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NAACP Leadership in DC


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Experiential Learning and Career Development


Counseling Center


Health Center


Open House


Fiscal Responsibility


Justice at Shaw U


Eaton Corp. Internships


Habitat House


Leadership Triangle


Consummate Performer


Staff Accomplishments


Habitat House 8 Alabama A&M 9



The NAACP has been reorganized on the Shaw University campus under the leadership of on-campus advisor Mr. Derrick Gill, Records Maintenance Clerk in Financial Aid and offcampus advisor, Rev. Curtis Gatewood, HKonJ Coalition Coordinator. Members include: K. Unique Staggers, President, Isaiah Daniels, Chief of Staff, Reece Britt, Mr. NAACP, Ashley Hughes, Aaron Banks, Mizellore Lexima, Russell Jones and Xavier Skinner. These students have come together to promote social, racial, and economic equality and justice on this campus, in this state and this nation. All eight members went, in collaboration with the university’s College Chapter of the

by Juanda Holley

NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), the North Carolina

State Conference NAACP, and National NAACP, Wednesday, February 27 to Washington, D.C. to participate in a historic rally designed to protect Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The remarkable event was held outside the U.S. Supreme Court. On this day, the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing arguments in Shelby County v Holder,

QEP at Shaw University Adventures in Writing is the title of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for Shaw University. It is a program designed to improve student writing by focusing on the process (adventure) of writing. Through this plan, students will be able to conquer their assignments. The QEP calls for two major strategies to facilitate student

learning. Opening a Writing Center is one of those strategies. The Center allows for more one-on-one support for students to engage in the writing process. The second strategy targets ENG 110, our basic composition course. Students in this course will be required to take part in a special program in the

which challenges Section 5. Among the speakers were National NAACP leaders such as President Benjamin T. Jealous, Chairwoman Rosalyn Brock, and our own, NC NAACP President, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II. Other speakers included national civil rights figures such as Mr. Martin Luther King, III, The Rev. Al Sharpton, Mr. Dick Gregory, and The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson. These students witnessed through the lenses of their own eyes, history being lived, spoken, and written in their presence. The moral, political, social, and educational magnitude of this experience is incomparable. To join the Shaw Chapter of the NAACP, contact Kierra Staggers at

Writing Center, spending part of class each week working in a small-group setting. The program will delve into all aspects of the writing process, but emphasize revision and critiquing strategies. With this plan we will be able to get an excellent picture of which techniques are helping our students to develop, and in the future, guide students more effectively as they take on the adventure of writing.



Counseling Center Receives Mini-Grant

Counseling Center Tidbits The Counseling Center is planning a Symposium on April 3, 2013 with Ava Crawford, Program Manager from North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation based here in Raleigh. She is conducting a community engagement project in different areas of the state connecting resources and services and offering additional support to Shaw University. The focus is on healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, dating/domestic violence, sexual assault and healthy lifestyle choices. A luncheon will be held during this very valuable free training and participants will receive a tool kit and support materials. This effort is through our women’s health community engagement project called RICHES (Resources In Communities Helps Encourage Solutions). Thanks to Ava Crawford for her generous support and willingness to collaborate with the great Shaw University’s Counseling Center.

Shaw University’s Counseling Center received a Behavioral Health Mini Grant for year 2012-2013. As a result, the center has established an active minds chapter. Active Minds will have four main objectives and purposes on Shaw University’s campus. These include:  Educate students about the prevalence of mental illness; the risks, signs, and symptoms of particular mental illnesses; and available resources for seeking help.  Work to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness, so that students will feel more comfortable seeking help when it is needed.  Plan campus friendly events that attract as much of the school community as possible. There have been four students identified as primary peer mentors to assume leadership roles of the

by Jerelene Carver

organization . The Counseling Center also received a Gambling Addiction Mini– Grant and celebrated National Problem Gambling Awareness Week (March 3-9) A table was set up in the Willie E. Gary Student Center on Wednesday March 6- for students to acquire materials and information regarding gambling addictive behaviors. A major celebration entitled Gambling Addiction and Emotional Awareness will be held on April 11, 2013. Students will receive special prizes, t-shirts, lots of food and a PSA video announcement with unlimited information. Come on out and join the fun!

