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A&T History

Information about the history of A&T, including significant milestones by year.

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Historical Milestones

1800s

1862

The first Morrill Act was passed by the U.S. Congress granting to each state and territory a certain amount of land, the proceeds of which were to be used to establish at least one college. The main purpose of the college was to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes.

1890

The second Morrill Act, which provided funds to support the instructional program in the Land-Grant Colleges, was passed by Congress on August 30th. The Board of Trustees of the A. and M. College in Raleigh was empowered to make temporary arrangements for Negro students so that the College could qualify for funds under the second Morrill Act. Instruction for Negro students was begun at Shaw University in Raleigh in Agriculture, English, Horticulture and Mathematics involving four teachers and 37 students.

1891

The North Carolina General Assembly on March 9th ratified the Act establishing the "A. and M. College for the Colored Race". Its purpose was "to teach practical agriculture and mechanic arts and such branches of learning as relate there to, not excluding academic and classical instruction".

The first meeting of the Board of Trustees of the A. and M. College for the Colored Race was held on June 23rd.

1892

  • The Board of Trustees voted on March 3rd to locate the college in Greensboro. Durham, Mebane, Raleigh, Wilmington and Winston also made applications. The citizens of Greensboro had contributed 14 acres of land and $11,000.
  • John Oliver Crosby was elected the first President of the College by the Board of Trustees on May 25th.

1893

The main building which was called “the college building” was completed. “It was a multi-purpose building that was used for dormitories for men and women, food service, classrooms and offices. It was destroyed by fire in 1930.” Gibbs, Warmoth T. History of The North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College. Dubuque, Iowa: Wm. C. Brown Book Company, 1966.

1894

  • The first college catalog was published which showed photographs of the main building, a dormitory, the names of the five teachers, the steward and the nine departments.
  • The student newspaper, The Register, was first published.
  • The North Dormitory was completed which housed one hundred students in thirty-eight rooms.
  • Margaret Falkener is credited with organizing the Music Deparment.

1895

  • Governor Ellis Cobb became the first Governor of the State to visit the campus.
  • The Mechanical Building or Crosby Hall, designed by President John O. Crosby, was completed in the summer.

1896

Dr. James B. Dudley, principal of the Peabody School in Wilmington, North Carolina was selected as the second President. He served until 1925.

1899

The first degrees are conferred by the college. The class motto was "no steps backwards". The first degree recipients were:

  • W.T.C. Cheek, B.S.
  • I.S. Cunningham, B.S.
  • A.W. Curtis, B.Agriculture
  • E.L. Falkner, B.Agriculture
  • J.M. Joyner, B.Agriculture
  • P.E. Robinson, B.Agriculture
  • A. Watson, B.S.

1900s

1902

Enrollment was restricted to males only.

1904

The College developed an 100-acre farm equipped with the latest in farm machinery and labor-saving devices.

1915

The name of the College was changed to "Negro Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina" by an Act of the General Assembly.

1919

The Junior Unit of Army R.O.T.C. was inaugurated. This two-year program continued until the Senior Division R.O.T.C. was begun in 1942.

1925

  • Dr. Ferdinand D. Bluford was selected as the third President and served until 1955.
  • A&T became a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).

1926

The National Alumni Association was organized.

1928

  • The College was granted co-educational status.
  • A&T was granted an "A" rating by the North Carolina Department of Education.

1930

A&T was ganted an "A" rating by the New York Department of Education and the American Medical Association.

1931

On December 16, female students are allowed for the first time to participate in the student government as members of the Student Council.

1936

A&T attained an "A" rating on the approved list of the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

1939

A&T was authorized to grant the Master of Science degree in education and certain other fields.

1941

Roy Elloy Hall was the first graduate to receive the Master of Science degree.

1940

A&T conferred its first bachelors degree in instrumental music.

1942

Senior Army R.O.T.C. Program was begun.

1946

  • The A&T Foundation was established on March 4th by the Board of Trustees.
  • A&T acquired the 96-acre land tract known as North Campus.

1951

The Senior Air Force R.O.T.C. Program was instituted.

1953

The School of Nursing was established.

1955

Dr. Warmoth T. Gibbs was selected as the fourth President and served until June 30th, 1960.

1957

  • The first class in the School of Nursing graduated.
  • The North Carolina General Assembly redefined the purpose of A&T College as follows:
    "The primary purpose of the College shall be to teach the Agricultural and Technical Arts and Sciences and such branches of learning as related thereto; the training of teachers, supervisors, and administrators for the public schools of the State, including the preparation of such teachers, supervisors, and administrators for the Master's Degree. Such other programs of a professional or occupational nature may be offered as shall be approved by the North Carolina Board of Higher Education, consistent with the appropriations made therefore."
  • The name of the College was changed to "Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina".
  • Rodney Jaye Miller of Greensboro was the first white student admitted to A&T.

