FVSU NSBE chapter wins award for academic excellence

April 12, 2013 – When it comes to attaining excellence, Fort Valley State University’s National Society of Black Engineers is setting the bar high. These ambitious, hardworking scholars want only the best, doing what it takes to make the grade. They build their network through professional campus organizations and volunteer to help teens and other community members shine.

Now, their hard work is paying off. The chapter recently won the award for the Regional Academic Excellence Chapter of the year, for its members having the highest, collective GPA within the region. FVSU students earned an cumulative 3.669 GPA, topping 54 regional chapters whose members include the Atlanta University Center, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Mercer and Florida A&M University/Florida State University.

“We wanted to create an identity as a group, and challenge everyone to succeed,” saidNSBE vice president Marci Early.

NSBE is an organization dedicated to the professional enrichment and academic success of African-American engineering college students and professionals. The scientific organization, located in Alexandria, Va., is comprised of 242 collegiate, 70 professional and 80 pre-college active chapters nationwide and oversees. NSBE Region III area includes chapters from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, The Virgin Islands and Guam.

“Our chapter is fueled by the mission statement of NSBE,” said the 20-year-old Atlanta native, who’s enrolled in the dual-degree Cooperative Developmental Energy Program, and earning a bachelor’s in mathematics and mechanical engineering.

“We have a want to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact our communities. We recite this mission statement at every meeting, and challenge our members to go after this mission and make it their own. It’s a mantra not only for their individual lives, but to apply to the way we approach society as a whole. When we repeat this mission statement, we learn to take action on it,” Crumbly continued.

FVSU NSBE president Richard Brinkley says that although the campus chapter is one of the smallest in the region, the university organization has a higher percentage of members actively participating than other Region III schools. According to Brinkley, the chapter was inactive during the 1990s, and reactivated in 2008. Since then, members have maintained high goals, including strong participation in community-service initiatives and attendance at regional and academic conferences. The group also nabbed the Outstanding Student Organization Award from FVSU.

“We’ve been able to accomplish a lot with this diverse group,” said Brinkley. “The energy that we have is high, and our individual body members have an extreme desire to contribute.”

Brinkley will be transferring to the University of Texas, Austin in fall 2013 to pursue a degree in geosystems engineering.

“I’m really proud of their hard work as a chapter, and also of the chapter president Richard Brinkley whose leadership has been a catalyst to lead FVSU NSBE in this positive direction,” said Dr. Isaac Crumbly, an ex-officio advisor for FVSU’s NSBE.

Crumbly acknowledged that he sees the students within the organization as his children, especially Brinkley, who has grown up before his eyes.

“I watched Brinkley progress throughout the Cooperative Developmental Energy Program pipeline. He started out in the Mathematics Science and Engineering Academy, and is about to graduate from FVSU,” said Crumbly. “Brinkley is trying to make sure that there is a transition team in place. He is trying to ensure that once he leaves, that they will continue in the same direction.”

Here is an overview of the chapter’s 2012-2013 accomplishments.


Chapter Achievements

1. Earned awarded for highest cumulative GPA in Region III

2. Won the 2014 National Convention Kickoff Spades Tournament

3. Received Outstanding Student Organization award from FVSU

4. Chartered first NSBE Jr. chapter at Peach County High School


Member Achievements

Richard Brinkley, Senior, Mathematics and Petroleum Engineering

  • Current NSBE president that was elected to be the 2013-2014 Region III Membership Chair
  • Received 2012-2013 regional chapter president’s Visionary Award

Altony Hall, Junior, Mathematics and Petroleum Engineering

  • Elected Region III Treasurer for second term
  • Received Region III Outstanding Treasurer Award

Brittany Brown, Junior, Mathematics and Civil Engineering

  • Elected Pre-College Initiative Chair for second term
  • Awarded Region III MVP at Fall Regional Conference
  • Personal interview with Hensel Phelps Construction Company

Marci Early, Junior, Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering

  • Personal interview with Alcoa Power and Propulsion Company

Jasmine Bowers, Senior, Computer Science and Mathematics

  • $5,000 Scholarship from Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • $1,333 Travel Scholarship from Google, dinner with Google at 39th Annual NSBEConvention in Indianapolis, Ind.

Brandon Baker, Sophomore. Major: Mathematics

  • Personal interviews with Eaton Corporation, Delta Airlines, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Upcoming recognition in the NSBE national magazine

Joshuah Davis, Senior, Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering

  • Upcoming recognition in the NSBE national magazine

Emerald Scott, Senior, Electronic Engineering Technology

  • Personal interview with Rockwell Automation

Brian Tucker, Senior, Mathem

  • Personal interviews with San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Alcoa Power and Propulsion Company

Deric Davis, Senior, Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering

  • Personal interview with United Technologies Corp.

Marquis Wagner, Senior, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

  • Personal interview with United Technologies Corp.


Christina D. Milton, writer

Fort Valley State University

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(478) 822-7589, miltonc@fvsu.edu