The magazine for Fayetteville State University Alumni and Friends Spring-Summer 2010
Dr. Valeria Fleming 50 YEARS OF INSPIRING FSU STUDENTS
The Golden Jubilee Celebration
529 Graduates 353 from the College of Arts and Sciences 84 from the School of Business and Economics 92 from the School of Education
157 Honor Graduates 8 Doctoral Degrees Awarded
YO U R AC H I E V E M E N T I S OU R G R E AT E S T P R I D E. Congratulations to the Class of 2010 143rd Spring Commencement • May 8, 2010
Valedictorian – Willisa Covington – Raleigh, N.C. Salutatorian – James L. Thomas – Fayetteville, N.C. FSU Teacher of the Year – Jonathan Chestnut, Department of Performing and Fine Arts UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching – Dr. Timothy Ajani, Department of English and Foreign Languages 7 Air Force ROTC Officers Commissioned 9 Army ROTC Officers Commissioned
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From the Chancellorâ€™s Desk
Dr. Valeria Fleming: Teacher of Life Sciences and Life Lessons
Table of Contents
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Future Lawyer Selected as Chancellor for a Day Bronco Radio: Up and Running
The True Meaning of Bronco Pride: Giving Back FSU has a Winning Plan
FSU Hosts Honda Campus All-Star Challenge
Nursing School Grad Putting her Degree to Work Capel Honored with Endowed Chair
Trustee in Focus: Mr. Terence Murchison FSU Donors Keep on Giving
Author Carole Weatherford: Keeping Busy Trustee in Focus: Mrs. Sylvia Ray
Bring It Home: Homecoming 2010
Lady Broncos Basketball Team Wins Third CIAA Title Chancellorâ€™s CIAA Luncheon with Tom Joyner
FSU Alum & Physician: A Positive Outlook on Life
NAACP Honors Alumna Posthumously, Donice Harbor FSU Opens Its Doors
New Miss FSU Crowned
Mentoring Program Keeps Males on Track
Junior Forward Plays First Game Since 2008
Faculty Spotlight: Socorro Hernandez-Hinek Air Force Base Makes Learning Convenient The Staff Senate
FSU Phonathon 2010 Alumni Roundup
FSU Honors MLK
Student Government Association Update
Center Designed to address Community Involvement What is SACS?
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From the Chancellor’s desk Dear FSU Alumni, Family, and Friends,
I am pleased to present to you the spring 2010 issue of FS&U magazine. We received many compliments from our readers on the fall edition of this periodical, and it is our sincere hope this issue will be equally enjoyable.
This edition of FS&U has a special meaning to me and the entire Fayetteville State University (FSU) family. The cover and main feature story highlights a crown jewel at our proud institution – Dr. Valeria Fleming. In August 2009, Dr. Fleming celebrated her 50th year of service to FSU and the State of North Carolina. One can only imagine the number of lives she has touched, enhanced, and changed throughout her illustrious career as a scholar and mentor. Many of her former students have gone on to become doctors, scientists, and educators. Most attribute their success to Dr. Fleming.
This edition of FS&U has a special meaning to me... For example: One of her students, Dr. Melvin Echols, Class of 1998, was one of only three chief residents chosen from a field of 150 in Duke University’s internal medicine program. He is the first graduate of FSU and the first product of Morehouse School of Medicine to be so named. He says without hesitation that Dr. Fleming was one of his mentors and was instrumental in his success in the medical field.
As you can see, Dr. Fleming’s influence and impact on students’ lives is more evident today than it was 50 years ago. In April, we payed a special tribute to this special woman with a weekend of scholarly and festive events. It is my sincere hope that each of you will join us as we acknowledge this dynamic woman. Enjoy this issue of FS&U and we will see you in the fall of 2010. In the Bronco Spirit, James A. Anderson Chancellor
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Future Lawyer Selected as Chancellor For a Day
plan to attend law school, obtain a Juris Doctorate degree, and pass the North Carolina State Bar Exam in hopes of practicing family and juvenile law,” stated Elijah Davis III. He is a junior majoring in criminal justice and has been on the Chancellor’s List since he began matriculating at Fayetteville State University (FSU). He can now add another honor to his list of credentials. He was selected as Chancellor for a Day for the spring 2010 semester. By serving as Chancellor for a Day, Mr. Davis hoped to enhance his leadership skills and find out what challenges the Chancellor faces daily that the students take for granted. Elijah serves as Off-Campus Senator for the Student Government Association, is Vice-President of Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society, is a Teen Court Judge, and a Mediator for Cumberland County Dispute Resolution Center. He has presented workshops for students in the Gear-Up program and workshops showing high school students the process of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, of which he is a recipient. Elijah is dedicated to his work, is self-motivated, and has a never-ending desire to obtain more wisdom and knowledge so he can help others.
1) why the student wants to be Chancellor for a Day;
2) evidence of interest in leadership from participation in student or community organizations, or activities in the academic major; and 3) the compelling factors about oneself which demonstrate that they are the best choice to become Chancellor for a Day.
Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher to be considered. Applications are reviewed by the Chancellor for a Day Selection Committee which is comprised of members of the Student Government Association, faculty, and the Chancellor’s Office. Applications for September 2010 must be received by August 31, 2010.
The Chancellor for a Day program was instituted by Chancellor James A. Anderson and is designed to enable students to gain a better understanding of the day-to-day operations of the University by shadowing the Chancellor for one day. The student selected participates in all of the activities and meetings scheduled for the Chancellor. The main goals of the program are to • • • •
Give students an opportunity to be a part of the administrative process
Emphasize the role of the student in the university
Give students experience in the decision making process
Chancellor James Anderson congratulates Junior Accounting Major Elijah Davis on his selection as Chancellor for a Day.
Enable students to gain some understanding of the leadership skills required for managing a multifaceted organization and the synergy required for operating as a whole.
Students interested in being selected “Chancellor for a Day” must submit an email letter of application of no more than 500 words addressing the following:
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Dr. Valeria Fleming Teacher of Life Sciences and Life Lessons When
Dr. Valeria Fleming and her late husband first moved to Fayetteville in 1958, she recalls a conversation with a senior citizen. Little did Dr. Fleming and her husband know that friendly chat would prove prophetic. “She told me that if you drink the Fayetteville water for a year, you will stay. I never understood the logic in that, but here I am still.”
Dr. Fleming and her husband stayed in Fayetteville one year, but they left only to return in 1960 for what would be permanent residency. Dr. Fleming was brought to this area to begin what would be an illustrious career of scholarly work, teaching, and mentoring young minds at Fayetteville State University. “When I first came, I came in a teaching position that was to be vacated by the late wife of Dr. Seabrook (former FSU President J.W. Seabrook),” Dr. Fleming said. “She was teaching biology but planned to leave. During that year while she was still working, I taught chemistry and physical science.” Fifty years later, Dr. Fleming is still here and still going strong. Her tenure at FSU makes her the longest serving university employee and among state workers with the greatest length of service at one institution. The milestone is one she takes in stride. “I never set any time lines
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… no particular start date and no particular ending date. It’s just been a really, really interesting set of years.”
It has been a set of years that has consisted of virtually every teaching and administrative role possible. During her 50year tenure, Dr. Fleming has worked her way up from instructor to full professor. In between, she was in charge of women’s issues as an assistant to the Dean of Students, chairwoman of the Division of Arts and Sciences, chair of the Department of Physical and Life Sciences, Assistant to Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, head of General Education (now University College), and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Even before coming to FSU she had a brief stint in student affairs at her alma mater, North Carolina Central University. Her time at FSU has also allowed her to work under seven presidents and chancellors to include Dr. Rudolph Jones, Dr. Charles “A” Lyons, Dr. Lloyd V. Hackley, and Dr. Donna Benson. After Dr. Benson were Dr. Willis McLeod, Dr. T.J. Bryan, and the current Chancellor James A. Anderson. Serving as an administrator and faculty member are important roles and both have been great experiences for her, Dr. Fleming said. “I am especially passionate about the welfare of the small academic institution and the experiences of the stu-
dents who matriculate there. Ultimately, everything that an administrator does and everything that a professor does should have the paramount goal of advancing the exposure and preparation of our students for their post-baccalaureate years. The bottom line is I have had the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of our students from both the administrative and faculty perspective.”
Dr. Fleming’s record for contributing to the advancement of students is well-documented. Many have gone on to enjoy success as medical doctors, teachers, researchers, and in other science-related fields. In fact, one of her most memorable moments involves a student. A few years ago, students were given a class assignment where they had to do a presentation at the end of the semester. They worked in groups, but each student was responsible for contributing to the project. One student asked for a few minutes of time because he had something he wanted to say. Dr. Fleming obliged. The student had written a poem about Dr. Fleming and her class. He presented his piece in rap music form, complete with background music. “It was really different and outstanding,” Dr. Fleming said. “I told him I had to have a copy of it. I had it framed and I have a copy in my house right now.”
her class, former students are equally vocal in their adulation of her. Dr. Melvin Echols, a 1998 graduate of FSU, credits Dr. Fleming for much of his success both collegiately and professionally. Dr. Echols earned a degree in biology from FSU and went on to graduate from the Morehouse College School of Medicine. He is in the process of relocating from the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, where he’s practiced medicine off and on since 2002, to a medical practice in Lumberton. He is also on the Duke University School of Medicine faculty. “Dr. Fleming significantly influenced my career through a tremendous mentorship effort that she provided me as a recipient of the NASA scholarship during my time at FSU,” Dr. Echols said. “It was amazing to see such a prominent professor in the university take the time to direct early students like myself towards the goal of graduation. I think she set the stage very early for demanding high expectations for my career. For this, I am truly thankful.” Dr. Echols recalls when he enrolled at FSU he had the personal goal to graduate in two and a half years with a degree in biology and head off to medical school. He said Dr. Fleming had been integrally involved in his curriculum choices and due to her diligence and his efforts, he completed degree requirements in three years. “I definitely remember Dr. Fleming’s advice which was to think carefully through the decision and cherish my time as an undergraduate. However, once she realized I was serious about achieving this goal, she fully supported me and
While that particular student took the time to artistically express his admiration of Dr. Fleming while still in
Mrs. Gloria Moore Carter, Chair of the FSU Board of Trustees (L), joins Chancellor Anderson (R) for the presentation of The Chancellor’s Medallion to Dr. Valeria Fleming (C). The Chancellor’s Medallion is the highest honor the University can bestow. 2010 Spring - Summer 5
continued to offer her invaluable support throughout my career.”
Seeing students like Dr. Echols stand shoulder to shoulder with graduates from some of the larger research schools and become successful is what motivates her to continue working in education, Dr. Fleming said. “That is what drives my continued involvement and that is where I get my satisfaction,” she said. Dr. Fleming’s life of scholarship and influence all started while growing up in Cleveland, N.C., a small town in Rowan County near Salisbury. As a young girl, she loved animals and as she puts it, always had the question of “Why”? “In high
Dr. Townes’ impact motivated Dr. Fleming to continue her academic pursuits. She went on to earn a master’s degree from NCCU, and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests have included everything from work with fresh water fish to the study of the reproductive organs of the golden hamster. That work – and the love she still possesses for serving students – is what continues to motivate her to come to work each day. “I still have that passion for seeing things happen. I get there, get involved, and I enjoy,” Dr. Fleming said.” There will be a day when Dr. Fleming will put away the freshly pressed lab coat and start doing the other things she loves.
for pleasure. I had to put that on hold,” Dr. Fleming said. “I read, but it is not pleasure reading. I have a number of books that I have purchased but just never got around to reading them.”
