Ocean Beat March 2016

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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 Chary 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

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COVER PHOTO Courtesy of Edwin Rose The Texas Southern University “Ocean of Soul” Marching Band performing at the Endymion Parade in New Orleans BACK COVER Courtesy of Tristan Ideall

Rooms To Go opens new Student Excellence Center, Dr. Frankie T. Jones Sr. Awards scholarship, promises enhanced partnerships with University

Dr. Frankie T. Jones, Sr., President and CEO of Phoenix One Enterprise and Phoenix One Farms, Inc., visited the TSU campus February 18, to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new TSU/Rooms To Go Student Excellence Center. He was so impressed by the students and the campus, that when he left, he pledged to fund another Student Excellence Center for the new freshman dormitory set to open next month, create a five-year $12,500 scholarship for current and future Student Government Association Presidents, as well as help rehabilitate the Lanier East and Lanier West dormitories. Current SGA president Crystal Owens was on-hand to accept the initial SGA President scholarship. “I live to share, and that’s exactly what I’m here to do,” Jones said of his donations. Through Phoenix One Enterprise and Phoenix One Farms, Inc. Jones provides consulting services to a myriad of high profile corporations, institutions and nonprofit organizations including Rooms To Go Inc. During his talk before the ribbon cutting of the new Student Excellence Center in the Nabrit Health Professions Practice and Simulation Complex, Jones emphasized to the audience of students that being a student would be one of the best times of their lives and that they should do everything possible to capitalize on this opportunity and part of their lives. He also stressed the importance of patronizing companies like Rooms To Go that recognizes the importance of giving back to the communities they serve. “We have to reach the point in our lives wherein if companies don’t respect us we need to stop carrying our money to those companies. But when companies respect us and our culture and our aspirations and our environment and our community then, they’re investing in us, likewise we should invest in them to help keep their doors open.” On hand for the Ribbon cutting ceremony were a throng of College of Pharmacy Health Science students, the University’s Ocean of Soul band drumline, University President Dr. John Rudley, Vice President of University Advancement Ms. Eva Pickens, College of Pharmacy Health Sciences Dean Edward Stemley, Miss TSU Channing Briggs, Mr. TSU Brian Eashmon, and a host of TSU faculty and staff members. Following the ribbon cutting, students gathered in the new center to test out the furniture and meet individually with Jones and pose for photos. University Advancement staffers, who organized the initiative, accompanied Dr. Jones on a tour of campus before he departed.

Texas Southern University “Ocean of Soul” performs at the Endymion Parade in New Orleans during Mardi Gras 2016


MARCH 2016 Thursday, March 3, 2016 Southern University | Baton Rouge, LA 7:30 PM Saturday, March 5, 2016 Alcorn State | Lorman, MS 5:00 PM SWAC Tournament March 8 -12 Toyota Center Houston, Texas TBA


Ocean of Soul 2016 Power Camp The Texas Southern University "Ocean of Soul" Power Day was a success. There were well over 200 students from Texas and Louisiana participating with several receiving scholarships to attend TSU for the Fall of 2016.

OCEAN CALENDAR March 2 Recruitment Event Booker T. Washington High School| Shreveport, LA March 3 Recruitment Event Pine Bluff High School | Hunnington High School Pine Bluff , AK March 4 Recruitment Event Oakhaven High School | Fairley High School Mitchell High School Memphis, TN March 13 Final Four Performance | Discovery Green Downtown Houston March 22 Recruitment Event Belaire High School | Baker High School Baton Rouge, LA March 23 Recruitment Event Provine High School | Calloway High School Jim Hill High School | Jackson, MS March 24 Recruitment Event McDonough 35 High School Jefferson Landry High School Walker High School |Carver High School New Orleans, LA


The Ocean of Soul performing in the Astrodome in 1969

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OCEAN SPOTLIGHT Congratulations to Ocean Alumnus Paul Mitchell (Trumpet 1990-1993) Paul was featured in Dallas Independent School District’s Newsletter recognizing successful Alumni of the Dallas Independent School District. To see the full interview log onto www.thehub.dallasisd.org

Mark Wayne Martin Ocean Alumnus (Mellophone—French Horn2006 - 2010) Congratulations to Mark W. Martin for being recognized as Teacher of the Year at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Port Arthur, Texas. Mark was recognized with revitalizing the band program. Congratulations Mark Keep up the Good Work !

Congratulations to Professor Richard F. Lee. Professor Lee received the Prestigious Harmony Award presented by the Texas Black Music Educators at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio in February 2016.


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