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Tennessee State University Alumni and their achievements Vol. 11, No. 1


TSU’s story of excellence, resilience and unity

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP IBM executive takes TSU experience global

IVANETTA DAVIS A revered first lady

100 Years and Counting‌ Salutes Tennessee State University

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TSU WORLD VIEW Damyon Thompson takes TSU lessons global

University President Portia H. Shields, Ph.D. Office of University Publications Director K. Dawn Rutledge Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Director Cassandra Griggs Photographer John S. Cross Sam Jordan

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Intern Contributing Writers Tamika Harvey Ajaia Spicer

Gospel songstress Adriann Lewis proud to be TSU alumna

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Darlene Harris-Vasser stays true blue

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CENTENNIAL HIGHLIGHTS 100 Years and Counting! A story of excellence, resilience and unity

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BIG BLUE LOVE Four Generations committed to TSU

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Letter from the President Dear Alumni: Wow! Has a whole year passed this quickly? So many wonderful things are happening at your alma mater, one right after another, measuring them in time is almost impossible. Of course, you know that we are now a fully accredited Carnegie One Research University, and Carnegie Community Engagement institution, thanks to many loyal faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. Our reaffirmation, without restrictions, is good until 2020. The university family worked tirelessly assessing, planning and evaluating all facets of the institution’s quest to achieve its mission using the mantra “excellence, resilience and unity.” With such a unified collaboration, challenges were met and all inhibiting obstacles to excellence overcome. All of our programs are on sound academic footing and I am proud of what was achieved through the collective diligence of this powerful TSU family. Allow me to list some of our other major accomplishments: • Faculty garnered grants totaled almost $43 million in external funding. • Alumni giving has increased by 16 percent, and the alumni Vintagers gave almost $191,000 this year alone. One of our alumni and Foundation board members, Amos Otis, was elected to the Federal Reserve Board for the Ohio region. • 1972 alumnus, Dr. Jesse Russell, was recognized for inventing the chip that allows us to communicate anytime and anywhere on our cell phones. And, • Dr. T B Boyd, two-time graduate of TSU, generously provided the resources necessary for our university to publish its first refereed journal, The Journal of Tennessee State University, Centennial Issue. Subsequent publications of our journal will arrive online. When you come onto campus at noon and at 6 p.m., you will hear the Alma Mater chime in welcome. Thanks to our grounds’ staff, you will find the campus wonderfully appointed with flowers and shrubs. Most important, you will see our students from 45 states and 33 countries walking proudly together. We enjoy each other’s company in conversation and salsa, the electric slide and the wobble. Thanks to your support, we enrolled almost 10,000 students, the largest in the university’s history and graduated over 800 of them this May. On to our Centennial Celebration! From April 14 – 21, we greeted 100 years of service with an unmatched spirit of wonder and love. If you missed the events, shame, shame, shame. Our programs included presentations from heroes like former Presidents Humphries, Fancher, Hefner and Johnson, and “she-roes” like Rita Geier and the TSU Freedom Riders. Their stories were powerfully important to the history and significance of TSU before and after the Civil Rights movement and continue to serve as inspiration to our students. Then, we strolled through our 100-year history in story, song, dance and fashion. These events turned out so well, we plan to perform some of them for you during Homecoming Week. Speaking of Homecoming, don’t miss the Centennial Homecoming Celebration and plan to be amazed by the floats and marching bands. Mrs. Ivanetta Davis, the wife of our second president, is Homecoming Grand Marshal. Mrs. Davis will be 100 years old in July and she looked so beautiful when I saw her at many of the Centennial events. Finally, my friends, TSU is an outstanding institution. Please continue your pride in her and loyalty to her. You supported us in challenging times and we are grateful. Make a pledge to return for Homecoming. You will be amazed by our progress and accomplishments. Sincerely, Portia H. Shields President

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gift of giving

Two alumni share their perspective on the

By Tamika Harvey, OUP Intern

Audrey Stradford, pictured with two TSU students, understands the importance of financial aid.

At the tender age of 16, Audrey Stradford entered the doors of then-Tennessee A&I State University as a young native from Jacksonville, Fla. From 1962-66, Stratford would call TSU home only to return back to the place that helped open her eyes to new possibilities and shaped her future. Today, Stradford is a financial aid clerk in the Office of Admissions and is a driving force in finding financial resources for students facing difficulties or hardships in the form of scholarship so they are able to stay in school.

Mohammed Ali, joining Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and indulging in the cafeteria’s tasty grilled cheese sandwiches. She even has her $1.25 meal ticket as a memento of her time as an A&I student.

“How can you expect greatness for something if you don’t contribute?”

“I’ve always wanted to come back to TSU,” Stratford said. “It was my dream to work at TSU and it’s been a blessing. I have met so many wonderful students from all over the country.”

Stratford retired from the Michigan School Systems as a school social worker after 27 years of service. Since Having no strong desire to pursue Audrey Stradford returning to Tennessee, she has been higher learning in her native Florida, TSU alumna an active member of the Tennessee Stradford’s late mother encouraged State University National Alumni her to come to Nashville to find an Association and is currently editor of educated mate at A&I. But what she its Alumni Outreach magazine. Further, found instead was love for a university that loved her as she is regional vice president of the Mid-South Alumni well. Each day she gleams at the campus’ evolution while and Affinity Chapters. She has also volunteered in the TSU recalling vivid memories of meeting notables such as Collections and Financial Aid departments. 

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Congratulations on 100 Years of “Think.Work.Serve”

“How can you expect greatness for something if you don’t contribute?” Stratford asked. “Anyone who walked through these doors needs to give back to TSU,” said Stratford, who supports the university with her talents and treasures, even contributing money from her Christmas Club fund. Like Stratford, fiscal accounts manager Ben Northington (’94) said most students are relying on federal funding for support, which often doesn’t cover the total cost of an education. “Alumni must contribute more than in the first 100 years in order for us to move forward and to get more students to come here,” said Northington, who works in the university’s Foundation Office. “We have to increase private giving to offset the cost of the ‘big blue’ tradition.” As a student, Northington saw the struggles other students were facing and gives back because he recognizes that many students have the talent, but not the financial resources to obtain a higher education. A native of Clarksville, Tenn., he was childhood friends with alumna Wilma Rudolph’s children. It was during this time he began hearing the great stories of TSU from the famed Olympic gold medalist. “By giving, other students have the opportunity to achieve the goal of a higher education,” said Northington, who also mentors freshmen males to help get them acclimated to the TSU culture – another way he continues to give back. “If you have an affinity for a student to be successful, monetarily support that student,” he added. “Be inspired by their aspirations to be good citizens within their community as they graduate from TSU.” Ben Northington, fiscal accounts manager

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IBMexecutive takes TSUlessons global By K. Dawn Rutledge

Damyon Thompson (’03) has been fortunate to visit different countries in his role as client support manager with IBM, and the culture shock he experienced when first making his way to Tennessee State University may well be what prepared him for international travels with the multinational technology and consulting firm. After completing high school in California, the San Jose native admits “TSU was the farthest thing from my mind.” He had his sights set on the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and was planning to attend in the fall of 1999. “Coming to TSU turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made,” Thompson said, adding that former TSU president, Dr. James A. Hefner, offered him a scholarship and

encouraged him to visit the university. “I was definitely headed to UCLA, but after my tour at TSU and meeting with some of the administrators, I decided to give it (TSU) a chance.” Thompson’s change of heart led him to the South for the first-time as well as to a black college campus. With no family connection to Tennessee or TSU, Thompson adapted to a new area and a new culture, much like his corporate travels have dictated over his seven-year stint with IBM. Thompson majored in Computer Science with an emphasis in Business Information Systems (BIS). While at TSU, he took every advantage to be an active member of student life serving as Student Government Association president. In this role, he successfully lobbied for increased funding to support SGA-sponsored activities and organized open forums with administrators and students. Along the way, he joined Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and maintained affiliation in the Honors program, Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key and Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Societies. In addition to his undergraduate degree, he also completed his graduate work at the oldest technical university in the country - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. His advice

to current TSU students is to meet opportunity with preparation. “Always be prepared and openminded,” he said. “It’s really about luck and timing – basically being in the right place at the right time.” Today, Thompson is part of an IBM team that focuses on technology enhancements in emerging global markets. He recently completed a two-year international assignment with IBM India, where he launched the first Dynamic Infrastructure (DI) Lab for IBM in the Asia Pacific region. In his lab’s first two years of existence, it interfaced with more than 75 customers while also influencing more than $1.5 million . During his time in India, Thompson was located primarily in Pune and Bangalore and became the first Project Management Professional (PMP) certified team member on the India Software Lab Operations team. He takes seriously his role in resolving problems and communicating effectively, and credits many of those skills being developed while a student at TSU. “I love being able to see clients and customers, especially in global markets,” Thompson said, who has traveled to Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. “In many ways, TSU opened up my perspective in terms of growing outside of the classroom,” he continued. “I learned how to be more proactive, develop my leadership skills and communication capabilities.”

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Gospel music artist

Adriann Lewis adds TSU degree to her accolades

“…it was something that I started and something that I wanted to finish.”

By K. Dawn Rutledge

In the midst of a hectic travel schedule due to her music career, demands at home and obligations at church, there were days Adriann Lewis (‘11) wasn’t sure how she would make it through. But like most believers, through prayer, unbreakable faith — and a few Tennessee State University professors who offered a whole lot of support — the gospel music aficionado was able to achieve the one thing missing in her list of accolades — a college degree. In December 2011, Lewis joined thousands of others individuals from across the country who hold a degree from Tennessee State University. It is an accomplishment Lewis looks to fondly as one of the most important things she’s done in her life. 10

“I had three years of college experience under my belt, and I made a promise to myself, and to my son, that I would go back to school,” Lewis said. “It was very challenging with traveling, work, school, home and church but it was something that I started and something that I wanted to finish.”

“When I first got to my church, I think I had no other choice but to attend TSU. Ninety percent of the congregation’s blood runs blue.” And now so does Lewis’, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, and is the first out of her immediate family to earn a college degree.

Lewis, a Detroit native and one-half of the powerhouse gospel group RiZen, said she is “very excited to call Tennessee State University my alma mater.” Currently, the minister of music since 2008 at Friendship Baptist Church, where through her musical prowess she has grown the choir from eight members to nearly 40, said attending TSU really didn’t seem like an option.

“I remember getting a call to travel to Germany and Korea for performances with our group. I talked with my professors at TSU about my situation and they were willing to work with me. They allowed me to e-mail work while I was on the road. It was simply overwhelming how they supported me,” she said. As a nontraditional student, Lewis said it doesn’t matter what age a person

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is when they decide to go back to school. Lewis said she is even considering pursuing a Master in Education, possibly online, and would eventually like to teach. She said her experience at TSU has been tremendous and she will remain involved, including mentoring students. The powerful songstress has already given of her time and talents singing the national anthem at the Celebrity Basketball game held on campus to raise scholarship funds, participating in the Centennial Gospel Celebration with the renowned Nashville Super Choir and has spoken to several classes. Additionally, she has been engaged with the university’s Community Service Day.

“If I had that when I was a freshman, I would have done so many things differently,” she said of the program focused on giving back. Lewis fell in love with music at an early age. She sang her first solo at age three in her father’s Saginaw, Mich.-based New Galilee Baptist Church. The performance from the little girl with the big voice was the beginning of what would become a career in music and ministry. Along with her sister Aundrea, with support from her younger brother Ay’Ron, Lewis’ family makes up a strong family of singers, musicians and entertainers. RiZen, which now includes Lewis and her sister, debuted in 2003

as quartet of singers mixing traditional and contemporary gospel influences. Among the group’s initial hits, included “View the City,” “Lift Up Jesus” and “It Will Come to Pass.” The CD, simply titled “RiZen,” picked up a Stellar Award for “Best New Artist” in 2004. The group’s follow-up release, RiZen2, was met with further fanfare also earning accolades and snagging a 2006 Stellar Award for “Best Traditional Group/Duo.” The group’s third release in 2009 was titled “Free.” Lewis said she plans to continue traveling and working on music. A new project is in the works with a new single expected to hit in the fall. “We’re going to take our fans and supporters to the beginning,” she said. “They can expect a flavorful mixture of traditional gospel, contemporary and praise and worship.”

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TSU Women’s Softball

steps up to the plate Tennessee State University softball first took the field in 1994. In just its eighth season (2001), the Tigers qualified for the Ohio Valley Conference Championship under Head Coach Cindy Connelley. Six years later, Head Coach Joyce Maudie and her squad accomplished its best season by finishing with an impressive 35-23 record. Connelley and Maudie were both named as “OVC Coach of the Year” during their respective seasons. Over the 18 years of the program, a total of 18 Tigers have been honored as part of the OVC AllConference teams. Kyone Arnwine was the first in 1995 as she was voted “Honorable Mention.” In 2001, Antionette Armstrong and Cassandra Jo Sharp were the first Tigers to claim a position on the “First Team” list. In the 2012 season, TSU looks to pick up its 200th win in program history.

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Women’s Volleyball

Nets Success

Tennessee State University first sponsored volleyball as in intercollegiate sport in the fall of 1987. The Tigers would finish in the bottom half of the Ohio Valley Conference standings for the first 18 seasons of existence. In 2005, second-year Head Coach Kathy Rhoulac produced the first winning season in program history.

In 2007, the Tigers won the OVC tournament and qualified for their first-ever NCAA tournament. In 1988, Dee Dee Malone was the first Tiger to be recognized as a member of the OVC All-Conference team. Malone was named to the “AllFreshman/Newcomer” team and has been followed by seven other Tigers over the years. A total of 14 players

have been named All-Conference with Meesha Jackson becoming the first player to reach the honor of “First Team” in 2006. Coach Rouhlac was given the top honor by her peers in 2005 as she was named “OVC Coach of the Year.” And, in 2011, Shaquita Williams became the only Tiger in the 25-year history to be named “OVC Player of the Year.”

Editor’s Note: This information provided by the TSU Department of Athletics, Media Relations.

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Save the Date!

Friday, September 28, 2012 8:00 a.m. • Kean Hall Ticket Cost: $15 in advance $20 after 08.06.2012* (*Tickets will not be sold at door.)



