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Congratulating Spelman College on its 125th Anniversary

Location: Washington, DC



Mr. ISAKSON. Mr. President, I am pleased to rise today and be joined by my fellow Senator from Georgia, Senator Chambliss, in recognition of the 125th anniversary of Spelman College.

Spelman College is a historically Black college in the State of Georgia and a part of the Atlanta University complex which is the largest consortium of historically Black universities and colleges in the United States of America.

The resolution congratulates the student body, the faculty, the founders, and in particular Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, and the administration, the faculty, and staff of Spelman College.

Spelman College was founded in Atlanta, GA, 1881 by Baptist missionaries and teachers Sophia B. Packard and Harriet E. Giles for the purpose of educating African-American women and girls.

Due to the benevolence of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.--Senator Rockefeller's great-grandfather--and Laura Spelman Rockefeller, the name of the institution was changed from Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary to Spelman Seminary in honor of the Spelman family.

A Rockefeller has since sat on the Spelman College Board of Trustees, including Senator Rockefeller's daughter, Valerie Rockefeller Wayne, who currently sits on the Board of Trustees.

Spelman later expanded its curriculum to include high school and college classes, and conferred its first high school degree in 1887, and its first college degree in 1901.

In 1924 Spelman Seminary became Spelman College and grew to become a leading undergraduate institution for African-American women.

Spelman is ranked among the top 75 best liberal arts college according to U.S. News and World Report, 2005 edition.

The Association of Medical Colleges ranks Spelman fifth among undergraduate programs for African-American students accepted to medical school; and not surprisingly Spelman is one of six institutions designated by the National Science Foundation and NASA as a Model Institution for Excellence in undergraduate science and math.

The resolution also commends Dr. Tatum for her excellent work and vision of the future for the college. It further calls attention to her initiation of a strategic plan for Spelman called ``Spelman ALIVE'' that includes five goals designated to create a vision of Spelman of academic, community, and professional achievement: academic excellence, leadership development, improving the infrastructure, visibility of accomplishments of the campus community, and exemplary customer service.

It is both an honor and privilege for me today on behalf of the State of Georgia and I think the Senate to unanimously commend Spelman College on its achievement of 125 continuous years of service to African-American women in the United States.

I yield the floor.

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