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Feb 27, 2009 
Bell-Calvin to receive Black Excellence Award

Jean Bell-Calvin
Jean Bell-Calvin
Jean Bell-Calvin, director of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee’s Silver Spring Community Nursing Center, will be honored Feb. 27 with a Black Excellence Award in the Health category. The award will be presented at the 24th Annual Black Excellence Awards Ceremony at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St. The event begins at 6 p.m.

The Black Excellence Awards honor leaders in the arts, community leadership, corporations, education, health, law, media, the military, minority business, music, public service, religion, social service, sports and volunteerism. This year, awards will also be given to special honorees-mentors and for extraordinary achievement.  

Bell-Calvin, who is also a clinical associate professor in UWM’s College of Nursing, is one of two honorees in the health category. The Black Excellence Awards are co-sponsored by the Milwaukee Times, WISN, the Milwaukee Urban League, Rockwell Automation, Johnson Controls and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Bell-Calvin has been involved with the Silver Spring Community Nursing Center since 1988, and has served as director since 1996. As director of the center, she not only works directly with clients and community leaders, but also with the undergraduate and graduate nursing students who come to the center to experience and learn about community-based nursing and the reduction of health disparities.

“Jean has both vision and passion directed at improving the health status of all Milwaukee residents,” says Dean Sally Lundeen of the College of Nursing. “She has spent decades developing more accessible and acceptable ways of delivering health care and health promotion services to those who need it most. She transcends issues of class and race, and puts her whole heart into every personal interaction she has. I am so proud of her work with the college.”

The Silver Spring Community Nursing Center is one of two community-based facilities the College of Nursing operates to provide primary health care services, particularly for the uninsured and underinsured. For more than 20 years, the center has worked collaboratively with a variety of community, social service and health agencies in a neighborhood that is primarily minority and low-income. In addition to providing clinical experiences for students, the center is a key to a translational research program at the UWM College of Nursing that investigates ways to reduce health risks and health disparities.

Bell-Calvin earned her bachelor’s degree from Alverno College and her M.S. in Nursing from UWM. She is a board-certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Community/Public Health.

The theme of this year’s event is “Mentoring for Excellence: Putting Together the Pieces for Our Future.” Keynote speaker is LeRoy Butler, legendary Green Bay Packers player.

In addition to Bell-Calvin, the 2009 Black Excellence honorees include: Reynaldo Hernandez (Arts); William “Billy“ Young and Lillie B. Wilson (Community Leadership); Cassandra Alston, Jerry Fulmer, Delta L. Triplett and Perry Stuckey (Corporate Trailblazers); Demond Means, Dorothy Walker Cooper and Mazie Jenkins (Education); Nichole Gladney (Health); Marcel Reneau (Law); Jill Williams (Media); Clarence Ford (Military); Clifford and Charles Weddle (Minority Business); Willie “Duchie” Rodgers (Music); Stephanie Hampton, Stella Payne and Crystal Williams (Public Service); the Rev. Lee Shaw and Mother Myrtle Mae Davis (Religion); Connie Palmer Jones (Social Services); Larry Hisle (Sports); and Lafayette and Venora McKinney (Volunteerism). Danae Davis, Venice Williams, Terence Ray and Milton Crocroft will receive the Special Honorees-Mentor awards, and Will Allen will receive the Extraordinary Achievement award. Reneau (B.B.A Finance ’97) and Crystal Williams (M.S. Criminal Justice, ’99) are UWM alumni.