Daily Archives: October 18, 2012

Research Excellence Award nominations open

North Carolina A&T’s most outstanding researchers are recognized each April with the Research Excellence Awards.  For 2013 there again are five categories:

  • Senior Research of the Year: Recognizing outstanding research and/or creative activity by tenured faculty members who have been at the university at least three years.
  • Outstanding Junior Researcher of the Year: Honoring tenure-track faculty members in at least their third year of service at A&T and who are currently involved in research and show promise of making a significant contribution to their field.
  • Rookie of the Year: Recognizing the work of a tenure-track faculty member in his or her second year of service at N.C. A&T.
  • Intellectual Property Award: Recognizing researchers’ work to disseminate, commercialize or publish intellectual property created in the course of their research or creative activity.
  • Interdisciplinary Team Award: Honoring research projects that break down the traditional boundaries of academic disciplines.

Deadlines and key dates:

  • Departments must submit all nominees to to colleges and schools by close of business, Thursday January 24, 2013.
  • Colleges and schools must submit all of their nominees to the Division of Research and Economic Development by close of business, Thursday, February 7.
  • Winners will be announced Monday, April 1.
  • Winners will be recognized at the Research Excellence Awards luncheon on Thursday April 4.

Eligibility and guidelines

Jazzman, Aggie alum Lou Donaldson honored

Lou Donaldson, alto saxophonist and N.C. A&T alumnus

Lou Donaldson, in a photo from his website

“Lou Donaldson has been a major force not just as a musician but also as a scout for new talent for the Blue Note label.”

Rocco Landesman, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

 It’s a big year for one of the all-time great Aggie musicians.  This month, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson will receive the state of North Carolina’s highest civilian honor, the North Carolina Award. Previously, he was  named a 2013 NEA Jazz Master, the nation’s highest jazz honor.

From the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources announcement of this year’s award recipients:

One of the most popular alto saxophonists to record for the famed Blue Note label, Stanly County native Lou Donaldson has played and recorded with jazz legends. He grew up in Badin, attended N.C. A&T State University, and was drafted into the Navy in 1945 where he played with the Great Lakes Navy Band. In the 1950s, several musicians were first recorded with Donaldson, including Horace Silver, Donald Byrd, and Curtis Fuller. He played with Art Blakely, Milt Jackson and Clark Terry, and on the milestone live recording, A Night at Birdland. His most successful albums are Blues Walk, Lush Life, and Alligator Bugaloo. He has toured in the U.S., Europe and Japan, and in 1996 was inducted into the International Jazz Hall of Fame, and was declared a 2013 Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. At 85-years-old, he still plays locally in New York where he lives.

He and the five other honorees will receive their awards Tuesday October 30 at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.

“Sweet Poppa Lou’s” very cool website is at http://loudonaldson.com/.