Ocean Beat - May / June 2017

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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 2017


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: Oceanalumni@gmail.com or mail to: Texas Southern University National Alumni Association Ocean of Soul Chapter P.O. Box 88155 Houston , Texas 77288

CORRECTION In the April issue of Ocean Beat, the newsletter printed in error that Ocean Alumnus Mellinna Ridout would be completing her Masters Degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Ms. Ridout is currently pursuing her Bachelors Degree. Upon completion of her Bachelors, she will pursue a Masters in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.


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Maroon and Gray Affair recognizes outstanding students and alumni Texas Southern University held its inaugural Maroon and Gray Affair on April 29 at the Marriott Marquis Houston and raised in excess of $800,000.00 ins scholarships money for deserving students. More than 1,100 people were in attendance, Texas Sothern's award-winning Ocean of Soul Marching Band opened the evening with a thunderous performance. Nephew Tommy, comedian and radio personality on The Steve Harvey Morning Show, and Melinda Spaulding from Fox News Houston served as the masters of ceremonies. The Maroon & Gray was conceived by TSU’s President Dr. Austin A. Lane and first Lady Loren Lane as a means to present an evening of elegance in support of student scholarships and programs. The blacktie event recognized four top students and two outstanding alumni. “It was a dynamic evening to celebrate all of the wonderful aspects of Texas Southern. The gala allowed us to celebrate our best and brightest students and dedicated alumni, said Mrs. Lane. “We are grateful to all who joined us to support higher education and those who make a positive contribution to society.” Biranna Batiste, a finance major from Southern California; Anthony Collier, a political science major form Manor, Texas; Ashtyn Duncan, an accounting major form Houston; Kaleb Taylor, a political science major form Missouri City, Texas, were recognized for their academic and civic accomplishments. Alumni honorees included Alaina Benford, an attorney at Norton Rose Fulbright, who earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from TSU and her Juris Doctorate form the TSU Thurgood Marshall Scholl of Law; and Tony Wyllie, vice president of communications for the Washington Redskins, who earned a bachelors degree in Communications form TSU. “Texas Southern is elated to honor our fantastic students and accomplished alumni. The University family is buoyed by the support of our stakeholders and friends. This gala will allow us to continue the critical work of serving as a special-purpose institution for the most deserving students,” said TSU President Dr. Austin a. Lane. Judy Smith, founder and president of Smith & Company and inspiration for the hit television show Scandal who is an acclaimed crisis management expert, recounted her role as a White House advisor in a question-and-answer session with Spaulding. Turner Construction, Challenge Office Products, Marie Sosarge/Music Doing Good and AL&H Custom Homes/Southwest Wholesale were Presenting and Founder Sponsors. Notable guest at The Maroon & Gray Affair included Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, U.S. Sheila Jackson Lee and Al Green, State Senator Borris Miles, Texas Representatives Alma Allen, Jarvis Johnson, Ron Reynolds and Shawn Thierry Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, Houston Councilman Jerry Davis, HISD Board President Wanda Adams, HISD Board Members Rhonda Skillern-Jones and Jolanda Jones, Texas Southern University Board of Regents Members Wesley Terrell, Derrick Mitchell, Glenn Lewis, Marilyn Rose, Smauel Bryant, Oliver Bell and Tramanuni Brock, and Harris County Justice of the Peace Zinetta Burvey ( Precinct 7-2)

Congratulation to the Ocean of Soul Band Members who were recognized during the University’s 2017 Honors Day Program.

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Edition of the Motion of the Ocean!

The Texas Southern University Ocean of Soul recognizes students at the Annual Band Scholarship Banquet

The Texas Southern University Ocean of Soul performs at Nimitz High School in Houston

Two future Tigers awarded Music Doing Good Scholarships

(l-r) Marie Bosarge, Dr. Jason Oby, Dr. Merline Pitre, Breanna Lindsey, President Austin A. Lane Music Doing Good, a local non-profit, has partnered with Texas Southern University and three other area schools for a innovative scholarship program, the Music Doing Good College Bound Fund. Marie Bosarge, president and founder of Music Doing Good, hosted an event May 4 announcing the inaugural class of scholarship recipients. TSU proudly boasts of two recipients : Breanna Lindsey and Clinton Walker. Lindsey, a Spring High School senior, will begin her collegiate journey at Texas Southern University this fall, pursing a degree in Music Education with an emphasis on Voice. Walker will be joining Lindsey this fall as a TSU freshman, honing his talents as a classically trained pianist by focusing on Performance while majoring in Music. “ I’m really thankful and humbled to have received this scholarship,” said Lindsey. I can’t wait to get started at the legendary Texas Southern University and continue working toward becoming a music educator.” Lindsey’s parents, Tonya and Darryl Lindsey, along with several TSU faculty and administrator were on hand for the festivities, including President Austin A. Lane. “With the rising cost of tuition, college is not an option for so many families now,” said Bosarge. “ It is heartbreaking to think that many talented young people will not make it to the stage or the classroom for lack of funding. It has been my dream to establish this kind of program, and now it is a reality. “I would like to express our sincere thanks to Ms. Bosarge and her organization, Music Doing Good, on behalf of the students, faculty and staff of Texas Southern University,” said Lane. “Our university has a rich tradition of producing iconic musical artists such as Kirk Whalum, Yolanda Adams, Horace Alexander Young, and the late Joe Sample, to name a few. These scholarships will serve as a catalyst in allowing recipients to develop into the next generation of musical greats hailing form TSU.” The full list of Music Doing Good Scholarship recipients includes TSU-bound Breanna Lindsey (voice) and Clinton Walker (piano); UH-bound Adriana Black (cello) and Josh Gilliam (percussion); St. Thomas-bound Lindsey Larson (piano) and Miriam Soto (percussion) ; and HCC-bound Luther Green ( media arts & technology), Selma Butler (media arts & technology), Natalie Valentine (visual & performing arts) and Daryl Johnson (visual & performing arts),


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