Thursday, June 26, 2014

SOC Alumni Spotlight
A. Van Jordan, Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor at Rutgers University

A. Van Jordan photo by Austin Thomson
SOC alumnus and poet A. Van Jordan has been named the first Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor at Rutgers University.  Jordan is known for the breadth of vision and depth of insight in his writing. He will join the Newark Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in the English Department at Rutgers in fall 2014.
      Jordan has been a full professor since 2009 at the University of Michigan. He has received a long list of noteworthy awards and honors. Reviewers often remark on his ability to shed light on human relations and approach a broad range of subjects from quantum physics to classic and contemporary film. Jordan has received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, a  Pushcart Prize,  a Times (of London) Literary Supplement Best Book of the Year award, and selection for the anthology Best American Poetry 2013. He also has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and a United States Artists Williams Fellowship.  He is on the PEN/Open Book Award long list for his latest collection, The Cineaste (2013), as well as a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for the same collection. His previous poetry collections include Rise (2001), M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A (2005), and Quantum Lyrics (2007).
     Jordan is from Akron, Ohio. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University and M.A. in Communications from Howard University.  He worked several years as a journalist, before his interest in writing poetry started to grow and he would attend readings in the Washington, D.C., area. He received and M.F.A. in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. He also has earned academic credentials in film studies from New York University and screenwriting and production from Vancouver Film School.
(Source: Peter Englot, June 19, 2014, Rutgers University Names Internationally Acclaimed Poet as First Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor. Rutgers Today news release)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Summer Spotlight on Faculty and Students

Jennifer Thomas, MJFC faculty
Assistant Professor Jennifer Thomas, Media Journalism and Film (MJFC) department accepted in the 2014 Moorland-Spingarn Research Center (MSRC) Summer Faculty Scholars program. She is Howard alum, who joined the faculty last year. The title of her research is Gravity and Grace of the Gridiron Queen: The Legacy of Miss Howard University.”


SOC Students Olivia Phifer (Broadcast Journalism) and Bianca Sullivan (Legal Communications) completed the German Embassy's Young Journalist Washington Program. They were part of a group of students from universities in Germany, Columbia, UNC Chapel Hill, and Berkeley that spent a week in workshops on media and society in the U.S. and Germany.   Howard is the only HBCU invited to participate in the program.   The students also visited The Washington Post, Voice of America and NPR.   This fall the embassy will host another program in which the American students selected will travel to Germany.  Follow the link to a package Olivia produced about her experience.    

German Embassy Young Journalist Program

Germany Embassy Young Journalist Program Washington 2014
Senior Glynn Hill, former editor-in-chief of The Hilltop recently returned after two weeks in New Orleans for the New York Times Student Journalism Institute. Glynn was the only Howard student this year, and had the second highest number of bylines.  Glynn was also one of the winners of the 2014 White House Correspondents’ Association scholarship. Below are links to Glynn’s bio and stories:

Friday, June 6, 2014

Howard Remembers Journalist and Professor Raymond Boone

Howard University home page:
Services for Mr. Boone will be held at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 10th, at New Deliverance Evangelistic Church, 1701 Turner Road, Richmond, VA, 23225. A wake service will be held 5-7 p.m, Monday, June 9th, at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 2900 Hanes Ave, Richmond, VA 23222.







Wednesday, June 4, 2014

SOC former professor and publisher dies

Publisher and former SOC journalism professor Raymond H. Boone Sr. died June 3rd at his home in Richmond, Virginia. Boone, 76, was publisher of the weekly Richmond (Va.) Free Press. He taught journalism at Howard for about nine years.

Richard Prince's Journal-isms column: