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A Quarterly Newsletter for Faculty, Staff, and Friends of Fayetteville State University Vol. IV. Issue Two. Jan/Feb/March 2010

names Fayetteville State University School of the Month The Tom Joyner Foundation is a charitable organization that began in 1998. The Foundation assists African American students in financial need at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the nation. The Tom Joyner Foundation’s School of the Month program has raised more than $25 million to date for this single cause.

The Tom Joyner Foundation does only one thing: it helps students continue their education at Black colleges. All too often a student will get into college, and then encounter financial difficulties that force them to drop out. The Foundation provides

money directly to the HBCU’s for the purpose of helping these students complete their education. Each month the Tom Joyner Foundation designates an HBCU to receive its support. During February 2010, scholarship support money will be sent directly to Fayetteville State University for students. The scholarships are awarded to FSU students through the Office of Financial Aid based on financial need and other requirements. Funds are raised through Tom Joyner’s national partners and the Tom Joyner Morning Show.

The radio show will feature FSU and broadcast our highlights, accomplishments, conduct live interviews with Chancellor James A. Anderson, spotlight major national and local FSU donors, and profile many of our scholarship recipients. Throughout the month of February, Tom Joyner will ask his listening audience to call in donations or to go online to to donate to FSU, the “School of the Month”. The Tom Joyner Morning Show can be heard locally on WUKS 107.7 FM. You can also log onto and click on the radio show icon to hear the show live.

Being a Tom Joyner School of the Month helps FSU by forging partnerships with its national sponsors, encouraging them to make gifts to FSU’s scholarship program. Participation in the School of the Month program raises funds and heightens awareness of FSU both nationally and locally through the Tom Joyner Morning Show. We’re challenging all FSU alumni, friends, and supporters to join us by making a contribution of any amount to our Tom Joyner Campaign. All funds raised will support scholarships at FSU.

MAKE YOUR GIFT TODAY! Make your check payable to Fayetteville State University and mail to: Fayetteville State University Institutional Advancement 1200 Murchison Rd. Fayetteville, NC 28301 Be sure to write Tom Joyner in the memo line. For more information, call (910) 672-1729.

Winter Graduates Become Part of FSU History The 20th Winter Commencement of Fayetteville State University (FSU) will not only be remembered for its pomp and circumstance, but it also will be noted for making a place in the institution’s illustrious history. With 472 graduates, this exercise was the largest winter commencement since the first one was held in 1989. Of the total number of graduates, 321 were from the College of Arts and Sciences, 70 came from the School of Business and Economics, and 81 were from the School of Education, including three doctoral graduates. There was a total of 131 honor candidates. Chancellor James A. Anderson, the 11th chief executive officer of FSU, presided. Commencement speaker was Congressman George Kenneth Butterfield. Prior to being elected to Congress in a special election on July 24, 2004, Butterfield had a distinguished legal career. After working in private practice, he was elected as Superior Court Judge in 1988 and appointed to the North Carolina Supreme Court in 2001. After an election defeat, he was again appointed as Superior Court Judge, where he served until his retirement in 2004. Butterfield serves on the powerful House Committee on Energy and Commerce Committee, and serves

as Vice Chairman of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee. He is serving his second term as Chief Deputy Whip after being appointed to the leadership post by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the 110th Congress. Butterfield also serves as a member of the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct and as a member of the Helsinki Committee. Butterfield spoke to the graduates on faith and the role it plays in achieving one’s goals in life. He used various biblical references and analogies to convey his message. At the conclusion of his speech, he received a thunderous round of applause from the audience and graduates. Butterfield was also presented the Chancellor’s Medallion, the highest award Chancellor Anderson can bestow on an individual. On the medallion are representations of FSU’s earliest leaders, Robert Harris, Charles W. Chesnutt, and Dr. E.E. Smith. Before the graduates were awarded their degrees, Chancellor Anderson introduced the valedictorian and salutatorian. Devoshia L. Mason was honored as the valedictorian. Mason received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with

a concentration in biopsychology. Salutatorian honors went to Ennis C. Wallace. She was the recipient of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication. These young scholars were not strangers to each other. Both Mason and Wallace were high school classmates at Reid Ross Classical High School in Fayetteville. University officials believe this is the first time both the valedictorian and salutatorian graduated from the same high school.

FSU Pre-Dental Students Attend UNCCH Impressions Program

FSU Receives HCOP Funds to Promote Healthcare Diversity Fayetteville State University (FSU) has been awarded $53,000 through a partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Careers Opportunity Program (UNCCH HCOP) in an effort to promote healthcare diversity over the next three years. The goal of the UNCCH/FSU HCOP is to build diversity in health fields by preparing FSU undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds for competitive entry into graduate and health professions schools. Funded by the Division of Health and Human Services, the UNCCH HCOP grant is a collaboration between FSU and five other partner institutions serving underrepresented minorities including Elizabeth City State University (ECSU); North Carolina Agriculture & Technical University (NC A&T); North Carolina Central University (NCCU); St. Augustine’s College; and University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP). Dr. James E. Raynor, Jr., associate professor in the Department of Natural Sciences, is the director for the FSU project. HCOP Banner UNCCH/FSU HCOP will provide opportunities for disadvantaged FSU students to

enhance their academic preparation; engage in professional development workshops; participate in career exploration trips and recruitment fairs; and prepare for admissions tests for graduate and professional health schools. Additionally, students will be linked to pipeline programs such as shadowing, summer research internships, and summer enrichment programs such as Science Enrichment Program (SEP), and the Medical Educational Development (MED) program at partner institutions, which include Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (SR-AHEC), colleges and universities across the United States, and UNCCH. The FSU Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (FSU-RISE) program has joined efforts with UNCCH/HCOP to increase the number of FSU underrepresented minority students pursuing dual degrees in a variety of medical fields.

Three Fayetteville State University (FSU) pre-dental students, Cximare McCoy, Latrice Gary, and Shannon Harris, attended the IMPRESSIONS program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNCCH) School of Dentistry, on November 14, 2009. IMPRESSIONS is a recruitment program that focuses primarily on increasing the number of underrepresented minority students pursuing dentistry. FSU students visited the dental school and interacted with students, administrators, and professors. They participated in workshops on the dental school admissions process, financial aid, and overview of the dental school

FSU Students Prepare for World’s Most Prestigious Computer Programming Competition Fayetteville State University (FSU) students prepared for the world’s most prestigious computer programming competition, the 34th annual IBM-sponsored Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest. The event was held November 7 on the campus of Duke University. Students from the following colleges and universities competed: Duke University, Campbell University, East Carolina University, Elon University, High Point University, Meredith College, Methodist University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Wake Forest University, and WinstonSalem State University. This year’s regional competitions drew tens of thousands of students from universities in approximately 90 countries on six continents for an all-out “battle of the brains.” One hundred

regional champions met when the contest culminated February 1-6, 2010 in Harbin, China. The best and brightest information technology students from around the globe competed for awards, scholarships, prizes, and bragging rights to the “world’s smartest trophy.” Teams of three participated in a decisive regional round of problem solving. The competitors were challenged to use their programming skills and rely on their mental endurance to solve complex, real world problems under a grueling five-hour deadline. Tackling these problems was equivalent to completing a semester’s worth of computer programming in one afternoon! The team that solved the most problems correctly in the least amount of time won a coveted spot on the World Finals roster. The FSU team was coached by Dr. Dwight House, an associate professor of math and computer science. Team members were Mr. Jerrick Boucher and Ms. Crystal Barton.

FSU Football Coach, Player Honored Kenny Phillips had Fayetteville State in its fourth CIAA Championship since 2002. The 10th year head coach had seven winning seasons since arriving at FSU in 2000.

its last eight games and went 5-0 on the road. For his efforts, Phillips was named the CIAA’s Coach of the Year at the conference’s football luncheon on Tuesday, November 3.

This year, Phillips’ team bounced back from an 0-2 start, won seven of

The number three has been kind to the Fayetteville State football team this year. A 21-10 win over Bowie State in the CIAA Championship game on November 7 gave the Broncos their third conference title. The next day, FSU was selected to the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the third time in school history.

The Pigskin Club, located in the heart of the nation’s capital, presented Phillips with the W. Henry “Stud” Greene award on January 15 at Washington’s Capital Hilton Hotel. “These awards are not just for the head football coach,” Phillips said. “They are also for all of your assistant coaches that work with you and help you be successful on Saturday’s.”

On November 2, FSU head coach Kenny Phillips was named the Pigskin Club’s CIAA Pigskin Coach of the Year for the third time. “It’s always great to receive Coach of the Year awards,” said Phillips who was also selected as CIAA Coach of the Year by the league’s coaches. “It kind of rewards you and your staff for the things you’ve accomplished as a football team and program.”

The 2010 FSU squad will have to replace 17 seniors, the biggest senior class since Phillips arrived. Phillips said his award can help FSU on the recruiting trail. “It could help with recruiting in that your name and your University are out there,” said Phillips. “We’re out beating the bushes right now on the recruiting front. We’re hitting these high schools and trying to find some talent to replace a lot of talent that we lost this year.”

Pictured from left to right: Kenny Phillips, FSU Football Coach; James V. Jackson, Board Chairman, Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C., Inc.,; and Austin Turner, FSU Place Kicker.


Phillips, FSU’s leader in career wins, has led the Broncos to a 16-6 record and a .727 winning percentage since 2007. The only two-year winning percentage better is a .785 percentage (11-3-1) from

1975-76. The Broncos’ 16 wins since 2007 are the second most in two seasons in school history. FSU has won seven or more games five times since 2002.

Phillips was not the only person honored. Austin Turner, a native of San Diego, was named the Pigskin Club’s CIAA Player of the Year. In his first year on the field for the Broncos, Turner, a kicker, made a CIAA-best 17 field goals. “It’s a great honor for him, considering that a year ago, I said that I thought we had one of the best kickers in the CIAA,” Phillips said. “If we would’ve had him in 2008, we would’ve gone much farther than we did.” Phillips and Turner were honored on January 15 at Washington’s Capital Hilton Hotel.

curriculum. Additionally, sessions on Dental Admission Test (DAT) Prep, mock interviews, and hands-on lab exercises were provided during the oneday program. Dr. Lorinda McGildery, assistant professor of biology, is the faculty advisor for the FSU Chapter of the Undergraduate Student National Dental Association (FSU-USNDA). Students interested in participating in the organization should contact her at FSU student participation in the UNCCH Impressions Program was supported by FSU-Health Careers Opportunity Program (FSU-HCOP) funds. FSU-HCOP is funded through a partnership with the UNCCH-HCOP. The overarching goal of FSU-HCOP is to build diversity in health fields by preparing FSU undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds for competitive entry into graduate and health professions schools.

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A Constituent Institution of The University of North Carolina Dr. James A. Anderson Chancellor Dr. Thomas E. H. Conway, Jr. Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff Dr. Jon Young Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Mr. Robert Botley Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Dr. Janice Haynie Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Mr. Nick Ganesan Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Mr. Arthur G. Affleck, JD Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement Dr. Edward McLean Director of Athletics Dr. Bertha Miller Special Assistant to the Chancellor Attorney Wanda L. Jenkins University Legal Counsel Associate Editors Mr. Jeffery M. Womble Director of Public Relations and Telecommunications Mr. Ben C. Minter Director of Marketing & Special Events Bulletin Staff Creative Design La’Won D. Williams Stacey Avian Robinson Photography Dennis McNair

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FSU Faculty, Staff, and Students Attend National Conference Nine members of the Fayetteville State University (FSU) campus attended the eCitizenship Conference, hosted by the American Democracy Project, on November 12-13. The two-day meeting, which drew 34 universities and colleges from across the nation, centered on student political and civic engagement using new social media tools. Participants were invited onto the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, to hear lectures from distinguished media experts and to discuss the problems and

possibilities of using these new tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Campus teams were tasked with designing campus plans that could organize and activate their student populations. The FSU Team, led by Associate Professor of Communication, Dr. Todd Frobish, and Assistant Professor of English and Foreign Languages, Dr. Chuck Tryon, consisted of five other faculty and two students. FSU, a new member of the American Democracy Project, is committed to using

Floyd Shorter Honored for Work with Local Businesses Floyd Shorter was recently honored by The Fayetteville/ Cumberland County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee during its 20th annual banquet at Fayetteville Technical Community College. Shorter is director of the Fayetteville Business Center, an incubator that works closely with Fayetteville State University. He is also a member of the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce, the Civic Center Commission, the Fayetteville Regional Airport Commission, the Fayetteville Business & Professional League and the MLK Committee. Rep. Marvin Lucas recognized Mr. Shorter by presenting him with a certificate from the state House of Representatives and the governor’s Old North State Award. “You believe every day of your life, even in the most challenging times, when people tell you ‘No. You can’t.’ You say, ‘Watch me,’ ” the Old North State Award’s inscription read. Shorter began working as director of the Fayetteville Business Center on August 16, 2001. The Fayetteville Business Center is designed to support new or emerging businesses in the service and light manufacturing arena by providing modestly-priced office space and facilities and by providing needed counseling on business issues relative to financing, operations, planning, marketing and business related matters. Prior to his current position, he served as Director of the Small Business Center at Southeastern Community College. Shorter earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Tuskegee Institute, now known as Tuskegee University. Following his military stint, Shorter attended and received his Master of Business Administration Degree from Old Dominion University. After graduate school, he was employed as a retail and commercial banker with a regional bank and minority bank located in Norfolk, Virginia and Fayetteville, respectively. Shorter’s entrepreneur experience has been in the area of fast food ownership where he formerly owned and operated two Burger King Restaurants. Additionally, he is the former owner of a funeral home located in Alabama.

new media tools to foster student citizenship. The FSU eCitizenship Committee is working to create a plan to engage FSU students in on-campus and external political events and issues. This strategy will coincide with the core mission statement of the university and help it reach goals set by the UNC Tomorrow mandate for student retention and graduation. FSU, which has a long-standing commitment to service learning and community service, invites members of the community to share its ideas with the eCitizenship Team.

Suggestions may be sent to Frobish at, or to Tryon at ctryon@ The FSU eCitizenship Committee included Professor Jon Chestnut (Visual Arts), Witneigh Davis (Communication-student), Frobish (Communication), Dr. Heather Griffiths (Sociology), Dr. Oliver Johnson (Social Work), Dr. Stanley Johnson (History/Government), Stacey Robinson (Visual Arts-student), Dr. Gregory Sadler (History/Government), and Tryon (English/Foreign Languages).

“I Must Continue On This Path” -After Being Chancellor for a Day Ms. Kristy Mitchell, a junior from Fayetteville, NC, majoring in Mathematics, served as Chancellor for a Day on November 18, 2009. Becoming the “Chancellor for a Day” is a great opportunity to walk in the shoes, and see through the eyes of a great leader,” stated Kristy. “However, I want to know what really goes on behind the scenes-- what prevents the Chancellor from making some decisions, or what goes on in the meetings that define the university’s future for students, faculty and staff. I look forward to the professional and personal growth that will result from participating in such an esteemed, honorable program.” Kristy has been on the Chancellor’s List for four consecutive semesters. She is a member of the Women’s Leadership Academy and was a Teacher’s Assistant this summer for a program at FSU that helped increase the knowledge of middle school children in robotics. She was an Orientation Leader for the class of 2013 resulting in over 120 hours of volunteer work, a member of Fayetteville State University’s Honors Program and Phi Eta Sigma Freshmen Honor Society.

