Howard Bison Beat June 2016

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A Monthly Newsletter from the Office of the President

BISON BEAT June 2016 | Volume 5 Issue 5

Howard University School of Law Graduates Gain Major Law Firm Attention

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Dear Friends, The just-ended 2015-16 year provided new examples of Howard University’s capacity to produce academic stars who can compete effectively for the highest honors and stand out on the world stage. Four students were selected to receive Fulbright awards. We also had a Rangel Scholar, destined to join the U.S. Foreign Service, and a Truman Scholar, headed for a career in public service. They all are winners of some of the most prestigious honors available in their fields. This is a perfect time to reflect on what each of us can do to keep that engine of excellence pumping. The universal answer is make a gift to Howard University. Your tax-deductible contribution, especially if submitted on a recurring basis, will support the dreams and aspirations of more stars-intraining so they can fill the achievement pipeline.

educational programs; faculty research; facility improvements; experiential learning and high-achieving student scholarships. Making a contribution now will aid in planning for the next year. One of the best and most rewarding ways to make a contribution is to take advantage of an employer’s corporate or organizationsponsored matching gift program. The impact of your gift is magnified – perhaps doubled or even tripled – when you make use of these often-overlooked programs. The Division of Development and Alumni Relations can supply you with a list of corporations that offer such programs. The development team manages a variety of giving

options, allowing you to focus on specific areas of need. The Bridging the Gap campaign addresses gaps in financial aid for academic achievers, fulfilling Howard’s historic mission of educating deserving men and women, regardless of their financial circumstances. There is the Gift a Senior program, critical to providing last-minute financial assistance to academically talented students who might otherwise miss graduation because they haven’t fulfilled their financial obligations. Gifts can be made in honor of Howard graduates, living or dead. And many alumni look ahead and include a gift to alma mater as a part of their estate planning.

Details on all these programs are available at http://www.alum.howard. edu. Giving. Just one more way to keep the Bison community strong.


The Center for Sickle Cell Disease at Howard University recognized #WorldSickleCellDay


Redemption Song


Howard University School of Law Graduates Gain Major Law Firm Attention


Howard University’s Medical Commitment to Haiti Continues to Grow


Carter Joins Howard University Staff as AVP-Student Affairs

There is still time to contribute to Howard’s Annual Fund by June 30, the close of the University’s fiscal year. The fund supports school, program and college operations;

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The Center for Sickle Cell Disease at Howard University recognized #WorldSickleCellDay

The Center for Sickle Cell Disease at Howard University recognized World Sickle Cell Day Friday, June 17, with a research symposium that focused on the latest developments in sickle cell science. The program took place at Howard University Interdisciplinary Research Building, with roundtable sessions on the dangers of prescription opioid use among sickle cell patients. “Narcotics are currently our only option for a lot of patients who are trying to manage their daily, chronic pain related to sickle cell disease,” said Dr. Patricia Oneal, clinical director of the Howard University Sickle Cell Disease Center. “These issues deeply affect sickle cell patients.” Participants in the program included: Dr. Anthony Campbell, clinical specialty consultant with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); Ruth A. Carter, diversion program manager, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Dr. Ann Farrell, director, Division of Hematology Products, Food and Drug Administration; Swee Lay Thein, D.Sc. NHLBI, National Institutes of Health; and Dr. Krupa Sivamurthy, the global

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medical lead for the Sickle Cell Program at Pfizer. The program also featured Ibrahim Kargbo, a sickle cell disease health advocate who knows the daily challenges of the disease firsthand. Sickle cell disease is an inheritable, genetic disease causing red blood cell disorders, which have been classified as sickle cell anemia, and may lead to death. It is the most common public health problem in African and Asian countries. More than 90,000 to 100,000 people are affected by this disease in the United States. #WorldSickleCellDay is celebrated every year on June 19, to raise public awareness about the disease. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008.

