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December 2012 Third Issue

TAlumni IGER Magazine CUBS


The magazine for recent alumni of Tennessee State University


Number 1 Fall 2012

Twenty-one to thirty-five year olds

Laron Walker Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

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Tiger CUBS Magazine December 2012, Third Issue Volume II, Number 1 University President Portia Holmes Shields, Ph.D. Interim Vice President for University Relations and Development Patricia B. Hairston Office of University Publications Director and Editor K. Dawn Rutledge Publisher-in-Chief Publication Design and Layout Nannette Carter Martin Photographers John S. Cross Emmanuel Roland Tiger CUBS, produced by Tennessee State University, features stories on current achievements made by our young alumni (twenty-one to thirty-five year olds). This magazine includes events and other news on the professional and personal developments of our young alumni. The magazine is published by the Office of University Publications twice a year. Copyright Š Tennessee State University Alumni address changes or additions may be sent to: Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving l Tennessee State University l P. O. Box 9534 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd. l Nashville, TN 37209-1561

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DeGRAFINREID Public servant encouraged to pursue legal career P. 6

ContentS FeatureS 3

meSSage From tHe PreSIDent


CentennIaL HomeComIng 2012 HIgHLIgHtS


aLFreD DegraFInreID, II Commitment to Public Service


LaWrenCe WaSHIngton Best Poised for game.Set.match

10 CanDaCe aDaIr Finding Her Passion

12 Laron WaLker entrepreneur and Philanthropist 14 Faruk CagLar Caglar Initiates Collaborations 16 JamIL SCott Harvard Scientist acknowledges tSu Cover art and photography credits:

Front cover top right: Bengal tiger Cub. Photo courtesy of the nashville Zoo at grassmere, nashville, tennessee. Center: Laron Walker (2000). President of Sciberus (web and software development company) and philanthropist. Photo courtesy of Laron Walker.


Inside front cover top center: nashville mayor, karl Dean (left) poses with alfred Degrafinreid, II (‘06, ‘08) (right) during mayor’s Inauguration 2011. Photo courtesy of alfred Degrafinreid, II.

20 tSu national executive Board members 21 tSu national alumni association Chapters

Back cover Floyd-Payne Campus Center and mcWherter administration Building. Photo courtesy of John Cross, tennessee State university.


Tennessee sTaTe UniversiTy 3500 John a. MerriTT BoUlevard nashville, Tennessee 37209-1561

Office Of The PresidenT

December 20, 2012 greetings tiger Cubs, nearly 100,000 alumni and fans came to Homecoming this year. I hope one of them was you because from all reports, I’ve heard it was a blast. and, I hope you don’t let the traffic problem surrounding the game damage memories of a wonderful time. I have been in communication with the metropolitan-nashville Police Department and gave the report to alumni Director, Cassandra griggs. I am sure she will share it with you, if you desire. this is an exciting time to be an alum. Hale Stadium (the “Hole”) looks good and captures well the history of our university. the campus is a friendly place, our institution is fully accredited and a new President will arrive soon. Please make a pledge to help the president succeed. I’ll tell you how you can do that. First, give money. Whatever you are able to share will be enough, and paying dues is a good start. give whatever you can beyond dues to the tSu Foundation and request it be used to help some worthy student succeed—a scholarship, money for a book or two, or funds to purchase school supplies. When you were here, didn’t every little bit help? Second, money isn’t everything. take a page out of the playbook of several of our alums who donate time, energy and wisdom. they aggressively recruit good students to our beloved tSu. We have been given the opportunity to cut tuition almost in half for out-of-state students with at least a 3.0 gPa. If you consider the cost of higher education, you will understand the significance of this tennessee Board of regents (tBr) approval for tSu. third, assist a student with an internship, shadowing experience or summer job. and, finally, speak well of tSu. Folks will say what they will and we cannot stop that. But, you can check it before you spread it. Contact Cassandra and tell her what you’ve heard and trust her to get the truth back to you. I visited a church not long ago where a senior choir sang to the high school graduates: “as you go, tell the world.” their’s was in religious context but it’s a fitting tribute for tSu. as you travel, tell those you meet about tSu’s good news: graduation rates are up, alumni giving is up; the number of grants received is up, the number of presidential scholars is up, the number of students is up and…the tSu tigers are winning. think about this good news and tell the world about it. as you go forward to “think, work and serve,” let it not be simply a slogan, but a mission that began with you at tSu, and is paid forward by you in thought, word and deed. I will miss tSu and will continue giving because I believe the light the university shines on students through pedagogy, career development, and fostering a giving spirit among its graduates must remain bright. Pledge that you also will not let the light grow dim. my very best wishes to all of you. Sincerely,

Portia H. Shields, Ph.D. President “ A Commitment to exCellenCe” an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer m/f


A Time to Reminisce‌September 22-30, 2012 University Commemorates 100 Years during Homecoming Miss TSU and Mr. TSU Coronation 2012: Ceremony for Miss TSU Danicia Hayes and Mr. TSU Sidney Johnson

2012 Breakfast of Champions A celebration of TSU's athletic legacy founded by Olympian Ralph Boston

Centennial Homecoming Grand Marshal 2012, Mrs. Ivanetta Hughes Davis


Centennial Moments of the 2012 Homecoming at TSU The Centennial Homecoming Parade 2012

Centennial Homecoming 2012 Football Game: TSU vs. UAPB


DeGrafinreid’s Commitment to Public Service Starts at TSU by Nannette Carter Martin

While a junior at tennessee State university, alfred Degrafinreid II’s chance meeting with tennessee Senator thelma Harper (D-54) morphed into a political and legal career that has placed him in the company of politicians at the local, state and federal levels, including his current position as counsel for Congressman Jim Cooper’s district office (5th Congressional District). Degrafinreid has served in the role since September and is responsible for advising the congressman on community outreach, legal and housing issues. It was an unlikely path for the alumnus who earned a bachelor’s in speech pathology in 2000 and then decided to obtain a master’s in public administration and a Certificate of Health administration from tSu in 2008. this past may, he added a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana university’s robert H. mckinney School of Law to his educational credentials.

alfred Degrafinreid, II (‘06, ‘08), current counsel for Congressman Jim Cooper’s District office (5th Congressional District), tennessee.

“I learned I would never be penalized for being overprepared in any situation. There was always an opportunity to tutor school age children and to feed the homeless at shelters.” 6

“Senator Harper took me under her wing and taught me how state government operates,” Degrafinreid said. “almost a year later I began working for the then-Vice mayor Howard gentry as his chief fundraiser and director of logistics on his mayoral campaign. I learned about local politics when I worked on mr. gentry’s campaign and was encouraged by many of his supporters to pursue a legal career.” Degrafinreid worked on both mayor karl Dean’s re-election campaign and Howard gentry’s 2007 mayoral run. He has also served

as a legislative assistant for state Sen. andy Berke and for former state House Speaker Pro tempore Lois m. DeBerry. “I have known alfred Degrafinreid since he was a student at tennessee State university,” said Howard C. gentry, Jr., (‘74) Criminal Court Clerk Davidson County - 20th Judicial District. “He was one of my first hires in my mayoral campaign. gentry added, “He became my right hand man and a very valuable confidant. alfred is a rising star in the governmental and political scenes and he will achieve many great things and make us all very proud.” as a tSu student, Degrafinreid was heavily involved in the Student government association, the university Honors Program and kappa alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He enjoyed working with the administration to help solve problems that students faced, as well as making sure the voices of the students were heard. He said these organizations shaped his outlook on life, and began his pursuit of public service. Since graduating from tSu, Degrafinreid has supported the university through his contributions to the Bryan a. Collins memorial Scholarship Fund. He also speaks to high school students in middle and West tennessee about attending tSu.

Howard C. gentry, Jr., (Criminal Court Clerk Davidson County - 20th Judicial District), (left) joins alfred Degrafinreid II, during the tSu Centennial Homecoming Parade in 2012.

Degrafinreid’s future aspirations are to continue in public service. He is interested in working as a chief-of-staff for a mayor, governor or college president. “I eventually plan to develop a 501(c)(3) and mentoring program to help youth reach their potential by preparing them for a career in public service,” he said. “this program would also stress the importance of graduate and professional school.”

“[You have to] give back to those who gave to you,” he said. “actively seek mentors who work in the field you want to be a part of and be a mentor to those who actively seek your advice.”

Dr. Bruce rogers (former Dean, College of Public Service and urban affairs), alfred Degrafinreid II, and mayor Bill Purcell posed after Purcell delivered speech for rogers’ retirement Celebration at the avon Williams Campus of tennessee State university.

