Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The buzz about Mr. FVSU

Young men and women alike on FVSU's campus are talking about the upcoming Mr. FVSU contest.

"It's about time," says Miss FVSU Yahntaye Martin of the first contest of its kind for male students. "Having a Mr. FVSU will be instrumental in recruiting."

It's this kind of forward thinking and attention to students of both genders that has FVSU in better shape than the national trend when it comes to male-female ratio. Crisis magazine reported that 166 African American women enroll in college for every 100 African American men. Yet at FVSU, 56 percent of the students on campus this fall were women; 44 percent men.

And yes, having strong male role models in the administration helps. Having great male recruiters helps. Having a president who eats his meals in the cafeteria with the students helps. But so will showcasing our best male students. And the Mr. FVSU contest is a great way to do that.

So mark it on your calendar: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 in Woodward Gymnasium. The winner will compete in the Mr. HBCU national competition at Lincoln University in Missouri.