Four TSU Students Set Sight on “Gold” in Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Trials

hcasc-logo-2012NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – While America’s athletes are going for the gold in Sochi, Russia, a team of four Tennessee State University students will be competing Saturday, Feb. 15 in Montgomery, Ala., in trials for the “Olympics of the mind,” the Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge. Tennessee State is a former National Champion.

Forty-eight teams from the qualifying tournaments will advance to the National Championship Tournament in Los Angeles in April. The teams will be announced on Feb. 20.

More than $300,000 is at stake this year. And the TSU team is making every preparation possible to repeat as champions and bring home the “gold,” a $50,000 grant to the winning institution.

“Tennessee State is excited about participating in the National Qualifying Tournament at Alabama State University in Montgomery,” said Dr. John P. Miglietta, professor of Political Science and coach of the TSU team.  “This is an excellent opportunity for our team to compete against other HBCUs, and great training for our possible participation in the National Championship Tournament.”

The Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge is a “knowledge game of quick recall” that engages the best and brightest students at HBCUs in an annual academic quiz championship . The Challenge, sponsored by Honda, is now in its 25th year. During that time Honda has awarded more than $7 million in grants to participating HBCUs, and nearly 100,000 students in 22 states have taken part.

Representing TSU this year are: Adriann N. Wilson, a junior Mechanical Engineering major from Albany, Ga.; Brandon Cantrel Bartee, junior Mechanical Engineering major from Manchester, Tenn.; Aurora Garvin, a sophomore Art major from Nashville, Tenn.; and Joseph Edward Patrick II, a junior Electrical Engineering major also from Nashville.

In a congratulatory statement, the Assistant Vice President for Corporate Community Relations of American Honda, Stephan Morikawa, noted the long hours of hard work, practice and study, in addition to regular academic course load that participants must endure to prepare for the Challenge.

“Honda would like to wish good luck to all the HCASC teams attempting to qualify for the National Championship tournament this weekend,” Morikawa said. “We look forward to greeting the ‘Great 48’ in April.”

 

 

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About Tennessee State University

With nearly 9,000 students, Tennessee State University is Nashville’s only public university, and is a comprehensive, urban, co-educational, land-grant university offering 38 undergraduate, 22 graduate and seven doctoral programs. TSU has earned a top 20 ranking for Historically Black Colleges and Universities according to U.S. News and World Report, and rated as one of the top universities in the country by Washington Monthly for social mobility, research and community service. Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University celebrated 100 years in Nashville during 2012. Visit the University online at tnstate.edu.

Ten TSU Students Named Finalists for Regional Journalism Awards

Dept of CommNASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – The 2014 finalists have been announced for the best in broadcast, print and online journalism by the Southeast Journalism Conference, with Tennessee State University students capturing finalist slots in 10 of the 23 individual categories.  College finalists in categories such as Best Website, Best Newspaper and Best Radio or TV Newscast were not released early.

Award winners will be announced at the SEJC conference, Friday Feb. 21, hosted by the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Tennessee State University finalists include:

*Best Opinion-Editorial Writer: Patrick Lewis
*Best Magazine Page Layout Designer: Brittney Bodden
*Best Radio Hard News Reporter: Brandi Giles
*Best Television News Feature Reporter: Quinn Panganiban
*Best Radio News Feature Reporter: Kelli Volk
*Best Radio Journalist: Chantell Copeland
*Best Advertising Staff Member: Ashli Beverley
*Best Journalism Research Paper: Jer’Mykeal McCoy
*College Journalist of the Year: Ce’Dra Jackson
*Best Multimedia Journalist: Alicia Bailey

According to Dr. Terry Likes, Chair of the Department of Communications, this is a testament to the commitment to excellence of students, faculty and the administration.

“Teaching students to work across media platforms, and an enhanced partnership with the student newspaper, The Meter, means we have improved the quality of our student media to the point where we now have more entries and more finalists in SEJC than we have had in recent years,” said Likes.