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Howard University School of Law Graduates Gain Major Law Firm Attention #REDEMPTIONSONGMOVIE #HOWARDREDEMPTION #BISONREDEMPTION

Redemption Song Redemption Song, a short film about Howard University’s 1971 championship winning soccer team, premiered this month on ESPN. The team made history when it became the first team from a historically black college to win an NCAA national championship. Shortly after the achievement, the title was taken away and heavy sanctions barring post-season competition were imposed because of player eligibility violations. The extreme consequences were seen as racial backlash because of Howard University’s athletic success. Determined to win back the title, the team went on another successful championship run in 1974. Watch the film directed by Kenan Holley as part of Spike Lee’s Lil Joints at https://

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In the race for first-year, big money Big Law jobs, some schools can place graduates based solely on the school's academic reputation; others must find a way to stand out from the crowd. Howard University School of Law has managed to take a seat at the table through a long history of relationship building and alumni advocacy.

The historically black school says its placement rates average 21 to 25 percent for law firms with more than 100 lawyers. Howard Law placed 45th on the 2014 National Law Journal “Top 50 Go-To” list, climbed to No. 22 on the 2015 list, and fell back to a respectable 37th for the 2016 list. The list ranks the top 50 schools by the percentage of JDs who accept first-year associate positions at the 250 largest firms.

“When you place one or two people [and] they do great work, they bring in others,” Holley-Walker explains, “and they support each other once they get there. More than 100 major law firms visit the school’s Washington, D.C., campus for the fall recruiting season.

Howard University’s Medical Commitment to Haiti Continues to Grow Howard University and Howard University Hospital, for the sixth consecutive year, joined the non-profits NOAHNY and the Haitian American Alliance to provide quality health care to under-served Haitians, from June 9-19.

This from a law school with a U.S. News & World Report ranking of 110 in 2015. “We’re a very old law school,” dean Danielle Holley-Walker says about Howard Law, which was founded in 1869. “A lot of the big law firms began recruiting in the 1970s, so now you’re talking about a decadesold relationship. Some firms, you have a whole network or legion of Howard lawyers coming behind some of the originals.

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READ FULL STORY Read the full article in the June 2016 issue of the ABA Journal with this headline: “Seat at the Table: Howard Law’s grads are getting major law firm attention” at http://www.abajournal. com/mobile/mag_article/howard_law_ grads_get_major_law_firm_attention/

Each year the Howard University College of Medicine-led project sends dozens of physicians, instructors, medical residents and students to the country, a practice that began as a humanitarian response to

the devastating earthquake in 2010. The scope of the project has grown over the years with the inclusion of participants from the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, the College of Dentistry and the College of Pharmacy. Howard University has also strengthened its ties to Haiti by providing support for the Caracol Health Center, the new health clinic in northeastern Haiti. The facility offers maternity care, lab testing, pharmaceuticals and vaccinations and serves as an important source of care in a region where medical services are sparse.

"The project is a great opportunity that forever impacts the lives of our young health professionals and the people of Haiti," said Dr. Shelly McDonaldPinkett, chief medical officer of Howard University Hospital. "But we can’t do it without your support. There is no donation too small, and we are very grateful for your support in advance."

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“Mr. Carter’s focus on retention and student engagement in his earlier roles made him an attractive candidate to join our team here at Howard,” PRESIDENT WAYNE A.I. FREDERICK


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Carter Joins Howard University Staff as AVP-Student Affairs Parris Carter has been selected as assistant vice president of Student Affairs at Howard University. Carter has been executive director of student affairs at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville, overseeing the Student Affairs Division. Before that, he was dean of students at Wilberforce University in Ohio for nearly ten years.

“Mr. Carter’s focus on retention and student engagement in his earlier roles made him an attractive candidate to join our team here at Howard,” said President Wayne A.I. Frederick. “We look forward to his contribution as the University continues its strong emphasis on graduation in four years and making every academic interaction count.” He will report to Kenneth Holmes, vice president of student affairs, who said Carter’s 16 years in the field

included involvement in a broad range of student support activities. “From mentoring individuals to managing crisis intervention situations to leading a minority male health initiative, Parris Carter’s experiences have prepared him well for the varied demands of student life at the University,” he said. Carter earned his a Masters of Education and Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wright State University. He joined the University on June 20.

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