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Month: February 2017

Women of Empowerment Host Blanket Drive

Women of Empowerment Host Blanket Drive

By Leona Dunn Women of Empowerment, the Tennessee State University chapter of the National association of colored women’s club, held a blanket drive to bring in the new year giving back. “It was a thought that our president, Imari Scott-Cheatham, our paraphernalia chair Kelli Harris, […]

Nonprofit Group Supports Women on the Rise

Nonprofit Group Supports Women on the Rise

By Lavenia Chappel Shannon Lee in 2015 founded the Nashville nonprofit Ladies Who Strive “to motivate, inspire and educate” young women to accomplish their entrepreneurial and career goals. The organization is designed to be a support system for striving young women, something Lee felt was […]

Graduate School Hosts First Recruitment Fair

Graduate School Hosts First Recruitment Fair

By Lucas Johnson
NASHVILLE, TN (TSU News Service)  Tennessee State University’s School of Graduate Studies and Research is hosting a recruitment fair on Jan. 28 to showcase its excellent programs, and more.
The fair, the school’s first, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday in the atrium of TSU’s Avon Williams Campus in downtown Nashville.
In particular, the fair aims to make prospective graduate students aware of TSU’s seven doctoral degrees, 24 master’s degrees and eight certificate programs. Many of the graduate programs will offer on-site and provisional admissions, as long as a transcript is available the day of the event, said Dr. Lucian Yates, III, dean of the Graduate School.
“This is a grand opportunity for advanced degree seekers to meet, talk, and possibly enroll at a ‘one-stop’ event,” said Yates, adding that prospects will be able to interact with faculty, as well as Alumni Association members.
“The administration, faculty, and staff look forward to this opportunity and the possibility of serving future Tigers.”
Yates said the school is also taking advantage of a new Tennessee Board of Regents policy that allows TSU and other state institutions to offer discounted rates to students within a 250-mile radius of their campuses.
Under the new plan, graduate students taking nine credit hours will pay 35 percent less, or $6,176, a difference of about $3,200 from the previous rate.
In publicizing the fair, TSU Graduate School organizers reached out to school districts and other organizations in the states that fall within the 250-mile radius. They are: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.
For more information about TSU’s Graduate School, visit www. Tnstate.edu/graduate

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.

Several Graduate from New Management Training Program

Several Graduate from New Management Training Program

By Emmanuel Freeman NASHVILLE, TN (TSU News Service) — Tennessee State University is making sure all its employees holding management positions are proficient in their areas. On Jan. 12, TSU President Glenda Glover presented certificates to 18 managers who completed the first in a series […]

TSU’s Office of International Affairs Partners With Local Middle School for International Day

TSU’s Office of International Affairs Partners With Local Middle School for International Day

By Lucas Johnson Tennessee State University’s Office of International Affairs will join students and faculty at Margaret Allen Middle Prep on Friday, Jan. 27, as sponsors of the school’s annual International Day. The celebration emphasizes the advantages of learning about diverse cultures, study abroad opportunities […]

TSU Goes After Legislative Support

TSU Goes After Legislative Support

By Lavenia Chappel
From the ground breaking cancer research to the new developments within the engineering department, members of the Tennessee State University family on Feb. 1 presented information about its innovative programs at the 4th annual “TSU Day at the Capitol.”
 The event was held from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and started with open displays and a continental breakfast.
President Glover started the event in 2014 after accepting her position in 2013. During the meet and greet day, each university department created a display table highlighting its academic work.. While learning about the diverse programs the University has to offer, students, faculty and staff members also had a chance to interact with legislators.
“TSU Day at the Capitol”, gives lawmakers the opportunity to see student achievements and discuss the priorities of the school. The event is open to the community giving everyone the chance to voice their opinions and learn about an HBCU firsthand.
Rated as one of the top universities in the country by Washington Monthly for its research, the day on the Hill allowed TSU representatives to brag about the school’s accomplishments. “TSU Day at the Capitol,” welcomed supporters, promoted growth within the student body and attracted community leaders while making everyone aware of the university’s need to continue to progress.

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.

The Grassroots Are Moving

The Grassroots Are Moving

By Khandi Wilson Marc Sternberg, a native born in Baton Rouge said in an interview with NPR, “Before Dr. King had a dream, before Rosa kept her seat, and before Montgomery took a stand, Baton Rouge played its part”. In 1950, Baton Rouge had African-American […]

More Than 300 Students, Volunteers Participate in MLK, Jr. Day of Service

More Than 300 Students, Volunteers Participate in MLK, Jr. Day of Service

By Emmanuel Freeman NASHVILLE, TN (TSU News Service) — Tennessee State University is continuing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an MLK Day of Service. On Saturday, Jan. 21, more than 300 TSU students and volunteers participated in various projects around Nashville […]

TSU Helps Celebrate the Life, Legacy of MLK

TSU Helps Celebrate the Life, Legacy of MLK

By Lucas Johnson
NASHVILLE, TN (TSU News Service) — Tennessee State University partnered with the Interdenominational Ministers’ Fellowship and the Nashville community to help celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hundreds of people assembled in front of Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church on Monday, January 16, to march to TSU’s Gentry Complex for its annual Convocation honoring King.
Before the march, a youth program and rally were held at the church. TSU President Glenda Glover pumped up the crowd by reminding them of the historical role Nashville played during the Civil Rights Movement, as well as the strong participation of youth in that movement.
She said that same fervor should burn within youth today, and she lauded those who came out to honor King.
“We are so thankful that the youth movement is here,” Glover said. “It was youth like you who touched the consciousness of America. That torch has now been passed on to you who are present today. Let’s keep the flame burning.”
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, who has set a goal to find jobs for 10,000 youth this summer, said part of continuing King’s legacy means not ceasing to act on the things he fought for, like jobs.
“Today is about that speech that he gave so many years ago when he talked about his dream,” Barry said. “But you know what, before that speech, that march was called the march on Washington for jobs and freedom. So today it is about jobs, because we know if they (youth) have paid meaningful internships, that’s going to lead to opportunity, that’s going to lead to hope. Government can’t solve all the problems, but together, we can absolutely have an impact.”
Whether at the youth program and rally, or the Convocation, the collective message of this year’s King Day seemed to be the empowerment of today’s youth at a time of heightened social injustice, said many of the participants. The killing of young, unarmed black men by police has particularly caused tension across the country.
“It really brings to light what’s going on with our young people right now, and what he (King) really wanted for us,” said Avery Davis, who participated in the march.
TSU senior Kourtney Daniels agreed the police shootings, as well as the results of the recent presidential election, have seemingly taken the country back decades. But she said she always looks forward to honoring King, because doing so provides a dose of needed hope.
“It’s just a great day to get together with the community, reflect, and plan for the future,” Daniels said.
The Convocation’s keynote speaker, activist and educator Brittany Packnett, said before her speech that there’s still a lot of work to be done in terms of equality, but that we should all be undaunted, like King was.
“My message is to leave with a spirit of hope, with a spirit of power, and with a spirit of resistance for the work that lies ahead,” said Packnett, a co-founder of Campaign Zero and a member of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and the Ferguson Commission.
Other Convocation participants included Dr. Glover, Mayor Barry, U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper, State Rep. Harold Love, Jr. and Dr. Shawn Joseph, director of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.
During the Convocation, the Interdenominational Ministers’ Fellowship presented $1,000 each to TSU, Fisk University, Meharry Medical College and American Baptist College for student scholarships.

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.

Ford Appointed VP  of Student Affairs

Ford Appointed VP of Student Affairs

By Shayla Simmons A new Vice President has been appointed to serve the office of Student Affairs here at Tennessee State University. Beating out 72 applicants, Dr. Tracey Ford said she is “very, very student-centered” and will work hard for their success. Ford was hired […]