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INSIDE t h e m a g a z ine o f t e x a s s o u t h e r n u ni v e r si t y

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How one couple’s commitment to TSU created a tradition




Texas Southern University 3100 Cleburne Street Houston, TX 77004 Vice President for University Advancement Wendy Adair Director of Alumni Relations Connie L. Cochran Director of Marketing Greg Holland Director of Communications Eva Pickens Director of Development Carolyne Oliver Managing Editor Meera Bowman-Johnson Designer Haven Barnes Photographers Earlie Hudnall Writers Meera Bowman-Johnson Kendrick Callis Connie L. Cochran Greg Holland Carolyne Oliver Eva Pickens Aswad Walker Copy Editors Tilicia Johnson Toni Morales Darcia M. Williams

President’s Message There is a Chinese proverb that states, “The gods cannot help those who do not seize opportunities.” The commemoration of our 85th anniversary as an institution of higher learning has afforded Texas Southern University new opportunities to seize, such as welcoming the prestigious Confucius Institute to our campus in order to continue our longstanding tradition of making an impact at home and abroad. Our students, staff, faculty and alumni continue to break down barriers while building new facilities and initiating programs that attest to the strength and spirit of Texas Southern. From the Our Story project, which will afford us the opportunity to share the unique story of TSU, to the opening of BBVA Compass Stadium—the new home of Tiger Football—we welcome the many opportunities to advance toward becoming the leading urban serving institution in the country. And as the TSU community members welcome the new projects and traditions, we recognize the contributions of those such as Walter Prevost and his wife, Leona, who have selflessly given to TSU through scholarships over the years. At nearly 85 years young, Mr. Prevost is the same age as our university. We also remember the groundbreaking work of architect John Chase, whose vision helped to shape our campus. We honor those Tigers whose hard work and dedication paved the way for TSU to celebrate its 85th anniversary. We open the doors of opportunity through which future TSU Legends and Leaders will proudly walk.

Dr. John M. Rudley


New exhibit showcases 85 years of TSU history To commemorate the 85th anniversary of the school’s founding, Texas Southern University has embarked on an ambitious journey — The Our Story Museum Exhibit. From TSU Founders Day on September 14, 2012 through November 2012, the exhibit will showcase pioneers and moments of TSU history with an exciting display of artifacts, photos, documents and video and audio recordings at the University Museum. All alumni are invited to take part in the project by donating or loaning TSU memorabilia such as: photos, sports uniforms, memorabilia and trophies, Ocean of Soul clothing and videos, photographs of TSU presidents, alumni, or campus events, Miss TSU crowns and/or sashes, yearbooks and/or TSU items that pre-date 1947. For more information about the museum exhibit or to participate, please contact the Earl Carl Institute at 713-313-1139 or Luckett Johnson at 713-313-1347.

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Next Year is Here!

Purchase Your Season Tickets Now All die hard Texas Southern University Tiger sports fans: the time is now. Show your support for Tiger Athletics by purchasing your 2012 football or 2012-2013 all-sport season passes today and let’s fill TSU’s new BBVA Compass Stadium to capacity with maroon and gray. Premium seating, VIP club seating, group tickets and reserved parking permits are on sale now. Season ticket packages range from the $480 All-Sports Package A, which includes passes to home football and basketball games, VIP parking, TSU Relays, private VIP West entrance, VIP club lounge, a game day magazine, a membership card and an exclusive opening day souvenir gift. The $80 Football Package B consists of football tickets and a membership card. More packages and individual game tickets will go on sale after Aug. 1. To make purchasing tickets easier, TSU Athletics has converted to a new electronic system that will let season ticket holders maintain accounts on a yearly basis and individual tickets can be purchased online.


