Archive for February, 2013

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.

One Black Woman's Legacy of Higher Education

One Black Woman’s Legacy of Higher Education

Haldane King Jr. relates how his grandmother fostered a legacy of higher education that has now spanned many generations.

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars

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.

Alfred Mathewson Is a Finalist for Dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law

Alfred Mathewson Is a Finalist for Dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law

Professor Mathewson holds the Henry Weihofen Chair in Law at the University of New Mexico. He is also the director of the university’s Africana studies program. He has served on the faculty at the University of New Mexico School of Law since 1983.

Wayne Watson Stepping Down as President of Chicago State University

Wayne Watson Stepping Down as President of Chicago State University

Wayne D. Watson, who was appointed president of Chicago State University in 2009, has announced his intention to step down with 18 months left to go on his five-year contract. Sandra Westbrooks, now provost at the university, will serve as acting president.

University of Pittsburgh Receives Donation of African Artifacts

University of Pittsburgh Receives Donation of African Artifacts

Among the items donated to the university are a bronze casting of the head of a queen mother from Benin, a helmet mask made of wood and human hair from Tanzania, and a Kente cloth used by members of the royal court of the Ashanti people of Ghana.

Morehouse College Joins the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship Program

Morehouse College Joins the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship Program

The foundation now has 33 educational institution partners and supports nearly 300 high-achieving students at these institutions with full-ride scholarships. Morehouse is the first HBCU to benefit from the Stamps scholarship program.

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.

A Second Doctoral Program Is Authorized at Winston-Salem State University

A Second Doctoral Program Is Authorized at Winston-Salem State University

The historically Black university in North Carolina has been approved to establish a doctor of nursing practice degree program. The new doctoral program could enroll its first students as early as this coming fall.

New Scholarship for Minority Students Pursuing Degree Programs in Labor Studies at CUNY

New Scholarship for Minority Students Pursuing Degree Programs in Labor Studies at CUNY

Minority students who are selected to receive the scholarships will receive up to $20,000 for the last two years of undergraduate study or $30,000 for two years of graduate study.

Fort Valley State University Program Creates a Pipeline for Energy Industry Engineers

Fort Valley State University Program Creates a Pipeline for Energy Industry Engineers

Students spend three years at Fort Valley State and then transfer to one of the partner universities for two years. Students receive two degrees, one in a science field and one in an energy-related discipline.

University of Louisville Asks the Public's Help to Preserve a Historical Black Newspaper

University of Louisville Asks the Public’s Help to Preserve a Historical Black Newspaper

Due to the poor quality of microfilm copies, the university has been unable to create a searchable digital archive of the Louisville Leader, an African American newspaper published between 1917 and 1950. The university is asking the public to help transcribe the microfilm files.

Florida A&M University Teams Up With the Federal University of Technology in Nigeria

Florida A&M University Teams Up With the Federal University of Technology in Nigeria

Under the agreement, the two universities will exchange faculty and will cooperate on research and teaching projects. Florida A&M will host graduate students from Nigeria in master’s and doctoral degree programs.

Dillard University Announces the Retirement of Its Chief Fundraiser

Dillard University Announces the Retirement of Its Chief Fundraiser

Dr. Walter Strong is credited with raising the money to get Dillard back on its feet after the campus was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Marc Barnes, who was the director of development for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation will take over Dr. Strong’s duties.

Fox Teams Up With HBCUs in Networking Alliance

Fox Teams Up With HBCUs in Networking Alliance

The new effort will bring HBCU students, faculty, and alumni together with executives from Fox’s media and entertainment businesses in an effort to build a stronger pipeline for students interested in pursuing careers in the film and television industry.

Federal Commission Finds Vast Inequities in U.S. Educational System

Federal Commission Finds Vast Inequities in U.S. Educational System

The report of the U.S. Equity and Excellence Commission found that the achievement gap between children from high-income and low-income families is significantly wider for children who were born in 2001 than for children born 25 years earlier.

Two Scholars Examine the Participation of Black Males in Gifted Education Programs

Two Scholars Examine the Participation of Black Males in Gifted Education Programs

Lamont A. Flowers of Clemson University and James L. Moore of Ohio State University have collaborated on a book chapter that outlines their research on the participation of black male students in gifted and talented educational programs.

University of California Study Examines Black Employment Data

University of California Study Examines Black Employment Data

The report from the Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California at Berkeley found that while the economy gained 1.9 million jobs in 2012, the Black unemployment rate for all age groups actually increased slightly during the year.

Two African American Scholars Named to Endowed Chairs

Two African American Scholars Named to Endowed Chairs

Barbara Guthrie was named the Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing at Yale University and H. Richard Milner IV was appointed to the Dr. Helen S. Faison Chair in Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh.

Howard University Graduate In Line for the Presidency of the American Bar Association

Howard University Graduate In Line for the Presidency of the American Bar Association

Paulette Brown is the uncontested nominee to lead the American Bar Association beginning in 2015. If approved, she will become the first African American woman to lead the organization.

Alabama State University Dedicates Its New Student Center to a Long-Time Faculty Member

Alabama State University Dedicates Its New Student Center to a Long-Time Faculty Member

The late Dr. John Garrick Hardy served on the university’s faculty and administration for more 35 years in a number of different positions including director of the Student Personnel Department.

Honors and Awards for African Americans in Higher Education

Honors and Awards for African Americans in Higher Education

Andrea Barnwell Brownlee of Spelman College is honored by the High Museum of Art. Duke University gives a first book award in photography to Gerald Gaskin and Coppin State University honors an alumnus who went on to serve as police commissioner in Baltimore.

Two Black Women in New Higher Education Administrative Posts

Two Black Women in New Higher Education Administrative Posts

Tracy Boleware was named director of communications, public relations, and marketing at Tuskegee University in Alabama and Anita Walton of North Carolina Central University is the new chair of District III of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Black Participation in the AP Program Soars, But a Large Racial Scoring Gap Persists

Black Participation in the AP Program Soars, But a Large Racial Scoring Gap Persists

Blacks made up 14.5 percent of the graduating Class of 2012 but were 9.2 percent of all AP test takers and only 4.4 percent of all students who successfully completed an AP examination.

The New Poet Laureate for the Commonwealth of Kentucky

The New Poet Laureate for the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Frank X Walker is an associate professor in the department of English at the University of Kentucky. He also serves as director of the university’s African American and Africana studies program. Professor Walker is credited with coining the term “Affrilachia.”

Emory President's Commentary on the Three-Fifths Compromise Causes Uproar on Campus

Emory President’s Commentary on the Three-Fifths Compromise Causes Uproar on Campus

James W. Wagner, president of Emory University, has been criticized for using the Constitution’s Three-Fifths Clause regarding the counting of slaves as an example of political compromise.

PBS Conducting an Oral History Project on the Voting Rights Act of 1965

PBS Conducting an Oral History Project on the Voting Rights Act of 1965

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is conducting an oral history project about the Voting Rights Act of 1965. You can call the PBS NewsHour Oral History Hotline at (703) 594-6PBS and record your story.

 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

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 Men Win Marshall Scholarships

Three African American Men Win Marshall Scholarships

The scholarships, funded by the British government, provide funds for up to two years of study for American students at a British university, and include money for travel, living expenses, and books.

New York Yankee Donates Money for New Baseball Stadium at the University of Illinois Chicago

New York Yankee Donates Money for New Baseball Stadium at the University of Illinois Chicago

Curtis Granderson, the star centerfielder for the New York Yankees, has made one of the largest donations in the history of the University of Illinois at Chicago, his alma mater.

New Auction Website Seeks to Raise Money for HBCUs

New Auction Website Seeks to Raise Money for HBCUs

Earlier this month, Star Bright Donations began auctioning celebrity memorabilia on its website with at least 70 percent of the winning bid price being donated to an HBCU.

The Number of Black Applicants Rises Again in the California State University System

The Number of Black Applicants Rises Again in the California State University System

Officials at the university believe that their “Super Sunday” campaign, where university officials go out to Black churches in the state to recruit potential African American students, is paying big dividends.

Married Couple Awarded Ph.D.s on Same Day at the University of Lagos

Married Couple Awarded Ph.D.s on Same Day at the University of Lagos

Olusegun Samuel earned his Ph.D. in marine ecology with a concentration in ecotoxicology. Temitope Samuel’s research focuses on dermatophyte, a group of fungi that causes skin diseases.

University of South Carolina Project Seeks to Preserve the History of the Civil Rights Movement

University of South Carolina Project Seeks to Preserve the History of the Civil Rights Movement

Scholars at the University of South Carolina are establishing an archive documenting the history of the civil rights movement in South Carolina. The project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Penn Professor Wins Two Awards for His Documentary Film on Africa

Penn Professor Wins Two Awards for His Documentary Film on Africa

Tukufu Zuberi won the best director award and the award for the best documentary at the recent San Diego Black Film Fest for his documentary on the history of the African continent.