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No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Chancellor/President Tuesday - Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack

July 21, 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. Dwaun J. Warmack, (pictured on the right), President of Harris-Stowe State University.

Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack was named in 2014 as the President of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis and at the age of 37 is one of the youngest serving presidents of a four-year institution in the nation. Within five months of his arrival to Harris-Stowe he raised a million dollars for student scholarships and for infrastructure needs.

Dr. Warmack earned a bachelor's degree in education and master's degree in sociology from Delta State University. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership with a specialization in higher education from Union University in Jackson, Tenn. He is a peer reviewer with the Higher Learning Commission, the largest regional accreditation body in the United States.

He is both a scholar, practitioner and possesses a wealth of experiences in program design, faculty and student development, assessment and accreditation. Prior to his appointment as president of Harris-Stowe, he served as senior vice president, administration and student services at Bethune-Cookman University overseeing a staff of 170. His successes include oversight of a multi-million dollar renovation of the institution's residence halls. Prior to his tenure at Bethune-Cookman, he was the associate dean of students at Rhodes Colleges in Memphis, where he had oversight of student affairs areas including judicial affairs, student activities, Greek life, new student and parent orientation and multicultural affairs. Warmack has also held positions at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, and Delta State University.

Warmack provides a brand of leadership and that is characterized by an unqualified insistence on data-driven decision-making and a commitment to higher education's current best practices. A visionary with a unique understanding and appreciation for today's millennial students, he is committed to academic integration and the holistic development of students. Dr. Warmack is committed to developing programs that promote diversity and pluralism.

He has received several awards for his work in higher education and the community. He received the Delta State University Young Alumni Award and was recently inducted into the institution's Hall of Fame. He served as a Board member for the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) Foundation, the Alumni Board of Directors for Delta State University. He currently serves on the boards of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, Grand Center and the United Way of Greater St. Louis. Over the years he has presented more than 120 diversity and leadership presentations and workshops to array of individuals and group.


For more information about Harris-Stowe State University, visit www.hssu.edu

Source: http://www.hssu.edu/rsp_content.cfm?wid=8&pid=844

No New Posts   White House Initiative on HBCUs Executive Director & Former SC State President Dr. George Cooper Dies

July 20, 2015

DrGeorgeCooper_zpszvx9j5us.jpgORANGEBURG, SC - White House Initiative on HBCUs Executive Director and Former South Carolina State University President, Dr. George Cooper passed away on Sunday (July 19th).

Dr. Cooper served as the 10th president of SC State from 2008 until 2012. And he most recently served as Executive Director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs.

SC State Interim President Dr. W. Franklin Evans issued this statement:

The SC State University Family is deeply saddened by the sudden and untimely death of Dr. George Cooper, our 10th president.
Today, we honor and remember Dr. Cooper for his unyielding service to our illustrious institution. He served as president from 2008 until 2012. Under his leadership, he was instrumental in advancing progressive initiatives that served as the framework to strengthen the university and reaffirm its mission as a public land-grant university committed to enhancing the quality of lives for all citizens. He also envisioned the university as a formidable model amongst the best institutions of higher learning in the world.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students and alumni of SC State University, I extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Mrs. Diane Shaw Cooper, and their daughters during this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

A native of Tallahassee, FL, Dr. Cooper received his B.S. degree in Animal Husbandry from Florida A&M University, his M.S. degree in Animal Science from Tuskegee University, and his Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from the University of Illinois - Urbana. He was a Senior Fellow with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, where he reviewed key federal legislative initiative of significance to HBCUs. Prior to serving four years as President of South Carolina State University, Dr. Cooper spent 17 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. He also served in administrative faculty roles at Alabama A&M University and Tuskegee University. Additionally, Dr. Cooper has served on a number of boards, including the Orangeburg Chamber of Commerce in South Carolina, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the HBCU and Limited Resource Institution Academic Advisory Group, the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, and the USDA/1980 Task Force.

President Obama released a statement saying, "George spent the majority of his life ensuring that students at our nation's HBCUs were receiving a quality education and had the necessary resources to succeed and make their communities and our country better," he said. "George's passing is a great loss for my Administration, the HBCU and higher education communities and for everyone that knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Diane, family and friends during this difficult time."

The D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund organization joins the SC State, President Obama and the White House and the HBCU Nation in extending our deepest condolences and thoughts to Dr. Cooper's wife, family and friends during this sadden time.

D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund President and Founder Demetrius Johnson Jr., released a statement on Dr. Cooper's sudden death:

"We at D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund joins the HBCU Nation in extending our condolences and prayers to Dr. Cooper's family and friends in the lost of an tremendous leader and outstanding advocate for HBCUs. Dr. Cooper share his light for students and HBCUs through variety of ways and organizations to ensure that our HBCUs remain those institutions that serve and give students a quality and affordable education with the resources needed. Dr. Cooper's death is a sadden lost to the White House Initiative on HBCUs, the SC State Bulldog family, HBCUs, other educational organizations he served for and everyone who came connected in Dr. Cooper's life. He will be missed and his life will always be part of our HBCU community."

No New Posts   Michelle Obama Teams Up With DMV Rapper Wale to Promote Access to Higher Education

July 20, 2015

Wale1.jpgWASHINGTON, D.C. - Bowie State, Virginia State University attendee and DMV Rapper Wale receives his pass to the White House for a new initiative that First Lady Michelle Obama is doing.

According to source, the chart-topping MC will perform a concert for the Reach Higher initiative at the nation's capitol next week, as part of First Lady Michelle Obama's 2015 Beating the Odds Summit. She also invited to the White House 130 college-bound students who come from special needs, under-served, homeless, foster, rural, and urban experiences around the country.
"This event is focus on sharing tools and strategies students can use to successfully transition to college and the resources they will need to complete the next level of their education," the Press Office said via statement. The students are those who've, "overcome substantial obstacles to persist through high school and make it to college."
Wale is the only invited musical performer. Terrance Jenkins; Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; and Manuel Contreras, a rising senior at Brown University and co-founder of the first-generation college student organization, 1vyG will sit on the panel.

Wale quote tweeted The Hill  announcement of the partnership.
Wale attended Robert Morris University and Virginia State University (HBCU) on football scholarships, later transferred to Bowie State University (HBCU) but dropped out to pursue his career in music.

Source: http://www.bet.com/

No New Posts   St. Louis Gov. Nixon Signs Bill to Enable Harris-Stowe State University to Seek Graduate Programs

July 16, 2015

2FA9584E-F16C-426A-B244-9CE9DF9EB4A5.png_zpsv5nnwyun.jpegST. LOUIS, MO - Harris-Stowe State University, an Historically Black College and University, located in St. Louis is now able to offer graduate degrees for the first time in its 158-year history.

On Wednesday, July 15, Gov. Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 334, which allows St. Louis only Historically Black College and University to offer a range of graduate degree programs as well as more undergraduate degree offering. The bill takes effect August 28, according to The St. Louis American.

"Allowing Harris-Stow to offer graduate degrees and expand its undergraduate degree offerings will create greater opportunities for students in the St. Louis region for generations to come," Nixon said.

Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack, president of Harris-Stowe State University (pictured on the right), led the effort to seek graduate degree programs. Harris-Stow is currently the only state university among 13 in the system now allowed to offer graduate degrees because of how the state law was written. SB 334 modifies provisions relating to the boards of regents of state colleges and universities and expands graduate degree-granting authority to Harris-Stowe.

"We believed that Gov. Nixon would sign into law the opportunity for Harris-Stowe to achieve parity with Missouri's other 12 state universities," Warmack said. "We've been hoping for this favorable outcome and will now begin the process to offer graduate programs as soon as feasible."

The bill was sponsored by state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St.Louis, a longtime champion of the university.

Nasheed said the bill just opens the door legally for the university to be approved for graduate degrees. University leaders still have to go before the state's Coordinating Board of Higher Education for authorization.

If approved by the board, Warmack said, "Attaining an advanced degree will be within reach for a greater number of students, particularly those underserved students seeking an affordable graduate school opportunity."

The university was just approved to offer four new baccalaureate programs. The new majors are Finance, Political Science, Sociology and Urban Ecology, which will begin effective fall 2015. The university was also approved to add 11 minors in the fall: International Relations; Law, Justice, and Society; Physical Science; Pre-Law; Public Policy and Administration; Science and Computation; Social Justice; Sociology; Urban Agriculture; Urban Politics; and Urban Sociology.

In addition, two new fully online programs will be launched in the fall: Health Care Management and Criminal Justice.

Harris-Stowe is currently only authorized to offer undergraduate degree programs with an emphasis on selected professional disciplines. It currently offers 14 degree programs in teacher education, business, and arts & sciences.

Today (July 16), Gov. Jay Nixon plans to visit Harris-Stowe for a ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 334.

The D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund organization would like to congratulate President Dr. Warmack and the Hornet Nation!

Harris-Stowe is also an HBCU Campaign 2015 HBCU Supported Institution and will be celebrated, honored and campaign for during the month of October.

Source: http://www.stlamerican.com/news/

No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Chancellor/President Tuesday - Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan

July 14, 2015

DrKevinWCosby_zpswq5sylnz.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 (7/14/15), we highlighted Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan, (pictured on the right with Tom Joyner), President of Tougaloo College.

Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan has served as President at Tougaloo College since May 2002. She is the first woman and the 13th president to lead the historic institution.

A native of Mississippi, Hogan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Tougaloo College and Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Jackson State University. She also has done additional studies at the University of Southern Mississippi and University of Georgia. She is engaged in further doctoral studies in human development and organizational leadership at Fielding Graduate University. She holds Honorary Doctorates in Humanities from Wiley College and Rust College, Doctorate of Humane Letters from Benedict College and has earned numerous certificates in leadership development, organizational management and administrative law.

Prior to becoming President, Hogan served as the College's Interim President, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, founding director of the Owens Health and Wellness Center, and Executive Assistant to the President. An effective and committed leader, she served as the Commissioner for the Mississippi Workers' Compensation Commission, the Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Federal State Programs and the Executive Director of the Mental Health Association in Hinds County and the state of Mississippi. She has been an adjunct instructor in leadership and public policy at Jackson State University and a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University. Additionally she has been involved with employment and educational training programs in Denmark, Sweden and West Germany in affiliation with the German Marshall Fund. She has been a scholar with the Kettering Foundation where her research focus was Higher Education and Civic Responsibility, a participant and presenter in the Oxford Roundtable at Oxford University, England and a participant in leadership seminars at Harvard University.

Under Hogan's leadership, Tougaloo College has development new degree programs in mass communications, hotel and hospitality management, and religious studies. A new Honors Programs and three centers have been established -- the Center for Undergraduate Research, the Center for Continuing Education and Professional Studies, and the Center for Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility as well as an Office of International Affairs. The College has also been designated as a Center of Excellence in Transportation Security by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Hogan has received extensive recognition for her trailblazing contribution. She has authored and published works on many topics. She also serves on various boards, including the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, Jackson Medical Mall Foundation, National Issues Forum Institute, National Institute of Health/National Heart, Lung and Blood Advisory Council, William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation and RAND's Gulf States Policy Initiative. She is also a member of the national board of directors for the United Negro College Fund, the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, Count of Independent Colleges, the National Association for Independent Colleges and the Leadership Alliance and serves as Chair of the Council for Higher Education of the United Church of Christ. Hogan was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President's Board of Advisors on HBCUs. Just recently, she was selected by the Department of Defense to serve on the National Committee for HBCU/MI Programs. Hogan is also a founding member and former president of the Central Mississippi Chapter, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Links, Inc.

Hogan is married to her husband Marvin, who has two adult sons and five grandchildren.


For more information about Tougaloo College, visit www.tougaloo.edu

Source: https://www.tougaloo.edu/administration/office-president

No New Posts   NCAA Ranks UAPB Men's Basketball Number One in Conference Attendance in 2014-2015 for the Second Consecutive Year

July 13, 2015

307422_web_UAPB-Hammond.jpgPINE BLUFF, AR - The NCAA recently released the men's basketball annual attendance figures for the 2014-15 seasons, and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff men's basketball program ranked number one follow by Texas Southern University as number two in faithful attendance to reign over the SWAC conference.

The Golden Lions average 2,881 fans per game in nine home games last season at the H.O. Clemmons Arena on their campus. Which Texas Southern University, who took the SWAC Championship trophy ranked number two with 2,580 in attendance at home.

This is the second consecutive year that UAPB has led the conference in attendance.

See the full list and average of attendance per school below:

SchoolsAverage Attendance
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff  
Texas Southern2,580
Alabama St.2,073
Alcorn St.1,542
Alabama A&M1,261
Southern U.1,197
Mississippi Valley1,086
Prairie View1,073
Jackson St.769
Grambling St.305

Source: http://www.uapblionsroar.com/

No New Posts   Central State University announces scholarships for incoming and returning STEM students

July 13, 2015

CentralState_zpslfc7jq13.jpegWILBERFORCE, OH - Central State University, an Historically Black Colleges and University, has announced scholarships are available for incoming and returning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students.

Returning students must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 and new incoming student must have a high school GPA of 2.8 and a 19 ACT score. Other requirements are to include completed FAFSA and a one-page essay on how the scholarship will help you reach your career goals.

The maximum award is $6,000 on a need basis. Deadline is Aug 1.

