D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund Forum

Members Login
Forum: HBCU News

No New Posts   Welcome Harris-Stowe State University as the D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's October 2015 HBCU of the Month

October 10, 2015

3DD6164F-EB13-45D9-AE93-B916E42872FC.png_zpsyhfnqseb.jpegWelcome Harris-Stowe University as the D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's October 2015 HBCU of the Month Supported Institution.

Founded in 1857 by the St. Louis Public Schools as a normal school and thus became the first public teacher education institution west of the Mississippi River and the 12th such Institution in the United States. Harris-Stowe State University was a normal school established for white students only by the Public School system in the city of St. Louis. This school was later named Harris Teachers College in honor of William Torrey who had been a superintendent of instruction in the St. Louis Public Schools and also a United States Commissioner of Education.

In 1920, Harris Teachers College became a four-year undergraduate institution authorized to grant a Bachelors in Arts in Education Degree. In 1924, the college received accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Accreditation of Colleges and Schools. Accreditation from other agencies followed, including accreditation by the American Association of Colleges for Teachers Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

In 1890, A second predecessor of the institution was Stowe Teachers College, which began as a normal school for future black teachers of elementary schools in the city of St. Louis. This normal school was also founded by the St. Louis Public School System and was an extension of Sumner High School. In 1924, the Sumner Normal School became a four-year institution with authority to grant the baccalaureate degree. In 1929, its name was changed to Stowe Teachers College, in honor of the abolitionist and novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe. Those two teacher education institutions were merged by the Board of Education of the St. Louis Public Schools in 1954.

In 1979, the General Assembly of the State of Missouri enacted Senate Bill 703 under which Harris-Stowe College became the newest member of the State system of Public Higher Education. The institution's name was changed again to officially be known as Harris-Stowe State College. In addition to the name change, the college's baccalaureate degree was changed to Bachelor of Science in Education. In 1981, the college received state approval for a new degree program, the Bachelor of Science in Urban Education.

On August 25, 2005, by mandate of the state of Missouri, Harris-Stowe State College obtained university status. Today the university hosts collaborative graduate degree programs with Maryville University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Webster University. The university continues to expand, adding new campuses and buildings as part of its 21st-century initiative to offer opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students seeking a variety of degrees.

We asked if you would join us to celebrate and honor the prestigious land of the HORNETS with us all month long as you show off and share your HORNETS pride with news, pictures of you in your HORNETS gear, campus photos to the official hashtag #OctoberHSSU.

You can also donate to the October HSSU Hornets campaign by visiting Harris-Stowe State University HBCU of the Month honoree page on our site here, all dollars raised will go to Harris-Stowe University in helping with financial needs for growth and development to continue to serve education historically for many more in to come as well as scholarship for students in need of financial help.

We thank you in advance for participating in our #OctoberHSSU campaign in celebrating Harris-Stowe State University. Go Hornets!

No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Chancellor/President Tuesday - Colette Pierce Burnette

October 6, 2015

GramPresidentDrLarkin1_zpsiw4v37ik.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 (10/6/15), we highlighted Colette Pierce Burnette, (pictured on the right), President and Chief Executive Officer of Huston-Tillotson University.

Colette Pierce Burnette was announced as Huston-Tillotson University sixth President and Chief Executive Officer on July 1, 2015. Pierce Burnette became the first female president of the merged Huston-Tillotson University and only the second female president in the institution's 140-year history.

Pierce Burnette earned her Master of Science Degree in Administration with honors from Georgia College in Milledgeville in 1983 after completing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University in Columbus in 1980. In 2003, Pierce Burnette was accepted and graduated from the Harvard Graduate School's Education Management Development Program.

In 2012, Pierce Burnette served as Interim President at Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington, leading the college within a district environment and working collaboratively with executive leadership to serve more than 30,000 students each year. Pierce Burnette had an extensive career at Central State University, an HBCU in Wilberforce, Ohio, from 1999-2012 that scaled to Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer where she provided financial, analytical, physical plant, auxiliary services, capital construction, and human resources leadership to achieve mission-based goals. In addition, at Central State University State University Pierce Burnette served as Vice-President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer.

She is affiliated with many organizations and hold membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Pierce Burnette is married to Dr. Daarel Burnette, a proficient administrator and consultant in higher education finance and fiscal leadership and is the mother of two children Daarel II, a journalist in Memphis, Tennessee, and Daana, a public relations professional in New York, New York.


For more information about Huston-Tillotson University, visit www.htu.edu.

Source: http://htu.edu/28236/colette-pierce-burnette-named-as-hts-sixth-president

No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Chancellor/President Spotlight Tuesday - Dr. Willie D. Larkin

September 29, 2015

GramPresidentDrLarkin1_zpsiw4v37ik.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 (9/29/15), we highlighted Dr. Willie D. Larkin, (pictured on the right), President of Grambling State University.

Dr. Willie D. Larkin began serving as the 9th President of Grambling State University on July 1, 2015.

Dr. Larkin is a former Kellogg Fellow who earned his doctorate in Agricultural Education from The Ohio State University, where he specialized in 4-H and Youth Development. He earned both his bachelor's degree in Agricultural Education and a master's degree in Extension Education from Tuskegee University.

As the son of sharecropper parents who never had the chance to go to college, Dr. Willie D. Larkin recognized the value of higher education from an early age and has always strived to help others achieve their dream of a college education. As the ninth president of Grambling State University, he vows to continue the university's historic commitment to put students first and prepare them to become leaders, pioneers and innovators.

Dr. Larkin has served as Chief of Staff to leaders of Morgan State University (a historically black college and university located in Baltimore, Maryland), and the University of Wisconsin colleges, where he worked directly with the Chancellor and the President of Morgan State University, to provide oversight of nearly 300,000 employees and an operating budget of more than $300 million. At Auburn University, he was faculty advisor to the University's Board of Trustees and the first African American to chair the University's 90-Member University Senate.

With his extensive experience in education, Dr. Larkin began his career by working more than 20 years as a leadership and organizational development specialist at the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, where he created leadership and economic development initiatives for the state of Alabama. Dr. Larkin is also a nationally recognized motivational speaker, trainer, consultant, and writer who delivers high-impact speeches and seminars on personal and professional empowerment, leadership, conflict resolution and diversity in the workplace.


For more information about Grambling State University, visit www.gram.edu.

Source: http://www.gram.edu/president/

No New Posts   GMA Robin Roberts to host Thurgood Marshall College Fund's 27th Annual Awards Gala

September 29, 2015

1346081067_robin-467.jpgWASHINGTON, D.C. - Award-winning journalist and "Good Morning America" (GMA) co-anchor Robin Roberts will host Thurgood Marshall College Fund's (TMCF) 27th Annual Awards Gala in Washington, D.C., announced by its President & CEO, Johnny C. Taylor Jr., over 1,500 "Who's Who" from the Washington, D.C. area, and across the nation will attend one of DC's premier black-tie galas on Monday, November 16, 2015 at the Washington Hilton.

This year's Awards Gala theme is "Developing Minds... Delivering Dreams" - Celebrating the achievement of the country's foremost visionaries who have used their status to positively impact the lives of students attending publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The historic Washington Hilton will provide th ideal backdrop to host an impressive A-list of congressional members, international dignitaries, corporate and educational leaders, and celebrities.

