Dr. Robert Shurney (1921-2007)
Dr. Robert Shurney was a physicist from Tennessee State University, who worked at NASA. As a Marshall Space Flight Center engineer, he accomplished several major and significant tasks for NASA, including designing the tires for the moon buggy used during the Apollo 15 mission in 1972. His ingenious design used wire mesh in the place of rubber to save weight, yet still provide the needed flexibility.
Kenya Reflections…Day 2: When I was a student at Tennessee State University, Dr. Hefner (our President at the time) would always say this quote every time he gave a speech
“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”
Well, this morning I woke up in Africa and I woke up running… Jessica and I ran around town picking up tissue, soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent, and several other items so that we could blessed the girls. I’ve done a lot of running in my life from running meetings, running my mouth, running errands, and even running races but the run today was like no other and I thank God for waking me up in Africa to run on today!
I met some very special girls today. They were beautiful, humble, saved, and strong. Naomi is 11 & was brutally raped by a 50 year old man. Last night she wrote a letter to God and told him that she needed some soap and some more shoes…she had no idea that we were coming today. She has been recovering for 5 months now and while her spirit is good, it is still painful for her to even put on a regular pair of shoes so today we purchased flip flops to replaced the worn out ones she had and regular shoes for the other girls in need. I also met Faith. Faith is so strong and full of wisdom. She is also 11 & was rescued from being married off at such an early age. Today when I got weak and could not control my tears, Faith put her arms around me and said “don’t you worry, you be strong, we promise to make you proud”. And then there’s the Kambua who is 13 and has been at AIC since she was 5. She does not have any family members. Before we departed today these were her words, “Thank you for all that you have done for us. We know that you and all your family and friends in the states love us and that means a lot but we also know that God loves us more and he sent you all to help us. We promise to work hard and make you proud. We will be praying for you and you continue to pray for us. God Bless You!”
There are no words to describe my experience today. I’ve never in my life met a group of people so strong, humble, and grateful. When we left to go purchase their shoes and get them something to eat…all they asked for was milk and bread. Wow! But of course I begged their principal to add a treat so we gave them cookies and candy as well. In addition to the food and shoes, we were also able to purchase some uniforms for the girls today. I’ll go back later this week to bless them with some other items they need. In the meantime, I’ll just say Thank you Jesus for allowing me to wake up running for the girls at AIC today! They blessed me today more than I could ever blessed them. (The pictures are just a few highlights and really does not do the experience justice)
I do want to thank Coach Williams for his service at TSU. A lot of great and exciting things happened while he was present. Things didn’t work out so now it is time to move on…
In no particular order, here are some coaching candidates that TSU hopefully will receive interest from. Some of the candidates below were mentioned when the job was open two years ago.
Terry Johnson, Assistant at Butler University. Mr. Johnson has been at Butler University since 2007. The Bulldogs have risen from a good mid major program to a national powerhouse. Mr. Johnson handles “recruiting, individual skills instruction, on-court coaching and game preparation responsibilities.” These are all things TSU needs to move our program forward.
Brian Collins, Head Coach Columbia State Community College. Mr. Collins is a native of Nashville, TN and played collegiate ball at OVC rival Belmont University. He served 3 years as an assistant coach at Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN before taking over at Columbia State Community College. Coach Collins has transformed Columbia State to a national power.
Corey Williams, Assistant Coach at Florida State University. Mr. Williams, former NBA player has played an integral part in raising the Men’s basketball program at Florida State University program. He is an excellent recruiter.
Scott Monarch, Assistant at North Texas University. Mr. Monarch, a Mississippi Valley State University alum, who has coaching experience in the HBCU ranks (former TSU assistant), juco ranks, and major college basketball.
Horace Broadnax, Head Coach at Savannah State University. Mr. Broadnax, also the former HC at Bethune Cookman, has had several years of turning around struggling HBCU programs.
Chris Moore. Assistant Coach at Wright State University. Mr. Moore is a Kentucky State alum and a former coach at Morehead State in 2009 during their OVC title run. He has over 20 years experience in coaching.
Dana Ford. Head Associate at Illinois State University. Mr. Ford is a former TSU assistant under John Cooper. He was instrumental in developing our Chicago, Illinois pipeline that brought in Robert Covington.
Alot of folks fritter away their lives dreaming about pie-in-the-sky fantasies.
Not Geraldine Bell. She dreamed about pie in the oven — and made her dream a reality.
Bell, who’s also a certified nurse technician, has been baking pies for about 18 years. After perfecting her grandmother’s chess pie recipe, she trained at Tennessee State University’s Small Business Development Center, and in 2003 began selling pies wherever she could: at nursing homes where she worked, at flea markets, at beauty salons. For the past seven years, she’s been selling them at the Nashville Farmers’ Market, and you can find her there every Friday, greeting passers-by with a welcoming smile as warm as the oven she bakes her pies in. She also sets up shop at the Franklin Farmers Market every Saturday.
Chess pies are her specialty, and not just the classic version. “When I say chess, I’m talking about chess, chocolate chess, lemon chess, coconut chess, pecan chess, pineapple chess,” she says. Bell, who grew up just down the road in Columbia, also makes traditional sweet potato pies, pumpkin, chocolate fudge, pecan — you name it. She even makes gluten-free pies, and pies aimed at diabetics. Small pies go for $2 ($4 for gluten-free), and large pies sell for between $12 and $16.
TSU is looking for a FBS opponent for the 2015 and 2016 school year. Those games have bigger payouts and more TV exposure than the HBCU out of conference games that we currently play.
Due to the larger payouts, other HBCUs are looking to play FBS teams as well, so it is very tough for TSU to schedule games with HBCUs.
It is also very important that TSU finds a FBS opponent now because the opportunity to play them might end.
If you haven’t noticed, our 2014 schedule still isn’t finalized. I also wonder did that play a role into wanting to seek different opponents.