University News, Notes & Highlights

NSUAEOP Selects Office Professional of the Year

Tammy Q. Johnson

Tammy Q. Johnson, president of the Norfolk State University Association of Educational Office Professionals (NSUAEOP), is a two-time winner of the Office Professional of the Year Award for 2017-2018.  Locally, she was named Office Professional of the Year by NSUAEOP at a luncheon held on April 26, and three days later at a banquet on April 29, the equivalent honor at the state level was bestowed upon her by the Virginia Association of Educational Office Professionals (VAEOP).  Johnson serves as an administrative assistant in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science at NSU. Johnson has also been nominated for the Olive T. Ritchie Educational Office Professional of the Year Award for the National Association of Educational Office Professionals (NAEOP).  The national winner will be announced at the 2017 NAEOP Annual Conference and Institute in Greenville, South Carolina, in July.

Spartan Baseball Captures 3rd Straight Divisional Title

Congratulations to the NSU baseball team for clinching its third straight MEAC Northern Division title. The win gives the Spartans a first-round bye in the MEAC tournament May 17-20 in Salisbury, Maryland. NSU’s first game was Thursday, May 18, against NC A&T. For more on the tournament, log onto or

Assistant AD Nominated for Award

Norfolk State Assistant AD/Communications Matt Michalec is a nominee for the Best Local Sportswriter award as presented by the Hampton Roads Sports Commission. The award recognizes the most outstanding local writer who covers local youth, high school, collegiate or professional sports in Hampton Roads. Michalec is one of three nominees along with Virginian-Pilot sportswriters Larry Rubama and David Hall. The winner was revealed at the inaugural Hampton Roads Sports Awards Dinner May 17 at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel in Norfolk. The awards ceremony honored athletes, teams, organizations and behind-the-scenes people immersed in the local sports scene. Awards handed out include Best High School Sports Team, Best Collegiate/Professional Team, Best Sports Radio/TV Personality, Best Locally Created Event, Best Sports Affiliate and a handful or others. This marked the first year of the Hampton Roads Sports Awards Dinner.

Kale Makes a Body Good

Although kale has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years, American cooks seem just now to be taking it seriously as something more than a garnish.  It’s a good thing they are, because kale has the health advantages of a cruciferous vegetable in lowering cancer risk, and it’s also an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K and a great source of fiber, potassium, and calcium.  Check out this week’s Wellnote to learn more about how you can make kale part of your next delicious meal!

Spartans Baseball ‘Food-Raiser’ Meets Its Goal

The NSU baseball team sponsored its fourth annual NSU Baseball vs. Hunger event in conjunction with its Senior Day baseball game against Longwood on Wednesday, May 10. For the fourth consecutive year, NSU requested food donations or a $5 monetary donation from fans at the game to donate to the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. At this year’s event, the NSU baseball program collected 2,718 pounds of nonperishable food items and monetary donations totaling $654. That translates to 4,134 meals which will be provided to those in need in the community.

Faculty Member Receives Appointment

Dr. Andrew Arroyo, associate professor in the Interdisciplinary Studies and History Department, was appointed to the national leadership team for the Center for African American Research and Policy ( Membership on the leadership team is a volunteer professional service. Arroyo was also recently selected, via a competitive process, as a lead guest editor for a quarterly source book in the New Directions for Student Services Series (John Wiley & Sons). The source book will be titled, Models and Bridges for Supporting Students in Minority Serving Institutions.

Nursing Faculty Member Wins 2017 Exemplar Award

Sandra Olanitori, advisor and faculty member in Nursing and Allied Health, is the 2017 recipient of the Exemplar Award for her exemplary community service. The award was presented by the Hampton Roads Gazetti and its Board of Directors. Additionally, Olanitori was selected as the Aliene Carrington Ewell “Member of the Year” for the Northeast Region of Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority Inc. The award is given to the member who has contributed extraordinary services to the community, civic organizations, health and/or nursing legislation, nursing recruitment and/or public health organizations.

With Good Reason Appearance

Jennifer Malia, assistant professor of English, appeared on an episode of the radio program With Good Reason, which broadcasts interviews of leading scholars on more than 70 public radio stations across the U.S. Malia appeared on the episode titled, Freedom Fighter or Terrorist? — part of a series called War, What is it Good For?  Here is a link to the podcast:

Alumnus Publishes New Books

NSU alumnus Daryl Davis ’12 has published three books. The former interdisciplinary studies major’s new titles are: I Am Queen, Kermit McDermit and Sweet Tooth Chronicles of Kennedy Sweet. Davis says that Norfolk State played quite a role in helping him develop artwork for his books. The budding author said, “As long as you have a passion for being great, nothing can stand in your way. I was the perfect student and I wasn’t the best writer. With hard work and dedication . . . things happened over time.”

Career Services Brings Major Job Fair to NSU

The University’s Career Services staff coordinated and facilitated a big job fair May 11. The Simon Norfolk Premium Outlets-Career Expo brought over 2,300 job seekers, 200 NSU students, and 31 retailers to campus. The Career Services staff and dedicated volunteers provided exemplary assistance to all visitors and participants. Students displayed their preparedness and professionalism throughout the event. Attendees and representatives from all vendors expressed pleasure in interacting with the students and participating in the event. The career expo was a huge success for Norfolk State University and the city as a whole. The Simon company is a global leader in retail, real estate, and property ownership that creates jobs worldwide. Norfolk State University hosted the career expo of Simon’s new opening of the their premium outlet brand in Norfolk, Virginia. This news is very important to the character, network, and overall efforts of Norfolk State University. The fair led to numerous on-the-spot employment of  NSU students.




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