North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
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|North Carolina A&T
|Motto||Mens et Manus (Latin)|
|Motto in English||Mind and Hand|
|Established||March 9, 1891|
|Endowment||US $28,041,146 (2012)|
|Provost||Joe B. Whitehead Jr.|
|Academic staff||Total: 663
(471 full time/ 193 part time)
|Students||10,636 (Fall 2012)|
|Undergraduates||8,923 (Fall 2012)|
|Postgraduates||1,713 (Fall 2012)|
|Doctoral students||253 (Fall 2012)|
|Location||Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
200 acre (0.8 km²) main campus,
492 acre (1.99 km²) agricultural campus
|Former names||The Agricultural and Mechanical College for the Colored Race, The Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina|
|College Yell||"Aggie Pride"|
Blue and Gold
|Sports||NCAA Division I - Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)
Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (Women's Swimming)
13 varsity sports teams
|Affiliations||University of North Carolina System
Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Southeastern Universities Research Association
Thurgood Marshall College Fund
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (North Carolina A&T or N.C. A&T) is a land-grant university located in Greensboro, North Carolina, United States. It is the largest publicly funded historically black college (HBCU) in the state of North Carolina.
North Carolina A&T is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina System. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and classified as a research university with high research activity by The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Founded in 1891 and known then as The Agricultural and Mechanical College for the Colored Race.
N.C. A&T is one of the nation's leading producers of African-American engineers with bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees. NASA is one of the major partners of the School of Engineering. It is also the nation's top producer of minorities with degrees (as a whole) in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The university is also a leading producer of minority certified public accountants, landscape architects, and veterinarians. NC A&T offers 116 bachelor's degrees, 54 master's degrees, and doctorate degrees in energy, environmental, electrical engineering studies, Leadership Studies, and mechanical, electrical, and industrial engineering. NC A&T is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
- 1 History
- 2 Academic Profile
- 3 Campus
- 4 Athletics
- 5 Student life
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 Campus shooting
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University was established as a "mechanical college" for the "Colored Race" by an act of the General Assembly of North Carolina, ratified March 9, 1891. The act read in part: "That the leading objective of the college shall be to teach practical agriculture and the mechanic arts and such learning as related thereto, not excluding academic and classical instruction." This college was established along with North Carolina Agricultural and Mechanical College, now known as North Carolina State University; due to segregation laws, whites and blacks could not attend college together. The college operated in Raleigh at the private Shaw University until 1893, when donations from Dr. Dewitt, C. Benbow and Charles H. Moore totaling $11,000 and 14 acres (57,000 m²) of land allowed the establishment of a campus in Greensboro. The original course of study of A&T included languages and literature, mathematics, business, agriculture and military science. Female students enrolled from 1893 until 1901, but not again until 1928. In 1915, the name of the College became The Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina by act of the NC General Assembly.
On February 1, 1960, four A&T freshmen helped spark the civil rights movement in the South. Ezell Blair (Jibreel Khazan), Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, and David Richmond "sat-in" at an all white eating establishment (Woolworth's) and demanded equal service at the lunch counter. Because of their great desire for change and equality they inspired many other students of the university to join them in their non-violent protest to desegregate Woolworth's lunch counter. By the end of July 1960, their mission was accomplished and they became the A&T Four and their campaign became known as the Greensboro sit-ins. Seven years later, the college gained university status and became North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The school was centrally involved in the 1969 Greensboro uprising when it was stormed by the National Guard in what was described at the time as "the most massive armed assault ever made against an American university".
On February 25, 2009, Chancellor Stanley Battle announced his resignation, effective June 30, 2009, citing family and personal issues. The following month, on May 22, 2009, Dr. Harold L. Martin Sr. was elected as the 12th chancellor of the university by UNC System Board of Governors.
