Hampton Provost Pamela Hammond Named Virginia State Interim President

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Virginia State University last week named Dr. Pamela Hammond as its interim president. Dr. Hammond, who will leave her post as Hampton University provost to succeed outgoing president Keith Miller, will be the first female president in VSU history.
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FAMU Officials: University on Record Fundraising Pace


Florida A&M University officials say that cash donations made to the institution have tripled when compared to the same period last year. In total, the university has collected more than $7 million in pledges and gifts since FAMU President Elmira Mangum took office in April.
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Thurgood Marshall Partners with Univ. of Phoenix for Scholarships, Degree Completion


The Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the University of Phoenix yesterday announced a new partnership that will support students at historically Black colleges and universities with college affordability and degree completion.
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On Homosexuality, Today’s Morehouse Unfairly Bears History’s Burden


No matter how charged and public the duel between homosexuality and the Morehouse College Mystique, every act of intolerance is not an indictment of campus culture and every push for inclusion is not a sign of transformation. So now that members of the Morehouse football team are being criticized for disrupting a screening of ‘Dear White People’ during scenes with homosexual themes, LGBT advocates and Morehouse purists should make an effort to separate incident from institution, and juvenile clowning from cultural crisis.
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HBCU Digest Podcast Series – Fayetteville State Assistant Vice-Chancellor Jason DeSousa

Fayetteville State Assistant Vice-Chancellor Jason DeSousa discusses the role and importance of Black Male Initiative programs at HBCUs. It is part one of the HBCU Digest Podcast series on Black Male Achievement modules at historically Black colleges and universities.
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Lincoln President Apologizes for Rape Remarks


Pledging to ‘choose his words more carefully,’ The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania President Robert Jennings yesterday apologized to the campus community for remarks to female students which went viral online this week.

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Kellen Winslow Apologizes to FAMU Community

Florida A&M University Athletic Director Kellen Winslow Sr. today issued a statement apologizing for recent decisions, communication and resulting reaction from Rattler fans nationwide.
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Howard Engineering Professor Heads Research on Communications Preservation During Earthquakes


Months after Howard University engineering professor Claudia Marin-Artieda was unable to reach family members during a 2011 earthquake in Virginia, the researcher received a $400,000 National Science Foundation grant to begin research in maintaining communication and data operations during similar natural disasters.
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LISTEN – NPR Features Sonic Boom of the South Musicians

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NPR’s All Things Considered recently profiled two members of the Jackson State University ‘Sonic Boom of the South’ Marching Band. Snare drummer Charles Williams and tuba player Nicholas Nooks, both New Orleans’ natives, chronicled their transition from high school to life at an historically Black college.
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In Confronting Sexual Assault, HBCUs Can Balance Men and Women’s Interests

Imani JacksonCollegiate sexual assault is a national crisis. An estimated one in five women is victimized before graduation. Such staggering figures prompted the Obama administration to launch the “It’s On Us” initiative, to reverse the trend. The issue is widely reported. Currently, Newsweek is crowd-funding college rape investigations.

While sexual assault should not occur, an expansive survey reported HBCU sexual assault rates are lower than at majority institutions. In fact, only one HBCU, Morgan State University, is undergoing federal investigation for its handling of sexual assault. In 2012, one reported rape happened at MSU.

What causes fewer HBCU sexual assaults? According to the survey, HBCU students drink less alcohol their PWI peers. Maybe we know we can’t act like others with equal consequence. Maybe we also can’t afford beers on tap and limitless kegs.
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