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HU Chosen to 'Create' at Microsoft Hackathon Event

L to R - William Brown, III, Gabrielle Buchanan, Dr. Thomas Mensah, Dr. Chutima Boonthum-Denecke, Lauren Patterson, C. Camerson Peele

Left to Rright - William Brown, III, Gabrielle Buchanan, Dr. Thomas Mensah, Dr. Chutima Boonthum-Denecke, Lauren Patterson, C. Camerson Peele

A group of four Hampton University students and a faculty member traveled to Microsoft headquarters to participate in learning and training sessions and the Hackathon League Series Competition, sponsored by the United Athletes Foundation (UAF) in partnership with Microsoft.

The UAF Be "U" Hackathon League is an event designed to leverage the talents and resources of the emerging collegiate community to enable students to create innovative technologies. The Hampton team was one of 12 teams selected for the opportunity to create innovative "Apps" with the support of advisors and mentor-coaches comprised of technology industry leaders.

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HU Hosts Leadership Summit for Highschoolers

Hampton University's High School Leadership Summit was Nov. 21-23, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Hampton. The focus of this year's summit was, "The Leader Within." The event is hosted annually by the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute (WRHLI).

The summit gives high school seniors the opportunity to begin thinking about their next steps after graduation Participants involved learned how to better their critical and decision making skills, as well as teamwork ability and basic leadership principles. HU Professor DaVida Plummer spearheaded this year's summit, which included 23 high school participants. This is also Plummer's first year as director of the WRHLI.

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World Diabetes Day at HU

Dr. David Ombengi (on right) with students.

Dr. David Ombengi (on right) with students.

Hampton University School of Pharmacy Assistant Professor David Ombengi lectured a group of pharmacy students Nov. 14 about the effects of diabetes. The event was in conjunction with World Diabetes Day and Diabetes Month, both recognized in November.

African Americans are 1.7 times more likely to have diabetes as non- Hispanic whites, and the disease is one of the most serious health problems faced by blacks today, according to the American Diabetes Association.

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HUUC Student Gets Scholarship as Part of New Partnership

Hampton University University College (HUUC) Student Garry Garner recently received a $1,000 scholarship from the Virginia Apprenticeship Alumni Association (VAAA). The VAAA awards scholarships are to support active apprentices as they continue their education and training beyond apprenticeship to enhance their working career. Garner is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Architecture at HU.

This is the beginning of several new initiatives between the HU School of Engineering and Technology, University College and the Apprentice School to include new and updated articulation agreements in development for Engineering and Business Management, official said.

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