Baton Rouge Native Brittany Butler from Spelman College Receives a $1,500 Scholarship

 

Birttany Butler 400x355 Baton Rouge Native Brittany Butler from Spelman College Receives a $1,500 Scholarship

[Dallas, TX.- January 29th,2015]

Student: Brittany Butler

Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Classification & Major : Freshman Major : Pre Law

This Spelman woman is a a future Criminal Psychologist with a 3.5 GPA at Spelman and plans to attend law school after graduating. Originally from Baton Rouge  her future goals is to become a television producer with a focus in politics. She goes on to say in her essay that ” Ever since I was a younger child, I always desired to be someone talented and ambitious.”  And she is doing just that with her desire to  participate in programs such as study abroad and internships to help  prepare her for the global career she aspires to have.

At Spelman College she is a member of  Beyond Curves where she mentors and supports her follow Spelman sisters. Her community service includes programs such as Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response: 3-D Peer Educator , Baton Rouge Youth Coalition, and serves as a youth professional committed to creating a healthier and safer community in Baton Rouge.

The most influential person in Brittany’s life is a good friend of hers Meghan Gieg.  Brittany says , Meghan taught her how to maintain happiness by the technique of writing and she is thankful that Meghan introducing her to this skill.  She also mentions that writing is has helped her and is a significant component of her life.

The Baton Rouge of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC) recommended Ms. Brittany Butler, Spelman College Class of 2018, for the January 2015 Buddy Scholarship.

Brittany lives by the motto,  “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”  

More About Spelman College and the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College: 

Spelman College is located in  is a four-year liberal arts women’s college located in Atlanta, Georgia. The college is part of the Atlanta University Center academic consortium in Atlanta. Spelman is ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges byU.S. News & World Report. The National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC) is the official organization that supports Spelman College, a historically black college for women, through financial gifts, student recruitment, sisterhood, community service, and recognition of Spelman women.

Read more about the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College 

What is the Buddy Scholarship?

The Buddy Scholarship  is named after  Tom Joyner’s mother, the late Buddy Joyner, who was a strong supporter of higher education. To be a candidate for the scholarship, students must be female, attend a Foundation “School of the Month”, have a grade point average of at least 3.5, and be a campus leader involved in the community with a career goal toward making a difference in the quality of life for her  race. The scholars each receive a scholarship grant of $1,500 that is paid directly to their school to help offset their college expenses.

Xavier University Offers FREE Tax Prep and Filing

 

XULA Xavier University Offers FREE Tax Prep and Filing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Additional Information:

Richard Tucker

Director of Communications, Xavier University of Louisiana

(504) 520-5425, rtucker@xula.edu


Xavier Offers FREE Tax Preparation and Electronic Filing

NEW ORLEANS (January 27, 2015) – The Xavier University of Louisiana Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site is offering FREE tax preparation and electronic filing of federal and state income tax returns from January 20 – April 10, 2015 to all individuals who earned less than $53,000 in 2014.

The VITA site is located in the X-Ncubator in Xavier South (Room 211), 909 South Jefferson Davis Parkway. The service is offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Visit www.xula.edu/vita or call (504) 520-6725 for more info or to schedule an appointment.

 

###

 About Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University is the Tom Joyner Foundation’s June school of the month, if you would like to make a donation to Xavier’s campaign click HERE.  Xavier University of Louisiana is a private, co-educational institution offering a comprehensive liberal arts program and professional programs, including 38 undergraduate majors, five master’s degree programs and a doctor of pharmacy program.  Xavier is the only historically Black, Catholic university in the United States and draws students from 39 states, Washington, D.C., Guam,  the Virgin Islands and 7 foreign countries.  For more information contact Xavier University of Louisiana, 1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans LA  70125, Phone: 504-520-7568, Fax504-520-7933.

 

FAMU President Elmira Mangum Named ‘Person of the Year’ by Capital Outlook

 

FAMU President Elmira Mangum OFFICIAL PHOTO 1 1 400x560 FAMU President Elmira Mangum Named Person of the Year by Capital Outlook

[Dallas, TX – January 27, 2015 ]

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University  (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., was honored yesterday as the “Person of the Year” by The Capital Outlook newspaper.

Each year, The Capital Outlook Editorial Board selects an individual who is making a profound impact on the quality of life in the Big Bend area and beyond. In announcing the award, the Board highlighted President Mangum’s efforts to bring hope and inspiration to Floridians and throughout the nation.

“Her selection as the 11th president and first permanent female president of FAMU signals a new day in higher education. The higher education and academic communities across America proudly salute Dr. Mangum, who has the gifts and skills to transform FAMU into a stronger and bolder university in this 21st century.”said Rev. Dr. R.B. Holmes Jr., publisher and president of the newspaper.

