Howard Bison Beat-November 2017

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A Monthly Newsletter from the Office of the President


November 2017 | Volume 6 Issue 8

Inside Dear Howard Community,


The Legacy of the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy


#GivingTuesdayHU 2017 Exceeds $200,000 in Donations


Howard University Homecoming Day of Service


Giving Thanks: Highlighting Howard Faculty


Installation of Yolanda Pierce, Ph.D. as first Woman Dean of Divinity School


President Frederick’s Cabinet Participates in ‘Bison Teaching Bison: Meet the Cabinet’


Reach Back to Pull Forward: Members of Freshman Class of 1981 Start Endowed Scholarship


On Beat with @HUPrez17


“The Journey”

phi•lan•thro•py /fə`lanTHrəpē/ n. Love of Mankind Philanthropy is a Greek term that, when directly translated, means “love of mankind.” It is an idea, event, or action done to better humanity, and usually involves sacrifice, as opposed to being done for profit. The truth about how we improve the student experience at Howard University is that we depend on you. Although we have reached all-time highs in many of our philanthropic areas, including undergraduate alumni giving, when more of us give, we become more equipped to ensure that everyone who earns the dynamic experience of a Howard education can afford it. Howard, like many HBCUs, is able to maximize its potential because of the philanthropic efforts of supporters near and far. We are grateful for grants from

foundations and corporations that contribute to a large portion of our revenue, but individual gifts from alumni, support students in ways that no one else can. Sometimes, our most generous donations come from friends of the University—those who have no direct connection to Howard but are deeply touched by the powerful work being done here, and wish to contribute to the advancement of this institution. Howard is an extremely special institution that means so much to the masses, and philanthropic gifts aid us in meeting the goals and objectives we have set. With your help, we will continue to create opportunities for our students to attain promising futures.

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I am inspired by the cherished members of our community who invest time, resources, and service in the future of Howard, and remain a vital asset to helping us advance our mission. I am deeply touched and thankful for each of you helping to preserve Howard’s principles of Veritas et Utilitas. Excellence in Truth and Service,

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

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The Legacy of the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy The Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy was established by government and business leader Gwendolyn S. King and her husband, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Colbert I. King. Established in 2008 with the Kings’ $1 million donation to Howard University, the chair is intended to encourage highly accomplished individuals to come to Howard and share their experiences with current students. The Kings, both Howard alumni, inaugurated the chair to reflect their years in public service and media.

its legacy. He asserts that Howard University is uniquely positioned to play a significant role in today’s political discourse. He believes that “Howard remains the most important place for politicians to visit, begin conversations and plant a seed for the future trailblazers, provocateurs and political scientists of our time.”

Gwendolyn S. King is a product of the Howard University Honors Program, an experience that she believes contributed to her professional and personal successes. Because of the Honors program, she says that she was exposed to some of Howard University’s best professors. From her perspective, “government remains a lonely place During an intimate conversation with President for African-American women. However, there is Frederick, Colbert I. King, who grew up in hope in Howard University, and there is no better Washington, D.C., proclaimed that during his location in this nation to have African-American younger years, Howard University was a seemingly women come and generate organic conversations “fictional place on the Hill.” However, it was his on the topic of minority women in government years after Howard that truly highlighted the and leadership positions.” During her tenure in educational experience he had at the University. corporate boardrooms, much like her time at (King Chair 2008-2011) He attributes his professional successes to his Howard, the most valuable lesson she said she time and the lessons learned at Howard University. learned is that she had a perspective that needed Theme: King Chair Holder Richard Parsons’ theme was “Conversations on Leadership.” Even now, he believes in Howard University toexecutives be shared. The eight-week lecture series featured some of the and nation’s top CEOs and who

Richard D. Parsons

explored what it means to be a leader. The series took place from Feb. 9-April 13.


Richard D. Parsons

Chairman, Citibank Date: Feb. 9, 2011 Topic: Conversations on Leadership Born in Brooklyn, New York, Richard D. “Dick” Parsons Esq., J.D., has been Interim Chief Executive of Los Angeles Clippers, Inc., since May 2014. He is a founder of R&R Venture Partners. He has served as a Senior Advisor of Providence Equity Partners LLC since his appointment in September 2009. He is also the Co-chief Operating 2012-2013 Officer of TWE at American Television 2013-2014 and Communications Corporation and AOL Time Warner. He has also served on a panel of economic advisors who counseled President Barack Obama. He

