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our MISSION Texas Southern University is a comprehensive metropolitan university. Building on its legacy as a historically black institution, the University provides academic and research programs that address critical urban issues and prepares an ethnically diverse student population to become a force for positive change in a global society. In order to achieve this mission, Texas Southern University provides: • quality instruction in a culture of innovative teaching and learning; • basic and applied research and scholarship that is responsive to community issues; • opportunities for public service that benefit the community and the world.

our VISION Texas Southern University will become one of the nation’s preeminent comprehensive, metropolitan universities. We will be recognized by the excellence of our programs, the quality of our instruction, our innovative research and our desire to be a contributing partner to our community, state, nation and world.

ON THE COVER TSU President John M. Rudley with Julian Henderson (left), fourth year Pharmacy major, and Student Regent Juan Sorto (right), 2012 alumnus (M.P.A., Public Administration); 2015 doctoral candidate (Urban Planning).

As a public urban research institution,

TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY is uniquely positioned to create lasting change on a local and global level. And it shows. As we move forward in the 21st century, our vision of becoming one of the nation’s preeminent comprehensive, metropolitan universities is becoming clearer. In the past year alone, we’ve gained recognition not only for our innovation, but also for our contribution to society at-large—fulfilling our mission to become a force for positive change. Located in the nation’s fourth-largest city, TSU is optimally positioned to accomplish these goals. But none of them would possible without the students, faculty, researchers and administrators who work tirelessly to bring them to fruition. It’s the critical thinkers, dreamers, achievers and doers who will help Texas Southern University become the premiere urban-serving university in the nation.

A LASTING IMPACT Though the celebration of Texas Southern University’s first century is still over a decade away, we can proudly boast of a storied legacy of producing an impact for the ages. In every venue of public life, in every corner of the globe, Texas Southern’s influence can be found in a myriad of individuals, innovations and institutions. And our recent Economic Impact Survey demonstrates how the University has had a positive effect on the Houston region. Already, during our first 85 years, Texas Southern has been at the forefront of preparing for the dynamic changes in this nation’s demographics. As a historically black institution, proud of its roots, Texas Southern has successfully embraced the new global dynamics of a multicultural society. Case in point; Texas Southern was chosen as one of only 42 sites nationwide to house the prestigious Confucius Institute— an entity aimed at developing academic and cultural programs related to Chinese language and cultures. A partnership with TSU, the Chinese government, and Beijing Jiaotong University, the Confucius Institute exemplifies the University’s willingness to illuminate the path for global marketplace success not only for our students, faculty and alumni, but for all institutions courageous enough to follow our lead. The University is firmly affixed atop a solid financial foundation, as evidenced by Moody’s decision to increase Texas Southern’s Bond Ratings another 2 points for the third time—making this the fifth increase in three years. As a result, we are now reaping the benefits of a re-engaged philanthropic community. The Gerald and Anita Smith Endowed Scholarship, for example, successfully launched the University’s new Matching Endowment Program that will go a long way toward increasing our total scholarship endowment, thus guaranteeing the University funds to attract the nation’s best and brightest students for generations to come. To provide these future Legends and Leaders with facilities on par with the University’s cutting-edge programs, Texas Southern’s Board of Regents recently approved and released plans for a $41.5 million, 215,000 square foot Resident Housing Complex—an 800-bed freshman facility scheduled to be completed by July 2014. We also will complete construction of the new Technology building to house our Transportation and Engineering Technology programs and other significant research centers and programs. Our 85th anniversary year was highlighted by the release of the Our Story Project, a multi-media telling of the University’s history from the perspective of those who made it. And the story of Texas Southern continues to be written. Whether through the continuous introduction of new and cutting-edge academic offerings, the ongoing expansion of student support services, or the ever-present reality of student and faculty accomplishments, we ready ourselves to celebrate the next chapter of Texas Southern University’s global impact. Sincerely,

John M. Rudley





TSU students enter college with aspirations to graduate with marketable skills. And the University takes every measure to help make that happen. The result? Graduates who are fully-equipped for today’s 21st century workforce. The secret to their success is two-fold: self-determination — evidenced by the numerous scholarships that have been awarded to students over the past year, and motivation — evidenced by an increase in student retention rates. Upon graduation, TSU alumni are ready to face the world.

Extraordinary research has the power to change everyday lives. As a university committed to serving urban populations, we promote research that addresses health disparities. From the College of Science and Technology to the Barbara JordanMickey Leland School of Public Affairs, our professors and students devote thought and energy to solving issues that improve the quality of human life. We are confident that ultimately, their scholarship will aid in helping to reduce health disparities. With concerted effort, we’re making strides to improve the quality of life for urban communities.

We inspire students to think bigger. As a result, they realize the value of a TSU education: an experience that prepares them to meet the needs of the 21st century workforce. Through its programs and partnerships, the University is rapidly becoming a major contributor to the economy of the Houston Metropolitan region. Whether the work takes place at the Port of Houston Authority, here on campus, or in the community, our focus on preparing alumni for the job market has had a major impact on regional economic development.

At the heart of Texas Southern University is a mission to prepare students not only for success, but also to serve in their communities. With each graduating class, a new wave of TSU alumni becomes a force for positive change. From campus organizations to individual efforts, our students are cognizant that they are part of a legacy of activism. As communityfocused leaders, they’re determined to give back to their communities. Here on campus and far beyond, TSU alumni are agents of change.


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In spite of life’s challenges, Keondra Williams ’11, a successful clinical pharmacist, found her path to success at Texas Southern University. As a graduating high school senior, Keondra Williams wasn’t sure if going away to college fit into her life’s plans. She says she struggled with the decision to accept a scholarship to a school in Oklahoma or stay closer to home.

on-one relationships she’s developed with her patients. “Many pharmacists say that they enjoy being able to help people, but for me, it’s more than that,” Williams says, describing how the patients rely on her

At the time, Williams’ younger brother, who is autistic, needed extra care. Other, older family members relied on her greatly. And she herself had been diagnosed with cancer—twice—during that year. Despite graduating at the top of her class, she decided that leaving home was not the best choice. After one semester at another university, the Houston native chose to enroll at TSU. As the year progressed, Williams found a network of professors and students in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences who encouraged her to pursue the career she has today. “Their enthusiasm for the program inspired me to seek out information about majoring in pharmacy,” she says. “And I fell in love with it.” Williams credits the size of TSU and its supportive atmosphere with helping her succeed. “It always felt like someone was looking out for me,” she says. Today, Williams finds professional satisfaction not only by serving her community, but also through the one-

expertise long after the last prescription is filled. She regularly advises her great grandmother, who is now 102, on her prescriptions—making sure that her medications are taken correctly. She also appreciates that the field of pharmacy has moved beyond a retail setting into other areas, allowing pharmacists to care for the community in new ways. “I really like that I get to do so many different things with one degree. It’s a continuous education.” Williams is quick to admit that the road to the career she enjoys today wasn’t always easy. As a freshman and throughout much of her undergraduate career, she struggled with self-doubt. “I questioned myself the entire time,” she shares. “But I kept pushing.” In the process, she gained a support network that allowed her to flourish as an Honors Scholar and gave her the encouragement to achieve the success she’s found today. “TSU took me under its wing. It really felt like home.”


Playing to Win Kassandra Rivera, a native

Fostering Achievement in the Arts and Beyond In October, alumna Bernadine Oliphint was recognized for her achievements at TSU’s 85th Anniversary President’s Gala Honoring Legends and Leaders. And rightly so: with her powerful soprano voice, the living legend earned the respect of the opera world’s elite. She was in the first wave of groundbreaking African American opera singers. Like Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price, her voice has broken barriers. But Oliphint, whose likeness was featured on a mid-century German postage stamp as she performed at the Berlin Opera House, is much more than a diva. With 21 years of music and voice instruction at TSU, she has been an indomitable educational force for over 37 years. As a professor and founder of the TSU Opera Workshop, Oliphint has continuously fostered student achievement, encouraging her students to strive for perfection not only as singers, but also as people. Her definition of success and dedication to developing students into high achievers can easily apply to students in any field. “As an instructor, I defined my success through my students,” says Oliphint. “They don’t have to be famous…as long as they are able to master the programs in their respective majors, I deem that a success.”

of the Rio Grande Valley, has taken Texas Southern Golf to new heights. Rivera played her way to a top 10 national ranking in NCAA Division I women’s golf. With a 71.63 average, Rivera played eight rounds and captured four first place finishes during the fall season. Her lowest round of 66 at the Prairie View Invitational ties her with the number two player in the nation. Rivera also has the lowest average for “subpar strokes per round” (2.33) among the top 20 players in NCAA Division I women’s golf.

A Year of Victory for the TSU Mock Trial Team It was a winning year for the Thurgood Marshall School of Law Mock Trial Team. Throughout the year, TSU law students traveled across the country to compete in various tournaments. They returned to Houston as champions, with accolades that include ranking third out of 44 teams in the new South Texas Challenge. They later won the Black Law Student Association’s regional competition for the second year in a row. And for the first time in history, the team advanced in two of the most competitive mock trial tournaments in the country—the Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition and the American Association for Justice Tournament.


English major ERIC REYES was selected to study abroad in London last summer. Reyes studied the work of George Orwell and Jane Austen. In March, several chemistry majors, accompanied by Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Toxicology DR. BOBBY WILSON, presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Upholding a Legacy of Hard Work and Achievement Achievement is in Joshua Green’s DNA. As a child he watched his father matriculate at TSU, succeeding in college as a non-traditional student while supporting his family through the entire process. Green’s grandfather, a carpenter, built homes throughout the family’s hometown of Opelousas, Louisiana. It’s likely that seeing the efforts and success of two central figures in his life strengthened Green’s work ethic. “Human beings are creatures of habit,” Green says. “Growing up, I had strong examples of hardworking men. They set the expectations for how I should carry myself as a man.” Now, as a junior finance major who plans to study law, Green is a Jesse H. Jones School of Business Gold Scholar as well as an Honors College Scholar. He also serves as president of The Collegiate 100 and has witnessed his chapter grow from less than 20 to 150 in one year. “Most of what we do is mentorship,” Green says. Last year, the group worked closely with low-income residents of Houston’s Third Ward to develop programs for families. Green says that his experience helping his grandfather build houses in Louisiana prepared him for the volunteer work in which he actively participates today. He also credits his father, who is now a schoolteacher and a pastor, with giving him the determination to achieve here on campus and in the future. “My father did so much for my family as a student while supporting us,” he says. “It’s my responsibility to change something on campus and give back as much as I can.”

Fifteen new members were inducted into ALPHA KAPPA DELTA INTERNATIONAL SOCIOLOGY HONOR SOCIETY last April. Math majors ARIEL BOWMAN, JOSE CABRERA and JAZMINE IRVING were awarded the Elaine Taylor Memorial Scholarship for high achievement. Students TIMOTHY BROADUS III and I’SIS GREEN were selected to appear in advertisements for TSU that appeared in Black Enterprise, Ebony and Essence.

Health Occupations Students Win State Competition In February, Chi-Tam Nguyen founded the TSU chapter of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) for students pursuing pre-nursing, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy and pre-medical careers. And in March, five members of the chapter competed in the HOSA State Competition. The team returned with several awards: Christine Pham received first place in Epidemiology; Chi-Tam Nguyen received first place in Sports Medicine; Marisol Solorzano received second place in Medical Terminology; Sheryl Duruewuru received second place in Medical Math; and Tre’lon Land received fifth place in Pharmacology.


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Dr. Robert Bullard, dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, is a champion for environmental equality. As the author of 17 books, Bullard has exposed the effects that environmental discrimination has had on urban populations. His most recent publication, “The Wrong Complexion for Protection,” was released in December

students, took to the field. “This was before computers,” Bullard says, describing how the team used maps, markers and stickpins to define suspicious areas. In the end, the team found that all urban areas aren’t cre-

2012. Last summer, Bullard represented the State of Texas at the Rio+20 United States Conference on Sustainable Development. And he was featured in the book “Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time,” released last October. Bullard, known as the “Father of Environmental Justice” by his peers, explains that certain basic freedoms that are intricately tied to community health are often taken for granted. “The right to clean air, the right to clean drinking water, the right to good health…these are all basic human rights.” And for many residents of lowincome communities, these rights are never attained. Health epidemics such as asthma and even certain cancers have been traced to toxic landfills, pollution, and the lack of access to green space and healthy food. In the 1980s, Bullard first became aware of the disparities through research that began here in Houston when his wife, an attorney, asked him to gather research for one of her civil rights cases. It was the first case to ever use civil rights law to address environmental injustice. So he began mapping the solid-waste landfills throughout the city and with the help of 10 graduate

ated equal. “Houston sited 100 percent of its landfills in predominantly black neighborhoods,” Bullard says, further explaining that although African Americans made up only 25 percent of the city’s population, they received 82 percent of the city’s waste. Bullard says that over the last several years, people have slowly started to realize that a lack of wealth, or even abject poverty, should not subject men, women and children to living in areas that are toxically compromised. “Most people automatically think of nature: grasslands, wetlands and green spaces as the environment,” he says, noting that the environment is simply the spaces we inhabit. “It’s where we live, work, learn and play as well as the natural world,” Bullard explains. “No one should have a monopoly on it.” Bullard says that he hopes that in the near future, TSU will have an even greater voice in policy-making that affects urban communities. He says that he sees Houston as a laboratory, a place where industries like oil and gas, banking, finance and medicine have an impact on the regional economy. A place where great minds have an opportunity to create change.


