Chowan University graduates can be found across the world in almost every field imaginable. Graduates from Chowan become business owners, doctors, lawyers, ministers, law enforcement officers, teachers, musicians, missionaries, psychologists, and college faculty, to name a few.
Here are a few of Chowan’s featured alumni:
LaChelle Waller, ‘01
Assistant Professor in the Center of Genomics and Personalized Medicine
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University B.S. Biology from Chowan University
While at Chowan, Lachelle became the first four year basketball player to ever notch 1,000 career points. She is the only Chowan women's basketball player to ever reach the 1,000 rebound plateau.
In the classroom, this Chester, Virginia, native maintained membership on the Dean's List and President's List each of her four years. On the basketball court, LaChelle ranked in the nation's top two players in rebounding per game her junior and senior seasons. She totaled 30 double-doubles in her career and holds a single-game record of 28 rebounds. She was named to the All-USA South First Team after her senior season. She still holds three Chowan rebounding records (rebounds in a single game, rebounds in a single season, and double-doubles in a season).
Throughout her Ph.D. journey, LaChelle received numerous awards for which she was recognized in academic, education, and outreach endeavors, culminating in her being selected as the spring 2010 Virginia Tech (VT) graduate student commencement speaker. Additionally, she was the graduate student chosen to meet the Queen of England during the 2007 VT tragedy. She was named the 2008 Virginia Tech Graduate Woman of the Year, and earned the 2008 Chowan University Young Alumnus Award. She was also the recipient of the 2010 Woman in Leadership Award from the VT Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Council.
Quote: As a student at Chowan, I worked a night job from 10:00 p.m. – 2 a.m., played basketball, remained active and involved on the campus, all while maintaining focus on my academics. I endured my father and mother being ill and at times believed it was impossible to successfully achieve my goals and dreams of attaining my bachelor’s degree. My experience at Chowan taught me that regardless of the obstacles you may face, never give up and remain faithful that God will accomplish the impossible in your life (Matthew 19:26).
Chowan is a small school producing amazing graduates impacting the world in pretty big ways! As the first person in my family to graduate and receive my bachelor’s degree and now my doctorate degree, I look back in amazement at all that God has allowed me to accomplish at such a young age. I received the foundation at Chowan that encouraged me to give my all in whatever I am doing. My basketball coaches and professors, such as Dr. Garth Faile, believed in me and even encouraged me to get my doctorate. They provided such wonderful words of inspiration and would not let me give up even if I tried! What's awesome about being at Chowan is those who have touched my life claimed all of this success even before it happened.
Mozell J. Person
Murfreesboro, North Carolina
Heather Lee Schaubach
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Ahoskie, North Carolina
Jessie C. Jarvis
Absecon, New Jersey
Maurice B. Fluitt
Angela M. Melton
Gates, North Carolina
Harold W. Babb
Sarah M. Bullard
Carrie Waller Knight
Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina