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Friday, January 10, 2020

TSU Winter Commencement  

"At Texas Southern University, we say 'succeed with excellence in achievement'. For us, it is more than a motto it is a way of life.” - Dr. Cherry Ross Gooden '64. Congratulations to our Fall 2019 graduates who crossed the stage on Dec. 14, 2019, in the H&PE Arena.

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Rothko Chapel and TSU Celebrate MLK Birthday with Environmental Justice Program  


Rothko Chapel and the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University (TSU) will partner for a program to explore the influence of Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement on environmental justice. The program, “Actions of Change: From the Civil Rights Movement to the Struggle for Environmental Justice,” is set for Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 6 p.m. on what would have been Dr. King’s 91st birthday. Dr. Robert Bullard, distinguished professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Planning at TSU, also known to many as the “father of environmental justice,” will give a keynote address then join in conversation with Yvette Arellano, senior staff, Policy Research & Grassroots Advocate for Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s), and Bridgette Murray, founder of Achieving Community Tasks Successfully (ACTS). Dr. Richard McKinley Mizelle, Jr., associate professor of History at University of Houston, will moderate the discussion exploring the evolution of the environmental justice movement, continued environmental challenges and inequities faced by vulnerable and frontline communities, and actions being taken to improve the health of the region.
“Actions of Change: From the Civil Rights Movement to the Struggle for Environmental Justice,” is being presented as part of the Rothko Chapel’s two-year programmatic initiative exploring the impact climate change is having on individuals around the world, culminating with the biennial Rothko Chapel Oscar Romero Award for Human Rights. 
The free program will be held in the McCoy Auditorium, Room 105, in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs on the campus of Texas Southern University, 3401 Cleburne Street, Houston, 77004, and will be followed by a reception beginning at 7:30 p.m. Parking is available for $5 and registration is required through Rothko Chapel’s website at

Semester Final for the
TSU Debate Team


The historic Texas Southern University Debate Team recently competed at the the Christmas Classic Swing Tournament in Lawton, Oklahoma, hosted by Cameron University and West Texas A&M University. The team brought home an astounding 50 total awards, adding to its already extensive repertoire of achievement and success, which has been been running proud and strong since 1949.
 The team took with them 18 students, who were accompanied by a total of 7 coaches, led by head coach, Dr. Gloria-Batiste Roberts. The tournament took place over a span of three days, in which the typical, argumentative-style Parliamentary Debates were held the first day, Lincoln-Douglas Debate the second day, all alongside various Individual Events in which the members of the team were able to show up and show off in their respective areas of expertise.
 Parliamentary Debate, which was only held the first day, saw a 3rd place victory for the TSU team by debate pair Brynn DaBlue White and Deja Rollins, both of whom are freshmen this year. Additionally, debater Eric Adejuwon, sophomore and another first year on the Debate Team, as well as Prince Ibe, the Debate Team President, received Top Speaker awards for this area of competition, 3rd place and 2nd place respectively.
 Lincoln Douglas (LD) Debate, which was held the following day, saw a 3rd place Top Speaker win by Brittney Shepard, an acting veteran member of the team. 
Individual Event results included:
 In Persuasive Speaking, freshman Tarrianna Jarrett 5th place on Saturday, moving up to 4th place on Sunday.
 Poetry saw a 1st place win by Brynn White on Saturday, with 2nd and 4th place trophies going to Prince Ibe and Maya Williams (Junior) respectively, and Deja Rollins on Sunday winning 1st place, with Ibe and White receiving 2nd place and 3rd place.
 The 1st place trophy for Program of Oral Interpretation (POI), was once again won by Brynn White on Saturday, followed by Miguel Gavin (Junior), who placed 2nd, and Deja Rollins in 3rd. On Sunday, it was Gavin who won 1st place, with White winning 3rd, and Rollins winning 4th.
 In Prose, Deja Rollins won 1st place on the first day; behind her was Rajan Cunningham (Junior) winning 2nd place, 3rd place to Alex Barnaba (Senior), and 4th place to Maya Williams. On the following day, first-year Debate Team member Eric Adejuwon (Junior)  would go on to win that 1st place, with 2nd and 4th place going to Angelica Olunkwa (Senior) and Alex Barnaba respectively.
 Duo Interpretation saw wins with three different pairs, those being the pairings of Nahab Fahnbulleh and Prince Ibe, who won 1st place both days, continuing their winning streak that’s been going strong since their debut tournament of this semester all the way back in September. Following them, is the pairing of Maya Williams and Miguel Gavin; they won 2nd place Saturday, and 3rd place on Sunday. And finally, the pairing of Angelica Olunkwa and Dominique Montgomery (Junior), who won 7th place Saturday, and 5th place Sunday.
 In Dramatic Interpretation, Brynn White and Miguel Gavin took 3rd place and 4th place respectively on Saturday, with Gavin on the following day securing the 1st place trophy, with White taking the 4th place.
 Finally, in Extemporaneous and Impromptu Speaking, Prince Ibe took home 6th place in Extemporaneous the first day, with Eric Adejuwon securing 4th place the following day. As for Impromptu, Adejuwon took home the coveted 1st place the first day, with Nahab Fahnbulleh taking 6th, and Fahnbulleh the next day taking home the 4th place trophy.
 Additionally, special Quad Awards were given to selective debaters, who were entered in both prepared black book events such as Dramatic Interpretation, as well as Public Address events such as Informative or Persuasive speaking. The recipients of this award were Brynn White (1st), Prince Ibe (2nd), and Miguel Gavin (3rd) on the first day, with Gavin and Prince on the second day winning 2nd and 3rd.
 The team would then go on to win 1st place Sweepstakes Awards from both tournaments; one for Team Overall Performance, and another for Individual Event Overall Performance.
 Amidst the collective success of the team, one freshman member in particular, Brynn DaBlue White was asked about his feelings as a newcomer and his experience on the Debate team and what success means to him, to which he responded:
"I’ve been doing Speech and Debate since high school, and I’ve reached a point where physical accolades have lost significant value in my eyes. That is to say, I strive to just be in the moment and deliver the most dynamic message or story that the Forensics world will remember. That’s the true essence of what we do as intellectual peers who educate and share our talents with one another. Speech and Debate to me fuels the creativity that is missing in education across all scales today, forcing students to love literature and find intrigue with politics in a way in which they might not otherwise be able to. I am truly in love with all that Forensics is, and being on the collegiate level of debate just brings me the continuous joy it always has since I joined my junior year of high school.”
Even far from home, the Texas Southern University Debate Team came and closed out the semester on an extraordinarily high note, setting just as high expectations for not only themselves, but all rival universities in a final swing tournament that can only be called: Excellent.

Dr. Olagundoye Publishes New Book  
"Emotional Intelligence"

Congratulate faculty member Dr. Eniola Olagundoye on his new book, “Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Styles.”  The book explores the relationship between emotional intelligence and leadership styles as it pertains to information technology professionals.

About Dr. Olagundoye
"Dr. Eniola Olagundoye has a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies, from Our Lady of the Lake University, an M.B.A. in Management also from Our Lady of the Lake University, and a B.B.A. in General Business from Texas Southern University. His research areas are technology, emotional intelligence, leadership studies, and business. He has over 20 years of experience in information technology, and he has served and consulted to more than 48 different clients from all over the world. The author is currently an IT consultant and an adjunct professor of Management Information Systems at Texas Southern University."

TSU Alumni take Office on
Houston City Council  

Congrats  to TSU alumni Carolyn Evans-Shabazz (master’s degree in psychology; doctorate of education in counselor education) and Edward Pollard (J.D., Thurgood Marshall School of Law) as they take office on Houston City Council. Tiger pride is magnified when our graduates step up as community leaders. We wish you all the best – and look forward to working together on behalf of our city. Pollard is the only African American male and the youngest African American on the Council. #TSUProud #HeartandSoul

Tiger Tidings


On December 7, children ages 1 to 12 years old had the opportunity to participate in Tiger Tidings, which included fun activities like face painting, caroling, Kwanzaa history, pictures with Santa and more!



Mitchell Named SWAC Player of the Week

Niya Mitchell has been named the Southwestern Athletic Conference's Women's Basketball Player of the Week after her performance against Southern and Alcorn State.
The Bay City, Texas native led TSU to a 2-0 start in SWAC play with a record weekend. Mitchell averaged 19 points, 17.5 rebounds and 4.5 steals while shooting 77 percent from the field (17-of-22). She posted two double-doubles with a high of 22 rebounds against Southern, while grabbing 13 rebounds against Alcorn State. Mitchell scored 16 points against SU and 22 points against the Lady Braves. 
Mitchell and the Tigers are back in action as they'll close out their homestand against SWAC rival Prairie View A&M Saturday night at 5:30 p.m. inside the H&PE Arena.
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