Tom Joyner Foundation Received $15,000 in Donations from Langston University Alumni for “School of the Month” Campaign

Alumni raise money to help underwrite scholarships, recruit students from Oklahoma

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During today’s nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, Venora W. McKinney, president of the Langston University National Alumni Association, announced its $5,000 donation. Vonnie Ware Roberts, president of the university’s Oklahoma City alumni chapter, donated $10,000.  Click here to listen lo the alumni donations.

“We are so proud to be part of the School of the Month for April,” McKinney said when presenting the donation. “Langston is an unusually deserving institution.”

Roberts said, “We are excited about this. We’ll use these funds to recruit students from the Oklahoma area.”

Alfonzo Drain, chair of the alumni association’s scholarship committee, said, “Last year, we awarded more than $15,000 in scholarships. … We’re hoping alumni will be motivated to give.”

Leon Bragg, president-elect, Langston University National Alumni Association, “I would like to encourage especially all the graduates to show your pride and joy by going to the Tom-Joyner-Foundation-Dot-Org to and supporting Langston University. … It shouldn’t be so difficult for you to recall when you were a student. So, please, reach out.”

Established in 1897, Langston University is the only historically black institution of higher education in the state of Oklahoma. A four-year, state-supported, land-grant, regional institution, it has an average enrollment of approximately 3,000 students on campuses located in Langston, Tulsa, and Oklahoma City. The University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

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.

For more information, contact Neil Foote, media relations, Tom Joyner Foundation, neil@neilfoote.com, 214.448.3765.  To make a donation to Langston, click on the “Donate” button on TomJoynerFoundation.org.

 

FAMU’s Retention Efforts Recognized By US News & World Report

Updated: 4/18/2014 4:39 PM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 17, 2014

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) has been listed as one of the top “Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Where Freshmen Return” by U.S. News & World Report.

Announced on April 15, FAMU ranked No. 4 on the “Freshman Return” list with an average freshman retention rate of 79.5 percent.

The “Freshman Return” list reveals the top 10 institutions, out of 68 ranking HBCUs, with the highest average freshman retention rate for first-year students from fall 2008-2011. FAMU exceeded the list’s average freshman retention rate of 63.5 by 16 percent. The rankings are based on the publication’s 2013 survey.

“One of the common challenges HBCU’s and many other institutions face is institutionalizing, in a systematic and sustained manner, initiatives to increase student retention, progression and graduation. This is due in impart to economic disparities,” said William Hudson Jr., vice president for Student Affairs. “This top ranking by U.S News & World Report is a crucial testament to FAMU’s ability to rise to the occasion, despite the odds, and meet these challenges through its tireless efforts to recruit, retain and graduate the nation’s best and brightest students.”

U.S. News also names FAMU among the top 10 HBCU’s in the nation in its 2014 rankings.

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Tom Joyner Foundation Launches New Scholarship for Art Scholars at HBCUs

 

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Click the link TJF Fine Arts Scholarship Fact Sheet for more information about  the Tom Joyner Foundation Fine Arts Scholarship and how to apply. 

The Tom Joyner Foundation launched a new scholarship for art scholars at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The TJF Fine Arts Scholarships Program will provide two (2) deserving students at HBCUs a $1,000 scholarship from the Foundation. The program is funded with money from a portion of the proceeds from the art sales on the 2014 Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage.

Full-time students in good academic standing at HBCUs who are majoring in art, fine arts or art education are eligible to apply. Funds will be awarded for the 2014 fall semester. Applications may be submitted today. The deadline is May 3, 2014.  Winners are expected to be announced May 15, 2014.

Students who are visual arts majors must submit a link to a sample of one piece of their artwork or photography, including the name of the piece, the inspiration behind the work and if a painting or sketch, the medium.

“HBCUs have always been a haven for minority artists for decades and have been part of all of our 14 Fantastic Voyages,” said Tom Joyner, founder and chairman of the Tom Joyner Foundation. “This new scholarship program is investing in the next great African-American artist.”

