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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.


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