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Healthy Trend: A Slight Increase in Black First-Year Medical School Students
This fall 1,350 African Americans enrolled as first-year students at U.S. medical schools. This was a nearly 3 percent increase from a year ago. In 2010 blacks made up 7.2 percent of all first-year enrollees at medical schools. (click to read more)

Racial Slight Corrected After 163 Years
This past week, George Boyer Vashon was posthumously admitted to the Pennsylvania State Bar. Vashon had applied to the Allegheny County Bar in Pittsburgh in 1847 but he was denied because of his "Negro descent." (click to read more)

Some at Norfolk State University Are Unhappy About the Secrecy Surrounding the Search for a New President
Norfolk State University, the historically black educational institution in Virginia, is currently seeking a new president. Carolyn W. Meyers stepped down as president earlier this year after serving four years of a five-year contract. An 11-member committee is currently reviewing applicants for the position of president and is expected to recommend a candidate to the university board in the near future. But some in the campus community are upset because the process is being conducted in secret. (click to read more)

Lafayette College Rededicates the Kirby Hall of Civil Rights
In 1929, Fred Morgan Kirby, cofounder of F.W. Woolworth Company, donated $590,000 to Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, for the construction of the Kirby Hall of Civil Rights. A decade earlier, Kirby had endowed a professorship at the college dedicated to the study of civil rights in the United States. This past week, Lafayette College celebrated the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Kirby Hall of Civil Rights. (click to read more)

Howard University Relaxes Dormitory Visitation Rules
At many of the nation's high-ranking colleges and universities, coed dormitories have been the norm for more than a quarter-century. But at Howard University and many other black colleges and universities, cohabitation and even overnight visits are forbidden. Now for the first time, Howard has relaxed the visitation rule for upperclass students at one high-rise dormitory that houses 840 students. (click to read more)

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African-American Scholars
Each month, the JBHE Weekly Bulletin publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. This month's selections can be accessed on our website. (click to read more)

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Franklin W. Knight • Joseph M. Green • Dennis Jones • Phillip L. Redrick • Willie F. Trotty • Mansco Perry III • P. Rudolph Mattai • A. Lee Smith • Maurice Harris (click to read more)

Honors and Awards
Melanie E. Jones • Sadie C. Bragg • Solomon Bililign • Erma Johnson Hadley • Claude Barbre • Ramona Tascoe (click to read more)
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Remembering James T. Scott: A Black Employee of the University of Missouri Who Was Lynched in 1923
On April 20, 1923, James T. Scott, an African-American veteran of World War I and a janitor at the University of Missouri at Columbia, was lynched at Stewart Bridge. He was accused of raping a 14-year-old white girl in a wooded area near the bridge. There was no evidence linking him to the crime except that the victim identified him from a distance. Now an effort is under way in Columbia to raise money to place a headstone on Scott's grave. (click to read more)

A Surge in Freshman Enrollments at Historically Black Cheyney University
Cheyney University, the historically black educational institution which is one of 14 campuses of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, reports a whopping 46 percent increase in first-year students this fall compared to a year ago. The university has 1,586 freshmen this fall, the largest first-year class in the university's history. (click to read more)

Education Department Issues Nearly $11 Million in Grants to Colleges and Universities With Large Percentages of Black Students
The U.S. Department of Education announced grants totaling nearly $10.8 million to 23 colleges and universities with predominantly black student bodies. The grants, made under the Predominantly Black Institutions Program, will fund student counseling and tutoring services, faculty and staff development, curriculum development, community outreach programs, and teacher education programs. (click to read more)

Penn State University Campus Gets a New Chancellor
Francis K. Achampong was named chancellor of the Eberly Campus of Pennsylvania State University Fayette. The campus, located in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania, has about 1,100 undergraduate students. Blacks make up 6 percent of the student body. (click to read more)

In Memoriam
• James S. Thomas, bishop of the United Methodist Church and former chair of the board of trustees of historically black Claflin University, has died at the age of 91.
• Ruthetta S. Smikle, a music educator who was the first African-American student at what is now Daemen College in Amherst, New York, died at her home in North Buffalo. She was 77 years old. (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
Winston-Salem State University • Stillman College • Bowie State University • University of Akron in Ohio • Bethune-Cookman University • Howard University School of Law • Alabama A&M University (click to read more)

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