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  • TODAY Spring/Summer 2008

    north Carolina agriCultural and teChniCal State univerSity north Carolina agriCultural and teChniCal State univerSity

    Pomp and Circumstance


    Chancellor Stanley F. Battle Believes in n.C. a&t

    leadership program awards First doctorates

    Bill Cosby entertains aggies

  • north Carolina agricultural and technical State university

    Spring/Summer 2008


    executive Cabinet Chancellor - Stanley F. Battle Provost/Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs - Alton Thompson (Interim) Vice Chancellor, Business and Finance - Robert Pompey Jr. ’87 Vice Chancellor, Development and University Relations - Mark Kiel Vice Chancellor, Human Resources - Linda R. McAbee Vice Chancellor, Information Technology and Telecommunications/CIO - Vijay K. Verma Vice Chancellor, Research and Economic Development - Narayanaswamy “Radha” Radhakrishnan Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs - Sullivan A. Welborne Jr. ’61 Chief of Staff - William A. Clay General Counsel/Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer - Valerie L. Green Special Assistant to the Chancellor, Community Outreach and Special Projects - Wendell Phillips Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs/Enrollment Management - Yvette Underdue Murph Director, Athletics - Wheeler Brown ’79 (Interim) Director, Internal Auditing - Larry R. Kreiser

    alumni association Board of directors President - Pamela L. Johnson ’91 First Vice President - Marvin L. Walton ’91 Second Vice President - “Chuck” Burch Jr. ’82 Treasurer - Gerald Williams ’83 Assistant Treasurer - Kristen R. Rutledge ’89 Recording Secretary - Charvetta Ford-McGriff ’85 Parliamentarian - Randall E. Dunn ’91 Immediate Past President - Teresa M. Davis ’89 Executive Director - Deloris C. Chisley ‘73 (Interim) Geographical Area I Director, Seat 1 - T. Roberson Edwards ’73 Geographical Area I Director, Seat 2 - Eugene H. Preston Jr. ’57 Geographical Area II Director, Seat 3 - Deloris C. Chisley ’73 Geographical Area II Director, Seat 4 - Malinda N. Carmon ’73 Geographical Area III Director, Seat 5 - James E. Bridgett Jr. ’53 Geographical Area IV Director, Seat 6 - Irvin Moore ’72 Geographical Area V Director, Seat 7 - Ulysses J. Cozart Jr. ’77 Board of Directors (BOD) Seat 8 (School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences) - Arthur Purcell ’67 BOD Seat 9 (College of Arts and Sciences) - James J. Gooch ’67 BOD Seat 10 (School of Business and Economics) - Anthony C. Wright ’92 BOD Seat 11 (School of Education) - Velma Speight-Buford ’53 BOD Seat 12 (College of Engineering) - Anthony “TJ” Jackson ’81 BOD Seat 13 (School of Nursing) - Linda R. Wilson ’75 BOD Seat 14 (School of Technology) - Tony E. Graham ’78


    Sandra M. Brown

    editorial assistants

    Samantha V. Hargrove Nettie Collins Rowland ‘72

    Contributing Writers Merl F. Code Lorrie R. Davis-Dick Samantha V. Hargrove Brian M. Holloway ’97 Pamela L. Johnson ’91 Nettie Collins Rowland ’72 Cindy Waters Jean Wilson

    university photographer Charles E. Watkins ‘03

    design Donna M. Wojek Gibbs


    P.N. Thompson/Henry Wurst, Inc.

    Board of trustees Velma R. Speight-Buford ’53, Chair Franklin E. McCain Sr. ’64, Vice Chair D. Hayes Clement, Secretary Spence H. Broadhurst Pamela McCorkle Buncum ’81 Karen J. Collins ’84 Charles C. Cornelio Willie A. Deese ’77 Michelle Gethers-Clark Albert S. Lineberry Jr. David N. Street, Student Representative Joseph A. Williams ’72 Patricia Miller Zollar ’84

    A&T TODAY North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Spring/Summer 2008

    A&T TODAY is published quarterly by The Division of Development and University Relations North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University 1601 East Market Street • Greensboro, N.C. 27411 Phone: (336) 334-7582 • FAX: (336) 334-7094

