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Bronco M.I.L.E.: Young Men on the Rise BroncOS Get
Day 2 of a 3 day program run by the Bronco M.I.L.E. students went on a Rockfish
retreat to create bonds and build brother hold and a sense of trust.
By Antonio Monroe A new program is on the
rise at FSU and is grasping
the attention of male students around cam
pus. The Bronto M.I.L.E. or Male Initiative
on Leadership and Excellence program is led
by Dr. D. Jason DeSousa who is the Assistant
Vice Chancellor for Retention at FSU and
seeks to promote graduation and excellence
rates among young male Broncos.
“The MILE is one institutional response to
better address the rates at which men of color
persist to graduation" DeSousa said. "Stu
dents in the MILE commit to academic and
personal excellence individually and collec
tively. Our mantra reflects such an ideology,
which is "We Grow Together, We Lead To
gether. We Graduate Together.” Thus, if one
single member of the MILE graduates, oth
ers are obligated to do the same. Christopher
Darden is the first graduate of the MILE. He
graduated May 2012 and because of his ac-
complishment, he now compels other young
men to graduate too,” DeSousa said.
The M.I.L.E. is simply one initiative to
improve the academic and personal success
of young men. Dr. Thomas Conway, Chief
of Staff and Vice Chancellor, refers to it as a
"feeder". In this sense, the MILE helps to bet
ter prepare young men to enter the world of
work, graduate and professional schools, as
well as other endeavors that prepare them to
be citizens of the world, with exemplary val
ues, character, and principled leadership.
Many people neglect to realize that with
a college education, one earns more money
over the course of their career than individuals
without college degrees. Additionally, college
educated individuals tend to engage in health
ier lifestyles, more social justice causes, and
deeper critical/liberal thinking. Young men
with college degrees are more likely to con
tribute to local, state, and federal tax brackets
because they are more employable than young
men who do not attend college.
Dr. DeSousa went on to state that “It is
well documented in the social science lit
erature that pre-college summer programs
have a more profound academic and social
impact on African American and Hispanic
men, than any other racial and gender groups.
When college and university enrollments are
down, which they are nationally, and will
continue to decrease over the next five to 10
years, student retention or the "propelling"
of students becomes more critical for robust
enrollment. Given the rates at which young
men matriculate through FSU, more innova
tive approaches were needed to decrease their
attrition from the university. As such. Chan
cellor Anderson and his cabinet approved the
specially targeted summer experience, which
we now refer to as "Boosting Bronco Broth
ers" or 83. The three-day pre-college transi
tion experience gave 66 young men a boost
or more firm platform for their academic and
“While I may have served as the "farmer"
by planting "B3 seeds," the initiative was suc
cessful because the B3 students and the peer
mentors flourished, "pleased with the strong
sense of educational purpose and community
that was developed through the three inten
sive days” Chancellor Anderson said.
Bucks to Build
By Alisha Murphy The U.S. Economic Devel
opment Administration (EDA)
awarded a five-year $643,000
grant to Fayetteville State University. This award
was provided in efforts to promote innovation
and competitiveness amongst U.S. citizens in the
The US Department of Commerce houses the
EDA, whom makes such investments toward ec
onomically distressed communities. Fayetteville
State University is housed amongst one the most
economically distressed areas in Fayetteville.
“One of Fayetteville State University’s stra
tegic initiatives is economic transformation for
this region”, said Dr. Daryush lla, Associate Vice
Chancellor for Research. “This grant will pro
vide needed assistance with establishing a center
that will create businesses and employment in
A University Center will be built with the
funds and will strive to propel business expan
sions through the linking of existing firms.
