April 2011
University News
Earth Day
Photograph by Justin D. Knight
Howard will celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with major projects and activities, including campus beautification and the creation of an organic vegetable garden. The kickoff event will start at 9 a.m. on the Undergraduate Library rooftop. Staff and students can form groups or individually sign up for Earth Day.Each department will receive a sign–up sheet prior to April 22 and have the option to sign-up the morning of the event.
Contact Carla R. Annang at cannang@howard.edu for further information. The event is hosted by the University’s Office of Sustainability.
Lili’s Backpack Project Students launched a program to donate hundreds of backpacks to schools in Washington, D.C. and the Caribbean. “Lili’s Backpack Project” is headed by the Howard University Caribbean Students Association and named after its creator, Liane “Lili” Stephens-Henry. The students hope to collect 500 bags before May 15. The Department of Residence Life is supporting the project, and
the dorms will have bins for students and staff to drop off their backpacks. Two District schools in the Deanwood community have been identified as beneficiaries of the project.  In addition, donations will be sent to Haiti and two schools in Jamaica.

Memorandum of Understanding
Photograph by Justin D. Knight
Howard signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Pretoria and the Kara Heritage Institute in South Africa to collaborate on promoting community engagement
through raising awareness, effective training and scholarly research. The three parties will work together in applying for research and development funding from national governments, research support institutions and other organizations to fund initiatives such as research chairs or centers of excellence.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Students and faculty in the NOAA Center for Atmospheric Science at Howard University recently briefed U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on advances in weather and climate research and on progress at Howard and other minority serving institutions in attracting more students from traditionally underrepresented groups to atmospheric
science. They were selected to brief the secretary from a group of scientists that were in Washington, D.C., attending the NOAA’s Educational Partnership, Cooperative Science Centers spring meeting.  Secretary Locke visited the meeting as part of President Obama’s America COMPETES Act, which is intended to preserve America’s competitiveness in the 21st century through an emphasis on science, education and innovation.

Carolyn M. Byerly, Ph.D.
Photograph by Justin D. Knight
Carolyn M. Byerly, Ph.D., professor of journalism in the School of Communications, completed the “Global Report on the Status of Women in News.” As the principal investigator and author, she led a two-year study of nearly 60 nations. Byerly discussed the findings during a recent conference on Women's Status in News Media, which brought more than 100 women journalists from around the world to Washington. The opening panel aired on C-SPAN. To view the panel, click here. To download the entire report, click here.
President Sidney A. Ribeau, Ph.D.
Photograph by Ceasar

In January 2011, the Howard University Board of Trustees made far reaching decisions that will strengthen Howard for the future. President Sidney A. Ribeau, Ph.D., reports on the progress in implementing these decisions. To review his letter, please click here.

School of Communications The School of Communications held its first Sports Media Day last month. Several SOC alumni attended, including Stan Verrett, ESPN SportsCenter anchor.

Pictured: Back row (l-r): Lemont Williams, Voice America Sports Network; Tarik El-Bashir, The Washington Post; D. Orlando Ledbetter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Verrett; Jim Trotter, Sports Illustrated; Michael Lyle, Quinnipiac University; Bruce Speight, New York Jets; Ricky Clemons, SOC. Front row (l-r): Rochelle Ford, SOC; Deron Snyder, The Washington Times; Cathy Jerome, The Washington Wizards; Teri Washington, Washington Sports and Entertainment Authority; Ed Hill, HU Department of Athletics; Brian Jackson, Comcast Sports; Yuvay Meyers, HU School of Business; Karen Roberts, SOC.
Howard is once again competing in the Home Depot’s “Retool Your School” to revitalize the campus with an eco-friendly project. Last year, the University won a $10,000 grant to install a sustainable “rain garden” behind the Blackburn Center.
This year, it is competing with 56 other HBCUs to win the $50,000 award to fund the repair and beautification of the athletic practice fields with eco-friendly turf. To vote and review project descriptions, visit www.retoolyourschool.com/vote-now.aspx. You may vote for the University once every day until voting closes on April 22.

Howard received 6,800 recycling bins in a national grant program designed to provide recycling bins to colleges participating in the RecycleMania challenge. The grants will provide a total of 50,000 bins to participating schools nationwide; Howard was among 13 recipients.
Grace Virtue, Ph.D., executive communications manager/senior writer in the Office of University Communications, presented last month at the University College of the Cayman Islands’ Conference on Governance, Leadership and Empowerment in the Caribbean. Virtue discussed her transitional liberal-authoritarian model of media government relations uncovered in her research on Caribbean media. The conference featured a distinguished line-up of international leaders and scholars, including Warren Smith, Ph.D., president-elect of the Caribbean Development Bank.

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