Pastor in North Carolina Named Hercules Scholarship Recipient

Tom Joyner Scholarship Recipient Dayhige Wright

[Dallas, TX – March 26th, 2015]

Student: Dayhige Wright

GPA : 3.7

Hometown : Rocky Mount, SC

Major/ Class: Mass Communication/ Sophomore

Dayhige,a Sophomore at Winston Salem State University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Mr. Wright is originally from Rocky Mount, South Carolina and currently has a 3.7 GPA. He is majoring in Mass Communication at Winston Salem State University. After earning his degree at  Winston Salem , he wants to pursue his goal of getting his Masters in Divinity from Shaw University. Dayhige is the Pastor of Living Water Baptist Church and the Associate Pastor of New Light Baptist Church in Greensboro,NC . On the campus of Winston Salem he involved with the Renaissance Program at WSSU . He also mentions that the most influential people to his life is his late grandmother and his God- father. Dayhige says that both were vital in his spiritual growth and has helped him reach the goals he has set for his life.

He lives by the scripture Philippians 3:14 “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me ”  #WSSULove #RaisetheRoofRams

 

Sophomore Kalon Anthony Named This Weeks Hercules Scholar from Winston Salem

Tom Joyner Scholarship Recipient Kalon Anthony

 

[Dallas, TX – March 19th, 2015]

Student: Kalon T.J. Anthony

GPA : 3.73

Hometown : Riverdale, Georgia

Major/ Class: Education / Sophomore

Kalon Anthony ,a Sophomore at Winston Salem State University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Kalon is originally from Riverdale, Georgia and currently has a 3.73 GPA. He is majoring in Education at Winston Salem State University. His future goal after earning his degree at  Winston Salem , he wants to pursue his goal of becoming a teacher or a preacher and be a positive role model in the community.  At WSSU he is  a Eagle Brother of the Alpha Nu Omega Fraternity Inc. and apart of Winston Salem’s M.I.M.E a organization on campus that minister through mimes to gospel music performed throughout the community . He also mentions that the most influential people to his life is his father and grandfather. Kalon says that both have helped him become the young man he is now and also looks to for inspiration as he carries his family legacy.

He lives by the scripture 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new . #WSSULove #RaisetheRoofRams

Winston-Salem State University was founded in 1852. In 1925, Winston-Salem State became the first African-American institution in the nation to grant elementary education teaching degrees and today, the University offers a Motorsports Management major. This award winning program is the nation’s first Bachelor of Science degree program dedicated to Motorsports management. The University’s undergraduate and graduate programs offer more than 40 majors for which graduates are prepared and ready to serve in their prospective fields. Notable alumni include: Louise Smith, an educator who established the first kindergarten program in North Carolina, former NBA basketball star Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, and talk show host, television personality, and former American sports journalist, Stephen A. Smith

Freshman and Future Television Host at WSSU , Receives $1,500 Scholarship

 

Tom Joyner Scholarship Recipient Jerel Smith

[Dallas, TX – March 12th, 2015]

Student: Je’Rel T. Smith

GPA : 3.7

Hometown : Lexington, NC

Major/ Class: Mass Communication – Public Relations / Freshman

Je’Rel T. Smith ,a Freshman at Winston Salem State University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Je’Rel T. Smith is originally from Lexington, North Carolina and currently has a 3.7 GPA. He is majoring in Mass Communications at Winston Salem State University. His future goal after earning his degree at  Winston Salem , he wants to pursue his goal of becoming a television host for a show that uplifts the African American community  and also start a non profit organization that concentrates on young minority men. Je’Rel is also a member of the Renaissance Men, Black Men for Change and the Freshman Class PR. He also mentions that the most influential person in his life is Hip Hop Mogul Jay- Z , who not only known for his music, but for his business endeavors.

