Ocean Beat Newsletter July 2016

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Ocean Beat J ULY 2016

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

Texas Southern University Ocean of Soul Marching Band

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Texas Southern University Ocean of Soul Alumni Chapter Officers Garnet Foster President Joselyn Coats V. P. of Membership Kevin Jernigan Treasurer Pamela Scott Recording Secretary Cynthia Gardner Corresponding Secretary Leonard Faniuel Sergeant At Arms Donald Greer Parliamentarian Khary Boykins Financial Secretary Donald Black Communications If you want to submit information to the TSUOOSAC Newsletter, please email information to: Oceanalumni@gmail.com or mail to: Texas Southern University National Alumni Association

The Texas Southern University Ocean of Soul Alumni Chapter is looking toward the upcoming season with great anticipation and pride in the Ocean of Soul, as we embark on a new chapter in our history. Professor Gibson and his staff have been transparent with their plans and their desire to present an Ocean we can all be proud to support. We look forward to hearing the interim directors vision during the "State of The Ocean" address to the Alumni Chapter scheduled for July 23, 2016, in the Rollins Stewart Music Building. At the conclusion of the address, there will be a brief meeting with alumni members, in attendance, to review and discuss the various marching styles and commands used over the years, and collaborate on a cohesive style that is complimentary to the band. To ensure the groups’ efforts remain consistent, it is imperative that the teaching exercises are developed with an open mind and "Ocean First" mindset. Our goal is to record the sessions, so they can be become part of the Ocean of Soul’s archives. Future Band leaders will then be able to continue the traditions that we hold dear.

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The Ocean of Soul Alumni Chapter wants to thank the current staff for encouraging a strong partnership with the Alumni Chapter, as we work to build a stronger “Ocean”.

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The Texas Southern University / Verizon Innovate Learning for Minority Males STEM camp gives boys coding, mobile app The Texas Southern University/Verizon Innovative Learning for Minority Males summer program is in the final week of the four-week initiative, which began on June 6. Camp participants are awarded certificates in a special ceremony at the end of each week at the H&PE Arena attended by parents and family members. Boys, ranging in age from 10 to 14, are being introduced to 3D modeling and mobile application development. The camp is a partnership between Verizon and TSU to guide minority males at the middle-school level into pursuing a college education and future STEM careers. The Minority Male summer program is designed to showcase opportunities in coding, application development, 3D printing, and other STEM-related options. Parents and family members of camp participants were invited to the H&PE Arena on June 17 for a graduation ceremony. The class of 48 boys filed in to a recorded march by TSU’s Ocean of Soul. Roynal Gallow, a camp participant, said, “Our professors and mentors were great. They taught us how to make 3-D figures, fly airplanes and make apps. I learned that 3-D printing takes a lot of time, but that is because of the base and structure that you have to create. It takes 45 minutes to an hour to do one.” Campers toured TSU’s Forensics Science Lab and the flight simulator for the Aviation Flight Management program, and Verizon’s Houston headquarters. “The program has exceeded my expectations so far,” said camp teacher Vince Hamilton, who focused on mobile apps. “Initially, I wasn’t sure if the students would be open to learning the material, but they caught on right away and produced three to four workable mobile apps in a week. My goal was to teach them a skill that they could put on their permanent record.” The Texas Southern University/Verizon Innovative Learning for Minority Males summer program is directed by Rodney Bush and the camp curriculum is led by Dr. Jesse Horner and Hamilton,with guidance by Ryan Farmer, Marcel Cooks, Grate Baedee, Johaf (Amir) Chowdhurys, who are serving as mentors. The camp concluded July 1.

Agreement creates TSU, Lon Texas Southern University President Dr. Austin Lane and Lone Star College Chancellor Dr. Stephen Head met June 29 to sign an articulation agreement between the two institutions. The plan will facilitate transfers, recruitment, and admission and advising for prospective students registered in the Lone Star College system. The establishment of this agreement provides the framework to develop programs that will enhance the educational experience of students attending both Lone Star and Texas Southern. The articulation agreement is Dr. Lane’s first official act as president since being named to lead Texas Southern University on June 7. The signing ceremony was held at Lone Star College’s Victory Center and was attended by students, administrators and board members from both institutions, as well as a host of community members. “We wanted Lone Star to be the first community college that we partnered with to strengthen the bonds of higher education,” Dr. Lane said. “Lone Star students are the population that we want to attract to Texas Southern. We are going to work in an aggressive manner and ensure that interested students know how to get from the community college system into a direct track that ends in a bachelor’s degree.” The agreement includes a plan for credit transfer, data sharing, and benefits for transfer students. Texas Southern will accept a minimum of 60 semester credit hours that can count toward obtaining a baccalaureate degree. “I’m optimistic about the future relationship between Texas Southern and Lone Star College,” Chancellor Head said. “This relationship is about providing an opportunity to succeed for students at both institutions.” Lone Star College will accept reverse transfer credits from TSU students who leave college prior to completion of their baccalaureate degree that will allow them to complete the requirements for an associate degree from Lone Star. Application fees will be waived for transfer students and they are eligible to apply for a special $3,000 scholarship. The general transfer award is renewable for up to four terms and is based on eligibility. Derrick Mitchell, chairman of TSU’s Board of Regents, said, “It’s an exciting time at Texas Southern, and we are thrilled about this articulation agreement. This is one of the pieces we need to provide higher education for deserving students and reach our enrollment goals.” “We want to make sure that Lone Star and all of its students have pathways to a successful life and are given the resources necessary to succeed. This agreement is the right push at the right time,” said Alton Smith, a member of Lone Star College System’s Board of Trustees. Eligible students meeting certain requirements can be accepted into the Texas Southern-Lone Star joint admissions program. Students accepted for joint admission can participate in either alternate or simultaneous enrollment between institutions.

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Diversity Agent Recruitment The FBI is looking for qualified candidates of different racial and ethnic backgrounds who can connect with the communities they serve. The FBI will hold a Diversity Agent Recruitment (DAR) event in the Washington DC area. Qualified individuals interested in applying for the Special Agent position should send their resumes to to DAR@ic.fbi.gov by Friday, July 22, 2016. The FBI will review their resume and invite qualified individuals to the event. Participants who chose to apply for the Special Agent position will be tracked throughout an accelerated testing and selection process.



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