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Dr. Sylvia Jenkins, Academic Affairs’ vice president at Moraine Valley Community College, will be named its fifth president by the Board of Trustees when it formally approves her appointment at the May 9 meeting. Dr. Jenkins succeeds Dr. Vernon O. C


Dr. Sylvia Jenkins, Academic Affairs’ vice president at Moraine Valley Community College, will be named its fifth president by the Board of Trustees when it formally approves her appointment at the May 9 meeting. Dr. Jenkins succeeds Dr. Vernon O. Crawley, who retires June 30 after 21 years as president.






“We are extremely pleased we could find an outstanding candidate at the college who we believe best suits the academic, administrative and funding challenges that we face in the future,” said Joseph Murphy, chair of the Board of Trustees. “We are confident that Dr. Jenkins will build on the many successes at Moraine Valley and lead the college to new heights in the future.





“I am thrilled! I’m excited! I look forward to continuing the outstanding work of Dr. Crawley and leading Moraine Valley into the future,” said Dr. Jenkins, who brings more than 30 years of experience as an educator to the chief executive office of the college.






“We had four excellent finalists, and I want to thank them for their deep interest in us and for what they wanted to bring to the institution,” Murphy said. “This was a difficult decision, and each of the finalists had strengths that would have kept Moraine Valley on the leading edge of community colleges nationwide.





Dr. Jenkins began her career as a librarian at Virginia Union Univ. in Richmond,. Her career began at Moraine Valley in 1986 as an adjunct librarian in the Public Services area of the college’s Learning Resource Center. In 1988, she was hired as a full-time faculty librarian; In 1995, she was appointed library coordinator and subsequently, department chair of the Library.






In 2001, she was named assistant dean of the Center for Teaching and Learning and director of the library; in 2003, appointed dean of Academic Development and Learning Resources, established the award-winning Center for Teaching and Learning and led the library staff and faculty in its redesign. She was named Master Teacher of the Year twice for incorporating technology in teaching and learning and has received the Innovator of the Year Award and the Vernon O. Crawley Leadership Award. She represents the college to the League for Innovation in the Community College.





Dr. Jenkins earned a Bachelor of Education degree from Grambling State Univ., her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the State University of New York at Albany and her Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies with a specialization in Community College Leadership from Colorado State University-Fort Collins. She’s a member of Moraine Valley Rotary Club and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Chicago Alumnae Chapter. She and her husband, Craig, have four daughters, Carmen, Courtney, Christine, and Carol, and five grandchildren.





Her Breakfast! – A fav-o-rite media sistah, Bonita Bennett, author, life coach and publisher of Being Single Magazine, keynotes the Annual Women’s Celebration Breakfast on May 19, 10 a.m., at Faith Community Church, 3054 W. Polk St. The theme: Food, Fun & Fellowship: How to Live Your Best Life in Christ. Topics: Unanswered Prayers: When You Hear Nothing; Casting Your Cares: You & Your Circumstances; God’s Provision: When You See Nothing; What’s Love Got To Do With It: Your Joy Radio; Time for a Spiritual Shape Up? Come Get Fitted! Call ahead for reservations: (312) 567-9900.






His Breakfast! – Steve Baskerville, CBS-2’s meteorologist, speaks May 19 at the Man-Boy Breakfast at Simeon Career Academy, presented by Concerned Christian Men, Inc., led by George D. Glenn. Baskerville is the 146thAfrican American man from the business, education, political, legal, athletic, multi-media and religious communities to address the monthly session. The event is from 9 a.m.-1:15 p.m. CCMI members supervise spirited athletic competition in basketball, flag football, etc. Men, 18-plus years, are invited at a donation of $5; young men, 6-17, can attend free. Call (773) 675-5992.






Her Power – Laura Washington, ABC-7 political analyst and Sun-Times columnist, gave the inspirational keynote address at Chicago’s only all-girls public school, the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School (YWLCS, grades 7-12) in Bronzeville. At the annual Girl Power Luncheon, a dozen years of success were celebrated and graduating class members were honored. Some 90 percent of them have already been accepted at colleges across the nation. Deborah DeHaas 





Picture Perfect! – From street photography to formal studio portraiture! The Renaissance Society presents Dawoud Bey: Picturing People, an expansive career survey, May 13–June 24. His work is distinguished for its commitment to portraiture as a means for understanding contemporary society. An opening reception and discussion with the artist is Sunday, 4-7 p.m., at Cobb Hall, on U of C campus, 5811 S. Ellis.






On Saturday noon, May 26, there’ll be a free walk-thru led by Darby English, U. of C. Art History prof who’s taught modern and contemporary art and cultural studies since 2003. He’s with the Dept. of Visual Arts, Center for Gender Studies and Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture and has authored How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness (MIT Press) and co-edited Kara Walker: Narratives of a Negress (MIT Press, republished by Rizzoli).







Newsy Names – Monica (Mrs. Otis) Moss, first lady of Trinity United Church of Christ, keynotes May 16 when Simeon Career Academy inducts 32 students into its Nat’l Honor Society. All must carry a 3.5 cumulative scholastic average (on a 4.0 scale) every semester; candidates are also evaluated on service, leadership and character. Faculty sponsors: Gwendolyn Harden and Romona Fannings … Happy b’day to fellow Taureans Ken Simmons, Kathy L. Wright, Deanna Wolcott, Ivey Matute-Brooks, Joyce Kelly Brown, Sheri Gibson, Charlotte Tyree, Ronda Flowers, Karl Dabney … Happy 55th wedding anniversary to Evanston’s William and Ruth Towns Welcome home gal-pals Musette Henley and Claudia Walker from a vacation in Ghana And back from an exotic South African junket: Sarah Ayers, Clem Coleman, Charli Clayborne, Vivian Durham, Ola McGehee, Mildred Porter, Barbara Saddler, Verna Watts Shannon and Dea. Geraldine Williams.





Congrats to Michelle Bims-Ellis, who has graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary OMG! Gotta get this right! In the Savage family column item, the deceased is Randolph W. Savage, not the former Rep Savage. My apology once again (hopefully for the last time!) to Randy Savage for the goof Lots of love and hugs to my many, many Facebook family, friends and fans (more’n 300, at last count for sure!) who sent “happy b’day” wishes and “God’s blessings” my way. Thanks soooo much and please know you’re all in my prayers! Luv ya!






Flirt On! – Author Deanna Burrell teaches how to flirt like a Picasso on Friday, 7 p.m., and at the top of each hour thereafter ‘til 10 p.m. at Listenbee Gallery, 1745 S. Halsted, hosted by Single Girl Summer. Like a painting, sculpture or dance, flirting is a work of art, she says. The essential foundation for every romantic relationship, successful flirting is navigating the rules of conversation and unwritten laws of etiquette. It’s presented against the backdrop of the 2nd Friday Pilsen Gallery Walks, using excerpts from her critically acclaimed book, Single Girl Summer, which will be available for sale. Free entry; call (773) 263-0139.





erdana;color: windowtext;letter-spacing: 0pt”>Meet & Mingle – with NABJ-Chicago Chapter (Nat’l Association of Black Journalists) at its Annual Meeting this Wednesday, May 9, 5:30 p.m., at CBS-2, 22 W. Washington. NABJ-CC will raffle free registrations to 2012 NABJ Convention & Career Fair in New Orleans, June 20-24; several $50 registration discount coupons will be given away. Also hear about NABJ-CC’s “K-Nect 360,” our mentoring event.




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