Press Release- Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence—April 19, 2007
Last Tuesday, April 10, 2007, Norfolk State University (NSU) held its Grand
Opening and Kick-Off of the Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence
(IC-CAE) program. At the event, there was an excellent representation from the Office
of the Director for National Intelligence (ODNI) including Mr. Stephen Long, Dr. Lenora
Peters-Gant, and Ms. Cindy Riquelme. Other intelligence agencies represented included
CIA, DIA, FBI, NRO, NSA, US Treasury, Air Force, Army, Navy, Coast Guard
Intelligence Offices, NGA, and Joint Forces Command (JFCOM). Mr. Charles Green,
Executive Director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs and a large number of NSU
participants including Mr. Jack L. Ezzell, Jr., Rector, NSU Board of Visitors, Dr. Adebisi
Oladipupo, VP for Research and Technology, Dr. Elsie Barnes, VP for Academic Affairs,
school deans, faculty and IC-Scholars were also in attendance. We had contingents from
universities such as Howard University and Old Dominion University and corporations
such as Cox Communications, LMI, Northrup Grumman, Verizon, Norfolk Southern, and
the Virginia High- Tech Partnership also present. Virginia’s Legislative Representatives
were invited but could not attend because of an emergency session that was called for last
Tuesday and thus conflicted with this event.
There was a ribbon cutting of the new Video Teleconferencing Training Center that was
funded through grants from the Office of the Director for National Intelligence (ODNI)
and Department of Education. A new National Security Certificate (NSC) Program which
requires 18 credit hours was also announced.
From Left to Right-Carmen M edina, CIA, Lenora Peters-Gant, ODNI, Arlene M aclin, NSU and Jack Ezzell, NSU
This NSC certificate program requires 18 credit hours with one of the four language and
culture courses including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Korean serving as the core.
There are more than 40 courses that will be a part of the NSC program. It is expected that
the NSC program can earned as either a part of a student’s undergraduate academic
program or as a stand-alone courses. All of the courses included in the NSC program will
be available on online through distance learning. The advantage of earning the NSC
program is to enhance a student’s probability of garnering employment in the
international arena including a large variety of job opportunities in the 16 intelligence
As a part of stealth and deception that one usually expects from the intelligence
community, Sean Roach, Deputy Director of Global Affairs at the CIA, who had
originally been contacted to serve as the keynote speaker but declined actually gave the
keynote address, rather than Robert Ivery, Director of the Center for Technology at CIA
who was actually featured in the program and introduced. This made for a bit of a
surprise and a delightful keynote address for all of the almost 100 attendees.
Robert Ivery and Sean Roach are on the second Row of People Facing Camera. Stephen Long is on the first row.
Furthermore, Mr. Stephen Long, Director of Rapid Technology Advancement for
Science and Technology from the ODNI also made remarks.
The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE), which is directed by Dr. Arlene
Maclin, Professor of Engineering, is just another example of the exemplary and
innovative programs that she has developed for students in grades K-20 over her career.
The CAE program promises to globalize the curriculum across the university and provide
international experiences to minority students, many of whom have never left the State
of Virginia and certainly have never had a passport. Dr. Maclin will be leading 11
students on a trip to Rabat, Morocco in May, 2007 for a three-week cultural orientation,
where they will study Arabic and learn more about Islamic history, religion and culture.
VTT-Classroom accommodating up to 30 students in-class with Internet Broadcast
If you require additional information about the NSC program or the Center for Academic
Excellence, please call Dr. Arlene Maclin at (757) 823-2843 or Email:
email@example.com. The website is http://www.nsu.edu/iccae.