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WASHINGTON (April 3, 2013) – This year, Howard University held the top rank among Historically Black Colleges and Universities for producing undergraduate Peace Corp volunteers. Howard has 21 undergraduate alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, bringing the total to 204 of alumni who have served overseas since 1961. Following Howard on the list were Morehouse College, which had eight volunteers, and Spelman College, which had five.
WASHINGTON (March 29, 2013) – Howard University alumnus Kyle Bacon was recently recognized by the White House as one of ten “Champions of Change” for his work as a leader of a mentorship program for children with incarcerated parents. Bacon (B.B.A.’03) received the award as part of President Barack Obama’s “Winning the Future Across America” initiative. The purpose of the award is to honor community leaders who work to improve educational outcomes for African-American students.
WASHINGTON – Edwidge Danticat, the well-known Haitian-American author and editor, spoke about the necessity of bearing witness and sharing stories as the featured presenter at the 61st annual Charles Eaton Burch Lecture on Feb. 28. The lecture, which took place in the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, is named after Burch who was a scholar on 18th Century British Literature in the Howard University Department of English from 1921 to 1948. The lecture was titled “Our Story, Ourselves.” In the lecture, Danticat challenged the audience to remember that “no story is ours alone.” In the spirit of sharing stories, her remarks included connections to works such as Alice Walker’s essay “In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens” and Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.
WASHINGTON (February 25, 2013) – The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University’s premier library documenting the global Black experience has announced an extension to May 28 of “Barack Obama: The First Term, 2009-2012,” an exhibition of some 60 photographs documenting Barack Obama’s first four years as President of the United States. Moorland-Spingarn was founded 99 years ago as a small collection of books, manuscripts and other documents. It has developed into the premier academic research library in the field of African American as well as the history and culture of the African Diaspora.
WASHINGTON (April 10, 2013) – The 2013 Symposium on U.S. Healthcare at Howard University has announced Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, as its keynote speaker on Wednesday, April 10. Health professionals from across the nation will assemble at Howard for the one-day event, held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Armour Blackburn Center, 2397 6th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Attendees and speakers from health professions will focus on minority health disparities, building the capacity to combat issues through education, research and community leadership, and establishing a pipeline for minorities in STEM careers. Health disparities among minority U.S. populations and ethnic groups are apparent in the adult deaths, infant mortality rates and other oft-cited health measures. By promoting minority preparation for leadership roles and improving access to a more diverse group of health professionals, health outcomes can be improved in vulnerable communities.
Washington, DC, (February 18, 2013) - The District of Columbia Small Business Development Center (DC SBDC), headquartered at Howard University’s School of Business, will host the 2013 Turner School of Construction Management, an eight-week seminar on subcontracting for small business owners. The goal of the seminar, which starts March 13, is to prepare participants to win and conduct subcontracting work in the Washington region. Turner staff and other industry experts will teach seminar courses. The topics include field operations, accounting and banking, construction estimating, safety, sales and marketing.
WASHINGTON – A team of three students took first place in the Black Founders Startup Ventures hacking competition held Feb. 15-16 at Howard University. The students competed against other teams for the university to successfully develop mobile apps in 24 hours. Antonio McMichael, a systems and computer science senior, Jeremy Blackstone and Nigel Randall, both systems and computer science juniors, worked overnight to create an app that enables users to locate small and obscure buildings in urban settings. The app provides users with real-time data that improves cellular GPS capability. “They may have created another way to market to people through augmented reality,” said Legand L. Burge, III, Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Systems and Computer Sciences, which sponsored the event. “I’m surprised they got it done in 24 hours.”
WASHINGTON (February 6, 2013) –Frank Savage, alumnus, acclaimed investment executive and chairman emeritus of the Howard University Board of Trustees, will deliver the keynote address at the Howard University 146th Charter Day Convocation on Friday, March 8 at 11 a.m. in Cramton Auditorium. Savage (B.A. '62), the author of the memoir, The Savage Way: Successfully Navigating the Waves of Business and Life, is chief executive officer of Savage Holdings LLC, a global financial services company. Savage has a long career in international banking, corporate finance, and global investment management. He has served on the boards of several corporations and non-profit organizations, including Qualcomm, Lockheed Martin, Bloomberg, and the New York Philharmonic. From 1997 to 2004, Savage served as chairman of the Howard University Board of Trustees and is credited with spearheading the widely successful Campaign for Howard.
WASHINGTON (February 15, 2013) – Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the non-profit Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), which is headquartered in Montgomery, Ala., will discuss the systematic biases in American legal, political and economic institutions in a presentation titled “Making Money From Poor People and Prisons: What Are We Doing?" The event will take place at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the School of Business auditorium.