1959

A&T was fully-accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

1960

1964

  • Dr. Lewis C. Dowdy was selected as the sixth President of the College and served until 1980.
  • John A. Steinhauer, a science teacher, was the first white student to earn a degree from A&T, earning the Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Chemistry.

1965

The College acquired the East Campus, formerly the Immanuel Lutheran College.

1966

  • The Board of Directors for the A&T College Foundation was appointed. Membership of the Board grew from five to twenty-four.
  • The Board of Trustees, in its annual meeting on Thursday, October 20, approved a resolution changing the titles of Dean of Instruction to Dean of Academic Affairs and Dean of Students to Dean of Student Affairs, both effective December 1.
  • Radio station WANT was established on February 9th.

1967

  • Four new buildings were named: B.W. Barnes Biology Building, Edward Richard Merrick Building, C.M. Vanstory Hall, Memorial Union of A&T College.
  • The Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina, by an Act of the North Carolina General Assembly, was designated a Regional University as the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Two academic divisions were established: the Division of Industrial Education and Technology and the Division of Business and Economics.
  • The name of the College was changed to "North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University".

1968

Effective September 1st, the University was reorganized into the following academic areas:

  • School of Agriculture
  • School of Arts and Sciences containing the Division of Humanities
  • Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Division of Social Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Graduate Studies
  • Division of Business Administration

1969

  • The School of Engineering was accredited by the Engineers' Council for Professional Development.
  • The Department of Speech and Drama was created as a part of the School of Arts and Sciences.
  • The History and Political Science Departments were created after formerly being one department.

1970

  • The School of Business and Economics was created by an Action of the Board of Trustees.
  • The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaffirmed A&T's full membership.
  • The Paul Robeson Little Theatre was opened.
  • The Register acquired IBM equipment enabling its staff to perform functions of newspaper production excepting printing.

1971

  • A&T left the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and helped form the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
  • The School of Engineering attained membership in the Association of Schools of Engineering.
  • The School of Nursing was accredited by the National League for Nursing.

1972

A&T became a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, which is comprised of 16 senior public institutions.

1974

The University's Social Science Program received approval from the Council on Social Work Education.

1976

The Men's Basketball Team wins the MEAC Championship.

1977

The Teacher Education Programs were approved by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

1978

  • The Graduate School was approved as a member of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States.
  • The Industrial Technology program was accredited by the National Association of Industrial Technology.

1979

  • The University's undergraduate business program was accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.
  • Dr. Ronald E. McNair, a 1971 A&T graduate, was selected for the U.S. astronaut program.

1980

  • Dr. Cleon F. Thompson became the seventh Chancellor, serving one year as Interim Chancellor.
  • The University became an affiliate member of the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina.

1981

Dr. Edward B. Fort was inaugurated as the eighth Chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University.

1983

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a 1964 A&T graduate, became a candidate for the Presidency of the United States.

1984

A&T graduate Dr. Ronald E. McNair orbited the Earth in the Space Shuttle Challenger.

1985

  • The following facilities were dedicated:
    • Aggie Stadium
    • Bryan House
    • Zoe P. Barbee Hall
    • Ellis F. Corbett Health, Physical Education and Recreation Center
    • Lewis C. Dowdy Administration Building
    • W.H. Gamble Complex
    • Warmoth T. Gibbs Social Science Hall
    • Haley Hall
    • Holt Hall
    • Marteena Hall
    • Alma I. Morrow Hall
    • Mattye Reed African Heritage Center
    • Register Staff House
    • B.C. Webb Animal Science Hall
    • F.A. Williams Cafeteria
  • The School of Arts and Sciences was renamed "College of Arts and Sciences", effective June 1st.

1986

  • Dr. Ronald E. McNair, A&T alumnus and U.S. astronaut, perished in the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
  • The University's Accounting Program was accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.
  • A&T received a grant of $2.25 million from the U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research for composite materials research.

1987

  • The School of Technology was established.
  • Dedication ceremonies were held for the $8.5 million Ronald E. McNair Engineering Building.
  • Approval of $16 million was received from the North Carolina General Assembly for construction of a new library.
  • Roy Robertson, of Stokes County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

1988

  • A&T achieved a record enrollment of 6,200 students.
  • A&T broke ground for the new library.
  • The University was funded by NASA to operate a $3.6 million Space Technology Development and Utilization Program.
  • Kenneth Tobler, of Surry County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

1989

  • A&T received a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct telecommunications research.
  • The University enrolled a record 6,500 students.
  • Dedication services were held for the $1.7 million Charles Moore Agricultural Research Facility.
  • Lonnie Harrison, Jr., of Warren County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

1990

  • The University dedicated a multi-million dollar center for composite materials research.
  • A&T graduated twelve students in the new Chemical Engineering Program.
  • A&T was selected as the lead institution in a $5.5 million research contract from NASA.
  • Robert Edmonds, Jr., of Halifax County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

