Spelman’s cross country team was recently recognized as the 2012 Great South Athletic Conference Champions. Led by “Coach of the Year” Lisa Tillery, the team consists of eight members. Recently, Jaguars Kamilia Nemcova, C’2016, and Heather Smith, C’2016, were awarded All-Conference honors. Smith was also acknowledged as Runner and Freshman of the Year. The team will next compete in the NCAA Regionals at Emory University Nov. 10.
The Office of Student Life and Engagement and the Spelman Student Government Association will host the Election Day “Lock-In,” Nov. 6. Students, faculty, and staff from Spelman will gather in the Manley Student Center from 7 p.m.-7a.m. to watch the 2012 presidential election returns and hear the opinions of fellow Americans on the results. Entertainers and government officials are expected to make special guest appearances.
On Saturday, Nov. 10, at 12:30 p.m. in the Cosby Academic Center Auditorium, the Spelman College Japan Studies Program, in collaboration with the Japan-America Society of Georgia, will co-sponsor a film screening and reception with journalist and film director Kyoko Gasha. During the event, Gasha will discuss her film “In the Moment,” which explores the aftermath of the 3/11 Northeast earthquake and tsunami and Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. She will also discuss her other film, “Mother’s Way, Daughter’s Choice,” a story about Japanese women’s conflict between traditional and contemporary values. Ayoka Chenzira, Ph.D., founder and director of the Spelman College Digital Moving Image Salon, will lead a discussion with Gasha following the screening. Funded by the Japan Foundation, the event is free and open to the public. Click here to register.
The annual Harreld-James Organ Recital series kicks off Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in Sisters Chapel with a performance by acclaimed organist Nathaniel Gumbs. A native of Bronx, N.Y., Gumbs is the organist and interim director of music and arts at Friendship Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C. His repertoire for the recital will include a selection of hymns. Next in the series is German-born concert pianist Jens Korndöerfer, who is slated to perform on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at 4 p.m. The recitals are free and open to the public.
On Oct. 21, the Spelman community participated in the 5K AIDS Walk/Run Atlanta sponsored by AIDS Walk Atlanta. Spelman’s AWA team was composed of 215 students, faculty, and staff who served as volunteers, runners and walkers. Thus far, Spelman has raised a total of $6,944 in donations. The funds raised will support local AIDS organizations as well as treatment, medications, prevention education, meals, mental health services, child care, substance abuse counseling, pastoral care, and clinical research for those infected with AIDS. – Jasmine M. Ellis, C’2015, is a political science major.