Archive for January, 2015

Morehouse College's Moot Court Teams Wins National Title

Morehouse College’s Moot Court Teams Wins National Title

The Morehouse College team, consisting of students Rodje Malcolm and Emanuel Waddell, was the first team from a historically Black college or university to ever win the national moot court competition.

The New Dean of Students at the College of New Rochelle

The New Dean of Students at the College of New Rochelle

Tiffani Blake as been serving as special assistant to the president for mission and board relations at the College of New Rochelle in New York. She formerly served as director of student development at the college.

Congressman Seeks to Restore Funding to Preserve Historic HBCU Buildings

Congressman Seeks to Restore Funding to Preserve Historic HBCU Buildings

In 1998, the General Accounting Office identified 712 historic buildings and structures on the campuses of HBCUs that it deemed worthy of historical preservation. No funding has been allocated to the program since the 2008 recession.

Honors and Awards Presented to Four African American Scholars

Honors and Awards Presented to Four African American Scholars

The honorees are Toni Morrison, professor emerita at Princeton, Paul Meacham, former president of the College of Southern Nevada, Adriel A. Hilton of Western Carolina University, and K. Paige Carmichael of the University of Georgia.

Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis Debuts a New Academic Center

Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis Debuts a New Academic Center

The Center for Non-Violence and Abuse Prevention will serve as a platform for education and will provide resources that address different forms of abuse and violence.

Seven African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Seven African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Those appointed to new administrative positions are Yvette Gullatt, Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Sean Huddleston, Naisha Bradley, James Paine, Barry L. Wells, and Tonya R. Hines.

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.

Duke University to Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of John Hope Franklin's Birth

Duke University to Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of John Hope Franklin’s Birth

Professor Franklin was the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History at Duke University and one of the most prolific and respected historians of the twentieth century. He was born in January 1915 and died in March 2009.

The New Chief of Staff to the Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh

The New Chief of Staff to the Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh

Kathy Humphrey was named senior vice chancellor for engagement and chief of staff for the chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh. For the past nine years, she has served as vice provost and dean of students at the university.

How the University of Maryland Has Boosted Black Male Retention and Graduation Rates

How the University of Maryland Has Boosted Black Male Retention and Graduation Rates

For Black male first-year students in the fall of 2013 at the University of Maryland at College Park who had a 2.3 grade point average or better, 100 percent returned for the spring semester.

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.

Alabama A&M Professor to Edit Special Issue of a Prestigious Journal

Alabama A&M Professor to Edit Special Issue of a Prestigious Journal

Matthew E. Edwards, a professor of physics at Alabama A&M University, has been chosen as as guest editor for a special issue of the American Journal of Materials Science.

Lovell Jones Named Associate Dean for Research at Prairie View A&M University

Lovell Jones Named Associate Dean for Research at Prairie View A&M University

Dr. Jones was a professor at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and a research professor in the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston.

Mahtem Shiferraw Wins the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets

Mahtem Shiferraw Wins the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets

The award is presented by the African Poetry Book Fund and Prairie Schooner, the literary magazine published by the University of Nebraska Press and the creative writing program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Melissa Harris-Perry to Lead the Pro Humanitate Institute at Wake Forest University

Melissa Harris-Perry to Lead the Pro Humanitate Institute at Wake Forest University

Professor Harris-Perry, who hosts a weekend news show on the MSNBC cable channel, joined the Wake Forest faculty in 2014 as the holder of the Presidential Endowed Chair in the department of politics and international affairs.

Pomona College's Claudia Rankine Makes Literary History

Pomona College’s Claudia Rankine Makes Literary History

Professor Claudia Rankine of Pomona College in Claremont, California, is the first author to have a work nominated as a finalist in two categories in the 39-year history the National Book Critics Circle Awards.

Nearly 6 Million Living African Americans Hold a Four-Year College Degree

Nearly 6 Million Living African Americans Hold a Four-Year College Degree

In 2014, nearly 6 million living African American now hold at least a four-year college degree. The data shows that 179,000 African Americans in 2014 held a professional degree and 206,000 had obtained a doctorate.

Eugene Washington Named Chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University

Eugene Washington Named Chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University

Dr. Washington has been serving as dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine, vice chancellor for health sciences, and CEO of the University of California, Los Angeles Health System. He will begin his duties at Duke on April 1.

New Research May Ease Suffering of Sickle Cell Disease Patients

New Research May Ease Suffering of Sickle Cell Disease Patients

While people of any race can have the sickle-cell trait, the disease is far more common among African Americans than it is among Whites. A new device may be able to notify doctors when painful incidents brought about by sickle cells being trapped in blood vessels are likely to occur.

USC Professor Raphael Bostic Named to the Board of Freddie Mac

USC Professor Raphael Bostic Named to the Board of Freddie Mac

Raphael Bostic, professor at the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, has been elected to the board of directors of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation.

In Memoriam: Otis Davis Simmons, 1924-2015

In Memoriam: Otis Davis Simmons, 1924-2015

Dr. Simmons joined the faculty at Alabama State University in 1966 as chair of the department of music. He was named the university’s first dean of the School of Music in 1972.

Jackson State University Establishes a Little Free Library to Promote Literacy

Jackson State University Establishes a Little Free Library to Promote Literacy

The concept of The Little Free Library is “take a book, return a book.” The mission is to promote literacy and a love of reading by offering a free book exchange for children.

Four Black Academic Men Win Prestigious Honors

Four Black Academic Men Win Prestigious Honors

The honorees are Derek D. Bardell of Delgado Community College, Samuel Achilefu of Washington University in St. Louis, Claiborne D. Smith of Delaware State University, and William Franklin of California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Savannah State University to Offer Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Organizations

Savannah State University to Offer Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Organizations

In addition to the basic introductory courses which provide a general overview of nonprofit management practices, electives include courses on marketing and fundraising, human resources, financial management, and grant writing.

Six African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Six African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Debra Bright at Montgomery College, Willie Bernard Jackson Jr. at Edward Waters College, Rosalyn Martin at UNC-Wilmington, Shelley Davis at Howard University, Dwight K. Hamilton at Smith College, and E. D’Wayne Robinson at Florida A&M University.

Yale Scholar Named to University's First Endowed Chair in Poetry

Yale Scholar Named to University’s First Endowed Chair in Poetry

Elizabeth Alexander, who was selected to write a poem and read it at President Obama’s inauguration in 2009, has been a member of the faculty at Yale since 2000.

Efforts of Oberlin College Students in Mississippi in 1964 Recognized With Historical Marker

Efforts of Oberlin College Students in Mississippi in 1964 Recognized With Historical Marker

In 1964, more than 20 Oberlin College students and three faculty members traveled to Mississippi during Christmas break to help the congregation rebuild a church that had been burned to the ground by arsonists.

A New Degree Program in Biomedical Engineering at the University of the District of Columbia

A New Degree Program in Biomedical Engineering at the University of the District of Columbia

The new degree program at the historically Black university is meant to help satisfy the projected 72 percent increase in jobs in the field over the next several years.

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.

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.

An Increase in Black Applicants at the University of California

An Increase in Black Applicants at the University of California

There were 6,268 African American applicants from California that applied to at least one of the nine undergraduate campuses. They made up 6.1 percent of all applicants from California.

The First New Classroom Building at Norfolk State University in 40 years

The First New Classroom Building at Norfolk State University in 40 years

The new 140,000-square-foot building has more than 30 classrooms, five computer laboratories, 10 nursing and medicals laboratories, three conference rooms, 20 group study rooms, and offices for 68 faculty members and their staffs.

Dixie State University Returns Controversial Statue of Conferderate Soldiers to Artist

Dixie State University Returns Controversial Statue of Conferderate Soldiers to Artist

Dixie State University in St. George, Utah, has returned a statue depicting two Confederate soldiers, a Confederate flag, and a horse to the original artist.