1991

  • The $16 million new F.D. Bluford Library was dedicated.
  • The $600,000 Microelectronics Fabrication Laboratory was dedicated.
  • A&T enrolled a record 7,000 students.
  • Linda Woody, of Yancey County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

1992

Charles D. Sneed, of Franklin County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

1993

Elton Smith, of Halifax County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

1994

  • The first Ph.D candidates in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering were enrolled.
  • Harold Davis, of Yancey County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

1995

  • Dr. Kofi Obeng, School of Business and Economics, was the recipient of the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Betsy and Alex Hitt, of Alamance County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

1996

  • The Men's Indoor Track Team was co-winner of the MEAC.
  • Dr. Gilbert Casterlow, Jr. College of Arts and Sciences, was the recipient of the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Jackie Garner, of Bladen County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

1997

  • Dr. Nancy L. Glenz, School of Technology, was the recipient of the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Barbara and Larry Pierce, of Halifax County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

1998

  • A&T granted it's first Ph.D degrees to Sidney Llewellyn Bryson (Electrical Engineering), Alfred L. Burress (Electrical Engineering) and Christopher Grace (Mechanical Engineering).
  • Dr. Marihelen Kamp-Glass, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, was the recipient of the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Barbara and Lesker Loyied Norris, of Wake County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

1999

  • Dr. James C. Renick was installed as the ninth Chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University.
  • A&T held its first Winter Commencement on December 18th.
  • Dr. Arjun D. Kapur, School of Technology, was the recipient of the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • James Dunn, of Wake County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

2000s

2000

  • Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers was the first female named as Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.
  • The School of Agriculture was renamed "School of Agriculture and Environmental and Allied Sciences".
  • The Master of Science in Management (M.S.M.) degree program was approved in the School of Business and Economics.
  • Dr. Genevieve L. Williams, School of Education, was the recipient of the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Willie Woolard, of Martin County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

2001

  • Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers was named the first Provost of the University.
  • Yaxi Shen was the first female to earn a Ph.D degree at A&T (Mechanical Engineering).
  • On February 1st, Lewis A. Brandon, III, alumnus and civil rights activist, was awarded the first North Carolina A&T State University Medal for Human Rights.
  • The ribbon cutting ceremony was held on February 5th for the new 400 Obermeyer Parking Lot located in the heart of campus on Obermeyer and Laurel Streets.
  • A&T joined forces with area Arts Councils, businesses, educators and City officials to announce the premier of the Piedmont Jazz Festival, bringing prominent jazz artists to the Triad from April 4th through the 8th.
  • The dedication ceremony of the Aggie Suites residence hall was held on August 10th. Five wings in the 220,000 sq.ft. building were named in honor of members of the Board of Directors:
    • Dr. Alvin V. Blount
    • Lt. Col. Thurmon L. Deloney
    • Anne Graves Kornegay
    • Obrie Smith
    • Edward R. Zane
  • Dr. Musibau A. Shofoluwe, School of Technology, was the recipient of the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Burnice Blanks, of Robeson County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

2002

  • The monument honoring the Greensboro Four was unveiled. James Barnhill, a faculty member in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, sculpted the statue. The monument is located in front of the James B. Dudley Building.
  • Vincent G. Harding, civil rights activist, and the late Rosemarie Freeney Harding, peace and reconciliation activist, were awarded the North Carolina A&T State University Human Rights Medal. The Hardings co-founded The Veterans of Hope Project.
  • The A&T Tennis Complex was officially dedicated on March 17th. The complex is located on the southeast side of campus on East Market Street.
  • Dr. Susan Wilson, School of Nursing, was the recipient of the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • James A. Davis, III, of Halifax County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

2003

  • On March 31st, 2003, A&T was awarded a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
  • The Dean of Library Services position was established at A&T on August 29th. This position was formerly the Director of Library Services. Waltrene M. Canada, who served as the Interim Director of Library Services from 1993-4 and Director from 1994-2003, was appointed the first Dean of Library Services.
  • The Master of School Administration (M.S.A.) degree program was approved in the School of Education.
  • The Oaks Faculty and Staff Club opened for use on Thursday, September 4th, 2003. The Oaks was the former home of A&T's Presidents and Chancellors.
  • On September 23rd, North Carolina A&T State University and UNC Greensboro announced the creation of a Joint Millennial Campus. The Greensboro Center for Innovative Development, its official name, will have north and south campuses that will focus on regional economic development.
  • A&T's new logo was unveiled October 16th in a ceremony at Aggie Stadium. The new logo features the head of A&T's mascot with spiked chain and the words "NC A&T Aggies" around it. Other images unveiled included a new interlocking A&T letter mark, Baby Aggie youth mark and various word marks.
  • The Souls of Black Folk, by W.E.B. DuBois, was the first selected text in the Text in the Community Series at A&T.
  • Dr. Sandra C. Alexander, College of Arts and Sciences, was the recipient of the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Amy Locklear-Cummings and Ellery Locklear, of Robeson County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

