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FUTURE Ideas, Innovations and a World of New Knowledge
Advancing IDEAS that Matter The game of chess, as we know it today, dates back to 15th century Europe. Each player has 16 pieces and the goal of the game is to “checkmate” the opponent’s king, which occurs when the opposing king is threatened and put in a position to be captured or put in check so that it cannot escape from capture. I have long been a fan — and a student — of the game for one simple reason: every match, regardless of the outcome, teaches a crucial life lesson. Higher education is not at all a game, particularly if you are associated with one of the nation’s 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Still, those of us who are dedicated to ensuring the success of HBCU institutions, Clark Atlanta University foremost among them, are faced with the challenge of the changing competitive landscape for higher education, rising standards for accountability and affordability, and the growing reality that financial sustainability cannot be achieved through tuition and fees alone. Despite these existential threats, Clark Atlanta University is called to serve as a crossroads for IDEAS that matter in addressing the social, economic and technological issues of our time. Throughout our history, Clark Atlanta University has endeavored to make a positive, lasting and significant change in our world by taking the lead in tackling these vexing issues and by fulfilling our primary mission, “increasing student and academic success.” This is because we believe in the “art of the possible” and in our collective wisdom to “find a way or make one.” Clark Atlanta University will succumb neither to defeat nor to the pall of obsolescence that shrouds those who attach their fortunes to heritage or the status quo. Therefore, we are mobilizing for the future! We are mounting and aggressively advancing our authority and repositioning ourselves to claim preeminence as a great national university — not just the only university in the Atlanta 2
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University Center, not just a great HBCU, not simply the largest UNCF institution, but a great global university. Success requires that we address with urgency and intentionality issues that would derail our progress. Therefore, we are mobilizing with a focus on the generation and discovery of novel concepts, but our construct of IDEAS transcends the customary. At CAU, our intent is to produce graduates who inform and create the future — tomorrows beyond our wildest imaginations; new possibilities that unite, uplift and illuminate humanity — through their IDEAS: innovation and entrepreneurship, design and systems thinking, environmental sustainability, the arts and humanities and the sciences and technology. Our collective efforts constitute an innovative, long-overdue paradigm shift in higher education. Even as we mobilize, some are unable to comprehend our temerity. You, too, might ask how will we assess our progress against opponents and threats to the institution. There are three overarching measures that focus our efforts, two quantitative; one qualitative. First, we are overhauling and sharpening our curriculum to provide research-intensive, competencybased outcomes. The future demands that our students graduate with “stackable credentials” and we will ensure that they enter the marketplace with this advantage. Second, we are dramatically improving our operational efficiency continued on page 8
PRESIDENT Ronald A. Johnson, Ph.D ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT OF STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS & UNIVERSITY RELATIONS Donna L. Brock
FEATURES Mobilizing for the Future: Ideas, Innovations and a World of New Knowledge CAU is Poised to Inform, Shape and Create Tomorrow.
EDITOR Joyce Jones
Technology’s Continued Dominance Conveniences, Costs and Caveats of Life on the Grid
CONTRIBUTORS Dr. James Bennett, Dr. Obie Clayton, Dr. Roy George, Dr. Kellye Jones, Dr. Bernice Kirkland, Joyce Jones
How Healthy is Our Future? How Will Health Disparities Impact the Next Generation’s Quality of Life?
Technological Entrepreneurship Catch the Wave!
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UNIVERSITY NEWS Our cause is to raise up graduates who far transcend the “capacity to merely change the world. We must wholly engage ourselves in educating a generation of warriors who will create a new world. History challenges us toward this goal.
Evolution threatens us if we do not accept it.
President Ronald A. Johnson Mobilizes the CAU Community for the Future Dr. Ronald A. Johnson, Clark Atlanta University’s new president, delivered a rousing keynote address at Opening Convocation on September 17, outlining the University’s course in “Mobilizing for the Future.” Citing the extraordinary examples of bravery and leadership set by the black Civil War-era soldiers who made up the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and the Tuskegee Airmen, President Johnson called the entire CAU community to action. “Our cause is to raise up graduates who
President Jimmy Carter Plays Host to Young African Leaders President Obama’s Mandela Washington fellows pose with President Jimmy Carter during a July visit to the Carter Center. During his meeting with the group of young African leaders, the 39th U.S. president reflected upon in his organization’s work in Africa and fielded questions from the 25 fellows, representing 17 nations. The group spent six weeks at Clark Atlanta University engaged in business and entre2
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far transcend the capacity to merely change the world. We must wholly engage ourselves in educating a generation of warriors who will create a new world,” he said. “History challenges us toward this goal. Evolution threatens us if we do not accept it.” President Johnson reminded CAU’s administrators, faculty, staff, and alumni that the world has changed and urged them to become part of a global crossroads for IDEAS by engaging in diverse approaches to pedagogy, creative perspectives, communications and
discourse. The acronym IDEAS delineates the avenues that constitute this new environment: innovation and entrepreneurial thought; design and systems thinking; environmental sustainability; celebrating the arts and humanities; and making CAU a powerhouse in the sciences and technology. “The critical mass required to mobilize is here. The cause that motivates us to mobilize is clear. The urgency of the need to mobilize is undeniable,” President Johnson said.
preneurship coursework, complemented by an integrated program of leadership training, peer collaboration, experiential learning opportunities and community activities. Former Atlanta mayor and ambassador, Andrew Young, founding principal and chair of GoodWorks International, also met with the young leaders. This summer marked the second year CAU has served as a host institution for this prestigious U.S. Department of State program.
their availability to mentor students, with students who can begin their search for a mentor and focus their research insights. Currently, the ScholarBridge network includes 12 universities nationwide, opening up numerous cross-campus opportunities to CAU students and faculty mentors. Partner universities include: Washington University in St. Louis, Purdue University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Kentucky and the University of Memphis. “We found ScholarBridge to be a very user friendly, centralized searchable database of faculty and student interests that essentially expands students’ access to knowledge and expertise,” says Obie Clayton Jr., Ph.D., Asa Edmund Ware Professor and chair of CAU’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. “We believe that this tool will be useful for all of our students as they seek out mentors and research opportunities.”
CAU to Pilot ScholarBridge Software to Facilitate Student Research Clark Atlanta University’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Creativity has formed an exciting new partnership with ScholarBridge, a powerful resource to promote student and faculty collaboration in academic research. The online network connects professors, who can post
Clark Atlanta University Named “A Best In The Southeast” School by The Princeton Review now than ever as CAU remains a school of choice for many students from across the nation,” said President Johnson. “CAU’s historical legacy, our nurturing learning environment, and challenging curriculum continue to speak volumes to our current and potential students. Today, we are focused on mobilizing for the future, intent upon empowering our students to create the future.”
Campus Construction Boosts CAU Settings Oglethorpe Hall Renovation ($620,000 est.) Renovation of Oglethorpe Hall was completed this past summer to relocate the Fashion Merchandising and Design, Art, Advertising and Printmaking departments from their deteriorating Park Street Church location. New computer, printmaking, sewing labs, lecture and exhibit rooms, a student lounge and advertising production labs were designed to improve the academic quality for the present and future students and faculty of these departments. Brawley Residence Hall Interior Improvements ($455,000 est.) Suite upgrades to include new bedroom and
living area furniture, upgraded appliance packages, new solid surface corian countertops in the kitchens and lavatories, and new laminate wood flooring in living areas. Resident suites were upgraded during the summer of 2015. Assignments for the 4th floor new prime suites were made on a first come, first basis. Crogman Dining Hall Renovation and New Retail Offerings ($3.1M est.) Crogman Dining Hall has undergone a transformation that brings world-class dining to CAU. The new Crogman Dining Hall will feature seating for 300-plus, a Mongolian grill, LED Lighting, stateof-the art restaurant style platforms and a diverse menu of global cuisine and hometown favorites. In addition to Crogman Dining Hall renovations, CAU will be the home to two new nationally branded retail restaurants: Moe’s Southwest Grill and Dunkin Donuts. Dunkin Donuts will replace Jazzman’s Café & Bakery located in the Carl & Mary Ware Building. Moe’s will replace WOW located in the Henderson Student Center. Both locations will bring new dining options and flexibility to the campus community.
The Princeton Review in August named Clark Atlanta “A Best in the Southeast” school in this year’s listing of the best colleges by region. Only 139 schools in 12 Southeastern states made the cut. “We chose Clark Atlanta University and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president. The editors made their selections based upon data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, staff visits to schools, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors whose opinions the company solicits. “We also gave careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey for this project,” Franek added. “We designed our 80-question survey to include questions that prospective applicants might ask on a campus visit. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists, and only schools at which we see a strong level of satisfaction among their enrolled students — whom we consider their customers — make it to our final slate of regional ‘best’ college selections.” The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their colleges on several issues — from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of their science lab facilities — and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site. The Princeton Review also scores the schools in six categories — academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety, quality of life and green-consciousness. “We are delighted to once again be listed as one of the best Southeastern schools. Our mission is more important
Renovations to Crogman Dining Hall allow for a more diverse menu and enhanced dining convenience.
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Maurita N. Poole, Ph.D., on August 2 became the new director of the CAU Art Galleries. For the past three years, she served as the Andrew Mellon Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA). She brings to the position an expertise in cultural anthropology and the art of the African Diaspora. During her tenure at WCMA, Poole organized temporary exhibitions featuring Chicago-based photographer Myra Greene; South African visual activist Zanele Muholi; and Egyptian-born, Nubian mixed media artist Fathi Hassan. She also developed strategic partnerships and raised funds for exhibitions and programs that contributed to campus-wide initiatives. Poole also served the Atlanta University community as the education
Dr. Maurita N. Poole Named New Director of CAU Art Galleries
coordinator and curatorial assistant at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. All of these experiences will be invaluable as she expands CAU’s Art Galleries’ vision. “I am looking forward to developing exhibitions and programs that will draw attention to one of the most extraordinary collections of modern African-American
art,” says Poole, who will also focus on training a new generation of museum professionals. Poole graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree in Arabic and government in 1998. In 2011, she earned a doctorate in anthropology from Emory University.
LeVon E. Wilson Named Associate Provost
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Wilson previously was a professor of legal studies at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. A lawyer and member of the Georgia and North Carolina bars, in addition to the bars of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, the U.S. Tax Court, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court, his expertise encompasses the fields of constitutional, education and employment law. Wilson earned the Ed.D. Degree in adult and community college education from North Carolina State University, the J.D. degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law, and the B.S. degree in business administration from Western Carolina University. In addition to his work as an attorney, which includes private practice and service as Guilford County, N.C., assistant attorney, Wilson’s faculty experience is extensive. He served on the faculty of North Carolina A&T University (19791991). He then served in positions of increasing responsibility as assistant and
associate professor and ultimately department head and professor at Western Carolina University (1991-2005). Wilson is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in American Law. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Dabbs, Hickman, Hill and Cannon Accounting Scholar Award (2013); the Bank of America Faculty Award (2011); the GSU School of Accountancy Excellence in Research Award (2011); and the University of North Carolina Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching (2005). Wilson is well published. His recent, peer-reviewed submissions include “A Comparison of Active Learning and Traditional Pedagogical Styles in a Business Law Classroom” in the Journal of Legal Studies Education (2010), co-authored with S. Burgess and M. Wilson; and “The United States: Land of Opportunity or Land of Deception?” in the Journal of Business and Ethics (2012), co-authored with A.N. Griffin.
Dr. Conrad Ingram Makes Cover of British Royal Society of Chemistry Journal
Lynne Patten Named CAU’s Vulcan Teacher of the Year
The research of Dr. Conrad Ingram, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, graced the cover story of the August issue of the British Royal Society of Chemistry journal, CrystEngCommun. Ingram’s research focused on the development of advanced multifunctional materials that can meet societal needs in biomedical diagnostics, radiation detection, and gas absorption for industrial and CrystEngComm transportation applications. Three CAU 2014 baccalaureate graduates, Geoffrey Kibakaya, Esmeralda Castaneda and Brandon Dennis, contributed to the project. Ingram’s current doctoral student, Stephan Mathis II, coauthored the research paper.
Lynne Patten, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Business, has been named CAU’s Vulcan Teacher of the Year by Vulcan Materials Company. In addition to being a stellar instructor, Patten manages the University’s Jr. MBA Summer Camp and serves as advisor to the National Black MBA Case Team, which has won $40,000 in student awards in the last four years. Patten received both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees from CAU and a doctorate in public administration from Arizona State University. Acting provost and vice president for Academic Affairs Bettye Clark, Ph.D.; Jeff Phillips, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Business; and Marilynn Davis, CAU’s chief of staff and special assistant to the president, joined in the award presentation during the University’s Opening Institute Aug. 12.
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PAPER Conrad W. Ingram et al. Complex three-dimensional lanthanide metal–organic frameworks with variable coordination spheres based on pyrazine-2,3,5,6-tetracarboxylate
Liza J. Burton, a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development, in September received the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in HealthRelated Research, by the National Cancer Institute. This $74,000 grant covers a twoyear period and provides funds for tuition, stipend, research supplies, and travel to enable high-achieving predoctoral students to engage in full-time research training under an established faculty mentor. Under the mentorship of Valerie Odero-Marah, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and CCRTD assistant director of research, Burton is expected to develop into a productive, independent research scientist and become a highly competitive candidate for a postdoctoral fellowship. “Liza is one of the best graduate students I have worked with in my research,” Odero-Marah said. “She is focused, works well independently, and has contributed greatly to my laboratory. I am truly proud of her achievements.”
CAU Doctoral Candidate Receives $74,000 Award from National Institutes of Health
Burton will characterize the role of the Snail-Cathepsin L signaling pathway in human breast cancer. Specifically, her project focuses on a transcription factor, Snail, that encourages cancer cells to change their shape in favor of one that is motile and will invade the blood stream for transport (collectively metastasis), and will encourage the development of a blood network that provides nutrients to tumors (angiogenesis) in prostate and breast cancer. It is believed that these studies
will identify this signaling pathway as an attractive therapeutic target, not only for primary tumor growth and development, but also for tumors that have metastasized to distal organs. The NIH award is just one of Burton’s many academic accomplishments since enrolling at CAU. She has presented her research at internationally recognized conferences, published two first-authored manuscripts, and co-authored manuscripts from Odero-Marah’s lab group. CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY NEWS The School of Social Work Celebrates 95 Years of Excellence Clark Atlanta University’s Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work held its 95th anniversary celebration on Oct. 3. The celebration included a campus tour followed by symposiums. CAU President Ronald A. Johnson delivered the keynote address at a gala dinner in the Bishop Cornelius L. Henderson Student Center. Johnson’s dinner speech outlined CAU’s course in “Mobilizing for the Future.” At one symposium, Charles E. Lewis, president of the Congressional Black Institute for Social Work & Policy’s board of directors, engaged in a discussion on “Protecting Voting Rights: A Challenge for Social Workers.” In another session, Dorcas D. Bowles, Ed.D., interim dean of the School, and Dr. June Gary Hopps, the Thomas Parham Professor at the University of Georgia School of Social Work, discussed, “The Influence/Impact of HBCUs on the Social Work Profession.”
Mr. William S. Hight, (AU, ‘51), who celebrated his 95th birthday as the school celebrated its 95th Anniversary, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Interim Dean Dorcas Bowles presents a plaque to Ms. Claudette Rivers King, who has served the school for 49 years.
Interim Dean Bowles presents the Distinguished Alumna to University Board Secretary Delores P. Aldridge, Ph.D. (CC, ‘63; AU, ‘66).
Interim Dean Bowles poses with Shirley Harris Arnold, Ph.D. (AU, ‘57), for whom an endowed book scholarship was named.
CAU Alumna Selected For International Journalism Exchange Program The United States Consulate’s Georgia Council for International Visitors Program on August 7 named Crystal Brockton (CAU ‘10) to represent the state in its annual international journalism exchange program. Brockton traveled to Salvador, Brazil, in October to promote the sharing of experiences between innovative community journalists aiming to strengthen ties between Brazilians and Americans. Brockton credits her work as a student journalist on “Newsbreak,” CAU-TV’s daily live newscast, and her study abroad experience at Edge Hill University in Lancashire, 6
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England, for sparking her interest in broadcast journalism. The mass media major has for three years served as CAU-TV’s traffic coordinator and special events reporter. Brockton also is the producer and host of the news special, Two Weeks Notice: The Boycott of Injustice, a news special that addresses challenges faced by young African-American men. She also has covered major national events, including President Barack Obama’s 2013 commencement
address at Morehouse College, the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards and the 2014 Trumpet Awards. Upon her return from Brazil, Brockton will launch a daily televised news program to be produced by students in the South American nation and at CAU, that will stream internationally on CAU-TV. “When the request came to recommend a young journalist to apply for the internship, I immediately thought of Crystal,” said CAU-TV station manager Murdell McFarlin. “She is an energetic, adventurous, well-skilled journalist who takes every opportunity to contribute to the marketplace of ideas. I anticipate that Crystal will represent Clark Atlanta well in this international journalist exchange.”
Clark Atlanta Student Named a 2015 HBCU All-Star The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCUs) has named junior biology major Zoe McDowell to this year’s distinguished group of 2015 HBCU All-Stars, a group of 83 undergraduate, graduate and professional students from 70 HBCUs, recognized for their accomplishments in academics, leadership and civic engagement. “Zoe represents the very best of Clark Atlanta University. Her academic record, passion for discovery, and her service to others on campus and beyond clearly indicate strong character and a deep capacity for leadership,” said President Johnson. “We are immensely proud of her and this tremendous accomplishment. There is no doubt that she will represent Clark Atlanta well, now and in the years to come.” The All-Stars were selected from more than 450 students who submitted applications that included a transcript, résumé, essay, and recommendation. During the course of the year, they will serve as program ambassadors by providing outreach and communication to their fellow students about the value of education and the initiative’s role as a networking resource. Through social media and their relationships with community based organizations, the All-Stars will share promising and proven practices that support opportunities
for all young people to achieve their educational and career potential. “I am so appreciative of this honor and excited to see what the year will entail. I want to thank my campus advisor, Dr. Christopher Bass, for his guidance and direction in the application process and in my success at CAU,” said McDowell, a former Miss Freshman. McDowell is a member of the Isabella T. Jenkins Honors Program and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. This summer, she completed a 10-week research internship in the University’s Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development. Her long-term goal is to become a pediatric surgeon. “The Obama administration is committed to promoting excellence, innovation and sustainability across our nation’s HBCUs,” said Ivory A. Toldson, WHIHBCUs’ executive director. “This year’s class of All-Stars has distinguished itself as exemplars of the talent that HBCUs cultivate and noble ambassadors of their respective institutions. We are confident these impressive students will help the White House Initiative on HBCUs meaningfully engage with students, showcase their talent and advance our agenda to advance academic excellence at HBCUs.” All-Stars activities also includes
Religion Major and Honors Student Wins Place in Prestigious Harvard University Program The CAU campus community extends hearty congratulations to junior religion major and honors student St. George A. Pink, who has been accepted in the Harvard Divinity School Diversity and Explorations Program. Only a handful of undergraduate students are chosen from more than 1000 applicants who have a commitment to diversity and social justice and are considering a career in which the study of religion, theology, and ethics would be an asset. As part of the three-day, all expenses paid program, St. George will have the opportunity to network with current Harvard faculty and students, attend classes on a wide range of topics, and participate in community events. It’s an opportunity of “infinite possibilities.”
participation in this year’s White House HBCU Week conference and at various national events, and web chats with Toldson and other WHIHBCU staff and professionals from a range of disciplines. In addition, they will have exceptional opportunities to engage with other HBCU scholars and to showcase their individual and collective talents across the HBCU community.
Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development to Host Town Hall CAU’s Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development will host a town hall forum in November titled “The Health of the Black Male.” Panelists will include CCRTD Director Dr. Shafiq A. Khan; Dr. Camille Ragin, an associate professor at the Fox Chase Cancer Center; Dr. LeRoy Reese, associate professor at Morehouse School of Medicine; and Dr. J. Michael Underwood, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The forum is free and open to the public. As a result of racial discrimination, poverty and lack of access to affordable health care, insurance and health education, the health of black men is far worse than that of any other racial group in America. They are 2.4 times more likely to die from prostate cancer than nonHispanic white males and live 7.1 years younger. In addition, one in 16 AfricanAmerican men will be diagnosed with HIV. The town hall is an opportunity for members of the community to learn about the importance of preventative care, how to access care and treatment even if they have limited resources and other critical information. CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY NEWS President and First Lady Johnson recently visited with alumni in the DC, Virginia and Maryland area during the 2015 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Weekend. The event was a wonderful way for CAU’s new president to begin his 2015-16 “Mobilizing for the Future” tour and, more important, served as a gathering for multiple generations of loyal CAU alumni.
continued from inside cover Left to right: First Lady Irene Oakley Johnson, Irving Kemp, CC 1941: AU 1987; Dr. Ann Ford, AU 1957; President Ronald A. Johnson
Advancing IDEAS that Matter and the effectiveness toward providing a highcaliber academic experience that distinguishes our students, faculty and staff. Finally, we are inculcating our organization with the very highest standards and values characteristic of a learning organization. For those of us who are wholly invested in a thriving Clark Atlanta University enterprise, these are indeed exciting times. Please join us as we mobilize for the future!
Left to right: Javel Wilson, CAU 2004; Constance Troutman, CAU 2003; 2009; David Jones, CAU 2010; Unknown, Mary Hawkins, CAU 2005; Katie Smith, CAU 2005; Ricky Brown CAU 2004
Left to right: Tjuana Huddleston (Corresponding Secretary) CAU 1992; Trista Colbert (Treasurer), CAU 1996; First Lady Irene Oakley Johnson, President Ronald A. Johnson, Frances Holland (President), CAU 2003; 2007; Harold Scott (Past President), CC 1983; Constance Troutman (Recording Secretary), CAU 2003; Ricky Brown (Chaplain), CAU 2004; Shelley Smith (Financial Secretary) CAU 2013, and Derek Holloway (Parliamentarian), CC
This issue of Clark Atlanta Magazine provides a virtual map of the rich possibilities that tomorrow may hold for us all. In the pages that follow, you will find exciting perspectives on the future, cast through the lenses of alumni, faculty and board experts, each one a nationally recognized authority in his or her field. More important, this issue also includes profiles on four remarkable CAU students. Just 150 years ago, newly emancipated slaves dared to form a university so that they could mitigate the social, economic and political threats that subjugated them to not much more than chattel. They refused to pin their futures to heritage or the status quo, but sought instead to pursue a revolutionary idea — the promise of education… an idea that truly mattered. Today, these students represent the grand triumph of our antecedents’ courage. These four students are, as was the case with our forebears, created by and focused upon creating ideas that matter. To those who doubt our resolve, who cannot fathom our determination, we say simply, “Checkmate!” And now...it’s your move! Dr. Ronald A. Johnson President, Clark Atlanta University
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FACULTY FORUM Ralph D. Ellis, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Religion and Philosophy, was an invited plenary lecturer this past summer at the International Conference on Persons at Boston University, the historical birthplace and keeper of the tradition of personalism in philosophy. Ellis published several articles related to the topic this year, including contributions to the Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology (published by Wiley) as well as several professional journals, including Human Studies, Avant, and the Cilicia Journal of Philosophy. He also lectured on a related topic at the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World this summer, and will have a paper in a forthcoming issue of the society’s journal, Philosophy in the Contemporary World. Kenya C. Jones, Ph.D., M.S.W. assistant professor in the MSW Department in the Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social Work, attended and presented at the ninth annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Annual Symposium, in Princeton, New Jersey. For the past year, she has represented Clark Atlanta University among a cohort of more than 700 diverse scholars from a range of research disciplines and institutions. Felicia Mayfield, Ed.D, director of Field Services and Partnerships, presented on June 17, 2015, the findings of a research project resulting from the work of a PLC, Professional Learning Community, at the Education Development Center in Boston.
