How one couple's commitment to Tsu created a tradition

How one couple's commitment to Tsu created a tradition


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


Summer 2012 3

Texas Southern University

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Houston, TX 77004

Vice President for University


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


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Earlie Hudnall


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Connie L. Cochran

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Darcia M. Williams




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 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


Inside TSU Now

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


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

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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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 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.


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

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


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.

Byron Price

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

Melanie Lawson

THE Price


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

re-accreditation process

and further strengthen its role as a center for

business and economic discourse.

Jose Doblado

Ready for


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

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:


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

Association’s regional

competition for the second

year in a row.


Inside TSU Now

She’s Your

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.

athletics notes

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

Darrell Asberry

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

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


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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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

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.”


Inside TSU Now

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.

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


and cultural

programs related

to Chinese


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 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.

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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G i v i n g

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

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.”


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

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


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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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

November 1

Tiger Paw Golf Classic

Alumni Homecoming Reception

November 2

President’s Honors Gala

at the Westin Galleria Hotel

November 3

Homecoming Parade

Homecoming Game

at the BBVA Compass Bank

TSU/Dynamo Stadium

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for more information about these

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