By: Emmanuel Freeman NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – Tennessee State University had a birthday bash for one of its noted sons: Homer R. Wheaton. Under the theme, “Everybody Loves Mr. Wheaton,” the university hosted a formal reception in a packed Jane Elliott Hall Auditorium […]
Month: January 2017
There is a legacy behind Historically Black colleges and Universities that each student who attends must live up to. Still, many people will agree that perhaps none carry this weight on their shoulders as much as our campus queens, and they do it with grace. […]
By Alexis Clark
It is all about starting early and being persistent if it is your dream. And that is exactly what aspiring entrepreneur, Sierra Holmes, is doing! Sierra is a freshman here at Tennessee state seeking a degree in fashion merchandise. She has her own brand; Sierra Nicole Exclusives, that includes exclusive hand painted clothing. Sierra has always had an artistic eye and a love for painting since she was a child and decided to incorporate her talent on customized clothing. Holmes started specifically designing jackets during the summer of 2016. “I’ve always wanted to wear my own art.” Stated Sierra as she described how she wants to expand her ideas to incorporate shirts, hoodies, and gloves.
Vincent Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo are a few of Holmes artistic inspirations. Frida was a famous painter who was known for creating her own self-portraits. “The obstacles Frida faced during her lifetime did not stop her from doing what she loved most, and that is motivating.”
While speaking about the theme of her jackets, Holmes says “I admire the natural look.” In fact, almost all of Sierra’s painted jackets share a theme based off of black culture, which is derived from Africa and promotes the natural empowered black woman. Soon Sierra plans on expanding her brand beyond the campus grounds and hopes to one day become known worldwide. Holmes explained that she loves what she does because paining and customized clothing is what makes her happy. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
By Shayla Simmons With the impending inauguration looming over America’s shoulder, many question the fate of its citizens for numerous reasons. For the students of Tennessee State University, the legacy created by past leaders is unsure, especially the strides made for civil rights. As the […]
TSU Master of Science in Nursing Program Ranked No. 2 in the Nation; Highly Qualified Faculty, Flexible Schedule, Low Tuition Cited
By Emmanuel Freeman NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – The graduate nursing program at Tennessee State University is among the best in the nation. In a recent survey, the TSU Master of Science in Nursing degree was ranked No. 2 among the 50 Best Graduate […]
By Emmanuel Freeman
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – The recent Job Outlook 2016 Survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employees says employers expect to employ 11 percent more new graduates from the Class of 2016 than they did in 2015.
That’s good news for TSU students like Danielle Haik, a computer science major who is among those walking from the graduation stage into the workforce. Haik is taking an Information Technology Specialist position at Caterpillar Financial Services in Nashville.
Last month, the Wall Street Journal listed Tennessee State among its top 10 historically black colleges and universities. In ranking TSU 10th, the WSJ/THE College Rankings took into account the salaries graduates earn.
“I am very excited about becoming an employee of Caterpillar,” said Haik, who attributes her success to the training and mentoring she received at TSU. “I had some great faculty and mentors who gave me the right exposure and connected me with professional people and organizations that put me in the right direction.”
Justus Jarvis, a member of the fall 2016 graduating class, also has a job offer. He has accepted a position with Boeing.
“Tennessee State University preparation gives you the full package,” Jarvis said. “They prepare you to be able to stand out among your peers and in front of employers, and that may be my best asset going into the workforce.”
Like all TSU students, Haik and Jarvis have the capabilities that companies are looking for, particularly in the areas of leadership and teamwork.
According to NACE, employers are looking for candidates with evidence of leadership skills, strong work ethic, and who are team players.
“We instill our students with skills for success in the real world,” said Dr. S. Keith Hargrove, dean of the College of Engineering. “Our curriculum requirements make our students more marketable, as well as reinforces classroom learning to prepare them for industry, government, or entrepreneurship.”
Tina Reed, associated director of the TSU Career Development Center, said in addition to workshops and professional development conferences, TSU students receive one-on-one career advising to help them make career choices.
“The Career Development Center assists our students with developing and enhancing 21st Century job-readiness skills that are needed in the workforce,” Reed said. “From developing a top-notch resume to attending professional development conferences, our students are constantly encouraged to take advantage of career enrichment opportunities.”
Dr. Gloria Johnson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, agrees.
“In the College of Liberal Arts, we continue to encourage our students to seek relevant internships and practical experience,” she said. “I am personally encouraging more students to seek more help from the Career Development Center for resume development and possible placement.”
Prominent civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump is expected to inspire students even more when he gives the keynote address at TSU’s Dec. 10 commencement.
Crump is the noted Florida lawyer who represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Terence Crutcher in police shooting cases that made headlines around the world. Crump was also an advocate in the Robbie Tolan police brutality U.S. Supreme Court case, as well as the Martin Lee Anderson boot camp death case.
In October, Crump was the keynote speaker at the 25th anniversary gala for the National Association of African American Honors Programs held at TSU.
TSU President Glenda Glover discusses initiatives to improve retention, graduation rates at spring 2017 Faculty and Staff Institute
By Lucas Johnson NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – TSU President Glenda Glover says the university is implementing initiatives to improve retention and graduation rates, and the overall success of its students. Glover addressed the Faculty and Staff Institute for the spring 2017 semester on […]
By Khandi Wilson These past eight years have been tough and pressing for President Obama and his Administration but they have managed to continue a legacy of pristine confidence and class. As the new year begins to unfold, new surprises and the unexpected are sure […]
By Ada Taylor
To the incoming freshman and transfer students alike, welcome to the Big Blue Family! And to returning students and staff, welcome back! A lot of exciting things happened during the short period that we were gone. For one, Tennessee State University was awarded a $2 million dollar grant as part of the United Negro College Fund Career Pathways Initiative. With the help of this grant, we are hoping to see an improvement in student job placements.
Still, there are other things here at TSU that do not require improvement, such as our graduate nursing program. In fact, the TSU Master of Science in nursing degree was ranked No. 2 among the 50 Best Graduate Nursing Schools in America. While this news does not come as a surprise to those of us who know just how wonderful our institution truly really is, it is always nice to be recognized at the national level.
Nevertheless, it is not the grants or the national acknowledgment that will excite most students, but what is new on campus this semester. For the first time in five years, all nine of the Divine Nine Greek sororities and fraternities will be active this semester. It has been five years since TSU has seen an Alpha line and three years since we have had a new Delta line.
Whether or not Greek life is for you, this is great news for TSU! Many students have been less than satisfied with the social life here on campus, and many more are hoping to see that change with the return of the Pan-Hellenic council. But if you are planning to participate in the membership intake process, remember one word: discretion!
I hope you all have a blessed and productive semester, and again, welcome back!
Dr. Edith Mitchell, Noted Cancer Specialist, TSU Graduate Named to Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel
By Emmanuel Freeman NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – Renowned cancer specialist and TSU alum, Dr. Edith P. Mitchell, is part of a panel that recently submitted 10 cutting-edge scientific recommendations to help speed the development of cancer cures. Mitchell, clinical professor and director of […]