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          75 Years of Pride,
NSU: 75 Years of Pride, Achievement and Promise

         Achievement and Promise
spring/summer 2010         Volume 7, number 1
                                                MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

         Carolyn W. meyers, ph.D.

    sharon riddick Hoggard (m.A. ’04)
      interim executive Director for
     Communications and marketing
                                                                                  When Samuel Fischer Scott opened the doors of the
                                                                              Norfolk Division of Virginia Union University 75 years ago,
             _______________                                                  he fulfilled a vision from the community to provide a place
                                                                              where African Americans could receive an education and
            regina Lightfoot                                                  attain their aspirations. From the beginning, the community
         general manager/editor                                               was a source of strength and support for Norfolk State, and it
                                                                              remains so today.
         Christopher L. setzer ’97                  NSU is as relevant today as it was three quarters of a century ago. During 2010 and
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                                                2011, we will celebrate our history of achievement.
           stevalynn r. Adams                       e university has gone from the upper two floors in the Hunton Branch YMCA to a
       production manager/Design                134-acre campus. Yet, despite all the modern buildings and cutting-edge research and
                                                technology, NSU has held steadfast to its initial mission, and it has stayed true to
          maurice C. Hawkins ’98                nurturing its students so that they are able to fulfill their destinies.
              Alumni news
                                                    Norfolk State is a relatively young institution compared to many universities across
           matthew B. michalec                  the region, state and nation. Begun in a time of segregation and the Great Depression,
                Athletics                       NSU has had to overcome great obstacles— underfunding, prejudice and calls for it to
                                                merge with another university— in order to carry out its mission. Yet characteristic of
                                                our mascot—the Spartan—Norfolk State has a true fighting spirit. Our spirit has enabled
                                                thousands of first-generation college students to raise their socio-economic status
                                                and realize their dreams. Our alumni are doctors, lawyers, chief executive officers,
         Contributing Writers                   entrepreneurs and political, government and military leaders. e university has
       Tommy L. Bogger, ph.D. ’68               alumni in every field of work.
    phyllis Crudup Bryant ’64, (m.A.’76)            is special issue of the Norfolk State University Magazine—“NSU: 75 years of Pride,
        Carl W. Haywood, ph.D. ’71              Achievement and Promise”—looks at the university’s milestones and achievements and
     sharon riddick Hoggard (m.A.’04)           glimpses its glorious future. I invite you to stroll down memory lane, learn about the
              Lauren Lea ’10                    University’s history, but also see what’s in store for our future.
             regina Lightfoot                       From 1935 to the present, Norfolk State University has stood the test of time,
    Charles W. pleasants ’61, (m.A.’83)
                                                has fought the good fight and has fulfilled its promise of providing a high-quality
                                                education for its students. Norfolk State, indeed, has a history — and a future— of pride,
               Terricita sass
                                                achievement and promise.
              Anne peterson                     Behold, the Green and Gold!
            robert randall ’73
               Alvin swilley
               Van H. White

                                                Carolyn W. Meyers, Ph.D.

Norfolk State University is accredited
by the Commission on Colleges of the
southern Association of Colleges and
schools to award associate, baccalaureate,
masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact
the Commission on Colleges at 1866
southern Lane, Decatur, georgia
30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for
questions about the accreditation of
norfolk state university.

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                                           UNIVERSITY NEWS
                                           A Historical Overview                                           4
                                           of Norfolk State University

                                           Voices of Enlightenment                                         11
      19      NSURA Embarks Upon
              10th Anniversary
                                           Classical Concert Tells NSU’s Story

                                           Seven Decades of Memories                                       12
                                           at Norfolk State University

                                           Mass Communications and Journalism                              15
                                           Celebrates 35th Anniversary

                                           ALUMNI NEWS
                                           Honor Roll of Distinguished Faculty                             20
                                           and Distinguished Alumni

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                                                                                                   A Historical Overview
                                                                                                   of Norfolk State University
                                                                                                   BY TOMMY L. BOGGER, PH.D. ’68                                  (CIAA), and three sorority chapters and three fraternity
                                                                                                   DireCTOr OF ArCHiVes                                           chapters were established.
                                                                                                                                                                      In the 1966-67 academic year, enrollment at the Norfolk

                                                                                                               he Norfolk Unit of Virginia Union University       Division exceeded the enrollment at Virginia State. On
                                                                                                               began very modestly on September 18, 1935,         February 1, 1969, Norfolk State College became an
                                                                                                               with 85 students in three second-floor rooms in     independent-four-year baccalaureate granting institution
                                                                                                               the Hunton YMCA on Brambleton Avenue.              with an 11-member governing board.
                                                                                                   Samuel Fischer Scott served as director for three years, and       By the early 1970s, an additional 44 acres had been
                                                                                                   he was succeeded by Lyman B. Brooks in 1938. Brooks            added to the campus extending it westward to Park Avenue,
                                                                                                   immediately moved the college to a larger building on Bank     two residential towers, a Fine Arts building, a dining hall
                                                                                                   Street, and in 1942 severed the Unit’s ties with Virginia      complex, and a three-story library had been built.
                                                                                                   Union. From 1942 to 1944, the school was known as                  Dr. Harrison B. Wilson assumed the presidency in July
                                                                                                   Norfolk Polytechnic College. On February 29, 1944, the         1975 after Dr. Brooks retired following 37 years of
                                                                                                   college came under state control as the Norfolk Division of    outstanding service.
                                                                                                   Virginia State College. In the same year, the college moved        e master’s degree in communications became the
                                                                                                   to the old Saint Vincent’s Hospital compound on Wood Street.   first graduate program offered at Norfolk State in
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                                                                                                       A burgeoning enrollment necessitated relocation to a       September 1974; classes began in the Graduate School of
                                                                                                   55-acre tract of land along Corprew Avenue that was            Social Work in January 1975. In recognition of its graduate
                                                                                                   formerly used as a golf course. e first classes were held in   programs and growing enrollment, the General Assembly
                                                                                                   unfinished multi-purpose Tidewater Hall (now Brown Hall)        approved a bill stipulating that the college would assume
                                                                                                   in September 1955. In the following fall, the Norfolk          university status on July 1, 1979.
                                                                                                   Division began offering four-year programs.                         e construction of Joseph G. Echols Hall in 1982 with
                                                                                                       Extracurricular activities on the new campus began to      a seating capacity of 7,500 for basketball games gave
                                                                                                   resemble those of other colleges in 1962 when the college      Norfolk State one of the largest on-campus gymnasiums
                                                                                                   joined the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association        among black colleges and universities. A new women’s

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dormitory was built on the west side of campus in 1982, and               upgrading facilities and planning the move for
in the following year, a five-story administration building was            several years.
completed. It centralized the major administrative offices on                   Wilson retired in 1997 after 22 years at NSU, and
campus and enhanced efficiency.                                             Dr. Marie V. McDemmond succeeded him. McDemmond,
    e University celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1985, and            who described herself as a fiscal conservative, spent
the tenth anniversary of Wilson’s tenure at Norfolk State.                considerable time balancing the budget and crafting a new
From three rooms and 85 students, the school had grown to                 image for the University. A popular new style of housing was
255 classrooms, and 7,200 students in 22 buildings.                       built for the students featuring apartment-like living, but she
    e University achieved important academic milestones                  will best be remembered for the hi-tech building on
in the 1990s. e School of Business joined a very elite group             Brambleton Avenue which bears her name. Dr. Alvin J.
by being awarded national accreditation in 1990. NSU became               Schexnider served as Interim President from
only the fourth historically black university to win the                  July 2005 until Dr. Carolyn Meyers, the University’s fourth
recognition. When the Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social                  president, arrived in July 2006. Since her arrival, fundraising
Work began its doctoral program in 1995, only about 25                    has increased, and enrollment has experienced a significant
historically black universities in the country offered doctoral degrees.   growth since her leadership team instituted new strategies.
    Norfolk State moved closer toward being a residential                 A new student center building recently opened, and
college in the early ’90s when three residence halls were                 construction has begun on a new library. Meyers also
opened on the east campus. e expansion of the campus                     instituted the Distinguished Faculty and Alumni awards,
necessitated the introduction of a shuttle bus service in 1992.           which have been presented during the annual President’s
    Following the completion of a baseball field and women’s               Gala. Under Meyers, Norfolk State also achieved five major
softball field in 1996, and a 30,000-seat football stadium in              accreditations or reaffirmations of accreditations and work
1997, NSU was widely regarded as having first-class athletic               began on a new strategic plan.
facilities. It was no coincidence that in 1997 the school left the
Division II CIAA and moved up to the Mid-Eastern Athletic
Conference (MEAC) Division I-AA, because Wilson had been

