Thursday, April 17, 2014

School of C blossoms in the spring

Rikki Frohmader, Dean Lawson-Borders, and Alexis Carter
at the MLB Summit
Major League Baseball Diversity Business Summit , New York

Two SOC students, Rikki Frohmader and Alexis Carter, played across center field
at the MLB Diversity Business Summit in New York. They lined up good interviews and were seen networking throughout the Summit, which is in its third year.  We would like to thank the MLB and the Washington Nationals for their support of our students.

White House Correspondence Association  Student Winners

The 2014 winners of the White House Correspondence Association Scholarship (WHCA) are: Thema Fenderson, Victoria Walker and Glynn Hill. They will be recognized at the WHCA dinner May 3, 2014. We would also like to thank Carol Dudley for continuing to facilitate the scholarship at SOC. For information on last year's winners:

Journalism Scholarship Winners

Khari J. Arnold
, a print journalism junior and Bianca J. Burns, a sophomore broadcast major in the School of Communications were two of four winners in the D.C. area of journalism scholarships. The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of Washington, D.C., (SDX/DC), with the support of the Kiplinger Foundation and the Gridiron Club and Foundation awarded the scholarships. The students will share $15,000 in scholarships and will be honored at an awards reception in June by the Washington Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), parent of the SDX/DC.

Howard "Graduate School Student" of the Year

Congratulations to Monique May, who has been named Howard’s "Graduate School Student of the Year.”  Monique is a major in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (COSD), who will be receiving her master of science degree in speech-language pathology in May 2014. 

Howard Happy Video Seen on OWN!
Congratulations to SOC senior Maia Miller. The RTVF major's "Howard Happy" video made it to Oprah's OWN TV on April 13th  when Oprah interviewed recording artist Pharrell. She graduates in May and heads directly to France for the Cannes Film Festival. Kudos and you go girl to Mia!



Thursday, April 3, 2014


Arrelle D. Anderson

Arrelle D. Anderson is the first woman Chief Operating Officer (COO) on the Board of Commissioners in Clayton County (Georgia) Government. Embodying Howard University’s tradition of academic excellence, Anderson earned her bachelor of arts in journalism from Howard with an advertising concentration. She earned a master of business administration  in Marketing/Entrepreneurship at the University of Georgia, and a Certificate in Project Management from Georgetown University. Prior to her recent appointment, Anderson was the Owner/Chief Strategist of Chandlerson Strategic Management in Washington, D.C., where she led operational and strategic initiatives for numerous teams in several District of Columbia government agencies, including the District of Columbia Public Schools. As COO, Anderson oversees the operational functions of 22 departments, which includes Public Safety, Community Services, Economic Development and the Clayton County Prison. Anderson empowers leaders to manage change from an operational perspective as she holds directors accountable daily for ensuring that their outcomes are aligned with the vision of the Board of Commissioners. She primarily serves as the second-in-command to the Chairman of the Board, and oversees the execution of countywide initiatives that will advance Clayton County as a whole. Since her appointment, Anderson has implemented the Clayton County Economic Development Collaborative, which focuses on designing the economic landscape for the county through joint efforts with each municipality in the county. Anderson prides herself on maintaining a work/life balance and makes time to volunteer, travel, read fiction novels, and spend time with family and friends. She is a native of Jersey City, New Jersey, but is proud to call Washington, D.C. AND Georgia her home as she fulfills her appointment as Chief Operating Officer.
Compiled by Howard student Jazzmin Crews with reprint permission from article by Michael Booth “Empowering Clayton County Employees, Meet Our New COO, Arrelle Anderson,” in We Are Clayton County magazine.

(NOTE: The Dean’s Blog/School of C would like to highlight one of our alumni once a month, please contact us by nominating or submitting your name for ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT! Contact: Dean Gracie Lawson-Borders at


School of C $150 for 150
th Campaign

The School of Communications Annual Fundraising Campaign:
$150 for the 150th HU Anniversaryyearly gift until 2017. We are seeking support from alumni and friends of $150.00 yearly to the school’s annual fund. The gift is restricted to the School of Communications for use with student scholarships, study abroad and programs. The campaign kicked off at the 2013 Homecoming reception. Join us in spreading the word and supporting the School of C! Your gift can be sent by check payable to Howard University SOC, Office of the Dean, School of Communications, 525 Bryant Street NW, Washington, DC 20059, or online at:
Click here to donate to the $150 for the 150th campaign.