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“With this computerized system we are moving into the 21st century and taking our ticket sales to a whole new level,” said Stefann Robinson, director of marketing and promotion. “Our goal is to make the process of buying game day tickets as easy and convenient as possible for our fans,” he added. The inaugural game at the 22,000 seat state-of-the-art stadium is scheduled for Sept. 15, TSU vs Jackson State. Other home dates are Sept. 22 against Alabama A&M, Sept. 27 against Sam Houston State, Oct. 27 against Grambling State, Nov. 3 against Arkansas Pine Bluff (Homecoming); and Nov. 17 the Tigers take on Mississippi Valley State. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the TSU Athletic Department. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information about the 2012 TSU football season at the new stadium, please call 713-313-4355 or email us at

Alumni Survey Shows Support Texas Southern University alumni are an amazingly proud group. They have fond memories of their time as students and few regrets about their decision to attend TSU. They visit campus, attend sports and alumni events, and volunteer for their alma mater more often than many of their counterparts across the country. These are just a few findings from the 2011 Alumni Attitude Study, a project conducted last July by the Houston-based research firm Performance Enhancement Group and spearheaded by TSU’s Office of Alumni Relations. More than 1,100 TSU alumni participated, following in the footsteps of more than 500,000 alumni from 160 colleges and universities who have taken the survey since 2000. It was primarily distributed via email to 27,000 TSU alumni. And while our graduates were overwhelmingly proud of their alma mater, the majority had never made a financial contribution to TSU. The good news is that more than 80% of those who had never given stated that they planned to do so in the future. National Alumni Association members were more satisfied with their alumni experience than non-mem-

bers. Some areas alumni identified for improvement were communication related: the University website, magazine, communications regarding services and benefits, and invitations to alumni and University activities. “We are currently redesigning our website, and over the past year we have increased our efforts to distribute e-newsletters and other information to keep alumni informed,” says Alumni Director Connie Cochran. “Our goal is to continue to provide timely information on a consistent basis.” More than 80 percent of alumni have a positive overall opinion of Texas Southern. And according to the survey, those opinions are most impacted by the University’s ability to provide scholarships, the accomplishments of students and the perceived value of their degree. They also expressed a desire for support in identifying job opportunities, mentoring, recruiting students, and networking with other alumni. Cochran says great strides have been made recently to address those issues. “More than ever before, our alumni chapter members are taking an active role in helping to recruit quality students. Alumni are participating in freshmen orientation, pre-alumni group events, and networking events with other alumni from universities in the area.”

A New Chapter for New Orleans On Saturday, May 5, the TSUNAA chartered a new chapter in New Orleans. TSUNAA President Julia Askew, ’81, ’85, conducted the swearing in of new officers. Executive Director of Alumni Relations Connie Cochran, ’90, welcomed the charter members with gift bags and gave updates on what’s currently happening at TSU. The goal of the current TSUNAA administration is to work diligently to increase alumni membership and participation; improve chapter effectiveness, and promote community service involvement. “The New Orleans Chapter is vital to the success of TSUNAA and Texas Southern University,” Askew stated, “We look forward to working alongside them to build our alumni base in the greater New Orleans area.” For more information about the TSUNAA New Orleans Chapter, please contact Elwin Carter, president, at

New Orleans Chapter charter members (left - right): Jack Holmes, Don Thanars, TSU Director of Alumni Relations Connie Cochran, Elwin Carter, Paul Sylvester Jr., Ali Abdin Jr., Josie White, Michael Mosley, TSUNAA National President Julia Askew, and Oliver Celestin.

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Al u m ni News Leading By Example

Alumni Making a Difference through Recruitment As told to Inside TSU Now by Pam Allen-Collins, ’89

One of the greatest compliments a person can give to his or her alma mater is to send their children there. I attended the May 2012 commencement at the invitation of Latricia London, a former grammar school student of mine. I literally fell in love with Latricia’s spirit while serving as her 7th and 8th grade Language Arts teacher in Chicago eight years ago. She, along with her fellow 8th grade classmates, were all assigned a final research project on HBCUs. As an HBCU graduate, I make sure that all of my students know the advantages of attending an institution designed expressly for them. Although I was her teacher, Latricia is more like a daughter to me now. Over the years, our lives have paralleled in several ways: we grew up in the same south side townhome community, graduated from the same elementary school (where I later returned to teach) and now we share membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Gamma Psi Chapter (TSU) in which we both served as president. I’m so proud that Latricia experienced TSU in its present splendor, thanks to its current president Dr.


TSU alumae Latricia London, ’12 and Pam Allen-Collins, ’89

John M. Rudley. Under his leadership, TSU is now receiving the credit it deserves. I’m grateful to so many of my well respected friends and classmates who are now on staff there, helping students and alumni: Director of Alumni Relations Connie L. Cochran; recruiters Brian Armstrong, Allyson Guidry and Paul Ledé; Campus Police Lt. Deneen Ford; Advisor to Miss TSU Melanie Patrong; and Scholarship Director Jeanette Oliver. They have always been a phone call away. And as busy as Dr. Rudley may be, he’s only been an email away. Latricia is all grown up now, but I’m still amazed at how the cute little girl in knee high socks followed in my footsteps and beat all odds to accomplish her goals. In light of the 85th anniversary of Texas Southern, let us, as alumni, reach out to the young minds close to us and give them a chance to discover what TSU can do for them.

San Antonio

Alumni Chapters Show Support

Los Angeles Alumni Chapter: St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church was the venue for the Los Angeles TSUNAA chapter’s celebration of the 85th anniversary of TSU and the welcoming of the National Alumni Association President Julia Askew and TSU Director of Alumni Relations Connie L. Cochran. Chapter president Joyce Norfleet sang


the alma mater and served an 85th anniversary cake to guests. San Antonio Alumni Chapter: More than 200 guests attended the 8th Annual Scholarship Luncheon at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel on Mar. 17. A check for $5,000 was presented to TSU. Dallas Alumni Chapter: The Dallas TSUNAA Chapter held its 11th Annual Scholarship Luncheon on June 3 at the new Omni Hotel located next to the Dallas Convention Center. More than 150 guests attended. Inside TSU Now


Dallas TSUNAA, shown left - right, above: TSU President Dr. John M. Rudley, TSU Regent Curtistene McGowan, Ms. Texas Ethel Curtis, Dallas Chapter President Bernard Clark, TSU Director of Alumni Relations Connie L. Cochran, and TSUNAA National President Julia Askew.


Julia Askew, ’81, ’85 Julia Mills Askew, the new Texas Southern University National Alumni Association (TSUNAA) president, is excited about using her leadership and experience to move the TSUNAA forward. Currently an assistant principal in the Aldine Independent School District, Askew brings 31 years of professional Julia Askew leadership to the alumni organization. With a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education and Master of Science in Physical Education from TSU, this alumna knows why the TSUNAA is so important. Here, she shares her goals: ITSUN: What inspired you to run for the TSUNAA presidency? Julia Askew: I ran for president because I love my alma mater. I wanted an opportunity to build and strengthen the TSUNAA. ITSUN: What are your top three goals for TSUNAA? Askew: I would like to help increase alumni membership, alumni participation, and chapter effectiveness. ITSUN: What are the benefits of joining TSUNAA? Askew: Athletic, social, and networking events and opportunities; discounted home and auto insurance through Liberty Mutual; discounts at the TSU bookstore and with other vendors, not to mention event invitations and career resources. Also, it gives all alumni the chance to give back. ITSUN: What are the TSUNAA’s most daunting challenges and greatest opportunities? Askew: One challenge is getting alumni to become more involved in giving back financially to TSU and the Association. We have the power and opportunity to let others know what our motto, “Excellence in Achievement,” at Texas Southern really means. ITSUN: How has TSU impacted your life and career success? Askew: If it hadn’t been for TSU I wouldn’t be where I am today. It prepared me with the survival skills and work ethic needed to be competitive and successful in life, as well as for my professional career in education, as a teacher, coach, and administrator. ITSUN: What aspect of TSU do you think is most under-valued and how do you plan to bring that to light? Askew: The recognition of the excellent education TSU provides and the credit it deserves for the successful graduates it has produced that are in key positions in society. With every opportunity we have as an alumni association, along with Connie Cochran, director of alumni relations, we will showcase TSU and our students’ excellence. For more information on how you can become a member of the National Alumni Association, visit

alumni notes TSU Graduate Earns Education Award

Alumnus Anthony Ford Hayes is the recipient of Pearland Independent School District’s 2011-2012 Above and Beyond Education Practitioner Award. Hayes, a native Anthony Ford of Wharton, Texas, received with local ne Hayes ws an his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Melanie Lawson chor Instruction in Science Education in 2011.


Alumnus and former TSU associate professor of political science Byron Price has been appointed dean of the School of Business at Medgar Evers College, effective July 31, 2012. As dean, Price will help Byron Price complete the school’s re-accreditation process and further strengthen its role as a center for business and economic discourse.

Through his lens The work of TSU veteran campus photographer and alumnus Earlie Hudnall, Jr. will be shown at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Eight of his photographs are included in “African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond” on view through September 3, 2012.

Earlie Hudnall, Jr.

Ready for takeoff Jose Doblado was recently named airport manager for the Liberty Municipal Airport in Liberty, Texas. He will oversee a major improvement plan that includes Jose Doblado significant runway expansions and facility upgrades. Doblado graduated magna cum laude from TSU in 2011 with a B.S. in Aviation Management.

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Mock Trial Team with Dean Dannye Holley and Coaches Jerry Galow, Letitia Quinones, and Mr. & Mrs. Ed Sullivan

Stand and Deliver Congratulations to the Thurgood Marshall School of Law Mock Trial Team! After competing across the country in various tournaments, they received the following accolades:


Placed second in the Atlanta White Collar Crime Competition, losing only to hometown team Emory. (This competition is considered the fourth toughest in the country!)


Placed third out of 44 teams in the new South Texas Challenge. John Paul Cedillo, a second year law student, received the award for second best advocate.

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Advanced for the first time in history in the Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition and the American Association for Justice tournament. Both competitions are among the best in the country.

Won the Black Law Student Association’s regional competition for the second year in a row.

She’s Your

Queen to Be...


Nine young ladies vied for the title of Miss TSU 20122013 in “Watch Me Do Me” on April 27th in TSU’s Sawyer Auditorium. Contestants were judged on their talent, evening gown, and swimsuit categories. The winners will be crowned during Homecoming 2012. Pictured from left to right: first runner-up Sierra Randolph-Williams, a broadcast journalism major from Raleigh, North Carolina; Miss TSU Olivia Turner, a mathematics major from Perris, California; and second runner-up Deanna Bordelon, a biology major from Missouri City, Texas.

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Jylise Smith, TSU class of 2012, arranged for more than 100 students to participate in a Houston rally for President Barack Obama held on March 9, 2012. As a result of her hard work and student leadership, she had the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the president before he addressed the crowd (and gave a big shout out to TSU!). Here’s a summary of the experience, in her own words: An Obama Staff worker held up a card with my name on it. It was my turn to be photographed with the president. Nervously, I approached him. “It’s so nice to meet you Ms. Smith,” he smiled. “Not as nice as it is to meet you Mr. President!” I replied, trying to ignore the secret service staff that seemed to get a chuckle out of my excitement. After posing for the camera, I told him I was president of the TSU chapter of the NAACP, and how much of a pleasure it was to be in his presence at that moment. He told me that I did a great job, that he was proud. “Keep up the good work Ms. Smith.” Regaining composure, I smiled before going downstairs to hear his speech. “Thank you, Mr. President. I plan to.”

athletics notes

From left to right: Shartajeye Wright, Olivia Turner, John M. Rudley and mascots at grand opening. There’s no place like home! The new BBVA Compass Stadium is officially the home of Tiger Football. To celebrate, a grand opening was held on May 9th, when the new stadium opened its doors to TSU students, alumni, faculty and staff in celebration. Tiger Football also has a new coach: Darrell

Asberry, who comes from Shaw University to lead the TSU football team. “I gave Shaw the best years I had,” the winning coach and

E.M.P.A. Students Visit Ghana

former quarterback said.

Students of the Executive Master’s of Public Administration program recently participated in a two-week intensive study abroad program in Ghana, West Africa. While there, they explored issues of sustainability, e-governance, ethics, international development and the role public administration plays in improving public leadership. They also had the opportunity to visit the historic Elmina Slave Castle in Cape Coast, where thousands of West Africans were held before their exportation to the Americas and the Carribean.

where my best years are yet

“Now I’m home at TSU

Darrell Asberry

to come.” The TSU men’s track team won the 4x400 meter relay in the 2012

SWAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship. They had one first place, two second place and five third place finishes in all. The team will also participate in the U.S.A. Olympic Trials this summer

Cynthia Cooper-Dyke

in Eugene, Oregon. The Lady Tigers Basketball team has a new basketball coach: Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, a seasoned college coach who helped Southern California win back-to-back NCAA championships in 1983 and ‘84. She also helped the United States win

michael eric dyson addresses sga The TSU SGA recently awarded ten $1,000 scholarships at their annual Scholarship Gala. MSNBC political analyst, author, and professor Michael Eric Dyson (pictured above with TSU President Shekira Dennis) was keynote speaker for the evening.

the gold medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea. Here in Houston, she guided the Houston Comets to four WNBA championships, leading the league in scoring three times.

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WithLove To TSU

How one man’s vision became a yearly tradition that helped Texas Southern stay strong. Some retirees are passionate about classic cars or boats. Others take up hobbies like wine tasting or stamp collecting. But Walter Prevost, our cover model, is passionate about education — and making sure students have access to it. Could it have something to do with the fact that he and Texas Southern University met the world the same year, 1927? Possibly. Prevost will turn 85 this October. “It’s not hard to love education after what it has done for my family and me,” Prevost explains. All four of his daughters received college educations; three of them — Lorna, Cathy and Tina — graduated from Texas Southern University. The daughters of Walter and Leona Prevost are passionate about education as well, as evidenced not only by their credentials, but also their chosen fields. Lorna Prevost Patterson and Tina Prevost Thompson both received degrees in education from TSU. Thompson works for HISD as the administrator of Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) program and Patterson is associate director of Children’s Education at Windsor Village United Methodist Church. Cathy Prevost


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Jones, who also received a degree in education as well as a Master’s Degree in Mid-Management from TSU worked for 33 years in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. She is now a retired elementary school principal. And even though she graduated from Texas Woman’s University, daughter Gwen Prevost Cherry, an occupational therapist, is an honorary member of the Diamond Club who has supported the University and her father’s endeavors since day one.

“It’s not hard to love education after what it has done for my family and me.” -Walter Prevost Several years ago, Prevost decided to do something to give back to the community and to the school that gave his family so much. His dream: a circle of friends who would raise money for student scholarships. So he assembled a team of close friends, family members, and business owners to roll up their sleeves and

go to work. With that, the Diamond Club was born. Here’s how the club’s plan worked — almost like clockwork: Prevost and friends hosted three events a year – at the same time each year, the same place each year, and following the same format so that donors would easily remember the dates, times, locations (and most importantly their checkbooks). The Diamond Club’s season always began with a Palm Sunday Breakfast at the Quail Valley Country Club. After dining on a great southern breakfast, Eva Pickens would call the program to order beginning with an invocation, which was performed mainly by Reverend Kirbyjon Caldwell; the occasion, most of the time by Mr. Dave Moss, then president of the Black McDonald’s Operators Association; or Ron Jenkins, Halbert Bearden or Tammy Campbell. The program would continue with a keynote address by a prominent Houstonian or TSU graduate, perhaps Milton Carroll, Senator Rodney Ellis or the president of the University, Leonard Spearman, James Douglas, or William Harris who were all loyal supporters.

Dr. Barbara Hayes, chairperson of the Diamond Club Scholarship Committee, would take center stage to tell all the reasons why everyone had gathered. Simply put, they were there to award scholarship awards to up to a dozen deserving students. Guests dined leisurely and listened as former recipients of the scholarships gave testimony about how the funds helped them. They also heard from new recipients about how they were going to utilize the funds. Members admitted that hearing from the students was the best part of the program. “This makes us want to do more,” they’d often say.

The next event was a “Tee Off Scholarships,” golf tournament. Again — same time, same place — same four-man scramble with the ability to purchase mulligans. This event drew more than 144 golfers. They didn’t care what their scores were. They just cared about having fun while raising money for scholarships and student support programs. The Diamond Club closed out the year with plenty of fanfare. At their annual gala, members were seen in a different light: the men in black tie and women with long flowing gowns, sparkling sequins and elegantly styled updos.

Prevost was always proud that each event went off without a hitch. Maybe a hiccup every now and then, but nonetheless, they were successful. He attributes part of the success to the “Prevost Girls,” as his daughters were often called. Present at every function, they often went above and beyond to help The Diamond Club, pitching in wherever needed. “They didn’t miss an event,” he shares. With so many administrative changes occurring over the years at the University, the club’s events have tapered a bit. “The program has gone into a hiatus of sorts,” Prevost admits. But the awards given and memories made at the annual breakfasts, golf tournaments, and galas were not in vain. Through the years, the Diamond Club has raised more than $270,000 in scholarships, helping 208 students continue their education at TSU. And a few months ago, Prevost, accompanied by wife, Leona, visited with TSU’s President John Rudley to create another milestone memory. The couple presented a check in the amount of $100,000 to establish an endowment fund at the University. “This is a first step in ensuring the Diamond Club legacy continues as scholarships will be awarded in perpetuity,” Prevost stated. Upon accepting the gift, Rudley noted the impact that The Diamond Club has on the University, especially as they register more bright minds and additional talented faculty. “Funds like these make all the difference.” Rudley stated. “What a wonderful world this would be if there were more individuals like the Prevosts and members of the Diamond Club in it.”

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Campus News By Design:

Remembering John S. Chase Equal parts legend and leader, John S. Chase blazed trails without looking back. The late architect, power broker, and TSU professor of architectural drafting was a maverick in more ways than one. A Maryland-born graduate of Hampton University, Chase was the first African American student to enroll at the University of Texas in 1950. After receiving his degree in architecture, he became Texas’ first licensed black architect. He was also the first African American admitted to the Texas Society of Architects and the American Institute of Architects, Houston chapter. Inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Chase

designed numerous buildings locally and beyond, such as the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia and the George R. Brown Convention Center here in Houston. This innovation also anchors the architectural aesthetic of TSU—Chase designed the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, the Sterling Student Life Center, and the Martin Luther King Building. Chase’s many contributions to TSU also include his involvement with the University as a consistent donor. Though he is no longer with us, his many gifts have left an indelible mark on the landscape of our campus.

85th Anniversary Full of Events and Honors Texas Southern University will celebrate its 85th Anniversary this year with a number of special events this fall! On Founders Day, Friday, September 14, we’ll hold our official birthday party, where we’ll unveil the new history book, Our Story, and feature a new documentary on the history of TSU. The next day is the Tiger football opening game in our new BBVA Compass stadium with a kickoff concert and more fun. Then, Homecoming Weekend, November 1-3, we’ll begin the festivities at the Tiger Paw Classic golf tournament at Sienna Country Club, followed that evening with an alumni reception at the Westin Galleria host hotel. Friday, November 2 promises college events and the 85th Anniversary President’s Honors Gala, where we will honor an alumnus(a) from each college. Co-Chairs for this extraordinary event are alumni Harry E. Johnson, Sr., CEO of the MLK, Jr. Memorial Foundation; Sylvia Garcia, former County Commissioner; and Houston philanthropist Curry Glassell. Some of our honorees include Dr. Carrol Thomas, Superintendent of the Beaumont ISD (recognized as one of the top five Independent School Districts in the country), representing the College of Education; Rocky Williform, CEO of Hip-Hop Blog (one of the top new media entrepreneurs) representing the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs; Kermit Crawford, president of Walgreens Pharmacies, representing the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; and Dr. Bettie Jean Graham, NIH Program Director, representing the College of Science and Technology. Please mark the dates of these events on your calendars now and plan to join us. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 713-313-1363 or visit the 85th Anniversary website at


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Attorney Joe Jamail, President John Rudley, and Dean of Thurgood Marshall School of Law Dannye Holley.

Joe Jamail Donates Law Library to TMSL Students in the Thurgood Marshall School of Law (TMSL) will soon benefit from the law library of Houston attorney Joe Jamail. Jamail recently donated a collection that includes more than 1,000 volumes, valued at approximately $3 million. Upon accepting the library, President Rudley mentioned how Jamail’s generosity helps not only TMSL, but the country, as well. “This gift will go far in helping to expand the diversity of the legal profession,” he said, “in Texas and the nation.”

Taking the Stage

Arts Programs on Campus and a Renovated Fifth Ward Theater Offer Cultural Rewards On Monday, June 4, TSU helped kick-off the Houston run of FELA! the Broadway musical. The all-day event on campus was part of a new cultural arts partnership with the Society of Performing Arts Houston that brought the Alvin Ailey Dance Company to campus this past spring for a master class/ lecture and will feature the Burundi Drummers this fall. Recently, 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.

Confucius Institute at TSU By establishing the only Confucius Institute in the greater Houston area, TSU now has the opportunity to develop academic and cultural programs related to Chinese language and cultures. The Confucius Institute is a partnership between Texas Southern University and Beijing Jiaotong University, the premiere technology university in China. TSU is one of only 226 centers worldwide and one of 42 in the United States authorized through Hanban, the Chinese Language and Cultural Institute.

