Elizabeth City State Radio Station Receives $220,000 CPB Grant PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 May 2021 16:37

Elizabeth City State University’s public radio station, WRVS 89.9 FM, has received more than $220,000 in grant funds from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The grant, according to station general manager Melba Smith, will provide funds to produce and present local news broadcasts on a consistent basis.

The grant funds come from the CPB’s American Rescue Plan Act Stabilization Grant. The grant is funded under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus.”

Through local news broadcasts, WRVS will not only provide up-to-date reports on the region’s news, but also emerging information regarding COVID-19.

“WRVS plans to utilize the funds awarded to ensure that staff have the ability to provide live broadcast coverage in the event of a quarantine or limited in-person station access through the use of remote broadcasting tools,” said Ms. Smith.

The funds, she said, will also allow WRVS to continue providing “nationally acclaimed programming dedicated to educating and informing the general public on topics related to coronavirus prevention, preparedness, and response.”

“For the station, that also means bolstering its lineup of public affairs programming,” she said.

In March, the CPB board of directors approved a distribution plan for $175 million in emergency stabilization funds for public media. The funds were included in the American Rescue Act, signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11.

During the height of the pandemic, WRVS worked to keep its listening area informed on the latest COVID-19 news. The station’s program director, Clay Mercer, continued daily broadcasts, not only providing local public service announcements and entertainment, but also through National Public Radio.

Mr. Mercer did much of his work, like so many, from home. Much of WRVS’s programming was prerecorded due to stay-at-home orders throughout the pandemic, and Mr. Mercer worked with a minimal staff.

Now, thanks to the CPB grant, the addition of staff will give WRVS the needed resources to provide broader coverage of the region and important information surrounding COVID-19.

“Through broadcast, streaming, and podcasting platforms, WRVS will produce and present local news and information for its listening audiences on a consistent basis,” said Ms. Smith. “As such, the station will also invest funding in coronavirus related resources and services that will be available to the public at station-sponsored community events and activities.”

For more information about WRVS, and a broadcast schedule, go HERE.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 May 2021 16:38
Elizabeth City State Launches Initiative With $ 4.2 Million In Credits and Grants PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 May 2021 10:38
Elizabeth City State University is launching its VikingPLUS program, a comprehensive set of initiatives to help students afford a high-quality college education.  The university will award new funds under VikingPLUS this year and has already provided a total of nearly $4.2 million in free credits, additional emergency funding, and housing and meal plan grants since spring 2020.
“Our students should be discovering their passions, not worrying about finances, which can be a significant concern for many families,” said ECSU Chancellor Karrie G. Dixon.  “A college degree opens doors to the future, and we have combined programs under the VikingPLUS umbrella to nurture our students and empower them to conquer their dreams.”
Ranked one of the Best Bang for the Buck colleges, ECSU supports students financially, and offers programs to help students feel a sense of belonging and purpose on campus.  As noted in Best Colleges, when students “tap into their school’s resources and programs, they have a better chance of graduating and entering the workforce with a bachelor’s degree.”
One of the biggest concerns for students and families is student loan debt.  According to Student Loan Hero, Americans owe more than $1.71 trillion in student loans, which is about $739 billion more than the total U.S. credit card debt.  
“We consider the overall welfare of our students.  From supporting them financially to keeping class sizes small, we strive to give our students the individual attention and resources they need to thrive,” said Chancellor Dixon.
Below are highlights of the VikingPLUS program, with more initiatives to be added in the future.


The first six credits of summer school are free:  431 students just received an award totaling $517,733 in free tuition for the summer 2021 term.


Students will receive $1,500 towards their housing and meal plan if they live on campus for the Fall 2021 semester.  ECSU expects to award $1.5 million for the 1,023 students projected to live on campus this fall.  


ECSU awarded more than $2.1 million in emergency grants to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds are awarded on an ongoing basis, and do not impact financial aid eligibility.  


The university offers a $150 to $4,000 grant if a student withdrew temporarily and re-enrolled at a later date.  ECSU has provided $50,000+ since the launch of the program last year, with additional grants to be awarded this summer.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 May 2021 10:41
UNC System Names Members Of Executive Leadership Institute PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 May 2021 08:33
 The University of North Carolina System has named a select group of 24 participants to its Executive Leadership Institute. 
This is the second cohort of the program, which is designed to build the next generation of top leadership from within the UNC System. It includes a focus on enhancing the pool of well-prepared, highly qualified future leaders from Historically Minority-Serving Institutions.
The 10-month program will provide an overall view of the UNC System, its operations and future leadership opportunities. The institute develops leadership skills by sharing best practices and forming partnerships among participants and their institutions. Members will benefit from executive coaching on an individual level and in a team setting.
“Through this institute, we can grow our own future leaders, developing their talents and fostering a renewed climate of collaboration and excellence,” said UNC System President Peter Hans. 
Leading experts from across the UNC System will deliver in-person and online instruction designed to enhance leadership skills. The cohort will follow a curriculum in three experiential education modules: executive leadership, leading teams and leading the enterprise.
The members of the new class are:
Omar Ali, professor and dean of Lloyd International Honors College, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Karen Beres, vice provost and dean of academic affairs, University of North Carolina School of the Arts


Gary Brown, vice chancellor for student affairs, Elizabeth City State University


Ivey Brown, university general counsel, Winston-Salem State University


Garikai Campbell, provost, University of North Carolina Asheville


Cory Causby, associate vice chancellor for human resources, Western Carolina University


Crystal Chambers, professor of educational leadership, East Carolina University


Lindsay McCollum Farling, vice president of finance and budget, University of North Carolina System
Paula Gentius, chief of staff and secretary of the university, North Carolina State University


Erin Hart, chief of staff, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University


Laura Kieler, chief marketing officer, PBS North Carolina


Nicole Lucas, interim director, institutional effectiveness and SACSCOC accreditation, Fayetteville State University


Terry Lynch, vice chancellor for student life, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics


Krisha Marcano, assistant dean of student affairs and entrepreneurship, University of North Carolina School of the Arts


Pedro Nino, director of strategic planning, North Carolina Central University


Amy Owenby, human resources director, North Carolina Arboretum


Darin Padua, professor and chair, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Eric Simon, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs, University of North Carolina Wilmington


BaShaun Smith, associate vice chancellor for student affairs/dean of students, Western Carolina University


Mesia Steed, associate professor and interim chair of Department of Biological Sciences, Winston-Salem State University



Frances Ward-Johnson, dean of the Colleges of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, North Carolina A&T State University


Laura Williams, controller, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate and the benefits of a mentoring relationship. Participants will have the opportunity to pay it forward as mentors for future cohorts, ensuring promising talent continues to develop and advance in careers across the UNC System.

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