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The Snail-Like Progress of Racial Diversity in Sororities at the University of Alabama

The Snail-Like Progress of Racial Diversity in Sororities at the University of Alabama

This year’s sorority rush was just completed. There were 25 African American students who received bids among the 2,488 women who were accepted at traditionally White sororities. This is just a shade over 1 percent. Blacks are 11 percent of the undergraduate student body at the university.

Attica Locke to Receive the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

Attica Locke to Receive the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

The Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction is presented by the University of Alabama Law School and the ABA Journal. Locke is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Texas Southern University Chooses Its Next President

Texas Southern University Chooses Its Next President

Austin A. Lane has been serving as executive vice chancellor of Lone Star College System based in The Woodlands, Texas. From 2009 to 2015, Dr. Lane was president of the Montgomery campus of Lone Star College.

University Project Is Creating a Database of Runaway Slave Advertisements

University Project Is Creating a Database of Runaway Slave Advertisements

Researchers at Cornell University, the University of New Orleans, and the University of Alabama are collaborating on a project to digitize as many as 100,000 runaway slave advertisements that appeared in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century newspapers.

New Administrative Duties for Five Black Scholars at Major Universities

New Administrative Duties for Five Black Scholars at Major Universities

Hired to new posts are Carl E. Brown Sr. at Howard University, Clement Stokes at the University of California, Davis, Hope Murphy Tyehimba at North Carolina Central University, Eric Sexton at Wichita State University, and Sebastian Awondo at the University of Alabama.

Six African Americans Appointed to Key Posts in Higher Education Administration

Six African Americans Appointed to Key Posts in Higher Education Administration

Taking on new roles are Katherine Bassard at Virginia Commonwealth University, Vita C. Pickrum at Delaware State University, Adam A. Smith at the University of Alabama, Pamela A. Anthony at Southern Methodist University, Constance Mallette at Winston-Salem State University, and Ivan L. Harrell II at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

Historically Black Albany State University to Merge With Darton State College

Historically Black Albany State University to Merge With Darton State College

Arthur Dunning, interim president of Albany State University, has been selected as president of the new merged institution. The two educational institutions combined enroll close to 10,000 students.

The New President of Bishop State Community College

The New President of Bishop State Community College

Valerie Richardson has been serving as interim president of the college since August. She is the former vice president for institutional advancement and student services at Gadsden State Community College in Gadsden, Alabama.

Four Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Four Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are George L. Daniels of the University of Alabama, Lawanda Cummings of Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, Hewitt W. Matthews of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and Dawn J. Wright of Oregon State University.

Deborah Johnson Is the First African American to Win the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

Deborah Johnson Is the First African American to Win the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

The Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction is administered by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal. Johnson is the first woman and the first African American to win the prize.

Al M. Panu Appointed Chancellor of the University of South Carolina at Beaufort

Al M. Panu Appointed Chancellor of the University of South Carolina at Beaufort

Since 2013, Dr. Panu has served as senior vice president for university affairs at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega. Earlier he was vice president for academic affairs at Gainesville State College, which is now part of the University of North Georgia.

In Memoriam: Wallace Maryland Jr., 1933-2015

In Memoriam: Wallace Maryland Jr., 1933-2015

Professor Maryland began his tenure on the Alabama State University faculty in 1963 as an instructor of mathematics. He served as chair of the department of mathematics and physical sciences at the university from 1974 to his retirement in 2009.

New Appointments or Promotions for Black Faculty Members

New Appointments or Promotions for Black Faculty Members

Taking on new roles or responsibilities are Tirin Moore at Stanford University, Emma A. Faulk at Alabama State University, Jennifer F. Hamer at the University of Kansas, and Trudier Harris at the University of Alabama.

The New Dean of the College of Business at Alabama A&M University

The New Dean of the College of Business at Alabama A&M University

Delmonize Smith has been a successful entrepreneur, selling his first high-tech start-up company at the age of 25. He holds a Ph.D. in management from the University of Alabama.

