GC Call Me MiSTER Newsletter

February 2019

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • From the Director's Desk
  • Black History Spotlight: Esau Jenkins
  • Meet the MiSTERs
  • MiSTER Updates & Key Tenets
  • Building a Pipeline
  • General Announcements
  • Appendix/Attachments
  • MiSTER Vision Statement
  • Contact Us

FROM THE DIRECTOR'S DESK

Hello and happy February to our extended Call Me MiSTER family! Our cohort of MiSTERs has been extremely busy this academic year as they continue to grow and evolve into impactful educators. This year's theme is "Shifting the Paradigm" and as you peruse this newsletter, note the various updates about our program, organized into the five key tenets of Call Me MiSTER:


  1. Brother's Keeper
  2. Personal Growth
  3. Ambassadorship
  4. Teacher Efficacy
  5. Servant Leadership


Furthermore, February is Black History Month and it's important to remember that teachers play a critical role in not only preserving our history, but also in birthing the future. MiSTERs are part of a rich heritage of Black teachers, once plentiful in number but now dwindling despite their importance. Recent studies have shown that simply having one Black teacher significantly increases the chances of a Black student graduating from high school and entering college. Our MiSTERs internalize and understand this impact, not only for students who look like them but for every student they interact with in the classroom. They are walking, living, breathing, and teaching Black histories.


As part of this responsibility, you may notice that we usually spell "MiSTER" with a lowercase "i." This is intentional, given that becoming a teacher requires each individual to be a part of something far greater than themselves ("I"). Thus, we urge our MiSTERs to become selfless in their drive to change the lives of every student they touch. We hope that you will become similarly inspired while reading about their activities and accomplishments via this newsletter. Thank you for being a part of our journey!


Warmest regards,


Dr. C. Emmanuel Little

Call Me MiSTER Program Director

BLACK HISTORY SPOTLIGHT: ESAU JENKINS

Pictured below, Esau Jenkins (1910-1972) was an educator who co-founded the Progressive Club, which encouraged Black people to register to vote with the assistance of Citizenship Schools. Born and raised in Johns Island, South Carolina, he was an educator, community organizer and businessman who worked tirelessly to advance the educational and economic well-being of the Black communities in South Carolina.


Jenkins' motto was "Love is progress, hate is expensive."


More information about his important legacy can be found via the The Esau Jenkins Papers, located in the Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston.


Thank you to MiSTER William Cooper, who has been sharing information about Jenkins' important legacy this month!

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MEET THE MiSTERS

MiSTER UPDATES & KEY TENETS

Brother's Keeper

MiSTERs will be supporting their brother, MiSTER Homer Jones (senior, Liberal Studies major) as he participates in the GC production of Crowns: A Gospel Hiphop Musical. Crowns is a musical by Regina Taylor, adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry. The GC production is directed by Dr. Amy Pinney and Valeka Holt. The production takes place from February 27th - March 3rd at 7:30pm in the GC Russell Auditorium (see event attachment & flyer in the newsletter appendix). Crowns is particularly important, given that this production features an all-Black cast for the first time in the history of Georgia College! We encourage you to witness MiSTER Jones making Black history!


General Admission: $16

Senior Citizens/GC Faculty & Staff/non-GC students: $12

GC Students: $7



Contact: 478-445-4226

Email: karen.berman@gcsu.edu

Personal Growth

This year, our program implemented a new formalized mentorship structure entitled Team MiSTER. Within this structure, every MiSTER has three mentors (professionals within the field, key GC figures, and peers) who they meet with to discuss their goals and progress in meeting them. Each MiSTER reports on these meetings on a monthly basis as a way to reflect and evaluate their own growth. We are extremely appreciative of each member of Team MiSTER for their continued dedication towards uplifting our MiSTERs as they shift their personal paradigms! The current official members of Team MiSTER are as follows:


  • Shanda Brand (Director of Graduate Programs - College of Education)
  • Dr. Paulette Cross (Faculty - College of Education)
  • Javier Francisco (Associate Director of Enrollment Management)
  • Dr. Justina Jenkins (Faculty- College of Education)
  • Dr. Yeprem Mehranian (Faculty - College of Education)
  • Dr. Holley Roberts (Associate Dean - College of Education)
  • Dr. Runee Sallad (Director - GC Early College)
  • Dr. Ashley Taylor (Faculty - Psychology)
  • Dr. Desha Williams (Chair of Teacher Education)
  • Dr. Stephen Wills (Faculty - College of Education)
  • Dr. Veronica Womack (Chief Diversity Officer & Director, Office of Inclusive Excellence)

Ambassadorship

Our College of Education will host its second annual GlimpsED Day on Friday, March 15th as part of an intentional effort to recruit more racial diversity into our teacher education programs. MiSTERs will assist with these efforts by discussing their experiences and why they chose GC.


