Norfolk State University . . . On the Move

Governor Terry McAuliffe Speaks at Fall Commencement

Governor Terry McAuliffe

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe will speak at NSU’s fall commencement Saturday, December 9 at the Norfolk Scope Arena. Governor McAuliffe’s top priority has been building a new Virginia economy. He conducted 34 trade missions, including two to China, personally delivering Virginia’s calling card to business leaders around the globe. As a result, he has brought thousands of jobs and more than $18.7 billion in capital investment to communities across the Commonwealth. Prospective graduates and their families can find more information about commencement on the NSU website at

From the Department of Visual and Performing Arts

Professor Sam Hughes and the faculty of the Department of Visual and Performing – Fine Arts Division hosted Erez Kaganovitz, a photojournalist from Tel Aviv, Israel for an artist lecture about his Humans of Tel Aviv art project. His lecture was based on his photographic documentation of race, religion, and lifestyle in Tel Aviv.

Visual arts faculty members Solomon Isekeije, Marcia Neblett and Danielle Wethington are collaborators in an interdisciplinary fine arts and biology blog project, in which students explore subject matter ranging from prostate cancer to the effect of PTSD in dating violence. The students also explore scientific and creative artistic research in the area of histology.

Norfolk State Launches Brand New Website

Norfolk State University officials and the communications and marketing team launched a brand new NSU website ( in October. The website redesign project is part of the University’s new brand rollout, which launched this past August. Based on research conducted among NSU’s key stakeholders, the new website is focused on prospective first-year, transfer and graduate students, alumni and donors, parents and current students. The result is a clean, fresh and robust website that is easy to navigate. After the launch, the web redesign team will hold a series of training sessions to familiarize assigned content editors and contributors on how to update the site. Contributors and editors will review and update their respective sites monthly to maintain the search engine rankings and to ensure all content is accurate and current.

As part of the evaluation process, the Office of Communications and Marketing will conduct a brief online survey to gain valuable feedback from the campus community and alumni about the new design, ease of navigation, style and content. For more information about the new Norfolk State website, contact the Communications and Marketing Department at 757-823-8373 or visit

Procurement Services Update

Tasha Cade

Procurement Services has a new Virginia Contracting Officer (VCO) recipient on staff.  Tasha Cade recently completed the rigorous two-week course and successfully passed the VCO exam! The VCO certification is the second tier of the Virginia Institute of Procurement career ladder for Virginia public procurement professionals. Congratulations!


NSU Police Department takes part in National Take Back Initiative

Last month, Norfolk State University and the Drug Enforcement Administration gave Hampton Roads’ citizens its 14th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. During the National Take Back Initiative, citizens could bring pills for disposal to the NSU Police Department lobby area. The service was free and anonymous. Last April Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds—more than 4,050 tons—of pills.

Spartan Food Pantry Initiative

A ribbon cutting ceremony launching the Spartan Food Pantry was held last month at Babbette Smith Hall residence hall on the NSU campus. Norfolk State University’s Housing and Residence Life, Alumni Relations, Student Activities and Thompson Hospitality partnered to address an issue impacting some students – food insecurities. The team’s collaborative effort is called the Spartan Food Pantry Initiative and the group’s goals are to ensure students’ safety by providing access to food after hours when on-campus dining facilities are typically closed, and to provide assistance to students who lack financial resources to purchase essential personal items during critical times throughout the students’ academic tenure.

Emmy-Award Winner Comes to Campus

Last month, Professor Carol Pretlow’s modern political theory class welcomed a special guest to their regular Thursday morning class. Jeffrey Blount, an Emmy-award winning producer and a  journalist, weighed in on current assorted political topics. The class session provided a philosophical perspective on today’s  political environment. The students had an opportunity to participate in an interactive discourse with Blount on today’s political climate.


Retired Faculty Member Returns for American National Government Class

Retired political science professor Geraldine Hunt returned to her NSU roots earlier this month for American National Government and an introductory political science classes. Hunt taught at Norfolk State for more than 15 years. Hunt’s classroom lecture provided a connection to the students’ research on political action and engagement. Her efforts helped to prepare the students for the next stage of political scholarship and analysis.

NSU Homecoming Celebrated

Norfolk State University celebrated its 82nd homecoming in October. This year’s Spardi Gras homecoming theme merged Spartan spirit with the fun of Mardi Gras. The week kicked off  with the sold-out encore tribute to Luther Vandross in the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center.  Events included a concert featuring Jacquees and PNB Rock, the annual golf tournament, jazz concert, parade, football game, and much more. Norfolk Mayor Kenneth “Kenny” Alexander served as the grand marshal for the annual homecoming parade. More than 20,000 alumni, friends and family participated in homecoming events.



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