October 2011
University News

The Department of African Studies is sponsoring the Palaver Series, featuring discussions with noted scholars on important issues, events, reports, actions and policies affecting Africa today. Past discussions this year include "Somaliland and the Challenges of Peace and Stability"; "A Teacher’s Journey in Cape Town, South Africa"; and "Reflections of Summer

Institutes by African Studies Students." The next discussion is “Contributions of West African Muslims to American Culture,” featuring Drs. E. Augis, O. Alidou and F. Ngom, Oct. 11, Ralph Bunche Center, from 2:30 — 4:30 p.m. Download the schedule for the series.

For information, contact Wheeler Winstead, coordinator, at Wheeler_winstead@hotmail.com; 240-498-5804.

The University’s Office of Talent Management has integrated with the Howard Hospital’s Office of Human Resource Services to become the Office of Human Resources.
As a result, all services related to human resources for both the University and Hospital will be offered collectively through this new office.

In addition to the merging of OTM and OHRS, other departments recently added under the umbrella of the Office of Human Resources include the Professional Development Leadership Academy, the Department of Payroll and Visa and Immigration Services. (Justin D. Knight)

The School of Pharmacy is now the College of Pharmacy, a freestanding entity, and no longer part of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.

The new college was recreated July 1 as part of the University’s ongoing academic renewal, giving the University 13 schools and colleges.Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D., was named interim dean of the college. (Justin D. Knight)


The University’s Health Careers Opportunity Programa collaborative effort by the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Medicine and the College of Dentistry—to create a more diverse healthcare workforce, has been awarded $2.2 million by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The University will receive $737,693 annually

for three years. The money will be used to help develop an educational pipeline for economically and educationally disadvantaged students, and to prepare them for careers in the health professions.

Larry Warren, CEO of Howard University Hospital, was one of the first employees to get vaccinated as the Hospital kicked off its annual flu vaccination campaign for employees and volunteers on Sept 12. (Justin D. Knight)

Howard University Hospital (HUH) and the School of Communications were both named to the new Georgia Avenue Heritage Trail by Cultural Tourism D.C. The Hospital was added to the trail because it sits on what was once the site of Griffith Stadium, the Washington area’s sports center from 1911 to 1965.

The School of Communications’ building was once Freedmen’s Hospital, the precursor to HUH. The Hospital, which opened in 1862, was at that site from 1908 until 1975, when it was moved to 2041 Georgia Avenue and renamed. The Georgia Avenue Heritage Trail includes 19 historical sites and begins on Georgia Avenue at S Street NW and ends at New Hampshire Avenue. (Justin D. Knight)

Greg Carr, Ph.D., chair, Department of Afro-American Studies

The first-ever endowed chair in the Department of Afro-American Studies was named in honor of two pioneers in the fight for better standards of living for Black workers across the country. The John and Eula Cleveland Chair in Black History Studies was established last year with a generous $1.2 million gift from the couple’s estate.

The gift will support the department's programs and continue Howard’s tradition of educating students in the dynamics of the African-American experience. (Justin D. Knight)

“Art of Africa: Objects from the Collection of Warren Robbins” will be on view at the University’s Gallery of Art, Sept. 6 through Nov. 28.

The exhibition features more than 60 objects, including sculptures, textiles, clothing and jewelry from the private collection of Warren Robbins (pictured, left), founding director of the National Museum of African Art.

Afro Blue, Howard University’s award-winning vocal ensemble, made it through the first two rounds of the NBC a cappella talent show series The Sing-Off. Watch their rendition of “Put Your Records On,” which they performed on Sept. 19.

Become a fan of the new Howard University Hospital Facebook page. Read about the latest research being done at the Hospital and regular tips on staying healthy.

The fall issue of Howard Magazine is now online. Read more about the University’s efforts in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and updates on alumni who are making strides in these fields.

Stay informed during emergencies at Howard. Sign up today for Bison Connect at www.howard.edu/bisonconnect. Notifications are limited to emergencies involving events such as severe weather, building concerns, intruders and potential pandemics. Howard University received a $10,000 grant from Home Depot’s ‘Retool your School’ Campus Improvement Grant Program. The grant will help support sustainable campus renovations and is scheduled to begin this fall.

Howard University Homecoming 2011 is right around the corner and it's time to show your Bison spirit! The celebration begins on Oct. 10 with the inaugural Howard University Homecoming Celebrity Golf Tournament. Visit www.bisonhomecoming.com for information about the tournament and other Homecoming events. (Justin D. Knight)

The Department of Theatre Arts opens its 2011-12 theatre and dance season with a production of Miss Evers' Boys. Performances will be held from Oct. 5 through Oct. 9 in the Ira Aldridge Theater. To purchase tickets, visit www.coas.howard.edu/theatrearts/current_productions.html.


Howard University School of Law's C. Clyde Ferguson Jr. Annual Lecture will be held on Oct. 17, from 4-6 p.m. in the law library. This year's keynote speaker is Annette Gordon-Reed, professor of law and history at Harvard and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. This year the program will include a special tribute to professor emeritus and former dean J. Clay Smith who is a national scholar on African-American lawyers. For more information, contact Jackie Young at jyoung@law.howard.edu or 202-806-8084.

College of Medicine Dean Mark S. Johnson and wife Marlyn

College of Medicine Dean Mark S. Johnson and wife Marlyn

Washington, D.C. was the host city for this year’s National Medical Association’s Annual Convention & Scientific Assembly, which was held at the Washington Convention Center, July 23-27. The College of Medicine hosted three alumni events—“A Chocolate City Welcome,” which allowed alumni from Howard, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Meharry Medical College and Morehouse School of Medicine an opportunity to network; a meet and greet at the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library; and a reception and dance for more than 400 alumni at the W Hotel.

College of Medicine historical exhibit

College of Medicine historical exhibit

LaSalle D. Leffall, M.D.

LaSalle D. Leffall, M.D., is serving as interim senior vice president for Health Sciences. Leffall is the Charles R. Drew Professor of Surgery, and a distinguished surgeon, scholar and leader. His professional life has been devoted to the study of cancer, particularly among African Americans.

He joined the faculty in 1962, progressing to professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery in 1970—a position he held for 25 years. As interim senior vice president, he will provide overall leadership for and management of the University’s clinical enterprise and research, which includes

oversight of the Howard University Hospital, the College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy, the College of Nursing and Allied Health and the Health Sciences Library.

Mark S. Johnson, M.D.

Mark S. Johnson, M.D., was appointed dean of the College of Medicine. He is the founding chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–New Jersey Medical School, which he led for 20 years. He previously served as the residency program director and acting department chair at Meharry Medical College, where he facilitated the successful reaccreditation of the residency program in the Department of Family Medicine, recruited new residents and faculty, opened a new family practice center, opened a new

inpatient unit, attracted funding for the fellowship program and improved the department’s financial condition. As the assistant dean for Student Affairs and Special Programs at the University of South Alabama, Johnson was responsible for minority recruitment. Johnson succeeds Robert E. Taylor, M.D., who had served as dean since 2005.

Sonya T. Smith, Ph.D

Sonya T. Smith, Ph.D., was appointed chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The first African-American female to earn a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of Virginia, her areas of research involve various applications of computational fluid dynamics.

She is the faculty adviser for the University's student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers and is a member of the American Institute on Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers and the National Society of Black Engineers. (Ceasar)

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