2020-2021 News Releases
Dear Hampton University Community: As we approach the Thanksgiving season, so much is changing across the learning environment, and I want to sincerely thank all who helped Hampton University meet this challenge. Many colleges and universities, large and small, public and private, are beset by money woes, forced closings, staff layoffs, and growing financial needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we are not out of the woods yet, Hampton has been fortunate. So many of you have played an important role in Hampton’s goal to weather the COVID19 pandemic, and I can never thank you …
PURCHASE, N.Y., Nov. 24, 2020 — This year's HBCU homecoming season was unlike anything ever before, but students, faculty and alumni still came together to celebrate virtually across the country. To honor the spirit and camaraderie of the HBCU community, Pepsi, in partnership with "HBCU Homecoming Celebration on iHeartRadio," is bringing together the exceptional marching bands from Florida A&M, Hampton University, Prairie View A&M and North Carolina A&T – some of whom are traditionally rivals – to create a unified virtual musical event. "iHeartRadio …
HAMPTON, Va. (November 24, 2020) – Adrian Allen, a Hampton University junior and 2018 cohort of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Jordan Wings Scholarship program was recently featured in an interview about education, the importance of attending an HBCU, voting and more on the Air Jordan website.
HAMPTON, Va. (November 24, 2020) – On Friday, November 6, 2020, the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute (WRHLI) held its last Virtual Meet the Leaders Lecture Series of the semester welcoming Hampton University Alum who serve as leaders for PepsiCo and Frito Lay. This was the first time the WHRLI held their Meet the Leaders Lecture Series as a virtual panel discussion.
HAMPTON, Va. (November 19, 2020) – The Hampton University School of Pharmacy (HUSOP) and the Hampton University Health Center hosted a free flu vaccine clinic this month for HU students, faculty and staff with valid identification and insurance. Faculty, staff and students from the HUSOP and Health Center administered the shots from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 11, 2020. Facial coverings were required.
HAMPTON, Va. (November 19, 2020) – Dr. Oluwatoyin Ajibola Asojo, Chair of the Hampton University Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, has received a Diversity Program Consortium (DPC) Dissemination and Translation Award of $1,125,000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to deploy and test evidence-based interventions to increase diversity in biomedical careers. As there is an urgent need to increase the diversity of the biomedical workforce, this project will use the interventions to improve student competency in gatekeeper chemistry courses at Hampton University.
HAMPTON, Va. (November 19, 2020) – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced last week that Hampton University will receive part of a $15 million donation over the next three years that will help aid in the coronavirus response at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Through The Just Project, 29 of the nation’s more than 100 HBCUs have teamed up to increase access to COVID-19 diagnostic testing for campuses and their communities. The project is establishing testing hubs, and Hampton University will house one of those hubs.
Hampton, Va. November 10, 2020 -- Peloton (NASDAQ:PTON), the world’s leading interactive fitness platform, and GRAMMY® Award-winning global entertainer and entrepreneur, Beyoncé, today announced a broad, multi-year partnership rooted in the celebration of music -- a central component of the Peloton class experience -- and pro-social initiatives. As part of this partnership, the two are gifting two-year Peloton Digital memberships to students at 10 HBCUs including Hampton University, providing access to a full library of fitness classes through the Peloton App that …
HAMPTON, Va. (November 10, 2020) – Hampton University is one of 10 HBCUs across the country that is receiving the vital gifts of health, fitness and community from Peloton, the leading interactive fitness platform in the world. Hampton students will be receiving 2-year Peloton Digital Memberships, which will give them access to thousands of live and on-demand classes from world-class instructors.
HAMPTON, Va. (October 30, 2020) – Hampton University graduating seniors, Christian Peterson and Jordan Ray were crowned Miss Hampton University and Mr. Pirate for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, the pageant was held virtually, crowning Peterson as the 63 rd Miss Hampton University and Ray as the 17 th Mr. Pirate. “Miss Christian Peterson and Mr. Jordan Ray have a duty to represent Hampton University with their grace and character. We look forward to seeing the hard work and dedication of these two bright individuals during …
HAMPTON, Va. (October 30, 2020) – Hampton University student Ciara White-Sparks recently competed in the USA National Miss pageant and has won the title of USA National Miss District of Columbia. White-Sparks, a junior, journalism major, marketing minor from Las Vegas, NV, competed virtually in the pageant on October 11 th . She will represent the District of Columbia at the 2021 National Pageant in Disney World, July 4-10, to compete for a prize package that is valued at $100,000.
