New Dean Appointed to Lead Morgan State University’s Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering

George Mason University’s Dr. Oscar Barton Tapped to Continue Legacy of Producing Minority Engineers, Further Positioning Morgan atop Leaders in Science and Engineering Morgan State University (MSU) President David K. Wilson has …

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President Barack Obama to Deliver Final Keynote at 46th ALC Phoenix Awards Dinner

Radio Facts: obama_correspondents_92814721The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) that President Barack Obama will deliver his seventh and final keynote address at its 46th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Phoenix Awards Dinner. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The evening’s co-emcees will be Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, and actress Sanaa Lathan, who has a new show premiering this fall on FOX. Honorary co-chairs of this year’s conference are U.S. Representatives Karen Bass of California and Lacy Clay of Missouri.”President Obama is our nation’s most influential and demonstrable voice. We are honored to have him speak at the Phoenix Awards dinner,” said R. Donahue Peebles, chairman of the CBCF board of directors. “In the face of great challenges, his historic two terms in office have strengthened America’s resolve to close the persistent gaps between the daily realities and the actual well-being and security of African Americans.”The Phoenix Award is the CBCF’s highest honor, presented to individuals whose extraordinary achievements strengthen communities and improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities, nationally and globally.”We are extremely proud of the leadership, civic engagement and commitment shown by this year’s honorees—and salute their efforts to promote empowerment and respect for and among all people,” said CBCF president and CEO, A. Shuanise Washington. “Our honorees embody the foundation’s 40-year commitment to raise awareness and address the challenges African Americans face every day in education, health care, minority business development and entrepreneurship.”This year’s distinguished honorees are as follows:Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton will receive the inaugural Trailblazer Award, in recognition of becoming the first woman presidential nominee of a major party in the United States and her remarkable contributions to the nation. The Trailblazer Award recognizes a leader who is the first, in his or her chosen field, to make a global or national groundbreaking achievement and whose vision, perseverance and lifework has created opportunities for African Americans and minorities.U.S. Representative Charles B. Rangel will receive the first-ever Congressional Black Caucus Founder’s Award, recognizing his leadership as a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus and his unparalleled contributions to the nation.U.S. Representative Marcia L. Fudge will receive the Barbara Jordan Award in recognition of her exceptional public service and long-standing commitment to improving social and economic conditions for the people of Ohio and the nation.Robert F. Smith, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Vista Equity Partners, will receive the CBCF Chair’s Award for his outstanding contributions as an investor and entrepreneur, and for his long-standing commitment to improving the social conditions of communities around the world.Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church will receive the Congressional Black Caucus Chair’s Award in honor of the “Emanuel Nine” for their extraordinary strength and courage in the face of adversity.The Phoenix Awards Dinner is the primary fundraising event for the CBCF, a 501©3, non-partisan, nonprofit, educational and research institute. This black-tie event showcases the CBCF’s education and leadership programs, and provides an opportunity to recognize outstanding individuals who make humanitarian contributions to society. To purchase tickets to the dinner and to register for the ALC, visit cbcfinc.org/alc.

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CBS RADIO NAMES ALAN BLUM VICE PRESIDENT, BRANDED CONTENT SOLUTIONS

CBS RADIO NAMES ALAN BLUM VICE PRESIDENT, BRANDED CONTENT SOLUTIONS

Radio Facts: alan blumCBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market broadcast media operators in the United States, producing original audio and video, live events and exclusive programming broadcast via on-air, online and mobile platforms, today announced Alan Blum will take on the newly-created position of Vice President, Branded Content Solutions. Blum will report to Rich Lobel, Executive Vice President and CMO, Altitude Group, a team of local engagement experts tasked with helping Fortune 500 brands connect with consumers using CBS radio and CBS Television Stations along with their digital properties, as well as CBS’s outdoor assets. The appointment is effective immediately.In this role, Blum will work directly with the nation’s leading marketers to develop cross-platform programs that build brand awareness and favorability for advertisers. He will identify unique and engaging ways to introduce clients into a range of broadcast and digital programming, as well as out of home media.“Local marketing is rapidly becoming the ‘new black,’ and given Alan’s considerable agency and branded content experience, he is the ideal partner to have as we enhance our commitment to delivering world class solutions to clients who want to own the local market landscape,” said Lobel. “He has a fresh perspective in looking at marketing solutions from a consumer point of view, and can see opportunities that have a chance to become sensational.”Blum joins CBS radio from Re:Vision, a NYC-based advertising agency he founded in 1993, and where he also served as President and Executive Creative Director. Re:Vision is recognized for its strategic insights and provocative communications, and grew to represent the brand interests of a large roster of clients, from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies.In 2010, Blum helped start Five Point Snacks, a line of snack products sold in more than 1000 stores with proceeds benefitting a variety of veterans’ organizations. Blum and his co-founder handle all aspects of marketing communications, public relations, events and sponsorships, sales and partnerships.Additionally, Blum served as Creative at famed advertising agencies TBWA and Leo Burnett where he worked on such accounts as Air France, Club Med, Absolut Vodka, Evian, Anheuser-Busch, Oldsmobile and Diet 7-Up. From 2004-07, Blum also served as task producer for Mark Burnett Productions, creating brand-supported programming for “The Apprentice” and “Rockstar: INXS.”Blum is a member of the Board of New York Neo-Futurists, an award-winning NYC theater company, and is on the Board of Advisors for the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. He was graduated from the University of Michigan in 1984.

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