Senior and Aspiring Engineer from Wiley College Receives $1,500 Hercules Scholarship

 

Student: Adam McClelland-Orr

Hometown : Detroit , Michigan

GPA: 3.59

Classification/ Major : Senior / Computer Information Systems

Adam McClelland – Orr named this week’s Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar

Adam  is in his senior year at Wiley College and upon leaving the university he would like to pursue his ultimate goal of becoming an engineer or a composer of audio.

Mr. McClelland – Orr has a very extensive musical background from playing the piano and tuba , he has played in several genres of music such as polka bands, campus recitals  and jazz with a group named Collegians

At the Wiley College, Adam participates with the Wiley College Acapella Choir and with the music departments to participate in recitals.

Adam says he finds influence in every person that he interacts with . The conversations that brew with people he takes some positive aspect from that person and applies that to his life . He also mentions that his late father is his hero!

The motto he lives by  is “My hero never gave up during a time of adversity ”

 

Joseph Stevens Jr. of Wiley College Receives the $1,500 Hercules Scholarship

 

Student: Joseph Stevens Jr.

Hometown : Port Arthur

GPA: 3.5

Classification/Major: Junior / Business Administration

Joseph Stevens Jr. named this week’s Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar

Upon graduation, Joseph plans to attend NYU Stern to obtain his masters in Internal Business and reach his overall goal of becoming the CEO at a Fortune 500 Company. Joseph would also like to build a Boys and Girls Club in his hometown of Port Arthur,Texas.

At the Wiley College, Joseph is a member of the Wiley College Business Management Club , The National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Vice President of Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society. In the community Joseph serves as an usher at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.

The most influential people in Joseph’s life are his parents. He says they taught him morals and values that have carried him throughout his life.

The motto he lives by  is “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13

[HBCU News] Marshall native wins Miss UNCF Title at Wiley College

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Marshall native wins Miss UNCF title at Wiley College

Taylor R. Cooper will compete for Miss National UNCF February 20 in New Orleans

(Marshall, Texas)  Wiley sophomore and Marshall,Texas, native, Taylor R. Cooper, was crowned Miss United Negro College Fund for Wiley College in a ceremony Friday night  in the school’s Julius S. Scott  Sr. Chapel.

Taylor and first runner up for Miss UNCF, Wiley junior  Cecilia Silas of Chihuahua,Mexico, together raised over $35,000 to assist UNCF in providing scholarships and support to deserving college students. For every dollar the students raised, UNCF will grant  $3 to Wiley College.

Cooper is a sociology major who represents the third generation of her family to attend Wiley College.   Her mother, Angela Fitzpatrick, and the late Barbara Anderson Marshall, also attended Wiley College.   As a third generation  student , Cooper  is actively engaged in  campus life, including singing in the College’s   A Cappella Choir  and serving as the vice president of the  sophomore class.

About her decision to run for Miss UNCF and her subsequent win Friday night, Cooper said she earned a full ride scholarship to attend Wiley and wanted a way to help other students in acknowledgement of the blessing she received.

“I am aware that there are a number of students who need financial resources to defray the cost of a college education and the monies are not available,” she said.

“I wanted to know what I could do, as a student, to help. I prayed about running for Miss UNCF-Wiley College and then Miss National UNCF. I instantly found my motivation from God, family, friends, and other Wileyites.”

Students at UNCF-member schools compete to earn the Miss UNCF title on their campuses. Each campus winner goes on to compete for the national title, and the student who raises the most funding for UNCF  wins.

Cooper will compete for the title of Miss National UNCF on February 20, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Taylor R. Cooper will compete for Miss National UNCF February 20 in New Orleans

(Marshall, Texas)  Wiley sophomore and Marshall,Texas, native, Taylor R. Cooper, was crowned Miss United Negro College Fund for Wiley College in a ceremony Friday night  in the school’s Julius S. Scott  Sr. Chapel.

Taylor and first runner up for Miss UNCF, Wiley junior  Cecilia Silas of Chihuahua,Mexico, together raised over $35,000 to assist UNCF in providing scholarships and support to deserving college students. For every dollar the students raised, UNCF will grant  $3 to Wiley College.

Cooper is a sociology major who represents the third generation of her family to attend Wiley College.   Her mother, Angela Fitzpatrick, and the late Barbara Anderson Marshall, also attended Wiley College.   As a third generation  student , Cooper  is actively engaged in  campus life, including singing in the College’s   A Cappella Choir  and serving as the vice president of the  sophomore class.

About her decision to run for Miss UNCF and her subsequent win Friday night, Cooper said she earned a full ride scholarship to attend Wiley and wanted a way to help other students in acknowledgement of the blessing she received.

“I am aware that there are a number of students who need financial resources to defray the cost of a college education and the monies are not available,” she said.

“I wanted to know what I could do, as a student, to help. I prayed about running for Miss UNCF-Wiley College and then Miss National UNCF. I instantly found my motivation from God, family, friends, and other Wileyites.”

Students at UNCF-member schools compete to earn the Miss UNCF title on their campuses. Each campus winner goes on to compete for the national title, and the student who raises the most funding for UNCF  wins.

Cooper will compete for the title of Miss National UNCF on February 20, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

63,000+ Celebrate HBCU Marching Band Excellence at Honda Battle of the Bands

ATLANTA, Jan. 30, 2016

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A near capacity crowd rocked the Georgia Dome at the 14th annual Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase. The annual marching band event for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) provided eight top marching bands with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver a dynamic performance on a national stage, while earning grants and positive attention for their respective institutions.

Highlights of the Invitational Showcase included dynamic mixes of music new and old, and dance choreography on a whole new level. Despite being one of the smallest bands and a first-time participant, the Lincoln University Orange Crush Roaring Lions dazzled the crowd with a bold performance and unique trumpet solo. Breathtakingly difficult formations defined the 2016 performances, including a #1 sign from Bethune-Cookman and an eye-of-the-storm hurricane from Prairie View. For the first time in Invitational Showcase history, in addition to a mass band featuring nearly 2,100 student musicians, all eight drumlines performed to close the show.

During the event, Honda honored Ms. Barbara Andrews, a middle school teacher and South Carolina State University alumna, for going above and beyond to support her students and community. In addition to supporting her own students, Ms. Andrews has raised awareness of lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease, and supported South Carolina State University students impacted by the illness. As the 2016 Honda Power of Dreams Award winner, Ms. Andrews was presented with a surprise $15,000 grant on the field to support her dream of establishing a scholarship fund so students and families don’t have to choose between school and their medication.

“Ms. Andrews’ selfless dedication to her students, to her Alma Mater and to those in need is a true example of the spirit and strength of the HBCU community,” said Steve Morikawa, Vice President, Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility, American Honda. “Honda has supported the nation’s HBCUs for more than 25 years, and is proud that so many fans joined us to celebrate student musicians and academic excellence.”

This year’s HBOB participants included:

  • Alabama A&M University, Marching Maroon & White
  • Alcorn State University, Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite
  • Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats
  • Jackson State University, Sonic Boom of the South
  • The Lincoln University (PA), Orange Crush Roaring Lions
  • Prairie View A&M University, Marching Storm
  • South Carolina State University, Marching “101”
  • Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands

Honda now turns its attention to Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), a unique academic tournament that has impacted the lives of more than 100,000 HBCU students across 22 states. Student teams representing 48 HBCUs will gather in Southern Californiathis April for the 27th annual HCASC National Championship Tournament. The 2016 champion will be crowned live on April 4 onwww.hcasc.com.

Through HBOB and HCASC, Honda has awarded more than $10 million to support music and educational programs at America’s HBCUs.

Wiley College Named February School Of The Month

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Wiley College, located in Marshall, Texas, has been named the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘School of the Month’ for February.

Founded in 1873, Wiley is one of the oldest historically black colleges west of the Mississippi River.  The institution is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Wiley has been ranked as one of the best values among the 320 comprehensive colleges ranked within four regions: North, South, Midwest, and West (U.S. News & World Report), ranked in the western region for highest acceptance rate among comprehensive colleges offering baccalaureate degrees, as well as having the largest percentage of alumni donors.

The College is also noted for its debate team, which was the subject of the movie, The Great Debaters, which also won national acclaim.  Wiley was a leader in establishing the presence of “Divine Nine” organizations in the Southwest.  In 1915, the Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated was formed, the second chapter in the United States.

As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’, each school will be promoted on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and receive those funds raised from listeners, alumni and other interested parties that month.  The show, aired in 115 markets around the country, reaches nearly eight million listeners every week.

Notable alumni include: Lois Towles, internationally renowned concert pianist; James Wheaton, actor, director, educator; Thelma Dewitty, the first African American teacher hired by the Seattle Public Schools; and Mike Lewis, NFL player.

Alumni, friends and supporters of HBCUs are encouraged to support the Wildcats!

Click here to find out the several ways you can donate.  You can also click on the button below.

Wiley College!

Junior at North Carolina Central University Receives $1,500 Hercules Scholarship

Student: Shimelis Zewudie

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Hometown : Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Major/Classifcation  :  Nursing / Junior

Shimelis Zewudie named this week’s Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar

Upon graduation, Shimelis wants to work as an RN in different health facilities. He would also want to get his masters in nursing  or in public healthy . Traveling the world working  in  different the health centers to help different societies in  need is another goal of Shimelis.

At the North Carolina Central,  Shimelis is a tutor in Chemistry, biology, and general mathematics for students who are freshmen. He has  also participated in building homes for homeless people with Habitat for Humanity and apart of the blood drive team prepared by NCCU and American Red Cross. In his community he also serves as a deacon.

The people who influence Shimelis are his parents. They have had a big impact in shaping him to be an effective, hard working student. .

The motto he live by  is “Everything is possible with God.”

President Algeania Freeman and Wilberforce University Recognized by General Assembly Of Ohio

 

 

Algeania freeman

For Immediate Release

 

The 131st General Assembly of The State of Ohio honored Dr. Freeman for her tremendous attainment as President of Wilberforce University and as a nationally recognized leader in higher education. The citation stated “….we are pleased to extend special recognition to Dr. Algeania Warren Freeman on being honored by the SABLE Health and Human Development  Journal. Selection for this prestigious distinction is an achievement of which you can be proud, for you have been recognized for your exceptional skill, commitment, and professionalism.

The President of Wilberforce University, you have been tireless in your efforts to improve the institution’s standing after it was placed on show-cause status by the Higher Learning Commission, and thanks to your exceptional efforts, the oldest historically black college and university in the nation retained its accreditation. Clearly, you have brought vision and wisdom to your important work, and you have displayed a genuine commitment to attaining your goals in a skillful and professional manner.

Throughout your career in education, you have supported countless students in their scholastic endeavors and have helped nurture within them a desire for academic excellence. Willingly giving of your time, energy, and abilities far beyond what was required or expected, you have earned the respect and gratitude of your colleagues, your community, and, most importantly, your students, and you are certainly deserving of high praise. Thus, with great pleasure, we commend you on your outstanding success and salute you as one of Ohio’s finest citizens.”

The 131st General Assembly of The State of Ohio also honored Wilberforce University, The faculty and administration by stating “.…….we are pleased to congratulate Wilberforce University on being accepted into the Higher Learning Commission Assessment Academy.

Wilberforce University has displayed an unwavering dedication to exceeding the highest standards of educational quality. The faculty and administration have demonstrated leadership and foresight in providing students with the best possible education, and as a result of their tremendous efforts, the school has been accepted into the Higher Learning Commission Assessment Academy. The leaders and staff of Wilberforce University, including its president, Dr. Algeania Warren Freeman, have been responsive to the needs and interests of their students, preparing them to assume meaningful roles in our complex society.

