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Sports Forum / Tuskegee vs Newberry
« on: November 19, 2016, 01:48:14 PM »
7-3 2nd quarter 6:53 left. Tuskegee is playing well so far. They received some questionable calls earlier, making it 1st and 45

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On the Sidelines and In The Stands / SIAC GAME
« on: November 12, 2016, 09:19:33 PM »
KSU band is the old FVSU and they sound good. Good job KSU. Maybe one day we will get back to that point

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Sports Forum / Many are shaking their heads at Albany State
« on: November 07, 2016, 09:19:25 PM »
With a contingent agreement set up prior to the Fountain City Classic, both schools agreed that the loser would play Tuskegee, giving them a chance at going to the playoffs. Many thought that the game would be between Fort Valley State University and Tuskegee University, and it was received with open arms. However, we, FVSU, topped Albany State; and Albany State backed out on their part of the agreement. It doesn't look good that Albany State University is no longer considered an HBCU, and now they won't honor their agreement with another HBCU. If it had been Albany put in this situation, they would feel the same way if an agreement wasn't held. 

Sports Forum / A link for FVSU vs Morehouse game
« on: October 29, 2016, 02:02:11 PM »
If there's a link for today's game, please post it

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Sports Forum / Fountain City Classic 2016
« on: October 24, 2016, 10:47:25 AM »
I'm asking that we really make a statement for the Fountain City Classic, and I'm hoping that word can spread to all attendees and that the cooperation comes from both fan bases of both schools, Fort Valley State University and Albany State University; what I am referencing of is not standing and kneeling during the National Anthem. If all attendees were to kneel or sit during the playing of the National Anthem, especially with it being the weekend before the election, it would get major publicity. Now is a better time than ever, with Albany State now being merged with Darton State University. It would be on every major outlet. LETS MAKE THIS HAPPEN.


Sports Forum / FVSU Wildcats 2016 Season
« on: October 03, 2016, 01:35:45 PM »
In all fairness, I think Coach Porter is a good coach and great person, especially taking the job in the conditions in which he took the job; however, I do not believe that FVSU's football program has ever started off like this; overall 1-4 and in conference 1-2.  I know that there is still little room to turn the season around, but I thought we were better than this watching the first game. 

I bet Coach Pittman is at home thinking to himself, "I may have lost, but I never lost to Lane or started off like this."

Change doesn't happen overnight, but in comparison to last year and seasons before, this seems like it may be one of our longest season in our school's history. Do understand, I stated that, "I DO NOT BELIEVE" and that this "MAY BE ONE OF OUR LONGEST." I know that in time we will get better and that we are better with Pittman and Murfree gone from the program.

On the Sidelines and In The Stands / FVSU BMMB vs Clark Game
« on: September 20, 2016, 11:57:43 AM »
In attending the game on Saturday, which I am an avid giving alumni and supporter, that has attended many games since I was child; I was taken aback on Saturday by the lack of performance from the BMMB. I know that they are small, and that was seen and heard at the Labor Day Classic against Miles.

However, on Saturday as the team was making a comeback, the band played little to nothing. There were no beats to go along with the cheers from the cheerleaders and when asked from the crowd to play something that say there like a deer caught in headlights. I did see a gentleman yelling for them to play and going down to talk to one of the guys in a blazer and khaki pants, but to no avail did they play. And the gentleman that went down, was the same gentleman that was trying to get money from the alumni to give to the band.

Size doesn't matter in terms of motivation and getting the crowd amped. If they want people to give them money for support, donations, etc., they have to sell themselves. It's not the BMMB that I am use to seeing at games. They didn't even jam coming off the field, and come to think of it, they didn't even stay around after the Miles game to battle a little. A sad time for the BMMB. But I'm a believer things will get better. And you can't keep pointing the finger at the past, you have to pick up and move on.

I've been going to FVSU games since I was in my mother's arm; however, I have never seen the band this small. It looks worse than a high school band, in comparison to other college bands. I applaud the students that are in the band currently, but its ridiculous that year after year, the band members, alumni, and supporters are filled with empty promises and excuses. For the past 5 or 6 years, I know, the BMMB has been shrinking. People at first blame Mr. Jones, saying he robbed the band; and he has been gone now for a few years now. The band has not been the same since Mr. Giles retired as band director. It's unfair for the new band director to be put in this situation. You have more people helping and walking with the band, than you have members almost. If you look south of us at Albany State University, they are growing leaps and bounds. Hell even, Savannah State University band is growing. Recruiting and exposure is heavily needed. Even in the off season, we need to be performing somewhere and getting out. There does not need to be any attitude from anyone that is trying to help the band, when it comes to performing.

