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No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Chancellor/President Spotlight Tuesday - Dr. Stacey Franklin Jones

June 9, 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 (6/9/15), we highlighted Dr. Stacy Franklin Jones, (pictured on the right), Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University.

Dr. Stacey Franklin Jones is Elizabeth City State University's 10th Chief Executive Officer and the university's fifth Chancellor. She was announced by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors who unanimously approved her selection on September 4, 2014.

Born in Boston, Jones graduated magna cum laude from Howard University in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. She later earned a Masters' degree in numerical science in 1986 and technical management in 1991 from The Johns Hopkins University and a doctorate in Computer Science in 1997 from George Washington University. In addition, she has completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University and the Executive Leadership Program at Hampton University. In 2005-06, she was an American Council on Education Fellow hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

She spent her early part of her career from 1982 to 1993 in private industry as a defense and electronic systems software engineer and product development manager for Northrop Grumman in Maryland. She than worked for several years as an engineering manager and system architect for other Maryland-based companies before transitioning into higher education.

Jones began her academic career in 1997 in the computer science department at The Johns Hopkins University, where she was a research scientist and adjunct member of the research faculty, teaching systems programming, co-designing a "surgery for engineers" course, and conducting investigations funded by the National Security Agency.

In 2000, she was recruited to Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., where she served two years as chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department before becoming dean of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), a position she held from 2002 to 2008. She oversaw the STEM school achieved accreditation from key national organizations, and the physics repeatedly ranked among the top five nationally for science degrees awarded to African-Americans.

In 2007, Jones was named Benedict's vice president of sponsored programs and research (later restructed as vice president for institutional effectiveness and sponsored programs). In this expanded leadership role, she managed units responsible for 93 percent of the college's revenue sources, secured millions of dollars in awards for various programs and implemented the college's first academic foreign exchange program with China. In 2009, she was promoted to senior vice president of the university. Under her leadership, the dollar value of new grants increased by 50 percent over a two-year period.

In July 2010, she returned to Maryland to become provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bowie State University. In that role, she oversaw academic programming and policy development and was credited with designing a comprehensive institution-wide academic assessment plan, process and timeline that culminated in a successful Middle States accreditation reaffirmation. In December of that following year, she was named a special assistant serving the University System of Maryland. During her tenure as special assistant, she developed a methodology for assessing student retention success at the campus and system levels; counseled senior administrators on faculty issues, student retention methods and financial planning, and mentored faculty pursuing new investigators grant awards from the Department of Homeland Security and the National Science Foundation. She returned to the private sector in fall 2011.

Jones has been honored with the South Carolina Governor's Award for Excellence in Science in 2007 and the Outstanding Woman in Technology Award from the National Society of Black Engineers in 2004. Over the course of her career, she has secured and administered more than $100 million in proposals, grants and contracts from the federal government and private sector companies, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.

She has two young adults children who are graduates of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Winthrop University.


For more information about Elizabeth City State University, visit www.ecsu.edu.

Source: http://www.ecsu.edu/administration/chancellor/bio.cfm

No New Posts   D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund Celebrates Black Music Month 2015

June 7, 2015


Join the D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund in celebrating Black Music Month 2015 in recognizing our past and current generation of African American music.

We ask that you join us in celebration by posting your past and current generation of music favorite pictures, videos, history facts, etc by using the hashtag #BMM2015HBCUCampaign.

We also would like to highlights our talented HBCU students and alumnus that are looking to pursue in music careers in whether its singing or playing an instrument. You can submit your music, videos, pictures through the HBCU Campaign's website here to be highlighted on our website and social media pages.

Black Music Month is a celebration for African American Music every year in the month of June. It was originally started as Black Music Month by President Jimmy Carter, who decreed that June would be the the month of black music on June 7, 1979. Each year, President Barack Obama has announced observance under a new title, African-American Music Appreciation Month.

No New Posts   Tennessee State's Football Program Now Eligible for Postseason After APR Score Adjustment

June 4, 2015

tsu-football-92609_zpskel9l7ha.jpgNASHVILLE, TN - Some great news has hit the Tennessee State University Athletic Department on Thursday.

According to source, the Tigers are now eligible for postseason play after a recalculation of the football program's multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR), the team is not subject to a postseason ban on Level I penalty for the upcoming season.

"Although many perceive the APR as purely academic, it is actually more complex than that with retention being an equal part of the calculation," Teresa Phillips (Director of Athletics) said. "The athletics department, university and football staff will continue to work together in meeting and exceeding th standards established by the NCAA."

With Thursday's news, the Tennessee State athletic program plans to continue its stretch of exceeding the NCAA's APR threshold for all sports and has never been issued a postseason ban or penalty of any level. On May 27, the NCAA published its annual report in which Tennessee State's football program rate was deemed to be below the benchmark set by the NCAA.

"We are extremely happy for our players, coaches, and the entire University," Glenda Glover (President of Tennessee State University) said. "Above all, we are here to educate young men and women. This has always been and will remain our top priority at TSU."



No New Posts   Livingstone College Receives Grant as a Result of Female Graduate to Increase Female Awareness in Computer Information

June 4, 2015

11150475_1109807009036275_2492243403657777698_n_zps0tun3dtz.jpgSALISBURY, NC - Livingstone College, a private historically black, four-year college located in Salisbury, North Carolina) was awarded $1000.00 Student Seed Fund Grant from NCWIT (National Center of Women Technology) and Symantac as a result of of May 2015 Computer Information Systems major graduate, Ms. Alexis Fullard (Pictured on the right).

According to source, Ms. Fullard wrote a proposal to increase awareness among females by teaching Scratch programming to elementary and middle school girls as part of Females in Technology (FiT) Special Interest Group in conjunction with Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA). The elementary school participants will benefit, from learning public speaking skills and team building exercises while building their overall confidence in their ability to write programs using Scratch. The participants for this six-week Scratch curriculum will be elementary and middle school females who are members of FACT (Families and Communities Together). FACT works with K-12 students and their families to establish goals and plan activities and families spiritually, academically, and culturally.

FiT promotes leadership and sustains female students in Computer Information Systems at Livingstone College. FiT through community outreach provides juniors and seniors an opportunity to present and influence elementary and middle school girls while also building their confidence through team building exercises. Additionally, FiT focuses on increasing interest and awareness in computing among underrepresented groups especially females.

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 600 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women's participation in computing and technology. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers.

The funding will be used to cover the costs of participant supplies and student stipends.

The D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund commends Ms. Fullard on excellence job well done in working to improve her alma mater campus and her community as well by taking it to the NEXT level.

Livingstone College was announced as the D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's June 2015 HBCU of the Month Supported Institution. You can join us in helping to celebrate, honor and fundraise for Livingstone by visiting their HBCU of the Month honoree page here.