As a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina System, North Carolina A&T is governed by a Board of Governors and administered by a president. The current president is Thomas W. Ross, and the administrative head of NC A&T is Harold Martin. North Carolina A&T is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), which is one of the six regional accreditation organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
North Carolina A&T State University offers undergraduate degrees in 177 undergraduate degrees in eighty-four majors in the eight schools and professional colleges. Bachelor's programs are offered through the NC A&T Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Engineering, the Schools of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Business & Economics, Education, Technology, Nursing, & the School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (in conjunction with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro). North Carolina A&T also offers thirty master's degrees and eleven doctoral concentrations, through nine doctoral degree programs. Master's and doctoral programs are offered through the Schools and colleges in agriculture and environmental sciences, arts and sciences, business and economics, education, engineering, joint school of nanoscience and nanoengineering, and technology. According to data released by the University of North Carolina System, the university awarded 1,313 bachelor degrees, 456 masters degrees and 29 doctoral degrees in the 2012-2013 academic year
|U.S. News & World Report||Not Published|
Institutional rankings of North Carolina A&T vary widely, depending on the criteria of the publication. For instance, in the 2012 edition of the Washington Monthly college rankings, NC A&T ranked 33rd among national universities. The Washington Monthly assesses the quality of schools based on social mobility (e.g., percentage of Pell Grant recipients who graduate),in which the university ranked 2nd in the nation, academic quality (e.g., percentage of graduates who go on to earn PhDs), and community service.
According to the 2014 issue of U.S. News & World Report's "Historically Black College & Universities (HBCU) List", NC A&T was ranked 8th nationally; criteria include tuition & fees, total enrolment, fall acceptance rate, retention, and graduation rates
Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina Historic District
|Location||E. side of Dudley St. between Bluford St. and Authur Headen Dr., Greensboro, North Carolina|
|Area||10.1 acres (4.1 ha)|
|Architectural style||Colonial Revival, Classical Revival, Other, Georgian Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||88002046|
|Added to NRHP||October 20, 1988|
North Carolina A&T's main campus, often referred to as "Aggieland," is located in just nine blocks east of downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. Development of the campus started in 1893 with 14 acres (0.057 km2) of donated land and a multipurpose building called "the college building," Today, NC A&T's contiguous campus consists of over 200 acres (0.81 km2), plus a 600 acres (2.4 km2) working farm, and Two Research Parks totaling a combined 150 acres (0.61 km2).
A portion of the campus comprises of the Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina Historic District, which was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. This area consists of a mixture of Colonial Revival, Classical Revival, and Georgian Revival style building including The James B. Dudley Building, which is home to the University Art Gallery.
North Carolina A&T fields a total of 15 varsity sports; 6 for men and 9 for women. The university participates in the NCAA's Division I. The Aggies generally compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, although the women's swimming team competes in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA). In 2011, the Athletic Department brought in over $9 million in total revenue from a combination of sources such as Ticket sales, student fees, school funding, contributions, rights and licensing and other revenue.
The school's athletic teams are called the "Aggies" and represented by a Bulldog Mascot. The term "Aggie" has long been used to refer to students who attend agricultural schools. Hence the reason the university adopted the nickname at the time of the university's founding.
The current athletic director for the university is Earl M. Hilton III. Hilton was announced as the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics on Feb. 3, 2011 after serving as the interim for three months. Hilton received his B.S. degree in Political Science in 1992 from Lamar University. He also has a Master's degree in Public Administration and a Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech University.
Student Government Association
The NC A&T SU Student Government Association (SGA) is the undergraduate student government of North Carolina A&T State University. The SGA consists of The Executive Branch, The Student Senate, Judiciary Branch, and Class Officers.
North Carolina A&T State University's Greek Community consists of all nine of the Historically Black National Pan-Hellenic Council Fraternities and Sororities, as well as local social organizations, honor societies and professional organizations. In order to function on campus, these organizations are registered with The Office of Student Affairs, and are under the jurisdiction of one of NC A&T SU's three Greek governing councils. The Office of Student Affairs works closely with individual organizations in the development of their activities, community service programming, and Membership Intake Processes.
