Archive for March, 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.

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.

Florida A&M University Names a New Dean

Florida A&M University Names a New Dean

Valencia E. Matthews was named dean of the new College of Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities. She has been the interim dean since the College of Arts and Science was separated into two schools: the College of Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities and the College of Science and Technology.

The Top Feeder Schools for Black Medical Students

The Top Feeder Schools for Black Medical Students

Howard University produced the most Black applicants to U.S. medical schools in 2011 but by a large margin Xavier University in New Orleans produced the most graduates who earned medical degrees.

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.

In Memoriam: Jane Cooke Wright, 1919-2013

In Memoriam: Jane Cooke Wright, 1919-2013

When she was named professor of surgery and chair of the cancer chemotherapy department at New York Medical College in 1967, she was the highest-ranked African American woman at any predominantly white U.S. medical school.

A Report Card on Racial Diversity at Louisiana State University

A Report Card on Racial Diversity at Louisiana State University

In the fall of 2012, Blacks were 10.6 percent of the student body and 3.4 percent of the faculty at the flagship state university. Much work needs to be done. African Americans make up close to a third of the Louisiana population.

Minority Residents at Yale Medical School Form a Networking Group

Minority Residents at Yale Medical School Form a Networking Group

The Minority Housestaff Organization will help recruit and retain minority students and focus on mentorship, community outreach, and networking/social events.

Joshua Otaigbe Named to a Distinguished Chair at the University of Lyon in France

Joshua Otaigbe Named to a Distinguished Chair at the University of Lyon in France

Dr. Otaigbe, a professor of polymers and high performance materials at the University of Southern Mississippi, was named to the Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair at the University of Lyon in France for the Fall 2013 semester.

Jackson State University to Produce an e-Book on Medgar Evers and Margaret Walker

Jackson State University to Produce an e-Book on Medgar Evers and Margaret Walker

The university, in conjunction with the University Press of Mississippi, is producing an electronic book on the friendship of civil rights leader Medgar Evers and author Margaret Walker Alexander. They were family friends and they lived a block from each other.

Emory Opens Exhibit of Its SCLC Archives

Emory Opens Exhibit of Its SCLC Archives

Emory University in Atlanta officially acquired the archives of Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 2007. Now the university has debuted its first exhibition from the archive.

University of Kansas Scholar Wins Book Award

University of Kansas Scholar Wins Book Award

Randall Maurice Jelks, associate professor of American studies and African and American American studies at the University of Kansas, won the 2013 Literary Award for Nonfiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association for his biography of Benjamin Elijah Mays.

Survey Finds No Progress in Increasing the Diversity of the University Leadership Pipeline

Survey Finds No Progress in Increasing the Diversity of the University Leadership Pipeline

The survey found that between 2008 and 2013 the percentage of Blacks and other minorities in senior administration posts remained the same. The percentage of Blacks in the position of chief academic officer actually declined from 3.7 percent in 2008 to 2.3 percent today.

Donald Pope-Davis Named Provost at DePaul University in Chicago

Donald Pope-Davis Named Provost at DePaul University in Chicago

Currently, Dr. Pope-Davis is professor of psychology and vice president and associate provost at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He has served on the Notre Dame faculty for 13 years and has been associate provost since 2007.

Study Examines Racial Differences in Divorce Rates for Highly Educated Women

Study Examines Racial Differences in Divorce Rates for Highly Educated Women

A new study by an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, finds that highly educated Black women are not as sheltered from divorce compared to highly educated women of other racial and ethnic groups.

T. Geronimo Johnson Named a Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction

T. Geronimo Johnson Named a Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction

Johnson is a lecturer in creative writing and director of the Summer Creative Writing Program at the University of California at Berkeley. He is being honored for his debut novel Hold It, ‘Til It Hurts.

Johnson C. Smith University to Offer Students Free Passports

Johnson C. Smith University to Offer Students Free Passports

In an effort to boost study abroad programs, historically Black Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, has announced that it will cover the cost of U.S. passports for all first-year and transfer students.

