Archive for January, 2013

In Memoriam: Brooklyn T. McMillon, 1915-2013

In Memoriam: Brooklyn T. McMillon, 1915-2013

Over a career of 65 years of service to North Carolina Central University, he was registrar, professor, chair of the health education department, and volunteer university archivist.

Princeton University Seeks to Expand Access for Low-Income Students

Princeton University Seeks to Expand Access for Low-Income Students

Princeton University has been a leader in making financial aid programs more favorable for low-income students. Now it will look at other ways to increase access to the university for low-income students.

University of Cincinnati Reopens Its African American Cultural and Resource Center

University of Cincinnati Reopens Its African American Cultural and Resource Center

The African American Cultural and Resource Center. which was established in 1991, has been undergoing a major renovation project since last August.

Leon C. Wilson to Seve as Interim Provost at Alabama State University

Leon C. Wilson to Seve as Interim Provost at Alabama State University

Since 2011 he has served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the university. Previously he taught at East Carolina University and was on the faculty at Wayne State University in Detroit for nearly two decades.

Three African Americans in New Faculty Roles

Three African Americans in New Faculty Roles

Shirley Franklin, the former mayor of Atlanta, will be teaching at the University of Texas. Vivian Fluellen was named to department chair at Fort Valley State University and Desmond Patton is a new assistant professor of social work at the University of Michigan.

Hampton University Provost Elected Chair of the National Institute of Aerospace

Hampton University Provost Elected Chair of the National Institute of Aerospace

Pamela V. Hammond, the former dean of the School of Nursing Hampton University in Virginia, was elected chair of the nonprofit research association conducting advanced study in aerospace and atmospheric science.

Seven African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Seven African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

The new appointees are Albert Tezeno at Southern University, Jennifer Taylor at the American Institute of Architecture Students, Deborah Hayes at the University of Delaware, Michelle Thompson-Taylor at the University of Rochester, Renee MIddleton at Ohio University, Amilcar Shabazz at the University of Massachusetts, and K. Matthew Dames at Syracuse University.

University of Southern Mississippi Scholar Wins Outstanding Achievement Award

University of Southern Mississippi Scholar Wins Outstanding Achievement Award

Royal P. Walker Jr., executive director of the Institute for Disability Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi, is honored by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.

Racial Differences in College Students' Knowledge of America's Racial History

Racial Differences in College Students’ Knowledge of America’s Racial History

A study by university researchers finds that African American college students have significantly more knowledge about the history of racism in this country than their White peers. The gap in knowledge, according to the authors, accounts for a different perspective on the current state of race relations.

In Memorian: Jan Rynveld Carew, 1920-2012

In Memorian: Jan Rynveld Carew, 1920-2012

Born in what was then British Guyana, he was a prolific writer and was professor emeritus of African American studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

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.

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.

Study Finds the Gender Wage Gap Is Larger for Black Women Than It Is for White Women

Study Finds the Gender Wage Gap Is Larger for Black Women Than It Is for White Women

The study found that on average for all races, women are paid 77 cents for every dollar paid to men. But African American women are paid only 70 percent of every dollar paid to men of all races and only 64 cents for every dollar paid to non-Hispanic White men.

Albany State University Returns Donation From the Ray Charles Foundation

Albany State University Returns Donation From the Ray Charles Foundation

The estate of the famed singer had donated $3 million to the university for a performing arts center on campus that would bear his name but the center was never built.

Gallaudet University Reinstates Its Chief Diversity Officer

Gallaudet University Reinstates Its Chief Diversity Officer

Dr. Angela McCaskill had been placed on leave after the university learned she had signed a petition circulated by opponents of same-sex marriage.

Update on the Effort to Rename Dixie State College

Update on the Effort to Rename Dixie State College

Dixie State College in St. George, Utah, was founded in an area settled by Mormons from the South. The college used to have a Rebel as its mascot. A survey has found that most members of the community want the word “Dixie” to remain as part of the institution’s name.

