Monday, December 7, 2009

New NCCU Parents and Family YouTube Broadcasts

Eagle parents and family members can tune into this special YouTube channel throughout the year for valuable announcements and resources.

This week, hear the following announcements:

1) Message from Scholarships and Students Aid & Student Leadership, Training, and Development

2) Message from the Alumni Relations Office and the NCCU Listens initiative (coming later this week!)

Tune into the YouTube Channel at:

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Take a Study Break TONIGHT presented by the NCCU SAB!!!

The NCCU Student Activities Board (SAB) presents STUDY BREAK tonight!

Location: Alfonso Elder Student Union Lobby
Time: 3-7 p.m.

The event is designed to give students a break from the stress of finals.

Come hear a live DJ, play fun board games. SAB will also offer free massages and play the Wii gaming system on a large projection screen.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

NCCU Freshman Class Council in the Holiday Spirit

NCCU Freshman Class Council collected funds and perishable items to support a family during the Thanksgiving Holiday! Great job to all involved in the collection and all NCCU students who contributed. The food and a gift card was delivered yesterday to a very appreciate family in Durham to help them have a happy Thanksgiving!

In addition to the supporting a local family, the NCCU Freshman Class Council also sponsored a food collection for the Durham Food Bank. The Council colleceted 622 pounds of food by sponsoring a competition among campus residence halls. Congratulations to Baynes Hall for collecting the most! Great job to all students who participated in these two projects to support families in Durham during the holidays!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

*NEW* NCCU Student Care-Package Program brough to you by the NCCU Parents and Family Association

Final Exam Care Packages On-Sale Until November 30

Profits made from this ongoing care-package fundraiser will help the Parents and Family Association to establish grants and/or scholarship programs to support the academic success of NCCU students. We are "Proud Eagle Parents" at NCCU!

Just visit to purchase a care-package for your student and help support you student during exams, his or her birthday, or just because! Anyone can place orders--family, friends, staff, faculty, or friends!

Click here to order one today

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The NCCU Parents and Family Association now on YouTube

The NCCU Parents and Family Association recently introduced a new service for Eagle parents and family members!

The NCCU Parents/Family YouTube Channel!

Support your Eagle student! Listen to the series of online recordings to hear important announcements from departments on NCCU's campus! Various videos and audio will be placed on the channel throughout the academic year as a way to keep parents/families informed and invovled in their students' lives!

Questions? Have a suggestion for a broadcast? E-mail today!

Monday, November 2, 2009

NCCU Centennial Homecoming 2009 Blogs

A popular topic for our NCCU First-Year Bloggers over the past week and a half was concerning the excitement they felt about Centennial Homecoming 2009.

Read these special Centennial Homecoming blogs by exploring the links below!

"Fierce Eagle Diva"

"The Greatest Eagle"

"Eagle Entertainment"

"Swagg Soarin'"

Read all the NCCU First-Year Blogs by visiting

Monday, October 19, 2009

NCCU First-Year Blogger of the Week: ASHLEY

Ashley is awesome. She drives an '86 Chevrolet Truck (Custom Deluxe - see her first blog post). She made the NCCU track team. And she's definitely "Not Your Ordinary Barnyard Fowl"

As a freshman at NCCU, Ashley is learning a lot about time-management. She wrote, "My personal definition of time management is being able to manage your schedule wisely... For example, if you have a three page paper due for your English class; but heard about this party (everyone's supposedly going to) taking place at the Union. What would be the logical decision to make?"

Ashley calls her blog Not Your Ordinary Barnyard Fowl, and she's proving to be just that during her freshman year at NCCU.

Check out Ashley's First-Year Blog here:

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Become a fan of NCCU Orientation and FYE! Find us on Facebook!

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

NCCU's Centennial Homecoming - October 23-November 1

NCCU's Centennial Homecoming celebration is coming soon....October 23-November 1, to be exact.

Check out the article about the festivities in today's local newspaper, The Herald Sun.

NCCU recently launched its new Centennial Homecoming website. Check it out at

Monday, October 5, 2009

NCCU First-Year Blogger of the Week: Ryan

The NCCU First-Year Blogger of the week is Ryan, or as he call his blog, "An Eagle Icon."

