Monthly Archives: June 2014

Johns Hopkins Study Finds That the American Dream Is Largely a Myth

The study followed nearly 800 Baltimore schoolchildren for more than a quarter of a century beginning in 1982. After more than 30 years, the study found that the majority of students stayed in the same socio-economic class as their parents.

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.

The Next President of Buffalo State University

Katherine Conway-Turner, provost at Hood College in Maryland, has been selected as the next president of Buffalo State University, a member of the State University of New York system. The appointment must still be approved by the SUNY board of trustees.

New Study Examines Homogeneity and Diversity on Group Performance

The study by scholars at MIT, Columbia, and Northwestern found that homogenous groups may produce an artificially low level of conflict, not a normal level of conflict. The authors state that homogeneity reduces the likelihood that people recognize differences of opinion that exist.

Terrell Lamont Strayhorn: The Youngest Full Professor at Ohio State University

Dr. Strayhorn was promoted to full professor in the department of educational studies in the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State University. The appointment makes him the youngest full professor at the university.

UNCF Receives $25 Million From Conservative Group

The grant will consist of $18.5 million that will be earmarked for 3,000 merit-based scholarships for African American undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students and $6.5 million to support the United Negro College Fund and its member institutions.

Three Black Scholars in New Teaching Roles

Avril Holt at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit and Nigel Westmaas at Hamilton College in New York were granted tenure. Anthony Kwame Harrison was appointed to an endowed chair at Virginia Tech.

Tougaloo College and Brown University Celebrate and Expand Their 50-Year Partnership

Over the past half century, historically Black Tougaloo College in Mississippi and Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, have collaborated on academic programs and participated in student and faculty exchanges.

Anita Allen Honored by the Electronic Privacy Information Center

Dr. Allen is vice provost for faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the university's law school. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the EPIC.

New Online Showcase of a Morehouse College Art Gallery

Morehouse College, the historically Black educational institution in Atlanta, has debuted an online slide show of the 150 oil painting in its gallery of key figures of the civil rights and human rights movements.

Three African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts at State Universities

The new appointees are Dereck Rovaris Sr. at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Beverly L. Downing at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, and Kimathi Choma at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

Bowie State University Adds Solar-Powered Charging Stations on Campus

Each of the solar-powered charging stations has seating for up to eight people and has room for two wheelchairs. Each station has six power outlets and four USB outlets.

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.

Oregon State Names Its Newest Dormitory in Honor of Its First Black Male Graduate

William Tebeau enrolled at what was then Oregon State College in 1943. He was not permitted to live on campus. He took a job tending the furnace at a fraternity house in return for a small room in the basement. He earned a degree in chemical engineering in 1948.

A Record Number of African American Graduates at Louisiana State University

There are a record 570 African Americans in the Class of 2014 at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. The new record is a 10.5 percent increase from the old record, set just a year ago.

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.

Two Universities Look to Replicate UMBC’s Success in Graduating Black Students in STEM Fields

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is allocating $7.75 million in an effort to replicate the success of the Meyerhoff Scholars program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County at Pennsylvania State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

HBCU Football Coming to the Bahamas

This fall two historically Black colleges and universities will square off in an intercollegiate football game in the Bahamas. The game is being cosponsored by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and the HBCUX network.

Georgia Tech to Honor Zimbabwe Human Rights Attorney Beatrice Mtetwa With $100,000 Prize

The Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage recognizes "individuals who, by standing up for clear moral principles in the social arena, have positively affected public discourse at the risk of their own careers, livelihoods and even their lives."

University of Cincinnati Scholar to Head Committee of the American Public Health Association

Guy-Lucien Whembolua, an assistant professor of Africana studies at the University of Cincinnati, has been elected program chair of the Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health of the American Public Health Association.

New Prize to Honor African Poetry

The Glenna Luschei Prizewill be awarded annually to a collection of poetry published in the previous year by an African poet. The judge for this year's competition is Nigerian novelist and poet Chris Abani.

Oklahoma State University Hosting a Group of African Entrepreneurs

The participants studied U.S. history and culture, technology and social media, business development, and customer service. After work in the classroom, the African entrepreneurs have participated in internships with local agricultural firms.

Two High-Ranking African American University Administrators Announce Their Retirements

John F. Knight Jr. has announced that he will retire from his post as executive vice president at Alabama State University and Delores Taylor, associate vice provost for enrollment services at Virginia Commonwealth University, also is stepping down.

Florida Memorial University to Open a Prep School on Its Campus

Students will start in sixth grade and live on campus from Sunday evening until Friday afternoon. They will have separate academic and residential facilities than students attending Florida Memorial University.

Alvin Singleton Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters

This year nine new members were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Only one of the new members is an African American. He is Alvin Singleton, the highly regarded composer.

Tricia Bent-Goodley Named Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Social Work

Tricia Bent-Goodley is a professor of social work, director of the doctoral program in social work, and chair of the Women's Leadership Initiative at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She will be the second African American to serve as editor-in-chief.

Evelyn Ellis to Lead Two Campuses of Western Kentucky University

Since 2012, Dr. Ellis has been serving as chief of staff and education operations manager for the U.S. Department of Defense Dependents' School in Seoul, South Korea. Earlier she was an associate dean at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

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