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NORTH CAROLINA AGRICULTURAL AND TECHNICAL STATE UNIVERSITY (also known as NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTH CAROLINA A&T, N.C. A&T, or simply A"> North Carolina
North Carolina
A&T State University sign

Today, with an enrollment of over 10,000 students, North Carolina
North Carolina
A&T is the largest historically black university in the nation. According to U.S. News minority certified public accountants, landscape architects, veterinarians, and agricultural graduates.

The university offers 177 Undergraduate , 30 master , and nine doctoral degrees through its two professional colleges and seven schools; The university awards more than 1,900 degrees annually, and has an alumni base around 40,000 in numbers. The main campus encompasses over 200 acres (0.81 km2) in area, additionally, the university operates a 600 acres (2.4 km2) working farm, and two research parks totaling a combined 150 acres (0.61 km2). The university is classified as a high activity research university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education
Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education
. The university ranks third in sponsored funding among University of North Carolina system institutions, As of 2012, the university conducts over $29 Million in academic and scientific research annually, and operates 16 research centers and institutes on campus. The university's designation as a land grant institution reflects its broad range of research with ongoing projects funded by agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Department of Agriculture , U.S. Department of Defense , National Institutes of Health , and the National Space Foundation

The school's students, alumni, and sports teams are known as "Aggies ." The university's varsity athletic teams , are members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
, in all sports with the exception of women's swimming, and compete in the NCAA Division I
NCAA Division I
. The football team are three-time Black College Football National Champions, and enjoyed much success in the 1990s. The men's basketball team has earned 16 total conference regular-season and tournament championships, including an eight consecutive titles in the 1980s. In 2013, the program won their first NCAA tournament game after nine previous appearances. The women's basketball program is the first team from a Division I historically black university to win two games in a post-season tournament when the Lady Aggies advanced to the regional semifinals in the 2010 Women\'s National Invitation Tournament

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Founding and early years * 1.2 Expansion and growth * 1.3 Civil Rights movement * 1.4 Recent years

* 2 Campus

* 2.1 University galleries * 2.2 Sustainability

* 3 Organization and administration

* 3.1 Chancellor * 3.2 Board of Trustees * 3.3 Budget and endowments

* 4 Academic profile

* 4.1 Colleges and schools * 4.2 Rankings * 4.3 Admissions

* 5 Research

* 6 Student life

* 6.1 Residence life * 6.2 Student Government Association * 6.3 Student organizations and activities * 6.4 Media * 6.5 Greek life * 6.6 Events

* 7 Athletics * 8 Notable alumni * 9 Further reading * 10 References * 11 External links

HISTORY

Further information: History of North Carolina
North Carolina
Agricultural and Technical State University

FOUNDING AND EARLY YEARS

Dr. John O. Crosby ; N.C. A&T's First President (1892–1896)

North Carolina
North Carolina
A"> An early image of students learning to make butter.

The college granted admission to both men and women of color from 1893, until the Board of Trustees voted to restrict admission to males only in 1901. This policy would remain until 1928, when female students were once again allowed to be admitted. In 1899, The college conferred its first degrees to seven graduates. In 1904, college developed a 100-acre farm equipped with the latest in farm machinery and labor-saving devices. During that time, the university farm provided much of the food for the campus cafeteria. In 1915, the North Carolina
North Carolina
General Assembly changed the name of the college to Negro Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina.

EXPANSION AND GROWTH

THE COLLEGE BUILDING built in 1893, was one of the campus' first buildings. It was destroyed by fire in 1930.

In 1925, Dr. Ferdinand D. Bluford
Ferdinand D. Bluford
was selected as the third president of the college, and A"> An early image of NOBLE HALL, originally the Agricultural Building, now houses the School of Nursing

The 1940s and 1950s saw the college expand its land holdings. In 1946, the college acquired 96 acres of land adjacent to the original 14-acre campus In 1953, The School of Nursing was established, with the first class graduating four years later. 1955 saw more changes, as Dr. Warmoth T. Gibbs was selected as the fourth President of the College. Two years later, the college experienced another name change to the "Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina". In that same year, the college's first white student, Rodney Jaye Miller of Greensboro, was admitted. In 1959, the college was fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
(SACS) .

CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

The role that students of North Carolina
North Carolina
A clear: left; margin: 0.5em 1.4em 0.8em 0; width:40%; padding: 10px; border: 1px solid #aaa; font-size: 88%; background-color: #F4CA16;"> "We teach our students how to think, not what to think." — Warmoth T. Gibbs , 4th President of North Carolina
North Carolina
A&T (In response to Greensboro city leaders requesting he keep students on campus during the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins
Greensboro sit-ins
)

In 1964, John A. Steinhauer, a science teacher, was the first white student to earn a degree from A"> A&T Student Eddie Evans being taken into protective custody after members of the North Carolina National Guard raid W. Kerr Scott Hall

In 1969, students protesters from the college, in addition to students of nearby James B. Dudley High School , were involved in a four-day conflict with the Greensboro Police and the National Guard in which there was one casualty. The conflict, referred to as the 1969 Greensboro uprising lasted between May 21 through May 25, was sparked by perceived civil rights issues at the segregated high school, when a popular student council write-in presidential candidate was denied his landslide victory allegedly because school officials feared his activism in the Black Power
Black Power
movement. Starting on the campus of Dudley High School, the uprising spread to A&T's campus, where students had stood up in support of the Dudley protest. Escalating violence eventually led to an armed confrontation and the subsequent invasion of the campus. Described at the time as "the most massive armed assault ever made against an American university," The uprising ended soon after the National Guard raided and raid of the 505-room male dormitory, W. Kerr Scott Hall, taking hundreds of students into protective custody.

RECENT YEARS

In 1971, the North Carolina
North Carolina
General Assembly passed legislation bringing all 16 public institutions that confer bachelor degrees into the University of North Carolina
North Carolina
System. As a result of the consolidation, N.C. A&T became a constituent institution and Lewis Carnegie Dowdy , the college's sixth president, was reappointed as the college's first chancellor in July of the following year. The 1988 school year saw NC A&T set an enrollment record with 6,200 students. The following year, the college bested its record with a total of 6,500 students.

In 2003, the university announced the creation of a Joint Millennial Campus, with neighboring UNC-Greensboro , with the intent to focus on regional economic development. The following year, the university was classified as a doctoral/research intensive university by the Carnegie Foundation , in addition to forming a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service. On May 1, 2006, Lloyd V. Hackley was named Interim Deputy Chancellor of the university. Hackley served in the position until his successor. Stanley F. Battle was installed as the 11th Chancellor on April 25, 2008. Under the Battle administration, the university was awarded an $18 million grant from the National Science Foundation
National Science Foundation
for an Engineering Research Center, the first time an HBCU has been a lead institution for such a center.

On May 22, 2009, Dr. Harold L. Martin, Sr. was elected as the twelfth Chancellor of the University. The following year, N.C. A&T received approval to establish a Ph.D. program in Computational Science and Engineering beginning in the fall of 2010. That same year, the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) opened with 17 students in the doctoral program in nanoscience and 1 student in the professional master's program in nanoscience. According to the National Nanotechnology Initiative, The JSNN became one of fewer than 10 schools nationally to offer degree programs in nanotechnology, and is the only program created and operated collaboratively by two universities. In 2011, North Carolina
North Carolina
A"> A north-facing view of the university fountain and formal quad from the Memorial Student Union

North Carolina
North Carolina
A East Market street, to the south; North O'Henry Boulevard (U.S. Route 220 /U.S. 29 /U.S. 70 ), to the east; North Dudley street, to the west; and East Lindsay street to the northeast. The main entry point of the campus is located at the intersection of East Market street and North Benbow road.

A portion of today's main campus comprises the Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina
North Carolina
Historic District , which was named to the National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
in 1988. This 10.1-acre (41,000 m2) area along the university's western boundary, consists of five Colonial Revival and Classical Revival style buildings that are the universities oldest standing structures.

UNIVERSITY GALLERIES

JAMES B. DUDLEY MEMORIAL BUILDING, named for the university's second president, houses the university art galleries.

