Upward Bound strive for success at Alcorn

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Updated: 6/17/2014 2:10 PM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

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Lorman, Miss. (June 17, 2014) –As Upward Bound Program Director Lucille Donaldson reflects on her time as a student in the program over 30 years ago, she credits the leadership of her camp instructors for her success.

“This is a very successful program that prepared me along my way of graduating high school and receiving my degrees from Alcorn. I’m excited to say that I went from being a student in the program to being the program director,” said Donaldson.

About Upward Bound

The popular summer residential program kicked off with nearly 70 students on June 8 and will continue until July 18 as part of the year-round Upward Bound program held on Alcorn’s Lorman campus. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Upward Bound is a pre-college program designed to motivate students by developing their basic skills to enable them to complete high school and make a successful transition into postsecondary education.

The program seeks to prepare participants for college entrance by improving their knowledge in basic academic subjects such as mathematics, English, science, reading and a foreign language. Once a week, participating students have classes on the Natchez campus. The program includes students from Adams, Claiborne, Jefferson and Wilkinson County schools.

Donaldson said the program provides the students with plenty of opportunities to better themselves in the classroom.

“If the students take advantage of what we have to offer, then I think this program will benefit them. We give them subject area tutorials to assist them in passing their standardized tests so that they can graduate from high school.”

Donaldson mentioned how she and the camp leaders are exposing the students to a college atmosphere so they can easily transition into college life.

“We also prepare them for college by giving them college prep courses and workshops in financial aid and admissions. We prepare them to take the ACT test for college entrance also.”

Donaldson expects the students to leave the summer camp with more than educational skills. She wants to expand their horizons by getting them out of their comfort zones.

“We work with the students on social skills. We also allow the students to get involved in extracurricular activities such as traveling to other historically black colleges and universities so they can experience schools other than Alcorn. We also take them to educational museums.”

The Upward Bound experience

Jakeiva Chambliss, a 15-year-old who will be entering her junior year at Jefferson County High School this fall, expressed her pleasure with the program’s willingness to prepare them for greatness.

“I like everything about the program. I think it is perfect because they spend time with us to make sure that we are prepared for college. I like the idea of them creating this program so that we can get settled into college life,” said Chambliss.

Roddy Davis, a 16-year-old who will start his senior year at Wilkinson County High School in August, appreciates how fair everyone in the program is and learning a new language.

“They treat us like family here. They don’t have any picks and chooses. They treat us all the same. I’ve also learned a lot since I’ve been coming here. I have been able to learn Spanish,” said Davis.

For more information, contact Lucille Donaldson at (601)-877-6224 or feel free to email her at Lucille@alcorn.edu.

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Civil Rights Legend and former NAACP Chairman to address Alcorn graduates

Updated: 5/5/2014 1:51 PM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

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 Civil Rights Legend and former NAACP Chairman Myrlie Evers to address Alcorn graduates at its 143rd Commencement Convocation

Lorman, Miss. (May 3, 2014) – Civil Rights legend and former NAACP Chairman Myrlie Evers will share words of wisdom with Alcorn graduates at its 143rd Commencement Convocation Saturday, May 10, at 8:30 a.m. in the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex on the Lorman campus.

Alcorn will award degrees to nearly 600 students who have applied to receive 440 bachelor’s and 156 master’s degrees.

Myrlie Evers began her legendary tenure as chairman of the NAACP in 1995. Evers’ positive reputation among civil rights activists made her election a cause for renewed optimism among NAACP supporters. She is credited with spearheading the operations that restored the NAACP to its original status as the premier civil rights organization in America.

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Alcorn president is leading the Way

Updated: 3/24/2014 10:59 AM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

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Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr. Alcorn president is leading the Way

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Lorman, Miss. (March 21, 2014) – Some are born ready and others are ready made. No matter the case, Alcorn State University is moving forward with a strong combination of energy—courage and confidence.

It’s a sense of optimism that springs forward from the student body to employees and alumni to the community at large. And President Alfred Rankins Jr. is leading the charge. It’s not easy balancing institutional control with transparency. But President Rankins is ready to find that balance working along with the Alcorn family.

In a letter to the Alcorn family on his first day on the job, President Rankins reflected on his time as an Alcornite and shared words of inspiration.

“It is essential that the Alcorn spirit manifests itself in collaborations across academic disciplines by our dedicated faculty and staff, be reinforced by our committed alumni and friends, and championed by our loyal student body whose originality in cheering on the Braves is matched only by their spirit of innovation in class and community work.”

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Alcorn to host UN Conference on Sustainable Development

Updated: 3/7/2014 12:47 PM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

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Alcorn will host the United Nations (UN) Conference on Sustainable Development Thursday, March 20, 2014. The Conference will be held in conjunction with the Humpty Dumpty Institute’s (HDI) Higher Education Alliance (HEA) and is part of a series of events with the goal of creating the next generation of global leaders by connecting academic institutions with the UN.

UN experts and diplomats will gather to look at how the United Nations addresses sustainable development through the lenses of gender, human rights, post-2015 sustainable development goals and the experience of Jamaica in sustainable development.

“The conferences and lecture series offered by the UN increase knowledge on the role the United States and other countries have in multilateral, multi-country initiatives around the globe,” shared Dr. Dovi Alipoe, director of the Office of Global Programs at Alcorn.

In October 2013, Alcorn hosted a UN lecture on peacekeeping challenges discussing the United States role in supporting U.N. peacekeeping operations around the world, both militarily and politically.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The Conference on Sustainable Development will take place in the J.D. Boyd Library, Medgar Evers Auditorium with a morning session from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., an afternoon session from 1:15 – 2:20 p.m. and a plenary session from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. Featured speakers will be Ambassador Courtney Rattray, Matthias Klettermayer, Shireen Said and Elsie-Bernadette Onubogu.

“Presenters at this conference are world class experts on issues related to global sustainable development,” says Alipoe. “We are honored to have such an elite group of speakers. The Conference will be highly beneficial to all majors as well as the entire university community.”

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Alipoe at 601.877.6543 or alipoe@alcorn.edu.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Ambassador Courtney Rattray

Courtney Rattray is ambassador and the permanent representative of Jamaica to the United Nations.  He was the ambassador of Jamaica to China from December 2008 – May 2013. Ambassador Rattray’s presentation will focus on the Jamaican experience of sustainable development in the UN context currently with an emphasis on the millennium development goals and post-2015 sustainable development goals.  

Matthias Klettermayer

Matthias Klettermayer is the sustainable development officer responsible for communication and outreach in the United Nations’ Division of Sustainable Development.  He is the lead author of the Division’s monthly newsletter “Sustainable Development in Action”.  Prior to joining the UN, Klettermayer worked at the British Embassy and the UK Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Vienna.  He will speak on the United Nations and post-2015 sustainable development goals. He will provide an introduction on sustainable development from the perspective of the United Nations, and give information on where we stand at the moment on the millennium development goals and how post-2015 sustainable development goals are being formulated.

Shireen Said

Shireen Said is the global policy adviser on human rights for the Bureau for Development Policy at United Nations Development Programs (UNDP). Prior to joining UNDP, Said worked various assignments, including chief director in the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, Republic of South Africa.  Said will speak on human rights and sustainable development. Her presentation will introduce the idea of human rights as a pre-condition for sustainable development and explore UNDP’s human rights-based approach to sustainable development.

Elsie-Bernadette Onubogu

Elsie-Bernadette Onubogu is an international lawyer with expertise in the areas of human rights, gender, peacekeeping and development.  She will address issues related to gender in sustainable development.

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75 Students from 62 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Named 2014 HBCU All-Stars

Updated: 2/11/2014 2:17 PM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

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Lorman, Miss. (February 11, 2014) – The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) today announced its first class of HBCU All-Stars, recognizing 75 undergraduate, graduate and professional students for their accomplishments in academics, leadership and civic engagement.  Currently enrolled at 62 HBCUs, the All-Stars were selected from 445 students who submitted completed applications that included a transcript, resume, essay and recommendation. The HBCU All-Stars will serve as ambassadors of the White House Initiative by providing outreach and communication with their fellow students about the value of education and the Initiative as a networking resource.

