TSU Bleeds Blue at the NAAAHP Conference
By Shayla Simmons
Meter Staff Writer
Students from HBCUs and PWIs alike participated in the 24th annual NAAAHP (National Association of African American Honors Programs) Conference from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 at the Grand Opry Gaylord Resort.
The students had a chance to network, participate in academic activities such as African Model United Nations, Quiz Bowl, Debates, various seminars and presenting their summer research to their peers. Events to break the ice such as the Halloween student party and “Honors Got Talent” gave students the opportunity to get to know one another.
Tennessee State University and Fisk University hosted the event for honors students from 54 NAAAHP member schools from all over the country.
Students looking to the future also had the opportunity to have interviews with graduate schools such as Nashville’s Vanderbilt University, Meharry Medical College and Harvard University School of Law. The was also the opportunity to meet with possible employers like Kroger, whose Nashville branch sponsored and donated $30,000, were also made available to the honors students.
Chase Richard, a sophomore from Little Rock, Arkansas, was among the students who presented research at the conference. He has worked with mentoring support and collaboration from TSU professor, Dr. Michael Ivey, on research focused on the feeding behaviors of sea anemone, for nearly two years.
Also joining the NAAAHP conference was TSU student Anthony Moreland, a sophomore from Knoxville. With a 3.5 GPA, Moreland is also a Biology major who plans to go into the field of dentistry with a concentration on oral surgery. Moreland said he wanted to be involved in the NAAAHP Conference, which brings together Honors students, faculty, staff and professionals, as a volunteer as a way to expand his network.
When asked about her best experience at the conference and her take away Etin-Osa Aibangebee, a sophomore Biology major, said “When I first got here I was shy but excited for the challenge presented. But the best part of the experience was meeting the various students and growing as a leader thanks to Dr. Coreen Jackson, president of the honors college and temporary president of the NAAAHP.”
The event was a success by any standard with the record for highest attendance rate, 483 students with 45 from TSU.