Savannah State signs agreement for accelerated forensic program

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Students earn BS and MS within five years

SAVANNAH – Savannah State University (SSU) has signed an articulation agreement with University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC). The institutions have partnered to offer a 3+2 program in forensic genetics. A student in this program will graduate with a bachelor of science in forensic science from SSU and a master of science in forensic genetics from UNTHSC.

SSU and UNTHSC will work cooperatively to provide students with in-depth training in the science and methodology utilized by forensic DNA analysts and technical leaders. The specialized program is designed to offer a focused learning experience in forensic science with an emphasis on hands-on training in current and future DNA technologies.

The program prepares individuals for careers in forensic DNA sciences, emphasizing the application of current methods and technologies to human identification.

A total of 149 credit hours are required for the program. Credit hours will be delivered through course work at both campuses: SSU in Savannah, Georgia, and at UNTHSC in Fort Worth, Texas. SSU is one of two institutions in the University System of Georgia (USG) to offer a forensic science program.

The program meets all educational and many training requirements for forensic DNA analysts and technical leaders as outlined in the National Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories adopted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Established in 1890, Savannah State University is the oldest public historically black college or university in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah.  The university’s 4,900 students select majors from 27 undergraduate and five graduate programs in three colleges — Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology — and the School of Teacher Education.

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Remembering Reach Media Employee Steve Harris

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Very sad news to send early this morning but we just learned that Steve Harris passed away after a long illness.

Steve worked for Reach as head of Programming Operations for a few years after Reach started but for many of us Steve was a longtime friend, co-worker and associate for over 20 years.

Steve loved his family, radio and the Cleveland Browns and he was the embodiment of professionalism, integrity and kindness wherever he went.

Steve truly was a great guy and will be deeply missed by many.

Our deepest condolences and sympathy go out to his family, friends and associates across the country.

Tennessee State University Foundation Named October School Of The Month Partner


The Tom Joyner Foundation is partnering with the Tennessee State University Foundation (TSU Foundation), located in Nashville, Tenn., to help raise funds to support scholars attending Tennessee State.

As a partner with the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’, the TSU Foundation 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.

Tennessee State University was founded in 1912 after its organization in 1909 as the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School. The University has two campuses, both located in Nashville. Tennessee State offers 38 undergraduate degrees, 24 graduate degrees, 2 associate degrees, and 7 doctoral degrees. The current president, who is also an alumna, is Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover. Dr. Glover began serving as the eighth president on January 2, 2013.

Distinguished Tigers include: Dr. Alvin Crawford, the first African American to graduate from the University of Tennessee – College of Medicine; Dr. Catana Starks, the first female head coach of an NCAA Division I men’s golf team; Ralph Boston, Olympic athlete, three time medal winning long jumper; and Wilma Rudolph, the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympics.

About the TSU Foundation

The Tennessee State University Foundation is the official charitable organization authorized to accept private contributions for Tennessee State University. Since 1970, the 501 c 3 nonprofit has been committed to its mission of promoting and supporting literary, scientific, educational, scholarship, research, charitable and development purposes and goals at the University. The Executive Director of the Foundation is Ms. Betsy Jackson.

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Romin Geiger from Tennessee State Receives $1,500 Hercules Scholarship

[Dallas, TX – October 1st]

Student: Romin Geiger

GPA :3.8

Hometown : Sacramento, CA

Major/ Class: Psychology   / Junior

Romin, a Junior at the Tennessee State University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Mr. Geiger is originally from Sacramento, CA and  currently holds a 3.8 GPA at Tennessee State University.   After earning his  Bachelors degree he plans  to achieve his goal to he plans to go on to graduate school at Vanderbilt University to receive his Doctorate degree in Cognitive Psychology.

On the campus of TSU is a member of the Aristocrat of Bands at Tennessee State University. He is also the Junior Class Representative for the Tennessee State University Honors College and  a member of the Associations of Black Psychologists.

Some of the most influential people in his life are his parents  Martinez Geiger and Christy Wade.  “They are my rock and my biggest supporters and the people that keep me motivated” says Geiger.

Motto:  I will be comfortable with being uncomfortable so if I die tomorrow I can be satisfied with the little that I left undone.

Statement from President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., on the Passing of Dr. Sybil C. Mobley

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On behalf of the entire FAMU Community, I’d like to extend my condolences to the family, friends, and former faculty, staff, and students of SBI Dean Emerita Sybil C. Mobley, Ph.D.

Dean Mobley was indeed a treasure to the University, and her passion, professionalism, and dedication to the success of our students have been felt across not only the campus but also the entire nation.

 Because of her tireless efforts, FAMU business students are highly sought after by the nation’s leading Fortune 500 companies, as well as the state and federal sectors. The processes, procedures, and programs she put in place while serving as dean and building the SBI “Force,” have been emulated around the world.

The life she lived is an example of perseverance that will never be forgotten.


