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School of Liberal Arts

Department of Music

Va Inauguration
The Hampton University Concert Choir

The Hampton University Concert Choir performed at the Inauguration of Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell on Jan. 16.  The inauguration took place on the steps of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Va. prior to the official swearing-in ceremony.  Comprised of nearly 40 talented students, the Concert Choir performed a diversified program of anthems and spirituals, including Roland Carter’s arrangement of “Precious Lord.”

“Historically, choirs have not been involved in the state’s gubernatorial inauguration, so this is truly a great honor for Hampton University to be invited in the celebration,” said Royzell Dillard, director of the HU Choirs.

Department of English

Assistant Professor of English Shonda Buchanan served as moderator for the ONE Panel Forum on Global Poverty on Feb. 17.  The HU chapter of the NAACP and the global anti-poverty organization ONE hosted the event.  U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, Brig. Gen. Ron Sconyers, president of Physicians for Peace, and members of ONE led a panel discussion focused on the impact of America’s development efforts in the poorest countries around the world.  The forum also discussed the connection between U.S. global anti-poverty initiatives and U.S. security, the ongoing response to last month’s earthquake in Haiti, and why smart development efforts will play an increasingly important part of America’s foreign policy in the years ahead.

School of Science

Department of Physics


Dr. Michael Kohl

Dr. Michael Kohl, assistant professor of physics at HU, is one of only 69 recipients across the nation to receive funding under the United States Department of Energy’s new Early Career Research Program.  Kohl is one of six recipients who will receive his funding from the Office of Nuclear Physics for his proposal “Search for Time Reversal Symmetry Violation with TREK at J-PARC.”  TREK is an experiment to search for violation of time reversal invariance at the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex.   Kohl will receive $794,000 for five years to continue his research. He has also received one grant from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $405,000 and will receive another of $216,000. 

School of Pharmacy


HU pharmacy students and faculty pose

outside of the General Assembly Building

after a successful health fair and lobbying

activities at Pharmacy Legislative Day.

The Hampton University School of Pharmacy participated in Pharmacy Legislative Day in Richmond, Va. on Jan. 27. Eighteen students and two faculty members participated in a health fair there, where they provided blood pressure screenings to legislators in the Capitol and General Assembly Buildings. It gave students an opportunity to observe the legislative process first-hand, and to convey to legislators issues that are priorities for pharmacists. I received many good reports from members of the Virginia Pharmacists Association that our students did an outstanding job and represented Hampton University well.