North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Anisah Rasheed’s beauty
is more than skin deep
ADIOS MIS AMIGOS
Migael S. Penix offers his
final Student’s Perspective
ONE FOR ALL
SGA President Justin Ramey
is a man for the people.
Philosophy professor Karen Hornsby is
selected for the prestigious Carnegie
Scholars program PAGE 12
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Fall 2005
2) Inside Aggieland 12) Scholarly Pursuits
Philosophy professor Karen Hornsby is selected
4) Campus Briefs for the prestigious Carnegie Scholars program
8) A Student’s Perspective
13) Educational Alliance
10) Aggie Sports Technology professor uses company’s in-kind
gift to boost coursework
25) People Behind the Scholarships 14) Trading Places
North and South American students study
26) Alumni Profile
28) Aggies on the Move
18) Journalism and Mass Comm Receives Accreditation
32) Mixed Bag A&T becomes second university in North Carolina
and one of 107 in the nation with ACEJMC distinction
20) One for All
SGA president is issues driven
22) Life’s Work
Miss A&T says her calling is to help others
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INSIDE AGGIELAND 16 SELECTED FOR PH.D. IN
IAJS SPONSORS SYMPOSIUM ON AFRICA
T hree African ambassadors and a slate of journalism profes-
sionals participated in Can What We Don’t Know about
GROUND BROKEN FOR RENICK The graduate program at N.C. A&T now offers a unique, cutting-
edge doctoral degree in leadership studies that is designed to Africa Hurt Us?, a three-day symposium that was sponsored by
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION BUILDING
prepare the next generation of world leaders and researchers. The Institute for Advanced Journalism Studies in October.
On a lot framed by trees in their fall splendor, hundreds gathered Nov. 8 to witness the Participants in the inaugural class include Dian Carr, instructor Ambassadors to the United States Armando A. Panguene
ground breaking for the new James Carmichael Renick School of Education Building. for Guilford County (N.C.) Schools and part-time instructor at (Mozambique), Andrew Mhando Daraja (Tanzania) and Jose’
Renick has served as ninth chancellor of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical N.C. A&T; Anthony Chandler, assistant director of development, Brito (Cape Verde), along with Bob Reid, general manager of
State University since July 1999.The N.C. A&T Board of Trustees has named the building High Point Housing Authority; David Clark Jr., sales manager and the African Channel, discussed “Africa from the African
after Renick because the faculty, staff and students have benefited greatly from his market development manager, Antronix Distribution and Supply Perspective,” which was moderated by Charles Stith, director
“limitless vision and strong leadership” and “the many enhancements to the quality Inc.; Manuel Dudley, division chair of general education, Mitchell of the African Presidential Archives.
of intellectual studies, the work environment and student life.” Community College; Jacqueline Greenlee, director of organization A variety of topics and presentations from academic,
The new building will be located on the corner of Benbow Rd. development, Guilford Technical Community College; Tonya diplomatic and government officials were explored over the
and Bluford St. It is scheduled Hargett, training coordinator, University of North Carolina-Chapel three days including “The Role of the African Diaspora in the
to open in 2007. Hill; Frederick Hill, assistant principal, Guilford County Schools; Renaissance of Africa,” “Can Debt Relief Ignite Africa’s
Marjorie Jenkins, registered nurse, Moses Cone Health System; Economic Engine?,” “The Untold Story of Education in
Harvey Lineberry, assistant dean for personnel, North Carolina Africa,” “From Tarzan to Mandela: How Africa is Portrayed in
State University; Amanda McIver, assistant dean, N.C. A&T College the Media,” “The Children of Sierra Leone — A Camera’s Eye
of Engineering; Willette Nash, instructional specialist,Winston- View,” “Is Africa a Breeding Ground for Terrorism?,” “Africa’s
Salem Forsyth County Schools/adjunct professor,Winston-Salem History: What the Victors Didn’t Tell Us” and “How Can We
State University; Cheryl Nicholas, chief executive officer and Use What We Learned in Our Newsrooms?”
director, Innervision Inc.; Gladys Robinson, executive director, Melvin Foote, president and CEO of the Constituency on
Sickle Cell Disease Association of Piedmont, N.C.; Marcia Williams, Africa; Rosa Whitaker, president and CEO, The Whitaker
coordinator of sponsored programs, N.C. A&T College of Group; Sarah Moten, chief, education division of Africa
Engineering/statewide coordinator, N.C. Louis Stokes Alliance for Bureau, U.S. Agency for International Development; Eyobong
Minority Participation; Charles Wilson, instructor, and Vanessa Ita, interim president, National Association of African
Duren-Winfield, research associate and assistant director of Journalists; Adam Ouologuem, interim vice president,
research and evaluation, Maya Angelou Research Center on National Association of African Journalists; Sarah J. Glover,
Minority Health,Wake Forest University School of Medicine. photojournalist, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Tonyaa
Weathersbee, Florida Times-Union, also participated.
Journalist DeWayne Wickham is director of The Institute
NURSING SCHOOL BRIDGES FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE THROUGH LEARNING COMMUNITIES for Advanced Journalism Studies at North Carolina A&T.
n response to the challenge of retaining students, the School upperclassman mentor and receive tutoring, academic advising
I of Nursing has developed a proactive and innovative strategy to
help students make the transition from high school to college
and monitoring. The second group will follow the same academic
curriculum, live on or off campus, be offered tutoring and receive PHI KAPPA PHI PARTNERS
through its new learning communities program, which was launched academic advising and monitoring. WITH READING CONNECTION
this semester. In addition, the School of Nursing will host a series of academic
The goal of this program is to determine if students who enhancement workshops for all students to further enhance and ixty-six students have been trained to be volunteer
participate in the learning community will be more involved with
their peers — in and out of the classroom — as well as in other
support learning. Each group will be administered a questionnaire at
the beginning of the semester, mid-semester and at the end of the
S tutors in the adult education programs provided locally
by Reading Connection, a community partner with the Phi
activities related to learning. semester to assess their perception of college, program skills and Kappa Phi Literacy Project at A&T.
Named the Wynn-Vines House, the learning community time management skills. The staff at Reading Connection is matching these stu-
Members of the first class for the doctoral program in leadership studies are
examines the effectiveness of these communities by comparing the The learning communities program is conducted by Dawn (front row, l-r) David Clark Jr., Harvey Lineberry, Amanda McIver, Jacqueline dents with adults who need help learning English or preparing
academic achievement outcomes of 30 nursing students’ mid-term Forbes Murphy, director of student services, and Patricia Shelton, Greenlee,Tonya Hargett, Frederick Hill, Gladys Ashe Robinson, Manuel Dudley, for the GED exam. Over the next few months, these students
and final grade point averages for 2005-2006. One group will live in academic coordinator for the School of Nursing. For more Willette Nash, and (back row) Anthony Chandler, Dian Carr, Charles Wilson, will provide hundreds of hours of tutoring, helping to improve
the same residence hall, enroll in the same nursing course, have an information, call (336) 334-7750. Vanessa Duren-Winfield, Marjorie Jenkins, Marcia Williams and Cheryl Nicholas. the lives of the men and women.
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Darius Hale, an undergraduate student Engineers Region II Student Technical Kaposi’s Sarcoma-associated Herpes virus
in the department of agribusiness, applied Paper Competition that was hosted by the and Epstein-Barr virus. Richardson
economics and agriscience education at University of Tennessee-Knoxville. worked with Kristen Walton and James
A&T, was elected student representative Jarrett Chapman and his senior project Moran in the department of cell and
for the Association of Social and team placed first, and the team of Darius molecular physiology studying signaling
Behavior Scientists Board of Directors at Guy, Michael Ray and Leonard pathways potentially involved in inflam-
ASBS’s annual national meeting that was Washington placed third in the compe- matory bowel disease. Both students pre-
held in Nashville in March. tition. Chapman was invited to compete sented their research at the PMABS
at the 2005 IIE Annual International Summer Research Program Symposium.
The School of Education, in collaboration Conference. The name of his project was
with the Western Carolina University “A Case Study in the Application of Vernon Edwards, a master’s level
College of Education, has completed its Industrial Engineering Models to student in the field of microbiology, was
fourth annual Rural Urban Exchange Operational Improvement at Greensboro selected to participate in the summer
Program. Teacher candidates from both Welfare Reform Liaison.” intern program at the USDA-ARS
campuses visit the partner campus for a Eastern Regional Research Center in
week to observe local schools, participate Senior Melanie Duncan and sophomore Wyndmoor, Pa. Ipek Goktepe, an associ-
in cultural events and engage in dialogue Sadondria Richardson are better ate professor in the food science and
on meeting the needs of diverse learners prepared for a career in science after nutrition program at A&T, collaborates
in classrooms. A&T’s exchange students spending the summer as two of 12 stu- in a partnership with ERRC scientists
in 2004-2005 were Jessica Buie, Crystal dents selected to participate in the formalizing the internship program. This
Covington,Tedra Embry, Kelley Partnership for Minority Advancement connection enables A&T students to
Gadsden, Chye Kornegay and in the Biomolecular Sciences (PMABS) have access to state of the art research
Candace Scott. Summer Research Program at UNC- programs at USDA-ARS labs and gives
Chapel Hill. Duncan worked with the USDA access to qualified minority
Last spring, two teams of industrial and Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque in the depart- graduates.
systems engineering students participated ment of dental ecology at UNC-Chapel
in the 2005 Institute of Industrial Hill investigating genetic variations of
Six A&T students were selected to participate in the UNC
Washington Program, a statewide initiative conducted by the
A&T seniors Porian Cunningham, journalism and mass communication;
University of North Carolina Office of the President. Maxine
Raschaad Hoggard, political science; Jazmen Miller, journalism and
Bynum, Oliver Thomas and Ansen Jones were selected for
mass communication, and Oliver Thomas, political science, attended the
summer 2005 internships with the Australian Embassy,
Clinton Global Initiative that was held in New York City, Sept. 15-17.