JHJ: We Mean Business

The collegiate 100 Established earlier this year, The Collegiate 100 Black Men and the Collegiate 100 Black Women provide personal and professional enrichment, camaraderie, and service. With the largest collegiate chapters nationwide, both groups of impressive students are gaining momentum on campus.

The Jesse H. Jones School of Business (JHJ) has maintained its business accreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. “The reaffirmation is testament to the ingenuity, team spirit, commitment, and the vibrancy of the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the school,� says Ronald Johnson, dean of the Jesse H. Jones School of Business, of the recent reaccreditation.

SCENE & heard

The College of Science and Technology recently welcomed Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Jarris Taylor. He is pictured (right) with a student in the Flight Simulation Machine.

Harry E. Johnson, Sr. was the keynote speaker and honorary degree recipient of our Spring Commencement, held on May 12.

On Arbor Day, April 25, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity planted trees on campus in honor of TSU becoming a National Tree Campus.

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Above: TSU Building and Grounds Department with Executive Director of Development Carolyne Oliver (center) and Vice President for Advancement Wendy Adair (right).

TSU Faculty and Staff Campaign

Charity Begins at Home Texas Southern University has once again distinguished itself by raising over $144,000 during its 2012 Faculty and Staff Annual Fund campaign. High points of the campaign included a 20 percent increase over last year’s total with faculty, staff participation again reaching a whopping 71 percent. TSU’s third annual campaign has continued the upward spiral, making us proud. The campaign’s theme, “Charity Begins at Home – Showing Our Strength in our 85th,” recognized the University’s upcoming 85th Anniversary, and has not only set the tone for more aggressive fundraising and participation, but will hopefully prove to be the first step in establishing other fundraising firsts. A Leadership Donors’ Reception, honoring 28 donors who made a gift of $1,000 or more in the 2011 campaign was held on February 23, prior to the kick-off of the 2012 four-week campaign. “Leadership Donors” were ceremoniously pinned with lapel pins that read, “Leadership Begins with Me.”


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The steering committee, chaired by LaRence Snowden, director of Programs, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, chose to build strategies around donors with the propensity and capacity to make gifts that would result in an increase in scholarship dollars and program support for the best and brightest TSU students. The strategy paid off handsomely. Leadership donor participation increased from 28 donors in 2011 to 53 donors for the 2012 campaign with leadership donations totalling nearly $80,000. One donor shared, “The only reason I gave to this year’s campaign is that someone took the time to personally ask me to make a gift. It makes me feel good to know I matter.” That donor made a $10,000 pledge for four years to the President’s Leadership Scholarship. With great incentive gifts, it’s no wonder overall individual giving also increased—the average gift was $179. Whether it was a first time gift or one that would be made over a pe-

riod of time, the faculty and staff at Texas Southern University continues to live up to the mantra that “Charity Begins at Home,” thus proving that it is not about equal giving, but equal sacrifice. This is the kind of sacrifice that changes lives. It also provides our students with an educational experience that not only betters their lives, but also enables them to make a difference in the world.

JEFF SHAW The TSU Office of Development welcomes Associate Director of Development Jeff Shaw. Shaw holds a B.A. in Psychology from Florida State University and an A.S. in Network Administration from Keiser University. He brings experience from Florida A&M University, where he revitalized their Annual Giving program and improved communication with alumni through email and text messaging.

To all who have given to the 2012 Annual Fund,

we thank you!



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. If you have not made a gift to this year’s campaign, please take this opportunity to do so by making your gift online at, or complete the gift form below and send it with your gift (checks can be made out to TSU) Office of Development, Hannah Hall 206, 3100 Cleburne Street, Houston, Texas 77004.


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2012 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:

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 $2,500 President’s Leadership Scholarship

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 $500

 $250

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INSIDE Summer 2012

Homecoming Game at the BBVA Compass Bank TSU/Dynamo Stadium

Homecoming Parade

November 3

President’s Honors Gala at the Westin Galleria Hotel

November 2

Tiger Paw Golf Classic Alumni Homecoming Reception

November 1

Upcoming Events August 2-4, 2012

TSUNAA Alumni Convention Sheraton Suites Hotel Houston, Texas

September 14 85th Anniversary Founder’s Day

September 15

The opening of the new BBVA Compass Bank TSU/Dynamo Stadium

Please visit for more information about these exciting upcoming events!

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Inside TSU Now, Summer 2012

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Inside TSU Now, Summer 2012