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HAMPTON Alumni Magazine of Hampton University

Spring 2011 Vol. 132, No.16

A New Dawn

on Cancer Treatment Rises at Hampton University Alumni Features • Campus News • Class Notes

President Dr. William R. Harvey

Board of Trustees I. Emerson Bryan, III Charles I. Bunting Djeneba L. Cherif H. Rodgin Cohen, Esq. Wesley A. Coleman William “Bill” Cosby Edward E. Elson W. Frank Fountain Gordon L. Gentry, Jr. Vanessa D. Gilmore William R. Harvey Wendell P. Holmes, Jr. Lina Hu Andrew M. Lewis Clarence E. Lockett Michelle Penn-Marshall Daniel H. Mudd Leslie D.J. Patterson Brett A. Pulley Curtis E. Ransom Andrea M. Weiss

Vice President of Development Laron J. Clark, Jr.

National Hampton Alumni Association, Inc. Joan McMillan Wickham ’78, President Teresa Moore Mutakabbir ’77, First Vice President Richard Bowden ’74, Vice President Eastern Regions Atty. Bruce Atkins ’69, Vice President Western Regions Joann Lewis Nixon ’88, Recording Secretary Nicole Taylor ’93, Corresponding Secretary Dorothy M. Lee-Murray ’80, Treasurer Rev. Jerome Barber ’81, Chaplain

Co-Editors Yuri Rodgers Milligan, ’97 Director of University Relations Mildred Swann, ’67 Director of Alumni Affairs

Contributing Editor Dr. Joyce M. Jarrett University Editor Art Direction and Design Taylored Printing

Contributors Leha Byrd, Public Relations Specialist Jonathan Cole, Graphic Designer Naima Gethers ’07, Public Relations Specialist Martha P. Jarvis, Records Secretary Chelsea E. Williams ’07, Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs Alison L. Phillips, Senior Public Relations Specialist Sarita Scott, Director of Public Relations HUPTI Maurice Williams, Director of Sports Information

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ABOUT THE COVER Dr. Harvey visits with some of HUPTI’s first patients, (L to R) Thomas Hardy, Alfred Scott, Reagyn Semler and Ronald Cosman.




HU Celebrates the Opening of the World’s Largest Proton Therapy Institute


HU Launches New Online Degrees, Virtual Campus.

13 Planting the Seeds of the Next Great STEM Generation 16 Alumni Features Dr. Robin Sanders ’77 Leonard Powell ’66


21 Homecoming 22 Alumni Book Review 26 Athletics Lady Pirates Win Meac Cross Country Title Pirates End Season On Winning Note Rose Receives Multi-Year Extension Hampton Sweeps MEAC Basketball Titles 30 Campus News 34 Class Notes


44 In Memoriam

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WORLD’S LARGEST PROTON THERAPY INSTITUTE Opens with 100 years of Clinical Proton Therapy Experience

Opening the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) and making proton therapy accessible to residents of Virginia the Mid-Atlantic states and beyond is now a dream realized for HU President William R. Harvey. “This has been the making of a miracle,” said Harvey, who, despite the economy, raised the $225 million necessary to bring his dream to fruition. “We at Hampton measure our successes by the contributions and services that we provide to our community, our nation, and the world.” On October 21, the Honorable Gov. Bob McDonnell and hundreds of guests, celebrated the grand opening of HUPTI, the nation’s eighth, and the world’s largest freestanding proton center.

The Impact “This is really a marvelous step forward in science and the merger of academia,” said McDonnell. McDonnell commented on the “marvelous economic impact” that HUPTI has had and continues to have on the Commonwealth of Virginia. “Two thousand temporary workers while building the center, over tens of millions of dollars pumped into the economy over the last couple of years to get us to today…tens of millions of dollars being pumped into the local economy for restaurants, hotels, shopping and other amenities are things that are going to have a tremendous impact for our community.” “…We the citizens of Virginia and its children will now have convenient access to proton therapy,” said Susan Ralston, founder of the Pediatric Proton Foundation, whose five

year old son, Jacob, was stricken with a rare form of cancer that paralyzed him from the waist down, overnight. “We ultimately traveled over 1,500 miles for him to receive proton therapy.” As Jacob ran to the stage to hear his mother speak, the crowd was overcome with emotion. Ralston explained that proton therapy helped save Jacob’s life and gave him back his healthy, active childhood.

An Incredible Journey HUPTI started seeing prostate cancer patients in August. “This has been an incredible journey,” said Ronald Cosman, HUPTI’s first patient. Cosman, a resident of Hampton, Va., said he has grown a passion for proton therapy and for spreading the word about the treatment.

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“Being one of the first patients at HUPTI has changed my outlook on life.” – Alfred Scott , One of HUPTI’s First Patients Proton therapy is regarded as the most precise form of cancer treatment available, as it targets and kills tumors with millimeter accuracy, while sparing surrounding healthy tissue, leaving the patient with minimal to no side effects, unlike conventional radiation therapy, which is especially important for growing pediatric patients. “We have over 100 years of actual clinical proton therapy experience [at HUPTI],” said Allan Thornton, MD, radiation oncologist, who has more than 19 years experience in proton therapy, having treated patients at Harvard 6 | Alumni Magazine of Hampton University

University (Massachusetts General Hospital) and the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute (MPRI) in Indiana. According to Thornton, “the physical characteristics of proton beam delivery allow us to target the tumor and conform the beam with greater avoidance to normal tissue than with conventional x-ray radiation (IMRT/photons).” HUPTI is expected to treat approximately 2,000 patients per year with prostate, breast, brain, lung, ocular and pediatric cancers. HUPTI’s 200-ton cyclotron originates and spins the protons at 60 percent of the speed of light, sending the resulting beam down a beam line to the treatment room. The actual treatment of protons lasts a mere 60 seconds. Patients are treated five days a week, for five to ten weeks.

First Patients The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute’s first group of patients completed their course of treatment for prostate cancer. “This is exciting,” said Thornton. “Treatments have gone extremely well. Our first group of patients has been wonderful and most accommodating and has responded to the treatment well. My partner, Christopher Sinesi, MD [HUPTI medical director], and I are pleased with the level of support from the Hampton Roads medical community thus far.” “Being one of the first patients at HUPTI has changed my outlook on life,” said Alfred Scott, of Hampton, Va., who celebrated his 33rd wedding anniversary the day before his last treatment. “I have not experienced any side effects going through this treatment, which gave me a new lease on life.” HUPTI’s first group of patients has expressed feeling no side effects from their course of treatment. “I have had no adverse side effects during my treatments,” said Thomas Hardy, a resident of Smithfield, Va.

“This was the ideal treatment.” Proton therapy is able to target the tumor while sparing surrounding healthy tissue, thus minimizing side effects. Cynthia Keppel, Ph.D., scientific and technical director, HUPTI, was also beaming with excitement. “It’s one thing to start up, and quite another to see our first group of patients walking out the door having finished their treatments,” said Keppel, who was the first HUPTI team member appointed, having worked on the project for more than six years.

The Staff Each patient said the staff made a difference in their treatment experience. “This facility has a staff that I consider to be second to none,” said Hardy. “Their expertise and experience in handling patients is superb. I will forever remember and give thanks to Dr. Harvey for bringing this facility to us.” “I have never been to a medical facility where right from the door, the greetings from the whole staff and their demeanor makes you feel welcome,” said Scott. “This is a first, and I’ve been to many medical facilities.” Keppel and her team has diligently

John Melvin, HU Class of ’65, finished treatment at HUPTI in January. “Proton therapy was the best choice for me. I had no side effects and I didn’t have to alter my daily routine. My friends at the gym said, ‘we didn’t realize you were going through anything.’ I told them that’s the best part about this treatment.”

worked to commission and open the second room in early January and is currently commissioning the third treatment room, which is expected to be ready early summer 2011. “This has been a unique experience for me and the other first patients as we all bonded immediately, after seeing each other daily for our treatments,” said Cosman, who also experienced no side effects. “The friendships that were formed will last a lifetime. “I would wholeheartedly recommend [HUPTI] to anyone. They would experience the most relaxing, professional and caring treatment that they could imagine.” — Sarita L. Scott Alumni Magazine of Hampton University | 7

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HU launches new online degrees, virtual campus. Do you remember sitting on a Hampton University waterfront bench watching the sun hang low on the horizon? Or do you remember the pride you felt every time someone shouted out for Virginia-Cleveland or Harkness Hall? Do you recall the first time you dressed in “Ogden Attire”? You may have moved to another state or country since graduation, proudly displaying your HU degree on a home or office wall. But, that does not mean you can’t return to your alma mater to further your education.

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With the launch of Hampton U Online, HU’s web-based, virtual campus, you can become a Hamptonian all over again without having to physically return to campus. Hampton U Online offers a wide range of certificate, undergraduate and graduate degree programs entirely online. Hampton U Online currently offers three doctoral degrees, two master’s degrees, eight bachelor’s degrees, two associate degrees and

two certificate programs. This includes two completely new online doctoral programs: a Ph.D. in Business Leadership and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Management, to add to the existing Ph.D. in Nursing. Hampton U Online offers a Master of Health Administration (MHA) and a Master of Science in Nursing. Additional degrees will be offered in the future. The first courses began August 2. “Maintaining high academic quality is top priority for Hampton U Online. We have top-notch faculty, embrace nationally recognized standards for course quality, and mirror best practices in online instruction. Priority two is the provision of strong learner support services,” said Dr. Cassandra Herring, dean of the 10 | Alumni Magazine of Hampton University

College of Education and Continuing Studies, which houses Hampton U Online.

Rock the Blue and White As an instructor in HU’s School of Business, Janelle Davenport ’01 recognized the increasing importance of a terminal degree as it relates to the field of academia. The percentage of faculty holding a terminal degree directly affects a school’s accreditation status. “A terminal degree would help in all aspects. It would make me a stronger faculty member in terms of research, but also in the classroom,” Davenport said. Prior to the launch of Hampton U Online, she had yet to find an institution that she felt fostered a quality education in a flexible environment. She is now part of the inaugural class for the new Doctor of Philosophy in Business Adimistration degree program. According to Davenport, this degree will enhance her marketability, expand her breadth of knowledge, and develop her abilities to conduct valuable research. “Hampton University is known for excellence and has a very valuable brand. Furthermore, the School of Business is highly respected by the corporate sector as well as in academia. The hybrid structure of the doctoral program was the perfect fit,” she said. Davenport is a perfect example of the kind of participant Dr. Sid Credle, dean of HU’s School of Business, had in mind: professionals desiring an advanced degree to excel in their careers. The hybrid nature of the program – part of it involves online learning, the rest is spent in residency – makes it atypical. “Most people don’t have the time to go away for five years to earn a Ph.D. We have streamlined the

process to provide the essential items you need for a terminal degree,” explained Credle, who admits that the program is intensive yet achievable. There are five participants enrolled in the inaugural class, with backgrounds in corporate America and academia. Credle believes that the creation of this Ph.D. program also adds an element of prestige and maturity to the School. Doctoral candidates will serve as role models for HU undergraduate students because they are persons serious about their education and careers. Davenport, who teaches entrepreneurship and introductory micro and macroeconomics courses, agrees. She recently witnessed this when she shared with her students the news of her recent enrollment into the program. “The feedback from the students was positive. They were intrigued to learn more about HU’s online learning,” she said. Credle also sees the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration as having a broader impact. “Through this program, we’ll be contributing to society because there is a shortage of African American Ph.D.’s in the nation.”

