Prestigious national award given to Spelman president

Metro Digest (Dec. 13 - Dec. 19)

12/13/2013, 6 a.m.
Spelman College President Beverly Tatum received the prestigious national academic leadership award from the Carnegie Corp. of New York on ...
Spelman College president Beverly Tatum.

Prestigious national award given to Spelman president

Spelman College President Beverly Tatum, Ph.D. received the prestigious national academic leadership award from the Carnegie Corp. of New York on Monday, December 9. Tatum is one of four college presidents named as a recipient of the honor. Tatum is also the first president of a Historically Black College or University, and the first college president from Georgia to be given the award.

She was recognized for her strife in pushing women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields at the university. Spelman, from 1997 through 2006, prepared more African American doctoral women in STEM fields than Georgia Tech, Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill combined, according to the National Science Foundation.

The award includes $500,000 that Tatum intends to use toward a matching grant to establish a computer science faculty position at the school, as well as replenishing the school’s overall funding during economic difficulties, per Tatum's comment to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Gladys Knight, music legend

Gladys Knight, music legend

30th Anniversary Mayor's UNCF Masked Ball features Gladys Knight

The 30th Anniversary Mayor's Masked Ball will be held 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 21 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Atrium Ballroom. Mayor Kasim Reed and UNCF President & CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax will host the event. It will also feature Chairpersons Billye and Hank Aaron, Carolyn and Andrew Young and Gary Peacock, president of Sun Trust Bank and his wife Lori. Renowned recording artist Gladys Knight will be the featured performer. She, along with Geri Thomas of Bank of America, and conductor James Patterson of Clark Atlanta University’s Jazz Orchestra will be honored.

Forum tackles issues ‘from public schools to private prisons'

Premier educators, consultants, and noted social figures gather to discuss relevant topics concerning blacks. The forum will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, January 4 at the Southwest Arts Center on 915 New Hope Rd., Atlanta, GA 30331.

Featured guests include Professor Griff of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Hip Hop group Public Enemy, Dr. Umar Abdullah Johnson, a National Board Certified School psychologist, author and poet Sharien Muhammad, and Chike Akua, an educational consultant.

Jahi “Make It Happen” Muhammad of Falah Worldwide/OMS will serve as host of the forum. For more information on tickets and group discounts, call 404-438-3156.

AABE: STEM awareness

AABE: STEM awareness

AABE joins Georgia Tech to host Black Energy Awareness Month Program

The Atlanta Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy recently hosted more than 100 metro Atlanta high school students for a conference to encourage them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. The session was co-hosted by the Georgia Tech Society of Black Engineers and also featured 12 teachers from local schools.

The event featured exhibits from Georgia Tech Research Institute, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center, GE Energy, SIEMENS Energy, CH2M Hill, Army ROTC, Southern Nuclear, Georgia Power and MARTA. Also featured were a number of next-generation electric, compressed natural gas and solar vehicles, sponsored by Georgia Power, AGL Resources and the Georgia Tech Solar Jackets. Representatives from both AABE and NSBE were also on hand to address questions about scholarships, other educational programs, and energy career options.