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Recollections of our Times
In the month of June, we celebrate Rebuild Your
Life Month, a time to reflect and examine how we
are doing in our short stay on the planet earth. What
better way to look at our intricate lives than to examine
ones life who recently stepped into eternity-- the life
of Maya Angelou.
In this edition, is a tribute to Dr. Angelou
eloquently spoken at her memorial by First Lady
Michelle Obama, and an excerpt of a tribute to her
thoughtfully written by Dr. Marc H. Morial, President
and CEO of the National Urban League.
The quote of the legendary poetess in particular,
Ive learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did, but people will
never forget how you made them feel, seems to be
an exact place to start as we begin the journey of the
recollection of our past. We agree Dr. Angelou it is all
about the love.
Remarks by the First Lady
at Memorial Service for
dr. Maya Angelou
Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
you so much. (Applause.) My
heart is so full. My heart is so
full. Bebe -- Oprah, why did
you do that? Just why did you
put me after this? (Laughter.)
To the family, Guy, to
all of you; to the friends;
President Clinton; Oprah;
my mother, Cicely Tyson;
Ambassador Young -- let me
just share something with
you. My mother, Marian
Robinson, never cares about anything I do. (Laughter.)
But when Dr. Maya Angelou passed, she said, youre
going, arent you? I said, well, Mom, Im not really
sure, I have to check with my schedule. She said, you
are going, right? (Laughter.) I said, well, Im going to
get back to you but I have to check with the people,
figure it out. I came back up to her room when I found
out that I was scheduled to go, and she said, thats
good, now Im happy. (Laughter.)
It is such a profound honor, truly, a profound
honor, to be here today on behalf of myself and my
SEE P 4, Remarks by First Lady Obama
dr. Maya Angelou: i Rise,
We Rise, She Rises
By Marc H. Morial, President and CEO
National Urban League
We hear your calling/ And
we begin by giving you 100
years/ Of loving defense/ We
shall encourage the world to
look/ Upon your complexion
and see community. Dr.
Maya Angelou, from the
original poem We Hear You,
a commemorative tribute
to the National Urban League, performed at the
organizations Centennial celebration July 28, 2010
In the week since her passing, there have been
many tributes to the remarkable life of Dr. Maya
Angelou. President Obama called her one of the
brightest lights of our time. Former President Clinton
described her as a national treasure and a beloved
friend. Oprah Winfrey said, She will always be the
rainbow in my clouds. But it is virtually impossible
to sum up in words the many dimensions, the many
gifts and the many lives touched by a woman who
reigned in regality as the Queen Mother. As I said in
my own tribute on the day of her passing, Dr. Maya
Angelou defies any single description. She defined the
essence of a Phenomenal Woman for us.
Maya Angelou is best known to millions as a
prolific poet and author. Her first (of six)
SEE P 4, I Rise, We Rise, She Rises
Marc H. Morial
First Lady Michelle Obama
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In This Issue
Tribute to Maya Angelou ............................................................................Page 1, 4
The Latino Banner .....................................................................................LB 1 - LB 4
Business ....................................................................................................Page 10
Education ...................................................................................................Page 15
Health.........................................................................................................Page 21
Praise Connections and Life ......................................................................Page 27
CAN Council GLBR hosts expansion
Groundbreaking Ceremony
Saginaw - The CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region will host a Groundbreaking Ceremony
11 am Tuesday, June 17, at 1311 N. Michigan Ave., in Saginaw. The new facility will allow for the
enhancement and expansion of programming for abused and neglected children and at-risk families
throughout the region.
After seven years of planning and a 3-month Capital Campaign led by Co-Chairs, Richard J.
Garber, Saginaw, and Michael J. Stodolak, Standish, CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region will break
ground for its new 12,000 square-foot facility. Construction will be complete in the winter with an
Open House planned for early spring.
The new facility will provide:
Superior privacy and security for abused children and their families during forensic interviews
and medical evidence collection examinations;
Dedicated space to interview more than one abused child at a time and for all necessary parties
to observe each interview;
Capacity to offer evidence-based parent support services to 75 parents; and
Adequate training room and private meeting space for CASA (Court Appointed Special
Advocate) volunteers and supervisors.
Garber and Stodolak will issue an exciting update on the Councils progress towards the $3
million Capital Campaign goal at Tuesdays Groundbreaking. Honored guests who will take part in the
ceremonial turning of the dirt include:
Tom Braley, CAN Council GLBR Board Chair
Richard J. Garber, Capital Campaign Co-Chair
Suzanne Greenberg, CAN Council GLBR President/CEO
Todd Gregory, FirstMerit Bank
Chip Hendrick, R.C. Hendrick & Son, Inc.
Craig Horn, Harvey Randall Wickes Foundation
Dave Rengering, The Dow Corning Foundation
Michael J. Stodolak, Capital Campaign Co-Chair
Les Tincknell, WTA Architects
Jenee Velasquez, Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow Foundation
For more information on the Capital Campaign, call Suzanne Greenberg, CAN Council President/
CEO, at (989) 752-7226 or (989) 573-1330.

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FROM P 1, First Lady Obama
husband as we celebrate one of the greatest
spirits our world has ever known, our dear
friend, Dr. Maya Angelou.
In the Book of Psalms it reads: I praise
you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it
very well. My frame was not hidden from you
when I was being made in secret, intricately
woven in the depths of the Earth. What a
perfect description of Maya Angelou, and the
gift she gave to her family and to all who loved
She taught us that we are each wonderfully
made, intricately woven, and put on this Earth
for a purpose far greater than we could ever
imagine. And when I think about Maya Angelou,
I think about the affirming power of her words.
The first time I read Phenomenal Woman,
I was struck by how she celebrated black
womens beauty like no one had ever dared
to before. (Applause.) Our curves, our stride,
our strength, our grace. Her words were clever
and sassy; they were powerful and sexual and
boastful. And in that one singular poem, Maya
Angelou spoke to the essence of black women,
but she also graced us with an anthem for all
women - a call for all of us to embrace our
God-given beauty.
And, oh, how desperately black girls needed
that message. As a young woman, I needed that
message. As a child, my first doll was Malibu
Barbie. (Laughter.) That was the standard for
perfection. That was what the world told me to
aspire to. But then I discovered Maya Angelou,
and her words lifted me right out of my own
little head.
Her message was very simple. She told us
that our worth has nothing to do with what the
world might say. Instead, she said, Each of us
comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory.
She reminded us that we must each find our own
voice, decide our own value, and then announce
it to the world with all the pride and joy that is
our birthright as members of the human race.
Dr. Angelous words sustained me on
every step of my journey - through lonely
moments in ivy-covered classrooms and
colorless skyscrapers; through blissful moments
mothering two splendid baby girls; through long
years on the campaign trail where, at times, my
very womanhood was dissected and questioned.
For me, that was the power of Maya Angelous
words - words so powerful that they carried a
little black girl from the South Side of Chicago
all the way to the White House. (Applause.)
And today, as First Lady, whenever the
term authentic is used to describe me, I take
it as a tremendous compliment, because I know
that I am following in the footsteps of great
women like Maya Angelou. But really, Im just
a beginner -- I am baby-authentic. (Laughter.)
Maya Angelou, now she was the original,
she was the master. For at a time when there
were such stifling constraints on how black
women could exist in the world, she serenely
disregarded all the rules with fiercely passionate,
unapologetic self. She was comfortable in every
last inch of her glorious brown skin.
But for Dr. Angelou, her own transition was
never enough. You see, she didnt just want to
be phenomenal herself, she wanted all of us to
be phenomenal right alongside her. (Applause.)
So thats what she did throughout her lifetime
- she gathered so many of us under her wing. I
wish I was a daughter, but I was right under that
wing sharing her wisdom, her genius, and her
boundless love.
I first came into her presence in 2008, when
she spoke at a campaign rally here in North
Carolina. At that point, she was in a wheelchair,
hooked up to an oxygen tank to help her breathe.
But let me tell you, she rolled up like she owned
the place. (Laughter.) She took the stage, as she
always did, like shed been born there. And I
was so completely awed and overwhelmed by
her presence I could barely concentrate on what
she was saying to me.
But while I dont remember her exact words,
I do remember exactly how she made me feel.
(Applause.) She made me feel like I owned
the place, too. She made me feel like I had
been born on that stage right next to her. And I
remember thinking to myself, Maya Angelou
knows who I am, and shes rooting for me. So,
now Im good. I can do this. I can do this.
And thats really true for us all, because in
so many ways, Maya Angelou knew us. She
knew our hope, our pain, our ambition, our fear,
our anger, our shame. And she assured us that
despite it all - in fact, because of it all - we
were good. And in doing so, she paved the way
for me and Oprah and so many others just to be
our good, old, black-woman selves. (Applause.)
She showed us that eventually, if we stayed
true to who we are, then the world would
embrace us. (Applause.) And she did this not
just for black women, but for all women, for all
human beings. She taught us all that it is okay to
be your regular old self, whatever that is - your
poor self, your broken self, your brilliant, bold,
phenomenal self.
