Dr. Aaron Livingston (seated) served as a member of the press. HU Student Jamie Curry (standing) served as the NCAA president.
Health Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) students participated in a mock press conference as part of Dr. Chevelle Hall's College Athletic Administration course. The course is designed for students to mimic an organization, which this semester was the National College Athletic Association (NCAA), Hall said.
This particular case featured the NCAA explaining their actions for penalizing the University of Southern California (USC) for four years of recruiting and other violations that primarily involved football star Reggie Bush and basketball player O.J. Mayo. Both were star athletes at the school and Bush relinquished his Heisman after the scandal.
Each student in the exercise served as a leader for the NCAA.
"I want my students to be able to face any type of scenario when they leave HU as professionals," Hall said. "These types of exercises are good preparation and they always do an outstanding job."
Dr. Chutima Boonthum, Dr. Jean Muhammad and Dr. Yen-Hung Hu serve as directors and professors in the Information Assurance Center at HU.
Hampton University is prepared to equip more graduate students with the tools to compete in one of today's most sought after industries, cybersecurity. The National Science Foundations (NSF) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently awarded a $2.3 million grant to the HU Department of Computer Science for the CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service: HU Graduate Education and Training Scholarships in Information Assurance (HU GETS-IA) program.
The CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service program provides students interested in graduate study with an opportunity to earn a Master's of Science degree in Information Assurance from HU. Each student supported by the program will be awarded funds to cover tuition, education related fees and receive a stipend.
Students must have a 3.3 GPA to enroll in the program and must maintain a 3.5 GPA throughout. This year, the department will enroll two rising seniors and two newly enrolled graduate students into the program. Recruitment for students began this spring.
HU will recruit from within the computer science undergraduate program and work with its partners in The Association of Computer Information Sciences and Engineering Departments at Minority Institutions (ADMI), to recruit highly qualified computer science students interested in cybersecurity.
-Naima G. Ford