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Clark Atlanta University Student From Chicago Excited To See The Panthers Play in Her Hometown

Posted on Thursday, September 01, 2016

Maxine Mathis (Photo Credit: Damon L. Thomas)


Contact: Mario Boone

ATLANTA (Sept. 1, 2016)    Students from Chicago make up the second largest pool of out-of-state scholars at Clark Atlanta University (CAU).  So, it’s no wonder “Chi-Town” natives, who also happen to be CAU students like Maxine Mathis, are beaming with pride after learning the CAU Panthers will play for the first time ever at the historic Solider Field.  CAU will compete in the 19th Annual Chicago Football Classic on Sept. 10, and for many Chicagoans, the Classic is an opportunity to brag about Chicago to classmates in Atlanta, and boost interest in CAU among high school students back home in the “Windy City.” 
“I’m very excited that my school is playing in my city,” said Mathis, a junior criminal justice major.  “I always talk to my friends about the city and how they have to see it to truly appreciate everything Chicago has to offer, and now they get to experience it,” she said, referring to the busload of CAU students making the 700-mile trip to the Classic.  
The future cyber-security analyst for the FBI hopes her choice to attend CAU will rub off on the many youngsters coming to the Classic’s college fair before the game.  Mathis is one of several CAU students chosen to attend the college fair to promote Clark Atlanta.  “My only hope is that I’m a role model for someone else who wants to be the same leader,” she said, with bold confidence.
By many standards, Mathis has already succeeded at becoming a great role model and leader.  Just look at the odds she beat growing up in a single parent home in a city plagued by violence.  And consider she attended a less diverse all-girls high school where most of her classmates, “didn’t understand the purpose of an HBCU,” she said.  Yet, she found CAU and is thriving here because, “my mother made sure I knew the value of it,” she explained.
On campus Mathis is nothing short of a superstar.  She is very active in the student government association where she serves as junior class vice president.  She is also secretary of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice.  Freshmen and transfer students got to know her as an orientation guide.  More proof that for Mathis the sky is the limit.  “It is truly a blessing to represent Chicago at Clark Atlanta,” she shared.
Category: Students
Keywords: Maxine Mathis, Chicago Football Classic