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Higher education perspective and news from North Carolina A&T State University and Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr.

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Ep. 73 – Alternative Spring Break

Guest: Anderlyn Smith

Anderlyn Smith, a junior, professional theatre student and Dowdy Scholar spent her spring break giving back to the community. She talks to the chancellor about that experience and how it points to her career aspirations and giving back on a larger scale.

Ep. 72 – The Aggie Source and the Aggie Rack

Guests: Gabrielle Jackson and Kristiana Moore

Last academic year, a student collaborated with the Office of Student Development to open The Aggie Source, a food pantry for students. This year, the pantry has expanded to open The Aggie Rack where students can come and shop for professional attire ahead of career fairs and interviews.

Ep.71 – Artists United to End Poverty

Guests: Michelle Gethers-Clark, Sybil Lynch Newman, Andreo “Fanatic” Heard

The United Way of Greater Greensboro raises and allocates money to a network of agencies that meet a variety of critical needs in the community. Chancellor talks to the trio about this project and what they are hoping to accomplish.

Ep. 70 – Community Engagement

Guest: Dr. Bryle Hatch

Chancellor Martin speaks with Dr. Bryle Hatch, the university’s first executive director of community engagement about position with the university, the necessity of his office and some of the initiatives he has started, will continue and looks to create.

Ep. 69: Academics

Guest: Dr. Regina Williams Davis

Dr. Regina Williams Davis joins Chancellor Martin to discuss the support her office provides to students to get on and stay on track academically.

Ep. 68: - Student Health and Wellness – Spiritual Wellness

Guest: Briana Mack

Interim civic and service learning coordinator Briana Mack chats with Chancellor Martin about the various options available to students for their spiritual needs.

Ep. 67: Student Health and Wellness – Body

Guest: Hermene Elks

Hermene Elks, instructor and fitness coordinator at the Campus Recreation Center, speaks with Chancellor Martin about the importance of physical activity to the overall health and well-being of students.

Ep. 66: Student Health and Wellness – Mind

Guest: Dr. Vivian Barnette

Chancellor Martin talks with Dr. Vivian Barnette, the executive director of the Office of Counseling Services, about the importance of kindness to student mental health and well-being.

Episode 65 – Aggies Against Alzheimer’s

Guests: Jasmine Flowers and Morgan Woodard

These students discuss with Chancellor Martin their involvement in the student group designed to raise Alzheimer’s Awareness across the campus.

Episode 64 – Regional Awareness

Guest: Redia Baxter, regional health systems director for the Alzheimer’s Association

Redia and Chancellor Martin talk about the resources available to residents of the Piedmont Triad and the Western region of North Carolina.

Episode 63 – Care for Caregivers

Guests: Dr. Grace Byfield, program manager at the Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s Aging and Community Health, and Dr. Phyllis Ford-Booker, associate professor of psychology

Drs. Byfield and Ford-Booker talk to Chancellor Martin about the importance of helping Alzheimer’s caregivers juggle the demand of taking care of their loved ones and of themselves.

Episode 62 – New Leadership for COAACH

Guest: Dr. Raymond Samuels, director of the Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s Aging and Community Health and professor of biology

Dr. Samuels discusses with Chancellor Martin initiatives for the center and some of his plans for the future.

Ep. 61: A&T for Vets

Guest Bio: Maurtisha Thomas, Veteran Affairs Certifying Official

Chancellor Martin talks to Maurtisha about why veteran students should make A&T their choice to further their education.

Ep. 60: Graduate Studies

Guests: Dr. Kecia Williams Smith, assistant professor and director of the Master of Accountancy program, College of Business and Economics; Dr. Keith Schimmel, director of Applied Science and Technology Ph.D. program and director of education for the NSF CREST Bioenergy Center, College of Science and Technology;

Dr. Eric Gladney, assistant dean and MBA director, College of Business and Economics; Sherette Godfrey, doctoral candidate, College of Science and Technology

Chancellor Martin discusses several graduate programs with faculty and a student to learn the benefits of the programs.

