Monday, April 30, 2007

The Governor’s Conference on Increasing the High School Graduation Rate for African American Male Students

While we have known for decades the severity of the problem of many of our African American students not graduating from high school, and some of us have made valiant attempts to address this issue, never before have we had a Governor that is taking direct action to develop real solutions. The Governor believes that the cost of not doing so is too great, not only in the quality of life for each individual but in the cost to our society.

The Governor's Conference on Increasing the High School Graduation Rate for African American Males will be held on Wednesday, May 30th starting at 9:00 a.m., registration 8:00-9:00 a.m. The paradigm that will be promoted is shared responsibility. Each one has a part to play is solving this issue. So the range of invitees to this conference goes from parents to business persons.

I invite you to pass this flyer out and include it in your forms of communication to your members, associations and friends.

Click here to register for the conference. (

Lois Jones
Office of C.J. Prentiss
Ohio Department of Education
25 S. Front St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Local colleges offer free courses for high-schoolers this summer

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Cleveland State University and the University of Akron are offering free summer sessions for high school students as part of the state's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) initiative. Not only can students walk away with college credits for the intensive programs, but UA also has jobs for teachers.

Fifty high school juniors and seniors will be selected for a Chinese Academy at Cleveland State. (The "L" for language must not have fit into the acronym.)

The academy is free and includes tuition, lunches and textbooks. Students will earn three semester hours of college credit for the three-week session, which runs June 20 to July 11. Applications are due May 1.

Cleveland State, Ohio State and Miami universities are sharing a $340,000 grant to host the Chinese academies.

For more information, call 216-687-4645 or e-mail

Meanwhile at the UA, a Math Academy is not only free but also offers high school juniors and seniors $500 upon completion of the program. Students will live in an Akron residence hall at no cost and will get four hours of college credit.

An even better deal is available to teachers willing to help the UA faculty. High school teachers accepted to the program will get $4,000 and four hours of graduate credits. Applications for the UA program are due April 15. For details, go to, or call 330-972-8006. Expect to hear lots more talk about STEM as the initiative gains traction and as local colleges start spending some of the grant money they have received for it. Oberlin College and Kent State and Bowling Green State universities also have been chosen for foreign-language academies. Hiram College, UA and KSU will come together for a science offering, as will Lakeland Community College, John Carroll University and Youngstown State University.

Related to STEM's goals, but not part of the state initiative, is a big grant that OSU's agricultural research center at Wooster just received from the National Science Foundation. The campus got $2.9 million to work with elementary and high school teachers to improve science teaching.

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter:, 216-999-4535.

5th Annual Minority Men’s Health Fair April 19th

Cleveland Clinic News

5th Annual Minority Men’s Health Fair April 19th


More Information - MMHC Thursday, April 19th, 2007
5 p.m. until 8 p.m. (Last screening starts at 7:30.)
Crile Building – Lobby at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.
FREE Parking at E 100th St. parking garage

Listen to Dr. Modlin speak on the free screenings and health seminars
available to the public at the 5th annual Minority Men's Health Fair

Free screenings include:

• Prostate Cancer

• Blood Pressure

• Diabetes

• Bone Densitometry

• Cholesterol

• Sickle Cell

• Glaucoma

• Skin Cancer

• Oral Cancer

• Many More!

The health fair also includes free health seminars on Stroke Prevention,
Smoking Cessation, Health and Nutrition, and Colorectal Cancer.

A pharmacist will be on hand to review medications for possible drug
interactions. Attendees are encouraged to bring their current
prescription medications with them to the health fair.

Meet these local pro athletes at the Health Fair!
Andra Davis, Browns player Reggie Rucker, former Browns player Campy
Russell, former Cavaliers player
Andra Davis
Browns player Reggie Rucker
former Browns player Campy Russell
former Cavaliers player