You can download the DOD Scholarship application as well as see the other available scholarships for Central State University students here.

Source: Central State University

No New Posts   Central State University covers up Cosby's name on campus building

July 13, 2015

csu-bill-cosby_zpsd2rnlgog.jpgWILBERFORCE, OH. - Central State University, an Historically Black College and University, located in Wilberforce, Ohio, is in the process of taking Bill Cosby name from on of its building after they covered up his name on a campus sign in front of the building. The school's Mass Communication Center is named after Cosby and his wife.

According to source, the university spokeswoman Edwina Blackwell told the Dayton Daily News that the school has covered up Cosby's name on a sign in front of the Camille O. and William H. Cosby Mass Communication Center. She also says that the move is in response to the accusations swirling around the comedian. Cosby is accused of raping several woman after drugging them. The allegations date back to the 1970s although Cosby has never been charged.

Cosby recently admitted to giving sedatives to at least one of his accusers. The excerpts indicate that Cosby gave Quaalude to the women he pursued for 'extramarital sex'.

The university said earlier this week that covering the sign is an "interim step" and leaders are considering changing the name of the building. "It it a temporary action until we make a final decision in September," said University Spokeswoman Edwina Blackwell-Clark according to source.

Blackwell-Clark also stated that the Board of Trustees will make the final call. The Cosby name remains on the communications building in the meantime.

In university history, The Cosby family has donated more than $1 million to the university.

Source: http://wivb.com/2015/07/10/central-state-university-covers-up-the-cosby-name/ | http://www.newsnet5.com/news/state/central-state-university-covers-bill-cosby-name-on-sign

No New Posts   Philander Smith SGA, Claflin University & FAMU's President Elmira Mangum All Snagged Awards at 2015 AARP HBCU Awards

July 10, 2015

Tanisha ManningHAMPTON, VA - Friday night (July 10) was an magically night for Historically Black Colleges and Universities as HBCU Digest presented its annual AARP HBCU Awards hosted at Hampton University in Virginia.

Among the winners were one of the D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's HBCU of the Month Supported Institution Philander Smith College who received the award for Best Student Government Association. Philander's SGA was nominated among Alcorn State and our other 2015 HBCU Supported Institution Virginia Union University. Philander Smith's SGA just recently re-elected their President Tanisha Manning (Pictured on the right with HBCU Digest Founding Editor Jarrett L. Carter Sr.) and Vice President Zafarya Sapay back into office, so we are excited to see what the cabinet has in store for the upcoming academic year.

Another one of our 2015 Supported Institutions North Carolina A&T State University took home an award for Best Stem Program.

Other winnings included South Carolina HBCU Claflin University who was named HBCU of the Year as well as National Alumni Association of the Year. According to source, the award was received by Dr. Boyce Williams, a representative of AARP who presented the award on behalf of the corporation, and who lauded Claflin and other HBCUs in the state for standing with their communities in the hours following the historic removal of the Confederacy flag.

"Today is a homegoing and a homecoming in South Carolina, and while Clafin may not be here physically to receive this award, rest assured that they are here spiritually to receive such a high accolade."

Also among winners were Florida A&M University president Elmira Mangum and Howard University President Wayne Frederick who were named female and male presidents of the year.

"I accept this away on behalf of the entire FAMU community," said Mangum. "The award represents the hard work and dedication of our staff, faculty, Board of Trustees, alumni, and supports. Without them, I would not be here tonight receiving this award."

The HBCU Awards is sponsored by AARP and was hosted by Hampton University this year. It was created by HBCU Digest founding editor Jarrett L. Carter Sr., in 2011 and is the first national awards event to recognize the influence and impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities on American Culture. This awards crowns its winners in the field of leadership, arts, athletics, research and community engagement. Finalist are annually selected based upon the impact of nominees' achievement on institutional development, and for media coverage earned for the institution by way of the nominee.

A full list of winners:

Best Marching Band
Alabama State University

Best Choir
Morgan State University

Best Student Government Association
Philander Smith College

Best Student Organization
Nashville Student Organizing Committee

Best Student Newspaper
Morehouse Maroon Tiger

Best Alumni Publication

Best Research Center
H.U. Minority Men’s Health Initiative

Best Fine Arts Program
VSU Dept of Art & Design

Best Business Program
Edward Waters Dept. of Business

Best STEM Program
NCA&T Dept of Electrical, Comp Engineering

82CE3EBE-0BA8-4E17-9275-431342559CE2.png_zpsxefv6vn3.jpegBest Nursing Program
Southern University

Best School of Social Work
AAMU Dept of Social Work

Male Faculty Member of the Year
Brian Seymour

Female Faculty Member of the Year
Amber Johnson

Male Coach of the Year
Ed Joyner

Female Coach of the Year
Darlene Moore

Male Athlete of the Year
John Gibbs

Female Athlete of the Year
Nour Abbes

​Men’s Team of the Year
Alcorn State Football

Female Team of the Year
Tenn. State Women’s Basketball

National Alumni Association of the Year
Claflin University

Alumnus of the Year
Michael Jones

Alumna of the Year
Cecka Rose Green

Male Student of the Year
Jared Loggins

Female Student of the Year
Danyelle Carter

Male President of the Year
Wayne Frederick

Female President of the Year
Elmira Mangum

HBCU of the Year
Claflin University

Source: http://hbcudigest.com/post/123779347706/claflin-named-hbcu-of-the-year

No New Posts   The Arkansas Basketball Coaches Association Honors Philaner Smith College Men's Basketball Program

July 10, 2015


LITTLE ROCK, ARK. - Congratulations to Philander Smith College's Men's basketball program who The Arkansas Basketball Coaches Association (ArBCA) recognized the program as the 2014-15 NAIA Men's Program of the Year!

"I think it's really great for the program to be recognized by one of the top coaches' organizations in the state... This is a huge honor, considering where we came from four years ago. It is nice to be recognized by your peers because they realize how hard it is to rebuild a program from the ground up." said Head Coach Therlon "Sam" Weaver.

This award was made possible by the hard work and dedication of the Philander Smith Men's basketball players.

Keep up the excellence work in sports, Panthers!

Philander Smith College was announced as D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's November 2015 HBCU of the Month Supported Institution. Save The Month, because November 2015 will be painted Green & Gold!

Source: (Philander Smith College)

No New Posts   UAPB's Nursing (BSN) Program Returns & Now Accpeting Applicants

July 10, 2015


PINE BLUFF, ARK. - According to source, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is proud to announce the return of its Nursing (BSN) program as well as the university is now accepting applications. UAPB's website is excited to announce it with a banner posted.

The university received Initial Approval status for its Pre-Licencsure (Generic) Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) program from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing on Wednesday. Enrollment is now open for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year, and prospective students who have completed the required prerequisite general education courses can submit applications.

