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In this issue: 2012 Homecoming events, TSU history, 85th Anniversary honorees, alumni updates and more!



TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY 3100 Cleburne Street Houston, TX 77004 VICE PRESIDENT FOR UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT Wendy Adair ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS & COMMUNITY AFFAIRS Eva Pickens EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI RELATIONS & SPECIAL EVENTS Connie L. Cochran DIRECTOR OF MARKETING Greg Holland EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT Carolyne Oliver MANAGING EDITOR Meera Bowman-Johnson DESIGNER Haven Barnes PHOTOGRAPHERS Earlie Hudnall Tiffany Smith Tom Shea WRITERS Meera Bowman-Johnson Tilicia Johnson Aswad Walker COPY EDITOR Darcia M. Williams COMMENTS AND FEEDBACK Office of Alumni Relations Texas Southern University 3100 Cleburne Street Houston, Texas 77004 713-313-1363

Dr. Rudley and members of the Collegiate Chapter of 100 Black Men and Women celebrate Founders Day 2012.

85 YEARS AND STILL GOING STRONG While the nation’s two presidential candidates debate the virtues of their competing visions on how to move America forward, Texas Southern University has already been declared the victor in its efforts to profoundly impact the world. This 85-year institutional legacy of “Excellence in Achievement” continues to expand as alumni, faculty, and students alike show themselves to be true “Legends and Leaders.” With the “Our Story” Project officially launched during a memorable Founders Day, and BBVA Compass Stadium christened as the new home of TSU football, we anxiously prepare for the 85th Anniversary Gala, celebrating ten outstanding alumni—and their respective colleges—for their roles in making history today. Still, the campus plays home to students and faculty who by the sheer force of their accomplishments lobby for the hearts and minds of a new generation of potential students. Be it the legendary Joe Sample serving his alma mater as an artist-inresidence, or Professor Robert Bullard being named one of 50 “Everyday Heroes” contributing to a more perfect union, the Texas Southern Renaissance of Excellence can be seen near and far. Whether it is in those who lead our athletic teams, individuals who mold the minds of tomorrow’s great thinkers, or students and alumni who garner votes of global confidence for their willingness to be great, the message of this institution is no mere campaign promise. Texas Southern University will continue to produce Legends and Leaders because the institution remains legendary in its leadership. Sincerely,

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Ten living legends. One night to remember. TSU alumni are legends & leaders. Join us on Friday, November 2nd to honor ten of our nationally recognized alumni at the 85th Anniversary President’s Gala.



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Felicia Conley, Ph.D. Forensic Chemist, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Kermit Crawford President, Walgreens Pharmacies Diedra Fontaine Director of Diversity & Inclusion, United Airlines Bettie Jean Graham, Ph.D. National Institutes of Health Program Director 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 The Honorable Senfronia Thompson Texas State Representative

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alumni notes NFL legend and TSU alumnus Michael Strahan (left) is the new co-host of ABC’s Live! with Kelly and Michael morning talk show, with Kelly Ripa. The Houston Business Journal has selected alumna Tiffany Curry as one of its “40 Under 40.” A specialist in the marketing of luxury homes, Curry earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from TSU.

Volunteer alumni were on hand during Freshman Orientation Week 2012 to help new students get settled as they officially became TSU Tigers.

TSUNAA Chapter Roster Atlanta Aaron Georgetown, President (404) 514-2550 Austin Keith Scott, President (512) 422-3898 Chicago Seronsa Charles, President (773) 375-3867 College of Science & Technology Perry Miller, President (281) 436-1500 Dallas Bernard Clark, President (972) 475-5313 Fort Worth Mary Carter, President (817) 361-8169 Greater Los Angeles Joyce Norfleet, President (323) 779-6232 Jesse H. Jones School of Business Rodney Hughes, President (832) 656-6295


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Maroon & Gray A. Todd Jackson, President (713) 962-7491 Metropolitan Houston Dr. Sheri James Mitchell, President (713) 283-4112 New Orleans Elwin Carter, President (504) 723-2573 Ocean of Soul Eve Weeks, President (210) 291-7970 Pharmacy & Health Science Dr. Frank North, President (713) 409-9699 San Antonio James Shelton, President (210) 499-0402 Washington D.C./Metro Pamela Ansley, President (202) 277-2964

