Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Seventy-one high school students spent the weekend at Hampton University as part of the school’s sixth annual Honors Visitation Weekend Nov. 18-Nov. 21. The weekend is an opportunity for future Hamptonians to view the campus, experience college life and become exposed to academic standards and expectations. Those selected to attend have already been accepted to HU, and hold a specific academic standing, which includes an 1100 or higher SAT score and a 3.5 or higher GPA that makes them eligible for university scholarships.
Students traveled from as far as California and as nearby as Virginia Beach, Va. The weekend, hosted by the HU Office of Admission, was flush with events, including academic sessions, a letter writing campaign to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a pajama party and a culminating scholarship ceremony and jazz brunch. At the latter event, sponsored by Embassy Suites, $957,000 was awarded to students, in varied amounts of four-year scholarships.
There was a little something for everyone, including parents, officials said. Students’ parents were provided tours of the HU Proton Therapy Institute, the university museum and visited Peninsula Towne Center.
“We wanted participants to get a full scope of Hampton University and we wanted the participants, and their parents, to feel rewarded for their successes,” said Melinda N. Gainer ’98, the event’s chief organizer and an HU assistant director of admission.
Gainer, who is also an adjunct professor in the HU Scripps Howard School of Journalism, had her event planning class coordinate the event’s logistics. Members of the HU Student Recruitment Team (SRT) helped coordinate the weekend by conducting campus tours for students and parents and planning the social aspects.
SRT members created the hash tag #HVW2010, so students could tweet throughout the weekend about their time on campus. Students’ frolicking on campus included residing in dorms, speaking with department deans and attending a fashion show. Attendees said the experience was an eye opener about college life.
Chrispus Saxon, of Wetumpka, Ala., said he enjoyed the weekend camaraderie and the, “interaction and being like a college student.”
Saxon, 17, whose mother is a Hamptonian, is set to major in Biochemistry in the Fall 2011. The weekend provided him with, “a better perspective of campus and of campus life,” he said.
The next Honors Visitation Weekend is set for Nov. 17-20, 2011. Gainer said her office looks forward to any opportunity to welcome potential Hamptonians, and create an ambiance that invites them back.
“With the upcoming Honors Visitation Weekend and any event our office hosts, we want to showcase all HU has to offer in the way of social scenery and academics,” Gainer said. “We take special care to ensure it’s a well rounded visit.”
HU J-School Welcomes AP Sports Editors
For the third consecutive year, the Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications welcomed members of the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) for a Day of Diversity on Nov. 9.
Student had the opportunity to share information and tips with reporters and editors from ESPN.com, USA Today, Daily Press, the Washington Post, Boston Globe and AOL Fanhouse.com. Such an experience will aid students as they prepare for careers in the challenging and evolving world of mass communications and journalism.
The day kicked off with a two-hour panel discussion with APSE journalists and moderated by Lynn Hoppes, senior director of ESPN.com. The panel answered questions about the future of journalism, internship opportunities and career advice.
Afterwards, students participated in a news conference with HU football coach Donovan Rose and then headed to the mock newsroom to write, edit and file their stories, videos and photos. Working under deadline, the students had the opportunity to work hands-on with 15 professionals, receiving feedback and advice along the way. The Daily Press website features several of the students stories.
Also for the third year, HU students competed for two $3,000 internship stipends and a $500 summer scholarship on behalf of the APSE.
-Alison L. Phillips
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Set to air on Monday, Dec. 6 at 9/8c, the series will feature ten talented pastry chefs, unique in their backgrounds and experiences, but united in their passion for baking and decorating. Jordan, the self-described “Southern Belle” of the cast, says her Southern upbringing in the kitchen next to her mother is what has most prepared her for this challenge.
“I watched my mom and would always help during holidays,” she said. “My mom is actually a baker and we love to eat.”
The lessons from Jordan’s mother aren’t the only motivation she had to apply for the show. According to Jordan, the opportunity to showcase her talent came right in the midst of a hardship. After a difficult break-up, she decided that picking up a hobby might be a good way to help her cope.
“I was extremely depressed,” she said. “Because of my background in baking and love for shows like ‘Ace of Cakes,’ I took a class in cake decorating and I fell in love.”