It still may be a while before Dr. Fleming gets around to reading those books. Retirement is not on her radar – at least not yet. “I get asked that question all of the time,” she said with a laugh. “Some ask directly, ‘When are you going to retire?’ My answer is ‘I don’t know.’ I will know when that time is here and when I make that decision it is almost instantaneous.” Dr. Echols said he isn’t surprised that Dr. Fleming has not retired. Teaching –
“Dr. Fleming is the type of teacher that will always have valuable things to teach,” Dr. Echols said. “She addresses life’s challenges and learns from them as well.” school or early college I thought I wanted to be a doctor – an M.D., but I then realized that was not the lifestyle I wanted … that would not satisfy my passion of relaying science to other humans. I just loved seeing and feeling the light come one when people understood about human life and other life forms.”
To satisfy that passion, Dr. Fleming became an educator. She enrolled in North Carolina Central University (NCCU) where she started out as a chemistry major, but changed to biology. It was when she made that change she met Dr. Mary Townes, a faculty member in the biology department who convinced her that the study of life was just as important – if not more important – than the science of composition. “I thought she knew more in the world than anyone in the world,” Dr. Fleming said. “I felt that if I was going to be in academics, I needed to be like her. I never quite got there because she was very artistic. With me, that artistic layer was not there. I really admired her and she was someone who made a strong impact on me and served as a role model.” Dr. Fleming is surrounded by her sorors of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., during her Golden Jubilee dinner. 6 FS&U Magazine
Among those things is the chance to count a few more sheep. “Well, I will probably enjoy being able to sleep a little later, but I do not think I will throw science out of the window,” she said.
Dr. Fleming said she also will remain active in her church – College Heights Presbyterian – and spend time with family, especially her two sons Michael and Kenneth, and her three granddaughters, Sienna, Ashton and Hunter. She would also like to continue her involvement with organizations that do outreach work and read. “I have not had the opportunity to read
whether it’s life sciences or life lessons – will always be in her blood. “Dr. Fleming is the type of teacher that will always have valuable things to teach,” Dr. Echols said. “She addresses life’s challenges and learns from them as well. I am so fortunate to have someone of her position assisting me in the development of the greater part for my career. Although I pursued a medical career, Dr. Fleming’s mentorship and life teachings continue to be valuable to me.”
The following comments were offered by Miss Ebony Joyner, FSU Student, in tribute to Dr. Valeria Fleming during the recent Golden Jubilee Celebration.
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Up and Running
adio has always played a significant role in our lives. It enabled us to hear the news of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s death; we listen to battery-operated radios when storms knock out our electricity, and of course we tune in to hear the latest jams. Radio continues to evolve with satellite, web and high definition offerings and Fayetteville State University is ahead of the curve. This semester marks the launch of Bronco Radio, a web-based, student-run radio station. It may be Internet only but General Manager Ray Thomas says that simply means the audience is infinite. “People think oh it’s only gonna be an Internet radio station, but that’s where technology is going. Cars are being built for MP3 players and also to be able to get the Internet in their cars so we’re kind of ahead of the game.”
Students aren’t working with hand-me-downs from FM sister station WFSS. Bronco Radio is state of the art. It’s a “quality product that can compete against any other radio station in this marketplace and I’ve been to all of them, worked at most of them, so when people come here and see what we’ve put together for a student radio station they’ll be highly impressed,” says Thomas. The University built the station with a $130,000 grant from Title III. It has soundproofed ceilings and walls, a brand new heat-
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ing and air conditioning system and some of the best technology money can buy.
While Thomas is there to steer the ship, students are in control of Bronco Radio. Senior Charles Livingston is the Program Director. “Seeing over the station, making sure everything’s running well and managing positions like marketing, promotions and sales.” Livingston has a huge responsibility but he says he’s ready for it. “I’m always up for any challenge and this is the biggest challenge I’m gonna face in my collegiate career.”
Bronco radio is designed to be a lab that will prepare students to work in the radio industry when they leave Fayetteville State University. “I see it as a foot in the door. It’s the best thing for me having this experience because it will better my chance of getting hired when I graduate,” says Livingston. “I’ve wanted a position like this for awhile. It’s about practical knowledge. A book can help but it’s not all that I need,” says Sophomore Alexis Kondratyk, the station’s Marketing Director.
Thomas says the students will benefit from working with industry veterans from the community who will help staff Bronco radio. “I’ll be able to bring in professionals, seasoned professionals, to come and do shows but the stipulation is if you do a show
a student has to do the show with you… so it’s kind of a mentoring thing as well too and that’s how we’re going to focus on the people in the community working with the radio station so they can give back, so the students can get educated on formats, structure, all that kind of stuff.” You might hear everything from Comedy to Country to Crunk on Bronco radio.
“Just because you’re at an HBCU doesn’t mean you have to be a hip hop and R&B station. I’d like these kids to leave here being well rounded broadcasters so it doesn’t matter if a country western station or AC (adult contemporary) station calls up, they’ll be ready to work for that station regardless of what the format is…. sometimes it’s best to learn the unfamiliar, broaden your horizons,” says Thomas.
The student radio station is just one of the first steps in FSU’s plans to get students better prepared for careers in media. The University will upgrade Journalism to a major in the fall. “There’s a lot to say about changing your name. Changing from a program to a department comes a certain status and reputation. It looks better for the students. They get excited about being part of a major rather than a program. It looks like a more stable entity than just having a program name,” says Dr. Todd Frobish, area coordinator for FSU’s Communications Program. Frobish hopes one of the biggest outcomes of the new station will be campus connectivity. “To get the students engaged and be good campus citizens they have to be informed and radio is a good way to keep them involved in campus. Radio is something that really excites them.”
FSU students get hands-on experience and training while operating the student-run radio station.
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The True Meaning of “Bronco Pride”
ronco pride is at its peak as we come to the end of the 2009-10 outstanding academic year at Fayetteville State University. The cover of our magazine features prized scientist and Professor, Dr. Valeria Fleming. On April 9th the FSU family and community spent the day celebrating Dr. Fleming for 50 years of exemplary service as a professor of biology and biotechnology at FSU. Dr. Fleming received a number of awards including the highest honor for a North Carolina citizen, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine. If you are looking for a role model to hold up to young people, tell them about Dr. Fleming. She embodies all of the qualities and virtues that many of us aspire to—dedication, commitment, hard work, helpfulness, honesty, integrity, a pleasing personality, productivity and concern for others. We are so proud of her and her many accomplishments.
Arthur G. Affleck, III Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement
In February, FSU was the TJF School of the Month. Chancellor Anderson’s CIAA lunch featuring Joyner was a huge success. The National Alumni Association and several chapters came through with gifts from $2,500 to $10,000. Chancellor James Anderson and Mrs. Anderson contributed $10,000 to put us over the top— that’s leadership. In the end, we raised more than $200,000 from FSU alumni, staff and friends. Even as we were enjoying the Chancellor’s Luncheon, our Lady Bronco’s were playing in the women’s semi-final game. Throughout the luncheon someone would shout the score and note that the Lady Bronco’s were leading. As if on cue, as we were wrapping up the luncheon, word came that “we won.” That victory put them into the finals on Saturday evening when we were able to cheer them on the victory. We salute our FSU Lady Broncos for becoming the 2010 CIAA Women’s Basketball champions.
FSU faculty like FSU graduates are a proud bunch. In fact, when Our students have also had some wonderfully satisfying academic victories as well. FSU FSU graduates gather at won first place during the Homecoming or at athletic OFC–Venture Challenge events, you will often hear Annual Business Plan someone shout “Bronco Competition for HistoricalPride.” The approprily Black Colleges and Uniate response is a rousing versities held recently in “Attitude Check.” Or the Atlanta, Ga. FSU defeated person calling out might 20 other teams and won a reverse the order. As the trophy and a $15,000 cash chief fundraiser at the inprize. Fayetteville State stitution, when alumni say was one of 10 HBCU’s se“Bronco Pride”, instead of lected to participate in the saying “Attitude Check,” I 2010 Coca-Cola Open Hapam tempted to say “Where piness Tour. This exciting is your check?” I believe program allows 21 HBCU that one of the best ways to students (two from each show pride in one’s Alma Vice Chancellor Affleck shares a special moment with Dr. Valeria Fleming. selected institution) to Mater is to support it. In travel to Johannesburg, South Africa this summer on an all exmy view, Bronco Pride is demonstrated when alumni support pense paid trip, including hotel, airfare, meals and tickets courand sustain FSU with their contributions at the level they can aftesy of The Coca Cola Company. Our students also competed ford. They support by giving of their time, talents as well as their in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge this year. The annual treasure. The good news is that FSU Alumni have stepped up as tournament represents academic excellence and draws the best never before to support Fayetteville State. Some Alumni have students from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Univergone above and beyond the call of duty in their support. I feel sities. This year, out of 48 elite teams, the FSU team came in seccompelled to give special thanks to Alumnus Annette Cluff and ond—missing the championship by a few points. I share some her husband Mr. Alsie Cluff for all that they have done this year in of the successes of our students, who are supported by staff in support of FSU and our students. Their investments in our proStudent Affairs and Academic Affairs, so that you will know that grams and students will have lasting value. they are working hard, and they are succeeding. Many of these students would not be in college but for the grants and scholarAlumni like Mrs. Cluff and others have taken our motto, Res Non ships they receive as a result of your financial support of FSU. Verba, to heart, which translated into English means Deeds Not Words. Those deeds include tripling the number of gifts and money raised from alumni, doubling the number of gifts from As you read the articles in this edition of the FS&U magazine, hopefully you will agree with our view that FSU is a “very good” friends of FSU and tripling the amount of money raised from associations. In addition, 100 percent of the Board of Trustees has institution. But we aspire to greatness! If we are to be great, we will need your continued support of our programs, faculty and contributed to Fayetteville State University. We received national our students. fundraising assistance through the Tom Joyner Foundation (TJF).
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FSU has a Winning Plan
ayetteville State University (FSU) won first place during the Opportunity Funding Corporationâ€“Venture Challenge (OFC-VC) Annual Business Plan Competition for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) April 15-18 in Atlanta, Ga. The team defeated 20 other teams and won a trophy and a $15,000 cash prize. Team members were Stephen Pennink, Carlos Swan, Daniel Kittrell, Samantha Bogard, and Charles Williams. The advisors were Dr. Assad Tavakoli, Dean of the FSU School of Business and Economics, and Christine Powell, assistant to the dean.
The FSU teamâ€™s winning business plan for the competition was Advanced BioEnergy Technologies, Inc. (ABT). ABT is a vibrant and socially responsible marketing company focused on promoting green technologies to create a cleaner environment. The first product ABT will bring to the market is Sio Soil, a zero-gravity silica growth media which allows consumers to grow indoor or outdoor annual plants more conveniently. This patent-pending reusable product has extensive applications in the retail, greenhouse, and space exploration markets.
