On the evening of Tuesday, November 27, 2012, Langston Integrated Network College for STEM (LINC) and the Oklahoma’s Louis K. Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (OK-LSAMP) at Langston University (LU) hosted a joint meeting. A cadre of prestigious professors, administrators, and community leaders from the University of Arkansas (U of A) visited Langston University to recruit Langston University STEM students to their graduate school and to notify students about the outstanding research being conducted on that campus. LU Students, faculty, and staff enjoyed a dinner with the guest coordinated by LINC’s administration coordinator Mrs. Irene William. Then LU Students, faculty, and staff listened to the forward thinking minds of the fastest and the brightest men who want to catapult dear Langston University’s students to another level as far as research opportunities are concerned.

Mr. Willyerd R. Collier, Sr. who has a doctor of law degree, is in charge of this movement. Mr. Collier is the Director of Affirmative Action and the Assistant Vice Provost at the U of A. He conveyed surmounted obstacles minorities in the past have faced to get a graduate STEM education and career. Mr. Collier also spoke about current blockades and how students may overcome them.

One of the faculty members that agreed to accompany Dr. Collier was Professor Ken Vickers. Professor Vickers went to the U of A after a very successful career at Texas Instruments in the design and manufacture microchips. Ken is the Director of the U of A graduate Program in Micro-Electronics and Photonics. This graduate program is unique in that it aggressively recruits individuals that come from a variety of STEM disciplines (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, engineering, physics and mathematics). Ken is committed to recruiting talented advanced degree candidates from HBCU.

Trent Avery “TA.” Walton, Managing Director of the National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission (NCREPT) also attended LU campus on November 27th. TA received his bachelor and master degree with honors in Chemical Engineering before leaving the U of A for a long and successful career at Proctor & Gamble where he ran major multi-million dollar production facilities around the nation. He accepted his current position with NCREPT so that he could return to his home state of Arkansas and make a difference for young people hailing from the Arkansas Delta. TA is committed to the recruitment of talented individuals attending HBCU for advanced degree opportunities at the U of A. If students check the U of A College of Engineering Web Page and click videos or check NCREPT they will see the Razor Crush which was built by George Washington Carver interns from HBCU under TA’s supervision.

This joint meeting held by LU’s LINC and OK-LSAMP was another opportunity for LU STEM students to gain access to information and experience that will help them excel in STEM education and careers. For information, look at the U of A College of Engineering web page for the Micro Electronics and Photonics Program. Be sure to click on to old Micro-EP website in that it provides an excellent summary of the philosophy of this program—which may interest student who are math and physics majors.


Look at photos from this event here