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Memphis Chapter Announces their 2nd Annual Jazz Extravaganza

The Memphis Chapter will hold their 2nd Annual Jazz Extravaganze on October 28, 2017.  CLICK HERE for more details...

President Herman J. Felton Jr.'s Comments on Charlottesville Incident

President Herman J. Felton shares his thoughts on the Charlottesville VA incident.  CLICK HERE to read his letter...

Wiberforce to Become Tobacco Free Campus

WILBERFORCE, OH (August 7, 2017) – Wilberforce University will join the growing list of Ohio colleges and universities to adopt a tobacco-free campus policy, effective September 1, 2017. The recently approved policy will further promote a safe and healthy environment for faculty, staff, students, and the community by providing a tobacco-free and smoke-free campus.

Upon his appointment, Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr., announced a vision of institutional cohesion and sustainability entitled, The Wilberforce Renaissance. The Wilberforce Renaissance allows the University to operationalize its mission and act as a bridge to intellectual curiosity and rigor, academic achievement, social change, and the cultivation of an entrepreneurial spirit in the 21 Century. Felton says, “By adopting a tobacco-free and smoke-free policy, we feel this social change shows leadership in this area, promotes a healthy environment that will foster excellence, innovation, and kindness, and addresses the other tenets of the university’s mission.”


When the policy goes into effect, smoking and/or use of tobacco products, objects or devices, including traditional and/or electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and smokeless tobacco products will be prohibited on campus. This includes inside buildings, administrative facilities or anywhere on campus property, such as sidewalks, parking lots, and off-campus facilities.  

To ease the transition for faculty, staff and students who are tobacco users, onsite tobacco cessation programs will be offered through a partnership with Greene County Public Health.


For more information, contact Anita Jefferson-Gomez at 937-708-5520, or

Renaissance or Revolution

Wilberforce University Alumni Takes Action


“Renaissance or Revolution”, the open dialogue last Thursday between TV One/NewsOne’s Roland Martin and Wilberforce University President, Dr. Herman J. Felton Jr. during the Wilberforce University Alumni Association Conference. The HBCU Town Hall meeting was 360 degrees of interactive conversation.With 250+ attendees fired up to address the priorities required to heighten survivability amid advancing institutional excellence, innovation, and sustainability at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Opportunities that reflect on the Wilberforce mission as it relates to the HBCU community, this discussion proved to be necessary and result driven.


This powerful conversation highlighted topics such as “how to” build sustainable partnerships internally and externally, including: framing new success pathways to HBCU curriculum innovation; research funding, improving student recruitment accessibility and opportunity, and responding to the needs of non-traditional and diverse student populations.

The primary thinkpiece for the evening correlated the strength of Alumni relations and the corresponding pressure faced at every level of Alumni giving to the institution. Keynote Roland Martin posed this question, “How do we teach to give to our churches, give to the Obama campaign, but not give to Historically Black Colleges and Universities”. Martin expounded on the practice and significance of Alumni giving, to support scholarship funds and research for institutions of higher learning. He explained that too often people get overwhelmed by the size of the gift and forget that multiple small gifts can be just as impactful.

As America’s first privately owned and operated HBCU, Wilberforce University, founded by African-Americans in 1856 is currently experiencing a renaissance .The transition is defined by operational efficiency, fiscal responsibility, strength on intentional focus on providing a rich campus engagement experience for every student enrolled. President Dr. Herman J. Felton Jr. stated, “ In the 2015-2016 fiscal year the Alumni giving percentage was 1 percent, fast forwarding to now Alumni giving has increased 9 percent”!


Reiterating the importance of giving, Wilberforce University was featured as the HBCU of the day for the #HBCUGivingDay Initiative, Monday July 31st .The HBCU Giving Day is a national call to action in support of raising funds for historically black colleges and universities. Created by Roland Martin, the fundraising initiative represents a different historically black college and university by wearing a lapel pin and then posting the photo on social media using the hashtag. From the one day initiative, Wilberforce University raised 1,304 dollars; we are proud to declare that the renaissance is moving forward!


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NaAsiaha Simon
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Wilberforce University Media

Wilberforce Media Group was founded on the campus of Wilberforce University by Rev. Gerald F. Poe Jr. and Mayhew Cuthbertson September 2015 with 9 students. It now consists of 10 functional areas in Media, Broadcast, Photography (including drone cinematography), Executive Movement Security, W.R.A.P.-Wilberforce Robotics Aeronautics Program and SOCNET engineering. WU Media has reached over 20,000 viewers and/or listeners in its short tenure. With the express goal of educating, motivating and empowering our students in the arts, media engineering, media security and broadcast/music business management, WU Media has concentrated on being a real-world educational conduit for our students. Each of the 10 functional areas is supported by select faculty with abundant experience in each area. WU Media is a success- driven vehicle for student engagement while maintaining its position as an active, media-focused utility outlet for the whole of Wilberforce University. Student involvement: 125 Students have joined WU Media over the past year with over 60 being extremely active. ALL programs are student-focused, managed and student-operated. We are building character, excitement, morals and innovative leaders which increase Wilberforce University student involvement,  STEM opportunities, and community offerings.

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