Ryan's enjoying the crisp fall season as he's become a HUGE supporter of Eagle Football during the first season. Ryan blogged about his anticipation for Family Weekend, which was the first home game vs. Morehead State University, stating that "Saturday could not come fast enough..."

He also blogged about his excitement to attend his first Aggie-Eagle Classic this past weekend. Although NCCU came out a touchdown short, the game proved to be one of the biggest thrillers in the Classic's history. Ryan will surely have something to write about in his blogs this week.

Read the Eagle Icon's full blog by clicking here.

Friday, September 25, 2009

NCCU Freshmen: The NC State Fair is Coming! Plan to Attend - You'll Be "Happy" You Did....

NCCU Freshmen, and other Eagles!

This is Brian from the NCCU Orientation and First-Year Experience office with a special post to the NCCU First-Year Blog. As a native of the Triangle area, I grew up going to the North Carolina State Fair every year. And I mean every year. I've been saving my pennies this summer eagerly awaiting the fall to arrive and the smell of corn dogs and deep-fried everything to fill the air once again. Now, here at NCCU, we have students from NC, New York, Maryland, Bermuda, and a ton of other locations throughout the states and the world. But, I'm here to say that no matter whether you're a new or old "North Carolinian," you must experience the timeless tradition of the North Carolina State Fair!

The NC State Fair '09 is coming on October 15-25, and boy am I "happy?" Sure, during your first year of college, you fear the infamous "freshman 15." But, next month, when October 15 comes around, take some time to attend the State Fair and chow down. I remember the first time I tried the deep-friend Snickers bar. Wow. It will definitely make your taste buds "A Whole Lotta Happy!" Just make sure to prepare to visit the fitness center in the NCCU Walker Complex a few extra times in October to make up for all the funnel cakes and fudge.

Growing up, I'm not sure why, but my favorite part about the NC State Fair were the pig races. I always wanted to watch them 3-4 times per day. Each pig had a number 1-4, and the audience sat in a section labeled with each of the numbers. To a young child, it was so exciting to see four pigs racing around a track while hundreds of people cheer them on! Whatever yummy treat they place at the end of that track, the pigs MUST LOVE IT. Betcha it's a deep-fried oreo (haven't tried those yet; but I think 2009 is the time).

Nowadays, my favorite part of the NC State Fair is playing the games on the Midway with my wife. She's super-competitive, which I love, and it's always fun for us to spend dollar after dollar competing with each other for stuffed animals that our dogs later tear to pieces. I'll never forget the day we got home from work, and Kermit was missing his legs. Tragic.

The part of the Fair that I've never attended is a Dorton Arena show. This year's shows sound like a lot of fun. In particular, I am a self-admitted American Idol fan. I also grew up in Chapel Hill, and went to the same high school as one of this year's performers, Anoop Desai (although I'm way older and don't know him personally). $5 to see him perform? Man, that's a deal! (My personal favorite contestant from American Idol, season 8, was Allison though. Sorry Anoop, you're still my "dawg," as Randy Jackson would say.)

The reason for this blog is that the NC State Fair makes me "happy." It's a NC tradition. And it exhibits everything that is great about the state of North Carolina. Where else can you go through a haunted mansion, eat a deep fried candy bar, learn about North Carolina agriculture, and also help the state's hunger-relief cause all in one day? Nowhere other than the NC State Fair.

I hope that all NCCU students will take some time to experience the State Fair this year. Always make sure to be safe and travel with a group of friends. And just be sure to make it an educational experience. Sure, you must try a taste of those deep-friend Snickers (pictured above; makes your stomach happy, huh?). But also embrace your time at the State Fair as a way to learn about all the great state of North Carolina has to offer. Trust me, even if the pig races and Midway games aren't your favorite things, there will be something at the 2009 NC State Fair to make you "A Whole Lotta Happy!"

