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Annual Quotes for Education Program Raises Scholarship Funds for HBCU Students 

tjf-allstate-qfe-getinonthisAlumni and supporters of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are encouraged to protect the legacy of HBCUs and their students by participating in the company’s annual Quotes for Education (QFE) program. In its eighth year, Allstate will donate up to $250,000 in scholarship funds to the Tom Joyner Foundation to assist students attending HBCUs. Between now and Nov. 30, 2016, Allstate will contribute $10 for every person who mentions “Quotes for Education” when receiving an insurance quote from a participating Allstate agent, or quotes online at Visit for details.

Peer Educators and Student Health Ambassadors Wanted

Student volunteers are needed to help spread the message about maintaining a healthy mind and body so the Center for Students work together in the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library on Thursday, November 19, 2015. (Tigermoth Photo/Chris English)Minority Health Disparities needs you! Peer Educator and/or Student Health Ambassadors are students who are trained to help other students by providing education, awareness programs and events that will empower them to make healthy informed decisions. They work collaboratively and use their skills and knowledge to educate their classmates about substance abuse, safer sex, and HIV issues in a positive, interactive, fun and non-judgmental manner.

Comprehensive training will prepare the Peer Educators and Student Health Ambassadors to facilitate dynamic outreach programs; encourage physical, mental, and spiritual health; create informative awareness events; and promote community support to create a healthy campus culture. If you are interested in applying contact Dr. Cynthia Burwell at to get an application or call 757-278-2589 if you have further questions.

Norfolk State University Foundation Joins the Combined Federal Campaign

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with almost 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and overseas raising millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by Federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season (September 1st to December 15th) support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world. NSU’s CFC code is 43837.

NSU Madison Auditorium (1)The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. Today, the CFC today is known to be the most inclusive workplace giving campaign in the world with the number of participating charities estimated at over 20,000 nonprofit charitable organizations worldwide. The charities supported through the CFC range from nascent community groups to large, well-known charities.

Partnerships with nonprofit organizations are a core part of the CFC structure. In each of the 320 CFC areas throughout the country, local and national nonprofit organizations collaborate closely with committees of volunteer Federal employees to design marketing strategies for the campaign and to process the receipt and distribution of Federal employee contributions to the charities they choose.

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Creates Facebook Group for Fellows

If you or a colleague has ever been awarded a Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grant for a project or were designated a VFH Fellow, the organization has created a Facebook Group page just for VFH fellows . . . both former and current fellows. The VFH will post announcements and use the social media site as a resource for research help, to announce publication successes, post inquiries about funding options and more. If you already have a Facebook account, just search for VFH Fellows, scroll across the toolbar to groups and click on join. This is a closed group and current members include VFH staff, 12 fellows and others. The invitation to join the Facebook group is going out to all former Fellows.

NSU Alumnus Named State Teacher of the Year

Dr. Toney McNair, music teacher extraordinaire, at Indian River Middle School in Chesapeake was recently named “Teacher of the Year” for the state by the Virginia Department of Education. McNair received his bachelor’s degree from NSU and is a 17-year veteran teacher. Gaining the “Teacher of the Year” recognition means that he becomes one of the finalists for the national “Teacher of the Year” award. Look for more on Dr. McNair in the next issue of BEHOLD Magazine.

Honors College Film Festival: Protest and Healing in a Violent World 

The Honors College Fall Film Festival entitled “Protest and Healing in a Violent World” continues. The remaining film — Wilmington on Fire, Nov. 16, with Director & Producer, Christopher Everett. The film will be shown and discussed at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Room 149. The event is free and open to the public. 



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