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Archive for September 12th, 2010

What every parent should know about the College Admissions Process

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 Arlington, VA (BlackNews.com) — Each year, high-school seniors across the country begin the exciting, frustrating, and overwhelming college application process. How can parents help prepare their children for this critical step in their academic career, when many don’t know or remember what is required?

Dr. Nicki Washington answers this question and more in her new book Prepped for Success: What Every Parent Should Know About the College Application Process.

Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President of Bennett College for Women and acclaimed economist, author, and commentator says, “It takes a dynamic young scholar who has navigated the waters of success to share her wisdom with those who aspire to it. Dr. Nicki Washington has provided a phenomenal service in authoring this book, and we are in her debt for her sage advice. Students, parents, and counselors can all gain from the tips she offers here.”

Prepped for Success identifies every critical step in the college admissions process, including creating a resume, identifying majors and schools, understanding and preparing for standardized tests, completing the application and FAFSA, identifying types and sources of financial aid, post-acceptance/rejection activities, and more. A special chapter for parents of international students applying to U.S. schools is also included.

Dr. Washington also discusses the importance of parents and students starting as early as the 9th grade, forming a “team” consisting of counselors, teachers, and mentors, and utilizing the Internet to research information on careers, majors, schools, financial aid, and more. After reading Prepped for Success, parents are sure to be well-informed and well-prepared to assist their 9th-12th grade student in preparing for this important process.

Dr. Nicki Washington is a faculty member at Howard University in Washington, DC, receiving over $200,000 in scholarships to pursue her education. She is the 2000 valedictorian of Johnson C. Smith University, and received her M.S. and Ph.D. from North Carolina State University, becoming the university’s first African-American female Ph.D. graduate in Computer Science. She regularly conducts interviews, keynote addresses, and workshops on undergraduate and graduate education for organizations such as the National Society of Black Engineers, United Negro College Fund Special Programs, and National Center for Women and Information Technology.

For more information about Prepped for Success, or to schedule interviews, please contact A. Nicki Washington, Ph.D. at (919) 264-8961, nicki@preppedforsuccess.com, or visit the website www.preppedforsuccess.com.

Which way is the Latino vote going in February (and April)?

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At a recent meeting, many Latino grassroots leaders formally decided to create the Chicago Latino Coalition 2011 (CLC2011), in an effort to put forward a Latino Platform for the candidates for mayor and other executive offices in the City of Chicago.


“Latinos are not going to be ignored in this election, nor are they going to blindly follow any candidates who declare a half-hearted support for Latino issues,” said Omar López, convener of the meeting.


The CLC2011 will put forward a Latino platform including issues from Education to Housing, Transportation, Services and Jobs, and will also include Budget issues,

City government and Immigration items.


The platform will be presented to all candidates who register for all City of Chicago offices, including Mayor, Alderman, City Clerk and Treasurer, and the CLC 2011 will do “background checks” on those candidates, to review their past commitment to the issues and the Latino community.


The CLC 2011 will also start voter registration to increase Latino participation in the election, which currently stands at about 17%. “Ten of 15 percent of the vote in a five or six candidate race will make the Latino community the one who elects the next mayor,” said Alberto Bocanegra Jr. “Without our vote no candidate will be able to win the Mayor’s seat in Chicago.”


The CLC 2011 will organize public forums in the Latino neighborhoods, so the candidates can present their points of view and debate the Latino platform.


Among the leaders gathered to create the CLC 2011 were Carlos Arango, Carlos Castro, Angel Correa, (Ed.) Omar López, Jorge Mújica, José Landaverde, Israel Rodríguez, Juan Andrés Mora, Carlos Pérez (MCN), Paloma Andrade, Julio César Córtez and Alonso Zaragoza.


For more information please contact Omar López (773) 807-0340

Radio One celebrates 30 years with 30 days of giving

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Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson of Radio One

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — Radio One, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROIAK and ROIA) will celebrate 30 years of service to the community with 30 days of giving back in October 2010. Radio One is one of the largest broadcasting companies in the country and the largest that primarily targets African-Americans. All 1300 employees, at all 52 radio stations, in all 16 markets will roll up their sleeves to give back to the local communities that have embraced them for the last three decades, as they “Celebrate 30 Years with 30 Days of Giving.”

“Radio One has a rich history of community focus and involvement,” said Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson of Radio One. “During these tough economic times, things are extremely challenging for many, so we thought this would be a great way to show our gratitude and celebrate our long-standing relationship with our listeners and their communities. Radio One will continue to build on its legacy of being in the community, listening to the community and giving listeners a voice to let them know what’s going on in their communities.”

The stations have enthusiastically embraced Celebrating 30 Years with 30 Days of Giving and are compiling a broad range of events and activities that are reflective of the needs within their communities. Each market has been encouraged to develop a community calendar of charitable events, which will occur daily throughout the month of October. Each station is required to devote at least one activity to helping the homeless. Homelessness has been on the rise over the past decade and some estimate the population to be as many as 2.5 million. About 42 percent of the homeless population is African-American and nearly 40 percent of them are children under the age of 18. Other station initiatives will include activities, such as, live broadcasts from local food banks, coat drives, health expos and charity walks, just to name a few. In addition to volunteering, each station will feature charitable organizations, on-air, to highlight their community involvement.

This is not only a call to action for Radio One employees, but also for the listeners within each local community. Community members are invited to “give back” by volunteering at the station events. They will also have the opportunity to showcase their own individual experiences by submitting their stories to BlackPlanet.com, a website owned by Radio One.

Local markets are putting the final touches on their plans for “Celebrating 30 Years with 30 Days of Giving.” Markets will be announcing their activities in the coming weeks. The participating Radio One Stations include:

* Philadelphia (WRNB 107.9; WPPZ 103.9 FM; WPHI 100.3 FM)
* Baltimore (WOLB 1010 AM; WERQ 92.3 FM; WWIN 1400 AM; WWIN-FM 95.9 FM)
* Washington, DC (WOL 1450 AM; WKYS 93.9 FM; WMMJ 102.3 FM; WPRS-FM 104.1 FM WYCB 1340 AM)
* Atlanta (WPZE 102.5 FM; WUMJ 97.5 FM; WHTA 107.9 FM; WAMJ 107.5 FM)
* Richmond (WTPS 1240 AM; WCDX 92.1 FM; WKJM 99.3 FM; WKJS 105.7 FM; WPZZ 104.7 FM)
* Cincinnati (WDBZ 1230 AM; WIZF 101.1 FM; WMOJ 100.3 FM)
* Charlotte (WPZS 100.9 FM; WQNC 92.7 FM)
* Houston (KBXX 97.9 FM; KMJQ 102.1 FM; KROI 92.1 FM)
* Dallas (KBFB 97.9 FM; KSOC 94.5 FM)
* Detroit (WCHB 1200 AM; WDMK 105.9 FM; WHTD 102.7 FM)
* St. Louis (WFUN-FM 95.5 FM; WHHL 104.1 FM)
* Indianapolis (WNOU 100.9 FM; WHHH 96.3 FM; WTLC-FM 106.7 FM; WTLC 1310 AM)
* Raleigh/Durham (WFXC 107.1 FM; WFXK 104.3 FM; WNNL 103.9 FM; WQOK 97.5 FM)
* Columbus (WCKX 107.5 FM; WJYD 106.3 FM; WXMG 98.9 FM)
* Cleveland (WERE 1490 AM; WZAK 93.1 FM; WENZ 107.9 FM; WJMO 1300 AM)

Kirk Statement on Madigan’s Opposition to Quinn-Giannoulias Tax Hikes

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 Kirk for Senate campaign spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski released the following statement regarding Speaker Mike Madigan’s opposition to the Quinn-Giannoulias tax hikes:

“Even Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan is now rejecting Pat Quinn and Alexi Giannoulias’ plan for higher taxes in Illinois. Alexi Giannoulias has a track record of supporting tax increases and being reckless with other people’s money including losing $73 million in college savings for Illinois families. Mark Kirk wants to tax less, spend less and borrow less to create jobs and move Illinois forward.”

Mary Zimmerman’s “Candide” extends by popular demand!

