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Norfolk State receives $40 million donation from MacKenzie Scott

Norfolk State University receives the largest single-donor gift in its 85-year history!  President Javaune Adams-Gaston is proud to accept this 40-million-dollar donation from MacKenzie Scott on behalf of the University and notes that this tremendous donation advances the mission of NSU in support of access, student achievement, and academic excellence. The President stated, “We are … Continue reading

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Pharrell Williams effort to launch more minority-owned businesses

Hampton Roads native and music icon Pharrell Williams, a friend and supporter of Norfolk State University, today launched Black Ambition, a non-profit initiative that will provide a bridge to success for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs who are launching tech, design, healthcare, and consumer products/services start-ups. The main goal of the initiative is to level the … Continue reading

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Norfolk State Partners with Netflix for Tech Boot Camps for Students and Alumni

Norfolk State has partnered with Netflix and 2U, to launch three online tech boot camps for current students and alumni from the class of 2019 and 2020. Students who are accepted are eligible to receive a Netflix scholarship that will cover the cost of attendance. The Netflix Virtual Boot Camp will allow 130 Norfolk State … Continue reading

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Jeremiah O’ Bryant and Daesia Dixon 2020-21 SGA President and Vice President

The Student Government Association (SGA) Elections Commission announced Jeremiah O’Byrant as the newley elected 2020-21 SGA President and Daesia Dixon as Vice-President. O’Bryant a Senior majoring in Political Science from Forestville, Maryland is a member of Epsilon Pi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. He is a familiar face among the SGA Family in … Continue reading

Campus Life / Education / Local / Politics / Virginia

Norfolk State University to host U.S. Senatorial Debate at L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center Oct. 3

For the first time in Norfolk State University’s 85-year history, the university will host a live U.S. Senatorial Debate on campus between Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and the Republican challenger, Daniel Gade, Ph.D., at the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center. The Oct. 3 debate will focus on racial disparities and inequities in education, healthcare, … Continue reading

Spartan Echo accepting applications
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Spartan Echo accepting applications

Need experience and work product to show a potential employer? Get it at the Spartan Echo! We’re now accepting applications for fall positions. Attention all writers, photographers, graphic designers, and web content producers: the Spartan Echo is accepting applications now for all editor positions. Student editors will serve during the fall 2020 semester and may … Continue reading

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Norfolk State Police issue shopping safety tips to students

Welcome Students to the Fall 2020 Semester! With the excitement of being on campus and close to downtown Norfolk, the NSU Police Department would like to provide students with the following safety tips while on and off-campus. Shopping  ·       Shop with others. There’s always safety in numbers. Shop with friends whenever possible. ·       Walk confidently. … Continue reading

Governor Northam signs Hampton Roads Transportation Funding Law, welcomes new electric transit buses
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Governor Northam signs Hampton Roads Transportation Funding Law, welcomes new electric transit buses

~ Virginia’s first zero-emission electric buses to transform regional transit ~ NORFOLK—Governor Ralph Northam celebrated the launch of Virginia’s first zero-emission electric buses today, as he ceremonially signed a new law that provides dedicated funding for the first time in Hampton Roads Transit’s history. The Governor was joined by Senator Louise Lucas, who sponsored Senate … Continue reading

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NSU mandate orders all campus residence halls closed on May 1, empty by May 2

by Keona Frasier NSU’s Housing and Residence Life has ordered students to vacate all campus residential communities by the end of the semester, despite current residents having documented emergency circumstances. Students received a notice that the residence halls will be closing on May 1 and that they should have their belongs removed and be checked … Continue reading

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Coronavirus pushes students to online classes and the challenge to pay bills: an inside look at a Norfolk State graduating senior

by Skyler Sales The coronavirus has spread its plague in many ways, affecting everyone in its path. No matter what age or background, it has in some way affected us all. But, for people like me, it has been a hard struggle. Being not only a college student, but being a graduating senior during this … Continue reading

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Going online, self isolating, delaying graduation challenge Norfolk State seniors

by Sarah Campos As COVID-19 continues to make national history, Norfolk State University has encountered unprecedented times. Campus is closed off, and all classes have been switched to online. With students and teachers struggling to switch to virtual classes and attempting to keep normal educational standards, seniors have been hit the hardest. After years of … Continue reading

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Students navigate challenges of campus evacuations

by Kevin Alexander, Jr. With the recent COVID-19 pandemic taking the world by storm, numerous students are left clueless as to where they’ll eat or even lay their heads for the next few months. Due to this unforeseen pandemic crisis, many universities across the country, including Norfolk State University, have decided to conduct the remainder … Continue reading

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“The Amen Corner” captured audiences just before spring break

by Sarah Campos Norfolk State University is home to Virginia’s most nationally recognized collegiate theatre program. Also, America’s most nationally recognized HBCU Theatre program in the last five years, NSU has struck again with a stellar program. From March 5-8, 2020 NSU’s theatre company presented James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner. A three-act play, James Baldwin’s … Continue reading

Ways to utilize online activity during nation-wide call for social distancing
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Ways to utilize online activity during nation-wide call for social distancing

by Keona Frasier The COVID-19 pandemic released an unprecedented amount of economic and social setbacks for the nation, one of the most obvious being the call for self-quarantine. Students across the nation are feeling the effects of social distancing, as many institutions of higher education have suspended campus activity and require students to complete their … Continue reading

College students should take social distancing seriously
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College students should take social distancing seriously

by Halle Ellis Many ask, what is social distancing and why is it so important during this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? Social distancing is a public health measure that’s implemented during highly contagious outbreaks. It often involves health officials restricting large public gatherings, such as music festivals; closing certain buildings, such as schools and libraries; and … Continue reading

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NSU warns of heightened malicious digital activity, issues guidance

There are reports of malicious email messages asking for or offering help, malicious websites, one of which reporting to show a map of the virus’ spread, and malicious phone calls and texts, some spoofed as being from Dominion Power. Don’t fall for these spoofs. Sources for information on the virus should be via legitimate health … Continue reading

Norfolk State cancels events to mitigate community spread of COVID-19
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Norfolk State cancels events to mitigate community spread of COVID-19

Norfolk State University announced March 13 that the following events have been canceled, postponed or delayed as a precaution to help mitigate community spread of the Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. • SAT Testing — Saturday, March 14 • MEAC Brunch — Saturday, March 14 • Executive Council Meeting — Tuesday, March 17 • … Continue reading

Norfolk State extends spring break, goes online until April 6
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Norfolk State extends spring break, goes online until April 6

As Norfolk State University continues to monitor COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the health and safety of the university community remain the top priorities.  Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Norfolk State is taking the following actions. Spring Break Extended … Continue reading

Daughter keeps Evelyn Butts’ civil rights legacy alive with March 24 book talk and signing
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Daughter keeps Evelyn Butts’ civil rights legacy alive with March 24 book talk and signing

NORFOLK, VA – In partnership with Norfolk State University, the Norfolk Public Library is honored to host Charlene Butts Ligon for Women’s History Month on Tuesday, March 24, at noon in the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library Rotunda. Ligon will discuss the book she wrote about her late mother, Evelyn Thomas Butts of Norfolk, FEARLESS: How … Continue reading

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Making it happen: Behind the scenes at Norfolk State’s Black History Month events

by Halle Ellis During the month of February, the Black History Month Committee comprised of various campus divisions, come together and lead the university in a series of free, open to the public premier events. These events celebrate and bring heightened awareness and understanding to African American and African diasporic cultures. Campus events include African … Continue reading