Archive for September, 2012

The First Black Homecoming Queen at Ole Miss

The First Black Homecoming Queen at Ole Miss

Courtney Roxanne Pearson, a senior from Memphis, will be crowned on October 13 during halftime ceremonies at the football game between Auburn University and Ole Miss.

EEOC Says HBCU Discriminated Against White Employee

EEOC Says HBCU Discriminated Against White Employee

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission concluded that “race was a factor in the terms and conditions of employment and WSSU’s decision to terminate her employment.”

University of Arkansas' Stellar Record in Boosting Black Engineering Enrollments

University of Arkansas’ Stellar Record in Boosting Black Engineering Enrollments

Over the past five years, the number of African American first-year students in the College of Engineering has increased from 16 to 64, a 300 percent rise.

A Drop in Enrollments Puts Fort Valley State University in a Financial Bind

A Drop in Enrollments Puts Fort Valley State University in a Financial Bind

President Larry Rivers has announced that the university needs to make $3.8 million in budget cuts to make up for a 400-student enrollment drop and a 5 percent cut in state appropriations.

Tuskegee University Establishes a Foundation to Foster Research

Tuskegee University Establishes a Foundation to Foster Research

The new foundation is headed by Matthew Jenkins, CEO of SDD Enterprises, who holds a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Tuskegee and is a former member of the board of trustees.

Tamara Holmes Brothers to Lead Advisory Board at the Hampton University Museum

Tamara Holmes Brothers to Lead Advisory Board at the Hampton University Museum

She is director of corporate and foundation relations at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

Winston-Salem State University Honors Two Former Chancellors

Winston-Salem State University Honors Two Former Chancellors

A new residence hall on campus will be named to honor Harold L. Martin Sr. who served from 2000 to 2006 and Alvin J. Schexnider who was chancellor from 1996 to 2000.

Three African Americans Taking on New Posts in Higher Education

Three African Americans Taking on New Posts in Higher Education

The new appointees are LaTanya Junior at Jackson State University, Cornelius Gilbert at Northern Illinois University, and LaVar Charleston at the University of Wisconsin.

Florida A&M University Adds a Facilities Management Degree Program

Florida A&M University Adds a Facilities Management Degree Program

The university states that the new facilities management program is the only one of its kind in the state of Florida and the only program at a historically Black college or university.

Texas Southern University Suspends Its Marching Band After Alleged Hazing Incident

Texas Southern University Suspends Its Marching Band After Alleged Hazing Incident

The Ocean of Soul marching band was suspended after allegations that one section of the band engaged in a a hazing incident.

More Than 180,000 Black Students Enrolled in Graduate Programs

More Than 180,000 Black Students Enrolled in Graduate Programs

The Council of Graduate Schools reports that in the 2010-11 academic year, there were 38,498 first-time and a total of 181,905 African American/Black students in U.S. graduate schools.

New CEO for Howard University Hospital

New CEO for Howard University Hospital

Hebert C. Buchanan Jr. has been serving as the chief operating officer at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

No Progress in Closing the Racial Gap in SAT Scores

No Progress in Closing the Racial Gap in SAT Scores

In 2012 the mean score for Whites on the reading and mathematics sections of the SAT was 1063, 207 points higher than the mean score for Blacks.

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.

Wake Forest University Celebrates 50 Years of Racial Integration

Wake Forest University Celebrates 50 Years of Racial Integration

In 1962, Ed Reynolds from Ghana became the first Black student to enroll as a full-time student at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He returned to the university this past weekend to relate his experiences to current students.

Cornell University Teams Up With the Posse Foundation

Next fall a posse of 10 students from urban schools in Chicago will enroll at Cornell. The university has agreed to support one posse of 10 students for the next five years.

University of Minnesota Hosting a Conference on Global Racial Inequality

University of Minnesota Hosting a Conference on Global Racial Inequality

The fourth World Conference on Remedies to Racial and Ethnic Economic will be held in Minneapolis on October 11-13.

New Study Abroad Program for Students at 11 HBCUs

New Study Abroad Program for Students at 11 HBCUs

Blacks make up about 12 percent of all undergraduate student enrollments in American higher education, but they are less than 5 percent of the students who participate in study abroad programs.

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.

Jackson State University Launches Its Own Sports Broadcasting Network

Jackson State University Launches Its Own Sports Broadcasting Network

A new sports broadcasting network that will allow alumni and other fans of the university’s sports teams to watch action on television and over the internet.

Two HBCUs Sign Business Degree Agreement

Two HBCUs Sign Business Degree Agreement

Students who complete an associate’s degree at Southern University Shreveport can transfer to the bachelor’s degree in business program at Grambling State University.

Oakwood University Establishes a Leadership Academy

Oakwood University Establishes a Leadership Academy

The academy is now aimed at middle-level employees of the university in an effort to prepare them for leadership roles but it may be expanded to include programs for the local community.

Duke University Acquires the Papers of John Hope Franklin

Duke University Acquires the Papers of John Hope Franklin

The archive includes more than 300 boxes of materials which include diaries, correspondence, manuscripts, drafts of speeches, photographs, and video recordings.

James Rosser Stepping Down as President of California State University-Los Angeles

James Rosser Stepping Down as President of California State University-Los Angeles

Dr. Rosser has served as the sixth president of the university and professor of healthcare management since 1979.

New Report Documents a Crisis in Black Male High School Graduation Rates

New Report Documents a Crisis in Black Male High School Graduation Rates

While Black males have made significant gains, a Schott Foundation study finds there is a persisting large racial gap in four-year high school graduation rates.

Study Seeks to Identify Early Warning Signs of Dementia Among African Americans

Study Seeks to Identify Early Warning Signs of Dementia Among African Americans

Ishan Williams, an assistant professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, is conducting research on whether vascular problems among African Americans are leading to increased rates of cognitive impairment.

Using Hip-Hop to Attract Black Students to the Chemical Sciences

Using Hip-Hop to Attract Black Students to the Chemical Sciences

Sabrina Collins of the College of Wooster and her colleagues developed a Powerpoint presentation that uses hip-hop concepts to make chemistry more appealing to minority students.

Study Finds Babies Begin to Classify Faces by Race at an Early Age

Study Finds Babies Begin to Classify Faces by Race at an Early Age

Infants as young as three months begin to classify facial images by race and gender and show a preference for those that they see most often in their daily lives.

Holy Cross Adds Two Black Scientists to Its Faculty

Holy Cross Adds Two Black Scientists to Its Faculty

Souleymane Konate is teaching mathematics and computer sciences and Andre Isaacs is an assistant professor of chemistry.

Isiah Warner Honored by the American Chemical Society

Isiah Warner Honored by the American Chemical Society

He is Boyd Professor of Chemistry and vice chancellor of strategic initiatives at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Jackie Leonard Joins the Faculty at the University of Wyoming

Jackie Leonard Joins the Faculty at the University of Wyoming

The education professor was also appointed to a five-year term as director of the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center at the university.

MIT's Wesley Harris Is Honored for Leadership in Advocating for Minorities in STEM Fields

MIT’s Wesley Harris Is Honored for Leadership in Advocating for Minorities in STEM Fields

He has been selected to receive the 2012 President’s Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers.

Four Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles

Four Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles

The appointees are Raymond Wise at Indiana University, Omiunota Ukpokodu at the University of Missouri Kansas City, Joseph Mwantuali at Hamilton College, and Reginald Bess at Claflin University.

Seven African Americans Appointed to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Seven African Americans Appointed to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Taking on new duties are Kimberly Conway Dumpson, Teresa Hardee, Linda Greene, Josephine Davis, Adriel Hilton, Nevada Winrow, and Philip Sherrill.

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.