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Performances begin September 17 and continue through October 31

The Goodman adds three Special Events, including “Glitter And Be Gay” night, an Artists Talk Discussion and a Special Performance                                                                              at Petterino’s

(Chicago, IL) – Due to high demand for tickets, Goodman Theatre extends Mary Zimmerman’s much-anticipated revival of Leonard Bernstein’s enduring masterpiece, Candide by one week. Performances now run September 17 – October 31, 2010. In conjunction with Candide, Goodman Theatre also announces three special events: “Glitter and Be Gay” Night—including a pre-show reception, musical sneak peek and ticket to Candide—for the LGBT community and gay-friendly Chicago on September 24 (tickets are $75); an Artists Talk discussion with cast on September 29; and an evening of music performed by the cast at Petterino’s (150 N Dearborn St) “Monday Night Live” on October 4. The cast of 19 remains intact for the extension week, including Geoff Packard in the title role; Lauren Molina as Cunegonde; Larry Yando as Pangloss; Hollis Resnik as the Old Lady; Jonathan Weir as the Governor; Erik Lochtefeld as Maximilian; Margo Seibert as Paquette; Jesse J. Perez as Cacambo; and Tom Aulino as Martin. Ensemble members include Spencer Curnutt, Rebecca Finnegan, Govind Kumar, Rob Lindley, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Emma Rosenthal, Thomas Adrian Simpson, Joey Stone, Tempe Thomas and Joe Tokarz. JP Morgan Chase & Co. is the Major Corporate Sponsor; ComEd is the Official Lighting Sponsor; Abbott and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP are the Corporate Sponsor Partners. Chicago Tribune and WBEZ 91.5 FM are Media Sponsors.

Added performances of Candide include:

Tuesday, October 26 at 7:30pm

Wednesday, October 27 at 7:30pm

Thursday, October 28 at 7:30pm

Friday, October 29 at 8pm

Saturday, October 30 at 2pm and 8pm

Sunday, October 31 at 2pm (closing)

Candide chronicles, in lightning-fast progression, the story of a young man banished from his home, drafted into the Bulgarian army and forced to endure relentless disaster. Voltaire’s satiric genius is found in Candide’s earnest attempts to trivialize the tragedy and uphold the contention of his mentor, Dr. Pangloss, that all things happen for the best in this ‘best of all possible worlds’. Although Candide’s journey is described with humor, Voltaire raises serious questions: How can mankind deal with disaster without surrendering to despair? Can optimism prevail in a world that frequently seems randomly cruel? How is survival itself possible in an environment that often gleefully refutes Pangloss’s hopeful axiom?

Tickets to Candide are on sale now. Call 312.443.3800, click GoodmanTheatre.org or visit the box office (170 North Dearborn). Mezztix are half-price mezzanine tickets available at 12 noon at the box office, and at 10am online (promo code MEZZTIX) day of performance; Mezztix are not available by telephone. 10Tix are $10 mezzanine tickets for students available at 12 noon at the box office, and at 10am online on the day of performance; 10Tix are not available by telephone. Valid student I.D. must be presented when picking up the tickets. Limit four per student with I.D. All tickets are subject to availability and handling fees apply. Discounted Group Tickets for 10 persons or more are available at 312.443.3820.

Subscribe now to save up to 45% over single ticket prices: 312.443.3800 or ExploreTheGoodman.org. Five-play Albert Theatre subscriptions start at $100 and 3-play Owen Theatre subscriptions start at $57. A Platinum Subscription of all eight plays starts at $157.

Glitter and Be Gay

Friday, September 24

6 – 7:30pm: Pre-show Reception

8pm: Performance of Candide

Goodman Theatre

Join Music Director Doug Peck and cast members for a fabulous evening of cocktails and cuisine as he talks about his work on Candide—and delivers a musical sneak peek of Bernstein’s legendary score! Then, see the most anticipated musical of the year, directed by Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman. Tickets are $75 (includes reception and performance) and can be purchased at GoodmanTheatre.org or at 312.443.3800.

Artists Talk

6 – 7pm | Wednesday, September 29

Goodman Theatre

Author and theater critic Jonathan Abarbanel engages Music Director Doug Peck and actors Lauren Molina (Cunegonde), Geoff Packard (Candide) and Hollis Resnik (the Old Lady) in a discussion about Candide and the creation of Mary Zimmerman’s production. The Artists Talk series connects theater audiences with the artists who bring productions to life at the Goodman in conversations about their process in an intimate environment. Tickets are $10 ($5 for subscribers and students) and can be purchased at GoodmanTheatre.org or at 312.443.3800.

