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Lane College Represented Well at UNCF Conference

UPDATE: It should be noted that since the beginning of the Fall semester, the Lane College Pre-Alumni Council members held severalfundraisers to cover the expense of their travel and lodging to the conference. In addition to their efforts, several alumni and alumnichapters assisted in their fundraising efforts. Special appreciation is extended to the Chicago, Jackson, Memphis, and Middle Tennes-see Chapters of the Lane College Alumni Association for their financial support. Also, immense appreciation is extended to alumni JohnGreene, Marcus Bullock, Millicent Nelson, Onita Robertson, Minnie Cook, Frankie Grice, Pam Springfield, Fred Conway, and Anita Conwayfor their assistance and encouragement.

Lane College Scholar Named
2014 White House HBCU All-Star

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) today announced its first class of HBCU All-Stars, recognizing 75 undergraduate, graduate and professional students for their accomplishments in academics, leadership and civic engagement. Named to this coveted and prestigious list of scholars is Lane College Senior Stephanie Phillips, a Criminal Justice major from Memphis, Tennessee. Stephanie has a 3.9 grade point average, and is the daughter of Stephen and Patricia Phillips.

Currently enrolled at 62 HBCUs, the All-Stars were selected from 445 students who submitted completed applications that included a transcript, resume, essay and recommendation. The HBCU All-Stars will serve as ambassadors of the White House Initiative by providing outreach and communication with their fellow students about the value of education and the Initiative as a networking resource.

“Engaging with the next generation of leaders who will graduate from HBCUs and go on to make meaningful contributions to society is crucial to the success of our community, our country and our global competitiveness,” said George Cooper, executive director of the WHIHBCUs. “It is a privilege to announce these 75 students who have demonstrated a commitment to both their own academic achievement and making a difference in their communities, and we look forward to working with them as partners in advancing President Obama’s college completion goal.”

When informed of her selection, Lane College Interim President Glenn Vaulx stated, “Once again, Lane College is thrilled to have one of its own selected to this all-star list of leading students from across the nation based on academic excellence and civic engagement in their campus communities. We salute Ms. Phillips for her latest achievement, and we cherish and savor the high honor and distinction that she has brought to herself, her parents, and Lane College.”

Over the course of the next year -- through social media and their relationships with community-based organizations -- the All-Stars will share promising and proven practices that support opportunities for all young people to achieve their educational and career potential. In addition, the 45 female and 30 male All-Stars will participate in regional events and web chats with Ivory Toldson, deputy director of the WHIHBCUs, other Initiative staff and professionals from a wide range of disciplines. They will also have opportunities to engage with other scholars to showcase individual and collective talent across the HBCU community.

More information about the activities of the 75 HBCU All-Stars will be provided in the coming months as they carry out their role as ambassadors of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

“Olympics of the mind,” Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

Pictured, left to right, Coach Ameera Graves, Jordan Johnson, Amber Shukwit, Aleesha Gresham,
and Jameel Porter. Not pictured is Michelle Fain. (Photo credit Earnest Mitchell)

LOS ANGELES, CA, Feb. 6, 2014 -- While America’s athletes are going for the gold in Sochi, Lane College students are competing on Saturday, February 15, 2014 in trials for the “Olympics of the mind,” Honda Campus All-Star Challenge.

Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is a knowledge game of quick recall for America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Now in its 25th year, more than $7 million dollars in grants have been awarded by Honda to participating HBCUs and nearly 100,000 students in 22 states have participated.

Students Amber N. Shukwit, Michelle Jordon Fain, Aleesha Shaundria Gresham, Jameel Porter, and Jordan Johnson, along with their coach Ameera V. Graves, College Historian, are representing Lane College at the National Qualifying Tournament at Alabama State Univ. in Montgomery, AL.

Forty-eight teams from the qualifying tournaments will advance to the National Championship Tournament at Honda’s Torrance, California headquarters. Over $300,000 is at stake this year, with the champion HBCU earning a $50,000 grant. The 48-team field will be announced on February 20th via a live Webcast.

“Honda would like to wish good luck to all the HCASC teams attempting to qualify for the National Championship tournament next weekend. The journey started at the beginning of the school year and has included long hours of hard work, practice and study, in addition to your regular academic course load. Good luck to all the teams, we look forward to greeting the Great 48 in Torrance in April.” said Mr. Stephan Morikawa, Assistant Vice President for Corporate Community Relations, American Honda.