HAMPTON, Va. (October 27, 2020) – The Hampton University School of Pharmacy (HUSOP) is introducing a new degree program, the Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Science (BSPS), approved by Hampton University and by the Southern Association of Colleges and School Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
HAMPTON, Va. (Oct. 22, 2020) — The Hampton University Center for Public Policy (CPP) is working with The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research (AP-NORC) to conduct and release two polls during the 2020 presidential election cycle. Combining their strengths, the Hampton University/ AP-NORC partnership will use high quality research tools, data analytics and analysis of important issues to educate and inform the citizens of Virginia.
Dear Hampton University Community: I pray that you and your family are remaining healthy and safe as our nation continues to confront the challenges we face due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout this semester, I have been in contact with faculty, staff, and students who have reported that this semester is going well. Both faculty and students are actively engaged in the teaching/learning process and have adjusted to virtual instruction.
HAMPTON, Va. (October 19, 2020) – Dr. William B. Moore, Associate Professor in the Hampton University Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, along with several students, is part of a group of scientists that piloted and developed a land subsidence survey project. The purpose of the project is to better isolate short-term changes in land subsidence due to human activities from long-term geological signals due to glacial cycles and deep Earth processes.
HAMPTON, Va. (October 16, 2020) – The National Institutes of Health’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative has awarded a $1.18 million grant to Ethlyn McQueen-Gibson, DNP, Associate Professor with Hampton University’s School of Nursing; and Andrew Plunk, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and social scientist in the Community Health and Research division of EVMS Pediatrics. The grant will fund “Addressing Low-Income Housing Resident Mistrust In COVID-19 Guidance,” a study for which Dr. Plunk and Dr. McQueen-Gibson are Co-Principal …
HAMPTON, Va. (October 8, 2020) – Hampton University’s Dean of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, B. DaVida Plummer, weighed in on the current job market on a recent panel, providing opinions of what aspiring graduates can do to start their careers given the uncertain climate.
HAMPTON, Va. (October 8, 2020) – Hampton University has received a grant of $1 million from the Lilly Endowment Inc. to help establish The D’ART Collective: Extending Christian Discipleship through the Arts and Technology. The program is funded through Lilly Endowment’s Thriving Congregations Initiative. The aim of the national initiative is to strengthen Christian congregations so they can help people deepen their relationships with God, build strong relationships with each other and contribute to the flourishing of local communities and the world.
FORT WORTH, TX (October 6, 2020) – Hampton University Pre-Health students were invited to participate in a health disparities movie screening and discussion with former Surgeons General, focusing on health disparities in the era of COVID-19. The movie screening of the documentary, “Open Season: Racism and Health Disparities, the Two Deadliest Diseases in America” by filmmaker Crystal R. Emery and Roundtable event was a collaboration between Texas Christian University and University of North Texas Health Science Center (TCU-UNTHSC) School of Medicine.
FORT WORTH, TX (October 2, 2020) – Dr. Ethlyn McQueen-Gibson, Associate Professor for the Hampton University School of Nursing, Director of the Center for Gerontology Excellence, and co-chair for Hampton’s COVID-19 Task Force, has been named the Hampton Roads American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA) Board chair. The term is for two years.
HAMPTON, Va. (Oct. 2, 2020) – Hampton University Marine and Environmental Science Professor, Dr. Benjamin Cuker, has recently published a new book titled, “Diet for a Sustainable Ecosystem: The Science for Recovering the Health of the Chesapeake Bay and its People.” This new book explores the intersection between the food and system, human health and that of our environment.
HAMPTON, Va. (Oct. 2, 2020) — Hampton University is partnering with HBCU Heroes (501c3), founded by NBA Veteran George Lynch, Tracey Pennywell & CNN/MSNBC Political Commentator Kwame Jackson, in the Adopt-An-HBCU Good Trouble Voter Drive. In partnership with WNBA star & activist Renee Montgomery, co-founder of Remember the 3rd of November (501c3), and the Good Trouble campaign, the social media campaign will feature a line-up of celebrity HBCU alum and supporters educating HBCU students about their voting rights and encouraging them to register to vote ahead of election day …
HAMPTON, Va. (Oct. 1, 2020) — Hampton University is committed to prevention and keeping the campus community safe, informed and healthy. In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Hampton University Office of Admission will host its annual Fall Open House virtually on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. Hampton University takes the safety and health of its guests, staff and community very seriously.
HAMPTON, Va. (September 29, 2020) – The Hampton University School of Liberal Arts & Education and Pre-law Program hosted a virtual panel discussion on legal careers in sports, entertainment and intellection property law with four Hampton University alumni. Along with the alumni, several Hampton University faculty, students and staff participated in this panel discussion, hearing from the alumni who have successfully navigated through their careers following law school.
