Academics - Fri, Aug. 26, 2016
The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCUs) has named Wiley Junior Andre J. Earls a 2016 HBCU All-Star. Mr. Earls is among 73 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students selected to be HBCU-All stars from a pool of more than 300 applicants from 24 states, the District of Columbia, Ghana, Nigeria, and the Virgin Islands. Students were selected based on their accomplishments in academics, leadership, and civic engagement. As an HBCU All-Star, Earls will serve as an ambassador of the WHIHBCU by providing outreach and communication with fellow students about the value of education and the role of the initiative as a networking resource.
"During the course of one academic school year, the 73 All-Stars will distinguish themselves as exemplars of the talent that HBCUs cultivate and as noble ambassadors of their respective institutions," said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. "The Initiative is looking forward to working with this third class of All-Stars and is confident this opportunity will allow the Initiative to meaningfully connect with HBCU students and advance academic excellence at their schools."
Wiley's HBCU All-Star is a mass communications major from Norwalk,Connecticut. He is an excellent student and he is actively engaged in campus life and community activities. A member of Wiley's speech and debate team-the Melvin B. Tolson/Denzel Washington Forensics Society-Earls is back on campus one week before the official start of school to take part in "Debate Camp." It was during this week's camp that he heard the news he had been named an HBCU All-Star. He is excited about the opportunity to serve as an ambassador promoting Wiley College and the high quality of education students receive at HBCUs. He is thankful to his mentor for this project, Wiley faculty member Dr. Jane Munksgaard, for recommending that he apply to serve as an HBCU All-Star.
Earls will participate in this year's White House HBCUWeek Conference in September. He will also participate in national and regional events, and webinars with Initiative staff and other professionals on a range of disciplines that support a spirit of engagement and personal and professional development.
Wiley College is very proud of this shining star and extends him all the best as he embarks on a new school year and begins his service as an HBCU All-Star!