A Monthly Newsletter from the Office of the President
April 2016 | Volume 5 Issue 3
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Dear Howard University Community: Looking ahead, we are soon to share in the great honor of having U.S. President Barack Obama address the University community at Commencement 2016 on May 7. What an extraordinary send-off for the graduating class and their families! What an incomparable way to cap a momentous academic year! The president will come before us as one of his signal acts of his final year in office. We look forward to him sharing his reflections gleaned from nearly eight years in office during a time of rapid and unparalleled change. President Obama becomes the sixth U.S. president to address a Commencement audience at Howard University. We will bestow honorary degrees on him and on three other distinguished Americans during the proceedings. The record of accomplishment that will be on display at Commencement is truly amazing. The University will award more than 1,300 bachelor’s degrees, more than 300 master’s degrees, more than 100 Ph.D.’s, plus 400 professional degrees in law, medicine, pharmacy and dentistry.
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Finally, let me remind you that some of our seniors remain in jeopardy of missing graduation – not because they are academically deficient but because they lack the wherewithal to fulfill their financial obligations to the University. It’s not too late to help. This final edition of Bison Beat for the semester tells you how you and other members of the Howard family can take part in the “Gift a Senior” program, operated solely to remove the last bar to completing their educational journey. Together, we can move the Bison herd forward. In Truth and Service,
Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA President
Gift a Senior
Money for Grads – Howard Begins Tuition Rebate Program for Students that Graduate Early or OnTime
President Barack Obama To Deliver Howard University 2016 Commencement Address
HUMBA Global Trilateral Students Gain International Consulting Experience During Recent Trip To South Africa
Law, Medicine, Pharmacy + Dentistry Degrees
10 White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett has a Conversation with Class of 2016 Women
EXCELLENCE AT HOWARD
11 School of Business and Rankin
Chapel to Offer Executive Leadership for Ministers Program
14 Howard University Alum is Part of Pulitzer Prize-Winning Team for National Reporting
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Gift a Senior We are less than two weeks away from Friday, May 6, a date that looms large on the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s calendar for two reasons. That day, at 6 p.m., is the deadline for the 231 qualified seniors to settle any outstanding balances so that they can participate in Commencement on May 7. It also is the culmination point for the 2016 Gift a Senior Campaign, designed to assist these seniors in meeting their financial obligations. Our Office of Alumni Relations has made special appeals to Bison graduates and other members of the University community, asking: Will you consider helping a deserving senior graduate in May? The response has been strong, and we are most appreciative of Howardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alumni and friends who have already made donations. Still, we need your help. For those who have just not gotten around to it and to those who have not considered making a donation to the 2016 Gift a Senior Campaign, this is an urgent request. Consider a gift to support this worthy initiative and remove the last impediment to graduation for some of our deserving seniors. Please know that 100% of your tax-deductible donation will go toward financial clearance. We
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will work steadily until all 231 students are able to celebrate this milestone with their classmates, enjoying the reward for their hard work, sacrifices and devotion to Howard. We have already heard the financial story of Howardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graduating students this year. More than 60% are Pell grant eligible, and the 'Expected Family Contribution' for many is less than $100, based on their financial aid applications. We know these students need our help! Where do you fit in? Here is what some have done, and we challenge you to follow suit and help spread the word. Think of five to10 friends who could support this worthy campaign and reach out to them. Then, ask those friends to identify five to10 friends of their own to whom they can make the pitch, and so on. Can you imagine what we can accomplish together for those 231 seniors? There is strength in numbers, and pooling resources will compound our ability to help our fellow Bison graduates-to-be. These students are depending on us. Please help in whatever way you can. Donations to the 2016 Gift a Senior Campaign can made by visiting https:// giving.howard.edu/giftasenior.
Money for Grads â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Howard Begins Tuition Rebate Program for Students that Graduate Early or On-Time Last year, Howard announced an important plan, with unanimous support from the Board of Trustees, to freeze tuition for all undergraduate and select graduate programs for the 2015-2016 academic year. This also included the establishment of an incentive offering tuition rebates to graduates who earn their degree early or on-time. This academic year, graduates who qualify will receive the rebate.
