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.