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Harris-Stowe State University and Washington University Enter Partnership to Offer Dual Occupational Therapy Degree
Harris-Stowe State University announces a new program partnership with the Washington University and its School of Medicine and Program in Occupational Therapy MORE>>
Local Teenaged Tech Entrepreneur Jaylen Bledsoe Inspires Area Youth at MICROSOFT's 'YouthSpark Live' Innovation Event at Harris-Stowe
Microsoft is bringing its first “YouthSpark Live” program to Harris-Stowe State University to encourage St. Louis teens to re-write their futures through technology and innovation. MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University ranked by Top-Rated Content Provider
When released its 2016 Best HBCU Schools list, Harris-Stowe State University was ranked No. 28 in the nation. MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University Accounting Professor Leads Free Tax Service
Harris-Stowe State University will once again offer its Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) free tax preparation service through April 7, 2016. MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University and St. Louis College of Pharmacy Launch New Dual Degree Program
Harris-Stowe State University and St. Louis College of Pharmacy announce the formation of a new program to provide educational opportunities for students in the field of pharmacy. MORE>>
Harris-Stowe Senior Lands Coveted Internship with Federal Agency
Harris-State Senior Evelyn White lands paid internship with the USDA. MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University Students Host Regional Genetics Conference
Three Harris-Stowe students were awarded a grant from the Genetics Society of America to host a regional genetics conference. MORE>>
Mister Harris-Stowe State Talks About His New Book on Ferguson
Timothy Moore, Mister Harris-Stowe State University, has written a photography concept book about Ferguson. Here he discusses his inspiration and intentions with HBCUBuzz... MORE>>
Harris-Stowe Announces Accelerated Courses for Second Spring Semester
Harris-Stowe Students on the fast-track to graduation may register for Accelerated Courses through March 11. MORE>>
Harris-Stowe Launches Study Abroad Program, Two Students Head to China's Ningbo University
Two Harris-Stowe students — Zackary Davis and Darius Terrell — make history as the university’s first scholars to participate in a study abroad program. MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University Selected for National Effort to ‘Reimagine’ the Freshman Year
Harris-Stowe is among a few colleges nationwide to be selected for the Bill & Melinda Gates supported "Re-Imagining the First Year of College" project. MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University Qualifies for Prestigious Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament
Harris-Stowe competes against HBCU students in the Honda Campus All-Stars Challenge for nationwide recognition MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University Proudly Announces 2016 Alpha Chi Honorees
Harris-Stowe State University Inducts Students into the Missouri Zeta Chapter of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University is Proud of This Year's Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Participants
Harris-Stowe State University Participates in the 2016 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge MORE>>
Hundreds of Young Men to Gather at Harris-Stowe for Inaugural Male Empowerment Summit
'Brothers Inspiring Change' Male Empowerment Summit Anticipates Hundreds of Participants for Harris-Stowe's Black Male Initiative Inaugural Event MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University Hosts Second Annual Take Back the Night March
Harris-Stowe State University’s Center for Non-Violence and Abuse Prevention holds the second annual Take Back the Night March MORE>>
The Coordinating Board for Higher Education’s approval places the Harris-Stowe closer to offering master’s level programs. MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University's First Male Empowerment Summit: 'A Great Success!'
Harris-Stowe State University’s inaugural Male Empowerment Summit exceeds all expectations. MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University Welcomes Author and Political Commentator Dr. Marc Lamont Hill to Deliver Commencement Address
Dr. Marc Lamont Hill to deliver the commencement address at Harris-Stowe State University, May 14. MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University Inspires Change, Confers Degrees to More Than 150 Graduates
Harris-Stowe's 2016 Commencement ceremony invoked laughter, tears and outstanding stories of triumph against the odds. MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University Unveils the Dr. Thelma V. Cook Boardroom
Harris-Stowe State University Unveils Dr. Thelma V. Cook Boardroom MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University and Verizon Partnering to Provide STEM Education for St. Louis Middle School Students
Harris-Stowe received grant of nearly $400,000 as part of Verizon’s Innovative Learning Program MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University Partners with LaunchCode to Announce ‘Summer of Code’ Free Tech Training Classes
Harris-Stowe Partners with LaunchCode to provide free tech training classes offered at HSSU for students MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University Ranks Among the Most Affordable HBCUs in the Nation
Harris-Stowe ranks No. 14 on the Top 25 HBCUs MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University Welcomes the 14th National HBCU Business Deans Summit to St. Louis
Harris-Stowe State University Welcomes National HBCU Business School Deans to St. Louis MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University President Dwaun Warmack Addresses Orlando Tragedy
Dear Hornet Nation – 
Like all caring Americans, I am deeply grieved by the senseless terror attack that took place in Orlando over the weekend. Now is the time to actively purge our society of spiteful rhetoric and hasten toward what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called the "beloved community," where all can be safe and live in peaceful coexistence with our brethren of different nationalities, faiths and gender identities. If our nation is to heal, we must all exhibit acts of unity - this is our collective responsibility. 

I am proud that Harris-Stowe students took a public stand toward that goal. Yesterday students led a vigil at which we called for peace and pledged solidarity with members of the LGBTQIA community, our Latino brothers and sisters and all those in Orlando and around the world who believe that love conquers hate and that good will always triumph over evil.

Our campus is welcoming and accepting and we encourage ongoing, healthy dialogue to foster understanding between a diversity of voices.

While we continue to grapple with the aftermath of this tragedy, we pray for peace and try to find hope in the face of hate. 

As we watched the multicolored balloons drift skyward at the end of the vigil, we were reminded that the rainbow is visible after the storm.

Hornet Nation cries out, "We are Orlando," because we know all too well that tragedy can strike anywhere.  This tragedy hits close to our hearts and we must stand unified in love for humanity.

Thank you.
Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack 

Harris-Stowe State University Launches 'Read and Feed' at Elementary School in Ferguson
Harris-Stowe Volunteers Bring Love for Books to Johnson Wabash Elementary in Ferguson MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University Accepts Nominations for First-Ever Athletics Hall of Fame
Harris-Stowe Accepts Nominations for Athletics Hall of Fame MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University Hires Loretta McDonald to Lead Office of Admissions
Harris-Stowe State University Hires Loretta McDonald to Lead Office of Admissions MORE>>
High School students visit Harris-Stowe for intensive 5-week Engineering career readiness program. MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University Welcomes State Representative Joshua Peters and Special Guests for TRIO-ETS Program
Harris-Stowe welcomed an exciting faction of community leaders for a series of inspirational messages to Educational Talent Search, a TRIO program students MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University Welcomes 50 Middle School Students for STEM Education Program sponsored by Verizon
For the past two weeks 50 middle school boys have crafted products using 3D printers, marketed their creations and developed entrepreneurial skills during Verizon’s Innovative Learning program. MORE>>
Harris-Stowe Academy for Science and Mathematics Students Gain Hands-on Experience
This year's cadre of Academy for Science and Mathematics produces serious scholars focused on STEM careers MORE>>
Harris-Stowe Congratulates its First Anheuser-Busch Legends of the Crown Scholarship Winners: Vasanth Mohan and Youssef Jacon
Harris-Stowe Proudly Congratulates the University's first Legends of the Crown scholarship recipients MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University is Awarded a $325,000 Grant from USA Funds
Harris-Stowe State University is Awarded a $325,000 Grant from USA Funds to boost student retention MORE>>
Harris-Stowe Hosts White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
The White House Summit on African American Educational Excellence comes to Harris-Stowe MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University Admits Its Largest In-Coming Class in History!
Harris-Stowe State University Admits Its Largest In-Coming Class in History! MORE>>
Harris-Stowe State University Hosts Constitution Day Panel Discussion Featuring Women in Politics
Sept. 8, 2016 -- Harris-Stowe State University's College of Arts & Sciences Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences will host a panel discussion on “The Year of the Woman: Women in Politics,” to commemorate Constitution Day.

The panel will feature Hazel Erby, St. Louis County Councilwoman; Tishaura Jones, Treasurer, City of St. Louis; Cara Spencer, Alderwoman, 20th Ward; and Mavis Thompson, License Collector, City of St. Louis. 
Terry Daily-Davis, Interim Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences  
and Chairperson, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harris-Stowe, will moderate the panel.

This year’s distinguished panel of guest speakers will explore topics including: the panelists’ inspiration for entering public service, women’s elect-ability and advice for aspiring female politicians.  Harris-Stowe State University hosts an event each year to commemorate the national observance of Constitution Day – September 17. 

The event takes place Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 9:30 – 10:50 a.m. at the University's Henry Givens Administration Bldg. in Room 311.
The event is free and open to the public.
Beeson Recognized as Charles Morris NAIA Administrator of the Year
Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) is proud to announce that Athletic Administrator Valerie Beeson has been named the 2015-16 Charles Morris Administrator of the Year.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) celebrated National Awards Day on Thursday, announcing winners of 14 NAIA National Awards. The American Midwest Conference was represented by a pair of award recipients, including Beeson. She is the only Eligibility Chair the AMC has ever known - a position she has held since 1994.

Beeson and other NAIA national award recipients will be honored at the NAIA Awards Luncheon during the 76th NAIA Convention, which will take place April 8-12 in San Diego, Calif.

"Our entire team is extremely proud that Mrs. Beeson's contributions to student-athletes are being recognized with this very prestigious honor," said Harris-Stowe Athletic Director Jamaal Mayo. "During her many years of service, she has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to athletes on our campus and throughout the AMC and the NAIA."

Beeson began her service to HSSU Athletics in 1978 as the Hornets' Faculty Athletic Representative  – a position she held until 2001. She was a 2001 Inductee into the NAIA Hall of Fame and a charter member of the NAIA Alumni Association. She was Chair of HSSU's Athletics Committee from 1980-87 and in 1994 she assumed the position of Eligibility Chair for the AMC, then known as the Show-Me Collegiate Conference.

In addition, she has served on more than a dozen AMC and NAIA committees and task forces, including the Membership Evaluation Team, the Competitive Experience Committee and the Constitution and Bylaws Committee. She has volunteered at several National Championships as well, serving at the wrestling championship (1999-2001), the women's soccer championship (2001-2002), and the swimming and diving championships (2004-2005).

The University joins the NAIA National Awards committee in honoring her outstanding contributions over the past 38 years and celebrate this achievement with her. Scores of Harris-Stowe student-athletes contribute their success on and off the field of competition to the guidance and assistance of Mrs. Beeson.
Alliance of Missouri Institutions of Higher Learning Aim to Double Minority STEM Degree Attainment through $5 Million National Science Foundation LSAMP Grant
Harris-Stowe Leads Coalition of Missouri Universities in Effort to Double Minority STEM Graduates MORE>>
Dr. Betty Porter Walls Named Harris-Stowe State University Educator of the Year
October 14, 2016  – Harris-Stowe State University is proud to announce that Dr. Betty Porter Walls, Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Harris-Stowe has been named Educator of the Year. A native of St. Louis, Walls is a career educator – professor, administrator and teacher.  She has successful experience at all levels of education: elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate.  

As a graduate of Harris-Stowe, Dr. Walls was also named a Distinguished Alumna this year.  Dr. Walls holds graduate degrees from Webster University and Saint Louis University.

In her previous position, she was assistant professor in the Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) within the Department of Education at the University of Missouri – Columbia, after years as a public school administrator and teacher.  Her teaching and research specializations are in the areas of literacy, diversity and social justice, leadership development - particularly for urban schools, curriculum and instruction, organizational management and group dynamics. 

“I believe that education is a civil right and that every student must have qualified classroom teachers and school administrators to achieve at the highest levels possible,” Dr. Walls said.

Dr. Walls is a noted consultant and professional development presenter for schools and educational organizations including the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER), Missouri’s Early Learning and Write to Learn Conferences, International Literacy/Reading Association, University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), International Education Consortium and National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE).  

