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Clark Atlanta University celebrates 25th Anniversary

Founders Week, March 16-23

Compiled by Titus Falodun Staff Writer | 3/14/2014, 11:09 a.m.
Clark Atlanta University is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the consolidation of its parent institutions, Atlanta University (founded in 1865) ...
Pernessa Seele, CAU alumna and founder and CEO of The Balm In Gilead.

ATLANTA – Clark Atlanta University is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the consolidation of its parent institutions, Atlanta University (founded in 1865) and Clark College (founded in 1869). The observance will honor the institution’s 292-year legacy during Founders Week, March 16-23, on CAU’s campus, 223 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W., Atlanta.

Highlights of the week include a lecture by alumna Pernessa C. Seele, founder and CEO of The Balm In Gilead Inc. on March 18, the Founders Day address on March 20, and the Spirit of Greatness Gala on March 22.

Seele is founder and CEO of The Balm In Gilead, Inc., a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization whose mission is to prevent diseases and to improve the health status of individuals who are disproportionately affected by high rates of health disparities, especially HIV, hepatitis C, cervical cancer and sexual violence. Now in its 24th year, The Balm In Gilead is based in Richmond, Va., and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The organization provides technical support to more than 10,000 faith institutions regarding the implementation of health education and service programs.

For more information on CAU’s Founders Week, visit: http://www.cau.edu.

Mount Vernon Baptist Church last service before move

ATLANTA – The historic church and pillar of the African American community held its closing service Sunday, March 9, at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. and Northside drives. Following its 53-year existence at the location, the church is set to move, in order to make way for the Atlanta Falcons’ new football stadium. Last September, the congregation voted to approve a $14.5 million agreement for the church to be razed.

Statewide turkey hunting season opens March 22

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. – The opening of turkey hunting season in Georgia is Saturday, March 22. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division expects that the 2014 season should be a good one.  

Georgia’s current turkey population is estimated at 335,000 birds and turkey hunters in the state are privileged with one of the longest turkey seasons nationwide. With a bag limit of three gobblers per season, hunters have from March 22 through May 15, to harvest their birds.  With many pursuing wild turkeys on private land, hunters are reminded to always obtain landowner permission before hunting.

Forecast information about the 2014 Georgia turkey hunting season is available on video at www.youtube.com/GeorgiaWildlife. For more hunting information, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations.

Emory University works to eliminate Styrofoam on campus

Emory University is eliminating Styrofoam products from its campus. Emory’s outside vendors have ceased accepting orders for Styrofoam containers, joining Emory’s campus catering which stopped using Styrofoam several years ago. The move is part of an effort to support Emory’s goal of diverting 65 percent of its waste from landfills. Styrofoam is not biodegradable and studies have shown that it takes many years in a landfill for foam items, such as coffee cups, to completely break down.

Third Annual Georgia Free Filing Briefing

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, along with federal, state and community leaders are holding a public briefing and free tax-filing workshop starting 10 a.m. Monday, March 24 at The Center for Working Families at 477 Windsor Street Suite 101, Atlanta, GA 30312.