Hampton University is the recipient of a Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Initiative for Substance Abuse (SA), HIV and Hepatitis Prevention award for $85,000. It is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The HU Peers in Prevention (HU-PIP) program is a joint effort between the HU Student Counseling Center and the University Health Center. It is designed to increase access to comprehensive, integrated substance abuse, HIV and hepatitis prevention services, and early detection of HIV among the university's students. A cadre of student peer educators will be recruited from a cross-section of the student body, to be trained for leadership in the initiative. Student Health Center Administrator Darylnet Lyttle and Student Counseling Center Director Dr. Linda Kirkland-Harris are the program co-directors.
Christen Wilson, a member of Hampton University's Concert and University Choirs, was a recipient of a $5,000 scholarship sponsored by the 105 Voices of History.
Two Hampton University students were chosen to participate in the 105 Voices of History HBCU National Concert Choir. Shaun Simmons, a second-year voice major from Philadelphia, Pa., and Christen Wilson, a third-year voice major from Jacksonville, Fla., were selected from among HU students to participate. The National Concert Choir's performance was held on Sept. 18 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.
Wilson, a member of Hampton University's Concert and University Choirs, was a recipient of a $5,000 scholarship sponsored by the 105 Voices of History.
"Being a part of the 105 Voices of History was an unforgettable experience," said Wilson. "Performing at the Kennedy Center was an honor I never thought I'd have the opportunity to experience." He was awarded on stage during the concert choir's performance at the Kennedy Center.
The HU Dean of Men, Dean of Women and Resident Assistants
Hampton University Dean of Men Woodson Hopewell '75 was a resident assistant (RA) in Harkness Hall and Davidson Hall, when it was a male facility, when he was a student. HU Dean of Women Jewel Long '69 was a resident assistant in Stone Manor and Kennedy Hall when she was a student.
Now, the two are part of a team that oversees the current RAs at HU. There are 30 female and 40 male RAs on campus.
"As an RA, I worked with freshmen helping them to become acclimated to the college setting," Long said.
The newest RA's are doing the same this year, serving as leaders in the freshman and upperclassman dormitories. According to the student handbook, RA's have several responsibilities that range from implementing visitation policies to acting as a building supervisor in the absence of a residence hall director, (who is responsible for the dorm's management) or a graduate assistant (GA), who is their assistant.