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Faculty Development Office Expands Professional Development Programming


aculty have a new high-tech resource to help them grow, excel and succeed in all realms of their responsibilities. Using a number of online tools, the NSU Office of Faculty Development aims to connect faculty members to information and resources while providing them with knowledge and skills. By the number of participants who have already taken a portion of the training, it seems that this new initiative is well liked. According to Dr. Dorothy L. R. Jones, director of the Office of Faculty Development, even though many of the activities are attended or accessed by many of the same faculty and staff, their records show that more than 1,500 participants have taken advantage of the various professional development activities since she assumed the position in January. Funded by a Title III grant, the office is an initiative that supports one of the goals of the University’s current strategic plan, which calls for

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promoting excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Just last month, faculty had the chance to take part in 12 different professional development workshops. Using Adobe Connect, participants can log into the virtual faculty development room. However, if you prefer a more low-tech mode of delivery, the office also offers face-to-face training as well as blended. Besides the faculty workshops, the Faculty Development office also provides faculty with funding for conference and workshop attendance, new faculty release time support, doctoral tuition assistance and summer research support. The office is located in Bowser, Suite 118, and includes a faculty resource room and a conference room.

Dr. Yvonne Thompson Maddox

to Deliver Commencement Address

Dr. Yvonne Thompson Maddox, deputy director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will deliver the keynote address at Norfolk State University’s commencement ceremony, scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at Joseph G. Echols Hall. The institute supports research on child development, developmental and reproductive biology, nutrition, AIDS, mental retardation, population issues, contraception, pregnancy and medical rehabilitation. Dr. Maddox, who has served in her present role since 1995, advises the director on matters regarding the affairs of the institute and its $1.3 billion budget. In addition, she guides the organizations and programs of the NICHD, which include leading two teams of international scientists as part of a joint India-U.S. partnership to improve reproductive health and maternal and child health in both countries. She also is co-chair of NIH’s

working group to develop the strategic plan to eliminate health disparities During her career, Dr. Maddox has served as the NIH acting director, executive director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Cancer Health Disparities Progress Review Group and co-chair of the DHHS Initiative to Reduce Infant Mortality. In addition, Dr. Maddox has directed the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research and the Prevention Research and International Programs, both at the NICHD. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including two of the most prestigious in Federal career civil Continued on page 4

NSU Nursing Graduates Achieve High Licensure Exam Passing Rate for the Third Quarter


orfolk State University students who graduated from the bachelor’s degree program had a more than 90 percent passing rate on the nursing exam for the July 1–September 30 quarter. According to the Virginia Board of Nursing report for the past quarter, 21 graduates sat for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) with 19 receiving a passing score, equaling a 90.5 percent pass rate. For the quarter, NSU outscored other bachelor of science in nursing programs in state schools such as Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Virginia, Old Dominion University and George Mason University, as well as local schools such as Sentara College of Health Sciences and both Hampton University campuses. “The outcomes of this quarter are reflective of the quality and rigor of the nursing programs at Norfolk State University,” said NSU Department of Nursing and Allied Health Interim Chair Dr. Jessica Parrott. Students in the program have an overall passing rate on the year—January 1–September 30—of 87.5 percent. Of the 24 total NSU students who took the exam since January 1, 21 have passed. Passing the exam is required for nursing graduates to obtain their license to practice nursing in the state by meeting its requirements.


Dr. Danny Adams, associate dean for the College of Liberal Arts at Norfolk State University, pulls up one of several portable signs the office uses for student recruitment in a conference room at G.W.C. Brown Memorial Hall. Adams said the signs help make the departments in the College of Liberal Arts more identifiable to students and parents when they visit campus or attend college fairs. The signs were designed by the Office of Communications and Marketing at NSU.

