Issue: February 2021  
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Your Connection to Alumni and the Clark Atlanta University School of Business Administration
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In This Issue

Welcome to the relaunch of The SBANA Connect! Four years ago this month we launched our newsletter to keep you connected to all things CAU B-School, share the achievements of our fellow alumni and keep you connected to the University. 

A lot has happened since our last issue and we live in a very different world. Most of us made it through 2020 and for that, we are collectively grateful. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who may have had a very difficult year or lost a loved one.

Our hope for 2021 is that you and your family are blessed with good physical and mental health, financial blessings and that by the end of this year we are able to spend time together, in person. Until then, we will continue to keep you connected to the B-School through this newsletter, social media (@CAUBusinessAlum on all platforms), and virtual events. 

As we close out our Black History Month celebration, we are excited to share some B-School history we've uncovered! Have you ever wondered why Wright Hall was renamed Wright-Young Hall and who is Young? We have the answer! And as always, we are highlighting alumni, sharing B-School news, and upcoming events. 

Be sure to scroll all the way through or view in browser so that you don't miss anything. We hope you enjoy! 


SBANA Founder + Pizza Hut + Super Bowl
Did you catch the Nate Burleson and Jim Nantz Pizza Hut Super Bowl Commerical? Our very own, Marie Whitworth (Marketing '06), and founding member of SBANA was the creative lead! 

Alumna Whitworth is Head of Multicultural Branding & Advertising at Pizza Hut. Check out the commercial below if you missed it. 
Pizza Hut TV Commercial, 'Getting Ready' Featuring Jim Nantz, Nate Burleson
Mentors Needed for AUC Data Science Club
Miss Brianna Powell, 2nd year MBA student and current Thurgood Marshall Hennessey Fellow has launched Liberation in Automation in partnership with Moët Hennessy and Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

The mentorship program helps provide resources and experiences to AUC students interested in learning the application of data science within their discipline.
Alumni mentors are needed. As a mentor, you will help build the next generation of black data scientists. Are you a data scientist or work with programs like SPSS, Python, Swift, SQL? Do you work in CyberSecurity or Blockchain?  Then your expertise is needed! Learn more about available roles and sign up below.
Become A Mentor!

Our History is Black History

If you follow us on social media you've seen our Our History is #BlackHistory posts celebrating alumni who were the "first".  Learn about our fellow alumni who were the first in their industry below.
Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (CAU MBA '92) is the first African American woman to serve in Congress for the state of Washington. She previously served as the Mayor of Tacoma, WA. Learn more about her here.
Gregory Jackson, CPA (AU '81) owns and operates Prestige Automotive, the first black-owned auto group to surpass one billion dollars in revenue and is currently one of only four African Americans to own a Mercedes Benz dealership in the U.S. Learn more about his business ventures at Jackson Asset Management.
Maurice D. Slaughter (AU MBA '84) is the first African American man to own a Harley-Davidson and Ducati dealership. His dealership Bayside Harley Davidson is the highest volume dealer in the Mid Atlantic and has the largest inventory on East Coast. Learn more about his company here.
Alumnus Kavien Hillmon (CAU Accounting ‘05, MBA ‘21) and alumna Phinda Hillmon (CAU '05 & '09) opened the first black-owned beauty supply store in South Georgia last August and launched their online store in October. Learn more about their story here.

Alumnus Hillmon is the Vice President of Commercial Banking at CenterState Bank and serves on the SBANA Scholarship Committee. 
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Priority Deadline for the Fall Semester is April 1, 2021

CAU B-School News

The Young in Wright-Young Hall

You have likely wondered who is the Young in Wright-Young Hall.

Most of us know that Wright is in honor of, Major Richard R. Wright, Sr., Founder of National Freedom Day (Feb 1) and valedictorian of the first graduating class of Atlanta University. 

The CAU School of Business Administration was renamed Wright-Young Hall to honor Dr. Harding B. Young, who was appointed the third dean of the B-School in 1961.

Dr. Young was the many of first. The first known African African to receive a Doctor of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School (1955).
His thesis title and list of other African Americans who have received doctoral degrees from HBS are available here. You will notice our beloved Dr. Edward D. Irons, who we will feature in our next issue, was the second.

Dr. Young was also the first African American to be appointed to the faculty of the Business School at Georgia State in 1969. In 1979, he was the first African American to serve on the board of directors of the Citizens & Southern National Bank (now Bank of America), and in 1985, he was the first African American appointed to the board of directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank. 

While he was Dean, the University's chapter of the American Marketing Association was established (1967). 
Atlanta University Bulletin 1961- Two New Deans Appointed
Atlanta University Chapter of American Marketing Association Formed (July 1967)
Atlanta University Chapter of American Marketing Association Formed (July 1967)
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Student Spotlight

CAU B-School Student featured by Georgia's Own Credit Union
On Tuesday, February 23, Georgia’s Own Credit Union's digital sign at the former Equitable Building, featured Nicola Ramdyhan, an accounting major and captain of the CAU Tennis team.

Nicola is a student of excellence, making the Dean’s List each semester. Her peers praise her for her talent, leadership, and willingness to go above and beyond for her teammates.

The Dean's Executive Lecture Series

April 20th Dean's Executive Lecture Series with Paul Shoukry
The second installment of the Spring 2021 Dean's Executive Lecture Series will feature the Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer of Raymond Jones Financial, Inc, Mr. Paul Shoukry. He will discuss the importance of adaptation and innovation.

All alumni are invited and encouraged to attend on Tuesday, April 20, at 6pm ET.  Register here.

School of Business Alumni Impact Fund

The B-School has established the CAUSBA Alumni Impact Fundraising Committee. 

The committee's mission is to raise the immediate as well as longer-term funding needed to ensure that the B-School can continue educating and nurturing the next generation of “CAU Made” business professionals. The founding members were especially motivated in light of the recent extension of accreditation by the AACSB– the standard and mark of quality our school must continue to maintain. If you are in the financial position to do so, consider donating today.
Make a Donation Today!

Alumni Spotlight

Congratulations to Alumna Daedrea Fenwick, Esq. (International Business, '05) on being named a Georgia Super Lawyer Rising Star for the third year in a row! Alumna Fenwick is currently a Senior Associate Attorney at Stewart Miller Simmons Trial Attorneys.  
Dallas Martin
Congratulations to Alumnus Dallas Martin (Marketing '06) for being promoted to executive vice president of A&R at Atlantic Records and on being named President of Asylum Records. Learn more about his new roles here.
Congratulations to Alumna DeRetta Cole Rhodes (MBA Marketing/ Organizational Behavior, '96) on being promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief People Capital Officer at the Braves. Read the full announcement here.
Kimberly Evans Paige
Alumna Kimberly Evans Paige (MBA Marketing '94)Chief Marketing Officer for BET Networks and Live Events, has been appointed to the Morehouse School of Medicine Board of Trustees. Learn more here.
Cloteen Jasmin, Esq
Congratulations to Alumna Cloteen Jasmin, Esq., (Accounting & FInance '94). She has been named Atlanta Market Leader at Ryan Companies. Learn more about her new role here.
Kelcey Rutledge
Alumnus Kelcey Rutledge (CAU '96), Director of the Delta Rural Network Center was honored by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for his work toward advancing health equity in Kentucky. Learn more about the honor and his work here.
Join/ Renew Your Membership Today!


Propel Center

Last month CAU announced its partnership with Propel Center, a new global HBCU headquarters for innovation funded by Apple and Southern Company.  Learn more about why Apple reached out to President French to bring this new state-of-the-art campus to CAU below.

Image: Atlanta Business Chronicle

How Atlanta's historically Black colleges and universities landed millions from Apple, Southern Co. (Atlanta Business Chronicle, January 21, 2021)

On a late spring evening last year, George T. French, president of Clark Atlanta University, got a telephone call that would change the course of thousands of college students in Atlanta.

A business partner in Alabama told him representatives from Apple Inc. (NYSE:APPL) wanted to talk. It was about a press release French just issued congratulating fellow Atlanta HBCUs Morehouse and Spelman after Netflix announced it was giving each college $40 million.

Even though Clark Atlanta did not receive the gift, French wanted to go on record in support of both schools.

Apple was impressed. Continue reading

Propel Center Renderings
Images: Propel Center
Alumna Dr. Glenda Glover, Ph.D., JD, CPA, (MBA Accounting '76) current president of Tennessee State University, joined The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart last month to discuss the history of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sororiy Inc., Vice President Kamala Harris, and the global impact of HBCUs. Watch the segment below.
CAU MBA Alumna Dr. Glenda Glover on The Sunday Show (MSNBC)
If you're just joining us, in February 2019 our newsletter featured the pioneers of the CAU B-School, learn about them here.
Watch: Spring 2021 Opening Convocation & Induction Ceremony

Upcoming Events

April 20- Dean's Executive Lecture Series
About Us
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