Study Finds That Black Students at Predominantly White Universities Face Stress From Family Members to Maintain Their Ethnic Identities

A new study published in the International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling finds that black students enrolled at a predominantly white university are subjected to stress from family members to maintain their cultural identities. 

Keisha Thompson, the lead author of the study who is a doctoral student in counseling psychology at Texas A&M University, states that black students “experience some stress and report interpersonal distancing from their families based on family pressure not to change.” Thompson goes on to write that black students at predominantly white colleges and universities face pressure to maintain their ethnic dialect and are often accused of acting white by family and other members of their home communities.

The authors recommend that colleges and universities educate their counseling staff to be aware of these sources of stress for their African-American students.


The New President of Seattle Central Community College

Paul Tracy Killpatrick is the new president of Seattle Central Community College. For the past two years, he has been serving as superintendent/president of Lake Tahoe Community College in California. Previously, Dr. Killpatrick was president of Great Basin College in Elko, Nevada.

Dr. Killpatrick is a graduate of Oregon State University. He holds a master’s degree in counseling from Western Oregon State University in Monmouth and an educational doctorate from Oregon State University.


Florida A&M University to Open a Satellite Campus of Its Pharmacy School

Historically black Florida A&M University is planning to launch a satellite campus of its pharmacy school in the city of Crestview. The city, in the western part of the Florida Panhandle, is about 150 miles from the university’s main campus in Tallahassee.

The city of Crestview has signed over the deed on the historical Alatex Building in the downtown area to the university. The Florida legislature has earmarked $8 million to renovate the building that once was a sewing factory.

The Crestview campus is expected to open in the fall of 2011 with enrollments of about 40 pharmacy students. Students at the Crestview campus will participate in real-time videoconferencing with classrooms at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Tallahassee.



Metropolitan College of New York Offers Graduate Scholarships to Six Haitian Students to Study Emergency and Disaster Management

Metropolitan College of New York in downtown Manhattan has announced that it will provide six full tuition scholarships for Haitian students to enroll in its master’s degree program in emergency and disaster management. The 16-month program will train the Haitian students to help their country in efforts to recover from the devastating earthquake that struck the country this past January.

Metropolitan College of New York has about 1,000 students, about half of whom are undergraduates. Blacks make up 63 percent of the student body.


The First Black President of the National Sheriffs Association Has Ties to Higher Education

Recently, B.J. Roberts, the sheriff of Hampton, Virginia, was elected president of the National Sheriffs Association. He is the first African American to lead the 20,000-member group in its 70-year history.

Sheriff Roberts began his law enforcement career as a patrolman for the police department in Newport News, Virginia. He then spent 19 years with the campus police department at Hampton University. There he moved up the ranks to become director of campus police and public safety. He was elected sheriff of the city of Hampton in 1992.


ATMs of Black-Operated Savings Bank Removed From Predominantly Black Campus of the City University of New York

At Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York, nearly 90 percent of the student body is black. Until recently the ATMs on this campus of the City University of New York belonged to the Carver Federal Savings Bank, the nation’s largest black-operated financial institution. But recently the ATMs were replaced by machines owned by Citibank.

The change was met with protests from community activists, faculty, and students. A college spokesperson said that the change was made because the Citibank ATMs were compatible with a special CUNY prepaid debit card that is used throughout the university system. The official said that the college would seek to add a Carver Federal ATM to complement the Citibank machines.


In Memoriam

Moses Senkumba Musoke (1943-2010)

Moses S. Musoke, associate professor of economics and finance at Empire State College in Hartsdale New York, died earlier this month from a brain aneurysm at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York. He was 66 years old.

A native of Uganda, Professor Musoke had been on the faculty at Empire State College, a campus of the State University of New York system, for 20 years. He previously taught at Rutgers University, Hamden-Sydney College in Virginia, and Edison Community College in Fort Myers, Florida.

Professor Musoke was a graduate of Makerere University in Uganda. He held master’s degrees from SUNY Binghamton and the University of Wisconsin, an MBA from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin.

