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Friday, December 18, 2020

Texas Southern Earns SACSCOC Reaccreditation

Texas Southern University (TSU) received reaffirmation of accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).  The SACSOC board of directors voted on December 4 to renew TSU’s institutional accreditation for the next 10 years. 
 
Campus visits were conducted March 2-5, 2020 by the SACSCOC On-Site Reaffirmation Committee. Texas Southern’s 21-member SACS Executive Committee and the nine-member QEP Executive Committee along with TSU’s students, faculty and staff met with the SACS Committee to answer questions and share their University experience.
 
“The reaffirmation of our accreditation validates Texas Southern’s mission and commitment to serve our students while meeting the best practices of higher education standards through our faculty and staff efforts,” said TSU Interim President Kenneth Huewitt. “I’d like to thank Dean Gregory Maddox and the members of our TSU Quality Enhancement Plan Executive Committee and the SACSCOC On-Site and Off-Site Reaffirmation Committees for their outstanding work.”
 
All academic institutions accredited by SACSCOC are required to undergo a comprehensive and rigorous review every 10 years.  The reaffirmation, which applies to all of the institution’s schools and colleges, is the result of a years-long process where the university documents its compliance with standards in SACSCOC’s Principles of Accreditation. 
 
“This seal of approval reflects the University’s adherence with standards and best practices that govern higher education across the nation,” said Gregory Maddox, chair of the QEP Executive Committee and dean of the Graduate School.  “I would like to thank the faculty and staff who worked long hours to produce this result.”

The SACSCOC review encompassed TSU’s strategic plan, assessments of both student learning outcomes and institutional effectiveness, financial stability, qualifications of faculty and administrators, and standards and procedures. The process included approval of the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) – 14 Plays in 45 Days: Developing the Whole Student from Application to Graduation.  The QEP project will develop seamless support for first-time freshman in order to increase retention and graduation. 

Texas Southern University to Receive
COVID-19
Testing Gift from
Thermo Fisher Scientific

  

Texas Southern University (TSU) is joining a growing number of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to benefit from a $25 million-dollar donation of COVID-19 test kits, diagnostic equipment and related supplies from Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. The donation will enable no-cost testing for all TSU students, faculty and staff for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year and support a safe return to campus and learning environment in the spring semester.
 
The donation will also provide technical assistance to TSU as it expands its laboratories to become a testing hub which will allow the university to process thousands of samples from other HBCUS in Texas: Jarvis Christian College, Paul Quinn College, Prairie View A&M University and Texas College.
The initiative, called The Just Project, is named after Ernest Everett Just, a pioneering biologist and HBCU graduate. It’s part of Thermo Fisher’s commitment to expand access to COVID-19 testing and address the pandemic’s disproportionate impact in communities of color.
“We are grateful to Thermo Fisher Scientific for including Texas Southern in this critical initiative and are excited to use our talented team in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, led by Dean Rashid Mosavin, to join the battle against COVID-19. The Just Project will help us monitor the health of our campus community and honor the biological and medical legacy of HBCUs in the United States,” said Kenneth Huewitt, interim president of Texas Southern University.
With the addition of TSU, eight HBCUS have joined the initiative to serve as testing centers: Howard University College of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, Xavier University of Louisiana, Hampton University, Tuskegee University and Florida A&M.
 
“For more than 150 years, HBCUs have consistently trained leading doctors, lawyers, engineers and scientists while playing a critical role in closing the achievement gap. During the pandemic, they’ve risen to the occasion, proving their resilience in the face of enormous challenges,” said Fred Lowery, Senior Vice President and President of Life Sciences Solutions and Laboratory Products at Thermo Fisher Scientific. “We’re proud Texas Southern University will benefit from The Just Project in an effort to support a safe learning environment for our next generation of leaders.”
“The opportunity for Texas Southern University to act as a hub for testing to assist other HBCUS fits perfectly with our mission to serve,” said Stephanie Nellons-Paige, member of the Texas Southern University Board of Regents.  “We appreciate the vision of Thermo Fisher Scientific and their inclusion of the talent and expertise of our TSU team to execute during this critical time for our nation.”
As part of the initiative, Thermo Fisher has also committed to hiring 500 HBCU students over the next three years.

News Around Campus

Registration is Open for the
Spring 2021 Semester

Register now and secure your spot for the Spring 2021 semester – online and hybrid courses are available. Classes begin January 19 and are set to close May 6. The application deadline for new students to attend in the Spring semester is December 15. Web registration for returning students is open through January 18. For more information, view the academic calendar here.

The Office of the President Hosts
Pie Drive Through Event

  
   
  
   

The Office of the President hosted a Pie Drive Through for faculty and staff members to show their appreciation. Volunteers placed pies in the trunks and back doors of cars to minimize contact and maintain social distance. 

TSU Student Veterans Serve Their Community for the Holidays

Texas Southern University students made an appearance on the TODAY show while giving back to their community. Torian “Ian” Parker, a senior history major, and Khristopher Singletary, a sophomore computer science major, are volunteers at the Houston Food Bank and made a cameo appearance on the show Tuesday morning.
 
Transplants to the city of Houston, Parker and Singletary sought out ways to help those in need in the new city they call home. After researching volunteer opportunities, they came across the Houston Food Bank. Both have spent countless hours volunteering with the organization.
 
“I’ve always had a humbling spirit to give back to the community. I feel as though it is imperative to build community relations no matter where you live and what your circumstances are,” said Singletary, a Navy veteran who served eight years active duty. “I am truly devoted to continuing to do as much as I can to help families to ensure no one is hungry during this hardship we are going through with COVID-19.”
 
Parker, an Army veteran who served 10 years active duty, said he never passes up an opportunity to give back to his community. His personal connection to food banks makes volunteering a matter of importance, especially during a global crisis.
 
“As a child, I recall the abundant amount of food my family received from local food banks. I am honored to say my life has come full circle, as I am able to devote my time and energy to make sure families all across Houston will not go hungry during the holidays,” he said.
 
“COVID-19 has put us in the midst of unprecedented circumstances, and the community needs us now more than ever.”

TSU Professor Receives UNEP
Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Robert D. Bullard, distinguished professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University, has been awarded the 2020 Champions of the Earth Lifetime Achievement award by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Dr. Bullard was honored for his commitment and service to environmental justice.
 
“This year’s Champions of the Earth have dug their heels in, faced down adversity and taken on the immense challenge of working to protect and restore our environment,” said UNEP’s Executive Director Inger Andersen. “They not only inspire us, they also remind us that we have in our hands the solutions, the knowledge and the technology to limit climate change and avoid ecological collapse. It is time for us all to act for nature.”
 
The Lifetime Achievement award recognizes decades of consistent action on behalf of the planet and its inhabitants. Since its inception in 2005, the annual Champions of the Earth honor has brought visibility and validation to some of the world’s most dynamic environmental leaders, from pioneering scientists and captains of industry to heads of state and community activists.
 
Dr. Bullard, known across the United States as the “Father of Environmental Justice,” has been a leader in the environment movement for four decades. He has brought issues of environmental racism to the forefront through extensive research and advocacy. He says that his primary goal is teaching young people how to advocate for change.
 
“There is a long arc of justice. If we understand that these struggles are long term, we will reach that North Star: justice, fairness and equity for all,” Dr. Bullard said. “I am excited about this award and humbled by the fact that environmental and climate justice work is being honored by such an important body as the United Nations. The quest for justice is not a sprint, it’s a marathon relay (where we must) pass the baton to the next generation of freedom fighters.”
 
“I am elated that Dr. Bullard is receiving an award reflective of his high-caliber career,” said TSU Interim President Kenneth Huewitt. “A champion is a fantastic way to describe Dr. Bullard as well as his impact and the legacy he will leave on the world and future generations.”

Jesse H. Jones Professor Appointed to the Fulbright Association Board of Directors

Dr. Kamala Raghavan, professor and interim department chairman for Finance and Accounting, has been elected to the Fulbright Association Board of Directors under the leadership of Executive Director Dr. John Bader. The mission of the Fulbright Association is to advocate for the Fulbright program and promote international education. Fulbright alumni are leaders in every field representing over 165 countries, and are committed to advancing mutual understanding, tolerance, and peaceful relations worldwide.
 
“We are very proud to have Dr. Raghavan serve on the Board of Directors for the Fulbright Association; she is among top educators and  difference makers in the world and we look forward to her sharing all of the knowledge she will gain back to our School and students,” said Dr. David Yen, dean of the Jesse H. Jones School of Business.
 
The vision for the association is a world where international exchange is widely recognized as a force for peace. They are global change-makers in politics, business, science, education, and the arts. Their ranks include 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, 59 Nobel Prize laureates, 37 current or former heads of state or government, 70 MacArthur Foundation Fellows, and 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients.  The alumni come from thousands of public and private universities in the United States and abroad.
 
“I’m delighted and honored to serve as a board member of this prestigious international organization to promote education,” said Raghavan. “I am so grateful to be of service to this community of scholars.”
 
Raghavan will begin her three-year term January 1, 2021, with a portfolio of responsibilities to include finance related activities. She was announced and recognized as a newly elected board member at the Annual Business Meeting for the general membership on Tuesday, December 15th, 2020.   

Texas Southern University Introduces New Business Curriculum Through Banking Partnerships

The Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University has created a new academic program that gives students direct exposure to commercial banking. The Future Bankers Leadership Program (FBLP) introduces TSU business students to the industry through a formal curriculum, interaction with executives and industry mentors, and commercial banking internships. The program will start in the Fall 2021 semester.
 
