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

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

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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

Governor Northam encourages Virginians to honor Black History Month
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Governor Northam encourages Virginians to honor Black History Month

~ Numerous events statewide to recognize tremendous African American contributions ~ Governor Ralph Northam made the following statement on Black History Month, which is celebrated nationwide during February. “For too long, the stories we have told about Virginia’s history have diminished or ignored the contributions of African Americans. Black History Month is just one way … Continue reading

Kamala Harris tells Spartan Echo she wants to help HBCUs as U.S. President
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Kamala Harris tells Spartan Echo she wants to help HBCUs as U.S. President

by Jessica Toliver, Editor-in-Chief On Tuesday, Oct. 8, the Spartan Echo had the opportunity to speak with U.S. Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). Several topics were discussed starting with Harris’s background and what helps guide her steps in wanting to help historically black colleges and universities continue to grow and succeed. Harris discussed two … Continue reading

CLIR and HBCU Library Alliance form national partnership
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CLIR and HBCU Library Alliance form national partnership

Collaboration will build awareness of African American contributions to history and culture by improving access to HBCUs’ unparalleled collections Arlington, VA, July 30, 2019—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the HBCU Library Alliance have entered into a long-term partnership that aims to position historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) as centers of … Continue reading

Norfolk State mourns the passing of Dr. Harrison B. Wilson
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Norfolk State mourns the passing of Dr. Harrison B. Wilson

July 29, 2019 Dear Members of the Norfolk State University Community, The Spartan family mourns the loss of one of its stalwart champions. It is with sadness that we announce the passing of former Norfolk State University President, Dr. Harrison Benjamin Wilson, who led our fine institution from 1975-1997. Dr. Wilson died on July 28 … Continue reading

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Virginia announces approval of new teacher education degrees and programs statewide

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam announced Monday, June 24, that the state policy boards for elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education have approved 53 new teacher preparation programs and 25 new degrees that will allow graduates to become teachers after earning four-year degrees in education. “We must remain focused on meeting the growing needs of our public education … Continue reading

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Free Norfolk summer youth program explores aviation

NORFOLK, VA (July – August 2019) – Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) and the City of Norfolk, VA have teamed to offer a robust STEM education program throughout Norfolk’s nine-week Parks and Recreation summer camp.  The program’s mission is to reach the 1,400 students who will be participating in summer youth programs, and to provide … Continue reading

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Tom Joyner Foundation launches new podcast – HBCUbiquity – featuring interviews, discussions and analysis about HBCUs

The Tom Joyner Foundation announced on May 7 the launch of HBCUbiquity, a new hour-long podcast featuring interviews, discussion and analysis about historically black colleges and university, hosted by Thomas Joyner, Jr., president and CEO of the 22-year-old Foundation. The podcast, available weekly on the reVolver Podcast Network and downloadable on all platforms (e.g. iTunes, … Continue reading

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Two Norfolk State students to participate in 2019 Governor’s Fellows Program

Governor Ralph Northam announced the 2019 Governor’s Fellows Program participants on Friday, May 10. First created by former Governor Chuck Robb in 1982, the program offers rising college seniors, graduating seniors, and graduate students an opportunity to gain valuable, firsthand experience working under Cabinet secretaries and alongside staff in the Office of the Governor. “Every … Continue reading

Partners responds to NSU tuition freeze decision
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Partners responds to NSU tuition freeze decision

On Friday, May 3, Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust released the following statement in response to the decision by the Norfolk State University Board of Visitors to approve a budget that freezes tuition and mandatory E&G fees for all undergraduate students.  This decision follows action by state lawmakers to allocate an additional $52.5 … Continue reading

Board of Visitors holds line on tuition costs, sets budget
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Board of Visitors holds line on tuition costs, sets budget

The Norfolk State University Board of Visitors held its final board meeting of the 2018-2019 academic year on Friday, May 3, and voted on several actions that included the University’s operating budget, tuition for 2019-20, a new faculty senate representative and the approval of candidates for promotion and tenure. The board voted to keep tuition … Continue reading

CareerBuilder’s Chief People Officer offers job seeking advice for new grads
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CareerBuilder’s Chief People Officer offers job seeking advice for new grads

The Spartan Echo went to CareerBuilder’s Chief People Officer Michelle Armer to get advice for people entering the job market for the first time as college graduates. Here’s our question and answer session with Ms. Armer. I’m graduating in a month. What should I already have done and what should I be doing now? (In … Continue reading