Monthly Archives: April 2015

West Virginia University Receives Donation of Artwork Depicting Racial Injustice

Harvey and Jennifer Peyton are donating a series of paintings to the Art Museum of West Virginia University that deal with racial injustice in the 1930s to the 1960s.

Georgia HBCUs Offer In-State Tuition to Students From Nearby States

In an effort to boost enrollments, Savannah State University and Albany State University, historically Black educational institutions in Georgia, will now offer in-state tuition rates to students from Florida, Alabama, and South Carolina.

Everett Ward Named the 11th President of Saint Augustine’s University

Dr. Ward has been serving as interim president for the past year. Previously, he was director of the HBCU/Minority Institutions of Higher Education program for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

New Study Links Racial Discrimination to Health Problems Among Black Youths

Previous studies have shown that racial discrimination can have a direct negative impact on the health of African Americans. But most of this research has focused on African American adults.

End of the Line for Knoxville College?

Knoxville College in Tennessee has continue to operate for the past 18 years despite the fact that it lost its accreditation. This spring only 11 students are enrolled and the college announced that it would suspend all classes for the fall 2015 semester.

Blacks Make Up 4 Percent of Employed Scientists With Doctorates

According to a report from the National Science Foundation, Blacks with doctoral degrees made up 3.1 percent of the employed computer sciences, 1.9 of the physical scientists, and 1.7 percent of the engineers.

Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, President of Kalamazoo College, to Retire

Dr. Wilson-Oyelaran has served as the 17th president of the college since July 2005. A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Wilson-Oyelaran taught at the University of Ife in Nigeria for 14 years before returning to the U.S. in 1988.

Study Examines Racial Differences in Depression Among Women in Rural and Urban Areas

The study found that rural White women were more likely to be depressed than White women in urban areas, whereas Black women in rural areas were less likely to be depressed than Black women in urban locales.

The Next Dean of the College of Education at New Mexico State University

Donald Pope-Davis is a professor of clinical psychology at DePaul University in Chicago. He served as provost at DePaul from 2013 to 2014. Earlier, he was associate provost at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

Paine College Gets Some Good News, But Still Has Some Work to Do

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has given some encouraging news to Paine College that was placed on accreditation probation in June 2014.

Three Black Men in New University Faculty Roles

Fred D'Aguiar at Virginia Tech and Wynton Marsalis at Cornell University were named to endowed professor positions. Norah Duncan IV was appointed chair of the department of music at Wayne State University.

Graduates of Shaw University Divinity School Will Be Trained in Financial Matters

The Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, North Carolina, has teamed up with AARP to establish a pilot program to educate future clergy members on financial literacy.

Six African Americans Named to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

The appointees are Kimberly A. Saunders at the University of Delaware, Paul Norman at St. Augustine's College, George Cotton at Florida A&M, Tyrone Parham at Penn State, Lori S. White at Washington University, and Derrick Johnson at Elizabeth City State.

Cheyney University Signs MBA Agreement With La Salle University

The Cheyney/La Salle MBA Affiliation Agreement will guarantee five slots each academic year for qualified students from Cheyney to enter La Salle's MBA program.

In Memoriam: Arthur R. Berry, 1923-2015

During his long career in education, Berry taught at Alabama A&M University, Florida A&M University, and Albany State University in Georgia, where he chaired the art department.

Black Students Admitted to a Select Group of Colleges and Universities

Some of the nation's most selective colleges and universities have released data on the number of Black students accepted for admission into the Class or 2019.

University of Virginia Names New Building After Former Slaves of University Professors

Both Isabella and William Gibbons were slaves who were owned by different professors at the University of Virginia prior to the Civil War. The new Gibbons Hall will house about 200 students this fall.

Racial Slurs Written on Residence Hall Bulletin Board at Miami University in Ohio

The offensive writings, admitted to by two first-year male students, included anti-Semitic, anti-women, homophobic, and racial slurs.

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.

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.

Will the University of North Carolina Rename a Building That Honors a KKK Leader?

In 1922 the university named its new history department building in honor of William Lawrence Saunders. A colonel in the Confederate Army, Saunders is said to have been a major figure in the Ku Klux Klan after the war.

Two White Faculty Members Sue Alabama State University

The suit alleges that faculty search committees have been told to only consider Black applicants and that "only Black professors should teach Black students."

Virginia Tech Is the Twelfth University Member of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

The society's goal is to create a network of scholars who "serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy."

Racial Incident at the University of South Carolina

In a photograph distributed widely on the internet, a student at the University of South Carolina is seen writing a list of "Reasons Why USC WiFi Blows." At the top of the list was a racial slur.

The First African American President of Hamline University

Fayneese Miller currently serves as dean of the College of Education and Social Services and professor of leadership and developmental sciences at the University of Vermont. Previously, she taught for 20 years at Brown University.

The Late Maya Angelou Honored by the U.S. Postal Service

Maya Angelou, the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University, who died last spring, was honored with the issue of a Forever Stamp bearing her portrait.

Todd C. Shaw Is the New President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists

Dr. Shaw is the College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina. He is also serving as the interim director of African American studies.

New York University Study Shows Neighborhood Stigma Impacts Online Transactions

Researchers placed ads for used iPhones on online exchanges in 12 cities. For ads listing low-income neighborhoods that are predominantly Black, 21 percent fewer responses were received.

M. Evelyn Fields Named to Lead the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education

Dr. Fields is a professor of early childhood education and chair of the department of teacher education at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. She is past president of the South Carolina chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

Claflin University Remains a Fundraising Powerhouse Among HBCUs

Over the life of the fundraising campaign that has collected nearly $90 million, some 87 percent of Claflin alumni have made contributions. Some 98 percent of the faculty and staff have made donations.

Vassar College Honored for Its Commitment to Increasing Opportunities for Low-Income Students

Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, is the inaugural winner of the $1 million Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence. Since 2008 the college has vastly increased its percentage of students from low-income families.

Howard University to Launch the Urban Superintendents Academy

In 2015, minority children now make up more than half of all students in the nation's public schools. But only 5 percent of the 14,000 school superintendents in the United States are members of minority ethnic groups.

Washington and Lee University Black Law Students Win Mock Trial Competition

The team from Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, competed against 18 teams in the finals competition held in Portland, Oregon. It was the only undefeated team in the three-day competition.

Oakwood University Offers Accepted Students Incentives to Enroll

Accepted students who make an intent to enroll deposit by May 1, can choose between a $1,000 scholarship paid over their first two semester or a MacBook Air laptop computer.

Honors and Awards for Black Leaders in Higher Education

The honorees are Carol Tonge Mack of the University of Cincinnati, Quincy Martin III of Triton College in River Grove, Illinois, and Jean E. Swinney of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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