September 2012

September 28, 2012

JCSU lands federal grant

Johnson C. Smith University has been awarded a $1.88 million grant for campus improvements and academic programs.

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), who cosponsored a resolution designating this week as “National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week,” announced the grant as part of the Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities program. The five-year federal grant is for academic resources, financial management, endowment building and physical plants. Grants were awarded to North Carolina’s 10 HBCUs, which is second only to Alabama’s 15. There are 105 HBCUs in the U.S.

September 26, 2012

News about grants, gifts

The College of Arts and Letters at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) has received its largest study abroad grant which will open opportunities in China to area college students over the next four years. An award of nearly $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for the program's first two years will fund the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad.


Another chance for some capital ideas

There may be no Charlotte community more prepared for better days than the west corridor surrounding Johnson C. Smith University. Since President Ron Carter arrived four years ago, the school has worked to revitalize not only the campus, but the neighborhoods surrounding it. A tire company has been transformed into an arts factory. A Gold Rush shuttle runs from uptown and back, thanks to an annual investment by the school. And next week, the university will open the striking Mosaic Village, a $25 million mixed-use development of apartments and retail.


It takes a village to boost NW development

Yolanda Babb can’t wait to move into Mosaic Village. The Johnson C. Smith University senior will be one of the first residents of the student apartment complex, a cornerstone in northwest Charlotte’s revitalization. Students like Babb, an elementary education major, are moving to Mosaic Village next week for its off-campus location and easy commute, which “will cut down on the commute to campus, save on gas, rent and utilities,” she said.

September 21, 2012

For children, she defied the odds

During her end of year assessment as Fran Witherspoon was approaching high school graduation her counselor told her the best she could hope for was to become a waitress in a restaurant. But she defied those odds. Witherspoon now owns 4 childcare facilities.

She had no childcare experience beyond raising her sons, but had already defied her counselor’s expectations by graduating from one of Charlotte’s premier institutions of higher learning, Johnson C. Smith University with a business administration degree with a concentration on management.

September 19, 2012

Johnson C. Smith University receives study abroad grant

The College of Arts and Letters at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) has received its largest study abroad grant. The award of nearly $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for the program's first two years will fund the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad: An Advanced and Intensive Training Program in Modern Chinese Language and Culture.


FAMU Awarded Over 6.5 Million from US Department of Education

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, known as H-B-C-U's, will be able to strengthen their academic resources, financial management systems, and more as a result of a nearly 228 million dollar grant.

...A complete list of the 97 grant award recipients follows...Johnson C. Smith University $1,886,314...

September 6, 2012

Diverse Issues in Higher Education - Youth Summit Brings Democratic National Convention Spirit to Johnson C. Smith

As the Democratic National Convention kicked off in Charlotte, N.C., hundreds of college students packed the decked-out gym-turned-political-forum at Johnson C. Smith University and were told to do two things: prepare to ask questions and use all of their hand-held devises to Tweet, video, text, email and snap pictures about what they were seeing and learning during the event. After all, this was a cyber-summit, not the classroom.

September 5, 2012

The Charlotte Observer - Students get real-life advice, inspiration

CHARLOTTE, N.C. College students received plenty of advice both practical and inspirational Tuesday at UFuture, a summit focusing on technology, science and finance in the global marketplace.
 

...students from the Carolinas filled the room at historically black Johnson C. Smith University, representing schools from Clemson University to...


 

Washington Informer - Actors Host Interactive Youth Summit at DNC

Students Posed Questions on Jobs, Economy, Student Loans and Preparing for Global Economy Charlotte, N.C. – Students and educators from area colleges and universities participated Sept.
 

...from area colleges. The summit was live-streamed from the campus of Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) in Charlotte, NC. Actors Alfre Woodard...


The Charlotte Post - Digital generation thinks politics, economics

UFuture summit focuses on youth involvement.

...focuses on youth involvement The Congressional Black Caucus Institute and Johnson C. Smith University hosted UFuture- A summit for innovative...


The National Journal - Convention Daybook: Clinton Takes the Stage

Welcome to National Journal’s Convention Daybook, which provides a floor schedule and a list of major events at the Democratic National Convention each day.

Featured guests include actress and Voto Latino leader America Ferrera; Johnson C. Smith University President Ronald Carter; student Charles Hauser;

September 4, 2012

The Charlotte Observer - Gusty rain could drench, not quench, CarolinaFest

CHARLOTTE, N.C. These were the sounds of CarolinaFest up and down Tryon Street Monday afternoon: The massed horns of the Johnson C. Smith University Marching Band blasting out Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration,” while musicians paused...


