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Alcorn's drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site initiative draws exceptional turnout
Vicksburg Post
March 26, 2021
In collaboration with Claiborne County Emergency Management and the Mississippi State Department of Health, the University community opened a COVID-19 drive-thru vaccination site Tuesday, March 23, on Alcorn’s campus.

Alcorn State opens vaccination site on campus
WJTV
March 23, 2021
Alcorn State University opened an on-campus, drive-thru vaccination site on Tuesday. This is the first vaccination site in Claiborne County. Alcorn State President Felecia Nave said even though the site is on campus, it’s not just for students and faculty. “We know that our community members are not just our neighbors. They’re part of the Alcorn family. For us, that means being there in times of need. That’s why Alcorn State University is doing all it can to assist our greater family in the fight against COVID-19,” explained Nave.

Dearing tapped as director of new Alcorn Women’s Business Center
Natchez Democrat
March 23, 2021
Daye Dearing will serve as the director of the Women’s Business Center (WBC) on Alcorn State University’s campus. “I am honored and excited to lead the efforts of the Women’s Business Center at Alcorn State University,” said Dearing. “I feel inspired by the work of women who currently operate their own business and have the desire of opening a business.”

Dr. Sean Daniels selected as Alcorn’s chairperson for the Department of Fine Arts
Mississippi Link
March 17, 2021
A new leader has been selected to lead Alcorn State University’s Department of Fine Arts to new heights. Sean Daniels began his new role as the Department’s chairperson Feb. 15.

Why is the spotlight on HBCUs? It’s more than just Vice President Kamala Harris
Chicago Tribune
March 16, 2021
Recently, MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, announced more than $4 billion in gifts to minority-serving institutions, including Alcorn State University, Clark Atlanta University, Dillard University, Lincoln University and Morgan State University.

HBCU graduates who scored big in the World of Sports
Louisiana Weekly
March 15, 2021
Willie took classes at Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Alcorn State University) during the baseball off-seasons while starring for his brother Rube’s Chicago American Giants.... He retired in 1936 and was posthumously inducted into Cooperstown in 1996. Bill stayed connected to Alcorn State throughout his life, eventually serving as his alma mater’s baseball coach and dean of men.

Alcorn State, Claiborne County work together to establish vaccination site
Vicksburg Post
March 9, 2021
“It gives the Claiborne County Board of Supervisors great pleasure to partner with Alcorn in providing vaccinations to the citizens of Claiborne County,” said Ratliff. “Alcorn is a resource to the community. The goal is to have a vaccination site that was easily accessible for individuals within our community who otherwise may not have been able to receive the vaccine. Alcorn stepped in to make this dream a reality.”

Alcorn State partners with Claiborne Co. EMA for COVID-19 vaccination site
WJTV
March 9, 2021
Alcorn State University announced a partnership with Claiborne County’s Office of Emergency Management to establish a COVID-19 vaccination site on the university’s campus. A drive-through facility will be available March 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Vaccinations will be given on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Alcorn partners with Claiborne County Office of Emergency Management for COVID-19 vaccine site
Vicksburg News
March 9, 2021
The vaccination site that will be located on the university’s campus is in an effort to substantially increase coronavirus vaccinations.

Felecia Nave
Jackson Free Press
March 9, 2021
Alcorn State University makes history next month when it welcomes Dr. Felecia M. Nave as the first woman and 20th president of her alma mater.

With eye to the future, SBA establishes Women's Business Center
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
March 9, 2021
Mississippi acquired a WBC in September 2020, awarding the grant to Alcorn State University and even more recently in January with the awarding of a second WBC grant to Jackson State University.

3 Black Women Leading The Way In Athletics, HBCU Administration, And Advocacy
USA News Hub
March 8, 2021
“I am privileged and honored to come home and serve my alma mater,” said Nave when her new role was first announced. “We are Alcorn. I am Alcorn, and I hope the students and the university community will see me as a daily reminder of what an Alcorn education can do.”

3 Black Women Leading The Way In Athletics, HBCU Administration And Advocacy
News One
March 8, 2021
Alcorn State University will soon inaugurate the school’s first woman president in its 150 year history. Dr. Felecia M. Nave will serve as the school’s 20th president.

Alcorn State to inaugurate first female president
MSN News
March 7, 2021
Alcorn State University makes history next month when it welcomes Dr. Felecia M. Nave as the first woman and 20th president of her alma mater.