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Money for Grads Continued... “Howard University is committed to addressing the academic needs of our nation, in particular the needs of the African American community and underserved populations,” said Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick. “A large part of this commitment includes ensuring that the cost of attendance is not a barrier for students to turn their highest dreams into reality.” “Howard University is committed to addressing the academic needs of our nation, in particular the needs of the African American community and underserved populations,” said Howard
University President Wayne A.I. Frederick. “A large part of this commitment includes ensuring that the cost of attendance is not a barrier for students to turn their highest dreams into reality.”
rebate – 50% off of the final semester’s tuition – will be offered on direct payments (cash, credit card or installment plan) made by any on-time or early graduate. The rebate, applicable to direct payments
“Howard University is committed to addressing the academic needs of our nation, in particular the needs of the African American community and underserved populations.” President Wayne A.I. Frederick. This innovative tuition rebate establishes Howard as one of the leading private-research universities committed to college affordability and on-time completion. The
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toward the final semester’s tuition, will be payable to eligible May 2016 graduates on or after May graduation.
President Barack Obama To Deliver Howard University 2016 Commencement Address Our president, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, announced that President Barack H. Obama will deliver the keynote address during the University’s 2016 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2016. President Obama will address members of the Class of 2016 and their families, University trustees, officers, faculty, staff and alumni. “It is an extraordinary honor and privilege for the Howard University community to welcome President Barack H. Obama to our campus to deliver the 2016 Commencement address,” said President Frederick. “The president’s commitment to education, especially for those who can least afford it, dovetails with Howard’s commitment to provide these same students with a rigorous, intellectually-stimulating and academically challenging educational experience. As we look into the not-so-distant April 2016 | Bison Beat Monthly Newsletter | PAGE 7
Commencement Address Continued... future, Howard will commemorate its 150th anniversary in March 2017, emboldened by a legacy of addressing disparities that are inextricably intertwined with this nation’s legacy of equality and inclusivity. President Obama’s own legacy gives the Howard community great expectations for the leadership footprint it will leave on America and the globe,” added Frederick. President Obama is the sixth sitting U.S. president to deliver the keynote address at a Howard University commencement.
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Other distinguished leaders who will join the president in receiving honorary degrees this year include L.D. Britt, M.D., MPH; Ambassador Horace Greeley Dawson, Jr.; and Ms. Cicely Tyson. For more information about Commencement 2016 and to purchase tickets to the Inaugural Commencement Ball at the W Hotel, visit http://tinyurl.com/h6y34jb or howard.edu
HUMBA Global Trilateral Students Gain International Consulting Experience During Recent Trip To South Africa Ten Howard University School of Business Global Trilateral MBA (GTMBA) students recently traveled to Pretoria, South Africa, to convene with their GTMBA Program counterparts. Through the program’s trilateral partnership, students were given the opportunity to join their cohorts at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) at the University of Pretoria, where they provided consulting services such as competitive trend analysis, business process reengineering and risks assessments to businesses throughout South Africa. In developing the trilateral program, the District of Columbia’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development awarded a $100,000 grant
to Howard University School of Business (HUSB), which has assisted with the development and implementation of the innovative global program for MBA students.
GRANT AWARDED TO HOWARD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
“The Global Trilateral MBA program is an innovative initiative to provide a unique and very special global education experience to MBA students interested in a global career,” said Dr. Barron Harvey,
dean of Howard University’s School of Business. GTMBA students participate in live cases where they are immersed in a pool of cultural and global diversity that equips them with the necessary knowledge and skills required
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HUMBA Continued... to tackle business problems from a global perspective. “Participating students learn the business practices, problem solving techniques, business strategies, culture and norms of three countries while learning how to work in internationally diverse teams across several time zones. Priceless!” The GTMBA Certificate program features Howard MBAs, as well as MBA students from the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) in China and the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science. The cohort of Global Trilateral students will next meet May 2016 at the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) in Beijing, China, where they will present their findings from the conference in South Africa. The third and final semester will conclude this fall at Howard University. The MBA students from the partnering universities will convene in Washington in October to attend a two-day conference where they will present their final project summaries. For more information about this program, contact Verna K. Supel, director of MBA programs at 202-8061725 or email@example.com.
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White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett has a Conversation with Class of 2016 Women In preparation for life after college, women of the class of 2016 gathered for an intimate conversation with White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett in the Browsing Room of Founders Library, on Thursday, April 21. Ms. Jarrett shared valuable advice about career development, being a career woman, work/ life balance and how to be your own best advocate in and out of the office. Students were captivated by her candor and wisdom, complete with a kind mentoring spirit. The event was such a success that Ms. Jarrett stayed longer just to speak with students oneon-one. At the close of the event, President Frederick thanked Ms. Jarrett for her gracious generosity towards the students.
EXCELLENCE AT HOWARD
School of Business and Rankin Chapel to Offer Executive Leadership for Ministers Program The School of Business and its partner, the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel. have announced the 2016 Advanced Executive Leadership Program for Ministers and Church Leaders. This intensive five-day program will be taught by the School of Business faculty, executive instructors and nationally recognized guest pastors. This comprehensive management certificate program will run from May 16 – May 20.
