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Northwestern University Anticipates a More Diverse Freshman Class
Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, reports that 7.2 percent of this fall's entering class will be African Americans. A year ago there were 147 black freshmen at Northwestern. They made up 6.9 percent of the entering class. (click to read more)

The University of Kentucky Approves a New Diversity Plan
The board of trustees for the University of Kentucky has approved a new diversity plan for the 2011-15 period. At the current time, blacks make up 7.2 percent of the undergraduate student body and 4.9 percent of the graduate students at the university. The plan's goal is to raise these levels to 7.7 percent, the percentage of blacks in the state's overall population. (click to read more)

New Historical Society for Black Railroaders Hopes One Day to Provide College Scholarships
Recently, the National Black Railroaders Historical Society was founded in Miami, Florida. The society has an exhibit in the Gold Coast Railroad Museum in Miami and hopes to one day move at least part of the collection to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, scheduled to open on The Mall in Washington, D.C., in 2015. In the future the society hopes to provide college scholarships for African Americans seeking careers in transportation or hospitality industries. (click to read more)

Rutgers University Ph.D. Candidate Explores the History of Black Nuns in Desegregating American Education
Shannen Williams, a graduate student at Rutgers University, is completing work on her dissertation entitled "Subversive Habits: Black Nuns and the Struggle to Desegregate Catholic America After World War I." Williams' research shows that black nuns played a major role in opening up Catholic higher education to African Americans. (click to read more)

Cato Laurencin to Step Down as Dean of the Medical School at the University of Connecticut
Cato T. Laurencin has announced that he will step down as head of the University of Connecticut Health Center and dean of the University of Connecticut Medical School. In a message to the health center community, Dr. Laurencin stated that he was satisfied he has assured "the long-term future of the Health Center. It was my number-one goal in coming to UConn and I'm excited it has been accomplished." (click to read more)

University of Oregon Teams Up With West African Nation of Gabon
The University of Oregon has entered into a research and training partnership with the West African nation of Gabon. The agreement calls for the establishment of the Gabon-Oregon Transnational Research Center on Environment and Development, which will have offices in Eugene, Oregon, and Libreville, the capital of Gabon. (click to read more)

Three-Judge Panel of Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Michigan's Ban on Affirmative Action Admissions Is Unconstitutional
A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Proposal 2 which was passed by Michigan voters in 2006 by a 58-42 margin. The referendum then became part of the state constitution. It banned the use of race in hiring or contracting by any agency of the state government. The ban included the consideration of race in making admissions decisions at state-operated colleges and universities. The 2-1 majority ruled that Proposal 2 placed "special burdens on minority interests" and therefore violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. (click to read more)

In Memoriam
• David E. Epperson, dean emeritus of the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, died after suffering cardiac arrest at a meeting of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. He was 76 years old.
• Thomas E. Lyle, who served as director of bands at Alabama State University from 1964 to 1988, died last month at the age of 82.(click to read more)

Honors and Awards
The State University of New York at New Paltz received the 2011 Innovation Award from the Diversity in Global Education Network. (click to read more)

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Stanford University Running in Place in Efforts to Boost Black Faculty
Stanford University has announced that it is on pace to hire 10 scholars whose research is concentrated on ethnicity or race. The goal was to hire the 10 new professors over a five-year period. Since 2007, 12 scholars have been offered positions and six new hires have joined the Stanford faculty. However, due to turnover and the loss of black faculty to other universities, Stanford has made little progress over the past decade in increasing the number of blacks and other minority faculty on campus. (click to read more)

Fayetteville State University Introduces a New Logo and Slogan
Fayetteville State University, the historically black educational institution in North Carolina, has designed a new logo showing the university's traditional lamp logo within the university's original entrance. (click to read more)

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Minority Scholars Available at Penn
The University of Pennsylvania is once again offering its Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The program is open to scholars and educators from diverse backgrounds or whose life experiences will contribute to Penn's academic excellence. (click to read more)

University Study Finds That Light-Skinned Black Women Receive Lesser Sentences and Spend Less Time in Jail Than Dark-Skinned Black Women
A new study by researchers at Villanova University in Pennsylvania has found black women with lighter skin receive shorter sentences and spend less time in jail than black women with darker skin. The researchers examined the cases of 12,158 African-American women who spent time in prison from 1995 to 2009. (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
Renaldo R. Murray • Eve J. Higginbotham • Elizabeth I. Dadzie • Adjoa A. Aiyetoro • Leroy Dorsey • Babatunde A. Ogunnaike • Helen Diggs • Lemuel W. Watson (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
University of Southern California • Southeastern Universities Research Association • Virginia State University • Delaware State University • Tuskegee University • North Carolina Central University • University of Maryland Eastern Shore (click to read more)

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