Johnson C. Smith University has published Let There be Light: Exploring How Charlotte’s Historic West End Is Shaping a New South, a ground-breaking anthology featuring essays written by some of Charlotte’s most prominent scholars, journalists and civic leaders including: JCSU President Dr. Ronald Carter, Tom Hanchett, historian of the Levine Museum of the New South, Robin Emmons, founder of Sow Much Good and Mary Newsom, journalist and associate director for UNC Charlotte’s Urban and Regional Affairs. The 167-page anthology illuminates a range of controversial issues surrounding Charlotte’s historic west end, home of the nearly 150-year-old Johnson C. Smith University.
During her four years at Johnson C. Smith University, Nicole Jenkins excelled in the classroom. But some of the best lessons came from professionals outside of the campus gates. Now working as a casualty claims specialist with Nationwide Insurance, Jenkins credits her career success to her mentorship with Sheila Cottringer, an executive council member of the Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange (WIE).
The beginning of the academic year at Johnson C. Smith University coincided with the start of its first graduate-level program: The Master of Social Work (MSW). The university welcomed 29 students in the MSW inaugural class, some of whom work in the field and others who are changing careers.
Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and career professionals are partnering this summer to make an impact in real life and problem-based mathematics. From July 28 – Aug. 8, JCSU is hosting high school mathematics teachers from CMS in a professional development workshop that focuses on careers that incorporate mathematics and its applications.
The James B. Duke Memorial Library at Johnson C. Smith University has received a $96,665 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) African History and Culture to fund a traveling exhibition and public programs that illuminate cultural traditions of giving in African-American communities. The two-year project is titled Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., honored Johnson C. Smith University with its Presidential Award for Civil Rights and Social Justice during the sorority’s 66th national convention in Charlotte on July 13. The award was presented before an audience of nearly 12,000 to President Ronald L. Carter by Carolyn House Stewart, Esq., international president of AKA, for the university’s foster care initiative.
HBCU Digest has named Johnson C. Smith University Best STEM Program among historically black colleges and universities participating in the media outlet’s fourth annual awards ceremony. The honor was announced on July 11 during the 2014 HBCU Media Week presented by Dillard University. The two-day conference drew more than 40 HBCU communications executives, faculty members, presidents, alumni officers and vice-presidents from HBCUs around the nation.
Johnson C. Smith University expanded its commitment to sustainability by planting 31 trees with volunteers from TreesCharlotte and JCSU. The project, funded by Toyota, was sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. to kick off its National Convention in Charlotte.