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Monday, March 5, 2012

Diverse Issues in Higher Education: HBCU Television Network Eyes March Launch

February 13, 2012 by Ronald Roach

FAIRFAX, Va. — For longtime cable television executive Curtis Symonds, launching the HBCU Network as a cable television channel represents the pinnacle of a lifelong association with historically Black institutions. A graduate of Central State University, Symonds grew up on the historically Black Ohio campus because his mother was on the faculty. She “brought me over when I was 2 years old on the campus at CSU, and she taught there for 40 years,” Symonds says.

With extensive marketing experience from stints at Black Entertainment Television and ESPN, Symonds, who is the HBCU Network CEO, is leading a team of cable executives working to get the Atlanta-based network off the ground next month. In addition to offering the nation’s 105 HBCUs a television network exclusively devoted to showcasing these schools, the HBCU Network is setting aside 20 percent of the channel’s equity to be collectively shared by all the HBCUs.

The new network also is reaching out to HBCUs, particularly those that own television stations, to enlist them as programming partners to develop original shows for the channel. “The one thing that many of the schools are concerned about, and we are really working with them on that, is maintaining their brands. They want to make sure that their brands do not get blemished in any kind of way,” Symonds says.

Those interested in learning about the channel and watching programs next month can access the HBCU Network at

DI: Why have you developed the HBCU Network?

CS: Well, I guess it started really a long time (ago) for me. I grew up on the campus of Central State University. And over those 30-some years that I grew up at Central State, I really had a great experience of understanding the importance of historically Black colleges and what it means to our community. (I know) what it means to the development of the character of many African-American females and males, and I really did not want to see this trail begin to start shrinking.

I wanted to create a network for two reasons. Number one (is) to create more exposure for historically Black colleges. Number two (is) to help African-American females and males at a younger age to understand the value of historically Black colleges.

Now you have the creation of the SEC channel. You have the Big 10 channel. ESPN just gave $300 million to (The) University of Texas to create the Longhorn channel, and here you have (more than 150 years) of great African-American colleges that can’t get a channel.

So that’s why I believe it’s very important that we create this channel to begin to start educating our young people on not only just the sports side, but also the educational side of it.

DI: What will viewers see with the launch?

CS: My initial thinking was to do the basics, (which means getting) into cable (TV markets) and try to basically grow. I’m now looking at streaming the programming…to our website. (We will) just start working the social media route and begin to create the brand, (and) basically giving the people a place to see it.

Get (our potential audience) a destination that they know they can find HBCU sports, HBCU education (programming), HBCU shows, (and) things that relate to HBCUs. Soft launch it in (March), and, by September this year, I certainly hope to be (available in) 6 to 8 million homes and then grow it out from there over the next five years.

Our concept is to go after the HBCU markets first and then grow the alumni base, because the alumni (of) HBCUs are all over the country. So we’re hoping that the alumni base begins pushing the cable operators and the satellite guys to really pick this thing up. I think if we’re able to grow the network to 50 million homes over the next five to six years, that’s a great number in today’s business. At this point, we hope to try to be in at least three or four (cable) markets by the time we launch.

DI: In addition to basketball and other sporting events, can you describe the programming the network has in store?

CS: We’ll have (an) alumni show. We’ll have a show that will be called “Celebrity Professor.” We’re asking people like Lou Gossett, Cuba Gooding, Common, (and) Chris Martin from Kid ’N Play because he’s now teaching down in Florida at Florida A&M. So in (this concept), we want to have these guys come and talk about different things and help educate the young people on different things that (are) their specialty.

We hope to have a financial (advice show), definitely a health show. We want to target the mothers. So we will do things during the day that will have programs targeted more to women.

A lot of the programming also will be (targeted) at the students. I’m trying to drive more students to this network because I believe that we’ve got to be smart with our programming (and) use all the different (mobile computing) apps. The audience that I’m going after, this college audience, could see this network from a social media (perspective). So the students will have a lot of involvement trying to help us program the network.


