Thursday, May 5, 2016

Jamal Bailey is set to carry the Hampton legacy into the world of business

Hampton University Class of 2016  #Hamptongrad16

The Hampton University Class of 2016 is ready to soar. The graduates will don their caps and gowns on May 8, 2016 and join the ranks of thousands of Hampton University alumni making an impact all over the world. This blog series will feature a different member of Class of 2016 during Commencement week.  

Jamal Bailey is set to carry the Hampton legacy into the world of business 

Jamal Bailey plans to take the skills he's learned in the Hampton University School of Business 5 year MBA program to build a legacy and be a role model for future Hamptonians after graduation May 8.

Bailey, a native of Oxon Hill, Maryland, has accepted an offer from Morgan Stanley, where upon receiving his license will be a wealth advisor associate. He will focus on investment strategy for clients in the Maryland area. Bailey credits the MBA program with not only preparing him to be a part of the business world but also to immediately make an impact. 

"Under the direction of Dean Dr. Sid Credle the MBA program has prepared me to go toe to toe with business students from anywhere in the world," said Bailey.  "The skills that we develop match that of Ivy League school or other institution. We are prepared to do more than participate in the work force but to advance to places of leadership and execute. I learned the most through our chess and kendo classes. Chess class taught me how to think moves ahead, read behavior and predict movement and personality engagement. Kendo taught me how to think on my toes and be flexible, which is the essence of business." 

Bailey credits his tenure at Hampton University with educating him on the importance of setting a proper example for others and investing back into one's community to leave it in a better place than he found it. 

"I thank Hampton University for helping make me that man I am today," said Bailey. "Coming in Fall 2011, I was solely focused on playing football and my grades, not so much in reinvesting into the community. Moving into my sophomore year I understood the importance of leadership and wanted to make an impact by leaving Hampton better than I found it. I hope that my involvement with organizations including serving as President of the Gamma Epsilon chapter of Omega Psi Ph Fraternity Inc., President of the HU chapter of the National Black MBA Association, President of HU's National Pan-Hellenic Council, Greer Dawson Wilson Student Leadership Program, and serving as an ambassador for this amazing institution will leave a legacy for other students to follow."  

- M. A. White '10

Monday, May 2, 2016

Dominique Brown To Continue Educational Journey On West Coast

Hampton University Class of 2016  #Hamptongrad16

The Hampton University Class of 2016 is ready to soar. The graduates will don their caps and gowns on May 8, 2016 and join the ranks of thousands of Hampton University alumni making an impact all over the world. This blog series will feature a different member of Class of 2016 during Commencement week. 

Dominique Brown To Continue Educational Journey On West Coast

Dominique Brown didn’t even know if she would make it to her second year of college, and now she is preparing to continue her studies at the Ivy League of the West, Stanford University.  Freshman year can make or break students, and Dominique Brown made it to be apart of the graduating Class of 2016.

Dominique Brown poses on the steps of Ogden Hall in cap and gown.

Dominique Brown, a senior psychology major from Charlotte North Carolina, learned about Hampton as a junior in high school during a tour of 33 HBCUs. She visited our “Home by the Sea” again during her senior year, and while she stood out on the lawn in front of the Chapel, she envisioned herself being a student here.

Although Brown received full scholarships to two other schools, she decided on HU. 

“I chose Hampton because it felt like home and I saw myself being comfortable enough to grow and mature into the young woman I wanted to be. And that notion has stayed true to this day,” said Brown.

While at HU, Brown was a member of the Freddye T. Davy Honors College, Quintessence 9 Class Officer Secretary, in the Resident Assistant Association, and was a member of The Script for three years. In addition, she is in the Greer Dawson Wilson Student Leadership Program and mentor in Q.U.E.E.N (Quintessentially Utilizing Elegance and Empowerment to Nurture), both for one year. Managing to maintain a 3.95 GPA, Brown was inducted into the Psi Chi Psychology National Honor Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society.

Brown poses with other members of Q.U.E.E.N.

“When considering all the FTDHC graduates, Brown stands out because she is the first in the pipeline I wish to develop with Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education,” said Director of  Freddye T. Davy Honors College, Dr. Sabin Duncan, when asked about graduating seniors. “Her story stands out when compared to others due to how much she has blossomed. As a freshman, she was just about risk-adverse and now as a senior she is preparing to study on the other side of the country at an institution that this time last year would have been beyond her comprehension.”

Brown begins her graduate studies at Stanford in June and will pursue a Master’s in elementary education. Although she wants to begin her career as an elementary school teacher, she ultimately wants to be a superintendent of a school district.

“Hampton has prepared me for graduate school by placing professors in my path that have encouraged me to do my best as well as provided me with resources that increased my learning,” said Brown. “The advice I would give to current and prospective students is to enjoy your time in undergrad and make the most of it because it goes by so fast…Do what makes you happy, there is nothing worse than doing something you dislike because it places a burden on you that you don’t have to bare. Enjoy life because you only have one life to live.”