No New Posts   Welcome Livingstone College as the D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's June 2015 HBCU of the Month

June 4, 2015

3DD6164F-EB13-45D9-AE93-B916E42872FC.png_zpsyhfnqseb.jpegWelcome Livingstone College as the D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign's June 2015 HBCU of the Month Supported Institution.

Began as Zion Wesley Institute in Concord, North Carolina in 1879, the school was closed after fundraising was conducted by Dr. Joseph Charles Price and Bishop J. W. Hood and re-open in 1882 a few miles north in Salisbury.

Zion Wesley Institute was originally founded by the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church. The institute changed its name to Livingstone College in 1887 to honor African missionary David Livingstone. David Livingstone was a Scottish Congregationalist pioneer medical missionary with the London Missionary Society and an explorer in Africa. That same year in 1887, the school granted its first degree. The first group of students to graduate included eight men and two woman, the first black women to earn bachelor's degrees in North Carolina.

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

You can also contribute to the #JuneLC campaign by visiting Livingstone College HBCU of the Month honoree page on our site here, all dollars raised will go to Livingstone College 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 #JuneLC campaign in celebrating Livingstone College. Go Blue Bears!

No New Posts   McDonald's Franchise Owner, Philanthropist and Brother of Tom Joyner, Albert Joyner passes away at the age of 69

June 3, 2015

11406313_10153357930559805_1441770277784683985_o_zps52nmwquw.jpgJACKSON, MS - One of the nation's most successful owners of McDonald's franchise, philanthropist and brother of syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner, Albert Joyner has passed away in Jackson, Mississippi on Wednesday. He was 69.

According to source, Joyner brought his first McDonald's franchise in Mobile, Alabam and with the success of his first restaurant, he formed My Joy, Inc. and went on to own numerous franchises in Birmingham and Jackson, Mississippi. Mack Wilbourn, one of the first minority McDonald's franchises in the Southeast, as well as Joyner's mentor and friend, has said that one of his greatest accomplishments mentoring Albert Joyner.

Joyner shared his brother (Tom Joyner) passion for education and served as an active board member of the Tom Joyner Foundation.

Albert was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, he attended Tuskegee Institute High School and graduated from Tuskegee University, majoring in physical education. He was a fervent family man and is survived by his wife, Danita, and four children - Michael, Allison, Danielle and Albert Jr. He is also survived by his brother, Tom, and nephews Thomas Joyner, Jr. and Oscar Joyner.

In lieu of flowers, you can click here to be redirected to make a donation to the Al Joyner Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will benefit students at Tuskegee University, his alma mater.

The D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund sends our deepest condolences and prayers to Tom Joyner and the Joyner family during this sadden time.




No New Posts   JSU Alum & Former SWAC Golf Player of the Year Makes First PGA Event

June 3, 2015

CcqGcPyM_zpsahan8ren.jpegMEMPHIS, TN - Former Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Clay Myers II a Memphis native has finally received his chance to live his dream to play golf on the PGA Tour. For someone who was introduced to golf by his father at 8 years and has been playing on every competitive level from middle school, high school, collegiate, to professional and he has been achieving across the golf course.

Myers who is a graduate of Jackson State University, played on their golf team on scholarship and served as team captain for 2 1/2 years. In his collegiate career, he won three golf tournament, four conference championships, made the All-SWAC team four years in a row, 2012 SWAC Player of the Year, and the All-SWAC Academic Team. He also  instructed Yoga,  Ultimate Fitness, and Spin Aerobics in the Walter Payton Recreational Center on the campus. He was the spokesperson for the "Choose Jackson State, I Did" which was a campaign that was advertised on many billboards around the city as well as on the school website.

Myers graduated from Jackson State University with a Bachelors degree in Accounting. That following summer in 2012, he went forward with his golf career, he registered as a PGA Apprentice where he successfully passed his playing ability test (PAT) and qualify level test. He placed 3rd in the Memphis Pub Links scoring his tournament low (70, 67, 66) totaling -8 under par. Later he qualified for the U.S. Amateur in Denver, CO scoring (67, 71) to go into a playoff for the last spot and winning.

Myers has done several commercials for Dick's Sporting Goods and volunteered with Fellowship Christian Athletes. In February 2014, he scored another tournament low of (67, 67) totaling -10 par on the Florida Professional Tour finishing 4th. And now, he will be playing in the PGA Tour Tournament, FedEx St. Jude Classic which will be held in Memphis, which takes place on June 11 through June 14.

Myers took to Twitter to announce his distinguish accomplishment:


The D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund congratulates Myers on his accomplishments and wishes him the best of luck in the FedEx St. Jude Classic. We're rooting for you!





No New Posts   UAPB's Aquaculture and Fisheries Center Director and Chairwoman Carole Engle to retire

June 2, 2015


PINE BLUFF, AR - Back in March, Arkansas House representative Camille Bennett was pointed at for proposing a house bill to transfer the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff's (a historically black university located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas), Division of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences to the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville Division of Agriculture.

(Picture Source: https://uapbnews.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/dr-carole-r-engle-receives-national-award-for-promoting-growth-of-aquaculture/)According to source, Carole Engle (pictured on the right) who is the Agriculture and Fisheries Center of Excellence director and chairwoman will now be retiring from the university effective June 30. Which Chancellor Alexander made the announcement Friday in a press release and named Rebecca Lochmann as interim director and interim chairwoman.

According to the house bill that was proposed, it's was an act to amend the laws concerning Agricultural Programs at Colleges and Universities, and for other purposes. The house bill also stated by August 5, 2015 the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture shall develop and implement a diagnostic lab at the Lonoke extension service and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, College of Agriculture shall transfer all assets, equipment, and grants and other funds to the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture.

Prior to the house bill proposal, UAPB's Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander and the department chairwoman Carole Engle had bump heads about the way the department was being operated and administrated. Alexander wanted the center to focus more on research and Engle believed that would had take away from its role of assisting fish farmers.

Neither students, alumni and community/university supporters were aware of house bill 1838 until the day before it went to the table to be voted upon. Students, alumni, and community/university supporters took to action to protest against the bill and their voices were heard. Before the bill even hit the table it was withdrawn. And because of the conflict about which direction the department should be led and put into research focus, according to source Engle said, she announce her intention to leave UAPB one year ago.

Engle told the Pine Bluff Commercial in January, "Our faculty does not want to be in a ivory tower where they do science for the sake of science. Our land-grant mission is to serve the needs of Arkansas. The fish farmers have done unbelievable things for UAPB, including the approval of a master's program in aquaculture and fisheries and the Ph.D. program and state matching funds of $3.5 million."

"Fish farmers found out I actively looking to leave," Engle said in January. "They got concerned about the future of the program. Four faculty members are actively looking to leave. There is a lot of discouragement."

Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Jacquelyn McCray told the Pine Bluff Commercial that she knew Engle from when she was than dean of the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences in the late 1980s. McCray said Engle helped improve the aquaculture center.

McCray said Engle helped grow extension programs and research programs. Research programs create new knowledge, whereas extension programs apply knowledge and work with farmers. She also said that Engle hired faculty members and second additional funding. The Center of Excellence worked with the Cooperative Extension Service of the Division of Agriculture of the University of Arkansas System.

Since 1988, the university has gained recognition as a leading research institution in aquaculture studies, offering the state's only comprehensive program in this field and according to the school, it's aquaculture program is a $167 million industry in Arkansas along and worth approximately $1.2 billion in the Mississippi Delta region. The program is enhanced by the addition of an Aquaculture/Fisheries PhD program, which received full accreditation in November 2011.




No New Posts   FAMU Graduate Student Elected as Chair of the Florida Student Association (FSA)

June 2, 2015






TALLAHASSEE, FLA -  Florida A&M University Student Government President and Board of Trustees member Tonnette Graham (pictured on the right with President Dr. Elmira Mangum) who is a graduate student has been elected as chair of the Florida Students Association (FSA). Her appointment to this position also makes her a member of the Florida Board of Governors.

Congratulations Ms. Graham, we are proud to see you making a positive light in the HBCU community!

No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Chancellor/President Tuesday - Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr.

June 2, 2015

B0743DF4-EFE6-4A77-BBE2-DC2BFDED1188.png_zpso24oipl5.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 (6/2/15), we highlighted Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., (pictured on the right), President of Livingstone College.

Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., who is a longtime educator and administrator was named the 12th president of Livingstone College on February 8, 2006. Dr. Jenkins earned a Bachelors degree in Biology from Elizabeth City State University, his teaching certification in Biology and a Masters degree from Howard University, and a Doctorate degree in Biology Education from Purdue University.

Dr. Jenkins served as president of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida from 1997 to 2005. During his tenure, the college expanded its faculty and broke ground on its first new building in decades while reducing its debt from $8.5 million to $500,000 in three years and growing its enrollment from 300 to 1,300 students. Recently, Edward Waters named the new building after Dr. Jenkins as a tribute to the tremendous progress under his leadership.

Prior to his tenure at Edward Waters College, Dr. Jenkins served as chancellor of Elizabeth City State University from 1977 to 1995, becoming the first alumnus to serve as its Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure at ECSU, he secured the support of the State Legislature of North Carolina for construction of six major buildings on campus. He also launched a $5 million capital campaign, completing the fundraising a year ahead of schedule. He was honored to have the than newly constructed Science Building named in his honor.

He is married to Dr. Faleese Moore-Jenkins, and they have three children, Dr. Lisa Lopez, Attorney Ginger Cartwright and Jimmy Jr., a graphic artist and college lecturer.

For more information about Livingstone College, visit www.livingstone.edu.

No New Posts   Former President of UMES and Southern, Dr. Dolores Richard Spikes passes away at the age of 78

June 1, 2015

image00255.jpgThe first female president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's (UMES), Chancellor of the Southern University system and Southern University and A&M College, Dr. Dolores Richard Spikes has died. She was 78 years old.

Spikes was the first woman to head a public college in Louisiana. Spikes served as Chancellor of Southern University from 1988 to 1996 and president of UMES from 1996 to 2001. She also served as Chancellor of Southern University - New Orleans campus and the Southern University system.

She was UMES 11th president and took the position over from William P. Hytche Sr. who was the president from 1975 to 1996.  Hytche urged Spikes to apply for the job, according to his book "Polishing the Diamond." Hytche and Spikes knew each other from their work as leaders of historically black land-grant institutions.

"Spikes will be remembered at UMES as a leader who drew on the wisdom and experience she gained as the president of her alma mater, Southern University, and the grace that comes with being a native of the South." Dr. Juliette B. Bell (Current President of UMES) said. "Dr. Spikes was a pioneer of her generation."

Born on August 24, 1936, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Spikes was the daughter of Lawrence Granville Richard and Margaret Patterson Richard. She graduated from Southern University in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics with summa cum laude in 1957.

Spikes was the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Louisiana State University in 1971.

In 1994, President Bill Clinton named Spikes to his board of advisers on historically black colleges and university and in January 1990, EBONY named her one of the twenty "Most Influential Black women in America."

The D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund organization joins to extend its sympathies and condolences to Dr. Spikes family, friends, UMES family, Southern University family and HBCU nation at this difficult time.




No New Posts   The University of Louisiana System Selected Five Semi-Finalist in Search for Grambling's Next President

May 30, 2015


BATON ROUGE - The Grambling State University Presidential Search is tentatively on and the Search Committee have selected five candidates to interview next week for Grambling's top post on Friday (May 29).

Interviews will take place this coming Tuesday and Wednesday on Grambling's campus which will be public interviews. Then the Search Committee will meet at 8 a.m. on Thursday to narrow the field of candidates from five to two. Finalists will interview with the University of Louisiana System Board in a public meeting at 11 a.m. The board is expected to announce a decision around noon Thursday, June 4.

UL System staff will release details of the interview schedule when it is available. All public interviews will be videotaped and made available on the Grambling Presidential Search website. Members of the public will be able to submit questions by writing the search committee at gsupresidentialsrch@uls.state.la.us by midnight Monday June 1, 2015. In addition to public interviews, candidates will meet with Grambling faculty, staff and students.

The five semi-finalist for Presidency includes one former HBCU President and former Vice President. Two current Vice Presidents (One at an HBCU) and one HBCU President current Chief of Staff.

  • W. Wayne Brumfield (Ph.D. - Louisiana State University), Former Vice President for Student Affairs, the University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • Thomas J. Calhoun, Jr. (Ph.D. - University of Washington), Vice President for Enrollment Management, University of North Alabama
  • Glenda F. Carter (Ph.D. - University of Michigan), Executive Vice President and Provost and Professor of Education, Wiley College
  • Willie D. Larkin (Ph.D. - Ohio State University), Chief of Staff, Office of the President, Morgan State University
  • Gilbert L. Rochon (Ph.D. - Massachusetts Institute of Technology), President's Council, University of New Orleans (former President, Tuskegee University)

You are able to download candidate applications from the UL System website here.

"It was very difficult to narrow the list of candidates from eight down to five, because all of the candidates were very strong, and for that, we applaud the The Hollins Group for providing such excellent choices. We are delighted to have the opportunity next week to interact with each of these higher education leaders to select Grambling's next President," said Sandra Woodley (UL System President & committee chair).

The UL System established a page on its website at www.ulsystem.edu/GramblingSearch for more information about the Grambling Presidential Search.




No New Posts   Four University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Alumnus Received Medical Degrees

May 30, 2015



Four alumnus of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) received their medical degrees from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences this graduation season.

