Atlanta University Center Consortium

Money Smart Week: April 23-28, 2018

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The Atlanta University Center Consortium in partnership with Clark Atlanta University’s Financial Literacy Initiative will host the

Third Annual Money Smart Week

Monday, April 23

“Free Credit Check Monday”

Fifth Third Bank’s E-Bus will be on the Clark Atlanta University Promenade for students and all the AUC community to receive credit counseling, financial review, and other tools at no cost. Professional financial credit counselors will be on hand to provide a free credit check up and credit advice.

Tuesday, April 24

“Money Fair Tuesday”

A day of fun on the Clark Atlanta University Promenade for students and members of the community to engage with various organizations, companies and professionals for free services, opportunities, resources, and assistance from Fifth Third Bank’s E-Bus.

Wednesday, April 25

“Mo Money Wednesday”

Transitional coach Jennifer Jackson will help attendees move through various aspects of life:

  1. How to best prepare financially for entrepreneurship — Bootstrapping? Small business loans? Grants?
  2. Being a part of the workforce — 401K? Life insurance? Benefits?
  3. Life after graduation — Student loan repayment? Buying a car? Buying a home/renting? Credit versus debt?

Saturday, April 28

Fair Housing ACT Conference

 

Know Your Rights: Free Legal Info Forum at CAU Money Smart Week

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WHAT:            COMMUniversity, in collaboration with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, will host a “Know Your Rights! Free Legal Information Station at The Power of Fair Lending Conference.” Attorneys will be on hand to provide free legal tips on expunging a criminal record; defending against pushy debt collectors; understanding probates and wills; resolving disputes with difficult landlords or lenders.

WHEN:            Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE:          Clark Atlanta University Bishop Cornelius P. Henderson Student Center in the Baranco Mutipurpose Room, 755 Atlanta Student Movement Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30314.

WHY:              COMMUniversity, a program of the Atlanta University Center Consortium, represents a commitment by Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College to reach the community, and has formed a partnership with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.

The conference sponsors, Metro Fair Housing Services, U.S. HUD Region IV Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, and AUCC are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and National Fair Housing Month with this signature event. The conference will feature: a continental breakfast; a morning Plenary Session with a historical overview of the intersection of the Civil Rights Movement and the FHA; a working box lunch session will feature winners of the Westside School Art Contest and a keynote speaker address by Tim Wise regarding intergenerational movement building-prospects for social change under the Fair Housing Act; afternoon interactive Concurrent Roundtable Workshops on Solutions in 2 sessions- Inclusion and Opportunity in Westside Atlanta Redevelopment, and  Lack of Affordability, Environmental Gentrification and Lending Discrimination; a closing Plenary Session focused on Sharing Solutions that Start With You; and information stations.

The conference and information stations are free and open to the public by pre-registration only!

Contact Metro Fair Services, Inc. at: 404-524-0000

This event and forum is one of many programs by COMMUniversity to connect the neighboring community with Atlanta University Center institutions. For more information on COMMUniversity events call 404-523-5148.

Spelman College is a Top Volunteer School for Peace Corps

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Annually, the Peace Corps shares its list of top volunteering-producing schools, and each year Spelman College is on the list. Tied at No. 4 on the 2018 list with five other small colleges and universities with fewer than 5,000 undergraduates, Spelman sent 14 volunteers to serve in the Peace Corps.

To see the complete list and press release, visit the Peace Corps.

AUC Alumna Creates First Lady Portrait for Smithsonian

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Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald

In a Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, ceremony, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery museum unveiled its portraits of former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.

It is the first time in history the museum commissioned African-American artists to paint a president and his wife. The Washington, D.C.-based museum unveiled the paintings in the ceremony attended by both the president and first lady as well as the two artists, one of which is a Clark Atlanta University graduate and a Spelman College International Artist-in-Residence.

Amy Sherald, who lives in Baltimore, received her bachelor’s in painting from CAU in 1997 and became an artist-in-residence at Spelman’s Portobelo, Panama, Summer Art Colony the same year.

For more on the Obamas portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, see: Obama portraits.

For more on Sherald and her work, visit: about Amy Sherald.

 

 

Five AUC Freshmen Place Second in ILI T.I.M.E. Challenge

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Pictured left to right: Zelalem Tenaw, Carter Bowdoin, Leoul Tilahun, Stephen Seymour and Nicolette Barriffe.

Five, first-year dual degree engineering students placed second in  a high-level science, technology, engineering, math, and entrepreneurial activity to “imagineer” innovative practical uses and business models for NASA technology in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Nicolette Barriffee, electrical engineering, Clark Atlanta University; and Morehouse College students Carter Bowdoin, mechanical engineering; Stephen Seymour, mechanical engineering; Zelalem Tenaw, computer science; and Leoul Tilahun, computer engineering, along with 20 students from historically Black colleges and universities, minority serving institutions, and institutions of higher learning, took on the task to take existing NASA-patented technologies to the marketplace in the Institute for Local Innovations T.I.M.E. Challenge.

The students second-place winning for their Riverside Water Purification landed them  $750 plus a $250 book stipend for each student.

NASA is challenged with hundreds of patented technologies ready to be taken to the marketplace, and too few entrepreneurs ready to move them.

New Orleans-based ILI Inc., in collaboration with Atlanta-based Liquid Studios design firm, is brings a High Impact Practice to HBCUs across the country by way of the ILI Technology Implementation Market Engine Challenge. This innovative student engagement program invites individual students, teams of HBCU students, as well as students from other colleges and university led by HBCU students to participate in the program.

In addition to the winnings, participating students receive mentoring from industry experts, via the Liquid Studios network (www.liquidstudios360.com) and others, to increase student knowledge, skills, and career interests in economic sectors aligned with NASA-patented technology identified by ILI.

Check out the competition in pictures.

AUC Receives ARC’s Developments of Excellence Award

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The Atlanta Regional Commission recently announced the winners of this year’s Developments of Excellence awards during the agency’s State of the Region Breakfast. The awards recognize the developments and places that are improving quality of life in the 10-county Atlanta region.

The top award, the 2017 Development of Excellence, went to Parsons Alley, a retail development and gathering space in Duluth that brought a carefully planned community vision to life.

ARC also presented its Great Places Award to the Atlanta University Center, whose Civil Rights legacy and steadfast commitment to community enhance the region’s character every day.

Great Place Award: Atlanta University Center

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Every year, ARC presents a Great Place award to a place in the region that enhances metro Atlanta’s character. The winner of this year’s Great Place award is the Atlanta University Center, the world’s oldest and largest cluster of African-American private colleges. The AUC Consortium includes Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and Morehouse School of Medicine.

Morris Brown College and the Interdenominational Theological Center also share the campus and are significant in its rich legacy. That legacy dates back to the late 1800s when Morehouse, Spelman, Clark Atlanta, and Morris Brown were founded to educate newly freed enslaved individuals.

Many of the original buildings are still in use, and the campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The AUC was a wellspring for the Civil Rights movement, producing leaders like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph David Abernathy, Lonnie King, Julian Bond, and Ruby Doris Smith. Other prominent alumni and faculty include W.E.B. DuBois, Pearl Cleage, Marian Wright-Edelman, and Spike Lee.

The schools of the Atlanta University Center are committed to helping the surrounding neighborhoods, engaging in more than 100,000 hours of community service each year.

For more on the awards breakfast, visit: ARC.

AUCC DDEP Orientation

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2017 AUCC/DDEP Orientation
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thomas Cole Research Center for Science and Technology
Campus of Clark Atlanta University
Dress Business Casual

If you are a new or current dual degree engineering student, it is mandatory you attend the AUCC/DDEP orientation. Come learn about how we can help you with internships, scholarships, and get into engineering school. We are also giving away two great door prizes!

If you have questions, email auccddep@aucenter.edu, or call Ms. Letia Wyatt at 404-523-5148.

 

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.”

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