“Cheers!” is an Atlanta Voice feature highlighting the everyday accomplishments of everyday people—things like special honors, awards, job announcements, graduations, promotions and other achievements

Compiled by Kalin Thomas Staff Writer | 6/7/2013, 12:46 p.m.
Dorian Joyner Sr. and Dorian Joyner Jr.

Father and son duo, Dorian Joyner Sr. and Dorian Joyner Jr. both graduated from Morehouse College May 19 where President Barack Obama gave the commencement address.

            Joyner Sr.; of Long Island, New York; received a BA in Religion and will go on to law school. 

Joyner Jr., of Lithonia, received a BA in English and will attend film school after he spends two years in the Peace Corps.

College “rising senior,” Victoria Lewis-Young has been awarded a 2013 Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship.

The international studies major will receive financial support toward tuition and other expenses during her senior year of college and the first year of graduate study in public policy and international affairs.


Madge Owens

Madge Owens retired June 1, after 30 years of outstanding service, to the State of Georgia. 

She served as Administrative Assistant to eight members of the Georgia House of Representatives, including Rep. Tyrone Brooks (President of GABEO) and “Able” Mable Thomas.

Owens was named a “Phenomenal Trailblazer” by the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women, and is one of the first recipients of the historic NAACP Atlanta Branch “Valuable Volunteer Award.” 

One-hundred Clark Atlanta University students were recently inducted as charter members of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.

Phi Eta Sigma is the first and largest honor society devoted to the achievement of the first-year college student.

CAU President Carlton E. Brown -- a new honorary member of Phi Eta Sigma -- said, “The chartering of Phi Eta Sigma at Clark Atlanta University creates an opportunity for recognizing promising scholars, as well as opportunities for student leadership and scholarship within the organization.”