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Priceless Vol 1 Number 6


THE HBCU ADVOCATE


Our Future Depends On It www.thehbcuadvocate.com


Serving HBCU Alumni, Students, Faculty, Staff and Friends


Morehouse Partners with NFL for Advocacy Workshop


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Hampton University to Join Big South Conference in 2018


Jesse Jackson Battles


Parkinson's Disease


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Meet Hampton University's New Head Football Coach


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N.C. A&T, Grambling State Headed to Celebration Bowl


Free Winter 2017-2018


Hampton University Athletic Director Eugene Marshall (right) and Big South Conference Commissioner Kyle Kallander announce Hampton University's entrance into the Big South Conference, effective July 1, 2018. Photo courtesy of Hampton University


Hampton University announced Big


HAMPTON, that


effective it Conference. The Va. – joins the


South Conference, July 1, 2018,


after a 22-year relationship with the Mid-Eastern Athletic


announcement came at a joint Hampton University/Big South press conference at Hampton University’s Student Center Theater with dozens of athletes and coaches present.


“The move to the Big South Conference


is just


another part of an exciting year at Hampton University,” Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey said. “Institutions in the Big South are located in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina,


which means that our student athletes will spend less time traveling and more time in classes on campus. This keeps the proper focus on academics, which is our chief reason for being. The smaller geographic footprint will also reduce travel expenses. Another important


consideration in the is


the large number of alumni located


region. We have enjoyed our 22-year relationship the Mid-Eastern Conference continue


Athletic competing


Hampton University Director


Eugene announced the move.


“Hampton University is BIG SOUTH PAGE 11


Healthy Recipe Editorial


HBCU Sports Presidents


THIS EDITION’S HIGHLIGHTS My African American European Vacation: Italy


Baked Apples and Chestnut Puree Lady Pirates Stun North Carolina Grambling State Raises $1.2M


Upcoming Events Scholarships Watch


Hampton University Museum Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships


and hope to against


some of its teams.” To a raucous ovation,


Athletic Marshall


Big South with


Aggies celebrate after their victory over Alcorn in the 2015 Celebration Bowl. Photo by Charles Edward Watkins.


COURTESY OF GRAYSON MOORE, CELEBRATION BOWL


ATLANTA – The second invitation to the third annual Celebration Bowl – to be played on Saturday, Dec. 16, at noon ET from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta – has been extended to the Southwestern Athletic football


Conference (SWAC) college champion, Grambling State


University. The Grambling Tigers defeated


the Alcorn Braves 40-32 in


Saturday’s SWAC Championship Game. Executive Director of the Celebration Bowl, John Grant, was on-site at in Houston and presented Grambling State University Coach Broderick Fobbs with the official invitation.


“Congratulations to SWAC champion Grambling State for punching their ticket to the Celebration Bowl for the second year in a row,” said Grant. “We are excited CELEBRATION BOWL PAGE 4


Larry Robinson Named FAMU’s 12th President


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The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Board of Trustees (BOT) una ni mously voted to name Larry Robinson, Ph.D., the 12th university president, subject to confirmation


by the Florida Board of Governors.


“I am humbled and overjoyed to have this opportunity to help move this University forward. I understand the awesomeness


of this responsibility,”


Robinson said, accepting the nomination. “I feel very, very fortunate to be a part of your team. I want to emphasize that our No. 1 priority will be student success – fully understanding that a key element of our student success is the great work of our faculty and staff.”


Board Chair Kelvin Lawson underscored the collective support from the BOT and FAMU community to name Robinson FAMU’s next permanent leader.


“We based our decision on data and followed our process thoroughly,” Lawson said. “We all, collectively, feel good about where we are, and we feel extremely well about our new leader – President Robinson.”


University’s interim


Robinson has served as the president


since


September 2016. He also serves as a distinguished


professor and principal


investigator in the School of the Environment. He previously served as interim president from July 2012 to April 2014, director of FAMU’s Environmental Sciences Institute from 1997 to 2003, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs from 2003 to 2005, interim president in 2007, and vice president for Research in 2009.


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