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President's Letter to the Community

Voting Matters

August 27, 2018


This new academic year greets us with the knowledge that, once again, as citizens of a democracy, we will have the opportunity to enact one of our most important responsibilities and rights as a citizen and that is our right to vote.  

Our Spelman Student Government Association is in the vanguard of assuring that everyone who is eligible is registered to vote. Monday, August 13, the SSGA hosted a voter registration drive on campus to prepare you to be engaged in November's midterm elections.

Few acts of citizenship are as important. As we prepare for this coming electoral season, there are a few non-partisan reminders of voting resources available to us as a community to assist ourselves and others in the process of registering to vote, learning about the issues, and getting out to vote, when the time comes.

Good governance is abundantly evident on Spelman’s campus. One of the most dramatic is the effectiveness of our SSGA's work with the administration on the reduction of student parking fees. We especially acknowledge the good work of Kendra Brown, C'2019, SSGA secretary of business and finance. As you know by now, parking fees have been reduced by $100 per semester. We look forward to working with your new SSGA President, Bria Paige, C'2019, and her extraordinary SSGA leadership team.

Summer Study Abroad

Study abroad continued to be robust on the Spelman campus and members of the Spelman community have certainly had a busy summer engaging in study all over the globe. You conducted research, participated in internships and completed work experiences that deepened your Spelman education.

Twenty-one of you accompanied Dr. Rosalind Bass, director of Spelman's Health Careers Program, on a global health trip to Cape Town, South Africa, where you learned about diabetes clinical research and healthcare delivery in the region.

Health Careers In Cape Town 2018
Health Careers Program students and Dr. Rosalind Bass in Cape Town, South Africa

Thirteen of you spent four weeks in Japan studying the Japanese language at Josai International University and participating in numerous cultural activities, including tea ceremonies, calligraphy and martial arts.

Halima Monds, C’2021, spent her summer interning at Facebook. Sunankhem Kheperu, C’2019, published her first children’s book, “How the Storm Began.” Christian Reeder, C’2020, conducted and presented research through the San Francisco Department of Public Health in their Summer HIV/AIDS Research Program.

You traveled to Berlin and Munich as Cultural Vistas STEM Fellows to learn about careers in the biochemistry, engineering, mathematics and pharmaceutical fields.

Spelman Faculty
Our new academic year begins with a cohort of exceptional new faculty members. Please join me in welcoming 19 new faculty members in every discipline from Economics and Computer and Information Sciences to Theater and Performance, Art and Visual Culture and the Innovation Lab.

Our new faculty members join a stellar Spelman faculty and at our opening convocation, we celebrated faculty excellence with the presentation of the 2018 Presidential Faculty Awards for Excellence.

And speaking of faculty excellence, we congratulate our newly tenured and promoted faculty and welcome them permanently to the Spelman community.

Spelmanites, whether your 2018-2019 plans include deepening your exploration into your major or beginning to consider your post-graduation plans, this is an exciting time to be at Spelman. As a community, we are delighted to engage with you on your journey this year. I look forward to seeing you around campus!

Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.