Wednesday, November 19, 2014

HU Senior Competes Live at 4 p.m. to be AOL Sports’ Newest Host

HU Senior Competes Live at 4 p.m. to be AOL Sports’ Newest Host

Brandon Theo Dorsey
New York—Hampton University senior Brandon Theo Dorsey, is one of the eight finalists for the AOL Sports Search competition. The competition opened auditions for the next great sportscaster to host their new sports show.

Open auditions were available in Los Angeles and New York City, as well as online submissions.
Dorsey, broadcast journalism major from Missouri City, Texas, sent an online submission right from the anchor desk in the HU Scripps Howard School television studio. He impressed the judges and was flown to AOL New York Studios earlier this week to further advance in the competition.

Dorsey and the other contestants have competed in various activities, games, and trivia. AOL Sports will crown the winner today, November 19 at 4 p.m. live on their website

The competition also encourages social media support via Twitter, which will tally into each competitor’s final score.

To vote for Dorsey as AOL Sports’ newest host, you simply tweet: “I want Brandon08 to win #AOLSports Search @BrandonTheoD.”

Dorsey is currently ranked in first place.

-Gianina Thompson

Thursday, October 30, 2014

HU Business Students Exposed to Industry Leaders

Hampton University had the great pleasure of having students, Jordyn Hawkins-Rippie, sophomore, business management major from Baltimore, MD and Alex Garner, junior business management major participate in the University of California Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders program.

SIEML is an all-expenses-paid, career-building fellowship for first year students from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs).

The overall objective of this program is to expose students from these institutions to various MBA programs offered through the University of California System. Participants in this program, spend two weeks over two consecutive summers learning from world-class educators at the University of California's graduate business schools.

Hawkins-Rippie and Garner met one-on-one with CEOs, CFOs and other industry leaders in some of the country's most thriving hubs for enterprise and innovation. The networking further complimented the dynamic workshops that immersed them in principles of business development and entrepreneurship, while also developing analytical, technical and management expertise.

“The most memorable experience overall is building great relationships with classmates from various universities throughout the country in my cohort,” Garner said. 

Hawkins-Rippie and Garner agreed that this experience furthered their knowledge of the business industry. Keeping in mind that Hampton was built on the standard of excellence helped to encourage the two even more throughout the tenure of the program.

Aside from the in-class experience, the two had the chance to have lunch with the CEO of Kaiser Permanente, Bernard Tyson. They also visited the Wells Fargo headquarters and other banks.

I highly encourage all freshmen to apply as soon as possible to this program because the network that you form amongst your peers and the connections you make with the companies are insurmountable said Hawkins-Rippie.

Rippie-Hawkins and Garner thanked the Hampton University business department for making this invaluable opportunity happen to for the two of them.

By Daisha Roberts

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HU Student Spends the Summer in Bath

HU Student Spends the Summer in Bath

Ashley Payne is a senior English arts major from Gurnee, Ill. Last semester Ashley was afforded the opportunity to attend an Advanced Studies in England (ASE) program in Bath, England. The program started in February and ran through May. Payne was introduced to this program her freshman year at Hampton University by the English department. When Payne became more interested in the opportunity to study abroad she was able to meet with a staff member from ASE in the campus’ study abroad office.

Payne admiring the view of Bath, England
During her time in Bath, Payne was enrolled in four courses. Of those four she enjoyed her Irish literature class the most. Payne says that her instructor, or tutor as they are referred to, motivated herself and her classmates to understand the Irish culture. She was engulfed in the Irish culture when her class voyaged on a study trip to Dublin and toured the city. “There is something about being able to pair up what you’ve learned in the classroom,” Payne says while reminiscing upon the life moving weekend exploration.

Payne chose to attend Hampton University because of the family history it holds for her. Her three older sisters all attended Hampton University “I was able to see the positive impact Hampton had on my sisters and couldn’t wait for my chance to be a part of the Hampton family.” Payne says that the director of the international office, Ebony Majeed and Professor Buchanan in the English department were sources of support during her process to study abroad.

The ASE program is not at a university but they have academic ties with University College, Oxford. Oxford professors are among many professors who taught the weekly seminars at Oxford. When Payne wasn’t submerged in her studies, she explored what Bath and neighboring areas had to offer her. She along with her classmates, who all happen to be American, visited historic sites around the city. Payne says that she also ventured out to visit places outside of England including: Wales, Italy, Greece and Amsterdam.
Payne outside of University College, Oxford 

Although this wasn’t her first time out of the United States, Payne says that this experience has her eager to explore other parts of the world. “Studying abroad for a semester was the best decision I could have made,” Payne remarks about her experience.  

After finishing her tenure here at Hampton University, Payne is contemplating teaching abroad in Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching program (JET). Along with the JET program, she is also considering applying to Northwestern University to continue her studies in English while teaching through Teach for America.

