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AUC’s 2017 Commencement Exercises

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Graduation serves as a life-changing experience and marks both a beginning and end. In the Projections of Education Statistics to 2017 report by the National Center for Educations Statistics, colleges and universities will confer approximately 2,667,000 bachelor’s, master’s, doctor’s and first-professional degrees on graduates. The Atlanta University Center will contribute more than 1,700 to that number. In May, the four AUC Consortium institutions will mark their commencement exercises with speakers from the nation’s most notable business, civic and political landscapes. It is the time when administrators, families and friends all come together for the big weekends of caps, gowns and tassels. It is the time to pray, celebrate honorary degree recipients, commencement speakers, and the all-important graduate.

Andrea C. White, Ph.D.

Baccalaureate Services

Beginning Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 9 a.m., Spelman College will host Andrea C. White, Ph.D., associate professor of theology and culture at Union Theological Seminary in New York as its baccalaureate speaker; on the same day at 3 p.m., Morehouse College will host the Rev. Dr. Otis J. Moss Jr., ’56, pastor emeritus of Mt. Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Chicago and the Rev. Dr. Otis J. Moss III, ’92, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Chicago. Clark Atlanta University will hold its baccalaureate services Sunday, May 21 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Olu Brown, senior pastor of Atlanta’s Impact Church.

Commencement Exercises

John Lewis

 

Morehouse School of Medicine kicks off its 33rd commencement exercises Saturday, May 20 at 9 a.m. with the indomitable civil rights icon and 5th District U.S. Rep. John Lewis. He will also receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

Van Jones

At 8 a.m., Sunday, May 21 on Morehouse College’s Century Campus, CNN political correspondent and former White House policy adviser to President Barack Obama Van Jones will deliver the college’s 133rd commencement address. For more information, visit Morehouse.

Lawyer, businesswoman and civic leader Valerie Jarrett will do the honors at the 130th commencement exercises for Spelman College. The longest-serving senior adviser to President Barack Obama will deliver her address Sunday, May 21 at 3 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention enter. For more information, visit Spelman.

Willarm Pickard

Valerie Jarrett

After the May weekend of ceremonies, Clark Atlanta University will hold its 2017 commencement exercises with entrepreneur William Pickard, Ph.D. Chairman of the Global Automotive Alliance, co-managing partner of the MGM Grand Detroit Casino, CEO of the Bearwood Management Co., and co-owner of five African-American news publications, Pickard will deliver the commencement address Monday, May 22 at 8 a.m. in Panther Stadium.

Chevrolet and NNPA Offer Journalism Fellowship to HBCU Fellows

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Fellows will receive a combined $80,000 in scholarships and summer internships

The 2017 “Discover the Unexpected” Atlanta fellows (from left to right): Jordan Fisher, Clark Atlanta University; Kelsey Jones, Spelman College; Darrell Williams, Morehouse College; Chevrolet Diversity marketing manager, Michelle Alexander; Tiana Hunt, Clark Atlanta University; Ayron Lewallan, Morehouse College and; Taylor Burris, Spelman College.

WASHINGTON D.C. – Chevrolet is putting more students in the driver’s seat with the expansion of its Discover the Unexpected fellowship program. Now in its second year, DTU provides college students from historically black colleges and universities the opportunity to change the narrative of media reporting in the African-American community with the help of the National Newspaper Publishers Association.

The eight 2017 DTU Fellowship Program students are: Taylor Burris of Spelman College, Darrell Williams of Morehouse College, Jordan Fisher of Clark Atlanta University, Tiana Hunt of Clark Atlanta University, Kelsey Jones of Spelman College, Ayron Lewallen of Morehouse College, Noni Marshall of Howard University and Alexa Imani Spencer of Howard University.

Students will work in partnership with NNPA member papers in Washington D.C., Atlanta, New Orleans and Raleigh.

The official launch of the 2017 “Discover the Unexpected” fellows Program in Atlanta, (from left to right) Chevrolet Diversity marketing manager, Michelle Alexander; emcee-songwriter, philanthropist, actress, and DTU ambassador and spokesperson MC Lyte; National Newspapers Publishers Association President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.; and Clark Atlanta University School of Arts and Sciences Dean Danille K. Taylor, Ph.D.

