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Beyond the Wall

Wrongfully Accused College President Finds Personal Strength, Forgiveness

Chicago, IL (Vocus) October 24, 2010

For Dr. Dolores Cross, veteran marathon runner and honored college and university president, Jan. 6, 2006, was the last day of her life as she knew it.

After having resigned from her position as president of a fragile historically black college in Atlanta, Georgia only four years earlier, Cross found herself in a cold courtroom that Tuesday morning, listening in dismay as she was fined, sentenced to a year of house arrest, 500 hours of community service and five years probation. False accusations and press reports spread that she had embezzled millions of dollars in student financial aid in her role as president of Morris Brown College—a crime she did not commit. What did happen and how did she deal with it?

Cross’ haunting and inspirational memoir Beyond the Wall: A Memoir details her life from a childhood in Newark, N.J.’s housing projects to a résumé that includes roles such as faculty at Northwestern University and Claremont Graduate School, vice chancellor of student affairs and special programs of the City University of New York, president of Chicago State University, president of the GE Fund in Fairfield, Conn., and distinguished professor in leadership at the Graduate School of City University of New York. Her memoir, Beyond the Wall, is a story of overcoming childhood hardships, achieving against the odds, falling into an abyss of despair and using the power of life’s lessons to forgive and emerge stronger. It is a voice for all men and women, regardless of color or background, who have given themselves to a cause—only to find their lives and dreams being ripped away. It chronicles her struggles during and after, and her indictment, a decision that was made “without (her) having ever been personally interviewed by the FBI, the Office of the Inspector General, the Grand Jury or Assistant U.S. Attorneys.” It is Cross’ chance to finally tell her side of the story.

Beyond the Wall: A MemoirBy Dolores E. CrossISBN: 9781449700942Paperback 6x9, $19.95Hardcover 6x9, $35.95Approximately 268 pagesAvailable atand .

About the author: Dr. Dolores E. Cross completed her undergraduate degree at Seton Hall University, her master’s degree at Hofstra University, and her PhD at the University of Michigan.In a career that has spanned over 30 years, Cross has been an educator and advocate in the promotion of, access to and excellence in higher education. A veteran runner, Cross ran her first marathon at 50 and has completed 20 since. She resides in Chicago.

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Interactive Sculpture to Honor Founder of St. Louis’ Center of Creative Arts

Giving sculpture a soundtrack and setting it aglow with theatrical lighting, Jill Downen + act3 creates a unique experience for visitors to the Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis.

(PRWEB) September 29, 2010 -- On Friday, October 1, 2010, the switch will be flipped, and curious visitors to the Center of Creative Arts’ two-story atrium in University City, Missouri, will finally find out what those waves on the wall are all about. That night, Currents, an interactive installation created by Jill Downen + act3, will be revealed.

The permanent sculpture installation will transform the COCA atrium wall into an undulating sculpture whose subtle, elegant movements call to mind the currents of a river and suggest the impact the creative arts have on diverse communities through the experiences of their students. Original soundscape compositions and coordinated theatrical lighting will wash the installation in sound, color, and light. The audio and LED lights will be sensor-activated, set off by visitors in the space, meaning that visitors will be able to change the experience of the piece by how they interact with it.

“The interactive element takes this piece beyond its individual components of sculpture, sound, and light, and turns it into experience design,” said act3 Principal Ben Kaplan. “The viewers of the piece will bring it to life with their presence.”

Currents was chosen from a field of 60 national and international artists in a competition held earlier this year. The concept and design were developed by Jill Downen + act3, a collaboration between sculptor and visual artist Jill Downen and interdisciplinary design studio act3.

“Currents captures the spirit of COCA,” said project manager and former COCA education director, Kathryn Adamchick, “the ripple-like forms suggest the impact COCA has had on the St. Louis community since its inception 23 years ago, and the Jill Downen + act3 team celebrates interdisciplinary collaboration.” While Downen and act3 have previously worked together on a number of projects, this is their first collaboration of this type and scale.

Like all installation art, Downen and act3 won’t see the final piece for the first time until the scaffolding comes down. “We’ll perceive the installation at the moment it’s completed, along with all the other viewers,” said Downen. “The process is almost like carrying a baby, and at the moment the installation is finished, the baby is born. It’s like ‘Oh, that’s what you look like. I’ve been waiting to see your face.’”

The commissioned artwork will honor COCA’s founding executive director, Stephanie Riven, who will retire in 2010. The founding vision was to create a place where people of diverse interests and backgrounds could have access to the highest quality artistic experience.

Jill Downen + act3 are keeping a blog that lets viewers peek behind-the-scenes at the design, concepting, fabrication, and installation process at .

