The Black Excel Newsletter
1) Halle Berry to Give Keynote Address at
2) 144 Things to Do while at Syracuse University
3) Hi-Tech Graduates on the Rise at Historically
Black Colleges & Universities
4) "Where there's a Will..."
5) Hampton University gets $4 million for
6) Black College Fair in Seattle
7) US News & World Report College Rankings
8) National College Fairs (NACAC)
9) HBCU/MI Educational Technology Conference
HALLE BERRY TO GIVE KEYNOTE ADDRESS
AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITYActress Halle Berry will give the keynote at a two-day program (Sept.22-23) at Princeton University that examines Hollywood's portrayal of issues of race and gender. The conference is titled "Imitating Life: Women, Race, Film, 1932-2000." One pivotal historic film to be discussed is the classic "Imitation of Life." Berry, an NAACP Image Award winner, will speak on Sept 22nd at 8 p.m. at "McCosh 10" on the Princeton campus. The program is sponsored by the school's Black Studies Department. Get more info at www.princeton.edu/~aasprog/imitatinglife.html.
144 THINGS TO DO WHILE AT
Syracuse University students have a new resource at their fingertips. It's a brochure published by the Office of the Vice-president of Student Affairs that lists 144 activities students can engage in at the university. Unlike the students at other schools, Orangemen and -women can no longer complain "there's nothing to do" on or around campus. The 144 items are broken into six categories: “Eat something,” “Do something,” “See something,” "Hear someone,” “Buy something” and “Fun seasons.” The theme? How much fun it would be to attend Syracuse University. Wow!
HI-TECH GRADUATES ON THE RISE AT
HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
According to Dr. Norman Francis, President of Xavier University, "Recently released numbers from the U.S. Department of education show HBCUs have consistently increased the number of bachelor's degrees awarded in the fields of computer science and engineering from 1993-1997...when traditional universities are seeing a decrease in graduates from these same fields." There's been a five percent drop in the number of hi-tech graduates
at traditional universities between 1990 and 1996 and an ongoing
decline in 1997 and 1998 figures. Still, in a study released by
the Nissan-HBCU Summer Institute (2000), its independent poll
showed that 41% of the surveyed audience was "very surprised" that HBCUs were increasing their numbers of hi-tech graduates, while traditional university numbers were declining. For info here you can go to: www.findarticles.com/m4PRN/2000_July_18/63527631/p1/article.jhtml
"WHERE THERE'S A WILL..."
Several years ago students in the Black Student Union at Kansas State University presented a program called "Where There's a Will, There's an 'A.'" It was a part of a "Making Good Grades Workshop." A pivotal presenter was Stella Houston, then a senior in computer science. Houston eventually won the Scholastic Achievement Award from the black faculty and staff. The award was given to the black student with the highest grade-point average in a semester at K-State. Can anyone tell us where to find Stella's presentation notes?
HAMPTON UNIVERSITY GETS $4 MILLION
FOR JOURNALISM BUILDING
The Scripps Howard Foundation has awarded a $4 million grant to Hampton University. The grant is to be used for the construction of a journalism building with the intent of "promoting diversity in America's newsrooms." The projected completion date is in 2001. The announcement was made by the National Association of Black Journalists, which also announced that it will provide a five-year $300,000 grant to conduct courses in copy editing, broadcast writing and more. President Harvey says, "The goal is to make Hampton University one of the top 10 journalism programs in the country."
BLACK COLLEGE FAIR IN SEATTLE
The 17th Annual Black College Fair in Seattle will be held on Sunday, October 22, 2000 (from noon to 4:30 p.m.) at Seattle Central Community College. This is a major community outreach effort and this year's fair features Southern University and representatives from other HBCU schools. Generally more than 2,000 students, parents, and educators attend. Fair activities include talks about pre-college strategy, application procedures, financial aid, test-taking, campus life, and more. For extra information call: 206.329.9107, Email: email@example.com, or Write: P.O. Box 3184, Bellevue, WA 98009
US NEWS & WORLD REPORT COLLEGE RANKINGS
The US News & World Report's annual ranking of the nation's colleges has just been released. Featured is a "ranking list" that often stirs debate. The top 10 universities:1) Princeton; 2 & 3) Harvard and Yale tied; 4) California Institute of Technology; 5) Massachusetts Institute of Technology; (6 & 7) Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania, tied ; 8) Duke
University; 9) Dartmouth College; 10) Columbia and Cornell universities, tied.
NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIRS
The National Association for College Admission Counseling sponsors college fairs around the country. These are not HBCU events, but generally feature well over a hundred colleges with row after row of college representatives from "mainstream" schools to greet and recruit you. The Minnesota Nat'l College Fair 2000 (Sept. 19) and Cincinnati Nat'l College Fair 2000 (Sept. 24) are next. They are held at the city convention centers. If you are creative, Performing & Visual Arts College fairs will be held in New York (Sept. 20), Boston (Sept. 21), Atlanta (Sept. 24); Binghamton, Alabama (Sept. 24), Nashville, TN (Sept. 25), Miami, FL (Sept. 27), and Orlando, FL (Sept. 28). For extra details on the art fairs go to: www.nacac.com/exhibit/fair2.cfm
HBCU/MI EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE
A HBCU/MI Educational Technology Conference will take place
at the Omni Hotel/CNN Center in Atlanta (October 29-November 1). This year's theme is "The Digital Divide: Connecting Institutions, Technologies and Communities." ViTrek, at Clark-Atlanta University, will be showcasing a wealth of resources, including some from historically black colleges/minority institutions. Planning and funding for distance learning, e-commerce and telehealth technologies will be discussed by leading industry professionals. For extra info, you can visit the website at: www.churchworker.com/techexpo/conference/mainfr.htm
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