“Last year we were honored to launch the DTU fellowship program at Howard University and meet a group of very talented journalism students,” said U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing Paul Edwards. “Their enthusiasm, insight and determination made the selection process extremely difficult. We’re excited to send more trailblazers on the road to highlight the positive, inspire hope and document the legacy of African American voices for generations to come.”

This year, DTU fellows will work with editors and reporters from The Washington Informer, The Atlanta Voice, The Louisiana Weekly and The Carolinian.

“The NNPA is looking forward to welcoming the next group of fellows to the program,” said NNPA president and CEO Dr. Ben Chavis Jr. “Our 2016 fellows showed that despite the negative perceptions seen in the media, there are also beautiful and powerful stories in African-American neighborhoods across the country. Our 2017 fellows will continue sharing stories of community advocates, making impactful and lasting changes on a local and global level.”

The fellowship program is open to communications, mass media, and visual arts students. A panel of judges consisting of NNPA and AUCC staff conducted on-site interviews during the program’s AUCC launch.

Chevrolet will award eight $10,000 scholarships to each fellow and provide a stipend to defray the costs of traveling to and from school as they report on their stories. In addition to the financial investment, Chevrolet will provide each fellowship team access to the Next Generation 2018 Chevrolet Equinox during their reporting assignments.Legendary lyricist and hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte is the program’s national spokesperson and was on hand to kick-off the launch in Atlanta.Information about the Discover the Unexpected Fellowship Program can be found at www.nnpa.org/dtu.

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Celebrating the 40th Honoring Our Best & Brightest

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Partner institution 2017 graduates (left to right) Julian Pilate-Hutcherson, Morehouse/Notre Dame; Taira Fowler, Spelman/Notre Dame; Sanura Dewa, Spelman/Columbia University; and Brienne Coates, Spelman/Georgia Tech. Graduates not pictured include: Adrienne Fairbanks, Spelman/IUPUI; Jgenisius Harris, Spelman/Georgia Tech; Ron Hobson, Morehouse/Michigan; Emanuel Peterson Jr., CAU/Michigan; Lewis Jones, Morehouse/Michigan; Jenine McKoy, Spelman/Michigan; Philip Nwachokor, Morehouse/Michigan; Joi Officer, Spelman/IUPUI, Joseph Thibault Twahirwa, Morehouse/Notre Dame; Reginald Wilbourn, Morehouse/North Carolina A&T; Regis Wilbourn, Morehouse/North Carolina A&T.

Ninety-six students received nearly a quarter of a million dollars in scholarships and awards at the 40th Annual AUC Consortium Dual Degree Engineering Program Networking Event and Awards Ceremony, Saturday, April 15, at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot. Hosted by DDEP graduates Marcus-Tor Strickland and Melody Thomas, the event is held to recognize outstanding dual-degree engineering students from Clark Atlanta UniversityMorehouse College and Spelman College. The awards banquet offers an opportunity to showcase all participants – students, partnering and member institutions, as well as the corporations who sponsor and hire Atlanta University Center students.

AUC schools are a primary feeder for minority students who enter engineering schools, including the No. 1 and No. 3 top bachelor’s degree producing institutions North Carolina A&T State University and Georgia Institute of Technology. AUC students have the benefit of receiving two degrees – one from the home institution and one from the engineering institution – in approximately five years.

Ceremony hosts were Marcus-Tor Strickland and Melody Thomas.

Students received the following awards:

AUCC DDEP Alumni of the Year

  • Corey Harris, Clark Atlanta University/Georgia Institute of Technology

This year’s recipient is the founder and CEO

Corey Harris

of HBIVENTURES LLC, a company that focuses on growth-stage entrepreneurship. His educational credentials include a bachelor’s of engineering and computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology and Clark Atlanta University. He also has an executive MBA from the Michael J. Coles School of Business at Kennesaw State University. His corporate background involves leadership responsibilities including managing teams at AT&T for the international deployment of network services, focusing primarily on network service delivery and assurance. Currently, he serves as a lead product developer for the AT&T Connected Car Team, working to expand AT&T’s reach into the “Internet of Things.” He is working with high school students, the city of Atlanta, and the Atlanta Tech Startup Community to encourage youth to pursue entrepreneurship in science and technology. Harris lives in Woodstock, Georgia, with his wife, Sharon, and their daughters.

