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Greetings Fisk Family,

I wanted to send a quick note to thank you for your participation by voting for Fisk in the Home Depot Retool Your School Grant Challenge. 

While the final grantees will not be known until June 15, 2010, we can say that, at the close of voting, Fisk received in excess of 10,000 votes and had secured the 5th highest ranking of total votes (a total of 57 schools are in the competition).  To put this in perspective, many of the schools we are competing against have student populations that are up to 12 times larger than Fisk’s.  And while the votes are but a portion of the criteria considered by the Home Depot judges, we can certainly say that your broad-based and enthusiastic support was an essential part of a good showing in this phase of the competition.  We are most appreciative.

When Home Depot makes their final announcement, we will be sure to keep you informed as it regards Fisk’s performance.

All the best,

Ken West

Vice President for Communication and Public Relations
Fisk University
kwest@fisk.edu

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Fiskite Alma J. Powell gave the 2010 commencement address at Kentucky State University. Powell, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Fisk and her graduate degree at Emerson College in Boston, shared that her mother, Mildred Bell Johnson,  matriculated and was a graduate of Kentucky State University in 1926. After graduating, Johnson moved to Birmingham, Alabama and founded the first daycare there for African-American children.

Powell recieved an honorary degree during the ceremony and urged graduates to carry Kentucky State’s mission of providing opportunities for education for persons among underrepresented populations. 

Click here to read more from Powell’s address at Kentucky State University.

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The recent graduating class of over 200 students has demonstrated, to an almost unbelievable degree, the extent to which the principles of hard work, collaboration, and faith can build the foundation for a bright future.

This year’s graduates have secured employment in various firms, post baccalaureate positions in academia, and have earned placement in great graduate schools across the nation.

Hailing from cites and towns from all over the globe, the Class of 2010 was able to model how diversity of culture can be something that builds strong bonds.

On behalf of the entire Fisk Family, we want to thank you for your support of Fisk and congratulate and extend our well wishes to the Class of 2010.

Click here to enjoy this video of just a few of this year’s shining stars.

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Click here to view the Fisk Jubilee Singers’ recent performance at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
The concert was one of fifteen performances during spring semester 2010. Most recently, the Jubilee Singers were nominated for a Grammy-Award with singer and guitarist Johnny Lang. The Singers are also recipients of the 2008 National Medal for the Arts.

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Fisk University and Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC have been granted U.S. Patent No. 7,687,780, entitled “Semiconductor Radiation Detector”.  The new crystalline materials described in the patent detect neutrons, electromagnetic radiation, and energetic charged particles.  The neutron detection feature of the newly discovered materials has important advantages compared to traditional approaches relying on expensive and bulky gas filled tubes.

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The Fisk-Meharry Medical College HBCU Wellness Project will display quilt panels from the NAMES Project Foundation’s AIDS Memorial Quilt on Wednesday, April 28th – Monday, May 3rd, 2010. The event will take place in the Henderson A. Johnson Gymnasium on the historic campus of Fisk University. The goal is to raise awareness about the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Nashville community.

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Greetings Fisk Family,

The University is currently applying for funds from the Home Depot ReTool Your School Grant Program.  We are in the running for two projects to improve our campus. The first is general campus beautification and the second, and larger grant in the amount of $50,000 is for focused rehabilitation of the Fisk Memorial Chapel. Only one school will receive a Major Grant of $50,000.  Ten schools will receive Minor Grants of $10,000 each.

A key criteria for consideration is the number of votes received by visitors to the following Web site: 
http://homedepotretoolyourschool.com/project.aspx?id=28

You’re allowed to vote for Fisk once per day, so come back frequently. Please vote for Fisk everyday until the deadline.  Online voting will end May 15, 2010 at 11:59 pm EST.

Thanks in advance for your support and for all you do for Fisk.

See you at the finish line.

Best,

Ken West

Vice President of Communication and Public Relations
1000 17th Avenue North
Nashville, Tennessee 37208
kwest@fisk.edu

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