Located inside the James B. Dudley Memorial Building, the university galleries are home to the Mattye Reed African Heritage and the H. Clinton Taylor Collections. Founded in the late 1960s, the Reed African Heritage Collection is dedicated to the ancestral and contemporary arts of Africa and the Caribbean. The Reed Collection houses around 3,500 artifacts, art, and craft items from more than 35 African and Caribbean nations. The collection is named for Mattye Reed, the site's first curator and director. Reed helped collect a great number of the pieces through soliciting donations from friends and former colleagues on behalf of the university. The Taylor Collection, named for the founder of the university's art department, presents rotating exhibits by both established and upstart African-American Artists, in addition to work created by the university students and faculty.

SUSTAINABILITY

The University of North Carolina
North Carolina
spends roughly $227 million a year on energy. In 2009, the UNC Board of Governors adopted environmental policies reflective of the UNC System's commitment to lead the State of North Carolina
North Carolina
to a more sustainable future. The goal of the initiative is to reduce energy consumption by 30% at all UNC institutions and affiliates by 2015.

Since 2003, North Carolina
North Carolina
A&T has reduced energy use by 21%. According to research conducted by the university, the energy efficiency measures in place inside the 123 buildings on the campus have saved enough energy to meet the power needs of 760 households for a year. In the 2011–12 fiscal year alone, a 32.5 billion BTU reduction in energy helped the university avoid $386,274 in costs. Under the university's Strategic Energy Plan, N.C. A development of a retro-commissioning process for existing buildings; energy-efficient lighting retrofits throughout the campus; and the development of green network strategies.

In the area of green building , the university is in the process of developing a green building policy that will require the use of sustainable and green building practices wherever feasible and practical on future construction. As of 2015, there are four green building initiatives being conducted by the university. The Proctor School of Education Building utilizes green roof technology in addition to other sustainable components aimed at reducing storm water runoff and energy demands for air conditioning in the summer months. Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) Building located at the off-campus Joint Millennial Campus site, was certified as a LEED Gold level building in 2013. In addition to the school of education and Nanotechnology buildings, the university is planning an environmentally-friendly student union and opened its new student health center in 2015. The two-story, 27,548-square-foot building is LEED silver level certified, and the university's first completely green facility.

Through these efforts towards sustainability and environment friendly university management, N.C. A&T was ranked 10th, out of 301 institutions from 61 countries, in the 2013 The Universitas Indonesia (UI) GreenMetric World University Sustainability Ranking. Additionally, the university ranked 5th among 164 institutions in the category of Campus Setting (Urban) and 9th among 224 institutions in the Comprehensive Higher Education category.

ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION

Further information: University of North Carolina
North Carolina

North Carolina
North Carolina
A&T is one of 16 public universities that constitute the University of North Carolina
North Carolina
System . As a constituent institution of the UNC System, NC A"> Harold L. Martin Sr. , Chancellor of North Carolina
North Carolina
A&T State University. See also: List of Leaders of North Carolina
North Carolina
Agricultural and Technical State University

Each of the UNC campuses is headed by a chancellor who is chosen by the Board of Governors on the president's nomination and is responsible to the president. The current Chancellor of NC A&T is Dr. Harold L. Martin Sr. In 2009, Martin became the 12th Chancellor of the university, and first alumnus to serve in the position, following the resignation of his predecessor, Stanley F. Battle .

Prior to his appointment as chancellor, Martin was the senior vice president for academic affairs at The University of North Carolina, General Administration where he led the development and implementation of the university's academic mission, including teaching, research, international programs and student affairs. Martin currently serves on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
(SACS) Commission on Colleges and Schools and on the boards of technology nonprofit MCNC and Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation. Previously, he served on advisory committees of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, chaired the board of directors of the Southern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering, and served on the boards of trustees of the NC School of Science and Mathematics , the NC Board of Science and Technology, and the NC Biotechnology Center Advisory Board.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

In the UNC System, each university has their own board of trustees. N.C. A Emerson U. Fullwood, retired corporate vice president of Xerox Corporation ; and Janice Bryant Howroyd , Chairman and CEO of the Act-1 Group.

