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January 2013

Happy New Year! January was an exciting month at Howard University, full of celebrations, special guests, and intriguing lectures from the world’s greatest minds. This edition of the Ticker features on-campus Presidential Inauguration events, the latest installment of the King Lecture, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority's homecoming, and much more.

Howard Team in Atlantic Ocean Researching Storm Prediction and Hurricanes in U.S. and the Caribbean

WASHINGTON (January 25, 2013) -- A Howard University-led National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research team is currently in the tropical Atlantic Ocean, where it is studying how small particles suspended in the air originating from Africa affect weather in the U.S. and Caribbean. The team's data could potentially improve hurricane forecasting. Read More here.

Board Unanimously Approves Undergraduate Tuition Freeze for 2013-14 Academic Year

WASHINGTON (January 28, 2013) -- The Howard University Board of Trustees unanimously approved President Sidney A. Ribeau’s recommendation not to increase undergraduate tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year during the January 26 meeting of the full board. “The University remains firmly committed to access and affordability to a Howard education,” Ribeau said. “We have decided on a zero percent increase for the upcoming academic year in an effort to relieve the growing economic pressures for students and their families. Read here for more.

Marian Wright Edelman Speaks on Prison System at Howard University’s King Lecture

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, led a discussion into the problems of the American prison system titled, “Prisons: A Corporate Goldmine?” The discussion took place at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23 in the School of Business auditorium.

Edelman was joined by Rev. Janet Wolf, National Program Coordinator and director of Nonviolent Organizing to End the Cradle to Prison Pipeline of the Children’s Defense Fund. The lecture was facilitated by Former President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Elaine R. Jones. Read more here.

US AFRICOM General Carter Ham Presents on the Mission of Africa Command at Howard’s Ralph Bunche Center

Howard University’s Ralph Bunch International Affairs Center hosted a presentation by General Carter F. Ham, commanding officer of the U.S. Africa Command, Thursday, Jan. 24 at 1:30 p.m. General Ham’s presentation focused on the role and mission of the United States Africa Command. This presentation came at a time of great interest surrounding the recent conflicts in Mali and Algeria.

General Ham became commander of U.S. Africa Command, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, on March 9, 2011. U.S. Africa Command is one of six unified geographic commands within the Department of Defense unified command structure. Read more here.

Howard Student Entrepreneurs Head to Canada for Global Business Plan Contest
A team of Howard University students will compete in the Queen's Entrepreneurs’ Competition in Ontario, Canada from Jan. 17-19. Through the contest, students hope to further their entrepreneurial dream of developing a recruiting services business that focuses on college-bound athletes.

The Howard team is comprised of friends from the College of Arts and Sciences -- William Mannie and Raleigh Fatoki, economic seniors, and Thomas Burrell and Jordan Taylor, seniors who are majoring in sports management. Their business, Golden Eye Recruiting, involves creating a web platform to enable high school athletes to better connect with college coaches, share videos and sports stats, and other recruiting data. Read more here.

Howard Hosts A Look Behind the Scenes of Obama’s First Term in Photographs

WASHINGTON (January 14, 2013) –The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University’s premier library documenting the global black experience is pleased to present “Barack Obama:  The First Term, 2009-2012”, an exhibition of some 60 photographs documenting Barack Obama’s first four years as President of the United States.  Founded 99 years ago as a small collection of books, manuscripts and other documents, the Moorland-Spingarn has developed into the premier academic research library in the field of African American and African Diasporan history and culture. Read more here.

Howard Inauguration Panelists Discuss Black Political Issues

African Americans who carry immense pride in the 2013 Inauguration of Barack Obama were urged also to hold a renewed sense of mission to address the nation’s problems in the coming years. The comments were made during a panel discussion about the Obama presidency held at Howard University on Friday.

The panel discussion, titled, “Looking Back, Looking Ahead: The Legacy of President Obama” was part of a series of Howard University events marking Obama’s inauguration. Addressing an audience of 350 students in the Blackburn Center, panelists spoke about the African-American political agenda, finance and banking issues, health care reforms and other topics. Read more here.

Howard Welcomes Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for Founder’s Day

The ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. made the pilgrimage to Howard University as part of the centennial Founders Weekend Celebration in Washington D.C. on Friday, January 11. The Homecoming Day began with a Welcoming Ceremony at 9 a.m. in Burr Gym. The daylong celebration featured special presentations, exhibits, historic displays and much more in honor of the Sorority’s 100th anniversary and its legacy of distinction, sisterhood and service. More than 12,000 visitors were in attendance. Read more here.

