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Alumni On the Move 6/14/2017 - Sandra Sully '68
Howard University Alumna Sandra Sully, BS psychology 1968 and MSW Social Work 1970 recently received a Grammy Certificate for her authorship of “Angel” sung by Lalah Hathaway and second Grammy Certificate for the CD “ Lalah Hathaway Live” which included “Angel.” Sandra was in the University choir with Lalah’s father Donny Hathaway. She continues to write music and books and works as a psychiatric social work consultant for the Department Mental Health in Los Angeles, California.

Alumni and Student Reception in Accra, Ghana
Recently an Alumni and Student Reception was held in Accra, Ghana and it went exceedingly well. The event had over 100 attendees including over 30 students (Law, Medicine, Education, COAS, Pharmacy, Graduate, etc.) ‎The photographs are from a student service learning activity at Wesley Methodist School and alumni in the midst of forming a new alumni club in Accra.

Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce Named Dean of Howard University School of Divinity
President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick announced the appointment of Dr. Yolanda Pierce as the new dean of Howard University School of Divinity. Dr. Pierce will assume the position on July 24 and report to Dr. Anthony Wutoh, Howard University Provost and Chief Academic Officer. She is the first woman to serve in this role in the Divinity School’s 150-year history.

Alumni On the Move 5/31/2017 - Rev. Aisha Karimah '76

Rev. Aisha Karimah is among The National Association of Black Journalists 2017 Hall of Fame class. The induction ceremony will take place at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana on Aug. 11 as part of NABJ's national convention. The Hall of Fame Award is the highest recognition given by the organization. The other inductees include Michael Days, Garth C. Reeves and John Jenkins.

Inaugural Howard West Program Starts at Google in Silicon Valley, CA.
Congrats to our students who have started in the Inaugural Howard West program at Google in Silicon Valley, CA. This three-month, summer Computer Science residency is for rising juniors and seniors in our Computer Science program!

Howard University President Frederick Names New Chief of Staff

Howard University President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick named D. Paul Monteiro, Jr. as the new Chief of Staff for the Office of the President. He will begin his duties June 5, 2017.

Monteiro will serve as a member of President Frederick’s senior management team. In this role, he will be responsible for directing the overall operations of the Office of the President and will interface with Cabinet members, Board of Trustees and University stakeholders.

150 Years of Architectural Inspiration

Barnes agreed that Howard’s legacy of excellence in both architecture and African-American achievement has helped him to excel in his career. He sees the museum as a symbol of light and inspiration, much as Cassell likely envisioned Founder’s Library to be.

“The museum is a sacred space for knowledge and information,” Barnes said. “The more that we can get people to align with that understanding, I think the better this nation will be.”

2017 Alumni Luncheon Snapshots

Each year the Alumni Luncheon is an opportunity to bring together alumni from across the generations to share in a celebratory luncheon about the joy of being a Howard graduate and the pride of longevity and legacy. Over 330 alumni had lunch together this year. The program was hosted by alumna Molette Green '91, NBC4 Washington Broadcast Journalist and WHUR FM News Reporter. Reunion classes ending in 2's and 7's across the decades enjoyed a champagne reception and a lively lunch program.

Here are a few photos from the luncheon.

Howard University Alumna Receives Distinguished Reginald F. Lewis Prize
Amatulla Rice receives the competitive Reginald F. Lewis $2,500 Prize, which is awarded to an undergraduate student whose cumulative grade point average demonstrates the highest increase between sophomore and senior year.

Bison STEM Scholars Program Selects Inaugural Cohort
Thirty-two incoming Howard University students from 15 states across the country have been selected as the inaugural cohort of the Bison STEM Scholars Program (BSSP). Designed to attract and prepare high-achieving high school students interested in studying a STEM-related discipline in pursuit of a Ph.D. or a dual M.D./Ph.D. degree, BSSP will present opportunities for participants to become researchers, educators and leading practitioners.

Alumni On the Move 5/17/2017 - Dr. Dionne Toombs '03
Dr. Dionne Toombs '03 was appointed to Director for the Office of the Chief Scientist USDA on May 15, 2017. In this role, she provides leadership on a wide range of issues affecting science programs and science policy in agricultural research, education, and economics.

NIH Recognizes HUH Children’s Health Advocate Davene M. White, RN

Davene M. White, a leading children’s health advocate and nurse at Howard University Hospital, has been selected as the first recipient of the Director’s Award from the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

White founded the Boarder Babies Program in 1989 to address the immediate needs and well being of babies. The initiative included creating a much-needed program to prevent abandonment, abuse and neglect.

Senator Kamala Harris Challenges Howard University Graduates to Forge a Way Forward
United States Senator Kamala Harris delivered the commencement address Saturday morning at Howard University, urging students to go to the front lines to fight for the nation’s deepest values of justice and equality. "History has proven that each generation of Howard graduates will forge the way forward for our country and our world; and now graduates, it is your turn," said Senator Harris.

$1 million film grant from AT&T catapulting Howard graduating senior into film career

Graduating senior partners with Howard alumnus to win the million-dollar grant for “Nigerian Prince” screenplay.

