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Sports Forum / ECSU 1981 CIAA Basketball Championship
« on: October 31, 2016, 11:54:32 AM »

This was my very first CIAA Basketball Tournament.  I was a 2-year student at ECSU at the time.  What a great game it was at the SCOPE.  MAN, that place was rocking that day.  I had never seen anything like it and have been hooked ever since.

1980 ECSU team took different path to basketball title

By Glen Bowman

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The ECSU men’s basketball team secured its second CIAA tournament title in 1981. The road to this championship was quite different from that taken in 1968-69.

During the 1980-81 season, no single team dominated the CIAA. The Vikings won the Northern Division title despite being only 13-6 in conference play; overall, the team entered the CIAA tournament with eight losses. The best CIAA team in the regular season was Southern Division champion Johnson C. Smith, with a 14-5 conference record. The Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith were favored, but in a conference filled with solid yet unspectacular teams, a middling squad could get lucky and run the table.

The Vikings needed a break, and they got one. Early in the tournament, top-seeded Johnson C. Smith lost to Virginia State, which had finished fourth in the Northern Division and would not have even been invited to the tournament if not for winning a play-in tiebreaker against St. Paul’s College. Now that the Vikings were the top team left, the tournament was theirs to lose. After defeating Fayetteville State and St. Augustine’s in earlier rounds, the Vikings made it to the finals, where they met the Trojans of Virginia State, the tournament “Cinderella.”

Although favored, ECSU would struggle. At one point in the second half, the Vikings were down by nine, but stars Robert Wyche and Clarence “Boo Boo” Gaskins led them back. With around 90 seconds left, with the game tied 72 all, the Trojans had the ball. They would milk all but four seconds off of the clock before scoring. Now down 74-72, the Vikings hopes faded. Coach Vaughan called a timeout, and then another. The Trojans must have expected that the plan was to get the ball to star Gaskins, who had already scored 29 points. During the game the future ECSU Hall of Famer had become the Vikings all-time leading scorer.

The in-bounds pass went to future ECSU Hall of Famer Pierre Bland, who chucked it all the way down the court not to Gaskins, but rather to Donnie Carter, who played little during the game and had not even scored. Open, he sunk a tying 25-footer at the buzzer, stunning the 10,000-plus at the Norfolk Scope. In overtime the Vikings shut down the Trojans, winning 85-78. Coach Vaughan now had his second CIAA championship.

Now CIAA champs, the Vikings went to the national Division II tournament. By this point ECSU had left the NAIA to play in the more prestigious NCAA. In the opening round, ECSU squeaked by Randolph Macon College, 54-53 but then lost to the Mountaineers of Mount St. Mary’s College by a mere two points. The Mountaineers would make it all the way to the national finals, where they lost to Florida Southern.

In future years, the Vikings would sometimes be ranked in the NCAA Division II Top 25, but as we will see next time, it would be a long time before they would secure another CIAA championship.

Glen Bowman’s book Elizabeth City State University, 1891-2016: The Continuity of a Historical Legacy of Excellence and Resilience is available at the ECSU Office of Institutional Advancement, the ECSU bookstore, and at the Museum of the Albemarle gift shop.


Denzel Washington may be known as one of America’s most beloved actors, but there’s a side of Washington many haven’t seen.

Denzel Washington believes in God. And if you meet him in person, you’ll quickly learn that he’s unashamed to tell you so.  But Washington doesn’t claim to be a perfect Christian. In fact, he admits that many of his life’s deepest struggles are what caused him to turn to Christ.

Denzel Washington was born on December 28, 1954, in Mount Vernon, New York. Denzel’s father, Reverend Denzel Hayes Washington, Sr., was a Pentecostal minister and his mother, Lennis “Lynne” Washington, was a beautician and beauty parlor owner...

...The world-renown actor shared, “Number one, put God first in everything you do. Everything that you think you see in me and everything you think I’ve accomplished and everything you think I have… everything I have is by the grace of God, understand that. It’s a gift.”

Washington continued, “Give thanks for blessings every day. Every day. Embrace gratitude. Encourage others. It is impossible to be grateful and hateful at the same time.”...

« on: September 07, 2016, 10:02:17 AM »
If you happen to be in the Bronx this weekend, come out and support a fellow HBCU...

