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Jarvis Christian College Forms Partnership with UT Tyler

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Jarvis Christian College has formed a partnership with the University of Texas at Tyler to offer seamless pathways for students to earn degrees and further enhance higher education in East Texas.

“We are forging a relationship that will provide better opportunities for all of our students to advance their education and be better prepared for the 21st century,” said Dr. Glenell M. Lee-Pruitt, Jarvis Christian College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “With this new partnership, students will have an opportunity to choose from an array of academic and career pathways.”

Under the agreement, undergraduate students from Jarvis will be able to transfer into selected undergraduate programs at UT Tyler. The selected programs will not duplicate those offered by Jarvis. Also, UT Tyler students will have an opportunity to pursue majors at Jarvis that are not offered at UT Tyler.

“The partnership is a win-win for both The University of Texas at Tyler and Jarvis Christian College, and especially for students and the region.” said Dr. Amir Mirmiran, UT Tyler Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We welcome this partnership that will not only further the friendly relationship and collaboration between our two institutions, but also help advance higher education in East Texas.”

The agreement also will allow qualified Jarvis students to begin limited study in selected master’s degree programs at UT Tyler as they complete their bachelor’s degrees from Jarvis.

Jarvis President Dr. Lester C. Newman and UT Tyler President Dr. Michael Tidwell made the partnership official by signing... More

Actor, comedian Jamie Foxx to receive Honorary Doctorate Degree from Jarvis

Monday, April 30, 2018

Actor, comedian and singer Mr. Jamie Foxx will receive an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Jarvis Christian College during the 2018 Spring Commencement activities at 10 a.m. May 5, 2018, in the E.W. Rand Center.

Mr. Foxx was born Eric Marlon Bishop in Terrell, Texas, on December 13, 1967, to Darrell Bishop and Louise Annette Talley Dixon. Shortly after his birth, he was adopted and raised by his mother's adoptive parents, Esther Marie (Nelson) and Mark Talley.

Mr. Foxx began playing the piano when he was 5 years old. As a teenager, he was a part-time pianist and choir leader in Terrell’s New Hope Baptist Church. He attended Terrell High School, where he received top grades and played basketball and football.

After high school, Mr. Foxx received a scholarship to United States International University, where he studied classical music and composition.

Mr. Foxx is a Grammy Award-winning musician, producing four albums which charted in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200: "Unpredictable," "Intuition," "Best Night of My Life" and “Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses.”

In 1991, Mr. Foxx joined the cast of “In Living Color.” Following a recurring role in the comedy-drama “Roc,” he went on to star in his own sitcom, “The Jamie Foxx Show,” from 1996-2001. His other television performances include roles in “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper,” “Moesha” and “Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story.” Foxx currently serves as host and executive producer of the new Fox game show "Beat Shazam."  

Mr. Foxx’s film career includes “Any Given Sunday,” “Ali,” “Collateral,” “Ray,” “Dreamgirls,” “Django Unchained,”... More

‘Black Panther’ author Jesse J. Holland keynote speaker for 2018 Spring Commencement

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Mr. Jesse J. Holland, Race and Ethnicity writer for the Associated Press, will give the keynote address during Jarvis Christian College’s 2018 Spring Commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018, in the E.W. Rand Center on the College campus.

Mr. Holland is the author of “Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther?” a companion novel to Marvel’s blockbuster movie, “Black Panther.”

Mr. Holland, a native of Holly Springs, Mississippi, is an award-winning journalist. His book, “The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African-American Slavery Inside The White House,” was named the 2017 silver medal award winner in U.S. History in the Independent Publisher Book Awards and one of the top history books of 2016 by Smithsonian.com.

Mr. Holland is also the author of “Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African-American History In and Around Washington, D.C.,” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- Finn's Story.” He is also the co-creator of the late, lamented comic strip, "Hippie and the Black Guy."

Mr. Holland is a former White House, Supreme Court and Congressional reporter. He teaches creative nonfiction at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, where he received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College in 2012. He also is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Liberal Arts degree with an emphasis in journalism and English, and the former Visiting Distinguished Professor of Ethics in Journalism at the University of Arkansas.

Jarvis Christian College to Host Social Justice Conference

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Three human rights leaders will gather on Jarvis Christian College’s campus for “Mission, Vocation and the Call to Social Justice: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Dr. John D. Mangram,” on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

Dr. Robert Franklin, Candler School of Theology, Emory College; Dr. Charles Steele Jr., Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) President; and Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr., co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) will lead the Social Justice Conference sessions.

Beginning at 11 a.m., Dr. Franklin will lead a session on “Discerning Your Mission in Life” in the Charles A. Meyer Auditorium.

Dr. Franklin is the James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor of Moral Leadership at Emory University (Atlanta) and is Senior Advisor to the President of Emory University. He served as Director of the Religion Department of the Chautauqua Institution from 2014 to 2017. In 2014, he served as Senior Advisor for Community and Diversity, Emory University (Atlanta). In 2013, he was a Visiting Scholar in Residence at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute.

He is president emeritus of Morehouse College where he served as the 10th president of the nation’s largest private, four-year liberal arts college for men from 2007 through 2012. Dr. Franklin was the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics at Emory University (2004-2007), where he provided leadership for a university-wide initiative titled “Confronting the Human Condition and the Human Experience” and was a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at the law school.... More

Former GM Executive Mr. Kevin W. Williams is keynote speaker for Honors Convocation

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Mr. Kevin W. Williams, former Board Chairman, President and Managing Director of General Motors (GM) of Canada Ltd., will give the keynote address during Jarvis Christian College’s Honors Convocation at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in the Smith-Howard Chapel.

As President and Managing Director, Mr. Williams was responsible for leading all General Motors operations in Canada. Prior to this, he served as GM Vice President and General Manager, Service and Parts Operations, where he oversaw all GM Global Aftersales businesses and served as Chairman and Global Process Leader for the GM Automotive Aftermarket Strategy Board.

Mr. Williams has held a number of global senior roles at General Motors, including Chairman, President and Managing Director of GM de Mexico and GM North America Vice President of Quality. He was a member of the GM North America Strategy Board from May 2003 through June 2009. Prior assignments included positions as Global Executive Director, Supplier Quality, Development and Supplier Diversity for Worldwide Purchasing and Executive Director, Supplier Quality and Development for GM Europe, based in Russelsheim, Germany, with responsibilities spanning 22 countries and 1,500 employees.

Mr. Williams began his GM career in 1983 as a reliability analyst at Buick Motor’s division in Flint, Michigan. In 1989, he became the General Supervisor of Production at the Lansing Craft Centre in Lansing, Michigan. In 1991, he was appointed Program Readiness Manager for GM's first electric vehicle program (EV1).

Mr. Williams earned a bachelor's degree in business management from Tennessee State University in 1983 and a master's degree in... More

Black History Month Program to feature SCLC President/CEO Mr. Charles Steele Jr.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Mr. Charles Steele Jr., President/CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), will be the featured speaker for Jarvis Christian College's Black History Month Program on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. The program will begin at 11 a.m. in the Smith-Howard Chapel on the Campus.

Mr. Steele, a Civil Rights leader, was elected to the Tuscaloosa City Council in 1985, where he served two terms. During his tenure as City Councilman, he organized the Unity Day Scholarship Fund, the Tuscaloosa Police Athletic League and secured funds to build the Bernice Washington Insight Center, a drug treatment center. He also organized the Tuscaloosa Drug Task Force and the Partners for a Drug Free Tuscaloosa County (formerly Tuscaloosa Drug Task Force).

