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TSU, Metro Schools Host Area’s Largest College Fair with an attendance of more than 8,000

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – When it comes to choosing a college, high school senior Gabriel Faulcon’s mind is made up. He’s going to Tennessee State University.

College of Agriculture representatives, Prof. William Hayslett, left, and Dr. De’Etra Young, discuss TSU offerings and programs with high school senior Gabriel Faulcon and his mother Mercedes Maynor-Faulcon. (Photo by John Cross, TSU Media Relations)

“TSU has always been a part of my life; I am from Nashville, I go to University School of Nashville,” said Faulcon, who has been a part of an independent study program at TSU for almost two years. “I am interested in becoming a veterinarian, and so as soon as I heard TSU offered animal science, it made me even more excited about coming here.”

Faulcon, whose father, Gary, also attended TSU, was one of more than 8,000 middle and high school students and their parents and relatives who attended the Metro Nashville Public Schools College Fair at TSU’s Gentry complex on Sept. 21.

Dr. Sito Narcisse, MNPS Chief of Schools, left, says that TSU is the biggest pipeline for teachers in the entire Metro school system. he talks to, from right, Dr. Curtis Johnson, Associate VP for Administration; Dr. Gregory Clark, TSU’s Director of High School Relations and NCAA Certification; Dr. Megan Cusson-Lark, MNPS Interim Executive Director of School Counseling; and Kathy Buggs, Director of Office and and Community Services for Congressman Jim Cooper. (Photo by Emmanuel S. Freeman, TSU Media Relations)

More than 170 colleges, universities and post-secondary institutions from across the nation took part in the fair. It offered students the opportunity to review information on admissions, financial aid, costs, college life and programs to help them decide their choice of college or university.

TSU is the first university or college to host the MNPS College Fair in its decades-long history, according to TSU officials.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Tennessee State University,” said Dr. Curtis Johnson, associate vice president for administration and chief of staff. “Having this at TSU gives us an opportunity to showcase the campus to people who would otherwise not come here. So, showing them what we have to offer, given that our various colleges and departments are participating, is exciting for us.”

MNPS Chief of Schools, Dr. Sito Narcisse, said the Metro schools are excited to partner with TSU to host the college fair. He said TSU has been a major partner and the biggest pipeline for teachers in the entire system.

“TSU has been a great partner, and we appreciate how the university has supported us like today with thousands of kids and their parents attending this fair,” Narcisse said. “We are one of the largest urban school systems, not only in the state of Tennessee, but in the country, with about 6,000 teachers out of our 11,000 employees. We’d like to sign TSU teachers early, even as they are in their courses, to ensure jobs for them as they come out.”

TSU officials say hosting the college fair is the result of a long relationship between the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Success, and the MNPS Guidance Counselors’ Office. For the last seven years, TSU has also hosted the mandatory annual high school guidance counselors’ training for MNPS.

“We are ecstatic to be the first university to host the Metro Nashville Public School College Fair,” said Dr. Gregory Clark, director of High School Relations and NCAA Certification. “The fair has taken place at different locations throughout the city. We are just excited to welcome so many institutions from throughout North America.”

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About Tennessee State University

With more than 9,000 students, Tennessee State University is Nashville’s only public university, and is a comprehensive, urban, co-educational, land-grant university offering 38 bachelor’s degree programs, 25 master’s degree programs and seven doctoral degrees. 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.

 

Tennessee State to host HBCU College Fair during national conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – Leaders from higher education institutions across the country will converge on the campus of Tennessee State University next week.

imagesThe National Association of College Deans, Registrars and Admissions Officers is holding its annual conference in Nashville March 20-24. Tennessee State will host the conference on its main campus March 22-23.

The conference attendees will have an opportunity to represent their institutions at a HBCU College Fair that will be held in TSU’s Farrell-Westbrook Complex on March 22.

This year’s conference theme is “HBCUs Do Matter: Assessing Recruitment, Admissions, Financial Aid and Academic Data for Student Success.”

Dr. Curtis Johnson, TSU’s chief of staff and associate vice president for administration, said he believes the college fair will be very beneficial.

“High school students and their parents will have an opportunity to visit with institutions they might rarely have direct access to,” said Johnson, a longtime member of NACDRAO.

Dr. Gregory Clark, TSU’s director of alumni outreach and high school relations, is also a longtime member of the association, as well as a former NACDRAO president.

Founded in 1925, one of the main reasons for establishing the organization was to provide a forum for deans and registrars of black colleges to discuss mutual problems with a view toward improving the quality of education in member colleges, and to set standards for accreditation.

For more information about NACDRAO, visit http://www.nacdrao.org.

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Tennessee State University
3500 John Merritt Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37209
615.963.5331

About Tennessee State University

With more than 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, 25 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.