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Kalamazoo College President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran Elected Chair of the NAICU

Eileen B. Wilson-OyelaranEileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College in Michigan, has been elected chair of the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). The association represents more than 1,000 member institutions nationwide.

“NAICU is an effective and respected participant in the political process, representing member institutions on policy issues with the federal government, including issues affecting student aid, taxation, government regulation, and the assault on the liberal arts,” Dr. Wilson-Oyelaran said. “As NAICU chair, I will be in a position to advocate for these and other issues that are vital to helping institutions thrive in a competitive marketplace, an uncertain economy, and a divisive political climate.”

Dr. Wilson-Oyelaran has served as president of Kalamazoo College since 2005. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Pomona College, and master’s and doctoral degrees in education from the Claremont Graduate University in California.

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Heidi Anderson Named Provost at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Heidi Anderson Named Provost at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia : The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

Heidi M. Anderson was appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. The university enrolls about 2,800 students, equally divided between undergraduates and graduate students. When Dr. Anderson takes office in July, the university’s two highest officials, president and provost, both will be African-American women. Helen F. Giles-Gee became the university’s president a year ago. Only 6 percent of the undergraduate student body at the university is Black.

Currently Dr. Anderson is vice president for institutional effectiveness at the University of Kentucky. She has been a faculty member and an administrator at the University of Kentucky for the past 11 years.

A native of Gary, Indiana, Dr. Anderson holds bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees, all from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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Rodney Bennett Becomes 1st African-American President of the University of Southern Mississippi

rodneybennettRodney Bennett has been selected as the next president of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. He will be the first African-American president of any of the five predominantly White state universities in Mississippi.

Dr. Bennett has been serving as vice president for student affairs at the University of Georgia in Athens. He previously was dean of students and interim provost for institutional diversity at the University of Georgia. Earlier in his career, Dr. Bennett was dean of students at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Ed Blakeslee, president of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning in Mississippi, stated, “With a student-centered approach grounded in experience in all facets of the university, Dr. Bennett brings a tremendous depth of knowledge of higher education, its challenges and how to meet the challenges to help more students succeed in the classroom and beyond. I believe the Board of Trustees has made an excellent choice for the next leader of the University of Southern Mississippi.”

Dr. Bennett holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. He earned a doctorate in educational administration at Tennessee State University in Nashville.

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Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton Taking Classes at Auburn

Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts to the cheers of the fans as he leaves the field after a win over the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 35-27. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts to the cheers of the fans as he leaves the field after a win over the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 35-27. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Auburn spokesman Kirk Sampson said Tuesday that Newton is taking classes toward a sociology degree. Sampson says Newton isn’t doing media interviews and “wants to focus on school and be a normal student.”

Newton led the Tigers to the 2010 national championship in his lone season after transferring from junior college.

He was then the NFL’s No. 1 overall draft pick and went on to earn Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Newton posted similar numbers last season, but came on especially strong in the final six games. He completed 66 percent of his passes for 1,474 yards with 10 touchdowns and only two interceptions and ran for 347 yards and four scores during that span.

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University of Michigan Launches the “Understanding Race” Project

University-Michigan-logoThe University of Michigan has announced a four-month initiative called the Understanding Race Project. From January through April, the university will feature public exhibits, lectures, performances, symposia, and other events examining the role of race in American society. Among the lecturers who will be visiting campus to participate in the project are Angela Davis, Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Newark Mayor Cory Booker. During the spring semester, 130 courses dealing with racial issues will be offered students in a wide variety of disciplines.

“The Understanding Race Project is as broad and varied as the cultural and ethnic groups that constitute and sometimes divide the human family here and around the globe,” explains Amy Harris, co-chair of the project and director of the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History. She states that the goal of the project is “to learn more about how social constructs like race have defined substantial portions of our history and continue to impact our lives today.”

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Eighteen-Year-Old African American Earns Degree in Physics at Southern University

PoliteStewart03In December 2012, Polite Stewart Jr. earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While a very small percentage of bachelor’s degree awards in physics go to African Americans, Stewart’s achievement is all the more remarkable given that he is only 18 years old.

Stewart got offers from colleges and universities across the country but decided to attend college near his home, about 10 miles from the Southern University campus. When he was high school age, Stewart took college-level classes at Southern University’s Timbuktu Academy. He had been home schooled.

During college he conducted summer research at North Carolina State University. He plans to start graduate school in the fall and pursue a career in biological and physics engineering.

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Keshia Knight Pulliam Helps Raise $1M For Spelman College

(L-R) Spelman board member Vickie Palmer, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Rosalind G. Brewer, Dr. Beverly Tatum, Millie Smith

Keshia Knight Pulliam helped to raise more than $1 million for her alma mater, reports the YBF blog.  The former “Cosby Show” co-star, who graduated in 2001 with a B.A. in Sociology and a concentration in film, teamed with Spelman College Board Members to host a Fall Fashion Presentation and fundraiser at SAKS in Atlanta.

Among the attendees: Ne-Yo’s fiancee Monyetta Shaw, Spelman College President Dr. Beverly Tatum,  actress LaTanya Richardson and Andrew Young’s wife Carolyn Young.  The luncheon included a champagne toast and live auction.  The money raised will go toward scholarships to benefit Spelman students who are unable to graduate due to financial hardship.

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Harlem-Based Education Group Prepares Youth for College—and Graduation

Many of us found adolescence difficult to navigate but got through it, not just with the help of our anguished parents but because of the network of extended family, church friends, scout leaders, and teachers who stepped in and, very often, said the same things our parents were saying but in a way that we heard and responded to. In effect, the proverbial “village” came through for us.

Lynette Faust believes “it takes a village to raise a child,” and that the Harlem Educational Activities Fund has been part of the village that’s helped her to successfully raise her daughter, L’Eunice.

An exceptionally bright child who learned to read at an unusually early age, L’Eunice hit a “rough patch” in her teens.

“Teenagers today are exposed to so much and have so many distractions,” Faust says. “She tried to assert her own authority and had some difficulty adjusting, but HEAF supported us through that.”

By affirming the values her daughter received at home, and by providing a nurturing, supportive environment, L’Eunice emerged unscathed.

“HEAF constantly reinforces your goals, aspirations, and expectations,” Faust says. “You go to HEAF, you go to college.”

HEAF is a nonprofit organization that helps high-potential, underserved black and Hispanic students in New York City prepare for, enter, and graduate from college.

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Jackson State Freshmen to Receive Free iPads!

Under the scholarship program of the nonprofit Mississippi e-Center @JSU, Jackson State University will provide new iPads to all full-time members of the fall 2012 entering class who are entering the university for the first time. About 800 to 900 students are expected to receive the iPads.

The Apple devices will be integrated into the first-year curriculum and will save students money by allowing them to purchase electronic textbooks instead of traditional books. Students will receive training on the devices. Faculty will be instructed on how to use the iPads to enhance the teaching and learning experience.

Students who leave the university will be asked to return the iPad or pay for the device. Once they complete five semesters the iPad will be there’s to keep.

Mark G. Hardy, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Jackson State University, explained, “We will be placing technology directly in the hands of students and giving them a mobile platform so that learning happens when they are inside or outside of the classroom.”

Dora Anne Council, 76, Graduates From Gateway Community College

After starting school 42 years ago, 76 -year-old Dora Anne Council finally walked across the stage to graduate from college.


Thursday was the graduation day a Hamden grandmother has been looking forward to for 42 years.  Dora Anne Council, 76, was among the 870 graduates to receive their diplomas at Gateway Community College Thursday night. Continue reading “Dora Anne Council, 76, Graduates From Gateway Community College”