Elaine R. Jones

James L. Hudson

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings

Nicole Lamb-Hale

James Comey




completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Hawaii and received a J.D. degree from Union University’s Albany Law School in New York. He served as leaders the CEO who of Dime *Each year, Gwendolyn S. King and Colbert I. King recommend public policy areBank, bothCEO timely and relevant to the climate of and Chairman of Time Warner and Chairman of Citigroup and serve as the Holder of the Chair. The Kings and the Howard University administration take a collaborative approach to decide who will 24 | Endowed Chair in Public Policy

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developed a reputation for managing crises. He is married to Laura Ann Bush, and they have three adult children: Gregory, Leslie and Rebecca. He was appointed the first holder of the Gwendolyn S. Newsletter | NOVEMBER 2017 Colbert I. King Chair in Public Policy at Howard University.

#GivingTuesdayHU 2017 Exceeds $200,000 in Donations Howard University increased its giving dollars this year during #GivingTuesdayHU, a global day of giving fueled by the power of digital and social media. #GivingTuesdayHU illustrates what engaged and action-oriented donors can do. The University’s deepest gratitude goes to the generosity of Irvin Reid, Ph.D., and Pamela Reid, Ph.D., for their matching donation incentive for #GivingTuesday 2016 and 2017. Continuing in our tradition, #GivingTuesdayHU donations help to secure an extraordinary future for the University. Howard is one of more than 10,000 organizations around the world that participates in #GivingTuesday. You can still make a tax-deductible donation to the End-of-Year Campaign before Dec. 31 at




(up from 187K in 2016)


870 Gifts

1,017,332 3221 Gifts


(up from 864 donors in 2016)

Donations made in just the month of December 2016 from all sources (not just the End of Year campaign) totaled $3,139,787 which amounted to 27% of cash donations given in FY2017


New Outright Gifts Received New Pledges Received



6,907 Howard University Alumni





New Planned Gift Commitments Made



3,272 “Friends of Howard”


527 Corporations & Foundations



In Fy2017 10,851 Donors Gave


Of Those, The Top 10% (1,085) Of Donors Gave

$20,674,409 Or 94.1% Of All Dollars Raised

The Top 1% (108) Of Donors Gave

$16,591,092 Or 75.6% Of All Dollars Raised



the nation and Howard University.

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“I am now more conscious about my neighbors, both near and far, who are dealing with their own struggles and I am focused on how the Howard University community can lend a helping hand to those in need.” “These service learning experiences have helped me to solidify my career interests and altered the lens at which I view life,” he went on to say. “I am now more conscious about my neighbors, both near and far, who are dealing with their own struggles and I am focused on how the Howard University community can lend a helping hand to those in need. I think more about others than I do myself and I am learning how to live out the meaning of Truth and Service.”

Howard University Homecoming Day of Service Continuing in the tradition of “excellence in truth and service,” the goal for the 2017 Homecoming Day of Service was to serve 150 communities across the nation and around the world to celebrate the rich legacy of Howard’s sesquicentennial.

The Homecoming Day of Service was a collaborative effort between administrative offices across campus, and focused on community building through six service-learning initiatives, addressing: homelessness, community beautification, health, education, elder care, and hurricane relief efforts.

Alumni, Bison families, and friends of the Howard University community aided in achieving this goal by choosing a volunteer opportunity in their local communities; current students, faculty, and staff participated in service opportunities throughout the D.C. metropolitan area.

“Serving as the database manager for Howard University Homecoming Day of Service and other service initiatives that are coordinated by the Office of the Dean of the Chapel has been an amazing experience,” said Dijon Stokes, a sophomore political science major from Charleston, West Virgina.

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Howard University Day of Service On Aug. 18, Howard University participated in the 5th Annual Howard University Day of Service. The day acquainted incoming first-year students with the D.C. community and inspired them to embrace the University’s motto, “truth and service.” The day focused on community building through seven servicelearning initiatives addressing: educational disparities, environmental injustices, health disparities, homelessness and poverty, violence, police and community relationships, and voter registration. This servicelearning experience allowed Howard University students the opportunity to discover the power of ethical leadership and civic responsibility. “Planning the Day of Service was one of the most amazing experiences that I have had as a

Howard University student,” said Vionna Moore, a junior political science major from Birmingham, AL and the event’s student director. “The Office of the Dean of the Chapel truly provides a learning lab for its student leaders,” she went on. “Mr. Glen Vinson taught me that one of the most important tenants of leadership is to be present. I learned that it is important to be present in order to complete tasks—it is obvious to me now that strong leaders do not solely depend on virtual communication to convey messages to their team. You have to be present in order to get the desired results.”

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2,100 APPLICATIONS; WOMEN: 88.2%; MEN: 17.8% Vionna shared that the most rewarding experience was to witness more than 1,000 of her peers show up the morning of the 2017 Howard University Day of Service, and to know that they were there simply because they were excited about service. “It made my heart happy to see all of the volunteers, especially freshmen, be present,” Moore said.

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Giving Thanks: Highlighting Howard Faculty During this month’s full faculty senate meeting, President Wayne A. I. Frederick took the opportunity to highlight faculty accomplishments, and, with excitement, awarded Professor C. Jules Harrell, Ph.D., from the Department of Psychology with a Presidential Citation. Professor C. Jules Harrell has been a member of the Howard community since 1980, yet each day he exhibits the excitement and passion of a new hire. His positive influence, commitment to research, leadership and mentorship are inspiring. The presidential citation reads as follows: WHEREAS, Dr. Harrell has, since 1988, served as Professor WHEREAS, Dr. Harrell has, since 1988, served as Professor of Psychology in the Howard University College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology Department; WHEREAS, Dr. Harrell has provided distinguished leadership as both an undergraduate and graduate professor at Howard University;

WHEREAS, Dr. Harrell has risen in the academic ranks through teaching appointments at Howard University (1980-present) and Virginia State University (1976-1980);

Thank you, Dr. Harrell and all of our wonderful faculty for your tireless dedication. WHEREAS, Dr. Harrell has conducted extensive research on the topics of general psychology, clinical psychology, personality theories, psychophysiology, psychology of racism, psychometrics, personality research and personality assessment; WHEREAS, Dr. Harrell has been a substantial participant, researcher and leader in the field of psychology. He is author of the book Manichean Psychology: Racism and the Minds of People of African Descent. Along with his graduate students, he has published articles related to physiological process and psychological variables in the Journal of Black Psychology, the American Journal of Public Health, Psychological Bulletin, Biological Psychology, Ethnicity and Disease, the Journal of Psychophysiology,

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and the International Journal of Psychophysiology, and; WHEREAS, according to Dr. Harrell, mentorship is “teaching with genuine love.” He believes the love must be non-possessive and coupled with a “deep concern with [student] growth.” IN RECOGNITION of Dr. Harrell’s vital research, service to the field of psychology, and his dedication to the education of promising undergraduate and graduate students, at Howard University; NOW, THEREFORE Howard University praises and commends Dr. C. Jules Harrell for his distinguished career and his contributions to the Department of Psychology, Howard University, and the field of psychology. Thank you, Dr. Harrell and all of our wonderful faculty for your tireless dedication.

Installation of Yolanda Pierce, Ph.D. as first Woman Dean of Divinity School Yolanda Pierce, Ph.D. was installed as dean of Howard University’s School of Divinity, the first woman to hold the position, on Nov. 9 in Dunbarton Chapel in Houston Hall on the West Campus.

director of the Center for the Study of African-American Religious Life at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“We are excited to have Dr. Pierce installed as the 16th dean and first woman to serve as the dean of the School of Divinity,” said Provost Anthony Wutoh. “We look forward to working together to further the legacy of the divinity program.”

Author, professor and political commentator Melissa Harris-Perry, Ph.D., was the speaker for the installation. At Wake Forest, she is the Maya Angelou Presidential chair, executive director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center.

Before her appointment

African-American and U.S. religious history. “Dr. Pierce’s leadership, scholarship, and religious commitments are emblematic of those clouds of women witnesses, often hidden or overlooked, that trail-blazed, sacrificed, and contributed to the life of the academy, church, and human communities from American slavery to present. Dr. Pierce’s presence arches us closer toward the mark of honoring women in leadership, and also becoming more intentional about women serving in significant decisionmaking positions in the academy and church in the 21st century. Despite the current and

“Dr. Pierce’s leadership, scholarship, and religious commitments are emblematic of those clouds of women witnesses... Dr. Pierce’s presence arches us closer toward the mark of honoring women in leadership, and also becoming more intentional about women serving in significant decision-making positions...” to professor and dean at Howard, Pierce was the Elmer G. Homrighausen associate professor of African-American religion and literature and the director of the Black Church Studies Program at Princeton Theological Seminary and

“The installation of Dr. Yolanda Pierce as the sixteenth dean and first woman to hold the position is a watershed moment in the life of Howard University and Howard University School of Divinity,” said Renee K. Harrison, Ph.D., associate professor of

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Installation of Yolanda Pierce, Ph.D. Continued... impending socio-political and economic climates, we have been gifted with the leadership of an innovative woman activistscholar of faith and excellence, forging us in truth and service, into the millennium.” Pierce holds a Ph.D. and two master’s degrees from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. Her research specialties include AfricanAmerican religious history, womanist theology, AfricanAmerican literature and race, and religion.

