Monday, March 31, 2014

Senior Executive Editor's Ink: Flamming Belles

Flaming Belles,Isis Spokenpen
(Inspired by Metro Atlantic Bennett College A.A.
2014 White Breakfast Theme)

I am she and she is me…. Young…Tender….Sassy & Fearless …..Older……. ….Courageous….. Gracious and Seasoned!!

We are Women on Fire…Hunger to Be!! Yeah a Different World from where we came from; every Thursday night the scandal of the 90’s we Northern Girls knew we were missing something.

Fredrick Douglas said education was a passport, Malcom X’s bio said get that Passport but just don’t let it become a Green Card, Carter G. Woodson said it first in the Mis-education of Negro (Read) that in Freshwomen Orientation. Martin Luther King Jr. well our mommies like Coretta’s momma want us to obtain a Degree and possibly get a Husband.

Little did she know the information age would over power the industry age! Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple and AOL will all tell us -we got Mail.

For all Dressed in White a different kind of wedding day would be that Long Walk from the President House to Chapel.

The journey to a Different World would now become the Search for Our Mother’s Garden. As we signed our name in the Bennett Book of Life becoming-Forever-Stamped into the Secret Lives of Belles.

Didn’t know like Debbie Allen once said if you want Fame you must know it COST and Greensboro North Kakielacie is where Belles started paying.

Fire requires the joining together in order to create a lasting flame! Herstory like Labor pains 1873 to Present makes it plain…. like a Queen Bee/Mother Bennett was always giving Birth. And we; her new classes of Daughter’s were expect to do her Proud…for “Iron sharpens Iron”.

The Flame was lit we were little Women on Fire. Like Jeremiah for some of us the FIRE was shut up in our bones. Pregnant in our souls… convert out of mental immaturity … becoming the individual fine cut diamonds…. because only diamonds cut Glass. Womanist not Feminist will cut through the ceiling of Gender Apartheid while leaving the family in order…intake!!

Sisterhood was on the top of the menu….experiencing it in mutable ways. Beside every good man is a Great Woman. And beside every Good Woman are Great Sister Friends!! “As a weed We will be never I never me but We and that’s the ways it is going to be”.

We were Women on Fire and the Flames grew HOTTER and HOTTTER!! Academic Cultural Enrichment (church yawl) happens every Tuesday and Thursday. Internships, Volunteerism and ABC…. 1…2..3 is what WE BREATH.

Gassing up led to Snacks across the street with Mr. Guz and CPR (Health or Gym) class was led by Mr. Macduff these were our Bennett community Fathers who kept it real sometimes raw with us because Fire is both Comforting and Dangerous.

Mother Bennett taught us our lessons earning some both a degree and an impartation and other of us received a double portion of Faith. Knowing that we must stand on our own two feet when the Thunder calls…for us…once a Belle always a Belle!! “And we do it Well”

Generation X standing at the Door of Destiny not accepting No for answer; defining our legacy we pass a small portion of our flame to the next generation. As well trained Olympia’s we know our Belle little sisters ….Generation Y…..will do Even Greater works then we Have DONE!!

The Baby Boomers and the Cloud of Witness required our belles to RING even louder. The Flame is carried further by the Wind in the Wings of the Belles of Liberty!!

Bennett Belles are Women on Fire in the Board room, School House, Church Temples and the House we call Home domestically keeping the Cold out and the Heat in!!

Heat likes to Rise yawl!! No wonder why Belles were never allowed to walk on the Grass… for every step a Belle takes is lit with the Heat that rises to a contagious degree!! Fear we were taught –natural- but must be press threw. Presentation was important but –Beauty- alone wasn’t Enough.

Thus, whether it be a Morehouse Gentleman or Aggie Manly Man none could avoid the phenomenal-ness of a Belles warmth.

I am a Bennett Belle a Magnolia Tree –planted- firmly in My Mother’s Garden!! With Global Branches supplying logs for Heat daily into some Young Women’s Life giving out of the Oasis, I was baptized in!!



WE Make!!!!


Monday, March 17, 2014

Master Female Administrator Spotlight: March 2014

Dr. Rosalind Fuse-Hall became the 17th president of Bennett College on July 1, 2013. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, she grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina on the campus of Fayetteville State University, where her father was on the faculty. A 1980 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Fuse-Hall earned a Bachelor of Science degree in administration of criminal justice. In 1983, she earned her Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law, Newark, New Jersey.

Dr. Fuse-Hall also studied at Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Institute of Educational Management.
Although she began her career in law, Dr. Fuse-Hall soon gravitated to higher education. She comes from a family of educators. Her mother and five aunts were teachers. She is married to Dr. Jarvis Hall, a political science professor at North Carolina Central University, and her daughter, Ifetoya Hall, who is a 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a teacher with Teach for America, working in Texas.

Dr. Fuse-Hall started her legal career as a judicial law clerk with the Honorable William H. Walls, Essex County Superior Court in Newark, and then as a staff attorney in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in New York City.

Her first position in higher education was at St. Lawrence University, where she was assistant director for minority affairs. Most recently, she served as chief of staff to the president at Florida A&M University and interim executive director of Title III Programs. She has served as executive assistant to the chancellor at North Carolina Central University and corporate secretary to the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina system, comprising 17 campuses.
While at Florida A&M University, Dr. Fuse-Hall managed $10 million dollars in special programs to enhance institutional strengths and student outcomes. She is especially proud of a grant that she drafted with several colleagues that was funded for an additional $10 million over five years. At North Carolina Central University, she worked on two special initiatives that brought nearly $44 million to the University. One was the Biomanufacuturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise or “BRITE” Center for Excellence. This was a research institute that brought together the biotech industry, governmental officials, community colleges and a major research university to secure $19.1 million in capital funds to build the institute and an additional $7 million in annual operating funds from the state legislature. The second project resulted from a public-private partnership that built a 408-bed residence hall on the newly created West Campus of the University.

Dr. Fuse-Hall also has worked as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill.

In 2004, Dr. Fuse-Hall traveled to Southeast Asia on an Eisenhower Fellowship. She was in the charter class of BRIDGES, a UNC Academic Leadership Program, and was a participant in Leadership America, a national leadership development program, both in 1993. She serves on numerous boards and advisory panels, and her professional affiliations include the Association of Black Women in Higher Education. Dr. Fuse-Hall is a member of the Links, Inc. an international, not-for-profit corporation with a membership of 12,000 professional women of color devoted to voluntary public service. She is a frequent presenter and public speaker.

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