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College of Education and Continuing Studies

Division of Continuing Studies

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Dr. William R. Harvey and the students from Singapore prepare to
raise the flag in the Circle of Nations.

On March 31, Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey raised the Singapore flag at the Circle of Nations in observance of the first 12 students from Singapore enrolled at HU. The group of students was the first to participate in HU’s American Culture and Tourism Management program. This six-month-long certificate program is part of the College of Education and Continuing Studies. “My experience with the Singaporean students was one I really enjoyed and will never forget, and I can’t wait to have the opportunity to do it again,” said freshman Safiyyah Williams, who served as an HU student ambassador for the event.

Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Relay 4 Life

Students create posters during the
Relay for Life.

Hampton University students raised approximately $5,500 at this year’s Relay For Life event. Fifty-two teams registered for the event, which was hosted by the Health Physical Education and Recreation (HYPR) Department. The event’s goal was to raise money to assist local cancer patients and their families. “I’m glad HU students were able to come together to raise money for this important cause.” Students hosted an interest meeting in April to assess interest for next year's event.


HPER Assistant Professor Valerie Burge-Hall
stands with students at the Terps' 75th
anniversary performance.

The Hampton University Terpsichorean Dance Company held its 75th anniversary performance in March in Ogden Hall. The night included a spoken word performance, as well as a display on tobacco awareness that coincided with a $4,500 grant the Department of Health Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) received. As part of the night’s event, dancers performed a skit called “Cigarette or Pirouette.” The smoking awareness piece was part of the HPER department’s effort to educate HU and the community about tobacco policy and smoking awareness. “This year, we focused our efforts on getting the Terps trained to share tobacco information with the campus and community,” said Health, Physical Education and Recreation Assistant Professor Valerie Burge-Hall.

School of Engineering and School of Business


The room was filled with a diverse
audience all eager to learn.

The Hampton University Eastern Seaboard Intermodal Transportation Applications Center (ESITAC) hosted a Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) workshop entitled, “Context Sensitive Solutions. ” The workshop was held in the Student Center Student Lounge on April 1. The workshop brought attention to the issue of creating a balance between engineering and sustainability on the nations highways. Students from the Schools of Engineering and Technology and Business gained different perspectives from the workshop. “You always need a business perspective,” stated Emmanuel Bridgeforth, a five-year MBA student. “As students we need to be more aware of what’s going on in the community and what role we can play.”

Honors College

On Saturday, March 21, Honors College hosted its annual Honors Program. During the event HU President Dr. William R. Harvey surprised everyone by honoring five students with the President’s Cup. Clayton Eichelberger, Michele Byrd, Martina Durant, Leon Hendrix, III and Rachel Spivey were all honored as this year’s President Cup winners. The Presidents Cup is awarded annually to an outstanding graduating senior.

School of Liberal Arts

Sarah-Anne Leverette & Siedah Garrett

Two Hampton University students will join other tops students from across the United States at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte this summer to participate in a highly competitive program to learn more about research and graduate studies in the hyper-growing field of organizational science. Siedah Garrett, a sophomore psychology major at Hampton University from Philadelphia, Pa. and Sarah-Anne Leverette, a junior history major will attend the program. The Organizational Science Summer Institute in its inaugural year, is the only such program of its kind in the nation, specifically designed to encourage historically underrepresented undergraduate students to learn more about graduate studies in the field of organizational science.

Department of English


The 2009 Read-In planning committee.

The Department of English hosted its 9th Annual Read-In Mini-Conference on March 30-31 in the Harvey Library Meeting Room. This year’s Read-In book was “A Mercy” by Toni Morrison. The mini-conference featured dramatic readings, student paper presentations, and panels of faculty speakers to analyze the book and its themes including abandonment, love, and Morrison’s use of language to describe slavery and black presence in early American history.

Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

On April 8, the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications hosted its first-ever Grammar Bee Competition where 16 student finalists competed for $60,000 in scholarships donated by the Scripps Howard Foundation. Tony Brown, dean of the School, devised the concept of a grammar bee from the findings of recent studies that suggest a correlation between English fluency among college freshmen and higher college grades. Prior to the event, the “Sweet 16” finalists practiced with Electronic Grammar Usage Mechanics Proficiency Program (EGUMPP). Freshman Jenae Boston won the competition, receiving the top prize of a $10,000 scholarship.

School of Science

Department of Computer Science

Julian Strothers, Blaize Blackmon, Dr. Chutima Boonthum, Jessica Jones and Gheric Speiginer

The 2009 ARTSI Student Research Conference and C.A.R.E. National Olympiad was held March 19-21 in Atlanta at Spelman College. For the first time the Olympiad and a research conference were held consecutively.  Two teams from HU competed in the competition. Hampton MMXI included sophomores Jessica Jones, Blaize Blackmon, Gheric Speiginer and Julian Strothers. Hampton PTW included Lianne Evans, Nathaniel Vaughn, Julian Ross and Omotunwase Olubayo. The Hampton MMXI team placed second in the competition.