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    How One English Professor Plans to Turn Melania Trump Into a Teachable Moment PDF Print E-mail
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    The Chronicle of Higher Education


    The Republican National Convention is doing more than just informing voters. It’s educating them on the perils of plagiarism.

    On Monday night, Melania Trump, the wife of the Republican presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump, delivered a speech that appeared to plagiarize parts of a speech Michelle Obama gave at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

    Some academics saw this as an opportunity to debate different definitions of plagiarism. One adjunct professor of English plans to put Ms. Trump in her syllabus for the fall semester.

    Terri Coleman, a professor at Dillard University, a historically black institution in New Orleans, says she will use Ms. Trump’s speech as an example to teach her students about plagiarism. She spoke to The Chronicle on Tuesday about how she plans to turn the speech into a teachable moment. The conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

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    Dillard University among those awarded grants by Mellon Global Citizenship Program PDF Print E-mail
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    Salzburg Global Seminar


    Salzburg Global Seminar is pleased to announce the second round of grants awarded to select Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and members of the Appalachian College Association (ACA) to support the implementation of innovative global citizenship education programs. 

    These grants are made possible through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    The grants are a feature of the Mellon Global Citizenship Program launched in 2014 to deepen and consolidate the successful global citizenship education work initiated with 36 partner institutions. The M-GCP is the outgrowth of the multi-year Mellon Fellow Community Initiative (MFCI), which ran from 2008 to 2013. 

    In 2015, seven grants were awarded through the M-GCP, and in 2016 an additional six grants have been awarded on a competitive basis.  The grants support partner institutions expanding and deepening their work as sites of global citizenship.  A unique feature of these grants is that they simultaneously support collaboration between HBCU and ACA member institutions.  The ACA and HBCU institutions share many common attributes based on their long histories serving unique and diverse student bodies and the broader communities around them.  Their distinct communities and geographical distances, however, have not encouraged collaboration among them, but the M-GCP (and MFCI before that) have helped the institutions to test and validate the multiple benefits that result from these cooperative efforts.  The M-GCP is also supporting the partner institutions in planning for the creation of a new independent consortium to facilitate ongoing collaboration as leaders in the field of global citizenship education. 

    The Salzburg Global program directors that originated the global citizenship program, Jochen Fried and David Goldman, explain that “ ‘Globalization at home’ is about teaching and modeling inclusion, diversity and reciprocity in the context of how one relates to an increasingly interdependent world. It is as much about crossing national or state borders as it is about crossing ‘borders of the mind’ by reaching out to ‘otherness.’ … The specific constellation of ACA and HBCU institutions offers a unique opportunity, through cooperation, to make ‘globalization at home’ and ‘citizenship without borders’ a powerful and tangible learning experience.”    

    The institutions receiving grants through the M-GCP will be supported in their efforts to expand collaborative activities, demonstrating the powerful value-added impact of cooperation among ACA and HBCU institutions, and to continue to work towards the creation of an independent organization to support ongoing joint projects and initiate new collaborations related to global citizenship education.  

    “Global citizenship is no longer just an idealized rhetorical term used in textbooks.  It is the reality that today's students will live as part of their future.  Those of us who are college educators will fail to provide future-focused preparation if we overlook this aspect of our students' educational experience,” stated Betty Overton-Adkins, an M-GCP Advisory Council member and Director of the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good at theUniversity of Michigan.  

    The vital importance of global citizenship education for students was articulated by Sederra Ross (then a senior atClark Atlanta University) at the 2015 Global Citizenship Summit, “Global citizenship education forces me to operate outside of my comfort zone. As an aspiring green chemist, [it] has given me the tools to make myself a better citizen and a better person. It’s like I have superpowers.” 

    This round of grants includes support for Visiting Specialist Series whereby a global citizenship education expert will visit multiple schools to meet with faculty, administrators, and students; Study Away Incentive Programs whereby multiple institutions will coordinate on a shared domestic ‘study away’ experience; an Undergraduate Research Conference; and a Global Citizenship Summit. To further consolidate and demonstrate the benefits of HBCU-ACA collaboration and build towards a long-term multi-institution consortium across these systems, the Undergraduate Research Conference and the Global Citizenship Summit will both be held this year in conjunction with the Appalachian College Association’s annual summit which takes place from September 29 to October 2 in Kingsport, Tennessee.  