With a renewed passion for baking, Jordan says everything began to fall into place. After hearing about the TLC casting call, Jordan applied and sent in a picture of her cakes. After a long process of video interviews and personal interviews, Jordan was finally selected as a contestant.
“I was in shock when they called,” Jordan said. “It really felt like destiny.
As a sixth grade English teacher from a small town, many were surprised at her decision to be a part of the show. But overall, she says she’s received an overwhelming amount of support. It’s this support that Jordan says has motivated her to really give her all.
In retrospect, Jordan says that this show has been a spiritual journey. Now that the show has finished filming, she is excited to share the ride with others.
“I’ve been so blessed,” she said. “All I wanted was for someone to open the door and it’s been an awesome ride. I’ve learned to enjoy life and really be true to myself. I hope that anyone that sees the show will be inspired to follow their dreams.”
“Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker” will premiere on Monday, Dec. 6 at 9/8c on TLC.
- Jess Moore
Thursday, December 2, 2010
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Hampton University’s School of Engineering and Technology was awarded a research contract from Lockheed Martin for $93,000. Dr. Morris H. Morgan, III, professor in the Department of Engineering and principal investigator of the contract, and Vitali Khaikine, a researcher in the Department of Engineering, will work in the HU Aeropropulsion Center (HU-APC), at the HU Olin engineering building, researching designs to allow aircraft to fly at super and hypersonic speeds.
Morgan’s research focuses on the shape of the plane and creating the optimal waverider body structure that allows planes to fly better at super and hypersonic speeds. The two forces that affect the plane in flight are the lift and the drag. The waverider is hypersonic design that improves the lift to drag ratio. The goal is to design an aircraft that will increase the lift and decrease the drag.
“Lockheed Martin has provided us with a design for the top of the plane,” stated Morgan. “We are analyzing what would be the best shape for the bottom based on pressure and speed.”
To analyze the different shapes, Morgan will work with Dr. Vadivel Jagasivamani, assistant professor in the Department of Engineering, in HU-APC to create small-scale 3D prototypes of their computer generated designs for wind tunnel testing. HU graduate students will have an opportunity to help during the simulation in the HU-PAC.
As a product of this research, HU will develop for Lockheed Martin OFM software that can define the windward surface of an aircraft if given the proper data. HU has the option of devising this software product using Fortran, C or Simulink computer languages.
“It is a very simple concept,” stated Morgan, who shared the principle behind lift and drag with a piece of paper and a fan. “The most energy is used in the takeoff… you just have to design the aircraft to balance what is on top with what is on the bottom.”
Naima A. Gethers
Thursday, November 4, 2010
HU President Dr. William R. Harvey Responds to WSJ Article Criticizing HBCUs
TO THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
WILLIAM R. HARVEY
PRESIDENT OF HAMPTON UNIVERSITY
CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT’S ADVISORY BOARD ON
HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES (HBCUs)
A recent Wall Street Journal article by Jason Riley questioned the relevance of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in today's society. He complained about President Obama's conventional approach to HBCUs and opined that "instead of more subsidies and toothless warnings to shape up", the President and federal government ought to "…remake these schools to meet today's challenges."
I cannot speak for the President, but I have spoken to him about HBCUs. An ardent supporter of historically black colleges and universities, President Obama understands and appreciates their value to the nation and the world. The facts justify his support, i.e., representing 4% of all American colleges and universities, HBCUs conferred over 22% of all degrees awarded to African Americans. With only 13% of African Americans in higher education, these colleges awarded nearly 30% of all undergraduate degrees earned by African American students in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines; 50% of all bachelor's degrees in teacher education received by African American students; and 85% of Doctor of Medicine degrees acquired by African Americans according to statistics compiled by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Homecoming is Nov. 6, 2010 and some of you haven't been back to your “Home by the Sea” since you graduated! A LOT of things have changed on campus but you wouldn’t know if you haven’t been back. Here's some help to prove you've been away too long.
"You know it's been too long since you've been on The Yard ..."
…if you think the cottages are still on campus.
...if you think The Divine 9 still run the campus.
…if you didn't know Ogden Hall has air conditioning and cushioned seats.
