Archive for March, 2012

President James Ammons Shakes Up His Staff at Florida A&M University

President James Ammons Shakes Up His Staff at Florida A&M University

Larry Robinson is the new provost. Cynthia Hughes Harris, who was serving as provost, will return to her earlier position as dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences.

Two African American Scholars Named to Lead National Organizations

Two African American Scholars Named to Lead National Organizations

Benjamin D. Reese Jr. of Duke University and Jennifer Keane-Dawes of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will head national associations.

Three African American Men Honored for Their Work in Higher Education

Three African American Men Honored for Their Work in Higher Education

Lonnie Norris, Azeez Aileru, and James Rosser win prestigious awards.

African American Faculty News

African American Faculty News

Tariq al-Jamil was promoted at Swarthnore College and Sandra Waller Sheton was appointed to a named chair at DePaul University.

Two African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Two African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

William Broussard was named athletics director at Southern University and Shanda Lewis Cargile is the new EEO officer at Jackson State University.

Kara Walker Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Kara Walker Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters

The professor of visual arts at Columbia University is the only African American among the 10 new members of the honorary society.

In Memoriam: Norris Stevenson (1939-2012)

In Memoriam: Norris Stevenson (1939-2012)

He was the first Black player to receive at football scholarship at the University of Missouri. He coached track at the college level for 30 years.

Toni Morrison Society Sets Up Shop at Oberlin College

Toni Morrison Society Sets Up Shop at Oberlin College

The international literary society founded in 1993 and dedicated to scholarly research on the works of the Nobel laureate, will now be housed at Oberlin College in Ohio.

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.

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.

Helen Giles-Gee Named New President of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Helen Giles-Gee Named New President of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Currently, president of Keene State University in New Hampshire, she will be the first woman president in the 191-year history of the University of the Sciences.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

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

Vassar College to Offer Scholarships for Women From West Africa

Vassar College to Offer Scholarships for Women From West Africa

The scholarships will cover full tuition and other expenses for two women for four years of undergraduate study.

UConn Scientist on the Cutting Edge of Research on Regenerating Human Tissues

UConn Scientist on the Cutting Edge of Research on Regenerating Human Tissues

Dr. Cato T. Laurencin’s work on tissue regeneration is called one of the “100 scientific discoveries that changed the world.”

Can Music Play a Role in Racial Prejudice?

Can Music Play a Role in Racial Prejudice?

Research conducted at Ohio State University shows that particular types of music can influence behavior even though the lyrics do not contain references to race or ethnicity.

University of Georgia Study Finds Wide Racial Disparity in Cancer Mortality Rates

University of Georgia Study Finds Wide Racial Disparity in Cancer Mortality Rates

The racial disparities in mortality rates were the greatest for oral, prostate, and cervical cancers and were more pronounced in rural areas.

Black Alumni of Southern Methodist University Create a Scholarship

Black Alumni of Southern Methodist University Create a Scholarship

A gathering of 118 Black alumni celebrated their history and pledged to help those who walk in their footsteps.

Claflin University Has Become a Fundraising Powerhouse

Claflin University Has Become a Fundraising Powerhouse

Claflin University has set the goal of being the first historically Black college or university to achieve a 50 percent alumni giving rate.

Bowie State University to Offer Satellite Degree Program for Nurse Practitioner Training

Bowie State University to Offer Satellite Degree Program for Nurse Practitioner Training

The HBCU will offer a master of science in nursing degree at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center.

African American Academic Phenom to Speak at Voorhees College Convocation

African American Academic Phenom to Speak at Voorhees College Convocation

Ty Hobson-Powell is the youngest person to graduate from the University of Baltimore. Now in law school, he plans to go to medical school.

North Carolina Central University Establishes Chapter of Honor Society

North Carolina Central University Establishes Chapter of Honor Society

The Tau Sigma National Honor Society, established at Auburn University in 1999, is for transfer students who achieve academic success.

Book on the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta Wins the Bancroft Prize

Book on the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta Wins the Bancroft Prize

Tomiko Brown-Nagin of the University of Virginia Law School is one of three winners of the Bancroft Prize, considered one of the highest honors in academic history.

Stony Brook University Offers New Master's Degree Program in Africana Studies

Stony Brook University Offers New Master’s Degree Program in Africana Studies

This fall the university will offer for the first time a master’s degree program in Africana studies.

Stanford University Study Finds That a Shorter Walk to Water in Africa Saves Lives

Stanford University Study Finds That a Shorter Walk to Water in Africa Saves Lives

A new study by researchers at Stanford University finds that African families who live closer to water supplies are significantly healthier than families who live farther away.

University of Botswana Partners With Southern Illinois University Carbondale

University of Botswana Partners With Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Under the five-year agreement, the two universities will provide cultural, educational, research, and exchange opportunities for students and faculty at each institution.

School of Education at Elizabeth City State University Named for Helen Marshall Caldwell

School of Education at Elizabeth City State University Named for Helen Marshall Caldwell

Dr. Caldwell first joined the faculty at ECSU in 1953 and served until 1997. She was vice chancellor for academic affairs for nine years.

Nathaniel Bishop Named to Lead the Virginia Tech Medical School's Interprofessionalism Program

Nathaniel Bishop Named to Lead the Virginia Tech Medical School’s Interprofessionalism Program

He is an assistant professor at the medical school and also serves as president of the Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke.

Two African American College Presidents Honored by the American Council on Education

Two African American College Presidents Honored by the American Council on Education

Ruth Simmons of Brown University and Beverly Daniel Tatum of Spelman College were honored at the Women’s Leadership Dinner at the annual meeting of the American Council on Education in Los Angeles.

Only One African American in the 40-Member Class of 2012 Gates Cambridge Scholars

Only One African American in the 40-Member Class of 2012 Gates Cambridge Scholars

Marie Rose Katia Mehu is an appellate level prosecutor for the state of Arizona. This fall she will study international law at Cambridge University in England.

An Historic Find in a Chicago Attic: The Papers of Harvard's First Black Graduate

An Historic Find in a Chicago Attic: The Papers of Harvard’s First Black Graduate

The papers of Richard T. Greener, including his Harvard University diploma, were discovered in an old trunk in a house that was about to be razed.

Honors for Four Black Men in Higher Education

Honors for Four Black Men in Higher Education

Teju Cole, DeWayne Wickham, Alex Acholonu, and Sidney Ribeau win prestigious awards.

New Duties for Four Black Scholars

New Duties for Four Black Scholars

David Marshall, Gilbert Rochon, Nicole Shelton, and Gedeon Mudacumura are taking on new responsibilities.

In Memoriam: LaMont Fernal Toliver (1963-2012)

In Memoriam: LaMont Fernal Toliver (1963-2012)

He was the director of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program and assistant dean of undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

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.

"White Pride" Messages Found on Towson University Campus

“White Pride” Messages Found on Towson University Campus

The messages reportedly were written by members of the student group Youth for Western Civilization.