April 2014
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L-R: Frederick, Bernard and Board Chair A. Barry Rand.

Interim President Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D., honored Nesta H. Bernard, vice president for development and alumni relations, with the inaugural Capstone Distinguished Service Award during the 89th annual Charter Day Gala in March.

The Capstone Distinguished Service Award will become an annual award that recognizes the exemplary and dedicated service of Howard University staff who go beyond the call of duty.

“Our staff play an essential role in providing an environment that encourages and allows our faculty and students to participate and excel in research, learning and service,” Frederick said.

Bernard was recognized for three decades of dedicated service to Howard University.

“I was honored to receive the Capstone award,” Bernard said. “I will always be indebted for what Howard has done for me and will always feel there is more I can do to advance alma mater.”

The University also honored four alumni for their extraordinary accomplishments in their respective fields: Patricia E. Bath, M.D., in the fields of medicine, ophthalmology and research; T. Eloise Foster, in the field of public service; James H. Johnson Jr., in the field of STEM education; and LaSalle D. Leffall Jr., M.D., in the fields of medicine, surgery and public health. Alumna and award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad was the mistress of ceremonies. Jamie Dimon, board chairman and chief executive of JPMorgan Chase & Co., was this year’s keynote speaker at Convocation.

Frederick announced nearly $10 million in gifts to the University. Arthur Reynolds and Robert McLeod were recognized for a $4.9 million gift from Richard Francis Jones’ Trust. Jones was a former chief of urology at Howard. Alfred C. Liggins was also acknowledged for his gift of $4 million in honor of his mother Radio One chairperson/founder and alumna Cathy Hughes. (Ceasar)


The second annual Walk 2 Win the Fight Against Prostate Cancer will be held on June 7 at Hains Point in D.C. All proceeds will benefit the Howard University Cancer Center’s prostate education, screening and research programs. The registration fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. For more information, call 202-865-5399.

Howard University hosted First Lady Michelle Obama and students from Chicago’s public schools. Obama met with juniors and seniors from Chicago public high schools who were on the first day of a four-day visit to Howard sponsored by the Chicago People’s Union. The program is designed to immerse talented high school students in a college campus environment. The First Lady joined the students on a campus tour, followed by a roundtable discussion where the students were joined by their hosts. (Justin D. Knight)


Eight Howard students were named 2013-2014 Jordan Scholars. Each will receive one-semester, full-tuition scholarships. The scholars are: Trikeria Johnson (sophomore), Alyssa McCall (junior), Joshua Narcisse (sophomore), Alexandre Pendergrass (junior), Ashton Ragsdale (senior), Ebony Richardson (junior), Derrick Spencer (junior) and Jordan Stewart (senior). The Jordan Scholarship was established in memory of Bishop Frederick Douglass Jordan and Artishia Wilkerson Jordan to support the educational and spiritual development of current Howard students. More than $340,000 has been contributed to the University for this purpose.
(Justin D. Knight)

Quito Swan, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of History, was named a 2014 University Teachers Fellow of the National Endowment for Humanities. The eight-month fellowship provides Swan with $33,000 to support research for his book about Pauulu Kamarakafego, an ecological engineer and political activist from Bermuda. Swan will travel to the South Pacific Islands to conduct research on the African Diaspora, Black Power and Pan-Africanism movements in Australia, Vanuatu, New Guinea and Fiji. (Justin D. Knight)

Anna K. Allen, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biology, received a $450,444 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to fund the acquisition of a spinning disc fluorescent confocal microscope. The grant was awarded under the DoD’s Research and Education Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI). The grant will enhance the technical and instructional capabilities of the department as well as help to increase diversity in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. (Justin D. Knight)
Jason S. Matthews, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Chemistry, received a $200,000 grant from the Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, for research in the fight against global warming. The two-year research project is centered on the development of new processes to capture pure carbon dioxide and generate electricity. (Justin D. Knight)

Ed Hill Jr. will receive the 2014 CoSIDA Mary Jo Haverbeck Trailblazer Award on June 11 during the CoSIDA convention in Orlando. During his nearly three decades of work at Howard, Hill has mentored numerous students who have gone on to careers in college and professional athletic media relations, broadcasting and related fields. Crystal McIntosh, D.D.S., was named the American Dental Education Association (ADEA)/Colgate-Palmolive Co./National Dental Association (NDA) Jeanne C. Sinkford Scholar in the ADEA Leadership Institute. The year-long program is designed to develop the nation’s most promising individuals at academic dental institutions to become future leaders in dental and higher education. McIntosh is an assistant professor in the periodontics department in the College of Dentistry.

