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Vicksburg Expansion Vision: Community Leadership Team formed

In a continuous effort to provide educational opportunities for residents in Vicksburg, Mississippi and the surrounding counties, Mrs. Cheryl Kariuki, interim executive director of the Alcorn State University Vicksburg Expansion Office, has organized the Alcorn State University Vicksburg Community Leadership Team committee. This team is made up of 18 members of the Vicksburg-Warren County area who are leaders in their respective fields.  The purpose of the group is to promote the mission of Alcorn State University by providing input, ideas and support to the expansion of programs and services in Vicksburg.  This team of individuals will meet with academic personnel at Alcorn to identify services and programs Alcorn can provide to the targeted area. 

The leadership team held its first organizational meeting on Thursday, November 11, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Vicksburg Branch Office.  At this meeting Mrs. Kariuki explained the purpose of the team and shared her excitement about the possibilities for Alcorn in Vicksburg.  Dr. Alvin Simpson, interim chairman of the Department of Education and Psychology, talked about the current and future education programs offered by the University.  Dr. Cynthia Scurria, interim chairperson of the Department of English and Foreign Languages, provided ideas about offering CEU workshops for local teachers in Vicksburg and spoke about plans to offer a master’s degree in secondary education for English teachers.  Dr. Ruth Nichols, special assistant to the president, informed the group about plans and possibilities for the future including continuing Alcorn’s partnerships with Hinds Community College and the local school systems. 

Mrs. Kariuki issued a charge to the group to be the “eyes and ears” of Alcorn in the community and encouraged them to communicate their thoughts and ideas to her and her staff.  A survey form was distributed that will be used to collect suggestions and recommendations for Alcorn in Vicksburg. 

The next meeting is scheduled for January 13, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at the Alcorn State University Vicksburg Expansion Office.