October 2013
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Howard University is ranked among the top 20 colleges and universities contributing the greatest number of graduating seniors to Teach For America’s 2013 teaching corps with 31 recent graduates joining the incoming class. Since its inception, 164 Howard alumni have worked as corps members while committing to teach for two years in low-income communities.
Alumnus and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, served as the keynote speaker during the University’s 146th Convocation, Sept. 27, in Cramton Auditorium, where he told the audience: “We must continue to water the tree of knowledge at Howard University so it can continue to grow and nurture the future.”

Ivory Toldson, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Education, was named deputy director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs. Toldson serves as a senior research analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Negro Education. He is responsible for the Breaking Barriers series for the
CBCF, which analyzes success indicators for Black male schoolchildren. Toldson was also the lead author of The Quest for Excellence: Supporting the Academic Success of Minority Males in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Disciplines. (Justin D. Knight)
Goulda A. Downer, Ph.D., project director of the National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center and assistant professor in the College of Medicine, received the  inaugural Healthcare Leaders Award from the National Association of Health Services Executives-Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter. Downer was recognized for her contributions in the advancement of minority leadership and promotion of health and wellness.
Downer also received the 2013 Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust Leadership in Advocacy Award from Congresswoman Donna Christensen (D-USVI), during the organization’s health disparities conference in Washington, D.C. Downer has helped educate and train more than over 43,000 clinicians to provide culturally competent quality HIV care nationwide in an effort to reduce HIV disparities in communities of color. (Ceasar)

Mohammad F. Mahmood, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Mathematics, received $400,062 from the Department of Defense to conduct a three-year study on fast chemical dynamics of energetic materials at high pressures and temperatures using ultrafast laser techniques. Mahmood, also a visiting scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, will be the principal investigator for this project.
Gail Nunlee-Bland, M.D., director of the Howard University Hospital Diabetes Treatment, will serve as a co-principal investigator in the George Washington University (GWU) College of Medicine’s mobile health study. GWU recently received $1.9 million to do a three-year study on the combined use of mobile phones and community health workers to enhance patient management of chronic diseases.

Kurt Schmoke, J.D. vice president and general counsel at Howard, was named to the 2013 Black Enterprise Registry of Corporate Directors—a list that includes Black leaders of some of the nation’s largest corporations.
Constance Mere, M.D. assistant professor in the College of Medicine and chief of the renal division at Howard University Hospital, was appointed to the board of directors for the National Kidney Foundation.

Freshman Kiana Knolland was named the “Youth of the Year” by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The award recognizes young people who have remarkable stories of triumph, academic success and community leadership. Read more.
Angel Mills, a senior broadcast journalism major, was named Miss Black Michigan USA for 2014. Mills will compete in the Miss Black USA Pageant in August 2014.

Keneisha L. Deas, a senior broadcast journalism major and metro editor for The Hilltop, participated this summer in the German Embassy Young Journalist Program. Twelve outstanding journalism students from the U.S. and Germany gathered in Washington D.C. for a cultural exchange to share
similarities and discuss differences in the two countries' respective media. Deas also met Germany’s vice chancellor Philipp Rosler, and German Ambassador Peter Ammon (pictured with Deas) at a formal dinner.
The Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center named Ron Dellums, former U.S. Rep. and mayor of Oakland, Calif., as its visiting fellow. Visiting fellows are former elected political officials who are selected to share their expertise with the center and campus community. (Justin D. Knight)

The School of Law submitted a statement on the Stand Your Ground laws to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. Read the full statement here. Sybrina Fulton (pictured above), mother of Trayvon Martin, returned to the School of Law on Sept. 23, to discuss the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the second-degree murder of her son and efforts to repeal the Stand Your Ground laws. She was accompanied by her son Jahvaris and her attorney Benjamin Crump. (Howard University School of Law/Marvin T. Jones)
The Howard University Gallery of Art presents Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection. The collection includes more than 50 pieces that honor the lives and traditions of African-American life in the 20th century. The collection is located in the gallery of Childers Hall and will be on display until Oct. 27.  Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Howard University will launch Howard University Online in partnership with Pearson, the world’s leading provider of online services to higher education, as part of a comprehensive initiative to expand the University’s offerings of blended/online courses. Howard will offer select online degree programs for the fall 2014-2015 academic year, with the goal of creating up to 25 online programs over the next few years.
James L. Hudson, a prominent Washington, D.C., attorney and the former U.S. executive director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, was selected as the facilitator for this year’s Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair lecture series. Richard McCormack, Ph.D., senior adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former Undersecretary of State for Economic Affairs, kicked off the annual series in the Browsing Room of Founders Library in September with the lecture “Monetary and Fiscal Policy in the Economic Crisis: The View from the United States.”

