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No New Posts   Reported HBCU Closings For Friday, January 22, 2016, Due to Inclement Weather

January 22, 2016

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The following HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and University) have reported closure for Friday, January 22, 2016, due to the inclement weather received in the area. The following HBCUs that are closed:

  • Arkansas Baptist College
  • Bowie State University
  • Clark Atlanta University (Closed after 2 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 2016.)
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Howard University
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Kentucky State University
  • LeMoyne-Owen College
  • Livingstone College
  • Meharry Medical College
  • Mississippi Valley State University
  • Morehouse College (Closed after 2 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 2016.)
  • Morgan State University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Rust College
  • Saint Augustine's University
  • Shaw University
  • Simmons College of Kentucky
  • Spelman College (Closed after 2 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 2016.)
  • Tennessee State University
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • Virginia State University
  • Virginia Union University
  • West Virginia State University
  • Winston-Salem State University

The HBCU Campaign Fund organization ask that you stay safe and warm. If you are in need to get out and about on the roads and sidewalks to please use caution.

To report your HBCU institution closure due to inclement weather, you may send an e-mail to support@hbcucampaignfund.org.

No New Posts   Southern University Committed Ladarius Skelton Wins 2015 KATV Landers Award

January 18, 2016

LadariusSkelton_zps4cxehzyq.jpgPINE BLUFF, AR - Southern University Baton Rouge committed Ladarius Skelton, the quarterback from Pine Bluff High School in Arkansas wins the 2015 KATV Landers Award. He is the first Landers Award winner from Pine Bluff. 

Skelton, who is a three-year starter at Pine Bluff High, won back-to-back state titles with the Zebras. He earned MVP honors in both championship games.

According to KATV, the Landers Award is presented annually to the top high school football player in the state. Considered the most prestigious honor in Arkansas prep football, past winners include Peyton Hills, Darren McFadden, Tyler Wilson, Brandon Allen, and Fredi Knighten. The winner is determined by an esteemed panel of local media and votes from viewers.

KATV Sports Director Steve Sullivan revealed the winner on a live award show. Skelton receives a trophy, Jostens ring and $3,000 scholarship to the winning school.

"It's just outstanding," Skelton said. "I'm very honored to hold this trophy in my hand. I'm going to give it to my mom!"

"That's big news for the Zebra program," said Pine Bluff Head Coach Bobby Bolding. "There's been some great players in Pine Bluff. We finally got us a Landers Award winner and he's very deserving of it."

As the starting quarterback, Skelton has led Pine Bluff high to the 6A State Championship 3 straight years. Skelton will be attending Southern University (a historically black college and university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) in the fall of 2016, playing for the Jaguar football team.

HBCU Campaign Fund congratulates Skelton on his many successes, welcome him to the HBCU nation and wishes him the best of luck at Southern University. The HBCU Campaign Fund organization is open to Skelton for any guidance needed during his college journey and will be rooting him on during football season 2016!

Source: http://katv.com/sports/landers-award/pine-bluffs-ladarius-skelton-wins-2015-landers-award

No New Posts   UAPB's Football Head Coach Monte Coleman Contract Given A Two-Year Extension

January 16, 2016

MonteColeman_zpsl2po64wx.jpgPINE BLUFF, AR - The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff head football coach Monte Coleman has been given a two-year extension, per Athletic Director Lonza Hardy Jr.

Coleman, who has led the Golden Lion football team since the 2008 season, had a three-year contract that expired on December 31st. Coleman led the Golden Lions to win the SWAC championship in 2012.

This past season in 2015, he led the Golden Lions to a 2-9 record and over the three years, has an 8-25 record. It was the third losing season for the Lions since the championship win in 2012, which according to a source, led to the three-year contract.

"Financial obstacles were part of why we're giving Coleman two more years. UAPB had only 38 scholarships in 2015," said AD Lonza Hardy. "All but one SWAC team (Mississippi Valley State University) was better funded scholarship-wise than UAPB was this year."

Coleman's overall record is 37-52 throughout his years of coaching at UAPB.

On December 20, 2015, Coleman was inducted into the Washington Redskins Ring of Fame. He played linebacker for sixteen seasons with the Redskins from 1979 to 1994.

No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Fund President Reminisce & Talks The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 16, 2016

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On January 15th every year, we take the day out to pause to celebrate the life of a man who wasn't afraid to sacrifice for his own kind, his own race.

On January 21, 2013, I reminisce on the legacy of the man who sacrifice his life so I would not be judged by the color of my skin but the content of my character. Therefore, I celebrate King's legacy with this statement on why you should be also grateful of Dr. King's legacy.

"On January 15th, we celebrate an amazing activist and a leader during the "African-American" Civil Rights Movement. we celebrate the life of someone who fought for what we are today and the ways that "Black's" are treated as of today. Voting rights have changed. The situation with segregation, where colors go here and whites go there has changed. But this person had a dream that ONE day all men would be equal and one day live in a nation where they will NOT be judged by the color of their skin but the content of their character. But the question is, has this person dream have yet to be fulfilled? Read this special part of his dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For him to FOREVER rest in peace!"

No New Posts   UAPB Office of Recruitment to Host its Annual Lion Fever Day on Friday, April 1, 2016

January 14, 2016

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PINE BLUFF, AR - The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Office of Recruitment announces its annual Lion Fever Day on Friday, April 1, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lion Fever Day is designed to allow high school seniors and juniors an opportunity to see various parts of UAPB's campus and experience speaking with collegiate advisers personally in an effort to gain details about his/her desired area or major. Activities will include a college fair, campus tour, a chance to hear the university marching band and view performances from select Greek organizations.

Interests students or school groups that would to participate must RVSP on-line by March 11th at 4:30 p.m. (CT).

Every year, HBCU Campaign Fund organization participates in Lion Fever Day to assist the college bound students in choosing HBCU and capture the moment of those visiting UAPB.

Check out HBCU Campaign Fund's President and Founder Demetrius Johnson Jr., cast in the promotional video for UAPB's Lion Fever Day below. Spot him out in the UAPB black sweatshirt.

To RVSP click here. For more information about Lion Fever Day, contact the Office of Recruitment of UAPB at 870-575-7177.

Source: www.uapb.edu

No New Posts   2016 Tom Joyner Foundation Full Ride Scholarship Due January 16, 2016

January 14, 2016

b87e9550a016a998d8fc7fdb7fe3e851_zps3gjhafvw.jpgThe Tom Joyner Foundation announced the 'Full Ride' scholarship program that will cover all the expenses of one student planning to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the Fall of 2016.

Students will receive full tuition and stipends for up to 10 semesters to cover on-campus room and board and books. Students must meet the required academic standards each semester to renew the funds each year. Graduating high school seniors can apply for the scholarship by going to the Tom Joyner Foundation website at http://www.tomjoynerfoundation.org to complete the application. Students must have their schools mail their transcripts and recommendations to the Foundation at P.O. Box 630496, Irving, TX 75063-0495.

To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. A United States Citizen
  2. Current high school seniors attending school in the United States (applicant must be anticipating completion of high school degree in spring of 2016).
  3. Minimum high school grade point average o 3.50 (on a 4.00 grade scale, excluding home school studies) and minimum SAT score of 2100 (combined math essay and verbal score) or ACT score of 30.
  4. Applicants must apply and be accepted to an HBCU by July 1, 2016.
  5. Applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities.

The application must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2016. Interviews will occur in April 2016.

No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Fund Remembers MLB Hall of Famer Monte Irvin

January 13, 2016

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HBCU Campaign Fund is saddened by the loss of another great historic legend.

Monte Irvin, represented Blacks and HBCU(s) (historically black colleges and universities) as the fourth black player to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball and a Hall of Fame outfielder. He died Monday night in Houston, he was 96.

In Irvin early life, he attended Lincoln University, PA (a historically black college and universities, located in Chester County, Pennsylvania) and was a star football player. He left Lincoln to play in Negro League Baseball.

Irvin played for the Newark Eagles in 1938. He led the Mexican League with a .397 batting average and 20 home runs in 63 games, being rewarded with the Most Valuable Player award.

In 1949, the New York Giants paid $5,000 for his contract. Irvin was one of the first black players to be signed. He hit .293 with a .383 on-base percentage and 99 home runs in eight seasons with the New York Giants. He was named to his only Major League Baseball All-Star game in 1952.

The Chicago Cubs signed him before the 1956 season. Irvin appeared 111 games, hitting .271 with 15 home runs.

"Monte Irvin's affable demeanor, strong constitution, and coolness under pressure helped guide baseball through desegregation and set a standard for American culture," President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Jeff Idelson said in a statement. "His abilities on the field as the consummate teammate are undeniable, as evidenced by World Series titles he contributed to in both the Negro and Major leagues, and a richly-deserved plaque in Cooperstown. he was on the original committee that elected Negro League stars to the Hall of Fame, something for which the Museum will always be grateful."

HBCU Campaign Fund President Demetrius Johnson Jr., released in a statement:

"HBCU Campaign Fund organization sends our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Irvin. His legacy will be forever remembered!"

