Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Honors Distinguished Media Alumni as Part of Its 20th-Year Celebration, Friday, Feb. 10, 2023

MSNBC President Rashida Jones Headlines Alumni Honorees

(HAMPTON, VA) – Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism & Communications alumna and MSNBC President Rashida Jones headlines the school’s distinguished alumni, as SHSJC prepares for its 20th-year anniversary celebration on Feb. 10, 2023, Dean Julia A. Wilson announced today.

The celebration commemorates the $10 million donation in 2002 from the Scripps Howard Foundation. The gift was made during the tenure of the Foundation’s former president and chief executive officer, Judith Clabes, a champion for excellence in journalism and journalism education. The Foundation, the longtime philanthropic arm of, The E.W. Scripps Company, is now an affiliate of the newly created public-facing Scripps Howard Fund.

Dean Wilson will present SHSJC’s coveted Achievement of Excellence Award to Jones, a 2002 graduate, while 2011 alumna Jessi Mitchell of WCBS-New York and 2008 alumnus Justin Tinsley of ESPN will be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.

“To paraphrase the famous Frank Sinatra song, 2002 was indeed ‘a very good year,’” Wilson said. We are grateful to Judith Clabes for the opportunity to relocate the great work done in the Mass Media Arts department into its own building as part of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. We’re delighted to honor Rashida Jones who was a shining star among the talented SHSJC graduating class that first year. She has gone on to run MSNBC, one of our nation’s most prominent and successful cable news networks. We are delighted to have her join our celebration – and salute her achievements with our school’s highest award.”

“Hampton University is a living reflection of our own company’s motto, that is: ‘Give light and people will find their way,” said Adam Chase, vice president and general manager at WTKR, The E.W. Scripps station in Norfolk, VA. “We’re proud of our longtime partnership with Hampton, helping to foster workplace diversity and providing the media industry with qualified journalists and communication professionals.”

WCBS’ Mitchell attended Hampton University on full academic scholarship and graduated magna cum laude, with a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in Spanish. ESPN’s Tinsley is a senior sport and culture reporter at that network and is the author of the hip hop music icon’s chronicle, “It Was All a Dream: Biggie and the World that Made Him.”

“We are fiercely proud of these highly accomplished graduates,” Wilson said. “They are emblematic of our school’s acumen in, and commitment to, producing world-class journalists.” She added that the school still is accepting commitments from news groups, public relations organizations and other corporations to present their companies’ opportunities to students and offer student interviews and ‘a foot in the door’ at the all-day Career Fair that precedes the evening award presentations. A total of 30 companies can be accommodated in the school building for the Career Fair, with each company contributing a $1,000 or $1,500 donation.

The 20th anniversary celebration culminates with a media star-studded evening reception for alumni, students, sponsors and corporations at The Landing Hotel Marina, near the school.  The celebration will include past and present leaders of the school, students, faculty, staff and alumni. SHSJC’s namesake, Scripps Howard Fund and the E. W. Scripps Company, will serve as the event’s ‘Presenting Sponsor;’ while The Washington Post, GrayTV, Virginia Association of Broadcasters and WAVY-TV are participating donors for the Career Fair.

“We thank the Scripps organization for our longstanding and treasured partnership, as well as its gracious sponsorship of this special event,” Wilson said. “And, we’re honored to have news icons and strategic communications companies such as The Washington Post, our local TV stations and the Virginia Association of Broadcasters among our participants.

“We believe media companies; corporate communication recruiters and other participants will find some outstanding potential employees and interns at this historic event.  This 20th anniversary reflects our school’s legacy of providing a stellar “Standard of Excellence” in teaching and service to our students,” Wilson continued.  “For our media and corporate partners, it is a reminder of our commitment to pursuing academic excellence and innovation in a fast-changing news and media landscape.  And we appreciate our partners’ ongoing financial and intellectual support, as we build on our legacy, and continue making plans to create a Global Media Center that will prepare our students for careers in the global marketplace.” 

For more information, please contact Assistant Dean Carol Crabbe (757) 727-5405 or shsjc@hamptonu.edu).