If chosen as the 2009 Deep Friend Ambassador, the NCCU Office of Orientation and First-Year Experience will search the campus for an NCCU student who has never experienced the NC State fair before. How great would it be for one of our awesome new Eagles to blog about the Fair on our NCCU First-Year Blogging site?!?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

NCCU vs. Duke Football this weekend! It's the Bull City Gridiron Classic....

Attention NCCU Students....It's going to be a great weekend to celebrate NCCU Athletics and experience the magic of Durham. Make sure to take advantage of the festivities!

"The "Bull City Gridiron Classic" features North Carolina Central University and Duke University in a historic first-ever football meeting between the Durham neighbors. The event also doubles as Duke's Homecoming game."

"In addition to the game and a Thursday pep rally at the Durham Athletic Park, numerous other events -- including a Habitat project involving Duke and NCCU students, basketball clinics led by former Duke All-American Jay Williams and pre-game festivities outside Wallace Wade Stadium -- will bring Durhamites together both on campus and in the community."

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

NCCU First-Year Blogger of the Week: Amarachi

As a freshman at North Carolina Central University, Amarachi has immersed herself into campus life within the first month of her undergraduate career.

Writing for the Campus Echo newspaper, she's already been published three times. In addition, she's participated in service projects like the NCCU "Make a Difference Day" while also taking the time to attend educational programs on campus outside of the classroom.

Her blog, FierceEagleDiva, covers it all....from academics, to extracurriculars, to her political inspirations, Amarachi has definitely settled well into the Eagle's nest.

In her latest blog post, Amarachi wrote: "I still need to be more active in inspiring teens to not only be involved in the national political arena, but also local/regional political affairs. The service we do now in our youth will only contribute to the prosperity of our lives and our nation when we are adults. . .we are truly the future."

She's destined to do big things at NCCU....

Click here to visit Amarachi's Blog!

Friday, September 18, 2009


NCCU Family Weekend started off with a bang today! Over 100 parents and family members participated completed "Early Check-In" and received their packet for the weekend. Over 400 more family members are expected for tomorrow.

Today's activities included the famous "Fish Friday," Family Recreation Night in the Walker Complex, and parents also had a chance to hear lectures from NCCU faculty members about how to support their students' success [pictured below].

Saturday's activities feature a breakfast in WG Pearson Cafeteria, the first Parents and Family Association Meeting of the academic year, NCCU Football vs. Morehead State University, and the Legacy Talent Showcase.

Sunday, acclaimed author and actor Hill Harper will be speaking to students and families in B.N. Duke Auditorium at 12 Noon.

It's going to be an engaging and fun-filled weekend for our students and families!

To see the full schedule for NCCU Family Weekend 2009, click here.

Friday, September 11, 2009

NCCU First-Year Blogger Training featuring Ginny Skalski from NBC-17

You think blogging is easy? Wrong. There are many tricks to creating an engaging blog that people actually read.

Today, our NCCU First-Year Bloggers heard from the Community Content Manager (ie: professional blogger) from the local NBC-17 news station. Her name is Ginny Skalski (pictured to the right with our bloggers), and she knows her stuff.

Ginny shared best practices for creating, designing, and marketing one's blog. She also stressed the importance that blogging can have on the local community and the world. Thanks to Ginny for taking the time to visit with us today!

Check out Ginny's blogs here:

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

NCCU First-Year Blogger of the Week: Sonya

NCCU Class of 2013
Hometown: Gastonia, NC
Major: Political Science

She calls her blog, "The Greatest Eagle." A freshman at NCCU, Sonya has almost been at NCCU for a month now. She's experienced her first "all-nighter" and is learning what it will take to maintain her goal of a 3.5 GPA. In addition, due to an increased freshman enrollment, her room assignment was changed during the first few weeks of the semester. Click here to read Sonya's blog and learn why Sonya believes she will be "The Greatest Eagle."

To read all NCCU First Year Blogs, click here.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

NCCU "Make A Difference Day" - Saturday, September 12, 2009

NCCU students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to participate in a community clean-up event from 8 a.m. - Noon on Saturday, September 12!

Register by clicking here.


What is the goal of NCCU Make a Difference Day?
Make a Difference Day is an initiative established by NCCU Chancellor Nelms to bring the community together. This event is a service learning opportunity for NCCU and the surrounding community to work towards a greener environment.