Alcorn State to inaugurate first female president
San Francisco Chronicle
March 6, 2021
Nave's inauguration is set for April 16. It and other events will take place on all three Alcorn campus sites — in Lorman, Vicksburg and Natchez — and be live-streamed.

Alcorn State to Inaugurate First Female President
US News & World Report
March 6, 2021
Alcorn State University makes history next month when it welcomes Dr. Felecia M. Nave as the first woman and 20th president of her alma mater.

Alcorn State to inaugurate first female president
Associated Press
March 6, 2021
Alcorn State University makes history next month when it welcomes Dr. Felecia M. Nave as the first woman and 20th president of her alma mater.

Alcorn State to inaugurate first female president
Washington Times
March 6, 2021
Nave has spent more than 18 years in higher education. She looks to use her ties to the school and her experience, to strengthen programs and establish new initiatives to drive the university forward.

Alcorn State to inaugurate first female president
The Darien Times (Connecticut)
March 6, 2021
Nave has spent more than 18 years in higher education. She looks to use her ties to the school and her experience, to strengthen programs and establish new initiatives to drive the university forward.

Alcorn State to inaugurate first female president
Shelton Herald (Connecticut)
March 6, 2021
Nave replaces Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr. who resigned in 2018 to become commissioner of Higher Education for the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. Dr. Donzell Lee has been serving as Alcorn's president in the interim.

Alcorn State to inaugurate first female president
Record Patriot (Michigan)
March 6, 2021
Alcorn State University makes history next month when it welcomes Dr. Felecia M. Nave as the first woman and 20th president of her alma mater.

Alcorn State to inaugurate first female president
Telegraph (Illinois)
March 6, 2021
Nave has spent more than 18 years in higher education. She looks to use her ties to the school and her experience, to strengthen programs and establish new initiatives to drive the university forward.

Alcorn State to inaugurate first female president
Connecticut Post
March 6, 2021
Alcorn State University makes history next month when it welcomes Dr. Felecia M. Nave as the first woman and 20th president of her alma mater.

Alcorn State to inaugurate first female president
Natchez Democrat
March 6, 2021
Nave’s inauguration is set for April 16. It and other events will take place on all three Alcorn campus sites — in Lorman, Vicksburg and Natchez — and be live-streamed.

Alcorn State to inaugurate first female president
Greenwood Commonwealth
March 6, 2021
Alcorn State University makes history next month when it welcomes Dr. Felecia M. Nave as the first woman and 20th president of her alma mater.

Alcorn University to inaugurate first female president
Magnolia State Live
March 5, 2021
The theme of Nave’s commencement will be “Dare to Lead,” and focus on the fulfillment of ambitious dreams. The inauguration will also highlight pioneers in the community. The inauguration and other events will take place on all three campus sites and live-streamed.

Alcorn State University prepares to inaugurate first female president
Vicksburg News
March 4, 2021
The investiture of Dr. Nave marks a pivotal point in Alcorn’s 150-year history. This event is both a celebration of Alcorn’s first female president and an opportunity to honor and salute trailblazers within the Alcorn community who have made impacts within their respective fields.

Alcorn receives grant to continue tobacco-free campus policies
Vicksburg Post
March 4, 2021
Alcorn State University is continuing its push to make the University a tobacco-free campus.

Alcorn State University receives grant for tobacco-free policy
WJTV
March 4, 2021
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation awarded Alcorn State university with a $10,000 grant to begin Tier 2 of the university’s efforts to ban the use of tobacco products on campus. The grant is designed to facilitate the development, implementation, and maintenance of a smoke-free campus. The total funding is $50,000 and is provided in three tiers.

Alcorn State to inaugurate first female president
WLBT
March 4, 2021
Dr. Nave is a second-generation Alcornite and has spent 18-plus years in higher education. She looks to use her ties to the school and her experience, to strengthen programs and establish new initiatives to drive the university forward. “I am Alcorn, and I hope the students and the university community will see me as a daily reminder of what an Alcorn education can do,” said Dr. Nave.

Alcorn State University prepares to inaugurate first female president
Orange Leader (Texas)
March 4, 2021
Dr. Felecia M. Nave, a 1996 Alcorn State University alum, will be inaugurated as her alma mater’s 20th president, and first female president in the university’s history, on Friday, April 16, 2021.

Alcorn’s Women’s Business Center director has been chosen
Vicksburg News
March 1, 2021
Alcorn President Felecia M. Nave is confident in the decision of Daye Dearing to assume the new administrative position, stating, “Ms. Dearing is the ideal professional to lead Alcorn’s Women’s Business Center.”

