Norfolk State University Named September School of the Month

 

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Norfolk State University has been named the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘School of the Month’ for September.

The university, located in Norfolk, Va., has 6,728 students, offering more than 50 degree programs at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels.  On its 134-acre campus, there are 35 buildings, including state-of-the-art technology centers, a 28,000-seat football stadium and an 8,000-seat basketball arena.

The university was founded in 1935 as the Norfolk Unit of Virginia Union University. In 1979, Norfolk State College become designated as an university enabled to grant graduate degrees.

As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’, each school will be promoted by 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.

The Foundation’s ‘Schools of the Month’ for the rest of the year are as follows: October- Alabama State UniversityMontgomery, AlaNovember – Southern University and A&M CollegeBaton Rouge, La.

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Foundation Celebrates HBCUs, Alumni and Parents at Family Reunion Event

Also, don’t forget: The Tom Joyner Foundation is hosting a black college presidents’ roundtable discussion, moderated by Orlando’s media personal Monica May.

The event, featuring  a discussion on the latest trends and issues at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, will take place between 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Friday on the Expo Stage at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, 6000 West Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, Fla.

The participating presidents are Dr. Elmira Mangum, president, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Fla., Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., president of Alabama Agricultural Mechanical University, Normal, Ala. and Eddie N. Moore, Jr., interim president and chief executive officer, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Va.  LeRoy Pernell, dean of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law, also will be participating in the discussion. May is the on-air personality for the Tom Joyner Morning Show at STAR 94.5 FM.

On Saturday between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in St. George 112, Thomas Joyner, Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Tom Joyner Foundation, will moderate the “Alumni Business Meeting”, a discussion for HBCU alumni and parents of students attending HBCUs.  Participants will learn more about current trends in higher education, and how you can help support HBCUs. Attendees will also learn more about Allstate’s Quotes for Education partnership with the Tom Joyner Foundation and how getting a quote for insurance translates into $10.00  per  quote to the Tom Joyner Foundation up to  $200, 000.00 in scholarship support.  Allstate also wants you to show your “school pride” by voting for your favorite HBCU, the winning school  will get $50,000 for  scholarships .  

Black College Presidents’ Panel, Alumni Meeting to Take Place at Tom Joyner Family Reunion

 Black College Presidents’ Panel, Alumni Meeting to Take Place at Tom Joyner Family Reunion

Dr. Elmira Mangum, Floria A&M University

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Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., Alabama A&M

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Eddie N. Moore, Jr., Norfolk State University

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LeRoy Pernell, Florida A&M University Law School

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Orlando’s Monica May, radio host, author and speaker to moderate event

(DALLAS – August 27) The Tom Joyner Foundation is hosting a black college presidents’ roundtable discussion, moderated by Orlando’s media personal Monica May.

The event, featuring  a discussion on the latest trends and issues at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, will take place between 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Friday on the Expo Stage at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, 6000 West Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, Fla.

The participating presidents are Dr. Elmira Mangum, president, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Fla., Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., president of Alabama Agricultural Mechanical University, Normal, Ala. and Eddie N. Moore, Jr., interim president and chief executive officer, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Va.  LeRoy Pernell, dean of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law, also will be participating in the discussion. May is the on-air personality for the Tom Joyner Morning Show at STAR 94.5 FM.

On Saturday between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in St. George 112, Thomas Joyner, Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Tom Joyner Foundation, will moderate the “Alumni Business Meeting”, a discussion for HBCU alumni and parents of students attending HBCUs.  Participants will learn more about current trends in higher education, and how you can help support HBCUs. Attendees will also learn more about Allstate’s Quotes for Education partnership with the Tom Joyner Foundation and how getting a quote for insurance translates into $10.00  per  quote to the Tom Joyner Foundation up to  $200, 000.00 in scholarship support.  Allstate also wants you to show your “school pride” by voting for your favorite HBCU, the winning school  will get $50,000 for  scholarships .

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Book the Tom Joyner Cruise Today – Fantastic Voyage 2015

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The Ultimate Party with a Purpose! will set sail from Miami on the Carnival Breeze, April 11 – 19, 2015.

The featured entertainment includes: Earth Wind & Fire, LLCoolJ, Jennifer Hudson, R. Kelly, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Mary Mary, TLC, War, Chrisette Michelle, Syleena Johnson, Michel’le, Lil Mo, The Family Stone, Millie Jackson and many, many more to come.

You can tune into the Tom Joyner Morning Show  as well as log onto BlackAmericaWeb.com to get updates about entertainment, activities and so much more.

To reserve your cabin today, click here or call 972.980.7245!

Famed Author, Educator And Professor Dennis Kimbro Donates Books

 Famed Author, Educator And Professor Dennis Kimbro Donates Books

Famed author, educator and business school professor Dennis Kimbro, Ph.D. has donated five autographed copies of his book, The Wealth Choice, to the next five donors who give at least $100.00 to the Clark Atlanta University’s School of the Month campaign during the week of August 25th to August 29th.

Kimbro, who has traveled the work sharing his ideas on wealth creation, management and entrepreneurship, teaches in the university’s School of Business Administration. He is a recipient of the Dale Carnegie Personal Achievement award.

Says Kimbro, “In my book, The Wealth Choice, one of the major areas of focus is on a success secret that all of Black America’s most successful investors know when it comes to wealth creation: Know thyself. Knowing one’s self causes you to dig deep into understanding the gifts you possess versus truly being gifted.”

 

 

Allstate & Tom Joyner Foundation Kick Off 2014 Quotes for Education

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Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation Work to Support Historically Black Colleges and Universities with Annual Quotes for Education Program

HBCU Students, Alumni and Supporters Can Help Raise $250,000 in Scholarship Funds to Help Keep HBCUs Strong

Quote & Vote To Show Your School Pride

For Every Quote You Get, Allstate Will Donate $10 To Support  HBCU’s  & Vote Everyday For Your Favorite HBCU  To Help Them Win $50K.  Click Here To Get Started.

NORTHBROOK, Ill., August 5, 2014 – As students head back to campus this fall, they’ll embrace the same long-standing traditions as generations of college students who came before them. This year, Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation are encouraging students, alumni and supporters of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the country to recall the traditions, pride, and love they have for their HBCUs – and help keep them strong by participating in the Allstate Quotes for Education program in states where it’s available.

For every person who receives an insurance quote from a participating Allstate agent between August 1 and Nov. 30, 2014, and mentions “Quotes for Education,” Allstate will donate $10 -up to a total donation of $200,000. These funds will be donated to the Tom Joyner Foundation and earmarked for general scholarship funds to assist students attending HBCUs.

In addition, for the third year in a row, everyone will also have the opportunity to cast their vote for the HBCU of their choice to win an additional $50,000 in scholarship funding. In 2013, Grambling State University received the most votes and distributed scholarship funds to 50 students.

“Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation are proud to work together on the 2014 Quotes for Education program,” said Cheryl Harris, Senior Vice President at Allstate and alumna of Florida A&M University. “HBCUs are hurting financially more than ever, and with assistance programs declining dramatically over the past couple of years, we realize the importance of investing in the future of HBCU students across the country. We hope the entire HBCU community will quote and vote, and join us in saying HBC ‘I Owe’ U.”

According to a 2013 report by the Council for Aid to Education, only 10 percent of HBCU alumni actively give back to their alma maters. This year, Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation are challenging the HBCU community to help pay it forward and help future generations of HBCU students by participating in the Quotes for Education program.

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This marks the fourth year that Allstate has worked with the Tom Joyner Foundation for the Quotes for Education program. Additionally, for the past ten years, Allstate has been the title-sponsor of the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion, an annual event taking place in Orlando during Labor Day weekend. Both of these programs are part of Allstate’s year-round commitment to programs that empower the African-American community.

“I owe so much to my alma mater, Tuskegee University, and am honored to give back to the institution that made me the man I am today,” said Tom Joyner, chairman and founder of the 15-year-old foundation. “My goal is to help grow zealous, educated and world-changing graduates. Not only will a quote invest in a student’s life and career, but it will also help ensure the future of the entire HBCU community.”

To participate in the Quotes for Education program, visit Allstate.com/hbcu to find a nearby participating agent or receive a quote online, and for official rules.

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The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.

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.

Foundation to Host College Events at Tom Joyner Family Reunion

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The Tom Joyner Foundation presents the President’s Roundtable.

  • On Friday, August 29, this symposium is a chance for attendees to hear about the state of HBCUs in 2014 from a panel of HBCU presidents.There will also be an opportunity to hear the latest campus happenings from some of the nation’s top HBCUs, learn more about supporting their alma mater, or contribute to the HBCU legacy by sending their future college student.
  • The symposium, moderated by TJMS on-personality Monica May of STAR 94.5 – Orlando, will take place from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Expo Stage.

Tom Joyner Foundation presents the Alumni Business Meeting.

  • This session for HBCU alumni and parents of students attending HBCUs will take place on Saturday, August 30, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in St. George 112.
  • Participants will get information about current trends in higher education as it relates to HBCUs such as cost, enrollment, and alumni giving.
  • There will also be an opportunity to learn more about Allstate’s Quotes for Education partnership with the Tom Joyner Foundation and how getting a quote for insurance translates into $10.00  per  quote to the Tom Joyner Foundation up to  $200, 000.00 in scholarship support.  Allstate also wants you to show your “school pride” by voting for your favorite HBCU, the winning school  will get $50,000 for  scholarships .
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At the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion, there will be a college zone during the Family Reunion Expo. This college day offers a unique, one-day experience that’s an ideal opportunity for college bound students to network. The 15 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUS) that will be showcased are:

1.    Bennett College

2.    Bethune – Cookman University

3.    Clark Atlanta University

4.    Fisk University

5.    Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University

6.    Florida Memorial University

7.    Grambling State University

8.    Johnson C. Smith University

9.    Kentucky State University

10.  Norfolk State University

11.   North Carolina A&T State University

12.   Tuskegee University

13.   Xavier University of Louisiana

14.   Paul Quinn College

15.   Southern University and A&M College 

The College Zone will also include higher education related seminars.

Clark Atlanta is Foundation’s August School of the Month

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Check out below of part 1 and 2, respectively, of the Tom Joyner Foundation interview with President Brown. 

Clark Atlanta University is the Tom Joyner Foundation’s August 2014 ‘School of the Month’.

The foundation, formed by the nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner, chose Clark Atlanta, as part of its on-going effort to assist these institutions in broadening and strengthening their efforts to raise money to help keep students attending HBCUs.

Carlton E. Brown is the university’s third president, appointed in 2008.

Clark Atlanta University (CAU) was formed in 1988 as a result of the consolidation of two independent historically black institutions — Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869). It is a United Methodist Church-related, private, co educational, residential, and comprehensive urban research university. The University offers undergraduate, graduate and professional, and non-degree certificate programs.

The university, with an enrollment of nearly 3,500 students and 179 faculty, offers 38 major areas of study through four schools – Arts and Sciences; Business Administration; Education; and Social Work.

As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’, each school will be promoted by 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.

The Foundation’s ‘Schools of the Month’ for the rest of the year are as follows: September- Norfolk State UniversityNorfolk, VaOctober- Alabama State UniversityMontgomery, AlaNovember – Southern University and A&M CollegeBaton Rouge, La.

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Texas Southern’s ‘Ocean Band’ Has Rich, Inspiring Legacy

HISTORY OF TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY BAND

“FROM RAGS TO RICHES”

The Actual Story as Told by People Who Were There

by Mrs. Esther Franklin Nelson

PART 1.  1945 – 1950

The band at Texas Southern University was organized at Houston College for Negroes during the school year of 1945 – 1946.  At this time, the veterans were returning from World War II.  Many were also enrolling into this new school of higher education.

Mr. Allen E. Norton, acting Dean at that time, requested a list of at least twenty-five (25) names so that a college band could be added to the extracurricular activities.  Upon this request, thirty – five (35) interested musicians organized the first band of this institution.  Conrad Johnson was contacted to serve as the Band Director.

Our major performance was for the Spring Commencement Services of which I was a member of this class.  Due to a lack of proper equipment and instruments, I was asked by the Band Director of accompany the band on the Precessional, “The War March of the Priest”.  Because of our interest shown at this affair, we received a hearty welcome.

The following September, we marched from what is now Ryan Junior High School to the newly built Fairchild Building.  Also, Houston College for Negroes had acquired a new name, Texas State University for Negroes.  More veterans and other students had enrolled and as a result, the band grew.

 PART 2.  1950 – 1964

Due to the loss of files because of moving transactions to another edifice, we were unable to trace most of the Band’s activities during this period.  In the meanwhile, while we are still making effort to “bridge the gap”, we have a little bit of information about this period.  During this period, Texas Southern University Band male members applied and received a charter of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity for College Bandsmen.  Also, during this period, a charter was applied for and received of Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority for College Bandswomen.  We have found out that at least three new directors have served during this period.  They were James Hill Lark, Jr. (director when the Kappa Kappa Psi Chapter was received), Jack C. Bradley (later head of the Music Department of Texas Southern University), and Campbell A. Talbert (presently on the faculty of the Music Department in 1972).  Efforts are still being made to find out additional information about this period of band history.  We plan to get on record, a complete band history and the rest of this section will be added at a later date, if possible.

 PART 3. 1965 – 1972

BAND, TAKE THE FIELD!!!

By Vinola Loyce Nelson

Welcome one and all to the greatest half time show of the ages.  Shortly, not only will you see, but you will hear some talented musicians who will entertain you.  So, don’t go away, or you’ll miss the show of all shows – - – - presenting, THE TIGER BAND OF T.S.U. LAND! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Believe it or not, this was how the band was introduced at every performance.  The drum major would run onto the field with a battered baton and a whistle of some sort.  We would blow the whistle, which sounded like a toy horn at a New Years Eve’s Party.  Coming onto the field, playing “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”, the Tiger Band pranced.  The announcer was right – - – hilarious entertainment, a comedy show you’d never forget, unbelievable performances with tremendous action.

First, you’d see a group of girls representing majorettes.  They carried, and dropped quite often, batons of many shining colors – - red, blue, silver, and gold.  They wore white knee high boots, short skirts with blouses.  However, the head majorette wore maroon one piece outfits of glimmering fabric.

Next to enter the field were two rows of people playing woodwind instruments.  Alongside, forming a third row, were drummers beating drums of all sorts, sizes, shapes, and colors.  The bass drum, with its muffled sound, was flanked on both sides by two pairs of cracked cymbals, polished with a little rust for glamour.  Behind the percussion section, the blaring tubas marched, bringing with them the trumpets, the baritone horns, and a french horn.

Most of the band would wear the remainder of the maroon and gray uniforms which had seen their better and brighter days.  Most of the uniforms had patches, pins and paper clips.  The patches were sewn to cover the unwelcomed holes, the pins and paper clips were used to fasten together the pants and coats.  The band hats were box shaped with a white leather strap that fastened under the chin.  A secret about most of the hats, they didn’t have a top, only the brim and a leather strap existed.

By the time “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” had ended, the majority of the viewers were clustered at the refreshment stands or concession stand buying such goodies as peanuts, popcorn, and cotton candy.  They remained at such places until the half time show was over.  The opposing band, by this time, was dying of laughter and ridicule.  Our Band Director, David Peters, could never be found until the “show” was over.

I will never forget the 1967 football season.  Mr. Peters decided that we would travel to Louisiana and show “Grambling’s band how its suppose to be done!”  He proceeded with his pep talk, which received a complete silent response from the band of some fifty pieces.  During this time, the growth of the band was stimulated by workstudy checks, amounting approximately $60.00 to $90.00 monthly, based on rehearsal scheduled from two to three hours daily.

At any rate, we started working on this “dynamic show” to be seen by all who attended that great game in Louisiana.  Again, we entered the field playing “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”.  From there, we’ve formed a stick-picture, representing a football player.  As we played the Enco Gasoline Theme Song, “Hold It Tiger,” the majorettes ran across the field with a huge brown football made of cardboard, drawn and painted by someone in the Art Department.  As the ball approached the player, one foot would kick it away.  The majorettes would run in a different direction at a much faster rate of speed.  This routine happened throughout the entire song.  The crowd’s reaction, absolutely impossible, couldn’t believe their eyes.  Following this spectacular event, we marched in squares to a tune called “Unsquared Dance”.  From these squares, we moved into block formation to complete our show with the dance routine — the tune?, none other that “Turkey In the Straw” (with a new name or different title, of course)  Again, where was our leader, Mr Peters, hiding in the midst of the crowd.

Our uniforms that season were a little difference.  The entire percussion section wore black shoes or tennis, black slacks, and maroon and black turtleneck shirts.  The rest of the band dressed as preciously stated.

The 1967 season included many other tricks and treats.  We were told to march from the Music Building to Jefferson Stadium.  As we started down Cleburne Street, dogs would bark, some tried to bite too, people would laugh and allow their children to throw garbage, tomatoes, and even raw eggs at us.  Some of us were hit by these items.  Believe me, we were all tired of being laughed at by the entire Southwestern Athletic Conference! (SWAC)  What could we do?  We tried, to no avail, talking to the band director about changing our shows, especially the music.

By the following season, 1968, we had been awarded new uniforms to encourage continual participation in the band.  They were a tremendous improvement over the uniforms of yesterday.  However, our hats resembled those worn by Milkmen with an added gray “feather” worn on top.  We carried one memory from the past, however, white socks and white shoes.  Added to our new dress code were white gloves.  These new uniforms gave us an incentive to keep trying, in spite of public harassment and ridicule.  We were determined that we wouldn’t be embarrassed any more.  Because of our rebellion, we weren’t allowed to march at the first few games.  Finally, our drum major, Kenneth Malveaux, and our staff of officers decided to chart our own half time show.  At that time, John Roberts and Harold Aytche, of Shreveport, were assigned to David Peters as graduate assistants.  Mr. Roberts, being a very devoted leader, tried everything in his power to help us.  He helped us by creating marching drills downfield, arranging music, and giving us hints for a dance routine.  The drum major showed us how we were to leave the field on drum rolls, breaking into a well known tune, arranged by Edward Lee Rose, a tuba player.  We were somewhat satisfied.

This show was a strong improvement over the others in the past.  At last, we were anxious to perform at half time for once.  Our moment finally came, Astrodome, Grambling vs Texas Southern University.  After we marched on the field, Ralph Yarborough was called onto the field to give a “thank you” speech.  He had prepared the longest “thank you” speech in quite a while, it lasted the entire time of our show.  After the speech, the band was ordered off the field by someone over the public address system.  Grambling’s football team had already begun warming up for the second half, in spite of us standing on the field.  Again, a voice ordered us off the field.  Downtrodden and angry, we walked off the field.  The audience laughed, threw paper at us and other things.  Finally, the last game of the season came, TSU vs PV.  This time, we performed our “well rehearsed” show.  We hit the jackpot, at last.  Instead of the audience’s boos and nays, we heard their cheering and screaming.  Our pride, for once, had come through.  At the close of the Spring 1969 Concert Season, we heard rumors of a new band director for the Fall Season.  Based upon the facts of the rumors, the man was a black man.  Of course, experience had taught us not to build our hopes too high.  Previous years, the same rumor raged throughout our ears and each time David Peters would return with his “Everything Coming Up Roses”.  To our great surprise, this was no longer a rumor, but the divine truth.  July 1969, we were proudly introduced to our “Black Moses” in our time of trouble, Mr. Benjamin J. Butler, II and the birth of the “Ocean of Soul”.  From that day to eternity, “Mr. Soul” will always have a special place in my heart and memory for his musical inspirations.

 

Thank you, “Ocean” for Taking the Field

by Harry L. Nelson, Jr.

 

Since the name “Ocean of Soul” was given to the Texas Southern University Band by a local radio show, talking about a mountain of soul for Houston, it has commanded the interest and attention of the public locally and nationally.  The flashy, pace setting, “Ocean of Soul” have appeared at numerous professional football games and recently, at the Battle of the Bands.  Also, in 1973, at this Battle of the Band performances, the “Ocean of Soul” revealed to the public, for the first time, its new band uniforms.  These uniforms were designed and represented the first class band, the “Ocean of Soul” band uniform is completely different from anyone else’s .