Historically Minority, Medium, and Small
Institutions, Students "the left behind" for lack of
facilities to offer online courses during Pandemic;
Board Member Darrell Allison refer to as Socialist
by fellow Board member for asking for funding for
|Michael J. Pippen, Sr.
Board member Darrell Allison Chair of UNC Committee
on Historically Minority-Serving Institutions and
member of UNC BOG
Budget and Finance Committee,
faced a stiff head wind from other members of the
Committee and larger UNC institutions chancellors,
in his attempt to secure funding from the UNC Repair
Budget, from the latter committee, to provide
monies for Minority, medium and small UNC
Institution, for emergency generators to prevent
those institutions from having to shutdown pursuant
local power failures. [Video] UNC System Online
Program Strategy Executive Summary, for information
only, indicate UNC System serves a small number of
full online students - only 28K, or 12% of student
in the System as of fall 2018. [ Sept. 2019, Ed Plan
Committee, Tyron Partners Report] UNC
Minority Committee Meeting Material Graphic
Pecaro Represents NCCU Football in NFF Hampshire Honor Society
NCCU Athletics - Photo Credit NCCU
IRVING, Texas – North Carolina Central University senior punter John
Pecaro has been named to the 2020 NFF Hampshire Honor Society,
comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who
maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college
careers, the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF)
announced on Wednesday.
Pecaro, who hails from Boynton Beach, Florida, boasts a 3.44 overall
GPA as a political science major, and is a member of the Tau Sigma
National Honor Society. After graduating in May 2020, he plans to
take a year off from school, work in the nation's capital while
studying for the LSAT and then go to law school.
Pecaro's 38.1-yard punting average in his final season for the
maroon and gray was nearly five yards better than last year (33.3)
on his way to being named CoSIDA Academic All-District in 2019.In
his final home game, he registered a 70-yard punt against South
Carolina State University, which matches the ninth-longest punt in
school history and longest punt since 2008.
"We are pleased to honor another impressive group of athletes as
part of this year's Hampshire Honor Society," said NFF President &
CEO Steve Hatchell. "For more than a decade, the Hampshire Honor
Society has served as a powerful vehicle for schools to recognize
their college football players who have distinguished themselves
both academically and athletically, and we congratulate the schools
and each of these young men for their commitment to excellence in
all aspects of their lives."
For a complete list of 2020 NFF Hampshire Honor Society members,
|N.C. A&T-led Research Team Awarded $8M NASA
Grant to Develop Air Passenger Taxis Jamie Crockett
EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (April 15, 2020) – An interdisciplinary team
led by North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
has received a four-year, $8 million award from NASA to address
traffic congestion by developing, testing and eventually deploying
air passenger taxis as a supplemental means of transportation.
|North Carolina A&T is the first historically black college or
university (HBCU) to lead a project for the agency’s University
Leadership Initiative (ULI). The grant is also the second-largest
award the university has received in its history.
“We won’t have the luxury of physical space to build more roads as
the populations in urban areas continue to grow,” said Abdollah
Homaifar, Ph.D., principal investigator and a NASA Langley
Distinguished Professor in the College of Engineering (COE). “I am
excited for this collaboration as we are addressing real challenges
in our society that require solutions that one group cannot provide
|“The project leverages interdisciplinary expertise to engineer new
capabilities in unmanned Advanced Air Mobility,” COE Dean Robin N.
Coger, Ph.D., said. “This project is a wonderful example of the scale
of innovation possible when research universities, industry, and
NASA partner together.”
N.C. A&T researchers will collaborate with researchers at Purdue
University and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech),
as a well as industry leaders Aurora Flight Sciences, Alaka’i
Technologies Corp., General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and
Northrop Grumman Corp.
Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
undergraduate and graduate Research : Engineering Capstone
|Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and ground vehicle (UGV)
The collaboration will address the following technical challenges (TCs)
in Advanced Air Mobility:
• TC1: Safe Perception, Coordination, Planning, and Navigation Led
by Ali Karimoddini, Ph.D. (N.C. A&T), and Kyriakos Vamvoudakis,
Ph.D. (Georgia Tech), will develop flexible and adaptive
coordination and control algorithms for Urban Air Mobility (UAM).
• TC2: Secured Autonomy Led by Inseok Hwang, Ph.D., and Dengfeng
Sun, Ph.D. (Purdue University), will develop secure algorithms for
future UAM. Cyber-physical characteristics will address both
conventional data security and physical security.
