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MLK Day Post-Trump: What Does It Mean To You?

MLK Day Post-Trump: What Does It Mean To You?

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

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 […]

Job Market Shows Promise for Tennessee State University 2016 Graduates

Job Market Shows Promise for Tennessee State University 2016 Graduates

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

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 […]

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

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 […]

What’s New?

What’s New?

By Ada Taylor

Editor-in-Chief

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

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 […]

Tennessee State University part of cutting-edge research aimed at reducing cancer disparities

Tennessee State University part of cutting-edge research aimed at reducing cancer disparities

By: Emmanuel Freeman NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – This holiday season, cancer survivor Navita Gunter has a lot to be thankful for, mainly her life. But she’s not content with her own personal survival. Understanding her own struggle when she was stricken with cervical […]

Amber Hughes Is A Huge Deal

Amber Hughes Is A Huge Deal

By Leona Dunn

We have all heard of Wilma Rudolph and have collectively praised Coach Ed Temple. Not to mention the Tigerbelles, Tennessee State University’s Women’s Track team, are consistent Ohio Valley Conference Champions, but lately, there has been one track star in particular who has been catching people’s attention. Amber Hughes.

“I was mainly a hurdle girl because that was the first event I ever did. Now that I see my potential in sprints, hurdles, and jumps, I enjoy them all,” Hughes said.

An Atlanta native, Hughes stands at 5’9 and came to the track hot and ready to win. Although she hasn’t had the longest track career, only beginning towards the end of her junior year in high school, she won a state title and state championship her senior year and has been winning events ever since.

“My first full season was my senior year of high school. Although I began much later than others, I fell in love with it quickly. My first high school coach, Mr. Portis, inspired me. I give him so much credit for the start of my success and for pushing me to start track and field,” says Hughes.

Qualifying for the 2016 Olympic trials was a goal Amber finally reached last year. Due to a recovering injury, Hughes was only able to jump once, but once was all she needed.

“I dealt with a foot injury after the indoor nationals, so I was only able to jump one time before the outdoor conference. The one time that I got to jump was the jump that qualified me for Olympic trials, this meant so much to me coming off of an injury,” Hughes said.

Hughes does weight training every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning if she doesn’t have a track meet, on top of practicing daily at 3 pm. Still, there’s more to this women than just power and speed. She is an active member of My Sisters Keeper, which is a Christian-based social group, President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and a proud sister of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority incorporated. She studies Mass Communications with the intention of becoming a Meteorologist.

“My career path leads to meteorology. I thought Mass communications would fit well into this field because I get the experience with cameras and editing. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since the third grade,” she shares.

Supported by her parents who have always been there for her, last year Amber’s foot wasn’t the only challenge she had to overcome. “I recently lost my father in October and he was my biggest fan. I’ve had to deal with this and its hard but knowing he wanted the best for me is just motivation to keep pushing harder,” Hughes said, “No matter the situation, never let it define you as a person. I say this because I’ve been through so much, but you would never know it because my success is the most important thing to me and I cant let hardships stop me from going after what I want.”

This star athlete tries to remain a positive example for others because she knows people look up to her. She encourages others to live their dreams because she realizes that she is a part of something bigger than herself and wants to see everyone succeed. Amber Hughes is a name we should be paying attention to. This graduating senior has had a record breaking year and isn’t planning on slowing down anytime soon.

Tennessee State awarded $2 million grant from UNCF for student job placement improvements

Tennessee State awarded $2 million grant from UNCF for student job placement improvements

By K. Dawn Rutledge NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – Tennessee State University has been awarded a $2 million grant as part of the United Negro College Fund® Career Pathways Initiative. The pilot program, made possible through $35.3 million in funding by the Lilly Endowment […]