View this email in your browser
Friday, February 28, 2020

Pep Rally Raises Awareness of TSU’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)


More than 600 students, faculty and staff took part in a lunchtime pep rally earlier this week, learning more about the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) while enjoying a crawfish or hamburger lunch, free QEP t-shirts, mini footballs, and more. The event, held in the Student Center, included 14 “stations” featuring the quarterbacks of the 14 “plays” that encompass the QEP: “14 Plays in 45 Days: Addressing the Whole Student from Application to Graduation.” The QEP is an important component of the university’s 10-year reaffirmation of its SACSCOC accreditation.
The goal of TSU’s QEP is to increase student success, retention and completion through critical interactions, or “plays,” such as Application & Admission, Advising & Registration, Financial Aid, Residential Engagement, Wellness, Institutional Technology, and more.
Each week, we are featuring a QEP “Play of the Week.” This week’s play is “Wellness,” featuring quarterback (and Vice President of Student Services) Dr. Teresa McKinney.
Click here to take a look at the video.

News Around Campus

Dr. Bullard One of WebMD's
2020 Health Heroes  

WebMD recently announced the winners of the 2020 WebMD Health Hero Awards, which this year celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of researchers, advocates, and organizations confronting health issues considered to be among society's most challenging.
Now in their 13th year, the 2020 Health Hero Awards focus on social justice efforts, including work to curb violence, promote environmental justice, improve access to care, reduce maternal health disparities, and improve medical care to the underserved.
TSU’s Dr. Robert Bullard received the organization’s “Trailblazer” Award. Here is more information about Dr. Bullard:

Dr. Robert D. Bullard has earned the title "father of environmental justice" for his more than 40 years of teaching, studying, writing about, and pushing for policy changes to reduce the burden of pollution on low-income and people of color communities. He has authored 18 books that address a range of issues like environmental racism, climate change, transportation, disasters, sustainability, community reinvestment, and resilience – all viewed through a health, justice, and equity lens.

Dr. Bullard's groundbreaking work of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s exposed a disturbing pattern of environmental injustice across the U.S., and throughout the world. The environmental health effects are well-documented in his work and a growing body of environmental justice literature. People who live, work, play, and attend school near hazardous waste sites, coal-fired power plants, lead smelters, refineries, chemical plants, highways, and in polluted cities, for example, are more susceptible to cardiovascular disease, heart disease, stroke, asthma, cancer, and diabetes. Recent evidence also reveals air pollution is linked to premature births, hypertension, dementia, and lower academic performance in students who attend schools near freeways. Low-income and people of color neighborhoods are hit hardest by disease-causing pollution.
In 2011, Bullard, along with environmental justice scholar Dr. Beverly Wright, co-founded the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Climate Change Consortium, which works to train a new generation of leaders and raise awareness about the disproportionate impact of disasters and climate change on marginalized and vulnerable communities. Bullard views the quest for environmental and climate justice as a struggle for civil rights and human rights.

Outstanding Alumni Celebrated at Honors College Spring Luncheon

The Thomas F. Freeman Honors College will honor Mr. Rodney Cox and Dr. Candy Ratliff, proud graduates of Texas Southern University, at the Spring Luncheon on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 12:30 pm in the Tiger Room located on the 3rd floor in the Sterling Student Life Center.
Mr. Rodney Cox is Director of Pharmacy at Memorial Herman Memorial City Medical Center, a 440-bed community flag ship hospital for the Memorial Herman Health System in Houston. Mr. Cox also serves as the Residency Program Director for their Pharmacy Administration and Leadership/MS PGY2 Residency Program, a charter member of the Houston Program in the Texas Medical Center.
Mr. Cox received his BS degree in Pharmacy from Texas Southern University and MS in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Houston and he continues to serve as adjunct faculty at both Universities. He is an alumnus of the Frederick Douglass Honors Institute, class of 1999.
Dr. Candy Ratliff is Associate Professor and Interim chairperson in the Department of Counseling in the College of Education at Texas Southern University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Approved Supervisor, and Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider. Dr. Ratliff is a National Certified Counselor and Certified Anger Resolution Therapist. She has more than thirty years of teaching experience in the elementary, secondary, and higher education systems. She taught undergraduate courses in the Department of Sociology at TSU and served as Asst. Dean for Student Services in the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College.
Dr. Ratliff received a diploma from Cyril Potter of Education in Turkeyen, Guyana, BA degree in Sociology (Magna Cum Laude), MA in Urban Sociology, and Ed.D. in Counselor Education from Texas Southern University.
Other persons to be honored at the luncheon are: Rev. Dr. Patricia Williams, founder of the Frederick Douglass Honors Institute, Dr. Sanders Anderson, former Director of the Frederick Douglass Honors Institute and, Dr. Humphrey A. Regis, former Dean of the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College. Special Recognition will be given to Mr. Mauricio Sanchez, Supervisor of Custodial Services at TSU.
Individual tickets are $75.00, and the luncheon is a fundraiser benefitting the programs in the Honors College. Click here for payment and checks are accepted. Please call the Honors College at (713) 313-6720 for more information.

