Campus News

Dillard to host Day of Service in Gentilly neighborhood on Saturday, August 13

Courtesy of Dillard University Dillard University will host a “Day of Service: A Gentilly Communiversity Project,” on Saturday, August 13, at 9 a.m., in Pontchartrain Park. Over 400 incoming freshmen will conduct community service projects that will consist of community gardening, distribution of food boxes, and a tour and cleanup of Pontchartrain Park, which was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The community outreach activities are part of the University’s SOAR new student orientation. The service projects will begin at Bethany United Methodist Church, located at 4533 Mendez Street. Students and volunteers will have the opportunity to prepare garden

Governor Edwards appoints Xavier University of Louisiana Professor to New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Board of Directors

Courtesy of Xavier University of Louisiana Dr. Joe M. Ricks, professor of sales and marketing in Xavier’s Department of Business, was appointed to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) board of directors by Governor John Bel Edwards. New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) is a regional, professional arts training center that offers students intensive instruction in music, theatre, dance, media, filmmaking and audio production, creative writing, visual and culinary arts. NOCCA has demanded academic excellence since 1973, founded by a diverse coalition of artists, educators, business leaders, and community activists who saw the need for an institution devoted

Albany State University Enrolls International Students

By: Destiny Jackson Albany State University (ASU) prepares students to be effective contributors to a globally diverse society, where knowledge and technology create opportunities for personal and professional success. Last spring, the University enrolled 42 international students. Students from countries such as India, Canada, Australia, Nigeria, Ghana, Korea, Spain, and the Bahamas have chosen ASU to complete their collegiate education.  “Expanding the diversity of our institution is a priority for us,” said Dr. Peters, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost. “My hope is that students from all backgrounds and areas of the world can increase their academic and social

ASU’s Dean of Education Appointed to Leadership Academy at Penn State University

By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU The dean of the College of Education at Alabama State University, Dr. Nicole Yvette Strange-Martin, has been awarded membership into Penn State University’s national education leadership academy. Strange-Martin is part of Penn State’s ‘Academic Leadership Academy‘ (ALA/Academy) cohort for 2022. The ALA/Academy’s purpose is to share and impart leadership knowledge and other important items to academic administrators. The organization’s role is designed especially for academic leaders and faculty with the goal of providing participants a supportive structure to help them reach a zenith of success for their educational positions and by so doing, increase the knowledge and

High Schoolers Build Fun Memories, Invaluable Experience During UAPB AgDiscovery Program

By Wil Hehemann Nineteen high school students from 10 states spent two weeks on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) campus as part of the AgDiscovery summer enrichment residential career exploration program. Dr. Christopher C. Mathis Jr., program director, said participants gained a firsthand look at career opportunities in the agricultural sciences through hands-on labs, field trips and group and team-building activities. “AgDiscovery at UAPB was successful due to the ‘boots on the ground,’ with Mr. Dameion White, who served as the program coordinator, and the dynamic staff he assembled this year,” Dr. Mathis said. “It was through

Bluefield State University Receives Reaffirmation of Institutional Accreditation

By Bluefield State University Bluefield State University has received formal notification that it has earned full reaffirmation of accreditation from the Institutional Actions Council (IAC) of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). In taking this action, the IAC considered materials from the most recent evaluation findings. HLC is a regional accrediting body of degree-granting higher education institutions in an 18-state region. Its mission is to assure the education and effectiveness of its member institutions. “The decision of the HLC’s Institutional Actions Council is gratifying, and it affirms Bluefield State University’s emphasis upon providing the rigorous academic training that prepares our students

SAU to Launch First HBCU Ultimate Team in the Country

Courtesy of Saint Augustine’s University Saint Augustine­’s University (SAU) will field the first HBCU Ultimate team in the country in the Fall of 2022. Dr. Mark Janas, a professor in the Accreditation Council for Schools and Business Programs (ACSBP)-accredited SAU School of Business, Management & Technology, is the leader of the university’s virtual and club sports programs.   “Ultimate fits in well with our club sports mission to introduce sports that are not traditionally part of the HBCU experience. But we want to do more than introduce the sport. We want to contend for championships against other big-school brands in the

N.C. A&T Celebrates N.C. Clean Energy Program Participants With State Agency, Industry Leaders

Courtesy of North Carolina A&T State University State agency leaders and industry partners are celebrating 40 high school and 20 college students’ completion of the 2022 N.C. Clean Energy pre-apprenticeship and internship program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The program – the first of its kind in the nation – is committed to equipping the next generation of potential clean energy talent with professional training and skills development in various topics, including solar panel installation, renewable energy, HVAC and architectural design. N.C. Clean Energy is supported by multiple grants totaling $185,000 from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, the

The Center for Journalism & Democracy at Howard University Announces Executive Director

By Sholnn Z. Freeman The Center for Journalism & Democracy at Howard University has named Kali-Ahset Amen, Ph.D., as its inaugural executive director. Amen will be responsible for operationalizing the vision put forward by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, who is founding the center. The center is set to launch late Fall. Amen had previously served as managing director of the Billie Holiday Center for the Liberation Arts in Baltimore, where she worked to advance its mission of preserving, documenting and disseminating Black Baltimore’s history and culture. She was also an assistant research professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The Center

Lifelong Passion for Agriculture Leads UAPB Alumnus to Career as USDA Soil Conservationist

By Wil Hehemann Jamison Murry, a 2017 alumnus of the Department of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, says his love of agriculture is a gene he inherited from his father, the Rev. James Murry. The young Murry’s lifelong appreciation of the field has led him to pursue a personally fulfilling career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Pine Bluff. “I can remember driving tractors with my dad and other guys around Altheimer and Wabbaseka, Arkansas at about age six,” Murry said. “I quickly fell in love with the machinery and

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