Morning Briefing – April 14, 2021


A man walks past an upgraded RV that Hampton University will use as COVID-19 testing and vaccination site during a press conference Thursday afternoon February 25, 2021. Hampton University is also partnering with the Hampton VA Medical Center to use the Convocation Center as a vaccination site starting March 8.
Hampton requires all staff get vaccinated by May 31

Hampton University faculty and staff will have to get a COVID-19 vaccine unless they have a medical or religious exemption, the university said last week.

It is one of the first colleges in the state to require employee vaccinations. All faculty and staff will have to email a copy of their vaccination card showing they are fully vaccinated or documentation of an exemption by May 31. To be fully vaccinated by then, employees will have to get their second shot of a two-dose vaccine or a one-shot vaccine at least two weeks before the deadline. (Daily Press)

Coronavirus Advisory: FAMU Suspends All University-Related Travel to China  - Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University
Three top newsroom leaders credit Florida A&M University for their success

[Leon Tucker] joins Rana Cash, who in May 2020 was named executive editor of the Savannah Morning News and the Georgia state director overseeing The Augusta Chronicle and Athens Banner-Herald. And Marlon Walker, who assumed the role of interim executive editor this month at The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi.

Each outlet is owned by Gannett and is part of the USA Today Network, as is the Tallahassee Democrat, where all three interned during their college days.

But what binds them is all being graduates of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. The school was established in 1982, and the journalism program was the first accredited program of its kind at a historically Black college or university. (Tallahassee Democrat)

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Brown partnership with Tougaloo grows applications among African Americans

Brown has had a longstanding partnership with Tougaloo College, in Mississippi, including a graduate teaching partnership and a program that allows students to earn a bachelor’s from Tougaloo and a public-health master’s from Brown. Gjelsvik says the master’s program is expanding its outreach to other HBCUs.

The centerpiece of that outreach is a new Health Equity Scholars program, which will cover up to full tuition and provide additional leadership training and mentorship. Five slots in the incoming Masters of Public Health cohort, expected to be about 90 students, are earmarked for Tougaloo graduates and current students, and five to seven are for graduates and current students from other historically Black colleges. Financial aid is a key factor when deciding on a program like Brown’s, which can cost $93,000 over two years. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Morris Brown College receives accreditation candidacy after 20 years

Morris Brown College recently announced that it received accreditation candidacy through the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), after going nearly 20 years without accreditation.

The 140-year-old college lost accreditation in 2002, due to debt and financial mismanagement, which barred students from applying for Federal Financial Aid.

“We are elated about accreditation candidacy and making history,” said Kevin James, president of Morris Brown College. “I want to thank all the faculty and staff for their hard work. We intend on making history as the first HBCU to regain its status after a twenty-year hiatus and the first HBCU to have a flagged hotel on its campus for a hospitality education program.” (Atlanta Voice)