Southern University – East Baton Rouge Parish donation recognized

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Southern University – East Baton Rouge Parish Chapter, donated $5,000 to the school of the month campaign. Janet St.Cyr-Moore, a proud and active graduate, represented the chapter. She shared the legacy and tradition of Southern as well as a challenge for all Jaguars and supporters to give back. Three students, of the Southern University System, will receive scholarships.

Southern University was the Tom Joyner Foundation November 2014 school of the month. You can still make a donation to support the university here. 100% of your donation will go to support scholars at Southern.

*Listen below to the interview, which aired on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.

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Montgomery chapter of Alabama State donation recognized

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The Montgomery Chapter, of Alabama State University National Alumni Association, donated $2,500 to the university’s school of the month campaign. Graduate member, Tislam Ellis (’98), represented the chapter and discussed what is unique to Alabama State as well as a call to action for all alumni to show their support. The donation will provide scholarships to students from Montgomery, Ala.

Alabama State was the Tom Joyner Foundation October 2014 school of the month. You can still make a donation to support the university here. 100% of your donation will go to support scholars at Alabama State.

*Listen below to the interview, which aired on the Tom Joyner Morning Show 

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Southern University – Chicago donation recognized

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Kathleen Watson, on behalf of the Southern University – Chicago Alumni Chapter, donated $2,500 to the school of the month campaign. The proud alumna shared information about the university and discussed the importance of giving back. She also provided the names of the students at Southern who will be the recipients of the scholarships.

Southern University was the Tom Joyner Foundation November 2014 school of the month. You can still make a donation to support the university here. 100% of your donation will go to support scholars at Southern.

*Listen below to the interview, which aired on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.

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Congress places Federal Pell Grant Program On The Chopping Block

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Congress Plans To Cut Over 300 million in funding for the Federal Pell Grant.

Many Of Our country’s poorest students are able to attend college solely because of federal grants including the Pell Grant program which began in 1972. Typically students whose household incomes are under $30K are eligible for the grant, that doesn’t have to be re-paid like student loans. This school year 9 million students have been able to take advantage of the $33.7 billion Pell Grant program. Two-thirds of African American undergraduates  and 51 percent of Latino undergraduates receive pell grant funding.

The cut is apart of the massive spending cuts designed to keep the federal government open through the end of the year and pay companies who collect on student loans for the Department of Education.

Surprisingly this effort is being lead by Democrats in the Senate. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), outgoing chairman of the sub-committee, first introduced the proposal over the summer to reduce funding for the $22.5 billion grant program by $303 million to pay companies, that collect student loan payments on the behalf of the Department of Education. A 2013 budget deal eliminated mandatory payments to many of those loan servicers, creating a funding gap. House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan argued that the federal budget couldn’t afford to support the growing number of recipients and overall expansion of the program. The proposal was shot down in the Senate, where Democrats, led by Harkin, supported a year-round expansion of Pell. Given Harkin’s past as an advocate for college affordability, student advocates were disappointed that he would jeopardize such a critical source of educational funding. To top that Harkin will be retired by the time the program faces the pending changes. Many student advocacy groups have been campaigning to protect the Pell Grant, writing letters to members of the appropriations sub-committee and urging students to call their representatives in Congress to head off the proposed cuts.

 

Alabama State University’s 290th Commencement Takes Place Today

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Today is the big day! 300 hundred students will walk across the stage as graduates of Alabama State University with Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral degrees. ASU’s 290th commencement will be held at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome today at 3p.m.

Over 3,000 are expected to be in attendance. Today’s commencement address will be delivered by long time Hornet, Dean Evelyn Hodge. Dean Hodge has served at ASU for over 3 decades in a variety of positions including director, dean of ASU’s college of education,and professor.

Dean Hodge holds a bachelor’s degree from Albany State University, a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University, an education specialist degree from Troy State University and a doctoral degree from Florida State University.

Hodge is a member of Kappa Delta Gamma Society, Kappa Delta Pi, Alpha Chi Honor Society, International Reading Association, Alpha Kappa Mu, National Education Association and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She has earned numerous awards and recognitions, including Alabama Science Association Award, First African-American President of Alabama Staff Development Council, 2005 Governor’s Reading Summit and Outstanding Teacher’s Award).

After the conclusion of the Commencement Ceremony, graduates should report to the Office of Records and Registration in the Garrick Hardy Student Center To obtain your diploma. You are to present your picture ID card (driver’s license or ASU ID card) to the Office of Records and Registration personnel at the table who will verify your name on their graduation clearance list. Once cleared, you will be given an envelope containing your diploma.

Please Note: The Diploma Station will open IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING the Commencement recessional. The station will only be open for ONE HOUR after the recessional.

Deadline for Foundation, Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarship Nears

 

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DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR THE TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION, DENNY’S PARTNER FOR HUNGRY FOR EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Denny’s & Foundation Also Announce Scholarship Program with Wilberforce

 DALLASDecember 12, 2014 – The deadline for the 2015 Tom Joyner Foundation / Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarship Program is Wednesday, December 17.

The Foundation and Denny’s also announced that it will provide $25,000 scholarships to students who, in recent years, have had to leave school because they could not longer afford it. Denny’s CEO John Miller discussed both programs during an interview on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the nationally syndicated morning radio show that airs in more than 100 markets.