ECSU Vikings vs. FORDHAM Rams
Saturday, 10 September 2016, 1:00 PM
Bronx, NY


General Discussion Forum / ECSU enrollment dips to 1,350
« on: August 30, 2016, 01:14:19 PM »

ECSU enrollment dips to 1,350  :no: :brickwall:

by Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Elizabeth City State University's enrollment has plunged to 1,350 students for the fall 2016 semester, leading UNC President Margaret Spellings to announce a new “working group” to figure out how to reverse years of shrinking enrollment.

“While application numbers have increased, ECSU fell short of its anticipated goal of 1,500 students” for the semester that started early this month, the university announced in a press release.

ECSU had 1,600 students at the start of the fall 2015 semester, meaning it's seen a nearly 16-percent drop in students from last year.

According to the press release, Chancellor Thomas Conway — who took over at ECSU in January — described the enrollment figure as a “critical clarification that allows us to adapt our planning so that we can move forward to grow.”

The release states that Spellings, head of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, has formed a working group “to address enrollment, academic programs and finances” at ECSU.

The release said Conway will chair the group and include officials from ECSU, UNC General Administration and members of the ECSU Board of Trustees and UNC Board of Governors.

ECSU's release also quoted Spellings as still having full confidence in Conway.

“I have all confidence that he will take the reins of this newly formed working group … while building a more competitive ECSU that we all know it can and must be,” she said.

As for why ECSU's enrollment has dropped so much, the release simply said that ECSU's new enrollment system, Admissions Pros, has “helped to reveal weaknesses in the university's admissions-through-enrollment process,” including staying in touch with applicants and coordination between departments.

The release also said ECSU's admissions team will “develop personal relationships with educators, parents, and prospective students.” Recruiters and current students will also visit communities across the state to draw more students, according to interim Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Jocelyn Foy.

Foy had predicted this summer that enrollment would rise this semester, based on strong application submissions.

ECSU's enrollment in 2010 was 3,300, and it's steadily dropped from that high mark as stricter admissions standards, policing scandals, leadership turnover and other factors have made recruiting students harder.

Reduced enrollment has also made ECSU fight a downward spiral, as lost student revenue has forced it to eliminate programs, lay off employees and close some buildings. State lawmakers have approved millions of dollars in special funding for ECSU over the years, including a major information technology overhaul that includes Admissions Pros, to help improve enrollment.

Most recently, lawmakers also approved sharply discounted tuition for ECSU students starting in fall 2018. Under the NC Promise Tuition Plan, undergraduate, in-state tuition at ECSU would be $500 per semester. The release said ECSU continues to work on implementing that plan.


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Sports Forum / ECSU coach Dawkins cuts majority of team
« on: August 08, 2016, 09:04:49 AM »

ECSU coach Dawkins cuts majority of team

(IT SEEMS WE JUST KEEP GOING BACKWARDS.  ITS AUGUST AND WE ONLY HAVE 2-BASKETBALL PLAYERS ON OUR ROSTER???????)  ::) :shrug: :-X :no: :crazy: :dedhorse: :brickwall:

Malcolm Shields
Sports Writer

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Elizabeth City State women’s basketball coach Laquanda Dawkins made one point clear at her introductory press conference last September.

“This is what it’s about,” Dawkins said at the time as she held up an ECSU cap and pointed to the players in the back of the room. “It’s always about the student-athlete. Without them, we wouldn’t be in the position to be where we are, to be able to mentor. To be able to coach.”

After Dawkins’ first season leading the Lady Vikings to an 8-18 record, the coach will have nearly a new batch of student-athletes to coach.

According to multiple sources, at least seven players from last season’s team are no longer with the program.

Sources said the Lady Vikings return two players from last season’s 8-18 squad: Jalyn Brown and Jasmine Nixon.

A request for comment from Dawkins was not returned.

They added Dawkins held individual evaluations with players near the end of the spring 2016 semester in April, where she delivered her decision.

She did not give some players that were released from the team a reason for the separation.

A source added some players decided not to transfer from ECSU because they were too far along in their major.

Starting guard Breona Jones, who was the 2014-15 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Rookie of the Year, is now at Fayetteville State.

Also on the way out is last season’s leading scorer Imani Heggins.

A player that was given a reason for the separation was Alliyah Floyd.

Floyd said that Dawkins released her from the team because of a lack of commitment.

