Bison Beat February 2018

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A Monthly Newsletter from the Office of the President

BISON BEAT February 2018 | Volume 6 Issue 10



Dear Howard Community, The role that Howard University continues to play in the world is one of excellence. We are creating history every day, but the academic landscape outside our campus is changing. Not only are the dynamics of access to education much different now than they were at the onset of this institution’s founding, but now, there are more opportunities for black students to attend any school they choose and dream the biggest dreams they could ever have—which is what I did when I came to this country as a 16-year-old with sickle cell anemia who wanted to become a physician. Howard University was the only place in the world where I could fulfill my dreams. No one at Howard ever questioned my capacity or abilities, and that is

the HBCU difference. I think that’s why HBCUs are even more critical today than in the past. Last year, fewer black males applied to medical school than in 1976. We have a crisis taking place right in front of us, but the focus often is that there’s opportunity everywhere. Unfortunately, the opportunity is not quite what it’s made out to be. Sometimes, it is a “sheltered opportunity,” one with a lot attached to it. HBCUs take away the shackles because when you attend an HBCU, you are presented with an unbridled opportunity to fulfill your potential and bring your wildest dreams to fruition—to make history. Howard University is a national treasure—not only because of our legacy but also because of what is happening right now. Our core

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values of excellence, leadership, truth and service are at the center of Howard’s vision to develop scholars and professionals who drive change while engaging in scholarship that provides solutions to contemporary global problems.


Howard’s Story


Howard WEST Expansion


Charter Day 2018

Thank you for helping us make history 365 days a year.


Howard University Awarded Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant

Excellence in Truth and Service,


On Beat with @HUPrez17

Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA PRESIDENT

Howard University’s


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The Naming

The Charter

Many wonder how Howard University came to be named after Gen. Oliver Otis Howard. The story of Howard University begins with the Congregational Church. The idea to start a theological school for newly “freed blacks” grew out of several First Congregational Society meetings in November 1866. One participant in these meetings was Gen. Howard. It was at the meeting on November 20, 1866, that the group chose to name its planned seminary after Gen. Howard. They chose to use his name because of his interest in educating African Americans.

On March 2, 1867, Congress passed “The Charter of Howard University,” establishing what some referred to as a National Negro University. One of the many confusing facts about the founding of Howard University is the belief that it was founded as a “theological” and “normal” school (for teachers). However, the charter that established the University expressly stated that it was to be a “University for the Education of Youth in the Liberal Arts and Sciences.”

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Howard University was unique at its opening in

The Main Building was among the first buildings constructed

Mordecai W. Johnson began his tenure as 11th president of Howard

Caucasian males and females together.

building was completed in 1869, it was used for the University’s

On September 30, 1910, the new seal of Howard University, which read “Veritas et print for the first time in the student-published

a tenure of 34 years. His presidency was marked by the building of the


1867 because it enrolled African American and

by the Freedmen’s Bureau for Howard University. After the

administrative offices, the Freedmen’s Bureau as well as the

Charles B. Boynton was selected as Howard

Theology Department (1871-1929). The Main Building was

19, 1867, to August 1867. Like most of the

later that year.

of the First Congregational Church.

Howard Hall, One one of the earliest buildings and originally

University’s first president. He served from March University’s incorporators, Boynton was a member

demolished in 1935. Founders Library was erected on its site

University on June 30, 1926. He was the first African American to preside

Utilitas” (Truth and Service), appeared in public

over Howard University, and he was its longest-serving president, with

Howard University Journal.

modern Howard University. Much of today’s physical plant and the full accreditation of Howard’s schools and colleges took place during his

presidency. The Mordecai Wyatt Johnson Administration Building was dedicated to Johnson on September 6, 1973.

called Howard House, was occupied by Howard University

President Oliver O. Howard from 1869-1874. It was later used

for a variety of purposes. In 1967, it was principally the African Language and Area Center.

1958 Howard University conferred its first Ph.D. degrees on June 6, 1958, in the field

of chemistry. The Ph.D. recipients were Harold Delany and Bibhiti Mazumder.


HU Alumna Inabel Burns Lindsay in 1945

became the first dean of the Howard School of

Social Work. In 1969, the University completed the building that houses the School of Social Work &

named it Inabel Lindsay Hall in her honor.



Rankin Chapel has been had a total of four deans. In 1931, Dr. Howard

Dr. Numa P.G. Adams (A.B. magna cum

Thurman was appointed the first dean of the Chapel. With Thurman’s

laude, 1911) was the first African-American

designate a dean of chapel. Such an appointment signifies a commitment

Medicine. He served as dean of the Medical

appointment, Howard became the third university in the United States to to organized religious life on campus. Following Thurman, Dr. Daniel G.

Hill and Dr. Evans Crawford each served as dean of the Rankin Chapel.

dean of the Howard University College of School from 1929-1940.

Currently, Dr. Bernard L. Richardson serves as dean.


Antoine Garibaldi, Ph.D. (B.A. 1973) became the first provost and chief academic officer of Howard

University in 1996. Following a recommendation by then-President H. Patrick Swygert, the board of

trustees approved the position of provost on September 30, 1995. Garibaldi served in the position until 2000. Currently, he is president of the University of Detroit Mercy.

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Howard University Charter Day 2018

Howard University and Google Expand ‘Howard West’ Computer Science Residency

2018 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards Paula J. Giddings, in the field of Journalism Dorie A. Ladner, in the field of Social Work

Howard West is an extension of our commitment to produce industry-ready, Black computer science graduates who will enter the workforce with the added invaluable knowledge gained by working alongside the leading experts at Google.

