Priceless Vol 2 Number 8


Our Future Depends On It

Serving HBCU Alumni, Students, Faculty, Staff and Friends

FMU Celebrates 140 Years, Gets New President

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JSU General Counsel Among Top 40 Attorneys

HBCU Women Who Made History

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Howard Alumni Finalists to Design Jamaica’s Parliament Complex

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Aggie Named NCAA Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year

Free Spring 2019

Jackson State University general counsel Edward Watson BY JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY

JACKSON, Miss. – Jackson State University general counsel Edward Watson was recently recognized as one of the Top 40 attorneys in the state by the Mississippi Business Journal.

“I am humbled to receive

this honor and recognition,” Watson said. “I have been influenced to continually give my all to what matters the most by a vast amount of people in my family life.”

and professional For more than 16 years,

Watson has represented clients in the areas of higher education law, municipal law, labor and employment

law, contracts,

commercial, governmental and general tort liability defense.

“The selection committee

found that my knowledge, skills and successful representation on behalf of my clients and

the community exemplifies integrity, aggression and passionate leadership,” Watson said. “Receiving this honor reminds me to continue to do justly, love

mercifully and

walk humbly in my personal and professional life.”

Previously, he was

selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Top Attorneys in Mississippi for the past three consecutive years. Watson is licensed to practice law in all federal and state courts in Mississippi. Before joining JSU, he was a founding member of the firm Alexander & Watson, P.A.

Tougaloo College, where he earned

He is an alumnus of a

in political acquired

bachelor’s degree science. Watson

his juris doctorate

from Mississippi College School of Law.

This Edition’s Highlights

Healthy Recipe Editorial

Traveling to Trinidad: A Tremendous Treat Tasty Hummus

HBCU Sports HBCU Careers Upcoming Events Scholarships Watch

CIAA Basketball: Virginia State Tops Shaw

Hampton University Gala of Hope Junior Scholars Training

Frederick C. Branch Scholarship 15 4

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Asanji Chofor at CubeSat build AGILE workshop Photo courtesy of Hampton University

BY HAMPTON UNIVERSITY HAMPTON, Va. – Hampton University is

part of a collaborative project of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium where students from three Virginia universities

delivered small

satellites to NanoRacks in Houston, to be integrated into a CubeSat deployer (NRCSD), which will be launched into space on April 17, 2019. Four undergraduate Hampton University students worked on the project by developing software to perform analysis on the data that will be received from the satellites.

“Hampton University has always been on the forefront of innovation. The work

Kayla White was named NCAA Division I Indoor Track Athlete of the Year BY NCATAGGIES.COM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Conventional

wisdom today says children must start at a young age in their chosen sport if they want long-term success.

Not true says senior North Carolina

A&T sprinter Kayla White. White did not start participating in track and field until the 11th

grade. On Saturday, she became the

first-ever N.C. A&T track and field athlete – indoor or outdoor – to win an NCAA national championship when she won the 200 meters

Photo by Michael Simmons

at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Indoor National Championships at the CrossPlex.

White won the 200m in 22.62 to reclaim

the fastest time in the world in 2019. White recorded the world’s fastest time in 2019 on Feb. 2 when she ran 22.82 at the University of Arkansas’ Tyson Invitational. Anavia Battle of Ohio State took the crown by running 22.80. That fastest 200m runner in the world once again resides at North Carolina A&T State


Hampton University Students Developing Satellite Analysis Software

our students are doing is being recognized and utilized by industry leaders, and we are excited to be part of this collaboration,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.

The satellites will communicate data to

ground stations at Virginia Tech, University of Virginia and Old Dominion University for subsequent analysis using an analytical tool being developed by Hampton University students from the Atmospheric and Planetary Science Department.

have been hard at work on the mission since June 2016 as a cross-institutional Undergraduate

student chemical computer science leaders and engineering team

members from physics, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering,


together to make the mission a reality. The students have been

advisors and have benefitted greatly from advice from NASA, industry and academic advisors, and NanoRacks, the world’s leading commercial space station company.

“I learned so much about different types

of orbits, the process of agile development, the nature and effects of coefficient drag HAMPTON UNIVERSITY PAGE 4

disciplines have worked coached by faculty

More than 140 undergraduate students team.

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