Tonya Giddens, Norfolk State University- c/o 2013, Business
Name : Tonya Giddens
HBCU : Norfolk State University
Graduation Year : 2013
Major : Business
Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?*
My uncles and aunt are HBCU graduates. My uncles attended Morehouse College and Hampton University and my aunt attended Alabama A&M University so I come from a long line of HBCU graduates.
Norfolk State University Alum, Creator/Executive Producer of the Ms. Full Figured HBCU Pageant, and Ms. Exquisite Full Figured USA 2012 Tonya Giddens!
Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?*
Growing up with relatives who attended an HBCU it seemed like a natural progression for me. The experiences that they talked about fascinated me but what really sealed my final decision to attend an HBCU was the feeling of unity and togetherness that I don’t think I would have experienced attending a pwi.
Terry V. Percy, Esq. also attended Alabama A&M University, Class of 1969!
What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?*
"First time" experiences at your HBCU?*
Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?*
Norfolk State University
Under Graduates: 6,200
Post Graduates: 835
- Athletics: Norfolk State University ofers men and women's basketball, cross country, tennis and track and field; women's sports include bowling, softball, and volleyball; men's-only sports include baseball and football. Norfolk State University competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
- Notable Alumni: Jedidah Isler - 2003 - First African-American woman to receive a PhD in Astrophysics from Yale University in 2014** Karen Briggs - Violinist** Chris Brown - Track & field Star** Don Carey - 2009 - NFL defensive back** Evelyn J. Fields - 1971 - Former director of the Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Corps Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Corps. She was the first woman and the first African American to hold this position** Kyle O'Quinn - 2012 - NBA player for the New York Knicks** Tim Reid - 1968 - Comedian, actor, director** Randall Robinson - African-American lawyer, author and activist, who is noted as the founder of TransAfrica** J.B. Smoove - Actor, writer, and stand-up comedian, best known for role as Leon on Curb Your Enthusiasm** Chandra Sturrup - Track sprinter; Gold Medal Winner in the Olympics** Susan Wigenton - 1984 - Federal Judge, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey** D'Extra Wiley - Entertainment veteran, producer and former MCA Records R&B Artist for the 90's New Jack group II D Extreme**
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