Students who are admitted to the pre-licensure program and successfully complete all required coursework and program requirements will be eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Students who pass the NCLEX-RN will be licensed to practice as a registered nurse.

"I am exceptionally proud of the dedicated nursing program faculty and staff for completing the rigorous process of building a brand new framework and curriculum for our BSN and their tenacity to meet all of the Board of Nursing's requirements for a stellar program," said Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, Chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. "Under the leadership of Diann Williams, the chair of the nursing program, we are pleased to shepherd students through the exacting process of gaining the knowledge and skills needed to pass the NCLEX-RN."

Students who's interested in enrolling in UAPB's BSN program can log onto www.uapb.edu for more information on how to apply, or contact (870) 574-8222 to request an application packet, information on admission testing as well as other requirements for admission.

Source: https://uapbnews.wordpress.com/2015/07/09/university-of-arkansas-at-pine-bluff-now-accepting-nursing-program-applicants/

No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Chancellor/President Tuesday - Dr. Kevin W. Cosby

July 7, 2015

DrKevinWCosby_zpswq5sylnz.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 (7/7/15), we highlighted Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, (pictured on the right), President of Simmons College of Kentucky.

Dr. Kevin W. Cosby was named in 2005 as the 13th President of Simmons.

Dr. Cosby earned a Bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, a master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from Eastern Kentucky University, Bellarmine University and Campbellsville University.

He has held administrative and teaching assignments at Kentucky State University, the University of Louisville, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and United Theological Seminary. He is also a member of the University of Louisville's board of trustees.

Dr. Cosby has authored five highly-acclaimed books: Get off Your But!: Messages, Musings & Ministries to Empower the African-American Church, As They Want, Treasure Worth Seeking, Who's Your Daddy?: Life Lessons from the Prodigal Son and Loyal to the Royal. He has been a contributing writer to a number of books, journals and periodicals.

Since 1979, Reverend Dr. Kevin W. Cosby has served as Senior Pastor of St. Stephen Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Due greatly to his practical and dynamic Bible teachings, the congregation has grown from 500 to approximately 14,000 members, and has been recognized by Outreach magazine as one of the 100 largest churches in American (2010) and Emerge magazine as one of six "super churches" in the South.

The thread of God's hand in interwoven into the tapestry of Dr. Cosby's life and ministry. His commitment to ministry is prominently reflected in the story of Simmons College of Kentucky (SCKY). In 1997, the Lord led Dr. Cosby to encourage the church to purchase and convert into a lifestyle enrichment campus, the original four-acre campus of what was know as Simmons University. When established in 1879, Simmons was the first black owned and operated educational institution in the state of Kentucky, but lost the campus due to foreclosure during the Great Depression.

Dr. Cosby in 2007 was presented "Louisvillian of the Year," which was a tribute to his outstanding contributions to the community. He was ranked #1 of the Top Ten Religious Leaders in Louisville by Louisville magazine in the October 2011 issue. And in the Spring of 2012, he was inducted into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni at Eastern Kentucky University. He is is most known for his intense commitment to serving the Lord through the lives of others.

Dr. Cosby is married to the former Barnetta Turner, they are the parents of two adult children.


For more information about Simmons College of Kentucky, visit www.simmonsisme.org

Source: http://simmonsisme.org/our-president/

No New Posts   Salem Baptist Church of Chicago plans to send first time College students off with a College Trunk Party

July 7, 2015

DJ's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's president and founder Demetrius Johnson Jr., is asking for your assisting in joining us in donating to help send HBCU students off to starting their freshmen year who attends Salem Baptist Church of Chicago. So far the HBCU Campaign Fund has heard from Church Operations that in the Fall - 3 will be attending Fisk University, 1 to Tennessee State University and Alabama A&M University.

Salem is having College Sunday on June 19th giving those who are going to college for the first time a trunk party after the service. Team HBCU Campaign Fund would like to participate in donating items needed and would like your help with a donation.

You can help out with us on getting these items by giving a donation through the Paypal here, "click the donate button". Your name will be added to our letter going to church operation in honor of our appreciation of your donation. Donations will be accepted through July 15 in order to go and purchase the necessary items needed in time. You can still donate up until the 18th and we will give the college ministry an monetary donation in the honor.

See the list below of items that they are requesting to be donate for college trunks. Your support and gifts are always warmly thankful!

Please stand with us in congratulating those students from Salem who will be attending HBCUs in the Fall.. Welcome to the HBCU Nation!





No New Posts   UAPB Appoints Dr. Edmund R. Buckner as Interim Dean/Director of the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

July 6, 2015

D3AD6088-4A8F-478F-8E80-6A2567F99AA8_zpsrmg1x8rd.jpgPINE BLUFF, AR - The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), a HBCU located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas has named Dr. Edmund R. Buckner (pictured on the right) as new interim dean/director of the School of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Human Science effective July 1. This appointment comes after former director and chairwoman Dr. Carole Engle retired from the university on June 30th. Dr. Buckner will be responsible for the academic, research, Extension and international programs of the school and the management of its resources, including faculty and staff, physical facilities and budget.

Dr. Buckner was appointed as an assistant professor of fisheries in 2001 and currently holds the rank of professor with working assignments in all three areas of the land grant trilogy of teaching, research and Extension. During his tenure at the University, Dr. Buckner has secured more then $3.8 million in external grant funding.

Dr. Buckner is a native of Dermott, Arkansas and holds a B.S. degree in agriculture (fisheries biology emphasis) from UAPB, a M.S. degree in natural resources management from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and a Ph.D. in natural resources policy and law from Purdue University. Dr. Buckner completed the USDA LEAD21 Program, which is intended to help develop leadership within land grant universities. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Management Development Program, which offers training to academic deans, associate deans, directors and department heads in higher education. The Harvard program provides tools and insight to help administrators think more strategically, balance competing demands and spend time providing forward-thinking leadership.

Prior to working with the University, Dr. Buckner worked with the United States Fish and Wildfire Service as a Biologist and on Capitol Hill as a Congressional Task Force Coordinator where he was the lead writer in drafting the Upper Mississippi River Conservation Act (106th Congress, H.R. 1013).

No New Posts   Hampton University and Tuskegee Airmen teams up to teach high school students STEM

July 4, 2015

2015070212657740.jpgHAMPTON, VA - Hampton University's School of Engineering and Technology will partner with Tuskegee Airmen Inc. (TAI) to host the 2nd Annual TAI/HU Aviation STEM program for high school students July 5-11.

The objectives of the one week program will be to introduce the student participants to the historical impact of the Tuskegee Airmen experience and to the basics of how math and science are applied in aviation, to aviation careers.

"The idea behind this collaboration is to use aviation, and particularly the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, to engage young people in learning about STEM topics," said Dr. Eric Sheppard, Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology. "For example, I will be talking about aerospace propulsion and helicopters on the morning that they visit the Fort Eustis helicopter facility."

TAI is serving as the primary sponsor of the program, with covering all activities costs. Southwest Airlines is covering the travel costs for the students and the Virginia Department of Aviation is also contributing to the program.

They are expecting 30 students from around the country in participation.

During the day students will visit local museums including the Virginia Air and Space Center, HU Museum and For Eustis. And in the evening students will view videos on science, engineering, aviation, and Blacks in aviation, including the Tuskegee Airmen, as well as lectures from invited speakers. To close the program the students will be assigned to teams for projects and make final presentations.

Great program to invest in our future HBCU generation. Thank you Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., Hampton University, Southwest Airlines and Virgina Department of Aviation for investing into our youth.


Source: http://news.hamptonu.edu/release/HU-and-Tuskegee-Airmen-partner-to-teach-high-school-students-STEM#

No New Posts   Welcome Central State University as D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's July 2015 HBCU of the Month

July 4, 2015

3DD6164F-EB13-45D9-AE93-B916E42872FC.png_zpsyhfnqseb.jpegWelcome Central State University as the D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign's July 2015 HBCU of the Month Supported Institution.

Began in 1887 as a two-year normal and industrial department funded by the state. It was first located at Wilberforce University, a historically black college in southern Ohio that was owned and operated by the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1941, its curriculum was expanded to a four-year program emphasizing teacher education. Then in 1947, it was legally split from Wilberforce University and  was renamed as the College of Education and Industrial Arts and in 1951 renamed as Central State College. In 1965, with further development, it achieved university status.

In July 2012, Central State welcomed its eighth president, Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond.

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

You can also donate to the #JuneCSU campaign by visiting Central State University HBCU of the Month honoree page on our site here, all dollars raised will go to Central State 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 #JulyCSU campaign in celebrating Central State University. Go Marauders!

No New Posts   The HBCU Nation Radio Show is Coming to HBCU Sirius XM!

July 4, 2015

16d8aba6-f40a-48f5-950e-4e00ce56703b_zpsgv1qgmwj.jpgD.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's fellow HBCU Support Organization which brings awareness for HBCUs via the way of the radio air waves is coming to HBCU Sirius XM 142 in 13 days.

That's right, The HBCU Nation Radio will air on HBCU Sirius XM 142 which is powered by Howard University starting on July 15th. The HBCU Nation Radio Show will now air on Mondays from 6 AM - 8 AM, Wednesdays 2PM - 4PM and Fridays 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.

Are YOU in, to TUNE in?

No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Chancellor/President Tuesday - Dr. Cynthia Jackson Hammond

June 30, 2015

DrStaceyJonesECSU_zpsyrus5bdz.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 (6/30/15), we highlighted Dr. Cynthia Jackson Hammond, (pictured on the right), President of Central State University.

Dr. Cynthia Jackson Hammond has served as 8th President of Central State University since 2012.

Dr. Hammond is a native of Monroe, Louisiana and holds a Doctorate of Education from Grambling State University, a Masters of Education from University of Louisiana in Monroe, an Education Specialist degree from University of Louisiana in Monroe, and a undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree also from Grambling State University. She has a number of publications to her credit and is a Harvard Fellow and a 1987-89 Louisiana State Board of Regents Fellow.

Dr. Hammond has built a distinguished career in higher educational leadership. Under her guidance as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Coppin State University, she guided six prominent initiatives: the reformation of the General Education core curriculum, establishment of the Center for Undergraduate Research, 2010 Strategic Planning, development of the First Year Experience program, designed and received external funding for the Advisement and Retention Center for the School of Education, and development of tenure criteria. Dr. Hammond also served as a lead consultant for H&H Educational Consultant specializing in strategic planning. curriculum design, accreditation, and standards-based assessment.

Dr. Hammond is married to Dr. James Eric Hammond Sr. The couple has three children; James Eric Jr., Christopher Adam, and Erin Jenea.


For more information about Central State University, visit www.centralstate.edu

Source: http://www.centralstate.edu/president/trustees/PresidentialSearch01.php?num=9

No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Chancellor/President Tuesday - Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd

June 24, 2015

DrStaceyJonesECSU_zpsyrus5bdz.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 (6/23/15), we highlighted Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, (pictured on the right), President of Alabama State University.

Dr. Gwendolyn  E. Boyd serves as the 14th President of Alabama State University, which is located in Montgomery, Alabama.

Boyd is Montgomery, Alabama native, she earned her undergraduate degree from Alabama State University with a major in mathematics and a double minor in physics and music. Upon graduation, Boyd received a fellowship to pursue graduate work at Yale University, where she was the first African-American female to earn a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from there. She also has earned both the Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Ministry degrees from Howard University.

Boyd came to ASU on an academic scholarship, and in her words, the University "embraced me, invested in me and changed my life inexorably." As a college student, her academic and leadership skills were evident, as she was inducted Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society, Beta Kappa Chi Education Honor Society and Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society; pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and was the Beta Eta Chapter president on campus; was a member of and traveled with the Young Hearts gospel singers; was elected Miss Alabama State University (1976-1977) and graduated summa cum laude in 1977.

Body's professional career at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) was highlighted by exemplary leadership and dedicated service. Early in her career, she was an analyst in the Strategic Systems Department, where she was part of engineering teams that conducted independent analyses and operational performance evaluations of Strategic Weapons Systems on Polaris, Poseidon and Trident submarines. In 1999, she became the Assistant for Development Programs and was later named Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff at APL. In  1997, Boyd was selected to serve on the Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council, and served as chair from 2001-2004, reporting directly to the President of Johns Hopkins University as the council worked on issues of diversity, inclusion, civility and respect across the various divisions of Johns Hopkins.

In 2000, Boyd was elected to serve as the 22nd National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., an international organization of more than 250,000 members. Known as the "Technology President," Boyd helped to establish technology in all facets of the sorority's activities and administration. Her four-year tenure as president included a number of transformative accomplishments, including the launching of Project SEE (Science in Everyday Experiences), an initiative funded by a $1.6 million National Science Foundation grant with a goal of promoting math and science for middle school African-American girls. She also led the sorority's humanitarian and education advocacy efforts in various parts of Africa, including Swaziland, Lesotho and Soweto, South Africa.

Because of her efforts in advancing education, Boyd was nominated by President Barack Obama and received U.S. Senate confirmation to serve as a trustee to the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation in 2009. And in January 2014, President Barack Obama appointed Boyd and 14 other individuals to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African-Americans. This commission is charged with strengthening the nation by improving educational outcomes for African-Americans and ensuring that all African-Americans receive and education that prepares them for college, productive careers and satisfying lives.

Boyd also is a minister and an ordained itinerant elder in the AME Church. While in Maryland, she served on the ministerial staff of Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington, Md.

Boyd work has earned dozen of awards and honors, including two honorary doctorates and Congressional recognitions. She has been honored with 28 keys to various cities throughout the country, declarations of Gwendolyn E. Boyd day in eight cities in the country, civic citations, and various leadership and volunteer awards, as well as professional awards for her achievements in the fields of engineering and higher educations.


For more information about Alabama State University, visit www.alasu.edu.

Source: http://www.alasu.edu/about-asu/administration/office-of-president2/index.aspx

No New Posts   Tuskegee University Alum & Syndicated Radio Personality Tom Joyner to be Honored at 2015 BET Awards

June 23, 2015

TomJoynerCrop_0.jpgTuskegee University alumnus, syndicated radio personality and founder of Tom Joyner Foundation Tom Joyner is set to receive the Humanitarian Award at the 15th annual BET Awards.

Born in Tuskegee, Alabama and having two parents who were graduates of historically black colleges, Joyner attended Tuskegee Institute, graduating with a degree in sociology in 1971. He has helmed weekday mornings on The Tom Joyner Show since the '90s, drawing more than 8 million listeners. Establishing the Tom Joyner Foundation in 1989, Joyner has raised more than $60 million to help students attending or to attend historically black colleges and universities.

Watch Tom Joyner accepted his award as well as join in to celebrate when the BET Awards, hosted by Tracee Ellis and Anthony Anderson air on June 28 at 8pm ET/PT.

The D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund stand in commending Mr. Joyner on his distinguish accomplishment and his tremendous work and contribution for historically black colleges and universities!

You can watch the clip here with Tom Joyner which reflects on over five decades of his radio career and activism called BET Awards: On  Air With Tom Joyner.

Clip: Tom Joyner reflects on over five decades of his radio career and activism. Season 2015

No New Posts   UAPB Graduate Sentenced to 30 Years in Prision Back in 2011

June 23, 2015

PINE BLUFF, ARK - It was a Sunday afternoon in 2011 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas when Olivia Moody from Chicago, made a life-changing decision. Moody was fed up with being bullied and ready to put a halt to the harassment.

It was seconds after a fight with a group of girls that Olivia Moody ran to her apartment, grabbed a gun and fired a single shot that hit one of the eight girls attacking her.

"She would make all kinds of negative comments, like calling me out of my name and stuff and basically saying she wanted to fight me or whatever," Moody said."I see she got a hole in her chest and I'm like dang, I just shot her and so now I'm looking around and ain't nobody around. And I'm looking like dang, what do I need to do? Cuz It's like.... it clicked, it just got real."

This altercation was over a young man, which was Moody's ex-boyfriend. She told police that she had been bullied for months and just couldn't take it. The 21-year-old mother of two later died.

Moody was charged with second degree murder during her senior year of college at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She was found guilty and her 30-year sentence was handed less than a week after she graduated from college with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. Her dreams and goals was to become a lawyer.

"I didn't come to Arkansas to be going to jail," Moody said. "I came down here to make a life of myself and it's like it all got messed up."

While Moody says she was bullied, Arkansas police told reporters that a police report was never filed. During the trial, the judge told the honor student because of her major, she should have known better.

"If people actually look into it and understand the facts of the case and understand both sides of the story, I think I would go home," she says.

Moody is from Chicago's Roseland neighborhood. Her mother was addicted to drugs, so her grandmother raised her and her siblings. She graduated with honors from Percy Julian High School in 2008. She thought living in the south was an escape from the bullets in her neighborhood and the bullying she had been secretly dealing with.

The victim's family told reporters in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, that their loved one was not a bully and never even met Olivia Moody. They say she was only there the day of the shooting to help her friend.

According to source and the Department of Correction website, Moody is serving her sentence at the WrightsVille Unit and will be eligible to apply for parole on May 19, 2020. Justice for Moody.

Source: http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/22212077/bullied-to-death-chicago-students-make-film-based-on-olivia-moody

No New Posts   D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund President and Founder Demetrius Johnson Jr., Cousin Dies

June 23, 2015

564_48873858265_8439_n_zpsvaleagfx.jpgThis past Wednesday (June 17, 2015) D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund President and Founder Mr. Demetrius Johnson Jr., lost his cousin Larry Jordan (pictured on the right with Demetrius mother) who was struck and killed by a vehicle on Chicago's far south side in the west pullman area.

According to source, Larry Jordan, 46, was walking down the street on 118th street and Halsted when a motorist lost control of his vehicle and drove onto the sidewalk, hit a light poleand then struck Larry. The 19-year old driver identify as Andre Silas Jr, 19, was taking a near by hospital who no life threatening injuries, and was issued citations for driving within a parkway and speeding.

Funeral arrangements are in the works and will be announced as soon as information is received. In lieu of flowers or a donation can be sent to 12558 S. Princeton Ave, Chicago, IL 60628.

The D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund organization send its condolences, thoughts and prayers to the Johnson/Jordan family during this sadden time.

Source: http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/698418/police-pedestrian-struck-killed-vehicle-far-south-side


No New Posts   Six D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund 2015 HBCU Supported Institutions Nominated in this year's AARP HBCU Awards

June 22, 2015

D0F546C2-F919-4584-80BF-A0DA127C0F39.png_zps6b7hwv0v.jpegSix of the D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund organization 2015 HBCU Supported Institution's a part of its 'HBCU of the Month' initiative program are nominated in this year's AARP HBCU Awards hosted by Hampton University, to be held July 10th on Hampton's campus.

The nominees includes Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond nominated for Female President of the Year to Livingstone College Basketball nominated for Men's Team of the Year. Other Supported Institutions nominated are North Carolina A&T State University, Philander Smith College, Tuskegee University and Virginia Union University.

The HBCU Awards created by HBCU Digest Founding Editor Jarrett L. Carter Sr. in 2011,  is the first national awards event to recognize the influence and impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities on American Culture. Crown its winners in the fields of leadership, arts, athletics, research, and community engagement. Finalist are annually selected based upon the impact of nominees' achievement on institutional development, and for media coverage earned for the institution by way of the nominee.

