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Friday, January 17, 2020

TSU Alums Serve as H-E-B MacGregor Market Leadership  


Make way for the new Third Ward H-E-B! The grocery store chain recently opened H-E-B MacGregor Market where two TSU alumni serve on the leadership team. Congratulations to alumna Victoria Hart who is the store’s Community Coordinator, and Adrian Judie, RPH, who is the Pharmacy Manager. Hart received her Bachelor of Arts in English Studies and Judie a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy. The 90,000 sq.ft. store is located at the intersection of N. MacGregor Way and SH 288.

News Around Campus

Alumna Named to Impeachment Committee  

TSU alumna Sylvia Garcia was appointed as one of seven Democratic lawmakers who will prosecute the impeachment case against President Donald Trump in the Senate. The Thurgood Marshall School of Law graduate was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2018, becoming the first Latina ever to represent Texas 29th Congressional district. Congresswoman Garcia has served as a Presiding Judge of the Houston Municipal System, was elected City Controller and to the Harris County Commissioner’s Court. She was sworn into the Texas State Senate on March 11, 2013, representing Senate District No. 6. Garcia is the first Hispanic member of the Houston Congressional delegation and one of the first two Latinas to represent the State of Texas in the U.S. Congress.  

Texas Southern University is Named HBCU Institutional Leader by Fullbright Program  

Texas Southern University is proud to be named a 2018-2019 Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leader. Beginning this year, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is recognizing the noteworthy level of engagement that selected Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have achieved with the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program. TSU has been named one of the 19 HBCUs to receive this distinction.
Through this inaugural “Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leader” designation, ECA recognizes HBCUs that have demonstrated noteworthy support for Fulbright exchange participants during the 2018-2019 academic year and have promoted Fulbright Program opportunities on campus.   ECA has established this designation to acknowledge the strong partnerships between the Fulbright Program and HBCUs, and to encourage the entire network of HBCUs to increase their Fulbright engagement.  

TSU Division of Student Services Aging and Intergenerational Resource Presents Aging Mastery Program   

The Center On The Family Aging and Intergenerational Resources’ objective is to improve the quality of life for older adults through providing comprehensive education and training, information and referral services.  The goal is to mobilize the efforts of the campus and the community in identifying and linking existing resources to form a comprehensive, intergenerational community-based delivery system for an aging society, with a special focus on empowering family caregivers and older adults through education, relevant and current information services. Throughout the past decade, the dramatic increase in the number of older adults has introduced significant challenges to a broad range of community resources. This condition is exacerbated by the increasingly complex needs of aging minority populations.
The TSU Aging and Intergenerational Resources Program is honored to have the opportunity to present the Aging Mastery Program, an evidence-based intervention project for older adults 60 years of age and older. The Aging Mastery Program (AMP) is a fun and engaging education and behavior change incentive program for aging well. In this program, classes are designed to give older adults the proper skills and tools to manage health, remain financially secure and contribute actively in society.
The 10-class program covers 10 topics. The classroom experience is a mix of educational and interactive learning with an emphasis on peer-to-peer interaction. Individuals set their own goals and create their own pathways to these goals.
The AMP program will be held on the campus of Texas Southern University Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00-11:30 a.m. for five weeks. 
AMP classes will begin the second session on Tuesday February 25, 2020.
For more information and to register please contact the Texas Southern University - Aging and Intergenerational Resources program at 713.313.7635.

Belated Honor: TSU's Winston Hill Named Posthumously to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Texas Southern's presence in the Pro Football Hall of Fame has expanded as former TSU and New York Jets offensive lineman Winston Hill was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Centennial Class earlier this week.
To the family, friends, and fans of Winston Hill, his posthumous selection to the Hall of Fame was long overdue. He played from 1959-62 at TSU - on both the offensive and defensive line, earning three consecutive All-SWAC honors, and was also an All-American selection during his Tiger days.
Hill, who died in 2016, will join former Tiger standout Michael Strahan in the hall. One of the most gifted athletes to grace the TSU gridiron, Hill arrived at TSU as a high school state tennis champion. Weighing 200 pounds as a freshman, he played under the direction of legendary TSU coach Alexander Durley. The Joaquin, Texas, native helped TSU win seven or more games in three of his four years, as he left TSU as a 6-4, 270-pound professional football prospect.
Originally drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the 11th round of the NFL Draft, Hill signed as a free agent with the New York Jets of the AFL. In his rookie year, he began a streak of 195 consecutive games played, including 174 consecutive starts. Both streaks remain Jets records.
Playing left tackle, right tackle and center, Hill was responsible for keeping Joe Namath's jersey clean from attacking defenders. He was part of a line that helped Matt Snell run for 121 yards and a touchdown in the Jets' underdog win over Baltimore in Super Bowl III, still remembered for Namath's brash guarantee of victory.
Hill, who retired in 1977, was named All-AFC five straight seasons (1970-74) and was voted to first AFL All-Star Game. He also was selected to eight AFL All-Star Games/Pro Bowls (five as left tackle, three at right tackle) and was named to the All-Time AFL Team (Second Team).
Hill is a member of the Jets' first Ring of Honor Class along with Joe Namath, Don Maynard, Joe Klecko, Curtis Martin and Coach Weeb Ewbank.  He played 14 seasons with the Jets.
An entrepreneur, Hill owned and operated a barbeque restaurant in the Denver, Colo. and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and often discussed the power of meditation and prayer.
He was 74 when he died in the spring of 2016.
Click Here to View Hall of Fame Induction Tribute 

