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Jan 2021

Making Waves is a newsletter for faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Norfolk State University

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January 2021

Norfolk State Pays Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


On Friday, January 15, Norfolk State University began 39 hours of activities, service and education in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The launch date and hours of activities to the life and legacy of Dr. King held special significance. January 15 is King’s actual birthday, while the 39 hours represented King’s 39 years of life. A special King Observance website houses tribute videos from students, faculty staff, administrators and the community; a brief biography of King; and fun facts.

MLK Day Service Project Collects Food for Spartan Pantry

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The Spartan Community and its supporters stepped up for our students by filling the shelves of the Spartan Pantry with food and essential items. The effort, undertaken as part of the Martin Luther King Day National Day of Service, was nationally registered with the Presidential Inaugural Committee call to service. Read more.

NSU Receives Grant from Sentara Healthcare & Sentara Health Plans

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​Sentara Healthcare and Sentara Health Plans has announced a $10 million investment, called The Sentara Healthier Communities Fund to bolster public health for underserved communities and support healthcare education. Read more.

Witnessing History

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U.S. Army 1st Lt. Angelena Garland, a Norfolk State University alumna, served as the lead escort during the wreath laying ceremony that was part of the January 20 inauguration ceremonies for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Garland’s duties during the ceremony, held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, was to escort First Lady Jill Biden, Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff and Tracy Jones, the wife of the Commanding General, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Omar Jones. Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and former first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton also participated in the ceremony. Read more.