Attiyah Lanier, a junior systems and computer science major, was selected as a University Innovation Fellow, a national program that supports peer collaboration to catalyze innovation and venture activity on college campuses. The program is administered by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation, and funded by the National Science Foundation as a partnership between Stanford University, the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance.
Kendra Clarke, a freshman public relations major from Greenwich, Conn., was recently crowned Miss Black Teen U.S. Ambassador for the state of Connecticut.

Howard’s Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning & Assessment (CETLA) saluted the School of Social Work for its exemplary performance during the university-wide Writing Matters Campaign. During the campaign, the School of Social Work was the only school or college to achieve 100 percent participation by its full-time
faculty all three years. By bringing its part-timers on board, it even doubled its rate of participation during the last two years. The campaign, which was launched by CETLA in 2011, seeks to improve student writing across the curriculum. (Ariane Gresson)
For the third consecutive year, Howard University claimed the top rank for producing volunteers among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Howard currently has 18 undergraduate alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers. Howard also made Peace Corps history earlier this year as the first-ever HBCU to appear on the agency’s national list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities, ranking No. 16 among medium-sized undergraduate schools. Since 1961, 213 Howard alumni have served with the Peace Corps.

A team of architecture and civil engineering students won the Solar Rooftop Table competition sponsored by The Residences at Thomas Circle, a senior-assisted living facility in Washington, D.C. The students competed against Catholic University to create a proposal for a rooftop concept design that would help transform the under-utilized outdoor space. The two teams shared the prize of $2,500.
Barnes & Noble College began managing the daily operations for the Howard University Bookstore this month. The new “Barnes & Noble at Howard University” will feature an expanded selection of textbook offerings, services, merchandise and apparel. The current space will undergo a remodel throughout the summer. Check out the new website: http://howard.bncollege.com/.

Howard University recently launched its official Instagram account, @HUBison, as a way to capture today’s “Howard experience.”  The photo-driven social media account features photography from current students, alumni, staff and others who are capturing new moments in Howard’s history. Follow the official Howard University account, @HUBison today, and get a fresh look at what is going on, from the Valley to the Yard and everywhere in between.

Seniors Daril Brown and Nailah Seale received graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation. Brown plans to use the fellowship to fund his research examining brain-machine interfaces and flexible electronics while pursuing a doctorate in bioengineering at the University of California at San Diego. Seale will pursue a doctorate in bioengineering and hopes to help organizations that use STEM to influence international policy and sustainable development. Her research has focused on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.


A Howard University delegation attending the Northeast Greek Leadership Association annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pa., won the Amy Vojta Impact Awards in the category of Multicultural Initiatives/Programming. Howard University won two out of the three awards distributed in that category. The Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., won based on its annual Woman to Woman conference and the impact it played in empowering young women in the greater community. Howard’s National Pan-Hellenic Council won the impact award based upon its human trafficking event, which informed the student body about human trafficking as a dangerous reality.

Joseph L. Wright, M.D., one of the nation’s leading pediatricians, will chair Howard’s Department of Pediatrics, effective June 2014. Wright joins Howard from George Washington University School of Medicine, where he is professor and vice chairman in the Department of Pediatrics, as well as professor of emergency medicine and health policy. He is also senior vice president for community affairs and head of the Child Health Advocacy Institute within the Children’s National Health System.
Alumnus Phillip Gyau was named head coach of the men’s soccer team. Gyau brings more than 20 years of experience to the position as a respected coach and a former U.S. National Team Player. Since 1998, he has placed 20 players on youth national teams. He also played in six national championships and won four of them. In 2007 and 2011, the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference named him Coach of the Year. In 2007, he was inducted into the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame. (Justin D. Knight)

The Howard University School of Law held its 10th annual James M. Nabrit Jr. Lecture on April 9. Edith Ramirez, chair of the Federal Trade Commission, was the featured lecturer. The lecture is named in honor of the former dean of the law school and the University’s second Black president. He was also one of the leading constitutional and civil rights lawyers of his generation. The Department of Art hosted the 25th annual James A. Porter Colloquium on African-American Art and Art of the African Diaspora, April 11-12. Named after a pioneering Howard University art historian and professor, the colloquium is the leading forum for scholars, artists, curators as well as art enthusiasts in the field of African-American art and visual culture. The colloquium’s theme was “Bridging the Past to Present: African American Contributions in Public Art.”
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