Shaw University 150
President's Report


  • Letitia Beckett, William Collins, Ja’Nay Currie, Candice Daniel, Daphne Hauser, Kevin Julye, Erica Lafrades, Amanda Linebarger and Shacoya Ross presented at the Emerging Research National Conference in Atlanta, GA on February 23-25, 2012.

    • Beckett and Hauser presented "Fibre-Optic Light Pipe Probes in Medicine and Biology."
    • Collins presented "High Vacuum Growth of Iron(II) Spin-Crossover Films."Daniel presented "Optimal Methods for the Production of Biofuels from Waste Resources."
    • Currie presented "Biodiesel from Locally Grown Oil Seeds Crops: A Comparative Study of Canola and Camelina."
    • Daniel presented "Optimal Methods for the Production of Biofuels from Waste Resources."
    • Julye presented "Low Spin – High Spin Spintronic Materials for High Speed Applications."
    • Lafrades presented "Value Added Processing of Agricultural Waste: Bio-Ethanol Production."
    • Linebarger presented "Method of Isolation for Pharmacologically Active Compounds present in Natural Herbs."
    • Ross presented "The Interaction Between Vahona Aloe Macroclada and Yeast DNA Using Fluorescence Methods."  

  • Cadet Robert Bruce and Cadet Ashley Mabry presented at the Saint Augustine’s College 2012 Undergraduate Research Day in Raleigh, NC on April 13, 2012. Bruce presented "The Army and the Emergence to World Power, 1898-1902" and Mabry presented "The Army between the World Wars, 1919-1941." 

  • Natieka Green, Kevan Julye and Merone Zewde presented at the Student Research Conference at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, NC on April 13-14, 2012.
    Research Students
    (L-R) Zewde, Julye, Green
    • Green presented "Racial Disparities in Alcohol Use: Findings from the Exploring Health Disparities in Integrated Communities Study."
    • Julye presented "Determining Electrical Properties of Valence Tautomers."
    • Zewde presented "Bromelain Treatment of Mouse B Cells inVitro Modulate the Expression Cell Signaling Receptors." 
  • April Wilson Johnson and Tara Stanfield presented at the North Carolina Graduate Education Week in Raleigh, NC on May 25, 2012. Johnson presented "Enhancing Social-Emotional Skills of Young Children who have Autism" and Stanfield presented "Improving Online Learning Outcomes for Adult Students."
    Education Students
    Johnson and Smith  

  • Lolia Kienka, Destinii Smith and Merone Zewde presented at the National Association of African American Honors Programs Conference at Hampton University in Hampton, VA on November 10-12, 2011.
    • Kienka presented "International Health Disparities Research Internship on Prostate Cancer."
    • Smith presented "Gold-Coated Cellulose Manocrystals for Bioimaging Applications."
    • Zewde presented "Bromelain Treatment of Mouse B Cells inVitro Modulate the Expression Cell Signaling Receptors." 


  • Akeem Banks served as an intern at the NASA Space Center in Houston, TX. Banks analyzed statistical data on previous astronauts’ behavioral (or psychological) health issues, team cohesion/training issues and human performance/sleep deprivation issues. 

  • Britney Basket, Jocelyn Jenkins and Christina Waldo attended the African American Alliance Conference at the University of California, Irvine on February 9, 2012.

  • Stephanie Bright and Brittany Sims participated in the US Foreign Policy Conference, sponsored by the US State Department, in Washington, DC on March 24, 2012.

  • LaMarcus Davis was accepted into the Master of Science Surgical Assistant Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is the only African American male in the program and plans to pursue a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree.

  • Skylar Davis completed an internship with the North Carolina Governor’s Press Office in Raleigh, NC.

  • Jacquail Green participated in the Leaders4Wake internship program through the North Carolina Office of Special Education.

  • Cadet Kewan Holder and Cadet Ashley Mabry attended the Leadership Development and Assessment Course at Fort Lewis, Washington State.

  • Solomon Hughes, Kendrick King, Brandon Kornegay, Chantel Parrish, Unique Staggers and William Thomas competed in the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) inaugural Ethics Bowl competition on February 10-11, 2012.
    President's Report
    Debate Team  

  • April Wilson Johnson received the Mary Briggs Award from the North Carolina Division of Child Development.

  • Norman Johnson and Merone Zewde tied for second place in the National Role Models Student Researchers’ Competition at the 2011 Minority Access Conference in Washington, DC on September 30 – October 2, 2011.

  • Women’s tennis team member Lolia Kienka received several accolades, including 2012 CIAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year; 2012 CIAA Women’s Tennis Player of Year; 2012 CIAA Women’s Tennis Champions MVP; 2012 All CIAA First Team and Shaw University President Student-Athlete Scholar for having the highest GPA (3.9) of any student athlete. In addition, Kienka participated in the NCAA Career in Sports Forum.

  • Triahnna Miles and Americus Williams were listed in the 2012 edition of "Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges."

  • Destinii Smith participated in the National Science Foundation Summer Internship Research Program and studied "Design and Delivery of Polymer Drug Complexes" for a second year at Virginia Tech University.

  • Tyreé Smith represented Shaw in the "105 VOH" HBCU National Choir for the Grand Ole Opry House HBCU Inaugural performance in Nashville, TN on January 22, 2012.

  • Shaniqua Walton was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.
    President's Report
    Walton's Commissioning Ceremony
  • Rachel Weathers participated in the 2012 Institute on Economics and International Affairs at Georgetown University in accordance with the Fund for American Studies in Washington, DC.

  • Angela Wilson received a summer internship at UniWorld Group, a New York advertising agency, through the Louis Carr Internship Foundation. The Foundation offers 10 paid internships in communications to minority students.

Alumni Accomplishments

  • Evingerlean Blakney '09 received her master’s degree in student affairs administration from the University of Southern Mississippi and was admitted to its higher education administration PhD program. She received her first grant from the Committee on Services and Resources for Women to conduct a study on female students in higher education and suicide ideation.

  • Chester Charles '06 received his PhD in clinical audiology from Texas Tech University.

  • Karen Ellison '11 received the Teacher of the Year Award from Mary E. Phillips High School in Raleigh, NC.

  • Sarem Hailemariam '11 enrolled into the biology PhD program at Washington University St. Louis.

  • Ahmad R. McLean '05 received his PhD in health education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Donald Mitchell, Jr.Donald Mitchell, Jr. '09 received his PhD in educational policy and administration with a concentration in higher education from the University of Minnesota Mankato in February 2012. He currently works as an assistant professor of higher education at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI.

  • Oyindamola Oki '06 received her PhD in bioinformatics from North Carolina State University.

  • Rosa Saavedra '10 received a $400,000 grant from the US Department of Agriculture for her collaborative "From Discrimination to a Future in Farming" project.

  • Roxanne Sykes '05 received the Teacher of the Year Award from Bugg Elementary School in Raleigh, NC.