Archive for May, 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.

St. Augustine’s University Calls Off Plan to Acquire Saint Paul’s College

St. Augustine’s University Calls Off Plan to Acquire Saint Paul’s College

Last November St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, agreed to assume management of Saint Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Virginia. Both HBCUs are affiliated with the Episcopal Church. Now St. Augustine’s University has decided not to proceed with the acquisition.

A Racial Gap in Debt Levels of Doctoral Students

A Racial Gap in Debt Levels of Doctoral Students

Among those who studied in a STEM discipline, a quarter of all Black doctoral students had more than $30,000 in debt compared to 10 percent of Whites and Asians. In the social, behavioral, and economic sciences 58 percent of Black students had debts of $30,000 or more.

Kweisi Mfume to Chair the Board of Regents at Morgan State University

Kweisi Mfume to Chair the Board of Regents at Morgan State University

Mfume is an alumnus of the university and is a former Congressman from Maryland and the former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Twins Named Co-Valedictorians at Spelman College

Twins Named Co-Valedictorians at Spelman College

Kirstie and Kristie Bronner both achieved perfect 4.0 grade point averages while earning bachelor’s degrees in music. Both their mother and grandmother are Spelman College alumnae.

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.

Protest Held at the University of Southern California Over Police Treatment of Black Students

Protest Held at the University of Southern California Over Police Treatment of Black Students

Black students at the University of Southern California claim that the Los Angeles Police Department exhibited racial bias when responding to noise complaints about end-of-the-semester parties held just off campus.

Florida A&M University Hires a New Director of Bands

Florida A&M University Hires a New Director of Bands

After the death of drum major Robert Champion in an alleged hazing incident in late 2011, Florida A&M University suspended all activities of its famous Marching 100 band. The suspension is still in place but Sylvester Young has been hired as the new director.

The New Chancellor of the Mont Alto Campus of Pennsylvania State University

The New Chancellor of the Mont Alto Campus of Pennsylvania State University

Francis K. Achampong is currently serving as chancellor at the Fayette campus of Pennsylvania State University. From 2002 to 2010 he was a tenured professor of business law and director of academic affairs at the Mont Alto campus.

City College of New York to Rename School to Honor Colin Powell

City College of New York to Rename School to Honor Colin Powell

The Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership will include several academic departments including anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology. In addition, the school will include academic programs in Black studies, women’s studies, and Latin American and Latino studies.

Ralph Eubanks Named Editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review

Ralph Eubanks Named Editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review

Since 1995. Eubanks has worked for the Library of Congress, most recently as director of publishing. There he has supervised the publication of more than 80 works of nonfiction.

Historically Black Bennett College Selects Its Next President

Historically Black Bennett College Selects Its Next President

Rosalind Fuse-Hall is the former chief of staff to the president of Florida A&M University and previously was executive assistant to the chancellor of North Carolina Central University.

Florida A&M University Professor to Lead the Marketing Management Association

Florida A&M University Professor to Lead the Marketing Management Association

Roscoe Hightower, professor of marketing in the School of Business and Industry at Florida A&M University, was named president-elect of the Marketing Management Association.

Penn States Creates a Joint Diversity Awareness Task Force

Penn States Creates a Joint Diversity Awareness Task Force

The goal of the task force will be to undertake a review of issues related to cultural awareness and to make suggestions and recommendations on curricular and out-of-class climate changes that could enhance the environment for all students at the university.

Courtney Louise Young Elected to Lead the American Library Association

Courtney Louise Young Elected to Lead the American Library Association

Courtney Louise Young, head librarian at the Allegheny campus of Pennsylvania State University, will become president-elect of the oldest and largest library association in the world at the conclusion of the 2013 annual conference in Chicago. A year later, she will become president of the association.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Works With Army ROTC to Provide Scholarships in STEM Fields

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Works With Army ROTC to Provide Scholarships in STEM Fields

Under the program, representatives of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund visited 452 high schools, community organizations, and other groups to provide information about opportunities in the Army’s Reserve Officer Training Program.

At Many Colleges Financial Aid for Low-Income Students Is Lacking

At Many Colleges Financial Aid for Low-Income Students Is Lacking

The New American Foundation report found that for students from families with incomes below $30,000, two thirds of all private colleges and universities have a net price (costs after all financial aid is included) of at least $15,000.

Louisiana State University Opens Its New African American Cultural Center

Louisiana State University Opens Its New African American Cultural Center

The new, state-of-the-art African American Cultural Center will provide a meeting and conference space, access to a cultural library, a cultural and artifact tour, internet and wireless access and equipment rental. The center hosts a number of events and programs each year.

Trevor Dawes Appointed Associate University Librarian at Washington University

Trevor Dawes Appointed Associate University Librarian at Washington University

From 2004 to 2013 Dawes was circulation services director at the Princeton University Library. From 1988 to to 2004 he held several supervisory positions at Columbia University Libraries.

Delaware State University to Close One Campus But Open Another

Delaware State University to Close One Campus But Open Another

The university estimates that it will be able to generate $7 million in additional revenues over the next 10 years at the new location. In addition the university will achieve cost savings by moving from the downtown location.

New Leader for the Institute on Race and Ethnicity at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock

New Leader for the Institute on Race and Ethnicity at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock

Since 1999 Dr. Michael Twyman has been director of grant programs for the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust in Indianapolis. Dr. Twyman also serves on the board of the Indiana Humanities Council. He will begin his new role on August 12.

Coppin State to Build New $80 Million Science and Technology Center

Coppin State to Build New $80 Million Science and Technology Center

The 150,000-square-foot facility will house academic departments in biology, physics, chemistry, and environmental science. In addition the facility will support programs for dentistry, medicine, and pharmacy training.

Hamilton College Scholar Appointed to the Editorial Board of a New Journal on Race

Hamilton College Scholar Appointed to the Editorial Board of a New Journal on Race

Nigel Westmaas, an assistant professor of Africana studies at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, has been appointed to the editorial board of The Journal of Race and Global Social Change.

Racist Comments Painted on a Bridge at the University of Virginia

Racist Comments Painted on a Bridge at the University of Virginia

The bridge, which spans railroad tracks, is routinely used by students as a kind of message board to convey sentiments to their peers. But last week someone painted racist comments on the span.

Dillard University Offering Courses to High School Students

Dillard University Offering Courses to High School Students

Dillard University in New Orleans has announced the establishment of its Course Choice program. The program is administered by the state of Louisiana and allows high school students to take courses at Dillard that earns them both high school and college credits.

Oakwood University Comes Out on Top In Home Depot's Retool Your School Competition

Oakwood University Comes Out on Top In Home Depot’s Retool Your School Competition

Oakwood University, with only 1,939 students was able to beat its rivals, many of which have far larger student bodies, by calling on students, staff, and faculty at its partner institutions in the Seven-day Adventist network around the world to cast votes to benefit Oakwood.

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.

The Higher Education of the Army's First African American Two-Star General

The Higher Education of the Army’s First African American Two-Star General

Nadja Y. West was recently promoted to Major General of the U.S. Army. She is the first African American woman on active duty to receive a second star.

Racial Incident on the Campus of Purdue University

Racial Incident on the Campus of Purdue University

A placard placed in front of a building on the campus of Purdue University was defaced with a racial slur.

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: Arvarh E. Strickland, 1930-2013

In Memoriam: Arvarh E. Strickland, 1930-2013

After teaching at Chicago State College, in 1969 he became a tenured professor of history at the University of Missouri, the first African American tenured professor in the university’s history.

Duke University to House Hate Group Archives of the Southern Poverty Law Center

Duke University to House Hate Group Archives of the Southern Poverty Law Center

The collection includes more than 90 boxes of materials that include periodicals, pamphlets, flyers, and other documents that hate groups in the United States have sent to members and recruits over the past 30 years.

African Union Looks to Establish Continental Accrediting Agency for Higher Education

African Union Looks to Establish Continental Accrediting Agency for Higher Education

In a communique issued at the conclusion of a recent conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, participants stated that “National and regional regulatory bodies are essential to successful continental quality assurance harmonization in Africa.”

Sonoma State University Students Address Bias Incidents on Campus

Sonoma State University Students Address Bias Incidents on Campus

The student government group developed a bias report protocol after several bias incidents occurred on campus. In one incident, racist graffiti was written on the poster of a Black student group.