FVSU to commemorate United Nations Day; charters Global Initiative Council

Oct. 21, 2013 – This week as Fort Valley State University’s alums return to The Valley, the campus will be opening its doors to the entire international community. On Thursday, Oct. 24, the university will celebrate one of the world’s foremost global organizations during United Nations Day. The celebration will begin with a Parade of Nations at 9 a.m. in the Historic Quadrangle, followed by an invitation-only, inaugural Global Initiatives Council luncheon at noon in the C.W. Pettigrew Center.

During the Parade of Nations, flags representing the world’s 193-member nations will be displayed to signify international. After the march, a brief program will be held in the Student Amenities Building to commemorate the United Nations. At this event, members of the FVSU family will share personal reflections about global citizenship.

Christopher N. Smith, an attorney and consul for the Kingdom of Denmark, will deliver the keynote address.

Following the parade ceremony, university and international leaders will discuss ways to expand FVSU’s global outreach to recruit students and supporters during the Global Initiatives Luncheon.

According to FVSU’s president, Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, the development of the Global Initiatives Council will leverage the talent, time and ability of individuals and organizations that can build innovative programmatic, resource and research partnerships with the university. There will be formal meetings held three times a year at the university, and within the metro Atlanta area.

“The Global Initiatives Council meeting is a milestone in setting FVSU’s global agenda,” said President Griffith. “The agenda is something that will support our recruitment of students from abroad,  establish study abroad programs, and develop partnerships for research.”

The founding chair for the program will be Dr. Ivor Mitchell, a distinguished professor of marketing and international business at Clark Atlanta University. He is also the director for the Center of Global Partnership and Growth.

After the council gathers, they will break into four, separate groups to implement new campus programs that will strengthen and support FVSU’s land-grant mission. An academic taskforce will strategize ways to broaden the university’s student recruitment efforts, and help implement faculty exchange programs, study abroad opportunities and research partnerships.

The agricultural and allied health initiatives committee shall audit existing campus programs within the sciences. Additionally, they are initiating new plans for the university’s new Center for Food and Allied Security.

A resource group will examine ways to boost scholarships, grants and corporate partnerships at the university.

Finally, a cultural and social initiatives group will develop sports recruitment projects (including FVSU’s new soccer team). They will initiate visits to campus by foreign cultural and sports groups and coordinate performances by foreign artists, musical groups and personalities.

For more information about Parade of Nations, contact the Department of Military Sciences, (478) 825-6340. For questions about the Global Initiatives Council, please call (478) 825-1063.


Christina D. Milton, writer
Fort Valley State University
Office of Marketing and Communications
(478) 825-6319, miltonc@fvsu.edu