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:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Student Highlight -- Study Abroad 

Global Connections
Erin Winters a junior broadcast journalism major is spending spring 2015 in a study abroad semester at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.  In addition to her courses, she is engaged in living and learning the culture, language and people  of South Africa. She plans to start a non-profit organization while in the country.  Her e-notebook shares how the first days are shaping up:

  “Cape Town is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.  It’s so majestic.  I see palm trees out my bedroom window, and breathtaking mountains out my front door.  I’m completely captivated by everything.  Every day I see something new and fascinating.  The culture is rich, communal, and vibrant.” 
   “…  I’m currently in the process of starting a non-profit organization here, which I’m so excited to launch.  My intentions are to leave here with much more than “study abroad” checked off of my lifelong to-do list.  I want to change my life by changing other peoples’ lives.  I want to leave a lasting legacy of Howard and myself.  I will keep you updated on everything!  These first few weeks were just so busy.”

We are proud of Erin and know she will do well; HU “Truth and Service”

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SOC Bright Lights

Fulbright Specialist Grant
School of C professor Kehbuma Langmia has been awarded a 2015 Fulbright Specialist grant in Communications and Journalism.  He will teach Journalism and Media Studies courses at the University of Buea in Cameroon during the summer of 2015.  Congratulations Dr. Langmia.  We look forward to hearing about his experiences at the University of Buea during the Fulbright.

SOC Alum Joins Participant Media

 SOC alum
Steven Gray is now with Participant Media, "a global entertainment company founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll to focus on feature film, television, publishing and digital content that inspires social change."  Gray is editorial director, news & social justice for the company’s TakePart magazine based in the New York office. " He will lead the News & Social Justice editorial team covering human rights, legal affairs/criminal justice reform, poverty/income inequality, LGBT issues, and race," according to a staff announcement. Gray has worked for the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Time. Link to Participant Media website:


NNPA Special Report
Alumna Jazelle Hunt is completing a NNPA fellowship project on rape in the Black community. The first two parts of the five-part series are available online at Black Press USA

Thursday, January 29, 2015

School of C in Atlanta

Atlanta Alumni
An Atlanta fundraiser and alumni reception hosted by Lori Billingsley and 

Janice McKenzie-Crayton, both SOC alumni and Board of Visitors members, kicked of a great January weekend in Atlanta. The Honda Battle of the Bands followed the next day, and Howard's Showtime Marching Band joined seven other bands for a spectacular event before 60,000 in the Georgia Dome.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Reading Bookshelf

Read about the HBCU Experience

A must read is associate professor Tia Tyree and alumnus Christopher Cathcart’s new book:
HBCU Experience - The Book: A Collection of Essays Celebrating the Black College Experience