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Jacoby Jones Named to Pro Bowl Squad

It was at some point after his 105-yard sprint for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders in mid-November when Jacoby Jones realized that his first season with the Ravens most likely would end in Honolulu.

Jones, who has three return touchdowns this season and leads the NFL in kickoff return average, was named to the Pro Bowl team for the first time in his career. Selected as a return specialist for the AFC, Jones said he’ll bring his mother and his lead blocker, Anthony Allen, on the trip.

“This means a lot,” said Jones who signed a two-year deal with the Ravens in May after he was cut by the Houston Texans. “It says you are in the elite of the elite, which is tough to do, and that takes a lot of consistency and hard work. But again, a lot of praise goes to the guys blocking in front of me.”

The game will be played Jan. 27 at Aloha Stadium, the week prior to the Super Bowl.

“I had a chance to come here, and it’s been a breath of fresh air,” said Jones who is the first Raven to have multiple kickoff return touchdowns in either a season or a career. “As soon as I walked through the door, they told me to be myself and that they’d give me an opportunity. They told me to make plays when they call my number, and that’s what I’ve tried to do.”

Jacoby Jones Named AFC Special Teams Player of The Month

Today Jacoby was named the special teams player of the month. He Currently leads all return men in pro bowl voting. The award and the voting shouldn’t be a surprise at all, Jones has been on a tear lately. He has 3 return TDs in three separate games, 2 of them were game changing plays. Against the Steelers, Jacoby’s punt return essentially won the game for the Ravens all by itself, against the Cowboys when the Ravens were hurting, Jacoby made the game changing play returning a record tying 108 yard kickoff for a score. Jones is the only player in NFL history with 2 kick returns of over 105 yards, and both have come in the last 6 games. He is one of only two players with 2 returns of any type over 105 yards.

Energy Efficient Lighting in J.F. Lane Gymnasium

Immediately prior to the opening of the Fall 2012 semester, new energy efficient lighting was installed on the first level of the J.F. Lane Health and Physical Education Building. The new installations took place in the swimming pool area, rear hallway, the front corridors to the gym, pool area, and in the gymnasium itself. Twenty-nine (29) motion sensors were also installed on the lights located at the rear hallway and in the gym. The sensors will activate lighting once motion is detected, and contribute to monthly cost savings. The new lighting has truly enhanced the beauty of our uniquely shaped gymnasium. The two attachments show a before and after shot of the same area in the gymnasium.

U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton addresses Lane summer graduates

"Watch the company that you keep," U.S. attorney tells Lane class of 2012

Students from Lane College’s largest-ever summer graduating class gathered in the J.F. Lane Health and Physical Education Complex Sunday for a moment they’d long awaited. Many of them stood up when asked if they were the first in their families to graduate from college and their families cheered. But before the soon-to-be graduates received their degrees, President Wesley Cornelious McClure and commencement speaker U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III spoke to them about the “Power of Potential®.”

“You have to know where you want to go and who you want to be,” said Stanton, who was nominated by President Barack Obama for his position in 2010. “You have the tools. You just need the vision in order to succeed.”

Stanton is the United States attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. In 2005, he received the Sam A. Myar Jr. Award, the highest honor the Memphis Bar Association bestows upon lawyers under age 40. He told the students about the determination he had to develop in his own life, and how his reputation had to stand up to the scrutiny of his position. Stanton said he often has been inspired by the eagle in that is a creature whose very survival depends upon seeing what others cannot. Because of this vision, he said, the eagle can continue to soar.

“Watch the company that you keep, and run with people who are going places and people who will challenge you,” he said, and he also advised them to maintain good character and conduct. “Conduct is what you do when people are watching you, and character is how you act when no one is watching.”

McClure told the 78 graduates that Stanton’s advice should stay with them not just for today, but for the rest of their lives. He admonished them to remember Stanton’s words when they have left Lane College and entered the workforce where new challenges will await them. Success may rely on staying away from trouble,” McClure said.

Toward the end of the ceremony, McClure also called Jazmin Anderson and her family to the stage for her recognition as the highest ranking senior.

