Photographer and Scholar Myra Greene to Join Spelman Faculty; Recent Graduates Share Reflections in ‘Road to Graduation’ Video

June 12, 2017
Photographer and Scholar Myra Greene to Join Spelman Faculty
Renowned photographer, artist and scholar Myra Greene, M.F.A., will join the Spelman College Department of Art and Visual Culture faculty in fall 2017. She will oversee the new photography major in the department. As a faculty member, Greene, who served as the 2016-2017 Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Spelman, will continue her creative use of photography and art to explore identity politics, perceptions of race, prejudice and culture. During her yearlong residency, Greene taught “Photographic Visions,” which introduced Spelman students to the technical skills of the craft while guiding them through the creative process of self-discovery through deconstructing African fabrics and other materials. In her culminating art exhibit and gallery talk at Spelman in April, she presented new pieces that melded fabric, embroidery, technology and photography, many of which were created in the College’s Innovation Lab. “Myra Greene’s tenure as a distinguished visiting scholar has helped us to deepen our understanding of each other, and past, and the future,” said Myra Burnett, Ph.D., Spelman vice president of institutional research, planning and effectiveness. “We are delighted that she shares her monumental talents with the Spelman community.” Read more about Greene’s work at Spelman.

Recent Graduates Share Reflections in ‘Road to Graduation’ Video
In the weeks leading up to receiving their diplomas on May 21, three graduating seniors reflect on their Spelman experience in the “Road to Graduation,” a three-part video series that follows recent graduates in their final weeks as Spelman students. The first segment of the series recently was released, with other episodes to follow in the weeks to come. In Episode 1, chemistry major Angelar Muthike, C’2017, from Kenya speaks of how Spelman sisters helped her adapt to life at the College. Comparative women’s studies major Lizette Terry, C’2017, a co-producer of the video, recalls how a chance meeting with two Spelman students convinced her that the College was the right choice for her. And neuroscience major Jasmin Eatman, C’2017, reminisces on a Spelman experience that was unique and affirming. “There is no place like it,” Eatman said of the College. “I do think, looking back, that even if I had chosen a different place I wouldn’t be where I am now in terms of being proud of everything that I am.” Check out Episode 1. A video recap of Commencement Weekend 2017 is also available on Spelman’s YouTube page.

Student Success Program Awarded International Tutor Training Certification
The Spelman Student Success Program has been awarded International Tutor Training Program certification by the College Reading and Learning Association, the nation’s leading peer tutoring certification organization. Spelman’s certification is based on a tutor-training program developed by Student Success Program staff members Jennifer Johnson and Sanford Dennis and submitted to CRLA for approval. Since 1989, more than 1,000 college tutoring training programs around the globe have received the international certification. Accreditation benefits include access to CRLA resources on the latest peer tutoring strategies, recognition of peer tutors who complete training program requirements as well as ensuring that students receive effective academic support. Spelman’s CRLA-certified tutor training will begin in the fall, said Francesina R. Jackson, Ph.D., director of the Spelman Center for Academic Planning and Success. “There is empirical support for using trained tutors,” Dr. Jackson said. “Students who received tutoring from trained tutors were more likely to perform better and to remain in college. The center is excited to offer this specialized training to all peer tutors on campus.”

New York-NAASC Annual Gala Raises $90,000 for Scholarships
The New York chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College raised $90,000 at its second annual A Night in Blue Scholarship Gala, held on June 9 in New York City. Net proceeds from the event, sponsored by Bank of America, will benefit the Virginia T. Dowell Endowed Scholarship Fund, established to provide financial assistance to current and incoming Spelman students from the New York area. Since the fund’s inception in 1999, the NY-NAASC has distributed more than $200,000 in scholarships to support 38 students. Social activist Jodie Patterson, C’92, served as the gala’s mistress of ceremonies, and Jane Smith, Ed.D., C’68, vice president for College Relations at Spelman, addressed attendees on behalf of the College. Also during the event, the New York chapter recognized Cynthia H. Bowman, C’91, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Bank of America, with the Star Award of Excellence in Finance; Rozalynn Frazier, C’2000, senior fitness editor at Time Inc.’s Health magazine, with the Star Award of Excellence in Media; and Syreta Oglesby, C’2003, founder and principal of the SJO PR firm, with the Star Award of Excellence in Entertainment. In addition, Elaine Welteroth, editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue received the chapter’s Spirit of Our Founders Award. Read more about the gala, honorees and scholarship fund.

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