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  • Students say you must be open minded to enjoy travel abroad
    a range of experiences that are invaluable to your academic and personal growth Our students come from different places and backgrounds but together they create a diverse close knit community that seeks to create a better world Athletics Alumni Search Keyword Search Search News About Us By the Numbers ECSU Brands and Logos Forms and Documents Licensing Marketing Media Relations Publications Radio TV Service Social Media Staff Viking Profiles Students say you must be open minded to enjoy travel abroad Kesha Williams 9 1 15 Traveling to India for an eight week Summer Cultural Immersion Experience was an extraordinary assignment three ECSU students will long remember Daniel Nobles Dwayne Ponton and Kiana Rivers took the trip that was funded by the Mid Atlantic Consortium Center of Academic Excellence MAC CAE The consortium is a four year old workforce development effort that emphasizes study of Southeast Asia Four universities participate in this consortium Elizabeth City State University Morgan State University Bowie State University and Norfolk State University Each year students from ECSU have the option of studying in Bangladesh or India for eight weeks to supplement the instruction offered in their semester courses The MAC CAE program draws students who have an interest in national security cybersecurity and intelligence studies As of 2015 10 ECSU students have participated in the classes where they learn Hindi the language of India After hearing positive comments from other college students who ve completed the program in India Nobles Ponton and Rivers began planning their trip While India is witnessing rapid economic growth the country is still struggling with various social and health issues Back in June the students were fortunate to meet and hear a speech by Bangladesh s Ambassador to the U S Mohammed Ziauddin During the speech he encouraged ECSU students to learn more about Southeast Asia the challenges of improving social issues and the importance of trade between the U S and those countries Nobles said the trip was a good way for him to prepare for a career with Homeland Security and to understand why some countries find it easy or difficult to compete and to exchange goods and services with America For two days the three ECSU students and students from other universities stayed in New Delhi India to learn about norms customs and appropriate behavioral patterns for visitors A host family in Jaipur India two parents and a daughter welcomed Nobles and Ponton into their home and invited them to visit local parks They provided vegetarian meals which Nobles admitted was an adjustment He also noticed how India differs from America in their security measures traffic patterns and public health programs In India pedestrians do not have the right away so we spent most of our time dodging cars We held our seatbelts tight in the car Nobles said The wild life there was an amazing experience but definitely something that took time to get adjusted to From the sites of homeless people we passed everyday on our

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  • Aviation science students complete Coast Guard leadership academy
    our campus Student Life View sub menu Keyword Search Search Campus Map Maps and Directions Become a Viking Career Services Clubs Organizations Counseling Testing Dining Services ECSU Campus Store Residence Life Student Affairs Student Government Association Life at ECSU provides a range of experiences that are invaluable to your academic and personal growth Our students come from different places and backgrounds but together they create a diverse close knit community that seeks to create a better world Athletics Alumni Search Keyword Search Search Communications Marketing About Us By the Numbers ECSU Brands and Logos Forms and Documents Licensing Marketing Media Relations Publications Radio TV Service Social Media Staff Viking Profiles Aviation science students complete Coast Guard leadership academy Kesha Williams August 20 2015 The United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Conn welcomed two ECSU students as participants this summer Yarrell King from Walstonburg N C and Austin Ivins from Camden N C completed The Mentor and Leadership Academy MLA which took place from June 14 to July 26 The mission of the MLA is to foster the next generation of the nation s scientists and engineers by inspiring diverse students to continue their pursuit of higher education in the science technology engineering and math STEM fields MLA provides a realistic Academy experience founded on superior cadet leadership camaraderie and robust logistical support The participants received a 3 000 stipend An additional stipend of 1 800 will be provided throughout the academic year for successful implementation of the STEM outreach mentoring and leadership component of the program when the students return to ECSU Eligible participants must meet the minimum requirements A student majoring in an engineering or STEM discipline a student enrolled at a qualifying institution as a rising sophomore or junior a student who possesses a strong desire

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  • Viking Profile
    family Dream Job Managing an aviation service station FBO or a corporation s aviation department Your words to live by She who kneels before God can stand before anyone Clubs Organizational Memberships Student Government Association President Women in Aviation V A N S Vikings Assisting New Students and Green Council Edit Content Alanna Johnson As a kid growing up in Richmond I was fascinated by the little things in life It seemed sometimes that I noticed things not everyone saw I d notice how things worked how one thing was related to the other and one of the first lessons I learned was how important it is to be prepared Back then often as not it was being prepared for school or making sure I did right by my friends and family I ve always been interested in aviation and known for a long time that I wanted to make a career out of it somehow When I was younger I volunteered at the Richmond Aviation Museum figuring I could learn something not just about the planes but about the business of flying too You know that planning thing When it came time to think about college I naturally looked for places where I could indulge my passion for aviation AND get a well rounded general classic university education There was Embry Riddle of course and I knew it was great on aviation but also that it s private expensive and a long way from Richmond There was going the other way and joining the military getting aeronautical training for free and going back to college later Then there was ECSU which I learned about from friends Going down the list I made the comparisons Good aviation training Yes and a pretty impressive record of employment in the field Lots of simulators for flight and air traffic and a nearby Coast Guard base for additional experience A classic College Experience Yes with all the clubs the roommate experience in residence halls athletics to watch and play learning about much more than aviation growing up along with probably the largest peer group I ll ever have And on top of all that it offers an education in and outside the classroom on an HBCU campus Personal Learning Yes with a low student to faculty ratio and professors who actually take the time to help us all learn in the ways that work best for us individually Affordability ECSU costs about 1 3 of Embry Riddle and about 6 years less of my life in the military to pay back the flight training I d get for free there Looking at my options the choice was clear I chose ECSU And looking back things have worked out well for me here I ve gotten a broad based comprehensive education here formed lasting relationships with several professors and lots of new friends and enjoyed myself outside the classroom too This past summer I worked as an intern for the NC Department of Transportation

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  • Viking Profile
    Profile Viking Highlights Major Minor Criminal Justice Classification Sophomore Hometown Camden NC Hobbies Interests My hobbies include fishing playing basketball football drawing and technology Dream Job My dream job is to work on a S W A T team I am a team player and I like being a part of something that is bigger than me I want to be able to bring down the bad guy and be able to share that moment with other people Your words to live by Don t give up too quickly There are plenty of times where I have wanted to give up but the fact that I didn t give up led to better things Don t give up until you have exhausted every resource Giving up can be a sign of weakness to other people Clubs and Organizations Fundraising and Social Media chairman for the ECSU NAACP Mega Mega Social Fraternity Edit Content Josh McCoy I grew up nearby in Camden near the water just like it is in Elizabeth City  I looked at other schools but decided on ECSU because they treated me like family from the first day of contact And to add to that feeling that fit I was honored to be part of the MODEL Scholars Program a bridge program for freshmen held on campus before fall classes start MODEL stands for Motivation Opportunities Determination Excellence and Leadership and it was a really good deal for me because it paid for my summer classes enabled me to earn seven academic credits and most importantly gave me a chance to get used to college life before regular classes began It was a great way to start my college career Nonetheless my first year was an eye opening experience because it was the first time I d actually been on my own I was a minority student in an HBCU and I learned about the importance of figuring out who I am and to fight the temptation of simply following the crowd What s right for the crowd isn t going to necessarily be right for an individual and I certainly found that out I learned to follow myself to be true to myself So long story short I had a steep learning curve Not just the on my own thing but the difference in classes from high school I was thinking that 16 weeks was forever until I took college algebra with Dr Rook The course was algebra and it was hard for me but I learned two really important things in that class 1 Math matters and 2 life lessons are at least as important as what you learn in class He taught us all by showing us not telling us that math is part of critical thinking and therefore a key life skill and that the only way to know if what you re doing is right is to know yourself first I learned a lot my freshman year and in so many ways

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  • Viking Profile
    world Athletics Alumni Search Keyword Search Search Viking Profiles Alanna Johnson TimMay Beale Josh McCoy Dwayne Ponton Joel Santiago Siloam Gray Canisha Young Marisol Denney Marla Faison Valerie Edwards Brian Fernander Donyai Moffat Tyler Futell Viking Profile Viking Highlights Major Minor Criminal Justice Classification Sophomore Hometown Gaston NC Hobbies Interests My hobby is playing golf and occasionally playing basketball I also like to play golf games and look at the news channel preferably CNN News channel I find it to be very important for everyone to be updated on what s going on in the world Dream Job I plan work with the U S Embassy in India Your words to live by Dare to be different and You gotta do what you gotta do Anonymous Clubs and Organizations NAACP Elizabeth City State Chapter Treasurer ECSU Residence Life Court Justice Edit Content Dwayne Ponton Dwayne Ponton s two interests are about as dissimilar as two interests can be at least on the surface He s always been into cooking even considered going to Johnson Wales culinary school instead of a traditional college university But he s also been intrigued by the idea of law enforcement So because he decided that he can always go into cooking and indeed wants to own his own Jamaican restaurant someday his interest in law enforcement took immediate precedence and he s majoring in Criminal Justice at Elizabeth City State University Two things really broadened my perspective when I enrolled in ECSU First there was the adjustment from high school not only in the classroom but out of it as well It s really tempting to keep acting like you did in high school but with the academic load and all the other distractions of being on your own with the largest peer group you ll ever have you have to come to grips with personal responsibility And that certainly happened to me but I ended up thriving because I finally understood what I needed to do and where to go if I needed help Props to Drs Shahidullah and Yuan for getting me to realize that I could be successful in my major but not without real work Secondly I got a chance to travel overseas on an internship to Jaipur and it was there I decided I wanted to do some work for the US Government in law enforcement hopefully overseas with the State Department or Homeland Security stateside Indeed I ve been told that my Criminal Justice degree will hold me in good stead when I apply to State or Homeland Security I m getting a well rounded education here at ECSU and the Criminal Justice department is well regarded Along the way I hope to live many places and you can bet I ll sample and enjoy every cuisine along the way because one day I m going to have my own restaurant Favorite Place on Campus My favorite place on campus is my residence hall Viking Towers Well granted it

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  • Viking Profile
    Rico Hobbies Interests Long boarding creating android applications playing video games nature walks swimming raving gloving cosplaying and visiting national parks Dream Job Owning an Android Application company Your words to live by You gotta do what you gotta do Anonymous Clubs and Organizations Phi Beta Lambda Management Information Systems Club Applied Research in Environmental Science Nonprofit SACNAS Edit Content Joel Gonzales Santiago Born in Puerto Rico Joel grew up in Philadelphia and the Tidewater area of Virginia with a father in the military and a mother in corporate human resources After spending the last part of his high school career at the Governor s STEM Academy at Grassfield High School in Chesapeake a competitive cooperative academy for promising high school students in STEM fields Joel began to think more about his academic interests When my high school was designated a Governor s STEM Academy I knew I just had to give it a shot I had always imagined that I d do something technical When I was growing up I was intrigued by figuring out how things work In the beginning I figured that should be about engineering However as I got into engineering coursework I gradually figured out that I was interested more in the technical processes versus constructing things so I developed a love of programming Then I came to see the opportunities in being able to integrate understanding technical processes into business which I m continuing here at ECSU double majoring in Business with a concentration in Management Information Systems and Computer Science with a concentration in Information Technology As a result of his special high school training Joel started his career at ECSU with a significant number of college credits and next year he ll be a junior not a sophomore This helps him and his family because it means he ll get his bachelor degree in fewer years which equates to less overall cost That s important but Joel thinks the most significant thing that has happened for him so far has more to do with what he s learned outside the classroom as much as what he s learned inside it He gives much of the credit for that to his favorite professor Dr Lloyd Mitchell Here s how Joel describes that outside the classroom learning I was so used to taking technical classes and when you do lots of that you get this feeling that there s a specific always right answer to a question And then I took a class with Dr Mitchell who taught in a way that was quite unfamiliar to me He gave us an assignment but when we asked how to do it he simply smiled and said in so many words You figure it out We were all sort of confused by that wondering why he wouldn t help us And then over time we did figure it out Turns out we were able to solve the assignment together better than apart and without intentionally doing

