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HBCU-Up and CECOR Cybersecurity Programs Prepare the Next Visionary Leaders in STEM at Claflin University

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Under Graduate Program (HBCU-UP) and the Consortium Enabling Cybersecurity Opportunities & Research (CECOR) programs completed their summer schedule of activities at Claflin University with an awards and recognition luncheon on Friday, July 13, in Ministers' Hall. The National Science Foundation (NSF) established HBCU-UP to assist HBCUs with strengthening science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and research to prepare underrepresented minority students for STEM graduate programs and the 21st Century workforce.
More than 30 high school seniors, who plan to enroll at Claflin for the 2018 Fall semester, participated in the five-week residential programs. The students completed a rigorous class schedule and received an early introduction to living on a college campus and academic and career opportunities in STEM.
"You are to be commended for your hard work and achievements," said Dr. Verlie A. Tisdale, dean of Claflin's School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and professor of biology. "Some of you passed accelerated pre-calculus and discrete mathematics classes that may have been difficult but it taught you how to study. We gave you a lot to do and a lot to learn in a short period of time - and you did it. When you return in the fall, you will discover that you are way ahead of your classmates because you have already made the transition from high school to college."
According to the NSF,  HBCUs have awarded a large share of bachelor's degrees to African-American students in STEM, and HBCUs are the baccalaureate origins of one-quarter to one-third of black science and engineering doctorate recipients. To meet the nation's escalating demands for STEM talent, more rapid gains in achievement, success and degree production in STEM are needed for underrepresented minority populations.
The CECOR  Cybersecurity program provides students an opportunity to learn about cutting edge research and science through guest lecturers, internships at national laboratories, sessions about preventable computer-hacking measures, and academic enrichment as it relates to cyber security.

"The math and fundamentals of programming classes were very challenging," said Harris Roach who received awards for earning the highest grade point average in discrete mathematics and the fundamentals of programming. Roach will begin her freshman year Claflin in August. "But the overall experience was very eye opening and what we learned this summer will be very beneficial when we arrive in the fall."

Student Profile - Jamal Devine
Congratulations to Jamal Devine who is one of four recipients of the Founder's Memorial Scholarship from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. The scholarship award, in the amount of $5,000, will be presented to Devine at the 81st Grand Conclave in New Orleans, La., on Monday, July 23, during the Dr. Ronald McNair Luncheon. 

A native of Decatur, Ga., Devine is a senior business administration major with a concentration in finance. His cumulative GPA is 3.70. Devine is a member of the baseball team, the National Association of Black Accountants, the Omicron Alpha Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda Business Fraternity, Inc., and Lambda Sigma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. 
Employee News
Claflin University assistant athletics director Matisse Lee has been selected to participate in the NCAA & Division II Athletic Directors Association (D2ADA) Women and Minorities Mentoring Program. The program is an eight-month initiative running from September 2018 through May 2019 and begins with orientation on July 18-20, 2018. It will culminate with the participants attending the NACDA Convention in June 2019.
The NCAA & D2ADA Women and Minorities Mentoring Program provides women and minority athletics administrators in NCAA Division II the opportunity to enhance career development through a mentoring relationship that fosters personal and professional growth. The activity seeks to build a foundation that encourages participants to pursue a long-range career in athletics administration with an ultimate career goal of serving as a Division II Director of Athletics.

Dr. Karina Liles, instructor of computer sciences,  has launched STEM Truck SC in her hometown of Bennettsville, S.C. The goal of STEM Truck SC is to expose, educate, and engage students (grades PreK through 8) to equal access in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities. Currently, the focus is programming and electronics. STEM Truck SC services PreK through eighth grade students. Click here to learn more about STEM Truck SC. 

Alumni News

The Washington Metro Chapter of the Claflin University International Alumni Association hosted its Annual Cookout on Saturday, July 14 at the Kettering Community Center in Upper Marlboro, Md. 

Panther Pride
Former Claflin University track athlete Trisana Fairweather, '18 is among 581 female student-athletes nominated for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The 581 student-athletes are the most ever nominated in the history of the program. Of the nominees, 251 competed in Division I, 131 competed in Division II and 191 competed in Division III athletics.
A native of Hope Bay Port Antonio, Portland Jamaica, Fairweather graduated Summa Cum Laude this past May with a bachelors degree in business administration. In the fall, she will begin pursing a masters degree in accounting at Indiana University.

In 2016, Fairweather was the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Champion in the 200 meters and was named the Claflin University Female Athlete of the Year. She was also the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
The Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year from the nine finalists. The 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced Sunday, October 28, at an awards dinner in Indianapolis.
July 18, 2018
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