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Claflin University Mourns the Loss of Dr. Roosevelt Ratliff Jr. 
Claflin University sadly announces the passing of Dr. Roosevelt Ratliff Jr. on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Dr. Roosevelt Ratliff Jr. was the assistant vice president of academic affairs and a professor of education. He was also the husband of Dr. Peggy S. Ratliff, professor of English.  
Friday, July 13, 2018, 6 p.m.
Simmons Funeral Home
2868 Columbia Road NE
Orangeburg, SC 29118
(803) 534-2646

Funeral Service:
Saturday, July 14, 2018, 11 a.m.
Edisto Fork United Methodist Church
356 Lariot Road
Orangeburg, SC 29115
(803) 531-1283
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Claflin University Ratliff Scholarship Fund or Good Hope A.M.E. Church Building Fund (Cope, SC).

Dr. Roosevelt Ratliff Jr. graduated with honors with a double major in history and English from Alabama State University. He also earned a  Masters of Education degree from Northeastern Oklahoma State University, a Master of Arts degree in Education Administration from the University of Tulsa, and a Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University.
As the assistant vice president  for academic affairs, Dr. Ratliff served as the UNCF scholarship coordinator, director of the Academic Support Center , and the institutional coordinator for  The Leadership Alliance,  an academic consortium of 34 institutions of higher learning, including leading research and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's) designed to help develop outstanding minority leaders and role models.   

Dr. Ratliff also served as co-chair of the national Emerging Leaders Workshop formerly sponsored by Virginia Tech University and held annually for honor students and honors program directors from HBCU's. You could also hear Dr. Ratliff on the WSSB (90.3 FM) talk show, The Struggle Continues.
Prior to becoming the assistant  director for academic affairs at Claflin, Dr. Ratliff served as the chair of Claflin's School of Education for 10 years. Previously, he  taught in public secondary schools and in universities including Stanford, the University of District of Columbia and Fayetteville State. Other experiences include executive director of the Department of Labor Concentrated Employment Program (CEP); executive director of the Muskogee County (Oklahoma) Community Action Foundation; assistant director of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Alexandria, Virginia; and chief evaluator for the Office of Educational Programs in Washington, DC.
He is the past president of the South Carolina Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (SCACTE) and past secretary for the South Carolina Council of Independent Colleges and Universities for Teacher Education. For the past 11 years, Dr. Ratliff has directed the Leadership Development Center and served as UNCF Scholarship Coordinator, and Instructor for the Honors Leadership Seminar for Juniors, Faculty Adviser for Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, and more recently, Faculty Adviser for The National Society for Leadership and Success.
Dr. Ratliff has received numerous awards including a Claflin University Presidential Citation for Leadership, and recently, a certificate of recognition by the State of South Carolina, House of Representatives for leadership and service in higher education administration. In July 2008, at the Leadership Alliance Summer Symposium in Stamford, Connecticut, Dr. Ratliff was presented an award for "Outstanding Leadership and Service" as Institutional Coordinator.

He was a member and Steward of the Good Hope A.M.E. Church (Cope, SC), and numerous professional, civic, and fraternal organizations including Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He has also written and published several articles published by Greenwood Press and Routledge Press.

Henry N. Tisdale Summer Leadership Academy Prepares Local Teens for Academic and Personal Development

More than 100 area middle school and high school students experienced life on a college campus during the Henry N. Tisdale Summer Leadership Academy at Claflin University.  Youth from Calhoun, Colleton, Orangeburg, Williamsburg and York counties participated in the two-week residential program that featured guest lectures and seminars on topics such as applying for college, researching and completing scholarship applications, creating a resume, and tips on preparing for a job interview. Separate one-week sessions were held for the students in June. The program concluded recently with an awards and recognition luncheon in Ministers' Hall.
"It was great living on campus and meeting new people," said Danalli Manigo, a 10th grader at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School and a first-time participant in the program.  "The seminars and lectures were very informative. I plan to attend college and learning about how to find and apply for scholarships was very helpful."
The HNT Leadership Academy began seven years ago with a group of students from Kingstree, S.C., home of Claflin President Henry N. Tisdale for whom the program is named. It was designed to introduce students to a collegial environment and opportunities for personal and academic development. Lectures and seminars held during the program are conducted by academic, business and industry experts from throughout the region. Another goal of the academy is to enhance the students' critical thinking and reasoning skills.  
According to Ms. Carolyn Snell, director of the academy and assistant to vice president of Student Development and Services/director of Career Development, students are selected by their respective school districts, which pays the enrollment fee of $350 per student.

