2010's Milestones: Alumni Achievements

Natasha Murphy, B.S. 2013, graduated from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a Master of Science in public health, health policy. She recently entered the Graduate Development Program at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. 

T-Kea Blackman, B.A. 2012, launched a strategic communications firm, Nspire. Nspire specializes in public relations, event production and partnership development. The firm’s mission is to raise awareness of various social issues, shift perceptions and change behaviors by uniting entertainment and philanthropy. For more information, visit www. unitetonspire.com.

Phillip Lucas, B.A. 2010, recently moved from breaking news staffer for The Associated Press in Atlanta to a reporting position in Birmingham, Ala. 

Erica Smith, B.B.A. 2011, was awarded a full-tuition Consortium fellowship to attend the Kelley School of Business MBA Program at Indiana University, where she majors in marketing. 

Jerell Blakeley, B.A. 2010, was appointed a board member to the Mercer County Board of Social Services by Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes over the summer. The board is charged with overseeing and setting policy for the more than 500-person New Jersey agency and managing the $80 million budget. 

Josephine Biemkpa, B.A. 2013, was selected to serve in a leadership role with the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA). As the association’s national director of membership, Biemkpa will chair NBLSA’s membership committee, work with regional liaisons to assist current chapters and members, create new chapters, reactivate inactive chapters, and compile membership statistics and data. 

Shawn C. Bush Jr., B.A. 2012, was awarded the highly competitive 2015 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship. Bush will receive about $95,000 in benefits over a two-year period to pursue a master’s degree at Columbia University toward a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. The Rangel Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University. 

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