Tuesday, August 25, 2009

HU Nursing School Awarded $3.2 Million

The Hampton University School of Nursing was recently awarded approximately $3.2 million in grants. The three grants will serve several purposes in the department, including the preparing nurses for the workforce, retaining students and enhancing the doctoral program. The grants were awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

HU Summit to Release U.S. Marriage Index

Dr. Linda Malone-Colon

Hampton, Va. – An index on the state of marriage in the U.S. will be released at the upcoming Hampton University National Summit on Marriage, Parenting and Families on Sept. 29-30.  The U.S. Marriage Index uses specific measurement indicators to track the health of American marriages through the past forty years and assess areas of improvement for the future.  This index is a product of a partnership between HU and the Institute for American Values.

More than 100 of the nation’s most diverse, influential leaders will be present for the unveiling at the HU National Summit on Marriage, Parenting and Families. The summit is a groundbreaking public conversation about marriage and families aimed at increasing the national conversation on the declining status of today’s marriages and the importance of healthy, effective parenting.  The Summit will streamline live on the web at
www.hamptonu.edu for the public.  

“We’re really focused on raising awareness about the crisis of marriage in the U.S.  But we’re also solutions focused, identifying what it is we can do to address this issue,” explained Dr. Linda Malone-Colon, chair of the Summit and director of the HU National Center on African American Marriages and Parenting (NCAAMP), to be launched at the Summit.  

According to Malone-Colon, the number of married couples in the U.S. dropped from 72 percent in 1970 to 56 percent in 2004. In addition, nearly 40 percent of babies born in the U.S. in 2007 were delivered to unwed mothers, marking a more than 24 percent increase from five years earlier.  

The statistics also support the need to take further efforts within the African-American community.  Although all racial groups are showing increases in out-of-wedlock births, the percentage of unwed mothers differs from race to race.  For example, while 29 percent of Caucasian women gave birth out-of-wedlock in 2007, more than 51 percent of Latinas and nearly 72 percent of black women did.

NCAAMP aims to strengthen African-American families by helping them gain essential knowledge, skills and other resources required for building and sustaining healthy marriages and practicing effective parenting.

“A U.S. marriage index that measures the health of marriage will help our society to determine what we are doing well and what we need to improve, so that more Americans might have the opportunity to grow up in a healthy marriage,” said Malone-Colon.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

HU J-School's Caldwell Honored by NABJ Hall of Fame

Earl Caldwell

Hampton, VA -Earl Caldwell, a visiting professor at Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, will be inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Hall of Fame at the organization’s 2009 Annual Convention held Aug. 5-9 in Tampa, Fla.  Caldwell will be recognized on Aug. 7 at 11 a.m. at the Tampa Convention Center.

“In our honorees, NABJ gives kudos to the industry leaders who have broken new ground without forgetting from where they came,” said Barbara Ciara, NABJ President.

Caldwell is a nationally renowned journalist who has witnessed and chronicled some of the most important civil rights events of the past 40 years.  He was the only reporter present when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Caldwell rose to fame while a reporter at The New York Times when he refused to disclose information to the FBI and the Nixon Administration involving his sources in the Black Panther party. The case, United States v. Caldwell, reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 1972 when the court ruled against him. The “Caldwell Case” led to the enactment of shield laws in many states that allow reporters to protect sources and information.

“It’s a high honor.  I consider it recognition not just of my work, which I’m proud of, but also for my generation of black journalists who came to the top in the 1960s in a difficult, tumultuous time in America,” said Caldwell. At HU, Caldwell is writing “The Caldwell Journals,” a serialized account of the black journalist movement spawned by the 1960s civil rights movement.