HAMPTON, VA, September 29, 2020 — Registered voters in Virginia have more positive views of how things are going in their local community and state than the country as a whole, according to a new Hampton University/AP-NORC Poll. Only a quarter say the country is headed in the right direction, but 65% feel things are on the right track in their community and 48% feel the same about their state.
HAMPTON, Va. (September 25, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited Hampton University on Friday, September 25 to tour the campus, meet with President William R. Harvey, Mayor Donnie Tuck, and other area leaders, and to announce the winners of The Reimagine Workforce Preparation Grant Program.
HAMPTON, Va. (September 25, 2020) – Hampton University is part of IBM’s new Quantum education and research initiative, along with 12 other HBCUS, aimed at driving a diverse and inclusive quantum workforce. The IBM-HBCU Quantum Center will offer access to its quantum computers, as well as collaboration on academic, education and community outreach programs.
HAMPTON, Va. (Sept. 24, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will visit the campus of Hampton University on Friday, September 25th, during National HBCU Week, to learn more about the university’s work to promote entrepreneurship and prepare graduates for success as the economy recovers from the impacts of COVID-19. There, the secretary will tour the campus and participate in a roundtable regarding entrepreneurship and workforce development with Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton University President, Mr. Scott Stump, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of …
HAMPTON, VA. (Sept. 23, 2020) — Hampton University's very own Kellie Wells-Brinkley and LaVonne Idlette will compete this fall on the long running CBS reality show “The Amazing Race,” which pits eleven teams in total battling for the $1 million prize. Both women are Olympic hurdlers. The new season of “The Amazing Race” is scheduled to premiere Oct. 14 on CBS at 9 p.m. EST.
HAMPTON, Va. - (September 23, 2020) – Hampton University faculty and students participated in the 27 th Annual Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE) Conference, September 9 th and 10 th . This innovative and interactive virtual conference brought together college and university deans, industry leaders, government officials, faculty and students to speak on discovering possibilities through research and partnerships in the engineering field.
HAMPTON, Va. (Sept. 22, 2020) — Hampton University senior, Pierce Johnson participated in BET’s nonpartisan #ReclaimYourVote campaign, in an exclusive conversation between Democratic Vice Presidential nominee, Senator Kamala Harris and students from other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This virtual Q&A was hosted by Emmy-nominated actor, producer, media personality and HBCU alum Terrence J.
HAMPTON, VA. (September 21, 2020) - On Tuesday, September 22, at 11 am, the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) will hold a media event at Richmond’s 17th Street Market in Shockoe Bottom to bring attention to the $11.1 million in funding HUPTI was previously included in Governor Ralph Northam’s budget in the Virginia General Assembly. HUPTI is also calling attention as well to funding requests for $50 million in support from the Virginia General Assembly in their fight against cancer. Bill Thomas, Hampton University Associate Vice President of Governmental …
HAMPTON, Va. (Sept. 18, 2020) — Nine Hamptonians have been selected to participate in Position Sport’s inaugural HBCU Diversity Recognition Equality Activism Mentorship (DREAM) Program for the Fall of 2020. For 10 weeks 21 students from various HBCUs, who are interested in a career in sports management and marketing, will be attending a virtual internship. The goal of the internship is to review all of the different areas of the sports industry, as well as assist with real world career advice to set the students up for success with networking, resume building and their own …
HAMPTON, Va. - (September 18, 2020) – On Wednesday, September 3 rd , The Hampton University Student Counseling Center held its first ever virtual event, “Deeply Rooted: Cultivating the Seeds of Emotional Freedom,” which discussed the historical context of mental health in America, with special emphasis on the role of mental health in the Black community. The keynote speaker was Amanda Seales, comedian, actress, singer, activist and mental health. There were almost 400 attendees for this program.
HAMPTON, Va. (September 18, 2020) – Dr. Carolina Bonin Lewallen, Assistant Professor for the Hampton University Marine and Environmental Science Department, has been awarded a $300,000 Research Initiation Award from the National Science Foundation to study molecular markers in the skin of common bottlenose dolphins.
Columbus, OH – Nearly 90% of Black college students considering a financial services career report they believe there are challenges that specifically affect Black advisors and financial professionals in the industry today, according to new research conducted by the Nationwide Retirement Institute®.
HAMPTON, Va. - (September 16, 2020) – Hampton University is pleased to announce two new Interim Dean positions. Dr. Isi Ero-Tolliver is the new Interim Dean of the School of Science, and Dr. Sylvia Rose is the new Interim Dean of the James T. George School of Business. Both appointments begin immediately.