FDLP is an endowed program in partnership with the Texas Bankers Association, Risk Management Association (RMA) – a Credit Essentials Certificate program, and local and national bankers. The commercial banking concentration will be at the undergraduate level, offering foundational knowledge and the critical skills necessary for students looking to enter the financial services sector. Plans to expand the program will include classes in financial technology, banking compliance and governance, a certificate program, and an initiative that will encourage students majoring in other disciplines to develop banking industry interests.
 
“What a wonderful collaboration between the Texas Bankers Association, its foundation and others involved in the program,” said Dr. Kendall Harris, TSU’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and Research. “We are grateful for partnerships that advance the university and the curriculum used to prepare our students for business careers.”
 
Allegiance Bank senior executives John Scroggins, Sr. and George Martinez have led the effort to launch and sustain the program at Texas Southern. Scroggins is senior vice president at Allegiance Bank and a TSU alumnus who also is a member of the Business Advisory Council for the JHJ School of Business. Martinez is vice chair of Allegiance Bank.
 
 “This program is important to provide a pipeline of future bankers needed to grow and impact our industry by educating the next generation of community bank leaders. Plus, it is foundational to support the local business community,” Scroggins said.
 
The curriculum was created by Dr. David Yen, dean of the JHJ School of Business, and Dr. Zahid Iqbal, JHJSB associate dean and finance faculty member.
 
“This program ignites our curriculum, expands internship opportunities and contributes to the human capital needs of our financial services community,” Dr. Yen said.
 
For more information about the program or to offer support through an endowment, contact the JHJ School of Business via e-mail to Muriel Funches, executive director of Advancement at JHJSB, at Muriel.funches@tsu.edu.

#GIVINGTUESDAY Shatters Previous Record  

Faculty, staff, alumni, friends and community supporters answered the call to make a major impact on #GIVINGTUESDAY. The annual philanthropic event delivered close to a 1000% increase over 2019, with donations totaling $256,318 – up from $23,508 in 2019. Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement that was held on December 1 to inspire millions in a collaborative effort to celebrate giving.

"The students at Texas Southern University deserve our best effort to ensure they have the resources they need to be successful. #GIVINGTUESDAY is about people celebrating the spirit of giving and at TSU, we have so many opportunities for people to make a significant impact though their philanthropy," said Jeff Shaw, AVP for Development.

“Once again, our alumni stepped up to the plate and showed their commitment to our esteemed university by giving much-needed funds to assist students in need. The giving spirit runs deep with our Tigers and I’m especially proud to see such generosity at a time when it’s so desperately needed,” said Connie Cochran, director of Alumni Affairs.
#GivingTuesday will continue through the end of December and donors can still make contributions at giving.tsu.edu/eoy20

TSU Center for Justice Research to Participate in Study of Young Black Male Gun Possession


The Center for Justice Research at Texas Southern University will serve as one of several universities selected to join a $1 million Thurgood Marshall College Fund grant project exploring why young Black and urban youth carry guns funded by the National Gun Violence Research Center. Read more here.

TSU's Aviation Program Receives
FAA Accreditation

The College of Science, Engineering and Technology (COSET) received the Part 141 program designation from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in November. TSU’s Aviation school can continue its mission to train pilots along a specific career path. The FAA sets regular reviews of programs with a Part 141 curriculum for consistency, continuity and acceptable flight training practices.
TSU’s Aviation Science Management degree is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). The program has four aircraft and two full-motion Redbird flight simulators. Plus, veterans who enroll in the program can use their benefits to pay for coursework and flight fees.
 
“The FAA Part 141 designation gives TSU flight students a special approved training program while attending classes toward obtaining their Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Science Management,” said Dr. Terence Fontaine, director of Aviation at TSU. “We have the title for a two-year period in which we must accomplish key metrics in order to maintain the FAA accreditation. We are excited that the hard work by our staff and leadership over the past few years has paid off.”

TSU Receives ACE Award from BankMobile

Texas Southern University is a recipient of the BankMobile 2020 ACE Award that recognizes TSU’s commitment to efficiency, security and student service. Texas Southern has received the award for the second year in a row and is one of 178 schools recognized by BankMobile for being an industry leader in processing refunds for students.
 
Award criteria required that at least 90% of all refunds in 2020 were disbursed electronically and 40% of all students, regardless of financial aid eligibility, completed the refund selection process. TSU exceeded expectations with a 98.02% disbursement rate and a 64.06% preference selection rate. Texas Southern’s partnership with BankMobile began in August 2018 to expedite refunds. Students have an option to select BankMobile as their preferred method to receive refunds. 
 
