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School of Liberal Arts

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

(l) Ashlee Ealy and (r) Michael Green, Senior, Graphic Design Major posing in front of "Mikey G."

Dwight Hill II and "Ice From A Drain"

Hampton University Senior Ashlee Ealy won the first place prize of $500 for her painting "Mikey G" featured in the "The Next Generation: College Student Juried Exhibition 2008."

Ealy, 22, of Landover, Md., said she was very excited to win, especially considering the number of show participants. The juror, Janice Gay Maker, selected 91 artworks by 56 artists. A total of 69 students from four peninsula colleges submitted entries.

"I didn't expect it at all," Ealy said. "I could never have imagined (winning). There are so many great artists, not just in our department, but in the area."

Along with Ealy, a graphic design major, HU senior art major Dwight Hill II won an honorable mention and $50 prize for his photograph "Ice From A Drain."

College of Education and Continuing Studies

Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Chad Easterling

Hampton University Senior Chad Easterling, 21, is one of less than 100 college students around the world selected for an internship at Nike.

Easterling, an East Orange, N.J., native is a sport management major at HU. Credits from the 10-week summer internship, which begins June 17, will fulfill his requirements to graduate from HU a year early. At 6'6, the former Pirates basketball forward said he's excited about his trip Northwest. Easterling will be working in Nike's brand marketing department in Beaverton, Ore.

"It still doesn't feel real yet," he said. "It feels good that this is such a big opportunity. A good way to step out in the work field is an internship with Nike."

School of Science

Department of Computer Science

Twelve middle school students from Lincoln Engineering and Technology School, located in Pittsburgh, Pa., joined a team from the Hampton University computer science department for a new twist on the traditional college tour. After reading about the $2 million grant awarded to the Advancing Robotics Technology for Societal Impact (ARTSI) Alliance, provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF), tour organizers from the Mary L. Stone Black College Tour inquired about bringing the group of middle school students for the outreach portion of the grant.

Lincoln Scholars

Dr. Chutima Boonthum, assistant professor and principal investigator of the grant, called on four HU computer science students to present robots they created during the year. Following the presentation student volunteers helped the group of middle school students, termed the Lincoln Scholars, build and program their own robots.

Nathaniel Vaughn, sophomore computer science major, was so impressed with the Lincoln Scholars that he expressed regret about not becoming involved with robotics at an earlier age.

"I didn't build and program robots until my freshman year," stated Vaughn. "To meet a group of students in middle school that have already done both is amazing, I am just in awe."

Department of Architecture

Nikkolas Smith and Mark Paulo Ramos Matel, HU architecture graduate students, won awards at the 2008 Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects. The design competition, which allows architecture students from universities and colleges in Virginia to compete, gave students the task of creating a poster representing a design they could create for an architectural instillation at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Va.

This year's design challenge was created by Sarah Robertson, visiting assistant professor, and was designed to encourage students to look at the history of escaped slaves that were considered contraband once they reached Union lines. The students based their project off of the watery exterior, voluminous interior, massive walls and the protected lawn located at Fort Monroe.

Matel was awarded Best of School for Hampton University for his work titled, "Passage: A Path to Freedom." Smith won Honorable Mention for his piece titled, "From These Roots..."

School of Business

Ashley Howlett, a fifth year MBA major, was provided an internship with Morgan Stanley, a global finances services firm. The internship was provided as a part of the NAACP and Money Management Institute's Gateway to Leadership Program. The program places African-American students in summer internships with premier financial services firms.

Last year's inaugural group of interns included four Hampton University students.

Geico Award winners Rachel Spivey (l) and Courtney Walker (r)

Hampton University juniors Rachel Spivey, a marketing major, and Courtney Walker, a five-year MBA student, were two of seven local college students chosen as recipients of a $1,000 achievement award from Geico. On April 18, Walker and Spivey attended a breakfast at the company's Virginia Beach, Va. regional office to recognize all winners.

A 3.0 GPA, valuable contributions to a field of study, outstanding leadership experience and campus and community involvement were some requirements for applicants. In addition to HU, students from Old Dominion University, William and Mary College, North Carolina State, University of North Carolina, and Virginia Wesleyan College were given awards.