Don’t forget these Homecoming Events! Week of September 23-29, 2012 Alumni Whiteout Party Thursday, September 27 • 9 p.m. Gaylord Opryland Hotel Cost: $10 per person • Attire: All White

Homecoming Parade Saturday, September 29 • 9 a.m.

Tennessee State University Tigers vs. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Golden Lions LP Field • 5 p.m. Kick off


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TSU Coaching Legend Selected for Olympic Hall of Fame Coach Ed Temple joins Class of 2012 for induction

When the United States Olympic Committee announced the Class of 2012 to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame recently, a Tennessee State University coaching legend was included as a member of the prestigious group. Coach Ed Temple (‘50) will join six Olympians, one Paralympian, one team, as well as a veteran and a special contributor when they are formally introduced and honored July 12 during an awards ceremony at the Harris Theater in Chicago. Along with Temple, the list of inductees includes Gail Devers (track & field), Jean Driscoll (Paralympic track & field), Gary Hall Jr. (swimming), Lisa Fernandez (softball), Kristine Lilly (soccer), Dan O’Brien (track & field), Jenny Thompson (swimming), the 2004 U.S. Olympic Women’s Softball Team, James Connolly (veteran – track & field) and Ted Stevens (special contributor).

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Photo courtesy Nashville Scene, Eric England, photographer.

The Class of 2012 was determined by a voting process that includes Olympians, Paralympians, members of the Olympic Family and a public voting element. The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame is one of the only national sports halls of fame that includes fan voting as part of its selection process. This year, more than 100,000 votes were cast at The Class of 2012 is the 15th class to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and will bring the total

membership to 96 Olympians, five Paralympians, 10 teams, four coaches, 10 veterans, 16 contributors and two Olive Branch award inductees. “The Class of 2012 inductees have provided fans of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams with countless inspiring moments, and it’s an honor to welcome them to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, where both their achievements and impact will be celebrated,” said Scott Blackmun, USOC chief executive officer. 15

Edward Stanley Temple served as head women’s track coach at Tennessee State University from 1953 to 1994 and became one of the greatest coaches in Olympic history. and Communiplex National Sports Hall of Fame.

A 1950 graduate of Tennessee State University, Edward Stanley Temple served as head women’s track coach at Tennessee State University from 1953 to 1994 and became one of the greatest coaches in Olympic history. He helped establish the U.S. as a women’s sprinting powerhouse and served as head coach of two U.S. Olympic teams (1960 and 1964), during which time his athletes brought home 23 Olympic medals (13 gold, six silver and four bronze). His teams also won 34 national team titles and 30 Pan-American Games medals. As the women’s coach, Temple laid a foundation for growth in women’s athletics, a boom that continues to this day.

track. Among the 40 Olympians he coached (35 of whom represented the U.S.), 28 of them have master’s degrees and 14 of them have either an M.D. or Ph.D. In addition to his 24 national titles, Temple has numerous other accolades, and is a member of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Helms Hall of Fame, Tennessee State University Hall of Fame, Harrisburg Central Area Chapter Hall of Fame, Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame, Black Athletes Hall of Fame

“I am excited to hear that Coach Temple has been inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame,” said former TSU Tigerbelle and current Track & Field Director Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice. “He deserves it. We have put so many athletes into the Olympic games thanks to his hard work and dedication.” The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will be formally introduced and honored on July 12 during an awards ceremony at the Harris Theater in Chicago. The ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Roberts and Alex Flanagan, will air in a nationallytelevised broadcast on NBC Sports Network on August 24 at 7 p.m. Central Time.

Temple’s 44-year coaching tenure at Tennessee State University saw him coach and mentor some of the greatest athletes in Olympic history, including Wyomia Tyus, Wilma Rudolph and Willie White. Rudolph was the first American woman of any race to win three track & field gold medals at a single Olympic Games, while Tyus was the first woman to successfully defend an Olympic 100meter gold medal. For Temple’s athletes, a gold medal was only the start. The impact Temple had on his young female athletes stretched far beyond the 16

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TSU’s legacy Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame inductees Lucinda Williams Adams (2001) Dr. Dick “Skull” Barnett (2005) Darwin Bond (2005) Ralph Boston (1970) Chandra Cheeseborough (2002) Charles E. Davis (1998) Dr. Walter Davis (1992) Richard Dent (1987, 2006) Edith McQuire Duvall (1975) Larry Finch (1993) Alonzo Smith “Jake” Gaither (1971) Howard Gentry, Sr. (1988) Junior Gilliam (1995) Joe Gilliam, Sr. (2007) Joshua “Josh” Grider (1978) William J. Gupton, Sr. (1979) Dennis Harrison (1999) Condredge Holloway (1993) Claude Humphrey (1974, 1988) Ed “Too Tall” Jones (1986, 1994) Jerry C. Jones Sadie Galloway Johnson (1981) Henry Allen Kimbro (2004) Bernard King (2007) Ronald “Scat” Lawson, Sr. (2008) Edward Martin (1994) John “Big John” Ayers Merritt (1989) John B. McLendon, Jr. (1993) Stanley Morgan (2000) Theodore “Hound” McClain (1997) Madeline Manning Mims (2008) Lloyd Neal (2004) Betty Booker-Parks (2005) Cornelius Ridley (2007) Leonard “Truck” Robinson (1998) Jerry Reese (2008) Wilma Rudolph (1967) Verties Sails, Jr. (2005) Mae Faggs Starr (1999) Wyomia Tyus Simburg (1973) Edward Temple (1972) H. B. “Bus” Thompson (1990) Perry Wallace, Jr. (2003) Reggie White (2004) Margaret Mathews Wilburn (1998)

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Marsalis inducted into Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Tennessee State University’s James ‘Jim’ Marsalis (’69) was inducted into the 2012 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame May 19 in Nashville. Marsalis can be described as one of the most prolific defensive players in Tennessee State University football history. Marsalis was a defensive back who hailed from Pascagoula, Miss. In 1968, Marsalis earned “All-American” honors from The Sporting News and Times Magazine. The Kansas City Chiefs selected Marsalis as the top draft choice in 1969. He is widely known as a defensive innovator that would consistently push, grab and pop the receiver to disrupt his motion, creating the “bump and run” which would become a standard defensive tactic among corners and safeties everywhere for years. The bump-and-run would become so successful that it would eventually be outlawed. During his rookie campaign, Marsalis helped the Chiefs to the Super Bowl, intercepting two passes against the N.Y. Jets in the divisional playoff game and one against the Raiders in the AFL Championship. Kansas City would later rout the Minnesota Vikings, 23-7, to capture the Super Bowl IV Championship. His sensational rookie season concluded with selection to the AFL All-Star team and being named the “AFL Defensive Rookie of the Year” by Pro Football Weekly and the NFL Players Association. Marsalis would go on to play six more seasons for the Chiefs, recording 14 interceptions during his tenure. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 1970 and 1971. He also played two seasons for the New Orleans Saints in 1977 and 1978. After his NFL career, Marsalis was the secondary coach at Middle Georgia College.

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HE AIN’T HEAVY rocks the Nashville Film Festival jeff obafemi carr’s feature film directorial debut He Ain’t Heavy wins “Tennessee Spirit Award”

He Ain’t Heavy, the found footage hazing film conceived, written and directed by jeff obafemi carr (‘90), made a huge splash with its world premiere at the recent Nashville Film Festival, packing houses and walking away with the Ground Zero “Tennessee Spirit Award” for Best Feature Film. Already a well-known actor on film and stage, carr now adds “award-winning filmmaker” to his resume, which includes founding Amun Ra Theatre in Nashville and being recognized nationally as an awardwinning playwright. He Ain’t Heavy, one of approximately 200 films selected out of nearly 3,000 entries from all over the world, proved itself to be a historymaker selling out its premiere screening three days before the festival’s start date, joining only two other films with that distinction. Festival officials announced an encore presentation a week later, which also sold out promptly. The “Tennessee 18

Spirit Award” was a crowning jewel for the Nashville native and Tennessee State University alumnus. “I can’t even express what this means to me as an artist,” said carr, whose film—by most accounts—is the first film of its genre with an African-American cast and theme. “I worked on this movie, mostly underground, for over nine years. Just over a year ago we got it started and finished principal photography last summer. By that time, you’re pressing on, but still wondering at times if you’re still relevant. Seeing the audience response at the festival and winning the Tennessee Spirit Award was a huge affirmation for the vision we had with this project.” Hazing has been on the national landscape with the death of Florida A&M University Marching 100 band drum major Robert Champion, and several other cases dominating the news as of late.

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“The Champion death happened four months after we finished our film,” carr said. “I don’t think it’s an accident that we put together this project when we did. It will definitely keep people on the edge of their seats and they will talk about what they see on the big screen for years to come.” He Ain’t Heavy follows five young college students, Charles Starnes, Hannibal Barca Davis, Robert Johnson, Bodine Gabriel and Horace Theelder, as they begin the pledge process for a prestigious African-American fraternity. A graduate film student and fraternity member, Thomas Hayes, captures their journey on video. Weeks into the process, an early-morning 9-1-1 call leads police to a high school football field, where they discover the body of one of the pledges. Told with Prosumer cameras, cell

phone videos, flip cams and security cameras and news footage, He Ain’t Heavy totally restructures traditional filmmaking with its fly-on-the-wall perspective. He Ain’t Heavy is now working on securing national theatrical distribution, in hopes of being in theaters in the fall of 2012. The trailer and other information can be found at

TSU CONNECTIONS He Ain’t Heavy is stocked full of TSU Tigers, including alums: Producer/Director jeff obafemi carr, Producer Mark D. Jackson, and cast members Terrence “TK” Kendrick, Don Daniels, Jr., Tevon Plunkett, Jeffery Lipscomb, Aaron McGee, and Zachary Joyner. Current TSU student Joel Diggs rounds out the stellar cast.

Robert Fitzgerald, II, Terrance ‘TK’ Kendrick, Joel Diggs, James Rudolph, and Bralyn Stokes, the cast of He Ain’t Heavy

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AlumniNews Briefs Amos L. Otis appointed as Federal Reserve Bank director

directors. Directors’ responsibilities include making recommendations to the Board of Governors regarding the Federal Reserve’s discount rate on primary credit; providing information about regional business conditions to their Reserve Bank president; and overseeing the bank’s budget and finances. • • • • • •

Engineering awards outstanding alumni

Amos L. Otis (‘65), founder, president and CEO of Dayton, Ohiobased SoBran, Inc. was appointed a director of the Cincinnati Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, effective January 1, 2012. Otis has deep roots in the Cincinnati region. SoBran, the company he founded more than 20 years ago, received its first large contract from the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. It set the foundation for what is now a growing $61 million revenue business employing approximately 900 people in seven states. SoBran provides services and expertise for biomedical research and for engineering and logistics programs to government and commercial clients. The company has been both an Inc. 5000 “Fastest Growing Company” and Black Enterprise “Top 100 Minority-Owned Business” for several years running. Otis has been appointed a director of The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., comprise the Federal Reserve System. Each Reserve Bank’s main office has a nine-member board of 20

The 3rd annual Tennessee State University College of Engineering (CoE) Recognition and Awards Banquet held April 27 welcomed Milton J. Woods (’69), independent consultant for the Overseas Petrochemical Industry, as keynote speaker. Recognition and awards were given to outstanding TSU CoE students, faculty and alumni. The two alumni categories, nominated by their peers, were the “Think. Work. Serve.” Award presented to Rhonda D. Mundy (’86). The award celebrates the excellence of a former TSU CoE student in their current place of employment in service to the university. Mundy is currently employed at Department of Water Resources of the state of Ohio. The “Altan Williams Infinite Value Award,” which recognizes TSU CoE alumni who uplift others through community service and values all aspects of life, was presented to Joseph R. Cleveland (’68). Cleveland is a retired vice president and general manager of Martin Marietta Corporation. Additionally, General Motors received the “Corporate Supporter of the Year” award for its ongoing support of the college in providing scholarships and student research opportunities. The company also sponsored the college’s visit to the Chevrolet Volt Production facility in Michigan organized by TSU alumna and GM employee Devon Blue (’00).

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS Danny Glover has been named chairman of the Bibb County (Georgia) Democratic Party. Artis Twyman has been promoted to senior director of communications of the St. Louis (Missouri) Rams. Dr. Rita J. Neal has been named interim vice president of academic affairs at South Carolina State University. Kina Cleveland was inducted into the 2011 inaugural class for the St. Celicia Academy’s Athletic Hall of Fame in Nashville. The Rev. Dr. Hickman Johnson, senior pastor of Farish Street Baptist Church, has been honored by the The Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy at Jackson State University with the “2012 Hamer Humanitarian Award” recognizing his more than 40years of community activism and leadership. Brenda Alford was recently selected as an “Employee of the Year” by the National

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Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Research (NOAA Research) within the U.S Department of Commerce. Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones was inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville. Dr. Ricardo A. Boyce was inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, an honorary organization for the recognition of outstanding and meritorious service to the profession and community. Harris Odell, Jr. has been named chairman of the Chatham County Board of Health in Savannah, Ga. John Moon was selected as the head coach of the USA men’s track and field team at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey held in March. Currently, Moon is the head cross country coach at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J. Eldridge Dickey and Claude Humphrey have been inducted into the 2012 “Black College Football Hall of Fame.”

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“Sustaining a Sound foundation” By Tamika Harvey, OUP Intern

Darlene Harris-Vassar (left), pictured with alumni Charles Flack (‘84) and Joni McReynolds (‘79)

If there is any doubt about what dedication looks like, just walk inside the Tennessee State University Foundation Office. In it, one will likely find Dr. Darlene Harris-Vassar working long after the doors have closed, the lights are off and others have scattered home. Yes, in TSU’s Foundation Office is where dedication resides through the committed work of Harris-Vassar. When arriving to TSU in 1976, the proud graduate recalls her initial “culture shock,” as the young Harris found TSU to be a potpourri of people from all over the world. She described it as “amazing,” recalling the commitment to excellence and family atmosphere that swarmed the campus. In 1980, Harris-Vasser earned her Bachelor of Science in Business beginning her journey to becoming a three-time graduate of the institution she loves — earning a Master of Education in Administration in 1995 and a Doctor 22

of Education in Administration and Supervision in 2003. “I love TSU — the good, the bad, the ugly,” Harris-Vassar said, who spends 85 percent of her time at the university. A devoted employee with nearly 30 years of service, Harris-Vasser is an avid supporter and “self-declared ambassador” focused on preaching all the good things happening at TSU. She has been a pivotal member of the TSU family working in various departments, including as an office supervisor, assistant director of athletics, manager in the foundation, graduate department worker, serving the College of Engineering, TITLE III Office, Office of Alumni Relations and the Center for Service Learning. In her new position as donor relations manager, Harris-Vassar is responsible for encouraging more donor involvement and ensuring donor reports are accurate and provided to departments. She is the university’s scholarship coordinator working

with the scholarship committee, training others on the use of the STARS online scholarship software, maintaining donor scholarship files and making sure each scholarship recipient writes personalized “thankyou” letters to their supporters. She says it’s important for everyone to give back. “We must change the alumni’s perception of giving back.” HarrisVassar said. “We must start while we are in school and have pre-alumni programs so that students can be trained and knowledgeable about the importance of continuing to support the institution once they graduate.” She continued, “Keeping alumni informed, sponsoring non-paid activities and meet-and-greet events with students are also better ways to steward our people. The future of TSU is promising, but stewardship must be better, and we [as alumni] must ‘support our own cause.’”

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Alumna Col. Valerie R. Taylor

bravely and proudly serves

Valerie R. Taylor, the daughter of Ernest Taylor of Jackson and Beverly Taylor of Nashville, has accomplished a feat that few African-American women in the military have achieved –the rank of colonel. Promoted in the spring of 2009, Taylor is currently stationed at the Scott Air Force Base Illinois Headquarters Air Mobility Command. While African-American women have played significant roles in U.S. war efforts throughout the years, they have often failed to be recognized and rewarded for their important service contributions. Taylor is among the distinct club of

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military women of color who has successfully broken barriers and opened doors of opportunity for other women. It was in 1977 that Taylor made the decision to enlist in the United States Air Force in the 118th Combat Support Squadron, Tennessee National Guard. During her enlistment, she made certain that education remained a top priority and earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1978, followed three years later with a Master of Public Administration from Tennessee State University. She received a direct commission as second lieutenant in September 1982. While serving as director of operations, 118th Aeromedicial Evacuation (AE), Taylor attended the Health Service Administration School in 1983 and 1987, and was selected to attend postgraduate Public Administration studies at Auburn University in Montgomery, Ala. During her tenure in the Tennessee National Guard, she also served as officer-incharge, Aeromedicial Evacuation Control, Rhein Mein, Germany, and

duty officer for AS Control Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In 1988, Taylor was assigned as readiness chief at MacDill AFB, Fla. During this assignment, she deployed as deputy commander at Seeb Airbase, Oman, supervising more than 200 personnel in seven countries. Taylor also performed duties as chief of protocol for USCENTCOM Commander, General Tommy Franks, coordinating visits from dignitaries around the world, including presidents and royal families. Again, she deployed in 2004, as commander where she directed AS operations in two simultaneous theaters of war, responsible for the safe and expeditious evacuation of patients from combat zones. Taylor was assigned to Headquarters Air Mobility Command as Chief AE Contingency and Mission Support in 2005, where she provided command and control guidance for all Department of Defense AE patient movement for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, including national emergency declarations such as Hurricane Katrina and the California wildfires. A combat veteran, Taylor has accumulated more than 1,000 hours in the C-130, C-141 and C-9 aircraft as an AE crewmember. 23

TSU student looks to the big blue skies to fulfill herflight dreams Ivana Page, the only female at Tennessee State University majoring in aeronautical and industrial technology, has decided to go where few women have had the opportunity to go – in search of a career in the cockpit of a major airliner. Page, who grew up in Belleville, Ill., a small suburban town outside of St. Louis, Mo., found her way to TSU in September 2010 after visiting for the first time as part of an HBCU tour group sponsored by Illinois state senator James F. Clayborne, Jr. (D-57).

“When I got here I knew that TSU was the school for me because it just felt right in my spirit, I knew that I had a purpose to fulfill here,” Page said. “Although I was offered many scholarships from other universities I choose TSU because as soon as I stepped on the campus and got a ray of that ‘golden sunshine’ I knew this was the place for me.” Now in her sophomore year, Page selected the program in preparation to live out the goals she has set with the encouragement of her mother. “My mother told me that I could do anything I put my mind to, and I thought why not shoot for the stars,” Page said. “I wanted to go as high 24

as I could go, and I decided the only way to do that was to touch the sky with the tip of an airplane’s nose,” she added. Page has charted a career course that women have had difficulty navigating, primarily because so few opportunities are afforded them. According to a 2011 news report from CNN, of the 53,000 members of the Air Line Pilots Association, which represents pilots at major and regional carriers in the United States and Canada, only about 5 percent are women. According to

the International Society of Women Airline Pilots, only about 450 women worldwide are airline captains — pilots in command who supervise all the other crewmembers on a flight.

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private and commercial pilot license with the ultimate goal of becoming a commercial pilot. Currently, Page is working towards her pilot’s license at the Scott Air Force Base Aero Club. But she also has plans to increase the number of women prepared for careers as pilots. “I want to open a flight school to encourage young girls, especially young minority girls to fly,” she said. “I would like to teach them that becoming a pilot is as good of a career choice as becoming a nurse and that they should be encouraged to look

into the aeronautical and industrial technology sector when choosing a career.”

She has applied for scholarships, internships and fellowships with However, Page is optimistic about her NASA and believes her career choice future and the future enrollment of is the best. “You learn so much female students in the aeronautical about the world around you when programs at TSU. pursuing this career, it’s engineering “If we continue to encourage and in every form and you get bits of recruit females to try careers in this area every discipline in mechanical, I believe the numbers will increase,” computer, electrical, and even Page said. “But it will not be done metrology,” she said. “It’s the best of without a lot of hard work, inspiration all the STEM disciplines and you get and reassurance from the college.” the knowledge that prepares you for Page’s long-term plans include something after graduation that will graduate school, and earning a be larger-than-life.”

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Big Blue’$

BiG economic Impact University contributes $610 million annually

A comprehensive economic impact study recently conducted by The Office of Business and Economic Research, a department of the College of Business at the university, demonstrates that Tennessee State University contributes approximately $610 million each year to the state’s financial picture. The study illustrates TSU’s direct and indirect impact on the economic vitality and quality of life for the residents of the state through research, teaching, public service and a broad range of programs, sponsored events and other initiatives.


Highligh ts from th e stu dy inc lude:

lic sector employment 4 In Nashville, TSU is a leader in pub according to the — ranked in the top 25 employers and in construction Nashville Chamber of Commerce — and renovation activities. rage of 3,700 full4 In 2010-11, TSU employed an ave ployees (including time, par t-time and temporary em 0 million in labor faculty and students), totaling $19 act of $394 income, and generating a total imp million. injects 4 Tennessee State University directly state’s economy. approximately $330 million into the l another $280 million. 4 Indirect and induced impacts tota uces additional 4 Every dollar directly expended ind ts. spending of approximately .84 cen million injects $181 4 TSU students’ spending of $104 million into the local economy. n 250,000 visitor days 4 The university attracted more tha to the Greater Nashville area. to $20 million 4 Visitors’ direct spending of close in economic impact. generated an estimated $35 million more than $45 million 4 In fiscal year 2011, TSU received rds. in sponsored research grants and awa

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Centennial Celebration Week

Highlights April 14-21, 2012

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Ralph Boston Track Tourney

Centennial Celebration WeekHighlights Ag Day Ribbon Cutting

Freedom Riders Panel

Celebration of Gospel Concert

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Centennial Celebration Week Legends Football Game

Freedom Riders Panel

Geier Panel

Legends Football Game

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Geier Panel

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Centennial Celebration Week Highlights Brazile stirs passion with talks on politics, rights, jobs

and the loss of 1.5 billion summer jobs, Brazile said poverty is eating at the core of black America. She said young people must fight to eliminate poverty and put people back to work. “Do it until everyone has a chance to earn enough to feed their families, send their children to school and be able to live in a decent home,” she said, adding, “Economic opportunity is what we should claim by the next 100 years.” Congratulating TSU on its centennial, Brazile recounted some of the institution’s accomplishments over the century, including the production of 17 Olympic gold medalists, several members of Congress, people in high government and private positions including Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., who gained international recognition for performing the world’s first human implantation of the automatic defibrillator; and talk show host and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey.

If the Tennessee State University Centennial Celebration was looking for fireworks and an issue-oriented discussion, it got plenty of it and more at the Viewpoint Lecture Series on campus. National political strategist Donna Brazile discussed issues from politics, poverty and jobs to women’s rights, the environment and voting rights. Brazile, the first African-American woman to manage a major presidential campaign for the 2000 Al Gore campaign, called on students to do everything they could to ensure roadblocks are eliminated by the close of TSU’s next 100 years. Citing 14 percent unemployment among blacks, 25 percent of AfricanAmerican children living in poverty,

Panel traces evolution of TSU library The Brown-Daniel Library at Tennessee State University kicked off its 100th year birthday celebration with a panel discussion that included a historian, a former library director and the current dean of the library. The event focused on the history of the library, growing from a one-room facility to its current 82,000-square foot building. On display at the event were three original collections from the early days of the library. The weeklong library commemoration was part of TSU’s centennial celebration. The program was moderated by local 30

CBS affiliate WTVF-TV NewsChannel5 metereologist Lelan Statom. Panelists included Dr. Bobby Lovett, retired TSU professor and historian;

Dr. Evelyn P. Fancher, former first lady and library director from 1976-1991; and Dr. Yildiz Binkley, TSU’s current dean of libraries.

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Government scientist impressed with TSU research Highlighting Tennessee State University’s history and its role as a land-grant institution, Dr. Chavonda JacobsYoung, acting director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, said TSU researchers have made substantial contributions to the prevention of childhood obesity, food safety and security, sustainable bioenergy and climate adaptation. Calling these the five challenge areas of the NIFA, TSU is playing an important role in educating the next

generation of scientists who will be needed if the United States is to successfully face these challenges. In her keynote speech during Agriculture Week in the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences in collaboration with TSU’s centennial celebration, JacobsYoung congratulated the university on its centennial celebration and called for continuation of the USDA’s capacity funding program for TSU. She said the program ensures a consistent stream of funding that researchers can count on.

TSU holds Centennial Scholarship Gala April 21 Tennessee State University culminated its week-long schedule of special 100th anniversary celebration activities with its Centennial Scholarship Gala on Saturday, April 21, at The Mansion at Fontanel, former home of Barbara Mandrell, located in Whites Creek, Tenn. Each spring the TSU Foundation holds a scholarship gala to raise funds to enable more students to gain the benefits of a TSU education. This year’s event was also an important celebration of the university’s 100th anniversary. Master of Ceremony for the event was producing artistic director for The American Negro Playwright Theatre, Barry Scott. The evening also featured a Motown Revue by the Julius Fisher Band. During the event, guests took part in a celebration of the accomplishments of TSU, recognition of outstanding donors and special presentations by Regions Bank, the Tennessee State University National Alumni Association, Pepsi Co., Follett Higher Education Group and ARAmark in support of the Centennial Scholarship Fund Campaign. Later in the evening at the mansion, guests were treated to a strolling supper and wonderful night of entertainment by the B.B. King Blues Club All-star Band, donated by owner, Tommy Peters.

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Former TSU presidents join centennial celebration The best way to celebrate 100 years of history…bring together the living legends who have personal experiences from nearly 50 of those years. Four former presidents met on the campus to tell their “TSU stories” and discuss their visions and challenges while president and their individual accomplishments. The four former presidents: Dr. Charles B. Fancher (19741975); Dr. Frederick S. Humphries (1975-1985); Dr. James A. Hefner (1991-2005); and Dr. Melvin N. Johnson (2005-2010) met on a panel moderated by current president, Dr. Portia H. Shields.

Earlier, Hefner, Humphries and Johnson joined a panel in the Avon Williams Campus Auditorium in downtown Nashville to discuss the challenges and achievements of the landmark desegregation decision in Geier and The United States vs. Tennessee that led to the merger of Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee in Nashville (UTN). That panel, also part of the TSU centennial celebration, was organized by the College of Public Service & Urban Affairs, as part of the third annual Public Policy Lecture Series of the Geier Symposium.

From left: Dr. Charles B. Fancher, Dr. James A. Hefner, Deborah Schnydra (granddaughter of Dr. William Jasper Hale, TSU’s first president), Dr. Portia H. Shields, Dr. Melvin N. Johnson and Dr. Frederick S. Humphries

On the panel were TSU and UTN administrators, faculty, students and staff who were part of the 1974 TSU lawsuit that made Tennessee State University the only comprehensive public university. Others on the panel and their position at the time of the case included: Sterlin N. Adams, a TSU faculty member; George Barrett, a lawyer; Dr. Greg Carr, a TSU student; Rita Sanders Geier, TSU faculty; Carlos Gonzalez, a lawyer; Dr. Coleman McGinnis, a UTN faculty; John Norris, a lawyer; Dr. Ray Richardson, advisor to TSU president; Wendy Thompson, lawyer and former member of the Tennessee Board of Regents; Yvonne Wood, administrative assistant to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission; and Dr. Bobby Lovett, TSU faculty. Dr. Bruce Rogers, UTN faculty, was the moderator. 32 32

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Live on the Lawn

Live on the Lawn combined scholarship and fellowship as the university community and alumni came together to celebrate 100 years in a relaxed and celebratory atmosphere. The event was held in the university’s new athletics’ practice facility giving alumni and others a peek at this wonderful new addition to campus facilities. A tasting of delicious foods and festive music also set the mood for this event with a number of restaurants providing samples of their tastiest dishes to attendees. Musical entertainment covering jazz, blues and R&B was featured from the TSU Commercial Music Ensemble and the Nashville State Community College Band.