Ep. 59: Health Services Management for the Future

Guests: Dr. Sherrie Drye, associate professor of Business Education, College of Business and Economics; Dr. Tiffany Morris, assistant director for the School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Sciences

Chancellor Martin speaks with Drs. Drye and Morris about the new health services management degree program, potential careers and why careers like these have a bright future.

Ep. 58: Recruitment and Retention

Guest: Jameia Tennie, director of undergraduate admissions

Jameia speaks with Chancellor Martin about N.C. A&T’s recruit practices and how she and her team are able to choose highly motivated, high-achieving students to join the Aggie family.

Ep. 57: Celebrations are in Order

Guests: Ronald Jones, gospel choir director; Dr. Kenneth Ruff, director of University Bands

Chancellor Martin discusses milestone anniversaries with the directors of two of the universities student performance groups.

Ep. 56: Student Life in Aggieland

Guests: Delaney Vandergrift, SGA president 2018-19; Nicole Gregory, Miss Senior, 2018-19

Chancellor Martin speaks with Delaney and Nicole about their respective senior years

Ep. 55: Aggies Win

Guests: Sam Washington, head coach, Aggie Football; Kayla White, national champion

Coach Washington and Kayla talk to Chancellor Martin about what it took to be at the top of their game for their respective athletic seasons.

Ep 54: Being Diverse at A&T

Guests: Damien Bell, Nia Reid and Aaliyah S. Wright

Chancellor Martin speaks with Damien, Nia and Aaliyah about their experiences as diverse students at N.C. A&T. Damien is the president of PRISM, N.C. A&T’s LGBTQ+ student organization and support group; Nia is the president of Estamos Unidos – Latino Student Culture Alliance; and Aaliyah is the president of the university’s chapter of NAACP.

Ep 53: Multicultural Student Center

Guest: Gerald Spates, director of Multicultural Student Center

Chancellor Martin speaks with Gerald about the goals of the MSC and why the growing population of diverse students at N.C. A&T need a space like it.

Ep 52: Study Abroad for Diverse Experiences

Guest: Angelena Castro

Angelena joins Chancellor Martin to discuss her experiences studying abroad in Germany, Jamaica and England.

Ep. 51: Diverse Experiences Across the World

Guest: Lydia Arledge, assistant director for study abroad in the Office of International Affairs

Chancellor Martin and Lydia discuss the benefits of studying abroad for A&T students.

Ep. 50: Reaping the Benefits

Guests: Senya Barlett, freshman biology student; Mollie Sewell, graduate bioengineering student; and Taekeem Williams, junior psychology student

Chancellor discusses the benefits of the Center for Academic Excellence with students who have reaped the benefits CAE.

Ep. 49: Student Success Continues 

Guest: Regina Williams Davis, Ph.D., assistant provost for student success and academic support, director for the Center for Academic Excellence

Chancellor Martin and Dr. Davis discuss the university’s continued progress in the area of student success.

Ep. 48: Taking the Momentum to 2023

Guest: Muktha Jost, Ph.D., vice provost for strategic planning and institutional effectiveness, SACSCOC liaison, director of institutional advancement, professor of instructional technology

Chancellor Martin and Dr. Jost discuss the new strategic plan, A&T Preeminence: Taking the Momentum to 2023, and the reason it had to be refreshed two years early.

Ep. 47: Developing Greensboro Economically

Guest:  Brent Christensen

Brent Christensen, president and CEO of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, discusses with Chancellor Martin economic development in the city of Greensboro and the Piedmont Triad as a whole.

Ep. 46: East Greensboro Now and Forever

Guest:  Phil Barnhill

Phil Barnhill, director of East Greensboro Now, joins Chancellor Martin to discuss the organization’s initiatives and the #InvestEast campaign.

Ep. 45: Greensboro’s Potential

Guests:  Mayor Nancy B. Vaughan and  Councilwoman Sharon Hightower

Greensboro Mayor Vaughan and Councilwoman Hightower talk about the city’s growth overall and the push for growth east of Downtown.

Ep. 44: The Reason to Give

Guest:  Lydeah Kearse

N.C. A&T junior, entrepreneurship student, Lydeah Kearse, talks to the chancellor about the impact of alumni giving on her time at A&T. She also talks about her desire to give back like those who helped her.