Cleburne Street Improvement Project – Update

As the Cleburne Street improvement project continues, we have been informed by the City of Houston and Harris County Precinct 1 that the south sidewalk (on the TSU side of Cleburne) from Ennis to Tierwester streets will be closed until further notice. We will update you as the construction project continues.

TSU School of Public Affairs
Host GAP Program

On February 25, 2020, The School of Public Affairs hosted 30  girls from Hieflin Elementary School in the GAP program. The group of energetic girls from 3rd and 4th grade were given the opportunity to engage the college experience first hand. Led by student interns, they experienced a tour and class mock-up of TSU’s GIS mapping program and forensic science laboratory. In a college classroom setting the young scholars had a chance to participate as shadow students for a day.
Thereafter, the students visited the new Library, the Barbara Jordan Center, the Mickey Leland Center and the SOPA staff and Dean's office. The group had many questions but were elated by the quality of knowledge and experience that SOPA has to offer. Joyce Thomas, librarian, gave the girls a never-to-forget experience though the discovery of the Barbara Jordan Historical Archive and museum. Dean George Kieh of SOPA stated that “I would like to see even more students get involved with the pre-college experience at the youngest age possible. Therefore, they will be better prepared mentally.”
The Three Hour Tours, orchestrated by SOPA’s community outreach consultant, James Joseph of Houston Urban Consultanting, has a progressive way of getting our youth engaged earlier in the academic process to combat dropout rates, decrease poverty, increased incomes and improve HBCU’s college admissions rates.
Contact SOPA at 713-313-7417 for more information.

Volunteers Needed for Simulation Center in the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Simulation Center is designed to provide "real-world" experiences for our health professions students. The Center is in need of volunteers to serve as "patients" for upcoming events. These events will assess pharmacy students' patient counseling/education skills. If you are interested in serving as a standardized patient for one or more events, please visit this website and indicate your availability. A member of our simulation center team will contact you to confirm your participation and send you additional instructions.
Click here for form.

TSU's Office of Information Technology is happy to update our progress on Renew 2022.  These initiatives promote the empowerment of our faculty, staff, and students, and take us a step further on our ”Collaborative Journey for Change.”

  • We have met with more than half of our University’s departments to learn how we are currently using Banner.   Once we have visited with all departments, recommendations to improve use, processes, and the delivery of service will be assessed for implementation and adoption.
  • We are aggressively testing our new cloud-based Banner application, and are anticipating a launch in the next 60 days.  The cloud-based Banner system will yield regulatory compliance, enhancements to provide efficiency, and reliable high availability access for all at TSU.
  • We are also in the testing phase of integrating our current library system, “Voyager,” with Banner.  The integration of these two systems will serve to eliminate the need for manual entry upon check-out of resources from our Library.  
Upcoming Efforts:  Business Analysis Meetings:
  • Records:  March 3rd – March 5th (Tuesday – Thursday)
  • AR:  March 24th – March 26th (Tuesday – Thursday)

As a reminder, The On-Demand Subscription Library (ODSL) is available.  Benefits include learning resources to improve Banner knowledge, 24/7 accessibility, course tracking, and more. Quickly gain access to ODSL with the instructions here. (Read more)

Remember, small steps will lead to big success.  The TSU Office of Information Technology is committed to delivering Renew 2022 and improving the university experience for all.
Go Tigers!

Mitchell Named SWAC
Co-Player of the Week

Texas Southern forward Niya Mitchell has been named SWAC Women's Basketball Co-Player of the Week after helping the Tigers to a 2-0 road trip over the weekend.
Mitchell averaged 20.5 points on 85 percent (17-for-20) field goal shooting, 8.5 rebounds, and two steals in 48 minutes of game action as TSU defeated Mississippi Valley State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Bay City, Texas, native scored 16 points (6-for-8 FG) in 18 minutes in TSU's win over MVSU. On Monday,  she had 25 points (11-for-12), 14 rebounds, and three steals in 30 minutes in the Tigers' win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Mitchell has 13 double-doubles this season and has won the award for the second time this season.


Engineering and Technology to present to you Business & STEM Career Week! Please see list of events below!

 List of Employers Attending:
JB Hunt Transport
Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing
Alight Solutions
Ross Stores, Inc.
Sherwin-Williams Company
FDIC - Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
United Rentals, Inc.
Texas Department of Transportation
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts- Audit Division
Northwestern Mutual - Houston, College Station and The Woodlands
Reynolds and Reynolds
United States Secret Service
Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America
Veritex Community Bank
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Capgemini America Inc.
Goldman Sachs
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Target Corporation
Vivint Smart Home
Frost Bank
McKinley Resources, Inc.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District

Submit campus info to e-News

Have campus news or an upcoming event that you want to share?
Send an e-mail to for more information.





Click Here for More Information
Follow us on Twitter.
Like us on Facebook.
Follow us on Instagram.
Visit our website.