Thursday, November 18, 2010

HU Players & Co. Present "Doubt"

HU Players & Co. Present "Doubt"

'Doubt' stars Shaun Harvell, Mycole Willis and Jade Banks

"Doubt" stars Shaun Harvell, Mycole Willis and Jade Banks

The Hampton University Players and Company proudly present “Doubt” by John Patrick Shanley. This intriguing, dark drama will be held Dec. 2-5 in Armstrong Hall’s Little Theater at HU. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinee opens at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for senior citizens, children and students, and free admission for HU students.

Set in 1964, charismatic priest Father Flynn is trying to upend the strict customs at St. Nicolas Catholic School in the Bronx, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the strict principal. When a younger nun, Sister James, alleges an inappropriate relationship between Father Flynn and a younger student has developed, a firestorm of attacks begins. Are we really innocent until proven guilty? Is the court of public opinion stronger than the court of law? “Doubt” will arrest your fears, your faith and your suspicions. Even in a world of faith, we all have doubt.

Directed by Bresean Jenkins, assistant professor of theater at HU, the cast of “Doubt” features Jade Banks, Shaun Harvell, Elicia McCray, Raven Parker, Winston Williams, and Mychole Willis. Jenkins will also serve as costume designer. Assistant Professor of Speech and Theater C. Perry Otto will head scenic and light design.

For ticket information, please contact the HU Box Office at (757) 5236 or (757) 727-5402.

-Alison L. Phillips

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

HU Engineering Department Researching Designs to Make Aircraft Fly Better

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

HU President Dr. William R. Harvey Responds to WSJ Article Criticizing 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.

Read the entire piece:

HU Named a Top Research Institution

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Hampton University students conduct research in the genomics lab and a chemistry lab.

HU Named a Top Research Institution

Hampton University has been named a top research institution in the 2010 Washington Monthly College Guide. HU is listed in the top 10 ranking in the Research Category for master’s universities. Hampton University is also listed No. 32 in the Top 50 Master’s Universities category out of more than 500 such institutions surveyed.

“Hampton University’s faculty and students are conducting cutting-edge research that addresses major health issues and global climate change,” said HU President Dr. William R. Harvey. “The newly opened Hampton University Proton Institute, the largest of its kind in the world, demonstrates our dedication to research and treatment that will ease human suffering and save lives.”

The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) held its grand opening on Oct. 21, 2010. Along with state-of-the-art proton therapy treatment, cancer research will also be conducted at the $225 million innovative biomedical cancer facility. HUPTI in conjunction with Eastern Virginia Medical School and the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute is developing BioEclipse, the first biologically optimized treatment-planning system for proton therapy cancer treatment.

Hampton University has led all Virginia top-tiered research universities in winning competitive federal research contracts. Hampton University has received over $140 million in climate research funding from NASA for the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite mission. AIM is the first satellite dedicated to the study of noctilucent (NLC) or "night-shining" clouds. Hampton University is the first Historically Black College and University to have total mission responsibility for a NASA satellite mission.

Washington Monthly bases its rankings on “how well individual colleges and universities were meeting their public obligations in the areas of social mobility, research, and service.” The research score for master’s universities is based on the total amount of an institutions research spending and the number of undergraduate alumni who have gone on to receive a Ph.D. in any subject, relative to the size of the institution.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Attention Alumni

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 CafĂ©.

…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

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