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Honorary Degree Awards Given to Blacks in 2011 by the Nation's Leading Liberal Arts Colleges
Last week JBHE listed the 22 honorary degrees given to blacks by the nation's top research universities. Now we turn our attention to the high-ranking liberal arts colleges. Click through for the full list of this year's honorands. (click to read more)

Slight Projected Decline in Black First-Year Enrollments in the University of California System
The University of California system reports that it expects 2,022 black first-year students from California this fall. This is down slightly from a year ago. Blacks will make up 3.8 percent of the first-year, in-state students in the University of California system, down from 3.9 percent a year ago. (click to read more)

African-American Woman Named a DuPont Young Professor
DuPont, the large multinational conglomerate based in Wilmington, Delaware, has announced its 2011 class of DuPont Young Professors. Each young professor will receive $75,000 in three annual grants of $25,000. This year there are 18 new DuPont Young Professors. Six are from foreign countries and 12 are from American universities. One of this year's winners is an African American. (click to read more)

President of South Carolina HBCU Abruptly Leaves Post
Michael M. Townsend, the president of Denmark Technical College, the historically black educational institution in Denmark, South Carolina, abruptly stepped down from his post earlier this month. Townsend's resignation came in the midst of a probe by the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education into the improper use of college credit cards by college employees. (click to read more)

West Virginia's Extended Summer Bridge Program for Black Students
This month 23 African-American students are participating in the Academic Students Achieving and Reaching Success (STARS) program run by the Center for Black Culture and Research at West Virginia University in Morgantown. The five-week summer bridge program serves as an extended orientation for blacks students to become familiar with campus and college life. (click to read more)

Historically Black Bowie State University Honored for Its Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Security
Bowie State University, the historically black educational institution in Maryland, was named a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (click to read more)

Howard University Opens New Center for Pharmaceutical Research
Historically black Howard University in Washington, D.C., recently opened the new Center for Drug Research and Development at its School of Pharmacy. The new center, under the direction of Emmanuel O. Akala, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, will provide space for students, staff, faculty, and outside companies to develop new pharmaceutical products. (click to read more)

In Memoriam
Clyde Woods, an associate professor of black studies and acting director of the Center for Black Studies Research at the University of California Santa Barbara, died earlier this month at a hospital in California. He was 54 years old. (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
Allen University • Benedict College • Claflin University • Clinton Junior College • Denmark Technical College • Morris College • Paine College • South Carolina State University • Voorhees College • Xavier University • Southern University at Baton Rouge • Southern University at New Orleans • Grambling State University • Dillard University (click to read more)

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New Business Incubator Facility Planned at Southern University of New Orleans
Southern University of New Orleans has announced plans to build a 10,000-square-foot business incubator facility where students at the College of Business and Public Administration can participate in actual entrepreneurial activities. (click to read more)

Claflin University Launches a Major Fundraising Effort
Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, is launching the public phase of its $96 million fundraising campaign. The historically black university has already raised $55 million of the total from corporations, foundations, and large donors. (click to read more)

Cornell Signs Cooperative Agreement in Agricultural Sciences With a University in South Africa
Cornell University, the Ivy League college in New York, has entered into a cooperative agreement with Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Under the five-year agreement agriculture scientists will collaborate on research. (click to read more)

Jackson State Professor Cast in New Bruce Willis/50 Cent Film
Yohance Miles, a professor of theater at Jackson State University in Mississippi, has landed a plum acting role in the film Fire With Fire. (click to read more)

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

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Jame'l R. Hodges • Gail H. Woldu • Robert McLaughlin • Jimmy Moore • Aaron James • Sonya Malunda • Tryan L. McMickens (click to read more)

Honors and Awards
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