Fayetteville State and You Volume 2 Issue 1 Spring 08
Chancellor Lloyd V. Hackley Returns To FSU plus
The Bronco Legacy Society Makes Debut
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Spring â€˜08 18 Alumni Accentuation 13 California Connection 2 Chancellor Dedicated to Growth 14 Convenience Online 22 Writing Certificate Debut 16 Student Earning Potential 20 FSU Upgrades to Turf 8 Gates Millennium Scholarship 6 HUB Contractors Academy 25 Dr. James Named African Chief 11 Leave a Legacy: Planned Giving 5 Living Life to the Fullest 4 New Dean of Education 28 Special Merit Award 17 Stand and Deliver 23 Smith Hall Workout 7 The Smithfield-Luter Scholarship 24 Thurgood Marshall Symposium 26 Warren Turner: A Pledge
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Dr. Lloyd Vincent “Vic” Hackley enjoys challenges and looks upon the opportunity to help as somewhat of a calling. That is why he is back at Fayetteville State University. The FSU Chancellor from 1988-94 has returned, as he puts it, “to work as the chancellor for an interim period” rather than be considered “an interim chancellor.” His point is that he is here to get a job done instead of filling in a certain period of time. Dr. T. J. Bryan resigned as Fayetteville State Chancellor on July 9, prompting University of North Carolina system President Erskine Bowles to phone Hackley, who was completing a year as chancellor at North Carolina A&T on an interim basis. There are reports that Hackley listened to Bowles’ request to take over at Fayetteville State and called back later to accept. “That isn’t exactly right,” Hackley said. “Erskine called and said, `We have a vacancy at Fayetteville State.’ I told him okay, but that I had some obligations at A&T. What I meant was that I had some things I had to finish, and I have been doing that with a few trips back and forth to Greensboro.” “My family voted unanimously against my coming back to Fayetteville. But they only have 49 percent of the vote,” he said, laughing. “I have to blame my father for both of these ventures (at A&T and FSU). He told me if I can help and refuse to do so, then I am worse than people who deliberately do harm.” “I guess you could call this a calling.”
Hackley’s return to the Fayetteville State campus, however, had him feeling a little uneasy.
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usses common sense approach to addressing university’s needs “I was apprehensive coming back,” he said. “I had not been here in 10 years, and I didn’t know how I would feel and how the campus would receive me. But everyone was very warm and welcoming. I must have had 100 e-mails from on and off campus. A lot of them said `welcome home.’” While Hackley does not pull any punches when it comes to facing and solving problems, he is emphatic in stressing his primary goal at FSU. “They simply need to trim some of the stuff not central to the mission of the university,” he said, “and be about educating undergraduate students. Some of these unnecessary things are diverting much needed money from important areas.” Finances have been a problem at Fayetteville State for several years, and Hackley is quick to address that. “We have had a lot of people who have evaluated the problems,” he said, “but they haven’t put the training in place to help fix the problems. I am going to use the Laurie Charest model. She has worked at Chapel Hill and is awesome in human relations. She helped me at A&T, where there were problems similar to the ones here.” “She makes assessments of every aspect – the people, programs and problems – and then comes up with solutions. Robin Render, the vice president for information technology in the UNC system, is working with us as well.” “We will get people trained,” Hackley said. “Then, if they can’t learn in a reasonable time, we have got to find people who can.” Hackley is an interesting person. He has four degrees, including his doctorate from UNC Chapel Hill, and 20 years in the Air Force, retiring as a major.
“I identify with these students directly. When they don’t do well, I take it personally. He is a no-nonsense man who is also very relaxed. You may find him in the FSU Chancellor’s office wearing a sport shirt rather than the expected coat and tie. But there is no mistaking that he is all business. “When you have confidence,” Hackley said, “there is no need to be supercilious, pedantic and hard-nosed. I have worked for people like that. Usually, they have some question about their ability to lead. Clothes do not make the man, and neither does image.” “A leader does the right things and does things rightly. A leader inspires people to want to do the right things the right way.” The importance of education was emphasized to Hackley at a young age, and it continues to be his major focus. “I came from a very poor family,” he said. “My parents had a deep love and respect for education, and they insisted on academic excellence.” “I identify with these students directly. When they don’t do well, I take it personally. It is extremely important that we keep these young people in school. When there are freshmen who are not really prepared for college, Fayetteville State – and other universities – must do what it takes to bring them up to where they should be. We need to see that they become sophomores instead of just dropping out of sight because they didn’t make it.” “We have got to find people – chancellors – to run these institutions, people who understand the missions of these
institutions. K-12 is still having difficulty educating poor and minority children, so colleges must do what is necessary to take up the slack.” “Chancellors must do that,” Hackley said, “and still be able to run a Fortune 500 company. That is what the job entails.” His first few weeks at FSU were spent surveying the overall situation and evaluating what needs to be done. “I’m not having fun yet,” Hackley said at the time. “There are some things that are aggravating to me. I won’t be specific, but there are things that are harmful to the viability of this university, and I can’t understand why they are going on. We are going to straighten those things out.” “I don’t have a hit list of people, programs, projects or organizations. I am not out to get anyone, but at the same time, nothing is sacrosanct other than the mission. I will not hesitate to make changes where they are needed.” Hackley believes that, despite problems which have to be solved, Fayetteville State has many strengths. “I look at it like wood,” he said. “I saw some old logs on the ground one time, and they seemed useless. I thought they were rotten. This man chopped away the rotted area, and the logs had a solid core.” “That is what I see here at Fayetteville State. There is a solid core of students, faculty, programs and motivation.” “We are going to be all right,” Hackley said. “It will take some time … I don’t see how I will be here less than a year … but I feel confident things will be fixed.” “And when the next chancellor takes over, we will hand this university over in as good a condition as we possibly can.”
New Dean of Education Shares Passion for Teaching Students At Coppin State University, Lewis served as chair for the department of curriculum and instruction, as the coordinator to the elementary education program and as advisor for graduate and undergrad students in the field of education. Prior to that, she taught in the Jamaican and Baltimore (MD) public school systems. Lewis plans on being a teaching dean at Fayetteville State. “My people are the students. One of the things I’m good at is making students comfortable. I “I spoke with (FSU can connect with them.” Provost) Dr. Juliette Bell,” she said, “and told her I want to teach. I have to teach. I have a passion about Fayetteville State University’s new what I do, and I think the students fuel that Dean of Education may symbolize the three passion. They keep me sane, motivated and R’s (reading, ’riting and ’rithmitic), but she energized.” espouses the three E’s. “When you think about it, they are Dr. Leontye Lewis is bubbling over why I’m here; they are why all the faculty with enthusiasm, energy and excitement as members are here. We need to serve our she embarks on her first year as the head of clients well.” FSU’s School of Education. “I told Dr. Bell that I will still meet “I am very excited and happy to be my responsibilities and obligations as Dean, here,” said Lewis, who earned her doctorate that teaching will not keep me from doing of education degree from Harvard. “My those things. Actually, teaching will help me main focus is the students. I look at them do them better. I would feel empty without as our clients because it is our business (in teaching,” she added. the School of Education) to prepare them to teach.” Lewis will rely on students to help find ways to improve the School of Education. Lewis received her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education “I will have a Dean’s Forum,” she from Coppin State University, graduating explained, “to ask students how we can Summa Cum Laude and valedictorian. She earned two master’s degrees, one at Bowling have a better department. I will listen to the students. We need to do that because there Green in curriculum and instruction and the is much more to what they say than just other at Harvard in teaching and learning. complaining about assignments. We have to She comes to FSU from Coppin State pay attention to students and base what we do on their needs.” University, where she served as the director of the School of Education. She wrote a “My people are the students. One of proposal that led to opening that school the things I’m good at is making students as it now exists. Before 2007, it was the comfortable. I can connect with them.” department of education.
Pulling from her staff is also part of Lewis’ game plan.
“In my leadership,” she said, “I involve everyone. I want suggestions. But I am going to do what is right for the university. I will listen, but I will not be swayed away from that.” Asked what attracted her to Fayetteville State, Lewis said, “There were several things. When I went on my tour of the university, I saw the Cross Creek Early College and learned of its success. That is impressive.” “I found out there are plans for a new education building. I like that Fayetteville State has many new programs and initiatives to increase the number of licensed teachers. We have to make sure we are meeting the needs of schools in Cumberland and surrounding counties. I believe in the public school system. I like the fact that North Carolina is committed to teacher education.” “I will have ample people resources here,” she said. “I will have an assistant dean, three administrative assistants and there will be chairs for the different areas of education.” “I enjoyed being at Coppin State, and I worked hard there. I wanted to take it somewhere else, though. I needed to prove myself in a new environment. I wanted a challenge. I know I can do a good job at Fayetteville State,” Lewis remarked. One cannot talk long with Lewis without recognizing that she is very positive and upbeat. “I get up in the morning happy and thankful,” she said. “I love teaching and education. I love coming to work. My enthusiastic attitude may be disarming to some people, but that’s just the way I am. Hopefully, it will rub off on others who don’t share my enthusiasm.” “I am always energetic. If you see me slow down, please get me some help.”
Living Life to the Fullest James Godwin is one of those natural athletes. He could always run fast. He could jump high and far. And, so, it was no surprise that he wound up in the Fayetteville State University Athletics Hall of Fame. The surprising thing is how he got there. Selected a Black College All-American in both football and track and field in 1975, he attained amazing success despite beginning organized sports relatively late in life and with almost no training. Godwin grew up, ironically, in Godwin, a Cumberland County town 17 miles from Fayetteville with a population of around 125 people. He attended Cape Fear High School, which was struggling to build a football program. “I didn’t know much about the sport,” he recalled. “I didn’t even play in junior high. I just ran as hard and fast as I could.” Exhibiting exceptional power and speed, Godwin was an outstanding running back. With an offensive line lacking overall experience and size, he had many games in which he rushed for over 100 yards. He got much of it on his own, running over defenders at the line of scrimmage and then away from others in the secondary. “I did the best I could,” he said. “I had fun. I just loved to play, loved to compete.” Godwin looked as though he had stepped out of a weight lifter’s handbook, yet he never lifted until he was in college. “I guess I was naturally strong,” he said. “I never had
any weight programs. I grew up in a poor neighborhood, picking cotton, cropping tobacco and milking cows. Hard work makes you strong.” He blistered high school opponents with 9.6 speed in the 100-yard dash, and his leap of more than 25 feet set a North Carolina long jump record. Such feats garnered him an invitation to the Golden West Relays and High School All-American status his senior year at Cape Fear. Big-time football schools Ohio State and LSU came calling, but Godwin picked the Broncos of Fayetteville State over the Buckeyes and Bengals. “I was from a small town,” he explained, “and I wanted to stay close to home. Plus, I didn’t know what it could mean to play football at Ohio State or LSU. Nobody talked to me about things like that. “But things worked out for the best. I was very happy at Fayetteville State. I had a wonderful experience in football and on campus. Raymond McDougal was a really good coach. It was a growing time in my life, and I learned a lot. I met so many people and made so many friends. I met my wife there.” James and Judy (Sansbury) Godwin have been married 28 years and have a daughter, Monica Nicole, who is 25. Godwin missed his FSU freshman football season with a shoulder injury. He ran for more than 1,000 yards as a junior and senior, finishing his college career with 2,633 yards and 20 touchdowns. He averaged five yards per carry over his career. In one game, he rushed for 240 yards and four touchdowns. He was picked by the
New York Jets in the 17th round of the NFL draft in 1976 and was placed on waivers during training camp. He declined an option to return the following year as a free agent. “I knew free agents didn’t get much money,” Godwin said, “so I went back to Fayetteville and went to work with Southern National Bank in the management program. After training, I moved to Charlotte.” After six years in banking, he joined the Charlotte Police Department, retiring in January, 2007, after 26 years on the force. He was so popular that his retirement party attracted more people than any function in the history of the district. “Nobody ever had anything bad to say about James Godwin,” he said proudly. “My parents, James Robert and
Earthalene, taught me how to treat people. They taught me to be honest and do the right thing. I never walked in a light that could be looked at as negative. Everything people said about me was positive. “I appreciate my parents and the way they raised me.” Although he is a retired policeman, Godwin is far from idle. He runs his own lawn service business, which he started 22 years ago, and he works out six days a week. “When I was at Fayetteville State, I was 6 feet tall and weighed 215-220 pounds,” he said. “Now I’m around 225-230, and there is no fat. I play a lot of racquetball, and I win most of the time. “I still love to compete, and I still have the burning desire to win.”
HUB CONTRACTORS ACADEMY The Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Academy at Fayetteville State University is sponsoring a program to bene t minority contractors.
System o ce,” Dickens said, “in an effort to identify minority contractors for construction on member campuses. Fayetteville State wanted to host one of these academies.”
The HUB Contractor Business Academy is currently under way, having begun January 10 and scheduled to continue through April 3.
“Around the same time – near the end of 2006 – the North Carolina Legislature decided to put money for the program under the Department of Administration. That held us up as we had to submit a proposal to that department. That was done in May of this year, and we learned in October that the money would be available to us and we could host the program.”
“This is a big plus for Fayetteville State,” said Emily Dickens, FSU’s Director of Community and Government Affairs.” “We at Fayetteville State feel it is part of our responsibility in the community to help nd minority contractors and channel them to local projects.” “Those include BRAC, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, military housing at Fort Bragg and, down the road, right here on the Fayetteville State campus. There has been a distinct lack of minority contractors in response to BRAC, and we hope this will help change that.” Dickens was on the planning team for the Contractors Academy as was Floyd Shorter, the director of the FSU Business Center. They began work on the program more than a year ago. 6
“The program was initiated by the UNC
The money covers payment to instructors who are teaching the course and for materials. The 14-week course is being held at the Fayetteville Business Center, which is owned by Fayetteville State. Classes begin Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 9 p.m., with meals served at the start of each session. The cost for each student is $65. topics:
Following are some of the course
Commercial Blueprint Reading Insurance Issues/Risk Management Commercial Construction Project Management Contract Management
Mechanic Lien Law How to Market Your Business Employee Labor Obligations and EEO Laws Commercial Construction Project Scheduling Financial Management Construction Estimating Practices Construction Bidding Practices Builders, plumbers, electricians, landscapers, haulers and cement contractors are among the professional people enrolled in the course. “We only had 25 slots for the course,” Dickens said. “To enroll in the academy, a I had numerous calls from persons planning to start businesses, but they were not eligible.” “In answer this need, we are going to develop a program for upstarts. We are already looking into that.” “And we aren’t going to stop there. We (the Fayetteville Business Center and Fayetteville State University) will partner with the Women’s Business Center to provide business training for daycare operators. We will be joined in that project by the Cumberland County Partnership for Children.”
Fayetteville State University has received a generous scholarship package from the Smithfield-Luter Foundation, and eight students are currently benefiting. It is a $100,000 grant, to be spread over four years, with each $25,000 disbursement to be divided among as many FSU students as may qualify. “This scholarship grew out of a meeting we had with the SmithfieldLuter Foundation representatives,” said Stephen McDaniel, Fayetteville State’s Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement. “We met them on campus concerning fundraising and concluded that what we needed more than anything was scholarships.” Established in 2002, the Smithfield-Luter Foundation is a nonprofit organization that acts as the philanthropic wing of Smithfield Foods, Inc. Since its inception, the foundation has provided educational scholarships to the dependent children and grandchildren of full-time and retired employees of
Smithfield and its family of companies. “Qualified applicants must be the children or grandchildren of Smithfield employees,” McDaniel explained, “and be enrolled as a full-time student at Fayetteville State. The scholarship is designed to meet unmet needs. For some, it may be tuition; for others, it may be books. It just depends on the student. “When the scholarship was announced during the summer, we communicated the information to the human resources department at the Smithfield plant in Tar Heel. Smithfield included the scholarship information in its newsletter which went out to the overall Smithfield organization. We also sent out scholarship applications.” Fayetteville State received several applications, and as a result, eight students have been awarded scholarships. All are renewable, based on continued need and qualification, for four years. This year’s Smithfield-Luter Scholarship recipients at FSU are all from North Carolina. They include Frankie
Robinson, Neisha Spivey and Lawrence Thomas, all of Fayetteville; Chayveon Page and DeLaurence Rudd, both of Hope Mills; Kayla Brianne of Elizabethtown; Danisha McLaurin of Maxton; and Kandice Helton of Kenansville. “Smithfield-Luter did not have any scholarship programs with Historically Black Colleges and Universities in North Carolina,” McDaniel said, “and its people wanted to be involved in that area in this state.” There is a possibility that the scholarship at Fayetteville State could increase. “We have a four-year commitment for $100,000,” McDaniel said, “but Smithfield-Luter’s people have said to us that they would revisit the dollar amount based on demand. “This is a wonderful opportunity to help Fayetteville State meet its greatest need. I would love to have 10 more scholarships just like this. We are most appreciative to Smithfield-Luter for its generosity and interest in FSU and its students.” 7
Fayetteville State Students Provided Exceptional Opportunity
Gates Millennium Scholarship Program The cost of a college education is rising, and the financial strain that it puts on students and parents is rising along with it. Fayetteville State University sophomores Darian Martin and James King don’t have to worry about the cost of their undergraduate education anymore. In fact, they don’t have to worry about the cost of their graduate education anymore. Bill Gates, Chairman and co-founder of Microsoft Corporation, through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, created the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program that provides minority students with the opportunity to attend college, despite the economic barriers. Martin and James were awarded Gates Millennium Scholarships as freshmen and were recently awarded renewals so that their education expenses will continue to be covered. Yet, their scholarships don’t stop there. Both Martin and King plan to take full advantage of the scholarship that will financially support their long-term academic goals.
In 1999, armed with a $1 billion grant, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation created the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program as a way to increase the representation of minority groups in the disciplines of education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health, and the sciences. The program provides the opportunity for African-American, Hispanic American, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Asian Pacific Islander American students with high academic and leadership promise who have a significant financial need, to attend the college or university of their choice while helping to build a diverse generation of new leaders in the United States. Once a student is chosen as a scholar, they can renew their scholarships each year to continue their education. All scholarship recipients receive funding to cover the cost of their education that is unmet after grants and financial aid. Since being established, the program has provided more than $300 million in scholarships to more than 10,000 students.
“The GMS program is a critical step toward bringing true equity to the American educational system. As we continue the hard work of creating high quality high schools from which all students graduate ready for college and work, we must also aim to remove the financial barriers that prevent so many low income students from pursuing higher education,” said Jim Shelton, director of education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said in a press release. “The Gates Millennium Scholars program reduces those financial barriers and allows talented low-income students to attend the college or university of their choice.”
community service and extracurricular activities. Students must also be eligible for the Pell Grant and must be enrolling as full-time freshmen at an accredited university. Scholarship recipients come from across the country and are chosen from a large group of applicants. In 2007, there were more than 12,000 applicants with 1,000 students being awarded scholarships. The United Negro College Fund, in partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars, and the Organization of Chinese Americans, administers the Gates Millennium Scholars program.
As a way to encourage further education, Gates scholars can also request funding for graduate degree programs in several areas, including: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health, and science. Gates scholars can pursue fully-funded master’s and doctoral degrees through the program. Martin, a sophomore, is an FSU Honors Scholar, which includes a scholar- ship that covers full tuition and expenses. Because his education expenses are already covered, the Gates Millennium Scholarship provides him with a stipend of $1,500 per year. Following graduation from FSU, Martin plans to take advantage of the Gates Millennium Scholarship by continuing his schooling to receive both his master’s and doctoral degrees.
“When I got it, I was very excited. My father and mother were very proud of me,” Martin said. “I want to continue my education as far as it (scholarship) will provide finances for.” Martin is studying Business Administration with a marketing concentration. Following graduation, he is considering Georgetown or Harvard to pursue a Ph.D in Psychology. His goal is to work with companies on the psychological approach they take in selling and marketing their products.
In addition to the scholarship assistance, the program also offers services to help empower students. The Gates Scholars Academic Empowerment Services encourage academic excellence, mentoring services for academic and personal development, and an online resource center that provides internship, fellowship, and scholarship information. “By supporting these students, we impact individual lives and help to create the next generation of this country’s leaders, especially in the health, science and education fields,” Shelton said in a press release. Scholarship recipients go through a lengthy and competitive application process. Requirements for the scholarship include a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale and applicants must demonstrate leadership through
King also plans to continue his education and apply for graduate scholarships through the Gates Millennium Scholar Program.
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Leave a Legacy CONSIDER Planned GiVING Since Fayetteville State University was founded, gifts from alumni and friends have helped carve and shape its path. The leadership and commitment of donors is imperative to the university’s continued success, and recognizing those individuals who give back to the university is a top priority. In the past, acknowledging those who have given through planned gifts has been a struggle because often planned gifts have gone unknown to the university until after the giver has passed away. In an effort to honor those people who give to the university through planned gifts while they are still living, the university created the Bronco Legacy Circle to thank those individuals and to encourage them to make FSU aware of their gift. “Private donations are extremely vital to FSU. As the percentage of the overall budget from the state decreases, the need for private investors increases,” senior major gifts officer and Class of 1987
graduate, Mary Bailey, said. “Planned giving allows the university to plan for the future while it allows givers to arrange charitable gifts in a manner that maximizes their personal intent or goals and minimizes after tax cost.” In the last documented fiscal year, nearly 84 percent of the money donated by individuals to charitable organizations such as universities came from planned or deferred gifts. In the past, private gifts for Fayetteville State have counted for less than 2 percent. Fayetteville State is hoping that by raising awareness of the importance of private gifts, more alumni and friends of the university will come forward to support FSU through planned gifts and be part of the Bronco Legacy Circle. The Bronco Legacy Circle has two distinct branches: The C.I. Brown Club, named for the late C.I. Brown who was a professor in the FSU Education Department for more than 30 years who left a bequest to FSU in his will; and the Katie C. Forshee Club, named for the late Katie C. Forshee, a career educator who taught History and Political Science at FSU and upon her death left personal property to FSU. Members of the C.I. Brown Club are those whose financial commitment to the University have been made in outright cash via a bequest or will or another deferred gift program. Members of the Katie C. Forshee Club are those whose financial commitment to the University have been made through a gift of real property or other asset, other than cash, via a bequest or will or another deferred gift program. Planned gifts are perfect for those who may not have outright cash to give but would like to donate through different means such as appreciated stock, real estate, Charitable Lead and Charitable Remainder Trusts, annuities or a bequest they leave in their will. “We know that there are people that have Fayetteville State in their will. Bronco alumni are like no other alumni! They are loyal and they love their university,” Bailey said. “We would like to recognize those people who have designated FSU through planned giving.” To become a member of the Bronco Legacy Circle, donors must indicate FSU as a beneficiary in their will or be a participant in a planned or deferred gift such as an annuity or charitable lead
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FSU Receives First Bequest Dr. Leonza Loftin has been contributing to Fayetteville State University every year since he graduated in 1968. When a University Department of Development staff member approached him about future gift planning, he did not need to be convinced. Loftin became the first person to bequest a gift to FSU and the first member of the Bronco Legacy Circle. After being approached about planned giving, Loftin, who currently teaches in the Department of Math and Computer Science at FSU, spoke with his family about it and gladly agreed.
Dr. Leonza Loftin trust. Donors must also provide FSU with a copy of their will or codicil to their existing will. In the upcoming year, FSU will host estate planning sessions and will provide access to attorneys to facilitate some of these discussions. “People should have planned giving discussions with their families. Let their wishes be known so their family knows, Bailey said. “We would recommend that people go through a lawyer or financial planner to create a will, but many people don’t have wills because of the many misconceptions such as privacy issues and cost of attorneys.” As a way of thanking those individuals in the Bronco Legacy Circle, the university will recognize members of the C.I. Brown and Katie C. Forshee Clubs with a bronze medallion suspended from a white and blue ribbon. Members of the Bronco Legacy Circle will also receive invitations to all universitywide events. In addition, they will be recognized at an annual luncheon, hosted by the Chancellor, FSU Leadership, and student leadership. At events such as Fall Convocation, Commencements, and Founders’ Day, members of the Bronco Legacy Circle will be invited to procession into the ceremony with the Chancellor and invited dignitaries. Members of the Bronco Legacy Circle will also have their names engraved on the Bronco Legacy Wall, located in the newly renovated lobby of the J.W. Seabrook Auditorium. Brief biographies with pictures and personal quotes will be posted on the FSU website. Anyone interested in learning more about the Bronco Legacy Circle or how to leave a bequest or planned gift to the university should contact Mary Bailey, Senior Major Gifts Officer at 910-672-1390. 12
“Immediately I knew it was a good idea. I didn’t need to be sold on the idea. I think I’m a strong supporter of FSU. I’ve been making a contribution and have been an active member of the alumni association ever since I graduated,” Loftin said. “I’ve been making contributions in no real highly-organized fashion. This is something that occurred to me that I can do one time and it will be there. I can even increase it if I want to just by making a note to myself.” Loftin feels his bequest is a great way to give back to a cause he believes in. He encourages (others) to give through bequests and planned giving. “One way to look at it is, you’ll never miss it! That’s facetious to say. If you can get your family to agree to it, there’s no pressure on anybody,” Loftin said. “If you agree to give 50 percent or 30 percent, it’s easy on them knowing what is going to happen in advance.” Loftin has been married to his wife Willie Mae for 56 years. They have three children and several grandchildren. He is a self proclaimed tennis buff and avid bowler. He helped form a tennis association with the express purpose of working with young people in 1967 and is still a member of the group.
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CALIFORNIA CONNECTION The vast majority of Fayetteville State University’s students come from North Carolina and surrounding states. The 2007 freshmen class was no different, but as students converged on the FSU campus this year, it was a surprise when four incoming freshmen came from three time zones away in California. Two of those freshmen, Achari Mainor and Nathifa Young are quickly realizing that though life is different on the East Coast, much is still the same. No, not everyone in California is rich and they don’t know Snoop Dog or the stars from the Hills, and yes, they have been asked. They have, however, met a few famous people, or at least had sightings. Young met record producer Jermaine Dupri and singer Little Romeo came to one of her high school’s basketball games while Mainor has seen Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat and has met singer Mya. Life in California is miles away and seems to be full of glamour, but Young and Mainor are learning that life in Fayetteville is similar to the lives they lead in California, although they have noticed some changes.
“People are actually way friendlier here. In California they see you need help and they just walk away. On moving-in day, people were helpful and outgoing. In California everybody looks out for themselves,” Young said. Mainor and Young are both new to the East Coast. Manior, who is originally from the San Diego area but now calls the San Francisco Bay area home, had never been to North Carolina or heard of Fayetteville State University until she was approached by her high school volleyball coach about possibly playing for FSU. She came to Fayetteville State on an official visit and when she was offered a partial scholarship to play and for her academics, that covered most of the costs of her education, she decided to try it.
quickly became known as “Cali” by their friends and they agree that there are some things about North Carolina that they enjoy that they didn’t have in California. Manior has discovered the restaurant Golden Corral, which she enjoys and Young is getting more used to Southern food such as grits and loves the sweet tea. Since they are both so far away from their homes, going home for a short trip or a weekend visit is not possible most of the time. Neither has been too homesick for California yet and both plan to go home for Christmas break. “I’m usually always busy because I’ve made a lot of friends. When I’m not busy I start to miss home a bit,” Young said.
“I like it a lot. It’s different from home. I like to travel, so I wanted to at least leave California and at least experience and see what life was like on the East Coast … the scholarship made the decision pretty easy to come here,” Manior said.
“I talk to my mom a lot. She checks up on me. My teammates help me a lot. They take me where I need to go and they take me home with them to meet their families when we have a weekend without practice,” Mainor said.
The weather is one of the biggest changes Mainor and Young have been adjusting to. They recalled the cooler temperatures of the California nights, and though they are used to the heat, they are not used to the humidity. Both girls also noticed the differences in the people.
Young, who is from Long Beach, California, was introduced to Fayetteville State by her dad who lives nearby. He wanted her to attend school closer to him, so she decided on FSU. Young is also involved in sports. She tried out for the FSU Cheerleading Squad and made the team.
“It’s very green out here, even on the freeways. I’ve never seen so many trees and forests. The weather is very humid. As soon as you step outside you want to take a shower. In California, it’s just extremely hot,” Mainor said. “Everyone has a country accent that I don’t have.”
“It’s different. It’s a little slower out here and it’s hot. It’s hot in California too, but at night time it cools down,” Young said.
Young has not yet decided what avenue she will study. Mainor is planning to study criminal justice and wants to be an attorney in the family court system. Despite the miles that separate them from their homes in California, both girls agreed that they are adjusting well to life in North Carolina and are enjoying the experience. They both plan to make FSU their home for the next four years, but their permanent home will remain in California.
Being members of sports teams has allowed both Manior and Young to meet new people and both have made friends easily. They
“Life is not that much different here …” Achari said. “It does have its bad parts, but home is in California!” 13
FSU Offers Many It is estimated that there are approximately 375 million internet users in Asia, 292 million in Europe, and 227 million in North America. As internet users lead their busy lives, they continue to look to the web for more conveniences. Fayetteville State University is providing users the convenience and flexibility of online opportunities through online giving, online travel resources, and online education, and the programs are becoming increasingly popular. Online education, which allows those with a busy schedule to take classes on their own time without the structure of being in a class and studying at a certain time, is one area that has exploded across the country. Fayetteville State’s online education program is no exception. When Fayetteville State launched its online program in 1999, eight courses were offered and 99 students participated. In Spring 2007, 1,380 students participated in 99 different courses that were offered. “It has been very popular, to the extent that sometimes we have to open up a second section of classes for students who are at a distance. This is their best option because you have students who are working, have families, if they live at a distance, if they want to get up at 3 in the morning or complete assignment on Saturday, they can do that,” FSU’s Online Program Director, Barbara Jones said. Right now, students cannot complete a full degree online at FSU but can take classes and finish their degrees through online courses. FSU has been working with about 14 community colleges to allow students who have finished their Associate’s Degree to transfer to FSU to complete their Bachelor’s Degree online. Barbara Jones said the program has been working out great so far. Jackie Graham completed her master’s degree in reading online in May. She chose online classes because she worked during the day and enjoyed the flexibility going to school online provided. “It was convenient, and I do better when I get a chance to read and think about the class. It was better for me. I got a chance to do a lot more research too,” Graham said. “I can work at different times ... I can work because I’m not in a class from six to eight.” FSU currently offers online courses in criminal justice, psychology, sociology, fire science, computer science, and nursing. Additional online programs are in the future. Courses currently include undergraduate and master’s-level courses. Barbara Jones said that student feedback allows FSU to know when other classes and online programs are needed.
Recognizing the amount of people that increasingly do business online, FSU recently launched two online programs that will make supporting the university even easier. Online giving and the new FSU travel website both launched this summer giving students, alumni, and friends of the university the ability to support FSU, all online. “Having the capability for supporters to give online helps us in marketing to younger alumni, FSU Director of Development, Wendy Jones said. “When you do something online, this generation is more apt to make a gift because it is convenient.” FSU launched its online giving program in July, and the university expects the program to become very popular, especially with younger alumni. Just about half of the schools in the CIAA currently have online giving programs. FSU wanted to make giving as easy and convenient as possible. “It saves time, you can make a gift, and you are done in a matter of seconds. You get your acknowledgement instantly. You can pay online just like any other bill,” Wendy Jones said. Fayetteville State supporters can also show their support and give back to the university while traveling the world. www.broncotravels.com launched this summer and works just like other travel websites. You can book hotels, flights, cruises, and vacations through the site, and each time, a portion of the sale goes to FSU. The site is becoming more popular as people learn about it. Many people have already made www.broncotravel.com their travel site of choice. “We live in a world where people are on the go. Busy lives demand the convenience and flexibility of the internet. FSU is committed to giving our students, alumni, and friends online choices. Whether students are taking classes online or whether an alumni wants to give back to the university. We want to make it as easy and convenient as possible,” Wendy Jones said.
FSU The earning potential for Fayetteville State University graduates is very much in line with other schools across the country. That is the word from Dr. Paris Jones, who compiles such data as the director of Advisement and Career Services at Fayetteville State. “Our students get jobs with some pretty impressive starting salaries,” Jones said. “Of course, some careers are more lucrative than others. It all depends on the degree, what the student’s major is.” Accounting was the big ticket for 2007 FSU graduates. One started at $60,000 a year with Exxon Mobil. Two Fayetteville State grads with accounting degrees got jobs with Cargill at a beginning annual salary of $55,000. Another is earning $49,000 for the first year with Deloitte. And one started at $47,500 with the CPMG accounting firm. “Accounting graduates, computer science majors and the students with business degrees pull the highest beginning salaries,” Jones said, “but especially accounting. “General business administration majors get jobs – good jobs – but they don’t pay as much as accounting. We have a young lady who graduated from here in December, and she will be making $67,000 working in finance in Wisconsin. “Of course, there are other jobs that pay a lot less,” Jones said. “Everybody doesn’t start out in the $50,000-a-year range. But it’s that way everywhere. Our graduates start out at the same pay for the same jobs with the same companies as those who finish at Carolina and Duke.” There is no way of coming up with an average starting salary for any FSU graduating class, or a graduating at any university, for that matter. Every student does not furnish such information to his/ her school. “It is impossible to do,” Jones said. “And, also, a lot of our students go back
to graduate school. Several enrolled in the MBA (Master of Business Administration) here at Fayetteville State. So, including them in statistics like that would not reflect accurately on what our young people earn right out of college.” One Fayetteville State student fresh out of the MBA program started at an annual salary of $45,000 at Fort Bragg. That is the same beginning pay for an FSU business administration major who is working with Urban Sports Group and for a banking and finance major working with Cargill. A 2007 graduate with a banking and finance degree started at $38,000 with Smith Barney. Business majors with beginning salaries ranging from $30,000 to $37,000 are working with Navy Audit Services, the United States Government, Cingular Wireless, Enterprise and J.C. Penney. There is a psychology major making $35,000 working for the U.S. Government. Three Fayetteville State 2007 graduates, two with degrees in English and one in education, are all earning $28,510 as first-year teachers in the Cumberland County School system. A banking and finance major started at $28,000 with The Pantry. “The bottom line,” Jones said, “is that our students are earning comparable salaries as graduates of other universities in the same fields.” It should be noted that a large number of Fayetteville State students are engaged in internships that very likely will lead to good jobs. Among the employers for those internships are U.S. military branches, Cargill, Inroads, Disney World, the city of Fayetteville, Fayetteville Public Works Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, Nortel, the Cumberland County Department of Social Services, Merrill Lynch, the North Carolina Department of Labor, New Life Christian School and UNC in Washington.
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Stand & Deliver Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, a Princeton graduate and an ordained minister, was the guest speaker for the Fayetteville State University’s Stand and Deliver Conference on Saturday March 15, 2008. The event was sponsored by the Student Government Association of FSU. Dr. Dyson spoke on issues ranging from the church to challenging the bigotry of gender oppression. His speech was geared toward the empowerment of the youth and motivating older people to expose them selves to the culture of the youth. He said this will enable older people to have some insight into the lives and perceptions of the younger people. Dr. Dyson also said that the youth have the potential to change the world. He said that people who have changed the world were young people. For example, Martin Luther King Jr., at age 26, organized a boycott to end racial segregation in public transportation. Dr. Dyson encouraged the young audience to read, think, and use their brain cells and to be active. He said that the society aspires against paying attention. Pay attention to the news and what is going on around you. Read beyond class, beyond the newspapers and challenge older people who say you are too young to make a change. He then exposed his knowledge of hip-hop and rap music, which seemed to grab the attention of the young audience. He spoke of lyricists from Jay-Z, Lauren Hill, Nas, 2-pac, Snoop Dog, Mos Def, Common and many more. He expressed his feeling on the words “Nigger” and “Nigga”, and how the youth do not understand what older people went through because of that word. Finally, Dr. Dyson closed with a discussion about his book “Why I Love Black Women” and the power of women. He said “Don’t be afraid of a strong woman” which went over well with the female portion of the female audience. Overall, the audience seemed to enjoy is comedic and explicit approach to delivering his speech. 17
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Ken Chavious ’76, Vice President of the Durham Chapter of the FSU National Alumni Association and Orange County Finance Director, has announced his retirement effective December 1, 2007. Jeffery Billingsley ’95, was named Vice President and Market Executive for North State Bank. He is a graduate of Fayetteville State University and is actively involved in the community, serving as chairman of the Ten-Year Action Plan to End Homelessness in Wake County. Billingsley is also a member of the Fayetteville State University Mentoring Program. Marquis Johnson ’03, is running for the Rowland town board seat that became vacant when his uncle, Charles Johnson, passed away in March. Kelly Andrews ’00, is the new principal at Lee Woodard Elementary School in Black Creek, North Carolina. Andrews has been an assistant principal at Vinson-Bynum Elementary School since 2005. Andrews has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and master's degrees in K-12 special education and school administration from Fayetteville State University and East Carolina University, respectively. Theresa Cox ’00, principal at Belfast Academy since January 2006, will be
assigned to Northwest Elementary, where she had been assistant principal from July 2001 until July 2004. She was assistant principal at Dillard Middle School from July 2004 until January 2006. Her educational background includes being a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and a North Carolina Principal Fellow. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from University of North Chapel at Greensboro and a master's of school administration from Fayetteville State University. She also taught middle school language arts in Wayne and Pitt county schools. Maj. Lasheeco B. Graham ’93, was named commander of the 60th Comptroller Squadron at Travis Air Force Base in California. She graduated from Westover High School and received her commission through the ROTC program at Fayetteville State University. Percy E. Arrington ’62, retired recently and was named one of the recipients of the 2007 Wall of Fame Plaque. Arrington was the only African American assigned by the NBC television national network to follow three U.S. presidents during their tenure. His duty as a cameraman was to chronicle the activities of each President wherever they went and to return with the pictures. His travels included many overseas countries such Iraq, England, Mexico, and many cities in the United States.
MEMORIALS Nina J. Spicer, ‘96, Snellville, GA, July 1, 2007. Thelma Hawkins,’43, August 1, 2007. Clarence A. Ruffin, ‘52, July 5, 2007. Dannie Mae Freeman Whitehead, ‘42, Hope Mills, NC, June 9, 2007. Thomas Williams, ’46, Rocky Mount, NC. George Mitchell, ‘69, September 30, 2007. Page P. Saunders, Sr., Former FSU Coach, August 8, 2007.