2004

  • Quiester Craig Hall was dedicated on April 14th. The School of Business and Economics side of the General Classroom Building was named for Dr. Quiester Craig, who has been the Dean of the School of Business and Economics since 1972.
  • Civil rights attorney J. Kenneth Lee was awarded the North Carolina A&T State University Human Rights Medal.
  • Two Plus Two was officially signed into partnership at a ceremony held on April 27th. A&T and Davidson County Community College formed the initiative to encourage students to pursue careers in elementary education.
  • Progress, a sculpture by artist Richard Hunt, was unveiled in the plaza of the General Classroom Building on May 7th. A common theme of Mr. Hunt's demonstrated in his creations is freedom and the unique fusion of the spiritual and the material.
  • Pride Hall was dedicated on August 17th. The $12 million facility financed through A&T's University Foundation houses 439 students. The name of the residence hall is based on the popular "Aggie Pride" slogan. A&T student Latoya Thomas and employees Gwen Evans, Joycelyn Maybury, Edna Ragins and Tahira Nyabinghi with credited with naming the building in a contest.
  • On September 20th, North Carolina A&T State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) formed a partnership. As a result, NRCS will relocate one of its three technology centers and a remote sensing lab to Greensboro, strengthening its relationship with A&T.
  • The College of Arts and Sciences Building dedication was held on Thursday, October 7th in the General Classroom Building courtyard followed by an alumni reunion cultural celebration.
  • A&T qualifies for the doctoral/research intensive category established by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
  • The Division of Information Technology and Telecommunications (ITT) began the implementation of Aggie LAWN (Local Area Wireless Network).
  • Dr. Patricia Shelton, School of Nursing, was the recipient of the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Staley Hughes, of Orange County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

2005

  • In January, renowned journalist DeWayne Wickham joined A&T's faculty as a distinguished professor of journalism and mass communication and heads the Institute for Advanced Journalism Studies. The newly-renovated Crosby Hall houses the Institute.
  • Attorney and former Chancellor of North Carolina Central University, Julius L. Chambers, was awarded the North Carolina A&T State University Human Rights Medal.
  • The Aggie Softball Complex was dedicated on April 8th, the actual opening of the complex was on February 18th.
  • On April 24th, the Aggie Men's Baseball Team won its first MEAC regular season title against Coppin State at War Memorial Stadium in Greensboro.
  • In May, the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication received accreditation from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).
  • The Chancellor's Medallion was created by Chancellor James C. Renick to signify academic excellence, achievement and service. On July 22nd, the award was presented to the first three recipients: UNC System President Molly Corbett Broad, A&T Foundation President Obrie Smith and North Carolina A&T State University Board of Trustees Chair, Dr. Gerald Truesdale.
  • The Institute for Advanced Journalism Studies at A&T announced the creation of the Vernon Jarrett Award for Journalistic Excellence, to be presented annually beginning in April 2006. Vernon Jarrett, who died in May 2004, was a veteran columnist and television commentator.
  • DeLores "Dee" Todd was named the first female Athletics Director.
  • The Text in Community Series second book selection is The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.
  • Three new interdisciplinary graduate programs were established: Ph.D in Leadership Studies, Ph.D in Energy and Environmental Studies, and M.S. in Computational Science and Engineering.
  • On August 19th, A&T entered into a partnership with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (AFRL/ML) to allow research collaboration and support the study of science, mathematics and engineering at A&T.
  • The Institute for Public Health was created with Dr. James J. Gooch, A&T alumnus, named as Director.
  • The Alumni-Foundation Event Center was dedicated on December 16th.
  • Dr. Olenda E. Johnson, School of Business and Economics, was the recipient of the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Kirby and Nathaniel Maram, of Wataugae County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

2006

  • The Negro Educational Review, a quarterly scholarly journal of African American issues, was relocated to the campus of A&T on February 8th.
  • On March 22nd, Dr. Janice G. Brewington was appointed Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, effective May 1st.
  • The third selection of the Text in Community Series was The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century by Thomas Friedman, who visited classes and gave a public lecture on April 5th.
  • The New Science Building was dedicated on April 7th.
  • The Institute for Advanced Journalism Studies announced the first winners of the Vernon Jarrett Award for Journalistic Excellence in May:
    • Tammy L. Carter
    • Kevin Merida
    • Jerry Mitchell
    • Byron Pitts
    • Jack Renaud
    • Craig Crawford
    • Marion Brooks
    • Gregg Schatz
    • Jeff Koinange
  • On May 1st, Dr. Lloyd V. Hackley was named Interim Deputy Chancellor of A&T.
  • A&T's Liberal Studies Program graduated its first African American Studies, an interdisciplinary degree started in 2004, recipients at the May 13th Commencement. Graduating were Irish Gaymon-Spencer, Susan Hernandez-Figueroa and Jarvis Silver.
  • Dr. Stanley F. Battle, President of Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland, was named the eleventh Chancellor on November 6th.
  • Dr. Jacqueline A. Williams, School of Business and Economics, was the recipient of the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Ann and Harold Wright, of Bladen County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

2007

  • Physician and human rights activist Dr. Alvin V. Blount was awarded the North Carolina A&T State University Human Rights Medal.
  • The School of Education launched the Optional Licensure Program, designed to help non-education majors increase their post-graduation options by adding teaching licenses to their degrees.
  • The Text in Community Series fourth book selection was Things Fall Apart by Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe.
  • A ceremony was held in front of the Dudley Building on Monday, July 7th passing the torch from tenth Chancellor Dr. Hackley to Dr. Battle as the eleventh Chancellor.
  • The Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholars Program was announced, an initiative to begin in fall 2008 to offer incoming freshmen scholarships based on academic performance.
  • The F.D. Bluford Library marked its 70th year as a Federal Depository Library with a program held on November 28th featuring Beth Rowe, Head Documents Librarian at UNC Chapel Hill.
  • Seydou Niandou, a native of the Republic of Niger, graduates as the first Ph.D in Energy and Environmental Studies on December 15th.
  • Dr. Mary Smith, College of Arts and Sciences, was the recipient of the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Gary Morrell, of Alexander County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

2008

  • The Human Rights Medal was awarded to Dr. George H. Evans, a centenarian and Greensboro medical doctor who retired in 1981, at the University's 48th Sit-In Anniversary Celebration on February 1st.
  • The four buildings comprising the Aggie Village residence hall complex were named for each of the A&T Four {Jibreel Khazan (formerly Ezell Blair, Jr.), Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, and the late David Richmond).
  • On February 5th, Chancellor Battle, Guilford Technical Community College President Don Cameron and Guilford County Schools Superintendent Terry Grier announced the "Cosby Kids" at North Carolina A&T State University Program, an initiative named for entertainer/educator Dr. Bill Cosby to ensure that targeted children perform at or above grade level in reading, math and science.
  • Dr. Stanley F. Battle was installed as the eleventh Chancellor in a ceremony on April 25th.
  • On May 10th the first Ph.D in Leadership Studies were awarded to:
    • Jacqueline Cook Greenlee
    • Tonya Robin Hargett
    • Marjorie Norris Jenkins
    • Harvey Lindley Linebery, II
    • Cheryl Agnes Nicholas
    • Gladys Ashe Robinson
    • Charles Edward Wilson
  • Willie Ernest Grimes, a freshman at A&T who was shot on campus and succumbed on May 22nd, 1969, was posthumously awarded the Bachelor of Science. Accepting the degree was Willie Grimes' mother, Mrs. Ella Grimes, who was accompanied by her son, George Grimes.
  • The School of Business and Economics' Financial Trading Room, a classroom where students can simulate trading analyses, opened on September 25th on the second floor of Craig Hall.
  • September 29th the Aggie Fitness and Wellness Center, located at the corner of Bluford Street and Benbow Road, opened.
  • A&T was awarded an $18 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for an Engineering Research Center, the first time an HBCU has been a lead institution for such a center.
  • The Text in Community Series fifth book selection was Cold Running Creek by Zelda Lockhart.
  • Dr. Kenrett Jefferson-Moore, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, was the recipient of the 2007-2008 Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.
  • Dr. Stephanie Luster-Teasley, College of Engineering, was the recipient of the 2007-2008 Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.
  • Dr. Jothi V. Kumar, College of Arts and Sciences, was the recipient of the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Mary and Nelson James, of Pender County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

2009

  • The Human Rights Medal was awarded to civil rights leader and activist Dr. Diane Nash, who was actively involved in many of the major civil rights events in the 1960's and a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
  • The 2009-2010 Text in Community Series sixth book selection was Dreams from my Father, by Barack Obama.
  • Dr. Harold L. Martin, Sr. was elected as the twelfth Chancellor of the University on May 22nd; he began his duties on June 8th.
  • Dr. Rosemarie Vardell, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, was the recipient of the 2008-2009 Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.
  • Dr. Jerono Rotich, School of Education, was the recipient of the 2008-2009 Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.
  • Dr. Doretha Foushee, College of Arts and Sciences, was the recipient of the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • John Council, of Hoke County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

2010

  • February 1st, A&T marked the 50th anniversary of the Sit-Ins with "Celebrating the 50th Sit-In Anniversary: A Spiritual Thanksgiving" with events including:
    • A town hall forum, 21st Century Activism and Protest: The State of the Civil Rights Movement, was held on January 28th. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning television and radio personality Ed Gordon, the panel included Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, journalist and former ESPN sports analyst Stephen A. Smith and radio talk show host Warren A. Ballentine.
    • The Sit-In Movement Luncheon, honoring unsung heroes, took place on January 29th.
    • On January 29th, The Emmett Till Story, a play written, produced and directed by Kevin Wilson, was presented in Harrison Auditorium.
    • The 50th Anniversary Gala and Banquet, Standing Up for a World of Change, occurred on Saturday, January 30th. The honorees were Julian Bond, civil rights activist and former U.S. legislator, and Tom Joyner, nationally-syndicated radio host, author and philanthropist.
    • On January 31st, a Celebration of Unity Service was held at the Greensboro Coliseum.
    • The Sit-In Anniversary Breakfast took place on February 1st in the Empire Room in downtown Greensboro. Bishop Cecil Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Piedmont Episcopal District, was the keynote speaker.
    • Other February 1st activities included:
      • The adornment of the A&T Four Buildings (Aggie Village).
      • The burial of a time capsule at the February One Monument.
      • A march from the February One Monument to Governmental Plaza in downtown Greensboro.
    • The contest winners of the first Guilford County Schools Essay Contest were announced at the 50th Sit-In Anniversary Breakfast Celebration on February 1. Susan Thomas, a senior from Dudley High School was first place winner. Her essay was titled “Human Trafficking”. Anna K. Knight, a senior from Northern Guilford High School was second place winner. Her essay was titled “Justice for Sub-Sahara Africa”. The essay contest is sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs.
    • Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, II, pastor, civil rights activist and educator, was the 2010 A&T Human Rights Medal recipient at the 50th Anniversary Sit-In Breakfast on February 1st.
  • The 2010-2011 Text in Community Series seventh book selection was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.
  • Chancellor Martin was named chairman of the largest fundraiser for the March of Dimes charity, the March for Babies.
  • A&T received approval to establish a Ph.D program in Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) beginning in the fall of 2010.
  • On March 26th, A&T conducted an all-day emergency drill simulating an active shooter on campus.
  • The Women's Basketball Team made A&T the first HBCU to enter the "Sweet 16" of a Division I post-season tournament. They advanced tot he third round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) after defeating Wake Forest on March 18th and Charlotte on March 21st. They were defeated by Miami on March 25th.
  • Dr. Harold L. Martin was ceremonially installed as the twelfth Chancellor on April 23rd.
  • Monday, August 23rd marked the first day of classes for the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN). With the opening of classes, the JSNN became one of fewer than 10 schools nationally to offer degree programs in nanotechnology, according to the National Nanotechnology Initiative. It is the only program created and operated collaboratively by two universities, North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
    • JSNN opened with 17 students in the doctoral program in nanoscience and 1 student in the professional master's program in nanoscience.
    • Dr. James G. Ryan is the founding dean of the JSNN.
  • Dr. Tyrette S. Carter, School of Education, was the recipient of the 2009-2010 Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.
  • Dr. Sarita D. Jackson, College of Arts and Sciences, was the recipient of the 2009-2010 Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.
  • Dr. Antoine J. Alston, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, was the recipient of the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Joe Thompson, of Orange County, received the Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award.

    2011

    • The contest winners of the second Guilford County Schools Essay Contest were announced at the 51st Sit-In Anniversary Breakfast Celebration on February 1. David McFarlane, a senior from Eastern Guilford High School was first place winner. His essay was titled “Freedom of Expression in Society and Schools”. Xan Potter, a sophomore from Southeast Guilford High School was second place winner. Her essay was titled “Unjust Wars”. The name of the essay contest was “What Would You Be Willing to Sit-in for Today?”. The essay contest is sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs.
    • Reverend Dr. Howard Chubbs, pastor, civil rights activist and educator, was named the 2011 A&T Human Rights Medal Recipient at the 51st Anniversary Sit-In Breakfast Celebration on February 1st.
    • North Carolina A&T State University received approval from the University of North Carolina Board of Governors for its Master of Science in Nanoengineering program. Offered through the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN), the program began accepting students in the Fall semester of 2011. In addition to the M.S. degree, a Ph.D. in Nanoengineering has been proposed. Both degrees will be awarded by A&T.
    • On Friday, October 7, the UNC Board of Governors unanimously approved A&T’s request to establish a doctoral program in Nanoengineering.
    • The Gamma Tau Chapter of Tau Sigma National Honor Society was chartered at A&T on September 20.
    • Planet of Slums, by Mike Davis, is the eighth Text-In-Community book selection for 2011-12
    • Recipients of the 2010-2011 Outstanding School/College Teaching Award:
      • Dr. Robert L. Howard, School of Business and Economics
      • Dr. Valerie McMillan, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
      • Dr. Patricia E. Bonner, College of Arts and Sciences
      • Dr. Muktha Jost, School of Education
      • Dr. Leonard C. Uitenham, College of Engineering
      • Dr. Dilip T. Shah, School of Technology
    • Recipients of the 2010-2011 Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award:
      • Professor Marka B. Fleming, School of Business and Economics
      • Dr. Barbra F. Mosley, School of Education
    • Dr. Robert L. Howard, School of Business and Economics, was the recipient of the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
    • Thomas Pierce, of Martin County, received the 2011 Small Farmer of the Year Award.

