A C A M P U S N E W S L E T T E R F O R F A C U LT Y, S TA F F A N D S T U D E N T S
4 Williams and Worthy Honored as Employees of the Month
SEPTEMBER 2008, ISSUE 1
5 Henrietta Yang Brings Mandarin Chinese Language to Campus
7 Morehouse Gets Million-Dollar Art Collection
Tears and Cheers Abound as Families See Sons Become Men of Morehouse
By ADD SEYMOUR JR.
Charlo Bain stood in the center of campus, taking everything in. Watching all the hustle and bustle of fellow first-year students and their parents moving clothes, stereos and other belongings into dorm rooms, Bain’s New Student Orientation during the last week of August turned into an eye-opener for the freshman from Nassau, Bahamas.
The class of 2012 marches into the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel to start the Parents’ Parting Ceremony on Aug. 21.
“It’s a real wake-up call,” Bain said as his mother, Claudia, stood anxiously nearby. “I guess I’m a little anxious as to how he’s going to cope in this new environment,” she added. “But I'm happy that he’s made it this far.” Fifty feet away, 18-year-old Ryan Hobbs, his mother, Kimberly, and father, Alvin, were lifting boxes, a
Proud parents snap photos while their sons march into the King Chapel.
(Please see Tears and Cheers page 4)
‘I’m Home’ 97-Year-Old Returns After the Great Depression Forced Him From Morehouse By ADD SEYMOUR JR.
llis Barney Freeman quietly scanned the immaculately cut lawns, the stately buildings and the golf carts zipping around the Morehouse campus during Summer Commencement. “Unbelievable,” said the 97year-old former Morehouse student. “Golf carts. When I was here, we walked everywhere. The campus is 66 acres now. Know how many it was then? One.” With that, Freeman laughed on what was a great day for him. After 79 years, he was returning to the place where he started as a fresh-
E Ellis Freeman (left), with his granddaughter, Jasmine Adams (right), stands in front of Graves Hall where he lived as a student in 1929.
faced freshman in 1929, only to have to leave two years later as the country suffered through the Great Depression. Freeman was never able to return to Morehouse, but he kept the College close to his heart. “I feel like I’m home,” he said. Freeman came to Morehouse from Jefferson City, Mo. from a family of high-achievers. His father and step-father were entrepreneurs. Education was important. A high school principal told Freeman that Morehouse was the school he should attend. Freeman didn’t question the principal, even though he’d never heard
of Morehouse and knew little about Atlanta. So after finishing high school in 1929, he boarded a segregated train to Georgia. “I had been conditioned for new adventures,” he said. “I wasn’t worried. I said to myself, ‘I’m here and I’m supposed to learn.’” He remembers making new friends at Graves Hall where he lived, walking to the segregated Fox Theatre and going to socials with the Spelman students and other activities around campus.
(Please see ‘I’m Home’ page 5)
Maroon Tigers Kick Off 2008 Football Season
President Rearranges Top Administrative Positions in One-Year Pilot Program President Robert M. Franklin Jr. 75’ has announced a one-year pilot in which he has reorganized the College’s administrative structure and performance team. John Williams ’69, dean of the division of Business Administration and Economics, is now the senior vice president for Academic Affairs. Karen Miller, vice president for Administrative Services and General Counsel, is now senior vice president for administration. Associate general counsel Michelle Reid is the interim general counsel while Alana Veal, director of Title III, becomes the associate vice president for Administrative Services. Cheryl Allen, associate dean of the Division of Business Administration and Economics, is the acting dean of the division. The changes went into effect on Aug. 1. Franklin said the decision this summer by Howard University associate provost Alvin Thornton ’71 to remain at Howard instead of becoming the new provost at Morehouse allowed the opportunity to “rethink and re-engineer” the administrative structure. “For some time I have been weighing the benefits of separating the duties of the provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, as well as the general counsel,” he said. “I firmly believe that there are considerable advantages in having both a senior vice president who is tasked with focusing exclusively on the needs and developments of our faculty and academic program, and a senior vice president for administration who will bring laser-like focus to improving the operations and customerservice profile of the College. In addition, the College needs a general counsel whose efforts will be concentrated on the legal integrity of the institution. “This deliberate interim experiment will allow us to test and critically assess the effectiveness of a new and dynamic administrative model,” Franklin said. “Each of these colleagues has agreed to serve for one year, allowing sufficient time to formulate and implement plans for one or more searches during this period.”
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EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH
MAY EMPLOYEE: ERROLL “SAM” PHILLIPS Erroll “Sam” Phillips relishes in the thought that his work is often not noticed. Phillips, who is in charge of backstage productions at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, works to make sure that the look of the chapel for events such as Summer Commencement and Crown Forum is so perfect that people only notice that it continues to be a gleaming facility. “I really get my satisfaction when we have an audience and platform full of people who are satisfied with an event,” said Phillips, the College’s Employee of the Month for May. “That really makes me feel good. We put in a lot of hours into a lot of these events to make them work.”
JUNE EMPLOYEE: SHELIA WORTHY
Lawrence E. Carter Sr., dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, was one of the principal speakers during the Global Peace Festival in Asuncion, Paraguay, July 2-5. More than 250 leaders from 80 nations spoke during the three-day festival attended by thousands of people.
President Robert M. Franklin (left) and Erroll “Sam” Phillips.
Phillips, a native of Fort Pierce, Fla., has been at Morehouse since 1996. Away from campus, he is an avid outdoorsman who loves to hunt, fish and farm. “I got quite a nice garden with corn, green beans, butter beans, squash, cucumbers,
collards and turnips,” he said. The fact that May was the month when he was given the award is particularly gratifying, Phillips said. “It comes during the most chaotic month,” he said. “It really is an honor.”
On a wall in Shelia Worthy’s office in the John Hopps Technology Tower is a card that reads, “Do the Thing That You Think You Cannot Do.” It is a mantra that Worthy, the administrative assistant to Joseph Dixon, the vice president for Information Technology, lives by – even if a task is unfamiliar. “I just have a spirit of willingness, camaraderie and wanting to do things well,” said Worthy. “People ask me (to do things) and I consider it an honor when people ask me, so I feel like I’ve got to do a good job. I have to do the best I can do.”
Worthy has been with the College since 1998. She has performed in a play penned by associate vice president for Academic Affairs, Anne Watts, and also has done creative dance pieces for various events. That started when she was once asked for the name of someone who could perform a creative dance for an event. She knew of no one. “Then they said, ‘Why don’t you do it?’” Worthy said. “I had never done a creative dance before, so I created a dance. I think it’s all because I’m a dependable person. When people ask me to do stuff, I just say, ‘okay.’”
Grand D.A.M.E.S. Donates $1,700 to Board Opportunity Fund Members of the Grand D.A.M.E.S. – a group of current and former Morehouse faculty, staff and administrators who are members of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. – present a check for $1,700 to President Robert M. Franklin Jr. ’75 for the Opportunity Fund. The fund helps supplement funding gaps for Morehouse juniors and seniors. Belinda Johnson White, one of the group’s leaders, said among their projects this year, they plan to adopt the International House and assist international students who are far from their families with some of their basic needs.
Mussaka Bagrou, security officer, Campus Police Curtis Davis, director of campus operations, Physical Plant Anthony DeCosta, resident director, Housing and Residential Life Joseph Dixon, vice president, Information Technology Isaiah Green, resident director, Housing and Residential Life
Henry Goodgame ‘84, director of Alumni Relations, Special Events and Annual Giving, is featured in an advertisement on the back cover of 2008-2009 The CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Guide to Professional Development magazine.
William E. Gryc, assistant professor, mathematics, had an article, “On the Holonomy of the Coulomb Connection Over Manifolds With Boundary,” published in the June 2008 issue of the Journal of Mathematical Physics.
Melvinia Turner King, assistant professor of leadership studies, Leadership Center at Morehouse College, spoke on character education as a panelist at The Jepson School Summer Institute for Leadership and the Liberal Arts at the University of Richmond on May 20, 2008. Toni O’Neal Mosley, director of Public Relations, Communications, has been appointed to the editorial advisory board of Girl Friends Health Guide for Women of Color. Published in three cities – Milwaukee, Chicago and Atlanta – the Guide is currently distributed through a network of doctor’s offices and drug store chains.
Pictured above from left to right are Rahmelle Thompson, Remeka Bowden, Ardis Blanchard, Fran Phillips-Calhoun, Roseland McLarin, Denise Moore, Alison Ligon, Gwen Wade, Bonita Moore, Jeanine White, Teloca Sistrunk, Dionne Polite, Felicia Damron, Pia Forbes and Cayce Dix.
Holding the check with Dr. Franklin are Cheryl Allen and Belinda Johnson White. Not pictured are Rubye Byrd, Shanelle Coleman, Cecile Haydel, Melvinia King, Francesca Lopez, Ida Mukenge, Diane Rowley, Shirley Thompson, Harriet Walton, Sandra Walker and Marjorie Wilson.
CHANGING GEARS New Hires
Elise Durham, media relations manager, Communications, was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. The Foundation provides education, screening and counseling to sickle cell patients along with activities and services for school-age, sickle cell patients.
Kirk Harris, security officer, Campus Police Minnie Jackson, administrative assistant, Communications Lenny Mercedes, resident director, Housing and Residential Life Paul Sulongteh, resident director, Housing and Residential Life Marcia Thames, administrative assistant, Economics
William Tweedle, resident director, Housing and Residential Life Barbara Wardlaw, administrative assistant, Internal Audit Labot Pinkney, business analyst, Information Services Franklin Soares, resident director, Housing and Residential Life Harry Wright, associate vice president, Student Services
Willie Rockward, associate professor, physics, appeared on “The Herman Cain Show,” hosted by Morehouse trustee Herman Cain ’58 on 750-AM/WSB Radio on June 24 to discuss global warming.
