MVSU Foundation Support Engineering Technology Students

Mississippi Valley State University Foundation

February 4, 2015 
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Photo participants: (l-r) Antonio Brownlow, Engineering Technology Program Acting Chair; Dr. Constance G. Bland, Vice President of Academic Affairs; students: Kendrick Woods, Datreion Eatmon, Tommie Moore, and Geoffrey Dugger-Briggs; Andrew Burks, Plant Manager; Lorron James, President; John Johnson, NAA President and MVSU Foundation Board Member; Dr. Walter Roberts, MVSU Foundation Chairman; and Jerry Redmond, MVSU Foundation Treasurer

On Saturday, January 31, the Mississippi Valley State University Foundation partnered with Magnolia Automotive Services, Inc. to award $15,000 to four MVSU students in the Engineering Technology Program. Magnolia Automotive Services President, Lorron James and Plant Manager, Andrew Burks presented the scholarship award during the MVSU National Alumni Association general body meeting on campus. The MVSU Foundation-Magnolia Automotive Services Scholarship was awarded to Kendrick Woods, Datreion Eatmon, Tommie Moore, and Geoffrey Dugger-Briggs. Each recipient received $3,750.

 Dr. Constance G. Bland, Vice President of Academic Affairs, affirmed, “We are elated that such an opportunity is being facilitated by our Foundation and salute the leaders of Magnolia Automotive Services.  I echo the sentiments of our Engineering Technology students, faculty, and staff in acknowledging how grateful we are for your support.”

The visit to campus was the first for Lorron James who acknowledged he was honored to support his father’s alma mater and look forward to building a strong alliance with the Foundation. Esteemed Valley alum John A. James is a member of the MVSU Foundation Board of Directors and Chairman of James Group International. Magnolia Automotive Services, located in Blue Springs, MS, is a strategic alliance between James Group International and Toyota Tsusho America, Inc. engaged in global supply chain logistics and parts assembly.

MVSU Foundation Chairman, Dr. Walter Roberts and NAA President, John H. Johnson have made great strides to strengthen the two organizations with improved technology, infrastructure, accountability, and strategic collaborative efforts to support the University. Chairman Roberts noted, “We are working to do so much more for Valley as our collective goal is to ensure we are able to support the University’s mission to improve enrollment and student achievement with increased scholarship awards.”

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About MVSU Alumni

Mississippi Valley State University, as a Carnegie Classified Master's University, provides comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs in education, the arts and sciences, and professional studies. The University is driven by its commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, service, and research--a commitment resulting in a learner-centered environment that prepares critical thinkers, exceptional communicators, and service-oriented, engaged, and productive citizens. MVSU is fundamentally committed to positively impacting the quality of life and creating extraordinary educational opportunities for the Mississippi Delta and beyond.

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