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William R. Harvey Leadership Institute

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Left:Opel Jones, Director of William R. Harvey Leadership Institute and Cynthia Thomas, Leadership Institute Administrative Assistant and 2010 Hampton University graduate.

Right:Opel Jones, Director of William R. Harvey Leadership Institute, presents senior Tia Strozier with Leadership Institute Plaque.

The Hampton University William R. Harvey Leadership Institute Class of 2010 celebrated their graduation on April 27, at the Hampton Crowne Plaza. The event allowed graduating leadership fellows to share inspiring words with underclassman and each other. Elvin Dowling, a Hampton University graduate, addressed students and encouraged them to live full and die empty. "Great leaders always remember the past, embrace the present and prepare for the future," stated Dowling.

School of Liberal Arts

Department of English

Read-In Read-In
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The HU Department of English welcomed author LeAnne Howe as part of the Annual Read-In Event on March 24 in the Student Center Ballroom. This year Howe's novel, "The Miko Kings," was selected as the Read-In book. "The Miko Kings" is a story of a all-Native American baseball team from Ada, Okla., set to play against the United States' Seventh Cavalry team for the Twin Territories' pennant in 1907. Howe read several excerpts from her novel, including a scene set at Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (now HU.) The event also featured a performance by the Four Rivers Inter-Tribal Drum group. Following her readings, HU presented Howe with a painting, commissioned by Assistant Professor Solomon Isekeije.

College of Education and Continuing Studies

Ladies Luncheon STEM-Tastic
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The College of Education and Continuing Studies hosted Hampton University's 32nd Annual Conference on the Black Family on March 17-19. At the Opening Ceremony, HU President Dr. William R. Harvey presents Dr. and Mrs. McKinley Price with the 2010 Honored Black Family Award. The following day, HU, in conjunction with NASA and the Virginia Air and Space Center, welcomed more than 200 city of Hampton elementary and middle school students to campus for the STEM-Tastic Day Youth Summit. The conference closed with a "Salute to Grandmothers" Ladies Luncheon where six leading ladies in the community were honored: Mrs. Norma B. Harvey, First Lady, Hampton University; Mrs. Molly Ward, Mayor, City of Hampton; Mrs. Debra Flores, Administrator and Vice President, Sentara CarePlex Hampton; Mrs. Amanda Murray, First Lady, First Baptist Church - Bute Street (Norfolk, Va.); Minister Sylvia Harris, First Lady, First Baptist Church Denbigh (Newport News, Va.); Pastor Janeen McBath, First Lady, Calvary Revival Church (Norfolk, Va.)

Department of Health Physical Education and Recreation

Faye Gallop
Dr. Faye Gallop and American Red Cross Community Relations Coordinator Ron Strong stand with HU Students who presented the $100 donation.

Dr. Faye Gallop and her aerobic dance class raised $973 from their "I'm a Survivor - (Overcoming the Odds) Dance Production April 10. From the funding, Gallop, a Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) assistant professor, made several donations, including $100 to the American Red Cross. Donations were also given to the HPER departmental scholarships and the HU Terpsichorean Dance Company.

Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

Last month, the Center of Broadcast Excellence launched a new live broadcast news report, which aired weekly on HU channel 52 every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The 15-minute newscast consists of local, national and campus news items along with a national and local sports segment. There are up-to-date billboard announcements at the midpoint break during each new live show. The newscast is completely student-run, with assistant professors Drew Berry, W. Chris Leonard, Reginald Mitchell and VanDora Williams advising. The newscast season has ended for the semester, but will return in the fall.

School of Business


The Hampton University School of Business has received a $100,000 donation from Prudential Financial. The award was provided to the School to enhance building facilities and provide advanced video conferencing capabilities.

"Our goal is to be capable of beaming in lectures from corporate executives from Prudential and around the corporate world," said Dr. Sid H. Credle, dean of the HU School of Business.

Department of Accounting

Melanie Richards, a senior accounting major, received the Award of Achievement from the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. This award is presented annually to senior accounting majors that exhibit academic and extra-curricular excellence within accounting. Richards has maintained a 3.72 GPA while participating on HU's team for the Honda Campus All- Star Challenge Quiz Bowl, the PricewaterhouseCoopers Xtreme Case Competition and the National Association of Black Accountants. Next year she plans on working full time at the international accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers

School of Engineering and Technology

Department of Architecture

A Hampton University team has been selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Solar Decathlon 2011, which will be held on the National Mall in the fall of 2011. Team Tidewater Virginia includes HU architecture students along with engineering students from Old Dominion University (ODU).

Team Tidewater has focused their efforts on the local urban environment. Expanding on the goals of the DOE, to create a marketable and sustainable building those members of the community can afford, they plan to create a six-unit multi-family building, to be located in Norfolk's Park Place.

Department of Aviation

The Hampton University Department of Aviation has received a grant from the Wolf Aviation fund to help develop a new aviation-mentoring program with the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE).

The program will begin by reaching out to aviation educators to determine what educators need regarding mentoring. HU and SAFE has created a survey for aviation educators to assess the need of potential mentors and mentees.

Hampton University Museum

Bennie McRae, Jr. and HU President Dr. William R. Harvey

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The HU Museum has received a donation on the history of African Americans in the U.S. military. Noted author and historian Bennie McRae, Jr. has donated more than 20 years of research on the African American military experience, primarily focused on the U.S. Colored Troops and Contrabands in the Civil War. McRae's research is compiled from numerous libraries, archives and historic sites, much of which he features on three popular historical websites: www.lwfaah.net, www.lwfaam.net and www.bjmjr.net. He also manages several research forums for Afrigeneas.com and in 2007, he co-authored the book "Nineteenth Century Freedom Fighters."


Student Recruitment Team

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Members of the HU Student Recruitment Team celebrated Read Across America on Feb. 26 with the Williamsburg-James City County School District.  HU students participated as guest readers at Stonehouse Elementary School. Launched in 1998, the National Education Association's Read Across America is the nation's largest celebration of reading.