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                                              Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center employee honored with Michigan tourism award

Lucretia Mansfield, banquet operations manager for the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, has been awarded the 2012 Food and Beverage Star of the Year by the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association at the 2013 Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism. The award, which was delivered on April 15 at the Detroit Marriott’s Renaissance Center, honors a culinary employee in a lodging property that goes above and beyond normal job responsibilities to deliver an outstanding guest experience. Mansfield was nominated for this distinction by Kellogg Center general manager, Joel Heberlein, for her dedication, superior work ethic, professionalism and compassion for co-workers and staff.

Employed at the Kellogg Center since she was a student at Michigan State University in 1993, Mansfield worked her way through both the employment and educational ranks, achieving her Masters in Food Service Management in 2000. She supervises a staff of over 140 employees, overseeing over 2,400 events and serving approximately 600,000 meeting attendees annually. In addition to her duties at the Kellogg Center, Mansfield also mentors and trains students from The School of Hospitality Business at MSU in their hosting of the annual Les Gourmet formal dinner.



The State News
Civil rights activist shares story in honor of black history month
By Samantha Radecki

After growing up in Atlanta, in the 1960s, Donzaleigh Abernathy vividly can recollect events of the civil rights movement. She recalls a childhood with “white” and “colored” drinking fountains, no guarantee to receive an education and not being “allowed” to step foot in the public library. Author and actress Donzaleigh Abernathy, daughter of civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy, also remembers the day her “Uncle Martin,” known to most as Martin Luther King Jr., was assassinated.

On Thursday evening at Kellogg Center, Donzaleigh Abernathy stood before members of the MSU community and told her story; the untold story of her father and King, and the civil rights movement. Abernathy said she was glad to be a part of the 13th-annual “Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey” visiting lecture series organized by the College of Osteopathic Medicine to celebrate Black History Month.

About 200 people attended Thursday’s event, and crowd members were attentive and intrigued by Donzaleigh Abernathy’s stories — including stories of her father, Ralph Abernathy, who was the “thinker and planner” next to King. With King, Ralph Abernathy organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. It is the obligation of young Americans to know these stories so they can carry on the legacy and remember what it means to be free, Donzaleigh Abernathy said. “I want (young people) to understand that schools were not always integrated, that education was not always guaranteed … and how we just got those rights during my lifetime,” she said.

International relations and criminal justice senior Angela Kengara said she realizes the meaning of civil rights history.“It’s very rich for us to know where we have come from as a nation, … just to understand that activism is not just in the ‘60s or in the ‘70s, but activism can happen now,” Kengara said, referring to efforts to stop human trafficking.

Donzaleigh Abernathy used photographs to illustrate her tales, which included the lives of her father and King, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, rallies, King’s speech, which she attended, and his death, she said.

History senior Alayna Washington said she sees how the civil rights movement influenced other national movements, such as women’s rights and voting rights. “That just sparked other minority groups to go ahead and speak out and fight for their rights as well ­— it kind of paved the way,” Washington said.