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The magazine for Fayetteville State University Alumni and Friends Fall/Winter 10-11

Raising FSU’s Stock: Endowed Professor Dr. Edward Stringham is pictured in FSU’s new Wall Street Trading Room

“The Pitmaster” Serves Up World Class Barbecue: FSU Alum Shares His Secrets with Famous Chefs



Opponent / Event

Location Time / Result


vs. Bowie State *

Fayetteville, NC

7:30 p.m. ET


at Chowan *

Murfreesboro, NC

4:00 p.m. ET


at Elizabeth City State

Elizabeth City, NC

7:30 p.m. ET


vs. Lincoln (Pa.) *

Fayetteville, NC

7:30 p.m. ET


at St. Paul’s *

Lawrenceville, VA

7:30 p.m. ET


vs. Virginia Union *

Fayetteville, NC

7:30 p.m. ET


at Winston-Salem State *

Winston-Salem, NC 7:00 p.m. ET


vs. Virginia State *

Fayetteville, NC

7:30 p.m. ET


vs. Johnson C. Smith *

Fayetteville, NC

7:30 p.m. ET


vs. Shaw *

Fayetteville, NC

7:30 p.m. ET


at St. Augustine’s *

Raleigh, NC

4:00 p.m. ET


at Johnson C. Smith *

Charlotte, NC

7:30 p.m. ET


vs. Livingstone *

Fayetteville, NC

7:30 p.m. ET


vs. St. Augustine’s *

Fayetteville, NC

7:30 p.m. ET


vs. Johnson & Wales

Fayetteville, NC

7:30 p.m. ET


at Shaw *

Raleigh, NC

8:00 p.m. ET


at Livingstone *

Salisbury, NC

7:30 p.m. ET


vs. Winston-Salem State *

Fayetteville, NC

5:00 p.m. ET


CIAA Championship Tournament —Charlotte, NC

* Conference Event


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FS&U Magazine is published by the Fayetteville State University Division of Institutional Advancement, Office of Marketing and Special Events. Address: 1200 Murchison Road Fayetteville, NC 28301 Phone: 910-672-1838 Fax: 910-672-1989

We welcome story ideas by email to: or Chancellor James A. Anderson

Editor Arthur G. Affleck, III, JD Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement Associate Editors Ben C. Minter Director of Marketing and Special Events Jeffery M. Womble Director of Public Relations Writers Arthur G. Affleck, III Valonda Calloway Kimberly Durden Adrian Ferguson Wendy L. Jones

Jane Peacock Alex Podlogar Edward P. Stringham Christopher Williams Jeffery M. Womble

On The Cover: FSU Alumnus Ed Mitchell Shares His Secrets with Famous Chefs

Fayetteville State University is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, age, or disability. It is the policy of Fayetteville State University to create diversity among its student body by recruiting and enrolling students without regard to race, gender, or ethnicity. Applicants of all races, gender and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply for enrollment. Fayetteville State University is proud to be a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina. 23,000 Copies of this public document were printed at a cost of $1.27 per copy.

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Chancellor’s Letter

FSU Means Business Editorial

Conference Encourages Young Entrepreneurs Hackley Endowed Professor Named FSU Alumna Graces NYC Mansion

Congratulations to Dr. Carole Boston Weatherford

Counseling Graduate Program Celebrates Milestone Trading Room

Donor Appreciation Reception Ask Away: Student Profile

Scoreboard Adds New Look

Summer Opera Turns up the Music Investing in Markets and Yourself Student Beats the Odds Carlos Swann

Trustee Spotlight: Riggins Homecoming Pic Spread

Memoriam: Henry Eldridge Memoriam: Mary Eldridge

Global Scholars Trip to Caceres, Spain

Personal Perspective on Study Abroad Trip NSFI Opens Doors for Students The New Mr. FSU

Police and Public Safety Move into a New Home The Chancellor’s Distinguished Speaker Series Alfred Davis Strikes Up the Band Alumni News

Jazz on the River

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Afua Arhin

Shared Governance and the Critical Role Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Miriam Delone

OFC Venture Challenge Teaches Importance

Construction to Start on Science and Technology Bldg

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From the Chancellor’s Desk Dear FSU Alumni, Family, and Friends,

I am pleased to present to you the Fall/Winter 2010 edition of the FS&U magazine. This issue takes on a scholarly approach that further demonstrates Fayetteville State University’s (FSU) commitment to preparing 21st century global scholars. Many of the articles focus on the faculty, staff, and students in our nationally recognized and highly regarded School of Business and Economics (SBE).

The cover story features an alumnus who is excelling in the business field. Ed Mitchell (Class of 1971), also known as “The Pitmaster,” has earned a national reputation for his North Carolina barbecue. He has been featured on The Food Network and has traveled the country serving his southern fare to everyone from Capitol Hill to Chapel Hill.

As many of you know, the FSU School of Business and Economics is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Currently, less than one-third of U.S. business programs and only 5 percent of the world’s business programs have earned this accreditation. In 2009, the school was cited by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s Best 301 Business Schools. The School of Business and Economics Master of Business Administration program has been cited by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s best. Inside you will find an article written by Professor Edward Stringham, the Lloyd V. Hackley Endowed Chair for the Study of Capitalism and Free Enterprise. Professor Stringham explores an issue that has an affect on all of our lives on a daily basis – the stock market. I am certain you will be enlightened by its content. Also spotlighted is Dr. Mohammad Bhuiyan, an Endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship and founder of the Opportunity Funding Corporation (OFC) Venture Challenge, a business competition for students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCU). The article focuses on the role Dr. Bhuiyan and the OFC Venture Challenge have played in helping HBCUs develop a comprehensive entrepreneurship curriculum.

On a subject that is non-business related, there is a feature on FSU alumna Nancy Bunche. Ms. Bunche is a 1964 graduate of what was then Fayetteville State Teacher’s College. She currently resides in New York and for the past 28 years has served as overseer of Gracie Mansion, the home to the mayor of New York City. She has an amazing story. I hope you will enjoy reading this edition of FS&U as much as we have enjoyed preparing it for you. As always, thank you for your continued support. Sincerely,


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James A. Anderson Chancellor


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Means Business I By Arthur G. Affleck, JD Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

n this issue of the FS&U, we feature a number of articles on business. The cover story is about an extraordinary gentleman who is an entrepreneur, a world-class barbecue chef and a proud alumnus of Fayetteville State University. This Baron of Barbecue, Ed Mitchell, currently serves as the Pitmaster of The Pit restaurant in Raleigh. From humble beginnings Ed Mitchell went from local notoriety in Wilson to the front page of the New York Times, to cooking at The Big Apple Block Party in New York and then to appearances with Food Network chefs like Bobby Flay. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Mr. Mitchell, but I enjoyed eating his ribs at The Pit even more. After reading the article on Mr. Mitchell, perhaps, you will agree that he is an inspiration!

Also on the cover is Dr. Edward Peter Stringham. He has been appointed to the Lloyd V. Hackley Endowed Professorship in the School of Business and Economics. As indicated in the article on Dr. Stringham, his research has been discussed on dozens of regional and national broadcast stations as well as hundreds of newspapers worldwide. The addition of Dr. Stringham, as well as the new Trading Room, has strengthened an already excellent business school. The Trading Room features a streaming LED ticker and offers the experience of a real-world financial services setting in a learning environment. As you will read in this issue, the technology mirrors the trading room on Wall Street and provides the opportunity for students to

observe the financial markets in the U.S. and around the world.

Also located in the School of Business and Economics, the Center for Entrepreneurship is becoming a national hub for minority entrepreneurship and a leader in entrepreneurship and innovation training. The recent Annual Youth Entrepreneurship Conference sponsored by the Center and led by Dr. Mohammad Bhuiyan, Endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship, was a great success with hundreds of school children and dozens of business owners and corporate executives in attendance.

FSU students continue to make us proud. On a recent visit to New York City to attend the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Conference, we took nine students to the Broadway play, Memphis. We also took two students to visit Morgan Stanley, Inc., the internationally known investment banking firm. The two students have been interviewed by Morgan Stanley. During the Thurgood Marshall Conference, corporate

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executives were able to meet and interview students from over 30 HBCU’s. FSU students came away with offers of internships, employment and/or follow-up requests from Altria, AT&T and The Hershey Company. I share this information in an effort to demonstrate that FSU means business in several ways. First, our School of Business and Economics is exceptional and it offers key academic programs and community outreach activities that make a positive difference. We are handling our business as it regards developing our students and providing talent to companies, government agencies and the non-profit community. On a trip to New York earlier this year, we discovered another FSU alumnus, Nancy Bunch, who works at the official residence of the Mayor of New York City, Gracie Mansion. We were very pleased to be able to visit with her at Gracie Mansion and to learn that Nancy Bunch, FSU Class of 1964, has served four NYC mayors over the years—Ed Koch, David Dinkins, Rudy Giuliani and the current mayor Michael Bloomberg. We are proud to call her one of our own.

As the nation struggles to deal with the remnants of the economic recession, most states, including North Carolina, are making significant cuts to Higher Education funding. The seventeen constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina, which includes Fayetteville State University (FSU), have been asked to prepare for budget cuts of 5% and 10% as the state copes with another deficit. This latest round of cuts will result in fewer faculty and staff and increases in class size. It may also mean that it will take longer for some students to graduate. For our part, we have been working to offset these cuts as much as we can by raising more money from our alumni, friends, corporate partners, foundations and individuals who share a belief in our mission. To reach more alumni and parents we have initiated several phonathons—one this fall and we will have another in the spring. FSU students have been enlisted to make calls to our alumni asking them to give back. Thankfully, FSU alumni have stepped up. The number of alumni donors has doubled as well as the amount they have contributed during the last fiscal year. We must thank in particular, the FSU National Alumni Association president, Mrs. Vedas Neal and the chapter presidents for their leadership and support as we have pushed for more contributions from our alumni. Chancellor Anderson led the way with his support of the Division of Institutional Advancement and with his own contributions. We are proud to say that we had 100% giving from the FSU Board of Trustees and a high level of support from faculty and staff. We cannot thank the Bronco family enough.

As Chancellor Anderson has said, while some have viewed FSU as ordinary, we will demonstrate that FSU is an extraordinary institution in many ways. To maintain a high standard of excellence and to continue to add value to our students and our community and state, we will need more private sector financial support. We hope we can count on you for support. 4

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Coca-Cola Foundation Awards Grant to FSU Mr. Arthur G. Affleck, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at Fayetteville State University (FSU), has announced that the institution was one of 38 organizations to receive a grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation. FSU received $25,000. This grant will provide First Generation Scholarships to five students who are enrolled full time in a sustainability-related discipline and have completed one semester at FSU. In addition to scholarship support, students will receive oneon-one mentoring with sustainability faculty, to participate in summer internship programs in their related fields of study as well as take part in the University’s Annual Sustainability Conference.  The First Generation Scholarship Program provides scholarship support to full-time students who are the first in their immediate family to attend college, maintain a 3.0 grade point average and demonstrate financial need.  The Coca-Cola Foundation has contributed more than $23 million in First Generation Scholarship support since 1993.  “On behalf of Chancellor James A. Anderson and the entire Fayetteville State University family, I am grateful to The Coca-Cola Foundation for its generous support for our students,” Affleck said. “One of our goals at FSU is to produce 21st Century global leaders and expose them to opportunities that will enable them to be productive members of society. We can think of no other project that benefits the world in which we live more than creating sustainable communities.” Promoting and creating sustainable communities is the goal of The Coca-Cola Foundation, said Ingrid Saunders Jones, senior vice president, Global Community Connections, The Coca-Cola Company and chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation. “The funding provided to these 38 organizations will support community programs that align to our giving priorities across the U.S. and Canada,” she said. The Coca-Cola Foundation has a history of giving to FSU. Since 1996, two previous grants totaling $100,000 have been given to the institution for scholarship support. Since its inception, The Coca-Cola Foundation has donated more than $355 million to community projects and initiatives across the globe. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please go to foundation_coke.html.


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eing in the presence of Ed Mitchell is like being around a rap star, a beloved politician or the star quarterback. Everywhere he goes fans just want to say hi or take a picture. But Mitchell doesn’t wear bling, pin striped suits, or pads. He’s more comfortable in denim overalls, a flannel shirt, and a baseball cap. The Fayetteville State University alumnus reached star status by serving up whole hog, pit cooked barbecue that has knocked America’s socks off. He’s graced the pages of the New York Times, the Raleigh News and Observer and Bon Appétit. He’s also appeared on the “Food Network,” the “Today Show” and “Good Morning America.” All this for a man who doesn’t love to cook. “Most people think I love to cook but I don’t.” Mitchell says this stems from his childhood when the idea of men in the kitchen was negative. “During my era coming up, when men were cooking the perception wasn’t like it is today. Today men are referred to as chefs and all that.”

Mitchell didn’t want to be in the kitchen as a boy but he did want to be wherever his grandfather, father, and uncles were. He says he prepared his first hog when he was 14. Mitchell says he was out in the field with his male relatives, who had one too many cups of moonshine. “They overexerted themselves…so they all passed out and left the pig unattended so I casually tended the pig and everybody started coming around about four in the morning saying ‘Oh my gosh’ and I had the pig done so that’s when I became the man.” Although Mitchell learned how to prepare the perfect pig, he wouldn’t come back to those skills for years. After finishing high school in Wilson (NC), Mitchell came to Fayetteville State University on a football scholarship. “It played an integral part in my life. That was the foundation of who I am today,” says Mitchell. Military service in Vietnam interrupted college for a couple of years, but Mitchell eventually earned a sociology degree from FSU. He then went up north to work for Ford in Boston. Tragedy

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brought him back down south. Mitchell returned to Wilson in the 1980’s when his father became ill. “I’m the oldest of three kids and I’m a momma’s boy. She needed me so I said I’ll hang around and put in a temporary resignation and unfortunately my father passed and so I wasn’t sure what we’d do.” Mitchell had to help his mother run the small grocery store his parents owned. The store wasn’t doing too well. Mitchell says his mother was staring into space one day. He thought she was grieving but she was actually contemplating how to go on with a failing business, and

without her husband. “So I said don’t worry about that. What do you want to eat and she said she wanted oldfashioned barbecue so I knew what that meant. I got a small pig, prepared it and here we are.”

Mitchell says his barbecue brought the customers back to his mother’s store and the grocery store eventually became Mitchell’s BBQ. The restaurant enjoyed great success. Mitchell wasn’t really known outside North Carolina until 2002. That’s when he rose to nationwide prominence through a combination of being in the right place at the right time, looking the part, and skill on the grill. In 2002 foodies and food writers took on the subject of finding out where barbecue came from. “They went about 200 years back and looked into the history and what they found was very interesting, some of the facts were that the African-American was very instrumental in perfecting the art of cooking barbecue,” says Mitchell. Mitchell was invited to cook at the Southern Foodways Alliance symposium at the University of Mississippi. “When they chose me to go down and be a part of this symposium I didn’t realize they had gone through the barbecue belt, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, 6

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Alabama, and sent in various judges to taste everybody’s barbecue.” Mitchell says that was designed to make the playing field even. “Lo and behold, when they came in my restaurant in Wilson I just happened to be doing the traditional stuff I was taught and according to their standards we represented the true history of it as far as flavor and taste and the fact that the guy who was doing it reflected the true representation of what it was at the time, which obviously was me.” In other words, Mitchell, a black man in overalls, a flannel shirt, beard and baseball cap, fit the profile. Foodies fawned all over him, so much so that a story about the symposium and Mitchell’s photo ended up on the front page of the New York Times. After that, Mitchell received an invitation to cook at The Big Apple Block Party in New York, he made appearances with Food Network chefs like Bobby Flay and Anthony Bordain, and

cooked on morning television news shows in New York. Then, everything came crashing down. Financial problems led to the closing of Mitchell’s Barbecue in Wilson in 2005.