"Robin Roberts' 20 years-plus career of journalism excellence and poise, along with her unwavering dedication to education, makes her the perfect host for this year's Gala" said Taylor. "We are excited to have her celebrate with us as we pay tribute to those leaders who have made a difference in education and the communities in which we live."

After a courageous and public battle with breast cancer and MDS, Robin has been an active speaker for many charities and recognized with various awards and honors from organizations around the country, which TMCF felt made her the "perfect" host for the 27th Awards Gala. Robert leadership at GMA has allowed to win four EMMY Awards for Outstanding Morning Program. In 2014, she received the Walter Cronkite Award of Excellence in Journalism, was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, and was named one of Glamour's Women of the Year.

"Every five seconds a student drops out of college usually because of money and TMCF continues to be a lifeline for many of the students," continued Taylor. "We are gathering the nation's most influential people in one room to celebrate HBCUs and raise money for nearly 300,000 students who are perched to be our next global leaders, having Ms. Roberts host this year's gala will most definitely help us meet our $5 million fundraising goal."

Proceeds from the event enable TMCF to continue its work as a critical link between providing students with opportunities to become part of a new generation of global leaders and employers wanting to tap into a wealthy pool of new diverse talent. Last year, TMCF's Gala brought in $4.1 million dollars, which allowed the organization to award close to 500 scholarships and internships; prepare 150 new and continuing teachers for classroom success; indentify and prepare over 1800 students from around the country for the workplace; and assist 97% of the TMCF scholars to graduate from college. For more information on TMCF or the gala, visit www.tmcf.org.

Source: http://tmcf.org/tmcf-in-the-news/good-morning-americas-co-anchor-to-host-thurgood-marshall-college-funds-annual-awards-gala/7532

No New Posts   Southern University wide receiver Devon Gales suffered a spinal injury during game against University of Georgia

September 29, 2015


BATON ROUGE, LA - Southern University wide receiver Devon Gales sustained a spinal injury during Saturday's game against the University of Georgia in Sanford Stadium.

On Sunday, Southern University released an update on his condition status, "Devon Gales underwent a successful spinal surgery Sunday afternoon. Gales suffered several fractures in his neck that were stabilized. He continue to have movement in his upper body and remains in good spirits and will remain at Athens Regional until he is released to return to Baton Rouge for further treatment."

The Gales family, along with Interim Athletics Director Roman Banks and the entire Southern University family are extremely thankful for all of the prayers and well wishes that Devon has received from many people nation wide. And asks for your continued prayers and thoughts for Devon and the entire Gales family during this difficult time. The family is also asking for privacy at this time.

"The HBCU Campaign Fund would like to send our prayers to a full recovery of wide receiver Devon Gales and our thoughts are with the Gales family, Jaguar football team, and the entire Southern University family during this difficult time." said in a statement to the Southern University from Demetrius Johnson Jr., President and Founder of HBCU Campaign Fund.

The Southern University Athletics, along with the Southern University Foundation, launched the Devon Gales Fund on Monday afternoon in an effort to provide financial assistance to Gales and his family to cover medical expenses.

Contributions to the Devon Gales Fund can be made on the Devon Gates Fund webpage or mailed to the following address:

Southern University System Foundation

C/O Devon Gales Fund

PO Box 9562

Baton Rouge, LA 70813

Source: http://www.gojagsports.com

No New Posts   University of Arkansas Razorbacks to host Alcorn State Braves in 2016

September 29, 2015


FAYETTEVILLE, AR - It has just been announced that the University of Arkansas completed the non-conference portion of its 2016 football schedule by agreeing to a game against the 2014 Southwestern Athlete Conference Champions Alcorn State University on October 1, according to source.

The contract stipulates for the game to be played either on campus in Fayetteville or in Little Rock at the discretion of the University of Arkansas. But the Razorbacks have switched the location of their Sept. 3 game against Louisiana Tech from Little Rock to Fayetteville, likewise to indicate that the Alcorn State game will likely destined for War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

The Razorbacks are slated to play Texas State of the Sun Belt Conference on Sept. 17 in Fayetteville and will travel to TCU for a non-conference game against their former Southwest Conference rival on a date to be determined.

The Alcorn State Braves on the other hand is set to travel this weekend to get a taste of what it feels like to play at War Memorial Stadium as they take on the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions in a conference contest on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. in Little Rock. This will be also considered as an home game for UAPB.

General admission tickets are $20, $10 for kids, $35 for reserved and $100 for club. Parking is $5. For more information, you can contact the UAPB Ticket Office at (870) 575-8601.

Source: http://www.wholehogsports.com/news/2015/sep/26/arkansas-host-alcorn-state-2016/

No New Posts   Virginia Union University Emeritus President Dr. Allix Bledsoe James passes away

September 28, 2015

B6054DA7-E81A-46BF-8183-90A5E1D6655B_zpsqssl1vyn.jpgRICHMOND, VA - The D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund joins our August 2015 Supported Institution, Virginia Union University in mourning the lost of President Emeritus Dr. Allix Bledsoe James (1922-2015) who served as the seventh President of VUU.

Dr. James earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1944 and later, a Master of Divinity degree from Virgina Union. He also received a Master's and Doctorate from Union Theological Seminary. He returned to VUU in 1947 as an instructor of Biblical Studies and received several promotions as Dean of Students, and then Dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Vice-President. In 1970, he was appointed as the seventh president of Virginia Union University, serving from 1970-1979.

In 1970, during Dr. James' first year as president, Coburn Hall was destroyed by fire. It was one of the original "nine buildings" to stand on VUU's campus. Coburn Hall was eventually rebuilt and now houses the Dr. Allix B. James Chapel which holds services at 11:00 a.m. each Thursday.

Dr. James stepped down from presidency and took a year's sabbatical leave. He returned as a a full professor of theology and retired completely from VUU in 1993. He was devoted spiritfully and financially to the welfare of Virginia Union University and established two endowed scholarships at the University, one in honor of his father Samuel H. James, and another to honor his wife, Sue N. James.

Dr. James served as the paster of several churches and is a well-respected public servant. He was the first African-American to be elected as President of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and the first to be elected president of the Virginia State Board of Election. Dr. James was the first African-American to be elected to serve on a major corporate board in Virginia, the first to serve as President of the Virginia Region of the National Conference of Christians and Jews (now the National Conference for Community and Justice).

"The HBCU Campaign Fund sends our thoughts, prayers and deep sympathy to the James family and the campus of VUU during this sadden time of lost. Please know that we at HBCU Campaign will be thinking of those who all knew Dr. James during this time of mourning but yet celebrating a great man who lived beyond greatness during his time on earth." - Statement to the VUU community from Demetrius Johnson Jr., President and Founder of HBCU Campaign Fund.

Services for Dr. Allix B. James include a viewing on Friday, October 2, 2015, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 216 W Leigh St., Richmond, VA, 23220, and Funeral service on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Coburn Hall inside the Dr. Allix Bledsoe James Chapel on the campus of Virginia Union University.


Source: http://www.vuu.edu/dr_allix_b_james.aspx

No New Posts   University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff student killed during an home invasion

September 25, 2015

635786325342004029-keithwilbert.jpgPINE BLUFF, AR - A University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff student was shot and killed at home Wednesday morning.