HAMPTON, Va. (September 16, 2020) – The Hampton University Museum and Archives has been awarded a $249,898 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to conserve and digitize twelve Letter Books that belonged to the founder of Hampton University, General Samuel Chapman Armstrong. The grant is part of IMLS’ Save America’s Treasures program, which is designed to support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections.
HAMPTON, Va. (Sept. 10, 2020) – Hampton University is among one of the first HBCUs to receive COVID-19 testing equipment from Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. The $2.3 million donation is part of Thermo Fisher’s efforts to support HBCUs in the U.S. to make COVID-19 testing available to all students, faculty and staff when they return to campus.
HAMPTON, Va. - (September 10, 2020) – The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) held a press conference on Wednesday, September 2nd in front of the historic Emancipation Oak to bring attention to funding that was promised to the proton cancer center by federal, state and local officials, but has yet to be fully supported.
HAMPTON, Va. - (September 8, 2020) – Hampton University is participating in the 27 th Annual Advancing Minorities Interest in Engineering (AMIE) Conference, which takes place virtually Wednesday, September 9 th and Thursday, September 10 th . This year’s theme is “A New Decade: Discovering the Possibilities Through Research and Sustained Partnerships.”
HAMPTON, Va. (Sept. 4, 2020) – Welcome to the beautiful waterfront campus of Hampton University that is your “Home by the Sea.” I am very pleased to have this opportunity to welcome you to this Fall 2020 virtual experience as a Hampton University student. Hopefully, this will be a very productive year. The Hampton Experience as we know it, has changed drastically over the past several months. The onset of COVID-19 upended the entire world. As a result, all of us had to make swift adjustments — in our professional and personal lives.
HAMPTON, Va. (September 1, 2020) - On Wednesday, September 2, at 11 am, the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) will hold a media event at the historic Emancipation Oak, on Hampton University’s campus. The goal of this event is to bring attention to the funding HUPTI was previously promised yet never received from federal, state, and local officials, in their fight against cancer. Bill Thomas, Hampton University Associate Vice President of Government Relations will be joined by Former Republican Delegate David Yancey, HUPTI graduates, and a host of university staff …
HAMPTON, Va. (August 31, 2020) – The Hampton University William R. Harvey Leadership Institute (WRHLI) hosted the 23 rd Annual High School Leadership Summit, July 13 to July 17. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s summit was held virtually. This summit is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors to learn skills in order to establish a plan for success after graduation. This year’s theme was “Service and Character.”
HAMPTON, Va. (Aug. 28, 2020) – Hampton University Assistant Professor Dr. Vincent de Paul Nzuwah Nziko has been awarded a $199,834 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to revamp the delivery method and environment for Organic Chemistry courses on campus. The goal of Dr. Nziko’s project is to improve the success rate in terms of the quality and quantity of STEM majors in Organic Chemistry classes at Hampton University through various methods such as new technology and peer-to-peer interaction.
HAMPTON, Va. (August 18, 2020) – Hampton University junior journalism and communications major Jonathan Scott has been named a Rhoden Fellow. Scott will participate in the fourth class of the Rhoden Fellowship – a one-year sports journalism internship program with ESPN’s The Undefeated that identifies and trains aspiring African American journalists. This Rhoden Fellowship class will begin Monday, August 24 and last through the conclusion of the 2020-2021 academic year. Scott is a Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications student.
HAMPTON, Va. (Aug. 17, 2020) — The Hampton University Museum is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $218,669 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Museum Grants for African American History and Culture that will expand the accessibility of its African American art collection through a three-year collection management software implementation project.
HAMPTON, Va. (August 12, 2020) – The Hampton University James T. George School of Business is excited to announce the partnership with Barron’s in Education , which will offer students, faculty, and staff digital subscriptions to Barron’s online content and other experiential learning opportunities. Morgan Stanley has graciously provided sponsorship for this program. Barron’s is America’s premier financial magazine, which provides in-depth analysis and commentary on the markets, updated every business day online.
HAMPTON, Va. (Aug. 3, 2020) — Hampton University’s William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library has been awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program. The award in the amount of $249,955 will fund a three year project grant entitled Leading the Charge: Advancing the Recruitment, Retention and Inclusion of People of Color within the Library and Information Science Field.
HAMPTON, Va. - (July 31, 2020) – Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey, appeared on politico Roland Martin’s digital show last night to speak about the $30,000,000 donation to the school by Ms. MacKenzie Scott, the largest, single gift in Hampton’s history. Dr. Harvey was interviewed on Martin’s digital show, “#RolandMartinUnfiltered,” via the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications’ ReadyCam on-site studio.
