Tennessee State University Selected to Help Find New Uses for Toxics Data

ATLANTA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that Tennessee State University is one of six academic partners selected for the 2014 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) University Challenge. The TRI University Challenge is a project designed to find innovative ways to increase public awareness of industrial releases of toxic chemicals in communities and around the country. 

“For more than 25 years, EPA has gathered critical environmental data to provide communities with information that empowers them to protect their air, water, and land,” said Renee P. Wynn, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Environmental Information. “Through the 2014 TRI University Challenge, we hope to raise student awareness of environmental data and programs while improving research on our environmental challenges to further our work to protect human health and the environment.”

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TSU Alum Kenny W. Armstrong Appointed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals’ Western Division

June 18–NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Haslam appointed Shelby County ChancellorKenny W. Armstrong to the Tennessee Court of Appeals’ western division, effective Sept. 1, the governor’s office announced Wednesday.

Armstrong, 66, will replace Judge Holly Kirby, whom Haslam has appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

“His experience in public and private practice as well as at the state and federal level will serve the western section well,” the governor said.

Armstrong has been a trial judge in Chancery Court since September 2006 and was the court’s clerk and master from 1997 to 2006. He was recipient of theCharles A. Rond Memorial Award for Outstanding Judge of the Year in Shelby County in 2012.

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Armstrong earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Tennessee State University in 1970 and a law degree from Duke University School of Lawin 1973. He and his wife, Verline, have two adult children, daughter Shani and son Brian.


TSU Booster Says HBCUs Are Worth Saving


When I was ready to look at colleges as a high school grad, I longed for acceptance by a historically black college or university, better known as HBCUs. As fate would have it, I received a full scholarship to a predominantly white college at the height of the Black Power Movement. Coming from a family of meager resources, my college “choice” quickly narrowed to one.

Years later, and thanks to energetic alumna Martha West, I can at least be a booster for Tennessee State University. But I have also come to shed my idealism about HBCUs and put them in their historical, cultural and financial context.

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Rita Mack joins Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Foundation


Rita Mack joined the board of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Foundation, which focuses on providing Stockton students with scholarships and financial aid.

She is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. Claire volunteers her time for several Atlantic County non-profit organizations.

Rita Mack describes herself as an active and passionate volunteer in the McDonald’s System and her community. Rita served as Chair & CEO of theNational Black McDonald’s Operators Association (NBMOA), and she is only the second female elected to lead this 40-year-old organization.

Members of the NBMOA own over 1,400 restaurants throughout the United States with annual sales collectively exceeding $ 3.4 billion. In addition, Rita and nine other female owner/operators launched the McDonald’s Women Operator Network (WON), which now has a membership of more than 500.

Rita is a lifetime NAACP member and very involved in her community. She and her husband pledged $10,000 recently to help the Atlantic City Boys and Girls Club remain open. She said her philosophy has been to make a difference by “doing good.”

For over 16 years, Rita served as a commissioner of the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority (ACC&VA) board of directors. She has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey. Currently, Rita is a member of the Board of Trustees for AtlantiCare Health System.

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Rita holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Tennessee State University.

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Do you know Where the Tennessee State Tiger’s are ranked in the FCS Preseason Polls?


There are three FCS Football preseason polls: 2014 Athlon FCS Preseason Top 25, Lindy’s and the Sporting News Network. The Tigers are ranked #17,  #9, and #13 respectively. Big things are expected of our Tigers. I am sure we will meet the challenge.




The polls are below.

2014 Athlon FCS Preseason Top 25

1. EWU
3. SLU
4. UNH
5. UNI
6. Jacksonville St
7. Montana
8. Villanova
9. McNeese St
10. Towson
11. SDSU
12. Chattanooga
13. Fordham
14. CCU
15. W&M
16. Montana St
17. Tenn St
18. Richmond
19. Furman
20. SIU
21. SHSU
22. JMU
23. Delaware
24. EIU
25. YSU

1. EWU
3. SLU
4. Jacksonville St
5. Villanova
6. CCU
7. UNH
8. Fordham
9. McNeese St
10. Montana
11. UNI
12. Richmond
13. Tenn St
14. Chattanooga
15. Towson
16. SHSU
17. Liberty
18. Montana St
19. SDSU
20. NAU
21. BCC
22. EIU
23. W&M
24. Southern Utah
25. Furman

1. EWU
2. SLU
4. Montana
5. UNH
7. CCU
8. Fordham
9. Tenn St
10. Chattanooga
11. UNI
12. W&M
13. McNeese St
14. Towson
15. Woffor
16. Villanova
17. EIU
18. SHSU
19. Jacksonville St
20. Furman
21. Montana St
22. SC State
23. Richmond
24. BCC
25. Princeton

Dwight Lewis Doesn’t Like the 2014 Football Schedule

In case you have been sleeping underneath a rock and might not be familiar with Dwight Lewis. He is a retired Tennessean sports and the author of the book, “The Will to Win.”

He literally wrote the book on TSU Athletics.

He went to Twitter to offer his views on the 2014 Tennessee State University Football Schedule