Archive for January, 2012

Robert Franklin Stepping Down as President of Morehouse College

Robert Franklin Stepping Down as President of Morehouse College

He will take a sabbatical leave from Morehouse and return as a Distinguished Professor and President Emeritus.

Research Measures Racial Differences in Nonverbal Communication Between Doctors and Patients

Research Measures Racial Differences in Nonverbal Communication Between Doctors and Patients

The University of South Carolina study found Black physicians outperformed their White colleagues. But Black doctors were less at ease when they had White patients.

Multimedia Exhibit Examines the Journeys of African American Women in Higher Education

Multimedia Exhibit Examines the Journeys of African American Women in Higher Education

Roxana Walker-Canton’s work will be on display for two weeks in February on the campus of Fairfield University in Connecticut.

African American Legal History Archive at Wayne State University Receives Papers of Federal Judge

African American Legal History Archive at Wayne State University Receives Papers of Federal Judge

John Feikens was co-chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission and served on the federal bench for the Eastern District of Michigan.

University of Missouri Receives Replica of the MLK Memorial

University of Missouri Receives Replica of the MLK Memorial

The replica is a gift from alumnus Ty Christian who played a big role in raising money for the King Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Study Finds That Black Women Leaders Are Not Viewed Negatively When They Act Assertively

Study Finds That Black Women Leaders Are Not Viewed Negatively When They Act Assertively

Researchers at Duke University and Northwestern University show that executives are perceived differently depending on their race and gender.

Good News for Paul Quinn College

Good News for Paul Quinn College

The historically Black college has now put its accreditation problems in the rear-view mirror.

Purdue Reports a Shrinking Racial Gap in Retention Rates

Purdue Reports a Shrinking Racial Gap in Retention Rates

In the past five years the racial gap has shrunk from 11 percentage points to almost nothing.

Bus Tour for Diversity In Medicine to Stop at Five HBCUs

Bus Tour for Diversity In Medicine to Stop at Five HBCUs

At each school visited, about 150 students will participate in a full-day program where they will learn how to succeed in pursuing a medical career.

A Unique Opportunity for HBCU Business Students

A Unique Opportunity for HBCU Business Students

HBCU students will spend two weeks in two consecutive summers at a business school in California.

Historic Lunch Counter Gets a New Home at North Carolina Central University

Historic Lunch Counter Gets a New Home at North Carolina Central University

In February 1961, students at North Carolina Central began their lunch counter protest a week after a similar event in Greensboro.

Alabama A&M Students Take to the Streets

Alabama A&M Students Take to the Streets

The students allege that the administration is making decisions without adequate input from students.

Howard University Establishes Study Abroad Program in South Africa

Howard University Establishes Study Abroad Program in South Africa

Starting this July, Howard students will spend a semester at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town.

Naomi Long Madgett Named the 2012 Kresge Eminent Artist

Naomi Long Madgett Named the 2012 Kresge Eminent Artist

The noted poet is professor emerita at Eastern Michigan University.

Sonia Sanchez Named Poet Laureate of Philadelphia

Sonia Sanchez Named Poet Laureate of Philadelphia

She is professor emerita of English at Temple University.

Toi Derricotte Named to the Board of the Academy of American Poets

Toi Derricotte Named to the Board of the Academy of American Poets

The University of Pittsburgh professor has published more than 1,000 poems.

Fayetteville State University Administrator to Head HBCU Organization

Fayetteville State University Administrator to Head HBCU Organization

Emily M. Dickens has been elected chair of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Community Development Action Coalition.

Two Black Scholars Named to Endowed Chairs

Two Black Scholars Named to Endowed Chairs

Fred Bonner at Rutgers and Joseph Ofori-Dankwa at Saginaw Valley State are appointed to named chairs.

Shirley Ann Jackson to Be Honored by the AAAS

Shirley Ann Jackson to Be Honored by the AAAS

The president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will be given an award at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Prestigious Awards for Three Black Scholars

Prestigious Awards for Three Black Scholars

Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, Gloria Boutte, and Sulayman Nyang are honored by their universities.

Jabbar Bennett Assumes Additional Duties at Brown University

Jabbar Bennett Assumes Additional Duties at Brown University

He was named associate dean for diversity in the division of biology and medicine and director of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at the Warren Alpert Medical School.

Tidewater Community College Names Two African American Provosts

Tidewater Community College Names Two African American Provosts

Michelle Woodhouse and Marvin Bright will lead the Portsmouth and Norfolk campuses of the 46,000-student community college.

New University Positions for a Half Dozen African Americans

New University Positions for a Half Dozen African Americans

Here is news of six African Americans who are assuming new duties in higher education.

Carl Jones Named to Executive Post at Clark Atlanta University

Carl Jones Named to Executive Post at Clark Atlanta University

He will serve as vice president for enrollment services and student affairs. He was a vice president at South Carolina State University.

Bethune-Cookman President Announces Her Retirement

Bethune-Cookman President Announces Her Retirement

Trudie Kibbe Reed has served as president of the historically Black university since 2004.

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African-American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

Millersville University President Announces Intention to Step Down

Millersville University President Announces Intention to Step Down

Francine C. McNairy, who has held the post since 2003, will leave her post a year from now.

University of Georgia Receives Collection of African American Art

University of Georgia Receives Collection of African American Art

The donation by Larry and Brenda Thompson also includes funds for a curator of the university’s African American art collections.

Improving the Black Student Graduation Rate at the University of Arkansas

Improving the Black Student Graduation Rate at the University of Arkansas

More than 300 first-generation college students at the University of Arkansas are enrolled in a program where they receive academic, personal, career, and financial advice.

Yale Psychiatry Professionals Travel to Nigeria

Yale Psychiatry Professionals Travel to Nigeria

They conducted workshops for health care professionals, many of whom had never had any instruction in the psychological sciences.

Rice University Study Finds That Racial Discrimination Can Be Harmful to Your Health

Rice University Study Finds That Racial Discrimination Can Be Harmful to Your Health

Sociologists at Rice University in Houston found that 18 percent of African Americans reported emotional or health problems resulting from perceived racial discrimination.

Business School Students Will Trade Stocks With Real Money

Business School Students Will Trade Stocks With Real Money

Businessman Earl Stafford’s gift to Virginia State University establishes the Trading Portfolio Fund that will allow students to buy and sell real stocks.

Historically Black Sorority Establishes Chapter at Washington and Lee University

Historically Black Sorority Establishes Chapter at Washington and Lee University

Two of the first 12 members of the chapter at the university are White.

University of Washington Honors Its First African American Senior Administrator

University of Washington Honors Its First African American Senior Administrator

The late Samuel E. Kelly was named vice president for minority affairs in 1970.

Shenandoah University Selects a New Dean of Its Business School

Shenandoah University Selects a New Dean of Its Business School

Miles K. Davis is an associate professor of management at the university and the founding director of the business school’s Institute for Entrepreneurship.

Pioneering Black Chemists in Ohio

Pioneering Black Chemists in Ohio

Sabrina N. Collins, an assistant professor of chemistry at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, has published an informative study on some of the earliest African American chemists in Ohio.