The Hampton University family mourns the death of devoted alumnus and faculty member, Mr. Royzell L. Dillard, who passed away on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. Joining the Hampton University faculty in 1986, Dillard served as a faithful member for twenty-five years. At the time of his passing, he was an Assistant Professor of Music, the Director of University Choirs, and the Minister of Music at Hampton University’s Memorial Church.
Hampton University's "Awareness Day" was so successful that the HIV/AIDS testing capacity was reached before the end of the event at 4 p.m. The Hampton University Department of Health Physical Education and Recreation (HPER), the HU Peers in Prevention Program (HU-PIP) and the University Health Center in conjunction with the Magic Johnson Foundation hosted the event Nov. 7, with a goal of testing 200 students.
The Hampton University School of Pharmacy (HUSOP) hosted a Health and Wellness Fair, in conjunction with the Script Your Future Campaign, at the West Hampton Community Center in October. The free event rendered 116 screenings to participants, and provided the public with tools and strategies to improve medication adherence. Medication adherence involves taking medications as prescribed.
Health screenings, including diabetic foot exams, blood pressure and blood glucose tests were available, as well as information about Medicare enrollment and living with hypertension and asthma. A total of 60 HUSOP students participated in the fair, which included prizes and a raffle drawing.
Students are still buzzing about the 2011 Hampton Idol competition that kicked off homecoming week. Performers exceeded expectations when they fearlessly left their hearts on the stage after each performance. Competition in both the singing and rap portion was stiff, but in then end, Scotte Johnson wowed the judges with her heart-felt interpretation of Jasmine Sullivan's "In Love with Another Man," and received a standing ovation after her second performance; a medley of Monica's "So Gone" and Beyonce's "Irreplaceable." Johnson was named the winner of the singing portion of the competition.
Travis Davis enticed the judges with his smooth, Rick Ross-influenced style. Davis appeared confident on stage, and was complimented on his stage presence and ability to work the crowd. Davis was named the winner of the rap portion of the competition.