Glenwood Ross, assistant professor of Economics, and Melvinia King took 19 students to South Africa as a combined experience for the Leadership Center’s annual Oprah Winfrey South Africa Trip and Georgia State University and Morehouse College South Africa Study Abroad Program. Ron Thomas, director, Journalism and Sports Program, was a presenter at a workshop titled, “Taking It From a Single Class to a Program: What It Takes,” during the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication convention on Aug. 5 in Chicago.
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50 Million Pound Challenge Gains Morehouse Members
Henrietta Yang Introduces Chinese Language to Morehouse Students
By Vickie G. Hampton
Tracie Daniels’ 14-year-old son, Austin, wanted to try out for his school’s football team. He was sidelined before even hitting the turf because at the required sports physical exam, his 219-pound girth and high blood pressure – “and I’m not talking about borderline,” said his mother – kept him off the field.
Tracie Daniels was inspired by her son, Austin, to take part in the 50 Million Pound Challenge.
Daniels made a move of her own by signing up for the 50 Million Pound Challenge, a national weight-loss campaign created by Dr. Ian Smith, sponsored by State Farm Insurance and aimed specifically at African Americans. “My son is from a diabetic family, and most of them are younger than 50 and on disability,” said Daniels, the administrative assistant for General Education who plans to lose 80 pounds. “This challenge will help us eliminate the biggest risk factor – obesity – that we can eliminate.” Obesity is a national epidemic, according to a 50 Million Pound Challenge brochure. But the news is graver for African Americans: nearly 80 percent of black women, 67 percent of black men and 20 percent of black teenagers are overweight. This leaves African Americans disproportionately afflicted with high blood pressure, diabetes, and various forms of cancer. Judith Richmond, administrative assistant for the Andrew Young Center for International Affairs, signed up because dieting alone has not worked for her. “I’ve tried many times to go on my own, but you take a pass one day, then one day becomes two and eventually you don’t do it anymore,” she said. “With this competition, I think that I will be more motivated because there will be a group of people doing the same thing.” Eddie Southard, a 50 Million Pound Challenge Coordinator, distributed 2,000 bottles of water, bags, towels and pedometers as incentives to sign up. He said targeting college students is essential because “if we can impress upon them to stay on top of their health then they will lead a healthier lifestyle.” To sign up for the challenge, visit www.50millionpounds.com.
By ADD SEYMOUR JR.
Henrietta Shu-Fen Yang remembers the talk about 20th century People’s Republic of China (commonly known as China) becoming a future player on the political and economic world stage. “I had been hearing that the 21st century would be China’s century,” said Yang, who goes by Henrietta. “Well, there’s no doubt that China has gotten stronger and stronger in politics and the economy.” Because of that, Yang hopes to get the men of Morehouse out front on the global surge of interest in Chinese business, trade and culture. Yang, an assistant professor of Chinese, is the new director of Chinese Studies at Morehouse. With the ever-increasing potential that students could someday be working or doing business in China – the world’s most populated country with 1.3 billion people – Yang will be teaching mandarin Chinese, which is spoken by nearly threefourths of the people in China. That makes it the world’s most-spoken, indigenous language.
Tears and Cheers (Continued from the cover)
television and a refrigerator from a moving truck. Even though Ryan is from Fayette County, a suburban community just south of Atlanta, he was like any other freshman. “Uh, a little nervous,” he said as he shuffled his hat. “I’m used to being comfortable being at my house. And now it’s a big change, leaving Mom and Dad.” “I’m somewhat nervous too,” his mother added. “But I know that he’s well able.” No matter how far their journeys to campus, the Bain and Hobbs families typify the bundle of emotions that united many of the new men of Morehouse. The eight-day New Student Orientation (NSO) helped to ease some of those fears and calm the nerves of new families who became part of the Morehouse family. “The activities of Freshman Week are designed to expose new students and their parents to the history, traditions, resources, academic programs and overall purpose and presence of Morehouse College,” said Anne Watts, associate vice president for Academic Affairs. “Parents, in particular, can leave their sons with a reassurance that Morehouse is the place for their son and that he is in good hands.” More than 900 freshman and transfer students took part in NSO 2008, which ranged from the entertaining “Welcome to the House,”
The XXIX Summer Olympics in Beijing also gave the world audience a good look at the glistening and modern Chinese capital city. “Because of business and the economy, there is lots of interaction – plus the world has gotten smaller and smaller (because of the Internet),” she said. “The Chinese market has drawn people there. And in order to do business in China, you have to speak their language and understand their culture.” Anthony Pinder, executive director of the Andrew Young Center for International Studies believes bringing Yang to Morehouse is the right step in the College’s increasingly-international direction. “We are at a point in the College’s history where we are really focusing on producing globally competent graduates who are proficient in languages and are exposed to multiple cultures around the world,” he said. “For an institution… Chinese fits naturally. We have to begin looking at other parts of the world that are serious partners in our major interests. And if we are to train globally competent leaders,
we have to make sure we are training a diverse amount of globallycompetent leaders.” Yang is a native of Taiwan who came to the United States to study linguistics. She had already studied journalism in Taipei, but developed a love for linguistics and in teaching Chinese language and culture. She comes to Morehouse after teaching stints at the University of Texas-Austin and most recently the
Defense Language Institute’s Department of Chinese in Monterey, Calif., where she had been teaching team leader. “I think (Morehouse) is a very good place to create my ideal language program,” said Yang, who will incorporate new technology in teaching mandarin Chinese. “I was impressed by our students. It is the whole package and makes me feel like this is the place I want to be.”
