Friday, June 26, 2015

SOC Summer News

Jami Ramberan
Faculty in the spotlight
Assistant professor Jami Ramberan
 will be honored at the Mayor's Caribbean Community Recognition Awards on June 29th at the D.C. Commission on Arts & Humanities, 200 I St. SW, where she will screen her short film, Silent Brave.

Save the Date: June 29th!

     You are cordially invited to join the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Caribbean Community Affairs (MACCCA) in honoring outstanding members of Washington, DC’s Caribbean Community on Monday, June 29th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the DC Commission on Arts & Humanities located on 200 I (Eye) Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003 located near the Navy Yard Metro Station

    As you know, June is National Caribbean-American Heritage Month (CAHM), and MACCCA, under the guidance of the Mayor's Office on Community Affairs (MOCA), and with the support of the D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities, is organizing a free, community event in June to recognize the contributions and legacy of the Caribbean-Americans to the culture, economy, and communities of Washington, D.C. This community celebration is free and open to the public; please feel free to share this invitation with anyone who may be interested in attending.

    We look forward to your joining us in this inaugural program to celebrate the legacy and contributions of Washington D.C.’s Caribbean community.  
Please RSVP by clicking here.  Space is limited, and RSVP's are required.  To learn more about the program or ways to be involved, please email
See you on June 29th!

Professor Haile Gerima
Professor Haile Gerima will speak and show excerpts of his film, "Yetut Lij," during a tribute and fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. June 30th in the East Ballroom of the Blackburn Center, Howard University. (See website:

Alumni on the move

Alumna Ciara Allen's (2012) short film, Black and Blue, has been accepted into competition at the BlackStar Film Festival. This prestigious event takes place in Philadelphia starting July 30th. Ciara’s film Black and Blue is the story of a college-bound girl whose life is altered when her brother is drafted into service during the      Vietnam War. As the family's new breadwinner, she endures the reality of war and the volatile effect it has in her small town.

Washington, DC - The National Bar Association has announced the 2015 recipients of its 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates awards. The awards recognize the nation’s top lawyers under 40 who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, including in   innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community involvement. An independent panel selected the 40 individuals to receive the prestigious awards to be presented at the National Bar Association’s illustrious 40 Under 40 Awards luncheon July 23rd at the NBA’s 90th Annual Convention in Los Angeles, CA.  For more information on the Award Recipients, the Awards Luncheon, or Sponsorship Opportunities, please       contacts the Chair, Aubrey “Nick” Pittman at 

2015 NBA Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 (edited for space to show     HU grads)

#1. Brandes Ash, (HU Law School, 2012) Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

#17. SOC’s Antonio K. Kizzie (2008), Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt
Attorney Antonio K. Kizzie 

Save the Date: October 1, 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015

School of C Connections

NABEF Media Sales Institute at Howard
The 15th annual NABEF Media Sales Institute (MSI) at Howard University started May 31st with the Opening Founder's Banquet at the Blackburn Center on campus. This year's class of 23 recent college graduates will experience an intense two-week series of workshops, lectures and hands-on experience with industry professionals addressing sales and management in the broadcast industry.
     The MSI program was founded at Howard by former faculty member and broadcast professional Ernie Fears, Jr., Vicci Saunders and Judi Moore Latta. It is housed in the Media, Journalism and Film (MJFC) department in the School of Communications. Many thanks to our sponsor the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF).

Dr. Bishetta Merritt and Jay Holloway, MSI director

Also, during the opening dinner, program director Jay Holloway presented a special recognition to Dr. Bishetta Merritt, interim chair of MJFC, who is retiring in June from Howard.


School of C Alum on the move

AP News : Phillip Lucas appointed AP reporter in Birmingham, Alabama
<p>ATLANTA (AP) - Phillip Lucas, a journalist who has helped The Associated Press coordinate and cover significant stories across the South and beyond, has been hired to work as a reporter for the new

Friday, May 8, 2015

School of C  end of year happenings and celebrations

Congratulations 2015 Graduates!

Student Council Reloaded Administration 2014-2015
Student Council Awards
Congratulations to the 2015 Student Council Reloaded Administration which received Student Government/Council of the Year and Howard University's Organization of the Year awards. Also, many thanks to their advisor Carol Dudley.

Hearst Award Winner
We are proud of Glynn Hill for placing in the top 20 of the breaking news category for the Hearst Awards, which are the collegiate equivalent of the Pultizer Prize.  


Bernaiyya Jackson
Germany Embassy Young Journalist
School of C student Bernaiyya Jackson will participate in the 
Young Journalists’ Summer Program sponsored by the German Embassy, which will be held May 25-29 in Washington, D.C.  Bernaiyya is a junior broadcast journalism major and Annenberg Honors Program scholar, with an interest in international affairs.  She will join journalism students from universities in Germany, Columbia, UNC Chapel Hill, and Berkeley for a week of workshops on media and society in the U.S. and Germany, as well as relations between the two countries.

Congratulations to our 2015 PhD Graduates
The Department of  Communication, Culture and Media Studies proudly announce its 2015 doctoral graduates: Dr. Keena Blackmon , 
Dr. Sheila BrooksDr. Shelva Tommaro ClemonsDr. Turnesha Joelle FishDr. Denna Geppi, Dr. Morgan Danielle Kirby , Dr. Chevon McGarrah, Dr. Neosho Caprice PonderDr. Bridgett Pleasants RobertsonDr. Melvin Williams,  and Dr. Sherelle R. Williams.