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Tiger Sharks build aquatic legacy during its 40 years By Ajaia Spicer, OUP Intern

Thomas ‘Huey’ Hughes brought his prior aquatic experience to the university as a former United States Coast Guard and left his legacy upon his students who later became head coach for the Tennessee State University Tiger Sharks. Assistant professor of Human Performance and Sport Science, James Bass started his matriculation as a student and was involved in the aquatic program. Bass’ passion and enjoyment for the sport led him to later become head coach of the swim team during a great portion of the time the team was active. Shortly after Bass, Dr. Catana Starks, recently retired head of TSU’s Department of Human Performance and Sports Science, and former student of Hughes, was the final coach for the Tiger Sharks. The swim team began in the late 1940’s with Hughes as the first biracial coach for the aquatic program. Hughes, who was a former coast guard, brought his training and development skills to segregated Tennessee after completing his military service. At the start of the aquatic program, sports were separate from the other races. Hughes introduced the program to the school because it was not offered for African-Americans. 34

Hughes developed the team to be known as the fastest and most well equipped swim team, by having much training to improve on swimming skills and prior experience as the only former coast guard in HBCU history. He remained coach of the team for 22 years and was followed by Bass in the late 1960s. “Huey developed a great team in which, the students that would stay over the summer would assist the prospective swimmers learn how to understand all the different techniques involved with swimming. It was a true honor to have them willing to help us,” Bass said. Bass left his doctoral program in Higher Education Administration at the Peabody College, now Vanderbilt University Peabody College, to become the diver and swimming coach. He also became responsible for media relations, fundraising and handling maintenance of the pool. As coach he also helped some students obtain swimming scholarships. For the few students who received scholarships, Bass said, “They were lucky and gifted swimmers and I saw potential in their swimming abilities.” Most swimmers, at that time, came from the North because AfricanAmericans in the South did not have

the opportunity to swim on any team anywhere due to the challenges of racial discrimination in the 1940s and 1950s. Some of the Tiger Sharks’ HBCU competitors were Tuskegee University, Morehouse College, Howard and Hampton Universities. Consequently, under Bass’ leadership, in the early 1980s, the Tiger Sharks won National HBCU Swimming and Diving Championships. A few key divers were students Jeff Mitchell and Jeff McMillian, and some of the outstanding swimmers noted by Bass were Charles Surratt, Donald Moody, Reginald Terry, Larry Taylor, Arthur Martin and Russell Robert. Some of the athletes would stay throughout the summer to help with the pool, in which they took the opportunity to teach other students interested in the aquatic programs. The swim team would practice in the “A-Building,” now known as the Walter S. Davis Humanities Building, on campus underneath the stage which is now a computer lab for students. Although the swimmers practiced in the building, swim meets were held at Vanderbilt University to accommodate the fans and other universities. “For some of the players that stayed over the summer, they were able to

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get a job through some company’s independently wanting to help,” said Bass. Around the time of the time of the opportunity there was a partnership between companies that is still relatively new,” said Bass. In conjunction with The Metropolitan Nashville Parks and the help of the administration, had outreach programs with YMCA and the Director of Parks and Recreation in Williamson County assisted with some of the players gaining employment and developed more programs. Swim meets returned to the campus in 1983 when the Howard C. Gentry Complex opened creating more attraction for recruitment and visibility. But even though were noticing the team, limited funds impacted the number of swimmers on the team who could be part of the team. “Although, we are just a minor sport we were always in the top three of every competition we entered, Bass

said.“The only difference betweenTSU and the other universities was having the funds to train the swimmers and having a functional facility to help the swimmers be prepared for the featured meets. Having more money would have given us a better chance for more competition.” “Personally, I wanted to make sure the swim team would be able to survive as long as possible. Funding is needed

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to keep any sport active. It costs to bring swimmers from other areas, and provide them with scholarships,” he said. Approaching the ending years of Bass’ coaching the Tiger Sharks, he personally donated $15,000 to aid with scholarships for the remaining members of the team. Once Bass left in 1983, Dr. Catana Starks, a former lifeguard student of Hughes’,

began her journey as head coach for the Tiger Sharks. After the financial struggles Bass had with the team, Starks found a more stable funding situation. In order to meet the required 14 swimmers, according to NCAA, Starks added two women swimmers. Since there was no female swim team on campus, this move helped to bring in government funding to help support the swim team.

“Mr. Bass did a really good job with the swimmers, I just added more athletes from the northern states to the team,” Starks said. During the last few years of the swim team, the Tiger Sharks continued to attend meets at universities across Tennessee and in surrounding states. The team won 14 first place titles, including in the areas of challenge in

the 400-meter, swimming, diving and the 200-freestyle relay, and others. The TSU Tiger Sharks officially disbanded in the late 1980’s. The aquatic program lasted for nearly 40 years producing star athletes who even entered the Olympics. Although the university no longer has a swim team, the pool is still being used today by area high schools for their aquatic activities. 35

A Revered First Lady

Mrs. Ivanetta Hughes Davis

There are not many who can say they are blessed to see nearly 100 years, but Mrs. Ivanetta Hughes Davis, TSU’s oldest living first lady, will share that designation with her beloved alma mater July 19 when she also reaches this milestone.

received her master’s degree. In 1943, Dr. Davis was named the second president of Tennessee State, and Mrs. Davis became the university’s distinguished first lady, together beginning a 25-year legacy of excellence.

Mrs. Davis is a living legend—a first lady of class, elegance, intellect, kindness and generosity—one who set the tone for those who came behind her. Tennessee State University is forever grateful to her for the sacrifice, contributions and love she has shown to this historic institution. For 32 years, TSU was the place Mrs. Davis fondly called home being first introduced to the campus in June 1936, enrolling as an elementary education major, at then-Tennessee A&I State College. While a student, she met and fell in love with Walter Strother Davis, a faculty member and head football coach at the time. Within in the first few years of the couple’s marriage, Mrs. Davis completed her undergraduate degree at A&I while her husband took a leave of absence and they both attended Cornell University to work toward graduate degrees. In 1941, Mr. Davis became Dr. Davis earning a Ph.D., while Mrs. Davis


After being appointed president, the Davis family made its home at Goodwill Manor, which lived up to its name as a center of hospitality, where they entertained out-oftown guests and celebrities such as Marian Anderson, Nat King Cole, Lois Towles, Dorothea Towles, Johnny Mathis, Wilma Rudolph, Ralph Boston, Richard Barnett, Woody Hayes, Marva Woods and Mohammed Ali, then known as “Cassius Clay.” Mrs. Davis was a gracious hostess. The Davises always openly welcomed students at Goodwill Manor. They frequently came for visits and social events. Football season was especially busy at the house. The family saw and entertained many friends, family members, students, alumni and their families. Thanksgiving was perhaps the busiest day on their calendar. For many years, the Homecoming Game was held on Thanksgiving Day and there was an influx of people on the campus. People came by Goodwill Manor before the parade, after the parade and after the game. Thanksgiving dinner was provided to anyone who came by, and there were many who came.

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In 1943, Dr. Walter S. Davis was named the second president of Tennessee State, and Mrs. Davis became the university’s distinguished first lady, together beginning a 25-year legacy of excellence.

Dr. Davis led Tennessee State University through an era of tremendous growth — in multi-faceted areas, such as academics, facilities and worldwide recognition. Under his tenure, Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State College achieved university status in 1951, and the Tennessee Board of Education elevated the university to a full-fledged land-grant university in 1957. In addition, Dr. Davis led the university’s campus expansion overseeing the constructing of 24 new buildings. While her husband ran a university, Mrs. Davis led a proud and successful career of her own. As an elementary school principal, she impacted the lives of young people even at their earliest years; many of whom went on to college and, even, Tennessee State. As first lady, she remembers fondly the Commencement ceremonies, concerts, lectures, galas, athletic events, rallies and other activities at the university, including when the institution officially became Tennessee State University in 1951. While serving as TSU’s first lady, Mrs. Davis witnessed the university’s storied athletics legacy manifest receiving national and worldwide attention by winning national championships in football, basketball and swimming, along with Olympic medals in track and field and national performances of the Aristocrat of Bands.

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The Vintagers Club

just gets better with time

Back in 1962, when Tennessee State University celebrated its 50th anniversary, along with the 100th anniversary of the establishment of land-grant institutions of higher education in the country, the idea of the Vintagers Club of Tennessee State was born. Dr. Granville Sawyer, an alumnus of the university, who was then coordinator of Alumni Affairs, came up with the name Vintagers.

give back to their alma mater, more than $1 million has been raised to benefit the university. In May, the tradition of the Vintager continued with a total of 220 TSU graduates returning to their esteemed alma mater to do just that.

The Club is an association whose sole criterion for membership is that “one has been a holder of a degree from the institution for 40 years of more.” Since its inception in 1971, The Vintagers Club has represented a time for alumni to return to campus, reminisce about their collegiate years and rekindle friendships of yesteryear.

Among those celebrating this special time were 37 members of the class of 1962, who joined to recognize 50 years. They were saluted by the university during its spring Commencement ceremony on May 5, 2012 as distinguished “Golden Vintagers,” an honor designated by the donning of gold robes and the opportunity to walk across the stage once again and be presented with a certificate and handshake from the president.

Over its more than 40 years, the Vintagers Club has inducted over 5,000 graduates. Since 2006, when the concept of class agents were introduced as a way for Vintagers to

Another class recognized was the class of 1972, who welcomed 36 members back to campus. As newly inducted Vintagers holding degrees for 40 years, these ‘new kids on the


block’ took the honor seriously by more than doubling their original goal of $15,000 to an actual contribution of $40,394 to Tennessee State University. Dorothy Greer Smith, class of 1942, celebrated her 70th anniversary as a graduate. She was introduced at the Vintagers luncheon. This year, a total of $191,000 was raised among the five classes celebrating anniversaries: 1952, 1957 ($51,337), 1962, 1967 ($56,600), 1972. These classes collectively set a record for class giving since the class agent program began in 2006. There have been five presidents of the Vintagers Club. They are Edith Foster Otey (’62), who served in 1973; Bessie Walton (’29); Modestine Smith (’38), who served from 1979 to 1987); Lettie S. Galloway (’37), who served from 1987-1999; and current Vintager president, Barbara Murrell (’60), who began her tenure in 2000.

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Charter Members Of the eight members of the first class graduating with a baccalaureate degree – the class of 1924 – five were made charter members of the Vintagers Club during a special ceremony held Saturday, August 21, 1971. They were: Dr. Reginald C. Neblett (Owensboro, Ky.), Thurman Ramsey (Chicago, IL), Aeolian E. Lockert, Sr. (Nashville, Tenn.), William Lowe (Memphis, Tenn.), and Walter Van Potter (Nashville, Tenn.). Three members were deceased at the time of induction: Dr. Walter D. Denney, Mrs. Lora Myers and Attorney Christopher Purdy. Dorothy Greer Smith (‘42)

Aeolian Lockert, Sr. (deceased) — Remembered as “Lock,” he married the former Miss Ophelia E. Pitt, who also attended Tennessee State. They had five children: Edward, Estelle, Morris, Maxine and Arnell, all of whom attended Tennessee State. Lockert, a retired teacher, remembered most vividly the chapel or auditorium programs at the university as well as football games, entertaining legislative groups, the many good instructors and the first president, Dr. William Jasper Hale. William McKinley Lowe, Sr. (deceased) — Lowe married the former Miss Aline Baine. They had three children: William, Jr. and Jeseus, who attended Tennessee State, and George Anthony. A former chemistry teacher, Lowe’s most vivid memories of the university was the president and faculty was very sympathetic.

Edith Otey, first Vintager president

Reginald C. Neblett (deceased) — “Reggie” as he is remembered, married the former Miss Hattie L. Ross, who also attended Tennessee State. A former physician (general practice), he was an active staff member of the Owensville (Ky.) Davies Country and Our Lady of Mercy Hospitals and formerly served the Owensboro Education Commission. He said his most memorable time at Tennessee State was “when I met my sweetheart, who subsequently became my wife and when I represented Tennessee State at the World’s Student Volunteer Movement in December 1923 at Indianapolis, Ind. Walter Van Potter (deceased) — Remembered by his friends as “Pot,” while in college he was director of the chapel music, a member of the YMCA and sang in the chorus and quartet. A retired public school teacher, he remembered most vividly the “wise” counsel and judgment of President Hale and dedicated teachers, academically and personally.

Barbara Murrell, current Vintager president

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The First Graduating Class Who were they and what did they become? 1924 graduates began legacy of excellence

By Ajaia Spicer, OUP Intern

Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State Normal College for Negroes, now Tennessee State University, was founded in the summer of 1912 on June 19th. For 100 years, Tennessee State has been preparing students to “Think. Work. Serve.”

opportunity was for the students and their families,” said Dr. Bobby Lovett, retired TSU professor, author and historian. “Even today, some of the students who attend the university are the first in their families to pursue an education at the college level.”

When the doors first opened only two-year teacher certifications were handed out, but the university’s first president, Dr. William Jasper Hale, was determined to provide so much more to A&I students despite their limited options at the time.

With the help of Hale, some of the graduates were given the opportunity to walk off stage and into a job. Many of the students went off to become teachers and principals of different schools around the south.

In 1922, he accomplished the goal of elevating the school to a four-year degree granting teachers’ college. With this achievement began an educational legacy with just eight students - seven men and one woman – receiving fouryear baccalaureate degrees. The 1924 graduating class also held the distinction of being the only class to receive this degree from A&I for 20 years. Tennessee A&I officially held the historic Commencement Week, May 24-27, 1924. The minister of Clark Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church delivered the baccalaureate sermon on Sunday, 3:30 p.m. Graduation was held Tuesday, May 27, 10 a.m. The first baccalaureate class included all Tennessee residents and one Alabama native: Walter Daniel Denney of Lebanon; Aeolian O. Lockert, Sr. of Clarksville; William McKinley Lowe of Mobile, Ala.; Lora A. Myers of Nashville; Reginald C. Neblett of Clarksville; Walter V. Potter of Smithville; Christopher C. Purdy of Tiptonville; and Thudman A. Ramsey of Nashville. “The early 1900s was hard for all African-Americans to do anything around that time, which makes the first graduating class so unique because of how great this 40

Lockert became the Smith-Hughes agricultural agent for Tennessee A&I. Lowe became a chemistry teacher. Potter also became a teacher. Meyers became a home demonstration agent in Robertson County. Purdy attended law school and became a teacher. Denny, Neblett and Ramsey all attended Meharry Medical College after graduation and became physicians. In 1924, the school’s name was changed to the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal College. The word “Normal” was deleted from the college’s name in 1927. During the university’s beginning years, the main focus of the curriculum was for teachers and giving African-Americans the opportunity to pursue an education, learn skills to assist them with being productive and successful after leaving the institution. _____________________ Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Dr. Bobby Lovett for contributing information to this report.

