Message from the Chancellor: Welcome to a Year of Opportunities and 110 Years of Truth and Service, January 22, 2020
Dear Eagle Community:
Happy New Year!
I would like to formally welcome you to the start of the spring 2020 semester at North Carolina Central University! The campus is bustling with new faces, including our newly enrolled Spring Eagles, as well as administrators, staff and faculty who joined us this month. In addition, ongoing construction continues on our five capital projects. And, we will celebrate our 110th anniversary on July 5, 2020.
Last week, North Carolina Central University took center stage at Lincoln Center in New York City for the inaugural Jack Rudin Jazz Championship.
We were one of only 10 universities selected nationwide for the competition and represented with excellence as the only institution in the southeast and the only HBCU. Our students and faculty who are part of the NCCU Jazz Combo I and the Jazz Ensemble, under the leadership of Dr. Ira Wiggins, director of NCCU’s Jazz Studies Program, showcased their superb talent that is honed here at NCCU. I offer my sincere congratulations to the ensemble on their honors for Outstanding Trombone Section, as well as master’s student Samuel King who received recognition for Outstanding Alto Saxophone!
The sloping hills and verdant green continue to expand. Construction remains on schedule for the George Street Housing Complex, Alston Avenue Apartments, Lawson Street Housing Complex and the new Student Center. A message was circulated on Friday, Jan. 10, by the Office of Residential Life with updates on the housing process for undergraduate, graduate and law students. This year, we will begin construction on the new School of Business. As a reminder, please respect the construction areas and be mindful of campus announcements related to our capital projects. Please do not trespass into the locations that are protected by construction fences.
Class of 2020: You have begun what will be your last semester at NCCU. Take full advantage of Career Services and Outreach. Schedule a meeting with your advisor, department chair or dean to ensure you have met all the requirements and get more information on graduate school and other professional opportunities. This is all part of The Eagle Promise and the university’s commitment to you. We look forward to celebrating you and your classmates at our Graduate and Professional and Undergraduate Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, respectively!
I would like to acknowledge and thank members of the NCCU community who are assisting our neighbors in the McDougald Terrace public housing complex. On Tuesday, Jan. 14, WNCU 90.7 FM and NCCU Staff Senate partnered with Food Lion on Fayetteville Street to collect basic needs. Here is a news clip: https://abc11.com/5849148/. The School of Law’s Virtual Justice Project hosted a “Know Your Rights” series for residents on Wednesday, Jan. 15, concerning their rights as tenants in public housing. The discussion featured Legal Eagle Alumnus Jesse McKoy, Esq. Law school faculty, staff and students hosted a dinner for the residents following the program. Additionally, students and faculty of the Department of Nursing are conducting wellness checks for elderly residents.
In two months, our MEAC Tournament championship-winning men’s basketball team will hit the court to defend their third consecutive title. Our women’s basketball team will also be playing in the tournament. NCCU has a winning athletics program. Make plans to come out to a game, match, meet or tournament and support our stellar student-athletes and coaching staffs. The full athletics schedule can be found here: https://nccueaglepride.com/.
It is an exciting time to be part of the Eagle family. Together, let’s make 2020 a year of new accomplishments, extraordinary opportunities and memorable milestones!
In Truth and Service,
Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D.