August 2010 Eagle View A Monthly Newsletter by liuhongmei


									      Eagle View
         A Monthly Newsletter From The Office Of Institutional Advancement

                                                            August 2010

On the Cover:
The newly renovated (and moved)
Centennial Chapel on Fayetteville
Street, adjacent to the Centennial

F National Convention and
  Centennial Celebration highlights
F	Alumni Bring Stories to Life in
F	Eagles back in the MEAC
F	Homecoming updates
  and more…
highlights   Birthday Bash Ends Yearlong                              It contains mementoes and artifacts including the
             Centennial Celebration                                   centennial edition of the Campus Echo, a copy of the
                 A very good thing has finally come to an end.        university’s centennial history book, newspapers and
             On July 8, NCCU concluded its yearlong centen-           magazines from the week of the birthday bash and a
             nial celebration with a huge birthday bash. Among        letter from Chancellor Charlie Nelms addressed to
             those joining the party along Fayetteville Street and    whoever is chancellor 100 years from now.
             offering their congratulations were North Carolina           Guests at the party said they were impressed
             Gov. Bev Perdue, Durham Mayor Bill Bell, NCCU            with the campus’ appearance. “The landscape of the
             Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Charles Baron and        university today is so beautiful compared to when I
             NCCU Alumni Association President Tania Davis.           attended school,” alumna Monica Parks said.
                 The celebration included the dedication of the
             Centennial Chapel, the former home of Holy Cross
             Catholic Church. For more than 50 years, the little
             stone church occupied a spot across the campus on
             Alston Avenue, where a new home for the NCCU
             Nursing Department is now under construction.
             The university acquired the Alston Avenue site in
             2006 when Holy Cross moved to a larger building
             nearby. This spring, the church building was moved
             to its new location on Fayetteville Street, where it
             will be used as a meeting place for the university and
             the community.
                 Also dedicated at the birthday party was the
             Centennial Garden, which faces Fayetteville Street
             between the Centennial chapel and the historic
             Shepard House, completing the dramatic transfor-
             mation of NCCU’s Fayetteville Street corridor. The
             garden consists of swirling patterns of walkways and
             plantings, with a fountain and an arbor.
                 Planted within the garden is a time capsule to
             be opened in 2110 at the university’s bicentennial.
Alumni Convention Highlights and Photos

Highlights provided by Debra Taylor ’78, Convention Chair
    The NCCU Alumni Association held its first na-
tional convention in 15 years at the Durham Mil-
lennium Hotel. The event was attended by more
than 150 alumni, family and friends from across the
U.S. Here is a brief summary of conference happen-
    On July 9th, regional business meetings were
held, along with seminars on finances, philanthropy
and health and wellness. A “State of the Univer-
sity” session gave Chancellor Nelms the opportunity
to share the new and exciting things happenings at
NCCU. Alumni voiced their thoughts concern-
ing the university with the chancellor. The evening
closed with an alumni celebration concert featuring
Kirk Whalum.
    July 10th, Dr. Walter Brown, ’48, was the keynote
speaker during the alumni awards luncheon. Alumna
Eliza Smith Jones, ’43, who attended NCCU during
Dr. James E. Shepard’s tenure, shared reflections on
the founder. Various association awards were pre-
                                                      Dr. Walter Brown, professor emeritus, signs copies of his book, I
sented recognizing individual alumni and chapters. Walked the Sloping Hills.
The Fashion Show Dinner closed the convention,
featuring the Bovanti Fashion Entourage, thanks to
owner Michael Bohannon, ’79.
    The convention was enjoyed by all who attended
and allowed alumni to recommit to the University
and Alumni Association.