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TSU’s next century

2012 graduates weigh-in on university’s next 100 years

“TSU has reclaimed [its status] and is making a new transformation,…” Maximillian A. Cole

By Tamika Harvey, OUP Intern

Maximilian A. Cole, 2011-2012 president of the Student Government Association (SGA), is a political science major from Calumet, Ill., who exercises his passion for service in the SGA. Tennessee State University has arrived at a unique crossroads, finding itself celebrating its 100th birthday, which will come to a close after 2012. However, a group of centennial graduates say the university’s next century of excellence, resilience and unity is just beginning. Pestered by negative images magnified through biased media reports, revolving door administrative changes and constant funding challenges, the university has had its share of ups and downs. Nonetheless, the resilience of its students, alumni, faculty and staff have been an unbreakable force in keeping the “land of golden sunshine” shining brightly. Several graduating seniors have embraced the legacy mapped out for them 100 years ago when the doors of thenTennessee State A&I State Normal School opened on June 19, 1912 to 250 students, and continues today educating tomorrow’s leaders. These students share their perspectives on what TSU hopes to achieve in its next 100 years.

“TSU has reclaimed [its status] and is making a new transformation, more engagement with students and now we have more of an outside perspective on how to educate tomorrow’s leaders today,” Cole said. Ashleigh Taylor, 2011-2012 Miss TSU, reflects on the importance of student activities and

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“…the ultimate test will be the ability and willingness of alumni to step up and increase our giving to preserve our university in its next 100 years and beyond.” Jasmin Garmon From left: Deborah Schnydra (granddaughter of Dr. William Jasper Hale, TSU’s first president), Jasmin Garmon and Ola Hudson (‘51)

the important role it has played in university life and will continue to do so in the future. “The students need to feel empowered and that they have a voice,” said Taylor, a mass communications major from Memphis. Taylor, who also served as the 20112012 Miss National HBCU Hall of Fame, said she recognizes TSU as a wellrounded institution — a place where students mature, learn responsibility and accountability. “TSU has done an excellent job of nurturing students in a way that you just can’t experience anywhere else except at an HBCU,” Taylor said. Thomas Lavallais, a senior molecular and cellular biology graduate from Dallas, and the 2011-2012 Mr. TSU, credits his high school principal, a TSU alumnus who positively influenced him to consider TSU.

“When I spoke about my aspirations and goals, TSU was a perfect match,” Lavallais said. “I am academically, socially and politically sound. I am at an advantage economically because of the scholarship support. If you can make it at TSU there’s nothing you can’t overcome.” As for the future of TSU, Jasmin Garmon, 2011-2012 president of the Pre-Alumni Council, said the institution will only remain as strong as its alumni.

traditions, yet being innovative and versatile enough to embrace progress, will ensure the university experiences a promising next century. “With progress comes change. There are going to be new technologies and new processes, but the ultimate test will be the ability and willingness of alumni to step up and increase our giving to preserve our university in its next 100 years and beyond,” Garmon said.

“Alumni giving must increase,” said Garmon, a recent political science graduate from Gary, Ind., who plans to return for graduate school in the fall. “We can only make it if we understand the importance of giving back.” While new administrators and students will come and go, these recent graduates say remembering the university’s legacy and upholding

“When I spoke about my aspirations and goals, TSU was a perfect match.” Thomas Lavallais


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TSU Generational Family GRADUATES

Tennessee State University’s dynamic history includes a legacy of families who have lifted the values, traditions and excellence of the university over several generations. Thanks to those family members who submitted information for publication in the Alumni Life magazine during the university’s 100th anniversary. FAMILY NAME GENERATION FIRST NAME Alexander --- Rhobelia F. Alexander --- Dr. Ernestine Williams M. Alexander --- Floretta I. Williams Alexander --- Robert Edward Alexander --- Claudia B. Alexander --- Marva L. Alexander --- Gwendolyn E. Williams Alexander --- Mary E. Alexander --- Karen A. Lewis Alexander --- Dr. Candace B. Alexander --- Jonathan B. Alexander --- William Ross Alexander --- Norma J. Alexander --- Iva Alexander --- Deborah G. Alexander --- Jethro, Jr. Alexander --- Victor, Sr. Alexander --- Jerrold, Sr. Alexander --- Victor, Jr. Alexander --- Vincent Alexander --- Lana Alexander --- Jasmine Barton --- Leola Barton --- Brandon H. Barton --- Hattie Barton --- Mildred Barton Barton --- Mosel Barton --- Sherman C. Barton --- Collins Barton --- Merlton L. Barton --- Brandon Barton --- Brandon H., III Bond FIRST Clyde, Sr. Bond SECOND Reginald Bond SECOND Clyde, Jr. Bond SECOND Renae Bond SECOND Ronald Bond SECOND Peggy Boyd FIRST Gayla Boyd FIRST Damitia Boyd FIRST Raymie Brooks FIRST Yvette Brooks FIRST Ivan, Jr. Brooks FIRST Brittany Buntin FIRST Dalton Buntin FIRST Louise Buntin SECOND Jean Buntin SECOND Joyce Buntin SECOND Michael Buntin SECOND Ernestine Buntin THIRD Kenneth Buntin THIRD Jeffrey Buntin THIRD Anthony Buntin THIRD Leslie Buntin THIRD Lori Buntin THIRD Jonathan Buntin THIRD Gina Buntin THIRD Robert Carter FIRST Lucille Carter FIRST Geraldine Carter FIRST Alline Carter FIRST Rose

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LAST NAME Alexander Williams Pickens Glass Askins Lewis Williams Williams Adair Williams Bryant Price-Jones Williams Churchwell Dobbins-Smith Adair Adair Churchwell Alexander Taylor Alexander Alexander Fisher Alexander Alexander Alexander Alexander Alexander Alexander Alexander Barton Barton Barton Collins Bradenberg Barton Ann Bradenberg Harris Barton Bond Bond Bond McDonald Bond Martin Thomas McKinney Boyd Thomas Brooks Brooks Buntin Oliver Moody Buntin Buntin Speller Speller Speller Speller Speller-Henderson Speller Speller Speller-Jones Speller Seibert Pitts Greer Ballard

DEGREE --- BS BS BS BS, MS BS --- BS, MS (Miss TSU 1971) BS BS MS BS --- BS BS --- BS BS BS BS --- BS --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- Agriculture Health Care Administration Business Administration English Electrical Engineering --- BS, MPA BS Accounting BS Health Care Administration Political Science Biological Sciences --- --- --- --- --- Nursing EE EE EE --- --- --- --- --- BA English, MA English/Secondary Ed. BS Elementary Education BA Modem Foreign Languages BS Business Education

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FIRST NAME Dennis Cleo Kenneth Jannie Anthony Michael Ronald Angela Carolyn Jessika Chandra Lasean Martinique Terry Edward LaShun Ora Cass, Sr. Cass, Jr. Kristopher Anna Vernessa George Kedra George, IV Justin Carrie --- Joshua Steven Patricia Rosiland Crystal Clarence Christopher Sandra Janette --Fortress Malvin Billy Bobby Perry Janice Dennis Mona L. Susan Brandalyn Sara Tashauna Louis Joseph Ferdinand Ella Edna Deidera Anthony Reginald Robert Rae Mabel Ola Charles Phillip Robert Lisa Ronald Kenny James Mitzy H. Marcus “Chris” Melza “C.J.” Eugene E. Gloria E. Artelia



Carter BS Biology Carter BS Biology Carter BS Biology Gray MS Public Administration Pitts BS Chemistry Seibert BS Biology Seibert BS Business Administration Harrison BS Psychology Graham BA English, MS Public Administration Seibert BS Psychology Cheeseborough-Guice HPER K-12 Johnson Health Care Administration Guice Family & Consumer Science Child Development Clayton BS Criminal Justice, BS Political Science Clayton BS Criminal Justice Clayton BS Business Administration Clemons MS Teague BS, Business Administration, MS Business Administration Teague BA Psy., MS General Psy., EDD Counseling Psy. Teague BS Biology Reeves MA Education Tharpe BS Biology Davis BS Electrical Engineering Garner BSCS Garner BSECE Garner BSBA Gentry MS --- Business Administration Jones --- Harris Electrical Engineering Luckett Clothing and Textiles Thomas Business Administration Harris --- Harris --- Harris --- Harvell-Kimble Home Economics Harvell Sociology/History Baker Business Administration Hayes --- Hayes --- Hayes --- Hayes --- Hayes --- Hayes --- Garabito --- Hayes --- Hayes --- Hayes --- Hayes --- Holmes --- Holmes --- Holmes Agriculture Holmes BS Chemistry, MS Chemistry Keel --- Holt BBA Marketing Holt BBA Accounting Holt BBA Marketing Hudson BA Watkins BS Tipton BS Hudson BS Home Economics, MS Education Hudson BS McEwen BS Tipton BS Jones BS Hudson BS Speech, BS Drama McEwen BS Accounting, MS Business Drake BS Johnson --- Johnson --- Johnson --- Jones BS Math Jones Master of Education Jones Reese BA History

YEAR 1977 1979 1983 1993 1982 1986 1988 1990 1999, 2003 2011 1981 2011 2011 1980 1980 1981 --- 1949. 1951 1975, 1978, 2003 2009 1970 1981 1981 1999 2002 2004 1956 --- 2002 1972 1975 1975 1988 1994 1994 1976 1977 2006 1972 1976 1978 1980 1981 1983 1985 1987 2005 2007 2007 1926 1926 1946 1949, 1950 1959 1984 1988 1991 1946 1949 1951 1951, 1953 1956 1973 1981 1979 1983 2003 2006 2008 2008 2004 1956 1968 1961

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--- Madwena --- Regina --- James --- Henry --- Susie --- Mary --- John --- Gydean --- Seanne FIRST Annie FIRST Elizabeth FOURTH Gary SECOND Bettye SECOND Maurice SECOND James THIRD DeAngela FIRST Ethel SECOND Darlynn THIRD Tracee FIRST Evalena FOURTH Sherri SECOND Mary SECOND Franklin THIRD Algeleon FIRST Albert FIRST Barbara FIRST Morris FIRST George FIRST Reginald SECOND Pamela THIRD Stephanie FIRST Bessie FIRST John, Jr. FIRST Juanita FIRST Della FIRST Lureada FIRST Elizabeth SECOND Marcus W. THIRD Marcus W., Jr. FIRST Novella SECOND Robert FIRST Clarence, Jr. SECOND Clarence, III SECOND Christopher SECOND Candice FIRST Hershey FIRST Shirley SECOND Walter SECOND Grant SECOND Peyton SECOND William SECOND James SECOND Michael SECOND Kevin FIRST Alvin SECOND Anthony THIRD Deyona FIRST Elease FIRST Donald SECOND Everett D. SECOND Khalisha E. SECOND Cornelius V. SECOND Xandelyn B. SECOND William R. SECOND Deborah E. SECOND David SECOND Albert C. SECOND Betty L. SECOND Travis FIRST Cresa SECOND Theodore, Jr. SECOND Anne THIRD Michelle

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LAST NAME Lee Hall Reese Tate Jones Jones Jones Smith Patterson Patterson Fisher Patterson Wilson Frierson Bowman Pepper Campbell Pepper Pepper Dixon Phillips Jordan Jordan Rhodes Tucker Rhodes Rhodes Rhodes Shaw Akins Shaw Shields Shields Shields Carter Hawkins Shute Covington Shute Gardner Shute Shute Shute Tole Fisher White White White White Winrow Winrow Winrow Winrow Neugent Winrow Winrow Winrow Winrow Winton Winton Winton Jolley Wright Jolley Jolley Jolley Wright White Wright Wright Wright Wright Wright Young Lenox Lenox Lenox

DEGREE BS Sociology BS Mechanical Engineering BS BS BS BS BS, MS BS BS BS Music BS Elementary Education BS Engineering BS Elementary Education BS Political Science BS Psy., MS Agriculture BS Criminal Justice BS Business Education, MA Education BS Chemistry BS Civil Engineering --- BS BS, MS BS, MS BS, MS BS Biology BS Political Science BS Political Science Education Education Criminal Justice Biology --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- MS BS, MS BS Mathematics BA Mass Communications BS Mathematics BS Chemistry Industrial Arts BS Elementary Education, MS Political Science Mass Communication Physical Education --- --- --- --- Engineering Business Administration Health Services BS, Agricultural Sciences; MS BS, Electrical Engineering BS, Interdisciplinary Studies BS, Criminal Justice BS, Agricultural Sciences; MS BS, Interdisciplinary Studies BS, Agricultural Sciences BS, Social Welfare BS, Government and Public Affairs BS, Mechanical Engineering BS, Agricultural Sciences BS, Political Science --- --- --- ---