“I am honored to receive this award from an organization with a great legacy of educating and empowering our community,” Mangum said. “This honor is not taken lightly, as it inspires me to continue to seek out the resources necessary to ensure that our low-wealth citizens have access to a high-quality and affordable education.”

For more information, contact The Capital Outlook at (850) 681-0990.

FAMU was the Tom Joyner Foundation 2014 January School of the Month

About FAMU

FToday, FAMU continues its mission to be a best-in-class, land-grant institution with a global reach that focuses on science, technology, research, engineering, agriculture, and mathematics (STREAM).  FAMU is listed by U.S. News & World Report as the nation’s top public historically black college or university (HBCU) for 2015, and was recognized among the 2014 U.S. News & World Report “Best National Universities.” It is listed among The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” colleges.

The Environment brings Paul Quinn and Duke to a Common Ground

duke The Environment brings Paul Quinn and Duke to a Common Ground Paul Quinn College 46009 400x102 The Environment brings Paul Quinn and Duke to a Common Ground

[Dallas, TX – January 27th,2015]

By HOLLY K. HACKER hhacker@dallasnews.com

Paul Quinn College is a small historically black university in Dallas, Texas. Duke University ranks among the country’s most elite schools.

An unusual partnership this semester is bringing together students who are 1,200 miles and seemingly worlds apart. Eight students from Paul Quinn and seven from Duke are studying the environment — and learning how they and their schools share more in common than they thought.

Paul Quinn and Duke have teamed up to offer four classes in environmental justice, which examines environmental laws and actions through the lens of race and income — how lead smelters, waste incinerators and other hazardous operations end up in poor neighborhoods in West Dallas or rural North Carolina.

The Duke students will spend three weeks on the Paul Quinn campus in Dallas. The Paul Quinn students, in turn, will spend two weeks at Duke in Durham, N.C. The rest of the semester, the students will learn together over the Internet.

“This might wind up being the coolest thing that we ever do for lots of different reasons,” said Michael Sorrell, who is Paul Quinn’s president — and a graduate of Duke’s public policy and law schools.

Origins

The joint program grew from an environmental issue close to Paul Quinn: the city’s McCommas Bluff landfill 2 miles away. In 2011, the Dallas City Council favored a plan that would have sent all of the city’s garbage there. The idea was to raise more money for city coffers. But the plan sparked outrage from Paul Quinn students and the surrounding Highland Hills neighborhood, which is mostly low-income and minority.

When Paul Quinn students and leaders wanted to research the problem, Sorrell called his North Carolina alma mater for expertise. He wound up talking with Deborah Gallagher, an associate professor of environment.

The City Council had to ditch the landfill expansion plan when a federal court ruled it would be unfair to private waste haulers. Sorrell and Gallagher stayed in touch and vowed to find a way to work together.

And that’s how the joint program evolved. Last week, the students from both schools sat in a classroom at Paul Quinn. One by one, they discussed why they wanted to be in the program.

“I wanted to see the difference in the two schools and how we interacted,” said Destiny Modeste, a Paul Quinn student. She added: “I just want to learn more.”

Duke student McCann Sheridan said, “I’d just like to get out of my comfort zone and help make a change.”

Danielle Purifoy, a Harvard-trained lawyer and Duke doctoral student, asked the class about the local landfill. Why would Dallas city officials put it in a community like Highland Hills? Purifoy captured the steady stream of answers on a white board: Residents there are less educated and less likely to protest. They have less political power to fight back. As one Paul Quinn student put it, “It’s easier to get away with it here.”

Advocacy in action

Then the students learned about some of the first lawsuits that challenged waste facilities being put in poor, minority neighborhoods. One landmark case came out of Houston. Another came from Warren County, N.C.

That afternoon, the students and their instructors took a field trip to the McCommas Bluff landfill. Later, when they go to Duke, the students will visit that school’s marine lab to learn about environmental issues along the North Carolina coast. They’ll meet with local community groups that are promoting fair environmental decisions.

Sorrell said the lessons learned this semester will affect more than just the 15 students. The students will research ways to get communities more involved in environmental issues that affect them. And they’ll share their results with those communities.

“It also says to people, stand up and advocate for yourself and watch what happens next,” Sorrell said. “Advocating for the community put us in a position where we are equal partners with Duke on a project that is going to change the lives of our students and the communities we serve.”

AT A GLANCE: The two schools

Paul Quinn College

Location: Dallas

Enrollment: 243 students (87 percent black, 11 percent Hispanic, 1 percent white, 1 percent other)

Religious affiliation: African Methodist Episcopal

Annual cost (tuition and fees, room and board, other expenses): $26,300

Low-income students (based on percentage receiving federal Pell grants): 79 percent

Graduation rate: 5 percent

Duke University

Location: Durham, N.C.

Enrollment: 15,467 students (10 percent black, 6 percent Hispanic, 49 percent white, 21 percent Asian, 14 percent other)

Religious affiliation: United Methodist

Annual cost: $61,748

Low-income students: 14 percent

Graduation rate: 94 percent

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education

2015 Brings the First New Classroom Building 40 years to Norfolk State University

nsu tv2 400x184 2015 Brings the First New Classroom Building 40 years to Norfolk State University

[Dallas, TX – January 22nd, 2015 ]

Article from : http://www.jbhe.com/

Norfolk State University, the historically Black educational institution in Virginia, recently opened its new nursing and general education classroom building. The structure, the first new classroom building at Norfolk State since 1975, helps to establish the new academic quadrangle which is anchored by the university’s library and student center.

Norfolk New Building 400x197 2015 Brings the First New Classroom Building 40 years to Norfolk State University

The new 140,000-square-foot building has more than 30 classrooms, five computer laboratories, 10 nursing and medical laboratories, three conference rooms, 20 group study rooms, and offices for 68 faculty members and their staffs.

Norfolk State was the Tom Joyner Foundation 2014 September School of the Month

Aspiring Television Producer Receives $1,500 Buddy Scholarship from Tom Joyner Foundation

2015 JAN07 TJF Buddy Scholarship Nominee Photo Amber Hobbs Spelman College sophomore 1 376x600 Aspiring Television Producer Receives $1,500 Buddy Scholarship from Tom Joyner Foundation

[Dallas, TX.- January 22nd,2015]

Student: Amber Hobbs

Hometown: Southfield, MI

Classification & Major : sophomore Major : Political Science

This Spelman woman is a a future Television Producer with a 3.5 GPA at Spelman. Originally from Michigan  her future goals is to become a television producer with a focus in politics. She hopes to one day be able to create her own show informing others about national and global politics using a non-bias platform.

At Spelman College she is a member of  currently vice-president of the sophomore class and event chair of the Atlanta University Center Michigan Club she is also a Spelman College student Ambassador and now a member of TigerTV.

Amber goes on to say the most influential person in her life is her mom and her sister. She says she admires both of their determination  to have a better life for her children and grandchildren and over come obstacles is why Kalisha looks up to her. The Detroit chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC) recommended Ms. Amber Hobbs, Spelman College Class of 2017, for the January 2015 Buddy Scholarship.

Amber lives by the motto,  “Nothing will work, unless you do” – Maya Angelou.

More About Spelman College and the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College: 

Spelman College is located in  is a four-year liberal arts women’s college located in Atlanta, Georgia. The college is part of the Atlanta University Center academic consortium in Atlanta. Spelman is ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges byU.S. News & World Report. The National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC) is the official organization that supports Spelman College, a historically black college for women, through financial gifts, student recruitment, sisterhood, community service, and recognition of Spelman women.

Read more about the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College 

What is the Buddy Scholarship?

The Buddy Scholarship  is named after  Tom Joyner’s mother, the late Buddy Joyner, who was a strong supporter of higher education. To be a candidate for the scholarship, students must be female, attend a Foundation “School of the Month”, have a grade point average of at least 3.5, and be a campus leader involved in the community with a career goal toward making a difference in the quality of life for her  race. The scholars each receive a scholarship grant of $1,500 that is paid directly to their school to help offset their college expenses.

Vice President Joe Biden To Announce $25 Million HBCU Cybersecurity Fund

joe biden 400x300 Vice President Joe Biden To Announce $25 Million HBCU Cybersecurity Fund

[Dallas, TX – January 20th , 2015 ]

Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and White House Science Advisor John Holdren are set to appear at Norfolk State University in Virginia.

The group plan to announce that the Department of Energy (DOE) will provide a five-year, $25 million grant in support of cybersecurity education. The grant will go on to support the start of a cybersecurity consortium that includes 13 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), two national labs, and a k-12 school district.

Vice President Biden will announce the grant plan as part of a round table discussion with other cybersecurity leaders and students from Norfolk State. This week, President Barack Obama announced new plans to bolster the country’s cybersecurity policies and shared that this grant was part of the overall plan.

 

Addressing a growing demand for cybersecurity professionals in the U.S. job market, this grant will insure that there is diversity in hiring and pulling from a pool standout individuals in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields will be possible.

Further, the Obama Administration’s commitment to supporting HBCUs is also the impetus behind the grant and funding program.

