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Groundbreaking, ribbon cutting ceremony kick off homecoming week

Published: 10/23/2013 10:58AM
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Top photo-President Griffith and FVSU administrators break ground on the future site for the Family Development and Quality Child Care Center Complex Oct., 21 on Carver Drive.





Bottom photo-Fort Valley State University President Dr. Ivelaw Griffith cuts the ribbon for the new Stallworth Biotechnology Building Addition Oct. 21. Faculty from FVSU's College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology, FVSU administration and student leaders attended the event. The building is located adjacent to the Houston Stallworth Agriculture Research Station on Carver Drive.


Fort Valley State University’s annual Homecoming festivities are not the only cause for excitement during the annual event filled week.

On Oct. 21, more than 70 faculty, staff, students and local public officials celebrated the addition of two new facilities with a groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremony on Carver Drive.

The groundbreaking took place for the new Family Development and Quality Child Care Center Complex. The 10,000 plus square foot complex will house an auditorium, residential setting for family and consumer science students and a model child care center. It is scheduled for completion December 2014.

In addition, a ribbon cutting took place for the Stallworth Biotechnology Building Addition. The 8,000 square foot facility will offer additional labs, classrooms and office space. During the ceremony a short tour was provided.  The building will be in use later this fall.

Dr. Govind Kannan, dean of Fort Valley State University’s College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology, said the Stallworth Building Addition will offer additional research opportunities for faculty and graduate students in the areas of food science and plant
science.  “Both facilities will tremendously enhance the quality of our programs and help us better serve our clientele,” Kannan said.

FVSU President Dr. Ivelaw Griffith said the two facilities allow the university to expand its services. “The two facilities will help FVSU to better fulfill the 1890 land grant mission focusing on the three core aspects of education, research and service,” Griffith said.  He also mentioned how the research will be practical in application, helping to enhance the learning experience for undergraduate and graduate students.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 1890 Facilities Program Grant funded both facilities. For more information about the facilities, contact Dr. Dwayne Crew, FVSU’s associate vice president for business and finance at (478) 825-6400 or send an e-mail to crewd@fvsu.edu.