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    NCCU to install
Ammons in April
DURHAM - It's official.
The installation of N.C. Cen
tral University Chancellor
James H. Ammons is sched
uled Saturday. April 6, in
McLendon-M:Dougald Gym
nasium at 10 a.m.
"We are working very hard
to make this day special for
Chancellor Ammons," said
William G. Smith, chairman
of the NCCU board of
trustees, adding that he
appointed a competent com
mittee to plan the installation.
"We are seeking the support
of the entire community
because we want to make this
a community wide event."
"Celebration Week" will
begin with an art gala/exhibi
tion at the NCCU Art Muse
um. Three symposiums are
scheduled during the week,
focusing on issues ranging
from "Closing the Achieve
ment Gap in North Carolina
Public Schools" to "A Cele
bration of NCCU's Commit
ment to Civil Rights."
The Installation Planning
Committee agreed to combine
several annual events to make
the celebration more inclu
The university's annual
Honors Convocation is a part
of the week's activities and is
scheduled Friday, April 5, at
10 a.m. in McLendon
McDougald Gymnasium.
Parents' Weekend activi
ties also have been incorporat
ed into the week's activities.
The Family Weekend Carnival
and Cookoul will be at 3 p.m.
on Saturday at the Library
Bowl, and Family Night is
scheduled Saturday, April 6,
at 7 p.m. at the Alfonso Elder
Student Union.
The ninth chief adminis
trator of NCCU, Ammons
became chancellor June I,
2001. He received a bache
lor's degree ?in political sci
ence from Florida A&M Uni
versity in 1974 and a master's
degree in public administra
tion in 1975 from Florida
State University. At the age of
24. Ammons completed the
requirements for a doctorate
in government in 1977 from
Florida State University.
Ammons served as provost
and vice president of academ
ic affairs at Florida A&M Uni
versity, where he developed
more than 22 bachelor's, mas
ter's and Ph.D. degree pro
Since his election as chan
cellor, Amnions has received
more than $3.4 million in
grants and donations, and has
launched the university's first
summit, where 68 corpora
tions pledged future support.
His immediate goals are to
increase enrollment, develop
new programs in fields that
would prepare students for the
new economy, and provide
more research opportunities
for students and faculty.
Me is a member ot Ihe
Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools and has
chaired several evaluation and
reaffirmation committees for
this accrediting agency. He
recently chaired accreditation
teams for NCCU. Norfolk
State University, South Car
olina State University, Jack
son State University and
Clemson University. He also
served as a member of the
Joint Commission on
Accountability Reporting of
the American Association of
State Colleges and Universi
ties. and the National Associa
tion of State Universities and
Land Grant Colleges.
He and his wife, Judy G.
Ammons, have a son, James
Ammons III, who is a senior
at Florida A&M University.
2002 CIAA
tourney sets
new record
RALEIGH - The Central
Intercollegiate Athletic Associa
tion (CIAA) Basketball Tourna
ment has seen unprecedented
success since its first tip-off in
Raleigh's Entertainment and
Sports Arena (ESA) in 2000 and
t h e
ed event
The offi
cial paid
a 11 e n -
dance to
the 2002
Toumamenl was 80.446. _ up 8
percent since 2001 and 88 per
cent since 1909. the tourna
ment's last year in Winston
"The conference office and
. our hoard of directors always
(have a) collective eye on the
future, but the current state of the
tournament is very solid." said
Leon Kerry, commissioner of the
CIAA. "We are very pleased
w ith the attendance, the hospital
ity of the city of Raleigh and the
quality of the basketball. This
has been a tough year for our
country, so we are particularly
proud of the tournament and our
fats "
For the first time ever, the
tournaifftpit was televised live,
nationally. The CIAA tourna
ment was broadcast into more
than 35 million homes, and the
men's championship achieved a
7 percent television share in the
Raleigh market. 2002 also repre
sented the CIAA's 10th year in
broadcasting and the champi
onship was its 136th telecast.
Program in Forsyth wants to reduce infant
mortality by helping women stop smoking
Reducing the number of
infant deaths in Forsyth Coun
ty is the goal of a Wake Forest
University Baptist Medical
Center program that provides
telephone counseling to help
African-American women
stop smoking.
"Smoking is by far the
most preventable reason for
having a low-birth-weight or
premature baby," said Mary
Lou Moore, Ph.D., associate
professor of obstetrics and
gynecology at Wake Forest
University Baptist Medical
Center and the program's
Through the A Breath of
Fresh Air program, which is
funded by the March of
Dimes, a registered nurse pro
vides weekly education and
support to women of child
bearing age who want to
reduce or stop smoking. The
program hopes to enroll 100
women this year. About 16
percent of African-American
women in Forsyth County
report that they smoke during
"Kesearcn shows thai ciga
rette smoking is particularly
harmful to the pregnancies of
African-American women,"
Moore said. "In addition to
causing prematurity and low
birth weight, tobacco smoke
contributes to Sudden Infant
Death Syndrome, infant mor
ta+ity. and increased respirato
ry disease in infancy."
Previous research conduct
ed by Moore showed that 10.6
percent of non-smoking
African-American women had
babies with low birth weights.
Among heavy smokers, the
rate was 26.5 percent. Simi
larly, 9.2 percent of non
smokers had premature births,
compared with 20.4 percent
for heavy smokers.
A Breath of Fresh Air's
goal is to help reduce the
county's high rate of infant
deaths by helping women to
have healthier babies. Eligible
women are referred to the pro
gram by area family planning
and prenatal clinics. Those
who enroll receive informa
tion about the importance of
smoking cessation - for their
baby's health as well as their
own. They are called once or
twice a week by a registered
Previous research demon
strated the effectiveness of
telephone intervention to help
women decrease or stop
smoking. About 30 percent of
women reduced their smoking
and 35 percent stopped smok
"What makes a difference
is that the calls are frequent."
Moore said.
To help ensure that partici
pants who've stopped smok
ing don't start again after
pregnancy, the phone calls
continue every other vyeek for
six months after birth.'
"Many women stop smok
ing during pregnancy and
resume right afterwards,"
Moore said. "Our goal is to
encourage their smoking ces
sation to be permanent by
educating them about the ben
efits to themselves as well as
their babies. Smoking leads to
an increased risk of cervical
and lung cancer, as well as
heart disease."
Mona Brown Ketner, R.N.,
M.S.N., the nurse who pro
vides the counseling, said the
program is a combination of
education and support.
I let people know about
the dangers of smoking, but
also give them tips for dealing
with problem titties, such as
wanting to smoke after meals.
They already know smoking
is harmful. What they need is
regular support to stop."
The program emphasizes
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Research shows that women who smoke while pregnant
have a greater chance of having babies with birth defects
such af low birth weight.
lhat reducing smoking levels
also can be beneficial.
"The effects of tobacco are
dose dependent." Moore said.
'Women who smoke a half a
pack a day or less have signif
icantly fewer premature and
low-birth-weight births than
women who smoke more."
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