Archive for October, 2012

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.

James Hefner Returns to Take a New Role in Higher Education

James Hefner Returns to Take a New Role in Higher Education

Dr. Hefner, who retired in 2005, is the former president of both Tennessee State University and Jackson State University. He will now serve as interim provost at Clark Atlanta University.

Williams College Honors Two Black Alumni

Williams College Honors Two Black Alumni

The Multicultural Center at Williams College in Massachusetts has been renamed to honor Allison Davis and his brother John A. Davis.

Wells Fargo to Support Scholarships at State-Operated HBCUs

Wells Fargo to Support Scholarships at State-Operated HBCUs

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) has announced that it has entered into a multi-year $1.7 million partnership with the Wells Fargo Foundation to provide scholarships and leadership development training for students at 47 state-operated historically Black colleges and universities.

Fordham University's Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans

Fordham University’s Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans

The project aims to create a national database for burial grounds and cemeteries of enslaved African Americans within the United States.

The Persisting Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates

The Persisting Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates

The overall national graduation rate for Black students is 44 percent. This is 21 percentage points below the rate for White students.

Study Finds That Minority Elders Are Healthier in Ethnically Dense Communities

Study Finds That Minority Elders Are Healthier in Ethnically Dense Communities

A study by scholars in the schools of public health at Yale and Columbia finds that Black and Hispanic seniors have lower rates of heart disease and cancer in neighborhoods with high concentrations of minorities compared to seniors in more racially mixed neighborhoods.

Tracking Black Enrollments at the University of Michigan

Tracking Black Enrollments at the University of Michigan

This fall, there are 323 African Americans in the entering class. This is down from 347 African-American first-year students last fall. This year, African Americans are 5.5 percent of the entering class.

Decisions Made on the Future of Three HBCU Presidents in Mississippi

Decisions Made on the Future of Three HBCU Presidents in Mississippi

Donna Oliver of Mississippi Valley State University did not have her contract renewed. Carolyn Meyers at Jackson State University and M. Christopher Brown of Alcorn State University received four-year extensions.

Four HBCUs Join the Maryland-D.C. Campus Compact

Four HBCUs Join the Maryland-D.C. Campus Compact

The new organization “aims to strengthen the capacity of member institutions to serve society; to enhance student learning; and to develop in individual students the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and habits of civic responsibility locally and globally.”

Small Business Incubator Opens at Bowie State University

Small Business Incubator Opens at Bowie State University

The Bowie Business Innovation Center offers affordable office space, equipment, and receptionist service to start-up companies. And the businesses receive help from Bowie State faculty with mentoring, press relations, market research, and business plan support.

Southern University in Baton Rouge Dropping Two Degree Programs

Southern University in Baton Rouge Dropping Two Degree Programs

The master’s degree program in mass communication and the doctoral program in physical education are being eliminated.

With Hurricane Approaching, Cheyney University Shuts Down

With Hurricane Approaching, Cheyney University Shuts Down

Cheyney University in Pennsylvania called off classes for Monday October 29 and urged any students who were on campus to leave and return to their homes if possible.

A Milestone Faculty Appointment at the University of Mississippi

A Milestone Faculty Appointment at the University of Mississippi

A half century after James Meredith was the first Black student at Ole Miss, RoSusan Bartee is the first African American full professor in the department of leadership and counselor education at the university.

Two Black Scholars Promoted at Bucknell University

Two Black Scholars Promoted at Bucknell University

Atiya Kai Stokes-Brown was promoted to associate professor of political science and Berhanu Nega was appointed an associate professor of economics. Both scholars were granted tenure.

Morgan State Scholar Named an Officer of the International Association of Black Anthropologists

Morgan State Scholar Named an Officer of the International Association of Black Anthropologists

Angela McMillan is an assistant professor in the department of sociology and anthropology at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Walter L. Burt to Lead the College of Education at Western Michigan University

Walter L. Burt to Lead the College of Education at Western Michigan University

Dr. Burt has been on the faculty at the university since 2004 and presently serves as an associate professor of educational leadership, research, and technology.

The New President of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities

The New President of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities

Wendall E. Pritchett, chancellor of the Camden campus of Rutgers University, will serve a one-year term of the international organization of urban universities that seek to enhance the communities in which they are located.

Michigan State University Doctoral Student Wins an Award for Her Work in Plant Genetics

Michigan State University Doctoral Student Wins an Award for Her Work in Plant Genetics

Gerardine Mukeshimana, a doctoral student in plant breeding, genetics, and biotechnology at Michigan State University, is being honored for her work to strengthen a common bean plant in her home country of Rwanda to better withstand drought and disease.

ACE Program Seeks to Increase the Number of Minority College Presidents

ACE Program Seeks to Increase the Number of Minority College Presidents

The American Council on Education’s Spectrum Executive Leadership Program is an initiative that has the goal of making the leadership of higher education more representative of the people it serves.

Karine Gibbs of Harvard University Wins Packard Foundation Fellowship

Karine Gibbs of Harvard University Wins Packard Foundation Fellowship

An assistant professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University, Dr. Gibbs will receive a total of $875,000 over the next five years to use in any way she wants to further her research.

African Americans Are Slowly Closing the Gap in Medical School Enrollments

African Americans Are Slowly Closing the Gap in Medical School Enrollments

But a racial gap remains. African Americans make up 13 percent of the U.S. population but are only 7.3 percent of all first-time enrollees at U.S. medical schools.

Tennessee State University Announces Four Finalists for Its Next President

Tennessee State University Announces Four Finalists for Its Next President

Glenda Glover, dean of business at Jackson State University, Ainsley Carry, vice president of student affairs at Auburn University, Candace Campbell Jackson, a vice president at the University of Akron, and Bennie Harris, a vice president at Lipscomb University, are in the running.

Coppin State University President Announces He Is Stepping Down

Coppin State University President Announces He Is Stepping Down

Reginald Avery is leaving in January after five years on the job. Last February, the faculty senate approved a vote of no confidence in Dr. Avery’s leadership.

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.

Can HBCUs Compete?

Can HBCUs Compete?

Richard F. America, professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., offers strategies on how historically Black colleges and universities can compete in today’s world of 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.

High Schools With Large Minority Populations Are Less Likely to Have Student Media Outlets

High Schools With Large Minority Populations Are Less Likely to Have Student Media Outlets

A study by the Center for Scholastic Journalism at Kent State University found that schools with no media outlets had an average student body where minorities made up 56 percent of the student body.

University of Illinois Chicago Study Finds Racial Disparity in Workers Compensation Settlements

University of Illinois Chicago Study Finds Racial Disparity in Workers Compensation Settlements

The racial disparity in workers’ averaged $6,000 more for non-Hispanic Whites compared to Black or Hispanic workers.

African American Children's Literacy Research Center Established at Georgia State University

African American Children’s Literacy Research Center Established at Georgia State University

At Georgia State, one of four such research hubs on learning disabilities nationwide, the center will focus on African American students in the first through fifth grades.

Pomona College Begins Instruction in Swahili

Pomona College Begins Instruction in Swahili

The Swahili language is used by more than 60 million people and is the official language of five African nations. At Pomona, students will study on their own and meet with a counselor once a week to practice conversation.

African Studies Institute at the University of Georgia Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

African Studies Institute at the University of Georgia Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

The two-week celebration being held in the first half of November will include an international conference, theater performances, film screenings, lectures, and other campus events focused on Africa.

Tennessee State University Opens a New Multicultural Center

Tennessee State University Opens a New Multicultural Center

The 4,738-square-foot Multicultural Center is located in Goodwill Manor, which formerly was the home of the university’s president.