What would volunteers do?
After checking in, volunteers will be divided into groups to begin beautifying the community. Participants will be picking up litter, painting, and planting. The only equipment required is weather-appropriate clothing.

What if I'm not an NCCU student?
Everyone is welcome to participate, as our primary goal is to increase community volunteer involvement.

When and where will Make a Difference Day be held?
Make a Difference Day will take place on Saturday, September 12. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. in B.N. Duke Auditorium and will head out to their respective service sites from 8:30 a.m. to 12 Noon.

Print a flyer for your office or residence hall today by clicking here!

Friday, August 28, 2009

NCCU First-Year Student Blogger of the Week: Katrina

NCCU Class of 2013
Hometown: Wilmington, NC
Major: Political Science

She calls her blog, "NCCU Class of 2013 - My Life."

In an honest account of her first week and a half as an NCCU student, Katrina expressed the following:

"This is my first year @ NCCU let alone in college. I have only been here for 15 days and have felt like my world had been flipped upside down, but yet I still stand....My first week here my mother came to visit from Wilmington two times, which made me want to go home even more....But I believe as the year goes along I will find myself in a more "home" type enviroment. This is just the begginging because the best is yet to come."

Read Katrina's weekly blog in its entirety by clicking here.


DURHAM, N.C. ( - On Saturday, Aug. 29, North Carolina Central University football fans will have the opportunity to see the 2009 Eagles for the first time with the annual “Meet the Eagles” event, starting at 11 a.m. on the football practice field inside the NCCU track and field facility (off Lawson Street).

The team’s first public scrimmage will begin at 11 a.m., followed by a meet-and-greet session with the football student-athletes, coaches and cheerleaders. Admission is free.
Special guests include Brian Dawson of K97.5, as well as Mr. and Miss NCCU.

The regular format of the event was altered due to the location, which was changed because of the continuing installation of artificial turf in O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium.

“There is limited seating at the practice field, so we have shortened the event program this year,” said Kyle Serba, Associate Athletics Director at NCCU. “The comfort of our fans was our top priority in the planning process. We will not be introducing each student-athlete and coach individually as we have in years past, but fans will still have the opportunity to see the team in action and get autographs and pictures of the Eagles following the scrimmage.”

The 2009 “Meet the Eagles” is presented by the NCCU Department of Athletics and the NCCU Student Government Association Junior Class Council.

NCCU opens the 2009 football season on Sept. 5 at Hampton University.

For more information, visit

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Changes Coming Soon to the NCCU First-Year Blog!!

Beginning the week of August 31, 2009, you will see some exciting changes to the NCCU First-Year Blog!

First change....This blog will now be maintained 100% by the Office of Orientation and First-Year Experience. So, throughout the year, the "NCCU First-Year Blog" will contain valuable resources, announcements, and information about being or becoming a first-year student at NCCU.

Also, featured on the Orientation website, you will find links to individual NCCU freshmen blogs (some of them are featured to the right!). This will give you a detailed and intriguing look into what the true experience is like as a first-year student at NCCU.

We are extremely excited about this change, and we welcome all of our new bloggers.

Look for more information about Ciera, Ryan, Bridgett, Dana, Mariah, Gian, Ashley (both of them!), Candace, Sonya, Shanika, Amarachi, Katrina, Kelcey, and Ceslie coming soon here:

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Family Weekend 2009 - Featuring NEW artificial turf in O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium!

The NCCU Athletics office is having new artificial turf placed on the field at O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium in time for the kick-off to the NCCU football season! Read a full article here on the NCCU Athletics page.

Family Weekend September 18-20
The turf will be placed and ready just in time for Family Weekend 2009! The weekend schedule features a list of events, including the first football game on September 19 versus Morehead State University!

Parents and family members can purchase tickets at a discounted rate through the Parents and Family Association until September 7.

Click here to view the full schedule of events, register for Family Weekend, and purchase football tickets today.