2018 Capstone Distinguished Service Award

Interview Prep and Intro to Mobile

“Students and faculty noted

Millard “Jim” Watkins III

the pilot program, 14 rising juniors

life at Google as the program’s

subjects included Fundamentals of

with Google, will expand to cover

Machine Learning, Technical

the full academic year, beginning in

fall 2018. The announcement comes after a successful three-month pilot program during summer 2017 at

Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters.

Algorithms, Software Engineering,

Applications. Upon completion of applied for internships and four received offers.

expectations in many ways.

both the rigor and immersion in

Googlers involved felt there was a

true exchange of knowledge, culture

Lauren Clayton, a junior computer

Black colleges and universities,

Tennessee, says she gained a wealth

Howard West is not the first

program, which will prepare her to

University and Google. Google in

will participate in the immersive

one-year program. The residency includes workspace on Google’s

Mountain View campus, a generous

science student from Nashville,

of knowledge and skills through the

become a better software engineer.

stipend to cover housing and other

“I was really excited to spend my

resources, from gyms to micro-

that it would help me academically

expenses and access to Google

kitchens to the eponymous Gbikes. During the pilot, 26 students

participated in courses taught by Howard University faculty and a Google engineer as adjunct

professor to simulate practical, realworld engineering challenges. Class

summer at Google because I knew

and professionally,” she said. “Now, my approach to school is different. I know that it is important to keep

reading and doing outside research. It was a great experience.”

Howard Sueing, a software engineer and Google instructor for Howard

(general manager of WHUR)

most compelling aspects, and the

Approximately 100 rising juniors

from Howard and partner historically

in the field of Religion

West, said the pilot exceeded

Howard West, which is Howard

University’s academic partnership

The Reverend Bernard L. Richardson, Ph.D.,

and understanding,” he said.

collaboration between the Howard

Howard University Awarded $480,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant

Residence, also known as GIR, is

The trustees of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have approved a grant of $480,000 to Howard University, for

engineers as faculty at Howard and

centerpiece of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s initiatives to increase diversity in the faculty ranks of institutions

a program that embeds Google

use over approximately four years to establish a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program. MMUF is the

other HBCUs; it has been going

of higher learning.

Howard West was a natural and

The MMUF program was established in 1988 by William G. Bowen, president of the foundation at the time, and

strong for more than four years. logical next step, bridging the

Mellon program associate Henry Drewry. The program began with an initial cohort of eight member institutions.

divide between declaring a major in

Since then, the program has grown to include 48 member schools

geographical, academic and cultural computer science, graduating and landing a job in tech. To read more, visit:

and three consortia, including three South African universities and a consortium of HBCUs within the membership of the United Negro College Fund. As of 2017, more than 5,000 students have been

selected as fellows, more than 700 of whom have earned Ph.D.s and more than 100 of whom are now tenured faculty members.

The majority of those who have completed the Ph.D. hold or have held an appointment in the academy.

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The Journey

On Beat with @HUPrez17 HOWARD UNIVERSITY JOURNALISM PROGRAM RANKED TOP 20 FOR 2ND CONSECUTIVE YEAR For the second consecutive year, Howard University is listed in a recent College Factual ranking of journalism degree programs. The Cathy Hughes School of Communications Media, Journalism and Film program was ranked 20 out of 183 nationwide. This makes journalism at Howard a top 20 program in the United States. HOWARD UNIVERSITY ACKNOWLEDGED FOR ITS GREAT SOCIAL NETWORKING, EXPERIENCE AND EXPLORATION For the second consecutive year, Howard University is listed in a recent College Factual ranking of drama and theatre arts programs. The Department of Theatre Arts program was ranked 23 out of 306 nationwide. The ranking mentions Howard’s setting in an urban center as great for scholars trying to find adequate chances for social networking, experience and exploration.

HOWARD UNIVERSITY RECRUITS 22 STUDENT ATHLETES TO THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM On National Signing Day on Feb. 7, HU Football Head Coach Mike London and his staff wrapped up their first official recruiting class by adding 22 student-athletes to the football program. The list also includes early signees from Dec. 21. Howard finished the regular season with a 7-4 overall record and 6-2 in league play, placing second in the MidEastern Athletic Conference standings. HOWARD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DIVINITY “NAMED A WINNER” Howard University School of Divinity has been named a winner on the Center for Faith and Service’s “Seminaries that Change the World” Class of 2017-18 list. The list contains 33 schools nationwide, from Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry to Yale Divinity School. ROBERT EFIMBA ACKNOWLEDGED FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS Howard University Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Robert Efimba, Sc.D., P.E.,

LM. ASCE., was recognized in the American Society of Civil Engineering’s National Capital Publication Forum titled “Life Members Reflections and Biographies,” for his contributions to the civil engineering community.

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On Feb. 13, Cole Williams and junior swimmer, Latroya Pina were named HU Bison of the Month, sponsored by Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle and Kimpton Glover Park Hotel, for their incredible performances in January.

On Feb. 7, Arizona Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Black College Football Pro Player of the Year Award, presented by the NFL Players Association. It will be awarded annually to the most outstanding professional football player from an HBCU. The 5-foot-11, 206-pound Bethea attended Howard University and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2006. In 12 NFL seasons, he has been selected for the Pro Bowl three times and won Super Bowl XLI as a member of the Colts.






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