    The following grants are being awarded for 2016 

    Hampton University and Bluefield College: Global Directions of the Progressive Generation (Visiting Specialist Series)

    Florida Memorial University and Berea College: Global African (Diaspora) Citizenship (Study Away Incentive Program)

    Dillard University and University of Charleston: Immigration through the Lens of Global Citizenship (Study Away Incentive Program)

    Howard University and Davis & Elkins College: Global Education – HBCU & ACA Collaborative Enrichment (Study Away Incentive Program)

    Lindsey Wilson College (lead institution), Bennett CollegeBrevard CollegeClark Atlanta University, andFerrum College: Global Citizenship: Exploring Problems , Finding Solutions (Undergraduate Research Conference held concurrent to the Global Citizenship Summit)

    •Lindsey Wilson College (lead institution), Bennett College, Brevard College, Clark Atlanta University, and Ferrum College: Strength through Diversity: Partnering for Effective Global Citizenship Education (Global Citizenship Summit) 

    Salzburg Global Seminar congratulates all of the institutions that have been selected for grant awards.  

     
    California Community Colleges Expand Transfer Deal with HBCUs PDF Print E-mail
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    In March 2015, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) signed a transfer agreement with nine historically Black colleges and universities with the intention of increasing the number of community college students who attend HBCUs. This month, the partnership was expanded to include an additional 12 HBCUs.

    “The expansion of this historic agreement creates a tremendous opportunity for our students,” California Community Colleges Interim Chancellor Erik E. Skinner said in a statement. “HBCUs have a reputation for being among the finest and most culturally diverse institutions of higher learning in the nation. We’re thrilled we can expand the pathway for students to embrace all these historic schools have to offer.”

    To ease the path of transition for prospective students and participating schools, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and have completed an Associate’s Degree for Transfer, or similar transfer-level degree, in order to be eligible for the program. Under the terms of the agreement, students transferring to an HBCU will enter at the junior level, and their transferrable credits will be accepted.

    A CCCCO spokesperson said in an email that California community college applications had increased for the fall semester at Wiley College, Stillman College, Philander Smith College, and Tuskegee University as a result of the partnership.

    Bethune-Cookman University (BCU) is one of the 12 HBCUs that joined the partnership this year. Manicia Finch, BCU director of admissions, said in a phone interview that the university intended to make the most of the relationship.

    “We actually had started a pipeline coming out of California some time ago, focusing strategically on going into the high schools, but this is going to open up a whole new avenue for us and give us the opportunity to offer some magnificent programs to transfer students coming out of California,” Finch said. A student has already been accepted to BCU from Victor Valley Community College as part of the transfer partnership, she said.

    Finch added that her goal would be to bring 100 to 200 students to BCU from the California Community Colleges System through the transfer partnership. “We’re going to hit the ground running early with this, I’m going to be honest with you,” she said. BCU already recruits students from California, Finch said, and developed a pipeline program with some California high schools. The transfer partnership with community colleges would open up new opportunities for BCU and prospective students alike, she added.

    “I think that we’re going to get some amazing students out of California that are going to be very academically prepared,” Finch said. “They’ll get a chance to get some very rigorous coursework [at BCU] that will line up with their career aspirations. So I think it’s going to work out very well. We’re excited.”

    Dr. Rosalind Fuse-Hall, president of Bennett College, an all-women’s historically Black college located in Greensboro, North Carolina, said in a phone interview that the partnership was an important one for helping to diversify HBCUs.

    “We believe that this will diversify our ranks,” Fuse-Hall said. “A lot of the times people think of historically Black colleges as being monolithic, but what they fail to see is the diversity within. Regional diversity, age diversity, life experience diversity, all contribute to the richness of the college, and, as a women’s college, that is really going to augment the lives of these students.”

    Bennett College is one of the nine HBCUs included in the inaugural agreement. So far, no California community college students have transferred to Bennett as a result of the transfer agreement, Fuse-Hall said. However, the college already recruits students from California and has a strong alumnae network in California that offers support and scholarships California students during their time at Bennett.

    “We’re really anxious about marketing this, not necessarily for this fall class, but the fall class that will be coming in,” Fuse-Hall said. “We’re excited about it, because we have a number of students enrolled in Bennett College that come from California. This partnership and this agreement will only augment that.”


    The nine HBCUs in the inaugural partnership with the California Community Colleges System are:

    Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C.

    Dillard University in New Orleans, La.

    Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn.