By the time the restaurant closed, Mitchell had gained so much prominence that he was able to bounce back. He hooked up with entrepreneur and restaurant owner Greg Hatem to open The Pit in Raleigh in 2008. Hatem’s restaurants are classy, not typical barbecue joints. “This was born out of a thought that I could take traditional barbecue and bring it to a fine dining setting and have a nice wine cellar, full bar and make it a fine dining experience rather than the traditional mom and pop deal.” So far, The Pit is a hit. “I don’t think either one of us expected it to be this successful.”

Now Mitchell is looking beyond The Pit. He says he may open other restaurants or get into branding. “I have a lot of opportunities to endorse a lot of products like this get up I wear here. It’s part of a marketing appeal and I have developed my own cookers, my own accessories like my rubs, chopping blocks and cleavers.” Mitchell even says he’s been approached by the giant company Smithfield Foods, which has an endorsement deal with southern cook extraordinaire, Paula Deen. He’s also committed to trying to bring local farmers into the mix. Mitchell wants to use farms that are raising their animals in a more natural way, the way barbecue was done 100 years ago. Whatever he does next, Ed Mitchell will likely have a loyal flock following him. Mitchell pulled a wad of fan mail from his overalls. “I get letters

every day from people who want to cook. Just to show you, this guy here is from Georgia but he wants to come up here and he wants to cook, wants me to teach him how to do this stuff.” Mitchell says all the attention is deeply gratifying. In return he wants to give back to FSU. “I have huge plans to contribute something back to the university.” The university that Mitchell says laid the foundation for the man he is today.

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Conference Encourages Young Entrepreneurs he second Youth Entrepreneurship Conference was held November 3, 2010, at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux, Fayetteville, NC. The event, sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship at Fayetteville State University (FSU), was meant to encourage existing and future entrepreneurs in Fayetteville and the surrounding 11 counties.

At this event, each contestant had one minute to pitch their ideas for a company or product. Cole Radford, a sophomore at Cape Fear High School, and Deborah Molina-Arroyo, a FSU business major each took home top prizes. Radford won in the 12to 19-year-old category with his idea for a fishing lure that comes with a camera attached. He received $500. Molina-Arroyo won first place for the 20- to 25-year-old bracket and received a $1,000 prize. Her idea called for a cell phone application that worked in conjunction with a key chain, allowing owners to find either their keys or their cell phones if one is misplaced. Radford competed with 18 other participants, and Molina-Arroyo competed against seven others.

The contest was developed by Dr. Mohammad Bhuiyan, the FSU Endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship. In addition to this contest, Dr. Bhuiyan founded the Opportunity Funding Challenge Venture in 2002 where students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities aggressively compete in small-business plan competitions. Dr. Bhuiyan also established the Center for Entrepreneurship at Fayetteville State University. The conference was sponsored by several businesses, including OfficeMax, RLM Communications, Cumberland County Workforce Development Center, The Fayetteville Observer, Trust House Services Group, BB&T, FSU School of Business, Sam’s Club, Aroma Hotels, Doubletree Hotel, Hendrick Chrysler Jeep, Pennink Properties and Fayetteville Technical Community College.


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Youth Entrepreneurship Conference Award Winners Ages 12-19 First place: Cole Radford, Cape Fear High School — $500 Second place: Tyree Parker, E.E. Smith High School — $250 Third place: Zoraida Younger, FSU Campus — Cross Creek Early College — $125

Ages 20-25

First place: Deborah Molina-Arroya, Fayetteville State University — $1,000 Second place: Shanee Pratt, Fayetteville State University — $500 Third place: Gregory Davis, Fayetteville State University — $250


Hackley Endowed Professor Named ayetteville State University (FSU) Chancellor James A. Anderson appointed Dr. Edward Peter Stringham to the Lloyd V. Hackley Endowed Professorship in the School of Business and Economics. Dr. Stringham, an internationally renowned economics scholar, comes to FSU with a Ph.D. from George Mason University. He is the past President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, editor of the Journal of Private Enterprise, and author of more than two dozen articles in renowned journals including the Journal of Institutional & Theoretical Economics, Public Choice, and the Quarterly Review of Economics & Finance.

program has been cited by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s best.

The Lloyd V. Hackley Endowed Chair is named in honor of Dr. Lloyd “Vic” Hackley, Chancellor Emeritus at FSU. During his tenure, FSU’s doctoral program in Educational Leadership was established, and baccalaureate program offerings were also increased to include 36 disciplines

Dr. Stringham’s research has been discussed on more than 100 broadcast stations including CBS, CNBC, CNN, Fox, Headline News, NPR, and MTV and in hundreds of newspapers worldwide including Time Magazine, 14 of the 20 highest circulating newspapers in the United States, and the highest circulating English language newspaper in the world. His work has been the subject of discussion by Entertainment Tonight’s Leeza Gibbons and inspired a cartoon by New York Times Syndicated Political Cartoonist Jeff Danziger.

“We conducted an extensive national search to find the most qualified scholar to fill the Lloyd V. Hackley Endowed Chair,”

in the arts and sciences, business and economics, and education. The addition to Economics. “We have found such a scholar in Professor Edward the ultra-modern Business Stringham. Fayetteville State University is extremely fortunate to and Economics building and the new Health, Physical have an individual of his caliber join our nationally recognized Education and Recreation Complex under-scored Dr. business school. A scholar with his reputation will enhance even Hackley’s commitment to further what is already one of the best faculties at one of the best FSU’s continued expansion and growth. Chancellor business schools in this nation.” Hackley strengthened FSU’s community outreach to atrisk children in the public schools, establishing numerous The FSU School of Business and Economics is accredited by scholarship and tutoring/mentoring programs. FSU’s first AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate major capital campaign was also completed during Dr. Schools of Business. AACSB is one of the most prestigious Hackley’s tenure, and enabled FSU to increase the number and rigorous accrediting bodies for business programs of privately funded student scholarships to over 200. On in higher education. Currently, less than one-third of U.S. December 31, 1994, Dr. Hackley left his post at FSU to business programs and only 5% of the world’s business become President of the North Carolina Department of programs have earned AACSB accreditation. In October Community Colleges, the first African-American to lead 2009, the program was cited by The Princeton Review as the state’s system of 59 community colleges. In 2007, he one of the nation’s Best 301 Business Schools. The School of returned to FSU to serve as interim Chancellor. Business and Economics Master of Business Administration

said Dr. Assad Tavakoli, Dean of the FSU School of Business and

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FSU Alumna “Graces” New York City Mansion


y itself, the name Grace Mansion creates in one’s mind the image of a stately and finely kempt estate with polished hardwood floors, decorative home furnishings, and unique but tasteful art. Now couple that imagery with the names Michael Bloomberg, Ed Koch, David Dinkins, and Rudy Giuliani – men who call or have called the residence home – and you know right away that this is no ordinary dwelling.

To native or transplanted New Yorkers and visitors from around the world, Gracie Mansion is as tightly entrenched in Big Apple lore as the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty. It’s an institution of sorts not only because of who has lived there, but also because of who has been there and works there. Gracie Mansion (L-R) NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Nancy Bunch, and also has ties to Fayetteville State University former NYC Mayor Ed Koch. (FSU). The house that has been home to some of the nation’s most powerful and wealthy politicians, and has hosted the likes of Nelson As the weather began to change Bunche thought it was Mandela and Bill Clinton, is maintained by FSU alumna time to start looking for a job. She got on a subway Nancy Bunche, a job she has held for nearly 28 years. “I and went to the Dixon Agency, a business that assisted have met every dignitary you can throw a book at,” said individuals with finding jobs. Bunche told them she had Bunche, a 1964 graduate of FSU. My favorite was Nelson a degree in child care and preferred a job working in a Mandela. He was tremendous strength wise.” hospital with babies. Unfortunately, the agency had no such jobs but it did have one working as a babysitter for A look at Bunche’s path to Gracie Mansion reveals she is George and Elaine Kahn in Yonkers. “That was my first job pretty tremendous herself. It all started in the 1960s when, working with children,” Bunche said. “When I got there, at the urging of her mother, she boarded a Trailways bus for the baby was crying and she tried to get the baby quiet New York to assist her brother John III and his wife with a and couldn’t. I took the baby and she calmed down. Once new baby. Sporting black loafers and a black ski jacket – it I did that, they said ‘You have the job.’ ’’ Bunche thought was the dead of winter – she arrived to her destination at 8 they were moving a little too fast. She asked them about an in the morning the next day. To say she was terrified would interview. They told her she didn’t need one. In fact, they put it mildly. Here she was a country girl from Smithfield liked her so much they would not let her go home to get a (NC) alone in a big city with no idea where she was change of clothes. They gave her a night gown and a tooth supposed to go. “I called my mother and wanted to come brush. “I called my brother and told him that this lady home,” Bunche said. “There was no one there to meet me.” would not let me come home.” Her mother told her to stay there and that someone would come and get her shortly. Alone and hungry, Bunche stored The Kahns paid Bunch $35 per week, plus free food and her bag in a bus station locker and started walking down every other weekend off. The money she made was sent 8th Avenue. She marveled at the size of city and began to home – minus the agency’s $5 fee – to her mother. “That wonder if she made the right move. After thinking long and worked out great for me,” Bunche said. “They were real hard, she realized she had. She finally made contact with nice.” her brother and went to his home and began caring for his Bunche stayed with the Kahns 11 years and felt that was newborn. The job occupied most of her time, but Bunche long enough. She decided it was time to move on. “I had was determined not to let life in the big city pass her by. 10

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other things on my mind,” she said. But word reached another family about Bunche’s childcare skills. Lewis Marx, the owner of a big toy company and father to nine children, called Bunche to assist with his family, particularly his son, Hunter. “I felt like I was in the Von Trapp family,” said Bunche, referring to the family made famous in the movie “The Sound of Music.” “But I only had to look after one. It was more of a bodyguard thing.”

Working with Hunter had its perks. Since Marx owned a company that manufactured toys, she was able to provide gifts for all of her nieces and nephews. When the family traveled, she went along. That job, however, lasted only 14 months. Bunche wanted something more challenging. She found it in 1971 with a very influential and wealthy family that she said she can’t reveal because of political reasons. “I traveled all over the world with the children. We went to Germany. We went to France every summer from May through September. I learned a lot and met a lot of people. I have been to the Ivory Coast and the Ritz Carlton in the South of France. I met Josephine Baker.” Bunche stayed with the family for five years, but decided to take some time off to rest. She went home to see her mother, but eventually found her way back to New York. Just like before, she went back to the agency that got her the first job. They sent her to Gracie Mansion.

The first mayor Bunche worked for was Ed Koch, whom she says was her favorite. “He was wonderful. He is 85 and I go to all of his birthday parties,” she said. “He invites me every year. When my brother passed away, Koch called my mother and gave his condolences and wrote her a handwritten letter. We framed it. He was the most concerned mayor for whom I worked.” Gracie Mansion was like a revolving door for celebrities and some of the most famous people in the world. Bunche met each and every one of them. She has rubbed elbows with the likes of Whoopi Goldbery, Al Sharpton, James Brown, the Duchess of York, Denzel Washington, actress Angela Lansberry, and Jackie Onasis before she died. She met Walter Mondale when he was running for President, and she has chatted with the likes of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton or “Slick Willie” as she calls him. “I liked him a lot. He was very down to earth. When he was there, I was cooking in the kitchen at the time and made some chocolate chip cookies. I took them into the parlor where he was. He asked if I made the cookies and I said, ‘Yes, Mr. President.’ ’’ “He said, ‘these are very good cookies.’ ’’ Clinton liked the cookies so much, he requested

Chancellor Anderson takes note of the FSU pin worn by alumna Nancy Bunch when he meets her in New York.

Bunche make another batch and mail to another famous politician – his wife, Hillary.

While most would be in awe of meeting celebrities, dignitaries, and world leaders, Bunche just saw it as a meeting with another human being. She said she was never in awe of anyone she met. “It did not move me because they are people like me,” she said. “We are the ones that make them heroes. A hero is nothing but a white-bread sandwich.” Bunche’s career at Gracie Mansion saw her work for four mayors with varying personalities. Dinkins, she said, could be moody at times. Giuliani or “Cutie Rudy” as she calls him was fun-loving. Her current boss, Bloomberg isn’t around as often as the others were, but she said she respects his leadership. “I have had a great life so far,” she said. It’s a life that started when she came to what was then Fayetteville State Teacher’s College. Like her reaction when she first arrived in New York, Bunche was in awe of the campus. She had never seen so many buildings in one place and the excitement of living in a dorm was a thrill. She made friends easily because she was the only girl on campus with a record player, so everyone would gather in her room to listen to music and study. “My mom, aunts and church were so proud of me. It was a blessing to be here,” Bunche said. Not only was Bunche here to get an education, she became involved in student campus life. She was a cheerleader and a member of the Drama Club. “I made myself stand out,” she said. “It was my first time from home and I enjoyed everything they had to offer.”

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Congratulations to

Dr. Carole Boston Weatherford 2010 North Carolina Literature Award Recipient of the

The highest award bestowed by the State of North Carolina for writing

Dr. Weatherford is shown with NC Governor, Beverly Perdue (L) and the NC Secretary of Cultural Affairs, Linda Carlisle (R) during the awards ceremony.

Past Recipients


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Adcock, Betty. 1996 Ammons, A.R. 1986 Angelou, Maya. 1987 Applewhite, James. 1995 Barrax, Gerald. 2009 Bayes, Ronald. 1989 Betts, Doris. 1975 Byer, Kathryn Stripling. 2001 Chappell, Fred. 1980 Daniels, Jonathan. 1967 Davis, Burke. 1973 Dykeman, Wilma. 1985 Eaton, Charles. 1988 Edgerton, Clyde. 1997 Ehle, John. 1972 Ethridge, Willie Snow. 1982 Fletcher, Inglis. 1964 Franklin, John Hope. 1993 Frazier, Charles. 2008 Gibbons, Kaye. 1998 Golden, Harry. 1979 Green, Jaki Shelton. 2003 Green, Paul. 1965 Gurganus, Allan. 1999 Harrelson, Walter J. 2004 Harris, Bernice Kelly. 1966 Johnson, Gerald. 1965 Kenan, Randall. 2005

Leuchtenburg, William. 2007 Linney, Romulus. 2002 Maron, Margaret. 2008 McCorkle, Jill. 1999 Miller, Heather. 1983 Mitchell, Joseph. 1984 Morgan, Robert. 1991 Niven, Penelope. 2004 Owen, Guy. 1971 Parker, Michael. 2006 Patton, Frances Gray. 1970 Pierce, Ovid. 1969 Powell, William. 2000 Price, Reynolds. 1977 Rooke, Leon. 1990 Rounds, Glen. 1981 Royster, Vermont. 1968 Rubin Jr., Louis. 1992 Russell, Charles. 1968 Smith, Lee. 1984 Spencer, Elizabeth. 1994 Stem Jr., Thad. 1974 Stephenson, Shelby. 2001 Walser, Richard. 1976 Wellman, Manly Wade. 1978 Wicker, Tom. 1981 Wilson, Emily Herring. 2006


Counseling Graduate Program Celebrates Milestone he Department of Psychology is celebrating The Twentieth Anniversary of the Counseling graduate program. The proposal for the development of a graduate program in counseling was lead by Dr. William McMullin (Dept. Chair) and the faculty of the Department of Psychology and Sociology during the 1989 – 1990 academic year.  The program was established in the fall of 1990 under the newly reorganized Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences chaired by Dr. Shia-Ling Liu (Political Science Professor). 

