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September 27, 2013

The class of 2017, whose graduation will coincide with Howard University’s 150th anniversary, arrived on campus for the fall semester in time for other momentous happenings. Howard students and alumni joined together in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, freshmen were introduced to Howard’s motto: “Veritas et Utilitas, ” Truth and Service, during the inaugural Howard Day of Service, and the Bison football team snagged its third victory against Morehouse College at the third annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic.

50th Anniversary of The March on Washington AT&T Nation’s Football Classic

A delegation of more than 300 students marched from the main campus down Georgia Avenue to join the commemorative celebration of the 1963 March on Washington.  Their  experiences inspired some of the most iconic images of the event.  Visit Howard’s commemorative website here.

The Mighty Howard Bison swept the Morehouse Maroon Tigers for the third consecutive year at the third annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic. Known for being much more than a game, the Classic includes a highly anticipated student debate and a lively presidential symposium. Read more here.


Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker to Deliver Convocation Address

Howard University alumnus and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, will serve as keynote speaker at Howard University’s 146th Convocation, Sept. 27, at 11 a.m., in Cramton Auditorium on the main campus.

Prince George’s County is the highest income African-American-majority county in America and the second-largest jurisdiction by population in the state of Maryland. Since taking office, Baker (J.D. ‘86) has worked closely with other state and regional leaders to pursue positive changes in health care, education and public safety. The result has been rising test scores and significant reductions in overall crime. Read more here.

Howard University Co-Presents FOUR LITTLE GIRLS: Birmingham 1963

Howard University and The Kennedy Center, Project1Voice, in conjunction with Duke Ellington School of the Arts and African Continuum Theatre Company, presented a free, staged reading of the play FOUR LITTLE GIRLS: Birmingham 1963 on Sept. 15, 2013 at 6 p.m., in the Family Theater, located in the Kennedy Center.

Written by playwright Christina Ham and directed by Tony Award®-winning actress and Howard alumna Phylicia Rashad, the reading commemorates the 50th anniversary of the bombing that took the lives of four young girls at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL. Read more here.

Former U.S. Rep. Ron Dellums Named Visiting Fellow at Howard University Ronald W. Walters Center

The Howard University Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center announced the selection of Ronald V. Dellums, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and mayor of Oakland, CA, as the institute’s first visiting fellow. Dellums gained national prominence through four decades of public service and as a successful leader in congressional struggles against South African apartheid.  Read more here.

Howard University and CSM Partner to Provide Access

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) and Howard University in Washington, DC , have partnered to promote successful undergraduate educational experiences for CSM students pursuing bachelor’s degrees at Howard. CSM students who have earned an Associate of Arts, an Associate of Science, an Associate of Science in Engineering or an Associate of Arts in Teaching, and who have maintained a minimum grade point average will be eligible for transfer into Howard. Specific programs may have additional prerequisites and criteria that the student must meet prior to being admitted to Howard.  Read more here.

Howard University Honors the Legacy of the 1963 March on Washington

In 1963, Howard University students contributed to the success of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom as leaders, organizers and march participants. Almost 50 years later, hundreds of their successors as Howard students continued the tradition.

The 1963 March on Washington brought hundreds of thousands to the National Mall to call for integration and economic equality. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

This year, more than 300 Howard students carried the message of freedom and justice forward by rallying on the Yard and marching through the streets of Washington on Saturday. Hundreds of volunteers from the incoming Howard freshman class spent Friday participating in community service projects. Read more here.

Howard University Freshmen Participated in Community Day of Service

In response to the call to service preceding the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, hundreds of volunteers from the incoming freshman class spent Friday, Aug. 23, participating in the inaugural Howard University Day of Service. Freshmen assisted with community service projects in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area that focus on education, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, poverty, voter registration, non-violence, and environmental services.

Howard’s Day of Service initiative is a new addition to the freshman orientation experience. During this day, Howard students, faculty, staff and administrators work alongside incoming freshmen as volunteers. The event is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Chapel and the Division of Student Affairs. Read more here.

Howard University Welcomes the Class of 2017

The Class of 2017 arrived on campus for Move-in Day on Saturday, Aug. 17, kicking off the fall semester at Howard University. The class is more than 1,500 strong.

This class will hold a special place in history, as its members will graduate during the university’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2017. The class has a big contingent of scholarship students, including 700 recipients of Howard’s flagship freshman scholarships. Read more here.

