Top stories for 2015 at Fort Valley State University

Dr. Paul Jones

January 8, 2016 – Fort Valley State University experienced a lot of exciting changes during 2015. Here is a list of the top stories that took place in 2015.

  1. Dr. Paul Jones named tenth president of Fort Valley State University–The Georgia Board of Regents named Dr. Paul Jones as the tenth president of Fort Valley State University during their Nov. 10 meeting. Jones served as interim president of Darton State College, a University System of Georgia state college.Chancellor Hank Huckaby, who made the recommendation for Jones to be named president, believes that FVSU’s new president has a good leadership track record within the USG.
    URL: http://www2.fvsu.edu/jones-named-the-ninth-president-of-fort-valley-state-university/
  2. . FVSUs new president meets with faculty, says he has no hidden agenda – The Fort Valley State University campus community gathered in the C.W. Pettigrew Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 12 to meet with the institution’s new president, Dr. Paul Jones, and First Lady Sylvia Jones during a special meet and greet. In addressing some anticipated fears from the campus community about his selection, Jones said he had no hidden agenda for accepting the post.The new president said his leadership style is collaborative, transparent and open. “Some believe that my appointment is an indication of a hidden agenda,” Jones said. “As I mentioned earlier, I take pride in being a transparent leader. The only agenda I intend to promote is to develop strategies that will enhance student success, and to ensure that we have improved health and well being, so this university will be successful for many years to come.”Jones said he would be implementing an “aggressive transition plan,” and would be meeting with alumni groups and other community stakeholders to listen about their hopes for the university’s future course. URL: http://www2.fvsu.edu/fvsus-new-president-meets-with-faculty-says-he-has-no-hidden-agenda/
  3. FVSU produces highest number of African-American math graduates in nation, according to report – One of the nation’s leading journals in diversity recently ranked a Fort Valley State University degree program as number one in the nation for producing the highest number of African-American graduates in mathematics. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, ranked FVSU as number one in the country for producing graduates in the field of mathematics and statistics.The school outranked major national institutions that included Harvard University and Georgetown University (tied for #36). The campus also beat all Georgia institutions such as the University of Georgia (which ranked at #50), Georgia State University (ranked at #9), and HBCUs Spelman College (ranked at #3), Morehouse College (ranked at #4). Savannah State University (ranked at #6) and Albany State University (ranked at #22). Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has produced its Top 100 Degree Producers list since 2011. It ranks universities that confer the highest number of undergraduate and graduate degrees to minority students every year. Current rankings include totals from previous years from 2010-2014 and breaks down individual rankings lists by majors. The journal tabulated rankings based on institutional reports submitted to the U.S. Department of Education.URL: http://www2.fvsu.edu/fvsu-produces-highest-number-of-african-american-math-graduates-in-nation-according-to-report/
  4. FVSU’s pool re-opens –During Middle Georgia’s coldest months, Wildcat students and the local community can warm up by taking a dip in Fort Valley State University’s newly re-opened pool. To celebrate, the university held a Big Splash pool re-opening and ribbon cutting on Jan. 30 in the Health and Physical Education Complex.
  5. FVSU Day at the Capitol highlights best of the university – Lawmakers and visitors recently received a snapshot of cutting-edge research and the outstanding student scholars that Fort Valley State University has to offer during the second annual FVSU Day at the Capitol held Feb. 11 in Atlanta, Ga.
  6. Fort Valley State University’s Head Start Program awarded a $5.8 million grant – More than 500 children in middle Georgia will soon reap the benefits of a $5.8 million grant awarded to Fort Valley State University’s Head Start Program. Head Start is a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Program that offers free school readiness programs which may include medical screenings and the teaching of literacy skills, motor skills and physical development for low-income families. FVSU’s Head Start Program is the recipient of the Central Georgia Early Learners Child Care Partnership Program grant. This grant is awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.URL: http://www2.fvsu.edu/fort-valley-state-universitys-head-start-program-awarded-a-5-8-million-grant/