Please complete application below:

TJF Fine Arts Scholarship Program

The Tom Joyner Foundation has announced the TJF Fine Arts Scholarship Program. Two (2) deserving students from two (2) Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Tom Joyner Foundation.
  • Remember, we're only looking for visual arts or fine arts majors.
  • Students who are visual arts majors must submit a link to a sample of one piece of their artwork or photography, including the name of the piece, the inspiration behind the work and if a painting or sketch the medium.
  • To apply, students must submit a 250 word- essay on, “How Art Can Make A Difference In All Communities?” and for visual arts majors, in addition to the essay, submit one (1) sample of a piece of your work via an attached photo.

Tom Joyner Foundation Names Langston University April School of the Month

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Click here to make a donation to Langston University. 

The Tom Joyner Foundation is recognizing Langston University in Langston, Okla. as the April 2014 School of the Month.

Listen below to an interview with Langston University president, Dr. Kent. J. Smith, Jr. 

The foundation, formed by the nationally syndicated radio personality, Tom Joyner, chose Langston University 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.

Established in 1897, Langston University is the only historically black institution of higher education in the state of Oklahoma. A four-year, state-supported, land-grant, regional institution, it has an average enrollment of approximately 3,000 students on campuses located in Langston, Tulsa, and Oklahoma City. The University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

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.

Click here to make a donation to Langston University. 

Wiley College Forensics Team wins National Championship

Updated: 3/31/2014 1:27 AM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

For Immediate Release

March 28, 2014

For More Information Contact:

Tammy Taylor  (903) 927-3385 (Office)

(469) 826-2383 (Mobile)

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Championship victory is first by a historically black college

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The 2013-2014 Melvin B. Tolson/Denzel Washington Forensics Society won the Overall Sweepstakes Championship at the 2014 Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament. In back row from left are : Farah Habad, Eric Robinson, Drake Pough, Lyle Kleinman, Benjamin Turner, Austin Ashford, and Autumn Locke. In middle row from left are: Ki-Jana Hernandez, Jesus Cardenas, Katori Mobley, Nathan Leal, Dominick Taylor, Rachel Garnett, and Rachel Hancock.
In front row from left are : Aaron Tumbaga, Ernest Mack, Robert Hollar, Marcus Allen, Autumnwind Spear, Kayla Hall, Mary Mitchell, Cameron Smith, and Cortney Tingle.

(Marshall, Texas )   The Melvin B. Tolson/Denzel Washington Forensics Society of Wiley College has added another historic feat to its list of accomplishments by winning the Overall Sweepstakes Championship of the 2014 Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament. Wiley is the first historically black college to earn this national award.

A first for HBCUs

Wiley’s win comes during a record- making year for Pi Kappa Delta’s prestigious annual tournament – the 2014 event saw 80 schools (with 2,000 entries) competing to prove they have the best forensicators (speech and debate) in the country.

“ We earn victories at Pi Kappa Delta each year, but this  year’s overall championship victory is especially meaningful to Wiley,” said Dr. Haywood L. Strickland, Wiley’s President and CEO. “ We are pleased that  our students performed so well against all these strong teams.  Their accomplishment is a clear reflection of the legacy of excellence at Wiley,” he said.  “We are grateful to Professor Melvin B. Tolson, Denzel Washington, and all who paved the way for this victory to occur.”

Forensic speech and debate is woven into the fabric of Wiley College.  Notably, the College’s 1935 debate team, led by Professor Melvin B. Tolson, defeated the then reigning national forensics champion, University of Southern California.  The 2007 movie,  “The Great Debaters”  tells the story of this competition, and the movie’s star and director, Denzel Washington, donated the funding that helped relaunch the  College’s debate team in 2008.

Wiley’s Forensics Team

Wiley’s 23-member Forensics Team is coached by Chris Medina. The team will next travel to Tempe, Arizona, to compete in the American Forensics Association Nationals – a tournament of champions for selective student who qualify through earlier high tournament rankings.  On the heels of that event, two members of the team will travel to Ypisilanti, Michigan, to compete in the National Forensics Association Nationals.

Wiley’s winners in the Pi Kappa Delta National Championship include:

Jhamiah Dixon, a junior from Port Arthur, TX, excellence in Prose, quarter-finalist in Duo (with partner, Mary Mitchell), excellence in Poetry.