She is an ordained Christian minister, dedicated mentor, community activist, board member of a foster care agency, and cable news commentator. She maintains a public intellectual presence through her blogs, frequent appearances on television and radio and writings for magazines and newspapers. Believing that teaching and scholarship are meaningful only if they truly enhance people’s daily lives, she works tirelessly to bridge the gaps between pulpit, pew, and academy. A native New Yorker, Pierce was raised in the Church of God in Christ and still maintains a close connection to her Pentecostal roots. “With fervent expectation

and deep gratitude in the sesquicentennial year of Howard University, we welcome the installation of Dr. Yolanda Pierce,” said Cheryl J. Sanders, Ph.D., professor of Christian ethics. “Her commitment to social justice advocacy and visionary theological education streams significantly from the contributions of the 15 deans who preceded her. Dr. Pierce is embracing this new leadership challenge at Howard with tremendous energy, vision and visibility. Her installation is a landmark celebration and a noteworthy milestone for the future of theological education in the United States and beyond.”

President Frederick’s Cabinet Participates in ‘Bison Teaching Bison: Meet the Cabinet’ Earlier this month, the Office students—to get to know the of the Student Ombudsperson Cabinet better, personally and hosted “Bison Teaching Bison: professionally. Meet the Cabinet.” During a Q&A session, Cabinet President Wayne A. I. members discussed their Frederick’s Cabinet journeys to Howard University, participated with the goal professional portfolios, and of allowing the University opportunities for the community community—faculty, staff, and to get involved in projects that PAGE 12 | Bison Beat Monthly Newsletter | NOVEMBER 2017

Cabinet members spearhead. Following the collective Q-and-A session, HU community members interacted with the Cabinet one-on-one during a reception.

Reach Back to Pull Forward: Members of Freshman Class of 1981 Start Endowed Scholarship 13 Howard alumnae have committed to donating a total of $25,000 over two years, many of whom plan to continue their pledges after the two-year period in order to reach their ultimate goal of $50,000 or more. Howard University alumni are some of the most passionate and innovative stewards of the institution’s legacy. That is especially true of a group of women who met as freshmen and residents of the fourth floor of Truth Hall in Howard University’s historic Harriet Tubman Quadrangle. Now, more than 35 years after they met, they are donating to an endowed scholarship that not only commemorates Howard University as their meeting place but also realizes the importance of focusing philanthropic efforts on the future. Gifts to the University’s endowment are permanently invested to supply a steady, annual source of funds for the purposes agreed upon by the donor and the university. Endowment gifts are most often established through estate bequests or other planned gifts. Many donors choose to create an endowed fund or scholarship—which can be named to honor the donor or a loved one—to commemorate a family legacy or an important individual. Such gifts tie together

past, present, and future, preserving the memory of important individuals and inspiring future generations through lasting financial support for Howard’s educational mission. Desirnai’ Hicks, a proud class of 1985 graduate of the School of Communications, said she always has been passionate about philanthropy. Her foray into fundraising arose out of a need to finance a nine-month volunteer stint as an Educational Consultant in Perth, Western Australia in the mid-90s. Her passion and talent have influenced her educational, professional, and personal philanthropic endeavors. In fact, she was so invested in donating to an endowed fund that she sent personal letters to 14 of her freshman year floor mates, all of whom were close friends. Twelve of them responded expressing their interest in contributing to the initiative, and she has been guiding them through the process since. Inspired by the significance of Howard’s sesquicentennial celebration, the women began making donations in January. “We entered in the fall of 1981, and our lives were changed on the fourth floor of Truth Hall,” said Del Dobbs-Longs (School of Communications, B.A. ’85). “After our official graduation in 1985, we have met every 5-10 years, and return for Homecoming. Although

Fourth Floor Truth Hall Endowed Scholarship, Freshmen Class of 1981 Donors: Desirnai' Hicks

Del Dobbs-Longs

Lori M. Hobbs, M.D.

