Agnes Scott President Elizabeth Kiss To Step Down Next Year

From the Agnes Scott College website

Agnes Scott College President Elizabeth Kiss has announced her plans to step down on June 30, 2018, at the conclusion of her 12th year in this position. Known locally, nationally and internationally for her work as a leader and scholar in the areas of moral and political philosophy and ethics, Kiss is the eighth president of Agnes Scott.

Her major accomplishments include:

  • Enrolling the three largest classes in Agnes Scott College history (fall 2010, 2015 and 2016).
  • Launching SUMMIT, which “The Chronicle of Higher Education  last week called “perhaps the best-known signature-experience program” in the country, through which every student completes a core curriculum focused on global learning and leadership development and builds a personal Board of Advisors, including a career mentor.
  • Garnering national recognition for the college, including “#4 Most Innovative School” by “U.S. News & World Reportand the 2017 American Council on Education/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation.
  • Establishing nine new majors and minors, as well as new partnerships with Emory and Georgia Tech.
  • Launching—and exceeding by nearly $16 million—a $100 million comprehensive campaign for the college.
  • Ensuring long-term commitments to sustainability on the campus via the use of geothermal and solar energy and establishing a $1 million Green Revolving Fund for energy efficiency.
  • Strengthening the college’s commitment to a just and inclusive environment by establishing the Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion, with full-time staff; implementing a Living Wage policy; and supporting the creation of a Staff Council.

Under Kiss’ leadership, Agnes Scott students have garnered Marshall, Truman and Goldwater scholarships, and the college has been named a “Top Fulbright Producer,” with 30 Fulbrights awarded during her tenure. The U.S. Department of Education has named Agnes Scott “the top national performer” (among private not-for-profit colleges and universities) for its success in graduating low-income students.

“Agnes Scott College is a better place today because of Elizabeth Kiss’ extraordinary leadership and unwavering commitment to our mission of educating women to be strong leaders in a global society,” said Agnes Scott Board Chair Elizabeth D. Holder ’82. “Elizabeth’s transformative leadership will be felt on this campus for years to come. She will truly be missed.”

Photo courtesy of Agnes Scott College website

Oprah Winfrey Will Deliver Agnes Scott Commencement Address This May

Agnes Scott College made the announcement this morning…

Global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress Oprah Winfrey will deliver the commencement address for Agnes Scott College’s 128th graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 13, at 9:30 a.m. Winfrey will receive an honorary degree at commencement.

“We are educating our students to become global change agents who have the courage, compassion and commitment to make a difference in the world. Oprah Winfrey is a phenomenal model of leading a purpose-driven life with her impressive legacy of leadership, philanthropy and service. We are honored and thrilled to welcome her to our college to share an inspiring and empowering message with our 2017 graduates as they embark on the next stage of their life’s journey,” said Elizabeth Kiss, president of Agnes Scott College.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia 

Charis Books Teaming Up with Agnes Scott In Move To Decatur

Atlanta Intown reports that Charis Books is moving from Little 5 Points to South Candler Street in Decatur.  In a recent letter, Elizabeth Anderson, executive director of the bookstore’s nonprofit arm Charis Circle, states…

Charis Books and Charis Circle will begin planning our move to a beautiful, freestanding Victorian house located at 184 South Candler Rd., Decatur, GA 30030, across the street from the historic Agnes Scott College campus. We will continue to be the Charis Books and Charis Circle you know and love: we will continue to be a home for independent and marginalized voices, and a popular education center for intersectional feminist justice.

She also notes that Agnes Scott College will “be making a significant investment in partnering to build this new home with Charis”.

The new location is larger than their current location and that there will be “space for daytime events, reading groups, and social gatherings, which will allow us to expand the scope of our current program offerings.”, according to Anderson’s note.

Charis is raising funds to help with the move and renovations. You can make a donation and get more information at this link.


FIGMENT Decatur Event on Agnes Scott Quad This Morning!


Check out FIGMENT Decatur at Agnes Scott College this morning from 10a-1p!  The event is described on the website as…

…an explosion of creative energy. It’s a free, annual celebration of participatory art and culture where everything is possible. For the first time ever, for one day only, we will transform the center quad of the Agnes Scott College campus into a large-scale collaborative artwork, and then it’s gone, without a trace.