Student Expelled From a Sorority at the University of Alabama for Using Racial Slur

Student Expelled From a Sorority at the University of Alabama for Using Racial Slur

The Chi Omega sorority at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa has expelled a member who used a racial slur in the caption of a photograph on Snapchat.

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.

One African American Among the Four Finalists for President of the University of Nebraska System

One African American Among the Four Finalists for President of the University of Nebraska System

Prior to his appointment as president of Central Michigan University in 2010, Dr. George Ross served as president of Alcorn State University in Mississippi.

In Memoriam: Bernard Williams, 1952-2014

In Memoriam: Bernard Williams, 1952-2014

Dr. Bernard Williams was the long-time director of the “Golden Voices” choir at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama. In addition to leading the choir, he served as college organist and was a professor of education.

The Good News and Bad News on Sororities at the University of Alabama

The Good News and Bad News on Sororities at the University of Alabama

This year 21 Black women were offered bids to join sororities at the University of Alabama. But Black women were just 1 percent of all new sororities members. The process was further tainted by a sorority member’s posting of a photograph with a racist caption.

University of Alabama's New Effort to Boost the Diversity of Its Business Students

University of Alabama’s New Effort to Boost the Diversity of Its Business Students

The Culverhouse College of Commerce at the University of Alabama has launched a new initiative aimed at increasing the diversity of incoming students.

Joan Yvette Davis Named Chancellor of Delgado Community College

Joan Yvette Davis Named Chancellor of Delgado Community College

Davis has been serving as interim president of Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A graduate of Bennett College, she is the former interim chancellor of the Alabama Community College System.

Three African American Faculty Members Win Awards

Three African American Faculty Members Win Awards

The honorees are Viola L. Acoff of the University of Alabama, Dorinda Carter Andrews of Michigan State University and Margaret A. Burnham of the Northeastern University School of Law.

Arthur Dunning Is the New Leader of Albany State University

Arthur Dunning Is the New Leader of Albany State University

Dr. Dunning was serving as a professor and senior research fellow at the Education Policy Center of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. He is expected to serve as interim president for up to one year.

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.

Eight African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Eight African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

The new appointees are Yvette Underfue Murph, Roger Sidje, Tysus D. Jackson, Keisha Williams, Lee H. Melvin, Wilbur L. Walters Jr., Curtis Campbell, and Victor K. Wilson.

New Initiative Looks to Boost the Number of Blacks in Graduate-Level Computer Science

New Initiative Looks to Boost the Number of Blacks in Graduate-Level Computer Science

Seven universities have been chosen by the National Science Foundation for participation in the Institute for African American Mentoring in Computing Sciences (iAAMCS, pronounced “I am CS”). The $5 million program is being led by computer scientists at Clemson University in South Carolina.

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.

Honors for Three Black Scholars

Honors for Three Black Scholars

The honorees are Archie Wade, a retired professor of kinesiology at the University of Alabama, Adriel Hilton of Grand Valley State University, and John Idowu of New Mexico State University.

In Memoriam: James Alexander Hood, 1942-2013

In Memoriam: James Alexander Hood, 1942-2013

Hood was one of two Black students who successfully integrated the University of Alabama in 1963. He spent only two months on a hostile campus before transferring to Wayne State University. Many years later, he returned to the University of Alabama to earn a doctoral degree.

Joyce Stallworth Appointed Associate Provost at the University of Alabama

Joyce Stallworth Appointed Associate Provost at the University of Alabama

Since 2004, she has been senior associate dean of the College of Education at the university and has been on the University of Alabama faculty since 1995.

In Memoriam: Yvonne Kennedy, 1945-2012

In Memoriam: Yvonne Kennedy, 1945-2012

She has served as an Alabama state representative since 1970 and was the former president of Bishop State Community College. She held a doctorate from the University of Alabama.

Notable Awards to African Americans in Higher Education

Notable Awards to African Americans in Higher Education

Samaa Abdurraqib of Bowdoin College, Bobby Wilson of the University of Alabama, and the department of Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst have been selected for prestigious honors.

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.

Curtis Reynolds Earns Promotion at the University of Florida

Curtis Reynolds Earns Promotion at the University of Florida

He was promoted to vice president for business affairs.