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KUDOS NSIDE MOREHOUSE, SEPTEMBER 2008 EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH MAY EMPLOYEE: ERROLL "SAM" PHILLIPS Erroll “Sam” Phillips relishes in the thought that his work is often not noticed. Phillips, who is in charge of backstage productions at the Mar tin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, works to make sure that the look of the chapel for events such as Summer Commencement and Crown Forum is so perfect that people only notice that it continues to be a gleaming facility. “I really get my satisfaction when we have an audience and platform full of people who are satisfied with an event,” said Phillips, the College’s Employee of the Month for May. “That really makes me feel good. We put in a lot of hours into a lot of these events to make them work.” President Robert M. Franklin (left) and Erroll "Sam" Phillips. Phillips, a native of Fort Pierce, Fla., has been at Morehouse since 1996. Away from campus, he is an avid outdoorsman who loves to hunt, fish and farm. “I got quite a nice garden with corn, green beans, butter beans, squash, cucumbers, collards and turnips,” he said. The fact that May was the month when he was given the award is par ticularly gratifying, Phillips said. “It comes during the most chaotic month,” he said. “It really is an honor.” ■ JUNE EMPLOYEE: SHELIA WORTHY On a wall in Shelia Worthy’s office in the John Hopps Technol ogy Tower is a card that reads, “Do the Thing 'That You Think You Cannot Do.” It is a mantra that Worthy, the administrative assistant to Joseph Dixon, the vice president for Infor mation Technology, lives by — even if a task is unfamiliar. “I just have a spirit of willingness, camaraderie and wanting to do things well,” said Worthy. “People ask me (to do things) and I consider it an honor when people ask me, so I feel like I’ve got to do a good job. I have to do the best I can do.” Worthy has been with the Col lege since 1998. She has performed in a play penned by associate vice president for Academic Affairs, Anne Watts, and also has done creative dance pieces for various events. That started when she was once asked for the name of someone who could perform a creative dance for an event. She knew of no one. “Then they said, ‘Why don’t you do it?”’ Worthy said. “I had never done a creative dance before, so I created a dance. I think it’s all be cause I’m a dependable person. When people ask me to do stuff, I just say, ‘okay.’” ■ Grand D.A.M.E.S. Donates $1,700 to Board Opportunity Fund Members of the Grand DAM.RS. - a group of current and former More house faculty, staff and administrators who are members of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. - present a check for $ 1,700 to President Robert M. Franklin Jr. ’75 for the Opportunity Fund. The fund helps supplement funding gaps for Morehouse juniors and seniors. Belinda Johnson White, one of the group’s leaders, said among their projects this year, they plan to adopt the Interna tional House and assist international students who are far from their families with some of their basic needs. Pictured above from left to right are Rahmelle Thompson, Remeka Bowden, Ardis Blanchard, Fran Phillips-Calhoun, Roseland McLarin, Denise Moore, Alison Ligon, Gwen Wade, Bonita Moore, Jeanine White, Teloca Sistrunk, Dionne Polite, Felicia Damron, Pia Forbes and Cayce Dix. Holding the check with Dr. Franklin are Cheryl Allen and Belinda Johnson White. Not pictured are Rubye Byrd, Shanelle Coleman, Cecile Haydel, Melvinia King, Francesca Lopez, Ida Mukenge, Diane Rowley, Shirley Thompson, Harriet Walton, Sandra Walker and Marjorie Wilson. Lawrence E. Carter Sr., dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, was one of the principal speakers during the Global Peace Festival in Asuncion, Paraguay, July 2-5. More than 250 leaders from 80 nations spoke during the three-day festival attended by thousands of people. Elise Durham, media relations manager, Com munications, was appointed to the Board of Di rectors for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. The Foundation provides educa tion, screening and counseling to sickle cell pa tients along with activities and services for school-age, sickle cell patients. Henry Goodgame '84, director of Alumni Relations, Special Events and Annual Giving, is featured in an advertisement on the back cover of 2008-2009 The CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Guide to Professional Development magazine. William E. Gryc, assistant professor, math ematics, had an article, "On the Holonomy of the Coulomb Connection Over Manifolds With Boundary," published in the June 2008 issue of the Journal of Mathematical Physics. 4 Melvinia Turner King, assistant professor of leadership studies, Leadership Center at Morehouse College, spoke on character education as a panelist at The Jepson School Summer Institute for Leadership and the Liberal Arts at the University of Richmond on H Toni O'Neal Mosley, director of Public Rela tions, Communications, has been appointed to the editorial advisory board of Girl Friends Health Guide for Women of Color. Published in three cities - Milwaukee, Chicago and Atlanta - the Guide is currently distributed through a network of doctor's offices and drug store chains. Willie Rockward, associate professor, physics, appeared on "The Herman Cain Show," hosted by Morehouse trustee Herman Cain '58 on 750-AM/WSB Radio on June 24 to discuss global warming. CHANGING GEARS New Hires Mussaka Bagrou, security officer, Campus Police Curtis Davis, director of campus operations, Physical Plant Anthony DeCosta, resident director. Housing and Residential Life Joseph Dixon, vice president, Information Technology Isaiah Green, resident director, Housing and Residential Life Kirk Harris, security officer, Campus Police Minnie Jackson, administrative assistant, Communications Lenny Mercedes, resident director, Housing and Residential Life Paul Sulongteh. resident director. Housing and Residential Life Marcia Thames, administrative assistant. Economics William Tweedle, resident director. Housing and Residential Life Barbara Wardlaw, administrative assistant. Internal Audit Labot Pinkney, business analyst, Information Sen/ices Franklin Soares, resident director, Housing and Residential Life Harry Wright, associate vice president, Student Services H GIenwood Ross, assistant professor of Economics, and Melvinia King took 19 students to South Africa as a combined expe rience for the Leadership Center's annual Oprah Winfrey South Africa Trip and Georgia State University and Morehouse College South Africa Study Abroad Program. Ron Thomas, director, Journalism and Sports Program, was a presenter at a work shop titled, "Taking It From a Single Class to a Program: What It Takes," during the Associ ation for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication convention on Aug. 5 in Chicago.