Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke, Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), will be the speaker at Jarvis Christian College’s 2018 J.N. Ervin Lecture on Thursday, March 22.
The Lecture, part of the College’s Founders/Homecoming festivities, begins at 11 a.m. in the Smith-Howard Chapel.
Dr. Pratt-Clarke also is Professor of Education in the School of Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, with affiliations in Africana Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies and the Department of Sociology.
She has more than 20 years of administrative, academic and legal experience in higher education, with a focus on executing and coordinating large-scale strategic initiatives that promote institutional transformation. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Dr. Pratt-Clarke had senior administrative positions and faculty positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Pratt-Clarke has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa with a major in English and minors in Philosophy and African-American Studies. She received a master’s degree in Literary Studies from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in Sociology from Vanderbilt University. In addition, she earned her doctorate in Sociology and her law degree from Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Pratt-Clarke is frequently invited to speak on issues of diversity and inclusion, race and social justice, equity, leadership, education, women and gender, and promoting a more just and inclusive society and empowering the powerless.
Dr. Pratt-Clarke’s research interests include critical race studies, Black feminism, and critical... More
Jarvis Christian College’s 2018 Founders/Homecoming kicks off Monday, March 19, and continues through Sunday, March 25, on the College campus. The weeklong event will include the Pioneer Hall of Fame and Preeminence Awards Gala on Saturday, March 24, in the Rand Center, featuring legendary R&B band Con Funk Shun. The group is known for songs such as “Chase Me," "Ffun," "Shake and Dance With Me” and "Love's Train." Also performing will be Stephanie Sallie and Will Foraker with host Celebrity the Comedian.
Jarvis Christian College’s African-American Museum turned a year old this month.
The museum, featuring the Rodney Lamar Atkins Collection, opened Feb. 8, 2017, in the Olin Learning and Resource Center on the College campus.
Atkins, Director of the Olin Library, is encouraging schools, church groups and social organizations to make reservations to tour the museum during Black History Month and throughout the year.
Atkins has been collecting memorabilia for more than 30 years and continues to add items to the growing exhibit. The latest addition includes information on car inventors and the history of the car.
For more information or to make reservations, call (903) 730-4890, Ext. 2173.
Mr. Charles Steele Jr., President/CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), will be the featured speaker for Jarvis Christian College's Black History Month Program on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. The program will begin at 11 a.m. in the Smith-Howard Chapel on the Campus.
Mr. Steele, a Civil Rights leader, was elected to the Tuscaloosa City Council in 1985, where he served two terms. During his tenure as City Councilman, he organized the Unity Day Scholarship Fund, the Tuscaloosa Police Athletic League and secured funds to build the Bernice Washington Insight Center, a drug treatment center. He also organized the Tuscaloosa Drug Task Force and the Partners for a Drug Free Tuscaloosa County (formerly Tuscaloosa Drug Task Force).
In 1994, Mr. Steele was elected to the Alabama State Senate. The Senator played key roles in recruiting not one, but several new plants in his district. He also sponsored a non-traditional educational program with Robert Townsend of Hollywood, California, for the youth of his district. Additionally, he recruited the Rosa Parks movie to Alabama, where he served as a consultant to the production of the $7 million CBS movie project.
Mr. Steele was serving his third term as Senator before resigning to become the National Vice President of the SCLC, the Atlanta based organization founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In October 2000, he was elected as a Senate Member of the High Chamber (U.S. Parliamentary Group) of the International States Parliament for Safety... More
Jarvis Christian College will compete in the National Qualifying Tournament of the 29th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), America’s premier quiz bowl for top HBCU students. The fast-paced buzzer competition highlights students’ academic prowess and ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture.
Jarvis is one of 65 teams competing for institutional grants and a spot in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament taking place in Los Angeles, April 7-11, 2018.
Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is a year-round program that includes campus engagement, intramural play, qualifying tournaments and culminates with the National Championship. In 1989, Honda established HCASC as a way to highlight and recognize the academic talents of HBCU students. More than $8.5 million in grants from Honda have provided support for scholarships, facility upgrades and other investments to improve the student experience. This year’s challenge features more than 10,000 HBCU student competitors.
The Jarvis Honda Team, including Honour Adewumi, Jailen Douglas, David Kalu and Briauna Williams, will compete in the National Qualifying Tournament at Prairie View A&M University on Feb. 3. The competition will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center.
Four HBCUs will automatically qualify for the National Championship based on a public vote at http://bit.ly/2G79eVv. Vote up to three times a day through Feb. 5.
Honda has supported and celebrated America's HBCUs for more than 25 years. Since 1989, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), one of Honda's largest and... More
Miss Natasha Coleman-Ball is a sophomore Business Management major with a minor in Computer Information Systems from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. She is the daughter of Brenda Ball and Derek Coleman Sr. Her favorite pastime is reading and teaching dance. Her campus organizations and affiliations include: Pre-Alumni Council, member of the Jarvis Christian College Bowling Team and modeling team. Natasha, a former Miss Pre-Alumni Council, was escorted by Mr. Isaac Bivins. Her decision to compete for the title of Miss UNCF was motivated by her passion of serving her community and the dedication she has of pursuing her education. UNCF has helped her receive scholarships and opportunities to further her education and she aspires to help others experience the same blessing.
Jarvis Christian College's Unity Prayer Breakfast, hosted by President Dr. Lester C. Newman, will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, in the Smith-Howard Chapel Fellowship Hall on the College campus. Admission is free.
CHARLESTON FAMILY TRUST SCHOLARSHIP
The Charleston Family Trust Scholarship was established in memory of Thomas and Lulu Charleston, as a tribute to their value of education, honesty, hard work and self-reliance. Both born and raised in the segregated South, the couple struggled financially to pursue higher education and a better life for their family.
Mr. Charleston was a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), supporter of Southern Poverty Law Center, The United Negro College Fund, and had a long and extensive career with the Department of Corrections in California retiring as Assistant Warden at Folsom State Prison.
The Charleston's hard work and perseverance has given way for them to leave a part of their legacy to those who would otherwise be unable to pursue an education, because they believed that, 'An education is paramount in ones journey through life.' Their hope was to enrich the lives of those who receive this gift so that in turn, the recipient can do the same for the next generation.
Applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements and deadline to qualify as we search to make (3) awards of up to $3,000 based upon a student’s unmet financial need.
For full consideration, students must:
* Be African-American and legal residents of the United States.
* Have a cumulative grade point average of a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale... More