Science Grants Promote Anti-Cancer Research in the College of Science and Technology Shishir Shishodia, associate professor in the College of Science and Technology, is conducting research that could potentially reduce the rate of cancer. His focus is on the identification of novel “blockers” of nuclear transcription factors derived from plant sources and the effectiveness of phytochemicals (plant-derived agents) in treating various inflammatory diseases. Shishodia explains that many agents such as ursolic acid (found in apples, rosemary, prunes and plums) and diosgenin (found in the herb fenugreek) have already demonstrated potential chemo preventive functions. “Unlike modern drugs, the plant-derived dietary agents are affordable and effective with no known side effects.”

Science and Technology Complex Nears Completion In October, the College of Science and Technology began construction on a new technology building that will house state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories. Located on the corner of Wheeler and Ennis Streets and adjacent to the University’s existing science building, it will complete the Science and Technology complex. With 110,000 square feet of space on four floors, the building will house the departments of Aviation Science and Technology, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Industrial Technology, Physics, and Transportation Studies.

Seeing is Believing Assistant Research Professor Ya Fatou Njie-Mbye of the College of Science and Technology grew up in The Gambia, tagging along with her microbiologist mother in the lab. Today, Njie-Mbye is a research pioneer in her own right. She recently received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to focus on the role of hydrogen sulfide and intra-occular pressure in the treatment of glaucoma. She is working to develop a drug that will treat the condition—the second leading cause of blindness worldwide—without damaging the retina and causing vision loss.


MING BAO, FADILA GHIAT, CHENYU WANG and ZHAO ZHANG received Graduate Research Enrichment Scholarships in the field of Computer Science. TSU Honors College student CHI-TAM PAUL NGUYEN presented research on bone loss during TSU Research Week 2012. Nguyen’s research addressed the prevention of osteoporosis. TAMIEKE WASHINGTON, a biology major, was the recipient of an Undergraduate Research Enrichment Scholarship.

TSU was awarded a 2-year research grant from the Texas Department of Transportation for Design and Scope of Impact of Auxiliary Lanes on Texas Freeways, led by DR. YI QI and DR. LEI YU.

Impacting Global Health Through Research In November, TSU honored one of its leading researchers in science, Dr. Bettie Graham, at TSU’s 85th Anniversary President’s Gala Honoring Legends and Leaders. As program director at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), the TSU alumna has the incredible responsibility of ensuring that the next generation of scientists will be able to create new technologies and take advantages of the resources produced by the Human Genome Project (HGP) to improve human health. Dr. Graham has worked to create ongoing communication between the NHGRI and community-based organizations to ensure that the general public benefits from the innovative approaches NHGRI continues to develop for the improved detection, diagnosis and management of often-debilitating genetic disorders, including cancer, diabetes and various immunological disorders. She was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from Baylor College of Medicine, but says that it was her personal TSU experience that inspired her to make a global impact. Immediately after graduating from TSU, she served in the Peace Corps, teaching mathematics and science to high school students in Ahoada, Nigeria. “It’s important for me to do good for others, strive for perfection and give my best.”

Transportation Research Chelse Hoover, a graduate student in Trans-

From left to right: Adolph, Hoover and Liu.

portation Studies, received the Outstanding Master’s Student Award from the Southwest Region University Transportation Center (SWUTC). The competition was between students of Texas A&M University, University of Texas at Austin and Texas Southern University. Hoover was the only master’s student who was selected from the three universities. And in April, Peggy Adolph and Haixa Liu, also graduate students in Transportation Studies, received scholarships from the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials. Liu has been conducting research with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), and Adolph is currently researching Public Involvement through TxDOT.


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Unlike law, business or biology, transportation isn’t a discipline that most freshmen think of when it comes to choosing a major. But Dr. Carol Lewis, director of the Center for Transortation of Research at TSU, hopes to change that. “People don’t often think of Maritime or Aviation as a major,” she says. “But the truth is that we’re doing so much.” For students who chose to pursue transportation degrees at TSU, the Center for Transportation Training and Research (CTTR) supports their academic curriculum through myriad employment, research and training opportunities. The result? Graduates who are prepared for cutting edge careers of the 21st century workforce. In the past year alone, Dr. Lewis has lead TSU research projects that include: developing employee training materials for the Texas Department of Transportation; researching a possible inner-city rail connection between Houston and Austin; analyzing the relationship between freestanding bus facilities and land values; and developing emergency evacuation planning for hurricanes. All of the projects have involved graduate students who will soon enter the field of transportation. In some cases, graduate student research projects can evolve into full time careers. Last year, transportation graduate Latissha Clark developed a complex system called the Petrochemical Incident Location System (PILS). Under Lewis as principal investigator, Clark took data from hazardous materials and layered it with GPS technology

to locate hazardous spills. Her findings helped determine where schools and other populations existed in proximity to the bio-chemical hazards. “She was hired by our department right after graduation to continue her research,” Lewis says. “We’re now working with the federal government to take data and create a foundation to develop the system, grow it and train the local emergency teams such as the Houston Fire Department and others.” As student researchers become actively engaged in identifying problems and solutions to a variety of issues facing our society such as transportation security, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and transit accessibility, they prepare to serve an urban population that is rapidly expanding. For Dr. Lewis, who served as director of planning for METRO for 15 years, the opportunity to conduct research that improves the quality of life for urban residents, while also guiding TSU students toward careers that will benefit their communities, is priceless. “I had a mission to increase diversity in the field,” she says, explaining her decision begin teaching at TSU. “It was the right move.”


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Real World Advice In the spring, “Bridging the Career Gap” was held on TSU’s campus to discuss critical career issues that minority students are faced with during and after college. Topics covered included: retention and matriculation, choosing a major, career planning and networking. Guest panelists included Larry Stokes, vice president of Human Resources for the Houston Astros, Constable of Precinct 7 May Walker, Omar Reid, the director of Human Resources for the City of Houston and Pablo Valle, senior project manager for Metro Transit Authority.

Rodrigo Paulo daSilva, a recent graduate of the Jesse H. Jones (JHJ) School of Business, has been hired as an IT business consultant at Sysco Corporation. While studying at TSU, daSilva interned as a project manager for the TSU Information Security Department where he leveraged his knowledge of project management and best practices on projects such as Risk Assessment, IT Governance, and the Disaster Recovery Plan. A native of Sao Paulo Brazil, daSilva holds a Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems and plans to obtain Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification in the near future. Magna cum laude graduate JOSE DOBLADO was appointed Airport manager for the Liberty Municipal Airport in Liberty, Texas.

Alumna TIFFANY CURRY was named one of “40 Under 40” by the Houston Business Journal. Curry specializes in luxury real estate.

The TSU DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY and the Prehealth Professional Club hosted the Houston Medical Forum last April, exposing students to the opportunities available in the medical field.

Port of Houston Authority Partners with TSU Winter 2012 Maritime Transportation Management and Security graduate Anthony Flenoy II was a 2012 intern at the Port of Houston Authority. While there, he spent most of his time with the Port Security & Emergency Operations division, shadowing the facility security manager, helping with filing, documentation and generating ideas for improving inefficient procedures. He also participated in port-wide drills and assisted with Maritime Security training. Flenoy says that the internship allowed him to witness all aspects of the maritime security and realize its relevance to the United States. “It allowed me to experience all facets, from operations to security.” Flenoy plans to use his education and practical skills to return to the Port of Houston as an operations assistant. The Maritime Transportation Management and Security degree program, made possible by a $2 million grant from the Port of Houston Authority, is the first of its kind offered at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). With Houston as home to the world’s busiest foreign port, TSU’s partnership with the Port of Houston is a natural fit. Flenoy was one of the first three students of the program to graduate, fully prepared to make waves in this growing field.


PAUL NJOKU graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Jesse H. Jones School of Business with the Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting and now works as an internal auditor for Deloitte & Touche.

Taking Care of Business Jesse H. Jones School of Business MBA student Nerissa Perkins received the Texas Business Hall of Fame Scholarship Award at the Texas Business Hall of Fame 30th Annual Scholarship Luncheon in October. The Texas Business Hall of Fame awards scholarships annually to Texas business students, acknowledging them as future business leaders. Only one student from each participating university is selected for this competitive award.

Respiratory Therapy Students Soar The TSU Respiratory Therapy Program (RPT) was recently commended for showing a 3-year average for performance on the national credentialing exams (CRT and RRT) and job placement at one hundred percent—an achievement that tops all Texas universities. Since its inception in 1970, the RPT has prepared hundreds of students for careers in the respiratory health field.

Preparing the Next Generation for Success As a child growing up in Lockhart, Texas, Dr. Carrol Thomas dreamed of attending and playing football for Texas Southern University. A full scholarship to Texas A&I University temporarily delayed Thomas’ arrival to the TSU campus. However, Thomas eventually found his way to his original destination, where he earned his Ph.D. in Education in 1983. Armed with a world-class education, Thomas not only made a name for himself professionally, he also inspired countless others to do the same. With a mastery of educational techniques that worked in real world situations, Thomas quickly rose the ranks to become superintendent of schools for the Beaumont Independent School District in 1996. But Thomas’ successful entry into the workforce is only half the story. In spite of winning countless professional accolades, including State Superintendent of the Year, International Superintendent of the Year, leading his school board to earn the title of School Board of the Year, and being honored at TSU’s 85th Anniversary President’s Gala, Thomas counts as his most rewarding professional experience the impact he has had preparing others to make their mark professionally. Thomas takes pride in his former students and staff members who have gone on to become business managers, high level school administrators and at least four school district superintendents. “Our work was so respected that several doctoral candidates from UT and Texas A&M came to Beaumont to study urban education for their dissertations on how to improve the performance of urban students,” says Thomas. “All children can learn if given the time, resources and positive experiences.”

Summer Program Introduces Students to STEM Careers The TSU Department of Engineering Technology was one of nine programs nationwide selected to host UNITE, a pre-college summer program for underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. In July, nearly 30 students from area high schools enrolled. While on campus, they participated in workshops including architectural, computer and electronic engineering as well as biological, maritime and aviation science. City of Houston representatives and STEM industry professionals also visited the students to discuss careers in the STEM field. The initiative is part of outreach efforts of the United States Army’s Youth Science Cooperative Outreach Agreement.


From left to right: Julian Kane, Camellia Parham, Marshaun Williams, and Marcus Esther

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The TSU Debate Team is more than just talk. In spite of traveling to Rome and winning several tournaments in 2012, many of its members also found time to give back to their communities. It only seems fitting that a team whose legacy includes the late public servant Congresswoman Barbara Jordan is also committed to lifting as they climb. Meet four great debaters (featured from left the right) who speak not only for TSU, but also find reward in giving a voice to the voiceless: JULIAN KANE Major: Radio, Television and Film Hometown: Oakland, California “As a member of the Texas League of Young Voters, I went door-to-door and made phone calls to encourage people to vote in Harris County. I wanted to make people aware of the importance of voting.” CAMELLIA PARHAM Major: Political Science Hometown: Freemont, California “My community service activities include tutoring young children through the WALIPP After School Tutorial Program here on campus. At the end of the year, I also spent time helping children experience the joy of the holidays through Miss Texas Southern University’s community gift wrapping and gift giving program. The looks on the childrens’ faces were priceless. It feels so good to give back to the community.”

MARSHAUN WILLIAMS Major: Public Affairs Hometown: Dallas, Texas “As president of the Collegiate 100 Women, I strongly believe that it’s each individual’s responsibility to contribute back to the community in order to foster the continued growth of those who come before and after you. I love seeing young people aspire to be better and do better. Last October, I organized a Breast Cancer walk on campus. We had a good turn out and it was great to make a difference.” MARCUS ESTHER Major: Political Science Hometown: Houston, Texas “I’ve always been active in my community. Over the summer and during the fall, I visited high schools and middle schools to talk to students about college life and how they can apply. Right now, I’m working on a project called “Young Tiger Ambition,” a program where my peers and I will tutor and mentor local students and help them prepare to apply to college. We hope that eventually, we’ll be able to assist them financially as well.”


Student Regent Honored by the Houston Texans TSU Student Regent Juan A. Sorto was honored in December at the Houston Texans game as a finalist for the Houston Texans Community Quarterback Award. The Texans partnered with the United Way of Greater Houston to recognize the work of outstanding volunteers who exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving communities. Dr. Danille Taylor, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences, addresses the crowd at the opening celebration of the TSU Confucius Institute.

Confucius Institute Connects the Community As the result of a unique partnership between TSU and China’s premiere technology university, Beijing Jiatong University, TSU’s newly developed Confucius Institute will provide TSU students with an opportunity to study the Chinese language and culture. The institute will also engage the Houston community through foreign language instruction and classes. As the first of its kind in Houston, the institute’s curriculum will include courses in Asian History, Literature and Language, and International Communities. Students will have access to study abroad and scholarship programs through the institute.

For the past six years, Juan A. Sorto has volunteered at the Star of Hope Mission each Saturday.

Students Across Campus Join Forces to Help Fight Hunger Students from the Urban Academic Village and Thurgood Marshall School of Law volunteered their time at the Houston Food Bank to the city’s residents in need. In just one Saturday morning, they helped to process 10,000 pounds of food that will feed over 8,600 families. With both groups combined, it was the largest effort that the Houston Food Bank has ever seen from TSU. They plan to make the service activity a monthly event.


The HEALTH SCIENCE AND CONSUMER SERVICES department hosted “From the Garden to the Plate,” their 9th annual Childhood Obesity Conference in November. The workshops focused on confronting the childhood obesity epidemic. Alumna GWEN GISTARB ’77, published The Lesson Plan: A Workbook for Mothers and Teenage Daughters. The book is accompanied by workshops for young women entitled Cupcakes and Conversations that are open to the community. A partnership with the SOCIETY OF PERFORMING ARTS HOUSTON and TSU brought the cast of Fela! and The Alvin Ailey American American Dance Theater to campus last March.

