Archive for December, 2015

African Americans Making Some Progress in Business Ownership

African Americans Making Some Progress in Business Ownership

Among recent African American college graduates, degrees in business administration are the most popular. Thus, it would make sense to believe that African Americans would be gaining ground in business ownership. New data confirms that this is so.

Two Black Men Named to Ivy League University Faculties

Two Black Men Named to Ivy League University Faculties

Khalil Gibran Muhammad was appointed professor of history, race, and public policy at the Kennedy School at Harvard University and Desmond Jagmohan was named an assistant professor of politics at Princeton University.

Great Success for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Physical Therapy Program

Great Success for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Physical Therapy Program

At the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, all graduates of its doctoral program in physical therapy have passed the licensure examination in each of the past two years.

Two African Americans Honored With Major Awards

Two African Americans Honored With Major Awards

A. Van Jordan, Presidential Professor at Rutgers University-Newark, is the winner of the 2015 Lannan Literary Award for Poetry and Walter Bumphus, president of the American Association of Community Colleges will be awarded the inaugural Marie Fielder Medal.

Claflin University Establishes Partnership With Savannah River Nuclear Solutions

Claflin University Establishes Partnership With Savannah River Nuclear Solutions

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions is responsible for operating the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River National Laboratory near Aiken, South Carolina. It will provide scholarships and internship opportunities for Claflin University students.

New Administrative Appointments in Higher Education for Two African Americans

New Administrative Appointments in Higher Education for Two African Americans

Odetta Johnson was named director of public safety and chief of police at North Carolina Central University and Martin Mbugua was appointed assistant vice president of communications at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Stillman College Cuts Back on Its Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

Stillman College Cuts Back on Its Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

Stillman College, the historically Black educational institution in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has announced that it is eliminating 10 of its 12 intercollegiate athletics programs for the 2016-17 academic year.

In Memoriam: Walter J. Leonard, 1929-2015

In Memoriam: Walter J. Leonard, 1929-2015

Dr. Leonard served as president of Fisk University from 1977 to 1984. Earlier he held several posts at Harvard University and is credited with being a major force in the racial diversity of the student body at Harvard.

Four African Americans Win Marshall Scholarships

Four African Americans Win Marshall Scholarships

This year 32 Marshall Scholarships were awarded for American students to spend two years in graduate study at a university in the United Kingdom. It appears from JBHE research, that four of this year’s 32 winners are African Americans.

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.

The Fordham Bronx African American History Project Is Now Available Online

The Fordham Bronx African American History Project Is Now Available Online

The Fordham Bronx African American History Project includes downloadable audio files and verbatim transcripts of 300 oral history interviews conducted between 2002 and 2013.

North Carolina Central University to Offer a Bachelor's Degree Program at a Community College

North Carolina Central University to Offer a Bachelor’s Degree Program at a Community College

North Carolina Central University, the historically Black educational institution in Durham, has announced that it will establish a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice on the campus of Vance-Granville Community 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.

Howard University Signs Agreement With Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey

Howard University Signs Agreement With Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey

Under the agreement students who successfully complete an associate’s degree at Raritan Valley Community College will be guaranteed admission to Howard University as long as they meet prerequisite course requirements and have maintained an acceptable grade point average.

In Memoriam: William Alexander Darity Sr., 1924-2015

In Memoriam: William Alexander Darity Sr., 1924-2015

Williams Alexander Darity Sr. was professor emeritus of public health and the founding dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Norfolk State University Teams Up With Local Sheriff's Department

Norfolk State University Teams Up With Local Sheriff’s Department

The Norfolk State University/Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office Cadet/Internship Program will offer university students majoring in sociology, psychology, or political science the opportunity to earn credits by participating in the Summer Basic Jailer Academy Program.

New Director Seeks to Expand the Focus of Emory's James Weldon Johnson Institute

New Director Seeks to Expand the Focus of Emory’s James Weldon Johnson Institute

Andra Gillespie, an associate professor of political science at Emory University, is seeking to expand the scope of the institute from one dealing mostly with the humanities to a large number of academic disciplines.

High Level of Homelessness and Hunger Among Black Students at Community Colleges

High Level of Homelessness and Hunger Among Black Students at Community Colleges

The study authored by scholars at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Michigan found that 31 percent of African American students – nearly one third of all African American students at community colleges – exhibited very low levels of food security. Some 18 percent were homeless.