Health Center in the Community The Health Center partnered with Chavis Park to offer First Aid and health related information at a Health and Wellness Fair in




Chavis Park. These children benefitted from the expertise of Nurse January as they received healthy child checkups, listened to each other’s heartbeat and learned how to take their temperatures. Adults were provided information

on prevalent health issues such as High Blood Pressure, Diabetes and Breast Cancer. HIV-AIDS and other Sexually transmitted Diseases were discussed in a workshop for teens at the same Health and Wellness Fair.






Open House with Shaw University Admissions

The Shaw University Enrollment Management Division, Office of Admissions will present the second annual Spring Open House on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 9:00am-

1:30 pm. There will be campus tours, presentations and on-site applications available for future Shaw Bears. “We want interested students to get the complete feel of living and learning at Shaw University.” stated Sherlock McDougald, Director of Admissions. “ We don’t want to just give a prospective student an application and hope that they respond, we want to add that personal touch to let them

by Juanda Holley

know that we care about them from acceptance to graduation”. At Open House, prospective students will be able to complete an application, fill out their FAFSA, meet with faculty and staff, tour the campus, visit the Residence Halls and talk with current students and alumni. Your Discovery, Your Life, Your Growth, Your Future, YOUR SHAW!

Join the Admissions Team on Saturday, March 23, 2013 as they host Spring Open House on Shaw University’s Campus!

Know Your Fiscal Responsibilities The Enrollment Management Division, Office of Financial Aid hosted a series of workshops for students at Shaw entitled, “Financial Literacy, Understanding the Basics”. These workshops were held so that students could better understand the importance of early registration for FAFSA, early application for loans and

scholarships, and the pressing Financial Literacy Workshop need for timely repayments of Presented By those loans to prevent default Wanda Carter and a bad credit report. TopValentino Bryant ics covered in the workshop included: Borrowing for Need vs Borrowing for Pleasure, Shaw University Financial Services Credit Card debt, defaulting on loans, and Planning for the Understanding the Basics Future

Restorative Justice at Shaw U Most people don’t have a clue about what judicial Services is all about! To make it short, it’s all about student conduct and behavior; encouraging students to adopt a positive mindset so they can achieve success as they matriculate. While practicing restorative justice—bringing the student back in line with University rules and policies– the student is given

an opportunity to correct any wrong that may have occurred. The goal is to recognize that students are responsible for their behavior and actions, and that they really do have choices. Once this is recognized it is fairly simple to accept the sanctions which can result from “breaking the rules.” One of my favorite sanctions is to give a writing assignment. The


by Agnes Baxter

students have the opportunity to analyze their personal situations, see how they could have handled them differently and set goals to make better decisions in the future. It is rewarding to see the growth that comes when students assume responsibility for their actions and know they are really in control of themselves. “There really is something special about a Shaw student!”

EATON CORPORATION AND ITS LONG TERM COMMITMENT TO EMPLOY SHAW UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AS INTERNS By Denise Vaughn Eaton is a diversified power management company providing energy-efficient solutions that help customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. The company is a global technology leader in electrical products, systems and services for power quality, distribution and control, power transmission, lighting and wiring products; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulic and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton Corporation and Shaw University cultivated a relationship in 2008 and since then has employed six (6) Shaw University students as interns on a semester or yearly basis. Students work from the time of hire until their graduation. For the 2012-2013 school year, senior Shaw University students April Black and Shakia Pledger, and junior Dominique Lewis are serving as Eaton Corporation interns. The students have varying responsibilities from assisting in processing and matching acknowledgements to constructing Purchase Orders. They contact vendors to confirm upcoming shipments and expeditie past due POs; sending and recording the return of supplier representations and certifications; insuring that purchase order files are maintained and are in compliance with the departmental filing plan; assisting in processing Requests for Proposals and the resulting bid analysis; processing SF1413 and certified payrolls; running IUD labels; coordinating pickup and delivery of archive files; and participating in the completion of special projects as required. Interested students should contact the Center for Experiential Learning to apply for EATON.