For the third year, the Tom Joyner Foundation and Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ: DENN), franchisor and operator of one of America’s largest full-service restaurant chains, have partnered for the Hungry For Education (HFE) scholarship program students attending selected Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

As part of the partnership, twelve (12) deserving students from HBCUs will receive a $2,500 scholarship from Denny’s and the Tom Joyner Foundation. The deadline is December 17th, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST. Full-time students at any fully certified HBCU can apply for the scholarship. Students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 to 4.0. To be eligible to get a summer internship at Denny’s working on projects involving HBCUs, the 12 finalists will submit up to a 90-second video to further explain the details of their essay.

To apply, students must submit an essay of 200 words or less on the topic, “Describe your most memorable community service or activity to combat hunger.” To start the process, complete the form below.

This scholarship program, launched in 2013, is part of Denny’s “No Kid Hungry” Campaign, which is setting out to reduce the number of children who have access to regular meals. Statistics show 1 in 5 children in this country go hungry.

The Foundation will be reviewing applications and winners will be announced in December 2014.

About the Tom Joyner Foundation:

The Tom Joyner Foundation (http://tomjoynerfoundation.org) 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 Facebook and Twitter.

About Denny’s

Denny’s is the franchisor and operator of one of America’s largest franchised full-service restaurant chains, based on number of restaurants. Denny’s currently has almost 1,700 franchised, licensed, and company restaurants around the world with combined sales of $2.5 billion including 100 restaurants in Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guam, Curaçao, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Chile, El Salvador and New Zealand. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit www.dennys.com and www.dennysdiversity.com.

Langston University Student Receives $1,500 Hercules Scholarship from the Tom Joyner Foundation

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[Dallas, TX – December 11, 2014]

Student: Darrien Watson

Hometown : Monticello, Arkansas

Major/ Class: Health and Physical Education / Freshman

Darrien Watson, a Freshman at  Langston University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Darrien is originally from Monticello , Arkansas and currently has a 3.07 GPA. He is majoring in Health and Physical Education with a minor in Chemistry.  His other  activities consist of  being a volunteer as a football coach at a local school and serves as a peer tutor.

He lives by the motto : “take the road less traveled”

Langston University, in Langston, Okla., is the Foundation’s School of the Month for April 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.

Alabama A&M Accreditation Reaffirmed for the Next 10 Years!

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[Dallas, TX – December 10th, 2014]

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmed the accreditation of Alabama A&M University (AAMU) at its annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, on December 9, 2014.

Reaffirmation indicates that the university complies with over 90 core requirements and comprehensive standards designed to assure that institutions meet acceptable standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society, the needs of students, and rigor and effectiveness of institutions.

The process is designed to enhance institutional effectiveness through self-assessment, self-improvement and peer review. Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that the institution (1) has a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) has resources, programs and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission, and (3) maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.

A critical component of the accreditation process is the conceptualization of a comprehensive Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) which is campus-wide in scope and focused on improving student learning and outcomes. During the accreditation process, the QEP submitted by AAMU received no recommendations for revisions. This is very commendable and speaks volume to the excellent work which the QEP Committee completed in formulating the plan.

The accomplishment of this goal of reaffirmation would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the AAMU Reaffirmation Committees. Appreciation is extended to the chairs and membership of each of the committees that addressed the more than 90 core requirements and comprehensive standards. A special thanks is extended to Dr. Virginia Caples, SACSCOC Liaison and Chair of the AAMU Reaffirmation, as well as Ms. Bonnie Banks and her committee that developed the QEP.

President Andrew Hugine, Jr. stated, “The reaffirmation of accreditation provides continuing evidence and documentation of the quality educational programs that AAMU offers students in preparing them to be competitive in the 21st century global economy and the outstanding work of the faculty and staff.”

 

Alabama A&M University 2014 Virtual Tour

Video Courtesy of : AAMU

The Tom Joyner Foundation thanks its supporters for #GivingTuesday

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On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, participants from around the word participated in #GivingTuesday. Charities, businesses, community centers, families, and students, came together for the common purpose to give thanks. A preliminary estimate of donations tallied from various platforms showed that $45.7 million was given this year.

2014 marked the second year for the Tom Joyner Foundation to partner with the initiative. Due to the efforts of supporters, $758.10 was raised to continue the Foundation’s efforts of keeping Scholars in School. Even though #GivingTuesday has passed, you can still join in the giving season by showing your support here: 100% of your donation will go to the HBCU* of your choice.

*make sure to specify your HBCU designation

About Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday was founded as a global day dedicated to giving back with one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and give. Founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, along with a team of influencers and founding partners, over 10,000 organizations worldwide have become engaged in the global movement.

Obama’s Deputy Chief Information Officer to Speak at Savannah State

 

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Dr. Alissa Johnson

[Dallas, TX – December 8th , 2014]

The 185 th Commencement Ceremony of Savannah State University (SSU) will take place Saturday, December 13, at 10 a.m.

This year’s  commencement speaker is alumna Alissa Johnson, Ph.D ’96, the deputy chief information officer for the Executive Office of the President of the United States. She oversees White House information technology and interfaces with multiple staff and private contractors to create a stable and flexible technology infrastructure. Prior to working at the White House, she was a cryptologic engineer with the US Department of Defense and a deputy chief technology officer with Lockheed Martin. Johnson was recently named to the Top Forty Over 40 and the 2014 Federal 100.

During the ceremony, approximately 250 students are expected to receive bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

The ceremony will be held at the Tiger Arena, with overflow locations streaming the event live. Overflow locations are Torian Auditorium in the Howard Jordan Building, the Chan Auditorium in Whiting Hall and room 115 in the Social Sciences Building. The ceremony will be available by webcast at each overflow location.

WATCH the ceremony  live here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ssu-185th-commencement-ceremony .

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.

Savannah State University was the Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month in 2013. You can still donate to Savannah State by click here.