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Tuesday, April 14 2020

TSU Coronavirus Updates

As the world faces COVID-19, Texas Southern University is committed to providing our students, faculty and staff members with accurate and timely information. Over the past weeks, university leadership has made decisions to ensure the safety of our campus community. 
In efforts to protect our students' health and well-being, a decision was made to have students move out of the dormitories and return home for the conclusion of the Spring semester. Some exceptions were made for cases of unique circumstances. A Student Emergency Fund was established to provide limited emergency financial support to currently-enrolled students who are unable to meet essential expenses due to temporary or unexpected hardships. For more information or to donate to this newly-established Tiger Aid Fund, visit
As we continue with the transition, students have access to a variety of resources such as online tutoring through the Tutoring Center, and library and research functions via the Library Learning Center. Additionally, many offices are serving current and prospective students remotely via email and web-oriented functions. Links to these services, as well as FAQs and other helpful resources can be found at
We cannot underestimate the increased stress levels this situation has created. For students who may need it, TSU offers a wide array of counseling services through the University Counseling Center (UCC), which is also accessible online. For TSU employees, counseling is available via the Employee Assistance Program. 
All university sponsored events scheduled for this remainder of this semester, including our Spring Commencement ceremony, have been either cancelled or postponed.
As we move forward, together we will navigate this new normal. Should you have any questions concerning the university as it relates to COVID-19, please submit them to For the latest information on campus operations, virtual instruction and preventive measures visit

News Around Campus

4 Texas Southern University graduates turned black history trailblazers

   Barbara Jordan    Mickey Leland      Michael Strahan            Yolanda Adams

Local ABC News affiliate KTRK recently profiled four of Texas Southern University’s most famous graduates on its website. 
Texas Southern University, founded on the backs of strong African American men and women who were hungry for education and for a greater future. 
Click here to check it out.

The month of March is designated as Women’s History Month. Dean of the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College, Dr. Diane Jemison Pollard sat down to share what the month means to her.
Tiger Tips for Blackboard features success tips from Dr. Nicole Willis, interim chair and associate professor of Social Work in the College of Liberal Arts & Behavioral Sciences. With an extensive amount of expertise with teaching online courses, Dr. Willis has provided students with tips on how to be successful with the transition to online learning.
Student success is our top priority as we embrace our new normal. Many students have volunteered to share tips and tricks that have worked for them while enrolled in online courses.

Some of our TSU Staff have shared their photo's for Spirit Week

"What's Cooking Good Looking"

Jacqueline Goodwater 
Tutorial Supervisor 
Student Academic Support Service (SASS) Department.
Dish: Fried Catfish, Red Beans and Rice, accompanied with a side salad.

Jennifer Rhodes
International Advisor
Enrollment Services in Office of Intl Student Affairs
Dish: Fritta with bacon, cheddar, onion, Bell pepper and mushroom.

"Jersey Day"


                     Lori LaBrie             Jennifer D. Jones       Sceiffers V. Ward
               Academics Affairs            Financial Aid          Accounts Payable



                    Jasmine Bookman & Joey                       Christa R Haigler
                               Financial Aid                 Student Academic Support Services

"Tiger Day / Socially Distant Twin Day"

                                   Marie Henry                  Miana Henry
                               Sr. HR Generalist            General Clerk II

Penn State students visit TSU

Prior to Spring Break, Texas Southern University was one of the stops for a group of Penn State students, as part of a cultural program through their Student Affairs (Paul Roberson Cultural Center) department.
This was part of a Texas state history tour for the students to learn more about black history.
Their visit was focused on TSU's history and artwork (murals).

Honor Studies Celebrated at the
Honors College Spring Luncheon


                         Dr. Sanders Anderson       Mr. Mauricio Sanchez

Council Member Carolyn Evans-Shabazz stirred the luncheon attendees to action as she spoke on the topic, Competing to Win: Not just for Self but for Others.” With the recent city elections, she is fresh off winning the coveted District D council race. She calls District D, “the destination in Houston: the place to live, work and educate your children.”
Among the six honorees was Dr. Sanders Anderson who directed the Frederick Douglass Honors Institute for several years as he taught Political Science in the Barbara Jordan/Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs. During his tenure as director of the Honors Institute, he was elected the President of the National Association of African American Honors Program. Dr. Anderson was a political analyst for several elections from 2000 to 2008 for Fox 26. He continues to give commentary on political affairs for Fox 26 and ABC 13. He also serves as the vice chair for the Houston Ebony Music Society. He received his bachelor’s degree from Southern University. He earned the master’s and doctorate degrees from Atlanta University.
A heartfelt moment during the luncheon was the tribute to Mr. Mauricio Sanchez who received an Appreciation Award for his twenty years of outstanding service to the University. Mr. Sanchez is from El Salvador, San Salvador. He was promoted to custodial supervisor in 2008. Mr. Sanchez has always helped the Honors College maintain a safe and hygienic facility for the Freeman Scholars, especially during and after weather-related damages to the building, most notably, after Hurricane Harvey.
Other honorees included Rev. Dr. Patricia Williams who served as the first Female Dean at Texas Southern University and was the founding director of the Frederick Douglass Honors Institute, Mr. Rodney Cox, the director of Pharmacy at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Memorial City, also a 1999 graduate member of the Frederick Douglass Honors Institute, Dr. Humphrey Regis, former Dean of the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College, and Dr. Candy Ratliff, Interim Chair of the Counselor Education Department at TSU and served as Dean of Students in the Honors College under Dr. Thomas F. Freeman.
Program participants included Freeman Scholars, Sarah Shirdon, Ja’Darrian Morgan, Alexis Shavers, Janai Minga (Miss Honors College) and Mr. Clinton Emeh (Mr. Honors College). Music was furnished by Freeman Scholars, Mark Ddamulira and Daniel Kuddabujja. Honors College staff, Mr. Shandon Neal, Ms. Renuka Nair, Dr. Hector Miranda, and Dean Jemison Pollard all contributed to the program.
The Spring Luncheon was on Saturday, March 7 at 12:30 pm in the Tiger Room in the Sterling Student Life Center. The luncheon raised funds benefitting the programs in the College. 

We salute our very own Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Experiential Learning Programs Stephanie Ledesma!
Dean Ledesma is the proud 2019-20 recipient of the Honorable Robert E. Keeton Teaching of Excellence Award by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)!

Texas Southern Men's Cross Country Earns USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Honors

While the Texas Southern University men's cross country team made history on the running trails this past fall, the team also blazed new paths in the classroom as it was named a 2019 NCAA Division I Men's All-Academic Team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Full Story

Armstrong, Rasas Earn
NABC I All-District Honors


Texas Southern senior guard Tyrik Armstrong(20) was named to the 2019-20 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 22 First Team while sophomore Yahuza Rasas(0) earned second team honors.
Full Story

Cryor and Mitchell Named to Dave Campbell's Texas Basketball All-Texas Team


The Texas Southern women's basketball duo of Ciani Cryor and Niya Mitchell were named to the inaugural Dave Campbell Texas Basketball All-Texas Team
Full Story

Salak Earns All-SWAC Bowling Honors

Texas Southern senior bowler Summer Salak capped off the 2019-20 campaign with a spot on the All-SWAC Bowling Second Team.
The senior from Killeen, Texas finished the season with a 183.65 average and a total pinfall of 4,775 pins during action at the SWAC East and West Round-ups over the past two months. She had three games with 200-plus pins highlighted by a high of 245 as this marks her first-ever All-SWAC postseason honor.

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