Current minority high school juniors and seniors interested in teaching careers are strongly encouraged to register for this event and attend, especially if interested in Call Me MiSTER. More information (including registration) can be found here.

Teacher Efficacy

  • MiSTERs had an average GPA of 3.29 for Fall 2018!
  • Congratulations to MiSTER Brian Bowman and MiSTER Seabon Davis for achieving 4.0 GPAs in Fall 2018.
  • MiSTERs Brian Bowman, William Cooper, and Seabon Davis are each student teaching in local K-12 schools this semester.
  • MiSTER Seabon Davis has been accepted into a Georgia Southern graduate program for Fall 2019!
  • The brilliant Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings will be visiting our campus on February 27-28th! Our MiSTERs have previously discussed her important work and its impact on their educational philosophies, so we are excited for the opportunity to learn from such a brilliant scholar. Dr. Ladson-Billings is visiting as part of our College of Education's Social Justice Dialogue Series. For details, see the flyer attached at the bottom of this newsletter.

Servant Leadership

Our MiSTERs are partnering with the GIVE Center to initiate a School Supply Drive in order to collect items that will benefit the Baldwin County School System! This drive will take place from February 20th - March 8th. If you wish to donate school supplies, dropoff bins will be located in the following places around campus:
  • Kilpatrick Education Building
  • GIVE Center
  • Student Government Association Office (Student Activities Center)
  • The HUB (Blackbridge Hall)


What items should you bring?


  • spiral notebooks
  • packs loose-leaf paper (college & wide-rule)
  • pencils
  • pens
  • composition notebooks
  • colored pencils
  • crayons
  • highlighters



For more information, contact either:


BUILDING A PIPELINE

Fall 2019 Call Me MiSTER Application

If you are a high school senior or potential transfer student interested in becoming a MiSTER at Georgia College for next year, the official online application can be found here.


While applications will be accepted until summer 2019, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the priority deadline of March 1st. New freshmen, transfer and graduate students interested in teaching careers are eligible to apply.

Rising MiSTER Academy

The application for the 2019 Rising MiSTER Academy is now live! This week-long summer initiative is free of charge and allows students to live in the residence halls while learning more about Call Me MiSTER, careers in education, and Georgia College in general. 9th - 11th grade boys are eligible to participate and must complete the program application with supplementary materials by April 1st. Apply here.

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Call Me MiSTER receives additional $10,000 from Georgia Power

Recently, our program received an additional $10,000 of support from Georgia Power! These resources will primarily assist with scholarships for MiSTERs in the future and we are extremely grateful for the growing relationship with Georgia Power's efforts to grow a more diverse workforce. You can read the full story about this news here.

Dr. Little selected among Milledgeville's "20 Under 40"

Our program director, Dr. Emmanuel Little, was recently selected as one of Milledgeville's top "20 Under 40" due in part to his work with Call Me MiSTER in the community. You can read the full story in the Milledgeville Scene magazine here.

Want To Be A Call Me MISTER Ambassador?

Do you believe in the mission of GC's Call Me MiSTER program and want to help spread the word? Consider becoming a Call Me MiSTER Ambassador. Ambassadors will receive a packet of information about our program with frequently asked questions, best practices, and more. If interested, please contact Dr. Emmanuel Little at emmanuel.little@gcsu.edu for details.

APPENDIX/ATTACHMENTS

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Crowns: A Gospel Hiphop Musical

Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 7:30pm

201 North Clarke Street

Milledgeville, GA

From February 27 - March 3rd, we invite you to the GC production of “Crowns”. This show addresses many cultural and religious aspects from an African and African American standpoint. Crowns is a Hip Hop/Gospel production which features an all black cast for the first time in GC History.


Note that our very own MiSTER Homer Jones will be featured prominently in this production!

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MiSTER VISION STATEMENT

I am a dedicated Servant Leader who is perpetuating a sorely needed concept - Servant-Leaders as role models in elementary schools. I am devoted to planting seeds of dignity and respect in children and inspiring them to cultivate those seeds producing a crop of unprecedented success. I will teach reading, writing and arithmetic and progress to self-esteem, imagination and determination. Because of my immeasurable promise, not only have I earned your respect, I demand it! A title is only important if ones' character and integrity dictate its use. When you address me, please verbalize my destiny... please do not call me by my first name... call me in reference to my great vision... call me MiSTER!


Teamwork makes the Dream work!