...up and down Tryon Street Monday afternoon: The massed horns of the Johnson C. Smith University Marching Band blasting out Kool and the Gang s...


Inside Higher Ed - Higher education in first days of the Democratic National Convention

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Democratic National Convention begins here today, but Democrats were already gathering over the weekend for sessions that will likely feature higher education in a more prominent role than was the case at the Republicans’ gathering last week in Tampa.
 

...students to volunteer, for example, or professors to conduct research. Johnson C. Smith University, a historically black college, is working on...


North Carolina Public Radio WUNC - Street Party Kicks Off DNC Week

Downtown Charlotte was packed yesterday with locals and thousands of guests in town for the Democratic National Convention. Leoneda Inge reports.
 

...Democratic National Convention. Leoneda Inge reports. Leoneda Inge: The Johnson C. Smith University Marching Band kicked off the massive Carolina Fest...

 

September 3, 2012

CBS This Morning

CBS knows a great view when they see one! We were glad to welcome CBS This Morning back on campus Monday morning to shoot the Charlotte skyline. Senior White House Correspondent Bill Plante was live from the Irwin Belk Center as he introduced his story about the start of the 2012 Democratic National Convention.


JCSU's Marching Band via Charlotte In 2012 - Democratic National Convention

JCSU's band opened CarolinaFest, the convention week kick off event, on Labor Day in uptown. You can see photos from the event, including the International Institute of Sound, on Charlotte In 2012's Facebook page

Also, don't forget to check our Facebook page for the latest on what JCSU is doing with the 2012 DNC.


JCSU's Marching Band via The Washington Post - SocialCam

The Washington Post caught video of the band at CarolinaFest and posted it to SocialCam.

September 2, 2012

Dr. Carter discusses UFuture on WCNC

Johnson C. Smith's president, Dr. Ronald L. Carter, discusses the UFuture conference, an interactive forum to be held by JCSU and the Congressional Black Caucus on September 4, 2012.


CBS Evening News

The CBS Evening News (national news show) chose to use the view of Charlotte from the Irwin Belk Center as the backdrop for a live on-air talk with CBS Political Director John Dickerson during their ramp-up coverage of the 2012 Democratic National Convention.


John Dickerson via Instagram

CBS Political Director John Dickerson appreciated the view of the city from JCSU's campus. Here's a shot he posted to viaInstagram titled "Charlotte through the uprights."

September 1, 2012

CarolinaFest schedule released

CHARLOTTE, N.C. The Democratic National Convention host committee has announced the stage schedules for Monday’s CarolinaFest in uptown Charlotte. The free Labor Day event will kick-off the convention, which opens Tuesday, with family activities, live music and speakers.

...Main Stage, at Trade and Tryon streets: noon, opening ceremonies parade with the Johnson C. Smith University marching band; 12:05 p.m., the national...


Uptown parade, music coming Monday

CHARLOTTE, N.C. The Democratic National Convention opens Monday with free festivities in uptown Charlotte. A traditional Labor Day parade is organized by the Charlotte Labor Day Parade Committee and local labor groups, while CarolinaFest entertainment is sponsored by the Charlotte in 2012 host committee.

...website for details. Music Main stage (Trade Street): Opening ceremony with Johnson C. Smith University band at noon. Janelle Monae 12:20 to 1...


Hollywood stars headed for Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. As Clint Eastwood might say, here come the hot-doggers. Whereas Hollywood conservatives (save for Eastwood and Jon Voight) seemed to shy away from the spotlight during the Republican National Convention in Tampa last week, Hollywood liberals are lining up to get into Charlotte for n

...winner Alfre Woodard will host a political summit for students at Johnson C. Smith University. Actresses Rosario Dawson and America Ferrera will...


CBS This Morning

CBS This Morning (national news show) broadcasted a live segment from JCSU’s Eddie C. McGirt Field in Irwin Belk Stadium on September 1, 2012.


 

Charlotte Observer - Hollywood stars headed for Charlotte from the Observer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. As Clint Eastwood might say, here come the hot-doggers. Whereas Hollywood conservatives (save for Eastwood and Jon Voight) seemed to shy away from the spotlight during the Republican National Convention in Tampa last week, Hollywood liberals are lining up to get into Charlotte for next week’s Democratic National Convention. 


...winner Alfre Woodard will host a political summit for students at Johnson C. Smith University. Actresses Rosario Dawson and America Ferrera will...


The Root - DNC 2012 Guide: Don't Miss These Events!

Check our guide to events around the Democratic National Convention in N.C., now through Sept. 6.


...Time: 9 p.m. UFuture: A Summit for Innovative Thinkers Location: Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Road, Brayboy Gymnasium Time: 10...