According to source, Police said that three men kicked in 21-year-old Keith Wilbert Jr., door around 2:15pm Wednesday morning demanding money from Wilbert while his roommates were asleep.

Derrick Wilbert, Keith uncle told Fox 16 News, "Keith Jr. loved life. He was a kind spirit. A young men that had so much to live for."

The family is saying that they have already forgiven whoever has done this, but they are also praying to God for Justice.

Keith's shocking death shock the students who knew of and loved him. The news and sorrow statements went across social media remember the life that share to them of Keith Wilbert.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has since released a statement following Keith's death and it reads:

"The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is saddened by the loss of Keith Wilbert. Our condolences, thoughts and prayers go to his family and all that knew him. The suspects are still at large. Any information concerning their location should be given to the Pine Bluff Police Department."

If anyone has any information regarding the homicide, you are asked to please contact the Pine Bluff Police Department Division at (870) 730-2090 or call the dispatch center at (870) 541-5300.

Demetrius Johnson Jr., President of the D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund released an statement to the UAPB community, "On behalf of the HBCU Campaign Fund, we send our prayers and condolences to the family of Keith Wilbert, the campus of UAPB, friends and all those who knew him. We are sadden by your lost and our thoughts are always with you."

Source: www.fox16.com

No New Posts   Huston-Tillotson University Receives $398,330 NSF Grant to Support STEM

September 25, 2015


AUSTIN, TX - Huston-Tillotson University, a private historically black college and university located in Austin, Texas, has been awarded a significant grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support its Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) efforts. The NSF's Historically Black College and University Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) awarded HT's Natural Sciences Department $398,330 over the next three years to support an initiative titled, "HT-ASSERT - Attaining and Sustaining STEM Excellence with Research Training."

"This educational model transforms Huston-Tillotson University's science offerings to attract more minorities in STEM fields," said HT President and Chief Executive Officer Colette Pierce Burnette, Ed.D., who earned her undergraduate degree in engineering.

HT-ASSERT will enhance the preparedness of natural science majors for STEM careers and graduate study by re-configuring the curriculum to emphasize undergraduate research. The initiative encompasses inquiry-based laboratory instruction in gateway science courses, the introduction of capstone research projects for biology and chemistry majors, summer undergraduate research internships, student professional development, laboratory equipment, and the faculty training needed to support a research-based curriculum.

HT faculty Amando Masino, Associate Professor of Biology, stated that "providing undergraduate research training stands out among best practices in undergraduate STEM education as highly predictive of graduate school success, particularly for underrepresented groups. This valuable hands-on research training will flow across the curriculum."

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1960 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, welfare; and to secure the national defense. NSF is the funding source for approximately 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

Huston-Tillotson University, is Austin's oldest institution of higher education, offering associates and bachelor's degrees in more than 19 areas of study to a diverse population of students who are majority African-American. The university also offers the Master of Educational Leadership with Principal Certification.

Source: http://htu.edu/30204/ht-receives-398330-nsf-grant-to-support-stem

No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Chancellor/President Tuesday - Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover

September 22, 2015

2FA9584E-F16C-426A-B244-9CE9DF9EB4A5.png_zpsv5nnwyun.jpegEvery 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 (9/22/15), we highlighted Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover, (pictured on the right), President of Tennessee State University.

Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover began serving as President of Tennessee State University on January 2, 2013.

Dr. Glover's educational development began as a student at Tennessee State University, where she majored in mathematics. After graduating with honors with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree, she pursued the Master of Business Administration at Clark Atlanta University. She then completed her doctorate in business from George Washington University, and later completed her law degree from Georgetown University.

Before serving as President at Tenn State, Dr. Glover was formerly the Dean of the College of Business at Jackson State University, where she led the college of Business throughout the accreditation process, and spearheaded the implementation of the nation's first Ph.D. in Business at an HBCU. She is a certified public accountant, an attorney, and is one of two African American women to hold the Ph.D.- CPA - JD combination in the nation.

Prior to joining Jackson State University, Dr. Glovers served as Chairperson of the Department of Accounting at Howard University. Her past employment also includes position as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of an engineering firm, a tax manager at a major public utility company, and an accountant with a Big-Four CPA Film.

Dr. Glover has been a corporate board member of three publicly traded corporations. These include Citigroup-Student Loan Corporation, Pinnacle Financial Partners and First Guaranty Bancshares. She served as a member or chair of the Audit Committee on each board, or as the board's financial expert.

She is married to Charles Glover, and they have two adult children, Attorney Candace Glover and Dr. Charles Glover II.


For more information about Tennessee State University, visit www.tnstate.edu

Source: http://www.tnstate.edu/president/biography.aspx

No New Posts   Texas Southern students take their concerns to social media in #TakeBackTXSU movement, TSU Officials responds

September 22, 2015


HOUSTON, TX - Texas Southern University's Board of Regents has spoken for the first time Saturday after the growing list of complaints that were taken to social media from students under the hashtag #TakeBackTXSU.

"I'm a full-time enrolled student who is also homeless. I live out of my car," TSU transfer student Brett Lincoln tells ABC 13.

According to ABC 13, a new found friend opened her couch to Lincoln, who transferred to TSU last month. But he tells us most nights he sleeps in his care because the university hasn't been able to get him into campus housing.

"A couple of nights I was at the H-E-B. But you get a knock from the police saying hey they just shot a guy sleeping here with his wife and kids, people are walking up knocking people out who are sleeping in their cars and robbing them, you may need to move around," he said.

Glenn O. Lewis, the Chairman of the Board of Regents, told ABC 13 Saturday that he knew some housing issues existed.

He says delays to the 800-bed dormitory that was suppose to open this semester left the Housing division scrambling. "But some of these other things, I was not aware of until I started to pick them up on social media," he said.

Lack of hosing, problems with financial aid, a lose of connection of TSU's history and traditions are just a few of the issues raised on social media with the hashtag #TakeBackTxSU.

Another tweeted, "$130 library fee per semester but the printers don't even have paper in them."

"This movement is not to bash our university," said junior Sociology major Mary Rucker. "We love our university. If we didn't love it so much we wouldn't be here. We love it enough that we want to change it."

Board Chairman Glenn O. Lewis says he contacted the administration, including President Dr. John Rudley, to find out the basis of the complaints.

"We picked up some piecemeal information. But what I told him rather than deal with this piecemeal, what we need for them to do is find out all of the complaints." Lewis says. "Compile all the concerns into the comprehensive report for the next Board meeting in October telling us what they found out and present a plan for addressing those concerns."

84AD9603-00FA-4FE0-BF3B-468D38D88602.png_zpsrnfpee0z.jpegStudents were able to sit in a closed door town hall meeting on campus Monday.

Student Government Association President Crystal Owens says students want to make sure they all enjoy the campus they chose to go to.

"One thing we don't want anybody to misinterpret is that we are on TSU. We are one student body and we all stand together. What affects one of us affects all of us," she says.

Next, student leaders and administrators will meet to discuss every concern raised in Monday's meeting. The Board of Regents has instructed the president to have a plan ready by the next board meeting in October.

