Category Archives: Texas

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.

Trammell Crow at Paul Quinn in 2010

Paul Quinn Receives $4 Million Gift; Largest in School History

Trammell Crow at Paul Quinn in 2010
Trammell Crow at Paul Quinn in 2010

Paul Quinn College today announced a $4 million gift from Dallas entrepreneur and philanthropist Trammell Crow, with a bulk of the donation to be used for construction of the first new building on campus in 40 years.

The school will break ground on the Trammell S. Crow Living & Learning Center in 2015, and will feature 180 rooms for students housing, classrooms and meeting space. It is the second large gift given by Crow in the last four years, who also gave the college $1 million in 2010 to finance demolition of 13 abandoned campus buildings.

“This is a special moment in our institutional history” stated Paul Quinn College President Michael J. Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College.  He noted that “American higher education history is replete with examples of visionary leaders like Trammell Crow who understood the investment needed to create great institutions.  Paul Quinn College is thankful that he believes in our work and our future.”

School officials say funds from the donation will also be used to bolster enrollment growth.

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Kevin Hart Pledges $50K to Texas Southern Ocean of Soul Marching Band

Screen Shot 2014-06-21 at 8.31.33 AMComedian and actor Kevin Hart this week made headlines with a $50,000 pledge to the Texas Southern University Ocean of Soul Marching Band. His gift will serve as a windfall for the band’s efforts to travel to Canton, Ohio for the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony for TSU alumnus Michael Strahan. From the campaign website:

August 1-3, 2014, TSU alumnus Michael Strahan will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. To honor his achievement and celebrate Tiger pride, the Ocean of Soul marching band has been invited to participate in the prestigious Enshrinement Celebration by leading the Grand Parade through downtown Canton and performing at the Fan Appreciation Tailgate Party on the Hall of Fame Campus.




Felecia Nave Named Prairie View A&M Provost

nave2--220x220Felecia McInnis Nave was last week announced as the new provost and vice-president of academic affairs for Prairie View A&M University. Dr. Nave, an Alcorn State University alumna and former associate provost and vice-president in the same division, will begin her tenure on August 1.

“The Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs is an extremely important position. Having served as Provost, I know first-hand what skills are needed to be successful on the job,” said President George C. Wright. “Dr. Nave brings, based on her impressive academic and research experiences, strong analytical skills that allow her to critically analyze problems and pose viable solutions. She is very student oriented and has a work ethic that is outstanding. Indeed, I have every confidence that she will hit the ground running and lead us to our next levels of success.”

According to officials, Dr. Nave has brought more than $2.5 million in research funding from the Department of Defense, National Science Foundation and ExxonMobil.


Huston-Tillotson Wins First Red River Women’s Basketball Championship

Playing in its first RRAC Women’s Basketball Tournament final, fifth-seeded Huston-Tillotson completed an improbable run with a 67-64 victory over Langston on Saturday at East Texas Baptist University.

With HT leading, Langston’s Lynette Holmes banked in a shot with nine seconds left to cut the deficit to one at 65-64, but Ariel Callis sank two free throws for the Lady Rams with seven seconds remaining to provide the final score. Chaquitta Thrower secured the win by blocking a final three-point attempt by Langston’s Alanna Lee with time running out.