Program targets women business owners
McComb Enterprise Journal
February 27, 2021
A new program sponsored by Alcorn State University helps guide women through the intricacies of starting and running their own businesses.

NFF Black History Month Q&A with Dennis Thomas
Boxscore
February 25, 2021
MEAC Commissioner and NFF Board Member shares his thoughts on Black History....He played center at Alcorn State on the 1970 SWAC Championship Team and twice earned Pittsburgh Courier First Team All-America honors (1972, 1973). The first and only offensive lineman in SWAC history to earn SWAC Offensive MVP honors.

40 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Athletes in College
Men's Health
February 24, 2021
Did you know the late actor played basketball in college? The Oscar-nominated star was on the Division I basketball team at Alcorn State from 1983 until 1984.

$15000 music grant awarded to Alcorn State University
WJTV
February 23, 2021
On Tuesday, U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) announced the National Endowment for the Arts awarded a $15,000 music grant to Alcorn State University. The award will support musical performances and educational workshops at the Alcorn State University Jazz Festival, which is multi-day festival on campus.

From Covid aid to record donations: Influx of funding helps keep HBCUs' doors open
NBC News
February 19, 2021
Virginia State University in Petersburg got $30 million. Bowie State University in Maryland and Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi, got $25 million each.

Steve “Air” McNair” Should Be Celebrating His 48th Birthday Today
The Shadow League
February 14, 2021
Happy Birthday up in heaven to a Black quarterback who helped paved the way for the stars of today.

Sports World Pays Tribute To Legendary QB Steve McNair
The Spun
February 14, 2021
McNair is rightfully celebrated as one of the most electric and influential quarterbacks to play the game. He became the first African-American quarterback to win the NFL MVP award when he was crowned in 2003 with the Tennessee Titans.

Meet the 3 Women Making History in NASCAR’s Daytona 500 Race
People
February 12, 2021
O'Leary, a previous softball player at Alcorn State University, also never imagined herself as a pit crew member for NASCAR, but she has been a tire changer for the organization for five years now. She says the best part of the experience has been making a difference for young women and girls.

Ag Commissioner Gipson Announces Promotional Partnership Between MDAC, Alcorn State University
Delta Democrat Times
February 10, 2021
“We’re excited to have Alcorn State University as the first university represented on our Bureau of Regulatory Services inspection stickers, which will be seen at various businesses across the state,” said Commissioner Gipson.

Ag Commissioner announces promotional partnership between MDAC, Alcorn State
WJTV
February 10, 2021
On Tuesday, Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson announced the promotional partnership between the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) and Alcorn State University.

Alcorn's Department of Fine Arts receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts
WJTV
February 8, 2021
Alcorn State University’s Department of Fine Arts received funding from The National Endowment for the Arts. The organization rewarded Alcorn with a $15,000 grant Thursday, February 4.

Back In The Day: HBCU grads distinguish themselves
Philadelphia Tribune
February 6, 2021
But it was during the civil rights movement when I really understood the power of HBCUs. That’s when I realized the educational background of our Black leaders of those times. For instance: Martin Luther King Jr., Morehouse College... civil rights activist Medgar Evers, Alcorn State University.

World's richest woman donates $4 billion to colleges and NGOs
Revista Ensino Superior
February 4, 2021
Mackenzie Scott announced in mid-December that she had given more than $4.1 billion in grants over the past four months to 384 organizations, including 35 colleges that she described as providing “education for historically marginalized and underserved people” - mainly community colleges, institutions historically black and institutions.

Alcorn State University, Tougaloo College joins Google readiness program
WLBT
January 28, 2021
Google announced Thursday that 20 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are joining its career readiness program, including two in Mississippi: Alcorn State University and Tougaloo College.

Tougaloo College, Alcorn State gain partnerships with Google, Thurgood Marshall College Fund
WJTV
January 28, 2021
Google announced 16 new schools are joining its Grow with Google HBCU Career Readiness Program, including Alcorn State University and Tougaloo College. Through a $1 million investment in the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the program provides digital skills workshops in HBCU career centers to help Black students prepare for the workforce.

University Partners with MSU to Advance Pharmacy Education
Ole Miss News
January 26, 2021
Jackson State University, Alcorn State University, Tougaloo College and Millsaps College are also part of the Preferred Admission Program. Admitted students will be on the School of Pharmacy’s standard graduation track....

