March 11, 2016 – Fort Valley State University’s outstanding academic students will be honored at an annual celebration of scholarship this month. The campus will hosts its 65th annual Honors Convocation at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 17 in the Health and Physical Education Complex. This year’s keynote speaker will be Lieut. Col. Joel Davis, the former leader for the university’s Wildcat Battalion.
Dr. Meigan M. Fields, who serves as the founding director of FVSU’s Honors Program, stated that the Honors Convocation is an event designed to highlight the achievement of academic excellence among our outstanding Wildcat scholars. Dr. Fields says during the annual event, the university’s family, supporters, and community pause to recognize an array of students with diverse talents who demonstrate their academic prowess in the classrooms.
“Honors Convocation showcases our mission to educate some of the world’s future and brightest doctors, lawyers, dentists, electrical engineers, mathematicians, teachers, and entrepreneurs,” Fields said. “These students demonstrate their abilities to compete among some of the highest performing scholars in the University System of Georgia. We have exemplary scholars such as Ms. Deja Clay, the recipient of the Board of Regents Academic Recognition.”
Keynote speaker Lieut. Col. Davis is a retired veteran who served in the United States Armed Forces for 31 years as a military intelligence officer. He is currently serving as an associate minister of Word in Season Ministries in Warner Robins, and most recently served as a professor of military science and the ROTC Commander at Fort Valley State University and Albany State University.
Davis has served as the Chief of Intelligence for the United Nations Humanitarian Assistance Mission in Haiti, where he also served as the Senior Military Intelligence Advisor to the Force Commander, Contingent Commanders in support of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Port Au Prince, Haiti.
Davis’ tours of duty include the Republic of Korea; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Baltimore, Md.; Joint Forces Command in Suffolk, Va. and others.
He has earned several awards and decorations including the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (4/Oak Leaf Clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal (2/Oak Leaf Clusters) and a National Defense Service Medal.
Davis graduated as a distinguished military graduate and earned a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Savannah State University in 1990. He also holds two master’s degree in military operational art and science from Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, and a master’s of science degree in human resource management from Troy University in 2004. He is a lifetime member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and a member of the Phi Gamma Mu International Honors Society in Social Sciences.
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher to be recognized during the annual Honors Convocation. This year’s honorees will also include students elected to membership in regional, national and international honor societies, and recipients of special scholastic awards and departmental honors.
For details about this year’s Honors Convocation, visit our website at www.fvsu.edu/honors-convocation, or contact the Office of Academic Affairs, (478) 825-6330.
Caption: Students at the 2015 Honors Convocation.
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