    Lincoln University of Missouri in Jefferson City, Mo.

    Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark.

    Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

    Talladega College in Talladega, Ala.

    Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala.

    Wiley College in Marshall, Texas

    The 12 new HBCUs are:

    Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla.

    Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio

    Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga.

    Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Fla.

    Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Fla.

    Grambling State University in Grambling, La.

    Huston-Tillotson University  in Austin, Texas

    Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Ky.

    Lane College in Jackson, Tenn.

    Lincoln University of Pennsylvania in Oxford, Pa.

    Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Miss.

    West Virginia State University in Institute, West Va.

     
    Dillard University ranks #14 in College Choice HBCU rankings PDF Print E-mail
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    2016-Rankings-of-Best-Historically-Black-Colleges--UniversitiesNEW ORLEANS  --  Dillard University ranks fourteenth among all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) according to rankings released by College Choice, an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and families find the right college.  Of the 100 HBCUs across the nation, only the top 50 found their way into the rankings.

    Dillard was noted for its encouragement of student participation in undergraduate projects and its membership in the Council of Undergraduate Research, which allows students who will go on to graduate school to complete an undergraduate project with the help of a mentor.

    For a complete list of the rankings, please click here.

    College Choice HBCU Rankings

    Rank

    School

    Location

    1.

    Spelman College

    Atlanta, Ga.

    2.

    Howard University

    Washington, D.C.

    3.

    Hampton University

    Hampton, Va.

    4.

    Morehouse College

    Atlanta, Ga.

    5.

    Tuskegee University

    Tuskegee, Ala.

    6.

    Xavier University of Louisiana

    New Orleans, La.

    7.

    Tougaloo College

    Tougaloo, Miss.

    8.

    Fisk University

    Nashville, Tenn.

    9.

    Claflin University

    Orangeburg, S.C.

    10.

    North Carolina A&T State University

    Greensboro, N.C.

    11.

    Florida A&M University

    Tallahassee, Fla.

    12.

    North Carolina Central University

    Durham, N.C.

    13.

    Jackson State University

    Jackson, Miss.

    14.

    Dillard University

    New Orleans, La.

    15.

    Bennett College

    Greensboro, N.C.


     
    DILLARD UNIVERSITY CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR DEVELOPS NEW BIO-LUBRICANT AT GOLDEN LEAF ENERGY® PDF Print E-mail
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    Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 10.30.03 AMNew Orleans, LA, April 25, 2016– As lead R&D Scientist for Golden Leaf Energy, Kevin Roberson, Ph.D., develops LA-7000®, a drilling fluid lubricant for oil and gas exploration.  LA 7000® is a bio-based lubricant designed to reduce the coefficient of friction (CoF) in high-performance water-based muds (HPWBM).  As high-angle, extended reach wells continue to increase, rotational torque and drag have become critical challenges for water-based muds.  LA 7000® raises the bar for 

    WBMs CoF to those only achievable in oil-based muds. LA 7000® out performs industry standard offerings in friction reduction between the drill pipe and casing and between the drill-pipe and the wellbore. LA 7000® has no hydrocarbons, is non-toxic, ultimately biodegradable, and is stable at high temperatures. This product was launched spring 2016.

    Golden Leaf Energy and Roberson used the LA-7000® development process as an opportunity to expose Dillard University (DU) students to corporate level, industrial R&D. The students enrolled in “Chemical Research” gained hands-on experience in a corporate research lab. Research goals for the students included synthesizing active ingredients and measuring the efficacy of proprietary formulas in reducing the CoF.

    Strategic partnerships with industry is reported to increase retention and graduation rates, comprehension of STEM curriculum, and workforce development among minority students. “STEM fields are essential to US competitiveness and economic growth, and according to US News, the lack of minorities in the STEM workforce is primarily due to the lack of access. It is my goal to create career pathways for students by integrating career related experiences into the curriculum. I found GLE to be an excellent gateway as these opportunities make DU students more competitive and better prepared for careers in the STEM field.” said Roberson. Students found this opportunity unique and an exciting shift from the traditional university laboratory setting. “This was a very appreciable experience because I gained knowledge of what it feels like to conduct research in an [industrial] lab. Conducting research at Golden Leaf Energy was a very beneficial experience that I will never forget!” said Ms. Aundriana Burtley, a senior chemistry major at DU set to graduate in May 2016.

    If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Kevin Roberson at 478-278-1077 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

     
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