White House Names Two SC State Students 2014 HBCU All-Stars – Millennium Magazine Columbia SC News

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Published on March 2nd, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


White House Names Two SC State Students 2014 HBCU All-Stars


Harold Rickenbacker and Jasmine Harris represent SC State as 2014 HBCU All-Star students at the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – Two SC State University students, sophomore Jasmine Harris and senior Harold Rickenbacker, were chosen to represent SC State as 2014 HBCU All-Star students at the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

The White House Initiative on HBCUs recognizes student leaders for their accomplishments in academics, leadership and community involvement. The program selects 75 undergraduate, graduate and professional students amongst HBCUs nationwide, acknowledging them as All-Stars on their campus.

As 2014 HBCU All-Star students, Harris and Rickenbacker will have the opportunity to serve as ambassadors of the White House Initiative using their social media presence and relationships with community-based organizations to promote the value of education to their fellow students. Also, the 2014 All-Stars will join quarterly web chats with Ivory Toldson, deputy director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs, and other professionals. They will also network with other scholars to showcase their talent across the HBCU community.

Harris and Rickenbacker believe that an HBCU All-Star should excel academically and be actively involved around their campus community as well as their local community.

Harris, a native of Miami, Fla., is a member of the SC State University Honors College as well as an athlete on the women’s Softball Team.

“I am currently maintaining a 3.8 GPA while majoring in accounting, and I am also on the Dean’s List,” says Harris. Her academic success is one of the reasons she possess All-Star qualities.

Harris dedicates her free time to volunteering on campus and in the local community of Orangeburg, S.C. She is currently planning an on-campus event for local elementary school children as well as Orangeburg residents to promote awareness on softball, the SC State softball team and the importance of physical fitness.

“I am an energetic and enthusiastic student-athlete who is ready to make a positive impact at my HBCU just one step at a time,” Harris says. She is excited and looking forward to the opportunity to be an ambassador and to represent SC State.

Rickenbacker, a senior civil engineering technology major and an Orangeburg native, is well known on the SC State campus for serving as 2013-2014 Mr. Garnet and Blue. To Rickenbacker an All-Star is someone who displays optimal performance in their specific field.

“I display a high-level of performance by excelling academically as a member of the Honors College and also as a member of the Golden Key International Honor society which recognizes students in the top 15 percent of their university academically.”

“Outside of being a scholar academically, I am actively involved on my HBCU campus every day,” Rickenbacker adds.

Rickenbacker is a member of other organizations such as the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He is actively involved on campus as a Student Orientation Leader and has served as an ambassador for environmental sustainability.

He looks forward to being able to network with other scholars who are taking part in the White House Initiative.

“Your network is your next worth,” he says.

Both students say the experience of being 2014 HBCU All-Star students gives them the opportunity to showcase the outstanding accomplishments of SC State University.

Founded in 1896 as a land grant institution with a mission of providing service to the citizens of the state, South Carolina State University has evolved from a small teachers’ college into a major University center of learning and research. Located in Orangeburg, S.C., with a student population of some 3,500, South Carolina State offers more than 50 different fields of study on the undergraduate and graduate levels. South Carolina State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools.


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