“I am honored for the vote of confidence the Board has placed in me, my leadership team and the Alcorn community,” says President M. Christopher Brown II. “Together, we will continue to raise the stature of the institution where knowledge and character matter, remaining true to our mission of academics, agriculture, athletics, and access while transforming Alcorn into a great university.”
The documentary will highlight McNair’s journey from the Southwestern Athletic Conference, to the third overall pick of the Houston Oilers in 1995 and his stellar career thereafter. McNair was killed in 2009, but in black college football circles, he may be the last iconic HBCU athlete to be drafted high and to fashion a long career in the professional ranks.
The Alcorn State University Office of Educational Equity and Inclusion last week launched an innovative new lecture series, aimed at exposing students and the surrounding community to varying perspectives around themes of inclusion and awareness. ASU hosted Native American activist and artist Bunky Echo-Hawk as its inaugural lecture, who amazed attendees with a live painting session inspired by themes of diversity.
Alcorn State University tonight released a statement of condolences to the family of alum Michael Clarke Duncan, a well-known actor best known for his role in the feature film ‘The Green Mile’ who died today in a Los Angeles hospital months after a heart ailment. He was 54 years old.
“Duncan was indeed a great individual who believed in the good of people. He certainly inspired us all and gave us hope as John Coffey in “The Green Mile,” said Alcorn President M. Christopher Brown in a statement. “His life was well lived and we appreciate all he did for his Alcorn family. We hope only the best for his surviving family members and loved ones. May they be strengthened and comforted knowing that his contributions and legacy will live on.”
Duncan attended Alcorn in the 80′s, and was a member of the Braves basketball team.
Here’s a list of links with closings and cancellations for HBCUs in the impact area of Hurricane Isaac. Updates will be posted as they become available. If your HBCU has information about storm response or preparation, please email all links and info here.
Alcorn State University recently closed its summer Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School program. The six-week summer enrichment program gave students from kindergarten through 12th grade enrichment activities that enhanced their historical knowledge, while developing a greater passion for reading.
First, Alcorn State University president M. Christopher Brown brings the long-departed Jackson State-Alcorn State football match-up back to Lorman for the resurrection of the Soul Bowl. Now he’s telling the university’s academic deans, all of them, to reapply for their jobs.
Brown told the Vicksburg Post that Alcorn has not reposted and reevaluated the positions in many years.
“We were concerned that we did not have the right people in those jobs,” Brown said.
He said the school faced two critical issues with regard to administrative and leadership positions, one being “a history of lifetime appointments” and the other contracts that did not differentiate the salary earned from faculty duties and that for administrative duties.
“The Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau has been very involved over the past several months discussing the Classic with representatives from Alcorn and offered a proposal which would pay for transportation, lodging and meals for the football team, athletic staff, cheerleaders, the band and student representatives. Additionally, the proposal by the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau would pay for the Pep Rally, Coaches Media Luncheon, Classic Golf Tournament, Presidents’ Reception and a Step Show. All told, the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau made a commitment of approximately $160,000 to Alcorn to hold the 2012 Classic in the Capital City.
Really? $160K is good enough for Alcorn State and Jackson State University when the city stands to make nearly $3 million? Come on mayor. The Braves and the Tigers deserve much more than that.
Alcorn State University today announced its withdrawal from the annual Capital City Classic game with in-state rival Jackson State University. Citing a consensus from ASU athletic leadership and alumni support, the Braves will exercise their option to play JSU in Jack Spinks-Marino Casem Stadium on Nov. 17.
“I have reviewed all the contracts going back through President Bristow. The dissolution of the independent Capital City Classic Committee poisoned the event, and we have been on life-support ever since. The time has come to pull the plug,” said Alcorn President M. Christopher Brown in a release. ” This is Alcorn’s home game and we will play it at home.” “I have wrestled with the Capital City Classic – Soul Bowl issue since being named in 2010. As president, I have a fiscal and leadership responsibility to Alcorn State University and this decision is in our best long-term interest. It makes this most sense at this point in our history. All contracts for this Classic have expired and there is no viable offer on the table that makes sense for me to sign.”
Alcorn President M. Christopher Brown II has named Dwayne White as interim director of Intercollegiate Athletics pending the completion of a formal search. White is a 1990 alumnus of Alcorn who played seven National Football League seasons from 1990-1996 for the New York Jets and the St. Louis Rams where he earned the nickname “The Road Grader.” White holds a B.S. in political science and a M.S. in athletic administration. AD White will begin on June 11, 2012.
President Brown stated in the transition meeting, “Alcorn must be committed to knowledge and character at every level of the campus. The heightened focus on campus athletics and corollary affairs require us to have unit heads with the experience and gravitas to serve our students and stakeholders with excellence. Our recent hires in men’s basketball and football warrant us having an athletic administration equivalent to the front office of any professional sports team.”