The Drum / FVSU please get rid of the Athletic Director, Mr. Murphy
« on: September 22, 2015, 09:07:24 PM »
To my alums, we need to get rid of Dr. Joshua W. Murfree, Jr. This needs to be his last year at the institution. He has raised little money, if that, for the athletics. As much as he makes, he should be able to do more than what he is currently doing. All he does thus far, is be his personal admirer. Every program is suffering and never has been in this dire need. Under his leadership, our programs are failing. Am I the only one feeling that his departure needs to be expedited? I'm looking to hear feedback.

As I sit and ponder about FVSU's football thus far, one can only ponder is the FVSU squad improving or have they just not played another quality team yet? Does the comeback against Lane and the win against Clark-Atlanta show that the wildcats are improving? I for one, am hoping that they are improving; especially with the setbacks they are facing, and given the facts of the coaches and athletes on scholarships. It is my belief and desire that the athletic director, Mr. Murphy must leave. He has not raised a penny since  his arrival, or maybe I should say that, nothing has  improved since he has taken over as AD. With that being said, Coach Pittman is doing the best job he can do with the resources that are being provided to and for him, which is very little. I know that it is still early in the season, but it seems  that they are improving. I would like to hear the thoughts of others on this matter.

General Discussion Forum / Valdosta State Will Be Cutting Positions
« on: August 07, 2015, 08:58:16 AM »
Valdosta State is now experiencing enrollment and financial challenges as well. Here is the article:

The Drum / Can FVSU bounce back?
« on: August 04, 2015, 04:00:38 PM »
It seems,  that years ago, my alma mater rose to the occasion under Dr. Larry E. Rivers. Though some had conflict with the sitting president, as with many people who are in office, he had FVSU's interest at heart. Since Dr. River's departure, The college has declinged in enrollment, faculty and staff, and community support it seems. The former president, Dr. Griffith, did little, if anything during his short tenure at FVSU. Satisfying his personal needs seemed to be his top priority while in office; from his affairs outside of his marriage to financial benefits outside of his regular salary. Dr. Griffith made sure that he didn't lack for anything, while the college needed to be tended to. However, we cannot dwell on the past, we must, in order to survive find a way out of this dilemma. One can only ponder can FVSU bounce back from this unwanted level of despair that we are in? Many problems are facing my alma mater, from programs being dismantled to coaches not being paid; one can only imagine what around the corner. It has been time, but now is more than ever, that our alumni give back and make a genuine commitment to put FVSU as one of their top prority's so that we can claw our way out of this pit. For if we do not, the fate FVSU will become a distant memory of what was and what did exist. Therefore, I'm challenging every current donating alumni, supporter, partner, etc. to reach out to those non-donating people, especially the alumni, and make a pledge to give between $10-$20 a month, which averages between $120-$240 a year. Just think, how much we could do for ourselves.

That is all......

Sports Forum / Can someone please explain
« on: October 14, 2014, 11:17:15 AM »
I was wondering why the game between Albany State and Tuskegee wasn't considered an SIAC conference game? can someone elaborate for me. Just curious

I have read on FVSU's facebook page, (The Fort Valley State University:Official Page), that, and I quote, "There is a $5 fee for admittance to tailgate and vending area. Spectators not attending the game must purchase the $5 wristband to enter. Pay an additional 15 to enter the stadium."

I do not believe that this will be a good idea for the school. Considering that if a person has paid the $350.00 to rent a tailgate space, let's say that family members chip in to rent that space, but only one or two names goes down on the tailgate form; then the other family members, whose name isn't on the tailgate form, will have to pay to attend something that they've already paid for. To me, that's unfair. I think this is a bad money making decision because what will happen is that the people who tailgate will be double charged. However, I could be wrong.

What we have seen from the mindset of trying to regulate everything is that it has caused a decrease in overall attendance...... Some may ask, what am I referring to, and I will say. I am referring to the strip, also known as State College Drive. It use to thrive from Wednesday to Sunday. They would have vendors non stop from the railroad track to the university. The University, along with the city, tried to capitalize on the vendors by roping off non-dwelling areas and making all vendors apply for a permit and restricting the set-up and hours of operation for Fridays-Saturdays only, with the times ending at 11p.m...... In return less vendors and people.

My question for other students and/or alums is this, Does your school charge to frequent in the tailgating area? Trying to find a consensus, because I can't think of any that do.

The Drum / YOUR SAY: President Ivelaw Griffith’s leadership of FVSU
« on: September 28, 2014, 11:27:10 PM »
While relaxing on Sunday evening and recounting the festivities that I enjoyed from the matchup with CAU, I pickup of the Macon Telegraph and began reading. I was taken aback by the article, written be a fellow alumni, Mr. Ortho Kincy. After perusing the article, I was very pleased in which the manner the information was given. Mr. Kincy gave his information from a level platform, allowing the sitting president to make correction starting with himself, along with his cabinet. Therefore, I decided to paste the article, along with the link; so that others may become informed to the truth of our current. May this continue to be distribute to other alumni, and supporters of this institution.

