Fisk University

FISK UNIVERSITY ACCREDITATION REAFFIRMED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Contact Information:
Edwina Harris Hamby, Ph.D.                     Office: 615-329-8530
Fisk University                                           Cell: 615-473-7325
1000 Seventeenth Avenue North               ehamby@fisk.edu
Nashville, Tennessee 37208                       http://www.fisk.edu
 
Dear, Alumni, and Friends,
Please accept my sincerest thanks and gratitude for the tremendous support you have provided for the past ten months, and especially for our recruitment and fundraising efforts.  Because of you, our accreditation has been reaffirmed.  I ask that you continue to work with us as we move forward to make the Fisk Renaissance a reality.
Best Regards,
H. James Williams
Fisk University’s Accreditation Reaffirmed
Nashville, TN, December 10, 2013 – Fisk University announced that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmed its accreditation and removed the probation sanction today.
Under the dynamic and visionary leadership of President H. James Williams, who took the helm on February 1, 2013, the University engaged in a series of strategic initiatives to address all of SACSCOC’s concerns.  “In the past couple of years we had deficits and had to make the case of why we had deficits,” Dr. Williams said. “This time, we’ve finished the 2012-13 year in the black, exceeded our fundraising goals for 2013, and increased our enrollment in Fall 2012 and Fall 2013. We’re in the black for the first quarter of this fiscal year (2013-14) and have made a number of fundamental changes in how we handle our financial affairs,” said Dr. Williams.
Noting that the University’s fiscal operations, recruitment, retention, fundraising and communications/public relations efforts have all been recalibrated to function more effectively, Dr. Williams said,  “At the end of the day, SACSCOC expects institutions to show that they are in compliance with the Principles of Accreditation and are financially viable.  Fisk University is, in fact, in full compliance and financially viable.”
Dr. Williams indicated that the entire Fisk University family is jubilant that SACSCOC recognized their Herculean efforts to assure a positive outcome.  “Today is sort of another ‘Jubilee Day’ for Fisk University.  October 6, 1871 was the day our original Jubilee Singers left the campus on a fundraising mission to save Fisk.  December 10, 2013 marks the day that Fisk received its reaffirmation without a blemish and enables Fisk to continue the excellent work it has performed for almost 148 years.  We began our Fisk Renaissance in February, and now that our accreditation has been reaffirmed, we will move forward full steam ahead,” he said.
SACSCOC is the regional commission responsible for accrediting degree-granting institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and some institutions in Latin America. The Board of Trustees of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges is the representative body of the 804-member College Delegate Assembly and is charged with carrying out the accreditation process. To gain or maintain ccreditation, an institution must comply with Commission policies and with all standards contained in the Principles of Accreditation.
About Fisk University
Founded in 1866, Fisk University is Nashville’s first institution of higher education and currently ranks in the top 20% of all liberal arts institutions in the nation according to The Washington Monthly.  Fisk is the fourth highest ranked institution in Tennessee and the highest ranked Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Forbes magazine’s 2013 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” Fisk has been ranked in The Princeton Review’s “Best Southeastern Colleges” publication for 21 consecutive years. U.S. News and World Report ranks Fisk #146 in the elite Tier One group of 246 liberal arts institutions selected for the distinction among the 1,400 colleges and universities in the nation, and Fisk is one of only four HBCUs ranked in Tier One. Fisk has earned four R & D 100 Awards for work in the creation of radiation detectors developed in collaboration with several national laboratories and corporations. No other HBCU has ever earned an R & D 100 Award.  According to the National Science Foundation, Fisk produces more African-Americans who go on to earn doctoral degrees in the natural sciences than any school in the nation. For more information on Fisk University, please visit www.fisk.edu.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Contact Information:
Edwina Harris Hamby, Ph.D.                     Office: 615-329-8530
Fisk University                                           Cell: 615-473-7325
1000 Seventeenth Avenue North               ehamby@fisk.edu
Nashville, Tennessee 37208                       www.fisk.edu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Fisk University Presents “Christmas at Fisk”
Nashville, TN – Fisk University proudly presents “Christmas at Fisk” on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Clinton B. Fisk Memorial Chapel.  This annual holiday event will feature performances by Fisk’s Chamber Choir, Jazz Ensemble, University Choir and the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers®.
Songs slated to be performed include: “Opera of the Bells,” “Mary Had a Baby,” “The Word Was God,” “Christmas Time Is Here,” “O Holy Night” and “Rise Up Shepherd.  ”Silent Night,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas” will include audience participation.
“The tradition of a Christmas program at Fisk goes back to the University’s early days,” said Dr. Philip Autry, Music Discipline Coordinator. “This is a great opportunity for the campus and community to come together, hear the diversity of Christmas music through a wide variety of styles, and sing together as one voice.”
The event is open to the public and admission is free.
For more information, please contact Dr. Philip Autry at 615-329-8702.

About Fisk University

Founded in 1866, Fisk University is Nashville’s first institution of higher education and currently ranks in the top 20% of all liberal arts institutions in the nation according to The Washington Monthly.  Fisk is the fourth highest ranked institution in Tennessee and the highest ranked Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Forbes magazine’s 2013 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” Fisk has been ranked in The Princeton Review’s “Best Southeastern Colleges” publication for 21 consecutive years.  U.S. News and World Report ranks Fisk #146 in the elite Tier One group of 246 liberal arts institutions selected for the distinction among the 1,400 colleges and universities in the nation, and Fisk is one of only four HBCUs ranked in Tier One. Fisk has earned four R & D 100 Awards for work in the creation of radiation detectors developed in collaboration with several national laboratories and corporations. No other HBCU has ever earned an R & D 100 Award.  According to the National Science Foundation, Fisk produces more African-Americans who go on to earn doctoral degrees in the natural sciences than any school in the nation. For more information on Fisk University, please visit  www.fisk.edu.

Support Fisk University!

9 out of 10 Fisk students receive financial aid and scholarships that make their education possible. Every dollar from every donor makes a real difference in the lives of current students.

Remember – EVERY GIFT, NO MATTER THE SIZE, COUNTS AND MAKES A DIFFERENCE!

Support Fisk students with a donation now 

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FISK NEWS & EVENTS –NOVEMBER  13, 2013
Participate in the Strategic Planning Process – Click here to complete the instrument:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FISKSWOT.  The instrument closes at 12 noon on November 16, 2013.
Fisk President H. James Williams has begun development of the University’s Strategic Plan.  As part of the process, he is conducting University S.W.O.T. Analyses:  Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.  He wants input from all stakeholders of the University.  The SWOT Analysis is a useful technique for identifying an organization’s Strengths and Weaknesses, and for identifying both the Opportunities open to the entity and the Threats it may face.  Strengths and weaknesses are generally internal to an organization, while opportunities and threats generally relate to external factors.  For this reason the SWOT Analysis is sometimes called Internal-External Analysis and the SWOT Matrix is sometimes called an IE Matrix.  As you provide your SWOT Analysis, you may want to consider the following questions.
Strengths:
  • What advantages does Fisk University have?
  • What does Fisk do better than anyone else?
  • What unique or lowest-cost resources can Fisk draw upon that others can’t?
  • What do people in our market see as our strengths?
  • What factors mean that we “get the student”?
Consider Fisk’s strengths from both an internal perspective, and from the point of view of our students and others in our higher educational market.  Also, if you’re having any difficulty identifying strengths, try writing down a list of Fisk’s characteristics. Some of these will hopefully be strengths!  When looking at Fisk’s strengths, think about them in relation to our competitors.
Weaknesses:
  • What could Fisk improve?
  • What should Fisk avoid?
  • What are people in our market likely to see as weaknesses?
  • What factors lose us students or supporters?
Again, consider this from an internal and external basis: Do other people seem to perceive weaknesses that we don’t see? Are our competitors doing any better than we?  It’s best to be realistic now, and face any unpleasant truths as soon as possible.
Opportunities:
  • What good opportunities can you spot?
  • What interesting trends are you aware of?
Useful opportunities can come from such things as: changes in technology and markets on both a broad and narrow scale; changes in government policy related to higher education; changes in social patterns, population profiles, lifestyle changes, etc.; local events.  A useful approach when looking at opportunities is to look at Fisk’s strengths and ask yourself whether these open up any opportunities. Alternatively, look at Fisk’s weaknesses and ask yourself whether opportunities could be opened up by eliminating weaknesses.
Threats
  • What obstacles does Fisk face?
  • What are our competitors doing?
  • Are quality standards or specifications for our products or services changing?
  • Is changing technology threatening our position?
  • Could any of Fisk’s weaknesses seriously threaten the University?
Threats can come from such things as: changes in technology and markets on both a broad and narrow scale; changes in government policy related to higher education; changes in social patterns, population profiles, lifestyle changes, etc.; local events.   A useful approach when looking at threats is to look at Fisk’s weaknesses and ask yourself whether these pose threats to the University.  Also, if threats are eliminated, ask yourself whether opportunities could be opened up.
Stieglitz Collection Unveiled at Fisk’s Partner, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
As you may be aware, the Stieglitz Collection opened at the Crystal Bridges Museum last week.  As a result, Fisk has received a great deal of press.  Links to various articles are provided below and are on the website.
MAKE AN INVESTMENT IN THE TALENTED STUDENTS FISK UNIVERSITY SERVES
Please send your gifts FOR RECEIPT in snail mail by November 27 or online by November 28 to be counted in the December Presentation to the Commission on Colleges.  We are at $1.15 million now.  Our goal is $1.5 million by Friday, November 28th. 
Remember – EVERY GIFT, NO MATTER THE SIZE, COUNTS AND MAKES A DIFFERENCE!  THE RETURN ON YOUR INVESTMENT?  FISK GRADUATES WHO SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES AND ARE THE SCHOLARS AND LEADERS OF TOMORROW.
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The Time is Now!!
Please send your gifts by November 27 to be counted in the  December Presentation to the Commission on Colleges.  Help us make our goal of $1.5 million by November 28th.
We still have work to do as we move forward with The Fisk Renaissance.  We have established a goal to raise $1.5 million in unrestricted dollars by November 28, 2013. Why?  Because we must demonstrate sustainability to SACSCOC and they will scrutinize our progress in fundraising before they make the final decision.
We must continue to show that our recent financial history demonstrates financial stability.  To this end, our goal is to have $1.5 million in unrestricted gifts in our coffers by November 28, 2013.
For reunion classes, everything counts toward your Reunion Class Goal. For non-reunion classes, everything counts toward your FY 2014 Class Goal. You may also earmark your gift for the General Scholarship Fund, which is an appeal under THE FISK FUND, and is used for student scholarships. For those making gifts to the “Refreshing Our Jewels” appeal, those earmarked gifts also count toward THE FISK FUND.
THE FISK FUND goal of unrestricted dollars for FY 2014 is $4 million.  In order for everyone to be clear, the only gifts that count in THE FISK FUND are gifts for general scholarships, annual named scholarships, “Refreshing Our Jewels” campaign, and undesignated gifts.
To show SACSCOC that we have more than one-third of our annual goal in place before the end of the calendar year will go a long way to demonstrating not only stability, but sustainability.  We are asking all classes to make their gifts between now and November 28th.  We are asking those who normally make their gifts in December to make them in November. Together, we can do this!
Thank you for all you have done and will continue to do for our beloved Fisk.  This is the new Fisk and we are moving full steam ahead!
MAKE AN INVESTMENT IN THE TALENTED STUDENTS FISK UNIVERSITY SERVES
We are at $1,187,173 now.  Our goal is $1.5 million by Thursday, November 28th.  Please send your gifts FOR RECEIPT in snail mail by Wednesday, November 27 or online by Thursday, November 28 to be counted in the December Presentation to the Commission on Colleges. 
Remember – EVERY GIFT, NO MATTER THE SIZE, COUNTS AND MAKES A DIFFERENCE!  THE RETURN ON YOUR INVESTMENT?  FISK GRADUATES WHO SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES AND ARE THE SCHOLARS AND LEADERS OF TOMORROW.
P.S. 
You will really enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner on November 28th knowing you have   made an investment in your alma mater!
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Truman Medical Centers President/CEO John W. Bluford Accepts
2013 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award
Presented annually by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership
Kansas City, MO – Truman Medical Centers (TMC) President/CEO John W. Bluford accepted the 2013 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award presented by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership on Tuesday, November 19, during a ceremony in Chicago, IL. The event was attended by several hundred healthcare and health system leaders from across the nation. TMC Board of Directors Chair Peggy Dunn, former chair Paul Black and member Jon Gray also attended the event, along with former members Joanne Collins and Jerry Tilzer, the TMC executive leadership team and numerous front line and management/administrative staff.
During his acceptance remarks, Bluford thanked his leadership team, board members and staff, noting, “the whole is greater the sum our individual talents and ambitions. For me it is about the team…effective leaders typically have a strong support system because that is what gives us the confidence to make tough choices….I could not do what I do today if not for the people here tonight who have loved and supported me personally and professional.”
In addition to his contributions to healthcare during his tenures as chair of the American Hospital Association and the National Association of Public Hospitals (now America’s Essential Hospitals), Bluford was recognized for his commitment and innovative ideas in the delivery of high quality and accessible healthcare services to the community.
“As healthcare leaders, the mission of our organizations is about caring for our patients and the community which they live – including those in need,” Bluford added in his remarks. “Without proper healthcare, the most vulnerable among us will never be able to overcome their circumstances – I see that as our mission to help them.”
As a leader in chronic disease management, TMC is one of four Health Care Innovation Challenge Award recipients nationwide. The program implements care management strategies for the highest need, highest cost patients with multiple chronic conditions, mental health and/or substance abuse issues, and poor health status due to social economic issues.
That program is coupled with John’s unique leadership idea of “thinking-outside-of-the-bed,” that focuses on TMC moving beyond the four walls of the hospitals to bring health management, wellness and preventative services into the surrounding areas. These programs have included (but not limited to) the establishment of a community outreach department that has partnered with Kansas City Public Library branches to create health and wellness programs. Also the establishment of weekly fresh produce markets at both TMC’s urban core and suburban campuses, as well as, the Health Harvest Mobile Market utilizing a converted city bus to bring healthy eating options to the Kansas City and surrounding communities.
“…good leaders take risks because they have that thing inside them that is hope. But we cannot succeed without those who follow us having faith to trust our vision…rather than sitting on the sidelines.” He added.
Bluford has also worked to help expand TMC’s role in the communities it serves with the establishment of family medical care centers in Independence, Raytown and Grain Valley along with a specialized imaging center in Independence and an outpatient mental health counseling center in Lee’s Summit.
“With his illustrious career, John Bluford has distinguished himself as a healthcare visionary for his focus on promoting and elevating safety-net organizations. He has demonstrated a tireless commitment to serve the at-risk populations by working to improve the quality of care, quality of the healing environment, and the quality of the workforce,” said Peter W. Butler, NCHL Board chair, and president and chief operating officer of Rush University Medical Center.
About-TMC   
Truman Medical Centers is a not-for-profit, two acute-care hospital health system in Kansas City. The TMC Health System includes TMC Hospital Hill, TMC Lakewood, TMC Behavioral Health, the Jackson County Health Department and a number of primary care practices throughout Eastern Jackson County. TMC is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Missouri-Kansas City Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry and Pharmacy and specializes in Chronic Disease Management, high risk pregnancies, orthopaedics, trauma services, and women’s health.  For more information, please call (816) 404-3785 or visit at www.trumed.org or on Facebook.
MAKE AN INVESTMENT IN THE TALENTED STUDENTS FISK UNIVERSITY SERVES
  Our goal is $1.5 million by Thursday, November 28th.  Please send your gifts FOR RECEIPT in snail mail by Wednesday, November 27 or online by Thursday, November 28 to be counted in the December Presentation to the Commission on Colleges. 
Remember – EVERY GIFT, NO MATTER THE SIZE, COUNTS AND MAKES A DIFFERENCE!  THE RETURN ON YOUR INVESTMENT?  FISK GRADUATES WHO SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES AND ARE THE SCHOLARS AND LEADERS OF TOMORROW.
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Fisk University receives 2013 R&D 100 Award

