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Letter from the President My first six months at Tennessee State University have been exhilarating. I have met so many wonderful faculty, staff, students, alumni and administrators all with one mind; and that is to improve the institution they truly love. While many changes are being made, I have quickly discovered exciting programs and activities already in place that make this a premier university. Proudly, the TSU family is moving at warp speed implementing innovative recruitment and retention efforts to achieve our ultimate goal of graduating an empowered generation of scholars able to work and serve. Our graduates are accomplishing great things. One graduate, a young woman, is now at NASA in the astronaut program. A May 2011 graduate is joining another on Wall Street in August. A vice president at General Motors is one of our own and a brand manager at NIKE is stealing the show. Our Freedom Riders retraced their journey towards civil rights in America and were joined by proud TSU students who listened to their stories, sang the freedom songs and danced together in celebration. Please know we are extremely proud of all of our alums’ accomplishments in the armed services, education, business and industry. While traveling throughout the country with recruiters and students on our Believe in Blue college tour, I have met so many positive and enthusiastic supporters. They keep the team encouraged and working hard. TSU’s Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) graduated its 10,000th student on campus this past April. This national award winning project has been recognized as one of the 18 most innovative government programs in the nation, and was honored by the 110th U.S. Congress with a Congressional Record acknowledgment as one of the nation’s premier K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education programs. We are happy to tell you that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded TSU a $789,031 grant. The university will use the funds to launch “Go Green North Nashville,” a project that provides energy evaluations to 50 homes and energy improvements to 30 low and moderate income families in the North Nashville Community. This is the fourth year TSU has received HUD grants to assist in our community revitalization. In addition, we received a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create the Tennessee State University Interdisciplinary Graduate Engineering Research (TIGER) Institute, which will be a state-of-the-art graduate level research facility for the College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science. And, while enjoying this news, we were pleased to learn that the NSF again selected TSU to receive $195,200 in support of a project to attract, retain and promote women faculty engaged in STEM disciplines. Using our upperclassmen as mentors and counselors, TSU is hosting 18 summer programs for children in elementary grades through high school. These outstanding programs involve youth in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Research, Music, Art, Writing and Drama. As you can see, the strong tradition of excellence continues at TSU. There’s an air of excitement, a palatable momentum, and many are breaking out with Big Blue fever. I just love it! I encourage you to continue your commitment to TSU. Visit us on tour, spread the word that we are accredited and fully engaged; and, plan to attend Homecoming this fall. As our 100th anniversary fast approaches, make a pledge to give a little more--more time, more energy, more expertise and yes, more donations. Someone sacrificed for you to succeed. Make a sacrifice for these our worthy students. God bless you! Sincerely, Portia H. Shields President
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A Presidential Perspective Measuring our success: one challenge at a time By Portia H. Shields, Ph.D. What are the defining strategies that will take our institution from its continuing infrastructure, enrollment and funding challenges to a sustainable world class socially responsible university? That is the question I posed to faculty and staff six months ago when assuming the interim presidency role at TSU. It’s an ongoing discussion I have with students. It’s a question I now ask you, alumni, the civic and financial contributors to your communities through skills you acquired at Big Blue. In this article, I will lay out our collective dilemma and suggest that it will take all of us to meet these challenges. One person may lead, but only with the help of thinkers, contributors and “doers,” can TSU move forward. Before I begin; however, let me assure you that TSU remains a mighty institution, welcoming and wonderful. In my letter to you, some of our recent accomplishments let you know that well, and I encourage you to proclaim it to the world.
Reaffirmation challenge I was brought in to help TSU address two standards that were impeding TSU’s unconditional reaffirmation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). While we remain fully accredited, the university was given a year to provide documentation that we are, in fact, meeting these standards. In a nutshell, TSU faculty, staff and students had been engaged in planning strategically and implementing skillfully as required by SACS, but the various assessment measures used across the campus were not centrally managed. These strategies were acceptable in the past; however, SACS changed the benchmarks and, quite simply, TSU did not immediately
modify its processes to address the new standards. Now, as a result of our SACS study, we do plan as a university, basing those plans on verifiable assessment data. We do design outcomes we wish to reach with key performance indicators and milestones. We do implement strategies, assess the efficacy of our efforts against university, state and Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) plans and, based upon the new evidence, begin the process again. We get it. We are doing it well and are currently putting finishing touches on a 163-page report to SACS. This document is now in the editing and comment stage (with faculty engaged). Our report is due in September; so, we are well ahead of schedule. We await our latest assessment data and, after placing this information into the report, we will handdeliver it to the SACS office in Atlanta on Sept. 1.
Changing the Paradigm State appropriations to TSU have been reduced by approximately $13.3 million since 2009. The school now earns financial support, not on how many enroll in TSU, but how many graduate from TSU in four to six years. Our sixyear graduation rate is less than 40 percent, which is both unacceptable and unnecessary. In comparison, out of 83 Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ (HBCU’s) reporting, only 22 have a six-year graduation rate above 40 percent (Spelman-78 percent, Howard University-69 percent and several are in single digits). The state mandate, “Complete College Act,” has become a major challenge due to yet another directive, one that disallows remedial courses at four-year institutions. In addition, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) posted
its latest report (Jan. 27, 2011), citing TSU as having 20 low-producing program majors over a 10-year time period. For example, the Physics department graduated only 23 students in 10 years, and the Africana Studies program graduated only 46 students over the same 10-year period. A review of several national reports and models, as well as information on program consolidations and closures throughout Tennessee and the rest of the nation, and backed up by expert consultants who visited the campus, made it clear that discontinuing some programs was the only recourse for TSU’s overall academic and financial well-being. Therefore, six program majors were eliminated: B.S. in Africana Studies; B.S. in Foreign Languages; B.S. in Physics; M.A. in English; M.S. in Music Education and M.S. in Mathematics. The institution also eliminated remedial studies as mandated. No one lost a job at the institution, all students currently enrolled in these programs will be allowed to remain until they graduate and the three B.S. degrees were changed to minors. By combining one of the minors with a major, Africana Studies and History, for example, graduates have a better chance of not only getting a job in their field but also a marketable career. During this reorganization, TSU strengthened some existing retention programs and initiated a variety of new ones to help students persevere to college completion. We encouraged participation with catchy titles such as X-treme Spring Break, Maymester, SUNsational Summer School, Academic Boot Camp and Excel-O-Rate. These efforts allow students to get ahead of, or catch up with graduation
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requirements. One summer program targets entering freshmen to prepare them for the rigors of college life. Another gives incoming honors students a course so they get ahead in their studies. These programs engage students not only academically, but physically and socially. Because we no longer offer remedial courses, TSU now provides one stop shopping for academic support, seven days a week. In this, the new Success Center, in which students receive individual or small group help from our excellent faculty and students, meet with counselors and advisors, participate in the Man and Women’s Center projects, take part in the Honors Program and study together. It’s a true student meeting place. And, our Career Development office has been redesigned to help all students identify majors early in their academic quest while gaining job skills through internships and co-op opportunities. Students receive assistance in developing resumes reflecting strong academic and incremental work related skill development, in addition to community service and leadership experience.
Adjusting to Fiscal Realities Enrollment has been flat for the past three years. The nation has been in a fiscal downturn for five. In addition to reduced state funding, TSU is mandated to raise tuition by 9 percent this academic year. These realities converge and impact each other in a domino effect because just as most families have had to reduce spending not having enough funds at TSU established the imperative to cut somewhere. Most of our students are on financial aid and come from homes where raising tuition causes an additional and significant financial burden. The majority of students respond by taking jobs, wherever they can find them and, this action, while providing some temporary financial relief, has had a deleterious effect upon their educational experiences, grades and ability to stay on target to complete college in four to six years. Thus, immediate questions
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for TSU became: How do we manage operations at optimum levels without threatening employees’ jobs?; How do we hold on to the students we have, recruit more and give them outstanding instruction and support?; and How can we keep all of this going with no impact upon the quality of the curriculum and our SACS accreditation? The straightforward answer is: we cannot. Because the Complete College Act is an unfunded mandate, the university looked everywhere to find funds to operate its retention programs. Money had to be found for faculty and student tutors, program support, tuition assistance and recruitment. Funds were also needed for the redesign of the Success Center. As important, funds were also needed to expand successful programs, such as nursing, that had a waiting list of students and needed additional instructors. Consequently, by eliminating statefunded travel and funds from all vacant positions, by closing a number of low-producing programs and by reducing the number of administrative positions, the institution claimed these resources for the students. It was also very important to reposition departments and schools in order to share resources and produce further cost savings. Therefore, the following realignments took place: moved the B.S. in Early Childhood Education to the College of Education; moved the Department of Biology and the Department of Chemistry to the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Sciences; moved the Department of Mathematics to the College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Sciences; moved the Department of Sociology and Social Work into the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs; combined the School of Nursing and the College of Allied Health to become the College of Health Sciences; joined the Departments of Civil Engineering and Architectural to become the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering; and moved the Department of Human Performance
and Sport Science to the College of Health Sciences. The mergers and realignments prompted some name changes, made mostly by the faculty themselves: Department of Urban Studies became the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Urban Professions; the School of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences became the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Sciences; and, the College of Arts and Sciences became the College of Liberal Arts. Finally, an internal report noted that TSU was “top heavy” in higher level administrators. Thus, TSU eliminated several top administrative positions. To date, from all these austerity measures, the university has recouped $763,712.00. These funds will be used to hire needed faculty and address “Complete College” initiative needs.
The Courage to Change I came to TSU full of enthusiasm because of the excellent potential of this place. After reviewing a number of reports and documents, I met with the TSU family on Jan. 6, 2011 and promised that change was “gonna” come. The response I received was positive and, with the help of most of the faculty and staff, change is here. I meet with the university family about once monthly and I host “Drop in on the President” sessions for individuals to meet with me almost weekly. The overwhelming majority of faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are participating in the change, but not all. One alumna from the Memphis Chapter who wrote to congratulate me when I arrived, provided a list of seven employees for me to fire. When I did not follow her directive, I became persona non grata, and she wrote a letter to SACS complaining and making accusations that are untrue. Another in Nashville has done the same by writing to the Governor, Tennessee Board of Regents, the Chancellor and a host of other dignitaries and state representatives. A few faculty have also jumped into the fray, Continued on page 33
50 Years Later: Journey of a Freedom Rider
Collins and Burks-Brooks share thoughts on their place in history By K. Dawn Rutledge When Lucretia Collins (‘61) came to then Tennessee State A&I University in 1957, her purpose was to obtain an education. But along the way the Augusta, Ga. native became an agent in a movement that eventually changed the nation. Collins was a senior when she decided to take part in the Freedom Rides.
Show, a special PBS documentary and local observances in cities such as Montgomery, Ala. and Jackson, Miss.
As part of the historic Freedom Riders, Collins and other students like Catherine Burks-Brooks (‘62), were fed up with the injustices of segregation and joined the 1961 rides departing from Nashville and traveling across the South.
“I remember putting my name and information in my bra so that if anything happened, my parents would know where I was because they could identify me,” Collins said.
The Freedom Riders were student members of the Nashville Student Group, a local group of students who also successfully desegregated the city’s lunch counters and movie theaters. Their contribution of community activism amplified the national presence of Tennessee State University and its motto “Think. Work. Serve.” Collins said her involvement in the historic rides began when a friend told her about a meeting. “Catherine [Burks-Brooks] told me about a meeting and I went,” said Collins, who added TSU students and American Baptist College seminary students provided the bulk of the foot soldiers who participated in picketing, sit-ins and the rides from Nashville to Birmingham to Montgomery and finally, Jackson, Miss. “I was very conscious that we were making history.”
Along their travels in a hostile South, the journey to Montgomery was the first night the bus was attacked. Collins and other riders were jailed.
While a student at TSU, Burks-Brooks, an elementary education major and member of the Elementary Education Club, said there were times when they feared for their lives, but something compelled them to keep going because it was the right thing to do. “I felt, as long as I could remember, we were not treated right and when I had an opportunity to do something about it, I did,” said Burks-Brooks , who became an active participant in the sit-ins, protests and Freedom Rides. “The group of us in Nashville were the first to have the success that we had in being wellorganized and integrating the lunch counter. We knew from the beginning that we were putting ourselves at risk, but we had been trained well.” Burks-Brooks, a native of Birmingham, recalls an encounter with then-Birmingham Police Commissioner Eugene “Bull” Connor. She said she witnessed violence against her fellow riders, including U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and she was later arrested in Jackson, Miss.
This year, 2011, marked the 50th anniversary of the demonstration which helped to end segregation on public transportation, allowing passengers, regardless of race, to sit in TSU student Catherine Burks arrested in 1961. an open seat on interstate buses and During the uncertain journey, trains. Additionally, their acts led to she also recalled a couple in Artintegration inside the terminals, including the elimination of more, Ala. who helped the riders by stowing them away in separate drink fountains, lavatories, waiting rooms and lunch their home and feeding them. It was only later that she found counters. The milestone was met with much fanfare and cel- out they were one of only six black families in the entire town. ebration, including national telecasts on The Oprah Winfrey “It was very risky for that family to help us,” she said.
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TSU student Lucretia Collins proudly celebrates graduation.
grandmother, who often challenged the cruelty of racism and segregation in her own unique way. “I remember my grandmother being rebellious like that. I remember her one day sparing off with a white police officer. Nobody can put their hands on their hips like a black woman,” Collins laughed.