Work Study Student Recognition

  • Natasja Baldwin, Freshman, DDEP, Spelman College
  • Imani Bey, Junior, Spelman College
  • Asia Kindley, Sophomore, Spelman College

With their tireless support, these students assist AUCC in moving projects forward. Without these students, much of the work of this office could not be possible.

ExxonMobil Achievement Award Recipients

  • Kayla Dean, Fourth-Year, Spelman College/Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Wayne Stevens, Fourth-Year, Morehouse College/Georgia Institute of Technology

ExxonMobil Most Outstanding Fourth-Year Chemical Engineering Student

  • Ogechi Irondi, Clark Atlanta University/Georgia Institute of Technology

ExxonMobil Most Outstanding Third-Year Mechanical Engineering Student

  • Andrew Davis, Morehouse College

Most Outstanding AUCC Dual Degree Engineering Students of the Year

This highest honor goes to students who have been extraordinary examples while matriculating and remaining an active participant in the program.

  • Marcus McCarty, Morehouse College

McCarty entered Morehouse College as a part of the Dual Degree Engineering Program Fall 2012. While at Morehouse, he pursued a general science degree with a sociology minor. Active in the SGA Senate as well as the marching band and the National Society of Black Engineers during his matriculation at Morehouse, McCarty also served as the Youth Minister at a local Atlanta church. He held two research and development internships with Procter & Gamble, one industrialization internship with Rockwell Automation, and returned to Procter & Gamble for his last internship in business development. McCarty transferred to Auburn University in the fall of 2015 and will complete a combined industrial engineering and mathematics degree in May. He has accepted a full-time position as a category development account manager with Procter & Gamble starting in June. He also intends to simultaneously obtain his graduate degrees in STEM education. He hopes to increase the enrollment and achievement of African-Americans in STEM and to show the benefits of a STEM degree in traditional and nontraditional STEM careers. He loves to give back, whether it through ministry or mentoring and wants to see others fulfill their purpose. His personal mission is McEagle – Making Certain Everyone Achieves, Gains, Leads, Excels.”

AUCC Outstanding Achievement Awards

Pictured left to right are Melvin Hill, Amadi White, Steven Ragland, Mykala Jones, Mya Gibbs, Naomi Edouard, Rakiya Winton and Michael Worthen.

This award is presented to students who have displayed outstanding achievement in their areas of concentration.

  • Arshad Ali, Most Outstanding Graphics Student, Morehouse College
  • India Banks, Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Student, Spelman College/University of Michigan
  • Kayla Dean, Most Outstanding DDEP Poster Presenters, Spelman College
  • Naomi Edouard, First-Year, Spelman College
  • Mya Gibbs, Second-Year, Spelman College
  • Ashlee Gordon, Most Outstanding Third-Year, Spelman College
  • Melvin Hill Jr., Fourth-Year, Morehouse College/Auburn University
  • David Holden, Most Outstanding Computer Science Student, Morehouse College
  • Jordan Howie, Most Outstanding Aerospace Engineering Student, Morehouse College/University of Michigan
  • Ogechi Irondi, Fourth-Year, Clark Atlanta University/Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Christopher Jackson, Most Outstanding Third-Year Student, Clark Atlanta University
  • Mykala Jones, Fourth-Year, Clark Atlanta University/Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Ashley Lofton, Fourth-Year, Spelman College/Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Tamia Middleton, Most Outstanding First-Year Student, Spelman College
  • Paris Napue, First-Year, Clark Atlanta University
  • Kayla Newsome, Most Outstanding Second-Year Student, Clark Atlanta University
  • Steven Ragland, Fourth-Year, Morehouse College/Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Micquel Roseman, Most Outstanding Graphics Student, Clark Atlanta University
  • Francis Rozier, Most Outstanding DDEP Poster Presenters, Morehouse College
  • Donovan White, Most Outstanding Second-Year Student, Morehouse College
  • Amadi White, Fourth-Year, Spelman College/North Carolina A&T
  • Elisa White, First-Year, Spelman College

Pictured left to right are Perry Francois-Edwards, Kayla Dean, Aisha Jackson, Courtney Wallace, Rakiya Winton, Anjali Coryat and Victor Green.

Leading By Example Awards

This award is presented to students who know what it means to lead by example.

  • Jeffery Butler, Second-Year, Morehouse College
  • Anjali Coryat, Second-Year, Spelman College
  • Kayla Dean, Fourth-Year, Spelman College/Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Perry Francois-Edwards, Fourth-Year, Morehouse College/University of Michigan
  • Victor Green, Second-Year, Clark Atlanta University
  • Aisha Jackson, Fifth-Year, Spelman College/Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Austin Little, Fourth-Year, Morehouse College/Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Jamila Moses, Fourth-Year, Spelman College/Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Josuel Musambaghani, Third-Year, Morehouse College
  • Hamim Nigena, Fifth-Year, Morehouse College/Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Indigo Rockmore, Third-Year, Spelman College
  • Courtney Wallace, Fourth-Year, Clark Atlanta University/North Carolina A&T
  • Rakiya Winton, Fourth-Year, Clark Atlanta University/Georgia Institute of Technology

Excellence Awards

This award if for those who exemplify excellence during the academic year.

  • Ariel Austin, First-Year, Spelman College
  • India Banks, Fourth-Year, Spelman College, University of Michigan
  • Jeffery Butler, Second-Year, Morehouse College
  • Imani Carson, First-Year, Spelman College
  • Saleigh Derico, Third-Year, Spelman College
  • Kanis Grady, Second-Year, Clark Atlanta University
  • Bakari Greene, Fourth-Year, Morehouse College, University of Michigan
  • David Holden, Second-Year, Morehouse College
  • Tyler Houston, Second-Year, Morehouse College
  • Kennedy Kishumba, Second-Year, Morehouse College
  • Alexander Meyer, Fourth-Year, Morehouse College/Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Nacarri Murphy, Fourth-Year, Spelman College/Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Eric Patterson, First-Year, Morehouse College
  • Jeremy Robinson, Third-Year, Clark Atlanta University
  • Shakirah Rogers, First-Year, Spelman College
  • Malik Schkoor, Second-Year, Morehouse College
  • Courtney Wallace, Fourth-Year, Clark Atlanta University/North Carolina A&T
  • Tyler White, Fourth-Year, Clark Atlanta University/North Carolina A&T

Pictured left to right are Roger Louisaire, Khristopher Shemwell and Chuck Harrell.

Engineering Success Awards

This award is for students who have gone above and beyond in their engineering discipline.

  • Chuck Harrell, Second-Year, Morehouse College
  • Roger Louisaire, Third-Year, Morehouse College
  • Nicholas Porter, Second-Year, Morehouse College
  • Khristopher Shemwell, First-Year, Morehouse College

Pictured left to right are Najma Thomas, Simone Paul, Hannah Floyd, Darrell Fambro, Lamar Lee, Nia Jones, Dinushka Herath, Saidah Coleman, Tamia Middleton, Theodore Cruz, Mykala Jones, Morgan Lipkins, Natasja Baldwin, Kayla Dean and Donovan White.

Shining Star Awards

  1. Frank Adams, Fourth-Year, Clark Atlanta University/North Carolina A&T
  2. Natasja Baldwin, Second-Year, Spelman College
  3. Saidah Coleman, Second-Year, Spelman College
  4. Theodore Cruz, Second-Year, Morehouse College
  5. Kayla Dean, Fourth-Year, Spelman College/Georgia Institute of Technology
  6. Darrell Fambro, Third-Year, Clark Atlanta University
  7. Hannah Floyd, Third-Year, Spelman College
  8. Dinushka Herath, Third-Year, Clark Atlanta University/Georgia Institute of Technology
  9. Jordan Howie, Fourth-Year, Morehouse College/University of Michigan
  10. Lamar Lee, Third-Year, Morehouse College
  11. Morgan Lipkins, Second-Year, Spelman College
  12. Mykala Jones, Fourth-Year, Clark Atlanta University/Georgia Institute of Technology
  13. Nia Jones, Third-Year, Clark Atlanta University
  14. Tamia Middleton, First-Year, Spelman College
  15. Ashley Murphy, Third-Year, Spelman College
  16. Simone Paul, Third-Year, Spelman College
  17. Cedric Porter, Third-Year, Morehouse College
  18. Rashaad Robinson, Fourth-Year, Clark Atlanta University/North Carolina A&T
  19. Najma Thomas, First-Year, Spelman College
  20. Donovan White, Second-Year, Morehouse College

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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.