University of California Davis Seeks to Increase Diversity in Wine and Food Sciences

University of California Davis Seeks to Increase Diversity in Wine and Food Sciences

The University of California at Davis is holding an international wine tasting event to raise money for scholarships for minority students at its Ronald Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.

New Student Health Center Being Built at North Carolina A&T State University

New Student Health Center Being Built at North Carolina A&T State University

The current Sebastian Health Center was built 60 years ago when there were 2,000 students on campus. Today, total enrollments are about 10,000 students.

Medgar Evers College Appoints Two to Administrative Posts

Medgar Evers College Appoints Two to Administrative Posts

The college, part of the City University of New York system, has promoted Theresa Williams to assistant provost. G. Scott Anderson was named interim vice president for administration and finance.

Three African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Three African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Brenda Thompson joins the board of the University of Georgia Foundation, Sim Covington Jr. was named director of career services at the SUNY Institute of Technology, and Lynette Ralph was appointed director of the Library Resource Center at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Honors for Two African American Scholars

Honors for Two African American Scholars

Adriel Hilton of Grand Valley State University was honored by the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education and Deneese Jones, provost at Drake University, received the Alumni Excellence Award from Texas Woman’s University.

In Memoriam: David Lloyd Mathews, 1949-2013

In Memoriam: David Lloyd Mathews, 1949-2013

He was president of the Auburn Hills campus of Oakland Community College in Michigan and had served in that post for less than two months before his death.

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.

Oberlin College Suspends Classes After Racial Incidents

Oberlin College Suspends Classes After Racial Incidents

In February, Black History Month posters in the college’s Science Center were defaced with the word “Nigger.” In a residence hall, the words “Whites Only” were written above a water fountain and “No Niggers” was written on a bathroom door.

Charges Upgraded to Manslaughter in the 2011 Death of FAMU Drum Major Robert Champion

Charges Upgraded to Manslaughter in the 2011 Death of FAMU Drum Major Robert Champion

The 10 defendants had previously been charged with third-degree felony hazing. Two additional individuals, who had not been arrested previously, were also charged with manslaughter.

In Memoriam: Randolph Wilson Bromery, 1926-2013

In Memoriam: Randolph Wilson Bromery, 1926-2013

Dr. Bromery was a former professor of geology and chancellor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also served as president of Westfield State College, Roxbury Community College, and Springfield College.

Former New York Governor David Paterson to Teach at Touro College

Former New York Governor David Paterson to Teach at Touro College

Paterson, the only African American governor in the history of New York State, will serve as a distinguished professor of health care and public policy at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem.

Two Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Two Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Natasha Brison, an assistant professor at Georgia State University, won an award for research on sport and recreation and Chance W. Lewis of the University of North Carolina Charlotte was honored for a lifetime of work by the American Educational Research Association.

Kalamazoo College President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran Elected Chair of the NAICU

Kalamazoo College President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran Elected Chair of the NAICU

Dr. Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College in Michigan since 2005, has been elected chair of the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). The association represents more than 1,000 member institutions nationwide.

The Black Man Who Taught at Auburn University in 1947

The Black Man Who Taught at Auburn University in 1947

African American artist Isaac Scott Hathaway taught a workshop at Alabama Polytechnic Institute, now Auburn University, in the summer of 1947. This was 16 years before the racial integration of the university.

Vanderbilt University Receives the Papers of a Civil Rights Icon

Vanderbilt University Receives the Papers of a Civil Rights Icon

The Rev. James M. Lawson Jr., a leading figure in the civil rights movement and an associate of Martin Luther King Jr., has donated a significant portion of his papers to the special collections division of the Vanderbilt University Libraries.

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.

University of Florida to Offer a Major in African American Studies

University of Florida to Offer a Major in African American Studies

The University of Florida in Gainesville has offered a program in African American studies for the past 45 years but until now students could not major in the discipline.

University of Alabama to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Its Racial Desegregation

University of Alabama to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Its Racial Desegregation

Throughout the year, the university will hold seminars, lectures, and other events to celebrate 50 years of racial diversity on campus.