Inside Higher Ed Articles: February 2012

The Education Department's take on the definition of "clock hour" programs is too broad and could unfairly cut into federal aid, say a Texas state agency and for-profits.

New book sheds light on higher education's complicated history with the federal government.

University Business February 2012 Online Issue

February 2012 Article Highlights

Campus CFO: Financial leaders discuss how best to cushion the blow when it comes to tuition increases.

Campus Technology: The 6 Technologies That Will Shape Higher Ed

The 6 Technologies That Will Shape Higher Ed

David Nagel / 02/06/12

Game-based learning, learning analytics, and the "Internet of Things" are three of six technologies that will have a profound impact on higher education in the next one to five years, according to the latest NMC Horizon Report released by the New Media Consortium and the Educause Learning Initiative.


HBCU 'Equality' Lawsuit: Black Notables, Former HBCU Presidents and Students Pack Courtroom

HBCU 'Equality' Lawsuit: Black Notables, Former HBCU Presidents and Students Pack Courtroom

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Dr. Samuel Myers said it “hurt his heart” as he listened to testimony at the ongoing HBCU Equality trial, Jan. 31. The president emeritus of Bowie State College, one of Maryland’s four HBCUs, said he’s spent his life working in higher education. “And I’ve seen the disparities that exist between funding for Blacks in higher education and those generally,” he said. “And I know that the courts have long since ruled that the disparity be eliminated.”
He had no problem declaring, “But it still exists.”
Which is most likely the reason he was joined in the Garmatz Courtroom by other former educators and administrators including Dr. Andrew Billingsley, former president of Morgan State University; Dr. Arthur Thomas, former president Central State University; Dr. Wilma J. Roscoe, retired vice president of National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) and Raymond Pierce, dean, North Carolina Central State Law School and who also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education during the Clinton Administration.
Pierce was angered by the visible absence of anyone from the Obama Administration. “It is a shame that the Office for Civil Rights has had no presence in this trial,” Pierce said. “I find it very troubling.”


Inside Higher Ed Articles - February 2012

White House solicitation about the government's role in making federally funded research available to the public rekindles debate over open access.

'We're Losing Our Minds'

Unlike with many critiques of higher education, those who work at colleges and universities are likelier to feel challenged than chastised by this one.

Report says black, Native American and Hispanic students aren't taking AP classes they could succeed in, but are failing the exams they do take at a higher rate.


Campus Technology: Smartphones: Teaching Tool or Brain Candy?
As smartphones become ubiquitous, educators debate how to take advantage of their unique strengths for learning while minimizing their disruptive influence.

By Mark Frydenberg, Wendy Ceccucci, Patricia Sendall - 01/31/12

Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
Poll Everywhere
Project Noah


Council of Independent Colleges: Global Maximum Educational Opportunities Inc. (g-MEO)

Global Maximum Educational Opportunities Inc. (g-MEO)
A new approach to international higher education is the soon-to-be-established Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad in Chengdu, China. It is accepting students for fall 2012. Three or four U.S. colleges will come together as principal partners to offer courses to their students at the Chengdu Center, hosted by Sichuan University, a top-tier national university in China operated by g-MEO. G-MEO will also recruit American college students from outside the group. The plan is to have each partner represent a different higher education sector—research university, comprehensive state university, and private comprehensive or liberal arts institution. For more information and to express interest, please contact Sherry Sun at

Richard Ekman
Council of Independent Colleges
One Dupont Circle, NW
Suite 320
Washington, DC 20036
Fax 202-466-7238


Public Health Information and Data: A Training Manual

National Network of Libraries of Medicine

National Library of Medicine


Tomorrow's Professor: Designing and Delivering Effective Lectures

TP Msg. #1146 Designing and Delivering Effective Lectures


Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Fall 2011 Online Issue

The Fall 2011 issue of the Independent is now available on CIC’s website
Featured in this issue is full coverage of the 2011 Chief Academic and Chief Advancement Officers Institute and Foundation Conversation, as well as announcements about:

·         The $6.9 million grant from the Lilly Endowment for the NetVUE initiative;
·         The Degree Qualifications Profile Consortium;
·         The final report on the Collegiate Learning Assessment Consortium; and
·         The lineup of speakers for the 2012 College Media Conference; among other items.