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About The Scripps Howard Fund

The Scripps Howard Fund is a public charity that supports philanthropic causes important to The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) and the communities it serves, with a special emphasis on journalism education, excellence in journalism and childhood literacy. At the crossroads of the classroom and the newsroom, the Fund is a leader in supporting journalism through scholarships, internships, minority recruitment and development and First Amendment causes. The Scripps Howard Awards stand as one of the industry’s top honors for outstanding journalism, and the Fund’s annual “If You Give a Child a Book …” childhood literacy campaign has distributed thousands of new books to children in need across the nation. In support of its mission to create a better-informed world, the Fund also partners with Scripps brands to create awareness of local issues and support organizations that help build thriving communities.The Scripps Howard Foundation, an affiliated organization with the Scripps Howard Fund, supports Scripps’ charitable efforts through its endowment, key assets and major donations.

About Hampton University

Hampton University is a comprehensive institution of higher education, dedicated to the promotion of learning, building of character, and preparation of promising students for positions of leadership and service. Its curriculum emphasis is scientific and professional with a strong liberal arts undergirding. In carrying out its mission, the University requires that everything that it does be of the highest quality. A historically black institution, Hampton University is committed to multiculturalism. The University serves students from diverse national, cultural and economic backgrounds. Research and public service are integral parts of Hampton’s mission. To enhance scholarship and discovery, the faculty is engaged in writing, research, and grantsmanship. In achieving its mission, Hampton University offers exemplary programs and opportunities which enable students, faculty and staff to grow, develop and contribute to our society in a productive and useful manner. Visit www.hamptonu.edu for more information.

About the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

Founded in 2002, the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications emphasizes excellence and innovation while adhering to the core standards and ethical principles of the industry. The Scripps Howard School is equipped with a professional television studio and control room, a live, FM radio station (WHOV 88.1 MHz) with digital streaming to the Internet, high-tech classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art Promethean boards and a 150-seat stadium-style media auditorium. Students and alumni have worked internship positions and launched media careers with top-ranked organizations such as Google, NPR, Radio One, St. Petersburg Times, The Washington Post, Essence Magazine, Time Magazine, ESPN, USA Today, Bloomberg News, Ogilvy, Burson-Marsteller, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and many more.

The Chamber of Commerce for the Virginia Peninsula Hosted its First Spotlight Event of the Year at Hampton University’s Cancer Treatment Center

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On January 25, The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) hosted the year’s first Spotlight on the Peninsula event for the Virginia Peninsula Chamber. The evening was attended by about 65 key members and leaders of the Hampton Roads community, including Barret Stork, director of Government and Regulatory Affairs for COX Virginia, the event’s presenting sponsor; City of Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck; and Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams.

From left, Barret Stork, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs for COX Virginia, Tiffany Rodgers, Director of Marketing (HUPTI), Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams and Bob McKenna, Virginia Peninsula Chamber President/CEO.

The Spotlight on the Peninsula is a monthly, free networking event that started about four years ago. The third visit was hosted at the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute, said Bob McKenna, the Virginia Peninsula Chamber President/CEO. “The intent of the program is to show people some of the great assets that we have [in the peninsula].”

During the opening remarks, President Williams thanked the Chamber and McKenna for spearheading efforts to raise millions of dollars for additional equipment at HUPTI.

McKenna has championed HUPTI and Hampton University through various communal efforts, Williams said. These efforts ultimately resulted in the ability to raise about $2 million for an MRI that resides in the center and helps provide support to somewhere between 60 and 80 patients a day. “That’s to real people here in the Tidewater area that are getting help through the Proton Therapy Institute.”

MaryBeth Sullivan, HUPTI’s executive director, spoke on the history of the center and state-of-the-art technological advancements that are to come, including a revolutionary PET scanner that will be brought to HUPTI in 2024.

The event included a 20-minute presentation led by one of HUPTI’s radiation oncologists, Dr. Allan Thornton, who offered attendees a high-level review of the history of proton therapy, what its capabilities are, and some real case studies of patients he has treated. The evening concluded with members of HUPTI’s leadership team offering tours of the facility, including a behind-the-scenes look at the machinery that is used to treat about 75 patients daily.