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Avery Research Center to Honor Tom Joyner



The College of Charleston Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture will present the first-ever Septima P. Clark award for Excellence in Black Education to radio personality and philanthropist Tom Joyner on Sept. 26, 2015.  The award will be presented to Joyner during a fundraising reception honoring  philanthropists and celebrating the tradition of African-American scholastic excellence.  The fundraiser is being held in conjunction with commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Avery Normal Institute and the 30th anniversary of the Avery Research Center.

The fundraiser will take place at the Avery Center beginning at 7 p.m.

Joyner is the host of the national syndicated radio program “The Tom Joyner Morning Show”  and is broadcast in over 100 cities in the United States.  He is also the founder of REACH Media Inc., the Tom Joyner Foundation, and

Joyner, known as “The Hardest Working Man in Radio,” has distinguished himself as one of the most recognized and revered media personalities in the country. He has won virtually every top radio award, including the prestigious Marconi Award, and has been inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.

He and members of his crew have prompted major companies to stop discriminating against African Americans and Hispanics in advertising and are in the trenches in raising health awareness among African Americans with their annual “Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day.”

His Tom Joyner Foundation was started in 1998 for the sake of African American students in need at Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the nation. The foundation has raised more than $55 million.

The Septima P. Clark Award is named for the former civil rights activist. Clark, a Charleston native, developed the literacy and citizenship workshops that played an important role in the drive for voting rights and civil rights for African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement.

This fundraiser is possible due to grants from Sun Trust Bank, Google, Denny’s and  The Avery Institute for Afro-American History and Culture.

“We are honored to join the College of Charleston Avery Center as they recognize our long-time partner, and friend, Tom Joyner, with this deserving recognition for his outstanding contributions and dedication to the community,” said John Dillon, chief marketing officer for Denny’s.”

View a digital scrapbook on the Lowcountry Digital Library celebrating the life and achievements of Septima P. Clark. 
About Avery

The Avery Research is located on the site of the former Avery Normal Institute.  It was a hub for Charleston’s African-American community from 1865–1954 that trained its students for professional careers and leadership roles.  In 1985, the alumni of the Avery Normal Institute, spearheaded by the Honorable Lucille Whipper, formed the Avery Institute of Afro-American History and Culture.  It joined with the College of Charleston to establish theAvery Research Center to preserve the legacy of the Avery Normal Institute and educate the community on the history and culture of African Americans inCharleston, the South Carolina Lowcountry, and South Carolina at large.  The Avery Research Center currently holds nearly 4000 primary- and secondary-source materials that document the history, traditions, legacies, and influence of African Americans and their place in the American narrative.

About the Tom Joyner Foundation:

The Tom Joyner Foundation was founded in 1998 as the brainchild of nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner. The mission of the Foundation is to support historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with scholarships, endowments and capacity-building enhancements. The Foundation has provided necessary support to every HBCU in its 14-year history to help sustain and preserve the legacies of these valuable institutions. Through fundraising and donor development initiatives, $65 million has been raised to support more than 29,000 students attending HBCUs. Additionally, the Foundation has recommended internships, offered matching grant support, and career development to deserving students. You can follow us on Facebookand Twitter.


Fayetteville State Nursing Program Ranked among best in the nation


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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (July 6, 2015) – Fayetteville State University’s (FSU) Department of Nursing has been ranked the No. 2 program in the Eastern and Southeastern Region and best among University of North Carolina System schools by

Determining the Rankings

To determine the rankings, evaluated 1,189 nursing programs and selected 20 metrics, sorting them into five categories: quality, affordability, convenience, satisfaction, and value. Out of a possible 130 points, FSU received 109.42. The No. 1 ranked program received 109.59 points.

“This is indeed great news for the Fayetteville State University Department of Nursing,” said FSU Chancellor James A. Anderson. This recognition by is a seal of approval that designates the FSU Department of Nursing as one of the best in the country. A tremendous amount of work went into rebuilding our program and making it one of which we all could be proud. I am pleased that nursing agencies are recognizing the hard work of our department chair, faculty, staff, and students.”

FSU’s pre-licensure nursing program

FSU’s 2014 graduates of the pre-licensure nursing program earned a 100% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), the test required for entry into the nursing profession. These graduates are the first to complete FSU’s revamped pre-licensure nursing program that has undergone multiple improvements in recent years.

Class of Fall 2016, pre-licensure BSN program (

Class of Fall 2016, pre-licensure BSN program (

In 2009, Chancellor Anderson made the decision to close the pre-licensure program in response to low NCLEX pass rates. From 2009-2013, while admitting no new students into the program, FSU selected a new department chair, employed new faculty, and completely overhauled program requirements and curriculum. The RN–BSN program continued to exist during this time.

In 2011, the North Carolina Board of Nursing approved the revised curriculum and authorized FSU to admit new students beginning in January 2013. Of the students who were originally admitted, 15 completed bachelor’s degrees in December 2014. To practice nursing, however, these graduates must earn a passing score on the NCLEX. All 15 passed the exam upon their first effort.

NCLEX graduates 

Pass rates of graduates on the NCLEX are generally regarded as the most important measure of nursing program quality. According to the NC Board of Nursing website, the 2014 national pass rate for bachelor’s degree students is 84% and 89% for North Carolina graduates. FSU was one of only two North Carolina universities with a perfect NCLEX pass rate in 2014. is a social community website exclusively for nurses and healthcare professionals with the mission to provide comprehensive educational resources for those interested in entry-level or advanced-practice nursing careers. The site offers materials and tools that span topics such as jobs and careers, educational program options and financial aid as well as state and local government salary data for 200+ jobs & careers. To view the complete rankings, go to:

FSU is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. FSU offers nearly 60 degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. With more than 6,000 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation.

For more information, call (910) 672-1474.

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Xavier University recipient of 2015 Platinum Facilitation Impact Award

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Xavier University Receives Platinum Facilitation Impact Award for Katrina Recovery Planning

NEW ORLEANS (September 22, 2015) – Xavier University of Louisiana’s strategic planning post-Hurricane Katrina has earned it a 2015 Platinum Facilitation Impact Award from the International Association of Facilitators (IAF).

The award, the highest level accommodation given by IAF, is in recognition of the University’s successful strategic initiative which sought the engagement of students, faculty, staff, administrators and trustees in both its development and its implementation.

“The Facilitation Impact Awards celebrate the power of collaboration, which is often the difference between success and failure,” said Kimberly Bain, IAF global chair. “Group facilitation, group process methodologies, and high levels of stakeholder buy-in can yield measurable, impactful results!”

Check out the video below for an introduction on the IAF awards.

This year the IAF evaluated 42 non-competitive nominations from businesses, governments and not-for-profits from around the world. Only 20 earned awards (1 Platinum, 9 Gold, and 10 Silver), with Xavier University being the only one to receive platinum recognition.

“The devastation resulting from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 forced Xavier University to shut down for four months to rebuild,” said Dr. Ronald Durnford, Xavier University Vice President for Planning, Institutional Research and Assessment. “After losing a large fraction of the student body and finding the initial new freshman class less than half the pre-Katrina class, we felt it was vital to the future of the university that we develop a strategic plan which established priority outcomes and included specific actions plans for achieving those goals.”

The result was its successful initiative, “Overcoming the Long-Time Impact of Katrina through Strategic Planning and Implementation,” which over time achieved the following results:

  • An increase in the graduation rates in the College of Pharmacy from 72 percent to 82 percent
  • An increase in the percentage of graduates going on to professional/graduate school or begin working in a profession related to their degree from 50 percent to 53 percent
  • The addition of two new academic programs
  • An increase of net resources of more than a quarter-million dollars
  • An increase in freshman applications

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Alexander Goodwin of PVAMU Receives $1,500 Hercules Scholarship

[Dallas ,TX – September 24th]

Student: Alexander Goodwin

GPA :3.83

Hometown : Houston, TX

Major/ Class: Policital Science  / Sophomore

Alexander , a Sophmore at the Prairie View A&M  University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

GOODWIN PICTUREMr. Goodwin is originally from Houston Texas and  currently holds a 3.83 GPA atPrairie View A&M University.   After earning his  Bachelors degree he plans  further his education by earning a master’s and doctorate degree in sociology. After finishing his post-secondary education he will go after his goal to become a distinguished college professor at an HBCU .

On the campus of PVAMU he currently is apart of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Society of Leadership and Collegiate Achievement, B.L.A.C.K.(Brothers Leading and Cultivating Knowledge), and The Political Science Club.

He also mentions some of the most influential people in his life are his parents Ronald Goodwin and Gwendolyn Goodwin.   He says “they have provided him with unconditional love and support in everything that he does . Both of them are PhD’s and instilled the monumental importance of education, hard work, and sacrifice in me at a young age.”

Quote He Lives By : ” It’s not like life comes often, the only thing worse than death is a regret filled coffin”. – J.Cole



[Dallas,TX – September 23rd]

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Norfolk State University with a $1.1 million grant for education majors. The grant, which runs through 2020, will support 140 pre-service teacher education candidates and will be administered through the School of Education. According to Dr. Leon Rouson, associate professor and the principal investigator, the grant will provide participants with mentoring and tutoring, but will also equip them with financial literacy and test-taking skills as well as pay for their professional tests and organization fees. The end result, said Rouson, is to produce very highly-qualified teachers.

The grant provides roughly $220,000 a year over the five-year period and is a continuation of a $1 million grant funded in 2010. In addition, the School of Education has seen an increase in the test scores of those who have participated in the program. Recently, the school achieved a 100 percent pass rate for participants on teacher licensure tests. “This project,” said Dr. Denise M. Littleton, dean of the School of Education, “provides a wonderful service to our students.”