The fall 2013 edition of Howard Magazine is online. Click here to read an update about the construction on the main campus; a profile of an alumna's debut as Nina Simone on Broadway; and the 60th anniversary of graduate studies in the Department of African Studies. Don’t forget to download the complimentary mobile app for the magazine. Visit Google Play and download it on your Android-powered device, or download it on your iPhone or iPad. You can also search "Howard Magazine" in Google Play or “Howard Mag” in the iTunes App Store.
Check out the latest issue of the Howard Ticker. Click here for good news at-a-glance.

Alumna Andrene Taylor, a three-time cancer survivor, is installing a six-week photo exhibition—The Exposures Project: 'Other' Faces of Cancer—at Howard University Hospital, which documents the lives and experiences of six Black women, 29-68, affected by cancer. The exhibit will run from Oct. 15 - 31. Through her organization, ZuriWorks, Taylor hopes to humanize the numbers, tell these women’s stories (some of whom were treated at the Howard University Cancer Center), educate others about the disease and inspire action. (Kea Taylor)
WHUR-FM 96.3 welcomed longtime deejay Frank Ski, whose real name is Frank Rodriguez. Listeners chose Ski as the winner in the WHUR’s Next Big Voice contest beating out several other deejays that competed for the position. The Frank Ski Show runs on weekdays from
3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Howard University students and faculty celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, participating in a rally on the Yard and a march through the streets of Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24. In addition, hundreds of incoming freshmen volunteered in community service projects across the city. Alumnus and civil rights leader Andrew Young premiered his
documentary 1963:The Year That Changed America. For more coverage and reflections from alumni on their participation in the original march, visit www.howard.edu/mow50. (Justin D. Knight)
For the third straight year, Howard University and Morehouse College participated in a series of academic activities under the More Than A Game banner during the week leading up to the Nation’s Football Classic. A presidential symposium highlighted the diverse contributions of HBCUs; students debated the resolutions balancing national security interests with individual privacy and the constitutionality of the single-payer
funded health care system during the Mordecai Wyatt JohnsonBenjamin E. Mays Student Debate; and, the Bison topped the Morehouse Tigers for the third year in a row with a final score of 27-16 at the Nation’s Football Classic on Sept. 7, at RFK Stadium. The events concluded the next day at a service at Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel featuring Rev. Otis Moss III, senior pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. (Justin D. Knight)


The School of Divinity will host its 97th Annual Alumni Convocation at the Howard Thurman Chapel on Oct. 16 and 17. The theme for this year is “Black Megachurches: Preaching, Politics & Possibilities.”

The Howard University School of Divinity Alumni Association’s second annual alumni awards banquet will be held in the Armour J. Blackburn University Center on Nov. 7. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will follow at 7.

The purpose of the banquet is to honor alumni for their achievements, raise funds for HUSD’s student scholarship and provide an opportunity for alumni to reunite and network.

For more information, call the School of Divinity at 202-806-0500 or email the alumni association at husdalumni@aol.com. (This year’s officers are Robert G. Childs, president; Carl Bentley, vice president; Alexandrea Rich, secretary; Oran Young, treasurer; Audrey Daniel, chaplain; and Paul Hoggard, parliamentarian.) (Keith Richardson)

The School of Communications will host the Howard vs. Hampton Debate, Oct. 18, from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Cramton Auditorium.
The Howard University Pharmacy Alumni Association is holding its annual gala April 12, 2014, at the Greenbelt Marriott in Greenbelt, Md. For more information, contact Fred Munford, chair of the gala, at fmun44@gmail.com or visit www.hurxalumni.com. (Justin D. Knight)

The Department of African Studies is celebrating 60 years of graduate scholarship. A number of events will be held in commemoration of the anniversary, including the Robert J. Cummings Lecture, "Black Consciousness, African Studies and HU" on Oct. 24, from 2-4 p.m., in the Browsing Room in Founders Library. Click here for the complete list of events.

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