Norfolk State baseball captain faces pandemic challenges head-on
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Norfolk State baseball captain faces pandemic challenges head-on

by Alsander Womack In March of 2020, the NCAA spring sports world for many conferences, divisions, and athletes drastically changed. On Mar.12, the MEAC announced that the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and all spring sports are canceled due to COVID-19. Here is my story about how my junior baseball season’s loss impacted my life … Continue reading

Alumnus, long-time supporter Shedrick Byrd starts endowment for NSU athletes
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Alumnus, long-time supporter Shedrick Byrd starts endowment for NSU athletes

Shedrick Byrd has been there for the Norfolk State University student-athletes for more than 40 years. Thanks to his recent commitment to an endowment in his name to benefit the athletics programs, his influence for Spartan student-athletes will be there in perpetuity. A native of Brandon, Mississippi, Byrd left there at the age of 13 … Continue reading

Education / Virginia

Norfolk State to receive $105 thousand as part of equity grant to Virginia

~ Funding will support ongoing efforts across the Commonwealth to improve postsecondary success for students of color ~ RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam announced today, Feb. 9, that the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) was awarded a grant of $725,000 from Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation to support efforts to advance equitable post-secondary outcomes across the … Continue reading

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Need experience and work product to show a potential employer? Get it at the Spartan Echo!

 ~ We’re now accepting applications for spring positions. ~ Attention all writers, photographers, and graphic designers…the Spartan Echo is accepting applications now for all editor positions. Student editors will serve during the spring 2021 semester and may receive a performance grant for their service. Amounts vary by position and funding availability. Please see the Spartan Echo staff page at http://www.spartanecho.org/staff forContinue reading

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A CALL FOR ARTISTS – No Justice, No Peace: Unrest and Responses in 2020 America Exhibition at James Wise Gallery

The James Wise Gallery at Norfolk State University is pleased to announce a call to artists, writers, and poets for its Black History Month exhibition “No Justice, No Peace”: Unrest and Responses in 2020 America. We want to give a voice to artists exploring issues of racism and intolerance with an emphasis on the black … Continue reading

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Diageo North America commits $10 Million to HBCUs, Norfolk State students to benefit

The North America business of Diageo, a global beverage leader, is committing $10 million to support 25 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), including Norfolk State University. Diageo is also creating permanent endowed funds to provide financial aid grants anticipated to benefit thousands of talented students in need over the coming years. Funds will be … Continue reading

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NSU receives grant from Sentara Healthcare and Sentara Health Plans

Sentara Healthcare and Sentara Health Plans has announced a $10 million investment, called The Sentara Healthier Communities Fund to bolster public health for underserved communities and support healthcare education. “The Norfolk State University community is grateful for Sentara’s commitment to address health disparities in Hampton Roads. We are proud and excited to collaborate with our … Continue reading

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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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Norfolk State University receives grant from Dominion Energy for student retention, STEM representation for minority students

Students will receive support for several programs designed to help with student retention  Dominion Energy has committed $25 million to be shared by 11 HBCUs  Students at Norfolk State University will receive support in several initiatives designed to enhance student retention and degree completion, increase the representation of minority students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) … 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

Books / Education / Virginia

2021 Va. Festival of the Book to take place virtually in March

November 19, 2020—Charlottesville, Va.—A program of Virginia Humanities, the Virginia Festival of the Book announced plans for the 27th annual Festival, which will take place virtually, March 13-26, 2021. In response to COVID-19, the 2021 Festival will take place over an elongated period of time—two weeks—and will continue its commitment to connecting people and ideas … Continue reading

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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

Governor Northam announces expansion of payment relief for student loan borrowers
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Governor Northam announces expansion of payment relief for student loan borrowers

~ Borrowers are encouraged to contact their loan servicer immediately ~ Governor Ralph Northam announced April 29 that Virginia has secured relief options for more than 200,000 Virginians with privately held student loans. The payment relief is the result of a new initiative by Virginia and several other states to work with the major private student … 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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Norfolk State graduate students excluded from temporary “Pass or Fail” grading policy

by Keona Frasier As the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened world-wide health precautions, Norfolk State is among the many educational institutions that suspended classes in effort to limit the spread of the virus. In response to student upheaval, NSU has implemented a temporary pass or fail option to alleviate academic stress for some … Continue reading

Virginia governor orders statewide closure of certain non-essential businesses, K-12 schools
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Virginia governor orders statewide closure of certain non-essential businesses, K-12 schools

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam issued a statewide order March 23 to protect the health and safety of Virginians and reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Executive Order Fifty-Three orders the closure of certain non-essential businesses, bans all gatherings of more than 10 people, and closes all K-12 schools for the remainder of the … Continue reading