Howard University Announces Signed Technology Commercialization Agreement

Howard University is pleased to announce a signed technology commercialization agreement with Salk, Inc. to license and manufacture hygienic women's undergarments that include newly developed technology by Karen Wynn. Howard’s Intellectual Property Committee facilitated the technology commercialization agreement for Wynn's patent.
Wynn’s technology allows for the creation of sleek, youthful, modern and fashionable underwear, which can also effectively and comfortably protect against mild to moderate leakage. Read more here.

The National Symphony Orchestra Announces A Salute to the Centenary of Howard University's Music Department
With more than 40 different activities, the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) made U Street, Howard University, Shaw, and Logan Circle its home between January 8 and January 14, 2013. This area’s rich cultural history inspired many of the planned events. The weeklong NSO in “Your Neighborhood Event” included 10 performances in schools, eight master classes, joint appearances by NSO musicians with Batalá Washington and other legendary DC musicians, the DC Jazz Jam at Dahlek Eritrea, a family concert with WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi, and much more.

This season marks the Centenary of the Department of Music at Howard University, and the ten events that took place on campus include seven master classes, two chamber recitals, and a concert by the National Symphony Orchestra at Cramton Auditorium on January 14. Music Director Christoph Eschenbach conducted the Washington premiere of the Sinfonia No. 4 of George Walker, the D.C.-born Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who gave his first recital at the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel at Howard University. Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke also performed, conducting three orchestral works by Duke Ellington; New World a-Comin’ featured Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Jazz Jason Moran. Read more here.

After Dorm Makeovers, Howard Sends Old Furniture to Needy

This year, Howard University has shipped more than 184,000 pounds of surplus dormitory furniture to needy schools in the United States and Central America.

Tons of surplus bed frames, metal and wooden bookcases and desks, chairs, dressers and mattresses on campus were packed up and sent off in more than a dozen individual shipments. The project was a joint effort between the Offices of Residence Life and the Howard University Chief Financial Officer. Read more here.


Capstone January 2013

Capstone is the online newsletter for Howard University’s faculty and staff. Read the latest issue and stay informed with current news and events happening in the Howard University Community. Read more here.

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Howard In the News

The following is a sampling of the latest mentions of Howard in the news.

Government Job Cuts Threaten Black Middle Class

Howard professor Roderick Harrison, Ph.D., is quoted.

The Inaugural: A Relay Race Toward Justice

Coverage of the latest Andrew Rankin Memorial chapel service, featuring Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Grant to Support Partnership with Howard University Aims to Increase Number of Underrepresented STEM Graduate Students

UC San Diego and Howard University are forming a partnership program aimed at increasing the number of African-American applicants to UC San Diego graduate programs, particularly in the fields of science and engineering.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Celebrates 100 Years of Black Sisterhood in D.C.

Coverage of Delta Sigma Theta events in D.C.

Celebrating Freedom During Black History Month

Article includes comments from Daryl Michael Scott, Ph.D., of Howard's History department. 


Top Engineering Students to Square Off at Cornell Cup USA by Intel
Howard will send two teams to the engineering competition.

Howard University Donates Used Dorm Furniture to Schools in Central America

Coverage of Howard’s furniture donation program.

Census Rethinks Hispanic on Questionnaire

Article includes comments from Roderick Harrison, Ph.D.

MSA National: For 50 Years, 'Students' Has Been Its Middle Name
Article by Altaf Husain, Ph.D. of the School of Social Work.

What's Stopping Black Students' Success
Ivory Toldson, Ph.D., and experts explain that poor teachers and barriers to resources fuel an academic achievement gap.

Economist Sees Hope for Black Employment
Article includes comments from economics professor, Bill Spriggs.

A Busy and Head-Scratching 2012 Hurricane Season
Greg Jenkins, a professor of atmospheric science at Howard, comments on past and future weather trends.

Nat'l Archives Hosting Rare Public Display of Emancipation Proclamation
Edna Medford, Ph.D., talks about the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation, which is on display at the National Archives.

'Django Unchained' Mandingo Fighting: Real or Not?  
Edna Medford, Ph.D., comments on the accuracy of “mandingo fighting” depicted in the movie ”Django Unchained.”

Doctors Urge Moderation During Holiday Season
Article features comments from  Dr. Geoffry Mount Varner.

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