EWC Welcomes 2018 American Book Award Winner Tommy J. Curry, Ph.D.

The Second installment of Stay Woke: The Edward Waters College (EWC) President’s Distinguished Speaker Series will commence on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. on the EWC campus, featuring renowned author, professor and researcher, Tommy J. Curry, Ph.D.

About Stay Woke: The President’s Distinguished Speaker Series

EWC President, Dr. A. Zachary Faison Jr. addresses the packed crowd at the inaugural Stay Woke session.
EWC President, Dr. A. Zachary Faison Jr. addresses the packed crowd at the inaugural Stay Woke session.

The series is aptly titled ‘Stay Woke,’ as a timely colloquialism, evincing a focus upon the continuous expansion and development of the overall knowledge base of EWC’s academic community while also interfacing intentionally with culturally-based issues and promoting socially conscious and socially responsible activism in a millennial and post-millennial era.

About Tommy J. Curry, Ph.D.

Tommy J. Curry, Ph.D. is a Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. His research interests are 19th century ethnology, Critical Race Theory & Black Male Studies. He is the author of The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood (Temple University Press 2017), which has recently won the 2018 American Book Award.

Tommy J. Curry, Ph.D.

He is the author of Another white Man’s Burden: Josiah Royce’s Quest for a Philosophy of Racial Empire (SUNY Press 2018), and re-published the forgotten philosophical works of William F. Ferris as The Philosophical Treatise of William H. Ferris: Selected Readings from The African Abroad or, His Evolution in Western Civilization (Rowman & Littlefield 2016).

He is also the editor of the first book series dedicated to the study of Black males entitled Black Male Studies: A Series Exploring the Paradoxes of Racially Subjugated Males on Temple University Press. Dr. Curry is currently co-editing (with Daw-nay Evans) the forthcoming anthology Contemporary African American Philosophy: Where Do We Go from Here on Bloomsbury Publishing, (2019). His research has been recognized by Diverse as placing him among the Top 15 Emerging Scholars in the United States in 2018, and his public intellectual work earned him the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy’s Alain Locke Award in 2017.

He is a past recipient of the USC Shoah Foundation and A.I. and Manet Schepps Foundation Teaching Fellowship (2017), the Ray A. Rothrock Fellowship at Texas A&M University (13-16), and the past president of Philosophy Born of Struggle, one of the oldest Black philosophy organizations in the United States.  

The second installment of the series, featuring Tommy J. Curry, Ph.D. is free and open to the public on
Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.  in The Milne Auditorium
on the Campus of Edward Waters College

 

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About Edward Waters College

Edward Waters College (EWC), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges, and Schools (SACS) and member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban college which offers a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principles of high moral and spiritual values. EWC was established in 1866 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church-related institution of learning. It is the first private institution of higher education in the State of Florida.

Edward Waters College Debuts the ‘Fresh Friday’ assembly for #EWC22

On Friday, November 30, The Edward Waters College Class of 2022 gathered for the inaugural “Fresh Friday” Assembly in Milne Auditorium. EWC Vice President for Student Success and Engagement Mr. Mandrake Miller welcomed the freshman class who were treated to a presentation of music, skits and a video presentation about the importance of staying in college and achieving their dreams of graduation. Dr. Thomas Calhoun, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Strategic Matriculant Services, told the students he hopes they enjoy the fun way EWC is sending a serious message about the impact of the retention rate. He asked them to engage with their fellow freshmen classmates about this unique experience and to take these messages to heart. The ‘Fresh Friday” Assembly concluded with singing the Edward Waters College Alma Mater and attendees were presented with the EWC Class of 2022 “Breaking The Mold” tee shirts. The EWC College Class of 2022 can look forward to more of the ‘Fresh Friday” assemblies in the coming months.

Edward Waters College Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony For Official Opening Of Its Center For Undergraduate Research

Edward Waters College (EWC) students, faculty, administrators, staff, and special guests gathered on the first floor of the Centennial Building of the Main Library for the official opening of the new front door to the research community, EWC’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR).  Edward Waters College is a member of the National Council on Undergraduate Research, and members share a focus on providing high-quality and collaborative undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative inquiry opportunities for faculty and students.

Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., President and CEO, and Dr. Donna H. Oliver, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs opens the Center for Undergraduate Research at Edward Waters College.

The opening of the Center for Undergraduate Research, is a part of the physical manifestation of the Emerging Eminence agenda, which is a major milestone for EWC’s research strategic direction. In addition to serving as the research front door to the college, CUR anchors EWC as “best in class,” which the institution predicts will increase its competitive profile and attract high-achieving students.

“We are continuing to push the needle forward on Edward Waters College’s competitiveness; and our emerging eminence will require innovation, boldness and audacity,” said Edward Waters College President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr. “As the Center for Undergraduate Research begins its work, a number of scholarly activities are already planned, and we look forward to promoting an innovative and robust environment of academic excellence at EWC.”

Members of the Edward Waters College cabinet, faculty and staff attend the press conference in the new Center for Undergraduate Research.

Dr. Donna H. Oliver, Edward Waters College’s Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs hosted the ribbon cutting— along with CUR Co-Directors Dr. Stephanie Campbell, Interim Associate Provost for Academic Student Success and Research Initiatives; and Dr. Monique L. Akassi, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs. “This is a significant moment in time for our college,” said Provost Oliver. “President Faison charged me with creating ‘the front door’ to connect the research world to our great college. The grand opening of CUR represents a major step forward, and a celebration for all of us. “Emerging Eminence,” is our mantra for excellence, and the Center for Undergraduate Research is where it begins.”

After the ribbon-cutting, guests were able to explore the resources and facilities. The Center for Undergraduate Research will be bustling at EWC. The Center will host the Inaugural Conference on Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ Research Initiatives at Edward Waters College on Friday, April 5, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. This will be the first conference of its kind to be held on an HBCU campus.  Additionally, the CUR will house two peer reviewed journals.  The Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry will be  EWC’s academic journal, providing an opportunity for undergraduate students to publish their scholarly papers on a local, national, and international level; in addition, EWC’s students—and students globally—are encouraged to submit for publication consideration. Moreover, the Journal of  HBCU’s Research Initiatives at Edward Waters College will publish select faculty, staff, administrators, and graduate student papers globally. 

“Indeed, we are becoming a destination institution of Emerging Eminence, and we will continue to work with great vigor and focus towards providing the students we serve with a higher educational experience that is Nulli Secundus—Second to None!,” President Faison professed.

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About Edward Waters College

Edward Waters College (EWC), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges, and Schools (SACS) and member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban college which offers a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principles of high moral and spiritual values. EWC was established in 1866 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church-related institution of learning. It is the first private institution of higher education in the State of Florida.

EWC Students Excelling in Technology & Entrepreneurship

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Nikki Giovanni To Feature As Inaugural Lecturer At Edward Waters College President’s Distinguished Speaker Series

Jacksonville, FL – September 21, 2018Stay Woke: The Edward Waters College (EWC) President’s Distinguished Speaker Series will commence on October 18, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. on the EWC campus, featuring world renowned author, poet and activist, Nikki Giovanni. The speaker series is a student and campus-wide academic and experiential engagement initiative intended to present a robust and varied collection of distinguished and scholarly speakers to the EWC campus community. The new initiative seeks to engage the views, ideas, and espoused ideals expressed by national thought leaders, authors, entertainers, activists, advocates, athletes, educators, business leaders, and opinion shapers who will be featured as a part of the series. 

“The primary aim of the series is to broaden the perspectives of our college community and widen our students’ overall academic experience beyond the classroom,” said EWC President & CEO, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr.  “We intend for this vehicle to serve as a platform to provoke meaningful discussion, reflective and critical thinking, and provide enriching insight and illumination into the critical issues of our time,” President Faison said.

The series is aptly titled ‘Stay Woke,’ as a timely colloquialism, evincing a focus upon the continuous expansion and development of the overall knowledge base of EWC’s academic community while also interfacing intentionally with culturally-based issues and promoting socially conscious and socially responsible activism in a millennial and post-millennial era.

Accordingly, the incomparable Nikki Giovanni, is an award winning American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. One of the world’s most well-known African-American poets, her work includes poetry anthologies, poetry recordings, and nonfiction essays, and covers topics ranging from race and social issues to children’s literature. She has won numerous awards, including the Langston Hughes Medal and 7 NAACP Image Awards. She has been nominated for a Grammy Award for her poetry album, The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection. Additionally, she has been named as one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 “Living Legends and authored three New York Times and Los Angeles Times Best Sellers. A frequent lecturer and reader, Giovanni has taught at Rutgers University, Ohio State University, and currently at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she serves as a University Distinguished Professor.

“Indeed, it is truly an honor for EWC to welcome Dr. Nikki Giovanni as our inaugural speaker for this highly anticipated series and we anticipate that this exciting new initiative will accelerate the academic focus of our students, while creating an environment that attracts even more scholars to the educational experience at Edward Waters College” said President Faison.

The series, featuring Nikki Giovanni, is free and open to the public and will begin
Thursday, October 18, 2018
at 6:00 p.m. in The Milne Auditorium
on the Campus of Edward Waters College

 

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About Edward Waters College

Edward Waters College (EWC), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges, and Schools (SACS) and member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban college which offers a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principles of high moral and spiritual values. EWC was established in 1866 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church-related institution of learning. It is the first private institution of higher education in the State of Florida.

Dr. Thomas J. Calhoun Appointed Vice President of Enrollment Management & Strategic Matriculant Services

JACKSONVILLE, FL. (August 31, 2018) – Having earned a distinguished reputation as an inimitable higher education leader and senior administrator, Dr. Thomas J. Calhoun, Jr. has accepted an appointment as the Vice President of Enrollment Management & Strategic Matriculant Services at Edward Waters College (EWC). Dr. Calhoun will begin his tenure, effective September 10, 2018 as the College’s chief enrollment management strategist and architect. He will be responsible for providing greater coordination, and analytical rigor to every phase of the overall operational recruitment, enrollment, retention, and persistence of EWC students in support of the institution’s aspirations to achieve both heightened student success and greater enrollment growth.

“We are delighted to welcome such a seasoned and demonstrably effective higher education leader of the caliber of Dr. Calhoun to our venerable collegiate community here at Edward Waters College,” said EWC President & CEO, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr.

As an accomplished administrator and academician with a higher education career spanning 20 plus years, Dr. Calhoun is the former President of Chicago State University and most recently served as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Engagement at Kentucky State University. He formerly held posts as Vice President for Enrollment Management, Interim Provost, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of North Alabama (UNA). Prior to his leadership service at UNA, Dr. Calhoun served as Assistant Dean for Student Academic Services at the University Of Washington College of Engineering.

“Dr. Calhoun’s high acumen and expertise in leading this very critical area of expanded focus for EWC will serve to principally enhance the development and implementation of innovative and effective support models aimed at promoting our student’s overall success leading to future enrollment growth for our institution,” President Faison said.

As an academician and member of the faculty, Dr. Calhoun was a laboratory technician in the Biology Department at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, where he taught experimental laboratory methods in molecular biology. He subsequently directed a science and technology program at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and later served as principal of North Lawndale College Preparatory Charter High School, principal at Hales Franciscan High School, and headmaster at St. Gregory Episcopal School. 

“I am inspired by President Faison’s tremendous and transformational vision for the future of Edward Waters College and am enthusiastic to join in support of his leadership,” said Calhoun. “It is equally thrilling to have the opportunity to serve in partnership with the stellar community of administrators, faculty, staff, and alumni of Edward Waters in support of the outstanding students at EWC.”

Dr. Calhoun holds Bachelor’s degrees from Tuskegee University in Philosophy and Biology, the Master of Science degree in Biology from Clark Atlanta University, the Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from the University of Chicago, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Washington. 

Dr. Calhoun is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  He has lectured and preached extensively around the country, and has served as an associate minister at Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta, GA, Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC, Quinn Chapel AME Church in Chicago, IL, First AME Church in Seattle WA, Greater St. Paul AME Church in Florence, AL, and St. John AME Church in Frankfort, KY.  He holds the Master of Divinity degree from Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA.

EWC SGA Hosts “Be The Vote” Rally featuring Angela Rye

JACKSONVILLE, FL. (August 24, 2018) – The Student Government Association of Edward Waters College in collaboration with the Gillum for Governor campaign will be hosting a “Be The Vote” rally featuring famed CNN National Political Strategist and Commentator, Angela Rye as a surrogate for Andrew Gillum for Governor, the progressive Mayor of Tallahassee and HBCU alumnus. Rye is one of the nation’s leading voices on the intersection of politics, race, and equality in America.  The event will be held on the campus of Edward Waters College in its Milne Auditorium on Monday, August 27, 2018, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  The Student Government Association of EWC welcomes the entire EWC community to attend, as the event is free and open to the general public.  Please note that seating is limited.

Dr. DeShanna K. Brown Appointed Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Development, Marketing and Communications

JACKSONVILLE, FL. (August 23, 2018) – With a diverse background in advancement and development in higher education spanning more than a decade of fundraising experience in annual giving, corporate sponsorships, campaign development, donor cultivation, alumni engagement and philanthropic giving at historically black colleges and universities, Dr. DeShanna Brown has accepted an appointment as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Development, Marketing and Communications at Edward Waters College (EWC).   

Dr. Brown will begin her tenure, effective September 17, 2018, and will provide the leadership and vision to establish the College’s fundraising and philanthropic function as a model inventive and dynamic fundraising operation.

“We are simply ecstatic to welcome such an experienced development professional and proven fundraising leader of the quality of Dr. Brown to the EWC community,” said EWC President & CEO, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr.

Dr. Brown has been recognized by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for best practices in advancement and was selected by the White House Initiatives on Historically Black Colleges and Universities as a thought leader on HBCU Alumni Giving Rates. She recently published her dissertation on the Development of Strategic Fundraising Practices for Divisions of Student Affairs at 4-year institutions and co-authored Student Affairs Staff: Raising Funds to Raise the Bar (2019) for the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA).

“Dr. Brown is both a distinguished advancement and development scholar and a seasoned fundraising practitioner having led multimillion dollar fundraising campaigns in higher education and particularly at an HBCU and we look forward to her leadership in developing and implementing of a comprehensive strategy to increase giving at the College amongst all of our community stakeholders including trustees, alumni, faculty and staff, students, corporations, foundations, friends and community partners,” President Faison said.            

Dr. DeShanna K. Brown has served as the Director of Development for the Division of Student Affairs at Louisiana State University (LSU) since March 2014. Before joining LSU, Dr. Brown served as director of annual giving for Spelman College – one of the most selective women’s college in the nation and a global leader in the education of women of African descent. During her tenure, she led her team in raising more than $8 million against a $150 million comprehensive campaign goal to support scholarships, academic initiatives, and campus renewal during the college’s largest ever fundraising effort, The Campaign for Spelman College. She has also held positions at Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University.

“I am enthusiastic and eager to join in partnership with the entire EWC community at this transformational time of Emerging Eminence under the visionary leadership of President Faison,” said Dr. Brown. “EWC’s historic mission and its current trajectory serve as a great source of inspiration for me personally and I look forward to engaging the greater Jacksonville community towards heightened investment in the higher educational crown jewel that is Edward Waters College,” Dr. Brown said.   

Dr. Brown holds a Bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University, a Master’s degree from the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University, and a Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. Brown is a former board member of The Minerva Foundation Inc. (Marietta, GA) and the Healthy Moves Initiative Inc. (Marietta, GA). She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Mandrake Miller Appointed Vice President for
Student Success And Engagement

Boasting of a superlative record for supporting overall student achievement as a seasoned and progressive student success and engagement leader in higher education, Mr. Mandrake Miller has accepted an appointment as the inaugural Vice President for Student Success & Engagement at Edward Waters College (EWC).    

Mr. Miller will begin his tenure, effective August 20, 2018, and will provide direct leadership as the institutions chief student affairs officer charged with bringing the dynamism, energy, innovation, and leadership necessary to efficaciously shape the future of the EWC student experience. As a student-centered professional, Mr. Miller will initiate, develop, maintain, and provide oversight for a comprehensive array of student programs and services that support students in their academic pursuits, campus life, and civic and social responsibilities.

“We endeavored to find a vanguard student affairs leader who would be dedicated to enhancing the student engagement, student leadership, and overall student experience at our historic institution and Mr. Miller truly fits the bill,” said EWC President & CEO, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr.

As a seasoned student affairs professional, Miller most recently served as Dean of Students at Tuskegee University where as the university’s chief student judicial officer he dually led in the development and  implementation of student programming and experiential initiatives designed to enhance student academic progress,  student leadership, and student’s overall personal growth and professional readiness. He also shared leadership responsibilities in support of campus residence life and housing as well as oversight of various campus life initiatives and student sponsored clubs and organizations.

“Mr. Miller possesses both the relevant experience and vision to engage our EWC students in new and exciting ways and we look forward with great anticipation to achieving unprecedented successful outcomes amongst our Edward Waters College students under his leadership,” President Faison said.            

Miller’s student affairs career spans multiple leadership appointments at Livingstone College (North Carolina), Bethune Cookman University (Florida), Chowan University (North Carolina) and Virginia Union University — with related experiences managing and overseeing student programs and departments spanning the student services gamut from Residence Life and Housing to Student Conduct, Campus Ministry, Student Life and Development, Greek life, and Athletics.

“I am filled with excitement and enthusiasm to join in partnership with the academic community at EWC in service and support of the outstanding students at Edward Waters College,” said Miller.

“As an institution of emerging eminence I am honored to have been selected by Dr. Faison to lead the student success and engagement effort at EWC and I am eager to work towards bringing his compelling vision for the EWC student experience into fruition,” Miller said.    

A native of South Carolina, Miller earned a M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University and a B.S. from Morris College. He currently is completing a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Christian Ministry from Grand Canyon University. Miller is a United States Army Veteran, having completed tours in Iraq and Kuwait and is also an ordained minister. He is married to Mrs. Shaquana Miller and they have a three-year-old daughter Madison.

President Dr. A. Zachary Faison Jr. and First Lady Donate $25,000 to EWC

JACKSONVILLE, FL. (August 9, 2018) – During the annual Edward Waters College (EWC) Fall Faculty & Staff  Institute President and First Lady Dr. A. Zachary Faison Jr. made a donation of $25,000 to the College to support their newly established EWC Professional and Scholarly Development Fund. (PSDF).

The EWC Professional and Scholarly Development Fund was established by Dr. and First Lady (Tyciee) Faison to support and expand opportunities for professional and scholarly development amongst faculty and staff of Edward Waters College. In establishing the fund, the first family supported the aforementioned initiative by making a $25,000 gift to the College to be disbursed over the next 5 years with the Fund becoming accessible beginning September 1, 2018 and every subsequent September 1st until 2022.

President A. Zachary Faison, Jr. and First Lady Tyciee present a check for $25,000 in support of and to establish the Professional and Scholarly Development Fund.

“We are truly excited to make this initial investment towards the professional and scholarly development of the outstanding and dedicated faculty and staff at EWC,” said EWC President, Dr. A. Zachary Faison Jr.

All full-time EWC faculty and staff employees, upon completion of one-year of employment service to the College, are eligible to apply to receive disbursements from the fund once per fiscal year for a professional and/or scholarly development activity.  Activities may include reputable seminar/ training programs, e-learning opportunities, presentations and participation at external regional/national conferences. Specified professional or scholarly development activities must be directly related to the faculty academic discipline and/or job responsibilities at Edward Waters College.

“Our intention is for this gift to catalyze increased philanthropic support to our entire college community as we fervently believe that EWC is fertile ground in which others should plant seeds that will assuredly reap a bountiful harvest as evidenced by our outstanding graduates who contribute greatly to the City of Jacksonville, the State of Florida, and beyond,” Faison said.