Students Help with Habitat House The Residence Life Program at Shaw University employs approximately thirty-five student residents to assist with the residential experience of on campus students. As student leaders, the Resident Advisors also serve the “communiversity� beyond the campus. In the spring of 2011, a partnership began between the Office of Residence Life and Habitat for Humanity in an effort to expose Resident Advisors to the process of home ownership and the efforts of Habitat for Humanity to rebuild communities and families. On a brisk morning in March, members of the Student Affairs team, residence life staff, and student residents collaborated to build a home for a family in need. The experience was both rewarding and educational for those who volunteered their time and talents. During the Resident Advisor training in August, 2011, students wanted to continue in the tradition of service and were fortunate enough to continue working on the

by Shannon Bennett

same home. The following April 2012, several members of the residence life team participated in the dedication of the home. Serving Shaw University as a Resident Advisor is an excellent opportunity to gain the skills required to lead peers and prepare for positions of leadership within organizations. The Resident Advisors began a new project in the fall of 2012 and continue to support the efforts of Habitat for Humanity in our community.

Students and staff work on Habitat Home

Positive Images You is smart. You is important. If you have seen The Help, you probably remember how Viola Davis’ character, Aibileen, believed in promoting positive messages into the little girl she cared for. We laugh at the broken English and inaccurate grammar, but the message is anything but funny. We often take for granted the power of positive words and images, but what a mighty power they hold. Have you ever noticed how good you feel after an instructor compliments you on a well written paper? Or how proud you become after residence life staff members give you a perfect score on room inspection day? Or how you begin to glow when that special person compliments you on your new hairstyle or fresh cut? Positive references reinforce a positive self-image and promote a healthy self-esteem. Repeatedly hearing that you are smart or you are important often causes miraculous things to occur ..‌we begin to believe. Check out the positive images our students have been working on to promote in the Office of Residence Life. Notice how they speak volumes.

Leadership Triangle 2013 College Edition Class February 21, 2013 - Durham, North Carolina: The 2013 Leadership Triangle College Edition presented by AT&T, kicked-off this year’s program with a visit to the Triangle J Council of Governments, a regional planning organization operating out of Research Triangle Park. During their first session, participants from eleven colleges and universities in the Wake, Durham, Chatham and Orange County areas met and evaluated their core values and learned several strategies for developing authentic relationships. Leadership Triangle is a non-profit organization established in 1992 to educate and promote regionalism across the separate communities of the Triangle. It does this through regional and leadership development classes, seminars and awards. The organization strive to build leadership capacity, cooperation, and networking opportunities across the public, private and civic sector, preserving local uniqueness while acting regionally to deal with issues such as traffic congestion, water quality, housing affordability, open space, school funding, economic and social equity. Since 1992 Leadership Triangle has brought together emerging leaders from all corners of the Triangle, building bridges across Wake, Chatham, Durham and Orange communities and across business, government, nonprofit, academic, and grassroots leadership. The organization connects current and emerging community leaders, honoring differences, yet finding common ground on which to address regional issues and also reflect the population of the Triangle in our participants, volunteers, and outreach, and bring an inclusive practice to leadership development. Jennifer A. McPherson-Stephenson and Na’eem Wilkins, current students at Shaw University, were selected to participate in this year’s College Edition Class. Jennifer and Na’eem and the other program participants will continue to work on developing personal leadership skills and learn about regional issues that impact communities throughout the Triangle. . This year’s College Edition Class is composed of students from a wide variety of colleges and universities in the region. The typical student participating in this year’s class is a sophomore/junior in good academic standing. Participants are selected by school administrators and should have a desire to be a student leader. They should be experienced in community service and volunteerism, and demonstrate an interest in the State of North Carolina beyond their time in college. Students fully commit their time and energy to participate in this program, and are interested in developing new skills.

Staff Professional Memberships Alfonza Carter, Dean of Students


Shannon Bennett, Associate Dean of Students


Juanda Holley, Special Programs


Agnes Baxter, Judicial Services


Jerelene Carver


Latisha Riley


Rochelle King


Evangeline January


Sherlock McDougald


Student Affairs Personnel attend workshops conducted by Cooperating Raleigh Colleges (CRC) and the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU). Staff attend conventions associated with their memberships and provide in-service staff development upon their return to campus.