TSU's released a statement in regards to the student concerns and the #TakeBackTxSU moverment:

The Board of Regents of Texas Southern University is concerned about institutional issues being expressed in the last few days by some TSU students. Board Chair Glenn O. Lewis says that the Regents are ready to hear student complaints and reach consensus with the university administration. Regent Lewis says Texas Southern's leadership will work swiftly to resolve students' problems and put systems in place to insure that there isn't any reoccurrence of administrative problems.

TSU students have planned a town hall meeting this week to discuss their experiences with academic and institutional issues. Students are expected to offer their ideas about methods of improvement in critical areas.

Texas Southern administrators are respecting the students' wishes to have a private meeting and discuss their specific problems. TSU students will share their concerns with the administration who will respond and go forward with a resolution process. The Board of Regents has asked Texas Southern's administration to deliver a presentation to the board regarding student issues at its upcoming meeting on October 16.

Source: http://abc13.com/education/tsu-responds-to-concerns-students-have-with-campus/992792/

No New Posts   US Marine Band to perform at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Jackson State University

September 21, 2015


Know as "The President's Own," the United States Marine Band is on tour and will be performing a free concert at two HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities).  The US Marine Band will perform a free concert at 3 p.m., this Sunday, Sept. 27, at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Jackson State University. Marine Staff Sgt. Kara Santos, who has been a member of the band for six years and will be the solo featured performer during the concert, said the band was "looking forward to coming to your town and performing."

The band started its tour in the US on Sept. 15 in Harrisonburg, VA and will wrap up on Thursday, Oct. 15, in New Mexico.

According to source, Stg. Santo stated that the band will perform one concert each day.

This will also be the first time that Santo has performed as a soloist on the road and will be performing music that "has a Spanish flavor to it." When they're are not on tour, Santos said the band performs at ceremonies, funerals at Arlington National Cemetery, for functions conducted by the Commandant of the Marine Corps and at "the White House for presidential events."

According to source, John Graham, the director of bands at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), said the tours across the country by the band allow people to connect with the government and see one of the things they're paying taxes for.

"People are going to hear music at the highest level and music they can identify with," Graham said. "We love hosting something like this because it crosses regional lines and is a way to bring the community together."

He said the performance will also be a "strong learning experience, not just for our students in my band but for high school students who will have the opportunity to see world-class musicians."

The Marine Band has toured the country each year since 1891, a tradition that began under composer John Philip Sousa, and Santos said people attending the concert can expect to hear traditional marches, as well as variety of patriotic and classical music pieces.

"When we did the inaugural parade, we had the chance to go to Washington, D.C., and see the places where the band performs like the National Museum and Arlington National Cemetery," Graham said. "The band represents an important part of America as we know it."

Tickets for the free concerts, which begins at 3 p.m. in the HYPER Gymnasium at UAPB and 7:30 p.m. in the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium at Jackson State University can be ordered online at http://marineband.ticketleap.com.

Source: https://uapbnews.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/us-marine-band-to-perform-at-uapb/

No New Posts   HBCU Junior represented Wiley College in Alexis Elliott Memorial Round Robin Tournament at Western Kentucky University

September 20, 2015

11222261_10153562373594303_1927148467580777454_o_zpsrul6kam6.jpgMARSHALL, TX - Cameron Smith, a junior from St. Louis, Missouri. Cameron, who is a member of Wiley debate team, was selected to represent the college in an elite tournament this past week in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He took part in the Alexis Elliott Memorial Round Robin, competing in NFA-Lincoln Douglas Debate at Western Kentucky University. This annual tournament selects 12 students from top schools around the country to face off in a "Round Robin" style tournament competing in NFA-LD Debate.

The Alexis Elliott is named for a debater who passed away while she was a student at Western Kentucky University. "Alexis was one of the best debaters in the country," said Christopher Medina, Director of Forensics at Wiley College. "It is highly fitting and appropriate that such a tournament be named in her honor."

Wiley's Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services, Dr. Joseph L. Morale, said this type of honor underlines what can happen when students get involved in co-curricular activities they enjoy. "Cameron is a hard worker who, like his teammates, loves the sport of debate," said Morale. "These students care about winning, but they are equally focused on being excellent, performing well behind the podium; and celebrating the legacy of debate at Wiley College.

The 12 competitor will be representing schools from seven states, including schools in California, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and others. Cameron said he is honored to represent Wiley by participating in the tournament. "I hope to make everyone proud! I'll give it my all."

Cameron also excelled as a debater in high school. In 2013, he had the honor to meet President Barack Obama at the White House in recognition of his achievements as a member of the St. Louis Urban Debate League.

Source: Wiley College

No New Posts   Philander Smith College students political organization encourges young adults to go out and vote on Election Day

September 20, 2015


LITTLE ROCK, AR - Students at Philander Smith College are encouraging young adults to get out and vote during election day as it approaches.

According to source Arkansasmatters.com, students at Philander Smith College, an HBCU located in Little Rock, Arkansas, got together to talk about key issues in the upcoming November election. They said the millennial generation has a strong influence on the future and they were hoping their campaign, "Rock AR Vote" would get people more engaged in the political process and motivate them to take part in making history."

Tamara Bates, the event's organizer & HBCU Campaign's Campus Representative for Philander Smith spoke with KARK 4 News about why young people often opt doesn't count." she said.

Rock AR Vote's effort will be driven by young people who will use social media, events and influential people to encourage people to vote.

Source: http://www.arkansasmatters.com/news/news/kark_20150816172335335

No New Posts   HBCU Spotlight: Mevlin B. Tolson (Wiley College)

September 16, 2015

MEET MELVIN B. TOLSON (1898 - 1966)


Melvin B. Tolson was an American Modernist poet, educator, columnist, and politician. Born in Moberly, Missouri, he was one of four children. Tolson graduated from Lincoln High School in Kansas City in 1919. He enrolled at Fisk University but transferred to Lincoln University, Pennsylvania the following year. He graduated with honors in 1924. He also became a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

In 1922, Tolson married Ruth Southhall, after graduation, he and his wife moved to Marshall, Texas, where he taught Speech and English at Wiley College. In addition to teaching English, he build a award-winning debate team, the Wiley Forensic Society. During their tour in 1935, they broke  through the color barrier and completed against the University of Southern California, which they defeated. He mentored students such as James L. Farmer Jr., and Herman Sweatt, who later became civil rights activists.

In 1930-31, Tolson went on to obtain a Master's degree at Columbia University. His thesis project, "The Harlem Group of Negro Writers," was based on his extensive interviews with members of the Harlem Renaissance. His poetry was strongly influenced by his time in New York. he completed his worked and was awarded a Master's degree in 1940.

In 1947, Tolson began teaching at Langston University, where he worked there for 17 years. He was a dramatist and director of the Dust Bowl Theater at the University. One of his students at Langston University Nathan Hare, who was a black studies pioneer who became the founding publisher of the journal The Black Scholar.

In 1947 Liberia appointed Tolson its Poet Laureate. And from 1954 to 1960, he entered politics and served three terms as mayor of Langston. In  1965, he was appointed a two-year term at Tuskegee Institute, where he was Avalon Poet.

Tolson died after cancer surgery on August 29, 1966.