No New Posts   Chicago State University Students, Faculty & Community Members Demand Budget Actions to Save School

January 12, 2016

E1611B13-3751-4D5C-95AA-16541FA04C36.png_zpslfiki271.jpegCHICAGO, IL - Chicago State University, a multicultural university with a twist of historically black college & university features, located in Chicago, IL, is being fought for by students and faculty demanding the state officials to pass a budget to guarantee their school's funding.

According to the source DNAinfo Chicago, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund member-school has been running on reserve funds since last July, when the Illinois officials blew past its deadline to pass a budget for the fiscal year 2016. Six months later, administrators say that they have until March until the school runs out of cash entirely.

A community march lead by more than 100 students, trailed by a handful of faculty and community members protected by Chicago Police marched down 95th Street chanting slogan, "Black education is good for health, Save CSU, budget or else."


"We all knew we had to get our message out somehow, so we thought the best way would be to just bring it out through our own community here on the South Side of Chicago," said Paris Griffin, Chicago State Student Government Association President. "We just want the state government to know that it's their responsibility to support higher education in this state not just at Chicago State, but everywhere in Illinois."

"[State elected officials] all had access to higher education, but they don't have to fight for it like we do," Paris added. "Educations is something we all deserve."

Before the march, President Thomas Calhoun praised the students for their fortitude, tell them he was "spending a lot of time talking to legislators" over possible ways to keep the university running if the budget gridlock endures into the spring.

"I want you to know you're bringing honor to the university with what you're doing," Calhoun said. "We have every intention of getting the money this university deserves. You're now part of that, and I'm proud of you for that."

Chicago State recently named Thomas Calhoun as new president back in October 2015. Who began his position on January 1, 2016, in hopes to reverse its declining enrollment and improve its financial situation. Calhoun was vice president of enrollment management at the University of North Alabama.

The source also says the university website tells that about 7,200 students are enrolled this year.

Student Government Association President Paris Griffin said student leaders would reconvene later in the week and decide the next steps of a continuing activism campaign. Until then, students said, onlookers can support their campaign on social media with "#BudgetOrElse" or "#CSU."

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History of Chicago State University

Founded in 1867 as Cook County Normal School, the school found its first permanent home. Daniel S. Wentworth was the institution's first principal. The original building contained 27 rooms and a model grammar school. A few years later, Cook County Normal School added a dormitory that earned it a jump in enrollment and a national reputation. The school was acquired by the Chicago Board of Education in 1897 and renamed Chicago Normal School. In 1913, it became Chicago Normal College, and still later Chicago Teachers College.

A major change reflected the college's curriculum in 1965 when control of the school passed into the hands of the State of Illinois. The revamped institution was renamed Illinois Teachers College: Chicago South. Soon after, the legislature acted to remove the title of "teachers college" from all state colleges and universities. In 1967, the school became Chicago State College. Throughout the 1960s, Chicago State expanded its academic program offerings and began to move toward fulfilling its news, more comprehensive role as a liberal arts institution. The school was renamed Chicago State University in 1971.

In November of 1972, the university made the monumental move from its 6800 South Stewart Street campus, where it had been located for 102 years, to its present location at 9501 South King Drive.

More than 140 years ago, under the name of Cook County Normal School, it opened doors as a teachers training school in a leaky railroad freight car in Blue Island, Illinois. Today, as Chicago State University, the school is a fully accredited public, urban institution located in a residential community on the Southside of Chicago. During the first year of its founding, CSU enrolled 62 students. Now the current student enrollment is nearly 7,200

Source: https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160110/roseland/csu-students-demand-budget-action-save-school-far-south-side-oasis | https://www.csu.edu/president/history.htm

No New Posts   UAPB Student Daniel Farmer is Headed to Hollywood for American Idol "The Farewell" Season

January 9, 2016

BA429AA0-C4CD-4FDA-B2AC-76B7D9DF1EAD_zpszwgqbnod.jpgAmerican Idol concluded its two-night season XV premiere Thursday night with auditions. The auditions were shown between Little Rock and San Francisco as more contestants sang for the remaining Hollywood spots in the show's final season. Idol judges Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr., and Jennifer Lopez were in an appearance at the Statehouse Convention Center during the audiences in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Daniel Farmer, 24, is a student at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (a historically black college and university) located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, traveled to Little Rock to audition for the last season of the show and to receive his ticket to Hollywood.... and that he did!

Daniel Farmer is a Memphis, TN native, singing D'Angelo's "How Does It Fee?" according to Billboard, his charisma immediately won Lopez over (which can be seen in the series premiere video below), and his improvised several runs in the performance earned him a place in Hollywood.

HBCU Campaign Fund organization is excited about Daniel's accomplishment and is rooting him on all the way to the top. HBCU Campaign Fund, president, and founder Demetrius Johnson Jr. releases a congratulations statement to Daniel Farmer:

"Congratulations to Mister Daniel Farmer on smooth singing J-Lo away to make it to the "Farewell Season" of American Idol. Mr. Farmer is an amazing singer with talent who is part of the international renowned Vesper Choir, YVP, and other singing groups at UAPB. I know Mr. Famer personally and he is a great person and have an outgoing personality, so there was no reason why he shouldn't have won the judges over to earned that one time in a lifetime opportunity. Now it's up to the student body of UAPB and our fellow HBCU peers to help us move Mr. Farmer to the top. To my understand, Mr. Farmer is the ONLY HBCU student in those who are headed to Hollywood so let's support Historically Black own. As I always say, "Let's GO Lions GO!."

Make sure to watch Daniel Farmer on the next American Idol on Fox this Wednesday at 8/7c.

Missed the season premiere of American Idol? Rewind it below.

Source: http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/idol-worship/6836102/american-idol-recap-two-night-premiere-concludes

No New Posts   Why are Historically Black Colleges and Universities really RELEVANT & should be your source of higher education?

December 22, 2015

Why are HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) are really RELEVANT and should be your source of higher education?

In this writing, there will be different opinions that will think both sides, or will just agree or disagree to the story. But here is how I see HBCUs, and how I feel on why you SHOULD choose HBCUs as your choice to attain your higher education. HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) are institutions of higher education that were established before 1964 with the intentions to serving the African-American community because of school desegregation that did not allow blacks to attend an all-white educational institution. Most HBCUs were established after the American Civil War and some before for freed slaves, some by independent individuals and others by religious missionary organizations. School desegregation ended with the Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. Some Civil Rights activist played a factor in the creation of HBCUs and the reasoning to why blacks can now attend all-white educational institutions, which is abbreviated as PWIs.

PWI vs. HBCU

The PWI vs. HBCU debate is nothing but hoax in my opinion and the reason I say that is because "EDUCATION IS EDUCATION" no matter if you choose HBCU, choose PWI or were equipped from an HBCU or an PWI. The same premier educational institution that is predominantly white is the same premier educational institution that is predominantly black. Neither should be compared better than each other, sound more like being equivalent to each other. HBCU institution graduate scholars the same way like at a PWI.  It not how small, how well-known or how less funded that institution is, it's how the student implies themselves to the curriculum of their major that they are studying at the perspective institution. HBCUs, on the other hand, teach you a little bit more than the books, you get to experience and learn about the black culture like never before as for predominately white, it mostly about the sports. The PWI vs. HBCU debate is very irrelevant in many ways.

Why should I choose HBCU?

DSC_0019_zpstopwka5x.jpgThe reason you should choose HBCU because HBCU rich history is very meaningful as well as the reasoning to why they were created. HBCUs are rooted through black churches which is the strongest support system of the black community and is the reason for why the rich history is so meaningful. HBCUs were organized to educate and assist students in attaining a degree with the essentials of economic opportunities for the best education in the student chosen designated major field. Yes, you might hear the basic when to ask why should I attend an HBCU or what makes your HBCU unique such as "I wanted to attend an HBCU," "You are not a number at an HBCU," or "It was the first HBCU to accept me and give me an opportunity to pursue my education." HBCUs challenge the student to use their ability so that they're are prepared for the world workforce level after graduation. At an HBCU institution, yes, small or big the students are not just a number, they're are their themselves. HBCU instructors do take the time out to call the attendance with their name listed. HBCU institutions also offer that one on one ratio, where the student have the opportunity to have that one on one connection with administrators, deans, chairpersons, and instructors. HBCU and alumni chapters are always offering money to help students with their financial need expenses as well as career services who are always willing to assist students with an internship or finding job offerings.

69D53454-628C-43BE-B291-906FA9CE5DFD.png_zpsnb2x7lmi.jpegBeyond the HBCU education essentials, HBCU teaches about life with meeting the needs for an affordable education. Students will learn many life lessons and transformed to develop power, courage, and determination, which also prepares the student for what they're going to be dealing with after graduation. HBCUs also offers low-cost tuition for low-income and first-generation students. The HBCU pride is like no other. Sporting events and homecomings at an HBCU are a prime example to why its fun to attend one/ They are like big family reunions. Alumni are also another reasoning to why HBCUs are great. Most alumni are very caring and will seek to make sure that the students at their alma mater are well taken care of. Seeing alumni come back, and support their Historically Black institution is the warmest feeling of them all. HBCUs also offer historic beauty to their campuses. Remind you, HBCU campuses were built after the 1950's so some HBCU campuses historic buildings or landmarks are registered with the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. If you love black history and culture, then you will love to see the campus of an HBCU.

HBCUs are constantly producing outstanding leaders of the future who receives a affordable education with a personal touch from the hands-on experience from their chosen HBCU institution.