All those responsible for the institution’s success can reflect with pride on its strong tradition of scholastic eminence, upon which it can build an even more productive and rewarding future. Thus, it is with genuine pleasure that we applaud Wilberforce University on its recent accolade and extend best wishes for the years to come.”

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For additional information, please contact:

Dr. D. R. Buffinger, Provost

dbuffing@wilberforce.edu

(937) 708-5639

Gary Wood, Student at North Carolina Central University Receives $1,500 Hercules Scholarship

 

Student: Gary Wood

Hometown: District Heights, Maryland

GPA : 3.6

Classification / Major  : Freshman – Criminal Justice

Gary Wood named the Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar for the North Carolina Central University School of the month campaign.

Gary says that “With all the injustice occurring in today’s court system I believe I can make a significant change. I witnessed innocent people lose opportunities because of poor representation. This burned the fire in me to become a Civil Lawyer.”

On campus, Mr. Wood is very involved as well. He is a Centennial Scholar of theNorth Carolina Central University Men’s Achievement Center and Vice President of Community Council of New Residence Hall 1 and 2. I am also a member of Metro Eagles, Residence Hall Association and Freshmen Class Council.

The most influential people in his life , he says are his grandparents . They have taught me how to do the right thing and own up to my actions.

The motto he lives by is “ Today may not be the best so tomorrow must be brighter”.

[HBCU News] U.S. News World Report Names NCCU School of Education As a Top Online Graduate Education Program

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U.S. News & World Report Names NCCU School of Education As a Top Online Graduate Education Program

DURHAM, N.C. – The master’s degree program in Educational Technology at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has been named by U.S. News & World Report as the best online graduate program at any historically black college or university and second-best among all institutions in North Carolina.

The degree, offered through the NCCU School of Education, ranked nationally as 17th out of 188 programs included in the 2016 annual rankings for Best Online Graduate Education Program.

“NCCU is extremely proud of the success of the Educational Technology Program,” said Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye, NCCU provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. “NCCU is a premier university, and we continuously make significant contributions to the field of education with our stellar programs.”

The rankings are based on the following criteria: student engagement, student services and technology, admissions selectivity, faculty credentials, training and peer reputation. To determine the rankings, a program’s score for each ranking indicator is calculated using data reported to U.S. News in a statistical survey.

“It is great that the NCCU School of Education is recognized for the first-rate educational experience we provide to students,” said Dr. Audrey W. Beard, interim dean of the NCCU School of Education. “We continuously strive for excellence in education.”

NCCU’s Educational Technology Program is designed to prepare graduates to serve as information and communication technologists and instructional designers in a variety of professional settings, including institutions of higher education (college resource centers), business, industry, and professional schools such as medicine, law, dentistry and nursing. Students learn the theory, practical tools and techniques necessary to analyze, design and manage an instructional resource program.

The NCCU School of Education offers degree programs in elementary and middle-grades education; as well as educational technology; school administration; community; career and school counseling; communication disorders; and five concentrations in special education. All programs are fully accredited by their respective bodies.

Freshman at North Carolina Central University Receives $1,500 Hercules Scholarship

 

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Student: Denzel Goodlin

Hometown: Woodbridge , VA

GPA: 3.6

Classification/Major : Freshman / Social Work

Denzel Godlin , Freshman at NCCU Named Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar/

After graduation heplans to either head back to Washington, D.C. and attend seminary, or attend a seminary that  is in alliance with where the Lord wants would like him to be

On Campus Mr. Godlin is currently the chaplain of the Centennial Scholars Program’s Cohort 7 and also a part of the Freshmen Class Council. He plans to get involved in SGA, Eagle Ambassadors, and 100 Black Men.  Outside of NCCU, he continues working and ministering at Saint Joseph’s AME Church.

In addition to Jesus Christ, the most  influential people  in his life include his parents, my church family, Boys 2 Men 2 Kings Mentoring Program, and my youth minister Rev. Wenners Ballard and his family.

The Quote Denzel Lives By :  “Live a life for the shoulders you stand upon and for the ones that stand upon yours.”