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                                                                                                                                                                   Brown. Scott recalled that he was a very positive influence
                                                                                                                                                                   during the period of uncertainty, and his years of
                                                                                                                                                                   experience as an insurance executive and entrepreneur
                                                                                                                                                                   suited him well for his new position as business manager of
                                                                                                                                                                   the school.
                                                                                                                                                                       e Junior College was modest by all measurements,
                                                                                                                                                                   thus Scott attached the utmost importance to hiring the
                                                                                                                                                                   best qualified faculty. ere were only five faculty members
                                                                                                                                                                   and that number included the director who taught history.
                                                                                                                                                                   He resolved not to employ anyone who had not earned at
                                                                                                                                                                   least a master’s degree from a Northern or Western
                                                                                                                                                                   university. In spite of the meager resources of the school,
                                                                                                                                                                   Scott was proud that beginning faculty salaries were slightly
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                                                                                                                                                                   higher than the salaries at two of Virginia’s black colleges.
                                                                                                                                                                       e director and his teachers realized the importance of
                                                                                                                                                                   extra-curricular activities in educating the students; they
                                                                                                                                                                   wanted to go beyond mere classroom activity and educate
                                                                                                                                                                   their students for life. us in the first year, 10 student
                                                                                                                                                                   clubs were organized. rough the Drama Club, the
                                                                                                                                                                   Student Government Association, and the Debate Club,
                                                                                                                                                                   they hoped to train articulate students who would speak up
                                                                                                                                                                   in public and become leaders.
                                                                                                                                                                         Since the college was new and untested, Scott and his
                                                                                                                                                                   teachers knew that people in the community would
                                                                                                                                                                   scrutinize their graduates for indications of shortcomings
                                                                                                                                                                   in the social graces, as well as weaknesses in their academic
                                                                                                   Samuel Fischer Scott                                            preparation. us, a “Charm School” was included in the
                                                                                                                                                                   initial curriculum to insure that coeds deported
                                                                                                   1935 – 1938                                                     themselves properly.
                                                                                                                                                                       Forever impending on the mind of the director was the
                                                                                                   BY TOMMY BOGGER, PH.D. ’68                                      college’s precarious financial situation. e National Youth
                                                                                                   DireCTOr OF ArCHiVes                                            Administration, a New Deal program, provided partial
                                                                                                                                                                   scholarships to 30 students. In addition, churches, lodges,

                                                                                                          amuel Fischer Scott was born in Portsmouth, Va., in      fraternities, sororities, clubs, and prominent individuals
                                                                                                          1907 and received his early education in the public      donated money to the college, and gave scholarships to
                                                                                                          schools of that city. He received his bachelor of arts   deserving students.
                                                                                                   degree from Virginia Union University in 1931 and his               Night school and summer school sessions proved to be
                                                                                                   master’s from the University of Michigan in 1933.               profitable avenues for raising money. Many of the local
                                                                                                       During a visit to Union in the summer of 1935,              teachers in the public schools had only a couple years of
                                                                                                   University officials asked him to lead a new school in            college, thus the Norfolk Unit proved to be a blessing to
                                                                                                   Norfolk. African-American leaders in the Norfolk area           them because they could study part-time, obtain their
                                                                                                   were trying to overcome tremendous hurdles when he              degrees and receive an increase in salary. Teachers who
                                                                                                   arrived to serve as director of the soon-to-be-opened           needed additional credits to renew their certificates
                                                                                                   Norfolk Unit of Virginia Union University. ey were still       also enrolled.
                                                                                                   recruiting students. e rooms designated for the school             By the summer of 1938, the daytime enrollment of the
                                                                                                   had to be cleaned and furnished, and a staff had to be           school had increased from 85 to 140 students, the
                                                                                                   assembled. e country was in the midst of a depression, so      classrooms had increased from three to five, and the Unit’s
                                                                                                   money and jobs were scarce.                                     budget had grown from $10,000 to $14,991. After three
                                                                                                       Virginia Union administrators made it very clear            years of teaching, handling administrative duties, knocking
                                                                                                   to Scott that the University could only afford to extend to      on doors to recruit students, speaking in the community,
                                                                                                   the Norfolk endeavor its name and goodwill. e junior           and attending fundraising events, a medical condition
                                                                                                   college would have to be supported financially by                forced Scott to divest himself of the tremendous burden of
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                                                                                                   local funds.                                                    responsibility that the director’s position entailed.
                                                                                                       When Scott first inspected the modest facilities where           After leaving Norfolk, he served as Principal of Addison
                                                                                                   the college was to be housed, he experienced an emotional       High School in Roanoke, Va., for a few years, and then
                                                                                                   let down, and his immediate urge was to jump on the first        assumed a supervisory position with the Department of
                                                                                                   train heading north, and return to his good-paying job in       Social Services in New York City. He retired in 1971, and he
                                                                                                   New York City. His spirit was buoyed, however, by the           and his long-time wife, the former Albanie Rosalyn Joyner
                                                                                                   contagious enthusiasm and unselfishness of the local             of Murfreesboro, N.C., relocated to Norfolk. He died May
                                                                                                   organizers as they volunteered their services to make the       31, 1988, and in 1996, the book that he had started was
                                                                                                   school a reality. No one was more enthusiastic about the        published (Samuel Fischer Scott and Constance J. Spencer,
                                                                                                   junior college’s prospects than George William Clement          e History of Norfolk State University, 1935-1938).

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                                                                   director. With the assistance of Governor Colgate W. Darden,
                                                                   in 1944 the college became a part of the state system of higher
                                                                   education as the Norfolk Division of Virginia State College.
                                                                       In addition to cultivating a close relationship with
                                                                   the governor, Brooks also won the support and admiration
                                                                   of Louis Jaffe, the Pulitzer Prize winning editor of
                                                                   e Virginian-Pilot. e rapidly growing school moved to
                                                                   larger quarters on Wood Street in 1944, but the new site would
                                                                   be inadequate in a few years, so Jaffe helped the college secure
                                                                   the 55-acre Memorial Park Golf Course tract along Corprew
                                                                       As provost of the Norfolk Division, Brooks reported to

                                                                                                                                                                                     NSU: 75 Years of Pride,Achievement and Promise
                                                                   President Robert P. Daniel at Virginia State College. eir views
                                                                   on the Norfolk Division’s long range status differed, but Brooks
                                                                   did not allow the Petersburg official to deter him from
                                                                   aggressively advancing the Norfolk Division toward the status
                                                                   of a full fledged college.
                                                                       Brooks was fond of saying “ere really are extraordinary
                                                                   powers in ordinary people,” 1 for he believed that the purpose of
                                                                   college was “…to discover and cultivate extraordinary powers,
                                                                   whether they be in the rich or the poor – the advantaged or
                                                                   disadvantaged.” 2 He was very proud of the alumni who entered
                                                                   Norfolk State with low test scores, but graduated with honors
                                                                   and enjoyed successful careers.
                                                                       Brooks was equally proud of the college’s future. When he
                                                                   announced in the early 1970s that one day the institution would
Lyman Beecher Brooks                                               extend from Park Avenue on the west, to Merrimac Avenue
                                                                   (now Ballentine Boulevard) on the east, many thought that his
1938 – 1975                                                        vision was too illusory, but within a few years, it became reality.
                                                                   For more than 20 years as the college’s administrator, Brooks
BY TOMMY L. BOGGER, PH.D. ’68                                      was assisted by his wife, the former Evelyn Fields. In addition to
DireCTOr OF ArCHiVes                                               teaching and raising two daughters, she worked very closely
                                                                   with her husband in the social and cultural life of the college.
                                                                   eir home, across the street from the college, was the site of

        yman Beecher Brooks was born on May 27, 1910 in
        Mathews County, Va., a rural segregated society where      many receptions. Brooks served on many committees and
        economic and educational opportunities for most            boards, but he was probably most proud of his service as
African Americans were very bleak. He, however, was fortunate      Chairman of the Board of Norfolk Community Hospital, and
to be born into a home of nurturing parents, books, newspapers     his many years as Sunday school teacher at Bank Street
and stimulating dinner conversations. His father, John Robert      Memorial Baptist Church. When he retired in 1975, after 37
Brooks, was a farmer and waterman who gave music lessons to        years of service, the college had an enrollment of almost 7,500
supplement family income, and his mother, Mary Anna Burrell        students, occupied 100 acres of land, and was the third largest
Brooks, was a school teacher. He accompanied her to work at a      historically black institution of higher learning in the nation. In
one-room school as a toddler and by age three, he was reading.     1983, his Upward: A History of Norfolk State University was
Lyman and his 18-month-older brother, J. Murray, received          published. He died on April 20, 1984.
their bachelor’s degrees in mathematics at Virginia Union
University in 1929. His brother edged him out for the honor of
being the highest ranking student. After teaching in rural
schools for a few years, he enrolled at the University of
Michigan. By the spring of 1938, he earned a master of arts
degree and completed his course work for a Ph.D. when
Virginia Union officials asked him to become director of the
Norfolk Unit of Virginia Union University. When he accepted
the offer, the school had 115 students, operated with a budget of
less than $12,000, and was housed in rooms rented from the
Young Men’s Christian Association. Brooks determined that the
facilities were inadequate. In a very unusual move for someone
taking on a new job, he signed the mortgage note making
himself responsible for a more commodious building on Bank
                                                                                                         Faculty — Wood st. Campus
Street. In 1940, he returned to the University of Michigan and
received his Ph.D.                                                 References
                                                                   1 Journal and Guide, April 25, 1984, A1.
    In 1942, the Norfolk Unit severed ties with Union, and         2 Lyman Beecher Brooks, Upward: A History of Norfolk State
became the Norfolk Polytechnic College with Brooks as              University (Washington, D.C.: Howard University Press, 1983), 179.

