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over enrolling their children in appropriate activities. They sacrifice time and money to ensure their offspring are exposed to the kinds of experiences they believe will help them to become successful, well-rounded adults. They may even put too much emphasis on test scores and getting into the right college or university. If we want our children to succeed, however, we might want to consider how important it is that we, ourselves, model an enjoyment of learning new things. Are we avid readers? Do we relish new experiences where we learn more about other people or the world about us? Are we interested in learning new skills? Do we involve our

kids in activities where they can learn with us? How likely is it that our child will be interested in creating something, learning a new skill, or mastering a talent if we fail to demonstrate the same sort of enthusiasm? The good news is that no matter how old you are, you can still learn new things. An even more exciting prospect is that while you're doing it, you can inspire a young learner to learn with you. Plan now to learn something new this week and share the experience with a child.

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She graduated from St. James High School in 1985, and studied criminal justice at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. In 2004, Kelia earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Dallas Baptist University. During her tenure at Taco Bell, she and her husband, Jerriel Bazile Sr., raised three children, providing them with a healthy home and a college education.

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Nationwide -- Thelma BattleBuckner has chronicled a rich and arresting family history in her forthcoming literary offering, The Battle of a Daytime Nightmare, which is due out April 26, 2013, the author's 81st birthday. She Thelma Buckner stitches together, brilliantly, a dazzling tapestry of her family's will to overcome whatever obstacles life's circumstance placed before it. The Battle of a Daytime Nightmare is a breathtaking account of Dr. Buckner and her family's journey from 1830 'til now - with a surprising connection to one of today's corporate giants. Her narrative exemplifies unity. It is rife with pleasant and stormy unpleasant surprises. It is penned in the plain and poetic speech, style and spirit of her culture. In some ways, the Battle-Buckner story amounts to a sharply focused snapshot of the travails of Black America, of "Making way out of no way." The substance of her life flows

broad and low like a good Sunday morning sermon; it speaks of work, ties, struggle, joys, victory, religion, music and undying love, not only for her family, but for humans at large. "During the early spring of 1987, after twenty years of research for this story, I had the great pleasure of meeting Alex Haley in the Twin Cities. We met twice total; once at the Channel 5 TV station. While we were in the green room, we talked about my research. I asked him if he thought I was taking too long. He said, "No, it takes a long time to find the truth and tell it." We met again in January 1992 at the Hilton Hotel, when he was the speaker for an Urban League breakfast, about three weeks before his death. As he was signing his name on my printed program, he

stopped to look at me and said, "I remember you from Channel 5 TV. Don't stop. Finish the book because it sounds like your story starts where 'Roots' ended." So, I was determined to complete the research. I am not angry with anyone. I just continue to become uneasy when I talk about this situation of what happened to my parents on my 12th birthday." The saga is of a family of sharecroppers (often unpaid) and landowners; of dreamers and leaders who were motivated by a driving spirit to become something better than they were at the moment. Today, the BattleBuckner clan spans across America, from Mississippi, Alabama and other southern locals to Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota and places beyond. The family's kinship network through marriages and great migrations is astounding. There may be as continued on page 11


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by Mia Jackson Huskisson Unite Contributing Writer It’s undeniable that Eric Durham is one of the best basketball player Parkview has ever seen but just as important to him is his commitment to being a person of good character. “I’ve seen a lot of players come through here with good character but Eric is consistently the best I’ve coached in my 11 years at Parkview,” Parkview High School Basketball Coach Bill Brown said. Brown has coached Parkview Forward/Guard Senior Eric Durham to more than 78 victories in the past 4 years, and more than 1,380 career points, not to mention this season’s 699 points and his place in Parkview record books as the Most Win-

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Hotel 3333 S. Glenstone Ave. The guest speaker is Joplin Mayor, Melodee Colbert-Kean. The theme is "Teamwork makes the Dreamwork". The NAACP local chapter will present its annual “Drum Major Award” for exemplary leadership representative of the mission and goals of the NAACP over the last century. The “Community Service Award,” the “Business Partnership” and “Focused Education Award” will also be presented. Tickets for the Freedom Fund Ball are available at $35 for members of the NAACP, $45 for non-members and $55 for banquet ticket and new membership – there are also table prices for $400 (includes 10 seats). A networking reception begins at 6:00 P.M. with dinner served at

Erick Durham: This Boy Is On Fire ningest Viking in any sport. “The secret to Eric’s success “When I got Eric as a freshmen is his ability to play with his he was a ‘middle school wonteammates and not for himder’ he shot a lot self,” Brown said. I but only played a see freshmen try to one-dimensional emulate him as well game. In the time as brag about his ache’s been here I’ve complishments. He’s watched him devela leader on this team op into a multi-diand in the school.” mensional player,” Durham has the same Brown said. success in the class“My favorite part of room that he has on the game is shootthe basketball court ing,” Durham said. with an accumulative Erick Durham When Durham is not 3.7 GPA. on the basketball court or in the “When I was little my parents weight room he likes to watch always told me to make good the NBA’s Kobe Bryant play grades so it stuck and now I do it ball. without being told to,” Durham “ I study his moves and break said. them down then I go out and try Eric aspires to study sports to make them a part of my own medicine in college and become game,” Durham said. a trainer if his dreams of a bas-

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ketball career don’t materialize. Eric says he is currently looking at colleges with the help of his parents and coach. He says his strategy for choosing a school is as much about the team’s talent as the influence players and the coach will have on his life going forward. “My dream is to get a scholarship to a good Division 1 school,” Durham said. Durham is currently considering signing at an area university or junior college but says that time will tell. “My parents want me to stay close to home and I know if I do, more people can come to my games,” Durham said. “Eric believes in himself but isn’t arrogant. I know he will have good and bad times as an athlete and a man but with his character he will make it,” Brown said.

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African American Corporate Executive Chronicles Her Successful Career Path in New Book "My Secrets to Success" Tampa, FL (March 26, 2013) -- It is a rare person who can communicate and inspire people up and down the corporate ladder. This is the gift Kelia Bazile shares in My Secrets to Success, a new autobiographical book chronicling her career path becoming the first African-American to lead a region in (Yum! Brands) Taco Bell's 45-year history. What began as a high school summer job at a fast food restaurant in Dallas, Texas, turned out to be much more than this girl from rural Louisiana ever expected. My Secrets to Success tells an inspiring bottom up story of a young black woman who, against all odds, made it to the top tier of restaurant corporate management. With a compelling personal storyline, Bazile relates how she turned many of the adversities, obstacles and stereotypes that stop most young people into self-motivated opportunities, while all the time encouraging her peers not to give up on their dreams - no matter what. More than a how-to book, My Secrets to Success shines a spotlight on many of the people who inspired Bazile and provided leadership and lessons that moved her up the corporate ladder. Her ideals, strategies and techniques are expressed in a simple, understandable and

useful story that can help anyone achieve success in whatever career they choose. Tim Morrison, president of Tacala LLC, manages the largest Taco Bell franchise in the nation with over 220 restaurants in the Southeastern and Midwestern United States. He said, "It's a rare leader who can engage a team, help them rise to new levels and realize their full potential. Kelia has the unique quality of that rare leader who inspires confidence. I am blessed to have worked beside such a gifted leader." Pattera Newsome, an area coach for Taco Bell in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, said, "I can't wait to see her face on the front cover of Fortune Magazine for being the first African-American Woman to become CEO of a Fortune 500 food service establishment." Kelia Bazile earned her MBA at Dallas Baptist University in 2004 and today is a Joint Venture Partner (JVP) at Carrabba's Italian Grill based in Tampa, Florida, under the umbrella of Bloomin' Brands, Inc. For more details, visit www. keliabazile.com About the Author: Kelia R. Bazile was born February 8, 1967, in New Orleans, Louisiana, and grew up in Vacherie, Louisiana. continued on page 12

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many as 300 identifiable family members in Minnesota alone. Richly inspired by BattleBuckner's very touching, historically-relevant story, Beverly Black Johnson, founder of Gumbo for the Soul Publications, decided to dedicate a special book series, 'Voices of Wisdom,' to stories that can only be told by a seasoned generation of history tellers - 80 years of age and beyond. "Dr. Thelma Battle-Buckner's life's work and ministry should be revered as one of a pioneer likened to Harriet Tubman. Her EPIC journey - above and beyond this book - is phenomenal," Johnson commented. The Battle of a Daytime Nightmare rips apart the fabric of America at its very seam. Once you read this book you will never be the same!" Bruce George (Peabody and Tony Award winner), co-founder of Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on HBO is Director of Business Development for Gumbo for the Soul International. He is the catalyst and producer behind this first assimilation of the new Gumbo for the Soul International 'Voices of Wisdom,' book series: The Battle of a Daytime Nightmare. George commented, "Dr. Thelma Battle-Buckner epitomizes what it is to turn one's struggle into a rallying-cry towards social activism. Her book The Battle of a Daytime Nightmare is a historical window into her plight and triumph."