NAACP Washington Bureau and POW/MIA National
President Bill Clinton hosted the conference that brought together global
Office, respectively. Fall interns are Sallie Yvette McGill,
leaders from business, politics, science, religion and non-government organi-
Cunningham Hoggard Alexander Jamison Jr. and Julian Summers. The goals of Bynum Jamison McGill
zation, including 39 heads of state, 300 CEOs and numerous heads of
UNC Washington are to provide an opportunity for upper-
NGOS. The conference was a forum for the group to develop concrete poli-
level students from 14 UNC constituent institutions to
cies and implement solutions to some of the world’s challenging problems.
expand teaching and learning using Washington, D.C., as the
The students gave daily reports that were aired on A&T’s radio station
classroom, to expand research opportunities for students and
WNAA 90.1 FM on the Tavis Smiley Show.
faculty in the nation’s capital, to expand UNC’s mission of
outreach and engagement, and to complement each student’s
academic interests through experiential learning.
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FACULTY & STAFF
Mohamed Ahmedna, associate professor of human environment and family
sciences, has been selected for the U.S. Agency for International Development
George Washington Carver Agricultural Excellence Award. The award recognizes
an agricultural scientist or researcher at a Minority Serving Institution whose work
has made a significant, positive impact on international agriculture. As this year’s Hoard Plater Smith Styles Williams
awardee, Ahmedna will receive an honorarium and a nickel medallion.
David W. Hoard, vice chancellor for development and university Development (NELD) program. Smith and the other 18 members
Solomon Bililign, professor and chair of the department of physics, was one of relations, was a panelist at the 2005 CASE (Council for of Class IX of NELD represent a cross-section of Extension geo-
Ahmedna Bililign 75 participants from around the world participating in the NATO Advanced Study Advancement and Support of Education) Summit for Senior graphic scope (from Washington to Florida) and organizational
Institute International School of Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy at the Ettre University System Executives that was held July 15-17 in Miami structure (county directors as well as state-level administrators and
Majorna Center for Scientific Culture in Erice, Sicily, June 6-21. Beach. His topic, “The Value of Speaking with One Voice,” subject matter specialists).
concentrated on the Focused Growth Initiative.
Cynthia Gillispie-Johnson, chair of the department of graphic communication sys- Former CBS and NPR producer Teresa Styles, chair of the
tems and technological studies in the School of Technology, has been named Print Michael A. Plater is a professor and dean of the College of Arts department of journalism and mass communication, presented a
and Graphics Scholarship Foundation 2005 Educator of the Year. The award recog- and sciences. Before his appointment at A&T, Plater was associate media management paper at a conference hosted by Jonkoping
nizes excellence in educational instruction, and candidates are nominated by students dean of the graduate school at Brown University. Prior to his International Business School, Jonkoping University, Sweden,
currently receiving a scholarship through PGSF. tenure at Brown, Plater served on the graduate faculty and as exec- Sept. 30-Oct. 1. The conference, “Challenges at the Top:
utive director of the Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Leadership in Media Organizations,” was sponsored by the Media
James J. Gooch has been named director of the Institute for Public Health at at the University of Florida. Plater has written two books and eight Management and Transformation Centre at Jonkoping, Europe’s
N.C. A&T. Gooch is a business consultant and a retired DuPont executive. His last articles for refereed publications. He has a Ph.D. in American premiere center for media business studies.
position was director of business and bio-electronics for DuPont iTechnologies in studies from the College of William and Mary, an M.B.A. from
Research Triangle Park, N.C. Gooch is an alumnus of A&T, and he has a master’s The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an Ereka Williams, elementary education undergraduate coordina-
and doctorate from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. A.B. in economics from Harvard College, Harvard University. He tor, along with teacher education candidate Hiawatha Smith
is an alumnus of The Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. and Junior Achievement program manager Aubree R. Martin,
Anthony Graham, assistant professor in the department of curriculum and instruc- presented at the 35th Annual North Carolina Council for Social
Graham Graves tion, co-presented a 10-hour institute titled “Journey to the PhD: How to Navigate Claudette Smith, family resource management specialist for Studies Conference. The paper, titled “Great Achievements:
the Process as African Americans” at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity The Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina A&T, was Preparing Candidates to Explore Economics in the Elementary
in New York City May 31-June 4. The purpose of the institute was to unpack the hid- part of a 19-member Extension contingent that made a leadership Classroom,” highlighted the service learning project that is a col-
den curriculum of the doctoral process for approximately 40 ethnic minority graduate development foray to New Zealand and American Samoa last laborative effort between Junior Achievement of the Piedmont
students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree. The other presenters were Carolyn spring. The trip was part of the National Extension Leadership and the Elementary Education Unit of the School of Education.
Hopp, Central Florida University; Wanda Costen, University of Nevada-Las Vegas,
and Anna Green and LeKita Scott Florida A&M University.
Joseph L. Graves Jr. is a professor and dean of the new Division of University
Studies. Graves most recently served as university core director and professor of bio- GETTING IT RIGHT!
logical sciences at Fairleigh Dickinson University. His extensive background includes
teaching and administrative appointments at the University of California-Irvine,
Arizona State University-West, Midwestern Osteopathic Medical College and Embry- In the spring 2005 edition of A&T Today, Michael Roberto, an assistant professor in the
Riddle Aeronautical University. In addition, Graves has authored nearly 50 book history department, was incorrectly identified as a 2005 Carnegie Scholar. Roberto was selected
reviews, articles, letters and peer reviewed publications. His books include The Race to receive a fellowship funded by the ExxonMobil Foundation to participate in the Council on
Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America and The Emperor’s New Clothes: International Educational Exchange (CIEE) 2005 International Faculty Development Seminar
Biological Theories of Race at the Millennium. He received his Ph.D., M.S. and A.B. in Belgium, June 5-13. He was awarded the fellowship for demonstrating a strong interest in and
degrees from Wayne State, University of Lowell and Oberlin, respectively. commitment to internationalizing N.C. A&T and its curriculum.
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PERSPECTIVE By Migael S. Penix
I n retrospect, my journey to and from Mexico
seems long and short.
The van left Guadalajara and headed to
Mexico City, where the eight of us lodged with a
When my exams were over and it was
time to say goodbye to my group of friends, I
nology that I was blown away by how differ-
ent two schools actually could be.
Hershey’s, BMW, Proctor & Gamble, and
Coca-Cola on a daily basis as I passed
As I reminisce about my five months there, I woman who was so poor that she could not afford experienced the same bittersweet feelings I This experience also came with a bitter- through the city. And when I returned home,
think about all of my accomplishments, and I am to feed us, nor could she afford electricity and hot felt when I left my family in North Carolina. sweet ending. I worked in this country’s Silicon Valley
amazed by all that has happened to me. water. It took only one evening with the group My new friends from Mexico and around the Upon returning to the States, I spent where I saw the same companies and the
Since my last column, I have had a fun-filled before I realized that I didn’t see eye to eye with world had become like family to me. The one week at home and then left for an intern- results of outsourcing. My experience abroad
spring vacation that began with eight people in a the people that were leading the expedition, so I only thing that made the departure easier was ship at Hewlett-Packard in California. has given me insight that I can share in the
seven-passenger van and ended with two friends left them and took a bus by myself through the my roommate who had a date that night, so I must admit that even in the United classroom during text-in-community discus-
from the university that I met up with along the mountains of Mexico into the jungles of Veracruz. he rushed everyone along and dropped me off States I have experienced culture shocks all sions.
journey. Unexpectedly, I met two friends from Tec at the airport. He later told me that he was over again. Things that made sense don’t any- I cannot express the importance of
de Monterrey, so we spent the rest of our spring not good at goodbyes and that was his way of more. I find myself questioning certain things, studying abroad. It will change your life forev-
break together. We only visited Mexican tourist coping. All of us plan to meet very soon in like how we (Americans) are not as affection- er. It has changed mine so much that I have
I cannot express the importance of studying abroad. It will change the future. ate as in other cultures. already looked into studying abroad another
spots — such as Catemaco and an island of
your life forever. It has changed mine so much that I have already monkeys — where no English was spoken. Instead of coming directly back to the Overall, I fully enjoyed my experience semester. I pray that my writings have
looked into studying abroad another semester. I pray that my writings After spring break I resumed my “volunteer” U.S., I attended a Teaching Fellows event in abroad, and I am so thankful to everyone who inspired and motivated others to seek similar
teaching job. The children were always well Puebla, Mexico, where I had the opportunity helped it become a dream come true. experiences.
have inspired and motivated others to seek similar experiences.
behaved; and if they had a problem with each to spend one week with a family and observe Already, I am seeing the benefits.
other, whatever I said was always accepted with- a private K-12 school. The family I stayed Our text-in-community this Migael S. Penix is a senior at
out argument. Sadly, my time as a teacher came with was great, and they graciously took me year — Thomas Friedman’s The World N.C. A&T State University and
to an abrupt halt when I caught conjunctivitis — in like a family member. Is Flat — explores the outsourcing of a N.C. Teaching Fellow. He
better known as pink eye — from one of the chil- The school was very different from the jobs in corporate America. I lived in spent the spring semester of his
dren. The doctor told me not to return to the school where I taught in Guadalajara. There the Silicon Valley of Mexico, and I junior year at Tec de Monterrey
school because of the outbreak. were so many classrooms and advanced tech- saw companies like HP, Kodak, near Guadalajara, Mexico.