Indiana university robert H. mckinney School of Law was honored to have Hon. Patricia mcgowan Wald as commencement speaker, may 12, 2012. Degrafinreid II (full-time J.D. Division) was a student body elected speaker at the commencement.


Washington Best Poised for Game.Set.Match at TSU by Nannette Carter Martin

Football, basketball, track and golf are just some of the sports that have brought national and international attention to tennessee State university. But for Lawrence Washington it was the tennis program that attracted him to the historic school. Washington, who grew up in Canton, a township in the heart of Southeast mich., found himself headed south to kennesaw State university, just outside of atlanta, after he completed high school to play the sport he loves – tennis. While on the men’s tennis team at kennesaw, he decided to look at tSu’s program which was closer to where his parents were living in Franklin, tenn. after visiting with a tSu recruiter, Washington learned quickly the advantages of playing tennis for the university and transferred. In a June 2012 TSUTigers interview, Washington recounted his most memorable tennis moments: “another memorable moment for me at tSu was receiving allconference honors for tennis. that has not been done in school history for the sport of tennis. to transfer in and put tSu tennis and tSu athletics on the map was a defining moment for me.”

Lawrence Washington (‘12) took his place in history during the tennessee State university graduation ceremony on may 5, 2012, as a centennial graduate. Washington was an arthur ashe Scholar and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in political science.


Washington said his diverse background made him a little unsure about attending a historically black university, but once he became acclimated with the university he fell in love with tSu.

“my experience as a tSu student was very interesting,” he said. “everything from the Honors Program, to the electric atmosphere and the extra-curricular activities really enhanced my experience.” Washington said tSu has a very nurturing environment where students, faculty and staff genuinely care about you and push you to be the best. “that is why I am in the position that I am in now,” he said. “I don't think I am successful yet because I still have a long way to go to achieve that status. What I can say is that I work harder than the average person. I am staying up all hours of the night studying or educating myself about items that could possibly help me obtain other opportunities. my philosophy is if you operate within normal hours, expect regular results. If you exceed the normal hours you are expected to work, expect greater results.” Washington earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from tSu in may 2012. Presently, he is a financial intern in the global Data Products Department of the naSDaQ omX group in Washington, D.C. He also is in his first-year at georgetown university, where he is

pursuing a master’s in real estate Finance and Development. He expects to graduate in may 2014. although fairly new to the finance services industry, Washington says his goal is to continue to advance in the field and discover his niche. “tSu set a foundation for me and I am just building on it now,” he said, “Being admitted to my program at georgetown was a huge accomplishment for me. the school is well known for having the best and brightest students in the world. Presidents of the united States have attended this university and many other intellectuals as well. this proves that tSu is producing great, high-caliber students.” Washington may be a recent graduate, but he is already giving back to his alma mater. “Students from tSu call me all the time asking me for advice,” he said. “I am always helping and mentoring them as best as possible. I recently made a trip to tennessee to check up on a few students to see if they were doing well. I am always doing the best I can to ensure that all students are reaching their full potential.”

Washington was a stand-out student-athlete for the tennessee State university tennis team and garnered many awards during his stint as a tiger. Following his senior campaign, Lawrence was named to the all-oVC team and became the first tSu tennis player to receive the honor. He completed his final season with a 7-4 record and an overall mark of 20-18. additionally, he was named the 2012 tennis mVP while boasting the team's highest gPa, 3.8. academically, he was an Ita Scholar athlete for four consecutive years and received the 2012 academic excellence Star award.


TSU Experience Helped Adair Find Her Passion and Life’s Purpose by Nannette Carter Martin

as the first female in her family to enter the field of medicine, Candace B. adair, m.D. is accustomed to breaking the mold, and she’s hoping her example will inspire other women to do the same.

health agencies, providing evaluation and treatment to those in need.

“there were many bumps and hurdles in the road, many challenges and many ‘no’s’” she said, “but overcoming all the adversities placed in my path only made me more dedicated and passionate about my purpose in life.”

mental health advocacy and awareness is a huge part of adair’s career and she looks forward to aggressively engaging in outreach through direct patient care, consulting, public speaking, media appearances and teaching opportunities to educate the community about mental illness, emotional and behavioral conditions.

a native of nashville, tenn., adair owns a private practice in atlanta, ga., where she treats adults, adolescents and children patients dealing with emotional and behavioral conditions. She also works at the morehouse College of medicine, there in atlanta, and area community mental

“I would like to continue to bring awareness to the community on mental health, particularly among minorities,” she said. “I want to continue to not only advocate for treatment but for the prevention of mental health conditions.”

Dr. Candace adair (‘01), the first female physician in her family is photographed with her cousins who are physicians.


adair (4th from left) and her colleagues join at their Harvard graduation ceremony.

adair takes a moment to pose with her mentor, Dr. glen gabbard (left) at Baylor College of medicine.

She credits tSu for providing a solid foundation for building her medical career through summer internships. one in particular, during her freshman year, provided a reallife window into the lives of children and adolescents dealing with emotional pain when she worked at a juvenile detention facility. While there, she said she saw “a great deal of emotional suffering and pain and a huge need for children and adolescents to be understood and comforted.”

“I began a post-baccalaureate program at meharry medical College which then led me to complete medical school there,” adair said. “after completing medical school, I remained at meharry for my intern residency and went on to complete a psychiatry residency at Baylor College of medicine in Houston, texas. I completed my training in Child/adolescent Psychiatry at Harvard university in Cambridge, massachusetts.”

“I believe that tSu was the foundation of my career,” adair said. “If I had not pursued my undergraduate degree at tSu, I would not have found my passion. Finding my passion gave me the drive to diligently pursue my dreams. essentially, the summer internship I completed at tSu propelled me into my life’s purpose.”

adair continues to give back her time and energy to her alma mater through the recruitment of new students and serving as a mentor. now, as a tSu alumna, she leaves these words of advice to current students: “Follow your dreams, spend time cultivating your interests and finding your true purpose in life. make connections, seek out mentors and do what you are passionate about because this will give motivation and perseverance when life gets challenging. Do not be afraid to fail!”

In addition to the Bachelor of Science in Psychology she earned from tSu in 2001, adair stayed focused in her studies and continued to pursue a career in medicine.

adair (4th from left) shows support to cousins and future female physicians whom she has inspired.

adair (2nd from left) works with colleagues at a community health fair at meharry medical College in nashville, tenn.


Entrepreneur and Philanthropist: TSU Prepared Him for Success by Nannette Carter Martin

technology trailblazers like Bill gates, Steve Jobs and tSu’s own cell phone pioneer, Jesse russell (’72), have helped opened doors for individuals like Laron Walker, who’s taking a page out of their playbooks by forging his entrepreneurial path to grow Sciberus, Inc., an international web and software development company based in Decatur, ga. Walker’s exposure to web development began while working with the Department of electrical and Computer engineering at

tennessee State university. His experience in research and development labs helped him learn how to program in HtmL, and led to the formation of his first company with several other tSu colleagues. “the company focused on designing and developing database driven websites and applications during a time when the technology was relatively new,” Walker said. “We didn't make any money, but the planning that we put into that company ultimately lead to the

formation of my current firm in 2003.” Since earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from tSu in 2000, Walker has become an authority in web technologies and has launched a number of technology start-ups targeting these niche markets. throughout his career, his main focus has been to help companies plan, develop and implement their online strategy using innovative technology approaches.

The Walker Family: Rachel (wife) and Laron hold their daughter, Laila and son, Isaiah.


Following his time at tSu, Walker received a master’s in 2005 from Purdue university in West Lafayette, Ind. He soon enrolled in Purdue’s Ph.D. program but, before completing it, started Sciberus and began focusing on building the software company. as the company’s current president and chief

relationships that are still intact today. my spark for entrepreneurship was lit when I was a student there. my sense of social responsibly was also reinforced. I was better prepared to succeed upon leaving tSu.” In addition to growing Sciberus, Walker’s long-term goal is to

through Dr. Sandra Holt, director of the university Honors Program. after speaking with Holt at Homecoming this past September, Walker and his wife donated $10,000 to help fill a $25,000 budget deficit. moving forward, he said he plans to work with other alumni to conduct fundraising campaigns and use a

Laron Walker (standing on the far right) attends a Ceo luncheon in which his company’s text-to-Pledge software was used to collect pledges in excess of $125,000 which led to the donation of $250,000 by the Delta airlines Foundation.

architect, Sciberus is a microsoft partner with independent software vendor (ISV) competency. Walker has been instrumental in outlining a strategy to grow revenues, expand its work force, develop key products and move into international markets. “Without question, tSu helped me to lay the foundation for my current career,” he said. “tSu is the place where I became an adult. I was able to build some formative

grow time 2 give, Inc., a nonprofit he founded focused on providing book scholarships to aspiring college students.

software program developed ( by his company to raise funds for the Honors program.

“In the future, I would like to find creative ways to use technology to aid tSu students in raising funds for their education,” he said.

“Since reconnecting, I've really felt the need to financially support her efforts,” he said.” When I was a student a tSu, I benefited from the Honors Program. Back at that time the program was very strong and thriving. It really disturbs me to see that the program has financial struggles today.”

Walker has begun keeping that promise by giving back both time and resources to assist tSu. He reconnected to his alma mater


Caglar Initiates Collaborations with TSU and Turkish Universities by Nannette Carter Martin

With educational relationships already established in africa and China, tennessee State university is adding turkey to its list of international partners thanks to one graduate who is working to connect his home country with his nashville-based alma mater. Faruk Caglar, who earned a master of Science in Computer and Information Systems engineering in 2008, led a tSu coalition to turkey this past summer. He is working on many projects between tSu and the universities in turkey, such as research collaboration between faculties, symposium and cultural exchange programs for students, study abroad and faculty exchange programs. “tSu and all three universities signed memorandums of understanding (mous) to open the gates of collaborations among faculties, departments and student exchange programs, and much more,” Caglar said. “these mous have triggered some solid projects, including the office of Diversity and International affairs’ ‘tSu Without Borders’ symposium program, which will happen in march 2013.

Faruk Caglar (‘08) earned the m.S. degree in Computer and Information Systems engineering from tSu and led a coalition to turkey during the summer of 2012.


“I was also fortunate enough to be a communication link between tSu and meliksah university (mu), another private university in turkey, to launch an agreement between tSu’s Department of Computer Science and mu’s Department of Computer engineering.” When Caglar arrived at tSu, he already had three years of professional software engineering experience.

“this gave me practical experience to finish my assignments and projects at tSu,” he said. “I believe that the master's degree I received from tSu unlocked many doors, and gave me a chance to get an offer from one of the Fortune 100 companies. “I believe the degree that I received from tSu helped a lot to pass the job interviews seamlessly and to get Ph.D. acceptance from Vanderbilt university more easily,” Caglar said. Presently, he is pursuing the Ph.D. in Computer Science in the Department of electrical engineering and Computer Science at Vanderbilt university, where he is a graduate research assistant in the Distributed object Computing group in the Institute for Software Integrated Systems. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer engineering from Sakarya university in turkey. “the first semester at tSu was pretty tough for me to adapt to the environment and do all the academic responsibilities successfully,” Caglar said about his initial experience at

tSu. “However, I was so fortunate to have many international students in the laboratory where I was a research assistant.” things soon changed for the ankara, turkey-native, and by his last semester he was having fun as he completed experiments with mobile robots to finish his thesis. “I had to take the mobile robot named ‘Pioneer’ out of the building from the 3rd floor to the parking lot to test the autonomous mobile robot outdoor navigation system I had developed as part of my master's thesis in the robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory. those experiments weren’t easy, he said, “but I believe that all of those experiences are helping me a lot now to think widely for my Ph.D. research topic. “my goal is to be a serious researcher and an extraordinary faculty member in my field of study and contribute to the world's knowledge as much as I can,” he said.

the 2012 Dialogue and Cultural trip to turkey

above: Caglar poses with tSu officials and other university administrators as they visited the Scientific and technological research Council of turkey.

above: group met at Zirve university in gaziantep, turkey to sign memorandum of understanding (mou) between tSu and Zirve university.

Below: group visited and was entertained in the home of one of the local host families in Izmir, turkey.

Below: tennessee State university officials and other university administrators visited the turkish Parliament.


Harvard Scientist Acknowledges TSU for Providing Academic Foundation for Success by Nannette Carter Martin

there was no psychic prediction for the dream Jamil Bennette Scott is now living, but as the Harvard scientist now reflects, there maybe something to the practice of writing your goals down on paper. this worked for Scott, who recalls as a child, writing a story about her future life. In it she said she would attend graduate school at Harvard university. today, she is the holder of a Ph.D. and m.P.H. from the Cambridge, mass.-based institution, but never hesitates to acknowledge the important role tennessee State university played in helping her to get there. “With god's blessings, that childhood desire became a reality and was set in motion the moment I set foot on tSu's campus and began to work with the faculty there,” she said. a native of Lansing, mich., Scott first visited tSu in the spring of her senior year in high school. as a result of that visit, Scott said tSu was the only real option she considered for the next step in her educational journey. “most people are very impressed when I tell them that I completed both my Ph.D. and m.P.H. from Harvard university,” she said. “I candidly tell people them had I not attended tSu, I probably would not have attended Harvard. In saying that, I hope people understand the value of my tSu education, and that it was not only the academic foundation that contributed to my success but also the continuous support and care of faculty that helped me compete in a place such as Harvard.”