Here is the link as well:

YOUR SAY: President Ivelaw Griffith’s leadership of FVSU
By OTHA LEON KINCY - Special to The Telegraph

September 28, 2014  

YOUR SAY: President Ivelaw Griffith’s leadership of FVSU

After reading the Telegraph’s article, dated Sept. 3, “Fort Valley State announces layoffs, cuts after enrollment drops,” I would like to help set the record straight.

I have observed President Ivelaw Griffith’s leadership of the Fort Valley State University for over a year. In the article, the president said “our university’s challenges have not been met head-on over the years, but we can ill afford to continue doing so.” This is not an accurate statement.

As a graduate and later employee of the university, I also watched the previous president, Dr. Larry E. Rivers, and his administrative team, faculty and staff “meet challenges head-on over the years.” For example, president Rivers started paying back over $2 million in student financial aid funds to the federal government his first day on the job. Within three years, the student financial aid debt ended successfully.

Rivers faced a $5 million deficit when he walked in the door as well. He got to work on reducing the deficit without blaming anyone. A group of residents also met with the University System chancellor to discuss FVSU’s deficit. All parties concerned came to an agreement. And within a year, the deficit ended successfully. And during his seven-and-a-half-year tenure, Rivers never had a deficit.

Rivers faced Southern Association of Colleges accreditation challenges, but in December 2012 they, too, ended successfully. Financial management issues plagued the university for several years. But at the end of his last year, FVSU received a clean audit, with no findings whatsoever.

Rivers faced a somewhat dilapidated campus, with many buildings in disrepair. The construction of new buildings and the renovation of others became a reality, totaling approximately $175 million.

Rivers faced fundraising challenges. So he and his wife, Betty, contributed $100,000 on their second day at FVSU. Leading by example, they asked alumni, friends and others to do the same in supporting student scholarships. In fact, alumni giving went from 4 percent in 2006 to 18 percent by 2013 under his leadership.

The funds in the Fort Valley State University Foundation, for example, went from $3.2 million to over $7 million. Raising scholarship funds to recruit students became a top priority for his administration. With help from the faculty, staff, administration, students and other supporters, Rivers faced, indeed, many challenges “head-on” and achieved great results in most cases.

In several speeches I have heard, Griffith’s primary focus seems to be on recruiting international students. While I think it’s admirable to want to attract foreign students and have an international program, he should adhere to the university’s mission by focusing primarily on recruiting Georgia students.

In terms of recruiting “good students,” Griffith should raise money, go out and get them. Two hundred and fifty students graduated the fall 2013 semester, while 350 graduated the spring 2014 semester, resulting in a total of 600 graduates for the past academic year.

For fall 2014, FVSU has a total of 489 freshmen, of which approximately 245 are first-time entering students. President Griffith and his recruitment team should have developed an aggressive recruitment strategy to replace, at least, students who graduated, while encouraging others to return.

It’s a known fact that a state system school gets $1 million for every 100 students it enrolls during the fall and spring semesters.

Moreover, if Griffith had exerted just a little more tenacity to recruit at least 600 to 700 additional Georgia students to replace those who graduated, his overall deficit would be negligible. Strategic planning is an important component of good leadership.

There has been much discussion concerning the types of students admitted during Rivers’ tenure. As a recruiter for the university, we ambitiously sought to attract, with great success, students who had good grades and Board of Regents-sanctioned SAT or ACT scores.

However, much like other colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia, FVSU allowed some students who had not met all admissions requirements to enroll based on the university’s special admissions process. Now, Griffith will do what he complained the previous administration did by also admitting students “outside of the USG admissions standards” through the “new university college.” How interesting.

In the same article, Griffith also said “we are reaching out to Hispanic students, we are reaching out to Asian students, we are reaching out to white students, and we are reaching out to international students.” Does that statement mean that the president will not be reaching out to his base, black Georgia residents who have been the backbone of the university since 1895? Based on the university’s mission statement, Griffith should be “reaching out” to all Georgia students, period.

Indeed, Rivers faced many challenges “head-on,” and he left Griffith a better FVSU, with a clean financial audit, no deficits, no SACS concerns, no student financial aid challenges, new and renovated buildings, a much stronger foundation, better community relations and over 3,000 students. Griffith’s top two planning initiatives should be recruiting and fundraising. A good leader picks up where the previous leader left off without complaining about the challenges he or she faces.

Some people know Griffith likes to quote distinguished personalities. Well, Booker T. Washington, a great leader and president of prestigious Tuskegee University, said, “cast down your bucket where you are.”

The president needs to cast his bucket down in Fort Valley and surrounding communities, learn better the culture of the South and start working with all Georgians, regardless of race, color or creed, to move Fort Valley State University to the next level.

Otha Leon Kincy is a 1972 graduate and former FVSU director of recruiting. He lives in Fort Valley.

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