WATCH – Waller County Cop Pepper Sprays PVAMU Student, Under Investigation

ABC 13 in Houston last week reported on an incident involving a Prairie View A&M University student who was pepper sprayed by Waller County Police Officer Adolphus Cannon.
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Texas Southern Receives $800K Homeland Security Grant

Texas Southern University recently announced receipt of a five-year, $800,00 grant from the Department of Homeland Security, under the auspices of its Scientific Leadership Award program.
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Research Capacity Grows at Prairie View A&M

Student and faculty researchers at Prairie View A&M University will have more room for exploration this fall, thanks to grants from the National Science Foundation and Department of Defense.
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Wiley President to Head Methodist Church Association on Schools and Colleges

Wiley College President Haywood Strickland will lead the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church, one of the largest advocacy arms of the church, charged with advancing historically Black colleges with founding roots in the denomination.
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WATCH – Texas Southern Ocean of Soul in Pro Football Hall of Fame Parade

Check out the Texas Southern University Ocean of Soul Marching Band performing in the annual Hall of Fame Parade in Canton, Oh.
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Acclaimed HBCU Political Science Professor Jewel Limar Prestage Dies

Alumni, faculty and executives at Black colleges nationwide are mourning the death of Dr. Jewel Limar Prestage, a renowned HBCU professor and the first African-American woman to earn the PhD in political science. She died today in Houston at the age of 82.
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Digest Five – Top HBCU ‘Commercials’

Commercials were once an expensive ploy to get many people to see a singular message about a product or service. Today, they can be inexpensively produced and reach millions of people in a matter of minutes.

Historically Black colleges and universities are progressively using the web to position their missions and students for a global audience. Here are five schools effectively using web media to expand their brands and grab attention.

They aren’t all traditional or contemporary commercials, but have gained traction over the months and years as iconic images representing the HBCU experience.
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Texas Southern’s Bastiste-Roberts Named Social Work Educator of the Year

Dr Glora Batiste Roberts wins awardTexas Southern University Professor Gloria Batiste-Roberts was recently named ‘Educator of the Year’ by the National Association of Black Social Workers at its annual conference in April.

NABSW National President Joe Benton said the Executive Committee of the organization enthusiastically selected Dr. Batiste-Roberts because of her commitment to advancing student development through mentorship, scholarship and tireless service. He called her “a model of the best in social work education,” and added that she is a most worthy social work scholar and community leader.

Dr. Batiste-Rogers is the interim coordinator of student services and community relations in the TSU Honors College.

Michael Strahan Gives $100K to Texas Southern Marching Band

Texas Southern University alumnus and soon-to-be Pro Football Hall of Fame member Michael Strahan has donated $100,000 to the university’s Ocean of Soul marching band, capping the band’s fundraising effort to travel to Strahan’s HOF induction ceremony in August.

The band only needed $150,000, but with Strahan’s donation, a $50,000 donation from comedian Kevin Hart and other pledges, the band surpassed its goal.

“This is an exciting opportunity, and we’ll be seen by a number of people that have never seen this band before, so we want to make sure we give them an excellent performance as we always do,” said TSU’s band director Richard Lee.

Alumna Ada Anderson Gives $3 Million to Huston-Tillotson; Largest Gift in School History

Huston-Tillotson University this week announced a $3 million gift from alumna Ada Cecilia Collins Anderson. The cash gift, which will be used towards construction of a new campus wellness center, is the largest in the history of the institution.

“As a community leader, trailblazer, and champion of civic causes, Mrs. Anderson exemplifies the spirit of the Community Health and Wellness Center which is conceptualized to bring together the community and campus offerings to focus on holistic approaches to health,” said HT President and Chief Executive Officer Larry L. Earvin, Ph.D. “We applaud her efforts to rally the community in support of the components of the HT mission.”

Anderson, 92, earned her bachelor’s degree from HT in 1941, and went on to earn recognition as an educator, entrepreneur and civil rights activist in Austin and throughout Central Texas.

The Wellness Center is part of an overall $35 million goal for development of a mental health awareness and treatment facility, with focus on care for African-Americans in the region.