    2012

    • On Tuesday, January 10th, the Guilford County Board of Education unanimously approved the STEM Early College at A&T which will offer college credit to students studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
    • Rev. Nelson Johnson & Joyce Johnson were awarded the 2012 North Carolina A&T State University Human Rights Medal Award on February 7th at the 52nd Sit-In Anniversary Breakfast.
    • A&T’s women basketball coach, Patricia Cage-Bibbs, joined the NCAA Division I wins club, becoming the second MEAC coach to be a member and the first from a Division I HBCU. This accomplishment was the result of her 500th career victory on February 27th as the women’s basketball team defeated Savannah State, 88-74.
    • Chancellor Harold Martin was awarded the Influential Black Alumni Award from Virginia Tech University. Chancellor Martin received his PhD in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech.
    • On Saturday, May 12th, Michelle Obama made history as the first First Lady of the United States to be North Carolina A&T State University’s commencement speaker.
    • Janice Bryant Howroyd,  A&T alumna  and  member of A&T Board of Trustees, was presented with the inaugural Distinguished Aggie Alumni Entrepreneur Award in October at the Aggie Alumni Entrepreneur’s Conference.
    • A local branch of BB&T was unveiled as a school spirit branch on November 15th, 2012.
    • The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, by Wes Moore, is the selected text for 2012-13 in the University’s Text in Community series. This is the ninth book selected for this series.
    • Dr. Teresa Jo Styles, College of Arts and Sciences, was the recipient of the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2012.
    • Recipients of the 2011-12 Outstanding School/College Teaching Award:
      • Dr. Kenrett Y. Jefferson-Moore, School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
      • Dr. DeWayne Randolph Brown, School of Technology
      • Dr. Steven Xiaochun Jiang, College of Engineering
      • Dr. Teresa Jo Styles, College of Arts and Sciences
      • Dr. Robin Liles, School of Education
      • Dr. Lisa Gueldenzoph, School of Business and Economics
    • Recipients of the 2011-12 Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award
      • Dr. Sonya Draper, School of Technology
      • Dr. Lemuria Carter, School of Business and Economics

    2013

    • Rep. Melvin L. “Mel” Watt (D-N.C.) was named the 2013 recipient of the North Carolina A&T State University Human Rights Medal. He received the award at the 53rd Sit-In Anniversary Breakfast on Friday, Feb. 1st in the Alumni-Foundation Event Center at N.C. A&T.
    • Aggies win the Mid- Eastern Atlantic Conference basketball tournament.
      • On Saturday, March 16, the North Carolina A&T State University men’s basketball team defeated the Morgan State University Bears 57-54 to win the conference title. This is the university’s 16th MEAC title, the most in conference history.
      • The win marks coach Cy Alexander’s sixth MEAC title as a head coach and his first with A&T. He now has a league best 31 MEAC tournament wins and became the third Aggies head coach to win the MEAC title in his first year at A&T, joining Jeff Capel (1994) and Roy Thomas (1995).
      • On Tuesday, March 19, the Aggies won their first round NCAA tournament game by defeating the Liberty University Flames, 73-72.  Their last win in the NCAA tournament was 1995.
    • On Thursday, March 21, the Lady Aggies became the only team in conference history to make three Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) appearances.  They were defeated, 77-64 by the James Madison University Lady Dukes. This is Tarrell Robinson’s first season as head coach.
    • North Carolina A&T State University and Guilford Technical Community College announced a new joint partnership that will give GTCC students an opportunity to apply for joint admission to A&T’s College of Engineering beginning in fall 2013.  The agreement was formalized on Tuesday, March 26th.
    • Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, by Michael Moss, is the selected text for 2013-14 in the University’s Text in Community series. This is the tenth book selected for this series.
    • Dr. Stephanie Luster-Teasley, A&T alumna, of the College of Engineering, was the recipient of the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2013.
    • Recipients of the 2012-13 Outstanding School/College Teaching Award:
      • Dr. Gregory Goins, College of Arts and Sciences
      • Dr. Stephanie Luster-Teasley, A&T alumna, College of Engineering
      • Dr. Guochen Yang, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
      • Dr. Joanne Utley, School of Business and Economics
      • Dr. David Lundberg, School of Education
    • Recipients of the 2012-13 Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award
      • Dr. Anna Revington Reaves, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
      • Dr. Lisa A. Owens-Jackson, School of Business and Economics
    • University Research Excellence Awards
      • Dr. Osei-Agyemang Yeboah, Senior Researcher of the Year, Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education
      • Dr. Paula E. Faulkner, Outstanding Junior Researcher, Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education
      • Dr. Justin Zhan, Rookie of the Year, Department of Computer Science
      • Dr. Lifeng Zhang, Intellectual Property Award, Department of Nanoengineering
    • Interdisciplinary Team Award
      • Dr. Inez Tuck and Dr. Schenita Davis, School of Nursing
      • Dr. Kelly Graves, Department of Human Development and Services
      • Ms. Amanda Curry, Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness
      • Dr. Rosalyn Lang-Walker, Department of Biology
      • Dr. Miriam Wagner, Department of Human Development and Services
    • College and School Research Awards
      • Dr. Wendy C. Hamblet, Department of Liberal Studies
      • Dr. Lyubov Kurkalova Department of Economics
      • Dr. Comfort O. Okpala, Department of Leadership Studies
    • Outstanding Junior Researcher
      • Dr. Narayan Bhattarai , Department of Chemical and Bioengineering
      • Dr. Ibraheem Kateeb, Department of Computer Systems Technology
      • Dr. Jing Zhang, Department of Physics
    • Rookie of the Year
      • Dr. Kimberly D. Erwin, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
      • Dr. Mahour Mellat-Parast, Department of Applied engineering Technology
    • Intellectual Property Award
      • Dr. Ellie Fini, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
    • Interdisciplinary Team Award
      • Dr. Sameer Hamoush, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
      • Dr. Ibraheem Kateeb, Department of Computer Systems Technology
      • Dr. Ajit Kelkar,  Department of Nanoengineering
      • Dr. Jagannathan Sankar, Department of Mechanical Engineering
      • Dr. David Boger,  Department of Curriculum and Instruction
    • Advising Excellence Award
      • Dr. Stephen McCary-Henderson, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
      • Dr. Shamsuddin Ilias, Department of Chemical Engineering
      • Dr. Jianmei Yu, Department of Family and Consumer Science
    • Emmanuel Johnson is the first A&T Fulbright Scholar awardee. Johnson, a computer engineering major, graduated in May 2013.
    • Nadine Jansen, a junior mathematics major, is the first A&T student to win the Barry Goldwater Scholarship.

