16 November 2012
•Please support the last few homecoming events. I know the students want to see you all. Here are some of the highlights:
oMiss and Mr. DUN Social, 7 p.m. TONIGHT, PSB
oCoronation, 8 p.m. Friday, Dent
oBasketball games, 3 & 5 p.m. Saturday, Dent
•The 2012 Ortique Lecture on Law and Society will be held Wednesday, November 28th at 7 p.m. Our speaker is Michelle Alexander, a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar who currently holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the Kirwan Institute, Professor Alexander was an Associate Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, where she directed the Civil Rights Clinics. She is the author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (The New Press, 2010). The book was considered one of the top African American books of 2010 and it won the NAACP Image Award for "outstanding literary work of non-fiction." The book has been featured on national radio and television media outlets, including NPR, The Bill Moyers Journal, the Tavis Smiley Show, C-Span Washington Journal, among others. She is an excellent and engaging speaker that you won’t want to miss! Please invite your friends and colleagues to attend.
•As a pre-Ortique lecture event, we have been able to secure a screening of the new documentary, “The House I Live In” which is about the war on drugs and where Michelle Alexander is interviewed. We will show in Cook Theater on Tuesday, November 27th at 6 p.m. We want you to come out and encourage students to see it- could be a great extra credit assignment for those that need it. You can learn more at: http://
•We are also a site for the Social Change Film Festival and Institute, November 28- December 2. For more information: www.socialchangefilmfestival.o
•I am pleased to welcome Denise Wallace as our new general counsel. Ms. Wallace will soon be Dr. Wallace as she just defended her dissertation for the Doctor of the Science of Law from St. Thomas University. Her J.D. is from Southern University, and undergrad from U Mass Amherst. She has 3 other masters’ degrees, including one in teaching English as a second language which she did for a year in Instanbul, Turkey. She most recently was serving as general counsel for Palm Beach State College (55,000 students). Prior to her higher ed experience, she worked as an attorney for the Illinois Attorney General, the Florida Attorney General, and the Miami-Dade School Board, as well as practiced with private law firms. She will begin working here in the next few weeks and we’ll have a reception to welcome her.
•Congrats to board member Dr. Victoria Barbosa who co-edited the new text, “Skin of Color: A Practical Guide to Dermatologic Diagnosis and Treatment” published by Springer (2013).
•Congrats to Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy who presented at the Bayou Writers’ Group conference in Lake Charles, LA.
•Congratulations to Dr. Yolanda Powell-Young for her manuscript titled “Views of Black nurses toward genetic research and testing” being accepted for publication by the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, the official journal of Sigma Theta Tau, International.
•Congratulations to Peter Stevenson (director of health, recreation and wellness) whose article entitled “Life Isn’t About Finding Yourself, Life Is About Creating Yourself” was published in the November/December edition of The Trumpet newspaper published by Neighborhoods Partnership Network.
•We had a number of people present at the 19th National HBCU Faculty Development Network Conference, October 18 -20, 2012, in Orlando, Florida:
oDr. Ruby Broadway, Dr. Steve Buddington – “Pre-College Outreach Science Program (PSOP): Engaging Future Scientists”
oDr. Charlotte Hurst – “Simulation: Innovative Teaching Strategies to Enhance Critical Thinking Skills”
oDr. Eartha Lee Johnson – “Microscopic View Into a Global Village”
oCynthia Charles – “ Are HBCUs Ready for e-Textbooks”
oDr. Steve Buddington – “Technological-Infused and Socio-Cultural Curriculums”
•Cynthia Charles co-chaired the HBCU Library Alliance 2012 Membership Meeting, which was held in New Orleans, LA, on October 12-23, 2012. The theme of the meeting was: “Protecting Our Legacy, Preserving Our Story: A Decade of Investment in HBCU Libraries”.
•I am pleased to share that our choir has been invited to perform with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, Dec 8. Professor Carver Davenport will share more details with us later.
Dr. Alecia Cyprien recently presented a session, “College Choice: What Factors Drive Millennials' Decision-Making,” and served as a session moderator at the Louisiana Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers conference at Louisiana State University.