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  • E-News U. Contributor 7:11 am on March 21, 2013 Permalink |  

    Economics theme of HU Black Family Conference 

    Hampton University’s Black Family Conference has been a tradition since the spring of 1981.

    This year’s theme is “From Income to Wealth: Economic Development in the African American Community.” Shawn Ricks, a graduate of Hampton University’s business program, was the speaker of Wednesday night’s event. She is senior adviser for minority outreach in the international trade administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

    She spoke briefly on a few important statistics and information on our world’s economic stability and how to ensure long term sustainable growth as a black community. Ricks is very passionate about getting more people involved in the trade policy field. As a community there is so much more to be done, but we are making impressive progress that should be commended.

    Throughout Hampton’s history we have taken great leadership roles and put them into action and because of that we have been known for our impressive graduates that are making a life changing difference in our society for the next generation. – Lauren Turner


    Every year Hampton University host an event called, the Black Family Conference, which consists of informational sessions and panel discussions. The first BFC was held spring of 1981 when President William R. Harvey was inaugurated into Hampton University.

    This year the School of Business welcomed HU alumna Shawn Ricks as the opening speaker. Ricks is the acting director of the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

    This year’s theme is, “From Income to Wealth: Economic Development in the African American Community.” The BFC is to inform and help people recognize and overcome issues that are current in our economy. Problems will be addressed and guest speakers will recommend solutions.

    Ricks’ stated that our economy should ensure long-term sustainable growth more than ever by the year 2014. There are currently 95 percent of the world’s consumers are outside of the United States, reported the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

    Even though everything is getting better there are still issues to be focused on such as, needing more people for the trade policy field, more market competing, and educational services.

    Over the next few days the Black Family Conference will come up with solutions to these issues so we can start improvements within the black community and our country. – Kacy Cummings   


    The 35th annual Conference on the Black Family kicked off Wednesday night in Ogden Hall.  This year’s conference is hosted by the school of business and the theme is “From Income to Wealth: Economic Development in the African American Community.”

    The opening ceremony started with an invocation by Rev. Dr. Travell Travis followed with a welcoming by the School of Business Dean, Sid Howard Credle. According to a Norfolk Journal and Guide account, Credle said research suggests that black families should spend less and save and invest more.

    After a performance of “Wade in the Water” by the Hampton University Choir, President William R. Harvey spoke on the importance of “ensuring the university’s relevance in changing society” before introducing Keynote Speaker Shawn Ricks. Ricks, a 1991 Hampton School of Business graduate, is a special adviser for minority outreach as well as an international trade administrator. Ricks spoke about her experiences as a Hamptonian and the importance of getting more minorities involved in foreign policy and international trade.

    After Rick’s speech, the Smith family was honored by Harvey for their outstanding involvement in the black community. The ceremony concluded with Harvey reminding the community to make sure “we do not become a statistic” and that in order to be great, you should serve others. – Simone Taylor  

    The writers are students at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

  • E-News U. Contributor 5:40 am on March 11, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: , safety, spring break   

    Spring Break is here; have fun, relax and be safe 

    By Amber Bentley

    Midterms are over. The Hampton University campus closed on Friday. You’re all packed up ready and to leave, but where are you actually going for Spring Break?

    Activities vary from extravagant vacations, going home to work, catching up on sleep, and even traveling home with other friends. Either way, Spring Break is very anticipated.

    “Sitting at home for Spring Break is not an option,” said TyEnna Martin, a sophomore nursing major from Columbia, S.C. “I’ll be traveling to Maryland for a few days, and I am going to a Rihanna Concert!”

    Many students mentioned Spring Break weather. “Man, I wish it was later in the month when it gets warmer,” said Devin Goode, a computer science major from Washington, D.C. “I would definitely hit up a beach or something.”

    Because of the climate, various people are heading down South to soak up some sun. Miami and Panama City, Fla. and the Caribbean islands, were popular Spring Break sites for college students.

    “I’m going to the Bahamas on a cruise for five days,” said Alyssa Boone, a senior communicative sciences and disorders major, from Suffolk, Va. “I plan to relax at the beach, site see, and possibly ride a jet ski,”

    Brittany Whitby, a junior psychology major from Washington, D.C., chimed in, “My best friend and I are going to the Dominican Republic!

    “Wow, your trip definitely beats mine,” said Boone.

    Whitby chuckled and said, “Yeah, I cannot wait to finally be there and experience all the culture has to offer!”

    While some people are fortunate enough to go on vacations, others did not come out as lucky.

    “I have absolutely no plans for Spring Break,” said Dean Johnson, a sophomore piano performance major, from Lanham, Md. “The only thing I know I’m going to do is chill and sleep.”

    Spring Break is actually the perfect time to do just that, because the next break students get will not be until the summer.

    “I’ll be going back home to [New] Jersey,” said junior Tyler Clark, a graphic design major from Somerdale, a Philadelphia-area suburb. “I’m going to work two jobs and make mad money!”

    Regardless of where one is going, Spring Break is a time to get away, to leave all your stress and problems at school, and go have fun.

    But, just how much fun is too much fun? Safespringbreak.org has some tips to refer to while on vacation.
    When on the road, be sure to buckle up.

    When in the hotel, keep all your valuables locked up. If you feel the need to engage in the consumption of alcohol, be smart about it. Pace yourself and do not drive anywhere while intoxicated.

    The No. 1 rule is never go anywhere alone.

    Those are just some of the many tips that Safespringbreak.org has to offer.

    All in all, have fun, be safe, and come back refreshed and ready to finish out the school year strong!


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