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  • Siloam Gray
    seeks to create a better world Athletics Alumni Search Keyword Search Search Viking Profiles Alanna Johnson TimMay Beale Josh McCoy Dwayne Ponton Joel Santiago Siloam Gray Canisha Young Marisol Denney Marla Faison Valerie Edwards Brian Fernander Donyai Moffat Tyler Futell Viking Profile Viking Highlights Major Minor Business Administration with concentration in Management Classification Graduating Senior December 14 Hometown Norfolk Virginia Hobbies Interests In my spare time I love giving back to various nonprofit organizations and using my talents to uplift my community Dream Job To establish my own successful cosmetic business taking it nationwide Campus Events You Enjoyed Participating In and The Reason s I really enjoyed doing the annual Trunk or Treat event for the Laboratory School student at ECSU Plans After Graduating From ECSU I plan to work for the State of Georgia in their Human Resources Department Your words to live by Establish your priorities if you want to make your dreams a reality Then do what you have to do so you will be able to do what you want to do Clubs and Organizations 2013 2014 Miss Student Activities Committee 2013 Recipient of The Black Women Empowerment Scholarshi The National Black MBA club Member U N I T Y Dr Martin Luther King Jr Celebration program and March Chairperson F A M E TV and Viking Fest Chairperson Edit Content Siloam Gray Siloam Gray grew up in the Virginia Tidewater area Several members of her large family attended NSU a HBCU in that area Yet a visit to Elizabeth City State University s Open House sparked her interest Student hosts at that session Vikings Assisting New Students VANS provided such good descriptions of their experiences on campus she decided to break the family tradition and select another institution to earn a bachelor s degree The VANS students made me immediately feel like I belonged at ECSU In short I came to ECSU because it felt right and because it made sense The VANS gave me an accurate preview of what to expect my freshman year and the transition was not only easy but fun During my sophomore year I met a professor who has made the biggest impression on me so farâ Dr Frank Gaskill in the Business Administration department He introduced himself to me The first thing he said to me was â I care It s an easy thing to say but hard to do When I needed help he helped me He helped me get the right tools to learn get the right information He pushed me to do my best ECSU is just the right size university for me not just for the small class sizes but for the opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities Anyone can have the chance to develop their talents and leadership skills I ve really taken advantage of the clubs and organizations here and now I spend a good deal of my free time working with non profits giving back to the people

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  • Viking Profile
    Faison Valerie Edwards Brian Fernander Donyai Moffat Tyler Futell Viking Profile Viking Highlights Major Minor Mass Communications Classification Class of 2015 Senior Hometown Durham NC Hobbies Interests I m a creative butterfly I love to be involved in anything that allows me to be creative I enjoy acting singing dancing and any form of self expression Dream Job Owner Executive Producer and Director of my own Network Campus Events You Enjoyed Participating In and The Reason s You can catch me participating and enjoying anything and everything on campus I could say I really enjoy a great Football or Basketball game being in Pep Squad for my first 2 years at ECSU really brought a tremendous amount of Viking Pride in me Plans After Graduating From ECSU After graduation I plan on starting a career in radio as an on air personality I also initially want to start on a business plan to create a successful production company that would lead me to owning a successful network Your words to live by Good Better Best never let it rest Until your good is better until your better is best Clubs and Organizations Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc Student Government Association Student Activities Committee President Commencement Ambassador V A N S 2014 Student Leadership Award 2014 Student Government Officer of the Year Edit Content Canisha Young Canisha Young grew up in Durham NC part of a large family Active in high school academics student government theater and the school spirit squad Canisha wondered for a while whether she d get to go to college But Canisha found a way because she saw more for herself beyond high school Excited by the opportunities she glimpsed in high school student government and theater she made sure that she took advantage of every visit from colleges and universities to her high school Early in the process her junior year she decided she wanted to go to a historically black college or university HBCU and when ECSU visited she was immediately impressed Three things about ECSU impressed me right away the heritage of the school as a teaching institution the Viking Spirit that the admissions counselor showed and the small class sizes in virtually all subjects which allows more individual attention from professors And in addition there was available financial assistance So I picked ECSU and they accepted me and I started school in a part of the state I didn t know I was hopeful but a little nervous my first time away from home for an extended period I was amazed at how welcome everyone made me feel faculty staff my fellow students The work was harder people were from all over the place but the size of the school was about that of my high school which was perfect for me I found that I could do all of the things I d done in high school and more More opportunities for leadership more academic subjects to choose from better extracurriculars more

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