Norfolk State University Office of Residence Life & Housing
Delivering Residents Education and Memories
Spring 2011 Special Edition
Volume 3, Issue 4
Official NSU Housing Newsletter
How to Recover from a Bad Semester
Fall semester didn’t go as you planned? Well luckily for you, spring semester is just beginning. With a new semester
comes an opportunity to wash out the bad taste of the previous semester.
There could be various reasons why last semester didn’t go how you hoped it would go. Most college students would
probably say their semester was “bad” because of grades. Everyone will say they will just “study harder next time,” but
for a lot of students, they will fall back into their old habits and not see much improvement. It is important to realize that
studying does play a major role in increasing your grades, but how you study is the key. Just reading your textbook aim-
lessly without a purpose and calling it “studying” won’t gain you much knowledge.
Make a plan. Tell yourself that you will study at least an hour a day and DO IT. Even if you don’t have any homework
due the next day, just read your textbook to find the answer to a question you had in class or something similar. The key
is to follow your plan and not steer away from it. Like everything you do, proper studying will come as a habit.
Ask for help if you need it. Some people don’t want to ask for help and want to try and figure out everything on their
own, but sometimes it’s just easier to get help. Also, learning from a different perspective can make understanding a
topic easier. If you are confused on a topic that was covered in lecture, go ask your professor for clarification.
Get a tutor. If your grades aren’t where you want them after the first couple of weeks into the semester, try to get a tu-
tor. Getting a tutor is very beneficial and NSU has a number of free tutorial resources. Having a tutor allows you to go
over the material that you learned in class multiple times.
Get feedback. Ask why you received a low grade on an assignment or test. You might have missed some key points in
an essay or misunderstood a type of test question. Ask for clarification on anything that you didn't understand.
Recovering from bad grades does not happen overnight. It may take a week, a month, or even one or two more semes-
ters. It can be done though, so stick to the plan you have set for yourself.
The Office of First Year Experience/ ACCESS, JAB 118 (757) 823-8507 STARS, RTC 100 (757)823-2891 Counsel-
ing Center, JAB 116A (757) 823-8173 Student Support Services, Gills Gym 110, (757) 823-2412
Read more: http://hr.technorati.com/lifestyle/article/how-to-recover-from-a-bad/#ixzz1BVveayXd; http://www.helium.com/
Inside this Issue: Black History Month—Page 2 Valentine’s Day—Page 3
Remember Why We are Here—Page 4 Resident Assistant Spotlights—Page 5
Programs and Events—Page 6 Information and Updates - page 6
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
B lack History Month is a remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African Diaspora. In
1915, Dr. Carter G. Woodson and Rev. Jesse E. Moorland co-founded the Association for the Study of Negro
Life and History (ASNLH). Their goal was to research and bring awareness to the largely ignored, yet crucial role
black people played in American and world history. The following year, Woodson published and distributed his
findings in The Journal of Negro History. He founded the publication with the hope that it would dispel popular mis-
truths. He also hoped to educate black people about their cultural background and instill them with a sense of pride
in their race
Woodson also felt the importance of preserving one's heritage and, upon his urgings, the fraternity Omega Psi Phi,
created Negro History and Literature Week in 1920. In 1926, Woodson changed the name to Negro History Week. Woodson chose
the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of two Americans who greatly influenced the lives and social condition
of African Americans: former President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass. Since 1976, it is cele-
brated annually in the United States of America and Canada in February and the United Kingdom in the month of October. In the
U.S., Black History Month is also referred to as African-American History Month.
Mayor of major city: Carl Stokes, Cleveland, Ohio, 1967–1971. The first black woman to serve as a mayor of a major U.S. city was
Sharon Pratt Dixon Kelly, Washington, DC, 1991–1995.
Governor (elected): L. Douglas Wilder, Virginia, 1990–1994. The only other elected black governor has been Deval Patrick, Mas-
U.S. Secretary of State: Gen. Colin Powell, 2001–2004. The first black female Secretary of State was Condoleezza Rice, 2005–
Editor, Harvard Law Review: Charles Hamilton Houston, 1919. Barack Obama became the first President of the Harvard Law
U.S. Supreme Court Justice: Thurgood Marshall, 1967–1991.
Nobel Peace Prize winner: Ralph J. Bunche received the prize in 1950 for mediating the Arab-Israeli truce.