Ep. 43: Aggies Give

Guest:  Willie A. Deese, alumnus

N.C. A&T’s most giving alumnus joins Chancellor Martin to talk alumni giving and his reason to keep supporting the university.

Ep. 42: The Power of DO!

Guest:  Kenneth E. Sigmon Jr., vice chancellor for advancement

Ken and Chancellor Martin discuss the need for a capital campaign and how others can help the university raise funds.

Ep. 41: The Campaign for A&T

Guest:  Kenneth E. Sigmon Jr., vice chancellor for advancement

Ken and Chancellor Martin discuss the nuts and bolts of the university’s capital campaign, “The Power of Do,” which kicked off during The Greatest Homecoming on Earth.

Ep. 40: Undergraduate Research

Guests: Dr. Misty Thomas, assistant professor in the Department of Biology; and  Adiya Moore, senior, biology student

Chancellor speaks to Thomas and Moore about their experiences with undergraduate research and how other students can get involved.

Ep. 39: Love Your Gut

Guest: Dr. Marc D. Cook, assistant professor of exercise science in the Department of Human Performance & Leisure Studies

Cook speaks to the chancellor of about how healthy gut bacteria could be the answer to treating cardiovascular disease like hypertension.

Ep. 38: Inclusion in STEM Research and Funding

Guest: Dr. Tonya Smith-Jackson, chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at N.C. A&T; program director for the Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate’s Division of Information and Intelligent Systems at the National Science Foundation

The pair will discuss Smith-Jackson’s current role at NSF and the importance of inclusion in STEM research.

Ep. 37: N.C. A&T’s Research Enterprise

Guest: Dr. Sanjiv Sarin, interim vice chancellor for research and economic development at N.C. A&T

Chancellor talks to Dr. Sarin about the university’s overall research enterprise including its status as a doctoral, higher research activity institution, as well as, ongoing research by outstanding faculty researchers.

Ep 36: Priority – Aggieland, Pt. 2

Guest: Ray Trapp, director of external affairs

Ray and the chancellor continue the discussion about the university’s legislative priorities for the 2018 legislative session.

Ep. 35: Priority – Aggieland, Pt. 1

Guest: Ray Trapp, director of external affairs

Ray and the chancellor discuss the university’s legislative priorities for the 2018 legislative session.

Ep. 34: Real Aggies Vote

Guest: Delaney Vandergrift, Student Government Association president

Delaney and the chancellor talk about how she and her administration are mobilizing her peers to get them to the polls in this critical midterm election.

Ep. 33: Voting in Guilford County

Guest: Charlie Collicutt, director of Guilford County Board of Elections

Charlie and the chancellor discuss the importance of voting in local elections, the process of voting and the steps for ex-felons to get registered.

Ep. 32: Preparing Exceptional Students for the Competitive Global Workforce

Guest:  Daniel Grigg, associate director for career counseling programs

Daniel talks about the opportunities available to students to find part time jobs, cooperative learning experiences, internships and even full time jobs after graduation.

Ep. 31 – The Place for Distance Learners and Graduate Students

Guest:  Dr. Clay Gloster Jr., interim vice provost for research, graduate programs and extended learning and dean of The Graduate College

Clay talks about the various offerings available to students who want the convenience of learning online and graduate options available online and in the classroom.

Ep. 30 – Nursing: Jobs in Demand

Guest:  Mrs. Tiffany Morris, interim assistant director of nursing for the School of Nursing

Tiffany discusses the various pathways to nursing, how A&T is helping to address the nursing shortfall and the 65th anniversary coming up this year.

Ep. 29 – The Place Where Accomplished Students Become Exceptional Graduates

Guests: Dr. Margaret Kanipes, chemistry professor and director of The Honors Program; Lexy Wheeler, sophomore, Dowdy Scholar

Margaret and Lexy discuss the benefits of The Honors Program and what it takes to be a Dowdy and a Cheatham-White Scholar.

Ep. 28 – Alumni Doing Great Things

Guest: Kevin Wilson Jr.

Wilson discusses his short Oscar-nominated film, “My Nephew Emmett,” and his road to the finished product.

