Spelman’s unwavering support for the American Red Cross was recognized on Feb. 18 when the College received an Outstanding Achievement Award at the organization’s 9th Annual Minority Recruitment Luncheon. Spelman was recognized because of the record amount of blood donated — 114 pints — during the annual blood drive in September 2009. One pint of blood can be used between three people, so in theory members of the Spelman community provided assistance to 342 lives. Seniors Monique Merritt and Brianna Gray accepted the award on behalf of Spelman College; both students are biology majors in the Health Careers Program. Dr. David Satcher from Morehouse School of Medicine and Emmy Award-winning journalist Karyn Greer were guest speakers at the event.
On Feb. 17, the Georgia Community Action Association presented the 2010 Human Rights Spirit Award to Christine King Farris, associate professor of education and director of the Learning Resource Center. The award recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the areas of civil rights, education, human rights and the promotion of social justice. Teaching at Spelman since 1958, the oldest sibling of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the keynote speaker at the 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards held at Emory University and is also the author of a new memoir, “Through It All: Reflections on My Life, My Family, and My Faith.”
Praised for her exemplary leadership, innovation, ingenuity, and compassion for students, faculty and staff, President Beverly Daniel Tatum was honored with the 2009 Leadership Character Award on Feb. 23 at the Georgia Aquarium. Sponsored by the Turknett Leadership Group in collaboration with KPMG and Crawford & Co., Dr. Tatum was recognized for the creation of the College’s ALIVE initiative, Starfish Safety Net Fund, her ability to make difficult decisions, as well as her involvement in numerous boards and associations. The awards honor those who demonstrate a high level of respect, responsibility and integrity in their professional and personal lives.
For National Nutrition Month in March, the College’s campus dining services is adding more healthy options to the menu. “I want to give faculty, staff and students a wider range of healthy choices that include heart-healthy salads, whole grain selections, assorted fruits, and low sodium entrees,” said Gene Burke, Aramark food service director for Spelman. “Although we serve healthy options daily, in observance of National Nutrition Month, I want to kick it up a notch.” The American Dietetic Association, which created National Nutrition Month, suggests building nutritional health from the ground up. Get started with a few basics at http://www.eatright.org/nnm.
President Tatum Witnesses Signing of New White House HBCU Order
On Friday, Feb. 26, President Beverly Daniel Tatum witnessed President Barack Obama sign a new Executive Order re-establishing the White House Initiative on historically Black colleges and universities and the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs. President Tatum was reappointed to the board, and board trustee Evelyn Hammonds, Ph.D., C’76, will serve as a new appointee. First signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1981 to “overcome the effects of discriminatory treatment” and expand capacity at HBCUs, in 2011 the Executive Order will provide HBCUs with $98 million in federal money, and nearly $400 million will be available to HBCU students who qualify for Pell grants. The Board of Advisors will advise the president and secretary of education on methods, programs, and strategies to strengthen HBCUs.
The Digital Moving Image Salon Presents the 6th Annual Reel Women Event
The Digital Moving Image Salon (DMIS), headed by founder/director Ayoka Chenzira, presents the 6th Annual Reel Women event, April 6 – 7, 2010. The event will feature screenings and a conversation with Euzhan Palcy, the first Black woman to direct a film at a major Hollywood studio. The event also showcases DMIS student filmmakers whose films will explore the stories of Spelman’s Pauline E. Drake Scholars, Black women struggling with bipolar disorder, and aspects of the sex industry that are becoming mainstream. This event, one of the 2010 Founders Day activities, will be held in the Cosby Academic Center and the Science Center.
In commemoration of the College’s 129th anniversary, an anonymous donor is issuing a challenge. The donor pledges to contribute $300,000 to Spelman if the College reaches 5,000 donors by Founders Day on Sunday, April 11. Gifts provide academic and financial resources to students, and serve as the cornerstone upon which the College’s unique and important programs are built. To make a gift or for more information, visit: www.spelman.edu/ewey. The challenge deadline is Sunday, April 11.
What is the Spelman M.I.L.E.? Please send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org to qualify to win such gifts as tickets to Spelman events, books by Spelman authors and Spelman paraphernalia.
News Brief contributors: Alexis Crews, C’2012, is an English major with a minor in Political Science. Alicia Lurry is the senior communications specialist for the Office of Communications. Danita McClain, C’2003, is the assistant for the Office of Communications.