Archive for March, 2015

News of Appointments, Promotions, and Retirements of Black Faculty

News of Appointments, Promotions, and Retirements of Black Faculty

Faculty members profiled here include Paul Potier of Prairie View A&M, Nnamdi Pole of Smith College, Maurice Smith of Harvard, Pamela Barber-Freeman of Prairie View A&M, John Dabiri of CalTech, Phillip Williams of Emory University, and Clarence Lusane of American University.

Nine HBCUs Partner With California Community Colleges

Nine HBCUs Partner With California Community Colleges

Under the arrangement, students who graduate from any of California’s community colleges with a grade point average of 2.5 or above will be admitted to one of the nine HBCUs as juniors.

Notable Honors and Awards for Black Scholars

Notable Honors and Awards for Black Scholars

The honorees are Emanuel Collins of Florida State University, Souleymane Bachir Diagne of Columbia University, Bridal Pearson of the University of Baltimore, John Hudgins of Coppin State University, and Jamila Stockman of the University of California, San Diego.

HBCU Ensemble to Make Historic Performance at Carnegie Hall

HBCU Ensemble to Make Historic Performance at Carnegie Hall

The Florida A&M University Wind Symphony will be performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Sunday March 29. According to the university, the performance marks the first appearance of a classical ensemble from a historically Black college or university at Carnegie Hall.

Two African American Men Named to University Administrative Posts

Two African American Men Named to University Administrative Posts

Max Allen was named chief of staff for the president of Clemson University in South Carolina and Tony Moore was appointed vice president for technology administration at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Johnson C. Smith University Opens a Food Pantry on Campus

Johnson C. Smith University Opens a Food Pantry on Campus

A recent study found that 10 percent of all people who take advantage of food pantries are college students. Food pantries have been set up on more than 100 college campuses nationwide. One of the newest is at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte.

Jackson State University President Has Contract Extended

Jackson State University President Has Contract Extended

Dr. Carolyn Meyers was named the 10th president of Jackson State University on December 1, 2010, and began serving in the role in January 2011. Her contract has been extended for four years.

University of Massachusetts Names New Dean for Its Honors College

University of Massachusetts Names New Dean for Its Honors College

Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina is currently the Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor of Biography and chair of the department of African and African American studies at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Creating an Electronic "Freedom Trail" of Civil Rights Sites

Creating an Electronic “Freedom Trail” of Civil Rights Sites

Dave Tell, an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, is developing a smartphone app using GPS technology that will guide visitors to key sites involving the murder of Emmett Till in 1955.

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.

Two Nigerian Writers Who Teach in the U.S. Win the Windham Campbell Prize

Two Nigerian Writers Who Teach in the U.S. Win the Windham Campbell Prize

Helon Habila is an associate professor of creative writing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Teju Cole is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College in New York.

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.

Students Appeared in KKK Uniforms at Wheaton College

Students Appeared in KKK Uniforms at Wheaton College

Football players at Wheaton College in Illinois participating in an off-season team-building event, presented a skit that had team members dressed up in Ku Klux Klan uniforms and carrying Confederate flags.

A New Archive Documents a Key Event in Duke University's African American History

A New Archive Documents a Key Event in Duke University’s African American History

Duke University has acquired the archives relating to the production of the documentary film The Education of Ida Owens. Ida Owens was the first African American women to earn a Ph.D. at Duke.

New Support Group for Black Psychiatry Residents at Yale Medical School

New Support Group for Black Psychiatry Residents at Yale Medical School

Members of the psychiatry residency program at the Yale University School of Medicine have formed the Yale Solomon Carter Fuller Association in honor of the nation’s first Black psychiatrist.

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.

Board Fires South Carolina State University President Thomas Elzey

Board Fires South Carolina State University President Thomas Elzey

The board of trustees won a legal ruling that set aside an earlier opinion that the board could not fire university president Thomas Elzey. Armed with this legal ruling the board promptly met and fired President Elzey.

The New Provost at Fielding Graduate University

The New Provost at Fielding Graduate University

Gerald Porter has been named provost and senior vice president of Fielding Graduate University, in Santa Barbara, California. He was a professor and vice president of academic affairs at the Forest Institute in Springfield, Missouri.