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Thurgood Marshall School of Law alumnus Harrison Gregg, Jr. was elected into the National Bar Association Lawyer Hall of Fame. He is senior assistant attorney for Harris County. Marcellars Mason was named director of Human Resources of the Normandy School District in St. Louis, Missouri. With nearly 30 years of experience in education, Mason received his Ph.D. in Education from TSU. Alumnus Doug Delony is now a member of the news and digital team of KHOU 11 Houston. A native Houstonian, Delony earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from TSU, cum laude. Before joining KHOU, Delony was a senior web producer at Fox 26 KRIV. Ethel Curtis (right), a proud 1998 graduate of the College of Education, was recently named Miss Dallas and Miss Texas in the Miss United America Pageant. An active member of the Dallas Alumni Chapter, she serves as vice president of membership. Dedicated to serving others, she is employed with the City of Dallas in the Women, Infants and Children Department. She also volunteers with the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

TSUNAA $100,000 CHALLENGE Let’s All Work Together to Meet the Texas Southern University National Alumni Association $100,000 Challenge! Please help TSUNAA present $100,000 to Texas Southern University on November 3, 2012 at Homecoming for academic scholarships. Texas Southern University is celebrating 85 years of excellence in creating “Legends and Leaders.” With your support, the University will continue to educate deserving students! 20 teams must raise a minimum of $5,000 each Start Date: NOW! End Date: October 26, 2012* *Turned in to TSUNAA or Office of Alumni Relations by October 30, 2012

Please make your donation payable to the TSU Foundation. The University will send you a tax deductible letter. Make sure to indicate in the memo area TSUNAA Scholarships. Please turn checks into your TSUNAA team leader or the TSU Office of Alumni Relations, 3100 Cleburne, HH 209, Houston, Texas 77004. If you have any questions, please call a team leader or 713-313-1361. Thanks for all you do for Texas Southern University. It’s show time!


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TEAM LEADERS Pamela Ansley – Washington, D.C. Julia Askew – National Herbert Bolden – National Bennie Brooks – JHJ Elwin Carter – New Orleans Mary Carter – Ft. Worth Bernard Clark – Dallas Ethel Curtis – Dallas Aaron Georgetown – Atlanta Rodney Hughes – JHJ Todd Jackson – Maroon and Grey Dr. Sheri Mitchell – Metro Houston Paulette Mouton – Metro Houston Joyce Norfleet – Los Angeles Dr. Frank North – COPHS James Royster – Maroon and Grey Milton Shackelford – Ocean of Soul Freeman Walker – COPHS Eve Weeks – Ocean of Soul Josie White – New Orleans

National Alumni Convention 2012 Dr. Rudley (above, center) with members of the Texas Southern University National Alumni Association who presented him with an award during their national convention that took place in August.

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Cupcakes & Conversations Gwen Gistarb ’70 creates a movement to strengthen bonds between mothers and daughters. With an onslaught of music videos and provocative media images, today’s teenage girls have a lot of pressure. But Gwen Gistarb, a seasoned high school educator and author has a lesson plan that gives mothers the tools they need to support their daughters as they mature. Through her organization, Cupcakes and Conversation, and The Lesson Plan: A Workbook for Mothers and Teenage Daughters, Gistarb offers essential life skills to young women and their mothers. By offering participants and readers tools for self-reflection and discovery, The Lesson Plan offers valuable methods for opening the lines of communication and bolstering self-esteem. In Cupcakes and Conversations workshops, teenage participants develop tools that help them to successfully navigate everyday issues through self-awareness exercises. “The goal is to provide the essential life skills that girls of all ages need,” Gistarb says, noting that parental leadership and guidance becomes increasingly critical as girls reach puberty. “From birth, mothers can create a relationships with their daughters that nourish the thin line between being a parent and friend to her daughter,” the Family and Consumer Sciences graduate shares. “Loving your daughter as you watch your mirrored image come into maturation is ultimately a great experience that both of you can cherish.” To order The Lesson Plan: A Workbook for Mothers and Teenage Daughters or to register for Cupcakes and Conversations, visit Schedules are available online and sessions are free.


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ley and two distinguished alumnae reveled in the joy of Founders Day 2012 on September 14. On the president’s right, Helen (neè Sellers) Hampton, 88, is a proud alumna of TSU who flew in from Picayune, Mississippi to celebrate. A 1950 graduate, she was the first woman to earn a degree in chemistry from Texas State College for Negroes. In 1952 she received her M.S. in Chemistry. To the president’s left, Ella Sayles of Houston, Texas, 84, is a proud graduate who earned her B.S. in biology in 1949 and M.S. in Biology in 1956.


While studying at Texas Southern in the late 1950s, Joe Sample (right) formed a band that eventually became the world-famous Jazz Crusaders. This fall, he will be on campus as an Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Music. Sample will conduct master classes and work directly with music students. The public is invited to hear a live performance of the jazz legend’s work this December.