National Pan-Hellenic Council
|Organization||Chapter Name||Year Chartered||Year Founded||Website|
|Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity||Beta Epsilon. (ΒΕ.)||1929||1906||The Beta Epsilon. Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha|
|Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority||Alpha Phi (ΑΦ)||1932||1908|
|Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity||Alpha Nu (AN)||1933||1911|
|Omega Psi Phi fraternity||Mu Psi (MΨ)||1927||1911|
|Delta Sigma Theta sorority||Alpha Mu (AM)||1932||1913|
|Phi Beta Sigma fraternity||Eta (H)||1915||1914|
|Zeta Phi Beta sorority||Zeta Alpha (ZA)||1934||1920|
|Sigma Gamma Rho sorority||Gamma (Γ)||1951||1922|
|Iota Phi Theta fraternity||Zeta (Z)||1970||1963|
Greek Lettered Council
Other National fraternities and sororities with registered chapters are members of the Greek Lettered Council. The current members on campus include:
|Organization||Chapter Name||Year Chartered||Year Founded|
|Kappa Kappa Psi honorary band fraternity||Iota Zeta (IZ)||1990||1919|
|Tau Beta Sigma honorary band sorority||Theta Zeta (ΘZ)||1990||1946|
|Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity||Kappa Psi (KΨ)||1952||1925|
|Chi Eta Phi sorority||Sigma Chi Beta (ΣXB)||1975||1932|
|Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity||Iota Beta (IB)||1972||1898|
|Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity||Pi Iota(I)||2004||1909|
National Social Fellowships that do not affiliate with Greek Lettered organizations fall under the jurisdiction of 'Social Fellowships. The Current Members on campus Include:
|Organization||Chapter Name||Year Chartered||Year Founded|
|Groove Phi Groove S.F.I.||Aggie Chapter||1969||1962|
|Organization||Chapter Name||Year Chartered||Year Founded||Website|
|Swing Phi Swing S.F.I.||Aggie Chapter||1971||1969||Aggie Chapter Official Site|
The athletic teams at the university are supported by The North Carolina A&T State University Blue & Gold Marching Machine, the university's marching band. The entire volunteer band typically performs at football games, parades, and battle of the bands from September through the month of November. Additionally, the smaller pep bands play at all home basketball games. The band is under the direction of Dr. Kenneth G. Ruff, an alumnus of the university.
Started in 1918, By Mr. W. E. Lew, the band program, has grown from a 50-piece ensemble grew to the 210 member band of Today. It was not until the 1930s that marching band was offered as an extracurricular activity. During this time, A&T had the distinction of being the only Historically Black college in North Carolina with a band. In the mid 1960s, the band introduced the concept of majorettes and flag twirlers. In the late 1970s to early 1980s, the band underwent a change in leadership. Mr. Jimmy Williams and Dr. Johnny B. Hodge, Jr. became the directors of the band. During this era, the marching band also was renamed to the current “Blue & Gold Marching Machine” moniker. Dr. Hodge's tenure as the director of band's spanned over four decades. It was not until Hodge's retirement in 2003, that then assistant of bands, Dr. Kenneth Ruff, became the director. In Addition to Dr. Ruff, the Blue and Gold Marching Machine's leadership also includes assistant director of bands, Mr. Brian Millsap. The Blue and Gold Marching Machine has performed in many major performances including the Macy’s Day Parade in New York City, the 2009 Honda Battle of the Bands in Atlanta, Georgia and also performing in the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.
The band currently is divided by into 11 sections; 9 of which consist of instrumentalist. Each section is run by its own section leader(s). Those sections: Ebony Queens and Kings (Clarinets), Essence of Silver (piccolos), Saxually Active (Saxophones), Scream Machine (Trumpets), Sonic Boom (French Horns), Freight Train (Trombones), Crucial EU (Euphoniums), Thundar Brothers (Sousaphones), Cold Steel (Percussion), Golden Delight (majorettes) and Smooth Ignition (Drum Majors)
The Blue & Gold Marching Machine utilizes a variation of the high step marching style. This involves the lifting of the knee with legs directly in front, thighs parallel to the ground, and toes pointed downward. When the leg is elevated, there should be a 90-degree angle with the body and the thigh, and a 90-degree angle with the thigh and the shin. The leg is then lowered, and this is repeated with the other leg. This is informally referred to as the "chair step". This is also the style commonly found in many HBCU bands.
The students of NC A&T SU contribute to the university's official media outlets. WNNA 90.1 FM is The School's Official Radio Station WNAA 90.1 FM A&T Radio Station and The A&T Register is The School's Student Newspaper.
During the evening hours of Saturday, November 2, 2013, an unknown shooter fired gunshots, at least one of which struck a single individual, having been fired from some distance, according to police. They were fired toward the vicinity of a group of students on the north campus of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, not far from the campus's McCain Hall. The unknown shooter shot and wounded 21-year-old Devine Eatmon (it was not specified whether he was a student, and, if so, at the University, or not). His condition is apparently serious, but is not believed to be life-threatening at this time. The university police have the lead on the investigation, according to the Greensboro Police Department's public information officer. Law enforcement is searching for four suspects, three of which had dreadlocks, and all of whom were believed to be carrying handguns of an unknown type. They may or may not have known Mr. Eatmon. The campus was closed after the shooting and the area was placed on lockdown.
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