- Ryan Jordan '16

Ryan Jordan Upholds The Hampton Woman Standard Of Excellence

Hampton University Class of 2016  #Hamptongrad16

The Hampton University Class of 2016 is ready to soar. The graduates will don their caps and gowns on May 8, 2016 and join the ranks of thousands of Hampton University alumni making an impact all over the world. This blog series will feature a different member of Class of 2016 during Commencement week.  

Ryan Jordan Upholds The Hampton Woman Standard Of Excellence

The modern day Hamptonian can best be described as a multi-faceted individual, who strives for excellence to achieve an “Education for Life.” Ryan Jordan, Class of 2016, took full advantage of all that Hampton University has to offer its students, and has emerged as the epitome of a ‘Hampton Woman.’

Ryan Jordan, Class of 2016.
Throughout her undergraduate career, Jordan played post for the HU Women's Basketball team, and was voted team captain her senior year. In addition to Jordan’s success as a Division I student-athlete, she was also involved in stellar extracurricular activities on campus including; the Hamptonian Yearbook; Brand757 the student-run public relations firm, and the activist group ‘Generation Forward.’

(Center holding trophy) Team captain Ryan Jordan, and the HU women's basketball team, pose with MEAC tournament trophy.
‪"Attending Hampton University is a tradition I wanted to follow as my father is an alumni and my mother attended Spellman,” said Jordan. “I wanted the experience of being surrounded by people who look like me. Fortunately I was able to experience so many different walks of life from people of color who are exceeding expectations to achieve excellence.”

In true Hampton fashion, Jordan’s academic successes were not to be overlooked, as she accepted inductions into Chi Alpha Sigma the athletic honor society, Kappa Tau Alpha the SHSJC honor society, and the Golden Key International Honor Society. Jordan was also honored with academic awards at HU’s annual CHAMPS (Celebrating Hampton Athletes Meeting Prestigious Success) banquet for accumulating the highest GPA, (3.92), on the women's basketball team, as well as of any female student-athlete for the 2015-16 academic year.

Ryan Jordan poses with HU athletic banquet "Highest GPA" award for the women's basketball team. 
Ryan Jordan poses with her "Academic Achievement" award for HU's highest GPA of any female student-athlete.  
Post graduation, Jordan secured a summer intern opportunity with famed public relations and communications firm Burson-Marsteller. To be followed up in the fall by a 10- month graduate program at American University, to pursue a Masters in strategic communications.

‪"HU has prepared me for my future. Once in the real world, I know it will be competitive, and I need to make the best first impression,” said Jordan. “Hampton taught me how be a ‘Hampton Woman’ and to exude confidence and poise. While the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications (SHSJC) specifically has equipped me with the communications skills I will need going forward in the media industry. I am very thankful and happy to soon be a graduate of Scripps and alumnus of Hampton University."

- Mariah Baylor '13

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

HU Alumnus Speaks on White House HBCU Panel

HU Alumnus Speaks on White House HBCU Panel 

Some of the nations biggest and brightest graduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities came together at The White House Feb. 24 to celebrate the history, accomplishments and continued importance of HBCUs. Hampton University alumnus Shiona Truini, creative consultant & freelance fashion editor and stylist participated in HBCU alumni panel. The event was organized by HU alumnus Stephanie Young, associate director for the Office of Public Engagement at The White House.   

The panel was led by moderator FAMU alumnus Will Packer, film producer and founder of Will Packer Productions; Morehouse alumnus Marcus Noel, founder, Heart of Men; Spelman alumnus Jaunice Sills, VP of program scheduling & promotion strategy at REVOLT TV;  and Howard alumnus C. Brian Willams, founder and executive director of Step Afrika! 

The two-hour event covered topics that included: importance of HBCU's in todays world, HBCU alumni network, importance of pre alumni engagement, alumni giving and a question and answer session with attendees. 

Turini, a 2003 graduate of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, shared how why she attended HU and how it prepared her for life working in the world of fashion. Presently, Turini serves as a freelance fashion editor, contributing fashion editor for New York Magazine's "The Cut," and a creative consultant. Her most recent project, found her serving as the stylist for international recording artist Beyonce, in her latest music video "Formation." 

"My mom is the reason I went to an HBCU," said Turini. "I was not feeling the idea at first, but it was the best decision I could have made. Now that my older sister and I have both graduated from Hampton, I would hope that we have started a legacy in our family in attending Hampton. Hampton made me feel like I could be in any room I wanted to be in," said Turini.

To view the panel watch the video below. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Famous Hampton University Alumni: Black History Icons

Famous Hampton University Alumni: 
Black History Icons

Everyone knows that Booker T. Washington is considered Hampton University’s most illustrious alumnus. After graduating from his “Home by the Sea” in 1875, Washington founded the Tuskegee Institute and became a national leader in the fight against racism. In the spirit of Black History Month, here are some other profound Hampton alumni who went on to do great things for the advancement of black people. S. Abbot (Class of 1896)

Robert S. Abbott, born from former slaves, studied the printing trade at Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute from 1892 to 1896. He received his law degree in 1899 from Kent College of Law, but was told he was “too dark” to practice law. After failed attempts of starting law offices in Gary, Indiana, Topeka, Kansas, and Chicago; Abbot founded The Chicago Defender in 1905. By 1929, the Defender was a national newspaper with a circulation of over 250,000 copies. One of the nations largest and most influential Black newspapers, it was one of only two that was published on a daily basis out of 350 Black-owned newspapers in 1966.  The paper fought for social justice, political and economic equality, and was credited for encouraging The Great Migration of many southern blacks to the North during WWI. Abbott was one of the first self-made millionaires of African descent in America. His rise to greatness started at Hampton.

Alberta Williams King (Class of 1924)

Alberta Williams King, mother of Martin Luther King Jr., received her teaching certificate in 1924 from then named Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute. As a married woman she was not allowed to work as a teacher by the local school board. Nonetheless, King founded the Ebenezer Baptist Church choir and served as church organist for nearly 40 years. She also was active in the YMCA, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). She is most notably known as the mother of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr.

St. Clair Drake (Class of 1931) Clair Drake began his career in anthropology after studying the subject at Hampton Institute from 1927-1931. While at Hampton, he served as president of the student body and editor of the Hampton Script. In 1931 he began teaching anthropology at Dillard University. Drake split his time between teaching and interviewing lower class blacks in Natchez, Mississippi for the Deep South research project. Realizing he needed more training, Drake enrolled the anthropology graduate program at the University of Chicago. He received his PhD from the school in 1953. In 1969 Drake accepted a long-standing invitation to become professor of sociology and anthropology and director of African and Afro-American Studies at Stanford University in California. He is best known for publishing Black Folk Here and There (2 vols. 1987-1990). His work is a detailed account of white racism in world history and prejudices against black people. H. Sengstacke (Class of 1934)

John H. Sengstacke is the nephew of Robert S. Abbott above, and was his successor at The Chicago Defender newspaper. Abbott actually financed Sengstacke’s education at Hampton Institute, which he graduated from in 1934. Upon his graduation, Sengstacke became Vice President and General Manager of the Robert S. Abbott Publishing Company, and served as president after his uncle’s death. He also founded the National Newspaper Association in 1940, which was established to unify African-American newspaper publishers. He was instrumental in community service projects in the South Side of Chicago, mainly due to his influence with the federal government and several presidents. Sengstacke was a savvy business man and community leader, and his education at Hampton was the foundation to his success.
John Biggers Biggers started his education at Hampton in 1941 with the intention of becoming a plumber. After taking art classes he realized his passion, and his artwork was even featured in the landmark exhibit Young Negro Art at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1943. Biggers taught for a year at Pennsylvania State and a summer at Alabama State University before moving to Houston in 1949 to found the art department at the Texas State University for Negroes (which was renamed Texas Southern University in 1951). He taught at TSU for over 30 years where he encouraged his students to look to their own communities and heritage for inspiration. In 1950 Biggers won a contest at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, for his drawing, The Cradle, and the Neiman Marcus Company Prize at the Dallas Museum of Art in 1952 for his drawing, Sleeping Boy. In 1957 John Biggers spent six months traveling to Ghana, Togo, Dahomey (now the Republic of Benin), and Nigeria on a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) fellowship. His trip changed his philosophy on life and art, and inspired him to write his book Ananse: The Web of Life in Africa (1962), which combined drawings with narrative text he had written while in Africa. Biggers art and literature gave African Americans a realistic view on African art and culture. His passions and success in the art world all started at his “Home by the Sea.”

Septima Poinsette Clark (Class of 1945) Poinsette Clark was a highly educated woman who played a significant role in educating African Americans for full citizenship rights. Clark graduated from the Avery Normal Institute in 1916, studied at Columbia University in New York and with W.E.B Du Bois at Atlanta University in Georgia during summers, received her bachelor’s degree from Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina in 1942, and received her master’s degree from Hampton Institute in 1945. She campaigned alongside Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP for equal pay for black teachers in Columbia, South Carolina. As director of education and teaching in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) which joined other organizations to form the Voter Education Project, Clark helped train teachers for citizenship schools and assisted in increased voter registration among African Americans. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledged her efforts when he accepted his Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 by insisting she accompany him to Sweden. Clark’s commitment to racial equality through education and citizenship are unique qualities that many Hampton alumni share. 

Many great African American leaders, artists, and activists, and business people are products of Hampton University. This school has had a deep influence on Black history and American history. This Black History Month we want to acknowledge the great individuals that have graduate from this school, and also encourage more greatness in the years to come. Happy Black History Month!
- Ryan Jordan