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Archive for September 4th, 2012

National Society of Black Engineers announces Professional Development Conference

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Dallas event to bring together technical professionals from across the U.S. 


Alexandria, VA (BlackNews.com) — The National Society of Black Engineers Alumni Extension (NSBE-AE) will host the 2012 Professional Development Conference in Dallas TX. The conference, themed “Fulfilling the Mission to Succeed Professionally” will be hosted October 4-6 at the Hotel Intercontinental. This conference will attract African-American Technical Professionals from across the country to come together for technical training, professional development and high powered networking.

Included in the list of top-notch confirmed speakers is Stedman Graham, CEO of S. Graham and Associates. Mr. Graham will speak on the topic of personal branding, a topic that he has presented to a number of corporate & non-profit groups. Stedman Graham educates individuals and industries on using Success Circles(TM) a work-life balance tool he developed to make information and experience relevant to personal, professional and business growth. Other confirmed speakers include Pat Locke, the first African American female graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and Louis Upkins, sports & entertainment entrepreneur whose clients have included Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Starbucks and the Olympic Games.

The conference will also feature a number of technical training workshops designed to give attendees specific knowledge in a variety of fields. These workshops include Affordability in the Aerospace & Defense Sectors, Creating an App for Mobile Devices and an Introduction to LEAN. Additionally all of the NSBE-AE Special Interest Groups (SIGs) will present on topics related to their technical fields of specialty.

To round out the conference experience, attendees will participate in a number of networking activities including the Mentoring from the C-Suite sessions. In these sessions, attendees will be broken into small groups and receive mentoring from top executives in attendance. Then there is the EPIC networking event, designed to help attendees get the most out of their experience and have as many meaningful new contacts as possible.

In order to obtain more information about the Professional Development Conference, please visit the conference website at http://pdc.nsbe-ae.org. Here you will find information regarding workshop presenters and activities as well as hotel & registration information.
About NSBE
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), a student-governed, not-for-profit organization founded in 1975, is the premier organization serving blacks in engineering and technology. With more than 29,000 members and 400 chapters in the U.S. and abroad, NSBE supports and promotes the aspirations of college and pre-college students and technical professionals. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.” For more information about the NSBE Alumni Extension, visit www.nsbe-ae.org. You can also connect with NSBE-AE on Facebook (www.facebook.com/NSBEalumni) and follow us on Twitter (@nsbeae)

Mary Todd Lincoln insanity re-trials September 24 in Chicago and October 1 in Springfield

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Re-trials  will feature modern judges as the attorneys and audience members as the jury


CHICAGO, IL – Was Mary Todd Lincoln insane?  The troubled former First Lady, who was judged insane at an 1875 Chicago trial, will get another day in court – two days, in fact – as retrials on those charges using modern laws will occur Monday, September 24 in Chicago and Monday, October 1 in Springfield.  A roster of well-known modern judges will serve as attorneys for the petitioner and respondent, and audience members at each location will decide Mrs. Lincoln’s fate after hearing the arguments and testimony. 

Auditorium seating for both events is no longer available.  However, an additional 100 auxiliary seats at both the Chicago and Springfield events are available – these allow patrons to see live video of the re-trials projected on a large screen.  These auxiliary tickets are $15 each and may be reserved through the event website, www.wasmarylincolncrazy.com.  In addition,  details concerning broadcasts of the re-trials will be finalized in the near future, allowing a much wider audience to view the proceedings.

The re-trials will take place at Chicago’s Murphy Auditorium at 50 E. Erie at 5:30 p.m. on September 24 and at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield at 6:30 p.m. on October 1.   The events are produced and sponsored by the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

The re-trials of Mary Lincoln will occur in a courtroom setting to give her a hearing using current laws regarding her alleged insanity.  The participants will use their own words and strategies to make their cases.  Actors portraying Robert Lincoln and Mary Lincoln, in period costume, will testify, as well as an expert witness – a mental health professional – for each side.   Following instructions to the jurors (the audience), Mrs. Lincoln’s fate will be in the hands of those attending each event. 

The Hon. Maureen Connors, who serves in the 2nd Division of the First District Appellate Court, will be the presiding judge at the September 24 Chicago re-trial.  The petitioner, Robert Todd Lincoln, will be represented by Hon. Warren Wolfson, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the DePaul University College of Law; and Hon. Erica Reddick, Cook County Circuit Court, Child Protective Division of the Juvenile Court.  Mary Todd Lincoln, the respondent, will be represented by Hon. Lorna Propes, Cook County Circuit Court; and Hon. Mark Drummond, Circuit Court Judge in Adams County, Illinois.  Expert witnesses will include Dr. Bennett L. Leventhal, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York University and an internationally renowned psychiatrist; and Dr. James Cavanaugh, Professor of Psychiatry at Rush Medical Institute.  Famed broadcast journalist Bill Kurtis will be the narrator for the Chicago event.

The presiding judge in the October 1 Springfield re-trial will be Hon. Michael P. McCuskey, Chief United States District Judge for the Central District of Illinois.  Representing the petitioner will be Hon. Ronald D. Spears, Circuit Court Judge in Christian County, Illinois;

And Hon. M. Carol Pope, Appellate Court Judge for the Fourth District of Illinois.  The respondent will be represented by Hon. Lisa Holder White, Macon County Circuit Judge and the Supervising Judge for the Criminal Law Division of the Sixth Judicial Circuit; and Hon. R. C. Bollinger, Associate Circuit Judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit in Decatur.  Expert witnesses will include Terry Killian, M.D, who has a private practice of general psychiatry in Springfield; and

Lawrence Jeckel, M.D., a board certified psychiatrist, forensic psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst in Champaign.  Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar will narrate the Springfield event. 

Springfield resident Pam Brown will portray Mary Todd Lincoln at both re-trials.  Brown has portrayed the former First Lady in numerous stage productions and in two National Geographic documentaries: Lincoln’s Last Night and Secret Lincoln.  Chicago actor Zach Kenney will portray Robert Todd Lincoln.  He has appeared in numerous Chicago area productions at the Steppenwolf, Goodman, Biograph, American Blues, Victory Gardens, and TimeLine Theatres.

The re-trials are part of a year-long series of events marking Mrs. Lincoln’s life and emphasizing the evolution of mental health laws in Illinois.  Funds raised beyond the cost of the events will be used for the preservation of historic documents owned by the sponsoring organizations. 

Mrs. Lincoln was tried in 1875 at the instigation of her son Robert on allegations of insanity, which ultimately led to her being declared a “lunatic” and placed in the Bellevue Sanitarium in Batavia, Illinois.  Mary Lincoln obtained an early release from Bellevue with the assistance of her friend, Myra Bradwell.  One year after the original insanity trial another jury found her sane, restoring her legal control over her assets.  Even today, historians disagree whether the evidence against the First Lady was “trumped up,” whether the procedures used constituted due process, and what would occur if today’s modernized health laws were applied to the same facts.

  Another event in the series, the “culture of clothing,” will feature Mary Todd Lincoln’s life and fashions as a homemaker, the First Lady, and a widow in mourning after the loss of three sons and a husband.  This special show will take place in the Driehaus Museum in Chicago on November 12, where the dresses she had made, the jewelry she wore, and the long lasting elements of design that she created will be used to demonstrate the changing roles of women through fashion.  The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield will have a similar event on November 19.  Tickets are $50 for the Chicago event and $25 for Springfield, and must be purchased in advance through www.wasmarylincolncrazy.com.  Only a limited number of tickets remain for these two events.     

A theatrical project bringing the relationship of Mary Lincoln and her advocate, Myra Bradwell, to life will be developed from their correspondence with Springfield actors Susan Jeffers and Aasne Vigesaa.  Performance dates in Chicago and Springfield will be announced.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (www.presidentlincoln.org) is the nation’s largest and most visited presidential library complex, and immerses visitors in Lincoln’s life and times.  The Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission (www.illinoiscourthistory.org) assists the Supreme Court in acquiring, collecting, documenting, preserving, and cataloging documents and artifacts important to the history of the Illinois judicial system.

Free delivery improves residents’ access to rain barrels in Cook County; Drought season increases need

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Rain barrels might seem unnecessary during a drought such as the one that has wreaked havoc on farmlands and gardeners this summer, but they can be most helpful during periods of limited precipitation. Rain barrels capture and preserve what little rain water we receive to provide a ready supply of water for your gardens and lawns.
The cost of rain barrels from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) now includes free home delivery. The 55 gallon containers are available for $58 plus tax each for Cook County residents. The rain barrel program is a part of the MWRD’s mission to promote water conservation and environmental responsibility, and the addition of home delivery makes it easier for residents to participate.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), a rain barrel can save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during peak summer months. Rain barrels can capture and hold a supply of rain water for outdoor use that otherwise would have been diverted to storm drains and sewers.
 “Installing a rain barrel is one of the easiest ways to save money on your water bill while conserving water and preventing storm sewers from filling up,” said Commissioner Debra Shore. “It’s a win-win scenario for everyone.”
With nearly three months remaining before it’s too cold to store rain water outside, it’s not too late to benefit from a rain barrel of your own. Capture and store water for your yard and garden, reduce your water consumption, save money and help the MWRD protect our water environment.
Rain barrels may be purchased at http://www.mwrd.org/.

Rain barrels are especially beneficial for gardeners during periods of drought and infrequent rain. A brief and heavy rainfall can fill up a rain barrel and provide a supplemental (and free) water supply for lawns and gardens, possibly providing enough water to last until the next rain storm.

“Even though it hasn’t rained very much this summer, we really appreciated having it during the storm in June,” said Laura Brauer, a Chicago resident.  “We used the water in our garden, so it’s really beneficial for us.”

Obama Song Creator Crystal Lucas Perry and Advertising Icon Carol H. Williams join book project that benefits educational programs for youth of color

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“Take Us Forward: The Laws of the New Game Changers – How to make breakthrough impacts strong enough for men, but made by women”


Release: January 2013 during inauguration week, pre-orders available

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — For her forthcoming highly-anticipated book TAKE US FORWARD: The Laws of the New Game, San Francisco Bay Area practicing attorney-turned-social entrepreneur Dr. Raye Mitchell – as co-author and editor – assembled an impressive group of innovators and experts to share what it takes to be a game changer, and make breakthrough impacts. Crystal Lucas Perry, creator of the Obama song and video-gone-viral “Take Us Forward,” and veteran ad woman and icon Carol H. Williams, President, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Carol H. Williams Advertising Agency are among the eminent contributors to the book project, which benefits educational programs for youth of color. The authors, who draw from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds nationwide, united to make a difference.

TAKE US FORWARD: The Laws of the New Game Changers – How to make breakthrough impacts strong enough for men, but made by women is a non-fiction, ‘how-to, can do, and will-do’ literary offering that helps its readers create transformations. The book is based on real life experiences on what it takes to be a game changer and is meant to encourage innovation and develop leadership skills for the reader. “The book delivers a collective message for everyone, but helps women and girls discover new possibilities in achieving success,” commented co-author, Kathy Murphy, Ph.D.

“I was unable to contribute financially to support President Obama’s presidential campaign, so instead I created a song to help make an impact and it has since gone viral on the Internet,” said Crystal Lucas Perry. “Crystal has not yet received the call from President Obama, inviting her to perform her song “Take Us Forward” at the White House, and we’ve not received any calls from movie producers (yet), but, you never know!” Dr. Mitchell stated.

This exciting and forward-looking book is now available for pre-order online at www.thenewgamechangers.com. Some of the book’s proceeds will support the newly announced The M.B.A. Series(TM) (Motivated Brilliant Achievers) and the G.U.R.L.S. Rock Global Leadership Program. The anticipated ship date is on or before January 18, 2013, just in time for the inaugural week reception on January 19, 2013. Reservations for the event are open now. www.facebook.com/TakeUsForward.

Dr. Raye Mitchell is the lead co-author and editor of this project. She is a humanitarian, social entrepreneur, author and founder of The New Reality Foundation/The G.U.R.LS. Rock Global Leadership Program. Dr. Raye, along with her Harvard Law School alumni actor Hill Harper and Lisa Jones Johnson, is co-founder of The M.B.A. Series (Motivated Brilliant Achievers), a multi-platform series that provides youth, aged 8 to 18+, with leading-edge, inspirational and motivational advice and counsel. www.rayemitchell.com | www.thembaseries.org | www.gurlsrock.org

The Foreword is provided by Carol H. Williams, founding President, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Carol H. Williams Advertising Agency. (carolhwilliams.com). The named co-authors are: Heather Chiu, a successful entrepreneur and lifetime charitable volunteer and founder of Transpire Foundation (transpirefoundation.org); A. Nicole Fudge, an educational advocate focused on empowering youth; LaNiece Jones, a social entrepreneur and veteran entrepreneur who also serves as Executive Director for BWOPA (Black Women Organized for Political Action) (laniecejonesmedia.com); Dr. Kathy Murphy, recognized as an inspired transformational teacher (kathymurphyphd.com); Crystal Lucas Perry, creator of the song and Internet video “Take Us Forward” that provides melodic words of encouragement to President Obama (crystallucasperry.com); Stephanie Barnes Taylor, CEO and Chief Consultant for The Fruition Group, LLC, a company that specializes in personal excellence, leadership and strategic planning solutions. (thefruitiongroup.net)

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Master P and Brittany Spears team up to help families victimized by Hurricane Isaac in New Orleans, Kentwood, and surrounding areas

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New Orleans, LA (BlackNews.com) — New Orleans native Master P and Kentwood native Brittany Spears team up to help their hometowns that were affected by Hurricane Isaac. It’s been seven years since Hurricane Katrina where most families from Louisiana lost it all and had to start over.

Hurricane Isaac has blind sighted many families in Louisiana that had to evacuate and return to flooded communities and no home insurance. Master P has dedicated his time and resources to the recovery process in helping underprivileged families get back on track.

In addition, Master P has reached out to other Hollywood stars such as Justin Bieber, Usher, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Ne-yo, Beyonce, Michael Bolten, Will Smith, and Dwight Howard to help with this cause. Master P and his team is organizing music festivals and Black Tie events to raise funds and awareness to help provide assistance to the residents of New Orleans, Kentwood and surrounding areas.

Tangipahoa parish business owner Aaron Sutton stated, “We are very happy to have a humanitarian such as Master P spearheading efforts and making a difference, he has already sent truck loads of fresh water and food to the needy families in our communities. And teaming up with Brittany Spears and other caring celebrities will help more and more families in great need.”

For more information, go to www.GivingStars.org

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