VC Digest

Monthly Voorhees College E-Newsletter
September   2013
In This Issue
Coronation 2013
Opening Convocation
Tobacco-free VC
Alumni of the Month Highlight
Tigers enter new conference
Did you know?
Quick Links

 Welcome to the inaugural issue of VC Digest, a monthly E-newsletter for Voorhees College Alumni!  We want YOU to be a part of the stories and information featured each month so please share YOUR information with the Office of Communication and continue to support Voorhees College.

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Nia-Muhammad and Hyland.

Nia-Muhammad and Hyland to be crowned Mr. and Miss Voorhees College 2013-14


Voorhees College will officially crown Mr. and Miss Voorhees College 2013-2014 during the institution's annual coronation on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center. The theme for this year's coronation is "History in the Making: Bringing the World to Voorhees."


Faakhira J. Nia-Muhammad, Miss Voorhees College 2013-2014-elect, is the 21-year old daughter of Abidan and Barakah Muhammad of Rochester, N.Y. Faakhira is a senior majoring in criminal justice with a minor in biology.


After graduating, Nia- Muhammad plans to attend graduate school pursuing studies of political science and international affairs.


Anthony Isaiah Hyland, Mr. Voorhees College 2013-2014-elect, is the 21-year-old son of Christopher Florance and was raised by his grandmother Gladys Littles. Hyland, a native from Philadelphia, Pa., is a senior majoring in mass communication.


Growing up, one or two options were available to him in his neighborhood; the one he chose was to obtain an education.  Hyland's grandmother, who he attributes his thrust for knowledge, pushed him and his five brothers to excel academically.  


To read the full article, click HERE. 


Speaker, Dr. Walter Kimbrough.
New and returning students welcomed at convocation

Voorhees College President Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr. officially welcomed the freshman class of 2017 and returning students to Voorhees during Opening Convocation on September 12 by encouraging them to successfully finish what they started at Voorhees.

"With a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau showing that college enrollment continues to decline, I urge you to beat the odds. Finish what you have started at Voorhees College," said Sellers. "In order for you to be competitive in this global society, you must have a bachelor's degree. It is a necessity."

Sellers also told them to strive for excellence just as Voorhees' founder, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright Menafee, who was the first black woman to establish a school for young black males and females.

"We look forward to our students continuing the legacy of our founder, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright Menafee. Just as she did, we urge our students to blaze trails academically, socially, professionally and spiritually," Sellers said.

To read the full article, click HERE. 

Voorhees College becomes a tobacco-free campus beginning fall 2013


In accordance with its healthy campus initiative, Voorhees College joined a growing number of college campuses in South Carolina and throughout the nation who have adopted tobacco-free campus policies.


Voorhees College implemented its tobacco-free campus initiative September 1. Additionally, campus security will have the sole authority to fine individuals for violating the tobacco-free campus policy beginning December 2013. First offense will be charged $10, second offense is $20, and a third offense and all additional subsequent offenses will be $50.


"Although there are fines associated with the violation of the policy, the primary goal is to assist tobacco users with cessation and to provide cleaner air for the campus community," said Leroy Davis, executive director for the Center of Excellence in Rural and Minority Health.


Davis added, "The adoption of this policy is a culmination of a year-long tobacco-free campus campaign by the Student Government Association, other student organizations and several faculty and staff members."


To read the full article, click HERE.  

Emmanuel Nwokocha.

September Alumni of the Month Highlight


The September Alumni of the Month highlight is Emmanuel Nwokocha, a 2012 graduate. Nwokocha recently secured a position through the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Development Program at Owens Corning, a Fortune 500 company that uses glass fiber technology to make building materials and composite.


As a participant of this program, Nwokocha will train at the Kansas City Plant for approximately 18 months and then transition into an EHS leadership role at another plant.


"This is quite an opportunity because my leadership skills have been recognized, and I have been put to the test since I started in January 2013," Nwokocha said.



To read the full article, click HERE. 


Voorhees Tigers move to new conference

Beginning this 2013-2014 academic year, Voorhees College became a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). The GCAC Council of Presidents approved Voorhees College for membership into the conference in April.


Voorhees will participate in the conference along with HBCUs including Dillard University, Xavier University, Southern University, Talladega College, Edward Waters College, Fisk University and Philander-Smith College.


"This will be a great fit for the institution both athletically and academically. This conference includes HBCUs that excel in both of those areas," said Willie Jefferson, athletic director.


Did you know...quick bits of news and knowledge about Voorhees College

- Artist Robert Washington, an alumnus of Voorhees College, is the creator of the official MOJA Arts Festival logo. He is originally from Walterboro, S.C.


Washington is a self-taught artist in multiple media, but he prefers to work in watercolors. He interprets his work as "Low-country Nostalgia," the lifestyles and mannerisms of African Americans, from St. Simon Island, Ga. to Sandy Island, S.C. Washington also designed the logo for the Philip Simmons Foundation on Anson Street in Charleston, S.C.



- Voorhees currently has nine graduates enrolled at Alabama A&M University this academic year pursuing masters degrees.  They are all former Student Support Services members. 


               Gary Edwards           Jasper Fells             Gerome Frasier

               Armand Rhodes       Terea Ross               Darrius Snow

               Marcus Weldon        Adrian Williams     Dwayne Wilson