Photos provided by Dennis Ellis, ’77

Highlights   “Cream of the Crop” in the                                do good in the right hands. In the wrong ones, it
             Federal Government: The Reunion                           can be abused to terrible, horrifying ends. Anyone
             By Tania Butler Davis ‘94                                 who doubts the need to continue recruiting the best
                 Five years ago, a group of young alumni was fea-      people to exercise that power fundamentally misun-
             tured in NCCU NOW to spotlight career paths in            derstands the role of government in a free society.
             the federal government. Most of us in the picture         America not only deserves the best — she needs the
             remain in government service.                             best if our country and Constitution are to survive.”
                 Going to work for the federal government means        Civil servants have a tremendous responsibility to
             becoming a public servant to the American people.         demonstrate trust and integrity in their duties. We
             Careers in public service generally do not pay sala-      have been recruited to serve as the nation’s very best
             ries as high as career equivalents in private industry.   in public service. We’re so proud to be EAGLES!
             But there is a larger cause, because we know that our         General descriptions of some of the jobs per-
             service provides benefits and services to the citizens    formed by NCCU graduates in the federal work-
             of the United States. Just like those in the military,    force include:
             we serve this country with honor and pride.                   Attorneys (General Counsel - GC), Auditors
                 As recently as February 2010, a civil servant in      (A), Budget Analysts (BA), Contract Specialists
             Austin, Texas, died from an attack by a citizen dis-      (CS) Information Technology Specialists (ITS),
             turbed by a federal agency’s mission of tax collec-       Management/Program Analysts (MA), and Pro-
             tion. Taxes, of course, provide for goods and ser-        curement Analysts (PA).
             vices to the American people. We federal employees
             respond to the call to serve — and to those of us
             who are NCCU Eagles, serving is a familiar task.
             As students, we tutored children in the Durham
             community, volunteered in soup kitchens, were Big
             Brothers/Big Sisters to Durham youth, and cleaned
             roadsides. We heard the motto “Truth and Service”
             from the day we entered campus until we walked
             across the stage and received our diplomas, with the
             expectation from our alma mater to go forth into the
             world and fulfill the mission of these words.
                 In his keynote address to the Excellence in Gov-
             ernment Conference on July 20, 2009, John Berry, di-
             rector of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management,
             said, “The public trust is an awe-inspiring power to