“The Clark Atlanta University, School of Education, Department of Educational Leadership Professional Learning Community —A Continuation of the Gwinnett County Public School System Principal Pipeline Partnership,” focused on research gathered to assess graduate performance outcomes. It was funded by a multi-million dollar grant from the Wallace Foundation. Mayfield is the chair of the P-20 Collaborative steering committee for the metro Atlanta Regional Educational Support Agency area colleges, universities and school districts, a joint venture involving the Georgia Board of Regents, The Georgia Professional Standards Commission, and the Georgia Department of Education. Alfred Z. Msezane, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Physics, attended and presented an invited talk at ISACC 2015: The Seventh International Symposium “Atomic Cluster Collisions” in Madrid, Spain, July 18-21, and presented four research papers at XXIX International Conference on Photonic, Electronic, and Atomic Collisions in Toledo, Spain, July 22-29, 2015. He also presented three research papers and one invited talk at the Seventh International Conference on Dynamic Systems & Applications & The Fifth International Conference on Neural, Parallel, and Scientific Computations, May 27-30, 2015, Morehouse College. Msezane presented three papers at 46th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics,
June 8-12, 2015, Columbus, Ohio. He also co-authored with international collaborators several research papers, published in physics journals in 2015. Bansari Mitra, Ph.D., assistant professor in the English Department, presented a paper on Indian Folklore, titled “An Enduring Legacy: India’s Rich Heritage of Folklore,” at the 2015 Modern Language Association Convention, in Vancouver, Canada. Aubrey Underwood, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies, Africana Women’s Studies and History served as a panelist at a Sept. 19 symposium at the National Archives at Atlanta. Underwood, one of six speakers at the symposium, presentated “We’ve Been Dumped On by the Pentagon: The American South and the Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Waste.” Fang-Yi Flora Wei, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Mass Media Arts Department, studied the potential use of mobile phones in teaching qualitative research methods for journalism courses, and her manuscript titled “Created a Collaborative ŒHot Clock: Using Smart Mobile Phones to Motivate Students Learning in News Interviewing and Reporting,” was accepted by the peer reviewed academic journal Communication Teacher and scheduled to be published in volume 30, issue 1.
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By Dr. Roy George, CIS Chair
Technology’s Continued Dominance
Conveniences, Costs and Caveats of Life on the Grid “A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!” — Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking Glass
his is a technologist’s life — a constant battle keeping up with the continuous advances in technology. The futurist, Ray Kruzweil, calls it human history’s Law of Accelerating Returns. Technologically advanced societies progress at a faster rate than the less developed for the reason that they start off more advanced. This acceleration ensures that the technological advancement in our lifetime has been several magnitudes greater than of any previous century in human history. At the forefront of this advancement in the last 50 years is information technology. Propelling it today are new innovations that allow us to access massive computing power anywhere in the world in supra connected sensing environments, with the capacity to analyze and accurately predict behavior using the huge data sets generated from user interactions with these environments. These technologies are components of the new wave of rapidly developing artificial intelligence methodologies. Today we have topic specific Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI) that provides us with Siri, World Chess champion-beating computers, automated photo tagging, for example. Continuous progress in ANI is paving the way, in the near term, for Artificial General Intelligence, which will have the ability to perform routine human tasks. Several tests that would determine the level of intelligence in these systems have been devised. The Turing Test (Turing of The Imitation Game) is perhaps the most well known. A more fun test for us to consider is Ben Goertzel’s Robot College Student Test, where a machine is expected to enroll at a university, take classes, and successfully complete a degree. Rapid progress in AGI, it is presumed, will pave the way for Artificial Super Intelligence automation that can outperform humans in every endeavor, including creativity. This new age of machines is predicted to be here as early as a quarter of a century from now. 10 CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY FALL 2015
But would this be a golden age for mankind? Luminaries such as Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and even Bill Gates, have recently warned against the Artificial Intelligence driven future. On the other hand, others such as Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, think that the challenges posed by super intelligence are too high and we are far from this new age. Irrespective of how the future may unfold, we will see a profound effect of ongoing intelligence driven automation on employment. The U.S. lost 7.5 million jobs during the last recession, half of which paid middle class wages from $38,000 to $68,000. Automation has replaced a significant portion of those jobs. Since the 2009 recovery, 70% of the jobs created have been in low paying industries. An Oxford University study estimates that 47% of all U.S. jobs, like loan officer, tax preparer, cashier, paralegal, etc., are at a high risk of being replaced by automation. Any occupation that requires rote, process oriented work is at high risk. We are witnessing the effects of this employment environment, which has been typified by low wage growth, increasing income inequality, and the “hollowing out” of the middle class. How does Clark Atlanta University prepare students for this challenging and uncertain future?
It is likely that the University’s role would change considerably, with a greater focus on guidance and mentorship, and the development of “apprenticeships” in the discipline developed through enhanced corporate-university partnerships. Some majors may survive only as multi-disciplinary courses of study, while others (primarily in science and technology) could become super specialized with a very narrow scope of study. In general, the primary objective would be to educate students to be, above all, flexible, creative, and lifelong learners, using all the tools at their disposal. This would entail a shift from discrete (course based) learning as is practiced today to a continuous learning paradigm, at multiple engagement points between the University and the student. Learning technology infrastructure would need to become an integral part of the entire University curriculum. For instance, students in art or the humanities would be trained to use complex computer simulation and visualization tools, and how to materialize these through the use of 4D printers. Online learning would be continually emphasized as a mechanism for direct and supplemental learning. Students would be expected to learn beyond the limits of a curriculum or course of study and supplemental learning would be actively encouraged and evaluated by the academy. A basic function of the University would be to instill in students the ideas of creative, learning communities, and prepare all students for the lifetime of learning needed to survive uncertain times. It’s most intuitive for us to think linearly, when we should be thinking exponentially. If someone is being more clever about it, they might predict the advances of the next 30 years by taking the current rate of progress and judging based on that, which would be more accurate, but still way off. To think about the future correctly, you need to imagine things moving at a much faster rate than they’re moving now. n CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY
By James Bennett, M.D., Alumnus and CCRTD Adjunct Instructor Photo by Jay Thomas
How Healthy is Our Future? How will health disparities impact the next generation’s quality of life?
he fact that African-Americans suffer from certain diseases at disproportionately high rates is not new news. What many in our community may fail to realize, however, is the role we as a people can do to lower and ultimately eradicate these disparities, which in turn could help increase the life expectancy rates of both men and women. One very important step toward achieving those goals is as simple as learning as you can about your family’s medical history. For decades, African Americans, particularly men, never went to the doctor and those who did more often than not didn’t share their health conditions or diagnoses. As a consequence, many people of my generation have a huge void of knowledge about conditions or diseases that may run in their families. Moving forward, it is paramount that we learn our families’ medical history. If we know, for example, because if we know that diabetes or hypertension run in our family, we can make targeted decisions about how to combat those diseases and perhaps prevent them, or at the very least make them less 12
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impactful on our lives. The next generation of diseases and the way we address them is going to be fashioned by understanding your family history. Lack of or inadequate access to health care also has contributed to persistent disparities. For some generations this has been due in part because of racial barriers that prevented blacks from seeking health care. More often or not it was a matter of economics. Given a choice between paying a doctor or insurance premium and keeping a roof over the family’s head and food on the table, health care will more likely be sacrificed. Such tough decisions are still being made today because of the economic disparities that continue to exist between the average black and white households and drive a lot of health care choices, even in the age of Obamacare. The president’s signature domestic legislation has made health care more accessible to millions more people, but state legislatures that have refused to expand Medicare under the law have left people living below the poverty level in need. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in our
community, followed by cancer. But a central theme in these and other diseases is the choices we make about what we eat and obesity. One misconception that most people have is that you’re healthy one day and then wake up another with a disease. The reality is that most diseases start in our early childhoods and manifest over time over two or three decades, so the time to address good health is almost from the moment a child is born. At the risk of sounding politically incorrect, too many 4-5-year-olds are already morbidly obese. People will say, “Oh, he’s just chunky,” but the fact is that people who start out life that way, generally stay that way, which leads to higher rates of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, chronic renal failure, cancer and other diseases and conditions. Name the disease and it can be tied to our diets. And, in addition to ensuring that children have healthy diets, it is equally important to also engage them in physical activity. In 40 to 50 years, the way we deal with health care will be very different thanks to medical and scientific advances . A four-year-old boy, for example, will be able to have a blood test
done to identify any genetic abnormalities that may make him susceptible to prostate cancer, diabetes, or other diseases. One of the advantages that we have at CAU under the guidance of Dr. Shafiq Khan, who heads the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development, is his work identifying the causes prostate cancer and epigenetic factors. He also is interested in developing a tissue bank for prostate cancer because there is a critical need for a repository of cell lines for prostate cancer in African Americans, which is very different from other ethnic groups. That is one reason why it’s important to have investigators and scientists who reflect our community Clark Atlanta University has positioned itself to be pioneers and leaders with regard to prevention, diagnostics and therapeutic treatment of certain diseases, particularly prostate cancer. It also has played an invaluable role in educating the community at health fairs and other forums. One of the most important lessons we can teach our students is the value of giving back to the community to make it possible for others to lead healthy and successful lives. n CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY
By Kellye Jones, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management
Technological Entrepreneurship Catch the Wave!
