N.C. A&T On Point Newsletter

VOL. 2 / NO. 10 / DECEMBER 2019

Chancellor's Message
Chancellor's Message

A Year of Many Blessings
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N.C. A&T Chancellor Martin North Carolina A&T’s many points of progress this year gave me ample opportunity for reflection and for gratitude. Having marked my 10th year last summer as chancellor, I am as thankful today as I was in 2009 for the opportunity to lead this remarkable institution.

I’m far from the only one who cares deeply about our university. We’ve been fortunate to attract outstanding faculty, skilled administrators and staff and high-achieving students, creating a critical mass of Aggies strongly committed to A&T’s success.

Working as a team, we have been able to steer the big ship that is A&T in exciting new directions over the past decade. This year marked our sixth consecutive year as America’s largest historically black university and our second as its top-rated public HBCU in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings. Just as importantly, it marked our first in the magazine’s national university numerical rankings, where we joined 300 leading peers.

Our students’ academic profile has grown dramatically during that same time. Incoming classes in both 2018 and 2019 held average GPAs of 3.5 or greater. The top students who comprise our Cheatham-White and Dowdy scholars programs hold GPAs well in excess of 4.0 and would be welcome on the campus of any university in America.

For those who knew the A&T of 10 years ago, our transformation has been remarkable. From a storied institution that was faltering in enrollment and key measures of achievement, from graduation rates to athletic performance, the 180-degree pivot has encompassed nearly every aspect of the university and been a boon for A&T supporters.

As this year of continued blessings draws to a close, I am deeply grateful for what it has meant to our university and hope that your year was every bit as edifying. May your holidays be peaceful and full of light. And may the new year bring engaging opportunity, rewarding success and plenty of joy.

- Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr.

Ceremony signing the top of the beam for the Engineering Research and Innovation CenterAt the ceremony to lay the top beam for the new $90-million Engineering Research and Innovation Center, one of the highlights of 2019.
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Aggies Secure 4th Celebration Bowl Win
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A&T’s third consecutive Celebration Bowl titleThe North Carolina A&T Aggies took Atlanta by storm on Dec. 21 in their fourth trip to the Celebration Bowl, hammering Alcorn State 64-44 and shattering numerous offensive records.

The sparkling performance not only played out in front of a national television audience on the ABC-TV network, but in front of 33,000 fans, the bowl game’s highest attendance since its inaugural year in 2015. Fifth-year quarterback Kylil Carter, who threw for 364 yards and six touchdowns, earned Offensive MVP honors, while freshman linebacker Jacob Roberts, who returned an interception 28 yards and recorded six tackles, was named Defensive MVP.

"What a game," Aggies Head Coach Sam Washington said. "Offensively, I thought both teams played well. ... It was very entertaining."

The game capped a week of festivities and service that saw Washington and radio legend Tom Joyner inducted into the Celebration Bowl Champions Circle and the entire Aggie team visited children in a local hospital to brighten their holiday season.

The game itself has become an increasingly popular place to see and be seen, drawing celebrity attendees this year including basketball great Shaquille O’Neal, actors Chris Tucker, Morris Chestnut and Tyrese Gibson and music industry stars 2 Chainz and Jermaine Dupri, among others.

A&T’s third consecutive Celebration Bowl title is expected to pay off in numerous ways for the university, boosting admission applications, providing a lift for donor support and continuing to build the university’s national brand, as well as giving Washington and his assistant coaches plenty to discuss with recruits.

N.C. A&T football teamAggie players pose for a selfie with a delighted young fan during the team’s annual visit to Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital.

Data Points
Data Points

January 2019
North Carolina A&T is the first HBCU to be highlighted by the National Security Agency on the agency’s website as part of its new “Featured School” series.
To address campus food insecurity, A&T opens Aggie Source, a food and personal care item pantry for students. 

February 2019
Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Abdollah Homaifar is appointed Samuel P. Langley Distinguished NASA Langley Chair Professor at the National Institute of Aerospace.
A&T launches three new centers of excellence in advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity and entrepreneurship and innovation.

March 2019
A university-wide focus on student success pushes the A&T retention rate to nearly 80 percent, pares the time-to-degree rate to 4.53 years and sees A&T award 1,680 bachelor’s degrees in FY18.

April 2019
Stage/screen stars Loretta Devine (Dream Girls), Jasmine Guy (A Different World) and A&T alumnus/Oscar-nominated director Kevin Wilson Jr., teach master classes in the performing arts as part of a star-studded Chancellor’s Speaker Series event.

May 2019
North Carolina A&T gave the Class of 1969 a proper graduation celebration as part of the university’s Spring 2019 Commencement. The class’s commencement was cancelled in the aftermath of protests that saw U.S. military troops mobilized on the A&T campus. 
A Gallup survey of alumni of all 16 UNC campuses showed that Aggie alums have the highest affinity for their alma mater than any other university in the system.

Summer 2019
A&T sets a third-consecutive institutional record in annual research funding with $64.37 million in contracts and grants. 
A&T’s team finishes first in the country and second overall in the second round of a major autonomous vehicle competition, beating out such schools as Virginia Tech and Texas A&M.
With the beginning of the 2019-20 school year, North Carolina welcomes its largest ever student body – 12,556 Aggies strong. For the sixth straight year, A&T is America’s largest HBCU.

September 2019
In U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2020” issue, A&T breaks into the top-tier numerical rankings for National Universities for the first time and is recognized as the nation’s no. 1 public HBCU. 

October 2019
Homecoming has become a major economic boost for Greensboro with an estimated financial impact well in excess of $10 million, according to local financial analyses.

November 2019
Juniors Dorian Holmes and Jaelyn Phillips are part of a prestigious class of 400 students drawn from 90 colleges and universities across 13 countries chosen for the Stanford University Innovation Fellows program.
The Campaign for North Carolina A&T surges past its original goal of $85 million and establishes a new target: $100 million by the end of 2020.

December 2019
More than 1,000 students become N.C. A&T alumni The keynote speaker was alumna, Kelly Richmond Pope, Ph.D. ’96.

N.C. A&T football team beat Alcorn State 64-44 to win the Celebration Bowl, its fourth win in the bowl’s five-year history.

Dr. Harold L. Martin Sr.

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