Wednesday, April 2, 2014

HU Forensics & Debate Team Perform with Living Single' Star Kim Coles

HU Forensics & Debate Team Perform with 'Living Single' Star Kim Coles

Kim Coles and Jamantha Wason
HU Forensics and Debate Team participated in the off-Broadway, Actor’s Association production of “Supernatural: The Play” on March 29 at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center in Newport News, Va.

The play starred Kim Coles, who is popularly known from the television sitcom “Living Single.” Alongside her playing Bertina was Professor Jamantha Watson, coach of the HU Forensics & Debate Team, and Ivana Thomas, award-winning team member, playing Hannah.

The production focused on promoting the natural hairstyles of African-American women, and will be featured in a competition for the NAACP Image Awards.

"I think because African-American women have so many choices, we tend to take the most popular route to styling our hair," said Watson. "It had been years since I'd actually let my hair down and wore it naturally. This was, to say the least, freeing to my hair, my scalp, and to my spirit."

Ivana Thomas and Jamantha Watson
Additionally, Watson and Thomas were asked to perform in a feature film, which will begin production this summer.

Ivana Thomas

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The View from Hampton U now on Cox in Fairfax and Fredericksburg, VA

Hampton, Va.—Recently, The View from Hampton U has made tremendous growth and has started airing in an additional market. The View from Hampton U show has now expanded to Northern Virginia (NOVA), including the Fairfax and Fredericksburg areas. The View from Hampton U runs on Cox channel 74 in Fairfax and Cox channel 77 in Fredericksburg on Saturdays at noon and 3 p.m. on Sundays.

The show began airing in the new market at the beginning of January.

The fourth season launched last November introducing two new hosts, Hampton Alumni and graduates of Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, Stephanie Sutton ’08 and Joseph Walters ’05.

The View from Hampton U is executively produced by HU president William R. Harvey and Assistant Professor of English and Cinema Studies, Eleanor Earl.

Walters, having a background in journalism and videography has worked with Radio One’s internship program here he then transferred his skills from working in radio to television and becoming the host of a local entertainment show called “Da Circuit” before landing the job hosting The View from Hampton U.

Sutton has worked for WVEC Channel 13,, Lynk News and Cox Channel 11 as a reporter, host, and show producer. As the Director of Media Relations and the Host/Producer of OliveCocoTV, Stephanie has covered various red carpet events across the country including Athletes vs. Cancer in Los Angeles to New York Fashion Week runway shows.

“I felt it befitting to select two of HU's best and brightest alumni to host our fourth season. Our new hosts will bring a great deal of expertise and panache to the show,” said Earl.

Earl was completely right. These two additions have made the show a success which has led to the expansion of viewership to Northern Va.

The show entails details on Hampton’s academic programs, high caliber faculty, groundbreaking research, and record-shattering athletics. COX is not a Nielsen-rated company; therefore there are no ratings that can be reported on the success of the show. With the possibility of being watched by 1 million viewers with the Hampton Roads market having over 500,000 subscribers and NOVA adding on another 500,000 viewers, the success of the show is skyrocketing.



Stephanie Sutton ’08 and Joseph Walters ’05.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

HU Forensics & Debate Team Triple in First-Place Wins

HU Forensics & Debate Team Triple in First-Place Wins

HU Forensics and Debate Team were victorious with first-place wins and awards last week.

On Monday, Feb. 24, HU debaters competed at Fayetteville State University in Cumberland County, N.C. and won first place.

HU freshman Antonio Dill-Word, from Philadelphia, Pa., argued that the constitutional right of freedom of religion has wrongly evolved into freedom from religion. 

Caleb Jackson, HU junior from Houston, Texas, made strong points about why the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act should be repealed.

Ivana Thomas, HU sophomore hailing from Durham, N.C., explained why the Stand Your Ground laws are a legitimate expansion of the doctrine of self-defense.
Coach Jamantha Watson (left) with her winning team

Four days later on Friday, Feb. 28, the HU team prepared for a two-day competition at Ocean City, Md., and took home three prestigious awards.

Rafaela Peixoto, HU Fulbright Exchange Student from Recife, Brazil, was awarded first place for “Novice Speaker".
First place win in “Dramatic Duo” and fourth place win in “Parliamentary Debate” went to the pair Antonio Dill-Word and Zarin Newman, HU junior from Atlanta, Ga.

