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SR Education Group recently named the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) as one of the best online schools for Women in STEM and for Economic Mobility in 2018.
IIT RECEIVES RECOGNITION FOR ONLINE EDUCATION PROGRAMS SR Education Group, an education research publisher, recently named the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) as one of the best online schools for Women in STEM and for Economic Mobility in 2018. See more on Page 2
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NEWS briefly EDUCATION
UIS ANNOUNCES SPRING SEMESTER 2018 DEAN’S LIST SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The University of Illinois Springfield has released the Dean’s List for Spring Semester 2018. A total of 519 students were selected; 77 are students in the College of Business and Management, 39 are students in the College of Education and Human Services, 323 are enrolled in programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 66 are enrolled in programs in the College of Public Affairs and Administration and 14 are non-degree seeking or undecided. In order to qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must be an undergraduate who took at least eight graded semester hours and maintained a grade-point average of at least 3.75 for the semester.
STUDY FINDS THAT ONLY 23% OF AMERICANS GET ENOUGH EXERCISE A new study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has found that only 23% of Americans get enough exercise. What does “enough” mean? The government’s recommended physical activity guidelines call for healthy adults to do a minimum of two and a half hours of moderate intensity activity - or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity – plus at least two muscle strengthening days a week. OSF HealthCare Exercise Physiologist Michael Johnson says this lack of movement has a giant ripple effect across the country. “We’re seeing that there’s an increase in disease process as far as cardiovascular disease. We’re seeing an increase in diabetes, obesity, and all that can be linked to a lack of exercise or even a lack of physical activity. And as we’re going to see that, we’re going to see health care costs rise, and quality of life decline,” said Johnson. OSF HealthCare, an integrated health system owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Peoria, Illinois, includes OSF Healthcare System consisting of 13 acute care facilities and two colleges of nursing.
LAW & POLITICS
BELLOCK NAMED DHFS DIRECTOR Gov. Bruce Rauner recently announced that Patricia R. “Patti” Bellock has been named director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHFS). Bellock has served in the General Assembly since 1999 and is retiring from the House of Representatives where she became the first woman to serve as Deputy Minority Leader in 2013. She replaces interim DHFS Director Teresa Hursey who stepped in last month when Felicia Norwood left for the private sector. Hursey will remain as Medicaid Director. A native of River Forest, Bellock graduated from Saint Norbert College in Wisconsin, where she received a bachelor’s degree in History and American Government. She has received dozens of awards over the years from numerous organizations for her work on various health care policy issues, particularly in the areas of mental health, developmental disabilities, and children’s health. The appointment is effective today, July 11, 2018.
IIT Receives Recognition For Online Education Programs Continued from page 1 BY KATHERINE NEWMAN
SR Education Group, an education research publisher, recently named the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) as one of the best online schools for Women in STEM and for Economic Mobility in 2018. IIT offers a variety of online programs and courses from almost every college, center, and institute at the university and both on-campus and online students take the same courses taught by the same world-class faculty. “I think our approach to online has been a more traditional one where we’ve done lecture capture. In using that approach to online education we’ve always felt that the online student should compete favorably with anybody who is in the classroom and that has proven to be true. The emphasis has been that there is no difference in the quality of education whether you are an online or not an online student,” said Dr. Robert Carlson, dean of IIT’s School of Applied Technology. The 2018 Online Schools for Student Economic Mobility recognition from SR
Education goes to colleges that offer an exceptional opportunity for students to improve their economic standing. IIT received a mobility score of 86.9. That score takes into account the percentage of students who move from the bottom fifth of income distribution to the top fifth, early career salary, and Pell Grants. “Illinois Institute of Technology graduates have a high average early career salary of $60,600, and 28% of their students receive Pell Grants. This allows many students to not only start their career at a high salary, but it also minimizes student debt, making economic mobility very attainable. Additionally, when students pursue an online degree at Illinois Institute of Technology, they are able to continue their education while working,” said Kelsey D’Ewart, a representative for the SR Education Group. The 2018 Online Colleges for Women in STEM recognition features schools with high STEM-Friendly scores, given to the by SR Education group. The STEM-Friendly score takes into account female representation in the population, STEM degrees offered
online, and online support for female STEM students. IIT received an 82.97 STEMFriendly Score. “When it comes to STEM, women have not represented a significant portion of STEM students. But what we are finding in my college, the School of Applied Technology, is that we are getting closer to 40 percent of our graduates are women which is unheard of, the numbers typically are between 10 and 25 percent national and we have a much higher percentage,” said Carlson. Online classes not only provide flexibility for students, but it also gives them worldwide access to the teachers and curriculum that IIT offers. “A benefit of taking online classes at Illinois Institute of Technology is that students from around the country have the opportunity to earn a degree without relocating. Additionally, online classes allow students to learn on their own time while continuing to work. Online students still receive the same great education and support as on-campus students, but they have much more flexibility,” said D’Ewart.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel seeks Landmark Status for Boystown Legacy Walk Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced that the City would seek Landmark Status for the Legacy Walk in Boystown. With its Northalsted “Rainbow Pylon” Streetscape with conjoined outdoor museum, the half-mile Legacy Walk remains the only outdoor LGBTQ museum in the world. “The Legacy Walk is not only a historically significant legacy of the LGBT community of Chicago, but a signal that the entire city is a safe and welcoming place for everyone,” said Mayor Emanuel in a statement. The Legacy Walk will be submitted to the Chicago Landmarks Commission for consideration for Landmark Status. Landmark Status will protect the steel pylons and outdoor museum that define the Boystown streetscape. It is being considered for its unique cultural, historical and social heritage, its celebration of individuals who significantly contributed to the development of Chicago, and its distinctive physical presence as a visual feature of the Boystown neighborhood, among other criteria. Boystown’s Bars, specifically, became popular entertainment localities, which in turn sparked economic prosperity in the neighborhood.
“Coming into a bar, for a gay person, was really the only moment you were home,” says Art Johnston, a community organizer and political activist. “So bars played a really, really important role in our history. It’s all we had.” “Twenty years ago the installation of the North Halsted Pylons gave rightful recognition to our neighborhood as a center of LGBT life, culture and entertainment,” said Alderman Tom Tunney in a statement. “For the last six years, the Legacy Project has added real meaning to the pylons, educating our community and visitors on the lives and work of LGBT leaders in history. I am pleased to join with the Mayor today in landmarking these installations so that future generations can learn these stories and enjoy our neighborhood.” The formal process to designate the Legacy Walk as a Chicago Landmark will be led by the Planning, Historic Preservation & Sustainability Bureau of the Department of Planning and Development. Historic preservation staff will spend the next several months researching the area’s architectural and historical significance and provide a recommendation to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. After a public review process, the Landmarks
Commission will make its final recommendation and forward the decision to City Council for approval. “On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Legacy Project, we are humbled and thrilled for this history-making decision to confer Landmark Status upon the Legacy Walk and the worldfamous Northalsted Rainbow Pylon Streetscape,” said Victor Salvo, co-founder and executive director of The Legacy Project. “A beacon to the world, the Legacy Walk is a vitally important safe and affirming place in an era when historically ‘gay’ places are rapidly disappearing. I thank Mayor Emanuel and the City of Chicago who from Day One have shown spectacular support and truly remarkable encouragement of this vision and for working to preserve the memorial for generations to come.” “Boystown is a beacon and global leader in promoting equality, diversity and community for LGBTQ people,” said Chad Honeycutt, executive director, Northalsted Business Alliance. “This new designation befits our proud history and those who advocated and sacrificed to create a space where LGBTQ people feel safe and welcome. Boystown stands tall in a city known for its global impact.” The Legacy Walk was first
conceived in 1987 to provide a safe place where LGBTQ youth could learn about the historic achievements of people like themselves. In 1991, the city created the Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame to celebrate LGBTQ Chicagoans, the first municipally funded institution of its kind. In 1998, Chicago dedicated the iconic “Rainbow Pylons” in Boystown as the first, and still the only, permanent, architecturally defined streetscape redevelopment in celebration of the unique cultural and historical contributions of the LGBTQ community. On Coming Out Day in October 2012, Mayor Emanuel dedicated the Legacy Walk, adding kiosks and plaques commemorating the diverse history and prominent leaders of the LGBTQ community. The bronze plaques honor key LGBTQ figures throughout history, many of whom are overlooked by history books, including Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, British mathematician Alan Turing and NASA astronaut Sally Ride. This year, the Legacy Walk will dedicate its 39th and 40th bronze memorials to fill the remaining two slots available in the museum. Source: Johanna Medrano Press release
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AME Church and Black Banks Launch New Partnership for Black Wealth BY HAZEL TRICE EDNEY
The Black church, among the most prosperous institutions in America, has long led movements for the spiritual, social and civic uplift of Black people. When the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, he had just launched the Poor People’s Movement, which quickly fizzled after his death. With this historic backdrop, the African Methodist Episcopal Church - with a legacy of leadership in its own right - has announced an innovative economic partnership with Black-owned banks across the country. The partnership aims to be a catalyst to spur business development, homeownership and wealth in the Black community. “We are now pleased to announce a partnership with the presidents of the nineteen (19) Black banks in the United States, with the goal of increasing Black wealth,” said Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, president of the Council of AME Bishops. “This initiative will strengthen Black banks across the United States and increase their capacity to lend to small businesses, to secure mortgages, to provide personal lines of credit, and to offer other forms of credit to AME churches and our members. This, of course, includes enabling members and their families to become homeowners.” Bishop Jackson made the announcement during a press conference held during the 2018 Council of Bishops and General Board Meeting in Atlanta June 26. The specific details of a memorandum of understanding are being formulated and will be announced this summer. But the goals are as follows: Increase deposits and loans with Black banks: · Increase Black homeownership to over 50 percent nationwide. This means 2,000,000 more Black homeowners than now exist; and · Grow the number of Black businesses from 2.6 million to 4 million and total gross receipts from an average of $72,500.00 to $150,000.00. “The spirit in which you all have shared the commitment to the community, to the banks and to what we can do together is outstanding,” responded Preston Pinkett, III, chairman and CEO of the City National Bank of New Jersey and chairman of the National Bankers Association. “Thank you for your willingness to step outside of the norm to do something that I would say is extraordinary here in America and extraordinary in the world.” Pinkett says the church-bank partnerships are already beginning around the nation. “It is safe to say that this kind of commitment; this kind of demonstration will go a long way in supporting our banks and the banks to be able to support the community...With God’s blessings, we will accomplish great things.” Amidst an atmosphere of excitement, the bankers, bishops and supporters of the movement packed into a meeting room in a Downtown Atlanta hotel. Jackson was surrounded by all 20 Bishops of the 231-yearold denomination as well as supporters of the movement. They included principals of the growing economic movement, Black Wealth
AME Church Bishops pose with Black bankers and business leaders after announcing historic partnership. Photo: Klarque Garrison/Trice Edney News Wire