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Health & Mental Fitness The chalkboard at the Top of the Stairs by Dr. Jennifer Baker Director of the Murney Clinic

land and two if by sea ..." When we went somewhere in the car together, he taught us There was a chalkboard at songs by singing one line and the top of the stairs from the having us repeat it. In this way basement. After we shucked off we learned popular favorites, our work boots, hung up our old time country tunes, Ozark farm coats and tramped up the folk songs and many others. stairs to open the door, there it My father wasn't a teacher. He was. Our father used it to post never earned a college degree, logic problems or puzzles for us but he loved to learn. These to think about and attempt to were just a few of the strategies solve. by which he encouraged learnAt breakfast, at least once a ing in all three of his children, week or more, but they cerhe queried us tainly weren't ... resilience and the only ones. on new vocabulary words resourcefulness and Modeling from often from the Mom grit are highly Reader's Digest Our mother "Word Power" predictive of success didn't go to colsection, asklege either, but in college. ing us if we she was just as knew what they dedicated to meant. "Use them," he said, learning. She used a somewhat "and they will be yours." different approach, but her But it wasn't just logic probdesire to become proficient at lems and vocabulary that internew skills was equally obvious. ested him. He recited poetry I recall the summer she decided and loved to work with us kids to master every sponge cake whenever we had memorizavariation in her Betty Crocker tion homework to do—a weekly Cookbook until she had peroccurrence for all three of us. fected them. She used the same We were impressed he could methodology with cream puffs recite "Casey at the Bat" in its and jelly rolls and we were the entirety, just as easily as he lucky testers for her concoccould numerous hymns, Bible tions. The same sort of "makeverses and "The Midnight it-until-you-master-it" approach Ride of Paul Revere." He often was evident in her skills as a amused us with quips from a seamstress, her work as a bookfamiliar sonnet he thought fitkeeper and her approach to garting for a particular occasion, dening. She mastered the art of e.g., on April 18th he often creating an attractive suit from a greeted us at breakfast with, Vogue pattern, upholstering slip"Twas the eighteenth of April in covers for our living room furni'75 and hardly a man is yet alive ture, and constructing a canvas who remembers that famous tent for a camper my father built day and year, when one if by to take us on a family vacation

to Washington D.C. My point here is to say that my sister, brother and I have become life-long-learners because our father and mother loved to learn new things. I don't recall anything they decided they couldn't do. Rather, I remember them being excited to solve a problem, to figure out a solution, to learn something new. Their attitude and work ethic inspired us all. IQ, ACT or GPA So how important is that attitude to helping a child succeed? Critical, according to Jeff Nelson, CEO of OneGoal, an innovative college persistence program in Chicago working to make college graduation possible for all students. According to Nelson, "Noncognitive skills like resilience and resourcefulness and grit are highly predictive of success in college" (p. 168). ACT scores, he believes, are not. According to How Children Succeed, ". . . ACT scores revealed very little about whether or not a student would graduate from college. The far better predictor of college completion was a student's high-school GPA" (p. 154). In other words, it's not the IQ or ACT score that is predictive, but rather the evidence of one's hard work and determination as demonstrated by a Grade Point Average (GPA), that is the best predictor of college success. Today's parents are often concerned about their child's education. They worry about the right preschool. They stress continued on page 12

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Find Great Bargains At The Library Spring Book Sale by Kathleen O’Dell , Springfield-Greene County Library District Everyone loves a bargain, and the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale offers great, low prices on like-new books for all ages, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, puzzles and board games. Save these dates: The Friends sale is Tuesday, April 23, through Sunday, April 28, at Remington’s, 1655 W. Republic Road. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. It’s cash or check, only. The Friends Night Preview Sale is 5-8 p.m. Monday, April 22. That’s when you get first crack at buying from the thousands of items neatly organized by topic. Friends members get in free that night, or you may pay $5 at the door to get in and join anytime that night. Want to join sooner? Call Pat at 831-6446, or ask at the Library. The sale is a great opportunity for families to stock up for the kids and teens, or for book, music and movie lovers to add to their collection. Children’s books are priced at 50 cents or less; adult and young adult books and most audiovisuals are $1 or less; better books and collectibles are $2 and up. All proceeds from the Friends sales go to help fund programs and upgrades at all the branches in the Springfield-Greene County Library District. ••• Have you gotten into Edgar Allan Poe this month? The Library is celebrating the Big Read through April, encouraging everyone to continued on page 5

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Summer School Helps Students Prepare for Success mer classes for students who will be in kindergarten through 12th grade during the 2013 - 2014 school year. There are numerous When most stuadvantages to enrolling dents hear the words in summer school. “summer school” they • Continuous Learning. image trading summer Research has shown days at the pool for that students can lose dreaded classrooms as much as two months and textbooks. For of learning in the summost students, losing Gwen Marshall mer -- a phenomenon their summer vacations that is often referred to as is unimaginable but the “summer brain drain.” Experts benefits of summer school can say math, more than reading, is outweigh these fears. Summer a subject in which students are is a great time to take advantage more likely to experience sumof Springfield Public Schools mer learning loss. Summer School programs. In • Allows students to make up an effort to help students prefailing grades. If students have pare for success, Springfield failing grades, summer classes Public Schools will offer sumGwendolyn Marshall Office of Cultural Diversity, SPS

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continued from page 8 beer! Most of us now catch most games on the screen at home or at a local pub. The fun of course at the local bar or eatery is the comraderie of other like-minded fans or not and the whoops and yells throughout the game. Does it matter where you go or not….not really perhaps but some atmospheres or better than others. And the more screens the better and being able to watch on some nice big screens is really sweet! Admittedly Springfield is a sports loving town and depending on what side of town you are on there are local neighborhood like spots to the larger national chains. There are two spots this columnist may suggest if you are a baseball fan…Ebbets Field and Harbels. Ebbets is a definite favorite recently under new ownership. Harbel’s is a recent addition to the ever changing downtown pub and bar scene. Ebbets Field is located at 1027 E. Walnut and as they say location is everything…..in the cool Walnut Street Historical District, near Missouri State and steps

Jackie Robinson accomplished. There is an advance screening on April 11 on the north side of Kansas City….the only advance screening. Proceeds will benefit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. April 12 is three days before the 66th anniversary of Robinson’s first game as a Dodger. I am looking forward to this movie and of course soon the summer blockbuster season will be here! The Call…Movie Score…86 out of 100 from the best minor league stadium in the Midwest…. Hammons Field. Now I am not going to lie and say this is the best food in the city……it is not…..but it is not supposed to be ….it is a sports bar and food is a part of it…..brew is a part of it and the game on the screen is the other part of it. Put it all together and you have a winning combination. The charm of the old home and the different seating areas as well as the upstairs….the bar area and the enjoyable back deck. I am not very particular about the menu….I order whatever I am in the mood for or if one of the guys gets something that seems a really good idea……then I do copy cat. But like the title suggests…..burgers are good here. And who doesn’t like a good burger? I definitely do and the wings…..the salads and the chicken breast sandwiches are all pretty good too. You get to yell with the locals and service is reasonably good and everyone likes the fries. My goal is not to review the selection of beers because we all kind of know what sports bars carry and that is a column by itself. My buddies like the black and blue burger with a blue moon beer and the

red hot tenders with a boulevard wheat. Sometimes it is just nice to go old school with the local neighborhood flavor and keep it old school and just watch a good old baseball game or for that matter any number of other games. My other spot is a relatively new player on the scene….well it has been through a couple of full seasons of sports and that is Harbel’s in beautiful downtown Springfield. Located at 315 Park Central W….it is a block from the square and a few steps from the Hollywood theatre so another good location. As I mentioned it is a recent arrival to the downtown scene and since they renovated the existing building which had been vacant for a few years it is a nice new space inside with a glass front to the street with a small but comfortable outside seating area for people watch and drink a drink or two. The space is a fun space because it causes everyone to sit together in a large room and whoop and holler together. The screens are really nice and great sized which makes for some

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great watching of some summer baseball plus there are a lot of wall to wall screens. The food….well the food is typical sports bar fare….but I have learned to make the adjustment that when I go to a sports bar I am not going gourmet. A lot of the food there seems to be frozen and cooked when you order it. It is not something to rave over but it is only a burger or wings or mozzarella sticks or cheese fries…..but after a few beers and your favorite team taking the lead in the bottom of the eighth who cares? Staff are friendly and get the job done. I was in the midst for the Cards league championship game last season….the place was packed …the Cards bats were hot and we were screaming. Don’t tell anyone but I am really a Cubs fans but I will root for the Cards when the two teams are not playing each other. Again I play it safe I get a burger or some wings and I haven’t had any complaints. And of course these are all good places for March Madness games as well. Rating -3 Forks…

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LifeStyle&EntertainmentNews Movie Review: “The Call” by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer

as well. Well, if you are a long time reader of this column you know that I am not a fan of horWell, have you ever thought ror movies at all…..I need to get you were going to see one my rest at night!!! So you are type of movie and surprise you getting a strong hint about this ended up with somemovie if you are reading thing else? Well I between the lines! had that experience The movie is doing recently…..you may well at the box office not know it but I am and has a surprisingly an action adventure strong showing havfan and like suspense ing recouped all of the as well. Based on the production costs very previews for The Call quickly. Halle Berry Lyle Foster I thought it was susis a popular draw and pense …semi-thriller she does put in a great and the fact that Halle Berry performance in this most is one of the leads is a sweet recent installment. In fact she bonus. And I am sure we realwas injured in the filming of ize that sometimes previews can one scene and had to go to cause us to think a movie is in the hospital to be treated for a certain direction and check a possible concussion. If you it out and it is somewhere else see the movie you will know entirely. I attended The Call what scene!!! Halle plays a 911 with friends and went to the operator in the beehive which is fairly new B and B theatres in the reference to the command Ozark. (We support the subcenter of all of the 911 calls for urbs too!) My first hint that Los Angeles in the movie. She something was amiss was when plays a very seasoned operator I noticed that a few of the prewho knows how to talk a caller views were in the horror directhrough the worse situation tion…..I kind of noticed that until the good guys arrive. Of and was wondering if this was course it is an intense setting a foreshadowing of the movie and there is always a life and

turn which is not for the weak death call coming in. But one of heart. Fortunately my felcall results in a difficult experilow movie goers who were ence that impacts Halle’s charalso jumping and screaming acter and sets off a citywide agreed that we needed to go search. The call was so difficult to a reverse happy hour and that it even affects her ability use some liquids to erase any to work and her relationships. unpleasant You can get a memories. good idea of the (Don’t tell plot from the anyone but I previews but grabbed the Halle’s characarm of the ter of course friend next gets another to me and chance to hear jumped two the voice of a inches out of sinister charmy seat!!!) acter that has Now I don’t inflicted terror want you to in the city. Her misunderlove interest stand me …I who is played thought the by Hollywood movie was hunk Morris 2013 Summit Entertainment pretty good Chestnut who and the acting was believable is an LA cop in The Call is on and the plot was somewhat plauthe front line to catch the bad sible. It is definitely entertainguy. Well, sorry I can’t share a ing and you get your $ worth lot more…..without starting to but ……don’t eat a heavy meal unravel the plot but the movie is fast paced with a healthy dose of before! Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, suspense until the turn and the Morris Chestnut and Michael twist. All I can say dear readers Ecklund are the stars of this is that it is not over the top but continued on page 9 the movie takes an unexpected

Food Review: Baseball and Burgers! by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer Spring training has been going on in the sunny climes of Cali, Florida and Texas and the first week of April will start baseball for the rest of us! Whether you are a fan of our local Springfield Cardinals or the big boys in St. Louis or any other

team this is a sure sign of spring despite the recent snow and wintry winds. It’s fun to be at the park and enjoy the hot dogs and everything else that goes with a stadium experience but if you cannot get there having a go to local neighborhood spot is the next best thing. I would like to suggest two Springfield go to spots for your viewing and

eating pleasure. I love baseball from the days of my youth (don’t try to figure out the years…lol) when I would eagerly await the baseball stats to see what Willie Mays, Juan Marichal, Hank Aaron and Harmon Killebrew had done the night before. And I still like the chance to sit in a stadium and feel the summer hot wind blow

against my face while watching the boys of summer slug it out on the field below. And the thrill of the home crowd when a great catch was made or the sheer joy of seeing a little kid get a foul pop from one of the superstars. I love to hear the vendors hawking their wares from snowcones, popcorn, hot dogs and ice cold continued on page 9

The Library

continued from page 3 read “Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.” Copies are at the Library. The Library is also sponsoring fun, Poe-related programs for teens and adults at the Library branches and throughout Springfield. See a full schedule of events at thelibrary.org/bigread, or in the Bookends catalog at any Library branch. Tickets are also available now

to see author Margaret Stohl, coauthor of the book series “Beautiful Creatures” – a major film in theaters now. She will give a talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive. Tickets are required but they’re free at any Library branch. Kathleen O’Dell is community relations director of the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at kathleeno@thelibrary.org.

First Annual Legacy Of Mothers Luncheon Set For May 19th Springfield, MO—First Annual Legacy Of Mothers luncheon. The Legacy of Mothers Luncheon is a celebration of your mothers lives... Past, present, or eternal. The luncheon is scheduled for May 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm at the Executive Conference Center, 910 W Battlefield.

Tickets for the event are $20. Proceeds from the event will go to the American Cancer Society in honor of Evelyn "Annie " Hairston. Lois Blakey. and Mary "Nanny" Shockley.

Are You Really Committed To Diversity? If you are committed to employing a diverse workforce or contracting with local minority suppliers, try advertising your message in the Unite Publication. This tells the community you value new talent. It also says you're serious about valuing different perspectives and experiences to maximize your company's potential. For more information call (417)864-7444 or email: unitepublication@yahoo.com It would be our pleasure to assist you!

For more info or tickets contact Gloria Hairston Hereford. 576-5140

Self Employment in the Arts OzArts Conference April 6 Springfield, MO—The Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) OzArts conference is a one day educational resource helping aspiring writers and visual and performing artists gain the knowledge and skills to establish and maintain a career as an independent artist. Where: Drury University, Springfield, Missouri: Trustee Science Center When: April 6, 2013 Who: This conference is for anyone who wants to improve skills related to self employment

in the arts Cost: $30 per person. (Scholarships are provided for all Drury Students by Student Advocates for the Arts.) What to expect: • Inspiring & resourceful artist led conference sessions • One-on-one sessions with established artists • Training on how to organize and run your business For more information, contact the Edward Jones Center at (417) 873-6357 or at ejc@drury.

Come lend your voice to our University!

Missouri State University is recruiting diverse faculty and staff for a variety of positions. We are committed to inclusive excellence across campus, and we have a unique public affairs mission that encourages cultural competency, community engagement and ethical leadership. We believe diversity is good for our students, our community and our University. Our most important job is to give students an enriching education, complete with the tools for career success. Our faculty and staff must be racially, ethnically, culturally and socioeconomically diverse to help our students understand and appreciate different viewpoints, preparing them to lead the future. We act on our beliefs. Let us welcome you to our campus. Come see for yourself!

Search our vacancies to learn how you can join us.

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A Directory of free or low cost Business Assistance Minorities In Business Monthly Networking Meeting 417.861-0760 Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce www.spfldchamber.com 417.862.5567 Small Business Administration (SBA) www.sba.gov 417.864.7670 Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) www.score.org 417.864.7670 Drury University - Breech Center / Student in Free Enterprise www.drury.edu 417.873.7243 Ozarks Technical Community College www.otc.edu 417.895.7158 The Library Center Business Reference thelibrary.springfield.missouri.org 417.874.8110

Small Business & Technology Development Center

sbtdc.missouristate.edu 417.836.5685 • Loan assistance • Financial analysis • Business planning • Marketing products • Trademark searches • Training seminars (business planning, business valuation, business management, finance, human resources, QuickBooks, marketing and international trade)

The MoneySection Minorities In Busines Issues Letter to Community Springfield, MO—Minorities in Business, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to expand opportunities for minorityowned businesses, today issued an open letter to Springfield citizens. The purpose of this letter is to inform the public about Springfield Public Schools’ contracting and procurement practices that contribute to the lack of economic opportunities for members of historically excluded groups. In recent years, Springfield citizens have funded more than $200 million in SPS design and construction projects, none of which have been awarded to a minority-owned

business. sends a message to children that It is for this reason that the business success is intended for majority of MIB board members an exclusive group. voted to OPPOSE the Bond “MIB cares about Springfield’s and Tax Levy proposed by the children too much to remain district. silent,” said MIB President After several meetings with the John Oke-Thomas. “Our pubadministration lic entities must In recent years, in the last four demonstrate to Springfield citizens have funded years to express our children that more than $200 million in SPS design and construction projects, our concerns, a diverse business none of which have been awarded it became obvicommunity is a to a minority-owned business. ous to MIB that value for our entire the district is not community, and interested in a thriving minorthey must have contracting and ity-owned business community. procurement practices that supEqually important, SPS’ failure port that value.” to create a policy that assures The letter, which was submitminority-owned businesses have ted to local media and will be continued on page 7 opportunities in the district

Spruce Up Your Home Before Selling It 1. Curb Appeal: Step out to the street and take a good long look at your house. This is the view perspective buyers will Spring is finally have as they approach here: warm temperayour home. Make tures, blooming flowsure the lawn is free of ers, and for those of us leaves and debris and afflicted with allergies. the grass is mowed. A . .lots of sneezing! If well-manicured lawn you are thinking about usually gives a positive selling your home, now indication of the condiis the time to spruce Kim Jones tion of the interior of it up and get it on the market. Although homes do sell the home. All hedges should throughout the year, Spring and be trimmed and trees neatly pruned. Potted flowers brighten Summer are typically the peak any entrance. While extravaseasons for listing and closing gant flower beds are beautiful, transactions. If you are planbe careful not to go overboard. ning to sell your home, there Buyers will often view them as are some simple tips to follow to high maintenance and time conperhaps lessen your time on the suming. For best results, keep market: by Kim Jones Unite Contributing Writer

it simple. The exterior of the home itself is also very important. If the house has siding, a good power washing may be in order. Gutters should be cleaned along with trim, shutters and garage doors. If necessary, they should also be painted or repaired. All windows need to be washed and free of spider webs. Light fixtures and address numbers should be cleaned or replaced. If there are storm doors, make sure the glass is clean and any screens are intact. Wood doors may need extra attention after the winter weather. Paint or stain are easy fixes. Don’t forget the mailbox. . . It also needs to shine! continued on page 7

Letter To Community continued from page 6

posted on MIB’s website (www. mibspringfieldmo.org), was issued in advance of the April 2 vote on SPS’ proposed $71.65 million bond issue to fund construction projects. Oke-Thomas said the majority of MIB board members voted not to support the proposition until SPS provides equitable and meaningful opportunities for minority-owned businesses in Springfield. “Updating our schools in the way it’s always been done is an insincere account of responsibility for our general childrens’ welfare because the-same-oldway chokes off the opportunity for prosperity of households ran by underrepresented business people,” the letter reads. “…Prolonged periods with no opportunity often result in increased

Before Selling

continued from page 6 2. Interior: The most important factor of the interior of the home is that it be clean and free of clutter. This can sometimes be a challenge especially if there are small children in the house; however, simple things such as made beds, shampooed carpets, sparkling baths and organized counters go a long way in winning over buyers. As difficult as it may be, most personal pictures should also be removed. Buyers

numbers of children requiring free or reduced lunches, limited access to educational programs, and separation from social and athletic networks for children.” In the last several years Springfield has witnessed minority-owned construction firms disappear from the city due to lack of opportunities and minority-owned design firms have been reduced by 75 percent. Is it any wonder that minorities and people of color view Springfield as not being conducive to opportunities? Minorities in Business promotes economic development and business opportunities through advocacy, networking, community development and capacitybuilding for minority businesses and entrepreneurs in the greater Springfield area.

can often become distracted looking at the photos instead of focusing on the home. Finally, if it’s broke, fix it. You only have one chance to make a first impression - make it a good one. The above steps may seem like a lot of work, but it will be well worth the effort resulting in a marketable property and a good offer. For more information on buying or selling a home, you may contact Kim Jones at CJR Carol Jones Realtors, 417-8836666 or email kjones@caroljones. com.

Every First Tuesday of the Month

Minorities In Business monthly networking meeting

What: Networking & Guest Speakers When: 5:15 p.m. Where: Q Enoteca • Anyone interested in business is welcome. Guest Speaker for 2013 April Meeting Jana Diamond, The Library Center, Business and Reference Librarian 318 West Commercial Street For more information call: (417) 861-0760

African American Community Organizations Directory Mark A. Dixon Bartley-Decatur Neighborhood Center 918 E. Calhoun Springfield, MO 65802 417-719-4300 www.bartley-decatur.org American Legion Post Norvel Stafford 1339 E. Division St Springfield, MO 65803 417-862-9123 Conzy Mitchell-Burns, President Ladies Civic League Provides scholarships for youth P. O. Box 8296 Springfield, MO 65801 417-894-0399 Robert Looney, Ozarks Golf Club, Inc Spfld. Community Center 618 N. Benton Springfield, MO 65806 Sidney Needem, Sec., Sherman Avenue Project Committee, Inc. Housing Org. 1228 N. Sherman Springfield, MO 65802 417-865-1203 W.M. Herman Burkett, Jr. Prince Hall Masons Truth Lodge #151 P.O. Box 8063 Springfield, MO 65801 417-890-5180 Wesley Pratt The Gathering A Community Action Group For more information call 417-987-7809 Shelia Burton, President Lincoln Memorial Cemetery Board, Inc. P.O. Box 9282 Springfield, MO 65801 417-877-0668

Lynette Adams, Worthy Matron Order Of Eastern Star Greater Truth Chapter #88 P.O. Box 9412 Springfield, MO 65801 417-866-6878 Calvin L. Allen, Exec. Director Springfield Community Center- Family Achievement Academy 911 E. Division St Springfield, MO 65803 417-866-4359 Cheryl Clay, President Springfield Branch N.A.A.C.P. P.O. Box 8983 Springfield, MO 65801 Meetings are every third Saturday of the month from 1:30-2:30 p.m. 417-873-6386 Flora (Pat) Looney, President Our Night Out Social & Charitable Org. 417-866-2387 James Pike, President Springfield Reunion Club Organizes the Annual Park Day/ Reunion Weekend 1447 N. Hampton Springfield, MO 65802 417-869-0183 Meeting every first Monday Willie Carter, Director Victory Circle Peer Support Inc 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy Springfield, MO 65802 417-894-0188 Support group for men in recovery Samuel G. Knox Unite of SWMO, Inc. Publishes the Unite Publication; presenters of the Annual Springfield Multicultural Festival 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy. Springfield, MO 65802 Phone: 417-864-7444 unitepublication@yahoo.com www.unitenewsonline.org

If you are a part of a Springfield African American Community Organization, we want to hear from you. Please send the name of your organization, address, phone number and a contact person to Unite., P. O. Box 1745, Springfield, MO 65801


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A Directory of free or low cost Business Assistance Minorities In Business Monthly Networking Meeting 417.861-0760 Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce www.spfldchamber.com 417.862.5567 Small Business Administration (SBA) www.sba.gov 417.864.7670 Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) www.score.org 417.864.7670 Drury University - Breech Center / Student in Free Enterprise www.drury.edu 417.873.7243 Ozarks Technical Community College www.otc.edu 417.895.7158 The Library Center Business Reference thelibrary.springfield.missouri.org 417.874.8110

Small Business & Technology Development Center

sbtdc.missouristate.edu 417.836.5685 • Loan assistance • Financial analysis • Business planning • Marketing products • Trademark searches • Training seminars (business planning, business valuation, business management, finance, human resources, QuickBooks, marketing and international trade)

The MoneySection Minorities In Busines Issues Letter to Community Springfield, MO—Minorities in Business, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to expand opportunities for minorityowned businesses, today issued an open letter to Springfield citizens. The purpose of this letter is to inform the public about Springfield Public Schools’ contracting and procurement practices that contribute to the lack of economic opportunities for members of historically excluded groups. In recent years, Springfield citizens have funded more than $200 million in SPS design and construction projects, none of which have been awarded to a minority-owned

business. sends a message to children that It is for this reason that the business success is intended for majority of MIB board members an exclusive group. voted to OPPOSE the Bond “MIB cares about Springfield’s and Tax Levy proposed by the children too much to remain district. silent,” said MIB President After several meetings with the John Oke-Thomas. “Our pubadministration lic entities must In recent years, in the last four demonstrate to Springfield citizens have funded years to express our children that more than $200 million in SPS design and construction projects, our concerns, a diverse business none of which have been awarded it became obvicommunity is a to a minority-owned business. ous to MIB that value for our entire the district is not community, and interested in a thriving minorthey must have contracting and ity-owned business community. procurement practices that supEqually important, SPS’ failure port that value.” to create a policy that assures The letter, which was submitminority-owned businesses have ted to local media and will be continued on page 7 opportunities in the district

Spruce Up Your Home Before Selling It 1. Curb Appeal: Step out to the street and take a good long look at your house. This is the view perspective buyers will Spring is finally have as they approach here: warm temperayour home. Make tures, blooming flowsure the lawn is free of ers, and for those of us leaves and debris and afflicted with allergies. the grass is mowed. A . .lots of sneezing! If well-manicured lawn you are thinking about usually gives a positive selling your home, now indication of the condiis the time to spruce Kim Jones tion of the interior of it up and get it on the market. Although homes do sell the home. All hedges should throughout the year, Spring and be trimmed and trees neatly pruned. Potted flowers brighten Summer are typically the peak any entrance. While extravaseasons for listing and closing gant flower beds are beautiful, transactions. If you are planbe careful not to go overboard. ning to sell your home, there Buyers will often view them as are some simple tips to follow to high maintenance and time conperhaps lessen your time on the suming. For best results, keep market: by Kim Jones Unite Contributing Writer

it simple. The exterior of the home itself is also very important. If the house has siding, a good power washing may be in order. Gutters should be cleaned along with trim, shutters and garage doors. If necessary, they should also be painted or repaired. All windows need to be washed and free of spider webs. Light fixtures and address numbers should be cleaned or replaced. If there are storm doors, make sure the glass is clean and any screens are intact. Wood doors may need extra attention after the winter weather. Paint or stain are easy fixes. Don’t forget the mailbox. . . It also needs to shine! continued on page 7

Letter To Community continued from page 6

posted on MIB’s website (www. mibspringfieldmo.org), was issued in advance of the April 2 vote on SPS’ proposed $71.65 million bond issue to fund construction projects. Oke-Thomas said the majority of MIB board members voted not to support the proposition until SPS provides equitable and meaningful opportunities for minority-owned businesses in Springfield. “Updating our schools in the way it’s always been done is an insincere account of responsibility for our general childrens’ welfare because the-same-oldway chokes off the opportunity for prosperity of households ran by underrepresented business people,” the letter reads. “…Prolonged periods with no opportunity often result in increased

Before Selling

continued from page 6 2. Interior: The most important factor of the interior of the home is that it be clean and free of clutter. This can sometimes be a challenge especially if there are small children in the house; however, simple things such as made beds, shampooed carpets, sparkling baths and organized counters go a long way in winning over buyers. As difficult as it may be, most personal pictures should also be removed. Buyers

numbers of children requiring free or reduced lunches, limited access to educational programs, and separation from social and athletic networks for children.” In the last several years Springfield has witnessed minority-owned construction firms disappear from the city due to lack of opportunities and minority-owned design firms have been reduced by 75 percent. Is it any wonder that minorities and people of color view Springfield as not being conducive to opportunities? Minorities in Business promotes economic development and business opportunities through advocacy, networking, community development and capacitybuilding for minority businesses and entrepreneurs in the greater Springfield area.

can often become distracted looking at the photos instead of focusing on the home. Finally, if it’s broke, fix it. You only have one chance to make a first impression - make it a good one. The above steps may seem like a lot of work, but it will be well worth the effort resulting in a marketable property and a good offer. For more information on buying or selling a home, you may contact Kim Jones at CJR Carol Jones Realtors, 417-8836666 or email kjones@caroljones. com.

Every First Tuesday of the Month

Minorities In Business monthly networking meeting

What: Networking & Guest Speakers When: 5:15 p.m. Where: Q Enoteca • Anyone interested in business is welcome. Guest Speaker for 2013 April Meeting Jana Diamond, The Library Center, Business and Reference Librarian 318 West Commercial Street For more information call: (417) 861-0760

African American Community Organizations Directory Mark A. Dixon Bartley-Decatur Neighborhood Center 918 E. Calhoun Springfield, MO 65802 417-719-4300 www.bartley-decatur.org American Legion Post Norvel Stafford 1339 E. Division St Springfield, MO 65803 417-862-9123 Conzy Mitchell-Burns, President Ladies Civic League Provides scholarships for youth P. O. Box 8296 Springfield, MO 65801 417-894-0399 Robert Looney, Ozarks Golf Club, Inc Spfld. Community Center 618 N. Benton Springfield, MO 65806 Sidney Needem, Sec., Sherman Avenue Project Committee, Inc. Housing Org. 1228 N. Sherman Springfield, MO 65802 417-865-1203 W.M. Herman Burkett, Jr. Prince Hall Masons Truth Lodge #151 P.O. Box 8063 Springfield, MO 65801 417-890-5180 Wesley Pratt The Gathering A Community Action Group For more information call 417-987-7809 Shelia Burton, President Lincoln Memorial Cemetery Board, Inc. P.O. Box 9282 Springfield, MO 65801 417-877-0668

Lynette Adams, Worthy Matron Order Of Eastern Star Greater Truth Chapter #88 P.O. Box 9412 Springfield, MO 65801 417-866-6878 Calvin L. Allen, Exec. Director Springfield Community Center- Family Achievement Academy 911 E. Division St Springfield, MO 65803 417-866-4359 Cheryl Clay, President Springfield Branch N.A.A.C.P. P.O. Box 8983 Springfield, MO 65801 Meetings are every third Saturday of the month from 1:30-2:30 p.m. 417-873-6386 Flora (Pat) Looney, President Our Night Out Social & Charitable Org. 417-866-2387 James Pike, President Springfield Reunion Club Organizes the Annual Park Day/ Reunion Weekend 1447 N. Hampton Springfield, MO 65802 417-869-0183 Meeting every first Monday Willie Carter, Director Victory Circle Peer Support Inc 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy Springfield, MO 65802 417-894-0188 Support group for men in recovery Samuel G. Knox Unite of SWMO, Inc. Publishes the Unite Publication; presenters of the Annual Springfield Multicultural Festival 2101 W. Chestnut Expwy. Springfield, MO 65802 Phone: 417-864-7444 unitepublication@yahoo.com www.unitenewsonline.org

If you are a part of a Springfield African American Community Organization, we want to hear from you. Please send the name of your organization, address, phone number and a contact person to Unite., P. O. Box 1745, Springfield, MO 65801


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LifeStyle&EntertainmentNews Movie Review: “The Call” by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer

as well. Well, if you are a long time reader of this column you know that I am not a fan of horWell, have you ever thought ror movies at all…..I need to get you were going to see one my rest at night!!! So you are type of movie and surprise you getting a strong hint about this ended up with somemovie if you are reading thing else? Well I between the lines! had that experience The movie is doing recently…..you may well at the box office not know it but I am and has a surprisingly an action adventure strong showing havfan and like suspense ing recouped all of the as well. Based on the production costs very previews for The Call quickly. Halle Berry Lyle Foster I thought it was susis a popular draw and pense …semi-thriller she does put in a great and the fact that Halle Berry performance in this most is one of the leads is a sweet recent installment. In fact she bonus. And I am sure we realwas injured in the filming of ize that sometimes previews can one scene and had to go to cause us to think a movie is in the hospital to be treated for a certain direction and check a possible concussion. If you it out and it is somewhere else see the movie you will know entirely. I attended The Call what scene!!! Halle plays a 911 with friends and went to the operator in the beehive which is fairly new B and B theatres in the reference to the command Ozark. (We support the subcenter of all of the 911 calls for urbs too!) My first hint that Los Angeles in the movie. She something was amiss was when plays a very seasoned operator I noticed that a few of the prewho knows how to talk a caller views were in the horror directhrough the worse situation tion…..I kind of noticed that until the good guys arrive. Of and was wondering if this was course it is an intense setting a foreshadowing of the movie and there is always a life and

turn which is not for the weak death call coming in. But one of heart. Fortunately my felcall results in a difficult experilow movie goers who were ence that impacts Halle’s charalso jumping and screaming acter and sets off a citywide agreed that we needed to go search. The call was so difficult to a reverse happy hour and that it even affects her ability use some liquids to erase any to work and her relationships. unpleasant You can get a memories. good idea of the (Don’t tell plot from the anyone but I previews but grabbed the Halle’s characarm of the ter of course friend next gets another to me and chance to hear jumped two the voice of a inches out of sinister charmy seat!!!) acter that has Now I don’t inflicted terror want you to in the city. Her misunderlove interest stand me …I who is played thought the by Hollywood movie was hunk Morris 2013 Summit Entertainment pretty good Chestnut who and the acting was believable is an LA cop in The Call is on and the plot was somewhat plauthe front line to catch the bad sible. It is definitely entertainguy. Well, sorry I can’t share a ing and you get your $ worth lot more…..without starting to but ……don’t eat a heavy meal unravel the plot but the movie is fast paced with a healthy dose of before! Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, suspense until the turn and the Morris Chestnut and Michael twist. All I can say dear readers Ecklund are the stars of this is that it is not over the top but continued on page 9 the movie takes an unexpected

Food Review: Baseball and Burgers! by Lyle Foster Unite Contributing Writer Spring training has been going on in the sunny climes of Cali, Florida and Texas and the first week of April will start baseball for the rest of us! Whether you are a fan of our local Springfield Cardinals or the big boys in St. Louis or any other

team this is a sure sign of spring despite the recent snow and wintry winds. It’s fun to be at the park and enjoy the hot dogs and everything else that goes with a stadium experience but if you cannot get there having a go to local neighborhood spot is the next best thing. I would like to suggest two Springfield go to spots for your viewing and

eating pleasure. I love baseball from the days of my youth (don’t try to figure out the years…lol) when I would eagerly await the baseball stats to see what Willie Mays, Juan Marichal, Hank Aaron and Harmon Killebrew had done the night before. And I still like the chance to sit in a stadium and feel the summer hot wind blow

against my face while watching the boys of summer slug it out on the field below. And the thrill of the home crowd when a great catch was made or the sheer joy of seeing a little kid get a foul pop from one of the superstars. I love to hear the vendors hawking their wares from snowcones, popcorn, hot dogs and ice cold continued on page 9

The Library

continued from page 3 read “Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.” Copies are at the Library. The Library is also sponsoring fun, Poe-related programs for teens and adults at the Library branches and throughout Springfield. See a full schedule of events at thelibrary.org/bigread, or in the Bookends catalog at any Library branch. Tickets are also available now

to see author Margaret Stohl, coauthor of the book series “Beautiful Creatures” – a major film in theaters now. She will give a talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive. Tickets are required but they’re free at any Library branch. Kathleen O’Dell is community relations director of the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at kathleeno@thelibrary.org.

First Annual Legacy Of Mothers Luncheon Set For May 19th Springfield, MO—First Annual Legacy Of Mothers luncheon. The Legacy of Mothers Luncheon is a celebration of your mothers lives... Past, present, or eternal. The luncheon is scheduled for May 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm at the Executive Conference Center, 910 W Battlefield.

Tickets for the event are $20. Proceeds from the event will go to the American Cancer Society in honor of Evelyn "Annie " Hairston. Lois Blakey. and Mary "Nanny" Shockley.

Are You Really Committed To Diversity? If you are committed to employing a diverse workforce or contracting with local minority suppliers, try advertising your message in the Unite Publication. This tells the community you value new talent. It also says you're serious about valuing different perspectives and experiences to maximize your company's potential. For more information call (417)864-7444 or email: unitepublication@yahoo.com It would be our pleasure to assist you!

For more info or tickets contact Gloria Hairston Hereford. 576-5140

Self Employment in the Arts OzArts Conference April 6 Springfield, MO—The Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) OzArts conference is a one day educational resource helping aspiring writers and visual and performing artists gain the knowledge and skills to establish and maintain a career as an independent artist. Where: Drury University, Springfield, Missouri: Trustee Science Center When: April 6, 2013 Who: This conference is for anyone who wants to improve skills related to self employment

in the arts Cost: $30 per person. (Scholarships are provided for all Drury Students by Student Advocates for the Arts.) What to expect: • Inspiring & resourceful artist led conference sessions • One-on-one sessions with established artists • Training on how to organize and run your business For more information, contact the Edward Jones Center at (417) 873-6357 or at ejc@drury.

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Summer School Helps Students Prepare for Success mer classes for students who will be in kindergarten through 12th grade during the 2013 - 2014 school year. There are numerous When most stuadvantages to enrolling dents hear the words in summer school. “summer school” they • Continuous Learning. image trading summer Research has shown days at the pool for that students can lose dreaded classrooms as much as two months and textbooks. For of learning in the summost students, losing Gwen Marshall mer -- a phenomenon their summer vacations that is often referred to as is unimaginable but the “summer brain drain.” Experts benefits of summer school can say math, more than reading, is outweigh these fears. Summer a subject in which students are is a great time to take advantage more likely to experience sumof Springfield Public Schools mer learning loss. Summer School programs. In • Allows students to make up an effort to help students prefailing grades. If students have pare for success, Springfield failing grades, summer classes Public Schools will offer sumGwendolyn Marshall Office of Cultural Diversity, SPS

• High School: Central/ Parkview • May 20th to June 20th. 4 days a week (20 day session) Monday through Thursday with the exception of Friday May 31st. (No school on Monday, May 27th Memorial Day) Time: 8:00 a.m to 2:30 p.m. • Artworks will be held at Sequiota School, 3414 S. Mentor Ave. again this year. This program is for students who will be going into the 4th to 8th grades next school year. Dates: June 3rd to June 14th. (nine day session). No artworks on Friday, June 7th. Morning session 8:30-11:30 Afternoon session 12:30 to 3:30. • Registrations will be accepted starting 9 a.m. Monday, April 15th at the Kraft Administration building, 1359 East St. Louis Street, Springfield, MO 65802. (417)523-0011.

allow them to make up core subjects in order to pass. It is one way to keep them on track toward graduation. • Allows students to express their talent and creativity. Summer classes can expose talents, hidden potential, and increase personal confidence in each student’s ability to achieve. 2013 Springfield Public Schools Summer Program • Elementary/Middle: Delaware, Mann, McBride, McGregor, Pittman, Watkins and Weaver. Pipkin/Carver • May 20th to June 13th 4 days a week (16 day session) Monday through Thursday with the excepton of Friday May 31st. (No school on Monday, May 27th Memorial day). Time: Elementary: 7:30 a.m to 12:00 • Middle School: 7:45 a.m. to 12:15. Important Dates To Remember April 12, 2013 Professional Learning/ Work Day (Students Out All Day)

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continued from page 8 beer! Most of us now catch most games on the screen at home or at a local pub. The fun of course at the local bar or eatery is the comraderie of other like-minded fans or not and the whoops and yells throughout the game. Does it matter where you go or not….not really perhaps but some atmospheres or better than others. And the more screens the better and being able to watch on some nice big screens is really sweet! Admittedly Springfield is a sports loving town and depending on what side of town you are on there are local neighborhood like spots to the larger national chains. There are two spots this columnist may suggest if you are a baseball fan…Ebbets Field and Harbels. Ebbets is a definite favorite recently under new ownership. Harbel’s is a recent addition to the ever changing downtown pub and bar scene. Ebbets Field is located at 1027 E. Walnut and as they say location is everything…..in the cool Walnut Street Historical District, near Missouri State and steps

Jackie Robinson accomplished. There is an advance screening on April 11 on the north side of Kansas City….the only advance screening. Proceeds will benefit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. April 12 is three days before the 66th anniversary of Robinson’s first game as a Dodger. I am looking forward to this movie and of course soon the summer blockbuster season will be here! The Call…Movie Score…86 out of 100 from the best minor league stadium in the Midwest…. Hammons Field. Now I am not going to lie and say this is the best food in the city……it is not…..but it is not supposed to be ….it is a sports bar and food is a part of it…..brew is a part of it and the game on the screen is the other part of it. Put it all together and you have a winning combination. The charm of the old home and the different seating areas as well as the upstairs….the bar area and the enjoyable back deck. I am not very particular about the menu….I order whatever I am in the mood for or if one of the guys gets something that seems a really good idea……then I do copy cat. But like the title suggests…..burgers are good here. And who doesn’t like a good burger? I definitely do and the wings…..the salads and the chicken breast sandwiches are all pretty good too. You get to yell with the locals and service is reasonably good and everyone likes the fries. My goal is not to review the selection of beers because we all kind of know what sports bars carry and that is a column by itself. My buddies like the black and blue burger with a blue moon beer and the

red hot tenders with a boulevard wheat. Sometimes it is just nice to go old school with the local neighborhood flavor and keep it old school and just watch a good old baseball game or for that matter any number of other games. My other spot is a relatively new player on the scene….well it has been through a couple of full seasons of sports and that is Harbel’s in beautiful downtown Springfield. Located at 315 Park Central W….it is a block from the square and a few steps from the Hollywood theatre so another good location. As I mentioned it is a recent arrival to the downtown scene and since they renovated the existing building which had been vacant for a few years it is a nice new space inside with a glass front to the street with a small but comfortable outside seating area for people watch and drink a drink or two. The space is a fun space because it causes everyone to sit together in a large room and whoop and holler together. The screens are really nice and great sized which makes for some

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great watching of some summer baseball plus there are a lot of wall to wall screens. The food….well the food is typical sports bar fare….but I have learned to make the adjustment that when I go to a sports bar I am not going gourmet. A lot of the food there seems to be frozen and cooked when you order it. It is not something to rave over but it is only a burger or wings or mozzarella sticks or cheese fries…..but after a few beers and your favorite team taking the lead in the bottom of the eighth who cares? Staff are friendly and get the job done. I was in the midst for the Cards league championship game last season….the place was packed …the Cards bats were hot and we were screaming. Don’t tell anyone but I am really a Cubs fans but I will root for the Cards when the two teams are not playing each other. Again I play it safe I get a burger or some wings and I haven’t had any complaints. And of course these are all good places for March Madness games as well. Rating -3 Forks…

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Health & Mental Fitness The chalkboard at the Top of the Stairs by Dr. Jennifer Baker Director of the Murney Clinic

land and two if by sea ..." When we went somewhere in the car together, he taught us There was a chalkboard at songs by singing one line and the top of the stairs from the having us repeat it. In this way basement. After we shucked off we learned popular favorites, our work boots, hung up our old time country tunes, Ozark farm coats and tramped up the folk songs and many others. stairs to open the door, there it My father wasn't a teacher. He was. Our father used it to post never earned a college degree, logic problems or puzzles for us but he loved to learn. These to think about and attempt to were just a few of the strategies solve. by which he encouraged learnAt breakfast, at least once a ing in all three of his children, week or more, but they cerhe queried us tainly weren't ... resilience and the only ones. on new vocabulary words resourcefulness and Modeling from often from the Mom grit are highly Reader's Digest Our mother "Word Power" predictive of success didn't go to colsection, asklege either, but in college. ing us if we she was just as knew what they dedicated to meant. "Use them," he said, learning. She used a somewhat "and they will be yours." different approach, but her But it wasn't just logic probdesire to become proficient at lems and vocabulary that internew skills was equally obvious. ested him. He recited poetry I recall the summer she decided and loved to work with us kids to master every sponge cake whenever we had memorizavariation in her Betty Crocker tion homework to do—a weekly Cookbook until she had peroccurrence for all three of us. fected them. She used the same We were impressed he could methodology with cream puffs recite "Casey at the Bat" in its and jelly rolls and we were the entirety, just as easily as he lucky testers for her concoccould numerous hymns, Bible tions. The same sort of "makeverses and "The Midnight it-until-you-master-it" approach Ride of Paul Revere." He often was evident in her skills as a amused us with quips from a seamstress, her work as a bookfamiliar sonnet he thought fitkeeper and her approach to garting for a particular occasion, dening. She mastered the art of e.g., on April 18th he often creating an attractive suit from a greeted us at breakfast with, Vogue pattern, upholstering slip"Twas the eighteenth of April in covers for our living room furni'75 and hardly a man is yet alive ture, and constructing a canvas who remembers that famous tent for a camper my father built day and year, when one if by to take us on a family vacation

to Washington D.C. My point here is to say that my sister, brother and I have become life-long-learners because our father and mother loved to learn new things. I don't recall anything they decided they couldn't do. Rather, I remember them being excited to solve a problem, to figure out a solution, to learn something new. Their attitude and work ethic inspired us all. IQ, ACT or GPA So how important is that attitude to helping a child succeed? Critical, according to Jeff Nelson, CEO of OneGoal, an innovative college persistence program in Chicago working to make college graduation possible for all students. According to Nelson, "Noncognitive skills like resilience and resourcefulness and grit are highly predictive of success in college" (p. 168). ACT scores, he believes, are not. According to How Children Succeed, ". . . ACT scores revealed very little about whether or not a student would graduate from college. The far better predictor of college completion was a student's high-school GPA" (p. 154). In other words, it's not the IQ or ACT score that is predictive, but rather the evidence of one's hard work and determination as demonstrated by a Grade Point Average (GPA), that is the best predictor of college success. Today's parents are often concerned about their child's education. They worry about the right preschool. They stress continued on page 12

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Find Great Bargains At The Library Spring Book Sale by Kathleen O’Dell , Springfield-Greene County Library District Everyone loves a bargain, and the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale offers great, low prices on like-new books for all ages, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, puzzles and board games. Save these dates: The Friends sale is Tuesday, April 23, through Sunday, April 28, at Remington’s, 1655 W. Republic Road. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. It’s cash or check, only. The Friends Night Preview Sale is 5-8 p.m. Monday, April 22. That’s when you get first crack at buying from the thousands of items neatly organized by topic. Friends members get in free that night, or you may pay $5 at the door to get in and join anytime that night. Want to join sooner? Call Pat at 831-6446, or ask at the Library. The sale is a great opportunity for families to stock up for the kids and teens, or for book, music and movie lovers to add to their collection. Children’s books are priced at 50 cents or less; adult and young adult books and most audiovisuals are $1 or less; better books and collectibles are $2 and up. All proceeds from the Friends sales go to help fund programs and upgrades at all the branches in the Springfield-Greene County Library District. ••• Have you gotten into Edgar Allan Poe this month? The Library is celebrating the Big Read through April, encouraging everyone to continued on page 5

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by Mia Jackson Huskisson Unite Contributing Writer It’s undeniable that Eric Durham is one of the best basketball player Parkview has ever seen but just as important to him is his commitment to being a person of good character. “I’ve seen a lot of players come through here with good character but Eric is consistently the best I’ve coached in my 11 years at Parkview,” Parkview High School Basketball Coach Bill Brown said. Brown has coached Parkview Forward/Guard Senior Eric Durham to more than 78 victories in the past 4 years, and more than 1,380 career points, not to mention this season’s 699 points and his place in Parkview record books as the Most Win-