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                                                                                                                                                                  to the college’s desegregation crisis. In his dealings with
                                                                                                                                                                  the state, Old Dominion University, and Health, Education
                                                                                                                                                                  and Welfare officials, the new president showed a
                                                                                                                                                                  willingness to compromise on some issues. He spoke out
                                                                                                                                                                  strongly against a merger, and insisted that Norfolk State be
                                                                                                                                                                  allowed to thrive through the acquisition of new, high-
                                                                                                                                                                  demand programs. His imposing physical stature and
                                                                                                                                                                  competitive nature, the very traits which enabled him to
                                                                                                                                                                  excel as an athlete and a coach, served him well as an
                                                                                                                                                                  aggressive advocate for the institution. When he learned
                                                                                                                                                                  that Virginia State College officials requested that the
                                                                                                                                                                  General Assembly elevate their institution to university
                                                                                                                                                                  status, he expeditiously arranged for a similar request to be
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                                                                                                                                                                  made for Norfolk State. us, on July 1, 1979, the college
                                                                                                                                                                  became Norfolk State University.
                                                                                                                                                                      President Wilson’s effort to resolve the housing shortage
                                                                                                                                                                  on campus brought him into conflict with state officials.
                                                                                                                                                                  ey wanted the university to remain an urban institution
                                                                                                                                                                  with most of its students living off campus, but Wilson
                                                                                                                                                                  realized that the shortage of attractive, affordable
                                                                                                                                                                  dormitories on campus hindered recruiting efforts.
                                                                                                                                                                  Despite the opposition of State Council of Higher
                                                                                                                                                                  Education administrators, he secured a $3.5 million federal
                                                                                                                                                                  loan from the Department of Housing and Urban
                                                                                                                                                                  Development, and galvanized the support of alumni and
                                                                                                                                                                  local legislators to sway state education officials. ey
                                                                                                   Harrison B. Wilson                                             relented, and a new dormitory was built at Norfolk State.
                                                                                                                                                                      e 3,000-seat Gill Gymnasium was totally inadequate
                                                                                                   1975 – 1997                                                    to house students, alumni, and community supporters at
                                                                                                                                                                  basketball games, so in the late 1970s, the president
                                                                                                   BY TOMMY L. BOGGER, PH.D. ’68                                  decided that the time had come for the construction of a
                                                                                                   DireCTOr OF ArCHiVes                                           7,500-seat arena on campus. State officials agreed to fund
                                                                                                                                                                  the project; perhaps, partly because Wilson argued in

                                                                                                            arrison B. Wilson grew up in a large working-class    Richmond that Norfolk State had one of the largest
                                                                                                            family in Amsterdam, N.Y. He was an outstanding       R.O.T.C. programs in the state, and its patriotic African-
                                                                                                            high school athlete, yet he also excelled in the      American cadets lacked a field house where they could drill
                                                                                                   classroom and upon graduating, he joined the Navy and          during inclement weather.
                                                                                                   served during the latter part of World War II. After the            Wilson endeared himself to many local civic leaders
                                                                                                   war, he enrolled at Kentucky State University in Frankfort,    following the 1989 Labor Day riot at the Virginia Beach
                                                                                                   Ky., and graduated with honors in 1950 earning a degree in     oceanfront when he agreed to step into the racially-charged
                                                                                                   health and physical education. e following year, he           controversy and provide leadership, so that the city would
                                                                                                   received his master’s degree from Indiana University, and      be better prepared to welcome an onslaught of young
                                                                                                   began his professional career as head basketball coach at      blacks the next Labor Day weekend.
                                                                                                   Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., where he                In the early `90s, he was selected as a member of
                                                                                                   enjoyed unparalleled success.                                  Governor Lawrence Douglas Wilder’s trade delegation to
                                                                                                       After years at the pinnacle as a basketball coach and      Africa. Wilson wisely used the occasion to lobby the
                                                                                                   Department of Health and Physical Education Chair,             governor for a performing arts building. With Wilder’s
                                                                                                   Wilson decided to move on to new challenges in 1967, for       support, the legislature appropriated the funds, and the
                                                                                                   he had earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Indiana            NSU Board of Visitors announced that the new building
                                                                                                   University a few years earlier. He served as Director of       would be named in honor of Virginia’s first African-
                                                                                                   Cooperative Education and Cluster Programs at Tennessee        American governor.
                                                                                                   State University for five years, and in 1972, he became             Nearing the end of his administration, Wilson realized
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                                                                                                   Executive Assistant to the President at Fisk University.       that the stature of the University could also be enhanced by
                                                                                                       When Wilson arrived in Norfolk to begin his tenure as      moving the athletics program from the Division II, Central
                                                                                                   president of Norfolk State College on July 1, 1975, he was     Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) to the Division
                                                                                                   accompanied by his wife, Dr. Lucy Reed Wilson, and six         I-AA, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), thus the
                                                                                                   children. Prior to his hiring, most of the administrators at   university announced its intention in 1994. A track and
                                                                                                   the college had been promoted from in-house; thus, there       field complex was completed the next year, a baseball park
                                                                                                   was some distrust of the outsider.                             and softball field completed in 1996, and when Wilson left
                                                                                                       However, the doubts that some had about the                office in the summer of 1997, a 30,000-seat football stadium
                                                                                                   philosophy of the new president, and his commitment to         was nearing completion.
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                                                                      In 1998, she helped to increase revenue – both from the
                                                                  Virginia General Assembly and in major fundraising efforts.
                                                                  She worked with state officials to secure operating funds for
                                                                  six new academic programs in electrical and optical
                                                                  engineering, computer science, and criminal justice as part of
                                                                  Virginia’s Accord with the Office of Civil Rights. Her efforts
                                                                  garnered new and enhanced state operating funds totaling
                                                                  more than $18 million – a 76 percent increase since her
                                                                  arrival in 1997. Additionally, she gained approval for a one-
                                                                  time capital outlay funding for more than $143 million in
                                                                  renovation and construction projects. During McDemmond’s

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                                                                  presidency, NSU’s endowment grew by 65 percent, and
                                                                  fundraising dramatically increased. Norfolk State embarked
                                                                  on its first major gifts campaign. Launched publicly in
                                                                  September 2005, the $15 million campaign focused on
                                                                  significant ways to improve student success.
                                                                      McDemmond came to Norfolk State with a vision that the
                                                                  university could be a technological powerhouse. She turned
                                                                  her efforts to obtaining support and resources to make the
                                                                  Research and Innovations to Support Empowerment (RISE)
                                                                  Center a reality that would put NSU on the science and
                                                                  technology map of the future. rough her efforts, the first
                                                                  building, a 128,000-square-foot, six-story structure opened in
                                                                  2007 and serves as the anchor for applied research, graduate-
                                                                  level education and training. Initially named the RISE Center,
Marie V. McDemmond                                                the building is now named the Marie V. McDemmond Center
                                                                  for Applied Research.
1997 – 2005                                                           McDemmond also raised admissions standards to enable
                                                                  the university to improve retention and graduation rates.
BY REGINA LIGHTFOOT                                               Additionally, she made improvements to academic programs
COmmuniCATiOns AnD mArKeTing                                      and advising to ensure student success. Her colleagues
                                                                  remember that she had a desire to help the less fortunate as

             arie V. McDemmond emerged from a childhood           well as to help others to realize their goals. As president, she
             in which she lost both parents at an early age to    did that through the establishment of the ACCESS program,
             become Norfolk State University’s third president.   the Office of First Year Experience and the PASSPort program
McDemmond’s mother died of toxemia a few days after giving
birth and her father was killed when she was seven years old.
However, McDemmond was reared by her extended family,
especially her mother’s aunt, and by teachers. ey instilled in
her that she could accomplish anything. A native of New
Orleans, La., McDemmond earned a bachelor’s degree from
Xavier University and went on to earn a master's degree from
the University of New Orleans and a doctorate from the
University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
    Before becoming president at Norfolk State, McDemmond
served as Vice President for Finance for Florida Atlantic
University (FAU) and its seven campuses. She also served as
FAU’s chief operating officer, a position which made her the
first African-American woman to be a chief financial officer in
the Florida State University System. When she was named
president of Norfolk State on July 1, 1997, she became the first
woman to lead the university and the first black woman to          with Tidewater Community College. She also established the
head a public, four-year institution of higher education          Presidential Institute for Administrative Leadership
in Virginia.                                                      Development in which interested faculty and staff could learn
    McDemmond’s financial background helped her during             or build upon administrative leadership skills.
the first years as president of NSU. e university had a               After eight years as president, McDemmond stunned the
financial operating deficit and a history of underfunding.          university community, when on Friday, March 18, 2005, she
Utilizing her extensive knowledge of financial management,         announced to the NSU Board of Visitors her intentions to
she secured a $4.1 million state loan to offset the university’s   resign on June 30. As she left office, McDemmond also
mounting deficit. McDemmond implemented fiscally sound              announced that she would complete the final installment of
management principles that allowed the repayment of the           her eight-year pledge to be the first person in the history of
5-year-loan in just three years.                                  the university to donate $1 million.