Events for the weekend include:

-A Legacy Breakfast with Chancellor Nelms

-Parents and Family Association Meeting

-Family Showcase Talent Show

-Lyceum Program - Event Headliner TBA and more!

Friday, August 14, 2009

NCCU Week of Welcome 2009

New NCCU Freshmen began the Week of Welcome 2009 (WOW) on Wednesday, August 12 by attending a program called "Training Day" sponsored by NCCUSGA. The night featured members of NCCU dance teams, performances by members of Greek Life, a performance by the NCCU Marching Sound Machine (pictured to the left), and much more!

Later in the week, students attended different Academic Engagement sessions depending on their major where they learned best practices and skills needed to be successful in their chosen academic program. Friday evening then featured a movie night in B.N. Duke Auditorium!

On Saturday, students had the chance to attend a Block Party on Brant Street and a night of fun at a dance in the Alfonso Elder Student Union.

Sunday wrapped up the WOW 2009 activities with the "A Salute to New Eagles" Pinning Ceremony where students received a set of new Eagle wings NCCU faculty, staff, alumni, and student leaders.

New freshmen and transfer students....You are officially Eagles. It's a new year and a time for you to learn independence!

It's time to fly!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


The Office of Orientation and First-Year Experience is looking for freshmen to "blog" during the fall 2009-2010 school year!

You will write about your experiences as a freshman at NCCU and receive hours towards your community service requirement! Only 1 week per week is required!

We currently maintain this NCCU Freshman Year Blog. However, beginning in fall 2009, chosen NCCU students will begin their own "freshman blogs" that will be featured on the Orientation and FYE website.

If interested, please send an e-mail to or call 919-530-6907.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Aspiring Eagles Academy 2009 - in pictures....

The 2009 Aspiring Eagles Academy is underway! This summer, 36 admitted students to NCCU are attending classes during the summer in preparation for fall 2009. The goal of the program is to help students grow, develop a sense of self, and create long-lasting bonds with their classmates.

Most importantly, the students will focus on developing academically with the ultimate goal of student success defined by continous persistence and graduation in four years. An important addition to this year's program are the 16 peer mentors who live in the residence hall for 5 weeks during the summer and lead engagement activities for the students.

See the first few weeks of their journey below in pictures....

Peer Mentors arrived on June 11 for 3 days of training....
Immediately after AE students checked into Rush Hall on June 14, they attended an Opening Session. Students then departed for dinner with the peer mentor staff.

One Day 2, peer mentors led the Aspiring Eagles in an activity called "Share Your Story." Each student paired with someone they did not know and shared descriptions of themselves. They then introduced each other to the entire group.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Congrats, Grads! Soar Eagles, Soar!

Over 900 graduates participated in Commencement ceremonies yesterday!

Congrats to all of our new NCCU graduates!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Register Today for an Eagle Institute Orientation Session.....

The spring 2009 semester at NCCU has officially come to an end! Students finished exams last week, moved out of their residence hall rooms this past weekend, and the Commencement ceremony takes place this weekend on May 16!

Now it's time to get ready for the summer 2009 Eagle Institute Orientation sessions!

Have you registered for and Orientation session?
If not, remember there is limited space during each session.....

Thursday, April 30, 2009

End of the Semester LaTeisha Harris

Name: LaTeisha Harris

Hometown: New Rochelle, NY

Current Place of Residence: Charlotte, NC

Major: Business Administration, concentration in finance

My name is LaTeisha Harris, and I am a current freshman at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). To pass my time I like to shop, travel, workout, and spend time with my family. When I chose to attend NCCU I thought mainly about the learning environment. I felt that since NCCU did not have large classroom and the teachers could concentrate on the students more than at a larger campus. Now that the academic year is over, I see that NCCU was a good choice for me. However, now that the semester is over, I do see some bits and pieces that I could have changed.

There are also a lot of things that I would tell incoming freshmen about college life. Some things that I would tell all incoming freshmen are to get involved with the different activities that are here on campus. Getting involved opens more opportunities and it increase your networking skills. When you attend and join different activities on or off campus, you meet people for different places, and you can learn more about their surroundings. One of the many events that I enjoyed this school year was Spring Fling Week. During Spring Fling Week there are a large number of activities that allow you to interact with this campus. NCCU has a lot of fun things to offer even by the time that activity is over, you will see much knowledge and fun you have.

Overall my experience at NCCU has been good. The main thing that I had to focus on was to find study habits that work for me and what activities fit into my life. My semester went by fast and the classes I had were not too difficult. Second semester was much harder than first semester, and at one point I though could not make it. But once I started to concentrate and managed my time better, every thing worked out fine.

College is the beginning of your new life. As long as you do not give up, anything is possible.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

A Guide to Enrollment: Save the "Little Book" today!

Attention, New Eagle Students!

Download and save "The Little Book" today!
It includes a "cliff notes" version of the steps you take
to confirm your enrollment at NCCU.

Click on the image below to access it today!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Meet Your Eagle CORE Orientation Leaders....

During the Eagle Institute Orientation this summer, you will meet our C.O.R.E. orientation leaders.

They are established NCCU students who will provide guidance to help you transition into the college environment. Meet them below!

Monday, April 6, 2009

A Life-Changing Experience by Titania Fisher....

I remember attending the new student orientation and hearing the words “Community Service?!” The words that came out of my mouth were, “Lord, Jesus. Why? What was the purpose of this?” I couldn’t understand why I had to commit to volunteering my services….

I’m a strong believer in everything happens for a reason. After trying to find a place to volunteer for a while, I called a shelter in Raleigh that was listed with the Academic Community Service Learning office. I spoke with a gentleman by the name of Dwight who stated he still needed help in the kitchen. “How hard could working in the kitchen be?” I thought to myself. Little did I know this would be a life changing experience for me….

I started my community service the next day. When I arrived at the shelter, the kitchen staff introduced themselves and didn’t waste anytime with putting me to work. My title for the day would be line server. Dwight showed me how much food to put on each tray, and after that it was show time. When the doors to the kitchen opened, I could see a long line of men waiting for dinner to be served. I studied each face that walked through the door. To me these were not faces of strangers. But in these men I could see my father, grandfather, brother, uncle, the guy sitting next to me in class, my pastor, and I could go on and on. These weren’t just men that suffered from mental illness, alcohol abuse, or drug attics. These were men that you may come in contact with every day that at one point had every thing going for them and at the snap of a finger lost it all.

I had the pleasure to talk with a gentleman who told me his story of how once he lost his job. It was like a domino effect and every thing went down hill form there. After sharing his story, he wanted to know what brought me to the shelter. I told him I was a student at NCCU, and I had to complete community service hours. He then offered me words of encouragement....He told me to make finishing school my first priority. He also encouraged me to stay focused, and if I should fall off track, to make sure I get back on.

At that moment I finally got it….The light came on. I realized how blessed I really am. As we go through our day-to-day lives, we forget others who are less fortunate. This day provided me the opportunity to reflect on the values that my parents and NCCU have instilled in me.

Titania Fisher,
NCCU Student

Friday, March 27, 2009

Light at the End of the Tunnel - by NCCU Student, Titania Fisher.....

Okay, so spring break is over. Some may have gone to Cancun, while others may have spent time with their family and friends. I, on the other hand, focused on getting my community service hours in. I didn’t have time to party or hang out with my family or friend. Don’t get me wrong, I would have loved to spend time with my loved ones, but I had bigger fish to fry!

The other day, when I was looking at the school calendar, I realized that in less than two months this semester will be over. Now it’s crunch time! As I sit in my office going over each syllabus for classes that I’m taking, I make sure that I’m not behind on any assignments. I learned early on in the game. The only way I was going to get through this semester was by making sure that I was ahead on all of my homework assignments. In another week or two I will be finished with all of my assignments. Then I can start studying for final exams. I started off on a rocky road, and now I think I finally got this school thing down to a science.

To all my fellow freshmen, I would like to say stay encouraged, stay focused, and know that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Future Eagle CORE Leader and NCCU Freshman, Jamal Cuthbertson....

My name is Jamal Cuthbertson. My hometown is Charlotte, North Carolina. I am a Freshman Political Science and English major. Myhobbies are playing tennis, running to free my mind from stress, and reading non-fiction books.

My favorite candy is "edamame"(chocolate-covered soybeans!!). I am currently involved in thePolitical Science Club, the SGA Freshmen Class Council, and I will also be a new Eagle Core Orientation Leader this summer!

I chose to come to NCCU for its variety of oppurtunities offered to EVERYONE as well as the committment to provide service to the local community while producing well-trained professionals for the global marketplace. The NCCU motto "Truth and Service" means going beyond the peripheral limitations as it relates to reaching out to the local, state, national and global regions for a more advanced society.

I would like to leave the footprint of being the student who didn't hesitate when people needed that particular person to help with a community service activity or just being the one who others can simply depend on when it comes down to not only business matters but social matters as well.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

NCCU Eagle CORE Orientation Leader, Sylida Carter....

Hello, New Eagles!

My name is Sylida Carter, and I'll be one of your Eagle CORE Leaders for the orientation sessions this summer!

I'm excited that you've chosen North Carolina Central University as your next stepping stone in life! This summer, be prepared to meet new people, faculty, staff, and future lifelong friends! Also be prepared for a life-changing experience, and one you will never forget.

During your orientation session, I'll be one of the CORE Leaders to help guide you in a small group to help you enroll for your first year of college. We'll get you to the right place on campus to secure your financial aid, housing, Eagle Card, and scheduling for classes.

We're here to assist with any questions you have about NCCU, and I'm excited to meet everyone in North Carolina Central University's Class of 2013!

Hope you have a great transition from your prior institution of learning to NCCU!

With Eagle Pride....Amplified!
Sylida Carter
NCCU Class of 2010

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Is NCCU the School for You?

My name is Kimisha Falls. I was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. I like shopping, hanging out with friends, spending time my family. I'm a sophomore soon to be junior in the fall. I sit and wonder where time went, because it passed by so fast! My best advice for freshman students who are thinking about coming to NCCU in the fall, is you should attend NCCU if it's for you!

NCCU is a great school and have lots of helpful and wonderful people. NCCU also has one of the top business and law programs in the nation. NCCU has so much to offer, and I'm so glad I choose to come here. People have always told me that your college years goes by really fast, and they were not lying. It seem just like yesterday I was a incoming freshman with no clue where to begin my career path. My first semester at NCCU when I was a freshman was hard because I felt lost and I was so far way from home (well at least it felt that way - Charlotte is only 2.5 hours away).

I went through the whole semester undecided because I didn't know what I wanted to do anymore, and before I knew it, it was spring semester 2008. So I finally decied to become an Accounting major because I would like to have my own business and foundation.
I have so many things to prepare for in so little time because time goes by so fast. Coming to NCCU has been great. I'm so glad I choose NCCU to purse my education further. Since I've been here, I have learned a lot. I have learned to become more responsible, independent, to manage my time better, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, TO ALWAYS STAY FOCUSED!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Getting Into the Groove - My First Months at NCCU by Titania Fisher....

Getting Into The Grove of Things:

Okay, so it’s been over a month now that I’ve been attending NCCU. Wow! Where did the time go?

It seems like it was just yesterday when I was driving around in circles looking for a parking space and praying I wouldn’t be late for my first class. Now as I sit in my office studying for midterms, I realize that we’re half way through this semester.

My first semester at NCCU has been a rocky one. Just when I thought I had my home life, school, and work down to a science, I received a email from my advisor stating I would have to meet with her once a week, go to two Lyceum programs, and write two reports. OMG! And I still have to do my community service hours!

Where am I going to find the time to do all of this and still keep up with my homework assignments? This means, I would have to live, sleep and eat NCCU. I must also give up Spring Break to complete the rest of my community service hours and write Lyceum papers. I can easily get discouraged from all of this, but instead, I draw the good out of it and use it as a stepping stone to get to the next level of achieving my goal.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Freshmen and Sophomores LEAD!