Rising baseball star wants to be an inspiration
Florida Courier
January 24, 2021
Pensacola’s own Brandon Rembert, 22, is a rising baseball star at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. He already has a bachelor’s degree in general studies and is pursuing a master’s degree in athletic administration and coaching.

Alcorn to host virtual celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
WJTV
January 15, 2021
A celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place on Alcorn State University’s website to honor the civil rights icon’s legacy. The program’s theme is “By All Means Keep Moving: Progressive Leadership in Perilous Times.”

Alcorn State, Mississippi Valley State football coaches praise lawmakers for flag change
Clarion-Ledger
January 14, 2021
Alcorn State will always recruit Mississippi first as long as McNair is in charge, the coach said. Flying a flag that the school's many Mississippi natives can be proud of on game day is huge.

Just Among Friends
The Neshoba Democrat

January 13, 2021
A freshman at Alcorn State University, Mia Hudson completed her first semester with a 4.0 GPA. She displayed self-discipline and studied hard to achieve this awesome accomplishment. Her mother, Pam Gibson Hudson, is an alum of Alcorn State and both proudly wear the university’s colors! Congratulations!

AOI's Adcock brings a bit of levity to her English lessons
Vicksburg Post
January 11, 2021
In 2011, she earned a master's in education from Alcorn State University. Adcock is a finalist in Vicksburg-Warren Chamber of Commerce's Educator of the Year award.

Alcorn's Chris Blair Signs With NFL Playoff Team
HBCU Gameday
January 9, 2021
After putting together a season in which he was one of the top big-play threats in the nation, Chris Blair is set to continue his career at the next level after signing with the Green Bay Packers today.

A Fairy Godmother for Once-Overlooked Colleges
Inside Higher Ed
January 4, 2021
Soon after her announcement, college after college across the country, urban and rural both, issued press releases reporting "historic," "transformational" or "unprecedented" gifts from Scott.

For These Colleges, MacKenzie Scott's Hundreds of Millions in Gifts Means 'the Space to Dream'
The Chronicle of Higher Education
December 29, 2020
Nave also expects the gift to energize faculty and staff members around ideas for the university’s future. Already, she said, donations have increased from alumni and corporate donors, reflecting that excitement.

Alcorn State gets generous donation
Natchez Democrat
December 23, 2020
Alcorn State University announced recently it had received a monetary gift “more than double the size” of the school's current endowment.

During this season of giving two MS HBCUs receive hefty donations from philanthropist
The Mississippi Link
December 23, 2020
“A significant number of Alcorn’s students are the first in their families to attend college and Ms. Scott’s pivotal gift in these uncertain times will help ensure that students have access to a life-changing education.”

Alcorn State University announces the largest single gift in the School’s history
Yahoo Finance
December 22, 2020
“This gift is truly transformational, and we are humbled by Ms. Scott’s overwhelming generosity,” said Alcorn President Felecia M. Nave. “The gift will allow the University to enhance its academic offerings and make critical investments to strengthen Alcorn’s mission as the nation’s first public, historically Black, land-grant university.”

Alcorn State University announces the largest single gift in the School's history
GlobeNewswire
December 22, 2020
Alcorn State University has received a $25 million gift from American philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott.

Alcorn State announces the largest single gift in its history
The Daily Leader
December 22, 2020
Alcorn State University has received a $25 million gift from American philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott. This gift marks the largest gift from a single donor in the university’s 150-year history.

New Presidents or Provosts: Alcorn State U, Buena Vista U, California State U-Channel Islands ...
Inside Higher Ed
December 22, 2020
Ontario Wooden, associate vice chancellor for student success and academic outreach at North Carolina Central University, has been chosen as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Alcorn State University, in Mississippi.

Alcorn State University announces the largest single gift in the School's history
Market Screener
December 22, 2020
“This gift is truly transformational, and we are humbled by Ms. Scott’s overwhelming generosity,” said Alcorn President Felecia M. Nave. “The gift will allow the University to enhance its academic offerings and make critical investments to strengthen Alcorn’s mission as the nation’s first public, historically Black, land-grant university.”

MacKenzie Scott gives $31M to 2 Mississippi HBCUs
San Francisco Chronicle
December 19, 2020
$25 million donation to Alcorn State University more than doubled the ... “A significant number of Alcorn's students are the first in their families to ...

MacKenzie Scott Gives $31M to 2 Mississippi HBCUs
U.S. News & World Report
December 19, 2020
TWO HISTORICALLY BLACK schools in Mississippi say gifts from philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott are the biggest they’ve ever received from a single donor.