Source:  http://www.fisk.edu/articles/fisk-university-receives-2013-rd-100-award
Fisk University’s LISe™: A High-Efficiency Thermal Neutron Detector has been selected by an independent judging panel and the editors of R&D Magazine as a recipient of a 2013 R&D 100 Award for its role in the development of more effective and economical neutron radiation detection sensors. Fisk is the only minority serving institution ever to win this prestigious recognition.
R&D 100 Awards, also nicknamed the “Oscars of Science”, identify the 100 most significant, newly introduced research and development advances in multiple scientific disciplines. The winning of an R&D 100 Award provides a mark of excellence known to industry, government, and academia as proof that the product is one of the most technologically significant national and international innovations of the year.
This is Fisk’s 4th R&D Award with previous awards in 1998, 2001 and 2010. Fisk is sharing this award with the Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, both national facilities of the Department of Energy in Oak Ridge TN.Fisk’s role in this innovative project is the growth and optimization of lithium indium diselenide crystals. The old generation of detectors is based on helium-3, a rare isotope of helium. In recent years, the world is experiencing a severe shortage of this gas as the demand for national security applications grew and exceeded the supply delivered by the nuclear weapon program. Research in the area of crystal growth at Fisk, a key element in radiation detection devices, has been ongoing for almost 27 years.
“We are extremely pleased to obtain this recognition. The new compact but highly sensitive device will keep our ports and major cities safe and secure. In addition, there are a myriad of applications that Dr. Arnold Burger, who leads the Fisk team, and their research partners are envisioning,” said Fisk President H. James Williams. “The groundbreaking discovery of these neutron detectors is critically important due to their applications in national security, as well as, in medicine, space, environmental science, oil-logging, and other scientific and industrial applications”.

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