One of the medical graduates were Dr. Randall Walker, a 2010 UAPB graduate decided to go into medicine after having witnessed firsthand the many health disparities citizens faced when he was a child. His decision became more firm during his teenage years when his maternal grandmother passed away from cancer.

"It was at that time I decided that I wanted to make a difference in the lives other through health care," Dr. Randall Walker said. "The summer of my freshman year, my decision to choose medicine as solidified when I was accepted in the Summer Medical Dental Education Program (SMDEP) at Howard University. It was there I witnessed firsthand how physicians can positively impact not only the patient's physical and mental health but social, emotional, and spiritual health as well."

Dr. Walker received his medical degree from the UAMS this semester with a specialty in family medicine. He is currently pursuing his Master's degree in Public Health from UAMS and attributes his success in medical school to his experiences at UAPB.

Dr. Walker is also former Student Government Association President (2009-2010) and plans to pursue Family Medicine with plans to possibly fellowship in Adolescent medicine upon receiving his MPH in December this year.

Another UAPB Alumni that received their medical degree from UAMS this graduation season is Dr. Kristopher Stepps, a 2007 graduate. The Pine Bluff native has been admitted to the LSU School of Business Executive MBA program. After earning his MBA, Dr. Stepps will pursue residency training in Family Medicine.

Dr. Stephen Broughton, II, a 2011 graduate and Pine Bluff native. He is a third generation physician behind his father and uncle, who are also UAPB/AM&N and UAMS gradutes. His specialty is in Internal Medicine.

and last by not least Dr Barbara Johnson, a 2010 graduate and a Chicago native. She will be the first doctor in her family specializing in Pediatrics. Dr. Johnson was hooded by her husband, Dr. Roderick Johnson, who is an ER resident and 2014 UAMS graduate.

Congratulations to these four achieving UAPB alums, we at HBCU Campaign wish you the best in your future endeavors and looking forward to seeing more great things!




No New Posts   Claflin University Alumnus Michael DeVore Wins 2015 International "Ozy Genius Award" For Barbershop App

May 30, 2015

5858B4D0-0816-4E39-8C06-143E0F5FE7CC.png_zpsdeliifxk.jpeg22-year old Claflin University alumni Michael DeVore wins the 2015 international "Ozy Genius Award" for his Live Chair Barbershop app.

"Every time I can get someone to listen to me, I'm pitching a new idea," say DeVore.

Behind this app, was when DeVore came across a classmate at Claflin University who was complaining about how he couldn't afford to get a haircut. He then thought about the other students who probably had the same problem. Then he thought about all the barbers he'd visited who didn't have websites, efficient appointment booking systems or a marketing presence.

When you enter Live Chair created by DeVore, an app that aims to connect barbers and students. The app will also provide discounts for college students and a platform for companies to connect with new customers.

"Teachers always tell us, 'You want to go work for someone,'" DeVore says. "But I've always been a rebel. I want to do something different."

In the competition, hundreds of applications poured in with ideas in pitching novels, films, apps, businesses and much more.Only 10 participants were chosen across the world. The participants were also judged by a panelist of judges that included Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder of Emerson Collective, and David Drummond, chief legal officer and senior vice president of corporate development at Google.

The Claflin alum will be receiving $5,000 from OZY to put towards Live Chair and well as being flown to California in the future to connect with other Genius Award Winners.

We stand to congratulate and applaud DeVore on his distinguish achievement and a excellent job well done. You are an alum that is achieving it up on the daily and showing that HBCU alums are HISTORIC!




No New Posts   Three HBCUs Top 10 Colleges Doing Right By Kids List

May 30, 2015


Three HBCUs have top the Top 10 Colleges Doing Right By Kids list conducted by Kipp.org.

Kipp.org featured 10 colleges and universities which includes three HBCUs, that are leading the way in supporting first-generation and low-income college students. These institutions are large and small, public and private, urban and rural. According to Kipp.org, they all have a deep commitment to providing students with a meaningful college experience, and helping them ultimately make it to graduation day.

The three HBCUs that were highlighted were the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff for Pre-Orientation Summer Programs, Dillard University for On-Campus Support Systems and Spelman College for Graduation rates.

According to Kipp.org, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas was highlighted for Pre-Orientation Summer Programs.

For first-generation students, entering college can be a challenge transition. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff offers Learning Institute and Opportunities for New Students (LIONS) summer program to help incoming students adjust to college life. Participants move into a residence hall on campus over the summer. During the program, they meet fellow freshman and UAPB faculty, take English and algebra classes, attend tutoring and academic enrichment sessions, and participate in "College Knowledge" workshops and seminars. At the end of the program, they attend UAPB's general freshman orientation with a head start.

Dillard University, which is located in New Orleans, Louisiana was the second HBCU highlighted and they were highlighted by Kipp.org for On-Campus Support Systems.

For many first-generation college students, college can feel like a "sink or swim" environment. Dillard University proactively helps first-year students navigate the school's support system. All first-year academic support programs are housed under the Academic Center for Excellence, so that a student only has to go to one place to get help with everything from managing personal challenges to navigating academic struggles. Dillard also assesses incoming students' college preparedness and their individual concerns - like social-emotional issues or affordability - then alerts specific departments that a particular student may need their support. Finally, Dillard places students with similar academic interest in "learning communities," so that they are surrounded by peers who are exploring the same majors and taking the same classes.


The third HBCU which was highlighted was Spelman College located in Atlanta, Georgia for their Graduation Rates.

If a first-generation or low-income student attends a school with high graduation rates for students like them, they're far more likely to graduate themselves. Spelman College boasts a 76 percent six-year average graduation rate - that's the highest graduation rate of any Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the country. Spelman also enrolls the largest number of black female recipients of the Gates Millennium Scholarship - a program for students with financial need - of any institution in the U.S. Knowing this, college advisors can encourage students who are interested in HBCUs to consider Spelman a top choice.

Congratulations to these illustrious HBCU institutions on excelling academic excellence and making the list in being highlighted for achieving historically. Way to take your campus to the next level!




No New Posts   Grambling State University Student to Intern with the Philadelphia 76ers Basketball Camp

May 30, 2015

1176278_654438617900021_1108818957_n_zpsytcywzed.jpgGRAMBLING, LOUISIANA - Grambling State University student Raven Campbell who is 22-year-old senior majoring in sports management has been selected to complete a summer internship with the Philadelphia 76ers basketball camp this summer from June to August.

As a daughter of a football coach, Campbell grew up around sports. She would travel with her father to games and observe the traits that made him a successful coach. When she was in high school, she was a star athlete in basketball, track and field and a black belt in taekwondo.

"I can't see my life without sports. I've been a coach's daughter all my life, and I've been involved in sports forever," said Campbell. "I will be the assistant manager of camp facilities, which involves supervising the little 76ers campers and managing the professional 76ers while they prepare for training camp and off-season play."

