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NCCU Will Recognize Academic Excellence During Installation Week

MSNBC co-host and author Touré
Gospel legend Rev. Shirley Caesar-Williams (Photo from bet.com)

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) will recognize the academic excellence of more than 200 students at the annual Honors Convocation at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, April 3, in the McDougald–McLendon Gymnasium. The event speaker is MSNBC co-host and author Touré. 

Touré has been called a “one man media conglomerate” by Newsweek editor Tina Brown.

As co-host of the MSNBC show “The Cycle,” his social commentary covers everything from hip-hop and pop stardom to politics, the economy and the media. He is a contributing editor to “Rolling Stone,” host of “The Hip-Hop Show” and “On the Record” for Fuse TV, and a columnist for Time.com.

He is the author of “Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now,” named one of the Most Notable Books by “The New York Times” and “The Washington Post” when it was published in 2011. In 2013, he released a book on the legendary artist Prince titled “I Would Die For U” and is currently working on two books: “What’s a Real Man?”, which investigates what it means to be a man in America today, and another on the rapper Nas.

A professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, he teaches courses in hip-hop history and music and culture.

NCCU will recognize student achievements in a number of categories, including the Chancellor’s Award and University Award, the university’s top honors. Other awards will recognize students who have earned spots on deans’ lists and departmental academic honors.

In addition, students will be singled out for performing arts distinctions, community service achievements, and membership in professional and academic honor societies. Honor students will receive a special lapel pin to be worn during the week of convocation and on Convocation Day.

University Honors Convocation will take place as part of the Installation Week of activities for Chancellor Debra Saunders-White. Highlights for the week include:

  • Interfaith Service at 3:30 p.m. on March 30 in McDougald – McLendon Gym. Gospel legend Shirley Caesar-Williams, pastor of Mount Calvary Word of Faith Church, will perform and Judge Penny Brown Reynolds, host of Family Court with Judge Penny is the guest speaker.
  • Community Health Outreach Day on March 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the LeRoy T. Walker Complex. NCCU will provide free dental and health screenings. Information will be available for legal assistance, communication disorders and nutrition.
  • NCCU Food Pantry Dedication at 1:30 p.m. in the Dent Human Science Building, second floor. The concept for the pantry was developed by the campuswide NCCU Food Pantry Committee in response to the food insufficiency faced by some in the NCCU community.
  • Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” at 7 p.m. on March 31 in B.N. Duke Auditorium.
  • “An evening with Judith Jamison” at 7 p.m. on April 1 in B.N. Duke Auditorium. Jamison is the artistic director emerita for the world-renowned Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.
  • Installation Ceremony of Chancellor Debra Saunders-White at 10 a.m. on April 4 in McDougald – McLendon Gym. Chancellor Saunders-White is the 11th chancellor of NCCU and the first permanent, female chancellor. A reception will follow the ceremony on Brant Street Plaza.

A full list of installation events can be found at http://www.nccu.edu/administration/chancellor/installation/events.cfm

This year’s University Honors Convocation is a partnership between the Honors Program and Lyceum Committee.




Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014
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