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Announcing the Medgar Wiley Evers Heritage Village: Alcorn’s new residential development

Alcorn State University’s 47 million dollar new student housing development name was approved by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning at its August 19 meeting. The development, which opened two residence halls and the amenities building during the new student orientation program on August 14, has been named the Medgar Wiley Evers Heritage Village.

It’s more than just a residence. It’s a full-fledged living and learning community designed to enrich students both socially and academically. Every step of the way, it was planned with help from leading experts in campus living—the students themselves. The students overwhelming with support from alumni voted to name the development after well-known civil rights advocate and alumnus Medgar Wiley Evers ’52.

“I like to think that Mr. Evers found inspiration for his journey right here at Alcorn State University,” says Corey Cooper ’11, Student Government Association president. “He knew the true value of education and civil rights – his death led to the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. He changed not only Mississippi, but our nation and influenced the world.”

The spacious apartment-style living units with private bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and eco-friendly washers and dryers – not to mention wireless internet access, cable TV and key-card access security welcomed students to campus for the fall 2010 academic school year. Each apartment is fully furnished boasting new appliances and furniture.

And all this only steps away from a well-furnished amenities building, showcasing a student lounge that includes a fireplace, plush seating, a pool table and 60-inch flat-screen television, not to mention a fitness center, high definition game room, a high-tech classroom and convenience store. “It’s one of the most outstanding achievements we've had in recent years,” says Interim President Norris Allen Edney.” Alcorn State University provides campus housing to support student-success efforts, recruitment and retention. Students will benefit from living in the Medgar Wiley Evers Heritage Village because of easy access to classes, services and social engagement.”