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About Honda Campus All-Star Challenge:

In 1989, Honda, with the College Bowl Company created the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) in support of the unique mission of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Historical data about the program is available at http://www.hcasc.com.

First Ever “Mr. Lane College“ Crowned

It was a historic occasion, last Tuesday night, February 4, 2014, when the Lane College Pre-Alumni Council (PAC) staged the first ever "Mr. Lane College Pageant." Despite cold temperatures and what seemed like a record downpour, over 100 Lane College students filled the Lighthouse performance venue on campus to witness seven promising male Lane students vie for the crown.

Following their choreographed procession to New Edition’s "Can You Stand The Rain," the contenders individually introduced themselves to the audience. Each declared his commitment to the embodiment of intelligence and gentlemanly behavior. Presenting these qualities at all times is the general charge of the man bearing the "Mr. Lane College" title.

"We want to use this competition as a platform to reinforce for our young men that dressing professionally and taking your school work seriously is cool," said Monica Clayborne Scott, PAC advisor and pageant coordinator.

Lane College Interim President Glenn Vaulx added, "Mr. Thomas is a stellar and talented student. He epitomizes what it is to be a Lane Gentleman. This young man is well on his way to a successful life, and he continues to make his immediate family and his Lane College family quite proud of him."

Each contestant received vigorous applause from the audience throughout every phase of competition. The contestants competed in a talent; question and answer; swim wear; and evening wear category.

After the panel of three judges tallied up all of the points, Marvin Frank Thomas, Jr. was pronounced "Mr. Lane College." A junior from Chicago, Illinois, majoring in English, Thomas won the talent portion of the pageant and with a 3.8 grade point average (GPA), held the highest GPA of all of the participants. The contestants’ GPA was also a factor in the judges’ scoring.

Flanked with a keyboardist, drummer, and trumpeter, Thomas received a thunderous reaction from the crowd after belting out a Latin-tinged rendition of "What You Won’t Do for Love" by Bobby Caldwell. When asked how he sees himself contributing to the college and community, the aspiring song and screen-writer responded, "By showing leadership and scholarship and by being a gentleman, as Dr. Wesley Cornelious McClure (the college’s ninth president who died in December) taught, I believe I will be helping the community."

Performances by the other pageant hopefuls included spoken word and a mime presentation.

Jerry Carter of Atlanta, GA received the 1st Runner-up trophy. Calvin Walker of Martin, TN received the 2ndst Runner-up trophy," Mr. Congeniality," title and "Highest Fundraiser" title.

Proceeds garnered from this history-making affair will benefit the Lane College/United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Joint Campaign.

Press Release
Malik Hoskins

(Jackson, TN-Jan. 27, 2013) Lane College today announced the appointment of Malik Hoskins as the Dragons Interim Head Football Coach. Hoskins replaces Derrick Burroughs, who resigned to accept the defensive coordinator’s position at Jackson (MS) State University.

“I am pleased to offer this promotion to Coach Hoskins and I am gratified that he has accepted,” said Lane College Interim President Glenn Vaulx when making the announcement. “During the relatively few weeks that I have been in my position, I have come to know Coach Hoskins and I value his dedication to Lane College, our students, and particularly our football players,” he added.

Hoskins has served the Dragons for six years as the Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator. A native of Philadelphia, MS, Hoskins graduated from Philadelphia High School and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Before coming to Lane College, he served as the offensive coordinator / assistant head coach at Murrah High School in Jackson, MS. He has mentored and coached several Division I players, of which two have continued on to play in the professional ranks. Hoskins’ passion for football is exemplified through his steadfast commitment and impeccable work ethic. His philosophy is, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not men.” Coach Hoskins has one daughter, 19 year old Alexia, who is a student at USM.

The decision to offer the position to Coach Hoskins was made on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

“I look forward to working with Coach Hoskins and his players, and I am confident that the passion of his players will manifest itself into many victories during the coming football season, “ Vaulx concluded.

