ITTA BENA, Miss.— The atmosphere was festive Wednesday morning at Mississippi Valley State University as individuals came out to formally celebrate the grand opening of the MVSU FedEx Logistics satellite office and the launch of FedEx Logistics’ new Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Program.
The event, hosted at 10 a.m. Sept. 4 at the MVSU Courtyard, was highlighted by a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The newly renovated satellite office was in peripheral view as representatives from MVSU and FedEx joined together to address the audience made up of MVSU employees, students, alumni, community members and special guests from FedEx.
The brief program was presided by MVSU’s Chief of Staff & Legislative Liaison Dr. La Shon F. Brooks, who led MVSU’s team during the implementation of the project.
Keynote speakers included MVSU President Dr. Jerryl Briggs, Senior Vice President/Chief Human Resources & Diversity Officer for FedEx Express Shannon Brown, and Vice President of U.S. Brokerage for FedEx Logistics Bethany Rochelau.
Briggs began by acknowledging MVSU students.
“Honestly, they’re the reason why we’re here. They’re the reason why the University is here,” he said. “Everything we do here is geared towards making our students successful, and we understand we couldn’t be successful as a University if we didn’t have a community of folks like we have here today.”
Briggs said the collaboration speaks to the University’s eight-word vision— “One Goal. On Team. One Valley...In Motion.”
“This is an example of what we’re talking about—really building and growing our institution,” he said.
“There are approximately 100 HBCUs in the country, so I’m just so overjoyed and so proud that we are the first University to establish this partnership with FedEx Logistics,” he added.
Brown noted that MVSU students have been entrusted with the lofty task of connecting 90% of the world’s GDP by clearing packages that are flying across the globe.
“Who would’ve ever thought that you could pull off something this big in Itta Bena, Mississippi?” Brown said as the audience applauded in response.
The satellite office is situated on MVSU’s campus across from the Jacob Aron Student in the former Student Annex Building. Renovations to the building were overseen by MVSU Director of Facilities Management Terrance Hurssey and members of his team.
To date, 36 of the 48 part-time positions available have been filled by MVSU students. In addition to receiving a competitive wage, students are also eligible to receive full benefits (after 90 days) and tuition assistance.
“We are committed to our students being successful,” said Briggs. “A partnership like this gives out student further employment opportunities and career pathways.”
Students working in the MVSU FedEx Logistics satellite office expressed gratitude for the opportunity.