The psychology faculty members at that time were Drs. Doreen B. Hilton, William McMullin, Thomas E. Van Cantfort, and Lillian Williams in the interdisciplinary Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. LaDelle Olion was the Dean of Graduate Studies when the counseling graduate program took its first students.  The psychology program separated from the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the fall of 1998. The new Department of Psychology with Hilton as the first department chair came into existence.  Under the department chairs that followed – Drs. Jeffery E. Cassisi, Susan H. Franzblau (Interim), and Van Cantfort (Interim) – the Counseling graduate program continued to thrive.  Hilton and Van Cantfort are the only remaining faculty of the original faculty members that offered the first courses in the fall of 1990.  The department has grown from a faculty of four (4) in 1990 to a faculty of seventeen (17)

by January 2011, with the current Chancellor James A. Anderson as a tenured faculty member in the department. The counseling graduate program is the second largest graduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences.  The department has over 35 graduate students currently in the program and has graduated 51 students since the 2001 – 2002 academic year, with well over 100 students since the beginning of the counseling graduate program.  Graduates of the department have gone on to doctoral programs (e.g. Michelle Smith ‘07 and Jennifer Skyes ‘10). Many are working in the psychological service community within Cumberland County and the state (e.g. Geratina Ellis ’99, Shenethia Hebert ‘07, and Edward Clark ‘06). Others teach at the community colleges (e.g. Ann Green ‘95 and Jennifer Bledsloe ‘99).  Some also work for the federal government and the military overseas (e.g. Sylvia Johnson ‘98 and Madeline Patalano ‘06).   A number of our graduates work at Fayetteville State University as faculty members in the program (e.g. Dr. Viviette Allen ’92), adjunct faculty (e.g. Robert Allain ’04 and Caroline Cameron ‘07), and the Center for Personal Development (e.g. Latonya Graham ‘07). Graduate coordinators for the counseling program over the last 20 years have been Hilton, Van Cantfort, Errol Moultrie, Sonia Rhodie, Vivian Dzokoto, Stephen Gill, and MeiChuan Wang (current graduate coordinator).

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Trading Room

Enhances Student Learning

The look of Wall Street has come to Fayetteville State University (FSU). In June, FSU unveiled its Trading Room in the School of Business and

Economics. The Trading Room, located in SBE 115, features a streaming LED ticker and offers the experience of a real-world financial services setting in a learning environment. The technology mirrors the trading room on Wall Street and provides the opportunity for students to observe the financial markets in the United States, as well as across the globe. The application of these technologies will enhance learning by allowing students to manipulate, experiment, and translate theories into real world applications. 14

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“What we have here is stateof-the-art technology,” said finance professor Boris Abbey. “This Trading Room is going to allow us to go out there and touch hundreds and thousands (of students over the years) with financial empowerment. It’s very, very important that not only do we utilize the trading room for students, but also extend it to faculty.”

The Trading Room will serve as a working classroom where students will manage their portfolios, watch live trading activities, and listen to commentary on CNBC, Bloomberg, and other financial news media. In summary, this experience will expose business students to the dynamics of global financial markets and prepare majors in the Banking and Finance discipline to pursue successful careers in the financial services industry. In the fall semester FSU will have approximately 150 students that will use the trading room.

The College Cost Reduction Act Allocation funding, received by FSU during the 2008-2009 Title III Institutional Aid Program grant period, provided the funds necessary to equip the Trading Room.

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Reception Donor Appreciation

By Wendy Jones, Associate Vice Chancellor for Development

Fayetteville State University realizes the importance of private support designed to support scholarships, academic programming, and funding for various university priorities. On September 30th, over 100 donors and scholarship benefactors joined Chancellor Anderson, various university administrators and student scholars as we extended our appreciation to them for establishing scholarships with FSU and providing significant financial support to the institution. Over 100 scholarships exist at FSU that have been established by those who are committed to making a difference in the lives of our students. On this joyous occasion, we celebrated members of our Bronco family that have established scholarships, both old and new and connected them with those student scholars who have benefited from their passion and commitment to excellence.

Over 95% of FSU students receive some sort of financial aid and in today’s economy the need for assistance continues to rise. As a university we make every effort to alleviate the financial burden placed upon our students and their families as they work towards receiving a college degree. FSU is committed to providing an opportunity for all of our students to succeed in the classroom, excel in their professional growth and development, and to become successful in their future careers. The majority of our donors at FSU support scholarships annually.

During the reception, the Chancellor expressed his appreciation for the continued support of alumni, friends, parents, and those who established scholarship funds with the university. Chancellor Anderson stated, “When donors invest in Fayetteville State University they are not only supporting our students but they are also insulating 16

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the institution against the unpredictable outcomes that are often associated with a difficult economy. Their support allows us to pursue the vision of excellence that is captured in FSU’s strategic plan. I deeply appreciate the support, and the trust that they confer to us to utilize their donations wisely. In return I guarantee that every dollar donated will be applied for the betterment of this institution.” Sgt. Major Richard Harris also spoke from a parent’s perspective and reiterated the difference every gift makes in the lives of its students and their families. Harris has three children that attend FSU and he recalled his first visit to campus and described the synergy among our students and administrators. He was proud to become a FSU Dad. Since Chancellor Anderson’s arrival, he has made a commitment to honoring our donors and scholarship benefactors on an annual basis. “As a university family, we must thank those that support our students, programming, and university initiatives. Without their support, many of our students wouldn’t be here today.”

Ask Away: Broncos’ Gray Settles Mormon Stereotypes with Levity and Purpose Dallin Gray stands at the

door of a jammed coaches’ office in the Fayetteville State locker room, filling the frame like so many of the Broncos do. He’s also filling in some holes of common misconceptions.

While he may be a quiet player on the field, Gray won’t shy away from a question. Any question. Ask him about his many travels, and he can tell you about moving with his family every three years. Ask him about his hauling in the first Broncos touchdown of the year, and he can go into exquisite detail that puts you in the end zone with him. Or, ask him about his Mormon faith, and he’ll be happy to explain it to you. And don’t be shy. Ask anything. He’ll answer. After all, that’s what he did for two years traveling through Portugal on a mission trip. And he did that while learning Portuguese on the fly. So, if a teammate needs some clarification about Gray’s beliefs or wants to question a stereotype, Gray doesn’t mind one bit. Bring it on. He’ll even do it with a smile on his face.

How can he not?

“I’ve heard it all,” laughs Gray, a 21-yearold true freshman tight end and long snapper for the Broncos. “A lot of the guys may ask me about my mission, about my background, and a lot of them are extremely surprised. They’ve never met a Mormon before. They have very interesting questions.”

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Gray’s had an interesting life. His father, David, has served in the Air Force, requiring the family to move every three years or so. Gray completed high school in Colorado Springs, CO, but instead of immediately chasing his dream of playing college football, he had other plans. Those plans included his two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. But a month before he was to leave the country, Gray’s parents moved to Fayetteville, NC, where David Gray is an Associate Professor at FSU. So while his college plans were put on hold, Dallin Gray took the chance to visit his dad and the FSU campus.

“I graduated high school, and I was determined to go on my mission,” he says. “While I was getting ready for that, my parents moved out here and started teaching. I came out and talked to a couple of the coaches about a month before my mission, and I actually saw us play Elizabeth City State in 2007. When I got back, I needed to take some classes somewhere, and I started going here, started liking it, and found a lot of opportunities for me.” Those opportunities included small class sizes, an active ROTC program, diversity – and football. But that would be for another time. On Oct. 24, 2007, Gray headed to Portugal.

“I spent two years (in Portugal), learning the language, learning the culture and, basically, just talking to people on the street about our Church and about what I believe in,” Gray recalls. “Just did service, taught English and helped out the communities I was in.” For two years, mission work was Gray’s life, and football was very far away. So was his family, and mission restrictions permitted no vacations, just two telephone calls a year to his family and a couple of e-mails a week.

Gray returned on Oct. 29, 2009, and knew Fayetteville State was the place for him. After another conversation with Broncos head coach Kenny Phillips, Gray was back in the classroom and on the gridiron. “He’s still a work in progress because he hadn’t played football for two years since high school,” says Phillips, who can recall when Gray re-entered the football offices.

“We were just sitting down in the summer, and he walks in and says he wants to play football,” Phillips says, chuckling. “But he also said he was a long-snapper, too, and when he said that, my eyes opened wide. That’s one of the toughest positions at this level to field, and he’s a good one.” 18

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Gray also believes his mission work prepared him for his collegiate football career. “In high school, I played football and basketball, and that prepared me for my mission,” he says. “And my mission, that prepared me for college football. We had some pretty strict “I’ve heard it all,” laughs rules, and when you come Gray, a 21-year-old true to college, you have a lot freshman tight end and of responsibility. You have long snapper for the to go to classes, you have Broncos. to communicate with your teachers, your coaches – just being an adult and being responsible and growing up.” “He’s very quiet,” says Phillips. “Sometimes you don’t even know he’s around. But you can tell he’s a very mature young man.” And those two years he could’ve been playing football? Gray doesn’t think about those. No reason to.

“I wouldn’t trade (my time performing my mission) for anything,” says Gray, who is majoring in biology but hopes to fly for the Air Force one day. “There’s so much experience and knowledge you can gain by doing what I did. You learn about different cultures. You also learn about dedication – basically everything that you learn in football. You just give 100 percent in whatever you’re doing, and if you believe in it, you just keep staying with it and give it your all.” Still, though, there is plenty of time left to play the game he loved growing up. In addition to being the long-snapper, Gray’s also a sure-handed tight end, although Gray might humbly say just about anyone could have caught his first touchdown pass.

“I was wide open, and I was just waiting,” Gray says of the Broncos’ first score of the season, a 1-yard reception early in the second quarter of Week 2’s win over Bowie State. “It seemed like the ball was in the air forever, taking forever to get there. Quarterback Robert Benjamin has a pretty good arm, and usually he’ll wing it in there. I was waiting for one of those things. But he just lobbed it in there, and I knew I had to catch it. I couldn’t drop that one.” Even if he had, you could probably ask him about it. He’s handled far tougher inquiries.


Scoreboard Adds New Look to Bronco Stadium t’s simple, really. A scoreboard is designed to feature the kind of information most pertinent to a fan at any athletic event. Need the score, down and distance or time remaining in the game? There’s only one place to gather that information. And so the scoreboard must be easy to access any and all information sought in mere seconds. As for the new Fayetteville State scoreboard at Luther “Nick” Jeralds Stadium, you certainly can’t miss it – nor do you want to. Not when it soars 50 feet into the sky and features a live display screen that is 12 ½ feet high and 22 feet wide.

What’s more, FSU’s new scoreboard not only enhances the ambiance at Jeralds Stadium, it entertains as well. Live video from the game action is featured throughout, as are live cutaways to fans in the stands and close-ups of the Marching Broncos Express. It’s an interactive experience never before seen at Fayetteville State, and should only add to the appeal of being a student-athlete at Fayetteville State. A Bronco player’s professionally shot photo fills the display screen in all its luminescent glory after he makes a big play on the field, giving a face to the name bellowing out of the public address system. The scoreboard also bridges the important relationship between the University and its corporate partners, like Coca-Cola, Century Link, the DoubleTree Hotel , the FSU Foundation, Inc., and the FSU Broncos Athletic Club. The sponsors are prominently displayed in large anchor partner logo panels, with six additional founding partner logo panels, like that of 1,000 Broncos, displayed neatly under scoreboard’s game information. Other sponsors’ logos can be shown on the display screen as well.

“This couldn’t have happened without the mutual partnership between Daktronics Sports Marketing, our corporate partners and Fayetteville State University,” said Director of Athletics Dr. Edward McLean. “The Daktronics’ video display affords us (Fayetteville State University) the

You certainly can’t miss it – nor do you want to. Not when it soars 50 feet into the sky and features a live display screen that is 12 ½ feet high and 22 feet wide. opportunity to truly shine as a leader, and we are blessed to deliver the kind of fan experience that is long overdue. To see our fans in the stands -- on the big screen -- cheering and supporting our team, our University, is phenomenal.” The scoreboard was installed by Daktroncis Sports Marketing – Southeast Division (DSM). “It was a challenging project, no doubt,” said LeAnn Holler, the product manager and advertising sales manager for DSM Southeast. “Hard work and determination between DSM, our customer and the advertisers made this project a success.”

DSM also installed a new GalaxyPro Outdoor Marquee at the Stadium, which will display full-color advertisements, and University and Athletics announcements to the campus and community. Fall/Winter 10-11 19

Summer Opera Turns Up the Music


he orchestra tunes up and nimbly skips through the overture. The lights dim. Slowly the curtain climbs and reveals…….a nightcapped man asleep on a trunk? Pink ‘sheep’ in ballet costumes cavorting in the side stages? Penitents in brown robes solemnly march a crucifix from stage left to stage right? While this scenario doesn’t sound like much of an exciting beginning, for the 2010 FSU Summer Opera Series it certainly was! On July 16 and 17, the FSU Summer Opera, quickly becoming an annual event on the Fayetteville State University (FSU) campus since its inception in summer 2006, presented its fifth opera, Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, in collaboration with Music Theatre International and funded in part by FSU, the Cumberland County Tourism Development Authority, Fayetteville and Cumberland County Arts Council, and a host of private donors. The production both stimulated and delighted audience members as love, war, chaos, faith, and the search for the ‘best of all possible worlds’ collide. But, in the face of life’s tribulations, love emerges triumphant! Summer opera at FSU began with Mozart’s The Magic Flute under the artistic direction of Phoebe Hall and featured one of the guest artists from Candide, bass/ baritone Frank Ward, Jr. He returned to FSU in 2007 for The Marriage of Figaro and was brought back once


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again for the lead in the latest summer opera along with several new artists from across North Carolina and the nation. Each summer features professional artists singing principal roles with students, faculty, staff, and community members filling out a diverse cast. The opera, while serving as an artistic venture not offered anywhere else in the Cumberland County area, provides a unique opportunity for non-professional actors, singers, and dancers to work with and learn from more seasoned professionals. Other guests in the cast who have shared their talents with previous summer operas include tenor Richard Heard, also in the very first production, and Johanna Young, soprano from New York who sang the breeches role in FIGARO. Unique to FSU is family members sharing the stage and the 2010 opera was no exception. Family performances included Johanna Young and her mother, Paula Young, as well as Lorenzo Jones and son Michael.

Orchestra members included FSU faculty together with the new Chair of the Performing and Fine Arts Department, Dr. Ernest Lamb, husband and wife team of Drs. Don Parker and Sheryl Linch-Parker, and several regional members of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. One remarkably unique cast member in this summer’s opera was Ernestine “Mama Tine” Smith, who at 95 years old joined the ensemble in several scenes exemplifying the idea that opera is a family event for both young and old alike!

Future plans for the opera currently fall under the leadership of Dr. Ernest Lamb, Chair of the Performing and Fine Arts Department, Dr. Howard Kim, Musical Director and Conductor, and Ms. Denise Payton, Chorus Master and accomplished opera singer in her own right. Next summer’s opera title is still pending and will be announced soon. Titles being considered may include La Boheme, Carmen, and Don Giovanni, to name a few. Whichever title may be chosen, the magic of summer opera happens here at FSU.

Watch for it!

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Inve$ting in Markets and Yourself


By Dr. Edward Peter Stringham

tock markets have been around for the past four hundred years, but throughout their history they have often been misunderstood or even vilified. A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed that only 35 percent of Americans think that “the stock market is a fair and open way to invest one’s money.” In Oliver Stone’s movie Wall Street Gordon Gecko (Michael Douglas) stated, “I create nothing. I own. We make the rules, pal. The news, war, peace, famine, upheaval, the price per paper clip. We pick that rabbit out of the hat while everybody sits out there wondering how the hell we did it.” Are stock markets simply a way for some people to get rich at the expense of others or do they serve a greater purpose?

The idea that stock markets are only for gambling is a very big misconception that has negative consequences for the economy and the individuals who hold those beliefs. An important lesson from economics is that investing has the potential to benefit many parties including the person doing the investing. When you can make money through investing, it helps businesses and the people they serve (most importantly their customers and also their employees) and it helps you. You have helped new products come to the market and you get compensated for your contribution.