Burks-Brooks also thinks back to an incident during her time participating in the movement, in which a white man threatened her. “We were standing in front of one of the theaters and he said he was going to put a cigarette out on my face,” she said. As a child, Burks-Brooks said walking the sidewalks of Birmingham was met with hostility from whites. She said, “I would bump white folks and not move out of their way. I guess, even at that early age, it was a form of protesting for me.” Collins said she was also headstrong as a child, a trait she inherited from her
Like Burks-Brooks, Collins was an active student while on campus. She participated as head majorette. With an interest in fashion, she helped to design majorette uniforms and soon joined Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Despite pulling herself away from her studies to take up the freedom rides, she proudly graduated with honors in 1961. Today, Collins enjoys life in New York. She also lived in Ghana for several years. While her activism tactics have evolved since the 1960s, she is still quite involved in educating about the sacrifices that she and others made in that era, and what African-Americans today should be doing in the continuous struggle for equal rights. “Black people have no idea how we are admired. A lot of people copy our tactics,” Collins said. “I teach my daughter
and other children to stand up and be a woman, be a man. “Overall, I think we are failing our children. They are not failing us. I know they get it, but I think old people just don’t give them a chance.” Currently, Collins is working on a black history puzzle book of unsung heroes and said, “these are the people our children need to know.” After leaving the Freedom Rides behind and graduating from TSU, Burks-Brooks spent time in Chicago, Nashville and the Nassau, Bahamas working in the school system. In 1980, she returned to her hometown of Birmingham to work for Avon as a district sales manager, retiring at the age of 58 after 16 years of service. She also returned to her love of education as a substitute teacher. She was also among the Freedom Riders 14 who returned to the university in 2008 to receive an honorary doctorate degree. “Our children have to be taught pride and the only way they are going to learn it is by knowing who they are and where they come from, and it should not start with slavery,” Burks-Brooks said. “We had a civilization long before that. We were the Freedom Rider Mary Jean Smith with student Aaron McGee at the Freedom Riders picnic at Tougaloo College.
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(L-R) Elizabeth McClain, Joy Leonard, Catherine Burks-Brooks, Frances Wilson Canty, Mayor Harvey Johnson, Larry Turner and Charles Harbour.
and racial discrimination in the deep South. It should definitely be our duty as young people to continue to spread their journey because if it wasn’t for them, we would probably still be fighting for equal rights. The overall experience was amazing and such an honor to meet and spend time with the freedom riders.”
ancient Egyptians and our children need to know that and understand what they need to do in their community.” Burks-Brooks has two daughters and one grandson, already on his own path of excellence. “He made straight A’s all year and had perfect attendance,” the proud grandmother said. To commemorate the Freedom Rides, on May 22, a group of current TSU students traveled on newly unveiled Greyhound buses from Nashville to Jackson, Miss. in an observance of the 50-year anniversary. Once arriving in Jackson, the 22 students met Mayor Harvey Johnson (’68) and the wife of slain Civil Rights leader and NAACP head, Myrlie Evers, and participated in a commemorative march. Along with TSU President Dr. Portia H. Shields, students attended a picnic in
which the university’s commercial music students offered a lively performance at Tugaloo College. More than half of the original riders returned to celebrate with community leaders and students, including TSU Freedom Riders Drs. Catherine Burks-Brooks, Alan Cason, Jr., William Harbour, Larry Hunter, Pauline KnightOfosu, Etta Simpson Ray, Mary Jean Smith, Joy Leonard and Frances Wilson Canty.
Adding to their accolades, the Freedom Riders will be inducted into the 2011 National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame on Sept. 23 in Atlanta for their lifelong contribution in changing the landscape in America.
Ebony Arnett, a rising senior from Atlanta, Ga. majoring in Fashion Design, was one of the students who had an opportunity to experience the re-enactment and travel the route of those courageous riders.
While most college students concerned themselves with exams and social activities with friends, these students took up the mantle of non-violent protest, risking their lives in the pursuit of justice. Each accomplished in their own right, the professional and community involvement of the Freedom Riders in the fields of education, religious and civic responsibility, military service, the arts, politics and law, will have a lasting impact on generations to come.
She said, “It was exciting to be part of the 50th celebration for the Freedom Riders. I was actually riding with remarkable people who fought against segregation
“I learned to love my people,” Collins said. “The experience sort of snatches the fear out of you – you simply become fearless.”
TSU students lead the Freedom Riders March in Jackson, Miss. during the 50th anniversary celebration.
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Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Barbara Jones Slater (‘61) was only 15 years old when Jesse Owens visited the housing project in Chicago where she lived. He inspired her to do nothing less than fulfill her dreams, and she did just that.
them in the youth she works with today. Her mother involved both Slater and her brother in the Girl and Boy Scouts, stressing the importance of doing good
Slater was inducted as a distinguished member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame at a special ceremony held Feb. 11, 2011 at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville. Slater graduated from Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education. She also has a master’s degree in Physical Education from Georgia State University. Slater became the youngest female of any nation to win an Olympic gold medal in track and field, and she still holds this distinction which is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. In the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, she and her teammates captured the gold medal, breaking the world record in the 4 x 100 relay. In the 1955 Pan American Games, she struck gold again, winning the gold in the 100m and breaking the world record. Later in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, she was a member of the TSU Tigerbelles 4 x100 winning relay team.
for the community, and learning at home what it means to get along with other people to pursue your dreams. Her father was a hard worker, who instilled in his children the values of precision, skill and the perfectionist attitude.
Slater remembers the lessons she was taught by her parents, and tries to instill
Her life’s work has been in education, and although she is now retired,
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Slater is the current spokesperson for the Double Dutch program with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She firmly believes that children are our greatest fortune, and she put it best when she said, “We must give them all they need to grow and reach their fullest potential, and it is in this capacity that I find my life rewarding and challenging, as I speak to stress the importance of consistent guidelines, structure and selfcontrol. All themes in the success of education, I have learned as an Olympian.” In 2007, President George W. Bush awarded her the “Presidential Champions Medal on Fitness,” and in 2010, she was awarded President Barack Obama’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Council on Health & Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. The PCFSN Lifetime Achievement Award is given to individuals whose careers have greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of physical activity, fitness or sports nationwide. Winners are chosen by the members of the President’s Council based on the span and scope of an individual’s career, the estimated number of lives they have touched, and the impact of their legacy. 11
Michael Johnson from uncertainty to top producer/director
As with many entering their never feltmarching like to work me,”inJohnson ne ofstudents the most respected and “It recognized bands freshman yearthe of country college Michael Johnson said. “I don’t at mean to sound cliché, but was saluted for the first-time a special Spring (’84) was uncertain be it to feltraise like funds a labortoofsupport love.” the Charityabout Gala.what Thewould gala helped his major. Hehistoric flirted briefly business: band,with which in recent years has seen its numbers and had found his calling. After too boring. He dabbled in agriculture: funding decrease due to budget cuts and Johnson other economic and competitive graduating from TSU, WTVF offered not for him. But one day an encounter factors. him a full-time job. He began his career with a friend leaving the campus radio The event held April 24 at the Gaylord Opryland Springhouse in Nashville in an entry level position as a studio techstation sparked Johnson’s curiosity. was hosted by The Tennessee State Collective Alumni featuring a semi-fornician. His drive, enthusiasm and continmal dinner and dance affair even and salute itspropelled director. him further up Unaware that such a facility existedto the uedband hardand work on campus, and after spending time at the ladder ultimately landing him the job During the evening, guests had an opportunity to hear firsthand why the the station, Johnson realized this was of a producer and director at the station. Aristocrat of Bands is considered among the best in the nation. A special for him. He decided to major in mass performance by itsand 30-member PeptoBand of classic and as proBut evena selection with his achievements communications the journey his featured contemporary tunes. ducer and director for television shows, future began. Johnson wasthat thirsty for more. “My vision is that we are able to continue the tradition the band pro- His enHe immersed himself in his major, gaintrepreneurial drive pushed him to esgram at TSU has always been about and that we can continue to bring qualing basic experience that led him to setablish Encore Entertainment ity students into the university and graduate them,” said Professor EdwardinL.1989, cure a student internship with one of a small business he operated away from Graves, band director. Nashville’s top television stations – CBS- WTVF. During his off hours Johnson affiliate WTVF-TV NewsChannel 5. has Prof. Graves, as he is affectionately known, servedproduce as Tennessee helped localState entertainment The opportunity opened up avenues University’s director of bands for morefor than events. 30 years. During the event, he was Johnson assist for with and learn about presentedtoa check $4,500 signaling the beginning of a $1 million campaign started outTSU doing work on the side as entertainment programs and talk shows. to establish a scholarship endowment for the“Iband in the Foundation. He was also able to help build sets for the a freelancer,” Johnson said. “It was over“Whileand our learn outstanding accomplished a lot over the lastthree few years, it I’m [juggling jobs] but station how toband lighthas them to whelming has done so with very little. Band members need new uniforms, the program television standards. His strong desire to a workaholic,” Johnson laughed. “It’s a needs scholarship funds to continue talented I’m musicians, a budget to I just not proud of, but learn and work hard would pay off to in attract a condition assist in musical development opportunities for students and funds to support big way. like to stay busy.” travel to performances,” said Antonio “Push” Terry, event organizer. 12
Johnson’s story began in a single-parent home. Raised by his mother, he learned early the meaning of hard work as he watched the example she set as a parent and professional. He also credits the tough environment at Tennessee State University for helping to prepare him for the real world of work. “At TSU, it’s just a different atmosphere. I truly believe if you can get through TSU, you will be ready for anything life brings you,” he said. “There are so many integral parts there to help you identity with being a leader – nothing was really given to you, you had to earn it. TSU was different. You worked for it and prepared for it.” It wasn’t long before Johnson earned his master’s degree at Tennessee State as well. And with all his success, Johnson’s path continued to intersect with TSU. While a student, he was taught by gospel great Dr. Bobby Jones (’59), eventually receiving the opportunity to both direct and produce “The Bobby Jones Gospel Show” on BET, one of the toprated shows on that network. Johnson also produced and directed the “Black
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College Quiz” show, broadcast from the campus of Chicago’s Harold Washington College for six years. When the opportunity surfaced, Johnson had the show moved to Nashville and produced it on the TSU campus. “It just made sense to bring it to a HBCU campus. I felt it would be great for my alma mater and what better place for a show to be done.” The success with Encore has enabled Johnson to work with major national media companies, such as ABC, BET, CBS, ESPN, NBC, TV One and others. Through his production company, he connected to the Stellar Awards, the first gospel music awards show in the country honoring gospel music artists, writers and industry professionals for their contributions to the industry. Johnson has been involved with the awards program since 1995, and director since 1999. He landed another major coup when he joined as director of The Trumpet Awards. For five years, he worked with the program, which acknowledges those who
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have contributed to enhancing the quality of life of others. The show is the brainchild of TSU alumna, Xernona Clayton (’52). In 2011, Johnson became the first African-American to both produce and direct the Dove Awards program in its 42-year history. His was the first black production company to be solely involved in producing the show. His work led to the show receiving its best ratings in history and its best return for audience satisfaction and quality of show. He has also extended his talents to MTV programming directing “Unplugged.” Additionally, during the entire Super Bowl Weekend, he handled programming for ESPN, and he is also currently the director, producer and consultant for BET’s highly-popular late night talk show, “The Monique Show,” in which he wrapped up 150 shows in its second season and is preparing for a third.
learned that no does not necessarily mean a negative direction, it can be a character builder – if you do your research and really study where you’re going and what you’re doing. The key is you have to keep going.” And keep going he has. Johnson’s “positive thinking” strategy has been his approach to managing the disappointments encountered in his career. “To this day, I try to stay humble and treat people how I want to be treated,” he said. “I work harder as I get older and respect people and the profession. I am always open to anyone who is interested in this industry.”
Johnson said his career path has not always been smooth. In fact, he admits he has had his share of “no’s” along the way.
He continued, “I just want people to know that whatever someone wants to do, they just need to never give up and work hard at it. Simply do what you love and the rest will come. You have to work on finding out the process of what you need to do to be the best at it. That’s the key to happiness, quality of life and success.”
“It’s been very difficult, but I just stuck to the process of growing,” he said. “I
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TSU: The Foundation for Mayoral Success Reprint from The Tennessee Tribune’s Big Blue issue, Feb. 17-23, 2011
The Honorable A. C. Wharton Mayor, Memphis, Tenn.
Mayor A.C. Wharton (’66) Memphis, Tenn.
honors in 1971 and later became the university’s first AfricanAmerican professor of law, a position he held for 25 years.
The themes that bind together A.C. Wharton’s life – and his public service – are about overcoming hardships, inspired leadership, courage of convictions and a compelling confidence in a better future. They culminated in his election in 2009 as mayor of the city of Memphis with a 61 percent mandate for his gospel of “One Memphis” and his bold vision to make Memphis a true city of choice for all people.
His record of leadership is well-known among national organizations dealing with issues facing cities. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and has spoken at numerous major conferences, including those of the Brookings Institution, CEOs for Cities and the National Association for Counties. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg invited Wharton to help review his city’s anti-poverty plans, and Wharton is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition headed by Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
His early life began in Lebanon, Tenn., in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains, where it was assumed that he was destined to the life of a farm laborer. And yet, through the life-altering encouragement of two student teachers from Tennessee State University and his personal dream for a better life, he was accepted to Tuskegee Institute, where he had initially hoped to pursue a degree in veterinarian medicine. However, he could not afford to attend college, and at the moment when his ambitions for a college degree seemed shattered, his high school principal unexpectedly visited with him and presented him with a scholarship to Tennessee State University. At TSU, he excelled in a major that foreshadowed his future – political science – and he graduated with honors in 1966. Six years later, he entered the University of Mississippi Law School, where he was one of the first African-American students to serve on the Moot Court Board and the first AfricanAmerican to serve on the Judicial Council. He graduated with 14
Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr. (’68) Jackson, Miss. Harvey Johnson, Jr. was born in the River City of Vicksburg, Miss. He received his early education in the Vicksburg Public School District, where he graduated from Rosa A. Temple High School. He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in political science from Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Cincinnati. He has done additional study toward a doctoral degree in public administration at the University of Southern California’s Washington Public Affairs Center. Johnson was awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Tougaloo College.
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Johnson served as the founding executive director of the Center for University-based Development at Jackson University. The center, housed in the Office of the President, facilitates development partnerships aimed at revitalizing neighborhoods adjacent to the university campus while providing service learning experiences for students and research opportunities for faculty and students. In 1997, Johnson made history by being elected the first African-American mayor in Jackson, Miss. More than 70 percent of voters chose him to lead Mississippi’s capital city. In 2001, Jackson voters again chose Johnson for a second fouryear term as mayor. Johnson’s work while mayor of Jackson is apparent today throughout the city. The city’s train station, Union Station, was renovated, transforming it into a beautiful state-ofthe-art multi-modal transportation center, accommodating trains, buses, taxies, limousines and spaces for retail shops, restaurants and offices. Farish Street, one of the nation’s oldest African-American neighborhoods, had fallen into a state of decay and decline. Part of it is now being developed into a premier entertainment district that will rival Beale Street in Memphis, due to Johnson’s efforts while in office. The construction of the Metro Parkway is transforming the area around Jackson State University, removing dilapidated houses and blight that have surrounded the campus for years, and creating a new entrance into the state’s “Urban University.” Additionally, Johnson led the effort which resulted in voters The Honorable Harvey Johnson, Jr. Mayor, Jackson, Miss.
The Honorable Daniel T. Brown Mayor, Knoxville, Tenn.
approving the construction of the city’s first Convention Center, located adjacent to a new state-of-the-art, high-tech Telecommunications Training and Conference Center, the location of which in downtown Jackson was spearheaded by Johnson.
Mayor Daniel T. Brown (’79) Knoxville, Tenn. Native Knoxvillian Daniel T. Brown became the first AfricanAmerican to lead the city of Knoxville, the third largest city in Tennessee. During a special called City Council meeting, Sixth District Councilman Daniel T. Brown was selected as the interim mayor of Knoxville. Brown was sworn into the mayoral office by magistrate Mark Brown at the Jan. 10, 2011 Knoxville City Council meeting. Brown is a graduate of Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in history. He is retired from the U.S. Postal Service and is a Vietnam veteran. He served as councilman of the Sixth District prior to becoming mayor of Knoxville and is a former member of the Knox County Board of Zoning Appeals. Brown is active in many civic organizations in Knoxville, including the Dandridge Avenue Neighborhood Association, NAACP, Beck Cultural Exchange Center, Inc. He is also active in his church, First A.M.E. Zion Church. His goals for the city of Knoxville are stronger, safer neighborhoods, costeffective and reliable city services, an energized downtown and better jobs.
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Rho Psi Affinity Chapter receives Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy When Larry Brown (’67) returned to his alma mater in the 1980s, during a visit to one of the male residence halls, the unsightly deterioration and trash he saw sparked the urge for him to want to give back to Tennessee State University in a major way. Every year, members of Brown’s Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. would return to TSU and gather at Kean Hall for a reunion meeting of the Rho Psi Chapter. But this time, Brown would add a new challenge to the agenda. “It evolved from just fraternizing with one another to starting to figure out what we could do for the university,” Brown said. “Just seeing the campus the way it was, was embarrassing.” Brown got creative and suggested the fraternity began by building a monument on campus to honor the chapter. There began the vision for Project 2000. This was the hook that led to the development of four important objectives: build a monument, establish an endowment, celebrate the chapter’s 70th anniversary and write a book on the chapter’s history. The members have accomplished each of its objectives, with only the completion of the history book remaining. “The response was overwhelming,” Brown said, who added at the time TSU had no monuments for Greek organizations. He said the project was not without its challenges and took nearly seven years to erect the monument and get the endowment going. Among the first order of business was to become chartered an alumni chapter under the Tennessee State University National Alumni Association and then to establish 16
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two levels of giving – a $1,000 and $500 level toward the monument and brick project. The fundraising effort, led by David Saunders (‘70), has been highly successful for the brothers of purple and gold. In 2010, the chapter presented a $103,000 check to the university as part of its continuous fundraising efforts toward its established endowment, which it plans to eventually grow to $500,000. “We are strictly ambassadors to the university just like any other alumni chapter,” Brown said. “We want to make certain that our university is able to thrive and function. It’s not just about the then or now generation, it’s about future generations as well.” The Rho Psi Affinity Chapter’s tremendous giving efforts have also been recognized by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR). The group received the 2011 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy. Recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy are individuals and organizations who have generously given resources to a TBR institution or have outstanding volunteer efforts in raising money for the institution. The fraternity was the first black Greek-lettered organization at TSU to establish an alumni affinity chapter, the first to erect a monument, the first to establish an endowment
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for scholarships and is the first to be recognized for its longstanding philanthropic support with the Chancellor’s Award. The idea to give back was spun from the fraternity members’ desire to dedicate a monument on campus to recognize the chapter’s history and achievements, but it helped position the fraternity of brothers as trailblazers — not only among TSU greeks and alumni, but nationwide. “We have to ensure our university maintains its mission and that we work to sustain it,” Brown said. “We have to accept that much of what we are and what we have achieved in our lifetime has a lot do with TSU whether you felt the university did all it could or not. It is our responsibility as alumni to give back and to continue to voice the importance of this responsibility of giving to the next generation.” The Rho Psi Affinity Chapter’s efforts have set the pace for other black Greek-lettered organizations and alumni chapters at Tennessee State University, and across the country, to begin a more collaborative and concentrated focus on fundraising for their alma maters, particularly historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs.). “It was always our intent to get everyone to follow us. We wanted to be the first, but we never wanted it to end with us,” Brown said. “We have to ensure our black universities maintain and are able to sustain. We have to accept that much of what we are and what we have achieved in our lifetimes has a lot to do with TSU.” 17
Save the Date! Join Us for the
2011 Breakfast of Champions November 11, 2011 8:00 a.m. Jane Elliott Building Jane Elliott Hall Ticket Cost: $15 in advance $20 after 10/21/2011*
*Tickets will not be sold at door.
For more information, call (615) 963-5763 www.tnstate.edu/alumni
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Schedule of Events November 6 â€“12, 2011 Co-Grand Marshals: Barbara Murrell & Richard Dent Honoree: Dr. Charles Fancher
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TSU Homecoming 2011 Sunday, November 6
Wednesday, November 9
3:00 P.M. Robert N. Murrell Oratorical Contest Floyd-Payne Campus Center Robert N. Murrell Forum
11:00 A.M. Metro Counselors Luncheon Jane Elliott Building Jane Elliott Hall
6:30 P.M. Gospel Explosion Competition Walter S. Davis Humanities Bldg T.E. Poag Auditorium 9:00 P.M. Students’ Caravan (walking) Immediately following the Gospel Concert Under the airplane on 33rd Street
Monday, November 7 7:00 P.M. Battle of the Residence Halls Floyd-Payne Campus Center Kean Hall Gymnasium
Tuesday, November 8 7:00 P.M. Blue and White Café Jane Elliott Building Jane Elliott Hall Featuring Mr. Jonathan Blanchard 9:00 P.M. Tent Party Main Campus Welton Plaza TSU Student ID Required
7:00 P.M. Mr. and Miss TSU Coronation and Ball Walter S. Davis Humanities Bldg.
Thursday, November 10 11:00 A.M. President’s Society Luncheon By invitation only Noon Student Activity Floyd-Payne Campus Center Midday Court Yard 3:00 P.M. Miss TSU Tea and Mr. TSU Luncheon By invitation only 7:00 P.M. Grand Marshal & Honoree Dinner Sheraton Music City Hotel Cost: $40.00 per person (Limited Seating) Deadline: 10/21/11 Tickets will not be sold at the event. 7:30 P.M. Christine Sharpe Distinguished Lecture Series Farrell-Westbrook Agriculture Research Extension Complex 8:00 P.M. Homecoming Comedy Show Gentry Complex Doors open at 7:00 P.M.
9:00 P.M. Alumni Blackout Mixer Sheraton Music City Hotel Cost $10.00 Call (615) 963-5831 to purchase tickets in advance ATTIRE: All Black
Friday, November 11 8:00 A.M. Breakfast of Champions Jane Elliott Building Jane Elliott Hall Cost: $15.00 (In advance); $20.00 (after 10/21/11) Tickets will not be sold at the event. 10:30 A.M. Pre-Pep Rally Caravan Floyd-Payne Campus Center 11:00 A.M. Charles Campbell Fish Fry Gentry Complex Lawn Noon Student Pep Rally Hale Stadium Inclement weather – Gentry Complex Noon Alumni Open Houses Schools & Colleges Gentry Complex Lawn Inclement weather – Gentry Complex 7:00 P.M. Step Show Gentry Complex Doors open at 6:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M. 12th Annual Agriculture & Home Economics Hall of Fame Farrell-Westbrook Agriculture Research Extension Complex
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Schedule of Events 8:00 P.M. An Evening with Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Scholarship Mixer Jane Elliott Building Jane Elliott Hall Cost: $15 9:00 P.M. Football Alumni Mixer Sheraton Music City Hotel 9:00 P.M. Class Reunions Party Bus Classes of ’76, ’81, ’86, ’91, ’96, ’01, ‘06 Depart from Sheraton Music City Hotel Cost: $40.00 (Deadline 10/21/11) 10:00 P.M. Reunion Hospitality Suites Sheraton Music City Hotel See Reunion list
Saturday, November 12 9:00 A.M. Homecoming Parade 21st Ave. & Jefferson Street to 33rd Ave. & John Merritt Blvd.
11:30 A.M. Showcase of Bands Hale Stadium Cost: $10.00 Noon Rho Psi Reunion Meeting Floyd-Payne Campus Center Robert N. Murrell Forum 4:45 P.M. Pre-Game L.P. Field-Downtown Nashville Tickets: $15- $35 5:00 P.M. Kick Off (TSU vs UT Martin) L.P. Field Downtown Nashville 10:00 P.M. The Official TSUNAA Homecoming After Party Featuring SILK Sheraton Music City Hotel Plantation Ballroom Go to www.tsu-alumni.org for details
Tiger Town Tailgating at L.P. Field Downtown Nashville L.P. Field Eastside Parking Lot $15 in advance w/game ticket; $20 at the gate w/game ticket Call (615) 963-5841 11:00 A.M. Alpha Phi Alpha Brunch Jane Elliott Building Jane Elliott Hall
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Homecoming Reunions Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Band Alumni Chapter
Contact: Harry Taylor (202) 546-0527 or email@example.com Contact: TBA
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Contact: Terry Clayton firstname.lastname@example.org Contact: Michelle Allen email@example.com
Contact: Tiffany Dobson firstname.lastname@example.org; or Dr. Gloria Johnson: email@example.com
Basketball Alumni Chapter
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Rho Psi Alumni Chapter
Contact: Greg Goodwin firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: David Saunders (615) 876-6306
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Contact: Michael Smith email@example.com
Contact: Rossie Johnson, III (619) 924-0439
Baseball Alumni Chapter
Sheraton Music City Sheraton Hotel: SOLD OUT! 777 McGavock Pike Nashville, TN 37214 (615) 885-2200 Rate: $139 + tax
Embassy Suites 10 Century Blvd. Nashville, TN 37214 (615) 871-0033 Rate: $129 + tax
Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa Parks Blvd Nashville, TN 37228 (615) 259-4343 Rate: $129 + tax
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TSU Homecoming After Party featuring SILK Sheraton Music City Hotel
Saturday 10:00 p.m. • Doors open at 9:15 p.m.
• DJ and Line Dancing in the McGavock Ballroom • $50 Wobble Contest Prize Donations: $35 in advance, July 1 — September 31, 2011 $40 in advance, October 1 — November 1, 2011 $45 at the door Table Sales on a first reserve basis up to October 1, 2011 $160 table of four (4) includes personal cocktail waitress $400 table of 10 includes personal cocktail waitress Call 703-408-5831 or 615-364-5197 for $1,000 table sponsorship details. Checks or money orders for all reservations will be taken by U.S. mail up to November 1, 2011. Mail to: TSUNAA 3500 John Merritt Blvd, Box 1261 • Nashville, TN 37209 For additional information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the TSUNAA Website at tsu-alumni.org.