That was Maya Angelous reach. She
touched me. She touched all of you. She touched
people all across the globe, including a young
white woman from Kansas who named her
daughter after Maya, and raised her son to be
the first black President of the United States.
So when I heard that Dr. Angelou had
passed, while I felt a deep sense of loss, I also
felt a profound sense of peace. Because there
is no question that Maya Angelou will always
be with us, because there was something truly
divine about Maya. I know that now, as always,
she is right where she belongs.
May her memory be a blessing to us all.
Thank you. God bless. (Applause.)
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autobiographies, I Know Why the Caged Bird
Sings, inspired the legendary James Baldwin to
write, I have no words for this achievement, but
I know that not since the days of my childhood,
when the people in books were more real than
the people one saw every day, have I found
myself so moved. As an author of numerous
works of poetry and prose, Dr. Angelou
continued until the hour of her passing to move
us with her words and in so many other ways
as a singer, dancer, actor, activist, teacher, sage
and much more. It is widely known that she did
not speak for several years following a tragic
childhood rape that resulted in the murder of
her rapist. But, instead of remaining closed and
silent, Dr. Angelou spread her wings, found her
voice and soared into the hearts, minds and souls
of millions of people around the world.
In a lifetime arising out of hard times, there
was almost nothing she couldnt do or didnt try.
Her official website,, recounts
that, As a young single mother, she supported
her son by working as a waitress and cook
In the 1940s, she became the first Black woman
streetcar conductor in San Francisco.
The entire tribute honoring Maya Angelou
by Marc H. Morial can be read at http://nul.
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Friends Remember Conce olvera
By Rosa E. Morales
Those who knew
Concepcin Olvera
gathered to pay
tribute and exchange
memories at his
wake and funeral
June 6. Known to
many as Sam, the 83-year old businessman
and Saginaw resident passed away June 2 at his
home surrounded by his family.
He was born on December 8, 1930 in
Austin, Texas to the late Antonio and Ester
(Sanchez) Olvera. In 1951 he married Carmen
Sepulveda and raised eight children. His wife
and six of their children survive him, plus three
brothers and three sisters, many grandchildren,
great grandchildren and other family members.
His contributions to the community as a
businessman and humanitarian touched many
causes: equality, education, civic engagement,
social justice, financial literacy.
Olvera was a member of the League of
United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the
Saginaw American GI Forum, and served on the
board of Health Delivery, Inc. and the Mexican
American Council (MAC). He was instrumental
in organizing the Memorial Day observance for
Hispanic veterans. Olvera also was a co-founder
of the now-defunct Benito Juarez Charter School
Academy. As a philanthropist he launched Los
Principios Program, his own financial literacy
and savings program for school children.
His death marks another ending of that
generation of Mexicano-Americanos who were
significant business and community leaders in
Saginaw and who, in his later years, pushed
the education message and the importance of
financial literacy for our children and families. I
will miss him.
He and I
would tussle
for hours in our
and sometimes
my patience
was at its end,
but I always
Olvera a true
friend and
wise sage who
espoused the
core values that we all aspired to embrace in our
lives. Olvera actually lived these values with
every action, especially in his later years when I
got to know him.
Juan Marinez, retired Michigan State
University Cooperative Extension administrator,
met Olvera in 2003. When we were doing the
WW II Mexican American veterans interviews
in Saginaw, Olvera made his presence known,
Marinez stated. I recall him being there to make
sure that all that could be offered by him was
not missed and that if something was needed he
would take care of it. I remember him sharing
stories of some of his own accomplishments
and his interests in making sure that Mexican
Americans were acknowledged for their full
contribution to city, state and country. He saw a
problem and he looked for ways to right them.
His works will continue through others.
Juanita Jaime Chantaca, a friend from
childhood, recalled how good a dancer the
tall gentleman was. He was a great dancing
partner, back in the day, she recalled in a phone
One of Olveras friends was able to share
a brief tribute about how Olvera helped many
anonymously. He did so many things, the
people dont know, Manuel Lopez said. He
gave money to (help) people he didnt even
know. He had his construction company, he
rode around in that old truck that looked like it
was falling apart, had all sorts of tools in there.
Helping fix the building, pouring concrete, doing
work for the GI Forum, Conce did it without
charging money said the 84-year old Lopez.
Minnie Rosales, former Saginaw Public
School Board member who also shared a
commitment to education with Olvera, met
Conce and his wife Carmen at St. Joseph
Catholic Church where they were members.
Thirty years ago Rosales said Olvera was
very instrumental along with many others in
starting the MAC because we need a Hispanic
Center and a senior citizens center. I believe
Conce bought the first bus cause we needed
transportation, Rosales said.
They started out in the old St. Marys High
School basement, eventually moving to the
MAC building. Later, they and many others
worked on getting a Hispanic Senior Center.
He was very well known in the community
as a businessman and a philanthropist. He never
did for attention, never did to gain notoriety. He
did it because thats the way he felt, Rosales
Mexican American Council President
Bobby DeLeon had known Olvera for many
years through their activities at the MAC Bldg.,
1537 South Washington Ave. My memorias of
Concepcin: Mira tu, if the community has a
problem, fix it. Dont talk about it---for at one
SEE P LB 2, Friends remember Concepcion Olvera
Rosa Morales
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Concepcion Olvera
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ChCi to honor Television Anchor Jose diaz-Balart and Union
Activist eliseo Medina with Medallion of excellence Awards
Washington -The Congressional Hispanic
Caucus Institute (CHCI), the nations leading
Hispanic leadership development and education-
al services organization, has announced it will
present its 2014 CHCI Medallion of Excellence
Awards to television anchor and host Jos Daz-
Balart and union activist Eliseo Medina at its
37th Annual Awards Gala on Thursday, October
2, 2014. With the theme Building Our Future,
Together, CHCI celebrates its annual Hispanic
Heritage Month (HHM) events in Washington,
D.C. on September 30 to October 2, 2014, draw-
ing more than 3,000 Latino leaders from across
the country to its Public Policy Conference,
Reyes of Comedy, and Annual Awards Gala in
Washington, D.C.
We are very proud to honor two of our
communitys greatest leaders who are leading
the way in their respective fields and for their
efforts to positively impact change for our com-
munity and our nation, said Rep. Rubn Hino-
josa, CHCI Chair. The significant professional
achievements of our Medallion winners, Jos
Daz-Balart and Eliseo Medina, and especially
their passion for giving back to the community,
symbolize how far Latinos have come and the
difference we are making in America.
Jos Daz-Balart, celebrating his 30th year
in television broadcasting this year, is one of the
most respected and experienced voices in U.S.
Hispanic journalism. He is the News Anchor of
Noticiero Telemundo and the Host of En-
foque con Jos Daz-Balart, Telemundos cur-
rent-affairs program focused on topics of interest
to the Hispanic community.
Eliseo Medina is described by the Los An-
geles Times as one of the most successful labor
organizers in the country. In 2013, he was one
of the leaders of the Fast for Families move-
ment where he fasted for 22 days on the National
Mall in support of immigration reform. As the
International Secretary-Treasurer of the Service
Employees International Union (SEIU), Medina
led the unions efforts to achieve comprehensive
immigration reform that rebuilds the nations
economy, secures equal labor and civil-rights
protections for workers, and provides a path to
Source: Congressional Hispanic Caucus
FROM P LB 1, Friends Remember Concepcion
time or another you may not be here to fix it,
Sam would say.
Former Commander of the Saginaw Chapter
of the American GI Forum recalled Olveras
strong personality and even stronger words to
exhort Hispanics to action to help others.
My most heartfelt condolences to the
Olvera family during this most difficult time.
I met Conce in 2009 when I moved here from
Holland, Mich., and joined the American GI
Forum, wrote Adam Gonzalez in an email.
Conce had a passion for education. Whenever
we got to the part of the meeting where he would
get to talk about the Los Principios program at
Jesse Rouse Elementary School he would get
fired up!
A couple of years later I became the
new Commander of the AGIF and had more
discussions about his program, Conce would
go on in depth about how we can help keep our
kids in school. He would say If we dont help
our kids, nobody else will! Conce would often
tell the members that, but on many occasions he
would be looking directly at me. I didnt know it
at the time, but I think he was challenging me to
see what I will do for our kids in school. One of
the last things Conce told me---and I still see the
look on his face---he told me that he wished he
had at least 20 more years left in him, he wanted
to see his job through, finish what he started.
Conce was a great man with a passion for
education. He did all he could, even when his
health was bad, he never stopped trying to reach
out to the kids in school. I am honored to say that
I knew him and even more honored that I could
call him my friend. God bless you, Sr. Olvera!
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Jocelyn Allen to Lead GMs New Marketing/
Communications diversity Center
In an ongoing effort to improve diversity and
multi-cultural marketing efforts, General Motors
has announced its establishment of a Marketing/
Communications Diversity Center of Excellence
led by Megan Stooke, Director of GM Global
Marketing Operations, and Jocelyn Allen,
Director, Regional, Grassroots and Diversity
Effective immediately, Jocelyns role will
be expanded to include Diversity Marketing.