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A Generational

*Special submission to Alumni Life magazine

Since 1913, Tennessee State University has graduated 14 members of the Love family in 14 different areas. But what makes TSU so loveable to the Love family? The Rev. Harold Moses Love Jr., a member of the third generation, said “TSU provided a sense of belonging, acceptance and a family outside of my immediate one, not to mention a quality education.” Over the past nine decades, members of the Love family have shared the great legacy of attending Tennessee State University for secondary and higher education. The legacy reaches as far back as great-grandparents who graduated from Tennessee State A&I Normal School to greatgrandchildren who 90 years later are now attending TSU. The entire Love family has supported Tennessee State University over the years by implementing several programs beneficial to the university, including founding a chapter of the TSU National Alumni Association in Washington D.C. and making annual gifts to the TSU Foundation. But one Love, in particular, has made landmark contributions to the university’s success. An alumnus of the class of 1939, Harold Moses Love, Sr. generated millions of dollars for the university while serving as a charter member of the Metro Council and as a 2446

year state representative for the 54th District of Tennessee. He also served as president of the TSU National Alumni Association for six consecutive years – the individual to serve longest in TSU alumni history. Today, the Learning Resource Center, one of the oldest buildings on TSU’s campus, set in the historic corridor and designated by the Tennessee Historic Society, is named in his honor. Harold Love’s wife, Mary Love, a 1952 graduate of the university, is currently the director of Trio Programs at TSU, and has worked at the university for 55 years. The program prepares students for academic success by providing tutorial services, the Talent Search program and Upward Bound. Mrs. Love also served as a math professor at TSU teaching from 1956 to 1973. Harold Moses Love, Jr. earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance in 1994 and is now working toward a Ph.D. in public administration. “My future plans include serving the TSU community in any capacity that will help foster a positive image for the university,” he said. Currently, Love Jr. also serves as pastor at Saint Paul A.M.E. Church in Nashville. Although the majority of graduates from the Love family do not currently reside in Nashville, they have taken their love for the university with them. Joseph Alvin Love, younger brother of Harold Love, Sr. and one

of the five children from the second generation who attended TSU, said, “The desire, drive and dedication that the engineering department at TSU showed me still lives on and is well remembered and admired by me each day of my life.” Joseph Alvin Love and his wife, Lucy Love, also a graduate of TSU, currently reside in Brandy-Wine, Md., a city outside Washington, D.C. Joseph and Lucy were both founders of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the TSU National Alumni Association. The Love family has certainly embraced the university. Christiane Buggs, daughter of Chrystal Cunningham and the first from the Love’s fourth generation to attend TSU said, “I have always heard good things about TSU. My mom always talks about the family that TSU provided for her and her four siblings who attended.” Buggs is a 2007 graduate with a degree in physics at TSU. The TSU graduates from the Love family are: Lillian Adams Love (1916), and her children, Harold (Mary), Arnold, Joseph Alvin (Lucy), Lillian and Modestine Love; Harold and Mary Love’s children: Chrystal Love Cunningham, Candyce A. Love, Cheryl Love Harris, Carolyn A. Love and Harold M. Love, Jr.; and now Chrystal’s daughter, Christiane L. Buggs. Cheryl’s son, W. Kendall Butler, is now a junior at TSU.

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TheCoolest Black Family in America, No. 3* MEET THE BOYDS OF NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE BY JOICELYN DINGLE Contributing Writer

When Dr. Theophilus B. Boyd III and his wife, Yvette, speak about their family, images of the Huxtables come to mind. “When our kids were growing up it was a lot of fun. It was a very busy, very active household,” Dr. Boyd recalls. “Let’s see, it would be me, my wife, three kids, often their friends, 16 goldfish, one rabbit, and something like a rat…whatever it was, I made my son keep it in a cage in his room!” Today the Boyds have four adult children: Theophilus B. IV, 41, works in finance; LaDonna, 27, named “Miss Black Tennessee” in 2010, received her M.B.A. from Tennessee State University; Shalae, 24, is a senior at Tennessee State University and Justin, 21, is a junior there. Few African American families can relish in their history like the Boyds. For them, fertile ground was laid, and the dream and the hope of the slave was planted. The family owns R.H. Boyd Publishing Corporation in Nashville, Tennessee, the largest publishing center in the Southeast. Their lineage is one of desire, common sense, hardwork, self-determination and, as a result, four generations of prosperity. The Boyd dynasty is a rich story, from “way back.” They have been in

find who were educated and had biblical knowledge, and they began to write religious texts for African Americans.” Dr. Boyd continues, “This is how many Blacks learned to read.” business for 116 years! Richard Henry Boyd, for whom the company is now named, was born a slave. He could not read. He could not write. Yet this did not stop him from seeing the light of opportunity when there was one. After the Emancipation Proclamation was signed and he “won” his freedom, he fearlessly pursued the sides of himself that were not allowed to exist in the mind of a slave. “My great grandfather wanted to explore life beyond his preset boundaries,” says Dr. Boyd. After moving to Texas he worked as a cowboy, a foreman at sawmills, and he learned to read and write. Dr. Boyd continues, “When he became a preacher, he found that in his readings there was nothing that reflected his [Black American] religious experience.”

The sweet smell of success has followed the Boyd family through four generations of higher education and effective organizing. It has not been without hard work that this legacy has maintained. “I didn’t grow up with this sort of privilege. My family was what I would call, ‘comfortable,’” says Mrs. Boyd. “Being in the Boyd family has afforded me better things in life, but I always remain humble. You can go to the doctor one day and everything could change.” Mrs. Boyd ensured her children understood this. “I always kept my kids grounded,” she says. “They grew up in a White neighborhood, but they led a Black lifestyle. I made sure that they knew they were blessed, and they were not to take these blessings for granted.”

Richard Henry respected the importance of being able to see one’s self reflected in the imagery of the word. He reacted as any good publishing mind would: he responded to a need. “He gathered all the people he could

The Boyds look forward to their children’s succession. “You want the legacy to continue, but you have to give your children some rope and let them figure it out”, Mrs. Boyd says. “In life, you have to love what you do.”

*Copyright,, March 6, 2012. All rights reserved. The following article and photo is a reprint from, March 6, 2012.

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TSU Alumni

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, 2010 to June 30, 2011. 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 President’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.

ALUMNI Emanuel J. Abston, 1962 Eric J. Abston, 2002 Michele L. Adcock, 1992 Cornelia R. Adkins, 1952 Barbara Ann S. Akins, 1966 William R. Akins, 1973 Nathaniel Albritton, 1975 Raymond Albritton, 1972 Larry W. Alderson, 1999 Sandra Aldridge, 1964 Georgia Y. Alexander, 1971 Robert A. Alexander, 1973 Velma G. Alexander, 1951 Mildred H. Alford, 1951 Lenora Allen, 1969 Lytle E. Allen, III, 1962 Michelle L. Allen, 1998 Kimberly D. Alston, 2000 George L. Altman, 1955 Wanda W. Amos, 1999 Ann M. Anderson, 1985 Charlotte A. Anderson, 1986 Vivian L. Andoh, 1964 Anonymous, 1950 Anonymous, 1972 Anonymous, 1958 Joseph L. Anthony, 1954 Marjorie J. Anthony, 1955 Beverly C. Armstead, 1959 Jo Ann Armstrong, 1959 Jonica N. Armstrong, 2003 Mary L. Armstrong, 1957 Regina F. Armstrong, 1988 Catherine K. Armwood, 2007 Gloria Arrington, 1951 Jane P. Asamani, 1993 Karen J. W. Ashley Michelle R. Ashley, 2008 Ronald L. Ashley, 1980 Henry A. Atwater, II, 1972 Ronda R. Atwater, 1992 Dwan D. Austin, 1990 Sonya Y. Avery, 1993 Dorothy J. Backey, 1971

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Frances N. Bailey, 1955 Louise M. Baker, 1973 Peggy N. Baker, 1982 Debora R. Baldwin, 1987 Franklin L. Ballard, Jr., 1985 Juanita S. Ballard, 1961 Lia Banks, 2001 Sharon S. Banks, 1973 Esther R. Baptiste, 2003 Shirley Barbee, 1982 Christopher J. Barber, 2011 John J. Barfield, IV, 1999 Pamela A. Barfield, 1991 Trena L. Barksdale, 2009 Loran G. Barnes, 1975 Beverly B. Barton, 1965 Patience M. Barton, 2004 Mary D. Basil, 1992 Estelle Baskerville Diehl, 1969 Eleanor S. Bass, 1975 Freeman Bass James I. Bass, 1962 Charmin A. Bates, 2009 Brandon O. Bather, 2011 Henry E. Beach, 1959 Cassandra E. Beal, 1981 Antoine M. Bean, 2001 Dwight L. Beard, 1974 Phillip Beene, 1977 Dwayne L. Bell Edward D. Bell, 1962 Jennifer Bell, 2005 John L. Bell Sharita E. Bell, 1992 Thomas A. Bell, 1971 Woodrow Bell, 1967 Kenneth Benion, 1981 Arthur Benjamin, Jr., 1959 Pamela J. Bennett, 1982 Lawrence H. Benning, 1959 Crishonda Berkley Dennis A. Berry, 1982 Isaac H. Berry Joy E. Berry, 2009 Joseph P. Bertrand, 1991

William H. Bigham, 1980 Marjorie A. Billups, 1961 Jayna M. Binion, 2003 Yildiz B. Binkley, 1994 Mark A. Bishop, 1971 Dorothy F. V. Black, 1958 Melvin C. Black, 1960 Reece A. Black Dallas Blackman, 1965 Edward S. Blackman Olivia P. Blackman, 1965 Annette R. Bland, 1976 Jahnita L. Blanton, 1981 Deirtra B. Bledsoe, 1980 Arnett H. Bodenhamer, 1997 Sabrina M. Boges-Krull, 1995 James O. Bolden, 1979 Kasi L. Bolden Clyde W. Bolds, 1959 Corhonda D. Bolton, 1996 Carol G. Bompart, 1984 Andrew Bond, 1948 Bonetta J. Bond, 1976 Clyde Bond, 1987 Clyde L. Bond, Jr., 1987 Gladys S. Bond, 1957 Lia N. Bond, 1999 Mattie L. Bond Sam Bone, Jr., 1958 Krystal T. Bonner Marvin L. Boomer, Jr., 2007 Rosa N. Boone, 2004 Ralph H. Boston, 1962 Samuel E. Boswell, 1970 Gwendolyn L. Bowen, 1962 Gaynell R. Bowman, 1993 Lillie D. Bowman, 1945 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 Barbara Bozeman, 1970 Robert L. Brack, 1966

Demetrius Braddock, 2008 Bruce D. Bradford, 1970 Patricia Bradford, 1971 Rhonda A. Bradley Joerald D. Branch, 1980 Katie P. Brandon, 1957 Traci S. Braswell, 2003 Dow T. Braziel, 1973 Rosie M. Brewster-Crowder, 1966 Revlon S. Briggs, 1991 Philip D. Briley, 2010 Charles H. Brinkley, Sr. Frank D. Brinkley, 1963 Linda P. Brinkley, 1965 Mamie A. Brinkley, 1974 Velma S. Brinkley, 1965 Genevieve Brinkley-Johnson, 1993 Patricia H. Brock, 1971 Debora D. Brockington, 1977 Jerome Broner, 1988 George E. Brooks, 1968 Vivian L. Brooks, 1960 Deiadra D. Brown, 2006 Elizabeth Brown, 1991 Freda D. Brown, 1999 Hodari P. Brown, 2008 Jean W. Brown, 1968 Jerome Brown, 1968 Karl R. Brown, 1978 Kathy Brown, 1993 Monique S. Brown, 1993 Orlando V. Brown, II, 1991 Patricia A. Brown, 1972 Sue J. Brown, 1958 Toni R. Brown Victoria W. Brown, 1969 Virgenia S. Brown, 1991 William R. Brown, 1967 Loretta A. H. Browning, 1986 Camille L. Brunson, 2011 Hattie C. Bryant, 1949 Jewel E. Bryant Latoyia G. Bryant, 1998 Ottie A. Bryant, 1966 Yvonne N. Bryant, 1961

Reva C. Buckley, 1970 William R. Buckley, 1960 Casandra Y. Bufford Samuel Bufford, 1964 Rosalyn E. Buford, 1970 Tiyana R. Bullock, 2004 Francis L. Burgess, Jr., 1992 Anthony E. Burke, 1969 Susie H. Burke, 1957 Erika R. Burnett, 2007 Elana T. Burton, 2006 Roderick N. Burton, 1980 Sheri L. Burton, 1992 Eleanor F. Bush, 1948 Franchata A. Bush, 1999 Arlena S. Bussey, 1977 Cornelia Butler, 1988 Genetta C. Butler, 1979 Jerry Butler, 1980 Tasha Butler, 1989 Alfonza Butts, 1951 Andrea C. Byrd, 2004 John Cade, 1998 Jacquelyn B. Caffey, 1959 Kathleen S. Caldwell, 1974 Terrence G. Caldwell, 2005 Thomas E. Caldwell, 1988 Carmelia Cammons-Brooks, 1980 Ardell E. Campbell, 1974 Carla T. Campbell, 1993 Charles A. Campbell, 1974 Clifton T. Campbell, 1961 Jacquelyn Campbell, 1970 James D. Campbell, 1975 Jessie G. Campbell, 1962 Lee G. Campbell, 1996 Stanley Campbell, 1980 Whitney R. Campbell, 2011 Reginald D. Cannon, 1996 Roland A. Carey, 1991 Michael E. Carn, 1982 Rosalyn D. Carpenter, 1988 Donnell Carr, 1965 Melvin Carr, 1987 Stone N. Carr, 1954