Throughout the Month of September, we're celebrating the rich history and honoring the prestigious tradition of Wiley College during the HBCU Campaign Fund's HBCU of the Month Supported Institution campaign. You can help us celebrate by posting your #WCWildcat pride news and pictures using the OFFICIAL celebration hashtag #SeptemberWC.

Learn more about the September WC campaign and donate $18.73 in honor of Wiley College founding year and in support of the institution's strive to continue to serve academic excellence HISTORICALLY, visit our website - www.hbcucampaign.org/donate.

Started By: mr_djjr23

Comments: 0

Views: 302

Last Post: Sep 17, 2015 by mr_djjr23


No New Posts   Wife of Legendary Grambling State Coach Eddie Robinson, Doris Robinson passed away

September 16, 2015

c61feeab-4b52-4c5b-8a66-b23d2bd3f75a_zpsvohtza62.pngGRAMBLING, LA - The wife legendary Grambling football coach Eddie G. Robinson, Doris Robinson, passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 96. Doris was well respected in not only the Grambling community but college football in general. She stood by Eddie Robinson during his run as one of the most successful coaches in college football history.

According to source, news of Robinson's death spread quickly on social media Wednesday.

"My grandmother epitomized class and grace. And even in her final days, she lived just that way," Cherie Kirkland said Wednesday. "We are comforted in knowing that she is, once again, with her lifelong love."

Doris Robinson was honored in 2014 as a contributor to the Grambling Legends Hall of Fame. She is now reunited with her husband, Eddie Robinson, who died in 2007 at the age of 88, her son, Eddie Robinson Jr., who died in 2013, and her daughter Lillian Rose Broaden, who died in 2014.

"She was like a mother to all of us here at Grambling State University," Broderick Fobbs, Grambling Head Football Coach told The News-Star on Wednesday. "It's a tough situation but selfishly we want her to be here with us but all of us have our time when we must go. We're just mourning the lost, but also happy and hopefully we get to see her one day."

Doris said Eddie referred to Doris as "Baby" and that the rest of the family, including her grandchildren, friends and other relatives, soon followed suit.

Fobb, like many other former Tigers, played under Robinson from 1992-96. Fobbs said he has learned to appreciate what a coach's wife does more than ever before during his past two years as Grambling's coach.

"Having been in this situation and being a head football coach at Grambling like coach Robinson was, I really truly understand the importance of having a strong wife beside you," Fobbs said. "I can only imagine how strong Mrs. Robinson was when it came to all the years she had to stay beside coach Robinson's side to really help him and nurture through all the situations that occur in college football."

The passing of Doris Robinson serves a reminder to all Grambling players and alumni to keep striving toward what Eddie Robinson would have wanted.

"It's up to us to make sure we carry the torch and keep this thing going in the way that he wanted it to go," Fobbs said.

"Having been in this situation and being a head football coach at Grambling like coach Robinson was, I really truly understand the importance of having a strong wife beside you," Fobbs said. "I can only imagine how strong Mrs. Robinson was when it came to all the years she had to stay beside coach Robinson's side to really help him and nurture through all the situations that occur in college football."

The passing of Doris Robinson serves a reminder to all Grambling players and alumni to keep striving toward what Eddie Robinson would have wanted.

"It's up to us to make sure we carry the torch and keep this thing going in the way that he wanted it to go," Fobbs said.

The D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund sends our deepest thoughts and condolences to the Robinson family, Grambling State University Football team and coaches, student body, alumni and friends of Doris Robinson.  Continue to live the legacy of Eddie and Doris Robinson because the legacy of them will always have a spot in the Grambling State University Tiger pride.

Source:  http://www.thenewsstar.com/story/sports/on-the-sidelines/2015/09/16/wife-gsu-legendary-coach-eddie-robinson-passes-away/32508593/

No New Posts   Spelman Alumna Keshia Knight Pulliam to speak at UAPB as 2015 Welcome Week Speaker

August 14, 2015


PINE BLUFF, ARK. - The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (a historically black college and university) is kicking off their welcome back week with full-length events ending with Spelman College alumna Keshia Knight Pulliam as their Welcome Week Speaker.

Welcome back week at UAPB will be happening during the week of August 24, which is the week that classes begin. Keshia is schedule to speak on Thursday, August 27 at the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Auditorium located on the campus. The event begins at 7pm.

Keshia is best known for her childhood role as Rudy Huxtable on the Cosby Show, she played the role from 1984 until 1992. Before the Cosby Show, she played "Keshia" on the Sesame street at the age of three. She has also starred in Tyler Perry's House of Payne.

For more information about this event contact the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff's Office of Student Involvement and Leadership at 870.575.8866.

No New Posts   Philander Smith and UAPB among ten Arkansas universities to share research grant

August 14, 2015


LITTLE ROCK, ARK. - Philander Smith College and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (historically black colleges and universities) are among ten Arkansas universities that will share a five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support research.

According to source, the funding comes under the foundation's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, which sets up partnerships among government, higher education, and industry. The grant was made through the science and technology division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

The top investigators are Gail McClure of the AEDC and Min Zou of the University of Arkansas

Philander Smith and UAPB will join the University of Arkansas, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Monticello, the University of Central Arkansas, Ouachita Baptist, Southern Arkansas and Arkansas State.

UAMS' research director says one project will make it easier to study neurons in the laboratory.

Source: http://www.4029tv.com/news/10-arkansas-universities-share-research-grant/34508910

No New Posts   Apply to be a sitting member on D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's HBCU of the Month Initiative Program committee

August 14, 2015

Committees1_zps3glt8axn.jpgThe D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund non-profit organization is seeking members for its HBCU of the Month Initiative program committee.

The D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign HBCU of the Month Initiative program committee will be made up of HBCU faculty and staff, students and alumni. The committee members will be able to suggest ideas, vote to approve on ideas and proposals that passes through for the D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund HBCU of the Month Initiative program. Committee members will be able to nominate HBCU to be part of each following year of the HBCU of the Month Initiative schedule.

During the D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund HBCU of the Month Initiative program each year, the organization celebrates the rich history and honor the prestigious tradition of twelve HBCUs. Also during the institution perspective celebration month, the organization seeks to raise contributions for the institutions and scholarships to provide to a student who is in financial need.

If you are interested in applying as a member for the HBCU of the Month Initiative program committee, click here to download application.

No New Posts   Frustrating parents and students arrived with no doorm room at Virginia Union University move-in day

August 14, 2015


RICHMOND, VA. - This past Tuesday turned out to be an frustrating day for some parents and students at Virginia Union University's move-in day. According to source, the parents and students contacted WTVR CBS 6 when they arrived on campus to learn they did not have a place to stay. Some parents said the university would not respond to their concerns.

VUU student Kellie Johnson (pictured above) was denied on-campus housing when she arrived. She said she was told to report to the Clarion hotel near campus. She said she was told she'd be at the the hotel for at least two days. During those days the university would go over housing to determine who registered at school and who did not.

A parent who arrived with their student to find out they did not have housing neither stated:

"We've been here over eight hours and still no one has given us answers as to why or what they're going to do about it," Adrian Seabrail said. Seabrail, whose daughter is a VUU student, also stated he was told student housing was overbooked after he paid his daughter's tuition. "When I spoke to the president daily, his reply to me was 'you can take your student and your money and leave if you're not happy with the way things are going,'" Seabrail said. "Of course this came after I had already given them the money."

