Alcorn’s Department of Human Sciences Alumni Convene, Offer Advice on Strengthening the Department


Department of Human Sciences alumni socializing during the Alumni Weekend

meeting in Vicksburg, Mississippi, September 18, 2015.

The Alcorn State University School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences recently organized a series of events for its biggest fans and supporters – its alumni.

The alumni weekend series began with the Department of Human Sciences. Its alumni gathered September 18-19, 2015 for a “Meet and Greet” reception in Vicksburg, Mississippi, an alumni breakfast the next morning at the Eunice Powell Hall that houses the Department, followed by a football game later that afternoon on the Lorman campus.

During the reception, alumni of different class years met with the Department and the School administrators, faculty and staff.

The School of AREAS Dean and Director of Land-Grant Programs Ivory W. Lyles expressed that he was “open to working with alumni” and that the School “needs their support in various forms.”

The meeting was a great opportunity for the alumni to catch up and share their unique stories about their time at Alcorn,” said Dr. Carrie Ford, department chair. “They found out about the current events and activities of the Department and the School, gave suggestions and did an external evaluation.”

Several alumni shared their thoughts after the reception.

A retired high school teacher Julia Mae Curry ’73 ’79, returned to Alcorn to teach as adjunct faculty in the Department of Human Sciences.

“I have a passion for Alcorn. All four of my children graduated from here,” Curry said. “I am extremely grateful to Alcorn for educating me and helping me to get on the path to success, and now I’m trying to give back to help our students stay in school and graduate.”

Natasha Haynes ’95, a Mississippi State University Extension Service agent, said, “I think that we need to help the Department of Human Sciences grow. Let’s discuss how we can attract young people to our department. Current generation needs a solid foundation that this department provides. I am excited about the changes that are going on at Alcorn and I am here to help.”

The alumni weekend series will continue with the Department of Agriculture November 6-7, 2015, and conclude with the Department of Advanced Technologies November 20-21, 2015.

For more information on the alumni meeting series, please contact Dr. Gwendolyn Lucas, director of alumni and staff development, at [email protected] or (601) 877-6253.