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Tiger Feature: TSU Student Trainer Interns with Titans - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

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Tiger Feature: TSU Student Trainer Interns with Titans Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 08/04/2009

Nashville, Tenn. – In the summer, students find internships to harbor professional experience relating to their major and to fulfill course requirements. Tennessee State University rising senior Ashley Albea landed an internship with the Tennessee Titans assisting their sports medicine staff. Albea was selected from a large number of applicants to aid athletic trainers during the Titans training camp. The Tennessee Titans offer limited internships and work closely with four-year accredited colleges in Tennessee. In order to qualify for an internship, an applicant must meet requirements to be considered. Courtesy: Gary Glenn/Tennessee Titans

Her duties include assisting in the daily operations while aiding in player rehabilitation and setting up the field for practices. In addition, she will tape and stretch players before workouts and monitor their water intake to prevent dehydration.

Albea is currently pursuing a bachelors in human performance and sports sciences with a concentration in athletic training and will graduate in May 2010. While receiving credit towards her course work, she believes the experience will help her in pursuit of a professional career. "The opportunity to work for an NFL team is such a potential door opener for not only the NFL but other professional sports," said Albea. "I am just blessed to have a chance to work with an NFL team. I have hopes of one day heading the athletic training department of a professional team and I can say it all started with this internship." Albea is no stranger to sports medicine, before the internship, she served as a student trainer with TSU Sports Medicine since the fall of 2005. She has worked with the Tigers' football, basketball and women's track and field programs. "During that time she has been one of my best and consistant student workers. Ashley is always eager to learn all about the athletic training profession and has worked to obtain the skills needed," commented head athletic trainer Monroe Abram. "When the Titans approached me about potential students for the internship, Ashley was at the top of my list of recommendations. I’m confident, she is poised and has all the tools needed to take on this challenge. I sure the things she will learn in this internship will be useful for her when she returns to us." After graduation, Albea plans to attend an entry-level athletic training graduate program in pursuit of a Master's degree in sports medicine and will be able to test for certification in athletic training. Her internship concludes on August 29th after traveling with the team to Cleveland, Ohio for the Titans' preseason match-up against the Browns.

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Tiger Feature: Former TSU Football Operations G.A. lands Buffalo Bills Internship - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

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Tiger Feature: Former TSU Football Operations G.A. lands Buffalo Bills Internship Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 08/09/2009

Nashville, Tenn. - Former Tennessee State University football operations graduate assistant, Brandon Williams, is spending the summer of 2009 as an operations intern with the NFL's Buffalo Bills.

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With the internship lasting only five weeks, Williams was selected from more than 150 applicants. His duties include working with the player personnel department assisting in all facets of the day-to-day operations. In addition, completing scouting projects for the V.P. of Pro Personnel, evaluating players and tracking free agencies around the league.

"I plan on taking advantage of this great opportunity by gaining all the experience I can from different areas of the Bills' organization. This internship gives me the chance to get my foot in the door to pursue a career in a team's front office,"said Williams. "If hired by a team after the conclusion of this internship, it will be a tremendous start towards my future career goals."

Brandon Williams walks with former Vanderbilt linebacker, Marcus Buggs, during the Bills' training camp.

After the completion of their first week, Shane Costa, Bills' director of player development, evaluates all interns to ensure they are performing duties effectively with minimal supervision. "Brandon's resume stood out for a couple reasons. He had football playing experience and he also had significant experience in Tennessee State's football operations office. His credentials were impressive," said Costa. "I have found Brandon to be extremely dependable and very hard working. He is often the first to volunteer for a hard job and never once complains or questions the work. He is respectful and he is well liked by his peers. He has a great future in whatever profession he ultimately chooses and I would recommend him to any organization that is interested in him." With the experience, Williams plans on working in the front office of a professional team and the office of the NFL commissioner. Williams spent the 2008 Tiger football season as the football operations graduate assistant, receiving a masters in sports administration (2008) and undergraduate degree in exercise science (2007). A former football player at TSU from 2004-2007, the Hampton, Va. native was the starting fullback and is remembered for making an unimaginable reception for a two-point conversion. Williams' score gave TSU a 31-30 overtime victory over Jackson State in the 2006 Southern Heritage Classic. Other articles on Williams TSU Fullback Savors Big Play

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Football Tiger Continues to Spark Academic Success - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

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Football Tiger Continues to Spark Academic Success Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 11/07/2008

Nashville, Tenn. – According to the federal graduation rates for scholarship student-athletes, Tennessee State University recently finished with a high of 85 percent. At TSU, athleticism and academic achievement is a great combination.

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Tiger Offensive Lineman, Charles Sparkman, currently carries a 3.92 GPA

One student-athlete who has played a part in TSU Athletics’ academic success is Charles Sparkman. Sparkman is a sophomore offensive lineman on the Tiger football team and he currently carries a 3.92 cumulative grade point average. The average includes a two-semester streak of a 4.0 GPA. Since attending TSU, he has been named to the President’s List, Dean’s List and the Athletic Director's List.

Sparkman is a communications major on schedule to graduate in May 2012. In his first academic year (2007-08), Sparkman received the Ohio Valley Conference Medal of Honor. The OVC Medal of Honor is given annually to the student-athlete(s) who achieve the highest GPA in a Conference-sponsored sport. A native of Nashville, Tenn., Sparkman attributes his equal dedication to academics and extra-curricular activities to his parents. “They raised me to do my best in everything that I do and not allow excuses to hold me back,” explained Sparkman. “I’ll do whatever it takes to be successful on and off the field, because no coach, or teacher, wants to hear why I didn’t get the job done. They just want it done.” Before his first semester at TSU, Sparkman attended the Real Sports Academy and strongly believes that it prepared him for the rigors of a student-athlete. “It’s a summer college-prep program for student-athletes. I attended the program during high school and it showed me first-hand what it would take to be a successful studentathlete,” said Sparkman. “I took in all the information I was given and I apply it every day.” On the field, Sparkman is a reserve lineman but is the designated H-back in the Tigers’ red-zone jumbo package during scoring situations. The Tigers have scored 36 times in 41 attempts (88 percent) which include 25 touchdowns when in scoring position. “He has a positive attitude and he is a great person. He is successful on and off the field. He is always in place and works hard at any position,” said Head Coach James Webster. “He does a great job going low and we have positive results when he is on the field.” After graduation, Sparkman plans on going into television as a producer or sports reporter.

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Tiger Feature: Football's Jackson Going Three and Out in Academics - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

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Tiger Feature: Football's Jackson Going Three and Out in Academics Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 05/08/2009

Nashville, Tenn. - In a 2008 release of the NCAA Graduation Success Rate Study, Tennessee State University's student-athlete graduation rate was 85 percent and listed in the top-three among colleges in Tennessee. Among the 25 student-athletes graduating on Saturday (5/8), Tiger football player, Javier Jackson, will receive a B.S. in Health Sciences after completing his course work in three years with a 3.53 grade point average. It's not uncommon for student-athletes to graduate in less than four years. However, with the rigors of practice schedules and classes, it is rare to see an athlete plan to complete his degree early. "Entering college I planned on graduating in three years. However, many people told me it would be impossible because of the demanding schedule of football," said Jackson. "I figured if I took 16 hours a semester and take three classes for two summers I would graduate in three years."

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Even with TSU's Department of Athletics academic advisers monitoring performance, Jackson was able to complete pre-requisite courses during the summer.

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"I had him on a three and a half-year track and he snuck a few extra classes in and passed them all", said Associate Director for Academic Services Dr. Johnnie Smith. "I am so proud of Javier’s early graduation accomplishment; he has proven that balancing academics and athletics can be done successfully within a timely manner. I will use him as a motivator for other student-athletes." Jackson received the Academic Star Award last month at the TSU Athletic Banquet. A native of Memphis, Tenn., Jackson played in nine games this past season averaging 23.7 yards per reception as a wide receiver and 12 yards per return. He will be a redshirt junior next season on the football field after walking on his freshman year. A graduate of Kirby High School, Jackson made the All-Metro and All- District Teams finishing with more than 1, 200 passing and 800 rushing yards. He graduated fourth in his class with a 4.3 GPA. As a presidential scholar, Jackson plans on enrolling into classes while using his last two years of eligibility in football. "In the ideal world I would have enrolled right into graduate school seeking my doctoral degree in physical therapy. However, I did not get in, so, I plan on coming back next year and picking up two minors, one in psychology and one in business," said Jackson. "I have been on presidential scholarship and will be receiving a scholarship next year. I plan to enroll in graduaute school in the summer of 2010." Other Tennessee State University student-athletes graduating in May commencement: Stephen Evans! (Men's Basketball-IDS), Samuel Houston (Men's Basketball-IDS),! Jacqueline Oliveira (Women's Basketball-IDS),!Kendra Appling (Women's Basketball-IDS),!Kierra Goodwin (Women's BasketballHealth Sciences),! Charisse Hicks (Women's Basketball-IDS),! Obiageli Okafor (Women's Basketballhttp://www.tsutigers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?PRINTABLE_PAGE=YES&ATCLID=3735230&DB_OEM_ID=19600

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Tiger Feature: Football's Jackson Going Three and Out in Academics - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

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Psychology),! Brandon Blackmon (Football-IDS), Carl Buford (Football-Communications),! Riley Howard (Football-Human Performance &!Sports Sciences), Javier Jackson (Football-Health Sciences),!Reginald Moore (Football-Criminal Justice),! Jamal Ruffin (Football-IDS),! James! Springfield (Football-IDS), Larry Williford (Football-Human Performance & Sports Sciences),! Kellen Woodard (Football-Criminal! "#$%&'()* Samuel Betts (Men’s Track and Field-Human Performance & Sports Sciences), Isaiah Marshall (Men’s Track and Field-Health Sciences),! Ashley Copeland (Women’s Track and Field-Criminal Justice), Rahab Kagaruki (Women’s Track and Field-Psychology),! Danielle Stewart (Women’s Golf-Human Performance & Sports Sciences),! Melanie Cruz (Softball-Biology),! Royesha Goodman (Softball-Business), Michael Mosely (Men’s Tennis-Business),!Dania Lofton (Women’s Tennis-English).

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Tiger Feature: Real Life Events Inspire TSU Football’s First Lady - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

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Tiger Feature: Real Life Events Inspire TSU Football’s First Lady Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 11/20/2008

Nashville, Tenn. - If you walk inside Stillwater’s Café on Jefferson St. you will notice many pieces of art on the wall. At a glimpse, they may seem like decorative pieces, but if you focus your attention you will see depictions of everyday life. For Cornelia Matthews-Webster, everyday events inspired her to create meaningful art. She considers herself the originator of an artistic style known as "Sash Art". A style in which she utilizes window sashes. With 28 years of experience, she has designed pieces for the City of Denver, United Airlines and the DuSable Museum.

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Wife of TSU head football coach James Webster, Cornelia MatthewsWebster has ignited a team pre-game ritual.

Matthews-Webster has created a number of notable pieces. In 1999, she was commissioned to create a Sash Art design which is on display in the 1st Sit-In Victory Museum. The museum was co-founded by Webster and her father, Carl W. Matthews, who led the Sit-In Movement in Winston-Salem, N.C. In 2007, at the request of Tennessee State University’s First Lady, Dr. Marcy Johnson, Matthews-Webster created a design which is housed in the Women’s Center on the campus of TSU. Early this year, she was inspired by an article in the New York Times that showed a picture of a little girl in a pink dress that was standing in a wasteland of trash. The article expressed the global food crisis and the increasing poverty issues in Haiti. Inspirited by the article, she has created an artistic replica of the photo. The design is titled "Burn in the Belly" and is one of Matthews-Webster’s celebrated pieces. Inspired by real people, events and situations, it is the issues that are not common in small talk that motivates her. Matthews-Webster's Burn in the Belly

"I use art to express situations one might not want to discuss. We don’t express what is really in our head. We say what people expect us to say," said Matthews-Webster. "My art is my voice. I have come to a point where I use my art and https://www.nmnathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?PRINTABLE_PAGE=YES&ATCLID=3620128&DB_OEM_ID=19600

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Tiger Feature: Real Life Events Inspire TSU Football’s First Lady - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

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poetry to express myself." As the wife of TSU football head coach James Webster, Matthews-Webster ignited a pregame locker room ritual. Before the team leaves for game preparations, Coach Webster reads a poem written by his wife. "The team looks forward to it before every game;" said Webster. "She supports me tremendously, can’t do anything without her support. Matthews-Webster has displayed her art for purchase and is scheduling a reception for early 2009.

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Tiger Feature: TSU Strength Coach Wins First Place in Powerlifting Competition - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

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Tiger Feature: TSU Strength Coach Wins First Place in Powerlifting Competition Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 01/26/2009

Nashville, Tenn. - TSU Athletics Assistant Director of Speed, Strength and Conditioning Bryan Jovick captured two first place awards at the Southern Powerlifting Federation Cookeville Classic on Jan. 17. The competition hosted seven divisions, from teenagers to masters, with seperate weight classes for each, ranging from 97 lbs to super heavyweight. Competitors have the option to compete in several events including the equipped or raw, push/pull, bench, deadlift, bench reps, or strict curls. The winner is selected from each weight class by adding up the combined weight for the lifts.

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Jovick competed in the super heavyweight class winning both the push/pull competition with a bench press of 380lbs and the deadlift of 500lbs combining for 880lbs. Immediately after a personal max of 380lbs, Jovick performed six repitions of 330lbs bench pressing for max reps.

“I’ve pulled 535lbs deadlifting in training about 2 weeks ago, but my back was tight and I had already won my weight class deadlifting 500lbs, so I backed off after that pull," explained Jovick, “I am satisfied with the win, but I will have to prepare better for larger meets where competition drives in from surrounding states. There is always room for improvement and the best powerlifters are actually in their 30’s. I’m still a baby in the sport.” Jovick has worked worked with TSU athletics since 2004 and is istrumental in improving the physical performance of student-athletes. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a certified sport performance coach through USA Weightlifting. In addition, he is certified by the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA). "I want athletes to know that the movenments learnes in our program provide a solid base for powerlifting," said Jovick. "The weight room provides a lifetime of sport competition which can feed a desire to compete.

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Tiger Feature: TSU Student Trainer Interns with Titans - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

6/14/11 10:45 PM

Tiger Feature: TSU Student Trainer Interns with Titans Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 08/04/2009

Nashville, Tenn. – In the summer, students find internships to harbor professional experience relating to their major and to fulfill course requirements. Tennessee State University rising senior Ashley Albea landed an internship with the Tennessee Titans assisting their sports medicine staff. Albea was selected from a large number of applicants to aid athletic trainers during the Titans training camp. The Tennessee Titans offer limited internships and work closely with four-year accredited colleges in Tennessee. In order to qualify for an internship, an applicant must meet requirements to be considered. Courtesy: Gary Glenn/Tennessee Titans

Her duties include assisting in the daily operations while aiding in player rehabilitation and setting up the field for practices. In addition, she will tape and stretch players before workouts and monitor their water intake to prevent dehydration.

Albea is currently pursuing a bachelors in human performance and sports sciences with a concentration in athletic training and will graduate in May 2010. While receiving credit towards her course work, she believes the experience will help her in pursuit of a professional career. "The opportunity to work for an NFL team is such a potential door opener for not only the NFL but other professional sports," said Albea. "I am just blessed to have a chance to work with an NFL team. I have hopes of one day heading the athletic training department of a professional team and I can say it all started with this internship." Albea is no stranger to sports medicine, before the internship, she served as a student trainer with TSU Sports Medicine since the fall of 2005. She has worked with the Tigers' football, basketball and women's track and field programs. "During that time she has been one of my best and consistant student workers. Ashley is always eager to learn all about the athletic training profession and has worked to obtain the skills needed," commented head athletic trainer Monroe Abram. "When the Titans approached me about potential students for the internship, Ashley was at the top of my list of recommendations. I’m confident, she is poised and has all the tools needed to take on this challenge. I sure the things she will learn in this internship will be useful for her when she returns to us." After graduation, Albea plans to attend an entry-level athletic training graduate program in pursuit of a Master's degree in sports medicine and will be able to test for certification in athletic training. Her internship concludes on August 29th after traveling with the team to Cleveland, Ohio for the Titans' preseason match-up against the Browns.

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Tiger Feature: TSU Student-Athletes Continue to Excel in the Classroom - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

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Tiger Feature: TSU Student-Athletes Continue to Excel in the Classroom Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 01/27/2009

Nashville, Tenn. - More than 80 Tennessee State University student-athletes were recognized at halftime of the men's basketball game last Saturday (01/22/09). The students were honored for their notable academic completion of the fall semester as recognized by the TSU Department of Athletics. The following students were identified in front of a large crowd on the McClendon Court inside the Gentry Center:

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Men’s Basketball - Lonnie Funderburke, Wil Peters, Gerald Robinson,Parker Smith. Women's Basketball - Kendra Appling, Jasmine Ellis, Charrise Hicks, Tiffany Jackson, TeQuila Martin, LaDona Pierce, Tamara Rumph,

Meredith Stafford Softball - Jalisa Bradley, Susanne Burke, Jennifer Culberson, Caitlin Eaton, Royesha Goodman, Megan Hedrick, Kara Murr, Bridget Metzger, Tamara Perkins, Kristin Powell, Kelly Troglin, Nicole Vincent, Brittany Webb Volleyball - Vicmari Prospero, Shawna Ruiz, Christina Raiford. Women's Golf - Marie Black, Danielle Stewart. Men's Golf - Richard Gill, Christopher Seibel, Ryan Smith, Chris McKay Women & Men’s Tennis - Dania Lofton, Aaron Fields, Justin Hamm, Michael Mosley Women's Track and Field - Ashley Anderson, Ashley Copeland, Jaleeca Jacobs, Jasmine Jacobs, Rahab Kagaruki, Salisha Marryshow, Pia Perez, Pricilla Ray, Autumn White. Men’s Track-Field - Samuel Betts, Trenton Britt, Jamal Henderson, Adrian Hill, Franz Holmes, Juliet Idemudia, Andre Kelly, Printence McMurtrey, Xavier Walton, Isaiah Marshall Football - Dumaka Atkins, Kalvin Baker, Brandon Bather, Justin Bather, Eric Benson, Brandon Blackmon, Ryan Berry, Kevin Bledsoe, Sean Cunningham, Antonio Graham, Joshua Gregory, Brandin Hardin, Antonio Heffner, Brandon Jackson, Javier Jackson, Justin Jenkins, Deonte Kilgore John Lopez, Stuart McClean, Reginald Moore, Charles Sparkman, Reno Thompson, Darrel Thomas, Larry Williford, Kellen Woodard, Duvall Young The following individuals went achieved the highest grade point average for their respective sports: Parker Smith

Men’s Basketball

3.800

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Tiger Feature: TSU Student-Athletes Continue to Excel in the Classroom - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

Tamira Rumph

Women’s Basketball

3.938

Printence McMurtrey

Men’s Track & Field

4.000

Rahab Kagaruki

Women’s Track & Field

4.000

Javier Jackson

Football

3.667

Chris McKay

Men’s Golf

3.938

Marie Black

Women’s Golf

3.769

Bridget Metzger

Softball

4.000

Aaron Fields

Dania Lofton

Men’s Tennis Women’s Tennis

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3.800

3.588

"We would also like to congratulate our freshman and transfer student-athletes for their achievements in the classroom. They are really taking advantage of our services and doing well academically. explained Assistant Athletics Director for Academic Services, Dr. Johnnie Smith. "My staff and I are proud of the academic success all of our student-athletes are experiencing in the classroom."

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