"We started with 40 students and our numbers have increased each year since then," said Snell. "We even have students who were not funded by a school district, however, their parents paid for them to enroll in the academy. They see the value of what this program offers." 

Although the overall enrollment totals have grown, Snell hopes to attract more male participants in the future. She said they want to grow to 200 participants. 
Students who participate in the program are eligible for a scholarship at Claflin if they enroll for the fall semester after their senior year of high school.
"Our numbers reflect the gender gap between males and females attending college," said Snell. "Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell, '06, was one of our guest speakers and he talked about how young black males in middle school and high school need to make academics more of a priority to prepare themselves for college and the 21st Century workforce. We are going to intensify our recruiting efforts to increase our numbers in that category next year."

Donovan White, a 10th grader at Orangeburg-Wilkinson, was one of only eight males who participated in the program this summer.  "I enjoyed the Academy and the interaction with the counselors," he said. "We talked a lot about what it takes to be successful - in business, school, athletics - it's a learning experience. This was my second year in the program." 

White hopes he can earn a college scholarship for baseball, but the program has opened his eyes to other options.  "Coming back this year gave me a greater appreciation for the academy," he said. "I learned how to improve my social skills and we discussed selecting a career in doing  something you enjoy.  If college baseball does not work out, I want to be a chef."

Employee News
Syed Hasnain  is the new director of online education and instructor of computer science in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. He has a Bachelor of Engineering-Electronics degree and a Master of Science-Computer Science degree from Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. 
Hasnain is an accomplished and incisive academic leader with demonstrated success directing and managing operations of distance and continuing education programs at the system and institutional levels. He has expertise leading the design and implementation of online academic programs and providing comprehensive administrative and operational leadership. Hasnain most recently served as the director of instructional technology and online education at Northwest Florida State College, in Niceville, Florida.

Alumni News
Samantha DeLoache, '03 , is starring in new online infomercial that addresses  making lifestyle changes to control diabetes. The segment is produced by the DWD Protocol, a type 2 diabetes lifestyle program created to empower patients, engage their doctors, and promote real and lasting change in their lives. DeLoache is a m odel, p harmacist, m otivational speaker, a ctress and co-author. Visit her website and view the  infomerical  by clicking here.
Shiela Martina Keaise, '92, is the children's librarian at the Colleton County Memorial Library. Known as Ms. Literacy, Keaise recently launched a YouTube channel where she  shares songs, stories, and good advice to children  and the young of heart.

Project Life: Positeen, Inc., founded and directed by Dr. Liz Zimmerman Keitt, '70  (second from left), will have three of its former students enrolling in Claflin University this fall. Project Life: Positeen, Inc., is an after-school tutorial program that has been making an impact on the lives of Orangeburg area youth since 1992. Welcome to Claflin University, Joshua Johnson (third from left)! Joshua and Project Life: Positeen, Inc. recently received a donation from The Kiwanis Club of Orangeburg from Joshua Nexsen, president of Kiwanis Club. Joshua is also pictured with his mother, Jessica Briggman. 

Barry White Jr., '14, (pictured above left) will be a contestant on Kevin Hart's new show TKO (Total Knock Out), that premieres Wednesday, July 11 at 9 p.m. (EST) on CBS. Total Knock Out is a new one-hour obstacle course competition series with a twist.

White is known for the viral video that shows him starting the school day with a line of students - and with every one, doing a memorized, and unique handshake.

Panther Pride
CIAA Announces Bid Process for 2021 Tournament Host City

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Board of Directors Tournament Sub-Committee has formally launched the bidding process to identify the host location of the annual CIAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament for 2021.
The sub-committee made bid specifications available this week to prospective tournament hosts and plans to announce the host city in December 2018. The selected city will serve as the official tournament location for a three-year term, from 2021-2023. The CIAA Tournament has been hosted in Charlotte since 2006 and will continue its existing agreement with the city through 2020.
Prospective bid cities are asked to submit a declaration of intent to bid, including a draft budget, hotel rates, and confirmation of adherence to the CIAA's bid specifications by September 9, 2018. Venues must hold a minimum of 8,000-10,000 fans and host cities or regions must be able to provide at least 6,000 full-service hotel rooms within reasonable proximity to the competition venue. For more information, contact the CIAA at (704) 910-2133.
Claflin University became official members of the CIAA on July 1, 2018.

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