Jamil Bennette Scott (2000), Ph.D., m.P.H., is currently a disease prevention and nutrition researcher and visiting scientist, Department of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health.


When Scott applied to tSu she was admitted as an honors student, receiving both the Presidential Foundation Honors and the out-of-State tuition Waiver Scholarships. although the financial commitments were outstanding, Scott said she was equally impressed by the family atmosphere she encountered on campus. together, they sealed the deal for her. Scott earned a bachelor’s in biology with a concentration in cell and molecular biology from tSu in 2000. She completed graduate studies at Harvard university, earning a Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from the Division of medical Sciences at Harvard medical School in 2008. the following year, she earned a m.P.H. degree in Family and Community Health from the Harvard university School of Public Health.

above: Scott with family and friends following the morning commencement services for her Ph.D., June 5, 2008 at Harvard university.

Scott said she learned many important life lessons at tSu, especially the practice of excellence, whether academic, personal, or professional. above: Scott during her Ph.D. defense seminar, September 25, 2007, Harvard medical School, Boston, massachusetts.

“I also learned the value of developing my leadership skills and investing in friendships with my fellow classmates and faculty alike,” she said. “additionally, I further learned the importance of having pride in myself, my family, my community and my university. I faithfully strive to represent these values emphasized at tSu in my many life endeavors.” Since 2011, Scott has served as disease prevention and nutrition researcher and visiting scientist in the Department of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, working on research related to cancer prevention, health disparities and nutrition. recently, she was a post-doctoral research fellow and project director at the Center for Community-Based research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a Harvard affiliated hospital. In the future, she aspires to teach at the university level and direct research programs focused on eliminating cancer disparities among people of color as well as continuing her volunteer/mentoring work, which includes supporting students of color interested in education and careers in the medical sciences.

Center: Scott before the morning commencement services for her m.P.H. on may 26, 2011 at Harvard university, School of Public Health, Cambridge, massachusetts.

Bottom left: Ph.D. Defense Celebration reception, September 25, 2007, Harvard medical School, Boston, mass. – Scott (center) after passing her Ph.D. defense, pictured with her parents mr. and mrs. Hugh and gladys Scott.

“I take every opportunity I have to speak to tSu students to help them develop and define their academic and career goals,” she said.

Bottom right: Scott after giving a lecture at tSu’s Department of Biological Sciences seminar, november 2, 2007, pictured with (l. to r. front) Drs. Phil ganter, Scott, terrance Johnson (back), student, and Prem kahlon.


Alumni Association Connect with Fellow Tigers 2012 Executive Board Members Mr. Leonard Stephens National President (301) 622-1518 (H) (301) 518-0626 (C)

Mrs. Janet Merriwether National Membership Chair (615) 865-1086 (H) (615) 495-8970 (C)

Mrs. Iona Borders Martin National Recording Secretary (203) 837-8320 (B) (205) 202-3406 (H)

Mr. Tony Wells National Vice President (202) 518-5964 (C)

Mrs. Rozalind T. Smith-Simon National Parliament (205) 798-8110 (H)

Ms. Joni McReynolds National Scholarship Chair

Ms. Audrey Stradford Midsouth Regional VP & Publications Editor (615) 227-8581 (H)

Mr. Charles Settle National Nominating Chair (901) 398-0500 (H)

Dr. Darlene Harris-Vasser National Executive Secretary (615) 361-9004 (H)

Ms. Ashley Floyd National Young Alumni Co-Coord. (901) 827-5757 (C)

Mr. Harry Taylor National Treasurer (202) 546-0527 (H)

Mr. Arthur Benjamin, Jr. Northeast Regional VP (718) 528-9893 (H) (917) 658-7308 (C)

Ms. Kara Turrentine National Webmaster (615) 275-9964

Attorney Robert Greene National General Counsel (615) 596-0712 (C)

Mrs. Mary Carver-Patrick Nat. Special Events Coord. (615) 876-6695 (H)

Mr. Charles Flack Strategic Planning Committee & Affinity Chapter Coordinator (770) 426-6788 (H)