While it will be her first experience with an NBA team, it will be Campbell's third professional athletics team she has worked with, including the New Orleans Saints and the Kansas City Chiefs football team.

She has also spent one summer interning as a coach for youth football programs with the Saints. She spent the past two summers working with the Chiefs, where her day would begin at 6 a.m. to prepare for the excited fans and corporate sponsors who attended the Chiefs summer training camp.

"I learned a lot of pride in that job. I learned that you can't watch the clock. When you are in professional sports, it's not a 9-5 day. If you don't work hard, there is always someone else willing to take your job," Campbell said.

And when she's not spending her summers interning with NBA and NFL teams, Campbell is getting plenty of athletic experience working at Grambling. She got her start in college athletics when Santoria Black, her mentor and a lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, introduced her to the Grambling Sports Radio Network in 2011. She worked as a promotions coordinator and radio production lead producer for two years, learning how to supervise athletic events, manage halftime performances, run in-house promotions and record stats for stories.

Since 2013, Campbell has been working media relations in the Department of Athletics. She keeps stats during games, coordinates media interviews with coaches and players and update content for the department's website and social media accounts.

Campbell is expected to graduate in December 2015, and after she graduates she plans to pursue a master's degree in sports administration and ultimately work as a front office executive or general manager in the NBA or NFL.

We at the D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund commends Raven on a excellent job well done and send her the best of wishes. We at HBCU Campaign are looking forward to seeing a phenomenal woman in charge in the future of an professional athletic team franchise!




No New Posts   Check out Southern University's "On The Yard SU" Weekly Video Series

May 30, 2015

5FA967C2-F9F5-4D55-8A87-9B8FC28E6145.png_zpsi3vq4xmk.jpegCheck out a weekly video series called "On The Yard SU". This series brings you the all the latest news and story lines around Southern University and A&M College located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The series is co-directed/co-produced by Perry White and Garrett Edgerson of DaEdge1Productions. Perry White also serves as host of the series.

You can watch their weekly series videos by viewing their YouTube Channel here.

Watch this weeks video featuring the Southern University Alumni Home Chapter Crawfish Boil & Music Festival below:

No New Posts   Meet the 2015 SWAC Baseball Champs Head Coach - Michael Robertson of Texas Southern University

May 30, 2015


HOUSTON, TX - Did you know that Michael Robertson who is the current Head Baseball Coach at Texas Southern University is an Prairie View A&M University and Huston-Tillotson University graduate?

Robertson graduated from the Austin, Texas university in 1987 as well as he received his masters degree from PVAMU in 1992 . Robertson was also part of the baseball program at HT and was mentor by HT's Head Baseball Coach Alvin Moore. He was head coach of PVAMU's baseball program from 2003 until 2007, where he led the Panthers to two consecutive SWAC championships in 2006 & 2007. He also led PVAMU to their first SWAC Tournament appearance as well as their first SWAC Western Division title and their first NCAA Regional Championship Tournament in 2006. The Panthers were also named Black College Baseball national champions in 2006.

While under Robertson's leadership, Prairie View made four consecutive appearances in the SWAC Championship Tournament and he was recognized as the 2004 Black College Baseball.com Coach of the Year, the 2006 SWAC Coach of the Year, the 2007 Black College Baseball Coach of the Year and the 2007 SWAC Coach of the Year.

This year, Robertson has lead Texas Southern to their first SWAC championship title since 2008 where they defeated the Southern University Jaguars with a 10-0 win. The Tigers now have three titles in the program's history and ending their season with a 29-19 overall.

Robertson is set to lead the Tigers as they head into the first round of the NCAA baseball Tournament against Texas A&M. The first pitch is set for 6 pm CT this Friday, May 29.

Robertson alma mater Huston-Tilloston posted a statement on Facebook, congratulating the winning coach on his accomplishment and his first SWAC championship with Texas Southern.






No New Posts   Meet Dr. Oswald P. Bronson, Former President of Bethune-Cookman College [May B-CU]

May 30, 2015

ade1866373264cbea00f1a036de91c14_zps5r5cn9wd.jpgAs we celebrate Bethune-Cookman University as our May 2015 HBCU of the Month Supported Institution, let's meet those who succeeded from #BCU as notable alumni. This outstanding HBCU leader and pastor, Dr. Oswald P. Bronson, Sr., served as the institution's president for 29 years (March 18, 1975 until 2004) when he was named president emetrius.

Dr. Bronson is an alumnus of Bethune-Cookman College, where he graduated in 1950 and also earning a bachelor of divinity degree from Gammon Theological Seminary. He received a Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University in 1965.

Commitment to academic excellence was the cornerstone of his presidency. Under his leadership, major fields of study increased from 12 to 37. In addition, seven continuing education centers for students began operating throughout the state. Dr. Bronson also spearheaded investments in faculty development, student achievement and retention. While of maintaining accreditation by SACS, Florida State Board of Education, and The University Senate of The United Methodist Church Board of Higher Education, the college added new accreditations in the Nursing and the Teacher Education programs.

Student enrollment increased during Dr. Bronson's tenure from 1,520 students in 1975 to 2,794 in 2003. He also presided over tremendous growth of the institution's physical plant, budget and endowment. Fifteen new buildings were constructed under his administration, most notably the 2,500 seat Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center. The institution's annual budget grew from $6.2 million in 1975 to $51.4 million in 2003, and the endowment surged from $1.2 million to $26.5 million in the same time period.

Prior to being named resident of Bethune-Cookman College, he served as president of the Interdenominational Theological Center. Dr. Bronson is an ordained United Methodist minister, he have pastored in a number of churches over 16 years.




No New Posts   Maria Thompson Appointed as New President of Coppin State University by USM Board of Regents

May 30, 2015

MariaThompsonCSU.jpgBALTIMORE, MD - On Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - James L. Shea, chairman of the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents announced the appointment of Maria Thompson, Ph.D. as president of Coppin State University. Thompson is currently the provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York at Oneonta (SUNY Oneonta).

Thompson's appointment is effective July 1.

Thompson has held her position at SUNY Oneonta since 2011 after spending 13 years as a leading administrator for research and sponsored programs at Tennessee State University, which is another historically black institution in Nashville, Tennessee.

While as the chief academic officer for SUNY Oneonta, Thompson led the educational mission for a public, regional comprehensive university offering bachelor's and master's degrees to 6,000 students. She has overseen institutional accreditation, institutional planning and assessment, and professional development of more than 500 full-time and part-time faculty members. She also initiated the first academic master plan for the campus and implemented a plan for restructuring the division of academic affairs to strengthen the university's long-time strategic position.

Thompson also graduated from Tennessee State University and holds an Master's from Ohio State University in textiles. She went on and earned her doctorate in textile science and textile economics from the University of Tennessee. She completed the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University in 2011 and, in 2013, completed the Spectrum Executive Leadership Program sponsored by the American Council on Education.

