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Greetings, CAU Nation!


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Welcome back from Thanksgiving break.  As we continue in this season of gratitude, let us give thanks for our many successful events and accomplishments during this Fall semester.  Let us continue to work together as a team as we close out the 2019 calendar year and welcome new horizons in 2020. This issue of the Harkness Memo provides a snapshot of some of the activities which have occurred this semester. 




We are very thankful for the exceptional leadership of our undergraduate and graduate SGA presidents, Mr. LeVon Campbell, and Mr. Frank Ortega; Miss CAU, Ms. Aretha Bernard; our first Mr. CAU Mr. TeJordan J.L. Carter, and the 2019-2020 Mister and Miss Residence Hall Association (RHA)—Mr. Daryl Fletcher, Jr. and Ms. Keren Coleman. All of you continue to inspire, motivate and uplift the campus community in both our victories and through some of our more challenging times. Your voice of calm and reason are great leadership qualities that will take you far in life.





This semester, CAU received several new donations to enable us to help our greatest asset—our students. A special shout out to Mister and Miss UNCFMr. Taylib Smith and Ms. Lexus Hardeman, who collectively raised over $30,000 towards student scholarships.


We are especially indebted to CAU alumnae/entrepreneurs Pinky Cole and Stacey Lee for paying it forward in paying off the debt for 30 CAU seniors, who can rest peacefully as they complete their final year at CAU. All of these donations will be used for student scholarships.


Many thanks to Sodexo USA and the National Council for Negro Women’s generous donations of $250,000 and $28,000, respectively. toward student scholarships. 


And although the torrential rains came down during our Homecoming 2019 game, our alumni weathered the storm with showers of blessings extended to their dear Alma Mater with the generous donations from the alumnae of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Pi Chapter and from the alumni of Omega Psi Phi, Inc., Beta Psi Chapter.





What a legacy of excellence CAU has in alumnus and CAU Chairman Emeritus Carl Ware, who we hosted for the launch and signing of his recently published book,Portrait of an American Businessman: From Cotton Field to Boardroom.” During the event, Ambassador Andrew Young and his wife, Carolyn, through the Andrew Young Foundation, recognized Ware for his great accomplishments in the area of community engagement.  Proceeds from the book signing will benefit student scholarships.




Homecoming 2019—"For the Culture” was a time to remember as we acknowledged CAU’s illustrious history that spans more than 150 years. Alumni and friends from Atlanta University, Clark College, and Clark Atlanta University converged on the CAU campus with enthusiasm and excitement.  Old friendships were renewed and new relationships were forged. A wonderful time was had by all who attended.





  •  CAU’s Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD) in recently creating a collaborative partnership with the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University. The partnership is aimed at researching prostate cancer and positive patient outcomes.  “The strong collaboration and scientific exchange between the Georgia Cancer Center and CCRTD can only benefit the advancement and breakthrough of results in the treatment and diagnosis of prostate cancer,” said Dr. Shafiq Khan, CCRTD director.

  • The School of Education, under the leadership of Dean, Dr. J. Fidel Turner, and Dr. Mary Hooper, Associate Vice President for Online Learning and Continuing Education & Professor of Educational Leadership, hosted the first advisory board meeting for the HBCU Executive Leadership Institute’s (HELI). Funded by a $275,000 planning grant from the Rich Foundation, the Institute aims to establish a sustainable model for increasing the quality and supply of qualified candidates to serve as HBCU presidents and other executive level leaders. 

  • The Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social Work as it launches a year-long celebration of activities to commemorate its 100th Anniversary.

  •  Jazz 91.9 WCLK for being ranked as the number one Jazz station among stations in the top 10 market by the August PPM’s, the Nielsen’s ratings indicator.  The indicator shows WCLK with a weekly audience of more than a quarter of a million listeners, 265,000 with market share of 2.0, up from 1.4 in the previous months.  That’s a 30% gain and the highest ever ratings for station listening.

  • Dr. J. Fidel Turner, dean of the College of Education for being selected to serve on the Horizons Atlanta Board of Directors

  • Lucille H. MaugeĠ›, on her upcoming retirement from Clark Atlanta University.  After 13 years of service in several critical roles, including most recently as CAU’s Interim President, we are grateful for her many contributions to CAU.

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Last week’s tree lighting ceremony was a reminder to each of us to reflect on the past, give thanks for the present and look forward to new future horizons for Clark Atlanta University. We have wonderful students, faculty, staff and alumni here at Clark Atlanta University and all of you are important to the continued success of CAU.  You are the servant-leaders, strategic thinkers, and student-scholars of “One Exceptional University”.  Let us continue to cultivate lifted lives through excellence, engagement, discovery, creativity and service.


Happy holidays to each of you. 


All the best,



George T. French, Jr., Ph.D.
5th President

Clark Atlanta University




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We encourage you to keep the family of our fallen Panther Alexis Crawford lifted in prayer throughout this difficult time. 




Rainbow PUSH Creating Opportunity Conference  
McPheeters-Dennis Hall  | October 10, 2019  

We wished a Happy Birthday to activist and politician Rev. Jesse Jackson during a session on film, tv and digital entertianment featuring Academy Award winning actor Lou Gossett, Jr 
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CAU Heart of the Holidays Tree Lighting
Harkness Quad | November 25, 2019

     A time honored tradition, we welcomed the Atlanta community to hail the holiday season with us at our annual tree lighting! Thank you to everyone who made this special and memorable. 

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