The Southeast Journalism Conference is a vibrant learning community of journalists honing their craft through professional development and the Best of the South Collegiate Journalism Competition. An organization comprised of more than 45 member colleges and universities in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, SEJC was created to encourage greater interest in student journalism and to form closer ties among journalism schools in the Southeast United States.

The Best of the South competition recognizes individual student journalists and university publications. The competition consists of 23 individual and eight university categories.

 

 

Department of Media Relations
Tennessee State University
3500 John Merritt Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37209
615.963.5331

 

 

About Tennessee State University

With nearly 9,000 students, Tennessee State University is Nashville’s only public university, and is a comprehensive, urban, co-educational, land-grant university offering 38 undergraduate, 22 graduate and seven doctoral programs. TSU has earned a top 20 ranking for Historically Black Colleges and Universities according to U.S. News and World Report, and rated as one of the top universities in the country by Washington Monthly for social mobility, research and community service. Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University celebrated 100 years in Nashville during 2012. Visit the University online at tnstate.edu.

TSU’s Mobile Biodiesel Education Demonstration Announces Spring Tour Dates

Dr. Jason de Koff (center), assistant professor of agronomy and soil sciences at TSU, shares bioenergy research with visitors recently. The mobile demonstration lab will be on display throughout the year beginning February 17. (courtesy photo)
Dr. Jason de Koff (center), assistant professor of agronomy and soil sciences at TSU, shares bioenergy research with visitors recently. The mobile demonstration lab will be on display throughout the year beginning February 17. (courtesy photo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – Tennessee State University’s Mobile Biodiesel Education Demonstration is going on tour. Live biodiesel production demonstrations will be held at five locations this spring, providing people across the state with an up-close look at the biodiesel production process and educational information on real-world production scenarios.

According to TSU assistant professor of agronomy and soil sciences Dr. Jason de Koff who will be leading the tour, the production of biodiesel fuel from vegetable oil is a viable process that can replace traditional fuel used in existing diesel engines.

“This process can go a long way toward helping ease the financial burden of fuel costs,” he said. “It is possible [farmers] could become totally self-sufficient in diesel fuel use.”

The five dates on the Spring 2014 tour are:

Date

City

Location

Monday, Feb. 17th Winchester, Tenn. Franklin County Extension Office
Wednesday, Feb. 26th Covington, Tenn. Tipton County Extension Office
Thursday, March 6th Dyersburg, Tenn. Dyer County Extension Office
Thursday, March 13th Wartburgh, Tenn. Morgan County Extension Office
Tuesday, June 17th Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee State University

For more information, visit the Mobile Biodiesel Education Demonstration website or follow the TSU bioenergy program on Twitter at @TSUBioenergy or on Facebook at Biodiesel Production Tour. To register to attend, contact Dr. Jason de Koff at 615.963.4929 or jdekoff@tnstate.edu.

 

 

 

Department of Media Relations
Tennessee State University
3500 John Merritt Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37209
615.963.5331

 

 

About Tennessee State University

With nearly 9,000 students, Tennessee State University is Nashville’s only public university, and is a comprehensive, urban, co-educational, land-grant university offering 38 undergraduate, 22 graduate and seven doctoral programs. TSU has earned a top 20 ranking for Historically Black Colleges and Universities according to U.S. News and World Report, and rated as one of the top universities in the country by Washington Monthly for social mobility, research and community service. Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University celebrated 100 years in Nashville during 2012. Visit the University online at tnstate.edu.

TSU receives $10,000 award for minority youth to attend 4-H Youth summer development program

PrintNASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service)  – Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension’s 4-H/Youth Development Program, housed in the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences has been selected as the recipient of $10,000 in funding to be distributed through scholarships for minority youths to attend the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus program this summer in Washington, D.C.