Dr. Walls is a recipient of several honors and awards including “Outstanding Literacy Instructor,” by the Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association, “High Flyer Award,” from University of Missouri – Columbia, “People Making a World of Difference” from the B’Nai B’rith, “Salute to Excellence in Education Award” from the St. Louis American newspaper and MoSTAR (Star Educator) from Missourians for Students at Risk.  

Dr. Walls is a member and campus counselor of Kappa Delta Pi Honorary Educational Society.  As a board member of the state and local councils of the International Literacy/Reading Association.  Dr. Walls served as the local arrangements chairperson for the 2015 convention in St. Louis.  She is also a member of the Metropolitan St. Louis Alliance of Black School Educators (MSLABSE).

Dr. Walls’ volunteer activities include working with Community Women against Hardship (CWAH) and she is a member of the public service sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Harris-Stowe State University Celebrates Homecoming with Visit from The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, 2 Chainz in Concert and Men’s and Women’s Basketball Games
October 19, 2016 – Harris-Stowe State University invites alumni, students, faculty and staff to join in the celebration of Homecoming 2016.  This year’s theme is “A Different World Part II” and takes place Saturday, October 22 – 29.  On Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22 the HSSU Players stage, “Single Black Female,” a contemporary play written by Lisa B. Johnson and directed by Beverly B. Brennan in the Bank of America Theatre at 8 p.m. each night.

The highlight of the Homecoming celebration is the Harris-Stowe basketball games.  The women’s basketball team take on Cardinal Stritch University at noon and the men’s basketball game versus Campbellsville University takes place at 2 p.m. in the Emerson Gymnasium on Saturday, Oct. 29. Hornets fans can participate in the Presidential Tailgate in the Emerson Parking Lot beginning at 9 a.m. 

Among the Homecoming events sponsored by the Harris-Stowe State University Alumni Association the hallmark is the 18th Annual Alumni Gold Gala on Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Emerson Performance Center Gymnasium. The evening begins with a reception and silent auction from 5 – 5:45 p.m., includes dinner at 6 p.m. and induction of renowned celebrated jazz artists into the Donald and Heide Wolff Jazz Institute’s Jazz Hall of Fame.

On Monday, October 24, the No. 1 Hip-Hop morning show with nationally renowned comedian Rickey Smiley blasts onto the Harris-Stowe campus with a live broadcast from 5-9 a.m. Regular listeners to the show will welcome Smiley’s Southern appeal, raw humor and personal authenticity.  The public is invited to the Bank of America Theatre in the Emerson Performance Center.

Other highlights of this year’s Homecoming commemoration include a concert on Saturday, October 29, featuring rapper 2 Chainz, Lil Bibby and G Herbo with special performances by TBeats Entertainment Recording Artists: Kingpin, Tony Marazono and Gabbii.  The Homecoming concert hosted by 104.1’s Shorty Da Prince with music by DJ Tab, begins at 10 p.m. in the Emerson Gymnasium. Tickets are $40 in advance and $60 at the door. Guests must be at least 17 and identification is required.

All members and supporters of the Divine Nine are invited to support the Greek Step Show on Thursday, October 27 at 6 p.m. in the Main Auditorium in the Henry Givens Building on the Harris-Stowe campus.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Attendees must show a valid photo ID. On Friday, October 28, the Harris-Stowe Student Government Association hosts the SGA Undergraduate party at 10 p.m. in the Emerson Gymnasium.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  Attendees must by 17 years or older and must show a valid photo ID.

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About Harris-Stowe State University
Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU), located in midtown St. Louis, is a fully accredited four-year institution that offers 31 majors, minors and certificate programs in education, business and arts & sciences. In 2014, HSSU ranked No. 1 in the state of Missouri and No. 47 in the nation in granting degrees in mathematics and statistics to African-Americans according to Missouri Department of Higher Education and Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, a newsmagazine that has ranked institutions conferring the most degrees to minority students for the past 30 years. For the second consecutive year, Harris-Stowe ranked No. 28 among the Top HBCUs in the country according to Niche, an online content provider of reviews and insight on more than 1,100 colleges nationwide. The university, which has origins dating back to 1857, celebrates its 160th year in 2017. Learn more at

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