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Greetings, CAU Nation!


I hope each of you had a wonderful Labor Day holiday and are renewed as we usher in a new academic year. The “Way Forward” and “We are Walking on Hallowed Ground: Our Ancestral Debt Must be Paid” were the two themes that describe the month of August and set the tone for the 2019-2020 academic year. We welcomed back returning and new faculty and staff at our Opening Institute and we inducted more than 800 new students at our New Student Induction and Candlelight ceremony, which included passing the leadership torch to our new President, Dr. George T. French, Jr.


Our faculty have been involved in some amazing activities, just to name a few.


Dr. Obie Clayton, Jr., director, CAU Center for Undergraduate Research and Creativity, has been invited to speak at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Myrdal at its 75th Anniversary Conference in New York City in October. This conference marks the 75th Anniversary of the publication of Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal’s influential work, “An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy.” During the conference, Dr. Clayton will join a distinguished group of scholars, students, members of the public to analyze Myrdal’s monumental and influential work, revisit historical developments and examine current conditions, and deepen innovative research on race relations.


Dr. Alice E. Stephens, associate professor, Mass Media Arts, attended the 2019 International Conference on Education and New Developments (END 2019) in Porto, Portugal, and on June 23rd presented her research paper entitled “The Tale of Recycling Efforts of an Individual Staff Member at an HBCU." The well-received research presentation explored how one person can make a difference using a case study of a CAU staff member whose passion for recycling influenced the recycling behavior of others in his unit including other staff, faculty and students.

Dr. Jenny Jones, dean, Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work, has been invited to serve on the National Association of Deans and Directors Rankings Taskforce for U.S. News and World Report. U.S. News and World Report convenes national task forces of deans and directors of academic programs across the country to help to streamline the findings for its annual rankings. Dr. Jones will be on the national task force representing the Social Work group.


Dr. Jamie Pleasant, professor of Marketing and associate dean of the Business School, earlier this summer was accepted and rewarded membership into Mensa International. Membership in Mensa is open to persons who have attained a score within the upper two percent of the general population on an approved IQ (intelligence test). Candidates for membership in Mensa must achieve a score at or above the 98th percentile on a standard test of intelligence, a score that is greater than or equal to that achieved by 98 percent of the general population taking the test.



We are so proud of our students’ achievements.


Congratulations to Brianna Harris, a Clark Atlanta University master’s graduate ('18, M.S., physics), was selected as a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow for recent graduates and career changers with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math—the STEM fields—and prepares them specifically to teach in high-need secondary schools. Each Fellow receives $20,000 to complete a specially designed, cutting-edge master’s degree program based on a yearlong classroom experience. In return, Fellows commit to teach for three years in the high-need Georgia schools, where they receive ongoing support and mentoring.


Kudos to Brianna Nave, senior educational studies and Spanish major (Class of 2020), for spending her summer as an intern with The Center for Education Reform as well as a serving as a Walton UNCF K-12 Education Fellow.



Our alumni are accomplished and stay connected.


Congratulations to Alumna Crystal Kelly, (CAU '09, Mass Media Arts) on winning a Daytime Emmy Award for her work on 50l East Entertainment’s show “Couples Court with the Cutlers.” Alumna Kelly is the youngest senior producer on her staff!


The month of August ended on a high note with our first Lift Dinner for the 2019-2020 academic year. During the dinner, select students formally dined with CAU administrators, staff and alumni. Alumnae Deisha Barnett (CAU ’00, Mass Media Arts), Chief Brand and Communications Officer for the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Cleta Winslow (AU, '75, School of Social Work), Councilmember, District 4 at City of Atlanta, provided the students with helpful nuggets and advice that will enable them to be successful academically, personally and socially throughout their college student experience.

While the aforementioned events were marred by the senseless incident that happened on August 20th, I want to thank the CAU Community for stepping up and assisting with embracing and reassuring our students with your constant prayers, nurturing words and kind actions. I would like to especially thank Chief Debra Williams and our entire CAU Public Safety team, as well as the Atlanta Police Department, for continuing to ensure the safety and well-being of all CAU students. Many thanks to Alumna Cleta Winslow for donating an additional $3,000 to the Crime Stoppers reward to aid in the arrest of the shooting suspect. Thanks to the two board members who have agreed to purchase bicycles for our public safety officers. This will enhance our campus safety, while making our students feel more secure. I am glad to report that the four injured students are doing well and have returned to their respective campuses.


In closing, I want to thank the entire CAU community for your ongoing support during my tenure as Interim President of Clark Atlanta University. Although I will be retiring at the end of the year, Clark Atlanta University will always have a special footprint in my heart. I graciously pass on the torch to our new President, Dr. George T. French, Jr. as he becomes the new leader of “One Exceptional University”!!



Until the next time...

Lucille H. Maugé



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Kudos and thanks to Derrick Daniels '22, who stepped up to be a hero!




Induction Ceremony    
Harkness and Thayer Quads | August 20, 2019  

A time honored tradition, we welcomed the Class of 2023 officially to the Panther family! We encourage them to strive for excellence, engagement, creativity, discovery and service.  
induction 2019

LIFT Dinner
Thomas W. Cole Boardroom | August 29, 2019

     Thank you Deisha Barnett, CAU'00 and Councilwoman Cleta Winslow,      AU'75 for speaking to our students about commitment to community.

Lift dinner aug 2019



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