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In Memoriam: Jacqueline Bolden Beck, 1931-2017

In Memoriam: Jacqueline Bolden Beck, 1931-2017

Dr. Beck started her career at Florida A&M University in 1958 as an instructor of nursing. She retired in 2000 after serving as the leader of the School of Allied Health Sciences at the university for 18 years.

Homicide Is the Biggest Contributor to Years of Lost Life Among African Americans

Homicide Is the Biggest Contributor to Years of Lost Life Among African Americans

In a revealing new study conducted by researchers at the Indiana University School of Public Health in Bloomington, it was established that homicide is the largest contributor to potential years of life lost among Black Americans. For Whites, homicide was the only 12th highest contributor to potential years of lost life.

New Assignments for Nine Black Faculty Members in Higher Education

New Assignments for Nine Black Faculty Members in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of Black scholars who have been hired or assigned new duties at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Indiana University Reports Encouraging Enrollment Numbers for African Americans

Indiana University Reports Encouraging Enrollment Numbers for African Americans

At the flagship campus at Bloomington, there are 1,907 African American students, a record number for this campus. Systemwide, there are 7,646 African Americans enrolled.

The New Director of the Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University

The New Director of the Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University

Terri Francis joined the faculty at Indiana University in 2014. Earlier, she taught for nine years in the department of African American studies and the film and media studies program at Yale University. She is an expert on African American cinema and Jamaican film history.

In Memoriam: Franklin D. Cleckley, 1940-2017

In Memoriam: Franklin D. Cleckley, 1940-2017

Franklin D. Cleckley was the Arthur B. Hodges Professor of Law Emeritus in the College of Law at West Virginia University. He taught at West Virginia University from 1969 until his retirement in 2013.

Indiana University Names New Leaders for Two Performing Ensembles

Indiana University Names New Leaders for Two Performing Ensembles

Stafford C. Berry Jr. was named the director of the African American Dance Company and James A. Strong Jr. will be the new leader of the Indiana University Soul Revue.

Six Black Women Scholars Taking on New Assignments

Six Black Women Scholars Taking on New Assignments

Black women faculty in new roles are Sherine Obare at Western Michigan University, Erinn Tucker at Georgetown University, Alyssa L. Harris at Boston College, Reena N. Goldthree at Princeton University, Carolyn Gentle-Genitty at IUPUI, and Eleanor Brown at Pennsylvania State University.

The Racial Gap in School Discipline Is Widest for Girls

The Racial Gap in School Discipline Is Widest for Girls

The study of middle and high school students in a large urban district by researchers at Indiana University and the University of Kentucky, found that Blacks girls are three times as likely as White girls to be sent to the principal’s office.

The Next Dean of the College of Education at the University of Rhode Island

The Next Dean of the College of Education at the University of Rhode Island

R. Anthony Rolle has been serving since 2014 as a professor and chair of the department of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Houston. Earlier, he taught at Texas A&M University and the University of South Florida.

Two African American Men Appointed to Named Professorships

Two African American Men Appointed to Named Professorships

Kevin L. Shropshire, and expert on the business of sports, has agreed to join the faculty at Arizona State University and Thomas Wilkins will be joining the faculty at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

Four Black Women Who Are Stepping Down From Their University Posts

Four Black Women Who Are Stepping Down From Their University Posts

The Black women who have announced their retirements are Sandra J. DeLoatch of Norfolk State University in Virginia, Iris Rosa of Indiana University, Jean Hampton of Texas Southern University, and Branwen Smith-King of Tufts University in Massachusetts.

Honors for Three African Americans at Major Universities

Honors for Three African Americans at Major Universities

James M. Rosser, former president of California State University, Los Angeles had a building named in his honor. Arletha McSwain of Bethune Cookman-University won an award for her efforts in distance learning and a portrait of Carrie Parker Taylor, the first Black woman to enroll at Indiana University, was unveiled.

New Scholarship Program at Indiana University School of Law Honors Julian Bond

New Scholarship Program at Indiana University School of Law Honors Julian Bond

Julian Bond, the noted civil rights leader, legislator, author, NAACP chair, and long-time faculty member at the University of Virginia who died in 2015, was the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Study Finds More Black Police May Not Prevent Police Shootings of African Americans

Study Finds More Black Police May Not Prevent Police Shootings of African Americans

A new study by researchers at Indiana University, finds that the hiring of more Black police officers will not reduce the number of Black citizens who are shot by police unless the percentage of Black officers on the force reaches 35 percent.

Andre Watts Named a Distinguished Professor at Indiana University

Andre Watts Named a Distinguished Professor at Indiana University

Indiana University has announced the appointment of nine scholars to the rank of Distinguished Professor. This is the highest academic rank at the university. One of the nine scholars named a Distinguished Professor is an African American.

White Supremacist Posters Put Up on Campus of Indiana University

White Supremacist Posters Put Up on Campus of Indiana University

The flyers portrayed the message of Identity Evropa, a White supremacist group that maintains a post office box in Oakdale, California.