Course Offers Online Teaching Fundamentals Takes the Fear Out of Teaching With Technology


he School of Education is offering a new university-wide elective course that will provide students with the basic concepts and principles of distance learning and distance education delivery technologies. The course, Designing and Delivering Effective Online Instruction (UED505B) begins in the spring 2014 semester. Prospective and experienced teachers as well as educational professionals can benefit from the course. “In some


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school systems, students are being required to take at least one online course in preparation for college studies,” said Dr. Denise Littleton, interim dean of the School of Education. “The Virginia Department of Education is considering establishing an online teacher’s license,” she said. The course will help take away the “fear” of using technology and the unfamiliarity of teaching concepts online that are normally taught face-toface. Students will receive hands-on instruction and will use the Internet for teaching, learning and management, become familiar with Blackboard, select, adapt and create multimedia for instruction and use communication technologies to interact and engage their students and their parents. Although students who take this new course will be taught online, Dr. Littleton emphasizes that they will be able to participate in on-site instruction when necessary. “The skills gained in the course can be used by persons in a variety of disciplines at all age levels,” Littleton said. For additional course information, contact Dr. Joan Johnson ( or 757-823-6686.

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NSU Forges Ties

in Nicaragua T

he International Studies and ServiceLearning program is making inroads in Nicaragua. International Studies Director Dr. Geoffroy de Laforcade is working closely with Dr. Francisco Campbell, ambassador from Nicaragua to the United States, to develop a partnership. During spring break, four students from the Department of Allied Health and Nursing’s Global Health Issues class will travel to the Pacific coast Dr. Francisco Campbell and Dr. Geoffrey de Laforcade town of San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua as part of a service-learning project. They will leave March 9 and return March 14. “Our primary focus,” said Antoinette McCray, the nursing instructor, “will be observing the public health necessities of the area, visiting clinics and discussing disease prevention with city officials, medical professionals and community advocacy groups.” The students also will volunteer with local health service providers. Referring to the Global Health Issues course, de Laforcade said that the nursing program is actively contributing to the internationalization of the curriculum at NSU. “This trip is a first step in developing a sustainable international exchange between Nicaragua and Norfolk State University, with study abroad programs, service-learning projects and faculty collaborations envisioned in the near future.” Recently, Ambassador Campbell visited the NSU campus and met with faculty and administrators. de Laforcade is working with embassy officials to establish a partnership between the School of Business and tourism and hospitality management programs in Nicaragua. Other study-abroad experiences during spring break include 20 students traveling to Great Britain and France as part of the Living and Learning Communities program. Students from the School of Business and the History Department who are enrolled in International Business and Caribbean Geography courses will travel to China and Curaçao.

Campus Briefs Dr. Leroy Hamilton, assistant professor of English and foreign languages, presented at the 2013 Minority Serving Institutions conference at the University of Pennsylvania Dr. Leroy Hamilton in Philadelphia. Norfolk State University is named as one of the 12 “Models of Success” Minority Serving Institutions for support of innovation in learning, retention, and degree attainment for the first-year experience (FYE)/ACCESS Summer Bridge Program. Dr. Shelia Ward, associate professor of health, physical education and exercise science, was a presenter at the 141st APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Boston. Dr. Shelia Ward She presented “Health and Wellness for Women Attending Minority Institutions.” Drs. Denelle Wallace, assistant professor, and Larry Ferguson, associate professor, both of the Department of Secondary Education and School Leadership, were co-presenters at the 2013 World Conference on E-learning in Las Vegas. They presented “Transition from a Comprehensive Examination to a Program Electronic Portfolio.” At the same conference, Dr. Ferguson also presented “Step by Step Process to Re-Implement the TK20 Assessment System.” Dr. Leon Rouson, associate professor of early childhood/elementary and special education, was a co-presenter of

“Strategies to Teaching Diversity Across All Disciplines” at the 25th National HBCU Faculty Development Network Conference in New Orleans. Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, professor of history, was featured in Part 3, Into The Fire (1861-1896) with noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. in the six-part series, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, which aired on public television. She discussed the story of the contrabands at Fort Monroe and Mary Peake, the first African-American teacher hired by the American Missionary Association to instruct the contrabands. Additionally, director and producer Jamila Wignot recognized Dr. Newby-Alexander for her contribution to the series. Dr. Leon Rouson

Dr. Joan Johnson, School of Education associate dean, was co-author of “Educators Speak Up... Wisdom From Those Who Remain and Achieve in Teaching,” which appeared in Teachers of Color, Fall-October 2013, pp.20-22. Drs. Delano Tucker, department chair and professor of health, physical education and exercise science; Rinkya Allison, assistant professor; and Judith Connell, associate professor, along with Catherine Coyle, administrative office specialist, all in the School of Education, recently received Exceptional Customer Service Awards. This recognition is based upon the responses of currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students during a recent Fall 2013 Registration Online Survey sponsored by the Office of Enrollment Management. 3

