Monthly Archives: May 2014

Morgan State University Enters Into STEM Partnership With Johns Hopkins

The first eight Morgan State University students will participate in internships this summer with the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute lasting between 8 and 15 weeks.

Two African American Professors Are the Recipients of Notable Awards

Patrice Jackson-Ayotunde received the Invention of the Year Award from the Office of Technology Commercialization at the University of Maryland and Shontavia Johnson of Drake Law School was honored by the International Trademark Association.

Florida Board of Governors to Decide the Fate of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

Since 1982, historically Black Florida A&M University has partnered with Florida State University to operate a joint College of Engineering in Tallahassee. Some GOP legislators have proposed to end the arrangement.

Three Universities Name African Americans to Administrative Posts

Tonia Walker was named athletics director at Winston-Salem State University. Nedra Brown at Jackson State University and Michael Marion at Drexel University Sacramento will also be taking on new roles.

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.

Rebranding HBCUs

Dr. Richard America offers his views on how historically Black colleges and universities can go about a transformation so that these higher education institutions can thrive in the twenty-first century.

The First Graduate of Indiana University’s Ph.D. Program in African Diaspora Studies

Maria Eliza Hamilton Abegunde will be first student to be awarded a Ph.D. in African Diaspora studies at Indiana University. After receiving her degree, she will serve as a summer scholar at the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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.

Wellesley College Student Conducts Oral History Project of Black Alumnae From the 1950s

Nora Mishanec, a senior majoring in international affairs at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, has conducted an oral history project relating the stories of Black women at Wellesley in the 1950s.

Tuskegee Flight Instructor Honored on U.S. Postage Stamp

Charles Alfred Anderson, the chief flight instructor of the aviation school of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama during World War II who died in 1996, has been honored with a U.S. postage stamp bearing his image.

University of Louisville Dean to Take a Leave of Absence

Carolyn Callahan has announced that she will step down from her post as dean of the College of Business at the University of Louisville for "personal and family reasons." She is the first African American to hold the dean post.

In Memoriam: Isaac Greggs, 1928-2014

Dr. Greggs led the Southern University marching band, called the Human Jukebox, for 36 years until his retirement in 2005. During his tenure the band played at six Super Bowls and three presidential inaugurations.

Knoxville College Is the 2014 Winner of the Home Depot Retool Your School Tier 1 Grant

Knoxville College in Tennessee will use the grant to renovate the lower atrium of the Alumni Library. Floors, restrooms, and doors will be redone and new landscaping outside the building will be added.

The Next Dean of the University of Houston Law Center

Leonard M. Baynes, a professor at the School of Law of St. John's University in Queens, New York, has been selected as the next dean of the University of Houston Law Center. He will begin his new job on August 15.

Blacks Face Bias When Seeking Mentors Among University Faculty

A study, co-authored by Modupe Akinola of Columbia Business School, found that faculty members were less likely to respond to mentoring requests from prospective Black students than White students.

Clark Atlanta University President Announces His Intention to Retire in 2015

Carlton E. Brown, president of Clark Atlanta University, has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. Dr. Brown has served as president of Clark Atlanta since 2008.

Comparing the Performance and Funding of Public HBCUs in Four States

The Center for Minority Serving Institutions at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania analyzes enrollments, funding, degree programs, and educational attainment and makes recommendations on moving forward.

Joseph Francisco Named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska

Currently, Dr. Francisco is the William E. Moore Distinguished Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He will take on his new duties on July 1.

University of Minnesota Study Finds a Racial Disparity in Exposure to Polluted Air

The researchers estimate that if Blacks and other minorities breathed air that had similar nitrogen dioxide levels as Whites, it would prevent 7,000 deaths each year.

Alabama State University Receives Full Accrediation for Its Master’s Degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics

Alabama State is the only university in Alabama, the only historically Black college or university, and one of only 13 universities nationwide to offer a master's degree program in the field.

Two African American Scholars Named to Full Professor Posts

Randal Maurice Jelks was promoted to full professor at the University of Kansas and Heather Williams will join the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in July as a Presidential Term Professor.

Mississippi Valley State University Inks Agreement With University in Kazakhstan

Mississippi Valley State University has announced that it has received approval to develop a dual degree program in several education fields with Kazakhstan State Women's Teacher Training University.

Two African American Women Selected for Notable Awards

Allison Joseph of Southern Illinois University received the Paladin Award from the literary journal Rhino Poetry and Velma McBride Murry of Vanderbilt University was honored by the Society of Prevention Research.

Bennett College Signs Co-Admission Agreement With a Community College

The new agreement will allow students who complete an associate's degree at Guilford Technical Community College to enter into the bachelor's degree program in social work at Bennett College.

Four African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Dedric Carter at Washington University, Anthony Floyd Jr. at The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Nettie Daniels of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Sandra Mitchell of the University of North Dakota.

Indiana University Receives the Archives of the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame

The collection contains more than 300 linear feet of documents, audio-visual materials, publications, and memorabilia, including the original grave marker for Oscar Micheaux, who in 1919 was the first African American to produce a full-length motion picture.

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