production on the first day of NSO to the emotional Parents’ Parting Ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 21. Sterling Hudson, dean of Admissions and Records, said the class represents 40 states and seven countries, mostly from the Caribbean and Africa. The sliding world economy held down the normal number of international students, he said. Hudson said the class of 2012 is academically on par with previous classes, but their commitment to serve is what most impresses him. “I think we’ll be feeling the
impact of this class, possibly like none other, through their desire to contribute to the Morehouse environment, the surrounding community and in exerting their leadership skills,” he said. “I think if there is one thing I would point to about this class [that stands out] is that it is full of students who have leadership credentials.” President Robert M. Franklin Jr. ’75 greeted parents and students during the NSO Opening Convocation, assuring parents that their sons would be fine.
“Leave your son or grandson at Morehouse and be proud of what you have done in rearing and nurturing them,” he said. “We will make him into a Morehouse Man. And because of that, the world will be a better place.” During the emotional Parents’ Parting Ceremony, the new men of Morehouse, class of 2012, – all wearing their new maroon sports coats and maroon and white ties – marched out of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel through the gates of the campus. Under dark, yet cloud-swept skies, tears fell as families and their sons were symbolically separated by the closed gates that ceremoniously welcomed the students into the College’s fold. “You feel a little sad that he’s leaving you, but you know that he has to move on,” said Claudia Bain of her son Charlo. “It’s something he has to do. Now that I’ve gotten here, I can see that people are friendly and everybody is trying to help out. I think he’s going to be alright.” “Our family will never be the same as far as all of us being together,” said Kimberly Hobbs about her son Ryan. “Now he’s leaving. He’s my first and only son, but I trust that God will bring him through it.” Though nervousness and uncertainty abound, Bain and other firstyear students are looking forward to the next phase of their lives. “For me, right now, being a man of Morehouse it’s just being independent and being able to make wise decisions,” he said.
Henrietta Shu-Fen Yang, assistant professor of Chinese.
African drummers lead the newest men of Morehouse into the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel during New Student Orientation Week.
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Rubell Family Donates $1 Million Purvis Young Art Collection to Morehouse By ADD SEYMOUR JR.
ight years ago, Purvis Young had five days to get his rent money together or he and all of his belongings would be out on the streets. Art collectors Don and Mera Rubell, who had relocated from New York to Miami, could not let that happen, especially since Young’s possessions included an extensive collection of his original paintings. “(His paintings) told the story of his life; he told the story of his neighborhood,” said Mera Rubell. “The story he was telling couldn’t be sent to a dump.” The Rubells’ saw the impact and value of Young’s 15 years of work, staved off his eviction, bought his paintings and funded the storage and reconditioning of his work. And they provided Young a financial stream that will keep a roof over his head for the rest of his life. Now Young’s expressionist, urban art is featured in more than 50 museums worldwide and he has been called “the Picasso of the Ghetto.” He is also featured in the 44-year-old Rubell Family Collection, one of the world’s leading collections of contemporary art.
The Rubells have donated to Morehouse 109 pieces of his original paintings – valued at more than $1 million. It is the largest, single collection of art donated to Morehouse and becomes the world’s largest set of Young’s work outside of Miami. The collection will hang permanently in the African American Hall of Fame. Northern Trust sponsored the installation of the work. The gift was announced during a press conference in the lobby of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel on Aug. 28. “Not only is Mr. Young a masterful artist, but his work reflects a part of our culture that should be preserved for future generations,” said President Robert M. Franklin Jr. ’75. “We are extremely pleased and excited to have this modern American collection at Morehouse College and to be able to share this visual art, not only with members of this campus community and the Atlanta University Center community, but with the community at large.” Born in Miami’s Liberty City in 1943, Young became a street artist who used much of what other people considered junk or trash to create art. Self-trained without much
SKIP MASON ELECTED 33rd National President of Alpha Phi Alpha Incorporated
Alpha Phi Alpha Inc., national president Herman “Skip” Mason Jr., interm vice president of Student Services (left), greets Morehouse Alphas.
‘I’m Home’ (Continued from the cover)
“Howard Thurman would fascinate us kids,” Freeman said. “He was such an outstanding individual. John Hope was the president and Samuel Archer was the No. 2 man. I even remember being in the same room with W.E.B. Du Bois.” But America was in the Great Depression, the nation’s worst economic downturn. The College struggled financially and so did students. The situation forced Freeman to leave Morehouse in 1931.
“No money,” he said. “Just didn’t have it. The conditions required that I leave (school). My education had to be disrupted.” He went back to Missouri, eventually becoming a government clerk in 1942 and rising to civil service examiner-in-charge. He retired in 1971 after an acclaimed 29-year career. But he missed Morehouse. Years later, his daughter, Rebecca Freeman-Adams, became a professor at Spelman College. “I bought Daddy on (the Morehouse) campus when he was 90,” she said. “He walked up to Graves Hall, straight up to his old room. It
President Robert M. Franklin Jr. ’75 (left) listens while Don and Mera Rubell present the College with the 109-piece Purvis Young art collection.
formal education, Young began focusing on painting during a stint in jail. From his small home/studio, Young, who is recovering from kidney replacement surgery, has created pieces that chronicle life in his poverty-stricken, crime-infested neighborhood in Miami. “In thinking about what institution [should house Young’s work], I thought the perfect institution to
Herman “Skip” Mason Jr., interim vice president for Student Services and the College’s archivist, will be adding another prestigious title to his resume: general president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mason was elected to a fouryear term as the 33rd national president of the nation’s oldest, African American Greek-lettered organization during the fraternity’s convention in Kansas City, Mo., in July 2008. More than 200,000 men have been initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha, including icons such as Martin Luther King Jr. ’48 and Thurgood Marshall. “Having known 10 of the past 12 national presidents…it’s an honor being in the circle,” said
was amazing. That’s how impressionable Morehouse was to Daddy.” Then earlier this year, her daughter Jasmine was talking with her grandfather. “I was just asking about his past and what he was proud of and what he would do if he had the opportunity,” she said. “He said, ‘I would definitely like to go back to Morehouse.’” Jasmine picked up the phone and called the office of President Robert M. Franklin Jr. ’75. She left a message. “Then literally 15 minutes later, I get a call back on my cell phone and it was Mr. Franklin himself,” she said.
take a collection like this would be Morehouse,” said Northern Trust’s Sheldon Anderson who grew up in Miami and admired Young’s work. The collection will be overseen by the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences with artist and instructor Charles Nelson heading up a group that will decide how it will be integrated into educational programming.
Mason. “But more importantly, I understand the tremendous responsibility in helping refocus the fraternity’s goals and objectives on those critical issues affecting African American men, specifically getting young boys interested in education.” Mason plans programs to nurture young men and encourage academic achievement. Morehouse will host Mason’s inaugural the weekend of Jan. 2325 in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. The ceremony will be the fraternity’s first-ever public inauguration. Honorary cochairs of the event include President Robert M. Franklin Jr. ’75.
“I was blown away.” Freeman was given a certificate of attendance and was introduced as an associate member of the Morehouse College National Alumni Association, representing the class of 1933. He is the only living person associated with that class. “It was a proud moment for the entire Freeman family,” Jasmine Adams said. For Freeman, the day was the completion of a 79-year journey. “I kept pinching myself,” he said of the Summer Commencement ceremony. “I couldn’t think. I was too excited. It was a thriller.”
Ben Carson Comes to Morehouse to Award Scholarships to 38 Atlanta Students Pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson told 38 Atlanta students that they hold the key to their educational success. “The responsibility for obtaining a good education is not with your teachers, not with your parents,” he said in the Executive Conference Center’s Bank of America Auditorium on Aug. 22. “It’s your own. So there is really no excuse for not accomplishing what you really want to accomplish.” Carson and his wife, Candi, were in Atlanta to present $1,000 scholarships from the Carson Scholars Fund to the 38 Atlanta Public School students, who ranged from fourth grade to high school juniors. The scholars maintain high grades, but also excel in humanitarian pursuits. The scholarship money is invested on their behalf until the student attends college. Jordon Nesmith was a 2004 Carson Scholar who is now entering his freshman year at Morehouse. He told the group that winning the scholarship is only the beginning. “It is not about how you got there, but what you do along the way,” he said. “Your job is to go out and make a difference.”
ARCHE Study Finds Metro Atlanta Tops Nation in College Enrollment Growth Metro Atlanta continues to be the nation’s hottest spot to pursue collegiate studies. Since 1989, the area’s percentage growth in college enrollment was up 62 percent by 2005, according to a study by the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE). That is the highest percentage increase among the nation’s eight largest higher education centers and outpaces metro Atlanta’s population growth. “Our colleges and universities are national role models for working with regional leaders in promoting prosperity, educating a skilled workforce and improving quality of life,” said ARCHE President Michael A. Gerber. The study ranked the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas by college students enrolled and found metro Atlanta ranks third with 47,548 African-American students. Some of the other findings: metro Atlanta is seventh in degrees earned; in the top 10 for degrees earned across 14 academic fields; and fifth in university research. To view the entire study, go to www.atlantahighered.org/MetroAreas. Morehouse is one of 19 private and public institutions in ARCHE, which builds awareness of the size, scope, impact and value of higher education in the region and helps its members share strengths through cooperative programs.
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European Production of Porgy and Bess Highlights Brown and His Former Students By ADD SEYMOUR JR.
usic department chairman Uzee Brown Jr. felt like a proud father. He was in Paris this summer performing as “Frazier,” the attorney in Porgy and Bess, with several of his former Morehouse music students as part of the professional chorus behind him. “I was so proud because they were so on top of their games and so professional,” Brown said. “People looked at and admired what they saw in those guys.” The Morehouse contingent was part of the Atlanta Opera Chorus that traveled to Paris this summer to participate in the production of Porgy and Bess at the historic Opera-Comique for seven weeks. Opera-Comique has involved iconic composers such as Daniel Auber
and Georges Bizet. It also staged the first performance of Bizet’s Carmen in 1875. Brown, who performed in The Atlanta Opera’s 2005 production of Porgy and Bess, was contracted to perform in this production by both the Atlanta Opera and Opera-Comique. “It is one of the most significant things for me because it was not simply a touring company, but it was a resident production,” he said. “All the other productions of Porgy and Bess had been American touring companies.” The group spent up to two months living in Paris. A month of rehearsals for soloists like Brown preceded their seven-week run in Paris, followed by week-long engagements in Granada, Spain; Caen, France, and upcoming performances in the European country of Luxem-
bourg on October. 7, 9 and 11. “This new production of Porgy and Bess [has been] an important event in Europe,” said OperaComique general director Jerome Deschamps. “The fact that The Atlanta Opera [has been] associated with this project makes us even more proud of it.” Morehouse has been well-represented in the production. Singing with The Atlanta Opera are assistant professor Mel Jackson and alumni James Binion Jr.‘06; Gregory Caldwell ’99; Bradley Candie ’92; Edwin Cotton ‘07; the youngest member of the entire production, 21-year-old current student Marcus Hill; LaSean Lewis ’03 along with Timothy Miller ’03, who is now an adjunct professor in the music department and performed the “Crabman’s Call.” “On the last night, he interpreted a high “D” and the audience went
Music Department chairman Uzee Brown Jr. (right) performs in a scene as Frazier the attorney with Kevin Short (left) who portrayed Porgy.
ga-ga,” Brown said. European audiences have adored the predominantly African American cast as every seat was sold for
each of the 18 performances. “It has been quite an experience,” Brown said.
SUMMER AT THE HOUSE Summer Programs Taught Students Academics, Leadership and Community Brian Dawson thought this summer’s Pre-Freshman Summer Program was going to be fun and games. He quickly found out that he was completely mistaken. “We had to line up, go to class, make sure our shirts were tucked,” said the freshman from Baltimore, Md. “I wasn’t expecting that. I was like ‘What’s going on here?’” What was going on was one of 18 summer programs that made up the Morehouse College Summer Academy 2008. Spread across campus, they engaged nearly 1,000 students – pre-teens to rising college freshman – in a variety of academic, athletic and social enrichment programs. “The value of participating in a Summer Academy program is arguably immense,” said Summer Academy director Anne Watts, associate vice president for Academic Affairs. “Students were able to get an early start in preparation for college work by being in classes taught by college professors, using college textbooks and guided by college syllabi. Students who return to their high schools after intensive study in these Summer Academy programs are stretched to achieve at a higher level, and they almost always perform better in their remaining high school courses.” Four of the 18 programs are highlighted here.
Pre-Freshman Summer Program Like the other 150 PSP participants heading to Morehouse in the fall, Brian Dawson quickly acclimated himself to a summer of classes, lectures and an overall orientation to college life. Courses in English, reading, history, math and sociology were offered as were lectures of particular interest to African American males. Earning a B or better in each summer college credit course would count towards credit for their Morehouse coursework during the school year. But Brian Carter, an 18-year-old freshman from Americus, Ga., who also participated in PSP, said there was an even more important aspect of the experience. “The very first person I met when I moved on campus this fall was a PSP counselor from this summer,” he said. “I mean, I kept running into PSP people. So it’s like I have 150 PSP brothers already.”
Among their leadership and academic lessons, Project Identity students also learned about table etiquette from Belinda J. White, an assistant professor in business.
“It actually gave me the opportunity to be comfortable in a new place,” said Dawson. “It was like my brothers were my family.” Morehouse NYSP Just behind the stands of B.T. Harvey Stadium this summer, a fierce softball or kickball game was usually going on between some very competitive 10to-16 year olds. The game was part of several athletic and academic components of the Morehouse National Youth Sports Program. “It was a successful summer,” said program administrator Robert Wilson III. “We had close to 200 children.” This year the Morehouse NYSP got a boost: the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, which is part of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, gave $3,200 to provide scholarships so 50 young people could take part in the program.
NYSP participants hit the pool as well as the field and the classroom during their month of academic and athletic enrichment.
