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Louisiana State University Reports a Record Number of African American Students

The university reports that there are 3,741 African Americans on campus this fall, an all-time high. But it must be pointed out that African Americans make up 12 percent of the student body at the university, whereas Blacks are 32.5 percent of the Louisiana population.

Two African American Women Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Adrienne R. Carter-Sowell of Texas A&M University was honored by the American Psychological Association and Saundra Yancy McGuire of Louisiana State University was selected to receive an award from the American Chemical Society.

The New Chancellor of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Bobby R. Phills, former dean and director of land grant programs at Florida A&M University, was named chancellor of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center and dean of the university's College of Agriculture.

A Change in Leadership at the White House HBCU Initiative

Ivory Toldson, executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities has resigned and will return to the faculty at Howard University. Kim Hunter Reed will now lead the office. She was a deputy undersecretary of education and former chief of staff for the Louisiana Board of Regents.

Vanessa Sheared Appointed Dean of Education at the University of the Pacific

For the past decade Dr. Sheared has been serving as dean of the College of Education at California State University, Sacramento. Earlier, she served on the faculty at San Francisco State University.

Haywood B. Joiner Jr. to Lead Louisiana State University-Alexandria

Dr. Joiner, who will become interim chancellor in late August, is chair of the department of allied health at the university. He has also been serving as interim chair of the department of business administration at the Alexandria campus.

The Brotherhood Initiative at the University of Washington Looks to Boost Graduation Rates

The goal of the new Brotherhood Initiative being launched this fall is to reduce the graduation rate gap between Black men and Black women and also to close the racial graduation rate gap. Joe Lott, an associate professor of education is leading the initiative.

Three African American Men in Higher Education Receive Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University in New Orleans, Joseph A. Johnson III, a retired professor of physics at Florida A&M University, and Isiah Warner, a professor of chemistry at Louisiana State University.

A Haunting Tour of the Southern University Campus

A journalism professor at Louisiana State University recently toured the campus of nearby Southern University, a historically Black educational institution in Baton Rouge. He was shocked by what he found.

New Administrative Assignments for Eight African Americans in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Prestigious Awards for a Pair of African American Scholars

Donald Mitchell Jr. of Grand Valley State University is being honored at the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference and Saundra Yancy McGuire of Louisiana State University will receive an award from the American Association for Advancement of Science.

Ivory A. Toldson Named Director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs

Prior to joining the staff at the White House, Dr. Toldson was an associate professor of education at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Earlier he taught at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

In Memoriam: Barbara Guillory Thompson, 1936-2015

Barbara Guillory Thompson was the first African American women student to live in a dormitory on the Louisiana State University campus. Dr. Thompson later served on the Dillard University faculty for 42 years.

In Memoriam: Ella Lee Kelley, 1948-2015

Dr. Kelley joined the faculty at Southern University in 1983. She served as chair of the chemistry department at the university and most recently was associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of the Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes Honors College.

In Memoriam: Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes, 1936-2015

She served as president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and as chancellor of the Southern University System in Louisiana. Dr. Spikes was the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics at Louisiana State University.

Hugh Mighty to Lead the Howard University College of Medicine

Dr. Mighty has been serving as vice chancellor for clinical affairs at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. Earlier in his career, he was on the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

A New Digital Archive of Documents Relating to Free Persons of Color in Antebellum Louisiana

In Louisiana, free people of color enjoyed a relatively high level of acceptance and prosperity during the antebellum period. In 1810, free people of color made up 29 percent of the population of New Orleans.

Louisiana State University: A Leader in Black Male Doctoral Awards

Each year, only about 1,000 African Americans men earn doctoral degrees. Thus, it is noteworthy that this spring four African American men earned their doctoral degrees in one department at Louisiana State University.

The First Black Woman Graduate of LSU’s School of Architecture to Become a Licensed Architect

Only 315 African American women have become licensed architects in the United States. Nicole Hilton is the first Black woman graduate of the School of Architecture at Louisiana State University to pass the Architect Registration Examination.

Eli Jones Named Dean of the Business School at Texas A&M University

Dr. Jones currently holds the Sam M. Walton Leadership Chair and is dean of the College of Business at the University of Arkansas. He has also served as dean of the business school at Louisiana State University.

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.

Donna Brazile Donates Her Papers to Louisiana State University

Donna Brazile, a key Democratic political strategist, author, and journalist has announced that she has donated her papers to the Special Collections Unit of the Louisiana State University Libraries. Brazile is a 1981 graduate of the university.

Professor Wins a National Award for Her Book on the History of Black Journalists

Jinx Coleman Broussard, a professor in the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, received the History Division Book Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Louisiana State University Is a Leader in Graduating Black Students With Ph.D.s in Chemistry

From 2005 to 2009, 19 percent of all Ph.D.s awarded in chemistry at LSU were earned by African Americans. Blacks were less than 10 percent of the chemistry Ph.D. recipients at the other 49 leading chemistry departments in the nation.

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.

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.

Checking Up on Black Enrollments at Louisiana State University

Blacks are 32.4 percent of the Louisiana population so the Black undergraduate student population of 11.1 percent at Louisiana State University is about one third the percentage of Blacks in the state's population.

Southern University Executive Gets a Joint Appointment at Louisiana State University

Gina Eubanks was named the leader of the food and nutrition program at the AgCenter at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She will continue in her role as the director of the Agricultural Center at Southern University, also in Baton Rouge.

Louisiana State University Opens Its New African American Cultural Center

The new, state-of-the-art African American Cultural Center will provide a meeting and conference space, access to a cultural library, a cultural and artifact tour, internet and wireless access and equipment rental. The center hosts a number of events and programs each year.

In Memoriam: Huel Davis Perkins, 1924-2013

Dr. Perkins was professor emeritus of the humanities at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He served as assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs, executive assistant to the chancellor, and special assistant to the chancellor at the university.

A Report Card on Racial Diversity at Louisiana State University

In the fall of 2012, Blacks were 10.6 percent of the student body and 3.4 percent of the faculty at the flagship state university. Much work needs to be done. African Americans make up close to a third of the Louisiana population.

LSU’s Sandra McGuire Named a Fellow of CLADEA

The assistant vice chancellor and a professor of chemistry at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge was named a fellow of the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations.

Record Black Enrollments at Louisiana State University

While the progress is commendable, it must be noted that Blacks make up only 10.3 percent of the total enrollments at the flagship campus of the state university, whereas Blacks are 32.4 percent of the population in the state.

Isiah Warner Honored by the American Chemical Society

He is Boyd Professor of Chemistry and vice chancellor of strategic initiatives at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Two African Americans Earn Distinguished Honors

Annette Yancy will be honored by the National Academic Advising Association and James Owens will have an award named in his honor at Auburn University.

Dr. Shaq Makes Good on a Promise to His Mother

The four-time NBA champion, 11-time All Star, and most valuable player, was awarded a doctorate in education at Barry University.

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