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AlumniNews Briefs Willis named GM Hosea Willis (‘88) has been named general manager of Luxury Imports of Bowling Green, Ky., a dealership offering new, used and certified pre-owned vehicles. • • • • • •
Poole to open medical practice Dr. Kenneth G. Poole (’03) will open his own medical practice in Clayton, Mo. His specialty is general internal medicine and his areas of clinical interest include fitness, preventive medicine and hypertension. Poole is a native of St. Louis, Mo., a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry at TSU. Poole earned his M.D. from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Ill. • • • • • •
Stokes lands gubernatorial appointment Rodney Stokes (‘74) was appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Synder as director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment. Stokes brings a great depth and breadth of experience in natural resources, outdoor recreation, policy development, and civic engagement, anchored on the bedrock of public service. • • • • • • 24
Singleton elected county commissioner
Sonna Singleton (’84) has been sworn in as Clayton County Commissioner in Morrow, Ga. A native of Snow Hill, N.C., Singleton is actively involved in her community serving as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a member of Travelers Rest Missionary Baptist Church, past PTSA vice president at Morrow High School, past membership coordinator for Adamson Middle School PTSA and was one an original member of the Historic Rex Village Preservation Association. • • • • • •
Blunt joins The RLJ Companies Traci Otey Blunt (’90), a veteran media, political, and public affairs specialist, has been promoted at The RLJ Companies as senior vice president of corporate communications and public affairs. Blunt has been with the company since 2008, after serving as a deputy communications director to now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign. In her new role, Blunt leads a team responsible for communications, media strategy and planning, government relations and issues management. • • • • • •
Fregia re-elected to ISMS Board Dr. Adrienne L. Fregia (’84) has been re-elected to the Illinois State Medical Society Board of Trustees. A board certified internist specializing in gastroenterology, Fregia is in private practice in Matteson, Ill. She is on staff at Ingalls Memorial Hospital, St. James Hospital and Advocate South Surburban Hospital. An ISMS member since 1993, Fregia currently serves as board liaison to the Council on Communications. She holds membership with the American Medical Association and the American Gastroenterological Association. • • • • • •
Taylor recognized for life-saving procedure Joseph Taylor (’78) has been saluted for his innovation in the development of the Taylor-Chism Cardiac Restoration Tub Procedure with Scuba Gear. This procedure, which has been registered with the United States Register of Copyrights, helps to extend the life of victims suffering from cardiac arrest allowing more time to receive proper medical care. Taylor was recognized for his achievements by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson with a certificate of congratulations and acknowledgement. • • • • • •
Alumnae celebrated during Women of Legend & Merit Awards During its fifth anniversary celebration, aptly themed, “Celebrating the Power of Women,” the 2011 Women of Legend and Merit Awards saluted several alumnae for their life achievements both
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professionally and in the community. Among the alumna selected as honorees for this year included: M. Inez Crutchfield (’47, ’49) in Morton Crutchfield the category of “Government/ Politics,” Dr. Tommie Morton-Young (’51) in the category of “Education,” Wyomia Tyus (’68) in the category of Tyus Whitfield “Athletics,” and the surprise “Woman of Strength, Courage and Commitment” award to Margaret C. Whitfield (’55). • • • • • •
Johnson receives AAFCS Distinguished Service Award Dr. Gearldean Johnson (’67) CFCS, received the “2011 AAFCS Distinguished Service Award” at the closing banquet during the annual meeting of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). She was nominated by AAFCS members of the National Coalition for Black Development in Family & Consumer Sciences. The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) was established by the American Home Economics Association (AHEA) Foundation in 1979 as a living tribute to members of AHEA (now AAFCS) to recognize superior achievements in family and consumer sciences, outstanding contributions to the family and consumer sciences profession, and sustained association leadership at both state and national levels. • • • • • •
Alpha Chi Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated Thursday, November 10, 2011
Welcome & Registration 7:00 p.m. – TBD • Music City Sheraton, Delta Hospitality Suite
Friday, November 11, 2011
Alpha Chi Welcome Reception 11:00 a.m. – Noon • TSU Campus Alpha Chi 75th Anniversary Celebration & Dinner 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. • Music City Sheraton, Plantation Ballroom Alpha Chi 75th Anniversary Celebration Dance 9:30 p.m. – TBD • Music City Sheraton, Plantation Ballroom
Saturday, November 12, 2011 Serenade Noon • TSU Campus Alpha Chi Monument Unveiling 12:30 p.m. • Welton Plaza TSU Homecoming Game 5:00 p.m. • LP Field
For more info, visit the official 75th Anniversary website at www.alphachianniversary.blogspot.com or e-mail the Absolutely AX Affinity Association at email@example.com.
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From zero to national
championship Catana Starks’ inspiring story hits Hollywood Her quiet, no nonsense demeanor says nothing Hollywood, but her powerful story of tenacity and turning challenge into opportunity is what blockbuster movies are made of. The challenges and triumphs of Tennessee State University alumna and faculty member, Dr. Catana Starks’ journey, as the first female head coach of an NCAA Division I men’s golf team, has been captured and will be shared with the world in an upcoming feature film, From the Rough. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Academy Award nominee for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, as Starks; Tom Felton, from the Harry Potter series; Michael Clarke Duncan, an Academy Award nominee for The Green Mile; and LeToya Luckett, a platinum recording artist and original member of the Gr a m m y - w i n ning R&B group, Destiny’s Child. The film’s portrayal of Starks, and the team she built, will provide audiences a glimpse into how an unlikely roster of multiethnic
players, with only one thing in common, overcame their differences to nab a NCAA Regional Championship invitation and a Division I-record win for the National Minority Championship in golf. “I was determined to make a film about her life to show that women like [Starks] deserved to prove their ability to succeed in a man’s world,” said the film’s producer Michael Critelli, former CEO of Pitney Bowes. Critelli’s Gyre Entertainment, based in Burbank, Calif., is producing the film and has a mission of “focusing on an African-American audience that has historically been underserved by Hollywood, and emphasizing positive, uplifting, forwardthinking ideas and stories.” Before inheriting the responsibility of leading a golf team, Starks served as coach of TSU’s men’s swimming and diving team. Only in her spare time, did she work on honing her skills at another sport she enjoyed—golf. Shortly after TSU joined the Ohio Valley Conference in 1984, then-Athletics Director Bill Thomas learned that no swimming teams were sanctioned. At that point, he decided to trade the university’s swimming program for a new team sport. Knowing of her love for golf, and now without a team to coach, Thomas turned to Starks to guide the program. Not one to shy away from challenges, she accepted her new title of “golf coach” and began the process of fielding a team of winners. If TSU was to spare itself humiliation during its initial years on the golf course, a reasonably talented team needed to be assembled. Those early years were by no means spectacular. But neither was it an embarrassment to the university. And the only place available for golf team practice was the Ted Rhodes Golf Course, a public facility not far from the Tennessee State campus.
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Driven to succeed, this TSU graduate never accepted failure as an option. Starks, who holds a bachelor’s (’69), master’s (’73) and doctorate degree (’80) from Tennessee State University, coached the team to the National Minority Golf Championship in 2005. “We set a record,” Starks said in the Hunt interview. “It was so wonderful to have this experience…that was great for us.” While Starks no longer coaches golf, she remains a lover of the sport and a fan. Today, she heads TSU’s Human Performance and Sport Sciences department, and has been instrumental in updating the curriculum, student enrollment and increased graduation rates in both the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. “We accomplished this feat by making sure students have quality educational experiences in the department,” Starks said. “I am proud to lead a department here at TSU that prepares students for leadership, teaching and service.” “My first golf team consisted of two injured football players, two other guys and one girl who was permitted to play with us. I started out with that and they were all African-Americans. It continued on and then I started getting other interested players from other ethnic groups. Eventually, it evolved into having some international students,” Starks told journalist Donald Hunt, a columnist for The Philadelphia Tribune and contributor to ESPN.com’s golf coverage.
K. Dawn Rutledge contributed to this article.
As she continued to build the program, Starks recruited Sam Puryear, now head golf coach and the first African-American golf coach at Michigan State University, and several other quality players to the team. She also provided much of the team’s transportation. Despite heavy wear and tear on her personal car, she transported the team where they needed to be. Most important, Starks knew access to superior golf courses was important to recruiting the caliber of young golfers she coveted. Without hesitation she approached officials at Gaylord Springs Golf Course, considered one of the best in the nation, to allow TSU players to practice and play the course. They agreed. Officials at the top-notch Hermitage Golf Course were next to step up and accept TSU’s student golf team. Starks made it a point to bring each prospect out to see the spiffy golf courses where the team could now practice and play. Her strategy of securing superior golf courses paid off handsomely. With better practice facilities Starks recruited Sean Foley (now Tiger Woods’ swing coach), and Robert Dinwiddie (now on European Tour), her first All-American. Her mission led her to the recruitment of several experienced foreign students for the team, and soon former president of Meharry Medical College, Dr. Lloyd Elam, stepped up as a major benefactor providing the team with an annual stipend of $2,000. With all these elements coming together, TSU’s golf team prospects were indeed getting brighter.
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makes Pro Football Hall of Fame By K. Dawn Rutledge
Just like someone who might be born to sing, born to act or born to lead, those who knew former Tennessee State University defensive end Richard Dent best, believes he was born for professional football. From the moment he hit TSU’s gridiron, most agreed that a superstar was born. An agile athlete with the heart of a champion, Dent’s exceptional performance on the field has now led him to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for 2011, making him the first TSU alum to be inducted. Craig Gilliam, former defensive coach at TSU, worked closely with Dent during his collegiate playing career, and said “he had all the attributes for the NFL and his consistency as a pass rusher led me to believe he would one day be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “He was very quick and tenacious and he just had that fire,” Gilliam said. “He was quick off the ball and rushed the pass very well. He was self-motivated; he wanted to be a pro.” Dent was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1983 and played 14 seasons in the NFL with four teams: the Bears (1983-1993), the San Francisco 49ers (1994), the Indianapolis Colts (1996) and the Philadelphia Eagles (1997). While playing with the Bears, Dent was named “MVP” of Super Bowl XX when the Bears defeated the New England Patriots 46-10. Dent retired after the 1997 season. During his NFL career, he amassed 137.5 sacks and eight interceptions. He made 124.5 of his sacks during his career while playing for the Bears. At the time of his retirement, his 137.5 sacks ranked him third in NFL history as a leading sacker. Mike Jones, TSU’s current assistant coach, was Dent’s teammate and played on an undefeated team with him while the two were student-athletes at TSU. Jones recalls Dent being one of the “biggest, friendliest guys who always had his arms open to anyone.” “Obviously, the career he had here at TSU as well as in the NFL panned out so greatly that you just knew he was destined for greatness. He’s very deserving,” Jones said, of Dent’s selection to the Hall of Fame.
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“We are very happy to know that they [Pro Football Hall of Fame] are honoring one of our own. While we think there are many more, we are certainly proud to have him [Dent] as the first.” Recruited by legendary Coach John A. Merritt, Dent played for the Tigers from 1979 – 1982 and earned AllAmerican honors, including “Defensive Player of the Year” in 1982. While at TSU, he inherited the nickname “Dirty Dent” for his aggressive style of play. Dent finished his playing days at Tennessee State with 39 sacks. Dent presently resides in Chicago, Ill. and heads the Make a Dent Foundation, a 501(3)(c) organization founded with the primary goal of improving the lives of children. Over the years, the foundation has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to worthwhile organizations such as The Illinois Literacy Foundation, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kentucky, Colin Powell’s America’s Promise, Angels on the Fairway, United Negro College Fund, the Better Boys Foundation and many others. “It’s been a long time and a long journey. It’s hard for me to believe I’m the first TSU player to make it to the Hall of Fame,” Dent told The Tennessean newspaper. “There have been so many great players through the years that are deserving — Claude Humphrey, Too Tall Jones, Cleveland Elam. The list goes on and on.” Gilliam added he is extremely proud to have been Dent’s coach. “He is the best, without a doubt and hands-down, defensive interior lineman I have ever coached in my 32-year coaching career,” Gilliam said. In addition to Dent’s pending induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he was inducted into the Tennessee State University Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. 29
Our Time to Shine Scholarship Celebration
TSU proudly salutes its 2011 outstanding donors George E. (’68, ’72) and Janie (’70) Ganaway
The children of Dr. Henry H. Durrell (’51) accept the award on behalf of the Durrell Family.
Mary Carver-Patrick (’69)
Jacqueline F. Merritt (’87, ’89) Leonard (’68) and (not pictured) Angela (’69) Stephens
Kevin W. Williams, president and managing director of General Motors of Canada Limited, accepts award on behalf of GM.
Sharon Smith Banks (’73)
Tennessee State University’s Tiger name announced It’s not Tony or Tigger or Snagglepuss, even. But the new name bestowed upon TSU’s beloved mascot is fitting of the university’s style, traditions and reputation as a trailblazer. After receiving dozens of unique names, the winning moniker is AristoKat. “As Tennessee State University prepares to embark on our 100th anniversary, giving our beloved mascot 30
a name is long overdue,” President Portia H. Shields said. “We received some very unique names and AristoKat revealed itself as the favorite. We are ready for everyone to ride the Big Blue wave as we continue focusing on scholarly excellence and sportsmanship.” The AristoKat will be part of the centennial celebration as the university gears up for an exciting 100th year anniversary, slated April 15-21, 2012.