Cyprianna L. Jackson

Nathalia T. Jeffrey-Fort, D.D.S. Sherri R. Jones

Angela Lee-Watson Jill Lewis

Sherryl D. Hinton Scott, M.D. Lauralynn Stamp

Dana Lynn Taylor

Cassandra Lanier Thompson Shawn Heartley-Winstead

most of us already donate to the University, it makes sense that we collectively give back to a place that has given so much to us, in hopes of supporting other women who will hopefully have similarly life-changing stories.” Both women emphasize that the relationships made and knowledge gained at Howard University were unparalleled. Ms. Hicks, a major gift officer at Wayne State University Law School, along with many of her floor mates, has made many philanthropic donations to Howard over the years. She is grateful for the collaborative efforts of her floor mates and friends who made the creation of the Fourth Floor Truth Hall Endowed Scholarship, Freshmen Class of 1981 possible, and looks forward to encouraging other alumni to give back to the University in similar ways.

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On Beat with @ HUPrez17 FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF SAN FRANCISCO PRESIDENT ADDRESSES HOWARD UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY On Nov. 7, John Williams, Ph.D., president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco visited Howard University to meet with Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick as well as a group of business students. Williams’ discussion with students focused on his background, diversity at the Federal Reserve, and current events that impact business decisions and monetary policy. In line with his discussion about diversity at the Federal Reserve, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Howard University School of Business Center for Career Excellence partnered to focus efforts on campus recruiting. EPSILON BOULÉ EDUCATION FOUNDATION LAUNCHES SCHOLARSHIP FOR HOWARD UNIVERSITY SENIORS The Epsilon Boulé Education Foundation of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity has launched the 2018 round of “Crossing the Finish Line” scholarships for Howard University seniors. The initiative is designed to help high-achieving, financially challenged, college seniors complete their education. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is December 1, 2017. By focusing on college seniors, the initiative fills a void in higher education philanthropy. While many scholarship programs

focus on getting students into college, far fewer are dedicated to helping students finance the completion of their degree requirements. FLGA AND ZOM LIVING TEAM SELECTED FOR REDEVELOPMENT AND MASTER PLANNING Howard University announced the selection of a development team— composed of FLGA LLC Real Estate Group and ZOM Living—to begin due diligence and master planning activities for the redevelopment of Howard’s East Campus, located at 1400 Shepherd St. NE. FLGA is a prominent, local minority-owned developer. ZOM Living is a national developer specializing in masterplanning and urban community development. The property contains 23.3 acres of largely undeveloped land with three existing structures, two of which will be preserved due to their historic value. HOWARD UNIVERSITY ALUMNA’S PHOTOGRAPHY TO BE SHOWCASED DURING FOTOWEEKDC AND EXHIBITED ACROSS THE COUNTRY Cheriss May, Class of ’94 and adjunct professor teaching digital design in the Cathy Hughes School of Communications, joined awardwinning photographers whose broad range of work was featured during FotoWeekDC, from November 11-19. With more than 100 events during this nine-day festival, Women Photojournalists of Washington’s (WPOW) 11th Annual Juried Show displayed two of May’s photographs. One of the photographs is North Carolina A&T’s dance squad performing at the 2016 Howard

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University homecoming football game, and the other is former first lady Michelle Obama at the White House. Following FotoWeekDC, May’s photos, as part of WPOW’s exhibit, will be featured at colleges and universities across the country for one year.


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Howard University is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, inspired by internationally renowned artist Mark Bradford’s “Pickett’s Charge.” Gwendolyn H. Everett, Ph.D., associate dean for the Division of Fine Arts and director of the Gallery of Art, expressed delight in forging this collaboration with the Hirshhorn, one of the nation’s leading museums for contemporary art, and with Mark Bradford, who is known for his abstractions that address cultural and societal issues. ALUMNI INSIGHT CONFERENCE CALL Developed to engage alumni and the University community, regularly scheduled discussions will focus on matters culled from a broad range of topics addressing the overall functionality and direction of the Capstone. Additionally, alumni will be presented with the opportunity to learn more about a University stakeholder—a monthly feature—and his or her direct responsibilities at Howard, including a brief Q&A session. Earlier this month, participants engaged in robust dialogue with EVP and COO, Dr. Tashni DuBroy on Nov. 21.

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The Journey is a weekly 15-minute program hosted by Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, 17th President of Howard University. A family man, scholar, surgeon, leader, servant of the world, Frederick engages in dynamic dialogue with local and national guests, learning about their journeys and their thoughts on a full range of issues of the day. Listeners can hear conversations about raising boys to manhood, encouraging women in leadership, detecting cancer, mentoring youth, preventing domestic violence, the value of a village and much more.

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