She will retain her current position at this time
and will take on additional responsibilities, and
continue to report to Katie McBride, Executive
Director of Community Connections.
We see this collaboration across the
Marketing and Communications functions as a
strategic step to winning in the marketplace with
diverse consumers, said Timothy Mahoney,
Chief Marketing Officer, Global Chevrolet and
GM Marketing Operations Leader.
Stooke has been with GM for 19 years and
has worked globally across many GM brands
driving a disciplined marketing approach, and
Allen has been with GM for 15 years and brings
a wealth of knowledge and experience in the
diversity arena.
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SBA Michigan district office Presents Partner Briefing Webinar
On Wednesday, June
18, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. the
SBA Michigan District
Office Partner Briefing
Webinar, will present
Shifting Gears, featuring
Rhonda Pierce, Program
Manager, of MEDC
Talent Enhancement.
Michigans small
businesses and entrepre-
neurs are growing and
searching for qualified talent to help their com-
panies move in the right direction, said
Michael Finney, President and CEO of the
MEDC. At the same time, many talented
Michiganders are seeking new career opportuni-
ties. Michigan Shifting Gears provides partici-
pants with strategies for a successful career tran-
sition, and growing companies with the skilled
workers they need to succeed.
The program is designed to help experienced
professionals, returning veterans, stay-at-home
parents and others facing a career crossroads
fine-tune their skills to fit the needs of small
businesses, entrepreneurial start-ups, and non-
profits. Launched in 2009 by Ann Arbor SPARK
and Sensei Change Associates, Michigan Shift-
ing Gears is a unique opportunity for seasoned
professionals and other transitioning job seekers
to learn how to put their talent and experience to
work in new economy career opportunities.
To Participate log on to www.connectmeeting., Meeting Number: 8888582144, Access
code 1711701.
Michael Finney, MEDC
President and CEO
Academy of Natural Resources (ANR) Presents STeM educational Conference
Educators are invited to register for the
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
(STEM) from Nature track of the Department
of Natural Resources Academy of Natural
Resources (ANR), July 13-18 at the Ralph A.
MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon.
DNR staff and natural resource experts
will showcase how to integrate life science,
technology, engineering and math into upper
elementary through high school classrooms
in an engaging, hands-on week of professional
development training. Highlights include
trends in field investigations in invasive species
management, aquaponics, Next Generation
Science Standards (NGSS), building observation
skills through birding, modelling landscape
changes and wildlife habitat, orienteering course-
building, and a scavenger hunt to review the week.
In addition to the newly developed STEM
from Nature track, the Michigan Environmental
Education Curriculum Support (MEECS)
Week also will be offered. This track is offered
in partnership with the American Institute of
Professional Geologists, and the materials
covered will include energy, water quality and
climate change - valued at $150, these materials
will be free to those who sign up for this track.
ANR costs $350 for five nights lodging, 15
meals and all course instruction and materials.
The Novi Chapter of Safari Club International
continues to offer a $100 scholarship to
applicants to defray costs to educators. Visit to register today!
Vonda VanTil
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Business Directory
The Law Offces of Alan A. Crawford PLLC
Alan A. Crawford, Attorney At Law
615 Griswold Ste. 1215, Detroit, MI 48226
803 Court Street, Saginaw, MI 48602
313.556.2487 (Fax)
Michael L. Oakes, Attorney At Law
2811 E. Genesee
Saginaw, MI 48601
Labadie Olds
711 S. Euclid
Bay City, MI 48706
Terry Reed
Sales Professional
989-667-2000 Ext. 341
Direct 989-460-0341
Fax 989-667-0103
McDonald Pontiac-GMC, Inc.
5155 State Street Saginaw, MI 48603
Leon V. Washington
Sales & Leasing Professional
Saginaw Valley Ford Lincoln
4201 Bay Road
Saginaw, MI 48603
Parys Liddell
Sales Consultant-Lincoln Certifed
Auto Detail
Morningstar Auto Detail Shop
306 East Remington Street
Saginaw, MI 48601
Lighthouse Bakery
285 S. Outer Drive Saginaw, MI 48601
989-754-7088 Fax 989-754-7099
Sweet Creations
Owner Anesha Stanley
Address: 116 N. Michigan Avenue
Phone: 989-797-6727
Banquet Facilities
Rowan - West Facility
1400 W. Genesee
Saginaw, Michigan 48602
Illusions Beauty Salon
Valerie King
1400 W. Genesee Street
Saginaw, MI 48602
Imani Beauty Salon
Felicia Thomas
212 Federal Ave. (Downtown)
Saginaw, MI 48601
Refection of U Too
Louise McKinnie, Owner
2103 Sheridan Ave.
Saginaw, Michigan 48601
Sports Barbershop
1400 W. Genesee
Saginaw, Michigan 48602
Unique Cuts & Massage
1502 Court Street
Saginaw, MI 48602
Unique Cuts II
3125 E. Holland
Saginaw, MI 48601
Business Solutions
The Growth Coach
Cal Talley, Owner
293 Provincial Ct. #78 48602
Cleaning Services
Extreme Carpet & Upholstery
William & Denise Murphy - Owners
Commercial & Residential
Janitorial Services
Best Choice
Floor Maintenance & Carpet Cleaning
Community Centers and Services
First Ward Community Services
1410 N. 12th Street
Saginaw, Michigan 48601
EnviCare Consulting, Inc.
Billy J. Strawter, Sr., President
2809 Blairmont Drive
Midland, MI 48622
Jack W. Nash, DDS
Cosmetic and
Restorative Dentistry
1320 S. Washington Ave.
Saginaw, Michigan 48601
Where Did U Get That Hat?
Specialize in Custom Designs
Sundays Best
Yvonne Ellison/Milliner
Phone 989-529-4193
City of Saginaw
Block Grant & Rehab Program
1315 S. Washington Avenue, Room
Saginaw, MI 48601
Saginaw Economic Development Corporation
Shontaye Bibbs
1315 S. Washington Avenue, Room 207
Saginaw, MI 48601
Erikas Flowers
214 Federal Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48607
Food & Dining
Spencers Route 46
Spence Dambro
5530 Gratiot
Saginaw, MI 48638
Funeral Homes
Deisler Funeral Home
2233 Hemmeter Rd.
Saginaw, MI 48603
TBF Graphics Digital
803 S. Washington Ave.
Saginaw, Michigan 48601
Heating and Cooling
Azola Williams
989-755-8650 Business
989-233-3295 Cell
Home Health Care Services
Comforcare Home Care
320 S. Washington Ave. Ste. 202
Saginaw, MI 48607
Painting Services
Resurrection Painting
Scott Severin
Drywall Repair/Power Washing
Deck Staining
Free Estimates
E.B. Studio
212 Washington Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48607

David Hall
Crimiel Publications LLC
POB 20061
Saginaw, Michigan 48602
Brother Arthurs Fish & More
2522 E. Genesee
Saginaw, MI 48601
Rite Spot
1205 Lapeer
Saginaw, MI 48601
Savoy Bar & Grill
127 S. Franklin Street
Saginaw, MI 48607
2203 E. Genesee
Saginaw, MI 48601
Shoe Repair
Morgans Shoe Repair
308 Federal Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48607
Tax Services
Robert McDuffy Tax & Accounting
Service/ERO e-fle
2127 Ledyard
Saginaw, MI 48601
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SBdC offers Seminar to help Aspiring entrepreneurs
Midland - The Michigan Small Business
Development Center Great Lakes Bay Region is
presenting a Starting a Business seminar at the
Grace A. Dow Memorial Library at 1710 W. St.
Andrews in Midland on Thursday, July 10, from
6 pm to 8:30 pm for free.
This seminar is designed for individuals
who are considering self-employment and those
who may be at the beginning stages of starting
a business. Delivered in a seminar format, this
introductory session helps aspiring entrepre-
neurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a
company, as well as evaluate market and sales
potential for their products/services. Start-up
costs, financing options, and business planning
are introduced, along with other necessary steps
to getting started.
For more information about Michigan
SBDC, online resources, business education
seminars and registration, go to www.SBDC- or call (989) 686-9597. Pre-regis-
tration is required.
The seminar is repeated at the Grace A. Dow
Memorial Library in Midland on Thursday, Sep-
tember 4, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm, and you can
register online using the above information.
Three Michigan Communities Will Launch Financial empowerment Centers in July
Lansing - The Community Economic De-
velopment Association of Michigan (CEDAM)
recently announced its support for three local
governments to provide free, one-one-one finan-
cial counseling to residents through Financial
Empowerment Centers launching on July 1. The
City of Grand Haven, Oakland County and the
City of Taylor received $25,000 grants and tech-
nical assistance from CEDAM to implement the
Financial Empowerment Center model in their
communities in 2014. The grants program is part
of the Michigan Communities for Financial Em-
powerment (MCFE) network, generously sup-
ported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
Beginning July 1, 2014, the City of Grand
Haven will provide counseling at Neighborhood
Housing Services Tuesdays Thursdays from
8 am-5 pm. Oakland County is working with
Jewish Vocation Services to provide financial
counseling on Wednesdays from 9 am 4 pm at
the Oakland County Treasurers Office. The City
of Taylor will provide counseling through a part-
nership with the Information Center.