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FSU Upgrades to Tur f
Professional football arenas have housed it for years. Colleges and universities have started to fall in line in the recent past. This year, Fayetteville State University’s Luther “Nick” Jeralds Stadium football field joined the group of stadiums across the country that now house artificial turf instead of regular grass. This summer, FSU installed the turf, the first of its kind in the CIAA. The average football fan might not be able to tell the difference, but the turf brings many advantages to the football program and the university as a whole. Each year, Fayetteville State University maintenance crews spent hours of labor and thousands of dollars to keep the stadium field maintained well enough for the Broncos to play football. Over the course of the season and year, regular grass traditionally became hard to maintain with all of the divots and the uneven ground. These obstacles served as one of the reasons the university decided to invest in artificial turf for the stadium this year. Without worry of wear and tear to the field, the new turf, which has an approximate life span of 10 years, will allow the field to be used 12 months out of the year by groups and programs 20
throughout the university. FSU Athletic Director Dr. Edward McLean sees the new turf as a great investment for the university. “I’m excited about the possibility it can bring to us. It won’t win any more games for us, but it will help us in the recruitment trail. We can tell kids that this is the type of surface that the better schools play on, and we have it right here,” McLean said. “Turf, in my opinion, is the way of the future. Most schools are going to turf knowing it will save them money in the long run. You have to look at it as an investment.” Unlike traditional turf, the AstroTurf Gameday Grass 3D turf is not grass and does not have a root system, so it will not grow or need to be maintained. The turf will look and feel like grass, but it is in fact a grass fiber with a rubber filling. On normal grass, the lines and numbers needed to be repainted regularly. On the new turf, it is estimated that it will be years before it will need to be repainted. The days of watching a muddy football game are over as well. The new turf will dry in 30 minutes, and because the turf is not rooted into the ground
like grass, activity on the field will not create divots and patches, which will open the door for numerous other university activities to take place on the field. “It’s not just for playing football. It’s one of the things we saw with everybody using it that the present condition … you spend a lot of time repairing it. We needed a multipurpose area where the band can practice, intramurals and the physical education department, Army/ ROTC, all can go out and do things on it, where they couldn’t do it before. We felt that if it was possible to get this surface, it would benefit our university as a whole,” FSU Football Coach Kenny Phillips said. The Division of Student Affairs plans to take advantage of the turf and host a number of activities on the field throughout the year, including intramural programs and other activities such as Homecoming and Greek Week festivities. “The stadium will provide an additional venue for various student activities, especially the Intramural Program. Students will now
have a designated location and seating for flag football, soccer, and other outdoor sport activities,” says Olivia Chavis, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. In addition to the low maintenance the turf will provide, it is also expected to decrease the amount of injuries to players. The turf has layers which are designed to provide a softer surface than traditional grass. It is also laser-leveled by the company that installed it and has a compaction test completed regularly to test its bounce, McLean said. “It is better on players physically. It is a lot softer than the turf that we had out there,” Phillips said. “It is supposed to help have fewer injuries to the head, knees, and ankles because it actually gives a little more than natural grass.” Like McLean, Phillips is excited about what the new turf will mean for the university and specifically with the football program. He plans to use the turf as a recruitment tool. Many recruits are looking at the overall appeal of the university and its football program. Being
able to share that FSU is investing in its athletic facilities and athletic programs will be a bonus,” he said. “It’s very exciting when you’re talking about the importance as an athletic program. As a university you have to look at what makes a university better. One of the things that helps as a football program is improving the facilities and trying to be the best that you can be at everything you can do. The biggest thing you can do is to show the student athletes that you are trying to do something to help them,” Phillips said. “It shows that the university is willing to make a commitment to them. That’s what it’s about to student athletes. You have to be able to compete in the state.” The turf cost the university approximately $650,000, a cost that McLean said will be a savings in the long run. FSU is the first school in the CIAA to switch to artificial turf. McLean said he sees this as the first step to improving Luther “Nick” Jeralds Stadium. He hopes to eventually revamp the visitor’s side of the stadium and improve the scoreboard to make it a premier stadium in the area.
FSU Athletics: looking for 1,000 Broncos Fayetteville State University Athletic Director Dr. Edward McLean is dedicated to making FSU superior in the CIAA Division. Seeking to attract and retain students who will add their talent and character to the university’s athletic and academic programs, McLean saw the need for additional athletic scholarship money and came up with the 1,000 Broncos Annual Giving Campaign. The idea behind the campaign is to encourage 1,000 Bronco supporters to donate $1,000 each, for a total of $1 million that will be earmarked specifically for FSU Athletics and athletic scholarships. The CIAA Conference regulates the number of scholarships each school can offer in each sport. Currently, FSU is not able to offer all of the scholarships allotted because of the lack of funds. With the help of 1,000 Bronco supporters, that obstacle can be overcome. “This 1,000 Broncos campaign is a great way for people to be passionate about their gift. A donation should be something you feel proud about so you can feel good about what you are doing. This is a perfect venue for those who support
athletics. Now that we’re the largest school in the CIAA, we need to step up to the plate and make sure we’re recruiting top athletes. Without scholarship money, we can’t recruit top athletes,” FSU’s Director of Development Wendy Jones said. There are several ways to become a part of the 1,000 Broncos. One can make a one-time payment or can make a pledge to pay throughout the year. FSU faculty and staff have the option of donating through payroll-deduction. Supporters may contribute to a specific sport or may allocate the funds for general use by the athletic department. Becoming one of the 1,000 Broncos includes several benefits. Members will receive: • Membership in the Chancellor’s Club, which includes special amenities during football season; • Listing as a contributor in FSU’s Annual Report; and • Recognition in both football and basketball programs, at the annual Athletics Banquet, on the 1,000 Broncos Campaign billboard, and as a donor on the official FSU Athletics website. “Our student-athletes, coaches, and administrative staff are dedicated to excellence on and off the fields of competition,” McLean said. “With your support, we can ensure that studentathletes receive the best possible educational experience that will last a lifetime.” For more information or to become one of the 1,000 Broncos, contact Mr. Anthony Bennett, Assistant Director of Athletics, 910-672-1670 or email@example.com. 21
Professional Writing Certificate to make FSU Debut
r. Sonya Brown feels there should be a greater emphasis on writing at the university level in order to help students keep up with the Twenty-First Century. That is why she has worked hard on a proposal recommending the creation of a Fayetteville State University undergraduate certificate program in professional writing for students majoring in any discipline or a certificate program for Cumberland County area professionals seeking strong writing skills.
“We hope we could offer an English minor in professional writing. We have actual writing courses on the books, but they are not all being offered. We hope they will be next year, and we hope to have a writing concentration within the English major,” Brown added.
Brown and Carole Weatherford are co-chairs of a committee which has been examining the need for a professional writing certificate program. Both women are associate professors in the Fayetteville State English and Foreign Language Department.
The proposal notes that there is a national trend toward offering professional writing programs at undergraduate and graduate levels, with a number of professional and academic journals and related organizations promoting professional writing pedagogy (teaching profession) and course development. Further, it notes that employers regularly encourage universities to train students extensively in the areas of both oral and written communication.
“There are so many professions in writing,” Brown said, “and we felt we have so many untapped resources at Fayetteville State. These resources can be used to fill a real gap, and this is the time to do it. Students need to be prepared for so many types of writing.” Fayetteville State already offers an advanced writing class that business majors are required to take, but writing courses for other areas of study are needed as well. “We said we needed other types of professional writing classes,” Brown said. “There are all kinds of writing: life writing, travel writing, biographical writing and essays on non-fictional topics. There is speech writing and writing for public relations work. People want people who can write well. I think people in any field of study could take these courses we are talking about and learn something that would be beneficial.” According to the proposal made by the FSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the professional writing certificate program would serve two main purposes: (1) improve the quality and variety of advanced writing instruction offered to students at Fayetteville State University and to professionals in the area and (2) improve the quality of written communication of Fayetteville State’s graduates. “Being able to write well is so valuable,” Brown said. “Everybody has to write these days. Professional writing involves putting together a useable document for somebody else. It helps to write in what you are studying, and we hope students can choose their own emphasis. Eventually, we hope to be able to offer an emphasis in writing within the English major here at Fayetteville State. I hope now that we have put the certificate program in place, it would be a track for English majors in literature or writing.” 22
Among the courses which would be offered within the realm of a professional writing certificate program would be Children’s Literature Writing, Issues in Writing for Publication, and Advanced Report and Presentation Writing.
“We are hoping to launch the Professional Writing Certificate Program next fall,” Brown said. “We are excited about this new program.”
