Archive for June, 2012

Central State University Clears a Big Hurdle in Effort to Achieve Land-Grant Status

Central State University Clears a Big Hurdle in Effort to Achieve Land-Grant Status

If approved by the U.S. Congress, the historically Black university would be eligible for federal funds reserved for land-grant universities.

Roxbury Community College President to Step Down

Roxbury Community College President to Step Down

Terrence A. Gomes, president for the past nine years, has been under fire for alleged underreporting of crime on campus and for major delays in the distribution of financial aid to students.

Columbus State Community College Names Two African American Women to Dean Positions

Columbus State Community College Names Two African American Women to Dean Positions

Renee Hampton is the new dean of student life and Desiree Polk-Bland is the new dean of advising and student support.

Two African American Scholars Named Fletcher Fellows

Two African American Scholars Named Fletcher Fellows

Rucker Johnson of the University of California at Berkeley and Trey Ellis of Columbia University are members of the 2012-13 class of Fletcher Fellows.

African American Faculty News

African American Faculty News

Sue Houchins was awarded tenure. Maryemma Graham was named a University Distinguished Professor. Carlos Minor joins the faculty at Northwestern Oklahoma and M. Bernadette Carter was named professor emerita.

Five Black Scholars Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Five Black Scholars Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

E. Janyce Dawkins, Berenecea Johnson Eanes, Nosa O. Egiebor, Quentin R. Tyler, and Donnell Butler have been appointed to new administrative posts.

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.

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.

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.

Emory University Acquires a Vast Archive of Photographs of African Americans

Emory University Acquires a Vast Archive of Photographs of African Americans

The more than 10,000 photographs, collected by Robert Langmuir of Philadelphia, contain images from the 1840s to the 1970s.

Vanderbilt and Fisk Partner to Increase the Number of Blacks Pursuing Ph.D.s in the Natural Sciences

Vanderbilt and Fisk Partner to Increase the Number of Blacks Pursuing Ph.D.s in the Natural Sciences

Vanderbilt University is on track this year to become the number one producer of minority Ph.D. recipients in physics, astronomy and materials science, areas where minorities are grossly underrepresented.

Call Me MISTER Program Expanding to Mississippi

Call Me MISTER Program Expanding to Mississippi

Originating at Clemson University in 2000, the goal of the program is to place more male teachers from diverse backgrounds into the nation’s classrooms.

Clemson University Collects More than 4,200 Books for a College in Kenya

Clemson University Collects More than 4,200 Books for a College in Kenya

Last year Clemson sent 675 books to Narok University College in Kenya. This year another 4,200 books are being donated.

Historical Mural to Be Restored and Displayed at the University of Arkansas Little Rock

Historical Mural to Be Restored and Displayed at the University of Arkansas Little Rock

Images on the 1935 mural, entitled “The Struggle of the South,” include sharecroppers and a lynching.

Cornell University Debuts A New Diversity Website

Cornell University Debuts A New Diversity Website

The new website includes a discussion on the history of diversity efforts, provides demographic statistics on students and faculty, and listings of where to go for help or additional information.

Black Enrollments Decline at the University of South Florida

Black Enrollments Decline at the University of South Florida

In the fall of 2011, Blacks made up 10.5 percent of the entering class, down from 16 percent a decade ago. Blacks were nearly 14 percent of the total enrollments five years ago. The latest figure was 10.8 percent.

University of Minnesota Launches a New Program for Black Men

University of Minnesota Launches a New Program for Black Men

Ten first-year students will participate in a living/learning community aimed at boosting the retention and graduation rates of Black men.

New Online Nursing Degree Program Established at Southern University

New Online Nursing Degree Program Established at Southern University

Registered nurses who obtained an associate’s degree with at least a 2.6 grade point average and one-year of working experience are eligible for the new accelerated online program.

Tennessee State University Building New Agricultural Research Facility

Tennessee State University Building New Agricultural Research Facility

When completed in the fall of 2013, the new facility will provide working and laboratory space for 20 new Ph.D. scholars conducting research in the agricultural sciences.

New Degree Program in Dance at Alabama State University

New Degree Program in Dance at Alabama State University

The bachelor of fine arts in dance will be the only such degree program at a state-operated college or university in Alabama.

University Study Finds That Many Black Women Are Uninformed About Heart Disease

University Study Finds That Many Black Women Are Uninformed About Heart Disease

Black and Hispanic women were 66 percent less likely than White women to be aware that heart disease is the leading cause of death among women.

University of Cincinnati Scholar Examines If Clergy Can Help Fight Depression in the Black Community

University of Cincinnati Scholar Examines If Clergy Can Help Fight Depression in the Black Community

Research has shown that African Americans are less likely than Whites to acknowledge that they are depressed and are less likely to seek treatment.

Wayne State University Study Finds Heart Disease in 90 Percent of Black Hypertension Patients

Wayne State University Study Finds Heart Disease in 90 Percent of Black Hypertension Patients

For patients who visited an emergency room for non-heart-related reasons, 90 percent of those with hypertension also had heart disease.

Black Student Dominates Awards at Graduation Ceremony of Lehman College

Black Student Dominates Awards at Graduation Ceremony of Lehman College

Olu Onemola, son of Nigeria’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, received seven honors at the graduation ceremony of Lehman College of the City University of New York.

Bernard Richardson Inducted Into the Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame

Bernard Richardson Inducted Into the Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame

Rev. Richardson, dean of the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel at Howard University, was recognized for his work and contributions to the city and faith-based community.

Four Notable Appointments of African Americans in Higher Education

Four Notable Appointments of African Americans in Higher Education

Lynette Overby, Gary Miller, Linda Melvin, and J. Brenton Stewart will be taking on new assignments.

Howard University Names Its New Provost

Howard University Names Its New Provost

Wayne A.I. Frederick has been serving as professor of surgery, director of the Howard University Cancer Center, and interim deputy provost for health sciences at the university.

Fort Valley State University to Open a New Women's Center

Fort Valley State University to Open a New Women’s Center

The center will offer workshops on domestic violence, women’s health and wellness, entrepreneurship, and professional development.

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.

Esther Terry to Lead Bennett College for Women

Esther Terry to Lead Bennett College for Women

She was a founding member of the Afro-American studies department at the University of Massachusetts and served as department chair for 19 years.

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.

New Online Effort Seeks to End Corruption at Ugandan Universities

New Online Effort Seeks to End Corruption at Ugandan Universities

NotInMyCounty.org offers a safe, secure, and anonymous space online where students can report incidents of corruption.

Jeffrey Ogbar Named Vice Provost for Diversity at the University of Connecticut

Jeffrey Ogbar Named Vice Provost for Diversity at the University of Connecticut

He is a professor of history and has been serving as associate dean for the humanities in the university’s College of Liberal Arts and Studies.

Students Protest Low Number of Black Enrollments at UCLA

Students Protest Low Number of Black Enrollments at UCLA

This spring, 9,263 students from California were admitted to UCLA. Of this group, 3.8 percent are African Americans.

Athens State University Scholar Develops Diversity Enrichment Program for Teacher Education

Athens State University Scholar Develops Diversity Enrichment Program for Teacher Education

Project DESIGN (Diversity Educators Sharing in a Global Network) seeks to prepare teachers for increasingly diverse classrooms in the nation’s schools.