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School of Business


On June 19, the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) honored Dr. Sid H. Credle, dean of the Hampton University School of Business, with the 2009 National Achievement- Education Award. According to NABA, the award is given to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement as an accounting educator. Credle was also selected as a member of the Comptroller General’s Educator’s Advisory Panel. The purpose of the panel is to provide advice on strategies, best practices, operations, and emerging human capital issues and trends related to the recruitment, hiring, development, and retention of a diverse, talented, dedicated and results-oriented workforce.

School of Liberal Arts


This summer, Dr. Anne Pierce, associate professor of fine art and director of humanities at HU, traveled to Senegal with 12 faculty members from across the nation to participate in the Gateway to West Africa Seminar, a Fulbright-Hayes Summer Seminar sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. While there, Pierce was immersed in Senegalese history and culture through a series of interactive lectures, field trips, readings, contemporary art displays, and discussions. Pierce’s photography interests examined how Senegalese botanical subjects are captured and reflect the population’s agricultural practices.

School of Nursing

The Hampton University School of Nursing was recently awarded approximately $3.2 million in grants. The three grants will serve several purposes in the department, including preparing nurses for the workforce, retaining students and enhancing the doctoral program. The grants were awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.

School of Science

Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences


The Equal Opportunities Section of the American Fisheries Society honored Dr. Benjamin Cuker, professor of marine and environmental sciences, with the 2009 Mentoring for Professional Diversity in Fisheries and National Resources Award on Aug. 31. According to the awards committee, the award is given to members that contribute to increasing diversity in the fisheries profession by providing support to underrepresented groups of students and professionals.

Computer Science


Kimberly Smith, a senior Computer Information Systems major, participated in the Information Systems Applications in the Community program at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. This summer she served as Project Manager working on a information systems problem at the Light of Life Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides food and shelter to help members of the homeless in Pittsburgh’s North side.

Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications


Rosalynne Whitaker-Heck has been named interim dean of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. She replaces Tony Brown, who stepped down on June 30 after serving five years as dean. Brown will remain involved with the school as dean emeritus. Whitaker-Heck has served as assistant dean for academic affairs since 2007, and joined the HU faculty in 1998 as a public relations professor.