Archive for December, 2012

Harvard Student From Zimbabwe Named an International Rhodes Scholar

Harvard Student From Zimbabwe Named an International Rhodes Scholar

Dalumuzi Mhlanga, a senior at Harvard University, was named a Rhodes Scholar as part of the international contingent of Rhodes Scholars. He is a native of Zimbabwe.

Law Professor to Lead the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

Law Professor to Lead the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

At the start of the new year Sherrilyn Ifill, professor at the Francis King Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland, will become president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

In Memoriam: Jesse Hill Jr., 1926-2012

In Memoriam: Jesse Hill Jr., 1926-2012

In addition to a successful business career, Hill was a leader in the civil rights struggle and participated in efforts to desegregate the Atlanta public schools and the University System of Georgia.

Academic Disciplines Where African Americans Earned No Doctoral Degrees in 2011

Academic Disciplines Where African Americans Earned No Doctoral Degrees in 2011

There are a large number of specific academic disciplines where African Americans earn no doctoral degrees whatsoever.

Thomas Coley to Oversee More Campuses of Ivy Tech Community College

Thomas Coley to Oversee More Campuses of Ivy Tech Community College

Thomas G. Coley, chancellor of the North Central region of Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana, was given additional responsibilities as interim chancellor of the college’s Northwest region.

University of the District of Columbia Dismisses Its President

University of the District of Columbia Dismisses Its President

Dr. Allen Sessoms has led the University of the District of Columbia since September 2008. Previously, he was president of Delaware State University and before that he was president of Queens College, part of the City University of New York system.

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.

University of North Alabama Student Tweets Racial Slur Directed Against President Obama

University of North Alabama Student Tweets Racial Slur Directed Against President Obama

A member of the university’s football team used a racial slur on Twitter when the NBC Television network preempted a football game to cover President Obama’s speech at the memorial for victims of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting.

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

For the sixth year in a row, Columbia University in New York City has the highest percentage of Black first-year students among the 30 highest-ranking universities in the nation.

In Memoriam: Henry Blackwell, 1936-2012

In Memoriam: Henry Blackwell, 1936-2012

He taught at Boston College for 32 and was the first African American to ever serve as a faculty member in the college’s English Department.

Racist Graffiti Written on a Greenhouse at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Racist Graffiti Written on a Greenhouse at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

The incident prompted a Black student leader to write a letter to the editor of the student newspaper on campus saying that African American students on campus “experienced more pure, unadulterated racism in one semester” than in several previous years combined.

In Memoriam: Gloria Davy, 1931-2012

In Memoriam: Gloria Davy, 1931-2012

She was the first African American to perform as Aida at the Metropolitan Opera and served on the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington from 1984 to 1997.

Tennessee State University Drops Charges Against Leader of Its Faculty Senate

Tennessee State University Drops Charges Against Leader of Its Faculty Senate

Jane Davis, associate professor of literature, was taken into custody in handcuffs for disorderly conduct during a meeting last August between members of the faculty senate and the university administration.

Morehouse School of Medicine Is Taking Research to the Streets

Morehouse School of Medicine Is Taking Research to the Streets

The Morehouse School of Medicine has unveiled its new mobile clinical research vehicle. The 30-foot vehicle will travel the state bringing state-of-the-research capabilities to urban neighborhoods and the most rural parts of Georgia.

Bowie State University Launches Energy Conservation Program

Bowie State University Launches Energy Conservation Program

The energy conservation and awareness campaign to encourage students, faculty, and staff to reduce energy consumption is being sponsored by a grant from the Verizon Foundation.

Racial Segregation Returns in Schools Relieved of Court Desegregation Orders

Racial Segregation Returns in Schools Relieved of Court Desegregation Orders

A study at the Stanford University School of Education finds that districts that were released from court desegregation orders saw racial segregation grow faster than 90 percent of other school districts.