During the fall 2015 semester, Floyd — then a junior — was pledging to the sorority Delta Sigma Theta.

Floyd said she asked for and was granted a meeting with Dawkins and ECSU senior woman administrator Myra Blow last fall to inform Dawkins that she was in the process of pledging and said Dawkins was OK with her doing so.

Floyd said she finished her pledge to the sorority in late November.

The Lady Vikings’ season ended in February at the CIAA tournament in Charlotte and when the team evaluation occurred in April, Floyd said the sorority was cited as a reason for her release.

“She told me that I was distracted because of the sorority,” Floyd said. “I put basketball to the back burner.”

Floyd, who averaged five points per game, added that she didn’t agree with Dawkins’ assessment.

Classified as an out-of-state student, Floyd said the value of the lost athletic scholarship was more than $5,000.

Floyd wants to graduate from ECSU, but is trying to find the funding to pay for classes this upcoming semester.

The Virginia Beach, Virginia native wants to use her last season of basketball eligibility at another school if she is accepted into a graduate program.

Heggins, who led ECSU in scoring and was named to the All-CIAA team last season, is also actively looking for a new school.

Heggins, who transferred to the Lady Vikings from Division III Shenandoah prior to last season, completed her recent semester at ECSU this summer and is still waiting for a waiver to be processed to allow her to play basketball next season.

Normally, a transfer cannot play for a season when they move from one four-year institution to another.

The forward from Chesapeake, Virginia added that some CIAA schools are on her list of schools she is interested in.

Some players on last season’s team were recruited by Dawkins’ predecessor, coach Ron Woodard.

From some players’ perspective, complete trust was never developed with Dawkins.

“I'm not sure about her vision,” Heggins said. “I was a piece that she couldn't use.”

The players returning to ECSU were productive last season.

Brown — a product of Williamston’s Riverside — was named to the All-CIAA rookie team. Brown scored 10.6 points per game last season.

Nixon — formerly at Northeastern — led the Lady Vikings with 7.2 rebounds per game.


ECSU to get $13 million face-lift from state funding

By Joe Fisher
Published: August 4, 2016, 1:13 pm  |  Updated: August 4, 2016, 8:36 pm  

WAVY/Joe Fisher

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) — Millions of dollars in state funding will help give Elizabeth City State University a face-lift, Gov. Pat McCrory and university officials announced Thursday.

Speaking at ECSU Thursday, McCrory said a $13 million in bond money will be spent toward campus improvements over the next four years.

ECSU Chancellor Thomas E. H. Conway, Jr. says they plan to renovate the G.R. Little Library and Moore Hall, the school’s main classroom building.

“The Northeast region of the state needs a strong presence of a very important university, and I might add not just for North Carolina, but I think it also helps Virginia,” McCrory said. “Political boundaries mean nothing to me when it comes to education and economic development.” ::)

The money comes from the “Connect N.C.” bond that voters approved earlier this year.

“Another one of our goals outside the bonds is to connect the Elizabeth city area more with Hampton Roads.” McCrory said Thursday.

The university says enrollment has declined by more than 50 percent over the last six years, according to Conway.

Conway says about 1,500 students are currently enrolled. He is hoping this investment will restore some life at the university.

General Discussion Forum / McCrory touts tuition-lowering plan
« on: August 05, 2016, 08:51:24 AM »

McCrory touts tuition-lowering plan

Chris Day
Multimedia Editor

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Something had to be done to lower the cost of tuition at North Carolina universities and to lessen student loan debt, said Gov. Pat McCrory. The answer: An experimental plan that lowers tuition to $500 per semester at Elizabeth City State University and two other state universities.

“We needed to change the status quo, and this is a way to change the status quo, the current state, to improve the cost of the university," said McCrory, speaking Thursday at a press conference at ECSU. The governor was at ECSU to tout the new NC Promise Tuition Plan, included in the recently signed state budget.

Under NC Promise, starting in 2018 in-state tuition for undergraduates attending ECSU, Western Carolina University and UNC-Pembroke will be just $500 per semester. For out-of-state undergraduates, tuition will be $2,500 per semester.

"We’re decreasing the cost, and in many ways that’s especially going to help middle-class and lower-income students afford college, which they may have been rejecting," McCrory said. "So, we hope for an increase in applications, raising of standards and lessening of debt for students once they leave."

