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A Tribute for America's First Professionally Trained Black Doctor
James McCune Smith was born in New York City in 1813. His mother was black and his father was white. He aspired to be a physician but, because of his race, he was denied the opportunity to pursue medical education. He traveled to Scotland and earned a medical degree at the University of Glasgow. Smith returned to the United States and opened a successful medical practice in lower Manhattan. (click to read more)

Arizona Voters Asked to Decide Fate of Race-Based Admissions and Hiring at State Universities
On November 2, voters in Arizona will be asked to vote yes or no on ballot Proposition 107, also known as the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative. Voters will decide whether to amend the state constitution to prohibit racial preferences in hiring, contracting, or admissions decisions by any agency of the state government. This would include state-operated colleges and universities. In an election cycle in which GOP turnout is expected to be high, most political pundits believe the initiative stands a good chance to pass. (click to read more)

Record Number of Low-Income Students at the University of California
The University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at Los Angeles typically have a far greater percentage of low-income students than all of the other high-ranking universities and liberal arts colleges. Now a new report shows that at all nine undergraduate campuses of the University of California, 39 percent of the students come from low-income families. This is up 8 percentage points from two years ago. (click to read more)

New Scholarship Program for Students at HBCUs Majoring in Science or Agricultural Disciplines
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the large agribusiness company, has established a new scholarship program with the United Negro College Fund. Each year 10 students attending a historically black land-grant institution will receive a $10,000 scholarship. (click to read more)

Education Department Issues More Than $84 Million in Grants to HBCUs
The U.S. Department of Education announced grants totaling nearly $85 million to 96 historically black colleges and universities. The grants, made under the Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program, will fund student services, faculty and staff development, curriculum development, community outreach programs, and teacher education programs. (click to read more)

Colonel Reb's Replacement
It has been seven years since Colonel Reb, the mascot of the University of Mississippi, patrolled the sidelines at football games. The administration decided at the time that a caricature of a southern plantation owner and Confederate Army officer was not a proper mascot for a university where 14 percent of the students are black. Now the university has unveiled a new mascot to replace Colonel Reb. (click to read more)

In Memoriam
Barbara Curry, professor in the School of Education at the University of Delaware, died late last month after battling lung cancer. (click to read more)

Honors and Awards
M. Nia Madison • James Hill (click to read more)
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Kansas State University Reports Progress in Student Diversity
Kansas State University in Manhattan reports that enrollments have reached a record high and the student body is more diverse than at any time in the university's history. There are 23,588 students on campus this fall. There are nearly 3,000 students of color, an increase of 18 percent from a year ago. (click to read more)

Plan Aimed to Increase Racial Diversity at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Fails to Gain Approval in the House of Representatives
Before they left to campaign for reelection, Democratic members of the House of Representatives attempted to pass a provision that aimed to increase racial diversity in the student body at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (CGA) in New London, Connecticut. However, in order to pass legislation authorizing the funding of the academy before Congress adjourned, the controversial provisions that would have changed admission procedures were dropped. (click to read more)

The Remarkable Success of the PhD Project in Increasing the Number of Minority Faculty at U.S. Business Schools

Sixteen years ago the PhD Project was created in order to increase the number of blacks and other minorities on the faculties of American business schools. Since 1994 the number of minority business faculty has grown from 294 to 1,051. In the 2009-10 academic year, 47 minority professors earned tenure at U.S. business schools. (click to read more)

Emory University to Award Seven James Weldon Johnson Medals
On November 8, Emory University will award seven individuals with its 2010 James Weldon Johnson Medals. The medals are awarded to individuals whose "achievements in civil rights, law, and humanitarian service reflect a deep and unwavering commitment to civil and human rights." (click to read more)

Vanderbilt and Meharry Team Up to Fight Sickle Cell Disease
Vanderbilt University and Meharry Medical College, both located in Nashville, Tennessee, have established the Center for Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease. The center will provide advanced care to sufferers of sickle cell disease and will conduct research on treatments and a possible cure. (click to read more)

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Felicia L. Townsend • Ralph Johnson • Elfred A. Pinkard • Aristide J. Collins Jr. • Lonnie H. Norris • Adele C. Brumfield • Nigel Alston • Ben Vinson III • Eppechal T. Smalls (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
University of Connecticut Health Center • Wilberforce University • Saint Augustine's College • Spelman College • Virginia State University • Fayetteville State University • Alcorn State University • Boston University • Bowie State University (click to read more)

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