Posts Tagged ‘Fisk University’

Click here to view the Fisk Jubilee Singers’ recent performance at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
The concert was one of fifteen performances during spring semester 2010. Most recently, the Jubilee Singers were nominated for a Grammy-Award with singer and guitarist Johnny Lang. The Singers are also recipients of the 2008 National Medal for the Arts.

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Fisk University and Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC have been granted U.S. Patent No. 7,687,780, entitled “Semiconductor Radiation Detector”.  The new crystalline materials described in the patent detect neutrons, electromagnetic radiation, and energetic charged particles.  The neutron detection feature of the newly discovered materials has important advantages compared to traditional approaches relying on expensive and bulky gas filled tubes.

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The Fisk-Meharry Medical College HBCU Wellness Project will display quilt panels from the NAMES Project Foundation’s AIDS Memorial Quilt on Wednesday, April 28th – Monday, May 3rd, 2010. The event will take place in the Henderson A. Johnson Gymnasium on the historic campus of Fisk University. The goal is to raise awareness about the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Nashville community.


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Greetings Fisk Family,

The University is currently applying for funds from the Home Depot ReTool Your School Grant Program.  We are in the running for two projects to improve our campus. The first is general campus beautification and the second, and larger grant in the amount of $50,000 is for focused rehabilitation of the Fisk Memorial Chapel. Only one school will receive a Major Grant of $50,000.  Ten schools will receive Minor Grants of $10,000 each.

A key criteria for consideration is the number of votes received by visitors to the following Web site: 

You’re allowed to vote for Fisk once per day, so come back frequently. Please vote for Fisk everyday until the deadline.  Online voting will end May 15, 2010 at 11:59 pm EST.

Thanks in advance for your support and for all you do for Fisk.

See you at the finish line.


Ken West

Vice President of Communication and Public Relations
1000 17th Avenue North
Nashville, Tennessee 37208

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Congratulations to Fisk University’s Women of Perfection as they have finished as finalists in the 24th annual Mary Catherine Strobel Awards sponsored by Hands on Nashville.

From a pool of over 100 nominees in the Strobel Award’s Civic Volunteer Group category, Fisk’s Women of Perfection emerged to finish as a top-three finalist alongside HelpLine Volunteers and Maury Regional Medical Center.

Women of Perfection contribute to the local community by tutoring and mentoring Nashville-area youth through Fisk’s comprehensive after-school and summer programs known as THRUST (To Harness, Retain, Understand, Sustain and Teach). The Women of Perfection, established by Fisk University in 2005, is made up of college women who have donated more than 1,000 volunteer hours to THRUST. The volunteers also participate in other community service projects, including Nashville’s Breast Cancer Walk as well as the WSFK(88.1-FM) Radio-Thon.


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Congratulations to Fisk Professor Stafford Cargill and the University’s SIFE(Students in Free Enterprise) Team as they finished 1st in the 2010 Regional Championships held yesterday in Atlanta, Georgia. Team members include Inna Smith, Tahmika Fuller., Jermaine Johnson, Tiffani Baker, Keinelia Toussaint, Reginee Ceaser, Lauren Wilhoite, Jessica Stroud, Jessica McDowell, Philip Udensi, Greg Byers and Bradley Grayson.

The 1st place finish will allow the SIFE Team to compete in the National SIFE Exposition in Mineapolis, Minnesota May 11-13.

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The Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge to Ph.D. Program was recently featured in the online and print publication, Inside Higher Education. The program’s goal of providing members of underrepresented populations with access to Ph.D.s was revealed through interviews with program co-chairs Drs. Arnold Burger(Fisk University) and  Keivan Stassun(Vanderbilt)in addition to the program’s first graduate, Dr. Stephen Babalola and current students Stacey Lawrence and Erica Morgan. The article was also featured online at USATODAY.com which averages 5.4 million monthly visitors.

View the story here.

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Fisk celebrated its fourth annual Campus Beatification Day on March 24.

For the fourth consecutive year, Fisk faculty, staff and students came together to ornament the campus grove with fresh plants during Campus Beautification Day. Each event has provided the Fisk Family a chance to give the campus lasting natural beauty while enjoying the company colleagues. Visitor and perspective students will have a chance to view the additions during this weekend’s Spring Arts Festival and Scholars Weekend Activities.

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Candice Warren (center) was elected as Miss Fisk 2010-2011

Congratulations to Janice Burks (SGA President), Candice Warren(Miss Fisk) and Timothy J. Walker(SGA Vice President) and all of the incoming members of Fisk’s Student Government Association (2010-2011.) Winners were announced  in Spence Hall today following a spirited and energized Election Week 2010. Stay tuned to the Fisk University Blog as the full list of newly elected officers will be posted on tomorrow.

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The 14th Annual Piersen Lecture Series sponsored by the department of history at Fisk University will feature a performance and special presentation by Dr. Anthony Williams, Fisk Associate Professor of Music and University Organist, on February 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fisk Memorial Chapel. The Piersen Lecture Series is free and open to the public.

Dr. Williams will lecture on the contributions of Walter Holtkamp Sr., renowned organ builder and leading pioneer of the Organ Reform Movement in the United States that featured well crafted instruments with similar designs as used in the baroque era in Northern Germany. These organs included large, visible pipes allowing listeners to hear the instrument better while observing its design. Holtkamp’s company built and installed Fisk University’s pipe organ in 1960. It was his next-to-last installation before retiring in 1961.  

Dr. Williams began his teaching career at Fisk in the late 1980s and served as Director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers®, and became the youngest person in the history of the ensemble to hold that position. After teaching at Dillard University in New Orleans, Dr. Williams came to Fisk in 2005 as Visiting Artist in Residence following Hurricane Katrina. In addition to teaching, Dr. Williams is the Director of Music and Arts and Organist at First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee where he founded and oversees the church’s monthly concert series, the “Third Sunday Concert Series”.

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