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Spring 2009 Student Open House

On March 27, Enrollment Management/Office of Admission hosted the spring 2009 Accepted Student Open House in Cramton Auditorium. Over 1,300 guests, including 647 accepted students, from the Washington metropolitan area and across the nation were in attendance for an exciting and informative program. The Howard University Showtime Marching Band opened the program with a series of high energy, spirited selections. Linda Sanders-Hawkins, director of Admission, welcomed the guests to the University, and Alvin Thornton, Ph.D., interim provost and chief academic officer, gave opening remarks reminding the audience of Howard’s rich legacy and encouraging the students to continue to strive for excellence and success. Students and their parents were provided with information on New Student Orientation, enrolling in classes, financial aid, residence life, health services and campus security. After a brief intermission, a group of student leaders participated in a panel discussion that gave the audience an opportunity to hear directly from students about what it’s like to be part of the Howard family. After the event, one parent wrote, “I’m happy to say, immediately following Friday’s Howard University Open House for Accepted Students, my son informed me he made up his mind and his college selection would be Howard University.”

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President Sidney A. Ribeau, Ph.D. Photo by Ceasar

President Sidney A. Ribeau, Ph.D., attended the fourth annual scholarship luncheon hosted by the Howard Club of Southwest Florida in Sarasota, Fla., on March 28. He was the keynote speaker and received an Outstanding Leadership Award, the first from an alumni group since his appointment. Jerrica C. Oliver, a sophomore psychology major at Howard, will receive a second scholarship award from the Southwest Florida club totaling $5,000. The Club includes alumni, family and friends of Howard from Orlando, Naples, Clearwater, Tampa, Sarasota and places in between.

Adrianne C. Smith Photo by Ceasar

Adrianne C. Smith was named executive director of Howard University’s Center for Excellence in Advertising (CEA). Smith is a 15-year veteran of advertising and marketing communications companies. She previously served as partner of AdHere Network, an affinity/relationship marketing and video production firm. Managed by the John H. Johnson School of Communications, the CEA was established in September 2008 to help the advertising industry eliminate barriers and identify opportunities to achieve a more diverse workforce at middle to senior management levels.

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Renowned journalist and author Gwen Ifill will deliver the keynote adddress and receive a Doctor of Humane Letters at the 141st Commencement Convocation on May 9.

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The spring 2009 issue of Howard Magazine is now online at

For the sixth year in a row, members of each of the School of Law constituencies collaborated in producing one of the best intellectual property conferences in the country. Among the Blue-ribbon list of speakers were three federal judges: The Hon. Paul R. Michel, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; The Hon. Richard Linn United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; and The Hon. Liam O’Grady, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. (Choosing to attend, and agreeing to participate as a speaker next year, was the Chief Judge of the International Trade Commission, Judge Paul J. Luckern).

Howard's Entrepreneurship Institute hosted its first symposium on “Entrepreneurship in Health and Wellness: Best Practices.” The program was designed to attract medical and dental health practitioners, dental hygienists, allied health services personnel, hospital administrators, and clinical laboratory supervisors or technologists. Participants learned to develop their own entrepreneurial skills so that they can not only improve their own practice but share that knowledge with their students. The topics covered included: (1) the processes of certification and licensure in various fields; (2) model systems for setting up a successful practice; and (3) the business acumen necessary for setting up a practice. 

The 38th Annual Faculty Art Exhibition runs through April 18 in the Blackburn Center. For more information, contact Eileen Johnston at 202-806-7070.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research announced that applications are available for the FY 2010 Social Sciences, Humanities and Education and the Performing, Visual & Media Arts faculty research programs. The programs are intended to encourage research in these fields of study, which will result in publishable work (e.g., journal article, book, exhibit or artistic product), or research on pilot projects that may be used as a basis for proposals to external funding sources for larger projects. These programs are sponsored by the Office of the Provost, administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and supported by the president of Howard University. The deadline for applications is April 30, 2009. Applications are available from Katie McGraw at

The Department of English presented its Graduate Research Colloquium titled, “Migration Trauma and the Negotiation of Identity in Edwidge Danticat’s The Dew Breaker" on March 25. The presenter, the first graduate student to present a paper in the Graduate Research Colloquia Series, was Whitney Edwards.

National Reading Month, Social Work Month and Women’s History Month are all celebrated in March. On March 12, Sandra Edmonds Crewe, Ph.D., associate dean, School of Social Work, combined the significance of the three recognitions by reading the story of the venerable Harriet Tubman to students in the Howard University Early Learning Program. Crewe says the children listened attentively, were enthusiastic and asked numerous questions about how Harriet Tubman helped others. Crewe says she was impressed with their intelligence and familiarity with Black history. After the storytelling and reading, the children responded to questions … and they were 100 percent correct. For example, they knew the year Harriet Tubman died and the year Rosa Parks was born. Crewe also thanked Tabitha Ishmael, the teachers and the children for participating in an intergenerational program (sponsored by the D.C. Office on Aging) held in February at the School of Social Work. Four students from the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science also participated in the intergenerational forum.

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