Dr. Steven Singletary, Director of the Southeastern NC Regional Microanalytical and Imaging Center and an Assistant Professor of Geology and Chemistry in the Department of Natural Sciences at FSU is the inventor of Sio Soil. The University filed the patent application on December 10, 2009. Every fall, the FSU School of Business and Economics sends students an announcement detailing the OFC competition and selection of a team. Those who respond are screened by Tavakoli, who chooses team members. After the team is formed, a business plan is written. Starting in October, team members meet a minimum of 15 hours per week, doing extensive research to be submitted for competition by the second week of March. Three weeks before the competition, the plans are sent to OFC, which submits them to a panel of judges who evaluates the plans. At the competition, teams are given 15 minutes each to present their plans and they answer questions for at least 30 minutes after that. Teams that advance to the final round meet before another panel of judges, who select the winners. For winning the contest, the team earned the right to participate in the International Business Plan Competition sponsored by Moot Corp. This is perhaps the most
prestigious business plan competition where only major United States and international universities are invited to present their cases to venture capitalists for possible funding.
OFC is a not-for-profit corporation which was created in 1970 to facilitate the ownership of for-profit business entities by minorities and other disadvantaged persons through provision of investment capital. OFC, by utilizing guarantees, direct loans and equity investments, has generated in excess of $66 million in capital for over 184 minority owned companies in 35 states. Through equity investments in financial intermediaries such as OFC, Inc., Syndicated Communications, Inc., and S&L Acquisition Company, Inc., OFC has generated another $200 million in financings from banks, insurance companies, venture capital companies, and others for literally hundreds of additional small business concerns. Dr. Mohammad Bhuyian, an Endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Fayetteville State University, is national director of the OFC Venture Challenge program.
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FSU Hosts Honda Campus All-Star Challenge
Fayetteville State University hosted a preliminary round in the 21st annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge. The tournament took place February 13 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the School of Business and Economics building, rooms 116, 117, 140 and 145. There was a round-robin competition followed by the championship round.
Fayetteville State was one of seven universities hosting competitions which lead to the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge national championship tournament, which was held April 10-13 in Orlando, Florida. Oakwood University of Huntsville, Alabama, is the defending champion after winning back-to-back titles. Florida A&M has won the most championships with six, while Morehouse College has won four.
Fayetteville State is one of 64 institutions qualifying for the 2010 Honda competition. The selection involved a review of the level of student participation, quality of promotional efforts, the institutions’ historical record when attending the tournament and results from the campus tournament in the current season. The tournament is open to all four-year degree-granting Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the continental United States. More than 50,000 students have competed in the program. Honda has awarded over five million dollars in grants to HBCUs since the event began in 1990.
The program brings members of the educational community, Honda Challenge participants and alumni and Honda associates together for an event which showcases the academic excellence of HBCU students. Fayetteville State also hosted preliminary Honda All-Star Challenge tournaments in 2006 and 2008. FSU was joined by 13 additional universities for the local competition. They include Saint Augustine College, Virginia Union University, Bowie State University, Langston University, North Carolina A&T State University, Shaw University, South Carolina State University, Bennett College, Paine College, North Carolina Central University, Hampton University, Winston Salem State University and Norfolk State University. Gene Carroway, the assistant director of FSU Student Activities, said students put in considerable time preparing for the tournament. “We practice a couple of times a week,” he said, “and we do drills so the students can recognize the clues in the questions and get a jump on the correct answers.”
The FSU team is comprised of 10 students broken down into a varsity and junior varsity squad. Fayetteville State’s best showing at the nationals was in 2006 when the Broncos reached the Final Four. “There is a lot of work that goes into hosting a tournament,” Carroway said. “We have about 40 volunteer faculty, staff and students involved in making this a success.”
The Honda All-Star Challenge Champions from FSU pose with FSU Administrators during their recent recognition ceremony.
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planning stages. Everyone was enthusiastic about the program so I knew it would be a good fit for me.”
Dixon enrolled in FSU in May 2004. Three years later, she earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She holds the distinction of being one of the first graduates of the fledgling program and among the first in her class to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), a test prospective nurses must pass before being allowed to work in the field. Passing the examination was a huge relief, Dixon said. “The day I found out that I passed NCLEX was a proud day. It was just me and my family celebrating. There were no people or newspaper articles that could steal my glory that day – unlike other days.”
Nursing School Grad Putting Her Degree to Work Mari-Newton Dixon comes from a long line of educators. Her mother, Cindy serves as principal at Pine Forest High School. She has aunts, uncles, and other family members who are highly respected educators in the Cumberland County area. So when the time came for Dixon to make a career choice, it was sort of a nobrainer. She went into education, having taught high school for one year at neighboring E.E. Smith. She enjoyed her work, but ultimately decided the nursing profession would be her new calling. “I can not remember the one moment when I knew I wanted to be a nurse,” Dixon said. “I always loved science and the human body. I like thinking about why things happen the way they do.”
Dixon no longer wanted to be curious about the human body; she wanted to see first-hand how it worked. She put away the lesson plans and graded her last paper and enrolled in the nursing program here at Fayetteville State University (FSU). It was a move she said she had no reservations about making. She was already familiar with the campus, having started her college career here as a freshman before transferring to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. When she found out FSU was starting a nursing program, she saw it as an opportunity to come back to the school where higher education first began. “I came to FSU specifically for the nursing program,” Dixon said. “I came to campus and spoke with the faculty when the program was still in the
The other days Dixon is speaking of were the many mornings when articles in newspapers statewide scrutinized the nursing program. Dixon said unfortunately those articles painted an unfair and often inaccurate portrayal of what she thought was a quality program. “There were so many opportunities given to us by the faculty both inside and outside of the classroom,” she said. “There was always someone there to help when needed which was very beneficial and comforting, too.” Dixon now works at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. She said despite the negative media publicity, her experiences in the FSU nursing program prepared her for her new profession. “I always defend the program,” Dixon said. “The issues that we had are the same issues that other nursing schools had because we were a new program. I think it was completely blown out of proportion by a few people and the media took it from there. I stand by what I have said in the past. It is unfair to blame the university and the nursing department for personal incompetence.” Graduates of the nursing program have shown steady improvement on NCLEX scores. Last year, Chancellor James A. Anderson suspended admissions to FSU’s four-year nursing program, largely because of poor scores. In January of this year, FSU’s pass rate rose from 39 percent in 2008 to 88 percent in 2009. Thirtyfive of the 40 first-time test takers passed, according to the figures from the North Carolina Board of Nursing. Dixon said she hopes the nursing program will be revived because of the shortage of nurses. “Our area needs more professional nurses. Having a bachelor’s program in Fayetteville is a vital service to our people. There is so much disparity in our area and nurses play an important role in healthcare education, thereby closing the knowledge gap and reducing disparities.”
FSU will not be with a nursing program entirely. It was recently announced that the institution would partner with Fayetteville Technical Community College to expand its 13 month baccalaureate program for registered nurses. Since the mid-1990s, FSU has offered a 13-month program where registered nurses can obtain their bachelor’s degrees. Under an agreement with FTCC, students in the community college’s registered nursing program would be offered conditional admittance to FSU. Those students would then complete the 13-month program either online or through traditional face-to-face classroom sessions. Students could start taking face-to-face classes as early as next fall, after the $10 million nursing building is opened. 2010 Spring - Summer 13
Capel Honored • with Endowed Chair
A prestigious honor has been bestowed upon one of the most illustrious figures in Fayetteville State University history. Fayetteville State Chancellor James A. Anderson announced the establishment of the Felton J. Capel Distinguished Professorship in Performing and Fine Arts. The endowed chair was made possible by a gift of $500,000. Half of that gift came from the C.D. Spangler Foundation, Inc. The remainder was a matching grant from the state.
sity. A World War II veteran, he was a staff sergeant in the United State Army. He developed the Cardinal Recreation Park and Cardinal Village in Pinebluff in 1962, opening numerous job opportunities. Capel was appointed by North Carolina Governor Bob Scott to serve on this state’s Board of Conservation and Development. He also was a board member of the Travel and Promotions, State Parks and Commerce and Industry committees.
In October, 2009, Capel was named Man of the Year by the Moore County Community Foundation. He attended Mineral Springs High School in Ellerbe, NC, and graduated from Hampton Univer-
Lamb said this individual will contribute to the quality of the undergraduate instructional program and obtain and build support for the program from allied professions and the community. “This individual will actively become involved with research or artistic endeavors to enhance the education of undergraduate students in the program.”
The chair is named in honor of philanthropist Felton J. Capel, Jr., a long-time FSU supporter. Capel, who resides in Pinebluff, NC, joined his wife, Jean, in establishing the Felton and Jean Capel Scholarship at Fayetteville State. The fund finances $2,000 scholarships for 12 students annually. The Felton J. Capel Arena on the FSU campus was named in his honor in 1995. The following year, Capel was inducted into the Fayetteville State University Sports Hall of Fame. In November of 2000, the University of North Carolina System presented him with its highest honor, the University Award.
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Capel, who has received almost every award Fayetteville State has to offer, has been a tireless worker for the FSU Foundation. Dr. Ernest Lamb, chair of the Fayetteville State Performing and Fine Arts Department, said, “The faculty is excited about having a Distinguished Professor in performing and fine arts. That presence can be expected to stimulate growth of the department and make it more attractive to potential students.”
Lamb listed the following expectations for the Distinguished Professor: (1) develop programs/activities that would interest the entire university; (2) promote the arts and encourage scholarly engagement with the arts through lectures, demonstrations, master classes, public school appearances, panel discussions; (3) depending upon expertise, be involved with other community arts organizations such as the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra or Arts Council; (4) serve as mentor, facilitator, and technical advisor on important artistic concepts and skills for students in the department.
The C.D. Spangler Foundation is named for the former President of The University of North Carolina (1986-97). In announcing the endowed chair, Chancellor Anderson said of Capel, “For President Emeritus Spangler, this action represents a way of publicly acknowledging your generosity, commitment, statesmanship and support of the public good in the state of North Carolina. Nowhere is this more evident than in your accomplishments in the area of higher education. To the students, staff, faculty and alumni of Fayetteville State University, you are an icon and the consummate role model.” Fayetteville State is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina. A member of the UNC System, FSU has more than 6,300 students and offers degrees in 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Opposite Page: Mr. Felton Capel (far right) includes Chancellor Anderson (center) in an impromptu family snapshot (L-R): Felton J. Capel, Jr. (Assistant Coach, Carolina Bobcats); Mitch Capel (“Granddaddy Junebug” Professional Storyteller); Grandson Jason Capel (Head Basketball Coach, Appalachian State University); and Grandson Felton J. Capel, III (Head Basketball Coach, University of Oklahoma).
trustee in focus Trustee Terence Murchison Fayetteville State University has always been a part of Trustee Terence Murchison’s life. He graduated from nearby E.E. Smith High School, and earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from FSU. He was a member of the FSU Basketball Team, having served as captain in 1972 and 1973, and was inducted into the FSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993. In 2008, he was appointed by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors to serve on the Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the FSU Foundation Board of Directors. Occupation: Management Consulting, specializing in information technology business and project management
Family: Wife, Otelia B. Murchison, Married in 1973, FSU alumnus, High School English Teacher Sons, Terence lives in Raleigh, NC, Alex, Senior at University of South Carolina
Hobbies: Gardening, raising Koi (Carp fish), volunteering on any type of communities projects which improves humanity
The Reality Show I Like Most: Dancing with the Stars
My Wish for FSU: Continued growth in attracting and graduating the best students so as to become a leading university for the southeast region for the production of world class educators at all degree levels.
Recent Travels: Singapore, and Shanghai, China
Interesting Fact Known by Few: I was born less than 500 yards from FSU’s campus Movie I Can’t Wait to See: The Color Purple
Favorite Superhero: Super Fly, Curtis Mayfield
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FSU Donors keep on Giving •
Fayetteville State University’s (FSU) largest donors just keep on giving. Last year, Alsie and Annette Cluff (Class of 1970) made a $50,000 donation to FSU. The gift was the largest gift by an individual alumnus in the history of the institution. The Cluff’s, however, wanted to do more. That is why they gave $20,000 to finance the trip for 20 Global Scholars to go to Spain this summer. Not only did the Cluffs foot the bill for the students, they provided them $10,000 in spending money and purchased 20 digital cameras so the students could document their experiences. “I wanted to help give these worthy students the opportunity to broaden their perspective during their four-week visit to Spain,” Mrs. Cluff said. “They are potential leaders and it is imperative that they understand the culture, socialization, history, and diversity of people living in other countries.” Mrs. Cluff graduated from FSU in 1970 with a degree in mathematics and education. She said during her tenure at the institution, she did not have study abroad opportunities. However, since graduation, she has traveled to Africa, China, Thailand, The Phillipines, Greece, Germany, England, Italy and other countries, including Spain. “It is an adventure that one does not experience through books and movies,” Mrs. Cluff said. “Learning to think and act globally at a time when cultural relationships are so important will enhance their career opportunities. I am honored to help provide this experience for students at FSU.” 16 FS&U Magazine
The generosity of Annette Cluff ’70 garners a hug of appreciation from Tom Joyner during the Chancellor’s CIAA Luncheon.
Mrs. Cluff said she is honored to support these students and encourages others to make a commitment of FSU. She said FSU was the “launching point” toward her career as a senior systems analyst at Exxon and as founder and current superintendent of The Varnett Public School in Houston, Texas. As an alumnus, she feels it is her duty to help preserve the institution. “FSU nurtured and prepared me with skills and confidence that have allowed me to become a very successful individual. As a result, I can now thank this great institution by donating resources to help ensure that FSU will always be available for other African-American students to learn about their history, heritage, and their contributions to the American story. It is without a doubt that FSU provided the opportunity for many alumni to be the first in their family to go to college.”
That alone is why alumni should give back to FSU, Mrs. Cluff said. She said FSU receives only 48 percent of its operating budget from the State of North Carolina. “We must fill the gaps with private funding to ensure that FSU’s students receive the best education possible,” she said. “I would also point out that our children and grandchildren may one day decide to attend FSU for the same reasons as we did. HBCUs provide a unique education and are rich in African-American tradition and achievement. They have produced pioneers. We as role models should help our students develop the skills and confidence to excel in a very competitive world and
to have a clear understanding of their history and culture.” Just like FSU did for Mrs. Cluff.
Mr. and Mrs. Cluff enjoy lunch and conversation with Vice Chancellor Affleck. (Below) Annette and Alsie Cluff present their contribution to Tom Joyner and Chancellor Anderson for FSU.
Carole Weatherford Keeping Busy The Fayetteville State University English professor might have a poetry reading in the Triad on a Monday, a nearly two-hour commute to Fayetteville to teach on Tuesday, interviews and photo shoots Wednesday and a flight out of town after teaching on Thursday. On top of all that she’s writing books or poetry everyday and being a wife and mother.
Since her literary debut with Juneteenth Jamboree in 1995 Weatherford has authored dozens of titles. Her latest is an unauthorized biography called Oprah, The Little Speaker. It focuses on Oprah Winfrey’s first six years and how she got her start speaking in the church. “I heard her tell a story on her show about her grandmother telling her to watch her do the laundry in the yard…and the grandmother who raised her…told her you better watch because you’ll need to know how to do this one day and Oprah…said to herself no I won’t need to know how to do that. She already knew she wanted to be paid to talk,” says Weatherford. Weatherford says she penned this book to show young people they can become anything they want to become if they set their minds to it and believe in themselves and prepare themselves. In fact, many of Weatherford’s works focus on inspirational people and give voice to unsung heroes including, Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins, and her recent book on Wendell Scott, the first African-American stock car champion. Weatherford says her mission is “to mine the past for family stories, fading traditions and forgotten struggles.”
Put on your running shoes if you want to keep up with Carole Weatherford.
For Weatherford, inspiration and encouragement came from her parents. “My parents exposed me to anything I was interested in. They put me in art and dance if I said I was interested. They couldn’t put me in writing classes but they encouraged me to write.”
The writer says she composed her first poem in first grade and dictated the verse to her mother. Her father, who was a high school printing teacher, printed some of her early poems on index cards. You might think a writer as prolific as Weatherford knew all along she would be an author, but that’s not the case. “I didn’t want to be a writer until I got out of college, in my early twenties. I went to school for public relations,” says Weatherford. Things changed when someone outside her family noticed her talent. “I had something published by someone other than my father. I was able to really see my work in print. Once I saw my work in print and received the validation of someone who didn’t love me as much as my dad loved me, it validated for me perhaps I had some talent and perhaps I could hope to have someone publish my work.” Students from kindergarten to college are now benefiting from Weatherford’s experiences. “I try to encourage my students and also the students that I reach out to in K through 12 schools that what they think about is valid enough to commit to paper. Their thoughts are valid enough to document, and not just be fleeting thoughts.” The author also tries to convey to students that their writing reflects how their minds work. “If your writing is fluent 2010 Spring - Summer 17
and it is vivid and it’s concise then people are going to think that your brain works really well, your mind is going to seem fascinating to people who read your writing. If on the other hand your writing is disjointed and incoherent and grammatically incorrect then people are going to think you’re not the brightest light bulb on the block.”
The English professor is putting her money where her mouth is. She helped develop a professional writing program on campus. It started in the fall of 2008 and is a certificate program within the English department for people interested in writing and who want to add value to their existing major. “If people are coming back to school, or working in a field where they want to add to their resumes and get a certificate in professional writing and have it benefit their career that’s another goal of program.” Weatherford hopes to get a professional writing minor approved soon. “If your writing is really outstanding you can write your own ticket and what we do in the program can help you do that.”
Weatherford also finds happiness in not only writing for children, but reading material designed for children. “I read a lot of children’s books. I like children’s picture books and I like experimental poetry.” After the Oprah Winfrey book Weatherford plans to release Obama: Only in America, a poetic biography of President Barack Obama for children in the elementary grades.
With accolades under her belt ranging from being a New York Times best selling author to winning an NAACP image award to earning a North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award, Weatherford could sit back and rest for a minute. But that’s not her style. “The artist in me keeps me going. I feel I was born to create and as long as I’m able to continue doing that and using my gift I’m happy.”
trustee in focus Trustee Sylvia Ray Trustee Sylvia Ray is a community servant in every sense of the word. She is on the board of the North Carolina Council for Women and has also served on the board of the Cumberland County Public Library and Fayetteville/Cumberland Chamber of Commerce. She is in her second term as a member of the FSU Board of Trustees, where she serves as vice-chair. Trustee Ray is also a proud FSU alumna having graduated in 1984 after taking a 25-year break from college.
Occupation: Executive Director, Women’s Center of Fayetteville Family: Husband, Bob; Daughter, Lauren; and Daughter Nicole and Husband Luke— two children, Atticus and Rosemary
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Hobbies: Reading, knitting, being with family and friends, travel
Interesting Fact Known by Few: I lived and worked in New York City for seven years.
Recent Travels: Seattle, Washington, to visit my daughter, Lauren
Current Activities: Preparing for wedding of Lauren in July of this year on Whidbey Island outside Seattle
Movie I Can’t Wait to See: I love movies but can’t think of one in particular. I loved the No. 1 Ladies Detective series on HBO and wish it would return Favorite Superhero: Chancellor Anderson
The Reality Show I like Most and Why: Don’t watch My Wish for FSU: For FSU to get the support of this community which it truly deserves and for the student retention rate to go up.
BRING IT HOME Homecoming 2010 Saturday, October 23, 2010
“The Main Event” Homecoming Parade - 9:00 A.M. The largest and longest-running annual parade in Fayetteville’s history!
Homecoming Game - 2:00 P.M. Fayetteville State University Broncos vs. Livingstone College Blue Bears!
Schedules and detailed information at www.uncfsu.edu/homecoming as it becomes available.
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Eva Patterson-Heath’s pregame inspirational writings are becoming legend. The first-year head coach has had everything from Bible verses to quotes from famous philosophers in her team’s locker room. Prior to Fayetteville State’s CIAA Championship game with Bowie State, the Broncos’ head coach took a simpler route. “I told them that we were the best team in the CIAA,” she said.
FSU’s L’oreal Price, named to the CIAA All Tournament Team, proudly shows her Bronco spirit.
After its 66-50 win over Bowie State, Patterson-Heath’s opinion is no longer up for debate. L’oreal Price scored a season-high 22 points and helped FSU (20-9) to the third CIAA title in school history and first since 2001. “This is the greatest feeling in the world,” said Price. “I feel like I’m on Cloud 9. I feel like I’m nervous and the game is already over. I’m so proud of my teammates and everybody for just coming through. Nobody thought we were going to be here tonight.” The Broncos, who advanced to the NCAA Division II tournament for the sixth time, held BSU (18-8) to 24.3 percent shooting from the field. “We didn’t shoot the basketball well,” Bulldogs’ head coach Donna Polk said. “We got outrebounded 60-41 and I think that’s the ballgame. We didn’t turn the ball over that much, we just did not do it on the offensive side of the ball.” Bianca Lee led BSU with a game-high 24 points and also had a team-high eight rebounds. Lakisha Walker added seven points and seven rebounds. “We were here last year and knew this feeling coming into the game,” Lee said. “We should’ve learned from last year and not wanted this feeling. The team that comes out with the least mistakes, offensively and defensively, wins.”
Tiffany Haywood, who had six points and 15 rebounds, was named the tournament’s MVP. Deja Middleton, Price and Russell were named to the All-Tournament team. Russell had 11 points, five rebounds and three assists while Middleton tallied four points, 12 rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Mercedes Humphries got a surprise start for the Broncos and didn’t disappoint. The junior guard continued her hot-shooting during the tournament and scored 15 points, including four 3-pointers. “I left everything on the court,” she said. “I kept shooting because my teammates told me to. They stood behind me and said ‘keep shooting, keep shooting.’ So, I kept shooting.” FSU led by three at halftime and by as much as 19 in the second half. “Coach said it’s a new half and it’s 0-0,” Price said of Patterson-Heath’s halftime message. “We had to come out with fire because they were going to push-up on us. We just took it to them even harder than they thought they were going to take it at us.”
Patterson-Heath said she wasn’t surprised by the outcome. “These young ladies posses a desire,” Patterson-Heath said. “I could see it on their faces and I could hear it in their voices as they spoke to each other. They came out every game and gave us their best.”
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Chancellor’s CIAA Luncheon: A Celebration of Tom Joyner’s School of the Month Campaign
Daisy Spears Stroud, Class of 1941, enjoys fellowship with ol’ friends during the Chancellor’s Luncheon.
April 2010 During the 2010 CIAA Chancellor’s Luncheon featuring Tom Joyner, over 300 alumni and friends gathered to support FSU and the Tom Joyner School of the Month Campaign effort. Several FSU Alumni Chapters participated in the Chapter Challenge, where each participating chapter set a goal of raising $2,500 or more. Participating chapters include:
Mr. Alsie Cluff flew in all the way from Texas.
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Wilson Chapter Richmond/Petersburg Anne Arundel Raleigh-Wake Cumberland Triangle/Durham Duplin Gold-Wayne Onslow FSU Queens Charlotte DC Chapter
FSU Trustee Ben Brown greets Dr. Beatrice Carroll, FSU Education Professor.