Congratulations to our HU Forensics & Debate Team for their triple first-place wins and awards.

Friday, March 7, 2014

HU Minority Men's Health Initiative Pilot Project Program is Accepting Applications

Hampton University was recently awarded a grant to establish the Hampton University Regional Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (HU-TCC), which focuses on a Minority Men's Health Initiative (MMHI).  

The HU-TCC:MMHI Pilot Project Program plays a pivotal role in expanding the pool of Historically Black Colleges & Universities' (HBCU) faculty members actively participating in research, training, education, and outreach in minority men's health disparities research areas of prostate cancer, melanoma in Hispanics, cardiovascular disease, violence prevention, diabetes and obesity. 

The MMHI Pilot Project Program grant mechanism is intended to encourage exploratory and developmental research at HBCUs in Regions III and IV by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of project development. The Pilot Project Program consists of two components: Pilot Project Awards (for projects that need additional development before seeking independent NIH funding) and Seed Project Awards (for projects of limited scope and/or cost that may lead to future Pilot Project Awards).

Application Characteristics

Pilot Project Award:

·        Pilot Project Awards may request a project period of up to two years.

·        The combined budget for total costs for the two-year project period may not exceed $150,000. No more than $75,000 in total costs may be requested in any single year.

·        The Pilot Project Award cannot be renewed.

·        One resubmission is allowed for failed Pilot Project Award applications.

·        No preliminary data are required, but may be included if available.

·        The Research Strategy may not exceed six pages.

Important Dates

Letter of Intent to Submit Application Due Date

(REQUIRED) Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 6 pm. (EST)

·Full Application Due Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 6 pm (EST)

·Earliest Notification of Funding: July 1, 2014

·Earliest Project Start Date: August 1, 2014

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Bishop T.D. Jakes to Speak at HU Ministers’ 100th Conference

Bishop T.D. Jakes to Speak at HU Ministers’ 100th Conference

Hampton University Ministers’ Conference will celebrate its 100th Anniversary and the Choir Directors’ & Organists’ Guild Workshop will celebrate its 80th Anniversary from June 1 through June 6 with presenter Bishop T.D. Jakes       —“America’s Best Preacher” by Time Magazine.

Also speaking are Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., Dr. Cynthia R. James, Dr. Brenda Salter-McNeil, Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., Reverend Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Jr., and Reverend Dr. Alfred C. D, Vaughn. 

“This conference is the only one that has lasted this long and is a theological, spiritual, and educational testament of how through Jesus Christ we can get through anything and continue to thrive against the odds,” said Rev. Debra L. Haggins, HU Chaplain and conference’s Executive Director.

This gives way to this year’s theme, “Honoring Our Past, Anticipating Our Future.”

“For one hundred years, Hampton University has been and continues to be the home of this ancestral and ministerial wonder,” said Haggins. “Truly, we are celebrating and honoring our past as we anticipate and rejoice in our future.”

Online registration is now available by clicking here, and the deadline for early registration is April 30.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

HU Welcomes “Know Your History” Mobile Museum

HU Welcomes “Know Your History” Mobile Museum

In honor of Black History Month, HU Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications welcomed the American Legacy "Know Your History" mobile museum Tuesday, Feb. 19.

The eighteen-wheel trailer transformed into a museum led visitors on a thought-provoking historical journey.

Here they had the opportunity to explore African American artifacts, photos, stories, and interactive learning stations that celebrated the African American experience. 

Behind this incredible idea was Rodney W. Reynolds, who also sat down and spoke with HU professor Earl Caldwell during his live taping of “The Caldwell CafĂ©”.
Rodney J. Reynolds inside the mobile museum.

“The idea of a mobile museum was very important to me because as a kid I was introduced to something like this on a lesser scale.” said Reynolds.

“I feel it’s important to emphasize African American history. I still remember scrapping snow from the path to the trailer on our first day doing this, Feb 2008 in Detroit.”

Reynolds, the founder of RJR Communications, Inc., partnered with Forbes Magazine in 1995 to begin publishing American Legacy, a magazine devoted to African American history.

In 2001, he joined with New Millennium Studios to launch American Legacy Television, which aired in syndication around the country.

Reynolds has received numerous accolades, including the Forty and Under Award, the Lillian Award, and the National Business Leader of the Year Award for his outstanding contributions in emphasizing African American history.