Halima N. Leak will be the inaugural executive director for Paul Quinn College?s Center for Fundraising and Philanthropy, scheduled to open in January.
Leak will be formally introduced to the public at Paul Quinn?s Media and Community Appreciation Day on Feb. 25.
Leak has nearly 15 years of experience as both a fundraiser and an educator. She?ll direct a center that will house an innovative academic program.
?When we began our national search, Halima?s name immediately grabbed our attention. To land her out of the gate is a true blessing,? said Michael J. Sorrell, Paul Quinn president.
The center?s programming will be aimed at encouraging the development of a deeper understanding of fundraising and philanthropy through teaching, training and research via professional development opportunities and by facilitating the exchange of resources and ideas related to fundraising and philanthropy.
New uses for city?s field house proposed
In an effort to explore new opportunities for the revitalization of the Duncanville Fieldhouse, the Duncanville City Council has partnered with Northwood University in Cedar Hill for students to develop potential plans to generate profit from the city?s athletic facility on Main Street.
The students presented recommendations to the council about the facility that could attract new business. Some ideas included transforming it into a dance hall, small business incubator facility, apartments and condos or a convention center.
The council plans to share the students? recommendations with the Fieldhouse Task Force, a group of volunteers recently formed to research and present findings and recommendations.
Nonprofit group wins awards for film
Caring for the World Films, an Oak Cliff-based nonprofit, has won several awards for its film Hearts in the Himalayas, directed by Oak Cliff resident Debi Lang.
The film won the Award of Merit in the Women Filmmaker category from the Best Shorts Competition. The award was given for Lang?s humanitarian documentary that profiles the work of Himalayan HealthCare, an organization that provides medical care, education and income-generation opportunities to the people of rural Nepal.
The film integrates footage shot during a Mount Everest-size expedition fraught with challenges.
?It is a win not only for me and my team, but also the HHC volunteers and the people of Nepal,? Lang said.
In addition, Media Global News, the media arm of the United Nations, has made the movie its featured documentary on its website, media global.org.
Hearts in the Himalayas also won four Omni Awards for the 2012 season.