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 Garden. Inside: F National Convention and Centennial Celebration highlights F Alumni Bring Stories to Life in Documentary 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 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- ings: 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 http://www.nccufoundation.org/ tjfoundation/schoolofthemonth.html 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. Highlights 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 alumni 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 http://southerndocumentaryfund.org/projects/ 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 <www.nccuatlanta.org> 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 <www.nccualumni.org> 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com established for all away games. Check with your lo- (919) 530-6721 cal alumni chapter for trip details and availability. Visit <www.nccu.edu/alumni/directory.cfm> for a Car and RV space in E-Town George “Bulldog” Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.nccueaglepride.com 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: CALENDAR 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 www.NCCUEaglePride.com 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: email@example.com 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) <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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 <JBMSF@aol.com> 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. <email@example.com> 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, <firstname.lastname@example.org> North Carolina Central University Non-Profit Org. Office of Insitutional Advancement U.S. Postage P.O. Box 19363 PAID Durham, NC 27707 Permit No. 1156 Durham, N.C.
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