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Friendship Baptist offers students spiritual, nutritional and personal guidance The hand clapping, cheering and foot stomping taking place just across John Merritt Boulevard from Hale Stadium each week is not the reaction of students excited about a football game, but the energy emanating from the walls of Tennessee State University’s longtime neighbors, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. The church has gained a reputation, and an ever-growing following, by developing programs and services that cater to the multiple needs of TSU’s student population. The church now offers a college Bible study program each Wednesday night. In fact, the Rev. James Greer (’72) and his wife, Delores (‘62) have grown so close to some students that many continue to attend the church as adults after leaving TSU. When the Greers arrived at Friendship Baptist in 2002, they noticed that for a church located at the main entrance to the university, TSU student attendance was sparse at best. While the previous pastor did provide breakfast following morning services, few students accepted the invitation. Perplexed why only a handful of students accepted the invitation, the Rev. Greer put a plan in motion to get to the bottom of the problem and orchestrated a very simple solution: he simply asked the students what was required from the church to increase student attendance. “We started with two college students when we first got there [Friendship Baptist Church] and through word-ofmouth, participating in orientation on campus and being more visible, we were
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Rev. Jimmy and Mrs. Delores Greer with TSU President, Dr. Portia H. Shields (center).
able to grow our services for the college students,” said Delores Greer. Students were very forthright. They noted the 11 a.m. service was far too crowded. The church responded quickly replacing breakfast with lunch and established an afternoon service for students. TSU students were allowed to plan and run the 1 p.m. service and stepped up in roles as ushers and financial committee members, and currently TSU student, Elder Adriane Lewis of Saginaw, Mich., serves as minister of music. Additionally, area universities, such as Vanderbilt, had seminary students preach at the service. Soon, attendance ballooned to a capacity congregation of 700 students. The lunch bunch grew as well with the church now serving an average of 175 for the lunch program. For the past four years, the church has partnered with the university in support of its annual Community Service Day, a program spearheaded by the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, which encourages students and the campus community to engage in meaningful service to the Nashville area and maintain positive relationships in the broader community. The church provides meals to students, along with a little “TLC.” “On average, we serve about 500 students during this activity. This ministry is a passion for us and we see this as a blessing to give back to the students, both spiritually and otherwise,” Greer said.
Dr. Sue Fuller, executive director of TSU’s Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, said the church has been wonderful to work with and plays a critical part in such an enormous, but important project. “The staff and membership of the church have joyfully provided lunch to thousands of students for every single service day we’ve had since 2007,” said Dr. Sue Fuller, executive director of the Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement. “We asked them if they could provide lunch and they have done that very well; cooking all of the food, serving it and interacting and welcoming all of the new students. It’s been a wonderful partnership with them and we have always been appreciative of their generosity.” The Reverend and Mrs. Greer continue to take a holistic approach to the needs of Tennessee State University students. Knowing students may need advice other than just Sunday, the Greers give their telephone numbers to students so they may call whenever the need arises. “We just believe you have to be downto-earth, listen to them [students] and share advice,” Greer said. “The pastor’s approach and mine, along with other members of our congregation, is to simply have a caring attitude.” K. Dawn Rutledge contributed to this article. 31
remains true blue
for alma mater By K. Dawn Rutledge
Long after many have turned off their phones and shut down their computers, sitting quietly, yet working feverishly, in a corner office in the academic affairs suite in Tennessee State University’s McWherter Administration Building, is long-time employee and dedicated alumna, Dr. Patricia Crook. Not long after graduating from TSU with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1973, Crook found herself right back at her alma mater four years later. A loyal employee of the university for 27 years, Crook only took a break in service from 19911997 to work for the Tennessee Board of Regents. Along her professional journey at TSU, she has worked in several important capacities, including grants officer, bursar, assistant and associate vice president for business and finance, associate vice president for technology and administrative services, interim vice president for student affairs, interim vice president for academic affairs, interim director of human resources and interim director of financial aid. “The best part of my job is working with our students and my colleagues, as we jointly create an academic and physical environment conducive to teaching, learning, research and public service,” Crook said, who currently serves as associate vice president for academic affairs. Her responsibilities include financial management of the division’s $56 million unrestricted budget and budgetary processes; fiscal reporting to internal and external groups; man32
agement of summer school, part-time faculty and overload budgets, personnel hiring, payment processes; review and approval of all division contracts and agreements; development of all university departments’ organizational charts; assist deans, department heads, faculty and staff with fiscal and academic issues. In addition to her bachelor’s degree, Crook earned a Master of Public Administration in 1995 and a Doctor of Education-Administration and Supervision in 1997 from TSU. She also holds a MBA from the University of Tennessee. Crook’s dedication to her alma mater extends far beyond her professional duties. She is an annual contributor to TSU’s distinguished donor club, the President’s Society, and has been a consistent football season ticket holder for many years. She supports many athletic games, attends and assists with campus activities and is a life member of the TSU National Alumni Association. “I chose TSU because of the university’s positive reputation in the community for developing, nurturing and graduating students,” Crook said. “I give back because, as alumni, we are responsible for helping the next generation achieve their academic goals and dreams. I strongly believe in the saying ‘to whom much is given, much is required and the more you give, the more God gives back to you for the purpose of helping others.’ I practice being a giver of time, money and other possessions. I believe as alums, giving back is just one way of saying ‘thanks’ to God and
TSU for preparing us for the many successes we have achieved during our life’s journey.” Her strong faith and belief in God has been the foundation for her success and happiness, and she said only second to that is her 82-year old mother, Mrs. Jane Crook. “My mother is my greatest supporter, mentor and motivator,” said Crook, the third of six children, in which four other siblings are also TSU graduates. Crook’s passion for helping people is evident in her other involvements as well. She attends Greater Christ Temple Apostolic Church, serves on the GCT Advisory Board, the Health Care Professionals ministry, and as a superintendent and Sunday school teacher for eight- and nine-year-old students. She is also actively involved in community and professional groups such as Kappa Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, is a licensed certified public accountant and affiliate real estate broker. As TSU approaches its 100th anniversary, she said there are many great things ahead. She sees using cutting-edge technology, data driven decision making, right-size staffing and greater participation in communication networks as opportunities and benefits
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for the university. There are also continued opportunities to create and improve on student/customer friendly processes, outreach to and support from alumni and partnerships with public and private entities to more successfully compete in a constantly evolving global economy.
“For there to be a harvest, there has to be sowing,” Crook said. “I am a TSU success because alums, faculty and administrators before me sowed their prayers, money, time, knowledge and belief in me. Now as alums, we must do the same for the current and future generations to come.”
You’re Invited to Celebrate with Us Nashville Alumni Chapter presents
EXCELLENCE, RESILIENCE, AND UNITY
“An Evening of Pre-Celebration for Our Alma Mater’s Birth”
Friday, October 28, 2011 KEAN HALL, TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY TABLE CONTRIBUTIONS: $1000 • $750 • $450
For more information, please contact Janet Merriwether at 615-865-1086 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presidential Perspective (continued from page 7...) and, the group is visiting churches and alumni meetings misrepresenting the health of the institution. I cannot change the minds of naysayers, nor will I try. My time, like yours, is better spent doing something positive for TSU. I ask you to support our beloved institution by sharing this piece with everyone you know; and, if there are any remaining questions, just let me know when and where, and I will respond. I close with an Aesop Fable you must have heard years ago. The wind and the sun had an argument about who was the most powerful. The wind bragged he