Around 2:30pm that day, a statement from Virginia Union University's President and CEO Dr. Claude G. Perkins hit the social media pages, and it reads:



According to another source; as of 4:30 pm on Tuesday (August 11), more rooms were made available on campus due to no shows but it wasn't enough.

Students were put in a nearby hotel for at least two days on the university expense. Some parents stated that they were told some students may have to love in the apartments behind the school.

For VUU students, school started yesterday (Thursday, August 13, 2015). Virginia Union University is also currently D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's August 2015 HBCU of the Month Supported Institution.

You can learn more about the Virginia Union University August 2015 HBCU of the Month campaign and donate $18.65 in honor of VUU's founding year in support of the institution's strive to continue to serve academic excellence historically as well as scholarships to assist VUU students who has financial needs. Visit VUU's HBCU of the Month honoree page on our website here.

Source: http://wtvr.com/2015/08/11/vuu-housing-crunch/ | http://wric.com/2015/08/11/dorm-shortage-irks-virginia-union-students-parents-2/

No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Chancellor/President Tuesday - Dr. Claude G. Perkins

August 11, 2015

2FA9584E-F16C-426A-B244-9CE9DF9EB4A5.png_zpsv5nnwyun.jpegEvery 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 (8/11/15), we highlighted Dr. Claude G. Perkins, (pictured on the right), President of Virginia Union University University.

Dr. Claude Grandford Perkins is the 12th President of Virginia Union University. Since his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in January 2009, the University has undergone a major transformations. Dr. Perkins' achievements include increases in enrollment, scholarships, retention, and the university's net assets.

Dr. Perkins earned a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from The Ohio University, a Master of Arts Degree from Purdue University, and the Bachelor of Science Degree from Mississippi Valley State University. He has completed further study at Vanderbilt University, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Perkins' commitment to serving the community has led to record breaking hours of student volunteer service in the Richmond metro area. Virginia Union has been honored by President Barack Obama with placement on the Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll four times during Dr. Perkins' presidency. Dr. Perkins has expanded his leadership role throughout the Greater Richmond community and beyond, serving as a past member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and Richmond's Future, as well as past chairperson of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association's (CIAA) Board of Directors. Currently, Dr. Perkins serves as Executive Committee of Venture Richmond, and the Steering Committee of Future Richmond's Past. He is a member of the SunTrust Band Mid-Atlantic Advisory Board, Richmond Management RoundTable, and Bridging Richmond. In addition, Dr. Perkins serves on the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Corporate Board of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).

Because of his ardent support of the value added proposition of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Dr. Perkins is in demand as a national spokesperson. He recently served as the keynote speaker for the 32nd Annual UNCF Martin Luther King Day Breakfast. He joined several other HBCU presidents for an HBCU Panel Discussion at the City Club of Cleveland in June 2015, and in November 2014 he participated in an HBCU Presidents Panel in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Virginia Union University. Dr. Perkins was also a panelist at the National Action Network Annual Conference. In addition, he has been interviewed by National Public Radio, WRIC-TV, WTVR-TV and WWBT-TV.

Dr. Perkins' successful efforts to get the university fully accredited have led to numerous accolades for the university, including designation by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best Regional Colleges. Dr. Perkins' support of faculty and students has led to an increase in faculty publications and student learning experiences. The first Fulbright Scholar under his presidency was recently completed and a new partnership with Meharry Medical College has created substantial opportunities for Virginia Union's science majors.

Dr. Perkins' is the father of two songs and one daughter, he is married to Cheryl Elizabeth Perkins.


For more information about Virginia Union University, visit www.vuu.edu

Source: https://www.vuu.edu/about_vuu/administration.aspx

No New Posts   Tips to surviving your Freshman year at an HBCU

August 9, 2015

Newly HBCU Freshmen! It's that time... Welcome to college at an HBCU! The D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund wants to share some tips (listed below) with you to makes sure that you are mentally prepare for your first year and for the years to come until you finish your degree.

  1. Go to Class! The first class period is very important; missing the first class deprives you of critical information regarding course assignments and expectations.
  2. Set ground rules with your roommate. You'll never regret knowing exactly where both of you stand.
  3. Be considerate of your roommate. Selfishness has no place at college.
  4. Set a goal for your grade point average (GPA).
  5. Know the names of all your professors and where their offices are located.
  6. Get to know your academic adviser. Be sure to make your first contact during the first weeks of the semester.
  7. Find the quietest place on campus and visit it for three hours, three times a week.
  8. Develop a sense of belonging, get involved, and make friends. Join a student organization.
  9. Know where you can receive academic assistant, i.e., writing labs, computer labs, tutoring.
  10. Get plenty of sleep! Sleep is very important. Staying up until 3:00 a.m. could begin to take its toll with missing morning classes.
  11. Always have a classmate or tutor read over a paper before submitting it.
  12. Be very careful about disobeying University rules. CHEATING and DRUG USE will get you expelled.
  13. Be prepared for some homesickness. It will go away soon.
  14. Keep lines of communication open. Talk with parents, friends and teachers. Use e-mail and text! (Only if you like to text)
  15. File for financial aid FAFSA early (beginning in January and as late as April 15th) - Failure to file could cost you to lost the big bucks that you were suppose to be eligible for to help you pay for your tuition.
  16. Treat other students around campus with respect! You want to be treated the same way.
  17. Fully understand: "You are responsible for your actions." You will have an incredible amount of freedom - DO NOT abuse it!
  18. This is NOT high school! Be prepared to work hard!

(Partially adapted from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Jackson State University)

Good luck and please stay connected with the HBCU Campaign to let us know how your HBCU experience is going!

Started By: mr_djjr23

Comments: 0

Views: 495

Last Post: Aug 10, 2015 by mr_djjr23


No New Posts   D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund President Announces Five Pre-Selected HBCUs for 2016 HBCU of the Month Initiative

August 6, 2015

2A5EFCC3-EF3C-4397-B7D6-12D72F9E5285_zpsxbchfjjc.jpgEach year in August, the D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund President and Founder Demetrius Johnson Jr., announces five HBCUs that was pre-selected to be part of the organization HBCU of the Month Initiative Program.

This year, Demetrius had the audience and the organization Board of Directors help him in choosing which HBCUs will take part in the 2016 Initiative schedule.

The five (5) HBCUs announced were the 2015 HBCU of the Year Claflin University, South Carolina State University, Mississippi Valley State University, North Carolina Central University and Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. These five HBCUs will be among 12 HBCUs to be celebrated during their prespective months of the 2016 HBCU of the Month Initiative schedule.

The other seven (7) HBCUs will be voted by the audience during the 2nd annual Initiative Achievement Awards in November. After those seven has been voted in, the months will then be assigned to the HBCUs and the entire list will then be re-announced.

SAVE THE MONTH: The 2016 D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's HBCU of the Month Initiative schedule will be fully announced this December 2015.

Which HBCUs do you think should be among the 7 others HBCUs to be yet announced as an HBCU Campaign 2015 'HBCU of the Month' school?