2020, which Jackson credited as inspiration for the idea. “This partnership grows out of an initiative formed in Washington, DC in 2015, called Black Wealth 2020 which is providing an economic blueprint for Black America,” Jackson said. Michael Grant, one of the founders of Black Wealth 2020, presided at the press conference. He connected the new partnership directly with the movement begun by Dr. King. “The great civil rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others has now morphed into a full-fledged movement for economic empowerment,” Grant said. “The offspring of African slaves and their unrewarded labor have catapulted a small Colonial outpost into the greatest industrial giant the world has ever known. Now, as a people, we are turning our efforts toward our own enrichment. We must now create those economic opportunities for ourselves.” Opening the press conference, Grant underscored the historicity of the moment. “For those of you who are students of history, you would not be surprised that the Church of Richard Allen would be leading an effort to close the wealth gap across the United States of America.” Allen, among America’s most influential Black leaders, founded the AME church in 1794. It was the first independent Black denomination in the U. S. “And we do this with malice towards none,” stressed Grant. Bishop James L. Davis, of the Second Episcopal District, likened the partnership to a marriage - a marriage between a church and its community. “It is a marriage that says a church that is concerned about its people, concerned about the good and the bad, all of the things our people have had to go through.” The prophetic voices of Black church leaders not only articulate ideas, but strategies. “In the next decade in the global church and in the AME church and in Black banking, we will see both evolution and revolution. Banks must reinvent themselves, not just to respond to the pressures of the day, but to be flexible enough to adapt to the world of tomorrow. The ecclesia, the church, must also evolve its business knowledge, educational platform, and
Bishop Reginald Jackson, president, Council of AME Bishops
Preston Pinkett, chairman, National Bankers Association
its missional thrust without losing its stance in the Word of God,” said General Board Chair Bishop Vashti Murphy Mckenzie. “Both of our institutions are dealing with increasing assertive governmental intrusion, higher membership and customer demands along with increasing change in the wider world.” The announcement of the new partnership was met with applause from national civil rights leaders. “Thank you and your fellow bishops for making economic development a priority of your denomination,” wrote civil rights icon Georgia Congressman John Lewis in a letter to Bishop Jackson. “Hopefully, your visionary leadership will inspire other denominations to replicate your efforts nationwide.” National Urban League President/CEO Marc Morial also weighed in with a letter: “I want to express the support of the National Urban League for your leadership and initiative in addressing the challenges of Black homeownership and the need to increase the support, viability and profitability of our African-American businesses,” he wrote. Morial is among economic leaders who have determined that among the reasons homeownership among African-Americans is disparately low is, in part, because of discriminatory lending practices. Mortgage Banker Lois Johnson, president/ CEO of Salt Lake City-based United Security
Financial, said she takes “great pride in our HUD designation as a fair practice lender. We provide loans to all who meet the minimum criteria, especially people of color who have been denied the opportunity to have their own homes.” Johnson, who is licensed to operate in 49 states, says she intends to travel to each of the AME church’s episcopal districts to “create hope and opportunities.” The principals agreed that the key to the success of the partnership must be mutual respect for Black spending power and mutual support of Black businesses. “We hear about Black folks have a trillion dollars in spending power,” said Ron Busby, president/CEO of the U. S. Black Chamber, Inc. and co-founder of Black Wealth 2020. “But that’s usually White folk talking about our dollars and how can they get their share of it. We came together to say how can we deal with the Black wealth, the gap of it and really to move our agenda forward inside our own community.” Busby pointed to the USBC’s new app called the USBC Mobile Directory with 109,000 Black-owned businesses in order to help consumers make targeted purchases inside the Black business community. Robert James, CEO of the Carver State
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BUSINESS Liberty Mutual Announces New Limestone Re Ltd. Transaction Limestone Re Ltd., a Bermuda domiciled segregated account company, issued $278 million of participating notes to investors in a private placement transaction that provides collateralized reinsurance for Liberty Mutual’s U.S. property catastrophe program, as well as its U.S. homeowners and global property reinsurance risk. “Reinsurance through the Limestone Re platform forms an integral
component of Liberty Mutual’s longterm strategy for accessing third-party capital,” notes James Slaughter, senior Vice President and chief underwriting officer of Liberty Mutual’s Global
Risk Solutions strategic business unit. “Liberty Mutual is able to leverage our global distribution platform to provide, through reinsurance with the Limestone Re platform, insurance-linked securities (ILS) investors diversified pools of risk while concurrently bringing investors as close as possible to the underlying insurance risks. This latest transaction brings the total Limestone reinsurance collateralized capacity placed with
ILS investors to nearly $700 million, demonstrating our commitment to the ILS market.” Investors positively responded to the Limestone Re offering, according to Matthew Moore, president, Liberty Specialty Markets, Liberty Mutual. “We’re pleased with the overwhelmingly positive market reception and look to continue to broaden our partnerships with ILS investors through future transactions.”
Kroger and Nuro Launch Partnership
Kroger and Nuro Partner to Pilot Autonomous Delivery
he Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) and Nuro recently announced a new partnership to redefine the grocery customer experience for Americans by piloting an on-road, fully autonomous delivery experience. Together, America’s largest supermarket retailer Kroger and Nuro, maker of the world’s first fully unmanned road vehicle, are working to make the convenience of grocery delivery accessible and affordable for customers everywhere. Through this innovative partnership, customers can place same-day delivery orders through Kroger’s ClickList ordering system and Nuro’s app. During the test, orders will be
delivered by Nuro’s fleet of autonomous vehicles. This is the first application and deployment of Nuro’s hardware and software. The pilot market will be announced soon and is expected to begin this fall. Kroger’s expansive retail footprint of 2,800 stores in 35 states combined with Nuro’s technology platform will change the status quo of grocery delivery through convenience at a low price. This allows customers to get what they need, when they need it, wherever they are. “We are incredibly excited about the potential of our innovative partnership with Nuro to bring the future of grocery delivery to customers today,” says Yael
Cosset, Kroger’s chief digital officer. “As part of Restock Kroger, we have already started to redefine the grocery customer experience and expand the coverage area for our anything, anytime and anywhere offering. Partnering with Nuro, a leading technology company, will create customer value by providing Americans access to fast and convenient delivery at a fair price,” he said. “Unmanned delivery will be a game-changer for local commerce, and together with Kroger, we’re thrilled to test this new delivery experience to bring grocery customers new levels of convenience and value,” said Dave Ferguson, co-founder of Nuro. “Our safe, reliable, and affordable service, combined with Kroger’s ubiquitous brand, is a powerful first step in our mission to accelerate the benefits of robotics for everyday life.”
Auto-Lab opens location in Kankakee KANKAKEE, Ill. – Car repair and full service company Auto-Lab held their official grand opening recently for their new location on North Schuyler Avenue in Kankakee, Illinois. The grand opening included a ribbon cutting with local government and business officials. “We are very happy to welcome Auto-Lab to Kankakee and specifically the First Ward,” Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong said. “Economic development is key in our mission to continue to attract good-paying jobs to our community.” Auto-Lab’s Kankakee location will be owned by local couple Larry and Wanda Fullmer and will be the first location in the State of Illinois. The company, based in Michigan, operates locations across the nation and is committed to employing ex-offenders, giving those who are looking for work and have a criminal background a second chance. “Auto-Lab Kankakee is excited to join the community in an effort to create jobs and to economically empower this great city,” said owners Larry and Wanda Fullmer. “We are creating 12 jobs locally and are committed to on the job training that will prepare all employees with technical and life skills. Thank you to Mayor Wells-Armstrong and to Alderman Fred Tetter for sharing this vision with Auto-Lab Kankakee and with President Steve Wilson.”
Northwestern Mutual – Chicago Appoints First African-American Growth and Development Director Northwestern professionals. Mutual- Chicago “The demand for recently announced financial security has the appointment of its never been greater, and first African-American the Chicago office’s growth Growth and Development is providing us with Director, Allan K. Bell, opportunities to develop the CLU®. Bell, a Financial next generation of financial Advisor, will be tasked with Allan K. Bell representatives and leaders,” attracting, selecting, developing and said Corey D. McQuade, managing retaining a team of diverse financial partner, Northwestern Mutual
-- Chicago. “Our goal is to provide advisors like Allan with various development opportunities to grow personally and professionally.” Bell has been associated with Northwestern Mutual since 2006. As the first step in a development track, Bell was appointed field director where he developed a team of competent financial representatives. He also founded and leads the firm’s www.thechicagocitizen.com
multicultural mentoring resource group. Through coaching and mentoring, Bell will work with his team members to define a career path best for them. Bell received a BAS in Electronics Engineering Technology from the ITT Technical Insitute and a BAS in Business and Organizational Management from National Lewis University. He also earned a Masters
Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. Outside of the office, he volunteers with The National Association for Down Syndrome and the ARC of Illinois. Allan and his wife are also members of the West Suburban Support Group and the UPS for DOWNS parent support groups.
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AME Church and Black Banks Launch New Partnership for Black Wealth Continued from page 3 Bank in Savannah discussed how the movement will be sustained. “There was a time that no church got financed in Savannah Georgia unless we financed them at Carver State Bank,” James said to applause. “This program will get us back on the path.” James says he knows the relationship can be sustained because the bishops have authority to oversee and encourage AME church leaders to do business with Black-owned banks. “We can talk to the Bishops about those local churches. And you can talk to your elders and your preachers,” he said. Bishop Jackson underscored the fact that the U. S. partnership is only the beginning. He indicated that the movement will also expand abroad. “The possibilities extend throughout the Diaspora. The African Methodist Episcopal Church has over 4,000 churches in Africa, the Caribbean, West Indies and Europe. These churches and
members can also benefit from this partnership,” he said. To augment this expansion, Her Excellency Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, ambassador for the African Union, spoke to the Bishops the day before the press conference, promising to encourage Africans in America to also put their deposits in Black banks. She stressed the need for Black-owned institutions to unify, cooperate and not turn on one another. “I hope we will all come together and support the idea of putting all of our money in Black banks. I have already taken the initiative and listed all of the Black banks in the country on our website,” Chihombori-Quao said. “I’m already encouraging all Black people when I do presentations to say we’ve been stupid for too long. We drive past Black banks to give our money to people who don’t give a hoot about us. And they take our money so they can get rich; not only here, but in Africa. We’ve got to change this.”
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‘On Kentucky Avenue’ Back By Popular Demand NEW YORK - Historic Club Harlem will roar back to life as City College Center for the Arts (CCCA) presents a special three-week return engagement of On Kentucky Avenue: A Celebration of Atlantic City’s Famed Club Harlem at Aaron Davis Hall in New York going on now. The show, which thrilled audiences when it premiered at Aaron Davis Hall in 2016, offers viewers a glimpse inside the celebrated nightclub that was the center of nightlife in Atlantic City’s segregated Northside beginning in the 1930s. On Kentucky Avenue: A Celebration of Atlantic City’s Famed Club Harlem was created by Jeree Wade, written by Adam Wade and Ty Stephens, and is directed by Lee Summers. Hailed as “a party you don’t want to miss” by Broadway star Maurice Hines, On Kentucky Avenue transports audiences through time to the heyday of Club Harlem and offers them a fictional musical inspired by a real place: Kentucky Avenue, the center of African-American life in Atlantic City. Opened in 1935, Club Harlem quickly became the numberone destination for black performers in Atlantic City, presenting shows featuring jazz musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, and more. At its zenith—in the’40s, ’50s, and ’60s— the club played host to such legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Sammy Davis Jr., Richard Pryor, Moms Mabley, Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington, and the Temptations. Catering to integrated audiences when segregation was still the law of the land in the U.S., Club Harlem enjoyed popularity with white casino patrons as well as local blacks and whites and those sojourning from different parts of the East Coast to see the acclaimed acts. Club Harlem’s 5 a.m. shows featured world-renowned white entertainers like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Jerry Lewis, who came to perform after their sets at nearby establishments. “We are very excited to bring On Kentucky Avenue back for New York audiences,” said City College Center for the Arts Managing Director Gregory Shanck. “It’s a work our patrons really connected with when it premiered here. There is also a true synergy of purpose between what Club Harlem was all about and what we aim to do here at Aaron Davis Hall—provide audiences with the opportunity to experience the work of great artists.” In this reimagined view of life On Kentucky Avenue, the setting is 1969, during dress rehearsal. A love triangle emerges between impresario Ivan King (Ty Stephens), his lead showgirl Betty Jo Stanton (N’Kenge) and her best friend the featured female vocalist, Pauline Pierce (Andricka Hall). (Ramona Dunlap performs the role of Pauline Pierce on Friday, July 27.) The revival introduces a
new character to audiences, Homer Paisley (Count Stovall), sure to entertain viewers even as he antagonizes Ivan and the Club Harlem performers. With this new arrival, they are forced to face a reality they hoped to avoid: In life everything must change and the last good times at Club Harlem are upon them. Creator Jeree Wade makes a special appearance as the only nonfictional character in the show, Damita Jo, a popular singer who often opened the summer entertainment season there. “We are thrilled to bring this new incarnation of On Kentucky Avenue to CCCA,” said creator-performer Wade. “I’ve been happy to see that the show resonates across different generations and we hope that theatergoers will attend with their family and friends. The music and story were inspired by a particular era that our elders will remember, but there is truly something for everyone.” The production also features Lee Summers as Slappy Black, a nod to reallife comedian Slappy White, who played the club. The ensemble includes Donna Clark, Mindy Haywood, Cassandra Palacio, Carmen Carriker, Avery Royal, Jamal Shuriah, Phillip Deceus and Brian Davis. Providing the musical soul each night is the Freddie Baxter Band: Richard Cummings Jr., as Freddie Baxter (piano/ conductor), Wilbur Bascomb as Odell Craft (bass), and David Silliman on drums, John F. Adams on synthesizer and Marvin Horne on guitar On Kentucky Avenue is produced by Adam Wade, with scenic design by Ty Stephens, Piero Ramos and Yvette Spellman, choreography by Ty Stephens, swing choreographer and tap consulting by Mickey Davidson, costume design by Pearl Williams and Ty Stephens and musical direction by Richard Cummings Jr. The musical features ’60s chart-topping music plus an original score true to the era by Ty Stephens, Frank Owens, Wilbur Bascomb, Branice McKenzie, Adam Wade and Jeree Wade. Performances are running now through July 28, Thursday and Fridays at 7 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at www. citycollegecenterforthearts.org or in person at the Aaron Davis Hall box office Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. Aaron Davis Hall is located on the campus of the City College of New York, at West 135th Street and Convent Avenue (129 Convent Avenue). For more details, visit the CCCA site or call the Aaron Davis Hall box office at (212) 650-6900. City College Center for the Arts can be followed on Twitter at @ccnyarts. For more information on the musical, follow #OnKentuckyAve or #OKAatCCCA or visit http://www.onkentuckyavenue. com/.
The new production of Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller, officially opens on Sunday, July 22.
Cast of Smokey Joe’s Cafe ready to make it happen NEW YORK - They say the neon lights are bright off Broadway! The new production of Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller, officially opens on Sunday, July 22. The vibrant nine-member ensemble led by director choreographer Joshua Bergasse will bring new life to more than 30 classic songs including “Stand by Me,” “I’m a Woman,” “Hound Dog,” “Fools Fall In Love,” “On Broadway,” “Yakety Yak,” “Pearl’s a Singer,” “Treat Me Nice,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Love Potion #9,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Spanish Harlem.” Smokey Joe’s Cafe will feature Dwayne Cooper (Motown, Hairspray), Emma Degerstedt(Desperate Measures Off-Broadway), John Edwards (Jersey Boys), Dionne D. Figgins(Hot Feet, Memphis), Nicole Vanessa Ortiz (Spamilton Off-Broadway), Kyle Taylor
Parker (Kinky Boots, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Jelani Remy (Disney’s The Lion King), Max Sangerman (Blue Man Group Off-Broadway), and Alysha Umphress (On The Town, American Idiot). Featuring a wide-ranging catalog, from joyous anthems (“Saved”) to comedic romps (“Charlie Brown”) to songs of yearning (“I Who Have Nothing”), the storytelling aspect of Leiberand Stoller’s songwriting paired perfectly with the theatrical medium.
With soulful ballads rooted in blues, their songs celebrate the humor, passion, and heartbreak that infuse everyday lives. Classics such as “Neighborhood” and “Stand by Me” celebrated the power of community and friendship and deeply resonated with the African American community just as much as they did with rebellious suburban teenagers. Now, this classic show returns to NYC to thrill a new generation of theatergoers with its enduring themes and searing emotions.
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Real Estate Director Brenda Johnson-Turner Wins Women of Color STEM Award WASHINGTON - Brenda Johnson-Turner, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters (USACE) real estate director, will receive a prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) industry honor: the Managerial Leadership-Government Award. Johnson-Turner was selected by the Women of Color STEM Conference award panel, sponsored by the Career Communications Group Inc. (CCG). CCG is a leader in workforce diversity, working with all types of companies to help support them in promoting multiculturalism and gender equity in STEM fields. The award will be presented in Detroit, October 13, 2018, at the 23rd Women of Color STEM Conference. According to Monica Emerson, National Chair of the 23rd Women of Color in STEM conference, “Ms. Brenda Johnson-Turner was selected because she is among an extraordinary group of forward-thinking STEM experts. This year the candidates were the strongest and represented the most diverse collection of executive professionals we have
“Encouraging young minority women to pursue their interests in STEM fields, where there is under representation can make a difference, and is both professionally and personally rewarding.” Brenda Johnson-Turner
had the pleasure of evaluating. From managers to vice presidents, this year’s Women of Color STEM candidates stand out as superior authorities in their respective fields.” Johnson-Turner oversees USACE’s $1 billion real estate portfolio, which encompasses nine divisions with 35 district offices that have active real estate missions, globally managing more than 25 million acres of real property. USACE’s real estate professionals actively engage in the agency’s
STEM recruitment activities with its nearly 100 higher education institution partners. USACE emphasizes recruitment at historically black colleges and universities, minority serving institutions, colleges of engineering, and university physical and computer science programs. USACE also encourages its R&D center to maximize use of innovative programs for student interns, which include Educational Partnership Agreements, Pathways Internships,
and Technical Services for Contract Students Agreements. USACE has put programs and policies in place to enable its divisions, districts and R&D center to maximize use of Direct Hire Authorities and Expedited Hire Authorities in bringing onboard student and recent graduate STEM talent. In 2017, women held a quarter of the more than five million tech jobs, and the percentage of women of color – particularly black and Hispanic – in the industry stands at single digits. Additionally, only half of STEM graduates pursue careers in their educational paths. “Supporting all women to reach their dreams is an important focus area for me. Encouraging young minority women to pursue their interests in STEM fields, where there is under representation can make a difference, and is both professionally and personally rewarding,” said Johnson-Turner. “It is a privilege to work for an organization that values inclusion, and an honor to be recognized as a leader for progressive change in the workplace.”
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Summer Skincare Myth Busting Tips: What You Need to Know! Summer is here, making it the best time to discuss how you’ll take care of your skin during the warmer season. There are many misconceptions around the best ways to transition your skincare routine come summertime. For this reason, Vaseline Dermatologist Partner Dr. Brooke Jackson has the scoop on her top myth-busting summer skin care tips. 1. “You don’t need to change your skin care routine in the summer.” Change your skin care as you do your wardrobe. Our skin is more prone to oiliness during the summer months because of the humidity, so the ultra-hydrating products we use in the winter are not necessary because you are producing your own moisturizer. I recommend the following: • Start with a cleanser that carries a degreasing effect – using this at night will help remove all the sweat and dirt built up from the day that clogs pores. • As for moisturizers, night creams aren’t totally necessary. But if this is a beauty must for you, go with a light serum that won’t clog your pores. • For the rest of your body, go with a lightweight lotion like Vaseline® Intensive CareTM Aloe Soothe, made with healing Vaseline® Jelly to deeply moisturize dry skin and absorb fast without feeling greasy. It’s pure aloe extract can also help soothe and calm dry
your skin is darker, you’re still at risk of skin skin, particularly after a day in the sun. cancer, which is often diagnosed later in life 2. “Lip protection from the sun isn’t widely and makes it more difficult to treat. talked about, so it must not be that necessary.” 4. “Shaving and immediately going into the False. Your lips are very sensitive to the ocean or pool is fine.” sun’s UV rays. The sun’s UV rays can OUCH! That’s got to hurt. Salty impact the production of collagen ocean water and even chlorine can on your lips, which can result in the really irritate and dry out skin, formation of wrinkles on and around especially after shaving. I suggest the area as a sign of early aging and shaving the night before to give the sun damage, says Mayo Clinic. Look skin time to heal from the shave, for lip balms with an indicated SPF and always lotion/apply SPF to add a 15 to protect them from sun damage! barrier of protection to these areas! Women have a lower incidence of 5. “People of color can’t get skin cancers on the lips presumably sunburns.” because they wear lipstick. Matte People with darker skin tones are lipsticks act as physical blockers to under the false belief that because of the sun. their dark skin, they will not get skin 3. “I already got a sunburn (base cancer. While it is less common, it tan)/or am naturally tan, so I can can and does occur - unfortunately, skip SPF.” Vaseline it can be deadlier in darker skin. Base tans are a myth, and tans Dermatologist Here are some other things to keep in general are your body’s response Partner Dr. Brooke in mind: to being injured by UV exposure. Jackson discusses • Darker skin can indeed When your cells are exposed to UV her top mythsunburn. It may take longer for this light, they produce more melanin, busting summer to occur, but it can in fact happen. If the pigment that colors your skin, skin care tips. your exposed skin becomes sensitive which is why you tan. This is a after sun exposure and peels, guess what! You sign that damage has already been done, not have a sunburn. protection against future sun exposure. There • Tan skin is considered damaged skin. is no such thing as a safe tan. If you’re naturally 6. “Once I have dark spots or tan, I still highly recommend SPF. Even though
hyperpigmentation, there is no fixing them.” There is a solution! Dark spots or hyperpigmentation are often due to an inflammatory process, which is why it is called “post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.” There are treatments; however, for the discoloration to resolve. But the underlying issue, whether it’s acne or Eczema, must be addressed. 7. “I need to buy expensive skin care that caters to my skin tone, otherwise I won’t see results.” Not necessarily! There are some great and affordable skin care options. It’s important to match the product with your concern. Let me give you an example: A cleanser is not going to treat your acne, it is meant to clean your face. Skin care is not a single product, it is a process. But dermatologists are experts with skin, hair and nails. Why wouldn’t you seek out an expert? Make an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist (www.aad.org)to discuss your concerns and create a customized regimen to address them. 8. “I have low vitamin D, so I need to tan.” While it is true that you need sunlight to make Vitamin D, the amount of sun exposure you need daily is only 10 minutes. More exposure does not equate to higher Vit D levels and will increase your risk for skin cancer, which can be deadly. Instead, increase your dietary sources of Vitamin D and /or take a supplement.