First patent holder: Thomas L. Jennings, 1821, for a dry-cleaning process. Sarah E. Goode, 1885, became the first African-
American woman to receive a patent, for a bed that folded up into a cabinet.
M.D. degree: James McCune Smith, 1837, University of Glasgow; Rebecca Lee Crumpler became the first black woman to receive
an M.D. degree. She graduated from the New England Female Medical College in 1864.
Inventor of the blood bank: Dr. Charles Drew, 1940.
Heart surgery pioneer: Daniel Hale Williams, 1893.
College graduate (B.A.): Alexander Lucius Twilight, 1823, Middlebury College; first black woman to receive a B.A. degree: Mary
Jane Patterson, 1862, Oberlin College.
Ph.D.: Edward A. Bouchet, 1876, received a Ph.D. from Yale University. In 1921, three individuals became the first U.S. black
women to earn Ph.D.s: Georgiana Simpson, University of Chicago; Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, University of Pennsylvania;
and Eva Beatrice Dykes, Radcliffe College.
College president: Daniel A. Payne, 1856, Wilberforce University, Ohio.
Ivy League president: Ruth Simmons, 2001, Brown University.
Poet (published): Phillis Wheatley, 1773, Poems on Various Subjects,
Religious and Moral.
Member of the New York City Opera: Todd Duncan, 1945.
Principal dancer in a major dance company: Arthur Mitchell, 1959, New York City Ballet.
First Oscar: Hattie McDaniel, 1940, supporting actress, Gone with the Wind.
Film director: Oscar Micheaux, 1919, wrote, directed, and produced The Homesteader, a feature film.
Network television show host: Nat King Cole, 1956, "The Nat King Cole Show"; Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman
television host in 1986, "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
Major league baseball player: Jackie Robinson, 1947, Brooklyn Dodgers.
NFL football coach: Fritz Pollard, 1922–1937.
NHL hockey player: Willie O'Ree, 1958, Boston Bruins.
Heavyweight boxing champion: Jack Johnson, 1908.
Millionaire: Madame C. J. Walker.
Billionaire: Robert Johnson (male), 2001, owner of Black Entertainment Television; Oprah Winfrey (female), 2003.
Miss America: Vanessa Williams, 1984, representing New York. When controversial photos surfaced and Williams resigned, Su-
zette Charles, the runner-up and also an African American, assumed the title. She represented New Jersey.
Facts gathered from http://www.infoplease.com/spot/bhmfirsts.html
History and Origins
Every February 14th, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between
loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from?
The history of Valentine's Day — and its patron saint — is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month
of romance. St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was
Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?
One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided
that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential
soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in se-
cret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
While some believe that Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine's death
or burial — which probably occurred around 270 A.D — others claim that the Christian church may have decided to celebrate Valen-
tine's feast day in the middle of February in an effort to "Christianize" celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia festival. In ancient Rome,
February was the official beginning of spring and was considered a time for purification. Houses were ritually cleansed by sweeping
them out and then sprinkling salt and a type of wheat called spelt throughout their interiors. Lupercalia, which began at the ides of
February, February 15th, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders
Romulus and Remus.
According to legend, during the festival, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city's bachelors
would then each choose a name out of the urn and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended
in marriage. Pope Gelasius declared February 14th St. Valentine's Day around 498 A.D. Later, during the Middle Ages, it was com-
monly believed in France and England that February 14th was the beginning of birds' mating season, which added to the idea that the
middle of February — Valentine's Day — should be a day for romance.
In Great Britain, Valentine's Day began to be popularly celebrated around the seventeenth century. By the middle of the eighteenth
century, it was common for friends and lovers in all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. By the
end of the century, printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were
an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one's feelings was discouraged. Cheaper post-
age rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine's Day greetings. Americans probably began exchang-
ing hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began to sell the first mass-produced valentines in
According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine's Day the
second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.)
Approximately 85 percent of all valentines are purchased by women. In addition to the United States, Valentine's Day is celebrated in
Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia.
7 Ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day if You’re Single
1. Indulge in yourself. Since Valentine's Day is all about love, spending the day loving you makes perfect sense. Do whatever
you want, be it pampering yourself with a lavish mani-pedi or staying home and ordering take out. After all, you have no one
to please but your own darn self.
2. Go after what you want. If indulging seems a little too...indulgent, go the opposite direction and use the day to finish (or
start) something you've been meaning to tackle. Secure that internship you've been working at, get a head start on midterm
studies, or rearrange your room.
3. Find something new to love. Interested in taking up yoga? Wish you could cook risotto? Challenge yourself to do some-
thing you haven't done before, or seldom get to do because of your schedule.
4. Send love someone else's way. Give Valentine's Day cards to those close to you, like your classmates and friends. Not the
Hallmark type? Volunteer locally and help those less fortunate than you. Seeing a face light up from your small gesture will
fill you with love and make the world a better place.
5. Participate in a secret Santa, Valentine's Day style. Round up your girls, draw names from a hat and buy whomever you
draw a little something (don't forget to set the spending limit beforehand). Then on V-Day, meet at a friend's apartment to
exchange gifts. Afterwards get all dolled up and enjoy a night out on the town.
6. Throw a party. If gift-giving won't go over with your group, invite your friends over to celebrate being fabulous. 'Nuff said.
7. Figure out what you want out of love. We know this whole article is about NOT being romantic, but since the mission is
to help people live their best love lives, we would be remiss in not telling you that everyone, including you, can fall in love. So
take some time to write down a few love goals. Whether you want to remain single for ten more years or want to start dating
this month, the clarity of knowing what you want makes it that much easier to get there.
Remember Why We are Here – Making the Best of Your Time at NSU!
Timothy Hargrove, Graduate Assistant, Residence Life & Housing
O ften times I hear things like, “there is nothing to do at NSU”, “they don’t have activities for us”, or “NSU is boring” from
students living on campus. Well let us remember why we are here at Norfolk State University. We are here to obtain a
degree at an institution of higher learning. It is your choice to make the best of your time while trying to obtain this degree.
Being a “student” requires attending class, doing assignments, studying, etc…, but being a well-rounded student requires much
Being social through your own personal activities and on-campus activities will assist you in becoming a more well-rounded
student. Norfolk State University offers an array of student organizations for resident and commuter students to join. The Of-
fice of Student Activities and Leadership also offers the ability to join/start your own club or organization on campus to suit
In addition, the Division of Student Affairs offers several extra-curricular and co-curricular programs specifically designed to
enhance students’ learning outside the classroom and which fosters strong leadership skills and personal development. During
the 4-5 years you will spend at NSU, you will encounter and learn many things. Take advantage of the excellent programs and
activities sponsored by the Office of Residence Life & Housing, Student Activities and Leadership, Career Services, and the
Counseling Center. They are excellent tools to help enrich your academic, cultural, social, and overall collegiate experience.
To find what is going on around campus, utilize the following online tools.
The NSU Event Management System (EMS) allows you to view the activities scheduled by the Office of Student Activi-
ties for the day, week, and/or month. http://www.nsu.edu/ems (Virtual Calendar) - To navigate click Browse (left of
screen), then Browse Events.
The NSU Wellness Center is dedicated to providing quality fitness and wellness programs aimed at promoting a non-
intimidating health opportunity for the University Community. http://www.nsu.edu/wellnesscenter/ (New Student
Center) to find out about the programs and activities sponsored by the Wellness Center.
NSU Athletic games and events are always fun and your chance to show your school spirit by wearing green and gold.
http://www.nsuspartans.com (Athletics) – find out about athletic events.
Note: The Office of Residence Life & Housing provides a weekly calendar of events to all residents via email. A complete list
of Residence Life & Housing events may be obtained at http://www.nsu.edu/residentiallife/calendar/index.html.
Tim’s Top 10 Tips to being well-rounded.
1. Be yourself.
2. Play hard, study harder.
3. Meet a variety of people. Words and Music by Dr. Carl W.
4. Be active on campus. Haywood ‘71
5. Attend cultural events. By Virginia's golden shore,
6. Connect with other students in your major. There's a place that we adore
7. Connect with your professors. Where Norfolk's sun shines bright
8. Make lifelong friendships. Down on our campus site.
The walls of Brown Hall
9. Push yourself in everything you do. Will always give a call
10. Remember why you are here. To all striving to succeed,
Forging onward, bound to lead.
Though the years we spend are few,
You will teach us what to do.
NSU 2010/2011 Tuition - $13,501 In splendor we'll relive
The glorious time you give.
We'll wave the green and gold
30 year loan repayment - $75,000 To praise thee a thousand-fold.
A guiding light to us you've been
Unwav'ring to the end.
Not going to class, flunking out of school and deep in debt…
Oh, Norfolk State, we love you.
Oh, Norfolk State, we'll always be true.
What are you doing to ensure your degree from And when we leave we'll shed a tear,
NSU is PRICELESS? For to us you've been so dear.
And leaving shed a joyful tear
For our Alma Mater dear.
NOW THAT’S A TEAM PLAYER
Resident Assistant SPOTLIGHTS
Planning Your Spring Break
Miami, Cancun, Panama City Beach, Los Angeles, and the Ba- Resident Assistant
hamas! Yes Spartans, Spring Break 2011 is definitely here, and of the Month -
you will be spreading your Spartan Pride throughout the hot- Babbette Smith
test vacation spots around the world! A world of no parents, no South
professors, and let’s not forget about your “amazing” RA’s and Hall Coordina-
tors enforcing visitation policies. All you want is to enjoy sun, beach, and
friends! March 5, 2011 will mark a week of fun under the sun, but Spartans, For the Spring 2011 semester,
you must also remember the most important factor of your vacation… your Babbette Smith South has imple-
safety. The faculty and staff here at NSU along with your parents expect you to mented an "RA of the Month.”
return safely and prepared to finish the academic year with ALL good stand- This individual must be perform-
ing. So here are a couple of tips to ensure your safe return back to your home ing well in all areas of the RA po-
on the beautiful land of Green and Gold!
sition. He can be nominated by
First and foremost, you want to make sure that you are surrounded by
other building RAs, the Graduate
people that you like and like you in return! Do not place yourself in un-
Assistant, and the Hall Coordina-
fortunate situations, which will be challenging for you to
remove yourself from.
tor. The RA of the month will be
Know where you are going! Practice being responsible, and posted in the lobby of the hall and
create an itinerary showing; dates, times, locations, trans- will receive a $20.00 gift card to
portation, contact numbers, and alternatives! Wal-Mart.
Have all necessary identification cards. You always want to
travel with legal ID and documentation, especially if you Please join me in congratulating
are traveling out of country. Darryl Hylton, as the BSS January
Know your money “hunnie” and your currency. Pre-plan budgeting for RA of the month.
tickets, transportation, housing, meals, shopping, etc…
Do you have an illness? Medicines! Do not forget simple things such as: Mr. Hylton came back to NSU
Benadryl, aspirin, contraceptives etc… Remember to fill your prescrip- eager to begin his Spring 2011 se-
tions and pack them. mester. He was on time to the all
Once you are there, do not completely lose all notions of what your mother of training sessions and partici-
would call “YOUR MIND!!” Keep a strong will and sense of leadership charac- pated actively in all sessions. Dar-
teristics and do the following: ryl completed his January bulletin
Stay away from strangers. Use the buddy system when traveling. board early, as well as, his pro-
If you are of the legal drinking age eat before and while you are drink- gram planning tools and has al-
ing. ready met with Mrs. Deering to
Set a limit on your drinks and know your limit! obtain bulletin board supplies for
Limit drinking games as you always lose more than you win – like you the next month. Mr. Hylton has
need to add fun to drinking while on a Caribbean Island somewhere - implemented an interactive style
please! bulletin board on his floor to en-
Don’t accept open containers from others and watch your drink. sure that his residents have the op-
Party with a buddy and let that person know where you are going if portunity to express themselves
you decide to post party. accordingly. Additionally, Darryl
Never mix acetaminophen (found in Tylenol) and alcohol; it can cause takes pride in the leadership role
major liver damage. he has on his floor and uses the
financial aid training he obtained
Ok, so the question to ask yourself now is… “Am I really ready for this adult from his summer job to help his
thing?” Seriously, you are! You can handle this “thing” called the world! But residents with their finances. Once
first let us conquer this short week called SPRING BREAK! again, let's congratulate Darryl for
Antonio B. Williams a job well done!
Resident Assistant, Babbette Smith South
- Submitted by DeAndre Howard,
Graduate Assistant for Babbette Smith
CONTACT US Office of Residence Life & Housing
Programs and Events for February 1st—February 28th
residentiallife Date Time Hall Title
2/2/2011 7:00 PM LSH Our Cultures - Scavenger Hunt
757.823.8407 2/3/2011 TBA BSS Recognizing Success Through Culture: Open Mic Night
2/6/2011 7:30 PM CSH Pre-Super Bowl, Black History Bowl
TOLL FREE: LEGASI Presents: “The GLBT Community within the African
2/8/2011 7:00 PM NSC 138A American Community”
FAX: 2/10/2011 8:30 PM PWH Open Mic-Your Culture
757.823.2304 2/10/2011 7:00 PM LSH Anti-Valentine’s Day Bash
2/11/2011 7:00 PM LSH Valentine’s Day Bash
firstname.lastname@example.org Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Move-
2/13/2011 8:00 PM BSS/BSN Lobby ment
2/13/2011 6:00 PM SSH Bitter Sweet
BABBETTE An Introduction of the African Diaspora: Poetic Movements of
SMITH NORTH 2/15/2011 7:30 PM MRH the Americas
757.823.8062 2/15/2011 TBA BSS State of the Black Union
SMITH SOUTH 2/15/2011 7:00 PM RAH Reflection (Our Culture, New Cultures and Diversity Awareness)
757.823.8114 2/15/2011 TBA RAH The Way "We" Live (Black History Incorporated)
2/17/2011 7:00 PM MRH Black History Jeopardy
2/17/2011 7:30 PM BSN Culture Shock
2/17/2011 4:00 PM SS1 Hide and Seek
LEE SMITH 2/17/2011 8:30 PM PWH Your Culture - Decorate Your Door - part II
757.823.2255 Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Move-
MIDRISE 2/20/2011 8:00 PM MRH ment
RESIDENTIAL 2/20/2011 3:00 PM SS1 Motown Karaoke
HONORS 2/23/2011 7:00 PM RAH United We Stand but Divided We Fall (Black History)
2/24/2011 7:30 PM BSN Many Shades…Only One Purpose
2/25/2011 6:00 PM SSH The Struggle
PHYLLIS 2/28/2011 8:30 PM CSH Charles Smith ESPY Awards
757.626.2791 Important Dates for the Spring 2011 Semester
RHA and LEGASI
Holiday Toy Drive March 4, 2011—Residence Halls Close
ROSA All residence halls close at 5:00pm.
ALEXANDER RHA and LEGASI
757.823.8859 collected over 50 toys March 7-11, 2011—Spring Break
to donate to The Un- All students are required to make living arrangements off campus
SAMUEL SCOTT ion Mission Ministries until all halls reopen.
757.823.8271 annual “Food for the March 13, 2011 - Residence Halls Open
Needy Christmas Bas-
ket Campaign.” These All residence halls open at 9:00am.
gifts help to provide April 30, 2011—Housing Application Deadline
Ms. Dawnita needy children who Make sure your housing application along with the required $300
Smith - Editor in would not have had deposit for the upcoming semester is submitted to the Office of
Chief anything for Christ- Residence Life & Housing by this date.
mas. A job well done *May 6, 2011—Official Close of Residence Halls*
to the members of
RHA and LEGASI! All residence halls close for the spring semester at 2:00pm.
*NOTE Students participating in Commencement Exercises will be
allowed to remain in the residence halls until 2:00pm, May 07,
GUESS THESE FAMOUS AFRICAN AMERICAN
Can you guess the following famous African Americans? Here’s a hint. These are photos from the African American
Firsts located on page 2.
A B C D
E F G H
The Negro National Anthem
(Lift Every Voice and Sing)
Composed by James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson
Lift Every Voice and sing till earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of liberty
Let our rejoicing rise high as the listening skies
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea
Sing a song, full of the faith that the dark past has taught us
Sing a song, full of the hope that the present has brought us
Facing the rising sum of our new day begun I J
Let us march on till victory is won
Stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod
felt in the days when hope unborn had died
yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet
come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come, over a way that which tears has been watered
We have come, treading out path through the blood of the slaughtered
Out of the gloomy past, till now we stand at last,
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast
GOD of our weary years, GOD of our silent tears K L
Thou Who has brought us thus far on the way
Thou Who hast by Thy might, led us into the light Bouchet; L - Georgiana Simpson
Keep us for-e-ver in the path we pray McDaniel; J - Jackie Robinson; K - Edward
Lest our feet, stray from the places our GOD where me met thee King Cole; H - Madam C.J. Walker; I - Hattie
Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world we forget Thee Phillis Wheatley; b- Arthur Mitchell; G - Nat
Shadowed beneath thy hand, may we forever stand Drew; C - Daniel Payne; D - Ruth Simmons; E -
TRUE TO OUR GOD, TRUE TO OUR NATIVE LAND Answers: A - L. Douglas Wilder; B - Dr. Charles