Talking leadership 26: Walter Kimbrough on supporting poorer students

The president of Dillard University says that historically black colleges and universities do a better job than the Ivy League Culled from Times Higher Education Source: Dillard University Walter Kimbrough is not impressed with America’s most prestigious universities. “If the Ivy Leagues are such great institutions, why don’t they bring in more students from the lower ninth ward of New Orleans? Poor households, poor schools. If you’re so good at teaching, teach that person for four years.” The outgoing president of Dillard University, a historically black university in New Orleans, tells Times Higher…

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Alumna Taraji P. Henson Shines at Howard University Commencement

From Howard University News WASHINGTON –Taraji P. Henson, award-winning actress and Howard University College of Fine Arts alumna who graduated in 1995 with her baby boy in her hands, returned on May 7 as the commencement speaker. Henson was conferred an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, just before delivering remarks.   I would like to take this moment to reintroduce myself: My name is Dr. Taraji Penda Henson, Howard class of 1995.   This year, Howard University awarded 1,953 degrees, including 1,225 undergraduate degrees and 711 graduate degrees. Reinforcing its status as…

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Nigerian emerges best medical student in US varsity

•Secures residency training in Harvard University Watch video of the graduation ceremony where Dr. Jones-Wonni was honored. By Opeyemi Babalola A 22-year-old Nigerian-born, Boubini Miyensinte Jones-Wonni, has graduated as the best medical student in the Howard University Medical School Class of 2022. Jones-Wonni, an indigene of Arogbo Ese- Odo Local Government Area, Ondo State, also secured admission to the prestigious Harvard University Medical School for residency training in Internal Medicine. Born on October 23, 1999, she started her primary education in Banky’s Private school Apo, Abuja. Due to an exceptional…

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Library of Congress joins Africa Month celebrations

Three-Part Series of Interviews with Award-Winning African Writers Debuts During Africa Month Celebrations Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Damon Galgut, and Abdulrazak Gurnah form lineup of “Conversations with African Poets and Writers Series” A three-part series of interviews with award-winning African writers will debut at the Library of Congress beginning today to coincide with Africa Month, an increasingly popular celebration of the continent’s peoples, cultures and history. The interviews are part of the “Conversations with African Poets and Writers Series” produced by the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division since 2008 to promote…

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DSU Mass Comm. Students Attend Disney Internship Conversation

Dr. Renee Marine and Zak Kimball hosted a Disney Internship Conversation for Mass Communication majors at DSU on April 19, 2022. Those who participated in the Conversation included Jay Francis, VP at Disney Television Animation, Current Series, Diversity and Inclusion, Corey Savage, Disney on the Yard, Zaire Davis, DSU Alumna, Master’s Student at The Savannah College of Art and Design, and current Intern with Disney Television Animation. Dr. Marine thanked all those who participated in the Disney Conversation.   CONGRATULATIONS TO MCOM DIGITAL MEDIA SENIOR, GWENNA GENTLE, FOR BEING ACCEPTED INTO…

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Nigeria-born Dr. Ohwofiemu Nwariaku appointed new chief of surgery at University of Utah, USA

By Opeyemi Babalola Delta State, Nigeria-born Dr. Ohwofiemu Nwariaku has been appointed as the New Chief of Surgery at the University of Utah, USA, effective from July 1st, 2022. The prominent Cardiologist and US-based medical practitioner, Abraham Ariyo, M.D, in Dallas, who made this known in a statement obtained by this medium, congratulated his colleague for the accomplishment. He said: “I placed a phone call to congratulate “Blondi”, as we called him at University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan when we were students. He was excited about his new appointment and we transiently…

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Professor awarded $400,000 after been disciplined over wrong pronouns

A Shawnee State University professor who was disciplined for using the wrong pronouns when addressing a transgender student is being awarded $400,000 after a lawsuit against the university. Nick Meriwether, a philosophy professor at the Ohio school, declined to use she/her pronouns to refer to a transgender woman, according to a press release from Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal organization that focuses on religious freedom and free speech cases and represented Meriwether. Meriwether responded to the student during classes by saying, “Yes, sir.” The student asked him after class to use she/her pronouns when…

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5 Highlights from the Spring 2022 State of the University Address

Dear Howard University Community, The biannual State of the University Address is a vital time for our community to examine the strengths and weaknesses of our institution as well as our opportunities to move Howard forward together. Here are five takeaways from the Spring 2022 State of the University Address I delivered this afternoon. 1. We are embarking on the largest real estate initiative in Howard’s history. Over the next five years, Howard will invest $785 million in new construction and major renovations. This is a critical next step in our efforts to…

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American University’s Sine Institute Solves Problems at Intersection of Politics and Policy

American University, Washington D.C., Board of Trustees member Jeff Sine, SIS/BA ’76, and his wife, journalist Samira Sine, wanted to create an incubator at AU to solve challenges facing politics and policy. Through the Sines’ milestone $10 million gift, American University launched the Sine Institute of Policy & Politics, to bring experts and top scholars together with students to address difficult issues and seek common ground. “Through this gift we wanted to empower American University to make an immediate and lasting impact at the intersection of politics and policy, increasing…

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