Howard is standing with Haiti and has established the Haitian Relief Line at 202-806-7281.

Pictured: Dean Bernard Richardson, Ph.D., Rankin Chapel

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Howard is standing with Haiti and has established the Haitian Relief Fund. Financial contributions can be made online at

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

President Sidney A. Ribeau, Ph.D., discussed the value of HBCUs and factors determining lagging graduation rates with renowned radio journalist Joe Madison. The interview, which aired live on Jan. 6 on Washington’s WOL 1450 AM and nationwide on XM 169, can be accessed at

President Sidney A. Ribeau, Ph.D.’s redesigned Web site was recently launched and can be accessed at The site includes the president’s speeches, letters and news items.

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Justin D. Knight
The University formally established the Environmental and Sustainability Council to involve faculty, staff, administration, students and alumni in the promotion of an environmentally conscious and sustainable campus and to advise President Ribeau and his cabinet on related issues. The council will work to reduce Howard’s carbon footprint, expand the University’s new recycling program and develop relevant educational and research initiatives. (Pictured: Dorien Blyther)

Cordell Richardson, Ph.D., joined the staff of the Office of Special Student Services, where he will serve as the director of Judicial Affairs.

Barbara Griffin, Ph.D.Photo by
Justin D. Knight
Barbara Griffin, Ph.D., will serve as vice president of Student Affairs until a permanent appointment is announced.

Valarie Turner, Ph.D., in her role as special assistant to the president, has been reassigned to the Blackburn Center to advocate for students, respond to concerns and evaluate student-related administrative policies and procedures.

Rayford Davis was appointed executive director of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, where he will focus on supporting a data-driven management culture, developing systems and operating processes throughout the University.

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Charles Gibbs will serve as athletic director until a permanent appointment is announced.

Career Development and Experiential Programs, a unit of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences’ Office of Student Services, will hold its Career and Cooperative Education Fair on Feb. 17 and Feb. 18. For more information, contact Sheryl A. Whitherspoon, coordinator, at 202-806-6643 or at

John Hope Franklin, Ph.D.Photo by Ceasar
Howard will honor the life and contributions of John Hope Franklin, Ph.D., during a symposium, April 8-10. For more information, contact Jeanne Maddox Toungara at 202-806-6815 or 202-806-9324, or via e-mail at

The Institute for Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Innovation and Founders Library presented the African American Entrepreneurship Lecture Series, “Entrepreneurship and Law: The African American Entrepreneur: Then and Now.” W. Sherman Rogers, J.D., professor, School of Law, was the guest speaker. Rogers is the author of “The African American Entrepreneur: Then and Now.”

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The School of Divinity held a library dedication honoring the memory and legacy of Lawrence Neale Jones, who served as the school’s dean from 1975-1991. Jones passed away in December. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Ron Hopson, Ph.D., was the speaker. President Sidney Ribeau, Ph.D., Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer Alvin Thornton, Ph.D., and members of the Jones family were present. The ribbon cutting was held immediately following the service.

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James Donaldson, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and a team of faculty members, participated in the Salzburg Global Seminar’s Mellon Fellow Community Initiative on Global Citizenship, held in Austria. The seminar convened representatives from 26 Historically Black Colleges and Universities and member institutions of the Appalachian College Association to develop joint initiatives and projects “aimed at creating a more focused and comprehensive approach to education for global citizenship” in the American academy.

Anita Nahal, Ph.D., director of the international affairs and women’s studies programs at the Graduate School, launched the Web site The site is a resource provider and a venue for discussions about diversity.

The Center for Preprofessional Education, College of Arts & Sciences, in partnership with Kaplan Test Prep Inc., is offering test preparation courses on campus to Howard students and alumni at significantly discounted rates. Howard test preparation courses for the MCAT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, OAT, DAT and PCAT will begin in February. Class sizes are limited, and spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit, visit the Center for Preprofessional Education in the Howard Center (Room 518) or call 202-238-2363.

February is American Heart Month, which raises awareness about cardiovascular diseases. Howard will recognize the month with a series of events including the campus-wide "Wear Red for Women Day" on Feb. 5 and healthy cooking demonstrations being held in the Hospital cafeteria on Feb. 12 at noon. Check the University calendar at for further details.

James Cheek, Ph.D.

President Emeritus James Cheek, Ph.D., died on January 8. For two decades under Cheek’s leadership (1969-1989), Howard experienced immense growth and modernization—with the student population increasing and the number of schools, colleges, research programs and faculty expanding. Cheek’s vision and passion for the University and his view of Howard as a national treasure led to bold action, which eventually resulted in a dramatic boost in the school’s budget with increased federal support. The University built upon its international reputation and its legacy of social justice. Read more about Cheek’s legacy at

An on-campus memorial service for Cheek will be held Feb. 5 at 11 am in the Rankin Chapel.

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