  7. FVSU produces highest number of African-American math graduates in nation, according to report– One of the nation’s leading journals in diversity recently ranked a Fort Valley State University degree program as number one in the nation for producing the highest number of African-American graduates in mathematics. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, ranked FVSU as number one in the country for producing graduates in the field of mathematics and statistics. The school outranked major national institutions that included Harvard University and Georgetown University (tied for #36).
    The campus also beat all Georgia institutions such as the University of Georgia (which ranked at #50), Georgia State University (ranked at #9), and HBCUs Spelman College (ranked at #3), Morehouse College (ranked at #4). Savannah State University (ranked at #6) and Albany State University (ranked at #22).
    URL: http://www2.fvsu.edu/fvsu-produces-highest-number-of-african-american-math-graduates-in-nation-according-to-report/
  8. Fort Valley State University holds cake-cutting for 120th Anniversary – Fort Valley State University officially celebrated its 120th Anniversary in style on Nov. 5 with a cake-cutting celebration held in the Lottie B. Lyons Student Center. Event organizers provided 120 peach crumb cupcakes with topped with sugar icing and goat milk ice cream treats for guests at the event.“It is wet, a little chilly and a great day to be a Wildcat,” said Pamela Berry-Johnson, director of Marketing. “I would invite you to give yourself a round of applause for being a part of an outstanding institution. You are a part of history by being here today.”URL: http://www2.fvsu.edu/fort-valley-state-university-holds-cake-cutting-for-120th-anniversary/
  9. FVSU’s TEARS2c program receives $900,000 to expand STD and Alcohol Awareness Program to Bibb County A new federal grant will help a Fort Valley State University program to continue to reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases and substance abuse within the 18-24 year old minority population. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Division (SAMHSA) awarded FVSU’s Teaching Everyone about the Risks: Community Coalition (TEARs2C) program a $900,000 grant.The agency leads public health initiatives to promote better behavioral health by reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental health issues in American communities. This is the second time that FVSU’s TEARS2c program has received a SAMHSA grant.URL: http://www2.fvsu.edu/fvsus-tears2c-program-receives-900000-to-expand-std-and-alcohol-awareness-program-to-bibb-county/
  10. The loss of students Taylor Moore and Chrishea Cummings – Two Fort Valley State University students died in 2015. Taylor Moore passed away after a motor vehicle accident in September. Cummings died of complications related to sickle cell anemia in November. URL: http://www2.fvsu.edu/fvsu-honors-the-life-of-taylor-moore/URL: http://www2.fvsu.edu/fvsu-mourns-loss-of-a-freshman-following-her-sudden-death/
  11. FVSU hosts national NAAHBCU art conference – Fort Valley State University hosted a national artistic conference of professional artists and scholars on its campus recently. The National Alliance of Artists for Historically Black Colleges held their two-day annual conference at FVSU’s campus on Oct. 8 and 9. The NAAHBCU’s mission is to introduce art and art education to its member institutions. The organization is committed to sustaining artistic programs on college campuses for future generations and providing professional opportunities for artists, art historians, curators, collectors and art enthusiasts. URL: http://www2.fvsu.edu/fvsu-hosts-national-naahbcu-art-conference/
  12. FVSU one of several USG institutions with increase in fall enrollment over last year – Fort Valley State University is one of several University System of Georgia institutions seeing an increase in fall 2015 enrollment over last year, according to a USG report released early today. FVSU’s enrollment of 2,695 was a 3.9 percent increase over last year’s 2,594 students. Dr. Jessica Bailey, interim FVSU president, said she was elated the Middle Georgia land-grant institution was able to reverse a downward trend in enrollment.URL: http://www2.fvsu.edu/fvsu-one-of-a-several-usg-institutions-with-increase-in-fall-enrollment-over-last-year/