FVSU Student Highlights in 2015

Students at the 2015 Honors Convocation.

January 8, 2016 – The year 2015 was one of triumph and tragedy on campus. Several students earned major scholarships to help them with their college education, including Madelyn Bryant, who received a $10,000 scholarship from the Monsanto Corporation. FVSU also lost two students, senior student Taylor Moore and freshman Chrishea Cummings.

For a list of selected list of student achievements and highlights, read below.

  1. FVSU students receive scholarships from fraternity –  A fraternal organization awarded two Fort Valley State University students scholarships that will help cover the expenses of attending college.
  2. Gamma Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Inc., a fraternity committed to fostering the spirit of brotherhood and training a new generation of leaders, awarded Brian Cornish, an FVSU sophomore, and Andrew Crosby, a senior majoring in Middle Grades Education, $1,500 scholarships during its 21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship and Awards Luncheon held Jan. 19 at First Baptist Church Garmon Street New Beginnings Center.
  3. FVSU student researchers win big at ERN Conference in Washington, D.C. – Two Fort Valley State University students earned top awards at one of the largest conferences for student researchers in the country. Frank Ivey, a senior biology student, and Brandon Beaty, a senior plant science biotechnology major, earned two first place wins at the Emerging Researcher National Conference recently in Washington D.C. on Feb. 19-21. URL: http://www2.fvsu.edu/fvsu-student-researchers-win-big-at-ern-conference/
  4. FVSU students and history professor present at National Council for Black Studies Conference – Two Fort Valley State University students and a history professor presented papers at a conference highlighting research about Black culture and the African Diaspora.Dr. Dawn Herd-Clark, chair of the Department of History, Geography, Political Science and Criminal Justice, and students Stacey Watson and Kymara Sneed traveled toLos Angeles on March 12 to participate in the 39th Annual National Council for Black Studies Conference from March 11 – 14.
  5. FVSU students receive Fariboz Asadian Scholarships –Two Fort Valley State University students received scholarships for their outstanding academic achievements inside and outside of the classroom. Ashley Davis, a senior majoring in mathematics, and Thuy-Duong Nguyen, a senior majoring in computer science, were awarded a $400 Fariborz Asadian scholarship on March 19 inside the Health and Physical Education Complex after the Honors Convocation Ceremony. URL: http://www2.fvsu.edu/fvsu-students-receive-fariboz-asadian-scholarships/  
  6.  Outstanding Wildcat students recognized at Honors Convocation – Fort Valley State University recently recognized more than 400 outstanding student scholars at the 64th Annual Honors Convocation held  March 19 in the Health and Physical Education Complex on campus. This year’s convocation featured Judge Verda Colvin, the first African-American woman appointed as a Superior Court Judge on the Macon Judicial Circuit. The Honors Convocation is held annually to acknowledge academic excellence in action,” said Dr. Jessica Bailey, FVSU’s vice president for Academic Affairs and the Provost. “This convocation also allows us to applaud (students’) abilities to excel in their pursuit of a higher education. This is our opportunity to say to our students ‘Job Well Done.'” URL: http://www2.fvsu.edu/fvsu-recognizes-outstanding-wildcat-students-at-honors-convocation/
  7.  FVSU students and professor attend national toxicology conference – Three Fort Valley State University students and two professors traveled to Sunshine State for a scientific conference from a professional organization. Junior plant science biotechnology major Madalyn Bryant, and two senior biology students Erin Simon and Latisha Pryor, and assistant professors of biology,  Dr. Celia Dodd and Dr. Felicia Jefferson, attended the 54th Annual Society of Toxicology Conference in San Diego, Calif. in March.  Pryor won two awards at the conference. The Society of Toxicology is a professional and scholarly scientific organization of scientists from academia, the government, and industry that represent scientists that practice toxicology in the U.S. and abroad. URL: http://www2.fvsu.edu/fvsu-students-and-professors-attend-national-toxicology-conference/   
