Archive for October, 2015

Wilberforce University Enters Partnership With Ohio State University for Research Training

Wilberforce University Enters Partnership With Ohio State University for Research Training

The “Buckeye Connection at Wilberforce” will offer research training internship opportunities in higher education studies at Ohio State University for undergraduate students at historically Black Wilberforce University.

Three Black Faculty Members Taking on New Roles

Three Black Faculty Members Taking on New Roles

Mignon R. Moore is a new associate professor of sociology at Barnard College. Kara Walker was named to an endowed chair at Rutgers University and Jenna Hatcher is taking on new duties at the University of Kentucky’s College of Nursing.

Howard University May Auction Off Its Public Television Station

Howard University May Auction Off Its Public Television Station

Howard University in Washington, D.C., has been operating a public television station for the past 35 years. Now the university is considering auctioning off the channel in order to improve its financial position.

Honors and Awards for Five Black Scholars

Honors and Awards for Five Black Scholars

The honorees are the late Clement A. Price of Rutgers University, Thomas H. Epps III of the University of Delaware, James E. Coleman Jr. of Duke University, Ngondi Kamatuka of the University of Kansas, and Sheila Jackson of Mississippi State University.

Albany State University Fires Four Employees of it Financial Aid Office

Albany State University Fires Four Employees of it Financial Aid Office

After an audit by the University System of Georgia found “serious misconduct” four employees were fired. According to a report in the Albany Herald, one employee of the university had received $270,000 in financial aid funds going back to 1985.

New Administrative Roles in Higher Education for Five African Americans

New Administrative Roles in Higher Education for Five African Americans

Taking on new roles are Amy Cole at Oklahoma State University, Tresmaine Grimes at Bloomfield College, Charlene Moore Hayes at Johns Hopkins University, Nashid Madyum at Florida A&M University, and Maurice Anthony Chandler at All Saints Bible College.

A Plague of Gun Violence on College Campuses

A Plague of Gun Violence on College Campuses

There have been a rash of shooting incidents on college campuses across the nation. HBCUs have not been immune to this gun violence. But some are already taking action.

University of Delaware Allocates $1 Million as a First Installment for Diversity Initiatives

University of Delaware Allocates $1 Million as a First Installment for Diversity Initiatives

The University of Delaware, has announced the allocation of $1 million for diversity initiatives. The dean of the College of Arts and Sciences says that the allocation will be a recurring expense, not just a one-time expenditure.

Ohio University Aims to Boost Retention of Black and Minority Faculty Members

Ohio University Aims to Boost Retention of Black and Minority Faculty Members

The Multicultural Junior Faculty Mentoring Program that will assign new junior faculty members from underrepresented groups a senior faculty member who will serve as a mentor.

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.

Five Black Scholars Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Five Black Scholars Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

The National Academy of Medicine, formerly known as the Institute for Medicine, has chosen five Black scholars among its new class of 70 fellows.

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.

Tuskegee University Receives Four Paintings by Benny Andrews

Tuskegee University Receives Four Paintings by Benny Andrews

Tuskegee University in Alabama received a donation of four paintings by the late artist Benny Andrews from the United Negro College Fund. The paintings have a value of more than $100,000.

Indiana University's Jacinda Townsend Wins Award for Her First Novel

Indiana University’s Jacinda Townsend Wins Award for Her First Novel

Jacinda Townsend, an associate professor of English at Indiana University, is being honored by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Rochester.

Department of Education Awards $13.7 Million to 23 Predominantly Black Colleges

Department of Education Awards $13.7 Million to 23 Predominantly Black Colleges

Institutions receiving funds to strengthen academic programs are not historically Black colleges and universities but other institutions with a large percentage of Black students.

In Memoriam: Elizabeth N. Noel, 1951-2015

In Memoriam: Elizabeth N. Noel, 1951-2015

Dr. Noel joined the faculty at Prairie View A&M University in Texas in 1981. She served as professor, department chair, dean of the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, and associate vice president for research.

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.