Doors open to smith Hall’s new workout facility Eating healthy and regular exercise are important factors in staying healthy. Of the 1,440 minutes in a day, health and fitness experts suggest you take 30 minutes of those to use for physical activity. Recognizing the importance of physical activity in the lives of students, Fayetteville State University officials are working to make getting exercise and working out a little more convenient for students living on campus. Up until now, Capel Arena has housed the only workout facility on campus. FSU recently opened a workout facility in Smith Hall, providing students with another option. The new facility, which has an elliptical machine, two different stationary bikes, three treadmills, a punching bag with a speed bag attachment, and two workout benches and dumbbell sets with weights ranging from 2.5lbs up to 50 lbs, is in the basement of Smith Hall, which also houses the Office of Residence Life. The new facility will provide added convenience and more options for anyone looking to get a workout in. Fayetteville State had been preparing to make the additional athletic facilities available. Last year, FSU students were charged a higher student activities fee to cover the cost of the new facility. FSU Residence Specialist Calvin Ellis said the additional facilities will serve
as an added bonus for students living on campus. He also said they will provide an added amenity to attract more students to live on campus. “Workout facilities are going to provide good health and wellness for them. They will give students another outlet, an avenue to work out and make them more accessible,” Ellis said. The facility will have specific operating hours and will have a staff member on duty when it is open. In December, Residence Life held an open house so that students could learn more about the facility. Ellis said that the open house was a success and that the university has received positive feedback on the project. “It has been a very big success. I think the students are extremely excited … they have been very impressed with it,” Ellis said. In recent past, FSU has been focusing on providing more athletic facilities across campus. Two outdoor basketball goals were recently put up near Bryant Hall. Because of its success, another outdoor basketball facility is currently in the works. Student Affairs and Residence Life have already purchased the equipment and are currently working on a location. The workout facility in Smith Hall opened its doors in January. The second outdoor basketball court is scheduled to open sometime later this year.
FSU Students Attend Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute In 1987, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) was founded in honor of the first African-American Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Today, the TMCF continues to excel in their mission of providing merit scholarships and support to 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). In addition to providing scholarships, the TMCF provides leadership and scholastic opportunities for students. In early November, ten Fayetteville State University students had the opportunity to attend the Thurgood Marshall 7th Annual Leadership Institute for four days in New York City, and on top of learning a lot, they had a great time.
and Sangbolu Zekee Tamba. All expenses of the trip were covered by TMCF and FSU. “It was my first time going to New York City. It was great! It was a new experience to see professionalism from a different standpoint. Everything was much faster than it is in North Carolina. It was very competitive, but I enjoyed it,” FSU junior Reginald Scriven said.
The students attended several sessions during the Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute is one of Some sessions focused on networking, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s interviewing, and public speaking while premier events. The Institute is a leading others were more focused on specific careers HBCU recruitment conference designed such as finance, law, or medicine. The to help students improve leadership and sessions allowed the students to meet with communication representatives skills, from a variety of broaden their companies and perspective career fields to on career discuss possible options, and internship and increase their job opportunities. understanding The TMCF of the corporate balanced out culture. the professional and networking “I loved sessions with fun it! I think it was activities. They one of the best held a fashion experiences show and hosted I’ve had during Above are some of the FSU students who attended the Thurgood a Gala where the Marshall Scholarship Gala. From left are: Charles Nieves, Clifford my time at students had the Parker, James Jefferson, and Zekee Tamba. college. It was opportunity to very insightful and empowering. I really interact and mingle with other students and enjoyed it,” FSU junior Sherika Merriwether some celebrities such as Star Jones, Terrence said. “I learned how important education is Howard, and Farnsworth Bentley. being a minority student and how important it is for me to work hard.” Scriven and Merriwether both said the networking focus of the Institute was very The FSU students who attended were beneficial. selected by both the university and the TMCF representatives after an interview process. “I made a lot of contacts with Those who attended were: Amber Bernard, representatives from companies but the other Anchalee Stasia Frazier, Uche Prince Ike, students were important to me as well. It James Jefferson, Sherika Merriwether, was very encouraging to meet other minority Charles Nieves, Clifford Parker, Mary students who are as driven as I am. They’re Shemekka Riggins, Reginald Scriven, contacts you will never forget,” Scriven said.
Merriwether, who wants to attend law school after college, met with representatives from several companies and was offered two internship opportunities for the summer. She is deciding between an internship at a law firm or with Coca Cola’s litigation department, both in Atlanta, where she is from. FSU junior Amber Bernard learned a lot about the importance of professionalism and networking during the institute. She felt that attending as a junior was beneficial, and she would like to go back as a senior so that she would know what to expect and could take advantage of the opportunities the Institute provided. When the students were not in session, they were taking advantage of sightseeing in the Big Apple. Student Affairs took the students up a day early so that they could spend an entire day seeing the sights. The FSU students stayed at the Sheraton Manhattan and took in the sights, including Times Square and the Apollo Theatre. They also took advantage of the New York City culture and saw The Color Purple on Broadway. The students said they would definitely encourage other students to take advantage of this opportunity. In fact, Bernard, Scriven, and Merriwether all plan to apply to return next year as seniors. Anyone interested in learning more about the TMCF Leadership Institute can contact FSU’s career services or student affairs. “I thought it was a great experience! We experienced both New York City and the corporate world,” Bernard said. “I would love to go back next year.”
Dr. Valentine James Named African Chief Dr. Valentine James could not wait for friends to ask, “So, what did you do this summer,” because his answer is a real doozie. He became a chief. James, the Dean of Graduate Studies at Fayetteville State University, went to his hometown in Nigeria, where he was inducted as the Chief of Wisdom. “It was unbelievable,” he said. “During the coronation, I was emotional; I got a lump in my throat and went blank. I could scarcely believe it was happening to me. It was almost like it was someone else, and I was watching.” “What an honor. It is at the top of my accomplishments and right below God and my family in terms of importance. This means a great deal to me … it is beyond words.” James is a native of Ikot-Ekpene in the Nigerian state of Akwa Ibom. His father, who died in 1983, was a prominent figure in the town, which has a population of about 70,000 people. “About two and a half years ago, the chiefs of the community approached my family,” James explained, “and said they wanted to honor me as the first Chief of Wisdom. They knew of my academic success and wanted to recognize me for my achievements and, at the same time, inspire the youth of the town to follow me and get an education.” James took his annual leave from
Fayetteville State and visited Nigeria from July 17 to August 7. The process of becoming a chief was quite involved. He had individual meetings, lasting from two to four hours each, with 10 chiefs. The final meeting was with the Paramount Chief. “The chiefs met together before I arrived to look at my qualifications,” he said. “When I met with them, it was like I was being interviewed. I didn’t know how I really stood with a couple of them. It had to be unanimous approval, and I was kind of anxious for about a week while I awaited their final decision.” James, whose Ph.D is in urban and regional science, has written 14 books, most of them on the environment and on urban and regional planning. He has lectured all over the United States on how we can take care of our environment. Big ovations from large audiences have followed many of his talks, leaving him with a warm, gratifying feeling. But nothing can top what he felt at his coronation ceremony. “It was like I was in a trance,” he recalled. “I watched the dancers and listened to the music, and I could see my mother was so proud. I am so happy she was able to witness it all and be a part of it.” “There were well over 4,000 people there, and when I gave my acceptance speech, they were listening intently. Much of what I said was directed to the youth, challenging them to further their education. The chiefs told me they had always wanted someone like me to say things like that, and many of the young people told me they
had wanted someone like me to emulate. My being a chief made a lot of difference.” The youth of the community sat down with James and talked with him, asking questions about what it takes to get a college education. And those questions have continued. “I average about six E-mails per day from young people in our town,” he said. “The messages are about pursuing an education at all levels, and some of the youth speak of going back home after getting an education and using it to help their people. That is what the chiefs were hoping would happen.” James is occasionally greeted as “Chief” by fellow professors at Fayetteville State, and some of them have some goodnatured fun with his new title. “We laugh about my being a chief,” he said, “but my friends on campus are pleased for me, and they know this is a huge honor.” “I take it very seriously, and it means more as time passes. Being a chief is a responsibility to thousands of people. It is still hard to believe it has happened, and I am still floating on a cloud because of it.” “I am slowly coming down and getting a second wind,” James said, “and the whole thing is motivational for me. I have inspired myself, and I hope to inspire Nigerian young people to get a college education and not to be afraid to come to America to do that.” “I told my wife that her life has changed too. She has always been my greatest supporter and my best friend. My family reminds me that being a chief will allow me to do greater things. All of this is very energetic.” “I am very blessed.”
