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University of Kentucky Scholar Named Rhetorician of the Year

University of Kentucky Scholar Named Rhetorician of the Year

Adam J. Banks, professor in the department of writing, rhetoric, and digital studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky, was named the 2014 Rhetorician of the Year by the The Young Rhetoricians Conference.

The First African American Dean of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University

The First African American Dean of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Kenneth B. Chance Sr. has been serving as a professor and chief of endodontics at the University of Kentucky. He is the former dean of the School of Dentistry at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.

New Alliance Seeks to Boost Black and Other Minorities in STEM Fields

New Alliance Seeks to Boost Black and Other Minorities in STEM Fields

Under the program, nine colleges and universities in Kentucky and West Virginia will seek to increase the percentage of minority students in STEM disciplines by 15 percent by 2016.

New Scholarship Program for Mechanical Engineers at Kentucky State University

New Scholarship Program for Mechanical Engineers at Kentucky State University

The new scholarship program, funded by a grant from Toyota, will provide full-tuition scholarships for three years at Kentucky State and two years at the University of Kentucky.

African American Debaters Make History

African American Debaters Make History

Nadia Lewis and Jamila Ahmed, African American students at Fresno State University in California, placed first and second at the recent Henry Clay Invitational Debates held at the University of Kentucky.

Record Black First-Year Enrollments at the University of Kentucky

Record Black First-Year Enrollments at the University of Kentucky

There are 555 African American first-year students on campus this fall. Blacks make up 11.8 percent of the entering class. This percentage is particularly impressive given the fact that Blacks are just 8 percent of the state’s population.

Heidi Anderson Named Provost at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Heidi Anderson Named Provost at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

When Dr. Anderson takes office in July, the university’s two highest officials, president and provost, both will be African American women. Helen F. Giles-Gee became the university’s president a year ago. Only 6 percent of the undergraduate student body at the university is Black.

The New Poet Laureate for the Commonwealth of Kentucky

The New Poet Laureate for the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Frank X Walker is an associate professor in the department of English at the University of Kentucky. He also serves as director of the university’s African American and Africana studies program. Professor Walker is credited with coining the term “Affrilachia.”

Poet Nikky Finney to Join the Faculty at the University of South Carolina

Poet Nikky Finney to Join the Faculty at the University of South Carolina

After more than 20 years at the University of Kentucky, this fall Professor Finney will take the John H. Bennett Jr. Chair of Southern Literature and Creative Writing at the University of South Carolina.

University Study Examines Suicide Ideation Among Lower Income African American Women

University Study Examines Suicide Ideation Among Lower Income African American Women

A study by researchers at the University of Kentucky examines the relationship between racial and gender discrimination and suicide ideation.

Record African American Enrollments at the University of Kentucky

Record African American Enrollments at the University of Kentucky

In a state where Blacks are 8 percent of the population, African Americans make up 11 percent of this year’s entering class.

Five Black Scholars Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Five Black Scholars Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

E. Janyce Dawkins, Berenecea Johnson Eanes, Nosa O. Egiebor, Quentin R. Tyler, and Donnell Butler have been appointed to new administrative posts.

Vanderbilt Debuts Digital Archive of 1964 Taped Interviews of Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement

Vanderbilt Debuts Digital Archive of 1964 Taped Interviews of Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement

The interviews were conducted by Robert Penn Warren for his book Who Speaks for the Negro?

Deneese Jones Named Provost at Drake University

Deneese Jones Named Provost at Drake University

Since 2005 she has been dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Longwood University in Virginia.

University of Kentucky Professor Honored for Her Poetry

University of Kentucky Professor Honored for Her Poetry

Nikky Finney wins the National Book Award for her fourth volume of poems.

The University of Kentucky Merges Africana and African-American Studies

The University of Kentucky Merges Africana and African-American Studies

Director Frank Walker hopes to hire new faculty and offer a bachelor’s degree in the field.

Grants and Gifts

• The University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health received a five-year, $2,860,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study HIV/AIDS in the African-American male population. The grant will be used to develop and test a clinic-based safe-sex program for young black males. • Parsons The New School for Design in New York City received […]