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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

TSU Celebrates Class of 2020 Graduates with Virtual Ceremonies

Texas Southern University (TSU) conferred degrees to 1,800 graduates in eight ceremonies on campus during a special Fall Commencement Weekend held November 20-22.
TSU’s administration had to shift from its traditional in-person, hybrid Commencement Exercises to eight virtual ceremonies held over three days in response to the COVID-19 public safety alert and guidelines released by Harris County officials on November 17. TSU’s ten colleges and schools celebrated its graduates in eight virtual ceremonies that were streamed live on
“We are excited to celebrate this milestone with our newest Texas Southern University alumni,” said Interim President Kenneth Huewitt. “Although we made adjustments due to COVID-19, we wanted to celebrate the resiliency of the class of 2020 during these unprecedented times.”
Dr. Kendall Harris, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Research, expressed his pride to the graduates, and the faculty and staff members who made the Virtual Commencement a success.
“This production was truly a team effort. I want to recognize and thank my academic deans and the members of the Commencement Committee who contributed in making this a celebration to remember for our graduates. Our students deserve all of the praise for reaching this academic achievement and I am glad to work with such fine people who made our graduates’ dream a reality,” Dr. Harris said.
The Thurgood Marshall School of Law held its first ceremony on Friday, November 20. The guest speaker was Paulette Brown, senior partner and chief diversity and inclusion officer at the Locke & Lord law firm in New Orleans. Brown is the first African-American woman to serve as president of the American Bar Association.
Two colleges and two schools celebrated graduates in Ceremony II with staggered events on Saturday, November 21:
  • The guest speaker for the College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences was Pamela Ellis, director of residential services at Houston Area Women’s Center (HWAC) and a TSU alumna.
  • The guest speaker for the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs was Amber Newman, chief executive officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Brazoria Country and a TSU alumna.
  • The Jesse H. Jones School of Business guest speaker was John Scroggins, senior vice president of commercial lending and community development lending at Allegiance Bank of Houston and a TSU alumnus.
  • The College of Education guest speaker was Dr. Cherry Ross Gooden, retired associate professor and chairperson of curriculum and instruction for 36 years at Texas Southern and a TSU alumna.
Two colleges and one school honored graduates in Ceremony III with staggered events on Sunday, November 22:
  • The guest speaker for the College of Science, Engineering and Technology speaker was William Hudson, chief operating and financial officer for Harris Country Public Health and a TSU alumnus.
  • The School of Communication guest speaker was Tony Wyllie, regional president and managing director for Special Olympics-North American and a TSU alumnus.
  • The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences guest speaker was Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of National School of Tropical Medicine and professor of pediatrics and molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor School of Medicine.
View photos from the Winter 2020 ceremonies here.
News Around Campus

Registration is Open for Wintermester, Spring 2021 semesters

TSU’s five-week “Wintermester” begins November 30 to give students an opportunity to take online courses during Winter Break. Spring semester is expected to offer online and hybrid courses and will begin January 19, 2021, closing May 6, 2021.The deadline for new students to apply for the Spring semester is December 15. Web registration for returning students is open through January 18, 2021. For more information, view the academic calendar  here.

Honors College Fall 2020 Newsletter 

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COLABS Fall 2020 Newsletter 

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Thankful Tigers
A few grateful Tigers shared what makes them thankful as we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.



The Center for Justice Research Releases Police Action Brief 

The first in the series, the Banning Chokeholds brief grew directly out of the Center for Justice research's involvement in the Houston Mayor’s Police Reform Task Force and the recommendations of the National Police Reform Advisory Group. View the brief here:

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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TSU Athletics Honors 2020
Winter Graduates, Student-Athletes

Nineteen (19) student-athletes are candidates for the 2020 Winter Commencement which will be held virtually on Saturday and Sunday on Due to COVID-19, the Department of Athletics was unable to host its annual Graduation & Sash Ceremony/Reception but Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Enhancement Kim Evans and staff came up with a creative way to honor the graduates by allowing them to recap their experiences and talk about their future with a moving recap video which was filmed in-person when they picked up their sashes.

2020 Texas Southern University Winter Commencement Student-Athlete Virtual Sash Ceremony Tributes 

A complete list of TSU's student-athlete graduation candidates follows below.

Justin Cooper (Fort Worth, Texas)
Robert Loza (Pasadena, Texas)
Oscar Ponce (Brownsville, Texas)
Charles Robinson (Sugar Land, Texas)
Quinton Brigham (Fort Worth, Texas)

Destiny Arvinger (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Michael Badejo (Arlington, Texas)
Donnie Corley (Detroit, Mich.)
Marquel Daigle (Gray, La.)
Ke'lenn Davis (Houston, Texas)
Thurman Morbley (Texarkana, Texas)
Anthony Phillips (Houston, Texas)
Destani Burbank (Pearland, Texas)
Lemauriel Johnson (Baytown, Texas)
Madison Phillips (Trenton, N.J.)
Julia Bilbao (Houston, Texas)

Nikole Haroon (New Orleans, La.)
Rakayla Robertson (Baton Rouge, La.)

Nia Stone (San Antonio, Texas)

TSU Football Great, Pro Football Hall of Famer Winston Hill Inducted Into Black College Hall of Fame 

The Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) announced its 12th Class today – the Class of 2021. Six inductees were selected from a list of 25 Finalists who had been determined earlier by the BCFHOF Selection Committee. The Black College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021 includes: Coy Bacon (Jackson State University), Greg Coleman (Florida A&M University), Jimmie Giles (Alcorn State University), Winston Hill (Texas Southern University), Roynell Young (Alcorn State University) and Coach Willard Bailey (Virginia Union, Norfolk State University, St. Paul's College, Virginia-Lynchburg College).

"On behalf of the Board of Trustees, congratulations to the Class of 2021," said BCFHOF Co-Founder and 2011 Inductee Doug Williams. "It is a significant achievement to be considered one of the best to ever play or coach football at a Historically Black College & University." Votes were tallied from the 11-member Selection Committee, comprised of prominent journalists, commentators, and historians, as well as former NFL General Managers and executives, and from members of the BCFHOF to determine the Inductees.

Hill, a veteran of 16 years as a player and scout in the National Football League, was regarded as one of the greatest offensive lineman ever to attend Texas Southern University. A football star during the 1959-1962 season, the Gladewater, Texas native earned All-Southwestern Athletic Conference honors three of his four seasons. Hill gained national attention as a member of the New York Jets because of his outstanding blocking ability as he protected the great Joe Namath; the team's heralded quarterback. Hill captained the Jets for 11 years also serving as the NFL player representative for many years. As a Jet, Hill started 197 consecutive games and was selected to play in eight Pro Bowl Games. He will be inducted into the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame.

An 11th round draft pick by the Baltimore Ravens, Hill had the honor of winning a Super Bowl Championship and is a member of the prestigious New York Jets' Ring of Honor. Texas Southern University had an opportunity to honor Hill and 29 other former TSU football players during a homecoming celebration titled "Tigers in the NFL, A First and Goal Celebration in 2015 as a clip of Hill can be heard above.

The Class of 2021 will be honored at the 2021 Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Juneteenth Celebration, Presented by the Atlanta Falcons on June 19, 2021. The Induction Ceremony takes place at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

Bowling Wins 1st Match Of Season, Closes Out Season Opener On Saturday

Texas Southern picked up its first win of the season Saturday and began to settle into its own as they closed out play at the Track KAT Klash at Time to Spare Lanes.
TSU finished the Individual portion of tournament play with a 1-3 record which included a win over Prairie View A&M while battling Louisiana Tech, Vanderbilt and Sam Houston State down to the wire.
The day began with a narrow 920-900 loss to Louisiana Tech as freshman Shyanne Ciesiolka bowled a 200 followed by a 193 game from junior Leanna Martinez. The Tigers overcame the early morning defeat and battled back to claim a 10-pin (924-914) over Prairie View A&M in match two. Freshman Evan Smith led TSU with a 208 while Martinez bowled a 203. Freshman Cassie De La Fuente finished one pin shy of a 200 as she tallied 199 pins.
Ciesiolka bowled a 194 to lead TSU in game three as the Tigers fell to Sam Houston State. In the tournament finale against Vanderbilt, De La Fuente rose to the occasion and bowled a team-best 247 while Smith countered with a 212.
De La Fuente closed out her first tournament at TSU by leading the team and was 11th overall with a 190.4 average in five individual games on Saturday. Ciesiolka (16th) was close behind as she averaged 187.6 followed by Smith's (17th) 185.2 average.
This weekend's tournament marks the lone event of the fall semester for TSU Bowling as the team will return to action on Jan. 15, 2021 in Dallas for the first SWAC Round Up.


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