Schools and Colleges

Provost Candidates Visit Campus

Three of the four candidates for provost and vice president for academic affairs visited campus over the past three weeks. The four candidates are Dr. Joyce Blackwell, vice president for academic affairs at South Carolina State University; Dr. Kenneth M. Stokes, executive director for the Institute for International Innovation Management and former dean, Tillman School of Business at Mount Olive College (NC); Dr. Steven F. Siconolfi, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, Ithaca College (NY); and Dr. Sandra J. DeLoatch, NSU [...]

$3.2 M Grant Breaks New Ground In Graduate Education

$3.2 M Grant Breaks New Ground In Graduate Education

Norfolk State University is using a $3.2 million grant to break new ground in graduate research education. The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) requires doctoral candidates to break out of their discipline-specific backgrounds and cross disciplinary boundaries—an approach that is expected to shake up traditional graduate research education. It also helps address the growing need for professionals to work across fields to create innovative solutions for complex problems. Under the National Science Foundation grant, Norfolk State’s IGERT project focuses on the magnetic and [...]



During the months of October and November 2011, there have been several reports of vandalism to vehicles parked on campus and in our concurrent jurisdiction in the City of Norfolk. We ask that all students, faculty and staff report any suspicious activity to our Non-Emergency Number–823-8102 or if it is an Emergency, call 823-9000 or 911. __________________________________________________________________ Here are some tips which hopefully will keep you from being a victim of theft of your personal belongings from your vehicle. Do not leave anything in your vehicle [...]

$5 Million Grant Will Train Healthcare Workers

U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner recently announced the award of a $5 million federal grant to a public-private partnership of colleges, universities and hospitals in Hampton Roads and on the Peninsula to provide education, training and job placement assistance in the healthcare field. The U.S. Department of Labor competitive grant program targets healthcare jobs which are in demand and for which local employers have had to rely upon H-1B visas to hire foreign workers. The Hampton Roads Healthcare Workforce Partnership (HR-HWP) estimates [...]

Search Underway for Provost and VP for Academic Affairs

 Norfolk State University President Tony Atwater has launched a search for a new provost and vice president for academic affairs. The provost is a key member of the senior leadership team and will serve as the University’s chief academic officer. NSU Chief of Staff Deborah Fontaine is chair of the search committee and will serve as a non-voting member. Named to the search committee are Carray Banks, chair, Department of Technology; Jean Braxton, dean, School of Education; Geoffroy de LaForcade, associate professor of history and [...]

Biometrics Authentication Changing I.D. Process

Biometrics Authentication Changing I.D.  Process

In this 21st century of global information, there is an ever-growing need to authenticate individuals. Biometrics-based authentication is emerging as a reliable method that can overcome serious limitations of the traditional automatic personal identification technologies. Biometric recognition, or biometrics, refers to the automatic identification of a person based on his/her anatomical (e.g., fingerprint, iris) or behavioral (e.g., signature) characteristics or traits. This method of identification offers several advantages over traditional methods involving ID cards (tokens) or PIN numbers (passwords) for various reasons: (i) the person [...]