Category Archives: North Carolina

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Shaw Junior Drum Major Tapped to Star in Tyler Perry Production

Timmy Richardson, a third-grader who stars on fall Saturdays as a junior drum major for Shaw University’s Platinum Sound marching band, last month landed a starring role in the upcoming Tyler Perry production “If Loving You is Wrong,” set to debut this fall on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Also known as Sho’Time Timmy, Richardson enjoys entertaining the crowd at Shaw football games. He has done a number of stage plays, TV commercials, music videos, short films, as well as independent feature films. Aside from filming the series, Richardson is preparing for the release of one of his projects, a short film called “No Child” written by Will Williams and directed by Rob Underhill. In addition, Richardson recently competed in a 16-week “Amateur Night” competition at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham hosted by the Apollo Theater in New York. After winning his first competition, Richardson is preparing to compete in the finals this month for a chance to qualify for an all-expense paid trip to New York to audition on the live show “Showtime at the Apollo.”

Richardson attends Powell Gifted and Talented Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, NC.


Winston-Salem State Wins Grant to Fight Teenage Pregnancy

A $400,000 grant from the NC Department of Health and Human Services to Winston-Salem State University will forge a partnership between the institution and a local secondary education system to combat teenage pregnancy. 

The grant will fund an after-school initiative aimed at raising awareness of sexual health and choices among Montgomery County, NC middle school students. Incidents of teenage pregnancy in the area rank third in the state since 2012.

“The after-school program, entitled Draw the Line, Respect the Line, is a three-part health intervention designed for middle school students,” said Kineka Hull, director of academic services in the WSSU School of Health Sciences, instructor in the school’s healthcare management program and principal investigator for the grant.  “The program encourages youth to practice abstinence, delay having sexual relationships, reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases and prevent pregnancy.  We also will emphasize the development of skills needed to set personal and sexual limits.”

The grant will support the program for four years.

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Shaw Employee Hits Lottery, Pledges Gift to University

Shaw UA Shaw University employee recently won a $2 million Powerball jackpot in North Carolina, and has pledged to fully fund an endowed scholarship she started at the university last year.

Marilyn Fields, a Shaw graduate and executive assistant to the president created the Richardson Johnson Fields Endowed Scholarship in September, and plans to complete her giving to fulfill the $25,000 endowment requirement.

“For me, it was a miracle to attend Shaw University,” Fields said in a statement released by the North Carolina Education Lottery. “By awarding a student with the Richardson Johnson Fields Endowed Scholarship, I can give students who are doing the best that they can academically, but still need financial help, the same opportunity I had.”

Fields, who said she has no plans to retire, is a respected member of the Shaw community.

“Marilyn is beloved by this institution,” said Dr. Gaddis J. Faulcon, Shaw’s acting president. “She has been a faithful and consistent donor and has given Shaw her time, talent and money for nearly 40 years. She has sponsored students, given some money and has done whatever she can for those in need. We are thrilled and thankful for her. This could not have happened to a better person.”


Fayetteville State Softball Players File Title IX Lawsuit Against University

p0609cpa.jpgA group of current and former Fayetteville State University softball players have filed a lawsuit against the university, alleging inequitable funding and treatment by the school between its men’s and women’s teams.

The Fayetteville Observer yesterday reported the list of concerns listed in the 65-page Title IX federal filing, including forced fundraising activities, limited practice times, inadequate equipment, and other allegations.

The complaint was filed in March. FSU spokesman Jeff Womble said the university was informed June 9. He would not comment on any of the allegations.

“The Office of Civil Rights has requested information from the university, and the university is in the process of complying with that request,” Womble said in an email. “The university intends to fully cooperate with the Office of Civil Rights on this matter.”

The Department of Education will launch an investigation of the charges in August.


NCA&T Greek Alumni Launch Anti-Domestic Violence Campaign

10464248_694391893942493_4349007212660520866_nAlumni of North Carolina A&T State University with ties to Greek fraternities and sororities have launched an anti-domestic violence campaign, following the murder of A&T alumna and school teacher Bianca Tanner.

The campaign, Greeks Against Domestic Violence, seeks to bring unity among the nine Pan-Hellenic organizations to raise awareness of domestic violence and to recognize warning signs of abuse. The group, launched yesterday, has already organized a memorial event on July 9 in Charlotte’s Marshall Park. From the Facebook page:

The Charlotte A&T and Greek Community is devastated at the loss of such a brilliant young Woman. As we all come to terms with the many realities of this tragedy, there comes a moment when we must come together to revaluate the significance of the responsibility of the collective representation of our Three Greek letters.

North Carolina A&T to Offer IT Bachelor’s Degree

NCATNorth Carolina A&T State University will offer a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology in 2015, a program recently approved by the state’s Board of Governors and the eighth degree to be offered out of the university’s School of Technology.

“Few programs throughout the country have placed emphasis on training the next generation of students to support mainframes/Enterprise Systems. This degree is a tremendous opportunity for A&T to address the needs of the community and to become one of the top programs in the country with a focus on mainframe education,” said Benjamin Uwakweh, dean of the School of Technology at North Carolina A&T.