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A&T Teaching Fellow Migael Penix with students in Mexico.
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AGGIESPORTS By Brian Holloway
SPORTS MEDICINE ROOM DEDICATED TO “MR. B”
Thomas Bynum served 30 years as athletic trainer at A&T
host of school adminis- “He would get here at 5 a.m., and
A trators, faculty, staff,
alumni and friends attended
wouldn’t leave until 10 p.m. He took
care of 14 sports by himself. He was a
BRUCE EARNS ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
Senior has great finishes to his career the Sept. 9 dedication of the dedicated man.”
Thomas “Mr. B” Sports Bynum has received national
Medicine Room that was recognition for his 30-year career as
In spring 2005, Everett Bruce ’05 made a great
named after longtime athletic athletic trainer, which began in 1969.
case for the N.C. A&T men’s track and field team
trainer Thomas Bynum in a He has toured with several United
having one of the best triple jump tandems in the
ceremony at Corbett Sports States amateur teams in various coun-
Center. tries, including Europe and China. He
Bruce earned All-American status by the
“In light of the growth also served as a trainer for the 1984
NCAA for his strong finish in the triple jump
that the University has experi- Athletics director Dee Todd applauds as Chancellor James C. Renick (right) Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
event in which he finished fourth at the East
enced recently, we must recog- presents keepsake to Thomas “Mr. B” Bynum.The University’s sports medi- “I’ve always said this, but I’m just
Regional in New York and ninth at the National
nize the contributions of those cine room was named in honor of the retired athletic trainer. happy to be here,” said Bynum. “N.C.
Championship Meet in Sacramento, Calif. He fin-
who have meant so much for A&T gave me a chance, and later, a
ished behind two foreigners at the national event,
such a long period of time,” said Chancellor James C. Renick, who second chance when no one else did. There is a ‘can do’ spirit here,
having the seventh best showing among American
gave opening remarks at the event. “(Bynum) is responsible for and the training I received here was insurmountable. I thank all of
some of the benefits that the athletics department enjoys.” those who supported me through the years and the student-athletes,
Bruce is the sixth men’s All-American under
“I’m delighted that ‘Mr. B’ is receiving this honor,” said for they gave me inspiration.”
24-year head coach Roy “Spaceman” Thompson
Athletics Director DeLores Todd. “Many of us feel that he has The room, which is located on the lower level of the gymnasi-
and the eighth overall.
deserved it for many years. Bynum is highly respected not only by um, has been in use since the building opened in 1981. It now dons
“The one thing I admire the most about
his peers, but in the community as well. He loved N.C. A&T and a plaque that reads Thomas “Mr. B” Bynum. Thanks in part to
Everett is that he is a true student of the game,’’
dedicated his life to the growth of student-athletes.” Bynum’s hard work and love for making sure student-athletes and
Thompson said. “I love the way he carries himself
Legendary A&T men’s basketball coach Don Corbett gave his student trainers excelled, N.C. A&T now has three trainers on
on and off the track, I love the way he composes
remarks at the occasion. staff and two training rooms: one at the Bryan Fitness and Wellness
himself before meets, I love the way he goes
“Mr. B never had a door closed in the 25 years that I worked Center and the newly named Thomas “Mr. B” Bynum Sports
about his routine in warm-ups and I love the way
with him. He endured several eras in N.C. A&T sports history. He Medicine Room.
he competes.We need more athletes to mimic
touched many lives, even those who are here on staff now.
what he does.”
What Bruce has done is make himself one
of the best leapers in the country.When he
arrived at N.C. A&T, he was jumping close to 47
feet. As his career comes to an end, his best jump
AGGIES, RAMS RENEW RIVALRY TEAMS
at Nationals was nearly 52 and one-half feet. TO PLAY FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1999
“He’s made tremendous strides since he’s
North Carolina A&T and Winston-Salem State will renew their
been here,’’ Thompson said. “He wanted to get
football rivalry on Sept. 2, 2006, when the Rams travel to Aggie
better and he did.”
Stadium for next season’s opener. A formal announcement was
Bruce becomes the first Aggie under
made Oct. 5 at a press conference in the Bryan Fitness and
Thompson to earn All-American status in an
Wellness Center Multipurpose Room.
outdoor field event. Sheron White earned
The teams have met 42 times over a span of 60 years, with
All-American honors in indoor long jump.
the Aggies holding a 33-9 edge in the series. Six seasons have
The other Aggie All-Americans were Tim Walls,
passed since the last time the teams met, when the Aggies took a alum. “For many years, this game was a staple on our schedule,
Gerald Wright, Titus Hagood and Montay Wilds
20-7 victory en route to the MEAC Championship. and with WSSU joining the MEAC, the teams will play again.”
— the 2001 400-meter relay team.
“It is time we bring back a rival that has meant so much to Before the series ended in 1999, the Aggies and the Rams
this community,” said Aggie athletics director Dee Todd, a WSSU played each other 23 straight times from 1977 until 1999.
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S C H O L A R LY
By Scott Simkins, Ph.D.
aren Hornsby, assistant professor of
philosophy in the department of
students’ ethical understanding and
fostering lifelong ethical reasoning skills.
Associate professor Dwayne Brown (right) uses software
donated by Analytical Graphics Inc. to assist graduate
student Dion Stallings with coursework.
history and interim director of the liberal Hornsby explained that as she worked
studies program, is a Carnegie Scholar for with the senior scholars and cohorts
academic year 2005-2006. She is the first
member of the North Carolina A&T
during the first Carnegie residency, she
began to realize that before she could
faculty to receive this honor. evaluate the effectiveness of particular By Millicent Rothrock
Karen L. Hornsby,
The Carnegie Scholars Program classroom pedagogies in developing moral Ph.D. our years ago, Dewayne Brown, an associate professor in the “We are delighted that North Carolina A&T State
brings together outstanding faculty from
around the world committed to investigat-
reasoning skills, she needed to be able to
identify progressive stages of moral under-
F electronics and computer technology department, spent the
summer at the NASA Kennedy Space Center conducting
University has been a part of AGI’s Educational Alliance
Program for the past three years,” says Friede Borst, AGI
ing and documenting significant teaching standing.
research. As part of his study, Brown imported rocket data Partner Program coordinator. “The efforts of our 140 partners
and learning issues in their respective “My project thus transitioned into
using software that displayed rocket orbits in second and third worldwide are igniting a passion for science and technology in
fields. Carnegie Scholars work on campus- a ‘what is’ type of question and will inves-
dimensions. students of all ages, which we believe is extremely important
based scholarly investigations of teaching tigate what deep ethical understanding
Impressed with the Satellite Tool Kit software he used, today and for future generations.”
and learning issues, contributing to the looks like and how the progression of this
Brown contacted the software’s developer, Analytical Graphics Over the years, more than 500 A&T students have used
thought and practice of scholarly teaching. aptitude can be measured.”
Inc., to inquire about purchasing it to use in his classroom at the software to create and execute scenarios in two and three
Carnegie Scholars work with the As a philosopher teaching introduc-
A&T. dimensions. Students also use the software’s Global Positioning
Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of tory courses, Hornsby said that she wants
The software developer’s response led to a unique Satellite coverage for navigation, using the GPS receiver to
Teaching and Learning (CASTL) for a to be able to identify stages of ethical
collaboration between the University and AGI that benefits help visualize ground and orbital tracks of space-, air-, land-
full year, participating in two extended
both parties. and sea-based vehicles, also in two and three dimension.
summer residencies and one winter Carnegie Scholar Karen Hornsby wants to better understand the ways that “AGI told me that they can donate the software to In addition, students use the software to calculate and
residency. This year’s cohort of 21 her students think about ethical issues, how her course activities can help universities for free if the universities form an Educational visualize a satellite’s position and altitude. They can also
Scholars will be in residence at the students develop deeper and more reflective ethical thought processes, and Alliance Partnership with AGI,” Brown explained. And determine a satellite’s acquisition times and analyze the
Carnegie Foundation in Stanford, Calif.,
June 16-27, 2005, and Jan. 12-15 and
how she can use those activities to make student learning visible. that’s exactly what A&T did. satellite’s field of view.
During the three-year alliance, AGI has donated software “The students love it because of the graphical displays,”
June 17-26, 2006. reasoning development and to know Her research findings are likely to have
totaling $9,886,125 to A&T. This year alone, the company Brown says. “It gives them hands-on experience and a visual
The topic of Hornsby’s project is when students are progressing in their significant implications for teaching and
donated 40 software licenses valued at $3.3 million. idea of how the GPS and satellites work. It makes it easier
Developing and Assessing Ethical ethical understanding. learning of ethical reasoning across a
In return, A&T students get valuable experience using for them to grasp concepts that we teach in class.”
Reasoning Processes. Initially, she “I will investigate how focused writ- broad variety of institutions and disci-
the state-of-the-art software and report back to AGI about Useful experience with the software also helps at
conceived the project as something Pat ing assignments and collaborative exercis- plines.
their experiences with the software. The feedback helps AGI graduation time. Many graduates get jobs working with
Hutchings characterizes as a “what works” es can be used to assess the development Last year, Hornsby was active in the
find better ways to use and refine its product. Global Positioning Systems, and, thanks to STK, they have
type of question. (Hutchings, vice presi- of students’ ethical reasoning processes.” development of new interdisciplinary
STK is a hands-on training software designed to provide already been exposed to the GPS environment
dent of The Carnegie Foundation for the Hornsby said that she wants to better courses for the new University Studies
the skills necessary to perform basic aerospace analysis. It allows “The fact that the software makes it easier to understand
Advancement of Teaching, works closely understand the ways that her students program. She hopes to use her Carnegie
students and instructors to create dynamic, 3-D scenarios of com- how wireless applications work for man is what I value most
with a wide range of programs and think about ethical issues, how her course Scholars experience to promote continu-
plex space-related topics and solve real space analysis problems. about the program,” says Brown, the School of Technology’s
research initiatives including CASTL.) activities can help students develop deep- ing interdisciplinary connections in the
A&T uses the software in three courses: Communication 2005 Teacher of the Year. “It also makes it easier for students to
The original focus of Hornsby’s proj- er and more reflective ethical thought area of ethical reasoning, one of four key
Systems (ECT350), Wireless EEO Location Systems (ITT665) understand the concepts involved; and when you understand
ect was on classroom pedagogies that are processes, and how she can use those knowledge areas underlying the
and Satellite and Personal Communication Systems (ITT660). concepts, you can remember them for the rest of your life.”
effective at advancing the development of activities to make student learning visible. University Studies program.
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The program begins with training in the language and culture of And he should know; he was the first A&T student to spend a
the host country. Despite their immersion in another language, students semester in Brazil under this program. Joyner came away rich in experi-
quickly discover that there are serious challenges in understanding not ence and life lessons. He enjoyed his time abroad so much that he now
only their course work, but the everyday language spoken by natives. helps other students achieve their goal of studying in a foreign land.
American students find the challenge particularly daunting: they “The classes tested your wits,” says Joyner, who studied at UFRJ.
must learn Portuguese, a language not often taught in American “You have to be very clever to get by in class. At the end, everyone
schools. has to give a presentation, but it all works out fine.”
“I took Portuguese for two months and that helped a lot,” Joyner learned more than just Portuguese. He says he learned
explains A&T student Troy Aikins, 22, who studied at Universidade what it means to be an American.
Gustavo Calazans de Cerqueira, Daniel Mendes Franco,
Federal Juiz de Fora in 2005. “Plus, they housed us with Brazilian stu- “You learn a lot about America’s self-image and the self-image of
Lucas da Costa (seated) and Filipe Rocha Furtado are
dents. However, most of the teachers spoke English, so if I didn’t African Americans,” he says. “You learn where we are and where we
students from Brazil studying at A&T this fall.
understand something, they could explain to me.” came from.
Aikins, a senior studying industrial engineering, took the same “In Brazil, the culture is more integrated and racially mixed,”
classes in Brazil that he would have taken at A&T, including Systems Joyner explains. “There are influences from West Africa, Portugal,
Integration, Production Control and Ergonomics. Italy and Japan, and that’s all part of their self-image. Here, it’s not
“Communication was challenging, but after a while, when I exactly the same. Their number one identity is their nationality and
caught on, it made a big difference. I started to network more and here in the U.S., our number one identity is ethnicity.”
used the resources around me,” Aikins says, adding that his time In Brazil, prejudice is based more on economics than race, Joyner
abroad helped him become more independent and had an unexpected says, adding that he witnessed extreme poverty in Brazil.
affect on his current studies. So did Aikins.
“Living and studying in another country takes you away from “You could walk the streets of a big city and see a mother with
your comfort zone,” the Durham native explains. “You spend a lot of seven children and all of them would pull on your hands begging for
time by yourself, either studying or exploring the city. I became more money,” Aikins said. “It makes you appreciate what we have here.
focused on my work. I had to study harder because of the language And we take it for granted.”
Industrial Engineering majors Rikki Vinson,Troy Aikins A&T senior Troy Aikins (right) and his brother Eric ’02 Rikki Vinson (front center) bonds with Brazilian problem.” And what of Brazilian students studying at A&T? They return
and Jennifer Crosby on the steps of a Catholic church pose in front of “The Christ of Corcovado” in Rio de classmates. Aikins’ newfound study ethic has carried over to his current having learned similar lessons as their American counterparts.
in Juiz de Fora, Brazil. The A&T students spent the Janeiro. work load. “Here in America, everything is different,” says Daniel Franco, 21,
2005 spring semester in Brazil under the American-
“Since I’ve returned home, I have focused on the books more a mechanical engineering major at UFRJ who is one of four Brazilian
Brazilian Engineering Exchange Program.
and my midterms are looking a lot better,” he says with a smile. students spending this fall in the College of Engineering at A&T. “The
Rikki Vinson is one of two women industrial engineering students culture is different, the weather is different and the language is differ-
Trading Places By Millicent Rothrock
who spent the 2005 spring semester in Brazil under this program.
“My participation in this program enabled me to grow personally,
ent. An experience like this helps you be more open-minded and
adaptable toward people and situations that are different.”
to be seriously challenged academically, to be culturally enriched, to And it doesn’t look bad on his resume, either.
Engineering students FROM A&T and two Brazilian universities
greatly appreciate the work I previously accomplished at A&T, and to “Brazil has a lot of international companies,” Franco says.
learn lessons about life and academics at home and abroad. have a great deal of fun along with a lot of hard work,” Vinson says. “People like to hire employees who know how America works. This
Some of the challenges the students face occur when they dis- will make it easier for me to get a job.”
ncountering the intricacies of the Toyota production system for the first time as an undergrad-
E uate engineering student is hard enough. Now, imagine the encounter happening in a country
thousands of miles from your homeland, where different technical and social cultures exist, in a
cover that while many of the individual engineering topics they study
in their native country carry over to their host country, other con-
Students who have participated in the exchange program may
come from different backgrounds and cultures, but they agree on one
cepts are particular only to the new country, says Sanjiv Sarin, associ- thing: they will recommend the program to others.
very foreign language! ate dean of engineering at N.C. A&T and the principal investigator In spite of their substantial course loads during their semester
Sound both difficult and challenging? Then you are just beginning to grasp the richness and of a FIPSE grant from the U.S. Department of Education that helped abroad, both American and Brazilian students took time to enjoy
complexity of the American-Brazilian Engineering Exchange Program. establish the program. themselves in their host country, traveling and mingling with other
Since 2003, students from North Carolina A&T State University and N.C. State University For example, American students in Brazil quickly relate to exam- young people.
have participated in the program, along with students from two Brazilian universities: ples using practices and procedures of Wal-Mart and other American “The students will likely view these youthful experiences with
Universidade Federal Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and Universidade Federal Juiz de Fora (UFJF). firms; however, it is not long before they encounter nationally devel- even more respect and appreciation as they mature and grow in their
The objectives of the program are to enable the universities involved to promote an interna- oped concepts and standards that are employed only in Brazil. personal and professional lives,” Sarin says. “The ability to adapt and
tional exchange of engineering students, to enhance the foreign language skills and ability of Understanding such differences, along with conquering the met- thrive in such a different environment than their typical home life
students to understand different social and technical cultures and to enable students to work in ric system used in Brazil, is challenging, but worth the effort, says Jeff affords surely will give all of the students renewed confidence in
multi-national engineering design teams. Joyner, A&T’s study abroad coordinator. themselves and in their profession as the future unfolds.”
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JOURNALISM AND MASS COMM
PROGRAM RECEIVES ACCREDITATION
OUT OF 460 JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION PROGRAMS IN
THE COUNTRY, THERE ARE ONLY 107 ACCREDITED PROGRAMS AND ONE
INTERNATIONALLY ACCREDITED PROGRAM IN CHILE. By Darlene F. East ’04
D uring their annual meeting in Portland, Ore., May 6-7, 2005,
the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass
Communications (ACEJMC) voted unanimously to accredit the
Renick demonstrated his pride by sending a formal
announcement to A&T’s corporate partners and approximately
1,800 members and associates of the American Council of
(public relations) program was a good fit.
“The faculty, Dr. Styles included, down to the secretary,
Miss Mary, make me feel at home and it is a place where I can
department of journalism and mass communication at N.C. Education (ACE). ACE serves as the voice for higher education excel,” he said.
A&T State University. as a consensus leader and advocate on An accredited program is also important to recruiting, the
A&T’s accreditation came key issues in higher education. ability to offer scholarships, internships and compete in activities
with two distinctions: (1) it is the Public relations graduate Brooks that are not available to non-accredited programs.
second school in North Carolina Newkirk ’03 is proud of the depart- Lea E. Williams, interim associate vice chancellor for aca-
(UNC-Chapel Hill is the first) ment’s achievement also. demic affairs, responding on behalf of Provost Carolyn W.
with a journalism and mass com- “I think the accreditation speaks Meyers, agrees. Williams said, “This landmark accomplishment
munication program accredited by volumes about the knowledge of the gives A&T a strategic advantage in recruiting students with an
ACEJMC, and (2) it is the first staff and the thoroughness of the pro- interest in this hugely popular career field. Now, students in
historically black university in the gram,” said Newkirk, who works as a North Carolina and across the country, seeking a fully accredited
state with an accredited J-school. writer for the Charlotte Area Transit journalism program, can enroll here knowing that our program Brooks Newkirk ’03 has a
Teresa Styles, department System. “The faculty instilled in me the meets the high standards of the Accrediting Council.” B.S. in public relations from
chair, attributes their success to knowledge and skills to achieve great- Although Styles said she breathed a sigh of relief when it N.C. A&T. She currently works
the support of the University’s ness.” was announced that the department had been fully accredited as a writer in the marketing
administration, faculty, staff and Not only does the institution (it received a provisional in 2004), she also acknowledged that and communications depart-
students. The process is very long benefit from this process but the public, the “real” hard work has just begun. ment at the Charlotte Area
and arduous, “It involves a lot of the government, students, prospective A&T’s next visit will be during the 2009-2010 academic Transit System.
work,” said Styles, “but we did Teresa Styles, professor students and parents. Media and mass year. Renick and Styles are making provisions to insure the
what we needed to do in order to and chairman of the communications practitioners seeking department’s re-accreditation. New hires must have stronger cre-
gain accreditation.” department of journalism to hire entry-level and experienced dentials, especially in journalistic research, and “the curriculum
The accreditation process and mass communication professionals who graduated from and other activities of the department must meet the needs of
can cover a period of 3-5 years. accredited programs benefit as well. the changing times,” said Styles.
A&T began the process in 2001 Randall Ellington, a sophomore
and doing what needed to be done public relations major who knew the
meant requesting a pre-site assessment by Suzanne Shaw, execu- program was respected prior to accreditation, learned firsthand
To be accredited,
tive director of the Accrediting Council. Shaw travels through- what it means to attend a school with a respected program that is
out the country preparing colleges and universities to meet recognized by ACEJMC.
a university must participate in three major activities.
ACEJMC’s 12 standards (now nine). What started out as an opportunity for seasonal employment 1) THE INSTITUTION VOLUNTARILY 2) THEY ARE JUDGED BY AN 3) THE FULL ACCREDITING COUNCIL
Currently, there are 107 professional journalism and mass at Best Buy is now a permanent part-time job.
PREPARES A RIGOROUS SELF INDEPENDENT EVALUATION OF DECIDES ON THE INSTITUTION’S
communications programs in colleges and universities in the “When the gentleman that interviewed me heard that I was
ASSESSMENT OF THE PROGRAMS THEIR PEERS COMPRISED OF ACCREDITATION STATUS USING
United States that have been accredited by ACEJMC and in the public relations field, he was very much inclined to talk
THAT IT OFFERS FOR PUBLIC EDUCATORS AND PRACTITIONERS THE SET OF EXPECTATIONS IT
one university outside the country. with me and offered me a job beyond the holidays,” Ellington
“I think that it is wonderful that the hard work of the said. “Even though it did not start out as the major reason for the ACCOUNTABILITY AND IMPROVE- THAT INCLUDES A RECOMMEN- HAS ESTABLISHED.
faculty and staff has been recognized by this committee,” said interview, it did have an impact on the final outcome. MENT OF ACADEMIC QUALITY. DATION TO THE ACCREDITING
A&T Chancellor James C. Renick. “It is very good for a “One of the main reasons I changed majors,” said the former COUNCIL.
university that has a quality program to have a third party marketing major, “was because marketing was more product
validation of its curriculum.” oriented and I love working with people and felt like the
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ONE for ALL SGA PRESIDENT JUSTIN RAMEY IS A MAN FOR THE PEOPLE
By Nettie Collins Rowland ’72/’95 MS
C onverse with A&T’s Student
Government Association president
Justin Ramey for a few minutes, and you
president of the honor society, captain of
the wrestling team and drum major for the
marching band. He is a former trumpeter
“I had a lot of quiet time on my
hands, and I had time to put things in
perspective and become more in tuned with
task by forming a “Street Team” and gather-
ing the names within a week.
Ramey’s next step was developing his
immediately recognize the deep compassion for the Blue and Gold Marching Machine. my spirituality.” platform. He called it T.O.T.A.L (The Only
he has for his classmates and others. Under Playing in the band was fun but too A minister’s son, Ramey yearned to True Aggie Life) Involvement.
his helm this year, the SGA will focus on demanding for the Henderson, N.C. native. learn more about himself and his heritage. To enhance the election process, Ramey
issues that the students themselves have “When you are in the band, it’s your The 22-year-old immersed himself in the needed to hear the voices of his constituents;
determined to be significant. life,” he said. “I wanted to experience other works of the great historian and author so he designed a survey that asked for input
Since his freshman year, the senior aspects of college life.” Carter G. Woodson, founder of Black from his peers. Along with the Street Team
electrical engineering major has been He quit after his sophomore year and History Month. He was intrigued so much by he distributed 500 surveys to students
very concerned about the lack of student later joined Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, where Woodson’s ideologies that he later developed throughout the campus asking the pros and
involvement with the SGA election process. he served as vice basileus for a year. his political platform based on Woodson’s cons of the last campaign and what they
“It is impossible for one person to Justin’s professors took note of his lead- writings. wanted the focus on this year.
decide the needs and directions of 10,000 ership abilities in the classroom. After a great deal of soul searching, “I was amazed at the students’ reac-
people,” he explains. “But typically, that’s “On group projects, Justin was a good Ramey had an epiphany. tions,” Ramey said. “They talked freely with
what happens. The SGA president runs a group leader as well as follower,” said A&T “I realized that I feared success more me. You will be surprised of how people want
campaign based on his or her vision, not the professor Eric Cheek, who now serves as the than failure,” he said. “But, I also came to you to listen and understand what the chal-
students’ vision.” interim director of summer sessions outreach the realization that an individual could do lenges are that they face everyday.”
Ramey remembers vividly the day that and assistant vice chancellor for academic nothing and still fail.” The survey indicated that the students’
he first considered seeking the office. affairs. “He was particularly strong at keeping This revelation changed Ramey’s top concerns are financial aid, housing and
“It was May 25, 2004, a couple of weeks the group on task.” outlook on life. He now believes that “an weekend activities, which Ramey will focus
after the SGA election. I was sitting on my Ramey realized that if he decided to individual who has knowledge, perseverance on this academic year.
plot (Omega Psi Phi) with my frat brother plunge into politics, he would face numerous and spirituality can achieve anything.” “Justin is an awesome leader,” says
Melvin Heggie when an inner-voice told me challenges. The first challenge would be to Armed with a new conviction, in Megan Brooks, SGA vice president for exter-
that something had to be done for A&T stu- get acquainted with new students during the November 2004 Ramey made the decision to nal affairs. “He is a young leader with a sea-
dents — and that there was a bigger picture fall semester. This was going to be difficult run for office. His parents Willie III and Betty soned mentality. He represents our university
when it comes to the SGA.” because he had accepted a co-op in Jones Ramey and his older brother Willie IV very well in appearance, articulation and
Ramey talked with Heggie, who would Kentucky with Toyota Manufacturing as a ’96 were supportive of his decision, assisting pride.
later become his campaign manager, about production engineer, and he wouldn’t be him in mailing his campaign materials. “Winning this election was not by
the position. Heggie said, “Go for it,” and returning to A&T until the spring semester. Cheek wasn’t surprised when he heard chance,” Ramey concluded. “I prayed this
agreed to help. Ramey later received encour- This proved not to be a problem after Justin was seeking the presidency. “Justin together. I am not here because of my own
agement from other frat brothers and friends. all because his fraternity brothers stepped up always seemed to have bigger things on his merits, but because there is a purpose to be
However, making the pivotal decision to run to the plate. mind when he was my student,” he said. served through me.”
would come later. This was something he “We got to know as many students as “His ambitions were definitely beyond the Ramey plans to graduate in May 2006.
needed to ponder over and not be hasty. we could,” said Heggie. “We told them about standard course of study.” He wants to pursue a M.B.A. and a law
Ramey was confident that he had the Ramey and his beliefs. We also educated our- Because of his lack of SGA executive degree.
essential skills for the job. Rightfully so, he selves on the SGA and school issues.” board experience, Ramey was required to
had held several leadership positions. In high Spending time in Kentucky was benefi- secure 2000 signatures. Again, his frat broth-
school (Warren County, N.C.), Ramey was cial for Ramey. ers played a major role in completing the
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By Nettie Collins Rowland ’72/’95 MS
She recalls the day she visited a client hasn’t always succeeded. In high school she high school students. In addition, a “Black
I magine starting your own company at the
ripe age of nine and becoming CEO at 10.
Hard to imagine?
whose little girl had leukemia. The child, who
had lost most of her hair, appeared to be sad
was nominated for the homecoming court in
her freshman and senior years, and she lost
Shadow Day” will be held for high school stu-
dents to shadow college students.
It wasn’t so hard for Anisah Rasheed, when Rasheed entered her room but she both times. As campus queen, Rasheed has been
Miss North Carolina A&T State University perked up and became very excited when the Rasheed was elected Miss Freshman, and featured in newspapers across the country,
2005-2006. Just ask her mother, Valerie colorful clown appeared. by her second semester she decided to run for she has received letters of commendation
Rasheed Dale, who enjoys sharing her daugh- “That experience changed my life,” Miss A&T. from Greensboro Mayor Keith A. Holliday,
ter’s accomplishments. Rasheed said. “I saw my purpose at that Rasheed is believed to be the first Muslim North Carolina Governor Mike Easley,
“At age nine, Anisah and her sisters moment. I knew I wanted to do something for to reign as Miss A&T. United States Senator George Allen and
Ameenah and Syiisha started Sister Clowns, children.” “I am not sure that I am the first Muslim, Commonwealth of Virginia House of
an entertainment company,” Dale said. “She The entertainment business has brought but I am the first to wear the Islamic head Delegates (Richmond) Onzlee Ware. She has
took it over at age 10.” a wealth of notoriety to the 1999-2000 Small dress,” she said. even received a congratulatory note from
Dale explains that her daughter’s innova- Business Kidpreneur award winner. She has Rasheed points out that it’s not impor- Tom Joyner, host of the leading nationally
tive entrepreneurship started even earlier been featured in Y&E, The Magazine for Teen tant how a student dresses, what they look like syndicated morning radio show.
than nine. Entrepreneurs (Jan./Feb. 2001), Black Enterprise or their religion preference when it comes to A big surprise came for Rasheed when
“Anisah has always been industrious and Magazine (1999), Working Woman Magazine serving the university. the mayor of Roanoke delivered a proclama-
found ways to earn money,” she said. “When (Dec./Jan. 2001), Essence Magazine (May “What matters is what they stand for and tion declaring the day of her coronation —
she was eight, she sold hot dogs, oranges and 2002) and Black Enterprise Teen Entrepreneur what they can do for the institution,” she said. Oct. 13 — Anisah Rasheed Day.
juice at a community carnival and earned $80.” Magazine (1998 (cover), 1999, 2002, 2003). Most A&T students have the utmost Rasheed, who will graduate from A&T
The young entrepreneur was Rasheed’s fame doesn’t end with respect for their queen. at the end of her third year, has found time to
recognized in the 2003 Essence book, 50 of the magazine articles. She has been interviewed by “We don’t see Anisah as a be active in the Virginia Aggie Club,
Most Inspiring African-Americans, along with CBS personality Al Roker, and she has Muslim,” said Arnita Floyd- Verge Modeling Troop, Ladies of
Oprah Winfrey, Colin Powell, Maya Angelou, appeared on “The Ananda Lewis Show,” “BET Moody, vice president of Excellence and Student in Free Enterprise
Michael Jordan and Halle Berry. Today, Sister Nightly News” and John Walsh’s show on internal affairs for the N.C. (Miss SIFE). She has served as a
Clowns continues to provide entertainment for exceptional teen entrepreneurs. In addition, A&T Student Government Campus Life Mentor and as a human
children’s birthday parties and other special she has been a keynote speaker for Black Association. “We see her as our resources assistant for Student
occasions. Known as “Happy the Clown,” Enterprise Magazine and the Kellogg School of queen. We see her pure heart and Technology.
Rasheed has shared her character with the Management Black Management soul, and we see her service and This entrepreneur spirited
Anisah Rasheed radiates Aggie family and community on several Association’s 16th Annual Conference. pride for A&T.” individual has found her
poise during the 2005 occasions. Clowning is not Rasheed’s only talent. In Rasheed is utilizing her niche in helping the less
Homecoming Parade. “We can always count on Anisah to high school, she was a super athlete, playing shrewd business acumen even in fortunate. Her ultimate
participate in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. basketball, volleyball, softball and varsity her role as Miss A&T. She is enhancing goal is to establish a
community service day programming and formal cheerleading all in the same year. Rasheed also the Aggie Enterprise Series, a program children’s hospital that
commemorative services,” said Ebony Ramsey, was named Best All Around Student (2002), that brings speakers to campus to talk will provide clown enter-
assistant director of orientation and first-year and she received the Roanoke City Public about entrepreneurship, free enterprise tainment for terminally
experience at A&T. Rasheed has a tender spot Schools Certificate of Recognition for and minorities in corporate America. ill children as well as
for young children, especially the terminally ill. Excellence (1999-2000), Southern Christian During her freshman year, she was invited house their families. She
She has discovered that clowning can bring out Leadership Council Martin Luther King Jr. to speak at the conference — the first currently is writing a
the best in them. Youth Leadership Award (2003), YMCA for a student. how-to book for children
“Laughter is the best medicine,” said the Woman of the Year-Teen Category (1989-99) Rasheed soon will unveil her “I while working on fran-
20-year-old senior marketing major from and NAACP Youth Image Award (1999). Can Conquer, Too” program that is chising her entertain-
Roanoke, Va. Now when it comes to pageants, Rasheed designed for elementary, middle and ment business.
Rasheed as Happy the Clown
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RESEARCH PEOPLE BEHIND the
LI RECEIVES RESEARCH ENHANCEMENT AWARD
By Bryan Campbell
N orth Carolina A&T State University faculty
member Yaohang Li is one of 26 recipients of Oak
Ridge Associated Universities’ (ORAU) Ralph E. Powe
THE TIDWELL FAMILY
Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards for the 2005-2006 WHY WE ESTABLISHED AN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP AT A&T
The grants of $5,000 each are intended to provide
“seed money” that will allow these faculty members, each of engineering. They moved to the New
whom are in the first two years of a tenure track, to enhance York City area, where Ponce began a
their research during the early stages of their careers. Each successful career in construction manage-
recipient’s institution matches the ORAU award with an ment and structural design. Marva enjoyed
additional $5,000, making the total prize worth $10,000 for a long career as a social worker for the
each winner. Passaic County Board of Social Services
The awards recognize work in five science and technolo- in Patterson, N.J. Both are retired now,
gy disciplines: engineering or applied science; life sciences; but Ponce still works part-time as a
mathematics and computer science; physical sciences; and consultant.
policy, management, or education. Winning faculty members The couple’s oldest child, Stephanie,
may use the grants to purchase equipment, continue their graduated from A&T with a degree in eco-
research or travel to professional meetings and conferences. nomics in 1987. A former Miss A&T and
Li won the grant in the category of mathematics and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,
computer science for his research project titled “Advanced she has earned two master’s degrees from
Ponce De Leon and Marva Tidwell with their daughter Stephanie at an alumni event
Global Optimization Approaches for High-Resolution Montclair State University in New Jersey
Protein Structure Modeling.”
In the 15 years since the program began, ORAU has F or Ponce De Leon Tidwell Sr., his wife and children,
education is a family thing. All four Tidwells are
A&T graduates, and together they established a family
— the first in economics and the second in art and teach-
ing mathematics. After working in the mortgage and
finance industry for 16 years, she now teaches math to
awarded 283 grants totaling more than $1.4 million.
Including the matching funds from member scholarship in the early 1990s. seventh — and eighth-graders.
institutions, ORAU has facilitated grants “We just felt that we wanted to give back to the Her brother Ponce Jr. graduated from A&T in 1991
worth more than $2.8 million. school because we have had successful careers and we felt with a degree in business administration. While at the
YAOHANG LI IS ONE OF 26 RECIPIENTS OF
Ralph E. Powe, for whom the awards are it was nothing more than right to try to reach back and university, he served as student body president his senior
OAK RIDGE ASSOCIATED UNIVERSITIES’ help someone else have a successful career and achieve year and was a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
named, served as the ORAU councilor from
2005-06 RALPH E. POWE JUNIOR FACULTY Mississippi State University for 16 years, par- some good things in life,” explains Ponce Sr. After graduation, Ponce Jr. studied law at Howard
ENHANCEMENT AWARD ticipating in numerous committees and special “Also, we wanted to make sure the students who University in Washington, D.C., and is currently a corpo-
projects during his tenure. His fellow coun- were coming through got a good understanding about rate lawyer with Eli Lilly and Co. His wife, Regina, is a
cilors elected him as chair of ORAU’s Council what the alumni are all about. And what we are all about trial attorney, and they have two children, Kendal and
of Sponsoring Institutions prior to his death in 1996. is helping each other have a good life and have success Ponce III.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) is a univer- and make a good contribution to society.” The Tidwell family hopes their scholarship will help
sity consortium leveraging the scientific strength of 91 major Ponce Sr. met his future wife, the former Marva the recipients appreciate education as much as they do.
research institutions to advance science and education by Whitley, at A&T in the early 1960s, an exciting time at “We wanted to give back and show how much we
partnering with national laboratories, government agencies the university. Both Ponce and Marva participated in appreciate the education that we received and the guid-
and private industry. ORAU manages the Oak Ridge the historic sit-ins at the F.W. Woolworth Co. store in ance and the mentoring that steered us in the right direc-
Institute for Science and Education for the U.S. Department downtown Greensboro. tion to help us with what accomplishments we did make,”
of Energy. In 1961, the coupled married. The next year, Marva Tidwell says. “Even to this day, we feel like we
Marva graduated with a degree in applied sociology. stand on the shoulders of those who taught us, as well as
Ponce followed a year later with a degree in architectural the foundation of A&T State University.”
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ALUMNI NEWS PROFILE
MCCANN SCHOLAR DWIGHT DAVIS USES AWARD TO HELP NEW STUDENTS By Millicent Rothrock
J ust like thousands of graduates, cardiolo-
gist Dwight Davis, M.D. ’70 remembers
Dwight and Lorna Davis Endowed
ular and rewarding career. Graduating in
1970, he spent a year in Rochester, N.Y., as
2000. In 2000 and 2001, he was awarded
the Distinguished Professor Award.
studying hard at A&T. He also had to The scholarship will provide recogni- a research assistant in cardiovascular physi-
Davis and his wife Lorna have a 12-
work just as hard to make ends meet. tion and financial assistance to outstanding ology and then entered medical school in
year-old son, Nathan.
Davis’ parents could not afford to college applicants with unique back- the fall of 1971. He earned his medical
“I owe my career to A&T and it is
send him to college, so it was up to him to grounds and talents that will enhance the degree from the University of Rochester
nice being able to give back,” he said. “I
finance his education through a work-study diversity of the student population at School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1975.
would have to say that practically all that I
program and a variety of odd jobs. A&T. After a three-year residency in Boston
have and all that I am able to do with my
“My formal job was working in the “The cash award I received from the and a three-year fellowship in cardiology at
Dwight Davis ’70 (right) chats life, which is very rewarding, was made
infirmary,” he remembers. “But I had lots Joy McCann Foundation provided me and Duke University Medical Center in
with physics department chair- possible by the fact that I was able to get
of other part-time jobs. I worked for my wife with an opportunity to create Durham, N.C., he accepted a faculty
man Solomon Bililign during a an outstanding education at an institution
Manpower and McDonald’s and mowed something at A&T that we thought would appointment as assistant professor of medi-
recent visit to campus. that was very concerned about preparing
lawns.” have a lasting impact on those who have cine at the Pennsylvania State University
its students to be successful.
Davis never forgot his struggle and the ability to attend A&T — which we College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa. He
“It is important for us as graduates to
has made it a point to mentor students think is an outstanding institution — but currently serves as a professor of medicine
find ways to give back to the university.”
throughout his academic and professional who might have financial difficulties in in the section of cardiology, associate dean
Davis added. “All of us cannot give back
career. In recognition of his mentoring being able to attend,” Davis said. for admissions and student affairs, director
because of our individual situations, but
efforts, the Joy McCann Foundation select- Each scholarship is awarded for one of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, and
those of us who can must not forget how
ed Davis as one of four McCann Scholars academic year and is renewable. a member of the Heart Failure/Cardiac
important the opportunity to attend A&T
for 2005. “We think if we give them the means Transplantation Service at the
was for us. We should find ways, no matter
The recognition is a national award to get started, they can find other means to Pennsylvania State University College of Pennsylvania Delaware Affiliate of the physician and professor. Davis was awarded
how big or small, to help others find ways
presented by the private foundation to continue their education beyond the sec- Medicine. American Heart Association. He has Teacher of the Year from the Penn State
to have the opportunities we had.”
acknowledge outstanding mentors in medi- ond year,” Davis added. Davis is a Fellow of the American authored or co-authored 44 scientific pub- College of Medicine’s classes of 1993
cine, nursing and science. And at the A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., College of Physicians, the American Heart lications and 27 abstracts. through 1998, and he received the
request of Davis, the foundation con- Davis used his undergraduate degree in Association and the American College of Over the years, Davis has received Excellence in Teaching Award from the
tributed $50,000 to A&T to establish the engineering physics to jumpstart a spectac- Cardiology. He is the past president of the dozens of awards for his contributions as a College of Medicine’s classes of 1999 and
GUIDELINES TO ESTABLISH AN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP AT NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY AMOUNTS REQUIRED
An endowed scholarship strengthens the long-term Typically, annual awards equal no more than 5 percent Endowed Scholarship (minimum) $25,000 A donor (or donors) may suggest a designation and
financial underpinnings of North Carolina A&T of the principal balance (depending on investment perform- associated criteria for an endowed scholarship. For example, the
Fully Endowed Scholarship $200,000
State University. Endowed Scholarships provide a base ance).Thus, a $25,000 scholarship would pay out $1,250 John Doe Endowed Scholarship Fund may be designated for a
North Carolina or Washington, D.C. Student
of support for generations of students in perpetuity. (5%) each year in the form of a scholarship. Annual earnings student in the College of Engineering who demonstrates finan-
An endowment is a permanent fund, often named in above the payout amount are reinvested in the principal of Fully Endowed Scholarship $400,000 cial need and who is from North Carolina (or a specific county
honor of an individual, created for the purpose of leaving a the scholarship fund.This builds the principal of the endow- Out of State Student or region of North Carolina).
legacy to current and future Aggie students.The principal, or ment fund over time, allowing for larger scholarship awards A scholarship donor(s) is required to sign a Deed of Gift
The minimum amount to establish an endowed scholarship
corpus, of an endowment fund is never spent. Only annual in future years. (pledge statement) and document the desired scholarship desig-
is $25,000 and may be donated over a period of up to five years
earnings, or a portion of annual earnings, are awarded for Historical evidence proves tuition typically increases! nation and criteria.
($5,000 gifts annually for five years). One year after the principal
scholarships. In this way an endowed scholarship provides Reinvestment also serves as a hedge against inflation.
reaches $25,000, the first scholarship award may be made. (One
annual income to be awarded to deserving students forever.
year is needed after the minimum is reached to earn interest.)
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AGGIES ON THE Alexander Watson ’52 and Katye spring commencement ceremonies in May. Willie A. Deese ’77
Graham ’52 celebrated their 50th wedding Clark, who has a B.S. in agricultural eco- was appointed
anniversary in September. Their relation- nomics from A&T, currently is NRCS’s president of Merck
ship survived separation in the early years of fourth highest ranking personnel. He is a Manufacturing
the relationship due to educational and Ford Foundation Fellow and a certified envi- Division in May.
Angela McCoy Brice ’49 is a 2005 recipient of employment opportunities in different ronmental professional. In 2002, Clark Deese, who joined
the N.C. A&T Alumni Association’s Howard C. places and a stint in the military that sent received the Presidential Rank Award for Merck as senior vice
Barnhill Distinguished Service Award. Brice has Watson to Germany, where the couple was Meritorious Executives, the highest level of president of global
been a member of the Washington, D.C. Alumni married. The Watsons have two sons — recognition given to branch civil servants. procurement in January 2004, will have the
Chapter since 1950. She has held numerous lead- both Aggies — and one granddaughter. responsibility for Merck’s global manufactur-
ership roles within the Association during her 55 The Los Angeles Unified School District ing, procurement and operational excellence
McCarroll ’69 of
years of service. has named a new elementary school in functions, leading an organization of more
Charlotte, N.C., was
honor of John W. Mack ’58. Recently than 15,000 employees, spanning 31 plants
retired, Mack served as president and CEO in 25 countries. He will serve as a member
1950s Omega Man of the
of the Los Angeles Urban League for 36 of Merck’s Management Committee and will
Year 2002 at Omega
years, advocating equal opportunities in report directly to Merck’s Chief Executive
On the one-year anniversary Psi Phi Fraternity’s
education, law enforcement accountability Officer and President Richard T. Clark.
of his death (July 17, 2005) 73rd Grand Conclave
and economic empowerment among African
John Milton Haile, M.D. that was held in St. Louis, Mo., July 19-28,
’52 became the first African
Americans and other minorities. He has also 1980s
2004. Since his initiation in 1969,
been a key player in building bridges across
American to have part of a McCarroll has been named Omega Man of
all racial, cultural, economic, gender and Anthony “TJ” Jackson ’81 is the 2005
major highway in East Ocala, the Year three times for Pi Phi Chapter of
religious lines. recipient of the N.C. A&T Alumni
Fla., named in his honor. Charlotte (1976, 1980, 2002) and twice Association’s Julia S. Brooks Achievement
The “Dr. John M. Haile named District Omega Man of the Year
1960s Award. Jackson is a senior engineer at
Memorial Boulevard” was dedicated to the City of (Charlotte, 1981, and Raleigh, 2003). Johns Hopkins University-Applied Physics
Ocala on East Silver Springs Blvd., where Haile’s McCarroll is a life member of Omega Psi
Daniel Shields ’66 is a 2005 recipient of Laboratory. In 1990, he established the
office was located. An Army veteran, Haile gradu- Phi Fraternity #109. Professionally, he man-
the N.C. A&T Alumni Association’s Anthony “TJ” Jackson Electrical
Kenneth H. Clark Jr. ’82, a colonel in the U.S. ated 13th in his medical school class at Marquette ages the daily operations of McCarroll’s
Howard C. Barnhill Distinguished Service Engineering Scholarship for undergraduate
Army, is the principal staff assistant (forward) to University. His medical career spanned over 40 Catering Service, Inc. and is part owner of
Award. Shields is a member of the Halifax- students attending A&T from the
the Third U.S. Army/U.S. Army Forces Central years with stints in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Grier Funeral Service of Charlotte and
North Hampton Alumni Chapter. He has Washington, D.C., area.
Command and Coalition Forces Land Component Florida, where he opened a practice in 1968. Haile Monroe, N.C.
served 30 years as an educator.
Command (CFLCC). His directorate is responsible was appointed secretary (1972), vice president
Baruti Katembo ’87 is an assistant
(1976) and chief (1977) of the medical staff at Lawrence E. Clark
for personnel management and the formulation of 1970s professor of mathematics and technology
Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, where ’68, deputy chief for
personnel policy to almost 200,000 soldiers, at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville,
he was the first and only African American to science and technolo- John A. Houston ’74 is one of two Aggies
sailors, airmen, Marines, civilians and contractors Fla., where he is founder and director of
serve as chief of staff. He also was the first African gy for the U.S. honored by the National Association for
in many countries including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the Wakaguzi Forum, the College’s lecture
American to practice in Marion County with two Department of Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
Qatar, Iraq, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Djibouti, series.
specialties: internal medicine and cardiology. Agriculture Natural (NAFEO) at the 30th National Conference
Oman, Jordan and Turkey. Prior to his Middle
Resources on Blacks in Higher Education where he
East assignment, Clark was the director of
Conservation Service, received the 2005 Distinguished Alumni
personnel/G1 for the U.S. Army Recruiting
received the 2005 Alumni Excellence Award. Houston is a U.S. District Court
Command at Ft. Knox, Ky. In addition to 23 years
Award during N.C. A&T State University’s Judge in the U.S. Courthouse in San Diego.
of active military service, Clark is an accomplished
NCAA Division I men’s basketball official.
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AGGIES ON THE continued
1990s Kecia Williams Stefanie B. Lomax Previn Taylor ’97 has published the book Rodney D.Westmoreland Jr. ’03, an
Smith ’95 received ’96 has been hired as The Friday Dilemma. Taylor’s first novel is office engineer with Hensel Phelps, recent-
Food Lion has named Adrian Baker the National director of human about a teenager who while trying to ly was one of two lead field engineers for a
director of retail operations in the compa- Association of Black resources for The achieve the life of a typical high school renovation project at the Pentagon, which
ny’s western division. In his new position, Accountants 2005 W.C. & A.N. Miller student suddenly finds himself entangled has over 6 million square feet of floor area.
