WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) announced on August 6, 2020, the award of more than $3.5 million to 11 Mississippi universities and community colleges for student support services. This award includes three historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The Mississippi institutions were eligible to take advantage of an extended U.S. Department of Education application deadline offered to schools located within federal disaster areas. The Student Support Services (SSS) Program awards represent first year funding of an anticipated five-year grant program.

“The Student Support Services Program funding gives these Mississippi schools resources to help students navigate post-secondary education requirements, which will be further complicated by the coronavirus pandemic over the next few semesters,” said Hyde-Smith, who serve on the Senate appropriation subcommittee with jurisdiction over federal education programs.

“I’m grateful our universities and community colleges affected by disasters, like flooding and severe storms, were giving additional time to quality for and win these grants,” she said.

The SSS, one of eight federal TRIO Programs, works to increase the college retention and graduation rates through programs to help students meet basic college requirements. The assistance may include grant aid to current SSS participants receiving federal Pell Grants.

The Mississippi schools receiving FY2020 SSS Program grants include:

  • Alcorn State University – $392,322
  • Copiah-Lincoln Community College – $338,971
  • Hinds Community College – $329,897
  • Holmes Community College – $337,287
  • Jackson State University (two grants) – $523,776
  • Mississippi State University – $292,898
  • Mississippi Valley State University – $305,957
  • Northwest Mississippi Community College – $334,571
  • Pearl River Community College – $372,972
  • University of Southern Mississippi – $306,037

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FAIRFIELD, AL – As part of its $5 million commitment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Regions Bank awarded Miles College a grant for $25,000 in support of President Bobbie Knight’s student COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. Support will provide emergency assistance to students with financial need, including housing, food, childcare, transportation, and learning technology.

“Miles College values our enduring partnership with Regions Bank and recognizes Regions as a leader in corporate citizenship in our community,” said Bobbie Knight, Miles College President. “Thoughout our long history, Regions has offered support of Miles and has answered the call to foster resources to assist our students in their pursuit of higher education attainment.”

It this unprecedented time, Region’s support will go a long way to provide educational resources to Miles College students, in light of the effects and interruptions of COVID-19.

“Regions Banks is a longtime community partner with Miles College, and together, we want to support the progress students have mad toward earning their degrees. COVID-19 presents many challenges, including the need for courses to remain online and for students to have access to the technology they need to build on their education. This grant is designed to help meet both needs as Miles College continues connecting students with top-quality education,” said Leroy Abrahams, Head of Community Affairs for Regions Bank.

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About Miles College

Miles College, founded in 1898, is a premier liberal arts institution located in metropolitan Birmingham within the corporate limits of the City of Fairfield. The noble founders of the institution saw education leadership as the paramount need in the black community. Miles, which is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and accredited by Commission on Colleges for the awarding of Baccalaureate Degrees, is the only four-year institution in historic Birmingham, Alabama designated as a member of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Learn more at www.miles.edu.

The campus of Voorhees College, a Historically Black College, located in Denmark, South Carolina. (Photo courtesy of the HCF)

DENMARK, S.C. – The United Thank Offering (UTO) of the Episcopal Church recently awarded Voorhees College $73,700 to assist with the Voorhees College Campus Community Initiative (VCCCI).

According to a press release from the University, the VCCCI is a two-part project that allows Voorhees to meet the needs of students and community by providing access to education and wellness limited in rural South Carolina. The institution will renovate a building to serve as an admissions center and will create a wellness and fitness complex.

The United Thank Offering is a ministry of the Episcopal Church that promotes thankfulness and service in the church. Known worldwide as UTO, the United Thank Offering grants are awarded on an annual basis for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally in The Episcopal Church.

The focus of the 2019 granting process was “Go Crossing boundaries created by race, culture, and economics to create communities that listen deeply and learn to live like Jesus.” This year, the UTO Board received more than 75 applications and was able to fund grants to 33 projects.

Voorhees College President W. Franklin Evans said Voorhees would not have reached as many heights as it has without the support of the Episcopal Church. “It is an honor and a blessing to receive that financial assistance to rebuild the campus and the Denmark community. This partnership is strong and built on faith, Evans said. “With God in control, the boundaries will be limitless on continuing to make Voorhees a premier liberal arts institutions,” said Evans.

