Alumni Stories

Norfolk State alumni are passionate and driven leaders, prompting worldwide change in industries such as business, public policy, healthcare and the arts. The stories below show the impact of an education at NSU. Read about Spartans making their mark within their communities and abroad. 


Jasmine Jordan

Alumna Featured on WAVY News

Nursing alumna Jasmine Jordan, a nurse practitioner at Sentara Family Medicine Physicians in Newport News, was featured on WAVY news. Jordan’s mother, Josephine Jordan, inspired her to give back and help others. Doctors diagnosed Josephine Jordan with stage two breast cancer 13 years ago. Now, mother and daughter encourage others to get breast cancer screenings.




Dr. Vanessa Peters

'12, '17

Alumna Featured in National Science Foundation

Dr. Vanessa Peters (Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering ’17 and B.S. Chemistry ’12) is featured in the PREM Research Highlights of the National Science Foundation (April 5, 2019) and in the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) News (March 26, 2019). Dr. Peters, currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Livermore Lab, contributed to the development of a new technique for electroplating copper and gold to create tiny, smoothly spherical inertial confinement fusion target shells. As a doctoral student at NSU, Dr. Peters participated in the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship in Magnetic and Nanomaterials (IGERT-MNM), led by Dr. Suely M. Black, and the Partnership for Research and Education in Materials: Partnership for Advanced Functional Metamaterials (Meta-PREM), led by Dr. Mikhail Noginov.



Astra Armstrong '19

Alumna Shares Story in the Pilot

Former Student Government Association President Astra Armstrong ’19 was featured in The Virginian-Pilot. In the article, Armstrong, who graduated May 4, talked about her plans and goals.




Senior ROTC Class '64

Army ROTC Alums Attend Military Ball

Norfolk State University’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps held its annual Spartan Battalion Military Ball on April 20. Lt. Col. Lisa Abel, professor of military science, recognized members from Norfolk State University’s first Senior ROTC Class — the Class of 1964. There were 18 cadets in that senior ROTC class. The following were in attendance at the Military Ball: Rev. Dr. James Edwards III; William Cameron; Eugene Lambert; Dwayne Paxton; William Russell; Leroy Trotman; Victor Billups; Geraldine Banks, wife of the late Charlie Banks; and Luressa Heidelberg, wife of the late Andrew Heidelberg. Other members of the class who could not attend were: Raymond Branch, Robert Broady, Clarence Catchings, James Deloatche, Rammie Graves, Kenny Reaves, and the late Bobby Stewart, George Duggins and Thomas Woodard. The class was led by Col. Alfred Glover, professor of military science 1963-1965.


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