West Virginia State University NAACP Chapter Wins National Award

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Aug. 29, 2014
West Virginia State University NAACP Chapter Wins National Award

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – The West Virginia State University (WVSU) chapter of the NAACP has been recognized for the second year in a row by the national NAACP for its increase in membership.

The WVSU chapter was awarded the 2014 Chairman’s Trophy for highest membership increase since 2012-2013 at the 105th annual NAACP Convention in July in Las Vegas.

The student chapter has grown from six members to 40 in the past two years.

Charity Hightower, the former president of the WVSU chapter, said the group’s biggest membership builder is during State Stride, which takes place each August as a welcome for new students coming to campus.

Jolyssa Morris, the new president of the NAACP chapter, added, “Another way we have built membership is by setting up a booth during Homecoming.”

Morris added that Homecoming is also a great time for WVSU alumni to see the progress the chapter has made in recent years.

Oree Banks, associate professor of Health and Human Performance, has been the faculty adviser to the WVSU Chapter for three decades and said he is thrilled the chapter has won again and is, “hoping to win again for the third time in a row.”

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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