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.
We deeply mourn the passing of Maya Angelou, whose treasured words moved us to tears, laughter and action. I am grateful to have known her as a fellow educator and colleague.
Johnson C. Smith University President Ronald L. Carter has been named to a new steering committee of college and university presidents that will assess the future of independent colleges.
Valedictorian Regina Jones-McPherson of Kingston Jamaica, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology and chemistry. She spent most of her childhood in street markets selling produce with her mother for their family’s livelihood. “Poverty was never an excuse for us,” she says. “My mother made sure of that.” After graduating from high school with honors, Jones-McPherson received a full academic scholarship to JCSU.
The sun was shining brightly on JCSU’s 142nd Commencement at Irwin Belk Complex as 247 students marched to African drummers onto Eddie C. McGirt field. More than 3,000 family and friends gathered to celebrate the momentous occasion. Joining the graduates were 41 distinguished alumni from the Class of 1964 wearing gold robes to commemorate their 50th reunion. Among them were such notables as past president of JCSU and Shaw University Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy and Dr. Boisey O. Barnes, M.D.