Current Standings of HBCUs

As of today, there are 107 HBCU institutions in the United States which are diverse and serves a diverse population and within those 107, 27 offer doctoral degree programs, and 52 provide graduate degree programs at the Master's level. At the undergraduate level, 83 of the them offer bachelor's degree program, and 38 of them offer associate degrees. According to a study published by the United Negro College Fund, HBCU institutions are responsible for producing approximately 70% of all black doctors and dentists, 50% of black engineers and public school teachers, 35% of black lawyers.

Some HBCU institutions might rank better in numbers than others but never should be discredited because of its rankings. HBCU support organizatiosn are here to make sure you are aware of the historic makings of every HBCU, and it's greatness. Never should an HBCU be discredited and call "poor" because of its size or its image as an HBCU institution. For more than 150 years, HBCUs has provided a diverse learning environment that ensure to every student achieve truth, wisdom, and justice while having the chance to succeed in what they potentially wanted to be for their future comings.

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Do we still need our HISTORICALLY black colleges... I surely think so and you should to! Talk interest students into choosing HBCU, as well as interest supporters to giving to HBCUs. I love HBCUs and they are to why I love learning and building an organization that plans to work and support HBCUs now and in the future.

No New Posts   Longtime Civil Rights Activist Ozell Sutton passes away at the age of 90

December 20, 2015

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Sutton played the role of the unsettled days of school desegregation, helping nine African-Americans students at Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas back in 1957. Sutton joined many activities including the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the historic March on Washington in 1953 and later in 1965; he marched for equal rights in Selma, Ala.

Sutton was one of the first African-Americans to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps, which was a distinction that earned him a Congressional Gold Medal in 2012 from President Barack Obama. He was also director of the U.S. Justice Department's Community Relations Service in Atlanta until he retired in 2003.

Sutton is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and served as the 26th General President of the organization. He worked for Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller and as the director of the Governor's Council on Human Resources. He was a journalist for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

Sutton received his undergraduate degree in 1950 from Philander Smith College and also received an honorary doctorate in 1962 from Philander Smith College in recognition of his political activism in the civil rights movement.

"HBCU Campaign Fund organization is sadden in learning of the death of lifetime civil right activist Ozell Sutton, who was phenomenally historical and legendary to the black community. Sutton played a tremendous role in the betterment of civil rights and justice for Blacks today. Ozell Sutton and others activism have impacted the reasonings on the current enrollment of blacks at an all-white educational institution. Sutton legacy will always be forever remembered in our hearts for his timeless sacrifices for the black community and black culture. HBCU Campaign Fund sends our deepest prayers and condolences out to the family of Sutton during this time of bereavement." statement by Demetrius Johnson Jr., president and founder of HBCU Campaign Fund after the learning of Ozell Sutton's passing.

No New Posts   Morgan State University mourns student killed in head-on car crash

December 19, 2015

10431538_10153198853106811_8841179986809993422_n_zpsse5rlest.pngBALTIMORE, MD - Morgan State University (a Historically Black College & University) located in Baltimore, Maryland, is mourning the death of a student following a Thursday night crash in Prince Georges County.

According to ABC2 News, Maryland State Police say that around 10:30 pm Thursday night, officers arrived at the scene of a fatal head-on collision that claimed the life of 20-year-old Adedire "Dire" Ososanya.

State troopers at the scene confirmed that both vehicles were driving in opposite directions in the same area before the driver of a Cadillac DeVille lost control and collided with Ososanya's Nissa Altima.

Ososanya attended Morgan State University (HBCU), who was known to many as Dire, was a student leader and highly involved with different campus organizations. He was serving as Mister Junior in Morgan State's Student Government Association Royal Court at the time of his death and about four weeks before his death; he joined the Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi,

The university released a statement in wake of the shocking tragedy:

"On a day when so many of our students are celebrating their graduation and the start of a new chapter in their lives, we at Morgan State University find ourselves in a state of shock, saddened by the loss of this member of our family. Adedire was well liked by his fellow students, who elected him as Mr. Junior (class). He was a marketing major here at Morgan and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He had, in fact, completed nearly all of his coursework toward graduation and for his life to be cut short when he was so close to achieving that which he had worked so hard for is heart-wrenching. The entire Morgan family sends its condolences to Adedire's family. His loss will be felt in every corner of this campus."

In 2014-2015 academic year, Dire was voted by his peers to serve as Mister Sophomore and wanted to run for other positions in the Student Government Association.

Former Miss Morgan State University, Jasmine Garret said he aspired to run as Mister Morgan State University in the Spring, a goal that he had set his focus on for some time.

"Dire was a very special individual. He was great. He is great, and he only had potential to be greater. ... I think everybody, not just my line brothers, but anybody can say that about him. Everybody is just filled with love and laughter right now. It's just a tough time because you just lost somebody that you just crossed into the fraternity, and it's just like he's just gone. It's only been a month," Andrew Egiefameh, a senior, said.

Many students and friends took to social media Friday to share their memories of the beloved Ososanya, using the hashtag #RIPDire.

The university is offering counseling services to students following the sudden tragedy and released this statement:

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Friends of Ososanya have created a fundraiser on GoFundMe, entitled "Prayers for Adedire Ososanya", which raised $10,947 and has reached its goal of $10,600 as of Saturday.

HBCU Campaign Fund president and founder, Demetrius Johnson Jr., released a statement following the learning of the death of Ososanya;

"HBCU Campaign Fund organization mourns the lost of Adedire Ososanya and sends our deepest condolences and prayers to the campus of Morgan State University, family, Royal Court and friends of Ososanya, who was currently Mister Junior and the newest member of the Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. during this sadden time of lost. "To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord." I know it hurts to lost such a great soul so soon, in such a tragic accident. But we should never question God plans and decisions of our soul timeline while living on earth.. May God be with the Morgan State community and keep in mind that Ososanya is in good care, he's in God hands."

Source: http://www.abc2news.com/news/region/baltimore-city/morgan-state-mourns-the-death-of-beloved-student

No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Fund Welcomes Its Division of Recruitment and Announces Its Plans For an HBCU Recruitment Directory

December 18, 2015

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HBCU Campaign Fund is a growing HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Support Organization and non-profit that serves as HBCU advocates to support the significance and campaign to fundraise contributions for HBCUs and its students.

The organization announces that it is organizing a Division of Recruitment and that department will be in charge of assisting HBCUs with gaining recruits for their institutions, helping the recruits to choose HBCU as well as proving scholarship information to the interest college bound student. The department is also in the works of building an HBCU admissions/recruitment directory that will be housed in its section on the HBCU Campaign Fund's website and it will make it accessible for interest students to look up HBCU Office of Recruitment or Office of Admissions to learn how and apply to your institutions with accessible links. The Office of Recruitment or Admissions may also host ads and recruitment videos in the directory.

If your HBCU Office of Recruitment or Admissions is interested in becoming a partner with HBCU Campaign Fund and would like to be listed in its HBCU Recruitment/Admissions directory, we ask that you send a requiring e-mail to recruitment@hbcucampaign.org or call the HBCU Campaign Fund's Office at (773) 988-2106 and someone will be more than happy to assist you.

No New Posts   Harris-Stowe State University named first recipient of Distinguished HBCU of the Year Award in this year's IAAwards

December 16, 2015

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The Initiative Achievement On-Line Awards in its second year of existence recognizes the significance and the present achievements of the current HBCU institutions and its students through multiple of categories, who participated as an HBCU Supported Institution with the HBCU Campaign Fund. The nominations are audience based on giving all HBCUs and students a chance to be part of the experience. Categories are split between ONLY HBCU Campaign Fund's 2015 HBCU Supported Institutions and for all HBCUs.

This year, two new categories were added, which is the Lifetime Recognition Award, which honors an individual which is selected by the HBCU of the Month Committee, Board of Directors and upon audience nominations on their commitment, outstanding service, and contributions to historically black colleges and universities, students and the community. The Distinguished HBCU of the Year Award, which honors an HBCU institution, is selected by the HBCU of the Month Committee, Board of Directors and upon audience nominations on recognition of its past and current achievements, success, servings of academic excellence, current year rankings recognition by various sources and contributions as an HBCU and to the community.

Below we present you with the first recipient of HBCU Campaign Fund's Distinguished HBCU of the Year Award in the 2015 Initiative Achievement.

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                  Harris-Stowe State University named HBCU Campaign Fund's 2015 HBCU Distinguished HBCU of the Year

In 1857, established as a normal school for white students, it was subsequently named Harris Teachers College, after William Torrey Harris, a former St. Louis superintendent of schools and the United States Commissioner of Education. In 1920, it was authorized to issue a four-year Bachelor of Arts in Education degree. In 1890, the St. Louis school system established Sumner Normal School to train black teachers and in 1929, the name was changed to Stowe Teachers College, after author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Harris and Stowe Colleges were merged into on institution after the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education mandated integration of public-school systems. The school later was renamed Harris-Stowe College.

In 1979, the college was added to the state system of public higher education, under the name of Harris-Stowe State College. Its four-year education degree was changed to a Bachelor of Science in Education. It subsequently expanded its programs to offer several new degrees in education, including the B.S. in Urban Education, designed to enable non-teaching urban education personnel to address programs specific to urban schools; and a degree in Business Administration with various professional options.

