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The Official Publication of the Texas Southern University Ocean of Soul Alumni Chapter


Texas Southern University Ocean of Soul Alumni Chapter Officers 2017-2018


Garnet Foster President Joselyn Coats V. P. of Membership Donald Greer V. P. of Finance Nita Williams Treasurer Darren Champs Recording Secretary Donald W. Black Corresponding Secretary Leonard Faniuel Sergeant At Arms Bruce Freeman Parliamentarian Nita Williams Financial Secretary Reginald Thompson Chaplain If you want to submit information to the TSUOOSAC Newsletter, please email information to: or mail to: Texas Southern University National Alumni Association Ocean of Soul Chapter P.O. Box 88155 Houston , Texas 77288

FRONT COVER PHOTO - Ocean of Soul Media Ocean of Soul performing at Mardi Gras Krewe of Endymion Parade


The Texas Southern University Ocean of Soul welcomed over 500 high school and middle school students to their annual Power Camp. Students participated in a day long camp that was highlighted by the groups performance at the Texas Southern University’s Women’s and Men’s Basketball Game.

Special Thanks to our Corporate Sponsor H.E.B. Pantry for their support in assisting the Ocean of Soul Alumni Chapter in feeding over 500 students at the Ocean of Soul Power Camp, Saturday, January 20, 2018. Also Special Thanks to Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity and Tau Beta Sigma Sorority for assisting with serving the Power Camp participants. >

TSU breaks ground on new

Texas Southern University officials commemorated construction of its new Library Learning Center today in a special grou Affairs and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. The state-of-the-art facility is slated to open in Fall 2019. TSU President Austin A. Lane, TSU’s Board of Regents, elected officials and representatives from Con-Real Construction,

“This new Library Learning Center will serve as an intellectual hub not only for the university, but for the community at lar “The library at Texas Southern will become a landmark on our campus and throughout the Third Ward.”

Construction of the $43 million building has a distinctive design and is expected to be completed in summer 2019. The l

The University’s distance and online education divisions, administrative offices, support services and a board room will be researchers. TSU freshmen will receive a range of dedicated academic services to bolster their first-year curriculum. Libra

“The influence this new Library Learning Center will have on the lives of Texas Southern University students will last for ge dedicated to serving all aspects of higher learning from serving a freshman just stepping onto campus to a doctoral stud the entire Third Ward community and beyond.”

Texas Southern created a New Library Working Group that provided input to shape the design and contents of the facilit needed in the new library.

“The campus and surrounding community continues to express excitement about the new facility,” said Dr. Janice Peyton

w Library Learning Center

undbreaking ceremony. The library will be located adjacent to the Barbara Jordan–Mickey Leland School of Public Turner Construction and Moody-Nolan Architecture were in attendance.

rge. Students, academics and library patrons will have an array of resources at their fingertips,” Dr. Lane said.

library will span 137,000 square-feet and stand five stories.

e housed in the new center. The library will provide an array of resources for upper-level, graduate and professional ary patrons will have high-tech access to materials and more efficient methods for data collection.

enerations,” said Glenn O. Lewis, chairman, TSU Board of Regents. “We look forward to a library that is efficient and dent doing research looking for that next breakthrough to serve society. We want this library to serve as a landmark for

ty. Multiple surveys, town-hall meetings and rating exercises were held over the last two years to determine what was

n, executive director of University Libraries and Museums.

OCEAN BEAT February March 2018  
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The Official Publication of the Texas Southern University Ocean of Soul Alumni Chapter