Lane College Celebrates the Life and
Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Wednesday, January 15, 2013, Lane College held its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Convocation in the J.L. Lane Gymnasium. The building was packed with students, faculty, staff, special community guests, and alumni, (including “First Sister” Carolyn Vaulx Wheeler, a member of the Lane College Class of 1964) as Jackson, Tennessee City Court Clerk Daryl Hubbard delivered a frank, focused, fruitful, and thought-provoking speech to the audience.

In presenting the speaker, President Glenn M. Vaulx offered a lavish introduction and used the occasion to welcome students back to the college for the ensuing semester. But first, the President paid homage to our late President Wesley Cornelious McClure and led a moment of silence in his memory. He then informed some, and reminded others, that students, faculty, and staff at Lane College are family, and as such, we will use our resources and talents to assure that each member of the family develops the Power of Potential® that lies within. The program concluded with the singing of Fair Lane, which is now a regular feature at all Chapel Assemblies.

Below is the Jackson Sun newspaper account of the proceedings.

Importance of education stressed to students, staff at MLK event at Lane College

City Court clerk tells students not to cheat themselves at Martin Luther King service

Jan. 16, 2014 3:15 AM | Lane College held a Memorial Chapel Convocation for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Wednesday morning citing the civil rights activists' call for social change in America and the effects he had on education. City Court Clerk Daryl Hubbard spoke further on the importance of reading and learning, stating that, 'Black people used to be killed if they got caught with a book, now you won't be caught dead with one,' encouraging Lane students to read more and to embrace the gift of education God has given them.

Lane College held a Memorial Chapel Convocation for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Wednesday morning citing the civil rights
activists' call for social change in America and the effects he had on education. City Court Clerk Daryl Hubbard spoke further
on the importance of reading and learning, stating that, 'Black people used to be killed if they got caught with a book, now you
won't be caught dead with one,' encouraging Lane students to read more and to embrace the gift of education God has given
them. / MEGAN SMITH/The Jackson Sun

Lane College held a Memorial Chapel Convocation for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Wednesday morning citing the civil rights activists' call for social change in America and the effects he had on education. City county clerk Daryl Hubbard spoke further on the importance of reading and learning, stating that, 'Black people used to be killed if they got caught with a book, now you won't be caught dead with one,' encouraging Lane students to read more and to embrace the gift of education God has given them.

        Lane College held a Memorial Chapel Convocation for
        Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Wednesday morning citing the
        civil rights activists' call for social change in America and
        the effects he had on education. City county clerk Daryl
        Hubbard spoke further on the importance of reading and
        learning, stating that, 'Black people used to be killed if they
        got caught with a book, now (some of) you won't be caught
        dead with one,' encouraging Lane students to read more
        and to embrace the gift of education God has given them.
        MEGAN SMITH/The Jackson Sun


Written byPriya Narapareddy

(Jackson, TN-Jan. 16, 2014) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s belief that the goal of true education is “intelligence plus character” was emphasized to Lane College students Wednesday.

Jackson City Court Clerk Daryl Hubbard addressed students and faculty during the Memorial Chapel Convocation for Dr. King on Lane’s campus. The theme of the convocation was “Moving Forward in Unity.”

Hubbard stressed the importance of education to Lane students and faculty. He described education as “a gift that must be opened.”

“Black people used to be killed if they got caught with a book,” Hubbard said. “Now (some of) you won’t be caught dead with one.”

Hubbard said that if students did not read that they were cheating themselves, citing that students today have everything that even kings and queens in the past did not possess.

“The real purpose of education is to find out who you are, and to learn to think for yourself,” he said.

Hubbard spoke like a father to the students of Lane College, asking them to put down their iPhones and open a book instead.

Many faculty members applauded.

Reading is the foundation of one’s education, Hubbard said. “Smart” is the new rich, he said.

Hubbard gave no room for excuses for the students in the crowded gymnasium.

“You have everything,” Hubbard said. “Work hard; start somewhere.”

“I’ll be honest with you,” he said. “I came from the hood. Now, everyone in my family goes to college.”

Students were also encouraged by Hubbard to vote, to build a sense of self-respect and to ultimately use their education to make a difference in the world.

“I’m here to tell you that you can do anything,” he said.

Megan Smith contributed to this story.
Priya Narapareddy, 425-9616

Interim President
Glenn M. Vaulx

Glenn M. Vaulx, Sr., was born in Haywood County, Tennessee. He is the second of seven children born to two wonderful parents, Johnny and Vernice Vaulx. He is married to his college sweetheart, Ruby Scott Vaulx from Chattanooga, TN, and is the proud father of two caring sons, Glenn, Jr. (Kimmie) and Brian (Adrienne). He has five wonderful and brilliant grandchildren, Brian, Jr., Bralen, Glenn, III, Kamryn and Ana. He is a member of St. Paul Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, and is a member of the Steward Board (serving as the Chair of Steward Board #1 for ten years), and was a member of the Male Chorus. He graduated from Merry High School and received a music scholarship to Lane College where he played first trumpet in the band for four years. Vaulx received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics from Lane College in 1966, and later, the Master’s Degree from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) with a major in Administration & Supervision. He also did further study at Memphis State University, Murray State University, and Tennessee State University where he majored in Elementary Education.

Vaulx’s work experience began in 1966 as a sixth grade teacher in the Jackson City School System at Lincoln Elementary School where he served very successfully for three years. He was then promoted to the position of Principal at Washington-Douglass Elementary School in 1969 (at the age of 25…the youngest person ever appointed as Principal in the Jackson City School System), where he served for sixteen and one-half years. He served as Director of the Head Start Program for ten years, concurrent with his assignment as Principal of Washington-Douglass. In 1986, he was promoted to Director of Personnel for the Jackson City School System, and again in 1993 to Assistant Superintendent for Personnel & Fiscal Affairs. In that position, he was responsible for coordinating and administering programs, policies, and procedures for over 2,000 employees, and administering a budget (local, state, and federal revenue) of $125,000,000. While serving as Assistant Superintendent, he was designated as the Administrator-in-Charge in the absence of the Superintendent of Schools. He retired from the Jackson-Madison County School System on February 28, 2006. Following his retirement, the school board hired him as a consultant to advise the Superintendent on personnel, financial, and other pertinent issues from May 1, 2006 through October 13, 2006.

Vaulx is the founder and former owner of a sign company that was established in 1976. The company specialized in billboard signage and lettering on everything from posters, to windows, and all types of vehicles. He has also played the trumpet in various dance bands for sixteen years or more, and has played numerous times at his home church…St. Paul.

Vaulx has served as President and Treasurer of the Jackson Chapter of the Lane College Alumni Association; Treasurer (now Treasurer Emeritus) of the Lane College National Alumni Association for twenty-eight years; President and Treasurer of the Jackson Education Association; President of the Jackson Rotary Club (first African-American to serve in that capacity); Lifetime Member of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA); Board of Directors of Leaders Credit Union (eight years); and the YMCA Board of Directors. He is a Connecting Link; member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); charter member of the 100 Black Men of West TN Inc.; member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; and is currently serving as a Trustee on the Jackson-Madison County Library Board. He has also received numerous awards including, but not limited to, Outstanding Young Educator; WJAK Community Action Award; United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Distinguished Service Citation; Hope Outstanding Community Service Award; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority VIP; Educator of the Year-Phi Delta Kappa; Outstanding Community Service-Mt. Pleasant CME Church; Educator of the Year-Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; inclusion on the Jackson- Madison County School System’s Alumni Wall of Success; the Ronald M. Cunningham Service Award; the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Achievement Award; and the award for Leadership in Civil Rights from the First Episcopal District of the CME Church.

Vaulx has a great love for music, especially trumpet concertos, jazz and art. His greatest love is for his church, his beautiful wife, Ruby, and his family, who seem to grow dearer to him with each passing day.

His favorite scripture is found in Psalm 27:14…"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait I say on the Lord.”

Opening Convocation

Lane College recently held its Fall Convocation to mark the official beginning of its 131st academic session. The college’s vice president for institutional advancement, Richard Donnell, was the speaker.

In his message, Donnell encouraged students to persevere through the difficulties of life in order to accomplish their goals.

“In order to get above the clouds of adversity, sometimes you have to go through the storms,” Donnell said. “If you do that, then you’ll make it.” Donnell also encouraged students to pursue their dreams and ignore detractors.

“Don’t listen to negativity,” Donnell said. “You can do what you set out to do. No matter what anyone tells you.”

A group of freshmen friends said they plan to make their first year of college a successful one and have already started studying together. Courtney Blackmond, 19, of Chicago, is a biology major who is hoping to become a nurse or pharmacist.

“I’m already studying a lot,” Blackmond said. “I want to at least keep a B average.”

Breanna Lumpkin, who is from Ontario, Calif., also said she wanted to attend an HBCU.

“It was less expensive than schools in California, and I wanted to experience school away from home ,” she said.

Lane College Hosts Annual Graduate School and Professional Day

Lane College recently held its annual Graduate and Profes- sional School Job Fair in the J. F. Lane Physical Edu- cation and Health Complex. Prior to this event, faculty and staff collectively worked with students to provide assistance and prepared students for interviews, preparing resumes, and tips on appropriate career attire.

During the job fair, students had the opportunity to meet with vendors and admissions counselors representing businesses and graduate schools to assist with planning for life after Lane College. Over 80 vendors were on hand to promote their businesses. Each year, the office of Career Planning and Placement organizes this event for Lane College Students and the community.

SIAC Announces Football All-Conference and Superlatives

The following press release was issued on Thursday, November 21, 2013, by the Commissioner of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Our hearty congratulations are extended to Lane College Senior Chris Rini, the football team, and the coaching staff. The Dragons ended their 2013 season with a winning 6-4 record.

ATLANTA-The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced its 2013 All-SIAC Football Team, Superlatives, and All-Academic Team today, as voted by the SIAC Football Coaches Association.

After a banner year, Lane College quarterback Chris Rini was picked unanimously as the SIAC Player and Offensive Player of the Year. The Key Largo, FL native capped off a remarkable season by passing for a conference high 2,926 yards and 29 touchdowns, while completing 256-out-of-374 passes. As a dual-threat quarterback, the 6-foot-175 pounder also rushed for 519 yards and eight touchdowns. Also the Dragons kicker, Rini connected on 28 of 32 point after attempts (PATs), in addition to his four field goals on seven attempts.

During chapel on Wednesday, November, 20, 2013, Head Football Coach Derrick Burroughs, left,
presented Rini with the Special Teams and Most Valuable Player Awards.

All-SIAC Superlatives

SIAC Player of the Year: Chris Rini, Lane College
SIAC Offensive Player of the Year: Chris Rini, Lane College
SIAC Defensive Player of the Year: Dexter Moody, Albany State
SIAC Newcomer of the Year: Frank Rivers, Albany State
SIAC Freshman of the Year: Montavious Taylor, Clark Atlanta
SIAC Coach of the Year: Reginald Ruffin, Miles College

I’m Glad that I Came to Lane

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later”… Og Mandino

"I first saw this quote when it was posted on my sixth-grade classroom wall, and I never really understood it. Rather, I didn’t understand Og Mandino’s intention, but I knew that the quote’s veracity was inarguable. It was a luminous, humid day and one could see the morning dew as I arrived on Lane Colleges’ campus for the first time. I had such high expectations because I was attending a historically black college and I had the freedom to do as I pleased without having the supervision of my parents. Boy was I wrong! There was curfew at eleven o’clock, mandatory chapel attendance every Wednesday, and just rules on top of more rules! I felt like I was in jail and I wanted to leave immediately. My mother and I would chat, well rather I whined for hours about how I didn’t want to be here. Over time it grew on me though. Being from a big city, I wasn’t use to such a slow-paced environment. However, I took the time to focus more on my studies and strived to do my best. Being diligent in my studies, my professors started recommending me for different internships and wanted me to take a leadership role in the classroom.

When all of these things happened, I realized what Mandino was conveying. In everything you do in life, you should always want to do your best because it is the stepping stones for success. Had I not come to Lane, I wouldn’t have learned such a valuable lesson. I have met some awesome people and have had the pleasure to be taught by some wonderful professors. Being here has really helped mature me and helped shape the young woman I am today. So I personally want to say thank you to Lane College.”

Khristal Thomas is a Junior majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. She holds a 3.76 grade point average and plans to enter dental school after graduation. The Cincinnati, OH major is the daughter of Vanessa Burdine and Chris Thomas.

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