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Thursday, March 30, 2017

JBHE Weekly Bulletin March 30, 2017

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JBHE Weekly Bulletin
March 30, 2017

Here are links to some of the top stories published at this past week. Click on a headline to read the full article.

University of Virginia Study Shows Black Students Thrive With Demanding Teachers

Teachers who expect a lot of their students academically, lead a very well-organized classroom, and make students feel supported in their efforts are the ones that produce the most success from their African American students.

Fisk University in Nashville Announces the Selection of Its Sixteenth President

Currently, Dr. Kevin Rome is president of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. Before taking on this role in 2013, Dr. Rome was vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at North Carolina Central University in Durham.

UNLV Study Finds That Motorists Are Less Likely to Yield to Black Pedestrians Than to Whites

The results showed that 20.6 percent of motorists did not yield to the Black pedestrian in a crosswalk compared to 2.9 percent of the White pedestrians. The racial disparity was greater in a high-income neighborhood compared to a low-income neighborhood.

Roderick Ferguson to Lead the American Studies Association

Roderick Ferguson is a professor of African American studies and professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Beginning in July, he will serve as president-elect for a year before becoming president of the organization in July 2018.

UCLA-Led Survey Examines Racial Differences in Public Policy Views

A major survey conducted after the 2016 election led by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, shows widespread racial differences in public policy issues involving health care, climate change, federal spending, immigration, education, and other issues.

Marcilynn Burke Named the Next Dean of the University of Oregon School of Law

She currently serves as associate dean and associate professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center. In 2009, Burke was named deputy director for programs and policy at the Bureau of Land Management of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

New Documentary Film on the Importance of African American Speech

North Carolina State University recently premiered a new documentary film that examines the history of African American speech, its cultural importance, and how African American speech has shaped modern American English.

Mississippi State University Expands Its Cultural Diversity Center

The center was founded in 1989 and supports 11 student organizations that promote diversity and inclusion. The center is named after Richard E. Holmes, who was the first Black student at the university.

Stillman College Faces Major Financial Obstacles

Cynthia Warrick, interim president of Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, sent out an urgent letter to alumni pleading for donations. President Warrick said that the college needs to raise $275,000 to make a loan repayment in April.

University of Missouri Opens New Center on Diversity in the Media

Julius Riles, an assistant professor of communication at the University of Missouri, was named co-director of the new center. The new center will examine all aspects of diversity in both traditional and new media.

Ten Centers for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Coming to College Campuses

The centers will engage and empower campus and community stakeholders to break down racial hierarchies, to create positive narratives about all members of the community, and to prepare the next generation of strategic leaders to carry this work forward.

Two Black Scholars Win National Book Critics Circle Awards

Carol Anderson, the Charles Howard Candler Professor and chair of African American studies at Emory University in Atlanta won in the criticism category and Ishion Hutchinson, an assistant professor of English at Cornell University, won in the poetry category.

Two African American Women Earn Prestigious Honors

Gilda Barabino, dean of engineering at City College of New York, is being honored by the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and Janelle Baker of Alcorn State University was honored at the Health Disparities Conference at Xavier University in New Orleans.

Delaware State University to Offer New Program in Financial Planning

Upon completion of the minor degree program in the department of accounting, economics, and finance in the College of Business, students will be prepared to take the certification examination of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

New Assignments for Two Black Faculty Members

Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor was promoted to associate professor of history and granted tenure at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Oladiran Fasina was named chair of the department of biosystems engineering at Auburn University in Alabama.

Harris-Stowe State University Opens New Finance Education Center

The new center was financed by a grant from Wells Fargo, the banking and financial services giant. The facility includes a trading floor that includes a ticker that streams real-time market information enabling students to manage trade simulations and portfolio management.

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Three African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Positions

Taking on new administrative roles are Jonathan Nurse at Florida State University, Shawna Cooper-Gibson at Loyola University Chicago, and Mario Berry at Spelman College in Atlanta.

Winston-Salem State University Scholar Mounts Book Drive for Nigerian Library Destroyed by Fire

Alice Etim, an associate professor of management information systems at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, collected and shipped more than 800 books to replenish a library at her alma mater – the University of Jos in Nigeria – that lost half of its collection in a fire.

In Memoriam: Lenny Knight, 1970-2017

Lenny Knight was the assistant director of the Approaching Storm Band at Delaware State University. Knight joined the staff at Delaware State University in 2007 after serving as band director at Dover High School in Delaware for 15 years.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

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