March 23, 2017
-Trena Mitchell, Director of Programs & Quality Assurance at the Arkansas Cancer Coalition for the 18th Annual Arkansas Cancer Summit. The two-day event will be held Monday-Tuesday, March 27th-28th at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center, 3201 Bankhead Drive, Little Rock. This will be a day of learning for all cancer advocates, public health practitioners and all Arkansans interested in improving the ability to fight Colorectal Cancer and improving the survival rate. The theme is “Increasing Cancer Screenings in Arkansas: Linking Communities and Care.” A free Pre-Conference Workshop on colorectal cancer will be held, Monday, March 27th from 8am-12pm. For more information, and to register, visit www.arcancersummit.org.
-Jamille Rogers, Conway Public Schools Media Specialist, Christopher Hervey, Allstate Insurance (Conway Agency Owner), and students Matthew Harrison and Kaeden Ingram for the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Club program in Conway. Jamille Rogers is one of only 10 Librarians in the Country this school year to receive the “I Love My Librarian” National Public Service Award from the American Library Association and the first in state of Arkansas. She traveled to the Carnegie Corporation in New York for the special ceremony. Rogers is commended for providing valuable programs and services that bolster academic achievement for underserved youth. She designed a strong school media program and serves as the program adviser for the school’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Club. The club’s motto is “Building Leadership, Values, and Academics in Young Men.” This intervention and empowerment program is for male students in elementary school (grades 3-4). The program focuses on building leadership skills to change attitudes towards learning and school. As a result, the program has improved academic performance and created student leaders to be examples for others. The program received a $1,000 grant fro the Allstate Foundation thanks to Conway Agency Owner, Christopher Hervey who is a member of the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Club Steering Committee. For more information on the program, call 501-450-4870.
-Elle Roman from the Esse Purse Museum for the exhibit “Reflections: Images & Objects from African-American Women, 1891-1987.” The temporary exhibit honors and celebrates African-American women from the 19th and 20th centuries and will view their lives through the lens of feminine material culture, fashion, ephemera, and photography. The artifacts on display represent collections of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and ESSE Purse Museum. The private collections of the Bernice Lamb McSwain family and Mary and Joshua Swift have also contributes to the making of this exhibit. Some of the guests have enjoyed finding pictures of themselves and/or people that they know. A few notable Arkansans featured are Lottie Shackleford and Daisy Bates. “Reflections: Images & Objects from African-American Women, 1891-1987” exhibit will run through April 30th. ESSE Purse Museum & Store is located on 1510 Main Street in Little Rock and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am-4pm and Sundays from 11am-3pm. General admission is $10 and student, senior (60+), and military admission is $8 Ask about group rates. For more information, visit www.essepursemuseum.com or call 501-916-9022.