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Delta Women Delta Newsletter SPRING 2015 • 27 Soror Karen Abdul- Malik, artistically known as Queen Nur, was inaugurated as the 14th president of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. at the organization’s 32nd Annual National Black Story-telling Festival and Conference in Chicago, Nov. 12-16. Her presidential term for NABS began January 2015. Soror Abdul-Malik, a resident of Willingboro, N.J., is a nationally known storyteller who has been performing for over 20 years. She has been featured on Fox Good Day, a New Jersey network, and in newspaper outlets across the country. Soror Abdul-Malik is author of “What is the Role of Cultural Sustainability: Four Case Models,” and an accompanying “Arts-in-Practice” model guidebook. As a community activist and storyteller, she has received nu-merous awards including, the Mid-Atlantic Artist-As-Cat-alyst Award for working with women and children at risk, the Z-Hope Award from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and recognized as a “Mover and Shaker” by the National Coali-tion of Black Women. As a community cultural ambassador Soror Ab-dul- Malik is the founder and executive director of In FACT, Inc.: Innovative Solutions through Folk Art, Cul-ture and Tradition, and is featured as a legend in “Legend-ary Locals of Willingboro,” a newly published historical book. Soror Abdul-Malik graduated with a Master of Arts degree in cultural sustainability from Goucher College in 2012. She is on the executive boards of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Rancocas Valley Alumnae Chapter; IamKenny J Productions; Keepers of the Culture, Inc.; Philadelphia’s Afrocentric Storytelling Group; and The Underground Museum of Burlington County, Inc. Soror Denise M. Allen was named the 2013 Dance Teacher of the Year by the Mich-igan Association of Health, Phys-ical Education, Recreation and Dance. The award was presented on Nov. 15, 2013 during the Association’s annual convention held in Lansing, Mich. With over 17 years of experi-ence in education, Soror Allen, works as a dance and health educator at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School in Detroit. Most notably her dancers were selected to per-form at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C. for the 25th International Blacks in Dance Silver Anniversary. Soror Allen is the founder and artistic director of the Inner City Dance Scope Dance Studio celebrating 15 years of dance in the city of Detroit. Soror Allen is also an assess-ment writer for Michigan’s Arts Education Instruction and Assessment Program. In honor of her work in the educational system, she has been the recipient of many awards including the National Honor Roll Outstanding American Teacher for Motivation and Empowerment Award in 2006 and Who’s Who Among American Teachers Award in 2005. Soror Allen received a Bachelor of Science in dance education and an Master of Education in educational leadership. She is also certified by the state of Michigan in Elementary and Secondary Administration. Soror Allen was initiated into Tau Chapter at Wayne State University in 1993 and is a member of the Southfield Alumnae Chapter. The Honorable Patricia Banks is the 2014 recipient of the Center for Disability & Elder Law Impact Award, which recognizes an individual, law firm or corporation that has developed a program profoundly impacting lives of senior citizens or people with disabilities in Cook County. Judge Banks serves on the executive committee of the Circuit Court of Cook County, one of the largest unified court systems in the world. Serving as a judge since March 1994, Judge Banks was appointed presiding judge of the Elder Law and Mis-cellaneous Division of the Circuit Court, established in December 2010 and specifically concentrates on the legal requirements of seniors age 60 and over. It’s the first divi-sion of its kind in the country. Judge Banks has held several leadership positions, among them: chairperson of the Illinois Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Coordinating Committee; member, Chicago Bar Association Board of Managers; vice pres-ident, Cook Country Bar Association; and chair of the National Bar Association Judicial Council Division. Initiated in Lambda Chapter in March 1969, Judge Banks is now a member of the Chicago Alumnae Chapter. She received her baccalaureate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her juris doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. Soror Jemelleh Coes has been recognized as the 2014 Geor-gia Teacher of the Year. She is cur-rently a special education English language arts teacher at Langston Chapel Middle School in Bulloch County where she has taught since entering the field of education six years ago. In 2012, as the youngest member of the faculty, she was selected to represent her school as the Teacher of the Year and went on to become 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year. She is the daughter of immigrant parents and a first generation college graduate. Soror Coes attended primary and secondary school in Dekalb County, Georgia. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgia Southern University. As a member of Statesboro Alumnae Chapter, Soror Coes aides in the facilitation of Delta Academy. She is also a mentor at a group home for girls in Bulloch County. Once a month, Soror Coes leads scrapbooking projects with chil-dren in the local community who have never been exposed and do not have the means to create crafting projects. This year, Soror Coes is on sabbatical to travel throughout the state and be an advocate for education. She provides workshops and keynote addresses statewide. She serves as a consultant for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, member of the Department of Education Teacher Advisory Board, board member for the Georgia Partnership of Excellence in Education and has been recently appointed to Georgia’s Network for Trans-forming Educator Preparation Advisory Council. She was recently honored at the White House with other “Teachers of the Year” from other states. Bellevue College has appointed Dr. Gayle Colston Barge as the new vice president of Institutional Ad-vancement. Beginning Nov. 17, 2014, she will provide leadership and supervision for all fundraising, marketing and communications outreach, including the college’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2016. “I am very excited Gayle is joining us,” said BC Presi-dent, Dr. David Rule. “She brings a great resumé of diverse experience, a creative mind and an optimistic perspective to Bellevue College leadership.” Soror Barge brings over a decade of experience in higher education and has served in marketing, commu-nications and public affairs leadership positions in the public and private sector for over 30 years. Most recently, she served as the director of University Public Relations at Central State University in Ohio. Barge earned a doctorate in education from Pepper-dine University in organization change; a master’s degree in strategic communication and leadership from Seton Hall University; and a bachelor’s degree in history from Minot State University. “I’m thrilled to join the Bellevue College family and be part of the exceptional faculty and staff who work at BC,” said Barge. “I’m looking forward to getting to know this incredible campus and its community.” Soror Barge has also served as a gubernatorial appoin-tee to the Ohio Job Training Partnership Act Commission and is the recipient of numerous honors including the Girls Inc.’s She Knows Where She’s Going Award. Soror Barge’s professional affiliations include the American Marketing Association, The Links, Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she serves on the national long-range planning task force.


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