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Darwin Cannon, Programmer & Radio Announcer WVSD 91.7 Radio Station
Mississippi Valley State University is saddened to announce MVSU employee and alumn Darwin Cannon's passing on Friday, April 23, 2021.
The funeral service for Mr. Cannon will be at 11 a.m., Sunday, May 2, 2021, inside the Walter Roberts Auditorium located inside of the H.G. Carpenter Building on the MVSU campus.
The public viewing will be held from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021, at the Clark-Williams Funeral Home, located at 600 Cherry Street, Grenada.
The West Point, Mississippi native was married to Ida Hampton-Cannon and began working at MVSU on September 1, 2002, until his passing.
Mr. Cannon was a proud 1998 graduate of MVSU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. In 2003, he received a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the university.
With an extensive background in radio broadcast and production, Mr. Cannon worked as the public broadcasting and media/instructor coordinator in the Department of Mass Communication.
Mr. Cannon worked in an array of different roles while at MVSU. He was a Color Analyst with the MVSU Football broadcast, Coordinator, Programmer/Announcer with WVSD Radio Station, a Photographer, and a residence hall monitor. He also worked on the Delvian yearbook.
DEPARTMENT OF MASS COMMUNICATION
Dr. Samuel Osunde, Chair
MVSU is the only university that offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in
communication in the Mississippi Delta. The Department also offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication and a minor in theater.
The mission of the Department of Mass Communication is to prepare students for
rewarding careers in the field of communication through its curricular offerings in the
areas of broadcasting, journalism, public relations and speech communication. Upon graduation, students should be ready to assume effective roles in professional
communication careers, or proceed to graduate school for advanced degrees.
MVSU’s Bowden lands $24k research grant, participates in HBCU journalism academy at HU
ITTA BENA, Miss.— A Mississippi Valley State University faculty member is the recent recipient of two distinguished honors.
Shannon Bowden, an instructor of Speech Communication and vice president of the MVSU’s Faculty Senate, was recently awarded a $24,500 grant award from the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area (MDNHA) to fund her research project, "Breaking Bread: Itta Bena, MS in the Civil Rights Movement."
On top of that, Bowden was selected to participate in the Solutions Journalism Historically Black Colleges and Universities Educators Academy from July 6-7, 2020, at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
The HBCU Academy is designed for university journalism faculty members at historically black colleges and universities interested in learning how to teach solutions journalism in the classroom and how to incorporate it into student newsrooms at the collegiate level.
"I want to thank Dr. Samuel Osunde, my department chair, for his guidance and encouragement to apply to the Academy to incorporate solutions journalism into the curriculum, which will be another tool for meeting student- learning outcomes in our classes," she said.
Bowden is also excited about her research project and what it will mean for MVSU and the Itta Bena community.
"I am thrilled and appreciative to be selected as a Mississippi National Heritage Association grant recipient for the "Breaking Bread: Itta Bena in the Civil Rights Movement" project. When I first heard about Dr. Martin Luther King being jailed and marching through Itta Bena, I was amazed and wanted to document it," Bowden explained.
Bowden said she believes that it is important to document the historical role the Mississippi Delta played in the Civil Rights Movement.
"It's a story that needs to be told and documented in Itta Bena. When I first heard about the grant opportunity, I immediately jumped on it, because I knew that this project would be a great opportunity for our students in the Department of Mass Communication to apply and sharpen their skills, and the city of Itta Bena."
Bowden said she learned about the MDNHA program from an MVSU colleague and was appreciative of all the support she received.
"I am thankful to Dr. LaShon Brooks who first informed me about MDNHA in 2017 and all of the great things that they do," she said.
“I was personally touched by the support from the members of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Itta Bena, who was very inspirational and supportive of the project,” she added.
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