The new Financial Empowerment Centers in
Michigan are inspired by a national replication
of the Financial Empowerment Center model,
led by the Cities for Financial Empowerment
Fund. The City of Lansing launched a Financial
Empowerment Center in 2013, as a result of in-
vestment from Bloomberg Philanthropies in the
CFE Fund to support replication of the model in
five cities nationally.
To learn more about the Michigan Commu-
nities for Financial Empowerment (MCFE) net-
work at CEDAM, visit
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Girl Pride
Sugar & Spice
Young Men Who Dare
GEMS Parent Committee
Tuesday Tutoring

Now taking applications for
youth ages 6-18 wanting to
meet new friends, explore
ideas, and learn different
aspects of life.
For more information call
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Sponsored by:
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L-R - Diamond Magee,
Heritage High School,
Saginaw, MI,
Jasmine Buckley,
Avondale High School,
Auburn Hills, MI, and
Andrea Buckley,
H. H. Dow High School,
Midland, MI.
Jerome Buckley,
Publisher, The
Michigan Banner,
to my grandnieces
and granddaughter,
graduates of 2014.
Do not go where
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Congressman dan kildee Teams Up With a Michigan Foster
youth for Third Annual Congressional Foster youth Shadow day
Washington As part of National Foster
Care Month, Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-
05) paired up with a Michigan foster youth for
Foster Youth Shadow Day on Capitol Hill.
Katelynn Morris, from Saginaw, who spent
three years in the states foster care system
starting her freshman year in high school,
shadowed Congressman Kildee at various events
throughout the day. She now attends Western
Michigan University, which awarded her a Seita
scholarship, a tuition scholarship for students
who lived some or all of their teenage years in
foster care. Katelynn joined nearly 70 foster
youth and alumni from across the country in
Washington, D.C. to shadow other Members of
Congress for the day.
Shadow Day allows for foster youth to
share their experiences in foster care directly
with their elected officials to help better inform
and improve our policies in Michigan and
around the nation. It is important their voices
are heard, Congressman Kildee said. Every
child deserves a safe, supportive and permanent
family, and as a nation, we need to develop
approaches to ensure that our foster youth are
provided with the opportunities and support
necessary to succeed.
Congressman Kildee is a member of the
bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster
Youth, which unites over 130 Members of
Congress to examine the challenges facing
all foster youth and develop bipartisan policy
There are nearly 400,000 youth in the foster
care system in the U.S., according to the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services.
L-R, Katelynn Morris and Congressman
Daniel T. Kildee
delta College Welcomes Vice President of instruction and Learning Services
Delta College is
pleased to announce
the hire of Dr.
Reva Curry as the
Vice President of
Instruction and
Learning Services.
Dr. Curry begins
her new position on
June 16.
We welcome
Dr. Curry to Delta
College. She is a
proven leader with
a wealth of teaching
and administrative
experience, which Im confident will make her
a valuable asset to the College, said Dr. Jean
Goodnow, President.
Dr. Curry received her Ph.D. in Educational
Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania
and was formerly Vice President of Student
Services at Salem Community College (NJ)
where she oversaw enrollment management,
advising, transfer, academic success and athletics.
She was recruited to Stockton College
(NJ) where she served as Interim Dean of
Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in the
School of Health Sciences and most recently,
as Executive Director of the new Center for
Community Engagement. Before transitioning to
administration, Dr. Curry was a full-time faculty
member at the Medical College of Georgia,
Thomas Jefferson University and Harrisburg
Area Community College (PA).
After many years away, Im excited to
come back to my home state of Michigan to
join the Delta College family, said Curry. I
am especially looking forward to working with
President Goodnow and Deltas outstanding
faculty, staff and students.
Curry is married to husband Dwight, and
they have two adult daughters, Serena Curry, a
Federal Agent in the Department of Homeland
Security (LA), Dr. Tiana Curry-McCoy, an
Assistant Professor of Clinical Laboratory
Sciences at Georgia Regents University, son-in-
law Jeremy and granddaughter Lena.
Dr. Reva Curry
Vice President of Instruction
and Learning Services
SVSU hosting School Readiness Clinics
Saginaw Valley State University is offering
summer programs to help students improve
their academic preparation before returning to
classrooms in September. Clinics are tailored
for students who range in age from kindergarten
through adult learners to help them improve
their reading, writing and math skills.
The courses begin Monday, July 28 and
run for three weeks. They will be held Monday
through Thursday in the Literacy Center, located
in SVSUs Regional Education Center. The cost
is $325 per clinic. Participants must register by
Friday, June 20.
Prior to the clinic, students must complete
a one-hour assessment to determine their
strengths and needs in reading, writing, or
math. SVSU tutors use these assessments to
build individualized lesson plans that maximize
student potential. Assessments for summer 2014
are scheduled for July 21 to July 23, but other
times are available by contacting Laurie Ann
Haney, assistant director of the Literacy Center,
to schedule an appointment. She can be reached
at 989-964-4982 or
In the clinic, instructors work
collaboratively with parents and use data-driven
instruction that correlates with state education
standards. Tutoring sessions are led by active,
certified teachers who hold masters degrees in
SEE P 25, SVSU Readiness Clinics

The National Head Start Associations Two
Generations Together Initiative will increase
awareness of two-generation adult education
and job training models that are part of the
comprehensive child and family services
delivered by Head Start programs across the
Head Start has a fifty year history of
achieving long-term outcomes for children
both by supporting their health and learning
and by enabling their families to achieve
their own goals for education, employment,
stability, and success.
As we approach our next fifty years, Two
Generations Together will highlight the most
successful two-generation efforts that have
developed in Head Start programs across
the country and disseminate strategies and
resources to help other Head Start and early
learning programs develop or enhance two-
generation work of their own.
This work is made possible by the
generous support of Ascend at the Aspen
Many Head Start and Early Head Start
organizations have programs in place to
help parents access ESOL or GED classes,
attain college credits and degrees, participate
in workforce training programs, and earn
certificates or credentials. If your organization
integrates these opportunities for parents with
early learning for their children, youre doing
two-generation work already! We encourage
you to apply!
Six selected programs will be featured in
a nationally-distributed case study report on
Head Start two-generation models, invited
to present at the Two Generations Together
Institute before NHSAs 2015 Winter
Leadership Institute, and have their efforts
shared across NHSA and Ascend at the Aspen
Institutes national networks.
Other programs whose applications
demonstrate a commitment to two-generation
work will be mentioned in our nationally-
distributed case study report and included
on the Ascend website with two-generation
programs across the country. All applicants
will be included in the first phase of a new
NHSA Learning Network on two-generation
To apply to be featured as part of the Two
Generations Together Initiative, complete the
application by July 1st, 2014, at www.nhsa.
org/files. There is no cost to apply.
For additional information, contact
Emmalie Dropkin of the National Head Start
Association at
Sabrina Beeman-Jackson
Saginaw ISD Head Start/Early
Head Start Program Director
NhSA dollar Per Child Campaign
The goal of the
NHSA Dollar per
Child Advisory
Council is to help
you succeed in your
fundraising effort,
whether you're
holding a bake sale or
hosting a parents night out. No matter
the size of your fundraiser, every dollar
you raise for Head Start can help keep
the window of opportunity open for at-
risk children. Visit for
additional information and your toolkit.
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What is Great Start?
Saginaw Countys Great Start Collaborative:
Is part of a statewide network working to improve the
system of early childhood services.
Is under the Michigan Department of Educations Office of Great Start.
Formed in 2006 as a partnership of parents, community agencies, business leaders, educators,
health care providers, faith and philanthropic leaders.
Includes Physical and Social-Emotional health, Early Education and Care and Parent Leadership
and Support.
Has projects going on to reduce infant mortality, increase information about school readiness
and strengthen Home Visiting services.
Covers more than 12,000 children under 5 living in Saginaw County.
Is important because brain research shows that by age 4, 85% of a child's brain is formed.
Those first few years of life are pivotal in shaping a child's future!
Saginaw Countys Great Start Parent Coalition:
Consists of parents and caregivers of children 12 and younger.
Includes parents who have used early childhood services and want to share their experiences.
Is a network of parents who share ideas, concerns and successes.
Works to educate and build awareness with other parents.
All children deserve a healthy foundation in life!
To learn more or get involved, visit or like us on Facebook.
This summer:
Check your local library for Summer Reading programs.
Mark for calendar for Childrens Fun Day on June 24 from 3-7 p.m. at Haithco Park.
Look for Birth-5 playgroups around the county.