Farah Habad, sophomore from Union City, CA, excellence in Prose, excellence in Impromptu, sixth in Programmed Oral Interpretation, quarter-finalist in Dramatic Interpretation, third in Poetry, third speaker in Public Forum debate, seventh in Pentathalon.

Kayla Hall, freshman from Lewisville, TX, excellence in Prose, excellence in Duo (with partner, Austin Ashford), excellence in Persuasion.

Mary Mitchell, a freshman from Renton, WA, excellence in Prose, quarter-finalist in Duo (with partner, Jhamiah Dixon).

Marcus Rembert, a freshman from Birmingham, AL, excellence in Prose, sixth in Duo (with partner, Ernest Mack), quarter-finalist in Dramatic Interpretation, tournament champion in Reader’s Theater.

Autumnwind Spear, a freshman from New York, New York, excellence in Prose, fourth in Duo (with partner, Drake Pough), outstanding legislator in Congressional Debate.

Drake Pough, a sophomore from Union City, CA, quarter-finalist in Prose, quarter-finalist in Duo (with partner, Eric Robinson), fourth in Duo (with partner, Autumnwind Spear), second in Poetry, tournament champion in Reader’s Theater.

Eric Robinson, a sophomore from Fort Worth, TX, quarter-finalist in Prose, quarter-finalist in Duo (with partner, Drake Pough), semifinalist in Duo (with partner, Dominick Taylor), second in Dramatic Interpretation.

Austin Ashford, a sophomore from Union City, CA, national champion in Poetry , national champion in Dramatic Interpretation, quarter-finalist in Prose, excellence in Duo (with partner, Kayla Hall), second in Programmed Oral Interpretation, semifinalist in Public Forum debate, top speaker in Public Forum debate.

Dominick Taylor, a junior from St. Louis, MO, sixth in Prose, semifinalist in Duo (wither partner, Eric Robinson), semifinalist in Dramatic Interpretation, excellence in Poetry, tournament champion in Reader’s Theater.

Ki-Jana Hernandez, a freshman from Union City, CA, excellence in Impromptu, semifinalist in Programmed Oral Interpretation, semifinalist in Dramatic Interpretation, quarter-finalist and seventh speaker in Novice IPDA debate.

Robert Hollar, a sophomore from Los Angeles, CA, excellence in Impromptu.

Benjamin Turner, a freshman from Antioch, CA, excellence in Impromptu, fourth in Programmed Oral Interpretation.

Jesus Cardenas, a freshman from Union City, CA, semifinalist in Impromptu, semifinalist in Extemporaneous Speaking, fourth speaker in Public Forum debate.

Ernest Mack, a freshman from Flint, MI, sixth in Duo (with partner, Marcus Rembert), tournament champion in Reader’s Theater.

LaQuanda Streeter, excellence in Persuasion, outstanding legislator in Congressional Debate.

Aaron Tumbaga, a freshman from Union City, CA, quarter-finalist in Programmed Oral Interpretation.

Rachel Garnett, a sophomore from Puyallup, WA, excellence in Poetry.

Cameron Smith, a freshman from St. Louis, MO, second place and top speaker in Junior Varsity Lincoln-Douglas debate.

For more information  about the Wiley College Forensics Team, please contact  Coach Sarah Spiker Rainey at  (903)927-3084 or the College’s Office of Public Relations at (903) 927-3385.

The Melvin B. Tolson/Denzel Washington Forensics Society is a competitive speech and debate team, affiliated with Pi Kappa Delta, the National Forensics Association, and the American Forensics Association.

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Click here to make a donation to Wiley College. 

Denny’s Presents Tom Joyner Foundation with Check on 2014 Fantastic Voyage

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Foundation, Denny’s are partners in the Hungry for Education Scholarship Program where 10 outstanding students will receive $2,500 scholarships at designated HBCUs

 DALLASMarch 27, 2014 – The Tom Joyner Foundation received a $25,000 check from the Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ: DENN), franchiser and operator of one of America’s largest full-service restaurant chains, during the 2014 Fantastic Voyage as part of the Hungry For Education (HFE) scholarship program students attending selected Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

The check presentation capped off a lively seminar entitled “Straight Talk” on the cruise, which featured a conversation between Chef Jeff, Brenda Lauderback, a member of Denny’s Board of TomJoynerGrandSlamWinnersonFV2014 300x200 Dennys Presents Tom Joyner Foundation with Check on 2014 Fantastic VoyageDirectors and VaShawn Mitchell, the gospel recording artist and spokesperson. Sybil Wilkes, “Tom Joyner Morning Show” co-host, moderated the hour-long panel that focused on diversity and inclusion. During a raffle after the panel, five lucky members of the audience – Anthony Jones, Trumel Lamb, Regina Lander and Glenda Lewis – won free Original Grand Slam® breakfasts for a year.

“You know I love a party with a purpose, so for Denny’s to present this check on the Fantastic Voyage – the ‘Ultimate Party with a Purpose’ – makes this event even more memorable,” said Tom Joyner, the foundation’s chairman and host of the nationally syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show.” “This scholarship program is another great example of how the Foundation and Denny’s are doing what it takes to help students pursue their college dreams.”

Thomas Joyner Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Foundation, stressed the importance of the Denny’s partnership and helping students at HBCUs. “This Denny’s partnership is an important part of helping the Foundation fulfill its mission to keep students in HBCUs.”

April Kelly-Drummond, Denny’s director of corporate diversity and community affairs, said, “With the help of the Tom Joyner Foundation, Denny’s has provided support for more than 300 deserving high school and college students, contributing more than $525,000 to the Foundation’s programs and scholarship funds. We love working with Tom and look forward to continuing our 12-year partnership – and helping students succeed – for many, many more years to come.”

As part of the partnership, ten (10) deserving students from designated HBCUs will receive a $2,500 scholarship from Denny’s and the Tom Joyner Foundation as part of Denny’s Hungry for Education initiative. The program began February 10 and ends April 1, 2014.  Full time students must be enrolled in one of the 10 participating HBCUs that include Alabama State University, Montgomery, Ala.; Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio; Claflin University, Orangeburg, S.C.; Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga.; Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, Fla.; Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, Texas; Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, N.C.; Langston University, Langston, Okla.; Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Va.; and Southern University, Baton Rouge, La.

To apply, students must submit a 250- to 500-word essay on the topic, “How Can You or Denny’s Have an Impact on Hunger in Your HBCU’s Community?”  To complete the process, students go to TomJoynerFoundation.org and click on the banner to complete the online application. To learn more about Denny’s scholarship program, go to DennysHungryForEducation.com.

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

In its fifteenth year the Tom Joyner Foundation, the Fantastic Voyage Presented by Ford is known as the Ultimate Party with a Purpose®, supporting students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities. It set sail March 16th, from Miami, Florida for eight days and seven nights with almost three thousand passengers on board the Carnival Conquest. The cruise features more than 60 performers art exhibits and seminars, including comedians, entertainers and artists in soul music from today and yesterday including Tyler Perry, Katt Williams, Robin Thicke, Charlie Wilson, KEM, John Legend, Nelly, Ice Cube, Chante Moore, Shaggy, George Clinton, Heads of State, Erica Campbell from Mary Mary, and many great artists from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

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 16-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 Corp.

Denny’s is one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, currently operating 1,700 franchised, licensed and company-owned restaurants across the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guam, Puerto Rico and New Zealand. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit the Denny’s website at www.dennys.com and www.dennysdiversity.com.

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Tom Joyner Visits University of the Virgin Islands During Fantastic Voyage

Tom Joyner visited with the president, faculty, students and staff when the 2014 Fantastic Voyage stopped over in St. Thomas.  Joyner stopped by the university’s radio station – WUVI-1090 AM – where he was interviewed live, took photos with students and staff and before he left, he autographed the control board.  At a reception at Reichhold Center for the Arts, Joyner helped the university celebrate its “Charter Month”, where Maxi Priest, Tuck and Patti and Voices of Inspiration performed.

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Tom Joyner, second from left, poses with UVI President Dr. David Hall, at right, and some of the crew of UVI’s student radio station – WUVI 1090 AM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tom Joyner, center, and UVI President Dr. David Hall, left, presented UVI’s 2012 scholarships recipients Mark Beverhoudt, at right, Kirwin Hodge, second left, and Latoya Benjamin, during the schools “Fantastic Old School Reception” for Joyner on March 19. Beverhoudt and Hodge are Hercules Scholars and Benjamin is a Tom Joyner Scholar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UVI scholarship recipients and others join Tom Joyner in a short dance following the schools “Fantastic Old School Reception” for Joyner on March 19.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wiley announces new Center for Excellence in Distance Learning

Updated: 3/12/2014 2:20 PM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

Wiley College, Oakwood University, Florida Memorial University and
Lumen Learning Collaborate to Help Online Education Thrive at HBCUs

New Center for Excellence in Distance Learning at Wiley College Uses Open
Educational Resources to Support Faculty and Student Success

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MARSHALL, Texas (March 11, 2014) – At a time when many small colleges, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), struggle with a successful approach to online learning, The Center for Excellence in Distance Learning at Wiley College is forging a new path. Tapping into the wealth of high quality open education resources (OER) available today, the Center is working with OER services provider Lumen Learning to tailor online courses to the unique needs of HBCUs and the students they serve.

“Distance learning creates inherent challenges for small colleges where the educational experience is grounded in personal relationships that cultivate scholarship and leadership among the students we serve,” said Dr. Haywood L. Strickland, President and CEO of Wiley College. “We established the Center for Excellence in Distance Learning to encourage collaboration and innovation in online learning within the HBCU community, and open educational resources are essential to our approach.”

Click here to make a donation to Wiley College, Oakwood University, and/or Florida Memorial University.

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Huston Tillotson Hosts President’s 2014 MASKED Ball

Thomas Joyner, Jr., president and CEO, of the Tom Joyner Foundation, was among the host of VIP guests at Huston-Tillotson University’s President’s 2014 MASKED Scholarship Gala in Austin, Texas.

Raheem DeVaughn, the Grammy-Award nominee, rhythm and blues, and neo-soul singer,  headlined the black-tie affair.  The 11th annual banquet helped raise money for the university’s program:  Mankind Assisting Students Kindle Educational Dreams (MASKED) Gala.  Veteran Texas Senator Royce West served as the Honorary Chair of the scholarship gala in support of education and Huston-Tillotson University.

Here are some pictures from the event:

Claflin University Named March School of the Month #Focus100

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Click here to make a donation to Claflin University. 

The Tom Joyner Foundation is recognizing Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C. as the March 2014 School of the Month.

Proceeds from the school of the month campaign will benefit the FOCUS 100 Student Fund. Established in 2004, the fund provides assistance to those students who might otherwise be forced to forfeit attending school because of short-term financial hardships.

Listen below to the Tom Joyner Foundation interview with University president, Dr. Henry N. Tisdale.

The foundation, formed by the nationally syndicated radio personality, chose Claflin 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.

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.

Claflin University was founded in 1869. The university is named in honor of Lee Claflin, a prominent Methodist layman from Boston, and his son William Claflin, then governor of Massachusetts.

The university is a comprehensive institution of higher education affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Claflin  is committed to providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities while fostering a rich community that nurtures  and develops its students, faculty and staff into visionaries.

Claflin University has been recognized as the top Historically Black College or University in the country (Forbes.com),U.S. News and World Report’s “Guidebook to America’s Best Colleges” has included Claflin in its “Top Tier” rankings among comprehensive baccalaureate granting institutions in the South for 14 consecutive years, and is now recognized as a nationally ranked liberal arts institution by U.S. News and World Report, to name a few.

University president, Dr. Henry Tisdale, expressed his gratitude for Claflin as the Tom Joyner Foundation March 2014 school of the month.

The Foundation’s ‘Schools of the Month’ for the rest of the year are as follows: April – Langston University Langston, OK; May – Central State University, Wilberforce, OH; June- Texas Southern University, Houston, TX; July- Huston-Tillotson, Austin, TX; August – Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta,GA; September- Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA; October- Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL; November – Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA.

Click here to make a donation to Claflin University.