Summer fun and learning at Alcorn

Every year, Alcorn State University opens its doors to children from all over for summer programs and camps that combine fun and learning. The University also offers summer events for current students and community members.

GEAR UP Weekend Orientation Academy

GEAR UP Weekend Orientation Academy for 12th graders was held May 24-25.The Academy provided students with the opportunity to complete the university orientation program, meet with academic advisors and complete a class schedule for the Fall. Key awareness activities included making the transition to college, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, using the University’s learning management system and business services, and understanding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Key enrichment activities included visits to historic Jefferson College and Mont Helena Plantation. For more information, contact Dr. Edward Vaughn at [email protected] or call (601) 877-4008.

Alcorn State University Louis Stokes Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation (LSMAMP)

The Alcorn State University Louis Stokes Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation (LSMAMP) is a high school to college summer bridge program that the University is hosting May 25 – June 20.

Held every summer on the Lorman campus, the Program aims to encourage more minority high school graduates to attend institutions of higher learning in pursuit of careers in the areas of mathematics and science. Students spend four fun-filled weeks on campus participating in enrichment courses and lab experiences in math, chemistry, biology, computer science and life skills. Other activities include educational trips and peer mentoring. For more information, contact Dr. Troy J. Stewart Sr. at (601) 877-6440 or [email protected].

Ag Academy

Ag Academy is an outreach program that offers agricultural and technical training to youth ages six to 12 on Alcorn’s Lorman campus every summer. This year, the camp will run June 1-30 and showcase all segments of the agricultural industry in the states of Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia and Texas. The participants’ experiences will be broaden with an educational trip to Texas, June 8-13, to explore the agricultural industry and visit Galveston beach and amusement park. Cost to attend is $150 and $300 for the trip to Texas. For more information, call (601) 877-6525 or (601) 702-0036.

Upward Bound

The Upward Bound Summer Residential Program will be held June 8 – July 18, and is a part of the year-round Upward Bound program held on Alcorn’s Lorman campus. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Upward Bound is a pre-college program designed to motivate underachieving students by developing their basic skills to enable them to complete high school and make a successful transition into postsecondary education. The program seeks to prepare participants for college entrance by improving their knowledge in basic academic subjects such as mathematics, English, science, reading and foreign language (French and/or Spanish). Once a week, participating students have classes on the Natchez campus. Group and individual counseling sessions are provided to assist in improving participants’ self-image and self-confidence. The program includes students from Adams, Claiborne, Jefferson and Wilkinson county schools. For more information, contact Lucille Donaldson, Program director, at (601) 877-6224 or [email protected].

Football camps

Head Football Coach Jay Hopson will offer two high school camps this summer for grades 9-12. The first camp is slated for Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The second camp is scheduled for Friday, July 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the fee is $25 per camper. Both camps will be held on the Alcorn State football practice fields behind the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex. Potential campers can visit to register online or call Wes Turner at (601) 877-6500 for more information.

Ag Discovery

Ag Discovery 2014 will be held June 15-28. This annual program is designed for youth ages 12 to 16 who are interested in animal science or veterinary medicine. For two weeks students are exposed to many facets of animal science. They learn about animal anatomy, tour farms and get hands-on experience. For more information, contact Dr. Cassandra Vaughn ’84, veterinarian, at (601) 877-6541 or [email protected].

Summer Language Institute

Alcorn’s Global Programs and Honors Curriculum and Pre-Professional Programs are offering its annual Summer Russian Language Institute July 7 – August 8, in the Global Programs building on the Lorman campus. Classes are free of charge and open to Alcorn students, employees and community members. Participants will be exposed to the basics of Russian language, culture, history and geography, and will have a chance to try delicious Russian home cooking. To register, email [email protected] to request an application. For more information, call the Office of Global Programs at (601) 877-6533.

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