BUDGET AND ENDOWMENTS

The 2013–2014 budget totaled $244 million, with $160 million (65.5%) from the state of North Carolina
North Carolina
and $34 million coming from contracts and grants. Although the university is mostly state funded, North Carolina
North Carolina
A&T's budget for the 2014 fiscal year has dropped by $6.3 million due in part to Governor Pat McCrory submitting a proposal for budget cuts to the General Assembly that recommended reductions to the UNC System. As of 2012, the university endowment was valued at just over $28 million.

ACADEMIC PROFILE

North Carolina
North Carolina
A&T is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
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 . N.C. A and the leading producer of African-American doctorates in engineering. The university is also noted for its degrees in Agriculture. The School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences is the largest agricultural school among historically black universities , and the nation's second largest producer of minority agricultural graduates. Additionally, the university is a leading producer of minority certified public accountants , veterinarians , and psychology undergraduates.

As of 2012 , N.C. A and according to data released by the University of North Carolina
North Carolina
System, the university awarded 1,313 bachelor degrees, 456 master's degrees and 29 doctoral degrees in the 2012–2013 academic year

COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS

Main article: Colleges and Schools of North Carolina
North Carolina
Agricultural and Technical State University MCNAIR HALL, constructed in 1987, is named for A Arts, Humanities Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Health & Human Sciences and the Science Engineering; Science The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering; and The Graduate College.

Since 1968, A School of Technology in 1987; and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering in 2010. This realignment would remain until 2016, when the university again realigned its academic programs in an effort to meet the objectives of their Preeminence 2020 strategic plan. All courses at the university are on a credit hour system.

CURRENT COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS OF NORTH CAROLINA A">College of Engineering 1968 College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences 1968 College of Education 1968 College of Business and Economics 1970 College of Science ">College of Arts, Humanities ">College of Health ">Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering 2010

RANKINGS

UNIVERSITY RANKINGS

NATIONAL

FORBES 497

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT Not Published

WASHINGTON MONTHLY 49

Institutional rankings of North Carolina
North Carolina
A&T vary widely, depending on the criteria of the publication. For instance, North Carolina
North Carolina
A&T was ranked the #13 college in the United States
United States
by the Social Mobility Index college rankings. In the 2014 edition of the Washington Monthly college rankings, NC A&T ranked 49th 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", N.C. A criteria include tuition & fees, total enrollment, fall acceptance rate, retention, and graduation rates In U.S. News' Best Grad School edition, the university ranked 75th for industrial, manufacturing and systems engineering and 104th for social work. The university came in at 152nd for best undergraduate engineering programs and 246th for high school counselor ratings also listed in the Best Colleges edition. N.C. A">Average SAT (out of 1600) 919 907 903 895

Admission to North Carolina
North Carolina
A&T is rated as "less selective" by U.S. News & World Report . In 2013, the university received over 6,000 applications and admitted 56.5% of those that applied. The university maintains a Rolling Admissions program. Of those students admitted, SAT
SAT
scores range 390–480 in Critical Reading, 370–460 in writing, and 410–500 in Math. According to the US News
US News
, 85.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,023.

Incoming freshmen are eligible to receive either the Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy or the National Alumni Association Scholarships. The Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholarship, named after the university's 6th chancellor and his wife, covers the full cost of tuition and is available to students with a 3.75 high school GPA and a minimum 1200 SAT
SAT
or 26 ACT score. The National Alumni Association Scholarship, provided by the NC A&T National Alumni Association, also covers the full cost of tuition and is available to students with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 1000 or 22 ACT score.

RESEARCH

North Carolina
North Carolina
A&T is a member of the Southeastern Universities Research Association and classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral-granting high research activity university . In the 2012 fiscal year, The university conducted over $29 Million in academic and scientific research. As of 2013, the university ranks third in sponsored funding among University of North Carolina
North Carolina
institutions, with a total of $56.86 million of awarded funds. Of that total, over 90% were funds awarded from federal agencies.

As a Land-grant university
Land-grant university
, N.C. A Biomedical research; Biotechnology and Bioscience; Computer and computational science; Defense and National security; Energy and the environment; Food science; Human health, Nutrition, and Wellness; Nanotechnology and Multi-scale materials; Social and Behavioral sciences; and Transportation and Logistics.

