Monthly Archives: November 2012

A Milestone Appointment at Clemson University

Juan Gilbert, chair of the Division of Human-Centered Computing and professor of automotive engineering, is the first African American scholar named to an endowed chair at Clemson University.

In Memoriam: Cedric Sydney Rodney, 1924-2012

Until his recent retirement, he was the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religion and Ethics at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.

University of Kansas Debuts New Online Archive of African American Photography

The collection includes more than digital 1,000 images from the 2,700 photographs taken by Hughes of African American workers and their families in Wichita from 1940 through the 1970s.

Three Universities Working With Howard G. Buffett to Solve Hunger in Sub-Saharan Africa

Researchers from Texas A&M University, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Missouri will partner with the International Center for Wheat and Maize Improvement and Educational Concerns for Hunger.

Satellite Management Project at Bowie State University Comes to an End

For the past eight years, Bowie State University in Maryland has acted as mission control for NASA's solar, anomalous and magnetospheric particle explorer satellite.

Howard University Opens Online Store for Reproductions of Its Artwork

The reproductions include works of art by Henry O. Tanner, Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence, L.P. Spinner, and others. Historic photographs relating to Howard University are also available.

Morgan State University Breaks Ground on New Home for Its Business School

The 140,000-square-foot complex will house offices and classrooms for seven academic departments. The $72 million project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2014.

In Memoriam: Christopher C. Mercer, 1924-2012

He was one of the six Black students who racially integrated the School of Law at the University of Arkansas. He was an adviser to the Little Rock Nine, the students who racially integrated Central High School in 1957.

Walter A. Hill Named Dean of the College of Agriculture at Tuskegee University

He was director of the George Washington Carver Agricultural Experiment Station and the 1890 Research and Extension programs at the university.

Elizabeth City State University Honors Alumni With the Naming of a Lecture Hall

Matthew Lewis has endowed a scholarship fund in his wife's memory and the university has named a lecture hall in the couple's honor.

Mary Brown to Receive the Legacy of a Dream Award From Georgetown University

The Xavier University graduate is the executive director and co-founder of Life Pieces to Masterpieces, an academic enrichment program for young Black males in Washington, D.C.

Two African American Women in New Higher Education Teaching Roles

Tiece Ruffin is a new assistant professor of education at the University of North Carolina Asheville and Laquita Blackson is a new associate professor of management for Saint Leo University.

Honors for Wellesley College Alumna Callie Crossley

She will receive one of the Alumnae Achievement Awards from Wellesley College and the George W. Coleman Award from the Ford Hall Forum for her efforts to promote free speech.

A Quartet of African Americans in New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

The new appointees are Kathey Porter at Virginia Tech, Aleczander Whitfield at Johnson C. Smith University, Karen Weddle-West at the University of Memphis, and Halima Leak at Paul Quinn College.

Significant Decline in African Scholars Teaching at U.S. Colleges and Universities

In 2011, there were 2,790 scholars from African nations teaching at U.S. colleges and universities. This is down from 3,800 just three years ago. At that time, scholars from Africa made up 3.3 percent of all foreign professors teaching at U.S. universities. Today they are 2.4 percent.

How Bans on Affirmative Action Impact Black Student College Graduation Rates

A new paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research examines the graduation rates of minority students before and after the ban on race-sensitive admissions at state universities in California.

African American Student at Auburn University Named a Mitchell Scholar

Marian Royston is a native of Roanoke, Alabama, and a senior at Auburn University where she is majoring in history. She is the only African American among this year's class of 12 Mitchell Scholars who will study in Ireland beginning in September 2013.

Luther S. Williams Earns Major Promotion at Tuskegee University

The university's provost for the past two years, he will continue in that post but, as the new executive vice president, will also take on administrative oversight over enrollment and retention programs, budget and fiscal affairs, the university's physical plant, and development efforts.

For New Job Market Entrants, a College Education Eliminates the Racial Earned Income Gap

Black bachelor's degree recipients who earned their degree during the 2007-08 academic year had an average earned income of in 2009 of $39,700. This was only slightly less than the average earned income of $40,500 for Whites who earned their degree in the same year.

In Memoriam: Lawrence Guyout, 1939-2012

He was a civil rights activist who inspired generations of students to become involved in politics. He was a graduate of Tougaloo College and the law school at Rutgers University.

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.

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.

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.

Leadership in Flux at Alabama State University

Joseph H. Silver, who became president of Alabama State University in September, was placed on paid administrative leave by the university's board of trustees.

The Impact of Racial Discrimination on Alcohol and Drug Abuse

According to a new scholarly study, African Americans who believe they have been confronted by racial discrimination are more likely to abuse alcohol and illegal drugs. And the study showed that the perception of unfair treatment can lead to long-term substance abuse problems.

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.

Two Universities Team Up for Joint Celebration to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For the first time, historically Black North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro is teaming up with the predominantly White University of North Carolina at Greensboro for a joint celebration commemorating the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.

Delaware State University Posts Record Enrollment

This fall, there are 4,425 students on campus including a record number of undergraduate students and a record number of graduate students.

Two HBCUs in Texas Adding New Residence Halls

Prairie View A&M University and Texas Southern University are both adding major new residence hall complexes to their campuses.

Four Black Scholars Join the Cornell University Faculty

Cornell University, the Ivy-League educational institution in Ithaca, New York, has added 53 new faculty members this fall. Of the new additions, there are four new Black faculty members: Ludmilla Aristilde, Ishion Hutchinson, Mukoma Wa Ngugi, and Noliwe Rooks.

Dartmouth’s Stephon Alexander Honored by the American Physical Society

Dr. Alexander, the E.E. Just 1907 Professor at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Edward A. Bouchet Award from the American Physical Society.

Civil Rights Activist to Receive an Honorary Degree From the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

As a young girl, Gertrude Jackson had to walk nine miles a day to attend a one-room school for Black children. She later went to a segregated high school for Black students that held classes only through the 10th grade.

New Project Documenting the History of Blacks at Yale Divinity School

The effort is under the director of Moses N. Moore Jr., a graduate of Yale Divinity School who is now an associate professor of religious studies at Arizona State University, and Yolanda Smith, a lecturer in Christian education at Yale Divinity School.

Two Students at Winston-Salem State University Win National Award in Radio

Breanna Holmes and Iveon Sprangle will each receive a $3,000 scholarship for their winning public service announcement on free speech. In addition, their winning announcement will be made available to radio stations across the country.

New Online Archive of Old African Newspapers

The archive contains 40 different African newspapers published between 1800 and 1922. Researchers can search the archive by keyword, names, places, and dates.

Duke University to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Its Racial Integration

The nine-month celebration, entitled "Celebrating the Past, Charting the Future: Commemorating 50 Years of Black Students at Duke," will begin in January with a reception at the Nasher Museum of Art.

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