ntrepreneurship is vital to America since it is the engine for economic growth and job creation. The latest Census data reveals that there are 1.9 million African-American owned firms in the United States. According to the 2015 State of Women-Owned Business Report, womenâ€™s entrepreneurial endeavors have increased from 29% in 2007 to 36% in 2012, and AfricanAmerican women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs. The overwhelming majority of firms created by members of these groups are in the services sector. The technology sector has significance as technological entrepreneurship has exploded. Firms such as Amazon, Google, EBay, Facebook, and Twitter have been wildly successful and incredibly disruptive to the technology sector. Subsequent results of the creation of these firms include market dominance, hefty revenue, job creation, and wealth. Technology is ubiquitous and it influences various sectors of the economy, including health care, education, pharmaceuticals, and transportation. Continued innovation is essential since it has the ability to enhance and improve the quality of life of individuals both domestically and globally. Technology touches practically everyone, everywhere and it can be at the forefront of solving many of the worldâ€™s problems. To facilitate innovation for problem solving, creative, curious, analytical thinkers are required and it is essential that members of underrepresented groups are included in the process. It is imperative that women and people of color are participating in the development and execution of new technologies since they may have unique insights about meeting the needs of diverse groups. While there has been tremendous growth in the number of firms in the technology sector, diversity in employment is woefully scant. Hispanic and African-American employees at Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Yahoo, for example, comprise approximately three to four percent of employees in technical positions, and about 70-75 percent of their workforce is male. A whopping 80 percent of those occupying senior leadership positions within these firms are white and male. Clearly, change is in order as projections indicate that the technology sector will have approximately 1.2 million job openings by 2022. By addressing the diversity imbalance, these firms can capitalize on the talent, creativity, and experiences of women and people of color who also will benefit as the vast majority of these technical jobs pay handsomely and provide opportunities for advancement. Most important, these opportunities provide exposure to the dynamics of the operating environment and hence a training ground and potential catalyst for entrepreneurial endeavors.
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In addition to increasing employee diversity at technology firms, more women and people of color need to embark on technological entrepreneurship. Establishing a presence in this sector offers greater opportunities for business growth compared to the traditional services sector where they have a strong presence. They also would reap rewards associated with ownership and to create jobs and wealth since opportunities for global innovation and problem solving abound. Subsequently, members of these groups should be instrumental in developing next generation products, processes, and technologies that will continue to shape and define the 21st century. For the majority of entrepreneurs in the technology sector venture capital is vital. This is particularly true for women and people of color. Reports indicate, however, that venture capital funding for members of these groups is abysmal. The chief technology officer of the U.S. reveals that approximately three percent of venture capital startup funding supports women and less than one percent supports African Americans. Similarly, there is a dearth of venture capitalists cognizant and supportive of the talent and acumen of these groups. Technological entrepreneurship is the latest growth wave and women and people of color must take full advantage of emerging opportunities. In shaping the next generation of technology titans, universities can play a significant role. First, cross discipline engagement is crucial. Collaborative efforts between business and STEM areas, for example, would facilitate novel ideation, exploration, and execution which may lead to successful commercialization. Next, creating opportunities to support student and faculty endeavors is essential. Areas of support include having flexibility in the curriculum, providing firstrate facilities, and, of course, securing funding for R&D. Last, establishing a technology incubator or a technology center of excellence is vital. Having a dedicated space demonstrates commitment to innovation and will enable the institution to cultivate and leverage relationships with key stakeholders that may attract venture capital. By establishing and supporting a culture of innovation, universities with visionary leadership have a tremendous opportunity to catch, influence, and ride the wave of technological entrepreneurship. n CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY
By Dr. Obie Clayton, Asa Ware Endowed Chair, Department of Sociology Photo by Jay Thomas
New Realities in the Old Neighborhood
moved to Atlanta in 1976 and was immediately struck by its potential to become, as Jane Jacobs would have called it, one of America’s next great cities. In 1950 the Atlanta region had a population of about a million people. Atlanta and its neighboring cities have expanded rapidly and many urbanists argue that Atlanta is one of, if not, the greatest American urban growth stories of the 20th century with a metropolitan area today of approximately 5.5 million. The city has added nearly 120,000 new residents since 2000, a population increase of 28% representing 10% of the region’s growth during that period. Several things have led to the Atlanta region’s growth: a comprehensive highway system; a world-class airport anchored by Delta; a subway system; and the presence of top universities, including the nation’s largest consortium of historically black colleges and universities. None of America’s traditional premier urban centers can make that claim. However, going forward, Atlanta will face many challenges from the suburbs and neighboring cities such as Nashville and Charlotte. How Atlanta will look in 25 years is open to debate but several things are beginning to take shape: Atlanta will no longer be called a “chocolate city.” Beginning in the 1960s, African-American migration to the city helped to fuel its growth and inspired its nickname, the “Black Mecca.” Atlanta is now the fourth largest majority black city in the nation. Still, black Atlantans have been moving to the
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suburbs over the last 10 years, shrinking their population from 61.4% in 2000 to 54% in 2010, and the trend appears to be continuing. The movement of African Americans to the suburbs, coupled with the movement of whites, whose population grew from 31% to 38% during that same period, to Atlanta could change the political base. Another demographic change, with political implications, is the growth of Atlanta’s LGBTQ community, which comprises 12.8% of the population. The city is now home to one of the highest LGBTQ populations per capita, which is third among major U.S. cities behind San Francisco and Seattle. As a result, Atlanta and its institutions must be more receptive to the needs of this growing population. Over the next 25 years it will be a major voice in the political arena. A third major population change in the city and surrounding areas is the growth of the Jewish population. In 1900, only 2,000 Jews called Atlanta home; today it’s home to a Jewish community of about 120,000 individuals as of 2010. Atlanta’s Jewish population is the ninth largest in the United States, up from 11th in 2006 and 17th in 1996. According to the 2006 Community Study, Atlanta is a relatively young Jewish community with 25% children under age 18 and only 12% seniors 65 and older. These statistics point to the continued growth of this segment of the population. Finally, Latinos are staging a dramatic population increase in Atlanta and the metro area. The Hispanic population has nearly doubled since the 2000 census, outpacing
the huge Hispanic population surge statewide. In a core ninecounty metro area, the Hispanic population grew from 247,477 in the 2000 census, to 477,891, or 93%. The Hispanic population grew 96 percent in Georgia between 2000 and 2010, with more than a 152 percent increase in Gwinnett County; about 100 percent in Clayton County; and about 80 percent in Cobb, the Census numbers show. The recent changes in U.S. immigration policy will likely put positive pressure on net immigration into the U.S. from Mexico and Central America, and will likely push Hispanic population growth projections for Atlanta up in the next 25 years, resulting in a Hispanic population that could top 2 million. What do these population changes mean going down the road? The area in 2040 will be more of an ethnic melting point. Atlanta will no longer be seen as a black/white city. As such our major institutions will have to expand their outreach efforts to this diverse population. For example, public schools will have to increase English as a second language programs. Social service agencies will have to employ more translators; police departments will have to make a concerted effort to employ a more diverse patrol force. Atlanta has a promising future, but it has work to do. If it wishes to compete with cities like Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, Nashville, and Charleston, it must embrace the racial and ethnic diversity that it has over these cities. It must utilize the human capital that these groups bring to the table. Finally, of course, the city should utilize the talent of its HBCUs to differentiate itself from its competitors. n
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By Rev. Dr. Berice Kirkland Ordained Elder, Ninth Georgia Conferen ce of the United Methodist Church and Clark Atlanta University Trustee
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Does Tomorrow Have a Prayer?
ifty years ago, the church played a central role in black community life. As African Americans across the nation, and on CAU’s very own campus, fought for our civil rights, the church served as both an ally and a sanctuary in the battle for equality. We gathered together on Sunday mornings and throughout the week in pews packed with people ranging in age from the very young to the old, yearning to become informed, to receive direction and to help achieve our twin goals of wholeness and social justice. “We shall overcome,” was our rallying cry. And, indeed, African Americans have reached professional and economic heights that were unimaginable decades ago when my parents one day with little explanation sent me off on a school bus to help break down racial barriers to a good education in our Southern town. Ironically, however, it seems that the farther we as a people have come, the less important faith is for some. We now live in a time when economics are dividing us more than bringing us together. The gap between the haves and have-nots continues to expand within and beyond the race. According to recent studies, church attendance across the nation is rapidly dwindling, particularly among the so-called millennials. The good news is that this is not necessarily true of African Americans, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have our work cut out for us to ensure that African-American millennials will continue to keep the faith. It is my belief that young adults in the black community are not necessarily looking to leave the church, but they are looking for something different. In the past, the church helped us see that in the midst of our struggle there was life in a new world after death. Young people today are more interested in life before death. We must be concerned about how faith affects life before death because faith leads to hope and love, and love is the greatest power in the universe. Young adults tend to say they are more spiritual than faithful because they’re seeking a different defi-
nition of religion and spirituality. They say, “I believe in God, but I don’t really go to church.” What they’re seeking is a deeper meaning beyond the rigors of old time religion. They want to hear sermons that lead to applications in real life. They are looking for substance through the prophetic word and right now the church needs prophetic leaders who are going to speak truth to power and life to those who are hurting. So, it is vital to engage young people where they are so that we can bridge generational gaps. One way to do that is through our history. Black history is not to be celebrated only from February 1-28; black history is every day. But we are living in an era in which the past is not valued, everything is throwaway, and everyone is chasing the next “best” thing. There are some things, however, that can’t be thrown away, like history, religion and faith. Young people will be able to carry the future in most positive ways if they have that history and see it as an asset. Right now, we are missing opportunities to harvest the past, plan for the future and move forward in positive ways. Therefore, we also need to have conversations with our young people, and some of those discussions may have to take place outside of a church edifice. It’s important to keep in mind that church is not simply a building; it’s a people. We must not limit our identity to a building where people go on Sunday morning or Wednesday night. When we talk about church, we also tend to isolate it as separate from education and government and other parts of our lives, but they are all integrated. We have to commit ourselves to something as a community and the church provides opportunities to do that. But again, it’s not simply church on Sunday morning or preaching a sermon. It is church as a way of life and inner-life. But that is going to take time and a number of conversations and commitment. And it also will require skilled leadership. Those of us who are called to spiritual leadership must realize that we have a task before us in terms of integrating faith and life. It is a very serious task and the community is calling for this. n CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY
Student Spotlights Liza Burton
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Hooked on Science
ith the soaring cost of higher education, it is truly a gift to begin university life knowing what you want to do with the rest of your life. Liza Burton, a fourthyear Ph.D. candidate in CAU’s Department of Biological Sciences, had her epiphany in ninth grade when she first saw a cell under a microscope. “From then on, I was hooked on science. It made science come alive and learning that one cell has the same functions as a whole human being made me want to know more,” she says. “And science was the way to go.” Liza, who hails from Stratford, New Jersey, then spent every moment she could in the library reading whatever she could find on the subject. When she went off to Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, she was an active member of the science club and worked on research projects during the school year and summers, including one on lung function in neonates. After earning her undergraduate and master’s degrees, Liza spent the next six years teaching a variety of science courses, such as anatomy and physiology, cellular and molecular biology, and immunology, at her alma mater. Teaching is a critical component of Liza’s master plan. She hopes to one day become a dean at a university or college, a role she will use to get other students hooked on science. As an Oakwood instructor, she worked with about 40 students who were applying to medical, dental, and graduate school. In addition to 20
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helping them get internships, she worked with them to prepare for the MCAT, DAT, and GRE. All of them went on to earn advanced degrees and have successful careers today, she proudly states. When Liza, who for the past seven years has been a part-time instructor at Georgia’s Chattahoochee Technical College, inevitably becomes a dean at whatever institution is lucky enough to win her, she also will bring some major research bona fides. This past August, she was awarded a $74,000 National Institutes of Health Ruth I. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (see page 5). Each year, more than 1,000 people apply for the grant, “and for some reason mine got chosen,” she marvels. But all modesty aside, Liza acknowledges that Clark Atlanta prepared her well for the extremely competitive process. “At Clark they prepare you for writing grant proposals through a qualifying exam we have to take where you’re basically writing a mini grant from start to
finish without any help from the faculty,” she explains. When she passed the exam, she thought, why not go for the real deal, and with the help of her adviser, Dr. Valerie Odero-Marsh, an associate professor and assistant director of research, they streamlined the proposal and submitted it to NIH. “I chose one of the best mentors for my research. Dr. Odero-Marsh has definitely helped me cultivate my ideas. She meets with us weekly to make sure we’re actually developing our research and has an open door policy, so any time I need her or have a question, I can stop in or text her,” Liza says. Still, winning the grant came as a huge surprise. Liza believed in her proposal but when April, the month in which awards are announced, came and went, she figured she’d been passed over. Then in August, she got an email informing her of the good news. “I was very surprised,” Liza says, but thrilled to know that the ten people who review the grant proposals actually believed in her research. “That’s important.” n
Student Spotlights Damon Willis
By Joyce Jones By Matthew Scott
Excellence is the Only Option
nce upon a time, Damon Willis believed that he was incapable of succeeding in a university setting. It wasn’t because he wasn’t smart enough; his GPA was 2.99, which would have opened the door at many institutions of higher education. But problems at home led to a slightly rocky senior year during which he transferred to a different high school and missed about a month of classes. When his new principal informed him that he “could have had a great future” but wouldn’t “make it in college,” Damon truly believed he didn’t have a shot. Looking back, he now realizes that the principal was probably just trying to scare him straight, but his words had the opposite effect. So instead of heading off to college, he dabbled in music for about nine years, after winning a rap commercial contest. Then, inspired by the film The Pursuit of Happyness, Damon decided to pursue his own childhood dream of a career in finance. He found a firm to sponsor him to sit for the licensing exams and passed. But just as he was gaining momentum in the industry, the financial downturn that rocked the nation’s economy also rocked his pursuit of professional happiness. Not having an undergraduate degree made it difficult for him to find opportunities at other firms, so after a year at a local community college in California, Damon moved to Wyoming, where he spent the next three years working as a
reading interventionist at the Arapahoe School on the Wind River Reservation, while earning a bachelor of science degree in social science at the University of Wyoming, a key step toward his ultimate goal of earning an MBA. During that period, his good friend Jennifer became his wife. Damon chose Clark Atlanta University in part because he wanted an HBCU experience after having been so immersed in the Arapahoe culture. “I was like, ‘Wow, why don’t I appreciate my own culture like this and take the time to immerse myself at a place of learning that really benefited my people’,” he explains. When he began to research CAU and learned of the contributions his hero, W.E.B. DuBois, had made to the University, his next move was clear. “It has been a great experience and a blessing and I have no regrets,” says Damon, who is now in his second year and majoring in supply chain management, which he says is the “lifeblood”
of every business. “Corporate America is rough, and CAU prepares you. It’s a rigorous program, but done with love. And Dr. Edward Davis, our dean, holds it all together and is definitely one of my heroes.” His former high school principal might be amazed to learn that Damon has maintained a 4.0 GPA, while also balancing his duties as the father of three boys. “There’s a lot of juggle with children, but no question that I have to get a 4.0,” says Damon, who also was a member of the University’s Black MBA Case Competition team this year. “I’m the living, breathing example for these boys and I can’t ask them to do anything I’m not doing myself. I can’t ask them to try their hardest if I’m not trying my hardest.” His hard work and commitment to excellence are paying off. Damon has already received an offer of a full-time job next year from the automotive industry firm he interned at this past summer and he feels pretty confident that there are more offers to come. n CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY
Student Spotlights Cezanne Pope
By Joyce Jones
In Love with Learning
n her first day in Tennessee State University’s early education program, three-year-old Cezanne Pope raced into the building without giving her surprised mother a second glance. An only child, the Nashville native was anxious to make some friends, but more important, she was hungry to learn. “I loved school, especially kindergarten through fourth grade. I loved to read, I loved math and I had awesome teachers,” recalls Cezanne, who decided to become a teacher after a summer spent as a camp counselor working with four-year-olds. That’s not to say that she didn’t hit a few bumps along the way. Cezanne attended the number one school in her state, Humefogg Academic High School, where the curriculum was extremely rigorous and students were expected to learn and perform in an environment that was more like a college setting. It was, admittedly, a stressful expe22 CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY FALL 2015
rience, and while her grades weren’t as high as she would have liked, she still managed to earn a diploma with honors. It also prepared her well to succeed in college. Although Cezanne applied to several colleges and universities, choosing Clark Atlanta was a no-brainer. Her mother is a Clark College graduate who brought her to homecoming celebrations. While watching the films Drumline and Stomp the Yard she imagined what it would be like to study in the city she’d grown to love. “CAU has definitely lived up to my expectations,” says Cezanne, who has served as an admissions ambassador, a residential adviser, and orientation guide, served on the executive board of the University’s NAACP chapter, run for Miss CAU, and participated in other activities. “I always tell freshmen it’s what you make it. I took what CAU has to offer and made it into what I wanted for my college experience.”
This past summer, Cezanne worked with Horizons Clark Atlanta, a summer enrichment program for Atlanta public school students. During the six-week program, the children learned how to swim, stepped onto their first airplane, created greenhouses out of water bottles, and honed their reading skills. “It was like a minischool in the CAU Education Department building and the hands-on experience enhanced my desire to teach,” she says. Cezanne is currently fulfilling her student teacher requirement at Atlanta’s Gideons Elementary School, where she also did her practicum during her junior year. One of her challenges has been to help engage fourth graders in learning and getting them to understand that earning good grades is actually cool and teasing friends for working hard is not. “I’m starting to see them want to get good grades to impress the teacher. I talk to them about why it’s important to pay attention and study hard and encourage them to ask for help from the teacher and me. They [still] joke, but feel bad if they get a bad grade,” notes Cezanne, who ultimately hopes to teach math and science. “Back home, I’ve met a lot of students who’ve struggled in middle and high school because they didn’t have the foundation I got and I just want to give back the education that was given to me during those critical early years.” n
Student Spotlights Raekwon Williams
By Joyce Jones
Strength, Will Power and a Whole Lot of Vision
aekwon Williams does not wear his heart on his sleeve. Life has dealt him some difficult blows, including one that might cause most 20-year-olds to disconnect. He chose instead to find a way or make one. Like a lot of high schoolers, Raekwon had no idea what he wanted to be when he grew up. Indeed, the only thing of which the Atlanta native, who admits to being a mediocre student back then, was certain was that he needed a break from school. After earning his diploma in 2013, he sought fulltime work as most of his friends prepared to leave home for college. “I wasn’t prepared to jump right in,” he says, adding that he did not feel left behind. “I’m my own person and I knew I was going to go back to school.” He also knew that when that time came, he’d have to amp up his academic game, because no matter what career path he chose, he had to also make his grandmother proud. It is the least he can do for the woman who has sacrificed so much to raise him and his four siblings on her own. Raekwon went to work at AirServ, a company that supports airlines and freight companies at the Hartsfield– Jackson Atlanta International Airport. His job was to help wheelchair bound passengers navigate their way around the airport. In the summer of 2014, he also began taking classes at Atlanta Technical College and had decided to major in physical therapy. Then, in one of life’s bitter ironies, just when Raekwon had finally begun to find his way, he nearly lost his life. He’d always felt safe walking through his neighborhood after his 3-11:30 p.m.
shift, even if it is a “pretty rough” area. But one night, after putting in some overtime, his sense of safety was sorely challenged when he was robbed at gunpoint and shot in the spine. Luckily, someone called 911 and an ambulance took Raekwon to the hospital, where he underwent surgery. A day or so later, he learned that he would never walk again. Raekwon is remarkably stoic when recounting his story. When he received the news, he says, which devastated his grandmother and siblings, he actually felt content, “because what else can I do?” Instead of feeling sorry for himself, he focused on carving out another route down the path to success. “I think it gave me willpower and the strength to withstand tough situations,” Raekwon says. While in rehab, he decided to major in social work so that he can provide a support system for young AfricanAmerican males who are at risk. Although he and his friends stayed out
of trouble, they were surrounded by poverty and keenly felt having to do without. “I feel like I can be a big help to young black men because I know what they’re going through and understand the wrong path one can take,” the rising sophomore explains. Clark Atlanta University was the perfect choice because it offered the HBCU experience, with the bonus of being in Atlanta. It’s also home to one of the nation’s most renowned schools of social work. Raekwon, who plans to become a case worker, earn a Ph.D. at CAU and one day open a group home, is a much better student, maintaining a 3.0 average. “When I was in high school, I did the bare minimum, but I love CAU, the culture and vibe of the campus, and being around people who want to pursue higher education,” says Raekwon. He also wants to continue making his grandmother proud. n CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY FALL 2015 23
IN MEMORIAM Josephine Boyd Bradley, Ph.D.
Assistant professor Josephine Boyd Bradley, Ph.D., a member of the faculty in the Department of African-American Studies, Africana Women’s Studies and History, died on Sept. 15, 2015. Dr. Bradley was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. She played an instrumental role in desegregating schools in the city, as she was the first black student to attend the all-white Grimsley High School. This experience was the theme of her dissertation, titled “Wearing My Name” as a doctoral student at Emory University where she received her Ph.D. in African-American Studies. Her life experiences and sacrifices truly represented her desire to ensure that everyone was treated fairly and with respect, regardless of race, gender, and status. Dr. Bradley had been a faculty member at Clark Atlanta University since 1997. She helped fashion the Department of African and African-American Studies and Africana Women’s Studies prior to its becoming the Department of African and African-American Studies, Africana Women’s Studies and History. She also assisted in the establishment of the international training and development project in Africana Women’s Studies. Dr. Bradley was a committed scholar and professor. Her research interests included, but were not limited to: the impact of the intersectionality of race, class, gender, and sex oppressions; black women in academia; race relations in America; Africana Literature; and feminist and Africana feminist theories. Prior to coming to Clark Atlanta University, she served as a professor at Agnes Scott College, Southern University, and Tusculum College. At all the colleges and universities she served, she dedicated time on various committees and assisted her students with much pride and perseverance.
Marva Collins, a nationally renowned pioneer in education, who gained wide acclaim for her novel approach to teaching at a Westside Chicago school she started, passed away on June 28, 2015. Under her guidance, students previously labeled “slow” and “unteachable” were transformed into high-achieving scholars. Collins graduated from Clark College in 1957 and after working as a medical secretary began her career in education as a second grade teacher. After becoming increasing frustrated with the public schools’ approach to instruction, Collins decided to cash in her pension — a mere $5,000 at the time — and in 1975 opened what would become Westside Preparatory School out of her home. Westside Preparatory School flourished, gaining national attention because of its success in transforming students from impoverished and “at-risk” into highly disciplined, high-performing students. By the early 1990s, Collins was training 1,000 teachers annually, using the Classics to motivate students and help them think critically. By then, the school logged upward of 6,000 visitors annually, all attempting to understand her odds-defying instruction methods. She ultimately ran two schools; however, both were closed in 2008 because of financial pressures. Teachers and schools around the nation continue to employ her methods today. For her innovative work, her impassioned professionalism and undying belief in the ability of every child, Collins was awarded Clark Atlanta University’s Spirit of Greatness Excellence in Education Award in 2010.
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Pearlie Craft Dove Clark Atlanta University Distinguished Alumna Pearlie Craft Dove, Ed.D., died at her home on Aug. 18, 2015. An iconic leader in the field of teacher education, Dr. Dove was a beloved fixture on the campus and far beyond its footprint. Her deep
Dove visited the campus to welcome President Ronald A. Johnson and First Lady Irene Oakley Johnson to the University community on March 31, 2015.
intellect and influence have guided the careers of thousands of educators across the United States. As a student, she distinguished herself in the classroom, earning the bachelor’s degree from Clark College in 1941 and the master’s degree from Atlanta University in 1943. She earned the Ph.D. degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1959. As an educator, Dr. Dove set a high standard for excellence in teacher education, influencing and promoting best practices in the field throughout her life. She joined the faculty at Clark College in 1949, where she served until her retirement in 1986. She served as director of student teaching from 1949 to 1963. She continued to serve for two decades as the chair of the education and physical education departments (the two units were once combined), and later as the chairwoman of the education department. She retired in 1986 as distinguished professor of Higher Education. In 1993, she was appointed Professor Emerita at Clark Atlanta University. In retirement, Dr. Dove continued to be an incisive leader and formidable community advocate. For example, Dr. Dove was chosen to serve as associate director of the Consolidation Steering Committee of Atlanta University and Clark College to compile the report for consolidating the two institutions into Clark Atlanta University. Under President Jimmy Carter’s leadership, she served as cluster
coordinator, Booker T. Washington High School, The Atlanta Project, and his wife chose her as Rosalyn Carter Honorary Fellow of the Emory Institute for Women’s Studies (1993-1995). She was the recipient of numerous honors, citations, and awards through the years, including: The Chairman’s Award, The State Committee on Life and History of Black Georgians; Distinguished Member, National Association of Teacher Educators; Board of Directors, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education; Torch Award, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Lay Fellowship Service Award, Big Bethel A. M. E. Church; Distinguished Alumni Award, NAFEO; and the Local Community Service Award, Spelman College. She received Clark Atlanta University’s Spirit of Greatness Pathways to Excellence Award in 2014. Dr. Dove’s legacy will continue to guide the University and generations of teachers to come. The annual Pearlie C. Dove Colloquium takes place each November. Her book, Pearls of Wisdom from a Woman of Color, Courage and Commitment, was published by Xlibris in January 2015.
James A. Hefner, Ph.D. James A. Hefner, Ph.D., CAU provost and vice president for academic affairs, former president of Jackson State and Tennessee State universities and former member of the Board of Trustees at Morehouse College and Board of Regents at the University of the South, passed away on Aug. 27, 2015. A noted economist and expert of the black labor force, Dr. Hefner dedicated his 50-year professional career to students at historically black colleges and universities, pushing them against “intellectual walls” and giving them “intellectual headaches” as he would often say. Dr. Hefner served as a university president for 21 years, first at Jackson State University from 1984 to 1991 and later at Tennessee State University from 1991 to 2005. Dr. Hefner previously served as provost of Tuskegee University from 1982 to 1984 and as the Charles E. Merrill
Professor of Economics and chair of the Department of Business and Economics at Morehouse College from 1974 to 1981. He also taught and served as research associate at Harvard University, Princeton University, Clark College, Florida A&M University, Benedict College and Prairie View A&M University. After retiring as president of Tennessee State University in 2005, Dr. Hefner was a non-resident fellow at Harvard University in the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research; Visiting Distinguished Professor of Economics and Presidential Leadership at Texas Southern University; and most recently as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Clark Atlanta University, where he worked diligently as he fought cancer up until the very end. He earned his undergraduate degree from North Carolina A&T University, his master’s degree in economics from Atlanta University, and his doctorate in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Hefner occupied the Thomas and Patricia Frisk Chair of excellence in entrepreneurship, a $2.3 million endowed chair at Tennessee State University. He also established two other endowed chairs of excellence at Tennessee State, where he built eight new buildings and renovated nearly every building on the institution’s main and downtown campuses. During his 14-year tenure there, he increased the endowment from $500,000 to more than $25 million. He also wrote extensively in the areas of employment practice and labor-force participation rates of minorities, and was co-editor of the book Public Policy for the Black Community: Strategies and Perspectives. An advocate and proponent of African-American intellectual achievement throughout his career, Dr. Hefner established two of the nation’s top honor societies, Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi, at Tennessee State University and Clark Atlanta University. Today, CAU is the only private, historically black university to host a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi,
America’s most prestigious honor society for all academic disciplines. At the time of his death, he had taken leave from Clark Atlanta to complete his memoirs and chronicle his vast experience in higher education.
Cynthia Graham Hurd Charleston librarian Cynthia Graham Hurd grew up attending Mother Emanuel AME Church, the historic congregation before which emancipated abolitionist Denmark Vesey in 1822 made an impassioned plea against the persecution of black people during attempts to organize a slave revolt. The edifice was summarily burned to the grown because of its association with Vesey. Nearly two centuries later, the church came under attack in an act of violence that reverberated internationally. A lone gunman, on June 17, 2015, targeted a group of nine worshippers attending weekly Bible study, because they were African-American. Hurd was one of the worshippers. Hurd graduated from Clark Atlanta University in 1982, and was awarded a master’s in library science from the University of South Carolina in 1989. While at CAU, she pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. During a June 17 memorial service, Hurd’s classmates recalled that she was a woman of tremendous faith who loved to laugh. In a 2003 interview with the Charleston Post and Courier, Hurd said she “loved helping people find answers.” Hurd enlivened the University’s motto, “Culture for Service.” In addition to her passion for helping others educate themselves, she served as president of the Septima P. Clark Corp., a local nonprofit that awards grants to public housing residents. She also served on the board of Charleston’s Housing Authority. Hurd worked for 31 years in the Charleston County Public Library System during which she was manager of the John L. Dart branch from 1990 to 2011, and manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library, which was named in her honor in June. CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY
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The Clorox Company Foundation The Coca-Cola Company The Coca-Cola Foundation The Mays Group, LLC TIAA-CREF Toyota Matching Gifts To Education Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. Turner Foundation Union Pacific Railroad UPS Foundation, Inc. Verizon Foundation Verizon Wireless W3 Business and Tax Consultants, Inc. Walmart Weldon & Associates, LLC Wells Fargo
Foundations Alonzo F. and Norris B. Herndon Foundation Inc. Andrew Young Foundation Inc. Atlanta Foundation Ayco Charitable Foundation/The James and Joan Ray Fund Culturfied Foundation, Inc. Ed and Ana Williams Charitable Gift Fund Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Foundation Source
Frances Wood Wilson Foundation Fuller E. Callaway Professorial Trust Gray Foundation Inc Ivy and Roses Community Fund, Inc Ivy Community Foundation, Incorporated Mondelez International Foundation Sullivan Family Foundation The Ayco Charitable Foundation/ Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. Family The Castillo Charitable Foundation The Eufaula Garrett Charitable Gift Fund The Jacqueline Wallace Jones Fund The Jonathan Ogden Foundation The William Penn Foundation Tom Joyner Foundation
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Churches Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church Friendship Baptist Cumberland Missionary Baptist Church Heartspring Methodist Foundation Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church United Church of Christ Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church Zion Hill Baptist Church
Memorial Gifts Marlene G. Briski/In Memory of Leon Davis Beverly T. Davis/In Memory of Leon Davis Marion V. Johnson/In Memory of James and Robert Paschal Robert Schley/In Memory of Margaret Pearl Henderson Cato In Memory of Marilyn Renee Teasley Carnegie Alumni and Friends have established the Marilyn Renee Teasley Carnegie Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund Ayco Charitable Foundation/The James and Joan Ray Fund Cynthia O. Baaith Stephanie M. Boyd Brandon Carnegie David Carnegie David Carnegie Steve R. Carnegie Victor E. Geer Dejon M. Hill Jason Lary Management, LLC Letitia D. Townes Janifer Kelsick Real Estate Corp William J. Kelley Toni R. Legrande Guy E. Lescault
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Even the Mannequins are Mobilizing at CAU! Clark Atlanta University’s Art and Fashion Department has two new looks. The first is the department’s academic environment. The faculty, staff and students relocated — mannequins and all — to Oglethorpe Hall in August. The new space provides more room for design work and fosters greater interaction among student designers. The second new look is for all to see. The department published its inaugural look book in August to rave reviews. The publication is the brainchild of senior lecturer Ndirika Ekuma-Nkama and features the work of some of today’s most talented young designers, all students at CAU. To see the amazing work of students like senior fashion design major Kortne Simmons of Madison, Ga., (right)or to support their efforts, visit the look book on the University’s web site marquee at www.cau.edu.