Attack underway at American University in Afghan capital
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Attack underway at American University in Afghan capital

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The president of the American University in the Afghan capital says a militant attack is underway on the campus. Mark English tells The Associated Press that security forces are on the scene after Wednesday’s attack and that “we are trying to assess the situation.” Witnesses say they heard explosions and automatic … Continue reading

Scores sagging for high school grads taking ACT college test
Education / National

Scores sagging for high school grads taking ACT college test

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of this year’s high school graduates took the ACT college entrance exam, and their scores suggest that many remain unprepared for the rigors of college-level coursework. The testing company said Wednesday that only 38 percent of graduating seniors who took the exam hit the college-prepared benchmark in at least three … Continue reading

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Journalism training opportunity available through the Spartan Echo and Norfolk State University

Have you ever wanted to write for a newspaper, magazine, or blog, but don’t have the experience?  Get the experience you need through the Spartan Echo and Norfolk State University. Sign-up for JRN 221 News Writing and you’ll serve as a journalist for the Spartan Echo while you learn various journalistic techniques, like news writing, feature writing, … Continue reading

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Content producer, web designer training opportunities available now through the Spartan Echo and Norfolk State University

Want to learn content producing and web design?  They’re two of the hottest, most in-demand employment opportunities in media right now and you can get training in both by just taking one class. Sign-up for MCM 491 Web Design and you’ll serve as a content producer for SpartanEcho.org while you learn HTML (hypertext mark-up language, the programming … Continue reading

Business / Education / Politics / Virginia

Council: UVA board’s closed meeting may have violated law

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — State officials say the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors might have violated the Freedom of Information Act when it held a closed-door meeting to discuss a new investment fund. News outlets report that the state’s Freedom of Information Advisory Council issued an opinion Friday, Aug. 12,  saying the board may … Continue reading

Governor McAuliffe announces Affordable Pathways Grants to help students succeed
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Governor McAuliffe announces Affordable Pathways Grants to help students succeed

RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe announced a new grant program today that will provide Virginia students with a clearer path to a higher education. The Affordable Pathways grants (up to $140,000 each) will be awarded to as many as four public two- and four-year institutions of higher education. Grant recipients must have a partnership with a … Continue reading

Virginia students continue to improve in reading, math and science on 2015-2016 SOLs
Education / Virginia

Virginia students continue to improve in reading, math and science on 2015-2016 SOLs

RICHMOND, Va. — The percentage of students achieving at the proficient or advanced level on Standards of Learning assessments in reading, mathematics and science increased by one-point statewide during 2015-2016, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) reported today. Eighty percent of students achieved proficient or advanced scores in reading, and the same percentage passed tests … Continue reading

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Gov. McAuliffe announces $1 million in cybersecurity scholarships

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday, Aug. 10, that applications are now being accepted for a $1 million state scholarship fund for students studying cybersecurity. The Virginia Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship Program will award $20,000 a year to eligible Virginia students who are studying how to safeguard computer networks, data and electronic resources. In return, … Continue reading

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Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs selected by President Moore

NSU President and CEO Eddie N. Moore Jr. has selected Dr. Stacey Franklin Jones to serve as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective Wednesday, Aug. 10. Dr. Jones, an engineering and computer scientist, has a broad higher education leadership background and has raised more than $50 million in federal, state, private and corporate support … Continue reading

Gov. McAuliffe announces BOV appointments
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Gov. McAuliffe announces BOV appointments

Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced his appointments to the Boards of Visitors at Virginia’s colleges and universities, the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia and the State Board for Community Colleges. “Virginia’s economic future runs through our colleges and universities, and the leaders I appointed to boards of visitors this year understand the imperative … Continue reading

WNSB Hot 91 receives CPB community service grant
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WNSB Hot 91 receives CPB community service grant

Norfolk State University’s radio station, WNSB 91.1 FM (Hot 91), was awarded a Corporation for Public Broadcasting Community Service Grant for $81,235 effective through September 30, 2017. WNSB, a part of the public broadcast system, has aired quality programs and music for more than 36 years. The station has also served as a training ground … Continue reading

‘Pokemon Go’ players stumble on hidden history
Education / Technology

‘Pokemon Go’ players stumble on hidden history

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Historical markers have long dotted the landscape, often barely noticed by passers-by — until they became treasure-filled stops this month on the “Pokemon Go” trail. Players hunting for fictional creatures on their smartphones are now visiting real-life memorial plaques, statues, mosaics and landmarks, ranging from a Civil War battlefield in Chancellorsville, … Continue reading

NSU president stands with HBCU presidents in Call for Peace and Unity
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NSU president stands with HBCU presidents in Call for Peace and Unity

NSU President and CEO Eddie N. Moore Jr. has signed a joint letter from presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) calling for peace and unity following the tragic events in Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas as well as expressing their sympathy for the victims, their families and their communities. The letter, which highlights the … Continue reading

Norfolk State’s UAV Ranks 29th out of 43
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Norfolk State’s UAV Ranks 29th out of 43

by Tiana Allen A big congratulations is owed to the Norfolk State University drone team who has ranked 29th out of 43 teams for 2016’s International Drone Competition. NSU was the only HBCU to participate in the competition and participated only as an observer this year; however, after submitting all required data, they still managed … Continue reading

Officials, union trade blame for deadly Mexico clash
Education / International News / Latin America & the Caribbean

Officials, union trade blame for deadly Mexico clash

OAXACA, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities and protesters on Monday traded accusations of responsibility for weekend clashes that left eight people dead and more than 100 wounded in the restive southern state of Oaxaca. Federal Police Chief Enrique Galindo, speaking on local Radio Formula, said few teachers were involved in the violence and attributed it … Continue reading