Archive for November, 2012

In Memoriam: Harrison DeWayne Whittington, 1931-2012

In Memoriam: Harrison DeWayne Whittington, 1931-2012

A founding member of the board of visitors at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, he also served as a visiting lecturer, Director of Field Experience, and an adviser to the university’s Upward Bound program.

St. Augustine's University in Talks to Acquire Saint Paul's College

St. Augustine’s University in Talks to Acquire Saint Paul’s College

Saint Paul’s College lost its accreditation earlier this year but retains its previous status as it appeals the decision. However, there are only slightly more than 100 students on campus this fall.

Report Finds a Decline in Students From Sub-Saharan Africa at U.S. Colleges and Universities

Report Finds a Decline in Students From Sub-Saharan Africa at U.S. Colleges and Universities

The number of foreign students studying at U.S. colleges and universities is on the rise but the number of students studying here from African nations is on the decline.

Tennessee State University Chooses Its Next President

Tennessee State University Chooses Its Next President

Glenda Baskin Glover is currently dean of the College of Business at Jackson State University in Mississippi. She has been at Jackson State since 1994. Previously, she was chair of the department of accounting at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Two African Americans Taking on New Administrative Jobs in Higher Education

Two African Americans Taking on New Administrative Jobs in Higher Education

Rudolph Hamilton Green was named vice president and chief compliance officer at the University of Miami and Nichelle Perkins is deputy diversity officer at West Virginia University.

Dolph Pulliman Leaving Drake University After a 24-Year Career

Dolph Pulliman Leaving Drake University After a 24-Year Career

Dolph Pulliman, former basketball star and university radio broadcaster, and current director of community outreach and development at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, has announced his intention to retire at the end of the academic year.

African American College Students Are Increasingly Studying Abroad

African American College Students Are Increasingly Studying Abroad

In the 2005-06 academic year, 3.5 percent of all American college students who studied abroad were Black. Since that time the percentage of Blacks in the study abroad pool has increased each year.

 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.

Three African American Women Win Rhodes Scholarships

Three African American Women Win Rhodes Scholarships

Among this year’s 32 American Rhodes Scholars are three African American women: Joy A. Buolamwini of Georgia Tech, Rhiana E. Gunn-Wright of Yale, and Nina M. Yancy of Harvard.

Large Increase in Black Enrollments at West Virginia University

Large Increase in Black Enrollments at West Virginia University

There are 1,180 African American students on campus, an increase of 101 students, or 9.4 percent from a year ago. African Americans make up about 4 percent of the study body. Blacks are 3.5 percent of the West Virginia population.

Photo of Student in Blackface Appeared on Duke's Athletics Department Official Website

Photo of Student in Blackface Appeared on Duke’s Athletics Department Official Website

A student at a lacrosse team party blackened her face as part of her Buckwheat costume. A photo of the student at the party was posted on the team’s official webpage.

The Higher Education of the New Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court

The Higher Education of the New Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court

The first Black Supreme Court justice and first Black chief justice is a graduate of Kentucky State University and the University of Oklahoma School of Law. He is a former assistant dean of the law school at Marquette University.

African Studies Institute at the University of Georgia Establishes an Archive

African Studies Institute at the University of Georgia Establishes an Archive

The collection, established on the 25th anniversary of the founding of the institute, includes photographs, posters, flyers, and other documents. Also, there are journals written by students who studied abroad in Africa.

North Carolina Central University Opens a New Veterans Center

North Carolina Central University Opens a New Veterans Center

The historically Black university in Durham celebrated Veterans Day with the opening of a new center on campus dedicated to serving the needs of those students who served their country.

HBCU President Named Chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities

HBCU President Named Chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Mary Evans Sias, president of Kentucky State University in Frankfort, leads the organization that advocates for and provides leadership and services of its member institutions in order to advance the distinctive mission of public higher education.