This is the first online edition of the newsletter since CIC launched the new CIC website this month. Changes in the online newsletter take advantage of new features available with the new technology.


Laura Wilcox
Vice President for Communications
Council of Independent Colleges<>


TeachHUBHappenings - End of 2011 Articles


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Dillard University Undergraduate Research: Promoting Diversity from the Inside Out: Choosing and Preparing for Careers in the Sciences

Choosing and Preparing for Careers in the Sciences


Thomas  Landefeld,  Ph.D.

Thursday, March 8, 2012   *   4:00 p.m.

  PSB 131-135

This talk is applicable to individuals at all levels within the academic community. Overall, the presentation is designed to provide a realistic perspective of the current status of minorities in the sciences, the reasons for this status, and actual methods to deal effectively with the problem of under representation.

Featured Speaker
Dr. Thomas Landefeld, professor of biology at California State University, Dominguez Hills, is a teacher-scholar-mentor who is dedicated to the education, involvement and advocacy of students and minority issues.  As an endocrinologist, Dr. Landefeld’s primary research interests involve the regulation of the female sexual cycle, concentrating on the molecular aspects of that regulation, i.e. changes in the gonadotropin subunit mRNAs during the estrous cycle in response to ovarian steroids, GnRH, and other physiological parameters.  A major focus of Dr. Landefeld has been determining the causes of minority health disparities, many of which are endocrine disorders and diseases, so that these disparities can be eliminated.  Dr. Landefelfd is commited to the advancement of minorities in the pursuit of higher education, particularly in the sciences.  Not surprisingly, this actually goes back to his foundation of advocacy for minority issues.  Dr. Landefeld is a champion of initiatives that advance mentoring of students in higher education.   He is author of Mentoring and Diversity: Tips for Students and Professionals for Developing and Maintaining a Diverse Scientific Community (2009, Springer, Inc.).  This guidebook is an excellent resource for minorities at all levels, e.g. students, faculty, researchers, and others.  Dr. Landefeld’s discussion on March 8 will have relevance to faculty in all disciplines and students in all majors.

Sponsors:   DU-LAMP/School of STEM and the Dillard Office of Undergraduate Research

Refreshments will be served.
Lynn Y.R. Strong, MPA, CIM
Director, Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Enrichment Programs
Administrator, IRB/Manager, HSR
Dillard University
Professional Schools Bldg., Rm. 250
2601 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, LA  70122
Tel:   504-816-4446
Fax:  504-816-4313



Inside Higher Ed Articles - March 5, 2012

Institutional endowments for the 2011 fiscal year showed returns similar to pre-recession levels, but many still worth less than in 2007.

As liberal arts colleges reconnect with their activist roots, new programs take hold.

Many faculty and staff are clearly interested in promoting religious pluralism. The question is, how? Some colleges are trying to figure it out.


Academic Impressions Online Course: Making the Shift from Classroom to Online Course Design

March 20, 2012 - 1:00 to 2:45 pm EDT 
March 29, 2012 - 1:00 to 2:45 pm EDT 
April 9, 2012 - 1:00 to 2:45 pm EDT
April 18, 2012 - 1:00 to 2:45 pm EDT

Learn the essential components of designing effective online courses.
As the demand for high-quality online courses and programs rapidly increases, instructional designers and course developers are faced with a new set of challenges. Special considerations are required to ensure the development of effective courses and a high level of engagement for a variety of learners.
Join us for a unique experience to examine steps to design effective online courses. In four sessions, we will cover remapping your course, organizing content, using Web 2.0 technology, and integrating learning design. We will also walk you through a step-by-step process to transform a face-to-face course to an online delivery format. Between sessions, you will have the chance to practice this process using one of your own courses.


