Monthly Archives: April 2016

New Opportunities for Minority Graduate Students at the University of Southern California

The Graduate Initiative for Diversity, Inclusion and Access aims to increase the diversity of the student body in the graduate school at the university and to broaden academic support for underrepresented minority students.

California University of Pennsylvania Names Geraldine Jones as Its Permanent President

Jones was named acting president of the university in 2012, after serving for nearly four years as provost and vice president for academic affairs. She was named interim president in 2013 and served in the role for three years.

African Americans Making Little Progress in College Sports Administration

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida reports that Blacks are 47 percent of the football players in Division I but only 7.9 percent of the head football coaches.

St. John’s College of Nursing Names Its Next Chancellor

Charlene S. Aaron was appointed chancellor of the St. John's College of Nursing in Springfield, Illinois, effective June 1. Dr. Aaron has been serving as an assistant professor in the Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University.

Study Finds That HBCUs Are Charged Higher Fees to Issue Bonds

A new study authored by researchers at four universities, finds that historically Black colleges and university pay a higher underwriting fee for debt issues than predominantly White institutions even when credit reporting agencies rate the debt issues as having similar risk.

Three Black Scholars Named to Dean Positions at State Universities

The new deans are Adrienne C. Webber at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Chimay Anumba at the University of Florida, and Charles T. Moses at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.

New Report Examines Racial Gap in Marital Status by Educational Attainment

For 29-year-old African Americans with at least a four-year college degree, 28.7 percent were married in 2014. For 29-year-old Whites with a college degree, 49.3 percent were married in 2014.

HBCU Law School Establishes the Intellectual Property Law Institute

Students at the Intellectual Property Law Institute at North Carolina Central University School of Law in Durham will gain practical legal experience by helping review suspect patents at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Two Blacks Scholars in the Twelfth Class of Jefferson Science Fellows

Barrett S. Caldwell is a professor of industrial engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Oladele Ogunseitan is a professor of social ecology at the University of California, Irvine.

Bowie State University Announces a New Concentration in Entrepreneurship

The concentration will teach students how to develop a startup, run a small business, navigate the venture financing process and bring an entrepreneur’s perspective to large organizations, while building on a foundation of concepts of marketing, accounting, finance and management.

Three African American Scholars Join the Faculty at Yale Divinity School

Yale Divinity School has announced the hiring of five new faculty members for this coming fall. Three of the new hires are African Americans: Donyelle McCray, Eboni Marshall Turman, and Clifton Granby.

Winston-Salem State University Reports Encouraging Admissions Data

The university reports a surge in applicants and a 34 percent increase in the number of first-year students who have indicated their intent to enroll this coming. The number of transfer students is also on the rise.

Six African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Terry Lindsay at Paul Smith College, Shawna Young at Duke University, Lynette Clemetson at the University of Michigan, Rick W. Smith Jr. at Kentucky State University, Lynn Swann at the University of Southern California, and Pamela Nolan Young at the University of Notre Dame.

In Memoriam: Cecil Wayne Cone, 1937-2016

Dr. Cone was a theologian, educator, author, and the former president of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida. He became a minister at the age of 13 and was named pastor of an African Methodist Episcopal Church at the age of 16.

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 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. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

Virginia Commonwealth University Completes Oral History Project of Rosenwald School Students

More than 360 Rosenwald Schools were built in Virginia, including 10 in Goochland County. The Goochland County Rosenwald Schools Oral History Project features 19 video interviews with 18 participants who were students at these schools.

New Center at Washington University to Study How Racism Impacts Social Mobility

The Collaboration on Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility in America (CRISMA) will study ways in which inequality and structural racism affect racial/ethnic disparities in achievement, life chances, social and economic mobility, and health in the United States.

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.

Poynter Institute to Launch the Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Journalism

The tuition-free program for minority journalists will include instruction on navigating newsroom culture, leadership, networking, mentoring, and the business of digital journalism. The National Association of Black Journalists will work with the institute to develop the curriculum.

Black Students Accepted for Admission at High-Ranking Colleges and Universities

Recently, the nation's highest-ranked colleges and universities informed applicants if they had been accepted for admission. Some of the nation's most selective institutions provided acceptance data broken down by race and ethnic group.

Woodrow Wilson’s Name Will Live On at Princeton University

Critics had called for name changes due to Wilson's actions in denying the admission of Black students to Princeton while he served as the educational institution's president and for his resegregation of the federal workforce in Washington, D.C. after he became president of the United States.

In Memoriam: Ulysses Van Spiva, 1931-2016

In 1979, Dr. Spiva was named dean of the College of Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He was the first African American dean in the university's history.

Keith Whitfield Named the Next Provost of Wayne State University in Detroit

Dr. Whitfield currently serves as vice provost for academic affairs at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. There, he is also a professor of psychology and neuroscience and a research professor in the department or geriatric medicine at the medical school.

The Racial Gap in Student Loan Debt Is Highest Among the Most Affluent Families

According to a new study, on average, an African American college graduate has 68 percent more debt than a White college graduate. But the racial gap in student loan debt is highest among affluent Black and White families.

Nigerian American Student From Long Island Admitted to All Eight Ivy League Colleges

Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, this spring's valedictorian at Elmont Memorial High School on Long Island in New York, applied to and was accepted at all eight Ivy League colleges and four additional high-rated universities.

Building Trust Necessary to Encourage More Blacks to Participate in Genetics Research

Professors Aaron Buseh and Sandra Millon-Underwood of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee conducted a detailed, community-based study exploring perceptions and attitudes about genetic research among African-Americans and African immigrants.

Ronald Wheeler to Lead the American Association of Law Libraries

Ronald E. Wheeler is director of the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries and associate professor of law and legal research at Boston University. In July, he will become the first African American man to lead the American Association of Law Libraries.

Black Heart Attack Patients Are More Likely to Be Diverted to Distant Emergency Rooms

A new academic study finds that older African American patients who have heart emergencies are more likely than their White peers to have their ambulance diverted to a distant hospital due to overcrowding at the nearest hospital.

Florida A&M University Crowned Champion of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

Teams from 48 historically Black colleges and universities or predominantly Black institutions participated in the 27th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge. For the eighth time, the champion was Florida A&M University.

Two New African American Deans at Ivy League Universities

Andrew G. Campbell was named dean of the Graduate School at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and LaTanya Buck was named dean for diversity and inclusion at Princeton University in New Jersey.

New Master’s Degree Program at Lincoln University Will Focus on HBCU Leadership

The program, scheduled to begin this fall, will educate master's degree students in higher education leadership with an emphasis on understanding the nuances and issues involved in the administration of HBCUs.

New Teaching Assignments for Two Black Scholars

Martha Mamo was appointed the Aaron Douglas/John E. Weaver Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska and Milton Coleman will be the Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professor of Journalism Ethics at Arizona State University.

Mamasa Camara Is Spelman College’s First Gates Cambridge Scholar

With the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Camara will pursue a master's degree in African studies at Cambridge University in England. She will focus her research on the practice of female circumcision in Kenya in the 1990-to-1960 period.

Six African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Trevor A. Dawes at the University of Delaware, Patricia Lowe at Boston College, Sandra Hodge at Jackson State University, K. Matthew Dames at Georgetown University, Joelle Murchison at the University of Connecticut, and Jason Pina at Ohio University.

Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Wisconsin Responds to a Racial Incident

After an African American student at the University of Wisconsin found a racist note that had been slid under her dormitory room door, vice provost Patrick Sims posted an emotional video on YouTube.

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