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Honors College and William R. Harvey Leadership Institute
Students from the Honors College and the William
R. Harvey Leadership Institute are focusing on the four
letters in TEAM to create a new partnership with the Citizens Boys
and Girls Club of Hampton, Va.
Tutoring, encouraging, assisting, and mentoring, are the four focus areas of the new program. Tutors will focus on math, reading, language arts and social science with students in the 1st - 8th grades.
School of Engineering and Technology
Hampton University was awarded the Technology for Teaching grant from Hewlett Packard. The grant provided HU with tablet PC’s to be used in engineering and computer science courses. HP provided HU with a classroom package and a faculty package that value at an estimated $55,000. The packages include 21 wireless HP Tablet PCs, an HP all-in-one inkjet printer, a digital camera, HP wireless access point, a multimedia projector, and a 20-unit laptop cart. The grant also includes a cash award of $19,000, to compliment any additional needs for the program. Currently, students enrolled in Digital Electronics and Computer Programming I are able to reap the benefits of the HP grant.
School of Liberal Arts
Department of Sociology
HU will now offer a degree in criminal justice and criminology beginning in January 2008 through the Department of Sociology. New courses will be offered in such areas as corrections, homeland security, cyber criminal investigation, anti-terrorism and criminal justice. The department is also developing internships where many students will have the opportunity to work directly in the field. Previously, courses were available in criminology, but with the new degree program, undergraduates will be able to gain a greater sense of the criminal justice field.
Department of English
The Department of English, Calliope Literary and Film Society and Father Figure Enterprises, LLC welcomed director, writer, producer, and actor Patrice Johnson to Hampton University on Oct. 5 for a screening of her film “New York’s Dirty Laundry.” The film showcased two incidents that occur in post-September 11th New York City. The two storylines develop into a quite revelation of the race relations between Arab-Muslims and African-Americans in America. Students were able to participate in a question and answer session following the film viewing.
School of Nursing
Dr. Pamela Hammond, dean of the School of Nursing, and Dr. Bertha Davis, associate dean of the School of Nursing, were inducted into the National League for Nursing on Aug. 13. There were 41 inductees from 33 schools. The NLN’s Board of Governors chose these individuals for their remarkable contributions in the field of nursing education and their overall contributions to the profession.
School of Science
Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
The Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences was honored in a Fiscal Year 2006 report from NASA. The report, Annual Performance Report to the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, credited HU as having an Exemplary Minority University and College Education and Research Partnership Initiative (MUCERPI) Program. The minor in space, earth, and atmospheric sciences, was honored for its ability to diversify this field. As a result of the program, elective courses are offered for all majors interested in a new take on science.
Department of Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry recently received four grants from three different government agencies. The grants, which total over $1 million, will help the department’s continuous effort to support new programs, improve facilities and to advance the instruction that students attain from the program. Different aspects of the four grants will benefit the forensic chemistry program, the purchase of a 400 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer, the creation of a computation and simulation laboratory and the on going funding of an international research training program. These grants help in the process of creating future Ph.D. research scientists, a trend that the Department of Chemistry hopes to continue.