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KAREN BROWN, Corporate Diversity and Compliance, Rockwell Collins: We are
committed to the partnership that we have forged with many of you. But budgets are
being cut, which impacts the relationships we have. How are you managing expecta-
tions?
SHEPPARD: There are things we [Hampton University] recognize in terms of our
budgets, corporate budgets, and our students budgets. We can do video conferenc-
ing to bring a lecture to our classroom, [or] have a seminar series. Another area that
can brand your name is to provide mentoring [via phone or email]. The student gets
to know about your company and you get to know about the student. There are
Dr. Mark G. Hardy
things like helping with curriculum development or sitting on our advisory boards.
Dean, College of Science,
Engineering and Technology
Jackson State University
BRIGADIER GENERAL GORDON-BRAY, Deputy Commanding General, US Army
Cadet Command: We give out more scholarships than anybody else in the country,
about 4,300 a year. The area we are probably in need of the most is STEM. So I offer,
who among you will be willing to assist us in identifying students with the propensity
to serve? We can allow you to write one or two ROTC scholarships in your depart-
ment’s name.
SANDRA DELOATCH: In times when students need money, we look at all options.
At Norfolk State, we have a strong ROTC program. We now do programs and the
[ROTC] talks to students, offers scholarships and helps them fund their education. We
don’t turn down money.
BROWN: I was in a meeting about three days ago. It had to do with the defense
Dr. Joseph Monroe
department. We [Page Southerland Page] signed an agreement to offer an ABET-ap-
Dean, College of Engineering
proved six-year online engineering degree. Is that of interest in terms of the market?
North Carolina A&T State
It’s a different approach to engineering education.
University
LEIGH-MACK: At Virginia State, we just started an industrial logistics technology
program; preparing that to be an online degree. The University is looking at distance
education as a priority.
WILL MINTER, OAKRIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY: We have the fastest com-
puter in the scientific world [and] the fastest and largest accelerator. Since we don’t
give out grants, we have invited [HBCU] faculty to spend their summers with us. We
pay their salaries. They’re working on cutting-edge research we have set aside. We
[also] teach the first high performance computing class via live video conferencing.
We could hook up sixteen universities.
CHEN: Today we heard of many scholarships offered by the Coast Guard, Army
Corps of Engineers, or Air Force, but we would like you to consider something dif-
Dr. Lonnie Sharpe
ferent. Our senior class has two semesters of engineering design. We need a real
Dean, College of Engineering,
Technology and Computer
world program. If you would like to recruit our students, we would like you to give
Science us a contract or grant and have a student work on your program. Then offer them
Tennessee State University
a fellowship or scholarship. Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Cummins Engines, and Harris
Corporation, all have a program with us as a partnership. You can get students much
easier than just offering a scholarship.
DEAN DELOATCH: We have young people who are first-generation college
[students]. To be an in-state [Morgan] student, it’s a $19,000 bill. If you are out of our
state, add $8,000 to that cost. The median family income for all students who are on
campus at Morgan is about $39,000, a year. You see the challenge. It is not the capa-
bility of the student; it is the times we are in. What happens is that if you are in an
income stratum, and you have a young student who has the SATs and everything else,
and Harvard or some other school says, ‘come, you don’t have to pay anything.’ It’s
not the same at our institutions. Somebody has got to pay; otherwise the doors can’t
stay open. But we also have a quality faculty [and] quality students who can deliver
Dr. Sandra J. Deloatch
the maximum [performance] during the year. We need to have you direct some of
Dean, College of Science,
Engineering & Technology
the technology out of your laboratories into our sites, so that you can get the kind of
Norfolk State University results that you want.
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