Tracking U.S. College Students Who Study Abroad in Africa

Tracking U.S. College Students Who Study Abroad in Africa

Of the nearly 274,000 U.S. college students studying abroad during the 2010-11 academic year, 14,087, or 5.1 percent, attended universities in Africa. There were 11,878 American students at universities in sub-Saharan African nations.

Study Finds Low Graduation Rates for Black Male Student Athletes in Six Major Conferences

Study Finds Low Graduation Rates for Black Male Student Athletes in Six Major Conferences

Nationwide the college graduation rate for Black male students is 38 percent. For students on athletic scholarships, the graduation rates for Black men is 49 percent. But a University of Pennsylvania study finds that Black male athletes at schools in the nation’s six major athletic conferences don’t fare as well.

Stephanie Batiste Wins Book Prize From the Modern Language Association

Stephanie Batiste Wins Book Prize From the Modern Language Association

An associate professor of English and Black studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara won the William Sanders Scarborough Prize for her book Darkening Mirrors: Imperial Representation in Depression-Era African American Performance.

In Memoriam: Yvonne Kennedy, 1945-2012

In Memoriam: Yvonne Kennedy, 1945-2012

She has served as an Alabama state representative since 1970 and was the former president of Bishop State Community College. She held a doctorate from the University of Alabama.

Florida A&M University Professor Is on the Cutting Edge of HIV Research

Florida A&M University Professor Is on the Cutting Edge of HIV Research

Kinfe Ken Redda, professor of medicinal chemistry in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida A&M University, has received a U.S. patent for the development of therapeutic agents for the treatment of HIV.

African American Student at Auburn University Wins Scholarship to Study Architecture in Turkey

African American Student at Auburn University Wins Scholarship to Study Architecture in Turkey

Don’Neisha Clark, a senior at Auburn University in Alabama, has been selected to receive a Gilman Scholarship from the Institute for International Education. She will study architecture at Istanbul Technical University in Turkey.

Notable Awards to African Americans in Higher Education

Notable Awards to African Americans in Higher Education

Samaa Abdurraqib of Bowdoin College, Bobby Wilson of the University of Alabama, and the department of Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst have been selected for prestigious honors.

Balitmore City Community College "Separates" President Carolane Williams From the College

Balitmore City Community College “Separates” President Carolane Williams From the College

Baltimore City Community College enrolls about 7,000 students in degree programs and three quarters of the students are African Americans. Dr. Williams has served as president for the past six years.

Four African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Four African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Katrice Albert at the University of Minnesota, Andrea Taylor at Tennessee State University, Jannifer Crittendon at Northwestern University, and Eddie George at Ohio State will be taking on new duties.

Lincoln University and the Abolitionist Map of America

Lincoln University and the Abolitionist Map of America

The interactive website offers visitors information on events, places, and people associated with the crusade to end slavery in the United States.

In Memoriam: Vernice Doris Ferguson, 1928-2012

In Memoriam: Vernice Doris Ferguson, 1928-2012

After a long and distinguished career in government service, she was named a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and held the Fagin Family Chair in Diversity.

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.

David Wilson Shown the Door at Morgan State University

David Wilson Shown the Door at Morgan State University

David Wilson, who has been president of Morgan State for only three years, was informed his contract would not be renewed. The board of regents appointed a member to serve as head of the transition team and announced that it would begin a search for a new president immediately.

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.

Florida A&M University Placed on Probation by Accrediting Agency

Florida A&M University Placed on Probation by Accrediting Agency

The association’s concerns over the school’s financial outlook and student safety may be related to the November 2011 death of drum major Robert Champion, who died after a hazing incident.

Should Dixie State College Change Its Name?

Should Dixie State College Change Its Name?

The college is in the midst of transitioning to university status. And since the name will be changed to reflect its new status as a university, critics are lobbying to remove the word “Dixie” from the name.

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.

Penn Looks to Hire Its First Independent Africana Studies Faculty

Penn Looks to Hire Its First Independent Africana Studies Faculty

Since the creation of the Center for Africana Studies in 2002, faculty teaching in the field have all had appointments in other departments at the university.