See the categories in which our Supported Institutions are nominated in below:

Best Choir
Morgan State University Choir
Tennessee State University New Direction Gospel Choir
Dillard University Concert Choir
Tuskegee University Golden Voices Choir

Best Student Government Association
Philander Smith College
Alcorn State University
Virginia Union University

Best Science, Technology, Engineer and Mathematics (STEM) Program
N.C. A&T State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Hampton University Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Science
Florida A&M University College of Science and Technology
Dillard University Department of Physics
Tuskegee University Department of Aerospace Engineering

National Alumni Association of the Year
Florida A&M University
South Carolina State University
Tuskegee University
Xavier University of Louisiana
Claflin University
Southern University

Women’s Team of the Year
North Carolina A&T Women’s Bowling
Edward Waters College Women’s Softball
Albany State University Women’s Basketball
Tennessee State University Women’s Basketball

Men’s Team of the Year
Hampton University Men’s Basketball
Saint Augustine’s University - Men’s Track and Field
Alcorn State University Football
Livingstone College Men’s Basketball

Female Faculty Member of the Year
Beverly Guy-Sheftall - Spelman College
Amber Johnson - Prairie View A&M University
Kemberley Johnson - Dillard University
Lyubov Kurkalova - North Carolina A&T State University

Female President of the Year
Cynthia Jackson-Hammond - Central State University
Cheryl Davenport-Dozier - Savannah State University
Debra Saunders-White - North Carolina Central University
Elmira Mangum - Florida A&M University
Glenda B. Glover - Tennessee State University

We congratulate and are rooting for each and every one of our supported institutions nominated. We wish them the best in luck! Can not wait to celebrate the winning on July 10th.

No New Posts   Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond Nominated For HBCU Digest's Female of the Year Award

June 22, 2015

19398_926932617365879_6550374356836249938_n_zpsvjbkx6yt.jpgCongratulations to our July HBCU of the Month, Central State University and President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, where she was named a finalist for the 2015 HBCU Awards in the category of Female President of the Year.

The HBCU Awards is the first national awards event to recognize the influence and impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities on American culture. Created by HBCU Digest, the awards honor winners in the fields of leadership, arts, athletics, research, and community engagement.

Finalists are annually selected based upon the impact of nominees' achievement on institutional development, and for media coverage earned for the institution by way of the nominee. The winners will be announced July 10.

Dr. Jackson-Hammond is the only President/Chancellor of D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's 2015 HBCU Supported Institutions nominated. We are rooting for Dr. Jackson-Hammond all the way! Good luck to her and Central State!

Central State University will be celebrated as our July 2015 HBCU of the Month. We will celebrate and honor Central State rich history and prestigious tradition as well as campaign for Central State. You can participate in showing your Marauders pride using the OFFICIAL celebration hashtag: #JulyCSU.

No New Posts   Virginia Union University Kicks Off its First Crowdfunding Campaign "150 Hours of Giving"

June 22, 2015

1482169_1434560443.5442_zps9bqjbyht.jpgToday (June 22) at 12 noon EST mark the beginning of D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's August HBCU of the Month Virginia Union University's 150 hours of Giving.

In celebration of 150 years of serving academic excellence as an historically black university, Virginia Union University located in Richmond, Virginia has set aside the week of June 22, 2015 through June 28, 2015 to celebrate its first-ever crowdfunding campaign, 150 Hours of Giving, encouraging students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and friends to contribute to the university.

The university is accepting donations to the following departments: School of Business, School of Education, Psychology and interdisciplinary science, School of Humanities and Social Science, School of Theology, VUU Athletics, VUU Band, VUU Choir and VUU Museum.

The 150 Hours of Giving will focus on granting opportunities for students and making college affordable and accessible. The campaign will feature Web-based social media components to engage donors.

Virginia Union is committed to making education affordable for students and keeping its promise of a limitless future. "Our goal is to pull the VUU family together to provide opportunities for more of our student," stated Dennis Washington (Vice President for Institutional Advancement).

You can support HBCU and give a gift in part of its 150 Hours of Giving through VUU's GoFundMe page here. Make sure to spread the work and celebrate Virginia Union University's 150 years of service using the hashtag #VUU150.


Virginia Union University was named as the D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's August HBCU of the Month Supported Institution. During their month of celebration, the organization will celebrate and honor the rich history and prestigious tradition of VUU as well as campaign to support the institution with endowment to keep it historically alive in continuing to serve academic excellence while assisting students in financial needs with scholarships.

In celebration of 150 years as well as the kick off for the 150 Hours of Giving, VUU has released an video featuring Pharrell Williams hit song "Happy," in support of how happy VUU is as an HBCU institution and as well as for your donation gifts given. You can watch the video below.

No New Posts   D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund President & Founder Represents UAPB in HBCU Spotlight on The HBCU Nation Radio Show

June 22, 2015

596B3F69-49FC-4552-918A-99568B6E581F.png_zpsxo2hxtfu.jpegICYMI - D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's President and Founder Mr. Demetrius Johnson, Jr., represented his HBCU (historically black college and university) on The HBCU Nation Radio Show this past Saturday (June 20) in the HBCU Spotlight.

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.

Mr. Johnson was featured on the HBCU Spotlight representing his HBCU, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in a way of its positive highlights and achievement in its years as an HBCU land-grant institution in the state of Arkansas. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff was authorized in 1873 by the Reconstruction-era legislature as the Branch Normal College. In 1927, the school severed its ties with the University of Arkansas and became Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical & Normal College (AM&N) and it moved to its current campus location in 1929. In 1972, AM&N merged back with the University of Arkansas system and became what it is now as well as gained its university status as the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) .

You can listen to Mr. Johnson HBCU Spotlight interview representing UAPB on The HBCU nation here.

No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Chancellor/President Spotlight Tuesday - Dr. Leslie N. Pollard

June 16, 2015

DrStaceyJonesECSU_zpsyrus5bdz.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 (6/16/15), we highlighted Dr. Leslie Nelson Pollard, (pictured on the right), President of Oakwood University.

Dr. Leslie Nelson Pollard serves as the 11th President of Oakwood University, which is located in Huntsville, Alabama.

Dr. Pollard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oakwood University in 1978, a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University Theological Seminary in 1983, and the Doctor of Ministry degree in Preaching and Worship from Claremont School of Theology in 1992.

He also earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the La Sierra University School of Business in Organizational Management (2005) and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in New Testament Language and Literature from Andrews University in 2007, with a specialty in apocalyptic literature. Dr. Pollard is the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. in academic content theology from Andrews University Theological Seminary.

Since 1978, Dr. Pollard has served as senior pastor for a number of large church complexes, including the Kansas Avenue (Riverside, CA), Berean (Los Angeles, CA) and the Oakwood University Seventh-day Adventist churches. Additionally, he has been a youth paster, a university chaplain, a healthcare program administrator, and an educational administrator.

Dr. Pollard remains a productive and engaged scholar. He is editor and contributing author to the groundbreaking volume on leadership and cultural competence entitled "Embracing Diversity: How to Reach People of all Cultures." He also writes regularly for the Adventist Review, Ministry, and Message magazines. He is a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Applied Christian Leadership of Andrews University. He has published numerous articles and/or book chapters on the subjects of  leadership, cultural competence, and mission.

