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 OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
VOLUME 3 ISSUE 7
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Dear Howard University Community:
Howard Thurman, acclaimed activist, theologian and former dean of Howardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, often spoke about the need for us to center down. The hectic nature of the impending holiday season is a perfect time for that reflection.
In this edition of the Bison Beat, you will read about the School of Business being ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Also, the Association of American Medical Colleges reported that Howard University is the top undergraduate institution that sends Black students to medical school in the country. The facts show that Howard provides competitive academic programs that produce stellar scholars. For this, we can be proud and appreciative.
ALUMNI ON THE MOVE
The Howard family also continues in its motto to serve the underserved. On Nov. 10, in honor of Veterans Day, more than 150 students gave their time to serve veterans, connecting those in need to essential services in the District of Columbia. Also, our radio station, WHUR, hosted its annual holiday fundraising initiative, Food2Feed, successfully raising more than $79,000 in donations to feed families this holiday season. Through service, we are sharing and growing. This season, let us center down and reflect on our history and our promising future. We may forget that the University has experienced challenges in its history, and has emerged through many storms, but we remind ourselves that alma mater was built with fortitude. Our history also includes countless triumphs that fill the annals of our nation. This history and our love for alma mater inspires hope and confidence that Howard will continue to thrive, grow and improve with the galvanized support of the students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends that achieve its greatness. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to lead my alma mater. We are all invested in its success. To continue investing in our students, I encourage you to visit www.howard.edu/bridgingthegap. Let us charge forward in hope, faith and love, ever marching with grace, strength, humility and peace toward our fellow men and women. In Truth and Service,
Wayne A. I. Frederick President
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WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM 2015 SWAC CHAMPIONS
Please join me in congratulating the Howard University Women’s Soccer team for winning the 2015 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championship on November 6 , defeating Alabama State to clinch the SWAC championship for the second year in a row! The Bison are the first SWAC team to win back-to-back championships in women’s soccer. The victory secured Howard’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship. Five Howard Women’s Soccer team players were named to the 2015 SWAC All-Tournament Team: #6 Mackenzie Diotte, #8 Sara Vaughan, #12 Dytria Ruddy, #17 Kendall Hamilton, and #18 Zakiya Muhammad. Coach Brent Leiba was named SWAC Coach of the Year for the second year in a row. His excellent leadership has secured two SWAC titles and the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance.
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FOUR HOWARD STUDENTS RECEIVE RESEARCH TRAVEL AWARD Congratulations to four Howard graduate students: Abdul-Gafaru Tahiru, Kpedetin D. Oke, Neuvic Kalmar Malembanie and Tesfaye Abebe. Each student received a Royal Air Maroc Student Research Travel Award, on Saturday Nov. 21, at the African Studies Association (ASA) annual meeting in San Diego, California.
The award aims to increase the exchange of students and ideas between Africa and the United States, and to reward outstanding scholarship by aspiring professional scholars of African Studies. The award consists of tickets for round-trip travel between the U.S. and any Royal Air Maroc Africa destination. This year, 17 students received the award. To read more, visit http://www2.howard.edu/four-howard-students-receive-research%C2%A0travel-award-0
During Homecoming weekend, President Frederick engaged alumni and University friends by presenting the 2015 State of the University (SOTU) address. This was address to alumni, in an effort to increase transparency and alumni engagement. To view the 2015 SOTU address, visit http://www2.howard.edu/about/ president/speeches-presentations
HOWARD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS RANKS AMONG TOP SCHOOLS Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked the School of Business among the nation’s top full-time business school programs. The 2015 Bloomberg BusinessWeek business school survey ranked Howard University’s fulltime Master of Business Administration program No. 50 among more than 200 programs in the nation. Howard is the only Historically Black College and University listed in the top 75 on the 2015 Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranking.
in addition to placing Howard University in the top five for most competitive students. “This national recognition is reflective of the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff, corporate partners, esteemed alumni and our exceptional MBA students,” said Dean Barron H. Harvey. “Howard University is very proud of this recognition and of being the first historically Black business school to be ranked in the top 50 MBA programs in the country.”
For the 12th consecutive year, The Princeton Review has ranked the School of Business #1 in opportunities for minority students,
For more information, visit https://www2.howard.edu/howarduniversity-school-business-ranks-among-top-schools
HOWARD UNIVERSITY’S DANCE ARTS PROGRAM PRESENTS TWO WORKS WITH THE WASHINGTON BALLET
The Washington Ballet (TWB) and Howard University’s Dance Arts Program presented two works in the studio company performance, the NEW movement: Balanchine & Beyond. This energetic review of works by George Balanchine explored the dance legend’s influence on generations of choreographers. The program included Balanchine’s classic Serenade; Septime Webre’s Fluctuating Hemlines and his first ballet, D-Construction; TWB Company dancer Tamás Krizsa’s piece, Resonance; and two works by Howard University’s Dance Arts Program: Keuchen and SHOOK. The event took place at The Washington Ballet’s England Studio Theater on Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31. “It’s wonderful to collaborate with Howard University’s Dance Arts Program and work with new artists who lend fresh perspectives,” said Webre, The Washington Ballet’s artistic director. “This collaboration is also an opportunity to further the mission of our Diversity Initiative, Let’s Dance Together, to present diverse repertoire, dancers and choreographers throughout the season.” Howard University Dance Arts Program’s Keuchen was set to J.S. Bach’s music, Goldberg Variations, played by Glenn Gould, and choreographed by Royce Zackery. SHOOK was set to Nills Sheker’s music with a voice-over by Tupac Shakur, and choreographed by Jennifer Archibald. For more information, visit http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwdance/ article/Howard-Universitys-Dance-Arts-Program-to-Present-Two-Works-withWashington-Ballet-1030-20151027#
HOWARD UNIVERSITY SUPPORTS OPENING OF CARACOL HEALTH CENTER IN HAITI Howard University and Howard University Hospital (HUH) are strengthening their medical ties to Haiti by providing support for Caracol Health Center, a newly constructed health clinic in northeastern Haiti. The creation of the center is the result of years of diligent work by the New York chapter of the National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians (NOAH NY) and the Haitian government. The Caracol Health Center officially opened its doors in October and is expected to serve as an important source of care in a region where medical services are sparse. The center offers maternity care, lab testing, pharmaceuticals and vaccinations. It is located near the Caracol Industrial Park, which is projected to generate thousands of jobs in coming years. President Frederick attended the center’s inauguration ceremony on Oct. 12. He served as a keynote speaker alongside Dr. Florence Duperval Guillaume, Haiti’s minister of Public Health and Population, and the First Lady of the Republic, Sophia Martelly. Dr. Shelly McDonald-Pinkett, HUH’s chief medical officer, and Dr. Roxanne Smith -White, interim chief of internal medicine at the hospital, also attended. Read more at http://www.healthsciences.howard.edu/community/news-andmedia/2015-11-05-howard-supports-opening-of-caracol-center-haiti
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To see the Rankin Chapel guest speaker lineup, visit www2.howard.edu/sites/default/files/Rankin%20Poster%201.pdf
OPERATOR OF TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION HUB REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Howard is seeking an operator to launch and manage a technology innovation startup incubator for underrepresented entrepreneurs. The University is partnering with the District of Columbia to create a technology business incubator in the heart of the Georgia Avenue corridor. Howard is leasing office space within the Wonder Plaza retail center for up to three years. The District government contributed capital towards the development of a premier, turn-key hub of entrepreneurial activity. The incubator will support Howard and the District’s growing technology and innovation startup ecosystem, and create a destination for underrepresented entrepreneurs seeking to transform ideas into viable products and scalable companies. For more information, visit http://www2.howard.edu/operator-technology-innovation-hub-requestproposals
ALUMNI ON THE MOVE Shawn C. Bush, Jr., Named Rangel Fellow Howard University alumnus Shawn C. Bush, Jr. (B.A. ’12) has been awarded the highly-competitive 2015 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship, which supports extraordinary individuals looking to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. Read more at http://www2.howard.edu/howarduniversity-alumnus-shawn-c-bush-jr-earns-prestigious-rangelfellowship
Shani Hilton Featured in Marie Claire’s 50 Most Influential Women in America Howard journalism alumna and former Hilltop editor/reporter Shani Hilton (B.A. ’06) was featured on Marie Claire’s “The New Guard: The 50 Most Influential Women in America” list. Hilton was also featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list earlier this year.
Bridging the Gap PLEDGE CARD A $25 MILLION STUDENT AID CAMPAIGN
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Jeron Smith (B.B.A. ‘08) Featured in Forbes 30 under 30 List Read his profile in the Howard Magazine at http://magazine.howard.edu/categories/alumniprofiles/profiles-leadership-jeron-smith-bba-08
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