School of Communications Class of 1995

20 Year Reunion Planned, 1995-2015
Calling all Howard University School of Communications 1995 Graduates. We’re Turning 20! If you or someone you know is a member of that class please join our Facebook group at:!/HUSC1995/timeline or email us at We look forward to hearing from you.

Monday, April 27, 2015

SOC Scholarships Winners – 2015 White House Correspondents Associations

From left, Jourdan Henry, Brandi Montgomery
Professor Indira Somani, and Precious Osage-Erese
Congratulations to three School of Communications students that received 2015 White House Correspondents Associations scholarships at the dinner April 25th in Washington, D.C.  Jourdan Henry, received the Harry S. McAlpin Jr. Scholarship, a one-time award of $7,000;
Precious Osage-Erese and Brandi Montgomery received the White House Correspondent's Association scholarship prize, a one-time award of $7,000.

WHCA Luncheon, from left Jourdan Henry, Precious Osage-Erese,
and Brandi Montgomery

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

2015 Paul Robeson Awards

Ava DuvernaySelma director/writer and Bradford YoungSelma cinematographer and School of C alum, were honored at the 2015 Paul Robeson Awards. The awards event was hosted by the School of Communications Media, Journalism and Film department at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. The event included a showcase of the best student productions this year. Also honored were three faculty members, who are retiring at the end of the year: Drs. Bishetta Merritt, Paula Matabane and Lawrence Kaggwa. The committee chair Professor Sonja Williams and other faculty and staff helped to make it a memorable event. Congratulations to everyone!

Monday, March 30, 2015


Harvard University vs. Howard University

Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman to Serve as Moderator
HARTFORD – Some of the brightest young minds from two of the most prestigious universities will face off Tuesday, March 31, 2015 when the State Conference NAACP hosts its Great Debate.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. at The First Cathedral 1151 Blue Hills Ave. Bloomfield, CT.  Students from Harvard and Howard Universities will debate topics related to education and judicial reform. The moderator for this year’s forum will be Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, who has spent 30 years in public service, beginning as a Tolland Board of Education member.

The NAACP Great Debate is inspired by the 2007 movie “The Great Debaters”, starring Denzel Washington.
“We are excited to host the Great Debate for the seventh year,” NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile said. “The community support continues to be overwhelming, we have over 3000 people attending this years event,  including students from more than 60 High Schools from across the State of Connecticut.   Many of which have been inspired to establish debate teams at their schools as a direct result of this annual event.”

For more information on the forum, please call 860-523-9962.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and Connecticut are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities!


Friday, March 13, 2015

School of C Happenings!

NewsVision On-Air
The student-led NewsVision is back on the air after two decades in a partnership with Howard’s PBS station, WHUT-TV. NewsVision is broadcast on Tuesdays and Thursdays on WHUT, which reaches more than 2 million households in the Washington metro area. 

Faculty members in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film have worked with students in the senior capstone class since last fall to get NewVision on the air. It starts with twice-weekly news reports in March that will eventually become a half-hour newscast in the fall. 

We look forward to much success for NewsVision. Kudos to faculty and staff Jennifer Thomas, Yanick Rice Lamb, Bishetta Merritt, Indira Somani, Yolanda McCutchen, Ingrid Sturgis, Michael Austin, Candy Shannon Lewis and Nigel Martin for getting this started.


Teaching with Technology Award
Congratulations to Shameka Johnson, assistant professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders, who has been selected as the 2015 winner of CETLA's Teaching with Technology Award at Howard.  She does an excellent job of integrating technology into her classes and with the School of C’s focus on digital communication is an exemplar of the difference we want to make for our students.

Competitive Talk
Congratulations to the Howard Mock Trial Team, one of 48 teams that earned the honor to compete in the American Mock Trial Association’s (AMTA) 31st National Championship Tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 17-19th. There were more than 600 teams and Howard worked diligently to make it to the top tier. Kudos to professor Angela Minor and all of our student members of the team.


Diversity Award 
Martine Elie(center), director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic

Martine Elie, Director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic will receive the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders Diversity Award at their annual conference in April. She is being recognized for all the service work she does in Haiti during the Howard Alternative Spring Break in Haiti. Lots of Bison pride around the globe!

Alumni Recognition 
SOC professor Indira Somani recently received an Alumni Achievement Award from undergraduate institution, Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. She spoke to the faculty at their Founders Day Convocation in February.

COSD e-newsletter
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (COSD) has launched a new digital newsletter, which is interactive.  To access the interactive feature, just scan the QR code, and then scroll over the blue and red underlined hyperlinks to be taken to videos, related websites and more.  Assistant professor Shameka Johnson is editor of the e-newsletter. The newsletter link:

Online Privacy
SOC professor Yong Jin Park was recently interviewed by the Oxford Internet Institute on the topic of policy and the Internet.  His interview "Does a market-approach to online privacy protection result in better protection for users?" is available online.  To read the interview transcript in full, go to the link below: