U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris Visits Hampton University NASA-Funded Satellite Mission Projects, Engagee in Roundtable Discussion with Students
HAMPTON, Va. (September 10, 2021) – U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris visited Hampton University on Friday, September 10 to tour its four NASA-funded satellite mission projects, including the $140 million Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (A.I.M.) mission, the first only NASA mission totally controlled by an HBCU.
"It was an honor for Hampton University to host the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris at Hampton University," said Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton University President. “There’s no one in this region who has what we have. Many people are not aware of the research that Hampton conducts in STEM disciplines. I’m glad the vice president and her staff understand.”
The Vice Presidents also led a roundtable discussion with select students. They discussed the importance of HBCUs and minorities in STEM fields, noting how their contributions impact the future success of our nation’s workforce. The discussion was a part of the 2021 National HBCU Week.
“You all are the leaders in this new era. In particular, our nation and our world will require smart people such as you to lead on issues that require dedication and development of skills around science, technology, engineering, and math. Hampton University is one of the leaders in STEM research, and I say that as a Howard graduate, knowing as Vice President about what you’re doing here at Hampton University. I know about the partnership between Hampton and NASA. I know about the fact that there are four satellites because of Hampton, that are right now, orbiting, giving us valuable information that allows us not only to predict but to analyze, what is happening in our world and in the atmosphere. This is extraordinary work that is happening, and I’m here to say as Vice President of the United States that our HBCUs are some of the great leaders in this vital work that must happen in the new era and in the world. I am very happy to be here,” said Vice President of the United States of America, Kamala Harris.
Hampton University’s Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (APS) department has been involved in NASA missions since its founding in 1996. Hampton University scientists are involved in four active missions observing the Earth as well as two future missions to Jupiter and its moons, one in partnership with NASA and one in partnership with ESA. The university is also involved in a future joint mission with South Korea (PolCube). Hampton University has complete operational responsibility for the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) mission, led by Dr. James Russell, which is now heading into its 15th year in orbit. This makes Hampton the only HBCU to have ever held such responsibility for NASA. The APS researchers have also contributed to or led instrument development for SABER, CALIOP, and SAGEIII-ISS, all of which are currently operating as part of NASA missions.
During her tour of Turner Hall, the Vice President met with members of Hampton University’s Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences department faculty: Drs. James Russell, III; M. Pat McCormick, Kunio M. Sayanagi and William B. Moore. The faculty informed the Vice President about the research that has been in progress at Hampton University for over the last 20 years. That research includes Lidar, which is used to study atmospheric properties. The university operates a large telescope that allows our system to reach into the stratosphere to study the temperature, pressure, and humidity of the atmosphere. Our observatory houses two telescopes and one scanning lidar system that measure aerosols, clouds, humidity, and certain trace gases such as ozone as well as observe the planets Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn. Hampton is also home to the Severe Weather Research Center which produces rapid, accurate forecasts of fast-developing weather systems, such as hurricanes and tornadoes.
In New Book Acclaimed Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey Shares His Guide for Students' Success While In College
HAMPTON, Va. (Aug. 31, 2021) – In his inspiring and motivational new book, A Guide To Student Success In College, Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey, an icon of higher education, shares the insights and philosophy that his four decades of leadership in higher education have proven successful for college students.
Published by Kendall Hunt, the book is on sale now ($24.99, hardcover) in the Hampton University Bookstore, and is available on Amazon.com. Dedicated to his three children, Kelly Renee, William Christopher, and Leslie Denise, the book outlines Dr. Harvey’s “Principles for Success” that he has crafted throughout a remarkable life and legendary career. The topics discussed span from Preparing for College, Parental Guidance, Financing Higher Education Today, The College Experience, Significant Life Skills for Success, and the Value of the College Community.
During Dr. Harvey’s tenure as one of the longest-serving higher education presidents in the United States, the student enrollment at Hampton University increased from approximately 2,700 students to a high of over 6,300. Moreover, the average SAT score of entering freshmen increased approximately 300 points! As a result, Hampton attracts the best and the brightest students in the nation who excel immensely. Hampton students have been selected as finalists and recipients of prestigious international awards, including the Rhodes Scholarship, the Schwarzman Scholarship, and the Morse Scholarship, and secured coveted internships and entry into highly competitive programs.
In one particularly poignant account, Harvey describes the need for parents to place an importance on education and introducing the concept of college early in the lives of students and the positive results that result from it. “Attending college was not an option in my household. It was expected. My love for learning began early in life. It was fueled by the importance placed on education by my parents. They instilled in me a concept that I continue to subscribe to today and share with others— Education opens doors that can lead to success for those who take advantage of its opportunities.”
Another chapter deals with the importance of responsible personal behavior. As he notes, “The image you project is the one that will follow you. An individual never gets a second chance to make a first impression. Your personal behavior, responsible or irresponsible, becomes the standard that you set for yourself and demonstrate to the world.” Dr. Harvey’s advice about how individuals both carry themselves and the influence of the media are timely as more and more colleges, universities and future employers are researching potential hires.
"This is an absolutely excellent book by Dr. William R. Harvey which covers all aspects of student development services for the past, present, and future. The book is so comprehensive that a copy should be in every library as well as each person’s home,” said Dr. Joffre T. Whisenton, Former Southern University System of Louisiana President.
“During my years of service at the United States Department of Education, Dr. Harvey, as the Chair of the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs and President of Hampton University, significantly impacted key policy, regulatory, and operational matters that affected many colleges and universities - especially schools focused on social mobility. Bill constantly worked with and pushed the Administration, Secretary of Education, and other federal agencies to better support striving first-generation, low-income, and under-resourced students. As an example, the Department of Education substantially modified its regulatory approach and operations so that tens of thousands of students and families were eligible for hundreds of millions of dollars in financial resources that would have otherwise been unavailable,” said James W. Runcie, Former United States Department of Education Federal Student Aid — Chief Operating Officer.
Having had a front-row seat to the matriculation of multiple generations of college students, Dr. Harvey definitely knows what is required for student success in college. This book is a blueprint to help prepare futures generations of students and their families for the college experience.
You can purchase your copy today at the Hampton University Bookstore.
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HAMPTON, Va. (Sept. 4, 2020) – Welcome to the beautiful waterfront campus of Hampton University that is your “Home by the Sea.” I am very pleased to have this opportunity to welcome you to this Fall 2020 virtual experience as a Hampton University student. Hopefully, this will be a very productive year. The Hampton Experience as we know it, has changed drastically over the past several months. The onset of COVID-19 upended the entire world. As a result, all of us had to make swift adjustments — in our professional and personal lives.
HAMPTON, Va. (July 28, 2020) – Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey is pleased to announce that the University has received the largest, single gift in the school’s history of $30,000,000 from Ms. MacKenzie Scott. Ms. Scott made the announcement public today, saying “I pledged to give the majority of my wealth back to the society that helped generate it, [and] to do it thoughtfully.”
Dr. Harvey, who has successfully led Hampton University for more than four decades, met the measure that Ms. Scott set when she noted that she wanted to call attention to “organizations and leaders driving change.” She chose Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey and Hampton University as one of the institutions because as she explained, the recipients had to “have a track record of effective management and significant impact in their fields.”
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