Since 1979, Dr. Pollard has been married to the former Prudence LaBeach. Dr. Prudence LaBeach Pollard earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Oakwood University in 1978. Most recently, Prudence served as a tenured Professor of Management at La Sierra University School of Business. Prior to La Sierra University, Prudence served Oakwood as Vice-President for Administration and Human Resources, now, she serves as Assistant Vice President for Faculty Development, Leadership, and Research at Oakwood University. She also serves as Adjunct Professor of Management at La Sierra and Loma Linda universities.

The Pollards have two daughters, who are also Oakwood graduates. kristin is an attorney working in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Huntsville, and Ala.Karin is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy.

The Pollards are both lifetime members of the National Oakwood University Alumni Association and were honored in April of 2009 with the Oakwood Alumni Association's Certificate of Merit.


For more information about Oakwood University, visit www.oakwood.edu.

Source: http://www.oakwood.edu/about-ou/administration/presidents-office/president-of-oakwood-university

No New Posts   EBONY Magazine Named Hampton University Graduate Kierna Mayo as new Editor-in-Chief

June 16, 2015

11427703_10153363194937988_3458141604476289148_n_zpsaykneymv.jpgCHICAGO, IL -  Johnson Publishing which is located in Chicago, Illinois and known for its Ebony and Jet magazines has named a new editor-in-chief, Kierna Mayo and Kyra Kyles as its new head of digital editorial, promoting two employees to fill a gap left after exits since 2014 according to source.

FAMU alumna and former Ebony Editor Mitzi Miller, who also was editor of the company's weekly Jet magazine, made an exit in February which was months after her predecessor, Amy DuBois Barnett, left in 2014.

Kierna Mayo, 45,  is a graduate of Hampton University, a historically black university located in Hampton, Virginia. She is planed to work out of the company's New York office. She was hired at the magazine in 2011 as its editorial director and has been leading the magazine since Miller's departure. There have been three issues produced under her leadership, including covers that featured hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar, talk show host Wendy Williams, and its current issue featuring Beyonce Knowles' mother, Tina Knowles Lawson.

Mayo was also co-creator and founding editor-in-chief of Honey Magazine and says that she aims to revive a "maverick spirit" at Ebony that the magazine had in the 20th century, using a probing and provocative approach that tackles topics from celebrities to race relations. She has written for Essence, Vibe and Marie Claire magazine as well as other publications, the company stated in a statement.

Kyles, 39, joined Johnson Publishing also in 2011 and as a senior editor of Jet and most recently was the editorial director of that publication. In the past, she had produced a pop culture column called the "Kyles Files," which had a weekly broadcast segment on WGN-TV.

Johnson Publishing has been trying to steady itself amid financial challenges and editorial exits according to source. and the private company has been navigating efforts to boost profits, including the end of print production for Jet magazine and the proposed sale of its historic photo archive

"Both women have strong print as well as digital backgrounds," Desiree Rogers (CEO of Johnson Publishing) said in an interview. "We want them to always be thinking across platforms."

Source: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150615/NEWS06/150619881/new-editorial-chief-at-ebonys-johnson-publishing

No New Posts   Chicago High School Valedictorian Scores Acceptance to 26 Universities and Earns $3 Million in Scholarships

June 15, 2015

2018756E-E80C-4407-8560-0BEDA5A4D67B_zps2jns42hc.jpgCHICAGO, IL - Have you heard about a Chicago high school graduate who is making headlines after she was accepted to more than two dozen colleges and earned $3 million in scholarships? Well now you have!

Yes! Kenwood Academy valedictorian Arianna Alexander finished high school with a 5.1 grade-point average on the 4.0 scale (WOW) and has been accepted to 26 colleges (including six Ivy League schools). Her scholarship offers total more than $3 million, but Alexander, who wants to be an entrepreneur decided to take the offer from the University of Pennsylvania, according to source.

"It was a lot to take in. I received emails, letters. It was just like 'Come here, come here!' They were bombarding me with all this information," Arianna told WLS.

Alexander is from Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood and is the baby of her family. She has three older siblings.

"I feel like it means I can afford college and I don't have to worry about it.  I feel like that's an issues for a lot of people my age," she told WLS.

Her father, Pierre Alexander, encouraged her, after another Kenwood student was offered more than $1 million in scholarships a few years ago.

"I planted the seed in Arianna's mind that you can do the same thing. So when the process got started and a million was achieved, let's go for two. I said let's go for three, and she did it!" He said.

Her family has also influenced her. Arianna recounted her dad's words: "Work hard, pray on  it, and don't give it. No matter what happens, you did your best."

"So as long as you work hard, I feel like there is always a way for you," Arianna said. After college, she plans to own four restaurants and already working on the menus. 

Congratulations on her awesome achievements and accomplishments and we wish her the best in her future endeavors, we at D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign know she will do well.



No New Posts   Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Kevin Walsh Drafted By Philandelphia Phillies & Andre Davis Drafted By Kansas City Royals

June 11, 2015


PINE BLUFF, Ark. - University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff baseball team has recently scored two to Major League Baseball teams during the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft,senior right-handed pitcher Kevin Walsh (pictured up top on the left) who was selected in the 21st round by the Philadelphia Phillies (June 10) Wednesday afternoon during the third day of the draft .

Walsh, who earned First-Team All-SWAC 2014 and 2015 and was also named to the Chi Alpha Sigma National Student Athlete Honors Society in 2015, was taken with the 624th selection overall and is the second Golden Lion selected in this year's draft behind Andre Davis (Pitcher/Infielder) (pictured up top on the right) who was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the eighth round and was 249th selection overall.

Walsh is a Magnolia, New Jersey native who spent two season (2014-15) with UAPB after transferring from Gloucester Community College, compiling a 4-2 with a 1.70 ERA, coming out the bullpen his senior year. He allowed 12 runs (eight earned) on 29 hits over 42.1 innings with 54 strikeouts.

Davis who is from Castro Valley, Calif., as an infielder this past season, he saw action in 38 games with the Golden Lions, while starting in 37 of them. He finished the season with 51 hits in 140 at-bats for .364 batting average, while driving in 39 runs and scoring 34. He also tallied 12 doubles, one triple and six homers for a total of 19 hits for extra bases.

On the mound for UAPB, Davis made 19 appearances while making one start. He finished the season with a 2.28 ERA in 27.2 innings pitched for a 2-2 record and five saves, while striking out 35.

Davis was also a 2015 First Team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference selection, a 2015 inductee into the student-athlete National Honor Society Chi Alpha Sigma and was the Trotter Ford Male Student-Athlete of the Year.

Congratulations to both of the players and we wish them the best in their future endeavors as an professional MLB player! Go Golden Lions!

Source: http://www.uapblionsroar.com

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