The award, supported by Farm Credit and distributed through the National 4-H Council, will pay for the registration, lodging, meals and travel arrangements for six minority youth participants and one adult chaperone.

The CWF program, attended by several thousand young people from across the country, is held every summer and provides youth ages 14-19 with an opportunity to improve their communication and leadership skills through various hands-on activities and programs that teach civic and social responsibility. Students participating in CWF also get an up-close look at the nation’s Capitol and meet members of Congress.

“Citizenship Washington Focus is one of the best leadership opportunities for youth in this country,” said Dr. Latif Lighari, associate dean for Extension in the CAHNS. “We are extremely excited to have this opportunity to provide scholarships to minority youth who may not otherwise have had the chance to participate.”

Dr. Thomas Broyles, Extension Program Leader for 4-H/Youth Development at TSU, will coordinate the selection and participation of scholarship recipients.

 

 

 

Department of Media Relations
Tennessee State University
3500 John Merritt Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37209
615.963.5331

 

 

About Tennessee State University

With nearly 9,000 students, Tennessee State University is Nashville’s only public university, and is a comprehensive, urban, co-educational, land-grant university offering 38 undergraduate, 22 graduate and seven doctoral programs. TSU has earned a top 20 ranking for Historically Black Colleges and Universities according to U.S. News and World Report, and rated as one of the top universities in the country by Washington Monthly for social mobility, research and community service. Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University celebrated 100 years in Nashville during 2012. Visit the University online at tnstate.edu.

College of Business Accreditation Reaffirmed, Commended for Strengths and Effective Practices

AACSB_low_res_blueNASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – The College of Business at Tennessee State University has successfully maintained its accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the organization announced recently.

In a letter informing the dean and administration of the reaffirmation of the undergraduate and graduate business programs, the AACSB International commended the college for its “strengths and effective practices.”

It cited, among other achievements, the establishment of “specific” advisory boards that have helped the college gain wide access to industry and the business community; the successful development of an intra-university partnership, which promotes the university and the college’s missions; as well as the development of program initiatives designed to improve retention and graduation.

The AACSB International Executive Vice President and Chief Accrediting Officer, Robert D. Reid, congratulated the university and college administrations, students, faculty and staff for the achievement. He noted that it takes “a great deal” of commitment and determination to earn and maintain an AACSB International accreditation, and applauded the University for initiating efforts, which have helped to distinguish the TSU business program.

“Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students,” Reid said.

Dr. Millicent Lownes-Jackson, dean of the College of Business
Dr. Millicent Lownes-Jackson, Dean of the College of Business

The Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Mark Hardy, in congratulating the Dean, Dr. Millicent Lownes-Jackson and the faculty, staff and student of the College of Business, called the reaccreditation “an outstanding” achievement for the college.

“The reaffirmation demonstrates the quality of the instruction and the exceptional nature of the learning environment that is evident in the college,” he said. “I am extremely pleased the college continues to be a distinguished leader among business schools in Nashville and across the country.”

For Dean Lownes-Jackson, upon hearing the news of the reaffirmation, she gave the credit to her “outstanding” faculty, “vibrant” corporate advisory boards, and “dedicated” staff and administrators.

“Our success in maintaining AACSB International accreditation is built on the solid framework of dynamic faculty who are committed to providing quality instruction for our business students and who produce meaningful academic research that informs business thinking and academic practices globally,” Lownes-Jackson said.

Like the AACSB International, the dean said the corporate advisory boards of the college help to ensure the curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills that the business world needs.

“This is also attributed to our dedicated staff and administrators who work tirelessly to make our college a warm and supportive environment to propel student learning and ultimately, future career achievement,” Dr. Lownes-Jackson added.

Called the “hallmark of excellence” in business education, AACSB International accreditation is held by less than 5 percent of the world’s business programs, according to the AACSB International webpage. Only 687 institutions in 50 countries and territories hold AACSB accreditations.

