News and Notes

Norfolk State University faculty have always been movers and shakers. Congratulate these faculty members for recent accomplishments:

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Dr. Colita Nichols Fairfax

Norfolk State University’s Dr. Colita Nichols Fairfax, an associate professor in the School of Social Work and the Honors College liaison, was appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to serve on the Board of Historic Resources. Governor Terry McAuliffe announced additional appointments to his administration on July 1. The appointees will join the governor’s administration and focus on finding common ground with members of both parties on issues that will build a new Virginia economy and create more jobs across the Commonwealth. Dr. Fairfax was selected because of her tireless efforts to restore a historic property on the Peninsula that was once know as the Federation House. Here’s a little postscript for you, former Norfolk mayor Paul D. Fraim was appointed to serve on the Board of Visitors for Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Danita Andrews Graham

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Professor D’Nita Andrews-Graham, computer science department, is the first NSU faculty member to earn the QM Certification for her CSC (Advanced Computer Concepts) 200 course. The course was reviewed by a trained Quality Matters Peer Review team. In order to meet Quality Matters review expectations using the Fifth Edition of the QM Rubric, a course must meet each of the 21st essential standards. Additionally, a course must receive a minimum of 84 or of 99 points. Courses that meet QM standards are eligible to carry the QM Certification Mark.

Dr. Page Laws

Dr. Page Laws

Dr. Page Laws, dean of the NSU Honors College, was a guest professor in the Department of English at the University of Siegen (Universitat Siegen) in Germany as this summer’s Georg Bollenbeck guest professor. Dr. Laws’ guest professorship was sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the German university. Professor Laws is teaching an intensive M.A course on Shakespeare and Race and gave a fascinating talk about Martin Luther King Jr. Across the Media: Peccadilloes and Achievements in Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop and Ava DuVernay’s Selma in July. Her visit is part of the English Department’s ongoing cooperation with Norfolk State University.

From the Academic Front:

NSU-Online launches a new website. If you are interested in furthering your education, enhancing your career or you like the convenience of learning on your own schedule and pace, NSU-Online may be just the ticket. Visit for details. It’s never too late to get an education.

Alumni New and Notes:

Glorine C. Cousin ’73, was selected as president of the Deep Creek Ruritan Club out of Chesapeake, VA. Cousin’s tenure began in January 2016 and ends December 2016. She is the first black female to hold the position for the Deep Creek Ruritan Club.



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