The Minority
Media and Telecommunications Council donated $175,000 ... including the capital campaign for a new building.

Pictured: School of Communications Dean Jannette L. Dates, Ph.D., and FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.

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The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council donated $175,000 to help strengthen the John H. Johnson School of Communications’ initiatives, including the capital campaign for a new building. The donation will go toward planning for construction of a state-of-the-art facility, along with the technology and equipment necessary to meet the rising demands of the telecommunications industry.

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The Aspen Institute’s Washington Leadership Series welcomed President Sidney Ribeau, Ph.D., Georgetown University President John DeGioia and University of Maryland President Daniel Mote to discuss the future of higher education in the U.S. Watch the video at

The School of Education was recommended for re-accreditation on Feb. 3 by the National Council Association for the Accreditation of Teacher Education Board of Examiners site team.

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Veteran Democratic strategist and political analyst Donna Brazile delivered a compelling speech as part of the third annual Charles W. Harris Lecture. Invoking the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. in a speech titled “The Fierce Urgency of Now,” Brazile gave a passionate plea for students to continue to build on the successes that had been evidenced by the election of President Obama. Professor emeritus Charles W. Harris, Ph.D., who served Howard for 32 years as a scholar, teacher, administrator and mentor, funds the annual lecture series in the College of Arts and Science’s Political Science department.

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Administrator Lisa P. Jackson of the Environmental Protection Agency delivered a lecture titled “Expanding the Conversation on Environmentalism and Working for Environmental Justice,” for the seventh annual James M. Nabrit Jr. Lecture Series. She also delivered the keynote address at the College of Engineering Architecture and Computer Sciences' Student Leadership Institute.

Author Terrie Williams and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration kicked off a nationwide, two-year campaign at Howard to increase awareness about mental health in the African-American community. During the launch at the University’s Cancer Center, a new Web site,, was introduced, with videos of African Americans talking about their struggles with depression and their families’ history of mental health issues.

Twenty students from the School of Communications traveled to Greensboro, N.C., to document the 50th anniversary of the sit-ins at an F.W. Woolworth’s restaurant. Students met and interviewed the three surviving members of what became known as the “Greensboro Four”, the college freshmen who challenged the segregationist policies at a popular drug store chain and across most of the South. The students posted stories and compiled video for the Howard University News Service site at

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WHUR 96.3 FM held a three-day fundraiser (Jan. 27-Jan. 29) to benefit survivors of the Haiti earthquake, and raised more than $40,000. WHUR broadcast live in front of the School of Communications and encouraged listeners, members of the University family and the Washington-area community to make a monetary donation to help the survivors of the Haiti earthquake. Also, The Howard University Choir, under the direction of Professor J. Weldon Norris (pictured, left), hosted a benefit concert in the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel to support the Haiti Relief Fund.

The School of Pharmacy chapters of Kappa Epsilon and Kappa Psi held the third annual Heart 2 Heart Ball, which focused on increasing women’s heart disease awareness, and featured music, poetry and dances by pharmacy students.

The Flutes of Howard University, under the direction of Sais Kamalidiin, Ph.D., traveled to Cameroon, Africa, where they held concerts and workshops in Yaounde, Douala, Limbe and Buea. A special concert in Yaounde at the Mbalmayo Art Institute was televised on Cameroonian television.

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The 86th Annual Charter Day Dinner, which will be held March 13, will honor seven alumni for extraordinary accomplishments in their respective fields: Cain Hope Felder, Ph.D., in the fields of Religion and Biblical Studies; Jacqueline Jordan Irvine, Ph.D., in the field of Education; Floyd J. Malveaux, Ph.D., M.D., in the fields of Medical Education Research and International Health; Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), in the fields of Law and Public Service; The Honorable Peggy A. Quince, in the fields of Law and Public Policy; and Christopher J. Williams, in the fields of Business and Philanthropy. LaSalle D. Leftall Jr., M.D. (pictured, left) will deliver the keynote address during the Charter Day Convocation.

The Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library is hosting the traveling exhibit “Opening Doors: Contemporary African-American Surgeons” until April 30. The exhibit tells the stories of pioneering African-American academic surgeons who exemplify excellence in their fields. It was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture. The exhibit is located in the Library Gallery (Room 102) and will be available for viewing Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Howard University Gallery of Art invites the community to attend the 79th Annual Art Students Exhibition in the Fine Arts Bldg. (Childers Hall), which runs through March 12. Original artworks by the students will be on sale. For more information, call Eileen Johnston at 202-806-7070.

The Connecticut NAACP presents the 2nd Annual Great Debate, featuring Howard vs. Yale and Hampton vs. Columbia. The debate takes place on April 3 at 6:00 pm, on Yale’s campus. General admission is $20. For tickets, visit or call 203-562-5666.

The Scandrett Disabilities Student Scholarship Fund is inviting undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities to apply for a $1,200 scholarship award. To obtain an electronic application, contact Mary Frances Stubbs, Ph. D., Scandrett Fund coordinator, at Paper copies are available at the Office of Special Student Services, Howard Center, Suite 725 (or call 202-238-2420); and at the Mackey Architecture Bldg., Room 132. Submit completed applications to Suite 100, Mackey Building, by March 19 or to the Office of Special Student Services. Notifications will be made by March 25.

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The Bison Recycling Program is competing in the 2010 National RecycleMania Tournament, a national competition between college and university recycling programs. Last year, over 500 schools competed to promote and benchmark recycling and waste reduction activities on campus communities across the country. Over the eight week period that started January 31, schools will report recycling and trash data. For more information, e-mail or and visit

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The spring 2010 issue of Howard Magazine is now online. Visit to read this issue, which features the University’s health sciences.

The Howard University Center for Urban Progress and Washington Grantmakers announced a new program called UPGRADE FOR UPLIFT, which provides free training and customized technical assistance, as well as capacity-building grants to faith- and community-based organizations to help them realize long-term sustainability, expand their services and achieve more effective service delivery and community links.

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Administrator Sandra G. Shannon, Ph.D., professor of African American Literature in the Department of English, was the guest speaker at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in February. She will be hosted by Louisiana State University’s Department of Theatre on March 10, and will participate in the Romare Bearden Foundation's symposium on March 26 and 27. She will also deliver a lecture at Baltimore’s Reginald F. Lewis Museum on August Wilson's The Piano Lesson and its connection to Romare Bearden's "Homage to Mary Lou Williams,” on March 30.

The Student Health Services will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning March 3.

Service hours for the spring semester are:
• Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
• Wednesdays (Beginning March 3) from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Service hours for all semester breaks and summer sessions are:
• Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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