April 2013
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The construction of new campus housing is underway on the main campus. Howard University and Campus Apartments officially announced the construction of two new residential facilities near the Fourth Street corridor of the campus. The facilities will accommodate 1,360 students and include two-person semi-suites, study lounges, laundry facilities, classrooms and a 200-person multi-purpose room.
Also, Howard University and Turner Construction Company, along with the project team of Brailsford & Dunlavey, HDR Architecture and Lance Bailey & Associates, will break ground on a new Interdisciplinary Research Building (IRB) on April 18 . The new 81,000 square-foot mixed-use academic building, which will be located at 2201 Georgia Ave. NW, will support and promote interdisciplinary research and educational collaboration. The IRB will be designed as an energy-efficient (LEED) facility that will incorporate cutting-edge technology and the latest educational, environmental and research standards. Both projects are slated for completion in fall 2014.

President Bill Clinton will deliver the Commencement address at Howard University on May 11 on the Upper Quadrangle of the main campus. For more information about this year’s Commencement, visit here.
Howard President Sidney A. Ribeau, Ph.D., delivered the State of the University address on April 3. The full text is available here.

Approximately 400 students will benefit from $600,000 in need-based financial aid, including seniors slated to graduate in May. President Sidney A. Ribeau, Ph.D., Barbara L.J. Griffin, Ph.D., vice president for student affairs, Brittany Foxhall,
president of the Howard University Student Association (HUSA), and Madiagne Sarr, vice president of HUSA, announced the awards on March 20. Through the Bridging the Gap Student Aid Campaign, Ribeau hopes to increase student enrollment, retention and graduation rates, and reduce student debt.
Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel received several donations to support its educational mission. Howard alumnus and attorney Matthew Shannon donated $50,000 to the chapel, which includes 14 $1,000 scholarships for members of the Howard Gospel Choir, from which Shannon was an original member. In a separate donation, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer of Los Angeles contributed $10,000 to the Chapel and Alternative Spring Break.
The Chapel also received the annual donation through the Frederick and Artishia Jordan scholarship, providing eight, full-tuition, one-semester scholarships to undergraduate students.

Howard held the top rank this year among Historically Black Colleges and Universities for producing undergraduate Peace Corps volunteers. This is the second consecutive year that Howard has held this rank. Howard has 21 undergraduate alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, bringing the total to 204 of alumni who have served overseas since 1961. Joining Howard on the list were Morehouse College, which had eight volunteers, and Spelman College, which had five.
The College of Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases, received a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to design one of nine Telehealth Training Centers nationwide. Geared toward low-volume HIV clinicians, the project—Howard University Capitol Region Telehealth Project (HU-CTTP)—will use distance-based technologies to provide clinical consultation and mentoring for DC-based professionals who provide treatment and care for individuals diagnosed with HIV. More information can be found at http://capitolregiontelehealth.org.

“Like” the Howard University’s Hospital (HUH) Facebook page to read about the recent accolades received by the HUH physicians and staff. Learn about celebrity appearances such as comedian Kiere Spates, known to millions of Americans as “Junior” on the “Steve Harvey Morning Show.” Learn what he revealed to Hospital patients and others during his recent visit.
Howard University's Twitter account reached 20,000 followers. In the last 18 months, the number of Twitter followers has doubled. Join the Twitter family today— twitter.com/HowardU.

Faculty and students in the School of Social Work and colleagues from other programs and universities, led by Ruby Gourdine, D.S.W., professor, contributed articles to a special edition of “Parenting in the 21st Century.” The articles were published in the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment (Vol. 23, Issue 2). Twenty-three authors contributed to 15 articles. Visit http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/n5p6mIiJ6vVZrwHsZJdJ/full to read the articles.

Last summer, the School of Social Work also collaborated with the D.C. Department of Mental Health to train students and agency practitioners on two evidence-based parenting models, namely the Effective Black Parenting Model and the Chicago Parent Program. These efforts are to support communities as they traverse the process of parenting children in the 21st century.

School of Business students won first place honors at the Deloitte National Student Case Study Seminar. The winning team—William Adams, Chenika Beck, Krista Ceziar, Tracy Osemwegie and Tierra Williams—was advised by Jean Wells, chair of the Department of Accounting. The team competed against Baylor University, University of Iowa, Michigan State University, University of Southern California and Penn State University. The competition required students to provide solutions to
complex case studies involving real-world financial accounting issues. Each student was awarded $2,000 and the school was given a $10,000 award from the Deloitte Foundation. 

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