HE’S GOT GAME: Mike Davis was ap-

pointed Interim Head Men’s Basketball Coach. He arrives at TSU after six seasons coaching the University of Alabama at Birmingham men’s basketball program.Davis holds a 237-152 (.609) overall career record in his 12 years as a head coach, highlighted by seven 20+ win seasons.

BIG MAN ON CAMPUS There’s a new tiger on the field, but when it comes to challenges and championships, he’s no rookie. Meet Texas Southern University’s new head football coach, Darrell Asberry.


his year, the TSU Tigers will be the first collegiate football team to call the 22,000seat BBVA Compass Stadium “home.” And Tiger fans aren’t the only ones looking forward to an exciting football experience in a new stadium. Coach Darrell Asberry is, too. We caught up with the former football coach of Shaw University to get his take on how he plans to lead his team to a new era of victory this fall. How do you feel about the team playing in this new, state-of-the-art stadium? It’s always good when something’s new and you’re the first to be a part of it. I used to pass by [the stadium] every morning while they were working on it. I’d sit out front for about 5 to 10 minutes and then go on into work. I just couldn’t wait to get on the inside of it. We—the team and the coaching staff—have an opportunity to set the tone in there. What do you do to combat a tough season and motivate your athletes? I try to stay optimistic and turn any negativity the team is experiencing into a positive. I have to stay focused and strong with the team and help them understand that “tough times don’t last long, but tough people do.” What do you anticipate as one of your biggest challenges this season? When I first got here, I noticed that some of the players were kind of distant. Then I remembered that some of them have had three different coaches since they started. So what we try to do as a staff is develop the bond—before we develop the coaching part. For me, coaching is easy. The challenge is building a relationship with the team. If you can do that, they’ll play a whole lot harder for you.

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Of Legends and 1927 HOUSTON COLORED JUNIOR COLLEGE began under the auspices of Houston I.S.D. Classes were held on the campus of Yates High School.


HOUSTON COLLEGE FOR NEGROES was established as a four year, “separate but equal” institution of higher learning.


OLLINGTON SMITH, professor of Speech and English, founded the University Players in 1949. In 1974, a formal degree program was established when the School of Communication was founded - theatre was one of five areas of concentration. Today, performances are held in a theater named in Smith’s honor, the Ollington Smith Playhouse. The Department of Theatre is now part of the College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences.


Texas State University for Negroes was officially renamed TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY. On May 28th, baccalaureate services were held for the first graduating class.


In February of 1946, HEMAN MARION SWEATT, an African American Houston mail carrier, applied to enroll in the law school at the University of Texas. Because Texas was one of the segregated states, Sweatt was denied admission and later filed a suit against the University of Texas and the State of Texas with the support of the NAACP. In response, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 140 on March 3, 1947, providing a state university and law school for African Americans— Texas State University for Negroes.

1948 The University acquired an original collection from Charles Frederick Heartman, a well-known antiquarian book dealer. Today, the HEARTMAN COLLECTION is one of the strongest legacies in the field of AfroAmericana. As the largest African American collection in the Southwest, it contains over 11,000 documents, photographs and ephemera relating to the black experience in the U.S. and the the world.


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1960 TSU students began leading lunch counter sit-ins in the name of CIVIL RIGHTS. On February 28, 1961, 12 students were arrested at the Union Coffee Shop for their peaceful demonstrations, unleashing a wave of police retaliation.


JOHN BIGGERS’ landmark painting, “Jubilee: Ghana Harvest Festival”—created between 1959 and 1963—was completed. The work symbolizes Biggers’ artistic breakthrough of this period as well as his profound vision and consummate skill.

1967 TSU Alumna BARBARA JORDAN was sworn in as the first African American state senator in American history since the era of Reconstruction.

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TSU’s OCEAN OF SOUL marching band was founded by Benjamin J. Butler II. Today, under the direction of Richard Lee, the award-winning 200-member band marches on. They are celebrated for their drills and dance routines.

1972 MICKEY LELAND, a 1970 graduate of the College of Pharmacy and Health Science was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. Six years later, he took the congressional seat that had been vacated by Barbara Jordan. Leland served three terms until his untimely death. He led a U.S. hunger mission to Ethiopia in August 1989.

A pictorial history of what made Texas Southern the University it is today.


The JESSE H. JONES SCHOOL OF BUSINESS (JHJ) was completed. The building initially housed the Department of Accounting and Finance, the Department of Business Administration and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development. Today, JHJ also offers an eMBA program that allows working professionals to obtain their MBA online.


Dr. John Rudley became the 14th president of TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY. His tenure at TSU is chronicled in the recently released, Our Story: A History of Presidents of Texas Southern University.


The TSU Honors College was established on the lower level of the Robert J. Terry Library. Founder of the TSU Debate Team Thomas F. Freeman was named Interim Dean. Also that year, KIRK WHALUM won his first Grammy award in 2011 for Best Gospel Song.


After receiving an award for $3.5 million for the construction of a new building, the Law School was named for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Today, the THURGOOD MARSHALL SCHOOL OF LAW has consistently been ranked as one of the most ethnically diverse law schools in the United States.


Alumna and Grammy-winning gospel recording artist released YOLANDA ADAMS “Just as I Am.” The debut recording, number 8 on the Billboard’s U.S. Gospel charts, was a first of many in Adams’ prolific recording career. She was later named #1 Artist of the Decade by Billboard magazine.

2012 Texas Southern University celebrates 85 YEARS OF CREATING LEGENDS AND LEADERS.

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Erika Vasquez How a junior art major from Tamaulipas, Mexico strikes the perfect balance between art and athletics. How do you balance playing for the Women’s Professional Soccer League with being on the Lady Tiger Soccer Team? I spent a month trying out for the WPSL, and I played during their summer season here in Texas. Here on campus, I’m part of the team as a trainer for our goalkeeper. As an artist, what is your area of focus? My paintings deal mostly with family and immigration policy. Who inspired you to pursue soccer? My brother. Other members of my family weren’t as encouraging; in Mexico, girls aren’t encouraged to play. It took an hour to drive to a soccer league that I could be a part of. My brother, who I think saw my talent, offered to bring me to the States at age 12. In exchange for working for his family as a babysitter and doing well in school, he agreed to pay for my soccer lessons. After high school you worked two full-time jobs before coming to TSU. What made you decide to give up a 9-5 in accounting in favor of studying art? I like being around people and also being outdoors. Playing soccer and being an art major allows me to do that. It makes me happy.

Where do you see yourself in the future? I’d like to be a soccer coach, a teacher, and then later on in life, a guidance counselor. Even if it takes many years, I want to keep going. That’s what life is all about.

Waiting to Exhale TSU Respiratory Therapy Students Gain Practical Experience Serving the Community Every day, 4,700 Americans find themselves in the emergency room due to asthma. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, African Americans are three times more likely to be hospitalized from asthma and three times more likely to die from the disease. But despite the statistics, students of Texas Southern University’s Respiratory Therapy Program (RTP) are actively working to change that. For more than 40 years, RTP students have been learning ways to help JOB GROWTH FOR those who suffer from repiratory conditions. Through the “Asthma Initiative,” fully accredited since 1971, they participate in the medical management of asthmatic RESPIRATORY THERAPY: cases in the TSU Student Health Center. Training is hands on: all students in the According to the U.S. Bureau program assist nurses in the assessment and treatment of respiratory cases. of Labor Statistics, the meSince its inception, the Respiratory Therapy Program has graduated more dian salary for respiratory than 300 students. Those considering a career in this rapidly growing field can feel therapists is $54,280 per year. confident that TSU will adequately prepare them. Job placement for RTP graduEmployment in the field is exates is one hundred percent for the field—an achievement that tops all Texas pected to increase by 28 peruniversities. cent—faster than the average For more information on the TSU Respiratory Therapy Program, please for all occupations—through contact the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at 713-313-6700. the year 2018.


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Robert Bullard

With Justice For All Professor Robert Bullard recently represented the State of Texas in Rio de Janiero at the Rio+20 United States Conference on Sustainable Development. This coming October, he will be featured in the book Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time (Welcome Books, October 2012). Bullard is the dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs and is widely-respected as the catalyst of the environmental justice movement.

We’ve Got Spirit! The TSU Tiger Cheerleaders brought home nine awards from the College Spirit Camp that took place this summer in San Marcos, Texas. In addition to receiving the Game Day Award and all superior ratings, awards were also given in the areas of leadership, fight song and sidelines.

A Man for All Seasons Sophomore Timothy Broadus III was recently featured in Black Enterprise Magazine as part of the TSU 85th Anniversary campaign. In addition to majoring in finance, Broadus is also civic-minded. As an active member of the Collegiate Chapter of 100 Black Men, he is spearheading the chapter’s community garden program, scheduled for spring 2013. Timothy Broadus III, campus activist

Ya Fatou Njie-Mbye, Ph.D., in her lab.

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.

LONDON CALLING: Undergraduate

English major Eric Reyes was one of a select few who participated in the University of Pennsylvania’s Summer Abroad Program in London from June to July 2012. While abroad, Reyes studied the works of George Orwell and Jane Austen.

ARTISTIC MERIT: Art major Rita Reyes

received a $1,500 scholarship to study at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Reyes’ award was made possible by the Houston Alumni Club of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women, Inc.

TO OUR HEALTH: The Accreditation

Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics has voted to continue full accreditation for the TSU program in Dietetics. Accreditation will continue through September 2013.

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Donor Honor Roll Many thanks to all who have contributed to Texas Southern University between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012. $1,000,000 AND ABOVE Jamail & Kolius $500,000 to $999,999 COMCAST Houston Endowment, Inc. $250,000 to $499,999 Microsoft $100,000 to $249,999 CAMAC International Corporation The Brown Foundation, Inc. $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 $5,000 to $9,999 Alcorn, Daisy American Urban Radio Networks Anderson, Ricky A-Rocket Moving & Storage Bosarge, M. T. Citgo Petroleum Corporation Crawford & Hattie Jackson Foundation Da Camera GTECH Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. JP Morgan Chase Bank Knox, James T. Marine Insurance Seminars, Inc. National Oilwell Varco Pearson Education Royalty Accounting Port of Houston Authority Schlumberger/Trustees TSU Endowment Fund Tom Joyner Foundation, Inc. United Airlines Walgreens Western Area The Links Incorporated $1,000 to $4,999 Adair, Wendy H. ALC Holdings Alexander, Ronnie Renard Alexander, Willie J. Allen, Alma A Altria Client Services Inc.


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ALW Entertainment, Inc. Angel Heart Productions, Inc. Anheuser Busch Foundation Archi*Technics/3, Inc. Architectural Floors Armstead, Prentice P. AT&T Foundation Matching Gift Program Bea-N-Me Corporation Boyd, Martin Alan BP Corporation NA, Inc. Brentwood Baptist Church Bryant, Samuel L. Bullard, Robert D. Burgess, Linda Johnson Cannon, Larry Cardinal Health Cassel, Clyde CDM Chase, Anthony R City of Connections Networking Fair Clarkson, Llayron L. Coleman, Gloria J. Constellation New Energy Cox, Betty Criner, Oscar H. Cummings, Claude Cummings, Jay Dansby, Ernestine W. Denning, Ikie Douglas, James Matthew DuMood, James Easter, Latanya Allen EFH Corporate Services Company Exxon Mobil Foundation Matching Gift Programs Fain, Constance FEI Scholarship Foundation Flowers, Joseph K. Floyd, Willie Grant Ford, Deneen Foy, Charles E. Frazier, Marisa Garner, Zenobia Garvin, Vincent Lopez Gobert, Mario S. Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church Groovey, Kenneth Ray Hayes, Barbara Elaine Helfman, Alan Hill, James E. Hiller, Marian Hobby Family Foundation Holland, James E. Holland, Richard Holley, Dannye Holman Street Baptist Church

Houston TSCPA Foundation Hurd Jr., Melvin Jackson, Craig James, Anna Taylor Jerusalem Baptist Church Johns Hopkins University Johnson, Luckett Jordan Grove M.B.C. Jordan-Haller, Florence Hall King, Barbara Lewis Lawal, E. Lee, Herbert S. Luedicke, Anthony L. Marion Montgomery, Inc. Mbanya, Herve Gilles Ngassa McClelland, Charles F. McShan, Jim Meloncon, Thomas Miller, Steven L. Mitchell, Sheri Newman, Janis Peachez, Inc. Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ Prosperity Bank Quattro-M Firm, Inc. Rasmus, James Robinson, Marchris G. Rodgers, Mederick S. Ronald E. Reynolds & Associates Rose, Marilyn Rudley, John & Docia Salwen, Richard E. Sam Houston Race Park, Ltd. Sample, Yolanda Saunders, William T. Schlumberger Technology Corp. Simmons, Bertrand L Smith, Graham & Co. Investment Advisors, L.P. Smith, Prudence Nicole Spearman, DcCarlous St. Johns U.M.C. St. Luke Baptist Church St. Mary/ Purification C.C. State Farm Companies Stroud, Margaret Sungard Higher Education Managed Services Inc. Taylor, Ernestine Thrash Terry, Trasetta L. Tex Us Too, INC The Bonner Law Firm The Hobby Center Foundation The San Diego Foundation The Wunderbar TMSL CLE Program Tyler, Art U-WIN Charitable Org. Varnett Public School

