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CAU Celebrates

Start Date: 3/21/2013
End Date: 3/21/2013

Start Time: 10:45 AM
End Time: 12:05 PM

Location Info:
University's Epps Gymnamsium

Event Information:
Clark Atlanta University's annual Founders Day Convocation takes place at Thursday, March 21, at 10:45am in the University's Epps Gymnamsium. The convocation orator is Clark Atlanta University Trustee Delores P. Aldridge, Ph.D., (B.A., CC '63; M.S.W., AU, '66). In addition to serving as secretary of the University's Board of Trustees, Aldridge has distinguished herself, and in doing so the University's pedigree, throughout her career. She was the first African-American woman to receive the doctorate in sociology from Perdue University in 1971. That same year, she became the first African-American female faculty member at Emory University, simultaneously becoming the founding director of the first degree-granting Black Studies program in the South. She administered this program until 1990 when she was named the Grace Towns Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Emory, one of the few African Americans to hold a distinguished chair at a major institution at that time. In 2003, the Delores P. Aldridge Excellence Awards were inaugurated at Emory, and in 2012 the university named its Graduate Research Award in her honor. Other awards named for her include the Aldridge-McMillan Faculty/Staff Excellence Awards at Clark Atlanta University and the Academic Achievement Award of the National Black Herstory Taskforce. Please note the new, earlier start time for the event, 10:45 a.m. Deans and faculty members are asked to arrive at the gym for the processional by 10:15a.m. Faculty members with classes from 9:25 – 10:50 a.m. are asked to bring their students to the gym by 10:15am. Faculty members with classes at 10:50 – 12:05 p.m. are asked to have their students report directly to the gymnasium by 10:15 a.m.; no later than 10:30 a.m.