CIAA Football Championship

Road to Salem: Bowie State and Fayetteville State Punch Ticket to 2018 CIAA Football Championship


Salem, VA (November 3, 2018) – The 2018 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Football Championship is set to include the Northern Division Champion Bulldogs of Bowie State University and the Southern Division Champion Broncos of Fayetteville State University, upon the completion of regular season play today. The CIAA Football Championship will kick off at 1:00 PM ET at Salem Stadium in Salem, Virginia on Saturday, November 10. Tickets may be purchased at


The Southern Division title was secured by the Broncos on October 27th. Fayetteville State defeated Livingstone College 45-7 while division rival Winston-Salem State University was knocked out of contention by Shaw University, 21-26. The Broncos awaited their opponent until the final day of CIAA football regular season play on November 3rd. With their 49-7 victory over Elizabeth City State University, the Bulldogs secured their advancement to the conference championship game. Both the Broncos and Bulldogs finished the regular season 5-1 in conference play and 4-1 in their respective divisions.


CIAA Northern and Southern Division winners are determined by the highest percentage of conference games won based on the six-game required schedule.


Fayetteville State will appear in the championship game for the second consecutive season after being defeated last year by the Trojans of Virginia State University, 42-19. Bowie State last appeared in the championship in 2016 when they were too defeated by their opponent, Winston-Salem State, 43-33. Fayetteville State’s last conference football title was earned in 2009. Bowie State seeks their first recognized conference football trophy, after their 1989 championship title was vacated due to the participation of an ineligible player.


Before the on-field action begins between the Broncos and Bulldogs, fans are invited to tailgate and attend the fee, family-friendly Fan Zone from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET. This year’s Fan Zone will include contests, prizes and giveaways, activities, drumline and cheer squads, plus final judging for the Food Lion/Coca-Cola Tailgate Cook-Off. Fans are also encouraged to begin tailgating festivities at 9:00 am. All parking is free.


Tickets for this annual competition between the CIAA’s best football teams are on sale now Advanced tickets are available at $25 for reserved seating and $15 for general admission. Tickets bought on game day will be priced at $35 for reserved seating and $25 for general admission. Bring 5 non-perishable food items for a Food Lion Canned Food Drive to receive $5 off on-site admission.


Special rates for students with school IDs and youth will be available on game day for $10. Free admission is available for children ages 7 and under.


For more information about the 2018 CIAA Football Championship, including hotel options, please visit


ECSU to Assist Limited Number of Students with Temporary Relocation

Long Standing Deferred Maintenance Needs Addressed by USDA Funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Thanks to funding secured by the $20 million USDA loan, projects earmarked for renovation and repair, including Bias Hall and deferred maintenance on some of the University’s other residence halls, is being addressed. 

Schools in the University of North Carolina System have expressed a need for more resources for deferred maintenance, and the USDA loan addresses some of the urgent needs for ECSU. University Suites has been identified as one such building, in need of immediate repair. 

Over the years, the building seals and other mechanisms have failed in select rooms, and water has infiltrated the building. Years of deferred maintenance contributed to this issue, and recent weather events, including the most recent hurricane, exacerbated the building’s condition. Building seals and other mechanism failures have made it difficult to maintain appropriate humidity levels in the building, creating optimal conditions for mold. 

To fully address the issues, and repair the building, a minimal number of students will be temporarily relocated from University Suites. University officials have identified alternative housing on and off campus to assist with relocation efforts. 

ECSU officials have acknowledged that this is an inconvenience for students, however it is important to ensure students are happy with their housing arrangements. Student safety is a top priority at ECSU.   

The University will assist students with their move, and staff will reside at off-campus locations. The university will provide shuttle services to transport students to and from campus. 

Bennett College Wilbur Steele Hall Art Gallery presents Hoyte Phifer, Jr., visual artist and poet.

“Release of the Untamed Mind-Mental Conversations”
November 6 – December 21, 2018

Opening Reception and Artist Talk
Sunday, November 11, 2018
3:00 p.m.

For more information or Gallery appointment, please call 336-517-2168.

About Hoyte Phifer, Jr.

“My abstracts are of a natural rhythm and enjoyment of color permutation.  They speak to the soul of my imagination.  Messages from my heart are scribed  and quietly submersed in my work.”

Hoyte is an emerging self taught abstract artist.  He has expressed himself through painting and his written poetry for over 15 years. He considers himself a fearless artist willing to take creative risks and push conceptual boundaries.

Art has been an essential part of Hoyte’s spiritual expression, bringing to mind some of his deepest human passions and emotions. He believes the creative spirit is not found within him, but is channeled through  him from a higher power (God) .

Most of Hoyte’s work is expressionism (early twentieth century): Expressionist  artworks involved highly intense color and non-naturalistic (nonliving or natural) brushwork, often based on his inner feelings.

Hoyte’s medium is acrylic, which he likes because it allows him  to move fast and it dries quicker for more layer and depth. Also…. he expresses he can paint on almost any surface.

For over 20 years at the High Point Furniture market he watched and studied colors and color combinations as being exhibited from showroom to showroom.  He saw these combinations  and designs come and go.  The love of abstract paintings is a derivative of his experience in the furniture industry.

Hoyte has exhibited in The African American Atelier at Cultural Art Center, and the Delta Arts Gallery in Winston Salem.

Hoyte resides in Greensboro with his wife, Olga.  He has two children and 3 grandchildren.

NCCU Honors Founder and Class of 1968

North Carolina Central University’s Founder’s Day Convocation brought the campus community together to honor Dr. James E. Shepard and to formally induct members of the Class of 1968 into the Society of Golden Eagles.

The Society of Golden Eagles is made up of alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago.

Chancellor Johnson Akinleye reflected on the core values of NC Central founder Dr. James E. Shepard and expressed his gratitude that Shepard decided to “cast his lot here and leave the great legacy of his life’s work.”    

Shepard formed the college in 1910 as a training ground for Christian educators. In 1925, it became a public university and part of the University of North Carolina System of higher education.

 “Dr. Shepard founded a university that is proud of its past and committed to a bright future centered on his values of Truth and Service,” Akinleye added.

Class of 1968 graduate Hellena Huntley Tidwell, a prominent cultural arts leader and fundraiser throughout the southeast, also addressed the gathering, during which she and about 85 of her classmates were inducted into the Society of Golden Eagles.

“Just nine months before our class graduated, John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and just one month before, Martin Luther King was assassinated,” Tidwell reflected on the tumultuous period.

In July 1968, however, the U.S. Civil Rights Act was adopted, giving encouragement African-Americans and other minorities by prohibiting discrimination against individuals due to race, religion, gender or national origin.

“That expanded our possibilities, and we were up for the challenge,” Tidwell said of her classmates. “As graduates of North Carolina Central, we were prepared not just to compete, but to excel.”

NC Central’s weeklong Homecoming celebration will conclude with a Nov. 3 parade down Fayetteville Street and a football game at 2 p.m. in O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium.