Archive for November, 2013

Racial Preferences of the Internet Dating Community

Racial Preferences of the Internet Dating Community

In an analysis of nearly 1 million online daters, researchers at the University of Massachusetts found that Black daters – particularly Black women – are largely confined to a segregated dating market.

Barbara Broome Chosen as Dean of the College of Nursing at Kent State University

Barbara Broome Chosen as Dean of the College of Nursing at Kent State University

Currently, Dr. Broome is associate dean and chair of the department of community-mental health at the University of South Alabama College of Nursing. She will take on her new role in March 2014.

Pomona College Launches a Five-Year Africa Initiative

Pomona College Launches a Five-Year Africa Initiative

The five-year Africa Initiative at Pomona College in Claremont, California, will include a wide range of guest speakers, performances, and a visiting African scholar during the spring semester each year.

Alabama State University Names Finalists for President

Alabama State University Names Finalists for President

Alabama State University, the historically Black educational institution in Montgomery, has announced the names of four finalists for president. Three of the four finalists are African Americans.

Jacquelyn Bridgeman to Lead the College of Law at the University of Wyoming

Jacquelyn Bridgeman to Lead the College of Law at the University of Wyoming

Professor Bridgeman is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Chicago Law School. She has served as associate dean of the University of Wyoming law school since 2010 and has been on the faculty since 2002.

African American Entrepreneur Creates New Fellowships at Harvard

African American Entrepreneur Creates New Fellowships at Harvard

Sheila C. Johnson, the CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, has pledged to donate $5 million over five years to create fellowships for students who are dedicated to improving the lives of African Americans.

African American Debaters Make History

African American Debaters Make History

Nadia Lewis and Jamila Ahmed, African American students at Fresno State University in California, placed first and second at the recent Henry Clay Invitational Debates held at the University of Kentucky.

Edward Cornwell III Elected Secretary of the American College of Surgeons

Edward Cornwell III Elected Secretary of the American College of Surgeons

A well-respected trauma surgeon, Edward E. Cornwell III is professor and chair of the department of surgery at the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C.

Bethune-Cookman University to Launch a New School of Religion

Bethune-Cookman University to Launch a New School of Religion

The historically Black university in Daytona Beach, Florida, has named Randolph Bracy Jr. as a Distinguished Professor and director of its new School of Religion. The school is expecting to enroll its first students in 2015.

Robert Franklin Has Returned to Emory University

Robert Franklin Has Returned to Emory University

The former president of Morehouse College, has returned to Emory University as senior adviser to the provost for community and diversity. He previously taught at Emory’s Candler School of Theology.

Cuts in Athletic and Academic Programs Proposed at the University of the District of Columbia

Cuts in Athletic and Academic Programs Proposed at the University of the District of Columbia

James E. Lyons Sr., the interim president of the University of the District of Columbia has proposed abandoning all intercollegiate sports at the historically Black educational institution in the nation’s capital.

University of Florida Scholar Elected President of IUAES

University of Florida Scholar Elected President of IUAES

Faye V. Harrison, professor of anthropology and professor of African American studies at the University of Florida, has been elected president of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences.

Howard University Offering Reproductions From Its Art Collections

Howard University Offering Reproductions From Its Art Collections

Howard University has announced that it is offering the sale of reproductions of 46 items from its art collections. The items include historical photographs and a selection of fine art.

This Week's Roundup of New Higher Education Administrative Appointments

This Week’s Roundup of New Higher Education Administrative Appointments

The new appointees are Jacqueline Gibson at Mississippi Valley State University, Maurice D. Gipson at the University of Texas, Earl Johnson at the University of Tulsa and Coreen Jackson of Tennessee State University.

Delaware State University Suspends Its Bands Over Alleged Hazing

Delaware State University Suspends Its Bands Over Alleged Hazing

Delaware State University, the historically Black educational institution in Dover, has announced the suspension of all band music groups, including the Approaching Storm Marching Band, amid allegations of hazing.

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.

New Mexico State University Honors Its President and an Early Black Football Star

New Mexico State University Honors Its President and an Early Black Football Star

Pervis Atkins’ number 27 football uniform was retired but was briefly “unretired” on Saturday so the university could present a uniform jersey to Garrey Carruthers, the 27th president of the university.

Ericka Miller Nominated to Be Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education

Ericka Miller Nominated to Be Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education

Dr. Miller has been serving as vice president and chief operating officer of the Education Trust, a nonprofit organization that advocates for educational programs and equal opportunity.

African American Teachers Tend to Reduce Black Teenage Pregnancy Rates

African American Teachers Tend to Reduce Black Teenage Pregnancy Rates

Black teenage girls in Georgia are significantly more likely to become pregnant than White teenage girls. But the research shows that for Black teenage girls who have African American teachers, the pregnancy rate goes down.

Duke Professor Calls for Boycott of Kanye West Tour Merchandise

Duke Professor Calls for Boycott of Kanye West Tour Merchandise

Professor William Darity has called for a boycott of merchandise being marketed in connection with Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour. Some of the items for sale have depictions of the Confederate battle flag.

Blacks Still Underrepresented in Top Films, According to USC Research

Blacks Still Underrepresented in Top Films, According to USC Research

The University of Southern California study found that Blacks had 10.8 percent of all speaking roles, less than the Black percentage of the U.S. population. But in the top-grossing films, Blacks had only 5 percent of the speaking roles.

University of Wisconsin Study Finds Persisting School Segregation

University of Wisconsin Study Finds Persisting School Segregation

The study finds that segregation is not due to any intentional process to separate the races but rather due to the changing demographics of the nation’s public school systems and the residential segregation that persists in America.

Johnson C. Smith University Announces 21 Layoffs

Johnson C. Smith University Announces 21 Layoffs

The trustees at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte have announced a series of steps aimed at improving the financial stability of the institution. Enrollments at the university have dropped from 1,801 a year ago to 1,387 this fall.

Umoja House at Lehigh University Vandalized With Racial Slurs

Umoja House at Lehigh University Vandalized With Racial Slurs

The Umoja House residence hall on the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is the home to 28 multicultural students. The house was egged and vandalized with racial slurs including the word “nigger.”

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.

NYU's Spike Lee Awarded the Gish Prize

NYU’s Spike Lee Awarded the Gish Prize

Darren Walker, chair of the prize committee, stated, “We honor Spike Lee for his brilliance and unwavering courage in using film to challenge conventional thinking, and for the passion for justice that he feels deep in his soul.”

Kentucky State University Launches a Riverboat Research Vessel

Kentucky State University Launches a Riverboat Research Vessel

Kentucky State University, the historically Black educational institution in Frankfort, recently launched an aquatic vessel that will serve as a floating science laboratory for undergraduate and graduate students.

Official at Our Lady of the Lake University Refers to a Student as "the Angry Black Woman"

Official at Our Lady of the Lake University Refers to a Student as “the Angry Black Woman”

A White administrator at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, has resigned after several recordings in which he made inappropriate remarks were placed on YouTube.

The New President of the Association for Black Culture Centers

The New President of the Association for Black Culture Centers

Rodney T. Cohen, an assistant dean and director of the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, was elected president at the association’s annual meeting, hosted this year by Auburn University.

Claflin University Strengthens Ties With Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College

Claflin University Strengthens Ties With Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College

The agreement promotes and facilitates the transfer of academic credits between the two colleges in degree programs in early childhood education, elementary education, mid-level education, and politics and justice studies.

Two Black Men Named to High-Level Diversity Officer Positions

Two Black Men Named to High-Level Diversity Officer Positions

Reg Chhen Stewart was promoted to chief diversity officer at the University of Nevada at Reno and Norm J. Jones, formerly dean of institutional diversity at Dickinson College, was appointed associate chief diversity officer at Harvard University.

Business School Students Outfitted With Eco-Friendly Suits

Business School Students Outfitted With Eco-Friendly Suits

Fifty students at the School of Business and Industry at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee have been outfitted with free business suits. Nearly two-thirds of the fibers in the suits are made from recycled materials.

Five Black Scholars Win Prestigious Awards

Five Black Scholars Win Prestigious Awards

The honorees are President M. Christopher Brown II of Alcorn State University, Tryan L. McMickens of Suffolk University, Charlene Johnson of South Carolina State, Donald Mitchell Jr. of Grand Valley State, and Dikgang Moseneke of South Africa.

The Higher Education of Mississippi's First Black Female Federal Judge

The Higher Education of Mississippi’s First Black Female Federal Judge

Debra M. Brown, a graduate of the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University and the law school at the University of Mississippi, is the only attorney in the state that has a degree in architecture.

Three African Americans in New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Three African Americans in New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Nevada Winrow is dean of special projects at Baltimore City Community College. Kevin Clark is the new athletics director at Temple University and Kevin Taylor is director of graduate admissions at the business school of Baruch College.