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Linda P. Carson, 1976 Cleo Carter, 1979 Dennis C. Carter, 1977 Laura O. Carter, 2010 Tracey B. Carter, 2005 Warrick L. Carter, 1964 Mary Carver-Patrick, 1969 Iris V. Catchings, 1955 Felicia A. Champion, 2006 Sharon L. Chance, 2005 Sarah M. Chatman, 1980 Brittani D. Chavious, 2009 Eryka M. Cheatham, 2004 Chandra Cheeseborough, 1982 Mary E. B. Churchwell, 1964 Robert Churchwell, Jr., 1975 Delphine E. Claggion, 1977 Clydell Clark, 1972 Dorothye B. Clark, 1955 Gregory A. Clark, 1987 Thomas A. Clark, Jr., 1971 Sharon Claxton-Bommer, 1996 Gilbert E. Clay, 1986 James F. Clayborne, Jr., 1985 Lashun Clayton, 1981 Patricia Clayton, 1976 Terry R. Clayton, 1980 Dorothy H. Cleaves, 1979 Charles A. Clement, 1984 Bennie R. Clements, 1960 Evelyn Cleveland, 1969 Joseph R. Cleveland, 1968 Kina N. Cleveland, 2001 Tonya S. Cliff, 2003 Shirley C. Clowney, 1960 Margaret A. Cobbs, 1961 Trehon Cockrell-Coleman, 2010 Sophia Coger Atkins, 1960 Charles F. Cole, 1960 Claude L. Cole, 1952 Deborah A. Cole, 1974 Eddie R. Cole, 2007 Alfred E. Coleman, 1957 Delise M. Coleman, 1982 Rosa H. Coleman, 1967 Vicki A. Coleman, 1992 Golaree O. Coles, 1951 Brenda Y. Collier, 2003 Clifton Collier, 1976 Curtis Collier, 1971 Andrea E. Collins, 1977 Juel P. Collins, 1955 Lawrence F. Collins, Jr., 1966 Regina F. Collins, 1965 Walter Collins, 1960 Sammy Comer, 1972 Clarence T. Conner, 1970 Emmett L. Conner, 1983 Ralph D. Cook, Sr., 1964 Helen P. Cooke, 1952 Longino A. Cooke, Jr., 1951 Morris Cooke Elizabeth Walton Cooksey, 1963 Wilmer Cooksey, Jr., 1965 Mary A. Copeland, 2007

Roshawnda D. Corn, 1995 Walter W. Corn, 2001 Joe L. Cornelius, 1968 Sally K. Cothron, 1972 Jewell B. Cousin, 1958 ShaShawn C. Covington, 2011 Terri L. Covington, 1981 Christine L. Craig, 1960 Evelyn L. Crain Parker, 1966 Julia Ma Crain, 1968 Alva J. Crawford, 1961 Alvin H. Crawford, 1960 James E. Crawford, 1973 Jewel Crawford, Sr., 1968 Walter Crawford, 1953 Kristina M. Crocker, 2011 Dominique R. Cromartie, 2009 Charles E. Croney, 1967 Patricia A. Crook, 1973 Jonathan E. Croom, 1983 John S. Cross, 1983 Nancy S. Cross, 2005 Adrena M. Crowder, 1995 Fannie Crowder, 1975 Latoria L. Crowder, 2005 Lavenia T. Crutcher, 1986 Carl S. Crutchfield, 2004 Carlsie L. Crutchfield, 2003 Mary Inez G. Crutchfield, 1947 Madelyn M. Culp, 1968 Eddie Cummings, 1972 Betty B. Cunningham, 1955 Eloise B. Cunningham, 1954 Morris Cunningham, 1967 Murdine Cunningham, 2007 Ronald S. Cunningham, 1968 Charles A. Curry, 1969 Pamela Curry, 1972 Brenda S. Cuyler, 1985 Segilola A. Da Silva, 2009 Carlo R. Dade, 1970 Daisy T. Dailey, 1965 Steven D. Dailey, 1964 Gladys L. Dalton, 2011 Tamarak S. Daniels, 1982 Timothy L. Daniels, 2011 David E. Danner, 1991 Hattie C. Dansby, 1943 Jesse L. Dansby, Jr., 1964 Cathleen Davidson, 1967 Billie J. Davis Casandra N. Davis, 2001 Cedric D. Davis, 2004 David G. Davis, 1971 Edgar J. Davis, 1970 Erika L. Davis, 2002 Ernest A. Davis, Jr., 1968 George L. Davis, Jr., 1981 Jimmy F. Davis, 1971 Jo Ann Davis Leroy Davis, 2001 Lynne M. Davis, 1975 Mary C. Davis, 1966 Nivia D. Davis, 2003 Shaundra D. Davis, 1993

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Sylvester Davis, 1955 Zipporah L. Davis, 1988 Sherita G. Dawkins, 1994 Keri L. Day, 2002 Warren E. Dean, V, 2011 Taurus G. Deberry, 1995 Marion H. Delk, 1971 Raymond L. Delk, 1965 Fanniel L. Demarks, 1982 Richard A. Dent, 1965 Mary F. Derricks, 1971 Bianca W. Devones, 1980 Rebecca A. Dickerson, 2011 Jittaun A. Dill, 1992 Billy R. Dillard, Jr., 1990 Ivano Dillard, 1973 Marilyn W. Dillard, 1991 Curtis L. Dillihunt, 1966 Edward Dixon Angela V. Dobbins, 1984 Charles M. Dodd, 1983 Howard T. Dodd, 1977 John R. Dodds, 1962 Tinna Dodson, 1998 Kenneth L. Dollar, 1969 Jacquelyn M. Donaldson, 2002 Virginia S. Donaldson, 1950 Larry Dorsey, 1975 Amelia J. Dortch, 1965 Heyward Dortch, 1966 Willey J. Doughty, 1982 Lady E. Drake, 1958 Arthur Drayton, 1966 Darrell A. Drumwright, 1997 Brigit M. Dubois, 1996 Netera M. Dunia, 1973 J C. Dunlap James L. Dunn, 1953 Leonard D. Dunn, 1951 Rhonda C. Dunn, 1980 Steven Dunn, 1984 Gerry M. Dupree, 1982 Dawnita J. Durrell, 1988 Henry H. Durrell, 1951 Edith M. Duvall, 1966 James R. Ealey, Jr., 1966 Peggy A. Earnest, 1973 Brittney S. Edwards, 2011 Kelvin C. Edwards, 1960 Thedda A. Edwards, 1971 Clara C. Elam Rodney Elam, 2001 Nena F. El-Amin, 2003 Patrice C. Elder, 2004 Andrea J. Ellingen, 1989 Aerial M. Ellis, 2004 Gerald L. Ellis, 1958 Marcus D. Ellis, 1994 Yolanda Elston Wilson E. Ennis, Jr., 1982 James M. Epperson, 1955 Mary L. Ervin, 1952 Carmen D. Euell, 2003 Carrie E. Evans, 1950 Elise R. Evans, 1967

Marvin S. Evans, Jr., 1983 Robert L. Evans, 1973 Evelina Ewell, 1975 John W. Ewell, 1988 Rosa M. Ewing, 1980 Larculia V. Exum, 2000 William E. Fain, 1962 John L. Fair, Sr. Tracey L. Falls, 2009 Fabian M. Farr, 1991 Lena P. Farrell, 1947 Harold F. Farrow, 1959 Virginia B. Farrow, 1959 Roosevelt Faulkner, 1989 Kristal J. Fears, 2006 Lashan K. Fells, 1994 Keisha M. Felton, 1997 Brenda Fennell, 1976 Everett C. Fennell, 1974 Edrick J. Ferguson, 1988 Jameela Ferguson, 1996 Aaron G. Fields, 2011 Charles W. Fields, 1963 Darren D. Fields, 1986 Deartrest A. Fields, 1985 Fonda Fields, 1999 Renee V. Fields, 1978 Billy Finch Courtney R. Finch, 2006 William Finch, 1975 Gilbert M. Fisher, III, 1959 Charles K. Flack, 1984 Mary J. Fletcher Herman Flora Gwendolyn B. Flowers, 1978 Celestine V. Fludd, 1968 Brandon E. Foley, 2008 Julius K. Foley, 2004 Bryant K. Ford, 1991 Delphine E. Ford, 1980 Nina S. Ford, 2003 Tabitha M. Ford, 2011 Adrian-Albert D. Foreman, 2004 Centras L. Forney, 2003 Anthony J. Forte, 2002 Dwan D. Foster Eric L. Foster, 2007 Ernestine Foster, 1961 Myrna F. Foster, 1989 Harrison S. Foy, 1971 Yvette C. Frank, 1988 Hardin C. Franklin, 1975 Harry G. Franklin, Jr., 1965 Joan E. Franklin, 1978 Marian Franklin Penny L. Franklin, 1987 Violet L. Franklin, 1951 April L. Frazier, 2001 Eddie G. Frazier, 1974 Lachelle H. Fulford, 1993 Catha Fuller, 1971 Dellanita Fuqua, 1982 Theresa Y. Fuqua, 1996 Deshawn Futrell, 1994 Alondra C. Gaines, 2001

Barbara E. Gaines Kay K. Gaines, 2003 Terrance M. Gaines, 2001 Thomas E. Gaiter, 1979 George E. Ganaway, 1968 April L. Gardner, 2006 Maryum H. Gaskin Shakir, 1986 Roselle K. Gause, 1973 Carrie M. Gentry, 1958 Howard C. Gentry, Jr., 1974 Iris R. Gibbs, 1980 Nathaniel Gibson, 1962 Harold W. Gilbert, 1972 Richard H. Giles, 1967 Shaun R. Giles, 2001 Sherpri G. Giles, 2004 Eugene Gillen, 1992 Evelyn B. Gilliam, 1955 Delores S. Ginyard, 1953 William S. Gittens, 1991 Brian L. Gladney, 1997 Luvell L. Glanton, 1980 Ernestine P. Glass, 1958 Roderick J. Glatt, 1991 Gloria J. Glenn, 1958 Mildred J. Goines, 1949 Erica M. Goings, 2001 Judy C. Goldthree, 1976 Edward Gooding, III, 1974 Eric Goodrich, 1973 Calin D. Goolsby, 1996 Frankie F. Goolsby, 1998 Alfred H. Gordon, 1972 Eleanor A. Gordon, 1956 Henry R. Gordon, 1956 Kristan D. Gordon, 2004 Voncile B. Gowdy, 1966 Leatrice C. Gradford, 1970 Eddie L. Gragg, 1974 Andrea A. Graham, 1989 Dorothy S. Granberry, 1966 Juana L. Granberry, 1978 Maurice L. Granger, 1999 Edward L. Graves, 1962 Veronica Graves, 1999 Louis F. Gray, Jr., 1960 Patricia S. Greathouse, 1976 Augustine C. Green, 1967 Christopher L. Green, 1997 Gene Green, 1970 Marlah D. Green, 1994 Melonie J. Green, 2000 Pearlette K. Green Richard L. Green, 1963 Terrance L. Green, 1989 Martin D. Greene Robert Greene, 1975 Brenda G. Green-Ellington, 1986 Adonna M. Green-Kersey, 1978 Delores B. Greer, 1962 Jimmy D. Greer, 1972 Tiashi R. Greer, 2011 Kenitra Greer-Henderson Valeria Greer-Oliver, 1971 Dinah Gregory, 1979

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Karla Y. Hughes, 1998 Mack E. Hughes, 1971 Denese Hulbert, 1980 George Hull, Jr., 1949 Jewell N. Hull, 1954 Robert V. Hunt, 1971 Sandra D. Hunt, 1971 Bertha E. Hunter, 1957 Georgia C. Hunter, 1955 Joann Hunter, 1977 Toiya P. Hunter, 1998 Derrick M. Hurst, 2006 Pamela J. Hurst, 1988 Sharon W. Hurt, 1979 Clara L. Hutchings, 1971 Erick E. Huth, 2006 Ezzard C. Ingram, 1974 Luster D. Ingram, 1987 Sterling Ingram, 1966 Sybil Ingram-Campbell, 1982 Brittany C. Irby, 2007 Frank S. Irlinger, 1992 Russell E. Irvin, 1976 Frances Isabel, 1965 Jamie D. Isabel, 1989 Roy J. Isabel, 1964 Ada W. Jackson, 1959 Allen M. Jackson, Jr., 1997 Cynthia D. Jackson, 2001 Elvie Jackson, 2005 Eunice R. Jackson, 1969 Frederick R. Jackson, 1982 Hugh C. Jackson, 1972 James C. Jackson, 1965 James H. Jackson, Jr., 1973 Jeanetta W. Jackson, 1997 Juanita L. P. Jackson, 1963 Julius L. Jackson Richard E. Jackson, Sr., 2005 Tempestt L. Jackson, 2007 Thomas A. Jackson, 1951 Beverly L. Jacobs, 1971 Jaleeca L. Jacobs, 2010 Frances Jacox, 1953 Jesse C. James, 1973 Carolyn D. Jamison, 1983 Janet M. Jamison, 1989 Andrea E. Jarmon, 1991 Lesli M. Jarrett Angie K. Jefferson, 1996 Keith D. Jefferson, 1996 Ivy Y. Jeffries, 1991 Lillian T. Jeffries, 1960 Adrienne C. Jenkins, 2007 Joseph W. Jenkins, Jr., 1963 Tiffini R. Jenkins, 2007 Rebecca L. Jennings, 1951 Christopher C. Jett, 2003 Constance M. Jobe, 2005 Robert A. Jobe, 2002 Cuba S. Johnson, Jr., 1965 Delores I. Johnson, 1987 Doretha M. Johnson, 1976 Dwight Johnson, 1989 Edward B. Johnson, Jr., 1984

Felicia D. Johnson, 1983 Gearldean Johnson, 1967 Gloria C. Johnson, 1970 Harvey Johnson, Jr., 1968 Jerry D. Johnson, II, 2008 Karen D. Johnson Kenneth L. Johnson, 1987 Lasean Johnson, 2011 Rossie Johnson, III, 1962 Shelia Johnson Shirley G. Johnson, 1965 Tamara M. Johnson, 1996 William I. Johnson, 1965 Alisha C. Jones, 2011 Carolyn C. Jones, 1990 Chinita F. Jones, 2008 Elana R. Jones, 1984 Elmer D. Jones, 1965 Evelyn G. Jones, 1973 Floyd J. Jones, 1953 Fred Jones, 1963 Fred Jones, Jr., 1996 George Jones, 1965 Gladys A. Jones, 2007 Ladale Jones, 1964 Lewis Jones Louise C. Jones, 1950 Mia A. Jones, 1991 Ricky L. Jones, 1982 Sandra P. Jones, 1965 Shana L. Jones, 2002 Timothy Jones, 1991 Tosha R. Jones, 2004 William Jones, Jr. Audwin S. Jordan Catherine S. Jordan, 1954 Cornelious Jordan, 1979 Lewis Jordan, Jr., 1967 Linda C. Jordan, 2011 Susan A. Jordan, 1974 Valencia L. Jordan, 1997 Vanessa C. Jordan, 1981 Carolyn J. Joy, 1988 Willa Joyce, 1995 William M. Joyce, Jr., 1984 Denandrea R. Joyner, 2009 John W. Joyner, 1960 Kenneth Judge, 1981 Rosa Judge, 1983 Prem S. Kahlon, 1979 Beatrice Keel, 1959 Henderson S. Kelly, 1991 Marlo D. Kemp, 1989 Monica A. Kemp, 1997 Nicole M. Kendall, 2005 Titilayo T. Kendrick, 2003 Murle E. Kenerson, 1997 Lynn E. Kennedy, 1977 Fakhre A. Khan, 2003 Gary M. Kiev, 1984 Jenifer J. Kimbel, 2011 Blondell S. Kimbrough, 1964 Charles E. Kimbrough, 1956 Edith W. Kimbrough, 1959 Emmett N. Kimbrough, 1965

