Archive for July, 2012

Rutgers University Study Finds Racial Differences in End-of-Life Planning

Rutgers University Study Finds Racial Differences in End-of-Life Planning

The data shows that two thirds of older White adults have a living will compared to just 25 percent of older Blacks.

The First Black Dean of the Duke Chapel

The First Black Dean of the Duke Chapel

Luke E. Powery has been serving as the Perry and Georgia Engle assistant professor of homiletics at the Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey.

Case Western Reserve Aims to Increase Minority Ph.D. Students in STEM Fields

Case Western Reserve Aims to Increase Minority Ph.D. Students in STEM Fields

The Association of Underrepresented Minority Fellows (AUMF) has a new academic home at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Controversial Murals Find a New Home at the University of Georgia

Controversial Murals Find a New Home at the University of Georgia

Murals depicting slavery that had adorned the walls of the Georgia Department of Agriculture will now be displayed at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia.

The New Class of UNCF/Merck Science Initiative Scholars

The New Class of UNCF/Merck Science Initiative Scholars

Now in its 17th year, the UNCF/Merck Science Initiative has provided scholarships and fellowships to 627 students.

Jerlando Jackson Appointed to Named Professorship at the University of Wisconsin

Jerlando Jackson Appointed to Named Professorship at the University of Wisconsin

Professor Jackson is the founder and director of the Wisconsin Equity and Inclusion Laboratory.

Pauli Murray Named a Saint of the Episcopal Church

Pauli Murray Named a Saint of the Episcopal Church

In 1938, she mounted an unsuccessful legal effort to gain admission to the all-white University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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.

Three Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Three Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Melvin Shipp of Ohio State, G. Reginald Daniel of the University of California Santa Barbara, and Lekan Oguntoyinbo of South Dakota State.

In Memoriam: Thelma McWilliams Glass, 1916-2012

In Memoriam: Thelma McWilliams Glass, 1916-2012

A longtime professor of geography at Alabama State University, she was the last surviving member of the the Women’s Political Council, which organized the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955-56.

The Peace Corps Is Not a Favorite Landing Spot for Graduates of HBCUs

The Peace Corps Is Not a Favorite Landing Spot for Graduates of HBCUs

Among historically Black colleges and universities Howard University in Washington, D.C., had the most graduates serving in the Peace Corps with 17.

Scholarship Program Will Bring 40 African Men to Morehouse College

Scholarship Program Will Bring 40 African Men to Morehouse College

Strive Masiyiwa, founder and chair of Econet Wireless, has established the Ambassador Andrew Young International Scholars program.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Announced New Secondary School Program

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Announced New Secondary School Program

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is joining force with Baltimore-based Connections Education, an online educational firm, to launch a series of TMCF Collegiate Academies.

Study Finds Minority K-12 Schools Have a Higher Percentage of Inexperienced Teachers

Study Finds Minority K-12 Schools Have a Higher Percentage of Inexperienced Teachers

The data analyzed by researchers at the University of New Hampshire showed that 10.3 percent of all teachers at schools with a high percentage of minority students were beginning teachers.

Racial Differences in Mortality Rates for Cohabitating Adults

Racial Differences in Mortality Rates for Cohabitating Adults

A new study led by researchers at Michigan State University, finds that in terms of mortality, Blacks do not receive the same benefits from marriage as Whites.

Claflin University Appoints Its First Provost

Claflin University Appoints Its First Provost

Karl S. wright in the first provost in the 143-year history of Claflin University, an HBCU in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

John Ellis Price Stepping Down as President of the University of North Texas at Dallas

John Ellis Price Stepping Down as President of the University of North Texas at Dallas

When the institution opened in 2001, there were only 55 students enrolled who took classes in a leased space at a business park. Today, there are more than 2,000 students enrolled in 19 degree programs at the university’s 264-acre campus in south Dallas.

Program Seeks to Increase the Diversity of Neuroscience Faculty

Program Seeks to Increase the Diversity of Neuroscience Faculty

The Broadening the Representation of Academic Investigations in Neuroscience (BRAINS) program will feature a three-day seminar this coming January on Bainbridge Island in Washington.

Two Black Scholars Named to Dean Positions

Two Black Scholars Named to Dean Positions

Michael Orok is a new dean at Tennessee State University and DoVeanna Fulton will be a dean at the University of Houston Downtown.

Notable Appointments of African Americans to Higher Education Posts

Notable Appointments of African Americans to Higher Education Posts

Here is this week’s roundup of key appointments of African Americans at colleges and universities across the United States.

President Announces the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

President Announces the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

The new initiative will work “to identify evidence-based best practices to improve African American students’ achievement in school and college.”

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.

Shirley Ann Jackson Named a Fellow of the British Royal Academy of Engineering

Shirley Ann Jackson Named a Fellow of the British Royal Academy of Engineering

The former chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Dr. Jackson is president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

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.

In Memoriam: Michel-Rolph Trouillot, 1949-2012

In Memoriam: Michel-Rolph Trouillot, 1949-2012

He was a a professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago. He published his first book on the Haitian revolution while he was an undergraduate student at CUNY.

Oakwood University Choir Wins Three Gold Medals at World Choir Games

Oakwood University Choir Wins Three Gold Medals at World Choir Games

The Oakwood University choir is one of only two ensembles from a historically Black college or university that was invited to compete in the World Choir Olympics.

David Williams Taking On a Larger Role in Vanderbilt University Athletics

David Williams Taking On a Larger Role in Vanderbilt University Athletics

Williams, who is also a professor of law at the university, is given substantial credit for revitalizing Vanderbilt’s athletics programs over the past nine years.

University of Chicago Study Finds Counseling Program Reduces Crime Rates of Minority Youth

University of Chicago Study Finds Counseling Program Reduces Crime Rates of Minority Youth

Teens who participated in the program had a 44 percent reduction in violent crime arrests and a 36 percent reduction in arrest rates for other crimes compared to a control group.

University of Missouri Kansas City Receives Archives of Jazz Legend

University of Missouri Kansas City Receives Archives of Jazz Legend

Ahmad Alaadeen was a fixture on the Kansas City jazz scene and in 2010 was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Jazz Museum.

Two New Deans at Florida A&M University

Two New Deans at Florida A&M University

Ann L. Wead Kimbrough was named dean of the School of Journalism and Robert W. Taylor was appointed dean of the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences.

University of Georgia Names Leadership Academy After Longtime Administrator

University of Georgia Names Leadership Academy After Longtime Administrator

Vivian H. Fisher was an administrator for 30 years, who retired in 2008 as associate vice president for public service and outreach.

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.

In Memoriam: William James Raspberry, 1935-2012

In Memoriam: William James Raspberry, 1935-2012

From 1995 to 2008, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist served as the Knight Professor of the Practice of Communications and Journalism at Duke. He commuted from Washington to Durham each week when classes were in session.

Tennessee State Seeks High-Performing Out-of-State Students

Tennessee State Seeks High-Performing Out-of-State Students

Students who qualify for the new Scholar Tuition Rate will pay approximately one-half the normal rate for tuition paid by students from other states.

Master's of Public Health Program at Charles Drew Receives Accreditation

Master’s of Public Health Program at Charles Drew Receives Accreditation

The program, which has produced 61 graduates over the past four years, has received accreditation for five years from the Council on Education for Public Health.

Will Football Return to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore?

Will Football Return to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore?

The university sent nearly 30 football players to the NFL but there has been no football team at the university since 1979. Many alumni want to bring football back.