Abdur Rahim Hasan and Tauheedah Hasan were an Atlantic City couple, married more than 50 years, who mentored young men and women as leaders in the local Islamic community, said Kaleem Shabazz, president of the Masjid Muhammad mosque in Atlantic City and a member of the interfaith group Bridge of Faith.
Shabazz, 66, and others are raising money for a memorial scholarship in the Hasans' names. The first awards were given out Thursday to Atlantic City residents and 2013 Atlantic City High School graduates Qua'dri Bryant, who will attend Hampton University in Hampton, Va.; and Robert Lowe, who is headed to George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
The scholarship is open to any graduating ACHS student, Shabazz said, regardless of religious background. Both students were outstanding in scholastics and in community involvement, Shabazz said.
Shabazz, a longtime community leader in Atlantic City, will be honored Aug. 17 for his years of service to the community, with a tribute concert, organized by Atlantic City singer Suad El Amin and her husband, Alan Omar. It will raise money for future scholarships, Amin said.
"I'm very excited," Shabazz said of the tribute, and of his own family's recent achievements. His youngest grandson, Emil Robinson, of Galloway Township, just graduated from Absegami High School and will attend Rutgers University in the fall, which is Shabazz's alma mater. His oldest grandson, Emanuel Neil, of Galloway Township, just graduated from Richard Stockton College in May, he said.
Transporter Brian Pross, of Ventnor, has been named the Shore Medical Center's July 2013 Employee of the Month.
Pross was nominated for the award by Access Management Registrar Deborah Beall. Pross and wife Stephanie have an 8-week-old daughter, Vivian.
Stockton vice provost
Susan Davenport, former associate provost of graduate programs and dean of the Heavin School of Arts and Sciences at Thomas Edison State College, has joined Richard Stockton College as vice provost for e-learning.
At Thomas Edison, she oversaw the first completely online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership degree program to be accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, according to Stockton. She has a doctorate in educational studies from the University of Nebraska.
If you go
The Kaleem Shabazz Tribute Concert, featuring jazz, poetry, singing and performances by African dance and drum ensembles, is scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Win San Center, 352 S. New Road, Pleasantville. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Call 609-646-2358 or 910-986-5660.