Baker oversees the operations, perform- Rising Star Award Companies, one of in a haunting moral quandary where the Westmoreland has worked at Hensel
ance, staff recruiting and development, during the organiza- the Washington, life or death of a fellow student could pos- Phelps since July 2003. He has managed
merchandising and customer service of tion’s 34th Annual D.C., metropolitan sibly be held in his hands. Taylor resides in more than 30 subcontractors and 500 of
more than 70 Food Lion stores in North National Convention that was held June 18 area’s oldest real estate services companies. Newport News, Va. their employees.
Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, including in Detroit. The award gives special recogni- Lomax comes to Miller with a high-tech
locations in Roanoke, Bristol, Mt. Airy and Jerome E. Smith
tion to an individual with eight to 15 years and medical human resources background, 2000s
Wytheville. Baker joined Food Lion in ’04 received the
of experience since college graduation who most recently serving as the human
1990, serving most recently as category Robert Cobb Jr. ’00 MS, a 1986-89 par- M.S. degree in
has demonstrated outstanding career resources administrator for Quality
manager for dairy products. In 2004, he was ticipant in the Virginia Tech Upward accounting from the Jamika Burge ’99 of Rome, Ga., a
advancement or achievement. Smith is a Technology, Inc. in Largo, Md. Lomax has a
selected by Frozen Food and Dairy Age Bound program, was recently named University of computer science doctoral student in
manager of inspection with the Public M.S. degree in human resource manage-
magazine as a top buyer in the dairy product Virginia’s TRIO Achiever for 2004. Georgia on Aug. 6. the Virginia Tech College of Engineering,
Company Accounting Oversight Board in ment from the University of Maryland.
category. Federal TRIO programs include Upward He is employed by has been selected to receive an IBM
the Atlanta Regional Office. PCAOB is a
David H. Horton II ’97 has published his Deloitte and Touche Ph.D. Fellowship for the 2005-2006 aca-
private-sector, non-profit corporation, cre- Bound and Educational Talent Search.
Jessica Garrett ’92 has joined the first book, Negro Intellect ... A Guide for
Cobb received his award at the Mid- LLP Public Accounting Firm in Atlanta, demic year.The highly competitive fel-
Mayor’s Office of Communications for the ated by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, to
Young Black Males. According to Horton, and he is studying to become a certified lowships are awarded worldwide to
oversee the auditors of public companies in Eastern Association of Educational
City of Atlanta, where she is responsible for the humorous yet candid book is directed at
Opportunity Program Personnel Regional public accountant. only 50 scholars in the fields of com-
aiding the administration in showcasing order to protect the interests of investors
urban youth in America, providing help for puter science, computer engineering,
and further the public interest in the prepa- Conference in Washington, D.C., in April. Frank M. Amenya ’05 has been hired by
Mayor Franklin for speaking engagements, today and hope for tomorrow. Horton
Cobb is an assistant professor in the electrical engineering, chemistry and
public appearances as well as working with ration of informative, fair, and independent LandDesign, an urban planning, civil engi-
resides in Atlanta where he is pursuing a physics. Fellows are selected on the
audit reports. Smith formerly worked with School of Technology at A&T. neering and landscape company in
outside media on City of Atlanta news sto- master’s degree at Georgia Tech. basis of research and technical excel-
ries. Garrett also has experience as a news Deloitte & Touche LLP as a senior manager Charlotte, N.C., as a land development
Social Studies teacher F. Christopher lence in areas of interest to IBM, and
director and on-air talent for radio and tele- in Atlanta. Watsi M. Sutton ’97 is managing attor- engineer. As a student at A&T, Amenya
Goins ’00 is Guilford County School’s receive tuition, fees and a stipend for
vision stations across the Southeast. She is ney for the New Bern office of Legal Aid of was actively involved in the American
Shandette E. Harper ’96 is the 2005 2005 High School Teacher of the Year. one academic year. Each fellowship is
vice president of the Atlanta Alumni North Carolina, Inc. (LANC), a private Society of Civil Engineers and
recipient of the N.C. A&T Alumni With five years of teaching experience, renewable for up to three years.
Chapter of N.C. A&T’s alumni association nonprofit law firm that provides civil legal Toastmasters International. He also has
Association’s Velma R. Speight Young Goins was selected out of 108 applicants, Burge’s research in the area of human-
and chair of the special events committee. assistance to the state’s low income popula- worked as a civil engineer in one of the
Alumni Award. Harper is a member of the 12 semi-finalists and five finalists. Goins computer interaction focuses on com-
tion. A 2000 graduate of the University of most prominent design firms in Ghana.
Tidewater Alumni Chapter in Virginia. In teaches AP government, U.S. history, puter-supported cooperative work and
Tiffany Eubanks-Saunders ’93 is one of North Carolina School of Law, Sutton was
2004, while serving as chair of the civics and economics to ninth through interpersonal theory as they apply to
two Aggies honored by the National admitted to the N.C. State Bar in August
Recruitment Committee, she coordinated 12th grade students at James B. Dudley computer-mediated communication.
Association for Equal Opportunity in 2000.
the first bus trip to A&T’s University Day High School in Greensboro, N.C. He also She examines interpersonal communi-
Higher Education (NAFEO) at the 30th
for prospective students from the Hampton coaches UMOJA, Dudley’s step team, cation via instant messaging, telephone
National Conference on Blacks in Higher
Roads area. helping them secure its third national and face-to-face communication.
Education where she received the 2005
Distinguished Alumni Award. Eubanks-
Saunders is a senior vice president of Bank
of America in Charlotte.
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| WIRELESS CAMPUS |
By Calvin Bonaparte
or the past few years, buzz words like conver- beginning to influence the way we work and com-
F gence and converged networks have circulated
throughout the information technology communi-
municate with one another. Users want to access
campus resources and entertainment services
ty. Now, many people are asking what network whenever and wherever they are located on cam-
convergence is all about. pus. The demand is for easy, reliable 24-7 accessi-
Convergence is the ability to send and receive bility to a dependable campus network from any
voice, video, images, text and data simultaneously, point on campus.
anywhere and at anytime over a single platform. The introduction and rollout of the Aggie
This technology is appealing to an increased num- Local Area Wireless Network (LAWN) is just the
ber of faculty, staff and stu- beginning of an innovative
dents in both the wired and communication and converged
wireless environment. IP platform that can enhance
Expanding beyond the and reshape our campus activi-
roots of Internet Protocol ties. This is a major step that
(IP), this capability is at the allows our campus users the
heart of a true renaissance ability to access e-mail services
in the next generation of from both the wired and wire-
ubiquitous communication. less network. In addition, users
New products from video with mobile devices will have
camera phones, to personal immediate access to internet
digital assistance (PDA) services.
devices, to new varieties of This is the beginning of
multimedia content services campus wireless services with
that feature multimedia much more to come. The next
messaging or interactive step is to begin piloting IP
gaming not only require telephony or voice over IP
Save the Dates …
substantially improved quali- (VoIP). The convergence of
ty of transmission, but also facilitate the creation applications such as voice-mail and e-mail eventu-
and development of converged solutions for the ally will allow users with mobile devices the ability
university environment. to access their voice-mail January 16, 2006 May 12-14, 2006 October 20-22, 2006
There is a growing interest among the campus and e-mail services any-
community to use mobile devices to capture and time, anywhere on campus. Basketball alumni and fans, join Alumni Weekend festivities Return to Aggieland for the
exchange data, video, photo, music, and converse us Monday, January 16, 2006, for a will be held for classes ending Greatest Homecoming on Earth.
with other colleagues on wireless devices. This Calvin Bonaparte is special noontime game as former coaches in 1 and 6. Contact information For more information about
transformation has come a long way from the plain assistant to the vice chancellor Cal Irvin and Don Corbett are hon- for class coordinators is available these events and more, visit the
ored. The court in Ellis F. Corbett on the Alumni Affairs website, Alumni Affairs website,
old telephone service (POTS) to a convergence of for ITT and director of con-
Sports Center will be named The www.ncat.edu/~alumni. www.ncat.edu/~alumni, or call
rich media-based interactions that are already vergence at N.C. A&T. 877-2AT-ALUM (877-228-2586).
Cal Irvin-Don Corbett Court in
recognition of these Aggie greats.
AGG I E PR I DE
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THEPAST Richard E. Moore, Ed.D. ’54
Richard E. Moore enjoyed a distinguished 37-year career as a journalist,
educator and spokesman for North Carolina A&T State University. Moore
managed A&T’s Public Relations Office for more than 28 years, from 1967 until
his death Oct. 14, 1995. An associate professor in the department of speech
communication and theatre arts, Moore organized the University’s mass
communications conference that welcomed journalism and mass communication
students from across the country for many years.
Maj. Gen. Charles D. Bussey, U.S. Army (Retired), class of 1955, is chairman of a
committee that aspires to honor Moore’s memory through a fund-raising initiative
in support of the Richard E. Moore Endowed Scholarship Fund in Journalism and
“It’s an opportunity to honor the life and work of a classmate, a friend,
a colleague, a role model, and a dedicated and loyal Aggie to the very end.
… I’m honored to have been asked to lead this effort, and have accepted the
role because Richard deserves to be remembered
for his numerous contributions GIFTS MAY BE SENT TO:
to our beloved alma mater and to the communities
The Richard E. Moore Endowed Scholarship Fund
he touched. Truly, he was a wonderful human being North Carolina A&T State University
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