Texas Southern University Founders’ Day

On September 19, Texas Southern University honored one of its important figures and alumni on the 87th annual Founders’ Day ceremony in the auditorium.

There were many founders, Barbara Jordan included, but the ceremony’s main focus was former Congressman George Thomas “Mickey” Leland.

Upon receiving his Bachelor’s degree and, soon after, a doctorate degree from Texas Southern University, Leland was not only a good person known to help others in need, he also got elected to Congress in the House of Representatives.

During his tenure, he was an activist for the people in poverty and the hungry in both the U.S. and the world.

One of the speakers at the ceremony said that to “build a bridge, you have to take the first step.”

This same quote implies the way Leland approached his plan to help the world with the problems it was facing and provided great service to all those who and wherever he went.

When he passed away in 1989, he became recognized as one of the most influential notables of TSU, later being honored on Founders’ Day.

An airport terminal in Texas is among the many things made in his name.

Many of Leland’s similarities are also those of his good friend, Gene Locke.

Locke, now a Texas attorney, spoke about his late friend at the ceremony and some of the things crucial to those attending about the opportunities.

Locke said “Opportunities are going to come.”

Leland had a vision and, when the opportunity came, he took it.

Not only did he and Locke take the opportunities that came, they were able to accomplish them due to a “successful attitude.”

A takeaway from Locke’s speech is whatever we want to do in life, we must have a successful attitude and also be prepared when the opportunity comes.

Leland and Locke did exactly just that while Locke gave his amazing speech during the ceremony.

After the ceremony, many of the students agreed on its presentation.

One of them said that it was “impactful” , “powerful”, and what she took away from it was that the only one who holds you back from what you want to do in life is you, nobody else.

Another student said the ceremony was “eye-opening” and also said “no matter” your descriptions or qualities, you can do what you want in life.

One other from the school’s choir said the ceremony was “good” and “at TSU you make your decisions” on what you want to achieve success.

Another student said the ceremony could have been “more directed”, but it was “motivational”.

Another student I interviewed said the ceremony was “interesting” all throughout, then said to “have an attitude” when speaking on what he took away from the ceremony itself.

Most of these students interviewed after the ceremony have all agreed on something after it concluded.

This ceremony is definitely one to remember, where a very good speech on Locke’s late friend who, again, became recognized as TSU’s historic figures and one of the founders of this university.

TSU Auditorium

The Ideal Texas Southern University Student


Her goal when she started four years ago in college was to graduate with honors.

Now she is awaiting the month of May as graduation is inching closer. Soon she is on her way to obtaining her degree and the very goal she set is now a reality. A goal set by Texas Southern University (TSU) student Kendra Pete.

Kendra, a senior and journalism major, is one to balance her things in life and as a student. In college, she does everything the average college student does, only to go beyond average. She does her best to attend every class day. When there are assignments colliding with projects, she manages and plans out what is due and what has to be done, which is honor-student material and she happens to be one, as a matter of fact. She is also a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Kendra, because of how she performs in college, is considered as the ideal TSU student.

Kendra describes an ideal TSU student as “a highly, self-motivated individual who sets goals and accomplishes them.”

In addition, Kendra said that an ideal TSU student also “utilizes their resources such as textbooks, teachers, and the library.”

Resources are there when a student needs them. Kendra is that type to seize those resources given if and when she needs that extra help.

She believes that she sets an example to other students.

“I have always been the type of person to take care of my business.”

Throughout class after class at TSU, Kendra has handled them with patience and no hesitation.

Also, the people she is surrounded by adds to that example. Some of the students on campus are just like her, even her friends.

“I have a great group of friends that do just as much, if not, more than me.”

Surrounded by a great group of people can influence one’s ability to focus on the goals at hand. It has now gone to the point where all other students want to be like her.

If a student wants to be like her, Kendra’s advice is one to follow.

“Remain focused,” she said.

“If you’re not distracted, you’ll be able to accomplish goals you set for yourself.”

Goals that a student sets for themselves can be achieved through planning and not let negativity get in the way of those goals. He or she does their best to have those goals accomplished. Take Kendra Pete for instance. Known as an intelligent young woman and an amazingly, brilliant scholar with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.94, Kendra has earned the title as the ideal TSU student.

Kendra Pete

TSU Students and Faculty on Different Media Users


On Intercultural Communication Day, Texas Southern University (TSU) students and faculty members talked media usage at the second panel in the Martin Luther King Auditorium to engage everyone worldwide.

Joining TSU professor Stephanye Perkins and Texas Tech student James Zhang’s respective presentations, the second part of this panel’s members included Deborah Chambers, development manager for TSU’s radio station KTSU-FM, and Frederico “Fred” Novak, Computer Science major and Brazilian native. Part of their segment was to summarize the theme of TSUCommWeek: “Building Bridges Globally Through Communication and Media”.

In the 35th Annual Intercultural Communication Conference, the second panel focused on their segment called Choices of Audiences as Active Users of Media.

TSU’s own and communication students LaMonde Howard and Raleigh Fletcher’s presentation was Social Media in The Classroom – From Dynamite To Dyn-o-mite! Their topic revolves around positives and negatives of social media, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube among others. Its usage in the classroom lets students know of current events, but it also distracts students from their tasks.

Chambers, also a graduate student at the university, spoke about her presentation called Use of Communication Technology in Correctional Facilities. Here is where she elaborated on the topic of communication technology in prison or other correctional facilities by showing its benefits and its dangers.

TSU student Zenoria Abdallah said, “I learned a lot of different things about social media.”

Abdallah enjoyed this fourth day of TSU CommWeek, especially this part of the panel.

“I’m glad I came,” Abdallah said.

TSU graduate student LaVonda James spoke on a brand new topic capturing interest of everyone including the other panelists. Her topic was called Examination of The Texts of Televangelists by Viewers.

The word televangelist was broken down into two parts to know its meaning. In the presentation, James said, Tele means “Television”; evangelist means “to preach the gospel.” In other words, a televangelist is one who preaches the gospel via television. She spoke about media’s usage on these individuals and issues.

TSU graduate student and Day Four Panel One member Andrea Boronell saw some of the presentation.

“It (The presentation) peaked my interest,” said Boronell.

Boronell and everyone in the auditorium doesn’t watch any televangelist, yet she will try to watch for more information.

“I’ll watch it to give it a critical view,” Boronell said.

A short film by TSU professor Vera Hawkins was shown following the presentations. Her video had students from TSU talking about their use of social media in study-abroad programs.

Novak took part in the film along with Shariese Martin, Julian Kane, and Sierra Williams. They use some sort of social medium to stay in touch with friends, family, and their professors while they attend their sessions overseas.

TSU professor Humphrey Regis and RTF Chair Chris Ulasi emphasized on the main idea of these informative presentations with one word: engage. A reason this segment and all other segments on Intercultural Communication Day is to engage everyone. With communication and media’s growing usage, everyone can and will “build bridges globally”.



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