“We are proud to receive the ACE Award that shows TSU has an efficient, secure method to process student refunds, providing our Tigers with an excellent level of service to have access to their funds in a timely fashion,” said Errol Thomas, director of Student Accounting. “Our goal is to ensure that students and their families have a clear picture of where they stand in order to satisfy their financial obligations to complete their degree and assist with financial planning and literacy.”
 
“Special thanks to Jeff Thomas, our director of student accounting, and the entire accounting team for their dedicated service to TSU students,” said Anita Lockridge, interim vice president of finance and administration.
 
For additional information about the ACE award, visit the BankMobile website.

KTSU 90.9 FM Partners to Produce Blood Drive and First Responders Recognition Ceremony

KTSU 90.9 FM partnered with community activist Janice Weaver and Michael Crockett of Crockett and Sons Enterprises to produce the “Seventh Year Anniversary Blood Drive: SURVIVING – THRIVING & MOBILIZING.” Attendees were able to give blood on site in the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center mobile bus stationed at Texas Southern University. The event sponsors also hosted a First Responders Recognition Ceremony where Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston Fire Department Medical Director Dr. David Persse, Houston Police Department Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner and Houston Fire Department Fire Chief Samuel Pena were honored for their service to the community.
 
“It was wonderful to host and produce this event to help those in need during this holiday season by giving the gift of life by giving blood,” said KTSU 90.9 FM General Manager Ernest Walker. “This is a great way to celebrate our first responders, all individuals who have given or received blood, as well as educate and serve the community.”

TSU Alumna Debuts New Christmas Single on KTSU 90.9 FM

Texas Southern University alumna and Houston native Ki’Ora Michelle has launched her music career and on Friday, December 11, 2020, her new single “The Christmas Song,” debuted on KTSU 90.9 FM. The single features local Houston talent Greg Petito and is said to “truly set the tone for a warm and cozy night cuddled with the ones you love” according to Ki’Ora. 
 
Since Christmas is her favorite holiday, she picked a staple as her first single. “Me being the jazz head I am, the first song I think about when I think of Christmas is ‘The Christmas Song’ by Nat King Cole,” Ki’Ora notes. “I wanted to pick a staple, since it’s just a single and I hope my acoustic interpretation is received well.”
 
Like many great performers who have come before her, the multi-purpose singer’s talents have roots in the church choir. Ki’Ora brings the dynamic of a hip R&B tone married with a traditional swing/bebop scat to jazz and alternative music. The classically trained jazz singer has graced the stage of Carnegie Hall in New York City and has dominated several talent competitions.
 
A jazz performance major, Ki’Ora is jumping head-first into building her brand as an entrepreneur. She is working with an array of organizations, union musicians and band leaders, through MNX, her private equity firm that houses her live entertainment and branding agency.
 
“TSU has been tremendously integral in my becoming as an artist. I was able to find myself and my voice at TSU and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience right in my backyard,” said Ka’Oir.
 
“I feel so blessed to be supported by my community station. I promised Ernest and Donna a long time ago that I’d come to KTSU first to release my music and I’m grateful that the station has received me the way they’ve done so thus far.”

Ki’Ora debuted her single “The Christmas Song” on the Kyle Turner in the Jazz Club show hosted on KTSU 90.9 FM. Stream the song on all listening platforms.

Dean's Annual Newsletter - Spring 2020

Click here to view the Jesse H. Jones School of Business' Dean's Annual Newsletter.

COSET Biannual Newsletter - Fall 2020

Click here to view.

University's Parking Committee

Below are those that have agreed and were selected to the University’s Parking Committee. The committee is comprised of faculty, staff and students. The committee members are as follows:

Mr. Kevin Adams

Ms. Eugenia Long

Ms. Isoke  Frank-Williams

Mr. Marcus Adams

Mr. Harlan Robinson

Mr. Ivan Jones

Mr. Jafus Cavil

Ms. Khaniya Burley

Ms. Sharon Benavides

Ms. Yvonne Valentine

Ms. Linda Williams

Ms. Felecia McAdams

Ms. Tyra Temple

 

The committee has already been approved and have begun submitting ideas and suggestions for the President and Cabinet’s review!

The Student Health Services (SHS) designed a COVID-19 Hotline for faculty, staff, and students in March. Anyone on campus can report or have their COVID-19 concerns addressed by TSU medical practitioners if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

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Women's Basketball Opens The Season With Solid Win Over UTRGV 

The Texas Southern women's basketball team returned to the court for the first time last Saturday afternoon inside the H&PE Arena and picked up where it left off as they opened the 2020-21 campaign with an 85-64 win over UTRGV Saturday afternoon inside the H&PE Arena. 

As one would assume, TSU took some time to get into game mode as UTRGV jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Junior guard Tamaria White scored the first points of the 2020-21 season with a three-pointer and newcomer Jenay Bojorquez tied the game with a free throw. Read More Here.

 
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