HAMPTON, Va. (July 28, 2020) – Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey is pleased to announce that the University has received the largest, single gift in the school’s history from Ms. MacKenzie Scott. Ms. Scott made the announcement public today, saying “I pledged to give the majority of my wealth back to the society that helped generate it, [and] to do it thoughtfully.”
HAMPTON, Va. - (July 28, 2020) – Recognized nationally, the latest Hampton University Center for Public Policy (CPP) poll reveals Virginians attitudes about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on their lives generally, from an employment perspective, financially, and how they feel about the response to the pandemic by state and national leaders. While the majority of Virginians are pleased with Governor Ralph Northam and his handling of the response to the coronavirus in the Commonwealth of Virginia, according to a new poll from the CPP, many Virginians strongly disapprove of …
HAMPTON, Va. (July 18, 2020) – Hampton University president, Dr. William R. Harvey and the entire Hampton University community are mourning the loss of a powerful champion of human rights who gave voice to the needs of those whose voices were stifled if not silenced, through oppression and disenfranchisement. Congressman Lewis passed away on Friday after a six-month battle with cancer. He was 80.
Dear Hampton University Alumni: Congratulations on setting a new alumni giving record! For academic year 2019-2020, Hampton University alumni gave over $3 million in annual contributions to our “Home by the Sea.” This was the most that our wonderful alumni have ever contributed in a single year! You are to be commended for your dedication to your alma mater. Thank you for your generosity and your continued support.
HAMPTON, Va. (July 16, 2020) – Three Hampton University students have been selected to participate in the third cohort of the HBCU Library Alliance Summer Conservation/Preservation program, which due to COVID-19 will be conducted virtually. This program is a partnership between the HBCU Library Alliance and the Winterthur University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation.
HAMPTON, Va. - (July 15, 2020) – Hampton University PharmD student Tiffany Alfred is the 2020 recipient of the Harvey B. Morgan Award for Advancing Health Policy. This award, given on behalf of the Virginia Pharmacists Association (VPhA), recognizes and honors a future pharmacist who demonstrates service, activity, and commitment in professional policy development and advocacy for improved healthcare. As part of the award, Alfred will receive a $1,000 check, plaque, and a stipend for registration to attend the VPhA Annual meeting.
HAMPTON, VA (July 15, 2020) — The Radio Hall of Fame has released their 2020 nominees, across six categories. This year’s nominees include Hampton University alumnus Raashaun ‘DJ Envy’ Casey and his co-hosts Angela Yee, and Charlamagne Tha God, collectively known as The Breakfast Club in the Active Network/Syndication (10 years or more) category.
Dear Pirates: I hope this communication finds you and your loved ones well during this challenging time. Out of Concern for the spread of COVID-19 among our athletes and members of other HU constituent groups, all fall sports have been suspended. If conditions permit, we anticipate resuming all athletic related activities during the spring semester 2021. The spring semester will consist of both winter and spring sports.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - (July 8, 2020) – Hampton University student Bruce Wilson has been named a 2020 HBCU Competitiveness Scholar, the highest student recognition given through the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Wilson is a rising senior, political science major, economics minor from Chicago, IL and was recently elected to serve as the Student Representative on the Hampton University Board of Trustees.
HAMPTON, Va. (July 6, 2020) – NBA All-Star Bradley Beal, of the Washington Wizards, surprised four Ron Brown College Preparatory High School students in Washington D.C., who are all attending HBCUs in the fall, with special gift boxes and a $3,000 scholarship each. One of the recipients is Jaden Crosson, an incoming Hampton University freshman who will enter HU’s five-year MBA program. Beal has had a long-standing relationship with Ron Brown HS and is known to many students as a big brother.
Dear Hampton University Community: The past few months have been extremely challenging times for all of us. Yet, despite all that is happening in the world today, I can still see the light at the end of the tunnel. The light shining before me is the bright beam of education that promises better opportunities to all who follow its path. Providing our students with a quality education is Hampton University’s primary raison d'être, or reason for being. Therefore, we will continue to find new and innovative ways to reach and teach our students, even in the midst …
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - (July 6, 2020) – If you loved season 1 of Carl Weber’s “The Family Business” on BET, season 2 debuted on Thursday, July 2, starring Hampton University’s very own Javicia Leslie, class of 2009. Leslie plays Paris Duncan, the youngest daughter in the Duncan family, who are an upstanding, tightknit family that, by day, owns and operates an exotic car dealership in New York. By night, their business activities are more exotic in nature.
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