The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Rise and Fall of the Graduation Rate - College Completion



LibQUAL+® Webcast Recording Now Available

LibQUAL+® Webcast Recording Now Available

LibQUAL+®The Association of Research Libraries has released a free recording on the ARL YouTube Channel of the LibQUAL+® Webcast, held on February 14, 2012.
The webcast was designed to provide potential and current participants with practical information for administering a survey, to help participants with interpreting the data and its analysis, and to share best practices in using the results.
Key members of the LibQUAL+® team, Martha Kyrillidou and David Green, hosted the webcast. Our guest presenters were:
  • Sandra Phoenix, Executive Director of the HBCU Library Alliance,
  • Carla Stoffle, Dean, University Libraries and Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, and
  • Chestalene Pintozzi, Director of Project Management & Assessment, University of Arizona.
The LibQUAL+® Webcast kicked off the 2012 ARL Statistics & Assessment Webcast Series. For more information on the other events in the series, please visit the original blog post.


Dillard University Book Orders for Summer 2012 Session

The following message is being sent on behalf of Provost Phyllis W. Dawkins and Ms. Lucy Green, Book Store Manager:
All book orders for Summer 2012 are due no later than Monday, April 02, 2012
Please use the attached forms for all book orders.

Barbara M. Albert
Executive Assistant to the Provost
Office of Academic Affairs
(504) 816-4216 (office)
(504) 816-4144 (fax)


Internships & Jobs at CSPI ~ Center for Science in the Public Interest

Center for Science in the Public Interest
Attn: Human Resources Department
1220 L St. N.W. Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20005

Public Interest Internship Program
CSPI was started in 1971 by three scientists who saw the need for an organization to evaluate the effects of science and technology on society and to promote national policies responsive to consumers' interests. CSPI focuses primarily on health and nutrition issues, disclosing deceptive marketing practices, dangerous food additives or contaminants, and flawed science propagated by profits. Findings are communicated in press interviews and a variety of educational materials, which include reports, books, posters, software, videos, and the Center's Nutrition Action Healthletter.

CSPI offers internships for a small number of qualified students in undergraduate, graduate, law, and medical schools each summer and during the school year. We also consider post graduates. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled. Please note the application review periods:

Summer internships - Applications considered in February/March
Fall internships - Applications considered in July/August
Spring internships - Applications considered in December/January

Generally, we offer a paid internship for ten weeks. Undergraduate students (or if you have earned an undergraduate degree) are paid $8.25/hour; and graduate students (or if you have earned a graduate degree) are paid $9.25/hour. The specific dates of an internship are flexible and depend on our needs and the applicant's schedule.

Application materials should include the following:
1. A cover letter indicating issues of interest, future plans, and dates of availability.
2. A résumé. Experience with advocacy groups is advantageous.
3. Writing sample, if required by the specific project (one to three page document that demonstrates your ability to write in a clear and concise manner).
4. An official transcript of courses and grades [only required for the Nutrition Policy internship].
5. If selected for an interview, letters of recommendation may be requested.
Email to: (this is the preferred method)
It's best to submit all of the requested documents at the same time.

If your background and interests are a good match for our internship, we will contact you using the information you have provided. Due to the volume of applications we typically receive we are unable to provide additional information on our selection process to applicants who are not chosen for interviews.
Please contact the Human Resources office if you have any further questions.

Food Day - Accepting applications for spring and summer internships.
Food Day is a major national event that CSPI is sponsoring this October. The goal is to educate the public and support policy measures on such issues as diet and health, sustainable agriculture, farm-animal welfare, and food insecurity. Interns will help develop materials, identify and work with local activists around the country, and answer inquiries from the public about how to get involved in Food Day.

Health Promotion Policy - Accepting applications for spring and summer internship.
The Health Promotion Policy Project advocates for health promotion and prevention of disease at the local, state and federal levels, encourages the food industry to improve their products and practices, and engages health professionals, academics, and concerned citizens in supporting our efforts.