An Elite College Degree Does Not Shield Blacks From Employment Discrimination

An Elite College Degree Does Not Shield Blacks From Employment Discrimination

African Americans who graduate from high-ranking colleges and universities have little or no advantage in the job market over White students who graduate from educational institutions that are not as highly regarded.

Eli Jones Named Dean of the Business School at Texas A&M University

Eli Jones Named Dean of the Business School at Texas A&M University

Dr. Jones currently holds the Sam M. Walton Leadership Chair and is dean of the College of Business at the University of Arkansas. He has also served as dean of the business school at Louisiana State University.

Two-Year Minority-Serving Institutions Linger in the Shadows of Higher Education Research

Two-Year Minority-Serving Institutions Linger in the Shadows of Higher Education Research

There are 248 two-year institutions eligible for the designation of minority serving institution. These institutions make up 22 percent of the 1,132 community colleges nationwide.

Ronald L. Jackson II Chosen to Lead the National Communications Association

Ronald L. Jackson II Chosen to Lead the National Communications Association

Dr. Jackson is a professor of communication at the University of Cincinnati. He was elected second vice president of the National Communications Association and will be elevated to president in 2017.

A Report Card on Racial Diversity in College Athletics

A Report Card on Racial Diversity in College Athletics

The scorecard, compiled by researchers at the University of Central Florida, gave a grade of C-plus to racial diversity in college’s sport programs, down from a grade of B-minus in 2013.

Howard University Reports a Huge Increase in Applicants

Howard University Reports a Huge Increase in Applicants

So far this year, Howard has received 28,466 applications, up from 22,913 a year ago. This is a 24 percent increase. The applicant pool includes students from all 50 states and 32 foreign nations.

Albany State University Announces Several New Appointments

Albany State University Announces Several New Appointments

Abiodun Ojemakinde was appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs. Chanta Haywood, Clifford Porter, and Cynthia Hoke were also appointed to new positions.

Morehouse College Getting a High-Tech Makeover

Morehouse College Getting a High-Tech Makeover

The $6.8 million makeover will improve Wi-Fi access throughout the Morehouse campus and provide students, faculty, and staff members, with an array of new technology tools.

Rutgers University Renames Institute to Honor Clement Alexander Price

Rutgers University Renames Institute to Honor Clement Alexander Price

Dr. Price, who died last November at the age of 69, was the Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor and the founding director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience on the university’s Newark campus.

Fort Valley State University Partners With Albany Technical College

Fort Valley State University Partners With Albany Technical College

Students who earn an associate’s degree in the electronic engineering technology program at Albany Tech will be able to enroll at Fort Valley State University with their earned credits applying to a bachelor’s degree in same discipline.

Two African Americans in New Administrative Posts at U.S. Universities

Two African Americans in New Administrative Posts at U.S. Universities

Vicki T. Sapp was appointed director of community and organizational development at the University of Rhode Island and Timothy V. Johnson was named director of the Tamiment Library at New York University.

Student Expelled From a Sorority at the University of Alabama for Using Racial Slur

Student Expelled From a Sorority at the University of Alabama for Using Racial Slur

The Chi Omega sorority at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa has expelled a member who used a racial slur in the caption of a photograph on Snapchat.

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.

Emory University's Natasha Trethewey Is Now a Columnist for The New York Times Magazine

Emory University’s Natasha Trethewey Is Now a Columnist for The New York Times Magazine

Professor Trethewey, who served two terms as Poet Laureate of the United States, will select a poem for publication each week and write a short introduction to the work.

East Carolina University to Remove Name of White Supremacist From Residence Hall

East Carolina University to Remove Name of White Supremacist From Residence Hall

The building, which opened in 1960, was named after Charles B. Aycock, a former governor of North Carolina, who was a strong supporter of White supremacy.

Duke University Debuts New Website Documenting the Voting Rights Struggle

Duke University Debuts New Website Documenting the Voting Rights Struggle

The site, entitled “One Person, One Vote: The Legacy of the SNCC and the Fight for Voting Rights,” went live one week before the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” voting rights march in Selma, Alabama.

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.

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.