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State of the UniverSity addreSS A Mountain Worth the Climb Monday, aUgUSt 12, 2013 9 a.M.

dr. tony atwater, President • a newsletter for faculty, Staff, alumni and friends of norfolk State University dr. tony atwater President

fiLM StUdentS CaPtUre ChUrCh Street’S hiStory Church Street—A Community Legacy is the culminating project for the 14 students who took part in the intensive, three-week Legacy Media Institute, a partnership between NSU and alumnus Tim Reid, actor, producer and filmmaker. The Institute, housed in the Department of Mass Communications and Journalism, provides students with real-world experience in the filmmaking industry. The young filmmakers—12 NSU students, one from London and another from Richard Bland College in Petersburg, Va.— premiered the documentary at the Institute’s closing ceremony. Norfolk’s Church Street was once a vibrant business center within the African-American community. The students are incorporating what they’ve learned over the past few weeks into this production and more importantly, helping to preserve history that might have just faded away.

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high School Students gear Up for College Close to 70 students a day, from Hampton and Phoebus high schools, recently took part in a Summer Academy for the GearUP program, hosted by Norfolk State University. The program works to “gear up” students for college. GearUP is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, in which NSU participates, and Hampton City Schools. Besides exposing students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), students also get a taste of campus life, learn about financial aid, academic degrees and the admissions process. While on campus, students took part in hands-on activities that exposed them to robotics, nanotechnology, electronics engineering and mathematics. In fact, two students applied for and were admitted to the University.

UniverSity’S LeaderShiP haS LoCaL, StateWide and gLoBaL iMPaCt dr. tony atwater served as the class spokesman for LEAD Hampton Roads 2013 leadership class. LEAD Hampton Roads, the region’s oldest and largest leadership organization, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Gov. Bob McDonnell also served as a keynote speaker, while several NSU student musicians provided a special performance for the occasion. The student musicians included Wynton davis, Phillip Johnson, tau Chatham-Manigat, andrew Piland, david Briscoe, fred Williams, eric Chastain. The group was put together by Paul adams, assistant professor of music, who prepared the musical arrangements. dr. James a. Curiel, assistant professor of sociology, published the featured article “In Cairo: Breaking Old Molds Through Service-Learning” in Community Works Journal: Online Magazine for Educators. dr. arthur W. Bowman, professor of biology, served as a judge for research projects presented at the meeting of the Virginia Academy of Science held at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va. He also served as a judge for research projects presented at the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair held at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. drs. ganesan L. kamatchi and Joseph d’Silva, associate professors of biology, participated in the 4-VA Biology Articulation Conference in Harrisonburg, Va., which discussed changes to AP Biology courses and test strategies that the Virginia Department of Education is implementing to improve articulation, SCHEV transfer policy, best practices and articulation survey results.

dr. Bennie L. Marshall, chair and professor of nursing, was recognized as one of 120 Visionary Leaders at the 120th Anniversary Celebration of Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Nursing. Dr. Marshall is a 1970 VCU graduate and the third African American to graduate from VCU after integration of the school. Pamela Joyner, master of social work student in the Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work, has received the Joy Duke Scholarship Award to attend the VA Guardianship Association Conference in July 2013. dr. Page Laws, dean of the NSU Honors College, was a discussant/session facilitator at a “by-invitation-only” national conference attended by scholars from Notre Dame, Yale, Columbia University, and other institutions discussing the topic “The Research University and the Liberal Arts College: Examination of the Research Ideal and Liberal Education.” She also delivered a talk to eight high school interns from The Virginian-Pilot, in which she compared different community perspectives on historical events, using the coverage of the assassination of Malcolm X by the Norfolk Journal and Guide and The Virginian-Pilot as her main example. katrina B. Miller, director of Title III, recently completed the Federal Bureau of Investigation Norfolk Division FBI Citizens Academy program held at the FBI Academy, Quantico, Va.

Book demonstrating Power of friendship, Perseverance Chosen as Common reader The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream, a gritty book that tells the compelling story of three teenage boys who grew up in a rough Newark, N.J. neighborhood and the tough obstacles they faced as they worked to achieve their goal of going to college, graduating and becoming doctors, has been selected as NSU’s common reader for its first-year and transfer students. The authors, Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt and George Jenkins, known as the Three Doctors, will address students about their lives in a live discussion on Sunday, August 18.

Drs. Davis, Hunt and Jenkins have been hailed as role models and are recipients of Essence Lifetime Achievement and the BET Honors awards. Their 13-year-old Three Doctors Foundation offers free health, education and mentoring programs for youth and families in the New York/New Jersey area.

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Norfolk State University has received a $120,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to help fill the need for highly educated nurses. The grant allows underrepresented students to receive nursing degrees as well as provide a path for students who already have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in another field to enter the nursing profession. This award will help students enrolled in the accelerated second degree to the bachelor of science in nursing program during the 2013-14 academic year. To date, NSU has received a total of $400,000 in scholarships under the program. Provided through the New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN), the grant will also help develop nurse leaders. Norfolk State has been participating in the NCIN program since its inception during 2007-08 and has received grants for four of the six program years.

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