Did you know? In the fall of 2012, Ms. Shannon Bennett was accepted into the Doctoral of Education program at East Carolina University. She is pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education. Ms. Bennett received her Master’s in Education at Abilene Christian University after completing her undergraduate studies at Shaw University where she majored in English. It is not uncommon to catch Ms. Bennett with her head buried in a book at her desk or rushing off to Greenville for class at the end of a long day. We congratulate her on her accomplishments thus far and wish her much success.

Alfonza “Al” Carter, a Martinsville, Virginia native who earned his bachelor’s degree in 1973 from North Carolina A&T State University, has served at Shaw University in a variety of roles including Head Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coach, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Director of Admissions and Recruitment, Interim Dean of Enrollment Management, Athletic Director, and currently as Dean of Students. During his tenure as Athletic Director, Shaw University won 33 (out of 48) CIAA Championships, 7 NCAA Regional Championships, 4 National Black College Championships, and 1 NCAA Division II National Championship (Women’s Basketball, 2012). Carter has held several positions in the conference including Past President of the Athletic Directors’ Association, Eastern Division Vice President, CIAA President, CIAA Secretary, and served on the CIAA Basketball Tournament Committee. Carter was named CIAA Athletic Director of the Year-2002 and presented with the Jeanette A. Lee Achievement Award (2001, 2002, 2004). Dean Carter was inducted into the CIAA Hall of Fame at the tournament on March 1, 2013. Carter was also recently appointed to the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance. Congratulations!

Ebony Rose Johnson, Director of Student Activities and Greek Life graduated from Shaw University in 2006. She has worked in Student Affairs since graduation. Congratulations to Ms. Johnson for completing her Masters of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix. In the future, she will pursue her PH.D in Higher Education Administration. She has goals of becoming a Vice President for Student Affairs.

Ms. Juanda Holley has performed in plays, musicals, and film for over 35 years. Her latest appearance will be as Calpurnia in Theatre In the Park’s production of To Kill a Mockingbird. The show opens April 12, 2013 at 8:00 pm and runs three consecutive weekends in April with one School Performance for area middle and high schools. Ms. Holley has performed Off Broadway, on tour out of Atlanta, Georgia, in Europe, Israel and all across North Carolina. She taught Theatre at Enloe High School, Martin Luther King High School in NYC and here at Shaw University. Some of her notable local characters have been Aldonza (Man of LaMancha), Rose (Fences), Mama (A Raisin in the Sun), Vera Charles (Mame) The Leading Player (Pippin) and the Lead Ghostie (A Christmas Carol).

Love Affair By Shannon Bennett Resident Advisors assist students through their living and learning experiences on campus. The RA program provides an opportunity for students to serve as leaders for their residential communities. As part of the RA program, students participate in service learning and community service projects. On February 14, 2013, Resident Advisors were enlisted to serve as hosts to the residents of First Baptist and Manley Residential Estates in Chapel Hill, NC at their annual Valentine’s Day party. Manley provides assisted living accommodations to senior citizens but the RAs quickly learned that the residents needed no assistance when it came to grooving. After a brief introduction over cupcakes, cookies, and punch, the Resident Advisors hit the dance floor with their senior partners. Hits from Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, and other Motown greats filled the room as the Resident Advisors extended their hands in requests for dances. “I don’t even remember being escorted back to my seat in my partying hay day” laughed one of the residents when Resident Advisor, Bryan Speight helped her back to her seat. Pretty soon, the residents began complaining about the outdated music and RAs appropriately responded to their requests. With the magic of modern technology, Resident Advisor, Matthew Morgan-Pegues downloaded some more “modern” hits and before long, the Manley residents were learning the electric slide, the cupid shuffle, the cha-cha slide, and even the wobble. Those residents who were unable to dance sat patting their feet and conversing with the students over chuckles. The Resident Advisors have already begun making plans to visit the Manley residents again and hope to host a “Senior Prom” for their new friends in the spring. Images of their experience have flooded social networking pages. Resident Advisor, Athena Curry uploaded a photo on Instagram with the caption “service where it matters Shaw U Residential Life.” Residence Manager of Fleming Kee, Cleveland Williams attended the program in support of his Resident Advisors and found himself two-stepping with a woman 93 years young! “I am so proud of our students and the effort they put forth to entertain the Manley residents. These young people could have been anywhere else but they chose to be here” Mr. Williams stated in a heartfelt appreciation for the Resident Advisors. The Office of Residence Life is currently accepting applications for Resident Advisors for the 2013-2014 academic year. If you are interested in becoming a student leader in this capacity, we extend an invitation to join us.

