Archive for April, 2015

Racist Drawings Found on the Campus of SUNY-Purchase

Racist Drawings Found on the Campus of SUNY-Purchase

Drawings of swastikas and nooses were found drawn on the walls of three residence halls at the State University of New York campus in Purchase. Blacks make up 8 percent of the undergraduate student body at the college.

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.

Two Black Scholars Win Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Two Black Scholars Win Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Marlon James, an associate professor of English at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, won the fiction prize and Jericho Brown, an assistant professor of English at Emory University in Atlanta, won the poetry award.

Jonathan Holloway Named to an Endowed Chair at Yale University

Jonathan Holloway Named to an Endowed Chair at Yale University

Jonathan Holloway was appointed the Edmund Morgan Professor of African American Studies at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He has served as chair of the department of African American studies and as dean of Yale College.

No Progress in Increasing Underrepresented Minority Faculty at Stanford University

No Progress in Increasing Underrepresented Minority Faculty at Stanford University

The number of Black, Latino, and American Indian faculty at Stanford grew from 108 in 2014 to 130 in 2014 but due to overall growth in the number of faculty, the percentage of underrepresented minority faculty remained the same at 6.1 percent.

Racist Graffiti Found on the Campus of Connecticut College

Racist Graffiti Found on the Campus of Connecticut College

Racist graffiti was found in the first floor bathrooms of the Crozier-Williams building on the campus of Connecticut College in New London.

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 Nebraska Establishes the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of People of Color

University of Nebraska Establishes the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of People of Color

The commission has been established to advise the chancellor on issues pertaining to the specific concerns of faculty, staff, and students who are members of underrepresented minority groups on campus.

Four African Americans Named to Dean Positions

Four African Americans Named to Dean Positions

Newly appointed to positions as dean are Carolyn H. Livingston at Carleton College in Minnesota, Sandra Crewe at Howard University in Washington, Ruby Perry at Tuskegee University in Alabama, and Grant Hayes at East Carolina University in North Carolina.

In Memoriam: Floretta Dukes McKenzie, 1935-2015

In Memoriam: Floretta Dukes McKenzie, 1935-2015

Floretta D. McKenzie served from 1981 to 1988 as superintendent of the Washington, D.C., public school system. Dr. McKenzie served on the board of trustees at Howard University for more than 20 years.

The Next President of Huston-Tillotson University

The Next President of Huston-Tillotson University

Colette Pierce Burnette served on the staff at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, from 1999 to 2012 in such roles as vice president for administration, chief financial officer, vice president for information technology, and chief information officer.

Fort Valley State University President to Step Down in June

Fort Valley State University President to Step Down in June

Ivelaw Griffith, the ninth president of Fort Valley State University in Georgia, has announced that he will leave his post at the end of the academic year on June 30. He will have served as president for less than two years.

Study Finds Black Children Who Are Homeschooled Score Higher on Academic Assessment Tests

Study Finds Black Children Who Are Homeschooled Score Higher on Academic Assessment Tests

Homeschooling is a controversial issue in the African American community. A new study showing the Black students who are homeschooled perform better academically is likely to fuel the debate.

Timothy Beard Named the Next President of Pasco-Hernando State College

Timothy Beard Named the Next President of Pasco-Hernando State College

Dr. Beard has been on the staff at the college since 2007 and currently serves as vice president for student development and enrollment management. He will become president of the college on July 1.

Bucknell University Expels Three Students for Racist Comments

Bucknell University Expels Three Students for Racist Comments

Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, has expelled three students who were said to have made racist comments on a local radio broadcast.

Morris Brown College Emerges From Bankruptcy

Morris Brown College Emerges From Bankruptcy

In 2012, Morris Brown College in Atlanta filed for bankruptcy. After the sale of 26 acres of its campus to the city of Atlanta, the college has emerged from bankruptcy proceedings and will now seek to regain its accreditation.

Five New Administrative Appointees at Virginia State University

Five New Administrative Appointees at Virginia State University

The new appointees at Virginia State University are Kevin Davenport, Letizia Gambrell-Boone, Ramona L. Taylor, Pamela L. Munden-Off, and Eddie L. Perry Jr.

The Lincoln University Has Received the Archives of an Alumnus and World War II Vet

The Lincoln University Has Received the Archives of an Alumnus and World War II Vet

Waverly B. Woodson was a 21-year-old student at The Lincoln University when he suspended his studies to enlist in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the first Black battalion of the racially segregated U.S. Army that came ashore at Normandy on June 6, 1944.

Alain Mabanckou Is a Finalist for the Man Booker International Prize

Alain Mabanckou Is a Finalist for the Man Booker International Prize

Alain Mabanckou is a professor of French and Francophone studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. A native of the Congo, he taught at the University of Michigan for three years before joining the UCLA faculty in 2006.

North Carolina A&T State University Takes Ownership of 89-Year-Old Stadium

North Carolina A&T State University Takes Ownership of 89-Year-Old Stadium

North Carolina A&T State University has agreed to assume ownership of Memorial Stadium from the city of Greensboro. The university will also receive $1.5 million in funding to renovate the exterior of the facility.

New University Administrative Posts for Three African Americans

New University Administrative Posts for Three African Americans

The new appointees are Darryl Heller at Indiana University South Bend, Joanne Woodward at the University of North Texas in Denton, and Jabar Shumate at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

Prairie View A&M University Wins the Honda All-Star Challenge

Prairie View A&M University Wins the Honda All-Star Challenge

Since its inception in 1989, the Honda All-Star Challenge has awarded more than $7.5 million in grants to Black colleges and universities. This year’s national champion was a team from Prairie View A&M University in Texas.

Racism Rears Its Ugly Head at Duke University

Racism Rears Its Ugly Head at Duke University

A racist chant recently appeared on a video of SAE fraternity members at the University of Oklahoma. Now a Duke University student says she was subjected to the same song as she walked across campus. Then a noose was found hanging from a tree on the Duke campus.

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.

Black Students Issue Set of Demands to Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley

Black Students Issue Set of Demands to Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley

The Black students want the university to place greater emphasis on campus diversity and to hire psychologists and advisers to help Black students cope with campus life.

Previously Unseen Photos of the Selma-Montgomery Voting Rights March

Previously Unseen Photos of the Selma-Montgomery Voting Rights March

Southern Methodist University in Dallas has recently released a series of photographs of the 1965 Montgomery to Selma voting rights march that were taken by a student at the university. The photographs have never been published before.

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.