As we head into Spring Break, I hope that everyone will return from their week hiatus renewed, recharged and ready to close out the 2008-09 school year with a fury. With that wish in mind, here's what's been happening on the Yard:
UNCF Day at Mt. Rose Baptist Church: On Saturday, February 28th, Paul Quinn College Trustee Erma Johnson Hadley hosted "UNCF Day" at her Ft. Worth church- Mt. Rose Baptist Church. This event allowed us to show off our wonderful students, raise money for the school and continue to solidify our relationship with Tarrant County College District. Thank you Trustee Johnson Hadley for always being a tireless advocate for the Quinnite Nation.
Media Day: Our new Director of Communications, Ms. Cheryl Smith, organized our first "Media Day". The event was extremely well-attended and received. A sampling of the coverage we received can be found in the March 6th edition of the Dallas Weekly and on the following weblinks: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/29413811/ and http:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Olympians Grace the Yard: The husband and wife team of Olympians Oba Thompson and Marion Jones-Thompson spent last Tuesday experiencing life as a Quinnite. They toured classes, dined in the cafeteria and attended staff meetings. All of these things led up to them being the inaugural speakers of our new lecture series- "Conversations with the Quinnites". The maiden voyage of "Conversations" was a hit as it played to a standing room only crowd that included past "Tuesdays in February" speakers Michael Davis and Rich Nichols. The Thompsons charmed the crowd with their storytelling and obvious affection for each other.
Support the Dream Act: Quinnites believe in fighting injustices wherever they exist. Once such injustice is the treatment of children whose parents are undocumented workers. The DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act) is a bipartisan legislation the would permit a select group of undocumented students conditional legal status and eventual citizenship if they satisfy the following requirements:
1) they were brought to the US before the age of 16,
2) are below the age of 30,
3) have lived in the US continuously for five years,
4) graduated from a US high school or obtained a GED,
5) have good moral character with no criminal record, and
6) attend college or enlist in the military for at least two years.
Please join us in making your voice heard and sign the Dream Act petition showing your support for these Americans. Go to http://dreamactivist.org/take-action-2/petition/ and sign up today.
Red River Honors: The women's basketball team wrapped up their breakout season by finishing fourth in the Red River Athletic Conference (12-6* most conference wins in over 10 years). Their peers recognized their efforts by tapping senior Crystal Debose (1st team All-Conference), senior Hannah Debose (2nd team All-Conference), junior Ashley Proctor (2nd team All-Conference) and freshman Tarneshia "Spoon" Burns (Honorable Mention All-Conference) for Red River recognition. On the men's side, junior Carl Nelson was named the conference Defensive Player of the Year and 1st team All-Conference. Joining him were honorable mention selections senior Johnathan Alexander and junior Joe Cormadelle. Please join me in congratulating all of our student-athletes on this wonderful accomplishment.
The Haggerty Family: It is with great sadness that I ask you to keep Quinnites Andy and Blue Haggerty in your prayers. The Haggerty family recently suffered the loss of their mother ("Ma Haggerty"). Funeral services were held yesterday at the Greater Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Dallas. Quinnites everywhere are keeping the Haggerty family in their thoughts and their prayers. Stay faithful brothers.
I'll be blogging this week from the annual President's Spring Break Service Trip. Last year, we visited Charlotte, NC and Washington, DC. This year, we will be helping to restore the great city of New Orleans. Look for our updates.