- Created on 09 August 2012
Men of Influence for 2012 and past inductees were honored Tuesday by the Atlanta Business League at the downtown Marriott Marquis Hotel. In center are honorees John Smith, publisher of the Atlanta Inquirer and Clarence T. Martin, a long time member of City Council. Men of Influence are legends in the city who have helped to make our communities better.
- Created on 02 July 2012
By Special to the Daily World
Fulton County residents with dreams of owning a home attended a "Do You Dream of Owning Your Own Home?" information session on Tuesday, June 26, where future homebuyers learned more about all eligibility requirements of the Home Ownership Program (HOP) and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). The workshop hosted by the Department of Housing and Human Services Office of Housing and Community Development was held at the South Fulton Service Center in College Park.
The Fulton County HOP program serves income-eligible, first-time homebuyers or people who have not purchased a home in the past three years. HOP provides a deferred payment loan toward the required 1st mortgage down payment for homebuyer owner occupants. The assistance is used for eligible homes located in Fulton County that are outside the city limits of Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, and the City of Roswell. HOP applicants must work with an approved HOP Participating Lender and pay a $35 non-refundable program application fee. Funds are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, and all HOP borrowers must complete a pre-purchase Homeownership Counseling Workshop or individual counseling.
Post-purchase counseling is also required within 12 months after a home purchase. Housing counseling activities must be facilitated by a HUD-approved counseling agency.
The Fulton County NSP Homeownership Program also provides an opportunity for homeownership for eligible low-moderate income residents that purchase NSP designated homes in Fulton County, that are outside the municipal city limits of Atlanta, Sandy Springs, and Johns Creek. Homebuyers must select a participating NSP lender and comply with all program requirements. The program will assist approved homebuyers with up to $25,000 in the form of a deferred payment soft second mortgage loan. All NSP borrowers must complete a pre-purchase Homeownership Counseling Course by a HUD approved Homeownership-Counselor. Post purchase counseling is encouraged but not mandatory.
To find out more about the program, citizens can call Kim Benjamin at 404-612-8077 or DaTonya Lewis 404-612-8060, or contact the Department of Housing and Human Services at 404-613-7944.
- Created on 06 May 2012
By Special to the Daily World
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Dr. Julianne Malveaux, president of Bennett College, announced her intention to step down as the institution's chief executive, effective May 6, 2012. Malveaux has been president of the college since 2007.
Malveaux, an economist, author, and popular speaker, cited her desire to pursue other challenges as the reason for her resignation.
"Leading Bennett College has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. In my five years at the college, we have embraced Bennett's historic commitment to create an oasis where women are educated, celebrated, and transformed into 21st century leaders and global thinkers. As I reflect on my accomplishments and of the college's growth and transformation during my tenure, I realize that it is time for Bennett, and for me, to embark on a new chapter. Five years is the longest time I've ever held a job in my life, and while I remain committed to HBCUs and the compelling cause of access in higher education, I will actualize that commitment, now, in other arenas. I will miss Bennett College and will remain one of its most passionate advocates."
Charles Barrentine, chair of the Board of Trustees, expressed appreciation for Malveaux and noted the progress that Malveaux has ushered in during her tenure at Bennett.
"The Board of Trustees respects Dr. Malveaux's desire to pursue her other interests at this time. We have been extremely fortunate to have her at the helm of Bennett College for the last five years. Given her many talents, the college has been enhanced by having Dr. Malveaux as our leader. Under Dr. Malveaux's leadership the college completed an ambitious $21 million capital improvements program that renovated existing facilities and erected four new buildings – the first new construction on campus in 28 years. She increased enrollment to a historic high of more than 735 students in 2009, expanded alumnae involvement, and enhanced the curriculum with a focus on women's leadership, entrepreneurship, excellence in communications, and global awareness.
Also, under Malveaux's leadership, Bennett's accreditation has been reaffirmed through 2014 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. She also created a 2020 Master Plan, which advocates, among other things, construction of a new high-tech library. Overall, Malveaux empowered the college to build on its historic legacy. In recognition of her distinguished work, she will be named President Emerita of Bennett College at the May 6 commencement."
- Created on 21 June 2012
The Atlanta City Council honored Dr. Robert M. Franklin, president of Morehouse College, on Monday, June 4, for his many accomplishments during his tenure at the 145-year-old educational institution. Joined by Mayor Kasim Reed and several dignitaries from the civic, academic and business community, Dr. Franklin was presented with a proclamation by Councilmember Michael Julian Bond and an official President's Award from Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell. Dr. Franklin—the college's 10th president—announced in February that he will depart Morehouse at the end of his current term to pursue teaching, writing, and research opportunities. Joining the honoree are: City Council President Ceasar Mitchell (from left); City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond; Morehouse College President Dr. Robert Franklin; the Rev. C.T. Vivian, interim SCLC president; and City Councilmembers Keisha Lance Bottoms and H. Lamar Willis. (Special Photo )
- Created on 05 April 2012
By Portia A. Scott (www.atlantadailyworld.com)
Kids and parents came in droves to the 7th annual Children's Nutrition Education and Physical Activity Expo Saturday, March 24, at the Adamsville Recreation Center on M.L. King Jr. Drive. There were workshops, youth performances, food and a whole presentation from the AETNA Foundation featuring healthy eating, exhibits, fun fitness, recipes, and much, much more.
Kids and students got a chance to sample healthy foods, exercise and jump to the rap music of Eli Revel and Pryce Watkins, both local young entertainers that kept you moving and singing along with them. Eli, a seventh-grader from DeKalb Elementary of Arts School, had backup dancers Amos Harris, a seventh-grader from Salem Middle School in DeKalb County, Abby Seay a 10th-grader from Douglasville, and Vernon Jones, an eighth-grader from Gainsville Middle School. Pryce is an eighth-grader from the Atlanta Classical School, with manager Keith Thomas. Eli was also accompanied by his mother, Frances Revel and background singer and motivator Ivy Taylor, with manager Walker Davis. The emcee for the occasion was Comedian T.L. Watkins.
Speakers included Lynne Scroggins The Links, Inc., Atlanta Chapter president, who told how important it is to eat healthy, along with stressing the national group's commitment to reducing childhood obesity; Atlanta Alumnae Chapter President Camille Smith Zieler and the nine metro chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. presented $1,350 to the celebration; a spokesperson from the Atlanta Public Schools, and CHOICES founder and spokesperson Vanetta Keyes, who stressed how important it is for kids "to learn to eat healthy and stay active."
Students were able to match and identify healthy foods, put healthy plates together and learn about foods that give you energy, calcium and that are good for you.
A whole section of the Atlanta Public Schools fed students of APS, and the school chef cooked up vegetarian burritos, along with an entire room of good, healthy foods and recipes. There was a table for telling participants how to go on line and earn a Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, sponsored by the First Lady's "Let's Move" program. The cute little character, Zoe, was the official mascot for this celebration. It was a fun day for the entire family to eat, exercise and be merry. CHOICES, which stands for Center Helping Obesity In Children End Successfully Inc.