Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Vernard L. Hodges

April 15, 2014 - Dr. Vernard Hodges was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, but was raised in Fort Valley, Georgia. Growing up in rural Peach County is where his love and passion for all animals and knack for trying to heal all things developed. He grew up on a small farm with goats, cows, dogs, a cat, turtles, and countless other pets. As an only child it was these “pets” that he spent countless hours nurturing and taking care of. He is a 1988 graduate of Peach County High School – Go Trojans!

Alumni Spotlight: Jasmine Bowers

Feb. 21, 2014 - Fort Valley State University alum Jasmine Danielle Bowers’ efforts to educate youths about financial literacy has resulted in her recent recognition by a national online magazine.

The 22-year-old, who was named to the 2014 Young Futurists list, was identified as one of the nation’s rising stars by The Root, an Internet news and opinion site that is published by the Slate Group. 

The online publication honored 25 individuals from across the country, ages 16 to 22, “who are forging a path to future greatness."

FVSU Alumni Spotlight: Fort Valley Mayor Barbara B. Williams

The Fort Valley Community welcomes its new Mayor Barbara B. Williams, at her inauguration on Jan. 17, 2014.  The university is spotlighting the alum this month.

Jan. 24, 2014 -This month’s Fort Valley State University Alumni Spotlight is featuring an alumna who has taken the helm of a major Peach County town.  The City of Fort Valley recently elected Barbara B. Williams, a 1971 FVSU alum, as its new mayor. She is the first African-American female mayor of the city.

“I was overjoyed that people had faith in me to elect me,” said Williams. “I am thankful for the opportunity to serve my community.”

FVSU Alumni Spotlight: Betsy Ampofo

January 13, 2014 -Fort Valley State University prepares students to become experienced scientists, skilled researchers and accomplished scholars whose goal in life is to make a difference in the world. This month, the university is featuring an alum whose mission is to bring all nations of the world together to work for peace, justice, and the well-being of all people.

FVSU Alumni Spotlight: Robert Ross

Dec. 9, 2013 - At Fort Valley State University’s most important events, he is always there, quickly snapping shots of the memorable and historic moments at the university. Those unfamiliar with Marketing and Communications’ staff may wonder, “Who is the man behind the camera?” This month, the FVSU Review features Robert Ross in its Alumni Spotlight.

Alumni Spotlight: Chizu Hirata

Nov. 1, 2013 -The Fort Valley State University alumni spotlight is featuring a Wildcat alum who traveled across the world to make the university her home. This month's featured alum is Chizu Hirata, '06/'09, a professional counselor who works in the university’s Valley Behavioral Health Services Center.

SUNY-Albany inaugurates FVSU alum Robert J. Jones

October 1, 2013 – A Fort Valley State University alum recently took the helm of a leading, prestigious northeastern state university. Dr. Robert J. Jones, who earned his bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Fort Valley State University, was formally inaugurated as president of the State University of New York – The University of Albany at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 in the Main Theatre, Performing Arts Center on the SUNY-Albany Uptown Campus in Albany, NY.

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Odessa Hardison McNair

September 20, 2013 -Dr. Odessa Hardison McNair is a living legend on the campus of Fort Valley State University. Every time a special occasion–like Founders Day—takes place, students, faculty and staff members sing the university's alma mater, written in part by McNair. This month, the university is honoring McNair as one of its featured alums.

Alumni Spotlight: Eugene “Bruiser” Jones

September 6, 2013 - This week, Fort Valley State University honors Eugene “Bruiser” Jones, a strong supporter of Fort Valley State University. Jones, a 1957 FVSU alum, died last week, on August 28. He was 82 years old.

Jones was a Tuskegee, Ala. native. As a young child, his family moved to Atlanta where he was educated in his formative years. In his teen years, he enrolled at FVSU and majored in education.

Alumni Spotlight: Rep. Calvin Smyre

August 23, 2013 - The Honorable Calvin Smyre, a 1970 Fort Valley State University alum, is the first of two graduates the Office of Marketing and Communications is featuring this month. The current dean of Georgia's legislature has served more than 39 years as a state representative. He is chairman of the board for the FVSU Foundation, Inc.


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