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Hotel 3333 S. Glenstone Ave. The guest speaker is Joplin Mayor, Melodee Colbert-Kean. The theme is "Teamwork makes the Dreamwork". The NAACP local chapter will present its annual “Drum Major Award” for exemplary leadership representative of the mission and goals of the NAACP over the last century. The “Community Service Award,” the “Business Partnership” and “Focused Education Award” will also be presented. Tickets for the Freedom Fund Ball are available at $35 for members of the NAACP, $45 for non-members and $55 for banquet ticket and new membership – there are also table prices for $400 (includes 10 seats). A networking reception begins at 6:00 P.M. with dinner served at

Erick Durham: This Boy Is On Fire ningest Viking in any sport. “The secret to Eric’s success “When I got Eric as a freshmen is his ability to play with his he was a ‘middle school wonteammates and not for himder’ he shot a lot self,” Brown said. I but only played a see freshmen try to one-dimensional emulate him as well game. In the time as brag about his ache’s been here I’ve complishments. He’s watched him devela leader on this team op into a multi-diand in the school.” mensional player,” Durham has the same Brown said. success in the class“My favorite part of room that he has on the game is shootthe basketball court ing,” Durham said. with an accumulative Erick Durham When Durham is not 3.7 GPA. on the basketball court or in the “When I was little my parents weight room he likes to watch always told me to make good the NBA’s Kobe Bryant play grades so it stuck and now I do it ball. without being told to,” Durham “ I study his moves and break said. them down then I go out and try Eric aspires to study sports to make them a part of my own medicine in college and become game,” Durham said. a trainer if his dreams of a bas-

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ing public health can be found at http://health.mo.gov/ecard/index. php. • Monday, April 1: Ensuring a Safe, Healthy Home for Your Family: Health and safety begin at home. Make prevention a fun family tradition. • Tuesday, April 2: Providing a Safe Environment for Children at School: Schools are the perfect setting for improving child health. Plus, children's health is a rallying point few can ignore. • Wednesday, April 3: Creating a Healthy Workplace: Wellness and safety in the workplace are good for health and for business. Let's make prevention work for us. • Thursday, April 4: Protecting You While You're on the Move: continued on page 9

African American Corporate Executive Chronicles Her Successful Career Path in New Book "My Secrets to Success" Tampa, FL (March 26, 2013) -- It is a rare person who can communicate and inspire people up and down the corporate ladder. This is the gift Kelia Bazile shares in My Secrets to Success, a new autobiographical book chronicling her career path becoming the first African-American to lead a region in (Yum! Brands) Taco Bell's 45-year history. What began as a high school summer job at a fast food restaurant in Dallas, Texas, turned out to be much more than this girl from rural Louisiana ever expected. My Secrets to Success tells an inspiring bottom up story of a young black woman who, against all odds, made it to the top tier of restaurant corporate management. With a compelling personal storyline, Bazile relates how she turned many of the adversities, obstacles and stereotypes that stop most young people into self-motivated opportunities, while all the time encouraging her peers not to give up on their dreams - no matter what. More than a how-to book, My Secrets to Success shines a spotlight on many of the people who inspired Bazile and provided leadership and lessons that moved her up the corporate ladder. Her ideals, strategies and techniques are expressed in a simple, understandable and

useful story that can help anyone achieve success in whatever career they choose. Tim Morrison, president of Tacala LLC, manages the largest Taco Bell franchise in the nation with over 220 restaurants in the Southeastern and Midwestern United States. He said, "It's a rare leader who can engage a team, help them rise to new levels and realize their full potential. Kelia has the unique quality of that rare leader who inspires confidence. I am blessed to have worked beside such a gifted leader." Pattera Newsome, an area coach for Taco Bell in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, said, "I can't wait to see her face on the front cover of Fortune Magazine for being the first African-American Woman to become CEO of a Fortune 500 food service establishment." Kelia Bazile earned her MBA at Dallas Baptist University in 2004 and today is a Joint Venture Partner (JVP) at Carrabba's Italian Grill based in Tampa, Florida, under the umbrella of Bloomin' Brands, Inc. For more details, visit www. keliabazile.com About the Author: Kelia R. Bazile was born February 8, 1967, in New Orleans, Louisiana, and grew up in Vacherie, Louisiana. continued on page 12

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many as 300 identifiable family members in Minnesota alone. Richly inspired by BattleBuckner's very touching, historically-relevant story, Beverly Black Johnson, founder of Gumbo for the Soul Publications, decided to dedicate a special book series, 'Voices of Wisdom,' to stories that can only be told by a seasoned generation of history tellers - 80 years of age and beyond. "Dr. Thelma Battle-Buckner's life's work and ministry should be revered as one of a pioneer likened to Harriet Tubman. Her EPIC journey - above and beyond this book - is phenomenal," Johnson commented. The Battle of a Daytime Nightmare rips apart the fabric of America at its very seam. Once you read this book you will never be the same!" Bruce George (Peabody and Tony Award winner), co-founder of Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on HBO is Director of Business Development for Gumbo for the Soul International. He is the catalyst and producer behind this first assimilation of the new Gumbo for the Soul International 'Voices of Wisdom,' book series: The Battle of a Daytime Nightmare. George commented, "Dr. Thelma Battle-Buckner epitomizes what it is to turn one's struggle into a rallying-cry towards social activism. Her book The Battle of a Daytime Nightmare is a historical window into her plight and triumph."

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over enrolling their children in appropriate activities. They sacrifice time and money to ensure their offspring are exposed to the kinds of experiences they believe will help them to become successful, well-rounded adults. They may even put too much emphasis on test scores and getting into the right college or university. If we want our children to succeed, however, we might want to consider how important it is that we, ourselves, model an enjoyment of learning new things. Are we avid readers? Do we relish new experiences where we learn more about other people or the world about us? Are we interested in learning new skills? Do we involve our

kids in activities where they can learn with us? How likely is it that our child will be interested in creating something, learning a new skill, or mastering a talent if we fail to demonstrate the same sort of enthusiasm? The good news is that no matter how old you are, you can still learn new things. An even more exciting prospect is that while you're doing it, you can inspire a young learner to learn with you. Plan now to learn something new this week and share the experience with a child.

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She graduated from St. James High School in 1985, and studied criminal justice at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. In 2004, Kelia earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Dallas Baptist University. During her tenure at Taco Bell, she and her husband, Jerriel Bazile Sr., raised three children, providing them with a healthy home and a college education.

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Alex Haley Told This Author, “Your Story Begins Where ‘Roots’ Ended”

Nationwide -- Thelma BattleBuckner has chronicled a rich and arresting family history in her forthcoming literary offering, The Battle of a Daytime Nightmare, which is due out April 26, 2013, the author's 81st birthday. She Thelma Buckner stitches together, brilliantly, a dazzling tapestry of her family's will to overcome whatever obstacles life's circumstance placed before it. The Battle of a Daytime Nightmare is a breathtaking account of Dr. Buckner and her family's journey from 1830 'til now - with a surprising connection to one of today's corporate giants. Her narrative exemplifies unity. It is rife with pleasant and stormy unpleasant surprises. It is penned in the plain and poetic speech, style and spirit of her culture. In some ways, the Battle-Buckner story amounts to a sharply focused snapshot of the travails of Black America, of "Making way out of no way." The substance of her life flows

broad and low like a good Sunday morning sermon; it speaks of work, ties, struggle, joys, victory, religion, music and undying love, not only for her family, but for humans at large. "During the early spring of 1987, after twenty years of research for this story, I had the great pleasure of meeting Alex Haley in the Twin Cities. We met twice total; once at the Channel 5 TV station. While we were in the green room, we talked about my research. I asked him if he thought I was taking too long. He said, "No, it takes a long time to find the truth and tell it." We met again in January 1992 at the Hilton Hotel, when he was the speaker for an Urban League breakfast, about three weeks before his death. As he was signing his name on my printed program, he

stopped to look at me and said, "I remember you from Channel 5 TV. Don't stop. Finish the book because it sounds like your story starts where 'Roots' ended." So, I was determined to complete the research. I am not angry with anyone. I just continue to become uneasy when I talk about this situation of what happened to my parents on my 12th birthday." The saga is of a family of sharecroppers (often unpaid) and landowners; of dreamers and leaders who were motivated by a driving spirit to become something better than they were at the moment. Today, the BattleBuckner clan spans across America, from Mississippi, Alabama and other southern locals to Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota and places beyond. The family's kinship network through marriages and great migrations is astounding. There may be as continued on page 11


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