24th Apr2016

Rafiel Davi – South Carolina State University – 2015

by Staff

“I loved my experience (at SCSU). I love people so it wasn’t hard for me to love the campus life.”

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My Graduation Celebration | Image Credit: Rafiel Davi

Name
Rafiel Davi

Your HBCU?
South Carolina State University

Graduation Year?
2015

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

Im from North Charleston, South Carolina. My first experience with an HBCU, I believe, was in 4th grade. I was living in Atlanta and my aunt took me to the Atlanta Football Classic to see FAMU vs Tennessee State. This was the first college game I had been to since my uncle had graduated from the Air Force Academy a year prior. The atmosphere was crazy and sitting in the suites at the dome getting free hotdogs sure helped with the experience lol

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

After that game, I attended many events hosted by HBCUs. I attended the SC State football game vs The Citadel in Charleston. I had also been on two “Black College Tours” hosted by the YMCA. I enjoyed every college I attended. I’m big on energy and vibes and the PWIs I visited never gave me that real “at home” vibe. I don’t think it actually dawn on me at the time, because I was so young, that the image of our people in a positive light really does play an impact on how you view yourself.

Sadly, I wasn’t accepted to any of the HBCUs I initially applied to coming out of high school. I was pretty disappointed. The PWI I attended my freshman year didn’t really make me feel comfortable so I decided to transfer. I reapplied to a different set of HBCUs and was accepted to all of them. I chose State!

Major? Why did you choose it?

Music Industry. I love everything about music so I wanted to get a degree in it. No elaborate explanation here lol

What is the story of your “experience” at South Carolina State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

I loved my experience. I love people so it wasn’t hard for me to love the campus life. To be completely honest at one point i didn’t want to finish college. I was literally in my last year. I had a few setbacks that kind of made me want to stop. But, every time I looked at the negatives, I always thought of the positives and continued to ask myself, “Do I really want to be away from the campus right now?” The fact that i was almost done with school played a factor as well lol. In all honesty, there’s a lot of love at State that definitely didn’t get at my first school.

“First time” experiences at South Carolina State University?

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Rafiel performing at the Delta Sigma Theta Open Mic |Image Credit: Rafiel Davi

I started doing music when I was in 6th grade. It wasn’t until my senior year of high school I decided to be a recording artist. I’ve been performing since 6th grade as well but those were for band and for my african drumming group. Never had I performed songs that I wrote. But, my first year at State, my friends and I performed at a fashion show. They had more experience than I did so they were ready. I was in the hallway pacing, nerves going crazy, while they were on the stage. When my part of the song came up, I walked through the door and started rapping. The crowd went wild and it just boosted my confidence. Had a brother doing somersaults on the stage lol. The experience was crazy and we ended up in the school paper. I will NEVER forget that experience. I actually go back to that in my mind every time i perform.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

Dr. Steven Reid, Dr. Rouse, and Mr. Haynes were the ones who really kept me humble and focused on my goals.

Dr. Reid was my advisor and trumpet instructor. He went to bat for me on plenty occasions and he was always there in his office if you needed to just get away. I think every student needs that.

Dr. Rouse was my speech teacher. He pushed me to understand more about public speaking. He would tell me, “You have the potential to be a great speaker,” while putting an F in the grade book for my speech. (like i said, humbling lol). I use to want to do the assignments my way so when I decided to no be stubborn I made good grades.

Mr. Haynes was my supervisor in the Recital Hall where I did sound engineering. He was another person that humbled you as well. When you felt like you were great he would show you someone in the field that was greater. So it made you work harder.

Timless Entertainment, Mr. Davis' company|Image Credit: Timeless Entertainment, LLC

Timeless Entertainment,LLC, Owned by CEO Rafiel Davi |Image Credit: Timeless Entertainment, LLC

Any questions about SCSU, just ask Rafiel! 

IG: @officialrafieldavi
Twitter: @RafielDavi
SC: RafielDavi

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27th Mar2016

Faith Bradley-Sherrod – South Carolina State University – 1996

by Staff

“My experience at South Carolina State University, prepared me for the professional world and how to connect my talent with a grounded knowledge base.”

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Faith Bradley-Sherrod, Alum of South Carolina State University, c/o1996|Image Credit: Faith Bradley-Sherrod

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am originally from South Carolina. My parents introduced me to the beloved world of The HBCU Experience. They attended Clafin College at the time and married after they graduated.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

My parents allowed me to make the final decision. They always said, “You will attend a HBCU even if it’s not Claflin”. I knew South Carolina State University was the HBCU for me because of the Prestigious Speech Language Pathology Department.

Major? Why did you choose it?

During my undergraduate matriculation the Speech Language Pathology program was the Leading Department on the East Coast with a World Renown and Respected Speech Language Pathologist Department Head, Dr. Harold Powell. I rejoice to this day with my decision.

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Faith Bradley-Sherrod showing love to South Carolina State University on her scrubs| Image Credit: Faith Bradley-Sherrod

What is the story of your “experience” at South Carolina State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

My experience at South Carolina State University, prepared me for the professional world and how to connect my talent with a grounded knowledge base.

I enjoyed and respected my experience so much that I enrolled both of my children in the universities Child Development and Labatory School for their early educational experience.

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Faith Bradley-Sherrod with her roommate from her SCSU days!| Image Credit: Faith Bradley-Sherrod

South Carolina State University for many years has been labeled, underrated, but has produced some of the most prestigious graduates and productive members of society. I am a proud HBCU graduate and if asked would I do it all over again the answer would be ABSOLUTELY!

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

Dr. Harold Powell
Dr. Harriett Gregg
Dr. Gwendolyn Wilson
Mrs. Sharon Jenkins
Mrs. Elaine Sanders-Jackson

Questions about SCSU? Ask Faith!
Instagram and Twitter: Substance111

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17th Mar2016

Erica Alcox – South Carolina State University – 1996

by Staff

“That small college town taught me unity, self love, excellence and really just how magnificent we really are. I found myself at SCSU!”

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Mompreneur, Proud SCSU Alum and Author of #OkraSoupForYourSpirit, Erica Alcox | Image Credit: Twitter

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

Being from Charleston, SC was almost the gateway to Orangeburg and SC State University. My mother graduated from State and exposed me to the Bulldog Tenacity early!

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I was always the “token black girl” in a lot of stuff I did from elementary through high school so being able to live and learn about me around others who looked like me just did something for my soul! That small college town taught me unity, self love, excellence and really just how magnificent we really are. I found myself at SCSU!

Major? Why did you choose it?

I majored in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Nutrition and Food Management. No other college offered it in SC except for a PWI. I knew early that I enjoyed food and business. Combining the two just made sense and studying at an HBCU was the cherry on top.

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Check out Charlestoncrunchco.com | Image Credit: Charlestoncrunchco.com

It gave me the foundation I needed to teach OUR youth for over 15 years and evolved into me becoming an entrepreneur with my business The Charleston Crunch Co.! (CharlestonCrunchCo.com)

What is the story of your “experience” at South Carolina State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

Quite simply put. I woke up. I was “educated” instead of taught. I blossomed as a leader where in previous settings I was the assistant or in the background. SCSU is the ONLY place in the world where people call me by my whole name and it is said with affection. Instructors truly held me to higher expectations than anyone ever had because they didn’t see my being outspoken as a threat. They saw it as a gift and a calling.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

My Human Growth and Development instructor, Dr. McArthur was THE interruption to all foolishness I had been fed. He taught me how to think and not memorize. He showed me it was absolutely ok to question what was written and to dare impose my thoughts on theories based on my experiences. That was the beginning of a beautiful intellectual journey.

Want to learn more about SCSU? Contact Erica today!

Insta, Twitter – @geechiegurltm
Facebook – /GeechieGurl or /ealcox

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13th Mar2016

Kendra Barclay – South Carolina State University – 1998

by Staff

“I was introduced to HBCUs by my mom. She was the first in our family to attend SCSU, and she took me there and spoke highly of it often.”

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Educator, AKA, and Entrepreneur Kendra Barclay shares her HBCU Experience at South Carolina State University (c/o 1998) with us! | Image Credit: Kendra Barclay

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am from South Carolina, and I was introduced to HBCUs by my mom. She was the first in our family to attend SCSU, and she took me there and spoke highly of it often. I am the third one in our family to attend State, and I have a cousin there now.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I had been a student in predominantly white schools all my life. I had friends in school of different races, but I also had an abundance of negative interactions because of my race. I already loved South Carolina State University, and watching A Different World and School Daze as a youngster also propelled me to want my own HBCU experience!


Major? Why did you choose it?

My major was Elementary Education. I chose it because I knew I could be a positive influence on young lives. I wanted to be what I was missing for many of my school years: a professional who was passionate about teaching and learning, and one who motivated children by making learning FUN!

What is the story of your “experience” at South Carolina State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

I say all the time that South Carolina State University saved my life. As mentioned earlier, I dealt with on almost a daily basis racist comments, etc. in grade school. I naturally developed “thicker skin”, but on the inside, I was broken. I don’t know that anybody knew the extent to which I internally wrestled with insecurities because of my complexion, feeling invisible in my AP classes, etc. Once I became a student at State, I belonged. I wasn’t “too dark”. My professors addressed me by my name. I was challenged to be better. I was and still am PROUD to be a Bulldog!

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr. (pronounced hugh-guinea) is the 11th President of Alabama A&M University. He earned the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from South Carolina State University and the doctorate in Higher Education/Institutional Research from Michigan State University. He has presented at numerous professional meetings on strategies for increasing the number of minorities in the STEM disciplines and is the author of three mathematics textbooks.

Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr. (pronounced hugh-guinea) is the 11th President of Alabama A&M University. He earned the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from South Carolina State University and the doctorate in Higher Education/Institutional Research from Michigan State University. He has presented at numerous professional meetings on strategies for increasing the number of minorities in the STEM disciplines and is the author of three mathematics textbooks.

By far, my favorite professor was Dr. Andrew Hugine. As an Education major, I had to take one of his Math courses. I was apprehensive about the class because Math had never been my strong suit. However, Dr. Hugine was the consummate professional. His approach to teaching was patient and motivating.

He encouraged us to not only excel academically, but to become active members of our community, as he was. He is now the president of another HBCU (Alabama A&M University), and he’s doing great things there as well!

Questions about being an Elementary Education major? Attending SCSU? Just ask Kendra!

Instagram: @kayebarclay
Facebook: Kendra Barclay
Twitter: @3_barclay
Email: kbarclay75@yahoo.com

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12th Mar2016

Seandra Kelly – South Carolina State University – Class of 2009

by Staff

“I had the best time (@ SCSU). I met great people, and became proud to say I was a student there because of its rich history.” – Seandra Kelly, an Alumnus of South Carolina State University (C/O 2009)

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SCSU Alum Seandra Kelly showing love for her awesome HBCU! | Image Credit: Seandra Kelly

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

From Columbia, SC! I was introduced to HBCUs by my high school band director

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

It just felt right. I had visited the campus a couple times and everyone was so nice. It felt like family before I was a student. I had already been accepted to 2 PWIs, including UNC Chapel Hill for Biology. I only applied to SCSU because my band director said we should since the rep was there and the application was free.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I chose Psychology because I always wanted (and still do) to know why people do what they do.

What is the story of your “experience” at South Carolina State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

I had the best time. I met great people, and became proud to say I was a student there because of its rich history.

I attended a PWI for one semester because I wanted to move back home, but it wasn’t for me and I went right back. I would rather commute 70 miles everyday so I could be at the school that made me feel most like me.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

Dr. Omari Dyson and Dr. Dorothy Brown.

Dr. Dyson was young and I related to him. I was slightly older than some students because I left and came back.

Dr. Brown because her class was the toughest yet the most interesting. I hated history but she drew me in everytime she began teaching.

Any Questions about SCSU? Feel free to ask Seandra!as

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11th Mar2016

Stephanie Trice – South Carolina State University – Class of 1999

by Staff

“My experience at South Carolina State University was amazing! I felt supported, was well prepared academically, and had a great social experience.” – Stephanie Trice, an Alumnus of South Carolina State University (C/O 1999)

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Proud SCSU Alumnus, Stephanie Trice representing the proud Class of 1999

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I’m from South Carolina and was introduced to HBCUs by my mother who graduated from Morris College (Sumter, SC) undergrad and South Carolina State University for graduate school.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU because I wanted to be at a university where I was set up for success. A place where I was more than just a number, where I could develop socially, academically, and spiritually in a community of like-minded people.

Major? Why did you choose it?

Math Education. I’ve always loved math and I love working with young people.

What is the story of your “experience” at South Carolina State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

My experience at South Carolina State University was amazing! I felt supported, was well prepared academically, and had a great social experience.

Who were the professors that impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

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SCSU Chairperson & Professor, Dr. Judith Salley | Image Credit: Thetandd.com

I could name several professors who impacted my life, but the lessons learned from Dr. Judith Salley truly impacted me the most. She taught me how to be a leader and how to gain respect as a female leader while maintaining integrity.

Social Network Info

FB @Stephanie King Trice
IG @kingtrice
Twitter @kingtrice

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05th Sep2011

NaToya Dingle – South Carolina State University

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“It was an opportunity for me to be with and learn from people that looked like me…that shared my experiences. I was no longer a minority or a quota/seat filler…I became a person with a bright future.”

C/O 2007

Major: Psychology

 

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How did you decide to become a student at South Carolina State University?

My mother is an alumna of an HBCU. She thought it would be a good experience for me…to attend a smaller school in a smaller city. My decision was made once I was offered an academic scholarship.

 

What professors at South Carolina State University left the most impression upon you as a student and/or person? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

Dr. Dot Brown (history) was my favorite professor because she ALWAYS encouraged me to think outside of the box…to push all limits! I do believe that she helped me to find a way to express my creative side. She seemed to believe in her students and want the best for us.

 

What is the story of your “experience” at South Carolina State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious HBCU?

It was an opportunity for me to be with and learn from people that looked like me…that shared my experiences. I was no longer a minority or a quota/seat filler…I became a person with a bright future. While at SCSU, I was allowed and encouraged to try new things and make mistakes in order to be a better version of me. College prepared me for life. It didn’t hurt to attend the only HBCU with the stellar Marching 101!!!!!

 

Where are the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boy or girlfriend?

Orangeburg was definitely known for its lack of entertainment. I believe this is a part of what makes SCSU great. We were forced to be creative and truly get to know our classmates and find new ways to entertain ourselves. The guy I was dating at the time was in the military so we rarely saw each other. I spent most of my time with friends…watching movies and having cookouts…loooots of cookouts.

 

What were the best restaurants on and near campus? Which dishes did you enjoy the most?

I enjoyed going to 1058 Grille in downtown Orangeburg because they had inexpensive hot dogs with the BEST cole slaw on this side of anywhere! I was told that they have since closed down which is sad because their food was great and the prices were awesome too.

 

What were the chants heard most often at the sporting events?

“Get up for the bulldogs!!! Everybody get up!!”

“Where’s Eddie Moe??? Do the Eddie Moe!!!”

 

Who was your College crush?

I had the same boyfriend on and off all during college so I really did not get to crush on anyone else.

 

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I wasn’t nervous about college. I was mostly nervous about not doing a great job and thus letting my mother down. I actually welcome adventure and new experiences.

 

What was your major? and Why did you choose it?

I started out as a psychology and biology double major. I later dropped biology. I wanted to be a child psychiatrist, an athletic trainer or sports psychologist. My career paths were all over the place!!

 

What has been your proudest moment @ South Carolina State University?

I do believe that one of my proudest moments was being awarded the title of “most outstanding soprano soloist” by the national black music caucus while on the gospel choir. I received a certificate of excellence and other awards from the president of SCSU when I returned to school!

 

What has been your saddest moment @ South Carolina State University?

Although all of my memories are not happy ones, I really don’t have any “saddest” memories. I count everything as a learning experience and I am glad that I experienced it all.

 

What did you pledge? And why? And if not, why not?

I did not pledge. I wanted to, buuuut the decision was not mine to make.

 

How were you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)

Student Orientation Leader, United Voices of Christ Gospel Choir, Student Union Board, Student Government Association, Concert Choir, Psychology and Sociology Club, NAACP

 

Where was the “yard” located?

The yard was/is in the very center of campus…behind the bulldog lounge and the pitt…in front of the library and the greek unity wall.

 

What and where were the historical places on campus?

Every place on our campus seemed historical to me!! The very front of campus was definitely historical as it was the stage of the Orangeburg Massacre. There is Smith-Hammond-Middleton gym which serves as a memorial to the three young men that lost their lives as a result of the massacre. Some of the dorms were historical landmarks on campus as well. Since my graduation, many of them have been completely torn down and a few have been restored.

 

Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?

No ghost stories to my knowledge.

 

How many “firsts” did you have at college ? What were they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

Everything seemed to be my first in college. I fell in love for the first time. That was my first time away from my mother for so long. I had my first apartment while in college. I had my first drink. The list could go on for days…

 

If you could speak to those family members that have risen but that live forever through you, what words would you speak?

I would thank them for making me such a strong young woman. I take a piece of each of them everywhere I go…because of them I am able to fight and stand for what I believe in, stand on a stage of an auditorium filled to capacity and sing my heart out, be a friend to those who need me, etc

 

When and how did you discover your passion in life?

I actually discovered my passion for life a month or so after I graduated from SCSU. I had the opportunity to go on tour in Spain to be a part of a very large music festival they have there. I sang a song, and after the show a woman came up to me and told me in broken English and Spanish that she felt as if I were singing directly to her and that the song brought her to tears because she could feel my sincerity. That one moment has forever changed my life.

 

Whats your take on life (in the philosophical sense)?

Maybe not as deep as others, but I firmly believe that life is what you make it!! I choose to make my life great because I have no other choice, because I am the descendent of greatness! I am not and never will be afraid to take chances or make mistakes. I am all for love and the pursuit of greatness!

 

If you could only speak two sentences to the youth coming after you what would you say?

We are children of God. As a result, we have no choice, but to know that there is no such thing as impossible.

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