Connecting With Community Through Visual Art Winter 2012 graduate Anne Marie Foster exhibited her work at Project Row Houses (PRH), a neighborhood-based nonprofit art and cultural organization. PRH’s established programs encompass arts and culture, neighborhood revitalization, low-income housing, education, historic preservation and community service. The programs are inspired by the work of artist and founding father of the TSU mural program, Dr. John Biggers, and are based on his principles concerning the creation of effective communities.

Urban Revitalization in Houston’s Fifth Ward Brings Cultural Renewal Texas Southern University, the City of Houston and the Fifth Ward Redevelopment Authority have officially agreed to convert the abandoned Fifth Ward Deluxe Theater, breathing new life into a long-standing historic fixture. The new space will include a performing arts theater, classrooms, and space for future retail development.

The EARL CARLE INSTITUTE’S JUVENILE JUSTICE PROGRAM was awarded a twoyear grant from the Houston Endowment to provide direct representation to students in the involved in the juvenile justice system.

Taking it to the Streets In the spring, 12 students of The Thurgood Marshall School of Law Street Law Program conducted law-related classes to local high school students on basic legal rights. All of the students completed their courses successfully; over 120 students received certificates for their participation in the program. The Thurgood Marshall School of Law Street Law Program is an educational legal outreach program that trains current law students to teach law to high school students throughout the Houston region. Its mission is to empower youth through interactive education about law, democracy and human rights while advancing the professional development of TMSL law students.


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Though Gerald Smith flies head and shoulders above his competitors in the investment management industry, this nationally recognized entrepreneurial giant remains firmly grounded in his community. Even with his place in the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame secure, and countless awards and honors already bestowed, Smith still describes himself as a proud product of Jack Yates High School whose grandmother ran a soda shop not too far from the school. Add to this the pride and commitment Smith continues to show to his alma mater, Texas Southern, and it is no stretch of the imagination to say that Smith’s heart has always been in Third Ward. It was here, at Texas Southern, that Smith enjoyed his collegiate experience—one that prepared him for the whirlwind of business success he continues to enjoy. Still, personal success is not all that defines Smith—not even close. It is the love he shares with his wife, Anita, for philanthropy. And with the list of recipients of the Smith’s generosity ever-growing, Texas Southern has remained a consistent beneficiary. Most recently, the Smiths’ impact upon Texas Southern has come in the form of the Gerald and Anita Smith Endowed Scholarship— established with a $125,000 gift. The gift initiates TSU’s Endowed Scholarship Matching Fund. With two sons in college, the Smiths know full well the rising costs of a college education. Their business success, however, has afforded them a life of which many only dream; and they are willing to help make the dreams of others come true. Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of Smith, Graham & Company, a fixed income investment management firm with offices in Houston and New York City, has shown an unflinching dedication to TSU and his mission to give back. The finance mogul and chair of the TSU Foundation received his BBA in Finance from TSU’s Jesse H. Jones School of Business and has directed his giving to that school, as well as to TSU athletics, general scholarships, and countless other areas and initiatives, all with the desire to improve the educational outcomes of TSU students. And all he asks for in return is that students return the favor. “A TSU scholarship is an investment in a student’s future. I believe the greatest return on that investment a student can make is to use it as a catalyst to do well and to do good,” Smith says. “The highest form of thanks successful graduates who received TSU scholarships can offer to the University is to give back to the University when they are able. That act of gratitude not only honors the gift of support they received, but gives them an opportunity to make a positive impact on the future of TSU and the students it serves.”


Texas Southern University Funding BALANCE SHEET for fiscal year ending August 31, 2012


% O F T O TA L

ASSETS Cash and Equivalents Balance in Appropriations Receivables Investments Net Capital Assets Other Assets


48,364,785 6,680,597 36,471,669 57,566,776 244,004,781 18,220,978

12% 2% 9% 14% 59% 4%




LIABILITIES Payables Deferred Revenue Revenue Bonds General Obligation Bonds Accrued Claims and Judgment Other Liabilities

92,106,886 46,994,963 101,709,725 14,261,190 0 8,129,878

35% 18% 39% 5% 0% 3%




$ $

148,106,943 65,279,253 36,558,279 2,883,258 43,386,153 148,106,943

Total Assets

Total Liabilities

NET ASSETS Invested in Net Capital Assets Non-Expendable Endowments Other Restricted Assets Unrestricted Assets TOTAL NET ASSETS

44% 25% 2% 29% 100%

Net assets may serve over time as a useful indicator of TSU’s financial position. Assets exceed liabilities by $148,106,943.46 as of August 31, 2012. The largest portion of TSU’s net assets is its investment in capital assets at 44 percent. It is comprised of land, buildings and improvements, equipment, construction in progress and infrastructure, less any debt used to acquire those assets that are still outstanding. TSU uses these capital assets to provide services to citizens; consequently, these assets are not available for future spending. Although TSU’s investment in its capital assets is reported net of related debt, it should be noted that the resources needed to repay this debt must be provided from other sources, since the assets themselves cannot be used to liquidate these liabilities.


CAPITAL ASSETS Major capital asset events during the current year include the following: TSU acquired the University Courtyard and Tiewester Student Housing Units and the parking garages at a total cost of $64,567,502.17. Construction is in progress on Leonard Spearman Technology building estimated to cost $31.5 million on completion of which $2,431,606.43 has been expended as of August 31, 2012. Various building improvements were completed at a cost of $1,384,959.00 during the year.


225 220 215

Construction is about to begin on an 800-bed student housing unit expected to be completed at a cost of $55 million. It is funded by the United States Department of Education’s Historically Black College/ University capital financing program. ECONOMIC FACTORS

210 205 200 2012

2011 n Total Revenues n Total Expenses

TSU experienced a four percent reduction in state funding, but no decrease in capital appropriations received. Federal grant revenues were eight percent ($4 million) less than in FY11 at $43.4 million with the economic recession being the major cause. More detailed information about TSU’s financial position is presented in the Annual Financial Report.

STATEMENT OF SOURCES AND USES for fiscal year ended August 31, 2012


% O F T O TA L

SOURCES Legislative Appropriations Tuition and Fees, Net of Discount Gifts, Grants and Contract Revenue Other Sources


70,948,629 61,809,936 55,399,073 32,253,626

32% 28% 25% 15%




USES Salaries and Benefits Operating Expenses Scholarships Non-Operating Expenses

110,766,152 66,212,201 26,616,255 8,664,584

52% 31% 13% 4%




Total Sources

Total Uses


Beginning Net Assets ENDING NET ASSETS

$ $

8,152,074 139,954,870 148,106,943



ACHIEVEMENT ACCOLADES AND AWARDS Throughout the year, Texas Southern University was featured in numerous publications, both locally and nationally. From being included in national publications, such as Ebony, to our distinction as one of the top U.S. higher education institutions by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, positive news about TSU is spreading. Below, a round up of publications that featured TSU in 2012: African American News and Issues Black Enterprise Magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education D-Mars’ Business Journal Ebony Magazine Essence Magazine Forward Times Jet Magazine Houston Chronicle Houston Style New York Times The Defender The National Jurist


LEGENDS AND LEADERS In 2012, the University celebrated its 85th year with a host of homecoming activities. In addition to an exciting homecoming game and parade, the President’s 85th Anniversary Gala Honoring Legends and Leaders was held on November 2. The honored alumni for 2012 were: FELICIA CONLEY, Ph.D., Forensic Chemist, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency KERMIT CRAWFORD, President, Walgreens Pharmacies DIEDRA FONTAINE, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, United Airlines BETTIE JEAN GRAHAM, Ph.D., Program Director, National Institutes of Health

Dr. John M. Rudley and Frazier Wilson

MICHAEL STEVEN HUNTE, MD, Emergency Room Physician, Methodist Dallas Medical Center BERNADINE OLIPHINT, Opera singer and former Chair of TSU Operatics Program CARROL THOMAS, Ph.D., Nationally Acclaimed Educator HONORABLE SENFRONIA THOMPSON, Texas State Representative PATRICK TRAHAN, Chalmette Refining L.L.C.’s Public and Government Affairs Manager for Exxon/Mobil ROCKY WILLIFORM, CEO, SHELL OIL COMPANY, Corporate Honoree

Kermit Crawford, Diedra Fontaine, Felicia Conley and Patrick Trahan

The University also paid tribute to outstanding Texas Southern University National Alumni Association leaders from across the country.

Bernadine Oliphint and news personality Roland Martin

Harry E. Johnson, Dr. John M. Rudley, Hon. Sylvia R. Garcia, Mrs. Docia Rudley, Welcome Wilson and Curry Glassell


Donor Honor Roll The 2012 Donor Honor Roll highlights the FY 2012 philanthropic gifts of our alumni and friends.* Without them we could not support the students and programs at Texas Southern University. We are committed to changing lives at TSU. Your gifts help to make that happen. We welcome your continued support and participation in the 2013 Annual Fund campaign that is currently underway. If you wish to make a gift to the University, please do so by going to and help make a difference. For more information, please contact the Development Office at 713.313.4276. *Gifts made between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012

$1,000,000 and Above

Anderson, Ricky

$1,000 to $4,999

Jamail & Kolius

A Rocket Moving &

Adair, Wendy H.

Matching Gift

ALC Holdings



AT&T Foundation

$500,000 to $999,999

Bosarge, M. T.

Alexander, Ronnie Renard

Bea-N-Me Corporation


Citgo Petroleum

Alexander, Willie J.

Boyd, Martin Alan

Allen, Alma A

BP Corporation NA, Inc.

Altria Client Services Inc.

Brentwood B.C.

ALW Entertainment, Inc.

Bryant, Samuel L.

Houston Endowment, Inc.

$250,000 to $499,999 Microsoft

$100,000 to $249,999 CAMAC International Corporation The Brown Foundation, Inc.

Corporation Crawford & Hattie Jackson Foundation DA Camera GTECH Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. JP Morgan Chase Bank Knox, James T. Marine Insurance

$50,000 to $99,999 Coca Cola North America

$25,000 to $49,999 Chevron U.S.A., Inc. City of Houston Garcia, Domingo A. The Wellington Swindall Revocable Trust

Seminars, Inc. National Oilwell Varco Pearson Education Royalty Accounting Port of Houston Authority Schlumberger/Trustees TSU Endowment Fund Tom Joyner Foundation, Inc.

$5,000 to $9,999

United Airlines

Alcorn, Daisy


American Urban Radio

Western Area The Links




Angel Heart Productions, Inc. Bullard, Robert D. Burgess, Linda Johnson Anheuser Busch Foundation

Cannon, Larry

Archi*Technics/3, Inc.

Cardinal Health

Architectural Floors


Armstead, Prentice P.

Cassel, Clyde


St. Mary/Purification C.C.

Chase, Anthony R.

State Farm Companies

City of Connections

Stroud, Margaret Sungard Higher Education

Networking Fair Clarkson, Llayron L.

Managed Services Inc.

Coleman, Gloria J.

Taylor, Ernestine Thrash

Constellation New Energy

Terry, Trasetta L.

Cox, Betty

Tex Us Too, Inc.

Criner, Oscar H.

The Bonner Law Firm

Cummings, Claude

The Hobby Center Foundation

Cummings, Jay Dansby, Ernestine W.

The San Diego Foundation

Denning, Ikie

The Wunderbar

Douglas, James Matthew

TMSL CLE Program

DuMood, James

Tyler, Art

Easter, Latanya Allen

Holley, Dannye

Peachez, Inc.

U-WIN Charitable Org.

EFH Corporate

Holman Street B.C.

Pilgrim Congregational

Varnett Public School

Services Company

Houston TSCPA

Exxon Mobil Foundation


United Church

Wade, Ka-Ron Y.

of Christ

Ward, James W.

Matching Gift

Hurd Jr., Melvin

Prosperity Bank

Ward, Kenneth


Jackson, Craig

Quattro-M Firm, Inc.

Watkins, Ulysses W.

Fain, Constance

James, Anna Taylor

Rasmus, James

Weston, Eunice Guy

FEI Scholarship Foundation

Jerusalem Baptist Church

Robinson, Marchris G.

Wilcox Pharmacy

Flowers, Joseph K.

Johns Hopkins University

Rodgers, Mederick S.

Wilson, Derrick

Floyd, Willie Grant

Johnson, Luckett

Ronald E. Reynolds &

Windsor Village United

Ford, Deneen

Jordan Grove M.B.C.

Foy, Charles E.


Frazier, Marisa

Florence Hall


Methodist Church

Rose, Marilyn

Woodard, Carolyn M.

Rudley, John & Docia

Yu, Lei

Garner, Zenobia

King, Barbara Lewis

Salwen, Richard E.

Garvin, Vincent Lopez

Lawal, E.

Sam Houston Race

Gobert, Mario S.

Lee, Herbert S.

Good Hope M.B.C.

Luedicke, Anthony L.

Sample, Yolanda

Aboagye, Debra

Greater Houston Business

Marion Montgomery, Inc.

Saunders, William T.

Adams, Wanda

Ethics Round Table

Mbanya, Herve

Schlumberger Technology

Anthony, Wilfred D.

Groovey, Kenneth Ray

Gilles Ngassa

Park, Ltd.


$500 to $999 3919 Scott Street, Inc.

Antioch M.B.C. of Christ

Hayes, Barbara Elaine

McClelland, Charles F.

Simmons, Bertrand L.

Arnold, Reginald

Helfman, Alan

McShan, Jim

Smith, Graham & Co.

At&T Services, Inc.

Hill, James E.

Meloncon, Thomas

Hiller, Marian

Miles, Boriris

Smith, Prudence Nicole

Bail, Ashok

Hobby Family Foundation

Miller, Steven L.

Spearman, DcCarlous

Bell, Della

Holland, James E.

Mitchell, Sheri

St. Johns U.M.C.

Bell, James

Holland, Richard

Newman, Janis

St. Luke Baptist Church

Bellard, Tabatha

Investment Advisors, L.P.

Baber, Jimmy


Henry, Kelvin

Menil Foundation, Inc.

Heritage Life Center


Herrington, Theophilus

Metoyer-Williams, Evelyn

Hickman, Eugene

Miller, Steven Lawayne

Hightower, Nivana

Milton, Shirlette A. Glover

Hollins Homebuyers

Moody, Brandon D.

Enterprise, LLC

Moody, Warren H.

Houston Defender

Moore, Irene

Houston Ebony Music

Mt. Ararat Baptist Church

Society, Inc. Jack & Jill of America, Inc. Houston Chapter Jackson, Desiree

Mt. Hebron B.C. New Hope C.C. New Life Tabernacle COGIC

Jackson, Gary

Norwood, Rathers A.

Jazz Education, Inc.

Ohia, Sunny E.

Bellavista Missionary B.C. Dillard, Aaron Leon

Jejelowo, Olufisayo

Oji, Catherine O.

Berryhill, Michael

Easter, Tanya Allen

Johnson, Tikisha

Olowokere, David

Bilton, Dwayne

Edward, Al

Jones, Josetta

Onwudiwe, DeClan

Booker, Gusta

El Paso Corporation

Jones, Sylvia

Osondu, Chinwe Ebere

Bouldin, Morgan

Falls, Mark S.

Jones, Tiffany G.

Palmer, Jerry

Bourgois, Patricia

First Unitarian

Kelley, Denise

Peet Wilson, Gwen

Kingwood Musical

Performing and Visual

Arts Society

Arts Workshop

Bozeman, Max

Universalist Church

Braxton, Donna

Floyd, Clarence E.

Brokers Glass Houston

Forest Lawn M.B.C.

Kinney, H. L.

Pickens, Eva K.

Broussard Endowment

Fountain of Faith B.C.

Ladette, Rick

Pierre, James Goodwill

Brown, Conrell

Foy Management Inc.

Lava Services, Inc.

Pitts, Tamaine

Brown-Guillory, Elizabeth Francis, Ester

Strawberry Pharmacy

Pleasant Grove M.B.C.

Buck Street Memorial

Francisco, Riley J.

Lee, El Franco

Burney, Zinetta A

Freeman, Alan

Lewis, Andre

Clear Lake United M.C.


Lewis, Glenn O.

Prescod, Paula Ruth

Cline, Nell Sadler

Friendship M.B.C.

Lewis, Tyrone A.

Price, Jack

Coleman, Dee

Gardiner, William A.

Lilly, Pam

Ravnell, Ella Elaine

Cooper, Jackie

Goldsberry, Ryan

Living Word Fellowship

Reedy, Tony

Cummings, Jerry R

Green, Ronald C.

Locke, Gene L.

Rhodes, Eric L.

Cusic, Dessiray W.

H. Fort Flowers

Lowe, Clarice P.

Richie, Carl Stuyvesant

C-Wind, LLC

Hadley, Tim

Maddox, Gregory H.

Robins, Thurman W.

Davis, Cora B.

Handy, Carlos

Mayberry Homes, Inc.

Rodgers, Matthew


Harpool, Adrian

McClain, Dorothy

Rosen, Alan M.

Delta Sigma Theta

Harris, Michael Ray

McGowan, Rose Mary

Sapp, John

Sorority - Houston

Harris, Micheal Watne

McKanders, Kenneth

Scott, Joshua

Alumnae Chapter

Haynes, Elouise Theresa

McMorris, Clyde

Simmons, Emmily D.

Henderson, Crystal

McNeil, Sharon E.

Smith, David L.

Denning, Ikie


Power Center Pharmacy, Inc.

Smith, Robin

Tudzin, Ellis L.

Bailey, Chauncey O.

Ellis, Jacquelyn J.

Southeast Brite Horizon

U-WIN Charitable

Bailey, Lorenzo

Ellis, Rodney

Southern Dialect Music


Bailey, Rodney E.

Enola Investments, LLC

Spearman, Decarlous Y.

Viltz, Anna

Baker, David

Eskew, Blake

St. James Episcopal Church

Walker, Mary A.

Banks, Sheldon

Evans-Smith, Annette

St. Peter the Apostle

Wall, Roger

Batiste-Roberts, Gloria

Eves, Elizabeth

St. Vincents House

Ward, Ronald G.

Beard, James W.

Fadulu, Sunday Ojr

Sullivan, Willie

Ware, Walter

Bell, Regina

Flanagan, Tyler J.

Superior Invenstments

Washington, Craig A.

Bell, Tomaro

Forest, Earnestine

Supervillle, Claude

Wheeler Avenue B.C.

Bennett, Donna F.

Fuller, Charles F.

Susberry, H. Keith

White, Alfred

Big D Band Boosters

Gardner, Jerry

Sweeney, Michael S.

Williams, Douglas L.

Syme, David

Wilson, Bobby

Blueridge Baptist Church

Gathe, Marion

Tarver, Nathaniel

Wilson, Charles

Brady, Jesse Curtis

Grant, Willie Doyce

Brandon, Deborah K.

Gray, Renee

Broussard, Paul

Green, Rita K.

Bynam, Susan M.

Greer, Fritz J

Taylor, Danille Taylors of Houston Texas Women

Lawerence Windsor Village United Methodist Church


Gates, Charlotte


Wright, Wanda

C.A.T.C.H Foundation

Gross, George W.


Wright-Peavy Holdings, LLC

Cambrice, Christine

Gueye, Mouhamed

Carr, Edward M.

Handy, Maribel

Cartwright, Martina

Harvey, Tony B.

Chatman, Melva & Beatrice

Hawkins, Ralph E

Christian Way Church

Henderson, Glenn

Cochran, Connie

Henry, Charles

Communication Workers

Hixon, Eric

of America

Hogans and Middleton

Coverson, Ronald D.

Computer Services

Cox, James E.

Hubbard Jr, Edward

Croffitt, Douglas N. Curtis-Jones, Tammye Shyleen CWJ Choices with Jeanette

George Hubbard, Raymond D. Hughes, Deandrea L. Hughey, Andrew C. ICS Trading Company

Davis, Edward A.

Jackson, Barbara

Deason, Charlsetta C.

Jackson, Erica

The Fountain of Praise

$250 to $499

Denman, Earnest

Jackson, Jacquelyn

The Hall Law Firm

Adams, Leroy

Dickens, Brian

James, Andrew B.

The Robinson Law

Alam, Mohamed Shafiqul

Dinky Drum Company

James, Bonnie L.

Anketell, Dilip

Dugas, Gerald

James, Marvella J.

The Vivo Club, LLC

Atkins, Debra L.

Edwards, Joan

Jenkins, Willie Frank

Toliver, Telisa

Austin, Darryl

Ekwere, Obot

Johns, Mary K.

Trinity Episcopal Church

Austin, Joan

Ellis, Doris

Johnson, Calvin

Group, PLLC


Johnson, Carita

Lloyd, Lowe

Phillips, Arlene F.

Stephens, McCuller C.

Johnson, Roger

Mackey, Beatrice K.

Pine, Belinda

Stewart, Carrington H.

Johnson, Shelby

Madueke, Dominic O.

Player, Audrey N.

Stewart, Kevin

Johnson, Thelma

Magnolia Events

Porter, Ronnie

Sundaresan, Alamelu

Pouncey, Alonzo

The Production

Jones, Franklin D.

Group, LLC

Jones, Micheal

Maroon & Grey Club

Presley, Craig

Jones, Stanley

Marsaw, Troy L.

Price, Byron E.

The Refreshing Church

Jordan, Constance

Matthews, Charles

Prince, Mary

Thomas, Robert

Jordan, Martha

Mc Cowan, Curtistene S.

Protectors Insurance &

Thomas, Robert Earl

Kaesermann, Ronald


Kamau, Obidike


Financial Services

Group, LLC

Thornton, Roy E.

Queen, Freddy C.

THR Enterprises, Inc.

KBW Enerprises

Medical Plaza Pharmacy

Red Cat Jazz CafĂŠ, LLC

Turner, Carl

King, Renita

Minnis, Herschel C.

Reed, Quinnelle C.

University Museum

KKM Enterprises, LLC

Mouton, Jeffrey

Regis, Humphrey A.

Krause, Keith W.

Mouton, Virgie L.

Robinson, Carroll G.

Waddell, Lamont

Lakes, Lestine

Mt. Ararat Baptist Church

Robinson, Chrystal A.

Walker, Doris S.

Lancaster, James

Nelson, Robert S.

Robinson, Frank

Waltrip Ram Band

Law Dental Laboratory

Nwachukwu, Christian

Robinson, Johnny

Booster Club

Roby, Will M.

Warren, Robert James

Ruffin, Beverly

West, Carla

Ryland, Ed

Wheeler, Jess

Samuels, Sherry

White, Brian K.

Saydam, Azima S.

Wilder, Paula

Seals, Andre R.

Wiley, Marcus D.

Shanks, Gerald V.

Wilkins, Odell

Shelton, Geraldean G.

Williams, Jonny

Shelton, Von H.

Williams, Michael

Showers Of Blessings

Williams, Reginald

Simmons, Portia

Wilson Sr, James H.

Simpson, Mary L.

Wilson, Gwen Peet

Smith, Jonathan

Women Resource

Smith, Leddie E.

Center, Inc.

Snowden, LaRence Southeast Brite Horizons Law Offices of Gary L. Bledsoe

Okoye, Austin O.

Volunteer Circle

Medical Center

XI Alpha Omega Chapter / AKA Yakubu, Momoh

Oliver, Carolyne B.

Sparks, Shelton

Zucha, Jason A.

Lazard, Pamela A.

Oliver, Jeanette

Spellman, Tracy

Zuniga, Celinda

Lee, Ollie Dean Fleming

Overstreet, Morris

Spencer, Al

Leonard, Golda Anne

Parker-Thompson, Charla F.

Spencer, Dolly

Lewis, Carol A.

Payne Chapel AME Church

Square, Helen

Lewis, Ramos O.

Penn, Tracy S.

Square, Marilynn C.

Lopez, Jose

Peodkulski, Daniel E.

Stennett, Chris


The President’s Leadership Scholarship: Fostering Achievement Through Philanthropy

For Damilola Oliyide, a May 2012 graduate, the Texas Southern University President’s Leadership Scholarship (PLS) provided a road to self-discovery. “As a freshman, I had no idea what I wanted to do with myself, but I eventually discovered that I had a passion for the accounting industry,” Oliyide says. “Thanks to the PLS and its focus on academics, I received several job offers upon graduation.” Olayide is also grateful to Joel Seidner, a 1996 graduate of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, who has sponsored Oliyide and others through the vehicle of the President’s Leadership Scholarship Program. The PLS combines private philanthropy with matching funds from the University to create competitive scholarships to award to top students. The donor is matched to a specific student, and will support that student for four years, as long as the student remains eligible for the award. In 2012, the University saw the culmination of matricula-

tion for the program’s first graduating class. Recognizing that the professional success he enjoyed was made possible by his own TSU experience, Seidner made the decision to give back. With his intentions already set, a 2008 dinner party afforded him a chance meeting with an old friend who happened to be dining with TSU’s new president: Dr. John Rudley. The encounter confirmed for Seidner that his decision was the right one, and at President Rudley’s suggestion, Seidner signed on to become one of the first PLS donors. “There is no better activity for a person to do than to help a younger person get a college education,” says Seidner, who sponsored not one, but two TSU PLS scholars—Kiara Taylor and Damilola Oliyide. Ultimately, Oliyide chose a position as an accountant and financial analyst with the Chevron Corporation. Like Seidner, he feels that it is important to contribute to TSU. “My dreams of success have been realized, and I want to give back to help make other people’s dreams a reality, too.”

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Board of Regents

Officers of Administration

Glen O. Lewis Chairman

John M. Rudley President

Dionicio Flores First Vice Chair

Sunny E. Ohia Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research

Curtistene McCowan Second Vice Chair Richard Holland Secretary Marilyn Rose Gary Bledsoe Samuel L. Bryant

Jim McShan Vice President for Administration and Finance Wendy H. Adair Vice President for University Advancement James M. Douglas Vice President for Government Relations

Richard Knight, Jr.

William T. Saunders Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students

Juan Antonio Sorto Student Regent

Andrew Hughey General Counsel

Erik Salwen

Charles McClelland Director of Athletics Janis Newman President’s Chief of Staff

Officers of Instructional Administration Elizabeth Brown-Guillory Associate Provost Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Adebayo Oyekan Interim Associate Provost Associate Vice President for Research Betty Cox Interim Associate Provost Associate Vice President for Student Academic Enhancement Services Gregory Maddox Dean The Graduate School Dannye Holley Dean Thurgood Marshall School of Law Humphrey Regis Dean Thomas F. Freeman Honors College Lei Yu Dean College of Science and Technology James W. Ward Dean School of Communication Danille Taylor Dean College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences Shirlette G. Milton Interim Dean College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Ronald Johnson Dean Jessie H. Jones School of Business Lillian Poats Dean College of Education Robert Bullard Dean Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs


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