Chicago State University has a long history of commitment to helping single parents achieve their educational goals. Presently, over 50% of female students enrolled at CSU are single mothers. On April 13, CSU honored single mothers at the "Essence of An Angel" Luncheon. The award celebrates the talents and dedication of women who exemplify success and achievement in their careers and devote themselves to making their communities healthier, safer and more inspirational places to live while balancing the commitment of being a parent. Including this year’s honorees, a total of 20 women leaders and CSU students have received this prestigious honor.
The 2014 Honorees:
- Brenda Palms Barber, Executive Founder, North Lawndale Employment Network
- Cristina Baines, Manager, Chicago State University Creative and Print Services
- Aundrea Holland, CSU student
- Lisa Haley Huff, Senior Vice President, PNC Bank
- Gwendolyn Mackel Rice, Non Profit Consultant
Prior to the luncheon, the honorees participated in a panel discussion, facilitated by past "Essence of An Angel Recipient," Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court.
As in past years, three CSU students received The “Essence of An Angel” scholarships. The event was sponsored by Macy’s, UPS and the Chicagoland Regional College Program (CRCP). The emcee for the event was Dr. Garrard McClendon, Emmy Award winning talk show host, professor, and author. Special guests included R & B singer, Adam Emil, singer Senabella Gill, the Bronzeville Diva and poet Martin Grow.
The “Essence of An Angel” Scholarship Luncheon’s purpose is twofold: Celebrate the achievements of women in their professional and personal lives as single mothers, while acknowledging and supporting the impact single mothers have made on CSU and the Chicago community. Funds raised through the event provide financial support for single mothers attending CSU. Any full-time CSU student, who is a single mother and meets the grade point average and other criteria, may apply.
The Chicago State University Foundation was chartered in 1967 and incorporated in 1968 as an independent, charitable organization with the sole purpose of soliciting, receiving, and administering private gifts to the Chicago State University. The CSU Foundation is committed to “helping one student at a time” by raising funds to support CSU students and programs.