About Jill Downen + act3

Jill Downen + act3 is a collaboration between sculptor and visual artist Jill Downen and interdisciplinary design studio act3. Downen is a 2010 recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2009 she received a John and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation travel grant as a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and a winner of the inaugural Great Rivers Biennial Visual Awards Program presented by Gateway Foundation and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis in 2004. She is represented by Bruno David Gallery, and her work can be seen at .

act3 is an interdisciplinary design studio that helps organizations identify and tell their stories. Led by principals Ben Kaplan and Eric Ratinoff, act3 has worked with a number of St. Louis arts institutions, including Contemporary ArMuseum St. Louis, Metro Theater Company, and Citygarden, as well as a wide range of national and local companies. Their work has been recognized by the Telly Awards, the AIGA, the American Advertising Federation, Communication Arts Magazine, and the Flash Film Festival, and has been screened at the St. Louis International Film Festival. Their work can be seen at .

About COCA

Housed in a 60,000 square foot building designed by world-renowned architect Eric Mendelsohn, the Center of Creative Arts serves over 50,000 participants annually. COCA’s multidisciplinary and multicultural programs include performances, classes, camps, workshops, artist residencies, exhibitions, and school outreach programs.


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Cubs pick Quade as new manager

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs will keep Mike Quade as their manager, choosing to go with the man who ran the team well for the last six weeks of last season rather than a higher-profile name like Hall of Famer and franchise icon Ryne Sandberg.

Quade (pronounced KWAH-dee), the team's third base coach the past four years, was given a two-year contract Tuesday along with a club option for 2013. He served as interim manager after Lou Piniella abruptly stepped down in late August, leading the team to a 24-13 record.

"This is obviously a great day," Quade said.

The job will be his first as a major league manager.

The hire is the first under new owner Tom Ricketts, who watched the Cubs finish out of the playoffs yet again. Chicago's infamous World Series championship drought now stands at 102 years.

"We believe that Mike can coach, manage and win for the Chicago Cubs," Ricketts said.

The Cubs finished the season at 75-87, in next-to-last place in the NL Central and a far cry from what a team with a payroll of about $145 million to start the season had expected.

Saying he needed to be with his ailing mother back in Florida, Piniella stepped down Aug. 22 after the Cubs went into a 5-20 skid that left them at 51-74. He was in the final year of his deal and had put together three straight winning seasons, but could not get the Cubs out of their funk.

There was speculation that general manager Jim Hendry might hire Sandberg, the manager at Triple-A Iowa, or a former major league manager like Eric Wedge or Bob Melvin. The Cubs were also reportedly interested in the New York Yankees' Joe Girardi.

Hendry called Sandberg was "a great candidate," but said: "At the end of the day, I felt Mike Quade was the best manager for the Chicago Cubs."

Sandberg told the Chicago Tribune he was "disappointed" and will continue to pursue other managing jobs. Asked if he would return to Iowa, he told the newspaper: "I don't know. I'm hoping there's something else out there. I'm hoping to manage or coach at the big-league level."

The 53-year-old Quade managed more than 2,300 minor league games in the Montreal, Philadelphia, Oakland and Cubs farm systems before arriving in Chicago.

The Chicago-area native was originally selected by the Pirates in the 22nd round of the 1979 draft out of the University of New Orleans and spent four seasons as an outfielder in Pittsburgh's minor league system before entering the coaching ranks.

He received his first managerial position in 1985, with Class A Macon. He was promoted to Piniella's staff after a running the Iowa Cubs from 2003-06, a stint that included two first-place finishes in his four seasons.

He finally got his chance to manage a big league team after Piniella retired, when the Cubs decided to go with Quade over Sandberg and bench coach Alan Trammell. The audition went well.

Players responded to Quade, and over the final 37 games, only the Philadelphia Phillies posted a better record.

The Cubs got a lift from promising rookies such as shortstop Starlin Castro, who hit .300, and outfielder Tyler Colvin. He hit 20 homers before he got struck in the chest by a broken bat in late September, ending his season.

Young pitchers Andrew Cashner and Casey Coleman showed promise, but the Cubs basically dropped out of contention right after the season started.

Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez, who was bothered by injuries, got off to slow starts. Lee, Ryan Theriot and Ted Lilly, who played big roles in winning division championships in 2007 and 2008, got traded.

Ramirez wound up hitting .241 with 25 homers and 83 RBIs. Alfonso Soriano struggled, finishing with 24 homers while batting .258, and Kosuke Fukudome hit .263.

Carlos Zambrano got sent to the bullpen in a surprise move early in the season and the volatile pitcher had another meltdown in June after returning to the rotation. He had to be separated from Lee in the dugout after giving up four runs in the first inning of a game against the White Sox and got suspended and sent to anger-management counseling.

When he was reinstated, he looked more like the ace of old, going 8-0 in his final 11 starts to finish 11-6.

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