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Consider your choice when you get your paycheck. You can spend all of it now (not recommended!) or you can decide to save some. One option for saving is to put the money under your mattress, but if you do that your money sits idle for nobody to use and work with.

If on the other hand, you invest your money with a financial institution your resources are used to help enterprises grow. In return for putting up your money for a business you share the rewards of any fruitful business venture.

Investing can take the form of simply depositing money in a bank that loans money to companies or individuals, or it can take the form of investing in bonds or stocks. Investing in bonds is like making a loan to a specific business where they take your money now and promise to pay you back your principal plus interest at a time in the future. Investing in stocks is similar in that your money goes to a specific company to help them grow. But rather than you getting promised a specific amount, you become the part owner of a company even if you own just one millionth of a large firm. As a part owner of a company your assets fall or rise with the success of the company. Companies making lots of profits can pay dividends or reinvest in the company, which makes the value of the company and hence the price of the stock rise.

Investing in stocks typically involves more risk than depositing money in banks or investing in bonds, because the company might do well or it might do poorly. But taking on risk is not necessarily bad at all. In general the higher the risk one is willing to bear, the higher the expected returns. Rather than keeping your money under your mattress you have the potential of helping out and sharing the good fortunes of companies like Microsoft or Apple.

The financial institutions that populate Wall Street and other financial centers provide many roles, but one of the big ones is simply matching up people like you with the Microsofts or Apples of the world. Wall Street saves you the hassle of trying to track down Bill Gates or Steve Jobs if you want to invest in their companies, and they help you invest even if it’s just a few dollars.

One of the great advantages of stock markets is it enables anyone to participate in markets even if they only have a little to invest.

Markets, like the successes of companies, do not always go up so one has to realize that there is no guarantee. Stock prices are influenced by the business climate and people’s expectations of the future. When the business climate worsens so do stock prices. That can be due to any number of factors including regulatory burden or various other policies that affect a business’s future profitability. The group that should be blamed for changes in stock prices is not Wall Street.1

Without Wall Street companies would be starved for access to capital and be less able to grow. And without Wall Street your options for investing and having your money grow would be drastically reduced. We can all thank stock markets for helping America get where it is today. New Amsterdam (New York City) after all was founded as a trading outpost by the Dutch West India Company almost four hundred years ago. One of the great advantages of stock markets is it enables anyone to participate in markets even if they only have a little to invest. Gone are the days when only the royal elites are the only ones able to participate in large scale commerce. Today nearly two thirds of Americans are directly invested in stocks and many in the remaining one third probably own some type of stock indirectly. By giving anyone the opportunity to take part in markets financial intermediaries are enabling more and more people to invest and get rich. Few legitimate get rich quick schemes actually exist, and in the short run or even long run one’s assets can lose value. But over the past century stocks have always performed well in the long run and enabled many people to increase their personal wealth. Rather than vilifying markets we should be thinking about ways to thank them to help all of us flourish.


Despite ups and downs of stock markets, their historical long run returns have averaged seven percent per year. That means that if you invest $3,500 today and earn seven percent per year it would be worth almost $7,000 in ten years. I tell my students that if they invest just $10 per day (imagine someone making $10 per hour and simply saving one hour’s worth of wages each day for their working career) or $3,500 per year in stocks earning seven percent annual returns that by the time they retire they will end up as actual millionaires. Not bad.

Edward Peter Stringham is the Lloyd V. Hackley Endowed Chair for Capitalism and Free Enterprise Studies at Fayetteville State University. He researches on the history of stock markets and the consequences of economic freedom.

1 I do think that most Americans are correct to believe that the 2008-2009 government bailouts benefited a select few firms rather than the taxpayer, and we should question using tax money to subsidize firms who make risky investments. But it must be pointed out that the hundreds of billions of dollars of government bailouts only went to a few firms so this should not tarnish our opinion of the vast majority of financial firms that received no bailout money at all.

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Student Beats the Odds to Excel at the Highest Levels After the breathing tube was out of my throat, I asked my mother if I could go

to the bathroom. “You can’t,” she whispered gently. “ You have to wait for the nurse.” “Why not?” I asked. “You had a stroke,” she continued.

Name: Katrina Faison Hometown: Fayetteville Graduate: Co-Valedictorian, 2010 Winter Commencement Major: Criminal Justice Parents: Garris Faison Sr., and Betty McKinnon Siblings: Garrison Faison, Jr., 32; Travis Faison, 31;


and Bryan Faison, 23

atrina Faison has lived a life that only a few people in this world could imagine. For most of her life, she spent almost as much time in hospital beds and operating rooms than going to school. Anyone else who endured a life such as hers would probably have given up. Katrina didn’t. She turned her obstacles into opportunities. She transformed her tragedies into triumphs. She, as the saying goes, took lemons and made lemonade.

Katrina is only 21 and in her lifetime has endured 16 brain surgeries and suffered a stroke at age 12. As if that wasn’t enough, her illness forced her to miss the seventh and eighth grades, live her life in almost complete isolation with no friends, and watch her dreams fade right before her very eyes. Her story is one that would evoke empathy and compassion, but that’s not what she wants. She wants her fellow Fayetteville State University (FSU) students to realize that life is too short to complain and if they think they have it rough, just sit down and try and play the cards that life has dealt her.


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“What does that mean?” I asked with tears forming in my eyes. “The entire left side of your body is paralyzed,” she answered. I tried to move my left hand and when it did not respond, I felt a tear roll down my right cheek, but not the left one. I began to cry but my mother told me not to and just be thankful I am alive, unbeknownst to me that I had

almost died a few days ago. – Excerpt from Katrina Faison’s memoirs

She said if given a forum to tell her story to FSU students, this is what she would say: “I bet you’re not taking 18 credit hours, trying to graduate with all A’s, staying active in five student clubs and preparing for graduate school. So stop complaining because I got you beat.”

Not only does she have her fellow Broncos beat, but Katrina has beaten the odds. Katrina first discovered something was wrong when she was in elementary school. She used to have dizzy spells, but no one could figure out why. During physical education in middle school when she would run or do other strenuous activities, the dizzy spells were still there, but she also started foaming at the mouth. Then something went wrong. Katrina had a seizure. Shortly thereafter, she had a stroke. She felt as if all of her life’s dreams were being taken away and that she would never be the “wild and crazy” teen she looked forward to as a child. But rehabilitation began to change her outlook and she felt that she had two choices – live life feeling sorry for herself or taking a negative and turning it into something positive. “I was just thankful to be alive and took my time off from school to help out at

church, tell my testimony to others, and adjust to doing everything with one hand. I guess you can say I came from being thankful to being disappointed and now I am thankful again that I am here to share my story.”

Her story didn’t end there.

CT scans and MRIs after the seizure and stroke revealed an arteriovenous malformation on the brain. Surgery would be needed. She had about six angiograms in which the neurosurgeon inserted a camera through her groin area to look at her brain. She was scheduled to have her last angiogram on October 17, 2001 to shrink the malformation and have it removed the following day. However, she suffered a setback. While the neurosurgeons were trying to shrink and untangle the knotted blood vessels on the right side of her brain, a vessel burst. Six more surgeries followed. “My brain was swelling so much, I had to have surgery to remove part of my skull, stop the bleeding and remove the rest of the malformation,” Katrina said.

A few months later, Katrina had surgery to reinsert a portion of her skull, but she caught an infection and had to have two more surgeries. Later, she had another surgery to place the titanium plate that is in her head now. All total, she had 16 operations.

The stroke, surgeries, and therapy, caused Katrina to miss the seventh grade. Her grades were so good, she was allowed to be promoted to the eighth grade. The eighth grade was the first time in a long time that she did not have to have an operation, but as a result of surgery, she was still missing a piece of skull on the right side of her brain and was wearing a protective helmet. School officials did not think it was safe for her to be in school, so her assignments were delivered to her at home. “I attended the eighth-grade dance, took my end-of-grade tests and the North Carolina test to get into high school,” she said. High school was not an easy transition for Katrina. As a result of her mother and stepfather separating, she moved from the school district where most of the friends she grew up with lived. She was at a new school with no friends and had not been in an academic environment since sixth grade. “It was difficult making friends, but I adjusted well academically, making all A’s and a few B’s,” Katrina said.

The academic success continued. Katrina eventually graduated from Jack Britt High School in 2007 and enrolled in FSU in the fall. She graduated in December –

a semester early – with a degree in criminal justice and a whopping 4.0 grade point average. She was also named co-valedictorian of the graduating class. “I appreciate my education,” Katrina said. “I am fortunate enough to be a part of the last cohort to receive a full scholarship from the Honors Program when I came in 2007, so I am very thankful to be here. Not only did my neurosurgeons think I would forget everything and possibly have to go back to kindergarten because I had so much brain damage, but I also had to spend two years with no friends, no school atmosphere, just sitting at home with my mom.”

Those are now things of the past. Since enrolling at FSU, she has enjoyed the college experience to the utmost. She is a member of Phi Eta Sigma Freshmen Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society, Order of the Omega Greek Honor Society, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. She said had it not been for members of those organizations, the Center for Personal Development, and most importantly, God, she would not be where she is today. “I give all of the credit to God,” she said. “My mom and dad were my motivation because I love making them proud. I can also thank my sorors of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated for teaching me to never give up and making me stronger.”

Her instructors played a critical role in her achievements as well, Katrina said. Each teacher she had assisted her by showing her that she could make all A’s if she put her mind to it. “Even the teacher who gave me a B helped me by showing me that I really didn’t learn anything in class, which is why I am taking the class again,” Katrina said. “Honestly, I have talked to all of my instructors one-on-one and they have helped in shaping and molding me into the A-plus student I am today.”

The support she received from her instructors has instilled in her a desire to give back what has been given to her. Her goal is to go to graduate school and help others, just like those who helped her. “I also want to continue my career with the federal government. I have a heart for public service,” Katrina said. Katrina said God have her chance at life, and that is something she reminds herself of daily. She said her life was spared not only so she could be an inspiration to others, but also give back what was given to her. “My way of showing my appreciation for my life is by living it to the fullest,” she said. “My goal is to be successful which may not mean I will be 100 percent rehabilitated, but as long as I am excelling in school and helping others, I am reaching my goals.”

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Carlos Swan Fayetteville State’s


Receives Statewide Community Impact Student Award

arlos Swan of Fayetteville State University recently received North Carolina Campus Compact’s fifth Community Impact Student Award. Swan was one of thirty-four college students across the state who received the award for making significant, innovative contributions to their campus’ efforts to address local community needs. Awardees also received a Volunteer Certificate of Appreciation from Gov. Beverly Perdue.

Swan, a senior business administration major, serves as president of Students in Free Enterprise and is a member of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute, the Alpha Kappa Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, and Future Business Leaders. As the president of the University’s Marketing Club, he launched a new program enabling their organization to collaborate with local homeless shelters to identify and market their needs and collect donated items. Swan also volunteers with the YMCA as a Little League soccer coach, and with Cumberland County Schools as a track and field and softball coach. The awards were presented at two NC Campus Compact Student Conferences that brought together over 300 college students and guests representing 34 North Carolina higher education institutions. On Oct. 30 at NC Wesleyan College, the Compact’s Executive Director, Dr. Lisa Keyne, presented the awards with the Reverend James Gailliard, CEO of the Impact Center and Senior Pastor of Word Tabernacle Church. Budd Berro, the Piedmont Regional Director for the Office of the Governor, joined Dr. Keyne in presenting the awards at Johnson C. Smith University on Nov. 6.

North Carolina Campus Compact builds collaborations amongst public, independent and community colleges and universities. Presidents and chancellors commit their institutions to being “engaged campuses” that enhance a student’s sense of responsibility, citizenship, leadership and awareness of community, and impact the community by partnering with local organizations to address real needs. For additional information about NC Campus Compact or the student conferences, visit


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Trustee Spotlight Dr. J. Wayne Riggins

When Dr. J. Wayne Riggins joined the Fayetteville State University Board of Trustees almost a year ago, he did so knowing his plate was already full with community and civic involvement. That didn’t matter to Riggins. He has a penchant for becoming involved in any community in which he lives, and working with Fayetteville’s hometown university was something he felt obligated to do. Here is a closer look at the man who appears to spread himself thin, but enjoys doing it. Where are you originally from? Jacksonville, Florida How long have you lived in Fayetteville? 17 years

What do you like most about living here?  A) The size and diversity of the city are especially attractive to me; B) An active citizen can certainly make a difference here.  What is your current occupation? Ophthalmologist, partner in Cape Fear Eye Associates

Where did you go to college? Bachelor of Science, Mercer University; Doctor of Optometry, University of Houston, College of Optometry; Doctor of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences; Internship, Walter Reed Army Medical Center; Ophthalmology residency, Walter Reed Army Medical Center How long have you been on the FSU Board of Trustees and how were you selected? Almost one year. I was appointed by Gov. Perdue.

What do you enjoy most about serving on the FSU Board of Trustees? Since I have been blessed by many educational opportunities it is a privilege to serve on FSU’s Board of Trustees. As a local resident I have been particularly interested in making a useful contribution to the largest single educational institution in the city. I am especially happy to come to the Board during Chancellor Anderson’s leadership. He has been terrific. It is clear that he is a student-oriented, excellence-promoting agent for progress.  In what other community service/civic projects do you participate? President of Fayetteville’s Arts Council, Member of the City of Fayetteville’s Unified Development Ordinance Task Force, board member Methodist University’s Friends of Music What do you enjoy doing in your spare time (if there is such a thing)? Travel, golf, fine dining

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Memories in Retrospect! FSU Broncos vs. Livingstone Bears Final: FSU 59 – Livingstone 6

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“He was always willing to serve.”

By Chick Jacobs The Fayetteville Observer

Most folks called Henry M. “Hank” Eldridge “Doc.” It was partly a term of endearment, partly respect. In the 50-plus years he lived in Fayetteville he did plenty to earn both. Doc Eldridge, who died Aug. 9, was one of the sharpest mathematical minds in the state, a founder of Fayetteville State University’s Omega Psi Phi chapter and a charter member of his church. Still, he didn’t think himself so important that he wouldn’t hop into the concession stand at Bronco ball games to help out, or cook breakfast for the men’s group at College Heights Presbyterian Church. “That’s one of the wonderful things about him,” said Dr. Willis McLeod, former chancellor at Fayetteville State. “He had such a great mind, yet it seemed he was always willing to serve others.” His son, Henry Eldridge III, said his dad defied the “bookish” persona people might expect. “He loved books, loved to read,” Eldridge said. “But then you’d turn around and he was cooking breakfast at church. He appreciated other people, and never was one to shut himself off from them.” McLeod agreed. “He was very social in crowds, but he didn’t impose himself on you. However, if you ever asked his opinion, he could give it to you very directly.” Eldridge was born in December of 1924 in Montgomery, Ala. The son of Henry and Eliza Eldridge, he displayed a scholastic gift for math and graduated as his class valedictorian. He attended Alabama State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1946. While at Alabama State, he was introduced to a group that played a large role in his life, the


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Omega Psi Phi fraternity. “Omega Psi Phi meant the world to him,” his son said. “That’s why when he arrived at Fayetteville, he worked so hard to organize a chapter on campus.” Eldridge earned a master’s degree at Columbia in New York, and a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1951, Eldridge was offered several choices as a professor. His final choice: the Mathematics Department at Fayetteville State Teacher’s College. By 1956, he was the chairman of the areas of science and mathematics at the college. He met Mary Terry, a music teacher at the college, and they were married in 1959. Mary Terry Eldridge went on to become chairman of the Fayetteville Board of Education. Once the Eldridges made Fayetteville their home, they began branching out in the community. Henry organized the Beta Chi chapter of Omega Psi Phi, and the couple were charter members of College Heights Presbyterian Church. “He served our church and the people here,” said Pastor Garfield Warren. “For the longest time, he would arrive early, cooking breakfast for the men’s meetings.” Many of the couple’s good deeds were done in private. Eldridge’s son recalled one time when one of Doc’s math students was interviewing for a teaching position, but didn’t have a good suit to wear. “Dad took him down to Fleishman’s on Hay Street and made sure he had a suit to get that job,” he said. Another time, a promising student was considering leaving the school because of illness at home in New York. Eldridge gave the student the keys to his car to drive home, telling him only to return the keys when he got back. “It was actually very smart on my dad’s part,” the younger Eldridge said. “He knew that the student would have to drive back to return the car, and if he did that, he’d come back to school.”

