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DATE: April 4, 2001

CONTACT: Calvin Burns, 901, 333-5338 or Marilyn   Duncan, 901/333-4247

STCC's Nursing Department Sets Alumni Luncheon and Concert as Fund-Raisers;  Local Leaders and Personalities to Receive Music City Honors

The Department of Nursing at Southwest Tennessee Community College is presenting an alumni luncheon and a gospel concert as fund-raising events for the School of Nursing on Saturday, April 28. Both events are being co-sponsored by The Regional Medical Center (THE MED) and Baptist Memorial Hospital. The concert, featuring internationally acclaimed gospel artist Cynthia Winthrop, is set for 6:00 p.m., in the sanctuary of Mount Olive Cathedral Methodist Episcopal Church, 538 Linden Avenue. Twenty Years of Success is the theme for the luncheon, which is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., in Nabors Auditorium on the Macon Cove Campus, 5983 Macon Cove. Rhonda Nelson, Vice President for Patient Care Services at THE MED, is the luncheon's featured speaker. Tickets are $25.00 for the luncheon and $10.00 for the concert.

Dr. Shiphrah Williams-Evans serves as Chair and Professor of the STCC Nursing Department. She noted that gospel artist Cynthia Winthrop, who records under the name Simply Cynthia, recently returned from a successful tour of Europe. Dr. Williams-Evans said DeWitt Johnson, Linda Patman, the Bellevue Baptist Choir and the STCC Concert Choir will also perform.

In addition to the musical performances, a special tribute titled Music City Honors will be presented at the concert. This presentation is designed to give special recognition to individuals in the Memphis area who have been instrumental in providing music to the Mid-South and the nation.

The Music City Honorees are Bishop G.E. Patterson, Rufus Thomas, Ford Nelson and the late Martha Steinberg. Bishop Patterson, Presiding Bishop of the Church of God In Christ, is the owner and general manager of gospel radio station WBBP-1480-AM. Thomas and Nelson were two of the first African American on-air personalities for WDIA-1070-AM. Thomas gained fame as a rhythm and blues announcer while Nelson became popular for his gospel format. Steinberg died January 29, 2000, in Detroit, Michigan. She started her career at WDIA as a rhythm and blues announcer in the 1950s. In 1963, she moved to Detroit where she became a minister and a well-known on-air gospel announcer.

For more information and tickets, call Keshia Dodson at (901) 333-5425.

Southwest Tennessee Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.