                                                                       From left to right: Carolyn Abney ’94, Christa Barnes ’95, Jenni-
                                                                       fer Thompson ’99, Monekia Gause ’98, Jerry Edmonds ’95, Cheryl
                                                                       Parker ’99, Jacqueline Jones ’95, Tania Butler Davis ’94, Veronica
                              NCCU alumni in 2005                      Brimmer Lansey ’96 and Corrisse Carlton ’00.
NCCU Women’s Center Pays                            sistant sprint coach at the 2008 NACAC event in
Tribute to Women                                    Mexico. “While my responsibilities for Team USA
    The Women’s Center at NCCU will celebrate a mirrored those at NCCU, I return with new coach-
century of women. Jeanetta Nelms, honorary chair, ing ideas and a new appreciation for my student-
invites alumni and friends to a jazz fete recogniz- athletes.”
ing outstanding women of NCCU at the Durham
Marriott Convention Center on Friday, Sept. 10, at
                                                    Back in the MEAC!
6:30 p.m. The evening also includes hors d’ouevres,
                                                         The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)
dinner and dancing with live jazz from the Kirk
                                                    announced last September that NCCU would
Keys Jazz Ensemble. Tickets are $75 and proceeds
                                                    join the conference as its 13th member. And while
benefit the Women’s Center. To
                                                    MEAC officials along with NCCU staff, coaches,
purchase your tickets, contact
                                                    student-athletes and fans celebrated the milestone,
the NCCU Ticket office at
                                                    it did not become effective until July 1.
(919) 530-5170. For more
                                                         NCCU is now back in the conference it helped
information, contact
                                                    establish in 1970, as one of seven founding institu-
the Women’s Center at
                                                    tions. The Eagles contended in the MEAC until
(919) 530-6811.
                                                    1979, winning nine conference championships in
                                                    eight seasons.
NCCU’s Lawson Leads Team USA to                          NCCU’s        history
37 Track & Field Medals                             with the conference is
    NCCU track & field head coach Michael Law- evidenced by having
son helped lead Team USA to a meet record 74 seven former coaches, administrators and student-
medals during the 2010 North American, Central athletes inducted into the MEAC Hall of Fame.
American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23                  Also celebrating admission to the MEAC is Sa-
Championships in Miramar, Fla.                      vannah State University, a frequent independent op-
    During the three-day meet ( July 9-11), the ponent of the Eagles during the past three years of
men’s and women’s teams obtained 37 medals each, NCCU’s Division I reclassification.
earning 31 gold, 25 silver
and 18 bronze medals.
    With Lawson serv-
ing as head coach of the
men’s team, the squad
dominated the competi-
tion by capturing 17 gold,
12 silver and eight bronze
medals. Next in line was
Canada with seven med-
als, followed by Mexico
with six.
    “The NACAC meet
was an awesome experi-
ence,” said Lawson, who
worked as Team USA’s as-      Team USA track and field team headed by NCCU track and field head coach Michael Lawson
alumni   New Durham Public Schools                                     The oldest volunteer alumnus, longtime Durham
                                                                   resident David Harrison, ’51, has modeled truth and
         Chief of Staff is an Eagle
                                                                   service by serving his faith organization for many
             Durham Public Schools (DPS) will start the new
                                                                   years as an active member. He handles technology
         school year with a new superintendent, Dr. Eric Be-
                                                                   issues and serves as the membership and contribu-
         coats, and he will have a new chief of staff, NCCU
                                                                   tions manager.
         alumnus Dr. Lewis Fer-                                        Harrison, who has witnessed the transformation
         ebee. Ferebee earned                                      of the campus since he was a student, said he was
         his Bachelor of Arts in                                   very proud to participate in the community garden
         elementary      education                                 project.
         from NCCU, a master’s                                         Anna Newkirk Pratt, ’58, a Washington, D.C.,
         in educational leader-                                    resident, is the current Ms. Alumni (2008-2010).
         ship from George Wash-                                    She reflected upon her life of truth and service as
         ington University and a                                   an educator of middle and high school students for
         doctorate in education                                    more than 50 years.
         from East Carolina Uni-                                       Pratt returns annually for NCCU Homecoming,
         versity. Before coming                                    but described this Centennial year as a phenomenal
         to Durham, he served                                      occasion. “To experience the physical changes and
         as a regional superinten-     Dr. Lewis Ferebee ‘97       modernization of the campus has been moving; it’s
         dent in Guilford County                                   even more beautiful than before,” she said. “I’ve en-
         schools, providing oversight of a system with 6,800       joyed walking the campus, reminiscing about classes
         students and nearly 900 staff members.                    and faculty members who made an impression on
             Earlier in Guilford County, Ferebee was an in-        my life.”
                                                                       Thomas Revelle III, ’84, returned home after
         structional improvement officer and a middle and
                                                                   graduation with a spirit of service and a plan to “give
         elementary school principal. In his new role, he will
                                                                   back” immediately to the university by joining the
         work with Becoats, developing and overseeing aca-
                                                                   NCCU alumni chapter of Philadelphia. Before long,
         demic programs and the district’s budget. With a
                                                                   he became its president. “Interacting with other
         proven record of improving test scores and building
                                                                   alumni is a very special opportunity,” he said.
         teacher morale, Ferebee will be a welcome addition            Another longtime Philadelphian, Margaret Ger-
         to Durham Public Schools.                                 ald Barbee, ‘66, who has returned to Clayton, N.C.,
                                                                   also served as a chapter president for two separate
         Alumni Model Truth and Service                            terms, for a total of seven years of service. Reflecting
         By Annette Roper Taylor, ’90, and LaRue Cunningham, ’70   on her commitment, she looks forward to reuniting
              On a hot and humid afternoon in July, alumni of      with fellow alumni to continue to provide “truth and
         NCCU returned to campus to render service to their        service” to her alma mater.
         alma mater. Services ranged from filing and sorting           Other alumni who returned to participate in the
         in various offices to gardening in the new Summer         Alumni Day of Service came from cities across the
         of Service Community Garden. The community                U.S., as far away as Los Angeles. The Day of Service
         garden project is a collaboration between the Abid-       ended with a birthday celebration around the Cen-
         ing Savior Lutheran Church community and the              tennial Garden, located near the Shepard House and
         campus. Food from the garden will be distributed to       the Centennial Chapel, formerly the Holy Cross
         Durham neighbors.                                         Church, now located on Fayetteville Street.
              Participating alumni were asked two questions:
         “How have you modeled truth and service in your The Alumni Day of Service was one of many activities
         life?” and “What does it mean to you to return to hosted during the NCCU Alumni Association’s Alumni
         your alma mater during the centennial celebration?” Convention and Centennial Celebration.
Alumni Bring Stories to Life in                        rights abuses. The piece premiered at the National