Michael C. Kaufmann, CEO, Pharmaceutical Segment of Cardinal Health delivered keynote address at Howard University College of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony

Michael C. Kaufmann, chief executive officer of the Pharmaceutical Segment at Cardinal Health,  delivered the keynote address at the College of Pharmacy’s 13th Annual White Coat Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 23. The White Coat Ceremony marked the culmination of week-long orientation, professional development and induction program offerings for incoming Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) students ( Class of 2017).

Kaufmann’s speech  focused on the importance of professionalism and professional development in the field of pharmacy sciences. Read more here.

Howard University Launches HU-Online, Partnership with Pearson

Howard University announced “Howard University Online,” part of a comprehensive initiative that will expand the flagship research University’s array of blended/online courses and programs in partnership with Pearson.

“This new initiative directly supports the University’s strategic priority to enhance teaching, learning and research,” said Provost and Chief Academic Officer Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D., MBA. “It builds faculty capacity to enhance our instruction delivery to meet the needs of the 21st century learner as well as our reach beyond our Washington-based campus to the world through our new partnership with Pearson.” . Read more here.

Howard Magazine Honored for Excellence

Howard Magazine won 2013 APEX Publication Excellence Awards for the winter 2013 issue, “Innovative Research Through an Interdisciplinary Lens,” and for the magazine’s innovate mobile app. The magazine and other publications produced by the Office of University Communications have won Apex Awards for the past four years. Read more here.

Howard Serves as Orientation Site for Fulbright Language Teachers

The Howard University Department of World Languages and Cultures hosted 56 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA) from Aug. 13-17, for a five-day orientation program. This was the first time that a Historically Black College or University served as an orientation site.

The Fulbright FLTA Summer Orientation Program is designed to help prepare grantees for the anticipated challenges of entering a new academic system as a teaching assistant or principal teacher and a student. The grantees will become acquainted with the environment of a U.S. university or college campus; receive an overview of Fulbright goals and policies, an introduction to the latest best practices in the field of language instruction, exposure to student life and guidance in developing an understanding of U.S. social values. Read more here.

HU-Engineers Without Borders Completes Multi-year Kenya Clean-Water Project

The Howard University chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-HU) returned to remote, northwestern Kenya in May to monitor water quality and install bio-sand filters, the latest stage of a multi-year effort to significantly improve water quality for poor rural families in the region.

“With the five-year commitment now nearing a close, the Howard chapter of Engineers Without Borders has set the foundation of what promises to be the start of a brighter future for Choimim and surrounding villages,” said John Tharakan, Ph.D., Howard University professor of chemical engineering. Tharakan serves as faculty advisor to the EWB-HU student chapter and as faculty advisor on the project. Read more here.

Howard University Provides Medical Aid to Thousands in Haiti

For the fourth consecutive year, Howard University has responded to the needs in post-earthquake Haiti. In conjunction with the New York chapter of the National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians (NOAH) and the Haitian American Alliance, Howard University completed an ambitious service-learning-based medical trip to Haiti this summer.

A team from the College of Medicine, which included physicians, instructors, medical residents and students, began traveling to the country four years ago as a humanitarian response to the devastating earthquake in 2010. This year, the scope of the project expanded significantly with the inclusion of teams from the College of Nursing & Allied Health Sciences, the College of Pharmacy and the College of Dentistry. Howard sent 35 students and faculty members to the country between June 22 and July 1. Read more here.

Freshmen Leaders Embark on China Academic Exchange

Students in the Howard University Freshman Leadership Academy (FLA) program experienced a global connection this summer by traveling to China and studying in Beijing and Shanghai. As part of the international experience, students took part in lectures, leadership seminars and cultural tours.

This year, 42 students traveled to China from July 14 to Aug. 4. The experiences were designed to broaden their appreciation of world cultures, improve their intercultural communication skills and increase awareness of what it means to be a global citizen. This year marks the third summer FLA students have traveled to China. Read more here.

BlackStar Film Festival Honors Howard Film Program

The 2nd Annual BlackStar Film Festival, which was held in Philadelphia in August, bestowed a special honor on the Howard University Film Program as well as presented an all-star panel on Howard’s contribution to filmmaking, “Howard University and Visualizing Blackness.”

The Aug. 4 panel  included renowned filmmaker and director of the Howard University Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Film program, Haile Gerima; cinematographer Bradford Young (MFA ‘04), actress Loren Lillian (B.A. ‘00); and filmmaker Najma Nuriddin (MFA ‘11). Howard professor Montré Aza Missouri, Ph.D., served as moderator. Panelists discussed the legacy of the Howard film program, the philosophy of their work and the future of Black film. Read more here.


Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology Students Participate in Dominican Republic Service-Learning Projects

Howard University graduate students from the departments of Occupational Therapy and Communication Sciences and Disorders Speech-Language Pathology completed a service-learning fieldwork and clinical practicum in the Dominican Republic from June 23 to July 7.

The team of 10 students served more than 100 children and their families and visited local hospitals and rehabilitation clinics. The students were accompanied by Felecia M. Banks, Ph.D., OT/L, chairperson of the Department of Occupational Therapy; Martine Elie, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic at Howard; and Sertia Poindexter, M.S., OTR/L, an occupational therapy clinical instructor. Read more here.


Howard Biology Student Participates in Arizona Ecological Research

Howard University biology sophomore Earyn McGhee traveled to Arizona for three weeks this summer to track lizard populations at the Southwestern Research Station in the state’s Chiricahua Mountains. The station is affiliated with the American Museum of Natural History.

McGhee served as a research assistant to George Middendorf, Ph.D., Howard University biology professor, and collected data for a long-term lizard demography study. She was supported by a National Science Foundation Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology grant for the  research. During the academic year, McGhee is a member of the California Club, Howard University Environmental Society (HUES) and Howard’s Strategies for Ecology Education Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS) chapter. Read more here.


Howard School of Law Alumna Appointed White House Fellow

Shirlethia V. Franklin, a senior associate at an Atlanta law firm and Howard University School of Law alumna, is among the 12 outstanding individuals appointed to serve as White House Fellows during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Franklin (J.D. ‘07) graduated in the top 10 percent of her law school class, served as editor-in-chief of the Howard Law Journal, and was president of her first-year class. Franklin is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and is a recent cancer survivor. Read more here.


Bison Wins 110m Hurdles at World Championship

Beijing Olympian and Howard alumnus David Oliver won the 110-meter hurdles at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow. Oliver cleared the 10 hurdles in an impressive 13 seconds, the fastest time of the year. Oliver (B.A. '04), a medalist at the 2008 Beijing Games, is the first two-time All-American in Howard’s history.

Following his 2008 bronze victory at the Olympics, Oliver and some of his closest friends and coaches described his journey from Howard’s campus to the highest level of competition on the world stage. Read more here.


Howard Faculty Named Deputy Director of White House HBCU Initiative

President Barack Obama, today, named Howard University Professor Ivory A. Toldson, Ph.D., deputy director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  The HBCU initiative is intended to help increase the number of Black college graduates and sustain the institutions that have played a pivotal role in educating them. 

The White House Initiative on HBCUs serves as the constant voice of the HBCU community at the Department of Education and helps shape policy and deploy resources to better serve the students, faculty and families of the greater HBCU community. The HBCU initiative also works with 32 federal agencies that support HBCUs through federal grants and contracts. Read more here.

Lorraine Fleming

Dates Confirmed to Corporation for Public Broadcasting Board

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Jannette L. Dates, Ph.D., dean emerita of the Howard University School of Communications, as President Barack Obama’s appointee to the board of the directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Dates served as the dean of the School of Communications for more than 18 years, as associate dean for five years and as a faculty member in the Department of Radio, Television and Film for a number of years. She has been a frequent speaker and panelist on national television and radio programs where she discussed images of African Americans in the mass media. Read more here.



Mission and means are in sync at Howard
Op-ed by President Sydney A. Ribeau, Ph.D.

McGhee leads Howard to 27-16 win over Morehouse
Coverage of the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic.


For a SNCC member, Aug. 28, 1963 was a day of joy, anger and hope
Joyce Ladner who served as vice president of academic affairs and as interim president of Howard University during the 1990s writes about her March on Washington experiences.


March on Washington Anniversary: Remembering the Revival on the National Mall
Article written by Jay-Paul Hinds, professor in the School of Divinity.

50 years after march, Obama aims to define his role in a new front in the fight for equality
President Lyndon B. Johnson’s address at Howard University in 1965 is mentioned.

In a city with a rich history, more must be done to promote equality
Howard University’s positive role in the city’s history is mentioned


Fundraising at D.C. charter schools varies widely
Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Sciences reports highest average annual philanthropic revenue in the city.


Ancient whale emerges bone by bone along the Potomac
Daryl Domning, Ph.D., paleontologist and human anatomy professor at Howard University, participates in extensive digging expedition to uncover the body of an ancient 25-foot long whale along the cliffs of Stratford, Va.