The $500 tuition wasn't without controversy, as some critics expressed concern that the low rate would lead to a perception that ECSU's education was of lesser quality than at other universities. Even Chancellor Thomas Conway originally opposed the idea, but he's since changed his mind.

"I'm on record early on in debating against the $500 tuition," said Conway, who along with state Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, joined McCrory at the press conference. "The debate's over. We've got to make it work, we're going to make it work. As I've said in the past you don't always get everything you want when you start getting in legislative negotiations, but we're going to make what we got work for us."

McCrory explained that one of his goals has been to make college more affordable, and NC Promise is a step in the right direction.

"To have Elizabeth City State University agree to be part of this experimental plan to actually lower tuition, while also putting a cap on the increase in student fees, I think is a great step forward in making universities more affordable," said McCrory.

Depending on the experimental plan's success, it could be extended to other state universities, he said.

"We're going to measure the results and see if it's worthy of an idea that can expand to other universities throughout our university system,” he said. “One of the biggest complaints we're getting from parents and students is the cost, and we've got to do everything we can to lower the cost while also, because the debt that students are obtaining is bankrupting these students' ability to make a viable living and have a good quality of life.”

Conway echoed McCrory's comments, saying the tuition plan will help ECSU reach its goal as an institution aimed at serving the entire region.

"Elizabeth City State University is essential to northeastern North Carolina and the best thing we can do for this part of the state is to grow as a university and provide the kind of educational opportunities that the young people and the maturing citizens in this part of the state need," Conway said. “We’re here as a service entity and we intend to serve this community well.”

Conway said that ECSU and the other two participating universities will collaborate and will have a common logo that identifies them as an NC Promise school.

Cook spoke briefly but with excitement and hope about the future of ECSU.

“The promise that this institution offers to the folks in this area is just incredible," Cook said. "I think with the changes we were able to make in the Legislature to the (cost of) tuition, as the governor just pointed out, is going to be tremendous.

“This is going to be a very, very valuable tool in providing the future for a lot of young people," Cook continued. “So, I suggest anybody picking a school, come on down, this going to be a great place to get an education.”

« on: August 02, 2016, 03:26:20 PM »

Former ECSU Wideout Makes 90-Man Roster One Day Before Training Camp

July 29, 2016

Staff Photo courtesy of Thomas J. Turney/The Daily Advance

July 29, 2016

SEATTLE, WA- Former Elizabeth City State University wide receiver Montario Hunter has signed with the Seattle Seahawks.

He will be a part of the 90-man roster when training camp opens at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton on Saturday, July 30th. Camp will conclude on Tuesday, August 16th.

Hunter went undrafted out of ECSU but went on to spend rookie mini camp with the New York Jets. He played three seasons with the Vikings, his best coming in 2015 with 21 receptions for 527 yards and five touchdowns, giving him highest yard-per-catch average (25.1) in country in Division II. Hunter had 16 catches for 377 yards and two scores in 2014.

Click here to follow all information on the Seahawks’ 2016 training camp.

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Graduate center named after education supporter, civil rights activist

Glen Bowman

Sunday, July 31, 2016

One of the most significant leaders during the Civil Rights Movement in northeastern North Carolina was Kermit Earle White. Related on his father’s side to the Honorable George Henry White, the only African-American Congressman to remain in office after the 1898 White Supremacy campaign, Kermit would make his own mark in the Tar Heel state.

Born in New York City, his family moved to Elizabeth City when he was still a child. In 1933 he graduated from the area’s secondary school for African-Americans, P.W. Moore Junior-Senior High School, and then earned a bachelor’s from Shaw University. After a short time teaching high school he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He earned his doctorate of dental science at Meharry Medical College in 1950.

After a short stint at the rank of captain at the U.S. Army Dental Corps, White and his spouse Loretta Bagwell White moved back to Elizabeth City, where he opened up a dental practice. They also became active members of Corner Stone Missionary Baptist Church. He served time as president of the church board of trustees. His work with Elizabeth City State Teachers College began soon after they moved. Football can be a dangerous game, and it was much more in the 1950s than it is now. White would be called when a player’s teeth needed work, if not complete reconstruction.

In the 1960s White became active in the region’s civil rights movement. He was a founding member of the Elizabeth City Improvement Association, which worked to eliminate the unfair barriers established under segregation. In addition he served on the Human Relations Council, along with others whose life stories I have covered in previous columns, including Lorimer Midgett. White’s passion was education. In 1973 he was appointed to the area school board, and was re-elected to the post a year later.

In 1967 he was appointed to the Elizabeth City State College Board of Trustees. He would serve an astounding 19 years as a trustee. He became the first African-American in ECSU history to serve as chair of the board. During his tenure the institution experienced tremendous growth in facilities as well as in the diversity of the student body.

Although there was discussion as early as the 1940s about expanding Elizabeth City State’s curriculum so graduate programs could be offered, little of significance happened until the early 1980s. The lawsuit by the federal Department of Health, Education, and Welfare against the University of North Carolina was settled when UNC president William Clyde Friday agreed to provide funds to historically black universities so they could be more competitive with historically white schools. One of the buildings that came as a result of this lawsuit was a new graduate and continuing education center. It was named after White. Today the building remains heavily used not just by the university, but by the entire community; and it includes seminar rooms, offices, and an auditorium.

In 1996 the ECSU Board of Trustees honored K.E. White by issuing a resolution designating him as trustee emeritus. A year later, in December 1997, he passed away, leaving behind a noteworthy example of educational leadership.

Politics / Butterfield: Clinton 'all in' to win NC
« on: July 06, 2016, 08:42:29 AM »
Butterfield: Clinton 'all in' to win NC

By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield claimed Monday that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton would help the economy of eastern North Carolina more than would Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Butterfield, D-N.C., represented Elizabeth City until redistricting earlier this year and continues working as a national surrogate for the Clinton campaign. In an interview Monday, Butterfield said the Clinton campaign is working to win every county in North Carolina — a key swing state that went Democratic in 2008 and Republican in 2012.

“We’re all in for North Carolina,” Butterfield said. “I feel the energy beginning to grow in eastern North Carolina for Hillary Clinton.”

Butterfield said Clinton’s campaign is “working every county in North Carolina,” evidenced by an extensive ground operation and ad spending, plus aggressive campaigning. Clinton campaigned in Charlotte Tuesday with President Barack Obama. Trump, meanwhile, planned his own event in Raleigh later in the day.

Butterfield said the Clinton campaign will open an office in Greenville but hasn’t decided yet about a satellite office in Elizabeth City. Notably, President Obama’s 2008 campaign had an Elizabeth City office that sought volunteers to register voters and work the phones.

Asked what the region needs from the next president, Butterfield said the “number one thing is we need is jobs for places impacted by globalization.” He continued that trade deals, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement signed by President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton’s husband, have “not been good for (the region) and Hillary Clinton has acknowledged that.”

Clinton’s campaign website notes she opposes trade deals that don’t “meet her high bar.” Her site also claims she wants to renegotiate NAFTA and she won’t support trade deals unless they create American jobs, raise wages and improve national security.

Butterfield also said Clinton wants to create tax incentives and disincentives to get companies to locate or keep their operations in the U.S. In speeches, Clinton has decried corporate “inversions” and pledged to penalize companies that shift their headquarters overseas to lower their tax burden.

Butterfield said Clinton supports investments to rebuild local infrastructure, including funding for water and sewer projects through the Community Development Block Grant program whose funding has dwindled over the years.

Butterfield said Republicans have opposed increased spending on infrastructure even though it’s vital to attract businesses to rural, impoverished areas. Elizabeth City is such an area, he noted, adding it lacks a large enough tax base to locally fund projects without very high tax rates.

Butterfield also said Clinton supports raising the minimum wage, though he acknowledged that her Democratic primary opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, wanted to raise it higher. Her website states Clinton supports a $12 federal minimum wage but would rely on state/local action to boost minimum wages higher than that.

The Democratic Party platform calls for a $15 minimum wage, Butterfield noted.

Butterfield also said Clinton wants to lower the costs of higher education, though he called free college tuition, an idea Sanders has championed, “aspirational.” Butterfield said lowering costs also involves the “challenge” of universities and colleges containing their costs.

Clinton’s website says students should have “no-debt tuition” for attending a public, in-state university, provided students work part-time and their families contribute “an affordable and realistic amount” toward the cost. The site also calls for a $25 billion fund that would, in part, support historically black colleges and universities.

Butterfield also blasted Trump Monday, arguing he was a candidate of bad and poorly conceived ideas. Asked about Trump’s proposals’ impact on the region, Butterfield said, “I don’t know what Trump’s proposals are — I know his sound bites.”

Butterfield said Trump’s campaign presence in North Carolina is practically “non-existent.” However, recent public polls show Clinton with only a narrow lead over Trump — and both candidates are viewed unfavorably by majorities of Americans.

Trump’s numbers are slightly worse than Clinton’s however, Butterfield said, adding that he hopes voters will realize Clinton is a better choice. He argued that her lifetime of public service makes her the best, more qualified candidate for president.

Butterfield said he plans to continue campaigning for Clinton, whom he called a good, long-time friend. He also said he will make a speech at the Democratic National Convention later this month, and said he will dedicate his speech to areas of persistent poverty.

While aggressively campaigning for Clinton, Butterfield said he’s not seeking a position in a potential Clinton administration.

“No, I’m very happy in Congress,” he said.

General Discussion Forum / Who Really Runs Our Universities
« on: June 24, 2016, 09:07:12 AM »

Public universities in NC have to serve 3 masters
W. Eric Thomas
Guest Columnist

Friday, June 24, 2016

The purpose of this article is to convey some understanding of how universities operate, where they get their authority and power from, and where their sources of funding come from. These are all tied together in a rather intricate fashion.

Each state in the country has somewhat complete control over all education within its borders, including K-12 education and higher education. We’ll see in the ensuing discussion why the “complete control” is qualified by the “somewhat” here. For universities, they are sanctioned by the state to operate and given the authority to award degrees; they are also funded by the state. Private institutions have two of the three things mentioned above: sanction to operate and the authority to award degrees. The thing they don’t have is funding. Thus, the state controls both, but “owns” public universities because it funds them.

It’s easy to determine the line of power/authority over education by just following the money. Using North Carolina as an example, the governor and state Legislature establish the budget for the entire state; higher education is a component of the overall education budget for the state. From there, the budgeted money goes to a governing board for higher education, called the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. The BOG is a 33-member board, largely appointed by the governor, which establishes higher education policy for the state. The BOG works jointly with the system president (currently Margaret Spellings) to oversee statewide higher education. From there, the money is distributed to the 17 institutional members of the University of North Carolina System. At each campus, the CEO is a chancellor, who oversees the institutional budget and the operation of that university.

You see, the organizational structure of higher education in North Carolina is based on the flow of funds. While there are some minor variations, this basic structure is essentially repeated in every state in the country. This central administration is always located in the state capitol. In North Carolina, this authority is based in Raleigh.

Now, the plot thickens. The federal government establishes laws for the entire country, and some of these laws either directly involve higher education or affect universities even though they are not the main target. In the main, there are not many of them and they’re relatively easy to follow. The states and its universities must abide by federal law. This explains the “somewhat” in “complete control” by the state over education mentioned above. The federal government provides funding for education in each state through several different branches, but mainly through the U.S. Department of Education. The biggest allocation of federal money comes in the way of student financial aid; all universities get this and strongly depend on it. Well, if you don’t follow federal law, the government will take you to court. But a much more immediate penalty is they will remove your federal funding. No institution can live without this federal funding.

In order to receive the federal funds, a university must be approved through a review, called accreditation. While this is a federal function required by legislation, a long time ago the government decided it wasn’t able to do this. So, it worked with the universities throughout the country to establish what are called regional accrediting agencies; they are funded by the institutions but work for the federal government. There are six such agencies throughout the country, each covering a multi-state region. The regional accrediting agency for North Carolina is the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools with its Commission on Colleges; SACS-COC accredits universities in North Carolina and 10 other states. The accreditation review happens every 10 years and you must be approved/accredited in order to continue receiving federal funds.

Through this brief (I hope!) review, you can see that a public university must serve three masters – the state which owns it, the federal government which funds it, and the regional accrediting agency which approves it for federal funding.

W. Eric Thomas served as a university faculty member and administrator for more than 30 years before retiring as an associate vice chancellor from Elizabeth City State University in 2014.

General Discussion Forum / Emergency Managers Could Train At ECSU
« on: June 20, 2016, 11:27:35 AM »

Emergency managers could train at ECSU

By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Monday, June 20, 2016

People who coordinate responses to disasters as diverse as tornadoes and chemical spills to mass shootings like the one in Orlando last weekend, could one day receive their educational skills at Elizabeth City State University.