TSU holds the distinction of the being the first public university in Nashville to attain the AACSB International accreditation in 1994, and the first public HBCU in the nation to simultaneously receive the accreditation in its undergraduate and graduate business programs the same year.

This achievement has not only been in words, but also in the caliber of students the college continues to graduate and how those graduates are impacting the world in various industries. In its annual “People & Places Readers’ Poll” of the Best of Nashville for 2012, the “Nashville Scene” designated the TSU MBA Program one of the best MBA programs in the area.

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Media Relations
Tennessee State University
3500 John Merritt Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37209
615.963.5331

 

 

About Tennessee State University

With nearly 9,000 students, Tennessee State University is Nashville’s only public university, and is a comprehensive, urban, co-educational, land-grant university offering 38 undergraduate, 22 graduate and seven doctoral programs. TSU has earned a top 20 ranking for Historically Black Colleges and Universities according to U.S. News and World Report, and rated as one of the top universities in the country by Washington Monthly for social mobility, research and community service. Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University celebrated 100 years in Nashville during 2012. Visit the University online at tnstate.edu.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Elects Tiger Great Claude Humphrey

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey (87) flights of a block by Los Angeles Rams tackle John Williams (75) at Fulton County Stadium. The former TSU standout was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and will be enshrined Saturday, Aug. 2, at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
Atlanta Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey (87) flights of a block by Los Angeles Rams tackle John Williams (75) at Fulton County Stadium. The former TSU standout was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and will be enshrined Saturday, Aug. 2, at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tiger great and NFL standout Claude Humphrey has been selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Humphrey, along with Ray Guy, earned the 80 percent positive vote to earn election. Humphrey and Guy are joined by Derrick Brooks, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan and Aeneas Williams as the Class of 2014. The Enshrinement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

Humphrey was an All-American defensive tackle at TSU who went on to be one of the greatest passes rushers in the National Football League. Humphrey played for the Tigers from 1964 to 1967. He was initially an Offensive Tackle, but was switched to Defensive End in his freshman year, where he became a three-time All-American.

During his senior season, Humphrey played in four college all-star games: the Senior Bowl, the Blue-Gray Game, the Coaches All-American Game and the College All-Star game.

Humphrey ended his collegiate career as the all-time leader in sacks at TSU with 39. Currently, he is tied for second behind Lamar Carter along with fellow TSU legend and NFL Hall of Famer Richard Dent.

He was selected in the first round of the 1968 NFL Draft going third overall to the Atlanta Falcons. During his rookie season in Atlanta, he was name AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Humphrey played 13 seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons (1968-74, 76-77) and the Philadelphia Eagles (1979-81).

While with Atlanta, he was named All-NFL or All-Pro eight times and was selected to the Pro Bowl on six different occasions.

During the 1980 season with the Eagles, Humphrey totaled a team-high 14.5 sacks on the way to an NFC Championship and an appearance in Super Bowl XV.

Even though the sack didn’t become an official NFL statistic until after he retired, Humphrey is still credited with 122 career sacks, including holding the all-time career sacks mark for the Falcons with 94.5.

Humphrey is in the Tennessee State University Hall of Fame, the Georgia Hall of Fame, the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Hall of Fame, the Atlanta Falcons Hall of Fame, and his high schools Hall of Fame. Humphrey’s college and high schools both retired his jersey.

 

 

 

 

Department of Media Relations
Tennessee State University
3500 John Merritt Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37209
615.963.5331

 

 

About Tennessee State University

With nearly 9,000 students, Tennessee State University is Nashville’s only public university, and is a comprehensive, urban, co-educational, land-grant university offering 38 undergraduate, 22 graduate and seven doctoral programs. TSU has earned a top 20 ranking for Historically Black Colleges and Universities according to U.S. News and World Report, and rated as one of the top universities in the country by Washington Monthly for social mobility, research and community service. Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University celebrated 100 years in Nashville during 2012. Visit the University online at tnstate.edu.