He lives by the motto : “I have to stay true to whatever I am feeling at the time, whatever direction I am heading in and hopefully, everyone follows”. #WSSULove #RaisetheRoofRams

Winston-Salem State University was founded in 1852. In 1925, Winston-Salem State became the first African-American institution in the nation to grant elementary education teaching degrees and today, the University offers a Motorsports Management major. This award winning program is the nation’s first Bachelor of Science degree program dedicated to Motorsports management. The University’s undergraduate and graduate programs offer more than 40 majors for which graduates are prepared and ready to serve in their prospective fields. Notable alumni include: Louise Smith, an educator who established the first kindergarten program in North Carolina, former NBA basketball star Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, and talk show host, television personality, and former American sports journalist, Stephen A. Smith.

First Hercules Scholar from Winston Salem – Future United States Air Force Officer

Tom Joyner Scholarship Recipient Tristen Johnson

[Dallas, TX – March 5th, 2015]

Student: Tristen Johnson

GPA : 3.6

Hometown : Charlotte, NC

Major/ Class: Economics – Finance / Junior

Tristen Johnson ,a Junior at Winston Salem State University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Tristen Johnson is originally from Charlotte North Carolina and currently has a 3.6 GPA. He is majoring in Economics at Winston Salem State University. His future goal after earning his degree at  Winston Salem , he wants to join the United State Air Force and also get his Masters in Economics. Tristen is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and he is also a Chancellor Scholar.  He is also a member of the Mister Honors Program at WSSU.  He also mentions that the most influential people in his life are his parents and grandparents. They have instilled in him that there is no obstacle to big to overcome.

He lives by the motto : “Things happen ; However, if it doesn’t kill you, keep moving”. #WSSULove

Winston-Salem State University was founded in 1852. In 1925, Winston-Salem State became the first African-American institution in the nation to grant elementary education teaching degrees and today, the University offers a Motorsports Management major. This award winning program is the nation’s first Bachelor of Science degree program dedicated to Motorsports management. The University’s undergraduate and graduate programs offer more than 40 majors for which graduates are prepared and ready to serve in their prospective fields. Notable alumni include: Louise Smith, an educator who established the first kindergarten program in North Carolina, former NBA basketball star Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, and talk show host, television personality, and former American sports journalist, Stephen A. Smith.

 

Winston-Salem State University Foundation named School of the Month partner

 

The Tom Joyner Foundation is partnering with the Winston-Salem State University Foundation (WSSUF), to help raise funds to support scholars attending Winston-Salem State University.

As a partner with the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’, the WSSUF and its chapters will be promoted on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and receive those funds raised from listeners, alumni and other interested parties that month. The show, aired in 115 markets around the country, reaches nearly eight million listeners every week.

WSSUF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. There are more than 16,000 alumni across the nation and beyond. The governance of the Foundation includes alumni, as well as members of the local community and university administrators. The WSSUF continues to grow with the support of alumni and friends of Winston-Salem State.

Winston-Salem State University was founded in 1892. In 1925, Winston-Salem State became the first African-American institution in the nation to grant elementary education teaching degrees and today, the University offers a Motorsports Management major. This award winning program is the nation’s first Bachelor of Science degree program dedicated to Motorsports management. The University’s undergraduate and graduate programs offer more than 40 majors for which graduates are prepared and ready to serve in their prospective fields. Notable alumni include: Louise Smith, an educator who established the first kindergarten program in North Carolina, former NBA basketball star Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, and talk show host, television personality, and former American sports journalist, Stephen A. Smith.

The Foundation’s ‘Schools of the Month’ for the rest of the year are as follows: April – South Carolina State University Foundation, Orangeburg, S.C.; May – University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.; June – Xavier University, New Orleans, La.; August – Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala.; September –Prairie View A&M Foundation, Prairie View, Tex.; October – Tennessee State University Foundation, Nashville, Tenn.; November – Alabama A&M University Foundation, Huntsville, Ala.

About the Winston-Salem State University Foundation

The Winston-Salem State University Foundation, Inc.,  is a private, non-profit organization independent of the university. Established in 1970, the Foundation was created to generate resources to support the strategic initiatives of the university. The mission of the Winston-Salem State University Foundation, Inc. is to foster and promote the growth, progress, and general well-being of the university.