After 24 years at the school, Eldridge left to work with the state Department of Public Instruction in 1975. After retirement, he continued to study, to learn. He didn’t do the usual leisure time things, his son said. “No golf, no fishing, and he rarely watched TV. But he loved to read.” He continued to attend church regularly, even as his health faded. When he wasn’t in church, Warren said, you knew he was feeling bad. “He wasn’t a complainer,” McLeod said. “He continued to give of himself for his school, his church and his community. “There are few men who dedicated themselves more to the community than he did,” McLeod said. “All of us would do well to study the life of Henry Eldridge.”

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Composer of Alma Mater Dies at 102

By Gregory Phillips The Fayetteville Observer

Mary Terry Eldridge had high standards for her family, a brood that took in Fayetteville State University and eventually every school in Cumberland County. Mrs. Eldridge, remembered as a compassionate taskmaster and snappy dresser who spent 30 years on the faculty at FSU, served countless community causes and was the first black woman elected to the Fayetteville City Schools board. She died Thursday at age 102. “She was like a matron,” said Willis McLeod, chancellor emeritus of FSU, who first encountered her when he was a student in 1960. “She treated us as if we were her children; she disciplined us, she loved us, whatever it took to keep us grounded ... she did it.” For Mr. McLeod, that included pulling him aside when she saw him about to kiss a young woman on campus one night. “She almost collared me,” he said, laughing at the memory, “and told me how ungentlemanly that was.” Mary Terry was born in Pittsburgh in June 1908. She studied music at Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, then received a master’s from Carnegie-Mellon University. She taught music for a year at the Tuskegee Institute before joining the faculty at FSU, seeing it through the transition from a teachers college to a liberal arts school. There she met Henry M. “Doc’’ Eldridge II, chairman of mathematics and sciences at the college. They married in 1959. The couple is as much a part of FSU’s history as any building, serving the community for more than 100 years between them. Mrs. Eldridge, who led the music department and started the college choir, wrote the school song — “Old White and Blue” — and has a

campus street named after her. Mr. Eldridge was a founding member of College Heights Presbyterian Church on Seabrook Road, where Mrs. Eldridge’s funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday. A visitation is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. tonight at Wiseman Mortuary. “They led by example in everything that they did,” said Henry Eldridge III, their son, who is mourning both his parents; his father died Aug. 9 at 85. “They were the Daniel Boones of their time,” Mr. McLeod said of the Eldridges. “They cut through a lot of briers and brambles to help the entire community.” Mrs. Eldridge was a Golden AKA, with 65 years of membership in the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She spent time on the boards of the YMCA, Coordinating Council for Older Adults and the Arts Council. “She had a genuine love for Fayetteville State University,” said Valeria Flemming, who joined the FSU faculty in 1960 and is still there 50 years later. “She was kind, but she would be frank with you. She did not hesitate to speak her mind if things were going askew.” Mrs. Flemming also remembered Mrs. Eldridge as a woman who was always immaculately dressed. Her son confirmed his mother’s passion for the latest trends. “She loved to lead a fashion parade,” he said. But Henry Eldridge III said his parents took their greatest satisfaction

Mary Eldridge (C) is shown in this 1995 yearbook photo at the campus street naming in her honor.

from the lives they influenced. In her later years, Mrs. Eldridge expanded that influence across the county. She was elected to the Fayetteville City Schools board in 1973, spent a term as chairwoman and served until the city and county schools merged in 1984, in what McLeod called “trailblazing” service. She was on the interim merged board and the first full county school board. In the 1988 election campaign, she told the Observer: “My interest was and it still is the education of the boys and girls. Whenever they bring up these situations, you always hear me come back and say, ‘I don’t think you’re thinking about the boys and girls.’ ” With the loss of Mrs. Eldridge and her husband in little over a month, FSU and the community at large have lost an irreplaceable chunk of local history. “Those two people were true icons,” Mr. McLeod said. “Their names are forever enshrined in the grain of Fayetteville State University education.”

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Trip to Cáceres, Spain

By Christopher Williams

When I announced to my friends and family that I would be traveling to Cáceres, Spain, to study abroad for a month, the first question they had was usually, “Where?” Spain is a relatively unfamiliar area to most Americans, even to me, but it was that mysteriousness (and the hundreds of miles of water) that drew me to it. After living there for a month, I was able to absorb history, culture, and the language of Spain, and through Skype videos and Facebook messages I shared what I learned with my friends and family back home. My correspondence home probably sounded as if I were living in constant excitement. Within the first week, I was starting to feel as if I were at home. The people in the city were polite and well mannered. On a tour of Cáceres, I learned the history behind the old city. I was amazed that Cáceres was older than the United States and it still had most of its original buildings still in place. Marco, a tour guide, knew about every little thing that I wanted to know and more. I felt as if I were living history. One of my favorite places to visit was the Plaza Mayor, which would be considered the Main Square. I met many wonderful people in the Plaza including my best friends in Spain, and also the CEO of a company. The Plaza is the place where I practiced speaking Spanish while immersed in the daily activities of the locals.


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The academic side of the study abroad program was nothing like what I was accustomed to as an American student. On the first day of school I was officially introduced to my teachers and administrators. They took our group on a tour of the school and showed us how to find the University. When we arrived at the school, I saw a very professional looking African-American woman. She was speaking to Dr. Hurtado in fluent Spanish as if it were her native tongue. I wondered if she knew any English because she appeared to be an American. Upon entering my classroom, Dr. Augustine, the program director, greeted the class and explained his expectations. He provided us with city information and shared how the people of Cáceres treated African-Americans. He then introduced the African-American woman I encountered earlier. Her name was Jaharie and to my surprise she spoke perfect English and was from Brooklyn, New York. She said that she had been living in Caceres for a while with her husband and two children. She told us that the food would not taste like the food back home. She gave us four things to follow: TO BE PROUD, TO BE EXCELLENT, TO BE CURIOUS, TO BE OPEN. After she welcomed us I felt at home. I felt like I could do anything at this point. I was ready to take on the city and get to know the people. I was ready to learn the stories of the city and ready to learn Spanish. After the initial introductions and general information sessions, it was time to take the placement test. I knew some Spanish because I took four years in high school, but I did not really remember anything. I remembered most of the test questions from high school. I just didn’t know all of the rules because I hadn’t practiced speaking Spanish for some time. I did not stress over it because I knew that I could grow from this point forward.

danger of extinction. In particular about 250 black vulture couples nest at Monfrague National Park; it is the greatest black vulture reserve in the world. While in the National Park, I went on a hike to a castle at the top of a hill which seemed to take six-hours. Once at the top, I was able to walk and see the most beautiful landscape in the world - it was breathtaking. I felt as if I could see my hometown of Henderson, NC, from there.

After leaving Monfragüe my group went to eat in a small town. Akyia, one of my good friends, and I went to a restaurant with the tour guide. I was willing to eat everything at this point because I was hungry and tired. Marco wanted us to practice our Spanish so we had to place our orders without his assistance. While waiting on the food Marco started to teach us Spanish, naming the different things on the table and then having us to use the correct names in a sentence. When the food came it all looked great. I just wanted to dig in. The first thing that came out was a cheese dish. It looked very good and I was ready to taste it. Along with the cheese was bread; I was eating only the cheese that I recognized. Marco then told me to try some of the cheese in the middle, known as goat cheese. I took my butter knife and spread the cheese on my bread. I put it in my mouth... what a taste! I did not like it. It was a little worried, but when the rest the food came it was so delicious. I truly tasted the culture of Spain and all its glory.

I had a chance to taste café food and I tried everything because I wanted to be open. I realized that Fayetteville State University cafeteria food was not as bad as I thought it to be. I had a chance to speak with Jaharie about her experience in Spain and a little about her life story. I learned that she lived in the States four years ago and just moved to Cáceres with her husband. After talking to her I really wanted to come back and spend a whole year or so in Spain.

Class sessions were somewhat similar to the classes I was used to at home. I noticed that when I put worksheets in to my notebook the sheets were longer than the standard US paper size. During the first week of class I participated in an excursion to Monfragüe National Park, which is one of the most important ornithological nucleuses in Spain. In this amazing environment imperial eagles, black vultures, and tawny vultures fly over the park. Moreover, 280 species of the most significant animals of Spain inhabit the park. Eastern imperial eagles, black vultures, black storks, and Iberian lynx stand out because many of them are in

Becoming a member of my African host family was my favorite part of this study abroad experience. I was welcomed into a family as a brother of three Africans; Siaka, 18; Isiaka, 19; Maouloud, 20. They invited me over to eat dinner with them and also to a disco club. I had the chance to learn about them as if they were my blood brothers. They treated the language barrier with a sense of humor and patience, and eventually helped me improve my Spanish skills. Understandably, adjusting to life back in the States was difficult. During my time in Spain, my “normal” had become spontaneously hopping on a bus and traveling to new cities, meeting new people, and trying new food. To ease back into life in the U.S., I kept in close contact with the friends I made in Spain and shared my stories and photos with anyone who would listen. It is only now, two months after returning from Spain, that I am able to fully appreciate my experience there and to understand how it has enriched my life.

Appreciation is expressed to Mr. Alsie Cluff and Mrs. Annette Cluff, Class of ’70, for their generous contribution toward the student trip to Spain. All participants were given a new digital camera for use on their trip, compliments of Mr. and Mrs. Cluff. Broncos supporting Broncos! Fall/Winter 10-11 33


Personal Perspective on Study Abroad Trip to Spain Submitted by Dr. Jane Peacock

r. Jane Peacock enjoyed a study abroad trip to Cáceres, Spain with 20 honor students and two program directors as part of the Global Scholars Program at Fayetteville State University. Below, she gives her perspective on their trip to Spain. We departed from Fayetteville on May 15 and returned on June 13, 2010.  Therefore, we had a month to study more details of the Spanish language and culture and visit sites of historical and archeological significance in the region of Extremadura, the province just east of Portugal. 

From Fayetteville the honors program director, Dr. Booker T. Anthony, 14 students, and I took a motor coach to Raleigh where we met the rest of the students. From Raleigh we flew to Miami where we connected with a flight to Madrid.  In Madrid we were met by the study abroad director, Dr. Milena Hurtado and the two Spanish teachers, Esperanza Cruz de Toro and Marina González Vivas. They escorted us by motor coach from Madrid to Cáceres which is a lovely ancient walled city. When we arrived, it was quite chilly. You could see the use of a table covered with a blanket.  It has a heater under the table so the residents of the house could stay warm with the blanket and the hidden heater.  I have only seen this in rural areas of Spain.  Extremadura is quite rural and was very poor in the 16th century and therefore produced a number of explorers of America.  We visited the town of Trujillo where Francisco Pizarro was born, and it was also the home of an explorer of the Amazons.  Actually our first tour was of the city Cáceres itself, and the following weekend we hiked to the top of a small mountain in the Park of Monfragüe.  Some students remarked that they really enjoyed seeing this natural monument. It was a Sunday and there was a mass going on at the top of the ¨mountain¨ and they were singing a hymn to the Virgin of Monfragüe.  It was a beautiful day, and the guide identified many of the trees, such as a cork tree, an oak tree, and other examples of flowers. The students had expected to see more wildlife but the birds and forest animals that we expected to see must have been taking siestas.  Later we also visited the city of Mérida which was the capital of Hispania when it was a province of Rome.  The museum there is full of examples of Roman culture and the amphitheater which is still used for concerts and operas was most impressive.  As a bonus, we took a day trip to Salamanca where the oldest university in Europe is located. The students especially 34

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enjoyed the shopping there as well as the various monumental buildings associated with the university. I personally enjoyed walks in the evening through the ancient walled city and discovered a Filmoteca where it cost only 1 euro to see a movie. I saw two English films there, She Knows What She Wants and A Matter of Life and Death both by a famous English director, Michael Powell of the stature of Alfred Hitchcock.  It was interesting to see how the English was translated in the Spanish subtitles. As a fan of flamenco, I went to two concerts during the town´s annual feria and later I met a literature professor who is a great lover of flamenco and he took me to the local peña which is a club made up of very serious admirers and performers of the art. It was a pity that I had not known about that earlier because there was an excellent performance that I missed.  I do not think that it was open to the public.  There were also two excellent performances of the orchestra and chorus of the University of Extremadura. These performances took place in historic and beautiful old cathedrals. Cáceres was the home of a famous musicologist, Manuel García Matos, who specialized in the collection of Spanish folk music.  It was very difficult for me to leave this haven of cultural activity, but I feel very fortunate to have seen and experienced what I did and to spend quality time with an excellent group of students, many of whom I continue to see around campus as we share and treasure our memories. Maybe one day a group of us can return and tour the Ruta de Plata that goes from Seville to the Cantabrian Sea.

National Science Foundation Internship

Opens Doors for Student


risty Mitchell’s parents gave her some advice that she knew would one day come in handy. Her parents told her that she must be prepared “before” an opportunity comes and not wait until it arrives to start preparing. If she took the latter route, they told her, it may be too late. Kristy, a Fayetteville native majoring in mathematics with a minor in physics, always had faith in her parents and she knew they would never mislead her. She followed their advice. The result of her obedience was selection to the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network Internship Program with the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Washington, D.C., over the summer. According to Dr. Mohammad Siddique, one of her professors and mentors and who recommended her for the internship, this may be the first time that FSU has had a student land an internship with NSF.

The QEM includes three components: Science policyfocused student internships; health-focused internships for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); and science education internships for students from Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). The program is designed to enhance participating students’ ability to apply their knowledge to a range of internship assignments; increase their understanding of the health and educational needs of minorities; and instill a sense of responsibility in each intern to help others in their communities.

The QEM Internship Program is a 10-week experience consisting of a pre-internship, four-day orientation and professional development session; a nine-week research-focused assignment with a mentor/advisor; and a post-internship reflection session. The program provides opportunities for college students to interact with individuals involved in policymaking positions; increase their awareness and knowledge of issues that prevent minority communities from receiving a quality education and/or quality healthcare; conduct research to become familiar with programs and strategies being implemented to address these issues; and become aware of policies and legislation that have an impact on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, as well as access to healthcare. “Kristy’s dedication in the classroom made her an ideal candidate for the internship,” Siddique said. That is why when he found out about the program, he recommended that she apply. “Kristy has taken many mathematics courses with me and she is, with out question, one of the most outstanding students I have taught at Fayetteville State University in six semesters of teaching. She is very intelligent, hardworking and very sincere in her efforts. I thought she would be a very good fit with the requirements that NSF had and she proved her worth.”

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want to be a school principal or university chancellor, it is possible. I have learned, after listening to the many stories of these scientists and experts that I came in contact with everyday, that anything is possible if someone is willing to apply themselves.”

“The internship was intense, but gratifying,” Kristy said. Each intern was given a project to work on over the summer and at the conclusion of the program, several papers were written to document the intern’s findings. Kristy’s project involved observing, managing, and documenting the peer review process for approximately 80 proposals. She also looked at past awards and the people who submitted them, known as Principal Investigators, taking notes of their disciplines, the states they were from, the types of institutions that are funded, and what portion of the portfolio goes to new and minority principal investigators. Kristy Mitchell’s parents gave her some advice that she knew would “I have a better understanding of one day come in handy. Her parents told her that she must be prepared the importance of research and graduate school as it pertains to “before” an opportunity comes and not wait until it arrives to start the STEM fields,” Kristy said.

preparing. If she took the latter route, they told her, it may be too late.