Hampton Hugs Beyond the classroom experience, Hampton U Online strives to provide excellent student services equal to those experienced by a traditional student. Enrolled students will

benefit from comprehensive 24/7 student support services such as admissions, financial aid, registration and an information technology help desk. Advanced online technology encourages student interaction and bonding. “The camaraderie among the Ph.D. students is excellent. From the beginning, we (the inaugural class) have learned the importance of not only individual development, but the significance of peer development, teamwork and cohesiveness,” shared Davenport. “Think back to your times here and the fond, nostalgic memories of being a Hampton student. We want to bring that experience to the virtual environment,” said Dr. Cristi Ford ‘00, director of distance education and Hampton U Online.

Good, Better, Best … Never Let It Rest! For Joan Wickham, who serves as president of the National Hampton Alumni Association (NHAA), being one of the first participants in Hampton U Online is part of a long line of Hampton “firsts” for her. In 1982, she was the first person to receive a Master of Music degree from HU. In May 2010, she was part of the first group of graduates to receive a master’s degree in educational leadership from HU. As a teacher in the Newport News School System, she found the flexibility of

Hampton U Online ideal for her busy schedule. “I’m a working person and for those of us working people, it’s difficult to come to class regularly. You can do this program online day or night,” she said. Davenport agrees. “An online degree requires the same commitment, motivation, and perseverance as a traditional bricks and mortar, however it allows you to set your own pace,” she explained. “Particularly, while the Ph.D. program is undoubtedly an intense program, it still provides the flexibility without compromising quality.” With very few Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Management degrees available online, Wickham jumped at the prospect of her alma mater offering a degree suitable to furthering her career in education. “I think the university has done a wonderful job launching this program. I’m very excited and I know there’s a buzz in the community as well,” said Wickham.

“Think back to your times here and the fond, nostalgic memories of being a Hampton student. We want to bring that experience to the virtual environment:” – Dr. Cristi Ford ’00, Director of Distance Education and Hampton U Online

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To register for Hampton U Online courses, please call (877) 633-9150, email or visit List of Degrees: Doctoral Programs Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Ph.D.)

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Management (Ph.D.)

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.) Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.P.N.) Masters Programs Master of Health Administration (MHA) Master of Science in Nursing Bachelor's Programs Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Studies Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Bachelor of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies Bachelor of Science Degree in Systems Organization and Management Bachelor of Science Degree in Systems Organization and Management (Human Resource Management concentration)

Associate Programs Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies Associate of Science Degree in Business Management Certificate Programs Human Resource Management Paralegal Studies

The Standard of Excellence As a veteran educator and associate pastor at Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., Winifred Monique Byrd ‘96 was excited to learn of Hampton U Online’s doctoral degree in educational management. After more than 13 years in the classroom, Byrd aims to further her education and pursue her education consulting business. While several institutions providing online education already exist, Byrd felt many carry questionable credentials. “I know from my experience as an alum, that Hampton provides an education that is second to none, making their mark nationally and internationally as an institution that develops leaders who change the world,” she said. “Our programs are anchored by the strong foundation of a non-profit, bricks and mortar operation that keeps the integrity of the degree at hand,” said Ford. All Hampton U Online degrees are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Byrd hopes that both HU alumni and new students will turn to Hampton U Online to further their education. “It is important for my fellow Hamptonians to return to our alma mater via Hampton U Online to further their education because we are the voice and life of our ‘Home by the Sea,’” said Byrd. “It thrives through our success and we affirm that success by reaching back to what brought us greatness to continue the journey of lifelong learning and achievement.” – Alison L. Phillips

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“Whether it's improving our health or harnessing clean energy, protecting our security or succeeding in the global economy, our future depends on reaffirming America's role as the world's engine of scientific discovery and technological innovation. And that leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today, especially in math, science, technology, and engineering.” – President Barack Obama

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The five-year, $840,881 grant will support scholarships, stipends and academic programs to prepare undergraduate students and professionals with STEM degrees.

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The charge has been given and the expectations of our future scientific and technical leaders are very high. For years, Hampton University has labored to mold students into leaders in science, technology, engineering and math - the STEM fields. Because an interest in STEM fields often begins at an early age, an interdisciplinary effort to increase the amount of teachers in the STEM fields is currently underway at HU. Dr. Carolyn Morgan, professor in the HU Department of Mathematics, and Dr. Clair Berube, assistant professor in the HU Division of Professional Education are collaborating on the National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyse Teacher Scholarship Program. The program recruits STEM majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. The five-year, $840,881 grant will support scholarships, stipends and academic programs to prepare undergraduate students and professionals with STEM degrees. Accepted juniors, seniors and graduate level students from Hampton will receive $10,000 per year for two years

and receive their teaching credentials. In return, students are expected to teach in high-need, economically disadvantaged public school districts. “Our goal is to have 10 students per year in the program,” stated Berube who believes that once students become at ease with the subject they will enjoy sharing it with others. “The more comfortable they are with science, the more likely they are to teach at the middle or high school level.” Last spring, Berube worked with a group of students who won the NASA/ Pre-Service Teacher Program STEM Lesson Plan Contest held at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Students were required to develop, implement and submit a documented lesson plan incorporating STEM fields. The lesson plan was based on a reallife situation of developing a small plane that could fit on a fleet ship. A group of elementary students, ages 8-10, had the pleasure of testing out their lesson plan. “The two-week institute offered tours of the Langley facility and lectures from scientist and astronauts,” stated Berube, who believes that offering students multiple opportunities to get involved in STEM fields will help them appreciate the field more. “Science is a subject that people are not comfortable with. My job is to convert them into science lovers.” While her love for science began as a child growing up on her family farm, Marcie Rice ’06, was able to hone her skills in the labs at HU. As a chemistry major at Hampton, Rice never imagined that she would be in the classroom breaking down chemistry to high school students in Georgia. “While in grad school at Georgia Tech, I realized I wanted to be involved in more of the social aspects of science,” stated Rice, who is the chair of the science department at Avondale High School in Decatur, Ga. “I went on to earn my master’s degree in biochemistry and decided to teach.” At Avondale, Rice introduces students in grades 10-12 to science through human anatomy, environmen-

tal science and advanced placement and advanced/gifted chemistry. “Resources are not readily available,” stated Rice. “A lot of kids are not exposed to STEM careers.” To sell her young students to the science world, Rice uses real world applications and real subjects that her students find interesting. “In chemistry we investigate acids and bases and show how they are a part of everyday household cleaning products and relaxers and hair products,” stated Rice. “A lot of our students come from low-income households, but if I can show them the real world application of chemistry through laundry detergent, science becomes more interesting.” While at HU, Rice had an opportunity to experience research in many different areas of chemistry including analytical, organic and biochemistry. In 2005, Rice traveled with Dr. Isai Urasa, chair of the HU Department of Chemistry, and other students to Tanzania, East Africa, to conduct analytical research on the water quality in the area. Her experiences at HU helped prepare her for graduate school research where she made the decision to become a teacher. She now hopes to prepare her students for the next level in their education. “I believe that every child has the capacity to learn if they have the desire,” stated Rice. “I am a true supporter of preparing every child for college through rigorous instruction, real-life application and teaching them how to become independent learners.” For HU Marine and Environmental Sciences Professor Dr. Benjamin Cuker, the need for diversity in the STEM field, marine and environmental science, was apparent. Over the past 20 years, Cuker has been encouraging students to get involved in the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) in an effort to increase diversity in the field. Dr. Deidre Gibson was a graduate student at the University of Georgia when she began the ASLO multicultural program, a program Cuker started

at ASLO. Through ALSO, Gibson found the professional arena of her field. She attended workshops, lectures and presented at ASLO conferences as a graduate student. “I found the atmosphere to be very nurturing,” stated Gibson, now an assistant professor in the HU Department of Marine and Environmental Science. “The program exposed me, and continues to expose students to the exciting field of marine science. I still rely on the mentors that guided me through those tough years, and I have served as a mentor since 2000.” Following her post-doctorate work at the University of Connecticut in Groton, Conn., Gibson called Cuker who encouraged her to come to HU and join the marine science department. As her mentor, Cuker has continued to push Gibson by working with her on different research initiatives and encouraging her to stay involved in ASLO. “I was nominated by Cuker to serve on the board,” stated Gibson who is the first African American to serve as a member at large on the ASLO board of directors. She is also the chair of the diversity committee and co-chair of the planning committee for the 2013 ASLO conference. Gibson is now actively working to increase the number of HU students in the marine science field. “A lot of students at HU didn’t see what a future in marine science looked like,” stated Gibson, who began the Diversity in Research in Environmental and Marine Sciences (DREAMS) program in 2003. “That was the initial goal of DREAMS, to get students interested in research in marine science.” The program intrigued Gabrielle Lyons ’06, who transferred to HU after hearing about HU’s marine science program. “I became involved with DREAMS because I was looking for research opportunities outside of the classroom,” stated Lyons who is currently working toward a doctorate degree at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) Environmental Science

Institution. “DREAMS allowed me to get a hold of what my interest were. My experiences opened my mind and doors to other opportunities.” Gibson has continued to partner HU with other organizations like the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that push students to get more out of the marine sciences. HU is the only HBCU to be a part of the NSF’s Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE), a conglomerate of 12 ocean science research centers. Since joining the Costal Trends section of COSEE, HU students have been able to work with scientists in the field. Students have also gone on to present at conferences and continue on to graduate school based on the research conducted with COSEE. At HU the goal remains the same, to expose students to different research opportunities that will prepare them for a future in STEM industries. The faculty have followed that principle for years and HU remains a pipeline for jobs in STEM industries. “We are focused on getting undergraduates and graduate students the experience they need to compete at the next level, ” stated Gibson. — Naima A. Gethers ’07 Alumni Magazine of Hampton University | 15


Robin Saunders is a career international diplomat and was the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria from 2007 until 2010. She always envisioned herself doing just that, or something similar, in her career. The Hampton University Alumni Magazine interviewed her in last weeks as the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria. “I started out wanting to be a political respondent,” said Sanders, who received her degree in communications from HU in 1977. “But, once I went to Ohio University, I switched to foreign-service, U.S. diplomatic service.” As an Ohio University graduate student, Sanders worked as a resident assistant in a dorm that housed many African students. That environment peaked her interest in the country. Nearly 20 years ago, many countries in Africa were in the midst of turmoil because of apartheid, the official government policy of racial segregation of non-whites. In addition to being war torn, several diseases were

ravaging the countries including malaria and the introduction of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Sanders, born on Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va., wanted to serve and help. And for the last eight years, Sanders has done work in Nigeria that has changed lives and policy. “They [people of Africa] sparked my academic and intellectual interest. I was fascinated by the politics and culture,” Sanders said. “I wanted to change the paradigm that existed in the 80s and 90s. I wanted others to see the continent in its rightful place. I wanted to make a difference. I saw being in the diplomatic core as a way to do that work in Africa.” Until her appointment as Ambassador to Nigeria, Sanders served as International Advisor and Deputy Commandant at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C. Prior to this position, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Repub-

In service that will thy great spirit prolong HU alum ‘epitomized the warm diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Nigeria’

Dr. Robin Sanders ’77 thinks big.

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lic of Congo (2002-2005) and as Director for Public Diplomacy for Africa for the State Department (2000-2002). She served twice as the Director for Africa at the National Security Council at the White House and was the Special Assistant for Latin America, Africa, and International Crime for the Undersecretary for Political Affairs at the State Department (1996-1997). In early August 2010, a top priority in Sanders’ position was preparing for the country’s 2011 elections for president, national assembly members, and some governors. The country doesn’t have a history of fair, credible elections, she said. Her work even included selecting an election date. Sanders’ blog details the enormity of the task. An August 2010 post read, “The country will embark on a herculean task of creating a new voter registry that could represent some 65 to 70 million voters -- many of them new voters, given that nearly half of the nation's 150 million people are under the age of 30.” In so doing, Sanders is worked against potential impediments like lack of funds, time constraints and creating a voters register. The task calls for a collaborative effort that spans back and forth throughout the continent. “I’m working with non government organizations and political parties to make sure they [Nigerians] have more internal democracy within their political party structure,” Sanders said.

A Typical Day There is no such thing as a typical day for Sanders and her office. Whatever policy issue was on the front burner, that’s what she and

her office tackled that day. The Nigerian embassy where Sanders worked is in Abuja, the capital of Nigera, which has 36 states and a federal capital territory. In addition to elections, other issues that were at the country’s forefront during Sanders’ three-year appointment included disparities in its financial sector, and the empowerment of the continents female population. Sanders’ travels and influence have allowed her to meet, dine and talk policy with leaders like former President George Bush, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, and Ambassador Jonnie Carson, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. Consequently, her educational prowess bodes well in her current job. After HU, Sanders earned master’s degrees in communication and journalism and international relations with an emphasis in African

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studies from Ohio State University. She earned a doctorate degree in information systems and communications from Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania. “I never left communications,” she said. Her first job out of college was as a public relations assistant for Seventeen Magazine. Soon after, she took the United States diplomatic exam and embarked on her foreign-service career. She continually pulls from all her degrees, especially the backing she received at HU. “Hampton University Source was fun. I would not be where I am today if it had 132 Naira equal 1 USD not been for the support I The government type is Republic received from Hampton,” she said. “The backAt least 24 cities have populations ground and spirit of of more than 100,000 campus has gone with me from post to post. HampLife expectancy is 47 years ton is the center of my The current Acting President is academic background and Goodluck Jonathan how I’ve pursued my career. There was a huge The country was named Nigeria after HU contingent at both the River Niger my swearing in cereIt is the most populous country in Africa monies.” Vanessa Gilmore ’77 and the eighth most populous country was at Sanders’ 2007 in the world swearing in ceremony in It has the highest rate of twin births in Washington D.C. The the world compared to any other country two have known each other since 1973, their freshman year at HU. Gilmore, a U.S. District Judge in the Southern District of Texas, was among 30 to 35 Hamptonians on hand to show support. “At the time that Dr. Sanders was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, I had known her for more than 35 years. Robin is the kind of friend that is always supportive of others,” Gilmore said. “Over the years

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she has celebrated many milestones and accomplishments with me. To have the opportunity to be present at her swearing in ceremony was an honor and a privilege, not just to show her support, but also to let her know how proud her Hampton family is of her accomplishments.”

About Nigeria Nigeria is a republic in West Africa, on the Gulf of Guinea. Its current acting president or head of state is Goodluck Jonathan. It is formerly a British colony and protectorate. One of Nigeria’s largest reserves is petroleum, and the country is the fifth largest exporter of oil to the United States. The country boasts a population of approximately 123,337,822 -- the largest in Africa. As a result of its independence on Oct. 1,1960, Nigeria was broken into northern, western and eastern regions. It was then under a constitution that provided for a parliamentary form of government, and each of the three regions retained a substantial measure of self-government. Muslim, Christian, and indigenous African are the country’s major religions. An estimated one million Nigerians and Nigerian Americans live, study, and work in the United States, while over 25,000 Americans live and work in Nigeria, according to the U.S. Department of State website. Sanders is proud to have been among the latter group. “I’ve had back to back appointments,” she said. “I feel honored to have served my country.” HU Political Science and History Associate Professor Dr. Patrick Lewis ’68 said Sanders’ title put her in a unique position. From 1991-1994 Lewis was the Antigua and Barbudan Ambassador to the United States and from 1994-2004 the Antigua and Barbudan Ambassador to the United Nations.

“It clearly shows that all positions in the United States are open regardless to race or color. In terms of her particular (position) in Nigeria, it’s a matrilineal society. To see a woman in such a position of prominence should be an encouragement to Nigerian women,” Lewis said, adding that in a matrilineal society, common in West Africa, persons trace their kinship or descent from the mother’s side of the family. In August, President Jonathan saluted Sanders in a ceremony, saying she had, “distinguished herself with candour, knowledge and intellect in the dispensation of her career demands,” according to a media clipping from This Day publication, featured on Sanders’ blog. Jonathan also said Sanders epitomized the warm diplomatic relations between the United States and Nigeria, and carved a niche for herself in creating the great image of America.”

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efore he was even eligible to receive his first social security check, Leonard Powell ’66 already knew how he would spend the money. He would put it into the coffers of his alma mater, Hampton University. “I wasn’t use to getting that money so if I gave it for one month, I wouldn’t miss it,” said Powell, of his decision to donate his social security earnings to HU. He is now asking other alumni to do the same. “I thought it was a great idea for everybody to

the contributions of others. I was always taught that in families everybody has to help each other. Hampton is a family,” Powell said. “Dr. Jerome H. Holland [former HU president] used to tell us it was up to us to uphold the tradition. I bought into that. I feel responsible that I have to pay back.” And, Powell takes that responsibility seriously. The donation of his October social security check isn’t the first time he’s given of his treasure to his alma mater. He has an endowed scholar-

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Hampton University buy into. It was a way for people to give something without missing it,” Powell said. Powell, a Hampton, Va. native, was a math major at HU. He now resides in Hyattsville, Md. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1987 as an intelligence officer and now owns and operates Powell Consulting Group. He also owns a marina in Deltaville, Va. His family, however, comes from humble beginnings. Powell’s mother completed high school, but his father dropped out in the sixth grade. Still, two of his parents’ four children, Powell and his sister Vernell Howell ’63, are Hamptonians. “My mother was one of eleven children, and would not have been able to go to high school without

ship in his name worth more than $100,000. He also shared in the purchase, along with Clarence Pearson ’66, of a $100,000 window for the new HU cafeteria. Another pane Powell purchased for $5,000 will bear the name of his parents, Leonard and Madeline Powell. The funds from Powell’s social security check will go to the cafeteria as well. The HU Office of Development is excited about Powell’s initiative and the prospect of other alumni following suit. “We’re always looking for innovative ways to encourage and boost alumni giving,” said Dr. Harriet Frink Davis, HU assistant vice president for development. Powell doesn’t mind taking the lead in that effort. “I want to do all I can to encourage alumni to give and to give back,” he said. – Leha Byrd

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Book Review Sharisse M. Alexander '03 published a collection of inspirational poems entitled In His Presence. The collection is intended to refresh, restore, and revitalize the soul as she takes the reader on a journey through poetic expression to discover the beauty and reality of being in His presence. In her first book, Alexander reminds the reader that everything they need is in the presence of God. Her collection of poetry is inspired by scriptural verses which head each topic. The reader will be able to explore the topics of love, confession, comfort, discipline, conviction, wisdom, worship, and grace and mercy. The book is a calming collection that can be re-read over and over to offer encouragement during the many situations one will face in life.

Latrice Brogsdale-Davis ’88 authored, Their Future is in Your Hands after tutoring in the Maryland public school system for over 12 years. The book was inspired by an event where she witnessed a teacher undeservedly berating a student. The book serves to inspire, guide, and direct those who have contact with children so that incidences like the one which Brogsdale-Davis witnessed will become few and far between. Brogsdale-Davis reminds the reader that children’s futures are in the hands of those who seek to teach and lead them, and that this responsibility should not and must not be taken lightly. In the book, Brogsdale-Davis provides points to think about, and also provides the reader with inspirational scripture verses to meditate on. From the first page, the reader feels the importance of the subject matter jumping off the page and calling them to be a better role model for the next generation.

Sabin P. Duncan ’96 is the author of Reflections from the Frontline. Duncan focuses on his experiences as an educator and draws on these experiences for this book. He provides sound guidance and advice to educators who may need a bit of encouragement. He hones in on ways to improve our schools and educators. His anecdotal accounts from the frontline are relatable and will touch the hearts of those in the classroom, those retired from the classroom, and those looking to their teaching careers. Duncans reflections are a page turner.

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Helen H. Kimbrough ’90 has written a new children’s book entitled Play Dates and Other Tales, which follows her first children’s book, “Ocean Waves and Other Tales.” The new book, which is recommended for children age two to seven, is beautifully illustrated with images that are sure to catch your child’s eye. There are four tales in the book, to include Play Dates, You, Many Colors, and Number Chant. Children will truly enjoy their time with this and the accompanying CD. The CD features musical selections to go with the tales and is sure to be a bedtime story favorite.

Joan E. Gosier ’90 has written a book titled Cotton Pickin’ Paycheck: A 21st Century Journal of Escape from Slavery. This inspirational journal was designed to empower the reader to use Gosier’s three-step process, E+D+A = Freedom (Exploration, Discipline, and Application), in order to make the tough decisions that often plague us. She uses the journal as a public love letter to her future heirs, relating how she became free to pursue a life of purpose from birth to death while using her three-step system. This system compelled her to leave her six-figure corporate job. The lessons she reveals in her book are poignant and teach that looking back on the lessons from our lives can help propel us forward. Grosier’s relatable and down to earth writing style helps to convey the lessons she has learned during her life.

Myra Michele George ’90 has written The Knotty Truth: Managing Tightly Coiled Hair at Home DIY Survival Guide. George’s book opens the reader’s eyes to the world of natural hair. The book represents an opportunity to embrace the physical and mental journey of going natural. This book offers a learning experience, as the author discusses the historical views of hair, the do not use list of common hair products and ingredients, quick solutions to common problems with natural hair, what to use to moisturize your hair, ways to style your hair, and more. The reader will be fully educated on the dynamics of natural hair. The Knotty Truth allows you to explore your own views of hair and walk away with a deeper appreciation of the world of hair and hair care.

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Neal McNeil ’92 has published a collection of four short stories in his book Scientists, Psychics & Psychotics. The book is inspired by classic television shows such as The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits and examines science, humor, and drama all rolled into one to create these entertaining stories. McNeil will keep the readers wanting more as they explore his short stories mixed with humor and a little mystery. These stories represent a taste of what is to come from this young author, who is also currently completing his first novel.

James E. C. Norris, M.D., ’53 published a biography of his father, Alumnus Morgan E. Norris, M.D. Class of 1908. Fight On, My Soul is a depiction of Morgan Norris’ battle against disease, discrimination, and ignorance in rural Jim Crow Virginia. Norris uses his book to tell the story of his father’s life and life’s work as a doctor during the Jim Crow era. According to Norris, his father’s “modus operandi…was to forge his vision of a better society through a spirit of cooperativeness and mutual respect that transcended race.” The book is enlightening, moving, and provides an in-depth look into the times during which Morgan Norris lived as well as his fight to create a better world through his work. The chapter, Kind Mother – Hampton Institute, is devoted to his father’s beginnings at Hampton and to Hampton’s early history. In the chapter, Morgan Norris is quoted in a letter written to Dr. Frissell stating, “If my life amounts to anything in the way of usefulness, it will certainly be due largely to the training I received at Hampton.” Stephen H. Peters ’81 and Angela W. Peters, Ph.D. have written a book examining the framework of America’s schools. In Choosing to Believe: Creating a Framework for School Success, The Peters examine the dynamic of a school framework and looks towards making that framework as successful as possible. The book allows the reader to delve into America’s schools and topics such as choosing a meaningful mission, assembling an effective team, aligning belief systems, and reflection of the framework to name a few. As an educator with 29 years of experience, Stephen Peters brings sound knowledge to this book. This book will sit on the shelf well after it has been read as it has great use as a manual to continue to go back to time and time again.

A. Elizabeth Walker ’67 has authored Breaking Ice: Sometimes You Got to Fall In. The book focuses on Walker’s fictionalized account of real experiences that she encountered as the first and for some time only, Black student at an all White college. The racially charged era of the 1960s serves as the backdrop to her moving story. From sitting in the balcony at the movie theatre, to attending the county fair a week after the White children and their families, Walker opens the reader’s eyes to what life was really like during those trying and turbulent times. 24 | Alumni Magazine of Hampton University

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Make your company a part of the Hampton University family. 3M Foundation Accenture Foundation Aetna Foundation American Express Foundation American International Group AT&T Bank of America Foundation Barclays Capital Bell South Corporation Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Chubb Corporation Citigroup Coca-Cola Constellation Energy Group DaimlerChrysler Corporation Dow Chemical Company

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Lady Pirates Win MEAC Cross Country Title The Hampton University women’s cross country team won the 2010 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships in October 2010 at the Maryland Eastern Shore Cross Country Course. The Lady Pirates finished with 52 points, 32 better than second-place South Carolina State, for their first MEAC title since 2006. Five Lady Pirates finished in the top 20, led by senior Jasmin Branch (Hampton, Va.), who ran an 18:27.40 over the 5K course to finish fourth. Freshman Devyn Thompson (Chicago, Ill.) ran an 18:54.70 to come in ninth, while freshman Alaine Tate (Queens, N.Y.) finished 11th with an 18:58.90. Freshman Nichelle Harris (Rahway, N.J.) ran a 19:02.10 to finish 12th. Branch, Thompson, Tate and Harris each earned All-MEAC honors. Sophomore Teshika Rivers (Greenbelt, Md.) finished 16th with a 19:26.70. Sophomore Shaquanda Gainey (Camden, N.J.) ran a 19:45.40 to finish 21st, while freshman Cydney Robinson (Portsmouth, Va.) came in 23rd with a 19:47.50. “We didn’t back off our training; we ran two outstanding meets prior to the championship and that helped us perform today,” said Lady Pirates head coach Maurice Pierce, who was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Coach. Howard’s Ashley Hodges won the women’s individual title with an 18:19.70. The Pirates finished fourth in the men’s team standings with 112 points, while Norfolk State won its 10th title in 11 years with 34 points. Senior David Kimani (Kenya) led the Pirates with a 25:41.60 on the 8K course to finish sixth and lock in All-MEAC honors for the second straight year.

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Pirates End Season On Winning Note The Pirates closed out the 2010 season on the road against the Bears of Morgan State University at Hughes Stadium with a come-from-behind 2116 victory. Hampton closed out the season with a 6-5 overall record and a 5-3 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), while the Bears finished 4-7 and 3-5 in the MEAC. The Pirates snapped a four-game losing streak in handing Morgan State its fourth straight defeat.

Rose Receives Multi-Year Extension Hampton University’s athletics director Lonza Hardy Jr. has announced a multi-year contract extension for Donovan Rose, who completed his second year as head coach of the Pirates in 2010, his 20th overall year with the program. “Coach Rose has worked relentlessly to return our football program to its glory years, and I am appreciative of the level of progress I have witnessed over the last two seasons,” Hardy said. “He has continued to assemble a staff of highly skilled coaches and a contingent of student-athletes who are quite capable of winning championships for us. Without a doubt, Coach Rose has put this ship back on course and the

future looks bright for HU football.” Rose said he’s happy with the level of confidence shown to him by university officials. “Mr. Hardy and others at the university have supported me and my efforts to restore luster to Hampton’s football program from day one,” Rose said. “With that great support, I just have to continue to go about the business of bringing coaches and students into our program who are on the same page as I am as far as taking the necessary steps to winning football games and winning championships. “We are turning the corner with this and the fruits of our labor are just around the bend.”

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Hampton Sweeps MEAC Basketball Titles

The Hampton University men’s and women’s basketball teams had a memorable 2010-11 season, with both teams winning the MEAC Tournament and advancing to the NCAA Tournament. The Pirates, under second-year head coach Edward Joyner Jr., went 249 and finished second in the MEAC before beating Morgan State in the tournament’s championship game 60-55. The Pirates earned a No. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament, falling to topseeded Duke 87-45 in the first round. Junior guard Darrion Pellum was named First Team All-MEAC and Most Outstanding Player of the MEAC Tournament, and he finished the year second in the conference in scoring with 17.5 points per game. Junior guard Kwame Morgan, second on the team in scoring, was named Second Team All-MEAC and was also named to the MEAC All28 | Alumni Magazine of Hampton University

Tournament Team. The Lady Pirates, in their second season under head coach David Six, went 25-7 – winning 20 games for the second straight year and winning the MEAC regular-season title with a 15-1 mark. The Lady Pirates beat Howard 61-42 in the MEAC Tournament title game for their second straight MEAC Tournament title, and earned a No. 13 seed – the best seed for a MEAC school in the current 64team format – to fake No. 4 Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament. Hampton fought valiantly, but fell 66-62 in overtime. Senior forward Quanneisha Perry was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season – becoming the first player to win that award twice – while also being named Most Outstanding Player at the MEAC Tournament. Junior guard Jericka Jenkins, a First Team All-MEAC selection, led the team in scoring at 13.4 points per game, while also ranking second in the NCAA in assists.


Leslie Johnson '89 (Genesis II) Planned Giving Benefactor

eslie Johnson '89 believes that planned giving is an important way to give back to her alma mater. Planned giving allows alums to consider many different options to give, and by giving back to Hampton University you are providing a gift that will go on past your lifetime and influence later generations. “I believe in giving back, and I am inspired by others who give back. I made a conscious decision to take advantage of … giving back to Hampton annually. When I drafted my will last year, I wanted Hampton to be one of my beneficiaries so that my legacy of giving would not end, even in the event of my death. I want to give and ‘let my life continue to do the singing,’ even when I'm in heaven.”

Please contact the Office of the Vice President for Development at 757-727-5356 for more information about the following planned giving opportunities:


Gift Annuity Appreciated Securities Personal Property


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HU Named a Top

Research Institution Hampton University has been named a top research institution in the 2010 Washington Monthly College Guide. HU is listed in the top 10 ranking in the Research Category for master’s universities. Hampton University is also listed No. 32 in the Top 50 Master’s Universities category out of more than 500 such institutions surveyed. “Hampton University’s faculty and students are conducting cutting-edge research that addresses major health issues and global climate change,” said HU President Dr. William R. Harvey. “The newly opened Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute, the largest of its kind in the world, demonstrates our dedication to research and treatment that will ease human suffering and save lives.” The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) held its grand opening Oct. 21, 2010. Along with state-of-the-art proton therapy treatment, cancer research will also be conducted at the $225 million innova-

tive biomedical cancer facility. HUPTI in conjunction with Eastern Virginia Medical School and the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute is developing BioEclipse, the first biologically optimized treatment-planning system for proton therapy cancer treatment. HU has led all Virginia top-tiered research universities in winning competitive federal research contracts. Hampton University has received over $140 million in climate research funding from NASA for the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite mission. AIM is the first satellite dedicated to the study of noctilucent (NLC) or "night-shining" clouds. Hampton University is the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to have total mission responsibility for a NASA satellite mission. Washington Monthly bases its rankings on “how well individual colleges and universities were meeting their public obligations in the areas of social mobility, research, and service.” The research score for master’s universities is based on the total amount of an institutions research spending and the number of undergraduate alumni who have gone on to receive a Ph.D. in any subject, relative to the size of the institution.

University receives grant to establish biochemistry program The Hampton University Department of Chemistry recently received a $293,853 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish the new Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree program. The grant will assist the department in procuring essential equipment and other resources needed to help the program grow. The curriculum for the program has been carefully designed to

combine topics in biological, chemical, mathematical, and other key science concepts. HU is one of four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) that offer an undergraduate biochemistry degree. The program gives HU students interested in medical careers a chance to become more competitive in the industry. Biochemistry is the study of the

chemical processes in living organisms. It deals with the structure and functions of cellular components, such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and other biomolecules. Biochemistry combines biology with organic and physical chemistry to reveal the mechanisms by which living things obtain energy from food; the chemical basis of heredity; and biological changes related to disease.

Physical therapy department awarded $1.2M to establish Support Center for disabled children

HU Awarded $2.69M Grant to Assist Local School Districts

The Hampton University Department of Physical Therapy was awarded a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will establish a family support center for underserved families with developmentally disabled pre-school children, which is a high priority of HU’s President Dr. William R. Harvey. The project, a five-year grant, is also designed to train numerous pre professional students in health, education and behavioral sciences. HU’s program development will include activities directly impacting health

disparities within the disabled community. The grant will greatly enhance the department’s ability to boast its mission, which includes the delivery of quality physical therapy education in a multicultural environment, with emphasis on the needs of the disadvantaged and underserved. HU Department of Physical Therapy Chairperson Dr. Bernadette Williams, also the grant’s principal investigator, said the funding will help catapult the department into a position to invest in its own talent and effect change.

The U.S. Department of Education’s School Leadership Program has awarded Hampton University a $322,489 grant for five years, totaling $2.69 million in support of the HU Leadership Academy (HULA). Through the grant, HU will partner with area schools to implement a multifaceted approach towards improving student achievement by improving the effectiveness of educational leadership. With local school districts facing dire budgetary constraints, the grant will offer exposure to and participation in the most current, researchbased practices that successfully turn around low-achieving schools. HULA will partner with Norfolk Public Schools, Portsmouth City Public Schools, Franklin City Public Schools, Danville City Public Schools, and Roanoke City Public Schools.

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HU Recognized as a Leading VA Economic Development Organization The Virginia Chamber of Commerce honored Hampton University with the presentation of the Virginia Torchbearer Award on Dec. 2, 2010. Awarded to Virginia’s leading economic development organizations, the Torchbearer awards were presented at the Virginia Economic Summit, held at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. HU was presented the award for the establishment of the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI). HUPTI is the largest of its kind in the world and the eighth

proton facility in the U.S. At full operation, HUPTI is expected to treat approximately 2,000 cancer patients per year. HUPTI began treating patients in August and held its grand opening Oct. 21. An economic driver for the Hampton Roads region, during HUPTI’s construction phase 2,000 jobs were created, which generated approximately $12 million for the local economy. The current start-up phase has created 57 jobs, generating over $2.6 million in new employment wages and benefits. When fully operational,

HUPTI will provide 127 new technologically advanced value-added jobs for Hampton Roads, which is estimated to produce over $5.1 million in annual employee compensation. HUPTI will bring approximately 6,000 patients/visitors to the region each year, including patients, families, researchers and workforce trainees. To date, HUPTI has attracted over $12 million in federal and private research funds. The facility is currently generating $1.2 million in property tax revenues alone to the treasury of Virginia.

Ruffin Commends HU for Addressing Health Disparities At the 68th Annual Hampton University Opening Convocation Ceremony on Sept. 26, 2010, Dr. John Ruffin, director of the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities, commended HU for its many programs and initiatives that address health disparities. Ruffin said the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute has the ability to change the results of prostate cancer in America. Prostate cancer remains the most common cancer in American men. African-American men continue to have higher prostate cancer prevalence and mortality rates compared to men in other populations. African-American men are 40 percent more likely to have prostate Dr. Ruffin poses with HU President Dr. William R. Harvey after the ceremony.

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cancer and twice as likely as white men to die of the disease. “I know of no other university without a medical school with the capability to change the effect of prostate cancer,” Ruffin said. “I will do all that I can to make sure that the proton center you have is not Hampton University’s best kept secret.”

Dr. Harvey poses with HU seniors.

Planned or deferred giving enables you to arrange charitable contributions in a manner that maximizes your personal objectives while minimizing after-tax cost.


We call them planned gifts because they are directly connected to your financial and/or estate plans. They are also called gifts because, even through they are given today, the University will not realize their benefit until some time in the future.

In 2006, Gloria Pressley ’56, a retired school teacher, donated $128,000 to Hampton University in honor of her 50th Class Reunion. The initial annuity from Pressley’s gift will pay for her granddaughter to attend HU. The residuals from the gift will be used to create scholarships for students in the School of Business and the Division of Education. “The cost for education is spiraling and so is the need for education,” said Pressley. “I have been encouraged by others and I want to encourage others. I am endeared by Hampton University.” Gloria Pressley, Class of 1956 Planned Giving Benefactor

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Allie B. Latimer is a 2009 inductee of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls, in N.Y. An attorney, civil rights activist and humanitarian, Latimer was instrumental in organizing Federally Employed Women (FEW) in 1968, and served as the organization’s founding president until 1969. In 1977, as a federal attorney, Latimer was the first African American and first woman to serve as General Counsel of a major federal agency as well as the first African American and first woman to attain the GS-18 salary level at the General Services Administration. She was also recognized as part of the 'second wave of feminist pioneers' by the Veteran Feminists of America (VFA).

1950 Sarah Brooks was highlighted in the Winston-Salem Journal, for her energy and zest for life. At 82, she tap dances and teaches others to tap, bowls, paints landscapes, takes photographs, works out, sings, writes poems, volunteers, cooks, arranges flowers, and gives motivational speeches. She has had a small part in a movie made in Winston-Salem. In 2010, she also participated in the Piedmont Plus Senior Games. Brooks is a retired principal of an alternative school for pregnant teenagers.

Arnold J. Thurmond was awarded a “Chevalier” of the Legion of Honor at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., on March 10, 2010. This award, one of the highest bestowed by the French government, was presented to Thurmond to show France’s gratitude for his contributions to the liberation of France during World War II. The Legion of Honor was created by Napoleon Bonaparte to recognize excellent civilian or military conduct.

1958 Charles C. Allen was selected to chair the 2010 College of Fellow Selection Committee of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the American Planning Association (APA). Allen is a charter member of the APA and AICP and was elected to the College of Fellows of the AICP in 2004. AICP is the professional institute of the APA and election to the College of Fellows represents one of the highest honors they bestow upon a member. The committee Allen chairs reviewed the applications for the selections of the Class of 2010 Fellows. The Allen Family was recognized as the 2008 Hampton University Family of the Year during the Black Family Conference.

1966 Lynette Hoehn and her husband Kenneth Hoehn had a scholarship named in their honor at The Ohio State University. The Kenneth E. and

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Lynette O. Hoehn Fund was established by Dr. Jacquelyn Meshelemiah, a former student of the Hoehns. This is the first endowed scholarship fund to be designated for an African American student majoring in social work at the university. The Hoehns were also featured in an article in which Dr. Meshelemiah stated the impact that the two teachers from East High in Cleveland, made on her life.

1969 Linwood Bailey has started Fields of Success to help rising business professionals reach the top. Bailey has an online newsletter that reaches 2,000 people and offers one-on-one coaching to individuals on their way to executive status. The business coach is working on a book, The Business of Me, that explains the parallel business process of personal and product advancement to include developing, branding, and marketing among other topics.

1970 Mary Green Gardner received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in education curriculum and teaching math education from Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., in spring 2010. She graduated Summa Cum Laude. Gardner is presently employed at Alabama State University as a math professor. She retired from the Montgomery, Ala., public schools as a math teacher in 1998. As a math teacher, she has placed emphasis on her original work, The Math Marathon Program.

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Noma Bennett Anderson, Ph.D. was appointed dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). Anderson is the first African American to be named dean in the 99-year history of UT Health Science Center. Anderson was the immediate past chair and professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Fla. She was previously the dean in the School of Health Sciences at FIU for five years. Prior to that, Anderson was chair for 10 years and on the faculty for 16 years in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She was on the board of directors for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for three years and served as president in 2007.

McKinley Price was sworn in as mayor of Newport News, Va., on June 25, 2010. Price was elected as mayor on May 4. He is a dentist and has many accomplishments including being a founder of the People to People race relations group. As mayor, Price is looking to address the issues that plague his city, including gang violence in Newport News and sparking more regional cooperation among Hampton Roads governments.

Diane Boardley Suber, Ed.D. was awarded the Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award at the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Conference on Education on Feb. 13, 2010, in Phoenix. Suber is the president of Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, N.C. and a former vice president for administrative services at Hampton University and principal in the Newport News, Va. Public School System. The award recognizes Suber’s lifetime commitment to advancing the status and well-being of minorities and women. She is the first female president of Saint Augustine’s College since its founding in 1867 – 143 years.

1972 Carolyn E. Jackson has been reelected as secretary of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Jackson has served as secretary and a member of the APIC Board since 2008. Having served as a consultant for a number of years in a healthcare consulting firm she founded, Jackson recently joined the staff of SHW Hadley Hospital in Washington, D.C., as the infection preventionist. Larry Rose was inducted into the Hampton Roads African American Sports Hall of Fame in November 2010. Rose is a retired college basketball referee who retired in 2008 after a 36-year career which allowed him to referee everything from intramural sports to the NCAA Final Four. He made it to the Final Four six times. Rose currently serves as a coordinator of basketball officials for the Mid-

Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). In this position, he hires and trains referees, then assigns them to games. Rose was honored as the Naismith Award Winner for the College Official of the Year in 2002.

1973 Gloria Rogers Parker traveled to Seoul Korea from June 23 – June 28, 2010, where she was the keynote speaker at the Korean Forum on eGovernment. Her speech was entitled “Global Impact of eGovernment: The United States Perspective.” She spoke on the subject “Open Government: An Extension of eGovernment in the United States.” This was her second trip to Seoul Korea to serve as a keynote speaker at an international conference. In 2007, she traveled there as the keynote speaker at an International CIO (Chief Information Officer) Conference where she spoke on enterprise architecture. Parker previously served as the first Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from 1998 – 2005. She was recognized by Federal Computer Week magazine in 2000 as the highest ranking female IT executive in government, and developed and institutionalized an IT capital planning and investment strategies process at HUD.

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Hamptonian Named President of The Links, Incorporated M

Margot Copeland, one of several Hamptonians hold leadership positions within The Links, Inc.

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argot Copeland, Class of ’73, has been named national president of The Links, Incorporated. Founded in 1946, The Links, Inc. is one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women dedicated to the cultural enrichment and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. The announcement was made at the organization’s 37th National Assembly, June 30 – July 4. Copeland is The Links, Inc.’s 15th national president, replacing outgoing president Dr. Gwendolyn Lee. Upon accepting the role of national president, Copeland stated, “I am truly honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as national president. I have committed, like all of our members, to work hard every day to make communities better, individuals healthier and prospects for the future brighter. The Links, Inc. is a prominent organization where service, friendship and leadership are paramount. It is my intention to continue to lead this important organization with excellence and serve with grace.” Copeland currently serves as the executive vice president for KeyCorp, one of the nation’s largest bank-based, multiline financial service companies. She also acts as chair of the KeyBank Foundation, guiding the company’s strategic philanthropic investment in financial

education and workforce development programs. She serves on numerous boards and has been saluted for her innovative ability to cultivate relationships amongst community leaders. Copeland has received the YWCA Career Woman of Achievement Award and the W.O. Walker Excellence in Community Award, sponsored by the Cleveland Call and Post. Crain’s Cleveland Business named her a “Cleveland Woman of Influence” and in 2004, New Cleveland Woman magazine named Copeland one of the “100 Most Powerful Women in Cleveland.” The Links, Inc. has a membership of more than 12,000 women of color serving in 274 chapters in 42 states, Washington, D.C., and the Bahamas. Through its philanthropic arm, The Links Foundation, Incorporated, the organization has contributed more than $25 million to charitable causes since its founding. “It is exciting to have Link Margot elected as our new national president. She has utilized her talents to serve our organization in various capacities in the past. We are looking forward to her vision and leadership as we move forward as one of our nation’s premiere women’s organizations,” said Damita R. Salters ’86, who serves as financial secretary of The Links Foundation, Incorporated. — Alison L. Phillips

Ivy Hooker Bennett is included in "Who's Who in Black Chicago," a listing celebrating African American Achievements. She currently serves as senior vice president of marketing & customer strategies at Harris N.A., a member of the BMO Financial Group in Toronto, Canada. Her responsibilities include leading a department of three teams responsible for retail and commercial marketing, marketing analytics/forecasting and enterprise direct marketing. She has been with the organization since 2006. Currently she is on the board of High Jump, a Chicago-based academic achievement program oriented for urban youth. After leaving Hampton, she went on to the University of Michigan and then to the Harvard Business School to earn her MBA. Charles S. Harris received a 2010 Pioneer Award from the McLendon Foundation, part of the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Harris earned this honor for being one of the first three African-American collegiate athletics directors to take a team to the Rose Bowl, a feat he accomplished in 1987. Harris received the Pioneer Award on June 23 during the 2010 NACDA convention in Anaheim, Calif. Harris is currently the executive vice president at Averett University. Harris has been recognized by the All-American Football Foundation as both the Athletic Director of the Year and Administrator of the Year. He has served on numerous NCAA committees, including the Men's Basketball Selection Committee and the Division III Football Committee. He has also served as Chair of the NCAA Management Council, the most senior position not held by a college or university president in the NCAA hierarchy.



