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orfolk State University recently honored four graduates who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in their professions and in the community. These alumni are considered to personify the mission and goals of the University and were recognized at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner held at the NSU Student Center. The honorees were: Sen. Yvonne B. Miller,’54, honored posthumously for her efforts in strengthening the well-being of children and families as well as in championing programs that addressed many societal ills; Tony Greene, ’86, a deputy program manager for a major Lockheed Martin development devon henry, ’00 dr. Patricia saunders sen. Yvonne B. miller,’54 tony greene, ’86 program, who has built a 25-year career in the aerospace industry; Devon nixon, ’78 and ’88 Henry, ’00, president of Team Henry Enterprises LLC, an award-winning multidiscipline contracting firm that specializes FAcultY, stAFF And Alumni shoW BReAdth, dePth in construction management, environmental, marine and emergency response services; and Dr. Patricia Saunders Nixon, ’78 and ’88, NSU associate professor of music and a highly recognized norfolk state university, through the College in Science, Technology, Engineering, and vocal performer, with a 34-year career as a music instructor. of Science, Engineering and Technology, has Mathematics Persistence. been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Thurgood Winter Arif, an NSU alumna, Wilson Archives hold Botanical garden Records Marshall College Fund. The grant, “Beyond is appearing in an episode of In 1938, three years after the founding of the Virginia Division of STARS: Extended Research Experiences for the Food Network’s Cupcake Virginia Union University (Norfolk State), work began on what is Undergraduates in Science, Technology, Wars. Arif earned a master’s now Norfolk Botanical Garden. The records, 1.5 cubic feet of Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics,” degree in urban planning from documentation, pertaining to Norfolk Botanical Garden have been will support the undergraduate summer research Norfolk State University and donated to NSU’s Harrison B. Wilson Archives. Within those program and provide stipends for students to worked for an accounting firm records is the story of the approximately 600 African-American continue their work in the fall. before following her passion women who undertook the hard, back-breaking work of clearing a Patrice Johnson, student loan coordinator, and and opening Ksquared Cupcakes. Arif’s mosquito- and snake-infested swamp land of its dense vegetation Kesha Wilson, financial aid counselor, both in the segment aired May 26. to make way for the planting of shrubs and flowers that became Office of Financial Aid, were elected to the board dr. Ashley neal haines, assistant professor the foundation for today’s botanical garden. of directors of the 684-member Virginia Association of biology, had her paper, “First Report of of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA) Streptococcus Parauberis in Wild Finfish from miller named 1 of 5 top hBcu Athletic directors during the association’s recent spring conference. North America,” accepted for publication Norfolk State University Athletics Director Marty L. Miller was Wilson was elected secretary and Johnson was in Veterinary Microbiology. recently named one of the five top athletic directors at historically elected as a representative-at-large. They will the nsu Association of educational office black colleges and universities by the HBCU Digest. The HBCU serve two-year terms. Professionals named terricita e. sass, assistant Digest said of Miller, who became athletics director in December cyndi Barnett, benefits specialist, joins Rebecca vice president for enrollment management, its 2013 2004: “One of the great HBCU baseball head coaches of all time, Powell in the benefits office in the Office of Human Administrator of the Year and Betty A. Billups, Miller has presided over major renovations to Norfolk State’s Resources. Barnett, who has more than 17 years of executive secretary in the School of Education, athletic physical plant, and has overseen recent championships in benefits experience with the Commonwealth, began as the 2013 Office Professional of the Year at a men’s basketball, football and track and field.” working in May. program to celebrate campus office professionals. dr. camellia moses okpodu, director Victor motley, ’10, a journalism graduate, greek Row gets makeover of the Intelligence Community Center for played a Union soldier in Steven Spielberg’s Brick pavers will highlight Greek letters in a revamped Greek Row Academic Excellence, has been asked to serve Lincoln movie. He also appeared in the movie’s on the NSU campus. The project, now under construction in the as an advisor on the National Institute of General trailer. The critically acclaimed film focused area that stretches from the front of the new Lyman Beecher Medical Sciences/Howard Hughes Medical Institute on Lincoln’s efforts to get the 13th Amendment Brooks Library toward Park Avenue, also includes upgraded Working Group on underrepresented minorities to the U.S. Constitution passed. lighting. Construction and lighting along Greek Row are expected to be completed in the first part of August, weather permitting. Besides upgrading lighting on Greek Row, additional lighting projects across campus include updating existing pedestrian lights and converting street lights to LED as well as upgrading lights at the tennis court to National Collegiate Athletic Association standards. The improved light levels will provide better illumination for pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The project is being paid for Achieving Excellence. Success Beyond Measure. (757) 823-8373 through maintenance reserve funding.