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Mrs. Senora Davis '64

Retired Educator 

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The Vivian Moone Diggs Scholarship will support students with two or more siblings enrolled at the same time, majoring in education.

Senora is the youngest child of the late, Mrs. Vivian Moone Diggs, who was a devoted graduate of FSU and dedicated alumna who served the FSU National Alumni Association for 40 years and was National Secretary for 16 of those years. She absolutely LOVED her alma mater and sent all four of her children to FSU; thereby, becoming the single largest family in attendance at the same time in 1960. Senora's sister, the late Dawn Diggs Jones, was also an enthusiastic and dedicated FSU alumna and reigned as the "1979-80, FSU Ms. Alumni Queen." As a result, both mother and daughter received many accolades and awards for years of outstanding and dedicated service to the FSU National Alumni Association including the "National Alumni of the Year Award," 'the Meritorious Service and Achievement Award," and the "Waymon Williams Award." In 1989, the Diggs Family received the "Fayetteville State University Family of the Year Award." Mrs. Digg's youngest son, Ross, continues to support his alma mater and is a member of the Edgecombe County Alumni Chapter.

Although Senora lives in Poughkeepsie, NY, 60 miles north of New York City where she is the only Bronco in the area, she has always remembered her alma mater with pride and financial support. She is a Chancellor's Club Member, a Member of the Bronco Legacy Circle and Life Member of FSU National Alumni Association. In addition to her previous donations, in memory of her mother, Senora is now establishing a $100,000.00 Vivian Moone Diggs Family Endowed FSU scholarship to students with three or more family members enrolled at the same time with at least two who are prospective teachers.

Bronco Senora has also assisted FSU with recruitment. In 1975, while President of the Mid-Hudson Valley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Senora secured a Model City Grant after conceiving and writing an innovative proposal to encourage at risk students to pursue higher education by providing college prep workshops and an all-expenses paid, five day, "Teen- Lift Tour" during spring break for 39 Poughkeepsie High School Students and 11 adults to Historically Black Colleges. The final stop in this exemplary project culminated in a tour of her Alma Mater, which was named Fayetteville State College at the time. A project of this magnitude where all expenses were paid for so many students plus adults for so many days, had never been done before and led to her sorority's first community award plaque being presented to Senora who was a charter member of her chapter as well as the current President.

A member of the illustrious "Class of 1964," Senora received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a Minor in Music. Her first teaching job began in Raleigh, North Carolina where she taught fifth grade for two years until she married Melvin M. Davis, an Electrical Engineer with IBM and moved to Poughkeepsie. They still reside in New York and April 11, 2016, marked their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Senora received her Master of Science Degree in Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz, NY, and completed additional graduate studies at NYU in New York City. In addition, she received permanent certification in the Teaching of Reading in 1975, and taught 8th and 5th graders for 32 years in the Poughkeepsie City School District; retiring in 1998. Because of her consistent efforts to instill in her students a sense of personal responsibility, commitment to task, and the pursuit of excellence, Senora was selected to represent the Poughkeepsie City School District in the state of New York as Teacher of the Year in 1980.

Additional accolades include the following: received a 1998 P.T.A. plaque in recognition of her stellar and compassionate teaching career which inspired countless students to excel academically; received the 1997 NAACP plaque for outstanding service to the Poughkeepsie Community and dedicating her life to the betterment of children; the 1997 Social Action Ministry's Black Achiever's Award from the largest church in Poughkeepsie for exemplifying the highest standards of excellence in both the classroom and community; was listed in the 1975 Edition of Outstanding Leaders in Elementary and Secondary Education; received Letters of Commendations for writing a proposal and spearheading the first ever, joint, fund-raising collaboration between five African-American Sororities and Fraternities which resulted in donating a brand new Institutional Yamaha Studio Piano to the newly constructed Catharine Street Community Center for underserved youth; received the United Way of Dutchess County allocations service award for five years of outstanding service on the board, received editorial commendations from the Poughkeepsie Journal newspaper for creating and directing a program for at- risk females which galvanized the collective efforts of her Delta Sorority Sisters to implement the " 3B Club " ( Be the Best you can Be), a program held on Saturday's which taught females in Grades 5-8 the following hobby skills: Chess, Calligraphy, Knitting, Needle Point, Baton Twirling, Jazzercise, Book Reviews, Math, Skills on How to Conduct Science Experiments, field trips and gave career, character, and cultural messages at the beginning of each Saturday Session; in addition, Senora was selected to be "Grand Marshall" of a parade which celebrated the opening of a two and one half million-dollar Family Partnership Center which housed 16 agencies that supported the self-sufficiency of at-risk families and individuals; she was honored at an appreciation dinner for serving on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Towers (a 12 story dwelling for senior citizens); finally, she received an award of Merit and Letters of Commendation for Graphic work form the NY United Teachers Union, the City of Poughkeepsie Partnership, and for serving as Secretary of the Mid-Hudson Reading Council which consisted of Dutchess County Teachers and Vassar College Professors.

Although reared as an Episcopalian after moving to Poughkeepsie, Senora became a Watch Care Member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church where she served as a Senior High Sunday School Teacher; a member of the Trustee Board, Church Building Council and the Christian Education Ministry; the Editor of the Building Council's Newsletter, Chairperson of the 110th Church Anniversary Banquet Committee which raised $10,000; Chairperson of the Women's Day Committee, and as a Vacation Bible School Teacher. Upon retiring in 1998, Senora's Superintendent remarked "Senora should feel truly blessed to have affected the lives of countless boys and girls in so many positive ways."  

Senora indicated that her mother constantly modeled the behavior of Saint Francis of Assisi's famous quote, "FOR IT IS IN GIVING THAT WE RECEIVE." Now that she and so many of her 1964 classmates have reached the age of Required Mandatory Distribution from IRA accounts and Annuity funds, she encourages other classmates to continue to invest, at this point, in our FSU Students, by taking advantage of the RMD (IRA) Charitable Roll Over to FSU.

 

                               

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