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October 16, 2012

Howard's mission of international outreach and global citizenship continues to be at the forefront of campus life. Today's Ticker features the 145th Opening Convocation with guest speaker Ambassador Susan Rice; the upcoming visit of Dr. Rajiv Shah, administrator of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); and the launch of the Howard Magazine mobile app, which received hundreds of downloads within 24 hours of its début.

Homecoming Gala Benefit for Founders Library Restoration

Howard University will present a star-studded "One Night Only" Homecoming Gala Concert Cabaret on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Howard Theatre to raise funds for the renovation of Founders Library. The glamorous, entertaining and enlightening evening will be headlined by graduates Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad, Taraji P. Henson, Wendy Robinson and Sean Combs. They will perform along with a list of friends from Broadway, film and television. Participants will then dance the night away at the Cabaret. Howard University Alumni Association and the Division of Alumni Affairs have extended special ticket offers to alumni beginning at $250. Read more here.

Howard Hosts "LEGENDARY" Homecoming.

Howard University’s Homecoming, “LEGENDARY: The Essence of Icons,” will be held October 17 – 21. In its 88th year, the Howard Homecoming has been a staple in the community and serves as an entertaining cultural celebration. For more information visit here.

The Presidential Election: A Focus During Howard's Homecoming Weekend

The Howard University School of Communications (HUSC) and the Samuel F. Yette Memorial Scholarship Committee are pleased to host "The Choice: Perspectives on the Presidential Election," a program that explores money, media and voting rights. The event will take place during Howard's Homecoming Weekend on Friday, Oct.19, at 6 p.m. in the Seeley G. Mudd Building, 520 W Street, N.W., Room 3019. A reception will precede the program at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Read more here.

Howard University Launches Mobile App for Howard Magazine

After a long history of delivering alumni news in a printed form, Howard Magazine, Howard University's official publication, has entered the world of the digital tablet. Using both iPads and iPhones, readers can now download a free Howard Magazine app for fast and convenient reading. In addition to the new app, the magazine has launched a digital version that is more interactive and can be shared via social media. Read more here.

USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah Collaborates with Howard Students to Build the Future of International Development

Howard University and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are partnering to build the next generation of international development professionals and global leaders. In honor of this new partnership, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah will give a special presentation on Oct. 15, at 3 p.m. in the School of Business. Read more here.

Howard University Hospital Names Herbert Buchanan as New CEO

Howard University Hospital named Herbert C. Buchanan, Jr. as the Chief Executive Officer. The appointment is effective Oct. 1. At Howard University Hospital, Mr. Buchanan will direct the day-to-day activities of the hospital including community relations, financial management, marketing, information technology and clinical and administrative operations. Read more here.

Board of Trustees Approves New Undergraduate, Doctoral Programs in Communications

The Howard University Board of Trustees approved the establishment of two new undergraduate programs and a new doctoral program in the School of Communications as a part of the University's academic renewal efforts. Besides aligning the University's academic programs with the latest trends in the field of communications, the changes aim to position Howard graduates with the competitive advantages necessary to succeed and to lead in today's changing media landscape. Students will be admitted into these programs beginning in the fall semester of 2013. Read more here.

Ambassador Rice Tells Students to Fire Ambition with Passion and Patriotism.

Ambassador Susan E. Rice encouraged an audience of students at the 145th Howard University Convocation to "thrive in the Promised Land" while striving to complete the work of trailblazing American leaders who came before them. Read more here.

DC Small Business Center Receives National Accreditation

The District of Columbia Small Business Development Center (DC SBDC), which is headquartered at Howard University's School of Business, has recently been accredited by the Association of Small Business Development Centers, the national accreditation agency. Read more here.

Howard's Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Receives Outstanding Chapter Award

Recently, the Gamma Chapter of the District of Columbia at Howard was awarded the Outstanding Chapter Award at the 43rd Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Triennial Council. Howard's chapter was recognized for its signature achievements and continuous efforts to acknowledge and promote excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Read more here.

