A Tribute to Dr. James H. Hefner


TSU Family,

Dr Hefner has passed away. In honor of him 28th and Jefferson wants to collect grand memories of his time at Tennessee State University. Each entry will be added to this page.

Josh Jones:

During my time at TSU, Dr. Hefner made it a point to stop and speak to me when the opportunity presented itself.

One day during spring semester on my sophomore, Dr. Hefner stopped and asked me if I had an internship lined up for the summer.  I told him that I did not have one, but I was still looking.

Two weeks later, Dr. Hefner’s assistant calls my dorm room and asks me to come in for a meeting.

Later that day, I strolled into his office, thinking I had done something wrong (I was usually under fire for being outspoken on the campus radio station).  To my surprise, Dr. Hefner has lined-up an internship for me, in my hometown, with a well-known advertising agency.
Dr. Hefner took the time to get to know me, my plans, my dreams; his influence will be felt on the trajectory of my life until it is my time to be called home.

Please add your comments on the blog comments section or on facebook and I will add them.

TSU Upgrades Mclendon Court


Tennessee State University finally updated the John Mclendon Court today with the actual school colors. Our previous version look liked this!


Clearly our colors aren’t navy blue and white. I am glad we are closer to our Reflex Blue and White. The official logo is also used on the new court and TSU sea is a very nice touch as well.

Stephen Kolison is a Finalist for Purdue University Northwest Chancellor Position

Stephen Kolison is associate vice president for academic, faculty and global programs for the University of Wisconsin system, where he also has served as acting senior vice president for academic affairs. In addition, Kolison was founding dean and research director for the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Research at Tennessee State University. He also served at Tuskegee University and Iowa State University. He is affiliated with the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management and EDUCAUSE.

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Tennessee State University is Mobile App Of The Week for 28th – July 4th, 2015

August 15, 2015 – New York, NY – Infinite Monkeys, has announced today that Tennessee State University is the company’s “App Of The Week” for 28th – July 4th, 2015.

Each week Infinite Monkeys selects one app from the thousands published with their app maker platform. This app was chosen because it is a great example of the quality, beauty and usefulness that mobile apps can bring to a traditional website.

With more than 1 Billion smartphones now active in the world, and 84% of those users accessing the Internet via their smartphone everyday, the base of potential mobile users for Tennessee State University is massive and growing by the day. It was this potential that motivated Infinite Monkeys to create an easy drag-and-drop app builder platform that allows anyone to create an app without having to hire a mobile agency for thousands of dollars, or learn how to do coding.

Tennessee State University and thousands of other schools , blogs, sports teams and community groups selected the Infinite Monkeys app maker platform to create and launch their mobile app for Android, iPhone and over 5,000 different models of HTML5 compatible smartphones.

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Please Download App here

TSU Alum Howard Burrell Says Confederate flag never Symbolized Regional Pride

Hours after the flag was removed Friday from the South Carolina Capitol grounds, Burrell summed up what it always has represented to him.

“Anti-black. Pro-slavery. White superiority,” said Burrell, a 35-year Vernon resident and the last Democratic freeholder elected in Republican-dominated Sussex County.

Sightings of the Confederate flag are unusual, but not unheard of, in a county where under 2 percent of residents are black. Burrell said he understands that some who display the flag may not intend any ill will.

Still, encountering it always makes him uncomfortable.

“There’s a person who flies the Confederate flag, down the road from me. I keep wondering, what kind of people live there,” Burrell said.

While acknowledging that “they might be very, very nice people,” Burrell said, “If I had an accident, that would be the last home I went to.”

Despite South Carolina’s dramatic retreat on the flag, stemming from the racially motivated murders of nine black men and women at a Charleston church June 17, some continue to view the flag as a harmless nod to heritage. A prominent example would appear to be singer Kid Rock, who has used the flag on stage and told off protesters last week.

To many others, Burrell included, that heritage is intertwined with oppression and is nothing to honor. He is old enough to have experienced a time when white opponents of integration adopted the Confederate flag as a taunting, threatening symbol of resistance.

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