Wellness Talk Gives Spelman Women Tools to Reset Health Trajectory
In the midst of the holiday season, when it’s challenging to maintain a healthy lifestyle, leading experts gathered at Spelman College to address “Black Women and the Wellness Revolution: Why We Can’t Wait.” Held Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. in Sisters Chapel, this panel discussion, was part of the “Hot Topics” speaker series, presented by the Spelman College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. Joining President Beverly Daniel Tatum for the discussion were AJ Johnson, C’85, wellness expert, founder, THE AJ ZONE; Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, dean and executive vice president, Morehouse School of Medicine; and Lovette Russell, C’83, member, Spelman College board of trustees. The discussion delved into major health issues affecting African-American women, with experts providing practical information on what women can do to eliminate poor health and fitness habits and focus on solutions that stress eating better, moving more and sleeping well.

Assata Thompson, C’2014, Receives Environmental Science Fellowship
Environmental studies major Assata Thompson, C’2014, has received a $48,900 Greater Research Opportunities Environmental Science Fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Thompson is among 39 students nationwide to receive the GRO fellowship, which exemplifies the agency’s efforts to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and is awarded to encourage leadership in the nation’s environmental science, research, restoration, pollution prevention and sustainability efforts. Part of a national effort to ensure the United States continues to graduate students ready to meet environmental science, engineering, and policy challenges, the GRO fellowship program encourages promising students to pursue careers in environmental fields and to continue their education beyond the baccalaureate level.

Cultural Immersion: SAGE Trip Explores Culture, Identity and Religious Life in South Africa
Twenty-five students and six Spelman College faculty and staff members are going global this holiday season. Spearheaded by Sisters Chapel, the Spelman College 2012 Student Affairs Global Experience “Empowering Women for Change Study Tour” will travel to Cape Town, South Africa, Dec. 7-16. The theme of this year’s global engagement experience is “Exploring Identity, Culture, and Religious Life.” While in South Africa, students will immerse themselves in the culture. Some of the highlights include touring Robben Island, the place where former South African president and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27-year prison term; and a visit to the Sarah Baartman Women’s Shelter to meet with staff and resident clients. Students will also complete a community service project, “Soil for Life,” where they will help plant a sustainable vegetable garden alongside local South African women. Designed to support the College’s Quality Enhancement Program’s overall goal of global engagement, this study tour aims to increase student learning by comparing cultural differences and similarities based on reflective discussion about political, economic, educational, religious, and gender issues in South Africa.