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                                                                                                                                                                        In April 2007, Norfolk State, the nation and the world
                                                                                                                                                                   were shocked by the massacre on the campus of Virginia
                                                                                                                                                                   Tech. Meyers immediately sent Virginia Tech President
                                                                                                                                                                   Charles Steger a letter of sympathy and a wreath. A month
                                                                                                                                                                   earlier, Meyers met with the parent of a student who was
                                                                                                                                                                   slain on the NSU campus. As a result, she formed one of
                                                                                                                                                                   the largest committees on campus ever—a Campus Safety
                                                                                                                                                                   and Security Task Force—which was charged with
                                                                                                                                                                   assessing and recommending ways to improve campus
                                                                                                                                                                   safety. Before the state mandated campus emergency and
                                                                                                                                                                   safety plans, Norfolk State had one already in place.
                                                                                                                                                                        In the 2007-08 academic year, the university was going
                                                                                                                                                                   through one new accreditation process and four
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                                                                                                                                                                   reaffirmations of accreditation. She sent out a campus-wide
                                                                                                                                                                   announcement that read in part, “Preparations and
                                                                                                                                                                   documentations for the upcoming SACS reaffirmation as
                                                                                                                                                                   well as the disciplinary accreditations and reaccreditations
                                                                                                                                                                   for engineering, education, and business are progressing
                                                                                                                                                                   nicely and are ongoing. e hard work of many of you is
                                                                                                                                                                   evident in the self studies and other required written
                                                                                                                                                                   reports. It is clear that the dedication and talents of many
                                                                                                                                                                   make this University the fine learning institution and
                                                                                                                                                                   institution of learning it is today.” Never one to take the
                                                                                                                                                                   credit, Meyers always finds the time to thank people for
                                                                                                                                                                   doing a good job.
                                                                                                                                                                        During a media briefing, Meyers told a group of
                                                                                                   Carolyn Winstead Meyers                                         reporters that Norfolk State is a very special place. “Norfolk
                                                                                                                                                                   State’s tradition of Spartans looking out for each other is
                                                                                                   2006 – 2010                                                     something that I will always remember and take pride in.
                                                                                                                                                                   It’s not one day that goes by that I don’t hear from one of
                                                                                                   BY SHARON RIDDICK HOGGARD (M.A. ’04)
                                                                                                   COmmuniCATiOns AnD mArKeTing

                                                                                                          or Carolyn Winstead Meyers, Ph.D., NSU’s fourth
                                                                                                          president, it has always been about the university.
                                                                                                          “is is not about Carolyn Meyers,” she told NSU
                                                                                                   staffers during the planning stages of the inauguration
                                                                                                   event. “is time should be about showcasing the
                                                                                                   university’s achievements.” And, so it was with the
                                                                                                   inauguration of NSU’s fourth president – a weeklong
                                                                                                   celebration of achievements that highlighted the
                                                                                                   university’s commitment to excellence and introduced the
                                                                                                   new president to the university community.
                                                                                                       Meyers began her tenure on July 1, 2006. A woman with
                                                                                                   a distinctive flair and style, she brought to NSU more than
                                                                                                   30 years of experience in higher education and definite
                                                                                                   ideas on how the university should operate. A native of         our alumni who relates a story of their academic career at
                                                                                                   Newport News, Va., Meyers came from North Carolina              NSU. Stories of faculty members paying tuition balances
                                                                                                   A&T State University where she served as provost and vice       out their pockets to keep a student in school are frequently
                                                                                                   chancellor for Academic Affairs. All through the transition      related to me. I hear stories of a faculty member pulling a
                                                                                                   from one president to the next, Meyers kept NSU and its         young person aside in the hallway to give the student a pep
                                                                                                   mission at the heart of every action, every decision, every     talk all the time. It’s more than nurturing – it’s a deep,
                                                 NSU: 75 Years of Pride, Achievement and Promise

                                                                                                   thought and every new policy. She assumed the reins of          abiding belief in the transformational power of education.”
                                                                                                   leadership at a particularly difficult time in the histories of       As the budget crisis continues to unfold, she has never
                                                                                                   the university and the Commonwealth.                            wavered and keeps her eyes on the prize – the best Norfolk
                                                                                                       Six months into the job, NSU was hit with a $2 million      State yet. For Carolyn Winstead Meyers, the job of
                                                                                                   budget reduction from the state. Reductions in state            president was never about any one individual. “is is an
                                                                                                   support have been applied every year as the economy suffers.     exciting, dynamic learning institution. Whether you’re a
                                                                                                       In fall 2007, Norfolk State was hit with another $2         student or a faculty member or a staff member at any level,
                                                                                                   million budget reduction. Meyers also made a difficult            or a board member, or an alumnus or a friend: Know that
                                                                                                   decision and joined the Higher Education Conservancy            your presence and engagement are critical to Norfolk State
                                                                                                   in protesting the current college rankings process of           University’s continued success. ank you for giving us
                                                                                                   U.S. News and World Report.                                     your best.”

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Voices of Enlightenment
Classical Concert Tells NSU’s Story
BY CARL W. HAYWOOD, PH.D. ’71                                            e concert highlighted Mary McLeod Bethune, an
DireCTOr OF CHOrAL ACTiViTies                                        American educator and civil rights leader, who served as an
                                                                     advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and is best known

         he Norfolk State University Concert Choir, under the        for organizing that which was to become Bethune-Cookman
         direction of Carl Haywood and the Virginia                  University in Daytona, Fla.
         Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro              One of the world’s most celebrated composers, Johannes
Matthew Kraemer, were recently featured in Voices of                 Brahms perpetuated his beliefs in the human experience,
Enlightenment: A Diamond Jubilee at the L. Douglas Wilder            Christian responsibility, and the academy of scholars through
Performing Arts Center. e concert also featured NSU music           his music. His symphonies and choral music are romantically
faculty members Terry Butler, Sam Dorsey, and Tim Zachery            expressive and dynamic.
along with student soloists from the concert choir.                      e Music Department at NSU is deeply indebted to Noah
     A tapestry of song, narrative, and instrumental pieces told     F. Ryder, who served as the third choir director in 1947 and
the story of those who through their vision, fortitude and           first chair of the department in 1962. Known for his many
industry promulgated Norfolk State University. It honored the        arrangements of African-American spirituals and piano
men and women who shaped Norfolk State University from               works, his choirs served as the chief ambassador for the young
its founding to the present as well as those who left their          institution throughout his tenure.
indelible mark on history. Celebrating 75 years of                       As one of the 100 “Greatest Artist of All Time,” Ray
achievement, Norfolk State University is proud of its stellar        Charles was a pioneer in the genre of soul music and
record of producing educators, doctors, scientists, artists,         consequently was one of the first Americans to unite the races
business professionals, military and political leaders, to name      through the idiom of music. He created a unique style of
a few, who through their deeds, inspired a community, a              “soul music” by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and the blues.
commonwealth, a nation, and our world. us, the concert                  e Voices of Enlightenment concert showcased the talent
paid tribute to its past, present, and aspirations for the future.   of the Norfolk State University Concert Choir, which is best
     rough music, the choir honored founding fathers,               known for its beauty of choral tone and the ability to render
Winston Douglas, Harvey N. Johnson, and its first director,           exemplary performances of masterworks. e Choir renders
Samuel Scott and the visionary, Lyman Beecher Brooks, first           concerts throughout the country and performs regularly with
president of what was to become Norfolk State University.            the Virginia Symphony. While celebrating a significant
e concert also acknowledged the contributions of NSU                milestone in the University’s life, the concert aspires to build
presidents Harrison B. Wilson, Marie V. McDemmond and                partnerships and increase existing ones between NSU and
Carolyn W. Meyers. Among the early supporters and                    local and regional community agencies, and highlights NSU’s
lobbyists for NSU was Colgate Darden, who used his political         performing arts programs, its diverse and talented student
savvy to unite support for an independent four-year college          performers and faculty in the performance arts.
in Norfolk.

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Seven Decades of Memories
       At norfolk state university
        BY CHARLES W. PLEASANTS ’61 (M.A. ’83)

       For more than 70 years, Norfolk State University has offered a quality
       education to thousands of students. e seven memories of each decade
       represent the thinking of this writer on some things to be remembered.

       1935 – 1945                                                      •   During the early part of World War ii, the college
       •   On september 23, 1935, the norfolk unit of Virginia              developed an engineering science management war
           union university opened its doors to 87 students from the        training program (esmWT) and taught classes to military
           norfolk-portsmouth area in the YmCA building on                  personnel and their dependents to increase enrollment.
           Brambleton Avenue. st. paul epps was the first student       •    Athletics played a prominent role in college life from
           to enroll.                                                       its beginning and was seen as part of the instructional
       •   samuel Fischer scott, an alumnus of Virginia union               process. The athletics program began in 1938 with
           and portsmouth native, served as the first director              football. intercollegiate basketball was organized in 1939.
           from1935-38. He was constantly preoccupied with                  The college joined the eastern intercollegiate Athletic
           maintaining the solvency of the school.                          Conference (eiAC).
       •   The administration included a “Charm school” in the
           initial curriculum to insure that students would develop     1945 –1955
           proper personal appearance and social graces.                •   The college established an army reserve Officers’ Training
       •   Lyman Beecher Brooks, a Virginia union alumnus, became           Corps (rOTC) unit to offer students training in military
           director upon the resignation of scott. Known as the             science and tactics in 1948.
           father of the university, Brooks served as director from     •   The year 1950 marked the fifteenth anniversary of the
           1938-63, provost 1963-69, and the first president 1969-          college’s founding and midpoint of the century. it gave
           75. under his leadership, the institution had its greatest       members of the college community occasion to pause
           growth and development.                                          and take an introspective look at the school. The faculty
       •   The institution had two name changes in its first decade,        had grown to 50 and the student enrollment was at an all
           became a division of Virginia state College and was              time high of 1,018.
           eligible for state funding in 1944.                          •   Alumni of the college completed their baccalaureate