World’s ﬁrst AI-powered motion tracking ﬁtness app turns your iPhone into a personal trainer A new fitness app has launched which uses the world’s first AIpowered motion tracking technology to transform your iPhone into a virtual personal trainer who offers real-time feedback and helps you achieve the perfect squat. Free to download, the Perfect Squat Challenge app has been developed by leading digital therapy company Kaia Health in conjunction with physiotherapists and sport scientists to define a squat that a wide population can achieve. Once the app is opened, users are greeted by Kaia, a virtual personal trainer, who guides them through the exercises. Users place their iPhone upright on a table or against a wall then step back approximately 7 feet until their body becomes visible on the phone’s screen. The app then tracks 16 key points on the body using the phone’s camera stream. This contrasts your observed pose with the ‘ideal’ predefined pose, and compares metrics including the relative positions of limbs and joints, and the angles between
them. During the exercise Kaia offers actionable, real-time audio feedback and video instructions which encourage users to achieve as many correct squats as possible, thereby offering the skills of a personal trainer at your fingertips in the comfort of your home. The app currently focuses on perfecting squats but the patentpending technology that underpins it is set to transform the world of fitness and physiotherapy by allowing personal trainers, sports scientists and physiotherapists to define an infinite number of correct exercises. Later this year, Kaia Health will integrate this technology into its various medical device apps including their ‘Kaia Back Pain Relief at Home’ app, a clinically-proven therapy app for nonspecific back pain, and ‘Kaia COPD Therapy’ app which helps to relieve the symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The technology will help to treat patients, monitor trends in the progression of a
A new fitness app has launched which uses the world’s first AI-powered motion tracking technology to help you achieve the perfect squat.
disease or condition, and personalise therapy - and this will create best-inclass digital multimodal therapy for patients. Widely considered a vital exercise for increasing the strength and size of the legs as well as developing core strength, the squat is a compound, full body exercise that trains primarily the muscles of the thighs, hips and buttocks, quadriceps femoris muscle and hamstrings - as well as strengthening the bones, ligaments and insertion of the tendons throughout the lower body. If you prefer training with others www.thechicagocitizen.com
the Perfect Squat Challenge online community will help to motivate you. The app encourages users to compete and challenge friends on social media by sharing a personalised link featuring the number of correct repetitions. This allows users to have their high score feature in a leaderboard during exercise for added motivation. Maximilian Strobel, Head of Kaia Health’s AI Lab says: “Breakthroughs in AI-powered motion tracking and correction technology means that everyone now has access to a virtual personal trainer and physiotherapist on their iPhone - and can perfect exercises
such as the squat. In the future, this technology will integrate within our medical device apps for diseases and conditions such as back pain creating a scalable, cost-effective therapeutic tool. This democratises access to highquality, bespoke fitness, rehabilitation and physiotherapy - and could reduce the burden on health services.” The Perfect Squat Challenge app is free and available for download on every iPad and iPhone released after 2015. Visit www.kaia-health. com/PerfectSquatChallenge. #PerfectSquatChallenge to download the app.
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For 25 years the West Suburban Humane Society has celebrated everything dog at their annual Barkapalooza.
Half-day Fest for Dogs and Their People on Sunday, Sept. 30 For 25 years, the West Suburban Humane Society has celebrated everything dog at their annual Barkapalooza. This half-day, familyfriendly fest for dogs and their people, will return to Lisle Community Park located at 1825 Short Street in Lisle, Illinois, on Sunday, September 30, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This extremely dog-friendly event allows pet owners, prospective pet adopters, and all-around pet lovers to raise money for homeless dogs and cats through a Dog Walkathon and Pet Expo full of pet-related vendors. Participants are encouraged to collect pledges for the walkathon, and all proceeds will support the West Suburban Humane Society, at their signature annual fundraiser. Animal lovers can explore the Pet Expo at Barkapalooza, for a $20 donation fee, where a wide variety of pet-focused vendors such as The Happy Dog Barkery, Bow Wow Tique, Pampered Pooch Couture, and more will be featured along with breed specific rescue groups of all
sorts from Shih Tzus to Shar Peis and many others. Pet owners may have their pets microchipped for $35, a fee which benefits the West Suburban Humane Society. A blessing for the animals will be given at 10:00 a.m. to kick off the event, and the Skydogz Frisbee Team and the West Suburban Humane Society Alumni Agility Dogs will also perform. For the kids, there will be clowns, face painting, balloon sculptures, a “Kids and Kindness Zone,” scavenger hunt, and other games. Food trucks and food vendors will be onsite throughout the event with human food, dog treats, and refreshments for all. Barkapalooza will occur rain or shine, and there is no entry fee to attend plus parking is free and plentiful. The adult event fee for the walkathon is $20, while children 12 and under may walk for free and all receive a free goody bag for registering in the walk. Walkers with $100 or more in collected pledges will have their registration fee waived and walk for free. Participants may
set up fundraising websites by visiting www.firstgiving.com/wshs. Fundraising for the walkathon is not necessary to attend Barkapalooza, but it is highly encouraged. Schedule of Events on Sunday, September 30, 2018: 9:30 a.m. – Early registration 10:00 a.m. – Blessing of the animals 10:15 a.m. – Walk begins 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – B-Noz the Clown: face painting, balloon sculpture, and games 12:00 p.m. – WSHS Alumni Agility Dog demonstration team 2:00 p.m. – Raffle winner announced Event Details What: 25th Annual Barkapalooza When: Sunday, September 30, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – rain or shine! Where: Lisle Community Park 1825 Short Street, Lisle, Illinois Why: Benefitting the West Suburban Humane Society
Arlington Park Race Track Adds More Experiences To Summer Line Up ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - A new study reveals that 74 percent of Americans believe having “experiences” is more important than having “stuff ”. That statistic includes Baby Boomers and Millennials. Now, Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Illinois wants you to experience Race Day to create memorable moments with family, friends or colleagues. “We brainstorm new and fresh ideas to keep customers and clients coming back for another race ‘round the track’,
“ says Arlington Park GM Tony Petrillo. “The Million Room Mixers are a great example of how we are always trying new things and this Happy Hour format was very popular on the first one.” Events this summer: 1 Million Room Mixers on July 6th / August 3rd / September 7th 1 The first Friday of each month from 3PM to 7PM start the weekend off early and catch the action in style from the elevated platform of the Million Room
2 City of Chicago Day is Sunday, August 26th honoring the Chicago Police Mounted Patrol 3 Good Day Arlington TV Show 1 Airs live every Saturday at 11AM on NBC Sports Chicago 2 The show touches on news, weather, sports, pop culture and Arlington news. 3 The show is hosted by Howard Sudberry, Emmy Award winning Chicago TV personality and co-hosted by Alyssa Ali, a veteran of national TV broadcasts.