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About Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI)

The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI), established in 2010, has successfully helped fight the cancers of more than 4,000 patients from across the globe. Located in Hampton, Virginia, HUPTI is the largest standalone proton treatment center in the country, and at its inception, was the eighth such center in the United States. Proton therapy is universally accepted as a viable and effective method to treat many forms of cancer—one of the top killers in Virginia. It is a noninvasive option that precisely targets the tumor, sparing healthy tissue. At HUPTI, patients receive outpatient treatment in about 30 minutes, which means no hospital stays, allowing them to maintain their current lifestyle. The center treats several types of cancer, including breast, lung, prostate, head & neck, ocular, brain & spine, gastrointestinal and pediatric tumors.

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Multimedia Marketing Specialist
757.251.6814
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President Darrell K. Williams Presides over his First Founder’s Day Celebration as Hampton University Celebrates its 130th  

Hampton University President
Darrell K. Williams

HAMPTON, Va. (January 29, 2023) – President Darrell K. Williams presided over his first Founder’s Day celebration as Hampton University celebrated the 130th Annual Founder’s Day Ceremony on Sunday, January 29, 2023.

“Amazing and awesome are my thoughts when I consider the connection between the founder Brigadier General Armstrong and myself, a retired Army officer, accepting the mantle and pushing us forward. Amazing!” said Williams.

Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute was founded on April 1, 1868 by Brigadier General Samuel Chapman Armstrong.  The Institute offered an education of “the head, the heart, and the hand” to the formerly enslaved. In keeping with tradition, a commemorative service was held at the Hampton University Cemetery, during which President Williams placed a wreath on General Armstrong’s tombstone.

Hampton University Alumnus Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, president emeritus of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), who served from 1992 to 2022, was the Founder’s Day keynote speaker.

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III,
Featured Speaker

“Though a visionary, General Armstrong could never have imagined that one day an African American would also be a military general and the president of this institution,” Dr. Hrabowski said during a motivational address in the historic Robert C. Ogden Auditorium on the Hampton campus. “I want us to celebrate today the idea of this journey of leadership and excellence,” Hrabowski said.

Hrabowski and his wife Jacqueline are both 1970 graduates of then Hampton Institute and are generous supporters of their alma mater. In 2018, Hampton University recognized their generosity with the naming and dedication ceremony of the Freeman and Jacqueline Hrabowski Student Success Center.

During his speech, Hrabowski said, “Hampton is the number one producer of African Americans who earn Ph. Ds in natural sciences and engineering in the country. You’re in the top five.” During his rousing and inspiring speech, he challenged every student to stand and repeat, “Thoughts, words, actions, habits, character, destiny. Your thoughts become your words; your words become your actions; your actions become your habits; your habits become your character; and your character becomes your destiny. We become what we think we are,” said Hrabowski.

During the Founder’s Day ceremony, President Williams presented the Hampton University Presidential Citizenship Award to Dr. Jeffery O. Smith, superintendent of Hampton City Schools.  Dr. Smith began his tenure as superintendent on July 15, 2015.  Under his leadership, the division’s 32 schools earned full accreditation without conditions in 2019. University Chancellor and Provost Dr. JoAnn W. Haysbert presented the Hampton University Professors Emeriti Mamie E. Locke, Ph.D., Department of Political Science, History, and International Studies; and Isai Urasa, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry and Chemistry. Mr. Novelle Dickenson, president of the Hampton University Quarter-Century Club, recognized the 2023 Quarter-Century Club inductees. Senior English major and history minor Ms. Margaret Daramola stole the show with the recitation of her original poem “Promised Land.” She was the winner of the Hampton University Student Poet Initiative Award. Professor Omar Dickenson conducted the University Choir in two soul-stirring musical selections.

Scripps Howard School of Journalism & Communications Celebrate 20th Anniversary

Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications


~Commemorative Career Fair & Anniversary Event Held at the Landing~


HAMPTON, VA (Dec. 19, 2022) — Founded in September 2002, this calendar year represents the 20th Anniversary in the establishment of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University. To recognize this important milestone, a celebratory program will be held on Friday, February 10, 2023, at the Landing Hotel in Hampton, Va. In addition, a commemorative career fair will be held at the Scripps school featuring the top news and public relations firms in the nation for direct student engagement.


