Archive for October, 2012

Tuskegee University President Shows the Value of the Nation's HBCUs

Tuskegee University President Shows the Value of the Nation’s HBCUs

Dr. Gilbert Rochon defends historically Black colleges and universities against critics who say they should no longer exist.

Nearly 3 Million Black Students Are Enrolled in Higher Education

Nearly 3 Million Black Students Are Enrolled in Higher Education

In 2011 Blacks were 13.8 percent of all students in higher education but they were 24.2 percent of all students in for-profit schools and institutions.

 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.

The First College Stop of Joseph McGill's Slave Dwelling Project Tour

The First College Stop of Joseph McGill’s Slave Dwelling Project Tour

McGill sleeps in dwellings that once housed slaves in an effort to garner publicity to preserve these historical buildings as a reminder of our past. His latest stop was at Sweet Briar College in Virginia.

Sociologist Melvin Oliver Honored by His Alma Mater

Sociologist Melvin Oliver Honored by His Alma Mater

Dr. Oliver, a professor of sociology and executive dean at the University of California at Santa Barbara, was honored by William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Colleges and Universities Showing the Largest Increases in Black Student Graduation Rates

Colleges and Universities Showing the Largest Increases in Black Student Graduation Rates

The Black student graduation rate at California University of Pennsylvania increased from 27.5 percent in 2004 to 60.5 percent in 2010. Now the Black student graduation rate is higher than the rate for Whites.

Record Black Enrollments at Louisiana State University

Record Black Enrollments at Louisiana State University

While the progress is commendable, it must be noted that Blacks make up only 10.3 percent of the total enrollments at the flagship campus of the state university, whereas Blacks are 32.4 percent of the population in the state.

Report Finds Black Youth Are Exposed to More Alcohol Advertising Than Other Young Americans

Report Finds Black Youth Are Exposed to More Alcohol Advertising Than Other Young Americans

A new report published by the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, finds that Black youths see more alcohol-related advertising on television and in magazines than other young Americans.

Scholars Seek to Determine Why So Few Black Men Pursue Careers in Information Technology

Scholars Seek to Determine Why So Few Black Men Pursue Careers in Information Technology

The Penn State researchers will interview Black men who are studying in IT disciplines to determine “the experiences that put them on their trajectory towards information technology.”

A Racial Disparity in Exposure to Harmful Background TV Noise

A Racial Disparity in Exposure to Harmful Background TV Noise

A new scholarly study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of Iowa, has found that Black children in the United States are exposed to far more background television noise than other children.

In Memoriam: Mervyn Malcolm Dymally, 1926-2012

In Memoriam: Mervyn Malcolm Dymally, 1926-2012

The former congressman and lieutenant governor of California served as the director of the Urban Health Institute at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles.

Ole Miss Receives the Papers of a Bishop Who 50 Years Ago Called for the University's Integration

Ole Miss Receives the Papers of a Bishop Who 50 Years Ago Called for the University’s Integration

Bishop Duncan Gray Jr.’s collection includes hundreds of letters in support and in opposition to his stance that racial segregation was incompatible with the Christian faith.

Bellevue College's Strong Effort to Recruit Black Students

Bellevue College’s Strong Effort to Recruit Black Students

All African American middle and high school students are eligible to attend. Free child care is offered to guests with young children and all attendees will receive a free dinner.

MasterCard Foundation Makes a Major Commitment to the Education of Africans

MasterCard Foundation Makes a Major Commitment to the Education of Africans

Among the partnering institutions in the United States are Arizona State University, Michigan State University, Stanford University, the University of California Berkeley, Duke University and Wellesley College.

Bernard Oliver Is One of Four Finalists for Dean of Education at the University of Georgia

Bernard Oliver Is One of Four Finalists for Dean of Education at the University of Georgia

He is a professor in the School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education at the University of Florida.

In Memoriam: Rollin Charles Williams, 1922-2012

In Memoriam: Rollin Charles Williams, 1922-2012

In 1957, he was hired as an assistant professor of social work, the first African American faculty member at the University of Connecticut.

Tennessee State's 97-Year-Old Cheerleader

Tennessee State’s 97-Year-Old Cheerleader

Burnece Walker Burnson, who was a cheerleader in 1934-35, returned to the sidelines at a recent homecoming football game.

Jackson State University Opens a New Preschool Teaching Laboratory Facility

Jackson State University Opens a New Preschool Teaching Laboratory Facility

The new center will serve as a preschool childhood teaching laboratory for educators, college students, and child care providers.

Chyke Doubeni Is Named the Second Presidential Term Professor at the University of Pennsylvania

Chyke Doubeni Is Named the Second Presidential Term Professor at the University of Pennsylvania

Doubeni was an associate professor of family medicine and community health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Billy Cannaday Taking on New Duties at the University of Virginia

Billy Cannaday Taking on New Duties at the University of Virginia

Since 2008, Dr. Cannaday has served as dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Virginia.

Hampton University Offers New Degree Program in Liberal Arts With Several Concentrations

Hampton University Offers New Degree Program in Liberal Arts With Several Concentrations

The concentrations include international studies, law and justice, music management, urban studies, recreation and tourism, community and social services, and emergency and disaster management.

Phyllis Vroom Named Deputy President at Wayne State University

Phyllis Vroom Named Deputy President at Wayne State University

The former dean of the School of Social Work will fill in at times for President Allan Gilmour who has been battling prostate cancer.

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.

Survey Finds That Black Youth Are Not Interested in STEM Careers

Survey Finds That Black Youth Are Not Interested in STEM Careers

A survey conducted by Harris Interactive for the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia found that 61 percent of all Black high school students are not interested in pursuing a career in heath care or the sciences.

Oregon State Study Finds Communication Is Key in Preventing STDs Among Black Teens

Oregon State Study Finds Communication Is Key in Preventing STDs Among Black Teens

Research at Oregon State University has found that educational and informational programs directed at Black youths can have a significant impact in preventing sexually transmitted diseases.

Duke University Study Examines African Americans' Adherence to the DASH Diet

Duke University Study Examines African Americans’ Adherence to the DASH Diet

Researchers at Duke University have found that African Americans are less likely than Whites to adopt or adhere to a dietary program aimed at preventing and managing high blood pressure.

The University of Rochester's New Online Archive of Historical Documents Relating to Abolition

The University of Rochester’s New Online Archive of Historical Documents Relating to Abolition

Included in the archives are letters to the Post family of Rochester from Sojourner Truth, Harriet Jacobs, and Frederick Douglass.

Boosting the Number of Minorities in Engineering

Boosting the Number of Minorities in Engineering

The Consortium of Minority-Serving Engineering and Technology Programs at Urban, Public Universities presented a plan to Congress to increase the number of minorities in the engineering field by 60 percent over the next 12 years.

Two Black Scholars Named Fellows of the American Chemical Society

Two Black Scholars Named Fellows of the American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society has announced 96 new fellows. Only two are Black: Joseph S. Francisco of Purdue University and James W. Mitchell of Howard University.

Jackson State University Professor Named Associate Editor of Scientific Journal

Jackson State University Professor Named Associate Editor of Scientific Journal

Edmund C. Merem is an associate professor of urban and regional planning in the School of Policy and Planning at Jackson State University.