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Month: November 2015

Updated Student Handbook Available

Updated Student Handbook Available

Story/Photo by Leona Dunn Meter Staff Writer The new Tennessee State University Handbook, with a focus on helping to enforce new rules and regulations recently adopted, has been distributed to the students and staff. The new book also makes sure students understand the new updated […]

TSU Alumnus Makes Career of Mentoring Youth

TSU Alumnus Makes Career of Mentoring Youth

NASHVILLE, TN (TSU News Service) — Michael D. Johnson, Jr. has made a career of empowering, connecting and marketing youth culture by exposing his peers and young adults to their untapped potential and unchartered opportunities. Currently, he is employed with the United States Department of […]

Accolades Keep Piling Up For Tennesee State’s Dr. Winston

Accolades Keep Piling Up For Tennesee State’s Dr. Winston

Dr. Tameka Winston has received the  2015 Woman of Achievement Award in Higher Education in Tennessee
Dr. Tameka Winston has received the
2015 Woman of Achievement Award in Higher Education in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, TN (TSU News Service) — A Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 winner for 2015, she has received yet another award with statewide recognition.

Dr. Tameka Winston, a professor in the Department of Communications at Tennessee State University, recently received the 2015 Woman of Achievement Award in Higher Education in Tennessee. The award was presented at the 35th Annual Women in Higher Education in Tennessee conference in Murfreesboro.

Past award recipients include Dr. Shirley Raines who is the first female president of the University of Memphis. Dr. Raines won the award in 2012.

The Woman of Achievement Award is presented to a dedicated leader who has earned admiration and respect, has vision and leads by example, faces challenges with grace and courage, and lives with dignity, integrity and honor.

“It was an honor to be recognized by the Women in Higher Education,” said Winston. “WHET is a wonderful organization and many of the longtime members have served as great role models for me over the years.”

Since 1980, WHET has sought to meet the needs of women in the academy, according to Winton. The organization holds professional development seminars, partners with the statewide Women’s Leadership Conference for college and university students, offers annual scholarships, and supports members’ participation in national leadership conferences.

Winston also received 3 other awards earlier this year including the College of Liberal Arts Professor of the Year for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Recipe: Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

Recipe: Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

Recipe by Keimonee Burford Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we all know that is the time to be spent with the ones that you love and being grateful for all that you have. But it is also the perfect time to impress your […]

Avoiding That Dreaded Question During the Holidays

Avoiding That Dreaded Question During the Holidays

    By Ashley Parmer Editor in Chief The Thanksgiving tradition of family, food, and fun is soon to come, followed by the dreaded question that every college students wants to avoid- “How’s school?” While simple in comprehension, this question can be taken in different […]

TSU College Sunday Builds Fellowship

TSU College Sunday Builds Fellowship

Students and members of the Mt. Zion congregation gather in Gentry before the service began.  Photo by Leona Dunn
Students and members of the Mt. Zion congregation gather in Gentry before the service began. Photo by Leona Dunn

By Leona Dunn
Meter Staff Writer

Tennessee State University hosted College Sunday Nov. 8 in the Gentry Complex center, an event produced by Mount Zion Baptist Church every year. All colleges and universities are invited to bring their students to the service. Thousands attend to hear music from the Mount Zion’s choir, mainly consisting of college students, other musical and spiritual performances such as praise dance, and Presiding Bishop Joseph Warren Walker III preach the word.

“It was my first College Sunday, and I can’t wait to come back for the next one,” TSU freshman Ebony Harris said.

It all started with praise and worship where the audience was entertained by TSU’s Aristocrat of Bands which also performed at the service last year.

“We played two songs first, ‘He Reigned’ by Kirk Franklin, and then ‘The best is yet to come’ by Donald Lawerence,” junior band member Kamau As-Salaam Said, “After offering, we had to leave though to catch the bus to Memphis for recruiting purposes, but I just love playing for College Sunday it was another opportunity to represent the good parts of our university.”

