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Norfolk State University (NSU) is a four-year, state-supported, coed, liberal arts, historically black university located in Norfolk, Virginia. The University is a member-school of Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Virginia High-Tech Partnership.
The Commission on Colleges of the
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Norfolk State to award associate, baccalaureate, master and doctoral degrees. Currently, Norfolk State offers two doctorate and 15 master's degrees, including Master's degree programs in  Optical Engineering, Computer Science, and Criminal Justice. The school also offers 36 undergraduate degrees, with a new degree being offered in Optical Engineering.
Norfolk State's undergraduate and graduate programs are divided into eight schools/colleges.
Accounting, Finance Information Management
Tourism and Hospitality
Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship
The Ernest M. Hodge Center for Entrepreneurship
Secondary Education & School Leadership Development
Early Childhood/ Elementary Education
Center for Professional Development
Health, Physical Education & Exercise Science
Military Science ( Army ROTC)
English and Foreign Languages
Mass Communications & Journalism
College of Engineering, Science & Technology
CMR (Center for Materials Research)
Center for Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences
STARS (Science & Technology Academicians on the Road to Success)
Continuing Education Program
Child Welfare Education & Support Program
School of Extended Learning
The institution was founded in 1935 as the Norfolk Unit of
Virginia Union University (VUU). Eighty-five students attended the first classes held in 1935. Mr. Samuel Fischer Scott, an alumnus of Virginia Union and  Portsmouth native, served as the first director with the primary focus of maintaining the solvency of the school. Dr. Lyman Beecher Brooks, a Virginia Union alumnus, succeeded Mr. Scott as director in 1938, and served as provost, 1963–1969, and the first president 1969-1975.
In 1942, the school became independent of VUU and was named Norfolk Polytechnic College.
Within two years, by an act of the Virginia Legislature, it became a part of Virginia State College (now  Virginia State University). By 1950, the 15th anniversary of the College founding, the faculty had grown to fifty and the student enrollment to 1,018. In 1952, the College's athletic teams adopted the "Spartan" name and identity.
City of Norfolk provided a permanent site for the college on Corprew Avenue, and in 1955 Brown Hall, formerly Tidewater Hall, opened as the first permanent building on the new campus. In 1956 Norfolk State College granted its first bachelor's degrees.
In 1969, the college divided from Virginia State College and was named Norfolk State College. The College was issued accreditation from the
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools the same year with an enrollment of 5,400 students. In 1975 and the year following, the first Master’s degrees were awarded in Communications and Social Work, respectively. Dr. Harrison Benjamin Wilson, Jr., in 1975, succeeded Dr. Lyman Beecher Brooks as President after 37 years.
When the college was granted university status in 1979 by the
General Assembly of Virginia, it changed its name to Norfolk State University.
Norfolk State University celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1985 with a year of observances and with an enrollment of 7,200. In 1995 Norfolk State University's enrollment reached 9,112.
Upon the retirement of Dr. Harrison Benjamin Wilson in 1997, Dr. Marie Valentine McDemmond, became NSU’s third President in 1997 and served until her retirement.
Dr. Carolyn Winstead Meyers was selected as the fourth President and began service on July 1, 2006. Dr. Tony Atwater was announced as the new president in 2011.
Located on the former site of the
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The Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall is a large health, physical education, and ROTC complex with a seating capacity of 7,500. Other facilities include a 30,000-seat football stadium; a television studio and radio station, an African art museum, and a multi-purpose performing arts center. Research facilities include a life sciences building with a planetarium and a materials research wing with crystal growth, organic synthesis, laser spectroscopy, and magnetic resonance equipment.
In September 2009, the New Student Center facility opened. The three story building, which includes a game room, a dining area, a new bookstore, a wellness center (work-out facility), student lounges, and administrative offices, marks the first of two major projects for NSU.
Construction on a New Nursing and General Classroom Building is underway and scheduled to open in 2014, . Other recent construction on the campus includes the new police station (2007), the Marie V. McDemmond Center for Applied Research (2006), and the Spartan Suites Apartments (2005), and state-of-the-art Library (2012).
Student activities Edit
The university offers organized and informal co-curricular activities including 63 student organizations, leadership workshops, intramural activities, student publications and student internships.
Marching band Edit
The Marching Spartan Legion Band performs at campus events and during Norfolk State football games. They were featured performers in the
Honda Battle of the Bands in 2007 and 2008.
