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Where Tomorrow’s Leaders are Students Today

Campus NewsBriefs A Weekly Update of Activities at Rust College Vol. 42, No. 19

March 14, 2013

The Home Depot “Retool Your School Project”

VOTE TO SUPPORT RUST COLLEGE! “You know how valuable our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities are, and how much they have contributed to our country’s growth in so many ways. What could be more worthwhile than being part of helping preserve and improve some of America’s most historic campuses and landmarks?” This year, The Home Depot is doing even more to increase the number of grants offered to HBCUs by creating an additional Tier II Grant award in the amount of $10,000, for a total of 12 Tier II Grants. The Tier II Grant is in addition to the $50,000 Tier I Grant and the $25,000 Campus Pride Grant.

Vote for major and minor projects proposed by and for Rust College Major Project Rust College proposes to upgrade the present baseball field with a dugout, grading and sodding and erecting a new fence.

Minor Project Rust College intends to install wrought iron fencing on the east side of campus to improve safety and appearance of the women's dormitories.

Campus Pride To Vote: The Campus Pride Grant will go to the school with Click “Vote For Your School” the most votes and social media activity. Follow @RYS_2013 on Twitter and tweet Rust College pho- Scroll through to find Rust College, click and VOTE! tos and events using the hashtag Schools with the highest votes are at the top of the list— #RustCollegeRYS2013 to earn points toward Rust let’s put Rust College at the top of the list! College’s social media activity.


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Business Week 2013: “Financial Responsibility: Gaining & Managing Personal Resources” The Division of Business of Rust College held its annual Business Week, March 5-8, 2013, welcoming several guest speakers who shared vital information with our students. Students were able to ask questions and receive advice on business attire, resume writing and interviewing skills, and money management. “Your resume is the tool that opens the door,” said Mrs. Charmell Slaughter, Resume Reformer. “Prove yourself valuable so you can talk about how valuable you are.” Mrs. Slaughter is a speaker, writer, trainer and certified professional life coach. She has worked in the fields of healthcare, military, software development, information technology, non-profit education, government contracting and consulting. She currently owns and operates “Resume Reformer”, a career coaching and resume writing service; as well as a personal development website: Mrs. Charmell Slaughter

“Everyone in this room has a brand,” said Ms. Tish Norman, Executive Director of Transforming Leaders Now, Inc., a leadership development company that specializes in educational programming. “The brand name is YOUR NAME. The logo for your brand is YOUR FACE. Make sure you have a reputable brand.” Ms. Norman has published several articles in university publications and is the co-author of From Mediocre to Magnificent and Leading The Way: Stories of Leadership & Inspiration. “In order for you to be successful in business, especially in this climate, you have to have a bias toward optimism,” Dr. Leroy D. Nunery II told students and guests during the annual Business Week Luncheon held Thursday, March 8. “If you have a bias toward pessimism, or a deficit mentality, you will always think the worst.” Dr. Nunery has extensive experience on non-profit and for-profit boards, and has been a frequent public speaker and advisor on the issues of education, economic development, leadership development and strategic planning. “The most successful people in the world consume knowledge,” he said. “Learn how to tell YOUR STORY and build on it.”

Dr. Leroy D. Nunery II

Special thanks to all of the presenters: Mrs. Charmell Slaughter, Ms. Tish Norman, Mr. Jeffrey King, Mr. Carl Robinson, Rust College Class of 2003; Dr. Sujata Sinha, Mr. James Turnbo, Ms. Christine Amisi, Rust College Class of 2003; Dr. Leroy D. Nunery II, Ms. Jamishela Williams, and the Division of Business Student Activities Council (DOBSAC).

Mr. Carl Robinson, ’03, (left), and Mr. Jeffrey King with Mr. Frederick.

L-R: Ms. Shtoria Fox, Ms. Rachon Pulliam, Mr. Richard Frederick, Ms. Nakeshia Bennett, Ms. Faderricka Harvey

L-R: Mr. James Turnbo, Dr. Leroy D. Nunery II, Dr. Nellie J. Smith, Ms. Christine Amisi, ’03, and Mr. Frederick.

Ms. Jade Moore and Ms. Faderricka Harvey modeled for the Business Week Assembly, “Hot or Not Fashion Show: Business Edition”.

Ms. Tish Norman speaks one on one with students and signs copies of her books.


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Phi Beta Lambda Senior to Compete in National Competition Rust College senior Ms. Sohna Jagne has earned the opportunity to travel to Anaheim, California for the 2013 National Leadership Conference. Ms. Jagne won the opportunity when she placed first at the Phi Beta Lambda State Conference in February, in Natchez, Mississippi. She won the “Marketing Concepts” competition and also placed 3rd in the “Managing Concepts” competition. Ms. Jagne will represent Phi Beta Lambda Charter #5986 among approximately 50 other students from Mississippi, and hundreds of students from across the nation, who will compete in California. “It was a great experience for me,” she said of the State competition. “I wasn’t really nervous Ms. Sohna Jagne with Dr. Nellie J. Smith because even though this is my first competition in the U.S., I have competed at home a lot.” Ms. Jagne is a native of The Gambia, West Africa. She will earn her degree in Business Administration in April from Rust College. She, and Phi Beta Lambda advisor Dr. Nellie J. Smith, will travel to California for the 2013 National Leadership Conference in June.

Bearcats Take Advantage of Job Fair Students had the opportunity to take their first steps into the workforce at the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) Job Fair, held February 26, in the McMillan MultiPurpose Center. Several business representatives were on hand to speak with potential employees, including Holly Springs School District, B&B Construction, FedEx, and many more. Former SGA President Braque Talley, ‘11, returned to Rust to recruit students for the Graduate School at Alabama A&M University. Mr. Talley is currently the Coordinator of Recruitment and Marketing. He is responsible for traveling to universities, colleges and businesses to Braque Talley speaks to Christopher interact with department Green about Alabama A&M University. chairs, directors, faculty and staff to maintain recruitment. Another graduate, Mr. Carl Robinson, ‘03, was available to recruit for Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc. in Hamel, Minnesota, where he serves as Director of Safety. Students were able to ask questions and get their foot in the door for their future careers. Ms. Johneshia Taylor, a senior Biology major, said she didn’t have any expections since most jobs represented were industrial. “I found a couple of opportunities, though, and passed out my resume and talked to people who could lead me in the right direction.” Ms. Johneshia Taylor, senior Biology major

Faculty Members to Participate in Various Conferences in Summer 2013 Dr. Marco Robinson, assistant professor of History, was selected to participate in the 2013 UNCF/Mellon Faculty Seminar, which will be held in Brazil in July 2013. Dr. Robinson will join other professors and faculty from various colleges and universities; the theme for the seminar is “Afro-Aesthetics in Brazil... and Beyond: Exploring Transnational Blackness and Beauty”.

Dr. Alisea McLeod, assistant professor of English, serves on the organizing committee of the 2013 National Underground Railroad Conference, sponsored by the National Network to Freedom. The National Network to Freedom is a project of the National Park Service. The conference will take place June 19 through June 22 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Along with Rust professors Dr. Marco Robinson and Dr. Sharron Sarthou, she will sit on a panel and she will present a paper titled "They Were Sharp Bargainers: Camps, Cotton, and Guns." This paper looks at the agency of African Americans during the war, in particular, their involvement in cotton production, their arming, and their work in the camps.


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IN CASE OF EMERGENCY… Emergency notifications for students, faculty and staff will be handled by mass email, Channel 19, WURC 88.1 FM, RC-TV 2, and campus loud speakers. If you would like to receive emergency notifications by text message, please submit your cell phone number to Mrs. Carolyn Hymon, Dean of Students. The numbers will be used for emergencies ONLY and will not be distributed.

Emergency Numbers: Security office: 662-252-8090 Security guard on patrol: 662-216-3429

Rust College Students Participate in Georgia Tech “Focus” Program Submitted by Mr. Sana Sise

More than twenty years ago, on the campus of Georgia Institute of Technology, there was a major problem. The problem was not enough racial diversity among the recipients of advanced degrees, specifically at Georgia Tech. In hopes of increasing the minority numbers, Dr. William Wepfer and Dr. John White accepted the challenge of increasing minority numbers. In acceptance of this challenge, Dr. White and Dr. Wepfer assigned Mr. Robert Haley as the director of Special Projects in the College of Engineering. From Haley’s newly appointed position birthed the Focus Program. The Focus Program would act as a connector between delivering the usefulness of receiving an advanced degrees and how especially beneficial it is to minority students. All the while delivering the message about advanced degrees, Mr. Haley was also trying to increase the acceptance and graduation rates of Georgia Tech’s minorities. In the first year (1992), the Focus Program was held during the celebration week of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday Holiday. It is held annually around this time because the vision for the program was inspired by Dr. King’s quote, “Education without social action is a one-sided value because it has no true power potential. Social action without education is a weak expression.” 21 years later, the Focus Program still exists. In 2013, Rust College had the privilege of having Mr. Sana Sise, Computer Science instructor, escort three students that were granted the opportunity to attend the Focus Program: Cherlinca Boyd is a graduating senior majoring in mathematics; Zackline Mendy is a graduating senior majoring in Computer Science; and Demitrius Moore is a graduating senior, majoring in Mathematics as well. These students traveled to Georgia Tech and were introduced to the various opportunities of receiving an advanced degree from that institution. They were also shown around in their respective departments. Since their attendance of the Focus Program, Cherlinca and Demitrius have applied to the Ph.D. program in Mathematics and Zackline has applied to the Ph.D. program in Bioinformatics.

Zackline Mendy

Cherlinca Boyd

Demitrius Moore

From the first ever Focus Program that attracted 43 students, it has now grown to attract hundreds of students. In 2013 alone, there were 136 Focus participants. From the humble beginnings of only focusing of engineering majors, the Focus program now accepts minority students of all majors and disciplines. Mr. Sana Sise

Dr. David L. Beckley, ‘67, President

Dr. Ishmell H. Edwards, ’71, Vice President for College Relations

Ms. Adrienne F. Phillips, Public Relations Specialist

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