The university operates sixteen research centers and institutes and maintains partnerships with government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture , U.S. Department of Defense , National Institutes of Health , and the National Space Foundation, which in 2008 awarded $18 million in grants for an Engineering Research Center. Nine interdisciplinary research clusters enable scholars to exchange ideas and explore research areas and to work with industry, other research organizations, and the community. NC A&T research clusters include Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Biotechnology & Biosciences, Computational Science and Engineering, Energy and Environment, Information Systems and Technology, Leadership and Community Development, Logistics and Transportation Systems, Public Health, & Social and Behavioral Sciences.

MAJOR RESEARCH PROJECTS

Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials (National Science Foundation) CREST Bioenergy Center (National Science Foundation) Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies Center for Advanced Studies in Identity Sciences

SOURCE: N.C. A&T DIVISION OF RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (DORED)

STUDENT LIFE

Demographics of student body Fall 2013 RACE/ETHNICITY PERCENTAGE

AFRICAN AMERICAN 88.11%

ASIAN AMERICAN /NATIVE HAWAIIANS /PACIFIC ISLANDER < 1%

HISPANIC/LATINO AMERICAN 1.52%

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT 1.27%

MULTI-RACIAL < 1%

NATIVE AMERICAN /ALASKAN NATIVE < 1%

WHITE AMERICAN 4.8%

ETHNICITY UNKNOWN/OTHER 2.95%

North Carolina
North Carolina
A&T has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,923, with a gender distribution of 45.6 percent male students and 54.4 percent female students, with 80% of students being North Carolina residents, 4% being international students and the remainder coming from other areas of the US. As a Historically Black University, the racial make up of the student body is 88.11% African American
African American
and 13% non-African-American. Under the university's strategic plan dubbed "Preeminence 2020," the university plans to increase the non-African-American student population to 30% by the year 2020.

RESIDENCE LIFE

Roughly 35% of students live in university owned, operated, or affiliated residence halls , apartments and residential communities. Over 4,000 students live in N.C. A Teaching Fellows Program; and communities which focus on creating unique living experiences. Each residence hall has its own hall government, with representatives in the Residence Hall
Residence Hall
Association . Despite the availability on-campus housing, the residence halls are complemented by a variety of housing options. 65% of students live off-campus, mostly in the areas closest to campus, in either apartment communities or former single-family homes. The university residence halls offer a variety of living options, from double occupancy traditional to single occupancy suite and apartment living. The area known as North Campus provides Traditional, Suite, and Apartment style living options for students residing on campus. North campus residence halls include: Cooper Hall, Alex Haley Hall, and The Aggie Village. The Aggie Village, commonly referred to as simply "The Village," are the newest residence halls built on campus. Completed in 2005, the centrally located six building complex contains four three-story residential buildings, two administrative buildings with offices and classroom space. The four residential units within the complex are named for Ezell Blair, Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, and David Richmond; collectively known as the A&T Four and replaced the former W. Kerr Scott Hall which was ceremoniously demolished on July 11, 2004. South campus provides all Traditional style residence halls. South campus residence halls include: Barbee, Curtis, Holland, Morrison, Morrow, and Vanstory Halls. Barbee Hall, built in 1980, is the tallest building on campus, besides Aggie Stadium. The six story residence hall is named for Zoe Parks Barbee, one of the first African American
African American
commissioners of Guilford County, houses 388 students. East campus provides Suite, and Apartment style living to students. The residence halls on East Campus are: Pride Hall, The Aggie Suites, and Aggie Terrace. Both the Aggie Suites and Pride hall were financed through the North Carolina
North Carolina
A&T University Foundation and were completed in 2001 and 2005 respectively.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION

The North Carolina
North Carolina
A&T State University Student Government Association, commonly referred to as simply the SGA, is the undergraduate student government of N.C. A&T. The present SGA is an outgrowth of the Student Council of N.C. A Aid in a meaningful interpretation of the concept of the university community; Provide opportunities for each student to participate in activities that develop and realize potentialities; and Create awareness of national and international affairs and of their significance for the individual.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS AND ACTIVITIES

The Blue and Gold Marching Machine at the 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City

Student organizations are registered through the Office of Student Activities, which currently has a registry of over 120 student organizations that covers a variety of organizations including national honor and drama societies; departmental, social and hometown clubs; performance groups; student military; fraternities and sororities; residence councils; the Student Union Advisory Board; and classes.

