March 2011
Excellence at Howard

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the School of Communications received tremendous accolades at the 2011 annual convention of the DC Speech and Hearing Association (DCSHA). The following awards were given:

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  • Distinguished Leadership Award in Speech-Language Pathology--Wilhelmina Wright-Harp, Ph.D., associate professor and chair.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award -- Tommie Robinson Jr., Ph.D., adjunct professor
  • Lifetime Achievement Award -- Deirdre Trent, Ph.D., adjunct professor
  • Outstanding Professional Service in Health Care -- Kimberly Whatts, alumna
  • Outstanding Professional Service Provider in the Schools -- Janice Brown, alumna
  • Outstanding Professor, Instructor in Academia -- Kay T. Payne, Ph.D., associate professor
  • Poster Sessions 1st Place Award -- Alaina Davis, doctoral student
  • Poster Sessions 2nd Place Award -- Valencia Davis, doctoral student

Co-chairs Martine Elie (HUSHC clinic director) and Jay Lucker, Ed.D. (associate professor), both from the department, also did a phenomenal job of making the convention a huge success.

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Washington Business Journal named Barron Harvey, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business, one of the most successful and influential business leaders. Harvey and 24 other executives will be recognized at the fourth annual Minority Business Leader Awards program on March 25. Gerunda Hughes, Ph.D., director of the Office of Institutional Assessment, was appointed to the Technical Advisory Committee for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC). PARCC is a consortium of 25 states that were awarded a $170 million grant from the  Race to the Top Competition to create the next-generation assessment system for K-12 in mathematics and English language arts/literacy. Hughes will provide input on psychometric and related technical considerations to help develop a common assessment system that can provide reliable results for instructional and accountability decisions.

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Google Inc. awarded a $250,000 grant to the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science(MS)². The grant, through the Tides Foundation, will offset the cost for completing a state-of-the-art computer-automated design and manufacturing lab. The Network Journal  named Jannette L. Dates, Ph.D., dean of the School of Communications to its 2011 list of “25 Influential Black Women in Business.” She will be recognized March 24 in New York with the other honorees.

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Okianer Christian Dark, associate dean for Academic Affairs for the law school, will chair the planning committee for the 2011 Association of American Law Schools (AALS), New Law Teachers Conference, Pretenured People of Color Workshop and Beginning Legal Writing Teachers Workshop in June. She was recently appointed to a three-year term on the AALS committee for Admission to the Bar and Lawyer Performance.

In February, Lisa Crooms, professor of law, was one of three judges for the final round of the Goler Teal Butcher International Moot Court Team competition. Crooms was also a plenary speaker at "Gender Justice in the Americas: A Transnational Dialogue on Sexuality, Violence, Reproduction, and Human Rights," held at the University of Miami.

Cynthia R. Mabry, professor of law, was elected to serve as secretary/treasurer of the Association of American Law Schools, Children and the Law Section.

Jeffrey Rashad Pugh, Mr. Howard University,  won first runner-up and the title of Mr. Oratory during the seventh annual Mr. HBCU competition March 5 in Jefferson City, Mo. He competed against 12 HBCU Kings.This was Howard’s second time competing.

Zuri Pryor-Graves, a senior advertising major, is the inaugural recipient of the ZenithOptimedia scholarship. The scholarships are awarded to students interested in pursuing careers executing success-based marketing and advertising campaigns across multiple media platforms.

Makeda Njoroge, a junior in the Department of African Studies, was awarded a Public Policy and International Affairs program fellowship for the summer. The program prepares young adults for an advanced degree and ultimately for careers and influential roles serving the public. She will participate in a summer institute in policy skills at University of California Berkeley from June 12 - July 30.

The University received an Impact Award in Philanthropy and Service and an Impact Award in Leadership Development, Honorable Mention, by the National Pan-Hellenic Council at the Northeast Greek Leadership Association's annual conference. Howard is the first HBCU to receive an award recognition at the annual conference, which is attended by more than 75 colleges and universities in the Northeast.

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