Event organizers encourage encourage you to bring “whatever you need for a day of outdoor fun”.  Also, take along a refillable water bottle, since there’s nothing for sale at the event.

Here’s a list of artists and their planned events…

Trapezoid by Jay Myers (Visual Art)

The project has two 3’x4′ panels, one of which is an interactive magnetic board which allows participants to manipulate words on the panel.

The Soapbox by Jessica Seales (Installation/Performance)

The project is a roughly 3 1/2 feet wide by 2 1/2 feet tall wooden box, built to stand alone and support a person’s weight. The box is painted with the word “SOAP” on all sides (like a traditional soapbox) and has a small megaphone chained to it (so the megaphone doesn’t disappear). The goal of the project is to encourage people to use the soapbox for whatever topic they see fit – serious, silly, happy, sad, etc – to tell their story.

Tell Me Who I Am…A 50 Year Journey by Christy Amador (Visual Art)

I’m a Woman, Artist, Professional, wife and mom who is quickly approaching 50 and I still don’t really know who I am. I will actually encourage visitors to become my “mirror” by inviting them to ask me ANY 3 questions and using that information to paint their perception of me on a large “canvas” (4’ x 8” piece of plywood, on a secure stand). It will initially painted white, with a simple, life-sized silhouette/outline of me, and I will be seated next to it (wearing something monochromatic).

JoeKingATL by Joe Dreher (Visual Art)

Participants will have the opportunity to crown themselves with the joekingatl crown with this interactive sculpture and photo booth and can make a digital record of their participation in this event that will then be incorporated into a continually evolving project.

3D printed Spirograph by Decatur Makers (Activity)

Use an oversized 3D printed spirograph to make your own designs to take home.

Cornhole by Decatur Makers (Activity)

Play our trebuchet corn hole game.

Dance-A-Roke by Amanda Thompson (Dance)

You pick the song and dance out the lyrics. We provide fun props, costumes and music.

A Mad Tea Party by Casie Yoder (Activity)

Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, there’s PLENTY of room at this tea party. Whether Dormouse, March Hare or Mad Hatter, you’ll pick a drinking vessel and engage in madness.

Eco Sculptures by Layi Taylor (Sculpture)

Eco-Sculptures, where others create sculptures from recyclable dry-cleaning hangers.

Abstract Foot Art by Layi Taylor (Visual Art)

Use shoe covers and water colour paints to create abstract art on a large canvas.

May I See Your Papers, Please? By Beacon Dance (Dance)

The Paper Project, is an experimental installation and performance work bringing together multiple art forms to address the core theme of identity.  In May I see your papers, please?, 5 movement artists will engage and entertain during the course of this 20 minute work.  Audiences will participate in a variety of ways in the performance, and will contribute to the performance sound score as well as the thematic content of the movement vocabulary.

Peacock Tail by John D’ski (Visual Art)

This poor peacock needs some new tail feathers. Draw them!

Maze of Dreams by Planners (Activity)

Think about a time you were lost, how did you find your way out? What alludes you? What is waiting in your imagination to be expressed? Walk through a life size maze of a wall of plastic ribbons and attach your answers/images/dreams to the walls. Read the answers of those that have gone before you.

Laugh with Me by Asif Lakhani (Performance)

Join in with Asif as he tells some hilarious jokes.

Photo courtesy of Figment

“Michelle Darnell” Filming at Decatur Locations Tomorrow

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The City of Decatur provided this filming alert for tomorrow…

The City of Decatur has issued a film permit to Universal Studios for a project titled “Michelle Darnell” on Wednesday, April 15th.  The project will film at two locations in Decatur: at the DeKalb History Center and at Agnes Scott College.  Decatur police will be present at both locations and there will be intermittent traffic control on both E. Ponce de Leon Ave in front of the Old Courthouse as well as on College Avenue in front of the school.  Traffic closures will not occur during peak school and rush hour periods (7:30-9:00am and 3:30-5:30pm)

According to IMDB, the film stars Melissa McCarthyPeter Dinklage, Kristen Schaal and Kristen Bell.  Here’s the plot summary…

A titan of industry is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.

Photos courtesy of IMDB