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    Want to know the backbone of fundraising in an Athletic Department? Learn from Suzette McQueen, the Associate Director for the Davidson Athletic Fund.  McQueen will speak to her journey as a Director of Sports Information, External Communications to now Director of fundraiser for a Division I Athletics Program. Start your March Madness with us Tuesday, March 10th at 11:30 am est on A Chat in the Garden with Monique A J Smith where Significance Blooms.

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    Meet the owner of the newly expansion team of the WABA Women’s Professional Basketball Team, the Milwaukee Aces, Bernell Hooker.  Hooker is also the CEO of Images of Us Sport where she offers programming for girls and women to empower through the Business of Sport.  Join the chat on Tuesday, March 17th at 11:30 am est on A Chat in the Garden 347-989-8385 with Monique A J Smith where Significance Blooms.

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    Tamica Smith Jones, Sr Associate Athletic Director, at the University of Texas at San Antonio is our next guest on A Chat in the Garden with Monique A J Smith. Jones spent several years at Clark Atlanta with the last three years as the Director of Athletic Director. During her leadership the Panthers captured seven SIAC Championships including the first men's basketball title in 46 years and first ever women's cross-country and volleyball crowns.


    Join us Tuesday Feb. 10 at 11:30 am est. via www.chatinthegarden.com or call in 347-989-8385 

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    Tune in Tuesday, Dec. 16th 11:30 am  est when our guest on Chat in the Garden with Monique A. J. Smith will be Washington, DC Public Schools Athletic Director, Stephanie Evans.  Evans heads a department that oversees athletics in 111 schools in grades 4 through 12; the total 2011-12 DCPS enrollment is approximately 46,000 students, according to a DCPS spokesman.


    A 1990 graduate of Potomac (Md.) High School, Evans served for the past year as director of player development for the Holy Cross basketball team and later as an assistant athletic director at the Kensington private school. A former Bowie State player, Evans was a head women’s basketball coach at UDC, Virginia State and, most recently, Kentucky State.

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    Are you interested in the interworking of Athletic Administration.? Are you already in the business and want to know to how to navigate the rough waters and not just float along but travel full steam ahead in the Athletic Administration journey.  Join us Tuesday, April 21st at 11:30 am est when will chat with Associate Athletic Director for Business and Administration and Senior Woman Administrator for Alabama A&M University, Dr. Renae Myles. 


    Myles career spots have been University of Connecticut, University of Pittsburgh, San Jose State University,  Delaware State University and Southwest Baptist University

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    Tune in Tuesday, Nov. 4th 11:30 am  est when our guest on Chat in the Garden with Monique A. J. Smith will  be newly appointed Athletic Director, Selina Kohn of Paine College. Kohn is the first female to lead a collegiate program in the Aiken-Augusta area. She also becomes the second female athletic director in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, joining Penny Minter, of Lane College.  Kohn served as Paine’s associate athletic director and senior women’s administrator before taking the program’s top position. She replaces Tim Duncan, who stepped down in July to become athletic director at Clayton State.  Kohn served two stints as the school’s interim athletic director. From January to April in 2011, she bridged the gap between Ron Spry and Duncan. She again served in an interim role after the departure of Duncan before getting the job full-time.


    From 1990-93, she set four NCAA Division II records, including: most assists in a game (23), assists in a season (309), season-assist average (11.9) and career assists (927, 107 games). After graduating from Albany State in 1994 with a biology degree, she became the team’s assistant coach.

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    Next chat is with Sr Associate Atlhletic Director, Jacqueline Blackett of Columbia University on www.chatinthegarden.com Tuesday, March 31st at 11:30 am est as we talk to this veteran Athletic Administrator who has served Columbia for  plus years mostly in the area of student athlete services.

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    Tune in Tuesday, Sept. 16th  at 11:30 am  est when our guest on Chat in the Garden with Monique A. J. Smith will  be Dr. Cricket Lane, Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development for the Tarheels of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Cricket area of responsibility is Life Skills programming for all student-athletes which includes personal development, career development, community outreach and leadership development.   Dr. Lane also is a sought after speaker on the subject "Branding You". She will share her educational and professional journey and her insights on the best strategies to brand you.

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    Tune in Tuesday, Sept. 23rd  at 11:30 am  est when our guest on Chat in the Garden with Monique A. J. Smith will  be  Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree, the Director of Athletics at North Carolina Central University .  She officially  began her new leadership role on May 1, 2008.  Wicker-McCree, who officially began her reign May 2008, is   of the ranks of only a handful of women athletic directors in the UNC system, previously served as NCCU's associate athletics director for internal affairs. She has served in a variety of leadership positions in both conference and national level organizations, most notably as president of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Executive Board from 2004-06, becoming only the second woman to ever hold that position in the league's history. In addition, she served as a member of the NCAA's Division II Legislation Committee from  2003-07.


    Wicker-McCree was one of the driving forces behind NCCU's reclassification to NCAA Division I. From 1998 until her appointment as Director of Athletics in 2008, she oversaw the internal operations of the Athletics Department, including all compliance and eligibility programs.  Wicker-McCree began her career at NCCU as the head coach for women's volleyball and softball. She became the first coach in NCCU history to win conference championships in multiple sports, capturing the school's first-ever CIAA titles in softball (1998) and volleyball (1999, 2004, 2005). A three-time CIAA Volleyball Coach of the Year (1999, 2002, 2005) and former member of the NCAA Division II National Volleyball Committee, Wicker-McCree earned 239 match victories in 12 seasons as head volleyball coach at NCCU. She was also inducted into the NCCU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004 as head coach of the 1998 softball team.

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    China Jude,the Assistant Vice President for Athletics at Queens (N.Y.) College is our next guest on A chat in the Garden with Monique A.J. Smith. Jude currently serves as Chair of the NCAA’s Minority Opportunities Interest Committee (MOIC). Join us Tuesday 9/2 at 11:30 am est. via www.chatinthegarden.com or call in 347-989-8385 

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    Monique A.J. Smith has held several positions within intercollegiate athletics some of which were Sports Information Director, Athletic Director and Associate Commissioner for the historic CIAA. Currently, Monique is CEO of Seeds of Empowerment, LLC a consulting company that focuses on leadership development and recently was certified as a Prana Business Partner.
    As an Athletic Administration veteran of 24 years, Monique invites listeners to a Chat in the Garden to hear from her network of inspiring leaders in Higher Education and Athletics. Guests will share their career paths, provide insight on their institution’s initiatives and leave seeds of wisdom for listeners that wish to follow their path.
    This week’s guest is Terlynn Olds, the Athletic Director for Chatham University, located in Pittsburgh, PA.