No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Chancellor/President Tuesday - Dr. Elmira Mangum

August 4, 2015

2FA9584E-F16C-426A-B244-9CE9DF9EB4A5.png_zpsv5nnwyun.jpegEvery 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 (7/21/15), we highlighted Dr. Elmira Mangum, (pictured on the right), President of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

Dr. Elmira Mangum began her tenure as the 11th president of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) on April 1, 2014. She made history as the first permanent female president in the institution's 127-year legacy.

Dr. Mangum received a Bachelor's degree in geography and education from North Carolina Central University. She graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a master's degree in public policy and public administration, and earned a second master's degree in urban and regional planning. She received a doctor of philosophy in educational leadership and policy from the University at Buffalo.

Dr. Mangum has served at the executive level of nationally recognized institutions of higher learning for more than 28 years. From 2010 until her appointment at FAMU, Dr. Mangum served as vice president for planning and budget at Cornell University. While at Cornell, she was the senior administrator charged with managing the university's resources and annual budgeting process.

Prior to her successful tenure at Cornell, President Mangum severed in various administrative capacities for nine years at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, including serving as senior associate provost. Her career in higher education  leadership began at the University of Wisconsin Extension, Geological and Natural History Survey as an operations specialist. She also served as an assistant dean, associate provost, and vice provost at the University at Buffalo (SUNY).

Dr. Mangum has given her service to numerous boards and organizations over the years, including: the American Association of University Women, the American Council of Education, Higher Education Resource Services (HERS), the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., the National Council of Negro Women, the United Way, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Dr. Mangum was voted Chancellor/President of the Year out of 11 other Chancellor/Presidents nominated among the D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's 2014 HBCU of the Month Supported Institution's in the first annual 2014 Initiative Achievement Awards host by D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's HBCU of the Month Committee. She also won Female President of the Year in the AARP 2015 HBCU Awards president by HBCU Digest.


For more information about Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, visit www.famu.edu

Source: http://www.famu.edu/index.cfm?President&AboutthePresident

No New Posts   Central State University Receives more than $4 Million for Agricultural Research, Extension and Education

August 4, 2015

CentralState_zpslfc7jq13.jpegWILBERFORCE, OH - Central State University (a historically black college and university) located in Wilberforce, Ohio has received $4.4 million from the state of Ohio for Agriculture Research and Extension initiatives as part of the FY2016-FY2017 budget bill signed by Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Is is the first major support by the state of the University's Land-Grant initiatives. These funds are part of a state match requirement resulting from Central State University's (CSU) designation as an 1890 Land-Grant Institution and will fuel the capacity expansion of agriculture and agricultural-related research and extension services. The University plans to add academic degrees, concentrations and certificate programs in agriculture.

New departments and programs planned:

  • A new Department of Agriculture within the College of Science and Engineering that will offer a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture (Fall 2016). Student selecting this major will have the added benefit of participating in meaningful research, with qualified faculty, that will serve Ohio and have national and international implications.
  • A new School of Agriculture Education and Food Science in the College of Education. Bachelor of Science degrees will be offered in Agricultural Education and in Extension Education.
  • A new certificate program focused on preparing student for Future Farmers of America (FFA) certification is under development. These programs are designed to increase the talent pool of agriculture educators and industry specialists and are planned for Fall, 2016.

Source: Central State University, Office of University Public Relations

No New Posts   Welcome Virginia Union University as the D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's August 2015 HBCU of the Month

August 4, 2015

3DD6164F-EB13-45D9-AE93-B916E42872FC.png_zpsyhfnqseb.jpegWelcome Virginia Union University as the D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's August 2015 HBCU of the Month Supported Institution.

Founded in 1865 by The American Baptist Home Mission Society (ABHMS) shorty after Union troops took control of Richmond, Virginia, at the end of the American Civil War. VUU was founded to give newly emancipated slaves an opportunity for education and advancement. The University is the result of the merger of four institutions: Richmond Theological Seminary, Wayland Seminary, Hartshorn Memorial College, and Storer College.

Separate branches of the National Theological Institute were set up in Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Virginia, with classes beginning in 1867. In Washington, the school became known as Wayland Seminary, named in commemoration of Dr. Francis Wayland, former president of Brown University and a leader in the anti-slavery struggle. The first and only president was Dr. George Mellen Prentiss King, who administered for thirty years (1867-1897). Famous students there included Dr. Booker T. Washington and Dr. Adam Clayton Powell, Sr.

Richmond Theological Seminary held classes in Richmond, Virginia at Lumpkin's Jail, a former holding cell for runaway slaves. During the same time, Wayland Seminary was founded by the American Baptist Home Mission Society in Washington, D.C. Two year later in 1867, Storer College was founded in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, and in 1883, Hartshorn Memorial College opened its doors in Richmond as the first college for African American women.

After three decades of operating independently, Richmond Theological Seminary and Wayland Seminary merged on February 11, 1899 to form Virginia Union University. Later, in 1932 and 1964, respectively, Hartshorn Memorial College and Storer College became part of the Union.

We asked if you celebrate and honor the prestigious land of the PANTHERS with us all month long as you show off and share your PANTHERS pride with news, pictures of you in your Marauders gear, campus photos to the official hashtag #AugustVUU.

You can also donate to the August VUU Panthers campaign by visiting Virginia Union University HBCU of the Month honoree page on our site here, all dollars raised will go to Virginia Union University in helping with financial needs for growth and development to continue to serve education historically for many more in to come as well as scholarship for students in need of financial help.

We thank you in advance for participating in our #AugustVUU campaign in celebrating Virginia Union University. Go Panthers!

No New Posts   Central State University Alunmi Spotlight: Tori Moore

July 29, 2015

11782450_1096315807063824_334070238140269657_o_zpsrzd5ucuu.jpgAs we celebrate, honor and campaign for Central State University during D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's July HBCU of the Month campaign, we would like to share some distinguish achievements by alumnus from the university.

Meet Tori Moore, who is a May 2015 Chemistry major graduate. She was offered and accepted a position as Researcher (Beauty) with Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati, OH. During her sophomore year at Central State University, Tori applied and was selected to participate at a seminar geared toward researchers. The Research Your Future in Science Seminar had over 1200 applicants choosing only 12 and Ms. Moore was one of the chosen. During the seminar Tori was offered an internship position for the summer and at the conclusion of the internship was then offered a full time position as a Researcher in Beauty R&B.

"Working at P&G has always been a goal of mine." said Tori.

We at D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund congratulates Ms. Moore and wishes her the best and that she continues prosper in her career! You are definitely Central!

Join us as we celebrate the rich history, honor the prestigious tradition and campaign for Central State University as our July HBCU of the Month Supported Institution. You can participate by showing your Marauder pride using the hashtag #JulyCSU. You can also donate to Central State through the July Central State campaign on our website @ www.hbcucampaign.org/donate and scroll down to July 2015 - Central State University.

Visit Central State HBCU of the Month honoree page on our website here.

Source: Central State University Career Services

No New Posts   D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund Co-Brands With The HBCU Nation Radio Show

July 22, 2015


Did you know? D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund is now co-branding with The HBCU Nation Radio Show!