The internship may be over, but Kristy’s work, however, isn’t done. She is back at FSU and preparing for graduation in May 2011. Before she walks across the stage she wants to talk with administrators and various leaders to see how the institution can implement programs to share with undergraduate students about the importance of research and internships. “I will be willing to take part or lead these programs and if need be, set up effective peer-topeer workshops or seminars. I also plan to stress the importance of graduate school. I have heard over and over this summer that ‘graduate school unlocks many doors.’ ”

Kristy already had plans to attend graduate school and get a Master’s of Arts in Teaching and become an educator. However, after attending NSF, she is certain she wants to get a doctorate. “There are so many opportunities and paths to pursue that I do not want to stop at my master’s degree,” Kristy said. “I found out that I can do anything I want and get my degree in anything I want. Therefore, I will be looking at some graduate programs and Ph.D. programs in education or mathematics.”

While the internship taught Kristy the importance of graduate school and research, it also showed her that her opportunities are limitless. “I have heard the term, ‘the sky is the limit’, but I never really took the time to think of this phrase,” she said. “After interning this summer, I know that if I want to be an astronaut or a scientist, it is possible. If I 36

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According to Siddique, Kristy is that someone. He said she has set a precedent for other students at FSU, and as a result of her hard work and diligence, NSF will take notice and make available more internship opportunities for the students here. “Kristy is a careful and creative thinker with an eye for details and devotion to logic, which serves her well in both mathematics and sciences. She is has a terrific ability to draw on her own experience and observations to develop thoughtful opinions on a variety of issues. Her regular contributions to full-class discussions provided insight both for her peers and me as an instructor. She proved herself to be a model student.”

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Ready for the Job

efore Troy Collins even decided to run for Mr. Fayetteville State University, he played the role to perfection. He was always mindful of what he said and did in front of his fellow students. He dressed impeccibly when the occasion called for it, and he never wore anything that would draw unwarranted attention to himself. On top of all of that, he made certain that he applied the university’s motto “Res Non Verba” (Deeds Not Words) to his everyday life. Now, Troy no longer has to play the role. He is Mr. FSU and has hit the ground running in an effort to demonstrate to the FSU family, especially the students, that they voted for the right man. “With the title, I plan to continue to be an ambassador for the University and remain a role model for Bronco pride through representation and the creating of on-campus programs for fellow students,” Troy said.

Troy was named Mr. FSU during the annual Homecoming Coronation events October 21. Due to a lack of participation, there was no Mr. FSU competition this year. Thus, Troy was selected based on student vote. He still, however, felt it was important that the students see he was serious about being their representative. “I got a good team and campaigned to the best of my ability for the majority vote,” he said. Troy, a junior music major from Rockingham, NC, said he was inspired to run for Mr. FSU because of the example set by his predecessors. He also said encouragement from his friends and FSU students made him realize that he could have a positive impact on the FSU student body. “With some of the programs I plan to chair, I would like to give special attention to the Bronco men by inviting good speakers to come in and help the young men with professional development.”

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Police and Public Safety Move into a New Home

A “The new location has been a long time coming,” said Travis Bryant, Associate Vice Chancellor for Police and Public Safety.


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sk the Chancellor or any Vice Chancellor at Fayetteville State University what is the most the pressing need when it comes to facilities and the answers will likely vary. One may say a classroom building. Another would possibly respond “a parking deck.” A new student center or dorms would undoubtedly be in the mix.

All of those facilities are indeed needed, but all administrators would collectively agree that as far as student welfare and protection are concerned, no building is more important than a new Police and Public Safety venue. It is an issue that was addressed in August when FSU’s Department of Police and Public Safety moved into a newly renovated facility that formerly housed the Mitchell Pre-School Lab.

“The new location has been a long time coming,” said Travis Bryant, Associate Vice Chancellor for Police and Public Safety. “The Department of Police and Public Safety currently operates out of three separate buildings, which includes two modular units,” Bryant said. “The current location is old and not in line with current facilities standards. This new location is a modern facility that is centrally located within the campus community. This location will provide police and parking related services a location that is more visible and more accessible to the campus community.” The facility includes the Parking and Traffic Offices, Chief of Police Office, and offer investigation and all other law enforcement related services. One of the newest features of the building is a state-of-the-art-communication center. The department operates off of an 800megahurtz radio system which will give police and public safety the ability to communicate directly with

The facility includes the Parking and Traffic Offices, Chief of Police Office, and offer investigation and all other law enforcement related services. One of the newest features of the building is a state-of-the-artcommunication center.

emergency responders, i.e. local police and fire stations via radio. The center also has the capability of providing notification alerts to the campus community in the event of an emergency. “The new facility is needed for several reasons,” Bryant said. Among them is the ability to have all staff members and departments in one building, the lone exception being the Department of Environmental Health and Safety. It will be located in the Barber Building. The modular units that once housed the substations will be removed and all officers and detectives that were once housed in those units will now be in the new building. The new Police and Public Safety building – which cost $723,000 to renovate – replaces the old station located on Grace Black Circle, across from the School of Business and Economics. No one is certain how long that building has been in operation, but if appearance is any indication, it is one of the oldest buildings still in use on campus. “We spoke with one of our staff who has been employed at FSU for 27 years,” said Rudy Cardenas, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management. “He indicated that the Police and Public Safety Department has occupied the same building since he has been here.”

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The Chancellor’s Distinguished Speaker Series Continues with Second Semester Speakers January 20, 2011 6 pm Seabrook Auditorium Free and Open to the Public

February 11, 2011 6 pm Seabrook Auditorium Free and Open to the Public

Carlotta Walls LaNier

Judith Jamison

In 1957, at age 14, Carlotta Walls LaNier and eight other students integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. This act of courage and defiance became the catalyst for change in the American educational system. The Little Rock Nine, as they would eventually be called, became ‘foot soldiers’ for freedom. Concerns for family safety and continued employment persuaded the family to move to Denver in 1962. In 1968 LaNier earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and accepted a position at the Denver YWCA. Since then, she has married, raised two children, founded her own real estate company, and worked for 30 years as a real estate broker, currently with Cherry Creek Realtors. In 1997 the Little Rock Nine returned to Central High School for a fortieth anniversary celebration. In a symbolic and emotional gesture, the school’s principal, the mayor, the governor, and the President of the United States opened the school’s doors, which had been blocked by the Arkansas National Guard in 1957. In 1999 at the White House, members of Congress and the President bestowed upon LaNier and the other members of the Little Rock Nine the nation’s highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal, for their sacrifice and contribution to the cause of equality.

Judith Jamison was appointed Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in December 1989 at the request of her mentor, Alvin Ailey, who personally chose her to succeed him before his untimely death. A native of Philadelphia, she studied with Marion Cuyjet, was discovered by Agnes de Mille and made her New York debut with American Ballet Theatre in 1964. She became a member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1965 and danced with the Company for 15 years to great acclaim. Recognizing her extraordinary talent, Mr. Ailey created some of his most enduring roles for her, most notably the tour-de-force solo, Cry. As a highly regarded choreographer, Ms. Jamison has created works for many companies. Her new work, Among Us (Private Spaces: Public Places), premieres this season. Her 2005 ballet Reminiscin’ was inspired by great female jazz artists and Edward Hopper’s famous painting Nighthawks. Love Stories, with additional choreography by Robert Battle and Rennie Harris, was created in 2004. In 2002, HERE . . .NOW. was commissioned for the Cultural Olympiad in Salt Lake City. She choreographed Double Exposure for the Lincoln Center Festival in July 2000. Divining (1984), Rift (1991), Riverside (1995), Sweet Release (1996), Echo: Far From Home (1998) and Hymn (1993), her stirring tribute to Mr. Ailey, are other major works she has choreographed for the Company. Ms. Jamison is an author whose autobiography, “Dancing Spirit,” was edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and published by Doubleday in 1993. She is the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees, including a prime time Emmy Award and an American Choreography Award in the PBS “Great Performances: Dance In America” special, A Hymn for Alvin Ailey, and an honorary doctorate from Howard University. In December 1999, Ms. Jamison was presented with the Kennedy Center Honor, recognizing her lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts. Today, Judith Jamison presides over the artistically and fiscally vibrant Ailey organization. Her presence has been a catalyst, propelling the organization in new directions – the development of the Women’s Choreography Initiative; performances at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and the 2002 Cultural Olympiad in Salt Lake City where she carried the Olympic torch during the relay prior to the opening ceremonies; and two historic engagements in South Africa. Recently, she led the Company on a 50-city global


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tour celebrating Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 50th anniversary with a year-long series of special performances, collaborations, events and commemorative merchandise including an Ailey Barbie® Doll by Mattel designed by Ms. Jamison. She has continued Mr. Ailey’s practice of showcasing the talents of emerging choreographers from within the ranks of the Company. As Artistic Director of The Ailey School, official school of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ms. Jamison has helped to implement a multicultural curriculum including the dances of West Africa and South India. She is an advocate for education in the arts and was a guiding force in establishing the B.F.A. program between The Ailey School and Fordham University, which

offers a unique combination of world-class dance training and a superior liberal arts education. Following the tradition of Alvin Ailey, Ms. Jamison is dedicated to asserting the prominence of the arts in our culture, spearheading initiatives to bring dance into the community and programs that introduce children to the arts. She remains committed to promoting the significance of the Ailey legacy—dance as a medium for honoring the past, celebrating the present and fearlessly reaching into the future. The move to Ailey’s permanent home, The Joan Weill Center for Dance, in 2004, a state-of-the-art building located at 55th Street and 9th Avenue, was the realization of her long-awaited dream.

Opus I Department of Performing and Fine Arts Spring Gala A Scholarship Fund Raiser Featuring The Dance Theatre of Harlem

A special scholarship benefit for the Department of Performing and Fine Arts with a performance by the renown Dance Theatre of Harlem. The venerable dance group comes to Fayetteville State University’s Seabrook Auditorium for a

special performance of classic ballets to benefit the Department of Performing and Fine Arts. The evening begins before

the curtain rises with a tented reception, a silent auction, art exhibits, dancers/models, choir, band, and amusements that

will enchant and enthrall. Proceeds from this event will provide scholarships for students in music, dance, theater, and the visual arts.

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Alfred Davis

Ready to Strike up the FSU Band


s the new marching band director at Fayetteville State University (FSU) Alfred L. Davis has set some goals for the Fayetteville State University Marching Band. The goals are indeed lofty, but if anyone can achieve what they have set out to do Davis can. After all, his record speaks for itself. Here is just a sampling of what Davis has achieved: From 2004-2009, Davis served as an assistant professor of music and Director of University Bands at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. Known as “The Marching Force,” the Hampton University Band has earned a reputation as one of the best HBCU bands in the country. He has led The Marching Force in performances at the annual Battle of the Bay Classic versus Norfolk State; the 2004 Original Battle of the Bands in Washington, D.C.; the Whitney Young Classic in New York; the 2005 Detroit Football Classic in Detroit, MI; the


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2006 MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Birmingham, AL; the 2008 MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Orlando, FL; and the annual HBCU Battlefest in Norfolk, VA. High school and college bands throughout the United States have played his marching band arrangements.

These are great achievements and Davis wants to take FSU’s marching band to similar heights or even greater. “I want to establish the Marching Bronco Express as the premier student organization on FSU’s campus,” Davis said. “I want to make the FSU Band Program one of the best in the nation among HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities). Davis also wants to increase the program’s enrollment to 200 members. He said he envisions a band with 128 to 160 instruments, 16 flags, 12 dancers, and 10 to 12 student managers. He also envisions a thriving touring symphonic

leadership, the basketball band was given rave reviews for its performances at the MEAC Basketball Tournament and at two NCAA Tournament sites (Boise, ID and Storrs, CT).

band and a campus concert band. Most importantly, however, he wants his band members to realize they are here to get an education and become productive citizens. “I want to improve the retention and graduation rate among members of the band program,” he said.

Davis said his first order of business is refining existing band traditions and establishing new ones and putting his own stamp on the band program. He said that can and will be done with vigorous recruiting. “I want to use my connections with high school band directors across the country – especially in North Carolina – to bring the best and brightest musicians in the country to FSU,” he said.

In addition to Hampton University, his alma mater, Davis has served as Director of Bands and Instructor of Music at Savannah State College in Savannah, GA. In Virginia public schools, he served as band director at Windsor Middle School and the Windsor High Schools in Windsor, VA. Davis began writing for the marching band at Hampton while a student in the band. Prior to his hiring at Hampton, he served as staff arranger for the Hampton University Marching and Basketball Bands, under the direction of Sylvester Young and Barney E. Smart. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Music and Assistant Director of Bands at HU in 1995, where he served as the Chief Arranger for the marching and basketball bands, and as conductor of the concert band, basketball band, and brass ensemble. Under his

Davis was appointed Director of University Bands at Delaware State University in the fall of 2001. He was the conductor of the marching band, where he led the band in performances at the Richard Allen Classic in Philadelphia, PA; the Gold Coast Classic in San Diego, CA; and the Original Battle of the Bands in Washington, D.C., during his tenure there. He also conducted the concert band, jazz ensemble, and jazz combo in major performances on campus during the spring semesters of 2002 and 2003. Davis is active as a clinician and adjudicator of marching and concert bands. He holds membership in the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Music Educators National Conference, and the HBCU National Band Directors Consortium. Additionally, he is a member of the Intercollegiate Music Association and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He holds honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity and Tau Beta Sigma Honorary Band Sorority.

Dr. Earnest Lamb, chair of the Department of Performing and Fine Arts at FSU, said Davis will be a tremendous asset to the FSU band program. “I am pleased and honored to welcome Mr. Davis to the Performing and Fine Arts family, particularly as the new band director here at Fayetteville State University,” Lamb said. “He has a wealth of music knowledge and experience, and comes from a music program that is regarded as one of the best in the country. We are extremely fortunate and excited to have him, and we look forward to him leading the FSU band program to the same levels of greatness.” To get the band to that level, scholarship dollars are needed. Anyone interested in supporting the band program is encouraged to send donations to: Wendy Jones, Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Development, 1200 Murchison Road, Fayetteville, N.C. 28301. Please specify that you are contributing to the FSU Marching Band Program.

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ALUMNI Alumnus Greene Honored Dr. James C. Greene ‘67 was awarded the George E. Holland Award in recognition of his service to the Dept. of Corrections in the District of Columbia. Dr. Greene is the Education Program Administrator of “Don’t Forget Us”—an innovative peer education program that is flourishing at the District’s Central Detention Facility.

Dr. Greene joined the DC Dept. of Corrections after retiring from DCPS as a school administrator and the US Dept. of Transportation as a staff advisor.

The Sisters of ’61 Reunion

The women of the Class of 1961 held a reunion the weekend of September 24-26 at the Crabtree Marriott Hotel in Raleigh, NC. Twenty-one classmates were in attendance, and it was the first time many had seen each other since graduation. Wearing their Fayetteville State University Sisters of ’61 tee-shirts, they spent the weekend talking, eating, window shopping, and talking some more. On Saturday night a memorial service was held in the Hospitality Room for ten departed classmates and Ms. Lauretta Taylor, ’61 Class Advisor. The next Sisters of ’61 Reunion will be held in Fayetteville, NC, in 2012. Reported by Patricia Thompson ‘61

First Row-Left to Right: Catharyne J. Butler, Jessie Crump, Willie B. Daley, Nadyne W. Gilbert, Dorothy U. Wright, Barbara B. Talley, Joyce J. Matthews, Kathleen Smith, Josie F. Smith, Effie A. Smith, Alma P. Brown Second Row-Left to Right: Nancy H. Henderson, Patricia Thompson, Josephine A. Starks, Edith B. Burwell, Vivian S. Allen, Eva W. Currey, Minnie H. Campbell, Sandra W. Patterson, Ollie W. Lee Not Pictured: Lula H. Council


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Class of ’55 Celebrates 55th Reunion

Class members as far away as Jamaica, NY; East Orange, NJ; Capitol Heights, Maryland; and Washington, DC, return every five years to meet, greet, and reminisce. Highlighting this year’s activities was a reunion dinner following the Homecoming Game on Saturday, October 23rd. The dinner was held at 6pm at the home of Mr. William F. Monroe at 610 Albany Street, Fayetteville, NC. A special tribute honoring deceased classmates was a feature of the reunion. Members of the reunion committee were Pearl Durham (Chair), Annie Glover (Co-Chair), Johnny Farmer (Co-Chair), William F. Monroe (Co-Chair), Melma M. July (Secretary), Carolyn Williams (Co-Secretary), and Mac Virgil.

