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AUCC MEMBER INSTITUTIONS RECEIVE A CAMPUS-WIDE ASSESSMENT GRANT TO REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT

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Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta award will help AUC improve its bottom line and adopt more eco-friendly practices.

ATLANTA (Sept. 12, 2016) – The Atlanta University Center Consortium received a Grants to Green Assessment Award from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta to help its member institutions and the Robert W. Woodruff Library identify opportunities to reduce a collective $11.7 million in utility expenses.

Founded in 2008 by the Community Foundation in partnership with energy-efficiency expert Southface, and funding provided by The Kendeda Fund, Grants to Green gives nonprofits the opportunity to renovate or build healthier work places that are environmentally efficient, and provides environmentally focused knowledge and funding that strengthens nonprofits in the Atlanta region. Upon completion of campus assessments and recommendations for how to improve efficiency, AUCC institutions may apply up-to $500,000 matching implementation funding to execute the recommendations.

“This initiative is in line with the Atlanta University Center’s spirit of service – this time to our environment, as well as to our institutions,” said Morehouse College President John Silvanus Wilson Jr., board chair of the Atlanta University Center Consortium.  “The dual opportunity to further our sustainability efforts and to positively affect our bottom-line is a win-win for the entire Consortium.”

Collaborative efforts by AUCC member institutions and the Woodruff Library include the installation of 35 security cameras and five license plate readers around the campus community; insurance pooling, Woodruff Library; central plant; AUCC Career Fairs and Dual Degree Engineering Program; joint radiation safety program; joint laboratory animal facilities; joint safety programs along with Atlanta Housing Authority and Atlanta Police Department; and EverFi Alcohol, Sexual Assault and Financial Literacy Modules.

Over the next year, Southface will extensively assess AUCC’s campus facilities to identify ways to improve energy and water efficiency. The assessment will also include organizational operations, such as waste reduction efforts and procurement, exterior site analysis including landscaping, waste reduction efforts, affirmative procurement, integrated pest management and green cleaning policies.

In 2008, Spelman College, along with Agnes Scott College, was one of the early institutions to receive the Grants to Green grant. The $50,000 grant, combined with an $80,000 matching grant from Home Depot enabled the College to reduce its annual utility cost by $90,000.

“We have seen remarkable results from our Grants to Green recipients,” said Alicia Philipp, president, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. “The whole process is data driven, enabling grant recipients to track data before, during and after assessment and implementation, which includes tracking energy and cost savings that can be significant over time. Having Green Champions engaged in the process helps to teach and inspire others to implement their own green practices both on campus and in their lives outside the University,” she added.

Tyronda Minter, director, Community Foundation added, “I’m thrilled to see how Art Frazier, as Spelman’s Green Champion, helped to leverage the Grants to Green resource as an opportunity for the partnership effort between the many universities in the Atlanta University System. That’s a sign of true Green Champion.”

For more information about the green efforts implemented at the AUCC institutions, please contact one of our Green Champions: Bonita Dukes at Clark Atlanta University; André E. Bertrand at Morehouse; Lawrence Jones at Morehouse School of Medicine; Kenneth Smith at Woodruff Library; and Don Blackston and Art Frazier at Spelman. In addition to working directly with the assessment team from Southface, the Green Champions will receive training and network with other Green Champions.

To know more about the Grants to Green Initiative, visit www.cfgreateratlanta.org or email GrantstoGreen@cfgreateratlanta.org.

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About the Atlanta University Center Consortium Inc.

Founded in 1929, the Atlanta University Center Consortium is the world’s oldest association of historically Black colleges and universities. Comprised of four member institutions – Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College – the Consortium is a vibrant intellectual community with a long tradition of scholarship, service and community engagement. AUC Consortium Inc. is a nonprofit organization that operates on behalf of its members to advance each institution’s mission and strategic goals by fostering collaboration, managing centerwide initiatives, offering services that benefit our students and community, and leveraging our shared resources. Visit us at http://aucenter.edu/, or on Facebook or Twitter.

About the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Since 1951, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has been connecting the passions of philanthropists with the purposes of nonprofits doing that work. With 65 years serving the 23-county Atlanta region and a robust team of experts, the Community Foundation manages the behind-the-scenes details, empowering our donors to focus on the joy of giving. The Community Foundation is a top-20 community foundation nationally with $920 million in current assets and is Georgia’s second largest foundation. Through its quality services and innovative leadership on community issues, the Foundation received more than $113 million from donors in 2015 (unaudited) and distributed more than $139 million that same year to support nonprofits throughout the region and beyond. In 2016 Charity Navigator named the Community Foundation a four-star rated nonprofit, its top distinction. For more information, visit: cfgreateratlanta.org or connect with the Foundation via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

AUC WOODRUFF LIBRARY WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

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Robert W Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center, Location: Atlanta GA, Architect: Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott

The Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in the university category. Sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries and YBP Library Services, the award recognizes the staff of a college, university and community college library for programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institutions they serve. 

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

Atlanta University Center Consortium
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.

 

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.

Financial Empowerment Series

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Good credit is the gatekeeper to every thing from homeownership to securing cable. In two upcoming CommUniversity workshops, Common Cents: Financial Empowerment Series and Homebuyer Workshop, get free admission, free lunch, prizes and tips on how to increase credit score and make ends meet. From baby boomer to millennial, financial literacy will lead to better life choices.

Don’t miss the Financial Empowerment series workshop Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Get free admission, prizes, lunch, and down payment assistance.

Homebuyer Seminar

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Register today!

Homebuyer Workshop: First-time Homebuyer

Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017

The Veranda at Scholars Landing

130 Lawshe St. 

Atlanta, GA 30314

Parking is $3 and lunch provided to those who preregister 

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Are you looking to buy a home? Are you ready to build a future and invest in your family? Register now to attend a Free HUD-Approved Homebuyer Workshop

Come learn about:

  • Budgeting for home ownership
  • Correcting credit issues
  • Qualifying for down-payment assistance
  • Obtaining foreclosure deals
  • Completing the home-buying process

Participants who complete all requirements are eligible for a down-payment assistance certificate.

Call 404-523-5148, ext. 1525 for more details                     

Common Cents Saturdays

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Financial Empowerment Series

Need help getting out of debt? Want to stop living paycheck to paycheck? Want advice on how to improve your credit score? Need tips on how to buy a home or save for retirement? CommUniversity offers free financial empowerment classes during our Common Cents Saturdays series. 

This four-week series is designed to help participants make smarter financial decisions. Topics include budgeting, saving, raising credit scores, planning for emergencies, and avoiding predatory lending.

Learn how to:

  • Develop a financial plan
  • Raise your credit score
  • Plan for emergencies
  • Choose the best loan
  • Avoid predatory lending
  • Budget to make ends meet
  • Build financial confidence
  • Prepare for homeownership and retirement
  • Manage credit and debt
  • Increase savings and/or investments

JOIN US!

Common Cents Saturdays

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017

and

Saturday, April 14, 2018

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Veranda at Scholars Landing Multipurpose Room

130 Lawshe St.

Atlanta GA. 30314

Free: parking in rear of building

refreshments

door prizes

 Call 404-523-5148 for information

Must attend all of the session to receive a certificate

To register, click here.

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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