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Sports Forum / Rude welcome for Tigers in SIAC preseason poll
« on: July 09, 2019, 09:29:48 PM »
Savannah State’s return season to the SIAC is not expected to be very successful, according to the league’s coaches and sports information directors.

Not only was Savannah State predicted to place 6th, the Tigers also have no players selected to the Preseason All-SIAC First or Second Teams.
“We’re not picked very well or any of that stuff. Great!” laughs head coach Shawn Quinn. "I’m just glad they’re going to let us line up and hopefully they’ll let us have 11 and maybe even wear helmets.”

The writer of this bill is a Democrat and a graduate of SSU. This is what he had to say about the bill.

FEATURE: Sen. Lester Jackson Authors White Paper on “The Case for Strengthening And Growing Georgia’s HBCUs“the-case-for-strengthening-and-growing-georgia’s-hbcus.html

Not true, 11Alive news Atlanta continues to spread misinformation about SB 278. They did not do any research into the bill. This is Not a Merger. The bill will remove SSU, FVSU, and ASU from the control of the Georgia Board of Regents and create a new board that will report directly to the Governor.


Students at Fort Valley State University soon may be getting hands-on experience with solar technology. Fort Valley State University (FVSU) announced that Georgia Power will develop and construct an 11 megawatts (MWac), fixed-tilt solar generation facility located on the FVSU campus. It will serve as a living laboratory for FVSU professors and students who will help to build Georgia’s energy future. The solar farm will cover approximately 107 acres of land owned by the university. When completed, it will be one of the largest solar operations stationed on a college campus in the United States.

Congratulations  :bow:


Eighteen men, at least half of whom were former slaves, petition the Superior Court of Houston County for a charter which would legalize Fort Valley High and Industrial School (FVHIS) The U.S. Office of Education noted in 1942 that FVSC was one of few black colleges with a “clear statement of purposes.”


SACSCOC’s June 2018 action helps fuel the university’s evolution into the “college of the future”

(Fort Valley, GA)– The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) removed the warning issued to Fort Valley State University (FVSU) in June 2017 during its Board of Trustees meeting on June 14, 2018. The action was made public by SACSCOC yesterday evening.

“Fort Valley State University has proven its strong positioning for a bright future,” said Paul Jones, Ph.D., president. “We are engineering the college of the future and preparing our students for careers as change agents in fields and industries never before envisioned. This action by SACSCOC is a vote of confidence in our solid financial controls, student support systems, and instructional foundation as we prepare to evolve into a unique model of effectiveness in student academic growth and professional development.”

During the past two years, FVSU has significantly strengthened its operational efficiency and ability to deliver robust and relevant academic and co-curricular programming through the implementation of new technology, reporting processes, authorization procedures, and new leadership in audit, compliance, budget, financial aid, performance measurement, and student affairs roles. Over the two years, enrollment has increased by more than 2.7% and student residence halls occupancy has increased to 98%. The athletic programs have eliminated an annual deficit, and at the same time, the university has greatly enhanced private fundraising and communications capacity. FVSU’s most recent independent audit was returned with no new findings.

About Fort Valley State University

Founded in 1895, Fort Valley State University, a University System of Georgia institution, is one of the nation’s most innovative and affordable academic institutions. Leveraging its unique role as an 1890 land-grant institution, the college conducts more science, technology, engineering and math federal research than any other public teaching college in the state of Georgia, making curriculum-enhancing research opportunities available to students learning to be leaders in innovation. The university’s undergraduate and graduate campus and online degree programs enroll almost 3,000 students from all over the world. Named the most affordable online school in the nation for student economic mobility, the university has produced more African Americans with mathematics degrees than any other college in the nation in two of the past four years. FVSU students participate in more than 80 academic and civic organizations, honor societies and study abroad programs. FVSU is a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and NCAA Division II League.

A lot of the merged Universities are having issues with enrollment management, for example The New Middle Georgia University enrollment is 7341 and declining. Before the merger Macon State College had 5702 students and Middle Georgia college had 3424. The combined University should have 9126 but it only has 7341 students and declining. There seems to be an enrollment management issue at Albany state, which is understandable, because the school is still trying to define itself. Are we a two-year school, are we a 4-year school, are we both, who should we recruit, should we use the Albany State model to recruit or Darton’s, should we keep all these 2-year degree programs. It may take some time before enrollment stabilize at the New ASU. The next presidential pick is very important.   

Albany State University enrollment lose is because of the recent merger between Dorton State and ASU. Overall ASU is the biggest HBCU in Georgia and the most Diverse. They brought in 2100 new students in fall 2017. It may take a while for the enrollment to stabilize with the merger, and new leadership. 
As for Savannah State IDK,  :shrug: maybe a change in Admission policy. That was definitely the case for Fort Valley State University a few years ago. FVSU has raised admission standards and is currently recruiting college ready students. Enrollment is slowly increasing at FVSU. 

The numbers =

Unfortunately we don’t have the resources of the biggest 2 year university in SW Georgia, Dorton state I mean Albany state college  :lmao:

Sports Forum / The Wildcats are down to two full-time paid coaches
« on: June 18, 2015, 11:55:11 AM »

A 6-4 season isn’t bad, but Fort Valley State still wasn’t happy that mark in 2014.

But winning records are getting tougher to come by at FVSU with a constantly dwindling staff.

The Wildcats are down to two full-time paid coaches, and one of them was at the Pigskin Preview.

Offensive line coach Keith DeGrate went to FVSU with head coach Donald Pittman, and while they no doubt expected to stay colleagues, they no doubt expected to have more than each other.

“Get up earlier,” DeGrate said, “and go home later.”

The Wildcats have made do with a list of volunteer coaches since the cuts started in full less than two months after FVSU’s playoff season of 2012 had ended. Finances haven’t been good on campus for years, and the school is yet again looking for a president.

The football staff lost one of its veterans when longtime defensive coach Terry Jones left to take a high school head coaching position in his home state of Oklahoma.

DeGrate said there are six bodies working with the team, but those volunteers aren’t fully vested in the other parts of the job, like recruiting, strength and conditioning, academics and player development.

Still, DeGrate thinks the Wildcats let two or three games get a away last season.

“We shouldn’t have lost three football games, that’s for sure,” he said. “Those four turnovers against Albany State killed us.

“But injuries played a big part on the last three ballgames. We don’t have the depth because we don’t have the funds to go get the kids.”

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General Discussion Forum / Re: FVSU President Ousted!
« on: April 03, 2015, 12:45:23 AM »
Personality clashes, vision may have led to FVSU president’s quitting

A day after the resignation of President Ivelaw Griffith, the Fort Valley State University community pointed to personality clashes that may have contributed to his downfall.

Reasons for the resignation -- short of two years in office -- were not released by officials with the school or the University System of Georgia. On Thursday, students said they were surprised by the news that Griffith is stepping down, but they did not seem upset about it.

Most of them indicated that a change is needed.

“He didn’t get to know the students at all. He was not a people person at all,” said Cameron James, a junior, as he sat on a bench outside a dormitory with several other students. “He didn’t really make a contribution that we would miss.”

Hadiyah Walker, a junior, spoke favorably of Griffith, adding that it was “kind of crazy” that he was leaving after less than two years.

“People liked him,” Walker said. “He tried to come in and do a lot of changes.”

She said she has heard rumors about why Griffith is leaving, but said no one really knows what prompted his departure.

Some members of the alumni base echoed James’ sentiment, according to Harry Ross. Now a political analyst in Atlanta, Ross graduated from Fort Valley State in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences.

Besides not seeing any real plan for growing the school’s attendance, Ross said Griffith had rubbed some people the wrong way in his fundraising and recruiting ventures.

“He had no good interpersonal relationship skills,” Ross said. “He was turning people off everywhere he goes speaking for Fort Valley State.”

Ross said he thought the resignation wasn’t completely voluntary, either.

“He was doing a horrible job,” Ross said. “I knew it was just a matter of time before the chancellor and the board ousted him.”

But others offered a counter view of Griffith and the job he has done.

Bryant Culpepper, a former Superior Court judge who now handles mediation and arbitration cases, was on a screening committee that submitted a short list of candidates for the president’s job to the Board of Regents in 2013. Griffith eventually got the job.

“He was -- and is -- a brilliant man, a good man, with a great family, someone who tried to make the institution better,” Culpepper said. “He hit the ground running and worked hard at it. He was really beginning to make a difference. ... He was beginning to turn the corner.

“Everything I know about him says he’s a good man.”

Griffith, he said, “was open to ideas and had some big ideas.”


During his tenure, Griffith placed an increased focus on the university’s international presence through the work of a Global Initiatives Council. The goal of the council was to increase the university’s international programming to help draw students from all over the world.

Recent student numbers were up. There had been an increase in the number of applicants, for example, and for the projected enrollment for the fall 2015 semester, the college noted last month.

The university had 3,725 applicants for that semester, compared to 515 applicants at the same time last year. Also, 547 students had already been admitted for fall 2015, compared to 138 students at the same time last year for the fall 2014 term. (The school has about 2,465 students enrolled this spring.)

“This increase in applications can be attributed to several key measures we have undertaken, including more aggressive recruitment, with more recruiters, by boosting our traditional and social media marketing, and having a strong presence in places and at events with prospective students,” Griffith said in a statement the school released.

A part of the school’s effort was an international culture festival and soccer exhibition last August, but that event was an example of how out of touch the president was with the community, Ross contended, who also noted that Griffith chose to live in Warner Robins instead of Fort Valley.

“He put a lot of people off when he put so much emphasis on soccer,” he said. “He was trying to make soccer the No. 1 sport on campus. All they want down there is football.”

The focus on international students also drew the ire of Fort Valley resident Otha Kincy. A 1972 Fort Valley State graduate and past employee of the university, Kincy addressed the practice in a letter to the Telegraph in September.

He said Griffith seemed to focus on students from elsewhere at the expense of Middle Georgia residents.

“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,’” Kincy wrote in the letter. “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.”

That international focus may also have played a role in a steep increase in travel expenses. According to financial reports from the 2014 fiscal year, he spent $7,388 on travel, more than his predecessor, Larry Rivers, spent in the previous two years combined.

Griffith did direct energy toward international recruiting, Culpepper said, but he also did plenty of outreach in Middle Georgia, visiting high schools across the midstate. Griffith, he said, was at Veterans High School in Houston County recently.

With the international outreach, the school was making an effort in part to “match up what (those students) needed with what they teach” at Fort Valley State, especially agricultural fields of study.

Griffith was not in his office Thursday. Pamela Berry-Johnson, the school’s communications director, said Griffith is out of town this week. She wasn’t sure when he will return, but she said he will serve until his official departure date of June 30.

She declined any further comment beyond the Board of Regents announcement Wednesday that Griffith is stepping down.

Most students said Rivers, Griffith’s predecessor, was much better about engaging students and faculty. They said they would see Rivers regularly around campus, but Griffith did not get out that much.

“Our last president, he was more active and would walk around, but Dr. Griffith, he really didn’t,” said Lincoln McTaggart, a senior. “The students felt like Dr. Griffith was more isolated.”

Whatever students thought about Griffith, all of them interviewed Thursday said they were surprised by the announcement and wanted to know more about what prompted it.

“A lot of us are just wondering why,” said Erin Simon, a senior. “We are waiting for an explanation.”

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Sports Forum / Re: 2014 Fountain City Classic
« on: November 06, 2014, 11:10:31 PM »

He doesn't have to. We will have it parked right outside A.J. McClung stadium with a full tank of gas to take his behind wherever it he wants to go.

that's all...    >:(


I think its a crazy ideal to charge people to walk through the tailgate area  :crazy: I was at Georgia State homecoming on sat and no one was charged, and a lot of there student organizations was tailgating at the game too. Will FVSU charge its on students to tailgate. lol

Sports Forum / Re: Fort Valley State at Tuskegee
« on: October 04, 2014, 02:26:04 PM »
Nothing here

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