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AUC Welcomes its New Class of Students

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Around the Atlanta University Center, the 2017-2018 academic year is in full effect. From football to algorithmic computations, first-time college and final-year students ready themselves for the AUC experience. Check out below what’s going on at our partner campuses.

 

 

 


Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University is a comprehensive, private, urban, coeducational institution of higher education. Established in 1988 through the consolidation of its two parent institutions, Atlanta University (1865), and Clark College (1869), it offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees as well as certificate programs to students of diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

 


Morehouse College

In 1867, two years after the Civil War ended, Augusta Theological Institute was established in the basement of Springfield Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia.  The school’s primary purpose was to prepare black men for ministry and teaching. Today, Augusta Theological Institute is Morehouse College, which is located on a 66-acre campus in Atlanta and enjoys an international reputation for producing leaders who have influenced national and world history.

 


Morehouse School of Medicine

MSM was founded in 1975 as the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. In 1981, it became an independently chartered institution and is now among the nation’s leading educators of primary care physicians. MSM is recognized as the top institution among U.S. medical schools for our social mission. Our faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research and public policy.

 


Spelman College 

Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, it became Spelman College in 1924. Now a global leader in the education of women of African descent, Spelman is dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical, and leadership development of its students. It is also a proud members of the Atlanta University Center Consortium.

Not Just for Eating, Potatoes Make Engineers

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M-T co-hosting the April 2017 AUCC/DDEP Awards Ceremony.

Middle school marks a milestone in life for many young minds. For Marcus-Tor Strickland, it marked a career turning point. After performing a sixth-grade science project, his trajectory was to become an engineer.

“I didn’t know what I was doing was called engineering,” said the dual degree engineering alumni who graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in mathematics and an electrical engineering degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. “I just liked lighting up a light bulb with a potato.”

M-T, as he prefers to be called, has moved beyond “potato electricity” to managing large-scale business and manufacturing processes and quality analysis and improvements for Fortune 500 companies such as Clorox, Nucor, GM and Time Warner. Today, he is a business development engineer for Murata Electronics, a global designer, manufacturer, and supplier of advanced electronics materials and components, and multifunctional high-density modules.

Imbued with a heart to serve, M-T’s service work began as a youngster by volunteering with Hosea Feed the Hungry. Through service, he strives to be the “most valuable man in the world.”

“Not through monetary or material gains, but in a way I can positively impact everyone I come in contact with,” said M-T, who feels his desire to help others has led to his success as a corporate and community leader. “Every skill I take to work, every piece of knowledge I have gained, has been forged and hardened through community volunteer work.”

M-T at Missouri University of Science and Technology

Some of his volunteer work includes advising an i21 STEM NSBE Jr. Chapter, a group of aspiring engineers supported by the Atlanta University Center National Society of Black Engineers’ chapter, and being an assistant Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 100 in Atlanta.

A proud AUCC/DDEP alumnus, M-T credits the program with opening doors that allowed him to take a hold of his future.

“Being a part of the AUCC/Dual Degree Engineering Program allowed me to develop communication and presentation skills that most engineers don’t focus on and enabled me to attend and matriculate to a top-five engineering institution,” said M-T whose name, Marcus, means warrior in ancient Greek, and Tor, means King in old southwest African Swahili.

“That combined with the drive to find mentors, internships and co-ops every summer I was in school, has propelled me into many positions, including my current one with Murata, where I have been an integral part of a multibillion-dollar corporation and in some cases an agent for change and growth.”

On July 29, M-T’s StricklyUNLTD will host #BeUNLTD👑2017, a back-to-school bash to share engineering career opportunities with young minds. He can be reached socially, @Brotha_MT, or email, BrothaMT@StricklyUnlimited.com, or phone, 404-941-4MTS for more information.

Banks Shares Her Building Blocks for Success

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India on her GE Transportation internship

As a toddler, India Banks had a knack for stacking blocks. Around 5, she graduated from building blocks to Legos. Banks became so good at constructing Legos that she even entered a Lego competition when she got older.

“From there, she progressed to K’Nex and with no instructions that girl was building amusement park rides and had things flying around,” said her mother, Bobette Banks, director of Communications for Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors. “When we would ask her how she figured it out, she would say, ‘I just look at the pictures; I don’t need words.’” It was then her parents recognized they should encourage her to consider a career in engineering.

“I originally thought I wanted to do sports medicine and physical therapy when I was in high school,” said the 22-year-old dual-degree engineering student. “STEM fields like math and science are not always encouraged to us as options, and it can often be daunting when faced with these challenging subjects. So, I’m happy my parents steered me in that direction.”

Recently in Atlanta to attend her graduation from Spelman College, the mathematics/civil engineering student just completed her first year of engineering school with Atlanta University Center Consortium partner engineering institution University of Michigan. A three-two program, the Dual Degree Engineering Program offers the best of both worlds for AUC students.

While attending Spelman, Banks said she experienced its great sisterhood. “At Spelman, I was nurtured in an intimate environment with my peers who happened to be predominately black females, like myself,” wrote Banks in her Michigan profile. “[Spelman] challenged me to find something unique about myself because I was no longer a minority.”

Settling in at Michigan has been as she puts it, “very different and a lot bigger.” When you compare a student body of approximately 2,100 women to a university of more than 10,000 engineers and an overall student body of 44,000-plus, a mental adjustment does have to take place.

“Luckily for me, I have a lot of men from Morehouse in the [Civil and Environmental Engineering] department with me,” said Banks, who also plays classical piano. “This makes the campus feel a lot smaller and more manageable.” Not only does she have Morehouse brothers, Banks has found closeness and friendship in a CEE department sisterhood, women with a common goal.

This summer, Banks is interning in at Whiting-Turner, a construction management, general contracting, design-build and integrated project delivery services company. In addition to Whiting-Turner, Banks has spent summers interning with the National Society of Black Engineers’ SEEK program, GE Transportation and IBM. It was through these internships she learned specifically she wanted to become a civil engineer. “She always had a curious mind and a determined spirit,” said her mother. “I think she will make a great engineer, and I’m not just saying that because I’m her mother. I’m saying it because of her work ethic, her intelligence, and her commitment to doing things until she gets it right.”

For Banks, the journey from Spelman to Michigan was made easier through the guidance and support of the Consortium. Coaching, scholarship, friendship, and a myriad of employment and internship opportunities are offered to all registered DDEP students in the AUC.

“DDEP has been great to me. Everyone in the DDEP office has always been very sweet to me and supportive,” said the Silver Spring, Maryland, native. “The financial support has made paying for school more manageable for my parents, and I can’t thank DDEP enough.”

Her father, Medaris Banks, a pharmaceutical sales representative for Merck echoed that sentiment, saying: “We cannot stop talking about how much we’ve appreciated you all taking such good care of India these past three years. Being a part of the AUC was a rewarding experience for her, and you all were an integral part of that.”

Michigan is a Great Place to Learn, Work and Play

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AUCC students on campus 2017

Established in 2004, the University of Michigan College of Engineering Dual Degree in Engineering is a partnership between the University of Michigan and the colleges of the Atlanta University Center Consortium. This unique collaboration provides a successful pathway for students to complement a liberal arts degree with an engineering degree from one of the world’s top universities.

Rich in learning experiences and opportunities and a phenomenal launching pad for success, the University of Michigan drives the thriving economy in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the state’s sixth largest city. Abundant in research programs and integrated technology implemented and supported by Michigan graduates, Ann Arbor offers a broad cultural heritage of visual and performing art. In 2017, Forbes ranked Ann Arbor the best college town in the country.

As the No. 1 ranked-U.S. public research university by the National Science Foundation with $1.39 billion in research expenditures, 2.8 million square feet of lab space for research and teaching, and 428 new invention reports, Michigan houses one of the top engineering schools in the country. The UM College of Engineering maintains top-10 rankings in nearly every one of its undergraduate and graduate engineering program.

UM/AUCC DDEP women celebrating Spelman’s Founders Day

Why Michigan Engineering?