Monday Night Live

7:30pm |Monday, October 4

Petterino’s (150 N Dearborn St)

The highly-acclaimed Monday Night Live series is presented every Monday evening at Petterino’s (150 N Dearborn St), located in the heart of the theater district, and is co-hosted by Chicago’s very own entertainment guru, Denise McGowan and cabaret artist and musician extraordinaire, Beckie Menzie. On Monday, October 4, Monday Night Live features cast members of Candide performing their own musical selections. A $15 minimum is required for a table at Monday Night Live. Reservations are strongly recommended; call Petterino’s at 312-422-0150.

Safety Advocate at UCPD to receive National Achievement Award

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Timika Hoffman–Zoller’s career as a crusader for safety began when her daughter was born.

Twelve years later, she will be honored with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Citizen Corps Achievement Award. Hoffman–Zoller is one of three winners who will visit Washington, D.C. on Sept. 22–23 to receive the award, which previously had been given only to groups.

“It was motherhood that turned me instantly into the ‘mega worrier,’” said Hoffman–Zoller, a project assistant for the University of Chicago Police Department. As she and her husband drove their daughter home from the hospital, Hoffman–Zoller became aware of the dangers in their apartment, including electrical outlets and places to fall.

Sensing that other parents might be eager for advice on how to keep their children safe at home, she formed a mom–and–tot group of about 20 first–time mothers and fathers. “I invited experts on how to baby–proof your home and set up infant CPR classes. Soon our group of stress–drenched, new parents evolved into a crew of prepared, empowered ones.”

She encouraged other young parents to respond to emergencies with confidence. In the process of helping others, she eased her own anxieties. “That time in my life, unbeknownst to me, was what led me down the path of becoming a volunteer First Responder, and has driven me to continue promoting safety awareness and emergency preparedness,” she said.

Her FEMA recognition will include a Sept. 22 tour of the White House and an opportunity to share her experiences as part of two roundtable discussions on promoting safety and emergency preparedness. The following day, she and others will attend a Capitol Hill reception to meet with select Congressmen and staff members.

As part of her job with UCPD, Hoffman–Zoller helps manage the department’s contact with the public, maintains the department’s Twitter account and designs safety flyers, which give tips on avoiding pickpockets and thieves. “Safety is my passion,” she said from her desk at the UCPD headquarters on 61st Street.

She is also an on–call emergency First Responder with the University of Chicago First Responder Corps, a group that includes students and others trained to deal with emergencies on campus.

“Timika takes great pride her in efforts regarding safety and security. She is constantly volunteering her time to promote safety initiatives in as many venues as possible,” said Marlon Lynch, Associate Vice President for Safety and Security and Chief of Police at the University. “I am glad to see that she is receiving this type of recognition. It is well–deserved.”

Hoffman–Zoller uses a website with a motto “Don’t be scared…Be prepared” to promote her message. She has nearly 400 followers on Twitter to whom she sends safety tips.

She also shares her message as a host of the WHKP radio program, “On the Safe Side,” which includes conversations about bike and park safety, among other topics.

She provides pamphlets and literature on emergency preparedness to coworkers, neighbors and friends, and she makes regular stops at Ald. Toni Preckwinkle’s office to drop off supplies.

As part of her own preparedness, Hoffman–Zoller has joined the City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communication’s Community Emergency Response Team. Hoffman–Zoller, a Red Cross Certified Emergency Responder, has participated in mock disaster training at Midway Airport and learned how to effectively respond in search–and–rescue missions in such disasters as airplane crashes.

Hoffman–Zoller took her safety campaign to her neighborhood last summer when she organized a park advisory council for Elm Park, a play lot at 5215 S. Woodlawn Ave. near her home. “I got involved after my daughter said, ‘Mom, why don’t any kids play in that park?’”

The area was frequented by men, many of whom she believed were homeless. Neighbors complained about alcoholics and apparent drug dealers, who also were frequent visitors.

Hoffman–Zoller organized a neighborhood watch committee meeting so neighbors could learn about crime in the area, learn crime prevention tips and meet with local police officers. She quickly assembled a group of volunteers for a park council and became its president.

Through the group’s efforts, the Chicago Park District has worked to clean up the area, the police have increased patrols to discourage unwanted people from congregating there, and the lights have come on at dusk — a measure that further promotes safety.

Now instead of being a place to loiter, the park is a play area for families. Hoffman–Zoller has helped organize a neighborhood picnic, a safety clinic and hopes that the park becomes a place for story–tellers to come as well to entertain children.

“I want everyone to be safe and to enjoy the park for what it was meant to be,” she said.

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