Musician William Graves sang and played the keyboard during the commencement convocation.

Lane College 2012 Spring Commencement Convocation

More than 200 students in the class of 2012 received their baccalaureate degrees in arts and sciences Sunday during Lane College’s spring commencement convocation at Oman Arena.

Dr. Michael Lomax, president of the United Negro College Fund, gave the commencement address. The UNCF is the largest private provider of scholarships and other educational support to minority and low-income students.

Lomax congratulated the graduates in his address and stressed the importance of historically black colleges and universities in the nation. He urged students to give back to Lane because of all the school has done for each of them. He also commended Lane for its work as a successful historically black college but said that moving forward, Lane must be an example to other schools.

“Lane has always been a leader among black colleges,” Lomax said. “Lane must be a leader in helping to show black colleges how they can be true to their heritage and mission and be highly competitive.”

Lomax continued to charge the Lane family to make the success of black colleges a priority.

“The future of black colleges is in our hands,” Lomax said. “If we are bold, thoughtful and visionary, that future will be bright. If we are not, well, you can fill in the blanks.”

Graduates were reminded of the Lane motto, “Power of potential,” as they leave the school to make a difference in the world. They were given a charge at the end that said, “Find your dreams. They are waiting for you.”

Many of the graduates plan to continue their academic pursuits in graduate school.

Marcus Goodson, of Detroit, received valedictorian honors at the commencement. He also served as the Student Government Association president. He will head to law school in Lansing, Mich., next semester. Goodson said the graduation ceremony does not represent the end of a journey, but rather the start.

“It’s just the first leg,” Goodson said. “I have a lot more plans after this.”

Li’thelya Young also is looking to continue her education. The Byhalia, Miss., native wants to get her master’s degree in public health at the University of Memphis. After that, she plans on getting her doctorate in psychology.

“It feels great, but I’m going to miss it,” Young said. “Lane has taught me a lot.”

Renecia Hamilton, of Milwaukee, will pursue a master’s degree in sociology from Georgia State University. After a rough start in her freshman year, Hamilton finished her undergraduate career strongly. She said the feeling of getting her bachelor’s degree is a relief.

“I proved to myself that I could be something,” Hamilton said.

Dr. Deborah Buchanan's Publication

I am pleased to announce that a scholarly article written by our colleague, Dr. Deborah Buchanan, was recently published in an edited volume entitled Faith, Feminism, and Scholarship: The Next Generation. Her work, Vocational Journeys: Moving Toward a Creative and Disruptive Womanist Pedagogy, was edited by Drs. Melanie Harris and Kate Ott, and is published by Palgrave Macmillan.

I am further delighted to inform you that a poem written by Lane College student Ashley Wroten is also included in the book. Her poem, entitled Wake Up Call, originally began as a class assignment and morphed into a work of art. Final editing of the poem was performed by Lane Professor Unoma Azuah.

Commencement Convocation Speaker

President McClure today announced that Lane College will conduct its Spring Commencement Convocation on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Oman Arena. Over two hundred young men and women will be awarded baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences. United Negro College Fund (UNCF) President Michael L. Lomax will deliver the commencement address.

Since 2004, Dr. Lomax has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the UNCF, the nation's largest private provider of scholarships and other educational support to minority and low-income students. Immediately before assuming the helm of the UNCF, Lomax was President of UNCF-member institution Dillard University in New Orleans. Prior to his college presidency, he was a literature professor at Morehouse and Spelman Colleges, Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia. He has also served as Chair of the Fulton County (GA) Commission in Atlanta, the first African-American elected to that post.

During his tenure as President of Dillard, Lomax increased enrollment by nearly 70%; completed $54 million in acquisitions and renovations, including the first new academic building since 1993…the Dillard University International Center for Economic Freedom; doubled the university’s assets; and nearly tripled the funds raised from alumni, individuals, corporations and foundations.

Throughout his career, Lomax has worked to provide educational opportunities for under-represented Americans. As President and CEO of the UNCF, he oversees UNCF's 400 scholarship programs, including the UNCF Gates Millennium Scholars Program, a 20-year, $1.6 billion program whose 14,000 low-income minority recipients have a 90 percent college graduation rate. He also launched the UNCF Institute for Capacity Building, which helps UNCF's 38-member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) become stronger, more effective and more self-sustaining in such critical areas as fund-raising and building strong academic programs that prepare their students for careers in the global economy.

A leading advocate for the importance of cradle-through-college education for all Americans, Lomax is Co-chair of the Education Equality Project, a member of the Aspen Institute's Commission on No Child Left Behind and a member of the governing boards of Teach For America, the KIPP Foundation and the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools. He is also a frequent contributor to the National Journal's Education Experts blog and author of the "MorehouseMan" blog at essence.com. Lomax also serves on the boards of the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of African-American History and Culture and the Studio Museum of Harlem. He also founded the National Black Arts Festival. He has received numerous awards including the Laurel Crowned Circle Award from Omicron Delta Kappa, the distinguished Emory Medal, the Candle in the Dark award from Morehouse College, and several honorary degrees.

Dr. Lomax is the father of three adult daughters. He and his wife, Cheryl Ferguson Lomax, reside in Atlanta.

Wellness Program Receives Top Honor

The Lane College HBCU Wellness Program was named the “HBCU Wellness Campus of The Year” at the Meharry Medical College HBCU Wellness Project Spring Symposium held on March 20, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. This distinguished honor was bestowed to Lane College for its outstanding health disparity campus-community outreach. There are a total of six HBCUs in the state of Tennessee (Meharry Medical College, Fisk University, Tennessee State University, Knoxville College, LeMoyne-Owen College and Lane College) participating in the Meharry HBCU Program. Since the inception of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Wellness Project in 2006, Lane College has actively assisted in finding better solutions for community residents to gain better access to healthcare through the use of resources provided through the project.

The project has provided free educational literature and brochures, educational workshops, health activities, testing/screenings, health fairs, and information about access to healthcare agencies and healthcare professionals. These critical factors permit Lane College to be a vehicle through which the community learns about health disparities, how to prevent them, and how to maintain one’s health once diagnosed.

The Lane College HBCU Wellness Program collaborates closely with the following community partners: American Cancer Society, Birth Choice, Children and Family Services, Jackson Madison County Regional Health Department, Meharry Medical College, State of Tennessee, City of Jackson, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, West Tennessee Consortium and Community Planning Group, American Heart Association, Myrtle Russell, Anthony Blackwell, JACOA, WRAP, WLCD Radio (98.7 on the FM Dial), West Tennessee Legal Services, Tennessee Organ and Tissue Donor Registry, National Bone Marrow Registry, LifeLine Blood Services, University of Tennessee Extension Agency, and Madison County.

Staff members of the Lane College Wellness Program include Program Coordinator Fisher Smith, Information Specialist Donna Hamlett, and Administrative Assistant Selester Sampson.

Lane Professors among a list of local artists

Lane Professors Montana Torrey and Louis Giberson are among a short list of talented and local artists to have their works currently on display at the Ned McWherter West Tennessee Cultural Arts Center (The NED), located at 316 East Main Street in downtown Jackson. This group show, entitled Landscapes and Gatherings 4, features the work of talented artists from across West Tennessee using watercolor, watercolor pencils, oil, and acrylic.

The beautiful works may be seen through April 30.

Tuskegee Airman buried at Arlington

SUZANNE GAMBOA Published: Friday January 20, 2012

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - On the same day that retired Air Force Lt. Col. Luke Weathers Jr. took his resting place among other war and military heroes, his real-life story as a World War II aviator played out on movie screens across the country.

Weathers was buried Friday at Arlington National Cemetery in a service that began with a flyover of four F-16 jets in the Missing Man formation, a special honor reserved for pilots, by the 113th Wing of the D.C. Capital Guardians, the same unit that guards the airspace over the nation's capital.

Weathers died Oct. 15 in Tucson, Ariz., of pneumonia at age 90. His burial coincided with the official opening in theaters of "Red Tails," a George Lucas-produced movie retelling the story of the Tuskegee Airmen who debunked widely held beliefs that black pilots were incapable of fighting in combat.

Shortly after the flyover, in which one of the three jets departed from formation, a caisson pulled by six horses carried Weathers' body to his burial spot amid hundreds of the stark marble tombstones that cover the grounds of the national cemetery. An Air Force band accompanied the wagon, its drummer thumping a solemn beat as family followed on the chilly, overcast Friday morning. Family members wore red ties and scarves, as they had at Weathers' Memphis funeral, as a nod to the aviators who painted their aircrafts' tails red to set themselves apart.

Luke Weathers III, 61, said his father and other black Americans who fought in World War II did so to prove they were men, "and then they wanted their country to love them, but that didn't happen, either." Friday's ceremony, however, finally delivered recognition of his father as a national hero, Weathers said.

This kind of attention to the Tuskegee Airmen is what the elder Weathers wanted throughout his life, said his daughter, Trina Weathers Boyce. Weathers was not vain, but he wanted to share the lessons of the airmen's courage in war, their struggles for equality and their victory over a wartime enemy and over racism, she said.

"He would talk about his hard trials and tribulations to others, to children, because he never wanted us to feel like this (racism) is a reason we couldn't make it," Weathers Boyce said in a telephone interview Thursday. "He would tell us nothing good comes easy. He'd say there are going to be barriers ... and you can overcome them."

Before the Tuskegee Airmen were formed in 1941, black men were forbidden to fly for the U.S. military, even though they could be drafted. After years of struggle, the Army Air Corps began to allow African Americans to train for flight, albeit in still-segregated units.

Many of the tens of thousands of Tuskegee airmen, which included navigators, mechanics, medical personnel and others in support roles, trained from 1941 to 1949 at the Tuskegee Institute, which was founded by Booker T. Washington and was already home to an aeronautical engineering program. In the home state of the institute, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed a proclamation honoring the airmen, saying they changed Americans attitudes about race relations.

More than 900 Tuskegee Airmen were U.S. pilots, said Trent Dudley, an Air Force lieutenant colonel who is president of the East Coast Tuskegee Airmen Inc. chapter. An estimated 250 to 300 Tuskegee airmen are still alive. The exact number is not known because some have not registered with chapters.

"As with all the airmen, when we lose one of them, there is a chunk of history that goes with them," Dudley said.

Defying social norms was already a family trait when Weathers was born in Grenada, Miss.

At the time, the town's railroad track served as the economic dividing line. Weather's mixed-race father and black mother defied that dividing line, which led them to move to Memphis, where they opened their own grocery store.

Years later, Weathers was studying biology at Lane College in Jackson, Tenn., when he stumbled on an article in an international newspaper about the Tuskegee Experiment, the federal government's name for the Army Air Corps training of African Americans, Weathers Boyce said.

His mother turned to the prominent Memphis family she worked for and, with the help of the family's connections, Weathers was considered and eventually accepted into their program.

He always talked about the maneuver that save his life, Weathers Boyce said. A skillful pilot, he was a target of the Germans. In one combat flight, German aircraft were pursuing him and firing. He was forced to dip down and make a few turns in his plane to keep from getting shot, she said.

Weathers flew P-51 and P-39 fighters during his service from 1942 to 1945 and earned a Distinguished Flying Cross, according to the National Guard Bureau. He and other Tuskegee Airmen were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007.

After the war, Weathers went on to become the first African American air controller, run a coin-operated laundry, raise five children, open a flight school, provide vocational rehabilitation for veterans and write a book about his life story that has not yet been published, Weathers Boyce said.

"We are still educating people on the Tuskegee history," Weathers said, "because it's a big part of American history, not African American or black history, but American history."

History-Making Mayor to Speak at Lane College

The Honorable Willie Spencer will be the featured speaker at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Chapel Convocation in the J.F. Lane Health and Physical Education Building on the campus of Lane College on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

Mayor Spencer was born and reared in Hardeman County, Tennessee and attended the Hardeman County Public School System. He is a 1967 graduate of Allen-White High School in Whiteville, Tennessee, and a 1971 graduate of Lane College.

After graduating from Lane, he accepted employment with Procter and Gamble Mfg. Co. as an Electrical Technician and shortly thereafter he was promoted to Management. His assignments included: Production Team Manager, Technical Engineer, Production Department Manager, Business Leader, Brand Department Manager and Organizational Effectiveness Manager. After 27 ½ years with Procter and Gamble, he resigned and became part owner in Bond and Spencer Contracting Services. During his time in Jackson, Tennessee, he served on various committees and boards such as the Jackson Leadership Team, Malco Bowling Board of Directors, Education Committees, and The Golden Circle Optimist Club, where he was recognized as a distinguished President.

After relocating to Hardeman County, he was elected to serve as a Hardeman County Commissioner in 2002; and in his second year, was appointed Vice Chair of the Commission. During this period, he served as Mayor Pro-Tempore due to the illness of Mayor Don Clifft. As Mayor Pro-Tem, he managed to initiate and chair the Joint Economic and Community Development (JECD) Executive Committee and Board; initiated and chaired the Three-Star Program; initiated the Dolly Pardon Imagination Library; converted the county payroll to direct deposit; and assisted two new industries in locating in the county.

In August 2006, Spencer was elected as the first Black Mayor of Hardeman County, Tennessee. As Mayor, he has managed to complete several airport projects totaling roughly Four Million Dollars; constructed a Eighteen Million Dollars Criminal Justice Center; assisted the first start-up of the county Civil Air Patrol Unit; developed computer labs throughout Hardeman County; assisted the Bolivar downtown development project; attracted the return of a flight training school to Hardeman County Airport; consolidated the E-911 operation; and provided solid leadership with integrity in managing the county’s business.

Mayor Spencer currently serves on a variety of boards including the Joint Economic and Community Development Board(Chair), Imagination Library Board, Southwest Tennessee Development District Boards (Executive Board, Rural Planning Executive Board, Regional Economic Development Initiative Advisory Board), Southwest Human Resource Agency Boards (Executive Board and Policy Council – Chair), Hardeman County Health Council, West Tennessee River Basin Executive Board, RC&D Board, Whiteville, Tennessee Technology Center Advisory Board; and The Association of Tennessee Valley Government (ATVG). He was recently appointed President of the ATVG Board which covers a seven-state area.

The Mayor is a member of the Antioch Baptist Church where he serves in many capacities; a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.; and a member of the Hardeman County Branch of the NAACP. He is married to Mrs. Dixie Spencer and they have four children (Yolanda, Adrienne, Brandi, and Willie Jr.), ten grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Spencer is the son of the late Robert and Beatrice Spencer.

President McClure Prominently Featured in UNCF/CESA National News Article

Lane President Wesley Cornelious McClure was prominently featured in a national news article on Thursday, December 1, 2011 regarding the urgent need for a program that was begun by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in 2009. Called CESA (Campaign for Emergency Aid), the UNCF-sponsored program has begun its campaign to raise $5 million in the current school year to help literally thousands of graduating students who need some extra money to pay off tuition or room and board balances at their schools before they graduate. The average grant for each student is $1,600.

"The economy was and is hitting our communities like a hurricane," said President McClure. "The CESA program has been a godsend," he added.

To read more, please go to: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/12/01/4092319/uncf-to-raise-5-million-to-help.html#ixzz1fPYEvGLE

Noted Lane College Professor Honored With Coveted Award

Lane College Assistant Professor of English Unoma Azuah, has been selected the 2011 Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize Winner for her extraordinary literary works that prioritize African women’s experiences. She is the author of The Length of Light, a book that reflects the predicament of everyday choices in life; and Sky High Flames, the story of a vivacious, naive, young girl who morphs into an unforgettable, strong woman.

The Aidoo-Snyder book prize is awarded by the Women's Caucus of the African Studies Association. The Caucus was established in 1975 to promote the study of gender, to ensure an active and representative role for women scholars and members of the Association within and outside the African continent, and to develop scholarly and activist links between the Association and women in Africa.

Named in honor of Ama Ata Aidoo, the celebrated Ghanaian novelist and short-story writer, and Margaret Snyder, the founding Director of UNIFEM, this prize seeks to acknowledge the excellence of contemporary scholarship being produced by women about African women. In alternate years, the prize is awarded for the best scholarly book, or for the best creative work.

Professor Azuah is a Nigerian writer considered to be one of the focal voices of the third generation of Nigerian writers because of her award winning works and pioneer essays and research on sexuality issues in Nigeria. A graduate of the MFA program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia; she also has a Masters degree in English from Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. The University of Nigeria at Nsukka, is where she earned her Bachelor's degree in English.

The award-winning writer has conducted writing workshops and seminars in major cities in Nigeria and the United States which included workshops for incarcerated mothers and women in prison as a way of creating outlets for their expressions. Part of her focus in such workshops is to assist women in channeling their energy into literary expressions as a way of freeing their spirits in spite of their physical imprisonment.

Professor Azuah is also involved with "The Griot Collective," a poetry group that organizes workshops and readings for adults and high school students in the West Tennessee area. Her contributions to this group earned her the "Griot Hero" award in 2006. In the same year, she received "The Best Faculty," award at Lane College for her outstanding teaching, research and service to the College community.

Some of her affiliations include the International Resource Network (IRN Africa), a research and network group that focuses on sexuality issues in Africa of which she is a board member; co-editor: “Sentinel Annual Literature Anthology”; co-editor "Outliers" a creative writing and scholarly journal about sexual minority issues in Africa; and Poetry editor of Sentinelnigeria.org. She is also the faculty sponsor of the Delta Sigma Tau English Honors Society at Lane College.

Chris Dean: Life After the Limelight

On Monday, November 7, a very inspiring news story entitled “Chris Dean: Life After the Limelight,” by reporter Bonnie Kinney, aired on Memphis television station WREG. Mr. Dean, a Lane College freshman, introduced President Barack Obama during his (the President’s) visit to the Commencement Exercises at Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis in May 2011. Please view the news video for an inspirational journey.

McWherter Scholars Selected

Left to Right: Nick Grayson, Cishley Harper, Rodney Stanback, Jr., Ernicka Willis, Bryant Stewart

President McClure today announced that the College has received official notification from the Honorable Senator Roy Herron (D-Dresden) that five Lane College students have been selected as Ned McWherter Scholars for the 2011-’12 academic year.

Cishley Harper, Ernicka Willis, Nick Grayson, Rodney Stanback, Jr., and Bryant Stewart were selected from among several applicants for this coveted award.

Harper is the daughter of Charlie and Lynn Harper, and is a native of Humboldt, Tennessee. She is a senior music major with a 3.8 grade point average. Willis is the daughter of Ernest Willis and Loretta Anderson and is a resident of Bruceton, Tennessee. She is a senior majoring in Criminal Justice and possesses a 2.6 grade point average. Grayson is a senior majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies who possesses a 3.0 grade point average. He is the son of Calvin and April Hudson, and Marvin Grayson, and resides in Jackson, Tennessee. Stanback is the son of Rodney and Rita Stanback, and is a native of Millington, Tennessee. He is a senior Computer Science major, with a 3.45 grade point average. Stewart is a junior majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies who possesses a 3.5 grade point average. He is the son of the Rev. James Stewart and Delores Stewart, and resides in Jackson, Tennessee.

Each student will receive a $5,000 stipend along with the opportunity to work with Senator Herron during the course of this school year both in Dresden and at the State Capitol in Nashville. They will also receive academic credit for their work while in the program.

The Ned McWherter Scholars Program, established in memory of the late former governor from Dresden, Tennessee is intended to encourage Tennessee high school graduates to attend college in Tennessee. The monetary award is funded by the State of Tennessee on a yearly basis. Awards are made in equal installments each semester throughout the academic year.

Noted Lane College Faculty Member L. Susan Bond Contributes to
Bold New Lectionary Resource on Social Justice

Dr. Susan Bond, Assistant Professor of Religion, is a contributor to Preaching God’s Transforming Justice: A Lectionary Commentary, Year B, Featuring 22 New Holy Days for Justice, a bold new commentary which has just been published by Westminster John Knox Press. This work is unique in that it is the first to help the preacher focus on the implications for social justice in every biblical reading in the Revised Common Lectionary. In addition, this series introduces twenty-two Holy Days for Justice. These Days enlarge the church’s awareness of God’s call for justice and the many ways that call comes to the church and world today. For example, these days include World Aids Day, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Asian American Heritage Day, International Women’s Day, César Chávez Day, Earth Day, Yom ha Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Peoples Native to the America Day, and Night of Power.

For each lectionary day and each Holy Day for Justice there is an essay that helps the preacher integrate a variety of social justice concerns into his or her preaching. The 90 contributors are a diverse group of biblical scholars, preachers, social activists and professors of preaching. The contributors are about half women and half men from a broad range of communities—racial/ethnic, denominational, gender orientation.

Bond wrote the commentary for Proper 28. She comments on passages from 1 Samuel, Daniel, the Psalms, Hebrews and John.

Walter Bruggemann, a leading biblical authority, says, “This extended commentary makes clear that when one asks fresh voices of the biblical text, one gets fresh responses. In addition to fresh interpretive voices on offer here, this volume provides special resources and guidance for the Holy Days for Justice, a new entry into the church year for treasured occasions in the life of the church and in our society. This book holds promise of transformative energy for the preaching, teaching, interpreting work of the church.”

The 544 page book is available from Westminster John Knox Press ($ 50.00): www.wjkbooks.com. The commentary will be published in three volumes—Year B (2011), Year C (2012) and 2013_

A Facebook page can be found at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Preaching-Gods-Transforming-Justice-A-Lectionary-Commentary/201090069938085.

Lane’s Oldest Graduate Passes Away

(August 16, 2011) Lane’s oldest graduate, Mrs. Etta B. Stinson Williamson, Class of 1928, passed away this afternoon in Jackson, Tennessee. She was 106 years old.

Mrs. Williamson was born on February 27, 1905 in Holly Springs, MS; the youngest of three siblings born to her parents. Her family moved to Jackson, Tennessee when she was a few months old. Once here, she and her family joined Lane Tabernacle CME Church; and later, Mrs. Williamson joined St. Paul CME Church where she was active on several boards and auxiliaries until circumstances of age caused her to become less active. Internationally, she was one of the oldest members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

During her professional career, Mrs. Williamson taught the first grade at North Jackson and Lincoln Elementary Schools and retired in 1968 after 48 years in the classroom. She was President McClure’s first-grade teacher.

In April 2008, Mrs. Williamson attended the Commencement Convocation at Oman Arena and personally received her 80th-year diploma.

Stephenson and Shaw Funeral Home of Jackson has charge of services. However, arrangements are incomplete.

Graduate and Professional School Day on the Horizon

Lane College will conduct and sponsor its annual Graduate and Professional School Day/Job Fair on Thursday, September 15, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the J.F. Lane Health and Physical Education Building.

This event is designed to conveniently connect students, alumni, and the community with graduate and professional school representatives along with local, state and national businesses. Vendors will recruit students of all majors for internships, full-time and part-time employment, summer, and volunteer activities. Most importantly, this networking opportunity reflects Lane’s belief that the world is transformed through the power of education.

For more information, contact Ms. Virginia Crump at vcrump@lanecollege.edu, 731.410.6709; or Ms. Robbie Coleman at rcoleman@lanecollege.edu, 731.426.7584.

Pre-School Conference

In anticipation of the upcoming academic year, Lane College will conduct its Pre-School Conference on August 8-12. Members of the administration, faculty, and staff will convene at the William H. Graves Auditorium.

Homecoming 2011

Homecoming 2011 will take place during the week of October 10-15. The Homecoming Celebration will feature a Prayer Breakfast, Chapel Service, and several other splendid activities. The highlight of the week will be the annual Homecoming Parade and football game on October 15 against the Tuskegee Golden Tigers. You are cordially invited to celebrate this annual event at any of the splendid events that have been planned for your enjoyment. A calendar of Homecoming events will be posted shortly.

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