Ernest McAdams has assumed the position of Deputy City Solicitor for the Cincinnati, Ohio Department of Law. Deputy Solicitor McAdams will continue to lead the Prosecution Division while assuming significant additional duties in the management of the law department. McAdams has also served as the class leader for the Class of 1974 during the past two class reunions.

Corliss V. Archer has been named vice president/project manager of community affairs for greater Virginia at Wachovia. She has more than 30 years of financial industry experience. She was formerly with SunTrust Bank.

1975 Jacquelyn Carter was included in the 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business Class of 2010 by The Network Journal. As a first grader, Carter remembers reading books with characters that did not look like her. Twenty years later, as a first grade teacher, Carter still couldn't find books that represented the children in her class, and that's when she decided to go into publishing. She spent several years as a teacher before moving into publishing in 1983, when she joined Sesame Street Magazine as an associate editor. Today, she and her team create nonfiction books for middle schoolers in a language they understand coupled with content and images that reflect the diverse world in which they live. Her big dreams are to write children's books and to complete her book, “The It Girl's Guide to Chemo,” which depicts her 2002 battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and the challenges of dealing with chemotherapy. Lillian Epps Johnson was one of 13 women honored by the YWCA Virginia Peninsula during the 3rd Annual Women of Distinction Awards celebration which took place July 1, 2010, at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center in Newport News, Va. Johnson, a retired nurse, was highlighted for her contributions in the area of medicine.

1977 Jeannette Sharp was named director of Ashe Sharing Center in Ashe Count, N.C. Sharp is a current member of the Sharing Center board. The Ashe County Sharing Center was formed in 1993 by a consortium of local churches for the purpose of distributing food, clothing and household items to people in need in Ashe County. A resident of Ashe County, Sharp is no stranger to the community as she serves the Sharing Center, Calvary United Methodist Church, Ashe County Public Library and P.E.O. a philanthropic educational organization. Ashe has enjoyed a lengthy career in elementary education and school administration in Virginia. It was from her position as principal of Abingdon Elementary School in Gloucester, Va. that she retired and moved to Ashe County in 2003.

1980 Carleton Badger was appointed acting director of housing and economic development in Trenton, N.J., by Mayor Tony Mack. Badger, a real estate agent, is a Trenton resident who most recently worked for Keller Williams Realty of Princeton, N.J.

1982 Fred Scott published an article in the Learning & Leading with Technology ISTE’s Magazine, March/April 2010 ( entitled “Six Strategies to Connect Tech Integration

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with School Improvement.” Fred has been a successful educator, staff developer and instructional technologist over the past 25 years by presenting over 200 keynote speeches, workshops and sessions at the local, state and national levels on educational technology topics. He currently manages the Instructional Technology Department for Chesterfield County Public Schools, Va. and facilitates an acclaimed team of 40 people.

1983 D’Wall Simmons Burke directed the Winston-Salem State University Choir in two performances at Carnegie Hall in New York. The WSSU choristers performed the first concert which served as a prelude to the second concert. The performances included compositions by composers including Roland Carter, Moses Hogan, Greg Jasper and featured a musical tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Burke also conducted at Carnegie Hall in 2008 during her residency. Stephanie Cuffee was chosen by Cambridge Who’s Who among executives and professionals as Outstanding VIP of the Year representing Educators. Cambridge is an international publishing company based out of New York. Each year Cambridge’s publishers reevaluate the credentials of 500,000 members from their database and then select ten men and ten women from each industry. These selected individuals have demonstrated dedication to their industry, longevity, ambition for pursuing their education, and have contributed greatly to their community. Gwendolyn LeeLomax was selected as a 2009-2010 National “I Make a Difference” Teacher of the Year by positive promotions, a national supply company. She was

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selected among 750 teachers nationwide due to her dedication to enrich elementary students through a volunteer program called Community CHROME. She has been an educator for 35 years and through her career has made a significant impact on her student’s lives by creating a Community CHROME Enrichment program. The program exposes elementary students to academic activities in science, mathematics and social studies correlating to the Virginia Standards of Learning through community involvement. Along with the honor, she received a crystal certificate, trophy and $500 to continue her work with Community CHROME. Lomax was also honored recently for her contributions to education by the YWCA Va. Peninsula at their 3rd Annual Women of Distinction Awards celebration held at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, Newport News, Va., July 1, 2010. Darrell Williams has been named Father of the Year 2010 by the Pleasant City Family Reunion Committee, West Palm Beach, Fla. Williams was also recently promoted to Brigadier General in the U.S. Army in Dec. 2009.

1984 Malverse A. Nicholson, Jr., has been named dean of College Life Services at Prince George’s Community College in Prince George County, Md. Nicholson has over 13 years experience in student services serving in various capacities at both Virginia State and Norfolk State Universities. Prior to joining Prince George’s Community College, Nicholson was director of student activities and judicial affairs at Virginia State University. Nicholson is completing his doctoral studies in organizational leadership at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.


Dawn Blackwell was named administrator of Erlanger North by Erlanger Health System, Chattanooga, Tenn. Blackwell has served as interim administrator of the Red Bank facility since Dec. 2008. She brings more than 22 years of experience to her new role. She originally arrived at Erlanger in 2006 and has served as a staff nurse, as well as service line manager for oncology and medicine before assuming the interim position in 2008. In Feb. 2010, Blackwell was named Outstanding Business Person of the Year by the Red Bank Chamber of Commerce where she serves as secretary of the board. Chiquita Mitchell has been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in higher education. As a technician for Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, N.C., Mitchell specializes in academic affairs management. Her responsibilities entail overseeing the management of academic activities, cataloging books, interacting with students and assisting them in conducting research. She is also an advisor for the Student Government Association and the American Library Association. She started her career as an administrative assistant at Elizabeth City State University. She has 20 years of experience in academic affairs and was a band majorette. She has worked with the band for 19 years. In addition, she is a member of the handbook committee and faculty development committee.

1988 April Broadway was appointed to the board of directors of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Forsyth County, N.C., for 2009-2012. She is president of DreamCatchers Educational Consulting, Inc. and managing

partner with Infinity Consulting Group LLC. Monique Spicer received a first place award from the New Jersey Legislature for 2008 “Most Promising New Business” from the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce. Spicer is owner of A La Carte Premiere Servers and works closely with New Jersey community members and families. Her company is located in Califon, N.J. and she and her team continue to seek innovative ways to give back to the community they treasure. As a woman-owned small business, she is especially sensitive to developing career opportunities for women who are interested in hospitality and service. She is a member of the Flemington Raritan Business Association and the Toastmaster Club of America.

1991 Miquel Antoine received the Inventor of the Year Award along with fellow Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) researchers Plamen Demirev, Andrew Feldman, Nathan Hagan and Jeffrey Lin for the “IsoMS-Drug-Array” which uses mass spectrometry to determine whether a microorganism is susceptible or resistant to one or more drugs – in a fraction of the time required by current technologies. The method requires no prior identification or characterization of the organism; in fact, it can simultaneously characterize and identify the organism and determine its drug susceptibility or resistance in a matter of hours. The winner was chosen from the 118 inventions reported by 218 APL staff members and collaborators in 2009. Antoine was previously awarded the Hart prize for outstanding scientific publications. Alison K. (McLaurin) Perry owner of Cute Buttons Gift and Paper Boutique of Cary, N.C., was honored when her store was named one of 25 Gifted Retailers of 2009 by Gifts and Decora-

tive Accessories. Her store was only one of two North Carolina stores chosen for the honor. The recognized stores were chosen according to their strengths in service, selection and special events. The store, which opened in September 2008, has quickly become a local favorite spot to find stationary, invitations, and gifts. Brian Wilbon became Interim Secretary of the Department of Human Resources in Baltimore, Md. in July 2010. Wilbon previously served as deputy director of administrative operations. The agency oversees the state's foster care system and administers food and energy assistance to lowincome residents. Success, Wilbon believes, lies in expanding the strategies put in place by his predecessor, singling out the progress the department has made in reducing the number of children in foster care and group homes. Patrice WilliamsJohnson serves as the branch chief, Funds Allocation and Reporting, Division of Planning and Budget for the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in Rockville, Md. and is responsible for managing the agency’s administrative control of funds. Williams-Johnson has provided fundamental support to NRC staff and management by managing agency funds despite dramatically increasing demands and rapidly changing requirements. She has also provided her expertise to the reinvention of agency processes to improve efficiency and transparency of available resources. She continuously strives to provide the highest level of financial management service to the agency, ensuring the appropriate balance between meeting agency objectives and her fiduciary responsibilities. In recognition of her sustained outstand-

ing performance in managing the financial resources of the NRC, Williams-Johnson was honored at the NRC’s 33rd Annual Awards Ceremony on June 16, 2010. During the ceremony, she was the recipient of one of the agency’s highest awards, the Meritorious Service Award.

1992 Jason Merriweather has served as the deputy incident commander appointed to the state of Mississippi to head the Coast Guard's response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He was responsible for overseeing skimmer and shoreline responses. Merriweather has 19 years of service with the Coast Guard and feels his experience in oil-spill response played a part in his new assignment. He spent eight years in Houston and Galveston, Texas, in a marine-safety program that involved waterways compliance, vessel inspections, pollutions response and casualty investigation. He was part of a team that worked along the Texas Gulf Coast, handling everything from fires to offshore leaking. Megan MitchellHoefer earned her Ph.D. in educational administration and leadership at the University of South Carolina, Aug. 7, 2010. Her dissertation is entitled “The Effects of a Year-Round School Calendar in a High-Risk Elementary School: A Comparative Study.” She is currently a school principal in Greenville, S.C., and plans to continue in administration and supervision. Yasmin Shiraz has completed her first film, Can She Be Saved?, a documentary about teen girl fights from the perspectives of 8th grade girls. She founded Still Eye Rise Pictures, an independent production studio in 2008 and is already working on her next film project. Can She Be Saved?

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was an official selection at the 2010 Women's International Film & Arts Festival, 2010 San Diego Black Film Festival, 2010 Arizona Black Film Showcase, 2010 N.C. Black Film Festival, 2009 Roxbury Film Festival, and 2009 DC Hip Hop Shorts Festival. She recently received the 2010 Emerging Filmmaker Award from the N.C. Black Film Festival and “Can She Be Saved?” won the best documentary category at that festival. As an award winning author, Shiraz's young adult novel, Retaliation, was named a 2009 Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers by the American Library Association. Her other books include: The Blueprint for My Girls: How To Build A Life Full of Courage, Determination & Self-Love (Simon & Schuster) and The Blueprint for My Girls: 99 Rules for Dating, Relationships & Intimacy (Simon & Schuster). Kevin Slaughter has been selected to serve on the board of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms. Slaughter practices law at Quarles & Brady LLP where he serves with the firm’s Corporate Services group. The Chicago Committee is the preeminent voice and agent fostering racial and ethnic diversity in the Chicago legal community, impacting the boarder legal profession. It sponsors programs for its member law firms, minority partners, associates and law students in order to provide the Chicago legal community with the tools necessary to increase and sustain diversity in Chicago’s law firms. They also work to foster networking and relationship building between diverse attorneys. Daniel Wilson is the artist behind the glass mural on the new Harvey Gantt Cultural Arts Center in Charlotte, N.C. The mural, entitled “Divergent Threads, Lucent Memories” can be

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seen on the south side of the new Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts & Culture. The Gantt Center opened to the public on Oct. 24, 2009.

pected because educators don't apply for them. The state Department of Education recommends about 10 educators, and the foundation makes its decisions using that input.


Kermit Walker has been named a site coordinator at Troy University in the Hampton Roads, Va., area. Walker will be responsible for recruiting new students, counseling students on programs and curriculums and coordinating in-house programs. Walker has 16 years of retail management and marketing experience. He also has several years of leadership and business development experience.

Dana Lewis has been appointed the executive director of the National Women's Business Council (NWBC). Lewis oversees the daily operations of the Council, which advises the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. The NWBC was established in 1988 to be an independent advisory body of women business owners that would report to the President and Congress on barriers to success for women-owned businesses. In 1994, the Small Business Reauthorization Act changed the structure of the NWBC to its current form to include both women business owners and representatives of women's business organizations. Currently Lewis serves as special assistant and personal aide to First Lady Michelle Obama. In that role, she coordinates and manages the First Lady's briefings, speeches, and public and private schedules. Prior to joining the White House, she served on the Presidential Inaugural Committee and on the Obama presidential campaign.

1994 Jamilla Rice was presented with a $25,000 Milken Educator Award. The Northside Urban Pathways Charter School located in Pittsburgh, Pa., is where Rice pours into her students everyday and pushes them to do their best at all times. Since 1987, the foundation has honored more than 2,400 educators with more than $60 million in unrestricted cash awards for their own use. The awards are so unex-

1995 Rachael Coleman has been named principal of Nobel Elementary School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, by the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school board. Colman started as an English teacher in that district in 1998 and served in that role for ten years. For the past two years, she has been assistant principal and then principal at Garfield Heights Middle School in Garfield Heights, Ohio. Coleman is thankful to return to Cleveland Heights where she began her career. Africa Costa received a M.S.Ed. in mental health counseling from Old Dominion University on May 8, 2010. She was inducted into Chi Sigma Iota, International Counseling Honor Society.

1996 Stacia Barreau, Ed.D. has been appointed principal at James River Elementary School in Williamsburg, Va. She assumed her new position after serving for two years as the principal of Aberdeen

Elementary School in Hampton, Va. She also has served as assistant principal at Dare Elementary, Magruder Elementary, and Tabb Middle School in the York County School Division, Yorktown, Va. and at the Easterling Primary School in Marion, S.C. She was a special education teacher for four years at Huntington Middle School in Newport News, Va. from 1996 to 2000. Barreau earned her doctorate in 2008 with an emphasis on educational policy, planning and Principal Appointments leadership and earned her master’s degree in educational administration and supervision at Old Dominion University in 2000.

town alumnus who exemplifies Georgetown values and traditions which are service to others, academic, excellence, commitment to justice and common good, intellectual openness, and leadership. He completed his degree from Georgetown in Dec. 2008, but was deployed days before the May 2009 Commencement Ceremony. He walked with the School of Continuing Studies Commencement Ceremony at Georgetown in May 2010. He is credited with being one of the first students to start the school’s public relations program. Major Caggins is a public affairs officer for the Army’s 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Division.

James “LaVelle” Dickens was selected as a fellow of The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) for 2010. Dickens is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, whose mission is to promote, protect and advance the health and safety of the nation. He serves as a senior nurse consultant for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the Dallas Regional Office and conducts federal surveys of long-term care facilities, hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and hospital transplant centers. He has served in Kabul, Afghanistan, with the Afghanistan Health Initiative aimed to improve maternal and infant mortality rates in a poverty-stricken and war ravaged country. The new fellows were inducted during the AANP’s 25th national conference in Phoenix, Ariz., on June 23, 2010. A limited number of nurse practitioners are selected for this highly coveted distinction each year.

Allan Hardy, M.D. has assumed the title of physician, gastroenterology at The Center for Digestive & Liver Health and The Endoscopy Center which has offices in Savannah and Rincon, Ga. Hardy is board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of biliary and pancreatic disorders. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. He completed a gastroenterology fellowship at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He then completed a year of advanced endoscopy training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he learned endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). He is interested in obesity and weight loss management and is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Myles Caggins received the first School of Continuing Studies Spirit of Georgetown Award at the annual Tropaia Awards Ceremony from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in May 2010. The award was given to Caggins for being a George-

1997 Stephen Avery, Ph.D. was appointed program director of the Master of Medical Physics program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an assistant professor in the School of

Medicine, Department of Radiation Oncology, and board certified through the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Radiological Physics. He is active in recruiting minorities into medical physics and cancer research; he has played a leading role in creating the MUSE (Minority Undergraduate Summer Experience) program., a summer program that selects talented minority students and gives them an opportunity to work in cancer centers across the country.

1998 Leon Bailey has begun a new project,, which is seen as a “social savings network,” a social network that allow businesses in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area to advertise in a Yellow Book-like setting. It also features links to the businesses’ YouTube videos, picture galleries, coupon lists, customer ratings and dining menus if applicable. The low cost advertising solution allows businesses to gain exposure in the fast pace way that social media provides. Bailey is also a 7-Eleven franchise district manager and coordinator and a real estate agent with Desiree Callender & Associates in Bowie, Md. Bailey was the Prince George’s County Association of Realtors Rookie of the Year for 2008 and has remained a top producer in the state, already earning $1 million in sales production since joining Callender in May 2009. Anitra Manning, Ed.D. was recently appointed as chairperson of board development for the Wake County, N.C. Community Foundation and leads new board member recruitment, selection, and ongoing training. In her full-time role as founding director of the Meredith College Institute for Women's Leadership she led the largest statewide gath-

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ering of women leaders as she convened the 2009 Women's Leadership Summit, an event that attracted 500 women leaders featuring national keynote speakers. An established speaker, strategist, and facilitator, she recently launched as an ongoing resource to groups, churches, and organizations. Jaye Seay has released his new Christian devotional eBook, “Prosper in the Spirit,” on The eBook is available in formats that can be read on several eReader devices such as the Kindle, Nook and Sony Reader, iPhone through the Stanza eReader application and Android powered smartphones through the Aldiko eReader application. “Prosper in the Spirit” contains 18 powerful devotional messages that will inspire your faith. Each devotional was carefully crafted from the author's personal study of the Bible. Topics covered include God's providence, overcoming anxiety, prayer and walking with Christ. His mission is to inspire faith and provide encouragement through the Word of God. Seay’s devotional messages and Christian books are an outgrowth of his tremendous love for God.

1999 Marcus T. Moore is president/CEO of Genesis Professional Staffing which was awarded a staffing contract for BMW North American in February 2010. Genesis, along with its partners, Diverse Staffing Solutions of Brea, Calif. and ASG Renaissance of Costa Mesa, Calif., will staff all light-industrial jobs in North America for BMW. In 2007, they were nominated by one of the world’s largest entertainment conglomerates for the Small Business of the Year award with the National Minority Supplier Development

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Council. In addition, Genesis Professional Staffing, Inc. has been working with several Fortune 1000 companies around the country ever since. BMW will require staffing services in engineering, their research and development offices, as well as their national manufacturing and distribution centers. Moore and his company are looking forward to hiring thousands of qualified workers as a result of this new partnership with BMW.

2000 Stephen Hill won the “Best Male Actor” Award at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), the world’s leading film festival for African American and urban content. Currently he can be seen in a leading role in the HBO film “Popous Pane and the Kids He Loves to Hate” and several national Cottonelle commercials. Hills’s favorite professor at HU, Dr. Alan K. Colon, shared with his students one of the three gloves Jackie Robinson played with during his entire professional career. Hill says he distinctly remembers the special moment when he had the opportunity to hold the glove. Years later, Hill went on to play the lead role of Robinson in the documentary “Jackie Robinson: My Story” which is scheduled to air on PBS after it completes the film festival circuit. He also appears in “12 Steps to Recovery” written and directed by fellow Hamptonian, Tony Clomax ’92. Hill recently wrote his first short film in which he plays the lead character and is inspired by events that took place at Hampton.

2001 Kevin L. James received the Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago on May 9, 2010. He also received his master’s degree from UIC. James is the director of the Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center and assistant professor at Indiana University South Bend teaching “Race and Ethnicity.”

2003 Marsh N. Scott graduated Cum Laude from North Carolina Central University School of Law on May 15, 2010, earning her Juris Doctorate degree.

2005 Anita Blanton is morning anchor at KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City, Okla. where she was recognized in July 2010 by the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters Association. In the 2009 News Excellence Competition, Blanton’s Morning Team recently won 1st Place for Best Early Newscast. "Eyewitness News 5 In The Morning" has now been honored for Best Morning News by both the Associated Press and the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters this year, sweeping the categories statewide.

2006 Brandon Williams was a part of an historical graduating class at the Medical University of South Carolina. Williams was one of nine African American males to graduate from the school in March 2010. The number of African American men in the class is the highest ever. During his time in medical school, Brandon and six other African American men founded a program for younger black men in high school and college who are inter-

ested in medicine. He originally planned to go into family medicine but has found an interest in anesthesiology. Royce L. Woods is a relationship manager with PNC Financial Services Private Client Group. He was recognized as the 2009 Top Producer for PNC Financial Services Private Client Group. Also, Woods was recently awarded a full scholarship to The University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business to pursue his MBA.