Ep. 27 – Student Life in Aggieland

Guest: Kayla Tate, outgoing Student Government Association president

Tate discusses student life in the 2017-18 academic year.

Ep.26 – Academics are a Top Priority

Guest: Dr. Beryl McEwen, provost and executive vice chancellor

Provost McEwen discusses academic successes from the 2017-18 year.

Ep. 25 – Winning is the Standard

Guests: Earl Hilton III, director of intercollegiate athletics; Sam Washington, head coach, Aggie football; Kim Terrell-Kearney, head coach, Aggie bowling; Duane Ross, director of track and field programs

The panel discusses the key to their teams’ success in the historical year in Aggie Athletics

Ep. 24 – Advisement for Student Success

Guests: Dr. Regina Williams Davis, director of the Center for Academic Excellence and the assistant provost for student success and academic support; Dr. Dawn Nail, associate director of the Center for Academic Excellence

Regina and Dawn discuss the importance of academic advisement in the formula of student success. The pair also talk about the upcoming North Carolina Academic Advising Conference in May.

Ep. 23 – Project M.A.R.C.H. + Aggie Prep = Aggie M.E.N.

Guests: W. Grant Hill, academic coach, lecturer and co-coordinator for Project M.A.R.C.H.; Dean Anthony Graham, dean of the College of Education and co-coordinator for Aggie Prep; Hunter Watson, senior, marketing and supply chain management student

Grant, Anthony and Hunter discuss the male mentoring and retention initiatives at North Carolina A&T, their impact on the students who participate and share plans for a merger and expansion in the 2018-19 academic year.

Ep. 22 – S.I.S.T.E.R.S.

Guests: Renisha Howard, academic advisor, lecturer and co-coordinator for the S.I.S.T.E.R.S. program; Da’Mya Campbell, junior, computer science student; Toni C. Nelson, junior, sociology student

Renisha, Da’Mya and Toni discuss the female mentoring and retention program at North Carolina A&T, its impact on students and its commitment to excellence through education, community engagement and finer womanhood.

Ep. 21 – Verizon Innovative Learning Program

Guests: Marquita D. McCulley, program director and Benton Felton, program participant

Marquita and Benton discuss the benefits of the Verizon-funded program for middle school-aged minority boys housed on the campus of North Carolina A&T.


Ep. 20 – Mental Health Awareness, Pt. 4

Guests: Dr. Dominiquie Clemmons-James, certified rehabilitation counselor in the Office of Counseling Services, N.C. A&T,  Brittany Chang, psychology student, member of Collegiate Recovery Community street team

Clemmons-James and Change discuss the university’s Collegiate Recovery Community on campus and working with students to successfully pursue academic, personal and professional goals to enrich their quality of life.

Ep. 19 – Mental Health Awareness, Pt. 3

Parisi and Houston talk about reducing the stigma of mental health so that more people take advantage of the care available to them.

Ep. 18 – Mental Health Awareness, Pt. 2

Barnette and Creft discuss options for mental health care at N.C. A&T

Ep. 17 – Mental Health Awareness, Pt. 1 

Guests: Harry L. Suggs,  Family Services of the Piedmont, and   Todd Posey, Monarch

Suggs and Posey discuss mental health access and care in the Piedmont Triad region.

Ep. 16 – Good Neighbors, pt. 4

Guest: Interim Dean Shirley Hymon-Parker, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, talks to Chancellor Martin about how the college is holding up its end of the bargain of being a good neighbor in East Greensboro.

Ep. 15 – Good Neighbors, pt. 3

Guest: Dr. Rosalind Dale, associate dean and Extension Administrator for Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T, talks to Chancellor Martin about various initiatives operated by Cooperative Extension.

Ep. 14 – Good Neighbors, pt. 2

Guest: Geoff Foster, founder, president and CEO of Core Technology Molding Corporation talks to Chancellor Martin about the importance of locating his growing business in East Greensboro.

Ep. 13 – Good Neighbors, pt. 1

Guest: John Merrill, executive director of Gateway University Research Park talks to Chancellor Martin about the success of GURP.

