Blossoms in the Valley commemorative bricks unveiled

February 17, 2010 – Fort Valley State University staff, alums and friends will show support for their school even if it means braving gusty winds, dark clouds, temperatures in the 30’s and snowfall on the horizon. Dozens of onlookers witnessed the special unveiling of 74 new commemorative bricks bearing the names of scholarship donors at the Blossoms in the Valley Commemorative Brick Unveiling ceremony. President Larry E. Rivers and first lady Betty Rivers whizzed through a few spirited remarks on Friday, Feb. 12 as guests huddled around the first lady’s multi-layered, dark pink camellia located inFVSU’s Betty H. Rivers Camellia Garden near the C.V. Troup Administration Building gate entrance.

“I’m extremely pleased with the support we’ve received for this initiative. University donors allow us to continue our efforts of providing financial assistance to our deserving students,” said Mrs. Rivers. “Our loyal friends and supporters have a vested interest in this university which is demonstrated by their presence here today.”

President Rivers thanked donors and the Blossoms in the Valley Commemorative Brick Unveiling committee, then invited guests to stroll the grounds to view the names of contributors now etched in stone.

“What was once done to honor one person has blossomed into a scholarship initiative that will help hundreds,” said Development Associate Alicia Livatt during closing remarks.

FVSU Plant Operations Grounds Supervisor Chris Daniel designed the garden and oversees its daily maintenance.

The Camellia Scholarship Initiative began last year and has already raised more than $26,000 for student scholarship and $10,000 earmarked for an endowment with theFVSU Foundation. Rivers plans to organize brick unveilings at the garden twice a year.

For more information about purchasing a commemorative brick or making a donation, contact the FVSU Foundation Office at (478) 825-6474.
Tauheedah Shukriyyah Asad, public relations specialist
Marketing and Communications, FVSU
(478) 825-6319,