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Month: February 2016

Showing Black Love

Showing Black Love

By Ashley Parmer Editor in Chief February is all about love and black history. As students at an HBCU, we are immersed in black history and the legacies of Black excellence. But how much do we promote our peers by showing love? Often, we are […]

Women’s Center Has New Location

Women’s Center Has New Location

By Leona Dunn Meter Staff Writer The women’s center has relocated to the second floor of the Floyd Payne Campus Center room 218, but that’s not the only move they will be making this semester. Dedicated to creating programs to help women succeed in their […]

Freshmen, Fresh Faces

Freshmen, Fresh Faces

By Shayla Simmons
Meter Staff Writer

While racking the brain trying to find the first candidate for excellence, eventually I came to realize that the best place might be to start from the bottom up. By the bottom up I mean a fresh face, untapped potential, a diamond hidden in the rough if you will. Yes, this best describes TSU’s freshman class who just recently entered their second semester. In such a short amount of time, a plethora of students have begun to lay the foundations of excellence in leadership, academia and athletics.

The search led me to Kirsten Beverly. Though officially classified as a sophomore, Beverly first stepped onto campus this past August, along with many others. Hailing from Clinton, Maryland, the young woman came prepared to take the world by storm.

“Of course I was nervous moving so far from home, but regardless, I had to remember why I was here,” said Beverly.

As a student at one of the few schools that offered a dental hygiene program, she was more than excited to take on anything that her professors threw at her.

“By working towards becoming a member of the dental hygiene program, I can gain much needed hands-on experience which will be helpful when I enter into dental school,” Kirsten commented, “It will be more than beneficial since I hope to become a pediatric dentist for low-income families and children with special needs.”

When asked about her accomplishments both in and out of the classroom, she first mentioned her role as the freshman class treasurer, a position of SGA and a coveted spot on the Dean’s list in her first semester. But after a little more digging, it was also discovered that she was a new recipient of the Girl Scout’s GOLD award, the highest achievement presented by the organization that prides itself on its community service.

The short interview concluded with one final question: What advice would you have for your peers and those that will make up the class of 2020?

Her response was surprising yet oddly refreshing.

“College is one of the few times that you can be completely selfish. Take advantage of it and take risks. Chase every dream you have because this is the time to do it. Never be afraid of the world. Know and remember that rejection is not a dead end. That’s what I wish I knew coming in.”

A Senior Mass Communications student with a concentration in Marketing, Editor-in-Chief Shayla Simmons is a native Marylander. Self-identifies her editorial writing to be her strongsuit with topics ranging from politics to social issues to pop culture commentary.

TSU is a Smoke Free Campus

TSU is a Smoke Free Campus

By Ada Taylor Metter Staff Writer Social smoking IS smoking. This is the headliner of one of the pamphlets given out at The Great American Smokeout that took place last semester, and it is a message that needs to be told time and time again. […]

A Healthier Ford is Here

A Healthier Ford is Here

By Keimonee Burford Meter Staff Writer Ford Apartment Complex has started a program called Healthy Ford to help students better their heath by eating healthy and working out. Being healthy is something that has become a huge epidemic in our country. With the high rates […]

TSU Wins 2016 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education

TSU Wins 2016 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) — Tennessee State University is being recognized nationally for innovation in international education.

It is one of five higher education institutions across the nation to win this year’s IIE Andrew Heiskell Award.

The award showcases the most innovative and successful models for internationalizing the campus, study abroad, and international partnership programs in practice today. It emphasizes initiatives that remove institutional barriers and broaden the base of participation in international teaching and learning on campus.

For the first time, IIE presented a special award in the category of internationalizing Historically Black Colleges and Universities, with the inaugural award going to TSU for its Diversity and International Affairs initiative.

“We are extremely proud to receive this honor, as it speaks to the exceptional work and importance of the Office of Diversity and International Affairs at our institution,” said TSU President Glenda Glover.  “ODIA has done an outstanding job cultivating the international student experience into campus life at TSU. Just as important, the staff has strategically implemented international exchange programs with our academic units to ensure students are prepared to succeed in the global market.”

In 2012, TSU had 79 International students, 36 students participating in study abroad, and one faculty member leading a study-abroad experience, according to the Office of Diversity and International Affairs. Campus leadership created the office to provide cultural collaborative initiatives that support TSU’s strategic goals in producing global leaders. The results have shown the new initiative to be a rapid and astonishing success. In three years, TSU’s international efforts grew to hosting 900 International students; helping 121 students take part in study abroad experiences; enabling 12 faculty members leading study abroad experiences with support from four staff members; entering into MOU’s with 26 universities abroad; and signing a commitment with IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive this award,” said Dr. Jewell G. Winn, TSU’s executive director for International Programs and deputy chief diversity officer. “And the fact that we’re the first to be recognized in this new category, makes it even more special.”

IIE President and CEO Dr. Allan E. Goodman said all the programs being honored are worth emulating.

“We recommend these programs as models, and hope they will offer inspiration as well as guidance to professionals on other campuses who share the goal of preparing their students to live and work in today’s global environment,” Goodman said.

IIE will present the awards at a ceremony in California on March 11, 2016 as part of its annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference for campus professionals, which will be held this year at the University of California, Davis.

A Senior Mass Communications student with a concentration in Marketing, Editor-in-Chief Shayla Simmons is a native Marylander. Self-identifies her editorial writing to be her strongsuit with topics ranging from politics to social issues to pop culture commentary.

Higher Education Commission Initiates Harold Love Award

Higher Education Commission Initiates Harold Love Award

By Martavious Morton The Higher Education Commission in the State of Tennessee has begun preparations to initiate the 2016 Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award programs. It includes two programs that recognize outstanding community service performed at the campus level by students and faculty/staff. Five […]

Top 15 Novels for Black History Month

Top 15 Novels for Black History Month

The time of the year where Black people celebrate our heritage and our ancestors’ triumph is finally here. Black History Month has arrived, and this is the perfect time for African American people to educate themselves and learn about other historical normal events that have […]

Valentine’s Day on a College Student’s Budget

Valentine’s Day on a College Student’s Budget

Looking to make Valentine’s Day special, but don’t have enough fund? Here are some inexpensive date ideas for college students on a budget.

Picnic on Love Circle – Love Circle, located in Hillsboro West End, provides a great lookout over the city and a romantic feel for the two of you. Add a few sandwiches and drinks, and you’re all set!

Go out for Dessert – If you have a sweet tooth, opt out of spending a lot of money on a main course, and go straight for the dessert. Many restaurants offer dessert for an inexpensive price. This way, you can still go out, but not have to spend as much money.

Explore downtown Nashville – It’s free to walk along Broadway and other close streets, and still be very entertained. You never know what you might see.

Stay in and watch a movie – The point of Valentine’s Day is to spend time with the one you love; it shouldn’t matter where or how. So just enjoy the quality time by just getting a movie from Redbox or Netflix.

A Senior Mass Communications student with a concentration in Marketing, Editor-in-Chief Shayla Simmons is a native Marylander. Self-identifies her editorial writing to be her strongsuit with topics ranging from politics to social issues to pop culture commentary.

Congratulations to former TSU offensive guard Robert Myers on winning Super Bowl 50

Congratulations to former TSU offensive guard Robert Myers on winning Super Bowl 50

The Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10. Myers continues in the rich tradition of TSU players who go to the Super Bowl. Congratulations on the victory! Shayla SimmonsA Senior Mass Communications student with a concentration in Marketing, Editor-in-Chief Shayla Simmons is a native Marylander. […]