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    degrees at other schools and were
    working successfully in teaching,
    religion, social work, government,
    private business and other
•   The college adopted its own
    mascot, “spartan,” in 1952.
•   The norfolk City Council, the
    governor, and general assembly
    approved and provided a
    permanent site for the college on
    Corprew Avenue next to norfolk
    Community Hospital.
•   nursing was added to the college
    curriculum and immediately
    increased overall enrollment.
•   Tidewater (now Brown) Hall opened
    as the first permanent building on
    the new campus in 1955. All
    academic instruction,
    administration, food service,
    athletics, and cultural events were
    held in this multi-purpose building.    Trade Dept. Alumni Wood st. 1960s

1955 – 1965                                                        1965 – 1975
•   The norfolk Division was authorized to award the               •   norfolk state College became an independent four-year
    baccalaureate degree. The first degrees were awarded               baccalaureate granting institution on February 1, 1969.
    in 1958 to 28 graduates in elementary education                    The college was issued accreditation from the southern
    and business.                                                      Association of Colleges and schools in november of the
•   The college participated in the national Cooperative               same year. enrollment peaked at 5,400 students.
    research project designed to prepare students for a            •   residential living began in september 1970 with the
    nursing (rn) career in two years; instead of, three years.         opening of the Twin Towers, an 11-story dormitory for
    nDVsC was the only African-American college out of                 men and women students. During the first month,
    eight institutions chosen to participate.                          students protested visitation rights causing campus unrest
•   in the early 1960s, the college received a manpower                and student suspensions.
    training research grant from the u.s. Department of            •   The college hired a full-time alumni director, and elected
    Labor. The grant was used to provide training for 100              the first president of the newly organized national Alumni
    unemployable African Americans in the Hampton roads                Association in 1971. newly chartered chapters included
    area. Training was in automobile mechanics, sheet metal            norfolk, peninsula, Washington, D.C., richmond, new
    work, masonry, and machine maintenance. Over 90                    York, northern new Jersey, Detroit, Chicago,
    percent of the students completed the program and                  and Cleveland.
    secured gainful employment.                                    •   The college won its first CiAA football championship in
•   norfolk state joined the Central intercollegiate Athletic          1974 defeating Virginia state 6-0 in petersburg.
    Association (CiAA) in 1962 and became a member of the              meanwhile, the men’s track team won two nCAA Division
    nCAA Division ii. immediate success was realized in track          ii national championships. William “Dick” price was the
    and field by student athletes Joseph Thornton in the               coach of the football and track teams. He later won two
    nCAA Atlantic Coast Division ii regionals and James                more football championships.
    “Jim” Johnson at the pan American games in san paulo,          •   The nAACp filed suit and charged that public colleges
    Brazil. Johnson won two gold medals and Thornton won               segregated and discriminated on the basis of race. The
    the 100-yard dash in 9.3 seconds. The men’s basketball             pratt decision caused the u.s. Department of Health,
    team won its first of many CiAA tournament                         education, and Welfare (HeW) to require norfolk state
    championships in 1965.                                             and Old Dominion to submit an acceptable
•   The college’s academic honors program began in 1960.               desegregation plan.
    it was designed to provide an enriched and challenging         •   norfolk state and Old Dominion agreed to exchange
    course of study for students whose grades or                       students and faculty members, coordinate curricula
    standardized tests scores indicated unusual potential.             planning, make joint research and grant proposals, and
•   greek letter organizations were another manifestation of           encourage the joint use of facilities. in 1974, joint
    scholarship, as well as social life and community service.         academic calendars for students began.
    Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta sigma Theta, and Zeta phi Beta        •   The first master’s degree was awarded in communications
    sororities, and Alpha phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha psi, and              in 1975, followed by social work the next year. meanwhile,
    Omega psi phi fraternities established campus chapters             Lyman Beecher Brooks retired and Harrison Benjamin
    in 1962.                                                           Wilson, Jr., executive assistant to the president
•   in 1965, the groundwork for separation from Virginia               at Fisk university, became the second president of
    state College began. The norfolk Division undertook a              norfolk state College.
    self-study from the southern Association of Colleges and
    schools. The accrediting agency approved the study and         1975 – 1985
    recommended “the Division dissolve its relationship with       •   president Wilson began a campaign to change the
    the parent college.”                                               community perception of norfolk state College and
                                                                       to gain the national prominence of which he was certain
                                                                       it was worthy, by recruiting highly-qualified faculty,
                                                                       increasing diversity of the student population, increasing

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    the number and types of degrees conferred, developing                  president in June 1997. During his tenure, enrollment grew
    quality programs, expanding physical facilities, creating viable       to an all time high. more than 12 academic programs were
    mentoring programs, increasing programs for minorities in              added and 18 construction projects were completed. The
    science and medicine, and adapting strong community                    athletics programs were re-classified to Division i by the
    relations in an attempt to gain university status for norfolk          nCAA and the university joined the mid-eastern Athletic
    state College.                                                         Conference (meAC).
•   The u.s. Office of Civil rights (OCr) claimed duplication of       •   marie Valentine mcDemmond, a native of new Orleans and
    nine academic programs at norfolk state and Old Dominion.              vice president for finance at Florida Atlantic university, was
    After 11 months of negotiations, a resolution was approved             selected as the third president of norfolk state university,
    by OCr with norfolk state College losing only one                      effective July 1, 1997.
    academic program.                                                  •   The university deficit is eliminated, entering freshmen
•   July 1, 1979, norfolk state College was granted university             averages were raised 13 percent over the past decade;
    status by the general Assembly of Virginia.                            sAT scores increased 14 percent. state funding increased
•   norfolk state university was organized into nine schools, Arts         dramatically and so did the university endowments.
    and Letters, education, Business, social Work, Health and
    natural sciences, general and Continuing education,
    graduate studies, and Technology.
•   steve riddick (sprinter) and Anthony Hall (Javelin Thrower)
    won gold and bronze medals, respectively in the 1976
    Olympics in montreal, Canada. riddick excelled in 100 and
    200 meters and the 440-meter relay. Hall set a Division ii
    college record with a throw of 248’7”.
•   The Virginia general Assembly approved 13 new positions in
    the finance and business area to enhance the operations of
    the school. new positions included a budget director, new
    managers in accounts receivable and accounts payable, and
    accountants to maintain grant records and auxiliary services.

1985 – 1995
•   norfolk state university celebrated its 50th anniversary in
    1985 with an entire year of observances. The enrollment had
    grown to 7,200.
•   WnsB 91.1 Fm, the campus radio station, was ranked among
    the top 10 stations in Hampton roads and was named the             •   several new high-tech degree programs and the first phase
    1988 Black College radio station of the Year at the Annual             of an applied research complex known as rise (research and
    Black College radio Convention in Atlanta.                             innovation to support empowerment) enhanced the science
•   A $10 million grant from the u.s. Department of energy                 and technology offerings at the university began construction.
    became the largest award in the university’s history.              •   mcDemmond resigned, for health reasons, in June 2005 after
    The funds were used to build and equip a first-rate materials          eight years of leadership and service to the university and
    science research lab, hire additional professors, and to attract       the community.
    more minorities to the sciences.
•   nsu’s school of Business was awarded national accreditation
    by the American Assembly of Collegiate schools of Business
    in 1990. it was the fourth HBCu in the country to receive          2005-2010 *
    this status.                                                       •   Alvin J. schexnider, nsu executive Vice president, became
•   A $633,000 grant from the u.s. Justice Department provided             interim president until June 30, 2006.
    resources to hire additional campus police officers and            •   Dr. Carolyn meyers, a newport news, Va. native and former
    enhance campus safety. The campus and city police formed a             provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and a
    jurisdictional agreement.                                              tenured professor in the College of engineering at north
•   The u.s. Department of Housing and urban Development                   Carolina Agricultural & Technical state university, became
    awarded nsu a grant of $500,000 to hire and train                      nsu’s fourth president on July 1, 2006.
    unemployed residents in the Brambleton area in construction,       •   The university’s schools and academic programs were
    upholstery, and asbestos removal. A second grant of                    renamed in order to better reflect their mission and growth.
    $500,000 was awarded to construct five new homes.                      The school of science and Technology became the College
•   The Dozoretz national institute for minorities in Applied              of science, engineering and Technology. The school of
    sciences (DnimAs) attracted outstanding academically                   Liberal Arts became the College of Liberal Arts. graduate
    talented students and prepared them for graduate programs              studies became the graduate school. While the Honors
    in engineering, science, medicine, and technology. DnimAs              program became the Honors College and the Distance
    scholars are awarded full academic scholarships.                       education program became the school of extended Learning.
                                                                       •   in August 2009, the 84, 500 square-foot new student
1995 – 2005                                                                Center opened.
•   The ethelyn r. strong school of social Work began the
    doctorate of social work program in 1995.
•   Thirteen DnimAs scholars earned the prestigious $100,000
    packard Fellowship for graduate study: nine of the thirteen
    earned a ph.D.; one earned the m.D.; and two earned                The writer is a graduate of norfolk state university with a Bachelor of Arts
    m.s. degrees.                                                      in History and a master of Arts in urban education. Over a 27 year period,
•   Harrison Wilson retired after 22 years of leadership as            he held administrative positions in alumni relations, DnimAs, admissions,
                                                                       and intercollegiate athletics.

                                                                       *The Office of Communications and marketing added the information for
                                                                       the years 2005-2010.

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Mass Communications and Journalism
Celebrates 35th Anniversary
mAss COmmuniCATiOns

         his year the Norfolk State University Department
         of Mass Communications and Journalism (MCJR)
         celebrates its 35th Anniversary. e department

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originated as two separate entities. e Mass Communications
Department, established in May of 1975, succeeded Journalism
by one year. Dr. Lawrence Kaggwa and Dr. Wilbert Edgerton
were the first department chairs, respectively. In 1994, the two
departments were combined in an effort to boost recruitment.
    MCJR offers programs that teach all facets of media:
broadcast, digital, multimedia and print. e department’s
commitment to excellence has garnered national recognition on
numerous occasions.
    In 1999, MCJR received the ultimate stamp of
approval. e department earned full accreditation from the
Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass
Communications (ACEJMC).
    Last year, NSU’s student newspaper, e Spartan Echo,
went online and won “Best Online Site” and “Best Online
Video” at the Black College Communication Association’s
Annual Student Media Conference. In Feb. 2010, the 12th
Annual HBCU Student News Media Conference awarded e
Echo first place for best multimedia package, first place for best
online video and second place for best newspaper website.
Circulation of e Echo preceded the inception of MCJR by two decades.        “I learned a whole lot at the conference, but just to know
    In addition to the department’s commemoration, 2010                 that I had the skills to compose shots well enough to win and
marks the 30th Anniversary of Norfolk State’s radio station             for them to look at my school and say ‘wow, what are they doing
WNSB-FM HOT 91.1. e high definition radio station is an                 at Norfolk State?’ was rewarding,” said Bynum.
affiliate of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and                       Associate professor, Dr. Paula Briggs, has been teaching at
National Public Radio. WNSU-TV, a CNN affiliate, broadcasts               NSU since 1986. Briggs has been NSU chapter faculty advisor
in HD as well.                                                          to the National Broadcasting Society-Alpha Epsilon Rho for the
    Mass communications and journalism majors are afforded               past 20 years. She most appreciates the camaraderie within MCJR.
opportunities for networking and skill enhancement through                   “Whenever we travel, even if it’s to New York with MCSA
media organizations such as Mass Communications Student                  or with NBS, we always touch base with our alumni. And I’m
Association (MCSA), National Broadcasting Society‐Alpha                 telling you, this feeling of family and Spartan pride, it’s more
Epsilon Rho (NBS-AERho) and Public Relations Student                    than just what people say,” said Briggs. “It’s a feeling that you
Society of America (PRSSA). e organizations facilitate                 really feel deep in your heart.” MCJR alumni are thriving across
community service projects and host guest speakers and                  the nation. “We have quite a few folks in the entertainment
workshops. In 2009, the NSU Chapter of the National                     industry,” said Wanda G. Brockington, MCJR department chair.
Broadcasting Society was named Chapter of the Year. is is              “We have some Emmy winners. We have some NAACP Image
the highest honor in the organization and Norfolk State was             Award winners. So, they’re not just out there,
the first HBCU to win the award.                                         they’re flourishing.”
    WNSB program director and NSU alumnus, Douglas A.                        Notable alumni include Sanyika Calloway Boyce, financial
Perry, is committed to the growth and development of his alma           fitness coach, speaker and author; Derek Dingle, senior vice
mater. “It became a calling, to keep inspiring young minds and          president and editor-in-chief of Black Enterprise magazine;
to try to make them succeed further than what I have,” said             Rodney “Bear” Jackson, actor and assistant director; Booker T.
Perry. “It became home. It became a family.”                            Mattison, author and filmmaker; and Damon Williams, vice
    Graduate-level broadcast administration student, Gary               president of programming and production at Music Choice.
Bynum, received his bachelor of science in mass                               Brockington considers the alumni and current students
communications from NSU in December 2009. Bynum’s                       paramount to the success of the department. “I think it [the
undergraduate experience gave him the practical skills and              anniversary] speaks to the kind of people and products that we
competitive edge to excel as a budding journalist. Last spring,         turn out of this department. I am very proud of the folk that
he attended the National Association of Black Journalists               come out of here,” said Brockington. “I think we turn out
(NABJ) Multimedia Short Course at North Carolina A&T State              excellent citizens of the world, not just great journalists and
University and won best in photography.                                 great communicators, but great people. And that’s important.”

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                                                                                                   Growing in the
                                                                                                   Right Direction
                                                                                                   BY TERRICITA SASS
                                                                                                   inTerim exeCuTiVe DireCTOr
                                                                                                   OF enrOLLmenT mAnAgemenT

                                                                                                             orfolk State University has embarked upon an               NSU increased the freshman class by 17 students from
                                                                                                             aggressive growth strategy during the next five to     1,188 last fall to a current 1,205. is entering class set a
                                                                                                             ten years. As part of the university’s Five-Point     record-breaking high profile of combined high school grade
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                                                                                                   plan, NSU seeks to achieve an enrollment of at least 8,000.     point average and SAT/ACT with an average 2.75 and 872,
                                                                                                   In recent years, the campus community including faculty,        respectively. e university has strategically imposed a cap
                                                                                                   staff, alumni and friends have worked together to reverse        on freshmen growth to ensure quality and a great
                                                                                                   the declining enrollment trend that plagued the university      experience for new students. One might wonder how NSU
                                                                                                   for several years. As a result, enrollment increased 10         achieved such impressive results with only 17 freshmen.
                                                                                                   percent from 6,325 in fall 2008 to 6,993 during the recent      Enrollment growth requires a multi-pronged approach. e
                                                                                                   fall 2009 term. Fall 2008 enrollment increased                  enrollment increase experienced during the past two years
                                                                                                   approximately three percent from 6,155 in 2007. ese            is the result of growth in existing student retention,
                                                                                                   positive results have energized the campus toward the           graduate students, students who ‘stopped out’ for a period
                                                                                                   achievement of enrollment and revenue goals.                    and returned, transfers and freshmen. Freshmen comprise
                                                                                                        NSU is similiar to other universities and businesses       the smallest component of the enrollment explosion during
                                                                                                   across the nation. In response to the recession, state budget   the past fall. However, through the establishment of the
                                                                                                   reductions, and increases in the cost of doing business,        Honors College, more strategic recruitment, outreach,
                                                                                                   there are usually three options: grow, cut or use a                       follow-up, faculty and alumni assistance and
                                                                                                   combination of both. NSU has chosen the latter with an                                               guaranteed housing,
                                                                                                   emphasis on growth to reduce the need to make massive
                                                                                                   reductions. is growth is strategic, and it is part of the
                                                                                                   solid foundation needed to sustain the university budget
                                                                                                   well into the future.

                                                                                                   FIVE-POINT PLAN
                                                                                                   FOR 2008-2013
                                                                                                   The Vision: Norfolk State University
                                                                                                   will be the institution of choice for
                                                                                                   all resolute learners.

                                                                                                   Point 1                                                         Point 2
                                                                                                   Enhance the Collegial Environment                               Enrollment Growth in Quality and Quantity
                                                                                                   – Identify correct Rules of Engagement                          – Increase student enrollment from 6,000
                                                                                                                                                                   to 9,000 with improved quality during
                                                                                                   • Increase effectiveness of Faculty Senate
                                                                                                      to represent the voice of the faculty
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                                                                                                   • Identify the correct rules of engagement for
                                                                                                                                                                   • Improve applications and yield for
                                                                                                      shared governance
                                                                                                                                                                      freshman enrollment
                                                                                                   • Identify and implement transparent processes
                                                                                                                                                                   • Increase transfer agreements with community
                                                                                                      for collegial environment
                                                                                                                                                                      colleges and four-year institutions
                                                                                                   • Implement appropriate checks and balances in
                                                                                                                                                                   • Improve quality of incoming students through
                                                                                                      the decision-making process
                                                                                                                                                                      development of honors college
                                                                                                   • Build stronger commitment to promote NSU at
                                                                                                                                                                   • Expand satellite programs using IT Technology
                                                                                                      all levels of engagement
                                                                                                                                                                   • Expand certificate programs, continuing education
                                                                                                                                                                      programs and selected master’s degree programs

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NSU secured an impressive freshman class that is
ethnically, culturally, and globally diverse. Additional
demographic data is available at www.nsu.edu/IR in the
Fact Book.
    e introduction of the School of Extended Learning
(SEL) has improved the university’s ability to compete in
the online arena. As SEL partners with the academic
schools to offer high-demand credit and certificate courses
and programs online, NSU increases the ability to tap into
an expanding market.
    Growing and sustaining enrollment requires the
collaboration of the entire campus

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community including alumni. As student
and parent consumers shop and compare, it
is imperative that each affiliated board
member, administrator, faculty, staff,
campus unit, community partner, and
alumnus recognize and embrace their
respective contributions that can influence
the successful recruitment, retention and
graduation of students. As the campus
celebrates, there is no resting on past
successes. e university invites you to play
an active role in the planned growth we must
achieve for 2010-11 and beyond. Please
contact Enrollment Management to learn
how you can become an active participant in
our growth strategy for the future.

Contact: Office of Enrollment Mangement (757) 823-8679

Point 3
Improve freshman to sophomore retention
rate by at least 15 percent and increase                     • Promote, facilitate and support sponsored
six-year Graduation Rate from 31 percent                       research activities – Increase sponsored research
                                                               approximately two fold in five years
to 60 percent
                                                             • Enhance NSU’s role in economic development
                                                             • Enhance interdisciplinary activities and research
                                                               collaboration with other universities, industry and
• Improve retention through carefully monitored
                                                               government agencies
   freshman and sophomore year experiences
                                                             • Create incentive policies to promote and
• Enhance programs for under-prepared students
                                                               support scholarships
• Create innovative educational programs in the
   honors college
• Create innovative curricula and emphasize
                                                             Point 5
   co-curricular activities                                  Implement Performance Based
• Improve advising and financial aid process                 Management Model
                                                             – Ensure Accountability at all levels
Point 4
Implement Teacher/Scholar Model                              Strategies
for the faculty – Improve sponsored research                 • Create performance based transparent
                                                                budgeting processes
and NSU role in economic development
                                                             • Create incentives to promote excellence
                                                             • Create processes to achieve market competitive
                                                                salary structure and reward high performance
• Enhance role of scholarship in faculty hiring,
                                                             • Build processes to eliminate poor performance
   promotion, and tenure processes as well as in
                                                                and respond to new market opportunities
   workload management
                                                             • Build an entrepreneurial culture

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                                                 WnsB-Fm marks 30th Year of Broadcasting
                                                                                                            NSB FM, a public radio

                                                                                                                                                                           currently make up the management and operational
                                                                                                            station licensed to                                            staff of the station. Students and community volunteers
                                                                                                            Norfolk State                                                  occupy most of the on-air announcer positions.
                                                                                                   University, made its broadcast                                              WNSB began its 30th Anniversary celebration in
                                                                                                   debut on February 22, 1980.                                             February, which will run through January 2011. Planned
                                                                                                   WNSB is also a laboratory                                               events include nostalgic celebratory programming;
                                                                                                   housed in the Mass                                                      fundraising dinners and on-air fundraising appeals to its
                                                                                                  Communications and Journalism                                            listeners. Individuals can donate their support to WNSB
                                                                                              Department where it provides                                                 by going to our website (nsu.edu/wnsb) and click on the
                                                                                         valuable experiences for individuals                                              Support WNSB icon and follow the prompts. Credit
NSU: 75 Years of Pride,Achievement and Promise

                                                                      majoring in this field of study.                                                                     cards accepted.
                                                                          WNSB became a Corporation for Public Broadcasting                                                    The goal of this year’s campaign is to raise enough
                                                                      qualified station in 1995 when its application for funding                                           funding to purchase a new digital automation system to
                                                                      support was granted. Grant funds continue to be used                                                 replace the current system that is faltering due to age.
                                                                      to pay salaries, programming fees and satellite                                                      The approximate cost is $38,000. Additional funding is
                                                                      operation costs. Consistent grant funding has netted                                                 also desperately needed to create and support a clerical
                                                                      nearly $1 million in funding over the past 15 years.                                                 position. The approximate cost is $27,000. The overall
                                                                          WNSB modified its programming format in 2000 to                                                  goal is $65,000. Contributions may be made on the
                                                                      feature urban music as a way to increase its audience                                                website (nsu.edu/wnsb) or by forwarding a check or
                                                                      size, accomplish grant compliance with the CPB and                                                   money order made payable to NSU Foundation/WNSB
                                                                      to better serve the community. WNSB depends on                                                       Radio and mailed to: WNSB Radio, Norfolk State
                                                                      donations from its listeners, underwriter support from                                               University, 700 Park Ave., Norfolk, VA 23504.
                                                                      local and national businesses, an operations budget
                                                                                                                                                                           Additional information can be acquired by calling the
                                                                      from the university and philanthropic grants from                                                    Development Chief at 757-823-2093.
                                                                      individuals and various agencies. Five employees

                                                                                                   NSU 75TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
                                                                                                   2010                                                                    11     Winter Commencement
                                                                                                                                                                                  10 a.m.
                                                                                                   JULY                                                                           Joseph g. echols memorial Hall
                                                                                                   22-25 Alumni Association Annual Conference

                                                                                                   AUGUST                                                                  2011
                                                                                                          Arrival 75th Freshman class - special programs
                                                                                                          michael massie's All White Affair- Fundraiser                    JANUARY
                                                                                                          release of 75th anniversary book                                        Launch public lecture series

                                                                                                   SEPTEMBER                                                               FEBRUARY
                                                                                                   9      75th Anniversary Fall Convocation/                                      Black History month
                                                                                                          Founder’s Day Celebration                                        17     mLK Breakfast with urban League of Hampton roads
                                                                                                          12:30 p.m.                                                              7:30 a.m.
                                                                                                           L. Douglas Wilder performing Arts Center                               Joseph g. echols memorial Hall

                                                                                                          Birthday party for university
                                                                                                   18     DnimAs 25th Anniversary/reunion                                         Voices Concert

                                                                                                   24     Virginia sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission
                                                                                                          L. Douglas Wilder performing Arts Center
                                                                                                                                                                                  mass Communications and Journalism Week
                                                                                                                                                                                  nsu Dance Theatre spring Concert
                                                 NSU: 75 Years of Pride, Achievement and Promise

                                                                                                   2      75th Anniversary gala
                                                                                                          7 p.m.
                                                                                                          norfolk Waterside marriot Hotel                                         spring Commencement
                                                                                                   23     75th Birthday Homecoming                                                new student services Center Opening

                                                                                                   NOVEMBER                                                                JUNE
                                                                                                   29     Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony                                          Opening of the new Lyman Beecher Brooks Library
                                                                                                          L. Douglas Wilder performing Arts Center                                end of Year Closeout Celebration
                                                                                                                                                                                  Committee Debriefing meeting

                                                                                                                                                                             *events subject to change

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nsurA embarks
upon 10th Anniversary

                                                                                                                                                                                        NSU: 75 Years of Pride,Achievement and Promise
“As stakeholders in the growth and development of Norfolk State
University as well as active citizens in the greater community it serves,
NSURA functions as a networking agent to promote and ensure a
collaborative relationship that yields the greatest dividends possible.
— Dr. Katie C. Davis, NSURA President

BY PHYLLIS CRUDUP BRYANT ’64 (M. A. ’76)                           collaborative relationship that yields the greatest dividends
nsurA FOunDing uniVersiTY LiAisOn                                  possible.” With such a rich history of leadership, NSURA
                                                                   continues to grow under the guidance of LaVerne Moore,
                                                                   who serves as University liaison.

        he Norfolk State University Retirees Association               As Davis so eloquently states, “e warm, collegial
        (NSURA) is a meaningful and valuable asset to the          environment of NSURA meetings, social activities and
        University. Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers, president of            projects forge fellowship groupings that build and
Norfolk State University (NSU), has embraced NSURA as the          maintain value-added relationships and a spirit-refreshing
voice of the retirees.                                             aura to the lives of the retirees themselves.” In celebrating 10
    Dr. Katie C. Davis, president of NSURA, states, “In this its   years filled with numerous accomplishments, NSURA makes
10th Anniversary celebratory year, the Norfolk State               a solemn pledge to continue making a difference in the
University Retirees Association is coasting toward 150             growth and development of Norfolk State University.
members strong. By ‘keeping the connection’ the Association        *Deceased
lends its strength and experience toward positively impacting
the University, the greater community it serves, and most
especially, the retirees themselves.”

                                                                      NSURA Highlights (2000-2010)
    When Dr. Marie V. McDemmond became the third
president of Norfolk State University on July 1, 1997, she saw
the need to organize NSU’s retirees. McDemmond believed
                                                                      • presented $24,000 to nsu Foundation
that the maturity, experience and knowledge of the retirees
                                                                      • sponsored 5th Anniversary Celebration: nsurAFest
would serve to foster advancement and cohesiveness among
                                                                      • sponsored meDiCAre part D Workshop
administrators, faculty and students alike.
                                                                        - Congresswoman Thelma Drake
    Paul E. Shelton, former vice president of University
                                                                        - Congressman robert “Bobby” scott
Advancement, assigned me the task of leading the effort.               • produced nsurA Website
    Ten energetic NSU retirees volunteered to assist in               • inducted Dr. Harrison B. Wilson, nsu’s second president
bringing this idea to fruition. ey were Dr. Samuel                   • sponsored 2008 Homecoming Luncheon/Fashion show
Anderson, Jocelyn Pretlow Goss,* elma M. Hayes, David H.             • sponsored annual membership luncheons
Klein,* Dr. Alvin Clinton Lomax, Dr. Naomi H. Morton                  • sponsored first bus trip to nsu football game in Delaware
Pharr,* Rice Roberts,* Dollie Peeples Wells, Lillie Ruth              • sponsored Black History month programs
Wilson and Dr. Lillian Parker Wright. is group formed                  “The impact of African Americans on media”
the nucleus to found the Norfolk State University Retirees              - Brenda Andrews –new Journal and guide
Association. On July 12, 2000, history was made.                        - marvin Lake – The Virginian-pilot
McDemmond’s vision became reality in the year that NSU                  - regina mobley – WVeC news/Channel 13
celebrated its 65th anniversary.                                        “The African American soldier of WWii: patriotism
    NSURA has grown extensively under the leadership of                 Through a glass Darkly”
five presidents: Dr. Samuel Anderson (2000-2002), Dr.                    - Dr. Aubrey escoffery
Aubrey Escoffery (2002-2004), Dr. Sarah D. Lang (2004-                   - Dr. James reeves
2006), Ruth G. Jarvis (2006-2008), and Dr. Katie C. Davis               - Dr. Thurman spriggs
(2008-2010). Davis comments, “As stakeholders in the growth           • nsu Choir in Concert
and development of Norfolk State University as well as active         • nsu players in “Tell pharaoh”
citizens in the greater community it serves, NSURA                    • planning 10th Anniversary Celebration
functions as a networking agent to promote and ensure a