Anthony E. King, 1959 Barbara G. King, 1968 Bethany King, 1998 Bettye G. King, 1985 George A. King Michele K. King, 1980 Reginia M. King, 2001 Arthur H. Kinnard, Jr., 1955 Connie W. Kinnard, 1994 Matthew A. Kinnard, 1957 Ervin L. Kinsey, 1967 Annie R. Kinzer, 1992 Evell Knight, 1955 Anthony B. Knowles, 1951 Deidre C. Lackey, 1985 Lafayette Lacy, 1954 Lawrence Lacy, 1996 Cletonya K. Lagrand, 1995 Latangela D. Laing, 2000 Johnnie Lake Eddie L. Lambert, 1970 Julie K. Lammel, 1973 Cornell D. Lane, 1962 Mary B. Lanier, 1958 Helen G. Lathan, 1958 Linda A. Latter, 2006 Archilene T. Lauderdale, 1987 Teresa Lawrence-Phillips, 1999 Caron M. Lay, 1998 Belinda T. Lee, 2003 Burrell L. Lee, Jr., 1959 Wilson Lee, 2007 Robynn P. Lemon Minnie L. Lemons, 1957 Mable H. Leung, 1993 Angela D. Lewis, 1978 Delorse Lewis, 1966 Floretta W. Lewis, 1960 Frank J. Lewis, Sr., 1950 Victoria R. Lewis Elva M. Lewis-Simpson, 1988 Hayat A. Liban, 2011 Frederick J. Liggin, 1989 Megan E. Lightford, 2006 Leo K. Lillard, 1961 Thomas R. Lipscomb, 1985 Patricia A. Livingston, 1988 Rian Livisay, 1997 Nan M. Lloyd, 1957 William R. Locke, Sr., 1965 Aeolian E. Lockert, Jr., 1949 Sylvia J. Locklayer, 1978 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 Tareon J. Lofton, 2007 Hillard London, 1962 Deborah B. Long, 1984 Eva P. Long, 1993 Sherreese G. Long-Dones, 2004 Kenny J. Looney, 1995

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Frederick D. McCuiston, Jr., 1961 Marian R. McDonald, 1965 Evanda A. McDowell, 1981 Tiffany M. McEvans, 2000 Nicola D. McGee, 2005 Winston McGill, 1982 J W. McGuire, 1978 Hattie L. McKay, 1952 Kenneth M. McKay, 1951 Tonya K. McKennley, 1994 Charles E. McKenzie, 1960 Doris L. McKinley, 1952 Christopher L. McKinnie, 1979 Gloria H. McKissack Thomas E. McKissack, 1982 Eunice M. McKnight, 1971 Tara McKnight, 2003 Mia McNeil, 2001 Judith O. McPherson, 1972 Jerrold E. McRae, Sr., 1978 Joni McReynolds, 1979 Lorene McReynolds, 1949 Charles L. McTorry, 1973 Paul E. Meacham, 1957 Cheryl R. Meadows, 1970 Luis Melecio, 1983 Norely Melecio, 1988 Norman L. Merrifield, 1998 Helena H. Merritt, 1955 Jamye M. Merritt, 1985 Jacqueline F. Merritt, 1987 Vera P. Merritt, 1956 Edward D. Merriweather, 1957 Janet M. Merriwether, 1978 Fred Metcalf, 1960 Marshun Middleton, 1994 Tamara Y. Miles, 1987 Terry W. Miles, 1987 Sharon Miller Mary E. Mills, 1950 Walter A. Milton, 1992 Patrena F. Minter, 1990 Cicely F. Mitchell, 2000 Gregory A. Mitchell Lashelle J. Mitchell, 2011 Logan T. Mitchell, 1957 Mattie Mitchell, 1955 Kelli T. Molette, 1987 Darius R. Montgomery, Jr., 2008 Eleanor I. Montgomery, 1969 Johnny E. Moon, Jr., 1961 Alfred Moore, Jr., 1997 Clara S. Moore, 1958 Frankie Moore Gwendolyn W. Moore, 1960 Joan F. Moore, 1962 Juanita G. Moore, 1951 Marshall Moore, 1966 Martez D. Moore, 2001 Navery C. Moore, Sr., 1966 Nellie F. Moore, 1964 Rhonda P. Moore, 1977 Sandra L. Moore, 1976 Willie A. Moore, Jr., 1956 Horace E. Moorman, 1968

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Clarence Palmer, 1972 Mary A. Pangle Hortense Parham, 1962 Ronald Parham, 1972 Dewayne L. Parker, 2010 George H. Parker, Jr., 1983 Jaylyn R. H. Parker, 1994 Sharon Parker Anita J. Parks, 1987 David L. Parks, 1979 Willie F. Parks, Jr., 1992 Ronald G. Parr, 1972 Nikki L. Parram, 1996 Burrus Parrish Joyce Paschall, 1978 Bharatkumar B. Patel, 1985 Alfonza J. Patrick, 1966 Gwendolyn F. Patrick, 1969 Jo E. Patterson, 1975 Larketta R. Patterson, 1987 Dewitt C. Patton, 1963 Martha L. Patton, 1963 Trilby D. Patton, 1960 Velma T. Patton, 1963 James A. Paxman, 1993 Dorothy Jean K. Payne, 1962 Marvin T. Peebles, 1978 Linda Pegues Wanda Pendergrass, 1973 Charles L. Perincheif, Jr. Hazel F. Perry, 1960 Henry T. Perry, 1974 Joseph L. Perry, 1974 Nathaniel Perry, Sr., 1955 Willie D. Perry, 1976 Thelma H. Person, 1975 Sharon D. Peters, 2008 Carlton H. Petway, Jr., 1988 Patsy C. Petway, 1963 Zandra R. Petway, 1989 James E. Phillips, 1968 Linda M. Phillips Ronald G. Pillow, 1999 Barbara Jean A. Pinson, 1960 Fredrica M. Piphus, 2008 Jill E. Pitts, 1981 Sharon Platt, 1978 Sandra D. Pleas, 1975 Cupid R. Poe, 1960 Diana P. Poe James B. Polite, 1991 Andrea R. Polk, 2003 Charlie W. Pope, Jr., 1963 Jeff B. Pope, 1991 Cassandra A. Porter, 1995 Eddie L. Porter, Jr., 2011 Marguerita L. Porter, 1993 Mildred S. Porter, 1941 Verdell Porter, 1973 Aaron A. Powell, Sr., 1958 Wallace B. Powers, 1957 Felicia A. Pratt, 1987 Martha M. Pratt, 1942 Judith A. Presley, 1969 Oliver W. Presley, 1970

Charlaine F. Price, 1970 Nathan B. Pride, 1978 Kelly J. Primus, 1990 Robert Prince, 1960 Dorothy Pritchett, 1963 Karen L. Pritchett, 1988 Carlton Pugh, 1993 William Pugh Faye D. Pulse, 1992 Jerome Puryear, Sr., 1959 Samuel G. Puryear, Jr., 1992 Charles E. Rachel, Jr., 1978 Dave E. Ragland, 2000 James E. Ragland, 1967 Isa Rahman, 2003 Mamie A. Rallins, 1976 Leon Ramsey, 1972 Nadine Ramsey Gregory Randolph, 1986 Daryl M. Ransom, 2002 Wayman A. Ransom Raquel Ratchford, 1999 Brittney T. Ray, 2010 Melvin L. Ray, 2004 Muriel D. Ray-Taylor, 1984 Billy C. Reaves, 1974 Richard L. Redmon, 1972 FaTassia L. Reed, 2010 Francesca S. Reed, 1996 Jean G. Reed Roderick F. Reed, 1990 Elaine D. Reese, 1970 James L. Reese, Jr., 1969 Allen D. Reynolds Kim A. Rheinheimer, 2011 Algeleon P. Rhodes, 1965 Wanda J. Rice, 2011 William C. Rice, Jr., 1964 Samuel E. Richardson, 1965 Ariel S. Richmond, 2007 Phyllis W. Richmond, 1980 Lesia G. Riddick, 1997 Jasmine N. Riley, 2011 Emile D. Risby, 1978 Thomas H. Riss, 2006 Michelle C. Roach, 1991 Iva J. Roberson, 1954 Barbara L. Roberts, 1963 Evelyn C. Robertson, Jr., 1962 Hugholene E. Robertson, 1958 Margaret R. Robertson, 1967 Darlene D. Robinson, 1992 Jacklene H. Robinson, 2006 James M. Robinson, Sr., 1948 Ricky Robinson, 1980 Sally M. Robinson, 1964 Stephanie D. Robinson, 2000 Charles Rogers, 1957 Kimberly A. Rogers, 1999 Melvin D. Rogers, 1967 Thelma L. Rogers, 1961 Linda S. Roland, 1973 Adrian A. Rolfe, 2000 Jewell L. Rollen, Jr., 1972 Bernice M. Rollins, 1974


Carole B. Rose, 1961 Harold M. Rose, 1950 Alexis D. Ross, 2011 Torino C. Rowan, 1992 Tiffany C. Rowe, 2003 Sarah P. Rucker, 1958 Patrice M. Rudolph, 1985 Erica A. Russell, 2005 Sylvia R. Russell, 1996 Sharon L. Rutherford, 1997 Princess Saavedra, 1948 Verties Sails, III, 2002 Hyrm L. Sain, 1994 Yolanda D. Sales, 2007 Kalisa R. Sampson, 2011 Adrian D. Samuels, 2001 Gloria D. Sanders, 1986 Martin M. Sanders, 2009 David W. Saunders, Sr., 1970 Jerome C. Scales, 1969 Nadine Scales, 1969 Donnie L. Scantling, 1983 Carlotta Schaffer, 1968 Bernard Scott, Sr., 1971 Cherelle M. Scott, 1992 Jamil B. Scott, 2000 Jonathan A. Scott, 1987 Saundra S. Scott India K. Scruggs, 1995 Vonda R. Scruggs, 1971 Cleophus Scrutchions, Jr., 1959 Frank Seales, Jr., 1974 Charlie L. Sears, III, 1970 Recco M. Seay, 2001 Christopher W. Seibel, 2011 Lucille Seibert, 1961 Michael E. Seibert Roslyn Sensabaugh Jeanette R. Shannon, 1970 Gwendolyn J. Sharp, 1959 Helen D. Sharp, 2001 Alfrances L. Sharpe, 1960 James E. Shaw, 1973 Naima Shaw, 2003 Paul P. Shearer, III, 1985 Kandes D. Sheats, 2008 Bianca P. Shelby, 1992 Abraham Shelton, Jr., 1960 Russell C. Shelton, 1972 Sarah E. Sherrod, 1976 Terry Shields, 1987 Marcus W. Shute, Sr., 1984 Rickey J. Shyne, 1983 Dorcas R. Sibanda, 2011 Joseph S. Simmons, 1950 Stephanie Y. Simmons, 1989 Rozalind T. Simon, 1982 E R. Sims, 1967 Hazel W. Sims, 1960 Jeannette L. Sims, 1961 Robert Sims, 1965 Harold L. Singleton, 1962


Joseph L. Singleton, 1949 Georganna T. Sinkfield, 1978 Richard H. Sinkfield, 1968 Chester Slaughter, 1965 Chelyn E. Sledge, 2000 Bobbie G. Smith, 1982 Chandra Y. Smith, 1995 Daryal Smith, 1970 David S. Smith Diane C. Smith, 1987 Gregory K. Smith, 1987 Gwendolyn A. Smith, 1981 James R. Smith, 1983 Jay W. Smith, 1987 Johnnie C. Smith, 2000 Katherine R. Smith, 1971 Kenya A. Smith, 1998 Landon T. Smith, 1976 Lizzie B. Smith, 1963 Martha C. Smith, 1965 Melvin Smith, 1989 Mildred P. Smith, 1961 Raynetta J. Smith, 2005 Robert E. Smith, 1965 Ronald G. Smith, 2001 Sharon H. Smith, 1980 Sonya D. Smith, 1997 Tina L. Smith, 2008 Ursula K. Smith, 2004 Wilbert H. Smith, 1956 Constance Smith-Burwell, 1976 Terrence A. Southern, 2003 Mary H. Spanish, 1954 Ulysses V. Spiva, 1954 Christy L. Splunge, 2001 Bettye Springfield, 1970 Derriell M. Springfield, 2006 Kiana J. Springfield, 2006 Ida J. Spruill, 1985 Catana R. Starks, 1989 Dorothy W. Starnes, 1956 Daphne L. Steele, 2004 David Steele, 2002 Toreaser W. Steele, 1974 Angela H. Stephens, 1969 Leonard Stephens, 1968 Ronald Stephens, 1963 Sandra L. Stephens, 1963 Christella T. Stewart, 1941 Faye G. Stewart, 1961 James H. Stewart, 1964 Rhonda D. Stewart, 2000 Takasha L. Stewart, 1996 Wilbur G. Stewart, 1964 Derell L. Stinson, 1992 Jennifer K. Stockdale, 2011 A J. Stovall, 1995 Audrey Stradford, 1966 Martha W. Stratton, 1969 Mary J. Strayhorn, 1960 Phillip M. Strayhorn, 1964 Harold D. Street

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Tennessee State University produces the Alumni Life magazine annually highlighting news and information about alumni, campus happenings and...

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Tennessee State University produces the Alumni Life magazine annually highlighting news and information about alumni, campus happenings and...