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Social Work major Vester Waters will be honored during the BET Experience, taking place June 25 through June 28, due to his ongoing community service commitments at Mississippi Valley State and beyond.
Both Waters and a student from Fayetteville State University in North Carolina will receive the Community Impact Award. Both students were recipients of the Denny’s – Tom Joyner Foundation Hungry for Education Scholarship, a scholarship they received for their work to end hunger in their local communities.
Waters received the scholarship after writing about how he had volunteered to deliver food to needy families in the Delta, in addition to wiring the proceeds from performing his gospel hip-hop single “Get Right (He’s Coming Back)” to a Detroit-based organization that used the funds to give Thanksgiving dinner to impoverished families in Detroit.
Denny’s is sponsoring the Community Impact Awards during the BET Experience. Only two student honorees from the 12 who won the scholarship were selected to receive this honor from BET.
On June 26, he will fly to Los Angeles to take part in the BET Experience. Once there, several celebrities are expected to receive the award in addition to Waters and the other student.
Waters has continued to be involved with community service. Currently, he is working as a volunteer music teacher for the MVSU chapter of the Boys and Girls Club, which was reinstituted at the university this summer. In the fall semester, he will begin representing the university as Mr. Mississippi Valley State University.
Ultimately, he hopes to embody the MVSU motto “Live for Service,” by empowering young people in his hometown of Detroit. He sees both the work he has done as a musician and the commitment to community service that lead to him receiving this honor from BET as stepping stones leading him to have a greater impact on larger groups of people.
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ITTA BENA, Miss. – Tickets for the 2015 Mississippi Valley State football season are now on sale through August 28th. Fans will have the chance to witness the Delta Devils play five home contests for $150 before the deadline and $175 afterwards.
MVSU will face Southern, Alabama State, Texas Southern (Homecoming), Jackson State, and the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. For the complete Mississippi Valley schedule, please click here and to view the season ticket break down, click here.
For more information about season tickets, call 662-254-3550/3313 or visit http://www.mvsusports.com.
Beyond Fish Plates and Tailgates: Steering HBCU Fundraising from Fanaticism to Support~Please comment to let us know what you think
As Director of Athletics at an HBCU who oversaw fundraising efforts for the department, I learned many important lessons about HBCU fundraising culture. Perhaps none is more important than this: HBCU have plenty of fans. What they need are more supporters.
In non-profit fundraising, we spend a great deal of time identifying, cultivating, and soliciting donations, often over unintimidating, nondescript lunch and coffee meetings, at tailgating parties, and fish fries. Everyone enjoys friends regaling us with stories of championships won, and narrowly lost, great athletes and coaches, filled stands, brimming pride, and rich traditions passed from generation to generation. One hopes, eventually, that the conversation will pivot from yesteryear to visions for the future.
As a career institutional advancement officer, no sweeter words can be uttered by a prospective donor than “How can I help y’all?”
An important element of discussion with prospects is the notion of what individuals and groups believe they can do to help (which often indicates both capacity and ability to give). When discussions pivot toward this topic in HBCU circles, many are inclined to share the ways that they “support” our institutions proudly. Some of the more common claims include:
1) I’ve never missed a game—including road games
2) I pay my booster club dues annually (~$100/year)
3) I pay my university alumni dues annually (~$50/year)
4) I organize fundraisers (crawfish boils, fish fries, and raffles)
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