Nutrition Policy - Accepting applications for summer internship.
This project covers hot topics related to nutrition and health policies. Current issues include school foods, food additives, food marketing to children, obesity prevention, and microbial contamination of foods. Projects may involve research for policy analysis and development, op-ed pieces, reports, tracking legislation and regulations and assisting in policy advocacy. Applicants should have a strong college-level science, public policy or law background and must submit a writing sample.

Food Safety - Accepting applications for spring and summer internships.
This project covers a broad array of topics, divided into the following areas of concentration; the production and inspection of meat, poultry, and seafood, sustainable organic agriculture, food additives, and pesticide safety. Interns must have a strong background in either toxicology, biochemistry, biological sciences, law or public health. Applicants should have strong writing and computer skills and must submit a writing sample.

Litigation - Not considering applications for winter/spring period. Summer 2012 internship position has been filled.
The Litigation Project uses state and federal courts to help correct corporate misbehavior. The project brings its own advocacy lawsuits, working with private lawyers across the country. CSPI's legal filings have produced binding settlements resulting in more honest labeling of artificial ingredients and halting deceptive marketing. Many of the legal matters in these cases are developing issues with many interesting questions of both law and social policy. Law students will work with Director of Litigation Stephen Gardner (a nationally recognized consumer advocacy lawyer) and the Litigation Project staff either in Washington or in Dallas at the project headquarters.

Center for Science in the Public Interest
1220 L St. N.W., Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20005

CSPI is an equal opportunity employer.
Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
For updated information on this or other openings, visit:
Jobs at CSPI


Dillard University Undergraduate Research: “Hands-on Minds-on: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Understanding and Preventing Societal Violence”

Invitation to Students in All Majors!

“Hands-on Minds-on: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Understanding and Preventing Societal Violence

In summer 2012, Virginia Tech will offer a unique interdisciplinary NSF funded REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program specifically designed for students from Virginia community colleges and 4 year institutions around the country. The program brings scholars together from the colleges of Engineering, Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, and Science to study the topic if societal violence. Students will be paid $4,500 stipend, travel and free housing (with 3 meals per day included!) on our campus for 10 weeks from May 21 to July 27. Attached please find our REU information sheet and the application form. I would appreciate very much if you can distribute it to students who might be interested in this program.

The application deadline is March 30. If you have questions about the program, please see the contact information in the application form.

*This program is pending official funding notification from the funding agency

Diana M. Ridgwell, Ph. D.
Director of Student Development and
Director of the  Undergraduate Research Institute
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Virginia Tech

 Lynn Y.R. Strong, MPA, CIM
Director, Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Enrichment Programs
Administrator, IRB/Manager, HSR
Dillard University
Professional Schools Bldg., Rm. 250
2601 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, LA  70122
Tel:   504-816-4446
Fax:  504-816-4313



Dillard University: Reminders from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment

Greetings from Dr. Carla L. Morelon!

I am writing to share the following reminders:

  • 3/9 SIR II excel files are due (there will be NO extensions).
  • Faculty are asked to send an email (see suggested text in 2/28 message) to students (1) requiring them to access their DU email and (2) encouraging them to complete the SIR II online when it becomes available 3/26.
  • 3/26 SIR II opens for students.
  • 3/29 Courses will meet in assigned computer labs if response rates are still low.
  • 4/5 SIR II closes. There will be NO extensions.
  • 4/11 Assessment Day (expect more details soon)
  • NSSE for freshmen and seniors
  • Faculty Advising Survey (see attachment) for all majors
  • FSSE for faculty
  • 5/8 Institutional Effectiveness Reports Due (expect more details soon)
  • SIR II reports emailed to faculty who have submitted grades.
  • 5/9 Institutional Effectiveness Reports Due (expect more details soon)


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Off: (504) 816-4779;; Fax: (504) 816-4889