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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Howard University to Host 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
Howard University is proud to announce that it has been selected as a partner with the “Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders” for the fourth consecutive year. Howard University is currently hosting 25 of Africa’s brightest emerging Public Management leaders for a six-week academic and leadership institute sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship, is the flagship program of former President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). YALI empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and support for activities in their communities.
Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy Named EVP and COO
Washington DC (July 5, 2017) - Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy Named Executive Vice President and COO of Howard University.
President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick announced the appointment of Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy as executive vice president and COO of Howard University. In this Cabinet position, Dr. Dubroy will be responsible for the success of major operational areas of the University and process optimization across the organization. Dr. Dubroy will assume the position on October 2, 2017 and report directly to the president. Key duties include collaborating with President Frederick on strategic planning and ensuring that all initiatives align with Howard’s core values and established priorities.
Ordering Your HU Transcript is Easy
The Office of the Registrar is pleased to have launched a new electronic transcript processing and delivery system starting summer 2017. Alumni may request their official transcripts through the National Student Clearinghouse Transcript Ordering service.
*Electronic transcript processing is only available for 1990 graduates to present. Other transcript ordering options are available for 1989 and earlier. Please go to the clearinghouse site for more information.
Alumni On the Move 8/9/2017 - Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine, J.D., M.Div. '94
Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine, J.D., M.Div., '94, the 46th senior pastor of Historic St. James AME Church in New Orleans and the national chaplain of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the oldest predominately Black intercollegiate fraternity in the United States, recently received Alpha Phi Alpha’s “National Outstanding Alumni Brother of the Year” Award, given at the fraternity’s July 2017 national convention in Baltimore, Maryland. The award was given in recognition of exemplary community leadership, service, and social engagement.
David P. Bennett is the New Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations
Howard University President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick announced the appointment of David P. Bennett as Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) on July 27, 2017. In this Cabinet position, Bennett will collaborate with stakeholders across the University to build a best-in-class development program, strengthen charitable giving, increase revenue generation, and enhance alumni engagement. Bennett started on August 7, 2017 and the entire team is happy he is here. Welcome!
Five Howard Alumni Named to HBCUBUZZ 30Under30 2017
Every year, the HBCU Top 30 Under 30 honors talented and selfless young men and women who are making phenomenal steps forward in a multitude of industries including education/academia, science, sports, fashion, journalism, technology, business, community/public service, politics, and entertainment.
Congratulations to alumni: Khala Jones, Anna-Lysa Gayle '13, David Bullock, Kiki Ayers '12 and Chey Parker '13 on their achievements!
Howard University Appoints James Comey 2017 Opening Convocation Keynote Speaker and Endowed Chair in Public Policy
Howard University appoints James Comey as this year’s Opening Convocation keynote speaker and the 2017-2018 Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy. Mr. Comey will kick off the school year with an address to the University and engage the Howard community through a lecture series designed to foster fruitful discussion and spur meaningful interaction.
Scheduled for September 22, 2017, Opening Convocation officially signals the beginning of the academic year. Mr. Comey will formally welcome the Class of 2021 to the 2017-2018 school year and recognize the University for its accomplishments and its commitment to excellence in truth and service. As the holder of the King Chair, Mr. Comey will lead and conduct five lectures featuring speakers that will touch on several topics.
Alumni On the Move 8/23/2017 - Dr. Learie B. Luke '01
SC State University President James E. Clark announced the appointment of several key executives to his leadership team recently. With nearly a decade of experience in senior administrative roles in the Division of Academic Affairs at SC State, Dr. Learie B. Luke (GS MA 2001) has been named the provost and chief academic officer.
Congratulations, Dr. Luke on your appointment!
Alumna Dr. Patricia E. Bath, MED ’68 Celebrated in Time Magazine On a List of Notables for Being the First All News
Dr. Patricia E. Bath, opthamalmic surgeon, inventor and activist for patients' rights was featured in the September 18, 2017 issue of Time Magazine for her illustrious career, being an inventor and being the first in her field-all while being a woman.
Dr. Bath chose to share this "WOW moment"with Howard alumni.
Talk to women about the forces that drive them and they hit notes of joy fascination-a passion for music or molecules or finance or food that took them places their sisters and mothers had not gone before. "Sometimes even now when I'm told I was a 'first,' it comes as a surprise," says Patricia Bath, a pioneering physician and inventor. "I wasn't seeking to be first. I was just doing my thing, and I wanted to serve humanity." (Excerpt from the Time Magazine article 'Firsts: Women Leaders Who are Changing the World' in the September 18, 2017 issue.)
As an inventor, Dr. Bath holds five U.S. patents. She is the first African-American female doctor to receive a medical patent. Her first patent was received in 1988 for the innovative laser cataract invention that she conceived in 1981, the Laserphaco Probe. This groundbreaking invention has improved the lives of those with cataracts and transformed the way the disease is treated worldwide.
BRAVO, Dr. Bath! Your alma mater and your fellow alumni applaud your achievements and your recent recognition on this international stage. Thank you for sharing your gifts.
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