As Andrew Long graduates from Howard University, he will have accomplished a major win as a screenwriter.

Long, who graduated from the Cathy Hughes School of Communications with a Bachelor of Arts in media, journalism and film, made his screenwriting debut with the recent film “Nigerian Prince,” which won a $1 million grant for “AT&T’s Untold Stories” at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2017.

Howard University Formation Scholarship Criteria Announced

Howard University is pleased to announce its selection as one of four universities to offer the 2017 Formation Scholarship. In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the critically-acclaimed visual album, Lemonade, entertainer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has partnered with the University on this inaugural scholarship to encourage the educational pursuit of undergraduate and graduate students.

This fall, one $25,000 scholarship will be awarded to a single Howard University student who is pursuing a course of study in one of the following disciplines:


* Includes: Linguistics, Women's Studies, Philanthropy and Social Responsibility

The scholarship is open to incoming, current, and graduate students with a demonstrated interest in any one or more of the four disciplines listed above, and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Alumni On the Move 5/3/2017 - Ju-Don Marshall '92

Charlotte, N.C. (May 2, 2017) – After a comprehensive national search, WFAE President and CEO Joe O’Connor announces the appointment of award-winning journalist and media executive Ju-Don Marshall '92 to the position of Chief Content Officer.

“As WFAE celebrates its 35th year with record numbers of both listeners and contributing members, I am ecstatic to announce that Ju-Don Marshall has joined our executive team,” said O’Connor. “With more than 20 years of experience innovating multiplatform journalism, Ju-Don has the acumen to lead our award-winning newsroom to continue to serve the Charlotte community.”

In her role at WFAE, Marshall will oversee not only the newsroom, but Charlotte Talks, and all of WFAE’s digital platforms, including NPR One.

Congratulations Ju-Don!

Class of 1938 Alumna Addie Roebuck Turns 99 Years Old

Addie Roebuck was born in Danville, Virginia on May 8, 1918, the youngest of six children of Pemberton and Addie Williams. Her grandparents, who lived with them, were born slaves and were freed at the age of 11. Addie heard firsthand stories of the horrors of slavery. Still, her grandparents instilled the importance of education to their children and grandchildren.

After leaving Danville, Addie attended Virginia State University for one year and pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Addie attended Howard University for three years, finishing her degree and graduating in 1938. Both her parents and grandparents were present at graduation.

Addie loves her alma mater and has fond memories of Howard include at least two of her professors Alaine Locke and E. Franklin Frazier, she says “it was a privilege to studying under them.”

Celebrate with Addie and HUAC-HC on May 21st.


WASHINGTON, DC (May 2, 2017) Three Howard University students were awarded scholarships at the 2017 White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) annual dinner on April 29th in Washington, DC. The Howard University student scholars announced were Anthony B. Brown, Jr., Beryl C. Kessio, and Merdie Nzanga.

“Howard University is very proud of Anthony, Beryl, and Merdie as recipients of 2017 White House Correspondents' Association scholarship awards,” said Howard University President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick. “They are the communicators of the future and we look to them to continue the tradition of excellence in their academic and professional efforts.”

2017 Honorary Degree Recipients Announced

Washington (April 26, 2017) Howard University Board of Trustees today announced the 2017 list of recipients that will receive honorary doctorate degrees from the University. The roster, comprised of all women, will receive degrees in the diverse fields of communications, literature, civil rights, and government. The degrees will be granted during the 149th Commencement Convocation on the main campus of Howard University’s Upper Quadrangle at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Honorary recipients include anchorwoman Maureen Bunyan; Howard University graduate professor of English Eleanor W. Traylor; co-founder of the National Organization for Women and the first African-American woman ordained an Episcopal priest Anna Pauline Murray; and Howard University alumna and U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris.

"These remarkable honorees embody the spirit and aspiration that guides Howard’s mission of excellence in truth and service,” said Howard University President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick. “We are pleased to honor for the first time a distinguished panel comprised of all women. As we celebrate our Sesquicentennial, we also embrace and recognize the sterling contributions of women all over the world and certainly here at Howard University. These women dedicated their talents and lives to improving the world and all lives."

Alumni On the Move 4/19/2017 - Kyla Day Fletcher, Ph.D. '04
Kyla Day Fletcher, Ph.D., class of 2004, was awarded the endowed professorship title this month and is expected to resume her position immediately. She has been an assistant professor of psychology at the Lucinda Hale College of Psychology since 2012.

Howard University Hospital Leads Nation in Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Care
Howard University Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification in Inpatient Diabetes Care. HUH is the first hospital in the nation to achieve the distinction.

The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects the hospital’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. The Howard University Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review in March. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as inpatient diabetes-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed. HUH first received the special certification two years ago.

2017 Alumni Trustee Candidates
Congratulations to our candidates for Alumni Trustee Election 2017: Charlie Lewis, Eugene "Rock" Newman, Lisa Maria Pope and Bruce H. Williams! The 2017 Alumni Trustee Election opens April 12th at 12:01 a.m.

Alumni On the Move 4/5/2017 - Damon Tyner '93

Damon G. Tyner is a 1993 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts of Howard University (B.S. in Microbiology). He is also the proud parent of a member of the Class of 2020, as his daughter Chelsea completes her Freshman year.

Damon was recently appointed by the Governor of New Jersey as the Atlantic County (New Jersey) Prosecutor, the first African-American to hold this position. Another Howard alumnus breaking barriers.

Prior to this appointment, he served as a New Jersey Superior Court Judge in both the Family and Criminal Divisions and as an Administrative Law Judge.

Congratulations Damon Tyner on your outstanding achievement!

Office of the President: Bison Beat March 2017
The March edition of the Bison Beat newsletter, from President Wayne A. I. Frederick, features information about Howard’s record-breaking Charter Day Dinner net proceeds, domestic and international Alternative Spring Break initiatives and more.

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Howard University Alumna and United States Senator Kamala D. Harris to Deliver 2017 Commencement Address
Howard University announced today that Senator Kamala D. Harris '86 will deliver the keynote address during Howard University’s 149th Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Howard University Partners with Google to Launch ‘Howard West’

Howard University announced today in partnership with Google the launch of Howard West, a three-month, summer Computer Science residency for rising juniors and seniors in the University’s Computer Science program. The residency includes a dedicated workspace on Google’s Mountain View campus and a generous stipend to cover housing and other expenses in Silicon Valley.

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Grateful Howardites Salute the Institution at Sesquicentennial Celebrations
Howard University marks 150th anniversary with series of events under the theme, ‘The Time is Always Now.’

Alumnus and Trustee Mark A. L. Mason Lauded Howard as the "Incubator of America’s Conscience"

Howard University celebrated “150 Years of Excellence in Truth & Service” with the Charter Day Convocation on March 2. With the sesquicentennial theme, “The Time is Always Now,” the University commits to carrying forward the banner of social justice and academic excellence.

Convocation speaker Mark A. L. Mason, alumnus and Trustee, lauded Howard University as “the incubator that nurses America’s conscience.” In his remarks, Howard University President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick announced new initiatives meant to ease the burden of college costs on students and families.

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150th Charter Day Magazine
Happy #HUCharterDay Bison! Click here to check out our #specialedition of the Howard Magazine!

HU Among Peace Corps' 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing University

Today, the Peace Corps announced that Howard University ranked No. 14 among medium size schools on the agency’s 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are 18 Howard alumni currently volunteering worldwide.

“Peace Corps service is an unparalleled leadership opportunity that enables college and university alumni to use the creative-thinking skills they developed in school to make an impact in communities around the world,” Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley said. “Many college graduates view Peace Corps as a launching pad for their careers because volunteers return home with the cultural competency and entrepreneurial spirit sought after in most fields.”

Howard University Among Peace Corps’ 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges & Universities

Howard Trustee Mark A. L. Mason to Deliver 2017 Charter Day Convocation Address

Howard University President, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, today announced that Alumnus and Board Trustee, Mark A. L. Mason will deliver the University’s 2017 Charter Day address, scheduled for 11 a.m., Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Cramton Auditorium on the University’s main campus.

Howard’s Sesquicentennial celebration recognizes the historical milestones, achievements, and the positive impact the University has had since its founding in 1867. Other 150th events will include the Charter Day Dinner and Sesquicentennial celebration. Grammy award winning artist, actor, film producer and poet Common is confirmed as this year’s Charter Day Dinner Master of Ceremony and entertainment will be provided by Grammy nominated singer-songwriter and producer, Tank.

Goldman Sachs Executive John F. W. Rogers Added to Board of Trustees
Howard University today announced that John F.W. Rogers, Executive Vice President and Secretary to the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and a member of the firm’s Management Committee, has been appointed to Howard University’s board of trustees.

Alumni On the Move 2/8/2017 - Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine '94

Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine, ’94, the 46th senior pastor of Historic St. James AME Church in New Orleans, and an adjunct member of the faculties of Southern University Law Center and Jarvis Christian College, has been appointed national chaplain of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the oldest predominately Black intercollegiate fraternity in the United States.

New Chair named for Department of African Studies
Howard University’s College of Arts and Sciences named Dr. Mohamed Camara as Full Professor and Chair of the Department of African Studies. Dr. Camara comes from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in Florida, where he served as Director of the McNair Scholars Program, Speaker of the Faculty Senate, and Associate Vice President for Academics.

Office of the President: Bison Beat January 2017
The January edition of President Wayne A. I. Frederick’s Bison Beat newsletter features stories about Howard promoting health and wellness, new appointments at the University, 150th Charter Day event updates and more.

Howard Hosts U.S.P.S. for Dorothy Height 'Forever Stamp' Unveiling
The U.S. Postal Service unveiled the 2017 Dorothy Height Forever Stamp, the 40th stamp in the Black Heritage series, in Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium today.

Innovative Partnership with Corvias to Enhance Student Housing
President Wayne Frederick announced our new partnership with Corvias for the renovation of the East & West Towers. Corvias has raised $144 million in investments for the project, which will be used to provide $71 million in construction, management, and maintenance of the Plaza Towers. Howard retains full decision-making authority over the project.