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was stronger and the sun disputed this belief. So the wind said: “Watch this. See the traveler coming down the road? Whichever of us causes him to take off his coat will be declared strongest.” The wind went to work, blowing the coat of the traveler; but, the harder it blew, the tighter the traveler held on. When the wind, finally exhausted, gave up, the sun calmly came from behind the clouds and shone in all its glory, causing the traveler to shed his coat. Currently, in this, “the land of golden sunshine,” ill winds cloaked in artificial declarations of love for TSU are attempting to blow no good to our institution. Won’t you be her cloak of protection? As we
continue striving to meet our mandates, despite rain and wind and whatever negative forces seek to penetrate her fertile shores, won’t you be a ray of golden sunshine, spreading the data presented here and pledging your support for her? Only you can help us meet our mandates with faith that’s true, and the key word is faith because it’s not just about Tennessee State, it’s about the state of Tennessee and the rest of the nation. It’s about our public purpose, providing leaders who can “think, work and serve.” And at the last, it’s about the mission of this historically black university to prepare African-Americans and others through excellence, resilience and, yes, unity. 33
Honor Roll of donors We salute the alumni who have so generously provided financial contributions to the Tennessee State University Foundation during the period from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010. Each gift is greatly appreciated and put to good use providing scholarships, enhancing academic programs and supporting university operations. * Note: Names in bold/italics are Presidentâ€™s Society donors who contributed $1,000.00 or more during this period. If you have any questions, please contact the TSU Foundation at 615.963.5481.
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Ruby L. Bankhead, 1979 Richard Banks, Jr., 1951 Edgaranna Bardwell, 1968 John J. Barfield, IV, 1999 Pamela A. Barfield, 1991 Terry W. Barksdale, 1975 Joe E. Barlow, Jr., 1973 Beverly B. Barton, 1965 Madeline L. Barton, 1961 Sherman C. Barton, 1959 Eleanor S. Bass, 1975 James I. Bass, 1962 Velvet C. Bass, 1983 Annie J. Batten, 1953 James Battieste, 1979 Ira C. Baxter, Sr., 1948 Nicole L. Baxter, 2010 Thelma B. Baxter, 1949 Henry E. Beach, 1959 Margaret S. Beach, 1959 Sophia K. Beamon, 1963 Karya Y. Beamon-Evans, 1996 Anna V. Beard, 1987 Denise M. Beard, 2009 Dwight L. Beard, 1974 Lorraine A. Beard, 1989 Phillip Beene, 1977 Edward D. Bell, 1962 Eunice L. Bell, 1969 Jennifer Bell, 2005 John L. Bell Woodrow Bell, 1967 Arthur Benjamin, Jr., 1959 Chandra Bennett, 2008 Eddie L. Benns, 1962 Janice M. Benson, 1965 Antonio J. Benton, 2009 Isaac H. Berry James E. Berry, Sr., 1957 Saida Binhazim, 2009 Lametric Bishop, 2007 Mark A. Bishop, 1971 Dorothy F. V. Black, 1958 Ida R. Black, 1954 Melvin C. Black, 1960 Phillip M. Black, 2010 Reece A. Black
Samuel A. Black, 1965 Dallas Blackman, 1965 Olivia P. Blackman, 1965 Rosie K. Blakemore, 1968 Doris Blue Clyde W. Bolds, 1959 Carol G. Bompart, 1984 Andrew Bond, 1948 Bonetta J. Bond, 1976 Clyde L. Bond, Jr., 1987 Reginald L. Bond, 1979 Rasheed H. Bonds, 2002 Sam Bone, Jr., 1958 Richard M. Bonner, 1965 David Boone, 1963 Robert L. Boone, 1970 Effie J. Boothe, 1997 Jerold D. Borden, 1998 Sarah F. Borders, 2010 Anita M. Bourne, 1981 Phillip H. Bourne, 1971 Melanie C. Bowers, 1992 Harvey W. Bowles, 1973 Alma J. Bowman, 1961 Gaynell R. Bowman, 1993 Lillie D. Bowman, 1945 Barbara W. Boyd, 1959 Clinton C. Boyd, 1972 Lily T. Boyd, 1944 Mary S. Boyd, 1969 T B. Boyd, III, 1969 William M. Boyd, 1945 Yvette J. Boyd, 1973 Everett L. Boyer, 1969 Shirley M. Boyer, 1969 Robert L. Brack, 1966 Bruce D. Bradford, 1970 Patricia Bradford, 1971 Yolanda B. Bradley, 1992 Xernona C. Brady, 1952 Clarence Branch, Jr., 1983 Merlton Brandenberg, 1965 Iris A. Brandon, 1945 Katie P. Brandon, 1957 Sandra S. Brauch, 1988 Rosie M. Brewster-Crowder, 1966 Larry B. Bride, 1996
Latisha Bridges, 2003 Revlon S. Briggs, 1991 Eleanor F. Bright, 1955 Charles H. Brinkley, Sr. Frank D. Brinkley, 1963 Velma S. Brinkley, 1965 Harvey L. Brinson, 1961 Patricia H. Brock, 1971 Judith A. Brock-Mack, 1986 Irma C. Brookins, 1954 Gertrude N. Brooks, 1971 Stephen C. Brooks, 1987 Virginia L. Brooks, 1959 Doris F. Broome, 1970 Myron D. Broome, 2000 Elbert D. Brown, 1955 Elizabeth Brown, 1991 Freda D. Brown, 1999 George A. Brown, Jr., 1971 Hodari P. Brown, 2008 Howard H. Brown, 1970 Karl R. Brown, 1978 Lorethia B. Brown, 1954 Sue J. Brown, 1958 Terressa A. Brown, 1969 Virgenia S. Brown, 1991 William R. Brown, 1967 Terry R. Browne, 1996 Micah W. Bruce, 1983 Burnece W. Brunson, 1936 Jewel E. Bryant Latoyia G. Bryant, 1998 Famitah Q. Buchanan, 2007 Lloyd Buchanan, 1965 Scott A. Burchyett, 2007 Glenn A. Burke, 1970 Shirley J. Burke, 1965 Eura L. Burks, 1965 Harold Burks, 1988 Delores J. Burrus, 1958 James S. Burton, 1974 Genetta C. Butler, 1979 Joan Butler, 1968 Joshua Butler, 1965 Tasha Butler, 1989 Crystal J. Byrd, 2010 James W. Byrdsong, 1965
Carrie L. Cabbagestalk, 1994 Jacquelyn B. Caffey, 1959 Bobby L. Cain, 1961 King - Caldwell, Jr. Victoria E. Caldwell, 1979 Eugenia J. Calloway, 1952 Phyllis J. Calvert, 1966 Joseph A. Cameron, 1963 Charles A. Campbell, 1974 Clifton T. Campbell, 1961 Jacquelyn Campbell, 1970 James A. Campbell James D. Campbell, 1975 Jessie G. Campbell, 1962 Kira L. Campbell, 2010 Mildred M. Campbell, 1964 Walter L. Campbell Reginald D. Cannon, 1996 Michael E. Carn, 1982 Dwight Carnahan, 1981 Samuel L. Carney, 1973 Yvonne F. Carney, 1973 Tanisha D. Carothers, 2009 Kenneth A. Carpenter, Sr. Lois J. Carr, 1957 Darryl Carter Dennis C. Carter, 1977 Felicia D. Carter, 1983 Rubye W. Carter, 1952 Tracey B. Carter, 2005 Warrick L. Carter, 1964 Tabitha D. Carthon, 1955 Mary Carver-Patrick, 1969 Jacqueline Cathey, 1970 Gwendolyn M. Chandler, 1963 Clifton W. Chapman, 1990 Stephanie B. Chase Ardell M. Chatman, 1970 Austin E. Chatman, 1973 Sarah M. Chatman, 1980 Eryka M. Cheatham, 2004 Chandra Cheeseborough, 1982 Edgar Chism, Jr., 1972 Lois A. Chmely, 1999 Emmanuel I. Chokuba, 2009 Mary E. B. Churchwell, 1964 Delphine E. Claggion, 1977
Bertha S. Clark, 1962 Gregory A. Clark, 1987 Simpson J. Clark, 1958 Gilbert E. Clay, 1986 Teresa J. Clay, 1998 Patricia Clayton, 1976 Terry R. Clayton, 1980 Donald R. Cleveland, 1984 Kina N. Cleveland, 2001 Liz M. Cleveland, 1966 Sonya D. Cliff, 1998 Helen H. Cochran, 1949 Trehon Cockrell-Coleman, 2010 Madelyn E. Coffey, 1950 Danielle Coggins, 2003 Charles F. Cole, 1960 Charles F. Cole, 1960 Claude L. Cole, 1952 Deborah A. Cole, 1974 Alfred E. Coleman, 1957 Rosa H. Coleman, 1967 Brenda Y. Collier, 2003 Curtis Collier, 1971 Larissa N. Collier, 2010 Helena R. Collins, 1975 Joshua L. Collins, 2009 Lawrence F. Collins, Jr., 1966 Regina F. Collins, 1965 Walter Collins, 1960 Sammy Comer, 1972 Angela M. Cook, 1995 Ralph D. Cook, Sr., 1964 Helen P. Cooke, 1952 Longino A. Cooke, Jr., 1951 Wilmer Cooksey, Jr., 1965 Barbara L. Cooper, 1950 Mary A. Copeland, 2007 Ida S. Corbett, 1948 Joe L. Cornelius, 1989 Joe L. Cornelius, 1968 Gilda T. Cornell, 1984 Sally K. Cothron, 1972 Alexander Coure, Jr., 1972 Jewell B. Cousin, 1958 Gwendolyn D. Covington, 1975 Terri L. Covington, 1981 Charles H. Cox, Jr., 1949
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Harrison S. Foy, 1971 Harry G. Franklin, Jr., 1965 Marian Franklin Robert R. Frase, 1989 Mary H. Frazier, 1963 Carl A. Freeman, 1988 Cornelius E. Freeman, Jr., 1967 Sylvia E. Freeman, 1968 Adrienne L. Fregia, 1984 Karl W. French, 1988 Louise V. Frierson, 1965 Doris J. Frieson, 1955 William Fuller Dellanita Fuqua, 1982 Shalaurence E. Furlow, 2009 Barbara E. Gaines Stanley Gainor, 1953 Thomas E. Gaiter, 1979 George E. Ganaway, 1968 Janie R. Ganaway, 1970 Lureada S. Gardner, 1957 S L. Gay, 1971 Carrie M. Gentry, 1958 Iris R. Gibbs, 1980 Jacqueline Gibbs, 1962 Apperiday Gibson, 2009 Harold W. Gilbert, 1972 Serina K. Gilbert, 1968 Bernice Giles, 1969 Walter Gillespie, 1952 Evelyn B. Gilliam, 1955 Brenda J. Gilmore, 1984 William S. Gittens, 1991 Revida Glover, 1999 Mildred J. Goines, 1949 Judy C. Goldthree, 1976 Gregory P. Goodwin, 1979 Calin D. Goolsby, 1996 Alfred H. Gordon, 1972 Eleanor A. Gordon, 1956 Grace M. Gordon, 1960 Henry R. Gordon, 1956 Dorothy J. Gore, 1967 Margaret E. Goudeaux, 1969 Leatrice C. Gradford, 1970 Eddie L. Gragg, 1974 Andrea A. Graham, 1989 Juana L. Grandberry, 1978 Madelyn M. Grant, 1977 Reginald O. Grant, 1976 Edward L. Graves, 1962 Juanita Graves, 2010 Patricia Graves, 1974 Sequoya S. Graves-Battle, 2005 Maebrina Gray, 2010 Amissa G. Green, 2000 Augustine C. Green, 1967 Dennis O. Green, Jr., 1963 Gene Green, 1970 Marlah D. Green, 1994 Mary S. Green, 1959 Richard L. Green, 1963 Terrance L. Green, 1989 Candace J. Greene, 2009 Robert Greene, 1975
Delores B. Greer, 1962 Janice M. Greer, 1985 Jimmy D. Greer, 1972 William F. Greer, 1959 Valeria Greer-Oliver, 1971 Nikia R. Grier, 2005 Arthur J. Griffa, 1957 Betty Griffin, 1966 Bobby L. Griffin, 1963 Janeen R. Griffin, 2008 Cassandra L. Griggs, 1993 LaKena L. Grimes, 2005 Arena K. Groves, 1960 Jay Groves, 1984 Doris Gunn-Stevens, 1971 Charles E. Haley, II, 1975 Charmion L. Haley, 1988 D N. Hall Dorothy L. Hall, 1947 Joseph A. Hambrite, 1969 Jeffery Hamer, 1981 Lajuana M. Hamer, 1984 Alberta D. Hamilton, 1959 Charles F. Hamilton, 1959 Herbert Hamilton, 1974 Ashton T. Hamme, 1968 Natisha T. Hampton, 2002 Shenitha S. Hampton, 2000 Carolyn B. Hardy, 1994 Samuel K. Hargrove, 1985 Carletta J. Harlan, 1969 Alphonza V. Harper, III, 1969 Paul Harper Benjamin R. Harrell, 1970 Bernard Harris Jo Carole Harris, 1961 Lakishia D. Harris, 2010 Lori D. Harris, 1999 Marcos S. Harris, 1998 Norma L. Harris, 1969 Paula Harris, 1976 Shea L. Harris, 2003 Steven C. Harris, 1971 Walter L. Harris, 1975 Floyd H. Harrison, Jr., 1959 Darlene G. Harris-Vasser, 1980 Terreka S. Hart, 2010 Ruth E. Harwell, 1949 Warner C. Hassell, Jr., 1982 Ruth J. Haston, 1976 William T. Haston, 1970 Linda C. Hatchett, 1996 Anita H. Hayes, 1990 Sherrae M. Hayes, 2008 Veronica Y. Hayes-Johnson, 2002 Madeline A. Haynes, 1951 William F. Hayslett, Sr., 1973 Kemba N. Heard, 1998 Susie B. Heard, 1959 Mary F. Helm, 1966 Walter L. Hemphill, 1971 Doris B. Henderson, 1952 Franklin J. Henderson, 1960 Richard L. Henderson, 1975 George H. Hendricks, 1993
Rafael Hernandez, Jr., 1963 Larry W. Herring, 1967 Victor E. Herrmann, III, 1990 Brenda Hester Christine S. Hicks, 1959 Thelma B. Hicks, 1959 David P. Hightower, 1985 Andre R. Hill, 2007 Bertha R. Hill, 1965 Carolyn M. Hill, 1970 Deretha Hill Fred A. Hill, 1963 Helen C. Hill, 1960 Jacqueline E. Hill Lester M. Hill Logan M. Hill, 1966 Kenneth J. Hillsman, Sr., 1974 Andre Hines, 2000 Alvin Hinkle, 1967 Barry K. Hobbs, 2010 Drucilla G. Hogans, 1963 John E. Hogans, III, 1961 Ruby D. Holeyfield, 1959 Belinda F. Holland, 2005 Laverne H. Holland, 1947 Marilyn C. Holloman, 1972 Billie B. Holloway, 1965 Thomas F. Holloway, Jr., 1966 Angela C. Holmes, 2002 Michael G. Holmes, 1973 Chiquilla M. Holt, 1989 Daniel L. Holt, 2005 Sandra Holt, 1971 Trevor J. Holt, 1991 William R. Hoosier, 1954 Charles E. Hopkins, III, 1981 Napoleon Hornbuckle, 1964 Jesse B. Horne, 1949 Walter R. Horton, 1980 Harvey E. Hoskins, 1973 Carl E. House, 1963 Capree R. Houston, 1999 Louise G. Houston, 1974 Mary Houston, 1968 Vance L. Houston, 1975 Benjamin F. Howard, 1970 Ralph A. Howard, Jr., 1987 James Hubbard Charles R. Hudson, 1956 Frances M. Hudson, 1947 Frances W. Hudson, 1939 James Hudson, Jr., 1949 Nelle C. Hudson, 1956 Ola G. Hudson, 1951 Robert J. Hudson, 1946 Ramona Hudson-Pulse Evelyn B. Hughes, 1961 George M. Hughes, 1961 George Hull, Jr., 1949 Jewell N. Hull, 1954 Claude B. Humphrey, 1968 Ralph M. Hunt, 1974 Yashica N. Hunt, 2002 Bertha E. Hunter, 1957 Walton Hunter, 1969
Derrick M. Hurst, 2006 Pamela J. Hurst, 1988 Clifford J. Hurston, Jr., 1960 Charles R. Hurt, 1954 Geraldine L. Hurt, 1955 Jamal Hutchinson, 2002 Vincent R. Huth, 1989 William Hytche, Jr., 2001 Krisden N. Ingram, 2010 Luster D. Ingram, 1987 Ann T. Irvin, 1972 Frances Isabel, 1965 Marquette R. Isabel, 2000 Roy J. Isabel, 1964 Janet M. Isat, 1984 Juliana I. Iwuagwu, 2003 Ada W. Jackson, 1959 Dora E. Jackson, 1952 Dwight C. Jackson, 2010 Herman E. Jackson, 1965 Hugh C. Jackson, 1972 James C. Jackson James H. Jackson, Jr., 1973 Jeanetta W. Jackson, 1997 Josephine H. Jackson, 1971 Juanita L. P. Jackson, 1963 Laurie M. Jackson, 2005 M T. Jackson, 1962 Maggie K. Jackson, 1946 Mary E. Jackson, 1965 Nathaniel Jackson Renee C. Jackson, 1986 Thomas A. Jackson, 1951 Wilbur M. Jackson, 1960 Jesse C. James, 1973 Andrea E. Jarmon, 1991 Carla A. Jarrett, 2004 Sylvester Jarrett, 1982 Acie J. Jefferson, Jr., 1973 Angie K. Jefferson, 1996 Keith D. Jefferson, 1996 Joseph W. Jenkins, Jr., 1963 Betty M. Jennings, 1959 Rebecca L. Jennings, 1951 Christopher C. Jett, 2003 Robert A. Jobe, 2002 Bobby G. Johnson Jr., 2010 Cuba S. Johnson, Jr., 1965 Doretha M. Johnson, 1976 Frances S. Johnson, 1983 Fred D. Johnson, Jr., 1954 Gearldean Johnson, 1967 Georgia M. Johnson, 1972 Gloria C. Johnson, 1970 Harvey Johnson, Jr., 1968 Jerry D. Johnson, II, 2008 Kenneth L. Johnson, 1987 Lacey V. Johnson, 2010 Mildred B. Johnson, 1958 Mitzy H. Johnson, 2008 Mona M. Johnson, 1984 Odessa P. Johnson, 1960 Robert B. Johnson, 1963 Tewanna C. Johnson, 1993 William I. Johnson, 1995
Willie F. Johnson, 1977 Patricia D. Johnson-Knight, 1973 Elease Jolley, 1975 Angela G. Jones, 1989 Bobby L. Jones, 1959 Carolyn C. Jones, 1990 Deirdre D. Jones, 1990 Edrena D. Jones, 1973 Elmer D. Jones, 1965 Evelyn G. Jones, 1973 Floyd J. Jones, 1953 James R. Jones, 1970 Janice M. Jones, 1988 Joe W. Jones, 1969 Kevin B. Jones, 2000 Ladale Jones, 1964 Laura E. W. Jones, 1950 Louise C. Jones, 1971 Martin A. Jones, 1989 Mary K. Jones, 1954 Ricky L. Jones, 1982 Rosalind M. Jones, 1971 Sandra P. Jones, 1965 Verbie M. Jones, 1980 William Jones, Jr. William Fuller Jones, 1960 Catherine S. Jordan, 1954 Cornelious Jordan, 1979 Darlynn E. Jordan, 1976 Jimmie L. Jordan, 1959 John H. Jordan, 1964 Valencia L. Jordan, 1997 Vanessa C. Jordan, 1981 Martha T. Judge, 1969 Prem S. Kahlon, 1979 Beatrice Keel, 1959 Kimberly N. Keeling, 2010 Nicole M. Kendall, 2005 Titilayo T. Kendrick, 2003 Lynn Kennedy, 1953 Latassa M. Kent, 1998 Paul G. Ketteman, 2005 Joni H. Kies, 1995 Gary M. Kiev, 1984 Brooke Kimbro-Scott, 2004 Anthony E. King, 1959 Bethany A. King, 1998 Brian J. King, 1999 Myrtis W. King-Childs, 1959 Arthur H. Kinnard, Jr., 1955 Connie W. Kinnard, 1994 Houston T. Kinnard, 1969 Annie R. Kinzer, 1992 Douglas E. Knight, 1978 Evell Knight, 1955 Elizabeth Kunnu, 1991 Ernestine K. Kuykendall, 1960 Gwinnett M. Ladson, 1980 Johnnie Lake Eddie L. Lambert, 1970 Nadine G. Lane, 1972 Mary B. Lanier, 1958 Charles E. Laster, 1960 Helen G. Lathan, 1958 Archilene T. Lauderdale, 1987
Gary W. Lauderdale Roberta T. Lawrence, 1968 Teresa Lawrence-Phillips, 1999 Arthur R. Lawson, 1963 Burrell Lee Jr., 1959 Julius C. Lee, 1969 Shirley J. Lee, 1978 Wilson Lee, 2007 Jennie W. Lemons, 1982 Minnie L. Lemons, 1957 Susan R. Levy, 2007 Angela D. Lewis, 1978 Clifton Lewis, Jr., 1969 Frank J. Lewis, Sr., 1950 Meharry H. Lewis, 1959 Otis L. Lewis, 1977 Dellcenia W. Ligon, 1975 Ella W. Ligon, 1969 James H. Lipscomb, 1968 Thomas R. Lipscomb, 1985 Katherine E. Lisle, 2010 Patricia A. Livingston, 1988 Rian Livisay, 1997 Monique A. Lloyd, 2010 Aeolian E. Lockert, Jr., 1949 Angela S. Lockridge, 1994 Dorothy D. Lockridge, 1968 Leandrea C. Lockridge, 1999 Malcolm A. Lockridge, 1990 William B. Lockridge, 1967 Marguerite I. Lofstrom, 2004 Ollie R. Lofton, 1961 Ronald T. Logan, 1998 Hillard London, 1962 Arthur L. Long, 1983 Deborah B. Long, 1984 Joyce A. Long, 1954 Clevetta Lott-Evans, 1966 Harold M. Love, Jr., 1994 Joshua D. Love, 2004 William G. Love, 1955 Janice E. Lovell, 1995 Derek J. Lovett, 2007 Nathan Lovett, Jr., 1980 Henri A. Lowery, 1959 Marcus S. Lucas, 1975 Marva S. Lucas, 1999 Charlene Luney, 1971 Wanda Luper, 1980 Fredia E. Lusk, 1969 Roosevelt Luster, III, 1997 Tiffany T. Luster, 2009 Seint-The S. Lwin, 2003 Edith M. Lyles, 1970 Granville Lyons, 1975 Tony R. Lyons, 1980 Wilbrena V. Lyons-Thomas, 1989 Emma L. Mack Eugene Maclin, 1972 Victoria S. Magee, 1979 Demetrius A. Malbrough, 1999 Shelia R. Manear, 1986 Jerrilyn R. Manning, 1979 Tommie C. Manning, 1952 James H. Manns, Jr., 1967
Alvin W. Marley, 1968 Romannie L. Marsalis, 1990 Cynthia L. Marshall, 1968 Ruthie L. Marshall, 1958 David L. Martin, 2005 Hardin M. Martin, Sr., 1964 Henry L. Martin, Jr., 1969 Ida K. Martin, 1951 Iona B. Martin, 1982 Kenneth F. Martin, 1989 Peggy J. Martin, 1972 Travis L. Martin, 1998 Addie M. Massey, 1968 Shawn D. Massey, 2002 George E. Matthews, 1976 Mal M. Matthews, 1991 Theodis Maxey, 1976 Vickey B. Maxwell, 1980 Helen M. Mays, 1971 Shirley A. Mc Clendon, 1985 Robert W. McAdory, 1958 Reney M. McAtee, 2005 Lauvern S. McBee, 1955 Michael J. McBride, 1980 William S. McCain, 1959 Rene C. McCaine, 1965 Vera M. McCall, 1970 Michelangelo McCallister, 1973 James M. McCarroll, 1999 Willie McCladdie, III, 1972 Annie J. McClain, 1973 Bernice M. McClain, 1955 Darryl G. McClain, 2001 Elizabeth McClain, 1966 Rosalind R. McCleary, 1989 James F. McClellan, 1944 James F. McClendon, 1963 William McCloud, Jr., 1960 Maria D. McCormick, 2002 Aaron J. McCray, 2004 Charles D. McCurry, 1995 Charles D. McDaniel, 1985 Evanda A. McDowell, 1981 J W. McGuire, 1978 Hattie L. McKay, 1952 Kenneth M. McKay, 1951 Bryant McKee, 1985 Charles E. McKenzie, 1960 Doris L. McKinley, 1952 Tara McKnight, 2003 Kathy L. McMillan, 1984 George E. McNeal, 1965 Paul E. McNeal, Jr., 1963 William H. McNeal, Jr., 1959 Jerrold E. McRae, Sr., 1978 Joni McReynolds, 1979 Lorene McReynolds, 1949 Charles L. McTorry, 1973 Cleatrice McTorry, 1970 Cheryl R. Meadows, 1970 Eddie S. Meadows, 1962 Luis Melecio, 1983 Helena H. Merritt, 1955 Jacqueline F. Merritt, 1987 Jamye M. Merritt, 1985
Patricia E. Merritt, 1980 Vera P. Merritt, 1956 Edward D. Merriweather, 1957 Susan Messer, 2008 Countess N. Metcalf, 1959 Fred Metcalf, 1960 Benny M. Miles, 1964 Tamara Y. Miles, 1987 Terry W. Miles, 1987 Carolyn T. Miller, 1965 Othell J. Miller, 1998 Rodric L. Miller, 1997 Mary E. Mills, 1950 Walter A. Milton, 1992 Delmar K. Mitchell, 1976 Edith P. Mitchell, 1969 Gloria A. Mitchell, 1970 Lillian F. Mitchell Linda L. Mitchell, 1993 Logan T. Mitchell, 1957 Mattie Mitchell, 1955 Tavena R. Mitchell, 2010 Barbara R. Mitchum, 1958 Oneika D. Mobley, 1994 Kelli T. Molette, 1987 Dillard B. Montgomery, 1962 Michael J. Montgomery, 2007 Patricia A. Moon, 1991 Alfred Moore, Jr., 1997 Clara S. Moore, 1958 Ernest J. Moore, Jr., 1964 Frankie Moore James L. Moore, 1967 Juanita G. Moore, 1951 Karen B. Moore, 1985 Katrina Moore, 2009 Leon C. Moore, 1969 Marshall Moore, 1966 Martez D. Moore, 2001 Mary L. Moore, 1967 Navery C. Moore, Sr., 1966 Nellie F. Moore, 1964 Ricky R. Moore, 1994 Willie A. Moore, Jr., 1956 Horace E. Moorman, 1968 Lawrence A. Moorman, 1958 Wanda B. Morant, 1969 Keith E. Morgan, 2004 Tangy C. Morgan, 1981 Yvon M. Morris, 1971 Harold Morrison, Jr., 1969 Janice Morrison, 1968 Doje Morrow, 2010 Regina C. Morrow, 1976 Joanna G. Moss, 1960 Alfred L. Motlow, Sr., 1957 Barbara S. Mullins, 2005 Amani D. Murph, 2005 Charlene Murphy, 1966 Greta B. Murray, 1955 Henry J. Murrell, 1996 Jim Murrell Danny Myers, 1970 Dollene M. Myles, 1972 Elbert L. Myles, 1974
Ronald F. Myles, 1981 John L. Nathan, 1960 Philip H. Neal Jr., 2010 Cindy M. Neal, 1995 Jerald O. Neal, 1976 Donnie E. Nemore, 2010 Harold Nero Jannie D. Nero, 1973 Charles Nettles Dennis F. Newbern, 1979 Ernest B. Newsom, 1960 Lloyd W. Newton, 1966 Ann M. Nichols, 1966 Lisa N. Nichols, 2008 Geraldine L. Nicholson, 1970 Rachel A. Norris, 2010 Thelma Norris, 1967 George A. Northern, 1957 Nicole M. Northern, 2002 Ashley D. Northington, 2005 Ben D. Northington, 1994 Richard A. Norville, 1950 Addie C. Nunnally, 1959 Chinedu A. Nwankwoala, 2007 Tracien C. Oates, 1945 James D. Oâ€™dneal, 1987 Peter C. Odom, 1984 Ayodeji O. Olojo, 2007 Shanika S. Ostine, 2010 Inman E. Otey, 1959 Jana L. Outerbridge, 2010 Alice R. Outlaw Christean B. Outlaw, 1960 Betty D. Overton, 1974 Daniel E. Owens, Jr., 1969 Barbara M. Owings, 1954 Yamari Padilla-Collazo, 2010 Clarence Palmer, 1972 Derrick L. Palmer, 1999 Nina M. Palmer-Gragg, 1955 Janet S. Parham, 1974 Tracy D. Park, 1995 Edward Parker, Jr., 1961 Marilyn J. H. Parker, 1970 Sharon Parker Mary W. Parks, 1974 Sally M. Parks, 1950 Carole J. Parrish, 1959 Sylvia Partridge, 1980 Debra R. Pate, 1980 Chirag C. Patel, 2005 Alfonza J. Patrick, 1966 Jo E. Patterson, 1975 Harold D. Payne, 1959 Damion K. Pearson, 2005 Andre Peek, 1979 Dorothy Peoples, 1956 Maurice C. Pepper, 1973 Thomas Perkins Fannie H. Perry, 1972 Hazel F. Perry, 1960 Henry L. Perry Joseph L. Perry, 1974 Pamela J. Peters, 1969 Phil Petrie, Jr.
