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Making Waves 02 2022

February 2022

Elizabeth River Project Advances NSU to Model Level

“We’re really, really proud to be a River Star Business. We’re really honored to be recognized at Model Level this year,” said Norfolk State Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Ashley Haines. “It’s a great way to reward the students, the faculty, the staff, the administrators who have all played their part and are looking forward to where that might go in the future, particularly as Norfolk State works towards a new environmental justice initiative.”

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First Ellen, Then on to Norfolk State to Realize Her Dream

NSU student Rikkita on the Ellen show

You might have seen her on the Ellen DeGeneres show Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, when Ellen surprised Rickkita Taylor with overwhelming support of the Virginia Beach woman’s nonprofit organization called Sisters Healing Sisters. At that time, Taylor herself had been furloughed from her job since March and, like many, was struggling financially through the pandemic.

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NSU Alumna Named Teacher of the Year, Twice

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Norfolk State alumna Eboni Harrington, class of 2015, started teaching 5th-grade math at a North Carolina charter school right out of college. And, in her words, “everything that could go wrong did.”

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NSU Grad Donates Organ to Fellow Alumnus Norfolk State University grads who formed a “brotherhood” when they were college roommates nearly 30 years ago shared their love for each other in a different type of way this Valentine’s Day — a living donor organ transplant that will help save one of their lives. It was also National Donor Day.




Where Are They Now?

Once a Spartan, Always a Spartan.
Making Waves had the opportunity to connect with Lieutenant (LT) Carey Lewis, Cyber Strategy Exercise Support Lead for the U.S. Coast Guard and NSU Alumni class of 2012. LT Lewis is currently stationed at CG-791, Office of Cyberspace Forces in which he is responsible for planning and coordinating cybersecurity exercises to prepare and protect the Coast Guard and Ports nationwide from cybersecurity incidents.




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Virtual 5k Run/Walk for Scholars

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I'm fundraising to support the NSUF’s first Virtual 5k Run/Walk for Scholars on Saturday, April 2, 2022. This flextime event will serve as the kickoff to NSU’s university-wide participation in the American Public Health Association’s public health initiative and raise dollars to support Norfolk State students. Please support my personal goals by joining or creating a team; and/or making a tax-deductible personal donation to this worthy cause at NSU Make a Gift today.

Norfolk State University has been transforming lives for generations of students. Your generosity is essential so that we can continue to fulfill this vital mission.


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