After 4 Years, Stafford Gets New Schools Leader

Stafford, Va. –– Stafford County’s interim schools superintendent will soon hand over control of the public school system to a man from North Carolina. Dr. Randy Bridges was selected Monday as the county’s new public school superintendent, replacing Jean S. Murray whose contract was not renewed by the county in 2006.

Bridges comes to Stafford after serving as the Superintendent of the Alamance-Burlington School System, in Burlington, NC, for the past four years. Prior to that Bridges served for four years as the Superintendent of the Rock Hill School District Three in Rock Hill, SC, 25 miles south of Charlotte, NC.

According to Bridges’ resume, he also was Superintendent of the Orange County Schools in Hillsborough, NC, from 1997 until 2002. He also served as an associate superintendent for that school system for one year before stepping into the leadership role there. Bridges also has held other positions as school principal, assistant principal, teacher, and head basketball coach, all between 1982 and




1996. He is married to Vernetta Nelson Bridges and has a daughter named Randi and a son named Garrett.

Bridges will begin his tenure in Stafford on Dec. 6, and will replace interim superintendent Dr. Andre Nougaret who has served as the school system controller since 2006. Bridges holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a Doctorate from Fayetteville State University. He was recognized this year as the North Carolina Association of Educators Superintendent of the Year 2010.

Q&A with Former Fayetteville State SGA President Keisha Robinson Keisha Robinson has lived a life few HBCU graduates could ever dream of leading. The former Fayetteville State University Student Government President has served her school with distinction, and now represents her country as an English teacher in Korea. Robinson shares her experiences as a campus leader, how FSU shaped her career, and her future career aspirations.

The English teaching program in Korea is a popular one for students coming out of college. What about the program inspired you to participate? I was a middle school educator for two years in N.C. My sorority sister worked at the school I am currently at, and discussed with me the potential to work for the institution for a year. After listening to many of her stories regarding her move here, I decided to participate as well. How have you found life and culture in Korea? How different is it from that in the United States?

Life and culture in Korea is certainly different than life and culture in the United States. For example, it’s uncustomary to talk on a cell phone in public places like a city bus or subway; if you’re offered SoJu (an alcoholic beverage), they would prefer that you drink it; it’s a form of disrespect to not finish your rice if you’re eating a chef’s dish. Additionally, parents really look up to the teacher of their children. If the teacher recommends something, the parents definitely listen. The culture is definitely something that was intriguing to be immersed in. I miss being able to just “be Keisha,” at times, but I certainly enjoy learning all about other cultures.

How did your experiences at Fayetteville State prepare you for your profession? What particular components of the school’s academic and social culture most resonated with you? I was the student body president my final year in college. Prior to that, I was a class president, student body treasurer, editor of our campus newspaper, etc. These different roles ensured that I encountered various people from various backgrounds. It ensured that I kept my eyes open and remained alert in different circumstances that were beyond what I was used to. I had professors from Asia, Africa, as well as Europe. Being under their instruction prepped me for the language barriers that I may face, and caused me to be more accepting of the fact that everyone may not speak your language, but they can still teach you something if you choose to listen. As a former campus leader, what are the primary concerns that students have, and what are some of the best practices in mobilizing the student body for solutions?

I would have to say that financial aid and student fee increases were some of our biggest concerns. Some of our best practices included “Word on the Yard,” where our then Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs would come in to listen to our concerns, and allow students to provide input on how these concerns could be addressed. Additionally, our former Chancellor would have meetings with students bimonthly, to address concerns and seek resolutions. What are your future goals? Remain in Korea? Return to the States?

My ultimate goal is to become an attorney, and open my non-profit organization for youth aged 14-19. I plan to attend law school next fall back in the States, but I would certainly enjoy coming back to Korea in the future to teach English again. Had it not been for my wonderful sorors of Delta Sigma Theta, who welcomed me into Korea with open arms, and ensured that I explored Korea for myself and not CNN, I probably would have gone home. However, I can now look at the situation as the glass being half full, and say with confidence that I would love to return to Korea in the future.

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Victor Glover makes his mark as an advocate for equality and the disabled Victor Glover, Olathe’s human relations manager and executive director of the Human Relations Commission, is earning honors that have brought him to local award ceremonies and to the White House. On Oct. 15, Glover received the “Marks of Excellence” award from the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, an honor presented annually to African Americans who achieve extraordinary success in public administration. Glover received the award at the organization’s annual luncheon at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. “I was a little shocked when I received a letter telling me I was getting the award,” said Glover. “It was unexpected, but exciting.” Glover, one of 10 people from Kansas and Missouri who were honored, was chosen for his contributions in human relations, equal opportunity and fair housing, affirmative action and advocacy on behalf of the disabled community. Glover is also the administrator of the Olathe Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board, which received the Michael Lechner award in August from the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns. The award honors the late Lechner, the commission’s longtime executive director. It is given to individuals or organizations who exemplify superior advocacy on behalf of persons with disabilities. Additionally, Glover was invited to attend a White House ceremony in July that commemorated the 20th anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. During that ceremony, President Obama signed a revision that strengthened the act. Glover said watching the ceremony from the south lawn of the White House was among his top life experiences. “It really doesn’t matter who the president is when you’re watching something like this,” said Glover. “It was such a unique experience and one I’ll never forget.” An Olathe native, Glover graduated from Olathe High School in 1974 and spent the next 22 years in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. He trained as a paratrooper and spent much of his service at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he retired as a personnel manager in the Special Operations Command. After retiring from the military, he attended Fayetteville State University in North Carolina and received a bachelor’s degree in public administration. 46

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Glover became an instructor in Fayetteville public schools for several years and eventually was the assistant director for special programs at his alma mater. He also worked with the firms Albion and Associates and Diversity Plus providing education and outreach about fair housing, employment rights and sexual harassment in the workplace. In 2006, he came back to Olathe to become the city’s human relations manager and is a recent graduate of the Fair Housing/Civil Rights Investigator course sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “My purpose is to provide help to people who need it and educate those who may not understand the state’s laws or the city’s ordinances,” said Glover. “It is great to work for a city that understands and supports that purpose.” Glover has been married for 33 years to Clararene and has two children and four grandchildren. He is glad to be back in his hometown after moving around the country for 26 years. “My experiences with international, national and local governments only intensified my desire to return home and be a part of my own community,” said Glover. “I enjoy being back.”

Harris Joins the Ranks of Ms. Alumni Royalty Winning the title of Ms. Alumni is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a Fayetteville State University alumna. During Homecoming Weekend she is treated like the royalty that she is, and for the rest of her life she will be in the ranks of a sorority in which only a few select women have membership. Nancy Harris can now be counted among the newest members of this prestigious group. On October 22, she was officially crowned Ms. Alumni 2010-2011 during a royal celebration in the Grand Ballroom of the Holiday Inn Bordeaux. Harris, a native of Maxton, resides in Fayetteville. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education and a Master of Science Degree in Special Education. Harris retired from Cumberland County Schools as an Exceptional Children’s Case Manager. Presently, she is a remediation teacher for Cumberland County Schools.

True Blue!

Jazz on the River:

By Kimberly Durden, Development Director – WFSS

Jazz on the River 2010, celebrating its fifth anniversary as the major communityoutreach event and fundraiser for WFSS 91.9FM, did not disappoint jazz fans. Months of preparation gave way to a spectacular evening on Saturday, October 9, at Campbellton Landing in Fayetteville. The weather was perfect and led about 1,200 people to come from as close as down the street to as far as Texas to enjoy this evening of jazz.

Trumpeter David Wells from West Virginia opened the show and immediately made the audience fall in love with his smooth style. His keynote song, “Strawberry Letter 22,” got everyone groovin’ as they reminisced about this Brothers Johnson hit. He was nominated for best new Gospel jazz artist by the American Smooth Jazz Awards and it was easy to see how he earned that nomination. Next, keyboardist Oli Silk of London, England, and saxophonist & Maryland native Art Sherrod, Jr., and guitarist Matt Marshak of New Jersey took the stage as a trio, each performing as lead while the other two backed them up. Their styles meshed seamlessly and they had the crowd on their feet with a little funk & DC “go-go.”

The show’s headliner, saxophonist Eric Darius of Florida, is no stranger to Jazz on the River. He was a special guest during the event’s second year, sharing the stage with Californian guitarist Joyce Cooling. People remembered his energetic style and showed much appreciation for the great performance that he gave. But, he brought the house down and got couples dancing near the stage area with Alicia Key’s hit “If I Ain’t Got You,” walking through the crowd and playing to adoring and enthusiastic fans.

Many sponsors helped to support this event including a grant from the FayettevilleCumberland County Arts Council, and support from PWC, Givens Performing Arts Center of Pembroke, Nationwide Insurance – Herb Townes Agency, GEICO Insurance – Caesar Blue Agency, Sam Johnson Cross Creek Lincoln Mercury, Friendly Reminders, Inc. of Raeford, Coca-Cola, Aramark Food Service, Washington & Pitts Law Firm, Dr. Ernesto Graham, Dr. George Cooper, Dr. Dennis Royal, Dr. S. J. Patel, Harris Wholesale, Duplin Winery of Rose Hill, and many more! The staff of WFSS, the NPR news & jazz station located on the campus of Fayetteville State University, is both humbled by and proud of the fine support received from each of our sponsors and benefactors.

From the great concessions offered by the host of vendors on-site to the beautiful view of the Cape Fear River behind the stage, Jazz on the River 2010, according to the comments of attendees, was definitely a “true blue” success!

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Dr. Afua Arhin FacultySpotlight

Where are you originally from?

I am originally from Ghana, West Africa, where I still have family. My name, Afua, actually means nothing more than a girl born on Friday.

Where did you earn your undergraduate and graduate degrees?

My first degree is from the University of Ghana. After I moved to the United States I pursued a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and a Ph.D. in Nursing Sciences from the University of Florida.

Where and when did you start your nursing career?

I am a passionate Obstetric Nurse at heart. I spent about 12 years of my nursing career working in Labor & Delivery, Postpartum, and in the Newborn Nursery in a busy tertiary care hospital in Madison, WI. I tried working in other nursing units but was always drawn back to mothers and babies.

How long have you been in education?

I have been in nursing education for about 16 years now. I had no idea until then that I would be doing this. I loved being a bedside nurse and thought that was where my passion was and would stay. My start as a nurse educator was a result of a chance encounter: The teaching hospital where I worked in Madison always had nursing students, and being the passionate nurse that I am, I made it a point to take them under my wing and teach them the ropes and share my knowledge. A clinical faculty member of a local community college took note of my enthusiasm and recommended me for her position when she had to take a maternity leave, and the rest is history.

The beauty of being a nurse educator is being paid to share our passion of this ominous profession. Nurses have this privilege of caring for people when they are most vulnerable- during birth, during death, and a lot in between. I am honored to have that privilege and think it is so important to communicate to the younger generation of nurses the importance of their role and the responsibility that goes along with it.

What attracted you to the nursing profession?

When I was four, I had an aunty who was a Navy nurse. She wore a blue skirt with a white shirt with shiny gold buttons to work. Even at that age, I had a flair for fashion. I thought her uniform was the most beautiful outfit and I wanted to be just like her. At age 4, I decided I was going be a nurse.

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How long were you at Grambling? I moved to Grambling in the Fall of 2006 to serve as the Associate Dean.

At what other institutions did you teach and serve as an administrator?

I was a faculty member at Madison Area Technical College where I had my start as a nurse educator. After that I spent several years as a faculty member at Florida A & M University before moving to Grambling.

What attracted you to the FSU Nursing Program?

When I arrived at Grambling in 2006, we had problems very similar to the problems the nursing program at FSU is facing. The licensure scores for 2006 for our BSN program was 42.7%. The morale was very low and the BSN program had been placed on probation by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. We had a year to turn things around. Even though I was a novice administrator, I was able to turn things around with the support of the university administration and the faculty. They have been off probation for 3 years now, student numbers have expanded in leaps and bounds, and our biggest issue this fall is accommodating all the students who are transferring in from surrounding colleges. I am challenging myself to do the same thing here at FSU.

What are your goals for the FSU Nursing Program?

My first goal is to support the faculty and staff in maintaining the expansion of the RN to BSN program through collaborative agreements. Of course, a very important goal is to restructure the generic BSN program and matriculate students with successful outcomes through the revised curriculum. Finally, I would like to see the FSU nursing program collaborate with community stakeholders in establishing a Master of Science Nurse Practitioner Program that focuses on the enhancement of military health.

Where can we envision the FSU Nursing Program in the next five years?

Our biggest issue would be accommodating all the students who apply to our RN to BSN, BSN and MSN programs.

As you know FSU has encountered some difficulties with its nursing program. What will you do to help alleviate the negative perceptions people have had about the program? I do believe in the proverb that the “proof is in the pudding.” We need to earn our credibility by showing positive student outcomes and making as much noise as we possibly can in showcasing those outcomes. I also believe it is important to maintain good relationships with community stakeholders.

What are some of your professional affiliations?

I am a member of Sigma Theta Tau (Honor Society of Nursing) and the local Black Nurses’ Association.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love shopping, I am a shoe collector and in my next life, I would be an interior decorator.

What are you looking forward to most about being at FSU? I am results driven and I look forward to working hard to meet the goals that I have set.

What was your first impression of FSU?

The campus was clean and beautiful and everyone I have encountered so far has been awesome. I think I made a great decision!

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Shared Governance and the Critical Role of the Faculty Senate at Fayetteville State University


By Dr. Joseph F. Johnson Immediate Past Chair, Faculty Senate

he mission, vision, and core identity of Fayetteville State University (FSU) are rooted in four core values that serve as the basis for providing students with the highest quality learning experiences that will produce global citizens and leaders as change agents for shaping the future of North Carolina and the country. They are: 1) Student Success and the Pursuit of Excellence, 2) Shared Governance, 3) Global Responsibility, and 4) Collaboration.

This article focuses on the core value of Shared Governance at Fayetteville State University and the important role the Faculty Senate must play in the university’s clarity of purpose, efficiency, and sustainability throughout the decision-making process. It is a timely discussion because as we look to the future and channel our energies toward the mission, vision, and core identity of FSU, it is critical to remember that there is nothing more powerful than a fixed and steady focus with an honorable purpose. It not only identifies our nature, but will ensure our continued success.

this interdependence requires transparency, meaningful communications, and appropriate joint planning and execution in the decision-making process.

