University News Briefs . . .

Director receives appointment to college board

dhwDavida Harrell-Williams, director of Norfolk State’s Auxiliary Services, has been appointed to serve on the Paul D. Camp Community College Local Board representing the city of Suffolk. Harrell-Williams will finish the term of a board member who recently resigned, whose term would have expired June 2017. Harrell-Williams joins an outstanding group of dedicated board members who have served Paul D. Camp with considerable distinction. After fulfilling the former board member’s unexpired term, she is eligible to serve two, full four-year terms.

Child Development lab accepting applications

The Child Development Lab is accepting applications for the fall 2016 enrollment. The program provides high-quality early childhood education and care for children of faculty, staff, students and other members of the community. We offer full- and part-time services for children ages 3 through 4 1/2 years old, M-F, from 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. To schedule a tour of our nationally accredited and star quality rated program, please call (757) 823-8111. You may also visit for more information.

NSU OnlineNSU Online launches new website

NSU Online has launched its new website! Please visit to view the University’s current Online Program offerings, the 8-Step Process on how to apply and enroll, and meet the NSU Online Team.

Faculty member receives several honors

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Dr. April Manalang

Dr. April Manalang, assistant professor in the History and Interdisciplinary Students Department, recently received several recognitions including the following:

  • An honorarium and served as a moderator for the panel event at the Library of Virginia:  “First Freedom: Virginia’s Statute For Religious Freedom.” The event was sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of Virginia, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
  • Served as keynote speaker for the United Ilocano Association of Tidewater’s scholarship awards ceremony. The United Ilocano Association of Tidewater is the largest Filipino cultural center in Virginia.
  • Served as an invited panelist for a discussion titled, “Spirituality vs. Religion: Can One Exist Without the Other?, at the Church of God and Saints of Christ Temple Beth-El Synogague. The church serves as the international headquarters for its members.

New Faculty Orientation


Dr. Habib Ammari


Dr. Regina Brisgone

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Dr. Samuel Olantunbosun


Dr. Keesha Kerns


Dr. Anne Neikirk

The beginning of each semester at Norfolk State University ushers in the promise of an exciting, engaging and all-consuming time where everything is new, fresh and full of possibilities. Joining the Norfolk State family are several new faculty members. We caught up with them during new faculty orientation last month. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Keesha Kerns, secondary education and school learning; Dr. Regina Brisgone, sociology; Dr. Anne Neikirk, visual and performing arts (music); Dr. Rajeev Chandra, biology; Dr. Habib Ammari, computer science; Dr. Samuel Olantunbosun, computer science and Sibena Harris, nursing and allied health.

New Faculty Orientation is sponsored by the Office of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs/Office of Faculty Development.  Faculty are introduced to critical information, resources to support teaching and learning, and tips and protocols for navigating the University system.  The orientation also provides the opportunity for new faculty to meet their new colleagues.  Additional on-going new faculty orientation sessions will be conducted throughout Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.

The “Making Waves” staff congratulates you on your new positions with Norfolk State and offer best wishes for the best academic year ever! As you make connections in and around the campus community, consider becoming one of our faculty experts. If you’re willing to share your knowledge, research and expertise with the reporters, other media-types and civic or social organizations, join many of your colleagues in the NSU Faculty Experts Guide. Visit to check it out the publication and to join our growing list of experts.

University Hires Consultant for Risk Management Assessment

Norfolk State University is preparing for a dynamic and positive 2016-2017 academic year. As a part of this preparation and to maintain our momentum, Norfolk State will be engaged in a campus-wide Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) assessment beginning this fall. Enterprise Risk Management is a process — one that is designed to identify potential events or risks that may adversely affect the University and its future and to help mitigate such risks. Norfolk State is taking this proactive step to help protect the University and enhance its legacy. The consultant firm, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, has been hired to assist officials with this critical initiative and Gerald Hunter, vice president for finance and administration, will be the point of contact. For this process to be the most productive, the University community cooperation and participation are vital in our efforts to secure the great legacy of Norfolk State University as we forge onward.



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