  8.  FVSU 4-H’er earns trip to the White House : Georgia youth Ka’Shawn Burke joined a delegation of eight 4-H youth for a meeting with President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at the White House on April 13, 2015. While there, the 4-H’ers engaged the president and secretary on the programs they are leading to improve their communities in healthy living, food security and STEM education. URL:  http://www2.fvsu.edu/fvsu-4-her-earns-trip-to-the-white-house/  
  9.  Biology students selected for forensics summer research experience – Three Fort Valley State University senior biology students are spending their summer designing and conducting individual forensics research projects thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation. The eight-week Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates began this June and will conclude in July for students Shannon James, Miciah Lyons and Reginald Mims. The trio were selected based on their outstanding performance in the classroom and their motivation for scientific research in forensics. URL: http://www2.fvsu.edu/biology-students-selected-for-forensics-summer-research-experience/   
  10. LSAMP students compete during closing ceremony on campus – Fort Valley State University summer science research students competed against one another for top bragging rights at the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation annual closing ceremony on July 23 in the Academic Classroom and Laboratory Building. During the competition, students gave oral presentations on their summer research projects. Topics that included on low-birthweight babies, the effects of medicinal remedies on slaughterhouse pathogens at FVSU’s Meat Technology Center, and the toxicological effects of organophosphate flame retardants. URL: http://www2.fvsu.edu/lsamp-students-compete-during-closing-ceremony-on-campus/
  11. FVSU honors the life of Taylor Moore –  Fort Valley State University paused to honor the life of one of its students tragically killed in a car accident. On Thursday, Sept. 10, the university held a memorial service to honor the life of Taylor Moore. The 21-year-old senior mass communications student from Powder Springs, Ga., lost her life in a single-car crash on Sept. 3 near the FVSU campus. Moore’s family, the campus community, students and her friends paid tribute to the student whose life affected so many. URL: http://www2.fvsu.edu/fvsu-honors-the-life-of-taylor-moore/  
  12. Monsanto awards biotechnology student $10,000 in scholarship funds– With the help of a $10,000 scholarship, Madalyn Bryant, a Fort Valley State University senior plant science biotechnology major, can look forward to her last year of college debt free. Bryant is one of ten recipients of the Monsanto Fund 1890s Student Scholarship for 2015. Monsanto awards this scholarship with the goal of developing and supporting students pursuing agriculture and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degrees. The corporation invests in students majoring in these disciplines to help tackle global food security challenges. URL: http://www2.fvsu.edu/monsanto-awards-biotechnology-student-10000-in-scholarship-funds-2/  
  13. FVSU mourns loss of a freshman – The Fort Valley State University campus community is deeply saddened to announce of the sudden death of a freshman student, Chrishea Cummings, 18, from Folkston, Ga. The infant and child development major passed away early today at the Houston County Medical Center in Warner Robins, Ga. from complications of sickle cell disease after falling ill in her dorm room early Sunday morning and being taken by ambulance after complaining of hip pain.URL: http://www2.fvsu.edu/fvsu-mourns-loss-of-a-freshman-following-her-sudden-death/
  14. Fort Valley State University uses 120th centennial celebration to promote literacy – To help celebrate Fort Valley State University’s 120th anniversary in the Middle Georgia community, the Henry A. Hunt Memorial Library will host an FVSU Authors Series. The FVSU Authors Series is a platform created for alumni, students, faculty and staff authors to discuss their published works and insight on contemporary issues, and to promote literacy. Eighteen-year-old Fort Valley State University freshman and young adult fiction author Randall Barnes kicks-off the event on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m., on the first floor of the Hunt Memorial Library. Barnes is the author of the book series, “The Diary of Aaliyah Anderson,” which was recently translated in Spanish and added in several libraries around the world, including Fort Valley’s own Henry A. Hunt Memorial Library. The second volume was released earlier this month and is available for purchase on Amazon.com. URL: http://www2.fvsu.edu/fort-valley-state-university-uses-120th-centennial-celebration-to-promote-literacy/