Pioneering TSU alum and Former Educator George McElroy is First African American Honored in Texas Press Hall of Fame

(from the Texas Press Association)
Four news professionals — TSU's George McElroy, H. Deskins “Deck” Wells, Cyndy Slovak-Barton and Bob Dillard — will be inducted into the Texas Newspaper Foundation Hall of Fame on Jan. 17.
The induction ceremony will take place during the Texas Press Association 2020 Convention and Trade Show at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center in Galveston. 
George Albert McElroy “Mr. Mac” — the publisher of the Houston Informer and Texas Freeman — was an impactful journalist, teacher and community leader. 
McElroy died in 2006 at age 84, a warrior against racial discrimination and a mentor and inspiration to generations of young journalists. 
In 1938, at age 16, McElroy got his start in the newspaper business, writing a youth column for the Houston Informer, the first African-American newspaper published west of the Mississippi River. From 1940 to 1948, he served in the U.S. Navy, stationed primarily in Asia, during World War II. He served as a U.S. Air Force information specialist at Ellington Field near Houston from 1950 to 1952. He went on to serve in veterans’ organizations, including the Burma-China-India group, and in 1973 was honored by Gov. Dolph Briscoe as an admiral in the Texas Navy.
Having been denied enrollment by the University of Texas at Austin, McElroy enrolled at Texas State University for Negroes, now Texas Southern University, and majored in journalism, graduating in 1956. He taught journalism at Houston’s Yates High School from 1957 to 1969, leading his students to unprecedented awards in journalism. McElroy was the first African-American with a journalism degree to teach that subject in Houston Independent School District. In 1970 he became the first African-American student to earn a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.
In 1954, McElroy became the Houston Post’s first African-American sports writer and in 1956, he became the newspaper’s first African-American columnist. He served as head of Texas Southern University’s journalism department, retiring in 1989 but remaining a familiar figure on campus for the ensuing 10 years. He also was a journalism instructor for the University of Houston in the early 1970s. Many of his students at both universities went on to successful careers.
One of McElroy’s five daughters, Dr. Kathleen McElroy, was an editor for The New York Times and is director of the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism.
In the 1970s, Houston Mayor Fred Hofheinz proclaimed a week in McElroy’s honor. McElroy received a lifetime achievement award from the Houston Association of Black Journalists while still running The Informer. He was the first African-American to be a member of the Houston Press Club and went on to serve as the organization’s president. He was the first African-American to win first place for his Houston Informer editorials from the Texas Gulf Coast Press Association.
As editor of the Houston Informer, McElroy was a major voice of the African-American community, and during Texas Southern University student demonstrations in the early 1960s, when major news media refused to publicize civil rights news events. He was active at St. Mary of the Purification Catholic Church.

TMSL Alum Named to the
Top 100 Lawyers in Illinois List

Congratulations to Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law alumnus Samuel V. Jones for being included in The National Black Lawyers Top 100 lawyers in Illinois list.

Register Now for the 2020 Get Fit Texas!
State Agency Challenge

Will you accept the challenge? 
The 2020 Get Fit Texas! State Agency Challenge begins on January 20, 2020, offering the chance for state employees to get active. We want you to accept the challenge to participate in an agency-to-agency competition to see who can claim the title of Fittest State Agency. State employees will strive to be physically active for 150 minutes per week for at least six of the 10 weeks of the Challenge.
Registration opens today. Employees can start logging their physical activity time once the Challenge begins on January 20. Instructions for participating in the Challenge and navigating the website are attached. Contact Statewide Wellness Coordinator Lesley Jimenez for more information. 
If you are new to the challenge you must register before logging in. Previous participants may use their existing log in information from last year’s challenge.
In the spirit of friendly competition, DSHS will track the completion percentage for each state agency and recognize the agencies in each size category (small, mid-size and large) with the highest completion percentages.
It’s time to lace up those shoes, join the program, and show the state that Texas Southern University is the Fittest State Agency in Texas!
Click here for Instructions.

TSU Alumni take Office on
Houston City Council  

Last week, we ran an item about TSU alumnus Edward Pollard being elected and sworn in as only African American male on Houston City Council. We neglected to include that Pollard is the son of Dianne Jemison Pollard, dean of the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College and professor of theatre. Congratula-tions to the Pollard family!
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
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