Interested in being considered for a position in the McCord Summer Intern Program? Fill out an application!

Posted by ncarter | 11/9/2009 05:41 AM

The Black College Fund Lina H. McCord Summer Intern Program follows a model of communication and interaction prominent in the Methodist tradition. The itineration enables and enhances understanding between and among groups. Therefore, it is an invaluable means of promoting the Black College Fund and the Black colleges which the fund supports throughout The United Methodist Church.

The program was conceptualized by Lina H. McCord, Black College Fund executive director from 1979 to 1985, and Paula Watson, United Methodist Communications field representative. In 1981, two student itinerants were sent to the Northeastern Jurisdiction to field test the concept. The project was highly rated by both annual conference participants and students. Between the years 1982 and 1986, five students itinerated, one per jurisdiction, in the Black College Fund Student Itineration Program. The program was renamed the Lina H. McCord Summer Intern Program when Lina McCord retired in 1985.

Shirley A.R. Lewis became executive director in 1986. In January, 1992, Lewis was promoted to assistant general secretary and the Black College Fund office was elevated to a section within the Division of Higher Education. Since 1987, successful interns from past years with exceptional communication and promotional skills serve as consultants and ambassadors and help conduct orientation as well as completing short, special assignments.

Students usually cross jurisdictions at least once. Students completing short-term assignments will itinerate for periods ranging in length of time from one to five weeks. The regular schedule of itineration lasts for eight or nine weeks. The itineration is exciting and informative.

The student intern program has continued to grow and to be well received by the church.


For More Information Contact:
Dr. Cynthia Bond Hopson
Assistant General Secretary
Black College Fund
Phone: 615-340-7378

Sorority sponsored foundation makes contribution to Paine College UNCF Campaign

Posted by ncarter | 08/14/2009 05:42 AM

Several members of Eta Theta Zeta Foundation sponsored by Eta Theta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. presented Dr. George C. Bradley, President of Paine College, with a $2,000 contribution to the Paine College United Negro Scholarship Campaign.
According to Betty J. Bryant ' 62 and Chair of the Foundation, the Foundation was established about three years ago for the purpose of giving contributions to some of the area schools and organizations.
"Our foundation is a great tool in which we use to give back," she said.
Many of the members of the sorority's local chapter are also Paine College alumnae.  Their contributions not only fulfill the sorority's order to service, but also their responsibility as alumnae.
Each year the sorority does fundraisers to support the community.  After the fundraisers end, the sorority gives back.  Bryant explained the United Negro College Fund as a worthy cause and she is elated that the sorority contributes yearly. "Scholarship is one of our principles for which we were founded, so we will continue to carry out our duty to scholarship and aid in advancing educational opportunities at Paine," she said.
Mary E. Terrell ‘51 and Treasurer of the Foundation said in addition to scholarship funds the sorority contributes to Paine, it gives generously to other organizations.  Locally, the sorority sponsors the Zetas Against Drugs (ZAD) Workshop, donates to the Augusta Mini Theatre, Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and others.
"We are supporters of Paine College because this is our local college and we want Paine to reach top recognition with the support of the sorority and other alumnae." Terrell said.
Eta Theta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is also very involved with the College's undergraduate chapter, Kappa Delta.  They collaborate often to perform community service activities throughout the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA).
For more information about the Eta Theta Zeta Foundation of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. contact Hattie Lowry at (706) 724-7649.

Photo: Left to right

Hattie Lowry ‘51, Lora Richardson ‘66, E. Virginia Johnson, Gloria Williams-Way, chapter president, Mary E. Terrell ‘51, Queenie Lawton and Betty J. Bryant, ’62 chair of the foundation (not shown).