Thursday, July 24, 2014

Higher Education Sunday, Cascade United Methodist Church, Atlanta

This past Sunday I was the speaker at my "home" church, Cascade United Methodist in Southwest Atlanta. There were probably 50 college students in attendance for the service, attending schools all across the country. Cascade always produces strong students.

My topic was "Do The Work: The Gospel According to Iyanla." The text came from Proverbs 22:1-16. The foundation is Proverbs 22:6 which of course is a famous one- train up a child in the way that they should go so that when they are old they won't stray from it. I offered thoughts for students, parents, and the church about the work they must do.

The bonus was seeing Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook, 4th president of Dillard who served for 22 years. He often attended Cascade when he retired when my father was senior pastor. So it was cool seeing him and his wife. He recently turned 85!
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

HBCU Awards 2014

I am pleased that we were able to host the 2014 HBCU Awards. This is the 4th year of this program sponsored by HBCU Digest. We were excited to be nominated as a finalist in 8 categories, and we won 3 awards.

For the second year in a row we were named best nursing program. We have really done a lot to improve our program. A team of external consultants came in over a year ago to help us strengthen the program, and all of our 2014 graduates completed the required comps. Those that have taken the NCLEX have all passes as well. 

Cynthia Butler-McIntyre, past president of Delta Sigma Theta, was named female alumnus of the year. She was the centennial president of the organization, and this past fall presented Dillard with a $50,000 donation for our SAFE fund for students. She and I have known each other for a decade and she was one of the first people to congratulate me when I was appointed to Dillard.
And I was named  male president of the year. Definitely the result of the work of everyone at Dillard. Just glad to be on the team!
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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hip Hop Sisters

During the Essence Festival this weekend I attended a reception sponsored by the Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, which was started by MC Lyte. They added several people to their advisory board including recent Dillard alumna Nicole Tinson.

Nicole was able to come down for the event. She is preparing to start graduate school this fall so this was another great honor for her.
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