Wade, Ka-Ron Y Ward, James W. Ward, Kenneth Watkins, Ulysses W. Weston, Eunice Guy Wilcox Pharmacy Wilson, Derrick Windsor Village United Methodist Church Woodard, Carolyn M. Yu, Lei $500 to $999 3919 Scott Street, Inc. Aboagye, Debra Adams, Wanda Anthony, Wilfred D. Antioch M.B.C. of Christ Arnold, Reginald AT&T Services, Inc. Baber, Jimmy Bail, Ashok Bell, Della Bell, James Bellard, Tabatha Bellavista Missionary B.C. Berryhill, Michael Bilton, Dwayne Booker, Gusta Bouldin, Morgan Bourgois, Patricia Bozeman, Max Braxton, Donna Brokers Glass Houston Broussard Endowment Brown, Conrell Brown-Guillory, Elizabeth Buck Street Memorial Burney, Zinetta A. Clear Lake United M.C. Cline, Nell Sadler Coleman, Dee Cooper, Jackie Cummings, Jerry R Cusic, Dessiray W. C-Wind, LLC Davis, Cora B. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Houston Alumnae Chapter Denning, Ikie Dillard, Aaron Leon Easter, Tanya Allen Edward, Al El Paso Corporation Falls, Mark S. First Unitarian Universalist Church Floyd, Clarence E. Forest Lawn M. B. C. Fountain of Faith Baptist Church

Foy Management Inc. Francis, Ester Francisco, Riley J. Freeman, Alan Frenchy’s Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Gardiner, William A. Goldsberry, Ryan Green, Ronald C. H. Fort Flowers Hadley, Tim Handy, Carlos Harpool, Adrian Harris, Michael Ray Harris, Micheal Watne Haynes, Elouise Theresa Henderson, Crystal Henry, Kelvin Heritage Life Center Herrington, Theophilus Hickman, Eugene Hightower, Nivana Hollins Homebuyers Enterprise LLC Houston Defender Houston Ebony Music Society, Inc. Jack & Jill of America, Inc. Houston Chapter Jackson, Desiree Jackson, Gary Jazz Education, Inc. Jejelowo, Olufisayo Johnson, Tikisha Jones, Josetta Jones, Sylvia Jones, Tiffany G. Kelley, Denise Kingwood Musical Arts Society Kinney, H. L. Ladette, Rick Lava Services, Inc Strawberry Pharmacy Lee, El Franco Lewis, Andre Lewis, Glenn O. Lewis, Tyrone A. Lilly, Pam Living Word Fellowship Locke, Gene L. Lowe, Clarice P. Maddox, Gregory H. Mayberry Homes, Inc. McClain, Dorothy McGowan, Rose Mary McKanders, Kenneth McMorris, Clyde McNeil, Sharon E. Menil Foundation, Inc. Metamorphosis Metoyer-Williams, Evelyn Miller, Steven Lawayne Milton, Shirlette A. Glover Moody, Brandon D. Moody, Warren H. Moore, Irene Mt. Ararat Baptist Church Mt. Hebron Baptist Church New Hope Community Church New Life Tabernacle COGIC Norwood, Rathers A.


Power Moves How Alumnus DeAndre Sam helps students reach their destinations DeAndre Sam ’95 believes in paying it forward. “Texas Southern is in the heart of our community and we’re grateful for the opportunity to do business with the University,” he says. “It only makes sense to support its students.” Sam’s family has contributed to TSU for over 50 years, primarily through their company, A-Rocket Relocation & Storage Service. Independently, he sponsors Corie Phillips, a senior journalism major and honors student through the President’s Leadership Scholarship (PLS). Sam’s support has not only afforded Corie the opportunity to pursue higher education, it has also given her a greater sense of motivation. “Knowing that someone is willing to invest in my potential means the world to me,” she says. “I feel challenged to demonstrate a higher standard of academic achievement.” Sam’s family business, of which

he is now the second-generation owner, began doing business with the University in the 1960s. Their experience with TSU began with moving the Thurgood Marshall School of Law from Hannah Hall to its permanent building. Today, they transport equipment for the football team’s road games pro bono. Phillips is very clear about not taking the generosity of her donor for granted. She says that it is her responsibility as a PLS recipient to maintain a character of leadership and academic excellence. “I work hard towards the benefit of my university and to ensure my advisors that my scholarship was not given in vain.” These words provide an impetus for alumni like Sam to continue giving. “It’s all about reciprocating,” he says. “When one is given an opportunity, I think it’s only right to give back.”

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GIVING BACK Ohia, Sunny E. Oji, Catherine O. Olowokere, David Onwudiwe, DeClan Osondu, Chinwe Ebere Palmer, Jerry Peet Wilson, Gwen Performing and Visual Arts Workshop Pickens, Eva K. Pierre, James Goodwill Pitts, Tamaine Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church Power Center Pharmacy, Inc. Prescod, Paula Ruth Price, Jack Ravnell, Ella Elaine Reedy, Tony Rhodes, Eric L. Richie, Carl Stuyvesant Robins, Thurman W. Rosen, Alan M. Sapp, John Scott, Joshua Simmons, Emmily D. Smith, David L. Smith, Robin Southeast Brite Horizon Southern Dialect Music Spearman, Decarlous Y. St. James Episcopal Church St. Peter the Apostle St. Vincents House Sullivan, Willie Superior Invenstments Supervillle, Claude Susberry, H. Keith Sweeney, Michael S. Syme, David Tarver, Nathaniel Taylor, Danille Taylors of Houston Texas Women Empowerment Foundation The Fountain of Praise The Hall Law Firm The Robinson Law Group PLLC The Vivo Club, LLC Toliver, Telisa Trinity Episcopal Church Tudzin, Ellis L. U-WIN Charitable Organization Viltz, Anna Walker, Mary A. Wall, Roger Ward, Ronald G. Ware, Walter Washington, Craig A. Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church White, Alfred Williams, Douglas L. Wilson, Bobby Wilson, Charles Lawerence Windsor Village United Methodist Church Wright, Wanda Wright-Peavy Holdings LLC


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$250 to $499 Adams, Leroy Alam, Mohamed Shafiqul Anketell, Dilip Atkins, Debra L. Austin, Darryl Austin, Joan Bailey, Chauncey O. Bailey, Lorenzo Bailey, Rodney E. Baker, David Banks, Sheldon Batiste-Roberts, Gloria Beard, James W. Bell, Regina Bell, Tomaro Bennett, Donna F. Blueridge Baptist Church Brady, Jesse Curtis Brandon, Deborah K. Broussard, Paul Bynam, Susan M. C.A.T.C.H Foundation Cambrice, Christine Carr, Edward M Cartwright, Martina Chatman, Melva & Beatrice Christian Way Church Cochran, Connie Communication Workers of America Coverson, Ronald D. Cox, James E. Croffitt, Douglas N. Curtis-Jones, Tammye Shyleen CWJ Choices with Jeanette Davis, Edward A. Deason, Charlsetta C. Denman, Earnest Dickens, Brian Dinky Drum Company Dugas, Gerald Edwards, Joan Ekwere, Obot Ellis, Doris Ellis, Jacquelyn J. Ellis, Rodney Enola Investments LLC Eskew, Blake Evans-Smith, Annette Eves, Elizabeth Fadulu, Sunday Ojr Flanagan, Tyler J. Forest, Earnestine Fuller, Charles F. Gardner, Jerry Gates, Charlotte Gathe, Marion Grant, Willie Doyce Gray, Renee Green, Rita K. Greer, Fritz J. Gross, George W. Gueye, Mouhamed Handy, Maribel Harvey, Tony B. Hawkins, Ralph E. Henderson, Glenn Henry, Charles

Hixon, Eric Shogans and Middleton Computer Services Hubbard Jr, Edward George Hubbard, Raymond D. Hughes, Deandrea L. Hughey, Andrew C. ICS Trading Company Jackson, Barbara Jackson, Erica Jackson, Jacquelyn James, Andrew B. James, Bonnie L. James, Marvella J. Jenkins, Willie Frank Johns, Mary K. Johnson, Calvin Johnson, Carita Johnson, Roger Johnson, Shelby Johnson, Thelma Jones, Franklin D. Jones, Micheal Jones, Stanley Jordan, Constance Jordan, Martha Kaesermann, Ronald Kamau, Obidike KBW Enerprises King, Renita KKM Enterprises, LLC Krause, Keith W. Lakes, Lestine Lancaster, James Law Dental Laboratory Law Offices Of Gary L. Bledsoe Lazard, Pamela A. Lee, Ollie Dean Fleming Leonard, Golda Anne Lewis, Carol A. Lewis, Ramos O. Lloyd, Lowe Mackey, Beatrice K. Madueke, Dominic O. Magnolia Events Group LLC Maroon & Grey Club Marsaw, Troy L. Matthews, Charles Mc Cowan, Curtistene S. McLemore-Reed, Shenettra Medical Plaza Pharmacy Minnis, Herschel C. Mouton, Jeffrey Mouton, Virgie L. Mt. Ararat Baptist Church Nelson, Robert S. Nwachukwu, Christian Okoye, Austin O. Oliver, Carolyne B. Oliver, Jeanette Overstreet, Morris Parker-Thompson, Charla F. Payne Chapel AME Church Penn, Tracy S. Peodkulski, Daniel E. Phillips, Arlene F. Pine, Belinda Player, Audrey N. Porter, Ronnie Pouncey, Alonzo

Presley, Craig Price, Byron E. Prince, Mary Protectors Insurance & Financial Services Queen, Freddy C. Red Cat Jazz CafĂŠ LLC Reed, Quinnelle C. Regis, Humphrey A. Robinson, Carroll G. Robinson, Chrystal A. Robinson, Frank Robinson, Johnny Roby, Will M. Ruffin, Beverly Ryland, Ed Samuels, Sherry Saydam, Azima S. Seals, Andre R. Shanks, Gerald V. Shelton, Geraldean G. Shelton, Von H. Showers Of Blessings Simmons, Portia Simpson, Mary L. Smith, Jonathan Smith, Leddie E. Snowden, LaRence Southeast Brite Horizons Medical Center Sparks, Shelton Spellman, Tracy Spencer, Al Spencer, Dolly Square, Helen Square, Marilynn C. Stennett, Chris Stephens, McCuller C. Stewart, Carrington H. Stewart, Kevin Sundaresan, Alamelu The Production Group LLC The Refreshing Church Thomas, Robert Thomas, Robert Earl Thornton, Roy E. THR Enterprises, Inc. Turner, Carl University Museum Volunteer Circle Waddell, Lamont Walker, Doris S. Waltrip Ram Band Booster Club Warren, Robert James West, Carla Wheeler, Jess White, Brian K. Wilder, Paula Wiley, Marcus D. Wilkins, Odell Williams, Jonny Williams, Michael Williams, Reginald Wilson Sr, James H. Wilson, Gwen Peet Women Resource Center, Inc. XI Alpha Omega Chapter/AKA Yakubu, Momoh Zucha, Jason A. Zuniga, Celinda

To all who have given to the 2012 Annual Fund,


We appreciate all gifts from our generous donors. Your giving makes a difference in the lives of our students. Also, support from our alumni helps to boost Texas Southern University’s national recognition because it shows that our graduates love their alma mater. This year we celebrate Texas Southern University’s 85th anniversary, which makes this the perfect time to make a donation and become an important part of building our 85-year legacy. Take this opportunity and make your gift online at, or complete the gift form below and send it with your gift. (Checks can be made payable to: Texas Southern University Foundation) 3100 Cleburne Street Hannah Hall 206, Office of Development Houston, Texas 77004.



2012 2013 ANNUAL FUND Building Our Legacy, One Gift at a Time

YES, I want to help Texas Southern University raise critical funds for the University’s Scholarship Program. Please accept my tax-deductible gift in the amount of:

Gift Amount

 $2,500 President’s Leadership Scholarship

+Alumni Membership $50 Yes No

 $1,000

 $500

 $250

 $185

 $85

 Other _______

Please credit my gift to:  Athletics  College/School _________________________  Greatest Need of the University  Alumni Relations Programing

 General University Scholarships  Mural Preservation

Name: (Please print) ___________________________________________Email: __________________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________________________City: _____________________________________ State: ______________Employer: ____________________________ Zip: _______________Phone: _________________________  My employer will match my gift (Please refer to for details).  Enclosed is a check for my gift. (Make check payable to Texas Southern University)  Mastercard  Visa  AmEx

Card No._________________________________________________Exp. Date_____________

Signature: ______________________________________Date: _________________________ I am an Alumnus:  Yes  No


Year: ____________Major: ________________________________________



+ Lifetime Membership $455 Yes No Total Amount $___________

THANK YOU Fall 2012 for YOUR GIFT!

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FALL 2012

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2012 HOMECOMING GAME TSU vs. Arkansas Pine-Bluff BBVA Compass Stadium 2:00 p.m.

Homecoming Parade 10 a.m. Tailgating & Vending at Lot C BBVA Stadium and on TSU Campus-Lot S1

SAT., NOV. 3

85th Anniversary President’s Gala Westin Galleria 6 p.m.

Homecoming Festival Student Center (rear) 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Open House Various Colleges/ Schools 9 a.m. - until

FRI., NOV. 2

Alumni Mixer and TSUNAA Chapter Awards Ceremony Westin Galleria 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.

11th Annual TSU Tiger Paw Classic Sienna Plantation Golf Course Shotgun - 8 a.m.



FRI., OCT. 26

Miss TSU Ceremonial Presentation & Ball Sawyer Auditorium, 7 p.m.

SAT., OCT. 27 Tigerlympics & Vendor Fair Rec & Tiger Walk 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

TSU vs. Grambling BBVA Stadium 4 p.m. Gospel Explosion H & P.E. Arena 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

MON., OCT. 28 Kick-Off Pep Rally Sterling Student Life Center 12 noon - 2 p.m.

Secret Party Tiger Room 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

TUES., OCT. 30 Legends & Leaders Basketball Game (venue TBA) 7 p.m.

WED., OCT. 31

Game Night Mixer Student Center 2nd floor 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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