hicago Public Library invites teens to participate in the 2018 Teen Summer Challenge, Imagine Doing More!, available now through Sept. 1. CPL challenges teens to make a positive impact in their local environment, individually, in pairs or groups. Teens choose one environment to investigate and change (natural, neighborhood or social-emotional), and one of four possible actions (volunteering, creating campaigns, developing projects or coordinating programs). Learn more at chipublib.org/ ImagineAtCPL. Teens are encouraged to sign up in-person at their neighborhood branch or online. The self-directed challenge is easy for teens to follow with four phases of participation. Whether it’s pledging to reduce their carbon footprint, develop a blog, build a garden or create a photography exhibit, teens’ ideas and solutions for improving the environment will be shared and celebrated. Teens can potentially earn servicelearning hours, see their work recognized on the CPL website, and develop experience relevant for college or a future job. “At CPL, we believe that empowering teens to investigate what matters most to them, and guiding them to develop ideas and solutions to make a positive impact on that area, leads to a deeper connection with their summer learning and helps builds self-confidence,” said Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon. This year as part of the challenge, Imagine Doing More! invites teens to participate in partner institution challenges to improve the quality of their Chicago environment. All partner institutions will host Incubation Days at branches citywide to introduce unique real-world challenges for teens to solve, including: l Adler Planetarium: Reduce Light Pollution in Chicago! l Chicago Architecture Foundation: Design Your Neighborhood! l Chicago Botanic Garden: Defend Chicago’s Native Pollinators! l Environmental Law & Policy Center: Improve the Air We Breathe! l WE: Make the World A More Inclusive Place! As part of CPL’s commitment to nurture learning for all ages, CPL teen librarians and mentors create engaging and welcoming spaces designed to develop teens’ 21st century skills through interest-driven programs. Teen participants gain access to state-of the-art technology and digital resources, and discover connections to college and career pathways. Programming, workshops, events and more take place year round at various CPL branches, including 12 dynamic YOUmedia locations. Designed to inspire collaboration and creativity, YOUmedia programs emphasize digital media, making and mentorship by engaging teens across a variety of core content areas including graphic design, photography, video, music, 2D/3D design, STEM and hands-on making. By the end of 2018, CPL will have 20 YOUmedia locations in branches citywide, including its flagship at Harold Washington Library Center, thanks to the support from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago. Imagine Doing More! is made possible thanks to the generous support of BMO Harris Bank, Allstate, the Hive Chicago Fund at Chicago Community Trust, the Susan Crown Exchange, the Oppenheimer Family Foundation, and other generous donors to the Chicago Public Library Foundation. Imagine Doing More! is running now through September 1. Use #ImagineAtCPL and #CPLteens on social media to join the conversation and follow YOUmedia on Twitter (@ YOUmediaChicago), Facebook (youmediachicago) and Instagram (youmediachicago). To learn more about selfdirect activity guides, events and more, visit chipublib.org/ ImagineAtCPL.
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Cool Summer Entertaining Tips to Keep Guests Happy (StatePoint) H o s t i n g friends and family for backyard barbecues, picnics and garden parties during summer carries its own challenges. Here are a few tips guaranteed to keep your guests cool, comfortable and happy when you entertain. • Create Shade: Entertaining outdoors? Remember, not all guests are going to want direct sunlight for too long. Take into consideration the sun’s position in the sky during the hours you will be hosting, ensuring your seating offers guests the option to sit in the shade. Create DIY shades by hanging curtains or fabric around or above your party location. • Protect Guests: Protect your guests from getting bitten and burned in your garden or yard. Be sure the space is clear of standing water in advance of the party. Also, create a small station with bug spray and sunscreen (kids’ varieties, too, if you’re hosting families). Keep it away from the areas where the food and drinks are being served. Consider adding citronella candles or tiki posts as an additional strategy for warding off mosquitoes and other insects. • Be Creative with Cold Drinks: Nothing is more evocative of summer than a cold glass of iced tea. Create an iced tea bar that includes several varieties to suit your guests’ different tastes. Serve varieties like sweet tea, no calorie tea, tea mixed with lemonade, and peach tea. Label each clearly with small chalk boards or calligraphy name cards. Offer guests ready to drink teas made with high-quality, fresh, natural ingredients, such as Milo’s. They fresh brew all of their teas and do not add any extra “stuff” like colors, acids or preservatives. A handy trick to keep beverages undiluted and impress your guests as things heat up? Create ice cubes out of Milo’s Tea in advance, then use those to cool down drinks. For recipe ideas, visit drinkmilos.com. • Serve Cool Snacks: You may have the grill going, but you can keep things otherwise cool and light with snacks and sides like crudité, dips, pasta salad, fresh fruit skewers and cold finger foods, like tea sandwiches. • Play Games: Take full advantage of your yard this outdoor entertaining season with a few simple, fun lawn games like cornhole, horseshoes and ladder toss. Want to make things more interesting? Create an elimination bracket and tournament for each game. From refreshing drinks to fun and
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