Archive for February, 2012

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants won by historically black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Cornell University Receives a Donation of 2,000 Photographs of African Americans

Cornell University Receives a Donation of 2,000 Photographs of African Americans

The collection includes images of slaves and a photograph of Martin Luther King Jr. sitting in a jail cell.

Study Finds That Small Class Sizes in Early Years Impact College Enrollment Rates

Study Finds That Small Class Sizes in Early Years Impact College Enrollment Rates

The effect is particularly pronounced for Black children.

Suffolk University Summer Institute to Promote Greater Diversity in the Legal Profession

Suffolk University Summer Institute to Promote Greater Diversity in the Legal Profession

The institute is funded by a three-year, $300,000 grant from the Law School Admission Council.

Emory Professor Wins Three Book Awards

Emory Professor Wins Three Book Awards

Lawrence P. Jackson is honored for his book The Indignant Generation.

A Black Scholar Awarded the National Humanities Medal

A Black Scholar Awarded the National Humanities Medal

Kwame Anthony Appiah was awarded the medal by President Obama at a White House ceremony.

Two African American Women Receive Honorary Degrees from the University of Alicante in Spain

Two African American Women Receive Honorary Degrees from the University of Alicante in Spain

Professors Linda Darling-Hammond of Stanford and Gloria Ladson-Billings of the University of Wisconsin are among the first three recipients of honorary degrees in education from the University of Alicante.

Two African American Professors Receive the National Medal of Arts

Two African American Professors Receive the National Medal of Arts

Rita Dove of the University of Virginia and Andre Watts of Indiana University were recognized at a White House ceremony.

Three African American Men Honored With Prestigious Awards

Three African American Men Honored With Prestigious Awards

Keith W. McIntosh of Pima County Community College, Cedric Gathings of Mississippi State, and Roland Smith of Rice University, are the honorees.

Notable Appointments of African Americans in Higher Education

Notable Appointments of African Americans in Higher Education

Here is news of appointments of seven African Americans to new posts.

In Memoriam: Robert Belton (1935-2012)

In Memoriam: Robert Belton (1935-2012)

He was the first tenured African American professor at Vanderbilt Law School.

Cornell University Outlines a New Agenda on Diversity

Cornell University Outlines a New Agenda on Diversity

President David Skorton is mounting a concerted effort to increase diversity among students, staff, and faculty and to create better opportunities for veterans and the disabled.

Video Shows the Ignorance of College Students on the Subject of Black History

Video Shows the Ignorance of College Students on the Subject of Black History

A white comedian donned blackface and interviewed students at Brigham Young University on the subject of Black history.

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.

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.

Babatunde Ogunnaike Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Babatunde Ogunnaike Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

It appears that the University of Delaware professor is the only Black scholar among the 66 newly elected members.

In Memoriam: Mable Parker McLean (1922-2012)

In Memoriam: Mable Parker McLean (1922-2012)

She was the first woman president of Barber-Scotia College, a historically Black educational institution in Concord, North Carolina.

Two New Appointments at Kentucky State University

Two New Appointments at Kentucky State University

Teferi D. Tsegaye and Alan D. Benson assume new roles at the College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems.

Five Black Authors Among the Finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards

Five Black Authors Among the Finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards

But none of the five Black writers were selected as winners at the March 8 ceremony in New York City.

New Duties for Kwame Anthony Appiah

New Duties for Kwame Anthony Appiah

The Princeton University professor will chair the board of scholars at the nonprofit organization, Facing History and Ourselves.

Has America Entered a Post-Racial Era?

Has America Entered a Post-Racial Era?

Not yet, warns Pearl K. Ford Dowe, a political scientist at the University of Arkansas.

Bakersfield College Aims to Increase Retention and Graduation Rates for Black Men

Bakersfield College Aims to Increase Retention and Graduation Rates for Black Men

In the 2010-11 academic year the 638 Black students on campus had a mean grade point average of 1.63. Only 17 of the 638 Black students on campus were awarded an associate’s degree.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants won by historically black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

In Memoriam: Cleveland Donald Jr. (1946-2012)

In Memoriam: Cleveland Donald Jr. (1946-2012)

A longtime educator, he was the second African American graduate of the University of Mississippi.

NIH Grant Funds a Study on How Racism Impacts the Health of African Americans

NIH Grant Funds a Study on How Racism Impacts the Health of African Americans

The Black LIFE (Linking Inequality, Feelings, and Environment) Study is lead by Naa Oyo Kwate of Rutgers University.

Daniel Aldridge Promoted to Full Professor at Davidson College

Daniel Aldridge Promoted to Full Professor at Davidson College

A former public defender, he returned to school to obtain a Ph.D. in history at Emory University.

Marilyn Nelson to Receive the Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America

Marilyn Nelson to Receive the Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America

She taught in the English department at the University of Connecticut from 1978 to 2002 and is the former poet laureate of Connecticut.

Two Howard University Students Awarded Luard Scholarships

Two Howard University Students Awarded Luard Scholarships

They will spend their junior year abroad studying in the United Kingdom.

How Do Black Men Succeed in College?

How Do Black Men Succeed in College?

Black men who were successful in college tended to have families who were committed to higher education and had a mentor during their K-12 years.

The University of Phoenix Is a Pillar of African American Higher Education

The University of Phoenix Is a Pillar of African American Higher Education

Blacks make up 17.7 percent of undergraduate students, 22 percent of graduate students, and 18.6 percent of the faculty.

Honors for African Americans in Higher Education

Honors for African Americans in Higher Education

Here are some notable awards and honors for African American scholars.

Vanderbilt University Professor Wins Outstanding Book Award

Vanderbilt University Professor Wins Outstanding Book Award

H. Richard Milner IV is being honored by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Six African Americans Named to New Posts

Six African Americans Named to New Posts

Margareth Larose-Pierre, January Gill O’Neil, Akua Matherson, Percy Caldwell, Odessa Hines, and D. Jason DeSousa are assuming new duties.

Myrlie Evers-Williams Named Scholar-in-Residence at Alcorn State University

Myrlie Evers-Williams Named Scholar-in-Residence at Alcorn State University

The civil rights icon will teach, prepared her papers for the university’s archives, and develop a research center on social justice and civic engagement.

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.

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.