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                                                 Honor Roll of Distinguished Faculty
                                                 and Distinguished Alumni
                                                 When Carolyn W. Meyers, Ph.D., became NSU president,         Distinguished Alumni
                                                 she instituted a university recognition program. The
                                                                                                              Alumni are inducted into the Academy of Distinguished
                                                 Distinguished Faculty and Distinguished Alumni Awards
                                                                                                              Alumni for their contributions to the betterment of human
                                                 are presented each year at the President’s Gala.
                                                                                                              lives and society through their professions, leadership and
                                                 Distinguished Faculty
                                                 The Distinguished Faculty Awards Program was
NSU: 75 Years of Pride,Achievement and Promise

                                                 established to recognize and honor faculty who have
                                                                                                              The Honorable Raymond A. Jackson ’73
                                                 distinguished themselves in teaching, scholarship, service
                                                                                                              Ms. Shelvee H. Osborne ’79
                                                 and overall excellence.
                                                                                                              Keith H. Newby, Sr., M.D. ’86
                                                                                                              Dr. Melvin T. Stith ’68
                                                 Dr. Mildred K. Fuller—Allied Health
                                                 Dr. Mikhail Noginov—Physics and Center for
                                                                                                              Dr. Georgia M. Dunston ’65
                                                                        Materials Science
                                                                                                              Mr. Colvin D. Gibson ’68
                                                 Dr. Rasha Morsi—Engineering
                                                                                                              Lt. Gen. Michael D. Rochelle ’72
                                                 Dr. Marie St. Rose—Allied Health
                                                                                                              Ms. Joyce Hall Shambley ’74
                                                 Mr. Milton W. Ferguson—Physics
                                                                                                              Graduate Over the Last Decade
                                                 Dr. Bennie Marshall—Nursing
                                                                                                              (G.O.L.D.) Award
                                                 Dr. Phillip McNeil—Mathematics
                                                 Dr. Sam-Shajing Sun—Chemistry and the Center for             The G.O.L.D. Award recognizes the professional and civic
                                                 Photonic Materials Research and Center for Research and      accomplishments of the university’s young alumni.
                                                 Education in Advanced Materials                              Honorees possess the highest standards of integrity and
                                                                                                              character and positively reflect and enhance the prestige
                                                 2008-09                                                      of Norfolk State University.
                                                 Dr. Mahbub A. Khandaker—Physics
                                                 Mr. Michael A. Parker—Mathematics and Dozoretz               2007-08
                                                 National Institute for Mathematics and Applied Sciences      Mr. Adrian L. Frederick ’02
                                                 Dr. Amelia N. Ross-Hammond—Music and Service-                                              Nominate a deserving faculty member or
                                                 Learning and Civic Engagement                                2008-09                       alumnus. To nominate an alumnus, visit
                                                                                                                                            www.nsu.edu/alumni. To nominate a faculty
                                                 Dr. Sheila A. Ward—Health, Physical Education and            Tamara A. Jones, M.D. ’96
                                                                                                                                            member, visit the Office of the Provost at
                                                 Exercise Science                                                                           www.nsu.edu/provost/award.html

                                                 NSU: 75 Years of Pride, Achievement and Promise

                                                                                                                         Saturday, October 2, 2010
                                                                                                                                 Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel
                                                                                                                                        Norfolk, Virginia

                                                                                                                                       6:00 p.m. - Reception
                                                                                                                                  7:00 p.m. - Dinner & Program

                                                                                                                     For more information, please call (757)-823-8323.
                                                                                                                               www.nsu.edu/75th Anniversary

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Whitehead, Kessner Take Top

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Honors at Athletics Banquet
      enior football player Terrell Whitehead (Virginia          SBN Sports Black College All-American team, captained
      Beach, Va.) and sophomore volleyball player Nicole         an NSU defense which ranked sixth nationally in fewest
      Kessner (Blacksburg, Va.) were named Norfolk               yards allowed.
State University Male and Female Athletes of the Year,               Kessner was a second-team All-MEAC pick at the
respectively, at the school’s athletic banquet in April.         end of the 2009 season. She became NSU’s first All-
    Whitehead became NSU’s first-ever three-time                 MEAC volleyball player under third-year head coach

                                                                                                                                                                             NSU: 75 Years of Pride,Achievement and Promise
Division I FCS All-American and first-team All-MEAC              Jennifer Fry. Kessner led NSU and ranked seventh in the
football player after tying for the MEAC lead with five          MEAC with 767 assists (7.3 per set). She added 186
interceptions this past season. He garnered first-team           digs, 130 kills, 21 aces and 20 blocks. Kessner was
All-American honors by The Sports Network, The                   selected to the all-tournament team at each of the four
Associated Press and the Walter Camp Football                    in-season events in which the Spartans competed.
Foundation. Whitehead, who was also named to the                 — Matt Michalec

Norfolk State Releases 2010 Football Schedule
BY MATT MICHALEC                                                 an excellent program over the last several years and this
ATHLeTiCs                                                        year will be no exception. We felt like playing there in
                                                                 2007 really helped serve as a catalyst to our 8-3 season,

        orfolk State University has released its 2010            and it’s a great challenge to play them again.”
        football schedule. Highlighting the non-                     The Spartans begin their five-game home schedule
        conference slate are another date at Football            the following week, opening MEAC play against North
Bowl Subdivision opponent Rutgers, the continuation of           Carolina A&T on Sept. 11 in the annual Fish Bowl Classic.
the Spartans’ rivalry with Virginia State and a date at          Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Dick Price Stadium.
Savannah State to close the season.                                  NSU then hosts Virginia State on Sept. 18 at 6 p.m.
    The Spartans open the 2010 schedule by traveling to          The teams have met every year since 1963, though this
Piscataway, N.J., to face Rutgers University on Thursday,        will be the first meeting not on Labor Day weekend since
Sept. 2. The schools first met in 2007, with the 13th-           1990. VSU holds a 26-20-1 series edge, though NSU has
ranked Scarlet Knights of the Big East prevailing 59-0.          won the last four meetings.
                              NSU went on to finish 8-3              “We’re happy we can play Virginia State again this
                                that season, their best          year,” Adrian said. “It’s always a tremendous atmosphere
                                 mark since moving to            when the two teams play, which makes it a fun game for
                                    Division I in 1997. The      the players and fans.”
                                     Scarlet Knights                 NSU returns to MEAC play for its next seven games,
                                     finished 9-4 last year,     beginning Sept. 25 at Bethune-Cookman in Daytona
                                     winning their fourth        Beach, Fla. Following its one bye week of the season, the
                                   straight bowl game with       Spartans then play at South Carolina State (Oct. 9) and
                                    a 45-24 victory over         Hampton (Oct. 16) before hosting Florida A&M for
                                        Central Florida in       Homecoming on Oct. 23.
                                          the St. Petersburg         A game at Howard rounds out the October schedule
                                           Bowl.                 on Oct. 30. The Spartans then host Morgan State (Nov.
                                                 “It’s a         6) and Delaware State (Nov. 13) to complete the MEAC
                                             tremendous          schedule before closing out the regular season at
                                              opportunity        Savannah State on Nov. 20. The Tigers replace Winston-
                                               whenever you      Salem State on the Spartans’ schedule this season. The
                                                get to play an   Spartans are 4-1 all-time against SSU. The schools last
                                                FBS team,”       met in 2005.
                                                 NSU head            “It’s always difficult to find a non-conference game
                                                  coach Pete     the last week of the season, so we were fortunate that
                                                   Adrian        Savannah State was able to fit us in,” Adrian said.
                                                   said.             The Spartans return 15 starters, including seven All-
                                                  “Rutgers       MEAC performers, from last season’s 7-4 squad.
                                                   has been

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                                        Giving to NSU
                                        Norfolk State University is an institution of higher learning that strives
                                        to provide a quality education for all of its students. NSU is proud to be
                                        one of the nation’s largest Historically Black Colleges and Universities
                                        (HBCU) and serves many students who are the first in their families to
                                        attend college.

                                        Although NSU is a public University to which the Commonwealth of
                                        Virginia provides funding, that funding comprises only 34 percent of
                                        the University's annual budget. NSU relies on grants and private giving
                                        to supplement the state’s funding so that we can fulfill our mission
                                        “to provide an affordable, high-quality education for an ethnically and
                                        culturally diverse population, equipping them with the capability to
                                        become productive citizens who continuously contribute to a global
                                        and rapidly changing society.”

                                        The University works to fulfill the mission by enriching academic programs,
                                        attracting and retaining quality faculty, providing scholarships to promising
                                        students, and increasing student access to cutting-edge technology.
                                        In order to be implemented and sustained, all of these resources require
                                        the support of private donors.

For more information, call University Advancement at 757-823-8323 or visit us on the web at www.nsu.edu.
Make checks payable to the Norfolk State University Foundation, Inc., 700 Park Avenue, Norfolk, VA. 23504
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