Archive for October, 2008

North Carolina Central University Homecoming 2008

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

“This Is How We Do It”

North Carolina Central University’s Homecoming events begin on Saturday, October 25, 2008, and end on Sunday, November 2, 2008. The week is full of activities that are open to the public.   To download the pdf of the schedule, click here.  To learn more about the events or to purchases tickets, visit

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Eagle Jam Concert
Featuring: Ludacris & Lloyd
McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium-7:00 PM

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Miss NCCU Coronation
Semi-Formal Attire is Required
B.N. Duke Auditorium-5:00 PM

Monday, October 27, 2008

Choir Ball
B.N. Duke Auditorium-6:00 PM

Choir Ball
B.N. Duke Auditorium-9:00 PM

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Lyceum Program
Featuring: Gospel Artist, Byron Cage
McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium-8:00 PM

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

SGA Fashion Show
McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium-7:00 PM

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Homecoming Comedy Show
Featuring: Ronnie Jordan, Arnez J and Tony Roberts
McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium-8:00 PM

Friday, October 31, 2008

Society of Golden Eagles Induction
McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium-9:00 AM

Society of Golden Eagles Luncheon
Sheraton Imperial Hotel-12:00 PM

Homecoming Golf Tournament
The Crossings Golf Club – 1:00 PM
Class Reunion Registration
Class Headquarter Hotel-2:00 PM

Mock Funeral
James E. Shepard Library-2:00 PM

All-Class Reunion Reception
Sheraton Imperial Hotel-6:00 PM

Pan-Hellenic Step Show
McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium-7:00 PM

Classes of the 80s and 90s Cabaret
This is not an NCCU sponsored event.
8:00 PM

Will Downing Concert & Gerald Albright Concert
This is not an NCCU sponsored event.
Carolina Theater – 9:00 PM

Alumni Party
Sheraton Imperial Hotel-10:00 PM

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Alumni/Student Breakfast Reception
Alfonso Elder Student Union-8:00 AM

Homecoming Parade on Fayetteville Street
9:00 AM

Homecoming Game
NCCU vs. Edward Waters
O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium-1:00 PM

Pre-Dawn Dance
McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium-Gymnasium 8:00 PM

Alumni Dance
Sheraton Imperial Hotel-9:00 PM

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Gospel Concert
B.N. Duke Auditorium-4:00 PM

WNCU 90.7FM to Hold Town Hall Meeting to Raise Awareness About Home Foreclosures

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

DURHAM, NC – Triangle residents facing foreclosure should mark their calendars to attend a workshop and listen to a radio broadcast designed to help them save their homes. In response to the national home foreclosure crisis, WNCU 90.7 FM and the City of Durham’s Department of Neighborhood Improvement Services and Community Development are conducting the second workshop in the “Saving Our Dream” series on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at the H.M. Michaux, Jr. School of Education Building on the campus of North Carolina Central University. This event is free and open to the public but persons interested in attending should call to reserve a seat at 919-682-5788 or 1-877-684-2778.

Seminars begin at 9:00 a.m. and will cover information about early intervention for homeowners whose mortgages are 30 to 90 days delinquent, foreclosure prevention for homeowners with mortgages 90 days delinquent, and a session with local tax specialists. Certified housing counselors, loan servicers, tax specialists, investors, realtors, and a bankruptcy attorney will also be on site for one-on-one assistance. Other community partners for the seminars include Neighborhood Pride Alliance and the Durham Regional Community Group.

At 11:00 a.m., WNCU 90.7 FM will also broadcast a live town hall meeting entitled “Avoiding Foreclosure: Intervention and Prevention”, to encourage listeners facing foreclosure to seek assistance early. Listeners are invited to listen in on-air or attend the meeting at the H.M. Michaux, Jr. School of Education Building as a part of our audience and participate in a discussion about the national home foreclosure crisis that is affecting our local area. Peter Skillern, Executive Director of the Community Reinvestment Association of North Carolina, will moderate the panel. Panelists will include Jill Fuller, Mortgage Loss Mitigation Manager, Sun Trust Mortgage; Glyndola Beasley, Executive Director, Durham Regional Community Development Group; Wendell Bullard, President, North Carolina Association of Realtors; Kimberly Simpson, Tax Administrator, Durham County Tax Office; and homeowner Tony Garrett.