All Michigan Engineering’s graduate and undergraduate programs rand No. 5 and No. 6 in the nation. Its engineering specialties include aerospace, biomedical, chemical, climate and space sciences and engineering, civil, computer science, electrical, environmental, industrial and operations, materials science and engineering, mechanical, naval architecture and marine, and nuclear and radiological sciences.

Exceptional Leadership

Dean Alec Gallimore

Our dean is a “Rocket Scientist”, no, really! Alec D. Gallimore is the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering at The University of Michigan, as well as the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. His lab works with NASA and the U.S. Air Force on a prototype propulsion system that is considering a future mission for sending humans to Mars.

Applying to the College of Engineering
Begin your application to the College of Engineering by visiting: http://www.engin.umich.edu/college/admissions/undergrad/transfer/applying.

The Michigan Difference
Transitioning from the AUC to a top-tier engineering school has its innate challenges and multiple benefits. At Michigan Engineering, we provide a network of support to ease the transition from the time you seriously consider Michigan until you complete your degree. Here are some of the ways we facilitate the process:

UM’s Commitment to Diversity is Broad and Deep

President Mark Schlissel

“At the University of Michigan, our dedication to academic excellence for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is central to our mission as an educational institution to ensure that each member of our community has full opportunity to thrive in our environment, for we believe that diversity is key to individual flourishing, educational excellence and the advancement of knowledge.”
President Schlissel’s Charge to the U-M Community for a Strategic Planning Process on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Center for Engineering Diversity & Outreach
CEDO is a hub for students and student organizations from diverse backgrounds. CEDO provides expertise, leadership, and programming that supports the College of Engineering’s belief that an excellent educational experience is intrinsically linked to fostering a climate that celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion for faculty, staff and students.

Scholarships

Visiting student group on State Street in Ann Arbor

Students who are admitted to Michigan Engineering receive an Engineering Scholarship of Honor. The scholarship award is $30,000 per year for up to 2.5 years for out of state students, and $15,000 per year for up to 2.5 years for in-state students.

Students currently enrolled in the College of Engineering, and doing well academically, are encouraged to review, and consider applying for the scholarships additional engineering scholarships. The two most common scholarships awarded are the College of Engineering Need- and Merit-Based Scholarships, and the Industry Sponsored Scholarships. Visit https://scholarships.engin.umich.edu/current-students/ for more information.

UM/AUCC DDEP Senior Leadership Group
SLG is a student-driven organization created by upper-level UM/AUCC DDEP students. Their goal is to maintain the UM/AUCC DDEP community, recruit students to the University of Michigan, and help ease the transition from AUC to Michigan Engineering.

Michigan Difference Summer Transition Program
The Michigan Difference Summer Transition Program provides resources and experiences for AUC DDEP students to be engaged in summer experiences on UM’s campus to help ease the transition from the AUC to a top-ranked engineering college.  

  • Summer Research Opportunity and Admissions Pathway is a program for AUC dual degree engineering students. If you are interested in a deeper dive into engineering research to address grand challenges that face our nation, this summer opportunity always you to work in labs of Michigan Engineering world-renowned engineering faculty for 10 weeks. The program includes room and board, travel and a stipend.
  • Michigan Department of Transportation offers an opportunity for students from historically black colleges and universities who have completed their first, second, or third year of college to do a paid summer internship with them. The program helps students understand whether civil engineering is a match for them, and they gain exposure to the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. Participants from the AUCC reside on the University of Michigan’s campus and have an opportunity to explore the College of Engineering and the vast resources available at Michigan.

    Faculty-student mentoring dinner

Additional Opportunities

The breadth of Michigan allows for almost unlimited opportunities and resources to ensure your success. Faculty, staff, and offices are committed to help you make your Michigan experience all that you want it to be. Explore the possibilities, set your goals, and take advantage of the many ways to ensure you reach them.

Mentoring programs include:

  • Partnerships between faculty, undergraduate students, and graduate students to support the learning and success of DDEP scholars.
  • Monthly dinners with faculty and graduate students create multiple opportunities for DDEP students such as research, extended employment networking and one-on-one mentoring.

NSBE social

Student Life

Matthew Nelson is NSBE national chair and a UM graduate student

Michigan is home to over 1,300 student organizations ranging from Greek to social activism, including the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, and project teams like BLUElab and the Solar Car Team. Michigan Engineers hold prominent offices at all levels of the NSBE organization, with Matt Nelson, Michigan graduate student, currently serving as national chair of NSBE.. You will be inspired and challenged and your world will expand as you work with peers from every state and over 114 nations. Ann Arbor is the “quintessential college town” — vibrant, friendly, and rich in culture. The school spirit is amazing, and Michigan athletics are always a source of pride and excitement. Go Blue!

AUC Commencement Roundup

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Morehouse School of Medicine graduates received a welcomed surprise at its 33rd commencement exercises.

From Saturday, May 20, to Monday, May 22, Atlanta University Center institutions celebrated graduation ceremonies for more than 1,600 students. In Morehouse School of Medicine’s commencement exercises Saturday, the 2017 graduating class of 57 medical doctors, 11 doctorate candidates and 41 public health, medical science, and clinical research master’s degree candidates received a welcomed surprise from MSM President and Dean Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice.

Find out about the surprise.

Morehouse College graduates were told by speaker Van Jones they will “confront a radically new era.”

Early Sunday morning in Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, CNN political analyst Van Jones told nearly 300 Morehouse College graduates they “must lead the charge of a new, post-Obama era” at the college’s 133rd commencement. Included in the 300 were perfect 4.0 GPA co-valedictorians Michael C. Scott, of Rockville, Maryland, an economics major, and Douglas Bowen, of Montego Bay, Jamaica, also an economics major.

Check out Morehouse’s Facebook photos.

Spelman College co-valedictorians Muhire Kwizera (at podium) and K’yal Bannister (right).

Sunday afternoon, Spelman College, also perfect, 4.0 co-valedictorians, Muhire Kwizera, a mathematics major from Kigali, Rwanda, K’yal Bannister, a chemistry/dual degree engineering major from Bushnell, Florida, and 488 other graduates were told by Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama: “Change often seems impossible until we make it inevitable.”

See Spelman’s commencement photo gallery.

Hometown girl Jakayla Woolridge was named Clark Atlanta

Clark Atlanta University valedictorian Jakayla Woolridge.

University’s valedictorian. A product of Atlanta Public Schools’ Carver Early College, Woolridge graduated with more than 700 CAU classmates receiving their bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral and specialist degrees.

Experience CAU’s 2017 commencement energy on Twitter.

AUC Schools Rank High Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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Contact:
Emily Webb, Public Affairs Specialist
Peace Corps East Region Office
ewebb@peacecorps.gov
212.352.5455

Faith Toran, Spelman College Class of 2013, was a Peace Corps Education Volunteer in Burkina Faso from August 2013 to September 2015.

ATLANTA – Today, the Peace Corps announced its 2017 rankings of the top volunteer-producing Historically Black Colleges and Universities and two Atlanta area schools were included on the annual list.

This year, Spelman College ranks No. 2 with 11 alumni volunteering in the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Peru, Rwanda, Togo, Zambia and Guinea. In addition, Morehouse College appears on the list at No. 5 with three alumni serving in Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia. Morehouse and Spelman both place among the top five HBCUs in the nation for the third and sixth consecutive times, respectively.

“Historically Black Colleges and Universities cultivate a commitment to community-oriented education that inspires their graduates to pursue international service and make an impact abroad with the Peace Corps,” Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley said. “Each year, a growing number of HBCU alumni join the Peace Corps with important experiences and perspectives that give communities overseas a better understanding of the diversity of the United States.”

Spelman College also appeared on Peace Corps’ national list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities this year, ranking No. 7 among small undergraduate schools. The Atlanta area ranks No. 9 among Peace Corps’ top volunteer-producing metropolitan areas with 140 residents currently serving worldwide.

