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JBHE Weekly Bulletin for 10-26-17

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JBHE Weekly Bulletin
October 26, 2017

Here are links to some of the top stories published at this past week. Click on a headline to read the full article.

Study Finds Major Racial Disparities in Student Loan Default Rates

A new report from the Center for American Progress found that nearly one half of all African American students who entered college in the 2003-04 academic year and took out federal loans had defaulted on their payments over the next dozen years. For Whites, the figure was 21 percent.

Ruth J. Simmons Appointed the Eighth President of Prairie View A&M University in Texas

Dr. Simmons has been serving as interim president of the university since July. She served as the 18th president of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, from 2001 to 2012. Before becoming president of Brown University, Dr. Simmons was president of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Homicide Is the Biggest Contributor to Years of Lost Life Among African Americans

In a revealing new study conducted by researchers at the Indiana University School of Public Health in Bloomington, it was established that homicide is the largest contributor to potential years of life lost among Black Americans. For Whites, homicide was the only 12th highest contributor to potential years of lost life.

The Next Provost at Texas Southern University in Houston

Kendall T. Harris has been serving as dean of the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. He joined the faculty at Prairie View A&M University in 2005 as a professor of mechanical engineering. Earlier, Dr. Harris taught at the University of Texas at Arlington.

University of Virginia Research Expands Knowledge of Former Slaves Who Fought for the Union Army

Using military and pension records, researchers have compiled a list of 240 Black men from Albemarle County who served in the Union Army. The men included former slaves and free Blacks.

Jerryl Briggs Appointed the Eighth President of Mississippi Valley State University

This past June, Jerryl Briggs was appointed acting president of Mississippi Valley State University when the then president William B. Bynum, left to become president of Jackson State University. Now Dr. Briggs has been selected to serve in the role on a permanent basis.

Colson Whitehead Honored Once Again for His Novel The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead won the 2017 Hurston/Wright Award for fiction presented by the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation. The novel has previously won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction, and the Carnegie Medal of Excellence.

The New Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion Opens at Carnegie Mellon University

The offerings of the center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh are resources related to race, ethnicity, first in family, men and masculinity, feminism, women, gender expression and LGBTQ.

Two Incidents of Racial Hate at Framingham State University

Racial slurs were found on posters hanging in a residence hall at Framingham State University in Massachusetts. Two days later a racial slur was written in marker on the dormitory room door of two African American students.

Two New Deans at Texas Southern University in Houston

At Texas Southern University in Houston, Maurice Odine was appointed dean of the School of Education and Dianne Jemison-Pollard was named dean of the Honors College.

The First African American Woman Athletic Director at a Power 5 Conference University

The University of Virginia has named Carla Williams as director of athletics. She is the first African American woman to be named an athletics director at a Power 5 conference that make up the nation’s leading football programs.

Wiley College to Form the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Speech and Debate League

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Speech and Debate League will hold tournaments and conduct a HBCU National Championship tournament. The first national championship will be held at Wiley College this coming January.

Five African Americans Taking on New Faculty Roles in Academia

Taking on new assignments are Gilbert Cornelius at St. Thomas University in Minnesota, Del Wright Jr. at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Sheri Williams at American University in Washington, D.C., Brian Boyd at the University of Kansas, and Joe M. Brown at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

The Arkansas Center for Innovation in Teaching Excellence Debuts at Philander Smith College

The new ACITE center launched with a two-day conference entitled “Promoting Culturally Relevant Pedagogy to Better Serve Culturally Diverse Students.” More than 100 participants attended the inaugural conference.

Council of Social Work Education Honors June Gary Hopps for Lifetime Achievement

June Gary Hopps is the Thomas M. “Jim” Parham Professor of Family and Children Studies in the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia. Earlier she was dean of the Boston College School of Social Work.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Named a National Historic Site by United Methodist Church

The historically Black educational institution in Princess Anne, Maryland is the 536th historical site identified by the United Methodist Church.

FEATURED Job Opportunities

Regis University — Assistant Professor of American History Iona College — Provost and SVP for Academic Affairs University of Pennsylvania — Endowed Chair in Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Millersville University — President University of Virginia — Post-Doctoral Research and Teaching Fellowship

Eight Black Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Racial Incidents Lead to Student Protests on the Campus of Boston College

Two Black Lives Matter posters were defaced on the campus of Boston College. Signs were later found on campus that showed a picture of Uncle Sam with the caption, “I want you to love who you are. Don’t apologize for being white.”


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