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Category: Education

Tips, Tools and Takes on Academics

(sponsored by the Office of Academic Engagement)

September 14, 2021

A Tip Top Tool for All Students: The Writing Center

The NSU Writing Center, located on the first floor of the library, is an important tool for all NSU students (including graduate students) writing about all topics (including creative projects). In this session, you can meet the Director of this Center, Ms. Street, and learn more about their services.

Top tip?

Avoid waiting until the last minute to ask for assistance. Writing consultants can help you from the first to the last stage of your writing, including pre-writing (described in this episode).

Dr Mebane and Ms Street

[ Photo credit: L to R . Dr. Mebane and Ms. Street. Screenshot taken by Dr. Mebane ]

September 7, 2021

Meet the Hosts (Fall 2021)

Part two of the start of season three of the podcast features hosts Dr. Mebane and Mr. Watkins. For new listeners, they talk about their background and interests and share tips for starting the semester, with a focus on seniors and first time freshmen.

Top Tips?

If you plan to graduate this academic year, start networking, looking for and applying to jobs. If you are new to NSU or not graduating, stay focused! 

Dr Mebane and Mr Watkins

[ Photo credit: L to R . Dr. Mebane and Mr. Watkins. Screenshot taken by Dr. Mebane ]

August 31, 2021

Welcome and Welcome Back (Fall 2021)

In this episode, Dr. Mebane and Dr. Neal open the semester with introductions (for new listeners) and tips and tools for starting the semester.

Top tip?

Adapt and adjust. The COVID-19 pandemic is not the only situation that might affect your college career. With support from offices across campus, students can learn how to be resilient and be the solution to success for others.

Welcome or welcome back, and good luck!


Dr Mebane and Dr Neal

[ Photo credit: L to R . Dr. Mebane and Dr. Neal. Screenshot taken by Dr. Mebane ]

May 4, 2021

Meet the Innovation Center

Inspired by Dr. Glenn Carrington, the NSU Innovation Center is a relatively new addition to NSU's portfolio of creative resources for campus and community. In this episode, Ms. Akosua Acheamponmaa, the Center's Director, shares her take on the Center as a tool for entrepreneurs and tips for business and other types of success. 

[ Photo credit: L to R . Ms. Acheamponmaa and Dr. Mebane. Screenshot taken by Dr. Mebane ]

February 16, 2021

There’s a New Host in Town: Meet Maleik

I am SO excited to introduce the podcast's newest host...Maleik Watkins! Mr. Watkins is a junior, political science major who is on his way to achieving the highest level of goals. Listen to this episode to meet the newest student co-host of the Next Up. Student Success! podcast.

Stay tuned for new episodes now posted on #TipsTuesdays. 

February 9, 2021

Make it Happen (in Academics) with SGA

Meet Mr. Jeremiah O'Bryant, the president of NSU's Student Government Association for 2020-21. In this episode, Mr. O'Bryant showcases his SGA team and some of what they plan to do in Spring 2021 to support students. He also reminds students to take time to plan and not procrastinate and encourages seniors to celebrate and appreciate their accomplishments. Stay tuned for new episodes now posted on #TipsTuesdays. 

November 1, 2020

Meet The Provost

In summer of 2020, Norfolk State University welcomed a new Provost: Dr. DoVeanna Fulton. Dr. Fulton is a business trained academic and leader who is passionate about the pursuit of academic excellence and providing student experiences that help them develop knowledge and skills and learn about themselves. Tune in to meet one of the newest additions to our Spartan family! 

May 2, 2020

Feature: NSU SGA President 2019-20

The 2019-20 academic year was unique for many reasons, including and not only because of, the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the ups and downs of this semester, Norfolk State University students benefited from the exemplary leadership of this year's Student Government Association president, Ms. Linei Woodson. Ms. Woodson was a steady, strong and strategic advocate for the student body and never lost sight of the ultimate goal: to earn a degree. Join us for this special feature on Ms. Woodson as she talks about her experiences and legacy and shares a special message for the close of this academic year.  

May 1, 2020

Meet Learning Communities

If you don't know about learning communities, start with this episode. Meet coordinators, an engaged student and active faculty participants. Preview: These communities organize students in small groups with similar interests who live and learn together for the first year. Students are supported inside and outside the classroom with special activities, mentors and more. Learn more on the NSU website: Learning Communities. Guests Ms. Angel Eason, Learning Communities Program Coordinator Ms. Kiara Edge, undergraduate student Dr. Eriksen, professor and LC faculty liaison Dr. Burwell, faculty coordinator for an LC 

April 30, 2020

Meet the Writing Center

Located on the first floor of the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library, the Writing Center is an invaluable resource for all NSU students. Whether consultants (or professional tutors) meet with students one-on-one or in groups as part of a class, they support the creation of content on all subjects, including resumes and scholarship applications. It this episode, we host several of the people who provide writing support services. Guests: Ms. Carrie Brown, Coordinator, Mr. Ahmasi O'Daniel, Consultant, Ms. Keela Boose, Consultant, Ms. Ramal Johnson, Consultant