            -Sechemelia Lewis 

Friday, October 3, 2014

HU Freshman Read Her Children’s Book at the Child Development Center

HU Freshman Read Her Children’s Book at the Child Development Center

HU freshman Chental Song Bembry, author of three children’s books, read to a class of two to five years old at the HU Child Development Center on September 26.

She didn’t just read one of her books; she read from her published book series, “The Honey Bunch Kids,” that she wrote, illustrated, and had published by Xlibris Corporation.

Bembry, 17 years old broadcast journalism major in the HU Scripps Howard School of Journalism & Communications, has been writing books since she was ten.

She’s since added more characters to emphasize “The Honey Bunch Kids” theme of friendship.

Although, Bembry said this was one of her first times reading her book aloud to an audience, no one could even tell.

She read the chapter titled, “Grandma Butter Biscuits,” and the children were instantly excited. While reading she would pause and ask the children questions; and the excitement continued to build and become contagious through her expressive tone and facial expressions.

The children’s comments were endless when Bembry asked, “Do you know what a nickname is?” and “How do you say grace at home?”

Also, her creativity has evolved her into an entrepreneur. She is currently working on turning her books into an animated series—writing a 90-minute Christmas special and several episodes for 11-minute TV segments to one day air on major networks like Nickelodeon.

Bembry also uses her book series to promote literacy. She is a youth ambassador for several organizations including, LiteracyNation and Mission EduCare.

She is excited to further mature her skills at HU. Her mother is an aluma and has brought her to campus several times for homecoming festivities before she became a student.

“Professors at HU are not like regular professors who teach and go home,” said Bembry. “They really want to see you succeed and will work very hard to help you get there.”

Connie Goode, director of the HU Child Development Center told the kids: “We met a very special young lady today. She wrote three books; and maybe one day one, two, three or even more of you will write books too.”

-Gianina Thompson

Friday, August 1, 2014

Public Relations Student Interns in Cape Town

Painting the World Blue and White

Hampton University students, faculty and alumni are making a global impact this summer. Students and faculty have embarked on internships, study abroad and research opportunities all over the U.S. and the world. This blog series will feature Hamptonians on their travels this summer.  #HUworld

Public Relations Student Interns in Cape Town

Porchia Bradford, senior public relations major from Sharpsburg, Georgia. This summer Bradford has the opportunity to intern in Cape Town, South Africa with Positive Dialogue Communications. Positive Dialogue Communications is a public relations firm working with public relations as an art and science to make their clients well known and respected. Bradford along with other interns from the United States and Germany are working various positions throughout Cape Town. She works closely with account executives doing the ground work for the account managers brainstorming for clients.  
 Bradford(Far right)  with fellow interns
Bradford is working with a few of Positive Dialogue Communications’ clients. She said her biggest responsibility at her job would be contacting the media so that they are able to send content from their clients to be covered. According to Bradford, working in Africa is a completely relaxing working environment. Inside of her office is a casual atmosphere. She had dogs inside of her workplace. Bradford said the best part of her internship is that she is able to experience her field from another country’s perspective.
Bradford dreams of working in a public sector, a part of the economy concerned with providing basic public services. After graduation, if the opportunity presented itself for her to continue working in South Africa she said she would consider it. Her immediate goal is to go to graduate school to obtain master’s degree in public administration from either Syracuse University or Old Dominion University. Bradford has decided to also apply to the 2-year MBA program at Hampton University.
Right now Bradford is enjoying the winter weather and sightseeing adventures that Cape Town has given her.
 -Sechemelia Lewis

Hampton Takes Howard!

Painting the World Blue and White

Hampton University students, faculty and alumni are making a global impact this summer. Students and faculty have embarked on internships, study abroad and research opportunities all over the U.S. and the world. This blog series will feature Hamptonians on their travels this summer.  #HUworld

Hampton Takes Howard!

 Look out Howard, Hampton is taking over your hospital. Channing Scott is a senior nursing major at Hampton University. This summer she is taking all that Hampton has taught her to work as a nurse extern at Howard Hospital.
Scott says that Hampton has done a wonderful job preparing her for this position. She is working on the Medical Surgical floor, the same floor she was assigned to during her last clinical course at HU. Scott is well prepared for most of the cases she has been receiving.
Courtesy of Channing Scott
Scott said the doctors and nurses in her department are very accepting of her and they are willing to help her so that she will be prepared to finish her clinical rotations at Hampton. They also offer a course one day a week to help the nursing students better understand the concepts that nurses encounter on a daily basis.
Her favorite part about her externship is being able to have hands on experience. She is able to do more hands on work than most students get during the school year.
Through working at this hospital, Scott has seen how health disparities have an effect on many in the African American community in D.C. “It touches me how many diseases and illnesses affect them because they aren’t able to pay for preventative health care,” Scott says about the patients who come in as a result of an illness that could have been prevented with better self-care.
After completing the HU’s nursing program, Scott plans to pursue her master’s degree in nurse anesthesia at Georgetown University.

 -Sechemelia Lewis