…if you didn’t know Moton Hall is a female dorm now, Winona Hall is a male dorm now, Marshall is a female dorm and Queen St no longer exists.
…if you think the "Hampton Man" still looks like a "Buppy".
…if you still think we play Virginia Union and Virginia State in sports.
…if you didn’t know Ogden Circle looks like The United Nations now with all the flags waving.
…if you didn’t know the "we don't shake hands, we hug" culture has been replaced with "we don't hug, we tweet".
…if you think you're going to The Grille to get some chicken wings.
... if you think you can grab a snack at the CC store.
…if you think students still have to pay to get into sporting events.
…if you still think meal cards are your entry into the cafeteria.
... if when you think “The Carter”, you’re referring to James Hall (New Jack City) instead of Lil Wayne .
…if you believe Joe Taylor is still the head football coach.
…if you think the only internet access on campus is still on the 5th floor of the library.
…if you think the cheerleaders are females only!
…if you think there is still a “Munchie Shop” across from the “Game Room”.
…if you don't know there’s a bowling alley on campus.
…if you still think Joy Jefferson is the Director of Student Activities.
…if you still think Greek Intake happens in the spring. All Fall lines now.
…if you think Ms. Gracie will ask "you want some gravy baby?" (RIP Ms. Gracie)
…if you think they still have a Senior Cab in the fall.
...if you didn't know the campus population now looks like a United Colors of Benetton Ad!
…if you can’t wait to visit the Student “Union” next time when you come back.
…if you think Greek probates are still held on Ogden or by the Big Café.
…if you think you can drive on campus before 5 p.m. without stopping for security.
… if you don’t know that the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute is the largest proton cancer treatment center in the WORLD!
- Ryan C. Greene, Hampton University Class of 1997
Follow him on Facebook (www.facebook.com/iamryg), Twitter (@iamryg) and online (www.IamRyG.com)
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Dominion Awards HU J-School Grant to Increase Energy Awareness
Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation to implement student-produced multimedia energy-related projects.
The grant funding will support the creation of student-produced journalism and public relations projects aimed towards increasing the public’s energy awareness. Topics will include natural resource exploration, energy transportation and storage, power generation and energy delivery, renewable power projects and energy conservation efforts in the Hampton Roads region. The information campaign will be disseminated via web-based multimedia platforms. The grant will also support a series of training workshops for students and faculty and software upgrades.
“Through this project, our students will be able to produce relevant content for people to make informed decisions about energy use and consumption,” said Rosalynne Whitaker-Heck, interim dean of the Scripps Howard School and co-principal investigator for the grant. Assistant Professor and internship coordinator Joy McDonald will also serve as co-principal investigator.
The award is one of five to be presented to area universities Oct. 20 at a luncheon hosted by the foundation at The Founders Inn in Virginia Beach, Va. Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, Thomas Nelson Community College and Tidewater Community College also received grants ranging from $10,000 to $40,000.
The grants total $150,000 and will support various programs in business, skilled craft, engineering, environmental and technical studies, and for student-led conservation programs. The Dominion Foundation is the charitable arm of Dominion Virginia Power.
"This new program was created specifically for higher education," said Bill Hall, vice president for corporate communications and community affairs with Dominion Virginia Power and president of the Dominion Foundation. "We see the importance in funding and cultivating the innovative studies that are happening at our colleges and universities and their potential for the future."
- Alison L. Phillips
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The Hampton University Musical Arts Society has announced its 2010-2011 season featuring internationally renowned musicians Leon Bates, PROJECT Trio, and Derrick Gardner and the Jazz Prophets. All performances will be held in HU’s Ogden Hall, widely known for being one of the premier acoustical settings on the East Coast.
“The Musical Arts Society continues its legacy of presenting exceptional artists and cultural events for the campus and the Hampton Roads region. This year is sure to be a memorable one,” said Dr. Shelia Maye, chair of the Musical Arts Society and the HU Department of Music.
Leon Bates, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m.
HU Choirs & Orchestra present Handel's “Messiah, ” Dec. 5 at 4 p.m.
PROJECT Trio, Feb. 20, 2011 at 4 p.m.