    2014

    • U.S. Congresswoman Eva M. Clayton was named the 2014 recipient of the North Carolina A&T State University Human Rights Medal. Clayton was the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress from the state of North Carolina and served as the U.S. Representative of North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District for 10 years. She received the award at the 54th Sit-In Anniversary Breakfast on Friday, January 31 in the Alumni-Foundation Event Center on the campus of N.C. A&T State University.
    • Leon White and Shakera Fudge were selected by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) for its first class of HBCU All-Stars.
      • Leon White is a doctoral student, majoring in mechanical engineering and is a recipient of a Title III, PhD Fellowship funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. He received the Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from North Carolina A&T in May 2010. As an All-Star, White plans to advocate for HBCUs and encourage excellence among students.
      • Shakera Fudge, a native of Syracuse, NY, is a senior with a double major in animal science and laboratory animal science and a minor in chemistry. She is a U.S. Department of Agriculture scholar, a participant in the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program and plans to attend veterinary school after graduation. Fudge plans to host programs regarding continuing education and academic excellence for the university and the community.
    • Destinie Nock, who graduated in May with a double major in electrical engineering and applied mathematics, is the first student from an HBCU to win the George J. Mitchell Scholarship. She will next earn a master's degree in sustainable electrical energy systems at Queens University of Belfast in Northern Ireland.
    • In partnership with Greensboro Urban Ministry, the School of Nursing at North Carolina A&T State University held an open house for the new Diabetes Education, Prevention, and Management Center on Thursday, May 1 at 3 p.m. at 305 West Lee Street in Greensboro, N.C. 
    • On May 29, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University received approval from the University of North Carolina General Administration to change the name of its Master of Science in Management Program (M.S.M.) to the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), effective fall semester of 2014.
    • I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai, is the selected text for 2014-15 in the University’s Text in Community series. This is the eleventh book selected for this series.
    • The recipients of the 2014 Awards for Excellence were recognized at the University Recognition & Awards Banquet, on June 12. The recipients were:
      • University Award for Excellence in Leadership - Dr. Tonya Hargett, research compliance officer and interim director of undergraduate research
      • University Award for Excellence in Teamwork - Toni McRae, administrative support associate, instructional technology and distance education 
      • University Award for Excellence in Performance - Anita Wright, executive assistant, Cooperative Extension 
      • University Award for Excellence in Customer Service - Wilbur Franklin, building environmental services technician, Campus Enterprises 
      • The Aggie Pride Award (Going the Extra Mile) - Billy Edringston, associate athletics director, department of athletics
    • The University of North Carolina Board of Governors on June 24 approved a new Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology at North Carolina A&T State University. The new program will be available by 2015 and will become the eighth undergraduate degree program offered by the School of Technology.
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