Ms. Belinda A. Patterson Administrative Assistant (615) 228-2679 (H)


Ms. Cassandra Griggs Director, Alumni Relations & Annual Giving (615) 963-5763 (o)

Dr. Richard M. Bonner Midwest Regional VP (618) 398-4749 (H) Ms. Kashundra Hill National Young Alumni Co-Coord. (901)335-5750 Ms. Thedda Edwards Southeast Regional VP (404) 699-5524 (H) Mrs. Angela Thorpe-Harris Southwest Regional VP (972) 345-9734 (H) Mr. Theodis Maxey Farwest Regional VP (310) 338-1322 Ms. Deidra Johnson Fareast Regional VP (954) 484-3988 (H)

2012 TSU Alumni Association Chapter Presidents ABSOLUTELY AX Ms. Tiffany Dobson (865) 385-7735 (C)

CLARKSVILLE TN Mr. Phil Petrie, Jr. (931) 552-6784 Philwpetriejr

ALPHA THETA NETWORK Stephen Harvey (770) 355-9629 (C)

CLEVELAND Mr. Steven Robertson (216) 921-1129 (H)

ATLANTA Mr. Maurice Granger (678) 416-5730

COLORADO Ms. Nikki Hollis (303) 399-3108

AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO Ms. Patricia Merritt (210) 648-7356

DALLAS/METROPLEX Ms. Angela Berry (214) 334-1537

BAND CHAPTER Ms. Michelle Allen 615-963-5330 (o)

DAYTON OHIO Mr. Richard Wright (937) 268-2091 (H)

BASKETBALL Mr. Rossie Johnson III (626) 964-0439 (H)

DETROIT Mrs. Rita L. Jordan (313) 506-2932 (H)

BETA OMICRON Mr. Cederic Stokes (972) 871-2885

EAST TN Mr. Logan Hill (865) 982-8667

BIRMINGHAM Ms. Iona Martin (205) 202-3406 (H)

ENGINEERING Ms. Dwan D. Austin (423) 305-1442 (H)

CENTRAL ARKANSAS Mr. Shedrick Warren, III (501) 240-6658

FOOTBALL Mr. Jerrold McRae, Sr. (615) 963-7909 (o)

CHATTANOOGA Dr. Barbara Wofford (423) 698-1125 (H)

FORT LAUDERDALE Ms. Deidra Johnson (954) 484-3988 (H)

CHICAGO Mr. Gary Walker (773) 814-4271 (H)

FOUNDING FATHERS BASEBALL Mr. Gregory Goodwin (678) 464-6796 (H)

CINCINNATI Mr. James W. Isabel (513) 631-1553 (H)

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2012 TSU Alumni Association Chapter Presidents (continued) GREATER GALLATIN Ms. Louvenia Crutcher (615) 452-8650 (H)

MILWAUKEE Mr. Gregory Williams (414) 430-7474 (C)

GREATER ST. LOUIS Ms. Delicia Stephens (314)-749-6108 (C)

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HARDEMAN COUNTY Ms. Evelyn Robertson (731) 254-8508 (H) HAYWOOD COUNTY Ms. Quince Outlaw (731) 772-1933 (H) HOUSTON Ms. Xandelyn Wright (713) 870-7320 (C) HUNTSVILLE AL Mr. Roy Williamson (256) 722-3188 (H)

NEW YORK Mr. Walter Mason (516) 377-3820 RHO PSI Mr. Rick Jones (615) 399-6699 TAMPA BAY AREA Mr. Robert LaMarr Buggs (813) 887-5708

INDIANAPOLIS Ms. Youlanda Belew

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JACKSON TN Dr. Sarah Chatman (731) 664-1042 (H)

UNIVERSITY HONORS PROGRAM Mr. Tony Forte (615) 403-1244

JACKSON MS Mr. Chris Cockrell (601) 366-0115

VISION OF ALPHA WOMEN Ms. Cynthia Hendricks (404) 455-3872

LOS ANGELES Mr. Franklin J. Henderson (323) 293-0547 (H) LOUISVILLE Mr. Anthony Speller (502) 409-3555 MEMPHIS Ms. Ashley Washington (901) 497-1070 (H) 20

NASHVILLE Ms. Sandra D. H. Hunt

WASHINGTON Ms. Chandra Champion (202) 491-1239(W) ZETA ALPHA ALUMNI Mr. Dwight A. Webster (615) 496-8219

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