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Columnist Eugene Robinson to Emcee Claflin University’s 20th Anniversary Visionary Leadership Gala Featuring Bill Cosby

 

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Eugene Robinson

[Dallas, TX – September 12th, 2014]

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and Orangeburg native Eugene Robinson will serve as the emcee at Claflin University’s 20th Anniversary Visionary Leadership Gala.

The 20th Anniversary Visionary Leadership Gala – set for 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, September 18, 2014, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center – will be held in honor of President Henry N. Tisdale and Mrs. Alice Carson Tisdale for their 20 years of dedicated service to Claflin University, as well as all employees who have provided at least 20 years of service to the institution.
Entertainment for the evening will be provided by the incomparable Bill Cosby, one of America’s most beloved television fathers and whose off-screen comedic routines transcend age, gender and culture. Tickets are $200 per person, or $5,000 for sponsorship tables of 10. The purpose of the gala is to raise $1 million in support of student scholarships and to establish an endowed chair in honor of the Tisdales.

Robinson – who grew up near the Claflin campus – served as the University’s keynote speaker during its 2009 Commencement Convocation. His mother, Louisa, was the head librarian at Claflin for more than 31 years and served the University for more than 45 years. He attended Felton Laboratory School and Orangeburg High School, where he was one of a few black students at the previously all-white campus.
Robinson continued his education at the University of Michigan, where during his senior year he became the first black student to be named co-editor-in-chief of the award-winning campus newspaper, The Michigan Daily. Robinson writes a twice-a-week column on politics and culture for The Washington Post, contributes to the PostPartisan blog and hosts a weekly online chat with readers. During his three-decade career at The Post, Robinson has been city hall reporter, city editor, foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor and assistant managing editor in charge of the paper’s Style section. He started writing a column for the Op-Ed page in 2005.

In 2009, Robinson received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for “his eloquent columns on the 2008 presidential campaign that focus on the election of the first African-American president, showcasing graceful writing and grasp of the larger historic picture.” Robinson is the author of “Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America” (2010), “Last Dance in Havana” (2004), and “Coal to Cream: A Black Man’s Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race” (1999).Robinson is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and has received numerous journalism awards. He lives with his wife and two sons in Arlington, Va.

For more information or to purchase tickets or sponsorship for the 20th Anniversary Visionary Leadership Gala, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 803-535-5238 or 803-535-5722, or visit https://alumni.claflin.edu/20th-anniversary-visionary-leadership-gala.

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Claflin University is an accredited, comprehensive institution of higher education affiliated with The United Methodist Church. A historically black university founded in 1869 and located in Orangeburg, S.C., Claflin is committed to providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities in its undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs.

If you would like to make a donation to Claflin University click here

Date: September 12, 2014

Contact:  Charlene D. Slaughter

(803)-535-5077 (Office)

cslaughter@claflin.edu

 

Claflin University Professor Among Artists at Famed IFAM

 

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[Dallas,TX – August 22, 2014]

Growing up on a reservation along the U.S.-Canadian border, Anthony Deiter did what other young, Native men did – he began working as a tradesman.

Today, Deiter is a digital media arts professor and interim chair of the Art Department at Claflin University. And this weekend, he will be in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for the renowned Indigenous Fine Art Market, which highlights the crème of the crop in Native American arts.

IFAM is a celebration of Native art and the cultures that inspire it. The juried art show includes only the highest-quality artwork –paintings, beadwork, jewelry, sculpture, pottery and more – by some 400 acclaimed Native American artists. Also featured will be cultural performance stages and booths representing tribal diversity through music, dance, the spoken and written word, and more. IFAM is set for Aug. 21-23 at the Santa Fe Railyard.

“This is one of the most prestigious venues for indigenous art in North America, indeed the world,” said Deiter, of the File Hills Cree Nation in southern Saskatchewan, Canada. “I feel quite honored to have made the list.”

During IFAM, Deiter will be in the presence of such acclaimed artists as self-taught Navajo goldsmith Ric Charlie – whose one-of-a-kind jewelry can sell for as much as $20,000 apiece – and Crow Nation painter Kevin Red Star.

“I’m going in there with no expectations,” he continued. “I’m 52, and when I was 32, I thought I’d be there, at this show. It just took that long. I’ve got lots of shows behind me, but not on the scale of this one.”

Deiter’s digital and traditional works have previously been displayed in such galleries and museums as the prestigious Grand Palais in Paris, France; the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York City;

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Brian McKenzie Of Central State University Named Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar”

CentralState 150x150 Ryan Johnson of Central State University Named Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar

(Dallas – May 29) Brian McKenzie, a  junior, business administration major from Dayton, Ohio , this week has been named a Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar”.

This future business owner has a 3.84 GPA with plans to attend graduate school.

At Central State, Brian is a peer tutor, volunteers at a local community center, is a member of the Black Men’s Think Tank, and has consistently been placed on the Dean’s List.

Brian firmly believes in preparing himself for a future as a community leader and making a difference for others.

Central State University, in Wilberforce, Ohio, is the Foundation’s School of the Month for May which is part of its on-going effort to help keep students in historically black colleges and universities.The Hercules Scholarship is named after Joyner’s father, the late Hercules Joyner, who was a strong supporter of higher education. To be a candidate for the scholarship, students must be male, attend a Foundation “School of the Month”, have a grade point average of at least 3.5, and be a campus leader involved in the community with a career goal toward making a difference in the quality of life for his race. The scholars each receive a scholarship grant of $1,500 that is paid directly to their school to help offset their college expenses.

Founded in 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation (http://tomjoynerfoundation.org) has focused on its primary mission of helping to keep students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). The Foundation has raised more than $60 million to help keep students enrolled in black colleges, has assisted more than 25,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs. Each week, the Foundation announces outstanding male student scholarship winners, called Hercules Scholars, on the nationally syndicated radio show hosted by its founder, Tom Joyner.

Central State junior awarded Hercules Scholarship

Brian McKenzie is a junior, business administration major from Dayton, Ohio.

This future business owner has a 3.84 GPA with plans to attend graduate school.

At Central State, Brian is a peer tutor, volunteers at a local community center, is a member of the Black Men’s Think Tank, and has consistently been placed on the Dean’s List.

Brian firmly believes in preparing himself for a future as a community leader and making a difference for others.

President Bill Clinton Named Howard University’s 2013 Commencement Speaker

Howard University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Sholnn Freeman Communications Specialist 202.238.2631 sholnn.freeman@howard.edu

http://www.howard.edu/newsroom/

 

WASHINGTON (March 26, 2013) ­ President Bill Clinton will deliver the Commencement address at Howard University on Saturday, May 11, on the Upper Quadrangle of the main campus, President Sidney A. Ribeau announced today.

³We are thrilled that President Clinton has agreed to deliver this year¹s Commencement address,² Ribeau said. ³As a preeminent leader, humanitarian and advocate, his extraordinary global work and commitment to public service will inspire the class of 2013 as they prepare to make their mark on the world.²

William Jefferson Clinton was the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice ­ first in 1992 and then in 1996. Under his leadership, the country enjoyed the strongest economy in a generation and the longest economic expansion in U.S. history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs.

After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods and health and wellness, and protect the environment.

In addition to his Foundation work, President Clinton has served as the top United Nations envoy for the Indian Ocean tsunami recovery effort and as the UN Special Envoy to Haiti. Today, the Clinton Foundation is supporting economic growth, capacity building, and education in Haiti. President Clinton was born on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas. He and his wife former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have one daughter, Chelsea, and live in Chappaqua, New York.

Note to the Media
If you are interested in covering Commencement, please submit your request no later than 5 p.m. on May 9, 2013. All broadcast media must be stationary by 8 a.m.

Photo Courtesy of William J. Clinton Foundation