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Thoughts on the 25th Anniversary Celebration

Posted: September 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: announcements | Tags: | No Comments »

Many people have been asking me how the Anniversary turned out. Here are my thoughts.

It was really really nice. Lets start from the beginning, the ceremonies kicked off with a cheese and wine mixer in the New Student Union building. The new union is really nice. I suggest everyone make a trip back to the school so that they can see it. It’s 100x better than the old one. The mixer was ok (the spicy cheese was nasty), it was a chance for everyone to mix and mingle. Mostly in here you were able to get reacquainted with classmates and other DNIMAS Alumni. If I wasn’t shy i would’ve made more of this event. It wasn’t much of an ice breaker, but it was good for catching up with people before the banquet.

The banquet was setup really nicely. The meal for the night was baked chicken, greens, mashed potatoes, with salad and sweet potato pie and chocolate cake (which was really good). The keynote speaker for the night was Howard Adams. Dr. Adams reminded us why we need to give back and support our institutions. He also reminded us that we can overcome any challenges we put our minds to. We got to hear from former school president Dr. Harrison B. Wilson about how the program came to be. Next, each Alumni member who was present was announced and received an award.

The 2nd day’s events consisted of students presenting research that they were currently doing or had completed over the past summer. The presentations made me feel really old, because for most of the presentations I listened to, I had no idea what the students were talking about. I wonder if this is how most people felt after listening to my presentations when I was in still in school. After the presentations we had a panel discussion with students and Alumni members. The students asked questions and received good advice and information from the panelists and other Alumni members in the crowd. After Alumni hung around a little longer to help answer any lingering questions the students had.  After the panel we enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, and barbecue chicken in the pre-game tailgate, before watching the NSU football team stomp Virginia State 51-28.

Overall all of the events of the weekend were really nice. There were about 40-50 Alumni present. Most were from the earlier DNIMAS classes. Their continued support of the program is an example for all to follow. I would’ve like to have had more time to mix and mingle with both the Alumni and the current students. I was able to do some networking, but it would’ve been nice to have more opportunities.

I hope we don’t wait 25 years to do this again. It was a good experience and one that will definitely bring a boost to the program.


Whitney Osborne

Posted: September 17th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

What year did you graduate?
2008
What was your major?
Chemistry (Pre-med)
Do you have any advanced degrees?
Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from George Washington University
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
I am working on a research project for the District of Columbia Department of Health and I recently participated in a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is an honors program for students interested in math and sciences. Through DNIMAS students are exposed to several career options as well as graduate and professional education programs.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
DNIMAS helped me realize my potential and understand the importance of networking.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
I met several wonderful and intelligent students through DNIMAS. I also made some life-long friendships.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
I tutored students at NSU, at my church, and at various Virginia Beach Public Schools. I also mentored three students, worked in my church’s nursery, and sang in the choir.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
The family bond between the DNIMAS students.
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
The weekly paperwork I had to fill out, but that was not a big deal.
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I would not have had a chance to participate in some opportunities of a lifetime and I would be paying back loans right now.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Yes
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Take advantage of every opportunity you are given and never give up! Not many students are awarded full scholarships so be grateful for what you have.


Karina A. Jones (Mayfield)

Posted: September 17th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

What year did you graduate?
1995
Where are you from?
Suffolk, Virginia
What was your major?
Chemistry (Pre-Chemical Engineering)
Do you have any advanced degrees?
Yes. Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
Systems Engineer for Marine Corps Systems Command
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is an academic program that challenges students to look beyond the surface of their intellect and social status in order to discover what gifts and skills can be used to effect positive and lasting change.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
DNIMAS made graduate school a priority and it prepared me for the rigors of obtaining an engineering degree. This accomplishment has helped me navigate my career in just about any direction I wanted.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
DNIMAS challenged me to get stretch past my comfort zones and learn about my weaknesses and flip them into a skill, a craft that I could fall back on later. My DNIMAS class mates were an awesome support system as well. We were competitive yet, we were there for each other. I still hold many of the friendships today very dear to my heart.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
I was in the Gospel Choir, Student Leadership, and National Society of Black Engineers (going to lots of conferences). I participated in a lot of Spades tournaments, hung out on the steps of Phyllis Wheately for HOURS. Of course I went to games mostly football and basketball.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
Sitting on the steps of Phyllis Wheatley (with the ladies from the class of ’95) watching a car literally drive up on the median because the driver was too busy looking at us! That was funny!
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
Whatever my issues were, they were outweighed by the fun I had and the shear joy of graduating with honors!!
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I would not have met some of the most sincere, caring, supportive and loving friends that I have in my life. Those
relationships will last a lifetime.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Absolutely! Weekly or daily.
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Push yourself and do not rest on your laurels or GPA! Intellect gets you to a point. Perseverance through trials allows you to enter with unwavering confidence.


Da’Shaun A. Joseph

Posted: September 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

What year did you graduate?
2007
Where are you from?
New Orleans, LA
What was your major?
Computer Engineering
Do you have any advanced degrees?
Yes, Masters in Systems Engineering from George Washington University.
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is the only full academic scholarship program at Norfolk State University. It create dynamic opportunities for esteemed students in the STEM field and is one of the most premier academic programs that NSU has to offer.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
DNIMAS introduced me to the engineering field. Without DNIMAS, I would not have taken an interest in Computer Science or Engineering. Once I became an engineer, the world of possibilities opened drastically.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
DNIMAS helped me learn how to foster a diverse and inclusive mindset that is critical in corporate America.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
National Society of Black Engineers, Dynasti Dance Team, SGA, DNIMAS Student Association, Ms. NSBE 2006, Senior Class Queen 2007, Monster DLP, INROADS.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
GRADUATING!!!!!!!!!!
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
Those infamous mandatory study session!!!!
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I would have majored in Mass Communications at Clark Atlanta University.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Very few, that is sad and I need to change that!!!
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
DNIMAS is teaching fundamentals that will be critical in graduate school and corporate America. As irrelevant and tedious as things may seem, they are always done for a reason. Being on a full academic scholarship is a PRIVILEGE and something that is really not common to achieve easily.. As your parents would say, you won’t understand it today but you will 5 years from now.


25th Anniversary

Posted: September 12th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: announcements | Tags: | No Comments »

The 25th Anniversary of the DNIMAS Program is coming the 17-19th of September

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, September 17, 2010

1-4 p.m.
Registration & Tours of the College of Science, engineering & Technology William P. Robinson, Sr. Technology Building
6-7 p.m.
Reception/Social Hour @ New Student Center
7-9 p.m.
Banquet @ New Student Center

Saturday, September 18, 2010

2-4 p.m.
DNIMAS STEM Conference @ William P. Robinson, Sr. Technology Building
4-6 p.m.
DNIMAS Alumni Tailgate
6-10 p.m.
Football Game – Norfolk State University vs. Virginia State University

Sunday, September 19, 2010

10:45 a.m.
Worship Service @ Shiloh Baptist Church

The Registration Fee is $75 for Professionals, $45 for Students (undergrad and graduate)
Register and get more info here – http://nsu.site-ym.com/events/event_details.asp?id=106238