GE Brings ‘Good Things’ to the Lives of DDEP Students

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Keith Edmonds pictured next to GE patriarch Thomas Edison.

With 10 business divisions that range from aviation to transportation, General Electric Co. continues to power the world with its innovation. Beginning with Thomas Edison’s incandescent lamp in 1879, today GE has morphed into a global digital industrial company, recording more than $119 billion in 2016 sales revenue, according to MarketWatch.

The Boston-based conglomerate has roots in more the 170 countries and employs 295,000 people around the world. With accolades like “World’s Most Admired Companies,” by Fortune; “Most Innovative Companies,” by Fast Company; “World’s Most Respected Companies,” by Barron’s; “World’s 100 Most In Demand Employers,” by LinkedIn; and “Top Companies for Leaders,” by Aon Hewitt, students at the Atlanta University Center clamor to get into the corporate ranks of GE.

A long supporter of the Atlanta University Center Consortium Dual Degree Engineering Program, GE has hired 100 program students and provided more than $25,000 in scholarships.

“GE is a global company dedicated to ensuring we have a diverse workforce that reflects what is represented in the world today,” said Keith Edmonds, Global Fulfillment Leader in the Gas Turbine Supply Chain for GE. “[At GE], you get to be part of a dynamic team that challenges you and is part of solving some of the world’s most complex issues.”

From reducing the cycle time it takes to manufacture a component to eliminating a quality defect in the supply chain, interns work on projects that impact GE and its customers, according to Edmonds.

“Interns work on real projects that have an impact on our business and will solve a challenging problem for our customers,” said Edmonds, a mechanical engineer graduate from the University of Louisville who has worked for GE for the past 18 years. “The internship gives the student the experience they need to interview for full-time opportunities.”

Both a first-rate organization for producing products to live by and creating leadership programs for future engineers and other professionals, GE is “imagination at work.” It remains a loyal supporter of AUCC/DDEP.

“GE is a world-class company that is part of solving the world’s most complex issues,” said Edmonds, “and we want the best and the brightest to be part of our team.”

 

 

 

 

AUCC Institutions and City of Atlanta Launch Video Camera Surveillance Program

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Campus Presidents with Mayor Reed’s office, the Atlanta Police Department, City Council and other partners work together to install 35 cameras and five license plate readers throughout the AUC neighborhood.

ATLANTA (Jan. 24, 2017) – Today, the Atlanta University Center Consortium Council of Presidents and Mayor Kasim Reed announced the completion of a collaborative surveillance program that strategically places video cameras and license plate readers around the campus community to create a safer environment.

Working through the University Community Development Corp., a community development arm of the AUC, Presidents Dr. John Wilson, Dr. Ronald Johnson, Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, and Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell have forged a partnership with the Atlanta Police Foundation and the Atlanta Police Department to install 35 cameras and five license plate readers around the AUC community. The cameras are monitored by AUC police at their respective schools and APD’s video integration center. The VIC’s state-of-the-art system provides a cohesive unit of 24/7 video feeds from the cameras to serve as an additional layer of security to increase the scope and reach of existing campus police departments.

There are 35 AXIS Q60-E PTZ Dome Network Cameras around the Atlanta University Center.

“The city of Atlanta under the leadership of Mayor Kasim Reed continues to be a model partner with our community.  This effort is an example of how government and community can work together for the good of all,” said Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, president of Morehouse College and chair of the Council of Presidents. “Our partnership positions the Atlanta University Center as a safer environment not only for our students but for those who work and live on our campuses and in our neighboring communities.”

Each institution – Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Spelman College – paying equal amounts, and the mayor’s office contributing the remaining balance, funded the $700,000 project. The effort highlights the priority the AUCC institutions and the city have to combat crime in the community.

“The installation of the cameras is a collaborative effort between the AUC schools and the city of Atlanta to improve the safety and security for all students, faculty, staff, and neighbors who reside in the AUC community,” said Rita B. Gibson, interim executive director for UCDC. “The joint efforts of these institutions and the city are a shining example of a successful public-private partnership.”

There are five license plate recognition cameras around the Atlanta University Center.

The system’s cameras stream to a server at the data center in the AUC Woodruff Library. “It makes sense for this library, which is shared by these institutions, to be the aggregation point for the video feeds,” noted Loretta Parham, CEO and director of the AUC Woodruff Library. “We already have an efficient infrastructure in place to support the camera surveillance program.”

Map of all 35 surveillance cameras and five license plate readers.

 

AUC’s Phenomenal Women Presidents

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Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell

A leader in education, the arts, and the public sector for nearly 40 years, Dr. Campbell became Spelman College’s 10th president Aug. 1, 2015. Since then, she has captured the hearts of students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as the Atlanta community.

She was recently named to the High Museum of Art’s 77-member board of directors. A leading museum in the southeastern United States, the High holds more than 15,000 works of art in its permanent collection and hosts an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African-American art; and collections of modern and contemporary art, photography, folk art and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists.

Read more about Dr. Campbell being named to the High Museum’s board of directors.

Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice

As the sixth president of Morehouse School of Medicine and the first woman to lead the free-standing medical institution, Dr. Montgomery Rice serves as both the president and dean.  She is a renowned infertility specialist and researcher.

Dr. Montgomery Rice has received numerous accolades; however, her most recent accolade is of significant note. Dr. Montgomery Rice was recently named to receive the 2017 Horatio Alger Award, an award that symbolizes the organizations’ values, including personal initiative and perseverance, leadership and commitment to excellence, belief in the free-enterprise system, and the importance of higher education, community service, and the vision and determination to achieve a better future.

Read more about Dr. Montgomery Rice being a Horatio Alger Award recipient.

 

AUC Schools Offer a Near-Century Holiday Tradition

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For nearly 100 years, Morehouse and Spelman colleges have wowed audiences with the annual Christmas carol concert. Always held the first weekend in December, this year being Dec. 2-4, Morehouse-Spelman Christmas carol concert features traditional, spiritual, pop and original Christmas favorites.

According to Spelman College archives, it was a chilly December night when the first Spelman-Morehouse Christmas carol concert was held at Spelman in Sisters Chapel; however, former Spelman president Florence Read writes in her book, “The Story of Spelman College”: “The first Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol Concert was sung in 1928, in holly-bedecked Sisters Chapel….”

From that first one-night event to today’s three-night launch into “the most wonderful time of the year,” the annual free-to-all-who-will-come event is an enduring Southern tradition.

Don’t miss the 90th Annual Morehouse-Spelman Christmas Carol Concert

Kickoff Performance
Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
Morehouse College Campus

Second Performance
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Sisters Chapel
Spelman College Campus
A complimentary ticket is required for this performance only.

Final Performance
Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, 6 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
Morehouse College Campus

 

 

Building Wealth in the Black Community

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From credit cards to student loans, learn how to master your debt at the four-day Clark Atlanta University and Atlanta University Center Consortium Financial Literacy Initiative, Friday, Nov. 4, through Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Highlights of the event include a special performance by New Orleans rapper Dee-1, who has rapped about paying off his student loans; a viewing of “The Film Black Friday,” a documentary that examines the spending habits of African-Americans, chronicles the bad financial moves we as a people make, and offers solutions on how to manage our $1.2 trillion buying power; and a “Talk Back” discussion with celebrity panelists from the documentary.

Panelists include: Spelman alumna and financial coach Gianna Brown, life coach Ona Brown, Grammy Award-winning music producer and empire-builder David Banner, entrepreneur and radio veteran David Anderson, media mogul and Morehouse man Munson Steed, natural hair proponent and empowerment guru Mushiya, and image and community rebuilder Freeway Rick Ross, and visual storyteller and director Ric Mathis.

All events held at Clark Atlanta University Student Center. RSVP at TheFilmBlackFriday.com.

See the schedule of events.

AUC Offers A Treasure Trove of Beauty, History and Art

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It was 1931 when Hale Woodruff, an abstract painter, and Nancy Prophet, a painter and sculptor, established the art departments for the Atlanta University Center institutions. Through the visionary genius of Woodruff, AUC’s cultural heart and soul emerged as the staging ground for some of the world’s most talented Black artists.

For nearly 20 years, Woodruff would not only develop art instruction for AUC students but also would create a platform for the Atlanta University Art Annuals and catapult AUC as an art haven.

Whether ingesting the murals of Woodruff, being inspired by the wordsmith Martin Luther King Jr., experiencing a vibrant art collection in a library setting, or bearing witness to art by and about women of the African Diaspora, the AUC is a canopy of artistic treasures that rival any museum.

Nancy Prophet

Clark Atlanta University, the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library and Spelman College serve as purveyors of beauty, knowledge, history and social justice. Unmistakably individual, yet linked by common treads of talent, culture, experiences, civic engagement and righteous indignation.

The must-see works in the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, unique and rare collections at the Woodruff Library, and femininity and originality at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art are a treasure trove of beauty, art and history in the AUC.

Clark Atlanta University Art Museum

With a permanent collection of 1,215 works, the CAU Art Museum features bodies of work that include the likes of Henry Ossawa Tanner’s “Disciples Healing the Sick,” Romare Bearden’s “Snow Morning,” Jacob Lawrence’s “Brownstones,” Elizabeth Catlett’s “Negro Women,” and Woodruff’s “Art of the Negro” mural series.

Fathi Hassan’s “Nubia,” 2012

Through Woodruff’s efforts with juried exhibitions from 1942 to 1970, CAU, formerly Atlanta University, served as a conduit from which to build the University’s collection. According to Brenda Thompson in the book “In the Eye of the Muses: Selections From the Clark Atlanta University Art Collection,” it was 1988 during the consolidation of Clark College and Atlanta University when then-President Thomas W. Cole Jr., Ph.D., asked Tina Dunkley to oversee CAU’s Trevor Arnett Hall renovation.

From this renovation, the CAU Art Museum moved from the basement to the second floor of Trevor Arnett. “When the new galleries opened, many of us were startled, feeling both proud and amazed that these quality works were a part of Clark Atlanta University’s permanent collection,” Thompson, an avid Black art collector and philanthropist, wrote.

Through the national juried competitions, Woodruff began the core foundation for what is now the permanent collection of the CAU Art Museum.

“If you’re really trying to understand African-American art, you would really want to come here,” said Maurita Poole, Ph.D., director of the CAU Art Museum. “People do not know about our collection of art and how it is a resource for them and how there is so much history about Atlanta University’s history and the art as well.”

Currently, the museum features two exhibitions, “Bitter/Sweet,” and “Fathi Hassan: Edge of Memory.” Running from Oct. 9-Dec. 9, 2016, “Bitter/Sweet” highlights works from the 1940s to the present featuring all nuances of the African-American experience. “Fathi Hassan: Edge of Memory,” which runs from Oct. 9-May 26, 2017, showcases the works of contemporary artist Fathi Hassan’s mixed-media works that explore the plight of Nubians, an ethnic group from southern Egypt and northern Sudan.

Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library

Just like many other libraries, there are books and periodicals, electronic resources, a learning commons, smart classrooms, study rooms, a print shop, free Wi-Fi, and a coffee shop in the Robert W. Woodruff Library; however, take another look, and one might think this is an art museum. With approximately 200 pieces of artwork on exhibit at a time, the art crux of the Woodruff Library is to have art that inspires the learning space.

From the “Start Something: Activism and the Atlanta Student Movement” exhibition

“A modern academic library should not just be considered as a place of information resources, but also as a place to motivate learning and thinking,” said Loretta Parham, CEO and director of the Woodruff Library. “When AUC faculty and students are studying or conducting research in an academic setting that is warm, inviting, and reflects beauty and creativity, we feel it serves to inspire them.”

It began where any education institution might begin – with students. In the mid-2000s, students would showcase their capstone art projects in what is now called the Woodi Gallery. From that, Mrs. Parham wanted to take it a step farther. With funding in 2010 for a renovation, the Knowledge and Arts Initiative was born.