Ep. 12 – Arts at A&T, pt. 4

Guests: Donna Bradby and Mondre Moffett

Donna Bradby and Mondre Moffett talk to Chancellor Martin about the benefits of a robust arts program at an institution that focuses on STEM education.

Ep. 11 – Arts at A&T, pt. 3

Guests: Jennifer Wilson, Ishmael Muhammad and Solomon Reynolds

Visual and performing arts students Jennifer Wilson, Ishmael Muhammad and Solomon Reynolds talk to Chancellor Martin about their respective crafts and how A&T is preparing them for the futures.

Ep. 10 – Arts at A&T, pt. 2

Guests: Roy Carter and Donna Bradby

Roy Carter, director of the visual art program and Donna Bradby, adjunct professor and director of marketing and publicity for the theatre arts program talk to the chancellor about jobs behind the scenes of a production and art that hides in plain sight.

Ep. 9 – Arts at A&T, pt. 1

Guest: Gregory Horton

Gregory Horton, interim chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts joins Chancellor Martin to talk about “The Other ‘A’ at A&T”.

Ep. 8 – Brandon Long – Future Microsoft employee

Guest: Brandon Long

Senior, computer science student, Brandon Long converses with the chancellor about his experience as a student at N.C. A&T and his experiences with the White House All-Stars program, Apple and others.

 Ep. 7 – STEM Early College

Guests: Jamisa Williams, Roshni Panwala

Description: Chancellor Martin speaks to STEM Early College principal, Jamisa Williams, and graduating senior, Roshni Panwala, about the unique design of the curriculum at one of the Guilford County Schools-operated high schools on N.C. A&T’s campus. 

Ep. 6 – Women in STEM, Pt. 2

Guests: Simone Douglas, Dominqueca Edwards

Chancellor Martin speaks to engineering students Simone Douglas and Dominqueca Edwards about their experiences on campus and in the work place as interns.

Ep. 5 – Women in STEM Pt. 1

Guest: Dr. Stephanie Luster Teasley

Dr. Stephanie Luster Teasley joins Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. for a conversation about women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

Ep. 4 – Faculty and Staff of the Future

Guest: Dr. Ericka Smith

Motivated and qualified faculty and staff are vital to student success. Discuss how A&T is on a mission to train, recruit and retain faculty and staff of the future.

Ep. 3 – Student Success Initiatives

Guest: Dr. Regina Williams Davis

Give an update on how the initiatives put into place last year benefitted the students. Discuss a few lessons learned and new things being implemented this academic year.

Ep. 2 – Cheatham White Scholarship

Guest: Erin Hill Hart

October is when a lot of juniors and seniors make the push to start or continue applying for colleges. This presents an opportunity to talk about the addition of Cheatham White and give information on the kind of students we will attract with this scholarship

Ep. 1 – Enrollment: Increasing Standards, Growing A&T

Guests: Erin Hill Hart, Jacque Powers

Erin will talk about what the current standards are, what we are looking to move to and how this is beneficial for the students and for the university. This is also an opportunity to talk about the incoming class, i.e. size, academic prowess. Jacque will speak to the work it takes to get such a large number of students acclimated to campus life.


Archives: 03/2017 – Sustaining our Future Through Today’s Generosity

Guest: Kenneth E. Sigmon Jr.,

Kenneth E. Sigmon Jr., Vice Chancellor for University Advancement. Engaging friends of our university through fundraising.

Archives: 02/2017 – A&T Online and Aggies at the Goal Line degree completion programs

Guest: Sanjiv Sarin

Dr. Sanjiv Sarin, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Research, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Archives: 12/2016 – Our Brand, Our Legacy

Guest: Nicole Pride

Nicole Pride, N.C. A&T Chief of Staff discusses Our Brand, Our Legacy, #AggiesDo

Archives: 11/2016 – Student Success

Guests: Regina Williams Davis, Jordan Alexander Greene

Dr. Regina Williams Davis, Assistant Provost for Student Success and Academic Support and Jordan Alexander Greene, 2016-2017 SGA President.

Archives: 10/2016 – How the Student Health Center Enhances the “Aggie”

Guest: Dr. David Wagner

Dr. David Wagner Director, N. C. A&T Student Health Center