Below find a compilation of news and feature stories highlighting events that happened at the end of 2016:
Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council Meets at Norfolk State
Health disparities are defined as the “inequalities that occur in the provision of health care and access to health care across different racial, ethnic and socio-economic groups. Further it is population-specific differences in the presence of disease, health outcomes or to access health care. Health disparities happen more often than you would think – even in the 21st century. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC), one of ten RHECs in the country, held a meeting at NSU to hear from the local community about issues facing their organizations when it comes to people receiving the kind of health care they need. Hosted by the NSU Center of Excellence in Minority Health Disparities, the gathering was designed as a listening session – an interactive session for attendees to participate in a spirited and timely discussion of the important health equity issues facing at-risk communities.
NSU Professor Wins National Dance Educator Award
Dr. Tarin T. Dumas Hampton, associate professor in NSU’s Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science and the co-artistic director for the NSU Dance Theatre, recently received the Global Dance Educator of the Year Award from the National Dance Society. Hampton received the highly competitive award during the National Dance Society’s annual conference held at Texas A&M University. Hampton began her tenure at NSU in 2014. She is responsible for the supervision and training of health and physical education teacher candidates and as such teaches courses in health, physical education, dance fundamentals and aerobic fitness.
Alumnus Chosen as Candidate for NFL Man of the Year Award
Norfolk State University alumnus and current Detroit Lions defensive back Don Carey has been chosen as the Lions’ candidate for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. Each of the 32 NFL teams chooses one nominee each year to be considered for the award, which goes to an NFL player for his volunteer and charity work in addition to excellence on the field. The award is named after former Chicago Bears and Jackson State star running back Walter Payton. According to the NFL release, Carey is a leader on the field and in the locker room for the Lions, but also volunteers his time to be a leader in the community. A 2009 NSU graduate, Carey joined the Lions in 2011 and has a combined total of 121 tackles in six years with the team. Since 2012, Carey has served as an Ambassador for Athletes for Charity through which he has helped to donate over 10,000 books to help promote literacy and academic excellence throughout Detroit schools.
Commissioning Ceremony Held at Fall Graduation Time
Four Army ROTC cadets became officers during a commissioning ceremony held Friday, Dec.9, in the Student Center. Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John P. McLaren Jr. swore in the cadets as they transitioned from students to the rank of second lieutenants. McLaren said that he was electrified to be present at the beginning of the officers’ careers. “The nation has entrusted you with the care and welfare of their sons and daughters,” he said. “You will be put in a position to lead young soldiers who will look up to you for leadership.” Before their swearing-in, retired Col. Jim Smith of the Military Officer Association of America, Hampton Roads Chapter, presented the students, who are part of the Spartan Battalion, with their gold bars. After they took their oath, the families and friends of the new officers — Tory Barner, Brittany Belcher, Ian Douglas and Dominique Johnson — pinned the bars on their shoulders. Then came their first salute as officers.
NSU Students Receive Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship
Three Norfolk State University students are among the recipients of the Virginia’s first Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship announced by Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday, Dec. 19. Vernice Gaylor, Nigel McCowan and Aubrey Perry were part of the inaugural group of 25 scholarship recipients. Norfolk State is the only public Hampton Roads institution with students receiving the scholarship. Established during the 2016 General Assembly session, the program provides up to $20,000 in tuition assistance to full-time students pursuing cybersecurity degrees in return for one year of public service per scholarship.
NSUAEOP Participates in Several Campus Activities
The Norfolk State University Association of Educational Office Professionals (NSUAEOP) organization started off the 2016-17 academic year by participating in several special events and activities. In November, the NSUAEOP attended the Virginia AEOP fall meeting held in Richmond, Virginia. Each association provided a presentation (skit, play or poem) to recruit members for the association. The contest was judged on originality, content, visuals, and invitation. The NSUAEOP delivered their presentation re-enacting the membership campaign that was held in in October and won the cash prize of $50. The NSUAEOP was organized in October 1977 under the name of Norfolk State College Secretarial/Clerical Association. It was established to provide for the personal and professional development of Norfolk State University office support staff. The organization’s mission is to promote professional growth for the office professionals at Norfolk State University and to provide a better understanding of the needs and expectations of the university and the communities served.
Norfolk State’s Online Tourism Degree Receives Mention
NSU’s online bachelor’s degree in hospitality management has made the list of the top 20 schools in the current issue of TheBestSchools.org around the country that offer an online degree in tourism and hospitality.