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Saginaw Covenant Cancer Care Center offers Free healthy eating Classes
for Cancer Survivors and Community
Throughout the summer, the Covenant Cancer Care Center is offering
two tracks of free healthy eating classes, one for cancer survivors
and one for the general public. All classes have a focus on the ten
recommendations for cancer prevention from the American Institute
for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund.
Covenant registered dietitian and nutritionist, Ann Hoffman, RDN,
CDE, will be facilitating the sessions. Hoffman works with patients in cancer care and infusion therapy, radiation oncology, diabetes self-
management, and cardiovascular health and wellness. She says, I know everyone can benefit from these classes. Its important for all of us,
including cancer survivors, to maintain a healthy weight while eating an ample amount of nutritious foods that give us energy to enjoy life.
For Cancer Survivors
Classes for cancer survivors are designed to help participants learn about nutritious foods and how healthy eating can enhance survivorship,
aid in prevention of cancer recurrence, help gain strength and energy, and assist in the loss, gain or maintenance of a healthy weight.
interested participants are welcome to attend any or all of the below classes:
Monday, June 16 6:30 pm
Thursday, June 19 2:00 pm (class repeated)
Monday, July 7 6:30 pm
Thursday, July 10 2:00 pm (class repeated)
Monday, August 11 6:30 pm
Thursday, August 14 2:00 pm (class repeated)
For the Community:
Community classes are designed to help people learn about nutritious foods and how healthy eating can help aid in preventing cancer, heart
disease and diabetes, and losing or maintaining a healthy weight.
Interested participants are welcome to attend any or all of the below classes:
Monday, June 23 6:30-7:30 pm
Recipe Exchange/Label Reading: Low-fat, low-sugar, fiber-rich options to aid in lowering your risk for cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure
and heart disease.
Monday, August 18 6:30-7:30 pm
Bring Your Own Blender...or Use Ours! Smoothie recipes to try.
Monday, September 15 6:30-7:30 pm
Summer Summary: Maintaining healthy behaviors and setting SMART goals.
Monday, October 6 6:30-7:30 pm
Spicing and Seasoning...perhaps more than just for flavor.
All classes are held at the Covenant Cancer Care Center, 5400 Mackinaw (at Tittabawassee), in Saginaw, in the third floor conference room.
For more information, contact Ann Hoffman, RDN, CDE at 989.583.5029 or
Better Choices, Better Medicine, Better Healing
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June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD) Awareness Month. What can we do
to support youth and families who have
lived through a traumatic experience?
It is my opinion that we all have a responsibility to support one another. And supporting one another
doesnt mean that you have to be a therapist or counselor to support someone whos undergone
trauma or violence. Sometimes people just need to speak about their experiences to someone close
to them who has a nonjudgmental, noncritical, and receiving heart. Active listening is a skill that we all
need to have in our toolbox.
Melvin McDowell, Wraparound Care Coordinator at SCCMHA
I think the best thing we can do is be patient and really listen to them when they open up about their
experience. Let them know that we hear them and offer any support we can to help them fnd the
resources they need.
Rachel Bersok, Mental Health Activity Aide at Community Ties North
I think its important for us to help people understand that PTSD, or any mental illness for that matter,
is not a sign of weakness. We should help these families get support as soon as possible and stand by
them as they work through the trauma. The sooner we offer our support, the better the outcomes are
going to be.
Amy Murawski, Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention Services
Saginaw County Department of Public Health
First we need to educate ourselves so when anyone comes to us, we will have the tools and means
to lead them to a path of recovery. Then fnd something of interest of the youth and family, maybe an
artistic outlet like writing poetry or short stories. We need to create a place where the family and youth
can feel free to speak and learn to release it from the inside themselves.
Alberto Jimenez, Community Member
I think we need to focus on reaching out to the families in our community that have been through
a trauma and let them know that they arent alone. There are a lot of families in Saginaw that have
been through traumatic situations and if they could mentor them or even offer a listening ear, I think it
would really help them out. And the systems in our community that offer supportive services should be
doing everything they can to let these families know what resources are available for them to get them
through this diffcult time.
Roslynn Williams, ERTFT Family Mentor Team Chair
I think it is important to set healthy boundaries so that you are helping from a good place. Also, as you
provide support remember to have realistic expectations and try to have fun! Fun and laughter can be
great healing agents.
Terry Kuhns, People Achieving Change Today (PACT) LLC

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Downtown Saginaw
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6PM - 10 PM
$35 per person
Annual National HIV Testing Day
Our Goal: 200 People
For the fourth year, The Saginaw Community HIV/ AIDS Task Force, Saginaw County Department of Public Health, Sacred Heart, and Health Delivery
Incorporated have been committed to testing 200 plus Saginaw citizens for HIV in one day. Mark your calendars and set the date for free same day HIV
results. The annual National Testing Day will be on Friday, June 27, 2014. There will be various testing locations throughout Saginaw and Bay City.
Health Delivery, Inc. Hearth Home will be providing HIV testing from 9 am to 7 pm. Everyone 13 and older is welcome to participate in testing!
I get tested every year on National Testing Day. Everyone is always so friendly and I get my results quick. ~ Anonymous tester
Testing and activities are free! Too many people don't know they have HIV. In the United States, nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV, and
almost one in five don't know they are infected. Getting tested is the first step to finding out if you have HIV. If you have HIV, getting medical care and
taking medications regularly helps you live a longer, healthier life and also lowers the chances of passing HIV on to others.
The following sites have agreed to provide testing on National Testing day:
Phone Number Hours
Bridgeport Community Health Center 6297 Dixie Highway Bridgeport
(989) 753-6000 9 am- 5pm
Bayside Community Health Center 3884 Monitor Rd. Bay City
(989) 671-2000 8:30 am-5 pm
Janes Street Community Health Center 1322 Janes St. Saginaw
(989) 755-0316 8:30 am-5 pm
Roosevelt S. Ruffin Community Health Center 229 Gallagher Rd. Saginaw
(989) 755-3619 8 am- 4 pm
David R. Gamez Community Health Center 501 Lapeer St. Saginaw
(989) 753-6000 8 am- 5pm
Hearth Home 732 Hoyt St. Saginaw
(989) 753-9011 9 am- 7 pm
Sacred Heart (Saginaw) 301 E. Genesee St. Saginaw
(989) 776-6000 ext.7514 8 am- 5pm
Sacred Heart (Bay City) 1106 N. Washington Ave. Bay City
(989) 894-2991 8 am- 5pm
Saginaw County Dept. of Health 1600 N. Michigan Ave. Saginaw
(989) 758-3800 8:30 am-5pm
For more information contact Lilianna Reyes (989) 753-9011 (, or Jimmie Burkhead at (989) 753-9011 (
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A.Philip Randolph Institute
POB 1107
Saginaw, MI 48606
American Red Cross
1232 N. Michigan
Saginaw, MI 48602
CAN Council Saginaw County
1311 N. Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602
(989) 752-7226 / fax (989) 752-2777
Castle Museum of Saginaw County
500 Federal Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48607

Circle of Love
1809 Durand Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48602
Emmaus House of Saginaw
733 S. 15th Street
Saginaw, MI 48601
P.O. Box 3470
Saginaw, MI. 48605-3470
Phone: 989.755.1620 Fax:
First Ward Community Center
1410 N. 12th Street
Saginaw, MI 48601
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan
5470 Davis Rd.
Saginaw, MI 48604
Good Neighbors Mission
1318 Cherry Street
Saginaw, MI 48601
Health Delivery, Inc.
501 Lapeer Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48607
Houghton-Jones Task Force
1708 Johnson Street
Saginaw, MI
Lighthouse Outreach Center
808 Janes Street
Saginaw, MI 48601
Mobile Medical Response
834 S. Washington Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48601
Michigan Banner Outreach
1400 W. Genesee
Saginaw, MI 48602
Operation Reach
119 S. Jefferson Avenue
Saginaw, MI
Pit and Balcony Theatre
805 N. Hamilton
Saginaw, MI 48602
989. 754.6587
Public Libraries of Saginaw
Butman-Fish, Claytor, Hoyt,
Wickes & Zauel Libraries
505 Janes Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48607
Restoration Community Outreach
1205 Norman
Saginaw, MI 48601
(989) 753-1886 / fax (989) 753-2880
Saginaw County Community Action
Agency, Inc. (CAC)
2824 Perkins Street
Saginaw, MI 48601
The Saginaw Community Foundation
1 Tuscola, Suite 100
Saginaw, MI 48607
Women of Colors
POB 5525
Saginaw, MI 48603
989.399.9275 or 989.737.9286
FROM P 16, SVSU Readiness Clinics
literacy, are certified in reading recovery, and/or
have a college degree in a related field.
SVSUs Literacy Center provides a modern
facility that fosters motivation for reading, writing,
and math and utilizes the latest technology. All
tutoring is directed by SVSU faculty Gretchen
Owocki, Ph.D., and Haney, M.Ed. For more
information, visit
you Are Needed!
PRoJeCT Volunteers - To assist with kids art activities this summer for the Party on McCarty events. The dates June 12, June 26,
July 10, July 24, August 7, and August 21.
Maintenance Worker Volunteer - its hammer Time! Help with minor repairs, carpentry and painting - requires individual with
home repair skills.
A Gallery Monitor Volunteer - To provide security services for the exhibitions in the galleries and other public spaces in the Museum.
Neighborhood Revitalization Volunteers - To assist with windows, siding, doors porches, concrete walks and even painting some of
the houses.
To volunteer your services or to donate goods, call Henrietta Watson at the United Way of Saginaw County 755-0505, Ext. 216, Or check the web-based volunteer program at
engage in engineering for Girls
Enjoy a one day summer camp for middle school girls in Midland, Bay City and Saginaw.
For additional information, email
Bay City, Mi
June 20, 2014
8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Bay Arenac ISD Career Center
Midland, Mi
June 21, 2014
8:30 am to 3:30 pm
The Midland ESA
Saginaw, Mi
June 28, 2014
8:30 am to 3:30 pm
SVSU Curtis Hall
Readers of our column know we are sup-
porters and promoters of womens philanthropy
womens foun-
dations and
giving circles.
Mel likes to
joke, what
about mens
Now we have
an answer: the
Ujima Legacy
Fund an Af-
rican American
male giving
Knowing that men dont want to be outdone
by women, and that women want to support men,
we bring you this interview with Reginald Gor-
don, one of the funds founders. In addition to
supporting and growing African American mens
philanthropy, Gordon is also the Chief Execu-
tive Officer of the Eastern Virginia Region of the
American Red Cross.
Lets start at the beginning. We asked
Gordon about the events that led up to the
creation of the fund.
The Ujima Legacy Fund grew out of a
series of conversations that we had in a barber-
shop, he began. A group of African American
men decided to hold monthly conversations in
a downtown barbershop a few years ago. The
evening conversations attracted a cross section of
men, from construction workers to college pro-
fessors. We promoted the conversations by word
of mouth.
It felt like a Million Man March experience.
We explored myriad topics that impacted the
black community in Richmond, including the
lack of black men involved in local philanthropy.
A few of us decided to take action on the idea of
getting more African American men involved in
We kept on working on this idea after the
cessation of the monthly barbershop conversa-
tions. We did research on black male philan-
thropy and decided that we needed to form an
African American male giving circle. We named
it the Ujima Legacy Fund. Ujima, the third day
of Kwanzaa, means collective work and respon-
While fundraising can be challenging,
organizing how a fund operates can be even
more complex. We asked Gordon to share
how the fund operates.
We decided to keep the management of the
Ujima Legacy Fund as simple as possible. The
fund is open to any African American man who
wishes to join. In order to become a member of
the Ujima Legacy Fund, the man must contribute
$1,100. Each member gets one vote, when it is
time to select the grantee, Gordon began.
The Ujima Legacy Fund has a partnership
with the Community Foundation of Richmond
for administration of the fund. The men of Ujima
decided on the types of programs and agencies
that would be appropriate for our funding. We
agreed that we wanted to target our funds toward
agencies that had credible educational programs
designed to serve young adults. Prospective
grantees apply for the Ujima Legacy Fund
through the Community Foundation website
Next week: grant making, and how to start
your own fund. You can learn more at www.bit.
Mel and Pearl Shaw position nonprofits, col-
leges and universities for fundraising success.
For help with your campaign visit www.saa- or call (901) 522-8727.
Copyright 2014 Mel and Pearl Shaw
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FUNdraising Good Times
African American Men Find A New Way To Give Back
Part 1 of Part 2
By Mel and Pearl Shaw
Reginald Gordon, Co-Founder
Ujima Legacy Fund
Melvin B. and Pearl D. Shaw
Saad & Shaw Comprehensive Fund
Development Services
Community Health Fair
Mission In The City Health Center will host a Community Health Fair on June 21, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm, at
MITC Sports & Fitness Park, 217 S. 7th Street, in Saginaw. The purpose for this event is to provide health awareness
to the people in our community. For more information please call New Life Baptist Churchs Mission In The City
office at (989) 753-1151.

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Studies Show the Physical effects of Prayer
Houston - For
centuries, science
has been trying
to prove or dis-
prove the power
of prayer. Now a
new study of MRI
brain scans shows
that there is
power in prayer,
or meditation.
Not just spiritual
power, but actual
physical healing power. The study says prayer is
essentially a workout for the brain, whether you
are a believer or not.
Billy Dorsey was ready to die. I couldnt
take it anymore and I cried out, said Dorsey.
In 2001, he was homeless on the streets of
Fifth Ward in Houston and ended up locked in-
side a building for over a week. He had been left
behind by the drug addicted building owner who
locked the burglar bars doors on the place when
he took off.
God? Why am I going through this? Those
were my exact words, Dorsey said. He said his
prayer was answered immediately by a voice.
Peaceful, gentle. Not this big booming voice.
It is the kind of voice that you hear maybe with
your ears, but you definitely hear it here, Dors-
ey said as he pointed at his chest. For me it was
definitely a physical shift.
There are thousands of stories and many de-
scribe that physical feeling as a cognitive shift.
It absolutely was, said Pastor Joel Osteen.
It was clear. You could never talk me out of it.
Pastor Osteen hears those stories every day, in
and out of church.
Dr. Andrew Newberg has heard the stories,
too. He is director of research at Thomas Jeffer-
son Hospital and Medical College and is board
certified in internal and nuclear medicine. When
he thinks of prayer, he thinks of the brain itself.
When we look at how the brain works,
said Dr. Newberg. It looks like the brain is very
easily able to engage in religious and spiritual
practices. He figured inside the brain was the
only place to answer the question: what happens
when we pray?
What his MRI studies have found is that
whether its nuns praying, or monks meditating,
the result is the same. That there are multiple
parts of the brain that seem to get involved and
it really does look like the brain is easily able to
have these experiences, said Dr. Newberg.
Prayer left plenty behind for Dorsey. It
changed me from being anxious and ready to
give up -- afraid, he said. Dorsey says he was
promised success, Grammy-winning albums and
the top of his field.
Pastor Osteen is now one of the worlds most
recognized preachers, but a decade ago he was
just his fathers son, until a prayer changed ev-
It is hard to explain, said Pastor Osteen. It
was something not in my head, but down here.
I call it more in my heart. It was not a voice
as much as it was a feeling pushing him to the
pulpit. I dont know that it is something that
science is always going to pick up, but it comes
from the inside, said Pastor Osteen. It gives
you confidence. Peace. A strength inside.
Dr. Newberg is a man of science and a man
of faith and he thinks his research shows that
you can have both God and science. It only
makes sense if God is up there and we are down
here that we would have a brain that is capable
of communicating to God, praying to God, do-
ing the things that God needs us to do, said Dr.
That science now suggests there is benefit
in prayer or meditation whether it is spiritual or
not. It can actually shape the brain. In one study,
Newberg taught older patients with memory
problems a meditation and had them practice it
for 12 minutes a day for eight weeks. When they
returned to the MRI there were dramatic positive
differences in their brain scans. It has something
to do more generally with how we can improve
the function of the brain that these kinds of prac-
tices can actually help with, said Dr. Newberg.
To Dorsey these words are now literally part
of him on his tattoo on his chest. For the race is
not for the swift, said Dorsey. Or the battle to
the strong. His every step is proof.
Dorsey is now massively successful hav-
ing produced songs topping the charts, winning
Dove awards, Stellar awards and even a Gram-
my. If I had written out a script about my life,
it would not have been this, said Dorsey. So I
know God is real and I know that prayer is real.
With or without science, Dorsey is far from
dead. In fact, he could not be more alive.
Jeremy Desel
Praise Connections and Life
Thank You
The family of Loubertha and Donald Little thank you, the Saginaw Community,
East Side Neighborhood, Religious Community, Civic and Business Organizations,
and other family and friends, for honoring their lives. You have surrounded us with
tender, loving, care as we grieve the loss of our mother and wife, son and brother.
Thank you for your many kindnesses. You have been supportive in so many ways.
Blessings Always,
The B. L. Little Family
Mrs. Loubertha Taylor Little
May 12, 1924 March 26, 2014
Donald Duck Gene Little
February 28, 1949 April 1, 2014
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Bethel AME Church
Pastor P. David Saunders
535 Cathay St.
Saginaw, MI 48601
(989) 755-7011
Bread of Life Harvest Center
Senior Pastor Rodney J. McTaggart
3726 Fortune Blvd.
Saginaw, MI 48603
(989) 790-7933
Christ Disciples Baptist
Pastor Eddie Benson
3317 Lapeer Street
Saginaw, MI 48601
(989) 754-2444
Christ Fellowship MBC
Pastor Robert Davis
818 N. Washington Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48601
(989) 754-4435
Corinthian Baptist Church
Pastor Roy L. Manning
104 S. 10
Saginaw, MI 48601
(989) 754-1820
Faith Harvest Church
Bishop Ronald E. Chipp
Faith Harvest Church
1734 N. Mason
Saginaw, MI 48602
(989) 799-4200
Greater Freewill Missionary
Grace Chapel Church
Pastor James Nelson
2202 Janes Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48601
Greater Williams Temple
Bishop H.J. Williams
608 Remington
Saginaw, MI 48601
(989) 755-5291
Jacobs Ladder
Pastor Dempsey Allen
1926 Fairfield Street
Saginaw, MI 48602
Life In Christ Ministries
Pastor Dennis Cotton, Sr.
2915 S. Washington Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48601
Messiah Missionary Baptist Church
2615 Williamson Road
Saginaw, MI 48601
Pastor Otis Washington
Phone: 989-777-2636
Fax: 989-777-2640
Mt. Olive Baptist Church
Pastor Marvin T. Smith
1114 N. 6th Street
Saginaw, MI 48601
(989) 752-8064
New Beginning Christian Church
Reverend Dr. Willie F. Casey
1016 Sherman Road
Saginaw, MI 48604
New Beginnings Life Changing
Pastor Otis Dickens
2312 S. Washington Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48601
(989) 755-3650
New Birth Missionary Baptist
Pastor Larry D. Camel
1418 S. Warren
Saginaw, MI 48601
(989) 755-6604
New Covenant Christian Center
Pastor Ron Frierson
523 Hayden
Saginaw, MI
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
Pastor Floyd A. Logan
1721 Tuscola Street
Saginaw, MI 48601
(989) 753-7600
New Life Baptist Church
Pastor Rufus Bradley
1401 Janes St.
Saginaw, MI 48601
(989) 753-1151
Ninth Street Community Church
Pastor William L. Scott, Jr.
Assistant Pastor Rex Jones
1118 N. 9th Street
Saginaw, MI 48601
Prince of Peace Baptist Church
825 North 24th Street
Saginaw, MI 48601
Pastor Robert B. Corley, Jr.
Resurrection Life Ministries Church
Pastor Carolyn L. Wilkins
2320 Sheridan Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48601
St. Paul Baptist
Pastor Vincent D. McMillon
120 N. 15
Saginaw, MI 48601
(989) 752-5023
Saginaw Valley Community
Pastor Richard Sayad
3660 Hermansau
Saginaw, MI 48603
(989) 752-4769
St. Lukes CME Church
1121 Tuscola
Saginaw, MI 48607
(989) 755-0351
The Potters Touch Ministries
Pastor Kareem J. Bowen
1402 North 6th Street
Saginaw, MI 48601
989.755.9406 Potters Touch
Transforming Life Ministries
Pastor William Brown
3024 South Washington Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48601-4353
(989) 754-9573
Truevine Baptist Church
Pastor Paul E. Broaddus
2930 Janes Street
Saginaw, MI 48601
Victorious Believers Ministries Church
Rev. Christopher V. Pryor
624 S. Outer Dr.
Saginaw, MI
(989) 755-7692
Wolverine Baptist State Convention
615 S. Jefferson Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48607
World Outreach Campus of
Greater Coleman Temple Ministries
Supt. H.J. Coleman Jr.
2405 Bay Rd.
Saginaw, MI 48602
(989) 752-7957
Zion Missionary Baptist Church
Pastor Rodrick Smith
721 Johnson
Saginaw, MI 48607
(989) 754-9621
To Celebrate a Life
Call 989.753.3475, or email
Obituaries and Memorials

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Celebrating Juneteenth
Juneteenth, the oldest nation-
ally celebrated commemoration
of ending slavery in the United
States, is celebrated on June 19
and is a legal holiday in 14 states.
It began in Texas when news
of Lincolns Emancipation Proc-
lamation (effective Jan. 1, 1863)
finally reached Galveston on June
19, 1865. Union Maj. Gen. Gor-
don Granger read a general order
to the assembled people stating
all slaves are free, and Texas became the last state to learn of the Con-
federate surrender and the freeing of the slaves.
From then on June 19th, which was dubbed Juneteenth, was treated
much like an African-American Fourth of July, and the holiday spread
throughout Texas and into nearby states. Typical 19th-century Juneteenth
activities included prayer, speeches, the reading of the Emancipation
Proclamation, recitation of slave stories, rodeos, dances, games, and
plenty of food.
The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, located at Texas
A&M University continues to celebrate the holiday with a Freedom
Walk, and a free educational storytelling program Upholding Freedoms
Legacy performed by educator, Clifton Fifer.
Fifers presentation includes historical stories about the Buffalo Sol-
diers and Scouts, the Black Mountain Men, his original music, and dance
called the Buffalo Scout Stomp. Fifer also highlights the important role of
the chaplain who served with the Buffalo Soldiers troops.
There are several cities in Michigan that will celebrate Juneteenth,
including the celebration in Lansing, the state capital, beginning with a
city-state kickoff Thursday, June 19, 2014. For additional information
about the Juneteenth celebration kickoff, visit www.LansingJuneteenth-
downtown Saginaw discovery days
Saginaw Downtown Development
Authority is providing a unique opportunity
to experience numerous cultural attractions in
downtown Saginaw this summer. One Saturday
a month; June 28, July 26, August 23; residents
can purchase a pass that will allow entrance to
visit many of the art/entertainment venues that
are offered in the downtown Saginaw area.
Venues included with the pass are Saginaw
Art Museum, Castle Museum, Temple Theatre,
Mid-Michigan Childrens Museum, Childrens
Zoo, Japanese Cultural Center and Hoyt
Public Library. Busses will be provided for
transportation between each venue between the
hours of 10 am -4 pm.
Prices for the pass are $20 for a group
of four or $7 for individual passes. Passes
include bus transportation and entrance into the
participating venues for that day only, and can
be purchased at the Temple Theatre box office,
located at 201 N. Washington Ave., in person
during normal business hours Monday-Friday
10 am -6 pm or by calling 1-866-754-7469.
Recent works by Jaymes Johnson will be on display through July 25, 2014, as part of Art @ the Andersen at the
Andersen Enrichment Center, 120 Ezra Rust, across from Ojibway Island in Saginaw. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. - 3
p.m., Monday through Friday. This exhibit features a series of oil paintings that express the artists alternate reality.
Jaymes Johnson was born and raised in Saginaw, and has been making art since a young age. He credits his
mother, father and step-father with instilling the importance of knowledge, and the value of speaking and thinking
intentionally, pushing him to be the best he could be.
Jaymes graduated from the Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy, attended Delta College and will enter the
School of the Art Institute of Chicago this fall to pursue an education and career in fine art. He says it was the men-
toring he received while at Delta College that led him to closely reevaluate his thoughts, reaffirm his beliefs and his
goal to one day return to Saginaw, helping to revive and maintain the citys rich cultural heritage.
Johnson says, The word Unprepared for some speaks of an unwillingness to adequately arm yourself for the
occasion. For others, it is a sign that you as an individual were placed in a situation that you were unready for. Ive
learned over the years that this one single word makes or breaks our world.
The thoughts behind the work in this exhibit represent being tossed into circumstances where greatness is being
thrust in our faces and the choices we make can lead us down an unknown
path in life.
Jaymes titled his first solo show Unprepared, because we cannot prepare
for greatness, we can only fight for its right to exist within us. His work takes
the viewers into their first glimpse of an alternate reality that he experiences in
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Arts and Entertainment
Recent Works by Jaymes Johnson
Inexorable Amalgamation
by Jaymes Johnson
Spencers Restaurant
5530 Gratiot Road,
between M-47 & Center Rd. in Saginaw
M-F Open for Lunch 11:30 a.m.
Sat Open at 5 p.m.
Spencer Dambro, Owner

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Saginaw Castle Museum
June happenings
Tuesday, June 17 -- Pages of History Book Club with partners Public
Libraries of Saginaw and the Historical Society of Saginaw County. The June
selection is Murder in Battle Creek by Blaine L. Pardoe. Noon
Tuesday, June 17 -- Crafting with LEGO Bricks. There will be a craft session
of jewelry making with LEGO bricks. There is a $3 cost for a child, and the
required RSVP can be made by calling 752-2861, ext. 315, 2 p.m. 4 p.m.
Tuesday, June 24-- Lunch & Learn D. Laurence Rogers will discuss his
latest book, The G-34 Paradox: Inside the Armys Secret Mustard Gas Project
at Dow Chemical in World War I. Noon.
Saginaw Pit and Balcony Theatre
Announces Summer Theatre and
Pit and Balcony Theatre, located at 805 N. Hamilton Street, is
hosting several events over the summer, including a benefit show, a
childrens production, and workshops for adults. The workshops will
present an opportunity to work on and/or develop classical monologues
for auditions. Listed below are the exciting happenings in your town!
A scene workshop will be held on June 21 from 10 am 2 pm,
with time spent work-shopping selected 2 and 3 person scenes. As a
group, the scenes will be table-worked in order to understand the
meanings and nuances as text. The workshop is for ages 16 through
Adult, and is presented by Dr. Nicola Imbracsio. The cost is $25 per
As a continuation of the Youth Theatre Project this year, Pit
and Balcony will present a youth production of North Woods Non-
sense. Things get complicated for a small town when a congressman
and Bigfoot come to town in this action-packed comedy! Directed by
Jeff Larsen, the project will be on June 20 and June 21 at 7 pm. The
project is presented by the Morley Foundation.
Romeo and Juliet auditions will be held Saturday, June 28 from
10 am to 4 pm at Pit and Balcony and Sunday, June 29 from 2 pm 3
pm with call-backs at 3 pm. You do not need to attend the Shakespeare
in Performance workshops in order to audition but they are recom-
mended. Performances will be on August 7-10, 2014. Tickets are $15
for Adults and $10 for Students. The theatre performance is presented
by the Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Commission and Saginaw Cel-
ebrates Summer.
Candy Kotz, a dance instructor from Bohaty School of Dance,
will be holding dance classes for ages 16 through Adults. Remaining
dates for session 1 are June 23, 30, and July 1. Session 2 will be held
July 8, 15, 22, and 28. Intro Tap meets at 6 pm, Intro Jazz at 7 pm, and
Tap 1 at 8 pm each night. Students can sign up for one class for $10 or
an entire evening of classes for $25 per session.
Retired theatre teacher, Jim Gaertner, will be giving a presen-
tation on the history of American musical theatre, titled Broadway: A
History of the American Musical. Learn about Broadways past and
how it has become an enigmatic part of American art and culture, June
26, from 7 pm - 9 pm. Donations will be accepted.
For more information on any of the events, call 989.754.6587, or
June is Black MUSIC Month.
Enjoy the MUSIC!
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Taking a Step Back in Time--Teen Refresh Archives
Tough Love
By Delicia Hall
Media Intern
There is not enough Tough Love anymore for young people
of today. Why is that? Is it because there are not enough people who
care anymore? Why arent there role models for young people to look
up to as a big brother or as a big sister? In the past, we would get the
toughest love from our grandmas and great-grandmas, but most of our
elders are leaving this earth. There are not many elderly people left to
listen to.
Tough love is when someone lets you know what you really
should care about, or he/she is trying to teach you something you
should know once you get out there in the real world. Sometimes
tough love can be when a parent, grandparent, or guardian is strict and
will not let you do a lot of things you want to do. The reason for that
is because the things you want to do your
parent(s) has already done, when he/she
was young, and they know the game and
the consequences of the situation. They
just do not want you to go through the
Who needs tough love? In reality,
most of us in this world need that tough
love, and we want it, but its not given.
This generation is totally different, and
they have been able to nurture a mental-
ity of not caring about anything. I know
you are thinking that most young people
should have common sense to know
whats right and whats wrong, but they
Why do we need tough love even
though we may not like it? Well, take it
from someone who knows about tough
love. It is GOOD for you.
Teens, Safe Sex, and AidS
By DeMario Brewer
Media Intern
The reality is that sex is something that a lot of
teens talk about and engage in every day. It is not easy
to stop teens from participating in an action such as
sex; however, to save lives and have good health it is
important they are knowledgeable about safe sex. What
is safe sex? Safe sex is protecting yourself and partner
from sexually transmitted diseases. Safe sex is also
getting tested for STDs and your partner getting tested.
There are many ways to protect you from STDs. One of the best
and most convenient ways to protect you is to use prophylactics that are
available at local clinic and pharmacies, and, of course, abstinence.
Also, teens must realize that the birth control pill is a contraceptive
that only prevents pregnancy; the pill does
not prevent anyone from becoming infected
with any STD. If your partner is currently
using the birth control pill, continue to use a
prophylactic. Hopefully, this information will
encourage more sexually active teen girls to
consider birth control and a prophylactic.
Although the teens are aware of the com-
monly known STDs they must be aware that
according to CDC research, individuals who
are infected with STDs are at least two to five
times more likely than uninfected individuals
to acquire HIV infection if they are exposed
to the AIDS virus through sexual contact.
In addition, if an HIV infected individual is
also infected with another STD, that person
is more likely to transmit HIV through sexual
contact than other HIV-infected persons.
It is estimated that 16% of teens know
someone who has AIDS, has died from AIDS,
or tested positive for HIV, and globally,
over10 million young people aged 15 to 24
are HIV positive.
As we remember those who have died
from HIV/AIDS, lets remember that al-
though we might not be able to stop the teen
from participating in sex, your talk with them
concerning what is realistically happening
with STDs and AIDS may save their life and
the lives of others.
You are educated. Your certifica-
tion is in your degree. You may
think of it as the ticket to the
good life. Let me ask you to think
of an alternative. Think of it as
your ticket to change the world.
Tom Brokaw
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Former CMU WR Wilson Sign With Lions
By James Falls
For The Michigan Banner
Mount Pleasant
Rochester Hills native
Cody Wilson can finally
call Detroit home after
being cut from the
practice squad after a
year and signing on again
earlier this month..
Wilson was
a standout for the
Chippewas through 2012 and is third in program
history in receptions with 230, fifth in CMU
history for receiving yards (2,729) and caught a
pass in 42 consecutive games.
Wilson spent last years training camp with
Detroit and was signed by the Lions late in the
season for the practice squad. He was released
last month to make room for undrafted free
agents before being signed again Monday.
His accolades in 2012 were piled high and
definitely noticeable to make Wilson a CMU
great. He was named Third Team All Mid-
American Conference. Wilson also earned
Second Team Capital One Academic All-
America honors and Academic All-MAC.
Along with receiving CMUs Kurt
Dobronski Award and a finalist for the Wuerrfel
Trophy, Wilson earned some national attention.
While catching a pass in 42 consecutive games,
the 5-foot-10, 195 pounder tied for second
longest active streak in the NCAA.
Wilson led the 2012 team with 74 receptions
and ranked second in receiving yards with 840
and receiving yards per game, averaging 64.6;
also the former Chippewa recorded five 100-
yard receiving games, and on Sept. 22, 2012,
Wilson tallied a team-high 105 yards receiving
and eight catches in CMUs 32-31 upset against
During his junior campaign, Wilson earned
All-MAC Third Team selection as a receiver and
was also a recipient of CMUs Ring of Honor
award, which is presented to the player who best
exemplifies great leadership on and off the field;
elected a co-captain by his teammates.
In 2010 and as a starter at receiver in
seven games, Wilson made a name for himself
by earning All-MAC Second Team and All-
MAC Third Team as punt return specialist. He
was later named teams Herb Deromedi Most
Valuable Player. Making the record books early
for CMU, Wilson was deemed the sixth receiver
with a 1,000-yard receiving season in school
history, fifth different player with a 1,000-yard
receiving season at CMU, 1,137 receiving yards
rank third in school history and 83 receptions
were the fifth most in a season in school history.
Wilson ranked eighth nationally in receiving
yards, averaging 94.8 yards per game, 11th in
receptions with 6.9 and 13th in total receiving
yards with1.137. His 70-yard reception in the
third quarter at Temple back on Sept. 9 was the
longest of his career.
As a three-year starter at Rochester Adams
High School, the 2008 team captain was part of
back-to-back OAA championship teams in 2007
and 2008. He helped lead his team to a 12-1
record and a regional championship in 2007.
Wilson was selected to Detroit Free Press All-
State Dream Team as a senior and ranked No. 18
on Detroit Free Press Fab 50.
His accolades propelled him to play in the
2009 Michigan High School Football Coaches
Association All-Star Game.
Cody Wilson Photo Credit:Courtesy Photo
Weather Forecast
JUNe 2014: temperature 66
(avg.); precipitation 4.5 (1 above
avg.); Jun 1-5: Sunny, turning hot;
Jun 6-10: T-storms, then sunny,
cool; Jun 11-17: A few t-storms,
cool; Jun 18-20: Sunny, hot; Jun
21-26: T-storms, then sunny, cool;
Jun 27-30: Heavy t-storms, then
sunny, cool.
9 A.M. 6 P.M.
James Falls

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The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within -
strength, courage, dignity. Ruby Dee

Tackling life is a matter of problem solving thats
Terrance Moores way of thinking. And what better way
to improve the world than to help others as they leap lifes
hurdles? The junior criminal justice major likes to be there
when someone can use a helping hand: Terrance serves
as a resident assistant, helping his students overcome the
roadblocks of college life, and as vice president of the
Cardinal Military Association, supporting veterans through
any diffculties they might face.
A frm believer in support systems, Terrence is also a
member of the National Leadership and Success Society,
an organization that unites students who want to set and
achieve goals. And as part of the Greek fraternity Tau Kappa
Epsilon, the Criminal Justice Society, and the co-ed service
fraternity Alpha Sigma Pi, hes learned that the best way to
lead is by example. If I dont help, he said, who will?
i am
a role model
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a campus tour and meeting with an admissions representative.
Call (989) 964-4200 or email
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