In 1994, Mr. Steele was elected to the Alabama State Senate. The Senator played key roles in recruiting not one, but several new plants in his district. He also sponsored a non-traditional educational program with Robert Townsend of Hollywood, California, for the youth of his district. Additionally, he recruited the Rosa Parks movie to Alabama, where he served as a consultant to the production of the $7 million CBS movie project.

Mr. Steele was serving his third term as Senator before resigning to become the National Vice President of the SCLC, the Atlanta based organization founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In October 2000, he was elected as a Senate Member of the High Chamber (U.S. Parliamentary Group) of the International States Parliament for Safety... More

Jarvis Christian College Advances to National Qualifying Tournament of 29th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Jarvis Christian College will compete in the National Qualifying Tournament of the 29th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), America’s premier quiz bowl for top HBCU students. The fast-paced buzzer competition highlights students’ academic prowess and ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture.

Jarvis is one of 65 teams competing for institutional grants and a spot in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament taking place in Los Angeles, April 7-11, 2018.

Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is a year-round program that includes campus engagement, intramural play, qualifying tournaments and culminates with the National Championship. In 1989, Honda established HCASC as a way to highlight and recognize the academic talents of HBCU students. More than $8.5 million in grants from Honda have provided support for scholarships, facility upgrades and other investments to improve the student experience. This year’s challenge features more than 10,000 HBCU student competitors.

The Jarvis Honda Team, including Honour Adewumi, Jailen Douglas, David Kalu and Briauna Williams, will compete in the National Qualifying Tournament at Prairie View A&M University on Feb. 3. The competition will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center.

Four HBCUs will automatically qualify for the National Championship based on a public vote at http://bit.ly/2G79eVv. Vote up to three times a day through Feb. 5.

Honda has supported and celebrated America's HBCUs for more than 25 years. Since 1989, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), one of Honda's largest and... More

Natasha Coleman-Ball Crowned Miss UNCF Jarvis Christian College 2018-2019

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Miss Natasha Coleman-Ball is a sophomore Business Management major with a minor in Computer Information Systems from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. She is the daughter of Brenda Ball and Derek Coleman Sr. Her favorite pastime is reading and teaching dance. Her campus organizations and affiliations include: Pre-Alumni Council, member of the Jarvis Christian College Bowling Team and modeling team. Natasha, a former Miss Pre-Alumni Council, was escorted by Mr. Isaac Bivins. Her decision to compete for the title of Miss UNCF was motivated by her passion of serving her community and the dedication she has of pursuing her education. UNCF has helped her receive scholarships and opportunities to further her education and she aspires to help others experience the same blessing.

Unity Prayer Breakfast

Friday, January 05, 2018

Jarvis Christian College's Unity Prayer Breakfast, hosted by President Dr. Lester C. Newman, will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, in the Smith-Howard Chapel Fellowship Hall on the College campus. Admission is free. 

UNCF Scholarship Opportunities

Monday, December 11, 2017

UNCF SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

CHARLESTON FAMILY TRUST SCHOLARSHIP

The Charleston Family Trust Scholarship was established in memory of Thomas and Lulu Charleston, as a tribute to their value of education, honesty, hard work and self-reliance. Both born and raised in the segregated South, the couple struggled financially to pursue higher education and a better life for their family.

Mr. Charleston was a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), supporter of Southern Poverty Law Center, The United Negro College Fund, and had a long and extensive career with the Department of Corrections in California retiring as Assistant Warden at Folsom State Prison.

The Charleston's hard work and perseverance has given way for them to leave a part of their legacy to those who would otherwise be unable to pursue an education, because they believed that, 'An education is paramount in ones journey through life.' Their hope was to enrich the lives of those who receive this gift so that in turn, the recipient can do the same for the next generation.

Applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements and deadline to qualify as we search to make (3) awards of up to $3,000 based upon a student’s unmet financial need.

For full consideration, students must:

 * Be African-American and legal residents of the United States.

 * Have a cumulative grade point average of a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale... More

Jarvis Christian College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Jarvis Christian College.