The capacity of Fayetteville State University is advanced through a commitment to authentic shared governance which provides for proper planning, collegial engagement, thoughtful debate, and the efficient use of all our resources. In this context, anything that contributes to our success is possible, and the impossible becomes doable.� Joseph F. Johnson

The Faculty Senate, as a representative body of the General Faculty, works in concert with Chancellor Anderson and his Cabinet to:

Accepted standards of shared governance are enunciated in the Statement on the Government of Colleges and Universities by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) which advances the premise of meaningful, appropriately shared responsibility and cooperative actions among governing boards, administrations, and faculty. Shared governance at Fayetteville State University recognizes the interdependence among all members of the university family, especially faculty. It also recognizes that 50

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1. Participate actively in the formulation of academic and governance policies and procedures pertaining to the areas of curriculum, degree requirements, subject matter and methods, and standards of instruction, grading criteria, research, faculty affairs, academic budget and those aspects of student life which relate to the educational process. Provide members of the faculty with a mechanism by which to advise and make recommendations on any matters pertaining to the institution that are of interest and concern to the faculty. 2. Act as a deliberative body for the faculty in the formulation and enactment of rules, policies, regulations, and procedures that are of interest and concern to the faculty and the University.

d The following initiatives and challenges are not exhaustive, but will require the attention of the Faculty Senate and full engagement of the General Faculty as we look to the future and plan carefully: 1) Final revision of the Faculty Handbook; 2) Approval of the revised Charter of Faculty Governance; 3) A consensus on the reappointment, tenure and promotion policies and criteria to be used; 4) Faculty load and reassigned time; 5) Financial exigency and its impact on faculty; 6) The challenge of capturing the essence of Fayetteville State University and the use of appropriate branding strategies to communicate it to our publics without eroding the legacy upon which our university was founded; 7) The need to improve student retention; and 8) Degree program productivity.

The capacity of Fayetteville State University is advanced through a commitment to authentic shared governance which provides for proper planning, collegial engagement, thoughtful debate, and the efficient use of all our resources. In this context, anything that contributes to our success is possible, and the “impossible� is doable.

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Faculty Spotlight Dr. Miriam Delone Where are you originally from? I grew up in central Florida, in a town called Haines City.

Where did you earn your undergraduate and graduate degrees from? Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. I have a B.S. in Political Science from the College of Social Sciences and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Criminology, from the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

How long have you been in education? I have been teaching at the university level since 1990. I taught as a graduate student at Florida State University, an adjunct at the University of Central Florida and a faculty member at the University of Nebraska prior to coming here.

What attracted you to the FSU Criminal Justice Program? Initially, it was the faculty that attracted me to the FSU Criminal Justice program. I am familiar with a number of faculty members currently at FSU due to their publications and professional conference participation. Faculty members are active in serving as officers in our professional organizations, presenting their research at national and international conferences, and serving on professional journal editorial boards. When preparing for my interview I realized the FSU Vision Statement, Core Values and Mission Statement are consistent with my professional values. Once I came for my interview I realized this was an atmosphere where I could continue to grow professionally. I was impressed with the engagement from the students during my visit and hope to contribute to their growth as global citizens. What are your goals for the department? The Department of Criminal Justice is a strong unit. I hope to expand the collaborative relationships and partnerships within the community, region, and state. I hope to expand already impressive recruitment activities by making the undergraduate and graduate programs more visible throughout the area. On-campus retention efforts will continue and expand as the needs of students change and we will focus on introducing students to new information and new technology that prepares them for careers in criminal justice and to pursue graduate and professional degrees. 52

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I look forward to building on such existing initiatives as the Criminal Justice Internship Program, the Bronco Men’s Learning Community, and the Center for Community Justice and Service Learning.

What are some of your professional affiliations? I am currently a member of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. I am on the editorial board of the journal Race and Justice and past editor of The Criminologist, the Official Newsletter for the American Society of Criminology. I am also a past member of the Omaha Hate Crime Council/Commission and the Community Advisory Boards for the Nebraska Youth Correctional Facility and the Omaha Correctional Facility. I am looking forward to serving on community and regional boards in Fayetteville and throughout North Carolina as the opportunities arise. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Family? I like to read novels and biographies. I most recently read books by Margaret Atwood and Juan Williams. I like to travel both domestically and internationally. I have recently visited Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and my sister in Denver. I recently traveled to Istanbul, Turkey to a conference cosponsored by the Turkish Government and the Turkish National Police, and hope to return to Turkey in the near future.

I also enjoy spending time with my family. My husband, Dr. Gregory DeLone is a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and History. Our son, Jacob, is a sophomore in high school. Being in Fayetteville puts us closer to our parents as well. My mother is a retired registered nurse, most recently working in public health. My father retired after more than thirty years in law enforcement, serving in positions from patrol officer to chief. My father-in law retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Sr. Master Sergeant, and my mother-in-law is a homemaker. We are also closer to our brothers and sisters, as well as, numerous nieces and nephews who live in Florida. We now live nearest to my sister, Dr. Lisa Holland Davis and my botherin-law, Dr. Jason Davis, who are criminal justice professors at Clayton State University in Georgia. What is your first impression of FSU? The staff, faculty and administrators are helpful, friendly and professional. I look forward to getting to know the students. The campus is beautiful this time of year. In the short time I have been here I have witnessed the commitment to student success and the pursuit of excellence.

OFC Venture Challenge Success Featured in Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine


This article was reprinted with permission from Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine.

n the mid-1990s, Amir Pirzadeh had an idea for improving sawmills. But he struggled with how to turn a technical innovation into a profitable business.

That changed in 2007 when Pirzadeh, an MBA student at Fayetteville State University (FSU), and classmates won a business competition — the Opportunity Funding Corporation’s (OFC) Venture Challenge. Three years later, Pirzadeh saw his idea, a machinery company called Smart Saws Inc., grow to $444,000 in gross sales.

By making the machinery more efficient, sawmills can produce more lumber from fewer trees. The process has come a long way from the idea Pirzadeh had 15 years ago. “It really came together in 2007,” says Pirzadeh, who now operates his company full time. “Before then it was more of a technical idea.”

The Beginning, Challenges

Pirzadeh could not have translated his engineering concept into a business venture if it were not for the OFC Venture Challenge. It began in 2000, when Dr. Mohammad Bhuiyan, now an endowed professor of entrepreneurship and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Fayetteville State, joined an effort that sought to tackle economic disparities between whites and other ethnic groups. In 1970, a $7.4 million grant from the Office of Economic Opportunity established OFC to test ways of attracting scarce capital into America’s impoverished communities. Bhuiyan discovered at least one reason why there weren’t enough successful African-American entrepreneurs:

There were more than 100 historically black colleges and universities but few had entrepreneurship programs.

For most of their history, HBCUs promoted upward mobility through higher education, offering degrees and graduate training in education, law, medicine, science and other fields. Under segregation, the most successful black entrepreneurs were usually educated or licensed professionals who ran their own medical practices, law firms, churches or funeral homes. Bhuiyan, who at the time taught management at Clark Atlanta University’s School of Business Administration, established the OFC Venture Challenge to help HBCUs develop a comprehensive entrepreneurship curriculum. The annual competition held in Atlanta challenges HBCU students to hone their skills by developing sustainable business ventures. For inspiration, Bhuiyan and his team looked to the Moot Corp Competition, the business-focused contest and conference that began in the 1980s. It takes place annually at the University of Texas at Austin and attracts students from around the world. It was recently renamed as the Venture Labs Investment Competition.

Just seven HBCUs participated in the first venture challenge, but about 40 schools participate today. Bhuiyan says HBCUs don’t have to start from scratch to reach the stature of the entrepreneurship programs at Fayetteville State, Hampton and Jackson State universities. He counsels schools to repurpose existing resources, like eliminating typing and secretarial courses that he says some schools still offer, and incorporate entrepreneurship into traditional programs.

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Michael D. Woodard, president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm Woodard and Associates and the author of “Black Entrepreneurs in America: Stories of Struggle and Success,” believes HBCUs would be remiss if they do not provide a curriculum on entrepreneurship. “The most effective way for one generation to transfer wealth to the next generation is to engage in entrepreneurial activities,” Woodard says.

“Entrepreneurship is one way of providing jobs in the African-American community,” adds Woodard, noting that many minority-owned businesses have staffs that are over 50 percent non-white. “African-Americans have had the same or greater interest rates in entrepreneurship (as other racial/ethnic groups),” says Woodard, a sociologist who has researched work-force diversity and labor force patterns. As evidence, he cited recent U.S. Census data. In July, the Census Bureau released its “Preliminary Estimates of Business Ownership by Gender, Ethnicity, Race and Veteran Status: 2007” report that revealed a 45.6 percent increase in the number of minority-owned businesses from 2002 to 2007. This number is more than twice the national rate of all U.S. businesses.

As the OFC Venture Challenge grows, it continues to expand its efforts. Bhuiyan says, when it began, it only focused on the small number of HBCUs with entrepreneurship programs. Its new focus will be motivating more HBCU students to launch successful ventures such as Pirzadeh did. The April conference gives Venture Challenge participants access to some of the nation’s top business leaders. For some, it provides a segue to employment with OFC’s top sponsors, including Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, OfficeMax and UPS. OFC also added a development seminar for HBCU professors and deans and a national policy forum on minority entrepreneurship education.


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Dean Announces Advisory Board Members Dr. Assad Tavakoli, Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Fayetteville State University (FSU), announced members of the School’s 2010-2011 Dean’s Advisory Board. The mission of the Dean’s Advisory Board is to advise the leadership of the school on strategic direction and curriculum innovation that responds to the needs of the changing marketplace, and resource issues. Board members also assist the School in building a closer tie within the business community and corporate America, particularly those that provide opportunities for students and faculty. The Board’s first meeting was held October 20, 2010. Mr. Marcus Cox was elected the board’s chairman, and Mrs. Lara Fries was elected assistant chair. In keeping with the mission of the board, members established three working committees: 1) Retaining and Attracting Top Students, 2) Establishing an Endowment, and 3) Attracting Businesses to participate in Career Fairs and Internships. The Board’s next meeting will be held in the spring 2011.

The 2010-2011 Dean’s Advisory Board Members are:

Bill Belk (Belk’s) Frank Black (Southeast Investments) Chris Bostock (Merrill Lynch) Ben Brown (Retired City Government) Tony Brown (SunTrust) Walt Buckhanan (Marshall & Ilsley) Marcus Cox (Bank of America) Earnest Curry (IBM) Scott Daugherty (NC Small Business Commissioner) Marshall Faircloth (Faircloth & Company) Lara Fries (QinetiQ) Bo Gregory (Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce) Cliff Johnson (McGraw Hill) Brian Kent (K3 Enterprises) Dan Kubanet (TrustHouse Services Group) Ken Lewis (First Carolina Care) Henry McKoy (North Carolina Department of Commerce) Archie Meyer (ExxonMobil) Jerry Ocheltree (First Bank) Benson Otovo (Professional Family Care) Terry Owens (Owens & Associates) Billy Taylor (Goodyear) Greg Taylor (BRAC Regional Task Force) Tim Westfall (Enterprise Holdings)

Construction to Start on Science and Technology Complex Over the past few years, few would argue that

the Fayetteville State University (FSU) campus

has taken on a new look. The landscape is about to change even further.

In February 2011, construction will begin on

the new Science and Technology Complex. The

nearly $21 million building will be located on the West Campus in the current quadrangle facing Lilly Gymnasium to the North and the Science

Annex to the South. The 6,200 square-foot building is slated to be completed in the summer of 2012.

The Science and Technology Complex will

The Science and Technology Complex will provide teaching provide teaching laboratories, classrooms, support laboratories, classrooms, support space, and faculty offices for the space, and faculty offices for the computer science, computer science, mathematics, chemistry, physics, and forensic science disciplines. mathematics, chemistry, physics, and forensic science disciplines.

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Troy Pickens’ Voice Resounds as Member of

roy Pickens has a way of setting himself apart – in a good way of course – from other students on the Fayetteville State University (FSU) campus. His demeanor makes one think almost instantly that “this brother is going places.” He is always seen shaking the hand of a fellow student or giving one of many female admirers a hug. Almost daily he is dressed in a manner that administrators and faculty wish other young men would emulate. As those from his generation would say, this young man has swag. However, Troy’s sterling reputation, infectious smile, and down-toearth personality aren’t the only things that put him in a group separate from his fellow FSU students. His voice does, as well.

Earlier this year, Troy was selected as FSU’s representative in the “105 Voices of History” choir. The choir featured a representative from each of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) and performed in the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The concert was held Sept. 19. Troy, a junior music major from Rockingham, NC, is a tenor in the FSU Concert Choir. The choir is directed by Denise Payton. It was Payton who submitted Troy’s name for participation. Each choir conductor is asked to submit four students – a soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. The committee selects the student who will participate. Some schools are represented by two students. “Alongside being shocked I was chosen to participate, I was rather thankful,” Troy said. “Flying to Washington was a brand new experience for me because I’ve never been to this particular city let alone flying on a plane. Everything was fresh to me, and I can honestly say I’d do it all again.”

The “105 Voices of History” is a HBCU National Initiative managed by Partners Achieving Success (PAS). It was created to promote diversity in America’s national venues and to link students’ skills across industries. PAS is a non profit/charitable organization committed to strategic planning, outreach, and establishing professional partnerships. The founder of PAS is Renata “Toni” Roy, who has years of national marketing and sales experience with the Xerox Corporation. She has also been successful at merging relationships with diverse organizations locally, nationally, and internationally that have led to the implementation of many business and education initiatives and contracts for colleges/universities.


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Before arriving in Washington, D.C., as a group, choir members had rehearsals with regional directors across the country. The director for the Northern Region, Troy’s area, was Dr. Grover Wilson, Jr. The rehearsals were on the campus of Winston-Salem State University. “The regional rehearsals were a lot of fun because you got to see the voices from the surrounding institutions and establish relationships before we all arrived in Washington,” Troy said. “The rehearsals before the main event that went on during the five days we were there allowed us to get to know the national conductors as well as perfect the songs reviewed at regional rehearsals.”

The national conductors were Jeremy Winston of Wilberforce University in Ohio, D’Walla Simmons-Burke of Winston-Salem State University, Dr. Curtis Everett Powell of Delaware State University, and Dr. Wayne Barr of Tuskegee University. Not only did Troy and his fellow choir members get the opportunity to work with world-class conductors, but they also worked with two of the biggest names in music – the Shirley Caesar, known as the “Queen of Gospel,” and Kim Burrell, often referred to as “this generation’s Ella Fitzgerald.” “Sharing the stage with Pastor Shirley Caesar and Kim Burrell, and literally shaking hands with the legendary Roland Carter are experiences that will not be forgotten,” Troy said. Neither will his performance at the Kennedy Center. The majority of the audience members were family, friends, and loved ones of the choir members. “Others were those who just had a love for music and felt that the concert would be an awesome experience that couldn’t be missed,” Troy said. It’s an experience that not only showed him what it takes to perform at such a high level, but also what it takes to achieve his goals. “Performing on the stage at the Kennedy Center was amazing,” Troy said. “Everything about the stage inspired me more to be a better musician, and to someday in the near future perform there again.”

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Opponent / Event

Location Time / Result


at District Of Columbia

Washington, DC

6:00 p.m. ET


vs. Bowie State *

Fayetteville, NC

5:30 p.m. ET


at Chowan *

Murfreesboro, NC

2:00 p.m. ET


at Elizabeth City St.

Elizabeth City, NC

5:30 p.m. ET


vs. Lincoln (Pa.) *

Fayetteville, NC

5:30 p.m. ET


at St. Paul’s *

Lawrenceville, VA

5:30 p.m. ET


vs. Virginia Union *

Fayetteville, NC

5:30 p.m. ET


at Winston-Salem State *

Winston-Salem, NC

5:00 p.m. ET


vs. District Of Columbia *

Fayetteville, NC

5:30 p.m. ET


vs. Virginia State *

Fayetteville, NC

5:30 p.m. ET


vs. Johnson C. Smith *

Fayetteville, NC

5:30 p.m. ET


vs. Shaw *

Fayetteville, NC

5:30 p.m. ET


at Saint Augustine’s *

Raleigh, NC

2:00 p.m. ET


at Johnson C. Smith *

Charlotte, NC

5:30 p.m. ET


vs. Livingstone *

Fayetteville, NC

5:30 p.m. ET


vs. Saint Augustine’s *

Fayetteville, NC

5:30 p.m. ET


at Shaw *

Raleigh, NC

6:00 p.m. ET


at Livingstone *

Salisbury, NC

5:30 p.m. ET


vs. Winston-Salem State *

Fayetteville, NC

5:30 p.m. ET


CIAA Tournament TBA

Charlotte, NC


* Conference Event

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