Student: Malik Jones
Hometown: Alpharetta , Georgia
GPA : 3.85
Major/Classification: Journalism / Senior
Malik Jones is a senior, journalism major with a film studies minor from Alpharetta, Georgia.
Malik plans to have a successful career as a screenwriter for films after completing his degree at Hampton University.
At Hampton, Malik is the Associate Editor of the award-winning Hampton Script Newspaper, belongs to the Freddy Davy Honors College, and the Kappa Tau Alpha National Journalism Honors Society.
Malik is greatly influenced by his parents with their sacrifice and support to help support his dreams.
Motto He Lives By : “There isn’t anything noble about being superior to another person. True nobility is in being superior to the person you once were.”
Student: Kyle Fitzgerald
Classification/ Major : Junior/ Kinesiology
Hometown : Trophy Club, Texas
Kyle Fitzgerald was named the Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar from Hampton University.
Kyle is studying Kinesiology at Hampton University and after completing his degree he would like to achieve his goal of becoming at children’s medical doctor.
At Hampton, Kyle was inducted into the Freddy Davy Honors College, is a member of the Minority Association of Medical Students, the Student Chapter of NAACP, plays intramural soccer, tutors at a local church and for the Hampton City Schools.
The motto that keeps Kyle focused is, “I exist to know Christ and to make Christ known”.
Student : Brent Moreno
Classification / Major : Biology
Brent Moreno was named the Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar from Mississippi Valley State University.
Brent is studying Biology at Mississippi Valley State . After completing his prerequisites he will attend Robert E. Smith School of Nursing at Delta State University.
The most influential people in Brent Moreno’s life are his parents . He mentions that their obstacles that they have been through encourages him to work hard and reach his ultimate goals.
Quote : ” Have the mind of an artist, and the skill of a craftsman… yet, never rely on your own.
Student : Kizito Nwaka
GPA : 3.64
Classification/ Major: Sophomore / Computer Science
Kizito Nwaka was named the Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar from Mississippi Valley State University.
Kizito is studying Computer Science at Mississippi Valley State . After earning his bachelors , he plans to further his education in computer science and become a leading software engineer.
On campus he is a member of the Mathematics , Computer , and Information System on campus at MVSU, he also participated Gateway Leadership Ambassadors Program.
The most influential person in Kizito Nwaka life is his sister . He mentions that she has been influential in his academic career and how he supports the community.
Quote : ” It’s not how you start but how you finish ” – unknown
Student : Brandon Hawkins
Hometown : Jacksonville, AR
GPA : 4.09
Major / Classification : Biology / Freshman
Brandon Hawkins was named the Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar from Mississippi Valley State University.
Brandon is studying Biology at Mississippi Valley State . After earning his bachelors , he plans to attend Veterinary school to become a Veterinarian.
Back in his hometown Brandon , was a varsity baseball player.
The most influential people in Brandon’s life is his mother , father and highschool basketball coach.
Quote : ” When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breath that is when you will be successful ” – Eric Thomas
After months of training, our HBCUs are being well represented in the 2016 Rio Games. A Jackson State grad and two-time Olympian Michael Tinsley is looking forward to his first taste of gold in the 400-meter hurdles.
On the track, the Hampton star Francena McCorory is chasing gold, again. Coppin State’s Christina Epps is a newcomer to the international scene, and Jeff Henderson, who earned a business administration degree from Stillman in 2013, is also experiencing what it feels like to be an Olympian for the first time.
Here is the list of HBCU athletes competing in Rio.
Christina Epps: Epps is a Coppin State grad who qualified for her first trip to the Rio Games, registering a new personal record of 46 feet, 6 inches in the triple jump.
Jeff Henderson: Henderson is a former Stillman College athlete and was the winner of the long jump title in the 2016 U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials.
Francena McCorory: McCorory is a Hampton standout and is the defending 4×400 relay champion along with three others.
Michael Tinsley: The former Jackson State star qualified for the Olympics in the 400-meter hurdles.
Kendra Clarke — Johnson C. Smith University
Track and Field (Canada)
Tia Adana-Belle — Saint Augustine’s University Track and Field (Barbados)
Brandon Jones– Hampton (Beliz) Track and Field
Brandon Valentine Parris – (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) Claflin University
Roxroy Cato — Saint Augustine’s University Track and Field (Jamaica)
Yvette Lewis– Hampton University (Panama) Track and Field
Chris Brown – Norfolk State University Track and Field (Bahamas)
Tindwende Thierry Sawadogo – (Burkina Faso) Savannah State University
Shermaine Williams – Johnson C Smith University
Source : HBCU News
Student : Eric Cortez Berry II
Hometown : Memphis , TN
GPA : 4.0
Major / Classification : Biology / Senior
Eric Berry II was named the Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar from Mississippi Valley State University.
After earning his bachelors at MVSU , he plans to attend medical school.
