Atlanta University Center Consortium

CAU Celebrates Presidential Inauguration with Scholarship Reception and Gala and Afterglow Party

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ATLANTA (Sept. 26, 2016) The pomp and circumstance surrounding the official installation of Ronald A. Johnson, Ph.D., as the fourth president of Clark Atlanta University continues at the Presidential Scholarship Reception and Gala; then, immediately afterward at the Paws on Peachtree Afterglow post-party with a purpose. Proceeds from both of these inauguration events will benefit the President’s Scholarship Fund.

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AUC Schools Continue to Rank as the Nation’s Best

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For more than 30 years, U.S. News & World Report has provided rankings for the nation’s best institutions of higher education. Spelman and Morehouse colleges have consistently ranked on the listings. For the past 10 years since the historically black colleges and universities listings have been added, the two institutions have placed in the top-spots of the listings. This year, Spelman is ranked No. 1 and Morehouse is ranked No. 4 on the HBCU list. Both schools are also ranked on the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges list – Spelman, No. 72; Morehouse, No. 159.

According to the sites ranking criteria and weights, colleges are ranked based on measures that fall into seven broad areas: undergraduate academic reputation (including peer assessment and, for the National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges categories only, high school counselors’ ratings); graduation and retention rates; faculty resources (class size, for example); student selectivity (for example, average admissions test scores of incoming students); financial resources; alumni giving; and graduation rate performance.

See the complete listings for best Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges.

Contact Us

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Directions

AUC Consortium Office

Atlanta University Center Consortium Inc.
Phone: 404-523-5778
Fax:   404-525-7377
P.O. Box 92527
156 Mildred Street
Atlanta, GA 30314


CommUniversity Staff

Tamala Fortson
Associate Director/Business Manager
404-523-5148

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Anthony Otey
CommUniversity Program Coordinator
404-523-5148, x1525

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Angela Yarbrough
Executive Assistant
404-523-2125

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Homebuyer Seminar

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Register today!

Homebuyer Workshop: First-time Homebuyer

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Hollis Innovation Academy

225 Griffin St. N.W. 

Atlanta, GA 30314

Free parking and lunch provided to those who preregister 

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Free parking and lunch provided

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                     

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.

Courses and Events

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Whether you’re interested in learning how to manage your personal finances, purchase your first home, or use your talents to improve your community, CommUniversity has a course for you! Check out some of our upcoming classes and events below.

Small Business ARC

Through AUCC Assessment, Resources and Consultation, expand your business possibilities. See more on ARC.

Small Business ARC information package.

Small Business ARC application.

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Empowerment Series

Whether trying to get a credit fix or develop a financial plan, the financial empowerment series offers opportunities to move from debt to savings.

 

 

 

Homebuyer Seminar

Stop renting! Find out how to become a homeowner in our home-buying seminar. Get downpayment and credit-repair assistance.

 

 

 

 

Calendar of Events

Click on the link to learn more about events sponsored by CommUniversity or our member campuses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Leadership Development Certificate Program

Develop leadership skills and change your community.

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, April 8, 2017

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.

About Communiversity

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CommUniversity connects our neighboring COMMunity and our UNIVERSITY center through innovative programs that inform, educate and inspire. Through CommUniversity, the Atlanta University Center Consortium offers innovative community-focused learning opportunities that enrich the lives of individuals, strengthen the workforce, and enhance the community. Whether you are a neighborhood resident, community leader, business owner or campus employee, we have programs and services that are designed just for you. CommUniversity is designed to promote collaboration and mutual learning among members of the campus community, residents and service providers.

Staff

• Mr. Anthony Otey, CommUniversity Program Coordinator

• Mrs. Tamala Fortson, Associate Director

• Ms. Angela Yarbrough,  Executive Assistant

 

‘START SOMETHING’ EXHIBIT BRIDGES HISTORIC YOUTH-LED PROTESTS AND TODAY’S SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT

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AUC Woodruff Library extends exhibit through May 22, 2017

ATLANTA (Aug. 8, 2016) – Using archival photographs and documents along with compelling narratives, “Start Something: Activism and the Atlanta Student Movement” provides an in-depth look into student activism within the Atlanta University Center and across the city of Atlanta. In response to continued public interest, the AUC Woodruff Library has extended the exhibit through May 22, 2017.

“Start Something” documents the history and legacy of the Atlanta Student Movement of the 1960s. During the movement, students from Atlanta University, Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University), the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Spelman College organized protests to end legalized segregation practices in Atlanta. The students penned and published the manifesto, “An Appeal for Human Rights,” and organized nonviolent marches, sit-ins, picket lines, and boycotts that forced Atlanta merchants and government officials to desegregate stores and public facilities. The contributions the Atlanta Student Movement made to the civil rights movement helped change not only the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia, but also the nation. The exhibit also ties the student-led, civil rights protests of the 1960s with today’s youth-led protests, such as #AUCShutItDown, #ItsBiggerThanYou and the Black Lives Matter movement.

“The ‘Start Something’ exhibit is an ideal tool to connect Atlanta University Center history with the issues that our students are delving into today in the classroom and in their personal lives,” said Loretta Parham, CEO and director of the AUC Woodruff Library. “We have extended the exhibit to allow more students and the broader Metro Atlanta community the opportunity to discover the important but often overlooked role of Atlanta University Center student activists in the pivotal events of the American Civil Rights Movement.”

In support of the exhibit, a variety of special programs will be presented throughout the academic year. Each program is free and open to the public. Upcoming offerings include:

The Politics of the U.S. Presidential Electoral College – September 15, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.: Panelists will discuss the history of the Electoral College, how it works, why it continues, who benefits, and why your vote counts. Participants include panelists Dr. Marilyn Davis (Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Spelman College) and Mr. Noel Whelchel (Doctoral Student, Department of Political Science, Clark Atlanta University) and moderator Dr. William Boone (Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Clark Atlanta University).

Lecture and Book Signing by Dr. Carol Anderson, author of “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide” – Oct. 18, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.: In her book, Dr. Anderson, a professor of African American Studies at Emory University, pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, and protection against fraud; rendering visible the long lineage of white rage. Compelling and dramatic in the unimpeachable history it relates, “White Rage” adds an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America.

“These ongoing programs are designed to further connect the exhibit with current events and today’s social issues. Because they are free and open to the general public, they create a forum for dialogue among diverse audiences across our community,” added Parham. 

Events will take place in the Library’s Exhibition Hall. For more information about the events, call 404.978.2003. Visit http://research.auctr.edu/AtlantaStudentMovement for details about the exhibit, which is also free and open to the public. 

About the AUC Woodruff Library

The Atlanta University Center (AUC) Woodruff Library is a member of one of the nation’s oldest and largest consortiums of historically black colleges and universities, which includes Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Spelman College. As the intellectual center of this prestigious, academic community, we strive to accomplish our mission of providing the highest level of information resources and services in support of student and faculty success and the cultural preservation of the AUC. In addition to the aesthetic benefits of this state-of-the-art facility, the Library has evolved into a model repository of information resources and a front runner in the innovative delivery of those resources. The AUC Woodruff Library is the winner of the 2016 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in the university category from the Association of Collegiate and Research Libraries. Learn more at http://www.auctr.edu.

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Jennifer M. Spann

Communications Manager

Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library

111 James P. Brawley Drive SW

Atlanta, GA 30314

404.978.2114 – office

404.577.5158 – fax

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