2017 Alumni Trustee Nominations Are Open Until 2/28/2017

#Bison It's Your Turn
#Bison It's Your Turn! You can be featured in our official Sesquicentennial campaign! Here's how:

  1. Select a Hi-Resolution photo (Headshot or Candid)
  2. Describe in a quote of 2 sentences or less what our theme "The Time Is Always Now" means to you
  3. Send your name and #HowardU150 in the subject line to
*Must include your year of matriculation and area of study. Students, Faculty, Staff & Alumni are eligible.

Alumni On the Move 1/25/2017 - Bradford Young '99
School of Communication alumnus Bradford Young '99 earned an Academy Awards nomination yesterday for his work on “Arrival,” making him the first black American to be nominated for the Best Cinematography award. Young, 39, is only the second black man to ever be nominated in the cinematography category. He can also be counted among fewer than 10 black people to ever be admitted to the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). #HowardU150

Howard University Adds MGM Resorts, Starbucks Senior Executives to Board

Howard University announces the appointment of two new members to its board of trustees, James J. Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International and Chris Carr, executive vice president and chief procurement officer of Starbucks, effective immediately.

“Both Jim Murren and Chris Carr are exceptional executives with strong experience creating value for businesses and leading organizations through the complexities of a dynamic and changing world,” said Stacey J. Mobley, Esq., chairman of the board of trustees. “We are very excited they are joining our board.”

Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick Appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank Board
The Federal Reserve System Board of Governors has elected Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick to the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Baltimore Branch.

Alumni On the Move 1/11/2017 - Nicole Black '92

Like the diamonds she sells, Nicole Black (B.A. ’92) became the embodiment of The Howard Woman while under pressure. “The Howard Woman is bold,” Black said. “She’s resilient, she’s a trendsetter, she’s unbelievably resourceful, she’s a groundbreaker, she’s fearless, she’s conscious.” As co-owner of the Philadelphia Diamond Company, with her husband, Kenyatta Black, Nicole Black credits a great deal of her success to the opportunities she was given while a student in the School of Communications.

Howard University’s Innovative ‘Policing-Inside Out’ Course Marks First Year
'Policing Inside-Out: Building Trust through Transformative Education' was founded and taught by Bahiyyah Muhammad, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology.

HUAC-DC Art of Interpretation Call for Artists

The Howard University Alumni Club of Greater Washington, DC, invites all visual artists to submit their work for our annual signature art exhibit and student scholarship fundraising event - The Art of Interpretation. Students and non-Howard alumni are encouraged to apply. The submission deadline is February 3. For more information, please contact Natalie Rance at

Women's Tennis Predicted To Claim MEAC Northern Division Title
For the third straight season, the Howard University women's tennis team was voted by the coaches and sports information directors of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) to win the Northern Division, the league announced today. The Bison received nine first-place votes on their way to 179 points. The 2014 and 2015 MEAC Northern Division champs finished the 2016 season 10-7 overall and 5-1 in conference play.

Office of the President: Bison Beat Newsletter November 2016
The November edition of President Wayne A. I. Frederick’s Bison Beat newsletter. Howard Congratulates Senator-Elect Kamala Harris, Giving Tuesday Results, 150th Charter Day Convocation Dinner Save-the-Date and more.

Journey to 150: #HowardU150 Submissions
Want to be featured in our Journey to 150 #HowardU150 campaign where we highlight dynamic Bison Alumni & current students?! Send your hi-res candid, or headshot photo, and a quote, comment or memory on your Howard Experience to with #Journeyto150 in the subject line to be considered!

Vote for Miss #HowardU Victoria Gray for HBCU Campus Queen

Have you cast your vote for our Miss #HowardU Victoria Gray to win Ebony Magazine's HBCU Campus Queen Competition? Cast your vote here.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities were founded to promote Black excellence and brilliance, and each reigning beauty was elected by her peers and/or school officials to represent those standards for her institution of higher learning. You are allowed to cast 3 votes in a 24 hour period for Miss Victoria Gray. So vote daily! Voting ends January 15, 2017.

Howard University and Morgan State University Receive W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant To Train High School Students to Report on Health

Howard University and Morgan State University are partnering to help high school students bring the power of multimedia journalism to bear on persistent health disparity issues in underserved communities in Washington and Baltimore. The project is funded by a $300,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan.

The Urban Health Media Project is the brainchild of Reed V. Tuckson, M.D., a member of the Board of Trustees at Howard University, and Jayne O’Donnell, the healthcare policy reporter at USA Today who will serve as program director. The principal investigator on the grant is fellow health journalist Yanick Rice Lamb, chair of the Department of Media, Journalism and Film in the Cathy Hughes School of Communications at Howard. Her counterpart at Morgan State is Jacqueline Jones, chair of the Department of Multimedia Journalism in the School of Global Journalism.

Howard University Assistant Professor Bahiyyah Muhammad is not afraid of prisoners or ex-cons. She grew up in a family that embraced individuals with criminal records and even welcomed them into their home back when her family lived in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, New York, in the ’70s.

Alumni On the Move 12/07/2016 - Dr. Tonia Kandiero '01
The African Development Bank Group appoints Dr. Tonia Kandiero '01 as Director General, Southern Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office.The Southern Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office is part of the new business approach of the Bank to accelerate its business and development impacts across Africa.

