February/March 2014
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Howard University opened a new $5 million state-of-the-art virtual medical training facility, which will allow more than 800 students to practice medical procedures and experience real-world decision-making. The 6,000-square-foot facility provides a simulated hospital environment with five high-tech human patient simulators that generate vital signs, an operating room, an intensive care/emergency room and a tasking training/surgical suite. (Ceasar)
The Howard University Board of Trustees named a presidential search committee, which will play an active role in the selection of Howard’s 17th president. The committee, chaired by trustee Vernon E. Jordan Jr., will develop an inclusive and transparent search process. For more information, visit http://howardupresidentialsearch.com/

This year’s Charter Day Convocation will be held on March 7 at 11 a.m. in Cramton Auditorium. Jamie Dimon, board chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., will deliver the keynote address at the convocation.The Charter Day Dinner will be held the following evening at 7 p.m. at the Washington Hilton Hotel to honor alumni who have achieved great distinctions in their professions.

This year’s honorees are Patricia Bath, M.D., in the fields of medicine, orthomology and research; T. Eloise Foster, in the field of public service; James H. Johnson Jr., in the field of STEM education; and LaSalle D. Lefall Jr., M.D., in the fields of medicine, surgery and public health. To purchase tickets for the dinner, please call 202-238-2348. (Justin D. Knight)

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) turns 20 this year. More than 350 students will tackle 16,000-plus volunteer hours in Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and Haiti to tackle issues ranging from gun control to illiteracy.

WHUR 96.3 FM hosted the “Helping Hands” radiothon on March 2, which raised nearly $70,000 to support ASB. If you would like to contribute to Helping Hands, visit.

The Bethune Annex Café is being expanded! The renovated space will include a two-story addition to accommodate 570 seats and offer a grab-and-go grill, pizza, deli, classic line, and cook to order stations. Stay tuned for more information!


Howard University will host a debate on March 5 featuring candidates vying for mayor of the District of Columbia. The debate will be held in the Blackburn Center Ballroom from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. This debate is sponsored by the Howard University Community Development Association, Ward One Democrats, Howard University Department of Political Science, Howard University Political Society and the Howard University Student Association.


Howard University is competing in RecycleMania for the fifth consecutive year. RecycleMania, which runs until March 28, is a friendly competition among colleges and universities aimed at promoting recycling and waste-reduction activities on campuses. This year, more than 600-plus colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada will vie for national honors in several categories. Visit www.recyclemaniacs.org for weekly standings and email dsmith@kironllc.com in the Office of Sustainability for more information.
Vote for Howard University in the 'Retool Your School' contest.

The School of Divinity received a $250,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., to support the school’s effort to improve the economic well-being of future ministers. The school will  create programs with the goal of improving the financial literacy of future religious leaders, with a particular focus on reducing student loan debt. In addition, students will be empowered with the “Each One Teach One” curriculum training models to be implemented within their respective communities of faith as well as the larger community.
The Department of Theatre Arts received $275,000 for a new dance commission by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art as part of a multiyear series of programming. The dance commission, celebrating the cross-cultural influences of Oman and East Africa, will showcase the choreography of Ray Mercer, esteemed principal dancer from Broadway’s The Lion King, and will make its world premiere April 11–12 at 7:30 p.m., in Cramton Auditorium.