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    9) distinguished nanoscientist to lead Joint School

    12) leadership program awards First doctorates

    22) perseverance Sustains aggie Club

    FEATURE ARTICLES 14) a twinspirational moment

    A&T’s top senior and twin brother surprise mom

    at commencement

    18) i Believe in north Carolina a&t

    Chancellor Stanley Fred Battle’s Installation Address

    30) “Funraising”

    Alumni use non-traditional methods to

    raise funds for N.C. A&T

    North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is a land-grant university that is ranked by the Carnegie Classification System as “high research activity.” N.C. A&T is an AA/EEO employer, and it is an ADA compliant institution; thus, facilities are designed to provide accessibility to individuals with physical disabilities.

    page 16page 12

    North Carolina Agricultural and Technical

    State University is a learner-centered

    community that develops and preserves

    intellectual capital through interdisciplinary

    learning, discovery, engagement, and

    operational excellence.


    2) inside aggieland

    5) Campus Briefs

    8) research

    23) aggie Sports

    26) aggies on the move

    29) in memoriam

    32) mixed Bag

    page 14

    deans Agriculture and Environmental Sciences - Donald R. McDowell (Interim) Arts and Sciences - Michael Plater Business and Economics - Quiester Craig Education - Ceola Ross Baber Engineering - Joseph Monroe ’62

    Graduate Studies - William J. Craft (Interim) Library Services - Doris Mitchell (Interim) Nursing - Patricia A. Chamings (Interim) Students - Judy N. Rashid ’74 Technology - Benjamin O. Uwakweh University Studies - Joseph L. Graves Jr.

    40,000 copies of this public document were printed at a cost of $21,248.00 or $0.53 per copy

    page 18

    On the Cover: Chancellor Stanley Fred Battle


    n April 5, N.C. A&T’s Society of Women Engineers (SWE) student

    chapter hosted a workshop on campus for Junior Girl Scouts from Tarheel Triad Council. Eighty scouts, grades 3-5, participated in three types of engineering activities: (1) liquid chromatography (chemical engineering), (2) bridge building (civil/ architectural engineering) and (3) the Toyota Technology Challenge (industrial engineering). The latter was a race to efficiently build the most cars according to supply and demand. “The positive energy in that room was evident as the girls competed and improved the assembly line,” said Cindy Waters, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and SWE advisor. “Representatives from the Toyota Corporation were so impressed that they have generously agreed to sponsor next year’s event.” Waters said this type of event is one of many ways that the SWE chapter helps spark young women’s interest in engineering. “It is essential to introduce young women to the exciting possibilities of engineering and to see what these many fields have to offer. This is a student-run event that requires months of planning,” she said.

    Each scout left with a goody bag containing a copy of Engineering-Go for It, a colorful inspiring magazine designed to attract students, counselors, parents and teachers to the exciting world of engineering, an SWE/Girl Scout patch, SWE pens and a t-shirt of their own creation. In addition to Claire jewelry store gift cards, Toyota provided backpacks and book lights as room prizes. “I need to make sure that anyone and everyone involved knows that the workshop

    was definitely the best experience that my girls have had,” said Greta Teasdale, leader of Junior Troop 428. “The content of all the workshops was interesting and fun for the girls, and the timing seemed appropriate in every case. … But probably one of the most outstanding and remarkable things was the way that the young women interacted with the girls. They treated them with respect. … You have unlocked a dream in the minds of many young girls who never before even thought about engineering in their future.”



    In recognition of the City of Greensboro’s bicentennial celebration, the North Carolina General Assembly held a session in Greensboro on the campus of North Carolina A&T

    State University, May 22, in Harrison Auditorium.

    Rep. Alma Adams, of the 58th district, suggested the legislators hold a special

    session in Greensboro. Adams is a resident of Greensboro and an alumna of N.C. A&T.

    The session at A&T was the third time the General Assembly has met in a

    location other than the N.C. Legislative Building in Raleigh, the second session held

    at one of the 16 member institutions of the University of North Carolina, and the first

    session held in Greensboro. This was the first time that the General Assembly met on

    the campus of a historically black university.

    Women Engineering the Future

    AggIES RAcE TO TOp 20


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