The Council of Presidents serves as the governing body of registered and recognized student-run organizations at North Carolina
North Carolina
A&T. The council is a participatory body composed of the student organization presidents designed to serve as a liaison which assists, governs, and advocates for the registered and recognized student organizations on the campus of N.C.A&T and their respective memberships.

The Blue and Gold Marching Machine , the university's marching band program provides music for campus events. Established in 1918, the 200 plus member marching band, has performed on national stages such as the Macy\'s Thanksgiving Day Parade , Honda Battle of the Bands , and the Bank of America 500 .

MEDIA

The A&T Register and "The Voice" WNAA 90.1 FM are the official media outlets of the university. Students of the university contribute to both "The Register" and the campus radio station. The Register was first published in 1894. Currently, the student newspaper is published every Wednesday during the fall and spring semesters. The A and third in the "best design tabloid or broadsheet" category.

Started in 1966 as WANT 620 AM, The campus radio station started with the donation of a refurbished radio console from local radio station WEAL . Because The FCC mandated that college radio stations could not compete with commercial radio, WANT was transmitted out of Price Hall on closed circuit A.M. radio transmitted to strategic buildings on campus via cable. The first day's broadcast carried, in part, remarks from the campus Board of Trustees and then president Lewis C. Dowdy. WANT continued operation until 1979, when the campus station switched to an F.M. format, and became WNAA 90.1 FM. In 1982 the station transitioned from the conventional 18-hour college radio format to a full 24-hour broadcast format, and in 1984 installed a new tower to increase wattage from 10 to its current 10,000 watts of power, being able to broadcast as far as 45 miles (72 km). Today, WNAA is broadcast both over the air and on-line, serving the Greensboro, High Point Winston-Salem metropolitan radio market.

Through the Journalism and Mass Communication department, students manage "The JOMC Journal," a student generated multimedia news platform, a state-of-the-art High Definition Television studio, and The Aggie Media Group, a public relations agency that provides services including: Media Relations , Quantitative and Qualitative research; social media, community, publicity campaigns and event planning.

GREEK LIFE

Further information: Fraternities and Sororities at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

The Greek System at North Carolina
North Carolina
A&T dates back to the 1910s, and is home to 18 recognized organizations including eight of the nine of the historically African-American National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Fraternities and Sororities, national service, honorary, and professional organizations. Currently, roughly 1.4% of undergraduate male students are members of a Fraternity, while roughly 1.2% of undergraduate female students are members of a Sorority.

Active fraternities at NC A Kappa Kappa Psi , a national honorary Band fraternity; and Pershing Rifles , is a military fraternal organization for college-level students: and social fraternities Phi Beta Sigma , the oldest Greek lettered organization on the campus, chartered in 1915; Alpha Phi Alpha
Alpha Phi Alpha
, Iota Phi Theta , Kappa Alpha Psi , Lambda Chi Alpha ; Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia , a collegiate social fraternity for men with a special interest in music; Omega Psi Phi
Omega Psi Phi
, and Groove Phi Groove .

Active sororities at the university include Chi Eta Phi , a professional association for registered professional Tau Beta Sigma , a national honorary band sorority; and social sororities Alpha Kappa Alpha ; Delta Sigma Theta
Delta Sigma Theta
; Zeta Phi Beta
Zeta Phi Beta
; Sigma Gamma Rho ; and Swing Phi Swing .

EVENTS

First Lady of the United States
United States
Michelle Obama being presented with a hood signifying her honorary degree From N.C. A&T by Chancellor Harold L. Martin In 2012

Annual events on the campus celebrate North Carolina
North Carolina
A&T traditions, alumni, sports, and culture. In early March, the university celebrates Founders' Day, which observes the anniversary of the founding of the university.