The effort of the initiative is to promote student pride and ownership of the library, as well as inspire student thought and conversations through the visual arts. A range of works that includes sculpture, photography, loaned and owned art, including a signature piece titled “People of Color,” by Jonathan Romain, who has created work for President Barack Obama.

“People of Color” by Jonathon Romain

Four colorful student portraits representing CAU, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse and Spelman, “People of Color” demands notice. Romain was allowed to visit each campus to take photos. From those photos, he chose one that best captured that campus and that is the student he painted.

“I call it the centerpiece of the library, and it is captivating and is the staple of our Arts Initiative,” said Carolyn Hart, assistant director, Planning, Assessment & Communications for the Woodruff Library. “From the Carolinas to California, we have visited libraries and I have to say I’ve seen absolute gorgeous buildings. I’ve admired architecture, but as far as the art I really think we hands down are in a league of our own.”

Also, the library features AUC artists who include: Dr. William Anderson, Dr. Louis Delsarte, Derek Fordjour and Ross Oscar Knight (Morehouse College); Dr. Frank Toby Martin, Dr. Althea Murphy-Price, and Dr. Duhirwe Rushemeza (Spelman College); Tina Dunkley (Atlanta University); Ron Young (Clark College); Dante Yarbrough (Clark Atlanta University); and Freddie Styles (Morris Brown College).

In addition to the art, the AUC Woodruff Library Archives Research Center is home to several unique manuscripts, archival, photographic, art and media collections, including original pin and ink drawings by Hale Woodruff, photographic collections documenting the historical Atlanta University Center institutions, as well as the Countee Cullen-Harold Jackman Memorial Collection, Hoyt Fuller Collection, and Lemoine DeLeaver Pierce Papers containing prints and photographs from the Harlem Renaissance and Black Arts Movements.

Adding to the more than 100 collections in the Archives Research Center are the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection. It was 2006 when a coalition of Atlanta movers and shakers led by former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin brokered a $32 million deal to land the papers in the AUC.

Owned by Morehouse but housed at the Woodruff, the collection is made up of some 13,000 items, including some 1,100 books owned by the Nobel Peace Prize native son.

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

CNN coins it as one of the six reasons to love Atlanta, and the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art’s mission to inspire and enrich the lives of all through art by women of the African Diaspora is the reason for such a designation.

“When Dr. Donald Stewart was president, he said, ‘You know we need to make sure we begin to collect art by Black women artist,’” said Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Ph.D., director of the Museum of Fine Art and a 1993 Spelman graduate. “When the college’s collection began, we certainly didn’t have this precise mission.”

Located on the first floor of the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D., Academic Center at Spelman, the Museum of Fine Art was established in 1996 from part of a $20 million gift to the college from the Cosby family. The 4,500-square-foot exhibition features a climate-controlled vault for the permanent collection, a lab for routine art preparation, and a museum store.

“Most of what you get from the Museum of Art is the crème de la crème of contemporary art,” said Dr. Poole, who spent three years at the museum training as the graduate assistant before serving as the Andrew Mellon Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts at Williams College Museum of Art, followed by her current position at CAU Art Museum

Some of its more than 350 permanent holdings include the works of Kofi Bailey, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence Valerie Maynard, Faith Ringgold, Henry O. Tanner and Hale Woodruff. Also, the Museum of Fine Art was awarded a $250,000 grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to pilot a curatorial studies program. Designed for juniors and seniors in various academic majors, the two-year collaborative program seeks to prepare the next generation of students of African descent for curatorial professions and serve as a pipeline to diversify a field described as 80 percent White, according to the American Alliance of Museums.

“When you think of the fact that there are only five of us in the field at the director level now, there just had to be some kind of effort to help diversify the field. We can begin to address that through our curatorial program,” said Dr. Brownlee, who is celebrating the museum’s 20th anniversary.

Currently on view until Dec. 3, 2016, at the Museum of Fine Art is “AFRICA FORECAST: Fashioning Contemporary Life,” an original exhibition that looks at fashion through two overlapping perspectives – an ever-changing global marketplace and the unique ways Black women construct their lives.

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