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BISON BEAT A Monthly N e ws l e tte r f r o m the O f f i c e o f the P res i d en t VOLUME 2 ISSUE 1 INSIDE ENGAGEMENT 2 EXCELLENCE AT HOWARD 3 On Thursday, Jan. 23, the University hosted a grand opening ceremony for the Health Sciences Simulation Center. SERVICE AND LEARNING 4-5 L-R Leia Habour, president, College of Medicine Student Council; Dr. Rita Matory, wife of the late Professor of Surgery Dr.William Matory;Trustee Reed Tuckson; Interim PresidentWayne A.I. Frederick; Medical Director Dr. Debra Ford; Courtland Kouassiaman, first-year medical class president; and Administrative Director Tamara Owens. Dear Howard University Community: Welcome to the first edition of Bison Beat for 2014! Best wishes for a year filled with remarkable opportunities. The spring semester is off to an extraordinary start. One of our first formal events was a campus-wide tribute to President Nelson Mandela. Howard conferred an honorary degree on President Mandela in 1994, which intersected his long walk to freedom with the long walk here at Howard.We relished the opportunity to celebrate his legacy on the birthday of another Howard honorary degree recipient, Martin Luther King, Jr.What a remarkable pair! Their lives transcended the circumstances into which they were born, and their example expanded the possibilities for all of mankind. Our celebration will continue throughout this academic year as we will incorporate the virtues of these great men in several University activities. Earlier this month, I joined President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and other higher education leaders at the White House to discuss ways to increase college opportunity for low-income and underrepresented students. Developing a pipeline of students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is in the nation’s strategic interest. Beginning Fall 2014, we will launch a program within the new Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) that will focus on in the ensuring the success of selected low-income students in the STEM fields.This partnership with the White House aligns well with Howard’s mission and commitment to provide students with access to an education regardless of their ability to pay. As we approach our 150th anniversary in 2017, I thank you for your enduring support of Howard University.We remain true to our mission of providing an environment that allows young men and women from all backgrounds to realize the breadth of the human possibility. I invite you to join us by participating in the many activities on campus. In this issue, we have highlighted opportunities where alumni and others can be engaged with our faculty and students. You also could join us for Alternative Spring Break in a city near you, or assist in research activities and delivery of health care in Haiti, South Africa, Zambia or other countries. Learn more about these programs in this issue. I have also enclosed details of our upcoming Charter Day Celebration. Please make plans to join us on March 7-8, as we mark 147 years of distinction.We look forward to welcoming you on campus. In Truth and Service, Wayne A.I. Frederick Interim President

President's Bison Beat January 2014

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