Post Spring Break News and Blues

Welcome back from Spring Break. For those of you that missed it, we had another crazy week last week with the weather. We had 3-4 inches of snow/ice and then 60’s and 70’s on the weekend. Whiplash is the term I think. Some cool things going on below.

Chef Katie will be teaching a “Cooking in the Dorm” class tonight @ 7pm in the kitchenette off building 5. Check it out. This is either a lecture or cultural event.

SENIORS!!!—I need your graduation info by tomorrow.

The ETS Presidential Scholarship for HBCU Students is open again. Kashian Scrivens won this last year and I know one of you all can win it now. The link below will explain the scholarship process. If you need anything else, please let me know. Thanks.

https://aim.applyists.net/Form/Preview/6152/5567

Service Hours Available Below
Adopt a Street:
We have three set dates for the Adopt a Street events: March 15, April 5, and April 26. Our street to adopt is still Textile Dr. Students can contact me in order to sign up for the March 15 cleanup. And we’ll handle the sign-ups for the rest of the dates in the near future.
Backpack Beginnings:
The Backpack Beginnings supply drive was pushed back to this semester on the week of March 17. But due to the fact that ELW has been schedule don the 21st, we’ve moved the drive back to March 24-28 so that we can be sure to announce it at ELW. I have a list of the needed supplies. The exact number of CASE hours per item hasn’t been decided yet.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has an internship opportunity available at their Washington, D.C. office. Please see the attached document and distribute to your networks. Additional information about this opportunity is listed below:
Position Number: 14- SHP-DERA
Overview:
The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. Within the SEC, the Division of Economic and Risk Assessment (DERA) integrates financial economics and data analytics to the core mission of the SEC. In doing so, DERA is involved in the entire range of SEC activities, including policy-making, rule-making, enforcement and examination. For more information about the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, please visit http://www.sec.gov/divisions/riskfin.shtml. The SEC’s Student Honors Program is a semester program for college students, graduate students and law students to become acquainted with the regulation of the securities market. Honors students work with SEC Staff members on projects covering a broad range of the Commission’s mission such as conducting investigations of industry and issuer practices, assisting in the litigation of enforcement actions, and drafting proposed statutes and rules, to name a few responsibilities.
DERA is offering unpaid training opportunities to undergraduate/graduate students in the Washington, DC area. We ask students to work at least 10 weeks at a minimum of 15 to 20 hours per week. We also encourage applications from students who are able to work 40 hours per week. Students will establish their work schedule with their supervisors.
To Apply:
For important information about this position, including details on duties, qualifications, and how to apply, please visit https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/361316300 . You must apply for this position by March 1, 2014.
If you need additional information contact Jeffery Anoka, Outreach Coordinator, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) at 202-551-6086 or anokaj@sec.gov
2014 Summer Student Honors Program-Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (14- SHP-DERA).pdf

If you want to have some fun running a race, maybe winning some cash and watching me get messy check this out http://biscuitvilleweek.com/greensboro-campus-scramble/
I thought this was a cool link. http://joshworth.com/dev/pixelspace/pixelspace_solarsystem.html

See you all around this week.—Dr. Mike

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Feb 11 Update

Good Tuesday All,

I will be away at a conference Wednesday through Saturday of this week. If you need to chat come see me tomorrow.

Our 3rd Lecture Event Is Professor Odille Huchette talking to us about sustainable and urban agriculture. The lecture will be held in room 109 of the ACB. Please attend and make a great impression on Professor Huchette.

Congratulations to Destenie Nock for winning the Black Engineer of the Year Award –Academic Excellence Award.

Congratulations and good luck to Honors student Kashian Scrivens who is presenting at Princeton University on poetry and hip hop. He does us proud.

Great Food in the Caf TODAY
As many of you know, Sodexo is has a global chef, Mikko, preparing traditional food for us here at A&T . A few students went yesterday afternoon to a tasting and it was awesome. Tomorrow there will be Finnish meatballs, oven baked apples, wild mushroom soup, Karelia Stew, and salmon salad all available at the Caf. Make time to go as the food is really excellent.

Students–We need 2 applicants for a Fellowship Exchange to China around June/July of this summer. The app deadline to me is Feb 17th. Just email me your unofficial transcript, a short letter of why you should go and resume.

Students in the following areas have been requested (political science, law, business and finance, humanities and social science), but don’t let that stop you. An interest in the Chinese language and culture is also a plus. Let me know ASAP.

This weekend is our annual Emerging Leaders Workshop. Registration forms can be found in the office. Please fill it out and drop it by the office to Mr. Hairston.

Need Volunteer Hours?

UNC-TV Fund Drive

Sunday, March 23 6:00 pm – 11:30pm (34 Volunteers Needed – Last night of the pledge drive- could make it an A&T Night) Follow this link to sign up. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014ncatunctv

Transportation will be provided.

For minority students interested in either undergraduate or graduate level work in healthcare management, please see the attached scholarship announcement.

Have a great week. Dr. Mike

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Feb 7th

Good Afternoon Honors Students,

I hope your wearing your red shirt today for the Aggies Go Red campaign.

If you expect to graduate in May, we need to have you come see us and go over your graduation requirements, and arrange the awards. Email me (mcundall@ncat.edu) or Mrs. Wiliamson (sandrea@ncat.edu) immediately and get this started. Our graduation banquet will be on April 16th @ 6pm.
We are scheduled to have our second Meet and Greet next Wednesday. This event is now cancelled. With the Emerging Leaders Workshop and my being out of town, it seems a bit much.

On Thursday @ 7pm Professor Odille Huchette will be talking about sustainable agriculture and the importance of agriculture. This is our 2nd Lecture Series Event. The room is TBA, but it will be in the ACB.

Emerging Leaders Workshop for all Freshman and Sophomores who have not attended

2-14 5—9pm, 2-15 8:30am—5pm
All events will be held in the ACB, rooms TBA

Thanks to all the students who came out to view the documentary. How was it? Post something about it on the Facebook page.

Thurgood Marshall Summer Internship with the USDA

The application for the 2014 USDA Summer Internship Program is currently OPEN. You are receiving this email because your campus has a very competitive program in the major areas we are seeking for this group of internships. HELP TMCF SPREAD THE WORD about this year’s program to some of your brightest students and grad students!

This year’s program will take place from June 2-August 8, 2014 in various geographic locations. Interns will be paid a generous stipend, provided with housing, and provided with a travel stipend to get them to/from their host sites.

Eligible students MUST:
Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
Be a U.S. citizen
NEEDED majors: Agriculture, Agribusiness, STEM disciplines, Animal Science, Environmental Science, Food Science, Law
Eligible classifications (at the time of internship): Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Grad students, Law students

Please forward this email to any students, faculty, or staff members who may be interested in knowing about this opportunity & can help us encourage students to APPLY TODAY!!

http://thurgoodmarshallfund.force.com/careers/apex/ts2__jobdetails?jobId=a0xU0000003rBtD&tSource=a16U00000000el4IAA

Have a good weekend.

S.V.B.
Dr. Mike

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Week 4 News

Congratulations to Kayla Harris, Kashawn Little, and Maurice Townsend. They won three out of four of the first “Unsung Heroes Award.” Their contributions have truly been exceptional. Kashawn even offered to donate his $100 award to the Honors Scholarship. These three individuals truly embody what we look for in Honors here at A&T. Can we have an Honors sweep next year?

If you want to be a part of the SGA the candidacy applications are now available if you log into OrgSync. Honors has been a strong part of SGA for years, and you all should continue this.

Need Volunteer Hours?
Today @ 3pm, in the ACB, we need 4-5 students to look over some new A&T website and school related apps. They are looking for student input. Email me if you want to participate. It should last one hour.
The Grimsley Athletic Department is looking for tutors. If you are interested in participating please review the information listed below and complete the necessary steps to become a volunteer through the Guilford County School System (GCS). We are asking that if you are interested please send an email to Jayda Grant with your availability and the subject area you feel comfortable tutoring in, as well as, if you wouldn’t mind carpooling. If you have questions or concerns please contact Jayda Grant via email jggrant1@aggies.ncat.edu or via phone (336)210-0719. Thank you for your cooperation in advance.
Honors Community Service Committee
Subjects:
Algebra, Geometry, Spanish, English, Civics and Economics
Time Frame:
January 27-April 25, 2014
Mondays 4:10-5:10
Tuesdays 4:10-5:10
Steps for Becoming a GCS Volunteer;
1. Visit the website http://www.gcsvolunteers.com
2. Click New Volunteer
3. Complete the registration steps.

Emerging Leaders Workshop for all Freshman and Sophomores who have not attended
2-14 5—9pm, 2-15 8:30am—5pm
All events will be held in the ACB, rooms TBA

Seniors in Business/Finance Looking for a Job? The deadline is February 6th.
Please be advised that vacancy announcements for a Farm Loan Officer Trainee (FLOT) in Wilkesboro, NC have been posed on USAJOBS. The closing date is February 6, 2014. The vacancy is posted several different ways (GS-7/9/11 merit promotion and open competitive) but only one position is being filled. Please contact me if you have questions.

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/359816600

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/359856600

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/359776000

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/359773100

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/359775100

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund would like to officially invite all undergraduate & graduate students attending our member-schools to apply for our 2014 internship programs! We are currently accepting applications for three very competitive internship experiences. All internship programs will occur from June 2-August 8, 2014 (10 weeks). Interns will be provided with a competitive stipend, housing, and a travel allowance to aid you with reporting to various geographic locations. Read the descriptions below & APPLY TODAY!
Department of Defense-Air Force Research Laboratory
The primary areas of focus involve students pursuing degrees in the fields of the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). However, other preferred majors include Finance, Accounting, and Business.Candidates selected for these projects will work at state-of-the-art facilities alongside world-class scientists and engineers.
Eligibility:
• TMCF member-school student
• U.S. Citizen
• Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
• Preferred majors: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical
Engineering, Mathematics, Finance, Accounting, and Business
Classification (during Summer 2014): Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Graduate students
Locations: Various United States Air Force Bases
APPLY HERE: http://thurgoodmarshallfund.force.com/careers/apex/ts2__jobdetails?jobId=a0xU0000003rBsy&tSource=a16U00000000el4IAA

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
The USDA Summer Internship Program provides paid work experiences for students who are pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in disciplines relevant to the work of the USDA. Internship placement sites include administrative office settings and research-oriented field work. Various geographic locations are available.
Eligibility:

• TMCF member-school student
• U.S. Citizen
• Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
• Preferred majors: Agriculture, Science, Technology, Engineering,

Mathematics, Finance, Accounting and Business
Classification (during Summer 2014): Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate & Law students
Locations: Various United States Department of Agriculture Facilities
APPLY HERE:

http://thurgoodmarshallfund.force.com/careers/apex/ts2__jobdetails?jobId=a0xU0000003rBtD&tSource=a16U00000000el4IAA

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Internship Program is designed to increase overall interest in public health. The primary focus is to promote the CDC as a career choice to students at the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities that are members of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF).
Eligibility:

• TMCF member-school student
• U.S. Citizen (non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States)
• Minimum 3.25 GPA
• Open to ALL majors

Classification (during Summer 2014): Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Graduate students
Location: Atlanta, GA
APPLY HERE:

http://thurgoodmarshallfund.force.com/careers/apex/ts2__jobdetails?jobId=a0xU0000003rBt8&tSource=a16U00000000el4IAA

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Week 3–Awards and Opportunities

Good Afternoon Students:

Congratulations to Kashawn Little and Kayla Harris, both of whom won the Unsung Hero Awards this year. They have been great student leaders and I appreciate all their hard work.