Former FSU Athlete Pledges to Raise
$1 Million for Athletic Scholarships
“I could not have and could not be who I am if it were not for Fayetteville State. I owe a great debt to them,” Warren Turner said. “If I had to sum Warren up, it would be a person who likes helping people out and doesn’t like people to not have an opportunity.”
Turner, a 1988 graduate of Fayetteville State has made it his mission to make a difference. Of the seven children in his family, he was the first one to finish college and recognizes the many people who have left an impact on his life and provided him with opportunities. Turner now wants to give the same opportunities to others. The Warren Turner Scholarship Foundation was created to provide scholarship opportunities to students. The Foundation has set a goal of raising $4 million over the next 10 years to provide scholarship assistance to underprivileged kids who attend UNC System schools. The Foundation has earmarked $1 million (which he hopes to raise within two years) for FSU Athletic scholarships. Turner, who has lived in the Charlotte area his entire life, attended FSU on an athletic scholarship to play football and run track. He graduated with a degree in Political Science and now works for the State of North Carolina in the Department of Community Collections. After being
involved in public service and politics throughout his life, he was elected to serve as the District 3 County Councilman for Mecklenburg County in 2003, a position he is proud to hold. Turner has been supporting FSU since he graduated. He recently gave a donation of $10,000 and has also named FSU as a beneficiary on a second life insurance policy. His pledge to raise $1 million for athletics is a way to give back to his alma mater and focus on the direct needs of student athletes. “I pledged to myself that I would be part of the solution to help make it better and that’s the role I’ve taken. I’m grateful I can do what I do. I’m not doing it for recognition. I just love coming back seeing better change and progress,” Turner said. “All athletes should be on scholarship . . . they make a great sacrifice being a student and athlete. It’s not easy.” Turner’s experience at FSU was anything but easy. While in school, Turner faced two very serious challenges that eventually served to make him stronger and more driven. One night, Turner was awakened to learn that his niece had been killed in a car crash by a drunk driver. While dealing with the aftermath of losing a loved one to drunk driving, he was hit with another challenge. While playing football, he pulled a hamstring and began receiving
treatments in the whirlpool when an accident struck. The whirlpool was old and had a boiler which was hard to regulate water temperature. While receiving a treatment, the water was turned on and it was so hot that it burst through the hose. He was scalded and had 30 degree burns from the waist down. The accident ended his football season, and he spent a couple of weeks in the hospital. After being discharged, he faced therapy that included the need of facilities that the male dorm rooms did not have. He faced the fact that he might have to go home.
and made it back on the team. “That was the most difficult time I experienced,” Turner said. “Both the good and bad made me better.” Turner said the support of others is what got him through this difficult time. He credits his best friend, Jeff Knight, his psychology professor, Dr. McManus, and Coach Pulliam as inspirations. Pulliam, who passed away earlier this year, had a lasting impact on him and is one of the
pledge can serve as a tool to help others like him accomplish their goals. He encourages others to look at the positive changes they can make by giving back and he challenges people to give no matter the size. “You have to know that people need people. We are each other’s angels. Just give when you don’t have . . . give anyway. It’s not how much you give. The amount you give has nothing to do with it. Just give something. Send me your age, send me your class . . . whatever you want to send, send it with love,” Turner said. “It’s amazing what we can do when we set aside our differences. No matter what your circumstances, someone else is worse off than you are,” Turner said.
“I pledged to myself that I would be part of the solution to help make it better and that’s the role I’ve taken.”
“My option was to go home for my parents to take care of me, but Coach Robert Pulliam took me in. I stayed there with them . . . they were newlyweds and had a student living in their house. They got me through that semester,” Turner said. Rather than focus on what had happened, Turner used the accident to make a difference. After writing letters and working to have the state recognize the inadequacies of the training facilities, the boiler was fixed and improvements were made to the training facilities. He went back to practice the following year
reasons he feels so strongly about making a difference and giving back to others. “He cared about us because he cared what he did for me and what I saw him do for so many kids,” Turner said. “Some had broken homes, he took us in. He made us feel like we were more than a football player. I do it because somebody did it for me.” Turner is focused on his foundation and raising money for student athletic scholarships. He feels that the
Turner plans to raise the $1 million through sponsors and a fund drive. He will challenge others to donate the last two numbers of the year they graduated. “If we don’t give, what happens to that child if we don’t give a helping hand? That’s the ultimate question. I will raise the $1 million. I’m totally dedicated to doing that,” Turner said. Turner can be contacted at 704713-0452 or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. 27
Special Merit Award for Mar-ke
Fayetteville State University Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign
“You Can ” make a difference.
Left Wendy Jones, Director of Development Right Ben Minter, Director of Marketing and Events Bottom La’Won Williams Senior Graphic Designer The Fayetteville State University marketing department was honored at the annual conference of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Fayetteville State received the Special Merit Award for the southeast region presented at the weeklong CASE Conference held in Atlanta in February. “We submitted several entries,” said Ben Minter, who is the director of FSU Marketing and Special Events. “The Special Merit recognition is for a booklet we designed for the faculty and students regarding the university’s 2007 Annual Giving campaign.” The booklet, titled “You Can Make a Difference,” contains testimonials from Fayetteville State faculty and staff members who have made donations to the school’s annual fundraising effort. There is also information about how to give and where the money goes. “The university has used the booklet continuously since it was printed,” Minter said. “That includes the current (2008) campaign that kicked off in early March. It is kind of a blueprint for giving.” The Special Merit Award presented to Fayetteville State was in the category of low-budget publications. It is based on the utilization of twocolor printing versus full-color print as well as a more
economical paper stock versus the top-grade variety. “The judges took into consideration the smaller amounts of money which we had available,” Minter explained. “We had to keep our cost down.” There were more than 1,200 entries in Fayetteville State’s category in the southeast region. “The award was in recognition of the quality of work in the booklet,” Minter said. “We are very proud of the fact that we, as a marketing team, produced something that stood out as judged by a panel of our peers. The judges are college and university personnel. “This brings recognition to the university, and that is always nice.” Minter and Wendy Jones, Director of Development, conferred on the publication’s content and layout. La’Won Williams, Senior Graphic Designer in the Marketing Department, was responsible for the graphic layout. “You Can Make a Difference” was on display throughout the week at the CASE Conference.
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Fall 2007 Student Body Enrollment
28% of Fall 2007 enrolled students were between the age of 25 and 40. 31% of Fall 2007 enrolled students were male. 69% of Fall 2007 enrolled students were female. Total enrollment for Fall 2007 was 6692 (largest enrollment in history of FSU).
FSU was cited in USA Today as one of 20 colleges out of 700 nationwide that creates a campus culture fostering student success.
More than 90% of FSU’s full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their respective disciplines.
We award more than $39 million each year in financial aid. About 80% of FSU freshmen receive financial aid or scholarship.
• Annual undergraduate tuition includes: tuition, fees, meals, first-time freshman orientation fee, and room 1. In-State: $8,292 2. Out-of-State: $18,474 3. Average financial aid package: $8,000 •
Our Teacher Education program received reaccreditation by the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education.
Achievement of specialized accreditations in nursing, social work, and business
Six Fulbright Teaching Fellows joined the FSU Faculty this academic year.
Burgeoning academic-program portfolio—addition of ten new academic programs during the last two years.
92 acre main campus with 38 building, 75% of which are new or newly renovated; $46 million in new campus construction and renovation underway.
22- The number of championships brought home in recent years by Bronco football, basketball, golf, volleyball, tennis, bowling, and softball teams
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