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The hard work done by Felicia Lawrence and Celeste Paylor extends well beyond the classroom. The two N.C. A&T seniors have not only contributed to the success of the Office of Research Services as interns, they were also selected for two prestigious student leadership programs this semester.
Lawrence was selected to attend the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s 11th Annual Leadership Institute and Recruitment Fair. Having successfully completed an intense interview process, she and other young leaders from historically black colleges and universities across the country attended a four-day workshop in New York City. The leadership institute featured a career fair and workshops on professional and personal development. Lawrence is a senior journalism and mass communications major from Chicago.
Paylor was admitted to the fourth annual KeyBank Creativity and Leadership Symposium hosted by the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She had an opportunity to network with successful business executives and met other undergraduates who have experienced great academic success while studying business. The three-day program allowed her to work with faculty in the Fisher College of Business. Paylor is a senior marketing major from Hillsborough, North Carolina.
“These students are excellent examples of N.C. A&T’s high-achieving students,” said Saundra Y. Evans, director of the Office of Research Services. “They are bright, capable and conscientious. They’re going to have great success after they graduate.”
Paylor is scheduled to graduate this month and has received several job offers. Lawrence will graduate in May 2012 and plans to attend graduate school to study international relations.
Engineering isn’t the only discipline in which N.C. A&T leads the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees to African Americans. The university is also first in two other disciplines, second in two and in the top 12 in seven more. It ranks second in the total number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to African Americans, up from third last year.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education ranks the “Top 100 Degree Producers” each year, based on the universities’ reports to the U.S. Department of Education. This year’s lists reflect figures for the 2009-10 academic year.
This year’s rankings for A&T undergraduate degree programs:
- 1st: Engineering; engineering technologies and engineering-related fields; and parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies.
- 2nd: Communication, journalism, and related programs; and marketing.
- 3rd: Agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences.
- 5th: Accounting and related services; visual and performing arts.
- 8th: Psychology.
- 9th: Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities.
- 11th: Family and consumer sciences/human sciences.
- 12th: Computer and information sciences and support services.
In overall bachelor’s degree totals for African Americans, the university ranks second to the online University of Phoenix. A&T passed Florida A&M University this year, as FAMU fell to third with a 12 percent drop in total bachelor’s degrees to African Americans.
The rest of the top 10:
- 4. Ashford University
- 5. Georgia State University
- 6. Howard University
- 7. Jackson State University
- 8. AmericanIntercontinental University
- 9. Temple University
- 10. University of Memphis
Phoenix, Ashford and AmericanIntercontinental — which are entirely online or have large online programs — all posted dramatic increases in bachelor’s degrees awarded to African Americans.
A note worth knowing from the Winston-Salem Journal:
Stations from Wake Forest University, UNC Greensboro and N.C. A&T State University will be among those participating today in College Radio Day, a national campaign to raise awareness of the importance of college radio in the community. There will be special programming, prize giveaways and more. For details, visit www.collegeradioday.com.
“There are more undercurrents of resistance—and some of that has to do with the general political climate. The remedies that we thought were going to bring about greater access and greater diversity—those have now become quietly contentious. No one attacks them directly. There’s just an undertone that maybe we’ve done enough to become diverse, maybe we should just step back. The old arguments of meritocracy have resurfaced.”
– William B. Harvey, Dean, N.C. A&T School of Education
The September 25, 2011, issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education takes a look at diversity in higher education with two notable reports:
- An interview with William B. Harvey, N.C. A&T’s new Dean of the School of Education and the first Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Virginia (2005-09).
- Data on the race and ethnicity of faculty members at 4,200 U.S. colleges and universities, based on 2009 U.S. Department of Education figures.
Did you feel that earthquake around 2 p.m.? The epicenter was in central Virginia; it registered 5.9 on the Richter scale. Details are at http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/events/us/c0005ild/us/index.html. There’s also a form you can submit to report what you experienced. The IRC trembled a bit, enough for everyone on the fourth floor to notice.
If you’re making any plans for Thursday, October 6, you might want to avoid
the Alumni-Foundation Event Center Corbett Sports Center. UNC system President Tom Ross has chosen N.C. A&T for his inauguration. Time will be 10 a.m. Location to be announced; best guess is probably the event center (Harrison seems a little small for the occasion).
UPDATE — Although the details haven’t been announced, the directions given for parking indicate that Corbett will be the location. Regardless, traffic is probably going to be problematic across most of the campus at least.