The week of September 14-18 was filled with anticipation and excitement as the final preparations were made for NSU’s 80th Anniversary Founders Day events held Thursday and Friday, Sept. 17 and 18. The week kicked off with Constitution Day, an event designed to commemorate the drafting and signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. The event’s guest speaker was Stephanie N. Morales ’04, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Portsmouth. Morales earned her bachelor’s degree at Norfolk State, graduating Magna Cum Laude and is the first woman to hold the position of Commonwealth’s Attorney for Portsmouth. The NSU Day of Giving, a 36-hour fundraising event started at noon on Thursday, Sept. 17 and ended Friday, the 18th at 11:59 am. The goal . . . raise $80,000! One of the more unusual events was the Green and Gold Run/Walk, which rewarded the winners with a green and gold powder shower. Volunteers turned out to form NSU80 for an aerial photo that was taken on the campus green.
Other Founders Day highlights included an interfaith breakfast featuring the Rev. Al Sharpton; the Founders Day address given by Dr. Patricia L. Stith; Founders Day Ceremonial Walk and Bell Ringing and so much more! In the words of the editor of the “Social Whirl” column in the Journal and Guide . . . “A fun time was had by all.”