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President of Phillips School of Theology to Speak at Lane College Summer Commencement Convocation

Lane College will convene its Summer Commencement Convocation on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the J.F. Lane Health and Physical Education Building. Over fifty young and proud men and women will be awarded baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences. Reverend Dr. Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr. will deliver the commencement address.

Dr. Thomas is the President/Dean of Phillips School of Theology, which is a component of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, GA. He holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a minor in sociology from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He also earned the Master of Divinity degree from Phillips School of Theology and the Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Thomas served as the pastor of Walls Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to his tenure as pastor of Walls Memorial, he served as pastor of congregations of the CME Church and presiding elder in the states of Alabama and Tennessee. He has also previously served as the Vice President for Student Affairs and a member of the Religion faculty at Lane College, and as a member of the Religion faculty and Student Services staff at Stillman College.

Dr. Thomas is an Ordained Elder in the CME Church, where he is a member of the Southeast Missouri, Illinois, and Wisconsin Annual Conference. He is currently serving as Chair of the Council of Deans at the Interdenominational Theological Center. In addition, he serves as an adjunct instructor at the ITC and is the pastor of the Good News Community CME Church in Lithonia, GA. Having a great interest in denominational courses, Dr. Thomas has authored a publication entitled “How to Have a Praying Church,” and an unpublished manuscript entitled “Effective Preaching on the College Campus: A Reaction to Preaching by Lane College Students.”

Jacoby Jones Dancing With the Stars

One of Lane’s favorite sons, Jacoby Jones, Class of 2009, made a name for himself and the College during his recently- completed stint on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Although he did not win the first-place trophy, his splendid performances and gregarious personality captured the hearts of viewers around the world, and focused attention on the transformative and positive effects that Lane College has on the lives of its students. This Lane Man made us proud! Below are some links to news articles and videos that chronicle his appearances. Enjoy!

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Jackson Sun

Lane College Students Selected to SIAC All- Academic Basketball Team;
Women Selected as All-Academic Team Champions

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coaches committee have announced the 2013 SIAC All-Conference, All-Academic Teams and Superlatives.

On the Women’s side, Lane College’s Crystal Rayford, Katora Fleming, and Marrisa Stewart took home All-Academic honors with respective grade point averages in excess of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale. The Lane College Women’s Basketball team beat out all other teams in the SIAC in being se- lected as the All-Academic Team Champion by having the overall highest cumulative grade point average as a team.

Lane Men selected as members of the SIAC Men’s All-Academic Team were Jeremy Whitmore with a grade point average of 3.578 and Shoquan Stephens with a grade point average of 3.31. Student-Athletes receiving All-Conference, All-Academic, and Superlative honors were recognized during the SIAC Banquet in Atlanta last week.

Julius TaylorTuskegeeMontgomery, AL3.77Chemical Engineering
Jeremy WhitmoreLaneMemphis, TN3.578Business
Janko PopovicLemoyne-OwenBelgrade, Serbia3.57Information Technology
Moriah JohnsonTuskegeeLos Angeles, CA3.393Occupational Therapy
Chukwudi NdudiwiMorehouseAtlanta, GA3.38Kinesiology
Shoquan StephensLaneSt. Thomas, VI3.31Interdisciplinary Studies
Reginald MartinBenedictBuffalo, NY3.36Business Administration
Derrick MartinClark AtlantaAtlanta, GA3.28Business Administration
Ronald FoxxMilesGainesville, FL3.26Biology
Jeffrey WherryStillmanHuntsville, AL3.26Business
Sharnita LloydKentucky StateRobbins, IL4Physical Education
D’Ambria ThomasFort Valley StatePelham, GA3.8Accounting/Business
Shytina HartleyFort Valley StateTampa, FL3.5Marketing/Business/Economics
Ariel JonesClark AtlantaKaty, TX3.49Biology
Jazlyn FullerTuskegeeOntario, CA3.506Sociology
Crystal RayfordLaneByhalia, MS3.68Business
Monique WeathersBenedictDacula, GA3.48Economics
Katora FlemingLaneIndianapolis, IN3.62Biology
Marissa StewartLaneAtlanta, GA3.68Sociology

History-Making Judge and Alumna to Speak at King Convocation

The Honorable Angelita Dalton will be the featured speaker at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Chapel Convocation on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the J.F. Lane Health and Physical Education Building.

