Building on an anonymous $75,000 gift that was presented to the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in November, the College is inviting art lovers to support the museum with gifts totaling $25,000 by the end of 2010. With several exciting initiatives and exhibits planned for 2011, the museum relies on generous contributors to realize its important goals and build upon their unique mission as the only museum in the nation that emphasizes art by and about women of the African Diaspora. For more information, or to make a gift, please click to visit their website.
Spelman College recognized World AIDS Day with numerous events on Nov. 18. The international World AIDS Day was Dec. 1, when the College was in the official reading period for final exams. Presentations filled with the latest AIDS statistics, sage advice and touching personal journeys were made by David Robinson of Comer Children’s Hospital and Dazon Dixon Diallo, C’ 86, the founder and president of Sister Love Inc., a reproductive justice organization for women focusing on HIV/AIDS. There was also an AIDS Fair and a testing party where members of the community enjoyed music and food while getting free HIV/AIDS tests and information from 20 organizations. The events of the day were sponsored by S.H.A.P.E., the Office of Student Life and Engagement, and Student Health Services.
Will Packer, producer of the films “Takers”, “Stomp the Yard” and “Obsessed, visited Spelman College’s drama and dance department on Nov. 4. His message to students aspiring to be filmmakers was to “be wise enough to know the things you don’t know that keep you from accomplishing your goals,” said the co-founder of Rainforest Films. “Then, work hardest in those areas to make sure your goals are accomplished.”
Numerous organizations on campus celebrated International Education Week, Nov. 15-19. Presentations were made about cultural transitions and global engagement by Olivia Smith, Ph.D., of Counseling Services and Patricia deSouza, a Spanish instructor. There was also a reception for international students, Tai Chi demonstration during Market Friday, screening of the film “My Name is Khan,” Diwali Festival of Lights Hindu celebration, and Afro-Caribbean and Nepal cuisine was served in the dining center.
The Office of Housing and Residence Life raised $300 from members of Spelman community, who purchased 235 tulips that were planted in a garden outside of the Living & Learning Center to raise awareness about various issues impacting the health of women. Each tulip represented the leading causes of death among women, including cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and domestic violence. The fundraiser benefitted the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. Check out a video of this year’s planting celebration.
The winner of the December Test Your Knowledge is Jasmine D. Haynes, C’2010. The sociology major from Charleston, S.C., correctly identified the first Spelman student to become a missionary to Africa as Nora A. Gordon who visited the Congo in 1889. Haynes will receive Spelman paraphernalia.
What date was the first annual Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol Concert? 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.