May 2012
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Howard University will host its 144th Commencement Convocation on May 12 at 10 a.m., in the Upper Quadrangle of the main campus. Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, was named the 2012 orator. The University will award honorary degrees to four distinguished leaders in fields of communication, business and the arts. This year’s honorees are musician and humanitarian John Legend; MSNBC host Chris Matthews; Pulitzer-Prize-winning author and alumna Isabel Wilkerson; and Julieanna L. Richardson, a leader in preserving African-American oral history. Commencement will be broadcast live on WHUT.
The Howard University Bison will compete against the Morehouse College Moroon Tigers in the second annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic, during Labor Day weekend. The tickets are now on sale via Ticketmaster at the University’s box office located in Cramton Auditorium and the Morehouse College bookstore. For more information, click here.

Anita Wheeler was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities “Cultures in Transnational Perspective” at UCLA for the 2012-2013 academic year. (Wheeler recently earned her Ph.D. in the Department of African Studies.) During the fellowship, she will be based at the African Studies Center at UCLA, teaching in the Global and International Studies program, and working on a post-doctoral research project titled, “Navigating Cultural Difference, Transforming Transnational Spaces: How the cultural exchanges between African and Chinese communities are redefining local and global spaces.” Makeda Njoroge, a graduating senior in the Department of African Studies, was awarded a Clinton Center for International Peace in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland Fellowship for this summer. The purpose of the program is to present students with an opportunity to examine the unresolved problems following a peace settlement, sectarianism, segregation, racism and associated violence. Participants are from the U.S., Kosovo and Northern Ireland.

Barron H. Harvey, dean, School of Business, received a Meritorious Achievement Award from Pittsburg State University. The PSU Alumni Association established the award in 1958 as the highest award given to alumni for career achievement. (Kerry-Ann Hamilton, Ph.D)
Shorma Bianca Bailey, a senior chemical engineering major, was invited by the White House Council on Women and Girls to participate in a panel on April 24 focused on increasing the number of girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Jocelyn Goldfein, Facebook's director of engineering, and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, Ph.D., joined Bailey on the panel. (Kerry-Ann Hamilton, Ph.D)

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, along with the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, will host the 2012 Howard-Dartmouth Summer School Recovery and Rehabilitation in African American Mental Health, June 11-14. The course is targeted at graduate students, faculty, medical residents and community researchers who share an interest in African-American mental health. For further information, contact Maria Hipolito, and 202-865-1751.
The Howard University Alumni Association (HUAA) and the Society of Collegiate Black Men hosted a Black Male Initiative program on April 19, in the Blackburn Center. The program addressed the Trayvon Martin case as well as the state of Black males in the U.S. The Black Male Initiative is an HUAA program designed to encourage Black men to enroll and excel in college. The panel included Trustee Paul Cotton Ph.D., (pictured right), Caleb Gilchrist Ph.D., (pictured left), and Tyrone Couey.

James A. Donaldson, Ph.D., will leave the position of dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at the end of this semester and return to the classroom to teach mathematics, a passion that is dear to his heart. Donaldson’s 40-year tenure at Howard includes 17 years as chairman of the Department of Mathematics and 12 years as dean. As chair, he ushered in a strong research program that justified the development and inauguration of the first Ph.D. mathematics program at a historically Black college. This program has become a major producer of African-American recipients of Ph.D. degrees in mathematics.
A. Wade Boykin, Ph.D., professor and director of Graduate Studies, Department of Psychology, was honored by the Research Focus on Black Education for his contributions to the advancement of research in the spirit of W.E.B. DuBois. Boykin gave the W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Lecture at this year’s American Educational Research Association meeting in Canada.

Howard University partnered with Lockheed Martin for the 2012 USA Science & Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, April 28-29. Professor Gary Harris, Ph.D., along with 30 other science and engineering students, brought the mobile science lab NanoExpress to the festival. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the NanoExpress exhibits some of the latest science and technology and travels to U.S. middle and elementary schools, high schools and national conferences.
Richard D. Parsons, a former member of the University’s Board of Trustees and past chairman of Time Warner and Citigroup, delivered the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King lecture at Founders Library on April 3. Parsons outlined the latest trends and strategies in the U.S. economy, public policy and the state of the national debt crisis. He also provided invaluable advice for career development and financial competence. (Justin D. Knight)

Check out the spring 2012 issue of the HUH CheckUp. The HUH CheckUp is the official newsletter for Howard University Hospital and offers timely information for better health and living. It also features updates on the excellent services and care provided at the Hospital.
The Central Campus Master Plan has laid the groundwork to build a green and more sustainable campus. The plan is intended to stimulate the revitalization of the campus and the surrounding community through new residence halls, research facilities, public recreational facilities and a visitor center. Following the approval of the District of Columbia’s Zoning Commission, a cross-departmental team is working to implement its sustainability initiatives. Read more about what’s on the horizon at Howard.

Student Michelle Spears received a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Urdu during the summer of 2012 in India. She is among the approximately 575 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who received a scholarship from the CLS Program in 2012.  U.S. students will spend seven to 10 weeks in intensive language institutes this summer in 14 countries where these languages are spoken. The CLS Program provides fully-funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences.   Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in future professional careers. 
Afro Blue, Howard University's premier vocal jazz ensemble, received an award for Outstanding Performance in the Graduate College—Large Vocal Ensemble category for the 35th Annual DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards. This marks Afro Blue's sixth consecutive
award.  Samuel Prather, a graduating master's degree student in jazz piano, received an award for Outstanding Performance in the Graduate College—Original Composition/Lead Sheet category for his composition "On My Good Days."

On June 4, the Howard University Alumni Association (HUAA) will present; Our Voices, Our Legacy—a benefit concert for Howard University students. The show will be held at the Gerald Lynch Theatre in New York City at 7 p.m. Scheduled to perform is Grammy-nominated jazz flautist and alumna Sherry Winston, Afro Blue Vocal Band from NBC’s The Sing Off and the University’s student jazz ensemble Afro Blue©. CBS News Correspondent, Michelle Miller is the emcee and host for the evening. Our Voices, Our Legacy, will be the final scholarship fundraiser led under the direction of Kim Singleton, outgoing president of HUAA.

Bison Willie Carter recently joined the Washington Redskins as a free-agent. He’s a four-year starter who was awarded all-conference honors as a senior with totals of 50 receptions, 646 yards and seven touchdowns.

Howard University and Bowie State University are co-hosting the second annual Social Media Technology Conference and Workshop, Sept. 27-28.The conference and workshop will bring together scholars and professionals to share their perspectives on the technical, ethical, economic, legal, political and cultural implications of social media. There is currently a call for papers, workshops, panels and posters. Visit for more information.
As part of its annual commitment to the educational and spiritual development of Howard University students, the Artishia and Frederick Jordan Scholarship Fund is offering eight full tuition, one-semester scholarships during the upcoming school year. Jordan family members made the announcement for the 2012-2013 tuition awards during a recent Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel service. Read more about the qualifications.


Congratulations to the following 2012 winners of the
Faculty Senate awards:

2012 Exemplary Teaching Award
Debra Roberts, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology

2012 Outstanding Contribution to Africa and the African Diaspora
Lorraine Fleming, Ph.D., College of Engineering, Architecture & Computer Science

Mohamed Chouikha, Ph.D., College of Engineering, Architecture & Computer Science

2012 Emerging Scholar Award
Priscilla Okunji, Ph.D., College of Allied Health Sciences and Nursing, Division of Nursing

2012 Inspirational Interdisciplinary Project Award
Helen Bond, Ph.D., School of Education
Alem Hailu, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences, Department of African Studies

2012 Lifetime Achievement Award
Lalita Kaul, M.D., College of Medicine, Department of Community and Family Medicine

2012 Outstanding Service Award
Joan Payne, Ph.D., School of Communications

(l-r): Eric Walters, Ph.D., Mohamed Chouikha, Ph.D., President Sidney A. Ribeau, Ph.D., Lorraine Fleming, Ph.D., and Kurt Schmoke, J.D.

(l-r): Eric Walters, Ph.D., Alem Hailu, Ph.D., President Sidney A. Ribeau, Ph.D., and Kurt Schmoke, J.D.
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