After a glowing introduction at Hampton University's graduation ceremony last weekend, Cory Booker said he felt compelled to confess something to President William Harvey.
Harvey had just detailed Booker's accomplishments as mayor of Newark, N.J., and made him promise to come back when he was governor, and again when he was president of the United States.
"I have to give a confession to Dr. Harvey because I treated him wrong when he called me (with an invitation to speak)," Booker said.
"I acted all important …I said (deepening his voice) 'Well sir, I'm flattered by the request and I'm very interested, I'll have to check my schedule and get back to you.
"(Harvey) hung up the phone, I hung up the phone, I picked up the phone, dialed my mom really quick and said 'MOM, MOM, guess what? I'm speaking at Hampton.'"
Booker said it was the first time he'd physically visited the campus but that its rich tradition has always been in his life spiritually.
He wrote a thesis on HU alumnusBooker T. Washingtonand has HU graduates in his administration, Booker said, calling his visit last weekend "an opportunity to be one small minuscule part of a mighty voluminous tradition."
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Thomas Nelson Community College has been recognized for last year's eco-friendly renovation of the Hampton III building.
The 44,212 square-foot building, which houses classrooms, offices and a new nursing lab, received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Renovation Certification.
Thirty-five percent of new materials used in the renovation were recycled and 92 percent of construction debris was reused instead of being sent to landfills, according to a news release.
The $8.1 million renovation was completed in July 2011. TNCC is the first college within Virginia's Community Colleges System to earn the certification, according to the release.
A Hampton University associate professor of architecture is heading to Ireland this year on a Fulbright Core Scholar grant to conduct research at the Dublin Institute of Technology.
Shannon Chance will spend the 2012-13 academic year at the institute's College of Engineering and the Built Environment. One of her projects includes interviewing students and their professors to assess the benefits of hands-on problem-based learning, according to HU. Another includes studying the institute's process to transform its engineering program. Chance will also co-teach some courses.
The first-ever graduate of Christopher Newport University received an honorary degree at last week's commencement ceremony, which fell on the school's 50th anniversary.
Lois Wright, the only graduate of CNU during its first year of operation, accepted an honorary doctor of humanities degree. Gov. Bob McDonnell, the keynote speaker, received an honorary doctor of laws degree.
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