Read more about the CyberSecurity Proposal here [ http://newsone.com/3081829/obama-cybersecurity/ ]

 

$1,500 Buddy Scholarship Recipient from Spelman College is a Future Marine Scientist

Kalisha Boykin  Spelman College 136x200 $1,500 Buddy Scholarship Recipient from Spelman College is a Future Marine Scientist

[Dallas, TX.- January 15th,2015]

Student: Kalisha Boykin

Hometown: Pasadena, California

Classification & Major : Freshman  – Environmental Science Major

This Spelman woman is a a future Marine Scientist with a 3.8 GPA at Spelman. Originally from California she is embarking on her second semester at Spelman College. At Spelman College she is a member of Beyond Curves Club, this organizations promotes self worth and positive body image. In the upcoming semester she plans to join the Jump Start After school program to assist at risk youth. Kalisha goes on to say the most influential person in her life is her grandmother. She says her grandmother’s determination  to have a better life for her children and grandchildren and over come obstacles is why Kalisha looks up to her. The Los Angeles chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC) recommended Ms. Kalisha Boykin, Spelman College Class of 2018, for the January 2015 Buddy Scholarship.

Kalisha lives by the motto, “To thrive in life you need three bones: Wish bone, back bone and funny bone”.

More About Spelman College and the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College: 

Spelman College is located in  is a four-year liberal arts women’s college located in Atlanta, Georgia. The college is part of the Atlanta University Center academic consortium in Atlanta. Spelman is ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges byU.S. News & World Report. The National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC) is the official organization that supports Spelman College, a historically black college for women, through financial gifts, student recruitment, sisterhood, community service, and recognition of Spelman women.

Read more about the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College 

What is the Buddy Scholarship?

The Buddy Scholarship  is named after  Tom Joyner’s mother, the late Buddy Joyner, who was a strong supporter of higher education. To be a candidate for the scholarship, students must be female, attend a Foundation “School of the Month”, have a grade point average of at least 3.5, and be a campus leader involved in the community with a career goal toward making a difference in the quality of life for her  race. The scholars each receive a scholarship grant of $1,500 that is paid directly to their school to help offset their college expenses.

Delta Sigma Theta member named first African American Mayor of San Antonio

072414 politics wire mayor san antonio ivy r taylor 400x225 Delta Sigma Theta member named first African American Mayor of San Antonio

[Dallas, TX – January 12,2015]

If you have not heard about Sorority Sisters on on VH1, it has gotten a lot of back lash with its portrayal of Black Greek Organizations. But in the midst of that we wanted to touch on a a story about a member of Delta Sigma Theta and her reaching the history books to make an impact.

Back in June the San Antonio’s city council elected Ivy Taylor to be the  new mayor of the seventh most populous U.S. city, making the Yale graduate the first African American to hold the post. She was a housing executive in San Antonio before being elected to City Council in 2009.Taylor was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta during her time at New Haven, Connecticut.

“I’m certainly excited to represent the ladies,” she said. “I hope to inspire other young ladies to think about all of the things that they can do.”

The city charter calls for a mayor to be appointed from among the 10 sitting city council members when the elected mayor resigns. Taylor will serve as mayor until the next municipal elections in May 2015.

Delta Sigma Theta will be celebrating 102 Years of Service on January 13th, 2015 . We are asking all members of Delta Sigma Theta to donate 19.13 to their favorite HBCU on this day. Click here to DONATE

Fisk University Awarded Grants To Spearhead New Projects

 

fisk university logo  Fisk University Awarded Grants To Spearhead New Projects

Fisk’s Dr. Jessie Carney Smith has done it again!

The staff at Fisk University are working hard to make a difference at their University. For the third time Dr. Smith has received a grant for her 28 month initiative to preserve rare materials in Fisk’s Franklin Library. The $50,000 Lyrasis Grant will aid in the preservation of photos and and magnetic media collections that document the African American experience  from reconstruction through the Civil Rights era.  Dr.S. Ray Bullock & Dr. Issac Thompson are Co-Project Directors for a summer computer instruction project for K-12 students that just received the Google RISE award for $20,000 from the Tidings Foundation. Dr. Edwina Harris Hamby and Dr. Princilla Evans Morris are spearheading a project to establish the center for Teaching and Learning and have received a $500,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help facilitate the project.  Dr. Edwina Harris Hamby will serve as the Project Director and Dr. Princilla Evans Morris will be the Executive Director of the Center.

Great things are happening at Fisk University and as always we welcome you to make a donation to Fisk University  to help them continue their great work. Your donation is tax deductible and rest assured that 100% of your donation goes to Fisk University or which ever HBCU you would like your contribution to go to.