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Black Women Now Have the Highest Graduation Rate at the University of Georgia

Black Women Now Have the Highest Graduation Rate at the University of Georgia

The Office of Institutional Diversity at the university reports that for students who entered the university in 2008, 92.8 percent of all African American women had either earned their degrees within six years or had transferred to another educational institution. The rate for the student body as a whole is 84.6 percent.

Natasha Trethewey Awarded the 2016 Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement

Natasha Trethewey Awarded the 2016 Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement

Natasha Trethewey is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing and the director of the creative writing program at Emory University. She is the former poet laureate of the United States.

University of Georgia Study Examines Blacks' Reluctance to Seek Treatment for Depression

University of Georgia Study Examines Blacks’ Reluctance to Seek Treatment for Depression

A new study led by Rosalyn Denise Campbell, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia, finds that the stigma of mental illness in the African American community has a major dragging effect on the rate of Black Americans who seek treatment for depression.

Race and Rural Location Impact Black Students' Access to College

Race and Rural Location Impact Black Students’ Access to College

Interviews with African Americans in rural high schools found that students overwhelmingly felt that they had encouragement and support to go to college, yet didn’t have access to academically rigorous classes or enough one-on-one time with a counselor to get help with the college admission process.

The University of Georgia Reports an Increase in Black First-Year Students

The University of Georgia Reports an Increase in Black First-Year Students

While the number of Black students in the entering class at the University of Georgia is up 10 percent from a year ago, there is still a very long way to go before racial parity with the state’s Black population is achieved.

W. Franklin Evans Takes the Reins at Voorhees College in South Carolina

W. Franklin Evans Takes the Reins at Voorhees College in South Carolina

Dr. Evans is the former provost and chief academic officer at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, where he also served as interim president. Earlier in his career, he was vice president of academic affairs at Virginia Union University in Richmond.

Robert J. Jones Named Chancellor of the Urbana Campus of the University of Illinois

Robert J. Jones Named Chancellor of the Urbana Campus of the University of Illinois

Dr. Jones will also serve as a vice president for the three-campus University of Illinois system and as a tenured professor in the department of crop science in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. He has been serving as president of the University at Albany.

In Memoriam: Horace Taliaferro Ward, 1927-2016

In Memoriam: Horace Taliaferro Ward, 1927-2016

Horace Ward was a long-time federal judge who was the first African American to apply to the University of Georgia. His application for admission to the university’s law school was reject due to his race.

H. James Williams Named President of Mount Saint Joseph University in Cincinnati

H. James Williams Named President of Mount Saint Joseph University in Cincinnati

Dr. Williams was president of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, from 2013 to September 2015. Previously, he served as dean of the business school at Grand Valley State University.

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.

New Administrative Duties for Seven African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Duties for Seven African Americans in Higher Education

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

Two Flagship State Universities Report Progress on Student Diversity

Two Flagship State Universities Report Progress on Student Diversity

Blacks are 5.3 percent of the first-year class at the University of Texas at Austin, up from 4.2 percent a year ago. At the University of Colorado at Boulder, the number of African American undergraduates students is up 8 percent from a year ago.

Three Black Scholars Take on New Teaching Assignments

Three Black Scholars Take on New Teaching Assignments

Llewellyn J. Cornelius was appointed to a named professorship at the University of Georgia School of Social Work. Elicia Cowins is a new assistant professor of accounting at Washington and Lee University in Virginia and Jimmie Witt has joined the faculty at Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois.

African American Forest Owners in the South Tend to Shun Federal Assistance

African American Forest Owners in the South Tend to Shun Federal Assistance

A new study by scholars at the University of Georgia finds that many African American forest landowners do not take advantage of the federal assistance programs available to them. Legal and financial issues and distrust of the government limit participation.

Two African Americans Are Leaving Their High-Level Posts at Flagship State Universities

Two African Americans Are Leaving Their High-Level Posts at Flagship State Universities

Linda Williams, associate chancellor and chief ethics, risk and compliance officer at the University of California Berkeley has retired and Maurice Daniels, dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia, is returning to the faculty.

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.

Three Black Women in Higher Education Win Notable Awards

Three Black Women in Higher Education Win Notable Awards

The honorees are Wanda Heading-Grant of the University of Vermont, Juanita Johnson-Bailey of the University of Georgia, and Emile M. Towns, dean of the Vanderbilt University Divinity School.

University of Southern Mississippi President Gets Contract Extension

University of Southern Mississippi President Gets Contract Extension

Just three days after Dr. Rodney Bennett had been named the 10th president of the University of Southern Mississippi in February 2103, a devastating tornado hit the Hattiesburg campus.