Project Identity Summer Institute A snazzy group of rising high school sophomores and juniors in shirts and ties who always seemed to be in a hurry to a class were Project Identity Summer Institute students. Forty males from across the country – out of hundreds who applied to be part of the program – learned about math and science, creative writing and public speaking. But they also learned about leadership and African American male development. Danny Bellinger, director of Project Identity, said the students come from a variety of economic and social backgrounds. “But the thing they had in common is that they were highly motivated kids,” he said. “We try to give them an even playing field and allow them to meet other kids and show them somebody as highly motivated as themselves.”
Bryant Marks, director of the Morehouse Male Initiative, speaks with PSP students in Sale Hall’s Chapel of the Inward Journey.
Coca-Cola Pre-College Summer Program Thirty rising junior and senior high school students from 16 states took part in this summer’s week-long Coca-Cola Pre-College Summer Program. The program introduces students to the traits, skills and behaviors necessary for leadership. “We like to say that we impact several areas: character, self-esteem academic excellence, gaining a greater respect for others and creating a sense of community,” said Walter Fluker, executive director of the Leadership Center at Morehouse College, which runs the program. “I think the greater piece of our program is that we have a powerful program that creates community.” “It’s not failed for ten years since I’ve been part of this program that the students say, ‘I don’t want to leave, I want to come to Morehouse,’” Fluker said.
Coca-Cola Pre-College Leadership Program students began each morning with exercising and stretching together to prepare them for long intense days.
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PLAYING FAST, HARD AND SMART Maroon Tigers Football Team Looks to Better Last Year’s 7-3 Record By ADD SEYMOUR JR.
TIGER NOTES: Morehouse will play before a national television audience at least twice this season. ESPN-U will televise the Maroon Tigers game live at Fort Valley State on Sept. 7 and on taped-delay on Oct. 11 for the Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic in Columbus, Ga. The Maroon Tigers will be playing in three “classic” football games this year: The Palmetto Capital City Classic on Aug. 30 at Benedict, the Angel City Classic in Los Angeles against Prairie View A&M and the Oct. 11 Morehouse-Tuskegee Classic in Columbus, Ga.
2008 MOREHOUSE COLLEGE MAROON TIGERS
Last year, a 7-3 record after predictions of a last-place finish in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) turned the Morehouse Maroon Tiger football team into the surprise squad of the conference. That won’t happen this year. Conference coaches picked the Maroon Tigers to finish fourth in the 10-team SIAC in 2008, so there will be no sneaking up on opponents this year, said head football coach Rich Freeman. The now-roaring Maroon Tigers are a known commodity and opposing teams have taken note. But Freeman isn’t losing sleep over that. “I just think a man pretty much controls his own destiny,” Freeman said. “If we lock down and play fast, hard and smart, then we can be successful against anybody.” The fast, hard and smart mantra – along with heavy doses of discipline – continues to be the theme for Freeman’s squad heading into his second year at Morehouse. It will be much more noticeable on offense, where offensive coordinator Leon Murray stalled a no-huddle scheme that will keep defenses on their heels. Head coach Rich Freeman and offensive coordinator Leon Murray have installed a no-huddle offense that will look to move the chains this season. Christian Sterling returns as quarterback, but he will be pushed by On defense, pre-season Division II feel like we have upgraded. We’re Steadman, Harewood, Nobles, State on Sept. 6 followed a week later transfers Gerald Cook from Tennessee State and William Brack from All-American linebacker Jeffrey looking for our defense to get senior defensive lineman Mario by the season’s first home game at Lane and senior defensive back B.T. Harvey Stadium against Lane. Jackson State. They will be throwing Cargile leads a stingy unit that yielded even better.” The Tigers visit Miles on Sept. 20 and Senior punter Micah Streiff also Derrick Scott. to senior James Steadman, who leads the second-fewest average points per returns to anchor the special teams. After kicking off the season with then play Prairie View A&M in the the wide receiver corps. Junior Ra- game in the SIAC last season. “We’re returning nine of 11 Streiff and Cargile were named to a 7-3 loss at Benedict, the Maroon Angel City Classic in Los Angeles on mone Harewood and senior Nate Nobles lead an offensive line that re- starters on defense,” Freeman said. the SIAC pre-season All-Conference Tigers start a tough September Sept. 27. “And of those two new players, we squad. Second-teamers included schedule with a visit to Fort Valley turns all of its starters.
FOOTBALL SCHEDULE AUGUST 30th
Benedict College* (Palmetto Capital City Classic)
Fort Valley State University*
Ft. Valley, Ga.
Prairie View A&M University (3rd Annual Angel City Classic)
Los Angeles, Calif.
Tuskegee University* (73rd Annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic)
Clark Atlanta University*
Albany State University* (Homecoming)
Kentucky State University*
BOLD denotes home games * denotes Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games
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EDITOR’S PICK Sept. 15 through Sept. 30
THURSDAYS THROUGH SEPT. 25 LSAT Prep Class — Prepare for the October LSAT Sale Hall, Room 110 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Thursdays through September 25. Cost is $300 which includes books Contact: Stacey (404) 483-1284 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Football Morehouse vs. Fort Valley State Fort Valley, Ga. 1 p.m. Contact: Rhonda Higgs, (404) 215-2686 or at email@example.com
Grant Writing Training Kilgore Campus Center, Seminar Rooms 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families Free and open to the public Contact: Dorothy Mabry, (404) 562-2855 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. University of Chicago College of Law Information Table Kilgore Campus Center Plaza 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Contact: Kellye Blackburn Eckles, (404) 215-2703 or at email@example.com
Annual Community Volunteer Day Open to all Atlanta University Center students Kilgore Campus Center Plaza and Atrium 9 a.m – 2 p.m. Community partners are invited to distribute information about their program and to recruit students. Contact: Jackie Dugger, (404) 525-6391 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tony Rocker, at (404) 522-3759.
Football Lane vs. Morehouse B.T. Harvey Stadium 7 p.m. Contact: Rhonda Higgs, (404) 215-2686 or at email@example.com
Morehouse/Spelman Annual Reading Retreat This event is for members and invited guests only. Helen, Georgia 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Contact: Ora Drayton, (404) 215-2679 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Community Partners Luncheon Theme: Community Leaders Impacting Future Leaders Executive Conference Center Noon – 1:30 p.m. Contact: Jackie Dugger, (404) 525-6391 or at email@example.com. By invitation only
Opening Crown Forum Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel 10:45 a.m. Contact: Anne Watts, (404) 572-3660 or at firstname.lastname@example.org HIV/AIDS & STD Testing Student Health Services Brazeal Hall, Ground Floor Testing is done by AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta with results in one hour. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Contact: Dorcus Rouse, (404) 215-2637 or at email@example.com.
Football Morehouse vs. Miles Birmingham, Ala. 6 p.m. Contact: Rhonda Higgs, (404) 215-2686 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Football Farmers Angel City Classic Morehouse vs. Prairie View A&M Los Angeles, Calif. 2:30 p.m. Contact: Rhonda Higgs, (404) 215-2686 or at email@example.com
Sept. 23 – Newell Rubbermaid Mock Interviews Douglass Hall 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Email resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an interview with a Newell Rubbermaid representative. Sept. 24 – Bank of America Mock Interviews Douglass Hall 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Email resumes to email@example.com to schedule an interview with a Bank of America representative. Sept. 25 – Google Resume and Interview Skills Review Kilgore Campus Center, Seminar Rooms 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Google representatives will conduct a workshop on resume writing and interview skills. Also learn about Google career opportunities Contact: Kellye Blackburn Eckles, (404) 215-2703 or at firstname.lastname@example.org Sept. 29 – Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP) Mock Interviews Douglass Hall 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Email resumes to email@example.com to schedule an interview with a Black Executive Exchange Program representative. Sept. 29 – How to Network at the AUC Career Fair Douglass Hall Noon Learn how to make the most of the AUC Career Fair from expert networker John J.I. Chisholm of the Black Executive Exchange Program. Lunch will be served. RSVP required. Email resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org
What I do
“When faculty, staff and students are ready to have an event in one of the campus’ facilities, they call us or me, i.e., needing tables, chairs, audio visual equipment. It means whatever items are required, I have to set them up. I have to have it all ready for the event and make sure everything is working properly for the duration of the event. With students, that means sitting Name: Shiekgo Carter down with them and going over how they Title: Support Services Coordinator should do the event and advising them about Hometown: Atlanta, GA what they need to do to have a successful event. But I always say we’re the first ones here and Tenure at Morehouse: 12 years then the last ones to leave. Something not commonly known about Shiekgo: “What I like the most about this department She is a huge fan of singer Prince and has at least twice been on stage at – besides James Smartt and my great co-workers concerts and danced with him. – is you are involved in a lot of different things
CAREER WEEK 2008
and events. In other words, I’m in the middle of everything. Every day is different and I never know when I walk on this campus each day what I’ll be into. Something is always going on. (About being involved as an advisor for many student activities and other functions across campus) “The students, they are like my energy. They are funny. But I just like being involved. Everybody around here knows I have a lot of energy and know that I’ll get a lot done. “Oh, my name. Everyone asks. All I know is it’s Japanese and it doesn’t mean much – I looked it up. My mother said she was watching a beauty pageant show and one of the contestants was named Shiekgo.”
Sept. 29 – How to Succeed in the Music Business Location to be determined 5 p.m. Meet executives and artists from Hidden Beach Recordings. Contact: Kellye Blackburn Eckles, (404) 215-2703 or email@example.com Sept. 30 — 42nd Annual Atlanta University Center Career Fair Hyatt Regency Downtown Atlanta 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Check Tigernet for a list of employers Contact: Kellye Blackburn Eckles, (404) 215-2703 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the campus newsletter/newspaper that I write, edit, take photos for and help design each month for the 3,500-person Morehouse Colleg...