Julia A. Wilson, Dean of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, said, “Our school was founded to serve as a pipeline
of talent and to bring diversity into the newsrooms. Our students are trained to become professional journalists and strategic communicators who can compete globally. One of the industry’s most glaring weaknesses, when the school was founded, was that there were few people of
color in high profile, leadership positions. We are proud that the Scripps school has contributed greatly to changing that paradigm over these past 20 years by providing exceptional talent to media organizations and public relations agencies worldwide.”


The Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications is a 36,000-square-foot building and includes classrooms, broadcast journalism facilities, a television studio with state-of-the-art digital editing equipment, a radio station, a multi-media lecture hall and
auditorium, and four computer labs for writing, reporting, and editing for print, broadcast and online journalism and communications.


“Our students are the reason for the success of our school, said Dean Wilson. “With industry professional lecturers from across the country, they are exposed to some of the most prolific journalists and media figures who share real-world industry experiences. We receive inquiries from around the world regarding enrollment. And our faculty are second to none by providing top-tier educational experiences for our students.”

Members of the Scripps team are:


Scripps school boasts of partnerships with numerous organizations, including the Scripps Howard Fund, NBC Universal News Group, White House Correspondents Association, WTKR-TV 3, RF Binder, Sloan PR, NBCUniversal/Comcast, WAVY-TV 10, Warner Media, the Center for Strategic & International Studies, Daily Press, 21st Century, Oculus, Canon and MTV Entertainment Group, and many other
organizations.


For more information on the Career Fair and the 20th Anniversary celebration, contact the Office of University Relations at 757.727.5253.


About Hampton University
Hampton University is a comprehensive institution of higher education, dedicated to the promotion of learning, building of character and preparation of promising students for positions of leadership and service. Its curriculum emphasis is scientific and professional with strong liberal art undergirding. In carrying out its mission, the University requires that everything that it does be of the highest quality. A historically black institution, Hampton University is committed to multiculturalism. The University serves students from diverse national, cultural and economic backgrounds. Research and public service are integral parts of Hampton’s mission. In order to enhance scholarship and discovery, the faculty is engaged in writing, research, and grantsmanship. In achieving its mission, Hampton University offers exemplary programs and opportunities which enable students, faculty and staff to grow, develop and contribute to our society in a productive and useful manner. Visit www.hamptonu.edu for more information.

A Message from Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams:

Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams

The Hampton University family is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Tyre Nichols. We send our deepest condolences to his parents, family, friends and the entire Memphis community. Though you are geographically hundreds of miles from Hampton, what happens to one of us happens to all of us. We are united with you in spirit. There are no words that can alleviate the hurt we all feel in the wake of this senseless tragedy.

Police Chief Cerelyn C. J. Davis said, “this is a failing of basic humanity towards another individual. This incident was heinous, reckless and inhumane.” The Hampton Pirate nation is keeping Tyre’s family, and everyone impacted by this event, in our prayers during this difficult time.

For any member of the Hampton University community who needs additional support in processing this event, please contact the Student Counseling Center. (757) 727-5617.

Hampton University Appoints New Title IX Coordinator

Kori Harris, Hampton University Title IX …

HAMPTON, Va. (Jan. 11, 2023) — Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams announced today the appointment of Ms. Kori Harris as the new Title IX Coordinator at Hampton University.

“Ms. Kori Harris is a seasoned professional who will continue to bring integrity and compassion to the Title IX office,” said President Williams. 

Harris received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from Hampton University in 2018 and her M.A. in Law/Criminal Justice from Regent University in 2019. Harris has served as the Title IX investigator at Hampton University since July 2022. Before joining the Hampton University family, Harris was a victim advocate in the Office of the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney. In that position, her responsibilities included supporting victims, their family members, and witnesses through various systems, including law enforcement, healthcare and social services; providing individual and group counseling to individuals who experienced various forms of distress as a result of abuse and/or sexual assault; and conducting intake needs assessments and safety plans with participants in accordance with state standards.

“I am deeply honored, humbled, and extremely excited to accept the appointment as Title IX Coordinator,” said Harris. “It is a privilege to come back to my Home by the Sea to serve the students, faculty, and staff of this wonderful University. I plan to do my part to honor President Williams’ mission of Delivering the #1 Student Experience in America along with encouraging students to ‘Never stay silent, always come forward!’ I appreciate all of the support that I have received thus far. Go, Pirates!”

Hampton University adheres to all federal, state, and local civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination in employment and education. Hampton University does not discriminate in its admissions practices [except as permitted by law], in its employment practices, or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, creed, religion, disability, genetic information, national origin, military or veteran status or for engaging in protected activity.

Hampton Alumnus and Former University of Maryland Baltimore County President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, to give Founder’s Day Address

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski

Hampton, Va. (January 23, 2023) – Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, former University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) president and member of the Hampton University class of 1970, will give the keynote address at the 130th Annual Hampton University Founder’s Day ceremony on Sunday, January 29 at 11:30 a.m. in Hampton’s historic Robert C. Ogden Hall.

“I am honored to welcome Keynote Speaker, Dr. Hrabowski, a proud Hamptonian and supporter back to his alma mater. I am also proud to continue the tradition and legacy of celebrating Founder’s Day. Our visionary founder, General Samuel Chapman Armstrong, believed in ‘an education that encompassed the head, the heart, and the hands.’ We look forward to continuing his principles,” said Darrell K. Williams, Hampton University President.

“I am also excited to hear the poem of Hampton University senior Margaret Daramola, the winner of the Hampton University Student Poet Initiative Award,” said Williams. The poem is entitled “Promised Land.”

During the ceremony, Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams will present the Presidential Citizenship Award to Dr. Jeffery O. Smith, superintendent of Hampton City Schools. Dr. Smith began his tenure as superintendent on July 15, 2015. Under his leadership, all of the division’s 32 schools achieved full accreditation without conditions in 2019. Dr. Smith will retire on July 1.

Founder’s Day activities will also include the commemorative wreath-placing ceremony at the gravesite of the University’s founder Brigadier General Samuel Chapman Armstrong in the Hampton University Cemetery at 9:30 a.m.

Hrabowski was president of UMBC from 1992 to 2022. He continues to serve as a science and math education consultant to national agencies, universities, and school systems. In 2012, he was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. During his years as president, he helped UMBC gain recognition as a model for inclusive excellence through publications such as U.S. News and World Report, which for over a decade has recognized UMBC as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching. In 2012, he was named one of the 100 Most Influential People by TIME, and more recently he received the American Council on Education (ACE) Lifetime Achievement Award (2018), the University of California, Berkeley’s Clark Kerr Award (2019), and the University of California, San Francisco’s UCSF Medal (2020).

Hampton University partners with The Wall Street Journal

Sign up for the Complimentary The Wall Street Journal

Hampton University and The Wall Street Journal have partnered to provide school-sponsored WSJ memberships to all students, faculty and staff. Through the partnership, members will have full digital access to the WSJ’s award-winning journalism via WSJ.com and the app, as well as a wide variety of curated content, from podcasts and newsletters to career insights and personal finance advice.

In addition, students, faculty and staff members will receive exclusive benefits with WSJ+, a complimentary program that gives members access to virtual events and offers, such as invites to talks and a free ebook each month.

How to activate your complimentary Wall Street Journal membership:

Students, faculty and staff at Hampton University can activate their complimentary memberships by visiting WSJ.com/HamptonU. Those who currently pay for an existing WSJ membership may call 1-800-JOURNAL and mention they are switching to their school-sponsored membership.
Partial refunds will be made.

Why The Wall Street Journal is right for Hampton University students:

The Wall Street Journal offers students unrivaled coverage of business, finance, politics and world news, including focused insight into career development, technology, health, arts and culture.

About The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is a global news organization that provides leading news, information, commentary and analysis. Published by Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal engages readers across print, digital, mobile, social and video. It holds 38 Pulitzer Prizes for outstanding journalism.

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Hampton University Announces Enhanced Partnership with Yale University, Creation of Pennington Fellowship

Hampton, Va. (Dec. 12, 2022) —Hampton University announced today that it has entered into a collaborative partnership with Yale University, which has created the Pennington Fellowship. The new scholarship program will support New Haven public school students who choose to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

The Pennington Fellowship will support 10 to 12 students in each college-bound cohort for four years, with each student receiving up to $20,000 toward tuition and fees per year. When fully implemented, 40 to 50 students will receive Pennington scholarships at any given time.