Judge Dalton is Judge of Division III of the Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee General Sessions Court. She was elected to the bench in August, 2006 and assumed office in September, 2006. As fitting for the first Black woman elected to a judgeship in Nashville, Dalton was sworn in by the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Adolpho A. Birch, Jr. – the first Black Judge in Nashville.

Prior to assuming the bench, Dalton served in various positions with the Davidson County District Attorney General’s Office from 1997 through 2005, including an assignment on the domestic violence prosecution team.

In August, 2010, Dalton was elected among her peers to serve as Presiding Judge of the Davidson County General Sessions Court for a one-year term. She currently serves on the State Coordinating Council for the Tennessee Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence. She is a member of Greater Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church where she has served on the Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the Napier-Looby, Nashville, and Tennessee Bar Associations; the NAACP; and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She currently serves on the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct and the Tennessee Bar Association Task Force on the Rules of Judicial Conduct. Dalton was selected among lawyers across Tennessee to the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class of 2007.

A native of Nashville, Dalton graduated from Whites Creek High School in 1989. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Lane College in 1993 and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1997.

Dalton and her husband, Derrick, are the parents of one son.


Thirty-Five Year Corporate Veteran and Former Global Aviation Business Leader for
ExxonMobil Joins the Leading Business Organization Serving Black Professionals

CHICAGO –– The National Black MBA Association, Inc. (NBMBAA®) has announced the appointment of Jesse J. Tyson as Interim President & Chief Executive Officer. Tyson will provide the day-to- day oversight of the Association, effective January 3, 2013.

“We welcome Jesse’s extensive global business and marketing experience to the Association,” said Audrey Dillard Hines, chairman of the NBMBAA Board of Directors. “He will play an integral role as we continue to provide the best programming, training and career development to our members and students, bringing them the best resources, tools and experts to enhance their career paths.”

“I’m pleased to join the NBMBAA executive team and to further build a strategic platform for the future,” said Tyson. “This organization is at the forefront of developing dynamic corporate and entrepreneurial leaders, assisting them in achieving their education and career goals.”

Tyson is considered a global business expert having served in sales, marketing, operations and distributions positions within ExxonMobil with responsibilities for Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the USA. Prior to his recent retirement after 35 years, Tyson led the Global Aviation business for ExxonMobil based in Brussels, Belgium, working across multiple industry groups in developing strategic solutions around customer segmentation, operational excellence and shareholder return requirements with clients in over 50 countries and 500 locations across the globe.

Prior to this assignment, Tyson led the South America Fuels Marketing efforts for ExxonMobil as President of ExxonMobil Inter-America and Marketing Director. As chief of this group, his responsibilities included the retail fuel business across "free" and regulated markets. He represented ExxonMobil with the Council of the Americas, the Department of Commerce, State and Energy, USTR and host governments on formal processes to enhance free trade agreement implementation and harmonization of product specifications across the region with a focus on leveraging scale.

Tyson holds a B.S. degree in economics and business from Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee and an MBA from The Ohio State University. He has attended The Brookings Institute and The International Management Development School in Switzerland. In addition, he served as an Economic Intern with the US State Department in Senegal.

He is a past Board member of The Ensemble Theatre and Children’s Museum in Houston, the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board at Florida International University, the Board of Directors of The Foundation for Management Education in Central America, Florida A&M University and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, Board of Trustees at Lane College and is a member of the Orange Bowl Committee. He was named one of the “Twelve Good Men” by the Ronald McDonald House Charities and is a recipient of numerous awards and honorable mentions over the years, including the 2009 Black Enterprise “most influential black executive”.

Most recently, he received The Ohio State Business School Global Diversity Award and the 100 Black Men of America Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service. Tyson is often sought as an inspirational speaker to youth across the country as well as a guest university lecturer on globalization and the global energy outlook. He is a lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association.

Tyson recently moved back to the U.S. after living in Brussels, Belgium. He and his wife Cheryl currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas, and are the proud parents of three daughters, Tamika, Cormisha, and Christina and one grandson, Christopher.

About the National Black MBA Association

Established in 1970, the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) is dedicated to developing partnerships that result in the creation of intellectual and economic wealth in the black community through its five channels of engagement; education, career, leadership, entrepreneurship, and lifestyle. With 45-plus chapters, a membership base of more than 8,000 and more than 450 corporate partners, the NBMBAA provides access to its constituents through services such as the Annual NBMBAA Conference; Local Empowerment Initiatives; and other programs.

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