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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Groundbreaking Ceremony for $10.4 Million Cleburne Street Construction Project


Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Texas Southern University Acting President Kenneth Huewitt on Thursday participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for a $10.4 million Cleburne Street construction project that will improve safety, mobility and drainage in the Third Ward community.
The Cleburne improvements between Ennis and Scott are part of $30 million Commissioner Ellis pledged last year to invest in reconstructing Cleburne and five other streets in the TSU-University of Houston corridor. The projects will improve safe mobility for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders. In addition, drainage improvements will help reduce street flooding during heavy-rain events. Also included will be lighting for safety and landscaping features to beautify the areas.

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News Around Campus

TSU receives $301,000 endowed scholarship from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Houston Chapter   

Texas Southern University received funds for a $301,000 endowed scholarship earlier this month when the Houston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated presented the university with the Annie Pearl Barrett Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Texas Southern University’s Foundation matched a $150,500 donation, creating one of the university’s largest endowments. Funds from the endowment will financially assist students who desire to study abroad.
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Dr. Robert Bullard receives the
Cowboys for Liberty Award


Dr. Robert Bullard, distinguished professor of urban planning and environmental policy, is the recipient of the Cowboys for Liberty Award. Electors were selected for geographic diversity and include a mix of professionals who work on climate solutions and concerned situations from a variety of other fields. Bullard is commonly referred to as the “Father of Environmental Justice” for his work over the decades.

Jim Marston, a representative from the Cowboys for Liberty project, presented Dr. Bullard with an award on Feb. 6, 2020, in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs Dean’s suite. The unique award is crafted of recycled materials and assembled by members the homeless population. Dr. George Keih, dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, was also present to witness the award ceremony.
Bullard was recently interviewed by the Weather Channel about environmental justice. Click here to watch the segment:  

Houston City Council Member is Keynote Speaker for Honors College Spring Luncheon  

Dr. Carolyn Evans-Shabazz is the keynote speaker for the Thomas F. Freeman (TFF) Honors College Spring Luncheon on Saturday, March 7, at 12:30 pm in the Tiger Room in the Sterling Student Life Center. She will address the topic, “Competing to Win: Not Just for Self But For Others.”
Although she wears many hats, Evans-Shabazz had a long career working as a teacher and a Lead Evaluation Specialist before retiring from HISD in 2009. She has been a realtor in Houston for over 30 years. Most recently, she served as a Houston Community College Trustee for District IV. She was the first African American female Chairperson of the Board for two consecutive years. As a Houston City Council member, District D, she seeks resources for her constituents and wants to provide a better quality of life for all. She feels education is the key to changing the circumstances of entire families. Dr. Shabazz received her B.A. in Political Science from Spelman College, and a M.A. in Psychology and a Doctorate in Education from Texas Southern University.
The Honors College will honor six persons who have made significant contributions to Honors at TSU. Honorees are: Rev. Dr. Patricia Williams, founder of the Frederick Douglass Institute; Dr. Sanders Anderson, Director of the Frederick Douglass Honors Institute; Mr. Rodney Cox, alumnus of the Frederick Douglass Honors Institute and a TFF Honors College Advisory Board member; Dr. Candy Ratliff, the first Dean of Students and Director of Student Services for the TFF Honors College; and Dr. Humphrey A. Regis, Dean of the TFF Honors College from 2011 to 2014. Special recognition will be given to Mr. Mauricio Sanchez, Supervisor of Custodial Services.
Last year, the Honors College Luncheon recognized Dr. Thomas F. Freeman, Founding Dean/Dean Emeritus of the TFF Honors College, Dr. Richard Pitre former Director of the Frederick Douglass Honors Institute, and Mrs. Linda Coach-Riley, Program Coordinator for the Frederick Douglass Honors Institute and TFF Honors College.
Tickets are $75 per person and may be purchased online at Checks are also accepted. All proceeds benefit Honors College programs.
For more information, please contact the Honors College at (713) 313-6725.  

TSU Theatre presents The Wreckin' Ball February 13-16, 2020  

TSU Theatre proudly presents The Wreckin’ Ball, a play written by Celeste Bedford Walker and directed by TSU alum, Errol Anthony Wilks.  
 The Wreckin’ Ball is a drama about the gentrification of a Black community uprooted for urban renewal. The play opens on Thursday, February 13, at 7 p.m., and continues on Friday, February 14, at 7 p.m., Saturday, February 15, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and closes on Sunday, February 16, at 3 p.m. All performances will be held at Ollington Smith Playhouse, 3100 Cleburne St, Houston, TX 77004.  
 Tickets prices are $5 students, $10 general admission and can be purchased online at or at the box office 30-minutes prior to each performance, CASH ONLY. For more information, visit or email  

Week Four - February 10-16  

The 2020 Get Fit Texas! State Agency Challenge is under way! Although the first four weeks are almost over, you can still complete the Challenge in the remaining six weeks. Help Texas Southern University become the Fittest State Agency in Texas!
It’s not too late to join the Get Fit Texas Challenge. Register at and start tracking your physical activity. The challenge runs until March 29, 2020.
For questions about the Challenge, please email Statewide Wellness Coordinator Lesley Jimenez. For agency specific questions, please email HRbenefits@TSU.EDU.
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We are encouraging all students and faculty/staff to attend our dates for Fitness Week (Feb. 17-20). Also, on Feb. 18 we are collaborating with the Department of Health Services for our annual Health and Wellness fair from 1-4 pm at the Recreation Center. We will have over 50 health and wellness vendors giving away health information, promotional items and T-shirts. 






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