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President Valerie Kinloch to be Honored at the Black Business Ink 2024 Power 100 Award Ceremony

Dr. Cheryl Bulter-Brayboy
Dr. Valerie Kinloch ‘96, President of Johnson C. Smith University, continues to shine a bright light on the University.  The JCSU alumna, immediate past member of the JCSU Board of Trustees and 15thPresident of the University, will be honored at the Black Business Ink 2024 Power 100 Award Ceremony in June at the State of Black North Carolina Conference 2024. 

JCSU Commencement Celebrates 228 Graduates, Now Golden Bull Alumni

Gabrielle Isaac Allison
Waves of Golden Bulls flooded Bojangles Coliseum on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at 11 a.m. to walk across the stage, some of them for the first time, to receive their degrees.

Johnson C. Smith University conferred 228 degrees, 207 to undergraduate students, and 21 to graduate students in the Master of Social Work program. A total of 125 of those graduates completed their studies with Latin honors by earning a 3.0 grade-point average or higher throughout their collegiate career.
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Farmer Encourages Graduates Not to Dim Their Light

Gabrielle Isaac Allison
Graduates filed into Jane M. Smith Memorial Church on Friday, May 17, 2024, to hear an inspiring sermon from their soon-to-be fellow alumna Dr. Michaela O’Neal Farmer ’96.

Farmer, who answered the call to ministry during her first few years at Johnson C. Smith University, delivered a message that further illuminated the University’s Latin motto, Sit Lux – “Let There Be Light.”

Students, Faculty Expand Research on Reparations for JCSU

Gabrielle Isaac Allison & Dr. Cheryl Butler-Brayboy
Is JCSU owed reparations? It’s a question a group on campus is posing in the form of an oral presentation and white paper, 109 pages long: “The HBCU Choice Bill: White Paper & Reparations Toolkit for JCSU Leadership.”

On Monday, May 6, 2024 Dr. Laurie Porter, Dr. Sabina Otienoburu, JCSU students Ashley Hall ’24 and Taylor Dobson ’24 spoke before a small group of JCSU administrators and staff. Each member of the group shared evidence in support of institutional reparations for the University.  
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Mike Lamach Shares a Lifetime of Wisdom in the Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series

Dr. Cheryl Butler-Brayboy
Mike Lamach is the retired CEO of Trane Technologies and a member of the JCSU Board of Trustees. On the evening of Wednesday, April 24, 2024 he was the featured speaker of the Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series, sponsored by the Johnson C. Smith University College of Business. Chasity Boyce, Managing Director of US and European Business Management Barings, LLC, served as co-moderator of the conversation, alongside Dr. Alphonso Ogbuehi, Dean of the College of Business.
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JCSU Esports and Gaming: Changing the Game

Dr. Cheryl Butler-Brayboy
The Johnson C. Smith University Esports and Gaming program continues to break new ground and carve out fresh territory in Charlotte. On Saturday, April 27, Esports and Gaming faculty and staff welcomed up to 30 middle and high school students from near and far, from the Charlotte Metro area to Greensboro, N.C. The event was called STEM and STEAM: Changing the Game through Esports and Gaming.  
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"Talk to Me Nice" Teaches Power of Connection

Gabrielle Isaac Allison

In an age where connecting has never been easier or more convenient, true connection has never been rarer.

Dr. Terza Lima-Neves, professor of Political Science and chair of the Department of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, collaborated with Melissa Gonzalez, a professor at Davison College, to bring authentic connections back to college campuses through the Talk to Me Nice event.

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Thiam Talks Importance of Women in Africa’s Climate Crisis at United Nations Forum

​For years, scientists everywhere have warned of the disastrous impacts of climate change on the Earth.

Despite several calls to action, many nations have done little to address the issue. Dr. Thierno Thiam, provost and Chief Academic Officer at Johnson C. Smith University was invited to speak on an underrepresented people who are facing the brunt of the climate change crisis: women in Africa.

McFadden Talks Success at Founders’ Day Convocation

Gabrielle Isaac Allison
The Class of 2024, donned in their ceremonial commencement robes, took one of their final walks from Biddle Hall to the Jane M. Smith Memorial Church for the annual Founders’ Day Convocation.

This year celebrates the 157th anniversary of JCSU’s founding on April 7, 1867. Surrounded by faculty, staff, alumni and friends, the soon-to-be graduates listened attentively to JCSU alumnus Garry L. McFadden ’81, the sheriff for Mecklenburg County, as he recounted some of the successes from his career.
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Georgia Senator Rev. Raphael Warnock to be 2024 JCSU Commencement Speaker

Georgia Senator Rev. Raphael Warnock will be the keynote speaker at Johnson C. Smith University’s 151st Commencement Exercises. Johnson C. Smith University President, Dr. Valerie Kinloch, made the announcement during her Inauguration Ceremony as the 15th President of JCSU, Friday, April 5, 2024. 
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