Howard U. Will Expand Its Online Offerings
Additional coverage of Howard  announcement to offer substantially more online or hybrid programs over the next several years.


Minority-Serving 4-Year Colleges With the Best 6-Year Graduation Rates, 2011
Howard University and Spelman College lead on graduation rates.


Howard Dominates Morehouse in Third Annual Nation’s Football Classic
Coverage of the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic.


The Role of HBCUs in the Marches on Washington
Howard University participation mentioned.




The Doctor Is In
Provost Frederick is featured in the September edition of Diverse Issues.

Panel Says There Should Be No Question about HBCUs’ Relevancy
Coverage of the President’s Forum during yesterday’s “More Than a Game” symposium.

In Architecture, African-Americans Stuck on Ground Floor in Terms of Numbers
Bradford Grant, a professor and director of the Howard University School of Architecture and Design, comments on diversity in the field.


“LET’S TALK LIVE” – Featuring Dr. Alvin Thornton
Clip features an interview with Alvin Thornton, Ph.D., concerning the Nation’s Football Classic and the “More Than a Game” events.


Howard, Morehouse Ready for Nation's Classic
Preview of the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic.


The IBW ‘Black Paper’ Seeks to Energize Activists
Article features comments from Michael Fauntroy, associate professor of political science at Howard.


SiriusXm Radio Shares TSU Radio Programs Starting in November
Announcement of new programs to debut on the HBCU Radio Network, one of the two channels leased to Howard University from SiriusXM radio.


Miss Black Michigan USA 2014 Hails from Detroit
Angel Mills, a senior at Howard studying broadcast journalism, will participate in the Miss Black USA Pageant against winners from across the nation in August 2014.


Will MOOCs Massively Disrupt Higher Education?  
Article includes mention of Howard’s online program.


MLK DC Youth
Coverage of Howard¹s Day of Service and reflections on the 50th
anniversary of the March on Washington.


The Bernards: Realising the American Dream
Article features Mrs. Nesta Bernard, vice president for Development and Alumni Relations; Michelle Bernard,  president and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy, contributor to The Washington Post, political analyst for NBC, and Howard alumna; and the Bernard family.


Civil Rights struggle brought black literature to fore
Greg Carr, Ph.D., chair of Afro American Studies at Howard, comments.


Former Premier recalls meeting Rev Martin Luther King in 1968
Former Premier of Bermuda Dr. Ewart Brown met Rev Martin Luther King, Jr. , shortly before his death in 1968. Brown was a Howard University student leader at the time.


March on Washington at 50: Commemoration vs. Movement
Howard University students marching to Lincoln Memorial pictured.


Kenneth Howard, who participated in original March on Washington as a Howard University student, shares recollections.


Joyce Ladner recalls the sense of mission on day of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech at March on Washington
PBS' 50th anniversary documentary gives views of witnesses and participants about a turning point in nation's history.


Upstate native tagged for lead in James Brown bio-pic
Howard alumnus Chadwick Boseman will play another legend.


African-American Men Shortchanged
Dr. Chiledum Ahaghotu, associate professor of surgery and chief of urology at Howard University Hospital, authors article on prostate cancer.


Eyes on the prize: 1963 March on Washington has Charlotte connection
Charles Jones, a Howard student who participated in the March on Washington, remembers the march for more than Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech.


History of the March on Washington
Ken Howard, an incoming Howard student at the time of the March on Washington, shares his reflections.


New Howard University students start college life
This weekend, Howard University's Class of 2017 was one of the first in the region to move into the residence halls ahead of the fall semester.


Has Obama Done Enough for Black Americans?
Lorenzo Morris, Ph.D., Howard University political-science professor, comments.


Whites Stopped and Frisked More Likely to Have Weapons than Blacks
William Spriggs, Ph.D., professor of economics and chief economist of AFL-CIO, writes on policing.


Historically Black Colleges and Universities Receive Funds for Fossil Energy Research
Howard University among schools awarded U.S. Department of Energy grants.


Education Department makes changes to PLUS loans
Of note, this national story was written by Howard University journalism student Shaquille Brewster. He is interning at the Associated Press this summer.


How health insurance reform affects you
B. Paul Choi, associate professor at the Howard University School of Business, answers questions about Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


Howard Expands Online Offerings
Howard University announces plan to offer about 25 online or hybrid programs over the next several years, a sevenfold increase in online activity from what it offers now.


Readers' Review: "Woman At Point Zero" By Nawal El Saadawi
Mervat Hatem, Ph.D.,  Howard University political science professor, discusses Egyptian novel.

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