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Morgan Alum Tapped to Head Virgin Island’s Company as CEO

Dr. Tonjia Coverdale

Dr. Tonjia Coverdale has been at her new job as Chief Executive Officer of the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) for less than a month, however, the former Elections System Technology Coordinator and IT professor at the University of the Virgin Islands, told VI Consortium in a recent Q&A that technology is the sector that will help grow the territory’s economy …

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Increased Alumni Giving at Public Historically Black Colleges and Universities: The Case of Morgan State University

Morgan State Newsroom

In 2010, when David Wilson became president of Morgan State University, the public, historically Black, institution in Maryland had an alumni giving rate similar to most public HBCUs, and in fact, similar to most public, regional institutions — 6 percent (Gasman & Bowman, 2010). Today, in 2015, Morgan State boasts a 17 percent alumni giving rate, which is above many …

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Morgan Made: Clara Adams

Morgan State Newsroom

Morgan alumna Dr. Clara Adams (’54) serves as Special Assistant to the president of Morgan State. Dr. Adams joined the university’s faculty in 1959, during the Jenkins administration and has worked with five other presidents since, including President David Wilson. She has also served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and dean of the School of Graduate Studies. In 2010, …

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Morgan Made: Ruthe T. Sheffey

Dr. Ruthe T. Sheffey (’47), a longtime professor at Morgan State, is one of the nation’s leading authorities on African-American literature and women’s literature, especially the works of Zora Neale Hurston. Sheffey is the founder of the Zora Neale Hurston Society and the Founding Editor of the Zora Neale Hurston Forum. During her tenure as the Chairperson of the Department …

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Morgan Made: Rochelle Stevens

A 1988 graduate of Morgan, Rochelle Stevens is a two-time Olympic medal winner. The track and field star took home the gold in the 1996 Olympics in the women’s 4×400-meter relay. She won a silver medal for the same event in the 1992 Olympics. The Memphis, Tennessee native attended Morgan on a full track scholarship, graduating with a bachelor’s in …

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Morgan Made: Verda Welcome

Verda Freeman Welcome

The Honorable Verda Freeman Welcome was the first African-American woman elected to the Maryland House of Delegates. Elected to the Maryland State Senate in 1962, she was also the first black woman in the U.S. to be elected to a state senate seat. She spent 25 years in the Maryland legislature, working on policies to enforce stricter employment regulations and …

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Morgan Psychology Alumna Performs at the Oscars

Andrea Jones, Class of 2000, was one of the background singers for the Oscar winning song “Glory” in the movie Selma. Her name appears in the credit for the Oscar win.  Ms. Jones graduated with a degree in Psychology in 2000 and has since earned a master’s degree in Social Work. She currently works in the Social Work field, but continues …

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In Comes The Understudy: A star is born…

The Canadian Opera Company lost its star tenor, Clifton Forbis, yesterday due to illness. He was scheduled to sing the demanding role of Siegmund in the 4:30 performance of Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre. Fortunately the COC had engaged the young American tenor, Issachah Savage, as the ‘cover’ for the COC’s run of seven performances. Yesterday Savage sang the third performance and, …

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Little Known Black History Fact: Valerie Thomas

Morgan State Newsroom

After graduating from an all-girls high school, Thomas entered Baltimore’s Morgan State University. As one of just two women majoring in physics, she excelled and her tenacity landed her a job at NASA in 1964 as a data analyst. She rose within the government agency quickly, overseeing the Landsat project in the 1970s. The Landsat satellite was the first to …

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