MacKenzie Scott commits record donation to seven 1890 universities
Augusta Free Press
December 19, 2020
Seven 1890 land-grant universities are among the more than 300 non-profit entities that writer and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott selected to receive contributions from the multi-billion total she donated this year.

MacKenzie Scott gives $31M to 2 Mississippi HBCUs
SFGate
December 19, 2020
Two historically black schools in Mississippi say gifts from philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott are the biggest they’ve ever received from a single donor.

MacKenzie Scott Gives $31M To 2 Mississippi HBCUs

The Associated Press
December 19, 2020
“A significant number of Alcorn’s students are the first in their families to attend college and Ms. Scott’s pivotal gift in these uncertain times will help ensure that students have access to a life-changing education...”

MacKenzie Scott gives $31M to 2 Mississippi HBCUs
WTVA
December 19, 2020
A $25 million donation to Alcorn State University more than doubled the school’s endowment, President Felecia M. Nave said in a news release.

The Least for Those Who Need It Most
The New York Times
December 18, 2020
Alcorn State University, Santa Fe College and West Kentucky Community and Technical College are all working-class colleges. Most of their students ...

The historic MacKenzie Scott gifts to historically Black colleges and others: Which schools got how much
The Washington Post
December 18, 2020
In July and this month, billionaire MacKenzie Scott announced nearly $6 billion in gifts to colleges and various nonprofit and charitable organizations.

The world's richest woman doubled Alcorn's endowment with $25 million donation
Clarksdale Press Register
December 18, 2020
Alcorn State University received the largest gift from a single donor in its history.

Here are the Mississippi HBCUs and nonprofits getting millions from MacKenzie Scott
Raleigh News & Observer
December 17, 2020
Two historically Black colleges in Mississippi are among a long list of institutions to receive million-dollar donations from billionaire author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

Here are the Mississippi HBCUs and nonprofits getting millions from MacKenzie Scott
The Olympian
December 17, 2020
Alcorn State University and Tougaloo College announced their sizable gifts this week, each receiving $25 million and $6 million, respectively.

Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott continues season of giving, gifts $9 million to Mississippi Food Network
WLBT
December 17, 2020
She has also gifted both Alcorn State University and Tougaloo College with multi-million dollar donations this week.

Mississippi HBCUs Alcorn State University, Tougaloo College receive historic donations
Jackson Clarion Ledger
December 16, 2020
One of the world's richest women has gifted more than $30 million to two Mississippi Historically Black Colleges and Universities, with both schools calling the donations their largest single donations ever.

Richest Woman In The World Gifts $25M To HBCU
Essence
December 16, 2020
MacKenzie Scott, a novelist and philanthropist, has donated $25M to Mississippi’s Alcorn State University. This is the largest single donation that the HBCU has received in the school’s 149-year history.

Here are the Mississippi HBCUs and nonprofits getting millions from MacKenzie Scott
Charlotte Observer
December 16, 2020
Two historically Black colleges in Mississippi are among a long list of institutions to receive million-dollar donations from billionaire author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

Bowie State And More HBCUs Receive Record-Breaking Donations From Billionaire
Vibe
December 16, 2020
Tugaloo College, Morgan State and Alcorn State University are just a few of the schools to get donations from MacKenzie Scott.

World's richest woman donates $25 million to Mississippi university
Magnolia State Live
December 16, 2020
Alcorn State University received the largest gift from a single donor in its history.

The world’s richest woman doubled Alcorn’s endowment with $25 million donation
Mississippi Today
December 16, 2020
MacKenzie Scott, an author and philanthropist, made a $25 million donation to the university, the school announced on Tuesday.

MacKenzie Scott, the world’s richest woman, gifts $25 million to Alcorn State
MSN.com
December 16, 2020
“This extraordinary gift recognizes the institution’s longstanding commitment to providing access to affordable and equitable educational opportunities,” Nave said.

Alcorn State University announces the largest single gift in the school’s history
WJTV
December 15, 2020
“A significant number of Alcorn’s students are the first in their families to attend college and Ms. Scott’s pivotal gift in these uncertain times will help ensure that students have access to a life-changing education.”

Philanthropist and Bezos’ ex MacKenzie Scott donates $1.7B to HBCUs
Yahoo News
December 15, 2020
Bowie State University, Alcorn State University, Clark Atlanta University, and Morgan State University are some of the recipients of the philanthropist’s nearly $2 billion charity.