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The Magazine

September 2010

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From the Editor .......................................................................... 7


Contributors................................................................................ 8

Sister Sentiments ...................................................................... 12

September Women of SSS

Jenae Scott-Robinson ............................................................... 14 By Marva G. Ballard

Kim Neujahr ............................................................................. 16 By Tarah Neujahr Dr. Felicia Fowler ..................................................................... 17 By Laqueta Perry

Tuning Up

Diagnosis Diabetes .................................................................. 20 By Joyce McKay

Successfully Integrating Nutrition ........................................... 22 By Anita Vincent, RD, CSO, LDN Working Out with Salsa Dansing ............................................. 23 By Jennifer Ramos Education at Your Fingertips ................................................... 24 by Laqueta Perry She Read ................................................................................... 27

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The Ones Who Make a Difference I will never forget Mrs. Morgan. Honestly, her first name escapes me. However, her face never will. Her reputation I heard about long before I met her. Mrs. Morgan is mean. Mrs. Morgan’s class is hard. Mrs. Morgan is an alien.... So when I discovered she would be my 5th grade math teacher, my heart sank. First of all, math and Marva were not friends. Secondly, being 11 years old, chubby, and bashful left me feeling fearful and defeated anyway. When she walked into the room the first day, the class fell silent. Standing upright and stately, Mrs. Morgan seemed to fill the room with her presence. Confidence emanated from her and the look on her face said “Yes, I am everything you fear I am.” However, she also looked slightly amused by the idea. It was the barely visible upturn in the corner of her mouth that gave it away. Mrs. Morgan was indeed a hard, driving teacher. However, I was a lost cause. Had she taught English, she would have had a student to be proud of. As a student in math, I frustrated her to no end. I’ll never forget the day she smacked me across the behind with her yardstick when I wrote a wrong answer on the blackboard. I was mortified. People used to tease me because I was a Black child who would actually, visibly blush. So, knowing my face was the color of the red, pleated at the bottom, too short, wool jumper I had on that day, I froze. It seemed the seasons changed in the time it took me to get the nerve to turn around and return to my seat. From that point on, I was convinced Mrs. Morgan had been placed on earth to be my tormentor. She never called any of us by our first name, so every time I heard her yell “Ballard!” I felt ill. “Ballard! You laugh too loud. Young ladies should be more ladylike.” “Ballard! You need to wear a girdle. Young ladies shouldn’t jiggle when they walk.” So when enough of us loud and jiggling little girls failed to take her advice, she formed an after school class to teach us how to be “ladylike.” Now mind you, I had great parents and others in my village that loved, nurtured and raised me. However, I guess they never cared about how loud I laughed - only that I laughed, or how much I jiggled - only that I was never

hungry. My mother and grandmother equated food with love. Jiggling, at age 11, was the least of their worries. But Mrs. Morgan turned out to be one of the most memorable occupants of my village, and her role was much needed. She took a group of us under her wing and schooled us on womanhood. Sex education wasn’t a part of our curriculum back then - but we had it. She taught us how to respect our bodies. She taught us how walk and sit with poise and grace. She taught us how to wear proper undergarments so we would be less of a distraction to the little “knucklehead boys” as she called them. She taught us how to speak loudly through the selection of our words not the volume of our voice. We encounter people throughout our lives who impact us in one way or another. Sometimes that impact creates a change in us that makes a difference in the outcome of our lives. Mrs. Morgan was one who made a difference. In this issue, we introduce you to women who work to pave the way for children through education. We introduce you to Mrs. Jenae Scott-Robinson, who adds hours to her day to teach girls how to love themselves, Mrs. Kim Neujahr, a teacher in Montana who, for thirty years, has never let the lack of resources prevent her from bringing the world to the children in her small town, and Dr. Felicia Fowler, Instructional Technology Coordinator for Memphis City Schools who is working to ensure the system uses technology in ways that fully benefit the learning experience for both teachers and students. As always, we hope you enjoy the read and find something meaningful in these pages. And we encourage you to be one who makes a difference. Love, Peace and Blessings,

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Contributors Laqueta Perry Laqueta Perry, a native Memphian, is currently a freelance journalist. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, attending concerts, reading, shopping, and traveling. She is a proud alumni of The University of Memphis and always roots for the Tigers. Visit her blog at

Karen Moore Karen Moore has over 50 theatrical productions to her producer/director/actor’s credit. A graduate of Hendrix College with a BA in Theatre Arts and a minor in Music, Karen’s first professional directorial debut was Livin’ Fat at Beale Street Repertory Company, while she worked by day as a broadcast journalist for WREG-TV. After leaving Memphis, she directed and stage-managed theatre in Hollywood and Chicago before accompanying her husband to Italy where she continued to direct original musical productions. She also performed as an actress in nine foreign films and as an actress and recording artist on European television. Upon her return to the United States as a widow, Moore skirted the theatrical/musical community but focused on raising her two teenage daughters. In 2008, she produced an innovative new television show called This House is Cooking! under her company, Karen Moore Inc. Hosted by her daughter, Aryen, it is a cooking show taped in the kitchen of a beautiful home for sale. Karen, who is also a professional real estate agent, takes the viewing audience on a tour of the house during one segment of the show. You can visit the show’s website at or visit for more information about Karen and her company.

Tarah Neujahr Tarah Neujahr was born and raised in the beautiful state of Montana, where she loves to hike, hunt and just play in the great outdoors. She also enjoys long-distance running, playing softball and frolicking in the park with her dog. When she’s not outdoors, Tarah can be found reading books, playing video games or napping with her cat. She also plays the flute for the Memphisbased River City Concert Band. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in History (with a minor in Sociology) from Montana State University-Billings, Tarah and her significant other, Adam, moved to Memphis. Tarah entered graduate school at the University of Nebraska, commuting back and forth between Lincoln, NE and Memphis for two years. She completed her Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications, with a specialization in Marketing, Communication and Advertising in May 2010. A lot of her spare time is spent doing volunteer public relations for non-profit organizations throughout the area. She currently serves as the Traffic Manager for an advertising agency in downtown Memphis.

Contributors Joyce A. McKay Joyce has spent a large portion of her career in academia, teaching nutrition and dietetics to undergraduate and graduate students. She has served on the faculty at Tuskegee University, Purdue University, and Georgia State University where she held the rank of Assistant Professor. She has also spent several years in program development with agencies such as: the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Westinghouse Health Systems Grady Memorial Hospital, and the West End Medical Center in Atlanta, where she provided a number of services. These included: nutrition consultation to universities in developing training programs for nutrition project directors on aging, organizing projects on motivating professionals in the field of nutrition and consumer services, producing and exhibiting national displays for public view. She has also developed and implemented nutrition education programs for medically underserved populations and other targeted areas and special population groups, i.e. patients with chronic disease, high risk pregnant women, obese adult and pediatric patients and geriatric patients, provided technical support to members of medical health care teams and advocated for patient rights. She currently provides nutrition consultation to individuals, agencies and organizations, and serves as an individual support system for clients under medical supervision. You can visit her website at

Julie Wintker Julie Wintker earned her degree in biochemistry from The University of Memphis many years ago and then worked in the chemical manufacturing business for nearly thirty years. Her mother introduced her to cooking as a preschooler and in college she developed a fascination with nutrition. Serving as the editor of the Successfully Integrating Nutrition feature is a natural fit for Julie who reads cookbooks as if they were on the Times Bestseller List of Fiction.

Anita Vincent, RD, CSO, LDN Anita Vincent is the registered dietician and nutritionist of Wings Cancer Foundation. She is among approximately 200 nutritionists in the nation to become a “certified specialist in oncology nutrition – CSO”. She received her B.S. degree from Michigan State University with a major in dietetics. Following graduation she accepted a 3-year pre-planned internship in Jackson, Mississippi working with several hospitals. She followed the internship with a position of food service manager. Her introduction into oncology occurred when she served as the pediatric nutritionist at St. Jude Hospital in Memphis. She temporarily “retired” to begin her family but was soon eager to return to the work world and has been with the Wings Cancer Foundation ever since. Anita loves serving cancer patients because these patients are highly motivated to make lifestyle changes in their diet and nutrition in order to make their cancer journey easier and to prevent recurrence of cancer. Anita staunchly believes that great nutrition is the foundation of cancer prevention and the elimination of our national crisis of obesity.

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The Internet is such a wonderful resource. At its best, it provides endless opportunities to learn and become knowledgable about almost anything under the sun. I like to tell people, you may not be able to get a degree from it (without going through formal channels), but nothing can stop you from gaining the education. However, the Internet can also engage people in hours upon hours of wasted time. To make matters worse, in comes the era of social media and the time and effort it takes to keep up with it. With all the potential the Internet has to create business opportunitites, open up meaningful communication and exchange and make learning accessible, it has also become a tool to idle away time, engage in slanderous monologues and potentially put millions of both children and adults at risk of becoming victims of crime. As a society, we’re collectively like a kid whose been given a bright, shiny toy. It seems as if the Internet has become the method to which (as Andy Warhol predicted) everyone can have their 15 minutes of fame. However, the toy should read “Not intended for use by people unable to use wise judgements.” My family convinced me that I needed to be on facebook. Then, my associates convinced me that I needed to be on Linkedin and that I should be “tweeting” as well. No one can deny the impact social media marketing has on the potential of businesses and organizations to expand their customer base, and at the very least, awareness of their existence.

So, I established a facebook page. Although I set it up primarily to help create awareness of what was going on with Women of Style, Spirit and Success, it has put me back in contact with many of my former students, old friends I have lost contact with, former co-workers and clients and even some of the old gang I grew up with who lived on our block. To find out how their lives have progressed - hear about their children and grandchildren, hear of their successes and losses - all of this has been great. However, sometimes I read and see things that make me wince. The web is not the place to air your personal laundry - even if it’s clean. So, my sisters, watch what you post and know that if you post it, it may become futile to retrieve it later. You may not be able to see it from the area you originally posted it - but cyberspace has captured it - and more than likely, by simply Googling your name - it can be retrieved. This includes the lewd photos, the comments about your current love interest, what you did at your last party, how you feel about people, your views on a particular topic..... Be aware that the Internet has become a tool used by employers and others you may potentially do business with, even schools you want to attend, to gain a perspective of who you really are and your potential to be an asset or a liability to their organization. The ability to use good judgement is a quality businesses look for in a potential employee. Does your facebook page say that about you?

Sister Sentiments

September 2010

Jenae Scott-Robinson Kim Neujahr Felicia Fowler

Jenae Scott-Robinson Teaches Self Worth through L.O.V.E. By Marva G. Ballard If you visit Jenae ScottRobinson’s website at White Station Middle School, under her name are the words “24hour teacher”. That says a lot about a woman whose students see her as wonderful, and whose coworkers see her as exceptional. Yet Ms. ScottRobinson only sees herself as being what she was destined and called to be – a teacher. She says, “To be honest, I didn’t initially start out wanting to be a teacher. I simply wanted to be involved in something that made a difference. God led me to teach.” Mrs. Scott-Robinson currently teaches 7th Grade Language Arts for the Alpha Centauri Team at White Station Middle. She is certified and highly qualified to teach Reading and Language Arts in grades 7 through 12. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from The University of Tennessee, a Master’s of Education from Union University, and is currently in the process of earning her terminal degree at Union University as an Education Specialist in Administration and Supervision. When I asked her what it meant to her to be a teacher 24 hours a day, she answered, “Throughout my profession, I have heard many teachers say that they are a teacher during school hours only. When they go home, the teacher part of them is turned off. However, I find this to be impossible. If you are called to teach,

how do you turn your calling off ? I want my students to know that I am there for them 24 hours a day. In this day and age, our students need that.” You have to believe she means what she says when you learn that she established a special cell phone line just so her students could contact her when they needed to. Her husband, Courtney Robinson, doesn’t mind her being that accessible. Her dedication to her students is part of what makes her special. She says she feels blessed to have him and her parents, Charles and Jean Hunt in her corner. “It is their prayers and support that help me day to day”, she adds. I first heard about Ms. Scott-Robinson when my own daughter Stephanie attended White Station Middle and became active with a special group for girls there called L.O.V.E. (Ladies of Virtue and Excellence) My daughter has moved on to high school, but still keeps in touch with Ms. Scott Robinson who continues to be a mentor to her. The L.O.V.E. reminded me of a similar group I belonged to

in the 5th grade. So when I asked her to explain a little more about it, she told me that the group was created to provide a positive environment for young ladies to be involved in at White Station Middle School. “Many of the young ladies desired a mentor, and were in need of a school connection.” She added, “L.O.V.E. was created to provide that connection and teach the young ladies about serving the community.”

who is now a co-worker and good friend, was her math teacher when she attended White Station Middle as a student. “He was my mentor during a time when there were no clubs for students to be active in who needed those connections. He inspired me to be a teacher.” Dr. Shaw, who made a difference in Ms. Scott Robinson’s life, continues to do the same with the students he teaches today.

When asked what triggered it, she replied, “The year I As parents, we spend many nights worried about our started LOVE the young ladies of the school were at children for one reason or another. I asked her what the top of the disciplinary infraction list. My principal keeps her awake at night as a teacher and she told me at the time, Eric Sullivan, encouraged the faculty to that she worries about the children who are slipping offer solutions for problems at the school. I presented through the cracks, and adds, “Sometimes, I feel like the idea to him, and he eagerly embraced it. He schools are not equipped with the adequate resources encouraged me to needed to talk to our successfully assistant principal, support all the Lionel Cable, to needs children start a group for Q. What is the single bit of advice you bring to school, young men as well. and over the years, can share with parents about how to Mr. Cable eagerly the needs seem to agreed, and he encourage their children to read? be getting greater. started M.O.V.E Students need (Men of Vision support mentally, and Excellence). A. Find out what their interests are physically, Our other spiritually, and and go from there. Read a novel with assistant principal, academically. Our Charlotte Danley, your child. The discussion will leave communities are sweetly offered to hurting. The you bewildered in the process. assist me in school is only a sponsoring mirror of the L.O.V.E. Mr. community in Cable and Ms. which it stands. I Danley have fear not being worked very hard there when a child to ensure the success of both groups.” needs me most. I don’t want to leave any child behind.” “Many of our girls have moved on to high school and beyond. They come back and tell stories of how L.O.V.E. helped them through some of the tough times they were going through. They felt supported, and a part of something great. It also gave the girls some accountability for their actions. Consequently, the disciplinary infractions went down, and our girls blossomed into young ladies.” To demonstrate the value of having mentors and people to connect with in school, she pointed out the role that Dr. Adlai Shaw played in her life. Dr. Shaw,

Kim Neujahr Helps Her Children Discover the World By Tarah Neujahr As a school teacher in rural Montana, Kim Neujahr is no stranger to hard work. She hails from a working-class background, put herself through college, and once owned and operated a preschool/ daycare serving over 50 families at a time. Now after 30 years of teaching, Mrs. Neujahr and thousands of teachers like her are facing the worst legislative crisis to face education in decades, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). Designed to force accountability, NCLB offers federal funding to states that achieve Adequately Yearly Process. Critics say that NCLB pushes educators to “teach to a test” at the sacrifice of true, analytical learning; it fails to nurture those skills that can’t be measured on a written test. And politics aside, it’s the teachers at rural schools like Morin Elementary, where Mrs. Neujahr teaches, who face the consequences of NCLB, both good and bad. And it’s the teachers like Mrs. Neujahr who make the best of both. The classroom barely gets an Internet connection and her students have no hot lunch program, but Mrs. Neujahr’s kindergarteners are excited for the beginning of the school year. She’s invited all 10 of their families over to the school for a quick skills assessment and, mostly, a quick “meet and greet.” When the year begins, their classmates will be on many different levels of development, including a deaf child, a mute child and one who has repeated kindergarten twice before. Mrs. Neujahr will find a way to take these kids on a journey of discovery whether it’s in the schoolyard during recess or through a book during reading time. “When it’s fun and spontaneous, they don’t even know they’re learning!” says Mrs. Neujahr. “We’re looking at bugs outside, talking about biology, but all they know is they’re having fun.”

She also believes in teaching her students what they want to know, which it usually turns out, is what they need to know. “They trust me to show them the world. They’re young and don’t feel judged or tested. It’s important to develop that love of learning early.” Often, Mrs. Neujahr’s students remember her when they choose their career paths years later. Some have become successful lawyers, disc jockeys, teachers, advertising executives and journalists. A former student wrote to her 14 years after he had been in her class just to tell her that her classes helped inspire him to become a scientist. It’s moments like that she finds most rewarding. She says, “Knowing that I’ve helped them on the path to discovery, that I made an impression and changed a life to seek out knowledge, that is far more meaningful than test scores on some standardized test.” So while NCLB seems to set up rural teachers for failure, Kim Neujahr knows that as long as there are teachers who fight for children and their ability to learn through discovery, there will always be scientists, lawyers, and advertising executives in our future.

Dr. Felicia Fowler Links Students and Teachers to Technology By Laqueta Perry Dr. Felicia Fowler is Coordinator for Instructional Technology at Memphis City Schools. “That means I’m in charge of how teachers and students use technology in the classroom,” she said. Fowler is in her fourth year in her current position; she has previously worked in staff development. This is her 16th year in education. “I’ve always been a big proponent of using technology where you can in the classroom,” she said. “I thought this (job) was a great fit for me.” MCS merges education and technology in a variety of ways: Grade books and attendance are completed electronically. There are graphing calculators, digital projectors, and digital science labs. Students use technology starting in Pre-K. Fowler said the younger students use a keyboard with larger keys. They work on language arts, mouse skills, and phonics. There is district-wide software that includes video libraries that the teachers can access, as well as the students when they get home. “A computer is a wonderful investment,” Fowler said. “It’s something long-term. Purchasing a computer with Internet access is one way to give kids a leg up.” The office of I.T. has their own set of initiatives in charge of drafting models of technology. In schools such as Georgia Avenue Elementary, Vance Middle, Booker T. Washington High, Oakhaven Elementary, Middle, and High; and Hamilton Elementary, Middle, and High; students and teachers are being trained on PC and Macintosh computers. Both computer systems are provided so that students are well-rounded. (Singers, graphic designers, and artists often work on Macintosh computers; while business professionals

often use Microsoft systems.) The students learn to work with wikis, Google Earth, blogs, and podcasts. Over the summer 400 MCS students spent two weeks at “Got Tech” camp. Students were immersed in digital photography, blogs, podcasts, and video. They presented exhibitions at the end of the session. Another initiative the school system is involved in is social networking for middle school students, Fowler said. Using a “filtered and safe” message board system, students are connected with other students based on their interests (such as chess). The school system also has an e-learning graduation requirement. “MCS has a policy that incoming freshmen must take one online course before graduation,” Fowler said. She said because of the advent on online degrees, students need to learn how to take an online course. The online courses can be in the form of enrichment, course recovery (taking a class to graduate on time), or advanced placement. Fowler said that 1,200 students are currently taking an online course. In the future, Fowler thinks the school system will need to have more computers in the classroom to keep up. “I’m hoping we’ll be one to one-where there will be a computer for every child, because I remember life without a computer, but these kids don’t. It’s a tool to be utilized.”

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Tuning Up

Diagnosis Diabetes Reducing Fear with Facts and a Plan And so you have just been told that you have diabetes. This can be a tremendous blow, but it doesn’t have to end there. This may very well be your wake up call to take charge of your health and begin to realize that you are in the driver’s seat. Your health care and state of health is up to you. While cruising the Caribbean, I met Sondra who had just been diagnosed as a type two diabetic. She had a blood sugar of 499, had taken her medication and was just eating fruit for breakfast because she was afraid to eat anything else. She was feeling very sick and not enjoying the ocean. I sprung into action and advised her to get some protein food on her plate and eat a small healthy meal and continue to eat every two to three hours. Also I pointed out to her that taking the medication was not going to cure her or make her feel better right away. It was going to take time for her body to adjust and for her blood sugar to be controlled She was further advised to keep a small high protein snack in her purse in the event of a drop in her blood sugar. By the end of the cruise, her blood sugar was down to 200 hundred and she was feeling much better. This informal interlude from a health care professional was probably helpful. She had not been referred to a certified diabetes educator or a dietitian. Fifteen minutes in your doctor’s office can be very misleading. You must learn enough about your body to be able to ask the appropriate questions so that you leave with the information you need to take care of you. We have to abandon the practice of allowing the doctor to give us laboratory results that we don’t understand and don’t remember. Then in that same fifteen minutes, we get a diagnosis and a prescription with other instructions. We rush out because we have been in this process more than two hours already. At the pharmacy, we may or may not get a consultation. By the time we arrive home and begin to collect ourselves we have more questions than answers. This scenario rings true for many diagnoses, however, the focus today is on diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that affects about 24 million Americans. A reasonable number of these people are unaware that they have it. Then there is another segment of the population who have higher than normal blood sugar levels or pre diabetes. The medical community now knows

that if not treated these persons will become diabetic in ten years. The major marker in diabetes is a high level of blood sugar resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action or both. Produced by the pancreas, insulin is a hormone that is needed to transport blood sugar (glucose) from the blood into the muscle, liver and fat cells for energy. Type I diabetes (juvenile onset diabetes) which accounts for up to ten percent of diabetes cases, requires external sources of insulin because the insulin producing beta cells of the pancreas are destroyed by the body’s own immune system in response to genetic or environmental factors. The vast majority of diabetes cases, Type II diabetes arise when the body’s cells become resistant to insulin or the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin. This occurs in the young as well as older adults. As glucose builds up in the blood, it over flows into the urine and leaves the body without doing its work, (providing energy to the brain, liver, muscles, and fat cells). Over time this excess of sugar in the blood causes damage to organs, in particular the eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart and blood vessels. This damage is not reversible and in many cases leads to heart disease, blindness and other end stage diseases. The question arises, is diabetes preventable? The answer is yes and no. In the case of Type I diabetes that is found in children and requires insulin we know of no way to prevent it. Type II diabetes may be prevented by lifestyle changes in which nutrition and exercise play the leading role. Healthy nutrition and exercise that prevents and reduces obesity will thwart diabetes. You hold the power of prevention in the food choices you make and the level of activity you perform every day. The major cause of Type II diabetes is obesity, especially around the abdominal area. Accumulation of fat cells increases insulin resistance. The good news is that you can stop the progression of Type II diabetes. The diabetes Prevention Program conducted in 2002 found that diet and exercise can prevent or delay the onset of Type II diabetes in people at risk for developing it. The standards of medical care in diabetes also emphasize the importance of a healthy lifestyle in the prevention of Type II diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program showed that a modest weight loss of five to seven percent and regular physical activity are two primary

prevention methods for this disease. When considering obesity as a common cause of diabetes, keep in mind that obesity is more than being many pounds over weight. How fat you are is more than what you see on the scale. How much fat do you have? What is your lean body mass? What is your waist size? Do you have belly fat? These are all questions to consider when looking at your level of fatness and especially your risk for diabetes.

What we do know for sure: Weight loss and weight control of five to seven percent can make a difference in blood sugar control. Exercise and increased movement daily makes a big contribution. People who walk daily show great improvement over time. Eating more fiber and eating breakfast contribute to a healthy eating pattern. Eating less fat, cutting saturated fat to 10 percent or less and trans fats to 1 percent can help build a healthy diet. Control and limit refined carbohydrates and when they are eaten try to eat them with a mixed meal so as to not spike your blood sugar. Eat a nutrient rich diet that includes whole grains, plants, nuts, antioxidants, and keep hydrated with water and remember to eat your fruit instead of drinking it. Vitamin D has been shown to play a role in blood glucose control and insulin action. Adults should aim for 800 to 1000 international units daily.

Spice up your life. There are many spices that are good for you and will help you on this journey, cinnamon is one to stock up on if you are seeking better blood sugar control. “Lifestyle is all of what you do daily as healthy eating and exercise leads you� Joyce A. McKay

By Anita Vincent, RD, CSO, LDN Oncology Nutrition Specialist Wings Cancer Foundation/West Clinic

Bean and Cheese Quesadilla It’s back to school… and that means what to eat after school? Schools start early and many children eat lunch hours before noon. The first thing on their minds on the way home is, what can I eat? Healthful snacks contribute important nutrients to growing (and grown) bodies. Think of a snack as more of a minimeal and you will find yourself making better choices. A good mini-meal includes protein, carbohydrate (starch, fruit or milk) and a little fat. Easy to prepare after school snacks include: ~ Low sugar yogurt with a little low fat granola or nuts and fruit. ~ A medium baked potato (cook in the microwave) topped with low fat cheese. ~ One cup cooked whole grain pasta topped with parmesan cheese and served with fruit. ~ Veggie, chicken or turkey burger patties (cook in the microwave) on a whole grain bun served with a piece of fruit. ~ A peanut butter sandwich with a small glass of milk.

Or try one of these quick and easy recipes. Bean and Cheese Quesadilla (Serves one) 2 (6") whole grain or low carbohydrate tortillas Vegetable oil cooking spray 2 oz shredded cheese ¼ cup cooked or canned and drained pinto beans Salsa, optional Heat a skillet, non-stick if available. Spray one side of each tortilla with vegetable oil spray. Place one tortilla, sprayed side down, in the pan. Sprinkle the cheese and beans evenly over the surface. Top with the other tortilla, sprayed side up. Heat until brown on one side. Carefully flip to brown other side. Remove from heat. Cut into wedges with a pizza cutter. Serve with salsa if desired. Enjoy! Smoothie for one ½ cup low fat milk, soy milk or yogurt ¼ cup orange juice 4 frozen strawberries, peaches or fruit of choice ½ teaspoon vanilla 1 – 2 tablespoons sugar, if needed Ice Put all ingredients in blender. Blend till smooth. You will need to add the sugar if the strawberries aren’t sweet. If the fruit is not frozen, blend with a few ice cubes or crushed ice. Pour into a glass. Enjoy with your quesadilla! Got a S.I.N.fully delicious recipe to share? call us at 901.452.8882 or e-mail Julie Wintker, S.I.N. Editor at

Working Out With Salsa Dancing By Jennifer Ramos The effectiveness of a workout regiment largely depends on the effort and motivation of the people using it. Unfortunately, a lot of people fall out of their exercise and workout programs because of inappropriate goal setting and lack of proper motivation. This is why non-traditional exercise regiments like salsa dancing have become an effective and increasingly popular program to replace traditional gym exercise and aerobics. Because the activity is fun and exciting, more people are able to stick with it therefore making it an effective weight loss and muscle toning exercise. By going to gym or by just exercising, it feels like you are exerting too much effort just to lose a couple pounds. This is how a lot of people gets demoralized and stop exercising completely, as they do not see the point of having to work so hard anymore without seeing any decent results. This is why salsa is a good alternative, it is enjoyable and dynamic. The movements and steps can keep a new student interested and progress can easily be seen even after the first lesson. It is also deeply relaxing as the music and grooves of salsa can generate a general positive feeling in the body making it much more than an exercise regime, but also a fun and reliable possible pastime. Unlike the limited range of movement and repetitive nature of gym exercise and exercise equipment, salsa dancing is dynamic and it is very easy to learn. There are a lot of salsa dance styles and salsa dancing

techniques to choose from so there is no chance of running out of something new to learn. After learning how to dance the basic steps of salsa, one can move on to more complex and unique styles like Puerto Rican, Miami, New York, Mambo, and the popular Cuban style. There are also tons of resources that you can find to add more flair or to master your salsa dancing techniques such as technique manuals and dance videos. Learning how to dance salsa is easy and even the least experienced dancer can give it a try without shame. Being able to learn dance can provide a surprising confidence boost to new salsa dance students while having a toning and slimming exercise as well. Learning how to dance is easy. As long as you are willing to move and shake your hips, there would be no problem for you to learn the basic steps and principles of this sexy Latin American dance. And with a little sprinkle of confidence, surely, you’ll be pulling it off like a professional in no time. Salsa is a good pastime, a conversation builder, a networking tool, and an amazing skill. By learning to dance salsa one can go past the point of only exercising and truly become happy in seeking physical fitness. Salsa dancing is a generous exercise that does not come with a heavy price so try it out. Spice up your life by learning your own Salsa moves. To bring out the spices of a hip tossing Afro-Latino beat visit Jennifer Ramos’s http:// Drop in today and live it up!

Education at Your Fingertips By Laqueta Perry The advent of technology has put a world of information at our fingertips-this includes a college education. With a home computer and an Internet connection students can access online courses, online certificates, and online degrees. Both undergraduate and graduate offerings can be taken.

state university or college, you can be charged out-of-state tuition (though some schools do offer a discount). The Tennessee Board of Regents (which includes all colleges in Tennessee outside of The University of Tennessee system) has an online degree program, as long as you are enrolled in one of the member schools. Credits are completely transferable between schools. With Southwest Tennessee Community College and The University of Memphis, online professional development courses are offered periodically through their Continuing Education catalogs.

As long as you are declared a resident of Tennessee you can take courses online at any institution in the state for the same rate as if you were on campus. If you utilize an out-of-

The University of Memphis offers online Bachelors in African and African American Studies, English, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Communication, Journalism, Management, Organizational Leadership, Information Technology, Liberal Studies., and RN to BSN. Masters are offered in English as a Second Language, History, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Applied Computer Science, Journalism, Teaching Secondary Education, Teaching Special Education, Advance Studies in Learning, Educational Psychology, Health Promotion, Instruction and Curriculum Leadership, Leadership, Sport Commerce, Business Administration, Nursing, Public Health, Health Administration, Human Resources Leadership, Strategic

Leadership, Library Information Specialist, and Training Development.

Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro offers the following online degrees: Bachelors in Liberal Studies, Professional Studies, Psychology, and Nursing; Masters in Nursing, Professional Studies, Education, Business Education, and Education Specialist.

Graduate certificates include Applied Lean Leadership, Community College Teaching and Leadership, K-12 Instructional Computing Application, Teaching English as a Second Language and Local Government Management.

The University of Tennessee in Knoxville offers the following degrees online: Masters in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Engineering Management, Nuclear Engineering, Reliability, Maintainability Engineering, and Information Sciences.

An online Doctorate of Education is available in Higher Education. Bethel University in McKenzie offers the Master of Arts in Education online. Austin Peay State University in Clarksville offers the following online degrees: Associates in Liberal Arts; Bachelors in Communication Arts, Computer Science and Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Nursing, Political Science, and Professional Studies; and Masters in Communication Arts, Education, Health and Human Performance, Management, Military History, and Psychology.

Online graduate certificates are available in Applied Statistical Strategies, Computational Fluid Dynamics, and Nuclear Criticality Safety. For most courses past syllabi are available online, so you can get an idea of what the class will require before you sign up.

For more information: Southwest Tennessee Community College (continuing education): The University of Memphis: or 901-678-8900 The University of Memphis (continuing education) Bethel University: 651-635-8000 or 1-800-255-8706, ext. 8000 Austin Peay State University: or 931-221-6484 Middle Tennessee State University: The University of Tennessee: or 1-800-670-8657 Tennessee Board of Regents Online Degree Program: 1-888-223-0023 or

She Read... Hardball for Women: Winning at the Game of Business by Dr. Pat Heim, Ph.D. Dr. Pat Heim, Ph.D. offers keys to understanding male behavior at the business place in her book, “Hardball for Women: Winning at the Game of Business” (Rev. Ed. 2005, RGA Publishing Group) coauthored with Susan K. Golant. The biggest key according to Heim is right in the title; “business if conducted as a sport” (pg. 5). Think of all the sports metaphors in workplace jargon (“The ball’s in your court.” “Be a team player.”). Dr. Heim maintains that gender communication differences result from the very different ways she presumes boys and girls play. Boys play directly competitive sports with teams of other boys, while girls stay at home in small groups and play “house” or “dolls.” Thus, when boys grow up, they rely on the goal-oriented communication skills they learned when they were younger. Women, on the other hand, are more interested in making things fair, keeping power even, and the process by which a person undertakes a goal. Heim relies on anecdotal evidence from the many workshops she’s performed in corporate America. She recounts many stories of women who meet with instant understanding and success as soon as they implement the communications skills suggested in “Hardball for Women.” Some of these skills include such good advice as, “avoid saying ‘always’ and ‘never’ and ‘attack the problem, not the

person.” Others offer unique insight. For example, the next time someone refers to a group of women as “girls” or “ladies,” imagine what might happen if a group of men were called “boys.” But, ultimately, most advice comes across as stereotypical, sexist regurgitation that women have been fighting so hard against in the last few decades. Dr. Heim begins her book by explaining the necessity of a second edition. She writes her first edition was “angry” and she saw men as mere “chest-beaters.” Now, she wants to point out that men and women are fundamentally different and pretending otherwise adds difficulty to the issue. However, the very presence of her book places women in a subordinate position. After all, one does not usually see books with titles like “How a Man Can Fit into the Workplace.” Perhaps it would be more beneficial to recognize that individuals are more than their gender, and the pathway to successful communication within the workplace lies on finding individual styles, strengths and weaknesses. By forcing women into a box, where the female communication style is emotional, reactive and noncompetitive, as she does in “Hardball for Women,” Heim has legitimized misogynistic arguments against women in leadership roles. A woman has much more to offer the business world, such as her intelligence, education and skills. - Tarah Neujahr

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Our Volunteers in Lights!

Jingjing Li September means Back-To-School whether young or grown so it is altogether fitting that our volunteer spotlight shines on Ms. Jingjing Li this month. Jingjing and her husband have now lived in the United States, and specifically Memphis, for about a year now while he pursues his postdoctoral studies at University of The Tennessee Health Sciences. Jinjing is a native of Beijing, China and graduated from the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology in 2000 where she also served as an Associate Professor in their Fashion Design department teaching pattern drafting. She has also worked professionally as a fashion designer. Her experience in teaching young girls led her to our program entitled The Future’s Fashion Entrepreneurial Women (The FFEW) where she instantly bonded with the girls and staff alike with her enthusiastic personality, creative ideas and wealth of knowledge.

She paints in her leisure time and hopefully will soon display her work in a local gallery. It’s back to school for Jingjing as she was accepted to the Memphis School of Art for her graduate studies. Jingjing is truly a Woman of Style, Spirit and Success wherever she goes! P.S. Jingjing is also one of our volunteer instructors in our new Coffee, Cookies, and Couture program. Enroll early to reserve your space in one of her awesome, creative classes.

Aryen Moore-Alston

Aryen Moore-Alston grew up in Naples, Italy, and has pretty much lived and traveled all over the world. She speaks Japanese fluently and is “in love with all the flavors of Asia.” She graduated from Spelman College, where she led a team of female scientists who programmed robotic dogs to play soccer without human intervention. She co-hosts This House is Cooking! with her mother - Karen Moore. This House is Cooking! is on hiatus, but new plans for the show, and the arrival of Aryen’s first child, have given both Karen and Aryen an opportunity to combine the elements they love most – family, cooking and entertaining. The show will soon resume

production. Aryen’s fascination with Italian and Asian cultures, and their cuisine, provided the best training for her role on her television show. As a busy young woman, juggling work responsibilities, a commitment to healthy eating, involvement with the entertainment industry, and now motherhood, Moore-Alston focuses on showing people how to prepare meals that are flavorful, easy to prepare and ideal for sharing with family and friends. When asked to do a healthy cooking demonstration at our February Go Girl Gathering, Aryen gladly agreed and wowed the attendees with her delicious stuffed shells. However, Aryen has been a volunteer with Women of Style, Spirit and Success for over two years and has contributed to the organization in numerous ways. Also a choreographer, she helped prepare the girls in The FFEW last summer by showing them how to walk like a model and, for most, walk in high heels for the first time. Additionally, she helped them add the music to their PowerPoint presentations. This year, Aryen helped to promote the after school program by developing the PSA that aired on several television stations.

Christopher Ezeh Women of SSS did a lot of moving this year, and when we say moving, we mean moving to a new location. We moved to a new location and that meant moving desks, chairs, equipment, art and tons of supplies. Christopher Ezeh (son of the founder) has been our resident sweetheart since the beginning. He assists us in any way possible including being the consumate gentleman. Hats off to Christopher for helping his mom, as well as his new moms, aunties and sisters in the Women of SSS village!

Current Volunteer Opportunities Please call our office at 901-452-8882 or email if you’d like to volunteer in any of these current opportunities. You can also visit and complete the online application process. Divas, Darlings and Desserts needs volunteers to help with publicity, ticket sales, set-up, decorations, clean-up with this culminating fashion show for the Future’s Fashion Entrepreneurial Women spring and summer camps. The date is Sunday, October 3, 2010. Our cookbook committee chairman, Christine Province, needs volunteers who will donate their favorite recipes, test submitted recipes, and proof recipes. Women of Style, Spirit and Success is participating in the upcoming Shopping For A Cause with Macy’s and need volunteers to sell shopping passes for the event.

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Calling all bakeries, bakers and those who love cupcakes!!! Cupcakemania is coming to Memphis! with

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About Us Women of Style, Spirit & Success, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving economic conditions for women and children through initiatives that assist them with career and entrepreneurial pursuits.

Our mission is to help women and girls embrace and use technology as a means to lead more productive lives, operate more successful businesses, and prepare for the careers of the future.

Our Programs Under our Girls Getting Wired initiative, Best Buy, provides technology training to women and girls. The program is offered on location at participating Best Buy stores on Saturday at 2:00 P.M. It helps bridge the digital divide between genders by helping women and girls gain more knowledge of and experience with the technical devices that shape how we live, work and play. For more information, you can visit our website or the program website at

The F.F.E.W. (Future’s Fashion Entrepreneurial Women) uses a girl’s interest in the glitz and glamour of the fashion industry to increase her awareness of and use of technology and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career opportunities.. Girls enrolled in the program do a variety of fashionrelated projects to gain an overall sense of the industry’s connectivity to other industries and academic disciplines. For more information, visit the website at

Women of Style, Spirit and Success - The Magazine is monthly e-publication. It is the way we connect our community as well as disseminate information and provide links to resources. The publication, which is distributed monthly, also features advice on how to “tune up” and prepare your body, mind and spirit for the success you seek.

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Our Team Board of Directors Dorothy Gourdine – Chair Life With Clarity Hampton, VA Nyanza Y. Duplessis - Secretary/Treasurer Department of Community Affairs Atlanta, GA Julio Cepeda Lebonheur Children’s Hospital Memphis, TN Sophorn McRae Formus Inc. Architects and Partners Memphis, TN Penelope Wolfe Penny Wolfe Creative Services Millington, TN

Staff Marva G. Ballard - President / CEO Kapriskie Mack - Financial Resources Developer (AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer)

Marceline K. Vaughn - Program Resources Developer (AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer)

Julie Wintker - Volunteer Resources Developer (AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer)

Keisha Moore-Alston - The F.F.E.W. Program Resources Developer (AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer)

Karen D. Moore - Public Relations Director Amber Banks - Publications Assistant Michael Tanner - Technology Specialist

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The September 2010 issue of Women of Style, Spirit and Success - The Magazine salutes women who make a difference in the lives of children t...