Friday, December 20, 2013

HU Child Development Center Gets A Visit From Santa

HU Child Development Center Gets A Visit From Santa

Kids greet Santa Claus with a big hug
HU Eva C. Mitchell Child Development Center was surprised to see Santa Claus beside their Christmas tree with his arms out for a merry hug.

The kids, who are all five and younger, rushed to the merry man with excitement gleaming in their eyes.

Before the children could overload Santa Claus with their wishes, Constance Goode, HU Director of Eva C. Mitchell Child Development Center, told them of a fun holiday story.  The story incorporated all fifteen children; and again, the children couldn’t help but smile and get excited.

The children wished for gifts like a Batman action-figure, Dr. Seuss books, and basketballs.  One child even asked for a pony.  Stunned, Santa asked where would she put it.  She smiled and simply said, “The living room.”

Santa Claus gave all the kids a candy cane along with a jolly, “Ho, ho, ho,” before leaving.

The kids waved good-bye to Santa with high hopes of what Christmas morning would bring.

Laughter is shared between Santa and the kids
Goode tells a fun holiday story
Lots of excitement filled the place

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

HU Exchange Student from Brazil Co-Hosts WHOV Radio Program

HU Exchange Student from Brazil Co-Hosts WHOV Radio Program

Tomas Souto de Carvalho and his parents inside WHOV

Hampton University exchange student Tomas Souto de Carvalho, a junior studying material engineering, is co-hosting a radio program on WHOV.  On the other side of the broadcast microphone is Dr. Francisco Cornonel, a professor at HU School of Business, who co-hosts with de Carvalho.

De Carvalho is a participant in the HBCU-Brazil Alliance, an HBCU initiative to blur the lines of the cultural divide amongst students.  Approximately 350 students from Brazil have enrolled this fall at one of the 15 participating HBCUs.  De Carvalho is one of the eight students at HU.

De Carvalho fluently speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and English.  During the broadcast of the program, de Carvalho and Cornonel converse primarily in Spanish to their viewers.

Before the semester concluded, de Carvalho had the treat of a live studio audience—his parents.  They traveled all the way from Brazil to see how their son was adjusting to his new ‘home by the sea’.

Experiences as this, highlights the university’s commitment to the HBCU-Brazil Alliance with the goal of cultural collaboration and presence.

Dr. JoAnn Haysbert, HU Executive Vice President, traveled to Brazil in August to further promote connectivity and partnerships with the study abroad program. Such push further presents how both countries have an instinctive appreciation of each other that has transformed from simply a partnership to a lasting friendship.

De Carvalho’s mother knew limited English, but the smile painted on her face could easily read, ‘I’m so proud that my son is a Hamptonian.’

De Carvalho does a quick sound check before airing
Dr. Cornonel and de Carvelho prepare for their radio program

Monday, December 16, 2013

HU Forensics and Debate Team Excite Children Before Christmas

HU Forensics and Debate Team Excite Children Before Christmas

Iyana Thomas, Jasmine  Anthony, Kristal Hines and Professor Jamantha Watson smile along side kids at HU Eva C. Mitchell Child Development Center
HU Forensics and Debate Team read books to the children of HU Eva C. Mitchell Child Development Center on Friday, Dec. 13.

The team also donated nearly thirty children's books to the center.  The children's reactions were priceless as they smiled ear to ear the entire time.

In a season where giving is better than receiving, the team will continue to make 'giving' a part of their legacy throughout the year.