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University of Pennsylvania Political Scientist Wins Book Award

University of Pennsylvania Political Scientist Wins Book Award

Daniel Q. Gillion, assistant professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, has won the 2014 Best Book Award from the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

Athletics Director at Edward Waters College Retires

Athletics Director at Edward Waters College Retires

Johnny Rembert is retiring as director of athletics at Edward Waters College, the historically Black educational institution in Jacksonville, Florida. He was a member of the 1986 New England Patriots team that went to the Super Bowl.

"Whites Only" and "Colored" Signs Places on Water Coolers at Sweet Briar College

“Whites Only” and “Colored” Signs Places on Water Coolers at Sweet Briar College

The Sweet Briar College campus in Virginia is located on the site of a former plantation where slaves had worked. Blacks make up about 9 percent of the student body at the college.

Simmons College Professor Awarded Distinguished Poetry Prize

Simmons College Professor Awarded Distinguished Poetry Prize

Afaa Michael Weaver is the winner of the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award given by Claremont Graduate University to a mid-career poet so that they “can continue working towards the pinnacle of their craft.”

Update on the Effort to Rename Dixie State College

Update on the Effort to Rename Dixie State College

Dixie State College in St. George, Utah, was founded in an area settled by Mormons from the South. The college used to have a Rebel as its mascot. A survey has found that most members of the community want the word “Dixie” to remain as part of the institution’s name.

In Memoriam: Jesse Hill Jr., 1926-2012

In Memoriam: Jesse Hill Jr., 1926-2012

In addition to a successful business career, Hill was a leader in the civil rights struggle and participated in efforts to desegregate the Atlanta public schools and the University System of Georgia.

In Memoriam: Yvonne Kennedy, 1945-2012

In Memoriam: Yvonne Kennedy, 1945-2012

She has served as an Alabama state representative since 1970 and was the former president of Bishop State Community College. She held a doctorate from the University of Alabama.

Should Dixie State College Change Its Name?

Should Dixie State College Change Its Name?

The college is in the midst of transitioning to university status. And since the name will be changed to reflect its new status as a university, critics are lobbying to remove the word “Dixie” from the name.

Cornell University Teams Up With the Posse Foundation

Next fall a posse of 10 students from urban schools in Chicago will enroll at Cornell. The university has agreed to support one posse of 10 students for the next five years.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

In Memoriam: Ernest D. Brown Jr. (1947-2012)

In Memoriam: Ernest D. Brown Jr. (1947-2012)

The longtime Williams College professor founded the college’s Kusika African Dance and Drumming Ensemble and the Zambezi Marimba Band.

Tufts University Establishes New Office Focusing on Inclusiveness

Tufts University Establishes New Office Focusing on Inclusiveness

Director Katrina Moore says, “Diversity and inclusion are inherent strengths and necessary for excellence, not problems to be resolved.”

Two African American Women Honored by the International Reading Association

Two African American Women Honored by the International Reading Association

Patricia Edwards of Michigan State University and Charline Barnes Rowland of West Virginia University will be honored at the group’s annual meeting in Chicago which convenes in April.

In Memoriam: Marcellus Brooks (1941-2012)

In Memoriam: Marcellus Brooks (1941-2012)

Brooks spent his entire professional career at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.

University of Massachusetts Debuts New Website on Diversity

University of Massachusetts Debuts New Website on Diversity

The new website offers a comprehensive list of resources on matters of diversity for students, faculty, and the community.

Two African Americans Share the Gittler Prize

Two African Americans Share the Gittler Prize

Professors Frances Smith Foster and Clayborne Carson will share the $25,000 Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize from Brandeis University.

In Memoriam: Arthur L. Johnson (1925-2011)

In Memoriam: Arthur L. Johnson (1925-2011)

Arthur Johnson, author, civil rights activist, and former senior vice president of Wayne State University, died recently from complications associated with Parkinson’s disease. He was 85 years old.

In Memoriam: Muriel Grey Feelings (1938-2011)

In Memoriam: Muriel Grey Feelings (1938-2011)

The award-winning author of children’s books, she was the longtime director of the Community Education Program at Temple University.

Study Finds That Perceptions of Race Can Be Altered by Cues of Social Status

Study Finds That Perceptions of Race Can Be Altered by Cues of Social Status

In determining the race of a person in an image, participants were influenced by the subject’s attire.

Urban Affairs Association Moves to the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Urban Affairs Association Moves to the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

The group had been based at the University of Delaware for 40 years.

University of Michigan Program Brings African Scholars to Ann Arbor

University of Michigan Program Brings African Scholars to Ann Arbor

The African Presidential Scholars Program at the University of Michigan brings a group of African academics to campus each year to teach and conduct research.The stated goals of the program are to help the next generation of African scholars link up with international academic networks and to bring talented African faculty to the University of […]