Tyler Alumnae Chapter presenting a commemorative photo collage created by Curtis Humphrey to the city where it will be placed at the W.L. Glass Recreation Center in Tyler, Texas. JOURNAL Spring 2014 s81 sented her with an individual por-trait. s The Ventura County Alumnae Chapter hosted an evening of edu-cation and empowerment at Califor-nia State University Channel Islands on March 13, 2013. In support of the Sorority’s national IMPACT program, VCAC partnered with CSUCI to create a powerful program with the objec-tive to define, discuss, and discour-age sexual abuse and domestic vio-lence. Under the direction of Kim Kel-ley, vice president of VCAC and chair of the chapter’s Health and Wellness committee, the chapter opened the event with a showing of the movie “Precious,” which detailed the life of a young African-American woman who had been sexually abused and exploited. The movie served as a cat-alyst for a candid discussion about various forms of sexual abuse and domestic violence. The discussion was led by a panel of experts in mental health including sorors Angela Timmons, Ph.D., Clier Sherman Ph.D., and Marsha Wylie, a licensed clinical social worker as well as Jennifer Chapman, CSUCI’s multi-cultural programs coordinator. Students shared stories about abuse and violence from their per-sonal lives. They enthusiastically sought out advice on how to manage these situations in the future in the event these circumstances were to occur again. “This is the kind of event that can really impact lives,” said Shanté Mor-gan- Durisseau, chapter president of VCAC. The women were eager to receive written literature outlining resources on the subject. s The Williamsburg Alumnae Chapter, in partnership with the Greater Williamsburg Women’s As-sociation, sponsored the final Black History Month Heritage Program at the Williamsburg Public Library fea-turing Soror Hermine Pinson & Com-pany. Soror Pinson is an associate professor at the College of William and Mary where she teaches creative writing and African-American lit-erature. She provided the attendees with new music from her latest CD, “Deliver Yourself,” which includes a range of poems set to jazz and popu-lar music, as well as music from her “Dolores is Blue/Dolorez is Blues” collection. The chapter also announced its “Taking a Page out of Black History” essay contest winners. Students were asked to write a 350-500 word essay on an African-American woman in history. Their women of choice were Ventura County Alumnae Chapter members and participants during their education and empowerment program at California State University Channel Islands.
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