and body, Kristy is an active member of the FSU Lady’s Tennis team. She is able to do all of these things, and remains on the Chancellor’s List, because of her diligence, self-motivation, and willingness to learn. Reflecting on her experience as “Chancellor for a Day,” Kristy noted that the thing she liked most was the chance to sit in the meetings that the Chancellor attends every day. “This is a rare opportunity that few students are privileged to experience,” stated Kristy. “I was very excited to be able to sit in Chancellor Anderson’s office and ask him all kinds of questions about his day to day activities, his responsibilities to the school as well as what controls the decisions he makes. In fact, from my essay that I wrote, I wanted to know the true reason why classes cannot just be cancelled at the Chancellor’s snap of a finger. Dr. Anderson explained to me that even as Chancellor he is accountable to others to assure a quality education for students. “ “The most exciting time was getting to see and speak to students in the cafeteria at lunch time. I shook several hands and was welcomed by my warm fellow Broncos, many of whom I had never spoken to before. As a result of being Chancellor for the Day, I am inspired not to quit, even when times get hard I know that if I continue in the right direction I can become a very successful person, just as our Chancellor, Dr. James Anderson.”

Ms. Mitchell is a Supplemental Instructor in Calculus and said, “I like to tell students that math is not hard, it just has to be understood.” She participated in several research programs over the past years including the highly competitive North Carolina State University Research for Undergraduates in Mathematics Program, FICAMS and continues her research efforts as a NC-LSAMP scholar at FSU. As a result of her research, she has presented at several conferences in North Carolina, including Raleigh, Greensboro, and Fayetteville. Building mind

Early Preparation Pays Off for Mr. FSU Rashad Hinnant is a living example that preparation is the key to achieving one’s goals in life. When he entered Fayetteville State University (FSU) four years ago, he knew he wanted to be Mr. FSU. He wasn’t sure when he was going to compete, but he knew that winning the title was one of his personal goals. “I started preparing for Mr. FSU my freshman year by first maintaining a positive image among my peers and university officials,” Hinnant said. “I felt that in order for me to even have a shot at becoming Mr. FSU the people of my university had to see me as a Mr. FSU. I also talked to a few of the past Mr. FSUs and former contestants to help prepare my mind for the competition and what I would encounter. The main act of preparation was to focus on my weak points. I continued to fine tune my areas of strength and spent the most time improving my weaknesses.”

The early preparation and planning paid off. Hinnant, a senior business administration major from Goldsboro, won the title over six other young men. The theme of the competition, held Oct. 11, was “The New Black” and was the culminating event of a week-long Male Initiative October 5-11. The purpose of the week was to educate, inspire, and prepare FSU’s young

men for transition into a global arena. In describing the contest and week of events during the opening of the production, Master of Ceremony Ricardo Morgan summed it up best. “Leadership, professionalism, and distinction are the high standards we wish to instill in our students. It is our hope that through the Bronco experience, a young man will mature into a dynamic Fayetteville State University Man. For you see, a ‘true’ Fayetteville State University Man is able to raise the level of class and sophistication of the company he keeps. A ‘true’ Fayetteville State University Man is well read, well traveled, well spoken and yes, well dressed. We present the “true” Bronco Men – the trendsetters of a new expression, new attitude, and new style.”

represent Mr. FSU. He said when he heard the first runner-up’s name called; he could not believe he had achieved his goal. “It was truly an honor and blessing, because I realized the stakes were high this year. I ran against six of FSU’s finest and talented students. They were all equally talented and for me to have won over all of them was just amazing to me and a blessing.”

Hinnant was the trendsetter who won over the panel of five judges. He said he entered the contest because he wanted to portray FSU in a positive light. “Even before I became Mr. FSU, I felt like I was Mr. FSU. No matter where I went, I made sure that I carried myself with intellect, class, dignity, and sophistication – all the qualities befitting a Mr. FSU and a Fayetteville State University student.”