Between alumni, friends, and corporate partners, FSU has raised $240,000 as of June. The campaign goal of $250,000 is expected to be reached by the end of the fiscal year, June 30th.
The Tom Joyner Scholars for FS&U 2010 Tom Joyner Scholars are selected through an application process with the Tom Joyner Foundation. The Tom Joyner Foundation has several corporate partners who provide scholarship support to those universities that are selected as a School of the Month. The following partners have awarded scholarships to deserving students of FSU:
Tom Joyner with First Lady Nancy Anderson and Chancellor James Anderson.
Hercules Scholarship Recipients (scholarships provided by Tom Joyner): Brandon Moton Carlos Swan Courtney Slaughter Brian Murray Budweiser Scholarship Recipients: Keyanna Brown Dominiqua Fritts Jessica Watford Shavonne Moore
The UnitedHealth Foundation also provided $5,000 to support the General Scholarship Fund at FSU.
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FSU Alum & Physician The gospel song “I Won’t Complain” includes the lyrics, “I’ve had some good days, I’ve had some hills to climb, I’ve had some weary days, and some sleepless nights, but when I look around, and I think things over, all of my good days, outweigh my bad days, I won’t complain.” That’s Dr. Melvin Echols’ favorite song and he sings it a lot. In fact, the 1998 Fayetteville State University graduate says “I Won’t Complain” is the motto he tries to live by. “There’s so much that comes in your life that you look at and you can easily become depressed and downtrodden with what’s going on or you can just be thankful and look at each and every one of these things as blessings and ultimately that’s exactly what it is… I’ve finally learned to accept that.” That attitude has paid off throughout Echols’ life. When he was just a boy and classmates laughed when he said he wanted to be a physician, he didn’t complain; he studied how to make it happen. “I’m looking back now and I’m actually amazed myself.” When he became a teenage father his senior year in high school and had to make the kinds of choices his peers didn’t have to, he didn’t complain. Instead he shifted his priorities, including choosing to attend FSU to be close to his son. “He’s a very prominent source of my inspiration and motivation.” Echols earned a biology degree from FSU in three years and completed medical school eight years ago at Morehouse College. Now Echols is relo-
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cating from the prestigious Duke University Medical Center in Durham, where he’s practiced medicine off and on since 2002, to a tiny medical practice in the small city of Lumberton, and he’s not complaining. “It’s been quite challenging for Southeastern Regional (hospital in Lumberton) to recruit academic physicians down there because it’s Lumberton.” But Echols, who is a cardiologist, says Lumberton is the perfect fit for him. “It’s probably one of the best places to be in terms of looking at cardiovascular disease and how it impacts various communities. There’s a 25 to 30 percent Native American percentage in Robeson County so that’s huge. I’m really excited about it.”
Echols will be the clinic director of the practice in Lumberton, which currently has a staff of two. Duke manages the practice and Echols will remain on Duke’s faculty. He is dedicated to studying cardiovascular disease. “Academic research is huge for me and I’m very interested in racial disparities in cardiovascular care. I’ve actually written a fair amount about certain disease types and racial disparities. That’s where I’ll really begin to launch my career.” Being in Lumberton puts Echols closer to his hometown, Ivanhoe, in Sampson County. It also puts him close to his alma mater. “The fact that I will be in Lumberton in July and still working at Duke in terms of the research, with Fayetteville State close by as well, this creates a triangulation for me for a number of networks to become very productive in making people aware of cardiovascular disease, why it’s important to take blood pressure medicines, why it’s important to know your numbers.” Echols says these are the principles his work is rooted in. “Hopefully I will maybe branch out and continue to provide outreach care to communities in North Carolina that don’t have
access to Duke Medical System. I’d like to be part of that and manage that on a big level.” Dr. Echols is on the board of directors of the Fayetteville State University Foundation. He’s also served as a guest speaker for Founders Day at FSU. He enjoys connecting with and motivating students, and touting the benefits of HBCUs. “I gave a talk to some high school students a couple of weeks ago in Durham and I said you should be grateful you’re close to the Centrals and Shaws and Fayetteville States but a lot of people turn their nose down and don’t understand it’s not all about the university. The university helps make you in terms of your education and understanding but you make yourself successful.” Lumberton is getting an accomplished, smart, compassionate doctor in Melvin Echols. He says he just might stick around for a while. “I think this is where I’m going to end up. I may be in Lumberton for 20 years but the fact of the matter is just because I’m in Lumberton doesn’t mean you aren’t going to see me somewhere else and I think that’s the power of being in Lumberton because it’s so unassuming and you’re sort of stealth, people have no idea what you’re getting ready to do. That’s part of how I’ve lived my life. I love the shock value.”
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NAACP Honors Alumna Posthumously
Earlier this year officials from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced they would honor the late Donice Harbor as its Humanitarian of the Year during its 26th Annual Awards Banquet. Harbor was a Fayetteville State University (FSU) alumna and former Director of Faith and Citizens’ Outreach and a longtime aid and confidant to Gov. Beverly Perdue. When the announcement was made that the NAACP would honor Harbor, Perdue said she was not surprised. “A humanitarian is someone who unselfishly devotes her life to helping others – and that is Donice in a nutshell with her personal commitment to improving race relations and being a voice for those who had none. No one is more deserving of such an honor.”
In honoring Harbor, the NAACP was recognizing one of its own. She was an active member of the Wendell-Wake County Branch of the NAACP. Additionally, she was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and a supporter of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus and its foundation. Perdue said personally and professionally, Harbor was “an incredible woman” who had a genuine compassion and concern for others. “She was a woman of faith, wisdom, kindness and grace that made her a dear friend not only to me but people across this state,” Perdue said. “And she loved North Carolina. She shared my passion for making this state better for everyone of all races and backgrounds. She was a true humanitarian and an advocate for social action. Her colleagues, friends and family have suffered a great loss but we are all better for having known her.” A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Harbor received her undergraduate degree in political science from FSU and her master’s degree in public administration from North Carolina Central 26 FS&U Magazine
University. While in graduate school, Harbor began her career in public service as a Legislative Intern with the late Senator Jeanne Lucas. In 2001, she began working with Perdue, who at that time was lieutenant governor, as Director of Public Liaison. In 2009, when Perdue was elected governor, Harbor became the Director of Faith and Citizens Outreach.
Last summer Harbor lost her battle with breast cancer. She was 36 years old. Just prior to her death, she and her mother established a scholarship fund at FSU. Once the fund is endowed, a scholarship will be given annually to a student with an interest in government and public service. Harbor’s FSU family is doing its part to help endow the scholarship. A portion of the ticket sales from the FSU versus Virginia State basketball game was donated to the scholarship fund. During the game, fans were encouraged to wear pink and bring awareness to breast cancer. The endowed scholarship is just one way that Harbor’s memory will be preserved. Perdue said she will remember the essence of Harbor. “Donice touched me and made me different, so she lives in me everyday – her spirit of fighting the status quo, her ability to smile even when she wanted to cry, her compassion, her toughness and her ability to never give up, even when facing death. She taught me to never let your fears override your belief in hope and opportunity and making a difference.” To donate to the Donice Maria Harbor Endowment, checks should be made payable to Fayetteville State University. Please list the name of the endowment in the memo line or give online using the FSU Online Giving Form. List the Donice Maria Harbor Endowment in the designation box.
The 2010 Spring Open House at Fayetteville State University was a success! Nearly 800 prospective students, their families, and the residents of southeastern North Carolina had the opportunity to discover the exciting array of educational opportunities and resources at Fayetteville State University (FSU). Open House was designed to provide a well-versed campus experience for prospective students and their families that will educate, motivate and showcase the academic excellence, stellar faculty, wellrounded student body, experiential offerings, and overall pride of Fayetteville State University. Among other things, with the appropriate documentation, students had the opportunity for on-site admission.
Events included performances by the FSU Concert Choir, cheerleaders, band, and FSUâ€™s modeling troupes â€“ Illusions and Black Millennium. There was an academic and organizational fair for prospective students and their families to learn more about the opportunities available at FSU. Other events included parent presentations by financial aid and student accounts, as well as other campus services such as police and public safety, career services, health services. There was an admissions presentation for students and separate student panels for females, males, and student-athletes. The 2010 Spring Open House was a great success! As the Office of Admissions continues to confirm new student enrollment for the Fall 2010 semester, several students mention the Spring 2010 Open House as the showcase of FSU that helped them make their enrollment decisions. Â
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New Miss FSU Crowned
The 19th Miss Fayetteville State University (FSU) Pageant was held April 17, 2010 in J.W. Seabrook Auditorium on the FSU campus. Six lovely young ladies competed for the title of Miss Fayetteville State University. The theme of the pageant was P.Y.T. (Pretty, Young, and Talented) and paid a tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. As always, the pageant was an elaborate production featuring Miss FSU 2009-2010 Amber Lindsay, Mr. FSU Rashad Hinnant, the FSU Pageant Dancers under the direction of Avis Hatcher Puzzo, dancer and choreographer Kenneth Coleman and a variety of vocalists and musicians. The contestants were:
Each contestant competed in athletic wear, talent, on-stage question, evening gown, and a private interview with the judges. A student vote, which counts 10 percent of the contestant’s overall score, is also factored into the final results. When the results were tallied, the following awards were presented: Olivia Chavis Evening Gown Award – Kelsey McRae
Maceo Smith Talent Award – Chrissie Collins Miss Congeniality – Chrissie Collins Second Runner-up – Shante Elliott First Runner-up – Chrissie Collins
Queen Colbert, a junior sociology major from Charlotte
Miss FSU 2010-2011 – Kelsey McRae
Crystal Jones, a senior business administration major from Raleigh
Judges for the pageant were Teresa Bryant, an employee at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and business manager for Miss UNC-P; Nicole Ferguson, a reporter for News Channel 5 in Nashville, Tenn.; Cecelia Weaver, an employee of BellSouth/AT&T; Charles Pimble (chief judge), a retired lieutenant colonel and current employee of the Department of the Army; and Olivia Chavis, former Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at FSU.
Kelsey McRae, a junior speech/communication major from Fayetteville Chrissie Collins, a junior English language and literature major from Winston-Salem L’Asia Brown, a junior mass communication major from Washington, D.C. Shante’ Elliott, a junior English/History major from Fayetteville 28 FS&U Magazine
Mentoring Program Keeps Males on Track
ayetteville State University is continuing its effort to keep male students in school. In fact, those efforts have been extended with a brand-new mentoring program. Males are specifically targeted because they are the most at-risk students in terms of retention, progression and graduation. A larger percentage of males vs. females do not stay in school, do not advance from one class to another and do not earn a degree. “And that is why we are trying so hard to help them,” said Dr. Landon Hadley, the FSU Dean of Students and the interim project coordinator for the new mentoring program. “That’s why we are paying them so much attention.” The mentoring program, which is beginning this semester, is an offshoot of Fayetteville State’s Male Initiative and comes under the Title III umbrella. “We have approximately 45 mentors,” Hadley said, “male and female faculty, staff and administrators who raised their hands and said, `We’ll help.’ We are now in the process of introducing them to the students.”
Students were randomly chosen from a printout of all FSU males. About five students have been matched to each mentor. “The mentors will get in touch with everyone on their list,” Hadley said. “It is a great opportunity for the students, and some will be interested, some will not. Students may have a 2.0 grade-point average or they may have a 4.0. That’s because more is involved than academics when one is looking at reasons students do not stay in school.