Service in the Peace Corps is a life-defining, hands-on leadership experience that offers volunteers the opportunity to travel to a community overseas and make a lasting difference in the lives of others. College graduates with Peace Corps volunteer experience gain cross-cultural, language and community development skills that build upon their education and give them a competitive edge for career and advanced education opportunities.

The Peace Corps has recruiters across the country that visit HBCUs and work closely with prospective volunteers. By hiring dedicated diversity recruiters and hosting diversity-focused recruitment events, the agency aims to build an inclusive volunteer force and ensure that all Americans know about service opportunities with the Peace Corps.

A simple and personal Peace Corps application process can be completed online in about one hour. Applicants can learn more about service opportunities by visiting the Peace Corps website and connecting with a recruiter.

Peace Corps’ 2017 top volunteer-producing Historically Black Colleges and Universities are:

  1. Howard University: 18 currently serving volunteers
  2. Spelman College: 11 currently serving volunteers
  3. Florida A&M University: seven currently serving volunteers
  4. Hampton University: four currently serving volunteers
  5. Central State University: three currently serving volunteers
  6. Morehouse College: three currently serving volunteers
  7. Prairie View A&M University: three currently serving volunteers

* Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2016 data as of September 30, 2016, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.

About the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, Volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today’s global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 225,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide. For more information, visit peacecorps.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

For Jackson, No Job is Too Much for This Scholar-Athlete

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Chris and mother Nolita Jackson

Christopher Jackson grinds more than 50 hours a week on three jobs – Moe’s Southwest Grill at Clark Atlanta University, Allied Universal Security Services and Uber Eats. While 50 hours a week might be standard for many workers, it is not normal for a full-time mechanical engineering scholar-athlete who holds a 3.85 GPA at CAU.

Jackson is one of 130 scholar-athletes at CAU to earn a 3.0 GPA or higher during the spring and fall semesters. A Dual Degree Engineering Program student, Jackson came to CAU after he was denied admission to Georgia Tech, although he graduated at the top of his class. However, things would work to his advantage.

“I was accepted to the University of Georgia, but I did not want to go there – that’s my rival school of course, and then my major was not accredited at UGA at the time,” said the Warner Robins, Georgia, native, who grew up in Conyers, Georgia. “Once being recruited to CAU for football and hearing of the 3-2 program for engineering and being given a second chance to head to Georgia Tech, I took advantage of the opportunity and have gone with it since.”

Committed, determined, and unwavering, Jackson credits DDEP with guiding him with career opportunities, helping him receive scholarships, and building his credit.

“Chiefly, I feel this amazing program transforms your mindset from that of a child into one of a successful adult,” said Jackson who has landed a summer 2017 internship with Rockwell Automation in Milwaukee.

At the 2016 DDEP Awards Banquet, Chris received the Engineering Success Awards for students who have gone above and beyond in their engineering discipline.

With plans to transfer to Georgia Tech in the fall, Jackson will pursue autonomous intelligence and robotics engineering. After Georgia Tech, Jackson wants to work for RedZone Robotics, Kawasaki Robotics, or contract to do research for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Strictly speaking, the 210-plus pound linebacker’s scholar-athlete accomplishments and successes come from a motivated spirit.

“It is not the fact that you are a scholar-athlete that sets you apart from the majority of the population, but the fact that amid multiple adversities in your personal life, school life, work life, and even sports life, you are motivated to advance through boundaries, limits, and parameters that make others quit the same path you travel,” said Jackson.

“It is certainly not an easy task or feat; however, for those who are not afraid of grinding to get to where they desire to be, it becomes less of a burden to be a scholar-athlete and transforms more into a mentality of ‘If this can’t stop my success, then what can.’”

Four CAU Alumni Vie for Council Seats in New City of South Fulton

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ATLANTA (Feb. 27, 2017)   The crowded field of candidates for elected office in the new city of South Fulton includes three more Clark Atlanta University alumni.  Catherine Foster Rowell, Ph.D., Rochelle Lindsey and Darris Rollins are vying for seats on the South Fulton City Council in districts 1, 4 and 3 respectively.  They join CAU alumnus and current CAU graduate student Johnny Surry in bids to become the first elected leaders in the recently created city.

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