Dr. Iona Black to Speak at HBCU-UP Seminar

February 27, 2008 · Print This Article

By ASU News Services Staff

Alabama State University’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) will host a free seminar January 31, 2008 in Edward G. McGehee Hall, room 202, at 11 a.m.

Dr. Iona Black, lecturer and associate research scientist in the Chemistry Department at Yale University, will be the featured speaker. She will discuss “Selected Platinum (II) compounds: Synthesis and Characterization.”

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New Land Purchase Doubles Size of Miles College

February 26, 2008 · Print This Article

miles.gifThe existing 35-acre campus of Miles College is doubling in size, thanks
to the recent purchase of former HealthSouth Metro West Hospital. The property, also known as, “The old Lloyd Nolan Hospital” is 41-acres and located just north of the current campus. Dr. George T. French, Jr. made the huge announcement during a Birmingham City Council meeting in mid-September. While the cost of the land still remains undisclosed, Dr. French contends HealthSouth was generous.

Currently, Miles is undergoing a feasibility study to determine whether to renovate or tear down the existing structure. For now, Miles College plans to build a Health and Wellness Center, Fine Arts Center, School of International Studies and Public Policy and a new Miles Law School.
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Fayetteville State Professor Wins National Grant

February 26, 2008 · Print This Article

911426-1.jpegSarah S. G. Frantz, an assistant professor of English at Fayetteville State University (FSU), won the 2007-2008 Academic Research Grant from the Romance Writers of America (RWA). The $5000 grant provides funding for the academic study of mass market popular romance fiction.Frantz teaches eighteenth-century and Romantic-era British literature at FSU, as well as popular literature and culture. She has published articles on Jane Austen and popular romance fiction and is currently editing two academic anthologies, one of which examines popular romance fiction from new theoretical perspectives. Frantz also blogs about popular romance fiction at Romancing the Blog and Teach Me Tonight. The research grant will provide summer funding for Frantz to write three academic articles on popular romance fiction.

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Cheyney University Art Professor Earns Prestigious Recognition

February 22, 2008 · Print This Article

joelkeener.jpgJoel Keener, a faculty member at Cheyney University, is this year’s “Art Guest of Honor” at the 16th annual SHEVACON Convention, held in Roanoke VA, on February 22-24th.

SheVaCon stands for Shenandoah Valley Convention, so named because it began in Staunton Virginia — located in the Shenandoah Valley. SheVaCon is a Science Fiction and Fantasy, Horror, Costuming and Gaming Convention. Keener has participated in this event for the past nine years.

This year’s convention will showcase Keener’s many talents, as a published author and artist, photographer, sculptor, and graphic designer. He uses pencil to express his visions and ideas of the world around him. Those “visions” have earned him numerous awards including an international judges choice award and a Chesley nomination.

He earned an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS degree in Studio Art from Skidmore College.

(See: http://www.shevacon.org/SheVaConArtistGuestOfHonor.htm)

Bethune Cookman Band Director Recognized

February 21, 2008 · Print This Article

Donovan Wells calls himself a country boy who grew up fishing and tending patches of vegetables on the family farm in Virginia, even earning money for school by packing hams in Smithfield.But the director of bands — including the Marching Wildcats — at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach has reached out far beyond the banks of Virginia’s James River, and not only with his music.

This month, he’s among the ambassadors of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) featured in a free booklet titled “Profiles in Pride: March of the Mighty,” available at all Wal-Mart stores. Kraft, the other project sponsor, ensured the booklet’s food element, and Wells contributed the Crispy Fried Fish recipe he and his father have always used.

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Bethune Cookman College Becomes Bethune Cookman University

February 20, 2008 · Print This Article

(Daytona Beach, Fla.) – In the spirit of love and appreciation for the hard work of her trustees, faculty, staff, students, and alumni, President Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed took the opportunity of Valentine’s Day to make a campus-wide announcement that the college has officially been renamed BETHUNE-COOKMAN UNIVERSITY.

“This has been a part of the vision for the college since August of 2004,” said Dr. Reed. A grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded the initial planning that resulted in a master’s degree program being launched in August 2007. That step led to the school’s eligibility for university status.

“Our graduate school and the graduate program in Transformative Leadership have enabled us to become the great Bethune-Cookman University,” said Reed. “I am certain that our founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, would be very pleased that we have taken her vision into the 21st century.”
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Congressman Elijah Cummings to attend Tom Joyner Kick-Off Fundraiser on Coppin State Campus

February 19, 2008 · Print This Article

20070221022518elijah_cummings_cpd_photo_109th_congress.jpgBALTIMORE, MD — (February 19, 2008) – U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and several top city officials will participate in a festive round of activities as Coppin State University and the Tom Joyner Foundation launch a major fund-raising campaign on campus Feb. 21, 2008, at 9 a.m.

The kick-off program, which will be held in The Coppin Center, officially launches a $300,000, campaign that focuses on the Tom Joyner Foundation’s selection of Coppin as its “School of the Month (TJFSOTM) For July 2008.”

City officials scheduled to speak during kick-off festivities include Deputy Mayor Salima Siler Marriott and City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Special guests will include Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia Jessamy and Seventh District Baltimore City Councilwoman Belinda Conaway.
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Council for the International Exchange of Scholars awards Tougaloo Professor

February 17, 2008 · Print This Article

tougaloo_tougalocamp2.jpgProfessor MaryDavis, associate professor of French and coordinator for Modern Languages, just received notification that her proposal for a Fulbright Scholar-in- Residence from Korea has been awarded by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars. The award will enable the department to integrate the study of Korean with the College’s new alliance with Wonk Wang University in South Korea. In addition to teaching courses, scholars may give campus-wide and community lectures, help initiate international programs and contribute to curriculum development.

PVAMU Students to Appear on KNWS for Know Your Heritage Quiz Bowl

February 15, 2008 · Print This Article

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – Prairie View A&M University’s W.E.B. Du Bois History Club will be featured in the “Know Your Heritage,” History Quiz Bowl, which will be aired February 17 and 24 on KNWS Channel 51 at 8:00p.m. (Central Time). Please check local listings for specific times and details.

Prairie View A&M University was represented among collegiate teams from across the U.S. that competed in the annual quiz bowl aimed at promoting African American history.
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Prairie View’s Frazier named Coach of the Year

February 15, 2008 · Print This Article

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — The Black College Sports Page has announced the selection of Prairie View A&M’s Henry Frazier III as its 2007 Coach of the Year. Frazier was announced as the recipient of the College Sporting News Coach of the Year award in Raleigh, N.C.

This past season Frazier and his coaching staff completed arguably one of the toughest tasks in all of college football, turning around Prairie View A&M’s football program.

At the conclusion of the season the Panther’s football program has seen media entities and football fans nationwide take notice of the historic accomplishments of the football team.
“We’re very appreciative of all the awards and accolades we’ve received,” said Frazier. “I feel extremely blessed to be apart of the turnaround of PVAMU’s football program.”
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