Homecoming
Homecoming
, which usually occurs in the month of October, coincides with a home football game, and festivities such as tailgating , class and departmental events, nightlife and social functions, musical and comedy concerts, pep rallies , student showcases, fraternity & sorority step shows , a parade, and the coronation of Mister and Miss North Carolina
North Carolina
A Frank Porter Graham
Frank Porter Graham
, Former president of the University of North Carolina
North Carolina
at Chapel Hill and senator; Donna Brazile , political analyst and Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee ; and First Lady of the United States
United States
, Michelle Obama .

ATHLETICS

Main article: North Carolina
North Carolina
A&T Aggies

North Carolina
North Carolina
A 6 for men and 9 for women. The varsity teams participate in the NCAA 's Division I . The university's teams generally compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
(MEAC), although the women's swimming team competes in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA). Previously, the university was a member of the NCAA Division II
NCAA Division II
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) from 1924, until departing in 1970 to form the MEAC.

The school's athletic teams are known as the Aggies , and represented by a Bulldog
Bulldog
Mascot
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 school's founding.

As of 2015, the Aggies have earned 60 MEAC and CIAA regular-season and tournament titles. The men's basketball team has earned 16 total conference regular-season and tournament championships, including an eight consecutive titles in the 1980s. In 2013, the Aggies made history when the team won their first Division I post-season game defeating the Liberty Flames in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Men\'s Division I Basketball Tournament . The women's basketball program has had success in their own right. The Lady Aggies have claimed six MEAC regular season and two MEAC tournament championships. Their most notable accomplishments include advancing to the regional semifinals in the 2010 Women\'s National Invitation Tournament , making them the first Division I HBCU program to win two games in a Division I post-season tournament.

Besides basketball, N.C. A four MEAC Outdoor championships, One MEAC Indoor championship, and in 2005, placed fifth in the 4x100 meter relay in the NCAA Division I
NCAA Division I
national championship.

A"> Ronald McNair , class of 1971; physicist and NASA
NASA
astronaut who died during the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger
Space Shuttle Challenger
in 1986 Further information: List of North Carolina
North Carolina
Agricultural and Technical State University Alumni

North Carolina
North Carolina
A and spread the Aggie tradition throughout the nation such as Ronald McNair , former NASA
NASA
Astronaut
Astronaut
who perished on the ill-fated Space Shuttle Challenger
Space Shuttle Challenger
explosion, graduated magna cum laude from the university with a degree in engineering physics in 1971. Some alumni are notable for being pioneers in their fields, such as Former Chief of the United States
United States
Army Nurse Corps Clara Leach Adams-Ender , who was the first woman to receive her master\'s degree in military arts and sciences from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and also the first African-American nurse corps officer to graduate from the United States
United States
Army War College .

N.C. A retired politician Edolphus Towns , who represented the state of New York in the United States
United States
House of Representatives ; Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
member Jake Wheatley ; and former politician Jesse Jackson Jr. , who represented the state of Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives.

N.C. A&T alumni have long been associated with political activism and civil rights, including Ezell Blair Jr ., Franklin McCain , Joseph McNeil, and David Richmond. Known collectively as the Greensboro Four , they staged sit-in demonstrations at the Greensboro Woolworth's lunch counter, which refused to serve customers of color. Another alum noted for his civil rights work is Jesse Jackson , founder of the Rainbow and PUSH Coalition .

Leaders in business have also passed through the university's halls, such as Janice Bryant Howroyd , founder and CEO of the ACT-1 Group, the nation's largest minority woman-owned employment agency, and Joe Dudley founder, president and CEO of Dudley Products Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of hair and skin care products for the African American
African American
community.

N.C. A&T alumni have also excelled in athletics such as Al Attles , one of the first African-American professional basketball coaches in the NBA , Pro Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame
inductee Elvin Bethea , and four-time Super Bowl
Super Bowl
champion, Dwaine Board .

FURTHER READING

* Gibbs, Warmoth T. (1966). History of The North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College. Dubuque, Iowa: Wm. C. Brown Book Company. * Spruill, Albert W. (1964). Great Recollections from Aggieland: A Human Interest Account of the Development of the Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina
North Carolina
from 1893–1960. Whitehead Printing Company. * Spruill, Albert W. (1982). The Historic Tour of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University. North Carolina
North Carolina
Agricultural and Technical State University.

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