Documentary Form                                       Arts Club in New York City and Ebony Magazine’s
    Through the lens of a camera, alumni Anna Hollywood Comes to Harlem Film Festival. His
Jones and Edward Harris are telling the stories of most recent work includes “Trek to the Holy Land,”
leaders in the fight for civil and social justice.     a documentary dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian
    Jones’ documentary tells the story of her father conflict and “Slap the Donkey,” which takes a be-
James H. Jones and his life in Northampton County, hind-the-scenes look at Sharpton’s 2004 bid for the
N.C. In 1971, he was the first African-American to Democratic nomination while exploring the rela-
serve on the Board of Education, eventually becom- tionship between African-American leadership and
ing chair. Chairman Jones: A Portrait of My Father is the Democratic Party. This documentary premiered
Anna Jones’ first documentary. She is active in the at the New York International Latino Film Festival
arts community in Durham, and also manages the last month.
family peanut and cotton farm back in Northamp-             Harris is the vice-president of programming and
ton County, where she grew up. She studied art at creative director at AdHere Network. Prior to join-
NCCU and Duke University, and her interests in Af- ing AdHere, he was the director of operations for
rican art and history have                             the African Heritage Network, where he produced
taken her to Ghana and                                 weekly and monthly video promotional segments.
Cuba. In 2003, she pub-                                     For more information about the documentary,
lished a photo essay and                               visit
narrative, “Harmony in                                 chairman-jones/
Discord: Havana, Cuba,”
in Urban Hiker magazine.                               NCCU and Shepard Middle School
She holds bachelor’s and                               Partnership Pays Off
master’s degrees in Busi-                                   Last school year ended on a high note for Shep-
ness       Administration                              ard Middle School, thanks in part to a growing re-
from NCCU.                            Anna Jones
                                                       lationship with NCCU. Shepard met International
    Edward Harris is an                                Baccalaureate recertification, was one of seven mid-
award-winning        docu-                             dle schools selected for designation as a School to
mentary filmmaker who                                  Watch, began a major construction project and is on
has more than 12 years                                 course to receive a School of Progress or Distinc-
of experience in televi-                               tion designation. This year the school will focus on
sion and production. He                                strengthening students’ skills in Science and Math.
has completed two docu-                                According to Principal James Ingram, the relation-
mentaries. “A Promise                                  ship with NCCU has been key to the school’s suc-
Fulfilled — The Story                                  cess.
of the Vieques Four”                                        NCCU provides technical assistance, student
chronicles the 2001                                    teachers and tutors at Shepard, and this summer
demonstration       by Al                              implemented an environmental service-leadership
                                    Edward Harris
Sharpton, Adolfo Car-                                  summer camp, targeting students from the school.
rión, José Rivera and Roberto Ramirez against U.S.          In addition to partnering with NCCU, Shepard
Navy bombing exercises at a federal military installa- Middle School works with Duke University, UNC
tion on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. “Moon World View and the PTA.
Over Sudan” chronicles the journey of Sharpton
when he, as a presidential candidate, traveled to Su-
dan to investigate allegations of slavery and human
alumni   NCCU Alumni Association                               will be well represented in their maroon and gray in
                                                               the official Eagle block. Reserved seats are available
         E-Town Tailgating
                                                               for $15, approximately 30 percent off the ticket price.
         Tailgating sponsored by the Eagle Outreach Com-
                                                               Tickets must be purchased by September 29. Eagles
         mittee (young alumni) of the Alumni Association
                                                               are asked to RSVP and register for the tailgate at a
         will be held at the Alumni House during the 2010
                                                               cost of $10. Registration covers tailgate expenses.
         season. Tailgating is one of the many ways the Asso-
         ciation brings together alumni, students and friends
                                                               A block of rooms has been reserved at the Atlanta
         for pre-game and sometimes post-game fellowship.
                                                               Marriott Downtown, 160 Spring St. NW, Atlanta,
         Alumni Association tailgate parties require planning;
                                                               GA 30303, at a rate of $109 per night. Call (404)
         alumni are asked to RSVP and make a donation of
                                                               688-8600 to make your reservation by Sept. 22.
         $5 per game or $25 for the entire season. Whether
                                                               Visit <> to purchase your game
         you’re seeking beverages, a light snack or dinner,
                                                               ticket and for more information.
         you’ll find it there.