Mr. Berry II is a great example of an Hercules Scholar, on campus as he is a member of the MVSU Football team , National Society of Leadership, and volunteers at the Family Wellness Clinic.
The most influential people in Eric’s life are his parents and his pastor.
He lives by the motto “ It is what it is ” (take things at face value and move on) .
The Coca-Cola Company on April 6th announced Helen Smith Price will be promoted to Vice President of Global Community Affairs for The Coca-Cola Company and President of The Coca-Cola Foundation, effective April 16.
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Price joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1993 as Corporate External Affairs Director and since 2001 has served as Assistant Vice President and Group Director of Global Community Affairs and Executive Director of The Coca-Cola Foundation. In this role she manages the day-to-day operations of the global Foundation including, grant making, financial requirements, and regulatory compliance for domestic and international philanthropy.
“Helen’s longstanding commitment to serving the community and her proven success within The Coca-Cola Foundation make her an excellent choice for this role,” said Bea Perez, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, The Coca-Cola Company. “I am confident that under Helen’s leadership, the Foundation will continue to flourish and grow while strengthening communities around the world.”
Denmark, S.C. – Voorhees College Board of Trustees has selected Dr. W. Franklin Evans as the 9th president of Voorhees College.
Prior to being named the President of Voorhees College, Evans served as the Interim President of South Carolina State University SCSU, in Orangeburg, SC, where he also served as the provost and chief academic officer. Evans is well versed in many areas, these include leadership and supervision in all academic programs and curriculum development, faculty recruitment, enrollment management, strategic planning and the accreditation process.
Under his leadership as interim president of South Carolina State University, enrollment exceeded its goal and fundraising increased by 687%, alumni support also improved and the University achieved a balanced budget.
Evans has been in the education arena over 25 years. He served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Virginia Union University in Richmond, VA where he was instrumental in leading the institution through a successful reaffirmation of accreditation and establishing an Honors College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Education degree. He also worked at Elizabeth City State, J. F. Drake State Technical College and Tennessee State University. He is also an experienced fundraiser and grant writer.
Evans is considered a highly skilled administrator, professor and K-12 practitioner, having worked in the Metropolitan Atlanta area as a high school teacher, department chair and principal. He has conducted numerous faculty development workshops and served as a mentor and coach.
Currently, Evans is active in many organizations such as the NAACP, Black Family Preservation Group, the National Association of Black School Educators, Toast Masters International and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. He has served on the boards of the Sickle Cell Association, Boys and Girls Club, Kiwanis Club International and the AIDS Action Coalition.
In 1994, Evans earned a doctorate degree in higher education administration from Georgia State University. He earned a master’s degree in journalism and middle childhood education, curriculum and instruction as well as administration and supervision from Georgia State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in entomology from the University of Georgia in 1984.
Evans, who enjoys traveling, playing tennis, cooking, reading and singing, hails from a long line of educators. His grandfather was a principal, and his mother, uncle and several aunts were teachers. After being strongly encouraged by his supervisor, Evans pursued a career in K-12 administration. He chose a career in higher education because he wanted to effect change in the education of young black children by training those who would eventually educate them.
Evans believes that Voorhees, though small, is a solid institution that has impacted the lives of many individuals who have become trailblazers, and can still do so today. Like any institution, Voorhees will face challenges, such as enrollment and fundraising, but the baton has been passed and he is ready and willing to continue the race of excellence.
St. Clair P. Guess, chairman of the Voorhees College Board of Trustees, stated “It is my sincere pleasure to announce the selection of Dr. W. Franklin Evans as the next president of Voorhees. Dr. Evans possesses a wealth of experience in administration and education that expands decades. His professionalism and firm leadership skills make him a dynamic choice as the successor to Dr. Sellers, and I am secure in the knowledge that with him leading the charge, Voorhees will achieve unparalleled success as it forges into a bright and exciting future.”
Dr. Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr., immediate past president of Voorhees stated, “I have passed the torch to the very capable Dr. Evans. The circle is complete, I graduated from then Voorhees High School in 1962, and now I am retiring from Voorhees College. We have accomplished many things during my tenure, including building a new living learning facility. I am confident that Dr. Evans will leave his mark as well.”
Evans is eager to begin his tenure at Voorhees and continue in the triumphant footsteps of his predecessors.
“I am extremely honored to have been selected to take over the helm at Voorhees College. The baton has been passed by Dr. Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr. and I am both excited and humbled to continue the race towards excellence that he has forged. Voorhees has a strong historical background and a legacy that must not be ignored. In 1897, Voorhees College founder, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, set a standard for excellence in education, and we must honor that legacy by ensuring that the next generation of leaders receive the highest possible quality of education. “
Voorhees College is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. From its founding in 1897, Voorhees has evolved into a leading four-year liberal arts college. Voorhees College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the baccalaureate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Voorhees College. Voorhees is fully committed to its mission to meet the highest standards for educating the minds, hearts and spirits of young men and women. Additional information about Voorhees College can be found on the Web site at www.voorhees.edu.