National fraternities and sororities Edit
All nine of the
National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations currently have chapters at Norfolk State University. These organizations are:
The Council of Independent Organizations includes:
Student media Edit
The Spartan Echo is the official student-produced newspaper of Norfolk State University. The paper is available in a print (available twice a month) and  (updated daily). The online edition was awarded Best Online Site and Best Online Video by the Black College Communication Association in 2009. [
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WNSB (College Radio Station) Edit
Norfolk State operates Script error WNSB(FM) radio, which broadcasts in stereo 24 hours a day from the campus and covers all of the Hampton Roads, Virginia area, reaching the Eastern Shore of Virginia, northeast North Carolina and the Richmond, Virginia suburbs. Established on February 22, 1980 and known as "  Hot 91.1", WNSB's programming is also broadcast via the internet.  
Norfolk State sports teams participate in NCAA Division I ( Script error Football Championship Subdivision for all sports including football) in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Norfolk State was formerly a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Conference (1953–1960) and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1962–1996).
The 2011–12 Norfolk State Spartans men's basketball team won the 2012 MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament championship which gave them the conference's automatic bid in the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, the school's first ever appearance in the tournament. The Spartans, a 15 seed, defeated the #2 seeded Missouri Tigers in the second round, 86-84. This victory was only the fifth time in NCAA Tournament history that a 15 seed defeated a 2 seed, with the last coming in 2001. 
Notable faculty and staff Edit
This list of notable faculty and staff contains current and former faculty, staff and presidents of the Norfolk State University.
Clinical psychologist, prominent lecturer, and author on the psychology of Africans
Current interim head men’s basketball coach at Norfolk State University and former head coach at Delhi Tech (Delhi, N.Y.) and Ulster County Community College (Kingston, N.Y.)
an elected member of the Ethiopian parliament and a former Senior Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
former professor of music and Composer-in-Residence at Norfolk State
Robert R. Jennings
current president of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University
Yvonne B Miller
Democratic State Senator who represents the 5th Senatorial District of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Olympic gold medal winner and former Norfolk State University coach
Notable alumni Edit
This is a partial list of notable alumni which includes graduates, non-graduate former students, and current students of Norfolk State University or predecessors such as Norfolk State College.
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former head football coach at Virginia Union University, Norfolk State University, and Saint Paul's College
guitarist, producer, writer and musical director
former ABA player for the New Jersey Americans
former NFL player for the New England Patriots and the Cleveland Browns
convicted American mass murderer
Bahamian track & field sprinter
NFL defensive back
former NBA player for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Washington Bullets
Derek T. Dingle
senior vice president/editor-in-chief of Black Enterprise magazine
former NBA player for the Golden State Warriors
Evelyn J. Fields
former director of the Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Corps Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Corps. She was the first woman and the first African American to hold this position.
percussionist and member of the jazz quartet Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
former NFL player for the Green Bay Packers
football coach and the inspiration for Denzel Washington's character in the Disney film
Remember the Titans
Pee Wee Kirkland
First-round NBA draft pick (1969, Chicago Bulls) and notable Rucker Park street basketball star. As a junior, he teamed with Bob Dandridge, and was named to the all-tournament team at the NCAA Mideast Regional in 1967.
former NFL player for the Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, and the New England Patriots
former NBA player for the Detroit Pistons; selected as the 72nd player (22ndth player in the 3rd round) in the 1988 NBA Draft
former NFL player for the San Diego Chargers
former reporter for the Virginian Pilot-Ledger Star, the , and Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the author of the best selling book The Washington Post Makes Me Wanna Holler
former NBA player for the Boston Celtics; selected as the 55th player (4th player in the 4th round) in the 1970 NBA Draft
Yvonne B Miller
Democratic State Senator who represents the 5th Senatorial District of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Regina W. Mobley
lead news anchor at WVEC-13 located in Downtown Norfolk, Virginia
Dr. Keith H. Newby
prominent cardiologist at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and owner/developer of Fort Norfolk Medical Plaza in Downtown Norfolk, Virginia
NBA player for the Orlando Magic
former NBA player for the Utah Jazz, Kansas City Kings, and the Seattle SuperSonics
former NFL player for the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, and the St. Louis Cardinals
comedian, actor, director
African-American lawyer, author and activist, who is noted as the founder of TransAfrica
James Edward Roe
former NFL player for the Baltimore Ravens and Arena Football League player for the San Jose SaberCats
Bahamian track sprinter
Shawn Z. Tarrant
member, Maryland House of Delegates
former U.S. diplomat to Algeria
Federal Judge, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
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"The Spartan Bookcase -Alumni authors". Norfolk State University . http://alumni.nsu.edu/?Authors . Retrieved 2009-01-29.
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