New Book Series Planned on the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection

New Book Series Planned on the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection

The University of Georgia Press and Morehouse College have announced that they will develop a new book series based on the Martin Luther King Jr. collection held at Morehouse. The archive at Morehouse contains more than 10,000 items.

Honors and Awards Presented to Four African American Scholars

Honors and Awards Presented to Four African American Scholars

The honorees are Toni Morrison, professor emerita at Princeton, Paul Meacham, former president of the College of Southern Nevada, Adriel A. Hilton of Western Carolina University, and K. Paige Carmichael of the University of Georgia.

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.

Center for Law and Social Justice Debuts at Bethune-Cookman University

Center for Law and Social Justice Debuts at Bethune-Cookman University

The director of the new center is Hubert Grimes, who served as a circuit court judge in Florida for 25 years. Grimes also taught at the Florida A&M University School of Law for seven years.

Two African Americans Appointed to University Administrative Posts

Two African Americans Appointed to University Administrative Posts

Kecia Thomas was named associate dean for faculty leadership development and diversity at the University of Georgia and Miron P. Billingsley is the new vice chancellor of student affairs at North Carolina Central University.

Professor Lonnie Brown Is One of Four Finalists for Dean of the University of Georgia Law School

Professor Lonnie Brown Is One of Four Finalists for Dean of the University of Georgia Law School

Professor Brown is the associate dean of academic affairs at the law school. He joined the faculty at the law school in 2002 and currently holds the A. Gus Cleveland Distinguished Chair of Legal Ethics and Professionalism.

Black Couples in Committed Relationships Are Healthier, Regardless of Marital Status

Black Couples in Committed Relationships Are Healthier, Regardless of Marital Status

A study conducted at the University of Georgia finds that Black couples in committed relationships – regardless of marital status – are healthier than other African Americans. But Blacks who had a committed partner of another race were not healthier than single African Americans.

Emory University Scholar to Receive the Lillian Smith Book Award

Emory University Scholar to Receive the Lillian Smith Book Award

Bernard Lafayette Jr., the Distinguished Senior Scholar-in-Residence at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, is being honored for his book about his time as leader of the Selma, Alabama, voting rights protests.

University of Georgia Scholar Honored for His Work on Climate Change

University of Georgia Scholar Honored for His Work on Climate Change

J. Marshall Shepherd, the UGA Athletic Association Professor in the Social Sciences at the University of Georgia, was named a Captain Planet Protector of the Earth by Ted Turner’s Captain Planet Foundation.

University of Georgia Shows the Oldest Known Movie of Blacks Playing Baseball

University of Georgia Shows the Oldest Known Movie of Blacks Playing Baseball

The 26-second film of African Americans in 1919 at the Pebble Hill Plantation near Thomasville, Georgia, was recently screened at a conference, co-sponsored by the State University of New York College at Oneonta and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

A New Post-Baccalaureate Research Program for Minorities in the Biomedical Sciences

A New Post-Baccalaureate Research Program for Minorities in the Biomedical Sciences

The University of Georgia has launched a new post-baccalaureate research program aimed at increasing the number of students from underrepresented minority groups who pursue careers in the biomedical sciences.

Three Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Three Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Kennard Brown of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Velma McBride Murry of Vanderbilt University, and Gregory H. Robinson of the University of Georgia.

University of Georgia to Honor Its First Black Applicant

University of Georgia to Honor Its First Black Applicant

The University of Georgia, which more than 60 years ago did not consider Horace Ward’s application for admission because of his race, has decided to award him an honorary doctor of laws degree.

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 Georgia Study Links Racial Discrimination to Risk of Disease

University of Georgia Study Links Racial Discrimination to Risk of Disease

The study found that African American youth who experience frequent incidents of discrimination are more likely than others to develop heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and stroke.

Honors for Four Black Scholars

Honors for Four Black Scholars

The honorees are Tiffany Washington of the University of Georgia, Karin Edwards of Three Rivers Community College, Eric Sheppard of Hampton University, and Oluwatoni Aluko of Meharry Medical College.

Dr. Obie Clayton Appointed to an Endowed Chair at Clark Atlanta University

Dr. Obie Clayton Appointed to an Endowed Chair at Clark Atlanta University

Since 2011, Dr. Clayton has been serving as the Donald L. Hollowell Distinguished Professor of Social Justice and Civil Rights Studies at the University of Georgia’s School of Social Work.

African American Teachers Tend to Reduce Black Teenage Pregnancy Rates

African American Teachers Tend to Reduce Black Teenage Pregnancy Rates

Black teenage girls in Georgia are significantly more likely to become pregnant than White teenage girls. But the research shows that for Black teenage girls who have African American teachers, the pregnancy rate goes down.