“We are grateful for Yale’s collaboration with Hampton University in creating new educational pathways for students of historically disenfranchised communities,” said Darrell K. Williams, Hampton University President. “The Pennington Fellowship opens doors for high-caliber students from New Haven, Connecticut to obtain a world-class education here at ‘Our Home by the Sea’ or at another partner HBCU.”

In addition to Hampton University, the Pennington Fellowship is established with Morehouse College, Morgan State University, and Spelman College. Yale will add to the number of eligible institutions as more partnerships are established.

The new scholarship bears the name of Reverend James W. C. Pennington, the first Black student to attend Yale. Born enslaved on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, he lived for 24 years as a fugitive before securing his freedom. Pennington was prevented from formally enrolling at Yale because of his skin color, but he audited classes at Yale Divinity School before continuing a noteworthy career as a minister, antislavery organizer, scholar, and speaker.

“This scholarship addresses, in part, historical disparities in educational opportunities for Black citizens,” Yale President Peter Salovey said Monday in an announcement to the Yale community. “It will be funded by Yale and administered by the New Haven Promise program, which the university co-founded in 2010 to put the dream of a college education within reach for young people in our home city who otherwise could not afford it.”

Despite living at a time when Black citizens were denied equality, Pennington pursued education for himself and others throughout a life lived with extraordinary courage. From 1828 to 1834, he hired teachers to tutor him in Greek and Latin and attended night school, all while working as a coachman in Brooklyn Heights and gaining prominence as a delegate at the first Colored Convention in Philadelphia. His legacy is bolstered by his work to write the first African American history textbook.  

The scholarship program is part of a broad initiative, known as Belonging at Yale, that aims to create a stronger and more inclusive university community. Belonging at Yale efforts enhance diversity, support equity, and promote an environment of welcome, inclusion, and respect.

Applicants for the scholarships must be seniors at a New Haven public high school, submit an essay, provide a letter of recommendation, and have participated in at least 40 hours of community service. Fellowship applications are currently being accepted; the first group of Pennington Fellows will begin college in the fall of 2023.

For more information, see the FAQ on the New Haven Promise website, or email info@newhavenpromise.org to ask additional questions about the application process.

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Hampton University to Honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Annual MLK Day March and Program January 16th

Hampton, VA (January 11, 2023) – The Hampton University Office of Student Activities, in conjunction with the Hampton Chapter of the NAACP and the National Pan-Hellenic Council will host the annual Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. March and program, Monday, January 16 on the grounds of HU.

The march begins at 10:15 a.m. at the Emancipation Oak. Rev. Dr. Jerome A. Barber, of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Temple in Hampton, Virginia will offer prayer.  The march will proceed up William R. Harvey Way and end at Robert C. Ogden Hall on campus.  A light reception hosted by the Gamma Iota Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will immediately follow the program at the Student Center, Student Lounge.

Rev. Michael Eley, Jr., Youth & Young Adult Pastor at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina, will be the keynote speaker at the 11 a.m. program. Reverend Eley is a Spring 2018 honors graduate of Hampton University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing. In the spring of 2021, he graduated from Wake Forest University School of Divinity, earning the Master of Divinity and a certificate in Faith-Based Nonprofit Leadership.  Reverend Eley was ordained into the Gospel ministry in June of 2022 and is a career technical educator in the Wake County Public School System.

The march and program is free and open to the public. “We’re asking all students and community to come out,” said Anzell Harrell, Director of Student Activities.  For more information, contact the Hampton University Office of Student Activities at (757) 727-5691.

To learn more please visit: https://www.michaeleleyjr.com/about.html

Hampton University and Stackwell Announce Student Investment Program for the Class of 2026

First-ever program will provide seeded investment accounts for every student in the freshman class to promote financial education and empower students to build wealth throughout their college career

Hampton, VA and Boston, MA – Hampton University and Stackwell, the digital investment platform designed to eliminate the racial wealth gap, today announced the launch of a new student investment program that will provide funded investment accounts and financial investment education to every member of the university’s freshman class. Hampton is donating a total of $25,000 to seed Stackwell investment accounts for each student in the Class of 2026, which will be coupled with a financial literacy program from the Society for Financial Education and Professional Development (SFEPD). SFEPD’s program will allow every student, faculty member, staff member, and parent access to an online financial literacy course valued at $3,000 – free of charge. The goal of the program is to empower students and their families’ financial futures and encourage wealth building throughout their lives.