2007 RaSheeda A. Waddell won Miss Black North Carolina USA in Nov. 2009 at which time she also won the Interview and Congeniality awards. She competed at the Miss Black USA Scholarship Pageant in August where she was 3rd Runner Up. Waddell was Miss Hampton University 2006-2007. Andrew J. Wilkes received the Master of Divinity and The Edler Garnet Hawkins Memorial Award for Scholastic Excellence from Princeton Theological Seminary at the school’s 198th Commencement Exercises on May 22,

2010. The Master of Divinity is a three-year graduate degree that is the basic professional degree for ministry. The Seminary awarded a total of 210 degrees at the Commencement Exercises. Princeton Theological Seminary was founded in 1812 and is the largest Presbyterian seminary in the country.

2008 Elise Preston joined the NewsChannel 10 team in Amarillo, Texas, in June 2010 as a general assignments reporter. Prior to joining the station in Amarillo, Preston was an assignment editor for WVEC-TV in Norfolk, Va. As a student at Hampton, Preston gained valuable experience by hosting a radio show on HU’s WHOV-FM.






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In Memoriam In Memoriam Marion Sidonia Pendleton Bryant Class of 1931 September 17, 1906 - November 1, 2010 Marion Sidonia Pendleton Bryant was born in Louisa County, Va, on Sept. 17, 1906 and passed away Nov. 1, 2010. Bryant was a considered to be a lifer here on the campus of Hampton University. During her secondary years she attended the Academy of Hampton Institute graduating in the Class of 1926. Then she entered college at Hampton Institute in September 1927 and graduated in 1931 with a bachelor’s degree in science and mathematics.

Sarah Buffer Adams ’44 of San Francisco, Calif., April 25, 2010

Bryant was heavily involved in her community. She was an active member of St. Peter AME Church, the Peach County Retired Teachers Association, the Middle Georgia Girl Scout Council, the Peach County Historical Society, the Beta Rho Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, the Pride of Fort Valley Order of the Eastern Star, the Reading and Savings Club, and a faithful member of the National Hampton Alumni Association.

Howard Boone ’57 of Fairfax Station, Va., October 28, 2009

Alpha Ashford Adkins ’48

Samuel M. Boston, Jr. ’51

of Roseville, Minn., October 5, 2009

of Newport News, Va., March 5, 2009

Margaret Colvert Allen ’30 of Newport News, Va., February 11, 2010

Simon L. Alsop ’49 of Washington, D.C., June 15, 2010

Edward Antoine ’99 of Uniondale, N.Y., October 22, 2009

Kathryn Hayes Antoine ’40 of Hampton, Va., October 5, 2009

Ezra A. Bridges ’42

John W. Bond, Jr. ’33 of Asheville, N.C., January 21, 2009

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Eloise Shelton Curry ’51 of Upper Marlboro, Md., March 12, 2010

Alonza L. Dearing ’64

Dorothy Brown Giessler ’52 of Dearborn, Mich., January 7, 2010

Ralph V. Gofney ’61 of Washington, D.C., November 28, 2009

John G. Harden ’51

Douglas J. DePriest ’66

John H. Hewlett, III ’59

of Claymont, Del., April 2, 2010

of Hampton, Va., October 12, 2009

of Dowingtown, Pa., February 9, 2010

Robert E. Chamberlen ’76 of Charlottesville, Va., October 15, 2009

Elizabeth Bias Cofield ’38 of Raleigh, N.C., October 23, 2009 of Houston, Texas, June 6, 2010

of Hampton, Va., June 13, 2010

of Newport News, Va., December 24, 2009

Thomas A. Camper ’58

Percy P. Creuzot, Jr. ’49

James A. Bell ’51

George E. Copeland ’41

of San Diego, Calif., July 9, 2010

of Norfolk, Va., June 12, 2010 of Quinton, Va., March 1, 2010

Bryant was the Class of 1931 historian and authored “Out of the Harbor Into the Deep Waters.” She went out into the deep waters of the world to represent Hampton University teaching, evaluating and inspiring youth in the education world.

of Shelby N.C., February 19, 2010

Mattie O. Askew ’47 Dulcenia Williams Bell ’69

She had a beautiful family with two daughters, Doris B. Mabrey and Dr. Deloris Bryant-Booker, and her wonderful husband Henry.

Charles W. Crisp ’65 of Baltimore, Md., June 5, 2010

Alma Wyche Parker Coleman ’32 of Hampton, Va., March 16, 2010

Frances Abbott Coleman ’50 of Dayton, Ohio, August 28, 2009

Yvonne Callender DuBose ’70 of Virginia Beach, Va., February 27, 2010

George F. Edmonds ’50 of Rio Rancho, N.M., April 8, 2010

Bertha Winborne Edwards ’42 of Portsmouth, Va., October 28, 2009

of Hampton, Va., July 23, 2010

Hannibal E. Howell, Jr. ’50 of Hampton, Va., August 29, 2009

Charity McGee Jackson ’49 of Washington, D.C., October 28, 2009

Halvor A. James ’58 of Saint Albans, N.Y., March 10, 2010

Carl N. Fauntleroy, Jr. ’62

Ernest B. Johnson ’48

of Virginia Beach, Va., September 14, 2009

of Seattle, Wash., January 4, 2010

Irving L. Finley, Jr. ’40

Lawrence L. Johnson ’51

of Harrisburg, Pa., November 4, 2009

of Forestville, Md., May 7, 2010

Barbara Bowling Foxx ’43 of Norfolk, Va., March 8, 2010

Eloise Taylor Jones ’40 of Dayton, Ohio, January 13, 2010

Norrece T. Jones, Sr. ’47 of Philadelphia, Pa., September 14, 2009

Willie McLaurin Jones ’52 of Jacksonville, Fla., February 13, 2009

Roxana Greene Kelly ’46 of Smyrna, Del., December 4, 2009

Charles Kirkland ’44 of Gary, Ind., Februay 6, 2010

Ruth Mitchell Laws ’33 of Dover, Del., February 14, 2010

Margaret Johnson Lewis ’49 of Hampton, Va., February 15, 2010

Lillian Thornton Lisbon ’66 of Baltimore, Md., May 14, 2010

Evelyn McMichael Long ’55

Carolyn Wilson Pollard ’70 of Ivor, Va., October 19, 2009

Evelyn Wilkerson Rambeau ’46 of Newport News, Va., October 13, 2009

Georgia Rowe Mauney Redcross ’46 of Newport News, Va., December 14, 2009

William M. Reid ’50 of Columbia, Md., August 13, 2009

Lewis Richards ’52 of Greensboro, N.C., December 8, 2009

Anita Meares Rivers ’33 of Greensboro, N.C., March 13, 2010

Philip H. Rooks, Sr. ’49 of Glen Burnie, Md., December 26, 2009

Eunice Draper Ruffin ’44

of Huntingtown, Md., November 10, 2009

of Washington, D.C., December 7, 2009

Saunders Marshall, Jr. ’51

Willie Joel Sanders, Jr. ’55

of Horntown, Va., March 27, 2010

Pearl Lindsay McNeill ’50 of Tampa, Fla., September 25, 2009

Amaleta A. Moore ’47 of West Cape May, N.J., April 27, 2010

Lula Haslerig Morton ’49 of Chattanooga, Tenn., September 12, 2009

Bernice Drive Murrell ’46 of Winston-Salem, N.C., October 4, 2009

George W. Muse ’41

of Gainesville, Fla., March 27, 2010

Marianna Woolfolk Saunders ’48 of Louisville, Ky., May 18, 2010

Spencer G. Shaw ’40 of Bloomfield, Conn., June 16, 2010

Lorenzo C. Simpson ’54 of Hampton, Va., November 11, 2009

Rosalind Singleton-Page ’63 of Fort Washington, Md., December 30, 2009

Essie Allen Spruel ’25

Marilyn A. Thompson ’74 of Brooklyn, N.Y., January 10, 2010

Wendell L. Thompson, Jr. ’49 of Washington, D.C., December 26, 2009

W. Garth Thorburn, Sr. ’51 of Sarasota, Fla., January 12, 2010

Gloria Hagans Tolentino ’47 of Virginia Beach, Va., October 20, 2009

Gloria A. Walker ’77 of Hampton, Va., June 29, 2010

David L. Watson, Sr. ’51 of Salisbury, Md., November 1, 2009

Catherine Rollins Weaver ’54 of Hampton, Va., February 17, 2010

D. A. Divead Weedon ’80 of Laurel, Md., December 11, 2009

Donna M. Wells ’80 of Washington, D.C., November 2, 2009

Clarence L. White, Sr. ’49 of La Plata, Md., May 25, 2010

Deborah Lockwood Williams ’74 of Columbia, Md., June 15, 2010

Irene Cartwright Wingate ’43 of Brooklyn, N. Y., March 12, 2010

Rose Shockley Wiseman ’40 of Annapolis, Md., May 31, 2010

Leroy L. Woodard ’53

of Monroe, La., December 3, 2009

of Valdosta, Ga., August 28, 2009

of Brookeville, Md., January 26, 2009

Richard E. Nazareth ’54

Lionel L. Stephens ’64

John H. Woodard, Jr. ’55

of Hampton, Va., October 22, 2009

Thomas B. Nottingham ’48 of Hampton, Va., September 11, 2009

Lorraine Brandon Paul ’45 of Washington, D.C., December 31, 2009

Doris Wade Phillips ’47 of Massapequa, N.Y., December 3, 2009

of Elkridge, Md., December 23, 2009

Percy E. Sutton ’43 of New York, N.Y., December 26, 2009

Robert R. Taylor ’52 of Hampton, Va., October 12, 2009

of Winter Park, Fla., January 22, 2010

Gwendolyn Calloway Woodward ’42 of Columbus, Ohio, October 18, 2009

Christine Goode Wright ’49 of Chicago, Ill., January 23, 2010

Semmie Z. Taylor, Jr. ’75

Roland C. Wright, III ’92

of Delray Beach, Fla., August 8, 2009

of Greensboro, N.C., December 8, 2009

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MEMORIAL CHURCH ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Hampton University plans to increase the endowment base for scholarships in order to provide more financial aid to high achieving students. In this regard, the University is offering seats of pews in Memorial Church for $1,000 each as a means of generating a $1,000,000 endowment for scholarships. Your name or the name of the person whom you wish to honor or memorialize can be inscribed on a plaque (as shown below) and affixed to the seat of a pew in Memorial Church. You are invited to join with others in this effort to generate $1,000,000 in endowment funds for scholarships. If you wish to reserve a seat in your name or the name of a loved one, please complete and sign the form. A one-time gift of $1,000, or a pledge of this amount payable over In Memory of five years Given by Lawrence Patterson will reserve Lawrence Patterson a seat.

In Honor of Lawrence Patterson To assist Hampton with its endowment scholarship program, it is my intent to reserve _________seat(s) for the sum of $ _________________. (Check one): ❏ I have enclosed my check for $_______________. ❏ I pledge $ __________________ payable over five years. I will forward my first payment by _____________________. Name:__________________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________ Signature: ______________________________ Date: __________________ I’d like my plaque to read:

In Memory of __________________________ In Honor of ____________________________ Given by ______________________________


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