         The Alumni Association will tailgate at all home
         games except Johnson C. Smith and Edward Waters                           Contacts
         (Homecoming). Tailgating begins approximately                  Season Tickets are still available.
         two hours prior to kick-off.
         Visit <> to register and for            2010 Tailgating/Vending
                                                                   The 2010 Eagle football season introduces a largely
         more information.
                                                                   MEAC schedule, which includes a Thursday night game.
                                                                   Concessions, tailgating and vending play a vital com-
                      Eagles UP! Flying High!                      ponent in enhancing the fan experience. For more in-
         Tailgate Crew Members are Tania Davis ’94, Vernon         formation on the 2010 Football Season Policies and
         Boone ’88, Fred Davis ’90 and Paul Phipps ’99.            Procedures contact:

                                                                   Merchandise Vending
         On the Road with the Eagles:                              Terri Lawson,
         Away-Game Tailgating                                      (919) 530-7418
             Plans are underway with for away-game activi-
         ties and tailgating. Details will be distributed as       Food Concessions/Game Day Operations
         plans are finalized. Several travel groups have been      Reco Chavis,
         established for all away games. Check with your lo-       (919) 530-6721
         cal alumni chapter for trip details and availability.
         Visit <> for a           Car and RV space in E-Town
                                                                   George “Bulldog” Smith,
         Chapter listing and contacts.
                                                                   (919) 530-5126

         NCCU vs Georgia State                                      NCCU Ticket Office at (919) 530-5170 or
             On Oct. 16, the Eagles will head south to take            visit
         on the Panthers of Georgia State in Atlanta’s Geor-
         gia Dome. The NCCU Alumni Association’s At-
         lanta Chapter is planning a fun weekend of activities,
         which includes a Friday and Saturday night Flight
         Night at Justin’s with $5 Eagletinis. Kickoff is at
         1 p.m. and the Eagle tailgate will begin at 10:30 a.m.,
         just steps away from the Georgia Dome. The Eagles
NCCU 2010 Football:

