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Dr. Abdullah talks about the resurgence of VSU athletics, a new grant to support agribusiness growth in Virginia’s black communities, and what has positioned the VSU as one of the state’s fast-growing institutions in new student enrollment.
Virginia State University has received a $600,000 federal grant to train farmers and ranchers in more than 50 counties throughout Virginia, with a specific emphasis on veterans and residents from socially disadvantaged areas.
Virginia State University pays tribute to now-defunct St. Paul’s College, a private HBCU in rural Virginia which shuttered in 2013, but which graduated several VSU faculty and staff members who today carry its legacy.
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HBCU Gameday reports on the breaking news involving Virginia State University head football coach Reggie Barlow, who reportedly will leave the CIAA champions for an assistant coaching job with the Oakland Raiders.
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Virginia State University and Tuskegee University finished their 2017 regular seasons with expected results; conference championship trophies. But only one of these programs got the nod for an appearance in the NCAA Division II post-season playoffs.
First, Virginia State’s historic CIAA championship run.
He’s no secret, but Virginia State’s Trent Cannon sure is a weapon. The VSU running back scored three touchdowns, including two back-breaking runs in the second half, to help lead his team to a 42-19 win over Fayetteville State to claim the CIAA championship. Crown ‘Em: @VSUTrojans 42, @FSUBroncos 19 F.
Then, a familiar outcome for the TU Golden Tigers.
FORT VALLEY-Ga. Tuskegee University didn’t run up 50 points like it did last week, but instead pulled off a 13-6 defensive showcase against Fort Valley State to claim the 2017 SIAC Championship. The Golden Tigers claimed its 31st Conference Championship in school history behind a steady dose of Hoderick Lowe.
But the NCAA playoff bracket won’t include both champions. Instead, Bowie State University receives an at-large invitation to the Division II tournament.
INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA Division II Football Committee announced today the field of 28 teams for the 2017 NCAA Division II Football Championship. Twelve first-round games will be conducted on the campus of one of the competing institutions. In addition, one team per super regional has earned a first-round bye.
The Bulldogs and Trojans will both host opening round games on Nov. 18.
How do you even sum up how the CIAA Championship slate was set on Saturday afternoon? Nerve wrecking? Gut-wrenching? That sounds about right.
Hardcore HBCU football fans know the stakes of tomorrow’s CIAA Northern Division matchup between Bowie State University and homecoming host Virginia State University. Both teams undefeated, both teams featuring conference player of the year candidates in VSU tailback Trent ‘Boom’ Cannon and BSU quarterback Amir Hall.
When Virginia State and Bowie State meet at Rogers Stadium just outside of Petersburg, VA on Saturday, a lot will be at stake. Both teams come into this pivotal Week Seven matchup undefeated, with Bowie coming in at 6-0 and Virginia State right behind it at 5-0.
It has the feel of a 1990’s BET ‘Game of the Week’ with Charlie Neal on the call and most HBCU football fans around the country, even Divison I MEAC and SWAC elitists, likely checking smartphones for updates tomorrow afternoon. And even though it won’t be televised on ESPN (which all of us should be boycotting for the next week or so), and won’t be the easiest boxscore to find on your phone (unless you follow @HBCUGAMEDAY on Twitter), it is the kind of game which comes along maybe once a year, and comes out of the blue.
The winner will all but control its own destiny in clearing a path to the CIAA football championship, potentially earning enough attention to draw a respectable seed in the Division II football championship playoffs. NFL scouts will likely be paying attention to this game, looking for diamonds in the rough and skill positions like corner, running back, wide receiver and interior line.
Fans will come from all parts of Maryland and Virginia to sell out the stadium, a rarity in black college football even for the most bitter of rivals. And local businesses in Petersburg will reap the benefits of a VSU homecoming with regional intrigue for sports and partying.
This is what black college football should be – regional rivalries with mass appeal across geography, commerce, and athletic bragging rights. This is what every Saturday feels like in the SEC, Big Ten and Big 12, but what we only get a taste of in HBCU culture. When we get these moments, it is something to treasure as fans and something to try and replicate as peer HBCU institutions.
Because if we can’t build up more of these moments across all four of our HBCU conferences, we run the risk of asking fans to support out of racial allegiance, without loyalty to a real college sports enterprise.
And as we’ve seen with HBCU attendance, racial allegiance only gets you but so far.
While North Carolina A&T State University has broken its own enrollment mark as the nation’s largest historically black college or university, several HBCUs are posting record enrollment for first-year students and total headcount.
Kentucky State University this week reported a first-year student increase of more than 160 percent from its confirmed student post of 194 students at the beginning of the summer. Officials attributed the spike of more than 300 additional enrollees to a dedicated enrollment management unit and the appeal of university’s access and affordability.
“Kentucky State University continues to provide access to a quality education and is an affordable choice,” KSU President M. Christopher Brown II said all while understanding that students still encounter financial challenges when it comes to investing in their futures.
The enrollment growth is a major step towards KSU’s goal to increase total attendance to 3,000 students by 2020.
At Virginia State University, officials reported a 50 percent spike in the number of first-year students, and with more than 1,100 total freshman is the largest overall freshman class in the last three years.
“Since the start of my presidency, I implemented several key areas that focus on providing a transformative experience for our students,” said VSU President Makola Abdullah. “During these past two years, that experience and excitement has been seen by numerous people from coast to coast and through our accolades of achievements and through the various media platforms in particular social media that Virginia State University is a place to thrive and succeed.”
Elizabeth City State University also broke a five-year negative enrollment trend this fall, with an incoming freshman class and transfer students lifting the university’s total enrollment above 1,400 students.
“While I must make it absolutely clear to everyone involved that one uptick in fall enrollment can’t be interpreted as a trend, we will take a moment to celebrate this accomplishment because it is the first time in seven years that ECSU has seen an overall increase in enrollment,” said ECSU Chancellor Thomas Conway.
Central State University, the 2017 HBCU of the Year has also made sizable increases in enrollment, reporting a 13 percent increase in international student enrollment which includes a 300 percent increase in the number of Bahamian students.
Alcorn State University officials today announced a 38 percent increase in admitted freshmen, with 740 students breaking the institutional mark set in fall 2016. The class of 2021 sets the university’s total student mark at 3,952 students, its highest mark since surpassing 4,000 students in 2012.
“Because of the number of tools and opportunities made available to our students, high school students everywhere are beginning to recognize the value and quality education available at Alcorn State University,” said Alcorn State President Alfred Rankins. “It’s good to see so many fresh faces on campus, and we hope that they matriculate at Alcorn within four years.”