On Saturday, February 21, nine freshmen and sophomore students from NCCU attended the LEAD 2009 Conference at Meredith College. The conference theme was "Sustain Yourself, Sustain Your Environment." The conference displayed various innovative methods to be sustainable, to go "green," and to be considerate of sustainability during hard economic times.

The LEAD Conference is hosted by a college or university each year in North Carolina. It brings together students from around the state for a day of leadership development workshops!

The nine NCCU students presented a workshop about diversity, discrimination, and stereotypes and how it applies to leadership roles. It was a wonderful experience, and the students represented NCCU with tremendous professionalism and school spirit!

Most excitingly, the LEAD 2009 Conference ended with the announcement that LEAD 2010 will be hosted at North Carolina Central University.

All incoming freshmen will have the chance to attend the LEAD conference in February 2010 at NCCU to learn valuable leadership skills!

Students pictured are (left to right): Jamal Cuthbertson, Melony Ochieng, Adam Hendrick, Olivia Scott, CJ Thompson, Kimisha Falls, Audrey Barbee, Brian Merritt (advisor), and Brandon Hicks. Not pictured: Julie King, and Peggy Watson Alexander (advisor)

Keep reading....Many of these students are featured in the NCCU Freshman Year Blog!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Advice for Freshmen from Tatania Fisher.....

NAME: Titania Fisher

HOMETOWN: Stamford, Connecticut

FAVORITE CANDY: None, but my favorite color is purple :-)

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE NCCU: Because NCCU has an excellent Law Department

A Little About Me:

My name is Titania Fisher. I was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. I like reading, shopping, traveling, and spending time with my family. I’m a first semester transfer student at NCCU. I have and Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, and while attend NCCU, my major will be Criminal Justice with a minor of Psychology.

During my first semester at NCCU I've felt overwhelmed by trying to juggle working full-time and going to school. I learned very soon that I would have to put my social life on the back burner. I realized that going back to college wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be. If I wanted to pass all my classes I would have to hit the books hard. I would have to stay focused and develop a routine, which would allow me to stay positive and not give up.

My life in general - Going back to school has made me feel better about myself, and I’ve met a lot of new people from all walks of life. My life is not too affected by my school work because I’m new to the area, and I don’t know that many people. So, I just focus on work and school.

One thing I wish I knew before starting college:
That I would have to fit community service into my already-busy schedule. (Community service hours are a requirement for NCCU student to complete each semester)

A few suggestions to prospective students:
Stay focused, manage you time, and ask questions!!!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

More from Karrehl Moore, NCCU Freshman.....

Lots of Work: Being a freshman I am often pressured with lots of work and as well as a lot of other things going on. Currently I am an Accounting major, a Conference Assistant for New Residence Hall I and II, and part of the election board and hall committee in New Res I.
My Major: I may only have one class in my major for now (Finite Math 1210), but I will have much more than that for my next year in college as a sophomore.
I will have taken almost all of my general education courses during my first and during the current, my second semester, of freshman year. If you choose a complex major, it is important to listen to and work with your advisor. Knowing that college isn't easy, any person new to a system must adjust his or herself to the way of doing things in college. For me I know things will become extremely hard soon enough considering that I am considering adding a second major.

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Friday, February 6, 2009

NCCU Athletics Update: Feature on Men's Basketball....

Incoming Freshmen....Are You Interested in NCCU Athletics?

Take a look at this video featured on the local television station, WNCN-TV 17 . It features the NCCU men's basketball team.

As our Athletics department makes a transition into Division I, many games will be played away from home! A response to a question regarding this transition was posted on the NCCU Athletics website-- -- from the NCCU Athletic Director, Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree. See below:

Why do we have such a rigorous basketball travel schedule?
~Regina, Raleigh, N.C.

"I am so happy someone has finally asked this question. Due to our independent status right now, it is very difficult to schedule with teams who are conference members. If you notice that most schools start conference competition the beginning of January, thus the number of available dates these schools will have for non-conference games decreases significantly. Thus, we are left with very few open dates to schedule later in the season. Hence, all of our travel and the bulk of our schedule occurs during the months of November - January. Once we have been accepted for membership into a conference, our travel schedule will decrease."

Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree
NCCU Athletics Director

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