Thanks to all those students who came out for our Meet and Greet on Wednesday and for “Soul Food Junky” last night. Great crowds.

Need some laboratory experience and want to get paid, have internship experience and, oh yeah, get paid?
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. NIST will be holding two webinars next week to give information regarding the SURF program. This is an eleven-week internship program, with students each contributing to a research project under the guidance of a NIST scientist or engineer. The program is held at our locations in Gaithersburg, Maryland and Boulder, Colorado. Participation in the program is a great opportunity for students to gain experience in the laboratory using cutting-edge equipment and instruments for measurement science and engineering research, and work with our world-class and supportive NIST researchers. A $5500 stipend is allocated for each student, as well as housing and travel support.
The webinars will address information for the students as well as the university contacts that are needed to process the application. Because the program support is awarded to universities and colleges, and not to the individual students, information will be provided on the necessary paperwork that would need to come from a university sponsored programs office or equivalent office to enable the students to apply to the program. The Federal Funding Opportunity with the full description is found at

http://www.nist.gov/surfgaithersburg/upload/201412052014NISTSURFFFO.pdf

We are providing two webinars to provide better flexibility for schedules, with the same basic information being given in each webinar. The registration links are below:
Jan 27: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/pkzeqhpt6mod&eom
Jan 30: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/8niapz5l7vdc&eom
The times for the webinars are:
January 27th, from 11:00 to 12:30; and
January 30th, from 2:00pm to 3:30 pm. There will be an opportunity for questions following each presentation.

ZSR Summer Internship: A paid, research-intensive summer internship for current undergraduate and graduate students.
Non-Profit Internship Program (NPIP): 20 paid summer internships with non-profits across the state for Pell-eligible undergraduates.
Applications for the ZSR Summer Internship and NPIP are now available through http://www.zsr.org. Applications and related materials are due by midnight on January 6, 2014 for the ZSR Summer Internship and February 3, 2014 for NPIP. Students of color are encouraged to apply.
Interested students should keep in mind that the two programs have separate application processes and eligibility standards. ZSR Summer Internship applicants should email their application and resume with the byline “Internship Application” to benb@zsr.org by the January 6th deadline. NPIP applicants, in contrast, should apply through the Applicant Stack platform available on the ZSR website. NPIP applicants are encouraged to apply to multiple host organizations to increase their chances of acceptance. However, a student may only be accepted at one placement in a given summer. (More information can be found in the attached NPIP FAQ).

Do you need Volunteer hours and want a free meal? The McNair Symposium needs some help on the following dates and times. Email me ASAP if you can do it. I will be over there those days. mcundall@ncat.edu

Saturday March 15th, 2014

Registration Table from 7:30am to 10:00am (4 individuals)

College Student Panel Discussion 1:00pm to 3:30pm (2 Sessions -one is from 1:15 to 2:15 the other is from 2:15 to 3:15 so it can be two different groups of students) (12 students 6 per time slot)

Summer Trip to Japan
Below is information. I am offering a $200 stipend to all travelers.
Summer 2014 Japan Trip—Honors Program NCA&T
Dates: June 10th through the 20th
Cost: If enrolled by end of September, $4,934. + $150 if registered after that
You can have people donate to your trip and they can pay any amount through EF’s website.
Enrollment Website

http://www.efcollegestudytours.com/1401848WA

Itinerary

http://www.efcollegestudytours.com/eLiterature/DBD/2014/JPNA.pdf

Have a good week and I think the real cold weather may be beyond us by the end of the week.—Dr. Mike

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Welcome Back

Good Afternoon Honors Folks & Welcome Back!

Many of you have stopped by and we have a bunch of new students who are now a part of our Honors Family.

Below is a list of dates for our upcoming lecture events, Meet and Greets, and other important dates. Please put these on your calendars.

Contracts for the Spring Semester will be due on January 24th.

Upcoming Lecture Events (Honors Lecture Series)

  • Lecture 1; 1-23 @ 7pm–Movie Presentation of “Soul Food Junkie.”
  • Lecture 2; 2-13 @ 7pm–Professor Huchette on Sustainable Agriculture
  • Lecture 3; 3-6 @ 7pm–Preparing Food in the Dorms (Cooking Demo w/ Sodhexo)
  • Lecture 4; 3-27 @ 7pm–Andy Helms, Regional Manager Lowe’s (Making it in Business)
  • Lecture 5; 4-24 @ 7pm—Aggie Honors Alum Jerome Myers (How I made $100,000 at 26…)

 

Meet and Greets (all are at 5:30 pm in the ACB Lobby)

  • Wednesday, 1-22 (reconnecting social)
  • Wednesday, 2-12 (thinking with the end in mind)
  •  Tuesday, 3-25 (TBA)

 

Emerging Leaders Workshop (for freshman and sophomores) will be 2-14 through 2-16. Details TBA

Present and Get a Free Lunch!!
The annual McNair Symposium has booked spots for our students to present their research. If you have been working on any research in the past year or so, please email me now. The date is January 28th from 9:30-10:30. We need 10 students. Email me if you are interested.

Study Abroad Summer Program in England – FREE!

  • Are you a current freshman or sophomore?
  • Do you have at least a 3.5 GPA?
  • Would you like to spend 3- 6 weeks this summer studying abroad in the UK, all expenses paid?

 

If so, one of the Fulbright Summer Institutes could be for you! Each institute is located at a different university in England, Ireland, Scotland, or Wales. Institute topics include: visual arts, drama, the history of race and slavery, architecture, international business, and more! For more info, please visit: http://www.fulbright.org.uk/fulbright-awards/exchanges-to-the-uk/undergraduates
See Ms. Whiteside ASAP if you are interested!

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Tuesday, November 19th

Good Tuesday Students,

Please come by and pick up the 10 letters you can send to friends and family in support of our Scholarship fund. This is a very easy thing to do, but not many of you have. This is an important part of helping Honors grow!

The Eboard is hosting an NBA2K14 Tournament in the Game Room for Memorial Student Union in Friday night, November 22nd from 6-9pm. Admission is $5 and the award to the winner is $30.00 There is a sign up list in the Honors Office.

If you have someone that you would like to come and do a lecture for us next semester, please email me with their contact information. Thanks.

Good luck to Destenie Nock on her Mitchell interview this weekend. (Will I be writing about you next semester?)

Join the Student Government Administration: The Turner Administration today at 5 p.m in NACB Auditorium for the State of the Campus Address! Madame President, Canisha Cierra Turner, will wrap up the Fall semester with SGA and university updates, recap the semester, and release new initiatives for the upcoming Spring semester! You will also have the opportunity to offer suggestions on ways in which your Student Government Association can better serve you. Come and hear Madame President speak! Stay informed, stay involved!

Interested in Material Sciences or Engineering? Check out the PhD studies in Materials Science and Engineering at Florida State University. This interdisciplinary program may be of interest for graduating seniors in your honors program, who are majoring in the physical sciences and biology, including the disciplines of engineering, chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, and biology. Please forward this email to these students.

There are fellowships available for well qualified students.

The website for FSU’s Materials Science and Engineering program, including information about the fellowships and how to apply, is at http://materials.fsu.edu/.

Rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. VA Tech has some summer research experiences for undergrads in Cognitive Communications. This is an REU for anyone interested in computer science, robotics, informational technologies, or other related fields. Earn up to $5000 for 10 weeks. Visit http://reu.wireless.vt.edu/ for more info. I also have literature in my office on the program. Applications must be completed and all supporting documentation submitted by February 10, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by March 15.

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