AIA Tour

Architects and Engineers Tour Classroom Building

NSU students from the architectural drafting course and building construction technology program took part in the hard hat tour with instructor Walter Parker (back row).


embers of the American Institute of Architects Hampton Roads (AIAHR) chapter recently participated in a hard-hat tour of the four-story 141,000 square-foot classroom building under construction along Presidential Parkway. The tour, hosted by NSU’s Capital Planning Department, brought out nearly 40 guests from the local architecture and engineering communities, students from NSU and other local institutions, along with other invited guests. Besides a physical tour of the structure, participants learned that NSU, Moseley Architecture and S.B. Ballard Construction Co. are using the Construction Manager at Risk project delivery method—a highly collaborative approach between the three entities—to deliver the building on time and at or under budget. The projected completion date for the building is expected to be fall of 2014.The building’s first two floors will include general classrooms, computer labs, seminar rooms, group study rooms, faculty offices and a small coffee shop; while the

third and fourth floors will include separate spaces for the allied health program and the nursing program, department suites and general classrooms. The building is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification, but could eventually reach LEED Gold status, which means it meets certain environmental standards. A 95-foot tall, $1.5 million state-of-the-art mass communication tower is also part of the project and will be adjacent to the classroom building and the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library.

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service, the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award and the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award. Dr. Maddox is also the recipient of the Public Health Service Special Recognition Award, the DHHS Secretary’s Award, the DHHS Career Achievement Award and the NIH Director’s Award. She is an inductee in the field of medicine to the Historically Black Colleges and Universities


Hall of Fame. Other awards include the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Distinguished Public Service Award, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Flame Award and the HeLa Award for Leadership in the Reproductive Sciences. Dr. Maddox received her bachelor of science in biology from Virginia Union and a Ph.D. in physiology from George-

town University. Her postdoctoral work includes serving as a National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellow and assistant professor of physiology at Georgetown, studying as a visiting scientist at the French Atomic Energy Commission in Saclay, France, and graduating from the Senior Managers in Government Program of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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The 2013 Hodge Business Plan Competition winners are (front row center) Sean K. Spratling, Shai Sumpter and Albarou Assolem Sabi. Also pictured from left to right are School of Business Acting Dean Dr. Bidhu Mohanty; Dr. Y.T. Shah, co-director of the Hodge Institute; Dr. Macki Sissoko, co-director of the Hodge Institute; Dr. John Karimu, assistant professor of economics; and Dr. Melinda Harris-Peoples, assistant professor of entrepreneurship.


Business Plan Competition Winners


he Ernest M. Hodge Institute for Entrepreneurship sponsors an annual collegiate business plan competition with the main objective of stimulating and nourishing the entrepreneurial spirit among NSU students regardless of their academic discipline. This year’s winners are as follows:

Sean K. Spratling: First Prize–$1,500 Business Concept: A native of Norfolk, Va., Spratling comes from a family with more than 20 years of entrepreneurial experience in barbering and cosmetology. His business model, Cut-2-GO, is designed to convert traditional barbershops into mobilized units to provide customized service to college campuses and nursing homes in the Hampton Roads region. His mobile business, while increasing customer satisfaction, will greatly reduce overhead, thereby increasing profitability. Academic Status: Spratling graduated in spring 2013 from the NSU School of Business with a bachelor of science degree in business with a concentration in entrepreneurship.

Shai Sumpter: Second Prize–$1,000 Business Concept: Embrace is a business model designed to fulfill the needs of full-figured young women by offering them specialized sizes, trendy apparel and instant gratification. It is a collection of automated retail kiosks that cater to on-the-go, plus-size young women, who desire to wear the latest fashion at a reasonable price. Academic Status: Sumpter is an accounting major in the School of Business at Norfolk State University and is also a Parsons Scholar in the Honors College. Sumpter is also an INROADS Intern and Student Ambassador, NSU Career Services.

Albarou Assolem Sabi: Third Prize–$500 Business Concept: Free-Bike LLC is a business model with the primary objective of providing convenient, fun and environmentally friendly transportation to the students of Norfolk State University and Old Dominion University through a rental bike system. Academic Status: Sabi, an international student from Togo (West Africa), is currently a junior majoring in accounting at the NSU School of Business and an Honors College student.

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