• TC3: Verification and Validation and Testing and Evaluation Led by
Abdollah Homaifar, Ph.D. (N.C. A&T), and Sam Coogan, Ph.D. (Georgia
Tech), will develop verification and validation procedures to
provide provable guarantees of correctness of the UAM software and
support certification of the developed technologies through testing
• TC3:System Integration Led by Dan DeLaurentis, Ph.D. (Purdue
University), and Mark Costello, Ph.D. (Georgia Tech), will integrate
TC 1-3 products through dependency analytics, integrated simulation,
and experimental flight tests through fast-learning cycles.
N.C. A&T will offer hands-on research for both undergraduate and
graduate students and support outreach opportunities that introduce
K-12students to engineering.
John Kelly (N.C. A&T) and James Goppert (Purdue University) will
lead the education and outreach components of the project aimed to
train the future STEM workforce. Other N.C. A&T researchers on the
project includeYahya Kamalipour, Ph.D., M. Nabil Mahmoud, Ph.D.,
Ioannis A. Raptis, Ph.D., and Allison Sullivan, Ph.D.
Additional researchers include Shaoshuai Mou, Ph.D., at Purdue
University, Judy Hoffman at Georgia Tech, James Paduano, Ph.D., at
Aurora Flight Sciences, Bruce J. Holmes, Ph.D., at Alaka’i
Technologies, Damon Jenkins at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
and Neta Ezer at Northrop Grumman Corp.
According to a Morgan Stanley study,the market for autonomous air
transportation will likely reach $1.5 trillion by 2040.
N.C. A&T is uniquely positioned to lead this project as Homaifar
serves as the director of the Autonomous Control Information
Technology (ACIT) Institute and director of the TECHLAV DoD Center
of Excellence in Autonomy.
NASA requested proposals driven by universities addressing at least
one of the agency’s six strategic thrusts. The initiative focuses on
developing the next generation of researchers and engineers and
emphasizes the inclusion of HBCUs and minority-serving institutions.
To learn more about the ULI program, visit NASA’s website.
Awarded UNC System’s Board of Governors’ Excellence in
|Jordan Howse; Photo courtesy
EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (April 8, 2020) — For more
than a decade, Jenora Waterman, Ph.D., has led
students and research at North Carolina Agricultural
and Technical State University in animal science,
specifically functional genomics.
Each year, a leading faculty member is chosen from
each of the constituent institutions of the UNC
System to receive the University of North Carolina
System’s Board of Governors (BOG) Award for
Excellence in Teaching. This year, Waterman, an
associate professor of functional genomics in the
College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES),
is N.C. A&T’s honoree.
“Dr. Waterman is an excellent professor who shows
commitment to the excellence of teaching her
students and in researching how agricultural
practices effect the animals and humans involved,”
said N.C. A&T Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
for Academic Affairs Beryl McEwen. “She’s a valuable
resource for students and has remained committed to
helping them reach their full potential in her
courses, lab and the workforce.”
“Dr. Waterman is an excellent professor who shows
commitment to the excellence of teaching her students and in
researching how agricultural practices effect the animals
and humans involved,” said N.C. A&T Provost and Executive
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Beryl McEwen. “She’s a
valuable resource for students and has remained committed to
helping them reach their full potential in her courses, lab
and the workforce.”
Waterman’s teaching style is one that engages students and
teaches them to be thought leaders while inspiring students
to become life-long learners.
“My goal as an effective teacher is to develop two of the
most essential skills needed in today’s global workspace –
good communication and critical thinking skills,” she said.
Her course content and assessments are hinged on building
these two skills. For example, her students create original
podcasts, participate in Socratic debates, and analyze
relevant non-fiction books to critically analyze,
communicate their thoughts, and apply information they
“Dedicated, demanding, enthusiastic and caring, are the
words I would use to describe her as a teacher,” said
Mohamed Ahmedna, dean of CAES. “When she speaks her
enthusiasm for the students and the topic of discussion are
A faculty member since 2008, Waterman earned her bachelor’s
and master’s degrees in biology at Bennett College and North
Carolina A&T, respectively. She earned her doctorate degree
in functional genomics at North Carolina State University.
Each Excellence in Teaching awardee will receive a
commemorative bronze medallion and a $12,500 cash prize. A
BOG member will present the award to Waterman during the
rescheduled spring commencement ceremony.
About North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
is the nation’s largest historically black university,
ranked number one among public HBCUs by U.S. News & World
Report. It is a land-grant, doctoral high-research
classified university by the Carnegie Foundation and
constituent member of the University of North Carolina
system. A&T is known for its leadership in producing
graduates in engineering, agriculture and other STEM fields.
The university was founded in 1891 and is located in
Greensboro, North Carolina.
|NCCU Senior Salute: Women’s Tennis April 16, 2020
Kevin Buczek Photo Credit NCCU
DURHAM, N.C. — The North Carolina Central University women’s tennis
team had its 2020 spring season cut short due to the coronavirus
pandemic, but the NCCU athletics department would like recognize its
four seniors for their athletic achievements by highlighting their
Eagle careers at this time in lieu of a traditional Senior Day
is honoring its four seniors at this time as the 2020 Mid-Eastern
Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women’s Tennis Championship was
originally scheduled for this weekend.
This quartet of seniors helped the NCCU women’s tennis team be
recognized as the NCCU Faculty Athletic Council Academic Award for
small teams each of the last three seasons and an ITA All-Academic
Team each of the past two campaigns. All four NCCU women’s tennis
seniors posted 4.0 grade point average (GPA) in the fall semester.
Senior Emily Pena is four-year letter winner for the Eagles. She has
competed in 58 dual matches for the maroon and gray and has totaled
six singles and 10 doubles victories. Pena garnered the NCCU women’s
tennis Newcomer of the Year award in 2017 and the Debra
Saunders-White Leadership Award in 2019. She has also earned MEAC
All-Academic Team accolades each of the past two years.
The Barquisimeto, Venezuela, native is expected to return to NCCU in
the fall to complete her degree. Pena is a business administration
major with a concentration in financial analytics. She plans to get
a job after graduating and go backpacking through Europe. Pena’s
favorite tennis moment at NCCU was beating Howard University in the
quarterfinals of the MEAC Women’s Tennis Championships in 2019.
Pena, who had a lot of ups and downs due to a back injury, partnered
with Sofia Miller to win their match that day. The Eagles went on to
win doubles and the match with Pena cheering on her teammates from
that point. It marked the first time NCCU advanced to the semifinals
in her career and capped their best season in her four years.
Senior Frida Cnossen is another four-year letter winner for the
Eagles, but she was a medical red shirt in 2018. Cnossen tallied 10
singles and 10 doubles wins in 44 dual matches over the other three
seasons. She bounced back from injury by earning First Team All-MEAC
laurels in 2019. Cnossen has earned two MEAC Player of the Week
awards, one MEAC Rookie of the Week award and is a three-time ITA
Scholar-Athlete and two-time MEAC All-Academic honoree.
The resident of Laren, Netherlands, is a biomedical sciences major.
Cnossen next plans to use up her last year of collegiate athletics
eligibility at another institution while pursuing a masters/PhD in
the biological field before eventually returning home to pursue
another masters in scientific illustration, which is her ultimate
goal to work in a field where you can combine science with art.
Cnossen, who did an internship with Kyoto University in Japan last
summer as part of the Amgen Scholars Program, reminisces that her
whole experience at NCCU was amazing. She believes the journey of
growing as a team and working together towards one goal makes it
special. College tennis does not exist in The Netherlands, so she
will always cherish the experience to play collegiately the United
Senior Sofia Miller played her final three seasons at NCCU after
transferring in from Oakland University. She participated in 45 dual
matches for the Eagles and registered nine singles and 12 doubles
triumphs over that span. Miller is a two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete
and a MEAC All-Academic Team honoree who earned the 2019 NCCU
women’s tennis Eagle Excellence (GPA) Award.
The Toronto, Canada, native is a political science major with a
concentration in theory and pre-law. Miller plans to travel and work
after graduation. Her favorite moment with the NCCU women’s team was
the same as Pena’s when the Eagles advanced to the semifinals of the
MEAC Women’s Tennis Championship in 2019.
Senior Jurasia Horvat joined the NCCU women’s team as a walk-on
before the spring 2019 dual season. She collected ITA
Scholar-Athlete honors before playing in her lone dual match in
2020, a doubles victory with Miller.
The local Cary, North Carolina, product is a business administration
major with a concentration in marketing. Horvat, who is a member of
the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, plans to get a job in sales or
marketing after NCCU with aspirations to go to grad school to either
obtain a MBA or law degree. Her favorite moment with the Eagles was
her first road trip with the team to Wofford and Gardner-Webb, where
she was able to become much closer with her teammates and coaches.