ECSU trustees voted last week to create a new bachelor's degree program in emergency management that Provost Vann Newkirk said could be another “premiere” program for the university, much like its aviation program.

“Emergency management gives us a second flagship option,” Newkirk said.

Trustees also approved creation of an accelerated master's degree for mathematics and voted to eliminate the university’s industrial technology degree.

Requesting action on the three programs, Newkirk explained the changes reflect changing demands in job markets and, in turn, changing demands from students.

Discussing the emergency management degree, Newkirk noted there are only three other universities in the Southeast that offer such degrees, one being Western Carolina University. ECSU is an excellent location to offer a four-year program in emergency management, he said. Besides being near community colleges that could feed students into the program, ECSU is also near weather centers and military bases that could generate demand for the program’s graduates.

Newkirk also said that with “catastrophic events” on the rise, demand for emergency management expertise is increasing. He cited severe storms associated with global warming, aging and fragile infrastructure, and attacks such as the one in Orlando as examples.

Trustee Jan King Robinson, a former Albemarle Hospital administrator, noted that emergency management is also increasingly a skill in demand for hospitals.

Documents provided to trustees show that, in 2015, emergency managers across the East Coast earned an average of nearly $37 an hour. Bachelor or master's degrees were also required for about two-thirds of all positions, the documents show.

Newkirk also said ECSU could start up the program fairly easily, tapping current faculty in criminal justice, social work and business to teach it.

Newkirk also asked trustees allow ECSU to offer a five-year, accelerated master's degree program for mathematics. The program will save math majors a lot of time and money, he said, ultimately attracting and retaining more students to ECSU's mathematics program. Documentation notes the compressed program will be geared for “exceptional” students.

In recommending trustees phase out the industrial technology program, Newkirk said such programs are becoming increasingly unpopular, as students opt instead for a very similar engineering technology degree, which ECSU offers. Phasing out industrial technology would allow ECSU to focus resources on the higher-demand engineering technology program, he said.

Newkirk said ECSU has asked students currently majoring in industrial technology about switching majors, but nine students remain in the program. ECSU will allow those students to complete the program but will not accept new students into the program starting this fall, he said.

Newkirk said the two new degrees may not be offered until next year due to long outside approval processes, including that from the University of North Carolina General Administration.



Exhibit highlighting ECSU history debuts this month

Rhiana Srebro

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Museum of the Albemarle is partnering with Elizabeth City State University for an upcoming exhibit celebrating the university’s 125th anniversary.

“Elizabeth City State University: A Legacy of Excellence and Resilience” is set for public debut on Saturday, May 7.

The exhibit will honor and highlight the life and legacy of ECSU, from its origins as a State Normal School to becoming part of the University of North Carolina system and a top-ranked school among Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The display reviews the birth of the university when it began in 1891, originally established as a school for training educators of color to teach other people of color. Those beginnings include Dr. Peter W. Moore, who was born into slavery and went on to become the first principal of the school.

The exhibit also includes Hugh Cale and his groundbreaking story of struggle and triumph while changing the course of history, along with John Bias, whose love of the fine arts helped to bring about the first organized formal band.

The narratives collected during the University’s 125-year history tell of triumphs and struggles, including marches for freedom and equal rights through the decades of segregation.

See the paths alumni walked to pave the route for future generations. The exhibit pays homage to the roots and fruition of over a century of history. 

Join us on May 7 as we unveil “Elizabeth City State University: A Legacy of Excellence and Resilience”. The exhibit will follow a chronological path of the school’s successes and struggles. Throughout the exhibit, artifacts such as school yearbooks, diplomas, student textbooks, gradebooks, athletic uniforms, and Greek life-related pieces complement the story line. Images include the graduating class of 1900, the freshman class of 1944, 1960 fraternity and sorority members, the 1973 March to Raleigh, the CIAA women’s volleyball championship team, and current honor society students.

Museum of the Albemarle and ECSU will hold a press day Monday at 10:30 a.m. to provide a sneak peek of the exhibit. A special invitation reception for Friends of the Museum and ECSU alumni and guests is also planned before the public opening on May 7 at 10 a.m. Admission is free.

The Museum of the Albemarle is the northeast regional history museum within the Division of State History Museums in the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Rhiana Srebro is office assistant at Museum of the Albemarle,

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