Dr. Tucker-Sims, 2012 Salute to Excellence Awardee

26 Sep 2012 7:34 PM | Anonymous
Congratulations to Theta Epsilon Omega member, Dr. Shuana Tucker-Sims on receiving the 2012 Salute to Excellence Award.  The award was given earlier this month in Providence, Rhode Island at the annual Salute to Excellence in Community Education Awards and Luncheon hosted by the sorority's North Atlantic Region.  The event was chaired by the chapter's First Vice President, Ashika Brinkley, who is also a member of the North Atlantic Region Educational Advancement Foundation (EAF) Committee. 

The award recognizes and acknowledges those in the community that have made a difference in creating a love of lifetime learning.  Dr. Tucker-Sims is the Director of Adult & Continuing Education in Danbury Public Schools and is an adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership department of the University of Connecticut.  She prides herself in being able to do four specific things which are directly tied to lifelong learning and leadership - mentoring, leveraging resources, innovation and encouraging others.  Dr. Tucker-Sims helps her mentees to overcome challenging situations outside their academic environment by using all experiences as learning ones and instilling confidence in them to be solution-oriented.

Another 2012 Salute to Excellence Award recipient was Theta Epsilon Omega's nominee, Mr. Erik Clemons, Executive Director and President of the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (CONNCAT).   CONNCAT’s mission is to collaborate with area employers and academic institutions to develop and deliver market-relevant job training for the poor, unemployed, and under-employed in Greater New Haven; and to leverage the transformative power of the arts to stimulate, motivate, and inspire at-risk students toward a new appreciation for learning.  Mr. Clemons is a lifelong Connecticut resident and active member of the Greater New Haven community.  He is devoted to education, young people and excellence in all facets of his life.  In his words, adult literacy is “the anchor” and serves as the gateway to the success of our community. 

All proceeds from the luncheon benefited the Constance R. Pizarro EAF Endowment Fund.  EAF, the sorority's charitable arm, provides scholarships, fellowships and community assistance awards to undergraduate and graduate students internationally.  These programs are open to any student without regard to sex, race, creed, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or disability. 

The mission of the EAF is to pursue lifelong learning.  Alpha Kappa Alpha and EAF recognize that it takes a village to raise a child, and as such, it takes more than just the schools and traditional education methods to create a love of lifetime learning.  As EAF Captain, Theta Epsilon Omega member, Marlene Graham facilitates the support of the EAF mission through chapter and individual member donations.   

For more information about the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation, visit www.akaeaf.org.

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