Special guest Kierra Sheard, a judge from Sunday’s Best, a popular BET program that evaluates gospel singer voices, came and gave a performance singing an original song before lighting up the center with “It’s the God in me” by Mary Mary. Yet, Sheard was not the only special guest present. Nashville Mayor Megan Berry also came to join the festivities.

“It was beautiful seeing the first female mayor of Nashville sitting next to the first female president of Tennessee State University, it shows how women are finally taking over,” alumni Kari Johnson said.

Bishop Walker III then preached the story of the prodigal son. His message was titled “I Turned Up Before I Turned Around” relating college students struggles to the story of a man who blew all of his inheritance then came back home seeking  forgiveness and gaining way more from his father’s love.

“Right now we are a part of a generation that does not appreciate the value of waiting. We don’t work for things, so we do not appreciate them,” Walker said, “Having money lets you have things but it’s hard to worship when you are being worshipped, just remember whenever you have cheese you attract rats.”

‘Letters in Motion’ Causes a Commotion

‘Letters in Motion’ Causes a Commotion

By Shayla Simmons Meter Staff Writer Gathering together to handwrite letters to Kenyan orphans, Tennessee State University students partnered with nonprofit “Letters in Motion” to give hope to those without hope. The program also gives college students the opportunity to travel, make a change in […]

Campus Walk Highlights TSU’s Safety Plan

Campus Walk Highlights TSU’s Safety Plan

      By Ashley Parmer Editor-in-Chief Students, faculty, alumni, community leaders, and elected officials joined President Glover for a campus safety walk at 10:45 p.m.on Nov. 5, just one week after the president unveiled her 10-point safety enhancement plan. The walk, which took place […]

Update on Campus Shooting

Update on Campus Shooting

 

Don Aaron
Don Aaron (bottom photo) and Metro PD Chief Steve Anderson

By  J. Michaux

Metro police are in the “learning and fact-gathering mode” and appear to be close to identifying the two gunmen who investigators believe are responsible for the deadly shooting on Tennessee State  University’s campus resulting in the death of 19-year-old Cameron Selmon of Memphis, and injured three other students.

Investigators have traveled to Memphis to vet tips on the identities of the two gunmen involved in the shooting.

Police spokesman Don Aaron said “Metro Police are continuing to work with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on a series of leads generated by anonymous tips.”

He also expressed optimism in the department’s ability to ultimately confirm the identities of the gunmen and hold them accountable.

The TSU surveillance video system captured two individuals fleeing shortly after the shooting.  The video footage has been released to the public and the suspect(s) are still at large.  Police have not released a description of the shooter(s) namely because the footage is not of sufficient quality.  This is due to the darkness at the time of the shooting.

According to Metro Chief Police Steve Anderson, Metro Police seized three of the four TSU security cameras and revealed that only one camera was functional and recording footage.  Although Chief Anderson was out of town during the shooting, he indicated that he spoke with President Glover and emphasized the importance of properly functioning cameras.  Police spokesman Don Aaron, also confirmed that all cameras were not properly recording.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, Metro Police, and TSU officials immediately addressed campus security measures.  Increased nightly patrols were launched between TSU campus police and on-duty security guards in addition to establishing an on-site satellite police security office.

The Metro police department is teamed with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to offer a $5,000 reward for information on the gunman’s identity.  That is in addition to a reward of up to $1,000 offered by Nashville Crime Stoppers.  There have not been any arrests and anyone with information or footage of the incident is encouraged to call crime stoppers at (615) 74-CRIME.

 

Proclamation: TSU Great American Smokeout Day Nov. 19

Proclamation: TSU Great American Smokeout Day Nov. 19

WHEREAS: It will be beneficial to promote awareness of tobacco-related risks to our student body, and for our student body, faculty and staff to support tobacco users’ efforts to quit, even for one day. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the […]