SonyaDemetrius_zpsx3wci6ek.jpgD.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund President & Founder Demetrius Johnson Jr. (Pictured on the right), will be working with Senior Producer Lady Sonya Worrell (Pictured on the right) and will co-produce on their weekly HBCU Spotlight to bring more males in representing their HBCU. Demetrius will mainly be working with the SWAC and SIAC affiliated schools.

Ms. Worrell is an Norfolk State graduate.

The HBCU Nation Radio Show premiers new weekly shows on Saturday mornings from 9am to 12noon ET on WRVS 89.9 FM @ Elizabeth City State Univeristy. The show also airs on HBCU Sirius XM 142 which is powered by Howard University on Mondays from 6AM-8AM, Wednesday 2PM-4PM and Friday 5PM-7PM EST

The HBCU Nation is a non-profit advocacy initiative founded in 2012, committed to answering that "call". They have literally adopted the them of the President's Executive order 13532 as their vision "to promote HBCU excellence, innovation and sustainability." With a current enrollment of 300,000 students , the President recognizes that Historical Black Colleges and Universities figure prominently in America being able to achieve its higher education goals.

The D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund organization is proud to be part of The HBCU Nation family where together we can bring HBCU awareness!

Are YOU in, to TUNE in?

Follow TheHBCUNation on Social Media:

Twitter, Instagram & Soundcloud: @TheHBCUNation

Facebook: The HBCU Nation, Are You In?

Visit them on the web at www.thehbcunationradioshow.com.

No New Posts   Walmart Foundation Grants UNCF $500K in Eight-Year Commitment to Strengthening HBCUs

July 21, 2015


WASHINGTON, DC - UNCF (United Negro College Fund), the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization has announced yesterday (July 21) that it has received a $500,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to support UNCF's Institute for Capacity Building's (ICB) Fiscal and Strategic Technical Assistance Program (FASTAP). The grant awarded in January 2015 is part of an eight-year commitment of more than $2.7 million from the Walmart Foundation that focuses on financial and administrative management and capacity building of UNCF's 37 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Since the beginning of the Walmart Foundation's support of UNCF's ICB, 23 of its member HBCUs have received grants for Reaffirmation Readiness Reviews, focusing on improving financial operations, Interim Five-Year Reaffirmation Readiness Reviews or Deep Dive Institutional Assessments, targeting multiple areas including financial operations, institutional effectiveness, enrollment management and advancement. UNCF have also supported their member institutions by providing High-Priority Technical Assistance which provides the college or university an assigned consultant to assist in various areas of the accreditation process. The suite of services will enable UNCF to serve 8 member institutions during the 2015 grant cycle.

In addition, the grant will support the UNCG Institute for Capacity Building 2015 Institute held on July 20, 2015 in Nashville, TN. The Institute will engage all UNCF member institutions and will focus on the Chief Financial Officers and their role in the accreditation process.

"We are grateful to the Walmart Foundation for their strong investment in UNCF's Institute for Capacity Building and support for our 37 member institutions," said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D, president and CEO, UNCF. "While only making up three percent of the country's colleges and universities, HBCUs graduates nearly 20 percent of African Americans who earn undergraduate degrees. By investing in their continuous improvement, the Walmart Foundation is committing to ensure that HBCUs are able to invest in better futures for the students who attend these outstanding institutions."

FASTAP was launched by UNCF member institution presidents in 1994 to help their organization strengthen their fiscal management and stability, meet new accreditation standards and improve financial aid program. Today, FASTAP is focused on ensuring the UNCF network is in compliance with accreditation standards and federal financial aid regulations as well as assisting institutions in building capacity in key areas of its academic enterprise.

"Our partnership with the UNCF has spanned several years, and through that time we have been able to help UNCF member schools remain viable, compelling and competitive choices for the growing number of African American and other students of color seeking a college education," said Tony Waller, Senior Director with Walmart.

"UNCF is such a viable entity and important to our success. Not only the money, but also the assistance in getting our reaffirmation done, which will help us be a viable Institution," said Nathaniel Glover, Jr., president of Edward Waters College.

The Walmart Foundation's renewed commitment builds upon Walmart's 2007 grant of $700,000 to UNCF, which served as the catalyst for bringing FASTAP into the organization's Institute for Capacity Building to provide more targeted programming geared to the specific needs of UNCF member institutions. The UNCF Institute for Capacity Building is an institutional improvement initiative that helps member colleges and universities become stronger and more self-sustaining in areas that can make the difference between success and struggle such as student recruitment and retention and fund-raising. In 2010 and 2012-14, the Walmart Foundation presented additional grants of $500,000 to UNCF to further enhance FASTAP through developing new and enhanced interventions.

Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities.

Source: http://uncf.org/sections/News/SS_PressReleases/pressrelease_details.asp?prID=413

No New Posts   Six Student-Athletes from SC State & Arkansas-Pine Bluff Nominated for 2015 Walter Payton Achievement Award

July 21, 2015


ORLANDO, FL - First presented in 2008, the Walter Payton Achievement Award is an honor given annually to two players -- one from each of the two schools participating in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney. The game, which features and celebrates teams from historically black colleges and universities, helps kick off a new college football season on Labor Day weekend in Orlando, Florida.

The award is named in honor of the late Walter Payton, an All-American running back from Jackson State University (1971-74). A member of both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame, Payton spent his entire NFL career with the Chicago Bears (1975-87). The award recognizes exemplary student-athletes, shining a light on character and embodiment of team spirit.

Six nominees for the award was announced yesterday (July 21). The game will feature the South Carolina State University Bulldogs of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Golden Lions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, kicks off at 3:30pm ET, Sept. 6, at the newly renovated Orlando Citrus Bowl and will be televised live on ESPN.

The 2015 nominees from South Carolina State includes senior defensive back Antonio Hamilton, senior tight end Temarrick Hemingway and reshirt sophomore linebacker Darius Leonard. From Arkansas-Pine Bluff; junior linebacker Willie Duncan III, redshirt senior safety Kevin Rucker Jr., and redshirt junior wide receiver Willie Young.

"We are pleased to continue the tradition of recognizing outstanding student-athletes," said Pete Derzis, senior vice president of ESPN Events. "The nominations themselves, for the Walter Payton Achievement Award, further exemplify each player's desire to never stop achieving more.

Finalist were selected by a committee consisting of academic advisers and coaches from the two participating schools. Voting for the 2015 Walter Payton Achievement Award opened yesterday (July 21), and closes Wednesday, Aug. 26. Award winners are announced a the MEAC/SWAC Challenge welcome banquet at the Walt Disney World Resort. The award, to be given out this year on Friday, Sept. 4, is regularly presented by Walter Payton's son, Jarrett Payton.

To vote for your favorite SCSU player click here.


To vote for your favorite Arkansas-Pine Bluff player click here.


For more information about travel arrangements for the MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Orlando, Florida on Sept. 6, visit Anthony Travel here.

Source: http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/112200/meacswac-challenge-announces-2015-walter-payton-achievement-award-nominees

«First  <  1 2 3 4 5  >  Last»  | Page of 5  sorted by
Forum Information
Total Posts: 135
No New Posts New Posts
Topic is Closed Sticky
Tweet this page Post to Digg Post to Del.icio.us

Create your own FREE Forum
Report Abuse
Powered by ActiveBoard