Archive for April, 2012

New Scholarship for Black Students at Florida Gulf Coast University

New Scholarship for Black Students at Florida Gulf Coast University

The scholarship fund was endowed by the African Network of Southwest Florida.

Architecture Students Win Diversity Scholarships

Architecture Students Win Diversity Scholarships

Chisom Ezekwo of the University of Southern California and Damian Bolden of Auburn University will receive financial aid and an internship.

University of Mississippi Commemorates 50 Years of Racial Integration

University of Mississippi Commemorates 50 Years of Racial Integration

Fifty years ago there were no Black students at Ole Miss. Today they make up 16 percent of the undergraduate student body.

Cornell Law Students Helping to Form a New Government in Somalia

Cornell Law Students Helping to Form a New Government in Somalia

Students at Cornell Law School are contributing to the effort to enact permanent political reform in the war-torn nation in the Horn of Africa.

Racial Equality in Initial College Enrollment Rates

Racial Equality in Initial College Enrollment Rates

About two thirds of all Black and White high school graduates in 2011 had enrolled in college by October 2011. For those not enrolled in college, Blacks had a very high unemployment rate of more than 53 percent.

University of Michigan Study Finds Racial Disparity in Prescriptions for Antidepressants

University of Michigan Study Finds Racial Disparity in Prescriptions for Antidepressants

For patients with a major depressive disorder, Whites were 1.52 times as likely as Blacks to be prescribed antidepressant drugs.

Three Finalists Chosen for Presidency of West Virginia State University

Three Finalists Chosen for Presidency of West Virginia State University

Founded in 1891 as the West Virginia Colored Institute, today only 15 percent of the student body is Black. But all three candidates for the presidency are African Americans.

Jackson State University Alumni Donations Set a Record

Jackson State University Alumni Donations Set a Record

The campaign started six months ago with the goal of raising $1 million for the university but the goal was more than doubled.

Florida A&M University Opens New Computer Center for the Public

Florida A&M University Opens New Computer Center for the Public

The Center for Public Computing and Workforce Development houses 65 workstations that are available for public use.

North Carolina Central University to Offer Criminal Justice Degree at a Satellite Campus

North Carolina Central University to Offer Criminal Justice Degree at a Satellite Campus

NCCU has announced plans to offer bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice on the campus of Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh.

Tennessee State University Opens New Greenhouse Complex

Tennessee State University Opens New Greenhouse Complex

The teaching and research facility, operated by the College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Sciences, includes six greenhouses with 18,000 square feet of space.

HBCU Bowling Team Wins National Championship

HBCU Bowling Team Wins National Championship

Of the nine players listed on the roster, five are from Latin America.

Dorothy Roberts Is the Newest PIK Professor at the University of Pennsylvania

Dorothy Roberts Is the Newest PIK Professor at the University of Pennsylvania

For the past 14 years, Professor Roberts has been on the faculty at Northwestern University School of Law.

NAFEO Creates Scholarships to Honor Norman C. Francis

NAFEO Creates Scholarships to Honor Norman C. Francis

Norman Francis of Xavier University of Louisiana is the longest-tenured university president in the United States.

Awards for a Trio of Black Scholars

Awards for a Trio of Black Scholars

Allissa Richardson, Damien Ejigiri, and Candace Jolly are honored with prestigious awards.

Four African American Men Appointed to New Posts in Higher Education

Four African American Men Appointed to New Posts in Higher Education

F. Carl Walton, Everett Mitchell, Marvin Dawkins, and Timothy Bellamy are taking on new duties in higher education.

Two African American Scholars Win Pulitzer Prizes

Two African American Scholars Win Pulitzer Prizes

Tracy K. Smith of Princeton University won the poetry prize and the late Manning Marable of Columbia University won the prize in history.

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.

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.

Leslie Jones Named Dean of the College of Education at Nicholls State University

Leslie Jones Named Dean of the College of Education at Nicholls State University

She has been serving as professor and associate dean at the Louisiana university.

University of California San Diego Agrees to Take Steps to Prevent Racial Harassment

University of California San Diego Agrees to Take Steps to Prevent Racial Harassment

The federal government and the university have resolved an investigation of racial harassment directed against African Americans on campus.

Duke University Opens Exhibit on the History of the Portrayal of Africans Americans in Film

Duke University Opens Exhibit on the History of the Portrayal of Africans Americans in Film

The exhibit, entitled “From Blackface to Blaxploitation: Representations of African Americans in Film,” will be shown through the end of July.

LSU Students Investigate "Cold Case" Murders From the Civil Rights Era

LSU Students Investigate “Cold Case” Murders From the Civil Rights Era

As a result of their research, the students filed Freedom of Information Act requests seeking more than 30,000 pages of FBI investigation files.

Tufts University Makes a Concerted Effort to Recruit Students From Africa

Tufts University Makes a Concerted Effort to Recruit Students From Africa

Tufts accepted 21 students from 13 different African countries for admission into its Class of 2016. Six accepted students are from Ghana.

University of Nebraska Scholars Debut New Online Archive Documenting Slavery in Washington, D.C.

University of Nebraska Scholars Debut New Online Archive Documenting Slavery in Washington, D.C.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has created an online project entitled Civil War Washington that contains paperwork filed by slaveowners in the District of Columbia in response to the Compensated Emancipation Act.

The First Black Commander of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets

The First Black Commander of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets

For the university’s first 88 years, Black students were not allowed to enroll. Now a Black student will lead the university’s 2,200-member Corps of Cadets.

Mississippi's HBCUs Handed a New Recruiting Tool

Mississippi’s HBCUs Handed a New Recruiting Tool

The state legislature recently passed a bill that would allow public universities in the state to seek a waiver allowing them to offer in-state tuition rates to some students from other states.

Fayetteville State University Seeks to Boost Retention and Graduation Rates of Black Men

Fayetteville State University Seeks to Boost Retention and Graduation Rates of Black Men

The university has set up the Bronco MILE (Male Initiative on Leadership and Excellence).

Spelman College Selected for the Annexstad Family Foundation's Scholarship Program

Spelman College Selected for the Annexstad Family Foundation’s Scholarship Program

Each year for the next 10 years, two Spelman students will receive $25,000 scholarships.

Mississippi University for Women Undertakes an Oral History of the Local Civil Rights Movement

Mississippi University for Women Undertakes an Oral History of the Local Civil Rights Movement

Eleven students are conducting the interviews which will be digitally stored at the Columbus-Lowdnes Public Library.

Toni Morrison Receives the Beacon Award at the University of Pennsylvania

Toni Morrison Receives the Beacon Award at the University of Pennsylvania

Nobel laureate Morrison received the award for her strong commitment to advancing, supporting, and promoting women.

Honors for Three Black Scholars

Honors for Three Black Scholars

John M. Wallace of the University of Pittsburgh, Judith Thomas of Lincoln University, and LeTondra Lawrence of Texas Woman’s University, are honored with prestigious awards.

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.

A Check-Up of Blacks in U.S. Medical Schools

A Check-Up of Blacks in U.S. Medical Schools

Over the first decade of the 21st century, the Black percentage of all U.S. medical school graduates has declined.

In 2010 There Were Nearly 3 Million Black Students Enrolled in Higher Education

In 2010 There Were Nearly 3 Million Black Students Enrolled in Higher Education

Blacks were 13.4 percent of all students enrolled in institutions eligible to participate in federal student financial aid programs.