Tougaloo Alumni Bulletin

Alumni News, Events and Updates – Fall, 2018


West County Line Road

Construction of the long anticipated West County Line Road re-alignment project is well underway. Currently, construction crews are preparing the areas needed for the relocation of the railroad tracks and the feeder road that will connect Brown Street to Tougaloo Village Road. Additionally, the crews are driving the foundation pilings for the two new railroad bridges that will cross over both W. County Line Road and Tougaloo Village Road. The $16.5 million project, which is funded by a federal TIGER grant and the City of Jackson, is scheduled to be completed by late 2019 and will provide opportunities for the development of the College’s real estate assets. The College also recently teamed with the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District to assist with the study and planning of potential land uses and infrastructure needs for the property.

The Washington Area Tougaloo Alumni Chapter (WATAC) is sponsoring its 8th Annual Golf-A-Thon on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at the Eagle Ridge Golf Course, Hinds Community College, Raymond, MS to raise funds for Tougaloo College general scholarship fund. Since 2011, this event has generated over $93,000 for the college. I am requesting each chapter to join TCNAA by sponsoring one or more golfers to participate in the event. Please visit to register.
How does the event work?
Each golfer determines its fundraising goal based on the number of golfers the chapter enters into the event. Each golfer sets a goal to raise at least $1,000 from supporters through pledges and donations. Each supporter is asked to make a flat donation at or pledge a certain sum for each hole the selected golfer plays ($1, $2, $3, $4, etc. for example). Following the event, the golfer reports the number of holes played and asks his/her supporters to visit to pay their pledge. Funds are collected until October 31, 2018 unless the collection date is extended upon the request of one or more chapters. Funds are distributed to the chapters. Chapters receives all funds raised by their golfers minus WATAC management fees which are also given to the College from WATAC.
Participating golfers who are unable to play in Raymond, MS on October 18 may play elsewhere on or about October 18 and report their results to Trussell Lewis ( or John Rosenthall ( so their results can be communicated to the participating chapters. Chapters who do not have a golfer in their Chapter to participate may still register by asking a participating golfer (e.g. John Rosenthall) to play for them as well. In this arrangement, the Chapter will ask supporters to make a flat donation or pledge a certain sum for each hole the selected participating golfer plays. The participating golfer will be shown as Chapter Golfer to make it clear who the golfer represents. For example, if the Greater NY Chapter didn’t have a golfer in their chapter and selected John Rosenthall to be their participating golfer, it would be known as “Greater NY Golfer”.
This golf-a-thon is an easy way for TCNAA and chapters to raise funds for the Tougaloo College general scholarship. Please see the attached brochure. I encourage you to participate in this event.
If you have any questions or need additional information, contact golf-a-thon chair, John Rosenthall at or call 703-624-2257. Your participation is vital to the success of the golf-a-thon! Remember the funds collected are contributed to Tougaloo’s general scholarship fund.
Yours for Tougaloo,
David E. Miller, Esq.