Phil W. Petrie, Sr., 1959 Jennifer E. Petrie-Barnes, 1977 Patsy C. Petway, 1963 James E. Phillips, 1968 Annette Pilcher Chassity S. Pillow, 2010 Barbara Jean A. Pinson, 1960 Harriet J. Pippin, 1948 Eddie M. Pirtle, 1971 Clinton J. Pitts, 1962 Sharon Platt Sandra D. Pleas, 1975 David L. Polk, 1971 Charlie W. Pope, Jr., 1963 Reginald A. Pope, 1978 Rodney L. Pope, 1985 Walter L. Pope, Sr., 1958 Cheryll M. Porter, 2004 Verdell Porter, 1973 Rodney G. Posely, 2010 Aaron A. Powell, Sr., 1958 Terence A. Powell, 1983 Patricia M. Powers, 1997 Martha M. Pratt, 1942 Judith A. Presley, 1969 Kelly J. Primus, 1990 Dorothy Pritchett, 1963 Karen L. Pritchett, 1988 David L. Puckett, Jr., 1978 Joan E. Pugh, 1965 Lorenzo Pugh, 1965 Raymond W. Pugh, 2005 Pamela E. Pullen, 1990 Faye D. Pulse, 1992 Jerome Puryear, Sr., 1959 Tommy B. Pye James E. Ragland, 1967 Jonathan Railey, 1984 Leon Ramsey, 1972 Thomas Ray, 1962 Vivian L. Ray, 1962 Kimberley R. Rayford, 2009 Muriel D. Ray-Taylor, 1984 Richard L. Redmon, 1972 Eric Reed, 1992 Jean G. Reed Kristal N. Reed, 1991 Roderick F. Reed, 1990 Mary V. Reese, 2002 Wayne W. Reeves, 1950 Gwendolyn S. Releford, 1959 Jimmy L. Reltherford, Jr., 1988 Sonja C. Revell, 2000 Katie C. Reynolds, 1949 Matthew R. Rhoden, 1994 Adolph E. Rhodes, 1994 Algeleon P. Rhodes, 1965 Ernest C. Rhodes, 1957 Willie M. Rhodes, 1984 James C. Rice, 1958 Roscoe N. Richmond, 1971 Lesia G. Riddick, 1997 Dejuan V. Ridley, 1994 Robert D. Ridley, 1987 Charles S. Roberts
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Steven H. Robertson, 1996 Tamara M. Robertson, 2003 Allen S. Robinson, 1975 Deborah S. Robinson, 1979 Halloe O. Robinson, 1959 Josef W. Robinson, 2006 Ruby R. Robinson, 1959 Sheilah Y. Robinson, 1982 Theo C. Rodgers, 1964 William D. Rogan, Jr., 1985 Stanley Rogers, 1985 Thelma L. Rogers, 1961 Melanie L. Roper, 2009 Carole B. Rose, 1961 Harold M. Rose, 1950 Andrew G. Rucker, 1956 Bettye J. Rucker, 1955 Helen C. Rucker, 1950 Martha P. Rucker, 1950 Walter Ruffin Cathyne M. Russell, 1947 Sylvia R. Russell, 1996 William Russell David E. Rutledge, 1967 Geraldine Rutledge, 1968 Princess Saavedra, 1948 Ahmed A. Safeeullah, 2003 Verties Sails, III, 2002 Hyrm L. Sain, 1994 Christa E. Sala, 2005 Maurice J. Salter, 1996 Emmaline Sanderlin, 1974 Edward L. Sanders, 2000 Shannon B. Sanders Yvonne J. Sanders, 2010 Nahro Y. Saoud, 1988 David W. Saunders, Sr., 1970 Jerome C. Scales, 1969 Nadine Scales, 1969 Arvie Z. Scates, 1968 Barry Scott Bernard Scott, Sr., 1971 Jamil B. Scott, 2000 Jonathan A. Scott, 1987 Mack T. Scott, 1958 Saundra S. Scott Vonda R. Scruggs, 1971 Cleophus Scrutchions, Jr., 1959 Glenn C. Seabrooks, 1971 Lois Seard, 1959 Vincent G. Sessoms, 1987 James L. Sexton, 1989 Buford D. Shanklin, 1974 Jeanette R. Shannon, 1970 Robert L. Shannon, 1970 Gwendolyn J. Sharp, 1959 Judy A. Sharp, 1969 Amber C. Shaw, 2010 Linda Shaw, 1974 Geraldine Shaw-Yarbrough, 1970 Paul P. Shearer, III, 1985 Kandes D. Sheats, 2008 Bianca P. Shelby, 1992 Angela F. Shelton Micah T. Shepard, 2005
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Alex J. Shuler, 2004 Elizabeth Shute, 1959 Euley Simington, 1967 Eugene Simmons Vivian J. Simmons, 1954 Rozalind T. Simon, 1982 E R. Sims, 1967 Jeannette L. Sims, 1961 Harold L. Singleton, 1962 Georganna T. Sinkfield, 1978 Richard H. Sinkfield, 1968 James H. Skinner, 1963 Chester Slaughter, 1965 Charles S. Smith, 1960 Daryal Smith, 1970 David S. Smith Geneva F. Smith, 1958 George W. Smith Gerard C. Smith, 2001 Helen P. Smith, 1969 Hugh L. Smith, 1984 Landon T. Smith, 1976 Lizzie B. Smith, 1963 Mary R. Smith, 1954 Maurice B. Smith, 1974 Quintella G. Smith, 1969 Ramone C. Smith, 2010 Raynetta J. Smith, 2005 Samuel Smith, 1968 Thomas H. Smith, Jr., 1950 Tina L. Smith, 2008 Tyrone Smith, 1966 Vandolyn C. Smith, 1993 Virgie A. Smith, 1963 Wilbert H. Smith, 1956 Terri L. Sneed, 1993 Charles Sparkman, 2010 Teresa P. Speight, 1989 Ulysses V. Spiva, 1954 Bettye Springfield, 1970 Catana R. Starks, 1989 Dorothy W. Starnes, 1956 Louis A. Steele, 1990 Angela H. Stephens, 1969 Leonard Stephens, 1968 Ariedell S. Stewart, 1966 Faye G. Stewart, 1961 Irma Jean B. Stewart, 1963 Johnny E. Stewart, 1970 Preston E. Stewart, Jr., 1956 Rhonda D. Stewart, 2000 Roy E. Stewart, 1970 Derell L. Stinson, 1992 Russell L. Stockard, 1949 Karen N. Stocking, 2001 Nell G. Stott, 1959 Fannie G. Stover, 1955 Audrey Stradford, 1966 Queen G. Stratman, 1959 Martha W. Stratton, 1969 Raymond Stratton, III, 1970 Mary J. Strayhorn, 1960 Phillip M. Strayhorn, 1964 Alvin L. Street, 1987 Matthew Strickland, Jr., 1978
Hugh Strong, Jr., 1960 Paul C. Strong, 2001 Djuana Stroud, 2002 Dorotha J. Stubblefield, 1956 Wilbur Suesberry, 1960 Fred Summerall Terry N. Sweatt, 2004 Shirley R. Sykes, 1975 Monica S. Talley, 2008 Willie L. Talley, 2005 Zetta W. Talley Nicole L. Talley-Dunigan, 1995 Ada F. Taylor, 1966 Billy J. Taylor, 1967 Carmelia G. Taylor, 1973 Harry W. Taylor, Jr., 1965 Mae G. Taylor Marvin D. Taylor, 1995 Teresa A. Taylor, 1988 Thelma E. Taylor, 1961 Vinnie D. Taylor, 1974 Veonie Taylor-Mckinnie, 1958 Laura P. Teasley-Farwell, 1946 Charlie B. Temple, 1950 Edward S. Temple, 1950 Antonio D. Terry, 1999 Will L. Tharpe, 1954 April M. Thomas, 2006 Barbara G. Thomas, 1964 Darrell A. Thomas Deborah B. Thomas, 1975 Dezoral B. Thomas, 1975 Donna E. Thomas, 1994 Gregory Thomas, 1972 Robert R. Thomas, 1960 Shirley P. Thomas, 1960 Austin L. Thompson, 1977 Byron J. Thompson, 1984 Evelyn M. Thompson, 1984 Grover C. Thompson, Jr., 1975 Lillian V. Thompson, 1979 Marion S. Thompson, 1964 Martha S. Thompson, 1969 Mary L. Thompson, 1950 Monita C. Thompson, 1982 Reno L. Thompson, 2008 Vonnie M. Thompson, 1973 William I. Thompson, 1965 Dorothy M. Thornhill, 1959 Erly J. Thornton, Jr., 1985 Angela K. Thorpe-Harris, 1983 Bridget Y. Tigner, 1998 John D. Tiller, 2000 Robert L. Tillett, 1959 Donald R. Tippitt, 1958 Mary W. Tisdale, 1964 Leticia W. Towns, 1986 Gena D. Townsend, 1980 Leon Townsend, Jr., 1993 Charles M. Traughber, 1968 Carmen Y. Tucker, 1980 Dwayne H. Tucker, 1980 Louvern G. Tucker, 1963 Lucy Tucker, 1970 Telpriore G. Tucker, 2006
Andrew C. Turner Everett J. Turner, 1965 Lois J. Turner Melvin T. Turner, 1971 Rossi B. Turner, 1986 Samuel H. Turner, 1989 Steve Turner Tracey C. Turner, 1988 Kara B. Turrentine, 2005 Wyomia Tyus, 1968 Bakari Underwood, 2007 Ethel M. Van Buren, 1969 Phillis W. Varnado Barbara A. Vaughn, 1959 Derrick J. Vaughns, 2007 Daniel Veiga, 2006 Gloria M. Venson, 1959 Kennel Venson, Jr., 1959 Thelma S. Vestal, 1969 Penny C. Vickers, 1974 Bene A. Viera, 2006 Michelle M. Viera, 1982 Gwendolyn H. Vincent, 1956 Walter Vincent, 1959 Carol E. Wade, 1968 Fred S. Wade, 1970 Cathy L. Walker, 1990 Constance Walker David J. Walker, 2004 Gary T. Walker, 1985 Gwendolyn G. Walker, 1947 James L. Walker, Jr., 1971 Jesse P. Walker, Jr., 1956 Joe M. Walker, Jr., 1967 Mary B. Walker, 1955 Mary E. Walker, 2009 Myrtle G. Walker, 1972 Zeleda B. Walker, 1959 Anna B. Wallace, 1997 Donna C. Wallace, 1989 Malcolm L. Wallace, 1970 Benetta B. Waller, 1979 Zynthia Waller, 1988 Ernest H. Wallick, 1950 Albert Walter, 1975 Deanna M. Walton, 2004 Phillip G. Walton, 1969 Clyde Ward Daniel Ward, 1956 Benny Washington, 1975 Millie E. Washington, 1954 Yvette Washington, 1995 Farran D. Watford, 2010 Monte D. Watkins, 1970 Rae H. Watkins, 1949 Shirley Watkins, 1984 Deborah D. Watson, 1998 Gail H. Watson, 1983 L M. Watson, 1950 Harold E. Wayne, 1960 James A. Weddle, 1969 Ludie Weddle, 1969 Leonard E. Wellington, Jr., 1961 Alexander C. Wells, 1955 Deatrice A. Wells, 2010
Harold A. Wells, 2004 Tony L. Wells, 1992 Tracee L. Wells, 1998 John E. Wesley, Jr., 1951 Martha J. West, 1953 Raven V. West, 2000 Cecelia Westley, 1954 Beverly Whalen-Schmeller, 2006 Maresa L. Whaley, 2002 Homer R. Wheaton, 1948 Vesta R. Wheaton, 1951 Dwight Wheeler Cedric G. Whitaker, 1980 Darla G. Whitaker, 1991 Cederick C. White, 1980 Edith B. White, 1954 Katie K. White, 1952 Walbrey R. Whitelow Margaret C. Whitfield, 1955 Fred M. Whitley, Jr., 1995 Cecil Whitmon, 1955 Samuel R. Whitmon, 1948 Raymond E. Whittaker Vesta A. Whittaker, 1970 Helen E. Whitworth, 1970 Major Wilburn, Jr., 1966 Minnie E. Wiley, 1961 Vivian Wilhoite Anjetta C. Williams, 2009 Augustus C. Williams, 1950 Bryan R. Williams, 1978 Celeste C. Williams, 1995 Curtis D. Williams, 1965 Damon T. Williams, 1960 Derrick S. Williams, 1987 Destiny G. Williams, 2010 Doris E. Williams, 1960 Dorothy R. Williams, 1950 Jacquelyn F. Williams, 1960 James A. Williams, Jr., 1966 Jannie C. Williams, 1992 Lillian A. Williams, 1977 Lynwood Williams, 1967 Mary E. Williams, 1961 Ruby S. Williams, 1942 Samuel W. Williams, 1960 Thomas H. Williams, Jr., 1982 Tiffany M. Williams, 2005 Tracey E. Williams, 2010 Troy A. Williams, 1990 Lillie R. Williamson, 1952 Randolph L. Williamson, 1977 Rita Williams-Seay, 1994 Cornelia Wills, 1997 Adrian G. Wilson, 1970 Alonso O. Wilson, 2010 Jamenise C. Wilson, 2010 Lakeisha R. Wilson, 2010 Pauline Wilson, 2000 Seanne G. Wilson, 2009 Wanetta J. Wilson Lesa Winfree, 1986 Jewell F. Winn, 1988 Lois J. Winston, 1968 Alvin E. Winton, 1962
Julius R. Witherspoon, 1979 Linda R. Witt, 1975 Barbara A. Wofford, 1962 Amy B. Wood, 1995 John E. Wood, Jr., 1962 Rudolph Woodberry, 1955 Linda G. Woodruff, 1985 Clinton Woods, 1968 Cynthia G. Woods, 1967 Florence K. Woods, 1967 Jennifer S. Woods, 1978 Kevin A. Woods, 1995 Richard A. Woods, 1966 Velma D. Woods, 1968 Sharita L. Woolfork, 2009 Amy M. Woron, 2008 Elizabeth Wortham, 1950 Aldrothy L. Wright, 1968 Annie G. Wright, 1954 Donald Wright, 1975 Georgia Ann R. Wright, 1959 Melvin Wright, Sr., 1958 Raleigh W. Wynn, Sr., 1950 Dora L. Yates, 1982 Evelyn R. Yeargin, 1971 Morgan G. Yette, 2010 Cleve Yokley, Jr., 1960 James E. Young, 1971 Leroy Young, Sr., 1986 Rebecca V. Young, 1972 Robert L. Young, 1970 Ruth T. Young, 1969 Victoria M. Young, 1998
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In Memoriam Dr. Thomas E. Lyle (’50)
Samuel F. Yette (’51) died
Lyle was a talented musician and writer who served as director of the Alabama State University Mighty Marching Hornets band from 1964-1988. He is credited with taking the band to national performance platforms such as the nationally televised half-time shows of the National Football League games during the 1960s and 1970s. After retiring from ASU in 1988, he later became the band director at Stillman College.
Yette was a respected journalist, teacher, author and photojournalist. He was the founder of Tennessee State University’s student newspaper, The Meter.
died June 9, 2011.
Jan. 21, 2011.
Yette’s vast achievements included writing columns and commentaries for several publications across the country, and was highly engaged in the civil rights discussion through the power of his pen, eventually leading him to write the controversial 1971 book, The Choice: The Issue of Black Survival in America.
2011 VINTAGERS • SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Thursday, August 11
3:30-4:30 PM Campus Riding Tour
4:30-5:30 PM Westerm Registration Dinner Jane Elliott Building Jane Elliott Hall Program begins at 5:00 PM Self-Tour of Hiram Van Gordon Art Gallery Jane Elliott Building 5:45-6:30 PM Visit to the TSU Bookstore 8:00-10:30 PM Southwestern Mixer The Hutton Hotel-Vista Ballroom
Friday, August 12
Saturday, August 13
10:00-11:00 AM Reunion Class Pictures and Class Meetings Walter S. Davis Humanities Building T.E. Poag Auditorium
7:00-8:15 AM President’s Breakfast Floyd-Payne Campus Center Students’ Cafeteria, 1st floor
11:30 AM-2:00 PM Vintagers Luncheon Jane Elliott Building Jane Elliott Hall • Induction Class of 1971 • Recognition Classes of 1941, 1946, 1951 and 1956 8:00-10:00 PM All-White Mixer The Hutton Hotel Vista Ballroom • Recognition Class of 1966
*All 50-year reunion Vintagers MUST attend the President’s Breakfast to participate in Commencement. 9:00-11:30 AM Commencement Gentry Complex Recognition Classes of 1936 and 1959
*Registration deadline is Friday, July 22, 2011. You may register online at www.tnstate.edu/alumni. All late registrations received after the postmarked date of July 22 will be assessed a $40 late fee. Full Registration is $150 per person. Please make checks payable to: TSU FOUNDATION. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at (615) 963-5831. The host hotel is The Hutton Hotel, 1808 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN at 615-340-9333. Ask for the “TSU Vintager” block to receive the special rate of $125 plus tax per night. Self-parking is complimentary. Valet parking is available at a discounted rate of $12 per night. The cut-off date for hotel reservations is July 4, 2011. 38
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