In Memoriam: Arthur J. Bond, 1939-2012

In Memoriam: Arthur J. Bond, 1939-2012

Educated at Purdue University, he was the former dean of engineering and technology at Alabama A&M University. As a graduate student he was an adviser to students who formed what is now the National Society of Black Engineers.

Jackson State University Offers Tuition Break to Youth From Foster Care

Jackson State University Offers Tuition Break to Youth From Foster Care

Foster care youth from outside the state of Mississippi can now enroll at the university and pay substantially lower in-state tuition. In-state tuition for certain population groups outside of Mississippi was made possible by a new state law enacted last year.

Vanderbilt University Losing Its Chief Investment Officer

Vanderbilt University Losing Its Chief Investment Officer

Matthew Wright is stepping down from his post to pursue a new business venture. He guided Vanderbilt’s $3.8 billion portfolio through the great recession of 2008-09.

Dillard University in New Orleans Hosting a Large Contingent of Students From Brazil

Dillard University in New Orleans Hosting a Large Contingent of Students From Brazil

The Brazilian students will spend the current semester at Dillard’s Center for Intensive English Language (CIEL). Then in the fall of this year, the students will enroll in Dillard’s traditional academic programs.

North Carolina Central University Holds Emergency Training Exercise

North Carolina Central University Holds Emergency Training Exercise

Officials at North Carolina Central University in Durham took advantage of students being away from campus for winter break by holding training for 250 police and other emergency personnel from across the state who prepared for an active shooter situation on campus.

Poet Nikky Finney to Join the Faculty at the University of South Carolina

Poet Nikky Finney to Join the Faculty at the University of South Carolina

After more than 20 years at the University of Kentucky, this fall Professor Finney will take the John H. Bennett Jr. Chair of Southern Literature and Creative Writing at the University of South Carolina.

Shawn Long Honored by the National Communication Association

Shawn Long Honored by the National Communication Association

Dr. Long is an associate professor and chair of the department of communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Retired Army General, Ronald Johnson, Joins the Georgia Tech Faculty

Retired Army General, Ronald Johnson, Joins the Georgia Tech Faculty

The former deputy commanding general of the Army Corps of Engineers is a new professor of practice in the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

William N. Pruitt III Promoted at Virginia Tech

William N. Pruitt III Promoted at Virginia Tech

William Nelson Pruitt III was appointed assistant director of the Education Abroad program. He is the former assistant director of international affairs for Shanghai Finance University and currently is enrolled in the doctoral program in higher education administration at Virginia Tech.

In Memoriam: J. Blaine Hudson, 1949-2013

In Memoriam: J. Blaine Hudson, 1949-2013

Dr. Hudson had been on medical leave since August and in December had resigned as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Louisville. He had planned to return to the faculty in 2014.

New President at Tennessee State Starts Job by Making a $50,000 Contribution to the University

New President at Tennessee State Starts Job by Making a $50,000 Contribution to the University

Hoping to lead by example, new Tennessee State president Glenda Baskin Glover challenged all alumni chapters to match her contribution to financially support the university.

UCLA Adds Two Jazz Greats to Its Faculty

UCLA Adds Two Jazz Greats to Its Faculty

The Herb Alpert School of Music at the University of California at Los Angeles has announced that jazz greats Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter have joined the faculty of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance.

Jackson State Professor Is Among the Inaugural Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors

Jackson State Professor Is Among the Inaugural Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors

Ernest B. Izevbigie, professor of biology at Jackson State University in Mississippi, holds a patent for a formula used as a dietary supplement to boost the immune system and lessen the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer patients.

A Check-Up on Black Progress in Nursing Degree Programs

A Check-Up on Black Progress in Nursing Degree Programs

According to data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Black have made tremendous progress over the past decade in increasing their percentage of students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in nursing.

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.

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.

The Racial Gap in Homework for Students Preparing for College

The Racial Gap in Homework for Students Preparing for College

Only 29.7 percent of Black high school students do homework five or more days per week compared to 44.3 percent of White high school students.

Federico Talley Ousted as President of Frederick Community College

Federico Talley Ousted as President of Frederick Community College

Dr. Talley assumed the presidency of the community college just six months ago. He was the first African American to hold the post.