For additional information, contact WNCU 90.7 FM at (919) 530-7833.

Jon Faddis

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

jfaddis2.jpgBorn in Oakland, CA, on July 24, 1953, Jon Faddis began playing trumpet at age eight, inspired by an appearance of Louis Armstrong on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Three years later, his trumpet teacher Bill Catalano, an alumnus of the Stan Kenton band, turned the jazz- struck youngster on to Dizzy Gillespie. By his mid-teens, Jon had not only met Dizzy, he’d even sat in with his hero’s combo at the famed Jazz Workshop in San Francisco.

Upon graduating high school in 1971, Jon joined Lionel Hampton’s band as a featured soloist and moved to New York. That same year, responding to an invitation from Mel Lewis to drop by the Village Vanguard whenever he got to New York, Jon sat in with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band on one of their regular Monday night sessions. That sit-in turned into four years of Monday nights playing with the band, as well as a tour of the Soviet Union with the highly acclaimed unit. Jan also toured with Charles Mingus and recorded on the Pablo label with Dizzy and Oscar Peterson.

Other highlights included filling in (at age of 18) for an ailing Roy Eldridge in an all-star concert led by Charles Mingus at New York’s Philharmonic Hall; a Carnegie Hall gig with Sarah Vaughan; two years in attendance at the Dick Gibson~s Annual Colorado Jazz Party where he was featured in a historic duet with Eubie Blake; performances with Gil Evans’ and Count Basie’s big bands; appearances atjfaddis3.jpg Radio City Music Hall and festivals here and abroad; and sitting in with Dizzy whenever possible.

However, those studio years ultimately proved significant in his artistic development. Exposure to a diverse spectrum of music helped shape him into the broad-based interpreter and (creator in) African-American idioms that he is today. Jon’s distinctive trumpet voice would be heard on albums by performers as disparate as Duke Ellington, the Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Kool and the Gang, Luther Vandross, Quincy Jones, Billy Joel and Stanley Clarke, to name a few. His horn was heard on the theme of “The Cosby Show,” on the soundtrack of Clint Eastwood’s films “The Gauntlet” and “Bird,” and on many commercials. Jon Faddis had become one of the most in-demand session musicians in New York.

A turning point was the invitation from Dizzy to accompany him on a visit to the White House in 1982. The occasion was an “In Performance” ceremony in which Dizzy and several other major American artists showcased young colleagues they believed to be “on the verge of exceptional careers.” Jon’s participation in the event was apparently enough to convince him he had a lot more to offer than horn section lead on jingles, or the occasional solo on a lavish studio production of a pop star.

jfaddis4.jpgWithin a year, he left studio life and was out on the club scene with a working group that included saxophonist Greg Osby and pianist James Williams. In 1987, Jon played the major role in organizing and rehearsing Dizzy’s big band, the one that would celebrate the legendary bebopper’s 70th birthday on tour here and abroad. Jon was a featured soloist and later assumed the same position as musical director of Dizzy’s United Nation Orchestra, another international touring all-star group formed in 1989.

Faddis served as musical director for the Carnegie Hall Centennial Jazz Band, which paved the way to an ongoing gig with the world- renown music hall. He is the musical director of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, an 18-piece all-star orchestra which serves as a vehicle for some of the greatest names in jazz to present concerts that are not part of their regular repertoire. Praised for its swinging sound and tight ensemble work, the Band has paid tributes to Miles Davis, Erroll Garner, Benny Goodman and Tito Puente.

Frequently tapped for his conducting prowess, Faddis is also music director of the 1995 Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra “The Majesty of Louis Armstrong Tour” and the “Newport Jazz Festival 40th Anniversary Tour.”