"We are delighted to welcome Dr. Thompson as president of Coppin State University," said Shea. "Her background as a top-level academic leader at SUNY-Oneonta, and her earlier experience in building research enterprise at an urban historically black institution, position her well to advance Coppin as a vital institution in Baltimore and the state."

Coppin State University, a historically black institution, is an urban liberal arts campus anchored in northwest Baltimore. Founded in 1900, Coppin State offers 33 majors and 12 graduate degree programs with courses in nursing, business, teacher education, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

"I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders to continue the university's commitment to preparing graduates who are analytical, socially responsible and lifelong learners," Thompson said. "Urban higher educational plays a vital role in shaping the future of local, national and global communities and I am excited about joining a campus with a rich legacy of community engagement."

The USM Board of Regents in July 2013, appointed Mortimer H. Neufville, Ph.D., to a two-year term as president, effective through June 30, 2015. He began his service to Coppin as interim president on January 2013. He played a critical role in advancing the university's future while the board's Special Review Committee conducted a comprehensive review of Coppin State. The board's analysis developed strategies to increase student retention and graduation rates, improve administrative operations and financial stability, and build a culture focused on success.

To learn more about Coppin State University, visit www.coppin.edu.




No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Chancellor/President Tuesday - Dr. Kent J. Smith, Jr.

May 30, 2015

B0743DF4-EFE6-4A77-BBE2-DC2BFDED1188.png_zpso24oipl5.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 (5/19/15), we highlighted Dr. Kent J. Smith, Jr., (pictured on the right), President of Langston University.

Dr. Kent J. Smith, Jr. was named 16th president of Langston University by the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical Colleges on January 19, 2012. He assumed office on June 4, 2012 and also serves as professor of education.

A Louisiana native, Dr. Smith earned a bachelor of science in secondary education, a master of education in educational administration and supervision from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, and a doctorate in education and human resources studies, with a concentration in educational administration and student affairs, from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Prior to coming to Langston University, Dr. Smith served as the vice president for student affairs, chief student affairs officer and assistant professor of education at Ohio University in Athens. He is a former dean of students at Auburn University in Alabama, director of multicultural affairs at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and was an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University. Dr. Smith was also an adjunct professor of education at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, he was an assistant director of black student services as well.

A deeply committed dynamic leader that is student-focused, Dr. Smith brings with him the experience and potential to take Oklahoma's only historically black institution of higher education to the next level of academic excellence and national preeminence. He is the parent to four sons - Trey, Tyler, Trent and Tanner (pictured above) and daughter Morgan.

Langston University was named D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's January 2015 HBCU of the Month Supported Institution.

For more information about Langston University, visit www.langston.edu.


No New Posts   D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund Announces Its 2015 HBCU Royalty Dictionary Competition

May 30, 2015


May 15 - The D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund organization announces its 2015 HBCU Royalty Dictionary competition. The HBCU competition that highlights newly elected historically black colleges and universities Campus Queens, Kings and SGA President is back!

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

The competition known as #50Queens50Kings was a success in 2014 with inductees including campus Queens, Kings and SGA Presidents from Jackson State University, Alcorn State University, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Savannah State University, and Bowie State University just to named a few.

The D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund hopes in looking forward to continue this recognition initiative to highlight dynamic leaders and academic excellence within' HBCUs for many years to come as well as for a successful competition in 2015.

This year's competition with the theme of 'Watch The Throne', the interest campus Queens, Kings and SGA Presidents will have to register into the competition by pre-submitting their dictionary inducting information and than will be voted upon into being inducted into the dictionary by poll starting June 1.

Interest HBCU campus Queens, Kings and SGA Presidents (NOTE: SGA Presidents are only allow to enter ONLY if their HBCU Institution does not hold an Mister position, to give all Campus Misters an opportunity to participate and be inducted into the dictionary) now can register to enter the competition by visiting our website - www.hbcucampaign.org/hbcuroyalty/.


You can visit the dictionary of our 2014-2015 inductees by visiting here.

Good luck to all of the participating HBCU Campus Queens, Kings and SGA Presidents!

No New Posts   Chicago's Urban Prep Continues Its 100 Percent College Acceptance Rate for Black Males

May 30, 2015

18A5797D-ADF0-45F2-B711-EE557E97B484_zpscybmqus6.jpgCHICAGO, IL - For some people its their dream to attend college, for some others college is not for everyone as they speak but for this all black prep school located in Chicago, Illinois every black male student that across the stage receiving a high school diploma will be attending college in some way.

Urban prep continues to maintain its 100 percent college acceptance rate for an all-black senior class as well for the sixth year in a row, every senor except one at Chicago's Urban Prep Englewood West and Bronzeville campuses has been accepted at four-year colleges and universities.

The except one? Is 17 year-old Deonte Hoard, who was gunned down in Chicago's South Deering neighborhood. He was fatally shot in the chest on the corner of East 106 Street and South Oglesby Avenue back in March. Sources say he was walking to a store with a friend, when shots were fired by someone in a black SUV.

Hoard was scheduled to receive a red and gold striped tie during a ceremony celebrating seniors going to college the week of his death, but yet during a assembly Thursday his mom was given the red and gold striped tie he would had receive for being college-bound.

The 2015 graduating class was accepted into more than 180 different colleges and universities including historically black colleges and universities like Fisk University, Florida A&M University, Howard University and Morehouse College. Seniors also received $11 million in scholarships as well as produced six Gates Millennium Scholarship winners.

"Six straight years of 100 percent college acceptance is no exception - that is an expectation of every child in the City of Chicago," said Rahm Emanuel (Mayor of Chicago). "The young men of Urban Prep are continually raising the standard of academic excellence, both here in Chicago and nationally. Congratulations to the students, parents and educators on this incredible achievement."

The staff at D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund would like to also congratulate the graduating Class of 2015 of Urban Prep Chicago campuses on their achievement as well and also congratulate those who were accepted into an HBCU. We hope you bound to accept admission into one of those illustrious institutions and we wish you the best in your future education endeavors.

About Urban Prep Academies

In 2002, a group of African-American civic, business and education leaders, organized by former Hales Franciscan High School President Tim King, determined to establish a new high school in Chicago focused on providing a strong, college-preparatory high school option for boys in under-served African-American communities. African-American males had been, or continue to be, the lowest-performing demographic in Chicago Public Schools. A University of Chicago study published in 2006 reported that only one in 40 African-American boys in Chicago Public Schools will eventually graduate from a 4-year university.

The Chicago Board of Education approved Urban Prep Academies' charter application in 2005, and Urban Prep opened its first school, Urban Prep Academy for Young Men - Englewood Campus, the subsequent September. It is the first charter high school for boys in the country and currently enrolls 460 students in grades 9-12. Urban Prep's second school opened in the East Garfield Park community in 2009, and moved to the near west side of the city in 2011. Urban Prep's third campus, serving the historic Bronzeville community, opened in 2010. Based on its success thus far, Urban Prep plans to open more schools in Chicago area and in other low-performing urban centers. Approximately 85% of Urban Prep students are low-income and nearly all are African-American.

For more information about Urban Prep Academies, please visit their website - www.urbanprep.org.





No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Chancellor/President Tuesday - Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers

May 30, 2015

B0743DF4-EFE6-4A77-BBE2-DC2BFDED1188.png_zpso24oipl5.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 (5/12/15), we highlighted Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers, (pictured on the right), President of Jackson State University.

Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers is the 10th president of Jackson State University and a professor of civil and environment engineering. A native of Newport News, Virginia, Dr. Meyers earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Howard University, a master's degree in mechanical engineering and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and completed post-doctoral work at Harvard University. She is a fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a board member of the American Council on Education.

She served as provost, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College of Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University, where she was a tenured professor of mechanical engineering as well as the Associate Dean of Research for the Georgia Tech College of Engineering before she was named President of Norfolk State University in February of 2006. Meyers, resigned her position as president of Norfolk State and was named as the next president of Jackson State University on November 22, 2010.

Under Dr. Meyers' leadership, Jackson State University earned a 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and School and national accreditations in business, teacher education and engineering as well as full certification by the NCAA.

Dr. Meyers has published numerous articles and reports as well as research and technical topics. Her numerous awards and honors include the National Society of Black Engineers' Golden Torch Award and the National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigator Award.

Dr. Meyers has three adult children and four grandchildren.

For more information about Jackson State University, visit www.jsums.edu.

No New Posts   Harris-Stowe State University is One Step Closer in Offering Graduate Degrees

May 30, 2015

B5425092-A870-4B4A-A3BC-08F7F672B85B.png_zpsin8nahur.jpegST. LOUIS, MO - Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) is one step closer to offering graduate degrees. The Missouri legislature passed Senate Bill 334, which if signed by Governor Jeremiah "Jay" Nixon, it would allow the city's only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to offer a range of graduate degree programs.

Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) is an historically black university located in midtown St. Louis. HSSU is a fully accredited four-year institution that offers 14 degree programs in teacher education, business, and arts & sciences. In 2014, HSSU ranked No. 1 in the state of Missouri and No. 47 in the nation in granting degrees in mathematics and statistics to African-Americans according to Missouri Department of Higher Education and Diverse: issues in Higher Education. The university, which has origins dating back to 1857, offers the most affordable bachelor's degree in the state of Missouri.

Currently, Harris-Stowe is only authorized to offer undergraduate degree program with an emphasis on selected professional skills. In addition to the governor's signature, the Coordinating Board for Higher Education must also approve any new graduate degrees.

"This historic bill puts Harris-Stowe State University on the same level playing field with every other state university," said Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack (President of Harris-Stowe State University. "An advanced degree is increasingly becoming a minimum requirement to build successful career opportunities and this allows HSSU to better meet the higher education needs of the St. Louis region."

The legislation that modifies provisions relating to the boards of regents of state colleges and universities and expands degree-granting authority to Harris-Stowe State University was sponsored by Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis. The legislation passed in the Higher Education Committee of the Missouri House of Representatives by a unanimous 9-0 vote on April 28.

"Long is the road that brought us to this momentous place in our 158-year history," said Dr. Dwayne Smith (Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Harris-Stowe State University). "This is a monumental shift in higher education for our region, state and the countless students who will receive graduate degrees from our great institution. It cannot be overstated how important this is."

Harris-Stowe State University was named the D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's October 2015 HBCU of the Month Supported Institution. During those perspective months of our HBCU of the Month Initiative program, the HBCU institution is campaign for socially to bring awareness as well as raising contributions to assist the institution, its students in financial needs and recruit interested students to its institution.

The D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund is rooting for Harris-Stowe on receiving that step closer into offering graduate degrees at its institution!





No New Posts   Former Alcorn State and Texas Southern winning coach Davey L. Whitney dies at the age of 85

May 30, 2015

4897738c-53b8-4ffa-be81-28f3f390a3cb_zpsvnfpulfb.jpgFormer Alcorn State and Texas Southern University head basketball coach Davey L. Whitney passed away Sunday, he was 85. (pictured on the right with Lonza Hardy, Jr., current Athletics Director at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff)
Whitney, who is a Lexington, Kentucky native lettered in four sports in high school and is a graduate of Kentucky State. He played shortstop for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro League.
Whitney, know as "The Wiz", started his coaching career at Texas Southern (1964-69). After the 1968-69 season, he took over Alcorn State where he would spend the next 29 seasons. The 12-time Southern Athletic Conference champion coach returned for a second stint with the Braves from 1996-2002 before retiring.
"He is one of the all-time greats in the SWAC," former Alabama A&M head basketball coach Vann L. Pettaway said. "I will always remember him because he transcended the ages and was able to relate to kids from way back to the present," said Pettaway.

Whitney led Alcorn State to five NCAA Tournament appearances, two NIT appearances, and was named SWAC Coach of the Year nine times. he coaches the Braves to the first NCAA Tournament win by a historically black university with a 70-62 win over South Alabama in 1980. He complied a career coaching record of 542-334.
The Davey Whitney Complex, a 7,000-seat multi-purpose arena built in 1975, is home to the Alcorn State University Braves basketball team and is named after Coach Whitney.

Whitney was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010 and leaves behind a wife of 62 years, Bernice, five children: Gail, Libby, Lisa, Doreen and Davey, Jr. and four grandchildren Ashantee, Aubrei, Corey and Duonne.




No New Posts   Meet Dr. Evelyn Idell Bethune, granddaughter of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune - Bethune-Cookman University

May 30, 2015

ade1866373264cbea00f1a036de91c14_zps5r5cn9wd.jpgAs we celebrate Bethune-Cookman University as our May 2015 HBCU of the Month Supported Institution, let's meet those who succeeded from #BCU as notable alumni. This phenomenal women is the granddaughter of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and CEO of the Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Preservation Institute, Inc. Dr. Evelyn Idell Bethune, which she founded to expand the knowledge of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and to ensure the continuation, growth and development of her legacy by encouraging and promoting education and community service in a variety of platforms.

Graduated in 1979 from the institution who her grandmother founded with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration/Accounting, she has served as president of the Houston Area Chapter of the Bethune Cookman College Alumni Association, promoting the excellence while recruiting for the Daytona Beach HBCU, and served as Co-Director of the Youth Empowerment Committee of the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce. In 2008, she was elected president of the Elease Knight Section, NCNW Houston. Today, she is a lecturer and motivational speaker, sharing personal insights and life lessons as well as speaking on the life of her grandmother Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. Dr. Evelyn is also the corresponding secretary for the Bethune-Cookman University Women's Advisory Board, member of the Board of Directors for the Mental Health Association of Volusia and Flagler Counties, and a member of the B-CU President's Community Roundtable just to list a few.