Hampton and Stackwell hope to grow the size of the program in the future, and will provide the same program and seeded investment accounts for successive incoming classes of students, continuing with the class of 2027 and beyond. The addition of corporate partners and benefactors will be vital in expanding the program in the coming years.

“This new program is a key component to delivering the #1 student experience in America,” said University President Darrell K. Williams. “Hampton University is committed to investing in the advancement of our students as future leaders and building generational wealth on a national scale. We are proud to partner with Stackwell to bring such a unique and important program to our campus.”

This is the first program in the country to provide financial education and funded investment accounts for an entire class of students. Eligible students will sign up for their own Stackwell investment account, which will be seeded with funds from the university’s donation. Each student will also participate in a financial literacy program as part of their core curriculum, receiving a certificate upon its completion. Stackwell will engage with students throughout their time on campus to encourage the development of long-term saving and investing behaviors, highlighting the importance and impact of a lifetime commitment to investing and wealth building. The university’s goal is to graduate students who will have the benefit of a world class education, a fundamental understanding of finance and investing, and an investment portfolio that they can take with them and continue to build throughout their lives. 

The Hampton-Stackwell program takes a holistic approach to financial literacy and wellness, differentiating it from other financial education programs at colleges and universities. The partners believe it is crucial to establish good financial habits at a young age to prepare students for long-term financial stability. By normalizing wealth building and participation in the markets, the students will be empowered to stay engaged in the market, establishing generational wealth building not only for the students, but their families and communities as well.

“We are honored to launch this new program with Hampton University and support the entire Class of 2026 as they embark on the critical first steps of their long-term financial journey,” said Trevor Rozier-Byrd, Founder and CEO of Stackwell. “We share a vision and mission of investing in our community, and together, we have created a program that will have an outsize impact across the Black community. This program can set a new standard for financial wellness and wealth creation, and we look forward to extending its reach to benefit thousands of students for years to come.”   

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the racial wealth gap is the largest of the economic disparities between Black and white Americans. Federal Reserve data show the racial wealth gap for the Black community grows larger with each passing generation: white households hold on average eight times more wealth than Black households, with that figure growing to 17-times for the Millennial population and Gen Z. This new program focuses on the youngest generation of Hampton students who are disproportionately affected by the wealth gap and have the greatest opportunity to eliminate it by starting wealth building at an early age.

Hampton students will be able to sign up for their investment accounts starting on December 19, 2022.

About Hampton University

Hampton University is a comprehensive institution of higher education. For more than 150 years, it has been dedicated to the promotion of learning, building of character and preparation of promising students for positions of leadership and service. It emphasizes a scientific and professional curriculum with a strong liberal arts undergirding. In carrying out its mission, the University requires that everything that it does be of the highest quality. A historically black institution, Hampton University is committed to multiculturalism. The University serves students from diverse national, cultural and economic backgrounds. Research and public service are integral parts of Hampton’s mission. In order to enhance scholarship and discovery, the faculty is engaged in writing, research, and grantsmanship. In achieving its mission, Hampton University offers exemplary programs and opportunities which enable students, faculty and staff to grow, develop and contribute to our society in a productive and useful manner. Visit www.hamptonu.edu

About Stackwell

Stackwell Capital, Inc., is a fintech company that has created a digital investment platform for the Black community that is designed to eliminate the racial wealth gap in America. Stackwell provides the financial investment tools and guidance necessary to help build lasting wealth, equity, and equal opportunity. Stackwell is a member of the 2022 Financial Solutions Lab, and MassChallenge U.S. Early Stage accelerator programs. For more information, visit stackwellcapital.com.