Louyco Holmes Jr. (1924-2010)

Louyco Holmes Jr., a dentist and dental educator who was the first black student to graduate from the New Jersey College of Dentistry, died earlier this month at a hospital in Livingston, New Jersey. He was 86 years old.

Dr. Holmes was a native of Washington, D.C., and attended Howard University. After serving in the South Pacific during World War II, he returned to the United States and enrolled in the pharmacy school at Rutgers University. After graduation, he operated a pharmacy for 12 years and then enrolled in dental school. After graduating from the New Jersey College of Dentistry he joined the faculty there and began a dental practice.


Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations

• Robert F. Jefferson was named director of the African-American studies program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was an associate professor of history at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Dr. Jefferson is a 1986 graduate of Elon University in North Carolina. He holds a master’s degree from Old Dominion University and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan.

• Otis Sanford was named to the Helen and Jabie Hardin Chair of Excellence in Economics/Managerial Journalism at the University of Memphis. He has been serving as editor of opinions and editorials for the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Sanford is a graduate of the University of Mississippi.

• Christine Barrow was promoted to dean of Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland. She has been serving as chair of the college’s biology department.

Dr. Barrow is a graduate of Tuskegee University and holds a Ph.D. from Howard University.

• Connie L. Cochran was named director of alumni relations at historically black Texas Southern University. She was director of alumni relations and special events for the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

A graduate of Texas Southern University, Cochran holds a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Chicago State University.

• A. Benjamin Spencer, professor at the School of Law at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, was elected chair of the Virginia State Bar Association’s Section on the Education of Lawyers.

• Eric Hurley was promoted to associate professor of psychology and Africana studies at Pomona College in California. He was also granted tenure.

Dr. Hurley is a graduate of the University of Florida and holds a Ph.D. from Howard University.


Grants and Gifts

• Hampton University, the historically black educational institution in Virginia, received a $1 million grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation. The money will support the operation of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a continuing education initiative for older adults on the university campus.

The University of Arkansas received two grants totaling $125,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant will fund eight to 10 scholarships for low-income or minority students enrolled in the university’s master’s degree program in clinical social work.

• Howard University, the historically black educational institution in the nation’s capital, received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to train student nurses in radiology and occupational therapy.


Historically Black Fayetteville State University Raises Academic Standards

Fayetteville State University, the historically black educational institution in North Carolina, reports that new admission requirements instituted this year will reduce the size of the incoming class. The university rejected more applicants this spring than at any time in its 143-year history.

The university received about 1,900 applications for enrollment in the freshman class. It expects about 725 new first-year students to enroll next month. The average SAT score of incoming freshmen is up 15 points from a year ago.

In addition to higher admission standards, the university is cracking down on students who are not receiving good grades. Students whose grade point averages are below 2.0 are put on probation. These students must regularly meet with an academic adviser and attend peer tutoring sessions. If their GPA falls below 2.0 for a second time, the student will be suspended. The university’s internal research shows that only 10 percent of students whose GPA drops below 2.0 go on to earn a degree.



Hampton University’s New Virtual Campus Debuts on Monday

This coming Monday, the new virtual campus of historically black Hampton University will make its debut. HamptonU Online will enable students from around the world to complete their degree programs on the Internet.

The new online offering will include doctorate degree programs in business leadership, educational leadership and management, and nursing. Master’s degree programs in health administration and nursing will be available online. In addition, eight bachelor’s degrees and two associate’s degrees will be offered entirely online.


Howard University Announces Plans for Biotechnology Research Park

Howard University, the historically black educational institution in the nation’s capital, has announced plans for a new campus focusing on biotechnology research and development. The university owns a 108-acre plot of land in Beltsville in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where it hopes to build the new research center.

The university will need county officials to rezone the property. But the prospect of adding hundreds of jobs will be attractive to many county legislators.

University of Alabama Acquires Huge Collection Documenting the History of the South

The University of Alabama has announced the acquisition of the Williams Collection, a vast trove of documents, maps, books, and photographs documenting southern history. The university paid $3.5 million for the collection, which has been appraised at more than $12 million. Steve Williams, a retired insurance executive and 1958 graduate of the University of Alabama, began collecting historical materials in the 1960s. He housed the materials in a storefront in the town of Eufaula, but until now the collection has never been catalogued.

The collection includes about 20,000 rare books and 12,000 photographs, including many from the Civil War era. Items in the collection go back as far as 1687. The signatures of every president of the United States are included in documents in the collection.

The Williams Collection includes a large number of documents and photographs dealing with the African-American experience in the South. The items will be housed at the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library on the campus of the University of Alabama. The university hopes to have at least part of the collection available to historians by this fall.


New Medical Education Program Seeks to Increase the Number of Physicians in the Inner City

The Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy in Rootstown, Ohio, in conjunction with Cleveland State University, has established a new program designed to increase the number of primary-care physicians who serve inner-city neighborhoods. Under the program, high school students will be recruited into the program and they will do their premed studies at Cleveland State University. Thirty-five slots at the medical school will be reserved for premed graduates from Cleveland State. Scholarship grants and debt-reduction plans will be used as incentives to attract students to the program. In return for financial help in becoming physicians, the students agree to commit to spend time practicing in the inner city.


Berkeley Periodical Focuses on Black Unemployment

The Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California at Berkeley is now publishing a monthly report entitled Black Employment and Unemployment. The online report will provide a wide range of statistics on black employment, highlighting trends and attempting to focus the nation’s attention on the huge racial disparities in employment. Each report includes colorful charts and graphs that present a detailed look at the black employment situation.

Readers can access the monthly reports by clicking here.

Race Relations on Campus Database

Periodically, JBHE Weekly Bulletin will publish a selection of racial incidents that have occurred on the campuses of colleges and universities. Here are the latest incidents:

• Six black custodians who work at the Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum on the campus of Auburn University in Alabama have filed a race discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The complaint charges that white employees were offered more overtime opportunities than black employees. Also, of 11 custodial workers placed on layoff status, 10 were African Americans. Five of the six black custodians who filed the complaint lost their jobs. (Birmingham News, 6-10-10)

• Four white students have filed suit against historically black Savannah State University. The students charge that their football scholarships were rescinded because of their race. The students were originally recruited by a white coach who later resigned. (Atlanta Journal Constitution, 7-14-10)

• A former instructor at Casper College in Wyoming has filed a lawsuit claiming he was wrongly arrested by campus police. The college claims the professor was arrested for trespassing because he was no longer employed by the college. (Casper Star-Tribune, 7-15-10)


Southern University in Baton Rouge Faces a Reduction in Academic Programs Due to Budgetary Constraints

Kofi Lomotey, chancellor of the Baton Rouge campus of Southern University, is recommending major cuts in programs to close a steep budget shortfall. The cuts may force the layoff of 50 employees, and several courses and academic majors may be eliminated. Some 16 of the 88 academic programs at the university may be dropped or merged with other disciplines.

Dr. Lomotey stated that a year from now the university may have to close its School of Architecture. By targeting cuts for programs with few students, Dr. Lomotey hopes to minimize budget problems at the university’s more popular schools of business, nursing, and engineering.



Honors and Awards

• Wallace Dooley Jr., the sports information director at Tennessee State University, received the 25-Year Award from the College Sports Information Directors of America.

• Shirley Hymon-Parker, associate dean for research in the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Dr. Hymon-Parker is a graduate of North Carolina Central University in Durham. She holds a master’s degree from Cornell University and a doctorate in educational policy planning and administration from the University of Maryland.

Next month, Melvin T. Stith, dean of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, will receive the inaugural Williams-Qualls-Spratlen Multicultural Mentoring Award from the American Marketing Association Foundation.

Dean Stith is a graduate of Norfolk State University. He holds an MBA and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University.

• E. Elaine Moore, a founder of the Project Success program at El Camino Community College in California, received the John D. Rice Diversity and Equity Award from the chancellor of the California Community Colleges. The award is named after John D. Rice, a former member of the system’s board of governors and the father of former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice.

Moore is a graduate of Howard University and holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California.

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