FVSU professor named to Ebony magazine’s ‘Power 100’

Nov. 15, 2013 – This month, a Fort Valley State University computer science associate professor is receiving high recognition from one of the nation’s most influential black publications. Ebony magazine recently named Dr. Cheryl Swanier to its “Power 100,” list. The designation highlights African-American movers and shakers who have made significant achievements and contributions to the world. Swanier’s contributions and mentoring efforts in the area of science, technology, engineering and mathematics landed her in the December issue, which is now available on newsstands.

The magazine recognized individuals in a wide range of categories that included Community Crusaders, Young Leaders, Thinkers,Powerbrokers, Dream Keepers, Innovators, Health and Science Trailblazers and Cultural Influencers.

Swanier flew to the Big Apple to attend a swanky, red carpet affair held in honor of all “Power 100” honorees. The black-tie gala, held in New York on Nov. 4 at Jazz at the Lincoln Center, was hosted by America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon.

“It was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Swanier said. “I remember as a child reading Ebony and dreaming of being featured in the magazine, and I never thought that I would be featured in an issue.”

The associate professor made connections with fellow honorees and stars that included Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, retired Los Angeles Lakers basketball star and entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Ebony’s chairperson Linda Johnson Rice, CNNCrossfire host Van Jones, and activist Al Sharpton. She was also able to reconnect with three other White House Champions of Change for Tech Inclusion. Following the ceremony, the event ended with an after party. Invitees departed with gift bags filled with goodies and tech items.

To view pictures from the event, please visit: www.ebony.com

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