March 2012
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The Howard University School of Law was recently ranked as one of the top 20 schools in the nation for producing public service graduates by The National Jurist magazine. The schools were identified based on data collected from American Bar Association law schools across the nation. Top-rated schools had strong showings in job placement, curriculum and standard of living. Howard’s ranking was within the government sector category. The other public service categories ranked by the magazine were prosecution and public defenders, state and local clerkships and public interest. The rankings appeared in the January issue of the magazine. (Justin D. Knight)
Two students, Kyle R. Burton and Rehana Packwood, received the Luard Scholarship and will spend their junior year studying in the United Kingdom. The Luard provides full junior year abroad scholarships to the United Kingdom for academically, highly talented students attending Howard or Hampton, as well as United Negro College Fund institutions. Candidates for this scholarship must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, be a
sophomore and a U.S. citizen. For more information about the scholarship, contact Betty Aikens at 202-806-5902. (Justin D. Knight)

E. Ethelbert Miller, director of the African-American Resource Center, received a U.S. Speaker Specialist grant from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs and the American Embassy in Eritrea. On March 6, he also participated in a 60-minute digital video conference on the topic of “Music of the Civil Rights Movement.”  
(Justin D. Knight)
Haile Gerima, professor, School of Communications, received an award during the Luxor African Film Festival. He also received an award from the Anheuser Busch “Eye on Black: Salute to Directors” on Feb. 24. (Justin D. Knight)

Vote for Howard in this year’s RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL— a campus improvement grant program for HBCUs. The Home Depot-sponsored program has expanded, with a new $25,000 Campus Pride grant for the school that shows the most initiative in promoting its proposal and garnering votes. There is also an additional $10,000 Tier II grant. The total grant funds available are $185,000.
Howard University is competing in RecycleMania for the third consecutive year. (RecycleMania 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. Rally behind the program by properly disposing of all recyclable materials. RecycleMania runs until March 30. Visit for weekly standings. For additional information, contact the Office of Sustainability at 202-806-2399 or e-mail Deborah Padgett at

The winter 2012 issue of Howard Magazine is now online. Read about some of the innovative research that faculty members are currently engaged in at Howard University, including helping develop secure wireless communication systems for U.S. railways and designing HIV/AIDS-fighting drugs.
The Howard University yearbook, Bison, won the first place award from the American Scholastic Press Association's national yearbook competition. The publication was cited for excellence in writing, photography and page design. This is the fourth time that Bison has won the award for the best yearbook.

The Office of Student Affairs is holding a student essay contest—“The Howard University Experience: The Legacy Continues.” The essay should elaborate upon the following: “How would you know a Howard University graduate?  How would he/she be different from all other graduates?” The essay should also discuss the ideal “Howard University Experience” and how it develops this “distinguished” alumna/alumnus. The essay must be approximately 1,500 words; double-spaced and typed on one side only on 8 ½ x 11 white paper, using Times Roman 12-pt. font; and adhering to standard marginal specifications. All pages should be numbered, except the first, in the top right-hand corner. Essays can be sent electronically to or submitted in hard copy to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs by 5:00 p.m., on March 21. The awards are: First Place, $1,500; Second Place, $750; Third Place, $350. All Howard undergraduate students enrolled in the spring 2012 semester are eligible to submit essays. Contest winners will be announced on March 30. The Howard Media Group (HMG), a team of faculty and graduate students in the School of Communications, launched a new website: HMG supports the creation of communication policy that serves the informational needs of all— regardless of race, nationality, gender or socioeconomic status—and the expansion of media ownership by people of color and women.
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