Research Finds HIV Transmission Remains a Problem Among Older Blacks in Africa

Research Finds HIV Transmission Remains a Problem Among Older Blacks in Africa

The research examined the sexual behaviors of more than 5,000 adults over the age of 40 in rural South Africa. The study found that 23 percent of the older adults surveyed had HIV and half of these did not know they were infected.

University of Southern California to Launch the Race and Equity Center

University of Southern California to Launch the Race and Equity Center

The university has hired Shaun R. Harper to lead the new initiative and to serve as the Clifford and Betty Allen Professor in Urban Leadership. Currently, Professor Harper is the director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity at the University of Pennsylvania.

Indiana University's African American Dance Company's Cultural Exchange Tour in China

Indiana University’s African American Dance Company’s Cultural Exchange Tour in China

The African American Dance Company at Indiana University recently returned from a week-long visit to Beijing, China, where it participated in a cultural exchange program with the School of Law and Humanities at the China University of Mining and Technology.

Rod Paige to Lead Jackson State University in Mississippi

Rod Paige to Lead Jackson State University in Mississippi

In 2001, Rod Paige became the first African American to serve as Secretary of Education. In this role, he led the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Six Black Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments in Academia

Six Black Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments in Academia

Taking on new roles are Mae C. Jemison at Indiana University, Amanda B. Mbuvi at High Point University, Sarah Lewis at Harvard University, Lauren Sudeall Lucas at Georgia State University, Robert M. Sellers at the University of Michigan, and Norma Schropshire at Wayne State University.

Four Black Scholars Taking on New Roles at Colleges and Universities

Four Black Scholars Taking on New Roles at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new assignments are Kosali Simon at Indiana University, Juli Grigsby at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, Bobby L. Wilson at Texas Southern University in Houston, and Marcus Bellamy at Boston University.

The Flagship Campus of Indiana University Has a Record Number of Black Students

The Flagship Campus of Indiana University Has a Record Number of Black Students

There are 1,862 Black students on campus. But they make up only 4.3 percent of the total student body. Black enrollments at the state’s flagship university are less than one half of what would be called for if racial parity were to prevail to the percentage of Blacks in the state’s population.

Seven African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Seven African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of news of African Americans who have been appointed to administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Gloria Pryor James Is the New Provost at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas

Gloria Pryor James Is the New Provost at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas

Dr. James is the former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Virginia Union University in Richmond. She has also served as dean for undergraduate studies, professor of communication and executive assistant to the president of Clark Atlanta University in Georgia.

In Memoriam: Warren George Palmer, 1921-2016

In Memoriam: Warren George Palmer, 1921-2016

Warren G. Palmer was an associate professor emeritus in the School of Education and an associate professor emeritus of library science at the University of Michigan.

Black Children Are Far More Likely to Be Identified as Gifted If They Have a Black Teacher

Black Children Are Far More Likely to Be Identified as Gifted If They Have a Black Teacher

A new study finds that that African American children with a Black elementary school teacher were three times as likely to be identified for gifted education programs than African American children with a White elementary school teacher.

Tavis Smiley Gives Back to His Alma Mater

Tavis Smiley Gives Back to His Alma Mater

The author and television and radio broadcaster has established a new scholarship at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs that will be earmarked for African Americans with preference given to those who are the first in their family to attend college.

University Study Explores the Views of Ferguson Protestors

University Study Explores the Views of Ferguson Protestors

Jennifer E. Cobbina, an associate professor at Michigan State University, led a study which included a series of in-depth interviews with people who participated in protests following the shooting of Michael Brown by a White police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

In Memoriam: Crawford Joseph Mims, 1922-2016

In Memoriam: Crawford Joseph Mims, 1922-2016

During his long career in higher education, Dr. Sims taught at Rust College, Shorter College, and Philander Smith College. He was provost at Philander Smith College and on three occasions served as interim president of the historically Black educational institution.

Two African American Academics Win National Book Critic Circle Awards

Two African American Academics Win National Book Critic Circle Awards

This year, two of the six winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards are African Americans with current academic affiliations. They are Ross Gay who teaches in the creative writing program at Indiana University and Margo Jefferson who teaches at Columbia University and The New School.

The Discovery of a Poem Written by Indiana University's First Black Woman Student

The Discovery of a Poem Written by Indiana University’s First Black Woman Student

Carrie Parker Taylor, the daughter of former slaves, enrolled at Indiana University in 1898. Taylor dropped out of college after one year, got married, and raised six children. Recently, a poem penned by Taylor in 1915 was discovered.

Indiana University Assesses Its Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Indiana University Assesses Its Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

A diversity assessment was conducted by an independent consulting firm for Indiana University at Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The report found that progress has been made but noted areas that need improvement.

Ross Gay to Be Presented With the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Ross Gay to Be Presented With the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

The award, which comes with a $100,000 prize, is given annually to a mid-career poet. Ross Gay teaches in the creative writing program at Indiana University and for the low-residency master of fine arts degree program in poetry at Drew University in New Jersey.

Seven African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Seven African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Martino Harmon at Iowa State, Monica Green at Indiana University, Brian Dickens at Ithaca College, Joy Jefferson at Old Dominion University, Ebony Lewis at the University of California, Davis, Jasmine Buxton at Delaware State, and Ericka M. Jackson at Wayne State.