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School of Liberal Arts

Senior Zane Shenk will be the first student to perform on the new piano.

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Department of Music

The Department of Music has received a $90,000 grant from the E.K. Sloane Fund to support the purchase of a new Steinway Model D grand piano. The grand piano will be housed in Ogden Hall, replacing the previous piano that dated to 1922. Senior Zane Shenk of Newport News, Va., will be the first student to play the new piano when he performs his senior recital on Nov. 10. The Sloane Fund is managed by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Trent Dillard and Shannon Bowman starred in 'The Lion in Winter'.

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The Hampton University Players and Company launched the 2010-2011 theater season with a stunning performance of “The Lion in Winter” by James Goldman, Oct. 21-24 in the Armstrong Hall Little Theater. This historical drama was directed by Assistant Professor Dr. Robin Jackson Boisseau and starred students Trent Dillard and Shannon Bowman. Up next, “Doubt” by John Patrick Shanley, Dec. 2-5.

Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

Dominion Check

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The Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation to support the creation of student-produced journalism and public relations projects aimed towards increasing the public’s energy awareness. Topics will include natural resource exploration, energy transportation and storage, power generation and energy delivery, renewable power projects and energy conservation efforts in the Hampton Roads region. The information campaign will be disseminated via web-based multimedia platforms.

The School of Business

Department of Management

Department of Management

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Mark J. Williams, Executive Vice President and Director, KeyCorp, Strategic Planning, was a guest speaker at the leadership application program (LAP) seminar. Williams shared many of the decisions he made throughout his career and recommendations he had for students.
Williams said he always asked himself throughout his career, “am I having fun, am I developing, and am I contributing.” He recommended that students build a network now and throughout their career and get involved with different boards.
He told students interested in entrepreneurship to go after their dreams, the earlier the better.

School of Engineering and Technology

Department of Architecture

Hampton University Department of Architecture students Michael Ellingson and Donald Watson submitted a digital document of measured drawings of the historic HU Clark Hall and received an Honorable Mention for their entry in the Association for Preservation Technology Charles E. Peterson Prize.

The Charles E. Peterson Prize is awarded annually by The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of the National Park Service, The American Institute of Architects and The Athenaeum of Philadelphia. The prize recognizes the best set of measured drawings prepared to HABS standards.

School of Science

Department of Computer Science

Marcus Young, a senior computer information systems major, was selected as the project lead for the Carnegie Melon Information Systems Summer program. Yong spent six weeks at Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh focusing on information technology and the systems design process.

"The experience has opened my eyes to the importance of having not only technical skills such as coding but soft skills such as teamwork and communication as well," stated Young.

This is the second consecutive year a HU student was chosen for the project and served as the project lead.

Department of Chemistry

Dr. Isai Urasa

Dr. Isai Urasa

The Hampton University Department of Chemistry recently received a $293,853 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish the new Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree program. The curriculum for the program has been carefully designed to combine topics in biological, chemical, mathematical, and other key science concepts.

“It is widely understood that as in all science and engineering fields, minorities are acutely underrepresented in biochemistry and the biomedical workforce,” stated Dr. Isai T. Urasa, chair of the Department of Chemistry and principal investigator of the NSF grant. “The newly established biochemistry program will provide chemistry and other science students with an expanded field of career options.”