New Leadership at Florida Memorial University

New Leadership at Florida Memorial University

Mary A. O’Banner, who joined the university’s staff in 1989 and most recently served as chief of staff in the Office of the President, was named acting president replacing Henry Lewis III, who was inaugurated as the university’s 12th president earlier this year.

Taking Measure of Black Students in STEM Courses

Taking Measure of Black Students in STEM Courses

Nearly 86 percent of African American college students take at least some STEM courses during their college years. This is only slightly lower than the rate for White college students.

New Black Resource Center to Open at the University of California at San Diego

New Black Resource Center to Open at the University of California at San Diego

The new facility will have a library and offer tutoring services for Black students and workshops for law, medical, and other graduate programs.

Black Alumni Group at Southern Illinois University Offers a New Textbook Scholarship

Black Alumni Group at Southern Illinois University Offers a New Textbook Scholarship

The Black Alumni Group has a stated goal of helping the administration in increasing Black student retention and graduation rates and providing funds for textbooks may help some Black students stay in school.

Two HBCUs Unveil New Websites

Two HBCUs Unveil New Websites

Jackson State University in Mississippi has a new logo and a redesigned website is on the way. The University of the District of Columbia has redesigned its site to focus on recruiting new students.

Two African American Educators in New Teaching Roles at the University of San Diego

Two African American Educators in New Teaching Roles at the University of San Diego

Joi Spencer was promoted to associate professor and Christopher Newman was appointed assistant professor, both in the department of learning and teaching in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences.

Another Honor for Ambassador and Professor James Joseph

Another Honor for Ambassador and Professor James Joseph

James A. Joseph, professor emeritus at Duke University and former Ambassador to South Africa, received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the International Leadership Association.

Vanderbilt University Honors a Former Assistant Dean and Civil Rights Leader

Vanderbilt University Honors a Former Assistant Dean and Civil Rights Leader

Kelly Miller Smith was a Baptist preacher, president of the Nashville chapter of the NAACP, and assistant dean of the Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Appeals Court Strikes Down Michigan Ban on Race-Sensitive Admissions

Appeals Court Strikes Down Michigan Ban on Race-Sensitive Admissions

In a highly controversial decision, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 8 to 7 to strike down Proposal 2 that was overwhelmingly approved by Michigan voters in 2006.

Kevin Crenshaw Is Honored for Excellence in Extension

Kevin Crenshaw Is Honored for Excellence in Extension

He is a legal family educator for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, a joint effort of Auburn University and historically Black Alabama A&M University.

A Statistical Portrait of Recent African American College Graduates

A Statistical Portrait of Recent African American College Graduates

More than 67 percent of all African Americans earning bachelor’s degree in the 2007-08 academic year were women. More than 29 percent of African Americans were over the age of 30 when they earned their degree.

In Memoriam: James Russell Dumpson, 1909-2012

In Memoriam: James Russell Dumpson, 1909-2012

He was the former dean of the Graduate School of Social Science at Fordham University and was the oldest living alumnus of Cheyney University in Pennsylvania.

Mortimer Neufville to Lead Coppin State University

Mortimer Neufville to Lead Coppin State University

The former executive vice president of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, he recently served for 10 months as interim president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The New Director of the James Weldon Institute at Emory University

The New Director of the James Weldon Institute at Emory University

Tyrone Forman, a professor of sociology at Emory, replaces the late Rudolph R. Byrd, who founded the institute in 2007.

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.

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.

John Silvanus Wilson Jr. to Be the Next President of Morehouse College

John Silvanus Wilson Jr. to Be the Next President of Morehouse College

Dr. Wilson currently serves as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black College and Universities. He will begin his new role in January.

Cornell Students Creating Historic Gardens at Harriett Tubman's Home

Cornell Students Creating Historic Gardens at Harriett Tubman’s Home

The goal is to recreate gardens that would have existed at the home in Auburn, New York, when Harriet Tubman was in residence.