Archive for May, 2012

Four African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Four African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Katrina Reynolds, Crystal Rae Coel Coleman, Tammara Durham, and Marcus Burgess are the new appointees.

African American Faculty News

African American Faculty News

Kristi Isaac Rapp was promoted at Xavier University in New Orleans and William Adams Jr. will be teaching at Albany State University.

Duke University Honors Its First Black Students

Duke University Honors Its First Black Students

The scholarship fund was established with a $1 million gift from a White classmate of the five Black students who racially integrated Duke’s undergraduate programs in 1963.

Four African Americans Presented With Awards

Four African Americans Presented With Awards

M. Christopher Brown II, Sonja Trent-Brown, Isabel Wilkerson, and Nell Russell are honored for their work in higher education.

The New Leader of West Virginia State University

The New Leader of West Virginia State University

Brian Hemphill has been serving as vice president for student affairs at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

Paula McClain to Be the First African American Dean of a School at Duke University

Paula McClain to Be the First African American Dean of a School at Duke University

A professor of political science, Dr. McClain has served on the Duke University faculty since 2000.

Cheryl Dozier Named President of Savannah State University

Cheryl Dozier Named President of Savannah State University

She has been interim president since April 2011 and previously was associate provost for institutional diversity at the University of Georgia.

Willie J. Hagan Named Interim President of CalState Dominguez Hills

Willie J. Hagan Named Interim President of CalState Dominguez Hills

He has been serving in a similar capacity at California State University at Fullerton, a campus where he has served as an administrator for the past 16 years.

In Memoriam: Nicholas deBelleville Katzenbach (1922-2012)

In Memoriam: Nicholas deBelleville Katzenbach (1922-2012)

A giant in the battle for civil rights in this country, as deputy attorney general during the Kennedy administration he confronted Alabama Governor George Wallace in the schoolhouse door.

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.

Dr. Shaq Makes Good on a Promise to His Mother

Dr. Shaq Makes Good on a Promise to His Mother

The four-time NBA champion, 11-time All Star, and most valuable player, was awarded a doctorate in education at Barry University.

Emory University Opens Its Archives of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Emory University Opens Its Archives of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

The archive includes materials from 918 boxes documenting the activities of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference from 1968 to 2007.

Are Teachers Lavishing Black Students With Too Much Praise?

Are Teachers Lavishing Black Students With Too Much Praise?

A Rutgers University study finds that White teachers provided more praise and less criticism if they thought that the student who wrote a poorly written essay was Black or Hispanic.

Edison Jackson to Lead Bethune-Cookman University

Edison Jackson to Lead Bethune-Cookman University

The former president of Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn will serve as interim president until a permanent successor to Trudie Kibbe Reed can be found.

In Memoriam: Frank Toby Martin (1951-2012)

In Memoriam: Frank Toby Martin (1951-2012)

He had served as an associate professor of art at Spelman College since 1987.

Brazilian Supreme Court OKs Affirmative Action at the University of Brasilia

Brazilian Supreme Court OKs Affirmative Action at the University of Brasilia

By a vote of 10-0, the Supreme Court of Brazil upheld the university’s racial quota system that benefits Black applicants.

Bucknell Program Seeks to Boost Retention of Minority Engineering Students

Bucknell Program Seeks to Boost Retention of Minority Engineering Students

This year there are nine sophomores and 13 freshmen enrolled in the Engineering Success Alliance that provides academic support services, peer support, tutoring, and internship and research opportunities.

Dickinson College Apologizes for 1940s Racial Slight

Dickinson College Apologizes for 1940s Racial Slight

Patricia Shaw Iverson, the only daughter of the college’s first Black woman alumna, was admitted to the college but was not permitted to live on campus.

Record Number of Students Admitted to Kenyan Public Universities

Record Number of Students Admitted to Kenyan Public Universities

Public universities in Kenya admitted a record total of 41,879 students this year, an increase of about 8,000 students from a year ago.

Spelman and Morehouse Enter Agreement to Enroll Graduates of KIPP Schools

Spelman and Morehouse Enter Agreement to Enroll Graduates of KIPP Schools

There are 18 KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) high schools across the United States and about two thirds of all KIPP students are African Americans.

Two Alabama HBCUs Form a Partnership

Two Alabama HBCUs Form a Partnership

After earning an associate’s degree students at J.F. Drake State Technical College will be able to transfer to Oakwood University to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

HBCUs Enter Into an Alliance With Universities in Brazil

HBCUs Enter Into an Alliance With Universities in Brazil

Participating HBCUs are Hampton University, Howard University, North Carolina A&T State University and Morgan State University.

University of Minnesota Names Finalists for Post of Vice President for Equity and Diversity

University of Minnesota Names Finalists for Post of Vice President for Equity and Diversity

Wanda S. Mitchell of the University of New Hampshire and Alysa C. Rollock of Purdue University are two of the three finalists for the position.

A Milestone Appointment in Mathematics at Howard University

A Milestone Appointment in Mathematics at Howard University

This fall Talitha Washington will become the second Black woman to hold a tenured position as an associate professor of mathematics at Howard University.

The New Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law

The New Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law

William M. Carter Jr. is currently a professor at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University in Philadelphia.

The New Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church at Harvard University

The New Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church at Harvard University

Jonathan Walton is filling the position previously held by the late Peter J. Gomes, who was pastor of Memorial Church at Harvard for more than 40 years before his death last year.

The University of Texas Arlington to Explore Its Racial History

The University of Texas Arlington to Explore Its Racial History

The new Center for African American Studies will conduct an oral history project involving its earliest Black alumni.

African American Musician Is the 200,000th Graduate of the University of Central Florida

African American Musician Is the 200,000th Graduate of the University of Central Florida

Wendell Raulerson III received a bachelor’s degree in music and is one of the first students to graduate in the university’s jazz studies program.

In Memoriam: Zeb Ferdinand Poindexter Jr. (1929-2012)

In Memoriam: Zeb Ferdinand Poindexter Jr. (1929-2012)

He was the first African American graduate and the first African American faculty member at the University of Texas Dental Branch.

Twins at Xavier University Heading to Prestigious UMass MD/Ph.D. Program

Twins at Xavier University Heading to Prestigious UMass MD/Ph.D. Program

Ashley and Asia Matthew are chemistry majors with 4.0 grade point averages.

North Carolina State University Study Finds Racism in the Level of Restaurant Service

North Carolina State University Study Finds Racism in the Level of Restaurant Service

The results showed that 38.5 percent of all servers admitted to providing a lower level of service to African American customers at least some of the time.

Ronald Jackson Named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati

Ronald Jackson Named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati

He is currently professor of media and cinema studies and the former director of the African American studies program at the flagship campus of the University of Illinois.

Two Black Poets Honored by the U.S. Postal Service

Two Black Poets Honored by the U.S. Postal Service

Robert Hayden and Gwendolyn Brooks are among 10 poets honored in a new series of stamps.

Four African Americans Named to New Posts in Higher Education

Four African Americans Named to New Posts in Higher Education

Jacqueline Agesa, Derrick Williams, Akel Ismail Kahera, and Lee D. Walker are all assuming new duties.