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“Engaging with the next generation of leaders who will graduate from HBCUs and go on to make meaningful contributions to society is crucial to the success of our community, our country and our global competitiveness,” said George Cooper, executive director of the WHIHBCUs. “It is a privilege to announce these 75 students who have demonstrated a commitment to both their own academic achievement and making a difference in their communities, and we look forward to working with them as partners in advancing President Obama’s college completion goal.”

Over the course of the next year — through social media and their relationships with community-based organizations — the All-Stars will share promising and proven practices that support opportunities for all young people to achieve their educational and career potential. In addition, the 45 female and 30 male All-Stars will participate in regional events and web chats with Ivory Toldson, deputy director of the WHIHBCUs, other Initiative staff and professionals from a wide range of disciplines. They will also have opportunities to engage with other scholars to showcase individual and collective talent across the HBCU community.

More information about the activities of the 75 HBCU All-Stars will be provided in the coming months as they carry out their role as ambassadors of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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Alcorn State University to Host 2014 Small Farmers Conference in Jackson

Updated: 2/7/2014 10:19 AM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

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The 23rd annual Alcorn State University Extension Program (ASUEP) Small Farmers Conference, slated for March 24-26, 2014, will be held at the Jackson Convention Complex, 105 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson, Miss. “Using Smarter Innovations to Strengthen Agriculture” is this year’s conference theme. The event is co-sponsored by Alcorn Extension and the Mississippi Association of Cooperatives (MAC).

“We look forward to the conference as our greatest networking opportunity that brings together a diverse group of small farmers, ranchers, landowners and women with business ideas,” stated  Myra Draggs, executive director of MAC and conference co-chair. “This event has a great impact on the lives of its participants. Over the years, we have seen past attendees start businesses as a result of the information and encouragement received during the conference. This year, we look to further enhance opportunities for our participants to obtain knowledge and engage in collaborations.” Alcorn Extension Program 300x75 Alcorn State University to Host 2014 Small Farmers Conference in Jackson

A highlight of the conference will be the observance of the 100th Year Anniversary of the Cooperative Extension System.  Other highlights will include learning site tour, a “Let’s Talk” Forum of state and federal agency personnel and farmers and ranchers, along with several vendors and exhibitors showcasing their products.

To register for the conference, please visit www.smallfarmersconference.org<http://www.smallfarmersconference.org/> or contact Alcorn Extension at(601) 877-6128 or call toll-free (877) 427-9536. Registration is $45 (single) and $80 (couple) non-refundable. Scholarships will be available for small farmers, ranchers and women in business on first come first served basis until February 28, 2014. First consideration will be given to participants residing outside of 40-mile radius of Jackson. For information on scholarships, please contact Savannah Jackson, at the MAC office, at (601) 354-2750.

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Alcorn alumnus named Administrator of the Month

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Pictured from left are Stacie Reddoch and Kalvin Robinson. Front row from left are Abby Sweeney and Tara Robinson.

Congratulations to Kalvin Robinson ’98, named “Administrator of the Month”
by the Rankin County School District, in conjunction with the Rankin Chamber
of Commerce Education Committee. Robinson is the head principal at Brandon
Middle School and has been an educator for 19 years. He has spent the last
12 years as an administrator and two of them in his current capacity. Read
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A thank you and request from Alcorn State

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Continue to Help Us Honor the Legacy of Medgar Wiley Evers ’52

Thank you Alcornites and friends for helping us honor the courage, leadership, and
dedication of a fellow Mississippian and Alcorn State graduate: Medgar Wiley
Evers ’52. Help support the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the
larger-than-life statue of a determined, forward reaching Evers by donating
today.

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Lorman, Miss. (January 3, 2013) – Need an eye mask and travel blanket that folds into itself?

Need to shield your clothing from deodorant stains while you dress?

You need an Alcornite.

Alcornites Dr. Margarett Bachus Wilson and Gail Mayfield Gandy each invented unique products, but their paths did not cross until after they had stood in line for hours to audition for Shark Tank, ABC’s reality show that features inventors pitching products to potential investors.

The women were standing in a hallway at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre after making their pitches when they struck up a conversation and made surprising discoveries: they are both from Mississippi and both Alcorn graduates.

“Having a patent or getting a patent is a unique experience,” Wilson said. “I don’t really run into people who have actual products they have developed … and to see someone who went to the same school and is from the same state and has a product, it was very interesting.”

“This is so unreal, so wonderful,” Gandy said.

Both women’s daughters had saved their places in line for them. Gandy was No. 34. Wilson was No. 38.

Gandy, a Waynesboro native, graduated in 1982, and Wilson, who hails from Hernando, earned her degree in 1972. The women exchanged products and fond memories of life “on the yard” and stories about professors and staff. Gandy and Wilson visit Alcorn and attend alumni events, but had never run into each other. Gandy, however, discovered her sister attended Alcorn with Wilson.

“They lived in the same dorm,” Gandy said, describing the close-knit campus environment of her sister’s era. “They were good friends. Back in the ’70s, they did not have cars (on campus). They had to walk to church.”

Each woman owes her invention — in part — to her sewing skills.

Wilson boarded a flight to London and discovered the plane was out of complimentary blankets. It was a night flight, but most people around her were reading and kept their lights on. After returning home, Wilson stitched a carry-on solution: the Snazzy Napper.

Gandy, like many women, has stained her clothing with deodorant while pulling dresses and blouses over her head. The problem was especially frustrating after her daughter stained her dress while getting ready for prom. Gandy sewed a solution: the Voila! Garment Guard, underarm protectors that easily slip off after clothing is pulled on.

The women’s inventions are in different sales phases.

Wilson, a doctor and medical consultant for the Georgia Department of Human Services in Atlanta, began running an infomercial in 2010, attracting the attention of CNN’s Jeanne Moos and prompting Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Fallon to feature it on their shows. Moos and the comedians were making fun of her product, but the exposure generated worldwide orders.

With a patent in hand and sales experience, Wilson went to Shark Tank to reignite her business.

Gandy, a contracting officer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Huntsville, Alabama gained patent pending status earlier this year and recently began selling her Voila! Garment Guards. A Mennonite woman whom Gandy met at a fabric store teamed with others to make the first thousand Voila! Garment Guards, but she’s still looking for a manufacturer and learning to navigate the invention business, a world where ideas are stolen and promises are broken.

She’s looking to Shark Tank to expand her business to national and international markets.

Wilson knows the frustration of struggling to find information and promised to share what she knows with Gandy. But Gandy was cautious about getting her hopes up; others had promised to help and failed to follow through.

Shortly after the two met, Gandy prayed, hoping Wilson would help her find her way. Gandy sat in her car one day and checked email on her cell phone. She found Wilson’s email with all the promised information.

“I just started crying in the car,” Gandy said. “I had prayed for this information because I had been working on this product for so long. For me to make money off of it, I really needed to have an overseas manufacturer.

“I started crying because she fulfilled that prayer,” Gandy said. “Wilson gave me everything.”

Neither has heard back from Shark Tank, but the Alcornite connection was solidified and the inventors have continued to market their products. Recently, they attended the National Minority Certification Conference in San Antonio, Texas, where they established valuable business relationships.

“We have just agreed that we are going to keep in touch, that we are going to help each other whatever way we can,” Wilson said.

After all, we are …Entrepreneurs. We are Alcorn. To purchase the Snazzy Napper, visit www.snazzynapper.com or call 877.9.SNAZZY. To purchase the Voila! Garment Guards, visit www.thegarmentguard.com or call 256.924.2468.

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Alcorn president on the TJMS

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Listen below to audio from this morning on the Tom Joyner Morning Show of Dr. M. Christopher Brown II, president of Alcorn State University.

Alcorn State University was a Tom Joyner Foundation November 2013 school of the month. You can still show your support for Alcorn here.

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