampkinTimothy E. Lampkin, was appointed to the 2014-2015 Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Academy by the Governor of Mississippi Phil Bryant and Federal Co-Chairman Christopher A. Masingill. The DLI Executive Academy is a yearlong leadership development program coordinated by the Delta Regional Authority for regional leaders that prepares them to collaborate and address the most-pressing issues of the Delta region. Lampkin is currently the Community Development Officer for Southern Bancorp Community Partners (SBCP) in Clarksdale, MS. He works with the city, county, and local nonprofits to identify funding for community development projects. Since joining in November 2013, he has helped secure over a half of million dollars for projects in Coahoma County. Timothy earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Mississippi Valley State University, M.B.A. from Delta State University, and a M.S. in Organizational Performance from Bellevue University. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Adult and Lifelong Learning from the University of Arkansas. Some of his afflations’ include the Placemaking Leadership Council, American Management Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Mississippi Broadband Initiative, Christian Community Development Association, and the Federal Voting Rights Observer Program.