Greer Roberts First Howard University Schwarzman Scholarship Recipient

Howard University senior and International Business major Greer Roberts (B.B.A. ’17) has been selected as a Class of 2018 Schwarzman Scholar. Roberts is the first Howard University student ever chosen for the Schwarzman Scholarship, which is a Rhodes Scholarship-inspired master’s degree program founded by Blackstone Chairman, CEO and co-founder Stephen A. Schwarzman.

Roberts is one of 129 scholars selected from 2,747 candidates as part of the Class of 2018, which represents 30 countries and 75 universities, and is the second class. The program fully funds expenses for each selected student to attend Schwarzman College located at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

Eli Lilly Introduces Scholars Program for Howard University’s Business Students

Eli Lilly and Company will deepen its partnership with Howard University with the inaugural H. Naylor Fitzhugh Scholars Program. The program, in part, aims to increase the representation of diverse talent in Lilly's marketing organization.

For many years, Lilly has partnered with Howard University as a corporate sponsor of Howard University's 21 Century Advantage Program (CAP), a program in which Fortune 500 companies adopt teams of freshmen and sophomore students to enhance their business skills and professional development. Participating in 21CAP has allowed Lilly to cultivate top talent and a strong relationship with the university.

Julie Dash Joins the MFA in Film Program at Howard University

The New York Film Critics Circle has honored Howard University Professor Julie Dash with a 2016 Special Award for the 25th anniversary restoration of her acclaimed film Daughters of the Dust. Dash is the new Time-Warner Visiting Professor in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film at Howard University’s Cathy Hughes School of Communications. She is teaching in the MFA in Film Program this fall and will add an undergraduate film directing course in the spring.

Alumni On the Move 11/23/2016 - Constance Cannon Frazier '78

American Advertising Federation COO Constance Cannon Frazier '78 received the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism on behalf of AAF's Mosaic Center for #Multiculturalism at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Congratulations Constance on your medal!

Alumni On the Move 11/30/2016 - DeAndre Smith '15
Howard University alumnus DeAndre Smith (B.A. ’15) has been awarded a 2017 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship following a highly competitive nationwide contest.

Howard University Professors Receive Distinguished Engineering and Physics Awards
Two Howard University professors have been honored for their work in their respective fields – a further testament to the extraordinary research being done on Howard’s campuses. These distinctions by leading organizations for Professor Mohsen Mosleh, Ph.D, and Professor Prabhakar Misra, Ph.D., also come as science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields have received renewed attention in recent years for helping to shape future industries and for driving economic growth.

White House National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Howard University's award-winning vocal jazz ensemble, Afro Blue, will participate in the 2016 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the White House. Afro Blue will perform with Yolanda Adams, Kelly Clarkson and Chance the Rapper, as well as join President Obama and family in a sing-a-long at the end of the program. Television taping will take place on Dec. 1 and the program will be broadcast on Dec. 5 on the Hallmark Channel.

Afro Blue is Howard University's premier vocal jazz ensemble, Afro Blue was formed in the spring of 2002. Since its inception, this dynamic jazz choir has quickly gained national attention.

150th Anniversary Celebration Preparation

We are excited about the upcoming planning that is currently underway to prepare for next year’s monumental Sesquicentennial celebration! As the Sesquicentennial committee co-chairs, we are honored to be leading the University’s journey to this milestone event.

Please help us by providing your input to ensure that next year’s event is a huge success. We are requesting important facts about Howard, both historic and current (click here), as well as ideas of potential Sesquicentennial events (click here) from the University community. To ensure that your ideas are included for next year, please submit your events by Dec. 16, 2016. Please note, event suggestions will continue to reviewed after this date.

We look forward to your input, as we embark on this exciting journey to celebrating 150 years!

Top Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Howard University ranks highest among historically black colleges and universities included in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. (Wall Street Journal sign-in may be required to read full article.)

Howard Wins Second Straight MEAC Volleyball Championship

In stellar fashion, the Howard volleyball team claimed its second straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship by defeating Florida A&M in four sets (25-20, 25-14, 23-25, 25-20) on Sunday afternoon in Hytche Athletic Center. Howard will make its second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament by earning the conference's automatic berth.

When Howard University coach Kevin Nickelberry decided to have his basketball team open the season on the road at Michigan and Marquette, he did so with a purpose: With 12 returning players, including the nation’s leading scorer, Nickelberry assumed the Bison would have a chance to win at least one of their first two games. Click to view Episode 3

Alumni On the Move 11/23/2016 - Henry Taylor '70

For the first time in 20 years, the lead-up to the Whitney Biennial coincided with the presidential election, a background that could not help but inform the selection of artists and artwork that will be on view when the biennial opens on March 17, the first in the museum’s new downtown building.

The artist Henry Taylor '70 will exhibit some of his recent portraits will be exhibited at the Whitney Biennial. His early portraits of patients at Camarillo State Mental Hospital in California, where he worked as a psychiatric technician from 1984 to 1994, were featured in his solo shows at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2007 and at MoMA PS1 in 2012. His 2008 piece “He’s Hear, and He’s Thair” — depicting a homeless man named Emory who became his friend — sold at Phillips auction house on Wednesday for $60,000. Mr. Taylor’s recent portraits, some of which will be at the Whitney, feature subjects including friends and family. 

