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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

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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

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