t h e m a g a z i n e o f t e x a s s o u t h e r n u n i v e r s i t y
How one couple’s
commitment to TSU
created a tradition
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Texas Southern University
3100 Cleburne Street
Houston, TX 77004
Vice President for University
Director of Alumni Relations
Connie L. Cochran
Director of Marketing
Director of Communications
Director of Development
Connie L. Cochran
Darcia M. Williams
HAVING OUR SAY
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.
“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 athletics.tsu.edu 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
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Alumni Survey Shows Support
Texas Southern University alumni are an amazingly
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
Enhancement Group and
spearheaded by TSU’s
Office of Alumni
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-members.
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
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,
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
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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Leading By Example
Alumni Making a Difference
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.
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 Inside attended.
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.
OUR NEW TSUNAA PRESIDENT:
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
Currently an assistant principal in
the Aldine Independent School District,
Askew brings 31 years of professional
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
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 www.tsunaa.com.
Alumnus Anthony Ford Hayes
is the recipient of Pearland
Independent School District’s
2011-2012 Above and
Beyond Education Practitioner
Award. Hayes, a native
of Wharton, Texas, received
his M.Ed. in Curriculum and
Instruction in Science
Education in 2011.
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.
Anthony Ford Hayes
with local news anchor
of HARD WORK
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
complete the school’s
and further strengthen its role as a center for
business and economic discourse.
Earlie Hudnall, Jr.
Jose Doblado was
recently named airport
manager for the Liberty
Municipal Airport in Liberty,
Texas. He will oversee
a major improvement
plan that includes
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:
1Placed second in the
Placed third out of 44 teams
Atlanta White Collar Crime in the new South Texas Challenge.
John Paul Cedillo, a
Competition, losing only
to hometown team Emory. second year law student,
(This competition is
received the award for
considered the fourth
second best advocate.
toughest in the country!)
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.
4Won the Black Law Student
competition for the second
year in a row.
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Queen to Be...
Nine young ladies vied for the title of Miss TSU 2012-
2013 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.
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.”
E.M.P.A. Students Visit Ghana
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.
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.
From left to right: Shartajeye Wright, Olivia
Turner, John M. Rudley and mascots at grand
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
former quarterback said.
“Now I’m home at TSU
where my best years are yet
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 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
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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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
“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
after what it has
done for my
family and me.”
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
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
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,”
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,”
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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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 www.tsu.edu/85.
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.”
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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
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.
SCENE & heard
Confucius Institute at TSU
By establishing the only Confucius
Institute in the greater Houston area,
TSU now has the opportunity to develop
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 Jesse H. Jones School of Business
(JHJ) has maintained its business
accreditation by The Association to
Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
“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.
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
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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B a c k
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
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.”
Inside TSU Now
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
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 period
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.
The TSU Office of
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
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 www.tsu.edu/giving,
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.
AnnuAl Annual Fund
TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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:
$2,500 President’s Leadership Scholarship
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August 2-4, 2012
TSUNAA Alumni Convention
Sheraton Suites Hotel
The opening of the new
BBVA Compass Bank
Tiger Paw Golf Classic
Alumni Homecoming Reception
President’s Honors Gala
at the Westin Galleria Hotel
at the BBVA Compass Bank
Please visit www.tsu.edu/alumni
for more information about these
exciting upcoming events!