JEFFERSON CITY, MO – A new program under the Lincoln University School of Graduate Studies will provide students a faster track to licensure as a professional counselor in the state of Missouri. The Education Specialist degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling which was approved by the Lincoln University Board of Curators during their September 2018 meeting, will move graduates toward professional licensure once they complete one year and 1,500 hours of post-graduate supervised counseling. By comparison, students who complete a master-level degree program must complete three years and 3,000 hours of post-graduate supervised counseling as a requirement to become a licensed professional counselor.

Dr. John D. Jones, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lincoln University, says the program was developed based on a measured need. “There were surveys as well as listening sessions and group discussions with individuals who were interested and practicing professionals. A demand for the degree was indicated through those surveys,” said Jones.

According to an press release by the university, nationally, according to data collected by Mental Health America, a not for profit organization aimed at promoting mental health issues and addressing the needs of those who suffer from mental illness, 1 in 5 adults (more than 40 million individuals) have some sort of mental health condition and youth depression is on the rise. In addition, data shows a shortage in the mental health workforce, with up to six times the individuals requiring care to the available number of mental health professionals.

The program will launch in January 2019. Students must hold a master’s degree in counseling or other related field for admission into the Education Specialist in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program. For more information, please visit

Former UAPB head football coach Monte Coleman.

PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Athletics announced Monday that it would not renew the contract of current football head coach Monte Coleman when it expires on December 31, 2017. Coleman has served as head football coach for the Golden Lions since 2008.

According to a press release from the university’s athletics department, the Golden Lions went 40-70 in 10 years under Coleman, including capturing UAPB’s first-ever Southwestern Athletic Conference outright championship in 2012 with a 10-2 record. Since that championship season, however, the Golden Lions experienced consecutive losing seasons of 2-9 in 2013, 4-7 in 2014, 2-9 in 2015, and 2-9 this season. Director of Athletics Lonza Hardy Jr. said it was time to make a change and move the program in another direction.

“I thank Coach Coleman and his staff for the hard work they put forth over the years as he tried to build a formidable program at UAPB,” said Hardy. “We wish him all the best as he now looks to the next chapter in his career. As for UAPB, it was simply time for us to make a change and start the process of returning Golden Lion football to prominence.”

UAPB alumni were fiery over the continuous football losing steak and were seeking moves from athletic director Lonza Hardy Jr., with the potential of a new coaching staff in the change of a better program for the upcoming seasons. They took their anger, frustration, and thoughts to social media in hopes that the administration jerk in making adjustments.

A search commitment has been formed and has the goal of naming a new head coach prior to the start of the December holiday break. Until then, Ted White, offensive coordinator, will oversee the program. The assistant coaching staff will remain intact and continue the program’s recruitment efforts.

“Our search committee will identify and interview prospective coaches who are committed to the mission and vision of our University, the welfare of our student-athletics, both academically and athletically, and have innovative ideas and game strategies. We need someone who will put a premium on winning consistently,” said Hardy.

For any questions or concerns, please contact UAPB Sports Information Director Habtom Keleta at (870) 575-7949.

According to a press release by the university, the grant will help establish the Wilberforce University Graduate Assistance Fund to provide scholarships, fellowships, and internships to support students to degree completion. In addition the Fund will allow for the renovation of the teaching and learning spaces for the Master’s Program, re-imagination of a learning innovation center for students and faculty to explore creative strategies to improve pedagogy, clinical learning training, and research.

Additionally, the grant will establish the Faculty Innovation Fund to support and enhance professional development, scholarly presentations and publications, and collaborative research.

“Under the leadership of our Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Elfred Anthony Pinkard and the dedicated and hard work of our newly appointed Director of Title III, Mrs. Jacqueline Waters, they were able to submit a winning proposal. This will be a transformational gift for the University, and most notably, our Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling Program. The awarding of this Grant is further affirmation of the Wilberforce Renaissance at work and solid recognition of what can occur when a University community of principled, talented and committed individuals work on behalf of a common good. We will continue to be laser-focused in our intention to continue the legacy of excellence established in 1856 at this venerable institution. We are prepared to do the work and it is wonderful to have resources to support our efforts to significantly enhance and strengthen our Master Program.” said Herman J. Felton, President of Wilberforce University.

The Masters of Science (MS) degree in Rehabilitation Counseling program is designed to meet the growing demand for qualified, professionally trained rehabilitation counselors. The 48-semester hour sequence of study prepares students to develop a mastery of the knowledge and skills identified by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) as requisite competencies for rehabilitation counselors.

Individuals interested in The Masters of Science (MS) degree in Rehabilitation Counseling program must submit the following documentation:

  1. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (except from WU).
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professionals in related social services fields.
  3. A completed Graduate Rehabilitation Counseling Program application.
  4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  5. An Autobiographical Statement up to three pages in length, double-spaced, typed.
  6. A non-refundable application fee of $40.
  7. GRE or MAT scores.

For more information regarding the Masters of Science (MS) degree in Rehabilitation Counseling program at Wilberforce University, visit