• Jermaine Pittman, Sophomore, Biology major,

Hinnant said he considers himself fortunate to

The other contestants were: • Claude Mitchell, Junior, Biology major, Winston Salem, NC • Justin Barbour, Senior, English Language & Literature major, Marshville, NC Enfield, NC • Christopher Blacksher, Senior, History major, Fayetteville, NC • Jerryll Nelson, Junior, Speech & Theater major, Fayetteville, NC • Cortney Slaughter, Junior, Secondary Education major, Suitland, MD


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Holiday Party Spreads Good Cheer The Chancellor’s annual holiday party was more than just a gathering to dine on turkey, ham, and a variety of desserts. It was a time for the Fayetteville State University family to show that it supports its community.

families in the Southeastern part of the United States who need out-of-home placement for various reasons.

Dickens, who lives in Durham, came up with the idea of making a donation to the home during one of her daily commutes. “I pass the exit each morning and thought it would be a good idea, especially since they have residents who are college-aged,” she said. “Also, it is in Cumberland County so our assistance would have a direct impact on the community.”

On December 15 in the cafeteria of the Rudolph Jones Student Center, faculty and staff members heeded the Chancellor’s call when he asked that they purchase a $2 ticket to attend the affair. The reason for the request was that all proceeds from ticket purchases would be donated to the Falcon Children’s Home. When the figures were tallied, $1,600 was raised. “The response was great,” said Emily Dickens, Director of Government and Community Affairs at FSU. “We had better attendance at this year’s event than last year and last year we did not request any donations.” Founded in 1909, Falcon Children’s Home is a residential childcare facility licensed by the State of North Carolina to

serve children from the ages of 2-21 years old. A ministry of the Pentecostal Holiness Church, the home serves children and

Mathematics Professor’s Paper Published in Research Journal Dr. Nicoleta V. Bila, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, has recently published the paper “A new class of symmetry reductions for parameter identification problems” in the International Journal of Nonlinear Mathematical Physics, 16, 3 (2009), 355–371. The paper is co-written with Dr. Jitse Niesen at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, and introduces new types of symmetry reductions for parameter identification problems described by nonlinear partial differential equations. The international Journal of Nonlinear Mathematical Physics is devoted to the publication of research papers concerned with the description, solution, and applications of nonlinear problems in physics and mathematics.

While the children’s home was the recipient of the university family’s generosity this past holiday season, Dickens said another charity or non-profit group will be selected in 2010. “We will look for organizations that we have relationships/partnerships with or with which we should develop relationships,” she said. “When I say relationship/ partnership that means an organization where FSU is represented on the board or one that works in the K-16 arena.”

Four FSU Faculty Release New Books Four FSU faculty recently published new books both fiction and non-fiction. Dr. Carole Weatherford, a faculty member in the English department and a New York Times best selling poet and children’s book author, recently debuted Racing Against the Odds: The Story of Wendell Scott, Stock Car Racing’s African-American Champion. This children’s book uses free verse and colorful illustrations to depict the struggles and the perseverance that Scott and his family faced. Dr. Weatherford’s next book, First Pooch: The Obamas Pick a Pet, is soon to be released. Dr. Maria Orban collaborated with several other authors to compile essays that reevaluate the literary writings of Charles Chesnutt from a 21st century perspective in the book Charles Chesnutt Reappraised: Essays on the First Major African American Fiction Writer. The book includes essays by two FSU faculty of the English department, Dr. Orban and Dr. Kim Kirkpatrick. Covering a broad range of topics germane to emerging democracies in Africa and throughout the world, Dr. Joseph Osei, a faculty member in the Philosophy department, has contributed an important scholarly

work entitled The Challenge of Sustaining Emergent Democracies. This book sheds light on a number of issues important to African studies, history, sociology, philosophy, or economics. Film lovers should take note of Dr. Chuck Tryon’s book, Reinventing Cinema: Movies in the Age of Media Convergence. His book analyzes the influences of DVD extras, home theater systems, video iPods, movie blogs and YouTube videos, as well as how this new digital framework influences the dynamics of film creation.

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