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Greensboro College Receives Largest Gift In Its History PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 February 2017 11:11
Greensboro College, one of the state's older private institutions of higher education, has received the largest gift in its history. 
 
The Greensboro News and Record reports that Walter and Dennie Newton of Bahama will donate $6 million from their estate as part of the colleges $15 million fund raising campaign. The Newtons co-chair of “GC2020: Uniquely Focused,” campaign which has already raised $13 million. 
 
The money will be spent of four major areas: scholarships; faculty and staff salaries; academic programs as as capital improvements. 
 
The Newtons have been connected to Greensboro College for decades. His ties to the college date to the 1920s, when cousins of his mother’s attended here. His mother graduated from the college in 1943 and later served as vice chair of the Board of Trustees.
 
Walter has served on the college's board since 1995. He has chaired the board since 2011, a period during which the college has emerged successfully from a financial and related accrediting crisis that came to a head during the Great Recession.
 
Greensboro College provides a liberal arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.
 
Founded in 1838 and located in downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia, and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master’s degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features an 18-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities.
 
 
NC Central Will Focus On "The Crisis in Black Education" During Black History Month PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 January 2017 14:02
 North Carolina Central University (NCCU) is celebrating Black History Month with a film, panel discussions and lectures, including an appearance by a philosopher, author and social activist Cornel West, Ph.D.
 
West, who is speaking as part of NCCU’s Department of Student Engagement and Leadership Rock the Mic Lecture Series, is a professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary and a professor emeritus at Princeton University, where he earned his Ph.D. in philosophy in 1980 after graduating magna cum laude from Harvard in three years.
 
He has taught at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris and authored more than 20 books, including  Race Matters and  Democracy Matters, as well as a memoir,  Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.
 
West served as an advisor for Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Democratic platform committee during the 2016 presidential race and remains committed to social activism. He was arrested in October 2014 while protesting the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and again in during a demonstration on the one-year anniversary of that shooting.
 
West’s lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 in B.N. Duke Auditorium on the NCCU campus.
 
Additional Black History Month activities sponsored, by the NCCU Department of History, include:
 
A Feb. 1 screening of the documentary “King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis” will begin at 5:30 p.m. NCCU Law School Great Hall.
 
On Feb. 7, Professor Robert Trowers will present a lecture on “Thoughts on Carter G. Woodson's ‘Mis-Education of the Negro’” at 10:40 a.m in Edwards Recital Hall in the Music Department.
 
On Feb. 16, Zelda Lockhart, holder of the alumni endowed chair in the Department of Language and Literature at NCCU, will present a public reading from her historical novel Cold Running Creek, which won an Honor Fiction Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association beginning at 10:40 a.m. in James. E. Shepard Library, second floor. 
 
Also on Feb. 16, the first in a two-part student-led discussion of the influential text Black Power: The Politics of Liberation in America (1967) by Stokley Carmichael and Charles V. Hamilton will take place at 7 p.m. in Edmonds Classroom Building, Room 103. The second part of that discussion will be held Feb. 22 also in Edmonds Classroom Building, Room 103 at 7 p.m. 
 
On Feb. 23, Lydia Lindsey, Ph.D., will present a lecture on “From the Negro Question to Black Lives Matter: An Analysis of Radical Race Theory of Grace P. Campbell and Claudia Jones” at 5 p.m. in Room 207 of the Edmonds Classroom Building, Room 207.
 
A lecture on “Nat Turner’s Memory by the Black Masses in the 1930s” will be presented by Tony Frazier, Ph.D., at 11:35 a.m. in Edmonds Classroom Building, Room 201A.
 
North Carolina Central University prepares students to succeed in the global marketplace. Selected as 2016 HBCU of the Year by HBCU Digest, NCCU offers flagship programs in the sciences, technology, nursing, education, law, business and the arts. Founded in 1910 as a liberal arts college for African-Americans, NCCU remains committed to diversity in higher education. Our alumni excel in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Visit www.nccu.edu.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 January 2017 14:04
 
Business Leaders Urged To Support Governor's Education Agenda PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 January 2017 12:56
Governor Roy Cooper encouraged leaders in business and education to support improvements in North Carolina’s K-12 school system, including an increase in teacher pay.
 
Cooper served as a special guest at the Public School Forum of North Carolina’s 3rd Annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh.
 
“North Carolina has fallen behind on teacher pay, and we must get our teachers’ salaries up to the national average,” Cooper said. “I’m committed to raising teacher pay and will fight to make significant progress every year until we get there.”
 
The Governor discussed several core topics related to education policy, including the value of scholarship programs that incentivize students to enter the teaching profession and treating teaching as a career rather than a job. Cooper placed special emphasis on raising public school teachers’ salaries in this year’s upcoming legislative session.
 
“Our schools have made our state great, and we have to make our public schools the best they can be,” Cooper said. “But we are slipping, and we have a lot of work to do all the way from early childhood to higher education.”
 
Wake County Sheriff Calls On School Board To Create Its Own Police Force PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 January 2017 11:09

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison has requested that the Wake County School System create its own police force. 

The request calls in the wake of a highly publicized incident at Roseville High School in which a school resource office is seen wrestling with a female student. Today, the sheriff's department provides the school district approximately 60 accredited law enforcement officers for security in the district's high and middle schools.

 

Sheriff Harrison made the request  via a letter which follows:

 

Following recent news coverage about the student fight incident at Rolesville High School, I wanted to share with you my thoughts about moving forward with a centralized approach to safety and security at our Wake County Public Schools. 
 
Four years ago, I co-chaired a committee to review public safety issues facing our public school system. At that time, I made a series of recommendations including the formation of a police agency within the public school system.  I believe we really do need to begin to move in that direction, sooner rather than later. 
 
Our schools are continuing to see tremendous growth.  This year the Wake County Public School system has more than 185,000 students, teachers, administrators and staff.  It is the fifth largest public school system in the nation yet, the public safety apparatus for our schools is disjointed with multiple agency involvement and oversight. 
 
This patchwork of a public safety system in our schools is set up for failure.  Currently, we have 11 chiefs of police and one sheriff with oversight and direction of law enforcement efforts in our public schools.  Each agency has different protocols and training standards that often may be in conflict with the goals and objectives set by the school board and superintendent. 
 
It is imperative that we address this problem before it becomes a system failure that impacts a student, a teacher or a citizen of Wake County. 
 
As elected leaders, we need to work together to provide a safe and secure environment for learning in our schools.  I understand the county’s concern about upfront costs associated with establishing a new police agency, but I believe in the long-run it will be a good investment for our schools and our citizens. 
 
A public safety department under the direction and authority of the Wake County School System will provide a centralized command system.  It will ensure consistency in operational needs such as off-time facility security and a command center that can appropriately monitor every single school facility in the county. The agency would provide its officers a specialized training program geared for the specific needs of our schools – building positive relationships with our students, educators and law enforcement officers.  
 
Finally, it will provide a clear-cut channel of communication between school administrators, educators and the law enforcement officers, which is critical for an effective enforcement program in our schools.  
 
I want you to know that I will work with you, the county manager, the superintendent and the school board to begin movement in this direction. 
 
If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please feel free to call.  
 
 
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