WASHINGTON – Paulette Brown (B.A. 1973, J.D. 1976), a prominent labor lawyer and longtime advocate for diversity, was named as the uncontested nominee to be the American Bar Association (ABA) president in 2015. Successfully obtaining the post would make Brown the first minority woman to hold the organization’s presidency.Brown is a labor and employment partner, the chief diversity officer and a member of the Labor and Employment Group of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP in Madison, N.J. She obtained a bachelor’s of arts in political science from Howard University and a law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. She has held numerous positions, including in-house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies, past president of the National Bar Association, and municipal court judge.
WASHINGTON (February 12, 2013) – Howard University will host a major academic symposium on the intellectual legacy of Dr. Hanes Walton, Jr., the imminent political science scholar who was the first person to earn a doctorate in the subject at Howard University. The symposium will be held in the Blackburn University Center Auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The symposium is sponsored by the Offices of the President, Provost, Deans of the College of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School, the Political Science Department and the Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center. The event is open to the general public, faculty, staff and students.
WASHINGTON (February 11, 2013) – Ebrahim Rasool, South Africa’s Ambassador to the United States, will deliver the inaugural lecture of the Ambassador Lecture Series at Howard University’s Center for Global Business Studies. The lecture will be held in the School of Business Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 9:40 a.m. The theme of the presentation is “Opportunities and Challenges of Doing Business in South Africa.” Rasool is well known for his role as an activist in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement. His activism against the country’s apartheid government began in his years as a high school student in Cape Town. He later held leadership positions in the United Democratic Front and the African National Congress. Today, he is recognized throughout the world as a proponent of human rights and interfaith cooperation.
WASHINGTON (February 11, 2013) – The Howard University Debate Team will take on rivals from Harvard University on Friday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. in Cramton Auditorium. The match up marks the first time a Harvard team has traveled to the Howard campus for a debate. The event is free and open to public. “Howard is excited to host this historic event on its campus,” Director of Howard University’s MLK Jr. Forensics Program, Angela D. Minor, Esq. said. “Audience members can expect to see an entertaining and educational event.” Sponsors of the debate include Starbucks and the national chapter of the NAACP. The two teams will debate whether gun manufacturers should be held liable for mass killings and if women should be required to sign up for the Selective Service System.
WASHINGTON (February 4, 2013) – Scholars from leading American universities and policy institutions sought to shed light on racial disparities across employment, health, education, housing and income during the Fourth Annual African American Economic Summit held on Feb. 1 at Howard University. Among the speakers were U.S. Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott, D-Va., and Bernard E. Anderson of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. A goal of the event was to broaden progressive policy discussion that could counter what scholars described as a discourse that is far too narrow in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON (February 4, 2013) – Howard University has partnered with the nonprofit organization American Student Assistance (ASA) to provide access to SALT, a program that offers education debt management and financial literacy to current students and alumni. "Financial literacy and debt management education are important skills for all prospective as well as current students and alumni,” said Howard University Provost Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D., MBA. “Financing one’s education requires careful planning and understanding of the true cost of loans, repayment terms and the fine print so students and their families can make smart decisions. "
WASHINGTON (Feb. 5, 2013) – Howard University radio, WHUR 96.3 FM, will host a 12-hour radiothon, “Helping Hands,” Sunday, March 3, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to raise $50,000 to send more than 300 Howard University students to Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans and across Washington where they will help families wrestling with issues ranging from illiteracy to gun violence.
WASHINGTON (February 1, 2013) – Howard University graduate students from all schools and colleges are encouraged to apply for the 2013-14 Media Messaging Research Fellowships sponsored by Tom Burrell, American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame member and Howard University School of Communications Board of Visitors member, and a host of other donors. The fellowship offers a scholarship of $10,000 or more and $5,000-$10,000 to conduct a research study investigating the relationship between media messages and knowledge, attitudes and behavior among African Americans in particular. While all research topics related to Tom Burrell’s Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority will be accepted for consideration, the selection committee is particularly interested in topics from a wide-range of academic disciplines.
WASHINGTON (January 31, 2013) – After 100 years of service, The Alpha Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will present the 21st Annual Woman to Woman Conference at Howard University on Wednesday, Feb. 6. The event will feature Angela Simmons, star of MTV Network Shows “Run’s House” and” Daddy’s Girls” and co-founder of the popular clothing, sneaker and handbag/accessory line PASTRY, as its keynote speaker.
WASHINGTON (January 28, 2013) -- The Howard University Board of Trustees unanimously approved President Sidney A. Ribeau’s recommendation not to increase undergraduate tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year during the January 26 meeting of the full board. “The University remains firmly committed to access and affordability to a Howard education,” Ribeau said. “We have decided on a zero percent increase for the upcoming academic year in an effort to relieve the growing economic pressures for students and their families.” Howard University continues to offer a range of extensive financial aid to support its students, including need-based grants, Trustee scholarships, graduate student tuition and scholarships,grant-in-aid talent awards and professional school merit fellowships.
WASHINGTON – Howard University hosted more than 12,000 members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., during the Centennial Founders Day Celebration, Jan. 11-13. Visitors participated in a formal welcoming ceremony hosted by Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau and National President Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre.