Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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

HU Communications Majors Intern with National Brands

Hands on Experience
 Waking up at 7a.m.for a leadership class may seem like a lot for a first time freshman student, but it was well worth it. Ashley Bozeman is now a rising senior public relations and comprehensive art major and leadership studies minor in the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute.
This summer Bozeman, a native of Milwaukee, Wis., has the opportunity to intern with The Nielsen Company in Schaumburg, Ill., as a media relations and public relations intern. Bozeman says that she is now well prepared going into her internship because of the Leadership Institute.
“The William R. Harvey Leadership Institute has taught me how to take initiative and use important leadership skills to thrive in the work place.”
Bozeman also attributes the writing and reporting skills that she has acquired in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.
Bozeman says the best part of her internship is that she is treated like an employee not an intern. She is has the same responsibility that the employees have and she has the opportunity to do hands on work that will make a difference in the company.
Her biggest responsibility is media tracking which is recording and monitoring any press releases concerning the consumer portion of the company. Bozeman works with the North America division and has been assigned to write stories for the NA Buy Weekly, a weekly magazine that reaches 3500 employees across the country. Right now she is working on a story about all the interns working for the company across the nation.
Bozeman is still deciding whether to go to graduate school or jump right into the workforce after graduation. Since her options are still open, Bozeman said she would love to work for The Nielsen Company if the opportunity is offered. Working in Chicago for a public relations or communications department of the Chicago Art Museum or any other museum in the city is her ultimate goal.
Bozeman’s internship ends in August. Although she is working hard in the office she is making time to take classes and trips. This summer Bozeman has already visited California with her family and Washington, D.C. for her first Zeta Phi Beta Boule.

Demanding but Rewarding 

From Schaumburg to New Orleans, Hampton University Scripps Howard Journalism and Communications majors are all over the country this summer. Nia Vaughn is a senior broadcast journalism and international relations double major from New Haven, Conn. She was chosen to be an intern at ESSENCE magazine this summer which led her to the 20th annual ESSENCE festival in July. Though demanding, Vaughn said her experience at ESSENCE has been rewarding thus far.

Vaughn said her internship has encouraged her to be herself and express her creativity. Her biggest responsibility as an intern has been opening and reviewing mail for her editor. Although this may seem like a miniscule job, it is very important because she has to filter through the mail and decide what she feels will catch her editor’s eye. Vaughn said she is amazed by how many people are just trying to be heard. She receives hundreds of submissions of art, music, poems, stories and photographs.

Interning at ESSENCE has allowed Vaughn to use what she considers her best skill, networking, which she learned at Hampton. As a freshman at Hampton in 2011 she didn’t realize the importance of the “Hampton Introduction.” Now as a senior she realizes that this tradition teaches students to confidently and boldly state who they are, where they’re from, and what they do. Vaughn said It's a simple skill that makes a huge difference and a lot of folks just can't do it.”

Vaughn said she loves the mission of ESSENCE and would love to work there after graduation. She is a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, which means after graduation she will be pursuing her Ph.D. in comparative literature or modern culture and media at either Brown or Emory University.

                                                -Sechemelia Lewis 

Monday, July 7, 2014

HU Journalism Student Gains Perspective from Japan Study Trip

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 

HU Journalism Student Gains Perspective from Japan Study Trip

Dorsey atop the Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, where he made his way up there via cable car.
HU Rising Senior Brandon Theo Dorsey, from Houston, TX, learned more than just how to say “thank you” in Japanese from his recent nine-day excursion to Japan.

Earlier this year, the Scripps Howard Foundation announced Dorsey as one of the nine top journalism college students in the nation, and he was further awarded an all expense-paid journalism study trip to Japan.

This was Dorsey's first trip outside the country and he quickly realized the lack of diversity in Japan.

“In America we are used to diversity, but in Japan [the students and I] were the diversity,” said Dorsey, adding that he was the only black student on the trip.
“In everything I did there, from presenting to asking questions and even my mannerism, I felt like I was representing my entire race,” said Dorsey.

Dorsey and his fellow top student journalists at Kinkakujo (The Golden Pavilion) in Kyoto, Japan. 
While in Japan, he was exposed to the culture of journalism in a completely different setting, learning from both the Japanese culture and fellow top student journalists.
While abroad, Dorsey said he was cognizant not to generalize people from just one experience.

He also explored the cities of Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, and Tokyo, as well as Hiroshima, the first city in world history to be devastated by an atomic bomb.

The Memorial Cenotaph at Hiroshima Peace Park-- the monument is aligned to frame the Peace Flame and the A-Bomb Dome between it.
Meeting a survivor from the Hiroshima atomic bomb and listening to his story was a blessing for Dorsey. Dorsey explained it as a heroic tale, further changing his life and maturing how he interprets life battles, both big and small.

The trip changed Dorsey's life because he was used to thinking “in-the-box”, but since being “out-of-the-box” in Japan, he has a new perspective that had to be experienced to realize.

Dorsey at a shopping district in Tokyo, Japan.
“I was all about sports since I’m a sports journalism major, but now I understand and appreciate things outside of that. I believe this will allow me to have a better outlook and deeper depth in my reporting,” said Dorsey.

Dorsey said he’s grateful to the E.W. Scripps Howard Foundation for seeing his potential and investing in it in a major way, and to HU for giving him the confidence and skills to make the most of every opportunity.

-Gianina Thompson

Monday, June 23, 2014

HU Student's Internships Take Her to the NFL and the White House

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 

HU Student's Internships Take Her to the NFL and the White House

Fryson visits the Indianapolis Colts training facility. Photo c/o Sydnei Fryson.
At a time of year when much of the world is in World Cup frenzy, one HU senior has her attention focused on the NFL.

Sydnei Fryson, a broadcast journalism major and English minor, recently began her internship with RTV6 (WRTV Indianapolis). Through this news station, she has had the opportunity to work with the Indianapolis Colts NFL team. She has visited their training center and produced packages for the team. She recounts visiting the team's locker and practice rooms as her most memorable experience thus far.

“It was amazing,” Fryson said. “I had to take a minute and let it all sink in. I was actually living my dream.”

Fryson will return to covering the Colts in July when the training camp is held. Until then, she will cover local stories in the Indianapolis area. She says the internship has already taught her a great deal.

The most important thing I've learned so far is to be creative with standups and writing. I’ve learned to make an impact as an intern. I may not be able to do everything like a real job, but I can definitely make them remember me,” Fryson said.

Fryson at the White House. Photo c/o Sydnei Fryson.
Fryson’s current internship comes on the heels of another work experience. She completed an internship in May with the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire as a participant in the “Semester in Washington” program. The program allows college journalists to spend a summer interning in Washington, D.C.

During her internship with the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire, Fryson covered a variety of events, including the Scripps National Spelling Bee, a Medal of Honor ceremony, as well as a rally to support President Obama’s Surgeon General nominee, Dr. Vivek Murthy.

 “Apply to any and everything that seems the least bit interesting to you,” Fryson advised students seeking internship positions. “You may not be getting money, but you're getting the experience. My internship after freshman year was unpaid, but I was definitely a better journalist my sophomore year because of that internship.”

She also has advice for students who have secured internships. “Ask questions and most importantly, take notes,” Fryson said. “You’ll be grateful for them in the long run.”

Fryson at the Wizards vs. Pacers Game 6 Playoffs. Photo c/o Sydnei Fryson.
Fryson believes that her work experiences have been excellent preparation for her future career. She worked hard, but also enjoyed the new experience. “When you're reporting in places you wouldn’t (ordinarily) be, like the White House, it's important to take it all in,” Fryson said. “I had to keep in mind that I was on the job, but I just stood for a minute and said, ‘Wow, I'm really in the White House!’

- Tori Twine

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hampton Student Interns at the U.S. Embassy in Greece

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 Student Interns at the U.S. Embassy in Greece
Many people might wonder what it’s like working with sensitive materials inside the U.S. Embassy, but only a few get to witness it for themselves. Taylor Bennett, a rising senior Aviation major, from Memphis, TN, is one of those selected few.
Mykonos Island, Greece. Courtesy of Taylor Bennett
This summer, Bennett has the opportunity to serve as an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece. She works in the Human Resources department handling and imputing sensitive, but unclassified files of former government employees into the government data system. Bennett is also in charge of overseeing the facility grounds and making sure that the maintenance is in good condition. Besides her work inside the embassy, she works with the ambassador by accommodating his home and office for visiting U.S. ambassadors of other countries.

Ancient Corinth, Greece. Courtesy of Taylor Bennett
Bennett’s plans after graduation next May were originally to go to the Federal Aviation Academy. However, her experiences in Greece and influence from her parents working in foreign services may just lead her toward a career change. As Bennett contemplates such decisions she’s also enjoying her time outside of work exploring the Greek islands, embracing herself in the culture, and learning the Greek language.

Meteora, Greece. Courtesy of Taylor Bennett
Bennett says that the Greeks are extremely American friendly and a majority of the natives, that she has encountered, speak English. My experience so far has been amazing. I came here last December to visit my parents and became familiar with Athens before I traveled back this summer. The culture, food, scenery, and people are astonishing.”
The university is excited to see where Taylor goes from here as she makes plans to visit the rest of Europe this summer.

 -Sechemelia Lewis

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

HPER Students Travel to Bali

HPER Students Travel to Bali
HU HPER students work with a group of orphanage children in Bali.

Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Department Chair, Dr. Chevelle Hall, took 10 students to Bali, Indonesia to conduct research and volunteer with the Bali Sports Foundation. For two weeks, Hall and her students conducted research pertaining to helping individuals with physical challenges, and presented research proposals at Udayana University, one of the largest universities in Bali.

As volunteers, HU students worked with adults with physical challenges who liked to participate in physical activity and sports, and at a Christian orphanage where they facilitated games that focused on increasing children’s physical activity.  The students, who were either kinesiology or sport management majors, played games with the children that focused on increasing their physical activity. 

“The purpose of the trip was to expose students to other cultures and allow them to take part in service learning abroad,” said Hall, who organized the trip with HPER Assistant Professor Kimberly Blackwell. Students Ashley Gardner (student coordinator), Zion Gonzalez, Fianna Ford, Quenice Simms, Kai Brown, Marquise Johnson, Shania Anglade, Maya Bouyer, Marche Graham and Gillian Gray took the trip.

“The trip was an eye opener in so many ways academically and societally,” said Simms, a junior kinesiology major. “Being able to help people with physical challenges to be mobile and exercise, as well as working with children in an orphanage, was extremely rewarding.”

HU student Quenice Simms stands with Niska from Bali.
Simms said she is especially looking forward to a visit to America from one of the children, Niska, with whom she bonded.

“She made me a special bracelet that I wear every day,” Simms said.

HPER officials said the overall trip was a success and exposed their department and the University to international education and curriculum. Hall said that Udayana University is interested in partnering with HU for future student exchanges.

“The students, and those we served benefited from this trip,” Blackwell said. “We anticipate similar trips in the future where we can learn, give, help and bring our findings and research back to HU to further what we do as health professionals.”

-Leha Byrd

Monday, June 16, 2014

HU Seniors Receive Hampton Sheriff Scholarships

HU Seniors Receive Hampton Sheriff Scholarships

Jocelyn Cannon and Edward Robinson
Two Hampton University seniors received scholarships from the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute. Sheriff B.J. Roberts, of the Hampton Sheriff’s Department, awarded the $1000 scholarships to Edward Robinson and Jocelyn Cannon on June 4.

Both Robinson and Cannon are criminal justice majors and members of the Gamma Tau chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. This was Robinson’s second year receiving the scholarship. He is a veteran of the United States Army, having served for seven years before enrolling at HU in 2012.

“It (this scholarship) means a lot to me because when I embarked on the journey to attend Hampton University, I was coming straight from my overseas deployment to Afghanistan,” Robinson said. “I was really nervous about being a 29-year-old nontraditional student surrounded by young people. However, from the moment I stepped foot on campus, students, faculty, and administration embraced me. I stood out, but in a good way.”

The Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute awards scholarships annually to Virginia college students pursuing majors in the criminal justice and law enforcement fields. Interested students must submit an application with an essay and letter of recommendation from their local sheriff.

- Tori Twine

Friday, June 6, 2014

HU ROTC Instructor Receives National Honor

Capt. Gary Flowers
HU ROTC Instructor Receives National Honor

This spring, the National Defense Industrial Association recognized Capt. Gary Flowers, U.S. Army ROTC Instructor at Hampton University, as the Most Outstanding Army ROTC Instructor of the Year.

Each year, the NDIA selects nine recipients from over 1,500 eligible instructors in ROTC programs across the United States. The award is given in memory of Colonel Leo A. Codd and presented to the most outstanding ROTC Instructor from each service – Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Each recipient is given a complimentary three-year NDIA membership as well as a certificate of recognition and a savings bond.

“Capt. Flowers is an outstanding officer who embodies ‘The Standard of Excellence’ on a daily basis, and is developing Hampton students to become leaders in the U.S. Army, at Hampton, and in the local community,” said Lt. Col. Yusef E. Good, professor of military science at HU. Good recommended Capt. Flowers for the award.

Capt. Flowers instructing a cadet
In March 2013, Capt. Flowers became the assistant professor of military science and the Army ROTC executive officer at HU. In his first year on campus, he has already made a tremendous impact on the Army ROTC program. Students in the program have shown higher performance in their academics and physical fitness under Flowers’ leadership. He serves as a mentor to many of his students and actively seeks new resources to benefit them in their academics and training.

Flowers was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Infantry. He has received numerous awards and decorations for his service. He has also served in a number of combat and humanitarian tours around the world, including Afghanistan as a company commander and security force adviser team commander, Somalia as a combat engineer, and Iraq as a planning officer.
“I would like to thank the Hampton AROTC Cadre members: Ms. Rose, Mrs. Woodhouse, Ms. Carr, Mr. Cross, Mr. Wallace, Mr. Hopkins, Master Sgt. Cornelius, and Lt. Col. Good,” Flowers said.Without their support and mentorship, I would not have been as competitive as I was. To the Hampton University student cadets, I am extremely blessed to be afforded an opportunity to teach, mentor, and develop you into the nation’s best. You continue to make me proud. Team Pirates!”

- Tori Twine