Monthly Archives: June 2012

In Memoriam: Freddye T. Davy, 1933-2012

She was director of the Honors College at Hampton University. This spring the college was renamed in her honor.

Author’s Son Seeks Ownership of a Malcolm X Letter Now in the Syracuse University Archives

The son of Alex Haley, who helped Malcolm X with his autobiography, states that the letter may be worth as much as $650,000.

New Endowed Chair on Sexuality and Religion Established at Morehouse School of Medicine

The chair is thought to be the only professorial post on sexuality and religion at a U.S. medical school.

Central State University Forms Educational Partnerships With Other Colleges and Universities

The historically Black university has made agreements with Stark State College, Clark State Community College, and Miami University.

Coppin State University to Offer Fully Online Bachelor’s Degree Program in Management

Beginning this September, students can enroll in the online bachelor's degree program in management that was designed in conjunction with Pearson Learning Solutions.

Tuskegee University Breaks Ground on New Science Building

The building is named after the late James Henry Meriwether Henderson, a Tuskegee professor and administrator who spent more than 50 years at the university.

Television Viewing Can Negatively Impact the Self-Esteem of Young African Americans

The results found that for Black and White girls and young Black males, their self esteem was lower the more they watched television. But for White males who watched a lot of television, their self-esteem increased.

Racial Bias Found in the Assignment of the Writing of Majority Opinions in State Supreme Court Cases

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Georgia and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

University Study Finds That Exercise Alone Does Little to Prevent Obesity Among Black Girls

Official U.S. government data finds that 39 percent of adult African American women are obese. But new research finds that exercise alone may not be adequate to reduce rates of obesity.

Board of Trustees at Florida A&M Votes “No Confidence” in University’s President

President James Ammons, who became president in 2007 and signed a five-year extension to his contract a year ago, vowed to stay on and deal with issues confronting the educational institution.

The New Dean of the College of Education at the New York Institute of Technology

Satasha L. Green has been serving as associate dean and associate professor of counseling and special education at the University of Alaska at Anchorage.

Cathy Cohen Honored for Her Undergraduate Teaching

The Quantrell Award, established in 1938 at the University of Chicago, is considered the nation's oldest prize for undergraduate teaching.

Leonard L. Haynes III Honored for a Lifetime of Service in Higher Education

The senior director of institutional services for the Office of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education, was elected into the Education and Human Ecology Hall of Fame at Ohio State University.

Danyale Taylor to Lead the Black College Dance Exchange

She is the artistic and executive director of the Classic Dance Ensemble at Prairie View A&M University in Texas.

In Memoriam: Marion Henry, 1927-2012

Professor Henry had served on the faculty at Prairie View A&M University for 56 years.

Lane College Promotes Three African Americans

John R. Arnold, Penny Brown Minter, and Darrell Listenbee were promoted to new administrative posts.

New Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Florida A&M University

Michael Thompson has been serving as assistant dean for clinical affairs at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Two Faculty Appointments of Note

Derek M. Griffith joins the faculty at Vanderbilt University and Thomas Epps III is named to an endowed chair at the University of Delaware.

Eight African Americans With New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

The new appointees are Fran Scarlett, Sheneka Williams, Kimberly Andrews, Gwendolyn Caples, Patricia Brewer Hairston, Courtney Davenport, Dwayne White, and Tammy Brooks.

African American Professor Named Poet Laureate of the United States

Natasha Trethewey is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University in Atlanta.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week's selections.

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

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.

Cheryl Waites Is the New Dean of the School of Social Work at Wayne State University

She joined the School of Social Work in 2007 as associate dean. Previously, she was associate chair of the department of social work at North Carolina State University.

Honorary Degrees Given to Blacks by Leading Liberal Arts Colleges in 2012

The nation's highest-ranked liberal arts colleges gave out 16 honorary degrees to Blacks this spring. Last year only 12 Blacks received honorary degrees from this same group of liberal arts colleges.

Indiana Eliminates Higher Education Grants for Prison Inmates

Ball State University has been offering educational programs to more than 1,000 prison inmates but state budget cuts are gutting the program.

University Study Finds That Families Who Move Tend to Self-Segregate by Race

Study conducted by sociologists at the University of Washington finds that Black and Whites who move tend to end up in neighborhoods with predominantly Black or White residents.

U.S. College Students Raise Money to Build a School in Ghana

Seven students who participated in Semester at Sea program of the University of Virginia in the fall of 2010, came home to the United States determined to help a village they had visited while in Ghana.

Nigerian Student Protests Over University Name Change Turn Violent

The president of Nigeria announced recently that the University of Lagos would be renamed Moshood K.O. Abiola University.

New Journal on African American Education Founded at Wayne State University

African American Learners, a new peer-reviewed online journal, will be published twice each year.

Sylvester James Gates Named a Member of the American Philosophical Society

Of the 27 new members of the society elected this year, Professor Gates is the only African American.

University of Miami Names New Graduate School Dean

M. Brian Blake has been serving as associate dean for strategic initiatives and professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Notre Dame.

Six HBCUs Awarded Grants From the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The grants ranging from $800,000 to $1.4 million will assist these schools in their efforts to create more engaging science classes.

South Carolina State University Switches to Four-Day Work Week

By eliminating Friday from the work week, the university hopes to save costs on overhead and utilities.

Three HBCUs Awarded Materials Research Grant Programs From the National Science Foundation

Howard University, Jackson State University, and Norfolk State University will receive five-year grants to conduct materials research and education programs.

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