Howard Hosts Second Annual Social Media Conference

Social media experts and scholars from across the United States and five foreign countries presented their research, best practices and ideas on the changing landscape and power of social media in society at the second annual Social Media Technology Conference and Workshop Sept. 27-28, at Howard University. Read more here.

GM Foundation Gives $100,000 Grant to Howard University

The General Motors Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant to Howard University to be used toward its science, engineering, mathematics and technology (STEM) and related curriculum, as part of the Foundation's University Grants program. Read more here.

Howard University Sponsors Wealth & Wellness Summit

National and local leaders shared strategies on career planning, student loan debt management, emotional health, and entrepreneurship during the inaugural Wealth & Wellness Summit for local college students on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Armour J. Blackburn Center on Howard's campus.
The free event was open to the public and featured dynamic panel discussions, interactive breakout sessions, and more to help students design and implement their own wealth and wellness action plans. The event was sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Howard University Center for Career Education, Development & Research (CEDAR) and KSG Strategic Consulting. Read more here.

Powell Urges Attention to School Dropout Rate at Bouchet Forum

Alma J. Powell, chair of America's Promise Alliance, received the 2012 Edward Alexander Bouchet Legacy Award at Howard University Graduate School's annual Edward Bouchet Forum. The prestigious award was named after the Yale University alumnus Edward Alexander Bouchet who, in 1876, became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in any discipline from an American university and the sixth person to earn a Ph.D. in physics in the western hemisphere. The award honors esteemed educators and advocates whose commitment and leadership to cultivating a new generation of scholars upholds Bouchet's groundbreaking contributions to the academy. 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.

Colleges Across the Country Do Their Parts to Encourage Voting
Article includes coverage of the More Than a Game symposium, the election elements surrounding the event, and comments from Howard senior Shakei Haynes.
Professors Navigate Social Media Boundaries in Providing Effective Counsel to Students
Article features professor Dionne Clemmons, Ph.D., and the Social Media Conference at Howard.
HBCU Law Deans Move On to New Posts
Coverage of Okianer Christian Dark's appointment as interim dean of Howard School of Law.
Howard Physician Awarded Grants to Study Sleep
Dr. Thomas Mellman, a professor of Psychiatry at Howard, is investigating how sleep affects health among African Americans and how it could contribute to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Howard University Hospital Partners to Provide Free Cancer Scans
Howard University Hospital has partnered with a local PET/CT imaging technology center, Metro Region PET Center, to provide free, lifesaving cancer scans to patients without insurance.
Romney Black Outreach: Thin, Hollow, Political Scholars Say
Article includes comments from Lorenzo Morris, Ph.D.
Eye Exams: More Than Detecting Vision Issues... They Can Save Your Life!
Coverage includes comments from Dr. Robert A Copeland Jr., chair of the Opthalmology Department at Howard University Hospital.
Goodbye, Podium: an Engineering Course Puts Theory Into Practice
Article includes a mention of Howard University and its contribution to developing a new mobile technology.
Chapel services at Howard continue a strong tradition
Article on Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel features worship service with guest speaker Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole.

Howard University Opens Traffic Safety Research Center
Howard University recently opened the Transportation Safety Data and Research Center as part of the School of Engineering.

Muslims Look for Mates in D.C. at Annual Speed-Dating Event
Article includes comments from Altaf Husain, Ph.D., an assistant professor of social work at Howard.
Leading Women - Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall
Board of trustee member and alumna Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall discusses the importance of family. The segment includes her visit to campus.
The Craig Fahle Show - Podcast for Monday, September 10, 2012
Altaf Husain, Ph.D. speaks on priorities and realities for Muslim voters on the Craig Fahle Show.
WHUT-TV Commits to Launching M-EAS
Howard University's WHUT-TV is the first TV station serving Washington, D.C. to commit to launching Mobile Emergency Alert System service.
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