Voorhees College and Saint Augustine’s are the only Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that supported by the Episcopal Church.

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About Voorhees College

Voorhees College is a private historically black liberal arts institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church, whose mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, health living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. For more information, visit www.voorhees.edu.

About United Thank Offering

The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute the 100% of what is collected to support innovate mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion. For more information, visit www.episcopalchurch.org.

JACKSON, MS – Jackson State University, a historically black university, located in Jackson, Mississippi is among four Mississippi universities where a $20 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation will spur creative discovery and economic opportunities through Mississippi’s research universities.

According to a new release by the University, the state of Mississippi will establish the Center for Emergent Molecular Optoelectronices, an inter-disciplinary, multi-institution materials research program. Mississippi State University (MSU) will serve as the project’s administrative lead, and the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will serve as the science lead. Along with MSU and USM, Jackson State University (JSU) and the University of Mississippi (UM) will be a part of the new center, which will facilitate the development of research capabilities and educational opportunities in the growing optoelectronic, energy and biotechnology research field.

The NSF grant comes through the organization’s EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) program, which enhances the research competitiveness of states and jurisdictions by strengthening STEM capacity and capability.

“This initiative will be a tremendous benefit to the people of Mississippi and to our research universities,” said Mark E. Keenum, MSU President. “Increasing our university research capabilities makes our state and our institution more competitive, increases educational opportunities and keeps us at forefront of emerging technologies. This new center and its focus on organic semiconductors will make existing Mississippi industries more competitive and help the state attract new companies. I am proud that MSU is playing a lead role in this endeavor.”

MSU Vice President for Research and Economic Development David Shaw is the principal investigator and project director for the grant. Sarah Morgan of USM is the science director. Co-principal investigators include Jason Azoulay from USM, Jared Delcamp from UM and Glake Hill from JSU.

“I am so pleased that the National Science Foundation selected our faculty as the science lead for this important project,” said Rodney D. Bennett, University of Southern Mississippi President. “With USM’s Center for Optoelectronic Materials and Devices serving as the mission center for this grant, our internationally-renowned polymer science and engineering experts look forward to partnering with Mississippi’s other research institutions as they examine far more complicated processes than ever before. I am confident their work will impact our communities positively for many years to come.”

The Center for Emergent Molecular Optoelectronics will develop new, unified research methodologies an organic semiconductors, an area that is vital to the advancement of diverse areas such as technology, electronics and biomedicine. To facilitate the research, the center will establish state-of-the-art research instrumentation for common use across the state and support collaborative research among institutions. The new scientific infrastructure will fill a void for the state and facilitate advanced basic and applied research.

“The University of Mississippi is pleased to be a member of this dynamic, multi-institutional team for the Center of Emergent Molecular Optoelectronics and help develop pivotal research capabilities that will be benefit Mississippi, our nation and the world,” said Jeffrey S. Vitter, UM Chancellor. “This initiative will bolster collaborative research efforts and continue pioneering STEM workforce development, which is critical for attracting high tech industry to the state.”

New optoelectronic functionality developed by center research will support the basic knowledge necessary to bring new technologies to reality, resulting in new intellectual property and potential job creation.

“Jackson State University is elated to be a partner of this groundbreaking venture for the state of Mississippi and Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” said Dr. William B. Bynum Jr., president of Jackson State. “It is my hope that we continue to expand on these opportunities to spur economic growth for Mississippi and enhance opportunities for our students.”

The new center will benefit from connections to national laboratories, NSF Top 100 research universities, state development officials and representatives from industry. The grant will also fund K-14 outreach efforts aimed at creating a stronger, more diverse pipeline of STEM students.

“The grant from the National Science Foundation demonstrates the incredible capabilities housed within our research universities,” said Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr., Commissioner of Higher Education. “Working together, these capabilities are amplified. The research conduced through this grant will put Mississippi on the forefront of emerging technologies.”

PRAIRIE VIEW, TX – The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) a grant of $500,000 to support its effort to establish an African-American Studies Initiative which will be housed in its Marvin D. and June Samuel Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences. Inspired by the Mellon Foundation award, an anonymous donor pledged an added $250,000 to help fund this initiative. The generous donation is eligible for a $250,000 university match, bringing the total support for the initiative launch to $1 million.

According to an press release by the university, the project, Enhancing the Humanities at PVAMU Through African-American Studies Program Initiative, is designed to selectively infuse African-American Studies content throughout the university’s liberal art offerings. The initial concept for the program was conceived when Prairie View President Ruth J. Simmons called for the creation of an African-American Studies program in her first campus — wide address. Having directed Afro American Studies at Princeton and Chaired the African-American Studies Department Visiting Committee at Harvard, President Simmons expressed surprise and disappointment that, given the University’s cultural legacy, it did not have a formal program in African-American Studies.

The Enhancing the Humanities at PVAMU through an African-­‐American Studies Program Initiative

The primary intent of the proposed program is to infuse PVAMU’s STEM-focused university with curricular content and programming that emphasizes the centrality and benefit of the Humanities and Social Sciences in undergraduate education. Funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, along with additional gifts and donations, will allow faculty to revise and expand existing courses in the PVAMU Core Curriculum, in addition to developing new courses within and across the disciplines, to form and propose an African American Studies Program (AAS).

The initiative will provide an interdisciplinary study of the experiences of people of African descent in America and abroad. Scholarly activities will provide students, faculty and the PVAMU community with a fundamental understanding of the social economic, cultural and historical issues framing the contribution of African-American communities in America.

To ensure the success of the initiative, highly respected scholars will work with a select cohort of PVAMU faculty to act as advisors, assist in establishing program priorities, review core courses themes and hold public lectures and workshops reflecting their respective fields in African-American Studies.

“By strategically embedding African-American theme, based courses within the core curriculum, all students will have an opportunity to select courses that expand their academic interests while enhancing their engagement in the humanities,” explained James Palmer, interim provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs.

Potential consultants include:

Melanye Price, Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Rutgers University, (Lead Consultant, PVAMU Alumna);

Henry Louis Gates Jr, Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and American Research at Harvard University;

Paula J. Giddings, Elizabeth  A. Woodson 1922 Professor Emerita at Smith College;

Nell Irvin Painter, Edward Professor of American History Emerita at Princeton University;

W.G. Selassie l, Ralph Bunche Associate Professor of U.S. History and African American Studies at Los Angeles City College; and

Cornel West, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University.

INSTITUTE, W. Va – The American Electric Power Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to West Virginia State University (WVSU) to help equip laboratories in the university’s new bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering program.

According to a press release by the university, the grant was announced today, the first day of classes for the fall 2018 semester for WVSU.

“As West Virginia seeks to diversify its economy, West Virginia State University is committed to educating students in fields that support new and emerging industries,” said Dr. Anthony L. Jenkins, WVSU President. “This new bachelor’s in chemical engineering will provide economic opportunities for citizens of central and southern West Virginia. I want to thank American Electric Power Foundation for their investment in our students, and for supporting the workforce development needs of the state and region.”

The grant from the AEP Foundation will be used to help equip laboratories used by students with state-of-the-art hands-on learning experiences in their engineering coursework as well as support faculty and undergraduate student research.

“Practically every career path we have at Appalachian Power has a strong STEM component,” said Appalachian Power President and COO Chris Beam. “Industries across West Virginia and beyond need more young people who are strong in these fields to fill the jobs we have here in West Virginia and beyond. We are excited that West Virginia State University is adding this new degree program, as a strong education system helps support the economic development initiatives within the state and the industries that will help us grow our economy.”

Beginning with the fall 2018 semester, WVSU now offers a four-year bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. The new program was approved by the West Virginia High Education Policy Commission and the Higher Learning Commission in 2017. The launch of the new program comes after years of planning and earlier attempts that had resulted in the creation of a 2+2 engineering program at the University in 2013.

The AEP Foundation is funded by American Electric Power and its utility operating units, including Appalachian Power. The Foundation provides a permanent, ongoing resource for charitable initiatives involving higher dollar values and multi-year commitments in the communities served by AEP and initiatives outside of AEP’s 11-state service area.

The Foundation focuses on improving lives through education from early childhood through higher education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, math and the environment, and by meeting basic needs for emergency shelter, affordable housing and the elimination of hunger. Other Foundation support may be offered to protect the environment, support healthcare and safety, and enrich life through art, music and cultural heritage.

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ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY

West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially, integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in institute, W.VA. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research. For more information, visit www.wvsu.edu.

[Photo creds: Demetrius Johnson, Jr., – HBCU Campaign Fund]
ATLANTA, GA – Clark Atlanta University (CAU) received a $20,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS.

According to a press release by the university, for the fifth consecutive year CAU has been selected as a university partner for this vital program. The fellowship empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities and local community engagement.

CAU hosted 25 students from 18 African countries. Their activities included a hands-on learning day at the UPS headquarters in Atlanta. Additionally, they experienced site visits to other Atlanta anchor companies, including IBM, The Coca-Cola Company and Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. They also exercised their philanthropic muscles with community service opportunities with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Trees Atlanta and MedShare International.

“We are honored to receive this vital donation from The UPS Foundation,” Mesfin Bezuneh, program director of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for CAU “Funding is a critical component for us to be able to continue this important initiative. We are immensely grateful for UPS’s generosity.”

“The UPS Foundation is honored to support the Young African Leaders Initiative’s efforts to engage rising African leaders,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”

ABOUT THE UPS FOUNDATION

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety and the environment. In 2017, UPS and its employees, active UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

ABOUT THE MANDELA WASHINGTON FELLOWSHIP FOR YOUNG AFRICAN LEADERS

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a program of the U.S. Department of State a conversation at #YALl2018. For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship Institute at CAU, please contact Mesfin Bezuneh at mbezuneh@cau.edu or 404-880-6274.

 

NEW ORLEANS, LA – A $1.2 million federal grant has been awarded to Southern University at New Orleans in an effort to address the shortage of science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers in what SUNO described as “high-need schools.”

In a press release from the university, The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded SUNO a five-year $1.2 million Robert Noyce grant for a project. SUNO will collaborate with John Ehret High School and Brookhaven National Lab to recruit, support and certify 22 STEM teachers. Recruitment activities will focus on the pool of qualified SUNO undergraduate STEM students enrolled in the Department of Natural Sciences. The project will span from May 2018 through April 2023.

The program activities are excepted to include the following:

1. Early exposure of prospective teachers to high-need schools
2. Seminar series on Characteristics of Highly Effective STEM Teachers
3. Science fair for high school students to attract students to STEM fields and their teachers to teacher certification programs
4. Praxis I & II preparation
5. Post-certification mentoring of new STEM teachers by content faculty mentors.

The project leadership consists of Principal Investigator Dr. Cynthia Singleton (Mathematics), and Co-PIs Dr. Joe Omojola (Mathematics and Physics), Dr. Murty Kambhampati (Biology) and Dr. Louise Kaltenbaugh (Education).

“These experienced faculty members have collaborated successfully on many projects at departmental, college and university levels, including grant writing, committee assignments, and curriculum developments,” said SUNO Chancellor Lisa Mims-Devezin. “They are very passionate about STEM education. I congratulate them for their hard work, commitment and dedication to developing future STEM teachers.”

According to nola.com, SUNO’s project comes amid a statewide push to recruit more teachers. According to teaching certification date provided by the Orleans Parish School Board from the Louisiana State Association of School Personnel Administrator, fewer teaching certification has been issued in Louisiana during a four-year period from the 2012-13 to the 2016-17 school year.

For more information about the Robert Noyce grant project, visit www.suno.edu.

Dr. Judith Salley-Guydon

ORANGEBURG, SC – South Carolina State University, a historically black university, was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $6.2 million by the National Cancer Institute, to establish the South Carolina Disparities Research Center.

According to www.thetandd.com, a portion of the total $12.5 million award will fund the Medical University of South Carolina’s cancer disparities research. The two university will collaborate on this project.

S.C. State will partner with the Regional Medical Center and its Mabry Cancer Center to create a biorepository at the new research center on the campus of S.C. State. This biorepository will be the first to store solely African American biological tissue for cancer studies. The partnership will also establish the first clinical trials office at the Regional Medical Center for patients with prostate cancer.

The goal of the research center is to improve S.C. State’s ability to complete effective cancer research and to focus on examining cancer disparities within the areas of prostate and breast cancer. The grant will also allocate funds to create an honors research curriculum, which will allow students to obtain certification in health disparities research. The center will provide an opportunity for the new generation of researchers to train, inform the general public and contribute knowledge to a research field that affects the lives of many.

Serving a S.C. State’s principal investigator for this project is Dr. Judith Salley-Guydon, the chairwoman of the university’s Department of Biological and Physical Sciences. She believes that this grant will take S.C. State’s cancer research to new heights.

“These funds will enable us to explore in depth the cancer disparities that surround our communities and beyond. With a new, cutting-edge facility, we hope to yield results that ultimately improve the health disparities that many individuals endure,” Salley-Guydon said.

“I’d like to point out that African American men in Orangeburg and across the nation suffer disproportionately from prostate cancer. We’re hoping that this research has a positive impact on their quality of life as well. With such a talented and passionate team collaborating on this project, I know that we will accomplish these goals and much more,” she continued.

Dr. Marvella Ford, a public health sciences professor and researcher at the Medical University of South Carolina’s Hollings Cancer Center, serves as the principal investigator for MUSC’s cancer disparities research. Additionally, she was recently named SmartState endowed chair for prostate cancer research at S.C. State University.

This grant is the first of its kind in the state of South Carolina. With the establishment of the South Carolina Disparities Research Center, global research scientists will be able to obtain samples from S.C. State’s biorepository.

Additionally, other S.C. State faculty will direct research activities for this project. The faculty members and their departments are as follows:

Department of Biological and Physical Sciences

• Dr. Ashley Knowell

• Dr. Shanora Brown

• Dr. Mahtubbuddin Ahmed

• Dr. James Stukes

• Dr. Saku Warshamana-Greene

• Dr. Diondra Randle

• Brandi Wright

Program Managers

• Deborah McAllister

• April Wright

Other departments

• Dr. McCrary-Quarles, Health and Physical Education

• Dr. William Whittaker, Family and Consumer Science

• Dr. Tahsoh, Mathematics and Computer Science

• Elbert Malone, Office of the Provost

• Deborah Blacknall; Laverne Proctor Streeter; Gwendolyn Ulmer, Office of Sponsored Programs

 

For more information, please contact Dr. Judith Salley-Guydon at 803-536-8509.

 

 

 

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has awarded more than $3.1 million in grants to nine Division 1 schools to support academic programs that help student-athletes earn their degrees.

The recipients of the Accelerating Academic Success Program Comprehensive Grants (multiyear) include: University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff ($900,000), Morgan State University (887,700), and Southern University (900,000).

Recipients of Accelerating Academic Success Program Initiatives Grants (single year) include Alabama State Univ. ($63,600), Austin Peay State ($100,000), Coppin State ($85,000), Idaho State ($57,000), Norfolk State ($100,000) and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley ($87,460).

The grants help schools improve the academic success of their student-athletes. The goal is to support the schools’ efforts to meet the requirements of the Divisions l Academic Performance Program, which was developed to ensure schools provide an environment that supports educations while enhancing the ability of student-athletes to earn a degree.

“The impact of the Accelerating Academic Success Program has exceeded expectations and the reach has expanded far beyond the Academic Progress Rate,” said Bernard Franklin, NCAA executive vice president of education and community engagement and chief inclusion officer. “The program’s success is an illustration of the transformation that can take place when adequate resources are combined with creative and strategic planning.”

School eligible to apply for the program are non-Football Bowl Subdivision Division l schools in the bottom 10 percent of resources as determined by per capita institutional expenditures, athletic department funding and Pell Grant aid,

The comprehensive grants will be distributed over a three-year period and used to fund increased academic support services staffing and space; technology upgrades (software and hardware); career planning; professional development; and increased availability of summer financial aid for student-athletes.

Schools can request a maximum of $300,000 per year for three years. The participating schools are required to match grant dollars each year of the program, with direct funds and/or in-kind contributions. The school must commit a 25 percent match in the first year, 50 percent in year two and 75 percent in year three. Schools must match 20 percent of single-year grants.

The announced awards mark the fifth round of Accelerating Academic Success Program funding distributed by the NCAA.