Bernard Richardson, Ph.D., dean of the chapel, delivered the keynote address for the annual MLK Day Observance at the U.S. Pentagon. (The event was filmed and shown on the Pentagon Channel.)
Howard students joined hundreds across the country to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., during the MLK Weekend of Service in January. Volunteer efforts included beautification projects around national monuments and local schools.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., kicked off its centennial celebration at Howard on Jan. 9, with a monument groundbreaking and wreath-laying ceremony on the Lower Quadrangle. The fraternity’s yearlong celebration will culminate with a Grand Centennial Celebration on the main campus, July 16-20. The fraternity was founded at Howard in 1914.(Justin D. Knight)
Howard University honored the legacy of the late Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first Black president, during a memorial tribute on Jan. 15 in Cramton Auditorium. As an extended tribute, members of the audience moved from Cramton in a silent, candlelight procession to the multimedia exhibition, “Nelson Mandela: Character, Comrade, Leader,
Prisoner, Negotiator, Statesman” in Founders Library.  This exhibition will run through April 27 with the following hours: Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Michelle Albert, M.D., chief of cardiovascular medicine and director of cardiovascular research at Howard University, was honored earlier this month during Woman’s Day magazine’s 2014 Red Dress Awards. Albert was honored for her work related to cardiovascular disease and race and ethnicity. The annual event benefits the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women program and honors those who have made significant contributions to the fight against heart disease.

William Lawson, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Medicine, was named the 2014 recipient of the American Psychiatric Foundation’s Solomon Carter Fuller Award for African-American Pioneers. The award is given annually to a leader whose work has benefited the quality of life for Black people.

WHUT-TV received an American Graduate Champion award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for its support of the “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen” initiative. Through the initiative, public broadcasting stations have engaged more than 1,000 partnerships with businesses, schools, faith-based and nonprofits working together to inspire dialogue and action toward solutions and to help more young people stay on the path to a high school diploma.
The General Motors Foundation awarded a $110,000 grant to Howard University to be used
toward its science, engineering, mathematics and technology (STEM) curriculum, as part of GM Foundation’s University Grants program. The grant, which will be administered by the United Negro College Fund, will be used to support a variety of initiatives at Howard, including curriculum development projects, job skills development and creative design.

Howard students, along with faculty mentors, visited NASA Johnson Space Center’s Ellington Field in Houston, Nov. 12-13, to conduct experiments aboard the reduced gravity aircraft. The Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program (RGEFP) gives undergraduate students the opportunity to design, build and fly experiments in reduced gravity.
The Howard team’s opportunity to participate was the result of the hard work and commitment of Janelle Holmes-Lead, Ajamu Abdullah, Aara’L Yarber and Ryan O’Donnell (Ground crew: Raul Garcia-Sanchez; Prabhakar Misra, Howard physics professor; and Bradley Carpenter, Ph.D., NASA mentor). The team was selected for the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, a flight program based on scientific merit and educational outreach potential.
This spring, 61 Howard students are studying abroad to develop as scholars and global leaders, the largest class of participants. The students traveled to 13 countries: England, Spain, France, Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Denmark, Morocco, China and Japan.

Howard University was recently ranked as a leading producer of Peace Corps volunteers, marking the first time that an HBCU has been ranked on the annual top volunteer-producing universities list. Howard has consistently ranked No. 1 on the Peace Corps’ HBCU list, but achieved a top rank among medium-sized colleges and universities for the first time this year. Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, more than 210 Howard graduates have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers. Howard currently has 18 alumni serving as volunteers.
The School of Communications, in collaboration with the Hearst Visiting Professionals Endowment program, hosted the 2014 Hearst Visiting Scholar lecture on Feb. 6 featuring award-winning journalist and author Wil Haygood. (The lecture was titled “From the Haygoods of Columbus to The Butler.”) Haygood’s story about White House staffer Eugene Allen was the basis for the film Lee Daniels' The Butler.

Brian K. Jordan was named Howard’s new police chief and executive director for safety and security. An alumnus, Jordan has 27 years of law enforcement experience with the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department.
Michel Joseph Martelly, president of the Republic of Haiti, visited the main campus on Feb. 5 and spoke on his proposed program aimed at providing free and mandatory schooling for all Haitian children. (Justin D. Knight)

The winter 2014 edition of Howard Magazine is now available. Visit www.howard.edu/howardmag to read the latest edition. And, don’t forget to download the complimentary mobile app for Apple and Android devices.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology will serve as a local sponsor of the 2014 Million Women March for Endometriosis. The EndoMarch will take place on March 13 from 12-3 p.m. on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The event will also take place worldwide, in more than 56 cities. Register here.
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