“Pastors and church leaders are notably called upon to be the preachers, teachers and counselors within their congregations,” said Kim R. Wells, executive director of Executive Education at the Howard University School of Business. “However, the effective management of the church is often the difference between a successful and growing congregation, and one stagnated with inefficiencies, and revolving members.”
Today’s complex church organizations increasingly rely on leaders who are highly competent in business management and fiscal affairs. The Executive Leadership Program for Ministers provides intensive business study of strategic leadership, financial management, economic development, branding and marketing, contemporary legal issues, cross cultural management strategies, social media strategies and succession planning. It includes a week-long team business case competition. Guest lecturers include: Pastor John Jenkins from First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Pastor Floyd Flake of Greater Allen AME Cathedral, Retired Air Force General Frank Anderson, Rev. Michael Kelsey of McLean Bible Church and Rev. Omarosa Manigualt.
The program is designed to be affordable for any pastor or church leader who desires an elite management training experience. The School of Business is offering a reduced registration rate of $699 to support underresourced church leaders who would like to attend. All participants will receive an executive certificate of completion from the School of Business. For registration information or to learn more, call 202.806.1610, or email kim.wells@howard. edu.
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Carpenter Receives 2016 Truman Scholarship Allyson Carpenter was recently named a 2016 Truman Scholar, Howard University’s ninth honoree since 1989. Carpenter went through a rigorous, multi-stage selection process and is one of only 54 students from 47 U.S. colleges and universities selected for this honor. More than 775 candidates were nominated for the award by 305 colleges and universities. The prestigious Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 for graduate study. It is awarded annually to students who have excelled academically and are committed to careers in public service. “Howard University is thrilled to have Allyson Carpenter selected as a Truman Scholar,” says President Wayne A. I. Frederick. “This is a tremendous honor and a testament to the hard work and dedication of Allyson and her mentors.” Carpenter, a political science major and community development minor, is originally from Ohio. She is a high achieving student with diverse extra-curricular interests. At age 18, she was elected to serve as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in the District of Columbia, making her the youngest elected official in the history of the nation’s capital. “I am truly honored for this opportunity to represent Howard University as our ninth Truman Scholar. I am excited about the prospect of attending graduate school and trust that this scholarship will allow me grow as a public servant,” Carpenter said. “I can say without a doubt that I would not be a Truman Scholar if not for Dr. Frederick’s decision to create the Office of Honors and Scholar Development.” PAGE 12 | Bison Beat Monthly Newsletter | April 2016
“I am truly honored for this opportunity to represent Howard University as our ninth Truman Scholar.” - Allyson Carpenter
Alumna Angel Mills Receives Prestigious Boren Award
Angel Mills has been awarded a Boren Fellowship to study Portuguese in São Paulo, Brazil, during the 2016-17 academic year. Mills received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Howard University. She is currently a student at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education where she is earning her Masters of Education in the Intercultural Communication Program.
David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), a major federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. Boren Awards provide U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of our nation.
In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for at least one year. “The National Security Education Program is helping change the U.S. higher education system and the way Americans approach the study of foreign languages and cultures,” according to Dr. Michael A. Nugent, NSEP director.
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Howard University Alum is Part of Pulitzer Prize-Winning Team for National Reporting A Howard University alum and adjunct professor, Keith Alexander, is part of a Washington Post team of reporters that was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for their work documenting fatal police shootings of civilians across the nation. The Pulitzer board singled out the Washington Post “for its revelatory initiative in creating and using a national database to illustrate how often and why the police shoot to kill and who the victims are most likely to be.”
The newspaper sought to determine if there was a pattern in the fatal shootings of civilians by police officers after learning that no federal or private agency tracked such information. The data was compiled using real time news reports as well as other public sources. Among the Post’s findings: there were 990 fatal police shootings in 2015 and about 25 percent of those shot had a history of mental illness. The Post reporters produced more than a dozen stories using the data, some of them dispelling myths and defying conventional wisdom about police-citizen interaction.
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For example, most of those killed by police were white men, but African Americans were at much greater risk of being shot after routine traffic stops than other Americans. After the announcement, Alexander tweeted, “Honored to be a winner of the 2016 #PulitzerPrize for #TheWashingtonPost yearlong investigation on fatal police shootings in 2015.” Alexander is an adjunct professor of journalism in the Howard University School of Communications. He is also a graduate of the School of Communications.
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