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.
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 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/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!
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.
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: http://www.law.howard.edu/2050
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 https://tinyurl.com/zc3yd66
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!
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.
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.
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 www.aspire.tv. 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.
What happens at Homecoming stays at Homecoming ... well, not really ... here are a few photos!
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 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!
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.
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.
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!
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 11/23/2016 - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
Meet Mike London, the New Head Football Coach
Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick announced Mike London as the new head coach of the Howard University football team during a press conference today on the campus of Howard University.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”
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
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.
#Bison It's Your Turn#Bison
It's Your Turn! You can be featured in our official Sesquicentennial campaign! Here's how:
*Must include your year of matriculation and area of study. Students, Faculty, Staff & Alumni are eligible.
- Select a Hi-Resolution photo (Headshot or Candid)
- Describe in a quote of 2 sentences or less what our theme "The Time Is Always Now" means to you
- Send your name and #HowardU150 in the subject line to email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Click here to also read the CNN post.
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.
To read and share, go to https://goo.gl/YWNfwp.
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!
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.
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.
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."
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.
THREE HOWARD UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ANNOUNCED AS WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' ASSOCIATION SCHOLARS
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.”
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.
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.
Senator Kamala Harris Challenges Howard University Graduates to Forge a Way Forward All News
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.