                                                                                2010 NCCU Football Schedule
More than just a game
     The 2010 season offers more games and more                               Date         Opponent /Location             Time
fun. The 2009 football season offered the new E-                              09/02        vs. Johnson C. Smith (Faculty/Staff Night)
Town, located at the track and field gate off Lawson                                       DURHAM                         7 p.m.
Street. Eagle fans of all ages were invited to join                           09/11        vs. Winston-Salem State (NCCUnity Day)
Eddie the Eagle, the lovable NCCU mascot, for fun                                          DURHAM                       6 p.m.
and festivities on game day. The Eagle Club and
                                                                              09/18        at Appalachian State
Office of Alumni Relations were present at every                                           Boone, N.C.                                   3:30 p.m.
game. This year, with seven home games, the return
                                                                              09/25        vs. North Carolina A&T (Maroon Madness)
of E-Town offers a continuation of live music, activ-
                                                                                           DURHAM                        6 p.m.
ities for kids, tailgating competitions and more food
vendors. During the festivities, the NCCU football                            10/09        vs. Hampton University (Eagle Club
team and the Marching Sound Machine will walk                                              Appreciation Day/Family Weekend)
                                                                                           DURHAM                        4 p.m.
through E-Town as they enter O’Kelly-Riddick Sta-
dium.                                                                         10/16        at Georgia State
                                                                                           Atlanta (Georgia Dome)                        1 p.m.
  To access E-Town, fans must have a game ticket.
           For ticket information, contact                                    10/23        vs. Bethune Cookman (Open House)
                                                                                           DURHAM                     2 p.m.
    the NCCU Ticket Office at (919) 530-5170
       or visit                                        10/30        vs. Edward Waters (Homecoming)
                                                                                           DURHAM                     2 p.m.
 We’d love to know what’s new with you. Class Notes are
 a great way to stay in touch with NCCU classmates and                        11/06        at Delaware State
 friends. Share your news with us, and we’ll update your                                   Dover, Del.                                   1 p.m
 official alumni record. We want to hear about your recent                    11/13        at Savannah State
 marriage, family additions, obituaries, new job/promotions,                               Savannah, Ga.                                 2 p.m
 honors and awards. Send announcements to Joan Morrison                       11/20        vs. Old Dominion (Senior Day)
 at: or you may fax your information to                                 DURHAM                        2 p.m.
 (919) 560-5864. We look forward to hearing from you!

                                          coming events
              If you would like contact information on chapter representatives, call the Office of Alumni Relations at (919) 530-6363.

              August 2010                                                  Sept. 16    Nash-Edgecombe Chapter Meeting,
                                                                                       OIC Senior Complex (at the corner of Virginia
Aug. 21    NCCU Goldsboro-Wayne Alumni Chapter Fourth                                  Street and Pennsylvania Avenue), 6 p.m.
           Annual Scholarship Gala–Dancing Extravaganza                                Contact: Kay Thomas, (252) 977-3451,
Aug. 21    Meet the Eagles (Football)                                                  <>
Aug. 28    Sprite Queen City Battle of the Bands                           Sept. 18    New York City Metro Chapter Meeting
           Charlotte Memorial Stadium, 7-9 p.m                                         Convent Avenue Baptist Church, Harlem, 11 a.m.
                                                                                       Contact: Joyce Flowers, (212) 866-7635,
          SEPTEMBER 2010                                                               <>
Sept. 1-17 “The Art & Legacy of Nelson Mandela” Exhibit,                   Sept. 19    Richmond-Petersburg Chapter Meeting
           NCCU Art Museum                                                             Richmond-Chester’s Marriott Courtyard, 4 p.m.
Sept. 8    NCCU Band Booster Club Meeting,                                             Contact: David Avery, (804) 226-0334,
           A.E. Student Union, Room 104, 7 p.m.                                        <>
Sept. 10   Celebrating a Century of Women                                  Sept. 26- 30 “Color Balance: Paintings by Felrath Hines”
           Marriott Convention Center, Durham, 6:30 p.m.                               Exhibit, NCCU Art Museum
Sept 11    New Jersey Chapter Meeting                                       Sept. 26 Opening reception “Color Balance: Paintings by
           S.T. Allen Realty Company                                                   Felrath Hines” Exhibit, NCCU Art Museum,
           336 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ, 4 p.m.                                   Call for time, (919) 530-6211
           Contact: Edwena Peoples, (973) 792-1455,
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