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Notable Announcements
Spelman College for the win! Spelman College students scored a big win during Goldman Sachs’ third annual Market Madness competition on April 24, in New York, NY. As the first-place winners – Princess Dandoo, Gabrielle Smith, Havelin Autry, Madison Porter and Victoria Woodward – the team secured the $1 million grand prize for the College. Spelman students also won first place during the inaugural competition in 2021 and won second place in 2022.

more about the competition and the full list of winners here:
press release.

Congratulations, President Gayle! On April 20, President Helene D. Gayle, M.D., MPH, was recognized as the YWCA of Greater Atlanta’s 2023 Woman of Achievement for her notable professional accomplishments, civic involvement and her role as one of Atlanta’s key leaders.

For more information on the award, visit the YWCA of Greater Atlanta Academy of Women Achievers webpage.
Save the date! This week, the Spelman community will celebrate the inauguration of President Gayle on Friday, April 28, 2023, at 11 a.m., during an Investiture Ceremony at Morehouse College’s King Chapel.

In addition to the Investiture Ceremony, the Spelman College Inauguration Committee will also host an Academic Symposium on Thursday, April 27, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., in Spelman's Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D., Academic Center Auditorium. In addition, Bishop Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, will deliver the keynote inauguration sermon during an Interfaith Service on Sunday, April 29, at 10 a.m., in Spelman’s historic Sisters Chapel.

For a full schedule of events, visit the Spelman Inauguration page.
Campus Highlights
Today! The Spelman campus community celebrates the Topping Off Ceremony for the Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., Center for Innovation & the Arts.

Billed as the "Front Porch" of Spelman College, the 84,000 square-foot building will be home to Spelman’s thriving arts programs dance, documentary filmmaking, photography, theater and performance, music; house the Atlanta University Center Art History and Curatorial Studies Collective; and provide expanded space for the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.

To learn more about the forthcoming Center for Innovation & the Arts, click here.

Last month, during the spring break, Food Studies Program Director Dr. Kimberly Jackson took her food chemistry class abroad to Lisbon, Portugal. For eight days and seven nights, the group delved into the culture of Lisbon and ventured into the city’s eateries and food markets.

You can read about the class’s trip in the April 2023 issue of Inside Spelman.

The April 2023 issue of Inside Spelman takes a special look at the intersectionality of sisterhood and health and how Spelman is impacting health equity in today's society.You can read the April 2023 issue of Inside Spelman now via our website.To subscribe to Inside Spelman, click here.If you have an idea for a news or feature story about Spelman faculty, staff, students or alumnae, we would love to hear about it. Submit your story ideas to

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Alumnae Highlights
Reunion is a cherished custom at Spelman College – a time when alumnae gather every five years to commemorate, demonstrate affection and give back to our beloved institution. This year, the Spelman College Office of Alumnae Engagement is thrilled to extend a warm invitation to all alumnae from class years ending in "3" and "8" to return to Spelman for Reunion 2023 from May 17 – 21.

Registration is now closed for ticketed events. To learn more about all reunion activities, visit
Spelman College has a long history of giving academic gifts — giving knowledge, skills, experience, and confidence. But for alumnae Alayna Blash, Erika van Putten-Anderson, Demetria Michele Smith-Craig, Kimberly Jones, Yanick Vibert and the late Tara Ayodele Heyliger, their experience and bond as Spelmanites has allowed them to pay it forward to future doctors.

Read their story in the latest issue of Inside Spelman.
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