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The Middle States Evaluation Team completed its three-day site visit to Howard earlier this month.


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The Middle States Evaluation Team completed its three-day site visit to Howard earlier this month. The members of the team presented an oral summary of their findings to the University community and expressed their sincere appreciation for the broad participation of Howard students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni and trustees in the evaluation process. Next, the Middle States Evaluation Team will complete and submit their written report and recommendations to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Their findings will be made public during the spring semester.


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President Sidney A. Ribeau, Ph.D., recently hosted a recruitment session and an alumni reception in New York City. Pictured, L-R: President Ribeau; Muriel Petioni, M.D. ('37); Chris Washington ('92), HUAA Chair, Region 1; Kim Singleton ('83), HUAA national president; and Rolanda Stone ('80).




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The School of Education has partnered with The Heart of America Foundation to redesign libraries in urban schools and communities. Project READesign is the foundation’s signature work and has been featured on the “Oprah Winfrey Show.” Recently, School of Education students traveled to cities in California and Wisconsin (including Los Angeles, Riverside, Santa Ana, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Minneapolis) to donate books and transform schools and community spaces into functional libraries and reading corners for elementary school kids.

The University completed the installation of 83 units in the new Emergency Blue Light project. This project began last December with the initial six units in the Lower Yard. The units, which are ADA compliant, have been installed on the main campus, by the College of Medicine and the Hospital complex, as well as the School of Divinity (east campus) and the School of Law (west campus).

The School of Divinity observed its 93rd Annual Convocation this month. The event, which ran from Nov. 4-6, concluded with the Religion and Politics forum, featuring the Rev. Joshua DuBois, director, White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

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Orlando L. Taylor, Ph.D., former dean of the Graduate School, was named president of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, East Coast campus. Taylor will serve as the inaugural president for the campus.






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Howard University School of Law Professor Andrew I. Gavil, J.D., presented as part of the 2009 Lewis Bernstein Memorial Program, “The Future of Antitrust: The Obama Years and Beyond” at St. John’s University.





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Gregory Carr, Ph.D., chair of the Afro American Studies Department, was interviewed as part of a panel discussing the history, status and relevance of Africana Studies on the nationally syndicated show, “Upfront With Tony Cox.”






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Susan E. Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, delivered the Clarence Clyde Ferguson Jr. Annual Lecture at the Howard University School of Law. Rice discussed the approach the Obama Administration has taken to utilizing the U.N. to advance the administration’s foreign policy goals and keep America safe.





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Nabi Sensoy, Turkish Ambassador to the U.S., visited the campus and spoke on the unique relationship between Turks and African Americans. He also encouraged students to study abroad in Turkey.








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Administrative Services and 2Pi solutions will provide training on recycling at 7 p.m. on the following dates: Dec. 2 (in Meridian Hill Hall), Dec. 9 (in Drew and Cook Halls) and Dec. 16 (in the Quad). The training will provide orientation on the use of the new Bison recycling program. Attendees will be given information on where to recycle, what is recyclable and proper recycling procedures.




The Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library unveiled the exhibit “Darwin Now,” which explores the origins of Darwin’s book, outlines his central ideas and explains how they remain at the core of contemporary research in biology and medicine. The exhibit was developed and produced by the British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities, and runs through Dec. 18.

The Center for Energy Systems and Control held a forum entitled, “Expanding Renewable Energy to Reduce Global Emission” in the Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center. The forum was a “pre-conference” for the 8th International Conference on Power System Operation and Planning, which will be held January 18-21, 2010, in Abuja, Nigeria.


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The School of Divinity, in conjunction with the Office of the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, hosted a visit by several imams from the United Arab Emirates. The delegation consisted of imams, representing each of the seven Emirates, who were hand-picked by the crown prince of Abu Dhabi as future leaders. The visit sought to initiate a dialogue between key Muslim religious leaders and leaders at religious liberal arts institutions in the West to gain a greater understanding of one another’s approaches to higher education and the effective ways to integrate faith and learning.



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The Division of Nursing held its 40th Anniversary Celebration kickoff commemorating the founding of the division. Pictured is Beatrice Adderley-Kelly, Ph.D, R.N., dean of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.







The world premiere of the English-language version of the film, “Lifting the Weight of History,” was held at the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center. Kate Brown, the filmmaker and a professor at Colorado State University, also made the film, “Still Waiting: Life After Katrina.” “Lifting the Weight of History,” which has been shown in France and throughout the French Caribbean, is an ethnographic film designed to show how the experiences of five women entrepreneurs in Martinique parallel emerging global trends in entrepreneurship and at the same time demonstrate the power of local cultural histories in shaping the form and meaning of this phenomenon. For more on the film, visit http://lamar.colostate.edu/~browne/weight.html.

Ghanaian documentary filmmaker Kobina Aidoo premiered “The Neo African Americans,” in the Armour J. Blackburn Center Auditorium. The film is an attempt to share the untold story of identity formation among peoples of African descent and to offer a more balanced view of the people behind the story—the diverse peoples of the Black Diaspora. A panel discussion, moderated by Jeanne Maddox Toungara, Ph.D., associate professor of History, explored attitudes about race and Black immigration. For more information about the film, visit, http://neoafricanamericans.wordpress.com/.

As a part of the yearlong commemoration of student activism at Howard and the 40-year anniversary of the emergence of Black Studies, the Howard University Student Association and the Kwame Ture Society for Africana Studies presented “Color Us Black,” a film, produced for WNET Public Television New York, about the University’s 1968 student protest movement.

The Office of Residence Life’s Fun and Fitness program, in conjunction with Sodexho, hosted its first Wellness Wednesday last month. This program kicked off Oct. 28, in the restaurant featuring a cooking demonstration with fitness guru, Darryl Haley. Wellness Wednesdays will continue throughout the school year.

Constance M. Ellison, Ph.D., was appointed associate dean for Educational and Research Affairs in the Graduate School. She previously served as assistant dean in the School of Education, and served for a number of years as director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Human Development and Psychoeducational Studies in the School of Education.

Carlotta Walls LaNier visited Howard and lectured on her memoir, A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School. LaNier is one of the nine students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.

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Howard professor Therman E. Evans, Ph.D., M.D., recently wrote From Purpose to Promise Driven Life: A Prescription for Making the Difference You Were Born to Make. This is Evans’ fourth novel.







R. Dwayne Betts, author of the best-selling book, A Question of Freedom, visited Howard and gave a special lecture on his book.

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The Howard University Jazz Ensemble was featured in concert with five-time Grammy winning pianist McCoy Tyner earlier this month at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Tyner also presented a master class on campus the previous day.




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Howard University Hospital celebrated the 18th birthday of the quintuplets born at the Hospital. The children—Makiri, Raziya, Marjani and Dakarai Smith (the fifth child, a boy, died at age two of health complications)—celebrated with the doctors who delivered them, Drs. Antoine Fumufod and Lennox Westney, and several of the nurses who helped in the delivery, including Davene White, Johnetta Threatt and Roberta Bell.



Representatives of the NASA research center at Howard (the Beltsville Center for Climate System Observation) participated in the launch of space shuttle Atlantis (STS-129) at the Kennedy Space Flight Center in Florida.


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