Shaw Students and Career Development Staff

Assata Green, Alese Brown, Aliyah Moore


Alabama A&M University Graduate School


FROM: SHAW UNIVERSITY “BEARS” TO: ALABAMA A & M UNIVERSITY “TIGERS” By Denise Vaughn On February 22, 2013, the staff of the Center for Experiential Learning & Career Development hit the highway with Shaw University seniors, Assata Green, Alese Brown, and Aliyah Moore to attend the Alabama A & M University Graduate School Open House. They spent a day on campus to learn more about what Alabama A&M University has to offer. This open house program was designed to allow the students flexibility to explore the many opportunities available for graduate studies, and that is exactly what it did. Assata and Alese have applied to the Counseling Psychology Department, and Aliyah has applied to the Physical Education Department. All three young ladies will receive their Bachelor Degrees from Shaw University on May 11, 2013. CONGRATULATIONS go out to Alese Brown who has received her acceptance email from the College of Education, Humanities, and Behavioral Sciences.

ACIS Fitness Basic Requirements Sponsorship of Daily Fitness Activities Fitness Rewards & Sweepstakes Campus Challenge (Optional) Fitness Activities & Special Events Surveys Hang banner and posters in high traffic locations (Gym) Use Official Sponsorship logo and name Distribute product samples and /or giveaway

INTRAMURALS Spring 2013 ACIS Fitness Program will begin the week of March 18, 2013. This program is a rewards program for students, faculty and staff which provides free giveaways, promotional materials, etc. The theme is “ Train & Win”. The more you workout the more you can win.

This program provides the university community with incentives for working out on a regular basis. Rewards cards and sweepstakes entry forms will handed out to all participants in fitness classes, weight room, at intramural games, etc. Each ½ hour workout equal one credit. Limit of 1 credit per day and 3 credits per week. Workouts can be defined as 30 minutes of any physical activity/exercise (i.e. group exercise, workout classes, pickup games). Prizes: Water bottles: Awarded to participants who reach 10 workouts/credits Backpacks: Awarded to participants who reach 20 workouts/credits All information will be tracked by Intramural Director ACIS Fitness Sweepstakes This gives students the chance to win great prizes including Cannondale bike, Timex watches, Nike athletic gear and other great prizes. Entry forms will be available throughout the semester. The deadline for submission is April 15, 23013. Winners will be selected by ACIS. The drawing will be on May 1, 2013.



Charmene Woods, a Shaw University graduate student in the Divinity School, was selected to intern at the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities to develop and produce messages that communicate the value of NCICU/ICFNC and member colleges and universities to constituents; draft basic public relations materials including news releases, media alerts, fact sheets; assist with the development and updating of media lists and other databases, including donor, marketing, prospect and administrative databases; assist with brainstorming, creating, and distributing marketing materials; updating the website; and assist with administrative duties including filing, and mailings.

Shaw University junior is an intern for the Wake County Governments Planning, Development, and Inspections Division in the Community Service Department as a Demographics and Spatial Information Analysis. Garnard’s duties are to collect, analyze and report demographic information. Garnard along with the Long Range Planning staff are embarking on “Placing Faces’, a multi-media initiative to marry the 2010 Census statistics with the personal stories of Wake County residents, giving a face to the plac-

es and stats of Wake County. His duties include: Scripting, producing, editing and posting at least 1 video of a personal story based on the Census data on Wake County Census webpage; supporting Wake County Public Affairs staff on demographics-related feature for upcoming WakeGov TV program; and collaborating with Long Range Planning on a follow-up Census Data segment on one of the WSHA radio station’s Monday Community Program Series.

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