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Students Volunteer at Holiday Charity Event

Students Volunteer at Holiday Charity Event

Two Hampton University graduate students and HU Dean of Women Jewel Long were part of a holiday giveaway hosted by Norfolk Obstetrician and Gynecologist Dr. Annie L. Williams.

For more than 25 years, Williams has hosted Christmas parties and asked attendees not to bring gifts, but contributions to designated charities. This year's charity was the Food Bank of Southeast Virginia.

HU students Luella Jones and Ashley Pauling, joined Long as volunteers for the activity, along with Sonja Stills, assistant commissioner for the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference and three MEAC interns. More than 250 children Williams has treated were at the event. In addition to gift giving, activities included cookie-decorating, face painting with a clown, a craft area, photos, and a buffet lunch.

William R. Harvey Leadership Institute

Leadership Fellows Host Workshops for High School Students

The William R. Harvey Leadership Institute hosted the 14th High School Leadership Summit on Nov. 18-20 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Hampton. High school students from across the country came to the conference which focused on the relevancy of leaders in the community. Students were able to discuss the 2012 presidential election, green transportation, cyber bullying and other issues related to leadership in their communities.

HU Leadership fellows provided workshops for the high school students discussing college admissions, the economics involved with being a college student, social responsibility as a student. HU Leadership students also shared tips to avoiding senioritis as a high school senior and study tips.

Bishop B. Courtney McBath, senior founding pastor of Calvary Revival church in Norfolk, Va., served as the closing speaker on Nov. 20. 

School of Engineering and Technology

Department of Aviation

Flight Team Qualify for National Competition

The Hampton University Flight Team, the Air Pirates, recently placed third in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Region X SAFECON competition. The Air Pirates are now qualified for next spring's national competition, which will be held May 14-19 at Kansas State University.

Six teams competed in the Region X event. The competition consisted of five ground events and four flying events. Only the top ten competitors in each category earn points for their team. Seven members of the Air Pirates competed, each placing in at least one event.

"This is a very-well rounded team that has done a great job this year, stated Diane Blandino, assistant professor in the Department of Aviation and advisor to the flight team. "The team practiced twice at the airport before the competition and did exceptionally well in their events."

The HU Air Pirates will fly two planes from HU to Kansas to compete in the national competition in the spring.

"It will be an exciting adventure for the team," stated team captain Omar Wilson, a senior flight education major.

School of Science

Department of Naval Science

Members of the Hampton University Navy ROTC collected toys from HU faculty and staff for donation to the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program. The toys were taken to the main NROTC-Hampton Roads office to be consolidated with other gifts being donated children.