Fisk University Advances to the 2012 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge on March 30 - April 3, 2012
3/12/2012 9:25:49 AM
Nashville, Tenn. – March 12, 2012 – Four members of the Fisk University Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team advanced to the national 23rd Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) where they will compete against fellow Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in an academic, Jeopardy-like team championship competition that challenges students in topics including African American culture and history, science, literature, history, sports, religion, economics, entertainment, current events and popular culture. Fisk advanced to the final round of 48 colleges and universities from more than 80 four-year, degree-granting HBCUs based on Fisk’s historical participation record and results from this year’s campus challenge participation and it recently placed first in the pre-tournament competition held at Tennessee State University on February 18. The HCASC will be held in Los Angeles, Calif. from March 30 to April 3, 2012.
“Reaching the Great 48 out of over 80 HBCUs is a testament to the strong reputation that Fisk has developed at the National Champion Tournament over the past four years,” said Dr. Jonathan Stadler, Associate Professor of Psychology and Interim Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences. “Our students exhibit the talent and commitment to do well at Nationals. I look forward to building on our past successes and improving our performance this year.”
Last year’s 2010-2011 team comprised of captain Desmian Alexander, Victor Bradley, Alexis Harper and Ryan Reed won $10,500 by reaching the Elite Eight Round. This was Fisk’s largest HCASC single national grant to date. Grant money was used to improve the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team program at Fisk by installing a new buzzer system and purchase reference materials and uniforms to prepare for this year’s challenge. In addition, $5,000 was invested in the university general fund. Fisk University has competed in the Honda Campus All-Start Challenge each year since 1994 and earned $50,000 in cumulative grants for their successful participation.
The competition format includes teams of three players competing in matches consisting of four rounds. During the first three rounds, one player from each team faces off against each other. In the final round, two teams are given 60 seconds to answer ten questions, which are worth 25 points each. Face-off questions appear in the first three rounds that are used to determine which team gets a bonus question. The team with the most points after the final round wins the match.
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About Fisk University
Founded in 1866, Fisk University is Nashville’s first institution of higher education and it currently ranks in the top 10% of all liberal arts institutions in the nation according to Washington Monthly. Fisk is one of six Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) listed in Forbes magazine’s 2011 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” and has been ranked in The Princeton Review’s “Best 373 Colleges” publication for twenty consecutive years. U.S. News and World Report ranks Fisk #144 in the elite Tier One group of 246 liberal arts institutions selected for the distinction among the 1,400 colleges and universities in the nation and Fisk is one of only three HBCUs ranked in Tier One. Fisk has earned three R & D 100 Awards for work in the creation of radiation detectors developed in collaboration with several national laboratories and corporations. No other HBCU has earned a R & D 100 Award. According to the National Science Foundation, Fisk produces more African-Americans who go on to earn doctoral degrees in the natural sciences than any school in the nation. For more information on Fisk University, please visit www.fisk.edu.
About the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge
Begun in 1989, more than 75,000 HBCU students have participated in Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, and Honda has awarded over $6 million dollars in grants to the participating HBCUs. These grants have enhanced student programs, and the students' college experience. The competition questions cover everything: from traditional academic areas, including science, literature, history, geography, religion, philosophy, social sciences and the arts to current events, general knowledge, sports and popular culture. African American history and culture is also featured. Sponsored by American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is sanctioned by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) and the Association of College Unions International (ACUI).