Giving Newsletter, Issue 02 Fall 2016

Alumni On the Move 11/16/2016 - Keisha Brown '95

Lagrant Communications (LC), a Los Angeles-based multicultural integrated marketing communications agency, has named Keisha N. Brown '95, as Executive Vice President and Chair of its new Health and Wellness Practice.

In this position, Brown will drive creative solutions for all of the agency’s healthcare clients.

Congratulations Keisha!

Alumni On the Move 11/16/2016 - Constance Y. Brown-Bellamy '00

Constance Y. Brown-Bellamy '00, MPA is appointed board chair for award-winning behavioral health and autism spectrum education organization, Mental Health News Education, Inc., (MHNE). 

Congratulations Constance!

Howard Remembers Gwen Ifill's Life and Legacy
“No excuses,” Gwen Ifill told the audience congregated in the Upper Quadrangle of Howard University on May 9, 2009. “God opens doors in different ways, but once you get through, it is all on you,” she said. Ifill, the co-anchor of the “PBS NewsHour” and long-running host of “Washington Week,” died on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, at the age of 61. 

Office of the President: Election Day 2016 Follow-Up
President Frederick's message about the election.

Alumni On the Move 11/09/2016 - Kamala Harris '86

The first time Kamala Devi Harris (B.A. ’86) ran for office, she was elected freshman representative to a student council for liberal arts majors at Howard University. Now California attorney general, Harris became the second black woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate after winning her run last night.

In the Fall 2016 issue of the Howard Magazine, Harris said, "the Howard woman is “a role model, leader, inspiration, inspired, intelligent Black woman.” What a shining example of excellence in truth and service!

Kudos and congratulations to the newly-elected Senator Kamala Harris!

Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel Welcomes Marian Wright Edelman
On Nov. 13, the speaker will be Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President, Children’s Defense Fund, Washington, DC. Edelman, a graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, began her career in the mid-60s when, as the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, she directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi. Services start at 11 a.m. in Cramton Auditorium.

Cathy Hughes School of Communications Naming Ceremony
On Sunday, October 23rd, Howard University will hosted an official ceremony to rename it’s School of Communications for Cathy Hughes, the Founder and Chairperson of Radio One, Inc. You can watch the live stream of the official unveiling ceremony at

Journey to 150: #HowardU150 Alumni Sharing

Alumni On the Move 11/02/2016 - Seba Johnson '97
Howard University alumna and former Olympic skier Seba Johnson (Class of 1997) has her skis displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture that opened to the public on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Alumni On the Move 10/26/2016 - Brittney Blackmon '09

Brittney Blackmon '09 is currently starring in ASPiRE TV’s new web series “The Graduates NYC”; is a Web series that turns the cameras on the often dramatic lives of six driven graduates from various Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as they find themselves living in New York City juggling their careers and hectic social calendars. It airs online after coverage of Fall 2016 HBCU games airing on Brittney and her cast were also invited to participate in the White House Initiative, "The 2016 National HBCU Week Conference" held this week.

Alumni On the Move 10/26/2016 - Deborah Ayorinde '09

Deborah Ayorinde '09 was born in London, England. At age seven, she performed in her first play with a drama school in the Forest Gate area of London; developing a passion for the arts. At age eight her family relocated to San Jose, California.

Deborah’s career-changing project LUKE CAGE premiered at the end of September on Netflix. Deborah also just landed a role in Universal’s film Girl Trip, she will play opposite Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Regina Hall. She will be reuniting on the film with Mr. Luke Cage played by actor Mike Colter.

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What happens at Homecoming stays at Homecoming ... well, not really ... here are a few photos!

Debbie Allen uses her creative talents to address violence in America (WAPO)

Debbie Allen Dance Academy, whose proteges join Tony nominees in her latest work, “Freeze Frame . . . Stop the Madness,” a work about violence in America.

Allen wrote, directed, choreographed and appears in the fusion of dance, music, film and theater, which receives its East Coast premiere at the Kennedy Center on Thursday through Sunday October 27-30 at

Welcome to Linda Johnson Rice for the John H. Johnson Endowed Chair of Entreprenuership Speaker Series Launch

WASHINGTON (October 20, 2016) - Johnson Publishing Company Chair Linda Johnson Rice will visit Howard University on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, to launch the John H. Johnson Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship Speaker Series named in honor of her late father. Mr. Johnson was the business and journalism pioneer who founded Johnson Publishing Company in 1945 and produced the iconic Ebony and Jet magazines.

 “This endowed chair is a wonderful opportunity for the University to honor my father’s spirit and proud legacy by preparing the next generation of entrepreneurial trailblazers,” said Johnson Rice.

At Commencement President Obama Reminded Us All, "Not just hashtags, but votes."

Howard University is continuing its long-standing tradition of advocating for voting rights and registration. By visiting, students, faculty, staff and alumni are able to register in all states/territories and request absentee ballots. Additionally, TurboVote will send text and email reminders to users on pertinent deadlines.

