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Alcorn State University ends homecoming celebration with Gospel Explosion in Vicksburg

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ASU Homecoming Gospel Explosion

This past week more than 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States celebrated their homecomings. Alumni made the pilgrimage to their respective schools to eat, drink and be merry with other alumni and students. Among them was Alcorn State University. 

The school held events such as an art show and a coronation for the 93rd Miss Alcorn State University during the week, but the fun hasn’t ended yet.

The celebration continues on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 5 p.m. in the Vicksburg Convention Center (1600 Dr. Briggs Hopson Blvd.) with a Homecoming Gospel Explosion to finish the week off right.

“This event is being put on by Marcus Ward at Alcorn, and they’re expecting about 400 people,” said Elyce Curry, VCC sales manager. “It’s just kind of an after homecoming event.”

Gospel artists such as Brian Courtney Wilson, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Benjamin Cone III will be featured.

This free event is open to all, and doors open at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

“It’s on a Sunday evening, and I would definitely recommend that people come out,” Curry said. “They can listen to some wonderful gospel artists in a great and safe environment. I just think it’s going to be a great event for Alcorn State, the Convention Center and the community.”

 

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Sen. Hyde-Smith keynote speaker at Innovation & Technology naming ceremony

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The Mississippi Center for Innovation & Technology naming ceremony will be held at 1622 Washington St. in Vicksburg on Friday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith

The presenting keynote speaker is U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Under the leadership of the Economic Development Foundation, the community identified the old Mississippi Hardware Building as the place where a Center for Innovation & Technology can be developed. The center will bring all relevant partners together to create an eco-system that spurs innovation, accelerates technology transfer and increases opportunities for U.S. Army Engineering Research & Development Center contracts to be given to Mississippi companies. The center will also provide higher education opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math.

Since it was announced that the EDF committed to developing the Hardware Building into the Mississippi Center for Innovation & Technology, the State of Mississippi has committed $5 million to the project and the City of Vicksburg has committed $300,000 per year for 10 years. Close to $5 million in Historic Tax Credits has been secured for the project.

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Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum to be held in Vicksburg April 2 and 3

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Vicksburg Convention Center.

From Innovate Mississippi:

The 2020 Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum will be held Thursday and Friday, April 2-3, 2020, at the Vicksburg Convention Center. The event will bring together leading entrepreneurs, economic developers, innovators, and future business owners to learn more about the current entrepreneurial climate and the future of entrepreneurship in Mississippi.

For the first time, the MEF will host a Student Business Pitch Competition that will take place on April 2, 2020.

Sponsored by the University of Mississippi’s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, the event is part of the Catalyzing Entrepreneurship and Economic Development initiative funded from a generous financial gift from the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation. Now in its sixth year, the Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum will provide working opportunities for aspiring business owners and thriving entrepreneurs to share practical and immediately useful information about building a business.

Additionally, attendees will hear best practices of successful case studies and learn more about resources and strategies available to entrepreneurs from institutions of higher education in Mississippi and other key organizations.

Panels on technology and innovation, student entrepreneurship, and the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem also will be conducted on April 3, 2020.

Previous Forums have been held in Clarksdale, Tupelo, Greenwood, Oxford and Jackson.

MEF planning committee members include Allyson Best (University of Mississippi); Tasha Bibb (Innovate Mississippi); John Brandon (Mississippi College); Dr. Marty Brock (Mississippi University for Women); Ty Durham (Millsaps College); Saundra McFarland (Jackson State University); Janice Karcher (ERDCWERX); Dr. JR Love (University of Mississippi); Nash Nunnery (Mississippi Development Authority); Dr. Sheriece Robinson (Mississippi Community College Board); Jeffrey Rupp (Mississippi State University); Will Tabor (Mississippi Community College Board); James Wilcox (University of Southern Mississippi); and Dr. Glendscene Williams (Delta State University).

For more information about the 2020 Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum, please go to meforum.olemiss.edu, or contact JR Love at jrlove@olemiss.edu or Tasha Bibb at tbibb@innovate.ms.

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Vicksburg YMCA hosts annual Father-Daughter Date Night

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The Vicksburg YMCA held its fourth annual Father-Daughter Date Night at The Anthony inside the BB club in downtown Vicksburg Tuesday.

YMCA membership director Lauren Coulon organized the event a few years ago, and it is still going strong today.  More than 100 fathers and daughters came out to dance and enjoy a great buffet. Everyone seemed to have a great time.

Girls as young as 5 dressed up and joined their dads for the special night. Fathers and daughters from every part of Vicksburg danced the night away, took pictures on the red carpet and headed upstairs for dinner.

Bryan Snowden with Kelsey Snowden, left, and Allyssa Thomas.

Matthew and Hayden Bell.

The father-daughter date night is held annually, usually in the month of February, and is hosted by the YMCA.

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