Circle Family Care names new CEO

Reuben J. Pettiford was recently named CEO of The Circle Family Care. Pettiford succeeds former CEO Leonard Sharber, who died in June of last year.

Circle Family Care is located at 5002 W. Madison. For the last eight years, Pettiford, a New York native and married father of three, had been CEO of two health centers in Michigan. Circle Family Care is a Federally Qualified Health Center, providing primary medical care to underserved communities. Last year, CFC estimated serving more than 13,000 clients at its six Chicago locations.

Atlanta conference dedicated to Austinite

The 9th Annual National Black Herstory Conference and Awards Banquet takes place March 23-25, 2006 in Atlanta. The conference is dedicated to the memory of LaKisha Tanskley-Simpson, a poet and writer raised in Austin. This event takes place on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta Ga. For additional information visit

Spring recruitment for summer ’06 internship opportunities

The Emma L. Bowen Foundation is conducting their spring recruitment for summer 2006 internship opportunities throughout the United States.

The foundation is recruiting minority high school juniors and seniors, and college freshman for several paid summer internships in television, radio and cable media companies throughout the United States.

Eligible candidates must have at least a 3.0 GPA, plan or attend a 4-year college, and have an interest in the media. Selected students will be paid an hourly salary and earn matching scholarship dollars to help pay for college expenses.

The internships will start summer 2006 and last throughout their college years. Applications are available for the state where the student resides.

Eligible students can complete the application at the following website:

The Emma L. Bowen Foundation is a partnership of several media companies including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Comcast, ESPN, C-SPAN and Clear Channel Communications.

Since its inception in 1989, the foundation has placed hundreds of high school and college students in media internships.

For more information, visit their website at

Public and school libraries net SOS grants

Secretary of State Jesse White recently announced almost $1.4 million in annual grants released to more than 3,300 school libraries in Illinois, and roughly $14 million to public libraries in the state.

The grants, based on student populations, award libraries an amount up to 75 cents per student. Chicago schools received the largest grant in the state totaling nearly $285,000. The public library grants of $1.23 per resident are distributed based on location. The $14 million will be divided among 630 public libraries across the state.