Alumni On the Move 10/12/2016 - Monique Saunders Patrick '88
The CDC Foundation named a Monique Saunders Patrick '88 as chief operating officer (COO). The COO role is a newly created position at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation. As the foundation has grown and its role serving the CDC continues to evolve, they felt that it was an appropriate time to bring on board a COO to help guide and carry out strategy. Click title to read more.

HU School of Communications and the Howard University Radio Network Launch New Series

The Howard University School of Communications is proud to announce the October 13, 2016 launch of an exciting new series, From the Archives, on HBCU Sirius XM Channel 142, This weekly hour-long series features tantalizing documentaries about a wide range of issues, including health care, the arts and politics. From the Archives also offers fascinating lectures by local and nationally known scholars/educators, and compelling stories by renowned professionals like artist/activist Harry Belafonte, award-winning journalist Wil Haygood, and novelist Natalie Baszile (Queen Sugar).

Alumni On the Move 10/05/2016 - Eric Smith '91
Eric S. Smith '91 has been named market president of Fifth Third Bancorp in Chicago, IL. Smith joins Fifth Third from JPMorgan Chase, where he most recently served as chief financial officer of Middle Market Banking. Smith has more than 25 years of banking experience and began his career with Merrill Lynch as a financial analyst in Public Finance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Howard University ‘91 and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Congratulation’s Eric!

The Annual Howard Law Journal Symposium
The Howard Law Journal will host the 13th Annual Wiley A. Branton Symposium titled “President Obama’s Legacy in the Courts: Executive Power and the Federal Judiciary” from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oct. 14, in the Moot Court Room at Howard University Law School, 2900 Van Ness Street NW, Washington, DC 20008. The event is free to register, go to

8 Howard Students Named 2016-17 Jordan Scholars
For over 40 years, the Artishia and Frederick Jordan Scholarship Fund has supported the academic success of students at HBCUs. Since 2011, this support has directly impacted the lives of over 45 Howard University undergraduates by providing scholarships for one full semester of tuition to each of them. This year, when the Fund awarded scholarships to eight students for the 2016-17 academic year, it marked over half a million dollars in scholarships for Howard University students. These students each reflect a clear commitment to academic excellence, community service, and faith exploration.

Office of the President: Bison Beat Newsletter September 2016
Please find enclosed a link to the current edition of President Wayne A. I. Frederick’s Bison Beat newsletter. It features the ins and outs of Degree Works; a back-to-school event with First Lady Michelle Obama, Late Night’s Seth Meyers and HU student and television host Nick Cannon; Opening Convocation; Frederick’s Chapel address and more. To read and share, visit

WASHINGTON (Aug. 29, 2016) - Howard University students Tiffany Brockington, Brittney Young and Rachel Kenlaw were recently appointed “All-Stars” by the 2016 White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The students said they planned to use the platform to further social improvement projects in the community.

Howard and the National Museum of African American History and Culture

On the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. resides the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. Dr. Kenvi Phillips is the Assistant Curator of Manuscripts. This treasured repository holds a historic collection of books, periodicals and papers relating to the black experience in America and around the world. Several historical artifacts are now on loan to the Smithsonian.

Three Howard University Track Students Ran Through the Hirshhorn to Commemorate the African American Museum Opening | Washingtonian

Three Howard track team members, who are all graduating from Howard in the spring, participated in the museum’s opening in a way they never thought they would: as central figures in a performance art piece at the Hirshhorn meant to celebrate the African American museum. The piece, called “The Runners,” is the first in a series of performances by Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates. The performance, which took place on Wednesday, was followed by a public discussion between Gates and David Adjaye, the architect of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Sean “Diddy” Combs Pledges One Million Dollars To His Alma Mater Howard University
Sean “Diddy” Combs, the Chairman, CEO and Founder of Combs Enterprises, made a one-million-dollar ($1,000,000) pledge to the School of Business at Howard University.

Alumni On the Move 9/28/2016 - Dr. Leonard Edloe '68

On July 30, 2016 Dr. Leonard Edloe College of Pharmacy '68 was honored by the National Pharmaceutical Association with the Chauncey I. Cooper Excellence Award during thier National Convention held in Atlanta, GA for outstanding achievement in the profession. Dr. Edloe stated during his acceptance award that this award means so much to him because Dr. Chauncey I. Cooper was the first African-American Dean of a College of Pharmacy in the United States and the first Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Howard University. Dr. Cooper also founded the National Pharmaceutical Association in 1947 because most African-American Pharmacists could not join the American Pharmaceutical Association.

Congratulations Dr. Edloe on receiving such a distinguished award!

Alumni On the Move 9/21/2016 - President Obama to Award 2015 National Humanities Medal to Howard Alumnus Isabel Wilkerson '84

President Barack Obama announced Isabel Wilkerson '84, a Howard alumna and 2012 Honorary Doctor of Letters recipient , as one of the distinguished recipients of the 2015 National Humanities Medal. President Obama will award the 2015 National Humanities Medal in conjunction with the National Medal of Arts during a White House ceremony on September 22. The ceremony will stream live at

Bravo, Isabel Wilkerson, Bravo!

Alumni/Faculty On the Move 9/21/2016 - Dr. Dana Williams (MA '95, PhD '98) Nominee for Member, National Council on the Humanities

President Barack H. Obama announced his intent to nominate Howard University 's very own, Dr. Dana Williams (M.A. '95, Ph.D '98; Department Chair, Department of English), as a Member for the National Council on the Humanities.

Dr. Williams previously served as a Faculty Fellow at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University from 2008 to 2009 and an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University from 1999 to 2003. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Black American Literature and Culture Forum for the Modern Languages Association, and recently served as President of the College Language Association and the Association of the Departments of English Executive Committee.

Congratulations Dr. Williams!

HUH Strategic Turnaround Plan Delivers Strong Results
WASHINGTON (September 20, 2016) – Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick today announced a significant financial and operating rebound at Howard University Hospital (HUH). The hospital in FY 2015-2016 returned to operational profitability for the first time in four years and stabilized its market share while managing to improve medical services to the community.

Constitution Day Brings Judge Merrick Garland to Howard

On Tuesday September 20th, Howard University School of Law students got a special visit from Supreme Court nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in celebration of Constitution Day. This year's theme focused on citizenship and a commemoration of the 1866 Civil Rights Act.

The Q & A styled “Arm Chair Conversation” with Dean Danielle Holley-Walker hosting, centered around the importance of public service, success in law school, and the judge’s personal journey in the legal field. View Constitution Day here:

NOAA Awards NCAS $15.5 Million to Continue Education and Training of Students in Atmospheric Sciences
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded Howard University a multi-year award to cover a five-year period for a total amount of $15.5 million dollars in Federal funds, with initial year funding of $2.975 million. This award supports education and research that directly aligns with NOAA goals in Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology. The funding represents a continued investment in the established NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS), for education and training.

THE JOURNEY: “Andrew Young – Making the Impossible Seem Possible”

On the world stage, few people have been more outspoken about human rights than Andrew Young. On this episode, President Frederick talks with the internationally-renowned politician, diplomat, public servant, and pastor about his national and international journey. This son of Howard is a 2016 Honorary Degree Award Recipient.

Air Date: September 18, 2016

Office of the President: ETS Leadership Transition

Washington, DC (September 12, 2016)-President Wayne A. I. Frederick announced a leadership transition this week at Enterprise Technology Services (ETS). Mr. Rick Watts was appointed Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), effective Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. In this position, he is responsible for ETS operations and services, and reports to Ms. Gracia Hillman, vice president for External Affairs.

Alumni On the Move 9/7/2016 - Gabriele "Gabby" Almon '08
In August 2016 Gabriele (Gabby) Almon (née Ward), Class of 2008, was appointed to serve on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Advisory Council. As one of 35 emergency response experts, she will be advising the head of FEMA on the strategies the agency employs to protect our nation and respond to large-scale disasters. Gabby gives credit and gratitude to Alternative Spring Break for her start. We spoke to Gabby about the impact on her career in a short Q&A.

Office of the President: Bison Beat Newsletter August 2016

Please find enclosed a link to the current edition of President Wayne A. I. Frederick’s Bison Beat newsletter. It features a welcome to incoming Howard students, tips for successful matriculation at HU, an update on campus improvements and more.

Alumni On the Move 9/7/2016 - Danette Howard '97
2015 Alumni Trustee, Danette Howard, has been promoted and will serve as Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President Lumina Foundation. Howard will lead the Foundation’s integrated approach to implementing its strategic priorities, which includes continued leadership of Lumina’s state and federal policy work.

Howard University Students Reach Higher with FLOTUS, Nick Cannon and Seth Meyers
WASHINGTON (September 1, 2016) - First Lady Michelle Obama, Late Night’s Seth Meyers and Howard University student and television host Nick Cannon, were met with astounding cheers today after surprising approximately 250 freshmen with an impromptu visit. The back-to-school event, held in the University’s School of Business auditorium, engaged students in the higher education discussion.

Alumni On the Move 8/31/2016 - Kevin Judd, Esq. '92
Attorney Kevin D. Judd ‘92 of the Law Firm of Kevin D. Judd, a Washington, D.C. area bankruptcy boutique law firm, was sworn in as the 74th President of the National Bar Association (NBA).

Alumni Spotlight: These twins are school principals by day; and a traveling live art duo by night.
Rebecca Crouch, left, and her twin sister, Rachel Crouch, demonstrate painting to student Elijah Chase, 12. The sisters are principals at D.C. charter schools. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

Alumni On the Move 8/31/2016 - Khyla D. Craine, Esq. '12
The National Bar Association recently installed its 2016-2017 Young Lawyers Division executive officers during the 91st Annual National Bar Association National Convention. Khyla D. Craine ‘12, an Assistant General Counsel at the NAACP, was sworn-in as the Division’s 33rd Chairman succeeding Leigh Chapman, Esq., '09 the organization’s 32nd Chair.

WASHINGTON (Aug. 29, 2016) - Howard University students Tiffany Brockington, Brittney Young and Rachel Kenlaw were recently appointed “All-Stars” by the 2016 White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The students said they planned to use the platform to further social improvement projects in the community.

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