Derrick Gardner & the Jazz Prophets, April 8, 2011 at 8 p.m.
-Alison L. Phillips
For Kevin Matthews, owner and CEO of BuildingBread, LLC (a company that educates and informs on financial literacy), it was no easy task.
“I’ve been researching for years,” said Matthews, a junior economics major from Tulsa, Okla. “I’ve created my own library of books, called friends for help, got legal and professional advice from professors and took a chance.”
Matthews was drawn to start his business after learning the value of money from his father. As a child, he saved enough of his weekly allowance to buy video games. As a teenager, he saved enough to buy his first car…and then his second…and then his third- which he fixed up and sold at auctions. By the time he was 18, he bought his first house. With his personal experience, an internship at ING Investment Management last summer and personal research, Matthews is trying to give back by sharing his knowledge of financial literacy with others.
Also with dreams of giving back, sophomore business major Megan Schmidt (better known as ‘Cupcake Meg’) is the creator of the Brooklyn Capital for the Children Foundation. Schmidt, who is preparing to celebrate the one-year anniversary of selling cupcakes at Hampton on October 11, says that the cupcakes are the least of her story.
“All I wanted to do was raise money for my foundation so that I could provide for the communities that I am trying to help,” said Schmidt. “Selling cupcakes and t-shirts is how I’m feeding my foundation.”
The communities Schmidt has set her sights on are no easy fix. The first, in Belize City, Belize, is a community ravaged with youth violence. Schmidt is hoping to help by giving assistance to the Dorothy Menzie’s Childcare Home for orphans. Schmidt also visited Togo, West Africa; where, after seeing the state of the country’s youth education programs, she was inspired to build a school. Schmidt’s limitless dreams and ability to network has allowed her to shake hands with people such as the CEO of Pepsi, Pharrell, Jeremih and Ecko Red fashion designer Lee Wilke. With the help of her mother, her “street team” and numerous supporters, Schmidt is inspiring many by trying to “make the world sweeter,” one cupcake and one community at a time.
Junior Sydnee Mack, a public relations major from Las Vegas, began her non-profit business (Tee it Up Golf), in partnership with her older sister. Mack, a member of the University’s golf team and a nationally-ranked player decided to begin the organization to give back to a community to which golf is not an easily-accessible sport.
“The goal of my organization is to expose underprivileged children and teenagers to the sport and make them comfortable on the course,” Mack said. “Golf is one of the languages of business and my business helps kids understand the game and also encourages them academically and socially.”
With such a noble venture, it is not surprising that Mack was presented with the Special Benefactor Award, last year. The award is a grant given to a student to provide an international experience. With the help of Professor Erica Woods-Warrior, Mack won the award and has been given the chance to continue her business abroad. Mack has chosen to open her business in Germany; the site will launch in May 2011.
These young entrepreneurs are only a few of the many around Hampton’s campus, but a striking similarity exists in their giving spirits. As for advice to others who would like to start their own ventures, they offer these words of wisdom:
1. Know your market.
2. Become an expert in your field.
3. Use your resources (professors on campus have a wealth of knowledge).
4. Be patient.
5. Know what you can realistically accomplish.
6. Be professional; as young as we all are, no one will take us seriously if we do not take ourselves seriously.
7. Realize how and where you’ll get your money and be prepared to spend just as much.
8. Have a thorough plan.
9. Be brave.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The Hampton University Department of Chemistry recently received a $293,853 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish the new Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree program.
The grant will assist the department in procuring essential equipment and other resources needed to help the program grow. The curriculum for the program has been carefully designed to combine topics in biological, chemical, mathematical, and other key science concepts.
HU is one of four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) that offer an undergraduate biochemistry degree. The program gives HU students interested in medical careers a chance to become more competitive in the industry.
“The program will place Hampton University in a rather unique position,” stated Dr. Isai T. Urasa, chair of the Department of Chemistry and principal investigator of the NSF grant. “We will be one of very few institutions that offer an undergraduate degree in biochemistry, it will promote our visibility for student recruitment and also enhance our competitiveness for research and other programmatic grants.”
Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes in living organisms. It deals with the structure and functions of cellular components, such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and other biomolecules. Biochemistry combines biology with organic and physical chemistry to reveal the mechanisms by which living things obtain energy from food; the chemical basis of heredity; and biological changes related to disease.
“It is widely understood that as in all science and engineering fields, minorities are acutely underrepresented in biochemistry and the biomedical workforce,” stated Urasa. “The newly established biochemistry program will provide chemistry and other science students with an expanded field of career options.”
Dr. Shanthi R. Paranawithana, assistant professor and coordinator of the newly established Biochemistry program, is also Co-PI of the grant. In addition to serving as coordinator of the biochemistry program, she is also teaching and mentoring students in this area. She has established a journal club, which she uses as a mentoring tool to reinforce critical thinking and responsible conduct in science and scientific research. Her mentoring activity extends to students in the Department of Biological Sciences as well.
Naima A. Gethers
Monday, September 27, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
"This is a special day in his life and to ask me to be a part of this, well, I couldn't be more honored," said Reyes.
Several cadets in the HU Army ROTC Pirate Batallion were present to witness their department's professor of military science advance in his career. Reyes spoke to them, pointing out all of Smedley's military accomplishments and charging them to follow suit. "Cadets, please hear what I am saying because you have in front of you a blueprint," he said.
HU military alumni stationed at Ft. Eustis, Ft. Monroe and the Pentagon also returned to their alma mater for the ceremony.
“I couldn’t be happier to be here at Hampton University to continue my career,” said Smedley following his pinning.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
This summer Dr. Natalie Robertson, HU associate professor of political science and history, advocated to have St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk, Va., placed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as the Virginia Landmarks Register. Located at 1625 Brown Ave., the church was nominated to the registers based upon her research and completion of the formal nomination process.
According to Robertson, typically churches are nominated to the registers for their age and their distinctive architectural qualities. “It is important to get churches listed on the registers because they preserve distinctive architectural styles and they embody important historical and cultural information about the larger American or African-American contexts out of which they emerged,” said Robertson.
While Saint James Holiness Church of Christ Disciples currently occupies the edifice, the church was placed on the registers under its historic name. St. Peter’s was a mission of historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk and served as the borough church for the Elizabeth River Parish. Placed on the registers for its architecture, the church is an outstanding example of the Gothic style of architecture that was prominent in the 19th century. The church has maintained its architectural integrity for more than 120 years and is associated historically with the Bramble and Dyson families of Norfolk.
This is the second church that Robertson has placed on the National Register and the Virginia Landmarks Register. The first was Zion Poplars Baptist Church in Gloucester, Va.
- Alison L. Phillips
Friday, September 10, 2010
Read the Daily Press story on how HU's PRESS program is helping incoming freshman Breonna Williams (and 99 other first generation college students) learn the ropes of college life.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Hampton University Awarded $2.69M Grant to Assist Local School Districts
The U.S. Department of Education’s School Leadership Program has awarded Hampton University a $322,489 grant for five years, totaling $2.69 million in support of the HU Leadership Academy (HULA). U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the grant. Through the grant, HU will partner with area schools to implement a multifaceted approach towards improving student achievement by improving the effectiveness of educational leadership.
“Effective school leaders create a culture of success and it permeates into all aspects of the school,” said Dr. Michael McIntosh, coordinator of HU’s Educational Leadership Program and principal investigator for the grant. “At the heart of this project will be training these administrators to become more like facilitators and less like lone rangers.”
With local school districts facing dire budgetary constraints, the grant will offer exposure to and participation in the most current, research-based practices that successfully turn around low-achieving schools. HULA will partner with Norfolk Public Schools, Portsmouth City Public Schools, Franklin City Public Schools, Danville City Public Schools, and Roanoke City Public Schools.
“This funding to establish a leadership academy is fitting because Hampton University has a strong legacy of inspiring competent and conscientious educational leaders. This project will enhance the institution’s ability to serve the contemporary needs of local area school districts by addressing one of the most pressing needs – the cultivation of strong school leaders,” said Dr. Cassandra Herring, dean of the College of Education and Continuing Studies.
The program’s goals include:
Five-year grants were awarded to six school districts, three non-profit organizations, and five universities in 12 states. HU was the only organization in Virginia to receive funding.