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Five of the Nation's 30 Highest-Ranked Universities Have Freshman Classes That Are at Least 10 Percent Black
Once more, this year The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education has completed its survey of black freshman students at the nation's highest-ranked research universities. For the fourth year in a row, Columbia has the highest percentage of black freshman students among the 30 highest-ranking universities in the nation. (click to read more)

Library at Purdue University Renamed to Honor a Black Alumnus
Roland Parrish, who holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Purdue University, is contributing $2 million to his alma mater for the renovation of the Management and Economic Library at the university's Krannert School of Management. In return, the university is naming the library in his honor. The building will be the first major structure on the Purdue campus to be named after an African-American alumnus. (click to read more)

Foundation Aims to Increase the Number of Black Nurses
African Americans are 13 percent of the U.S. population but, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor, African Americans are only 5.4 percent of all the nurses in this country. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program offers $10,000 scholarships to up to 400 nursing students from minority groups that are underrepresented in nursing. (click to read more)

The Poor Performance of Black Students at California Community Colleges
Data from the Community College System of California shows that during the spring 2010 semester there were more than 120,000 black students enrolled at the state's 115 community colleges. But a new report from the Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy at California State University at Sacramento finds that black students at California community colleges are not making good progress in completing their academic programs.(click to read more)

The University of Alabama Honors Its First Black Students
On June 11, 1963, George C. Wallace, governor of Alabama, defiantly stood in the doorway of Foster Auditorium on the campus of the University of Alabama in an attempt to stop the registration of African Americans James Hood and Vivian Malone. This past week the University of Alabama dedicated the Malone-Hood Plaza on campus just outside the renovated Foster Auditorium. (click to read more)

The New President of Oakwood University
Oakwood University, the historically black educational institution in Huntsville, Alabama, that is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, has named Leslie N. Pollard as its 13th president. Dr. Pollard, who will assume his duties at Oakland University at the beginning of the new year, has been serving as vice president for community partnerships and diversity at Loma Linda University/Adventist Health Sciences Center in Los Angeles. (click to read more)

In Memoriam
• Mildred Jefferson, the first African-American woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School, died last month at her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was 84 years old.
• Hermanze E. Fauntleroy Jr., an educator and civil rights activist, died late last month after a battle with cancer. He was 78 years old. (click to read more)

Honors and Awards
Douglas L. Jones Sr. • Colin Channer • Nancy A. Boxhill • Cleveland Abbott (click to read more)

Black Scholar at MIT Looks for New Ways to Fight Malaria
Armed with a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, Jacquin C. Niles, an assistant professor of biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is developing new methods for treating malaria. Worldwide, more than 1 million people die each year from the disease. (click to read more)

Spelman College Students Win AT&T Big Mobile on Campus Challenge
AT&T recently awarded scholarships in its Big Mobile on Campus Challenge competition. Students were invited to submit applications developed for mobile communications devices to the company. This year's grand prize winners are two students from historically black Spelman College in Atlanta. (click to read more)

University of Michigan Makes Progress in Restoring Racial Diversity
In 2005, the year before a voter referendum in Michigan prohibiting state universities from considering race in their admissions decisions, there were 443 black freshmen who made up 7.2 percent of the entering class at the University of Michigan. By 2009 there were only 290 black first-year students at the university. This year progress has been made. (click to read more)

University of Maryland Adds Seven African-American Faculty
The University of Maryland at College Park has announced the hiring of 73 new faculty for the 2010-11 academic year. Among the 73 new hires are seven African Americans and 26 other persons of color. (click to read more)

GOP Election Gains Might Stall Funds for Higher Education
The results of last week's midterm elections may make it difficult to add to, or even hold on to, the major gains for higher education funding achieved during the 111th Congress. During the 2009-10 session, allocations were made to provide $36 billion in additional funds for the Pell Grant program for low-income students over the next decade. With GOP control of the House of Representatives, deficit reduction will be a top priority and funds for higher education may be hard to come by. (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
Louis "Skip" Perkins • Charles E. Williams • Adriel A. Hilton (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
Winston-Salem State University • Hampton University • University of Virginia • Alabama A&M University • Grambling State University • Florida A&M University • Bowie State University (click to read more)

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