Awarded monies will fund education, resources
and technical assistance to introduce new and
effective strategies to creatc an environment of
higher paying in4e defense, energy and ag
Dr Pamela JacksOn, Assistant Professor and
Assistant Dean/Dfrector of the Pre-Business
progratjfJHij^Greg McEiveen, Assistant to the
'ol of Business and Economics,
ith Emily Dickens, Director
d Community Affairs, were
securing the grant for FSU
Editor in Chief
Changes to Chancellor's Distinguished Speakers Series
By Francena Turner
The Chancellor's Distin
guished Speaker's Series
is a series of events that
provide an opportunit>’ for
the student body and public
to experience world-renown
speakers on their regional
university campus each year. As of the 2012-2013
school year, several notable changes have been put
in place. Attendees will now be required to obtain
a ticket to attend the speaking events. Students will
need their Bronco ID Card to be issued one ticket,
per student, at the Seabrook Auditorium ticket office
at various times throughout the year. These times will
be sent to students via email with a frequently asked
questions (FAQ) list attached.
Emily Dickens, Director of Government and
Community Affairs, said “Seabrook auditorium has
a capacity of 1, 134. Of that amount, 500 tickets are
reserved for students. If there are any student tickets
remaining after the period set aside for students to
pick them up, they will be made available for the
Remaining tickets will be available until 4 p.m. on
the day of the event.
Dickens also noted that due to scheduling, this
year’s speakers will not be available for book signings
or autographs, except our January speaker, Dr. Bob
Zellner who will be book signing.
Students received an email on August 23 announc
ing that tickets for Al Sharpton's speech are available
now. Students are urged to take advantage of the op
portunity and to get tickets early. Speaker George C.
Fraser’s tickets will be available September 4 .
For more information on the Distinguished Speak
ers Series and a list of FAQ, please see the Commu
nity and Government Affairs website at www.uncfsu.
Meet the Fall speakers:
George C. Fraser
Date: Sept. 18 Time: 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: available Sept. 4
George C. Fraser is Chairman and CEO of Fra-
serNet, Inc. A company he founded some 25 years
ago with the vision to lead a global networking
movement that brings together diverse human re
sources to increase opportunities for people of Af
rican descent. He is considered by many to be a
new voice for African Americans and one of the
foremost authorities on economic development,
networking and building effective relationships
Reverend Dr Al Sharpton
Date: Sept. 29 Time: 3:00 p.m.
Tickets; available Aug. 20 (students), and
Sept. 4 (public)
Reverend Al Sharpton is the founder and Presi
dent of the National Action Network (NAN), a not-
for-profit civil rights organization headquartered in
Harlem, New York, with over 47 Chapters nation
wide. As one of the nation's most-renowned civil
rights leaders. Rev. Sharpton has been praised by
President Barack Obama as "the voice of the voice
less and a champion for the downtrodden," and
by former President George W. Bush who said that
"Al cares just as much as 1 care about making sure
every child learns to read, write, add and subtract."
John Silvanus Wilson Jr.
Date: Oct. 4 Time: 2:00 p.m.
John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. serves as the executive
director of the White House Initiative on Historically
Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), where the
challenge is to ensure that HBCUs are a significant
force in helping the nation to reach the goal set by
President Barack Obama of having the highest pro
portion of college graduates in the world by the year
2020. Before working with the White House Initia
tive, Wilson was an associate professor of higher edu
cation in the Graduate School of Education, and an
executive dean at the George Washington Universit>
General Janet C. W'olfeDbarger
Date: Nov. 5 Time: 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: available Oct. 15
(jen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger serves as Commander.
Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air
Force Base, Ohio. The command's 83.000 people
manage $60 billion annually in research, develop
ment, test and evaluation while providing the ac
quisition management services and logistics suppt^f^
required to develop, procure, and sustain Air Force
weapon systems. General Wolfenbarger was com
missioned in 1980 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force
Academy, and began her career in acquisition as an
engineer at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. She has held
a variety of assignments at headquarters Electronic
Security Command and Air Force Systems Commanti
AN speakers are at the Seabrook
Audttorium on the campus of
Fayettevite State Universitv.