“So the mentors’ conversations should be based on three areas: (1) academic goals; (2) professional goals; and (3) adjustment to the university. A student may be doing fine in classes, but could be unhappy because of homesickness or not having any friends on campus. Dealing with how to cope affects retention and graduation rates. Mentors are asked to make face-to-face contact with students three times during the semester and to share their phone numbers so they can be available if students want to talk about a problem. Mentors will want to call, email or text students to remind them to study regularly rather than wait till the last minute. There should be discussions about what the students would like to attain – a 2.0 GPA for one student, while another might be concerned with meeting requirements for grad school.” Hadley said there are no numbers goals and that the only way to see if the mentoring program is successful is to compare rates of retention, progression and graduation on an annual basis. “Of course, if just one additional student remains in school, it will be a success,” he pointed out. “We are getting the pieces in place, and we will learn as we go. This supports the university’s overall strategic plan for retention. We have a good core of mentors, a diverse group, and the beauty of this program is that they will be available to help one another. It will be a network … a network which will grow as more faculty, staff and administrators become involved.This has the potential to be a dynamite program,” Hadley said. “It is another way to help insure students’ success, and I’m excited about it.”
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In the moments after Fayetteville State’s 8266 win over Livingstone College, Shacovia Sheppard
was worried about how many turnovers she had. First-year head coach Eva Patterson-Heath scanned her stat sheet and told the junior forward that she turned the ball over twice in her first game action in nearly two years.
Not too long ago, Sheppard didn’t have the luxury of focusing on game stats, be they hers or her teammates. She is also a sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves and recently returned from her second tour in the Middle East. “It had its moments,” said the Charleston, S.C., native, who enlisted in 2004 and has made year-long stops in Kuwait and Iraq. “Some days were good and some days were bad. I just had to adjust the best way I could.” In fact, Sheppard has become very good at adjusting to whatever situation is presented to her. The oldest of four children, Sheppard always dreamed of attending college. However, after her mother Bernadette White took out a loan to pay for her first year at Fayetteville State, Sheppard said something had to give. “My purpose for signing up was to help my mother out,” Sheppard said. “I have three other siblings and I didn’t want her to have to pay for me. I didn’t want to be selfish, so I went out and figured something out on my own.”
Junior Forward Plays First Game Since 2008
Unselfishness not only defines Sheppard in regards to her family and friends, but also on the basketball court. “All I do is run up and down the court,” she said. “I try to get steals, hit my layups and help my teammates out on defense.” Despite missing nearly two full seasons, Sheppard knows – and is friends with – many of FSU’s current players, including seniors L’Oreal Price, Randi Watts and Tressa Aughburns and juniors Mercedes Humphries and Amanda Owens. Before the Feb. 5 game Sheppard only had been with the Broncos for five days. “It was crazy at the first practice because I didn’t know what they were doing,” she said. “But they helped me get back into the swing of things and everything was good.”
Added Patterson-Heath: “From what I hear from everyone else is that she’s such a hard-nosed player. We want that type on the court. When we need a rebound, we want to be able to put her in.”
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teammates. “It is so wonderful that she gave herself and her life to protect us,” said Patterson-Heath. “We take so much for granted. If they really understand the sacrifices that she’s made for all of us, hopefully they can see that and be appreciative of it.”
Faculty Spotl ght Socorro Hernandez-Hinek
Where are you from? Born in San Antonio, Texas, and moved to Los Angeles, California when I was 8. Where did you do your undergraduate and graduate work? After graduating from Pioneer High School in Whittier, California, I attended Rio Hondo Junior College in Southern California and transferred up to California State University at Chico receiving a bachelor of arts, teaching credential and a master’s degree. After a long break to raise a family, I returned to academic teaching and completed an M.F.A. from East Carolina University. How long have you been at FSU? Since fall of 1998
What courses do you teach? I principally teach foundation courses as well as head the ceramics concentration. Courses: basic drawing, Intro to Sculpture, figure drawing, 2-D Design, American Art, Humanities and of course all sections of the ceramics concentration.
Which course is your favorite and why? In that I see teaching as a vocation, the classroom experience of any subject or medium offers an opportunity for a student to “awaken” the curiosity to learn. But if I had to choose, I would say that there are three courses all for different reasons. The basic drawing class, as the entry course to our program; figure drawing and the advance ceramics classes. Drawing because it’s such an immensely important skill; Figure drawing because it requires a balance between the technical skill and intuitive gesture. Of course, then there’s ceramics. As a material, clay encompasses amazing expressive and transformational qualities. In a sense, a “sketch” on paper is an “idea” that can become real. What do you enjoy most about working at FSU? I would have to say that what I enjoy most about working at FSU is when I reflect on the relationships between colleagues, the many staff members, the sense of “team” in partnership, but most of all making a small
imprint in the career of the many students that come to school here.
What has been your most memorable moment at FSU? There have been so many moments. I am always moved by reflecting on the legacy of the founding fathers that helped establish our institution. As a woman of color, a Mexican American, how fortunate I am that I can be a part of a legacy that sought and fought to assure equality and education ... for all.
The fine arts at FSU have blossomed over the last few years. To what do you contribute the rise and interest in the program? There are many factors that have contributed to this internally and externally. Today, so many aspects of marketing and media rely heavily on visual mediums. A fine arts foundation is absolutely essential to graphics training, gaming design, advertising and such. Secondly, many of our re-entry students express their desire to pursue a second career in what they always wanted to do, before their first career. Thirdly, as visual artists, we always remember “what brought us to the dance.” Where do you envision the FSU fine arts program in the next 10 years? I envision a fine arts program that will first of all be nationally accredited, and secondly, to be in a position of conferring a B.F.A. in studio arts. Then one of us, after winning the lottery will build us a new building!
You have taught some talented students over the years. Is there one piece of work by a student that you remember most? There were too many works of art. However, students, well I enjoy catching up with them. We have an alumni Facebook page, so many of them are doing amazing work.
FSU and the local arts community seem to have a great relationship. How important is it for FSU to become involved in community endeavors? Without a doubt, the relationship with the Fayetteville/Cumberland County Arts
Council is important to every thread of the cultural arts fabric in our community. Under the leadership of Debra Mintz, the arts thrive, the performers perform, and the artists create. Serving on panels, boards, and volunteering creates the important bridge between our institution and community partners. Partner up ! How long have you been an artist? Probably since high school!
What have been some of your most significant achievements as an artist? While I was at East Carolina, I embarked on a body of work that dealt with my identity as a Mexican American. This reflection, and research, became an opportunity to praise and appreciate the sacrifice that so many made in the name of “familia.” Who is your favorite artist in North Carolina, nationally, and internationally? A strong influence in my work comes from the legacy of the sixties artists: Rauchenburg, Volkos, Warashina, of course Kahlo, Siquieros, and Rivera. What are some of your professional affiliations? NCECA, TRI-STATE SCULPTORS, and ART GUILD OF FAYETTEVILLE.
What things do you enjoy outside of art? I enjoy working on my house, but most of all ... when my daughter, Cecelia, now a junior at Appalachian State, drives into town; we share a cup of coffee together. She is my greatest artwork. 2010 Spring - Summer 31
A IR FO RCE BASE
LEA RNING CONVEN EN I T
Everyone knows that a person cannot be two places at the same time, and yet, that is exactly what more than 20 Goldsboro graduate students are doing. They are taking courses at the Fayetteville State University campus located at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The courses are offered as part of the FSU Masters of Business Administration program which has been operating at Seymour Johnson since 2004. 32 FS&U Magazine
Here is how it works:
Students attend classes in Interactive Remote Classrooms (IRCs) on the Seymour Johnson campus. They are dialed in to the main classroom on the Fayetteville State campus, thereby participating in classes as they are actually conducted. They watch the FSU professors on a television screen, and anything the professors write appears on a Smartboard in the IRC. A camera is set up on top of the TV set, and if a student in the Goldsboro classroom speaks, the camera picks that up and sends it back to the Fayetteville State professor, who also has a TV set and can view the video feed. So, those people in both classrooms can see and hear each other. “What makes it unique is the data-sharing capability,” said John Scarsella. “It is like being right there in the actual classroom. If the students here (at Seymour Johnson) have a question, they can ask it and get the answer right away. It’s seamless.”
Scarsella is the associate director of the MBA program at Fayetteville State and the director of operations at the FSU campus at Seymour Johnson. Explaining how the program came to be established, he said, “There was an interest from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base to offer a Master’s degree program in business administration, and it reached out to the UNC 16-campus system. We, at Fayetteville State, felt we could develop a program that met their requirements. The Air Force officials liked the classroom situation for a lot reasons. Military students get deployed and transferred, so it was important that everything could be delivered right here instead of having students travel 70 miles to the Fayetteville State campus. The way we deliver is through the IRCs.” Currently, there are 30 students in the Seymour Johnson program. Twenty-one are actively enrolled in classes, taking a combined 32 courses. Four or five IRC classes are offered each semester, with another three or four offered online. The IRC classes are held Monday through Thursday from 6-8:50 p.m. Sometimes, FSU professors go to the Seymour Johnson base to teach courses. “It is good for them to be here and occasionally teach from our vantage point,” Scarsella said. “They get to see our facilities and meet our students.”
To earn an MBA degree, students must take a minimum of 12 courses, with most of them taking 13-15. Normally, a course which is offered in an IRC one semester will be offered online the following semester. “The IRC classes still have an online aspect to them,” Scarsella said. “Students go online to post homework assignments, and professors do likewise to post additional readings, assignments or links to questions. The great thing about the professors we have at Fayetteville State is that they will work with these students. They can continue their courses while they are gone (if deployed or transferred) through the Blackboard Learning System. We have had many students continue their education from Afghanistan. We definitely take advantage of all of the technology tools,” Scarsella said. Not all of the students taking MBA courses at Seymour Johnson are in the military. Spouses of military personnel also are enrolled, and about 15 percent of the students are civilians from the Goldsboro community. “Our primary focus is the military people and their families,” Scarsella said, “but we open up the program to others.” Approximately 20 students have graduated from the Seymour Johnson MBA program, with the first group finishing in 2006. 2010 Spring - Summer 33
The Staff Senate
By Michelle McIver-Bell President, Staff Senate
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...is a representative body elected to support, publicize, advocate for, and represent the interests and needs of SPA and EPA (non-teaching) staff at Fayetteville State University through campus, community, and state-wide activities. Elected members and volunteers employ individual and group efforts to encourage and build unity, camaraderie, and professionalism among staff, while supporting the mission of the University. As our motto states, we are â€œVoices for Positive Change,â€? committed to empowering and recognizing staff members as we advance the goals of the University.
According to our By-Laws, the Staff Senate was established by the Chancellor in 1998 as a representative body which •
Advises the Chancellor and his/her designee as requested
Encourages communication concerning general employment interests and concerns, current University operations, and University plans or prospects
Considers rules, policies, regulations and procedures affecting SPA and EPA (non-teaching) Staff
Makes constructive suggestions for a more efficient and effective University working environment among all employees.
The Staff Senate is responsible for fostering an environment that creates esprit de corps, pride and cooperation among staff members by recognizing the leadership role staff plays in the daily work of the University. The Senate advises the Chancellor, Senior Administrators, and Human Resources on issues and concerns that are important to staff and supports the administration in the achievement of the University's mission. The Staff Senate worked on six main goals this year. These goals were aligned with the FSU Strategic Plan and have generated excitement and enthusiasm for the Staff Senate. The work of the Staff Senate includes: •
Continuing work to improve working conditions for staff
Increasing staff support of FSU’s intellectual and cultural climate
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Increasing staff involvement in community partnerships
Increasing staff involvement in international understanding and support of diversity Increasing staff partnerships
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in March, we begin recognizing and offering additional publicity for Staff employees honored with a ShoutOut!, a program of the department of Human Resources.
We addressed staff concerns about policies, plans, and activities of the University Along with the UNC Staff Assembly, we partnered with the 44,000 employees of the UNC system by participating in a food drive February 8-12, 2010, to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. In the spring, the Staff Senate sponsored a Kickball Tournament. We participated in the International Folk Festival in the fall.
The Staff Senate had already participated in Homecoming 2009 by sponsoring the first annual Mr. and Ms. Staff Contest, and Staff Senate members attended the Martin Luther King Breakfast on January 18, 2010. We are working with the Office of Alumni Affairs to revive the Alumni Campus Employees (ACE) organization.
2010 - 2011 Staff Senate Officers President
Secretary of the Senate
Increasing staff support of the University’s fundraising efforts
Here are some of the ways we worked to accomplish these goals: 1.
The Staff Senate supported an initiative called 5-5-5. Through this initiative, staff members were asked to commit to making a donation to the University Fund Drive in multiples of 5, attending five University events, and donating five hours of volunteer service to a community organization. We improved communication with the staff formally and informally, through various means, including updating and maintaining the Staff Senate web page.
We worked to improve staff morale and school spirit by recognizing outstanding staff performance. Starting Dr. Barnabas Charles makes a silent auction bid during the Staff Senate’s spring fundraiser. 2010 Spring - Summer 35
FSU PHONATHON 2010
ayetteville State University realizes the importance of alumni giving and participation. Upon Vice Chancellor Arthur Affleckâ€™s arrival this past June, he realized that the percentage of alumni giving to FSU was extremely low. He challenged the University to focus on increased alumni engagement, a stronger partnership with the National Alumni Association and its members, and the implementation of several innovative techniques to get more alumni giving back to their alma mater. The University must strive to connect with our alumni as often as possible to ensure that the needs of the university are being communicated effectively and to utilize our alumni resources in whatever capacity we are able. One of the first projects that came to mind in meeting this challenge was a student-led Alumni Phonathon. At most leading institutions who report high percentages of alumni giving, they credit much of their success to strong student-led phonathon campaigns during both fall and spring semesters. During the month of February, the Office of Development began a very selective recruitment process searching for 30 student callers who would call on all alumni soliciting support during the months of March and April. Students who understood the importance of scholarship support, performed well in and out of the classroom, and who demonstrated high levels of maturity were in demand. After the selection and training of our students, the phonathon campaign launched on Sunday, March 21st. Since that Sunday evening in March that our students began reaching out to hundreds of alumni every evening, our rate of
Institutional Advancement Vice Chancellor Arthur Affleck (L) joins Wendy Jones, Associate Vice Chancellor for Development (R) in presenting the Phonathonâ€™s commitment check to Chancellor Anderson (C).
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success has continued to increase allowing us to anticipate that we will reach and possibly exceed our goal of $125,000. We have been most pleased with the level of support provided by our younger alumni population, proving that this method of solicitation is effective to all age groups among our alumni. Several of our alumni have commented that this is the first time the university has ever called asking for support, and they appreciate the opportunity to talk with a student and give back to FSU. Our students have equally enjoyed the opportunity to connect with alumni who graduated with the same degree, are members of the same organizations, or even from their hometown.
The phonathon not only is an excellent way to solicit funds for the university, but it also allows our alumni to speak with a current student, learn about recent happenings on the FSU campus, and make a connection that may have needed to be rekindled. We also take advantage of this opportunity to update our records with preferred email addresses, phone numbers, and other important information about our graduates. In addition, our students are able to participate in an activity that yields great support for the university and they learn first-hand the importance of making a gift to FSU. They realize that they are helping themselves and fellow students with each gift they receive. Students are also able to gain great work experience and polish their communication skills!
FSU plans to host the alumni phonathon during the fall and spring semester for the upcoming year. If you missed your call and would like to make a gift to Fayetteville State University, please log on to www.uncfsu.edu and click on Giving to FSU or call (910) 672-1729. Shown with Chancellor Anderson and Vice Chancellor Affleck, FSU students manned the phones and worked diligently on the spring phonathon.
FSU Student Karisha Davis (center) is recognized for outstanding performance during the spring phonathon.
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ALUMNIROUNDUP A Message from the President As the Fayetteville State University National Alumni Association brings closure to a very challenging year, alumni members around the country deserve grand applause for the continued support given in the midst of the adverse economic climate that has impacted our lives. We have had a very progressive year. Four goals were established for this fiscal year: (1) to increase alumni membership; (2) to increase alumni giving; (3) to increase the percentage of alumni giving; (4) to strengthen the relationship with the university. Under the leadership of NAA Chairperson Dorothy Hardy, ‘64, an aggressive NAA membership campaign was launched. The membership committee utilized strategies to enhance membership participation and engage members. With the inclusion of lifetime members and new members, an alumni membership increase of 250% was realized. During the month of February, FSU was selected to be the Tom Joyner School of the Month. Nine of 31 chapters participated in the Chapter Challenge within a 45 day period and raised $32,000. Tom Joyner celebrated the chapters at the CIAA luncheon. After the 45 day time period, chapters continued the spirit of giving toward the challenge and have passed the $60,000 mark. Contributions were designated to FSU local chapter scholarship funds. Alumni giving to our alma mater increased this fiscal yea totaling more than $173,000 to date. This includes the Tom Joyner Chapter Challenge. We anticipate increasing this total to $200,000 before the end of the year. Alumni and friends were invited to participate in a “NO-Show” event during the month of May. Invitations will be mailed from the university. With a continued spirit of giving, Broncos will make this happen. The percentage of alumni giving has doubled in the last year with the total giving up 233%. Alumni have been encouraged to focus on the act of giving as opposed to the amount of what is given. To increase the percentage of alumni giving, the goal is to give any amount. FSU giving envelopes have been made available to alumni. The adage, “United we Stand…” speaks for the support and working relationship the NAA has experienced with the university this year. Our combined efforts have made the difference. At this time, the members of the NAA are working with the university in the planning of Homecoming 2010. Let’s continue grow together and build upon our great legacy as we strive to become the world premiere university we are destined to be. In Bronco Spirit,
Vedas Neal, ‘70 FSU National Alumni Association Officers: Mrs. Vedas Neal, President; Mrs. Brenda Freeman, First Vice President; Mr. Raymond Privott, Second Vice President; Ms. Gwen McCormick, Treasurer; Mr. Willie Artis, Finance Secretary; Mrs. Ruthie Rhodie, Recording Secretary; Ms. Nancy Harris, Assistant Recording Secretary; Mr. Alexander Gerald, Parliamentarian; Mr. Thomas Bond, Sergeant-atArms; Ms. Rene’ Stinson Hall, News Editor 38 FS&U Magazine
Dr. Carl S. Person ‘76 delivered the convocation address at FSU’s 143rd Founders Day Convocation. Dr. Person is Manager of the Minority University Research and Education programs at NASA. He serves as the agency’s liaison to the White House Initiative Offices on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal College and Universities. He is also the liaison to the congressionally-mandated Committee on Equal Opportunity in Science and Engineering (CEOSE). Chancellor Anderson presented Dr. Person with the Chancellor’s Medallion Award. Twenty members of the FSU Class of 1960 met for a brunch in the campus dining hall during the Founders Day Weekend. After the brunch, members met in the lobby of Seabrook Auditorium for a photo session and were given Bronco Lapel Pins from the Office of Alumni Affairs. They joined the academic processional and marched in with members of the Senior Academy. The Class of 1960 will be inducted into the Senior Academy at Homecoming. Seven Broncos were inducted into the Bronco Legacy Circle during the Founders Day Program: National Alumni President, Vedas Neal ‘70; Charlotte Privott ’70; Raymond Privott ’71; Janice Worthy ’ 71; Curtis Worthy ’78; Gregory Bailey ‘87; and Mary Bailey ’87. This increases Bronco Legacy membership to forty-one. Congratulations to Victor Pace ’94 and Iva Haywood. Victor and Iva were married December 2009! Victor is the former Director of Alumni Affairs at FSU. The National Alumni Association was very successful during its “March Madness Membership Drive” At present, there are a total of 1,047 paid members!!!! Kudos to everyone for all your help! Sabrina Richardson Taylor ‘93 and Sophie Dinkins Carr ‘00 of the Charlotte Chapter have joined the glorious Sisterhood of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Congratulations! Jason Capel, son of Bronco Jeff Capel ‘92 (Assistant Coach of the Charlotte Bob Cats) and Gerri Capel, Educator, and the grandson of Felton Capel ‘78 (FSU’s Capel Arena), has been named Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC Alumna Gladys James Commons ’69 is now the Assistant Secretary of the Navy under President Barack Obama. Fayetteville State University is mentioned on the government’s website. Please visit http://www.navy.mil/navydata/ bios/navybio.asp?bioID=465 to view her Bio. Garrett Davis ’87, accomplished playwright, has produced a new play entitled “The Lord Will Make A Way” which ran May 20-23, 2010, at the Baltimore Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, MD. Daisy Spears Stroud ’41 was awarded the UNCF Lifetime Achievement Award during the organization’s 8th Annual UNCF Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon on June 19, 2010, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The luncheon is an annual fund raising event sponsored by the United Negro College Fund. This year’s event included a performance by Jennifer Holliday at the Knight Theater, as well.
North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue announced Donice Maria Harbor ‘95 as the recipient of the 2010 John R. Larkins Award. Harbor was recognized posthumously for her many contributions as a state employee to human and race relations in the workplace and her community. The award was presented at the Annual State Employees’ Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Observance program.
2010 Family of the Year The Larry and Hattie Bush Family
Larry “L. B.” Burney, Jr. ‘08, recently received the 2010 Keepers of the Dream Award from the Young Women of Promise, Inc. The Kinston, NC, native and resident works with the Kinston Youth Enrichment Project. The award is given to individuals who positively impact their communities. FSU Alumnus James “Jim” Holland ‘79 has recently been elected as the Vice-Chairman of the Chesterfield County (VA) Board of Supervisors. He is President of Holland & Company CPAs and is a professor of accounting at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Affion Crockett ‘95 is scheduled to star in Jamie Foxx’s new sketchcomedy on the Fox Network. A previous “Wild ‘n Out” star, Crockett is also a producer for the new show currently in production. Dr. Clarence E. Willie has just published “African American Voices from Iwo Jima, Personal Accounts of the Battle.” His book seeks to share the stories of nearly 900 African Americans who fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima and whose story has largely gone untold. Copies of the book may be ordered from McFarland & Company, Inc., publishers in Jefferson, North Carolina.
Broncos Remembered Thomas Baldwin ‘62 Morris Beathea ’76, Cumberland County NAA Chapter Jim Bibby ’65, Major League Pitcher, New York Mets Charlie L. Brown ‘40 Vivian Knight Butler ’44, Vance-Granville-Franklin-Warren NAA Chapter Ruth Colvin ‘58 Cormilla Hatch Holmes, FSU Junior Sylvester Hoskins’65, aka “The Necktie Man” Robert Howard ’62, Member of the Original Rudyaires Julia Keaton’55, Rocky Mount NAA Chapter Douglas McAllister ’65, Greensboro-Triad NAA Chapter Dr. Julia K. McCormick ‘55 Gregory Miles ‘77 Mary Styna McKnight Mumford Richardson ‘49 Willie B. Williams Lucille Fulmore, Wife of former Board of Trustee Chair, Dr. Julius Fulmore
Larry and Hattie Bush have a long and lasting association with Fayetteville State University. Ms. Bush, the matriarch, was first to become actively involved with her alma mater. Born Hattie Dorethea Council in Fayetteville, N.C., she attended E.E. Smith High School. She began her studies at Fayetteville State University in the 1950’s. Marriage to Larry Bush and the birth of her children put her education on hold for more than 30 years. Mrs. Bush, however, was determined to set an example for her family and loved ones. When her children began to go off to college, she and her husband decided it was time for her to finish what she had started. Mrs. Bush, with the support of Larry, came back to FSU and finished her degree, graduating in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. Ten years later, she completed a master’s degree. Larry and Hattie went on to see their children, grandchildren, and daughter-in-law graduate from FSU. Daughter Patricia earned her degree in 1980. Son Larry, Jr., graduated in 1996. The Bushes’ daughter-in-law, Colleen O’Donoghue Bush was a member of the Class of 1996. The Bronco lineage continued when their grandchildren became Broncos: Randy Bush (Class of 1998), Danielle M. Bush (Class of 2004), and Christopher O’Donoghue (Class of 2009). Many of the children and grandchildren continued the family tradition by becoming educators in the Cumberland County Schools. Others are successfully employed by the U.S. Department of Defense, BB & T and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
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FSU Honors MLK FSU Honors MLK through service to community It was fitting that Fayetteville State University mounted a concerted effort to spend Martin Luther King Day serving others. Thirty-four FSU students, three faculty members and one staff member participated in the MLK Challenge during which they celebrated the life and teachings of Dr. King by getting involved in service projects. They joined hundreds of thousands of Americans in honoring the slain civil rights leader’s legacy of service.
The MLK Challenge was coordinated by Rodney O’Neal, the AmeriCorps VISTA Coordinator at Fayetteville State, who is the community service coordinator for the university’s Center for Community Justice and Service Learning. He worked with a five-member student planning committee. The group began planning on November 30 and met four times. The Martin Luther King holiday is a time to remember and act on Dr. King’s commitment to making our nation better,” O’Neal said. “He exemplified civil rights, civil responsibility and uniting people of all backgrounds to act on community concerns. There is no better or more meaningful way to honor his legacy than by serving others.”
Students were involved in two available volunteer opportunities. The first group of students worked on a beautification project with the Cumberland County Coordinating Council on Older Adults, Inc. They helped improve the image of areas where many retired senior citizens live in Fayetteville. Students were sent to the CCCCOA offices, and from there, they were assigned residences where seniors lived. Students helped replace light bulbs in and around houses and cleaned leaves and trash from yards. The second group worked on another community beautification project with the FayettevilleCumberland County Ministerial Council. Students were sent to Heal the Land Ministries where they were assigned streets to clean and landscape. The Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that oversees the nation’s domestic service initiatives, led the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service in partnership with the King Center and non-profit organizations, community groups, schools and businesses across the country. Initiated in 1994, the King Day of Service transforms
the federal holiday into a national day of community service grounded in Dr. King’s teachings of nonviolence and social justice. “The King Day of Service is a great way to bring people together to make a difference,” O’Neal said. “We hope it will be the beginning of an ongoing commitment to serve throughout the year. The needs in Fayetteville are particularly great right now, and service is a key part of the solution.” The Center for Community Justice and Service Learning at Fayetteville State fosters community-university-government partnerships to improve the quality of life and the quality of justice in neighborhoods hard hit by high levels of crime, arrest, incarceration and prison re-entry. Fulfilling the UNC Tomorrow vision of the engaged university, the Center connects FSU faculty, staff and students with community and government partners to conduct community-based research, training, public forums and service learning.
Chancellor James Anderson served as the keynote speaker for the Fayetteville community’s annual MLK Prayer Breakfast with the FSU Choir performing. Following the event, participants spent the day serving others.
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Bronco Football is No. 1!!
Congratulations to the Fayetteville State University Bronco Football Team on their 2009 CIAA Championship Win!
2010-11 Student Government Association Officers SGA President Jermaine Pittman Sophomore, Political Science Major SGA Vice President Rosslyn Ross Sophomore, Psychology Major
SGA Mission The Student Government Association serves as the voice of the students, promotes academic excellence, and encourages positive involvement for the enhancement of student life.
SGA Secretary Shaâ€™Donna Burston-Young Junior, Biology Teaching Major SGA Treasurer Michael Graham Junior, Accounting Major
President Jermaine Pittman
Student Activities Council Program Director Christopher Blacksher Senior, History Major
Monica Carson, 2009-2010 SGA President, presents a check to FSU Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff Dr. Thomas Conway from the Student Government Association in support of scholarships. 2010 Spring - Summer 41
Center Designed to address
n November of 2007, the Fayetteville State University Institute for Community Justice was created in response to then Chancellor T.J. Bryan’s directive to get the school more involved in the community. Dr. Melissa Barlow and Dr. David Barlow combined to write a proposal which resulted in the institute, which was formed to bridge a gap existing between policy makers (government, law enforcement bodies, etc.) and communities and residents most affected by justice-related policies. There was a three-pronged mission to engage the faculty and students at 42 FS&U Magazine
FSU (1) to do community-based research; (2) to sponsor and hold public forums on justice-related topics; and (3) to engage students in service learning. “All of this led to the center we have now,” said Dr. Melissa Barlow, a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and the Director of Fayetteville State’s Center for Community Justice and Service Learning.
In August, we were notified that FSU was awarded a grant of over $465,000. Upon receiving the grant, we decided to change the name of the institute to the Center for Community Justice and Service Learning. The focus changed to place a much greater emphasis on service learning.”
In addition to the grant, Barlow applied for and received some of the Title III money the “What happened was that we were looking university was receiving. Those funds gave for grant funds to help support the insti- the center more opportunities to develop tute. I applied in March of 2009 for a Learn the infrastructure for service learning on and Serve America Grant to develop a ser- campus. The money also enabled the center vice learning program at Fayetteville State. to hire Melissa Lyon as its Service Learning
Manager. Another important cog was added in the person of Rodney O’Neal, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer who is the center’s Community Service Coordinator. “His job,” Barlow said, “is to work in a lot of different ways to get FSU students to do service in the community. He works with student organizations to encourage them to make more of their activities to be service-oriented.”
The center is located at 1047 Murchison Road in Bronco Square. It uses a data-driven approach to help community builders identify new public safety priorities and to help government better tailor its resources to the conditions of high impact neighborhoods. A recent study of incarceration and prison re-entry in Cumberland County revealed that residents of four communities in Fayetteville comprise only 12 percent of the city’s adults, while struggling with the resettlement of 37 percent of the city’s returning prisoners. Service learning is defined as a teaching and learning strategy which integrates mean-
ingful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. “The theory,” Barlow said, “is that when you engage students in the community – outside the classroom – to apply what they are learning in realworld settings, it makes academics more alive for them and introduces them to that good feeling that comes from helping someone. The hope is that many students will remain involved for a lifetime.”
O’Neal is striving to involve sororities, fraternities, the student government and the FSU chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice and to get more faculty members involved as well. “Many service activities are taking place in neighborhoods that are hardest hit by poverty, crime, arrests, incarceration and prison reentry,” Barlow said. “The more the students help others, the more they like it. They are very excited, and their enthusiasm will make this program continue to grow. It is making a difference.”
Opposite Page: Dr. Melissa Barlow, a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, serves as the Director of The Fayetteville State University Center for Community Justice and Service Learning. External employees and FSU student workers help to facilitate services.
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What Is SACS? The SACS Office facilitates the process for reaffirming Fayetteville State University’s accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges. The office is located in room 201 of the recently renovated Collins Building and is staffed by the SACS Liaison and Self-Study Director, Marion Gillis-Olion, Professor of Education; an Administrative Associate, Ms. Crystal Campbell; a web technologist, Mr. Sabin Tulachan; and graduate assistant, Ms. Sorma Garvoye, student in the Masters of Social Work program. The office supports the work of 14 committees that are comprised of 153 members who represent the diversity of genders, races/ ethnicities, and university roles at FSU. The SACS reaffirmation process is a very serious, high stakes undertaking by many dedicated members of the campus community.
Fayetteville State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; Telephone number: 404-679-4501) to award the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. FSU has been accredited by SACSCOC since 1947 and is one of only a dozen Level V (Level VI is the highest) institutions in North Carolina. Level V institutions offer three or fewer doctoral programs. Regional accreditation is mandatory if Fayetteville State University students are to remain eligible to participate in federal financial aid programs.
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ance with the principles of the SACSCOC. On September 10, 2010, FSU must submit a Compliance Certification document that demonstrates its judgment of the extent of its compliance with each of the Core Requirements, Comprehensive Standards, and Federal Regulations as presented in the Principles. The Compliance Certification document is reviewed by an off-site review committee which advises the onsite review committee by making observations about the information FSU provides and by determining FSU’s compliance with standards. Each institution applying for accreditation or renewal of accreditation is required to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): a carefully designed and focused course of action that addresses a well-defined topic or issue(s) related to enhancing student learning. FSU’s QEP committee has been engaging various constituents of the campus in its “What’s your QEP Bright Idea?” campaign through which 500 ideas have been collected and categorized into themes. The current thinking is that FSU’s QEP will enhance students’ abilities to think critically as measured by evidencebased decision-making. Upon receipt of the QEP in December, 2010, the Commission on Colleges sends an on-site committee of professional peers to the campus to assess the educational strengths and weaknesses of the institution. The written report of the committee helps the institution improve its programs, refine its QEP, and also pro-
vides the basis on which the Commission decides to grant, reaffirm, or withdraw accreditation.
During our three-day visit (April 19-21, 2011) committee members will examine data and conduct interviews in order to evaluate the soundness of the QEP and ascertain whether the institution is in compliance with the Principles. The committee offers written advice to the institution, develops a consensus on its findings, completes a draft report, and presents an oral summary in an exit report to the chief executive officer and invited institutional officials on the last day of the visit. The visiting committee report and the response of the institution to the findings of the committee are reviewed by the Committee on Compliance and Reports, a standing committee of the Commission that recommends action on accreditation to the Executive Council of the Commission. The Executive Council in turn recommends action to the Commission on Colleges, which makes the final decision. The FSU decision will be announced to the College Delegate Assembly during its annual business session in December, 2011. The entire process is designed to encourage FSU to see SACS reaffirmation as an opportunity for continuous improvement toward high quality education. Providing a high quality education will help FSU realize its mission to promote the educational, social, cultural, and economic transformation of southeastern North Carolina.
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Sat., Sep. 4
6:00 p.m. ET
Sat., Sep. 11
6:00 p.m. ET
Sat., Sep. 18
Elizabeth City State *
Rocky Mount, NC
4:00 p.m. ET
Sat., Sep. 25
6:00 p.m. ET
Sat., Oct. 2
Saint Augustine’s *
Broughton HS - Raleigh, NC 1:00 p.m. ET
Sat., Oct. 9
Virginia State *
6:00 p.m. ET
Sat., Oct. 16
Milbrook HS - Raleigh, NC
1:00 p.m. ET
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Livingstone * (Homecoming)
2:00 p.m. ET
Sat., Oct. 30
Johnson C. Smith *
1:00 p.m. ET
Sat., Nov. 6
Virginia Union *
1:00 p.m. ET
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