In 2005, the college attained university status and was renamed Harris-Stowe State University. In 2014, Harris-Stowe named new leadership, Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack, who was senior vice president for administration and student services at Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) prior to his appointment, before he was vice president for student affairs at the age of 33, making him the youngest vice president in the school's history. Dr. Warmack is a student-centered, customer service-oriented and transformational leader.

Prior to B-CU, Dr. Warmack was the associate dean of students at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, where he had oversight of student affairs areas including judicial affairs, student activities, Greek life, new student and parent orientation and multicultural affairs. Dr. Warmack has also held positions at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, and Delta State University in Cleveland, MS.

Under Dr. Warmarck leadership, Harris-Stowe has increased its academic offerings by 132 percent. Students may choose from 31 majors, minors, and certificate programs. The institution offers new major programs in Finance, Urban Ecology and Sustainability, Sociology with a minor in Urban Sociology, Political Science and enrolls in Harris-Stowe's first certificate program in Urban Agriculture.

Harris-Stowe offers two new fully-online undergraduate degree programs in Criminal Justice and Healthcare Management. Just this year,  the institution moved forward in expanding its academic offering with the St. Louis Governor signed Senate Bill 334, which allows Harris-Stowe to offer graduate degrees.

Harris-Stowe is ranked in the Top 40 by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education degrees to African Americans, the only Missouri school on the list. Of the 13 public higher education institutions in the state, nearly 40 percent of all African-American males who major in math attend Harris-Stowe. Harris-Stowe ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 47 in the nation (out of 3,000 institutions) in granting degrees in mathematics and statistics to African-Americans, according to Missouri Department of Higher Education data. And Harris-Stowe was ranked No. 1 in D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's Top 10 Favorite HBCUs of 2015.

During Dr. Warmack tenure, he has obtained $2.7 million in research, scholarships and program funding. This includes $1.7 million from the National Science Foundation and scholarship from Emerson, Wells Fargo, and various corporations and organizations.  The institution has embarked on its first-ever study aboard program through a partnership with Ningbo University in Zhejiang China and has strengthened its brand through several strategic partnerships with leading institutions, including St. Louis University Parks School of Engineering, Alabama A & M and the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College.

Harris-Stowe is dedicated to improving their region through meaningful dialogue, educational resources, and cultural enrichment opportunities. The institution engages and connect with more than 3,500 alumni across the nation and continue to give their time, talent and treasure to the university.  As Harris-Stowe serve their students with these great opportunities it has to offer, they also inspire change in their university, community, and nation.

HBCU Campaign Fund is proud to announce Harris-Stowe State University as the first recipient of its Distinguished HBCU of the Year as part of its Initiative Achievement Awards recognizing HBCU significance!

Learn more about Harris-Stowe State University at www.hssu.edu.

No New Posts   Coach Eddie G. Robinson named first recipient of the Lifetime Recognition Award in this year's IAAwards

December 16, 2015

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The Initiative Achievement On-Line Awards in its second year of existence recognizes the significance and the present achievements of the current HBCU institutions and its students through multiple of categories, who participated as an HBCU Supported Institution with the HBCU Campaign Fund. The nominations are audience based on giving all HBCUs and students a chance to be part of the experience. Categories are split between ONLY HBCU Campaign Fund's 2015 HBCU Supported Institutions and for all HBCUs.

This year, two new categories were added, which is the Lifetime Recognition Award, which honors an individual which is selected by the HBCU of the Month Committee, Board of Directors and upon audience nominations on their commitment, outstanding service, and contributions to historically black colleges and universities, students and the community. The Distinguished HBCU of the Year Award, which honors an HBCU institution, is selected by the HBCU of the Month Committee, Board of Directors and upon audience nominations on recognition of its past and current achievements, success, servings of academic excellence, current year rankings recognition by various sources and contributions as an HBCU and to the community.

Below we present you with the first recipient of HBCU Campaign Fund's Lifetime Recognition Award in the 2015 Initiative Achievement.

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                                  Eddie G. Robinson named with HBCU Campaign Fund's 2015 Lifetime Recognition Award

Eddie Gay Robinson, Sr. was the second winning coach in NCAA Division I history. Robinson spent 57 years as the head coach at Grambling State University (a Historically Black College and University located in Grambling, Louisiana) beginning in 1941 when he was hired by college president and head baseball coach Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones.

Under Robinson's leadership, more than 200 of his players went on to play in the American Football League, CFL and NFL including Super Bowl XXII MVP quarterback Doug Williams, who would ultimately succeed Robinson as Grambling's head coach in 1998.

On October 7, 1995, Robinson became the first college football coach to break the 400-win barrier, a mark once thought to be unreachable. The 42-6 triumph over Mississippi Valley State came before a national television audience on ESPN2.

Coach Robinson proved that hard work, dedication, and determination could lead to unimaginable accomplishments. Neither of Coach Robinson's parents graduated from high school, but they encouraged their son's desire to stay in school and earn a college degree. Robinson moved on from high school to become a star quarterback at Leland College under Reuben Turner, a Baptist preacher who inducted Robinson to the concepts of a playbook and coaching clinics.

With no coaching opportunities available following college, Robinson took a job in Baton Rouge feed mill before learning from a relative that there was an opening for a football coach at Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute, later to become Grambling State University. After an interview with school president Dr. Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones, Robinson was chosen as the sixth head football coach of the Tigers.

By 1949, Grambling's football program was receiving national acclaim after former Tigers running back Paul "Tank" Younger signed with the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL, thus becoming the first player from an HBCU (Historically Black College & University) to be taken in the NFL.

In 1955, Grambling claimed the National Black College Championship by going 10-0 (the best record in school history) and outscoring opponents by a 356-61 margin. After picking up his 100th career coaching victory against Bethune-Cookman in 1957, Coach Robinson and his Tigers joined the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in 1959. The following season he led the Tigers to the first of 17 SWAC titles under his guidance.

Another of Robinson's former Tigers made NFL waves in 1963 as the late Junius "Buck" Buchanan become the first player from an HBCU to be chosen first overall in the NFL Draft.

By 1984, Coach Robinson was poised to become college football's winningest coach. After surpassing Amos Alonzo Stagg's 314 coaching victories that year, he tied legendary Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's 323-win mark with a 23-6 win over Oregon State before becoming the career wins leader the next week with a 27-7 win over Prairie View A&M.

Coach Robinson finally relinquished his reigns to the Tigers following the 1997 season, but his contribution to the game will be remembered forever. Also during the same year, he was officially inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Coach Robinson always remained humble, crediting his players, his family, his loving wife Doris, the media, and football fans from all over the world for making the name Eddie Robinson synonymous with the best college football has to offer.

Robinson graduated from McKinley Senior High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1937. He went on to earn his Bachelor's Degree from Leland College in Baker, Louisiana, then went on to obtain his Masters Degree from the University of Iowa in 1954.

The Football Writers of America's Coach of the Year award is named after Coach Robinson. Grambling also named its football stadium the Eddie Robinson Stadium and housed a museum on campus named Eddie G. Robinson Museum operated by the Secretary of State, which is free and open to the public.

HBCU Campaign Fund is proud to announce and honor the late Coach Eddie G. Robinson as the first recipient of its Lifetime Recognition Award as part of its Initiative Achievement Awards recognizing HBCU significance!

No New Posts   Simmons College of Kentucky Makes Historic History

December 8, 2015

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LOUISVILLE, KY - Back during the month of April, Simmons College of Kentucky made history by officially being designated as the 107th Historically Black College and University and becoming the 2nd historically black college in Kentucky.

Last night, Simmons College made historic history with the re-launch of its basketball program and its first game of the season. Simmons College cut athletics in 2011 after nearly going bankrupt.

Simmons College is a private biblical college that was founded in Louisville in 1879. HBCU Campaign Fund welcomes back aboard Simmons College to the long list of rich history, prestigious serving HBCU institutions and to the athletic scene.

 

 

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No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Fund's 2nd Annual Initiative Achievement Awards Nominee List

December 8, 2015

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The D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund & HBCU of the Month Initiative Committee, announces this year's 2nd Annual Initiative Achievement On-Line Awards.

The Initiative Achievement On-Line Awards recognizes the significance and the present achievements of the current HBCU Institutions and its student through multiple of categories, who participated as an HBCU Supported Institution with the HBCU Campaign Fund. The nominations are audience based on giving all HBCUs and students a chance to be part of the experience. Categories are split between ONLY for HBCU Campaign Fund's 2015 HBCU Supported Institutions and for all HBCUs. Voting is audience based and takes place in late November through early December and winners are announced in the middle of December.

This year featured HBCU Institutions are: Langston University, North Carolina A&T State University, Grambling State University, Tuskegee University, Bethune-Cookman University, Livingstone College, Central State University, Virginia Union University, Wiley College, Harris-Stowe State University and Elizabeth City State University. The following institutions have pre-selected nominations in the following categories: Chancellor/President of the Year, Favorite Student Government Association, Campus King of the Year, Campus Queen of the Year, Best Marching Band, Favorite Women's and Men's Sports Team of the Year, Favorite Mascot of the Year, National Alumni Association of the Year and Best Recognition Program.


