TSU Alum Jackson-Ayotunde Heads Pharmaceutical Path

Since joining the faculty at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) School of Pharmacy in 2010, Dr. Patrice L. Jackson-Ayotunde has won recognition for exemplary research and teaching. Last May, the Office of Technology Commercialization at the University of Maryland, College Park presented Jackson-Ayotunde, a recent UMES pharmacy school graduate, an Invention of the Year Award recognizing the research the pharmaceutical sciences professor has led in developing medication to treat epilepsy. In addition, Jackson-Ayotunde’s fellow faculty members selected her for the UMES Promising Scholar Award last year.

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Dr. Jackson Ayotunde completed her Masters degree in Organic Chemistry in 2003 at Tennessee State University.

First-Generation College-Goers: Unprepared and Behind

Tennessee State University was recently mentioned in the article named, “First-Generation College-Goers: Unprepared and Behind.”  It follows the path of Nashville Native Nijay Williams, who is a first generation student.

It reports that TSU’s first generation student graduation rate is 29% while UT is just 16%. Mr. Williams goes on to say that he needed more support at TSU.

How was your experience at TSU? Did you receive enough support to finish your degree?

TSU Alum Moore’s influence reaches beyond court

Above from left, JCBE member Carol Ann Haddad chats with Anita McKnight, Sammy Moore, and Sasha Mooreat the reception that announced the naming of Noe’s athletic field for Sammy Moore, a longtime teacher and coach.

Moore’s influence reaches beyond court

In his physical prime, Samuel “Sammy” Moore was a larger-than-life presence on the basketball court.

He was Most Valuable Player (MVP) in Kentucky’s first integrated high school basketball game, and he played on the first minority team to win a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) title.

The talent that launched Sammy Moore, 81, to a basketball career with the Harlem Globetrotters helped launch his second chapter, a 45-year span of teaching, coaching, and changing lives. Moore was honored by friends and colleagues in an effusive ceremony on Fri., Dec. 5, during which the athletic field at Noe Middle was named in his honor. The event attracted several former principals, colleagues, and school administrators; members of the JCBE; and Moore’s family and friends.

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