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Hampton University James T. George School of Business Announces Fulfillment of $1 Million Partnership with Prudential Financial and PGIM Through Main Lecture Hall Renaming and Additional Support Programs

Prudential Partnership to Provide Guest Lecture Series, Bloomberg Terminals and Fellowship Program to Enhance Student Engagement and Learning

HAMPTON, Va. (Dec. 9, 2022) Today, Hampton University James T. George School of Business announced its continued partnership with Prudential Financial and PGIM, Prudential’s global asset management business, through renaming the school’s main lecture hall, previously known as Buckman Room 101, in honor of the late former Dean Dr. Sid Howard Credle. Hampton commemorated the dedication with a ceremony at the newly renamed Dr. Sid H. Credle Hall. These activities are part of Prudential and PGIM’s significant commitment to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The partnership with Prudential, which began in 2010 with a $1 million pledge, paves the way for continued and deepened collaboration in the future. 

“On behalf of the Hampton University community, I would like to thank Prudential for their unwavering support of our students,” said Darrell K. Williams, Hampton University President. “I am proud to see Hampton and Prudential continuing to collaborate and explore new, bold, comprehensive approaches to enabling our students to become the next generation of outstanding business professionals. I believe that Hampton’s commitment to preparing our nation’s future leaders combined with Prudential’s commitment to investing in our students will cultivate and mobilize the business leaders and community partners of the future. 

Hampton University’s partnership with Prudential and PGIM will enhance the ability of both institutions to impact more than 500 students in the School of Business through networking and job opportunities, as well as provide access to real-world experiences, skill-building, and other educational resources. Prudential’s support will also include a guest lecture series featuring senior Prudential leadership and a customized fellowship program, consisting of a $10,000 college scholarship, a mentor from Prudential, and access to workshops and private events. In addition to having previously funded Bloomberg terminal licenses for students, PGIM’s partnership will leverage its investment management expertise to engage directly with students and professors to bolster their investments and finance coursework. It will support student programs to increase access and exposure to the investment management industry through the PGIM HBCU Strategic Initiatives program.

“Prudential Financial is a long-time supporter of HBCUs, and Hampton is one of our strongest partners,” said Shané Harris, president of The Prudential Foundation. “This announcement furthers support of education and career pathways of Black students to achieve financial prosperity and close the racial wealth gap.”

HBCUs have played a pivotal role in advancing the economic mobility of Black Americans for more than 150 years. Prudential and PGIM’s partnership with Hampton University builds the capacity of HBCUs to support not only its students but the broader community by reducing financial burdens on students and helping to remove structural barriers to Black economic empowerment. While HBCUs represent only three percent of colleges and universities in the U.S., they confer 20 percent of all bachelor’s degrees awarded to Black students. Correspondingly, 53 percent of HBCU students move into higher income brackets – while only 35 percent of peers at White institutions experience the same. HBCUs also disproportionally serve low-income students, and over 52 percent of HBCU students are first-generation college students.

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About Hampton University

Hampton University is a comprehensive institution of higher education. For more than 150 years, it has been dedicated to the promotion of learning, building of character and preparation of promising students for positions of leadership and service. It emphasizes a scientific and professional curriculum with a strong liberal arts undergirding. In carrying out its mission, the University requires that everything that it does be of the highest quality. A historically black institution, Hampton University is committed to multiculturalism. The University serves students from diverse national, cultural and economic backgrounds. Research and public service are integral parts of Hampton’s mission. In order to enhance scholarship and discovery, the faculty is engaged in writing, research, and grantsmanship. In achieving its mission, Hampton University offers exemplary programs and opportunities which enable students, faculty and staff to grow, develop and contribute to our society in a productive and useful manner. Visit www.hamptonu.edu.

About Prudential Financial

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a global financial services leader and premier active global investment manager with more than $1.3 trillion in assets under management as of September 30, 2022, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees help make lives better by creating financial opportunity for more people by expanding access to investing, insurance, and retirement security. Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise, and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit news.prudential.com.

About PGIM

PGIM is the global asset management business of Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a leading global investment manager with more than $1.4 trillion in assets under management as of March 31, 2022. With offices in 17 countries, PGIM’s businesses offer a range of investment solutions for retail and institutional investors around the world across a broad range of asset classes, including public fixed income, private fixed income, fundamental equity, quantitative equity, real estate and alternatives. For more information about PGIM, visit pgim.com.

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