Virginia State University Names Its New President

Virginia State University Names Its New President

Makola M. Abdullah has been serving as provost and chief academic officer at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. At the time he earned his doctorate, he was the youngest African American to have ever received a Ph.D. in engineering.

University Study Finds Racial Bias Among Mainline Protestant Church Denominations

University Study Finds Racial Bias Among Mainline Protestant Church Denominations

Researchers at the University of Connecticut have found in a new study that mainline protestant denominations, many of which participated on the front lines of the civil rights movement were less likely to be welcoming to prospective Black members than conservative evangelical denominations.

Some Startling Statistics on the Racial Wealth Gap in the United States

Some Startling Statistics on the Racial Wealth Gap in the United States

Components of family wealth are commonly used to offset or pay college costs. In measurements of wealth, African Americans are at a major disadvantage. A new report presents some startling data on just how wide the racial wealth gap has become.

Combating Racial Disparities in Unintended Pregnancies

Combating Racial Disparities in Unintended Pregnancies

A new study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health has documented characteristics of women who are likely to have unintended pregnancies allowing policy makers to tailor interventions to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies among particular populations.

Augustine Agho Will Be the Next Provost at Old Dominion University in Norfolk

Augustine Agho Will Be the Next Provost at Old Dominion University in Norfolk

Currently, Dr. Agho serves as dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Indiana University. Earlier in his career he served as dean at the University of Michigan-Flint and at Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis.

Historian Wins Two Book Awards for Her Work on Black Women in Pornography

Historian Wins Two Book Awards for Her Work on Black Women in Pornography

Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has won awards from the American Studies Association and the National Women’s Studies Association for her book A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography.

Savannah State University Partners With Albany Technical College

Savannah State University Partners With Albany Technical College

The partnership will allow students who complete an associate’s degree programs in civil engineering technology or business logistics management at Albany Technical College to transfer to Savannah State University to complete a bachelor’s degree program in business administration.

Two African American Scholars Honored With Major Awards

Two African American Scholars Honored With Major Awards

The honorees are Katherine Grace Hendrix, a professor in the department of communication at the University of Memphis and Anthony Reed, an associate professor of English and African American studies at Yale University.

Mississippi Valley State University Adds Two Academic Programs

Mississippi Valley State University Adds Two Academic Programs

The new academic programs are pre-law/legal studies and general studies. Also, the concentrations of political science and public administration have been consolidated into one program known as government and politics.

New Administrative Jobs for Four Black Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Jobs for Four Black Americans in Higher Education

The new appointees are Simeon Ananou at the University at Albany, Tyrone A. Parham at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Nicole Whitehead at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, and Jason D. Hamilton at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.

Delaware State University Teams Up With Two Universities in Asia

Delaware State University Teams Up With Two Universities in Asia

Delaware State University, the historically Black educational institution in Dover, recently signed agreements with Yeungnam University College in South Korea and Changchun University in China.

In Memoriam: Bill T. Ridgeway, 1926-2015

In Memoriam: Bill T. Ridgeway, 1926-2015

When Dr. Ridgeway joined the faculty at Eastern Illinois University in 1966, he was one of very few African Americans on the faculty. He taught at Eastern Illinois University for many years. retiring in the 1980s.

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.

University of Kentucky Covers a Mural Showing Slaves in a Tobacco Field

University of Kentucky Covers a Mural Showing Slaves in a Tobacco Field

The University of Kentucky has decided to cover up a mural in the atrium of Memorial Hall that shows slaves working in a tobacco field. The mural, which is 38 feet wide and 11 feet tall, will remain covered until the university decides how and where the artwork will be preserved.

University of Iowa Receives Archives of a Veteran of Freedom Summer

University of Iowa Receives Archives of a Veteran of Freedom Summer

Eric Morton, who was a coordinator for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Mississippi during the 1964 Freedom Summer voter registration drive, became friends with students from the University of Iowa who came South to help in the effort.

When Harvard President Drew Faust Used Morehouse College as a Safe Haven

When Harvard President Drew Faust Used Morehouse College as a Safe Haven

In 1965 Drew Gilpin Faust, now president of Harvard University, traveled south to participate in the civil rights movement. Apprehensive about driving a car with northern license plates during tumultuous times, she spent the night in a parking lot at Morehouse 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.