During the summer the HBCU Campaign Fund president and HBCU of the Month committee pre-selected five (5) HBCUs as HBCU Campaign Fund HBCU Supported Institutions to be part of the next year HBCU of the Month Initiative Program, which is a program warmly open to all HBCUs. Each year, twelve institutions are supported by the organization and each month, one HBCU is celebrated and campaign for socially. During the program, the organization supports and displays the significance socially on our social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the organization's website) of the current supported schools and the organization partners to work to fundraise contributions to give back to the school and its student.

While five (5) were pre-selected during the summer, seven (7) will be voted into the program during the Initiative Achievement Awards voting for the year 2016. It was initially planned to host all 107 HBCUs before giving HBCUs multiple term chances as HBCU of the Month but the program is currently being re-evaluated and HBCU Campaign Fund's 2014 Supported institutions will enter back into the pot to be selected as an HBCU of the Month Supported Institution for 2016.


You may vote for your HBCU to become an HBCU Campaign Fund HBCU of the Month Supported Institution by visiting the Initiative Achievement Award page and clicking 'HBCU of the Month' school category.

Other categories are open to all HBCUs and HBCU students including: Balton F. Coleman Most Achieved Student of the Year, Favorite Student Newspaper of the Year, Favorite Student Activities Board, Alumnus of the Year, Favorite Dean of the Year, Favorite HBCU Advocate, Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year, Favorite Greek Organization (Campus Chapter) and Favorite School Organization. There are two categories in place which honors HBCU entities which are a mission in committing hard work to serving historically black colleges and universities and its student as well as HBCU student athletics.The pre-selected nominees for Favorite HBCU Support Organization are The HBCU Nation Radio Show (The HBCU Nation), Tom Joyner Foundation, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, United Negro College Fund, HBCU Buzz, HBCU Pride Nation, HBCU Digest, HBCU Story and HBCU Gameday. 

Vote for your favorite nominee by logging onto the Initiative Achievement Awards home page here and scrolling down and clicking the categorg. VOTING period will take place between December 1st @ 4 pm (CT) through December 15th @ 11:59 pm (CT). Winners will be announced on December 18th.

The OFFICIAL hashtag of the awards is #IAAwards2015.

For more information about the 2015 Initiative Achievement Awards, please do not hesitate to contact via e-mail at iaawards@hbcucampaign.org.

 

2015 Initiative Achievement Awards Nominee List

Chancellor/President of the Year

  • Dr. Kent J. Smith (Langston University)
  • Dr. Harold L. Martin, Sr. (North Carolina A&T)
  • Dr. Cynthia Warrick [Interim President] (Grambling State Univ)
  • Dr. Brian L. Johnson (Tuskegee University)
  • Dr Edison O. Jackson (Bethune-Cookman Univ.)
  • Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. (Livingstone College)
  • Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond (Central State Univ.)
  • Dr. Claude G. Perkins (Virginia Union Univ.)
  • Dr. Haywood Strickland (Wiley College)
  • Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack (Harris-Stowe State Univ.)
  • Dr. Stacey Jones (Elizabeth City State Univ.)

Campus King of the Year

  • Landon Gray (Langston University)
  • Jamal Averett (North Carolina A&T)
  • Maurice "Trey" Evan III (Tuskegee University)
  • Jahlil Y Witt (Bethune-Cookman Univ.)
  • Dionte Forney (Livingstone College)
  • Brandon Billips (Central State Univ.)
  • Jason Smart-El (Virginia Union Univ.)
  • Timothy Moore (Harris-Stowe State Univ.)
  • Titus Lee (Elizabeth City State Univ.)

Campus Queen of the Year

  • Blongshia Chi (Langston University)
  • Myja Gray (North Carolina A&T)
  • Sierra Gray (Tuskegee University)
  • Joiya Smith (Grambling State Univ.)
  • Devin Tunnage (Bethune-Cookman Univ.)
  • Ashley Williams (Livingstone College)
  • Kiera Elicia Graham (Central State Univ.)
  • Khadijah Harvin (Virginia Union Univ.)
  • Shammia Williams (Wiley College)
  • Kuriston White (Harris-Stowe State Univ.)
  • Suehier Ali (Elizabeth City State Univ.)

Alumnus of the Year

  • Tom Joyner (Tuskegee University)
  • Tina Owens (UAPB)
  • Travis Jackson (North Carolina A&T)
  • Sonya Worrell (Norfolk State Univ.)

 

Favorite Student Activities Board

  • Langston University Active [Student Activities Board]
  • Favrot Student Union Board (Grambling State Univ.)
  • Bethune-Cookman University Student Activities Board
  • Elizabeth City State University Student Activities Committee 

 

Favorite School Organization

  • Campus Tour Guides (Central State University)
  • Melvin B. Tolson/Denzel Washington Forensics Society (Wiley College)
  • National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (Harris-Stowe State Univ.)
  • Vike Nu Models, Inc., (Elizabeth City State University)

Favorite HBCU Advocate

  • Dr. Charlies Nelms (Graduate of Arkansas AM&N)
  • Denzel E. Stewart (Graduate of FAMU)
  • Travis P. Jackson & Jeremiah Isaiah (Graduates of North Carolina A&T and Johnson C. Smith) [HBCU Pride Nation]
  • Dr. Larry J Walker (Graduate of Cheyney Univ.)
  • Anti Intellect (Graduate of FAMU)

Favorite HBCU Support Organization

  • United Negro College Fund
  • Tom Joyner Foundation
  • HBCU Pride Nation
  • HBCUStory
  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund
  • HBCUGameday
  • HBCU Buzz
  • TheHBCUNation Radio Show
  • HBCU Digest

Best Marching Band

  • Marching Pride (Langston University)
  • Blue and Gold Marching Machine (North Carolina A&T)
  • Marching Crimson Piper Band (Tuskegee University)
  • World Famed Tiger Marching Band (Grambling State Univ.)
  • Marching Wildcats (Bethune-Cookman Univ.)
  • Marching Blue Thunder (Livingstone College)
  • The Invincible Marching Marauder (Central State Univ.)
  • Ambassadors of Sound Marching Band (Virginia Union Univ.)
  • The Marching Sound of Class (Elizabeth City State Univ.)

Favorite Athletic Conference


  • Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association  (CIAA)
  • Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)
  • Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)
  • Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC)

Favorite Men's Sports Team of the Year


  • Men's Football (North Carolina A&T)
  • Men's Football (Tuskegee University)
  • Men's Football (Grambling State Univ.)
  • Men's Football (Bethune-Cookman Univ.)
  • Men's Basketball (Harris-Stowe State Univ.)

Favorite Men's Sports Team of the Year


  • Women's Softball (Langston Univ.)
  • Women's Bowling (North Carolina A&T)
  • Women's Volleyball (Bethune-Cookman Univ.)
  • Women's Basketball (Virginia Union Univ.)

Favorite Mascot of the Year

  • Aggie and Aggietha (North Carolina A&T)
  • Grambling Tiger (Grambling State Univ.)
  • Dr. Wyle D. Catt  (Bethune-Cookman Univ.)
  • Blue Bear (Livingstone College)

 

National Alumni Association of the Year

  • Langston University
  • North Carolina A&T
  • Tuskegee University
  • Grambling State Univ.
  • Bethune-Cookman Univ.
  • Livingstone College
  • Central State Univ.
  • Virginia Union Univ.
  • Wiley College
  • Harris-Stowe State Univ.
  • Elizabeth City State Univ.

 

Favorite Greek Organization (Campus Chapter)

  • Alpha Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (UAPB)
  • Beta Kappa Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Langston Univ.)
  • Gamma Tau Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Bethune-Cookman Univ.)
  • Kappa Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (Johnson C. Smith Univ.)

 

Best Program Recognition

  • STEM Academy (UAPB)
  • Department of Social Work (Virginia Union Univ.)
  • Department Aerospace Science (Tuskegee Univ.)
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (North Carolina A&T)

No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Fund 2015 HBCU Royalty Dictionary Inductees Inducted

December 5, 2015

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December 5
- This past week D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund organization inducted its 2015 HBCU Royalty Dictionary Queens, Kings and SGA President inductees into the dictionary.

Among the 2015 HBCU Royalty Dictionary inductees are Suehier Ali (Miss Elizabeth City State University), Charence Higgins (Miss Jackson State University), Jillian Curry (Miss Morgan State University), Destinee Williams (Miss Shaw University), Kabreel McEachin-Campbell (Mister Edward Waters College), Omari Collins (Mister North Carolina Central University) and Darren Martin (Mister Chicago State University)

The HBCU Royalty Dictionary which is housed on HBCU Campaign Fund's website is a dictionary that highlights newly elected HBCU Campus Queens, Kings and SGA Presidents where you receive the chance to meet, read and learn about the leaders as they're set to begin their year reign representing their HBCU institutions through their bios, and selected questions asked by HBCU Campaign Fund.

You can view the entire dictionary and view all of the inductees here.

SAVE THE DATE for 2016 HBCU Royalty Dictionary Competition - Registration begins May 15th through May 31st, 2016 and voting will begin June 1st through July 4th, 2016.

No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Chancellor/President Spotlight Tuesday - Dr. Haywood Strickland

December 1, 2015

PVAMUPrez1_zpsjwzgb9zr.jpgEvery Tuesday, D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund organization will highlight an HBCU Chancellor or President in its' Chancellor/President Spotlight.

This initiative is in the promotion of recognizing the significance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the outstanding achieving work of HBCU Chancellors/Presidents and our social media campaign in bringing awareness attention of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

This Tuesday (12/1/15), we highlighted Dr. Haywood Strickland, (pictured on the right), President of Wiley College.

Dr. Haywood Strickland is the 16th president of Wiley College. As the President and CEO, he brings extensive higher education administration and fund-raising experience to Wiley College, where he hopes to create a new milieu and achieve excellence in the life of the college.

Dr. Strickland is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated from Stillman College in History and English and earned master's and Ph.D. degrees in American History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Since 1981, Dr. Strickland has been President of the Associates for Institutional Development Inc., a consulting firm specializing in higher education governance, administration, management and evaluation. Previously, he was Senior Program Officer, Director of Student Services Institute, Director of Trustee Management and Administration Program and Black College Development/Southern Philanthropy Program and Director of the Academic Administration Program at the United Board for College Development (UBCD).

Prior to joining the UBCD, Dr. Strickland was President of Kittrell College; Director of Rural Community Assistance Consortium, Office for Advancement of Public Negro Colleges and Schools; Assistant Director of Special Studies and Assistant Executive Secretary, Commission on Colleges, Southern Association for Colleges and Schools.

He hopes to achieve true excellence at Wiley College as envisioned by its founders through his hands-on approach, visionary leadership, proactive planning, and prudent fiscal practices. Dr. Strickland is systematically putting in place mechanism that promote performance, accountability, and institutional effectiveness through sound management principles.

#ChooseWileyCollege

For more information about Wiley College, visit www.wileyc.edu.

No New Posts   Dr. Bernice King to deliver Fall Commenecement Address at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

November 30, 2015

Dr-Martin-Luther-King-Jr-Bernice-King425x300_zpsjfruvv5f.jpgPINE BLUFF, AR - Spelman Alumna Rev. Dr. Bernice A. King, daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King and chief executive officer of The King Center, will deliver the keynote address during fall commencement exercises for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff graduating class. The free, public event will be held Friday, December 11 at 10:00 a.m. in the Pine Bluff Convention Center Arena.

Dr. Bernice King is a graduate of Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Masters in Divinity and Doctorate of Law degrees from Emory University. She has also received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Wesley College. In honor of her mother, Coretta Scott King, Bernice returned to her alma mater at Spelman College to announce the establishment of the Be A King® Scholarship. She is currently a member of the State Bar of Georgia, serves on the HOPE Southeastern Board of Directors of Operation HOPE, and is a member of the International Women's Forum.

The King Center was founded by her mother in 1968 and she was appointed to the position of chief executive officer in January 2012 by the Board of Trustees. Nationally and internationally known as one of the most powerful, motivating and life-changing orators and speakers on the circuit today, Bernice leaves her audiences speechless and challenges peoples to raise the standard. The youngest daughter of the late Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bernice began her oratorical journey when she spoke in her mother's stead at the United Nations at age 17. Over the years, she has had the occasion to speak in such places as the steps of The Lincoln Memorial, The White House, major corporations and universities, and in places throughout the world including South Africa, Germany, and New Zealand to name a few.

Through her work at the King Center, Bernice has continued to educate youth and adults about the nonviolence principles modeled by her parents. In 2012, she implemented an annual N.O.W. Encounter Summer Camp, which has educated youth from New Mexico, South Carolina, Michigan, Alabama, and as far away as Cyprus. In 2013, as she continued her parent's legacy, she spearheaded the August 28, 2013, "Let Freedom Ring and Call to Action" event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and her father's famous "I have a Dream" speech. This global event included President Obama, former Presidents Clinton and Carter, members of Congress, as well as many other international leaders, dignitaries and entertainers. In 2014, as part of the Center's Nonviolence 365 education and training initiatives, she launched Students with King, which enables students to interact with King and Farris family members, as well as those who knew and worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King. As part of the student's interactive conversation, which is typically moderated by either a local radio or TV on-air personality, students are given the opportunity to learn about the more personal side of the King Legacy.

As part of her work in 2014, Dr. King provided Nonviolence 365 education training in Ferguson, Missouri that included students, teacher, law enforcement, gangs, businesses, community leaders and activities. She encouraged them to commit themselves to embracing nonviolence as a lifestyle.

In January 2015, under Dr. King's leadership, The King Center hosted its first Beloved Community Talk entitled "The Race Factor: The Lies, The Myths and The Truths" as part of its 2015 King Holiday Observance. One of the most moving and inspirational experiences hosted by Bernice, was The King Center's program commemorating her mother's life and legacy, entitled "Mothers in the Movement: From a Daughter's Perspective."

Dr. King has been featured on numerous television shows, in magazines, as a television commentator and is the recipient of a host of awards and accolades. A noted author, she has to her credit, Hard Questions, Heart Answer, a compelling and inspiring book. She is an innovative, energetic and committed leader dedicated to fulfilling the calling of taking her parents legacy and The King Center into a new era.

Source: https://uapbnews.wordpress.com/2015/11/23/dr-bernice-king-to-deliver-fall-commencement-speech/

No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Fund & HBCU of the Month Initiative Committee Announces 2nd Annual Initiative Achievement On-Line Awards

November 27, 2015

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The D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund & HBCU of the Month Initiative Committee, announces this year's 2nd Annual Initiative Achievement On-Line Awards.

The Initiative Achievement On-Line Awards recognizes the significance and the present achievements of the current HBCU Institutions and its student through multiple of categories, who participated as an HBCU Supported Institution with the HBCU Campaign Fund. The nominations are audience based on giving all HBCUs and students a chance to be part of the experience. Categories are split between ONLY for HBCU Campaign Fund's 2015 HBCU Supported Institutions and for all HBCUs. Voting is audience based and takes place in late November through early December and winners are announced in the middle of December.

This year featured HBCU Institutions are: Langston University, North Carolina A&T State University, Grambling State University, Tuskegee University, Bethune-Cookman University, Livingstone College, Central State University, Virginia Union University, Wiley College, Harris-Stowe State University and Elizabeth City State University. The following institutions have pre-selected nominations in the following categories: Chancellor/President of the Year, Favorite Student Government Association, Campus King of the Year, Campus Queen of the Year, Best Marching Band, Favorite Women's and Men's Sports Team of the Year, Favorite Mascot of the Year, National Alumni Association of the Year and Best Recognition Program.

According to a open welcome letter to the awards by HBCU Campaign Fund's President Demetrius Johnson Jr., he stated "The HBCU Campaign Fund organization and HBCU of the Month Initiative Committee were thrilled to celebrate the historic rich history of the following prestigious institutions during their chosen months and now honoring the success of their current accomplishments and achievements as an educational institution."

During the summer the HBCU Campaign Fund president and HBCU of the Month committee pre-selected five (5) HBCUs as HBCU Campaign Fund HBCU Supported Institutions to be part of the next year HBCU of the Month Initiative Program, which is a program warmly open to all HBCUs. Each year, twelve institutions are supported by the organization and each month, one HBCU is celebrated and campaign for socially. During the program, the organization supports and displays the significance socially on our social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the organization's website) of the current supported schools and the organization partners to work to fundraise contributions to give back to the school and its student.

While five (5) were pre-selected during the summer, seven (7) will be voted into the program during the Initiative Achievement Awards voting for the year 2016. It was initially planned to host all 107 HBCUs before giving HBCUs multiple term chances as HBCU of the Month but the program is currently being re-evaluated and HBCU Campaign Fund's 2014 Supported institutions will enter back into the pot to be selected as an HBCU of the Month Supported Institution for 2016.


You may vote for your HBCU to become an HBCU Campaign Fund HBCU of the Month Supported Institution by visiting the Initiative Achievement Award page and clicking 'HBCU of the Month' school category.

Other categories are open to all HBCUs and HBCU students including: Balton F. Coleman Most Achieved Student of the Year, Favorite Student Newspaper of the Year, Favorite Student Activities Board, Alumnus of the Year, Favorite Dean of the Year, Favorite HBCU Advocate, Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year, Favorite Greek Organization (Campus Chapter) and Favorite School Organization.  There are two categories in place which honors HBCU entities which are a mission in committing hard work to serving historically black colleges and universities and its student as well as HBCU student athletics.The pre-selected nominees for Favorite HBCU Support Organization are The HBCU Nation Radio Show (The HBCU Nation), Tom Joyner Foundation, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, United Negro College Fund, HBCU Buzz, HBCU Pride Nation, HBCU Digest, HBCU Story and HBCU Gameday.

Also, two new categories have been added to this year's awards, which is the Lifetime Recognition Award which is was created to honor a individual which is selected by the HBCU of the Month Committee, Board of Directors and upon audience nominations on their commitment, outstanding service and contributions to historically black colleges and universities, students and the community. The second new category added is the Distinguished HBCU of the Year Award, this award the HBCU Institution is selected by the HBCU of the Month Committee, Board of Directors and upon audience nominations on recognition of its past and current achievements, success, servings of academic excellence, current year rankings recognition by various rankings sources and contributions as an HBCU and the community.


"The HBCU of the Month Initiative Committee would like to extend its appreciation in advance to everyone who participated in nominating someone, voting, and promotions of the Initiative Achievement Awards in its existence to continue to honor Historically Black Colleges and Universities. HBCU Campaign Fund and HBCU of the Month Committee would like to continue this awards of such distinct honor for more years to come." President Demetrius Johnson Jr. stated in his open letter in regards to the Initiative Achievement Awards.

The HBCU Campaign Fund asks for your general support by giving a donations to the Initiative Achievement Awards and HBCU Campaign Fund in this endeavor to keep the awards operating as well to provide student scholarships. You can give securely through the organization's website here.

"The HBCU Campaign Fund organization is warmly appreciative of your support this far as an organization that is organized to support the significance and campaign to fundraise for HBCUs while recruiting for HBCUs and promoting HBCU pride." President Demetrius Johnson Jr. continues in his open letter. "We are here to serve as advocates for HBCUs and HBCU students."

To nominate someone for any of the categories listed above, the nomination period begins now until December 1st @ Noon (CT). You can nominate in the selective categories by clicking here or logging onto the Initiative Achievement Awards home page and scrolling down and clicking the category you wish to nominate for. VOTING period will take place between December 1st @ 4 pm (CT) through December 15th @ 11:59 pm (CT). Winners will be announced on December 18th.

The OFFICIAL hashtag of the awards is #IAAwards2015.

For more information about the 2015 Initiative Achievement Awards, please do not hesitate to contact via e-mail at iaawards@hbcucampaign.org.

No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Fund President Presents A Traditional Gift to the Miss UAPB Organization during Homecoming

November 16, 2015

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PINE BLUFF, AR - What a fun thrilling homecoming at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff last week! From UAPB Day at Full Counsel Church to the Black and Gold assembly, the comedy show, coronation ceremony, and most important the alumni assembly.

This past Wednesday (11/11), Brianna Allen, the reigning 86th Miss University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff was officially crowned the title during her coronation ceremony. During the coronation ceremony HBCU Campaign Fund President Demetrius Johnson Jr. presented the Miss University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff organization with a traditional gift -- the HBCU Campaign Fund Miss UAPB sweatshirt, where it will be presented each year to the reigning Miss UAPB.

The sweatshirt will be black with the HBCU Campaign Fund logo on the front, her first initial, last name and reigning number on the back in gold coloring. One of the HBCU Campaign Fund's initiatives in giving back to HBCUs and HBCU students.

Again, the board of directors, committee members and staff at HBCU Campaign Fund congratulates Brianna Allen, thee 86th Miss UAPB and Royal Court on their coronation ceremony and for representing HBCU Royalty.

No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Chancellor/President Spotlight Tuesday - Dr. Debra Saunders-White

November 3, 2015

PVAMUPrez1_zpsjwzgb9zr.jpgEach Tuesday the D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund organization will highlight a HBCU Chancellor or President. This is in promotion of our social media campaign to bring awareness and recognition of the academic excellence that HBCU leadership produce as well as historically black colleges and universities.

This Tuesday (11/3/15), we highlighted Dr. Debra Saunders-White, (pictured on the right), President of North Carolina Central University.

Dr. Debra Saunders-White (Ed.D.), began as the 11th Chancellor of North Carolina Central University on June 1, 2013.

A Hampton, VA., native, Saunders-White earned her Bachelor's degree in history from the University of Virginia. She earned a master's of business administration from The College of William & Mary and a doctorate in higher education administration from The George Washington University.

Prior to Saunders-White NCCU appointment, she served as acting assistant secretary for the office of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Saunders-White joined the Department of Education in May 2011 as the deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs.

Prior to entering higher education administration, Saunders-White spent 15 years in the corporate sector at IBM. From 1994 to 1998, Saunders-White taught college-preparatory mathematics at St. George's School in Newport, R.I. In 1999, she joined Hampton University as assistant provost for technology and she was promoted to the newly created post of vice president for technology and chief information officer in 2005.

Saunders-White left Hampton the following year to join the University of North Carolina Wilmington  (UNCW) as Vice Chancellor for Information Technology systems. From 2007 to 2008, she also served concurrently as UNCW's interim associate provost in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and as chief diversity officer.

Saunders-White priorities for ensuring students success and academic excellence include: retaining and graduating students in four years; raising critical scholarship fund; and providing innovative academic instruction that prepares and trains students to work in the global marketplace.

Saunders-White is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a member of the Links Inc. She is the mother of two children, Elizabeth Paige and Cecil III.

#ChooseNCCU

For more information about North Carolina Central University, visit www.nccu.edu.


Source: http://www.nccu.edu/administration/chancellor/about.cfm

No New Posts   UAPB Department of Athletics to Help Raise Money For Southern University Wide Receiver Devon Gates

November 2, 2015

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PINE BLUFF, AR - The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Department of Athletics is raising money for Devon Gates, a Southern University wide receiver, who suffered a serve spinal injury on September 26, 2015 during the Southern-Georgia football game in Athens, GA.

Each football purchased for $1 will be placed in the visiting locker room, when UAPB host Southern on this Saturday, November 7 at Golden Lion Stadium, 2:30pm kick-off. All proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated to the Devon Gates Fund.

UAPB fans and alumni can purchased their footballs from the UAPB Football Office or from a Golden Lion Football player.

For further information, contact UAPB Office of Sports Information at (870) 575-7949.

Source: http://www.uapblionsroar.com/news/2015/10/28/GEN_1028152250.aspx

No New Posts   A Movement Created to Promote Social Media Awareness by Jonathon Bertrend, a Florida A&M University student

October 28, 2015

JonthanBertrand_zpslu11qta9.jpgThe Social Networking Effect is a movement dedicated to promoting social media awareness. Social media affects everyone no matter gender, age, religion or economic status. There are many negatives and positives attributes linked to social media that Jonathan Bertrand is researching what they are. The slogan "It All Started With A Hashtag," serves the purpose of The Social Networking Effect movement.

Created by Jonathan Bertrand (pictured right), a student at Florida A&M University, the main premise of this movement is because Bertrand noticed the impact of the hashtag and realized he could connect to anyone using it.

The movement was created because Jonathan was affected by social media at an early age. From 2010 until today, Jonathan has networked with many like-minded individuals by using "The Hashtag." From 2010 to 2014, Jonathan brainstormed, developed plans and acquired a following of supporters. In November 2014, "The Social Networking Effect" What's your story?" Movement was created.

Jonathan future goals are to create a documentary in regards to how social media has changed people's lives. Social media has many positives as well however Jonathan primary focus is on the negatives because that is what harms others. An example of the most extreme case of negative social media is Cyber Bullying. We have our youth being harassed by others, and ultimately it creates low self-esteem, poor health, mental issues and often ends in suicide.

Jonathan's team has supported and contribute to the project by donating their many talents. The members include: Lexton Cage of Mount Dora, Florida, Gerald Tooke's - Florida A&M University graduate, Trevor Aydeotte of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University & Raven Rochelle of Clark Atlanta University. This team (pictured below) Jonathan produced a documentary with and all connected with a hashtag.

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Jonathan also raised $10,000 in November 2014 to October 2015 and has sold over 200+ shirts in support of this movement.

Join the Social Networking Effect movement by supporting, giving a donation and sharing your story in efforts to seeing this though. To learn more about Jonathan Bertrand, his story and the cause visit his website at www.TheSocialNetworkingEffect.com.

You never know..... Because "It All Started With A Hashtag" - The Social Networking Effect.

Source: Courtesy of Jonathan Bertrand, Florida A&M University





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No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Chancellor/President Spotlight Tuesday - Dr. George C. Wright

October 28, 2015

PVAMUPrez1_zpsjwzgb9zr.jpgEvery Tuesday the D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund organization will highlight a HBCU Chancellor or President. This is in promotion of our social media campaign to bring awareness and support the excellence of historically black colleges and universities.

This Tuesday (10/27/15), we highlighted Dr. George C. Wright, (pictured on the right), President of Prairie View A&M University University.

Dr. George C. Wright is the seventh President of Prairie View A&M University, the second oldest public institution of higher education.

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Wright received his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in history from the University of Kentucky and his doctorate in history from Duke University. In 2014, Dr. Wright was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Kentucky.

Prior to joining the Prairie View A&M University family, Dr. Wright was executive Vice-President for academic affairs and provost at the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to that post, he was provost and Vice President fro academic affairs with increasing responsibilities from 1995 to 1998. In 1993, he joined the faculty at Duke University as vice provost for university programs and directors of the Afro-American studies program at Duke University at Duke, he also held the William R. Kenan Jr., Chair in American History from 1980 to 1993, he served as an assistant professor, associate professor, professor, and was the holder of the Mastin Gentry White Professorship of Southern History and vice provost for undergraduate education at the University of Texas at Austin. His wealth of experience in higher education began as an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky in 1977.

Dr. Wright is the author of three books, which includes: A History of Blacks in Kentucky: In Pursuit of Equality, 1865-1980, Volume II; Racial Violence in Kentucky, 1865-1940: Lynchings, MOB Rule, and "Legal Lynchings", and the Life Behind a Veil: Blacks in Louisville, Kentucky, 1865-1930. He was presented the Governors Award by the Kentucky Historical Society for Lynchings, MOB Rule and "Legal Lynchings", and the Life Behind a Veil: Blacks in Louisville, Kentucky. He currently has another book in progress, a biography of Robert Charles O' Hara Benjamin: A "Forgotten" Afro-American Leader and has published numerous articles, chapters in books and essays.

Active in his community, Dr. Wright has served as a member of the Board of Directors of City of Arlington Chamber Foundations and the Medical Center of Arlington. He has also served as a member of the Editorial Board for the Southern Biography Series at Louisiana State University, the Board of Editors of the Journals of Southern History and the Southern Historical Association Program Committee.

#ChoosePVAMU

For more information about Prairie View A&M University, visit www.pvamu.edu.


Source: https://www.pvamu.edu/president/about-the-president/

No New Posts   Alabama State University to Host Celebration for 60th Anniversary of Montgomery Bus Boycott

October 27, 2015

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MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA - The 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott and in celebration Alabama State University is hosting a week long schedule of events beginning December 1.

The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a protest against the policy of racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery, Alabama. The protest began on December 1, 1955, when Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to surrender her seat to a white person until December 20, 1956, when a federal ruling took effect, and led to a United States Supreme Court decision that declared Alabama and Montgomery laws requiring segregated buses to be unconstitutional.

Alabama State University was at the heart of many events leading up to and surrounding the Bus Boycott. Instructor Jo Ann Robinson and a group of her students are credited with making copies of the flyers announcing the boycott on a mimeograph machine in the basement of Council Hall. ASU students and employees helped to distribute the flyers and spread the word across Montgomery to boycott city transportation in the wake of the arrest of Rosa Parks.

"The goal is to celebrate and educate," said Zillah Fluker, ASU's Vice President of Institutional Advancement. "This year's celebration will focus on highlighting the 'Law' of the movement, the 'Machine' behind the movement, the 'Woman' who sparked the movement, the 'students' of the movement, the 'Music' that drove the movement and the 'Energy' of the movement."

To view the list of schedule events, click here.

Source: http://www.alasu.edu/news/news-details/index.aspx?nid=2594

No New Posts   FAMU Alum & 2014 McDonald's Flavor Battle DJ, DJ R-Tistic to Announce HBCU Campaign's Hottest HBCU DJ Winner

October 20, 2015

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FAMU alumnus and 2014 McDonald's Flavor Battle DJ, DJ R-Tistic to announce HBCU Campaign Fund's "The Hottest HBCU DJ" contest winner via video announced by HBCU Campaign Fund President and Founder Demetrius Johnson Jr., on Tuesday (October 20).

Ronald Turner II, known as DJ R-Tistic, is a native of Gardena, CA and was introduced to music at a very early age by his father, Ronald Turner, a jazz drummer and producer who has worked with the likes of Ray Charles, Freddie Hubbard, and Dizzie Gillespie. DJ R-Tistic graduated from Florida A&M University which is where his passion for DJing came into fruition.

In 2014, DJ R-Tistic was crowned the winner of the McDonald's Flavor Battle DJ Competition. Next month, R-Tistic will return to judge the 2015 McDonald's/Complex Mag DJ Flavor Battle.

The HBCU Campaign's "The Hottest HBCU DJ" contest began on October 12 and will run until October 31. Featuring eight DJ's from HBCUs including: DJ Loose Kid (FAMU), Go DJ Twinz (Grambling State University), DJ Rell (South Carolina State), DJ Trellz (Winston-Salem State), Legit The DJ (Kentucky State University), DJ Chris Cross (UAPB), DJ Dirt (Langston University), DJ Misses (Central State University) and DJ Neff (Southern University). (All pictured below).

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DJ R-Tistic announcement of the winner will happen during the week of November 2nd via video.

To vote for any of the eight HBCU campus DJ's, visit our website here and for more information about or to book DJ R-Tistic visit his website www.djr-tistic.com.

Source: http://www.djr-tistic.com/#!about1/c1gfe

No New Posts   UAPB shares vision for long-term plans of growth for the university campus

October 17, 2015

uapbchancellor_zpsn2xarc57.jpgPINE BLUFF, AR - Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander (pictured on the right) and university officials released a vision of economic development recommendations for long-term plans that sets growth for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff campus.

The recommendations were released on Tuesday (October 13) during the Chancellor's Annual Tower Talk, which is a student to chancellor chat event about anything concerning the students and the university. The university master plan is to expand and attract more students to the campus.

In the master plan, there are eight strategic plan values which includes: 1. Student focused (Enhance the living/learning community focusing on student life needs), 2. Excellence (Spur innovative academic and research collaborations), 3. Integrity (Extend the framework of the historic campus core), 4. Engagement (Expand opportunities for social and economic development by partnering with the city of Pine Bluff), 5. Quality Customer Service (Expand and enhance campus infrastructure to better serve academic needs an quality of life issues),  6. Diversity (Create multiple activity centers to build community through engaged participation in varied campus activities), 7. Globalization (Design classrooms, labs, and blended learning modalities to teach 21st century learners and 8. Accountability (Honor the unique UAPB campus heritage and provide stewardship for natural, human and fiscal resources).

According to the Pine Bluff Commercial, Chancellor Alexander told the students on Tuesday that UAPB stakeholders are planning to add a running track, student residence halls, a hotel, a conference center, a basketball/convocation center, a wellness center, a football practice field and an aquaculture and fisheries building. He also said that UAPB wants to grow enrollment, optimize efficiency, improve facilities, diversify revenue streams and enhance its reputation.

The Master Plan program was established from the Space Needs Analysis, interviews with administration and academic department heads, and on-campus workshops. The university will partner with the city of Pine Bluff to expand opportunities for social and economic development.

"The administration is working hard on your behalf to continue our 142-year tradition and take it to the next level," Alexander said.

In the plan to extend the framework of the historic campus core is the works of a new student union (Pictured below). Students have been requesting either an upgraded or a reconstructed student union. The plan reveals that the new Student Center will sit along the north side of the main quad (where the historic Douglass and Lewis residential halls currently stands), bringing new life to the historic core of the campus. The main entry will be designed as a large covered front porch with ample seating to encourage the campus community to come together and socialize. New dinning spaces along the south side of the building and the third level will have an outdoor rooftop Terrance reminiscent of the one that was historically active at the old Davis Student Union. Cherry trees will line north and south of the quad.

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Also, the Pine Bluff City Council is going to consider proposed zoning and use changes around the university to encourage mixed use live-work-play-type property developments. The plan is dubbed the University Drive District and has already gotten a nod from Pine Bluff Planning Commission. it also received a do-pass recommendation from the Pine Bluff City Council Development and Planning Committee on Tuesday (October 13).

"Our students are visionaries," Alexander says. "...We have engaged faculty, staff, alumni and friends."

Alexander also stated that a new police station is also in the plans for UAPB stakeholders.

"The five-year plan to accomplish three goals: to increase the city's tax base through retail markets; to improve and develop University Drive; and to enhance recreational opportunities," said Debe Hollingsworth, Mayor of Pine Bluff. "The city will partner with UAPB and Southeast Arkansas College as part of this plan."

Source: http://pbcommercial.com/news/local/uapb-city-officials-share-visions-growth-university-area

No New Posts   Chicago State University Names New President

October 10, 2015

12088508_10156250395225354_8488051404236325464_n_zpsykldfvy1.jpgCHICAGO, IL - Chicago State University named a new president on Thursday (10/8/15) in the hope of reversing its declining enrollment and improving its financial situation, according to source.

Thomas Calhoun, vice president of enrollment management at the University of North Alabama (pictured on the right with Kwesi Harris of the AAMRC), was selected by the board of trustees from three finalists.

"It's obviously an honor and a privilege," Calhoun said. "I don't take it lightly, I look forward to serving this university community to the best of my ability. I think we have wonderful opportunities here so it's just a real privilege at this stage in my career to have this new challenge and opportunity."

The board of trustees met Thursday morning before making the announcement. Nikki Zollar, chairwoman of the presidential search committee, expressed her sadness over President Wayne Watson's retirement and her excitement about Calhoun's selection.

"I think he's going to be fantastic," Zollar said. "I think that he will work well with every group that is important to the university."

Calhoun holds multiple degrees in philosophy, science and education. He is also an ordained itinerant elder in the African methodist Episcopal Church.  His contract begins Jan. 1 and ends Dec. 31 2020. He will be paid a base salary of $300,000 and will have full use of the president's mansion and a car.

"His qualifications are impeccable, his experience has great depth to it and equally as important, his vision, his vision as and educator, is something that is going to take Chicago State University to the next level," Watson said. "I'm very pleased."

The search for a new president began in May after Watson, who has led the school since 2009, announced he would retire. During his time as president, the university had its accreditation renewed and established better relations with the community. However, his tenure was marred by declining enrollment and lawsuits.

Chicago State University was founded in 1867 as Cook County Normal School, through the initiative of John F. Eberhart. He convinced the County Commissioners of the need of a permanent school to educate teachers. In 1980, the institution received its first African-American leader, President Benjamin Alexander. Under his leadership, the African-American portion of the student body went from 60% in 1970 to over 80% by 1980. This led to the debate over where CSU should be considered an HBCU (Historically Black College and University) or whether it should retain its multicultural and multiracial status. Chicago State is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Source:http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-state-new-president-met-20151008-story.html

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