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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 Women’s Basketball fights the mental battle on their way to the 2021 season

by Siera Jones For the Norfolk State women’s basketball team, the uncertainties of the past six months have thrown them into a mental game that in some ways proves more trying than winning physical contests. The cancellation of the MEAC tournament and the rest of the 2019-20 season represented the first challenge, but it was … Continue reading

Local / Theater & Dance

NSU Theatre and Virginia Stage present “The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders” Oct. 8-11

Norfolk State University Theatre and the Virginia Stage Company are partnering for a special virtual presentation of The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders. First performed as part of VSC’s Season 39, this virtual production will include a mixture of zoom performances from the original cast as well as recorded musical … 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

Education / Local

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

Campus Life / Local / Theater & Dance

“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

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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

MEAC Tournament canceled, all NSU spring sports suspended
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MEAC Tournament canceled, all NSU spring sports suspended

The Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC) has suspended the remainder of the men’s and women’s basketball tournament for 2020. NSU men’s and women’s basketball games have been canceled, effective immediately. All NSU spring sports will be suspended per the decision of the MEAC. All NSU athletic competitions have been suspended until further notice. Following recent recommendations … 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

Shelby DesChamps named MEAC Preseason Softball Player of the Year
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Shelby DesChamps named MEAC Preseason Softball Player of the Year

by Siera Jones Music blares from the Norfolk State Softball field, and laughter erupts from the dugout as Head Softball Coach James Inzana arrives to lead practice. Team leader Shelby DesChamps is in the center of the lighthearted chatter as she prepares alongside her teammates. The close relationship between DesChamps, Coach Inzana, and the rest … Continue reading