Colleges Removing Reminders of the Confederacy From Campus

Colleges Removing Reminders of the Confederacy From Campus

The University of Mississippi has taken down the official flag of the State of Mississippi because it has a Confederate battle flag in one corner. Bowdoin College in Maine is ending a scholarship honoring Jefferson Davis and returning the endowed fund to the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

The Leadership Saga at Florida A&M University

The Leadership Saga at Florida A&M University

President Elmira Mangum narrowly survived an effort by some members of the board of trustees to oust her from her post. The next day, the chair of the board of trustees stepped down from his post.

Blacks Are More Likely Than Whites to Be Enrolled in School

Blacks Are More Likely Than Whites to Be Enrolled in School

More than 30 percent of African Americans over the age of 3 are enrolled in school at some level compared to 22 percent of Whites. But Whites still hold an edge in college enrollments, particularly among men.

Pamela Hammond to Step Down as Interim President of Virginia State University

Pamela Hammond to Step Down as Interim President of Virginia State University

Dr. Hammond has been serving as interim president since January 1, 2015. She is the first woman to serve as president of the university. Dr. Hammond is the former provost at Hampton University.

University of Maryland Study Shows Black Arts Groups Are Struggling

University of Maryland Study Shows Black Arts Groups Are Struggling

“In 2015, a large number of arts organizations of color are struggling, in some cases desperately,” conclude the authors of the report from the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland.

Hampton University Faculty Member Wins Miss Virginia Crown

Hampton University Faculty Member Wins Miss Virginia Crown

Desiree Williams, an assistant professor of physical therapy at Hampton University, was recently crowned Miss Virginia and will compete in the 2016 Miss USA pageant.

Stanford-Led Sanitary Intervention in Mali Improved Child Health

Stanford-Led Sanitary Intervention in Mali Improved Child Health

A new study led by researchers at Stanford University finds that efforts to increase the use of sanitary facilities in rural African communities can have a significant impact on child growth and health.

New Teaching Posts for Five Black Faculty Members

New Teaching Posts for Five Black Faculty Members

Taking on new assignments are Tarell Alvin McCraney at the University of Miami, Mary D. Bruce at Governors State University, George Ude at Bowie State University, Berhanu Nega at Bucknell University, and Chris Webber at Wake Forest University.

Virginia State University to Help South African Province on Farming Infrastructure

Virginia State University to Help South African Province on Farming Infrastructure

Under the agreement faculty members at Virginia State University will work with officials in the South Africa to address a “deteriorating farming infrastructure” in the Eastern Cape Province.

Three African American Scholars Awarded Notable Honors

Three African American Scholars Awarded Notable Honors

The honorees are David Hall, president of the University of the Virgin Islands, Fannie Gaston-Johansson, the first Black woman full professor at Johns Hopkins University, and William Cooley, former dean of the College of Business at Jackson State University.

Kentucky State University Sees a Decline in Enrollments But a Rise in Its Retention Rate

Kentucky State University Sees a Decline in Enrollments But a Rise in Its Retention Rate

There are 165 second-year students on campus this year who matriculated last fall. This is 60.2 percent of last year’s entering class of 274 students. A year ago the retention rate was 43.7 percent.

Five New Administrative Appointments at HBCUs

Five New Administrative Appointments at HBCUs

The new appointees are LeVon E. Wilson at Clark Atlanta University, Christopher Withers at St. Augustine’s University, Elise Durham at Florida A&M University, Genese Lavalais at Jackson State University, and Marcus Burgess at Florida Memorial University.

The Extreme Science Scholars at Morgan State University

The Extreme Science Scholars at Morgan State University

The Army Research Laboratory has expanded its effort to increase the number of minority students in STEM fields by creating the Extreme Science Scholar program at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

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.

African American Historian Honored for His Biography of Stokely Carmichael

African American Historian Honored for His Biography of Stokely Carmichael

Peniel E. Joseph, professor of history at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, received the National Book Award from the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis.

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.

Middlebury College Names New Intercultural Center After Two Early Black Alumni

Middlebury College Names New Intercultural Center After Two Early Black Alumni

The new Anderson Freeman Resource Center was named after Mary Annette Anderson, the valedictorian of the Class of 1889 and Martin Henry Freeman of the Class of 1849 who later became president of Liberia College.

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 Massachusetts Debuts New Diversity Website

University of Massachusetts Debuts New Diversity Website

The new website offers visitors a one-stop location for information on campus support systems, organizations, policies and procedures, and news relating to all university programs on diversity, equity and inclusion.