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    4 The Compass Thursday, September28,2000
Destiny
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Registration Process
Difficuit for Students
by Chi'Mur 'C.' Knight
Staff Writer
high emphasis on accountability, re
sponsibility and commitment.
Felecia Taylor (daughter of the
former Cormecticut alderman candi
date, Patricia Taylor), possesses inher
ent leadership attributes and adds cre
ativity and flexibility to Destiny 2000's
core. Felecia has had other nominal
leadership experience in organizations
throughout "the yard."
Destiny 2000 consists of six Greek-
affiliated persons. This will allow for a
heartening rapport between Pan-Hel
lenic Council and Student Government.
On many Historically Black College
and University campuses, the absence
of such a relationship gives birth to
major conflicts. All eight executive
board members have other organiza
tional affiliation, which allows for equal
representation in every sphere of stu
dent life. There is also diligent effort
underway here on our campus to
change the individualized campus of
the recent past to the collective, family-
oriented atmosphere of HBCU's.
Tremaine Roberts and Shaleka Eley
are the known "work-a holies." Both
are excellent motivators and
"mobilizers." As a member of V. A.N.S.
As of August 1,2000, four new Deans,
Dr. Charles Cherry, Mr. George Jack
son, Dr. Jose' Gil and Dr. Carolyn
Mahoney, have assumed their newly
appointed positions. These appoint
ments are to improve the effectiveness
of operations at Elizabeth City State
University and to bring ECSU in line
with the structure of the University of
North Carolina System.
Dr. Charles Cherry, Dean of the
School of EducaHon and Psychology,
is a 1963 graduate of ECSU. He re
ceived a M.A. degree from Hampton
University in 1973, a C.A.S. degree from
Old Dominion University in 1981 and
an Ed.D. from Peabody College at
Vanderbilt University in Nashville,
Termessee in 1989.
Dr. Cherry has also served as chair
person and professor in ECSU's Divi
sion of Education since 1997.
Professor George Jackson, Dean of
the School of Business and Economics,
graduated from East Carolina Univer
sity in 1972. Dean Jackson received his
M.B. A. from the College of William and
Mary in 1974 and his Juris Doctor from
the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill in 1983. In 1991, the dean
of the School of Business and Econom
ics was awarded his Masters Degree in
(Vikings Assisting New Students), Ms.
Roberts and Ms. Eley were able to re
cruit a phenomenal amount of volun
teers to work with Destiny 2000. Serv
ing as Attorney General and Record
ing Secretary respectively, they also rep
resent the strong-arm of the core.
Likewise, Keisha Ferguson repre
sents another of the strong-voices of
Destiny 2000, a definite attribute to
have in dealing with money matters.
As treasurer, Ms. Ferguson promises
to demand ethical and accurate
accounting by members, administra
tion and all other segments of the
University.
Our queen. Miss Elizabeth City State
University 2000-01, Miss Waquita Lane,
a native of Halifax, NC, is the epitome
of a diva. Her beauty, class, brilliance
and royal personality, always present
during her continual travels, illustrates
what an ECSU woman is all about.
Destiny 2000 has set in motion a stra-
tegj#: plan that is reinforced by a strict
set of missions, goals and objectives
that includes mass participation, sup
port of the student body, continuous
community involvement and the co
operative efforts of the administration.
Law from the Georgetown University
Law Center.
Mr. Jackson has been associated with
ECSU since 1996 when he was ap
pointed Special Assistant to the Chan
cellor. Since then. Professor Jackson has
occupied both positions of Interim
chairman and chairman of the Busi
ness and Economics Department.
Dr. Jose Gil, Dean of the School of
Arts and Humanities, joins the ECSU
family from the University of the Dis
trict of Columbia, where he was a pro
fessor in the Department of Languages
and Communication Disorders.
The new dean obtained his M.A. and
Ph.D. degrees from the Catholic Uni
versity of America in Washington, DC.
Aside from teaching. Dr. Gil has held
administrative positions in the Office
of the Provost and Vice President at
the University of the District Columbia.
Dr. Carolyn Mahoney, Dean of the
School of Mathematics, Science and
Technology, comes to ECSU from Cali
fornia State University at San Marcos,
where she chaired the Department of
Mathematics. In 1970, she received a
B.S. degree from Sienna College in
Memphis, Tennessee, and later earned
her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio
State University in 1972 and 1983.
With the appointment of these new
Deans, Chancellor Mickey L. Burnim
Summer is officially over and it's time
to get back into the swing of things
around campus. Many students have
said that this semester has been quite a
challenge getting back into the routine
because of registration and financial
aid problems they experienced upon
their return to the University.
"I along with several other students
and parents had to wait in the finan
cial aid line for a long period of time
during registration before our finan
cial needs and concerns were met," said
Erica Lewter, an ECSU freshman.
In the fall of 1999, the University had
1,966 students enrolled. Of those stu
dents, only 70 percent had pre-regis-
tered according to Mr. Andre Farley,
Director of the Registrar.
Mr. Farley stated that students expe
rienced problems when trying to reg
ister because they did not pre-register.
"The key to ervrolling in classes and
hopes to increase the services given to
the students and the effectiveness of
operations throughout the University.
Previously, all of the University's four
teen academic departments reported
solely to the Vice Chancellor for Aca
demic Affairs.
This new set up will allow a higher
quality of service and faster responses.
This is a historic change for ECSU,
which, for the first time, will have
schools which are major parts of the
University.
ECSU continues to grow and adapt
to the changing image of the millen
nium. The needs of the University con
tinue to be addressed, both by local
administration and the UNC System.
The Compass staff joins the Univer
sity community in welcoming the new
Deans to campus.
completing any schedule changes is to
pre-register, " said Mr. Farley. "Too
many students complain they don't get
the classes they need, however pre-
registering would ensure availability
of those classes and would provide the
University with the opportunity to en
sure adequate staffing for those classes."
Mr. Farley also stated that because stu
dents did not adhere to the alphabet sys
tem that had been implemented, it
caused longer lines during registration
for students already present in the K.
E. White Center.
Another reason it was a challenge
for students to get back into the rou
tine of going to classes was because
some students had financial aid prob
lems or the lack thereof.
The Director of Financial Aid,
Barbara Simpson, said that if people
were more informed about the finan
cial aid process, there would be less
chaos. "The more educated people are
about the process of Financial Aid, the
less problems we will have and more
focus will be put on this in the school
year of 2000-2001." Mrs. Simpson fur
ther explained that a staff shortage has
also contributed to problems that stu
dents faced with Financial Aid.
Since the fall of 1999, the Financial
Aid office has lost over 20 years of
experience due to the retirement of the
Loan Coordinator, the College Work
Study Coordinator and the former Di
rector and Director's Assistant of
Financial Aid.
"We have not been able to receive
resources to refill the positions," said
Mrs. Simpson. "I need administration
to recognize the needs of the office and
then provide what is needed."
Changes are being made in the office
of Financial Aid. There will be a new
counselor that will provide more one
on one assistance to ECSU students.
Also, an automated process using
P.A.R.S. software, which packages fi
nancial awards and is compatible with
S.I.S. (student information system), will
be implemented in the spring of 2001
to help improve the registration and
Financial Aid process.
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by Sharon Greganni
Staff Writer
    

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