In May 2009, she published her first book entitled, BETHUNE: Out of Darkness into the Light of Freedom. It is the first book on the life of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, written by a family member and speaks on a very person level about the relevance of the exceptional accomplishments of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune in today's world as well as a look at her legacy. And in 2010, she opened the Daytona Beach office of the Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Preservation Institute. Dr. Evelyn Bethune states, "At the very core of the work of my head, heart and hands, stands the inspiring p, awesome, far-reaching legacy of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, touching every volunteer, every vendor, every contractor, every customer, every product and every service provided by the Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Preservation Institute, Inc. Their purpose is to empower and to take the legacy of a great woman to the next level.

Dr. Evelyn has used her experiences both personal and corporate to help others get on tract with their own lives. Her story is one of faith and determination. Her example is one of triumph over adversity. Instead of finding excuses or accepting mediocre efforts, Dr. Bethune points to the accomplishments of her grandmother as the example of what faith and perseverance can do.





No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Chancellor/President Tuesday - Dr. Edison O. Jackson

May 30, 2015

B0743DF4-EFE6-4A77-BBE2-DC2BFDED1188.png_zpso24oipl5.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 (5/5/15), we highlighted Dr. Edison O. Jackson, (pictured on the right), President of Bethune-Cookman University.

Dr. Edison O. Jackson is the sixth president of Bethune-Cookman University. Born in Heathsville, Virginia, he received a B.S. in Zoology with a minor in chemistry, followed by a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Howard University. He also received a Masters of Arts in Theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York City; and in October 1983, he received a Doctorate in Education from Rutgers University with academic emphasis on philosophy, function, role and administration of urban educational institutions. Dr. Jackson has received honorary degrees from Sojourner Douglas College in Baltimore, Maryland and Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Dr. Jackson currently serves and holds memberships on a number of civic, educational and community boards and organizations including: Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation, Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, HBCU-ETS Steering Committee, Young Men's Christian Association, National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church, Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, Volusia/Flagler YMCA, and New York Theological Seminar. Dr. Jackson's work has appeared in such noted publications as Black Issues in Higher Education, A Crucial Agenda: appeared in such noted publications as Black issues in Higher Education, A Crucial Agenda: Making Colleges and Universities Work Better for Minority Students, and ERIC Clearinghouse.

Dr. Jackson is a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and the Grand Boule, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, and is a member of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Daytona Beach, Florida.

In recognition of the high quality of his service, Dr. Jackson has received the "1993 New York State Governor's Award for African-Americans of Distinction," The 1992 "New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service Award," the 1993 "Hellenic Council of New York, Inc., Community Service Award," the 1993 "Rutgers University Distinguished Service Award", the New York Chapter American Jewish Committee 1993 "Community Relations Award," and the Howard University Alumni Club of New York, "Alumni Recognition Award for 1993." Dr. Jackson also have been featured in Ebony Magazine, Black Issues in Higher Education, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

After having served elevens months as interim president, Dr. Jackson accepted the appointment to become the sixth president of Bethune-Cookman University on March 20,2013, bringing with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in administering the affairs of educational institutions.

For more information about Bethune-Cookman University, visit www.cookman.edu.


No New Posts   EBONY Recently Announced Their Annual HBCU Campus Queens Online Competition

May 30, 2015

a1a4e63d8a8b66ef48fddf52dcb4ceed_zps63yunuab.jpgEbony recently announced their annual HBCU Campus Queens online competition. The reigning beauties from Historically Black Colleges and Universities from around the country are featured here and awaiting your votes. The Top 10 vote getters will grace the pages of the September 2015 issues of EBONY magazine. Read all about these campus winners, view their videos and cast your votes for our favorite Queen.

The D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund has six phenomenal Campus Queens who represent six of our Supported HBCUs who are part of our 2015 HBCU of the Month Initiative program.

We ask for your support of our Supported HBCUs Campus Queens who are:

  • Miss Jordan Outing (Miss North Carolina A&T State University 2014-15) (NCAT is represented during the month of February)
  • Miss Ginia Smith (Miss Grambling State University 2014-15) (Grambling State is represented during the month of March)
  • Miss Sierra Gray (Miss Tuskegee University 2015-16) (Tuskegee is represented during the month of April)
  • Miss Tiara Anderson (Miss Bethune-Cookman University 2014-15) (BCU is represented during the month of May)
  • Miss Veronne Clark (Miss Central State University 2014-15) (Central State is represented during the month of July)
  • Miss Aminah Henderson (Miss Philander Smith University 2014-25) (Philander Smith is represented during the month of November)

and you can cast your vote by logging onto EBONY's website here. Vote OFTEN. Vote DAILY. Voting ends May 22.

No New Posts   HBCU Campaign Chancellor/President Tuesday - Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough

May 30, 2015

B0743DF4-EFE6-4A77-BBE2-DC2BFDED1188.png_zpso24oipl5.jpegEvery Tuesday the D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign 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 (4/21/15), we highlighted Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, (pictured on the right), President of Dillard University.

Dr. Kimbrough a native of Atlanta, Ga, he was high school salutatorian and student body president in 1985, and went on to earn degrees from the University of Georgia, Miami University in Ohio, and a doctorate in higher education from Georgia State University. Kimbrough has a fulfilled career in student affairs, serving at Emory University, Georgia State University, Old Domination University, and finally Albany State University in 2000 where he became the Vice President for Student Affairs at the age of 32. In October of 2014, at the age of 37, he was named the 12th president of Philander Smith College and in 2012 he became the 7th president of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Kimbrough has been recognized for his research and writings on HBCUs and African-American men in college. Kimbrough also has been noted for his active use of social media of engage students in articles by the Chronicle of Higher Education, CASE currents, and Arkansas Life. He was cited in 2010 by Bachelors Degree.com as one of 25 college presidents you should follow on Twitter (@HipHopPrez).

A 1986 initiate of the Zeta Pi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at the University of Georgia, he was the Alpha Phi Alpha College Brother of the year for the Southern Region and served as the Southern Region Assistant Vice President.

Dr. Kimbrough was named the 1994 New Professional of the Year for the Association of Fraternity Advisors, and selected as a 2001 Nissan - ETS HBCU Fellow. In 2009, he was named by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as one of 25 to watch. in 2010, he made the coveted EBONY Magazine Power 100 list of the does and influencers in the African-American community. In February of 2013, he was named to NBC News/The Griot.com's 100 African-American making history today. And in 2014, he won HBCU Digest's HBCU Awards "Male President of the Year."

For more information about Dillard, visit www.dillard.edu.


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